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Students at Hillel Academy, Dayton’s Jewish day school, channeled their inner animals in the production Don’t Rock The Ark directed by Performing Arts Instructor Becky Nienaber. When too many animals with not enough patience arrive for a long and uncertain voyage, voices of reason and faith help them sort out their problems. (L to R): Yoel Simon, Yibniyah Palmer, Seth Schwartz, Shmuel Simon, Brihanna Howell, Jonah Halasz, Noah and Adina Baumgarten, Eden Atzmon, and Elior Ginsberg.

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Miami Valley Jewish Genealogy & History launches with Facebook site By Marshall Weiss The Observer It was Elie Wiesel who said, “Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” An opportunity came to Dayton’s Jewish Federation last year to expand our memory work. I’m thrilled to let you know that we have officially launched Miami Valley Jewish Genealogy and History. Along with my work as editor and publisher of The Dayton Jewish Observer, I’ve also taken on the role of project director of JG&H. Efforts to preserve and expand knowledge of our local Jewish genealogy and history are not new. Here, we bring them together to strengthen both. The late Dr. Leonard Spialter founded the Jewish Genealogical Society of Dayton as a nonprofit in 1987. He and several stalwart volunteers conducted meticulous, extensive research to collect Jewish genealogical information that will serve us well into the future. In advance of the Jewish Federation’s 2010 centennial celebrations, archivist Pamela Schwartz led the effort to

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Dayton Bureau of Jewish Education 1973 Hebrew School graduation was the first post at the Facebook group Growing Up Jewish in Miami Valley, Ohio on April 24. Since then, the group has attracted nearly 800 members, who have shared hundreds of photos and memories.

preserve, catalog, and properly archive the Jewish Federation’s collection, which is now part of Wright State University’s Special Collections and Archives. With that project as a springboard, I published a book about the history of the Dayton area’s Jewish community last year. Near the end of 2018, Jewish Genealogical Society President Molly Blumer began a conversation about the society’s future with Jewish Federation CEO Cathy Gardner. Faced with dwindling memberships and volunteers to put events together, Molly asked Cathy if the Federation could help in some way. Cathy proposed bringing the

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society under the auspices of the Federation and expanding it to include our history projects. Members of the society’s board voted yes. To interest people with connections to our Jewish community, at the end of April, we launched our Facebook group, Growing Up Jewish in Miami Valley, Ohio with the photo above and its very Brady outfits. The teens in that 1973 BJE graduation photo are now about 60. We encourage group members to share memories, memorabilia, and photos at the page. Now, only three weeks later, we have nearly 800 members — many of whom are expatriates Continued on Page Five

From the editor’s desk The Jew hatred in our midst doesn’t look like it will go away anytime soon. Over the last few weeks we’ve been aghast in the face of the shootings at the Chabad of Poway. And now three Marshall suspected arsons at two Chabad centers in the Boston area, Molotov cocktails Weiss thrown at a modern Orthodox synagogue in Chicago, more physical attacks, swastikas, cemetery vandalism, and on and on. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. Not just Jews, but all who experience hate. With apologies to LinManuel Miranda, hate is hate is hate. And that’s why we must call out hate — and loudly — wherever we see it, across all communities. We must stand this down. One of the most short-sighted acts we now see is the politicization of hate: when politicians call out the other side as being the party of the haters. Those who only call out the hate on the other side of the divide, who say the other’s hatred is worse than that on ‘“our side,” contribute mightily to the perpetuation of these dark times.

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Pastor Chris Edmonds, son of late Righteous Among the Nations honoree Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, will share how his father Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds saved 200 Jewish GIs after the Battle (L); his son, Pastor Chris Edmonds of the Bulge in 1944, at Temple Israel’s Jewish Cultural Festival, Sunday, June 2. He’ll present a talk at 2 p.m. and will screen the documentary, Footsteps of My Father, at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Now in its ninth year, the festival is held at Temple Israel, 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Festival food vendors are Bella Sorella Pizza, Bernstein’s Fine Catering, El Meson, Pasha Grill, Graeter’s, Temple Israel’s bakery, with beer provided by The Dayton Beer Company. Entertainment includes readings in English from the Yiddish Forward’s advice column of long ago, A Bintel Brief (A Bundle of Letters), with Yiddish songs. Also performing are the Dayton Jewish Chorale, Miami Valley Klezmer Ensemble, and JCC Children’s Theatre. Wild Hearts African Farm in Lewisburg will present a petting zoo near the open-air vendor marketplace. Registration for the annual Oy Vey 5K begins at 9:30 a.m. The walk/run starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information about the festival, call the temple at 496-0050 or go to tidayton.org/festival.

Concert for 25th yahrzeit of Lubavitcher rebbe

A string quartet from Stivers School for the Arts will perform Songs of the Inspired Soul at Town Hall Theatre in Centerville at 7 p.m., Sunday, June 30 as part of Chabad’s multimedia concert to commemorate the 25th yahrzeit (date of passing) of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the last rebbe of the Chabad-Lubavitch Chasidic dynasty. The music is based on nigunim, wordless Jewish religious melodies, that Schneerson taught over the years. Town Hall Theatre is located at 27 N. Main St., Centerville. A donation of $10 is requested. R.S.V.P. to chabaddayton.com/rsvp.

Change of venue for Dr. Ruth’s talk

The Jewish Federation has changed the venue for its June 17 Presidents Dinner with Dr. Ruth Westheimer to the Boonshoft Center for Jewish Culture Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Education, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. “To provide the best kosher meal experience, we had to relocate back to the CJCE, where we have our own kosher kitchen,” Jewish Federation CEO Cathy Gardner said. Bernstein’s Fine Catering will cater the dinner, as previously planned.

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Preserving history & family ties Continued from Page Three from the Miami Valley — who have already shared hundreds of images and memories. Every few days, I read comments at our site about people who have met cousins there they had never met. About memories people forgot they even had. About images bringing tears to people’s eyes. Popular posts include confirmation photos, photos from dances, and synagogue events. Group members have particular fun identifying people in those group shots, almost like filling in a crossword puzzle. The photos have ranged from the 1920s to the early 2000s. Someone even posted converted film footage of Jewish Boy Scout Troop 65 on an outing to Englewood Dam in 1941 and a Bar Mitzvah celebration in the basement of the old Temple Israel on Salem Avenue in 1958. In many ways, the site is a living, interactive extension of my book. Here, we can continue to share, learn, preserve, and celebrate the history of our Jewish community. Everyone can share their memories. “For those who have grown up in this amazing Jewish community, retelling and remembering the history of our community are critically important for both preserving our stories and understanding our history,” Sam Dorf, chair of our JG&H Advisory Committee, says. Sam is associate professor of musicology at the University of Dayton. He’s the author of the 2018 book, Performing Antiquity: Ancient Greek Music and Dance in Paris, 1890-1935 (Oxford University Press). “For those like me who are

new to Dayton’s Jewish community,” Sam adds, “it is equally important to chronicle and build an archive of our current impact.” Also on our advisory committee are Molly Blumer, president of the former society; Sandy Schoemann, an active member of the previous society and one of the most skillful experts in the Miami Valley on Jewish genealogy; and Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center Records Management Consultant Pamela Schwartz. As with the previous society, JG&H is a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. And by happy coincidence, IAJGS will hold its International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Cleveland, July 28 through Aug. 2. We’ll have a small but stalwart contingent up there representing the Dayton area. JG&H is now the clearinghouse for queries about the Miami Valley’s Jewish community of the past. We are the repository for Dr. Leonard Spialter’s data, along with the former society’s reference library, which includes several titles from the collection of the late Marcia Jaffe, a longtime society member. JG&H will hold its first community event Oct. 27, when we host Dr. Ken Bravo, president of IAJGS for the talk, Jewish Genealogy 101: How To Get Started, at a brunch in conjunction with Beth Abraham Synagogue for its 125th anniversary. Look for JG&H volunteers at the Jewish Federation booth at Temple Israel’s Jewish Cultural Festival, Sunday, June 2. We also hope to see everyone with connections to our Jewish community at our Facebook page, Growing Up Jewish in Miami Valley, Ohio.

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Cemetery mystery solved for Beth Abraham No one at Beth Abraham Synagogue knew what was underneath the ornate 3-X-5 foot copper marker with no inscription in the Founders Section at Beth Abraham Cemetery. I was looking through the section a few weeks before I led a cemetery tour May 5 for the congregation’s 125th anniversary. Cemetery Committee Chair Norm Lewis then connected me to Bob Lipps, who retired in 2017 after 30 years as cemetery manager. Bob shared that until the 1990s, a 5-foot high brick structure stood at that spot, with the copper fixture as its dome. We pieced together that the structure served two purposes: above ground, it was a genizah, a temporary repository for worn-out sacred books and writings before they are buried in accordance with Jewish law. But it also marked the site below, where the synagogue’s nine Torah scrolls that were destroyed in the Great Flood of 1913 had been buried. I knew that at least one of Beth Abraham’s Torahs was destroyed in the flood. But when Brandeis University American Jewish History Prof. Dr. Jonathan Sarna lectured at Beth Abraham in March, he cited a May 15, 1913 Dayton Daily News article that reported that nine Beth Abraham Torah scrolls were to be buried three days later, beginning with a procession from the synagogue on Wayne Avenue to the cemetery. The article also indicated that rabbis from Temple

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had 17 cases of harassment, 14 cases of vandalism and zero cases of assault. However, Gray said actions can be taken to decrease the number of antisemitic cases. “Every public official, every civic leader should use their bully pulpits to speak out against antisemitism and all forms of hate and extremism,” she said. “When someone hears an offcolor joke, speak out against it. We’re all in this thing together, everybody has a role in this.” In a year that included the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. Anita Gray history, the number of antisemitic assaults recorded by the ADL increased 105% from 2017. The audit counted 39 antisemitic assaults with a total of 59 victims. Assault is defined as an attempt to inflict physical harm on one or more people who are Jewish or perceived to be Jewish. The 2017 audit counted 19 antisemitic assaults with 21 victims. The shooting at Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh that killed 11 people in October 2018 counted as one incident in the report. During a news conference, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, who had spent the previous several days in California following the shooting at Chabad of Poway, said antisemitism remains

a serious problem in the nation and the number of incidents remain at near-historic levels. “Still, there is some good news to report. Overall, the total number of antisemitic incidents in the U.S. declined...and any decline in these types of acts certainly is welcomed,” he said. “We can only hope this is the beginning of a downward trend.” The ADL’s Center on Extremism tracks cases of assault, harassment and vandalism. Of the antisemitic incidents in 2018, 1,066 were cases of harassment, a 5% increase from 1,015 cases in 2017. Vandalism cases decreased 19% since 2017 from 952 cases to 774 cases in 2018. The highest number of antisemitic incidents occurred in 1994 and the second highest in 2017. Incidents were unevenly distributed through the year with January, February, March, April, June, July, August and September all ranging between 101 and 137 incidents each. Incidents spiked in May with 209 recorded, which the ADL said is a result of a series of antisemitic robocalls sent by white supremacists that targeted Jewish individuals and institutions. The final three months of the year were also unusually active according to the report. Part of the increase in October stemmed from 45 cases of antisemitic propaganda distributed by white supremacists, including 35 separate distributions of a flier that blamed Jews for the contentious confirmation process of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, according to the report. Incidents in non-Jewish K-12 schools decreased 25%, falling from 457 cases reported in 2017 to 344 in 2018. However 2018 was still 46% higher than the 235 incidents reported in 2016. In 2018, six bomb threats targeting Jewish institutions or accompanied by antisemitic rhetoric were reported, a decline from the 169 bomb threats reported in 2017. Jewish institutions, including schools, community centers and synagogues, were the target of 265 antisemitic incidents in 2018, a 23% decrease from the 342 reported in 2017 but still 56% higher than the 170 cases reported in 2016.

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Eric Fingerhut leaves top post at Hillel to head Jewish Federations of North America By Ed Carroll Cleveland Jewish News Eric Fingerhut is leaving his position as president and CEO of Hillel International to take the same post at the Jewish Federations of North America. Fingerhut, who served one term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Ohio in 1993 and 1994, will succeed Jerry Silverman. The Times of Israel reported last year that Silverman, who assumed the JFNA leadership in 2009, planned to step down at the end of his contract this September. Jared Isaacson, executive director of the Cleveland Hillel Foundation, confirmed Fingerhut was leaving Hillel for JFNA. “He has significantly helped raise the profile of Hillel, making it possible for so many campuses and individual and local Hillel organizations to increase Jewish education, leadership and engagement opportunities for so many students and professionals,” Isaacson said in a statement. JFNA represents 147 Jewish federations and more 300 “network communities,” that collectively distribute more than $2 billion annually through annual fundraising campaigns, planned giving and endowment programs, according to JFNA. The money supports local social services and Jewish educational needs, as well as social service and immigration needs in Israel and other Jewish communities around the world. “For more than half a decade, the Jewish world has watched as Eric spearheaded transformational change at Hillel,” said the chair of the JFNA Board of Trustees, Mark Wilf, in a statement. “With a clear vision for the future of Jewish life on college campuses and universities, he took a 90-year-old organization and made it new again. We believe he can bring the same energy and imagination to Federation. He’s the

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right leader at the right time.” Fingerhut’s start date is Aug. 6,. Fingerhut had been president and CEO of the umbrella group of campus Jewish organizations since August 2013. He replaced Wayne Firestone, who left Hillel in April 2013. From 2011 until he joined Hillel, Fingerhut worked as vice president of education and STEM learning at Battelle, a Columbus-based independent research and development organization. Fingerhut served as an Ohio state senator in 1991 and 1992, and again from 1997 to 2006. In a statement provided by JFNA, Fingerhut spoke of growing up in Cleveland and noted his mother was a receptionist at the Cleveland Jewish News for 30 years. “I didn’t realize it at the time, but my early life was shaped by Federation,” he said. “I went to preschool at the JCC. I vividly remember carrying signs in the walkathons standing up for Israel during the 1967 and 1973 wars. Never did I imagine that nearly a half century later, I would have the opportunity to lead a movement that has impacted my life and so many others. It has a rich history, and I believe it can have an even more impactful future. I am excited to take on that challenge.”

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Hundreds of haredi Orthodox attend symposium with leaders of anti-vaccine movement were Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the British physician By Marcy Oster, JTA whose study linking measles vaccines with autism has Jews are being persecuted as disease carriers amid been condemned, appearing via Skype; and pediatrithe outbreak of measles, a New York haredi Orthodox rabbi said at a symposium with leaders of the anti-vac- cian Dr. Lawrence Palevsky, who is regularly cited in pamphlets circulated in New York City that urge cination movement attended by hundreds of haredim. “We Chasidim have been chosen as the target,” said women not to get their children vaccinated, The Times reported. Rabbi Hillel Handler, a Holocaust survivor Palevsky said failed vaccines are being from Monsey, a Rockland County town given in the haredi communities. with a large haredi population, accord“Is it possible that the measles-mumps-ruing to The New York Times. “The campaign bella vaccine that is somehow being given in against us has been successful.” this lot to communities in Williamsburg and The Centers for Disease Control has Lakewood and Monsey, maybe in Borough reported a total of 839 cases of measles in Park, is it possible that these lots are bad?” 23 states as of May 13, the highest number he asked, referring to areas in New York and since 2000, when measles was considered New Jersey with large haredi communities. eradicated. The outbreak has been cen“It’s fascinating because we’re told how tered in New York City and state: The city contagious the disease is, but somehow it’s alone has seen 498 confirmed cases since Dr. Andrew Wakefield centered in the Jewish community.” September, with a large number in OrThe meeting, which featured separate seating to thodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn. In the rest of New York state there have been 274 confirmed cases, accord- accommodate the religious observance of the haredi community, was denounced by local elected officials, ing to official figures, with about 80 percent located in health authorities and some haredi rabbis. Rockland County. In April, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio deThe CDC pinned the resurgence on the unvaccinated and those who brought back measles from other coun- clared a public health emergency over the measles outbreak in Brooklyn’s haredi Orthodox community. tries. The outbreaks in Orthodox Jewish communities De Blasio ordered unvaccinated people living in four have been associated with travelers who carried the ZIP codes in the Williamsburg neighborhood to get the disease back from Israel and Ukraine, according to the vaccine or be required to pay fines of up to $1,000. CDC. Despite institutional pressure, a strain of opposition Among the speakers at the May 13 Monsey event

to vaccines has persisted in haredi communities based on false claims that vaccines are ineffective at best and harmful at worst. Large families, close-knit communities and the complexity of timing immunizations for a family’s many young children also have contributed to the outbreak. The majority of Orthodox Jewish children are vaccinated, according to statistics issued by the New York state and New York City health departments. There is no religious reason not to be vaccinated. Prominent rabbis in New York have called on their followers to vaccinate their children. Meanwhile, the Yeshiva of Central Queens was ordered closed May 13 after failing to comply with a Health Department order to prevent unvaccinated students from coming to school. It is the ninth Orthodox Jewish school to be ordered closed over the measles epidemic but the first outside of Brooklyn. On May 14, hundreds of New York parents against vaccinations rallied outside the state capitol in Albany calling on lawmakers to protect a state law that permits people not to vaccinate their children for religious reasons, The Associated Press reported. Some lawmakers have proposed eliminating the religious exemption in light of the current measles outbreak. Also May 14, de Blasio’s office released a video calling on the Orthodox Jewish community to vaccinate their children featuring a prominent member of the Chasidic community — Alexander Rapaport, executive director of the Masbia soup kitchen network.

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OPINION

State of Israel was not a consolation prize for Jews after the Holocaust Hans Pins/Israeli GPO via Getty Images

one of them. By Robert Rozett As the Cold War was taking root, it JERUSALEM — Recent assertions was his aim to destabilize the Middle made by Rep. Rashida Tlaib regarding East. It was primarily against this backthe Holocaust and the establishment of ground that the emerging Soviet bloc the state of Israel have no foundation in supported Israel’s creation. the historical record. As for President Truman, historians In this imagined version of history, differ over the extent to which sympathy after the Holocaust, the Jews were for the Jews indeed motivated him. At awarded a consolation prize — the esbest, his attitude toward Jews and Israel tablishment of Israel — at the expense of over the years was ambivalent. those already living there. Truman’s State Department advisers Asserting that Israel’s creation was a vociferously opposed the establishment direct response to the Holocaust overof a Jewish state, and Truman himself looks the ancient and ceaseless connecat times gave voice to the kind of antition of the Jewish people to Israel, as Jewish rhetoric that was then rather well as the modern Zionist enterprise common in America. that returned an exiled and oppressed Generally it is believed that in the people to their ancestral home. 1948 presidential election, Truman’s It also ignores the existence of a Jubilant residents celebrate in Tel Aviv with what would become the Israeli flag after the need to win New York state with its vibrant pre-World War II Jewish comUnited Nations decision to approve the partition of Palestine, Nov. 29, 1947 large Jewish population played a pivotal munity in Mandatory Palestine, whose role in his swift recognition of Israel. population was severely circumscribed because of the onslaught. But it was not, and so it didn’t. It is plausible that a certain element of sympathy virulent opposition by local Arabs to the very idea of The false notion that the Palestinians are “paying for for Holocaust survivors also contributed to his policy Jews returning to the Land of Israel. the Holocaust” presumes that the world granted the shift. Throughout Europe following the Nazi rise to Jews a state primarily because it felt overriding guilt Distortions of the historical record are often found power, a great many Zionists were deeply frustrated and sympathy. in shallow political discourse, but by the quotas set for aliyah by the British, and they Serious scholars concur that they should not have a role in sinlater became victims of the Holocaust, having never politics, not morality, motivated cere efforts to discuss the past and had the opportunity to realize their dreams of reaching support for the Jewish state’s creadvance peace in a highly complex the Land of Israel. ation — guilt and sympathy at most region like the Middle East. It is impossible to even begin to divine what their played a minor role in the establishTo foster actual and lasting contribution could have been to Israel, the Jewish ment of the state of Israel, if at all. coexistence between Israelis and people and to the world. On the international scene, the Palestinians, we must strive first to Tlaib’s framing also disregards the British govthree most prominent actors in the understand the complexities of the ernment’s prewar proposal to partition Mandatory establishment of the state of Israel situation, including their roots. Palestine, which was designed to reconcile the compet- were the British, the Soviets and the Without such an understanding, ing desires of Jews for a Jewish state in their historic Americans. there is no chance whatsoever of developing innovahomeland and the desire of Arabs for Palestine to be The British, exhausted from their protracted strugtive strategies that nurture peace. completely Arab. gle against Hitler and his allies, had no interest in This plan, which never came to fruition, was paincontinuing to administer Mandatory Palestine. They fully accepted by the Jewish leadership and categorihad long since diminished their commitment to estab- Robert Rozett is senior historian at the Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research. He is the cally rejected by the Arabs. lishing a Jewish national home, and they felt helpless author of Conscripted Slaves: Hungarian Jewish Forced One could argue that had that partition been acin coping with the ongoing violence initiated by the Laborers on the Eastern Front, and co-editor with Dr. cepted, it might have set the stage for the earlier estab- Arabs in Palestine. Iael Nidam Orvieto of After So Much Pain and Anguish: lishment of a state of Israel and thus may have actually For his part, Stalin can be accused of many things, First Letters after Liberation. provided a haven for Jews who were facing the Nazi but excessive sympathy for Jews and Zionism is not

Serious scholars concur that politics, not morality, motivated support for the Jewish state’s creation

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Jews should turn Republican In response to the May 2019 issue of The Dayton Jewish Observer letter to the editor (Should Jews turn Republican?), I would like to state that Democrats do not care about people. Jews vote Democrat and I am at a loss to understand why. There is not room here to dwell on each of the letter writer’s statements, but let’s look at the facts. Jews support tikun olam (repairing the world), but they continue to vote for the party that destroys lives. Democrats created the KKK, defended slavery, opposed reconstruction, and fought against civil rights in the 50s and 60s. Democrats are against school choice, which allows poor people to get a decent education and improve their lives. They support welfare instead of jobs, which has totally destroyed

black families. Trump has created jobs, so blacks now have employment instead of government handouts. That is tikun olam. Republicans are not anti-immigration. We are against illegal immigration. Our ancestors came to this country legally and prospered and we want the same for all legal immigrants. And we are not anti-gun control either. The Democrat approach to gun control will not reduce crime. It will only make it more difficult for law abiding people to protect themselves. Criminals will always have guns. Criminals do not follow the laws; that is why they are called criminals. Chicago has extreme gun control — it is almost impossible to get a gun there. As a result, of course, no crime in Chicago. Climate change? Everyone agrees that the climate is changing. Always has and always will. The question is, what is causing the change? I frequently talk

to my cousin in Tucson. She said wow, we have not had a snow like this in 12 years. Oh really? Snow in Tucson is not new. No major climate change. Maybe we should double the price of gasoline and wait for the red, white and blue jackets to start a protest in the streets. Republicans support tikun olam. Trump is making great strides in helping the legal citizens in America. — Mel Berman, Englewood

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Classes

noon: Talmud w. Rabbi Sobo. Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.: Torah Study. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. 496-0050.

Temple Beth Or Classes: Sat., June 1, 10 a.m. & Sun., June 16, 11 a.m.: Tanakh w. Rabbi Chessin. 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. 435-3400.

Discussion

JCC Book Club: Fri., June 21, 10:30. Devotions by Mary Oliver. Temple Israel, 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton.

Temple Israel Classes: Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.: Musar w. Rabbi Sobo. Wednesdays,

Family

PJ Library & PJ Our Way Shavuot Ice Cream Party: Fri., June 7, 4-5:30 p.m. Kennedy Park, 5073 Bigger Rd., Kettering. Bring bathing suit. Free. R.S.V.P. to 610-1555. 2313 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood 937-293-1196 www.oakwoodflorist.com family owned and operated military discount

PJ Library & Camp Shalom Shabbat Pool Party: Fri., June 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Four Seasons Swim Club, 5600

Brampton Rd., Centerville. R.S.V.P. to 610-1555.

Children & Youths

Chabad Kids Club YouScribe: Sun., June 2, 3-4 p.m. The art of making a Torah. 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. 643-0770. JCC Camp Shalom: June 3-July 19 grades K-7. Through July 26 preschool. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. 610-1555.

Young Adults

YAD Dinner & Movie: Tues., June 4, 5:45 p.m. meet at Flying Pizza, 223 N. Main St., Dayton. Followed by opening night JCC Film Fest movie, The Samuel Project, at Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N. Pay your own way. R.S.V.P. to 610-1555.

Men

Chabad Men’s Club Bagels, Lox & Tefillin: Sun., June 2, 9:30 a.m. Learn how to wear Tefillin. 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. 643-0770. INDEPENDENT LIPSENSE DISTRIBUTOR r.haugilbert@gmail.com • 937-672-8936

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Tues., June 18, 5:30 p.m. Meet at Thai 9, 11 Brown St., Dayton. Followed by The Spy Behind Home Plate at The Neon, 130 E. 5th St., Dayton. R.S.V.P. to 610-1555.

Community Events

JCC Film Fest

Jewish Federation Presidents Dinner w. Dr. Ruth: Mon., June 17 (cocktails 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m.), Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. $100 adults, $50 ages 35 & younger. 610-1555.

For schedule, see Page 8.

Shavuot

Shavuot at Beth Abraham: Sat., June 8, 7 p.m. Mincha, Seudat Shlishit, study session w. Rabbi Ginsberg, service. 305 Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. 293-9520. Temple Israel Shavuot Service: Sat., June 8, 7 p.m. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. Chabad Shavuot Dairy Lunch: Sun., June 9. 11 a.m.: Reading Ten Commandments. Noon: Dairy lunch w. ice cream. 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. 643-0770. Beth Abraham Shavuot Potluck Picnic: Sun., June 9, 5-7 p.m. Orchardly Park, Oakwood. R.S.V.P. to Cantor Jenna Greenberg w. vegetarian/ dairy dish you’ll bring, yoninale@hotmail.com.

Temple Israel Jewish Cultural Festival: Sun., June 2, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. Oy Vey 5K, 10:30 a.m. 496-0050.

Beth Abraham Synagogue Shabbat Under The Stars: Fri., June 21, 7:30 p.m. Beth Abraham Band, Oneg. Call the office for location, 293-9520. Temple Beth Or Annual Picnic: Fri., June 28, 6:30 p.m. W. outdoor Shabbat service. Main dish & drinks provided, bring a side. 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. 435-3400. Songs of the Inspired Soul: Concert w. Stivers String Quartet. Presented by Chabad. Sun., June 30, 7 p.m. Town Hall Theatre, 27 N. Main St., Centerville. $10 donation. R.S.V.P. to chabaddayton.com/ rsvp.

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Highlights JEWISH FEDERATION of GREATER DAYTON & ITS AGENCIES

ABOVE, L–R: MVCTC student

Cameron Gamble with Holocaust Survivor Samuel Heider. Dayton Holocaust Survivors (pictured L to R) Gertrude Kahn, Robert Kahn, Samuel Heider, Renate Frydman, Felix Garfunkel, Henry Guggenheimer, Larry Katz, Ira Segalewitz and Aleksander Svager. Also pictured Mark and Helene Gordon, Yom Hashoah Co-chairs. Not pictured: Samuel Lauber. PHOTO CREDIT: Peter Wine RIGHT: Mr. Beyderman with his red carnation and candy in celebration of Russian Victory Day. PHOTO CREDIT: Tennille Ali FAR RIGHT: Active Adults enjoyed each other’s company on May 8, 2019 over lunch at Season’s Bistro and Grille and a tour of the Westcott House. BELOW, L–R: Adi Atzmon waves the Israeli flag; children join Jewish rock star Rick Recht on stage at the Community Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. PHOTO CREDIT: Peter Wine

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June events JEWISH FEDERATION of GREATER DAYTON & ITS AGENCIES TUESDAY 4 YAD (AGES 21–35) Dinner & a Movie 5:45PM Meet @ Flying Pizza (223 N Main Street, 45402) Quick dinner before JCC Film Festival opening night at the Dayton Art Institute. Cost on your own.

K'tan: Under the Sea June 3–July 26 @ Boonshoft CJCE 6 weeks–entering kindergarten. Contact Audrey MacKenzie for more information at amackenzie@jfgd.net or (937)853-0373.

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Gadol: Summer of Possibilities June 3–July 19 8:45AM–3:45PM @ Boonshoft CJCE Grades 1–7. Contact Meryl Hattenbach for more information at mhattenbach@jfgd.net or (937)401-1550.

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FRIDAY 21 JCC Book Club 10:30AM–NOON @ Temple Israel (130 Riverside Dr., 45405) Please join us for our great discussion of Devotions by Mary Oliver.

THURSDAY 27 FILM FESTIVAL Closing Night: Golda's Balcony 7:30–10PM @ The Neon (130 East 5th St., 45402) See ad on page 8 for full lineup and ticket information.

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TUESDAY 4 FILM FESTIVAL Opening Night: The Samuel Project 7PM–9:30PM @ Dayton Art Institute (456 Belmonte Park N, 45405) See ad on page 8 for full lineup and ticket information.

FRIDAY 7 PJ LIBRARY Shavuot Ice Cream Party 4–5:30PM @ J. F. Kennedy Park (5073 Bigger Rd., 45440) Bring a bathing suit and towel. Enjoy Graeter's Ice Cream and a Shavuot story.

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TUESDAY 18 ACTIVE ADULTS Dine Around & a Movie 5:30–9PM @ Thai 9 (11 Brown St., 45402) Enjoy dinner with friends before catching JCC Film Fest movie The Spy Behind Home Plate at The Neon. Please purchase film ticket on your own; information on page 8.

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FRIDAY 28 PJ LIBRARY & CAMP SHALOM Shabbat Pool Party 5:30–7:30PM @ Four Seasons Swim Club (5600 Brampton Rd., 45429) Celebrate Shabbat pool-side with us! We will provide a kosher vegetarian main course, challah, and grape juice for kiddush. Please bring a vegetarian, nut-free dish to share and beverages for your family. Rain location: Boonshoft CJCE.

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Announcements JEWISH FEDERATION of GREATER DAYTON & ITS AGENCIES

Agencies working together to educate community about resources The Jewish Foundation (JF) and Jewish Family Services (JFS) are working together through their shared initiative Kehilah Kedosha to support the film Shoelaces, showing in the JCC’s Film Festival. Shoelaces tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy. Reuben's kidneys are failing and his adult son, Gadi, wants to donate one of his own kidneys to help save his father's life. However, the transplant committee objects to the procedure claiming that Rueben, acting as Gadi's sole legal guardian, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Through the film's portrayal of a relationship full of love, rejection and co-dependency, Shoelaces sheds some light and questions the importance of human life and connection, and asks if life is even possible without either. JFS and JF, on behalf of the Kehilah Kedosha committee, invited Jane Novick to join the JCC that night as a guest speaker after the film. Ms. Novick is an attorney with Montgomery County Juvenile Court, and Executive Director of the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Program. She leads CASAs to advocate for children in the Children Services system. Previously Jane worked to help individuals without legal counsel in their effort to file Motions with the Court. Jane is the guardian of her daughter, Elana, along with 10 other individuals who are developmentally delayed and lack family who are capable of representing them. The purpose of the Kehilah Kedosha initiative is to open doors of opportunity for families of special needs.

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Dr. Ruth joins us on June 17 as our keynote speaker at this year’s President’s Dinner.

A Biss'l Mamaloshen Klaybn

| KLAYB-en | Verb: 1. To choose, gather, collect, save up; pick, harvest (fruit, berries, etc.). 2. To gather (intransitive); to intend to, be going to (with reflexive zikh).

Expressions with Klaybn :  1 Men ken zikh klaybn oys di khaveyrim ober nisht

di kroyvim. You can choose your friends but not your relatives. 2 Az men klaybt tsu fil, falt men gor in blote arayn. If you're too picky [particularly in finding a match], you fall into the mud. 3 Der toyt klaybt nisht iber. The dead are not picky.

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ANNUAL CAMPAIGN IN MEMORY OF › Shelley Lazar › Jack Liebman Debby and Dr. Robert Goldenberg › Mike Shane Donna and Marshall Weiss LINDA RUCHMAN FUND IN MEMORY OF › Shelley Lazar Judy and Marshall Ruchman ENDOWMENT GENERAL FUND IN MEMORY OF › Brother of Ralph Williams Beverly Farnbacher › Carolyn Caplan Cathy Gardner Linda and Jeff Albert Ellen and Dr. Alvin Stein Sue and Don Zulanch Susie and Arthur Scharff Mary and Cary Long

THE RESILIENCE SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN MEMORY OF › Dan Weckstein Oakwood City Schools PJ LIBRARY FUND IN HONOR OF › 90th birthday of Hyman Blum Marcia and Ed Kress JCC

HERTA G. & EGON F. WELLS CHILDREN’S FUND IN HONOR OF › Special birthday Philip Office Joan and Peter Wells CAROLE RABINOWITZ YOUTH JEWISH EXPERIENCE FUND IN HONOR OF › Special birthday Philip Office › Special birthday Ave Amith Bernard Rabinowitz

JOAN AND PETER WELLS AND REBECCA LINVILLE FAMILY, CHILDREN AND YOUTH FUND IN MEMORY OF › Rebecca Wells-Linville › Carolyn Caplan › Louis Hoffman Joan and Peter Wells CANTOR DJCC FUND IN MEMORY OF › Carolyn Caplan Susan and Jonas Gruenberg JFS

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES IN MEMORY OF › Shelley Lazar Beverly and Jeffrey Kantor › Carolyn Caplan Jane and Dr. Gary Hochstein

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JEWISH FAMILY EDUCATION

A heritage of heroism

volunteer with first responders, Liben notes. Rather, it was to bring Israel to Sinai to learn the he dreamed of serving in the right and the good, to conquer military or fire fighting. Gentle, friendly, and selfless is their inclinations, and develop how Kendrick’s community re- self control. Sinai would teach them how members him. He loved people and was always the first to help to live heroic lives every day. This biblical narrative returns when anyone needed it. He Poway Chabad synagogue “risk-taking/risk-tolerance and thought of his friends as family full circle back to America, where the heroic Exodus story and “cared about his faith and worshipper Lori Gilbert-Kaye generosity (compassion, kindhis family and friends more than animated America’s founders, killed while shielding rabbi from ness, altruism, empathy).” Facebook revolutionaries, and himself or anything.” shooter. UNC-Charlotte student Clinical social worker and heroes to seek their His parents said they Riley Howell loses life after Yeshiva University Professor own liberation from raised him to be “pacharging lecture-hall gunman. Ronnie Glassman similarly tyrants. Denver high schooler Kendrick notes that “people who step up triotic, responsible, Like Moses Castillo dies tackling gun-wield- as heroes in mass shootings tend and good.” demanding that PhaThe dual nature ing classmate. These headlines to have a moral center.” raoh “Let my people of heroism — risky Heroism may rely in part on go,” Patrick Henry Big H Heroism instinct, personality, or specialwas the voice of the ized training. But at its founda- expressed through American Revolution Candace R. tion, its core is personal charac- courage and selfcalling for rebellion ter guided by a moral code that sacrifice, and its Kwiatek and a new nation. foundational everyis directed toward a noble or Like the Israelites higher purpose. This is Farley’s day small h heroism Lori Gilbert-Kaye was who smeared blood murdered protecting reflected in honorsmall h heroism of generosher rabbi at the Chabad on their doorposts, able and virtuous beg the question, “How do we ity: everyday caring and good of Poway shooting the signers of the personal qualities explain such heroism?” deeds. The lives of the recent Declaration of Inde— isn’t just a time“To put (your life) on the shooting victims are a case in honored American ethos. It also pendence put bounties on their line or take risks where you can point. reflects the essence of the biblical own heads and invited war. Like lose your life for others is an Lori’s friends describe her Moses facing Pharaoh at the sea narrative from Egypt to Sinai. astounding and profound huas an Eshet Chayil, a Woman of with his wandering disunited The Exodus was a daunting man behavior,” observes Temple Valor: thoughtful, generous, and ex-slaves, Gen. George WashUniversity Psychology Professor always offering a helping hand venture, with Big H Heroism ington confronted the armies displayed by Moses’ words to Frank Farley. His research has or running to do a mitzvah. of England’s “Pharaoh” with led him to distinguish between “Heroism and good deeds are Pharaoh, “Let My people go,” on the Israelites’ blood-smeared an untrained rag-tag gang of two kinds of heroism: “Big H not only characteristic of dear Heroism” and “small h heroLori in death,” Israel’s Diaspora doorposts, and in hasty sandal- farmers. Perhaps less well known, ism.” Involving significant risk, Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett prints across a narrow seabed. But the purpose of liberation however, is early America’s Big H Heroism is exemplified noted, “but this is the way she recognition of the importance of from Egyptian slavery wasn’t by lifelong heroes such as Moses lived her life.” Sinai. Bible and Judaism scholar freedom, despite the modern and Martin Luther King Jr.; According to Riley’s family Dr. Gabriel Sivan observes, “the professional heroes such as King and friends, he was humble and notion that personal freedom Pilgrims saw themselves as is the highest value, Rabbi Dan David and his armies, modern kind, a guy who put himself soldiers and first responders, before others. Having grown up and situational heroes that taking care of his three younger include the Egyptian midwives siblings on the family farm, he who defied Pharaoh. became someone who could Farley notes that most herobe counted on to do what was ism includes two ingredients: needed. An ROTC cadet and

instruments of Divine Providence, a people chosen to build their new commonwealth on the Covenant entered into at Mount Sinai.” Author Bruce Feiler similarly highlights the Founders’ understanding of the foundational nature of the Covenant: “just as a reluctant Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, then handed down the Ten Commandments, George Washington led the colonists to victory, then presided over the drafting of the Constitution.” Washington went on to note, however, that the secular Constitution wouldn’t be enough. “Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” John Adams similarly warned, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Like the ancient Israelites, America’s founders came to understand that their nation could not rise and flourish by virtue of heroism and freedom alone, but by virtue of the everyday heroism of a citizenry living biblically inspired moral and ethical lives. This dual heritage of Egypt and Sinai, exemplified by Lori, Riley, and Kendrick, is worth reconsidering. May their memories be a blessing.

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Literature to share The Little Spacecraft by Dr. Mom. Originally published in Hebrew, this illustrated story is about a tiny toy spacecraft that dreams to reach the moon. As the playroom toys ask how the craft works, they band together to help all its pieces, from solar panels to star trackers, fit into their proper place. Written to create interest and excitement in children about space exploration (as well as Israel’s first attempt, although not its last, at a moon landing), The Little Spacecraft is a delightful addition to young children’s stories about space. The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America by Daniel Okrent. As the author notes at the outset, this work is not the definitive story of xenophobia and immigration, but one of many. It is, however, the story of a disturbing American worldview triggered in the late 1800s by Darwin and the pseudo-science of eugenics and later informed by misguided political activists, exclusionist progressives, perverted science, skewed statistics, and popular biases. Such ideas were eagerly adopted in Europe, where they influenced the rise of antisemitism. Meticulously researched and illustrated by contemporary posters, photos, and cartoons, this volume is a serious exploration of a challenging and timely topic.

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RELIGION

CONGREGATIONS Beth Abraham Synagogue Conservative Rabbi Joshua Ginsberg Cantor/Dir. of Ed. & Programming Andrea Raizen Mornings, Mon. & Thurs., 7 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 7:15 a.m. Sundays, 8:30 a.m. Evenings, Mon.-Fri., 5:30 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. w. Youth Service 10:30 a.m. 305 Sugar Camp Circle, Oakwood. 2939520. BethAbrahamDayton.org Beth Jacob Congregation Traditional Saturdays 9:30 a.m. Yahrzeit minyans available upon advance request. 7020 N. Main St., Dayton. 274-2149. BethJacobCong.org Temple Anshe Emeth Reform 320 Caldwell St., Piqua. Contact Steve Shuchat, 937-7262116, AnsheEmeth@gmail.com. ansheemeth.org Temple Beth Or Reform Rabbi Judy Chessin Educator/Rabbi Ari Ballaban Fridays 7 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. 435-3400. templebethor.com Temple Beth Sholom Reform Rabbi Haviva Horvitz See Web site for schedule. 610 Gladys Dr., Middletown. 513-422-8313. thetemplebethsholom.com Temple Israel Reform Senior Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz Rabbi/Educator Tina Sobo First Friday each month 6 p.m. All other Fridays 6:30 p.m. Saturdays 10:30 a.m. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. 496-0050. tidayton.org Temple Sholom Reform Rabbi Cary Kozberg Fridays 6 p.m. 2424 N. Limestone St., Springfield. 399-1231. templesholomoh.com

Planting the seeds in God’s garden By Rabbi Elchonon Chaikin Chabad of Greater Dayton On July 6, world Jewry as a whole and Chabad-Lubavitch in particular will mark the 25th yahrzeit (anniversary of death) of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of blessed memory, known simply as “the Rebbe.” There is so much to write about the Rebbe on this occasion. Through the Rebbe’s vision for Jewry and the world, his scholarship and sage advice, and his unconditional love for every Jew, the Rebbe

Perspectives changed the landscape of Judaism forever. Fourteen months ago, inspired by the Rebbe’s teaching that every single Jew is infinitely valuable and that each one is irreplaceable, my wife, baby, and I moved out to Dayton to work with young Jews. Many a time since, I have thought: what makes me attracted to this leader, whom I’ve never met, never interacted with, and who had passed a mere six months after I was born? What makes him the central inspiration in my life, my wife’s life, and the lives of our friends? The Rebbe saw the world on a different plane. He saw what the world is truly made of, and the deep possibilities of what the world can be. The Rebbe would often say, “The world is a garden — not a field that produces grain, but a garden that produces fruit. The world is God’s personal garden.” The

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Candle Lightings

Torah Portions

Shabbat, June 7: 8:44 p.m.

June 1: Bechukotai (Lev. 26:3-27:34)

Erev Shavuot, June 8: 9:52 p.m.

June 8: Bamidbar (Num. 1:1-4:20)

First Eve Shavuot, June 9: 9:52 p.m.

June 15: Naso (Num. 4:21-7:89)

Shabbat, June 14: 8:48 p.m.

June 22, Behalotecha (Num. 8:1-12:16)

Shabbat, June 21: 8:50 p.m. Shabbat, June 28: 8:51 p.m.

Sunday Dollar for Charity distribution. It had been 17 years since he had last seen the Rebbe. At that time, the Rebbe had encouraged him to add to his observance of mitzvot and it had been 10 years since he had written him his last letter. When Mr. Zacks reached the Rebbe, the Rebbe looked at him and asked, “What are you doing for Jewish education?” “It was as though I had just walked back into his office. In truth, hundreds of thousands of people had filed past him over those years,” said Mr. Zacks. “You are amazing!” Zacks exclaimed to him. But the Rebbe responded, “What does the fact that I am amazing have to do with saving Jewish lives? What are you doing for Jewish education?”  The Rebbe hoped each person would see their responsibility toward their fellow Jew and act upon that vision. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks famously said about the Rebbe, “Good leaders create followers; great leaders create leaders.” The Rebbe was looking for those who would lead and carry the load, by starting with themselves and inspiring others to do the same. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that 25 years later, Chabad is still growing. It’s because the Rebbe didn’t leave a legacy. Instead, the Rebbe left marching orders. Youths today are looking for an existential purpose. They ask, “Do I matter? Can I contribute?” The Rebbe’s answer would be — and is — “Yes, you do. You are everything.” Remember whose garden this world is. Your job is to plant the seeds for fruit to grow in your patch, inspire others to grow fruit in their patch, and keep at it until the whole world is a garden filled with beautiful and luscious fruit.

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scale, so that just one deed will Rebbe saw that humanity’s tip the balance.” true powers lie within, in each The Rebbe professed the person’s God-given abilities inherent value of a single and in the soul that yearns to mitzvah to tip the scale for the shine with the brilliance of a good. Whether diamond. it be through He challenged lighting Shabbat everyone he met candles, or putor encountered to ting on Tefillin, search within the through giving depths of their charity or helping soul to find a preanother person, all cious and invaluit may take is one able gem. mitzvah to tip the The famed scale for good. scholar Rabbi The Rebbe Adin Even-Yisrael didn’t stop there. (Steinsaltz) once He called on described it in the mitzvah-doers to following words: Rabbi Elchonon Chaikin inspire others to “Imagine you do the same. are an eagle, but Many would come to the you think you’re a duck and Rebbe and talk about his great you live like a duck. When impact on the world and his insomeone comes and tells you credible abilities, but the Rebbe that you are an eagle, you would respond by asking the spread your wings and you people what they had done soar up to heaven and you rise personally and above everything. This is the in their commutouch the Rebbe had.” nity to add on to This outlook brought the Rebbe to focus intensely on the the performance of mitzvot. coming of Moshiach (Messiah). He asked if He saw that there will be a time they were plantin which world peace can and will be a reality, because people ing seeds for fruit to grow in and the world at their core are God’s garden. pure and good. All it takes is It wasn’t for people to look within themenough for them selves and reveal that inner to rely on the goodness. Rebbe to inspire The Rebbe lived in order to people; it is the inspire others to change the duty of every world. He asked every person individual to inspire another. to view every moment of their In 1987, Columbus businesslife in the way Maimonides man Gordon Zacks visited describes, “The world shall be viewed like an evenly balanced the Rebbe during the Rebbe’s

June 29, Shlach (Num. 13:1-15:41)

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A BISEL KISEL

Trapped in a loveless movie I recently taught about the 1973 classic movie The Way We Were, directed by Sydney Pollack, for my Jewish-American Film course at UD. In this class, we examine cinematic depictions of Jewish characters against the backdrop of immigration and acculturation in 20th and 21st century America.

Masha Kisel I remembered The Way We Were as an interfaith romance that signaled the increasing acceptance of American Jews. As I watched it again, however, I realized that this film shows a Jewish woman neither accepted nor loved. Set in the late 1930s and 40s, Barbra Streisand plays Katie, a young Jewish woman of modest means and passionate Communist ideals who develops a crush on a gentile rich boy — Hubbell, played by Robert Redford. He briefly flirts with her in college, but nothing happens. Many years later, Katie and Hubbell accidentally meet at a bar. Hubbell, in an officer’s uniform and seeking sweet oblivion from the horrors of war, spends most of the scene too inebriated to open his eyes. He doesn’t see Katie, who stares at him from across the room and sighs his name before daring to approach. His vacant expression exudes the chill of marble, but as the camera turns to Katie’s face, we see rapture, as if she is gazing at Adonis. What follows is uncomfortable to watch. She coaxes a semi-conscious Hubbell (who still shows no sign of recognizing her) back to her apartment, helps him take off his clothes and gets into bed next to him. He drunkenly rolls over onto her and the camera again focuses on Katie’s breathless delight. “Do I really deserve this?” her eyes say as she gratefully squirms under his great white

weight. I inwardly cringed, remembering the time in college a blond farm boy from Wisconsin told me that he didn’t like me back because “I had too much personality.” I had the impulse to cover my face. Although not the first to carry a major Hollywood picture (Lauren Bacall conquered audiences with her sultry stare long before), Streisand pioneered playing Jewish female characters in major roles, famously keeping her original nose and Brooklyn accent. But despite an impressive streak of breakout roles in films like What’s Up Doc?, Funny Girl, and The Way We Were, Streisand’s characters constantly apologize for their brand of beauty and the garrulous charisma that typify them as Jewish women. “I am not attractive enough for you, am I?” Katie desperately asks Hubbell after he breaks up with her the first time, and he doesn’t say no. After Katie states that she can worship him better than anyone, he takes her back. She straightens and lightens her hair, sails on a yacht, plays tennis and keeps her mouth shut. That is, until she speaks out against McCarthy’s Hollywood blacklist and jeopardizes Hubbell’s burgeoning screenwriting career. The unprincipled coward cheats on her and abandons Katie in her last months of pregnancy. The film concludes with another chance meeting.

Years later she sees him with his new wife. “Your girl is lovely, Hubbell” Katie says with decorous restraint and the romantic theme song swells, forcing us to forget our indignation at Hubbell’s cruelty. It would be easy to read The Way We Were as a story about socio-cultural dissonance. In the 1940s, Anglos like Hubbell weren’t used to hearing women speak and Jewish girls like Katie were dazzled by the All-American jock, despite their better judgment. But images of Jewish women who are “too difficult to love” persist into the 21st century, even in films with a Jewish male lead. Film scholar Nathan Abrams points out in The New Jew: Exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cinema, Jewish women serve as scapegoats, as vilified projections of self-hatred for some Jewish-American filmmakers. Narratives of interfaith relationships as an escape from the clutches of Yiddishe mamas and Jewish-American princess-

es recur in romantic comedies like Keeping the Faith (2000), Saving Silverman (2001), and Along Came Polly (2004). These monstrous Jewesses, a stark contrast to the hero’s true love — the gentle gentile — actually made me long for The Way We Were, where Streisand at least played a human being. “Just because a stereotype is prevalent, does not make it true. All storytelling is derivative,” I told my class. But privately I wondered whether my students imagined me yelling at my Jewish husband as he hopes for a “lovely girl” to rescue him. In a recent interview with Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Silverman said a Jewish male director told her that she “could never be cast as someone who deserved love.” Thankfully, Jewish women have begun to author their own roles. The heroines of television shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Broad City and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel possess emotional complexity and selfawareness. Rebecca Bunch, Abbi and Ilana, and Midge attract love but don’t always choose it. They’ve changed the conversation from whether or not a Jewish woman can be worthy of love to whether the lovers who come along are worthy of the funny girls with bigger plans.

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LIFECYCLE

THE MARVELOUS MR. MAZEL

Nelson-Natarus Lisa Nelson of Bath, Ohio is engaged to Aaron Natarus of Cincinnati. Lisa is the daughter of Cindy and Jerry Nelson of Bath. She is the granddaughter of the late Evelyn and Eric Goldsmith of Akron and the late Ruth and Frank Nelson of Farmington Hills, Mich. Aaron is the son of Sharon and Mark Natarus of Cincinnati. He is the grandson of the late Darrell and Renee Natarus of Glenview, Ill. and the late Maurice and Maxine Gordon of Dayton. Lisa is a CPA at Deloitte in Chicago. In July, Aaron starts his pharmacy residency at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. Lisa and Aaron live in Chicago and are planning a 2020 wedding in Ohio. Send lifecycles to: The Dayton Jewish Observer, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville, OH 45459 • Email: MWeiss@jfgd.net. There is a $12 charge to run a photo; please make checks payable to The Dayton Jewish Observer. Catering_TDJO_Press_FINAL.pdf

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and Memory, the Holocaust exhibit on permanent display at the museum, which was curated by Renate. Rabbi Ari Ballaban of Temple Beth Or gave the benediction for the event. At the Greater Dayton Yom Hashoah Observance, held April 28 at Beth Abraham Synagogue, Renate presented certificates to the winners of the Max and Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Art and Writing Contests. The winners are listed below.

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Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Poetry and Prose Contest Division I Poetry First Place: Charlotte Ward, The Miami Valley School Second Place: Chaya Simon, Hillel Academy Third Place: Yiyi Li Kudera, Hillel Academy Hon. Men.: Avi Gilbert, Hillel Academy Division II Poetry First Place: Charlie Blumer, Oakwood High School Second Place: Cameron Gamble, Miami Valley Career Technology Center Third Place: Sylvia Vanderburgh, Oakwood High School Hon. Men.: Kyera Dancy, Chaminade Julienne High School Division I Prose, Group A First Place: Libbi Mergler, Northmont Middle School Second Place: Gracie Landes, Northmont Middle School Third Place: Colin Pham, Warner Middle School Hon. Men.: Zach Saxton, Northmont Middle School Division I Prose, Group B First Place: Caleb Bannister, Northmont Middle School Second Place: Mia Doron, Hastings Middle School Third Place: Kaley Underwood, Northmont Middle School Hon. Men.: Grace Brown, Northmont Middle School Division II Prose First Place: Lauren Kilgore, Miami Valley Career Technology Center Second Place: Avery Bocock, Miami Valley Career Technology Center Third Place: Keara Knepsheild, Miami Valley Career Technology Center Hon. Men.: D’Asia Jones, Miami Valley Career Technology Center

three will also speak with students and community groups about the importance of African American history and the civil rights movement at various stops along the route. Hoop, there it is! Speaking of UD, Darren Hertz has been promoted to assistant coach with the UD men’s basketball team. Previously a special assistant to Head Coach Anthony Grant, Darren assumes active recruiting and on-floor coaching responsibilities. The assistant coaching spot opened when Donnie Jones became the head coach at Stetson. Anthony and Darren were previously assistants at the University of Florida. Darren spent 19 years with the Gators before a two-year stint as an assistant at University of Illinois. The Columbus Dispatch’s Bill Rabinowitz was named best sports writer at the Associated Press Media Editors Awards Banquet held in Columbus recently. Bill is the son of Bernie and the late Carole Rabinowitz. Now to toot my own horn, I was humbled and honored to receive three awards from the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. I tied for first for best column and had another column finish third. I also had a news story tie for third. All three were entered in Division III, which had the most newspapers and entrants. That’s with my career gig, staff writer for the Xenia Daily Gazette, Fairborn Daily Herald, Beavercreek News-Current, and Greene County News. Avi Gilbert, oldest son of Rachel and Dr. Heath Gilbert, plays the role of Mitchell in the The Loman Family Picnic at Middletown Lyric Theatre. The play is about a Jewish family in 1960s New York; it runs June 7 to 15. Jason Guadalupe is graduating from Swarthmore College with a degree in linguistics and minors in biology and psychology. While at Swarthmore, Jason volunteered at area hospitals, learned American Sign Language, and directed the college’s psychology animal behavior lab. He’ll work in the medical field while he prepares to apply to medical school. Jason is the son of Melissa and Harold Guadalupe.

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MR. MAZEL Pamela Segalewitz graduated from UD with a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice and sociology and minors in family development and social work. Pamela is a member of the Kappa Delta sorority and served as vice president of community service. She was also an active member of the Alpha Kappa Delta Fraternity, the national sociology honors society. She participated in UD’s Statehouse Scholars program, working in the Ohio Supreme Court. She is currently pursuing a career in the criminal justice field. Pamela is the daughter of Caryl and Scott Segalewitz, granddaughter of Ira and the late Zelda Segalewitz, and the late Phyllis and Samuel Stein. Brandon and Alexis Wagenfeld, grandchildren of Lawrence and Sheila Wagenfeld, Walter and Bonnie Rice, and Sarann Rice, graduate June 4 from Blaine High School in Blaine, Minn. Both earned National Merit Scholarships and will attend the University of Minnesota. Send your announcements to scotthalasz1@gmail.com.

The Class of 2019 Celebrating our high school graduates

Elena Cebulash

Parents: Glen Cebulash, Rachel Stanzione Grandparents: Dr. & Mrs. Steven Stanzione, Deanna Cebulash School: Miami Valley Activities: Lacrosse Team Captain, Soccer, Student Government Co-President Congregation: Temple Beth Or After Graduation: Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.

Benjamin Guadalupe

Parents: Harold & Melissa Guadalupe School: Kettering Fairmont Activities: Marching Band Section Leader, Pep Band, Pit Orchestra, Boy Scouts, BOTY Past President Volunteering: SICSA, JServe, Tikun Olam projects, Boy Scouts Honors: National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Order of the Arrow Congregation: Temple Beth Or After Graduation: University of Rhode Island, Marine Biology

Daniel Kahn

Parents: Gina & Neil Kahn School: Beavercreek Activities: Golf, Bowling Volunteering: Fish Pantry in Xenia Congregation: Temple Beth Or After Graduation: Sinclair Community College, Automation & Control Tech with Robotics

Emma Lindsay

Parents: Matt & Karen Lindsay Grandparents: Richard & Numa Lavy, Thomas & Marie Lindsay School: Oakwood Activities: Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pit Orchestra, Swim Team, Track Team Pole Vaulter, Lifeguard Volunteering: House of Bread, Blood Donations Honors: Scholar-Athlete Award, Honors Diploma Congregation: Temple Beth Or After Graduation: Case Western Reserve University, Nursing

Maxwell Jadan Mader

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Israeli film is fiction but reflects director’s relationship with his special-needs son

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By Larry Yudelson, Jewish Standard Shoelaces, the 2018 Israeli film that will play June 23 as part of the Dayton JCC Film Fest, tells the story of the complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs adult son, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy. At the center of the plot is the son’s desire to donate one of his kidneys to help his ill father. When the transplant committee rules that the son is not competent to make the decision, and that his father, his legal guardian, does not have the right to make it for him, the son sets out to fight that decision. The film won the audience awards at the Atlanta, Boston, JUNE 4–JUNE 27 and Los Angeles Jewish film Opening Night Film The Samuel Project festivals, and a best supporting actor award at Israel’s Academy Awards, the Ophir. But for years after hearing the true story that inspired the film, director Jacob Goldwasser resisted Tickets on sale Tuesday, April 16 online at jewishdayton.org making it. The reason: The story cut too close to the bone. “We have a son with special needs,” Goldwasser said. “As part of a self-protection of my heart, I decided not to do films about my tzuris, my problems. I felt much more at ease dealing with other people’s problems.” “For 12 years I ran away from the story.” What changed? Blame the film’s lead actor, Nevo Kimchi, a leading character in Goldwasser’s series, Meorav Yerushalmi — meaning Jerusalem mix — that aired for three seasons spread out between 2003 and 2010. He also played leading roles in the Israeli series Dayton Art Institute Tuesday, June 4 7PM

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The JCC Film Fest in partnership with the Jewish Foundation and JFS presents Shoelaces at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 23 at The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton. Montgomery County Juvenille Court Attorney Jane Novick, executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates, will lead a discussion following the movie. Tickets are available at the door, at jewishdayton.org, at the Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville, or by calling Karen Steiger at 610-1555.

Israeli character actor Nevo Kimchi (R) plays Gadi in Jacob Goldwasser’s film Shoelaces

Hostages, now available on Netflix, and Prisoner of War, which inspired the Showtime series Homeland. Goldwasser saw him perform in another project, a small role in which he played “a guy with intellectual disabilities,” he added. “It was a very appealing, very touching character. He really did a wonderful job. I wrote to him a lot of compliments. And in a few words I told him about the story that I am refusing to make for 12 years. “Immediately he called me. He said, ‘it’s a great story, do it!’ I said ‘no, I don’t have the psychological power.’ He pushed me. He didn’t let me go until I considered to do it.” Nevo, for his part, “did the research like a good actor does. He went for a week to live in the village (for people with special needs) where our son is living. He worked with them. He spent time with them. We worked together on every line in the script. We

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discussed his character. We built him from the ground up: How he stands, how he talks, how he looks, how he laughs. Everything.” The script was honed through years of editing, until it was finally approved by the committee that allocates government investment for the Israeli film industry. “You have to be firm enough and strong enough not to break down and not to give up,” he said. “Maybe those rejections did good for the film.” He believes the film does good for the world. “I felt a responsibility to improve the image of those unfortunate people in the eyes of the public,” he said. “I’m sure that anybody who will watch this film — especially young people — will go home a better person. I have a very strong agenda in this film. More than the other films I made, which I insisted on having no agendas, only story. That gave me the courage and the power to do it.”

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Redemption lies between rock (‘n’ roll) and a hard place

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By Michael Fox Special To The Observer It’s easy to imagine a Hollywood remake of Redemption, an unexpected Israeli drama about a forty-something widower who reunites his old rock band to pay for his daughter’s cancer treatments. It writes itself. A buddy comedy in which the guys dredge up old grudges, rediscover their affection for each other, confront commitment and mortality and are saved by rock ‘n’ roll one more time from lives of quiet desperation. But that’s not this movie. Yossi Madmoni and Boaz Yehonatan Yaacov’s Redemption is, at its core, a study of a midlife crisis. Hanging on by a thread, Menachem (or Menny, as his bandmates call him) reaches into his past for help. JUNE 4–JUNE 27 But how often Opening Night Film The Samuel Project does the road back lead to a path to the future? The JCC Film Fest will present a matinee screening of Tickets Redemption in parton sale Tuesday, April 16 online at jewishdayton.org nership with Hadassah, June 13. Redemption is smart and compelling, and determined to earn every iota of any feel-good resolution. Its pleasures include a batch of excellent songs that leaven the erstwhile hero’s existential journey.

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But Menny is often taciturn or flat-out opaque (as are the movie’s female characters, who remain underdeveloped). He’s a complicated character, and the filmmakers expect you to grapple with him during as well as after the movie. Menny (Moshe Folkenflik) is a stoic, unassuming man who works in a grocery store and became religious around 15 years ago. He’s an unmarried shlub devoted completely to his lone child. When his daughter Geula (Emily Granin) slips off her wig to reveal her Getting the band back together: a scene from Redemption shaved head, we realize money. that she’s ill. In a brilliant bit of paralHigh Beams, as the band is called, lel visual storytelling, the next shot cheerfully plays its old hits to revelers is of Menny donning a cap over his who don’t know or care that Menny yarmulke. Father and daughter both have secrets that only certain people are stopped writing years ago. Menny is a commanding allowed to know. vocalist and an intense perMuch later, we realize that the film’s former, and the excitement central theme and conflict — the difof making people dance is a ficulty of wearing two hats, secular and lot more fun than punching religious — was expressed literally in a clock. that single, fleeting image of Menny. But his enjoyment is mitiFor now, though, he simply wants to gated by the pressure of his look inconspicuous when he meets his day job, Geula’s treatment former guitarist, Avi, in a nightclub. schedule, and the enigmatic Partly out of past friendship and partly out of guilt, Menny’s babysitter who lives upstairs. former cohorts agree to The JCC Film Fest in partnership with Hadassah presents Above all, Menny is fearreunite and start playing Redemption at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13 at The Neon, ful of losing whatever he Chasidic weddings. 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton. Clinical Psychologist Dr. Judith has established — a moral toehold or It’s clear from the first Schwartzman will lead a discussion following the movie. self-protective distance — via religious gig that they enjoy playing Tickets are available at the door, at jewishdayton.org, at practice. together, and their motithe Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville, or by But something’s got to give, because vations gradually move calling Karen Steiger at 610-1555. beyond either obligation or he’s plainly unhappy. It’s hard to say Dayton Art Institute Tuesday, June 4 7PM

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what he grieves more: the wife he lost to cancer or the emptiness where there should be meaning (and which he was seeking 15 years ago). Like its protagonist, Redemption leaves a lot unsaid that we have to interpret. For example, Menny makes his secular bandmates wear tzitzit under their shirts to pretend that they are Chasidim. This act of calculated deceit by an observant man is never questioned, presumably because Menny’s share of the earnings is going to (hopefully) cure Geula. The road to redemption often requires a breakdown and a breakthrough, and Redemption conforms to that expectation. It’s helpful to know that the Hebrew word for redemption is geula.

Like its protagonist, Redemption leaves a lot unsaid that we have to interpret.

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Tovah Feldshuh revels in her ‘greatest role’ Film captures play’s celebration of Golda Meir

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By Abby Meth Kanter, New Jersey Jewish News Embarking on a call with Tovah Feldshuh, her high-energy quotient animates her talk. It was 9 in the morning during a very busy week for the actress, singer, and playwright: She was in Florida for the world premiere of Golda’s Balcony, The Film at the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, an event that, she said, was “astonishing,” and where it was crowned the Audience Award Winner for Best Feature. She said she’s “proudly” poured her energies, spirit and talent into Golda’s Balcony for more than 15 years. It is, she said, the “greatest role of my 40JUNE 4–JUNE 27 year career, playing Israel’s first Opening Night Film The Samuel Project woman prime minister facing the greatest challenge of her career.” Calling Golda “one of the greatest women in history,” Feldshuh said she owes playwright William Tickets on sale Tuesday, April 16 Gibson a debt of gratitude for having written a play online at jewishdayton.org that continues to move audiences — and herself. Distinguishing Golda as her greatest role must be Dayton Art Institute Tuesday, June 4 7PM

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ground to help bring it to fruition. placed in the context of her acclaimed portrayals in Golda’s unfaltering strength also inspires: Through100-plus other vehicles of stage and big and small out the pressures she faced on the domestic, national, screens, including the groundbreaking 1978 miniseand international stages, Feldshuh said, Golda “was ries Holocaust, Law & Order, The Walking Dead, and unshakable, not a person who wept when confronted her over-the-top Jewish mom portrayal in Crazy Exwith troubles,” always preGirlfriend — as well as in the senting “a stalwart front to plays that garnered her four her people.” Tony nominations. Playing Golda fulfills Feldshuh sees her poranother aspect of Feldshuh’s trayal of Golda as embodying life: tikun olam, improving Golda’s and her own passion the world, by personifying a for the nation and people of woman whose revolutionary Israel. leadership was critical to the When faced with the necessurvival of her nation and sity of waging war — and, its “right to exist and to live posits the play, the terrifyin peace.” That Israel does ing possibility of deploying survive and thrive is a miracle nuclear weapons against of history, Feldshuh said. Israel’s enemies on the eve “I love Israel and the Jewish of the Yom Kippur War — people,” she said; at its heart, Golda never stopped “crying “Israel is the prime example for peace” — for everyone, of how to live with hope,” and Feldshuh said. Tovah Feldshuh as Golda Meir it was Golda who sustained Feldshuh also marvels at that tikvah through the dark days of October 1973. this “whirlwind,” a woman who “lived life to its full“I love all people with all my heart,” Feldshuh emest.” Golda’s unremitting energy not only serves as a model for Feldshuh, she said, but powers her own zeal phasizes, extending that to Palestinian Arabs, and said, “I want everybody to live in two peaceful countries, to reenact the well-known saga of a young girl whose family immigrated to Milwaukee after fleeing pogroms side by side.” Key to her immersion in Golda and the many other in her native Ukraine, and who rose to become Israel’s strong Jewish women she’s portrayed, said Feldshuh, fourth and only female prime minister. is her embrace of her own Jewish identity, a feeling Furthering Feldshuh’s awe of her subject is how deeply embedded — “My parents loved being Jewish,” Golda’s life as a wife, mother, and schoolteacher was she said — and she has continued the tradition of large eclipsed by her unwavering commitment to not just supporting the Zionist endeavor, but to being on the Continued on next page

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Continued from previous page holiday gatherings, including her home being “the magnet for some 45 people at Passover Seders.” It’s her love for Israel, she said, that has motivated her to raise funds around the world for Israeli and Jewish community service organizations, hospitals, and schools, including Magen David Adom, Ben-Gurion University, and Shaare Zedek Medical Center. When making appeals for Israel, she said, she’s proven most effective by telling potential donors that she is asking “for something very inexpensive; I ask you only for money. I don’t ask for your sons’ and daughters’ blood. It is Israel that gives that.” Her labors have not gone unappreciated; among the awards she’s received are the Israel Peace Award and the Jewish Image Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. So now that the Broadway performance of Golda’s Balcony is accessible via the big screen, will Feldshuh continue to bring her idol to the stage? Without a doubt, she said. She learns something new each time she treads the boards as Golda, which she’s done many times in the last 15 years. “It’s a story that needs to be told and a voice and an opinion that need to be heard.” She revels in going live as Golda, “making strangers in a theatre feel like family, connecting with them on a personal level, having them look me in the eye.” But that’s also the reason she is so delighted with “this treasure.” Golda’s Balcony, The Film reveals the energy and zeal she put into it — like watching the charge of a “racehorse under tremendous duress” — and what happens “when a woman in her 50s, with commitment to the vision of a playwright, works out, dons a fat suit and a gray wig,” and goes “very, very, very deep, with restraint and respect” that convey the essence of Golda’s strength and humor and the charisma that ensured her place in history.

Ghetto archive’s History honors a civilization By Michael Fox Special To The Observer Roberta Grossman was puzzled. Why was the story of Anne Frank universally known and that of Hannah Senesh, a young Hungarian-Jewish poet who bravely sacrificed her life to rescue Jews, almost unknown? “Because of the movie,” explained Judith Baumel-Schwartz, a scholar Grossman interviewed for her revelatory 2009 documentary, Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh. The movie, of course, was The Diary of Anne Frank. Grossman understood very well, because she’d embarked on her JUNE 4–JUNE 27 Opening Night Film The Samuel Project documentary precisely to convey Senesh’s remarkable story to a wider audience. The same impulse drives her new Holocaust-era film, Will Write Our History?, based Tickets on Who sale Tuesday, April 16 online at jewishdayton.org on Samuel Kassow’s 2007 book. “The path to historical knowledge in our time is through the cineplex,” Grossman says, “or the link or the streaming service.” Who Will Write Our History? honors and brings to life the men and women in the Warsaw Ghetto who wrote, compiled and concealed from 1940 to 1943 the papers that comprise the stunning Oyneg Shabbes archive at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. “When Dr. Emanuel Ringelblum started the Oyneg Shabbes, the goal was to collect documentation, primary

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documents and eyewitness testimony,” Grossman says. “They assumed that most of them would survive as exiles or whatever, like the big pogroms that had happened in the past. They or other historians would have this material in order to write the history of the war from the Jewish point of view. As time passed, and they realized what was going on, they acquired the goal to provide documentation to bring the killers to justice after the war.” Ringelblum and his cohorts couldn’t have known the Nazis were keeping detailed records that would be used to successfully prosecute the Nuremberg trials. Nor could they have imagined that few people were interested in hearing from survivors until the allimportant decision to include eyewitness testimony in the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann. Who Will Write Our History? therefore focuses on Ringelblum and his correspondents’ real-time commitment to documenting grim reality. “The intentional theme of the film is about the The JCC Film Fest presents Who Will Write Our ethical choices that people History? at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 at The Neon, 130 make on a daily basis,” E. Fifth St., Dayton. Area Holocaust educator Renate Grossman says. “It’s not Frydman will lead a discussion following the movie. to judge the choices so Tickets are available at the door, at jewishdayton.org, at much as to look at what the the Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville, or by choices they made were. calling Karen Steiger at 610-1555. I don’t think you and I Dayton Art Institute Tuesday, June 4 7PM

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know what we would do under similar circumstances, so it’s not a matter of judging. It’s just being amazed at how amazing these people were.” Grossman, who describes Who Will Write Our History? as a hybrid rather than a documentary, is adept at using reenactments to translate facts and anecdotes into riveting drama. The production design team worked with a Polish scholar for six months to insure the accuracy of everything from pens to clothes before Grossman arrived to start filming. She went as far as to suggest in our interview that her reenactments were more trustworthy than actual extant film of the Warsaw Ghetto. “To think of the archival footage as somehow more authentic than what was recreated from the stories that were told by the characters and their writings, I would argue with,” she says. “Because it was propaganda footage, and photographs shot by the Nazis.” She is absolutely correct that what moviegoers will take away from Who Will Write Our History? is the deepest respect and regard for the diligent Jews who established the archive. “What’s so remarkable about the members of Oyneg Shabbes — really, anybody who hung on to any form of sanity — was that they realized they were using the only thing they could, which was their sense of morality, their sense of culture, their sense of who they were, their sense of their place in human history, and the idea of art and music and writing and culture as being the highest form of human endeavor,” Grossman declares. “Continuing to create that in these horrible circumstances was their form of resistance against this very, very dark anti-humanist force. It really was a philosophical battle between what I would think of as the best in human nature and what I would think of as the worst in human nature.”

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OBITUARIES Carolyn G. Caplan, age 79 of Dayton, passed away April 18. She attended Mary Institute in St. Louis prior to Colorado Women’s College. Mrs. Caplan was vice president of Diet Workshop for 18 years. She was an avid tennis and racquetball player and enjoyed the company of her friends and family. Mrs. Caplan is survived by her husband of 53 years, Mel Caplan; children, Jay (Rachel), Robert (Kathy), and Richard (Jessica); grandchildren, Drew, Anna, Corbin, and Josh; and her sister, Susie Rainish. Interment was at Riverview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton or The Parkinson’s Foundation. Charlotte “Yami” Greenblatt, age 94, passed away April 28. She was born in Cleveland, where she grew up with her two older sisters living above their parents’ grocery store, and she described herself as a sports-loving tomboy. After high school, she worked as a bookkeeper and married her longtime boyfriend, the late Sidney Greenblatt. Her husband’s sales career took them to New York, Texas, and Chicago, where their two daughters, Merle and Gail, were born. After one more move to Peoria for a few years, they settled back in Cleveland where they remained until her husband’s death in 1989. During their years in Cleveland, Mrs. Greenblatt worked as a bookkeeper for many years at the Kidney Foundation, and then at the famous Corky & Lenny’s Delicatessen. She loved baseball, football, politics, cooking, telling dirty jokes, and being surrounded by friends. A few years after

her husband’s death, Mrs. Greenblatt moved to Cincinnati to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She had a wonderful time living at Indian Creek for almost 20 years, then spent the last few years of her life at Cedar Village Senior Living Community. Mrs. Greenblatt’s greatest happiness came from spending time with her beloved family. She is survived by her daughters, Merle Coyle in Cincinnati and Gail (Stuart) Weprin in Dayton; her grandchildren, Katie (Aaron) Carroll, Matt Weprin, Molly Weprin, Abby (Jono) Matasar, Jacob Weprin, Sara Coyle, Annie Coyle, and Sam Coyle; and her precious greatgrandchildren, Adam, Benji, and Charlie Carroll. Interment was at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Cleveland. Donations may be made to Congregation Beth Adam in Cincinnati or the charity of your choice. Michael Shane of Oakwood died April 28 at the age of 58 after a hard fought battle with cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). Mr. Shane is survived by his wife, Felice; his children Lindi (Adam), Allison, and Jordan; his granddaughter Sidney; his sister, Cindy Pretekin (Jeff Froelich); and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, Phyllis and Sidney Shane; and his sister, Margie Shane. Mr. Shane was born in Evansville, Ind. and attended college at Indiana University. He moved to Dayton in 1982 and a few years later he and his two business partners, Geoffrey Hyman and Jeffrey Fourman, started a company that was originally known as Cables To Go and later renamed Lastar, Inc. They sold that company in 2014 and since then, Mr. Shane was focused

on serving the Dayton business community and the broader Dayton community. He had the opportunity to serve as a board member/advisor to several local businesses, and he served as the director of the Feast of Giving and was previously the chairman of the board of Dayton Children’s Hospital. Mr. Shane was an avid Dayton Flyers fan, loved the game of golf, but most of all he cherished family time. He believed in giving back to the community and wanted to do what he could to help make an impact on others’ lives. Mr. Shane was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will always be loved and missed by many. Interment was at Beth Abraham Cemetery. Please consider a donation to the Feast of Giving Fund at the Dayton Foundation, to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, or to the charity of your choice.

“That there are members of our Crown Heights family and our Chabad family that are in pain over this actually creates a lot of pain for us, and we’re sorry about that,” he said in an interview with JTA. “At this moment — when children are being separated from their parents at the border, and Jews are being murdered in the synagogues, and people of color are being gunned down in their churches, and people in mosques are being firebombed — we need to stand together, and Reverend Sharpton has stood with us these past couple of years.” In the same interview, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said Sharpton’s role as an ally in this moment of increased bias and violence should be factored into understanding why he was invited to speak. “There are many chapters in Reverend Sharpton’s life,” Jacobs said. “We are in a moment of urgency, and Reverend Sharpton has spoken up and has stood strongly with the Jewish community.”

Continued from Page 7 they go into Charleston.” Rabbi Mordechai Lightstone, who runs social media for Chabad, the movement whose members were principally targeted in the 1991 riots, watched the livestream of the speech and expressed his outrage on Twitter. “The willingness to wash away our pain is so cruel,” he said. The Religious Action Center “needs to deplatform hate…Not give it a pulpit and whitewash it.” Lightstone, who with his wife is also director of Tech Tribe, a Chabad center in Brooklyn, was tweeting in his personal capacity as a resident of Crown Heights, he told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Rosenbaum’s brother, Norman, wrote in a Washington Examiner op-ed that inviting Sharpton “sends a very dangerous and intolerable message to the antisemites among us.” Rabbi Jonah Pesner, the Religious Action Center director, acknowledged the pain that Sharpton’s appearance must be causing others.

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130 Riverside Drive, 45405 • www.tidayton.org/festival

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JCC Children’s Theatre Scenes from the Addams Family

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Entertainment

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Inside Entertainment

Visit Mitzvah Alley JCC Children’s Theatre Scenes from Tarzan Visit Mitzvah Alley 130 Riverside Drive, 45405 • www.tidayton.org/festival & Father Israel at 70 Screening: Footsteps of My 12:00pm Film Jacob McGlaun &

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Dayton Jewish Chorale Jewish & Israeli favorites

5k run/walk, games, 18’ inflatable slide, Visit Mitzvah Israeli petting petting zoozooAlley

Sunday, June 10 • 11am to 7pm • free Outside Angele Price Entertainment Broadway favorites

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JCC Children’s Theatre Scenes from Tarzan Miami Valley

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What Makes Us Jewish? Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz

Jacob McGlaunEnsemble Klezmer

Miami Valley Klezmer Ensemble Eastern European tunes

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