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Jewish Federation elects new President, celebrates community at 118th Annual Meeting On May 21, 2014, the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati welcomed a crowd of 450 people to its 118th Annual Meeting, electing new President Suzette Fisher and the 20142015 slate of officers and trustees, showcasing the o rg a n i z a t i o n ’s role in Jewish Cincinnati and celebrating the community’s top volunteers and professionals. Immediate Past President Andy Berger announced that, for the fourth year in a row, the J e w i s h Federation received the top rating of four stars from C h a r i t y Navigator, which rates nonprofits on their financial health, transparency and accountability. He then gave a breakdown of how the money raised by the Federation is spent. The majority 64% - is invested in agencies and congregations locally, in Israel and around the world, for programs that help people in need and assure a vibrant Jewish future. Another 18% goes to Federation-managed initiatives, with a focus on developing leaders, planning for the community and connecting to Israel. The audience learned about the Federation’s four areas of responsibility: Maximizing Giving and Participation (e.g., the collaborative, inclusive allocations process); Developing Leaders (e.g., its Young

Adult Division); Planning for the Community (e.g., Cincinnati 2020); and Connecting with Israel (e.g., Israeli emissaries such as the shaliach and chaverim m’yisrael). CEO Shep Englander thanked Berger for his two years of service, “You are generous, decent, humble and loving. Yet you have no problem being tough when that’s what we’ve needed. You strike rare balances gracefully.” Berger responded, “Tonight, I am filled with many emotions, but mostly gratitude. I am thankful, especially, for the opportunity I have had to meet so many new people, to make new friends, and to deepen existing relationships and friendships.”

He then passed the gavel to new President Fisher, “She has already done so much for the community that she could easily rest on her laurels, but resting on laurels is not in Suzette’s nature. Suzette is not just a strategic, big picture thinker. She is a tireless doer and worker, spending countless hours and inspiring everyone around her by her example.” “Why Federation? Why give here? Why spend my energy here?” Fisher asked. “We are not your Bubbie’s Federation,” was the answer. “Over the past 10 years, we have been evolving and transforming. We are more transparent, more collaborative and more strategic, and we are imperative to the suc-

cess and growth of Jewish Cincinnati.” B e r g e r returned to the podium to name this year’s Volunteers of the Year, nominated by local agencies and congregations, and thank them for their dedication. He then gave out the Harris K. and Alice F. Weston “ Av o d a h ” Awards, to professionals Barbara Dragul, director of Education and L i f e l o n g Learning at Wise Temple, and Mark Lamb, the Mayerson JCC’s director of Facility and E v e n t Operations. Finally, Nancy GoldsteinLevine handed out the Robert V. G o l d s t e i n Volunteer of the Year Award - created in memory of her late husband to Bill Freedman, in recognition of his significant impact as a volunteer leader for the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Jewish community at large. Englander closed the meeting, “With generous and talented leaders and strong participation and collaboration, nothing can stop Cincinnati from becoming the most inclusive and dynamic community of its size in the country.” He continued, “Your participation tonight puts us on the right track. And your ongoing participation with whatever aspect of the community fits you will get us there.”



Governor Kasich dedicates Holocaust and Liberators Memorial in Columbus By Beth Kotzin Assistant Editor On Monday, June 2, 2014, at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, OH, Governor John Kasich dedicated the new Holocaust and Liberators Memorial that was constructed at the Ohio Statehouse. The monument was designed by noted architect Daniel Liebskind, who himself is the son of Holocaust survivors. The 18-foot high, 1,029 square-foot monument features a ruptured Star of David that is engraved with a narrative of Auschwitz survivors. It incorporates a granite plaza, low walls of Ohio limestone and bronze in keeping with materials already used at most Statehouse memorials. Liebskind recalls thinking at the start of this project, “where is the light, where is the hope?”. Thus he decided to incorporate such a light into the structure, with a crack forming that Star of David to lead to the Ohio sky. The moving program began with a performance by the Harmony Project Choir, followed by the tolling of the Ohio Bicenttennial Bell, which was rung 12 times in memory of the 12 million who were murdered in the Holocaust. After a moment of silence the Cleveland Orchestra performed; the crowd was then welcomed by Senator Chris Widener, Chair, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. Rabbi Eric Slaton, Beth Israel Synagogue in Hamilton, OH, read the Psalm of David, and Reese Kasich (daughter of Governor Kasich) read an excerpt from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Following remarks from the Honorable Yaron Sideman, Consul General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S. and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, a candlelighting ceremony was held to honor the memory of Holocaust victims. Many local Holocaust survivors attended the dedication on Monday, including Zahava Rendler, Lou Weisser, Edith Czerkiewicz, and Sam Boymel , as well as community members Michael Ostreicher, Netanel (Ted) Deutsch, Gary Heiman, and representatives from Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati. As a child survivor of the Holocaust, Rendler felt that the event was “very moving, very impressive.” “Being a

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Holocaust survivor,” she continued, “it is important to know someone is doing something for us.” Ostreicher was also very impressed with how organized the event was, and smoothly the program flowed. “Kasich’s remarks were really good,’ he said. “He spoke from the heart, this was not a political speech at all. It was extremely worthwhile to attend the dedication.” Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education past president Dick Friedman felt that having this memorial in Ohio was a significant event, and that “the memorial brought an emotional response from hundreds of people and sent an emotional signal to all of us that we must never allow this to happen again. Governor Kasich challenged us to create a world of tolerance and understanding. It

is our job to do so." After the candlelighting, Professor Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, made her remarks, followed by the dedication by Governor Kasich and memorial designer Daniel Libeskind. Werner Coppel, a Holocaust Suvivor of Auschwitz, was pleased with Libeskind’s work, saying “The program was very powerful, and the memorial being on the Statehouse grounds means a lot to me." "Outstanding. How nicely this memorial was done for us," said Lou Weisser 90, Holocaust Survivor and Liberator of Majdanek



Israelity series ends with ‘Israel Out of the Closet’ While in some Middle East countries being gay is grounds for punishment or even execution, Israel is considered one of the more progressive countries in the world for its legal protections and cultural acceptance. But full equality is not yet a reality. Yaniv Waizman, special advisor on LGBTQ affairs to Tel Aviv’s mayor, will give Cincinnatians a glimpse into life in Israel’s gay community, on Sunday, June 22, 7 p.m., at the Mayerson JCC. After leaving the Israeli army

in 1998, Yaniv Waizman founded Israel Gay Youth to provide a safe space for teens to discuss issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity, including their concerns about the military. He has since been elected to the city council in Tel Aviv, which was named the Best Gay City in the world in 2011 and hosts over 100,000 people for its annual pride celebration. Israel boasts a long list of achievements for LGBTQ rights, many of which have only recently

been introduced in the U.S., including protection against workplace and military discipline, pension rights and recognition of same-sex marriages performed outside the country. Recently, Israel was ranked in the top ten for its inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members in the armed forces; the U.S. was ranked 40th out of 103. “Israel Out of the Closet” - the final installment of the ISRAELITY speaker series - is being held in partnership with Congregation

Beth Adam. The event is free and open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend and join the conversation. Advance registration is suggested. “ISRAELITY: Redefining Reality in Israel” is a series of open dialogues by six social innovators, who give first-hand accounts of life in an unknown and unshown Israel—their personal ISRAELITYs.

JEEP (Jewish Education for Every Person) dedicated new education center on June 8



VOL. 160 • NO. 47 THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014 14 SIVAN 5774 SHABBAT BEGINS FRIDAY 8:47 PM SHABBAT ENDS SATURDAY 9:48 PM THE AMERICAN ISRAELITE CO., PUBLISHERS 18 WEST NINTH STREET, SUITE 2 CINCINNATI, OHIO 45202-2037 Phone: (513) 621-3145 Fax: (513) 621-3744 RABBI ISAAC M. WISE Founder, Editor, Publisher, 1854-1900 LEO WISE Editor & Publisher, 1900-1928 RABBI JONAH B. WISE Editor & Publisher, 1928-1930 HENRY C. SEGAL Editor & Publisher, 1930-1985 PHYLLIS R. SINGER Editor & General Manager, 1985-1999 MILLARD H. MACK Publisher Emeritus NETANEL (TED) DEUTSCH Editor & Publisher

JCC to present a Jewish and Israeli film series in June Festival in January was Kaddish for a Friend. The intense drama features the story of Ali, who from the moment he was born was told to hate the Jews. Desperate to fit in, he finds himself in charge of vandalizing the apartment of a Jewish War veteran to prove himself to his new gang. What starts out as hatred leads to an unimaginable and life changing bond that unfolds throughout the movie. This film received the Audience Best Feature Film at the Miami Film Festival in 2013 and the Grand Prix Award at the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival in 2012.

Kaddish for a Friend will be shown on June 25 at 7:30pm. Showing on Tuesday, June 24 at 7:30pm is For a Woman, a timeshifting melodrama produced by veteran writer-director, Diane Kurys, who received the Excellence in Directing Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. This film features the story of a daughter who digs into her parents' old WWII-era memories, only to find a clandestine love affair and secrets about her own origins. The final film in the series, Run Boy Run, is based on the

best-selling Holocaust novel by Israeli author Uri Orlev and directed by Oscar-winner Pepe Danquart. Run Boy Run is a film you won’t want to miss! The film tells the story of 8-year-old Srulik, who is cast adrift in Nazi-occupied Poland, struggling for survival as the Jewish people try to maintain their identity in the face of genocide. Run Boy Run will play on Thursday, June 26 at 7:30pm. Tickets to the JCC Summer Cinema Series must be purchased in advance. For more information, please contact the JCC.


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The JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival Summer Cinema Series features award-winning dramatic films that explore themes of contemporary Jewish life, culture and some of the hard issues surrounding religious and cultural differences. This summer’s films include the audience favorite from the February festival, Kaddish for a Friend, and two new films: For a Woman and Run Boy Run. Films will be shown for three nights starting June 24 at the Cinemark Oakley Station. The audience favorite from the JCC Jewish and Israeli Film


Schreiber. The installation of the first mezuzah was by Rabbi Baruch Cohon of Los Angeles, assisted by Rabbi Karp. June 8 was named Arthur Schreiber Jewish Education Day by proclamation of the mayors of Cincinnati, Amberley Village and Golf Manor, Ohio. The large crowd heard a beautiful performance of Yiddish songs presented by Scott Miller and the residents of Halom House, a Blue Ash residential home for Jewish adults with developmental disabilities.

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individuals who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to supporting and promoting Jewish education for people with challenges or disabilities. Speakers included: Rabbi Baruch Cohon of Los Angeles, who described his fond memories of the late Arthur Schreiber; Dr. David Novick of Dayton, a gastroenterologist and substance abuse expert who spoke about addiction; as well as testimonials from people that have been directly helped by JEEP. Ribbon cutting was by B.G. Younger, daughter of Arthur

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JEEP (Jewish Education for Every Person) dedicated their new building, The Arthur Schreiber Jewish Education Center, with a ribbon cutting and installation of mezuzahs, on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Their new home is the first and only Jewish recovery center in the region. JEEP was founded in 2004 by Rabbi Yaakov Karp, who believes that every Jewish person is precious and deserves access to Jewish education and life. They serve over

1000 clients annually throughout the southwest Ohio region including: children and youth, patients in hospitals, residents of senior facilities, adults with disabilities, people who are substance dependent or face similar challenges. “We find that such access can help people meet their life challenges and become happier, more successful members of our community,” says Karp. The dedication included the presentation to Rabbi Baruch Cohon of the Rabbi Eliezer Silver Memorial Award, which recognizes

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Ralph Ford, anti-semitism target in Price Hill, has moved on and is doing well By Beth Kotzin Assistant Editor In April 2014, Price Hill resident Ralph Ford awoke one morning to find that a swastika had been påinted on the front door of his rented home. While no official charge of anti-semitism was made at the time of the incident, it was

widely considered such an attack, and Ford and his wife intended to move out of the neighborhood. Ford was able to relocate himself and his wife to an apartment in a quiet, safe neighborhood out of Hamilton County. “I am blessed,” said Ford. “We were barely able to pay for our medications during the move due to our

fixed income, but we’re in a much better place.” It took them a week to get everything moved out, and they started the process by getting things out into storage. Unfortunately, Ford was badgered by his neighbors right up until they were completely moved out; in between trips to the storage

facility, people would smash their car windows and cause other damage (they used a van to make the trips to storage), as well as break into the house through the kitchen window and destroy things inside. Neither Ford nor his wife work, as they are both on disability (Ford himself is a disabled veteran), so assistance with the move

would have been a big help to them, but they ended up getting it all done on their own. They have broken all ties with their previous neighborhood, and have even kept certain phone numbers active on their phones so they know not to answer them by mistake. “I rest better at night,” asserts Ford. “As I said, I am blessed.”

Inauguration of 12th HUC-JIR President, Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D held at Plum Street Temple on June 8 By Beth Kotzin Assistant Editor With the sobering sound of the shofar being blown, the inauguration of the 12th president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institut of Religion began at Plum Street Temple on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Rabbi Lewish Kamrass of Wise Temple opened the ceremony, followed by the procession led by Mona Kerstine (Inauguration Chair) of over a hundred leaders of the Reform Movement from all over the world, Cincinnati civic and religious leaders, and representatives of universities, learned societies, and organizations. There was a special proces-

sional for the Torah Scrolls, consisting of rabbinical and graduate students, HUC deans of all four campuses, faculty, and alumni, to demonstrate the transmission of Torah from generation to generation. Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, Dean of the Cincinnati Campus, carried HUC's Holocaust Torah scroll in this processional Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, President of HUC from 19962000, led the gathering in a responsive reading, after which Rabbi Panken was passed the Torah. While he held it, Rabbi David Ellenson,Ph.D., President of HUC from 2001-2013 and Chancellor, did another reading. The Holocaust Torah scroll was then read by Rabbi David Ellenson, Chancellor, Rabbi

Aaron Panken, President and Andrew Berger, Chair-Elect of the Board of Governors. Rabbi Richard J. Jacobs, President, Union of Reform Judaism said of Panken in his speech, “the depth of his heart matches, if not exceeds, that of his brilliant mind.” Jacobs was followed by Rabbi Richard A. Block, President, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Martin Cohen, Chairman, Presidental Serach Committee , HUC-JIR, and Irwin Engleman, Chair, Board of Governors, HUC-JIR. After a brief moment of quiet meditation, Rabbi Panken gave his inaugural address, pointing out that he was “grateful beyond words to stand here as your new

Jewish Family Service to hold annual meeting June 18 Jewish Family Service invites the community to attend its Annual Meeting Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at the Amberley Room, at the Mayerson JCC. The meeting will begin with a complimentary kosher dessert reception at 7 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. by the installation of new board members, highlights of

the past year, a look toward the future, and the presentation of awards. Michael Schwartz will be the recipient of the Miriam Dettelbach Award, which is given in honor of the first executive director of Jewish Family Service as recognition of exceptional volunteer service to the agency.

Wise Temple seniors host Janelle Gelfand Janelle Gelfand, the Classical Music Critic for the Cincinnati Enquirer since 1993, will speak to the Wise Temple seniors about the classical music scene in Cincinnati on June 19 at Wise Center at 1:30 PM. Dr. Gelfand holds a B.A. in music from Stanford University, and a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music, where she was an instructor in music history for three years. She has contributed many articles and reviews to professional journals and is the recipient of numerous awards.

She has traveled with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on three extensive European tours, two tours to Japan and the Cincinnati Pops’ first tour to mainland China and Singapore. Over the years, the Wise Seniors group and its programs have been very popular. But new faces are always welcome. There is no charge for this program and it is open to members and nonmembers of Wise Temple. Join the Wise Temple Senior Adults as they are entertained and educated by this fascinating insight into classical music. For additional information, check the Wise Temple website.

RSVP’s required; please contact the JFS office.

president.” Panken believes that Reform Judaism is more open to innovation than ever before, and is proud to be a part of that movement. Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D., Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual then offered

a blessing for the new President. Rabbi Norman J. Cohen, Ph.D., Acting President (2000-2001), Provost Emeritus, and Professor Emeritus of Midrash, HUC-JIR, closed with a benediction.



Dementia expert Teepa Snow to explain her innovative caring approach for people with Alzheimer’s A leading dementia expert will give a free presentation about her innovative approach to caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease on Wednesday, June 25 at Cedar Village Retirement Community in Mason. The presentation by Teepa Snow, who teaches dementia care across the nation, is best suited for families and other people who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, although professional caregivers are welcome. It will start at 7 pm. Snow has developed a system to rate people with dementia. It is called the Gems system because it uses the names of precious gems to rate the spe-

cial abilities a person retains. It is a more personal, practical system than

CHHE to feature ‘Medical Warriors and Resistors during the Holocaust: A Study in Moral Courage’ In memory of Trudy Coppel, the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education welcomes Dr. Cheyenne Martin on Tuesday, June 17th at 7:30 p.m at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church. Dr. Martin will explore the powerful legacy of hundreds of Jewish and non-Jewish physicians, nurses and dentists involved in resistance activities during the Nazi era. Their voices and faces are in stark contrast to Dr. Josef Mengele and other Nazi doctors who tortured and murdered thousands of children and adults in euthanasia and experimental programs. Dedicated to helping others, Trudy Silvermann Coppel trained to be a nurse in Germany after World War II began. She continued to care for her patients at the Jewish hospital in Breslau until deportations forced her to return to her hometown of Gleiwitz, where she worked in forced labor and later went into hiding. As the war ended and Gleiwitz was occupied by Russian troops, Trudy was told of a concentration camp survivor who had arrived and was in need of care. This was Werner Coppel, her future husband. After nursing him back to

health, the two formed their life-long bond and celebrated the first Jewish wedding in Berlin after the war. Trudy and Werner eventually came to the United States and settled in Cincinnati with their two sons. For 67 years they cared for each other until Trudy passed away in March 2013. Dr. Martin, medical ethicist and noted scholar of medical resistance during the Holocaust, is the Rebecca & Edwin Gale Professor of Ethics at the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and School of Nursing in Galveston. She received her doctorate in bio-medical ethics from the University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston and was a fellow at the Kennedy Center for Bioethics in Washington, DC, and at Rice University. Through the dedication and bravery of medical professionals during the Holocaust, the community will remember Trudy Coppel, a loving nurse, wife, mother, sister, and friend, who will always be remembered for her kind heart and soul. This program is also sponsored by The Lloyd Library.

other rating systems, which often use numbers to evaluate the severity of a person’s dementia. The Gems system helps caregivers better understand what their loved ones are capable of. As a result, it minimizes the frustration that often is felt by them and their loved ones as they interact. The gems range from the sapphire, which describes a person experiencing the normal effects of aging, to a pearl, which is a person suffering from the late stages. In between – from least to most severe symptoms – are the diamond, emerald, amber and ruby. “This approach helps people to acknowledge and let go of what is missing in a person with dementia

while learning to celebrate and use what remains -- to make life well worth living until the end of the journey,” Snow said. Snow also will offer other advice for caregivers, including how to determine the right amount of assistance for a person with dementia, rather than offering too little or too much support. In addition, she will provide tips about physically approaching someone with dementia, a system called the Positive Physical Approach. It is needed because people with dementia can be easily startled. Snow trains health care providers across the nation to become dementia care specialists. She has clinical

appointments with Duke University’s School of Nursing and UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. Based in North Carolina, she has taken care of two family members with dementia. Snow has been working with Cedar Village for seven years to enhance employees’skills in caring for patients, residents and tenants with dementia. Cedar Village made a commitment to have all staff achieve Dementia Care Specialist status, a fourlevel certification program developed by Snow. So far, every employee, regardless of role, has completed the first two levels. A core group of direct care providers has achieved all four levels.

Cincinnati Jewish Community in New York enjoyed events focused on remembering their hometown By Beth Kotzin Assistant Editor One day, Julie Shifman heard about how the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the May Festival Chorus were going to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York, the same week as Cincinnati Ballet’s 50th anniversary, and it occured to her that this was a great way to promote Cincinnati’s art and culture scene in a whole other arena. From that idea Julie, and her husband Steve, created “Cincy in NYC.” Shifman, Cincinnati Ballet board member and owner of Act Three, a business dedicated to helping women make their next career moves is passionate about this program. “No other city has tried to highlight what’s best about what they do by storming another city. We’re using everything we have to offer to position Cincinnati as a destination for arts and culture appreciation, and for business and economic opportunity.” So, to capitalize on what was happening in New York, Shifman helped organize some events for

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local Cincinnatians who had relocated to the Big Apple (Jewish and nonJewish) to get them involved in what was happening back home. The first event was for young adults (ages 21-35) from our community, as part of the YP (Young Professioanls) program. They got together on May 9, 2014, at official Bengal’s bar Phebes Tavern and Grill, to enjoy an open bar, Skyline Chili, and the chance to met up with old friends and network with new ones in order to reintroduce themselves to their ever-changing home-

town. Sammy Kanter, of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, was the host of this fun event. Over 30 YP’s, both former Cincinnatians and NY locals were in attendance. This 2-hour gathering gave people the chance to meet up with old friends and network with new ones, all while learning about the great changes that are happening in Cincinnati. The hope is that by discovering all Cincinnati has to offer, NEW YORK on page 22

Rockwern Tribute Dinner honored both the Bernstein, Ain, Ellison, & Ganson family and retiring teachers Dana Gehri and Judy White By Beth Kotzin Assistant Editor On Sunday, June 8, 2014, Rockwern Academy hosted a tribute dinner and silent auction that honored the Bernstein, Ain, Ellison, and Ganson family commitment to Jewish Day School education in Cincinnati as well as retiring teachers Dana Gehri and Judy White. This event, which filled the social hall of Adath Israel Congregation with 500 people, was entitled “Through the Years”, as the honored families have had children attend the school since it was founded as Yavneh Day School in

1952 by family patriarch Albert Goldman. Goldman’s daugther Miriam Bernstein inherited her father’s passion for Jewish education and along with her husband, Leonard, transferred that pride and love of Judaism to the next generation. The dinner was emceed by Jeremy Guttman and Rachel Ellison, who kept the program flowing over the course of the evening. The silent auction featured a wide array of items, including jewelry, vacation packages, sports equipment, baby items and gift cards. The highlight of the items was artwork created especially for the auction by Rockwern students; from decorated

chairs and mirrors to a customdesigned toy box to quilts, tables, and table tiles, every grade was represented. The program featured an alumni video along with photos of students over the years, as well speeches by family members David Bernstein, Michael Ganson, Susan Bernstein and Lisa Bernstein. Guy Peri, outgoing Board President, introduced incoming president Gayle Warm Swift. He also pointed out that Rockwern has increased enrollment by 32% for the next year, having 192 students registered at this time.

Head of School Dr. David Finell also addressed the crowd, and then at the end of the program presented retiring teachers Dana Gehri and Judy White with plaques honoring their extensive years of service. Event co-chairs Nina Paul and Ariela Cohen took the time to thank former and current teachers and staff members of Rockwern Academy; former Head of School Esther Feuerberg was in attendance, as well as many teachers who were there from the Yavneh years. The evening closed with an invocation by Rabbi Donald Splansky, followed by the singing of Hatikvah, led

by Rockwern parent LeeAnne Galioto Nina Paul says, "This Rockwern Academy/ Yavneh Day School event was a success on many fronts. First of all we had a wonderful honoree in the Bernstein, Ain, Ellison, Ganson Family. Secondly we had an amazing committee of both lay volunteers and staff who all worked endlessly to insure success. Thirdly, it was touted as the biggest "reunion" ever. Bringing past teachers and administration , present teachers and students along with lots of alum together created a wonderful, joyful atmosphere"



U.S. warming to Palestinian unity draws Israeli ire By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) – The new Palestinian unity government brought together rivals Hamas and Fatah, but it has opened a divide between allies Israel and the United States. “I’m deeply troubled by the announcement that the United States will work with the Palestinian government backed by Hamas,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday in an interview with The

Associated Press. The Obama administration’s announcement this week that it would continue working with and funding the Palestinian Authority under the new Hamas-backed unity government appears to have taken Israel aback. It represents something of a shift for the United States, which previously had voiced sympathy for Israeli concerns about the Palestinian unity government. Analysts said the sharpness of the Israeli reaction should be seen in

the context of anxieties that this and other U.S. moves could leave Israel isolated on vital matters. “Take a step back and look at the trend line to see Israelis are deeply concerned about a nuclear Iran and the Americans’ engagement with Iran,” said Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington think tank. “We’re now looking at another situation where an illicit actor that endangers Israel is now being reha-

bilitated.” Nathan Brown, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, said Israel’s concerns were about more than just the issue of Hamas. “It’s clear that the U.S. and Israelis are not really coordinating on the issue,” Brown said. “Moving the dispute into public is unusual and it shows how worried Israel is about this development.” Palestinian Authority President

Mahmoud Abbas on Monday swore in a government of technocrats that has the backing of his Fatah party, which is preeminent in the West Bank, and Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist group that governs Gaza. Abbas said the new government would abide by peace agreements and recognize Israel, although Hamas continues to reject both principles. State Department spokeswoman PALESTINIAN on page 22

As Presbyterians again weigh divestment, Jewish groups lobby, warn and worry By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) – Which way will Presbyterians go this time? That’s a question Jewish groups and their Presbyterian allies are nervously asking as they work to head off divestment efforts within the church targeting Israel. The fear is the efforts could pass this time after a narrow defeat two years ago. A successful divestment vote at the biennial Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly this month could precipitate a rupture between the mainline Protestant denomination and the Jewish community, they warn.

National Briefs World’s oldest man dies two months after achieving title (JTA) – The world’s oldest man, a New Yorker who attempted to flee the Nazi rise to power in Poland in 1939, died at the age of 111. Alexander Imich held the title of world’s oldest validated man for just two months before his death on Sunday. There are 66 women who were older. Imich was born in Czestochowa, in southern Poland, to a wealthy secular Jewish family, according to The New York Times. He said he was not allowed to join the Polish Navy due to antiSemitism. He and his wife were sent from Bialystok, Poland, where they fled after the Nazis rise to power, to a Soviet labor camp. Returning to Poland after the war, they discovered that many family members had died in the Holocaust. The couple immigrated to Waterbury, Conn., in 1951. JDC’s Dov Ben-Shimon tapped as CEO of New Jersey’s MetroWest federation (JTA) – Dov Ben-Shimon, an

Jewish-Presbyterian relations already were strained severely following the publication by a churchaffiliated group of a document, “Zionism Unsettled,” that depicted Zionism as a false theology. “The publication of ‘Zionism Unsettled’ by the very voices backing divestment in the PC (U.S.A.) revealed an agenda that is not about church investments,” said Ethan Felson, the vice president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. “These backers of divestment want to return their church to a place of retrograde anti-Jewish theology, hostility to mainstream Jews and, of course, a blind eye to the responsi-

bility of Hamas and Hezbollah on the Israel-Palestinian conflict and the steps Israelis are forced to take to defend themselves.” Delegates to the General Assembly, taking place June 14-21 in Detroit, will consider at least five resolutions, or “overtures,” that would advance divestment from companies that deal with Israel’s military and one that would reconsider whether the church supports a two-state solution. Church officials organizing the assembly declined to comment directly on the resolutions. At the 2012 church assembly, delegates rejected a divestment ini-

executive with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, was named the executive vice president/CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. Ben-Shimon, a native of England who was a medic in the Israeli military, will assume the post in the fall, the MetroWest federation announced Monday. He will succeed Max Kleinman, who is retiring after 19 years in the position.

entry restrictions violate international law, disrupt “instruction, research, and planning at Palestinian universities,” and restrict “the academic freedom of scholars and teachers who are United States citizens.” But a report issued by MLA members opposing the resolution states that in 2012 only 142 Americans were denied entry to Israel and the West Bank out of 626,000 who wanted to enter, a refusal rate of about 0.023 percent. The U.S. restricts entry to its own borders at a much higher rate-5.4 percent in 2012 for Israeli applications for “B” visas.

Federation President Lori Klinghoffer called it a “historic time” for her organization. “We have a strategic plan poised for implementation and a new CEO standing in the wings ready to take the reins and guide us into the future,” Klinghoffer said. “We are beyond confident that Dov BenShimon has exactly what we here in Greater MetroWest need to drive us forward. His passion, commitment, and energy will undoubtedly inspire and motivate us all – lay leaders and professionals alike.” Modern Language Association rejects resolution condemning Israel (JNS) – The membership of the Modern Language Association (MLA) rejected Resolution 2014-1, which condemns Israel for denying “academics of Palestinian ethnicity entry into the West Bank,” in a June 1 vote whose result was revealed last week. The resolution stated that the

Hillary Clinton rewrites her position on Israeli construction (JNS) – In a section of Hillary Clinton’s new memoir that was published by U.S. media over the weekend, the former secretary of state writes that the Obama administration made a tactical mistake by demanding an Israeli construction freeze that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implemented between 2009 and 2010. Clinton in “Hard Choices” writes, “In retrospect, our early, hard line on settlements didn’t work.” She explains that the American stance on the settlements hardened Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s position.

tiative by the slimmest of margins, 333-331. Such resolutions have become commonplace at mainline Protestant churches in recent years. But other mainline Protestant churches have been less receptive, defeating them

by solid margins. Jewish communal officials and their allies worry that divestment proponents could find success at this year’s Presbyterian assembly. PRESBYTERIANS on page 19



For Ukrainian Jews, far-right’s electoral defeat is proof that Putin lied By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – To many of his voters, President-elect Petro Poroshenko represented hope for fixing Ukraine’s ailing economy because of the billionaire candy company founder’s success in business. Others believed that Poroshenko, who won 54 percent of the vote in last week’s presidential race, was the best candidate for negotiating an end to hostilities with Russia and Russian-backed secessionists because of his experience in international relations, which he acquired during his one-year stint as Ukraine’s foreign minister in 2010. Ukrainian Jewish leaders have additional reasons to celebrate the outcome. To them, the presidential election results came as a relief because they thwarted the political ambitions of the Ukrainian far right and thereby refuted Russian allegations that fascists and antiSemites were on the rise in Ukraine. “The failure of far-right groups in the elections proves everything we knew to be true about the tolerant nature of Ukrainian society,” Josef Zissels, the head of Ukraine’s Vaad Jewish umbrella group, told JTA. In the presidential race, the

International Briefs Greek Jews rap appointment of rightist Makis Voridis as health minister ATHENS, Greece (JTA) – Makis Voridis, a longtime member of ultranationalist parties, was appointed health minister in Greece. Monday’s appointment, part of a widespread government reshuffle, was met with disappointment by members of the Greek Jewish community. Voridis had risen to prominence as the head of a student group at Athens University that fellow students recount as painting swastikas on the walls and greeting each other with “Heil Hitler.” Greek politician: Golden Dawn would send my family to crematoria ATHENS, Greece (JTA) – A Greek lawmaker with Jewish ancestry used Nazi imagery to warn colleagues about what would happen if the ultranationalist Golden Dawn party came to power.

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Ukraine’s president-elect, Petro Poroshenko, speaking to the media during a news conference in Kiev, May 26, 2014.

candidate for the ultranationalist Svoboda party, Oleh Tyahnybok, won only a little more than 1 percent of the vote. It was a major defeat for Svoboda, which had been Ukraine’s fourthlargest party after winning 10 percent of the vote in the 2012 parliamentary elections. At the time, Svoboda’s successes worried Ukrainian Jews because of the party’s record of anti-Semitic rhetoric. Tyahnybok himself has inveighed against “the JewishRussian mafia.” Another ultranationalist hopeful, Dmytro Yarosh, failed to garner 1 percent of the vote despite the central role that his

Right Sector movement had played, along with Svoboda, in the revolution that ultimately led to the May 25 presidential election. The combined vote for Yarosh and Tyahnybok was lower than the more than 2 percent clinched by Vadim Rabinovich, a Jewish business tycoon who is involved in numerous Jewish projects, including the establishment of the European Jewish Parliament and the now-defunct Jewish News One television channel. In the Odessa region, Rabinovich finished fourth with 6 percent of the vote.

Anna Asimakopoulou, the spokeswoman for the ruling New Democracy party, made the comments last week during a stormy debate in Parliament on lifting the immunity from several jailed Golden Dawn leaders. “If this man were in power, not only would my mother, myself and my son not be allowed to enter his shop, but they would put us on trains and send us to concentration camps before sending us to the crematoria,” she said of Christos Pappas, the deputy leader of Golden Dawn.

ing European Jews to move to Israel is under consideration. The Joint Operation for Aliyah Promotion would be a joint initiative of the Israeli government and the institutions involved in aliyah and Europe: the Jewish Agency for Israel, the United Israel Appeal, the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish National Fund, according to the Jewish Agency.

Israel’s U.S. envoy: Inspectors won’t derail Iran nukes WASHINGTON (JTA) – Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, derided an Iran nuclear deal that would rely on inspections as U.S. and Iranian officials had a rare meeting to advance such an agreement. “The Iranian regime knows that inspectors will not stop them,” Dermer said Sunday in an address to the annual State of Israel Bonds banquet in Washington.

Israeli and Egyptian Christian leaders congratulate El-Sisi on presidential victory (JNS) – Israeli leaders as well as leaders of Egypt’s Christian community congratulated Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on winning the Egyptian presidential election. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres both spoke with El-Sisi on Friday. “Prime Minister Netanyahu noted to the Egyptian president-elect the strategic importance of ties between the countries and sustaining the peace accords between them,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

New initiative would encourage European Jews to make aliyah JERUSALEM (JTA) – A new aliyah agency tasked with persuad-

Israeli satellites to be eyes in the sky for international disaster aid (JNS) – Israel will start providing satellite data as well as images

The result was particularly pleasing to the many Ukrainian Jews who resent Russia using the issue of anti-Semitism to attack the post-revolution Ukrainian government. At a March news conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia was concerned by “the rampage of reactionary forces, nationalist and antiSemitic forces in certain parts of Ukraine, including Kiev.” Ukrainian Jewish leaders have largely rejected Putin’s characterization of the situation in Ukraine. “The failure of the Ukrainian far right in the presidential elections shows the Russian rhetoric to be an attempt to overblow some essentially insignificant fringes out of proportion,” said Igor Shchupak, director of the Jewish museum of Dnipropetrovsk. He also said he believed Poroshenko was “a candidate with a unique set of skills for leading Ukraine now.” In the months since the ouster of Russian-allied President Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine has been the scene of often bloody upheaval. Russia has annexed the Crimean Peninsula, while pro-Russian separatists have taken up arms and clashed with Ukrainian forces in the country’s east. Throughout the turmoil,

Russian officials made repeated references to alleged antiSemitism in Ukraine, where several attacks on Jews have occurred since the revolution. Pro-Russian activists and their opponents have blamed each other for the incidents, making some Jews fear they were becoming pawns in a much larger dispute. Poroshenko’s victory is also significant given the unconfirmed but widespread reports that he is of partially Jewish ancestry, Zissels said. According to Russia, Poroshenko’s father, Alexey Valtsman, was a Jew from Odessa who in 1956 took his wife’s last name. But last year, a Poroshenko spokeswoman asked Forbes Israel to remove the billionaire’s name from a list of the world’s richest Jews. The spokeswoman, Irina Fireez, did not say why she wanted her boss’ name removed. Poroshenko’s office did not reply to queries from JTA on this issue. “Poroshenko’s lineage is none of my business, but what is noteworthy is that the widespread reports of his alleged Jewish lineage have done nothing to hurt his popularity,” Zissels said. “And this again attests as to the tolerant nature of Ukrainian society, despite Russian propaganda.”

that will help rescuers operate at disaster scenes around the world. The idea for Israel’s satellites to serve as eyes in the sky at disaster sites came about as part of the ongoing cooperation between the Israel Space Agency (ISA) and the U.N. Committee on the Peaceful Uses for Outer Space.

France, prosecutors and his lawyer said June 4. Four people were killed in the shooting, including Israeli tourists Emmanuel and Miriam Riva. Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, had been incarcerated five times in France before spending most of 2013 fighting in Syria, prosecutors said. He was arrested again May 30 in Marseille, France. Authorities said he is being held under anti-terror laws on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, and possession of weapons, reported Reuters.

Australia says eastern Jerusalem is not ‘occupied’ (JNS) – The Australian government has stopped using the term “occupied” when referring to eastern Jerusalem. In a statement released Thursday, Australian AttorneyGeneral George Brandis, speaking for Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, said, “The description of east Jerusalem as ‘occupied east Jerusalem’ is a term freighted with pejorative implications, which is neither appropriate nor useful. It should not and will not be the practice of the Australian government to describe areas of negotiation in such judgmental language.” Brussels shooter refuses extradition from France (JNS) – The French man arrested in connection with the shooting at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels is refusing extradition from

Spain advances citizenship for Sephardic Jews (JNS) – The Spanish government has taken another step in approving legislation aimed at granting citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews who were expelled nearly 500 years ago during the Spanish Inquisition. Spain’s Council of Ministers on Friday approved the draft legislation, which set forth the criteria for citizenship, the Spanish daily El Pais reported.



Brussels attack underscores threat of returning jihadists By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – It was the threat that European authorities dreaded – and Europe’s Jews suffered the first blow. The suspect arrested in the attack last month at the Jewish museum in Brussels that left four dead was a French-born jihadist who had returned home from fighting in Syria. Now European Jewish institutions are left to reckon with the danger of European jihadists coming home from Syria with deadly new skills, extremist fervor and malicious intentions. “There has been a change and it requires us to fundamentally reconsider the degree of threat posed to Jewish targets not only in France, but across Europe,” said Sammy Ghozlan, a French former police officer and president of the National Bureau for Vigilance Against antiSemitism. “That is the only way to prevent attacks like the one in Brussels.” On Friday, police in Marseille arrested Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, on suspicion that he carried out the

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Relatives and family members mourning in Tel Aviv during the funeral for Emanuel and Miriam Riva, the Israeli couple killed in the May 24 shooting attack at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels, May 27, 2014.

May 24 attack at the Jewish Museum of Belgium. French police found an assault rifle, handgun and a small video camera in Nemmouche’s bag. Nemmouche, who was born on France’s border with Belgium, is believed to have traveled via Brussels in 2012 to fight with jihadists in Syria’s civil war.

Western intelligence agencies have feared that European Muslims fighting in Syria will return and commit terrorist attacks in their home countries. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in January that the threat of jihadists returning to Europe is “the greatest danger that we must face in the coming years.” He

added, “It’s a phenomenon of unprecedented size.” Ghozlan has called on his government to revoke the citizenship not only of jihadists who leave to fight but also of their families. “Our synagogues and schools already resemble fortresses,” he said. “It’s time for the perpetrators, not the victims, to fear for their families.” France already has hardened its line on French nationals who undergo Islamist indoctrination and weapons training abroad as part of its security services response to the actions of Mohammed Merah, a 23year-old Muslim radical from Toulouse who in 2012 killed three soldiers and four Jews. Merah, who died in a shootout with police, had undergone training in Pakistan and Afghanistan and visited Syria and Jordan two years before the murders. He had surveyed and filmed Toulouse’s Ohr Hatorah Jewish school many days before he killed three children and a rabbi there. To the Israeli Jewish Congress, a 2-year-old group that aims to strengthen ties between Israeli and

European Jews, the phenomenon means that perpetrators of antiSemitic attacks “are becoming much more sophisticated and professional in their combat training.” The danger is thus “exacerbated not only from professional lone wolf attacks like in Brussels, but potentially also attacks on a much larger scale,” said Arsen Ostrovsky, the group’s director of research. Experts on the security of Jewish institutions in five countries told JTA that since the war in Syria, they have observed a substantial increase in cases involving the gathering of intelligence on Jewish institutions by unidentified individuals. “We see the gathering of tactical intelligence on Jewish targets occurring more often, we have security camera footage of it happening,” said Michael Gelvan, the Copenhagen-based chairman of the Nordic Jewish Security Council, which serves the Jewish communities in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. “It suggests the emergence of new and very serious threat which, unfortunately, not everyone has understood.”

Brussels shooting, election results spotlight threats for Europe’s Jews By Alina Dain Sharon (JNS) – The recent fatal shooting at a Jewish museum in Brussels, as well as the results of continent-wide parliamentary elections, has brought the multidirectional threats faced by Europe’s Jews back to the forefront. These threats are coming together from the “right-wing, certain elements of the Muslim community, and at the same time also from the radical left, which is viciously anti-Israel,” Daniel Schwammenthal, director of American Jewish Committee (AJC) Transatlantic Institute in Brussels, told JNS. Ashooter killed four people in the May 24 attack at the Jewish Museum of Belgium. On Friday, 29-year-old Mehdi Nemmouche, a French national with suspected ties to Islamic radicals in Syria, was reportedly arrested in connection to the shooting. Two of the victims were an Israeli couple in their 50s, Mira and Emmanuel Riva. On the same day as the shooting, two Jewish brothers were beaten by two still-unknown assailants outside of a synagogue in Creteil, a suburb of Paris. French media reported that Nemmouche is suspected of having been in Syria with jihadist groups in 2013. At the time of his arrest on Friday, Nemmouche was in the southern French city of Marseille in possession of a Kalashnikov rifle and a handgun similar to the ones used in the Brussels attack. Even before the arrest of Nemmouche, there have been several European Muslims, including from Belgium, who have

traveled to Syria to join the fighting in the civil war there. The Brussels Jewish community has been forced to significantly increase security following the shooting. Schwammenthal, whose children attend a Jewish school in Brussels, said that “when the kids are being brought and picked up, now they have police protection throughout the entire day.” European voters, meanwhile, went to the polls May 25 to elect MEPs – members of the 751-seat European Parliament, which is also based in Brussels. Eurosceptic (opposing the political integration of Europe), right-leaning, and in some cases far-right parties gained electoral ground in the elections, in results that were dubbed a “political earthquake” by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. In France, the right-wing National Front party won 25 percent of the vote for that country’s parliament seats, and in the United Kingdom the Eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) won 27 percent of the vote. Additionally, the son a Nazi SA assault division member was the first candidate from the extreme-right National Democratic Party (NDP) of Germany to be elected to the European Parliament. Jewish groups and leaders have expressed concern about the election results. But Konstanty Gebert, a prominent Polish-Jewish activist, journalist, and expert from the European Council on Foreign Relations, explained that many rightwing parties throughout Europe are

actually reaching out to the local Jewish community for the purpose of the struggle against Muslim immigration. There is “violence that is disproportionately targeting Jews, and in most cases the perpetrators are Muslim immigrants or descendants of Muslim immigrants who believe it’s legitimate to reek revenge on Jews for real or alleged wrongs of Israel,” Gebert told JNS. For example, in 2012, three children and a rabbi were killed in a shooting at a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse by Islamic extremist Mohammed Merah, a French national of Algerian origin. Due to such incidents, European Jews in some places have become more accepting of far-right parties that take a tough stance against radical Islam. “They (some European Jews) legitimately fear for their physical safety, and the right-wing is willing to patrol the streets and pick up threatening-looking Muslims,” Gebert said, citing as an example the Flemish extreme-right party Vlaams Belang, which sees Jews as allies. Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, AJC’s Paris Director, told JNS that the National Front party has managed to capture a French public – especially young people and working people – that is critical of how the mainstream conservative and socialist parties have handled the country’s economic crisis and growing Muslim immigration. “In an opinion poll a few months ago, 90 percent of French respondents said they did not trust their cur-

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A march by Jobbik, the neo-Nazi Hungarian political party, in October 2013.

rent political leaders. Marine Le Pen (the National Front’s current leader) has managed to convince voters that she is a credible alternative to the current system,” Rodan-Benzaquen said. “While parts of the electorate hold clear anti-Semitic views, and certain elements in the party and around it do too, I do not believe that the majority of the electorate of the National Front necessarily votes for the party because they despise Jews,” she said. “The link between a rise in anti-Semitism and a growing National Front is the unhealthy environment in which extremism and populism prosper.” Gebert said that Le Pen has tried to distance herself from the extremism of her father, National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen. “She has taken great effort to show that she is not anti-Semitic, and that what she really cares about is what the every man in France cares about,” he said.

There is a “feeling by the European common man that he’s no longer in control of events,” a sentiment Le Pen has targeted, according to Gebert. The National Front’s strategy is all a “smoke and mirrors act,” Gebert said, but since Le Pen has attempted to distance herself from extremism, it has become more acceptable to vote for the party. Meanwhile, the election of the NPD candidate from Germany, while “an outrage, and an affront to Germany,” was a fluke due to the recent cancelation of a three-percent threshold for European Parliament elections in the country, explained Gebert. Of greater concern, he said, is the rise of Britain’s far-right-leaning UKIP, as well as the advances of the far-right Golden Dawn party in Greece and far-right Jobbik party in Hungary. But Dror Eydar, a columnist for Israel Hayom, questioned the public’s tendency to group certain right-leaning European parties together as threats to society. “Has fascism returned to Europe, as we have been informed this week?” Eydar wrote regarding the elections. “Is it accurate to talk about all of Europe as a single entity? Are we on the brink of catastrophe, similar to the one that transpired there less than a decade ago? Is the case of the neo-Nazi party in Germany similar to the case of the National Front in France? In Germany, the neo-Nazi party feeds directly off the unholy BRUSSELS on page 19



Reuven Rivlin elected 10th president of Israel By JNS Staff

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MK Reuven Rivlin, pictured, won the Israeli presidential election.

(JNS) – (Israel Hayom / Exclusive to JNS) With 63 of 116 valid votes among members of the Knesset, MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud) was voted Israel’s 10th president on Tuesday at the culmination of a close, two-round election. Rivlin’s rival in the second

round runoff, MK Meir Sheetrit (Hatnuah), received 53 votes in what commentators considered a surprisingly strong showing. Of the 120 eligible MKs, 119 cast ballots (one MK was absent due to an engagement abroad). In the first round, two ballots were disqualified due to double ballots in the envelope. In the second round, three voters submitted

blank ballots. None of the five candidates – Nobel Prize laureate Professor Daniel Shechtman, former Knesset speaker Dalia Itzik, retired Supreme Court justice Dalia Dorner, former Knesset speaker Rivlin, and Sheetrit – was able to win the necessary 61-vote majority for an automatic victory in the first round.

Rivlin and Sheetrit received 44 and 31 votes in the first round, respectively, to advance to the second round. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he “looks forward to cooperation with Rivlin for the sake of the unity of Israel and for all the citizens of Israel.”

Israel vows big investment in world Jewry project, though details remain fuzzy By Ben Sales JERUSALEM (JTA) – Its leaders call it a “historic development,” a “paradigm shift” and a “change in the relationship” between Israel and Diaspora Jewry. But when it comes to the details of the Joint Initiative of the Government of Israel and World Jewry, key questions have yet to be answered – including what it will do and who will fund it. Conceived last year as a partnership between the Israeli government, the Jewish Agency for Israel and major Diaspora Jewish bodies, the initiative aims to strengthen Diaspora Jewish identity and connections between Israel and Jews worldwide. On Sunday, Israel’s Cabinet voted to invest upward of $50 million on the initiative through 2017. The government intends to increase

Israel Briefs Israeli intelligence chief: Iran can build nuclear bomb within a year HERZLIYA, Israel (JTA) – Iran has the capability to build a nuclear bomb in less than a year, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said. Steinitz, speaking about Iran’s nuclear program at the Herzliya Conference on Monday, urged world powers to demand that Iran dismantle its nuclear program as part of negotiations to lift international sanctions against Iran, repeating a message advanced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Human Rights Watch: Shooting of Palestinian teens is Israeli war crime JERUSALEM (JTA) – Human Rights Watch labeled the shooting deaths of two Palestinian teenagers by Israeli soldiers during a West Bank protest an Israeli war crime.

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The chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky, seen during an interview with the press at his office in Jerusalem on September 12, 2013

the sum to $100 million annually by 2022. The government wants Diaspora sources – federations, philanthropic In a report titled “Killing of Children Apparent War Crime” published Monday, the human rights group said the soldiers used live ammunition during the May 15 demonstration in the town of Beitunia.

foundations and individual donors – to contribute double those sums for two-thirds of the initiative’s total budget. The funding will go both toward expanding existing programs for young adults and creating new ones. “It’s a historic development that the Israeli government has decided to take more responsibility for strengthening the identity of Jewish communities,” the Jewish Agency’s chairman, Natan Sharansky, told JTA. “We’re talking about Jewish identity built on a connection to Israel.” Given the success of Birthright Israel, a free, 10-day trip to Israel for Jewish young adults, the initiative will focus on immersive experiences in Israel, college campus programs, Jewish summer camps and experiential learning, Sharansky said. But though the Israeli government has set aside money for the ini-

tiative, it has neither lined up the matching grants from Diaspora foundations nor has it outlined the specific programs that would receive the funding. A planning meeting for the initiative in November 2013 drew a virtual who’s who of major Jewish organizations and foundations. But Sharansky mentioned only Jewish Federations of North America as a potential initial source of funding from the United States, saying he didn’t want to single others out before a plan had been set. “There are many unanswered questions at this point,” the Jewish Federations’ CEO, Jerry Silverman, told JTA. “Six months from now many of those questions will be answered. We’re not at the finish line. We’re at the 30-yard line. We feel confident we’ll get to the finish line together on this.” Silverman said that the Jewish

Federations had yet to decide on an initial sum to contribute to the initiative and that his network was not involved in setting the budget passed by the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday. Sharansky set a timetable of one to two months for program proposals to be drawn up. Following the initiative’s lengthy planning process thus far, which has included conferences and an online forum for young Jews worldwide to suggest programs, Sharansky said that “coming to practical decisions comes very quickly.” Dvir Kahana, the director-general of Israel’s Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Ministry, said the initiative still requires strategic planning in addition to practical steps. The Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Ministry, as well as the Finance Ministry, will provide

join the largest-ever EU research project, with about $109 billion available for research grants, was signed on Sunday at a ceremony in Jerusalem.

and Europe: the Jewish Agency for Israel, the United Israel Appeal, the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish National Fund, according to the Jewish Agency.

Benny Gantz said Monday at the annual Herzliya Conference. Gantz began with the Iranian threat, saying that Iran’s advanced nuclear aspirations have not diminished. “Iran has not relinquished its nuclear vision,” he said. The IDF chief then touched on the civil war in Syria. Gantz warned that in Syria there is “a radical axis developing, led by Iran and Hezbollah.” He also said that he believed Israel would soon “encounter Hezbollah offensives, be it frontally or in the form of widespread combat within Lebanon.” Gantz also voiced concerns over “dramatic” armament in the Gaza Strip. He spoke of “considerable drama in the scope of midand long-range rockets.”

Hadassah hospital CEO resigns (JTA) — The CEO of Jerusalem’s financially troubled Hadassah Medical Center has resigned. In his resignation letter Monday, Avigdor Kaplan said he objected to the recent agreement between Hadassah and the Israeli government calling for a stateappointed financial controller to oversee the hospital’s seven-year recovery plan, according to Globes, an Israeli business publication.

Israeli physician-assisted suicide bill advances JERUSALEM (JTA) – The day after a Knesset committee advanced a physician-assisted suicide bill, an Israeli government minister appealed the vote. The bill, which passed the Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Sunday in an 8-2 vote, allows a doctor to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to a patient who has been given six months or less to live without being held criminally responsible. The patient must be a citizen of Israel for at least five years when the drugs are prescribed.

Israel joins EU development project despite settlements flap JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel signed an agreement with the European Union to join the Horizon 2020 research and development project despite a dispute over EU guidelines on Jewish settlements. The agreement for Israel to

New initiative would encourage European Jews to make aliyah JERUSALEM (JTA) – A new aliyah agency tasked with persuading European Jews to move to Israel is under consideration. The Joint Operation for Aliyah Promotion would be a joint initiative of the Israeli government and the institutions involved in aliyah

Israeli public schools seek to integrate Wikipedia into curriculum (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS) A new initiative promoted by the Israeli Education Ministry seeks to have public school students produce Wikipedia entries. The program was recently suggested during a meeting between Education Minister Shay Piron and Wikimedia Foundation Chairman Jan-Bart de Vreede, with the Education Ministry expressing interest in integrating Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that can be edited by any user, into its “meaningful learning” initiative. IDF chief warns of ‘dramatic instability in the entire region’ (Israel Hayom / Exclusive to JNS) – The Middle East is facing “dramatic instability in the entire region, and we must remain alert and prepared,” Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen.

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Israel calls for return of Palestinian Authority forces in Gaza (JNS) – The Israeli government is seeking for a return of Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces under the command of PA President Mahmoud Abbas to Gaza and a dismantling of Hamas forces there, according to a memo.

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Parkers Blue Ash Tavern trendy spot around its core of quality By Bob Wilhelmy Contributing Columnist One constant is that things are always changing. Never more true than for the restaurant biz, and few understand this fact better than Joshua House, newly installed GM at Parkers Blue Ash Tavern. Recently House moved from head chef to the GM position, and brought with him a new vision for the venerable restaurant. He is overseeing a redo of the landscaping, for instance, refreshing it and making Parkers more inviting from a street perspective. But the real vision he brings is to stay true to the core of Parkers appeal— prime rib, steaks and seafood— while adapting to and adopting nuances in what the dining public wants in an eatery. “We’re doing more small plates and at the same time offering our standard menu choices for those who want full-plate meals,” he said. “So our guests can find both options open to them.” The trend toward smaller plates is one especially interesting to those who share at the table or in the bar area. “People come in and have a couple cocktails or craft beers and share a couple plates, listen to our live music (Friday and Saturday evenings) and have a good time,” he said. “At the same time, others come into our dining rooms and have a completely different experience—quieter, in a fine dining setting with full plates if that is what they prefer,” House said. There is a also focus on a new trend in service. Everybody pretty much wants good service. But the idea is to provide that without being overly formal and without seeming to hover at or near the table. The change is that in a finedining setting, the service does not have to be high brow, and patrons appreciate a service attitude that fits them and their needs of the moment. If they are in a hurry, that’s one need. But if they want to linger over a glass of wine before ordering, that is entirely a different need. It’s up to the server to figure that out. In the restaurant world, there are all types of options for the dining public. Getting back to the food, Parkers is one of the few places in Greater Cincinnati where the dining public will find prime rib of beef. Not only that, but prime rib is available daily. That may be exclusive to Parkers. “People love it!” says House. “Prime rib is our best seller (in the entrée category), and people really appreciate that they can order it every evening,” he said. The USDA choice beef is slowroasted and offered in 12- and 16-

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ounce portions, served with choice of potato and au jus. Another area of change among those who eat out often is the focus on sustainability in seafood choices. In ever-growing numbers, people want to know that when they order seafood, they are not contributing to the destruction of species. Parkers has worked actively to keep their seafood offerings within sustainable options. One change made months ago is the use of Scottish

salmon that is farm-raised in the icy waters of the North Sea between Denmark and Norway. The flesh is exquisite and rivals that of wild-caught salmon, but without the stock depletion that can take place with open-water fishing. The Scottish salmon has gotten a strong positive reaction from diners, House stated. One more trend that Parkers has responded to is the need some have for gluten-free foods. “We have a lot of gluten-free options

on our menu already, and we are able to identify the options for diners who may be sensitive,” he said. Also, Parkers has gone the next step and become pro-active, so that they can tell the diner what is and is not gluten-free. In many dining spots, even the chef is unaware of what might and might not contain gluten, since the substance is used as an additive in many foods one would not suspect to have gluten. “We have a scratch kitchen

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Anti-Israel opera to be viewed live by hundreds of thousands By Myron Kaplan (JNS) – An open letter to the New York Metropolitan Opera general manager concerning “The Death of Klinghoffer,” an antiJewish and anti-Israel opera: reasons to reject it and viable replacements for it in HD transmission. Peter Gelb General Manager The Metropolitan Opera Lincoln Center New York, NY 10023 Dear Mr. Gelb, As a longtime fan of grand opera, I have attended numerous superb live Met performances both at Lincoln Center and via live Saturday matinee performance HD transmissions to theaters (not to mention listening to numerous Met Saturday matinee live radio broadcasts) – and have greatly admired your accomplishments at the Met. So it was with great dismay and disappointment that I learned that the Met had scheduled for the 20142015 season its first-ever performances of John Adams’s “The Death of Klinghoffer.” Mediocre music is the least of the work’s problems. Even more serious is a tendentious story line and an inflammatory libretto that falsely maligns Israel and the Jewish people. This story line can be characterized fairly as “Understandably aggrieved Palestinian Arabs wreak vengeance on disabled Jew standing in for all his perfidious co-religionists.” This is an obscene inversion of the reality that was the Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacking and subsequent terrorist murder of passenger Leon Klinghoffer. In this regard, it must be noted that the librettist, Alice Goodman, during the writing of the opera rejected her American Jewish heritage by joining the Anglican Church, the leadership of which is known for its hostility toward Israel. Goodman is now a parish priest in England. The most troubling aspect of the Met’s scheduling of “The Death of Klinghoffer” is the live HD transmission of this opera, set for November 15, 2014 – one of 10 such transmitted opera performances planned for the coming season – to more than 2,000 theaters in 66 countries (including more than 700 U.S. theaters). This would make the live performance immediately available to hundreds of thousands of people (and potentially millions according to the Met), giving wide international distribution to what is, at its heart, an anti-Jewish slander. I’m aware that it may not be feasible at this juncture to cancel all or

any of the eight performances of this opera scheduled during the period of October-November 2014, but in order to minimize the harm, the Met should substitute another opera for the HD transmission. As alluded to above, the opera is based on the 1985 murder of a helpless 69-year-old American Jewish man, Leon Klinghoffer, confined to a wheelchair – shot in the head while vacationing with his wife on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea. He was murdered by Palestinian Arab hijackers belonging to the Palestine Liberation Front, a component of Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization, and his body dumped into the water. The choice of the title, “The Death of Klinghoffer” and not “The Murder of Klinghoffer,” signals the work’s moral evasion and misrepresentation. In a sense, it is consistent with the PLO’s initial comments on the murder, that either Klinghoffer had died of natural causes or his wife pushed him overboard to be able to claim life insurance. The title’s sanitizing of murder is, however, also consistent with the opera’s antiJewish tone. Instead of properly characterizing the Palestinian hijackers of the cruise ship as permanent prisoners of their own rage originating from cultural indoctrination, Adams/Goodman impart idealism to them. The opera opens with these words sung by the Chorus of Exiled Palestinians: “My father’s house was razed – In nineteen forty – eight – When the Israelis passed – Over our street.” Here, Israelis are likened to the avenging Angel of Death in the biblical story of the original Passover, exacting punishment on the ancient Egyptians after Pharaoh, breaking a promise, refused to let the Jewish people leave Egypt. This amounts to an artistically licensed slander, falsely suggesting that the Israelis, besieged by the armies of five Arab countries and Palestinian Arab “irregulars” bent on driving them into the sea, exacted widespread revenge upon Arabs residing in the ancient Jewish homeland. Hijacker Rambo invokes antiSemitic canards: “Wherever poor men – Are gathered they can – Find Jews getting fat – You know how to cheat – The simple, exploit – The virgin, pollute – Where you have exploited – Defame those you cheated – And break your own law – With idolatry.” Rambo’s lyrics, with virtually no artistic embellishment, could have been lifted from Nazi publications like Der Sturmer, as even a casual glance at the archives would confirm. OPERA on page 21

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Dear Editor, Here is another view of Christians & Jews: For a Christian or a Jew to disrepect one another is akin to showing disrespect for a family member because we are, after all, all descended from Abraham, the first Jew. Jews and Christians are more alike than not. We all share and believe: 1) There is only one G-d and he is all-knowing and all-powerful; 2) The Old Testament of the Bible/Torah and all that it contains: 3) The Ten Commandants as handed down by G-d to Moses (a Jew). These principles are the basis for our common moral and ethical aspirations which no other peoples can claim; 4) We both disagree with the Islamic Muslims. If nothing else, we must be united in our efforts to protect ourselves from these nonmembers-of-the-tribe who have sworn to convert us or annihilate us. Of our differences, basically, it comes down to the Jews believe that the Messiah has yet to make his presence here on earth and the Christians believe the Messiah (Jesus Christ) has come to earth and will return. The Jews don’t deny there was such a person as Jesus (a Jewish man), it’s just that the Jews don’t believe he was/is the Messiah. Finally, though there is some

history of Christians persecuting Jews, we are a very forgiving people. Chuck Klein Cincinnati, OH Dear Editor, After the article appeared about the mentally confused at Beth Messiah, we witnessed an effort by their cult to justify their existence (seminar writers). We also saw letters attempting to cast guilt on "Real Jews" and shame us as the Crusades did, Hitler did, and numerous pogroms did over the centuries. We stand accused of being intolerant, and depriving "them" of their constitutional right to freedom of speech. Let’s get right to the point. Freedom of speech does not apply to opinions in newsprint, television, radio, and movies. The publisher or owner picks and chooses opinions to publish at his or her whim, political or religious belief. The owners of those vehicles have every right to print or not print anything he or she pleases. They are protected from government censorship and incarceration for publishing views contrary to the ruling majority. Speaking in public is protected so long as the speech is not "fire in a crowded theater" or "fighting words". I do not want to open the Israelite and read about the modern day Crusaders attempting to destroy my religion. Shame on those who

do not recognize their insidious evil attempt to do what Hitler and those before him attempted. This time they do it with "love bombing" and other "kill them with kindness" cult tactics. "Never forget" applies to the snake who gives us a hug and assures us it's ok to eat the apple. As far as feeling guilty for depriving them of their "freedom of speech" and being " intolerant", I plead guilty and am proud of it. Several years ago they went after the newly arrived Russian Jews by offering free luncheons and free "Jewish High Holiday" services for naive and unsuspecting immigrants. Many of the new arrivals were not strong in Yiddishkeit. The cult seized upon that to steal Jewish souls, attempting to convince them that yashu is part of American Jewry. The next time they accuse you of being intolerant, ask if you can come into their own home and teach their children that their parents are committing an avera and violating G-D’s law. I think their demand for tolerance will rapidly dissipate. They are very tolerant unless you disagree with them. Props to the publisher for putting part two, three, and four where it belongs, in the garbage. Mr. Deutsch deserves a pat on the back for being a mentsch and correcting an error. Paul Glassman Cincinnati, OH

Anti-Israel campaign at UCLA echoes of McCarthyism By Abraham Cooper and Aron Hier LOS ANGELES (JTA) – UCLA has some proud moments in the history of civil liberties. After World War II, UCLA and the University of California, Berkeley, were the hotbeds of opposition to an anti-communist loyalty oath that California tried to impose on academics. Ultimately the professors won in court in 1954. Sixty years later, a different pressure group purportedly speaking for the “progressive” grassroots wants to impose on UCLA students a loyalty oath of sorts – a pledge foreswearing going on trips to Israel sponsored by certain Jewish organizations. Issued by five proPalestinian groups, the call demanded that candidates for student government take the pledge. Who would have thought that

McCarthyite tactics would be used to target, harass and intimidate proIsrael students – Jewish and nonJewish – at UCLA? There are ominous echoes here of both the medieval witch hunts against Jews and Stalin’s show trials. Leading the charge is Students for Justice in Palestine, which is funded in part by two organizations dedicated to the destruction of Israel, American Muslims for Palestine and Al-Awda. SJP is using cyberbullying to punish Jewish students in the UCLA student government majority who voted against a recent resolution to divest from and boycott Israel. Jewish students who opposed the resolution reportedly feel uncomfortable even walking on campus because of the hate mail they have received. Adding insult to injury, SJP has introduced an initiative calling for a

judicial board investigation of student council members who have taken trips to Israel sponsored by groups such as the Anti-Defamation League, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and Hasbara Fellowships – the SJP deems the groups have “political agendas that marginalize multiple communities on campus.” On other campuses across the country, SJP tactics include mock eviction notices against Jewish students, “die-ins,” and promotions of virulently anti-Israel speakers and events. The SJP initiative demanding that candidates for student government positions sign a pledge not to take certain trips to Israel violates both the UCLA Principles of Community Conduct and the Student Conduct Code against MCCARTHYISM on page 22



5:30; see Maimonides Laws of the Foundations of Torah 7:6 and Avishai David, Discourses, Shelah, p.317). Miriam did not recognize the uniqueness of Moses’ prophecy, and the scouts did not recognize the uniqueness of the Land of Israel. The mission of Israel is to be God’s witnesses (Isa. 55); and God communicated His word to all of Israel at Sinai and through Israel (eventually) to the entire world. But God still had an exclusively and uniquely intimate relationship with Moses. God loves the entire world and He created every human being from His womb (Job 31:15); but nevertheless He enjoys an exclusive relationship with Israel, His witnesses, the carriers of His Torah. Similarly, God’s command, “you shall love your friend, created – like you – in the Divine Image, as you love yourself,” (Lev.19:18) still allows for a unique and exclusive relationship between husband and wife. According to the Talmud, this emanates from the very same verse (B.T. Kiddushim 44a). This combination of universal love and exclusive intimacy applies as well to the land of Israel. “The earth and its fullness belongs to the Lord” (Psalms 24:1), but there is a unique portion of the earth, the land of Israel, which must express the will of God in its very earth (shmitta), in its produce (tithes, pe’ah), in the teachings of peace and redemption for all humanity which will emanate from the Jerusalem Temple at the end of the days. God told Moses to “explore” the land, not to spy it out (le’ragel). The Hebrew word used to explore is la-tur. Tur means to love, even to lust after, as we learn from the command of the ritual fringes (Num.15:37-41). Just as the Talmud teaches that a man must first see his bride before becoming engaged to her so that he may be certain that he loves her (BT Kidushin 41a), so must Israel the people see and love Israel the land (even through the eyes of their agents, the tribal princes) before conquering it, before becoming engaged and wed to it. The desert

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generation did not understand God’s command. Our task is to make earth a sanctuary for God’s Presence, so humanity will finally accept God’s definition of good and evil rather than humanity's subjective and self-serving self-justification. Heaven kissed Earth when God uniquely informed Moses of His will, Heaven kissed Earth when God chose Israel as His agents; Heaven will kiss Earth eternally when Israel lives on its land and builds a sanctuary to encompass all of humanity and God together, “His house a House of Prayer for all nations” (Isa. 56:7). We must strive for Paradise to be regained, for the great and sacred marriage between God and the world to be consummated. Shabbat Shalom Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Chancellor Ohr Torah Stone Chief Rabbi – Efrat Israel

T EST Y OUR T ORAH KNOWLEDGE THIS WEEK’S PORTION: SHLACH (BAMIDBAR 13–15) 1. Who authorized sending the spies to Canaan? a.) Hashem b.) Moshe c.) The Princes 2. In what order are the spies listed? a.) Birth order of the tribes b.) Order of encampment around the Mishkan c.) A different order 3. How did Moshe save The Children of Israel from the sin of the spies? a.) A new commitment to go to Israel b.) Prayer of the prayer was that Hashem is patient and slow to anger. Ramban 4. A,D 13:23,27 5. A 15:17-21

EFRAT, Israel – “And the Lord spoke to Moses saying ‘send forth for yourself men to explore the land of Canaan…” (Num. 13:1-2). The great sin of humanity was Adam’s disregard of God’s command not to eat the fruit of knowledge; the great sin of Israel was the Israelites’ disregard of God’s command to conquer the land of Israel. The result of both rebellious actions was Paradise lost, redemption unrealized. A proper understanding of the sin of the scouts will serve to illuminate our true mission in the world, and the role played by Torah and the land of Israel in fulfilling that mission. First, three questions: (1) If indeed the sending out of the spies was to result in such a disaster, why was it initially commanded by God? (2) Rashi links the sin of the scouts to the last incident of last week’s Torah portion when Miriam slandered her brother Moses for sending away his wife Zipporah, for which she was punished by leprosy – What does the sin of the Scouts have to do with the sin of Miriam? (3) How is the commandment of the ritual fringes at the end of our portion connected to the sin of the scouts? Rav Soloveitchik explained that Miriam was upset with Moses for divorcing Zipporah after the Revelation at Sinai, because she thought he was disobeying God’s command to all of the Israelites to “return to their tents” (Deut 5:30), that is, to resume their usual sexual relationships. Miriam and Aaron both maintained that this command applied to everyone, including the prophets, because, as they both said, “Was it only to Moses that God communicated? Did he not communicate to us as well?” (Num. 12:2). But Miriam and Aaron were wrong. Moses is a qualitatively different prophet than they or any other prophets were or will be. God speaks to Moses “mouth to mouth… in a clear vision, not in riddles: he gazes upon the image of the Lord” (Num. 12:6-8). And indeed, God Himself tells Moses not to return to his tent with the rest of Israel, but rather to express his unique prophetic status by always being “on call” to receive God’s words: “Let the rest of the Israelites return to their tents and wives but you (Moses) are to remain standing here with me…” (Deut.

“God loves the entire world and He created every human being from His womb (Job 31:15); but nevertheless He enjoys an exclusive relationship with Israel, His witnesses, the carriers of His Torah. Similarly, God’s command, “you shall love your friend, created – like you – in the Divine Image, as you love yourself...”

c.) Punishing the spies 4. What did the spies bring back from Canaan? a.) Report b.) Gold c.) Silver d.) Fruits 5. Which mitzvah involving food is in the parsha? a.) Challah b.) Mixing seeds c.) Waiting 3 to 4 years to eat the fruits of a tree

them. Rashi 2. C 13:4-15 They are listed in order of age because they were all equal in stature. Sforno 3. B 14:13-19 Moshe used the general form of the thirteen attributes of prayer. The main thrust

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By Nate Bloom Contributing Columnist Okonedo Everywhere If you aren’t a regular reader of my column – you were surprised when SOPHIE OKONEDO, 46, referenced her Jewish background while accepting the Tony for best featured actress in a play (“A Raisin in the Sun”) last Sunday. She said the Broadway theater community had welcomed a “Jewish Nigerian from Britain.” While Okonedo’s looks favor her Nigerian father, she was raised by her white English Jewish mother (her parents split-up when she was very young). She identifies as Jewish and even knows a smattering of Yiddish. Okonedo was Oscar nominated for her performance in “Hotel Rwanda”. By a happy coincidence, you can see Okonedo for the next several weeks in a juicy role. She co-stars in the PBS/BBC mini-series, “The Escape Artist,” which starts this coming week. The title comes from the nickname of the lead character, Will Burton (David Tennant), a brilliant defense attorney who gets his clients “out of tight corners.” Okenedo plays Maggie Gardner, a defense attorney who has a critical role in Burton’s relations with a dangerous ex-client. By the way, congrats to ROBERT FREEDMAN and STEVEN LUTVAK , the coauthors of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” It won the Tony for best musical and Freedman won another Tony for his book (script) for the show. Maybe a More Exotic Background than Okonedo The hit FX cable show, “Louie,” starring and written by comedian Louis C. K., began its fourth season on May 5. On May 24, Louis C.K. talked to NPR host TERRY GROSS and, for the first time, laidout his unusual family history in detail. His paternal grandfather, a Hungarian Jewish doctor, settled in Mexico in the 1930s when he couldn’t get into the States. He remained Jewish, but allowed his children to be raised in their Mexican mother’s Catholic faith. Louis’ father, LUIS SZEKELEY, an economist and university professor, met and married Louis’ mother, Mary, an Irish Catholic from Michigan, while they were both were studying at Harvard. Louis, who follows no faith as an adult, was ‘lightly’ raised Catholic by his mother (after his parents’ divorced when he was 10). His father stayed in his life after the divorce and they are still in touch. Luis, his father, Louis said, went on to marry a Jewish woman and is now an Orthodox Jew. Luis, who currently teaches in Europe, has



held several important economic posts in prior Mexican governments. At the Movies Most TV series that have been turned into feature films have been disappointing or worse. A notable exception was the 2012 action/comedy hit, “21 Jump Street”, co-starring JONAH HILL, 30, and Channing Tatum, as rookie cops who return to their high school and pretend to be students. They bust a dealer selling a dangerous drug. The ‘80s TV series the movie was based on had a hip patina – but not much depth and very little humor. Hill, who co-wrote the 2012 film, saw that the TV series plot had unmined comic potential and he turned out a funny film script. Hill is also the co-author of the sequel, “22 Jump Street,” which opens this week. Again, he is paired with Tatum – but this time they are going undercover at a local college. Sequels usually aren’t that good – but you gotta give Hill the benefit of the doubt. He surprised us before. Congrats to Chrome and Sherman Winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness is an achievement that most owners and trainers only dream about. California Chrome, a horse bred from two horses that were cost less than $10,000 combined, won both those races. Sadly, like many horses before it, it couldn’t win the Belmont Stakes, the “third jewel” in the three race Triple Crown competition. The horse and its formerly “small-time” trainer, ART SHERMAN, 77, exceeded all expectations with their two victories. Sherman, unlike Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn, refused to cast blame for Chrome’s finish in the Belmont. He remained the gentleman he was in all his prior interviews. He certainly was a kind gentleman when I spoke to him right after his Derby win. Shocker: A&E Doesn’t Show Schlock! The A&E cable station used to be called the Arts and Entertainment station and they produced high quality original programming. Then, about five years ago, they turned to presenting schlock like “Dog: the Bounty Hunter” and “Storage Wars” (totally “staged” by the way). However, they are showing a quality mini-series that has long been available on-line: a four part series of interviews done by the Hollywood Reporter called “the Roundtable” interviews. The series began earlier this month, but you can easily catch-up. (Check listings for encore showings.) Many big stars appear, including LIEV SCHREIBER and ANDY SAM-

FROM THE PAGES 150 Y EARS A GO The reverend gentleman of the Cincinnati Christian Advocate, with whom we had the late controversy on Christianity, did not reply to our last arguments on the subject, leaving us to suppose the real existence of Jesus of Nazareth can not be proven. The main cause of his silence, we are told, is his being advanced to the office of bishop of the Methodist church. This gave us much displeasure, not only because the bishop will not be able to write much, as is the generally the case with bishops, but also because we thought if the man who can not defend Christianity was made a bishop, we ought to be made archbishop of the Jews, whose religion we can and do defend. Our only consolation is that we thank G-d we have no hierarchy. We will shortly commence the publication of a new novel by the American Jewish Novelist. Subscribe for the Israelite. – July 8, 1864

125 Y EARS A GO Horseback riding is quite fashionable at present; among the Jewish young ladies now taking lessons are Miss Helen Trounstine, Miss Marie Fries, Miss Paulina Fechheimer, Miss Bertha Steible, Miss Stella Sachs, and Miss Cora Seasongood. A number of Walnut Hills young Misses will give a fete for the flood suffererers of the Conemaugh Valley. They are Jessie Strause, Sadie Sachs, Rebecca Jacobs, and several others. It is to be given on the beautiful grounds opposite Mr. F. Alms on McMillan Street. The Plum Street Temple Industrial School opens on the 8th of July this season. Mrs. Sam Aub has kindly donated five dollars and Mrs. C. Thurnauer and Mrs. Theodore Mayer five dollars each. The money will be used for material for the children, as everything they sew is for their own use. Mrs. M. J. Mack has ordered a crocheted couch cover, which the advanced class is well capable to make. – June 20, 1914

100 Y EARS A GO Rabbi A. Lesser was in New York last week, to officiate at the wedding of Miss Rose Manischewitz of this city to Mr. Samuel Roggen, which took place at the Hotel Gotham on Tuesday evening, June 2. Owing to the serious illness of the groom’s mother, whose death has since occurred, the ceremony was performed at her bedside. David Nathanson, of Waverly, IL, and Miss Elizabeth Lipschitz of 863 Rockdale Ave., Avondale, were married by Rev. Grodsky on Sunday afternoon. Interest was added to the

wedding by the fact that it occurred on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the wedding day of the bride’s parents. The young couple left for a honeymoon in the Northern States. The betrothal of Miss Jessie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Straus of Chapel Street, Walnut Hills, to Rabbi Eli Mayer of Philadelphia has been announced. Miss Straus is well and favorably known in Cincinnati as a violinist of unusual ability who has been heard at many concerts and other public occasions. Rabbi Mayer was graduated from the Hebrew Union College in 1902 and is the associate rabbi to Rev. Dr. Henry Berkowitz of Rodef Shalom Congregation, Philadelphia– June 11, 1914

75 Y EARS A GO Mr. Joseph Wise, a son of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Wise, was graduated in law at the University of Cincinnati Friday. Miss Pearl Cohn, daughter of Mrs. Gizella Cohn, of Lanodon Court, has chosen June 18th as the date of her marriage to Mr. Morris Littman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Littman, of Wilson Avenue. The ceremony, which will take place in the evening will be held at the home of Mrs. Cohn, followed by a reception for relatives and intimate friends. Mrs. Sarah Rosenberg, 192 Sturgis Avenue, will be at home to relatives and friends Sunday, June 18th, from 7 to 11 pm in honor of the graduation of her daughter and son, Sylvia and David. No cards. During Wise Temple services at Wise Center Saturday, June 17th, at 10:30am, bar mitzvah services will be held for Walter Haas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Haas, 654 Forest Avenue, recently arrived from Germany. – June 15 1939

50 Y EARS A GO Mr. Richard Elkus was graduated from Vanderbilt with a bachelor of arts degree. He was president of Spirits Club, captain of the cheerleaders, member of the tennis and swimming teams, and an officer of Zeta Beta Tau. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Elkus. Howard Ostroff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ostroff, 4279 Dartmouth Drive, has been named valedictorian of the June graduating class of St. Bernard Public High School, duplicating a similar honor won by his sister, Marilyn, four years ago. Marilyn has just received a B.A. degree, with distinction, at Indiana University. Demolition of Castle Farm in preparation for erection of the new Sanctuary of the Adath Israel Congregation begins Tuesday, June 16. Castle Farm, on Summit Road,

has been a landmark of Cincinnati’s entertainment world, where many name bands and entertainers appeared. The property was purchased by the Congregation several years ago. As the first step in its building program, a Religious school was erected adjacent to Castle Farm. The building program calls for a new Sanctuary and Chapel, as well as social and additional educational facilities on the Castle Farm site. The present sanctuary is at Reading Road and Lexington Avenue. – June 18, 1964

25 Y EARS A GO Hundreds of guests gathered on Elm Street in downtown Cincinnati, Monday evening, June 12, to witness the marriage of Chana Alte Kalmanson, daughter of Rabbi and Mrs. Sholom B. Kalmanson of Cincinnati to Rabbi Avrohom Yisroel Mangel, son of Rabbi and Mrs. Nissen Mangel of Brooklyn. In keeping with Chassidic custom, the ceremony took place out of doors. Preferably the ceremony takes place under the stars, recalling G-d’s blessing to Abraham, that his seed be as numerous as the stars. Rabbi Kalmanson, director of the Chabad House here, received a permit from the city for Elm Street between Fourth and Fifth to be blocked off from 7-8:30 p.m. The bride, wearing the heavy veil traditional in Chassidic ceremonies, circled the bridegroom under the chuppah, the wedding canopy. The heavy veil impresses upon the bride her duty to live up to Jewish ideals of modesty. The chuppah symbolizes the Jewish home and also represents the desire that the new couple’s home be under Gd’s protection and guidance. The traditional circling of the groom by the bride represents the bond established betweent the couple. – June 22, 1989

10 Y EARS A GO H. Louis Sirkin received the Nicholas Longworth III Achievement Award at the May 15 Hooding Ceremony of the UC College of Law. The award, presented by the senior class, recognizes graduates of the College of Law for outstanding contributions. Mr. Sirkin, partner in the law firm of Sirkin, Pinales & Schwartz LLP, has appeared before courts and tribunals in over 20 states and is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Although Mr. Sirkin has a broad practice ranging from criminal defense to habeas corpus appeals for death row inmates, he is best known for his unwavering commitment to the protection of the First Ammendment. – June 17, 2004



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PRESBYTERIANS from page 7 Since the last assembly, a contingent of conservative Presbyterians have broken away from the denomination over its recent embrace of the ordination of gay clergy. Conservatives are seen as likelier to reject anti-Israel measures. Meanwhile, divestment proponents are pointing to the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations in their efforts to encourage church members to back divestment. “Part of what this is about is highlighting how we’re now at the tail end of the peace process due to settlement construction,” said Rabbi Alissa Wise, director of campaigns for Jewish Voice for Peace, which is lobbying for divestment at the church’s General Assembly. Christopher Leighton, a Presbyterian minister who is the executive director of the Institute for Jewish and Christian Studies in Baltimore, said one reason he feared divestment would pass was that typical delegates to assemblies are not necessarily steeped in each issue under consideration. “The vast majority of

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Presbyterians don’t know these issues or the historical religious complexity of the region,” Leighton said. “What they’re bombarded with is ‘Palestinians are suffering terribly. If we don’t do something about it we become complicit in an injustice.’ The arguments put forth traffic in all kinds of stereotypes that require work to undo.” Leighton was outspoken in his criticism of “Zionism Unsettled,” the study guide published in January by the church’s Israel/Palestine Mission Network. The guide targeted what it called “the theological and ethical exceptionalism of Jewish and Christian Zionism, which have been sheltered from open debate despite the intolerable human rights abuses rooted in their core beliefs.” Rabbi Noam Marans, the American Jewish Committee’s director of interreligious relations, said the combined damage of the study guide and the passage of divestment overtures would likely have consequences for JewishPresbyterian ties, although he did not want to outline them until the assembly had finished. “Depending on which resolu-

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tions pass, and they may yet evolve, we will have to make challenging decisions,” said Marans, who will attend the assembly. “It certainly is an ongoing crisis in PresbyterianJewish relations.” But Wise said that linking the divestment bid to the study guide is “opportunistic.” Each was generated by a different church body, she noted – “Zionism Unsettled” by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network and the divestment overtures by the church’s investment committee, the Mission Responsibility Through Investment. The investment committee had been considering divestment since 2004, a decade before the study guide was published. “To bring ‘Z.U.’ into this process is disrespectful to how intentional the Presbyterian community has been,” Wise said. “Zionism Unsettled” was praised as “smart and gutsy” by the co-chair of Jewish Voice for Peace’s rabbinical council, Rabbi Brant Rosen, in a blog post republished on the group’s website.

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business@ or call 513-621-3145 BRUSSELS from page 9 ‘classic’ Nazism, whereas in France the far-right party feeds off the growing Muslim presence.” “When I encounter the catchphrase ‘fascism shall not pass,’ I immediately get suspicious,” he added. “Especially when it is surrounded by a media consensus. As far as a particular bunch of windbags is concerned, we, the Israeli majority, are afflicted with fascism. The radical global Left views all of Israel in this way. In short, it is best to review events without the Pavlovian filter called the fear of the Right.” A controversial memorial statue for the Holocaust is set to be unveiled in Hunagry on May 31. The statue depicting the German imperial eagle devouring the Angel Gabriel, who represents Hungary, is being called out for “whitewashing” Hungary’s own role in the deportations of more than 400,000 Jews. Both the Hungarian and Greek parties won just three seats in the European Parliament, but when an explicitly neo-Nazi party gets “10 percent of the Greek vote, and not in the deepest moments of the [economic] crisis but when something of a recovery is underway, the people vot-

JEWRY from page 10 Israeli government funding for the initiative. It will be run by a body including representatives from the Israeli government, the Jewish Agency and Diaspora funders. “We’re going to have a strategic plan for the next 25 years,” he said. “Not what we know to do now but what we should and should not do. From that strategic perspective, with key people, we’ll make decisions both regarding existing programs and programs we need to create. We’re not set on any specific program.” According to the text of the resolution passed by Israel’s Cabinet, a key portion of the initiative is strengthening the relationship between Israel and Diaspora Jewry. The first stage of the initiative will focus both on bringing young Diaspora Jews to Israel and on Israel education in Diaspora communities. There has not been a decision whether the project’s initial stage


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(513) 531-9600 ing for Golden Dawn are voting for exactly what the party is selling,” Gebert said. Another frequent problem for European Jews is being confronted with false accusations about Israel, especially from left-wing elements. “The average Jew in the office around the water cooler is suddenly being confronted with ‘What are you doing in the West Bank again?’ and that sort of thing,” AJC’s Schwammenthal said. Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said in a statement provided to JNS that the “anti-Semitic attack in the Jewish museum in Brussels, with four innocent people being killed, just showed us how irrational hatred became brutal and murderous reality.” “The very first message of the newly elected [European] Parliament therefore should be the strong condemnation of any kind of hatred against minorities,” Graumann said. “Anti-Semitism and racism have no place under our common European roof. This is something that we are more than ever requested to state loud and clear.”

will also educate Israeli Jews about world Jewry, Sharansky said. The Jewish Agency, historically focused on promoting immigration to Israel, has in recent years taken up a new mission of strengthening Jewish identity in the Diaspora and peoplehood. It now offers Diaspora Jews long-term experiences in Israel without a commitment to immigrate. Sharansky said that while Orthodox Jews can count on ritual observance to keep them engaged in the Jewish community, Israel is the only proven anchor to ensure Jewish identity for non-Orthodox Jews. “In the non-Orthodox world nothing stops assimilation except connection to Israel,” he said. “In Orthodox communities, awareness of Jewish identity is very high. They live through their faith and Jewish tradition. When you move to others you find out that this deep feeling of your belonging to this Jewish story and your desire to stay inside of it is becoming thinner and thinner.”



Missouri: The “Show-Me” state has shown me Wandering Jew

by Janet Steinberg “All experience is an arch wherethrough Gleams that untraveled world.” –Alfred Lord Tennyson I’ve strolled, sailed, or driven, beneath some of the most famous man-made arches in the world. To name a few… the Arc de Triumphe in Paris, France… Gateway to India in Mumbai, India… Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany… Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy… Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, Spain… Rua Augusta Arch in Lisbon, Portugal… Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia… and the golden arches of McDonald’s around the world. But try as they may, no other arch does it better than the soaring 630-foot Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. Clad in stainless steel, this iconic arch is the tallest man-made monument in the United States, and the world’s tallest arch. Designed by renowned Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, the Gateway Arch commemorates the westward expansion of the United States. This internationally recognized symbol of St. Louis, on the west bank of the Mississippi River, was completed on October 28, 1965. Bonjour et Bienvenue à Saint Louis! It’s check-in time! Cozy up with me at the Moonrise Hotel, an 8story boutique hotel that opened in April 2009. This quirky, yet sophisticated hotel, where the largest manmade moon on earth revolves atop the Rooftop Terrace Bar, has added new life to the vibrant Delmar Loop neighborhood. The rooms at this whimsical hotel, all with moon-themed art, feature first-class boutique accommodations you would expect in a luxury hotel. Ten “Walk of Fame” suites are individually themed and named after stars from the St. Louis Walk of Fame. The hotel’s lighted staircase abuts the Eclipse Restaurant, a St. Louis leader in modern American cuisine. The Moonrise Hotel combines Mid-western hospitality with urban chic and comfy sleek boutique. The hotel’s prime location is near the Blueberry Hill Restaurant & Music Club where 87-year old Chuck Berry is still rockin’ once a month. However, let it be known that St. Louis (the “Gateway City” and

PART 1 OF A SERIES MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS hometown of “Mad Men” hunk Jon Hamm) has much more to offer than an arch. Come “Meet Me in St. Louis”, and I’ll show you a lot more than Judy Garland would have when she serenaded you to meet her at The Fair. In 1904, the world traveled to St. Louis for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, more commonly known as the World’s Fair. A taste of The World’s Fair can still be seen in the 1300-acre Forest Park. The Grand Basin, the centerpiece of the Fair, remains the crowning jewel in Forest Park. The St. Louis Art Museum, overlooking the Grand Basin, served as the Fine Arts Palace during the Fair. Sir David Chipperfield designed the adjacent new wing. A massive walk-through birdcage, which served as the Smithsonian Flight Cage exhibit, can now be found as part of the Zoo’s Bird Garden. An addition to Forest Park in 1936 is The Jewel Box, an Art Deco greenhouse that is listed on the National Historic Register. The Jefferson Memorial Building section of the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park was built entirely with proceeds from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Bixby’s Restaurant, located in the museum, offers stunning views of Forest Park in a contemporary atmosphere. The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, designed by Pritzker Prizewinning Japanese architect Tadao Ando, was opened in 2001. Cocooned behind glass-smooth “Ando” concrete walls, the Pulitzer was a gift of Emily Rauh Pulitzer, widow of newspaper scion Joseph Pulitzer Jr. Many graduates of Cincinnati’s Walnut Hills High School, like myself, might remember Emily Rauh from WHHS. Richard Serra’s 123-ton torqued spiral steel sculpture in the Pulitzer’s courtyard is aptly named “Joe” after the late Joseph Pulitzer Jr. To me, it was reminiscent of Serra’s rolled steel “A Matter of Time” through whose narrow curving passageway I had recently slithered at The Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain. “Twain”, another Serra sculpture, can be seen downtown at Gateway Plaza. The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, opened in May 1995, provides a chronological history of the Holocaust with personal accounts of Holocaust survivors who immigrated to St. Louis. Museum exhibits guide visitors through pre-war Jewish life in Europe, the rise of Nazism and events during the Holocaust, and post-war events including the

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Emily Rauh Pulitzer (left) with Janet Steinberg get your kicks on the Gateway Arch.

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The Grand Basin in Forest Park

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The Gateway Arch

Nuremberg Trials and Jewish life after the Holocaust. The Cathedral Basilica, called “the outstanding cathedral of the Americas” by Pope Paul VI, contains mosaics created with over 41,500,000 tiles in more than 8,000 shades of color. On the St. Louis Walk of Fame,

more than 140 bronze stars and informational plaques are embedded in the sidewalk along Delmar Boulevard in the diverse Loop neighborhood (so named for an old streetcar turnaround). Each star honors a famous St. Louisan. If breweries are your thing, you can explore the world-famous

Anheuser-Busch Brewery with a tour of the historic Brew House, Budweiser Clydesdale stables, lager cellar, packaging plant, hospitality room, and Anheuser-Busch gift shop. To drink some of that beer, head to Ballpark Village, a $100 million multi-level entertainment complex adjacent to Busch Stadium. The Budweiser Brew House offers 239 beer taps. All touring and no dining is not a good idea. So for dinner, head to dinner at Charlie Gitto’s On the Hill, the quintessential Italian restaurant in St. Louis’s Italian neighborhood. Toasted ravioli (“T-Ravs”), a signature St. Louis dish, was born in 1947 in the kitchen of Charlie Gitto’s On the Hill when a careless chef accidentally dropped traditional ravioli in hot oil instead of water. St. Louis sweet specialties come in all tastes, shapes, and sizes. The Fountain on Locust features ice cream martinis; sea salt caramels are Kakao Chocolate’s famous confection; and Gooey Butter Cake originated in St. Louis. However, when your sweet tooth really starts aching, head to Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, an iconic Route 66 attraction that’s been around since 1941. The specialty here is concrete… edible, of course. Concretes are über-thick milkshakes made from vanilla frozen custard and blended with any number of sweet treats. Instead of driving on concrete on the renowned “Mother Road” of St. Louis, your taste buds will be savoring Drewes unique concrete. Surely, you’ll get your kicks on Route 66.

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Zell’s Bites: Summertime Zell’s Bites

by Zell Schulman The days of summer are upon us. The farmer’s markets are open and filled with home grown vegetables and fruits fresh from the garden or picked from the trees. The following are two of my favorite summer recipes. FRESH PEACH PIE FOR ONE With all the fresh fruits and berries available, give yourself a tasty treat. You will need a small four to five inch pie pan for this.

OPERA from page 16 Repeatedly, the Palestinians are portrayed as humane idealists. Hijacker Molqi sings: “We are – Soldiers fighting a war – We are not criminals – And we are not vandals – But men of ideals.” Hijacker Mamoud appears gentle and grieving as he tells of his mother and brother: “She was killed – With the old men – And children in – Camps at Sabra – And Shatilla – Where Almighty God – In His mercy showed – My decapitated – Brother to me – And in His mercy – Allowed me to close – My brother’s eyes – And wipe his face.” This tear jerker falsely implies that Israelis, rather than members of the Lebanese Christian Phalange militia, massacred hundreds of Palestinian Arabs on Sept. 16-18, 1982 in the Sabra and Shatilla refugee districts. It gives no hint that the Phalangists acted in retribution for massacres of Christian Lebanese by the PLO and the September 14 assassination of the country’s Christian president-elect, Bashir Gemayel. Mamoud shows himself to be consumed with seemingly permanent hate and a vision of martyrdom: “The day that I – And my enemy – Sit peacefully – Each putting his case – And working towards peace – That day our hope dies – And I shall die too.” But even this negative portrayal is mitigated by Mamoud’s meditation on the birds in the air – which may encourage the viewer to sympathize with him. Leon Klinghoffer’s aria

Ingredients Filling: 2 peaches 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or nutmeg 1 tablespoon corn or potato starch 1/2 teaspoon orange juice or lemon juice Pie Crust: 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon sugar 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon milk or half and half Method l. Preheat the oven to 375º degrees. Place the oven rack on the lowest slot in the oven In a medium bowl. mix the peaches sugar, cinnamon or nutmeg, potato or corn starch and juice together,set aside. 2. In another bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and butter. Lightly rub these together with your fingers until evenly mixed. With a fork stir in the milk or half and half, until the dough begins to come together. Press into a ball expressing his humanity and railing against the terrorists is insufficient to mitigate the harmful impression left by Goodman’s biased libretto and may even be seen as unnecessarily agitating the terrorists: “I came here with – My wife. We both – Have tried to live – Good lives. We give – Gladly, receive – Gratefully, love – And take pleasure – In small things, suffer – And comfort each other – We’re human. We are – The kind of people – You like to kill – Was it your pal – Who shot that little girl – At the airport in Rome? – You would have done the same – There’s so much anger in you – And hate.” Goodman’s biased libretto condemns Jews and Israelis as a group, while the Arab hijackers, when condemned, are characterized as violent or revengeful individuals without regard to their ethnic/religious group. If Adams/Goodman intended some semblance of balance in this respect then they would have included, as well as anti-Jewish canards, anti-Arab/Muslim charges such as “Muslims want to destroy all infidels – their Koran tells them to do this.” But there is no semblance of this in this opera. Then there is the matter of the renewed cruelty this Met production, not so much fiction but rather propagandistically manipulated facts, is likely to inflict upon the Klinghoffer family. After the 1991 premieres of the opera, The Telegraph (London) reported that Mr. Klinghoffer’s two daughters, Lisa and Ilsa, attended a New York production of the opera in

and cut in half. Roll out one portion on a floured board until large enough to fit a 4 to 5-inch pie pan. With a tiny bit of pastry extending beyond the rim, fit the pastry into the pie pan. 3. Place the peaches into the pastry-lined pan. Roll out the remaining pastry on a floured board until large enough to cover the peaches. Fold the two pastry edges together and press all around the edge to seal in fruit. 4. Lightly sprinkle the top crust with sugar. Place the pie on lowest rack in the oven. Bake the pie for 45 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned. Remove the pie to a rack to cool. Serve slightly warm or room temperature. FRUIT FILLED PEACHES WITH BRANDY Makes 6 to 8 servings My friend and caterer, the late Ora Bennett, created this recipe. Canned peaches vary; look for Elberta or Cling canned peaches to obtain the best size and flavor. 1991, which they described as “appalling” and “anti-Semitic.” A New York Times article reported on the antipathy toward Adams/Goodman by Lisa and Ilsa Klinghoffer: “We are outraged at the exploitation of our parents and the cold blooded murder of our father as the centerpiece of a production that appears to us to be anti-Semitic.” If it’s necessary to provide at least one first-time HD transmission of a modern opera composed after 1930, there are two excellent candidates already in the Met’s 2014-2015 schedule: Shastikovich’s ‘Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk” and Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress,” both of which, according to critics, have excellent productions, conductors and singers. The Shastikovich substitution would involve merely a replacement of November 15 on the HD schedule with November 29 currently scheduled as a Saturday matinee performance of this opera. The Stravinsky substitution would involve replacement of November 15 on the HD schedule with May 9, 2015 already scheduled as a Saturday matinee performance of this opera. Otherwise, classic operas already scheduled at the Met in 2014-2015, but not scheduled for HD broadcast, include “Aida” – currently scheduled for a Met evening performance on the same day, November 15, as the HD transmission. Why not substitute it on that day with the Adams opera? This magnificent Verdi opera is one of the favorites of opera fans worldwide. Certainly it would be a

The cans may hold 6 to 9 halves. Ingredients One (1 pound/13 ounce can peach halves in heavy syrup 4 ounces dried apricots from California 1 small navel orange, very thinly sliced 4 ounces pitted prunes, cut in halves One (10 ounce jar) maraschino cherries 1/4 cup light brown sugar 1 tablespoon of good brandy 1/2 cup cold water Method 1. Drain the peaches, reserving the syrup. Line an 8“ square casserole with paper toweling. Place the peaches, cut side down on the toweling to drain. Cover with another paper towel. Place the apricots in a small saucepan or 4cup microwave-safe container. Add just enough water to cover the apricots. Allow this to come to a boil, then cook over mediumlow heat 5 to 10 minutes or microwave on HIGH 2 minutes much greater drawing card than the Adams opera in all or nearly all of the countries. Other possibilities include “La Traviata,” “Magic Flute,” and “Barber of Seville.” For “La Traviata,” replace November 15 on the HD schedule with December 27, currently scheduled as a matinee performance of this opera. For “Magic Flute,” replace November 15 on the HD schedule with November 8, currently scheduled as a matinee performance of this opera. For “Barber of Seville,” replace November 15 on the HD schedule with November 22, currently scheduled as a matinee performance of this opera. Mr. Gelb, I trust that you will reverse an unfortunate decision just as you did in 2012 when, displeased with Opera News reviews of Met productions, you barred the magazine from subsequent

2. Strain the liquid from the cooked apricots into a 1-quart pan. Add the peach syrup, sliced orange,and the cold water. Over medium-high heat, allow this to come to a boil. Turn the heat down to simmer and cook the 30 to 45 minutes, until the oranges are tender and the liquid has reduced a little.. 3. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Remove the paper towels from the peaches. Turn the peaches cut side up. Fill each peach cavity’s center with an apricot, then a prune half, and top with a cherry. Distribute the brown sugar evenly over the peaches. Pour the cooked orange syrup evenly over the peaches. Bake the fruit 35 to 40 minutes. Cool and refrigerate until ready to serve. Zells Tips: When ready to serve, preheat the oven to 400 F then pour the brandy over the prepared peaches and bake five to six minutes. Serve warm as a side dish or on the plate with the entrée.

reviews. Following an uproar from opera fans, you reversed the brief ban, forthrightly admitting to having made a mistake. Live transmission of “The Death of Klinghoffer,” a slanderous antiJewish and anti-Israeli concoction, is much more grave than the contretemps over Opera News. Mr. Gelb, we urge you, for the sake of the Met’s reputation and the constant struggle against antiSemitism and anti-Zionism, to at least provide an HD transmission substitution. Sincerely, Myron Kaplan Senior Research Analyst CAMERA (Boston-based 65,000member Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America)

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NIEBUR, Uta, age 76, died June 4, 2014; 6 Sivan, 5774.

from art and culture to business and education, those who have left our city will be tempted to come back home. Shifman’s son, Jake, who left home for NYC and hosted the Cincinnati Party for Young Professionals that followed the event at Phebes, is moving home in the fall. “This was a wildly successful event. And it was obviously successful for at least one kid!,” said Shifman. After the fun at Phebes, the group made it’s way over to Arlene’s Grocery, where they joined up with close to 170 people at the Cincinnati Party for Young Professionals. Shep

FIXLER, Betty, died June 7, 2014; 9 Sivan, 5774. KANTER, Ethel, age 94, died June 8, 2014; 10 Sivan, 5774.

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PALESTINIAN from page 7 Jen Psaki said at Monday’s daily briefing for reporters that the United States would continue to deal with the new government and that fund-

Englander attended, representing the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, as well as Tim Schigel, who was there to represent Cintrifus and Cincytech; both of these organzizations were sponsors of the event. Emcees former Bengal Dhani Jones and Mayor John Cranley were on hand, and made a pitch to former Cincinnatians that, when they were ready to leave NYC, they should return back home and take advantage of all our city has to offer - now and in the future. Cincy in NYC also was part of an event to introduce Ricky Ian Gordon, composer of a new opera called ‘Morning Star’, about a family of Russian Jewish immigrants in New

York City in the early 20th century.. The opera is based on a play by the same named by Sylvia Regan. Cincinnati Opera, along with OPERA America hosted this evening with a conversation between Gordon and Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera. The pair discussed Gordon’s career Gordon was inspired by the remarkable resonances between the play and his personal history. “The central event in the opera is the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. My mother’s mother worked at the Triangle. The day of the fire, she was home sick, but her mother dragged her out of bed to see what was hap-

pening. Also, one of the daughters in the opera, Fanny, is a singer who is censored by her husband from singing publicly, lest men gawk at her. This was my mother, Eve Gordon’s story.” Shifman is very proud of what Cincy in NYC has accomplished. With such great initial success, she believes that other events will take place, possibly even in other cities that have a large Cincinnati population. Son Jake Shifman says “Hopefully, young professionals will leave [these events] with the sense that there is a strong community of good people back in Cincinnati, which has emerged as an economically thriving and cool place to be.”

ing would continue. “At this point, it appears that President Abbas has formed an interim technocratic government that does not include ministers affiliated with Hamas,” she said. “Moving forward, we will be judging this government by its actions,” she said. “Based on what we know now, we intend to work with this government, but we’ll be watching closely to ensure that it upholds the principles that President Abbas reiterated today.” The willingness to treat the new government no differently than the old one, which had no Hamas influence, came as a surprise. In a statement over the weekend, Psaki had said that Secretary of State John Kerry expressed his concern about the new government in a phone call to Abbas. Israel’s ambassador in

Washington, Ron Dermer, posted his reaction to Facebook within hours of Monday’s State Department announcement of the U.S. position. “Israel is deeply disappointed with the State Department’s comments today on the Palestinian unity government with Hamas, a terrorist organization responsible for the murder of many hundreds of Israelis, which has fired thousands of rockets at Israeli cities, and which remains committed to Israel’s destruction,” Dermer said. He suggested that the technocrats provided cover to terrorists. “This Palestinian unity government is a government of technocrats backed by terrorists, and should be treated as such,” Dermer said. “With suits in the front office and terrorists in the back office, it should not be business as usual.” Israeli envoys rarely publicly

rebuke U.S. administrations. Netanyahu last month formally suspended peace negotiations with Abbas in part because of the announcement that governance talks with Hamas were underway. His security Cabinet reiterated that posture in a unanimous vote Monday and said in a statement that it would consider sanctions against the Palestinian Authority. Congressional lawmakers from both parties said Hamas backing for the government could jeopardize U.S. funding for the Palestinian Authority – between $400 million and $500 million a year. There was, however, a subtle difference in the statements between Republican and Democratic lawmakers, with Democrats stopping short of calls for an immediate cutoff.

MCCARTHYISM from page 16

• At Northeastern University in Boston, SJP vandalized a menorah and disrupted Jewish events. • At the University of Michigan, anti-Israel student activists hurled death threats at Jewish student council members and called them “dirty Jew” and “kike.” Why is it that so many university administrators and academics seem paralyzed to act if the victims of campus bullying are Zionist Jews? UCLA Chancellor Gene Block’s reactions to the developments on his campus have been unsatisfactory. First, according to the Daily Bruin, he wanted to “leave the matter to be resolved by students.” Later, he said, “I am troubled that the pledge can reasonably be seen as trying to eliminate selected viewpoints from the discussion,” but he nevertheless stood up for the pledge as free speech protected by the First Amendment. By defending the organized demands that students who have taken sponsored trips to Israel should disqualify themselves from participating in UCLA student body elections as “sacrosanct” and “within the realm of free speech,” Block is doing more harm than good. It’s the equivalent to leaving the matter to a lynch mob seeking to bar Jews from

the fundamental rights of political association and free expression. Aggrieved UCLA students have had to turn to the University of California system’s president, Janet Napolitano, and the Regents in an attempt for relief. Napolitano released a statement saying she shared Block’s concerns. Is it so-called free speech when the goal is to end Jewish students’ full access to free expression and politically active lives on campus? Dressing up intimidation as a “sanctified” right is an obscene distortion of the First Amendment. It’s time for our colleges and universities to rediscover their moral compass. If necessary, major Jewish donors should withhold their gifts. Jewish philanthropists should support only schools that protect the rights of all students to participate fully in campus life from the quad to the classroom without fear or intimidation – including lovers of Zion.

harassment of all kinds. Unfortunately, what’s happening at UCLA is not an aberration but part of a national trend. Here are examples from a coast-to-coast report compiled by Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a founder of the AMCHA Initiative, a nonprofit group that combats campus anti-Semitism: • At UC Davis, a student who expressed concern about antiSemitic banners displayed at an antiIsrael “occupation” rally was physically assaulted by a protester who screamed in his face, “You are racist and you should die in hell.” • At UC Berkeley, a Jewish girl holding an “Israel wants peace” sign was ramrodded with a shopping cart by the head of the local SJP chapter. • At San Francisco State University last fall, the General Union of Palestine Students hosted an all-day event where participants could make posters and T-shirts that said, “My heroes have always killed colonizers” – meaning Jews. • At Harvard University, the Palestine Security Committee frightened Jewish students by placing mock eviction notices on their dormitory rooms.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper is associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance. Aron Hier is the Wiesenthal Center’s director of campus outreach . Historian Harold Brackman also contributed to this piece.




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