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Israel advocacy primer for teens, adults p. 6 March 2015 Adar/Nisan 5775 Vol. 19, No. 7

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Temple Beth Or’s Rabbi Judy Chessin led an ‘Ice Cream Seder’ at Hillel Academy Jewish day school in honor of the Jewish month of Shevat. Each month, Hillel hosts a Rosh Chodesh luncheon; Rosh Chodesh marks the beginning of the Jewish month. Shown here with Chessin are (top, L to R) Becca Friedman, Devorah Schwartz, Samantha Jacobs, Orin Jenkins, Andrew Lewis, (bottom) Jacob Lewis, Lily Fullenhull, Benny Caruso, and Ellie Bloom.

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IN THIS ISSUE Ar ts & Culture..........................28

Leshon Ima......................................23

Calendar of Events....................19

Opinion...........................10

Family Education.........................25

Obituaries.............................27

Internet.............................23

Religion..............................21

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20 years in the making, Hadassah publishes Jewish Celebrity Cookbook Marshall Weiss

By Marshall Weiss The Observer It would be a challenge to find a Hadassah chapter in the United States that hasn’t put out a cookbook. But the Dayton Chapter of Hadassah’s new offering isn’t just any cookbook: it features recipes and recollections from Jewish celebrities and politicians — now mostly deceased — whose fame goes back to the middle of the last century. Unassuming in appearance, the spiral-bound Jewish Celebrity Cookbook: A Compilation of Delectable Recipes, Personal Stories & Humorous Anecdotes hit the presses at Office Depot in December. It’s just about sold out, ready for a second printing. Between the covers are recipes for borsht from opera star Robert Merrill and violinist Isaac Stern, Linguine Soupy Dayton Hadassah Chapter Members (L to R) Shirlee Gilbert, Sis Litvin, from comedian Soupy Sales, Vicki Kemmerer, and Julie Bloom helped bring the project to completion Curried Chicken Salad with to 1994, when chapter member time.” Mango Served with Papaya Enough celebrities replied Ann Baum came up with the from the original Dear Abby, back with recipes and anecdotes and even Stuffed Cabbage from idea as a fund-raiser. that the committee was encour“We had a group, we used economist Milton Friedman. the Dayton library once aged, Ann says. There’s also a pizza But the leaders of the chapter or twice a week, and we recipe from designer would go through all of at the time decided the cookDonna Karan, Tradibook wasn’t a priority, Ann these books and tried tional Russian Fish recalls. She stored the replies in to find out who was Pie from violinist Sir Jewish,” Ann says from a box in her basement. Yehudi Menuhin, a Fast forward to four years Phoenix, where she self-described Potato and her husband, Rob, ago when the chapter was lookNosh from Joey Bishop, ing for a fund-raiser. moved in November. and San Francisco Ann Baum Ann reminded the women “We didn’t have the Cheesecake from U.S. that she still had the celebrity Internet, we had none of that. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, among So we wrote letters, and people recipes. recipes from many others. Work on the cookbook dates actually answered letters at that Continued on next page

Gap Bark Mitzvah Boy in Israel The Year

And not one with kibble filling. Sheesh.

1001 Hamantashen Recipes

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c O 2015 Menachem

From the editor’s desk

A passage from the Bible that’s always stood out for me is when Israel’s first king, Saul, learns from the ghost of Samuel via the Witch of Endor (illegal insider trading) that he will fall in battle the next day. As Marshall terror stricken as Saul is, the witch Weiss urges him to eat something. He says no. Then his men urge him to eat. He gives in. The witch prepares him meat with a side of matzah. Saul eats and goes on his way. As bad as things get, you’ve still got to eat. Israeli Chef Morris Zrihen, who visits Dayton later this month, says it best: “food has a philosophical significance.” This is evident in the holiday of Purim; we subvert the symbol of what could have been the destruction of the Jews into a party snack — we nosh on pastries in the shape of the villain Haman’s hat. Maybe there’s some stress eating along the way, but our food traditions connect us to Judaism: to our past, our memories, our mourning, our celebrations, and our hopes for the future.

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DAYTON Shirley Kaplan Memorial Concert

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Continued from previous page “We picked it up from there,” says Sis Litvin. “We decided when we looked at those (celebrity) names, that we needed to get younger, newer people (in the cookbook). And we noticed the difference. Where the former generation of actors and actresses were very willing to share, these people didn’t care.” Shirlee Gilbert says the new group of volunteers met to brainstorm names of current Jewish stars. “A lot of them just ignored us,” she says. Julie Bloom says she joined the project “because I can’t say no to Shirlee Gilbert.” Julie tried emailing, Tweeting and messaging Jewish celebrities on Facebook. When it became clear that celebrities weren’t responding, the chapter decided to go local, with recipes from leaders in the Dayton Jewish community such as Jewish Federation’s Cathy Gardner, Temple Israel’s Rabbi Karen BodneyHalasz, Chabad’s Devorah Mangel, and Dayton Daily News’ Meredith Moss. Chapter Fund-Raising Chair Vicki Kemmerer organized the recipes for publication. Her favorite is The James Caan Egg. Dr. Judy Chesen wrote bios for all who sent in recipes. “These ladies were amazing,” Ann says. “That they were able to breathe life into it and are so dedicated — it just takes the right people.” The Jewish Celebrity Cookbook is available for purchase for $20 through Dayton Chapter of Hadassah. To order, call Dena Briskin at 275-0227.

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Jewish Celebrity Cookbook

2-3 lbs. whole carp, sea bass, red snapper or cod (a size that will fit into your skillet or wok) 1/8-inch slice ginger root 1 clove garlic 1 Tbsp. peanut, corn or other oil 2 Tbsp. cornstarch 5 Tbsp. sugar (or Sweet’N Low) 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar or red wine vinegar 2 Tbsp. ketchup 1 Tbsp. soy sauce 1 Tbsp. cornstarch, dissolved in 1/2 cup water 1/3 cup oil for frying Wash the fish inside and out, pat it dry with paper towels. Rub fish inside and out with ginger root and garlic. Now rub fish on outside with tablespoon of oil (will help keep fish from sticking when fried). Pat the two tablespoons of cornstarch all over the outside of the fish. Set fish aside. For the sauce, in a one-quart pot, combine sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, ketchup and soy sauce. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered 2-3 minutes. Again stir together the tablespoon of cornstarch and half cup of cold water until the mixture is smooth. Blend the cornstarch-water mixture into the sauce, stirring until it boils and thickens. Keep sauce warm over very low heat. To cook fish in a wok or 12-inch skillet, heat oil to 350 degrees. If oil is too hot, the fish will stick. If using a wok, swish oil around the sides so fish won’t stick to sides. Carefully place fish in pan or wok and cook for three minutes, all the while spooning oil over the top surface of the fish. Cover the pan or wok and cook the fish 5-10 minutes, depending upon its size. Uncover and with two large spoons, carefully turn the fish over. Brown the other side for about two minutes. Very carefully transfer the fish to a large platter. Pour the sauce over the fish and serve immediately. This is low in calories and a healthy recipe.

Editor and Publisher Marshall Weiss MWeiss@jfgd.net 937-853-0372 Contributors Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin Rachel Haug Gilbert Marc Katz Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin Candace R. Kwiatek Mark Mietkiewicz Masada Siegel Advertising Sales Executive Patty Caruso, plhc69@gmail.com Proofreaders Karen Bressler, Rachel Haug Gilbert, Joan Knoll, Pamela Schwartz Billing Jeri Kay Eldeen, JEldeen@jfgd.net 937-853-0372 Observer Advisor Martin Gottlieb Published by the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton Judy Abromowitz President David Pierce President Elect Melinda Doner Vice Pres. Mary Rita Weissman Vice Pres. Bruce Feldman Vice Pres. Cathy Gardner CEO The Dayton Jewish Observer, Vol. 19, No. 7. The Dayton Jewish Observer is published monthly by the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton, a nonprofit corporation, 525 Versailles Dr., Dayton, OH 45459. Views expressed by guest columnists, in readers’ letters and in reprinted opinion pieces do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Dayton Jewish Observer, The Dayton Jewish Observer Policy Committee, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton or the underwriters of any columns. Acceptance of advertising neither endorses advertisers nor guarantees kashrut. The Dayton Jewish Observer Mission Statement To support, strengthen and champion the Dayton Jewish community by providing a forum and resource for Jewish community interests. Goals • To encourage affiliation, involvement and communication. • To provide announcements, news, opinions and analysis of local, national and international activities and issues affecting Jews and the Jewish community. • To build community across institutional, organizational and denominational lines. • To advance causes important to the strength of our Jewish community including support of Federation departments, United Jewish Campaign, synagogue affiliation, Jewish education and participation in Jewish and general community affairs. • To provide an historic record of Dayton Jewish life.

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DAYTON Scout Shabbat service March 7

Beth Abraham Synagogue will host the Dayton Jewish Committee on Scouting’s annual Scout Shabbat program on Saturday, March 7 beginning with the 10 a.m. Torah service. Tigers, Cubs, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Girl Scouts of all levels, and adult Scouters of all faiths are invited to attend the service. Jewish Scouts from area temples and synagogues are welcome to attend and participate in the service. Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms. Each Scout in attendance will receive a Scout Shabbat patch. The service will be followed by a light Kiddush luncheon at noon. For more information about Scout Shabbat, the religious emblem programs for Jewish Scouts, or to volunteer to participate in the service, contact Scott Segalewitz at segalewitz@ udayton.edu or 885-6868.

Chabad Women’s Weekend Retreat

Rus Devorah Wallen, a musician, social worker and therapist who presents self-help workshops based on therapeutic concepts from Chasidic philosophy, will be the guest speaker for the Chabad Women’s Circle Weekend Retreat to be held at Glen House in Yellow Springs from Friday, March 6 at 5:15 p.m to Sunday, March Rus Devorah Wallen 8 at noon. Spa services and meals are included in the retreat package, with day and half-night rates available. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call Devorah Mangel at 974-8648.

Culinary Purim meals at Beth Or

Following Temple Beth Or’s 6:30 p.m. Megillah reading on Wednesday, March 4, congregants will lead participants in making savory hamantashen for dinner and sweet hamantashen for dessert. There is no cost for the program. On Friday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m., the temple will present a Gourmet Food Truck Shabbat, with food for purchase. Arrangements will be available for those who don’t handle money on Shabbat. For more information, call 435-3400.

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Cantors in concert at Beth Abraham For this year’s Shirley Kaplan Memorial Concert, Beth Abraham Synagogue will present area cantors performing with a community children’s choir on Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m. Vocalists for the program are Cantor Andrea Raizen of Beth Abraham; Cantor Jerome B. Kopmar, Beth Abraham

cantor emeritus; Beth Abraham congregant Cantor Jenna Greenberg; Cantor Jack Chomsky of Tifereth Israel in Columbus; and Courtney Cummings, Temple Israel’s music director. A dessert reception will follow the concert, which is free and open to the community. For more information, call Beth Abraham at 293-9520.

Couch-to-5K training at Temple Israel To encourage sign-ups for Temple Israel’s Oy Vey 5K at its Jewish Cultural Festival on June 7, the congregation will offer a Couch-to-5K program on Mondays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. beginning Monday, March 9. A coach from Up and Running will lead the 12-week program, which is geared for those who have never run before. Sessions will include evening group runs. “Participants will receive an

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Fun & games with Hadassah The Dayton Chapter of Hadassah will host an afternoon of games, trivia, and nosh on Sunday, March 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Temple Beth Or. Participants are asked to bring snacks to share or $5 for admission. Hadassah will offer a 50/50 raffle. For more information, call Dena Briskin at 275-0227.

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Temple Beth Or members came together for The Pearl Ball at NCR Country Club on Feb. 7 to celebrate the congregation’s 30th anniversary and its founding rabbi, Judy Chessin. Shown here (clockwise from L): Rachel Haug Gilbert, Deb Char, Becky Guttstein, Marsha Goldberg, Lorraine Fortner, Karen Bressler, Dr. Corinne Wright, Thea Klass, Jennifer Pickard, Angela Gruenberg, Suzanne Vlahos, Caryl Segalewitz, Rabbi Judy Chessin.

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By Marc Katz Special To The Observer War, terror attacks and constant arguments over whose land it is are constant threats to Israel, but Noam Gilboord travels the United States to warn about the threat of BDS, a movement that’s more subtle. BDS is a Palestinian-run campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Launched in July 2005, BDS has the endorsement of more than 170 Palestinian organizations according to its website. Gilboord is director of community strategy for the Israel Action Network, an initiative of the Jewish Federations of North America in partnership with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. He travels across the country, providing members of Jewish communities with tools to counter assaults on Israel’s legitimacy. He’ll be in Dayton March 10 and 11 to present two programs: one for high school and collegeage students, the other for adults. “What the BDS Movement is trying to do is effectively, slowly erode support for Israel over time — within America specifically,” Gilboord said in

other.” a telephone interview from his Jewish communities, he New York office. said, must learn to be better “I think it’s been recognized there should be a two-state solu- advocates for peace. In the face of conflict between Israel and tion from the beginning. Even the Palestinians, the American the 1947 UN partition plan acJewish community should serve counted for a Palestinian state, as “constructive peacemakor what was known then as another Arab state. That’s what ers,” to ensure both Israelis and Palestinians can come we’re seeking to keep.” out of the conflict as Among its stated winners. goals, the BDS Move“There doesn’t ment seeks to preshave to be a winsure Israel to enable ner and a loser,” he Palestinian refugees to said. “Both people return to their homes can be winners. It’s from which they fled or up to us to create an were driven out of duratmosphere on the ing Israel’s 1948 War of ground where Israelis Independence; hours Noam Gilboord and Palestinians have after Israel announced trust. Where they have mutual its independence, the armies of understanding. Where they can five surrounding Arab nations get to know their narratives. attacked the fledgling Jewish They don’t have to agree, but state to destroy it. understand the other person. “ Israel’s government views Gilboord offers tangible ways the Palestinian right of return a Jewish community can stand demand as a wolf in sheep’s up for Israel and make progress. clothing. “When you’re advocating for Gilboord said the BDS moveIsrael, try and have empathy for ment aims for “millions and millions of Palestinian refugees Palestinians who are suffering flooding not the West Bank, not as well,” he said. “That’s something very, very challenging for Gaza, not even east Jerusalem, our community to understand.” but flooding Israel proper.” Gilboord said it’s also imporThis, he said, would create tant to become organized. a situation in which the Jewish “If you’re going to seriously state would govern a populatake on the BDS movement, it’s tion with an Arab majority. “And that’s not a democratic not just about what you say, it’s how you say it and to whom state,” he said. “So you would you say it. Sometimes, the Jewhave Israel apartheid or you ish community is going to be would be forced to dissolve the wrong (one) to say it. Israel as a Jewish state, just 70 “Make sure you have strateyears after the Holocaust.” gic alliances outside the Jewish Gilboord said there is a clear difference between antisemitism community — church leaders, business leaders, community and anti-Zionism. leaders, ethnic leaders, high “We in the Jewish communischool principals, college ties should not be quick to call administrators. Seek to be a anything that is anti-Zionism resource for those people. The or critical of Israel as antisemiJewish community will be seen tism.” as a partner for peace.” He advocates for a peaceful, He urges members of the two-state solution. Jewish community to educate “If you are going to support themselves as well. the Palestinian right of self “Don’t fall into a trap of bedetermination, which I do, you cannot simultaneously advocate coming a partisan for one side for the dissolution of the Jewish or the other. Try to understand the situation from both points of right of self determination. It’s view.” got to be both, not one or the The Jewish Community Relations Council presents Israel Action Network’s Noam Gilboord on combatting BDS through strategic advocacy, Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m. at the Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. Gilboord will talk with high school teens and college students about Israel advocacy on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at 105 Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. R.S.V.P. for both events to Karen Steiger, 610-1555.

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of a locally-produced documentary about Ethiopians of Jewish descent and their desire to make aliyah (immigrate) to Israel, has become an officer in the Israel Defense Forces. On orphan, Abiy was 15 when documentary filmmaker Embassy Healthcare now runs the Aileen LeBlanc, then based in nursing home at 4911 Covenant Yellow Springs, produced Take House Drive in Trotwood Us Home with support from the Levin Family Foundation. Beginning Feb. 1, Embassy LeBlanc and her film crew — Healthcare took over operations of the Jewish Federation-owned including Wright State University Prof. of Film Jim Klein — nursing home building at 4911 followed Abiy and his adoptive Covenant House Drive in Trotfamily on their journey to Israel wood. beginning in 2008. Embassy, which operates Worku Abiy in his IDF uniform Now 23, Abiy graduated more than 20 nursing, rehabilian honor. After all that I went tation and senior living facilities from his officer training course through, I know that (Israel) across Ohio, has signed a seven- on Feb. 4. The Israeli website, ynetnews.com, published a fea- was there for me and I want to year lease with the Federation. give back all that I can,” Abiy is ture about Abiy the next day. “They are currently evaluatquoted as saying in the article. “For me, (IDF) service is ing operations there to make The first documentary about sure they are top grade, and Marshall Weiss Ethiopian aliyah from the perthey will be working with us to spective of Ethiopians, Take Us update the facility, which is 42 Home had its world premiere at years old,” said Federation CEO the Philadelphia Independent Cathy Gardner. Film Festival in June 2012. Darla and Aaron Handler, Among its awards are the owners of Embassy Healthcare, Van Gogh Film Editing Award took over operations of the for World Cinema Documenfacility in Trotwood from Four tary from the 2012 Amsterdam Seasons LLP, which operated Film Festival, and Best Docuthe facility since 2011. mentary at the 2014 Texas Black “We were notified a year and Film Festival. a half ago that Four Seasons LeBlanc, formerly news was not interested in renewdirector with WYSO radio in ing its lease,” Gardner said. Yellow Springs, is now news “The transition to Embassy director for KMUW Wichita was done with the incredible Worku Abiy and filmmaker Aileen Public Radio in Kansas. professional services of attorney LeBlanc, Nov. 15, 2012, after the — Marshall Weiss Dayton premiere of Take Us Home David Pierce and associates at Coolidge Wall.” Pierce is president-elect of the Federation board. The Federation built the nursing care facility in 1973 on its campus in Trotwood to serve the Jewish community. Under the Federation’s operation, it was named Covenant House and provided kosher meals, and KEVIN A. BRESSLER, CFP®, MBA Jewish programs and services Financial Advisor until 2010, when the Federation CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner announced it would no longer • 29 years of experience operate the facility in the face • Ameriprise Hall of Fame of the declining local need for a • Ameriprise Exceptional Client Jewish nursing home. Gardner said revenue from Satisfaction Award, 2014 the lease of the nursing prop10050 Innovation Drive, Ste 310 erty in Trotwood accounts for Miamisburg, OH 45342-4933 nearly 10 percent of the Fed937.312.8008 eration’s $3.48 million annual kevin.a.bressler@ampf.com budget. ameripriseadvisors.com/kevin.a.bressler “Leasing the property has CA Insurance: #0823959 become integral to the Federation’s ongoing financial health,” she said. — Marshall Weiss

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Denmark synagogue attack seen as ‘wake-up call’

having armed police in front of buildings would be too disturbing to the population at large,” said Baker, who also serves as By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA killed a 22-year-old man in a director of international Jewish From the window of the shootout who they said was a affairs for the American Jewish Jewish Community of Copenha- Muslim extremist responsible Committee. gen’s crisis center, Finn Schwarz for both shootings. The shooter “I was taken aback because can see his country changing was later identified as Omar I never encountered in other before his eyes. El-Hussein. countries this argument of reHours after the slaying of The attack comes amid an jecting security measures while a guard outside the Danish escalation in antisemitic incifully acknowledging the threat,” capital’s main synagogue early dents in Denmark, including Baker told JTA. “I left knowon Feb. 15, two police officers one this summer in which ing it was only a matter of time toting machine guns were on several individuals broke into patrol outside the center — a a Jewish school just weeks after before I got the call.” Schwarz said authorities had common sight in France, Belthe conclusion of Israel’s sevenimproved security around Jewgium and other trouble spots week conflict with Hamas in ish institutions after the slaying for Jews, but which resistant Gaza. No one was hurt in the authorities in Denmark had incident, but some weeks earlier last month of four Jews at a previously considered both Jewish educators had instructed kosher market near Paris. But he said there remains excessive and unpalatable. students not to wear yarmulkes “I think this attack was a or other identifying garments to a gap of tens of thousands of dollars between the security wake-up call,” said Schwarz, a school. funding sought by the commuformer community chairman “This reality and the attack nity and what the government who has lobbied the authorihurt the JewWikimedia Commons is offering. ties for years, often in vain, ish community “I think the for greater security. “What we both by encourheavy security have long feared happened aging emigrais good, but and we will now see a changed tion and by I’m also sad to Denmark. We have never seen forcing people see it because this much security and guns to distance their a Denmark before.” children, for sewhere armed The deployment of armed curity reasons, officers stand officers at Jewish institutions from the Jewish outside (the) came within hours of a shootcommunity, synagogue ing at a Copenhagen café its schools and Copenhagen’s main synagogue, where a guard was shot and killed doesn’t seem where a caricaturist who had institutions,” early on Feb. 15 like the peacelampooned Islam was speakSchwarz said. ful country I know and love,” ing. One person was killed at Yet Danish authorities often Schwarz said. “But it’s necesthe café in what Prime Minister resisted requests for greater Helle Thorning-Schmidt called security measures, an issue that sary.” Denmark has approximately a terrorist attack. Rabbi Andrew Baker raised 8,000 Jews, according to the Later that night, Dan Uzan, a in September during a visit to European Jewish Congress. 37-year old volunteer security Denmark in his capacity as the EJC officials stressed that the guard, was with two police representative for combating problem of Jewish security is officers at the Great Synagogue antisemitism of the Organizanot Denmark’s alone and called when a gunman opened fire tion for Security and Cooperafor continent-wide countermeawith an automatic weapon, tion in Europe. sures, including legislation that killing Uzan and wounding the Noticing the absence of the provides national governments officers. sort of security arrangements with improved tools to counter The trio were standing familiar in Paris and Brussels, the threat. guard over approximately 80 Baker asked Danish officials “We are dealing with a panpeople who had gathered for whether they were worried a Bat Mitzvah celebration in a about an attack on Jewish insti- European problem which is being dealt with individually building behind the synagogue. tutions. instead of on a pan-European Guests reportedly took shelter “The officials I met recbasis,” said Arie Zuckerman, a in the basement after the shoot- ognized the risks but said senior EJC official who oversees ing and later were escorted out that Denmark had a ‘relaxed the group’s Security and Crisis under heavy guard. approach to security,’ as one Centre. “This is part of the On Feb. 15, Danish police interlocutor put it, and that reason our enemies are the ones that have the initiative.” EJC President Moshe Kantor called on the European Union to establish an agency devoted to fighting antisemitism. “European governments and leaders who in the name of upholding liberties refrain from acting effectively against 2313 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood terrorists are endangering those 937-293-1196 very freedoms because they are www.oakwoodflorist.com exposing them to the terrorists’ family owned and operated 2315 Far Hills Avenue attacks,” Kantor said. military discount Oakwood • 299-5282

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Israeli TV journalist interviews ISIS and Kurdish fighters in Syria

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By Rob Eshman, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles Courage is a quality we value so highly we’re willing to pretend we have it. I don’t know whether Brian Williams fits that description, but I do know the unfortunate side effect of Coptergate is that it has cast suspicion on all television journalists in the infotainment age. Israeli journalist Itai Anghel with a female Are they more intent on building their guerrilla fighter in Syria brand, or giving voice to their subjects? Are they out there looking for truth, or rebels in the mountains of southern for backdrops? Are they really reportTurkey. ing, or just playing reporter? “The Turks were using Israeli drones One answer came to my inbox last against them, manned by Israelis,” month, when an Israeli friend sent me a Anghel recalled when I reached him by link to a segment on Uvda, Israel’s verphone in Tel Aviv. “I thought how crazy sion of 60 Minutes. that I’ll be killed by a 19-year-old with a It was a report by an Israeli televijoystick in Ashdod.” sion journalist named Itai Anghel who He grew close to a Kurdish comhad crossed into Syria to report on the mander named Media, who allowed Kurdish militia’s fight against ISIS. him to watch her fight against ISIS. An Israeli, in Syria — and Iraq — Yes, her fight. interviewing ISIS fighters, Kurdish Anghel’s remarkable segment, titled, guerillas, and Syrian citizens. No Free Steps to Heaven, documents the I watched it in awe. And revulsion. Kurdish female combat militia that And appreciation. repelled ISIS in the town When it was over, I of Mahmour and several played it again. I Googled surrounding villages. “Itai Anghel” and found Kurds, who are just one mention of him largely Sunni Muslims, in the American press, are fiercely nationalistic. in a Huffington Post blog Their female fighting post, where the writers forces have no parallel in credited him with cojones the world. “the size of pumpkins.” The women’s bloodI think that’s an undercurdling yell sends ISIS statement. fighters scurrying — In November, ISIS was they believe if a woman cutting through northern kills them, they won’t go Iraq and Syria like a hot to heaven and get their knife through butter. 72 virgins. The only force that stood in its way “It’s the self-deception of the racist was the Syrian Kurdish militia, known patriarchy,” a Kurdish woman soldier as the People’s Protection Units, or tells Anghel. YPG. The other shocking part of Anghel’s Anghel has a contact within the YPG. report is his interview with captured For 20 years, he’s been covering conISIS fighters. flicts across the world for Israeli televiHe speaks with them in Arabic, and sion — Bosnia, Rwanda, Congo, Gaza, their cold-blooded responses tell you Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan. exactly what the world is up against. Four years ago, he filmed Kurdish One young terrorist admits to decapiYPJ tating dozens of people. “How did you feel when you killed people?” Anghel asked. Anghel knew the American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS. “I felt nothing,” the young man answered. The man said he prefers to decapitate with a blunt knife, so as to inflict more pain. He said ISIS will kill any Continued on Page 13 Itai Anghel with Kurdish fighters in Syria

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Why Bibi should give his speech McCain’s By David Suissa Like many other American Jews, I’ve had serious reservations about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s decision to speak to Congress on March 3, against the wishes of President Barack Obama. I’m in that camp of Israel supporters who are obsessed with keeping the most powerful man in the world as squarely on the side of Israel as possible. So if that man tells me he’s unhappy with something Israel has done, well, it gets my attention. It’s clear from all reports that President Obama is very unhappy with Netanyahu for accepting House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to speak. It’s also true that Obama expressed no opposition in 2011 when the same event occurred, albeit in less heated circumstances. In any case, if the most powerful man in the world is upset about something, you can’t afford to just shrug that off. Furthermore, Obama’s negative reaction has put politicians of his own party in the uncomfortable position of having to choose between pleasing him and attending Bibi’s speech. This has awoken the unpleasant scenario of Israel as a partisan issue, bringing down even more wrath on Bibi. Throw in the fact that the speech comes two weeks before the Israeli elections, and the decision to bash Bibi for his R.S.V.P. has become as easy as bashing the Kardashians for lowering our cultural conversation. In much of the Jewish world right now, Bibi-bashing is the safe thing to do if you want people to nod feverishly and agree with you. And yet, as much as I’ve had my issues with him over the years, I don’t feel like joining in the anti-Bibi frenzy. Something’s fishy. It’s too easy. It’s too perfect. It’s too simple. Here’s what smells: What is Obama so afraid of? Is it possible that he’s afraid to start a vigorous debate on his Iran strategy that will expose it as

potentially harmful to America’s or Israel’s interest? With the stakes so high and the deadline for a deal so close, it’s about time we have this crucial debate. Let’s put aside all the hysterics about politics and protocol and how Bibi has ticked off Obama. As sobering as those things may be, they pale in comparison to the strategic issue of how Obama deals with the Iranian nuclear threat. If he’s about to sign an agreement that many experts agree is a bad one, don’t we deserve a national debate? There’s good reason to be concerned about what Obama has up his sleeve. In calling for a national debate, an editorial in the Washington Post in February made that clear: “As the Obama administration pushes to complete a nuclear accord with Iran, numerous members of Congress, former secretaries of state and officials of allied governments are expressing concerns about the contours of the emerging deal…We share several of those concerns and believe they deserve a debate now — before negotiators present the world with a fait accompli.” The editorial outlined three major areas of concern: “First, a process that began with the goal of eliminating Iran’s potential to produce nuclear weapons has evolved into a plan to tolerate and temporarily restrict that capability. “Second, in the course of the negotiations, the Obama administration has declined to counter increasingly aggressive efforts by Iran to extend its influence across the Middle East and seems ready to concede Tehran a place as a regional power at the expense of Israel and other U.S. allies. “Finally, the Obama administration is signaling that it will seek to implement any deal it strikes with Iran — including the suspension of sanctions that were originally imposed by Congress — without a vote by either chamber. Instead, an accord that would have far-reaching implications for nuclear proliferation and U.S.

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national security would be imposed unilaterally by a president with less than two years left in his term.” Those are not tactical concerns; they are urgent, strategic concerns with global implications. Now, put yourself in Obama’s shoes. You’re very eager to close a deal with Iran. You’ve kept your cards close to the vest. You know your strategy is high-risk and debatable. And you know that if the Israeli prime minister addresses Congress, he may ignite a heated debate about the wisdom of your strategy. So, what do you do? As the most powerful man in the world, you make a big stink about Bibi’s appearance and hope that snuffs out the debate. So far, in the Jewish world at least, it has mostly worked. Jews are talking more about Bibi than about Iran. They’re talking more about cancelling Bibi’s speech than about rolling back Iran’s nuclear program. But I sense that a backlash has begun, that a debate about Obama’s Iran strategy is finally, haltingly, starting to take hold. A seminal essay by Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, has detailed the highly risky strategy of allowing Iran to become what Obama has called “a very successful regional power.” Similar pieces by Walter Russell Mead and Lee Smith have taken the president to task on this grand strategy. And when a powerful mainstream voice like the Washington Post expresses concern about the president’s approach and calls for an urgent national debate, you know something’s up. With the stakes so high and the deadline for a deal so close, it’s about time we have this crucial debate. So far, most of the debating has been about the tactical issue of sanctions. Now, we need a more fundamental debate about strategy. Bibi’s high-profile speech to Congress on March 3 will make sure that the strategic issues and concerns stay front and center. That’s not just good for Israel, it’s also good for America. David Suissa is president of TRIBE Media Corp./Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.

cloudy judgment

By Douglas Bloomfield Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the man who told us Sarah Palin is qualified to be president, has been going around saying U.S.-Israel relations have never been worse than under Obama. I’ve known and admired McCain since he was a freshman in the House of Representatives in 1983, and he is a solid friend of Israel, but I think his judgment is clouded by his humiliating experience of 2008 — he looked like a fool picking Palin and was trounced by Obama. He is still smarting and seems to reflexively oppose the president at every opportunity. Are U.S.-Israel relations worse than ever, as McCain has been saying on every talk show that calls him? The answer is a little bit of yes and a lot of no. On a personal level relations between the two leaders are as near bottom as any. It is no secret that Bibi Netanyahu and Barack Obama don’t like or trust each other. A senior White House official was quoted calling Netanyahu a “chickenshit,” yet despite the animus, they can and do work together and still talk to each other frequently. Which is more than George H.W. Bush and Yitzhak Shamir were doing in the early 1990s. McCain was around at the time but seems to have forgotten that those two not only disliked and distrusted each other but weren’t on speaking terms for quite a while. And during the Reagan administration, the White House chief of staff told members of Congress, particularly some of the diminishing number of Jewish Republicans, that they had to choose “Reagan or Begin.” Then there were the frosty relations between Jimmy Carter and Begin. It would help if Bibi and Barack got along as well as some previous presidents and prime ministers, like Clinton

and Rabin or Bush 43 and Olmert, but the alliance is more important than personalities. It may come as a shock to McCain, but on the very critical national security level, the relationship has never been closer or stronger. He doesn’t have to take my word for it, he can call his friend Bibi, who has said: “(President Obama) has reaffirmed — more than any other president — Israel’s right and duty to defend itself, by itself, against any threat. (He) enhanced (Israel’s ability to defend itself) through generous military assistance, revolutionary missile defense programs and unprecedented security and intelligence cooperation (and by) strengthening the unbreakable alliance between our two nations.” Even Ambassador Ron Dermer, whose portfolio seems to center on running the antiObama insurgency, has said Netanyahu “deeply appreciates” what Obama has done for Israel, such as “upgraded security cooperation and enhanced intelligence sharing to military assistance and Iron Dome funding to opposing anti-Israel initiatives at the UN.” The Pentagon official overseeing the defense relationship, Colin H Kahl, wrote in Foreign Policy, “No president in history has done more for Israel’s security than Obama.” As evidence, he cited: record-high and steadily increasing levels of military assistance; high-level consultation with Israel on U.S. arms sales to other countries in the region; advanced technology, like the F-35, which no other state in the region has access to, and defense cooperation and funding on rocket and missile defenses, notably Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Arrow. Here are some other facts to consider: • Obama has never embargoed arms to Israel as Reagan did to punish it for bombing Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor, or joined with Iraqi diplomats in writing and passing a UN resolution condemning the Israeli attack. • Obama never sought to delay or cut aid to Israel approved by Congress as both

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OPINION Reagan and Bush 41 administrations did. • Obama never refused to speak on the phone with a prime minister, as Bush 41 did to Shamir. • Obama never suggested that pro-Israel activists weren’t loyal Americans as Bush 41 did when they lobbied against his attempt to freeze aid to resettle Soviet immigrants as punishment for settlement construction. • President Ford ordered a “reassessment” of relations with Israel in 1975 because of what the administration called Israeli “intransigence” in negotiations with Egypt and Syria. • A White House aide may have called the prime minister a “chickenshit” but never did a secretary of state under Obama say “F*** the Jews, they don’t vote for us,” as James Baker did when he was Bush 41’s top foreign policy official. Or tell a congressional committee that if the PM wanted to talk peace he could call the White House switchboard. Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who was Netanyahu’s defense minister in his previous term, described bilateral cooperation as “wide, all-encompassing and unprecedented.” Obama’s isn’t the first administration Netanyahu had trouble getting along with. When Bibi was the Israeli deputy foreign minister during the Bush 41 administration, Secretary of State James Baker banned him from the State Department for saying U.S. foreign policy was built “on a foundation of distortions and lies.” Bill Clinton also found Netanyahu difficult to deal with. The president was so angered with Bibi’s “insufferable lecturing” and condescending advice that after one meeting he said, “He thinks he is the superpower and we are here to do whatever he requires.” Clearly, nothing has changed, except that Bibi now has an energized and implacably partisan group of Republicans eager to use Israel to bash the president. As I said, John McCain is a great American and a patriot, but when it comes to assessing the U.S.-Israel relationship his judgment is clouded by his personal animosity toward this president, an affliction that also infects his friend Bibi. Douglas Bloomfield is a freelancer based in Washington, D.C.

Fallacies & follies of Open Hillel Copenhagen By Holly Bicerano John Adams famously remarked that “facts are stubborn things.” Maybe that is why Open Hillel leaders have closed their eyes to them. Open Hillel is an organization committed to abolishing Hillel International’s Standards of Partnership. These standards preclude Hillel branches from partnering with groups supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement against Israel. Besides that, Hillels typically welcome groups on both the left and right ends of the spectrum. Open Hillel’s stated aims are open dialogue and inclusiveness, but several leaders promote exclusion and alienation from within the organization and simply want a platform for BDS. While some Open Hillel members supportive of BDS have complained of feeling estranged by Hillel’s support for Israel, they have at the same time joined forces with antiIsrael groups that make campuses hostile to many people in the Jewish community. These groups use belligerent tactics such as ejecting students from their events, disrupting pro-Israel lectures and discussions, obstructing Birthright tables, and petitioning to cancel pro-Israel speakers. Their tactics make many Jewish students feel unwelcome and unsafe on campuses. For this reason, many would recoil at the idea of empowering them by providing them with a platform and funding. Recently, they became mired in controversy after their “antinormalization” committee and other scandalous tidbits were exposed in a blog post I, as a former campus outreach co-coordinator for Open Hillel, published in the Times of Israel. Those who suggested the committee wanted to convince Open Hillel to subscribe to the anti-normalization campaign, which strives to end joint discussions and programs

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stance on political issues, but between Jews and Palestinians that was not the problem they unless they support the BDS needed to address. Indeed, no movement. matter how many times they Awash in doublespeak, the say they never made an official committee called their first statement in support of antidiscussion an “information/ normalization, the fact remains learning session.” Yet, the two that they have a committee people they brought to speak dedicated to it while several on the matter were both from Students for Justice in Palestine leaders are pushing the organization to adopt it. (SJP), a group connected to the One cannot stand for open BDS movement. dialogue and also promote a Open Hillel’s greatest undodoctrine that is antithetical to it. ing has been the hypocrisy of While they claim to be its leadership. In an attempt to championing open dialogue redeem the beleaguered orgaand inclusiveness in the Jewish nization, they have resorted to community, several of their falsehoods and mischaracterleaders reject these ideals and izations. have ulterior motives. Saying Naomi Dann, media coordisomething does not make it so. nator at Jewish Voice for Peace, Above all, what Open Hillel quoted in an article in New is calling for is a change in HilVoices, attempted an excuse for lel’s principles. Because Hillel the blatant ideological bias of the anti-normalization commit- is a private organization, it is not a free speech issue when tee’s discussion, stating they donors and members do not chose only SJP speakers in orwant to help fund and organize der to allow Palestinians to exIsrael-hating events; rather, it is plain what anti-normalization a brand issue. means to them; this could not Furthermore, it is not an have been the reason, however, open dialogue issue because because only one of the speaknobody is barred from attenders was Palestinian. The other ing Hillel events was Jewish. and being part of More impor- One cannot the conversation. tantly, even if stand for open As Open Hillel the committee dialogue and organizers have really did want also promote a themselves concedto invite Palesed, the Standards tinian speakers doctrine that is of Partnership only, it is inherantithetical to it. are written in a ently racist to broad manner. This assume that beflexibility allows broad intering Palestinian is a birthmark pretation by individual Hillels. compelling one to oppose dialogue and Israel’s right to exist, Some Hillel-affiliated groups choose to have discussions and therefore making a balanced debates with anti-Israel groups. discussion of this issue among An individual Hillel ordinarPalestinians impossible. ily uses its discretion in decidAdditionally, some organizing what events it will allow. ers have been hoping to assure that Open Hillel’s future events The only thing a Hillel is not allowed to do is partner with will comport with the anti-normalization campaign’s doctrine these groups and their affiliates because they run athwart of the and rules. One organizer told organization’s principles. me she was considering leavAt the heart of the Open ing if Open Hillel continued Hillel movement is a belief that sponsoring “normalizing” Hillel should abandon its supevents. port for Israel as a Jewish and Most Open Hillel leaders have offered nothing more than democratic state, and should provide a platform for BDS. deceit to back up their hypoOpen Hillel should be honcritical movement. Rather than est about what it really wants, rectifying the evident contrarather than concealing the lies diction between open dialogue and anti-normalization existing and hypocrisy that characterize in their organization, they have their disgraceful organization. chosen to mischaracterize the Holly Bicerano is a student at accusations against them over Boston University. This piece denying those mischaracterwas originally published at ized accusations. newvoices.org: news and views To illustrate, they contend in of campus Jews. that they never take an official

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attacks and Zionism

By Jonathan S. Tobin Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted to the attack on a Copenhagen synagogue Feb. 15 by placing it the context of a rising tide of violent antisemitism. But, as he did after January’s attacks in Paris, he said European Jews should draw conclusions from these events when he called on them to “come home” to Israel. In response, the chief rabbi of Denmark criticized the prime minister saying that the statement was irresponsible and that terrorism wasn’t a reason to move to Israel. Some, especially Netanyahu’s many critics, view this exchange as yet another example of his seeking to take advantage of tragedies for the sake of boosting his poll ratings in a tight election race. But whatever you may think of Netanyahu, these attacks are both unfair and inaccurate. As the nation state of the Jewish people in their ancient homeland, Israel doesn’t exist solely as a refuge for Jews under attack. But the latest string of attacks on Jews in Europe do once again prove “the existential necessity of Zionism.” Part of the pushback against Netanyahu’s statements and actions after both the Paris attacks and the fatal shooting of a Jew guarding a Copenhagen synagogue stems from personal resentment of the prime minister who happens to be in the fight for his political life in the Knesset election that will be held in March. Here in the United States, supporters of President Obama and his effort to appease Iran have been bashing him relentlessly. In particular, the left-wing J Street lobby has initiated a campaign seeking to delegitimize Netanyahu, urging Jews to say that he “doesn’t speak” for them. Their stand is not only misguided on the issue of Iran; it also seeks to undermine the ability of the democraticallyelected leader of the Jewish state to voice concerns about Jewish security in a way that only the person who holds Continued on next page

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much the very real appeal of its efforts to reconstitute a national Jewish culture and language but the need of the Jews for a refuge from the potent virus of antisemitism. Continued from previous page It would be nice to believe that office can (something they that in the enlightened Westwon’t tolerate from the right if Netanyahu is replaced by some- ern Europe of our own day the fears about mobs crying “Death one from the left). to the Jews” that motivated But Danish Chief Rabbi Yair Theodor Herzl to write The Melchior was not engaging in Jewish State and found modern that sort of attack. Rather, he Zionism would no longer apply. seemed to view Netanyahu’s But a Europe where the Jewstatement about the need for hatred of the Arab and Muslim Jews to leave Europe as an atworld that was imported by tack on his community. Middle Eastern immigrants As others said after the mixes with the contempt for Hyper Cacher attack in Paris, Jewish identity and Israel that the rabbi seems to believe that if Jews flee, the terrorists as well has become conventional wisdom among European intellecas the growing ranks of Eurotual elites is not a place where pean antisemites win. Jews can live safely. As the Times of Israel reportUnder these conditions, it is ed: the duty of any prime minister Rabbi Yair Melchior said, in of Israel to remind the world, as response: “People from Denwell as those faced with such a mark move to Israel because difficult decision, that Jews are they love Israel, because of no longer a homeless people Zionism. But not because of that can be abused with imputerrorism.” nity. “If the way we deal with The rebirth of Jewish soverterror is to run somewhere else, eignty in the land of Israel not we should all run to a deserted only gave the Jews a refuge island,” Melchior said. that would have saved millions There is some truth to during the Holocaust; it also Melchior’s argument. Cergave every Jew tainly Jews who It is the duty of around the immigrate to world, whethIsrael from the any prime minister er Zionist or United States non-Zionist, are not fleeing of Israel to remind injustice but are the world that Jews religious or non-religious, rather embracare no longer a a reason to ing Israel and stand a little Zionism. homeless people But does he that can be abused taller. Jews may really think the with impunity. choose to stay decline in the where they are, population of whether in an European Jews increasingly dangerous Europe and the vast increase in aliyah or a place like the United States (Jewish immigration to Israel) where, despite the existence of in recent years is a statistical antisemitism, they can live in anomaly? unprecedented freedom, accepAs the Pew Research Centance, and security. ter’s latest data reports, Jews But the existence of a home are fleeing Europe. That is not for Jews helps make them more just because of the alarming secure. Antisemitism is a disincrease in violence against ease for which there is no cure. Jews but a product of the way But after Copenhagen, our antisemitism has once again conclusion is just as true: the become mainstream in Euroexistential necessity of Zionism pean culture after decades of after Paris is not only a fact. It is being marginalized, or at least a charge for the future. kept under wraps, after the Prime Minister Netanyahu Holocaust. is right to note this fact. His Moreover, it is a plain fact critics, both in Europe and on that those who have made up the American left, should cease every great wave of immigracarping and seek to help him tion to the Jewish homeland strengthen Israel against its have been primarily motivated enemies. by necessity rather than an ideological commitment to Jonathan S. Tobin is senior online Zionism. The logic of Zionism is not so editor of Commentary magazine. PAGE 12

Are voluntary dues enough to get people to join synagogues? By Nina Badzin Michael Paulson reported in The New York Times on the pay-what-you-want model that some synagogues are implementing to reduce the financial barrier to membership. Paulson estimated that about 30 synagogues across the United States are trying voluntary dues. These changes, Paulson wrote, have come from “an acknowledgement that many Jewish communal organizations are suffering the effects of growing secularization, declining affection for institutions, a dispersal of Jewish philanthropy and an end to the era in which membership in a congregation was seen as a social obligation.” With those realities, a massive change in the dues structure is necessary, but is it sufficient? Changing the financial requirement for membership without addressing the widespread lack of interest in attending synagogue or engaging in a Jewish life is going to yield more of the same long term: low participation and apathy. Full disclosure: My husband and I are members of three synagogues. We’re members of my husband’s childhood Conservative synagogue in St. Louis Park, Minn., where our kids went to preschool, and we’re active at a newly revived Orthodox synagogue. We also consistently go to Chabad (where voluntary dues has been in place for decades). I was raised Reform, and we are not Orthodox. Are we an anomaly? Perhaps. Do we have to be? No. We stay at all three synagogues because of the relationships we have with the rabbis, their families and with the other congregants. We have also studied with Reform and Conservative rabbis, Aish Hatorah teachers and with our local kollel leaders. Like many modern Jews, we’re not tied to one denomination. “I’m hyper-affiliated,” I say

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free membership make people whenever someone wants to want to spend time, their other know where I stand. Though I highly-protected currency, at prefer, “I’m Jewish.” synagogues or in any aspect of After reading Paulson’s article, I asked friends on Facebook Jewish life? Provide value and people what keeps them from wanting to be more Jewishly involved in will pay. Show members the joy of Judaism and empower them and out of synagogues. I admit that I already suspect- to bring that joy home. Engage members with discussions on ed money had little to do with how to be a better person, a their hesitation. The discussion better parent, sibling, spouse, went on for 12 hours, yielding friend, and a more ethical busimore than 100 comments from nessperson, and they will come Jews across the country. back for more. One friend summed up the If congregants do not see how issue succinctly: “Many (Jewish Judaism can be relevant in their leaders) are asking, ‘How can we get people more involved in homes and everyday lives, then they will go somewhere else our synagogue?’ as opposed to in search of meaning and take asking ‘How can we get people their dollars with them. more involved with Jewish I’m not implying that life?’” synagogues have it all wrong. Only a small fraction of the answers focused on the expense. Organizations don’t die because they provide no value; they die I received numerous versions because they fail to provide of “Services are at bad times enough value to for little kids,” “It’s too cliquey,” Financial insecurity enough people. As Rabbi Avi “Everything is is a symptom of a Olitzky, co-author geared to young Jewish population with his father, families” and “I Rabbi Kerry feel out of place as that does not see Olitzky, of the a single person.” how the Judaism forthcoming book The grievances offered by the New Membermostly focused on ship & Financial Shabbat services. synagogue has Adina Frydanything to do with Alternatives for the American man, the executive their lives. Synagogue (Jewish director of UJALights PublishFederation of New York’s Synergy program, which ing), told me, “There has to be harmony between the synarecently published a study on gogue’s mission and its agenda. congregations with voluntary A synagogue cannot just be in dues, said, “Changes to the synagogue dues system are just the business of being in business.” part of a much bigger picture, When I told him that so many namely the ways synagogues of us want community but don’t can continue to evolve to be places that create a deeper, more always know how to define it, he described community as authentic sense of community.” a circle to which you feel you My experience with a wide belong that will miss your presvariety of synagogues and Jewence. ish organizations tells me that The reality for synagogues is the pressing challenge now for that members — and those not non-Orthodox synagogues is even considering joining — can creating communities where congregants care about Judaism find community in any number of places from yoga studios to and therefore see their synathe racquetball court to their gogues as valuable. careers, or their kids’ schools That is not to deny a real and sports teams. need for dollars, but the finanIf we can’t give people a cial insecurity is a symptom of a Jewish population that does not reason to infuse that circle with Judaism (not just with see how the Judaism offered by Jews, but with Judaism), then the synagogue has anything to sadly I don’t see a future for do with their lives. synagogues whether they cost If the perception of the money to belong or not. product or the way it’s delivered (low rabbi-to-congregant Nina Badzin is a freelance writer ratio) does not change, how living in Minneapolis. will a lower cost or even a THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • MARCH 2015


THE WORLD

Itai Anghel

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Her remarks sparked a national backlash against Israel’s Turkish policy. But Anghel’s groundbreaking reports have Continued from never been aired for Page Nine American audiences. Westerner, any ChrisHe’s never stood in tian, any Shiite, any front of a camera in rain journalist. boots as a hurricane “Even a Sunni jourformed in the distant nalist,” the prisoner background. He has said. “It’s enough that Itai Anghel interviews an ISIS fighter from Iraq named never been on Letterhe’s a journalist.” Sinan man. When Anghel asks Maybe because of all that, the killer what he makes of the took Israel to task for arming fact that he, Anghel, is a Jew Turkey in its fight against Kurd- he’s a reminder of the power of great journalism, and the courand an Israeli, the man can’t ish rebels. age of real journalists. even process it. “If any people in the world “I go only to countries where To be honest, I can’t blame has suffered like ours, it’s the intelligence in the country him. yours,” she said. “We have itself is completely in chaos,” he I asked Anghel if he was studied the history of Israel said. “Chaos is my heaven.” frightened. and the Jewish people long “I’m scared,” he said. “I’m and hard. Despite the mutual scared to death.” pain and suffering, your lack of Rob Eshman is publisher and But he has developed techsensitivity and policy toward us editor-in-chief of the Jewish niques to overcome the fear. He saddens me deeply.” Journal of Greater Los Angeles. was in Pakistan just after 9/11, for instance, filming crowds burning the flags of the United States and Israel. Instead of moving away, he walked straight up to the most vicious-looking protester and asked for a cigarette. “Running away was something that attracts attention. So I do exactly the other thing,” Anghel told me. “If I will attract attention, then it is the beginning of the end. The thing is try not to attract attention. I mean, I try not to be interesting. I’m working on not being interesting when I’m working in journalism.” That approach may be the opposite of the celebrity-driven American television journalism, but the impact is huge. In Israel, his reports on Israel’s Channel 2 shape public opinion and affect policy. In a 2010 interview with Anghel, Kurdish Cmdr. Media

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Why Israel’s elections are confusing

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Polls show that either the right-wing Likud or a newly formed center-left alliance called the Zionist Union is poised to win Israel’s March elections. If only it were that simple. If current surveys bear out, Likud and the Zionist Union, a combination of the left-wing Labor Party and the centrist Hatnuah, will indeed compete for the most votes. Each is poised to get 20-25 seats. But the one that wins the most seats in the Knesset won’t necessarily lead the next government. In reality, the election will be decided by the parties beyond the Likud and Zionist Union. Because Israel has a coalition system, the elections’ magic number is not 25 but 61 — a majority of the Knesset’s 120 seats. No party in Israel’s history has ever gotten that many seats, so parties band together to form a majority governing coalition based on common interests. Take a look, for example, at Jewish Home, the hawkish, pro-settler party that would join only Likud, and not the

Zionist Union. That means that when Likud tallies a potential coalition, it can add on the 15 or so seats Jewish Home is predicted to win. And that means that to beat the Likud-Jewish Home alliance, the Zionist Union will have to dive into the jumble of other parties looking for coalition partners. To get to 61, so will Likud. The way those small parties choose to swing will determine Israel’s next prime minister. That’s why Israel’s election is so confusing. The real race takes place among those running behind in the polls as well as those running ahead. Will Israel’s haredi Orthodox parties swing left in a political deal? Or will the centrist parties lean to the right, which is what happened in the last government? Those are the questions Israeli election observers are asking. They’re interested in the chaos at the bottom, no matter which party gets the most votes. — Ben Sales, JTA

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Jewish Worldview a RISING TREND for Local Involvement Community Relations Council Brings Israel Advocacy to the Forefront, Teens Learn What it Means to See the World Jewishly

Jewish Federation of GREATER DAYTON Tuesday, March 10 › Fighting BDS: Strategic Communications and Delegitimization 7PM @ Boonshoft CJCE (BDS: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) Wednesday, March 11 › Clashes on Campus: Countering Attacks on Israel’s Legitimacy. 7PM @ Sugar Shack Teen and College Student Event. Friday, March 13 › YAD Shabbat Dinner 7PM @ The Greene Club House Contact Ehud Borovoy for more details at 937-4011542 or eborovoy@jfgd.net. Saturday, March 14 › YAD Takes A Bite Out Of The Funny Bone 7:30PM @ The Funny Bone (88 Plum St., Dayton) Tuesday, March 17 › YAD Trivia Night 7PM @ Harrigan’s Tavern (4070 Marshall Rd., Kettering) Sunday, April 12 › Community Yom Hashoah Event 4PM @ Beth Abraham Synagogue Thursday, April 23 › Israel Independence Day Community Celebration 5:30PM @ Boonshoft CJCE Sunday, May 3 › Presidents’ Dinner @ Dayton Art Institute

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Battling the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement has been a large part of Jewish activism in Jewish communities and secular colleges in recent years. Our local Jewish Community Relations Council is getting ahead of the game this spring by inviting two speakers, Israel Action Network’s (IAN) Director of Community Strategy Noam Gilboord and Molly Rosen, two experts who have first person experience in battling the threat of BDS. Mr. Gilboord has been personally involved in combatting anti-Israel resolutions in city councils, investment firms, academic associations, university campuses, and church movements. The Dayton Jewish community will be able to meet Mr. Gilboord on Tuesday, March 10 at 7PM at the Boonshoft CJCE, where he will discuss how to counteract the BDS movement through strategic Israel advocacy. Mr. Gilboord will have a second event the following night (Wednesday, March 11) at 7PM with our local BBYO chapter, aimed at giving high school and college-aged students the tools to recognize antiIsrael rhetoric and showing them through interactive role play the best ways to argue against the BDS movement. Molly Rosen began her grassroots campaigns in support of Israel on the University of Michigan campus, as an undergrad. Ms. Rosen faced the BDS movement head on, pushing the pro-Israel movement forward in a campus community that had become polarized by the global issue. Ms. Rosen will be inviting local area teens and college students to discuss her experiences over a pizza lunch on Sunday, May 3 at the Boonshoft CJCE from 12:30PM to 2PM. Local adults aren’t the only ones getting active in the national arena. Recently, local teens from Temple Israel and Temple Beth Or attended a conference in Washington D.C. through the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism (RAC). Emma Pickard, a Junior at the Miami Valley School and a congregant at Temple Beth Or, participated in the RAC program this past December. “I wanted to participate in the RAC to gain a better understanding of Jews and their involvement/perspective in politics … I was not aware of [the] Jewish stance on many issues before the trip, I learned about the Jewish perspective on abortion, sex education, and immigration rights.” BBYO has also played an important role in expanding Jewish worldview. Andrea Liberman, a Senior at Centerville High School and a congregant at Beth Abraham attended BBYO’s International convention in Dallas, Texas last February. “… there were over 2,000 teens and many of them were from outside the US, so it was really cool realizing how widespread Judaism is. More importantly, we all practice Judaism a little differently based on our country, community, family, and personal beliefs, but we’re all bonded together by common core ideas and traditional prayers.”

Emma Pickard (center) participates alongside her peers at a RAC concference in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of Temple Beth Or.

THE WILD WILD WEB

Jewish Federation Works Towards a March Launch of a More Interactive Web Presence

These days, the internet is more than just a website. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram: you name it, we’re going there. Be on the lookout for the Federation and the JCC on Facebook, Twitter, (@JFedDayton, @JCCDayton), and Instagram starting in March. And for preschool parents or families looking for fun activities for their kids, the JCC’s Early Childhood department has been pinning away on Pinterest (JCCDayton). Join in on the fun, and share away!

Goldenberg Shares Experiences from First JFNA Board of Trustees Meeting The 2015 Snowbirds Gem City Reunion was hosted on February 11 in Boca Raton, Florida by Debby and Bob Goldenberg, which was in the same month as Debby’s first Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) Board of Trustees Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Debby was elected in November of 2014 as a representative of Intermediate Federations on the National JFNA Board of Trustees. I had the pleasure of attending the meeting

Debby Goldenberg and Roberta Shane at the Snowbirds event at the Goldenberg’s residence in Boca Raton, Florida.

with Debby, and we are excited to share our experience. Below is a personal message from Debby. As an elected member of the JFNA Board of Trustees, I have the incredible opportunity to represent and influence decisions made on a national level that affect intermediate-sized communities like Dayton. New board members are required to attend an orientation preceding the official meeting, where we were given a detailed overview of JFNA activities across Israel and the Diaspora. I was especially impressed with the 2015 Public Policy Priorities. Through their lobbying efforts, JFNA’s office in Washington D.C. brings the voices of the Jewish Federations to Capitol Hill and the White House. Their priorities include ensuring older adults the ability to age with dignity and to experience an enhanced quality of life, protecting Medicaid, Medicare, long term care, and the health safety net, as well as safeguarding the Jewish community from terrorism and helping

to respond to national disasters. The Board of Trustees meeting itself was a two-day meeting filled with pertinent and sobering information and statistics regarding the fight against boycott, divestment, and sanctions as well as other anti-Israel activities that are growing on college campuses across the United States. Particularly disconcerting was the briefing on European Jewry. With the news that violent anti-Semitic acts doubled in France during 2014, and in light of recent events across Europe, JFNA and their partner agencies will be there to support those who choose to stay and combat anti-Semitism, those that choose to make aliyah, and those who choose to resettle in North America. Overall, it was a wonderful experience, and a privilege to have been chosen for this national position and to represent our Dayton community on a national level!

- Debby Goldenberg and Cathy Gardner

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A P R I L S H OW I N G S OPENING

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$5 per person. Sunday, March 8 › Outdoor Family Adventure: Horsing Around 1:45PM @ Cape Cod Farms Learn more about horses and riding basics, and interact with our four-legged friends. $30 per person ($35 after March 3). Thursday, March 12 › Speaker Series: Julie Bloom 12PM @ Boonshoft CJCE Julie Bloom discusses her recent mission to Israel with Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF). Thursday, March 26 › Women’s Voices: A Passover Journey Raise your voice, feed your soul, pray, sing, dance, and bond with your sisters in this transformative Passover experience. $18 per person.

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Kids Stay warm with “Frozen”

A little bit of Yiddish to share with friends,

(Clockwise from top) Jonah Dorf, Flynn Aselage, Lily Kemper, Lana Dorf, Noah Miller, Kipton Farrell, Hana Khan, and Adina Baumgarten enjoy a day in fuzzy PJs during our Pajama Day. Students also participated in center-wide activities upstairs with songs and stories from the Disney movie “Frozen”.

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

Geshichte: \ Ge-SHICH-te\ Noun History, story, tale; novel. Expression with fleysh: far der geshichte - for the record.

Sunday, March 29 › JCC Yiddish Club in Memory of Lynda A. Cohen

1:30PM @ Starbucks (2424 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood) Members share stories of Pesach in their families along with Yiddish Pesach songs. Contact Judy Woll at 937-470-0113.

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L to R: Sis Litvin, Joe Litvin, Ira Segalewitz participate in the safety program with the Miami Valley Crime Prevention Association. Join us March 12 as Julie Bloom discusses her experiences from her recent mission to Israel with the Friends of The Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF).

BBYO Winter Kick Off Nearly 20 youth and teens in the Dayton area attended the first program of 2015 at Capri Lanes for an evening of cosmic bowling, fun and friendship. L to R: Lindsey Halasz, Rebekah Gruenberg, Zoe Waldman, Ben Guadalupe, Jason Guadalupe, Deborah Lieberman, Noah Gruenberg, Andrea Lieberman and Peyton Orloff.


After 20 years, Joyce Anderson Looks Towards a Happy Retirement

We all have heard the saying, “all good things must come to an end.” In this case our good fortune has been the long term and outstanding job of Joyce Anderson who announced her retirement on February 13. Joyce has been the transportation coordinator for the last 5 years of her 20 year tenure. She is the caring voice you have spoken with when seeking a ride for medical appointments, grocery shopping, and religious services. This important component of Jewish Family Service has been manned by Joyce who many know as a

person who “truly cares.” Jane Hochstein, JCC Director, has worked with Joyce in the early days when Jane was a volunteer and states, “if it was not for Joyce I would not be here, she called me to let me know that a position was opening.” When the JCC opened as a store front behind Dorothy Lane Market, Joyce started in that temporary location. For years she was involved with working on the programing guides that were sent to homes twice each month listing all programs and events. By 2002, when the new building was under construction, Joyce found herself the first person on the premises. She still remembers answering the phone amidst all the construction workers surrounding her. Joyce states that in her 20 years she has had the privilege of wearing many hats, and “I have always loved the variety.” The Federation soon recognized the strengths of this lady as an ambassador and placed her in charge of being the Rental Coordinator as the building was rented for wedding receptions and events. Joyce reflects that she has grown to be

Active Adults All Over Town!

LEFT: The Active Adults celebrated Tu B’Shevat with a light lunch and Seder directed by Rabbi Judy Chessin. Pictured at the Seder are (L-R) Gert Kahn and Shirlee Gilbert. RIGHT, TOP: A toe tapping welcome was given to the Dayton Tap dance Company who performed at Beth Jacob Synagogue. RIGHT, MIDDLE: Active Adult dine around at the Hollywood Casino Skybox Restaurant (L-R) Gert Kahn, Dot Engelhardt, Jerry Kuhr, Clara Hochstein. RIGHT, BOTTOM: Having fun at the slot machines at Hollywood Casino: (L-R) Dave Hochstein, Clara Hochstein, and Dot Engelhardt. PHOTO CREDITS: JANICE KOHN

Jewish Family Services Sponsors Caregiver Support Series at Temple Israel Jewish Family Services is sponsoring a four week educational series for caregivers. Throughout the United States, countless individuals provide care to family members so that they can remain in their homes. The purpose of this new group is to give support to caregivers by providing information. This information will help them handle the challenges of caring for their loved ones. Sessions will feature speakers that address topics such as communicating with family members, engaging in activities, and handling stress and self-care. This group will meet at Temple Israel in their library for four weeks. The series will begin at 10:30AM and go until 11:30AM, beginning Wednesday March 11 and ending on April 1. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Jewish Family Services at 937-610-1772.

more aware of the Jewish faith and the traditions held by the community and their significance. She is quick to say when she started she had no idea that she would be here for 20 years but wants to thank the community for a wonderful career. Joyce is a friend to everyone and she leaves a legacy of hard work, dedication and true commitment. Joyce truly rallies behind the JFS mission of providing service to lead a happy and healthy life to members of the community. Mary Ann Hemmert, JFS Director recounts, “we are truly thrilled that Joyce plans to continue her relationship with JFS and we have embraced her desire to help.” Joyce cares about the people of our community and she shows this quality each and every day by her attitude over the phone to all the individuals in our community whose lives she has touched. Joyce is looking forward to retirement and in her words, “Jim and I will be traveling in our Motor Coach with our beloved dog Cinder.” Please join us in wishing Joyce well in her new life endeavors!

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Tuesday, March 24 › Wild and Wacky Word Games 12:30PM @ Covenant Manor Tuesday, March 31 › Tim Cochlin 12:30PM @ Covenant Manor Pianist and Saxophone player. PLEASE CONTACT CHERYL BENSON REGARDING ALL COVENANT MANOR EVENTS : 854-6319 JEWISH FEDERATION of GREATER DAYTON AGENCY NEWSLETTER | MARCH 2015


SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Jewish Foundation of GREATER DAYTON

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In addition to scholarship opportunities, the Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton offers interest free student loans to eligible college students to help defray the costs of college education. Call us at 937-610-1555 more information.

Do not let these scholarship opportunities pass by! The Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton offers scholarships for the following: » RESIDENTIAL CAMP SCHOLARSHIP: Funds are available for local youths planning to participate in a Jewish residential camp program during the summer of 2015. This scholarship is made possible through the Joan and Peter Wells Family, Children and Youth Fund and by a generous donation from Carole and Bernie Rabinowitz. » TRAVEL TO ISRAEL SCHOLARSHIP: Dayton area Jewish teens and young adults, ages 14-21, are invited to apply for the Wolfe Marcus Trust Youth Travel to Israel Scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and plan to travel to Israel during the summer of 2015. » COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP: Since its creation in 2006, the Vicky & Robert Heuman Scholarship has been awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate student who demonstrates both academic achievement and financial need. The scholarship is open to Jewish Dayton area residents.

Completed applications and supporting documentation must be received by March 27, 2015. Awards will be announced in May. If you have any questions, or would like to request an application, please contact Alisa Thomas at athomas@jfgd. net or 937-610-1796.

Legacies, Tributes, & Memorials FEDERATION

ANNUAL CAMPAIGN IN MEMORY OF › Marvin Kobel › Bert Lieberman Donna and Marshall Weiss Ellie and Bob Bernstein Mary and Dr. Gary Youra › Herman Levitt Ellie and Bob Bernstein Judy and Mel Lipton Mary and Dr. Gary Youra › Bert Lieberman Judy and Mel Lipton Judy Woll HOLOCAUST PROGRAMMING FUND IN MEMORY OF › Carmen Appel Donna and Marshall Weiss › Marvin Kobel Nancy and Jeff Gordon › Marvin Kobel › Herbert Tolpen › Stuart Rosenstein Kathy and Mark Gordon › Stuart Rosenstein Melinda and Bill Doner Helene Gordon Helen Halcomb › Dorothy Gordon Marlene and Pat Cunningham CAROL J. PAVLOFSKY LEADERSHIP FUND IN MEMORY OF › Stuart Rosenstein › Bert Lieberman Marlene and David Miller

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BEN AND DOROTHY HARLAN CHILDREN’S FUND IN MEMORY OF › Bert Lieberman › Marvin Kobel › David Blumenthal Marla and Dr. Stephen Harlan FILM FESTIVAL IN MEMORY OF › Marvin Kobel › Stuart Rosenstein Jane and Dr. Gary Hochstein CHILDREN’S THEATRE IN MEMORY OF › Bert Lieberman Jane and Dr. Gary Hochstein

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SENIOR SERVICES IN HONOR OF › Speedy recovery of Dr. Franklin Handel Esther and DeNeal Feldman Andi Rabiner Marilyn Scher IN MEMORY OF › Bert Lieberman Beverly and Jeffrey Kantor › Marvin Kobel › Bert Lieberman › David Blumenthal › Herman Levitt Susan and Jonas Gruenberg › Herman Levitt Betty Goldberger › Sylvia Cohen Debby and Dr. Robert Goldenberg › Carmen Appel › Stuart Rosenstein Rosalind and Fred Badiner SOCIAL SERVICES IN MEMORY OF › Herman Levitt Esther and DeNeal Feldman SPECIFIC ASSISTANCE IN HONOR OF › Speedy recovery of Shirley Frankowitz Hyla and Dr. Raymond Weiskind IN MEMORY OF › Stuart Rosenstein › Sue Lewis Hyla and Dr. Raymond Weiskind

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Classes

Temple Beth Or Classes: Sundays, March 8 & 22, 10:30 a.m.: Tanach Study w. Rabbi Chessin. Sundays, 1 p.m.: Adult Hebrew w. Rabbi Chessin. Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.: Israeli Folk Dancing w. Janifer Tsou. Wed., March 4, 7 p.m.: Men’s Circle w. Rabbi Burstein. Wed., March 4 & 11: Intermediate Adult Hebrew w. Ehud Borovoy. Thurs., March 5 & 12: Beginner Adult Hebrew w. Ehud Borovoy. Thurs., March 12, 1 p.m. Socrates Café. 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. 435-3400. Temple Israel Classes: Sundays, 9 a.m.: Tanach w. Rabbi Sofian. Mondays, 1:15 p.m.: Knitting & Crocheting. Mondays, 1:30 p.m.: Advanced Biblical Hebrew w. Rabbi Bodney-Halasz. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.: Lattes & Legends, Dorothy Lane Mkt., 6177 Far Hills Ave. Wednesdays, noon: Talmud study. Wednesdays, 2 p.m.: Advanced Beginner Hebrew w. Judy Heller. Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.: Torah study. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. 4960050.

Discussions

Temple Israel Ryterband Lecture & Brunch Series: Sundays, 9:45-11:45 a.m. $5 each. March 1: Hadassah’s Vicki Kemmerer, Henrietta Szold & Her Influence on the Modern State of Israel. March 8: Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz. 130 Riverside Dr. 496-0050. JCC Speaker Series: Thurs., March 12, noon: Julie Bloom, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. 610-1555.

Women

Chabad Women’s Circle: Sun., March 1, 5 p.m.: Yoga Laughter. 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. Fri., March 6-Sun., March 8: Weekend Retreat w. Rus Devorah Wallen. Glen House, 1221 Glen Rd., Yellow Springs. For more info., call 643-0770. Hadassah Games & Nosh: Sun., March 8, 2-4 p.m. Temple Beth Or, 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. Bring snacks or $5 admission. For info., call Dena Briskin, 275-0227. Women’s Voices — A Passover Journey: Thurs., March 26, 6-9 p.m. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. W. Chef Morris Zrihen. Sponsored by JCC, Partnership2Gether, women from Dayton’s synagogues. $18. R.S.V.P. by March 18 to Karen Steiger, 610-1555.

Children

R.S.V.P. to 610-1555.

Young Adults

Federation YAD: Fri., March 13, 7 p.m.: Shabbat dinner at The Greene Club House. Sat., March 14, 7:30 p.m.: The Funny Bone at The Greene. Tues., March 17, 7 p.m.: Trivia at Harrigan’s Tavern, 4070 Marshall Rd., Kettering. For all events, call Ehud Borovoy, 937-401-1542.

Teens

Countering Campus Attacks on Israel’s Legitimacy: w. Noam Gilboord. Wed., March 11, 7 p.m. 105 Sugar Camp Cir. Sponsored by JCRC. 610-1555.

Family

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Fitness

Tai Chi @ the CJCE: Tuesdays. Beginners 3:30-4:30 p.m. Advanced 4:45-5:45 p.m. First class free, then $5. 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. R.S.V.P. to 610-1555. Insanity Workout: w. Lauren Baumgarten. Mondays & Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. First class is free, then $5. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. R.S.V.P. to 610-1555. Temple Israel Couch-To-5K: Mondays & Thursdays, 6 p.m. beginning Mon., March 9. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. $40 for 12-weeks. Call Courtney Cummings, 496-0050.

Seniors

Jewish Family Services Events: See Federation newsletter in center spread. JCC Yiddish Club: Sun., March 29, 1:30 p.m. Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. For info., call Dr. Judy Woll, 470-0113.

Community Events

Scout Shabbat: Sat., March 7, 10 a.m. Beth Abraham Synagogue, 305 Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. For info., call Scott Segalewitz, 8856868. Fighting BDS: w. Noam Gilboord. Tues., March 10, 7 p.m. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. Sponsored by JCRC. 610-1555. Beth Abraham Synagogue Shirley Kaplan Memorial Concert: Sun., March 15, 3 p.m. Featuring area cantors. 305 Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. Free. 293-9520. Wright State Univ. Medicine & The Holocaust Community Seminar: w. filmmaker Dr. John Michalczyk. Thurs., March 19. 5:30 p.m.: reception, 7 p.m.: presentation. For info., call 775-2934. Beth Abraham Men’s Club Deli Dinner, Raffle & Film: Sun., March 22, 6:15 p.m. Movie at 7 p.m. $18 dinner & movie, $5 movie only. 305 Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. R.S.V.P. to 2939520.

Hillel Academy & JCC Fun by Design: Grades K-6. Five weekly sessions beginning with Geocaching, Mon., March 2, 3:45-4:45 p.m. $40. 305 Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. R.S.V.P. to Beth Jacob Congregation Rabbi In Residence Dan Mecoli, 277-8966 or Yale Glinter, 401-1550. Weekend: w. Rabbi Adam Rosenthal. Fri. evening, March 27: Shabbat services followed Chabad’s Kids in the Kosher Kitchen: by catered dinner. Sat., March 28, 9:30 a.m.: Sun., March 15, 12:15-2 p.m. Monthly for Shabbat services, followed by kiddush lunch, ages 7-11. Breads & Bagels. Free with CKids class. 7020 N. Main St., Dayton. For Friday annual membership of $75. 2001 Far Hills Ave., night dinner R.S.V.P. and times, call 274-2149. Oakwood. R.S.V.P. to 643-0770. JCC Overnight: Sat., March 28, 8:45 p.m. Grades 3-5. Includes laser tag, movies, games. $35 by March 18, $40 after. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. R.S.V.P. to 6101555.

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Temple Beth Or Purim Celebrations: Wed., March 4, 6:30 p.m.: Megillah reading. 7:30 p.m.: Make Your Own Savory Dinner & Sweet Dessert Hamentashen. Free. Fri., March 6, 5:30 p.m.: Pre-Shabbat Carnival. 6:30 p.m.: Gourmet Food Truck Shabbat Dinner. 7:30 p.m.: Sabbath Musical Megillah led by Marc Rossio & TBO Rock of Ages band. 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. 435-3400. Beth Abraham Synagogue Purim Shpiel: Les Mess. Wed., March 4, 7:30 p.m. 305 Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. 293-9520.

JCC at Cape Cod Farm & Equestrian Center: Sun., March 8, 1:45 p.m. Learn horse-riding Chabad Purim In The Palace: Thurs., March basics. For grades K-2 & families. $30 by March 5, 5 p.m. Megillah reading, dinner, juggler. Free. 3, $35 after. 3619 Waynesville Rd, Spring Valley. 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. 643-0770.

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RELIGION

Purim, conflict, and sacrifice By Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin Chabad of Greater Dayton I grew up in a home where the politics was middle-ofthe-road, Cold War-consensus Republican. When, as a highschooler, caught up in the growing disenchantment with the war in Vietnam, my politics veered wildly leftward, it led to some high-heat political debates at home. At a certain point in one of many thrashings-out on the topic of the war, my father

CONGREGATIONS

Interim rabbi at Temple Israel beginning in July

ceed in her own heroic act. James famously wrote that the The Jews of Persia stood great problems facing civilizaIn February, Temple Israel antogether and followed the leadtion can only be addressed by a call to duty that is “the moral ership of Mordechai and Esther. nounced it selected Rabbi Ilene Bogosian to serve as its interim As we see in the story in the equivalent of war.” rabbi from July 1, 2015 to June It is a principle of the mystics Megillah, there were no open 30, 2016. Bogosian will begin miracles that delivered them. that we learn lessons from the her year at Temple Israel followNo sea split. No angels came Jewish calendar. But how does marching on treetops. No walls ing the retirement of the congrePurim fit in with such talk of miraculously sank in the earth. gation’s senior rabbi, David M. conflict and sacrifice? There was no splitting Sofian, at the end of June. While we often “Since 2004 Rabbi Bogosian of heaven, no thunder think of Purim as or lightning or Divine has been an intentional interim a time of fun, of specialist, supporting congregavoice. masquerades, and of Instead, the people tions in the United States and a stout l’chayim or Canada during times of transichose to stand as two, it also carries Jews, no matter what tion,” Temple Israel President a serious message Lisa Pierce and Vice President the risk. that, strangely Bart Weprin wrote in a Feb. 9 Throughout the enough, addresses struck a conciliatory note, saymonths after Haman’s letter to Temple Israel members. the idea that my ing, “I understand one thing Condecree was made clearly. Your generation is being father broached. gregant known, the Jews did Purim’s backasked to carry the entire burden Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin Jeff Stoller not fold their tents story, as illuminated of the war. During World War chaired and disappear. They stayed, in the tradition, is of a struggle II, no one could buy a new car, the search they prayed, they resisted, and gasoline was rationed, women’s for Jewish existence that was committee. fought from the bottom up, not in the end, they triumphed. stockings became hard to get, Over “And these days of Purim the top down, and which sucmany foods were rationed. are remembered and relived, in the past ceeded only because everyone Almost everyone shared the every generation, every family, decade, put all their chips on the table burden in some way, almost she has every country, and every city.” and put their own everyone was called accepted Facing the hatred of today’s lives at risk. upon to sacrifice. If Rabbi Ilene Bogosian interim Hamans, whether vicious and That risk-taking we are going to ask rabbi assignments at synaopen, or whether masked with began with Moryou to go to war, we gogues in Massachusetts, New a veneer of respectability and dechai, who easily should all be preJersey, Connecticut, Colorado, political correctness, our recould have deferred pared to sacrifice.” North Carolina, Pennsylvania, sponse needs to be the same. to Haman; Jewish What histories Washington, and Ontario. We cannot look to somelaw does not forbid of the Vietnam War A native of New Jersey, bowing to an author- thing outside us to save us. show is that AmeriThe power for our survival and Bogosian received her rabbinic ity. But how often ca’s defeat came not ordination from Hebrew Union triumph is within, given to us has it been in our history that from any decisive battlefield already by God and waiting for College-Jewish Institute of Relihuman authorities have made reverse, but from a loss of pogion in Cincinnati in 1992. us to activate it. litical will to fight. A substantial gods of themselves? In addition to her work as a Let us put ourselves on the In that case, there can be no part of the American populacampus rabbi and Hillel direcline and stand up for who we playing along; even at the risk tion doubted the morality or tor, she has served as a chaplain really are as a people. Let us of his own life, Mordechai repracticality of the war. in long-term and acute care setfused to bow down. We cannot without apology, with courAnd when the Administraage, dignity and determination, tings, as a rehabilitation coundefer to tyrants. tion completely lost its ability But the heroism of Mordechai identify and face down the evil selor, psychiatric social worker to lead, through Watergate that seeks to destroy us. No ally, and family therapist. alone wasn’t enough, nor was and its aftermath, even North She and her husband of 45 no weapon, no army can substiVietnam’s invasion of the south that of Esther. years, George, are the parents of tute for this. Before her own act of heroin cynical violation of the twotwo sons and one grandson. The Megillah writes of the ism, Esther asked that all the year-old Paris Peace Treaty Temple Israel will conduct result of the Jews’ commitment Jews should gather together could no longer spark any the search process for its next long ago: “The Jews had light and fast, and she would join American will to be involved and joy, rejoicing and splendor.” senior rabbi this year. them. Only then would she be any further at all. All that was — Marshall Weiss So may it be for us! left was for the helicopter to de- confident that she could sucpart from the embassy roof, for the re-education camps to be filled, and for the boat people to begin their sorry journeys to arch Torah anywhere else. Portions dar/ isan Whether one looks back at March 7/16 Adar the Vietnam War from a conserKi Tissa (Ex. 30:11-34:35) vative or liberal perspective, the Purim Shabbat war did show my father’s point The Feast of Lots Candle Lightings March 14/23 Adar to be reasonable — to succeed Vayakhel-Pekudei (Ex. 35:1-40:38) March 5/14 Adar in a conflict, people must be March 6, 6:16 p.m. united and willing to join in the Commemorates the rescue of March 21/1 Nisan March 13, 7:23 p.m. sacrifice that a great cause rethe Jews in ancient Persia. The Vayikra (Lev. 1:1-5:26) reading of the Book of Esther, quires. This holds true whether March 20, 7:30 p.m. costumes, grogers (noisemakers), we are talking about an armed March 28/8 Nisan and eating hamantashen conflict or any other great Tzav (Lev. 6:1-8:36, Deut. 25:17-19) March 27, 7:38 p.m. are part of this festival. cause; the philosopher William

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Beth Abraham Synagogue Conservative Rabbi Joshua Ginsberg Cantor/Dir. of Ed. & Programming Andrea Raizen Monday through Friday 6:50 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Fri., 5:30 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. Sundays at 8:30 a.m. 305 Sugar Camp Circle, Oakwood. 293-9520. BethAbrahamDayton.org Beth Jacob Congregation Traditional Saturdays 9:30 a.m., Sundays 8 a.m., Sunday through Friday, 7 p.m. 7020 N. Main St., Dayton. 274-2149. BethJacobCong.org Temple Anshe Emeth Reform Fri., March 20, 7:30 p.m. led by Rabbinic Intern Tina Sobo. 320 Caldwell St., Piqua. Call Eileen Litchfield, 937-5470092, elitchfield@woh.rr.com. Correspondence address: 3808 Beanblossom Rd., Greenville, OH 45331. ansheemeth.org Temple Beth Or Reform Rabbi Judy Chessin Asst. Rabbi/Educator David Burstein Fridays 7:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat 4th Friday, 5:30 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 Rabbi David M. Sofian Rabbi/Educator Karen Bodney-Halasz 1st & 2nd Fri., 6 p.m. Other Fri., 7:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat 4th Fri., 6 p.m. Sat., 10:30 a.m. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. 496-0050. tidayton.org Temple Sholom Reform Fridays 6 p.m. 2424 N. Limestone St., Springfield. 399-1231. templesholomoh.com

ADDITIONAL SERVICES Chabad of Greater Dayton Rabbi Nochum Mangel Associate Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin Youth & Prog. Dir. Rabbi Levi Simon, Teen & Young Adult Prog. Dir. Rabbi Hershel Spalter. Beginner educational service Saturdays 9 a.m. adults, 10 a.m children. Sundays 9 a.m. Tuesdays & Wednesdays. 6:45 a.m. 2001 Far Hills Ave. 643-0770. www.chabaddayton.com Yellow Springs Havurah Independent Services 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10-noon. Antioch College Rockford Chapel. Contact Cheryl Levine, 937-767-9293.

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KVELLING CORNER At the American Advertising Federation-Dayton Hermes Awards on Feb. 14, Linda Kahn, senior vice president of media services with The

Rachel Haug Gilbert Ohlmann Group, was honored with the AAF Silver Medal, in recognition of her lifelong contributions to the advertising industry. The honor marked exactly 20 years since Linda’s father, Walter Ohlmann, president and CEO of The Ohlmann Group, received the honor. In total, The Ohlmann Group received 12 awards at this year’s Hermes banquet.

Longtime Holocaust educator Renate Frydman presented the lecture A Reason for Survival: To Understand, To Educate, To Heal on Jan. 15 to The Lifelong Learning Academy of Sarasota, Fla. at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus. She recounted her family’s escape from Nazi Germany and talked about her efforts to foster understanding and education about the Holocaust for new generations of Americans. David Pierce, a shareholder of Coolidge Wall Co. L.P.A., has been named a 2015 Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers. App Architecture in Englewood has hired Elaina Ostrow as an architectural intern. Elaina has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from

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Miami University. She recently participated in Walt Disney Company’s College Internship Program. Adam Sobol’s team at Indiana University won a competition called StartUp Weekend Bloomington. The team is developing a product called CareBand, a management solution for individuals with dementia. The team is now in a global competition. Adam is the son of Jody and Dr. Todd Sobol. At its Mardi Gras celebration on Feb. 7, The Human Race Theatre Company honored Larry Glickler as the king of Mardi Gras for his years of service to the professional theatre company. Larry has been actively involved with The Human Race since its inception. Send your Kvelling items to kvellingcorner@gmail.com or to Rachel Haug Gilbert, The Dayton Jewish Observer, 525 Versailles Drive, Centerville, OH 45459.

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Sander Mitchell Raskin Hallie (Blazar) and Matt Raskin of Columbus announce the birth of their son, Sander Mitchell Raskin, on Oct. 27. Sander is the grandson of Jody Pollack Blazar and Andrew Blazar of Dayton, and Patti and Ken Raskin of Chicago. Great-grandparents are Ellen and Art Pollack, Cissie Silver and Arlene Mann. Of blessed memory are great-grandparents Shirley Pollack, Sylvia and Mitchell Blazar, Stuart Silver and Emanuel Raskin. Family and friends gathered at his bris at Congregation Agudas Achim in Columbus on Nov 3 to celebrate Sander’s naming: Shlomo Moishe ben Mandel v’ Chaya Shoshana.

Zavin-Katz Linda and Allan Katz of Dayton are pleased to announce the engagement of their son Jeremy to Vicki Zavin, daughter of Inna and Ilya Zavin of Buffalo Grove, Ill. Jeremy holds degrees from The Ohio State and Wright State Universities. He resides in Atlanta, where he is the archivist for Southern Jewish History at The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. Vicki is also an Ohio State graduate now working in the restaurant management industry. A December wedding is planned in Chicago.

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Beyond hamantashen at Purim Yayin, wine Name a traditional food associated with Purim. Good. Now name another. If you have trouble getting beyond the Hword, then you’re in for a treat. There’s nothing wrong with that prune, poppy or chocolatefilled delight. But isn’t it time to give Aranygaluska, Fazuelos and Ojos de Haman a chance? OK, let’s start with something a bit more familiar: kreplach. What’s the connection between Purim and a Jew-

Mark Mietkiewicz ish dumpling? According to Chabad.org, “Hamantashen and kreplach, both with their fillings hidden inside, allude to the hidden nature of the Purim miracle (http://bit.ly/pfood2).” MyJewishLearning.com continues, “Kreplach are customarily eaten whenever a ‘beating’ takes place: before Yom Kippur when men have flogged themselves (rarely done in modern times), on Hoshanah Rabbah when willow branches are beaten, and on Purim when Haman is beaten (bit.ly/ pfood3).” What is it with Jews’ preoccupation with Haman’s anatomy? We eat hamantashen, better known in Israel as Oznei Haman, Haman’s Ears. Sephardic Fazuelos share the same meaning as their Ashkenazi counterpart but the similarity ends there. These are light strips of dough fried and sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar (bit.ly/pfood4). Done with his ears? Then dig into his eyes. Ojos de Haman (Haman’s Eyes) has pastry dough wrapped around hardboiled eggs to create grotesque facsimiles of Purim’s villain. The eyes/eggs are then gouged out at the festive meal (bit.ly/ pfood18). Purim is unique among all the holidays on the Jewish calendar in that we enjoy the festive meal as the holiday is winding down (bit.ly/pfood7). Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov explains that “the Purim Feast is especially significant in that it elevates the soul as it provides pleasure to the body. It is thus stated in the Zohar that on Purim one may accomplish

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through bodily pleasure, what he can accomplish on Yom Kippur through bodily affliction (bit.ly/pfood8).” You may have your own traditional menu but if you want to try something a bit different this Purim, go back to the source: The Jewish-food Purim Archives has recipes for Persian Lamb and Apricot Pilaf, Persian Meat Patties (Shami), Persian Poached Pears and Persian Poppy Seed Puffs (bit.ly/pfood9). The large Iranian/Persian Recipes page looks appealing but you will have to make appropriate substitutions since this isn’t a kosher site (bit.ly/ pfood10). No worries about that at Chabad.org with this gourmet menu: Pesce al Cartoccio with Spinach, Egg and Onion Salad, Cream of Chicken Soup, Pickled Tongue in Apricot Sauce, and Two-Tone Potato Roll. If that seems too onerous, there’s a helpful link to The Easy Menu (bit.ly/pfood12). How to top off the meal? Aranygaluska is a traditional Hungarian Dumpling Coffee

Cake for Purim with “balls of a rich yeast dough dipped in oil and rolled in ground walnuts. It is then layered and baked in a tube pan (bit.ly/pfood13).” Or you could go with Linda Haim Meadows’ Ba’ba Beh Tamur, Iraqi pastries with almond or date filling (bit.ly/ pfood14), or some homemade Persian halvah (bit.ly/pfood15). After all that you may need a drink. There is the well-known — and somewhat curious — custom of getting so drunk that you don’t know the difference between Mordechai and Haman. Before you reach for one too many drinks, take a look at the Neveh Zion Purim Page, which advises how much to drink: not so much that would cause you to err while performing a single mitzvah. And why we drink: “Many of the miracles in the Megillah occurred during a party where wine was drunk, therefore we are obligated to drink wine to commemorate these miracles (bit.ly/pfood17).” On Purim, Eli Birnbaum likes to enjoy his homemade Israeli Orange Brandy. Birnbaum offers a rationale for imbibing on Purim, in moderation of course. “There are no absolutes in this world other than God. Everything can be used for good and evil. So too we celebrate our salvation from Haman by showing that even intoxication can be used to elevate one’s soul (bit.ly/pfood16).” Mark Mietkiewicz may be reached at highway@rogers.com.

We are blessed with two holidays this season, Purim and Pesach. For both, we drink wine to symbolize our joy. On Purim, one is advised by the rabbis of the Talmud to drink to the point of not recognizing the difference between Haman and Mordechai (Megilah 7:2), and on Pesach we drink four cups

Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin of wine to celebrate — as tradition teaches — freedom, salvation, redemption and becoming a nation. Yayin (wine), the intoxicating drink made out of grapes, was well known throughout the ancient world. The land of Israel was known for its superb quality of wines (Deut. 33:28). In the Bible, yayin is mentioned 141 times, stressing both the negative consequences of overdrinking, and the positive effects of reasonable drinking. The Psalmist, for example, declared: “Yayin yesamach lev enosh, Wine gladdens the heart of a human being (Psalms 104:15).” And the prophet Amos viewed grapes and its produce as a sign of peace and prosperity (Amos 9:13). The origin of the Hebrew word yayin is obscure. In ancient Hebrew a ‘V’ sound at the beginning of a word was changed to a ‘Y’. Thus, the Hebrew word for wine is yayin (not vayin). In Akkadian it is inu and in Ugarit it is yn.

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In ancient Greek it is oinos and in ancient Latin the word is vinum. In Italian and Spanish the word for wine is vino, in French vin, in German and Yiddish wein. These similarities lead most scholars to believe that the word originated in the regions around the Aegean Sea, Asia Minor or the Caucasus, places where grapes were grown and yayin was produced from time immemorial. Let’s look at two rabbinic observations about the drinking of yayin. The first expression is: “nichnas yayin yatzah sod, when wine enters, a secret exits (Eyruvin 65).” The expression is based on the numerical value of the Hebrew letters, known as Gematria. The sum total of letters in the words yayin (wine) equals 70; so does the sum total in the word sod (secret). From this it was deduced that when one drinks too much, one reveals too many secrets. The second comment comes from the Talmud where it is written, “yesh shoteh yayin vetov lo, yesh shoteh yayin verah lo, there is one who drinks wine and feels good, another drinks wine and feels bad (Yerushalmi Maaser Shayni 55:3).” That is to say, with some, wine agrees and with others, it does not. In short, think before you drink. Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin is a professor of biblical literature at Spertus College in Chicago and an adjunct professor of Bible and Hebrew at New College of Florida.

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JEWISH FAMILY EDUCATION

The synagogue isn’t a Jewish church New series: The Jew in the Christian world What can we learn from a house of worship? Interested in exploring a variety of religious experiences, my friend Atarah recently visited a nearby church. She noted that there was a sanctuary, a library, and two small side rooms, but no social hall or kitchen. When she asked a congregant about their

later as a response to “marketplace theology,” the modern design and use of space and resources for the transcendent. The synagogue, however, is not a Jewish church. Reflecting its archetypal multi-purpose nature, the synagogue is variously referred to as beyt knesset (house of assembly), beyt limmud or shul (house of study or school), beyt tefillah or shtiebel (house of prayer), or temple (an Candace R. echo of the historical Temple in Jerusalem). Kwiatek The Greek meaning aptly captures the communal nature of these various functions in the absence, he responded, “Church term synagogue, meaning assembly, meeting, or gathering. is a place where we gather From its very beginnings, to worship God, not to eat or Jewish tradition has woven socialize.” together the activities of asThese architectural details sembly and socialization, study and this religious perspective and deeds, food and prayer. echo those of Constantine’s Shortly after his circumcision, early churches, the medieval the biblical Abraham invited Gothic cathedrals in Europe, three travelers into his tent for a and the split-log meeting meal followed by conversations houses on the American frontier: emotionally and spiritually with God. In Egypt and again in the uplifting God-centered worship wilderness, Moses revealed in a morally-supportive comGod’s command to observe the munity is the primary focus of Exodus by gathering together, religious life. eating matzah, and teaching the The word church, from the story to future generations. The Greek and Germanic meaning “of the Lord, or Lord’s (house),” wilderness Tabernacle and the accurately indicates its purpose. later Jerusalem Temples were The inclusion of meeting rooms, places to assemble, pray (sacridining halls, kitchens, religious fice), eat, and learn. In ancient Israel as today, schools, and other facilities the Torah was read in public, didn’t appear in churches until core prayers required at least 10 the late 1800s, according to participants (a minyan), tradiJeanne Kilde in When Church tional Jewish study was done Became Theatre, “to serve as a counterattraction to saloons and in chevruta (partnership), and festival celebrations were with other ‘improper places’” and

family and friends over a meal. from Yavneh, Babylonia, Spain, While its origins are unclear, and Europe — was equally the synagogue’s development significant. can be traced through ancient Along with its progressive writings and archaeological attitudes toward women’s roles, remains, the oldest of which reason and secular learning, and are found in Israel (Masada), modern Hebrew and Zionism, Turkey, Macedonia, and Egypt the Jewish Enlightenment in (Alexandria), all from the time 18th- and 19th-century Europe of the Second Temple more brought about significant changthan 2,000 years ago. They sug- es in the liberal synagogue, gest the synagogue became a reflected in its architecture. The permanent institution for public relocation of the bima (platform gathering, study, and worship for leading services) from the during the time of the Babylocenter to the front of the sanctunian exile (sixth century B.C.E.). ary created a greater division Imported to Israel by the between leader and congregant returnees to Jeruand heightened salem, synagogues I would argue attendees’ spiritual by the hundreds lassitude. the modern served as places of The replacement study, prophetic synagogue of desks and movereadings, and seating with has ceased to able prayer gatherings stationary benches alongside the new- be authentic. and sideline classly rebuilt Second rooms demoted Temple’s sacrificial cult. the equal status of worship Following the Roman deand study, weakening their structions of Jerusalem and Judual calls to learning expressed dah (first and second centuries), through action, and hastenthe exiled Jews turned to the ing the trend toward a juvenile synagogue as the heart of their Judaism. widely-dispersed communities. The duties of the rabbi as As they adopted the cultural Jewish scholar, teacher, adjupractices of their host countries, dicator, and social/spiritual the most visible expression of leader expanded to include their Judaism became commusecular scholar, prayer leader, nal synagogue worship. Yet, life-cycle officiant, pastoral architecture that included open caregiver, leadership coach, husanctuary spaces and moveman resources director, financial able desks suggests that the manager, community volunteer synagogue’s role as a center for and more, necessitating an study — variously influenced entire office complex within the by the academies and scholars synagogue.

The desire of the synagogue to imitate the church’s central role in religious life isolated the spiritual from the everyday and marginalized the Jewish home. By narrowing its primary identity to “a place for worship,” I would argue, the modern synagogue has ceased to be authentic. It was designed to be about people, a place of assembly, meeting, or gathering in which to build relationships with oneself, one another, and God. Study, worship, deeds, and even food were only pathways to that end. We need to re-purpose the spaces and schedules in our synagogues to reflect a balance among study, worship, and deeds. We need to develop chavurot, home-based gatherings for the same purposes, modeled after the wildly successful “house church” movement. We need to encourage and support the uninvolved in developing original Jewish pathways to building relationships. We need to return our rabbis to being teachers and cultivate lay ministries within our congregations. Let us return our synagogues to being universally participatory sacred communities where we gather to transform ourselves and care for one another through study, prayer, and deeds in equal measure. Family Discussion: In what way could a “relational synagogue” create more balance in your Jewish life?

Literature to share Relational Judaism by Dr. Ron Wolfson: To explore in greater depth the ideas of community building, synagogue transformation, and “relational Judaism,” look no further than this highly-acclaimed, easy-to-read volume and its complement, The Spirituality of Welcoming: How to Transform Your Congregation into a Sacred Community, by the same author. Fire in My Ears by Susan Schneider: This many-layered tale from the Russian shtetl to post-war America is the tragic saga of a woman who relies on beauty and deception, making life choices that shatter three generations. Despite the centrality of despair and dysfunction, the love between the aging matriarch and her granddaughter is a glimmer of hope for the future. The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren: In simple words and neutral-toned sketches, The Whispering Town recounts the story of a Danish fishing town that cleverly rescued its Jews from the Nazis. Based on a true event, it’s highly recommended for upper elementary and middle school ages. THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • MARCH 2015

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OBITUARIES Shirley R. Abromowitz, age 87 of Miami, formerly of Dayton, passed away Feb. 11 at her residence. Mrs. Abromowitz was a buyer for Elder-Beerman, retiring after 26 years of service, a member of Beth Jacob Congregation, past president of its sisterhood, a member of Hadassah and a former volunteer at the Dayton Art Institute. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 52 years, Leonard S.; parents, Harry and Sarah Rosenberg; and sisters, Hanna Rosenberg and Nettie Bleiberg. Mrs. Abromowitz is survived by her sister, Lillian Fisher; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Interment was at Beth Jacob Cemetery.

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How an extremist changed his ways By Gary Rosenblatt New York Jewish Week Talk about bad timing. Yossi Klein Halevi’s rereleased book, Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist: The Story of a Transformation, was first published 20 years ago, two days after Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin was assassinated. It should have become a best seller for at least two reasons. First, its clear, perceptive writing offers up a remarkable self-portrait of a teenage Jewish Defense League activist in the mid-1960s through the early ’70s. Halevi at first is captivated by the militancy of the group’s charismatic leader, Rabbi Meir Kahane. But his admiration eventually turns to disillusionment and he comes to repudiate both the movement and its leader. Second, its understanding of Jewish rage and violence sheds eerie light on tragedies, then and now. Rabin’s murderer, who was influenced by Kahane, was an Orthodox Jew who believed he was saving Israel by killing its prime minister. Almost two decades later, Israeli society was shocked to learn that Jews were responsible for what Halevi calls an “unthinkable” act, burning alive an innocent Palestinian teenager in revenge for the murder of three Jewish boys this past June. Halevi’s book shows the link between these violent acts and how “self-righteous violence,” in his words, is the source of all terrorism; that self-righteousness promotes the false notion that there are no innocents among one’s enemies. Yossi Klein Halevi In the wake of the Rabin murder few people wanted to buy Memoirs, a book that appeared to justify extremism. It soon went out of print, and Halevi, noble cause for a new generation of American Jews an American-born journalist, author and senior fellow who felt both post-Holocaust guilt and post-Six-Day at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, never War pride as they sought to save the three million Jews thought it would have another chance. But after the of the Soviet Union from spiritual destruction. success of his most recent book, Like Dreamers: The StoAlthough the Soviet Jewry movement became the ry of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and greatest post-Holocaust success for American Jewry, Divided a Nation, which won high critical praise and Halevi believes it remains “the lost chapter in Jewish the National Jewish Book Council’s Jewish Book of the history,” in Israel as well as America. And in those Year award, HarperCollins has brought out paperback early days he was frustrated with SSSJ’s idealistic and editions of Memoirs as well as Halevi’s second book, often ignored rallies, and other efforts to stir interAt The Entrance To The Garden of Eden. (Also ill fated, faith and American Jewish establishment support. He its personal account of the author’s efforts to search became increasingly intrigued by and enamored with for spiritual connections with Christians and Muslims the swagger and success of Kahane, the founder of the came out the day after 9/11, and quickly disappeared.) JDL, who fed on the turbulent anger of the times — “This is an account of the inner black nationalism, the anti-Vietlife of an angry American Jew,” nam movement, student protests Halevi told me in reference to and feminist activities. Kahane his Memoirs. “And I want this and his “boys,” often thuggish generation to hear that voice and yeshiva students, attracted media understand it.” attention and communal outrage with their violent protests and acUs vs. them tions — first against black threats It begins as the voice of a teentoward Jews, then for the Soviet age son of a Holocaust survivor Jewry cause. living in the self-imposed OrthoHalevi recounts how he dox ghetto of Brooklyn’s Borough became a JDL activist and hero Park. The young Halevi is deeply when he and several others travinfluenced by his survivor father eled to Russia and were arrested who sees the world as divided for their sit-in on behalf of Soviet between us and them, Jewish vicJews. But over time his initial tims and the murderous goyim. admiration for Kahane faded. At the age of 14, Yossi Klein — he He came to see the JDL leader added “Halevi” when he moved as more brute than liberator, to Israel years later — channeled abandoning his followers when his fear of and anger toward the they were in trouble, and not the non-Jewish world into activism protector of Jews he made himself for the fledgling Student Struggle out to be. for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) organiza“No Jewish leader spoke so tion. Soviet Jewry became the incessantly of love for the JewPAGE 28

ish people as he did, and none so despised his fellow Jews,” Halevi writes. To Kahane, the Orthodox Jews who didn’t follow him weren’t really religious; secular Israelis were “Hebrew-speaking Gentiles,” and Israelis on the left were “worse than antisemites.” “Kahane became my teacher in ahavat Yisrael (love of the Jewish people) in reverse,” Halevi told me. After going to Israel in 1973 and helping the rabbi’s run for the Knesset, which was based in part on the “transfer” of Arabs out of the country, he broke with him for good. He was 20. Halevi returned to New York and tried to find himself through journalism and his studies. It was in a graduate course at City College on creative writing where he met the young woman who would become his wife. She was not Jewish. Through her, though, he learned to let go of his anger and narrow, distrustful vision of the world. Theirs was not only a personal love story but also a tale of falling in love with Israel. The couple made aliyah, she converted, they married, changed their names to Hebrew ones, and raised a new generation of sabras in Jerusalem.

Writing for two audiences

In his new introduction to Memoirs, Halevi writes of his transition “from the heart of Jewish self-ghettoization to an attempt to make peace with the world, embracing not only my Jewish identity but also my place within humanity.” He added that “for many Holocaust survivors and their children, being part of humanity was by no means a given.” Halevi says he has two audiences in mind for his book. One is the Orthodox world in which he was raised, “and my hope is to put on the agenda the question of our relationship with the non-Jewish world.” He seeks to challenge “a certain smugness” among the Orthodox, and “an extreme response, an understandable but destructive response to the Shoah — to cut oneself off from the rest of the world.” He hopes liberal Jews will come to understand that “it’s OK to get angry about antisemitism.” He recalled speaking to a group of American Jewish college students soon after the brutal murder in November of rabbis at prayer in a synagogue in Jerusalem. Halevi asked the students to describe, in a word, their response to the massacre. “It was a long list of words like ‘sadness’ and ‘disappointment,’ but what was missing were words that showed emotion and anger,” he said. “Why is that so many young American Jews seem incapable of outrage at attacks against Jews?” Halevi asks rhetorically, noting that “there is more anguish about the occupation than atrocities against Jews.” He says the great internal problem in Jewish life today is a lack of balance. One extreme is “xenophobic, with no connection to the world, and the other is so open to the rest of the world that they (the universalists) risk fading out of the Jewish story altogether.” Memoirs, Halevi said, attempts to describe the transition from the black-and-white clarity of his father’s generation, one of good vs. evil, to the “unbearable ambiguity” of today, between the moral burden of occupation and the moral imperative of protecting one’s own people. For Halevi, the story of his struggle to move from a sense of Jewish isolationism and to heal himself from Jewish rage, makes the book more relevant now, with Jewish extremism seemingly increasing, than when it was first published. All extremists, he says, hate complexity. “But that’s exactly the discourse we need today.” Gary Rosenblatt is editor and publisher of The New York Jewish Week. THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • MARCH 2015


FOOD

Israeli chef to oversee meal for local women’s Seder By Masada Siegel Special To The Observer Following your passion can be daunting, especially when you’ve spent years studying engineering and your gut tells you to become a chef. Morris Zrihen followed his feelings and it led him on a journey which eventually brought him to open his restaurant, The Breakfast Club, at Moshav Shavei Zion, along the Mediterranean coast between Acco and Nahariya in Israel’s north. “It’s a bistro restaurant that serves breakfast at all hours of the day with no limit,” he says. “We realized people like eating breakfast at any time of day. The menu is very varied and multicultural. There are all different kinds of breakfasts and every ethnic group has its characteristic one. For example the Baghdad Breakfast includes roasted eggplant, hard-boiled egg, tahini, fresh herbs and vegetables, a tribute to the traditional sabich. In the Scandinavian Breakfast, we have chosen smoked salmon, poached eggs, brioche and Hollandaise sauce.” Zrihen will oversee food preparations (kosher) for the JCC’s interpretive model Seder, Women’s Voices: A Passover Journey, on March 26 at the Boonshoft CJCE. Morris Zrihen His trip to the United States is sponsored by Partnership2Gether, a program of Jewish Federations and the Jewish Agency for Israel to promote people-to-people relationships among American Jews and Israelis. Dayton and 11 other communities in the central United States are in Partnership2Gether with the Western Galilee. Zrihen’s desire to become a chef started in college, where he studied building engineering. To supplement his income, he worked in a restaurant at night. That’s when he realized he wasn’t on the right career path. He still followed through on his education and became a building engineer. At the conclusion of a big project, he realized his work didn’t inspire him. He quit and took time to reflect on his passions. A short trip to India gave him clarity and courage; he then applied for a position as a restaurant chef.

Following a decade in the industry, the self-taught Zrihen enrolled at the Dan Gourmet Cooking School, where he received a chef’s diploma. “For me,” he says, “food and cooking are passion, innovation, a fascinating world, international communication, aromas of home and earth and sea and nature, cultures, knowledge and science, love and romance, people, family — and can be summed up as the whole of human experience.” Zrihen, who came from a Moroccan home, says his mother’s cuisine was the source of this passion. “When I was a child, my mother cooked for a family who had enough money and were accustomed to employing a private cook,” he says. “One day a customer entered my kitchen and recognized me as the son of his cook when he was a child. He complimented me on the meal, and was moved by having come full circle. I was as moved as he was, and I again understood that I was in the right place.” Having a positive impact on his customers’ lives is what Zrihen says he strives for. When asked what brings joy to his everyday work, he says, “At the end of the day, when I understand that far more people have visited the restaurant than the previous day and more people have enjoyed themselves.” The chef celebrates food as a way for people to establish and remember meaningful moments. “Every holiday is exciting, if only because of its characteristic food. We choose the appropriate food for events whether summer or winter, a birthday or even a funeral. Therefore in my view, even food has a philosophical significance.” In Dayton, he’ll lead a small group of volunteers to prepare dishes that will focus on the flavors of Israel’s Galilee region. Zrihen says his favorite flavorings to use in his kitchen are Atlantic salt, high quality black pepper, young Israeli olive oil, and fresh lemon. “The spice without which I can never cook excellent food,” he adds, “is the love for the profession.”

Chef Morris Zrihen’s cuisine will be featured at Women’s Voices: A Passover Journey on Thursday, March 26, 6-9 p.m. at the Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. The model Seder is sponsored by the JCC in collaboration with the Jewish Federation’s Partnership2Gether program and women from Dayton’s synagogues. The cost is $18. R.S.V.P. by March 18 to Karen Steiger at 610-1555 or KSteiger@jfgd.net.

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heat until sugar has JNS.org dissolved. We all recognize 2. Add the lemon that poppy seed juice, ginger and or jam taste when pears and simmer we bite into hafor an additional mantashen on Purim 10 minutes, or until every year. But given pears are tender. the right filling or Set aside to cool. dough, the traditional pastry has a To assemble and lot more to offer. bake: Hailed as the 1. On a gen“Queen of Kosher” erously-floured and the “Jewish surface, preferably Rachael Ray,” beston baking paper, selling author Jamie roll out the dough Geller is the founder to a quarter-inch of the Kosher Media thickness. Roll Network, publisher once, then pick up of Joy of Kosher with the flattened dough Jamie Geller magazine and turn it 90 and JoyofKosher. degrees. Sprinkle com. Geller’s online with more flour if cooking videos have Cardamom scented hamantashen with necessary and roll garnered more than pear and goat cheese filling it out again. one million views. Repeat until The following recipes, edited by JNS. dough is of sufficient thickness (this org, were recommended by Geller and procedure helps prevent the dough have appeared on JoyofKosher.com and from sticking). in Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller magaUse a round cookie cutter or glass zine. The Stuffed Hamantashen Challah with a 2-3 inch diameter to cut out recipe is based on Geller’s own challah recipe as it appeared in her cookbook Joy circles of dough. 2. Smear a very thin layer of apricot of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes. preserves in the center of each circle. 3. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon walnuts Cardamom Scented Hamantashen with and a small piece of crumbled goat Pear & Goat Cheese Filling cheese. By Pessy Haskelevich, writer for Joy of 4. Top with 1 teaspoon of pear jam. Kosher with Jamie Geller magazine 5. Lift up the edges of the circle to form a triangle. Pinch the corners For a pareve version, simply replace the securely so that they don’t open in the butter with canola oil and omit the goat oven. cheese. 6. Line a cookie sheet with baking Prep Time: 40 minutes paper and place the assembled haServings: Two dozen mantashen on the cookie sheet. Chill the hamantashen in the freezer for For the Pastry about half an hour. 2 eggs 7. Repeat with second half of dough. 1/2 cup sugar 8. Bake the hamantashen in the oven 1/2 stick butter, or 1/4 cup canola oil at 375 degrees for 20-24 minutes or Juice and zest of 1 lemon until golden. Cool on rack. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 21/2 cups flour Stuffed Hamantashen Challah 1 tsp. baking powder By Shifra Klein, editor-in-chief, Joy of 1-2 tsp. cardamom or hawayij Kosher with Jamie Geller magazine Pinch of salt

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For the filling 1/2 cup water 1/8 cup sugar Juice of 1 lemon 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and minced 1 lb. firm but ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4 inch diced pieces 3/4 cup apricot jam 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 8 oz. soft goat cheese (optional) Preparing the pastry: 1. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. 2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. 3. Divide the dough in half and chill in plastic wrap for half an hour. Preparing the filling: 1. Combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan and simmer over low

Based on the challah recipe from Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes. Prep Time for challah: One hour Cook Time for challah: 45-55 minutes Serving for challah: Four challahs 2 oz. active dry yeast + 3 Tbsp. sugar 6 cups warm water, divided 4 Tbsp. kosher salt 1 (6-lb.) bag high-gluten flour 2 cups sugar 4 egg yolks 11/4 cups canola oil, divided 2 whole eggs, lightly beaten 1/2 cup sesame seeds 1/2 cup poppy seeds Directions to make challah dough: 1. In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and three tablespoons of sugar in two cups of warm water, cover loosely with

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four equal parts. 15. Liberally spray four 9-inch round baking pans with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. 16. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 10 minutes and then lower your oven temperature to 350 and bake for an additional 35-45 minutes, until challah top is dark golden brown.

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a towel and set aside. 2. Place salt in a huge plastic bowl. 3. Add flour to bowl. 4. Add sugar and egg yolks. 5. Yeast should now have bubbled/foamed and doubled in size, if yeast has not bubbled or does not seem active repeat the process again. 6. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and slowly pour yeast and sugar water mixture into the well. Then add the remaining four cups of warm water into the well. Make sure the water is not too hot. It should be no warmer than you would use for a baby’s bath. 7. Start kneading ingredients together and add a half cup of oil. 8. For the next 10 minutes, knead, adding another half cup of oil slowly during that time as needed to create a workable dough. Dough shouldn’t be too sticky and also should not be dry. It should become one cohesive mass. 9. Loosely cover dough with a large kitchen towel and place in a warm spot in your kitchen for 15 minutes. 10. After 15 minutes, lightly oil your hand and knead again for another five minutes adding a touch more oil to the dough if necessary. The dough should now be easier to work with and will become smooth and satiny. 11. Rub a little oil over the top and around the dough. Cover bowl with a kitchen towel. Place covered bowl in a medium plastic garbage bag and place open ends of the bag loosely underneath the bowl, trapping in air. 12. Place in a warm spot and let rise for one hour or until doubled in size. 13. Punch dough down and knead (lightly oil your hands if necessary), flipping it and releasing any air bubbles. Cover again, using the towel and the bag, and let rise one more hour. 14. Lightly oil your hands, and punch down again. With a sharp knife divide dough into

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