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“Jewish celebrations and more delivered FREE, right to your front door!” That’s the motto of Fusion Family’s New Traditions Toolkit program, a series of free gifts sent to interfaith and conversionary families in Greater Cincinnati throughout the year which include all the ritual items they need to celebrate the Jewish holidays in whatever way is comfortable for them. Sponsored by The Mayerson Foundation, this program provides each family with a Shabbat Starter Kit, complete with candlesticks, Kiddush (wine) cup, challah cover, candles, a fresh challah, soup mix, Shabbat matches and a step-bystep guidebook which includes an explanation of the holiday, transliterated and translated prayers and recipes. Families also receive similar boxes for Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah as well as two additional kits containing a tzedakah box and mezuzah. Each box includes a special user friendly guidebook commissioned just for this program for those who want to try starting something new, or just learn something they didn’t know before. All gifts are 100 percent free to those who qualify. “It’s not always easy for one couple from two different religious backgrounds to turn ‘yours and mine’ into ‘ours,’” explains Julie Robenson, program coordinator for Fusion Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation for families in which one partner is Jewish and the other isn’t, or one or both partners have converted to Judaism. “Being part of a ‘blended’ family can have its share of challenges. That’s why we created the New Traditions Toolkit program,” she explains. “It’s the perfect way for these families to incorporate something Jewish into their lives in the comfort of their own homes,” she adds. “Should they decide they would like to be part of a community of other young families just like themselves, Fusion Family puts on a wide variety of holiday related programs throughout the year so they can learn a little bit—or a little bit
more—about Jewish customs, rituals and traditions, socialize with one another, and have a great time!” “Our different religions never seemed to matter when we got married. However, when our first child came along, all that changed,” explains Rebecca Goldstone Johnson. “When our son was born we suddenly realized it mattered a lot and had to go about the difficult task of figuring out how to combine our backgrounds so we could
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give him the best of both our religions,” she continues. “That’s when I signed up for Fusion’s New Traditions Toolkit Program, which made the whole process so much easier. My husband and I have been blown away by the quality of the gifts and we both love reading the step-by-step guides,” she adds. “Even though I’m Jewish, I have learned so much more from these books than I ever got out of Sunday school as a kid. Now we have everything we need to bring Jewish holidays and traditions into our family’s life.” New Traditions is a program of Fusion Family which was started three years ago by the Mayerson Foundation primarily to address the
needs of those interfaith and conversionary families who were not affiliated with a congregation or other Jewish organization. “The less engaged the parents are in Jewish life, inside and outside of the home, the fewer opportunities their children will have to be exposed to any type of Jewish culture or tradition,” says Pam Saeks, director of Jewish Giving for The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation. “As a result, these children will be at much greater risk of growing up with little or no Jewish identity. That’s why we felt it was important to take away as many hurdles to participation as possible and offer high quality events and resources. All at no cost, with no membership requirements and no questions asked,” she adds. “We have numerous stories of families who use the gifts from the boxes or attend our events and then go on to celebrate Shabbat, Passover and other holidays. Some even join the JCC, send their children to Jewish preschools and/or camps, and there are even some who have become members of several of our area congregations. And while we are thrilled that so many have increased the level of their Jewish engagement, we have no other goal than to give these families a chance to connect with one another and with Jewish life on their own terms in a way that feels comfortable for them,” Saeks continues. “For some, attending Fusion Family events or following a recipe provided in one of the boxes is the only Jewish thing they do… or may ever do for that matter. But that’s perfectly okay with us because before that, they weren’t doing anything Jewish at all!” For families in the Jewish community with children 10 and younger, The Mayerson Foundation offers Shalom Family, to help young families get connected to Jewish life and the Jewish community on their own terms. Also available to families who have recently had a baby is the Shalom Baby Starter Kit program. For more information, or to sign up for the free New Traditions Toolkit Program and learn more about Fusion Family events, see the Community Directory in this issue for contact information.
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The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati moves As of Sept. 1, the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati will be located at the Lake Forest Office Park, 4555 Lake Forest Drive Suite 645, in Blue Ash. The Jewish Foundation of
Cincinnati is a private philanthropy whose mission is to support, promote, advance and strengthen the Jewish community and Jewish causes in Greater Cincinnati. Founded in 1995, the
Foundation is now evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the Jewish community through social services, education, healthcare and other charitable grants.
Wise Temple’s young children celebrate Rosh Hashanah For many families with young children, the High Holy Days can be tricky. Parents want to celebrate this sacred season with their children, and often yearn to do so in a congregational setting. However, the normative Rosh Hashanah service can prove to be a challenge to such families. For most small children, the regular High Holy Day services are too long for their attention span, and it is nearly impossible for them to remain quiet for the duration of the liturgy. Furthermore,
the liturgy is not age-appropriate, and therefore does not engage the children in a meaningful way. Recognizing these challenges, the Isaac M. Wise Temple has been proud to offer its YoFI Rosh Hashanah service and celebration. YoFI is Wise Temple’s “Young Family Involvement” group, and has programming for young children and their families, including older siblings and grandparents. The YoFI Rosh Hashanah event will feature a brief age-appropriate
service that will include songs, a story, and the shofar blast. In addition, the children and their guests will have the opportunity to engage in some holiday-themed crafts and will enjoy a Rosh Hashanah snack. This year’s YoFI Rosh Hashanah event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 3:30 p.m. This program is open to Wise Temple congregants, as well as newcomers and guests. For more information, please contact the Wise Temple office.
Northern Hills Synagogue features ‘Jews and Baseball’ Northern Hills Synagogue’s Sisterhood and Men’s Club will co-sponsor the showing of the acclaimed film “Jews And Baseball: An American Love Story.” The screening will take place at the synagogue on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. The movie explores the connection between Jewish Americans and baseball, one of our nation’s most iconic institutions. More than a film about sports, it is a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, the passing on of traditions and the shattering of stereotypes. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, the film features interviews with fans, writers, executives and especially players, such as Al Rosen, Kevin Youkilis, Shawn Green, Norm Sherry, Ron Blomberg, Bob Feller, Yogi Berra, and a rare interview with legendary Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax. Fans Ron Howard and Larry King speak of the meaning of Jewish ballplayers in
their own lives, and two baseballloving rabbis relate the stories of Jewish players to the turbulent history of the last century. These personal and historical stories are interwoven with an extraordinary collection of rare archival footage and photos, and a musical score ranging from Benny Goodman to Yo-Yo Ma to Rush. Writing in the Los Angeles Times, reviewer Kenneth Turan described the documentary as warm and enthusiastic, noting that it “not only lives up to its title ... but also delivers a bit extra as well.” The film was screened at the Baseball Hall of Fame in October 2010. It received the Best Editing Award at the Breckenridge Film Festival, recognizing the work of film editor Amy Linton; the Audience Choice Award at the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival; and the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Documentary at the 2011 Seattle Jewish Film Festival.
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There is no charge for admission. Baseball munchies will be served. For more information, please contact the synagogue office.
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ReelAbilities Film Festival Pass provides best value The ReelAbilities NY Disabilities Film Festival, premiering Sept. 10 – 22 in Cincinnati, offers a Festival Pass for those who don’t want to miss any of the awardwinning films by or about people with disabilities. In addition to seeing all the films, Festival Pass holders will enjoy saving on the movies, and at popular local restaurants. A Festival Pass is the best value for experiencing ReelAbilities. It includes nine film showings at the Mayerson JCC, the Opening Night reception, a bonus film at Xavier
University, and the “Dinner and a Movie” restaurant discount. Nine films are included in the film festival. One of the award-winning films at ReelAbilities is “Snow Cake,” starring Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver. A moving drama, “Snow Cake” highlights the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident. The Opening Night celebration, Sept. 10 at the JCC, is included in the Festival Pass. Attendees will enjoy the film “Shooting Beauty,”
keynote speaker Richard Bernstein, and a chocolate reception catered by Chocolate Passion. “Shooting Beauty” describes one photographer’s journey teaching those with disabilities how to embrace the arts as they learn to record the way they see the world. Bernstein has been blind since birth, and is an accomplished attorney, professor and columnist who has spent his adult life fighting for the rights of the disabled. The “Dinner and a Movie” restaurant discount card is a special benefit exclusively for Festival Pass
holders. Restaurant deals are available at local restaurants throughout Cincinnati including: El Pueblo, J Café, Kinneret Café, Molly Malone’s, Rascal’s Deli, Sammy’s and The Palace at the Cincinnatian. Films and special presentations will take place Sept. 10 – 22 across Cincinnati at the Cincinnati Art Museum, College of Mount St. Joseph and Xavier University in addition to the Mayerson JCC. To see schedules, purchase a Festival Pass or view movie trailers, visit the JCC website.
JCC Early Childhood School offers many options The JCC Early Childhood School at the Mayerson JCC offers many options catered to working parents. This high-quality preschool accommodates parents-onthe-go, with full day and half day programs for children as young as 6 weeks old and up to 5 years of age. The JCC Early Childhood School has been recognized by the state of Ohio for excellence in preschool education and childcare. The full day program runs Monday — Friday, 7 a.m. — 6 p.m. Half day morning programs for toddlers and preschoolers are available from 9:15 - 11:45 a.m., with additional extended day options. Registration is year-round and the JCC Early Childhood School is open to the public; J Members pay a discounted rate. A newly renovated room for infants increases capacity at the JCC Early Childhood School for children as young as 6 weeks. The expansion allows the Early Childhood School to accommodate more infants, as well as add more
play space and a kitchen. There is now plenty of space for babies to crawl and explore in a comfortable, safe environment. Extra space also helps decrease the spread of communicable diseases. Staff ratios in
a tour. For the 2011 school year, there is availability for ages 3 and 4. With low child-to-staff ratios, highly qualified teachers and a concentrated focus on children’s developmental needs, the JCC
All toddlers and preschoolers in the JCC Early Childhood School enjoy fitness, music and other enrichment activities with specialty teachers. the infant room exceed state minimum requirements. There is currently a waiting list for infants (ages 6 weeks – 18 months) as well as toddlers (ages 18 – 36 months). Parents interested in enrolling children in these two age groups are encouraged to contact the JCC before their baby is born to arrange
Early Childhood School offers a curriculum that integrates large and fine motor skills, cognitive skills, language development and social development. Creating a connection to Jewish culture, while also encouraging understanding and sharing between families of many traditions, is another integral part
of the program. All toddlers and preschoolers in the JCC Early Childhood School enjoy fitness, music and other enrichment activities with specialty teachers. Children in grades K – 6 can participate in the After School at the J program. This program runs Monday – Friday, after school until 6 p.m. After School at the J includes transportation from some schools to the J, and kids enjoy activities in the gym, game room, indoor waterpark and outdoor play areas at the J. The JCC staff supervises homework, and there is access to computers and the Internet. After School at the J is open to the public, and there is a waiting list for enrollment in the 2011-12 school year. Interested parents for any of the school programs should contact the JCC in advance, as waiting lists are common. For more information about the JCC Early Childhood School, After School at the J, or other JCC programs or services, visit the J online or call.
Adult learning for wondering Jews begins Sept. 13 Interested in learning more about Judaism but wonder how to squeeze classes into your already hectic schedule? Welcome to the Florence Melton Adult MiniSchool, a university-quality, twoyear program of Jewish study. This unique mini-school is the fastest growing, trans-denominational Jewish learning program for adults, with thousands of students enrolling each year in over 60 locations worldwide. Melton is more than one-shot lectures or short-term seminars. It challenges adults to engage in Jewish learning in a comprehensive way. There’s no homework, and the only requirement is a desire to learn. Each lesson is designed to inspire and enlighten, regardless of a student’s background or knowledge, and the program is staffed by an impressive line-up of educators and rabbis. The Florence Melton program is designed to fit the real lives of adults: no prerequisites, no grades,
Arna Poupko Fisher is one of the instructors for the core Jewish learning classes at the J.
no tests and no homework! This two-year Adult Learning for the Wondering Jew program meets for 30 sessions each year, and weekly sessions are comprised of two,
one-hour classes with a 15-minute break in between. A dynamic faculty of educators creates an engaging classroom environment of high level thinking and discussion that encourages dialogue between people of different backgrounds. You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy theses classes! Classes will be held at the Mayerson JCC beginning the week of Sept. 20 and ending the week of May 15, 2012, with scheduled winter and spring breaks. Class times are held mornings or evenings, on Tuesdays, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.; and Wednesdays, 7 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Register with a friend by Friday, Sept. 9 and receive a discount! Year 1 classes are open to everyone, with the focus on the Jewish calendar, essential Jewish ideas and sacred text: Rhythms of Jewish Living is taught by Rabbi Ilana Baden, Associate Rabbi, Isaac M. Wise
Temple, on Tuesday mornings; Rabbi Matthew Kraus, Field Service Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Director, Department of Judaic Studies of the University of Cincinnati, on Wednesday evenings. Purposes of Jewish Living is taught by Rabbi Irvin Wise, Senior Rabbi, Adath Israel Congregation, on Tuesday mornings; Arna Poupko Fisher, Faculty, Department of Judaic Studies of the University of Cincinnati, and Rabbi Steve Greenberg, Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, on Wednesday evenings. Graduates of the Melton Core Curriculum can further their studies with Melton Scholars classes. Several Scholars classes are also available this fall at the JCC. For more information about Core or Scholars classes, or to register, contact Elizabeth Woosley at the J.
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Korkin, first executive director of Cedar Village Foundation Cedar Village Retirement Community has created the Cedar Village Foundation to strengthen its fundraising and investment efforts. Sally F. Korkin, who has served Cedar Village in several senior management roles, has been named the Foundation’s first executive director. By having a separate staff, board and budget, the Foundation
will be able to focus even more fundraising attention on supporting Cedar Village. “Cedar Village is known for the extraordinary service and programs it provides to our residents,” Korkin said. “The Foundation will help us make sure that special care continues.” For years, members of the Jewish community have named
local Jewish nursing homes in their wills, including the two nursing homes that formed Cedar Village – Glen Manor and the Orthodox Jewish Home. The Foundation is a way to encourage that similar bequests continue to be made to Cedar Village. “We need to make sure the next generations of residents are taken care of in the same way bequests
we have received over the years have taken care of today’s generation,” Korkin said. A major ongoing project of the Foundation is to raise money to further develop the Cedar Village Rehabilitation Center, which opened in July. Annual fundraising events include the Cedar Village Golf Classic and Eight over Eighty, a
dinner that recognizes people in their 80s who have made an impact on the local Jewish community through volunteerism. The Foundation oversees several endowment and operating funds: The Berg Family Fund for Cultural, Recreational and Educational Activities, which gives KORKIN on page 19
JFS eases future concerns for Russian-speaking seniors Making health care decisions is something many people take for granted. But an unexpected hospital stay or illness may make it difficult for many older adults to fully communicate their health needs and care choices. The situation becomes even more complicated if English is not the first language. To help Russian-speaking Holocaust survivors plan for their future health care needs, Jewish Family Service Resettlement brought in attorney Edward G. Marks. “Ed graciously volunteered his time. First to explain to older adults from the former Soviet Union what documents are needed in this country. With the help of interpreters, Ed answered their questions to
ensure they understood the importance of these papers. He returned to make sure they had the appropriate documents signed and notarized,” said Ann Sutton Burke, director of Aging and Caregiver Services at Jewish Family Service. Twenty older adults signed a Health Care Power of Attorney and a Living Will. This case management service of Jewish Family Service Center for Holocaust Survivors arranged for teams of three: an interpreter to ensure the older adult understood what they were signing, a notary public to legalize the papers, and a clerical person to make photocopies. Marks recommended the older adult give a photocopy of each document to their doctor, “regular”
Sonya Zimelikhin and Edward Marks
hospital that they use, and the individual designated in the Health Care Power of Attorney. He also suggested giving a photocopy of their Living Will to their rabbi. “This was also a civics lesson to learn about Ohio state law, another service we offer through our Resettlement Acculturation program. Ed gave many examples of what happens if the documents are not available,” said Burke. Jewish Family Service strengthens lives in times of need and the community by providing professional social services to families and individuals. It offers Adoption, Aging and Caregiver Services, Care Management, Family Life Education and Vital Services Support.
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New semester at Chai Tots begins The first day of the fall semester at Chai Tots Early Childhood Center brought much excitement for new and returning students. Chai Tots Early Childhood Center is a Jewish community school for children ages 6 weeks – 6 years. Located in Mason, the school helps children discover our world, as well as Jewish culture, with individualized curriculums in an academic environment. Ongoing extra-curricular activities include Music and Movement, Tumbling, Child Yoga, Shabbat Party and many other activities. Numerous family-oriented pro-
grams are offered, as well. Chai Tots is dedicated to providing a Jewish environment where our children can feel comfortable exploring and learning. In this environment they can grow and develop at their own individual rate and be proud of their heritage and who they are. This is achieved through offering a program enriched with hands-on experience in an integrated Montessori program. All of the Jewish holidays are taught through hands-on experiences that allow each child to relate to the holiday and experi-
ence it in a meaningful way. All areas of the curriculum are open for the children to freely explore as their curiosity dictates. They will be involved with the exploring and manipulating of materials, and the testing of new concepts. The teacher’s role is to facilitate and encourage the child to explore and discover new ideas. The children’s interaction with each other will also be an important opportunity for growth; they will learn how to work and interact with each other within a social setting while finding constructive solutions to their problems.
Hurricane Irene takes a toll on Jewish community with two deaths, but institutions spared By Dan Klein Jewish Telegraphic Agency NEW YORK (JTA) — For some in the Jewish community, Hurricane Irene was a soggy inconvenience. But for others, it became a moment to extend a helping hand — in at least one case, tragically. David Reichenberg, a 50-yearold Orthodox Jewish father of four from Spring Valley, N.Y., died saving a father and his 6-year-old son from a downed power line. Reichenberg came into contact with the live wire and was electrocuted. He was one of at least two Jews who were reported killed in the storm. The other, Rozalia Gluck, 82, was trapped in a Catskills motel that was swept away by flood waters during the storm. Authorities recovered her body late Sunday. By late Monday afternoon, 33 deaths in 10 states were attributed to Hurricane Irene, The Associated Press reported. Reichenberg’s death came after he stopped to help a Jewish boy and his father who had been viewing damage outside their home in Rockland County, N.Y. The boy had touched a metal fence electrified by a fallen wire. Reichenberg pulled the two from the fence, but could not escape himself, witness Moishe Lichtenstein told the New York Daily News. “When I got there the victim was on the ground and he was touching the wire, which was in the water,” Lichtenstein said. “When emergency officials got there, they couldn’t touch him. We were standing there for like five or 10 minutes. We were just praying, ‘God help this man.’” Reichenberg was pronounced dead at the scene and was buried Sunday night. The injured boy, Reuven Herbst, was reported to be in critical but stable condition as of Monday. His father, whose name was not released, suffered
only minor injuries. In an interview with JTA, a longtime friend of Reichenberg, Rabbi Avrohom Braun, described Reichenberg as an “upbeat person with unshakable faith.” Braun is director of admissions and education at Ohr Somayach yeshiva, which Reichenberg attended 25 years ago. Every morning, Reichenberg, who ran a sign-mak-
many areas, public transportation was still unavailable — the major denominational synagogue groups were trying to make contact with constituent congregations in areas without power or telephone lines. They were hindered by staff members unable to get to work due to lack of train service and impassable roads. Except for power outages and
communities were evacuated by order of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, including Brighton Beach and portions of Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn and Far Rockaway in Queens. In Baltimore, the Rosenbloom Jewish Community Center opened its doors to 395 foreign workers, mostly Eastern European college students who had been evacuated
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Before Hurricane Irene struck, homeowners up and down the East Coast took precautions, including this homeowner in New Jersey, Aug. 26, 2011.
ing shop, would attend 6 a.m. classes before opening his store, Braun said. He also said Reichenberg regularly volunteered to help coordinate Shabbat meals for impoverished families in Rockland County, which has a large population of Orthodox Jews. As the cleanup effort began late Sunday and the East Coast began to return to some semblance of normalcy on Monday — in
some minor flooding, no synagogues reported much damage. Congregations had moved Torah scrolls and historical documents to safe buildings on high ground, said Rabbi Elliott Kleinman, chief program director for the Union for Reform Judaism. Even before the storm struck, the Jewish community attempted to prepare for the worst. Some New York neighborhoods that are home to large Jewish
from Ocean City, Md., the Baltimore Jewish Times reported. Although the JCC, located in the Baltimore suburb of Owings Mills, Md., had been designated an emergency evacuation center three years ago, this was the first time the building had been used for that purpose. “As a Jewish organization, the JCC has the privilege of stepping up to uphold the Jewish value of Hachnasat Orchim — welcoming
of guests into one’s homes,” the JCC’s leadership wrote in an email, according to the report. Before the storm, Jewish officials offered both practical and religious counsel in preparation for the hurricane. The URJ issued hurricane preparation guides. The Orthodox website Vos Iz Neias posted halachic guidelines issued years ago by the Orthodox Union, Agudath Israel of America and others for what to do on the Sabbath in the event of a hurricane. Among other things, the guidelines specify that one may leave a radio on in a room of the house that is not generally used if there is concern for safety. “The rabbis are getting a lot of calls today,” Dov Hikind, an Orthodox New York state assemblyman from Brooklyn, told Reuters last Friday. Lindsay Goldman, the director of United Jewish Agencies Federation of New York’s J-11 Information Referral Center, reported that UJA-Federation had advised their partner agencies to activate their emergency protocols, many of which were created only in recent years by federation grants, and were co-coordinating agencies to assist one another. As of Monday morning, she said, all agencies had reported that they were open. The Union for Reform Judaism and B’nai B’rith International both opened Hurricane relief funds to collect donations for hurricane aid. As of Monday, neither organization could say how much they had collected or had decided exactly how the money would be spent or distributed. Rhonda Love, the director of B’nai B’rith’s Center for Community Action, said that even though this disaster occurred in the densely Jewish East Coast, aid will remain consistent with past natural disaster relief efforts — based on need, not creed. “We’ll work where there’s any opportunity to help,” Love said.
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National Briefs Father of Leiby Kletzky sues son’s killer, father for $100 million NEW YORK (JTA) — The father of Leiby Kletzky, the 8year-old Brooklyn boy who was kidnapped and murdered last month, has filed lawsuits totaling $100 million against Leiby’s killer and his father. According to court documents disclosed Monday, Nachman Kletzky filed the civil suit last week against Levi Aron, the New York Daily News reported. Aron has been charged with abducting Leiby as he walked home from camp, killing him and dismembering his body. “Obviously the acts are horrific and horrendous, and the level of damages should reflect what those acts were,” Kletzky’s lawyer, Mark Goldsmith, told the Daily News. “This is as horrific an event as a family can go through.” The suit, which was filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court, seeks damages from Levi Aron. Another suit was filed against Aron’s father, Jack, the owner of the home in the Kensington section of Brooklyn where Leiby was killed. The suit against Jack Aron accuses him of failing to monitor his son and allowing “tools of terror” to remain at the home, despite “knowing of the vicious ... propensities of his son, Levi Aron.” Levi Aron has confessed to killing Leiby but has pleaded not guilty to murder charges. He has been declared competent to stand trial. Mosques organize prayer for ‘Irvine 11’ (JTA) — Several Southern California mosques held prayers in support of 10 students going on trial for interrupting a university speech last year by Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren. The students from the University of California, Irvine and the University of California, Riverside are set to go on trial Monday. Each is charged with one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to disturb a meeting and one misdemeanor count of the disturbance of a meeting. If convicted, each student could face a sentence of up to a year in jail or lesser punishments, including probation with community service and fines. Charges against an eleventh student were dropped earlier this month.
New Israel Fund alone in funding Israel protests By Nathan Guttman The Jewish Daily Forward WASHINGTON (Forward) — Since mid-July, hundreds of thousands of Israelis have demonstrated for “social justice” in what have been called the nation’s largest protests on domestic issues in recent memory, and organizers promise more. Yet the leaders of most major American Jewish organizations have been noticeably silent about these protests — with one exception. And that organization, the New Israel Fund, which so far has raised $35,000 on behalf of the demonstrators, has been shunned by some of the very protesters it is trying to support. This dynamic illustrates the way that the protest movement that began on July 14 has scrambled the conventional relationship between Israelis and the American Jewish establishment. Eager to show that the tent cities and marches throughout the country are a grassroots effort, some Israeli organizers are reluctant to accept American funding, especially from a politically charged organization like the NIF. At the same time, it seems, some U.S. leaders are reluctant to endorse a movement that, while it says it is avowedly non-partisan, could serve to weaken the Netanyahu government. “The Rothschild Boulevard tent camp and leaders of the protests are cautious about working with us,” acknowledged Yuval Yavneh, director of the NIF grants department. “People on the right were successful in portraying us as a left-wing group, and the organizers are afraid of any political identification that might deter supporters.” Nonetheless, NIF mobilized as soon as the tent cities popped up in Tel Aviv and later across the country. On August 8, after 150,000 Israelis took to the streets in the first of what would become a series of mass demonstrations, a fundraising appeal was sent out by Rachel Liel, NIF’s executive director in Israel. “Stand with these Israelis. Stand for social justice and for democracy,” the email urged, linking supporters to an online donation website. Since then, of some $35,000 that has been raised, NIF officials have disbursed more than $21,000 in small grants to activist groups on the ground. The grants, up to $1,000 each, were provided only to certain elements within the Israeli movement and are based on two criteria: assisting protesters from the so-called periphery, outside Tel Aviv, and helping activists from smaller groups connect to the broader national protest move-
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Thousands of Israelis march through the streets of Jerusalem on Aug. 27, 2011 as they protest social inequalities and high living costs.
ment. As part of this effort, grants were provided to groups of Ethiopian immigrants, Israeli Arabs, the handicapped, foreign workers and Russian-speaking Israelis. The NIF also provided money for tents and electric generators for protesters in areas other than the main tent city on Rothschild Boulevard. “We want our money to go where it is needed the most,” said Yavneh, adding that the Tel Aviv protesters have other funding sources, including the national student movement. NIF did not provide funds for the two mass demonstrations that took place in central Tel Aviv but did support smaller demonstrations in Haifa, Jerusalem and in front of the Knesset. In addition, professionals from Shatil, NIF’s social activism arm,
have volunteered in 40 of the 65 tent cites across Israel, helping protesters organize, connect and resolve disputes. Because the protest movement is so decentralized, it is difficult to assess what NIF’s share represents. Still, it is emerging as one of the largest funders, alongside the national student organization and a couple of labor-oriented youth movements. Costs of the protest have been kept to a minimum, and the only big-ticket expense — the mass Tel Aviv demonstrations — was paid for from donation jars that were passed around the crowds. NIF’s offer to help was met with a mixed response on the ground in Israel. On the one hand, the group received a stream of requests for grants from the tent encampments and social change
organizations representing minority groups. But leaders of the mainstream protest movement, especially those in Tel Aviv, the movement’s epicenter, chose to steer clear of the group. “Everyone is saying that we are supported by the New Israel Fund, but we don’t work with them directly or indirectly,” Orly Weisselberg, one of the protest organizers, said in a phone interview. “We are not willing to have any groups that are getting involved in order to promote their own agenda or to direct the movement toward their own interests. We welcome any kind of support, but our condition is that they have no conditions.” NIF’s support for the protest movement, although limited in scope, triggered a barrage of criticism from Israel’s right wing. In blog posts and newspaper articles, opponents argued that the protest movement was no more than a front for the NIF. “We’re rather bemused by the extreme right in Israel ‘crediting’ it to the New Israel Fund,” said NIF spokeswoman Naomi Paiss, who stressed that the protest “is an authentic grassroots movement. “ Whatever NIF’s role, it stands in stark contrast to the relative silence of other Jewish groups, which are normally quick to issue a press release anytime there is news from Israel. The AntiDefamation League, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, PROTESTS on page 20
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Dramatic progress in in-vitro detection spurs new push for Ashkenazi Jews to do genetic disease testing By Hillel Kuttler Jewish Telegraphic Agency WASHINGTON (JTA) — Susan and Brad Stillman grew concerned following their son Benjamin’s birth in September 1998. He was fussy and congested, had difficulty breastfeeding and didn’t take to the bottle. The parents brought him to the pediatrician and then to a hospital pediatric care unit near their home in Rockville, Md., a suburb of Washington. Benjamin soon was diagnosed with Riley-Day syndrome, now called familial dysautonomia, a genetic disease of the autonomic nervous system that disproportionately strikes Ashkenazi Jews. When the Stillmans got married in 1995, they were tested for TaySachs disease, the only genetic disease prevalent among Ashkenazim for which screening was available, and neither parent was found to be a carrier or to have the disease. “Ignorance was bliss,” Susan Stillman said. “We had no idea we were carriers for FD.” Today, tests are available for 19 chronic conditions that are known as Jewish genetic diseases, including familial dysautonomia. Testing capabilities have risen dramatically: Just one year ago, individuals could be tested for 16 conditions; in 2009, the number was 11. Among those conditions, in addition to FD and
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Adele Schneider, M.D., of the Victor Center, counseling a couple.
Tay-Sachs, are cystic fibrosis, Gaucher disease, Canavan disease and Niemann-Pick disease. Organizations dealing with Jewish genetic diseases are intensifying their efforts to educate Ashkenazim of childbearing age about the need to be screened for all 19 conditions with a single blood test, and to update tests that have already been conducted. The experts view this as a serious communal health issue, with one in five Ashkenazim estimated to be a carrier of at least one of the 11 diseases that could be tested for in 2009. A study by New York University’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan found that significant numbers of New York-
area Ashkenazim — one in every 3.3 — are carriers of at least one of the 16 diseases tested for last year. A carrier rate of one in 100 for an individual disease would be “of concern,” said Dr. Adele Schneider, director of clinical genetics at Philadelphia’s Victor Centers for Jewish Genetic Diseases. As with any genetic disease, when both parents are carriers, each of their children will have a 25-percent likelihood of being affected; the more diseases for which each parent is a carrier, the greater the odds of the children being affected. “If you and your spouse find out that you’re carriers, you may not want to take that one- in-four chance,” said Karen Litwack, direc-
tor of the Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders. “It’s a terrible ordeal for parents to go through. From a Jewish community standpoint, there’s a general consensus that education and outreach will, hopefully, prevent this kind of thing from happening.” Experts in Jewish genetic diseases are seeking to promote awareness of the potential problems, because screening before a pregnancy can offer options for preventing or dramatically reducing the chance of a child being born with a disease. The four main alternative options are utilizing a sperm donor; utilizing an egg donor; preimplantation genetic diagnosis (invitro fertilization of the mother’s egg, analysis of the embryo, and implantation only if the embryo is healthy); and even aborting a fetus affected by both parents’ diseasecarrying genes. “Screening is protecting future generations,” said Randy Yudenfriend-Glaser, who chairs the New York-based Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium. She is the mother of two adult children with mucolipidosis type IV, one of the known Jewish genetic diseases. “When you’re young and getting married, you don’t want to know about it because it’s scary,” she said. “But you should want to know about it.” Experts also emphasize the need for each carrier to be screened
In tapping Ira Forman to be Jewish point man, Obama campaign goes with an insider By Adam Kredo Jewish Telegraphic Agency WASHINGTON (JTA/WASHINGTON JEWISH WEEK) — The fight for the Jewish vote in 2012 is expected to be a tough one. So the Obama campaign is turning to the quintessential insider. On Aug. 16, the Obama campaign tapped as its Jewish outreach director Ira Forman, the former head of the National Jewish Democratic Council and the coeditor of the 2001 book “Jews in American Politics.” A former Clinton administration official known for what some say is a near-encyclopedic knowledge of the Jewish politics, Forman will be charged with selling a president whose confrontations with the Israeli government have strained his relations with the Jewish community. “For those who believe that President Obama is in trouble with the Jewish community, Ira Forman is just the right medicine,” said William Daroff, the
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Ira Forman, longtime head of the National Jewish Democratic Council, was tapped by the Obama campaign to be its Jewish outreach director.
Jewish Federations of North America’s chief lobbyist and a former official at the Republican Jewish Coalition. Democratic insiders readily admit that Forman’s job won’t be easy. “Ira is going to have a consis-
tently tough road ahead of him,” said a Democratic Hill staffer who insisted on anonymity. “Someone had described this job as a punching bag job, that people are going to be having their screaming fits first before signing-up for team Obama.” Obama garnered 78 percent of the Jewish vote in the 2008 elections, according to exit polls. Currently, Obama’s approval rating among Jews stands at around 60 percent, according to several recent polls. Jewish support for Obama has fallen in proportion to Obama’s declining poll numbers generally. “I don’t think the administration has articulated the depth and breadth of its support for Israel as well as it needs to,” said former Mel Levine, a former Democratic congressman from California who campaigned for Obama in the Jewish community in 2008 and says he will do so again this election. “Our biggest challenge is to essentially explain the facts and get the record out.” Forman, a Washington resident
who cut his political chops as a legislative liaison at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is expected to play a key role on this front. During his 14-year stint at the National Jewish Democratic Council, he did battle with the Republican Jewish Coalition every election cycle. “The most seasoned hand-tohand combat Jewish issues guy out there is Ira,” said Amy Rutkin, a self-described Forman fan who serves as the chief of staff for Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). Forman’s longtime counterpart at the RJC, however, questioned how much of a difference Forman could make. “The feelings of the Jewish community are baked in the cake already,” said Matt Brooks, the RJC’s executive director. From the country’s struggling economy to what he characterized as the president’s perceived unfriendliness toward Israel, Brooks said that “Barack Obama owns it all and not a lot can change” between now and Election Day.
prior to each pregnancy to account for additions to the screening panel in the interim. Several organizations are expanding their outreach to rabbis and Jewish communal leaders to enlist their help in persuading prospective parents to get tested. Even doctors don’t push sufficiently for testing, representatives of these groups say. The Victor Centers’ survey in April of 100 Atlanta-area obstetricians, gynecologists, primary care physicians and pediatricians found that only 51 percent routinely recommend preconception screening, and just 34 percent recommend updated screenings between pregnancies. Not a single respondent reported recommending screening for more than six of the 19 known diseases. The findings were “stark” and “very worrisome,” said the Victor Centers’ national project director, Debby Hirshman. The agency’s Atlanta branch has secured the agreement of area rabbis to distribute fact sheets to the 17,000 congregants expected to attend High Holiday services next month. The Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium, with the support of the New York Board of Rabbis, last September inaugurated a clergy awareness program. TESTING on page 22
International Briefs Pro-Israel demonstrators counter Islamist march in Berlin BERLIN (JTA) — Berlin’s annual anti-Israel Islamist march, the Al Quds Day demonstration, drew pro-Israel counterprotesters to the streets of former West Berlin. The approximately 600 Islamist demonstrators during Saturday’s march chanted slogans calling Israel a terrorist state and calling for its dissolution. They and some 300 proIsrael protesters were kept well apart from each other, police spokesman Michael Gassen told JTA. There were no arrests. Levi Salomon, the Berlin Jewish Community’s representative in charge of fighting antiSemitism, told JTA that he was saddened by the many children among the anti-Israel marchers. “The indoctrination of the children is a central problem,” he said.
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From stabbing IDF soldiers to having them as teammates, Palestinian uses football for peace
By Dan Goldberg Jewish Telegraphic Agency SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) — Sulaiman Khatib is an ordinary Palestinian with an extraordinary past. Born in the West Bank near Jerusalem, he grew up as a “freedom fighter,” as he describes it, fighting against the Israeli occupation by throwing stones and preparing Molotov cocktails. But in 1986, when he was just 14, he and a friend stabbed some Israeli soldiers. Khatib was arrested and sent to prison for 10 years. He spent most of his time behind bars learning Hebrew and English, reading about Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi and studying the histories of other conflicts — all of which, he said, led him to a startling conclusion. “I believe there is no military solution to the conflict,” Khatib, 39, said of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in an interview this week with JTA from Melbourne. “I believe nonviolence is the best way for our struggle, for our freedom and for peace on both sides.” Now, as co-founder and director of the Al-Quds Association for Democracy and Dialogue, Khatib is in Australia with Tami Hay, director of the Sport Department of Israel’s Peres Center for Peace. They are leading a team of 24 Israelis and Palestinians in a unique bridge-building exercise: to compete in an international competition of Australian-rules football, a hybrid of American football, Gaelic football and rugby. “The main message is not just about sport or winning the game,” Khatib says. “It’s about winning life.” Participating in a tournament alongside 18 teams — including ones from the United States, Canada, South Africa, Britain and New Zealand — was the easy part for the Israelis and Palestinians; preparing was much harder. First, there are no Australian football ovals in Israel or the West Bank, so the group – known as the Peace Team – trained on soccer fields in Jaffa and Jerusalem. Most of the players had never heard of the game before, let alone played it. The rulebook had to be translated into Arabic and Hebrew, as did the instructions of the coach, Australian-rules football legend Robert “Dipper” DiPierdomenico, a giant, mustachioed man. One of the players, Kamal Abu Althom, told JTA that sometimes it took him three hours to get from Hebron to the training sessions. The soldiers “take a long time at the checkpoints, checking our ID, checking our bags,” he said. This, said Hay, emphasizes
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Twenty-four Israelis and Palestinians came together as a “Peace Team” to play Australian-rules football.
one of the points of the program. “The Palestinians realize this is the only chance to meet Israelis who are not soldiers, and for the Israelis, they’re not meeting Palestinians only at checkpoints,” Hay said. “We created a safe place where they are able to meet without stereotypes.” Just days before the Peace Team’s departure for Australia, an Internet campaign almost nixed the trip. “We got some threats against Al-Quds saying they were collaborators,” Hay explained. Added Althom, “Many people I know are opposed to my participation in activities with the Israeli side. They do not believe that it can improve the situation or lead to peace. I try to portray the positive things as much as possible.” Nimrod Vromen, an Israeli player, told one media agency: “For me it’s easy. For the Palestinians, they actually have their lives threatened playing in this team.” Tanya Oziel, executive director of the Australian branch of the Peres Center for Peace, knew there would be massive hurdles when she conceived of the idea of a joint team in 2007. A Sephardic Jew with Iraqi origins, Oziel knew that the Peres Center already had an Israeli-Palestinian soccer team, so she adapted the idea for Australian football and first brought a joint team to Australia in 2008. “I think because of the power of the story and the impossibility of the story it actually gave me more motivation to make it happen,” Oziel said. The media coverage here of the team’s visit — amid a cam-
paign to boycott Israel by targeting Max Brenner chocolate shops, which are Israeli-owned, across Australia – has been “unprecedented,” said Oziel. She singled out Al-Jazeera’s coverage, which has been intense. Off the field, the team’s arrival in Australia’s capital last week prompted the Parliamentary
Friends of Israel and the Parliamentary Friends of Palestine groups to join forces for the first time. In Sydney, they met the premier of New South Wales, climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and joined 85,000 people on a fun run to Bondi Beach. FOOTBALL on page 22
Turkey to return confiscated Jewish property (JTA) — The Turkish government announced it will return property confiscated from Jews and Christians over the past seven decades. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday told the leaders of 150 Jewish and Christian foundations of the government order during a Ramadan break-fast dinner, according to reports. The trusts will be compensated for property that has been sold. The order, opposed by nationalist groups in the Turkish Parliament, is being seen as part of an attempt to endear Turkey to the European Union, which Turkey wants to join. Most of the properties, including schools, hospitals, orphanages and cemeteries, were taken over by the Turkish government after the 1936 Law on Foundations, which required the trusts to list their assets, according to The New York Times. “Times that a citizen of ours would be oppressed due to his religion, ethnic origin or different way of life are over,” Erdogan reportedly told the leaders according to the Anatolian News Agency. There are about 23,000 Jews in Turkey, which has a population of about 70 million.
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After rapid escalation, Israel, Egypt and Hamas try to hold their fire By Marcy Oster Jewish Telegraphic Agency JERUSALEM (JTA) — For now, it seems, a tentative ceasefire is holding. But after five days of violence that saw a deadly terrorist attack near Eilat, intense rocket fire from Hamas-controlled Gaza into southern Israel and new tremors in the Egypt-Israel relationship, Israeli leaders are keeping an anxious eye on the state’s southern borders. It is still unclear who exactly was behind the Aug. 18 attacks that left eight Israelis dead when terrorists ambushed two buses and two cars on Israeli roads near the southern resort town of Eilat, on the Egyptian border. Three Egyptian soldiers were inadvertently killed in the chaos as some of the assailants fled into Egyptian territory. The Egyptian soldiers’ deaths sparked angry demonstrations in Cairo, where crowds converged on the Israeli Embassy, ripping down the Israeli flag and calling on Egypt’s leaders to recall their ambassador to Israel. Meanwhile, the Israel Defense
Forces said the gunmen came from Gaza but traveled through Egypt’s poorly guarded Sinai Peninsula to reach their target some 150 miles away, near Eilat. The Gaza terrorist group the Popular Resistance Committees, which works closely with Hamas, originally was identified as responsible for the attacks, and Israeli jets responded by pounding targets in Gaza, killing leaders of the group and blowing up their infrastructure. The IDF carried out more than 15 strikes in Gaza, and several Palestinians were reported killed. But the Popular Resistance Committees denied involvement, as did Hamas — rare for terrorist groups normally eager to take credit for attacks against Israelis. On Tuesday, the Washington Times reported that a previously unknown group affiliated with al-Qaida based in the Sinai may have carried out the attacks. All the while, rocket crews in Gaza fired barrages at southern Israel, hitting homes and a yeshiva and killing an Israeli man in Beersheba. In all, more than 100 rockets were fired at Israel.
Facing escalation, all sides tried to tamp things down by early this week. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who immediately after the Aug. 18 attacks said they “demonstrate the weakening of Egypt’s control over the Sinai Peninsula and the expansion of terrorist activity there,” issued a rare Shabbatday statement apologizing for the Egyptian soldiers’ deaths. On Sunday, Egypt helped broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, and on Monday Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr made clear that recalling Egypt’s ambassador from Israel was never on the table. In Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet elected not to escalate things in Gaza, opting for restraint. But the ingredients for instability remain firmly in place: Hamas in control of Gaza, an Egypt more susceptible to popular sentiment against Israel and a Sinai Peninsula where terrorists may exploit the lack of security to stage attacks against Israel.
Terror attacks highlight new challenges on Israel’s border with Egypt By Leslie Susser Jewish Telegraphic Agency JERUSALEM (JTA) — Last week’s multifront Palestinian terrorist attack along the EgyptianIsraeli border highlighted two major new challenges to Israel’s national security. First is the breakdown of Egyptian central authority in the Sinai Peninsula, which has created fertile ground for terrorism against Israel. Complicating matters further is a heightened sensitivity in postMubarak Egypt to Israeli retaliation, especially if it entails action in territory nominally controlled by Egypt. If not carefully managed, the twin challenges could bring the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, a cornerstone of regional stability for over three decades, into question, Israeli analysts say. In separate interviews on Israel Radio, former generals Giora Eiland and Yisrael Ziv both argued that the top priority for Israel now is to take care to prevent any erosion in the peace with Egypt. Nahum Barnea, senior political analyst for Israel’s daily Yediot Achronot, expanded on the theme. “What is at stake,” Barnea wrote Monday, “is: How can Israel help the new Egyptian regime fend off the street pressure to cancel the peace treaty with Israel?”
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Israeli soldiers patrol the Israel-Egypt border a day after a terrorist attack on Aug. 18, 2011 left eight Israelis, several Palestinian gunmen and three Egyptian soldiers dead.
Ever since former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster last February, the Sinai has been in a state of virtual anarchy. Any semblance of order that existed under Mubarak has been eroded. Scores of terrorists from Gaza and farther afield have been able to move in the area with impunity. Arms smuggling through the Sinai to Gaza — always a problem — has reached unprecedented levels. The pipeline carrying Egyptian natural gas to Israel has been sabotaged five times since February. In order to enable the Egyptians
to reassert their control, Israeli officials indicate that they may be willing to consider an amendment to the Egyptian-Israeli peace accords to allow a stronger Egyptian military presence in Sinai, close to the border with Israel and in the key area along the border with Gaza. A week before the terrorist attack, Israel agreed to the deployment of an additional 1,000 Egyptian troops in the sensitive area, despite treaty limitations that allow for only a few hundred lightly armed policemen to TERROR on page 22
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At his official residence in Jerusalem, Israeli President Shimon Peres, center, hosts Egyptian Deputy Ambassador to Israel Mustafa Al-Khani, right, and Jordanian Ambassador to Israel Difla Ali al Faiz at an iftar meal during Ramadan, Aug. 21, 2011.
For Israel’s Muslims, Ramadan a time to celebrate Islam in the Jewish state By Jessica Steinberg Jewish Telegraphic Agency JERUSALEM (JTA) — Last week, Muslim and Jewish soldiers gathered after a day’s training to eat a communal iftar, the traditional break-the-fast meal eaten after sunset during the month-long observance of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan. “Ramadan isn’t just one day like the 17th of Tammuz or Tisha B’Av,” said Col. Ahmed Ramiz, head of the minority population directorate in the Human Resources branch of the Israel Defense Forces. “It affects an organization like ours to have so many people fasting for 30 days, because we’re the army. We don’t stop for 30 days, or even one day. But during times like these, we try to keep their needs in mind, and help out where we can.” Ramadan — a month-long ritual during which Muslims are enjoined not to eat, drink, smoke or engage in sex during daylight hours — is formally recognized in Israeli workplaces as a religious holiday. Yet, like other Muslim holidays, it still isn’t part of the cultural map of a Jewish state more focused on Rosh Hashanah, Passover and Yom Ha’atzmaut, or Israel Independence Day. “Sure, you get your days off and your short days during Ramadan. But there’s an issue of legitimization; Arab language and holidays and culture are marginalized,” said Amnon Be’eri-Sulitzeanu, co-executive director of the Abraham Fund Initiatives, which promotes equality and coexistence in Israel. “We have to legitimize Arab culture so that Arab citizens feel legitimized, so that they feel that Israel is their state, and that the Jewish citizens recognize their culture, heritage and tradition.”
In the Israel Civil Service, Ramadan is an accepted part of the annual calendar, figured into a combination of vacation and personal days like any other religious holiday, whether Jewish, Christian, Druze, Armenian or Greek Orthodox. Just as certain significant Jewish days – such as the summertime fast of Tisha B’Av, or the week of Chanukah, when kids are off from school – can be taken as personal days, so, too, with Ramadan. Because Islam, unlike Judaism, doesn’t have a leap month, Ramadan’s timing with the secular calendar varies from year to year and can fall in any season. Muslims observing Ramadan generally require certain accommodations at the workplace. Some ask if they can come in late to eat sahar, the pre-dawn breakfast, or leave early to prepare for iftar, the aftersunset dinner. Representatives from Jerusalem’s municipal water company, Bank Hapoalim, and Hadassah Medical Center all shared with JTA details about the special accommodations they offer for observers of Ramadan. In Jerusalem, the municipality announced the official start of the month with cannon shots fired from an eastern Jerusalem armory, and continued with shots fired off each day at sunrise and sunset to mark the beginning and end of the daily fast. The municipality also sponsors an annual online Ramadan quiz that this year drew 800 participants from across Israel. Jerusalem also marks Ramadan by stringing festive lights along the Old City gates and supplying special Ramadan food to needy Arab and Christian families. In addition, various nonprofit organizations host a series of interfaith dialogues and iftar meals throughout the country.
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Golf Manor hosts 4th of July at Rubenstein Farm
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A vibrant group of 115 participants from the community attended Golf Manor Synagogue���s July 4th Family Outing & BBQ at the Rubenstein Farm in Brown County, Ohio. Adults relaxed with friends and enjoyed great food and music while youths and teens were entertained with pony rides, the petting and feeding of various farm animals, the perfecting of their foozeball and ping pong skills, along with a whirl in the moonbounce. Everyone had such a wonderful time that it was decided that this should become an annual summer event for the congregation and the community. Special thanks to Dr. Eli & Mrs. Phyllis Rubenstein for hosting this event, Richard & Seena Rubenstein for organizing the farm activities, Marilyn Horwtiz for helping to set up and to Juanita Weiss and Gerd Bucheim for preparing and serving the food. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
ANNOUNCEMENTS BIRTH enny and Julie Kassar are thrilled to announce the arrival of their twin grandsons in San Diego, Calif. Charles Andrew and Oliver Benjamin, born to Kate and John, and two brothers for Ethan and Simon.
ENGAGEMENT r. and Mrs. Kenneth Hyams are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughte, Susan Lindsey, to Dr. David Marc Rosmarin, son of Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Rosmarin of Roslyn Heights, N.Y. Susan graduated from Sycamore High School, the University of Massachusetts, and completed her MBA at Simmons College in Boston. Currently, she is a Marketing Analyst for Copper Rock Capital Partners, LLC. Susan
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is the granddaughter of the late Geraldine and Benjamin Boskind, Gertrude Hyams Silverman, and the late Albert Hyams and Samuel Silverman, all of Cincinnati. David attended Harvard University where he received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. He earned his MD from New York University, did his internship at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and completed his dermatology residency at Boston University/Tufts University combined program. Currently, David is a dermatologist at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and does research at the Whitehead Institute at MIT in Cambridge. He is the grandson of the late Rosalind Nevard of Palm Beach, Fla. and the late Dorothy and Jack Rosmarin of N.Y. A December 2011 wedding is planned in Cincinnati.
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Golf Manor hosts 4th of July at Rubenstein Farm
Meir Kernerman, Baruch Nieznanski and daughters
Getting to know Bella and 4-month-old colt Doce
Sara Samuels and Ethan Eichelberg
Yehuda & Tzivia Raubvogel, Shifra Motzen, Mathilda Haggae, Haagit, Avi and David Haggage
Boys enjoy a game of foozeball
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Spetner sisters enjoy a ride
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Azad India—local and luscious By Sondra Katkin Dining Editor You’ve heard of a “manwich,” but what about a “naanwich?” A new experience is always something to relish, and when a customer wanted something he could carry out and eat in the car, Azad’s Chef/Owner Palwinder Singh prepared a chewy naan wrapped around chicken and vegetables — the “naanwich.” Singh’s willingness to accommodate diners whose needs may be challenging is impressive. For instance, he and his wife Jessie Kaur are working on an alternative menu that will be completely dairy-free when requested. In addition, most of their fried foods are gluten free. This is one user-friendly place to eat. For my interview, I spoke to Kaur and two of Azad’s serious fans, John Sieber, who owns the retail center where the restaurant is located and Hazel Goldberg who never liked Indian food until her mother insisted that she try Azad’s cooking. All were enthusiastically describing what they thought was good — everything. Fortunately, I tasted many of their dishes and am prepared to convey my impressions. Are they listening? They won’t mind since there was a plethora of standouts. Of course the first thing I had to find out was what they had for my husband, Steve, since he must maintain a gluten free diet. I brought home many treats for him. Together we crunched the (wheat free) vegetable pakora, lightly fried onions, spinach and cauliflower. I had reheated them in the oven and was pleased by their tasty, “oniony” crispness. It reminded me of my mom’s gribben — chicken skins and onion fried in schmaltz. Does that dish still exist? Azad offers many other vegetarian and meat appetizers, enough for the most discriminating diner’s delight. Kaur told me that on the weekend buffet they serve an additional gluten free specialty, dosas, thin rice crepes stuffed with various vegetables and meats. The buffet menu varies daily with many popular returning specialties, such as goat curries Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, lamb on Mondays and Fridays, chicken “lollipops” on Thursdays and meatball curry on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I can attest that their meatballs are moist, tangy and have that good beef taste. This buffet almost sings its variety. Another offering, the tomato soup, was the best I’ve tasted at an Indian restaurant. You could tell that tomatoes were definitely a part of the recipe. The consistency was perfect, slightly thick, mildly spiced with only the natural sweetness of the tomatoes. Kaur told me that she hated tomato soup and had to be convinced to try it. Now she’s a fan. People who love to cook are always frustrated by those who won’t taste
(Clockwise) Jessie Kaur, wife of owner Palwinder Singh, and Hazel Goldberg, informative fan of Azad; Tasty gobi Manchurian (cauliflower), naan, succulent chicken tandoori and irresistible mango ice cream; Full flavored chicken marinated in roasted chili pepper sauce and top, vegetable pakora (your crunch for lunch); Comfortable, open interior with server, Zevadia Adler; Refreshing mango lassi, fragrant basmati rice (smells like pop corn) and “pastalicious” veggie noodles.
new things with an open mouth and mind. Kudos to Kaur. They have 18 homemade bread selections on the menu and for Steve there is papadum, the crisp lentil wafer. One choice, bhutan, a layered fried bread is such a good example of comfort food one must beware of its discomforting perils for your waist line. This melt-inyour-mouth appetizer also comes with potato or cheese stuffing. Is this what is meant by “a more perfect union?” There is naan, the traditional Indian bread, served warm with nine variations available. For the health conscious, a whole wheat chapatti bread may be ordered with several different preparations. Experts have rated Indian food as healthy because the cuisine emphasizes fresh foods with little emphasis on beef or pork and is prepared without preservatives. Goat specialties and copious chicken selections including curries and various marinated chicken choices in homemade sauces decorate the buffet. One staple you can count on is the chicken tandoori.
This is usually presented unappetizingly on a bed of shredded, wilted lettuce and limp tomato. Not so at Azad. We tasted their tandoori fresh from its clay oven surrounded by vegetables that had just stopped sizzling and enjoyed the silken moistness and full flavor. That and the chicken rcp (marinated in roasted chili paste) completed our fowl feast. The latter was mildly spiced although they have a hotter version. Singh brought the rcp to the table and you could smell its freshness. When you google Indian restaurants, you are advised to seek one that prepares its ingredients from scratch — the website would approve of Azad. Goldberg described the spiciness level as mild since “you can always add more heat if you want it.” In addition to hot chutney, there are three sauces to add more spice or another layer of flavor: green mint, fresh and hot; tamarind, tangy and sweet and hot sauce, with onions, red chili powder and lemon. In addition to North and South Indian specialties, Indochinese choices are also featured on their
diverse menu. I was treated to the veggie noodles, al dente angel hair, full flavored, and surrounded by crunchy vegetables. It was mouth “wateringly” delicious. Many diners cannot do without a pasta fix; they will be very gratified. My sample meal was presented with beautiful tomato rosettes and other flower designs, artistry in both cooking and presentation. I have been waiting to describe dessert because the selection they served me, mango ice cream (kulfi), was so good I knew it would write itself. Talk about entertainment for the mouth! This was frozen heaven that went beyond silky and velvety on the tongue. It was certainly satin. The mango fruit taste was perfectly balanced by the creaminess, a circle of golden sunshine on a plate. When Kaur saw that the first scoop was melting, she brought out more. Oh darn. They also offer a good variety of traditional selections including rice pudding (kheer), warm fried rice balls in honey sauce (gulab jamun) and a cheese patty in cream with pistachios (ras malai). The panoply of offerings,
including curries and vegetarian specialties, are a taste testimony that Chef Singh is an expert in a wide range of Indian/Asian cooking. “They will be catering a banquet for 300 Indians soon. They must be doing something right since Indians flock here,” Goldberg said. Kaur added that she is pleased to be celebrating their one-year anniversary. They are looking forward to opening an outdoor dining patio in time for the moderating temperatures. Azad delivers within a five-mile radius and will soon have a liquor license. Presently, customers may bring their own with no corkage fee. There is a 10 percent discount for seniors, students and military personnel. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the lunch buffet (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.on the weekends), 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner, and open till 9 p.m. on Sundays. There is ample offstreet parking. Azad India Restaurant 4762 Cornell Rd. Blue Ash, OH 45241 513-530-9999
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The new missionary position
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This past Wednesday night I attended a rebroadcast of Glenn Beck’s worldwide broadcast from Jerusalem. It was sponsored by Project 912 Cincinnati and was attended by about 150 people. To my utter amazement , I was one of two Jews present. And all this begs the question: Where are the Jews? The attendees were Christians of all denominations and color, standing firmly in solidarity with Israel. Why is this? Does the Jewish community of Cincinnati need to take a lesson from non Jews about the international threats that are confronting Israel and Jews worldwide? Or is there another message here? Are traditional liberal minded Jews so wrapped up in the scriptures of the New York Times and the right to choose issues that they are prepared to forsake Israel? For whatever one thinks of Glenn Beck, whether you love him or despise him, whether you think he is on a self appointed Messianic journey, or just a genuine decent soul, or somewhere in-between, here is a man, a Mormon, standing before the international community, telling them of their unjust judgment of Israel. He speaks of the hypocrisy of the United Nations appointing Libya and Syria to the UN Human Rights council, the tyran-
ny of Islamic states, and telling the world that if they come for the Jews again, they should count him as one too. Here is a man who might conceivably pay the ultimate price for his convictions, his proSemitic and his pro-Israel stance. How can you fault it and why do you ignore him? Show me a Jewish leader that has the fortitude to take a similar position and stand up and be counted. Could someone please tell me what I am missing? Julius Kassar Kenwood Dear Editor, We have all heard the same rumors and comments. “Hide your wallet, they’re after our money,” “They want to turn you into religious zealots,” “They want to indoctrinate and brainwash our children,” “They are knocking on the door, they want donations.” Am I speaking about a dangerous cult, a right wing extremist Christian organization? No, I am speaking about the Chabad Lubavitch members here in Cincinnati. I can speak from my personal experience and comment on my firsthand knowledge of Chabad in Cincinnati. I attend shul in Mason and have come to know Rabbi Kalmanson and the congregation members. I met Rabbi Kalmanson six years ago and
began having regular Shabbos dinners with his wonderful wife Rochel and their children. Their home is open to all on Shabbos nights and the table is always overflowing with guests. Let me first address the religious zealot and brainwash our children rumor. As I sit in shul with our “regulars,” I look around and see half of our members are of interfaith marriages. There are also non-Jews in the audience. Their children come to Shabbos services and have a wonderful time playing in the children’s room, just being children, not being indoctrinated. They join the regular service to sing and dance when we sing Lecha Dodi. They return to the playroom where they play loudly and “don’t have to listen to the adults” finish the service. Next: “They want our money.” My husband and I announced our engagement and marriage at Shabbos dinner with the Kalmansons. We announced on Friday, “We are getting married next Sunday! You are all invited!” With one week’s notice, Rochel Kalmanson and Chani Turner (former program director) put together a sit down dinner for 70 at the shul and Rabbi Kalmanson married us in a beautiful ceremony. As with Chabad tradition, we were married outside. It was during a snowstorm in January! It was memorable! I LETTERS on page 19
T EST Y OUR T ORAH KNOWLEDGE THIS WEEK’S PORTION: SHOFTIM (DEVARIM 16:17—21:9) 1. Which sin is called “violating a covenant”? a.) Shabbat b.) Kosher c.) Idol worship 2. Can a person be convicted on the testimony of one witness? a.) Yes b.) No 3. Which part of the daily prayer does the Kohen say to the people before they go to war? Shma, we can merit salvation. Rashi 4. B Isaiah 52:7 The messenger will announce peace, rebuilding of the Holy Temple, and the ingathering of the exiles. Malbim 5. B Isaiah 52:8
(RNS) “Missionary” is one of those words where the meaning depends entirely on who’s saying it — and who’s hearing it. For Christians, it’s a word that conjures up images of selfless believers carrying life-saving religion to faraway places. Yet for many Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Native Americans and others, it recalls overzealous Christians who were (or are) intent on converting the entire world to their faith. To be fair, some Christian missionaries have done a ton of good, establishing hospitals, colleges and universities, clinics, schools, hospices, and orphanages. But others, in their fervent quest for converts, have used deceptive or coercive proselytism that trampled on the traditional religious traditions of their targets. For nearly 2,000 years, Jews have been a prime target of Christian evangelism. Despite many positive achievements in Christian-Jewish relations, the issue of mission and conversion remains a painful flash point that must be addressed. In 1973, evangelical icon Billy Graham came out publicly against attempts to convert Jews, who he said have always had a “special relationship” with God. Just as Judaism frowns on proselytizing that is coercive, or that seeks to commit men against their will, so do I,” he said. If, as we hope, both sides seek mutual respect and understanding, there can be no authentic dialogue with Jews if Christians have a hidden agenda that includes conversion. That’s why a document issued this summer is so important. In a rare showing of Christian cooperation, the World Council of Churches, the World Evangelical Alliance and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue — who together represent more than 90 percent of global
a.) Repeat the Amidah b.) Kedusha c.) Shma 4. Haftorah: What is beautiful about the mountains? a.) Snow b.) Messenger c.) Water draining down 5. How will the redemption be noticed? a.) Quickly b.) Clear that it came from Hashem c.) Slowly
between Hashem and the Children of Israel. Or HaChaim 2. B 17:6,19:15 In a capital case, even two witnesses who saw the event separately can not testify. 3. C 20:3 Even with only the merit of saying
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Christianity – jointly issued a major document, “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct.” Calling the statement the “first document of its kind in the history of the church,” the three groups denounced “resorting to deception and coercive means,” and urged clear guidelines for winning converts, either from another faith or from no faith at all. Recognizing the long and troubled history of conversion efforts, the statement called upon Christian missionaries to “reject all forms of violence ... including the violation or destruction of places of worship, sacred symbols or texts.” In addition, Christians need to “acknowledge and appreciate what is true and good” in other religions; any criticisms of another religion must be made “in a spirit of mutual respect.” Noting the importance of faith healing as an emotional catalyst for some religious conversions, the statement urged missionaries to ensure that the “vulnerability of people and their need for healing are not exploited.” Likewise, the document repudiated any form of proselytizing that offered “financial incentives and rewards.” The Rev. Daniel A. Madigan of Georgetown University said the position of the three groups represented a tacit “admission that (coercive and manipulative missionary activities) have been going on.” The document is the latest indication that the terms “mission” and “witness” mean something different than they did in the past. “Mission” has come to mean coercion or manipulation, while “witness” is living one’s personal faith without the covert or overt aim of conversion. Christians would be wise to follow the advice of the late Krister Stendahl, the dean of Harvard Divinity School and the Lutheran bishop of Stockholm. Stendahl spoke of making others “jealous” of one’s religious faith, a sort of “holy envy” that’s demonstrated by the quality of family lives, personal ethics, social justice concerns and prayer. Stendahl believed that was the best form of missionary activity. And so do I.
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SHABBAT SHALOM: PARSHAT SHOFTIM DEUTERONOMY 16:18-21:9
If women were not respected by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – You shall surely appoint for yourself a king (Deut 17:15). Can a woman be elected as president of a synagogue? Can a woman serve as a judge in matters of halachic dispute? Can she function within a synagogue as a member of the clergy who responds to halachic questions posed by the congregants? These issues have raised some controversy, with the major source of the dispute and its resolution emanating from a verse in this week’s biblical reading. The great sage and religiolegal decisor Maimonides (11351204) concludes his magnum opus Mishne Torah with the “Laws of Kings,” which includes statutes of governance as well as a vision of the period of universal messianic redemption, the goal of our entire religious and national covenantal enterprise. In the very first chapter, where he establishes the importance of a monarchy as opposed to anarchy, he adds: “It is improper to establish a woman as monarch, as the Bible states ‘You shall surely appoint for yourselves a king – a melech [male ruler] and not a malka [female ruler]’” (Laws of Kings 1:5,6). This particular exclusion of a female monarch is indeed cited by the midrash, but then Maimonides adds a clause which is not to be found in our midrashic sources but which seems to be his own addition: “And similarly any appointment within Israel must be the appointment of a male and not a female.” He then goes on to write, “And we do not appoint— for the position of monarch or as high priest—a butcher, a barber, a bathhouse keeper, or a tanner, not because they are invalid by their very nature but rather because their professions are looked down upon (by society at large), and so the nation will denigrate their authority.” Now this very last clause in Maimonides, which excludes certain professionals from being appointed king or high priest is cited in the Talmud (B.T. Kiddushin 82), with the reason for their exclusion being because “they do business with women”; it therefore would make sense for Maimonides to have extrapolated that women themselves ought certainly not be appointed to any
members of society, then a woman ought not be appointed to any position of authority – not as a monarch, not as a judge, not as a member of synagogue clergy to decide halachic issues, not as an Attorney General, and not as a Principal of a School!
office of authority since they would not enjoy the respect of the masses which such appointments would require. From this perspective we can also understand Maimonides’ additions. If women were not respected members of society, then a woman ought not be appointed to any position of authority – not as a monarch, not as a judge, not as a member of synagogue clergy to decide halachic issues, not as an Attorney General, and not as a Principal of a School! However, five times in the Talmud, the Tosafists (Ashkenazic authorities of the 11th to 13th centuries) bring up historical precedents which would seriously undermine the Maimonidean position: Was not Shlomzion HaMalka, the sister of Rav Shimon ben Shetah, the ruling monarch in Israel during the Second Commonwealth (76-67 B.C.E.), with no recorded objection from the Sages and during a rare period when halakha truly ruled the Jewish state? And was not Deborah a judge in Israel, who sat beneath a tree rendering religio-legal judgments to her people? The Tosafists give various responses, including the position that women have every right to judge — against the view of Maimonides — as well as the fact that Deborah was accepted by the people, and therefore as long as she was well-versed in the law she could render halachic decisions (see Tosafot Bava Kama 15a and Nida 50a). In fact, at least in one instance, the Mishna rules in accordance with a woman, Bruria, the wife of Rav Meir, against her
father, Rav Hanina ben Teradyon. The Mishpatei Uziel (a book of responsa by the first Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel) insists that Maimonides himself would accept this latter position. He merely excluded women from appointed positions lest the people not take feminine authority seriously; but were a woman to be elected — accepted as monarch by the people or as a judge by the litigants, she could certainly serve in those positions of authority. Hence it would seem that there is certainly halachic room to permit a woman to be elected synagogue president and — if truly expert in the law — to be a member of synagogue clergy. Since, however, the main functions of a synagogue are the public prayers and public Torah readings — which women cannot lead in a service with men and women — I do not believe that a woman can serve as the sole rabbi of a synagogue; hence I would not give a woman the specific title of “Rabbi.” After all, in small synagogues the rabbi is often expected to serve as cantor and/or Torah reader, which are functions that a woman cannot halachically perform for the men in the congregation. Perhaps a more acceptable title might be Morah Rabbah, Great Leader, bearing in mind that the permission to give halachic leadership, or direction, is heter hora’ah, yoreh yoreh, from the same root. Shabbat Shalom Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Chancellor Ohr Torah Stone Chief Rabbi — Efrat Israel
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By Nate Bloom Contributing Columnist CHASING A GHOST? Opening last Wednesday, Aug. 31, was the action-thriller, “The Debt.” It is a re-make of a 2007 Israeli film of the same name. In 1965, three Mossad agents go on a mission to capture or kill a notorious Nazi war criminal. The Nazi escapes from the agents; but they all agree to put out a false story that he committed suicide just after they captured him. Fast forward to the present and a small European paper puts out a story that the Nazi is still alive and willing to admit his crimes. The three now-retired agents decide they must quickly kill him to preserve their reputations. Two sets of actors play the agents — one set (Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, and Ciarán Hinds) play them in the present. Another set (Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, and Marton Csokas) play them in 1965. The film was made in Hungary, Israel and the UK. Mirren said she really immersed herself in Hebrew language study and Jewish history to prepare for the role. THE CELEBRITY WEIGHT LOSS PLANS I was skinny most of my life and couldn’t gain much weight. But, like most such people, age has caught up with me. Even though I hadn’t started eating much more, I started to put on the pounds. Not long ago, I inquired of friends and relatives as to which weight loss plans had helped them. You know, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, etc. It occurred to me that there are weight-loss plans that work better than all these — but regular folks like me are not eligible to participate in them. I call them the Big Bucks Spokesperson Plan and the Big Bucks Roles Plan. Let me explain. Just last week, actress and author CARRIE FISHER, 54, unveiled her new, svelte figure on the “Today Show.” Fisher has dropped 50 pounds since the beginning of the year on the Jenny Craig diet. I have to admit that she looks much, much better. If you saw her on her Emmy-nominated HBO special, “Wishful Drinking,” which was filmed last year, you know she was really heavy and, frankly, almost unrecognizable as the really skinny young woman who played Princess Laia in the “Star Wars” movies. Fisher was quite funny as she talked about her weight loss: “I was thrilled to be able to find clothing in my size again. I
exhausted the alphabet on bra sizes.” When the “Today” host showed a clip of her in a metal bikini as Princess Laia, Fisher responded: “I want to get into the metal bikini and just walk around the house like an idiot…I’ll come out with a line of metal bikinis for women over 40. If you want dignity, you wear metal bikinis over (age) 40.”
“If you want dignity, you wear metal bikinis over (age) 40.” Carrie Fisher
Not to be a cynic, but you know that Fisher is getting big bucks for being a spokesperson for Jenny Craig. Obviously, to fulfill her contract she had to get a lot of weight off and keep it off. The exact details of such deals are not disclosed, but I know they exist. The pay is in the millions of dollars based on what other celebs have said. Sure, health and vanity are big diet motivators for everyone. I concede that formerly svelte celebs have a special incentive — seeing people giggle when photos of them looking really fat appear all over the ‘Net. But I really cannot think of a better incentive for weight loss than a lottery-win size check. If Fisher is being paid “only” one million dollars, that’s $20,000 for every pound she has lost to date. Then there’s the “Big Bucks Roles Plan.” Have you noticed how much weight that the formerly quite pudgy comedic actors SETH ROGEN and JONAH HILL have lost? Rogen, 29, slimmed-down to play the title role in the action movie, “The Green Hornet,” which opened last January. No doubt, there was a contract rider that required that he “look good” for the role. While Rogen will never look like Brad Pitt, his range of leading roles has grown as his waistline shrunk. Hill, 27, made Rogen look skinny when he played opposite him in “Knocked Up” (2007). But this past July, he unveiled his slimmer figure on the ESPY sports awards show and claims to have lost 40 pounds. Well, Hill has recently been cast in a few action roles in which a roly-poly guy would look absurd.
FROM THE PAGES 100 Y EARS A GO The betrothal of Regina, daughter of Mrs. Bertha Zielonka, of 852 Rockdale Avenue, Avondale, to Mr. I. Libson, also of this city, has been announced. Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Schwab and Mrs. Louis Lange, Louise Annette and Robert S. Lange, have returned home after spending the month of August in Atlantic City. Rosa Fechheimer Sachs, wife of Samuel B. Sachs, died on Friday afternoon, August 25th at 4:10 o’clock at her home, 952 Lenox Place, Avondale, Cincinnati. Death came without warning on the day Mrs. Sachs was to have started for an European tour, accompanied by her husband and her daughter, Miss Amy Sachs. The news of her death came as a shock for the entire family. Mrs. Sachs was the daughter of Marcus and Nannette Fechheimer, both deceased, and was born in Cincinnati. The name of Marcus Fechheimer is prominently connected with the industrial and civic development of the city of Cincinnati. He was one of the pioneer merchants and one of the most prominent figures in the history of Cincinnati Jewry. Mrs. Sachs is survived by her husband, Samuel B. Sachs, four daughters, Mrs. Harry Eichberg, Mrs. Charles S. Moch, Mrs. Samuel Joseph and Miss Amy Sachs, two sisters, Mrs. Alfred Seasongood and Mrs. Pauline Rice (Dr. Edwin) Shields, and one brother, S. Marcus Fechheimer, all residing in Cincinnati. — August 31, 1911
75 Y EARS A GO Charles S. Phillips, 66, of 5 Lee Court Apartments, Lee Place, passed away Friday, Aug. 28th. He was widely known in Cincinnati for his activities in civic and philanthropic fields. He leaves one sister, Miss Isabel Phillips, and four brothers, Henry, Elias, Godfrey and Louis Phillips. Services were held at Weil Funeral Home Sunday, with Dr. Louis Mann, of Chicago, a nephew of Mr. Phillips, officiating. Robert Flax, 59, of 828 Blair Avenue, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27th. Mr. Flax retired a number of years ago. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Bella Flax; two sons, Dr. Nathan Flax and Harry Flax, and two daughters, Miss Ruby Flax and Mrs. Lillian Parkin. Services were held from the residence on Friday. Eddie Duchin, world-famous dance maestro and his orchestra will be a special attraction in Moonlight Gardens, summer ballroom at Coney Island, Cincinnati, Saturday and Sunday nights, Sept. 12th and 13th. Miss Martha Alice Fechheimer, daughter of Mrs. Marcus Fechheimer, spent a few days en
route home from Camp Pinemere, Minocqua, Wis., in Waukegon, Ill., with her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Stein. Her brother, Mr. Nathan Fechheimer, who spent the summer in Waukegon, returned home with her. Others who attended Pinemere included the Misses Amy May Joseph, May Bohm, Marianne Sickles, Carol and Margery Frank, Margaret Jane Abrahamson, Janet and Shirley Blumenthal, Susie Block, Joan Magnus and Peggy Kaufman. — September 3, 1936
50 Y EARS A GO Announcement is made of the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of Jay Sien, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Glasser of 7460 Elbrook Avenue, and the late Jules Sien, Saturday, Sept. 2, at 9 a.m., at Roselawn Synagogue. Jay is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. S.M. Kantor of Tulsa, and Mr. Leo Schanson of St. Petersberg. He is a great-grandson of Mrs. Dora Phillips of Tulsa. Mr. and Mrs. Harry S. Schwartz announce the engagement of their daughter, Renee Ellen, to Mr. G. Russell Frankel, son of Dr. and Mrs. Hebert G. Frankel. Miss Schwartz was graduated from Walnut Hills High School and is a sophomore at Ohio State University, where she is affiliated with Alpha Lambda Delta and Eta Sigma Phi. Mr. Frankel also is a graduate of Walnut Hills and attended UC. He is a junior in the College of Dentistry at Ohio State, where he is a member of Alpha Omega, professional dental fraternity. Miss Schwartz is the granddaughter of Mrs. Anna Sher and Mr. Joseph Schwartz. Jerome L. Kahn, 1 Melville Lane, Hyde Park, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 23, in Durado Beach, Puerto Rico. Mr. Kahn was the president of the Breed and Harrison Inc., investment brokers. Survivors include his wife Mrs. Marian LaCour Kahn, head of the ballet department of the CollegeConservatory of Music, and one brother, Bertrand Kahn. — August 31, 1961
25 Y EARS A GO Mrs. Jeanne J. Gross of 2200 Victory Parkway passed away Aug. 29. She is survived by her children, Donna Gershman of Frankfort, Ky., Burt and Marlene Gross; grandchildren, Jody, Betsy and Mark Gershman, Laurie, Toby, Alan and Paula Gross; and a great-granddaughter, Rachel Ann Gross. Mrs. Gross was the wife of the late Theodore Gross. Harold Freeman has been nominated chairman of the Jewish Vocational Service board of direc-
tors, announced Fred Abel, chairman of JVS Nominating Committee. Mr. Freeman, an attorney with Dinsmore & Shohl, has served as JVS vice president for the past four years. Other officers nominated are Dr. Brad M. Lemberg and John Frank Jr., vice chairman, Judy Roth, secretary, and Howard Brecher, treasurer. New board members nominated are Laura Getz, Ron Kabakoff, Dr. Marcia Slomowitz and Dr. David Schwartz. Arthur H. Friedman has been named major gifts chairman of the 1987 Jewish Welfare Fund Drive, announced 1987 General Campaign chairman, David Lazaruz. An attorney, investor and the president of Pluto Corporation, Mr. Friedman has been active in many community activities. A graduate of the University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt University, Mr. Friedman served as chairman of Cincinnati Bonds for Israel from 1973-76 and is currently the national vice chairman and president of the State of Israel Bonds’ Prime Minister’s Club. — September 4, 1986
10 Y EARS A GO Cincinnatian Robert Shmalo, 23, and his skating partner, Kimberly Navarro, have been selected by the International Committee of the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) to represent the U.S. Oct. 10-13 in ice dance at the Vienna Cup in Vienna, Austria. Navarro and Shmalo placed sixth at last year’s USFSA Championships. Shmalo started skating when he was in the sixth grade at Yavneh Day School. He graduated cum laude from Walnut Hills High School in 1996, and magna cum laude from New York University with a psychology major and a minor in Russian. He is now in his second year at Benjamin Cardozo College of Law of Yeshiva University. After Steven M. Adams’ death in 1995, his family and friends decided to celebrate his life by holding a golf tournament to benefit the Jewish Community Center. The proceeds from the first two Adams Golf Classics, in 1995 and 1996, funded the creation of the Steve Adams Fitness and Activity Center at the JCC, and the next two funded the acquisition and maintenance of its equipment, as well as supporting JCC athletic and recreational programs. A new tradition was established last year to designate a new honoree each year. The inaugural honoree was Kartna M. Mailender, for his commitment and dedication to the JCC. This year, Richard A. Weiland will be honored for his contributions to Cincinnati’s Jewish community. — August 30, 2001
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COMMUNITY DIRECTORY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Access (513) 373-0300 • www.jypaccess.org Big Brothers/Big Sisters Assoc. (513) 761-3200 • bigbrobigsis.org Beth Tevilah Mikveh Society (513) 821-6679 Camp Ashreinu (513) 702-1513 Camp at the J (513) 722-7226 • mayersonjcc.org Camp Livingston (513) 793-5554 • camplivingston.com Cedar Village (513) 754-3100 • cedarvillage.org Chevra Kadisha (513) 396-6426 Fusion Family (513) 703-3343 • www.fusionnati.org Halom House (513) 791-2912 • halomhouse.com Hillel Jewish Student Center (513) 221-6728 • hillelcincinnati.org Jewish Community Center (513) 761-7500 • mayersonjcc.org Jewish Community Relations Council (513) 985-1501 Jewish Family Service (513) 469-1188 • jfscinti.org Jewish Federation of Cincinnati (513) 985-1500 • shalomcincy.org Jewish Foundation (513) 514-1200 Jewish Information Network (513) 985-1514 Jewish Vocational Service (513) 985-0515 • jvscinti.org Kesher (513) 766-3348 Plum Street Temple Historic Preservation Fund (513) 793-2556 Shalom Family (513) 703-3343 • www.myshalomfamily.org The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education (513) 487-3055 • holocaustandhumanity.org Vaad Hoier (513) 731-4671 Workum Fund (513) 899-1836 • workum.org YPs at the JCC (513) 761-7500 • mayersonjcc.org
CONGREGATIONS Adath Israel Congregation (513) 793-1800 • adath-israel.org Beit Chaverim (513) 984-3393 Beth Israel Congregation (513) 868-2049 • bethisraelcongregation.net Congregation Beth Adam (513) 985-0400 • bethadam.org Congregation B’nai Tikvah (513) 759-5356 • bnai-tikvah.org Congregation B’nai Tzedek (513) 984-3393 • bnaitzedek.us Congregation Ohav Shalom (513) 489-3399 • ohavshalom.org
Congregation Ohr Chadash (513) 252-7267 • ohrchadashcincinnati.com Congregation Sha’arei Torah shaareitorahcincy.org Golf Manor Synagogue (513) 531-6654 • golfmanorsynagogue.org Isaac M. Wise Temple (513) 793-2556 • wisetemple.org Kehilas B’nai Israel (513) 761-0769 Northern Hills Synagogue (513) 931-6038 • nhs-cba.org Rockdale Temple (513) 891-9900 • rockdaletemple.org Temple Beth Shalom (513) 422-8313 • tbsohio.org Temple Sholom (513) 791-1330 • templesholom.net The Valley Temple (513) 761-3555 • valleytemple.com
EDUCATION Chai Tots Early Childhood Center (513) 234.0600 • chaitots.com Chabad Blue Ash (513) 793-5200 • chabadba.com Cincinnati Hebrew Day School (513) 351-7777 • chds.shul.net HUC-JIR (513) 221-1875 • huc.edu JCC Early Childhood School (513) 793-2122 • mayersonjcc.org Kehilla - School for Creative Jewish Education (513) 489-3399 • kehilla-cincy.com Mercaz High School (513) 792-5082 x104 • mercazhs.org Reform Jewish High School (513) 469-6406 • crjhs.org Regional Institute Torah & Secular Studies (513) 631-0083 Rockwern Academy (513) 984-3770 • rockwernacademy.org
ORGANIZATIONS American Jewish Committee (513) 621-4020 • ajc.org American Friends of Magen David Adom (513) 521-1197 • afmda.org B’nai B’rith (513) 984-1999 Hadassah (513) 821-6157 • cincinnati-hadassah.org Jewish Discovery Center (513) 234.0777 • jdiscovery.com Jewish National Fund (513) 794-1300 • jnf.org Jewish War Veterans (513) 204-5594 • jwv.org NA’AMAT (513) 984-3805 • naamat.org National Council of Jewish Women (513) 891-9583 • ncjw.org State of Israel Bonds (513) 793-4440 • israelbonds.com Women’s American ORT (513) 985-1512 • ortamerica.org.org
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KORKIN from page 5 residents the opportunity to attend events in the community, including the Cincinnati Opera, the Cincinnati Ballet, museums and lectures. The Harkavy Fund, which supports special programs for residents, including concerts and shows at Cedar Village, music therapy, an exercise program, a computer lab and writing workshops. It also funds Fourth of July Weekend activities, including the Vintage Car Show. The Polly Anne Drury Fund for Dementia Care, which provides special programming and amenities for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Together, the Drury Fund and the Opening Minds through Art Fund provide art therapy for residents with dementia. The Religious Fund, which buys prayer books, Judaica and other amenities for the Cedar Village chapels. Also the Joyce and Paul Heiman Professional Education Fund, which provides funds for staff training and seminars. The Foundation also provides funds for residents who could not otherwise afford to live at Cedar Village. A major grant for that purpose came from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation of Maryland. The Foundation offers various ways to support Cedar Village, including planned giving, which
LETTERS from page 16 never received a bill and was never asked for money. Of course we made a donation to the shul, however the Rabbi simply said “Thank you.” “The Boocher Boys knocked on my door and asked if I wanted to put on Teffilin. I know they really want money.” This one is easy: No they don’t expect money. It’s a Mitzvah to help someone put on Tefillin and that’s all they want! Let them in next time and put on Tefillin. You may actually enjoy the experience. And finally: “They want to turn you into religious zealots and soon you will look like the ‘Men In Black,’ wearing a black hat,
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(513) 531-9600 includes bequests and donations of annuities, trusts, real estate, stock, life insurance and retirement assets. Cedar Village also offers a variety of naming opportunities in exchange for donations. In addition, donors can honor a family member, friend or loved one by designating contributions “In Honor Of” or “In Memory Of.” Korkin, who lives in Wyoming with her husband, Gerry, has worked at Cedar Village since 1996. She has served as director of marketing and admissions, director of development and community relations and director of development. Korkin previously worked at the Drake Center in Cincinnati as director of marketing and special events. She is president of Partners in Senior Life, formerly known as Associates of Jewish Homes and Services for the Aging. The organization provides education, leadership development, networking support and member support to improve the quality of life for the elderly in the care of Jewish homes and service providers in North America. Cedar Village, located in Mason, Ohio, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community. It offers independent and assisted living apartments as well as long-term care and short-term rehabilitation. Specialties include inpatient and outpatient therapy, specialized dementia care and home care services. It also runs Cedar Village Hospice. black coat and those sloppy looking fringes hanging out from under your shirt.” I am Frum, my husband is not. Ninety-nine percent of the members of our congregation are not observant and never will be. The mission of Chabad is simply to find Jews who have wandered away or have no place to pray, extend a welcome hand and let them come and go as they please. I have never received a bill for being a shul member, and I have never been asked for a donation. I donate on a regular basis; however, that’s from my heart, not from a bill. Mere Glassman Cincinnati, OH
20 • LEGAL / FIRST PERSON
At what age should a judge retire? Legally Speaking
by Marianna Bettman In the upcoming November election, most of the spotlight has been on two very controversial statewide ballot issues. State Issue 2 is a referendum to overturn S.B. 5, the new collective bargaining law that greatly restricts the rights of public employees. State Issue 3 is a constitutional amendment aimed at allowing Ohioans to opt out of the federal health care reform mandate that everyone must buy health insurance. Less in the spotlight is State Issue 1 — a constitutional amend-
Constitution, which went into effect in 1973, a person cannot assume judicial office after reaching age 70. That doesn’t mean all judges now must retire at age 70. Right now, if a judge is 69 when he or she has to run for re-election and still 69 when the judge’s term begins, the judge can now stay on the bench until age 75. My late husband Gilbert Bettman, who was a judge in Hamilton County for over 30 years, fell into that category. At the time of his last judicial election he was 69, and he was still 69 when his term began. So he got to stay on the bench until he was 75. The late Chief Justice Thomas Moyer was in the opposite category. Had he lived, he could not have served another term on the Ohio Supreme Court because he was already 70 at the time he had to run for re-election. There are some options in between, to be sure. If you are, say, 67, and it is time for you to run again, you can, but under the current system that would be your last term. You would retire at the end of that term
at age 73. The proposed new amendment would allow a person to run for judicial office up to age 76. So, if the new amendment passes, a judge could seek election or reelection at age 75, and if successful, could stay in office until age 81. The same rules will apply if a lawyer is appointed to fill a judicial vacancy. The question is, is that too old? I’m conflicted about this amendment. There are many outstanding judges over 70 and over 75. Undeniably, we are living longer and living better (and hey — I’m getting closer to 70 myself!) But for every John Paul Stevens or Oliver Wendell Holmes (of course they were federal judges, who are appointed for life, so they really never have to retire) there are also those who have stayed too long, whose skills are declining. Unusual is the man or woman who admits this honestly to him or herself. We may well need to keep the current provision to lessen the likelihood of judges serving too long. Or a different
option might be some other kind of impartial internal control, where a judge who is no longer up to the task could be counseled by his or her peers about stepping down. And of course, the voters can always turn someone no longer up to the task out of office. If there is need for reform I don’t think it is with age limits. I think judicial terms should be longer — all in Ohio are six years. And I think we should re-think the idea of electing judges. Before he died, Chief Justice Moyer was trying — and not for the first time — to spearhead a drive for a constitutional amendment to have appellate judges and Supreme Court justices appointed, and then run for retention in a special retention election. That conversation should continue, as should the idea of one single 10 or 15 year term. In the meantime, I think it will be interesting to see how voters feel about State Issue 1.
show listeners to show support for Israel by joining him on the trip. An estimated 1,000 people (some estimates said 2,000), primarily Christian Zionists, accompanied Beck. Among the group was film star Jon Voigt, who has visited Israel numerous times and is a strong supporter of the Jewish state. Three public programs took place as part of the trip. The first, “The Courage to Love,” was an ecumenical gathering Aug. 21 at the amphitheater in Caesarea. Among the speakers joining Beck on the podium was Pastor John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel, and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of Efrat and former rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York City. Amid criticism of his participation at the gathering in Caesarea and the main event in Jerusalem on Aug. 24, Riskin praised Beck and his followers for standing with Israel: “We are grateful for your courage to love us, stand by us, in time of our great need and danger, as rockets fall on Southern towns.” On Aug. 22, a program in remembrance of the Holocaust,
“Courage to Remember” was held at the old train station in Jerusalem. The main event, the Restoring Courage rally, took place Aug. 24 at the Southern wall below the Temple Mount (part of the Davidson Center complex). More than 1,000 people gathered there, with another estimated crowd of 2,000 watching a large-screen TV broadcast at Safra Square, the location of the Jerusalem municipality. In addition to keynote speaker Beck, participants at the rally included Riskin, popular Israeli singer Dudu Fisher, who led the crowd in “Hatikvah,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Likud Member of Knesset Danny Danon. In his speech, Beck continued to praise Israel for its courage. “Ín Israel, there is more courage in one small square mile than in all of Europe,” he said. “In Israel, there is more courage in one soldier than in the combined cold hearts of all the bureaucrats in the United Nations.” His main message was that Israel is right and critics are wrong. During his speech, Beck announced that he is forming a global movement that will seek to defend Israel from the United
Nations and human rights organizations around the world. “So-called leaders of the world talk about human rights” while they abuse the concept’s meaning by condemning Israel and ignoring dictatorships that murder their own people. The aim of his new movement, Beck said, will be to “take back the phrase ‘human rights’ and put it back where it belongs.” As interesting as Beck’s speeches were the reactions to his appearances here. Left-wing critics, including Peace Now that staged a protest outside the area where Wednesday’s rally took place, lambasted Beck as anti-Semitic, a selfproclaimed prophet and a threat. Writing in Ha’aretz, Yossi Sarid, former member of the Knesset and leader of the left-wing Meretz Party, said: “The visit ended yesterday, the circus is folding its tent and moving elsewhere. Let’s pray it will not return soon. Mr. Beck, don’t come back. We’re not short of dangerous wackos here.” Interestingly, not all leftwingers were critical. MK Einat Wilf, a member of the Independence faction in the
Knesset (the break-away faction from Labor) said, “If people stand with Israel, we should stand with them.” And Alan Dershowitz wrote in a column in The Huffington Post: “I disagree with much of Beck’s politics and with virtually all of his conspiracy theorizing … Yet I admire his courage … I believe him when he says, ‘If the world goes down the road of dehumanizing Jews again, then count me a Jew and come for me first.’” And right-wing supporters stood by him. ***** I find it hard to believe it’s time for me to say Happy New Year to the Cincinnati Jewish community, but the next article I will write will not be published until after Rosh Hashanah. So best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.
protests. Only the Reform movement and the left-leaning Ameinu issued statements of support. The Jewish Federations of North America issued a carefully worded press release pledging support for “those who raise their voice in the public forum for the good of Israeli society, whether protest tent-dweller
or member of Knesset.” At the same time, JFNA urged protesters and the government to continue their dialogue until reaching an agreement. Other groups expressed their support from afar. Rabbi Steve Gutow, president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, an organization known for its
strong stance on social issues, said the demonstrations raised real concerns regarding economic disparity in Israel. “Social justice in Israel is something we care about deeply,” Gutow said, while adding that his group still wishes to give time for the commission set up by Prime Minister Netanyahu to issue
its recommendations. “The fact that the government is seen as responding gave us a sense of pause,” Gutow said.
ment to raise the retirement age for Ohio’s state judges. Constitutional amendments can get on the ballot a number of ways, one of which is with the approval of 60 percent of both houses of the state legislature. That is how State Issue 1 got on the ballot. The actual wording of the proposed amendment is “to increase the maximum age for assuming elected or appointed judicial office from 70 to 75.” But the popular understanding of State Issue 1 is that it will raise the retirement age for judges from 70 to 76. And that is entirely misleading, because 70 is not the mandatory retirement age now, and 76 is not going to become the new mandatory retirement age either. If the amendment passes, judges will definitely be allowed to serve to an older age. But when a judge must retire depends strictly on his or her birth date and the date of his or her election or re-election. We elect all of our judges in Ohio for six-year terms. Under Section 6 Article IV of the Ohio
Marianna Bettman is a professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
This Year in Jerusalem Singer Says
by Phyllis Singer Popular radio show host and former Fox News personality Glenn Beck was in Israel last week to host his Restoring Courage rally. His appearance garnered support from Christian Zionists and right-wing Israelis and American Jews living here, but evoked criticism from the Left – in both Israel and the United States. In May, about two months after the Fogel family had been massacred in Itamar, Beck announced on his Fox News program that he would host the Restoring Courage rally and urged viewers and radio
PROTESTS from page 7 the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, J Street — all have said nothing. The American Jewish Committee did not issue a statement, but did offer an analysis that took no position on the
Phyllis Singer, former editor/general manager of The American Israelite, and her husband, Allen, can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone in Jerusalem at 566-9808. She and Allen always enjoy hearing from Cincinnatians visiting Israel.
This story originally appeared in the Forward newspaper. To read more, please visit The Forward’s website.
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Summer favorites Zell’s Bites
Method 1. Scrape the corn from the cob, being careful not to get any strings into the corn. In a medium bowl, combine the corn, flour and sugar. Add heavy cream, milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir in the butter.
by Zell Schulman There is nothing quite so satisfying than sinking one’s teeth into freshly picked and steamed corn on the cob. Before I purchase my corn, I always undress some of their “green coat” to check out the kernels. The more even the rows look, the sweeter the corn and the more “milk” they hold. Their color, yellow, white or variegated, depends on where you buy it. The Farmer’s Markets are my first preference. Nothing like “home grown.” This goes for tomatoes, rhubarb, green beans and all the wonderful summer produce the farmers work so hard to grow, making summertime a special cooking time. Living in a condo, and not having family to cook for is a challenge but I have adapted to it. Corn pudding is one of my summer favorites, along with Farmer’s Chop Suey and fresh fruit cobblers. When my children were young and living at home, they always looked forward to enjoying the farmer’s bounty. I would take one day a week to fill my freezer with casseroles made from the tasty and fresh vegetables and fruits I bought at the Farmer’s Markets. Take time to share these “summer favorites” with family and friends. WHITE CORN PUDDING Serves 6 or 8 Ingredients 6 cooked, fresh small grain ears of white corn or 2 1/2 cups, canned, whole kernel white corn, drained and rinsed in cold water. 1 tablespoon flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup milk Dash nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon salt Dash white pepper 4 tablespoons butter, melted 3 large eggs
2. Preheat oven to 350 ˚F. Grease a 1-1/2 quart casserole and set aside. Beat the eggs with an electric mixer until light and lemon colored. Fold into the corn mixture. 3. Pour the pudding into the prepared casserole. Place the casserole into a large pan, fill half way with hot water. Bake 55 to 60 minutes. Insert the tip of a knife into the center of the pudding. If it comes out clean, the pudding is done. Remove the pudding from the water bath. Allow it to rest 5 to 10 minutes, then cut into squares and serve. FARMER’S CHOP SUEY Serves 4 This mixed-up salad is a “Hand Me Down” from my Russian father. It is the perfect recipe for the cucumbers and fresh tomatoes you bring home from your Farmer’s Markets. Ingredients 1 cup sour cream 1 cup large curd cottage cheese 1 medium, seedless cucumber 3 medium radishes 1 large red tomato 2 finely chopped green onions or scallions, Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Method 1. Put the sour cream into a medium bowl. Fold in the cottage cheese. 2. Cut the cucumber, radishes and tomato in small pieces. Gently fold into the sour cream and cottage cheese. Add the scallions, salt and pepper. Mix well. Cover and allow to remain in your refrigerator for at least two hours. Serve cold. Zell’s Tips: This is always better prepared a day or two ahead. It keeps well for at least three or four days in the refrigerator and goes great with gefilte fish or herring from the jar.
New Range Rover Evoques luxury The newest edition to the luxury crossover SUV market, the Range Rover Evoque, also happens to be one of the most stylish and efficient. This “cute” Rover is also the most sustainable Range Rover ever. Its compact footprint and advanced technology deliver exciting performance together with reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The turbocharged 240-hp four-cylinder engine gets an estimated 28-mpg, not too shabby for that kind of power output. The Evoque comes in a four-door standard version or two-door coupe, with three styles of trim, Pure, Prestige and Dynamic. Despite its tame and seemingly city oriented appearance, the Evoque still has Range Rover pedigree, and that means off-road ability. The Evoque comes standard with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Hill Descent Control (HDC®) Gradient Release Control (GRC), Hill Start Assist, and Roll Stability Control (RSC). All of these abbreviations are sure to provide even the most unskilled off-roader with some help negotiating steep and rugged terrain. From the manufacturers website, “DSC works by blocking torque and/or applying braking to selected wheels to counter understeer or oversteer and regain control and traction, The ETC system reduces torque to the spinning wheel, and then applies braking if further control is required, – automatically restricts your downhill speed to a safe limit, using the anti-
Range Rover Evoque
lock braking system. This latest version features enhanced performance and an improved interface to help the driver easily adjust the target speed. RSC uses a sophisticated roll-over prevention system to detect the onset of a roll-over. The system applies brakes to the outer wheels to widen the turn radius to help maintain stability.” With a maximum wading depth of about twenty inches and twenty-two degree approach angle, this Range Rover can be equally at home on or off the road, though it will likely seldom see much of the latter. Ultimately this car is aimed for elegant and comfortable city and highway driving, and with respectable gas-mileage and plenty of interior comfort, it won’t disappoint. Standard is the Evoque’s 8-inch Navigation console, Bluetooth cellphone connectivity and a 380-watt Meridian sound system. In addition there are two USB slots as well as
another 5-inch driver information LCD display. And this is simply the tip of the iceberg. As usual Range Rover is compelled to lead the way in technological innovation in its vehicles, and the Evoque is full of them. A partial list includes front and rear electronic parking aids with a rear camera including hitching guidance, solar attenuating glass (it gets darker when the sun gets brighter), rain sensing windshield wipers, headlights that clean themselves, a universal built-in garage door opener and most interestingly of all—puddle lamps. What is a puddle lamp you ask? When the door is opened, the sideview mirror projects light onto the ground so you can see if there is a puddle that needs avoiding. In terms of luxury, puddle lamps certainly seal the deal on this new Rover. The Range Rover Evoque comes standard with 19-inch alloy wheels and starts at $43,995.
22 • OBITUARIES D EATH N OTICES ALTMAN, Lawrence L., age 82, died on August 24, 2011; 24 Av, 5771. TABAK, Henry H., age 86, died on August 25, 2011; 25 Av, 5771. RUBIN, Jack, age 101, died on August 26, 2011; 27 Av, 5771. MARMER, Cynthia Marver, age 72, died on August 28, 2011; 29 Av, 5771.
FOOTBALL from page 9 Arguably, the most inspiring event was an iftar celebration to break the Ramadan fast with the Lebanese Muslim Association in Sydney, participants said. “It was really unique,” Hay said. “Usually we don’t have any contact with the Muslim community when we travel. Jews and Muslims together — you break barriers, you can really feel it.” Oziel agrees. “Nothing has bridged the two communities like this,” she said. “The Peace Team is like a beacon for other communiTERROR from page 10 ensure that the Sinai never again becomes a staging ground for an Egyptian assault against Israel. Israeli military analysts say that much will depend on the degree to which the Egyptian forces are willing to take on the smugglers and the terrorists. Up until now, soldiers in the Sinai or lightly armed policemen closer to the border have been taking kickbacks to look the other way. Without a change in attitude, simply beefing up Egyptian forces will not solve the problem, Israeli analysts say. Indeed, some of the Gaza terrorists who fired on Israeli vehicles last week operated unhindered close to an Egyptian military position, they noted. Even more worrying for Israel than the danger of having terrorists roaming freely around the Sinai is
Several rabbis have taken the effort to spearhead educational efforts into their own hands. Rabbi Peter Kasdan, a Reform rabbi from New Jersey who has moved to Florida in retirement, has made it a requirement that couples undergo testing before he performs their weddings. Rabbi Larry Sernovitz of Philadelphia’s Old York Road Temple-Beth Am, whose son was born with familial dysautonomia, successfully lob-
bied the Union for Reform Judaism to host a session on Jewish genetic diseases at its upcoming convention in Washington. Rabbi Joseph Eckstein, who lives in New York, lost four children to Tay-Sachs disease, and in the 1980s he founded Dor Yeshorim, a Brooklyn-based organization that promotes screening in Orthodox communities. In August, the Victor Centers rolled out an iPhone and iPad application it has developed with
information on Jewish genetic diseases. The outreach efforts mean a lot to Stillman. Last week, she spoke about her situation during a panel discussion at the 31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Washington. Stillman described her son as a sweet, loving child. Benjamin, who is entering the eighth grade, plays piano and plans to celebrate his bar mitzvah in September. But he’ll always have to eat through a feeding tube and to receive daily
medication. Stillman isn’t sure if Benjamin can live independently, marry or have children. “I don’t know how long my child will live. I can’t look too far down the road — only half the kids live to age 30,” she said of those diagnosed with familial dysautonomia. Her presentation at the genealogy conference, Stillman said, had one goal: raising awareness. “It can happen to you,” she said. “I am a regular person. It happened to me.”
ties in conflict.” After being defeated in the early rounds of the tournament, the Peace Team registered its first victory against China. But their defeat by France on Wednesday meant they had lost any chance of winning the International Cup trophy. It’s not the toughest reality that they’ve had to face. One week into their trip, news broke of the terrorist attacks near Eilat, which left eight Israelis dead. “The younger Israeli players who just got dismissed from the army took it more emotionally, and
were scared how this would affect the team,” said Hay, who grew up witnessing the bus bombings in Tel Aviv in the mid-1990s. “The older ones said to remember that what you’re doing here is proof that we are doing it better.” Khatib, who also co-founded an Israeli-Palestinian peace group called Combatants for Peace in 2005, said, “We prayed together and stood in silence for one minute for the victims on both sides. The team hugged.” “It was very moving,” Oziel said. “There’s amazing unity but it’s also very confronting. We are
against violence on both sides.” Regardless of their failures on the field or their feats off it, the Peace Team’s two-week trip to Australia has been an unbridled success, Oziel said. It’s what happens next that concerns her. “I’m more worried about the backlash when the boys get back home,” she said. “There’s still resentment. Some of our boys are under threat for being involved in normalization projects with Israel. It’s very sad.” Hay is equally concerned. “We’ll see what’s happening after September” — when the
United Nations is due to vote on the matter of Palestinian statehood, Hay said. “It’s a vexed situation. This project survived the intifada, the Gaza war, really difficult times. No matter what will happen on a political level, we’ll be able to do what we do, but we need to be strong.” As for Khatib, he said his life experience offers him a unique perspective. “I’ve been in an Israeli jail for 10 years. I do things I believe in and I’m ready to risk my life,” he said. “So I’m not really worried about me.”
the potential threat the new situation poses to the peace with Egypt. In the Aug. 18 exchanges of fire with the terrorists, three Egyptian border policemen were killed. Although it is not yet clear how they died, the Egyptians were quick to blame Israel and demand an apology. The incident sparked angry demonstrations outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, where one protester scaled the building to tear down the Israeli flag and replace it with an Egyptian one. What makes this particularly troubling for Israel is that in the new Egypt, a product of the Arab Spring that has given greater weight to the voice of the people, the country's new leaders will have to take the widespread popular animosity toward Israel into account. This, the analysts say, could bring the peace treaty with Israel under review.
Still, for all the public debate on the issue in Egypt, most experts do not anticipate a new Egyptian government abrogating the peace treaty with Israel in the near future. They point out that the two countries still share common interests — for example, a quiet Sinai, in which forces like alQaeda, which also threaten Egypt, are neutralized. More importantly, the Egyptians know that if they cancel the peace treaty with Israel, they will forfeit the huge economic and military aid package they have been receiving from the United States ever since the treaty was signed under American auspices in 1979. At one point during the current crisis, when the Egyptians appeared to threaten to recall their ambassador from Tel Aviv, the United States reportedly warned that if they went ahead, some of the aid would be withheld. The Egyptians quickly dialed down the rhetoric. On Monday, the Egyptian foreign minister, Mohammed Kamel Amr, denied that a recall of the ambassador was ever on the table. A key element that already has changed, however, is Egypt’s attitude toward Hamas, which controls Gaza. Mubarak’s Egypt strongly opposed Hamas, seeing it as extremist and within the Iranian orbit. Egypt’s new leaders are far less hostile toward both Iran and Hamas. They’ve used their closer ties with Hamas to create a potentially important role for themselves as mediator — both in matters concerning captive Israeli soldier
Gilad Shalit and in negotiating a ceasefire to end the current round of hostilities. In the wake of last week’s terrorist attack, which left eight Israelis dead, Israel moved quickly to assassinate the leaders of the Popular Resistance Committees, the group behind the attack. That led to several days of missile, rocket and mortar fire on southern Israeli towns and cities, and sporadic Israeli air raids on Hamas and other militia targets in Gaza. On Monday, however, things quieted down – though the rocket attacks did not stop completely — after Egypt helped to broker a halt to the hostilities. Yoram Meital, a leading Israeli expert on Egypt at Ben-Gurion University, says the changes in Egypt have significantly altered the military equation between Israel and the Gaza militants. For one thing, Palestinian action from Sinai puts Israel in a very tricky position, because if Israel hits back hard on Egyptian territory, it risks escalation with Egypt. Secondly, should Israel undertake a major military operation in Gaza, it is likely to encounter much firmer Egyptian censure than it did in Mubarak’s day, given the predominant antiIsrael sentiment in today’s Egypt. Leaders of the Israel Defense Forces are thinking deeply about this. Over time, military planners say, Israel cannot afford to allow Gaza militants to use the Sinai as a launching pad for operations against Israel — precisely because that could lead to conflict
with Egypt. At some point, they say, Israel will have deal with the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure in Gaza itself and not in Sinai, to minimize the risk of a confrontation with Egypt. On Monday, however, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to calls for a new operation against Hamas in Gaza by saying that a full-scale war in Gaza would be inadvisable at this time, and his Cabinet voted against further action in Gaza. In the meantime, Israel has decided to accelerate the completion of a high-tech fence along the border with Egypt that is designed to keep both terrorists and asylum seekers from Africa out. The fence will be approximately 15 feet high and equipped with sophisticated electronic warning devices. The big question is whether Israel will have the resources and the manpower to patrol the fence's 145 miles from Eilat to Gaza effectively and how much that activity would compromise the IDF’s capacity to act elsewhere. As for Gaza, for now it is clear that both sides don’t want to escalate matters. Hamas leaders don’t want to become targets for assassination, and Israel does not want its southern cities bombarded by rockets. Israeli officials are also working behind the scenes with the Egyptians, primarily to ensure that whatever happens with Gaza or in the Sinai won't compromise the peace treaty, perhaps the singlemost important element of Israel's national security doctrine.
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