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A fascinating trip to Russia



Art museum director speaks at the JCC



Panken, a pilot who will head Reform rabbinical school, eyes horizon



Snukal brings energy and English to Israeli version of ‘Real Housewives’



Asian Paradise a Shangri-La of fusion food experience







Seeking kin: From Queens to kibbutz, a 40-year journey



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Construction to begin on high–tech rehab complex Construction mal recovery and is starting on improved quality Cedar Village’s of life. As we care aquatic therapy for more and center, which will more individuals, have high-tech with an age range features found in from teens to only a few places over 100, aquatic in Greater therapy offers Cincinnati. many benefits The new and enhanced complex will treatment have two warmoptions.” water pools, Donors and which will be community leadused for individers as well as ual therapy, and a Cedar Village reslarger warmidents and water pool, which employees gathwill be used for ered July 31 for a group therapy, groundbreaking aerobics classes ceremony in the and lap swimcourtyard where ming as well as the Aquatic individual use by Therapy Center Cedar Village will be. Six residents. The Jewish communismaller pools will ty leaders, wearhave features ing hardhats, comparable to grabbed shovels those at the Helping with the ground-breaking are from left, Robert Rosen, Cedar Village Board Chair; Carol Silver and turned soil. C i n c i n n a t i Elliott, Cedar Village President & CEO; Andrew Shott, Chair, Cedar Village Foundation; Brian Jaffee, They recited the Bengals training Executive Director, Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati; Shep Englander, President & CEO, Jewish Federation Shehecheyanu, a facility, Ohio of Cincinnati; and Jeff Zipkin, Board Member, Jewish Foundation & Cedar Village Foundation. Hebrew blessing State’s Athletic recited on special Department and occasions, the Cleveland Clinic, including floors including new beginnings. that serve as treadmills. In addition to Elliott, helping with Aquatic therapy offers substantial the ground-breaking were Robert benefits not available with convenRosen, Cedar Village Board Chair; tional treatments because water Andrew Shott, Chair, Cedar Village reduces the effects of gravity and Foundation; Brian Jaffee, Executive allows patients to move with greater Director, the Jewish Foundation of ease. That helps patients recover more Cincinnati; Shep Englander, President quickly and with less pain than other & CEO, the Jewish Federation of treatments. Cincinnati; and Dr. Jeff Zipkin, Board The facility will be called The Member, Jewish Foundation & Cedar Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Village Construction will start in Aquatic Therapy Center to honor the August and is scheduled for compleFoundation as the largest donor. tion in mid-2014. “We are thrilled to be taking rehaJaffee said investing in the combilitation services to the next level at munity’s senior services is a major priCedar Village,” said Carol Silver ority of the Jewish Foundation. Elliott, Cedar Village’s President and “Making Cincinnati the best Jewish CEO. “We have distinguished our- Carol Silver Elliott, President & CEO of Cedar Village, explains feacommunity in the country in which to selves in the region for rehab and this tures of the Aquatic Therapy Center using illustrations on display at grow older – and to get healthier – is is an important expansion of that serv- the ground-breaking. Looking on are Eric Dauer, Director of an objective our trustees believe is ice. It will provide another key modal- Operations for the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, and Brian Jaffee, ity to help our patients achieve an opti- Executive Director of the Jewish Foundation. CONSTRUCTION on page 21



Art museum director speaks at the JCC Don’t have time for a lot of classes, but want to get a taste of something interesting and fun? The JCC is offering a unique two-part program featuring Aaron Betsky, director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Mayerson JCC, and a private guided tour of the Cincinnati Wing of the Cincinnati Art Museum and lunch at the museum’s Terrace Cafe’ on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 25. Advance registration is required because space is limited. Betsky, also an architecture educator and critic, will discuss “Connecting the Jewels of the Queen City” on Aug. 22 at the JCC. He will talk about the “crown jewels” of Cincinnati that set our city apart, and his controversial ideas on using these assets to strengthen Cincinnati’s community. He will give suggestions on how to build on the landscape that already exists to improve the future of the entire city. His thought-provoking perspective

references changes to infrastructure, public transportation and adding life to connective spaces between institutions, including areas outside of the city center. “Cincinnati’s anchor cultural institutions, its parks and cultural heritage really distinguish this city and tie it together. We need to re-use and re-think what we have in order to build with the land rather than on it, to create a more sustainable way of living,” said Betsky. On Sunday, Aug. 25 at 11:30 a.m., participants will visit the Cincinnati Wing of the Art Museum with a private guided tour. They’ll see the Cincinnati Everyday exhibit featuring two local artists, Cole Carothers and Courttney Cooper with different perspectives on the city landscape using different media. Carothers is a classically trained oil painter who has developed a significant body of work in a landscape tradition. He builds on this tradition by creating views of Cincinnati that extend beyond

simple observation and transform painted gestures into buildings and buildings back into painted gestures. Cooper creates largescale aerial view "maps" of Cincinnati using nothing more than copier paper, ballpoint pens, and a deep knowledge of the city built upon a lifetime of travelling on city buses, walking downtown and taking car trips with friends. “Connecting the Jewels of the Queen City” is part of the new Eat. Tour. Explore series at the JCC, and is offered in collaboration with the Wolf Center for Arts & Ideas. Eat. Tour. Explore programs are the perfect mix of light learning taught by local experts in arts, culture and current events, a fascinating field trip and a delicious lunch. To learn more or register for “Connecting the Jewels of the Queen City” on Aug. 22 & 25, and/or the new Eat. Tour. Explore series, see the JCC contact information listed in the community directory of this issue. Aaron Betsky, Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum will speak at the JCC on Aug. 22.

Jewish center dedicates Mason “CommUnity” Torah The Jewish community of Cincinnati’s Northern Suburbs, led by Rabbi Yosef Kalmanson, will make history as it dedicates the Mason area’s first Torah Scroll to be commissioned by numerous individuals in the community. An inaugural ceremony and Torah procession will take place in Mason on Sunday, August 25, 2013, 5 p.m. The Torah is the most sacred article in the Jewish faith. Written by hand on parchment according to a specific tradition over 3,000 years

old, it is a centerpiece of Jewish prayer and synagogue worship, and the most precious Jewish article, according to Rabbi Kalmanson. When a scroll is completed a great celebration takes place as the community greets it and welcomes it to its new home – the Holy Ark in the Shul. All the Torah scrolls join the greeting procession as they accompany the dancing which begins from the street. At the inauguration a trained Sofer scribe from Canada will apply

the final touches to the Torah with quill on cowhide at the Top Gun Building. Participants will have the opportunity to personally partake in the writing. A family-oriented program is planned, including interactive education for children and for adults on the unique art of scribing. All authentic Torah scrolls are handwritten and are typically written over the course of a year. At 5:45 p.m. a lively and musical procession will march with the Torah to the Jewish Discovery Center for

Wise Temple Blue Jeans Shabbat and meet the rabbis BBQ – One down, one to go! The atmosphere of community and worship was apparent as over 300 people made their way to Wise Temple in their blue jeans or other casual wear in July for Blue Jeans Shabbat. The beautiful service lead by Wise Temple’s three new rabbis, Rabbis Karen Thomashow, Sydney Henning and Rachel Maimin. That atmosphere is sure to be recreated at the next Blue Jeans Shabbat which will be held on Aug. 16. In addition to the new rabbis, Rabbi Lewis Kamrass will also be present to participate in the August service and BBQ. As they did in July the Wise Temple Brotherhood will put on a BBQ spread that features far more than your traditional burgers and dogs. Their cooking prowess is

always in full force as Brotherhood volunteers grill, chop and prepare delicious food of both quality and quantity. The Wise Temple Sisterhood sponsored the July activities which included line dance instruction that brought out the moves from people of all ages. The instructor taught a group of teens the swing. A father and daughter showed off their free style. Little ones let the music move them. And some experienced couples showed everyone up! And although the heat index forced the event inside, that didn’t hinder the fun. The kids (and adults) still enjoyed bubbles and showed off their chalk artistry on an indoor sidewalk. The Sisterhood has some of the same and some different activi-

ties planned for the August Blue Jeans Shabbat, including a visit from a Snowie ice ball truck! From babies to seniors, a community was built. The relaxed and joyous atmosphere gave people an opportunity to connect on a truly deep level with the rabbis and with one another. At the root of it all was laughter and fun, as memories were made. Kathy and Pete Teitelman, who attended the July event were moved at the deep sense of community they felt pervaded the evening. Kathy states, “We sat at a table with Temple members that we hadn’t met before. It was great to meet new people and get to know them on a deeper lever. We hope to see them at WISE on page 22

the formal welcoming and dedication. The program includes family entertainment and a unity BBQ. “The unity Torah brings together the entire Jewish community in the region,” said Rabbi Yosef Kalmanson, director of the Jewish Discovery Center. “So many individuals have participated with sponsorships, giving them personal ownership in this most holy of Jewish treasures.” The “CommUnity Torah” will be used by the Mason-area Jewish community and will be

housed at the Jewish Discovery Center, Mason’s ‘Center for Jewish Life.’ “It is with pride and joy that participants and friends celebrate the completion of the Mason CommUnity Torah in time for the [Jewish] High Holy Days,” said Kalmanson, referring to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which begin September 4. “We are thankful to the Gabbour family for their generosity and dedication,” he added.

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when he founded the city in 1703. Among its notable attractions are the prison block where political prisoners were housed before and after the Russian Revolution (with surprisingly spacious cells, I might add), and the Cathedral of Peter and Paul, where almost all tsars since Peter the Great are interred. In 1998, the remains of Tsar Nicholas II and his family were interred in the cathedral's chapel. But the place we most wanted to visit in St. Petersburg was the Grand Choral Synagogue, the second largest synagogue in Europe. The domed structure, in Moorish Byzantine style, was built in the 1880's near the Marlinsky Theater (known in the Soviet period as the Kirov) after receiving special permission from liberal Tsar Alexander II. It was only a few blocks from our hotel, the Renaissance Baltic; so, armed with bad directions, we made several unsuccessful attempts to find it. Out of sheer frustration, Michael accosted a young man coming out of a building and offered him money if he'd take us there. He declined our monetary offer, but pulled out his iPad, determined where it was, and led the way. The guards must have concluded we were Jewish, so we had no problem getting in. We arrived just as Maariv services were ending. One of the daveners insisted we return for Shachrit the following morning so we did. It was inspiring to be part of a

minyan of about 30 in such a historic and magnificent place. The synagogue is part of a complex with a school, gift shop, grocery store and restaurant. We returned for a delicious kosher lunch before returning to Moscow. Like many European cities, the center of Moscow is the nicest part of town. We were fortunate in that Natan's apartment, with its view of the Kremlin, was large enough to accommodate us. We were just a few blocks from the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, with its massive golden dome that was our benchmark whenever we were lost. The cathedral was built in the mid-19th century, to express thanks for the Russian victory over Napoleon. In 1931, in the throes of Stalin's anti-religion campaign, over 20 tons of gold from the cathedral were harvested and the cathedral was dynamited and reduced to rubble. Stalin planned to build a massive "Palace of the Soviets" on the site, but no construction funds were available. In the Khrushchev era, the foundation hole was turned into the world's largest open air swimming pool. Finally in the 1990's, the cathedral was rebuilt. With a height of 344 feet, it is the largest Orthodox Christian church in the world. No trip to Moscow would be complete without visiting the Moscow Kremlin. A kremlin is a fortress. The Moscow Kremlin includes three cathedrals, several


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In June, my wife Gayna and I journeyed to Russia to visit my cousin, Natan Shkylar, and his family. We were joined by our son, Michael, who lives in Israel. My family was fortunate in that we were able to maintain connection with our Soviet relatives after World War II. We brought Natan over to Cincinnati in 1991 as a teenager, and he attended Sycamore High School, Miami University and Columbia University. Now he is married with four children, and works in Moscow and St. Petersburg for a major American company. We visited both cities, and had an amazing time. One of the most interesting phenomena of travel at that time of year is what they call in St. Petersburg the "white nights." St. Petersburg is at the same latitude as Anchorage, Alaska. Between May and July, it never really gets dark at night. In June, Moscow doesn't get dark until almost midnight. So despite the seemingly late hour, we always felt motivated to go out walking or doing something much later than we would here. The weather was beautiful, in the 60's in St. Petersburg and in the 70's in Moscow, with generally sunny skies. We flew from Moscow to St. Petersburg and took the train back. Two incredibly beautiful buildings are at the heart of St. Petersburg. One is St. Isaac's Cathedral, the seat of the Russian Orthodox Church before the Russian Revolution. Built in the mid19th century, it features a neo-classical design with a 333–foot dome that has been the model for domed buildings around the world. Climbing 262 steps to the main observation deck provides a fantastic view of the city. After the Russian Revolution, it was turned into a Museum of Atheism, featuring a large Foucault pendulum on the main floor, demonstrating the rotation of the Earth. Religious service resumed after the fall of communism. The other, of course, is The Hermitage, one of the largest and most notable art museums in the world, housed primarily in what was the Winter Palace during tsarist times. Located on Palace Square, it is so named because Catherine the Great did not like living in the Winter Palace, and wanted a small "hermit's retreat" where she could largely take care of herself. The collection of over 3 million items eventually took over the hermit's retreat, the Winter Palace, and several other structures. The collections focus on western European art. We cruised the broad Neva River, which is actually a channel running from Lake Ladoga to the ocean, walked Nevsky Prospect, the historic commercial and shopping district, and toured the Fortress of Peter and Paul. The fortress was among the first structures built by Peter the Great

palaces, office buildings for the Russian government and a large, modern auditorium which houses concerts and other cultural events. Among the most notable structures is the Armory, which houses Imperial Russian regalia and treasures. It includes the Diamond Fund, a collection of jewelry, gems and nuggets dating back to Peter the Great. Highlights include Catherine the Great's massive coronation crown, the Orlov diamond and numerous Faberge eggs. As with our trip to St. Petersburg, discovering attractions with Jewish content was a primary goal. We were not disappointed. The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center opened in November 2012, and is believed to be the largest Jewish museum in the world. It features personal testimony, archival video footage, and interactive displays, translated into Russian and English, telling chronologically the story of Russian Jewry. Particularly fascinating were the sections on the role of Jews in public life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as Jews were beginning to leave the shtetl, and the experiences of the Holocaust, World War II, and the post-war Soviet era. The use of modern interactive technology enabled us to feel as though we were experiencing the lives of Russian Jews during the shtetl period and in modern times. This was a truly remarkable experience. The complex also features a kosher restaurant and a synagogue. We also toured several other synagogues, including the historic Moscow Choral Synagogue and several newer synagogues, which were large and busy, with kosher restaurant facilities. From the balcony of the Moscow Choral Synagogue sanctuary, we could observe about 20 men of all ages engaged in talmud study. We enjoyed a delicious lunch at the recently renovated Bolshaya Bronnaya Synagogue. There are many interesting museums in Moscow. A special favorite of ours was the Tretyakov Gallery, considered the finest repository of Russian art in the world. We also very much enjoyed the newly renovated Moscow Museum of Cosmonautics. While primarily focusing on Soviet space accomplishments, including Sputnik, Yuri Gagarin's flight, and the Mir space station, it also highlights the Apollo moon missions and the Hubble telescope. No trip can be adequately discussed without mentioning the delicious food. We especially enjoyed two Georgian restaurants, one in St. Petersburg and one in Moscow, that featured amazing vegetarian appetizers. We enjoyed visiting our relatives, whom we had not seen in several years, and sharing in their busy lives. We returned home invigorated by all we learned, and fascinated by our experiences.

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Local teen wins gold with USA men’s open gymnastics team at the 19th Maccabiah games By Gabrielle Cohen Assistant Editor At the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel July 17 – 30, 2013, Jake Paul, 18, competed along with five other members of the USA Men’s Open Gymnastics team. By the end of the competition, they were coming back to the states with a gold medal in their hands. “When we heard them announce that USA won the gold, we were all speechless. It was an indescribable feeling,” Jake Paul said. He claims this to be the best experience of his life. Not only did he compete, he also met a lot of great people from different countries. This is the first time Paul has participated in a competition like this and can’t wait to do it again. When Paul was younger, he did all kinds of sports, but gymnastics is the one he liked the best because of the individualism within a team aspect of the sport. He has been doing gymnastics for

most of his life, but competitively for 12 years. In order to compete in the Maccabiah Games, Paul filled out an application then had a tryout. He was then selected to join the team. The USA Men’s Open Gymnastics team consisted of six men, ages 18 to 35 from all over the United States. The six men were all different ages. Paul said, “We pushed each other so much to limits we never knew we had. It was great competiting with more experienced gymnasts.” Competiting against the other teams, Paul said that the USA’s toughest competition was Israel. Israel had two Olympians competiting, but that didn’t stop USA from coming out on top and beating Israel by seven points. Jake Paul is from Amberley Village and went to Sycamore High School. In the fall, he will be attending the University of Cincinnati for Construction Management in the engineering school. He has no current scholarship in gymnastics, but hopes to

Jake Paul, third from the right, and the rest of the gold medal–winning USA Men’s Open Gymnastics team at the 19th Maccabiah Games.

have one in the future. He expects to have four more years of gymnastics and to compete again in the next Maccabiah Games. His parents are Nina and Eddie Paul. He has a brother named Max and a sister named Lainey.

Access helps Jewish young professionals get connected during the High Holidays From working and networking, to working out and finding time to just hang out with friends… today’s young professionals (YPs) don’t have a lot of extra hours in the day to devote to much else, so it’s easy to let their connection to Jewish life take a backseat. However, not being affiliated with a congregation means that when holidays like Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur roll around, they don’t have a place to go, or a way to feel part of the larger Jewish community when it matters most. Thanks to the generosity of each of the congregations in Greater Cincinnati though, it just takes a simple click of a mouse, or a quick phone call for any Jewish YPto have a place to go at no cost and with no strings attached. Last year, more than 120 YPs took advantage of a special High Holiday Ticket initiative which has been facilitated by Access for the past eight years and offers a “one stop” way for Jewish young professionals , 21-35 to obtain High Holiday tickets to the congregation of their choice. This year, even more are expected to take advantage of this offer. Over the years, hundreds of Jewish young professionals have taken part in Access’ annual High Holiday Ticket initiative. Before she learned about this program, Andrea Strauss sat at home on the High Holidays. “While I knew that many of the congregations allowed visitors to take part in their services, I just didn’t feel comfortable calling and asking for what felt like a handout. Access does all the legwork so it’s easy to get a ticket to any con-

gregation in town. And because all my friends take advantage of this amazing program too, I know I’ll always have tons of friends to sit with, which makes the experience even better!” Access’ High Holiday initiative is made possible through the generosity of 14 local congregations ranging from Reform, Humanistic, Conservative, Orthodox and Traditional. Access started this program eight years ago as an experiment to see what would happen if some of the hurdles that seemed to be keeping young professionals from going to services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur were taken away, such as cost, and confusion about how to even go about getting tickets. They also arranged it so the YPs could go with their peers instead ofhaving to walk in all alone. Without this program it is likely that the majority of participants would not attend High Holiday services otherwise. “We are always pleased to provide the deep spiritual resources of our tradition, as well as to welcome young adults and newcomers to our congregation at the holidays, for Shabbat and other programs we offer,” remarks Rabbi Lewis Kamrass, Senior Rabbi of Isaac M. Wise Temple. “Throughout most of Jewish history, the synagogue has been the fundamental buildingblock for Jewish identity and enriching one’s sense of community,” he adds. “We are pleased to partner with Access in providing that opportunity for Cincinnati’s young adults.” Access is an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation offering more

than 50 programs and events for Jewish young professionals, ages 2135 every year, most of which are free or deeply subsidized. For more information about this and other Access programs please consult the Community Directory in this issue.

The Maccabiah is the world’s largest Jewish athletic competition in the tradition and values of Maccabi, emphasizing the centrality of the State of Israel in the life of the Jewish people. The Maccabiah takes place every four

years in Israel - "the Jewish Olympics" as they are often called, are Maccabi World Union's largest and most famous enterprise. Within the Maccabiah there are four separate competitions that take place; Open, Junior, Masters and Paralympics. Junior games are open to any qualifying athlete aged 15-18. Masters are divided into a number of different age categories mostly to accommodate older competitors and the Open division is generally unlimited in age, subject to the governing international rules in each sport, and is intended for the best athletes from each delegation. In order to participate in the Maccabiah, athletes must represent a delegation. Delegations are formed by each of the Territorial Organizations that participate. Not only do participants compete in their respective sports, but they also meet new people from all around the world. It is the experience of a lifetime.



In Mass. governor’s race packed with Jewish candidates, much talk of repairing the world By Ron Kampeas Jewish Telegraphic Agency WASHINGTON – The election for Massachusetts governor is still 16 months away – too soon to know what the issues are or who the viable candidates will be. But apparently it’s never too soon for tikkun olam. Four of the declared candidates are Jewish, and all are grounding their campaigns in the religious imperative to repair the world. Steve Grossman, the state treasurer and a past chairman of the Democratic National Committee, quotes from Isaiah in describing his ambition to close the gap between rich and poor. “I received my Jewish heritage, my background, in being that person who can be a repairer of the breach between those who are well-to-do and those who lack the things people aspire to,” he said in an interview. Dan Wolf, a state senator and an aviation entrepreneur, also knows a bit about repair. “This is about giving back and repairing the world,” he said of his run. Evan Falchuk, who is running under the banner of a new third party, United Independent, roots his quixotic bid to buck the two-party system in – you guessed it – world repair. “There’s so much to me about that story which is very common to Jews in America,” Falchuk said, describing his grandfather’s journey from Russia to Venezuela and his

National Briefs L.A. firm Econ One removes Birkenau photo from website (JTA) The Los Angeles-based firm Econ One removed a photo from the Birkenau death camp from its website. The litigation and business consulting firm had published on its website an image of barbed wire and a guard tower from Birkenau. “Econ One was not aware that the image used in our ad to depict the movie, ‘The Great Escape,’ was an image of Birkenau,” Lisa Skylar, the chief operating officer of the litigation and business consulting firm, wrote Monday in an email to JTA. “Thank you for bringing it to our attention. “We immediately removed the picture once this brought to our attention. “It is not appropriate to use such an image in an ad its advertising.” Employees of the Auschwitz-

father’s from Venezuela to the United States. “What is common is this notion of a stubborn insistence to make the world a better place.” Wolf and Grossman are Democrats who declared at the state party convention earlier this month along with another Jewish candidate, Don Berwick, a former administrator of the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs who did not respond to requests for an interview. A fourth Democrat, Joe Avellone, also declared his candidacy. No Republican has declared yet. Massachusetts has never had a Jewish governor, and the proliferation of Jewish candidates this early in the race is no guarantee it’s about to get one. Heavy hitters such as state Attorney General Martha Coakley, U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano and Juliette Kayyem, a former Homeland Security assistant secretary and Boston Globe columnist, are all considering bids for the Democratic nomination. On the Republican side, Scott Brown, the Republican who won the late Edward Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat in 2010 and was ousted last year, and Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL who unsuccessfully vied for a U.S. Senate seat this year, may take shots at the governor’s job. “It’s far too early, it can break any number of ways, and the Democratic Party has a history of primary candidates feeding off one another,” said one insider who has worked for the Jewish community and on political

campaigns. On the other hand, Massachusetts residents would hardly raise an eyebrow at the number of Jewish hopefuls in the race, the insider said. Evan Falchuk According to American Jewish Year Book statistics cited by the Jewish Virtual Library, the state’s Jewish population is 277,000, or 4 percent – more than twice the Steve Grossman national percentage. And Jews also have figured prominently in state policy debates in recent years, including helping to shape health care reform during the governorship of Mitt Romney from 2003 to 2007. “Barney Frank was in Congress for, what, a hundred years? He was an active Jew,” the insider said. “No one under 35 would even think twice about it.” Grossman, Falchuk and Wolf all actively tout their Jewish community involvement, but none more so than Grossman, a past president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and a major fundraiser

for Jewish causes both in his state and nationally. Grossman, 67, takes pride in his role reconciling AIPAC to the I s r a e l i Palestinian Sen. Daniel Wolf peace negotiations launched under Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the early 1990s. “ R a b i n ’s exact words were, ‘AIPAC is the most important Don Berwick American Jewish organization and I need your help,’” Grossman recalls of his 1993 meeting with the late Israeli leader. Grossman immediately convened a phone conference with the AIPAC board, and it became the first U.S. Jewish group to endorse the talks. “That was probably as meaningful a conversation I’ve had with any leader,” Grossman said. “I felt I was participating in a small way in Jewish history.” Falchuk’s mother is Nancy Falchuk, a former president of Hadassah, and he says they are equally proud of one another.

“When my mother talks about bringing about peace through health care, I find that inspiring,” said Falchuk, 43, an executive at a health care company. (His brother, Brad, is a co-creator of the popular television shows “Glee” and “American Horror Story.”) Wolf, 55, is a co-founder of Cape Air, an airline based on Cape Cod, where Jews are few in number. But since his first run for state Senate in 2011, he has sought to reconnect himself with the larger Jewish community in Boston. “It has been interesting raising a family on the Cape,” said Wolf, who moved to the region from his native Philadelphia in the 1980s. “Not only is there not a Jewish community, Wolf is not identified as a Jewish name, so people are surprised when they find out I’m Jewish.” Falchuk’s emphasis has been on reintroducing political diversity in a state where Democrats dominate the Legislature. His literature has been light on specifics, but he emphasizes fiscal responsibility while staking out traditional liberal positions on social issues such as abortion rights. He noted that a majority of state residents – 53 percent – are independents. That and low turnout in elections suggest that voters are frustrated with the “traditional parties,” Falchuk said. “I would tell you from my experiences most voters don’t know what the state’s priorities are,” he said.

Birkenau State Museum had noticed the image on Friday. The museum consulted with its lawyers, Bartosz Bartyzel, a museum spokesman, told the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper. “Using Birkenau is disgusting and immoral,” Bartyzel said. The text under the photo read: “Great work is the only kind that’s okay with us. It takes management of the entire work process. Communicating with clients every step of the way. Committing to a budget, then keeping expectations aligned with what’s really happening so there are no surprises. And efficiently staffing each case to keep costs down. Because when it comes to client service, okay... just isn’t. At least not for our clients.”

Rouhani presents an opportunity for Iran to act quickly to resolve the international community’s deep concerns over Iran’s nuclear program,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

president believes could result in a regional war,” the diplomat said. Jonathan Tobin, senior online editor of Commentary magazine, wrote that the leak by the administration “is nothing short of outrageous.”

Information on Israeli airstrike on Syria leaked due to Obama ‘dismay,’ report says (JNS) President Barack Obama, due to his “dismay” over Israeli operations, allowed the U.S. intelligence community to leak classified information about the recent Israeli airstrike on Syria, World Tribune reported. Last month, the Israel Air Force bombed Yakhont anti-ship missiles stored in a Hezbollahcontrolled warehouse near Latakia, Syria, according to the New York Times. Some of the missiles were reportedly spared because they were moved before the Israeli airstrike. A U.S. diplomat who declined to be identified told World Tribune that the decision to leak information about the Israeli airstrike on Syria “could come only from Obama.” “This reflects his dismay over the Israeli operations, which the

Al-Qaeda threat prompts U.S. to shut diplomatic posts across Mideast and Asia, including Israel (JNS) The United States on Sunday temporarily shut embassies and consulates across the Middle East and Asia, including in Israel, as a precautionary measure due to a terror threat related to Al-Qaeda. The diplomatic posts that were temporarily shuttered included Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Mauritania, Sudan and Djibouti.

(NBA), died July 30 at age 94. Schectman’s historic field goal came on Nov. 1, 1946 for the New York Knicks of the Basketball Association of America (BAA) – the precursor to the NBA – against the Toronto Huskies. The Knicks won the game, 68-66. “Playing for the New York Knickerbockers in the 1946-47 season, Ossie scored the league’s first basket, which placed him permanently in the annals of NBA history,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement. “On behalf of the entire NBA family, our condolences go out to Ossie’s family.” Schectman’s field goal would later inspire the title of “The First Basket,” a 2008 documentary about Jews and basketball from executive producer David Vyorst. In his only professional basketball season, 1946-47, Schectman averaged 8.1 points and 2.0 assists per game for the Knicks. The team’s roster sported significant Jewish flavorSchectman’s teammates were Sonny Hertzberg, Stan Stutz, Hank Rosenstein, Ralph Kaplowitz, Jake Weber, and Leo “Ace” Gottlieb.

White House sees inauguration of Rouhani, who made anti-Israel remark, as chance to engage with Iran (JNS) The White House said Sunday’s inauguration of new Iranian President Hassan Rohani, who last week called Israel “a wound for years on the body of the Muslim world,” presents an opportunity for engagement with Iran. “The inauguration of President

Jewish NBA player who scored league’s first basket dies at 94 (JNS) Oscar “Ossie” Schectman, a Jewish player who scored the first basket in the history of what evolved into the National Basketball Association



Aaron Panken, a pilot who will head Reform rabbinical school, eyes horizon By Uriel Heilman Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Courtesy of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Rabbi Aaron Panken

NEW YORK – If you want to lead a major Reform Jewish organization, here’s a piece of advice: Go to the Westchester Reform Temple. With this week’s announcement that Rabbi Aaron Panken will be the new president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the temple in suburban New York now has produced two major Reform leaders in two years. (The other is Rabbi Rick Jacobs, who two years ago ceded the pulpit of the Scarsdale synagogue to become president of the Union for Reform Judaism.

Panken isn’t new to HUC. He has been at the Reform rabbinical seminary since the mid-1990s, holding such senior positions as vice president for strategic initiatives, dean of the New York campus and dean of students. In fact, almost everything Panken has done has been Jewish. He grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side (officially a Jewish activity, even if you don’t do anything Jewy), went straight from college to a job as regional director of the North American Federation of Temple Youth, was ordained by HUC, worked as an associate rabbi at Manhattan’s Congregation Rodeph Shalom and earned a doc-

torate in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. Along the way, Panken also became a licensed commercial pilot. He doesn’t fly jumbo jets, but in a pinch he could get you where you need to go. He also has a degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Panken, who also flies gliders, told JTA he was inspired to get his pilot’s license on a trip to Denali National Park in Alaska. His piloting skills might come in handy in his new job: Panken will serve as the chief executive officer of HUC’s four campuses – in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles and New York. He will officially

assume his new role on Jan. 1; his predecessor, Rabbi David Ellenson, who has been president since 2001, will become the school’s chancellor. Panken says it’s a good time to be president of HUC. The institution is financially stable following its fiscal troubles of five to seven years ago, and interesting challenges lie ahead. Job No. 1, he says, is bringing people into Judaism “in a modern American context.” That means engaging Jews, particularly young ones, outside the synagogue, Panken said, echoing one of Jacobs’ favorite lines. One of HUC’s challenges is to PANKEN on page 19

Seeking Kin: From Queens to kibbutz, a 40-year journey By Hillel Kuttler Jewish Telegraphic Agency The “Seeking Kin” column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE – For Howie Perlman, a kibbutznik in Israel, hearing about the New York reunion of his Yeshiva of Central Queens Class of 1973 spurred him to post a few period photographs on Facebook. Then he had an idea: Let’s hold a reunion in Israel of the 15 or so YCQ graduates living there. Perlman was looking for a way to honor his parents, Martin and Zelda, who had died one month apart last fall. What better way to remember them, he figured, than recalling his time at a school for which they had sacrificed for him to attend. So on the Friday afternoon of July 5, Frema Kuper of Jaffa drove her friend, Aviva Gewirtz Lavi of nearby Tel Aviv, the two hours north to Ein Hanatziv, Perlman’s kibbutz. Elliot Cohen came from Raanana, Joel Greenwald from Kochav Yair, Shaul Sladowsky from Beit Shemesh, Rivki Denberg Bar-Lev from Maale Adumim and Yerachmiel Elyashiv (nee Robert Borsekovsky) from Karnei Shomron. Sammy Klein of Boca Raton, Fla., came too – the Israelis picked that weekend so the visiting Klein could attend the festivities. YCQ had 77 graduates in ‘73, most of whom still live in New York. Of the approximately 15 living in Israel, few are in touch with one another – and no one had suggested celebrating this year’s 40th anniversary. That is until Perlman got word of the New York reunion in May and apparently twisted a few arms in Israel. “Howie was so persistent,” said Lavi, who has worked in the management of El Al, Israel’s national airline, for more than a quarter-century.

“When you see people after 40 years, how do you begin a conversation? But it was so open, and people were so accepting. It didn’t matter if you were religious or not religious.” Perlman thought it was a fine way to remember his parents and their sacrifices. “A house became available that they could afford, but we were getting to be school age and they had to choose: Do they buy a house – the American dream – or do they send [my brother] and me to YCQ?” he said, harking back to the decision his parents faced in the 1960s. “Being that it was ‘shnat evel’ [year of mourning] and the 40th anniversary of the YCQ class, I decided to organize a reunion and use it as a tribute to them. Part of who I am is clearly because of the sacrifice they made in sending me to YCQ. It’s all about realizing how I got to where I am.” Nine classmates attended the Israeli reunion. On their first encounter in four decades, they hugged and smiled, and made sure to pose for a group photo outside Perlman’s house before the Sabbath began. They enjoyed spirited prayers welcoming the day of rest, then a festive dinner in the kibbutz dining room. Perlman had decorated another common room with photographs he had scanned from the class yearbook. The classmates and some of their spouses talked deep into the night and all the next day, but the conversation was less what one might expect at a reunion – reminiscing about schoolage antics, classmates and teachers – in favor of comparing their lives as Israelis. Not lost on the group was the timing, with the week’s Torah portion being Masei, or journeys, which recounts the Jewish nation’s postExodus wandering in the desert for 40 years. The coincidence of theme and duration resonated.

“In some cases we had more conversation by the end of dinner than we had in all of the years at YCQ,” said Cohen, an engineer and business developer. “We discovered that our ‘journeys’ over the past 40 years had taken us on very different paths. “We span the religious spectrum and the political spectrum. We have lived in very different places. We are very different people. But the spirit of the event was very down to earth, open to each other’s thoughts and perspectives and getting to know one SEEKING on page 19

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Nine members of the Yeshiva of Central Queens’ Class of 1973 reuniting on Kibbutz Ein Hanatziv in Israel, July 5, 2013. They are, from left, Sammy Klein, Yerachmiel Elyashiv, Aviva Gewirtz Lavi, Elliot Cohen, Shaul Sladowsky, host Howie Perlman, Rivki Denberg Bar-Lev, Joel Greenwald and Frema Kuper.



In Kiev, a website reconnects young Jews one post at a time By Cnaan Liphshiz Jewish Telegraphic Agency KIEV, Ukraine – Hours after assailants shot Rabbi Artur Ovadia Isakov on a street in the Russian republic of Dagestan last week, mainstream Russian media were still scrambling to ascertain his identity. But Isakov’s name and condition already were known to the readers of the Russian website Jewishnet, a growing social network with 80,000 daily users that has relied on user participation to cover Jewish news and help connect fastassimilating Jews across the Russian-speaking world. The first report about Isakov was posted by a user from Israel,

where the rabbi is recovering from what authorities say may have been a hate attack. Other users added new information on Jewishnet’s Facebook page, including details about Isakov’s evacuation to Israel and pictures of the rabbi’s family. “Traffic on the website usually picks up when something dramatic happens in the Middle East or involving the Jewish community,” said Igor Kozlovskiy, a technology professional and the site’s cofounder. While English-speaking Jews have a number of social networks to share news and connect around shared interests, Russian-speaking Jewry had none when Kozlovskiy founded Jewishnet with a partner, Roman Gold, in 2011.

The site, which maintains sections devoted to dating, couch surfing and finding travel buddies, is used as well to promote Jewish events in Kiev, home to one of the largest Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union and one of the most highly assimilated. According to 2008 figures from the Jewish Agency, 80 percent of Jewish newlyweds in the former Soviet Union married a non-Jew, a figure dramatically higher than the rate in the United States. The vast majority of Ukraine’s 360,000 Jews are non-observant, and only a small fraction is affiliated with the organized Jewish community, which many young Jews find obsolete and rife with internal discord. Social networks, Kozlovskiy

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Left to right, Juice co-organizers Inna Yampolskaya and Igor Kozlovskiy, Ukrainian Chief Rabbi Yaakov Bleich and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee's Lilya Vendrova at a Juice event in Kiev, November 2012.

says, have the potential to keep Jews, intermarried and not, connected to Jewish life. “If we don’t reach out to the

unaffiliated, they will assimilate and will be lost to the Jewish people,” Kozlovskiy said.

After molestation accusations, Dutch Jewish school adopts unusual response By Cnaan Liphshiz Jewish Telegraphic Agency AMSTERDAM – More than a year after his alleged molestation by a male teacher, 6-year-old Ehud (not his real name) still won’t tell everything he knows about the sex scandal rocking Amsterdam’s Cheider, the Dutch capital’s only Orthodox Jewish school. Ehud says the teacher, identified by Dutch media only as 25-year-old Ephraim S., used to touch him in a corner of the classroom known as “the dark room,” according to writ-

International Briefs Hezbollah’s Nasrallah: ‘Removing’ Israel is a Lebanese national interest (JTA) In a rare public appearance, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said of Israel, “removing it is a Lebanese national interest.” “Israel poses a danger on all people of this region ... including Lebanon,” Nasrallah said last Friday in southern Beirut in what the World Bulletin news site said was his first public appearance since last September. Daughter of Treblinka survivor to design death camp’s new education center TREBLINKA, Poland (JTA) The Israeli daughter of a Jewish man who escaped Treblinka will design a Holocaust education center to be opened on the premises of the Nazi death camp. The plan to have Orit Willenberg-Giladi, an architect from Tel Aviv and daughter of Samuel Willenberg, design the center was announced Friday at a ceremony

ten testimony obtained by JTA. The teacher’s lawyer has declined to comment on the specific allegation but has denied any wrongdoing by his client. Last month, after the Dutch media reported on a different abuse case at Cheider allegedly involving Ephraim S., Ehud asked his father whether the police would confront the teacher about “all the dirty things he did.” Ehud would not elaborate, but a child psychiatrist later determined he had undergone non-genital molestation – and perhaps worse. Ehud is one of at least three boys

from Cheider whose parents say were molested in the past two years by Ephraim S., who left for Israel shortly after the accusations were first made. Dutch police were informed of the complaints soon after they were made and have opened an investigation. “Of course we went to police straight away,” said Binyomin Jacobs, a senior Dutch rabbi and spokesman for the school. “Not doing so would have endangered the children.” At a time when Jewish schools in New York, Paris and Melbourne are

facing scrutiny over their handling of sex abuse allegations, the Cheider scandal appears to be a rare case in which Jewish school administrators promptly turned the matter over to law enforcement authorities. At Yeshiva University in New York, administrators have been slapped with a $380 million federal lawsuit for allegedly failing to respond to claims over many years of improper sexual contact between faculty and students at its high school for boys. In February, the principal of the Beth Hanna elementary school for boys in Paris was indicted for fail-

ing to report sexual abuse by a teacher. But the Dutch school appears to have gone by the book: The matter was quickly reported to police. Some attribute the reaction to a growing awareness that sex abuses charges are not to be swept under the carpet. “This is most definitely an example of how recent scandals had an impact on religious communities,” said Robert Chesal, a Netherlandsbased American Jewish journalist who has written extensively about sexual abuse in religious communities.

commemorating the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the uprising in Treblinka.

of Jerusalem, was to take place on Saturday. The Legislature’s sergeant-atarms, Dennis Clark, informed B’nai Brith Canada and the Centre for Jewish and Israel Affairs that this year’s permit was refused for reasons of “public safety.”

release 26 Palestinian prisoners on Aug. 13, Israel Hayom reported. This will be the first phase of the four-stage prisoner release, entailing the freeing of 104 Palestinian terrorists imprisoned before the 1993 Oslo Accords, that Israel agreed to in order to restart Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations.

ISNA news agency during a speech at an Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day rally, an annual Iranian celebration in show of support for the Palestinians.

Russian authorities: Terrorists likely behind rabbi’s shooting (JTA) The shooting of a Chabad rabbi in the Russian republic of Dagestan was likely a terrorist attack by Muslim extremists, investigators said. Rabbi Artur Ovadia Isakov was shot on July 25 in Derbent, in southern Russia, “because of his religious duties, likely by Muslim extremists,” investigators said, according to a report by the Russian news site Gazeta. Ramazan Abdulatipov, the acting president of Dagestan, released a statement after the shooting blaming “extremists and terrorists.” Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim republic of Russia near Chechnya, “is outraged,” Abdulatipov wrote. Anti-Israel event banned in Toronto TORONTO (JTA) Ontario’s Legislature won praise from Jewish groups for its refusal to permit the annual Al-Quds Day protest, traditionally held on the grounds outside the Legislature building in Toronto. The rally, marking the annual worldwide protest of Israel’s control

Iran may be able to produce weapons-grade plutonium next summer, report says (JNS) Iran may be able to begin producing weapons-grade plutonium by next summer at a separate nuclear facility, a development that surprised nuclear officials but might also provide an easier target for a potential attack on the Iranian nuclear program. “It really crept up on us,” an official at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Vienna headquarters told the Wall Street Journal. Palestinian negotiator, breaking Kerry confidentiality terms, reveals timetable for prisoner release (JNS) Although U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said last week that the Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams would keep the details of their renewed talks confidential, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on Saturday said Israel would

Palestinian Authority TV quiz awards cash for identifying Israeli territory as ‘Palestine’ (JNS) Coinciding with the restarting of Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations in Washington, DC, Palestinian Authority TV (PA TV) offered $100 prizes in man-on-thestreet interviews with Palestinians who identified Israeli territory as part of “Palestine,” Palestinian Media Watch reported. Iran president-elect Rouhani calls Israel ‘wound for years on the body of the Muslim world’ (JNS) Just days before being sworn in as Iran’s next president Hassan Rouhani reportedly called Israel an “old wound” that must be removed at a pro-Palestinian rally. “The Zionist regime has been a wound on the body of the Islamic world for years and the wound should be removed,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by the semi-official

Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations ‘dangerous,’ Palestinian NGOs say (JNS) A group of 133 Palestinian NGOs based in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria, and Jerusalem released a statement Wednesday that renewing Israeli-Palestinian conflict talks would be “dangerous” after a threeyear hiatus. The Palestinian NGO Network believes renewed negotiations are unwise because Israel has refused to return to its pre-1967 lines, freeze construction in Judea and Samaria, and release Palestinian terrorists incarcerated in Israel jails. Egypt Coptic Christians have one of their ‘worst months,’ Gatestone Institute report says (JNS) The ongoing persecution of Egypt’s Coptic Christians – including the unprecedented attack on Cairo’s St. Mark’s Cathedral, among other incidents – is highlighted in the latest monthly report by the Gatestone Institute on the global persecution of Christians.



Nearly killed in 2010 accident, a triumphant Dave Blackburn returns to Maccabiah By Hillel Kuttler Jewish Telegraphic Agency RAMAT GAN, Israel – Dave Blackburn beamed triumphantly, surrounded by a crowd of American athletes and cheering spectators. It was like old times, the great pitcher basking in applause. But Blackburn wasn’t being ushered off the field with a championship trophy in hand as he was after leading the U.S. softball team to gold medals in four earlier Maccabiah Games. Instead, Blackburn maneuvered

his wheelchair down an aisle to the front of a reception hall earlier this month after being named one of 10 athletes to carry the U.S. contingent’s banner onto the field for the opening ceremony of the games. The selection may have constituted Blackburn’s ultimate athletic triumph – part acknowledgment of the outsized contribution he has made to the quadrennial Jewish athletic competition, part gratitude for surviving a gruesome car accident in 2010 that took part of his right leg, broke 27 bones, put him in a coma for two months and ended his soft-

ball career. What a career it was. Blackburn estimates he has pitched 1,800 games – winning about 1,400 of them, including 70 no-hitters. Along with his four Maccabiah golds, he has led the U.S. team to a silver and a bronze medal at the games and been inducted into multiple softball halls of fame. For this year’s games Blackburn, 53, was back in Israel to perform one symbolic act: toss the ceremonial first pitch at the softball gold-medal game Monday between the United States and Canada. The U.S. won, 6-

2, and Blackburn had his No. 7 jersey retired at the award ceremony. That Blackburn could do even that is remarkable. After his accident, he lay in a coma for nearly two months at a trauma center in Scottsdale, Ariz., followed by another three months at a Los Angeles hospital and 3 1/2 months at a rehabilitation center. For a while Blackburn could not feed himself, lift his arms or move his legs. On top of all that, his mother died during his hospitalization. “It was an incredibly emotional, rough affair,” Blackburn said.

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Dave Blackburn, shown during last week's opening ceremony, is attending the Maccabiah as a paralympian in table tennis.

Snukal brings energy and English to Israeli version of ‘Real Housewives’

Disappointing Chief Rabbinate vote has activists eyeing alternatives

By Ben Sales Jewish Telegraphic Agency

By Ben Sales Jewish Telegraphic Agency

TEL AVIV – The show was supposed to be a celebration of glamor and glitz, but in the second episode it dropped a bombshell: One of the protagonists’ husbands died of cardiac arrest. The five stars of “Meusharot,” Israel’s version of the “Real Housewives” reality series, handled the news in their own ways. One grappled with her feelings about death. Another baked a cake to bring to the shiva. Jennifer Snukal tried a different approach, arranging a sexy photo shoot that aimed to produce an image of herself that was both sexy and modest. She began in a bright pink bathrobe, but soon moved to a couch

Israel Briefs IDF patrol comes under fire in latest Syrian civil war spillover (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS) An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) patrol vehicle came under fire from across the Syrian border Thursday night, in the latest Syrian civil war spillover into Israel. No soldiers were wounded and no damage was done to the vehicle in the attack. IDF Christian enlistment triples in the past year (JNS) Christian enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has nearly tripled in the past year, going from 35 to 100, with another 500 Christians doing national service, according to the Israeli Prime Minister’s office. According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, approximately 158,000 Christians live in Israel, 80 percent of which are Israeli Arabs.

where she posed wearing nothing but half-rim glasses, a sheet and her bare arms covering her. “We need to take every day like it’s our last day,” she told the camera, explaining that her self-indulgent response to sudden death was an effort to deal with her past, when she was “a fat girl and the ugliest in the world.” Snukal, 38, is the only North American on “Meusharot” (Hebrew for “rich women”), now in its second season on Israel’s Channel 10. Bold and loud with long blond hair and radiant eyes, she’s easily the most energetic of the five, gesticulating, smiling wide and always ready to use Israeli slang. “I believe my kids are proud of me and old enough to understand what the show is about,” Snukal told Hezbollah ‘better armed, better trained and more cautious,’ IDF general says (JNS) At a memorial service for Israeli soldiers who died during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Northern Command Major General Yair Golan warned against the growing threat of the Lebanesebased terror organization Hezbollah. “With regard to the situation seven years ago, Hezbollah is better armed, better trained and more cautious,” Maj. Gen. Golan said, according to the IDF website. Member of anti-Zionist Jewish sect indicted as Iranian spy (JNS) A 47-year-old Israeli man who belongs to the anti-Zionist Orthodox Jewish sect Neturei Karta has been charged with allegedly serving as an Iranian spy, according to an indictment released Thursday. Members of Neturei Karta, who oppose the establishment of a Jewish state until the coming of the Messiah, are known to have met with Iranian leaders while visiting Iran.

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Jennifer Snukal is an odd fit for Israel’s version of “Real Housewives” – she’s neither a wife nor homebound.

JTA in an interview near the boutique she runs in Rishon Lezion, south of Tel Aviv. “They heard from all the kids in school, ‘Oh, your mom filmed naked.’ I let them watch the scene.”

Maccabiah Games close in Jerusalem with Israel topping medal count JERUSALEM (JTA) Israel handily won the most medals at the 19th Maccabiah Games, which came to a close in Jerusalem. The games closing ceremony on Tuesday at Teddy Stadium featured some of Israel’s most popular pop music groups, such as Balkan Beat Box and Infected Mushroom. Speakers urged the athletes to consider making Israel their permanent home. Israel finished with 411 medals, including 150 gold, 135 silver and 123 bronze. The host country had 3,000 participating athletes. The U.S., which had delegation of about 1,200, came in second with 196 medals, including 77 gold, 60 silver and 59 bronze. Soccer star Lionel Messi visits Western Wall on ‘peace tour’ (JTA) The Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem and met with Israeli leaders. Messi was in Israel with the Spanish soccer team Football Club Barcelona as part of the team’s “peace tour,” which included host-

JERUSALEM – In a city with a seemingly infinite number of kosher restaurants, Jerusalem restaurateurs have a tough time obtaining certification from the country’s Chief Rabbinate. Proprietors of the city’s eateries have long complained of exorbitant fines, strict limits on what food they may buy and lax certification supervisors. But they had no choice: the rabbinate’s certification and an even stricter version are the only ones allowed by Israeli law. So last year, a coalition of 20 Jerusalem restaurants began defying the law, declaring themselves kosher by virtue of public trust rather than a certificate from the rabbinate. ing skills clinics and games with Israeli and Palestinian children to promote peace. Egyptian agrees to play in Israel for Swiss soccer squad JERUSALEM (JTA) An Egyptian player for a Swiss soccer team agreed to travel to Israel for a qualifying match after first refusing for political reasons. Mohamed Salah will join the Football Club Basel for its UEFA Champions League qualifying game against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday evening, the team announced over the weekend. West Bank settlements join Israel’s list of national priority communities JERUSALEM (JTA) Fifteen West Bank settlements were added to the list of communities approved by Israel’s Cabinet that are entitled to extra government benefits. Some 90 settlements were among the 600 national priority communities on the list that was approved Sunday. Inoculation drive aiming to prevent polio spread in Israel JERUSALEM (JTA) Israel’s

“Kosher certification was always communal, and then it became something institutional,” said Rabbi Uri Ayalon, CEO of the Jerusalemite Movement, which advocates for religious pluralism and helped bring the restaurants together. “It’s absurd that you can open a kosher restaurant and aren’t allowed to use the word kosher.” The restaurant initiative is one of several that have sought to push back against the rabbinate’s monopoly over Jewish life in Israel. Faced with an institution they see as forcing an extreme reading of Jewish tradition on an unwilling populace, the groups have chosen to sidestep it altogether, providing alternative services to those of Israel’s RABBINATE on page 21 Health Ministry will inoculate about 200,000 children with a weakened, live form of the polio virus in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease after its discovery in wastewater. It is believed the virus was brought to Israel from Egypt; polio was discovered in sewage in Egypt in December. The same virus also is prevalent in Pakistan. Yitzhak Berman, catalyst for Sabra and Shatila massacre inquiry, dies at 100 JERUSALEM (JTA) Yitzhak Berman, who quit Menachem Begin’s government to protest its resistance to investigating the causes of the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre, has died. Berman died and was buried Sunday on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem with a Knesset honor guard, Israeli media reported. He was 100. The former spy made his mark on Israeli history in the wake of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, during which Israel’s Phalangist allies in Lebanon killed more than 1,000 Palestinian civilians in refugee camps from Sept. 16 to 18, 1982.



2013-2014 Back to School Listing Listed are the various programs, Hebrew schools, early-childhood schools etc. offered by the Jewish community of Cincinnati this year. The groupings are broken down into Day Schools, Congregational Schools, Preschools and a few listings of additional programing. PRESCHOOLS Bagel Babies: Mommy and Me at the Chabad Jewish Center 3977 Hunt Rd, Blue Ash Cincinnati, OH 45236 Contact: Chana Mangel Phone: 513-793-5200 Ages: 12 - 24 Months Hours: 5 week sessions on consecutive Tuesday mornings, 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Bagel Babies is an hour-long program for mothers (or caregivers) and their little ones to explore their children’s world through play, song, crafts and circle time. Share Jewish parenting tips. Chai Tots Early Childhood Center 7587 Central Parke Blvd. Mason, OH 45040 Contact: Rochel Kalmanson, Education Director Phone: 513.234.0600 Ages: 6 weeks - 6 years

Hours: Flexible hours from 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Classes begin: Monday, Aug. 19 Affiliation: Entire Jewish community The Chai Tots Early Childhood Center is a Jewish community school, serving the entire Jewish community in the Mason/Deerfield/West Chester area. Chai Tots students range from ages 6 weeks - 6 years and reflect the diversity of the Jewish community coming from a variety of Jewish affiliations and backgrounds. It is the only Jewish Montessori school in Ohio and offers infant care, toddler and preschool programs, and Kindergarten. Chai Tots provides a blend of Jewish and Montessori education offering strong academics stressing life skills, interpersonal relationship skills, and nurturing a love for life-long learning. Benefits include individualized curriculum customized for each student, expansive naturally lit rooms, with low student-teacher ratio. Also offering a flexible schedule, childcare, web cams, yoga, music, Hebrew, Spanish, Art, Tae Kwon Do, afterschool enrichment and a “drop off” sitting service. Separate Discovery Hebrew School. Limited space.

Now enrolling. Cincinnati Hebrew Day School Early Childhood School 2222 Losantiville Road Cincinnati, OH 45237 Contact: Rabbi Zev Pam, Principal Phone: 513-351-7777 Fax: 513-351-7794 Ages: 2-5 years Hours: 2-year-olds, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 3-year-olds, 8:30 a.m.12:45 p.m. (extended care options until 2:30 or 4 p.m); 4- and 5year-olds, 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. or 8:45 - 4 p.m. Classes begin: Monday, Aug. 26 Affiliation: Torah Umesorah CHDS Early Childhood School is licensed by the State of Ohio. CHDS provides a quality educational program for young children in a newly renovated, state-of-theart facility. A curriculum is provided that enhances the social, cognitive, physical and emotional development of each child. JCC Early Childhood School At the Mayerson JCC in Amberley Village 8485 Ridge Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45236 Contact: Denise Schnur, JCC Early Childhood School Director Phone: 513-793-2122

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Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years (full day program); 18 months – age 5 (half day program) Hours: M – F. Full Day: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Half Day: 9:15 – 11:45 a.m. Innovative academic curriculum includes fitness, swimming (full-day), music, cooking, art, and pre-K school skills. Jewish holidays and Shabbat are celebrated with songs, stories, art, special foods, and traditions. Kids love the extensive on-site facilities and play areas. Jewish Early Learning Cooperative (JELC) 3101 Clifton Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45220 Ages: 3 months-3 years Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Classes begin: Year-round classes Affiliation: Unaffiliated The Jewish Early Learning Cooperative’s (JELC) mission is to provide high quality, cooperative childcare and stimulating activities for infants and toddlers in a Jewish environment. The goal of JELC is to maintain excellent child-to-adult ratios in a developmentally appropriate, nurturing atmosphere. JELC’s ratios are 3 to 1 for infants and 4 to 1 for toddlers. Licensing capacity allows for 10 infants and 15 toddlers. All Jewish holidays are celebrated through activities, art, cooking projects, parades and prayers. Every Friday, Shabbat activities take place which include lighting the candles, singing, saying the prayers and eating challah. JELC is located in the back of Hebrew Union College. Immediate openings are available. Kehilla (Combined school of Northern Hills Synagogue and Ohav Shalom Gan Mishpacha Preschool Program) 5714 Fields Ertel Road Cincinnati, OH 45249 8100 Cornell Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45249 Contact: Maksim Shilkrot, Director of Education and Programming Phone: 513-931-6040 Classes Begin: Sunday, Sept. 8 The Gan Mishpacha Preschool Program is a once a month parent and child hands-on approach to Jewish education. This awardwinning program is family oriented and content is based on holiday themes. Judaism is introduced on multiple levels using a wide variety of media. Enrollment is open to non-affiliated students, and children with special needs are accommodated. Rockwern Academy Preschool Program 8401 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45236 Contact: Renee DeBorde,

Registrar Phone: 513-984-3770 Fax: 513-984-3787 Ages: 18 months — Pre-K Hours: Vary by program Classes begin: Aug. 26 Affiliation: Jewish Community Day School Serving children from age 18 months to 4 years, our preschol provides a warm, nurturing Jewish environment. Our curriculum recognizes that a child’s primary method of learning is through play. The foundation for learning Jewish values and traditions begins at this earliest level. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum emphasizes academic, social and personal growth, including Jewish identity and Hebrew language. Additional curricular features include academic orientation through math, literacy, reading readiness, and fine motor skill activities. Newly designed, well equipped, safe indoor and outdoor play areas are used exclusively for our preschool children to develop gross motor skills. In addition, the children receive physical education, music and Hebrew enrichment. Torah Tots 3977 Hunt Rd., Blue Ash Cincinnati, OH 45236 Phone: 513-793-5200 Ages: 2 - 3 years Hours: 5 week sessions on consecutive Monday mornings, 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Torah Tots encourages multisensory experiences that stimulate emerging language, motor development, socializing and bonding between parent and child. DAY SCHOOLS Atara Girls High School 6701 Elbrook Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45237 Contact: Penina Teitelbaum, Principal Grades: (Girls) 9 - 12 Affiliation: Orthodox Atara Girls High School is focused on providing a quality education in conjunction with a Torah value system that can be shared by girls heading toward seminary, university, the professional world, community leadership, motherhood or the many combinations thereof. The school’s vision is to provide a wholesome environment founded upon excellence, where Jewish high school girls from diverse backgrounds will feel welcome and embraced; a place where girls will grow both academically and spiritually to be well-rounded individuals who love Judaism. Cincinnati Hebrew Day School (CHDS) 2222 Losantiville Road Cincinnati, OH 45237 Contact: Rabbi Zev Pam, Principal Phone: 513-351-7777

Fax: 513-351-7794 Grades: Preschool-Grade 8 Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Classes begin: Monday, Aug. 26 Affiliation: Torah Umesorah CHDS provides both Judaic and secular studies; CHDS has an intensive Judaic studies program with an emphasis on textual learning and religious practice. Other features include a rigorous general studies program; state certified personnel; proficiency testing; a fully equipped science lab; art and music rooms; a new computer lab with Internet facilities; and a new state-of-the-art gym for physical education classes. Remedial Judaica programs are provided to assist students with limited Judaic exposure. Rockwern Academy 8401 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45236 Contact: Dr. David Finell, Head of School; Renee DeBorde, Registrar Phone: 513-984-3770 Fax: 513-984-3787 Grades: Preschool (age 18 months) – Grade 8 Hours: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with flexible options for preschool Classes begin: Grades 1 – 8: Tuesday, Aug. 20; Kindergarten: Thursday, Aug. 22; Preschool: Monday, Aug. 26 Affiliation: Jewish Community Day School Founded in 1952, Rockwern Academy is an independent, Jewish community day school in the Cincinnati/Kenwood area for 150 students in preschool – Grade 8. Rockwern offers an academically rigorous and integrated general and Jewish studies program, enriched by a nurturing environment. Students learn in a safe, supportive community that reinforces their Jewish identity and values and builds selfesteem. A Rockwern education ensures that every student achieves high academic standards, knowledge, skills and qualities required to become a confident, productive citizen in a changing, diverse world, as well as a knowledgeable and committed Jew. Students may enter at any grade. Flexible tuition is available. Congregational Schools Adath Israel Congregation – Jarson Education Center 3201 E. Galbraith Road Cincinnati, OH 45236 Contact: Dara Wood, Director of Education Phone: 513-792-5082 ext. 104 Fax: 513-792-5085 Grades: Kindergarten-Grade 7; Grades 8-12 encouraged to attend Mercaz High School Hours: Sunday, 9 a.m.-12:30p.m. Grades K-7 & Wednesday, 4:156:15 p.m. for Grades 2-7; (Grades 8 - 12) Sunday, 6:30-8:30 Mercaz Classes begin: Sunday, Sept. 15

Affiliation: Conservative Adath Israel offers an innovative curriculum that incorporates the study of Hebrew, Bible, prayer, Jewish values, traditions, history, music and bar/bat mitzvah preparations.

Bat Mitzvah Club 3977 Hunt Rd, Blue Ash Cincinnati, OH 45236 Contact: Chana Mangel Phone: 513-793-5200 Grades: Grade 6 SCHOOLS on page 12

12 • BACK TO SCHOOL SCHOOLS from page 11 Hours: Tuesdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Your daughter’s Bat Mitzvah is approaching—a highlight of her life. No matter where your daughter plans to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah, the club is a great way to study, meet other Bat Mitzvah girls, have fun and prepare this great milestone in the life of a Jewish woman. Open to all girls from age 11-12. Beth Adam Religious School 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland, OH 45140 Contact: Roberta Veleta Phone: 513-985-0400 Grades: Preschool to Teen Program Hours: Sunday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Mid-week Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes for 6th and 7th graders, Wednesday, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Classes begin: Sunday, Sept. 22 Affiliation: Humanistic Beth Adam’s Religious School is a vibrant and welcoming com-


munity. Our experienced teachers use dynamic and age-appropriate methods to expose our students to a range of topics. Our curriculum includes Jewish history, life cycle events, holidays, texts, values and ethics, and theology. We encourage questioning. Most important to us is that students enjoy their Jewish experiences so that they continue to feel connected to the Jewish community for years. Our approach is contemporary and promotes personal responsibility and critical thinking. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah program is a two-year course of study during which students learn to read Hebrew and complete a research paper related to the theme of their Torah portion. We are more than a school— we build Jewish connections and community.

Contact: Phyllis Binik-Thomas, Director of Education Phone: 513-868-2049 Fax: 513-868-2069 Grades: K - 7 Hours: Sunday mornings: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Midweek Hebrew: Wednesday Afternoons in Montgomery and Hamilton Affiliation: Conservative Our mission is to inspire and nurture in every child a love of Jewish life and learning. With this love, our children will integrate into their lives a knowledge of Jewish history, language, ritual and text, the values of community, cultural Jewish identity, ethics, prayer, spirituality, tikkun olam (repairing the world) and an understanding of our people’s connection to Israel.

Beth Israel Synagogue Anne E Strauss Religious School 50 N. Sixth Street Hamilton, OH 45011

Chabad Hebrew School 3977 Hunt Rd, Blue Ash Cincinnati, OH 45236 Contact: Chana Mangel Phone: 513-793-5200

Grades: Pre School – grade 7 Hours: Sundays, 9:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Chabad Hebrew School offers a stimulating yet friendly environment where children embrace their Jewish roots and gain a true sense of Jewish pride, no matter their level of observance or affiliation. Discovery Hebrew School 7587 Central Parke Blvd. Mason, OH 45040 Contact: Rochel Kalmanson, Education Director Phone: 513-234-0777 Ages: 6-12 Hours: Wednesdays, 4:15 - 6 p.m. Affiliation: Entire Jewish community Promoting Jewish awareness and education, Discovery Hebrew School offers a stimulating, friendly environment where students embrace their Jewish roots and gain a sense of Jewish pride. The school provides an academic

and enjoyable environment where children of all levels of observance and affiliation acquire a broad knowledge of Judaism. Through Hebrew reading, writing, Jewish history, holidays and more, students gain an appreciation for the joys, values and traditions of the heritage as it is brought to life by teachers whose creativity make every lesson a unique and dynamic learning experience. The hands-on learning style encourages students to be active, rather than passive, learners. The school’s goal is for students to enjoy time spent at Hebrew School so that they are left with positive experiences and a greater appreciation for ongoing Jewish education. The program is carefully blended with games, incentives, crafts, dramatics, family celebrations, and other extra-curricular activities. J-Teens: The ultimate Jewish teen experience 3977 Hunt Rd, Blue Ash Cincinnati, OH 45236 Contact: Chana Mangel Phone: 513-793-5200 Grades: Grade 7 & 8 Hours: Tuesdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m. J-Teens is a club for Jewish teens grades 7 & 8 that meets Tuesday evenings during the school year. J-Teens is more than just a social spot — it equips teens for a lifetime of Jewish experience. Trips, Shabbatons, BBQs, holiday parties, a brandnew and fully equipped lounge/game room, and most of all, captivating lessons, all combine to make J-Teens a unique program. JLI Teens 3977 Hunt Rd, Blue Ash Cincinnati, OH 45236 Contact: Rabbi Yisroel Mangel Phone: 513-793-5200 Grades: High School Hours: Thursday, 7:30 – 9 p.m. Geared to Jewish high school students, JLI Teens offers a fresh and engaging curriculum that challenges teens to think for themselves. The program mixes discussion, debate and a variety of learning activities. They’ve also planned trips and outings. JLI Teens is a great place to socialize and meet other Jewish teens in the community. Pizza dinner included. Kehal Kodesh School of Rockdale Temple: Our Sacred Community 8501 Ridge Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45236 Contact: Margaret FriedmanVaughan, Director of Education Phone: 513-891-9900 Grades: Preschool-Grade 8 Hours: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - noon; Hebrew School, Tuesday, 4:30 - 6 p.m. Classes begin: Sunday, Sept. 8 Grades: 9-12 participate in Kulanu: The Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School on Sunday



evenings, 7 - 8:45 p.m. Kehal Kodesh offers a Judaic curriculum for students in preschool through eighth grade, and a Hebrew program for students in third through seventh grades. Special programs throughout the year include Family Education, class Shabbat services, holiday programs, music, art, and library enrichment programs. The theme for this year is Building Community and will be the vehicle from which we will explore the many ways we form and engage in building relationships within our congregational life, and in the Jewish community locally, nationally and internationally. Students will take an active role in Tefillah (prayer) services and social action projects that center on being part of a community as we pray, learn, worship and serve together. Students in grades 4 - 12 participate in age-appropriate youth groups. Club 456 is for students in 4th, 5th and 6th grades; Rak Noar is for students in 7th and 8th grades; and students in 9th-12th grade are encouraged to participate in Rockdale’s Senior Youth Group — YGOR, The Youth Group of Rockdale. Our opening day program will be an interactive, intergenerational exploration called, “Passport to the High Holy Days” and will feature opportunities for students of all ages to engage in a journey of learning through the lens of the High Holy Days. As a Reform congregation we embrace every family, every child and every learner. Children in interfaith families who are being raised in the Jewish faith and their non-Jewish parent are encouraged to actively participate in the life of the congregation. For additional information, feel free to call the Temple. Kehilla School for Creative Jewish Education — Joint School of Northern Hills and Ohav Shalom 5714 Fields Ertel Road Cincinnati, OH 45249 8100 Cornell Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45249 Contact: Maksim Shilkrot, Director of Education and Programming Phone: 513-931-6040 Fax: 513-530-2002 Grades: Preschool - Grade 7 Hours: Sunday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 4:30-6:15 p.m. Classes begin: Sunday, Sept. 8 Affiliation: Conservative The Joint School of Northern Hills and Ohav Shalom is a creative, family-oriented and individualized program that provides a full array of innovative educational, religious and social opportunities from preschool through grade 7. It offers the study of the Bible, history, prophets, Israel, prayer, Hebrew and current events. Enrollment is open to unaffiliated students. The school also offers an award-winning preschool family

education program once a month. Kids in Action– After-school Enrichment Program 3977 Hunt Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45236 Contact: Rabbi Yisroel Mangel Phone: 513-793-5200 Ages: 5 - 7 Dates: Wednesdays 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. “Kids ‘N Action” is a new and exciting Jewish kids after school enrichment program, for ages 5-7. Children learn Jewish Pride through fun games, crafts and stories. At each meeting, the children explore a Mitzvah and receive exclusive Mitzvah cards to put into their Kids ‘N Action albums. At the end of the class, children are charged with Mitzvah Missions for the following week; successful completion of Mitzvah Missions are rewarded with points in a special ranking system. Temple Beth Sholom Religious School 610 Gladys Drive Middletown, OH 45044 Contact: Rabbi Kari Hofmaister Phone: 513-422-8313 Grades: Preschool-High School Hours: Sunday, 9:30-noon. Affiliation: Reform Temple Beth Sholom takes pride in their small studentteacher ratio and individualized attention to each child’s learning capacities and desires. Their desire to provide their students with a strong foundation in Judaism reflects their congregational mission. Founded in 1903, Temple Beth Sholom is a Reform congregation committed to prayer, worship and study of G-d and Torah within the framework of liberal Judaism. They have the expressed purpose of helping their membership apply the principles of Judaism to personal conduct, family life and communal living. They value the role of women and men as equal participants in community leadership and worship. As a smaller congregation, Temple Beth Sholom cherishes the opportunity to create and nurture their “Temple family” of Jews in Middletown and the surrounding community. Valley Temple Religious School 145 Springfield Pike Wyoming, OH 45215 Contact: Alison Weikel, Director Phone: 513-761-3555 Grades: Preschool-Grade 12 Hours: (Preschool-Grade 8) Sunday, 9:45 a.m.-noon; (Grades 4-6 - Hebrew) Tuesday 6:30-7:30 p.m.; (Grades 9-12) Sunday 78:45 p.m. at Kulanu. Classes begin: Sunday, Sept. 22 Affiliation: Reform Valley Temple’s classes have a strong emphasis on Torah, Israel, holidays, traditions and values. Highly skilled and experienced faculty nurture the students and help them develop their Jewish identities. Valley Temple also

offers family education for all grades and a Hebrew program for grades 4, 5, 6. Families must be temple members to enroll students. Isaac M. Wise Temple Religious School 8329 Ridge Road

Cincinnati, OH 45236 Contact: Barbara Dragul, Director of Education and Lifelong Learning Phone: 513-793-2997 Grades: Pre-K - Grade 8 (Sunday School); Grades 4-6 (Midweek Hebrew School) Hours: (Sunday School),

9:15-11:45 a.m.; (Midweek Hebrew School) Wednesday, 4:30-6 p.m. Classes begin: Sunday, Sept. 22 and Wednesday, Oct. 2 Affiliation: Reform Wise Temple offers many speSCHOOLS on page 20



Asian Paradise a Shangri-La of fusion food experience By Bob Wilhelmy Dining Editor Forget what you think you know about restaurants serving Chinese food in particular and Asian food in general. At Asian Paradise restaurant, you will find fusion cuisine, and the fusion goes beyond your entrée choice. Take it from me, that approach makes a big difference in one’s dining experience. Proprietor Ben Wang says fusion cuisine is a mix and match of the best of Chinese, Thai and Japanese food styles. It’s crosscultural. It is a combination of the food, the service and the elegant ambiance of the place. In addition to all that, he says the cooking process and ingredient approach at Asian Paradise are different from most “Chinese” or ethnically “Asian” restaurants in this area. So what’s different? “We use wok and grill, which is the way food is prepared (in Asian countries, but not in most U.S. eateries offering that cuisine). Not just wok. No MSG. No heavy sauce on the food—so flavors of food comes through,” he said. “Vegetables are fresh and not canned or frozen—that makes a big difference.” The wok and grill process amounts to grilling the meat or seafood for some entrée items, and stir-frying the vegetables that go with the protein. Then the dish is combined with the appropriate sauce, but just lightly dressed and not smothered or suspended in the sauce. The wok and grill process is an added step, but one worth taking, I think. One can both see and taste the difference made by the dual cooking approach. And Wang says that’s how Asians cook. Our server, Shan Lin, brought us a spicy Mongolian beef entrée (pictured), for example, saying it’s a popular dish. For starters, the beef is flank steak and handcut. In many Asian eateries, inferior cuts of beef find their way into such dishes. Also, the beef shows the char of the grill, with none of that pale gray-brown steamed look of wok-cooked beef. The beef literally creates highlights in the mix. The wokcooked veggies include red, orange and green bell peppers, scallions and onions. And the brown sauce dresses but does not swamp the dish. Mongolian beef is a wonderful entrée that clearly supports what Wang had said about the wok and grill approach. Another dish we sampled was the Thai yellow curry with chicken. Diners can choose from a list of protein in addition to chicken,

Ben Wang, proprietor of Asian Paradise restaurant

such as beef and tofu and others. The entrée comes to the table in a covered crock-style dish and is piping hot. The curry is made with coconut milk that creates a thick, creamy, sweet sauce. The dish is loaded with chicken, cut from the breast of the bird, along with snow peas. I ate the curry over steamed brown rice, and again, the presentation and flavor was outstanding. Prior to the entrée dishes, we enjoyed a mongo roll from the sushi bar. Again, Wang gave insight. “Most sushi rolls, they have thick band of rice and less in the center. Not sushi here,” he claimed. He’s right. The rice portion was thinner and the tuna and avocado in the center was proportionately larger. The roll is topped with juicy, sweet slices of mango fruit. Dip that in soy with wasabi mixed in, and it’s a knockout of flavor. Delicious! In advance of the above dishes, we were served wonton soup, served Cantonese style, and a spicy vegetable hot and sour soup. The wonton soup is very good, but the hot and sour soup is exceptional. Some of the ingredients are: shitake and needle mushrooms, wood-ear fungi, and small slivers of tofu. The soup is loaded with flavor, with a spicy finish that is impressive, but not overpowering. Again, delicious! Our meal was followed by delicate “pedals” of chocolate, mango and lemon ice cream in

The exterior of the restaurant, at the corner of Fields-Ertel and Montgomery Roads

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Mongo sushi roll

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Roiling region, pessimism behind Kerry’s urgency on peace talks By Ron Kampeas Jewish Telegraphic Agency WASHINGTON – After 20 years of stops, starts and a bloody intifada in between, John Kerry believes he can pull out a final status Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in nine months. What clock is the U.S. secretary of state trying to beat? According to his aides, the one ticking down as Syria and Egypt roil into unknowable futures and Palestinians fume at the prospect of never achieving sovereignty. “It’s becoming more complicated on the ground, and a feeling of pessimism is settling in among Israelis and Palestinians,” said a State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “It’s getting harder, not easier.” On Tuesday, Kerry disclosed few details about a process that has been arranged and conducted largely behind a veil of secrecy. Kerry said said the next round of meetings would be conducted in the region and that Israel had agreed to take steps to ease conditions for the Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The Gaza reference was new. Since the Hamas takeover of the strip in 2007, Israeli confidencebuilding measures have focused only on areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority. “The parties have agreed to remain engaged in sustained, continuous and substantive negotiations on the core issues, and they will meet within the next two weeks in either Israel or the Palestinian territories in order to begin the process of formal negotiation,” Kerry said in an appearance at the State Department flanked by the top negotiator from each side, Tzipi Livni for Israel and Saeb Erekat for the Palestinians. The breadth of Kerry’s ambition is breathtaking given the failure of multiple U.S. administrations over two decades to bring the conflict to a close and end the deep skepticism that exists on both sides. In recent weeks, top Israeli officials have declared the two-state solution dead and talked of managing rather than resolving the conflict. Kerry did not specify which issues are considered “core.” They would have to include not only the borders of a Palestinian state but also the status of Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees – issues that scuttled the 2000 Camp David talks. Since the 2000 talks, the conventional wisdom has been to first address borders and only then proceed to the more intractable parts of the conflict. But the clock is ticking loud enough that it appears to have roused Israeli and Palestinian lead-

ers who had not given an inch since October 2010, when the last round of talks stopped. “Our ability to impact the internal situation in Egypt or in Syria is very limited, but we can potentially impact our relationship with the Palestinians in a way that will increase stability in at least part of our region and perhaps better enable us to cope with the turmoil occurring elsewhere,” said Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to Washington. To get the latest round of talks started, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gave up his insistent demand that Israel reinstate a settlement freeze prior to negotiations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to release 104 Palestinians imprisoned for violent acts dating to before the launch of the 1993 Oslo process. Netanyahu could make such a move in part because he is secure in his government and has the backing of Israelis who for years have told pollsters that they would accept the terms of a final-status agreement negotiated by their government, said Peter Medding, an emeritus professor of political science at Hebrew University. “He does not have anyone ready to jump ship, not at this stage,” Medding said. “There’s a clear warning sign for people to the right of him who feel he’s betraying the settlers, but who feel if they jump out, he has the Labor party supporting him from the opposition. “Those who are unhappy with what he is doing don’t have much of an option.” Netanyahu may be following in the footsteps of other Likud party leaders such as Ariel Sharon, Menachem Begin and Ehud Olmert, hardliners who ultimately abandoned the idea of keeping all the lands Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War. “The question is, what is the alternative,” Medding said. “There is a part of Bibi that understands however terrible it is that a two-state solution is the only way to go as far as Israel is concerned. This may be best way for Israel to proceed in an Arab world which is having its own significant problems.” Kerry has been relentless in pushing the sides to the table, making six trips to the region in recent months and shuttling continuously between Jerusalem, Ramallah and Amman. “This is the man, Secretary Kerry, who showed everyone that nothing can stop true believers,” Livni said Tuesday. “And thank you for that.” Two factors were central to the strategy pursued by Kerry and President Obama, who met Tuesday REGION on page 19

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Dear Editor, As many of you know, my son, Jacob, passed away June 30, 2012. Once again, we will be celebrating his life. Jacob was such a wonderful young man, with so many things going for him. He had completed his freshman year at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Criminal Justice, and, at the same time, he was working 2 jobs. Please join us Sunday, August 18, 2013, at Bechtold Park in Sycamore Township to celebrate Jacob’s life. Once again, we will be in Pavilion A. This is an ALL you

can eat cookout, starting at 12 noon. This past year, Jacob’s memorial fund made a wonderful donation of books to the JCC Preschool he attended, starting at 18 months old, until the time he began kindergarten at the age of five. Jacob was all about giving, and this is a gift he would have approved of! Coming this new school year, (2013-2014), Indian Hill High School will begin the “Jacob R. Hatfield Senior Trip Memorial Fund.” Just another event Jacob cared so much about! His fund also made a special donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in honor of this year’s

poster child, Nora Cooney! The goal of our benefit is to help raise money for, but not limited to, different organizations and groups that Jacob was involved with, at one point in time or another, throughout his life. Money raised is also going to be used to develop a foundation to help any kid, child or young adult in vulnerable and needy times. We look forward to seeing all of you on August 18, 2013! Very Yours Truly, Sandy Hatfield Cincinnati, OH

With Putin’s Iran visit on the horizon, nuclear game proceeds apace By Ben Cohen JNS The victory of Hassan Rouhani in June’s Iranian presidential election has once again thrust the word “moderate” into the center of the agonized debate over western policy towards Tehran’s nuclear program – a debate whose latest iteration centers on the implications of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s planned visit to Iran next month. But what “moderate” actually means in this context remains unclear. If the various western pundits and politicians who have embraced Rouhani are to be believed, this wise successor to the hyperbolic Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offers the best chance for a political deal over the nuclear program in years. Sure, Rouhani recently dismissed Israel as a “miserable regional country,” but relative to Ahmadinejad’s frequent expressions of Holocaust denial and threats to wipe the Jewish state off the map, that sounds rather, well, moderate. As Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former Iranian official now engaged as a Princeton University research scholar, recently wrote, Iranian diplomacy under Rouhani can be expected to adopt a “professionalize[d] tone,” which the U.S. should respond to with a “series of practical positive gestures.” Rouhani is smart enough to realize that winning the confidence of the outside world simply by sounding like more of a statesman than Ahmadinejad is a darn good deal. And that is where the danger lies. For while Rouhani is certainly amenable to talking, he is far less reliable when it comes to the outcome – a final, transparent solution to Iran’s nuclear ambitions – desired by the U.S. and its partners. As with the stalled Israeli-Palestinian negoti-

ations, western policy towards Iran now places more emphasis on process – the simple act of sitting around a table – than it does upon the actual results of such parleys. What that approach ignores, frankly, is the entrenched belief of Rouhani and his fellow mullahs that a negotiated solution to the nukes crisis is not in the interest of the regime. In strategic terms, Iran looks much stronger now than it did one year ago. Its policy of actively backing its monstrous regional ally, the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, is now paying dividends, insofar as the brutal civil war there is turning in Assad’s favor. Additionally, the crisis that has enveloped ruling Sunni Islamists in countries like Egypt and Turkey has not been replicated in Iran, where mass, sustained antiregime protests have been largely absent since 2010. Most importantly, talks with the U.S. are not the only option available to Tehran. The last time Iran took part in talks about its nuclear program, in Kazakhstan back in February, did not, unsurprisingly, yield any concrete results. During those negotiations, Iran received a proposal that would essentially involve a suspension of its uranium enrichment activities and greater openness towards inspection teams dispatched by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a body that has consistently warned against the dangers of Iranian duplicity. In the interim, while western negotiators have anxiously awaited a response that, so far, has not been forthcoming, the Russians have gotten in on the act with a separate initiative. The declared aim of Putin’s Iran visit – the latest Russian media reports have it slated for Aug. 12 or Aug. 16 – is to try and get the negotiations back on track. Close behind

is another aim; Putin wants Iran to purchase Russian-manufactured S300VM Antey-2500 air defense systems. The price tag – $120 million – is a hefty one for a country whose economy has been badly damaged by international sanctions, but then the Iranian regime has never placed the needs of its citizens above its military imperatives. Purchasing such a system would undoubtedly make the prospect of a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities far more risky. At the same time that the Russians weighed in, the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki, who is close to the Iranian regime, offered to play the role of broker between Washington and Tehran. The advantages for Maliki are obvious, in that taking on such a task would further endear him to the Americans without alienating the Iranians. And the initial State Department reaction – “We are open to direct talks with Iran in order to resolve the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program,” said State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell – was pretty positive. Again, this emphasis on process detracts from the far more important challenge of achieving results, thus enabling the Iranians to do what they have always done: buy time while continuing the nuclear program’s development. The only foreign politician to openly express skepticism has been Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “On Iran, it is crucial that we see a change in Iran’s policy, not a change in style, but a change in substance,” Netanyahu recently said. Knowing that Netanyahu is far more isolated than, by rights, he PUTIN on page 19



Can it be that our Torah cares more about a fruit tree than about innocent human beings? Furthermore, the very next chapter and the conclusion of our Torah portion records the law of a broken-necked heifer (egla arufa). If a murdered corpse is found in the field between two Israelite cities with the assailant unknown, the elders of the nearest city must break the neck of a heifer for an atonement sacrifice, declaring: “Our hands have not shed this blood and our eyes have not witnessed [the crime]; forgive Your nation Israel”. (Deuteronomy 21:1-9). Clearly as a postscript to the laws of obligatory and voluntary war found in our portion, the Bible is attempting to caution the Israelites not to become callous at the loss of life, even the loss of one innocent human being. Indeed, the elders of the city must take responsibility and make atonement for an unsolved murder, proclaiming their innocence, but at the same time admitting their moral complicity in a crime which might have been prevented had they taken proper precautions and exhibited greater vigilance in providing protection and adequate welfare services. Once again, if the Torah is so sensitive to the loss of an individual life, how can our Sacred Law command that we destroy women and children? One might argue that a fruit tree, which gives human beings nutrition, the wherewithal to live, is of greater benefit than an individual born into an environment that preaches death to all who reject jihadic fundamentalism or who do not pass the test of Aryan elitism. Such individuals are sub-apples, because they are out to destroy free society. Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin – dean of Yeshivat Volozhin at the end of the 19th century – in his masterful commentary on the Bible, provides the beginning of a second answer. He insists that when the Bible ordains that we “utterly destroy” even the women and children, this is limited “to those who gather against us in battle; those who remain at home are not to be destroyed by us” (Ha’emek Davar, Deut. 7: 1-2). It is almost as though he took into account our war against the Palestinians, who send young women and children into the thick of the battle as decoys, cover-ups and suicidal homicide bombers. We are trained to be compassionate, even in the midst of warfare; nevertheless, “those who rise up to murder innocents, even if they themselves are children, must be killed” if humanity is to survive and

good is to triumph over evil. Indeed, war stinks, but for the sake of a free humanity, we sometimes have no choice but to destroy evil in order for good to prevail. Michael Walzer, in his classic “Just and Unjust Wars,” maintains that a soldier’s life is not worth more than an innocent victim’s life. But if the “innocent victim” has “bought into” the evil of the enemy, or if the enemy is a terrorist purposely waging war from the thick of residential areas because he knows our ethical standards, we dare not allow him to gain the edge and enable evil to triumph. Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas, walks the streets of Gaza not with powerful bodyguards but with five small children, knowing that Israel would not risk harming them. Yes, we must try as much as possible to wage a moral war; but never to the point of allowing immorality to triumph. Our Sages correctly teach: “Those who are compassionate to the cruel will end up being cruel to the compassionate!” (Midrash Tanchuma, Metzora 1, and Yalkut Shimoni 15:247).












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T EST Y OUR T ORAH KNOWLEDGE THIS WEEK’S PORTION: SHOFTIM (DEVARIM 16:18 – 21:9) b.) Ashrah tree c.) Any tree

1. Who works with judges? a.) Litigants (present their claims) b.) Lawyers c.) Policeman or clerk of the court 2. A person should chase which mitzvah? a.) To honor the Shabbat b.) Righteousness c.) Learn Torah 3. Which tree can not be planted next to an altar? a.) Vineyard

yard has to be large enough to qualify as a vineyard. 5. A 20:20

EFRAT, Israel – ‘When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees people, that you should besiege them’ (Deuteronomy 20:19)? Despite the bad press we constantly receive at the hands of the media, I do not believe there is an army in the history of warfare which operates with the degree of ethical sensitivity that is followed by the Israel Defense Forces. We never target civilians despite the fact that our enemy targets only Jewish civilians. We have always subscribed to a policy knows as “purity of arms,” the foundation for which harks back to the Bible, and particularly to this week’s portion of Shoftim. Both Maimonides and Nahmanides maintain that this principle of initially requesting peace before waging war – and for Maimonides that includes the enemies’ willingness to accept the seven Noahide laws of morality (most notably “Thou shalt not murder”) – applies even when waging a battle in self-defense, even when warring against Amalek or the seven indigenous inhabitants of the Land of Canaan (Maimonides, Laws of Kings 6:1; Nahmanides ad loc.). But the verses before the one quoted above render the picture a bit complex, even murky. The Bible prescribes that if the enemy refuses to make peace, then “from those of the cities which the Lord your God has given you as an inheritance, you shall not leave any living being alive; you must utterly destroy them”.(Deuteronomy 20:16, 17). This would seem to include innocent women and children. How are we to understand our compassionate Bible, which teaches that every human being is created in the Divine image and is therefore inviolate, sanctioning the destruction of innocent residents? To compound our question, only two verses after the command to “utterly destroy” appears the curious and exquisitely sensitive Divine charge quoted above (Deuteronomy 20:19): “When you lay siege to a city... to wage war against it and capture it, you may not destroy a fruit tree, to lift an axe against it; after all, it is from it that you eat; so you may not destroy it because the human being [derives his sustenance from] the tree of the field” (or alternatively rendered – “is the tree of the field a human being who is capable of escaping a siege?”).

“from those of the cities which the Lord your God has given you as an inheritance, you shall not leave any living being alive; you must utterly destroy them”.

4. Which tree will exempt a person from fighting in a war? a.) Grapevines b.) Fruit bearing trees c.) Any tree 5. Which tree can not be cut down? a.) Fruit tree b.) Tree used for shade c.) Any tree

3. B 16:21 An Ashrah tree was worshiped as an idol. But all trees are forbidden to plant next to an altar 4. A 20:6 The Torah lists a vineyard, but the Talmud learns any fruit bearing tree. The vine-

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ANSWERS 1. C 16:18 The officer of the court enforces the rulings of the Beth Din. Rashi 2. B 16:20 A person should travel to learn from sages who will teach him wisdom. Ramban

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By Nate Bloom Contributing Columnist At the Movies “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” is a sequel to “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Bolt”, a 2010 fantasy box-office smash. (This film opened on Wednesday, August 7). Once again, LOGAN LERMAN, 21, plays the title character: a modern teen boy who is the son of an ancient Greek god and a human mother. In “Monsters”, Jackson is seeking the Golden Fleece and, along the way, he and his buddies battle monsters and an army of zombies. “Lovelace” purports to tell the true story behind the making of the famous 1972 porno film, “Deep Throat” and covers some of the events that followed its release. Amanda Seyfried stars as Linda Lovelace, the star of “Throat”. Appearing in large supporting roles is: HANK AZARIA, 49, as the film’s director, and ADAM BRODY, 33, as the late HARRY REEMS, who co-starred opposite Lovelace in “Throat”. JAMES FRANCO, 35, has a cameo as Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner. (This film is in quite limited release. But it is being released for on-demand viewing on August 9, the same day it opens in a few theaters). The film, which covers Lovelace’s later claims that she was coerced to make the movie, was written and directed by ROB EPSTEIN, 58, and JEFFREY FRIEDMAN, 61. Epstein has won two Oscars for his documentaries (“The Life and Times of HARVEY MILK” and “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt”). He shared his second Oscar (for “Quilt”) with Epstein. In 2010, the duo made “Howl”, their first feature film. It's about the late poet ALLEN GINSBERG. The new WOODY ALLEN film, “Blue Jasmine,” opened in a couple of cities on Aug. 2 and rolls-out across the country this month. It opens in Cincinnati on Aug. 16. Cate Blanchett stars as Jasmine. Jasmine is described in many reviews as a combination of a younger, WASP version of RUTH MADOFF, the wife of swindler – and Blanche DuBois, the tragic, mentally fragile central character of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Jasmine’s husband (Alec Baldwin) is a Wall St. crook whose downfall leaves Jasmine broke. She’s forced to move into her sister’s modest San Francisco apartment. There she meets and derides her sister’s working class ex-husband (ANDREW “DICE” CLAY, 55) and blue-collar boyfriend (Bobby Carnavale).



Meanwhile, Jasmine is hoping that a rich diplomat (Peter Sarsgaard) will be her lifeline and rescue her from poverty. By the way, look for MICHAEL STUHLBARG, 45 (“Boardwalk Empire”), as the schnooky dentist, Dr. Flicker. Scandal Sidelight As you might have heard, on July 30, the news broke that music mogul and former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell, 53, was expecting a baby with his mistress, Lauren Davis Silverman, 36, the estranged wife of Cowell’s friend, ANDREW SILVERMAN, 37. (Andrew and his brother work for a mega real estate firm his father heads-up.) Family history records indicate that Lauren is not Jewish (her mother is Italian Catholic). According to one report I tend to believe, Andrew’s parents boycotted his wedding because something was not right in the way Lauren “presented.” Cowell, as I’ve noted before, found out as an adult that his late father was Jewish. His mother wasn’t Jewish. Vineyard Tales The original HBO film, “Clear History,” premieres on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 9PM. LARRY DAVID, 63, stars as Nathan Flomm, a character who leaves the company he works for, and moves to Martha’s Vineyard, following a dispute with his boss (Jon Hamm). Floom gives up his shares in the company right before they hit it big with a new electric car. KATE HUDSON, 34, co-stars as his boss’ wife, with LIEV SCHREIBER, 45, in a large, but uncredited role as a Russian gangster (Schreiber is currently starring in the Showtime series, “Ray Donovan,” and Showtime insisted he not be credited). Martha’s Vineyard is also the setting for “The Vineyard”, a new ABC Family reality show (first of eight episodes started on July 23. New shows air Tuesdays, 10PM). It’s about 12 real-life young adults who share a house and work at a restaurant on the island. One is DANIEL LIPSCHUTZ, 20, a hunky Univ. of Wisconsin student, who is a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, the Jewish frat, and also works as a personal trainer. The official show website says: “Outgoing and upbeat with a great sense of humor, Daniel loves throwing parties and hopes to turn his passion into a career. He’s great at bringing people together and making connections but when it comes to his own love life, Daniel just can’t seem to find the right girl.”

FROM THE PAGES 150 Y EARS A GO EDUCATIONAL AND GENERAL INFORMATION BUREAU 40 Bowery, New York. The English, French, German and Dutch Languages taught in SIX months, in private Lessons, by a new and improved method. Special attention given to the correct pronounciation of the French Language. Letters and Documents of every description written and translated in the above Languages. General information and advice–given on all questions. Agreements, Leases &c drawn up with accuracy and dispatch. Pass–ports obtained. For Legal process and Notarial business, Mr. Coster has engaged the services of a well known Lawyer and Notary Public. – August 28, 1863

125 Y EARS A GO LEVI–JERESLAW. – Nathan Levi, of San Diego, Cal., to Flora Jereslaw, of Los Angeles, Cal., Wednesday, July 25, 1888. One of the most elaborate family weddings that has ever taken place in Los Angeles was that celebrated at the elegant residence of Mrs. M. Jereslaw, July 25th. The contracting parties were Miss Flora, the beautiful and accomplished daughter of Mrs. Jereslaw, and Mr. Nathan Levi, one of San Diego’s most enterprising and prosperous young men. The magnificent residence was profusely decorated; many handsome floral designs were scattered all over the house and tropical plants were seen in every nook and corner. The chandeliers were entwined with smilax, and the entire house looked like fairy land. To the beautiful strains of Mendelson’s Wedding March, the bridal party entered the spacious parlor, the bride and groom taking their position under the wedding bell, which was suspended from the archway of the bay window, where the happy couple were united. Dr. Schreiber performed the ceremony. After the congratulations and best wishes all present sat down to a sumptuous repast. The tables fairly groaned under the heavy load of the best dishes the land could afford. Many toasts were given and numerous telegrams read. – August 10, 1888

100 Y EARS A GO On Sunday, July 13, President Arthur B. Kramer, accompanied by Bro. B.S. Scheline of the General Committee and Bro. Max Philipson of Dallas, Texas Lodge 197, visited Gainesville, Texas Lodge I. O. B. B

and participated in an enthuastic meeting of that Lodge. New officers were elected and a plan of propaganda outlined. Addresses were made by all the visiting brethren as was by Bro. I. Zacharias of the local lodge also. Bro. Sam Kahn, who after an exciting race, was elected Secretary of the Lodge, is one of the leading members of the Organization as well as one of the prominent and moving spirits of the Gainesville community. Following the meeting, several new members were admitted to the Lodge. – August 7, 1913

75 Y EARS A GO Benny Goodman and orchestra will be a special attraction in Moonlite Gardens, Coney Island, Tuesday night, Aug. 23rd, according to Edward L. Schott, president and general manager. Benny Goodman’s vogue has been growing steadily and “the swingmaster” is believed to be more popular today than ever. He will be maestro and also soloist, playing his clarinet. Featured also will be Martha Tilton, Lionel Hampton, Harry James, Teddy Wilson, Jess Stacy and Dave Tough. Goodman’s Camel Hour broadcast will go over Columbia through WKRC at 8:30 p.m. Dancing will start at 9 and continue until 1. Noble Sissle and orchestra will open for a week Saturday night, Aug. 20th. Edward S. Horwitz is vice president of the Public Observance Association, sponsoring the Oct. 2nd–4th celebration of the sesqui–centennial of establishment of the Northwest Territory. To defray expenses, souvenir wooden nickels will be disposed of at face with the exception of certain historical numbers to be sold to the highest bidder. Those desiring the souvenirs are asked to send remittance in cash or bank draft or money order to Mr. Horwitz, P. O. Box 525, Cincinnati, plus third–class postage. – August 16, 1938

50 Y EARS A GO Miss Helene Edith King of Roslyn Heights, Long Island, N.Y., and Mr. Millard H. Mack of Cincinnati were married Saturday evening, August 3rd, in a ceremony at the Hotel Pierre in New York City. The double ring ceremony was performed by Dr. Jacob R. Marcus, the Adolph S. Ochs professor of American Jewish History at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and the director of HUC–JIR American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, and by Rabbi Alvan Rubin of Temple Sinai, Roslyn Heights. A reception and

dinner followed. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Leonard King of Roslyn Heights. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. William J. Mack, Sr., and of the late Mrs. Henry C. Segal of Cincinnati. – August 8, 1963

25 Y EARS A GO Entering its fourth school season, Adath Israel pre–school has announced its latest addition to its professional staff – Carolyn Cronstein. She will teach three year olds three days a week. Cronstein’s experience and dedication has been directed at serving young children. A graduate of Lake Forest College, she holds a masters degree in Special Education from the University of Cincinnati. Her most recent experience has been as child development specialist at Cerebral Palsy Service Center for Children, based at Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She held that position for 26 years. Cronstein says her appreciation of the individual needs of every child she has influenced coincides with the philoaophy of Adath Israel preschool – that the consideration of each child and their specific developmental needs must be planned for and implemented. Adath Israel Congregation has designated additional space and a new classroom for Cronstein. Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 7. Leah Salis of Columbus announces the engagement of her daughter, Esther, to Gary Gillett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Cohen (Sally) and the late Dr. Melvin Gillett. – August 18, 1988

10 Y EARS A GO Ophra Weisberg, Yavneh Day School’s principal of Judaic studies, announced, Aug. 5 the appointment of two new faculty members for Judaic studies in the Middle School: Rabbi Hanan Balk of Golf Manor Synagogue and Rabbi Mark Washofsky, Professor of Talmud at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC–JIR). Rabbi Balk is a graduate of Columbia University where he earned his B.A. in ancient studies amd M.A. in religion and education. He received smicha from Yeshiva University. A renowned teacher in Cincinnati, he will teach the book of Exodus at Yavneh. Most recently, he addressed the convention of the Rabbinical Council of America in New York on the topic of “The Role of the Orthodox Rabbi in the Larger Jewish Community.” Rabbi Balk taught middle school students at the Bi–Cultural School in Stamford, CT and looks forward to teaching in Yavneh’s middle school. – August 14, 2003



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PANKEN from page 7 recruit the “best and brightest” to careers in the rabbinate rather than in law and medicine or on Wall Street. “I’d love to see more people who have had significant and meaningful Jewish experiences actually consider these careers,” Panken said. “Unfortunately, for a lot of young folks it’s not the first thing people are talking about as a career choice. “I’d like it to become more of a household term that people really think about. It’s important for us to remind them about the great possibilities. The rabbi/cantor/educator who was so inspiring for you as a REGION from page 16 morning with the negotiators: reassure the Israelis that they would not be sold out and keep as much as possible under wraps. Obama’s March visit to Israel, in which he emphasized the closeness of the defense relationship between the United States and Israel, as well as historic Jewish ties to the land, did much to advance the first element. PUTIN from page 16 should be in holding such a position, Iran has felt confident enough to lampoon him as a warmonger who is always crying wolf. In fact, Netanyahu’s anxieties are firmly based in reality. David Albright, the respected head of the Washington, DC-based Institute for Science and International Security, wrote in a July briefing paper that Iran “is expected to achieve a critical capability in mid-2014, which is defined as the technical capability to produce sufficient weapon-grade uranium from its safeguarded stocks of low enriched uranium for a nuclear explosive, without being detected.” (My emphasis.) Once that capability is achieved, there is no going back. Moreover, for as long as western policy is


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bogged down in the bizarre game of talking about talks, the Iranians have no political incentive to scale the nuclear program back. The only measure that could conceivably slow the process involves tighter Iran sanctions and a stronger effort to close down smuggling routes, and even then, there is no guarantee that the west will gain the upper hand. As Rouhani himself said, back in 2005, “[I]f one day we are able to complete the fuel cycle and the world sees that it has no choice – that we do possess the technology – then the situation will be different.” Yet here we are again, vainly hoping that this time, things will be different, that a regime that has consistently and successfully lied will somehow stop doing so.



Once before I die: a travel writer’s bucket list Wandering Jew

by Janet Steinberg By Janet Steinberg Contributing Columnist “The Bucket List” was a 2007 movie with a plot that followed the terminally ill Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as they traveled with a wish list of things to do before they “kicked the bucket”. As a young widow in the 1970s, I formed my own bucket list and have been scratching it off ever since. My wanderlust gave me the opportunities that follow. Some you can do, some you can’t. I experienced two historic legends that no longer exist. But the memory of those trips will last a lifetime. So hop on my magic travel carpet, and fly with me as I show you some experiences that I have already checked off my bucket list. I hope it inspires you to make your own bucket list. ORIENT EXPRESS: Riding the rails, from Venice to London on the VS-O-E, (Venice SimplonOrient-Express) was an experience – not just a means of transportation. There are many faster, and less costly, means of travel but my 30-plus hour ride on the OrientExpress was a romance with history. It was intrigue, glamour, fantasy, and a byword for luxury and

SCHOOLS from page 13 cial programs such as Gesher (a family education program); after school youth activities, grade level retreats; an innovative prayer lab, a creative B’nai Mitzvah program and a thriving Madrichim (teenage teaching assistants) program. The Wise Temple Religious School is fully accredited by the National Association of Temple Educators. Classes are conducted in a beautifully renovated facility. Each grade follows a unique curriculum. The open room (PreKindergarten and Kindergarten) has a curriculum built around the senses, where students rotate through four different stations. Students in grades 7 and 8 may choose from a number of elective offerings including The Holocaust, Jews Around the World, Comparative Religion, Jewish

elegance. The classic continental train, with the navy and gold carriages, was resplendent in all its romantic glory. All Aboard! Each cabin is ingeniously designed and decorated with oval marquetry (inlaid wood) flowers. The bases for the traditional silk-pleated lampshades were cast from the original mold of the 1920’s. It is impossible to overdress on the Orient-Express and it’s fun to dress with a suggestion of the Roaring 20’s. Long pearls, and a few strategically placed ostrich plumes, can give a period look to evening clothes. The V S-O-E is the world’s most famous train. It is the king of trains and the train of kings. “Murder ON the Orient Express!” Agatha Christie was wrong. It’s murder getting OFF the Orient Express! ANTARCTICA: This frozen continent is “The Greatest Show on Ice.” I really did it. I went to the bottom of the world… to Antarctica, the most hostile continent on earth. This barren, white continent, that thrills the imagination and overwhelms the senses, is a continent of superlatives. While it is the most forbidding, most inaccessible land on earth, it is also the most majestic and most pristine. This harshest, most inhospitable land is also the windiest, the highest, the driest, and the coldest. (Winter temperatures plunge as low as 121-degrees (F) below zero.) Yet this southern land, that contains 90% of the world’s fresh water and approximately 95% of the world’s glacial ice, is the most eerily beautiful continent on earth. If I were Frank Sinatra, I’d croon “I Only Have Ice For You.” THE CONCORDE: The Concorde was a supersonic dream machine! Science, freedom, beauty, adventure… all wrapped up in

one. This ultimate flight of fancy, that shrank oceans and conquered time along the way, whisked me from London to New York in 3 hours and 18 minutes, and, on a second flight, from New York to Paris in a mere 3 hours and 45 minutes. This queen of the sky, that revolutionized the world’s concept of aviation, was likened to a gleaming white monster waterfowl, a giant praying mantis, a big Canada goose, an exquisite work of sculpture, a sophisticated sexy lady, and Superman. It has been said that both Superman and the Concorde drew millions of eyes skyward on both sides of the Atlantic. Both traveled “faster than a speeding bullet;” both had immense power. The Superman/Concorde analogy played out in real time on my first Concorde flight. Hollywood’s gorgeous Superman… the late, great hunk Christopher Reeve, was sitting across the aisle from me. When I asked Christopher his opinion of the drop-nosed, sleeksilhouetted time machine in which we were flying, he replied: “It’s great! I hope they don’t take it out of service…” How sad to think that both Superman and the Concorde have left us forever. TAJ MAHAL: You cannot keep your enthusiasm down; you cannot keep your emotions within bounds when that soaring bubble of marble breaks upon your view. At that moment, fantasy touched reality. My dream was no longer a dream. Standing before the reflecting pool in its idyllic Persian garden, my thoughts flashed to the romantic Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan who had built this tomb symbolizing the eternal beauty and purity of love for his wife. I had to see the Taj at sunrise... when the first rays of dawn distinguished it from the night. I had to see the Taj

at sunset... when the pristine white marble became cool pearl and then warm mauve. To quote Mark Twain: “For ever and ever the memory of my first distant glimpse the Taj will compensate me for creeping around the globe to have that great privilege.” QUEEN ELIZABETH 2: A trans-Atlantic crossing on Queen Elizabeth 2 was my destination of dreams... a classic confrontation of man against the sea... an ocean voyage on what was then the only surviving trans-Atlantic super-liner in a jumbo-jet world. QE2 was a fabulous floating city complete with landmarks and traditions. Passengers were likely to inquire: “What time does this place arrive?” She was an oasis of culture, human comfort, and the grandeur, glitter, and grace of a bygone era. Far more than a means of crossing the ocean, the QE2 was a destination unto herself. At the September 20, 1967 launching, using the same scissors her grandmother had used at the Queen Mary’s launching and her mother had used at the launching of the Queen Elizabeth, Her Majesty The Queen of England cut the ribbon and said: “I name this ship Queen Elizabeth the Second”. Today’s cruise ships may be folksier or friendlier, longer or ‘lithe-er’, cheaper or costlier. But The QE2 will always be what the others are not. She will always be a legend. VIENNA OPERA BALL: I was Cinderella for a night. A horse-drawn carriage picked me up at the hotel and drove me to the Baroque Vienna State Opera House where I was helped from the carriage by a liveried footman. The seats in the opera house had been covered with flooring and the room was magically turned into a cavernous ballroom. Throughout the night I was surrounded by

Artists and Art, American Jewish History and Jewish Film. Library reading programs, music (including the youth choir), mitzvah projects and special programs supplement the curriculum in all grades. Students may attend for one year as a non-member.

what was the first session of the Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School (CRJHS). These students would be the first of hundreds to receive a Jewish education due to the cooperation of the four Reform synagogues in Cincinnati: Isaac M. Wise Temple, Valley Temple, Rockdale Temple and Temple Sholom.The CRJHS has continued to grow throughout the past 25 years. Today called Kulanu, the school has close to 200 Jewish high school students. They represent over 35 area high schools. Kulanu will continue to provide a safe place for Jewish teens from all over the city to learn, to socialize, and to share a part of their Jewish experience with each other.

Cincinnati, OH 45236 Contact: Phyllis Binik-Thomas, Director Phone: 513-792-5082 ext. 123 Grades: 8-12 Hours: Sunday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Classes begin: Sunday, Sept. 8 Affiliation: Conservative, however open to all students regardless of affiliation Mercaz offers hands-on, innovative and discussion-based classes designed to entice a variety of Jewish teens. Classes at Mercaz aim to teach Jewish texts, ethics and history in a way that appeals to today’s Jewish teens. We offer Experiential Jewish Education through the Arts courses including filmmaking, painting and photography. We also offer beginner and advanced Conversational Hebrew courses.

Kulanu — Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School c/o Sheri Kroscher 6626 Hollow Tree Court Mason, OH 45040 Contact: Sheri Kroscher, Administrator Rabbi David Burstein, Director Phone: 513-262-8849 Grades: 9-12 Hours: Sunday, 7-8:45 p.m. Classes begin: Sunday, Sept. 8 Affiliation: Reform In 1982, 184 Jewish teenagers entered one of Cincinnati’s Reform congregations to attend

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beauty. There were zillions of flowers, crystal chandeliers, sparkling candles, and a hundredplus white-gowned debutantes escorted by handsome bachelors in white tie and tails. After the debutantes and their partners whirled to the tune of a Viennese waltz, the words alles walzer (all waltz) were announced. At that point I was politely commanded by my Austrian host Michael to rise to the occasion. “You vill valtz,” Michael strongly suggested. With that he grabbed me by the hand and took me to the dance floor where the Left Waltz was the dance of choice. Take it from me, champagne at dinner followed by a spinning Left Waltz are not a pleasant combination. Though I have been checking off my bucket list for 3-plus decades, I also keep adding to it. It is one list that I won’t allow to be completed. Without travel, my life would have a significant void. To quote the poet Rod McKuen: “There’s a few more lonesome cities that I’d like to see…While the wine of wondering is still inside of me...”

After Crew - After School at the J At the Mayerson JCC in Amberley Village 8485 Ridge Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45236 Contact: Christina Zaffiro, JCC Afterschool Director Phone: 513-761-7500 Ages: Open to the public, grades K–6 Hours: M – F, after school until 6 p.m. After Crew at the J offers FREE shuttle service from many nearby schools. Kids will enjoy plenty of activities in the gym and waterpark, healthy snacks, homework help and many classes such as Taekwondo, dance, sports, swimming and private piano lessons. Membership is not required. First come, first served; limited spaces remain.

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by Zell Schulman There are times when my calendar’s filled with the “Have to Do” things such as doctor appointments, classes at the University of Cincinnati’s Ollie, the weekly visit from my trainer to keep my mind/body in shape. All of a sudden, I know I need to fill my time with “fun” things to do. I check the newspaper, then I go to the “fun” links on my internet looking for art openings, movies I haven’t seen yet or interesting concerts or happenings around town that I’d enjoy attending. Being invited to my children’s home for dinner or having my adult grandchildren over to my condo for dinner is always a treat for me. It’s an opportunity to catch up and having everyone on the same page. There are life cycle events like weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s of your friends children and grandchildren. The ones you feel you need to go to, and

CONSTRUCTION from page 1 really worth striving for. By investing in Cedar Village and other senior services, the Foundation is effectively pursuing that. He added, “The Aquatic Therapy Center provides Cedar Village with yet one more service for those in need of healing, some of whom may be in the most vulnerable moments of their lives. They can find a real source of strength in this facility and its staff.” This is the second phase of an expansion for Cedar Village’s rehab services. The first phase, which opened in July 2011, consisted of renovations that greatly expanded the amount of space devoted to rehabilitation services, including an advanced therapy gym and renovated rooms for short-term rehab patients. Separately, Cedar Village opened a satellite rehab location in February at the Mayerson JCC in Cedar Village offers comprehensive rehab services for people of all ages on an inpatient and outpatient basis with a wide range of medical conditions.

the ones we’re never really ready for, the death of a good friend or family member. I’ve a cubby on my desk labeled, “Invite over for dinner, cocktails, brunch or just to spend a little quality time together.” This “social” cubby holds business cards and contact information of interesting and new people I’ve been introduced to or met while attending a community or social event. As a lady whose life these past twenty years has been involved in the Culinary world, my condo is the perfect place for me to entertain and bring new and different people together. The first thing on my agenda is finding the time and date that will work best for me. I do most of the cooking myself, and recently looked into my freezers and realized I don’t have any more room to add anything. I always keep a casserole or homemade cookies and brownies plus cut up fruits of the season in a wonderful syrup. I prepare. these to go over angel food or pound cake for a quick dessert. You can always find a loaf of New York rye bread for a quick hor de veaus. I spread a little Dijonnaise (good mustard mixed with a little mayo) on the bread and top it with fresh smoked salmon, white fish or a little cream cheese and caviar. Add a great glass of wine, or wonderful fresh lemonade and you have the perfect addition for a good conversation. Sometimes, this is all you’ll need except a reservation

at your favorite restaurant. Remember it doesn’t need to be the fanciest or newest. There is never the wrong place to go, as long as it is comfortable, quiet and gives you the time to just enjoy quality time together. When you really wish to bring new friends and guests that have never met before together, it is a challenge, but sometimes these have been the best parties I have ever had. Mix ages, occupations and a variety of interests together, and everyone will enjoy having the opportunity to meet new an interesting people. They may not have known each other, but before the evening is over you will have one or two exchanging contact information. Believe me, it works. As for something to go with your drinks, I never have more than two or three nibbles to begin with and always have a favorite “nosh” that everyone loves. A winner is always a large bowl filled with a good variety of mixed nuts and dried fruits, with a tiny bit of something spicy added. I usually purchase a good pre-mixed package of mixed nuts and then add my own dried cranberries, glazed pineapple, dark and blonde raisins, cut into small pieces, along with a touch of cayenne pepper. Remember just a small pinch, or you’ll ruin the whole thing. Now that I’ve shared my party ideas with you, I’ve got to get my phone calls made to create another wonderful, fun and interesting time in my condo. Enjoy!

To house the pools, contractors will construct a one-story, 6,200square-foot building next to the existing rehab center. The two buildings will be connected via a 29-foot corridor. The larger pool will vary in depth from just under four feet to five feet. It will be 21 by 50 feet -about 1,050 square feet. It will have a lift that will make it easy for people with mobility problems to enter the water. The two smaller pools will be about nine by seven feet – about 63 square feet each – and used mostly for one-on-one sessions with aquatic therapists. The smaller pools will have floors that can be raised and lowered to provide easy access to patients with mobility problems, including those using walkers and wheelchairs. The floors will be able to go high enough that the pools would have no water in them. They can be lowered with a hand-held remote control to a water depth of six feet. The smaller pools also will have floors that serve as treadmills that can go as fast as 8.5 mph. In addition, the smaller pools

will have underwater cameras with overhead monitors, giving patients and therapists a view to analyze patients’ movements. Jogging in place, simulated bike riding and modified jumping jacks are among the exercises that can be done in the smaller pools. Aquatic therapy is a powerful tool for rehabilitation because the buoyancy of water reduces the stress on joints, minimizes pain, increases the range of motion and allows patients to exercise longer. For example, a patient who can only exercise on land for five minutes, perhaps due to obesity, breathing problems or arthritis, might be able to exercise for an hour in a warmwater pool. The water improves blood circulation and improves muscle tone. It also lessens the chance of injury from falling. And because it’s fun, it improves a patient’s mood, decreasing depression. Aquatic therapy can be used for various conditions, including sports injuries, arthritis, muscle spasms, chronic pain and total joint replacement.

RABBINATE from page 9 entrenched religious establishment. The imperative to circumvent the rabbinic bureaucracy has grown especially strong in the wake of last week’s Chief Rabbinate election, which saw the defeat of a popular reformist candidate and the victory of two sons of former chief rabbis, both haredi Orthodox. The reformist, David Stav of the liberal Orthodox rabbinic group Tzohar, lost in the race for Ashkenazi chief rabbi to David Lau, the son of Yisrael Meir Lau, who held the post from 1993 to 2003. Yitzhak Yosef followed in the footsteps of his father, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, in winning the Sephardic chief rabbi post. “Tzohar tried to fix the rabbinate from inside, to take control of it and fix it,” said Shmuel Shetach, the CEO of Ne’emanei Torah V’avoda, a Modern Orthodox group that supports rabbinate reform. “Even if Rabbi Stav was chosen, the system is too problematic. It’s not appropriate for modern times.” Until now, there have been two major approaches to addressing the rabbinate’s problems: reform and abolition. Orthodox groups generally have opted for the former, arguing that the rabbinate must be maintained as an anchor of Jewish unity. Liberal Jewish groups tend to see the rabbinate as a bastion of haredi Orthodox domination that must be eliminated. Both approaches have failed. Stav lost despite an aggressive campaign with backing from key political figures. Calls for the rabbinate’s elimination have gotten even less traction due to the political clout of the haredi political parties and Israel’s reluctance to change the status quo. Sidestepping measures offer a third way. Some activists are hoping to break the rabbinate’s monopoly on kosher certification. Others want to widen options for Jewish marriage and conversion. Still others hope to help Jewish women seeking a ritual divorce. “The Israeli public wanted a connection to Judaism, and it got a slap in the face from the dealmakers who said ‘you don’t interest us,’” Stav said of his defeat. “But Judaism is stronger than the dealmakers.” A precedent for the workaround strategies exists in the unlikeliest of places – the haredi community. Despite dominating the rabbinate, the community has its own privately administered kosher certification standard and runs its own network of private religious courts. Liberal activists believe that if the haredi community can do it, so can they.

The Israeli Conservative movement has launched a modest kosher supervision program for wineries that adheres to Conservative Jewish law, which allows non-Jews to work without restrictions during the winemaking process. The program currently supervises two wineries and is in talks with another three. It “offers an alternative where people know there is not discrimination against those who aren’t Jewish,” said Rabbi Andrew Sacks, the director of the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly in Israel. Activists also have started to look outside the rabbinate to help women who cannot remarry because their husbands are missing or refuse to give them a religious writ of divorce, or get. Batya Kehana-Dror, the head of a group that advocates for these women, hopes the new chief rabbis will find Jewish legal solutions for these so-called chained women, or agunot. But if they don’t, Kehana-Dror plans to convene a private religious court of three rabbis who have proven themselves willing to be more creative with Jewish law. “If the [chief rabbis] make a move toward finding a solution for agunot, it could be great news,” Kehana-Dror said. “When they don’t give us a solution, we’ll go to a private organization.” Critics of the Chief Rabbinate achieved a groundbreaking victory last year when Israel’s Supreme Court mandated for the first time that non-Orthodox rabbis in rural communities receive state salaries should they meet certain criteria. This year, the ruling was extended to Conservative and Reform rabbis in Israeli cities. The rabbis should begin receiving state paychecks later this year. Shetach of the Modern Orthodox group Ne’emanei Torah V’avoda hopes to extend the precedent of those court decisions to all of Israel’s religious services, which in his vision would operate like the country’s medical system: The government would fund several overarching religious communities, and citizens could choose the one that best suits them, just as they choose among several publicly funded health care networks. The plan would gradually limit the rabbinate’s powers rather than abolish the body – a goal Shetach sees as more realistic than fighting it head-on. “Even among the Orthodox there’s an understanding emerging that the struggle against reform is superfluous,” Shetach told JTA. “There’s reform of budgeting for rabbis anyway, so we say to the Orthodox, ‘What will [fighting] bring you?’ “



D EATH N OTICES ALTSHOOL, John age 81, died on July 29, 2013; 22 Av, 5773. SELONICK, Peggy age 83, died on July 30, 2013; 24 Av, 5773. FEIGELSON, Marilyn “Mike” age 88, died on July 30, 2013; 23 Av, 5773.

O BITUARIES ALTSHOOL, John John Louis Altshool of Cincinnati, Ohio, died on July 29, 2013, at the age of 81 following a long battle with cancer. His daughter, Janet, said, “he had a full head of hair and didn’t have a grey hair on his head.” John was born December 19, 1931, to Jeanette (Kahn) and Stuart Altshool, whose families settled in Cincinnati in the 1800s. He attended Walnut Hills High School and Miami University of Ohio, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business in 1953. John spent his career as a technical writer. He told his daughter, “I

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was a technical writer before the term was coined.” John was based in with the Air Force at the Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico just after the Korean War where he met his first wife Elsa. After working as a stock broker in Las Cruces, New Mexico in the early 1960’s he once again made use of his talents as a technical writer. He first worked for Via a NASA

subsidiary and the later directly for NASA at Las Cruces. John’s group worked on the space program, in particular on the national effort of putting man on the moon by the end of the 1960s. Later John worked for Crest Engineering in both Oklahoma City and Indonesia. In the 1980s he was hired to write the manual for the refrigeration unit for the South Korean nuclear power plants. John, a self-described “train freak” since childhood, said his biggest train thrill was riding through the Chunnel. A member of the Friends of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, he volunteered annually to help restore the 1880s narrow gauge railroad cars in Chama, New Mexico. He was a founding member of the Model Railroad club in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After moving back to Cincinnati in the 1970s John purchased a house with a very large basement. His daughter said that his basement was completely full of tracks and models of all different sizes and gauges with a small area for the laundry relegated to a corner. An active alumnus, John had a life-long love for Camp Nebagamon where he had been a young camper and counselor. He helped found the Imogene McGrath Memorial Library in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin. Since children’s magazines were difficult to buy at newsstands John subscribed to every child’s magazine that he could find to help stock the library. John’s keen memory fuelled his passion for genealogy and history. Other past and current memberships include the Blue Lodge Masons, National Model Railroad Association (Division 7), Society for Technical Communications, Old Brule Historical Society, Walnut Hills High School Alumni Association and Rockdale Temple. John was a founding member of Las Cruces Community Theater, Dona Ana County Historical Society and spent many weekends building sets – this was before the days when portable pre-built sets were readily available. As a member of the Cincinnati Choral Society he had the opportunity to give a concert at Carnegie Hall and to tour Europe giving performances. John is survived by his wife of 16 years, Lynn Bachmann Altshool of




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Cincinnati and her family; his daughter from his marriage to Elsa Freudenthal Altshool, Janet Altshool and her wife, Deborah LeRose of Vancouver, Canada; and his sister, Marjorie Holland of Atlanta, Georgia. He was predeceased by his sister, Jane Levy of Jackson, Mississippi. At his request, John’s body was donated to the University of Cincinnati Medical School. A memorial service will be held at Rockdale Temple, 8501 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, on Friday, August 9 at 2 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Walnut Hills High School Alumni Association, Camp Nebagamon Scholarship Fund or a charity of your choice. FEIGELSON, Marilyn Marilyn “Mike” Feigelson nee Tunick was born in Bay Ridge, NY to Samuel and Martha Tunick on October 2, 1924. She was born at the family home on Colonial Drive where she grew up with her brother, Julian. She met her future husband, Howard, at the age of 13 when their families vacationed separately at the same place. Both she and Howard went to the same summer camp. Mike started college at University of Miami, then transferred to University of Alabama where she completed her degree. Mike and Howard were married on June 1, 1946 after Howard returned from service in World War II. They moved to Cincinnati where Howard would attend medical school; later he would specialize in Nuclear Medicine and Radiology. During this time Mike worked as a secretary. In 1950 they had their first of what would be seven children. Mike was married to Howard for close to 63 years. She shared a loving and beautiful relationship with him that has been an inspiration to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. At her funeral, Rabbi Wise commented that all seven of her children shared with him that Mike’s three foundational values were her family, education and her faith. She was a strong and strong willed person, a person of views and opinions and an extraordinarily lovWISE from page 3 many upcoming events.” Valerie Friedman commented, “I originally planned to attend only the July event to meet the new rabbis, but it was such a nice evening, I plan to come to the August 16 Blue Jeans Shabbat as well.” Whether you participated in Blue Shabbat last month or just wish you had, join Wise Temple for another opportunity on Aug. 16. Wear you jeans or other casual wear to services at 6:15 p.m.. Stay for the BBQ at 7:15 p.m.. RSVP required for the BBQ by calling the Temple office. Aug. 16 is a great chance to

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ing, generous, nurturing and rolemodeling mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mike’s passion and energy was put into raising her children and then being a key part of their lives as well as the lives of her many – 19 – grandchildren. Despite the effort required to raise such a family Mike was active in outside activities as well. She was a lifelong supporter of the Cincinnati Opera and was not just an opera devotee but also served on the Board of Trustees of the organization for many years. She was an avid bridge player and a casual Mahjongg player. Mike was a member of Adath Israel Synagogue since 1968. She had many friends and acquaintances who she loved and who loved her. Mike wore her heart on her sleeve, was a fearless champion of causes and people she believed in. Mike passed away peacefully July 30, 2013, beloved wife of the late Howard H. Feigelson, M.D., devoted mother of Marsha & Chuck Owen, Peggy & Emanuel Roth, Judy Levy, Geri Feigelson, Shelly & Barry Igdaloff, Daniel & Jodi Feigelson & Dr. Bruce & Heather Feigelson, dear sister of the late Julian Tunick, loving grandmother of 19 & great grandmother of three. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 and officiated by Rabbi Irvin Wise at the Adath Israel Cemetery (Price Hill), Cincinnati. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the charity of one’s choice would be appreciated.

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