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JNF Legal Society recognizes the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones Jewish National Fund (JNF) will present the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones with the Attorney of the Year award from the Judge Carl B. Rubin Legal Society on Feb. 26, in Cincinnati. “Judge Jones is a force of nature,” said Todd Bailey, vice president of the Legal Society and an attorney at Frost Brown Todd, LLC. “Our communities, from the most local level to the international scale, have been the direct beneficiaries of his boundless energy and dedication to service. He has been a true champion for the causes of equality and education, among many other goals. He is extremely deserving of this recognition.” The Rubin Society offers attorneys and judges from the Southern Ohio Region opportunities to learn about current events from distinguished speakers while networking with other high-powered professionals. The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones has had an illustrious career devoted to public service and social justice. He served for two decades on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals after being appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. As an authority on civil rights litigation, in 1967 he served as Assistant General Counsel to President Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. From 1969 to 1979, Judge Jones served as the General Counsel of the NAACP. An internationally renowned civil rights activist, Judge Jones played an important role in

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furthering the abolition of apartheid in South Africa and was consulted by the drafters of South Africa’s new constitution and laws. On Feb. 20, 2003, the United States Congress passed H.J.Res.2, officially naming the Nathaniel R. Jones Federal Building & United States Courthouse in Youngstown, Ohio. Following his retirement from the Court of Appeals in March 2002, Judge Jones assumed a position as Of Counsel with Blank Rome LLP. He serves as honorary co-chair and director of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and participates in a variety of other activities. He is a member of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing, North America, Inc. Diversity Advisory Board; a member of KnowledgeWorks Foundation Board of Trustees; and director emeritus of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. Judge Jones and his late wife served as U.S. cochairs for the World Choir Games 2012. He has taught at several law schools throughout the United States, has authored numerous articles and is the holder of 18 honorary degrees. “Judge Jones is the consummate professional,” said Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, president, American Bar Association. “His intellect, high moral character and dedication to the rule of law have distinguished him throughout his career. His reputation is international in scope, and his accomplishments are widely respected. Nate could be attorney of the year every year.”







JVS holds 72nd annual meeting Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) cordially invites the community to attend its 72nd annual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 2, at its main facility in Blue Ash. Following a dessert reception at 7 p.m., the meeting will start at 7:30. Addressing the theme for the evening—Evolution, Not Revolution–Strategies for the Future—guest speakers Shepherd Englander (CEO, Jewish Federation of Cincinnati) and

Brian Jaffee (executive director, The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati) will provide an update on key information regarding Cincinnati 2020 and the evolving role of the Jewish Federation as a high impact, strategic investor in our Jewish community. Also on the agenda, JVS President Peter Bloch will share the achievements of JVS in 2011. The annual board election will be held during the meeting. New

JVS board officers include Jan Armstrong Cobb, chair; Sandy Kaltman, vice chair; Jessica Kuresman, secretary; and Dan Feigelson, treasurer. Nominated for an additional three year term are David Alex, Jan Armstrong Cobb, Dan Feigelson, Nancy Postow, Andrea Schmerler Shapiro and David Selzer. Dov Rosenberg, a member of this year’s LEAD class, will be elected to an initial three year term.

NHS plans Tu B’shevat fair Come join in the fun when Northern Hills Synagogue Congregation B’nai Avraham holds a Tu B’Shevat Fair on Sunday, Feb. 5. The entire community is invited to attend. Tu B’Shevat, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, celebrates the new year for trees and agriculture. In Jewish law, it provides a cut-off date for calculating the age of fruit-bearing trees, the fruit of which cannot be eaten during the first three years after they

are planted. Many Jews consider Tu B’Shevat as a time to celebrate nature and the environment. The fair will feature booths giving participants of all ages the opportunity to celebrate and learn. Attendees can taste Israeli fruit, plant parsley for Passover, and learn about the work of the Jewish National Fund. Other activities will focus on recycling, water filtration and arts and crafts. Participants will also be able to decorate individual recycling

bags. The Chaverim M’Israel, Israel’s teenage ambassadors to Cincinnati, will lead an activity on ecology in Israel. Tracy Weisberger, Northern Hills’ director of Programming and Education, noted that “Tu B’shevat is one of the lesser known and observed Jewish holidays but it’s a very important one. We hope to get kids and families excited about the importance of the environment in Jewish tradition.”

JCC offers many Jewish life, culture programs Where can you and your family learn and enjoy all the many facets of Jewish culture? At the Mayerson JCC, of course! The J offers several opportunities all year-round for you and your children to engage in Jewish life, learning and entertainment.

Practice your Hebrew speaking skills at the JCC with “Beginning Hebrew,” or sign up for “Intermediate Hebrew.” Practice your Hebrew speaking skills at the JCC with “Beginning Hebrew,” or sign up for “Intermediate Hebrew.” You’ll learn terms and phrases from a native Hebrew speaker. The J is also the place to celebrate the birthday of the trees—Tu B’Shevat. Bring your children ages 6 months to 6 years to the J on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. for crafts, story time, games and snacks! Tu B’Shevat is a Jewish festival that celebrates trees and

all the wonderful fruit, shade and abundance they offer our world. This celebration is one of the PJ Library programs and is a great time to turn thoughts to spring! Siblings are welcome. Want to know the latest news from Israel? Plan to attend a new program, “Israel Up to the Minute.” This briefing and conversation about current events in Israel is led by Cincinnati community Shaliach, Yair Cohen, and is free and open to the public. Sessions are offered at the J from 7 – 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 21, March 20 and April 17. Inspirational stories of Jewish life come to the silver screen with internationally acclaimed, awardwinning films at the JCC during the 2012 Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, Feb. 4 – 16. This year’s Film Festival presents seven feature length and three short films. A Festival Pass good for all the films, including the Opening Night films and reception, may be purchased in advance at significant savings, or individual tickets are also available. Film Festival Opening Night is Saturday, Feb. 4, beginning with a reception at 8 p.m. to put you in a festive mood for the celebrated comedy, “Salsa Tel Aviv,” which begins at 8:30 p.m. Enjoy traditional Mexican treats before the film and stay around afterward for dessert! All films will be shown at the Mayerson JCC. Visit the website

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Café Chabad holds Comedy Night Live, features Marty Pollio When asked about previous Café Chabad evenings, attendees had rave reviews. “The food was wonderful and the people and activities made it a real fun evening,” said Julie and Greg Meyers. Pammy and Scott Samuelson added, “Cafe Chabad provides a great kosher atmosphere for socializing with friends both old and new.” Advanced reservations are recommended as past events have sold out.

Chabad Jewish Center, Goldstein Family Learning Academy present Rabbi Nochum Mangel percent. Wealth must be redistributed they say. On the other hand, there are those who say that it is no one’s business what anyone does with their legally-gained assets. Anyone who wants can work harder. Prosperity depends on people finding ways to work harder and better; redistributing wealth destroys the incentive to work hard. Why bother to work hard when prosperity will be delivered to one’s doorstep anyway? What wisdom does Judaism

have to offer on the issue of the distribution of wealth? Is wealth a mark of sin, a sign that a person has greedily taken too much and necessarily impoverished others? Is poverty a sign of laziness or ineptitude, an outer indication of a poor character? “Let us explore together why there is inequality in wealth and what we should do about it,” said Rabbi Yisroel Mangel, director of Chabad Jewish Center. Eddie Goldstein, founder of the Academy, invites and encourages you to join in an ethical, Talmudic,

and legal debate and discussion on one of the most pressing economic issues of our time, with Rabbi Nochum Mangel, from Dayton Ohio, who is the co-author of JLI’s popular course Money Matters. A question-and-answer period will follow. The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Chabad Jewish Center in Blue Ash. The lecture is open to the public and no background or experience is necessary to attend.

Antorchas Foundation, he is in great demand as a teacher. He plays a cello made by George Gemunder in 1887. Anna Reider joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as a first violinist in 2002. A September 2009 review in the Cincinnati Enquirer called her a “solo artist of the highest caliber.” The one time grand prize winner of the Russian National Competition for Young Violinists has performed extensively throughout Europe, North and South America, Russia and Israel. In 2008, she joined the violin faculty at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Her feature CD recording of the Wieniawski Violin Concerto in F# Minor with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra came out in the spring of 2004 on the MMO label. She plays on a violin graciously on loan from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. The former principal harpist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, Gillian Benet Sella has

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been the principal harpist at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 1995. Twice she took first prize with the American Harp Society National Competition. She also won the Sony ES Award for Musical Excellence and the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition. She has served as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Cincinnati, CollegeConservatory of Music, since 2003. Yael Senamaud grew up in France and began her musical studies of the viola at the Conservatoire de Paris. She continued her learning at the Peabody Institute at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., and then returned to Paris where she started her professional life playing the viola in an orchestra. Shemoved to Cincinnati to pursue her love of chamber music and became a founding member of the Constella Trio. One reviewer called her standing room only, world premiere performance of Bonia Shur’s Kol Nidre at a concert at the College-Institute last year “nothing short of gorgeous.”


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the public. A reception will follow the performance. Randy Bowman has been the principal flutist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 1990. He has performed at major music festivals and concert halls throughout the United States and Asia under the baton of John Williams and recorded the world premiere recording of the Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Harbison. He serves on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, and on the faculty of Miami University. Argentine cellist Diego Fainguersch has carved new paths for the cello as a solo instrument, while bringing to the attention of many audiences the undiscovered marvels of South American composers. He is a member of the Carpe Diem String Quartet and has played with the Cincinnati Symphony, Ballet and Chamber orchestras. The recipient of numerous prestigious music scholarships, including a Fulbright and one from the



HUC Remembrance Day concert The next performance in the Concerts on Clifton series, presented by the Cincinnati branch of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m. The concert will take place in the Scheuer Chapel and will include music by Mozart, Debussy and composer Hans Krasa, who perished in the Holocaust. Co-sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, the concert is being presented in commemoration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The day was established by the United Nations in 2005 to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the end of the Holocaust. January 27, 1945, was when the largest death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated by Soviet troops. The concert will feature musicians Randy Bowman on flute, Diego Fainguersch on cello, Anna Reider on violin, Gillian Benet Sella on harp, and Yael Senamaud on viola. The concert is free and open to

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CINCINNATI, OH — Chabad Jewish Center’s Goldstein Family Learning Academy will host a special presentation: “The One Percent: The Distribution and Redistribution of Wealth” with guest lecturer Rabbi Nochum Mangel. Data tells us that, in many ways, there are greater gaps than ever between the rich and the poor. In these difficult economic times, this is seen by some as a glaring injustice that must be remedied. There should not be a 1 percent that lives so much better than the other 99


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likes of Tom Hanks and has had recurring parts on many television shows. Because many of his highenergy physical pieces are performed to music, Pollio has had the opportunity to perform all over the world, everywhere from European television programs to USO shows held in tents near the Iraqi border. Over the years he has appeared in concert with such notables as Ray Charles, Robin Williams and Kenny G.

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a multi-talented and extremely versatile performer. He incorporates his subtle and intelligent stand-up style along with juggling and physical-comedy into a tightly choreographed, mesmerizing act that has been a favorite on television shows. Pollio has amassed credits that include multiple appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, as well as being on the show with Jay Leno. He has appeared in movies alongside the

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Café Chabad is back, Saturday evening, Feb. 4, with an evening of first class comedy by Marty Pollio and a delicious menu featuring a sushi, soup and salad bar. “We’ve made a tradition of featuring first class comedy for the mid-winter Café Chabad. It brings light entertainment to a dark, dreary winter,” says Rabbi Berel Cohen, program director at Chabad Jewish Center. Pollio is a seasoned pro who is

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Shalom Baby starter kits A special delivery for new babies in the Jewish community “Whether it’s your first baby or your fourth, adding a brand new member to your family can be as stressful as it is joyful. That’s why we created the Shalom Baby Starter Kit Series,” explains Nikki Sandor, program coordinator. “These kits are free and sent right to the recipient’s front door three times throughout the year. They contain gifts and goodies for parents and babies, and offer a perfect no strings attached way to help young Jewish families get connected to each other and to the Jewish community.” Hundreds of Shalom Baby Starter Kits are sent out each year at no cost to families with children 18 months and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. The boxes contain a wide variety of items such as a “Tushy Towelettes To Go” container, the board book, Nosh, Schlep, Schluff: BabyYiddish, Baby’s First Jewish Holiday board book, a fork and spoon set, a hard bound copy of the popular book Jewish Family & Life for parents, a Schlep Bag for toting toys and books, a Children’s Jewish Holiday Cookbook, Hebrew alphabet placemat and much more. In addition, each child receives ritual items such as candle sticks or a wine cup, and even a mezuzah for his or her bedroom door along with a step-by-step guidebook to help those who are interested in learning a little bit, or a little bit more, about how to use these and other items that come in the gift boxes. “These Starter Kits are often a young family’s first introduction to the Jewish community, and are a great way to help introduce them to the many resources it has to offer, such as the PJ Library program, Jewish preschools and camps, congregations, the JCC, and everything else that makes our community such a great place in which to raise Jewish kids!” says Pam Saeks, director of Jewish Giving for The Mayerson Foundation. “Recently, we began sending not just one, but three gift boxes to each family, allowing us to have more ‘touchpoints’ with these young families during that critical first year,” she adds. “Being Jewish didn’t really matter much to me before I had kids. However, that all changed when my daughter was born. Suddenly it mattered a lot! The problem was, I didn’t even know

A mother, her newborn and the starter kit.

where to begin,” says Jana Bronstein Anderson. “It was right around that time that a Shalom Baby Starter Kit arrived at my door. I never realized that the Cincinnati Jewish community offered so many options for young families. Soon we started going to the Sensory Sunday playgroups in Mason and have met a lot of really nice people,” she continues. “Some of us have started talking about sending our kids to Jewish preschool in a few years! It’s amazing what a difference that box full of goodies has made in our lives!” The Shalom Baby Starter Kit Series is a program of Shalom Family, which offers Sensory Sunday playgroups twice a month at Gymboree in Mason for families with children two years old and younger. These playgroups are free and offer families with babies the opportunity to spend quality time together and meet others just like themselves. In addition, Shalom Family hosts some of the largest family events in the Jewish community, attracting hundreds of people each time. These events are always free and take place at some of the most popular family-friendly venues in town. Shalom Family’s next event will be the Wild West Purim Fest, stage show and carnival, and will

take place on Sunday, March 4 from 3-5 p.m. in the Amberley Room at the Mayerson JCC.



Jewish day schools putting Apple iPads to the test By Jason Miller Jewish Telegraphic Agency WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (JTA) — Toward the end of his life, Apple’s visionary leader, Steve Jobs, was visited by another computer innovator, Microsoft’s Bill Gates. The conversation turned to the future of education. As related in Walter Isaacson’s recent biography of Jobs, both men agreed that computers had made surprisingly little impact on schools. “Computers and mobile devices would have to focus on delivering more personalized lessons and providing motivational feedback,” Gates said. One of the many projects Jobs had hoped to develop before he died, Isaacson explained, was “to disrupt the textbook industry and save the spines of worn-out students by creating electronic texts and curriculum material for the iPad.” Jobs might have been happy to learn that at least two Jewish schools are already aiming to do precisely that. The Scheck Hillel Community Day School in North Miami Beach is now offering an entirely paperless Talmud course, thanks to the iTalmud app. “The increased levels of engagement, portability, and space and cost saving have been enormous,” said Seth Dimbert, the school’s director of learning technologies. “Normally, when you study the Talmud, each page is covered with cross-references and tertiary commentaries, and you have bookshelves filled with dozens or even hundreds of

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Mollie Darmon, left, and Allie Lichterman, seniors at the Frankel Jewish Academy in suburban Detroit, using their iPads in class.

secondary reference texts. Using an iPad application puts all of that reference material in hypertext. It’s an ideal way to study the Talmud, which is in some sense the original hypertext.” The leader in iPad integration in Jewish schools is probably Frankel Jewish Academy in suburban Detroit, whose students began this school year with a nice surprise: Each received a new iPad2, thanks to a generous gift from a donor. “The move to this incredible new technology gives teachers access to so many more sources and enables students to leverage their learning,” said Patti Shayne, the school’s director of technology. “With the iPad, students have one central place for assignments, communications and in many cases, text books and read-

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ing material. They will be able to access sources not available before. Our job is to make that learning as inspiring and exciting as possible and prepare FJA students for a future where competency with all webbased devices is the norm.” The students aren’t the only ones in the school who have embraced the iPads. The teachers had a chance to play with them before the students even returned from summer break. One teacher at FJA was already an iPad pro: Robert Walker, who teaches government, was an early adopter of the iPad. “Where I see the iPad really impacting learning is that it appeals to so many different learning styles: Students will have more freedom in choosing the direction they want to go to master their coursework,” Walker said. “While meeting the requirements, students will also have the ability to go above and beyond what they are required to do. It’s a powerful tool that will support learning in any number of ways.” One way the iPad will help students learn is by giving them the opportunity to review a lecture they might not have fully understood the first time. FJA’s chemistry teacher recorded himself going through a problem and then uploaded the video onto the students’ iPads. “Students now have the opportunity to watch his demonstration several times,” Shayne said. “Sometimes you don’t catch it all and some students are hesitant to speak up. With the iPad they can listen to the explanation as many times as they need at home or at school.” That same chemistry teacher uses a free app called Mahjong Chem, which his students use to practice matching elemental names to symbols, naming polyatomic ions, assigning oxidation numbers, earning electronic configurations and understanding metric prefixes. Other apps being used include Pages (for word processing), Keynote (for presentations) and Numbers (an app similar to Microsoft Excel).

BOSTON (JTA) — In a family of prominent Jewish educators, Norman Spack could be called the rebel. He became a doctor. “I’m the only one who didn’t go into Jewish education,” quips Spack, a senior associate in the endocrine division at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, where he has worked for 39 years. Spack’s father, Abraham, was a nationally acclaimed Jewish educator in Boston, and his brother, Eliot, is a recognized Jewish educational leader. But now the 68-year-old physician and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School in his own fashion has joined the family business. As the co-founder of the country’s first clinic devoted to treating children with gender disorders, and as a leading authority on transgender youth, Spack has found himself at the forefront of efforts to educate the public about a widely misunderstood condition and to help transgender people secure their fundamental rights. “If we shun people, we never get the experience of knowing how special they are and understanding how courageous they are,” Spack told JTA.

National Briefs Atlanta Jewish Times publisher resigns over Obama assassination column (JTA) — The owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times has resigned and is seeking a buyer in the wake of a column he wrote speculating that Israel would consider assassinating President Obama. Andrew Adler, in an email obtained by JTA, announced Monday that he is “relinquishing all day-to-day activities effective immediately” following the publishing of his opinion piece saying that Obama’s assassination was among Israel’s options in heading off a nuclear Iran. Adler named staff writer John McCurdy as interim managing editor until a replacement can be found. Adler said he would publish an apology in his next edition and that reaction from readers had been overwhelmingly negative. The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta said earlier Monday that it would suspend its relationship with the Atlanta Jewish Times until

A pediatric endocrinologist with deep roots in Boston’s Jewish community, Spack was first exposed to transgenderism, a medical condition in which individuals do not identify with the gender into which they were born, in the mid-1970s. Spack at the time was treating street kids as a volunteer on a medical van in Boston. Many of the young people were “throwaway kids,” Spack said, having been shunned by their families and schools for gender variant behavior. A decade later, a colleague referred a transgender patient to Spack — a young adult Spack referred to as M. Unlike the street kids he’d seen earlier, M was a Harvard graduate. M would open up a whole new world for Spack. In exchange for medical care, he introduced the doctor to his friends, other young adults who were transgender. “It was this unique opportunity to see life from a different perspective,” Spack told JTA. “M did it for me.” The experience proved to be a turning point. Spack began providing medical care for young adults and later older adults who were transgender. At the time, many physicians were reluctant to take on transgender patients; it’s a problem that continues today. Adler removed himself from the newspaper’s operations. The federation also called on Adler to sell the weekly. “While we acknowledge his public apology and remorse, the damage done to the people of Israel, the global Jewish people, and especially the Jewish Community of Atlanta is irreparable,” the Atlanta federation said in a statement issued Monday to constituent groups. In a Jan. 13 column, Adler outlined what he said were three possible responses by Israel to Iran’s acquiring a nuclear weapon: a preemptive strike against Hamas and Hezbollah, terrorist groups that he said would be emboldened by a nuclear Iran; a direct strike on Iran; and “three, give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice president to take his place, and forcefully dictate that the United States policy includes its helping the Jewish state obliterate its enemies.” He continued, “Yes, you read ‘three’ correctly. Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence. Think about it. If I have thought of this Tom Clancytype scenario, don’t you think that this almost unfathomable idea has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles?”



After attacks on Jews in New Jersey, heightened security—and anxiety By Jessica Leader Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Temple Har Shalom, Park City's Reform synagogue, is one of the venues for the Sundance Film Festival.

Park City shul is a popular venue for Sundance films— and ski-in Shabbat services By Matthew Weinstein Jewish Telegraphic Agency PARK CITY, Utah (JTA) – Call it the Sundance Synaplex. This week, crowds of people will be flocking several times a day to Temple Har Shalom in this picturesque ski town, but they won’t be coming for Shacharit, Mincha or Maariv services. Instead, for 10 days the synagogue is serving as one of the venues of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, with five screenings daily through Jan. 29. It’s the fourth consecutive year that Har Shalom has become the “Temple Theatre” — one of the many elements that makes this Reform synagogue unusual. Another is that Har Shalom is probably the only shul in the world with ski-in/ski-out services. “At Har Shalom, Hebrew school is on Wednesdays; Sundays are for skiing,” says Ed Barbanell, who works at the University of Utah and has two sons in the Hebrew school. On Friday afternoons during ski season, the synagogue holds a Kabbalat Shabbat service at the Sunset Cabin in Deer Valley, one of three ski mountains in Park City. The other two are Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons, which this winter opened the nation’s first glatt kosher restaurant at a ski resort. “I am someone who spent about four seconds of his life thinking about Shabbat, but if I’m on the mountain, I’m there,” Jack Amiel, a Hollywood screenwriter and former resident of Los Angeles, said of the Kabbalat Shabbat services. “You get people from Switzerland and France and New York and Pennsylvania,” he said. “You sing, you dance, you pound the floor to keep the beat with your ski boots. It’s fantastic.” Until 1995, Park City had no synagogue. That year, a group of Jews took out an ad in a local newspaper declaring that “The

time has come!” It took another decade to build up enough momentum to begin construction. In the interim, the community grew and Seagram’s fortune scion Adam Bronfman, a well-known Jewish philanthropist who has a home here, donated the money to hire a full-time rabbi. Bronfman’s gift had a couple of conditions attached: The rabbi had to be willing to perform interfaith weddings and embrace interfaith families, and he had to be able to play guitar and ski. Rabbi Joshua Aaronson was hired in 2002, and since then the synagogue’s membership has tripled. Among its members are many well-off Jews who have bought ski homes here and stayed for the high quality of life. Nancy Gilbert, who serves on the board of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and owns a company in Boca Raton, Fla., that organizes trips to Israel, took her first ski vacation here in 2003 after seeing Park City host the Winter Olympics in 2002. Within weeks, she and her husband, Mark, an investment banker and major Democratic donor — they hosted Joe Biden for a fundraiser at their Florida home in 2009 and Michelle Obama at their Park City house in 2011 — decided to buy property and build a second home here. Gilbert credits Aaronson with transforming the Jewish community in Park City. “He’s a mover and shaker,” she said, calling him a perfect fit for this “small community with a big vision.” A few years after he came to Park City, before the synagogue construction was complete, the rabbi asked Sundance Film Festival organizers if they were interested in using the temple as a venue. Once an agreement was in place, several Sundance-specific elements were incorporated into the social hall, such as high-end speakers and heavy curtains to block out light.

NEW YORK (JTA) — As Jews in some northern New Jersey communities made their way to synagogue last Shabbat, the scene was slightly different from the typical day of rest. Extra police cars were on patrol near synagogues. At Bnei Yeshurun in Teaneck, a new buzzer system had been installed. And at Ahavath Torah in Englewood, a phalanx of security guards stood sentry. The heightened caution comes after a month of increasingly worrisome attacks against synagogues in Bergen County, an affluent part of New York City’s suburbs with a sizable Jewish population. “There was a profound sense of unease this past Shabbat in Bergen County,” Etzion Neuer, the acting regional director of the New Jersey branch of the Anti-Defamation League, said this week. “It’s largely anecdotal, but in conversations I’ve had with individuals and community leaders, there is a strong sense of unease and real anxiety over what’s happened lately.” What’s happened is a string of attacks against Jewish institutions. The attacks began on Dec. 10, when the exterior of Temple Beth Israel in Maywood was spraypainted with swastikas and the phrase “Jews did 9/11.” Eleven days later, Temple Beth El in neigh-

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A swastika spray-painted on a window of Temple Beth Israel.

boring Hackensack was similarly defaced with graffiti. On Jan. 3, an arsonist targeted Congregation K’Hal Adath Jeshurun in Paramus, which borders Hackensack and Maywood. And on Jan. 11, five Molotov cocktails were thrown through the window of a synagogue and rabbi’s residence in Rutherford, burning the rabbi’s hands and forcing his family to flee from the building. “As I was trying to smother the flames on the windowsill with my blanket, I looked out and saw another incendiary on the roof,” Rabbi Nosson Schuman told JTA. “That’s when I realized it was a hate crime.” The attacks come as another New York area neighborhood, the heavily Jewish Midwood section

of Brooklyn, saw a spate of incidents in recent months, including the torching of parked vehicles, threatening phone calls and swastikas. On Monday, police arrested a New York City Jewish man suspected in those attacks, raising the specter that antiSemitism was not the motive. In New Jersey, no arrests have been made in the attacks, which have undermined the sense of security of one of the country’s largest and most established Jewish communities. ADL tripled its original offer for information leading to the arrest of the Rutherford perpetrator, to $7,500, after community members chipped in their own money. “You may get leaders who are publicly putting on a bright face but are privately concerned about their communities,” Neuer said. “Anxiety is not inherently healthy, but in this particular case it is natural, and what we would like is for leaders to channel that anxiety into better security policies.” In an effort to do that, law enforcement officials met last week with representatives of more than 80 Jewish institutions to discuss security measures for synagogues and schools. The meeting, held at the Paramus headquarters of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, reviewed current procedures and introduced new measures for tightened security around Jewish communities.



Delay of U.S.-Israel anti-missile exercise fuels speculation By Ron Kampeas Jewish Telegraphic Agency WASHINGTON (JTA) — The decision by Israel and the United States to delay a massive joint anti-missile exercise set off a frenzy of speculation as to what the move says about relations between the two allies amid mounting tensions with Iran. U.S. and Israeli officials confirmed to JTA over the weekend that they had delayed until the second half of 2012 what was to have been the largest-ever joint anti-missile exercise, Austere Challenge 12. Speaking off the record, officials in the United States and Israel confirmed published reports that Iran factored into the decision. But just how Iran factored in they would not say, and they insisted that the overriding factor had to do with preparedness for the exercise and Israeli budgetary concerns. A Pentagon spokesman, Capt. John Kirby, said in an e-mail that the exercise was canceled for routine reasons of wanting “optimum participation” by both sides. “It is not at all uncommon for routine exercises to be postponed,” Kirby said. “There were a variety of factors at play in this case, but in general, leaders from both sides believe that optimum participation

Courtesy of U.S. Missile Defense Agency

The joint U.S.-Israel Arrow Weapon System successfully intercepted a ballistic target missile, Feb. 22, 2011.

by all units is best achieved later in the year. We remain dedicated to this exercise and naturally want it to be as robust and as productive as it can be.” On background, Israeli and U.S. officials said that “optimum conditions” had to do with defense spending, now the subject of a fierce debate in Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under pressure, after a summer of protests, to increase social safety net spending.

In October, Netanyahu said he would cut defense spending to fund social spending, but last week he reversed course, hiking defense allocations by $700 million. The fluctuating positions have created uncertainty in Israel’s defense establishment, and U.S. officials confirmed an account originally reported by Laura Rozen of Yahoo News that it was Defense Minister Ehud Barak who requested the delay in December. Critics of the Obama administration were not buying it, insisting that the delay revealed a fissure between President Obama and Netanyahu over how to handle Iran. Some suggested that the Obama administration feared the joint exercise would further ratchet up tensions with Iran. Danielle Pletka, vice president of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said the announcement fit into a pattern of what she depicted as the Obama administration’s overly cautious approach to Iran’s aggression, including its threats to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, which would cut off much of the West’s oil supply. “Now they cancel these exercises with the Israelis and make the Israelis say they asked for it,” she said. “For the Iranians there is only SPECULATION on page 22

Turkish Jews celebrate country’s Eurovision pick, but singer would prefer quiet about his religion By Ron Kampeas Jewish Telegraphic Agency WASHINGTON (JTA) — Turkey’s Jews are pleased as can be that for the first time, a Jew will be representing their country at the Eurovision song contest. But the singer, Can Bonomo, isn’t exactly trumpeting his accomplishment — at least not the Jewish part. “We would like to inform that Mr. Can Bonomo is bound to refuse answering all the questions about his religious beliefs, anti-Semitism and political subjects,” Bonomo’s spokesman, Ece Kahraman, wrote in a statement to JTA. Bonomo has taken pains to tell fans that he will be participating in Eurovision as a Turk, not as a Jew. “My family came from Spain 540 years ago,” Bonomo said in an interview on the “Aksam” news show in a video posted Jan. 11 that has gone viral. “I am Turkish and I am representing Turkey, I will go out there with the Turkish flag and represent Turkey. I am an artist, a

musician. That’s all that everybody needs to know.” Prior to his appearance on “Aksam,” radical right-wing papers had accused Bonomo of being a tool of Zionists and Freemasons. The way in which the anchor framed her question in the interview probably didn’t put him at ease. “People might say you were chosen because Turkey wants to ingratiate itself with Israeli lobby groups,” she said. “I would like to get your comments.” The intimation that the state-run Turkish Radio and Television Corp., which makes the Eurovision selection, would kowtow to proIsrael groups seems a little bizarre with Turkey’s moderate Islamist government doing its best to distance itself from Israel. One of the string of crises that fueled the current tensions between the two countries, in fact, was the broadcast in 2010 on state-run TV of a drama series that portrayed Israelis as harvesting organs from Iraqis. It is true that Bonomo’s selec-

tion for the contest, which is being held in May in Baku, Azerbaijan, has sparked a glint of hope among Turkey’s 20,000 Jews, who have watched anxiously as their country’s historically strong relations with Israel have deteriorated. “It is the first time in history that a talented young Turkish Jewish singer will represent Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest,” Derya Agis, a scholar of Turkish Jewish culture and history at Brandeis University, wrote on her Facebook page. “Turkey will show the importance of diversity in Europe where anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia have been problems since centuries.” Or, put a little less academically by Denise Saporta, a spokeswoman for Turkey’s Jewish community: “A Jewish boy is going to represent Turkey!” she told JTA. “We’re all very proud.” Saporta downplayed the attacks on Bonomo, saying they were typical of political factions that deride minorities in general and are not representative of Turks.

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics The movie “In Darkness,” coming to American theaters in February, tells the story of a dozen Jewish men, women and children who hid in the underground sewers of Lvov.

Israel again going to the Oscars gate with a Joseph Cedar entry By Tom Tugend Jewish Telegraphic Agency LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Joseph Cedar is on a pretty good run: The Israeli director has made four movies in his 11-year career, and the first three have represented his country at the Academy Awards for best foreign-language film. One made the cut of five finalists, but a Cedar film has yet to capture a golden statuette. In fact, no Israeli film has ever won an Oscar. Cedar and many of his countrymen are hoping that his fourth entry, “Footnote,” will prove to be the charm when nominations for the 84th Academy Awards are announced on Jan. 24. Sixty-three countries, from Albania to Vietnam, are vying in the foreign-language film category, and there are no guarantees about which will make the cut. Last year was the first in memory that no domestic or foreign film dealing with the Holocaust or the Nazi era was entered in any Oscars category. On that basis, I predicted that the “Schindler’s List” and “Inglourious Basterds” era had passed and that the historical genre would deal with more recent conflicts and genocides. It took only a year to prove the prophecy wrong with Poland’s entry this year, “In Darkness.” The movie’s settings and emotions are as lightless as the underground sewers of Lvov, where a dozen Jewish men, women and children hid for 14 months during the German occupation of Poland. Their unlikely protector was a rough-hewn Polish sewage worker and part-time thief who knew all the hiding places in the underground system — it’s where he worked and stashed his loot. At the helm of “In Darkness”

is the superb Polish director Agnieszka Holland (“Europa, Europa”), whose forte is to delineate the shades of the human character. As in her other works, the strengths and weakness of the victims, heroes, villains and bystanders vary with time and circumstance. “I have always been intrigued by the contradictions and extremes in human nature,” she said in a phone interview. “I wonder at how fragile and how strong we are, how evil and irrational under some conditions, and how brave and compassionate at other times.” With “Footnote,” Cedar centers on the rivalry between two Talmudic scholars who also are father and son. It’s a sharp contrast from the New York native’s previous film, “Beaufort,” a war film with an anti-war message. “What could be more boring?” I can hear a younger audience moan about “Footnote.” But in the hands of Cedar, 43, the film has more tension per frame than a gun-toting action picture or apocalyptic sci-fi epic. Both Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik, father and son, are shining lights in the Department of Talmudic Studies of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where rivalries are fierce. To the two Shkolnik philologists, the stakes in their lifelong studies of the authenticity and meaning of each word in different Talmudic versions and editions are far higher than the struggles of warring countries or the rise and fall of national economies. The director, himself the son of renowned Hebrew University biochemist Howard Cedar, firmly rejects the assumption that the protagonists resemble his family or their relationships.



Giffords announces resignation from Congress By Sheila Wilensky Arizona Jewish Post (Arizona Jewish Post) — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt about a year ago, is resigning from Congress. In a dramatic two-minute video posted Sunday on her congressional website, Giffords (DAriz.) said she will step down as she continues her recovery from the shooting on Jan. 8, 2011. “I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week,” she said. “I’m getting better. Every day my spirit is high. I will return, and we will work together for Arizona and this great country.” Speaking slowly but clearly, Giffords thanked viewers for their prayers and said that she will

always remember the trust her constitutents placed in her. Tucsonans were quick to weigh in on Giffords’ resignation on Facebook. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild posted this message: “Gabby, Tucson loves you. We wish you all the best in your amazing recovery. We are grateful for your service in Congress and, before that, in the Arizona Legislature. I know that you will continue to inspire, to lead, and to accomplish great things.” Giffords was shot through the left side of her brain at a Congress on Your Corner event outside a Safeway in northwest Tucson. Six people were killed and 13 others, including Giffords, were wounded. The accused gunman, Jared Loughner, is being treated in a Missouri federal prison in an attempt to make him psychologically fit to stand trial. In the video,

Giffords said she doesn’t “remember much from that horrible day.” On Monday, her last day in Tucson as a member of Congress, the 41-year-old Giffords held a private gathering with some of the people who were at the Jan. 8, 2011 event, including some of the citizens who helped the injured and others who subdued the gunman. She also visited the Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, established with donations made in her honor after the shooting. Giffords will attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening at the Capital. She will sit between U.S. Reps. Jeff Flake, a Republican, and Raul Grijalva, a Democrat. At last year’s State of the Union address, shortly after Giffords was shot, the Arizona

Republicans—and Democrats— pitch to Florida’s Jews By Ron Kampeas Jewish Telegraphic Agency WASHINGTON (JTA) — Barack Obama won’t show up on the vote tallies after polls close in Florida’s Republican primary on Jan. 31, but the president’s supporters already are waging a fight for the Sunshine State. Democrats are rolling out a campaign to rival any of the GOP candidates, with a particular focus on the state’s substantial Jewish community. Democratic officials said that volunteers in Florida already had made nearly 600,000 calls to supporters and conducted thousands of training sessions, many of them focusing on the Jewish community, 10 months before the general election. The Obama campaign has opened nine offices in the state. “Florida is the most significant battleground state, and will be in 2012,” said U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, in a conference call Monday with the Jewish media. “We’re taking nothing for granted. We’re in the process of using these primaries as an organizing tool.” Wasserman Schultz said Jewish surrogates were targeting communities across the state, defending Obama’s Israel record as well as emphasizing differences on health care and social issues, like abortion. The rollout was planned months ago, well before Newt Gingrich’s stunning upset win Saturday in the South Carolina GOP primary buried the notion of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, as the party’s impervious front-run-

Courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Creative Commons

Mitt Romney speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 23, 2011. Romney has fallen behind Newt Gingrich in the polls for the state’s key Republican primary.

ner. The latest polls from Florida show Gingrich pulling ahead of Romney by 7 to 9 percentage points; just a week earlier Romney had enjoyed double-digit leads in the state’s polls. Florida is a testing ground because it is the first large and diverse state, said Nancy Ratzan, a former president of the National Council of Jewish Women who is now active in the Democratic Party. “Florida is more reflective of what they’re going to find in other parts of the country,” she said. Romney and Gingrich head into Florida with few holds barred, each striving to identify the other as a member of the “elites” reviled by the Republican base. A Romney ad released Monday accused Gingrich of making money off the financial crisis by taking money from a government-backed mortgage company. It said that the former speaker of the U.S. House

of Representatives and Georgia congressman was a Washington “insider.” Gingrich has depicted Romney as uncaring, drawing on his career as a venture capitalist. He also has seized on Romney’s tax returns, just released, which show investments in the same governmentbacked mortgage company that paid Gingrich for consulting fees. Noam Neusner, a former domestic policy adviser to President George W. Bush, said that Gingrich had upended the race with his South Carolina victory and the race was now wide open. Neusner, who has not endorsed a candidate, noted that Romney had won the “Jewish donors” primary, drawing the largest assemblage of Jewish supporters. But he noted that Gingrich was a known quantity among Jewish conservatives going back to his days as House speaker from 1995 to 1998.

Congress members flanked an empty seat reserved for Giffords. Obama invited Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, to be his guest at the address. Kelly will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama. The National Jewish Democratic Council wished Giffords, the first Jewish woman to be elected to Congress from Arizona, “continued quick healing on her path to recovery” and looked forward to “the occasion when we can welcome her back to public life.” “We are so tremendously proud of the remarkable determination and resiliency that Gabby has shown in her amazing recovery; indeed all Americans have watched in awe as she has taken her first steps and grown stronger and stronger,” NJDC chair Marc Stanley and vice-chair Marc Winkelman said in a statement.

“While we have all eagerly hoped for the day that Gabby would rejoin her colleagues on a daily basis on Capitol Hill, it’s a sign of how highly she values her constituents and her district that she has made this very difficult decision to step aside.” Giffords, a third-generation Arizonan who served for five years in the state legislature before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2006, was sworn in for her third term just days before the shooting. After she joined Congress on Jan. 4, 2007, Giffords cast herself as a champion of border security, energy independence and the needs of military families and veterans. According to her congressional office, Giffords was proud that her 9,000-square-mile district included Tombstone, the town “too tough to die.”



International In entering Israeli politics, Yair Lapid Israel eyes force of socioeconomic protests Briefs Briefs By Linda Gradstein Jewish Telegraphic Agency Demjanjuk seeks German gov’t funding to sue tabloid (JTA) — Convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk has asked Germany to provide funds for his lawsuit against the online edition of the German tabloid newspaper Bild. Demjanjuk wants some $33,000 to sue the news organization for its allegedly “derogatory and prejudiced” reporting on his trial, which ended last May with his conviction as an accomplice in the murders of 28,060 in the Nazi death camp Sobibor during World War II. According to the German news agency dpa, Demjanjuk, 91, is suing the tabloid over its use during the trial of such terms as “war criminal,” “beast of the concentration camp” and “Nazi henchman.” The implication is that Bild, the online version of Germany’s most widely read daily newspaper, influenced the outcome of the trial. The German Press Council reportedly chastised Bild over its reporting on the trial, but according to the Demjanjuk complaint as reported by dpa, the tabloid continued to use “lurid” language and failed to uphold the principle of innocence until proven guilty. Bild has maintained that its reporting was appropriate. Demjanjuk, who is in an oldage home pending an appeal of his conviction and five-year jail sentence, reportedly has no financial resources. His recent attempts to regain U.S. citizenship have been rebuffed by a federal judge in Cleveland. Sacks makes last official visit to Australia SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks arrived in Australia on his last official visit as chief rabbi of the commonwealth before stepping down after two decades in his post. Sacks, who traveled with his wife, Elaine, was the guest of honor at a gala dinner Sunday attended by more than 300 people at Government House in Perth to mark the 120th anniversary of the Perth Hebrew Congregation. In Sydney he will visit The Great Synagogue and Central Synagogue this week and attend a special dinner attended by New South Wales Governor Marie Bashir before heading to Melbourne as a guest of the East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, which this year is celebrating its 155th anniversary. Sacks is scheduled to lead the procession of a double Torah dedication starting at Parliament House in Melbourne and ending at the synagogue.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — One of the big open questions after Israel’s social protests last summer was whether or not the onetime mass movement would be able to translate its newfound clout into lasting political power. During the weeks of protests and for months afterward, none of Israel’s political parties seemed able to capture the demonstrators’ voice or allegiances. But that could change with the entry into politics of one of Israel’s most popular journalists and TV personalities, Yair Lapid, son of the late Shinui Party leader Yosef “Tommy” Lapid, who also was a journalist. Polls show that the younger Lapid, who is expected to form a new centrist secular political party, could receive up to 20 seats in Israel’s 120-seat Knesset, making him a potent political force. While Lapid has refused to give interviews since his Jan. 8 announcement, a column he penned in Israel’s daily Yediot Achronot offered a glimpse of what his platform will be: “Where’s the money?” “This is the big question asked by Israel’s middle class, the same sector on whose behalf I’m going

Courtesy of Yair Lapid’s official Facebook page

Yair Lapid, a longtime Israeli television anchor, is quitting journalism to enter politics.

into politics,” Lapid wrote. “Where’s the money? Why is it that the productive sector, which pays taxes, fulfills its duties, performs reserve service and carries the entire country on its back, doesn’t see the money?” Lapid’s political gambit constitutes an assault on Israel’s politically powerful haredi Orthodox minority at a time of heightened tensions between secular and haredi Israelis. In his column, Lapid had harsh words for haredim, few of whom serve in the army but many of whom are recipients of government largesse.

“For many years now, the State of Israel has been subjugated to extortionist, shameless interest groups, some of them non-Zionist even, which misuse our distorted system of government in order to rob the middle class of its money,” wrote Lapid, who for years has flirted with entering politics. A day after Lapid resigned from his job as anchorman of Israel’s Channel Two Friday night news magazine to prepare for his run for Knesset, another wellknown Israeli, Noam Shalit, declared that he also would be a candidate for Knesset.

Young Filipinos integrating into Israeli society, but not without difficulties By Mati Wagner Jewish Telegraphic Agency TEL AVIV (JTA) — With eyes closed, it would have been difficult to guess that the female voice with the amazing range singing a Hebrew classic was a shy-looking, 11-year-old Filipina. But there was Kathleen Eligado performing Miri Aloni’s “Ballad of Hedva and Shlomik” before a prime-time television audience of a million Israelis. Eligado, born in Israel to Filipino migrant worker parents, is one of the stars of the popular Israeli show “Music School,” a kind of “American Idol” for kids, finishing the season in second place. Her performance gave new meaning to the quintessentially Israeli song. Lyrics written to describe the culture shock of leaving the kibbutz for the city — “I’m alone in a strange city, as if I have no choice” — seemed in Eligado’s rendition to be the blues of a Third World immigrant who ends up in Tel Aviv. Yet for Eligado and thousands of other children of foreign workers

from the Philippines and elsewhere, Israel is now home — for many, the only home they have ever known. Some came to Israel as children; others were born in the country. Tel Aviv alone is home to an estimated 3,600 children of foreign workers and asylum seekers, according to the city’s municipality data. As they integrate into Israeli society, the children of foreign workers are crafting identities that are similar yet distinct from those of the country’s Jewish majority. Of all the nationalities represented among migrant workers, Filipinos are the quickest to integrate, said Tamar Schwartz, a social worker at Mesila Aid and Information Center for the Foreign Community in Tel Aviv. “Compared to other migrants, Filipinos usually speak articulate English, often are well-educated and have a strong family ethic that emphasizes discipline and respect for elders,” Schwartz said. “And incidents of child abuse are low. As a result, there is less of a gap between them and Israeli society, which makes it easier for them to integrate.”

But while Filipinos excel at integrating into Israeli society, the biggest challenge is avoiding deportation. In 2006, under pressure from advocacy groups, the Israeli government — in what was billed as a one-time-only measure — provided about 900 children with permanent residency. Their close relatives — parents and siblings — received temporary residency, which would become permanent only after the children served in the Israel Defense Forces. Among the children who received permanent residency in ‘06 is Jewellri Joy, 18, now serving in the IDF Police Corps. Like many children of foreign workers living in Tel Aviv, the Israeli-born Joy, whose mother is from the Philippines and whose father is from Thailand, attended the Bialik-Rogozin School. Most of her fellow students were children of foreign workers and asylum seekers, along with immigrants from Ethiopia or the former Soviet Union and a few native Israelis. Still, Joy said that growing up in south Tel Aviv made her “totally” Israeli.

Virtual peace conference takes place on Facebook JERUSALEM (JTA) — A virtual peace conference for Jewish and Arab young leaders was held on Facebook. Monday’s conference was sponsored by the Yala Young Leaders’ group, which seeks to promote dialogue among Israelis, Palestinians and Americans, and the Peres Center for Peace in Tel Aviv. The Yala Facebook page has more than 40,000 members, mostly from the Middle East. Participants gathered in a virtual space using a Facebook software program called Shaker. Each participant had an online avatar that could walk through the virtual conference hall and interact with the other participants. “Peace is not necessarily a monopoly of governments,” Israeli President Shimon Peres said in a pre-recorded statement. “It can be and should be peace among people. So let the government negotiate, let the administration build, but you make the people come together: straight, directly, openly.” Other speakers included Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. “This conference is an opportunity for all of you, both Arab and Israeli, to engage in dialogue about your shared future and about peace in the region, as well as your dayto-day problems, worries and dreams,” Clinton said. Some statements on the Yala Facebook page questioned the validity of the conference. “shame on you palestinias stuped youth that thinking about joining this conference,” wrote one. The comment, and others like it, was later removed from the page. Israel’s ‘Footnote,’ Allen and Spielberg get Oscar nods (JTA) — The Israeli film “Footnote” and veteran Jewish filmmakers Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg are up for Academy Awards. Oscar nominations were released Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Israel’s hope for its first Oscar was kept alive with Joseph Cedar’s “Footnote,” listed among the five finalists in the foreign-language film category. The story of the rivalry between two Talmudic scholars, who are also father and son, marks the second Oscar nod for Cedar following “Beaufort” in 2007.

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New programs, services at Cedar Village It’s been a year of exciting growth at Cedar Village with the opening of new programs and services designed to meet the needs of older adults in our community. Expanded rehabilitation services, hospice and an elder abuse shelter are all now part of Cedar Village’s array of services. Rehabilitation has become an increasingly important part of Cedar Village’s care. Individuals of all ages, from 22 to over 100 have benefited from the physical, occupational and speech therapy services available. In fact, the rehab program had become so successful that there was not enough space in the gym to accommodate the patient load, nor were there enough rooms dedicated for rehab patients. As a

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Artistic, authentic, crowd pleasing dining at Bangkok Terrace By Sondra Katkin Dining Editor When dining out, I hope to encounter pleasure in many forms — great food, appetizing arrangement, good service and charming decor. Bangkok Terrace partners, Jennifer Boonyakanist and Tom Khlongnarog, have created a small restaurant that gives a large taste experience of authentic Thai. Boonyakanist’s dishes demonstrate a deft hand for complementary flavors and lovely color arrangements. The good taste doesn’t stop at the plate (that’s only first base). Three curving walls in both warm and cool colors add a graceful feeling of flow to the room — a progression of colors and patterns creating a landscape of sculptural forms (another hit). The sushi bar is bright with red and black accents giving a cheerful overall effect (home run!). The chefs emphasize freshness and quality ingredients. Frequent shopping to obtain the best is part of what makes this restaurant a favorite with my Blue Ash friends. I know they know the best restaurants. My hostess Nikki King, general factotum, explained that “all the vegetables are hand chosen and never frozen. The menu will change according to what is the best quality available. The chefs buy the best brands regardless of cost. Everything is made to order and we have many loyal customers.” Before I began sampling their selections, I talked to some of their enthusiastic guests. Gary Radtke who works close by said, “I like the spicy pad Thai. It’s hot but not overwhelming; they don’t over do. I always order sushi too. Their volcano rolls have great flavor.” I was watching Khlongnarog expertly brandishing his bamboo handled knives on the variety of fish on display. They didn’t have a “slo mo” camera or instant replay but both would have been welcome. I was glad that my first platter was a sample of his handiwork. The golden dragon roll was tangy with the taste of fresh white fish, avocado, cucumber, imitation crab, spicy mayo sauce, black sesame seeds and masago blended to maximize the simple and delicious flavors. The Bangkok dragon roll with fish, cucumber, asparagus, avocado imitation crab, teriyaki sauce and masago was excellent and very tasty. I have a new favorite — the masago, a tangerine colored fish roe swimming over the beautifully decorated rolls. It’s not salty and caviar like, but light and sweet with a delicate crunchy texture. Many of the fish and vegetable sushi combinations are cooked, such as the “rock and roll,” a battered, deep fried mix of salmon, avocado and cream cheese, Khlongnarog’s favorite. King described it as a “southern style” preparation. Sushi is half price on Monday to

(Clockwise) Savory tom yum soup; Partners and talented Thai chefs, Tom Khlongnarog and Jennifer Boonyakanist; Artistically crafted restaurant interior; Festive food from the sushi menu: top, golden dragon roll, bottom, Bangkok dragon roll; Light and tangy ginger salad.

Wednesday, from 5 – 7 p.m. New discounts will be available in February. My double appetizer, which was so ample I could only sample, left me anxious to try the tom yum soup, the Thai version of hot and sour. It was lemony and sweet with spicy overtones and a white wine smoothness. Some of the fresh ingredients necessary to complete the lovely red treat include galanga root, ginger, cilantro, kaffir leaves and lemon grass. King commented that, “the combination of lime juice, cilantro and lemon grass is perfect since each ingredient heightens the others.” The mushroom garnish was a good, calming balance, adding a woodsy crispness. Another soup, chicken with wide noodles, was made to order for me. This was for my gluten free husband Steve who cannot have wheat-containing soy sauce used ubiquitously in Asian food. This soup had so much fla-

vor and the rice noodles were so dumpling like, we had a lot to chew on. When I picked up the plastic container later to clean it, it still had its delectable fragrance. At lunchtime, cultural diversity was rampant — West Africans, Nigerians, Asians, Middle Easterners and Cincinnatians, a barometer of the restaurant’s wide appeal. A group of Indians at a neighboring table said that Bangkok Terrace differed from most places in the area. They appreciated the great flavor of the selections, the convenience, friendliness and service. They loved the pad Thai and California rolls. “We can get a sushi option or a hot meal. How great is that?” one diner said. Pad Thai is one of the most frequently ordered dishes at Thai restaurants. Diners love its sweet, robust tanginess, the al dente rice noodles, eggs and roasted peanut and sprout crunch. You can add the meat or fish of your choice. King told me that, “it also contains

tamarind, a more expensive ingredient that you may not find elsewhere and the chef doesn’t abuse sugar. If you use high quality ingredients, you don’t need as much sugar.” One of my favorite entrees is pad se ewe. It’s like pad Thai but with vegetables, a delicious, thick sauce and those lovely, wide egg noodles. Another excellent offering is Boonyakanist’s homemade salads and dressings. She created the lightest (no oil), best ginger salad ever. I tried to replicate the dressing at home and used 10 different ingredients. It’s a completely wonderful combination of flavors to anoint lettuce greens. Other diners were complimentary about the peanut dressing, the lime dressing and the dipping sauces for chicken satay and seafood. King told me that the chefs also curry favor with their assortment of curries, several including eggplant as well as other fresh vegetables. King mentioned that “Boonyakanist is very careful

to mix up her curry sauce only when it’s needed, since if it sits around, it turns sour. She knows when a dish tastes right, and will not serve it if it doesn’t meet her standards.” This high priestess of pristine preparations even roasts her own peanuts. Impressive! In addition to curry entrees, there are house, seafood, wok and noodle specialties and judging from the contented crowd who were happy to regale me with their satisfied gustatory pursuits, this is the place for terrific Thai. Bangkok Terrace doesn’t have a liquor license so if you plan to imbibe, plan ahead. They offer catering and are open Monday — Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch; 5–9 p.m. for dinner; Friday and Saturday, from 5–10 p.m. Bangkok Terrace 4858 Hunt Road Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-891-8900






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Praying for contemporary captives

It occurred to me, though, that recent events might well inspire us — not only those of us Jews who look to the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah for guidance, but all good-hearted Jews, charedi, “modern Orthodox,” nonOrthodox, “traditional,” and secular-minded alike—to consider reciting the holy words with special concentration, and the short prayer with an additional, somewhat different, intent. For we have witnessed of late, reports of verbal and physical attacks on innocent Jews, even children, by other Jews who were, ostensibly, dissatisfied with their marks’ level of modesty. The exploitation of media to bring such outrages, and exaggerations of their scope, to the entire world’s attention. Verbal and physical attacks on religious Jews by secularists fired up over the reports. Astoundingly tasteless demonstrations appropriating Nazi symbols, even the abuse of children by their inclusion in the sick spectacle. The indiscriminate lumping together by pundits and selfappointed judgment-pronouncers of the irresponsible acts of would-be “zealots” with valid

Rabbi Shafran is an editor at large and columnist for Ami Magazine.

Dear Editor, The article by Dr. Erika Brown was filled with inaccuracies, misinformation and slander. It did in words what a small, non-representative group did in actions, i.e. commit a desecration of God’s Name. Who are these Haredim that the author slanders, these vile people? Well, I guess it’s me and my kids. I have a home in Jerusalem and three sets of married children living in Israel, two in Ramat Beit Shemesh, and we are Haredim! The word Haredi means to tremble, and yes, we tremble before our Creator and do our best to live lives guided by the Torah, and nowhere does it say in the Torah to do the type of actions that generated this terrible publicity around the world. Even though rabbis by the cart load have denounced the actions of small, radical groups who do obnoxious things, those with their own agenda seek to smear an entire community. I direct a support organization for Nahal Haredi, the battalion of Haredi soldiers who volunteer, serve three years (currently in Jenin), and are changing the face (and the heart) of the Haredi community. Over 4,000 young men have graduated from our program. They fight, they uphold the Torah and afterward, they work and support families. There are now several other programs where Haredim serve in the IDF and many organiza-

tions helping Haredim enter the job market. There are many problems in the Jewish world. We are losing an important segment of our people to assimilation; the fastest growing category of Jews is unaffiliated and uninvolved. We are surrounded by enemies and there is a universal attempt to delegitimize our very existence as a State. Yet amidst the problems we flourish, we grow, we change and we seek to leave this earth a better place than we found it. The reality in Israel is that there is more that binds us together than separates us. A story explains: Two years ago while my wife was alone in our Israel home terrorists attacked a police outpost very close nearby. A 19-year-old policeman was killed. This young boy was killed protecting my neighborhood, my wife. I asked our Cincinnati shaliach to find a contact for me in the police to see if we could do something for the family. I got a call from a police woman who told me the family was religious (religious Zionist, not Haredi), very poor and that the policemen collected money to help with the funeral. Being just before Pesach we sent some money to the family. I got a call back from the police woman who told me that the mother asked if she could set aside the money to write a Sefer Torah in behalf of her son. It still makes me cry. Of course, we told her to use the money for Pesach and we would help with the Torah. My

wife and I went to visit the family and the mother told us that she wanted to write a Sefer Torah because when a Torah is brought to its new home it is carried under a Chuppa (a marriage canopy) like a bride going to meet her husband. She said her son never had the opportunity to marry, and in this way. At that moment a young officer of the police came in. He had been the one to tell the parents of their son’s death and for the last six months he visited every week. He tenderly kissed each of the parents, greeting them like a son. He wasn’t wearing a yarmulke but I could sense the Shcheina (God’s presence) above his head. So here we were the three elements of Israeli society, the secular, the national religious and the Haredi. What joined us together was that we were family. We all need each other. We Jews, we are a small people with a great responsibility, to make of our lives a tribute to our Creator. We have a great richness in every element of our People and we must use all of our strengths to make it work. All it requires is for us to remember these words: “Hinei mah tov umanayim, shevet achim gam yachad, How good it is and pleasant to sit together as brothers.” Sincerely, Stephen L. Rosedale Cincinnati, OH LETTERS on page 19

T EST Y OUR T ORAH KNOWLEDGE THIS WEEK’S PORTION: BO (SHMOT 10:1—13:16) 1. How long did The Children of Israel live in Egypt? (other than 400 years) a.) 70 b.) 210 c.) 430 2. What should one do with chametz before Passover? a.) Bury it b.) Destroy it c.) Eat it 3. How many days should one eat matzah? ing for chometz. 3. B 12:17 One can eat matzah seven days, but the obligation is only the first night 4. A 12:44-48 5. C 13:3 This is a daily obligation. Rashi

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a.) One b.) Seven c.) Thirty 4. Can anyone eat the paschal sacrifice? a.) Yes b.) No 5. Which day are we commanded to remember? a.) The splitting of the Red Sea b.) Plague of the first born c.) Day leaving Egypt

about the exile 30 years earlier by the Covenant of the parts. Rashi 2. B 12:15 The term “destroy” can mean to make a declaration of “bitul” (chometz is like the dust of the earth), which is said after search-

It was over a decade ago, in the wake of a spate of terrible terrorist attacks on Jews in Eretz Yisrael, that the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah called upon Jews to recite chapters of Tehillim (they suggested chapters 83, 130 and 142) in shul after davening, followed by the short prayer “Acheinu,” a supplication to G-d to show mercy to His people. Many shuls, to their great credit, to this day still dutifully seize that special merit at the end of their services. None of us can know what dangers that collective credit may have averted, may be averting still.

issues like the propriety of voluntarily sex-segregated buses for communities that want them, or of the refusal by Israeli soldiers who, out of religious conviction, do not wish to listen to women singing. Editorials and opinion-mongering in the press smearing “the haredim” as a group for the alleged acts of a woefully misguided few; attacking Gedolim for not choosing to chastise people who have no regard for them or their rebukes; derogating the very concept of traditional Jewish modesty. And so, a thought, about what we might consider having in mind during “Acheinu”: “Acheinu kol Bais Yisrael”— Our brethren, the entire Jewish People Our brethren — Let all Jews always remember that we are all, in fact, brothers and sisters — “Hanesunim bitzara u’bishivya”—who are delivered into confinement and captivity Who are confined and imprisoned by personal attitudes, and blind to the feelings and convictions of others. “Ha’omdim bein bayam u’vein bayabasha”—whether they be on the sea or dry land Whether they are borne afloat in the world of Torah-study and observance or anchored in a world parched of both… “HaMakom yiracheim aleihem viyotzi’eim mitzara li’rvacha”— May the Omnipresent have mercy on them and remove them from distress to relief May the One Who is present in every Jewish heart release them from their close-mindedness to a state of openness to others and Jewish concern for other Jews “U’mei’afela li’ora”—and from darkness to light From the darkness of hatred and frustration that yields derision of others (and worse) to the enlightened recognition that fellow Jews, even those one may feel are misguided, deserve respect and care. “U’mishibud lig’ula”—and from subjugation to redemption From slavery to incivility to the freedom of open minds and hearts — leading to the ultimate redemption “Hashta b’agala u’viz’man kariv”—now, speedily, and close at hand Not next year, not next month, but today. And let us say amen.

Written by Rabbi Dov Aaron Wise

ANSWERS 1. C 12:40 Hashem decreed that The Children of Israel would live in a land that was not theirs. From the birth of Isaac to the Exodus from Egypt it was 400 years. Hashem told Abraham

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Does the seder hark back to the previous day’s religious devotion by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “Your children shall ask you, ‘What is this service to you?’ You must answer ‘It is the Passover service to G-d’” (Exodus 12:26,27). This week’s Biblical portion details the genesis of the first great holiday of the Hebrew calendar as well as of Jewish history, the Festival of Passover. But what is the real nature of our celebration? Is it a national holiday, the commemoration of our birth as a nation, akin to the American Fourth of July? Or is it a religious holiday, the commemoration of our acceptance of fealty to the G-d of Israel and the cosmos, akin to the American Thanksgiving? The ramifications of this question are quite farreaching, both in terms of who should celebrate Passover as well as what ought to be emphasized during our lengthy discussions around the seder table! The Biblical verses in this week’s portion are ambiguous as to what precisely is to be the major message of the seder. The entire Hebrew community in Egypt was commanded (Exodus 12:3-9) to slaughter the Pascal Sacrificial lamb on the afternoon (“between the evenings”) of the 14th day of Nissan, take the blood from the sacrifice and place it on the door-posts and lintels of their homes, and eat the sacrificial meal with matzot (unleavened bread) and bitter herbs – during that evening (the night of the 15th day of Nissan). Now the 14th day of Nissan is referred to in the Bible as the Festival of Passover. It is the commemoration of the attachment of the Hebrews to the G-d of Israel and the world, risking their lives by sacrificing the lamb-g-d (Ares) of Egypt and placing its blood on their door-posts. This was clearly a religious act of commitment to G-d, which took place while they were still servants in Egypt, before the 10th plague; the destruction of the Egyptian first born. The actual consumption of the meat, however, took place at the seder in Egypt on the evening of the 15th of Nissan, the date of

to G-d? Or does it look forward to their actual freedom from Egypt at the end of that long night, when they entered the desert with their unleavened bread as a newborn nation?

the exodus. Does the seder hark back to the previous day’s religious devotion to G-d? Or does it look forward to their actual freedom from Egypt at the end of that long night, when they entered the desert with their unleavened bread as a newborn nation? In our Tannaitic literature, there are two separate accounts which attest to the two possible subjects of the seder evening. Our Passover Haggadah quotes the Mishnah (B.T. Pesachim, chapter 10): “There is a story told of Rabbi Eliezer and Rabbi Yehoshua and Rabbi Elazar ben Azariah and Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Tarfon who were reclining at the seder feast in Bnei Brak discussing the exodus from Egypt all night, until their disciples came to inform them, ‘our masters, the time has arrived to recite the morning Sh’ma….’” Clearly it was the exodus from Egypt—our birth as a nation—which animated the seder in Bnei Brak. However, the Tosefta in Pesachim (10,12) gives a parallel account of a seder celebration: “There is a story told of Rabban Gamliel and the Sages who were reclining at the seder feast at the home of Boethius the son of Zunim in Lod and were immersed in studying the laws of Passover all that night until they heard the crowing of the rooster; they then removed the seder table and prepared to leave for the House of Study for the Morning Prayer.” Clearly, it was the laws of the Pascal Sacrifice—and the dedication to the religious laws of G-d— which animated this seder in Lod!

Fascinatingly enough, there is a difference of opinion in the Talmud as to when the seder must end, which likewise reflects these two opinions: Rabbi Elazar ben Azariah maintains that the eating of the afikomen—the conclusion of the seder meal—must take place no later than midnight, whereas Rabbi Akiva argues that one may extend the seder until daybreak, the actual time when the Hebrews left Egypt “in haste” with their unleavened bread (see B.T. Berahot 9b). The first opinion would emphasize the religious nature of the seder, whereas the second would stress the national nature of our freedom from Egypt. Normative halakha — as well as the conduct of these Sages themselves — would seem to be in accordance with the conclusion of the first Mishnah in Babylonian Talmud Berahot, which rules that “Whenever our Sages limit a ritual to midnight, it may be performed until the rise of the morning star; the limitation is only to keep us far from transgression.” (See too Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Acts of Sacrifices 10:8.) I would therefore argue that we celebrate our national freedom on Passover, but the ideal of, and the necessity to fight and sacrifice for, freedom is rooted in the Divine creation of every human being in the image of G-d; our fealty to G-d demands that we work toward the freedom of every moral human being! Shabbat Shalom Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Chancellor Ohr Torah Stone Chief Rabbi — Efrat Israel




By Nate Bloom Contributing Columnist THE SAG AWARDS The Screen Actors Guild Awards air (live) on TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 5PM, with an encore on TNT at 8PM. The Jewish individual nominees are: JONAH HILL, 28, best supporting actor, film, “Moneyball”; best actress, TV series: JULIANNA MARGULIES, 45, (“The Good Wife”) and KYRA SEDGWICK, 46 (‘The Closer”). The SAG awards include awards for best ensemble cast, motion pictures and TV shows. “Big Bang Theory” has the most Jewish cast members of any nominated TV show: MAYIM BIALIK, 36 (Amy Fowler); SIMON HELBERG, 31, (Howard Wolowitz) and MELISSA RAUCH, 31, who ironically plays Bernadette, the Catholic fiancée of the Jewish character Wolowitz. Not seen enough to be nominated is BRIAN GEORGE, 59, who was born in Israel, the son of Jews from India. He plays the father of the Asian Indian character Raj. (The father’s only seen when he lectures his son via a web-cam hook-up to India.) George is probably best known for playing Pakistani immigrant restaurant owner Babu Bhatt in three “Seinfeld” episodes. “Seinfeld” fans will recall that Bhatt was deported due to Elaine and Jerry’s negligence. MORE AWARDS AND TUBE NOTES The Directors’ Guild awards (Jan. 28), which aren’t televised, feature many Jewish nominees. Here are three nominated TV directors that stand out as “blasts-fromthe-past”: FRED SAVAGE, 35, “Modern Family.” The former child actor star of “The Wonder Years” long ago re-invented himself as a top TV director. Savage and his (Jewish) wife now have two young kids; MICHAEL LEMBECK, 63, is nominated for best children’s program,” Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure,” on the Disney Channel. The son of the late actor HARVEY LEMBECK (“Sgt. Bilko”), Lembeck co-starred on TV’s “One Day at a Time.” Both his mother and his wife are Jewsby-choice; and DAVID STEINBERG, 69, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The son of a rabbi, he’s been funny in front of and behind the camera since the ‘60s. Steinberg is the host of a new interview series, “Inside Comedy,” that starts on Showtime on Thursday, Jan. 26 (11PM). JERRY STEINFELD and DON RICKLES will appear on the first show. Future guests include LARRY DAVID, GARRY SHANDLING, CARL REINER and SARAH SILVERMAN.



Starting on Jan. 29 on HBO is the dramatic series “Luck,” about various people associated with horse racing. Created by DAVID MILCH (“Deadwood”), the series stars DUSTIN HOFFMAN, 74, as Chester “Ace” Bernstein, a bigtime gambler. RICHARD KIND, 55 (“Spin City”) has a large supporting role. I saw the “sneak” preview of the first episode last month and the show looked good. ROMANCE NOTES The NY Post reports that Jonah Hill is dating ALEXANDRA “Ali” HOFFMAN, 24, Dustin’s youngest child. Hill’s teenage friendship with two of Dustin’s other children led to Hoffman offering Hill his first film role. Ali Hoffman is one of Dustin’s four children with his second wife, attorney LISA GOTTSEGEN HOFFMAN, the sister of a rabbi. Dustin, who was raised secular, credits her with making him moderately religious and their children were all bar or bat mitzvah. (His first wife wasn’t Jewish.) This all said, I should note that the Post “dating” story, like a lot of Post stories, may be based on very shaky sources. Engaged to a Jewish guy is actress Drew Barrymore, 36. Her fiancé is WILL KOPELMAN, 33, a fine art consultant. His father, ARIE KOPPELMAN, 71, is the now-retired head of Chanel, America (a subsidiary of the famous French company which is owned by the French Jewish brothers GERARD and ALAIN WERTHEIMER). Will’s sister, JILL KARGMAN, 37, is a wellknown columnist and novelist. His mother, COCO, is from a distinguished Sephardi Greek family. I would call the Koppelmans moderately religious based on bio “bits and pieces.” Barrymore had a chaotic childhood family life and I suspect she’s drawn to Will Kopelman’s very stable and accomplished family. My guess is that they’ll wed in a Reform Jewish ceremony, but Barrymore, who has always been secular, won’t convert to Judaism. It’s likely that her almost life-long mentor, STEVEN SPIELBERG, will have a role in the wedding. Barrymore does have a Jewish half-brother. Her father, the late actor John Drew Barrymore (1932-2004), the very troubled son of the legendary actor John Barrymore (1882-1942), was married four times. His first wife was actress CARA WILLIAMS, now 87. Born Bernice Kamiat, she got an Oscar nomination for playing a poor Southern widow smitten by TONY CURTIS in “The Defiant Ones” (1958). Her short marriage to Drew’s father produced a son, former actor JOHN BLYTH BARRYMORE, now 57.

FROM THE PAGES 100 Y EARS A GO Miss Corrine B. Arnold, Director of Camp Accomac, will lecture before the Council of Jewish Women, Thursday afternoon. While in the city, Miss Arnold will be the guest of Mrs. Mark G. Feder of 907 Lexington Avenue, Avondale. The bright young editor of the women’s club department of the “Commercial-Tribune” informs us that they will never ask the hand in marriage of a Jewish girl should she become an advocate of women suffrage. This is also true of many Jewish young men in Cincinnati, who have declared likewise.” “Forwarned is forearmed.” Thus warned young women desiring husbands will no doubt steer clear of the “Votes for Women” movement. Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Gumberts of Evansville, Indiana, announce the engagement of their daughter, Halycon, to Mr. William M. Hilb of Cincinnati, Ohio. No cards. Miss Caroline B. Friedman of Point Pleasant, W. Va., is the guest of her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. E. Loth, C17 Landon Court, Avondale, where she will be pleased to see her friends. The Parent’s Association of the Sabbath School of the Plum Street Temple held its monthly meeting in the Assembly Room of the Temple Sunday afternoon. The Misses Kurtzman, Quitman and Liebschuetz rendered some very good numbers, Dr. Grossmann addressed the meeting on “The Moral influence of the Rabbi.” — January 25, 1912

75 Y EARS A GO As we write these lines, more than one-fourth of the states of the Union lie stricken by one of the most devastating floods in history. Fire has added to the terror in some sections, shortage of food and water had added to the emergency and the specter of epidemics hovers in the background. Even such a disaster as this will not have been without its happier aspect if out of the tragedy we bring an immovable determination to enter upon such a federal floodprevention program that will make a repetition of such floods a permanent impossibility. Meanwhile the Red Cross looks to you for money to finance that organization’s great errand of mercy. Gilbert Gordon, 19, of 739 Mitchell Avenue, passed away at Jewish Hospital, Friday, Jan. 22. Mr. Gordon, who graduated from Hughes High School last

June, was a student at Ohio State University and was a pledge of Zeta Beta Tau. He was the son of Mrs. Ida Gordon and the late Julius Gordon, Cincinnati drygoods merchant. Besides his mother he leaves brothers, David Gordon, Columbia, Tenn., Martin Gordon and a sister, Miss Anne Gordon, both of Cincinnati. Four of his former classmates in Hughes High School, William Lucas, Robert Levy, Julius Rosenthal and Frank Deutsch acted as pallbearers at services at Weil, Sunday, Jan 24. — January 28, 1937

50 Y EARS A GO Mr. and Mrs. Harris K. Loftspring, 1418 Corvallis, announce the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son, Edward Erol, at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, at Feinberg Synagogue, Lexington and Reading Road. Edward is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Nathan and Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Loftspring. Max Lesser, 7775 Stillwell Road, passed away Friday, Jan. 19. Survivors include his wife, Bertha; a son, Steven Alan; his mother, Mrs. Lillian Lessure; two sisters, Mrs. Abe Milofsky and Mrs. Gilbert Willow; and Alfred Lessure. Mr. Lessure was an Investigator for the Bureau of Vehicles for Ohio, secretary of the Mended Heart Club and a widely-known bowler of Cincinnati. Wise Temple elected the following officers at its annual dinner-meeting at Wise Center Saturday evening, Jan 20: Melville J. Dunkelman, president; Justin Friedman and Sidney Weil, vice presidents; David W. Goldman, secretary; James M. Levy, treasurer. New trustees: Joseph Steiner and A. S. Braude. Re-elected: Stanley Berman, Milton M. Bloom, Albert J. Butchkes, Melville J. Dunkelman, Justin Friedman, William Schwartz, Morris L. Rudin, James M. Levy, Larry Marshall, Joseph Stern, Jr. and Sidney Weil. — January 25, 1962

25 Y EARS A GO Hillsboro, Ohio — Julian A. Magnus, Jr. has been selected by Rotary District 667 to lead a fiveman tram on a Rotary Group Study Exchange tour of West Germany in April and May of 1987. The tour group is comprised of business and professional persons, non-Rotarians, who will

spend approximately six weeks in West Germany, led by Magnus. Magnus has been very active in community service. He has served as president of the Cincinnati Rotary Club, chairman of the Queen City Bond Club, as a trustee of the Municipal Dealers Association, as president of the Valley Temple in Wyoming, chairman of the Cincinnati Federation of Reform Temples, and has been involved with numerous boards and organizations. He has been a trustee of Camp Livingston, and on the Board of Trustees of Talbert House. He is presently serving as volunteer coordinator at Jewish Vocational Service. Randolph I. Trager passed away Jan. 20. He was 81. He was the brother of the late Emanuel and Newton Trager. Services were on Jan. 22 at Weil Funeral Home. Rabbis Mark Goldman and Victor Reichert officiated. Interment was in United Jewish Cemetery, Walnut Hills. — January 29, 1987

10 Y EARS A GO The Enron Corporation and Linda Lay, the wife of its chairman and chief executive, have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Houston’s Holocaust Museum, accounting for approximately 10 percent of the institution’s $3 million budget. Now enmeshed in scandal and bankruptcy, Kenneth and Linda Lay were to be among the honorary co-chairs at the museum’s annual dinner this March, sharing the title with various dignitaries, including President Bush. The energy company, which filed for bankruptcy protection last month after acknowledging it had overstated its profits by nearly $600 million, is at the center of a scandal in which it is accused of lying to investors and abusing its vast political clout. Enron’s collapse and the ensuing scandal are threatening the entire economy of Houston, and its effects are being felt by local Jewish institutions, particularly the Holocaust Museum, and some of the city’s 45,000 Jews. Donald S. Friedman, musician, passed away Jan. 10 at the age of 54. Mr. Friedman was born in Pittsburgh, Penn. He was a son of the late Reuben and Ruth (Hyams) Friedman. Mr. Friedman is survived by his former wife and dear friend, June Friedman, his brother and sister-in-law, Allan J. (A.J.) and Patricia Friedman, of Oxford. Mr. Friedman is also survived by nephews David, Keith and Aaron Friedman, and his extended family. — January 24, 2002



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production@ LETTERS from page 16 Dear Atlanta Jewish Times Publisher Andrew Adler: How Revolting! Sometimes, as they say, truth is stranger than fiction.That was the case in Atlanta recently. The publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, Andrew Adler, wrote a column entitled “What would you do?” The question was premised on the growing threat to Israel from Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah, in which the Jewish state could one day be targeted by thousands of missiles and a high casualty rate. In response, Adler, speaking for himself but, he said, trying to put himself in the shoes of the Israeli prime minister, suggested three possible responses by Israel. The first two, preemptive strikes against Hezbollah and Hamas and the destruction of Iran’s nuclear facilities, may be controversial, but are at least within the realm of current discussion. But it was the third that crossed a line, a big line. Here is Adler in his own words: Third, give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice president to take his place, and forcefully dictate that the United States’ policy includes its helping the Jewish state obliterate its enemies. Yes, you read “three” correctly. Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence. Think about it. If I have thought of this Tom Clancy-type scenario, don’t you think that this almost unfathomable idea has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles? Subsequently, Adler, facing a torrent of criticism, pulled back, claiming he just wanted “to get a reaction” from his readership, adding that “I’ve put my pen in my mouth” and “I’m writing a retraction to the column.” It’s all well and good that Adler is rethinking his words, but they’re out there in writing, they speak volumes, and they won’t soon be forgotten. How could they? After all, the publisher of a Jewish newspaper in a major city actually put on the table the assassination of the president of the United States.That in itself is simply beyond belief. In fact, language is inadequate


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(513) 531-9600 to the challenge of describing the revulsion this evokes. Whether the Secret Service takes up the matter will, of course, be for them to decide, but it wouldn’t entirely surprise me. The publisher then went even further. Without any basis in fact, he asserted that the idea must have been discussed in “Israel’s most inner circles.” I’m no more privy to those conversations than he is, but I don’t for one single moment believe they ever took place—or could conceivably occur. Yet, given his position in Atlanta as the publisher of a Jewish newspaper, others may assume that Adler was on the inside. So the self-described “proIsrael to the max”column-writer, who thought he was writing a piece defending the Jewish state, ended up inflicting incalculable damage on the cause he—and so many of us—cherish. Moreover, on the substance of his concerns about the threats to Israel, Adler should ratchet down his hysteria, which leads him to such frighteningly bizarre conclusions. Yes, the danger to Israel is real. Yes, the amassing of ever deadlier arsenals by Hamas, Hezbollah, and especially Iran is taking place before the world’s eyes. And yes, Syria has shown its utter disregard for the lives of its own citizens, so how much more brazenly would it act against Israel if the chance presented itself? But he should not underestimate Israel’s ability to deal with its neighbors. While he’s running around like a chicken without a head, Israel, in its own inimitable way, is carefully preparing for possible regional eventualities. Israel’s enemies don’t underestimate it, nor should Adler. And, as in the past, Israel will do what’s needed to ensure its national security. In the same vein, Adler fears the Obama administration. Of course, he’s entitled to his own views on this, or any, president. Yet the publisher should be reminded that ballots, not bullets, are supposed to determine outcomes in democratic societies. But, in any case, I happen to see the U.S.-Israel link in rather different terms than he does. That’s not to say the two countries see eye to eye on everything. Why should they? They, like all LETTERS on page 21


Fear, Greed and Ego By Leon Loewenstine Contributing Columnist “Mr. Market is your business partner; you and he own equal shares in a private enterprise. Every day, without fail, Mr. Market offers to buy your interest in the business, or sell you his, at a certain price. Some days he is cheerful and optimistic, and offers an unreasonably high price for your share of the business. At other times, he is gloomy and depressed, and quotes a very low price.” The Intelligent Investor, Benjamin Graham (1949) In this excerpt legendary investor Benjamin Graham reiterates the point that often times stock prices reflect two basic emotions: fear and greed. This is especially true in times of heightened uncertainty. Between the crisis in Europe and the turmoil in Washington, 2011 has definitely been an uncertain time; through April, the S&P 500 rose 9 percent, fell 16 percent through September, and has risen 11 percent since. That’s a lot of “up and down” to wind up essentially flat for the year. Developments in Europe caused the fourth quarter rally. Most notably, the Federal Reserve and five other central banks announced a coordinated action that would essentially lend whatever was needed to whoever needed it, in whatever currency they wanted. In the days that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers, banks in the United States essentially stopped lending money to each other, endangering their dayto-day survival; the fear of “who’s the next Lehman?” caused the stoppage. European inter-bank lending had slowed considerably, though nowhere near late 2008 levels. This unprecedented action—in both level of coordination and

scope—calmed investor fears of further deterioration in the European banking system. Perhaps just as important, the move was a signal that the world’s largest central banks are willing to prevent European problems from threatening the global stability. Investors were clearly relieved by this, with stocks jumping 4 percent in one day. While fear and greed can cause significant market volatility, so can unchecked ego. In November, a small upstart ratings agency called Egan Jones downgraded the credit rating of Jefferies, a mid-size investment bank. According to Egan Jones, Jefferies owned European government debt amounting to 77 percent of the company’s equity. Having followed Jefferies for years, that didn’t seem right to us; it turns out that we weren’t alone in our opinion. Richard Handler, Jefferies CEO, released point-by-point rebuttal to the Egan Jones report and all of the rumors that followed. Other analysts chimed in, with an Oppenheimer analyst saying that Egan Jones was “flat-out wrong by a country mile” and “one would think that one aspiring to become a significant ratings agency would do a minimum of proof-reading and fact-checking before launching a highly controversial report.” With investors on edge as a result of the events of the past few years, there’s no room for loose cannons. But fear, greed and ego have been constants in our markets as of late. The best way to beat all of it is with a well-diversified, balanced portfolio of high-quality investments. Mr. Loewenstine is a Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist, serving as the leader of the RCM Investment Team. He has over 25 years of experience in the financial services and investmentmanagement industry.

Cincinnati/Hamilton County Continuum of Care for the Homeless expands mission, changes name CINCINNATI, OH — Strategies to End Homelessness (formerly The Cincinnati/Hamilton County Continuum of Care for the Homeless) announces its change in name and mission, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Strategies to End Homelessness (End Homelessness) was originally created to facilitate the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care funding process. The organization’s scope of work has been expanded; the organization now leads a coordinated community effort to end homelessness within the City of Cincinnati

and Hamilton County. Since its inception in 2007, End Homelessness has collaborated with local organizations on homelessness prevention efforts; operated the Central Access Point (CAP), the community’s centralized intake and referral service; led systematic planning efforts such as the Homeless to Homes initiative; and facilitated community processes to allocate funding for homeless services and housing. “Jewish Family Service has been a collaborator with End Homelessness MISSION on page 22


Boris Litwin Jewelers featured by MSNBC’s ‘Your Business’ CINCINNATI, OH — Boris Litwin Jewelers, the fourth-generation Jeweler specializing in original and unique designs, has started its 99th year in business with a profile by MSNBC. Interviewed for “Your Business, with JJ Ramberg,” which aired on MSNBC Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 a.m., their feature story was part of a series on businesses achieving successful results by “doing something different.” “Your Business” focuses on the ups and downs of being a small business owner in the current economic climate. “Typically, we like to profile businesses that have a unique story to share i.e., the tactics they’re employing to grow and expand,” says producer David Foster. “We’ve done stories about what it’s like to run a family business, how to personalize your business, and how to attract and retain customers.” “The gist of it is ‘how did we change things up to thrive during the recession,’” says BJ Foreman, the president of the fashion-for-

ward company named after its founder, her grandfather. “When four other Cincinnati jewelers closed their doors in the last year or so, we’re still happening and growing strong.” Foreman, a journalist with an art, fashion and design background, previously penned “The Artful Shopper” column for The Cincinnati Enquirer for many years. “I believe that because of our backgrounds, we offer a different spin on the design and appreciation of jewelry,” she continues. “I am the fourth generation in the business. Our websmistress, my daughter Liz Foreman, is the fifth.” “Moving upstairs allowed BJ to maintain a high standard of personalized customer service in an intimate setting. She’s eliminated big-store distractions and expenses, which allows her to really get to know everyone,” says Jay Kulpa, who handles the store’s social media and digital marketing. “It’s great to see success on the strength of reputation, person-

alized service and untraditional customer outreach.” Boris Litwin Jewelers creates exclusive designs and one-of-akind pieces for customers, offering redesign and repair services. Their carefully curated selection of jewelry by various designers keeps individuality, luxury and fashion at the forefront. Each piece is personally selected by Foreman and Sarah Froelich, MFA in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts, along with Graduate Gemologist Claire Rechnitzer. Other featured services include their cufflink line, expert watch repair and personalized bridal services offered on an appointment basis. A fourth-generation familyowned jeweler headquartered in Cincinnati, Boris Litwin Jewelers caters to an international clientele through the Litwin’s website. Current store hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. and by appointment.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center thanks Dick Weiland Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center held a ceremony on Dec. 8, 2011, to thank Mr. Dick Weiland for his gift of $75,000 to the medical center. Weiland’s gift includes $25,000 for cystic fibrosis research, $25,000 for research of Crohn’s disease, and $25,000 for the Timothy James Rumpke Fund in the Heart Institute. Mr. Weiland said that he chose these areas in honor of his daughter, Jeanne Weiland, an advanced practice nurse and member of the cystic fibrosis team at Cincinnati Children’s, his granddaughter Sarah, and his good friends Bonnie and Bill Rumpke. Several of Cincinnati Children’s top leaders were in attendance to thank and honor Weiland including: Michael Fisher, president and CEO; Jeffrey Robbins, Ph.D., executive co-director of the Heart Institute; and Mitch Cohen, MD and director in the department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Also on hand were Dick’s daughter Jeanne Weiland, and son-in-law Jay Moskovitz, both Cincinnati Children’s employees. Weiland is founder and president of Richard Consulting Corporation, a public relations consulting firm that provides lobbying and mediation skills. Weiland represents more than 60 companies and numerous non-profit organizations. In addition, he currently

Dick Weiland presents check to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

serves on more than 30 boards and commissions. Weiland is a graduate of Walnut Hills High School, Williams College and the UC College of Law. Weiland is an influential com-

munity activist and philanthropist. He is well-known for the leadership role he has played for many years to generate support for social service agencies throughout the community and region.



Kids in the kitchen Zell’s Bites

by Zell Schulman Recently, while rearranging my cookbooks, I came across several devoted to cooking with kids. Reacquainting myself with these cookbooks, I realized school isn’t the only place for language arts, science or math skills and the kitchen isn’t only for cooking and eating. Cooking with your children or grandchildren in the kitchen is a great way of sharing love and knowledge of food at the same time. Grocery shopping, planning a menu, or measuring ingredients for recipes are a few of the activities you can enjoy together. A child as young as 3 can push the buttons on a food processor or blender, turning cooking into an exciting adventure. Motor skills develop through pouring, kneading or breaking an egg. The senses become more aware, tantalized by new tastes, textures and scents. Vocabularies grow rapidly and precision of word usage becomes important when following recipes which ask you to beat, whip, fold or toss in a pinch or dash of this or that. Measuring the ingredients for the recipes is a great way to practice one’s math. Take a trip to your local library and check out the children’s cookbook section. Metric Milk Shakes and Witches’ Cakes: Cooking Centers in Primary Classrooms, no longer in print, was written in 1976 by my New York friend and former early childhood teacher, Georgia Johnson de Vane. It uses very simple cooking equipment, ingredients that can generally be found in most cupboards, no sharp utensils (any cutting is done using a plastic, picnic knife with a serrated edge, no heat is LETTERS from page 19 countries, begin from particular— and different—vantage points based on a range of factors. That said, cooperation between two freedom-loving countries— and their armed forces —is close and getting closer. I have no doubt that Washington is, and will remain for the foreseeable future, fully committed to Israel’s defense. Finally, let’s return to the title of Adler's repulsive column, “What would you do?” but apply the question to the publisher, not the prime minister. He should begin by asking him-

required, so cooking on the range or baking in the oven aren’t necessary. Her recipes for O.J. Surprise—the O.J. stands for orange juice— wouldn’t be turned down by any 5or 6-year-old, especially when they’re helping to prepare it. Helpful Hints Before you begin, first read the recipe carefully and completely. Prepare a clean working space. Assemble all the ingredients and equipment you’ll need. Wash your hands before you begin to cook. Protect your clothes with an apron. Have a small hand towel close at hand for wiping wet hands. Have a wet sponge or wet cloth handy for unexpected spills. Don’t forget to clean up—how you leave the cooking area is as important as how you found it. Put away all equipment. Wipe the counters and sweep the floor. Safety Tips Always wash fresh fruits and vegetables with cold water before cooking with them. Use pot holders to handle hot dishes. Pick up knives by the handle, not the blade. Always cut away from yourself. Turn pot handles toward the back of the range, so hot pots don’t accidentally get knocked over. Make sure both water faucets are turned on so you don’t scald your hands. When finished cooking, remember to turn off the range or oven. O.J. SURPRISE Serves 1 Ingredients 1 tablespoon orange juice 1 tablespoon raisins 2 tablespoon peanut butter 2 slices of bread Method 1. Measure orange juice, raisins and peanut butter into a small bowl. 2. Mix well with a big spoon. 3. Spread the mixture on one slice of bread. 4. Put the other slice of bread on top and cut in half. 5. Enjoy your O.J. Surprise sandwich for breakfast, lunch or anytime. self whether he’s in the right business. Owning a community newspaper and seeking to inform readers entails a larger responsibility, at least it should. That’s not consistent, shall we say, with conjuring up scenarios for the assassination of the American president or seeking to implicate Israel in such utterly unimaginable schemes. Clearly, Adler, for his sake and ours, ought to find a new line of work. David Harris, AJC Executive Director, New York

2012 Jaguar line up—Creating luxury in your own image “The new 2012 Jaguar range is our finest yet. Every one of our models fully embodies the brand ideals—innovation, bold design and effortless high performance. Our designers and engineers strive continuously to keep Jaguar ahead of the competition—creating cars that stand apart from mainstream premium offerings, while remaining accessible to an ever wider spectrum of customers.”—Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars. The 2012 Jaguar model range, which includes the Jaguar XF sedan, the Jaguar XK sports coupe and convertible, and the flagship Jaguar XJ sedan, forged a new path for other car companies to follow. Substantial changes and improvements across the range bring performance and refinement to new levels, while design enhancements strengthen the contemporary appeal of Jaguar’s line-up. The Jaguar XF, which has won awards around the world for both its performance and styling, receives restyled front and rear bodywork, continuing the evolution of the Jaguar design language seen on the flagship Jaguar XJ. The supercharged 510-horsepower Jaguar XFR now features dramatic design enhancements that will signal the performance available within this potent sedan. The 2012 Jaguar XK range receives elegant styling changes,

2012 Jaguar XJ starts at $73,700.

while further personalization can be made to both the car’s performance and styling through a series of options packages. New interior options will allow the discerning driver to emphasize both the luxury and performance aspects of the XK model’s nature. A thrilling new pinnacle model, the 550 horsepower XKR-S coupe, is capable of 186mph and 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds. The flagship Jaguar XJ, introduced in 2010, received enhancements to the interior and to the options lists. A new Rear Seat Comfort package on the top-of-the line XJL Supersport includes electric recline, lumbar adjustment and massage functions. These three cars are the result of a design and technology revolution at Jaguar, led by award-win-

ning Design Director Ian Callum, the architect of the company’s future success: “The world has been introduced to an entirely new generation of Jaguar cars in the past few years. With the new product range, today’s Jaguar is at full-strength for the first time. The 2012 XK, XF and XJ are design-led products that break new boundaries. We believe our cars resonate with customers on an emotional level and that’s reflected both in the way they drive and the way they look.” With options to customize it and truly make it “Yours,” Jaguar has broken the standard model of luxury. No longer will you be indoctrinated into luxury standards set by your grandfather. Rather you will now be free to create luxury in your own image.



D EATH N OTICES SHAPIRO, Steven L., age 65, died January 16, 2012; 21 Tevet, 5772. LAHM, Susan, age 78, died January 20, 2012; 25 Tevet, 5772. DAVIDSON, Stephen L., age 78, Janauary 22, 2012; 27 Teve, 5772. PAPER, Herbert, age 78, Janauary 23, 2012; 28 Tevet, 5772.

O BITUARIES KALTER, Bella Briansky Bella Briansky Kalter, age 90, passed away December 13, 2011. She was the beloved wife of Harold Kalter; devoted mother of Eliot (Sandra) Kalter, Henry (Juliet Gal) Kalter and John (Esther) Kalter; beloved sister of Rita Prezament, Shirley Miller and the late Rebecca Duchow; cherished grandmother of Benjamin, David, Matthew, Talia, Gavriella, Adar and Tamar Kalter. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A resident of North Avondale for more than 50 years, Mrs. Kalter moved to Rockville, Md. in March 2011. Bella was born July 22, 1921 in Grajewa, Poland to Pinchas and Chava Briansky. Pinchas, a Yeshiva-trained rabbi, immigrated to Ansonville, Ontario in 1927. Two years later Chava followed with Bella, age 8, her older sister Rebecca, 10, and her younger sister Rita, 4. Youngest sister Shirley was born a year later. Bella quickly learned English and soon began writing poetry and stories. In an early published poem, called “Coloured Walls,” she wrote in 1938 at age 17:

Bella Briansky Kalter

Rustling, dancing with the dew. Once I dwelt in palace halls Built of dazzling diamond walls; Floors of marble, grey and blue, Playing with the diamond dew. Now I dream of solid walls Standing firm when world peace falls; Colours red and white and blue, Spread thine arms when war is due.”

“Once I dreamt of fairy halls Made from fragrant flower walls; Roses red and violets blue,

At the age of 18 she moved to Montreal to study nursing. In a letter to the Canadian Jewish Chronicle in 1945, supporting the need for a nurses’ training school, she wrote of her experiences: “I began applying to different hospitals and my applications were always rejected. I had all the requirements. I had passed my matriculation exams and I had all the recommendations necessary. Finally I had to accept the awful truth, that one thing disqualified me. I was a Jewess.” She was eventually accepted at the one hospital in Montreal which accepted Jewish nursing students, the Woman’s General Hospital. Even here she received anti-Semitic verbal abuse from the Superintendent and other teachers. Despite this, upon graduation she received the prize for leading her class in theory and practice, and she went on to become Head Nurse of the Outpatient Clinic of the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal.

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one message here. That is: ‘Our tactics are working!’” One Israeli report, on the country’s Channel 2, quoted unnamed Israeli officials as saying that it was the U.S. that requested the postponement, although U.S. officials and other Israelis have pushed back, insisting that it was Israel that made the request. Pentagon officials reached out to journalists Tuesday to reinforce their claim that it was Israel, not the United States, that requested the delay. According to an unnamed senior U.S. defense official cited by The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Barak requested to cancel the exercise because he feared the Israeli military lacked the resources to carry it out effectively.

since the summer of 2009 and, through their referrals, we work with 50 client households each quarter,” said Fran Gafvert, director of Vital Services at Jewish Family Service. Gafvert explained that Jewish Family Service has succeeded in assisting families and individuals at imminent risk of homelessness through two key components: financial payments funded by HUD to avoid eviction, and the JFS case managers working closely with each client to help them resolve the issues and challenges that put them at risk. “Our experienced staff manages the many components of each client’s situation with an expert client database supplied by End Homelessness,” said Gafvert. As an example of how this program helps, Gafvert shared the

In March 1945, while visiting her aunt in Miami Beach, she met Staff Sergeant Harold Kalter, when Jewish soldiers stationed nearby were invited to join local families for the Passover seder. Their love quickly kindled and they married that November. Harold, after three years in the U.S. Army, including a year and a half overseas, attended McGill University on the GI Bill. That, plus Bella’s nursing career, provided their financial support in their early years together. With sons Eliot, born in 1950, and Henry, born in 1952, they moved to Cincinnati in 1955 when Harold took a position at the Children’s Hospital Research Foundation. Their third son, John, was born in 1957. Mrs. Kalter moved from nursing and shifted her attention more fully to her love of writing. She had many short stories published and received awards from the Atlantic Monthly, the University of Kansas City Review, the Cincinnati Arts Consortium, the Cincinnati Mercantile Library and the University of Cincinnati Literary Club. Also a playwright, a number of her plays were produced in Cincinnati. Among them were “Fugue,” performed by the Studio Theater at the Arts Consortium, “What Are You Feeling,” performed by Xavier University Players Theatre Workshop, and “Sara and The Interrogator,” which opened the ninth annual Cincinnati Theatre Festival at the Playhouse in the Park. A monologue about Supreme Court Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase was selected by the Cincinnati Bicentennial Commission to be performed during Cincinnati’s Bicentennial year. From 1987 to 1989 a series of articles entitled “This Year in Jerusalem” was published in The American Israelite, in which she described her impressions on a three-month stay in Israel. In an account of the Jewish

community of Ansonville, Ontario, the town where she grew up from age 8 to 18, published by the American Jewish Archives, she began by writing: “Oh, it was lovely, lonely, lighted with snow in the wintertime, sun and wildflowers in the summertime, people there all the time, the same people, like people in one’s family always there, they would always be there, so it seemed, sharing the joys and sorrows of their lives with one another, feuding, loving—a small community.... And then suddenly, so it seemed, they were gone from there, the Jewish community no longer there, an epoch in time come and gone with hardly a landmark, hardly a vestige left of what had been.” In 1975 she returned to Grajewa, Poland to see the town of her early childhood and to search for any signs of the life she had known. In an account published in the magazine, The Jewish Dialog, she wrote: “...we went to meet the bus that would take us out of Grajewa and back to Warsaw, the shrill cries of rooks overhead mocking our departure—they’re dead!— they’re dead! And as we settled into our seats and the bus began to move, I was looking back, still looking for the corn fields and flowers of my childhood, still looking for a face that would have in it a fond remembrance of the time that was ... that was ... that was ...’They’ve stamped it all out, not only the flame, but their ashes too are gone,’ I said. ‘There’s no trace any more of the Grajewa dead.’” In the memoir that appeared in the Israelite, about her first visit to Jerusalem, she wrote, “No matter where we are, everywhere we’ve been, everything we’ve seen, remains in its place, has become part of our consciousness, no matter how far away we are, we know it is no less real than if we were in sight of it.” Contributions in Bella Kalter’s

memory may be made to Wise Temple, 8329 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236, JPDS of the Nation’s Capital or Adas Israel Congregation of Washington, D.C. Condolences may be sent to Harold Kalter at Ring House, 1801 East Jefferson Street, Rockville, Md. 20852 or

following: A family came to Jewish Family Service with a notice of eviction from their landlord and a court date for the eviction proceeding that was set for the following week. The main breadwinner in the household had been laid off from his job two months prior, unemployment payments were sufficient to meet only about half the household’s monthly expenses, and the family was nearly two months’ behind in rent payments. Jewish Family Service’s caseworker helped the client create a budget and see where the family could reduce some expenses. Then she worked out a plan with the husband to support his job search for new employment and made referrals to job placement resources in the community. “Our caseworker negotiated with

the landlord to eliminate late fees and reduce the amount the client owed in back payments. She then requested back rent from the HUD fund managed by End Homelessness. The last part of the plan was to pay rent from the HUD funds for the next two months while the husband looked for work and managed the family budget with his unemployment pay. The caseworker talked with the family about starting a savings plan once the husband was back at work to cover expenses in case of a future emergency like this one,” said Gafvert. “Based on the daily calls Jewish Family Service receives for financial assistance we know how critical this work is for the community.” End Homelessness has monitored the progress of each initiative by utilizing diligent hard datatracking to determine the success of each program. The results, thor-

oughly measured and analyzed, have provided an opportunity for local homeless services providers for mission expansion, and a name change for the coordinating organization formerly known as the CoC. “Strategies to End Homelessness” was adopted to better reflect its central mission, as well as the mission of its many partners, in the systemic coordination of homelessness prevention, services and housing. “We want to solve homelessness by preventing those at risk from becoming homeless, by providing a high level of service to those who are currently homeless, and by ensuring that people who exit homelessness do not become homeless again,” said Kevin Finn, executive director of Strategies to End Homelessness. “We do not want to manage homelessness; we want to end it.”

GREENBERG, Frieda Frieda Greenberg passed away peacefully at a nursing home in Waxhaw, N.C. on January 10, 2012. Mrs. Greenberg was born and lived most of her life in Cincinnati, prior to retiring to be near her children in South Florida and later North Carolina. Born in February 1923, Mrs. Greenberg was one of seven children born to the late Harry and Gitle Weisberg and was the beloved wife of the late Myron Greenberg. She will always be remembered by her sons Wayne, Phillip and David Greenberg; loving daughters-in-law Debby and Shelley Greenberg, and son-inlaw Timothy Wike; grandchildren Jennifer Dye, Mindy Greenberg, Marc Greenberg, Andrew Greenberg and Lauren Greenberg; great-granddaughter Sophia Dye, along with countless friends and family who were fortunate to know her. Mrs. Greenberg was an active volunteer in her children’s schools, the Adath Israel sisterhood and other organizations. She loved her family and treasured all happy occasions with them. Memorial services and interment were at Adath Israel Cemetery. The family recommends memorial donations to be considered for a one-of-a-kind organization that gave wonderful care and happiness to Frieda during her late stage of Alzheimer’s at the Ivey Adult Day Care Center, 6030 Park South Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28210. Online condolences can be made to



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