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Making matzah by hand connects us with the past and with our families. (It tastes pretty good, too.)



Seder in a small town




Jerome Folkman built bridges across the community.



Schottenstein-funded Talmud huge task; took 100 scholars and 14 years of work


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It’s been at least 10 years since I last celebrated a holiday at Barbara and David Adlers’ house. The three of us Sternberg kids – Ruth, Mathew and David – correspond to the ages of their three kids – Jonathan, Jeff and Jackie. We used to have Passover seder with them every year. We also got together to mark a slew of other holidays and occasions, including Thanksgiving, and the break-thefast after Yom Kippur. We were lucky. The extended Sternberg clan, now based in Cleveland, remains small – only one first cousin, in New York; one remaining grandparent who just moved to Cleveland from New Jersey, and one aunt who moved there from New York. The Adlers were like our “other family.” Sticking together was important when we were kids. We lived in Lynchburg, Va., a town of 30,000 people. Not many were Jews. We had one synagogue, Temple Agudath Shalom, serving about 100 families. Our youth group consisted of maybe 30 kids, and our religious school program comprised fewer than 100. It wasn’t exactly a comfortable place for a Jew. The town was headquarters of the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who founded a Baptist university and holds the pulpit of Thomas Road Baptist Church. Once as I sat in the Lynchburg YWCA waiting for my mom to pick me up after a gymnastics or swimming class, a woman started talking to me about Jesus. I managed to get away just as her tone became more determined. It was not uncommon for one of us few little Jewish children to stand up and give the “what is Passover” or “what is Hanukkah” lecture to the entire third or fifth grade at Linkhorne Elementary


Members of the Columbus Jewish community gather to honor Jerome Schottenstein’s memory and acknowledge his funding of a new Talmud edition, published by ArtScroll. Volumes are pictured in the foreground.

By Ruth Portnoy


Jack Levey likes the challenge of studying the Talmud in its original language. The struggle to understand the Aramaic, he says, is part of the adventure. “If you use something entirely in English, you miss that struggle,” he

said. “It’s like a shortcut to exercise.” On the other hand, he admits, “trying to struggle with the language is terribly daunting.” That’s why Levey, a Columbus real estate attorney, is enjoying learning from the new Schottenstein Edition of the ancient book. Funded largely by the late Jerome Schottenstein, the Value City stores founder, and his family, the

new, more “user-friendly” edition of the ancient work has been sliding off the presses at Artscroll/Mesorah publishers in a steady stream of volumes for the last 14 years. The last one, the 73rd, is due out next year. Mesorah claims the book’s format is why Talmud study seems to have increased worldwide. The edition provides three elements for each tractate: a page of Aramaic and its commentary, a translation of the page highlighting key phrases and footnotes that explain the context of the discussion in a more modern style of English. Some who have studied Talmud for years or who teach in yeshivot have suggested that simplifying the process defeats the purpose of study. But the volumes have been well received. Already they are being published in several languages, including Hebrew and French. The Talmud is a compendium of Jewish law that was transmitted orally for hundreds of years, codified, and in the 18th century organized in the current format, also called the Gemara. It consists of discussions of various points of law, surrounded by remarks by the 11th–century commentator Rashi, which are then surrounded by commentators from later periods. See TALMUD Page 10

Hillel rabbi to take pulpit at Temple Israel this summer By Ruth Portnoy


Misha Zinkow is the new rabbi at Temple Israel. He will leave his post at Ohio State University Hillel to take the position July 1. Meanwhile, Congregation Beth Jacob is continuing its search for a new pulpit leader. The board unsuccessfully offered the job to one of its four top candidates earlier this month. “It will take some time for us to figure out what our next step is,” said Rafe Wenger, search committee chairman. “We may decide to bring some of the finalists back.” Zinkow was one of three Temple Israel finalists. Congregants voted on March 14 to ratify the board’s hiring decision. Search committee members said Zinkow meets all their criteria: able to teach, lead and inspire members

to take active roles in synagogue life. “We were very impressed with everything about him, from his credentials to his delightful, engaging personality, to that he’s right here in town,” said search committee member Artie Isaac. “The president of Hebrew Union College said he’s one of his five or six best students.” Fred Summer, co-chairman of the committee, said, “He really is a great fit for us. It’s unusual to find one person to fulfill that many things we were looking for.” Zinkow, 48, is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles. He earned his master’s degree in Hebrew letters at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in 1982 and completed his rabbinical training at the Hebrew Union College in New York in 1985. See ZINKOW Page 3

Rabbi Misha Zinkow gets the pulpit job at Temple Israel.


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Columbus and Ohio Agudas Achim considering separate-prayer issue again

since 1951, when the current synagogue relocated from Donaldson Avenue on TH E N EW STAN DAR D Columbus’ South Side. However, in the 1980s, more-observant members, under Orthodox Union the direction of Rabbi Alan Ciner, added a chavurah minyan with a mehitzah to questions lack a basement area. It met daily in various synagogue spaces. of a mehitzah But in the fall, the board voted to Members of Congregation Agudas cancel the option. Board members said Achim are taking another look at the 80 percent of the congregation’s 750 issue of providing a separating wall members were in favor of the decision. between men and women during prayer. The decision came two years after about The synagogue’s board voted in 30 families left the synagogue over the the fall to do away with access to a issue and helped found Main Street, or separation – or mehitzah. But the issue Torah Emet synagogue, several blocks is alive again because the Orthodox away. Union is reconsidering the synagogue’s Once again, said Shapiro, the ultilong-time membership. A letter from mate decision “is going to be up to the the union’s president, Harvey Blitz, to constituency.” On Feb. 2, he sent each Agudas Board Chairman Robert Shapiro family a letter asking it to consider said lack of a separation “constitutes an several options: reactivating the mehituntenable reversal of your synagogue’s zah minyan, becoming independent or commitment to accepted Orthodox pracaffiliating with another Jewish organitice.” zation. Shapiro asked that information Members of the OU, which reprebe sent to members about the Union sents 1,000 North American Orthodox for Traditional Judaism and the United congregations, are expected to provide Synagogue for Conservative Judaism. access to separated prayer. Neither organization requires separated Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, prayer. executive vice OU vice president, said Shapiro had called a congregational Agudas’ membership is “under review.” meeting for March 1, but the board But he added, “We’re very interested in postponed it. keeping them attached to the organiza“Before we can have the meeting, we tion.” decided we need to educate the congreAgudas, at 2726 E. Broad St., hasn’t gation,” Shapiro said. Instead, board ���������������������������������������������������� had a mehitzah in its main sanctuary members are meeting with smaller

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Stained glass windows of new Agudas Achim santuary glow in the late evening hours.

groups of congregants for more intimate discussions. Shapiro said the goal is to vote on the issue at the annual meeting in June. Agudas pays $3,000 annually to belong to the OU. The agency provides youth programs, leadership training and educational materials. It assists congregations in finding rabbis certified by the organization. Agudas’ youth group is a member of the OU-affiliated National Conference of Synagogue Youth. Shapiro said he has been told the youngsters can continue to participate in the organization even if members vote to disaffiliate with the OU.

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Lend me your seder plate, your frogs and your charoset recipe Four synagogues are lending their expertise to an evening of discussions and lessons aimed at arming Passover seder participants with the skills to make this year’s celebration more rewarding. Passover University meets for the second year from 7:15 to 9:15 pm. March 18 at Congregation Agudas Achim. Participants can choose two courses, attending one then the other. Subjects include “Four Questions? You mean three....or one, or more?” and “Fabulous Frogs and Beautiful Bugs: Make Passover Your Child’s Favorite Holiday.” Instructors include cantors, rabbis and educators from Agudas Achim, Congregation Tifereth Israel, Temple Beth Shalom and Congregation Beth Tikvah. The event is open to the entire community. The fee is $5 per person. Participants get a discount on items purchased in the Agudas Achim sisterhood shop that evening. For information call Rabbi Michael Ungar at Tifereth Israel at 253-8523.

Teens will travel to attend the March of the Living Jennifer Cassell, a senior at Columbus Torah Academy, and Aaryn Rubin, a senior at Gahanna Lincoln High School, have received the Irv Miller Endowment Award to fund their travel to Prague, Poland and Israel with the March of the Living Tour. The fund honors the memory of Irvin Miller, who was an avid runner and fitness buff. The March of the Living Tour is scheduled for April. For more information, call Folkerth at 559-6223. Nazi stolen art Dialogue Magazine, the Midwest’s leading art and design magazine, seeks Central Ohio residents who believe they (or their family members) had paintings and/or other fine art objects stolen during and immediately after the Second World War in Nazi-occupied Europe. Interviews and research to help establish provenance will be featured in a future issue of Dialogue. If you’d like to cooperate, please contact Julie at Dialogue Magazine, 291-9800.

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Israel guide dogs founder coming to Columbus to raise funds, awareness By Larry S. Pollak TH E N EW STAN DAR D

Noach Brown, founder and executive director of the Israeli Guide Dog Center for the Blind will be in Columbus the weekend of March 19-21. Brown plans to speak in two area synagogues and attend two parlor meetings to raise funds for his cause. The Israel Guide Dog Center provides “another pair of eyes” for blind Israelis, enabling them to be independent and live with dignity while pursuing opportunities for personal and professional growth. The center also enables blind Israelis to have guide dogs without having to leave the country. “There are about 200 guide dog owners in Israel, out of a total blind population amounting to more than fifteen thousand,” said Frank Nutis, one of the

Columbus activists supporting the effort. “Blind Israelis receive their guide dogs and instruction at no charge--even though the cost of each partnership with a dog is $18,000. Our community will raise enough to help at least one blind Israeli have the freedom, independence and mobility that a guide dog can provide.” It takes almost half a year to train the Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds used as guide dogs. Some guide dogs work as long as twelve years. Noach Brown is scheduled to speak at Shabbat services on Friday night March 19 at Congregation Ahavas Sholom,and on Saturday morning March 20 at Congregation Torat Emet, the Main Street shul. Anyone interested in attending one of the parlor meetings on Saturday night or Sunday morning should contact Frank Nutis at 237-8626.

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JCC finds new health provider for senior screenings By Ruth Portnoy


Rabbi Zack chosen for seminar on Modern Orthodox issues Rabbi Howard Zack of Congregation Torat Emet, or Main Street Synagogue, will travel to Masschusetts for the twoand-half day Bellows Family Rabbinic Seminar at the Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Institute. The session offers young Modern Orthodox rabbis opportunities for study, sharing and growth covering many facets of rabbinic, congregational and community life. The event, being held for about 40 rabbis from across the country, focuses on materials for sermons and study sessions on the Books of Leviticus and Numbers, the life of Maimonides and Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion of the Christ.” The rabbis also will work with psychoanalyst, Shana Yocheved Schacter on a broad range of pastoral issues and trends in the Jewish community.

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Blood pressure screenings are up and running again at the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center – and are being held every week instead of every month. The JCC announced that the Columbus Health Department now offers the free screenings from 9 a.m. to noon every Friday. The department also provides basic health screenings, cardiovascular assessments and blood-sugar checks and can provide information on disease


FROM PAGE 1 Zinkow was executive director of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations’ Swig Camp-Institute in Saratoga, Calif., and served as a pulpit rabbi at San Francisco’s Temple Emanu-el and Mount Zion Temple in St. Paul, Minn. There, he and his wife, Rabbi Elka Abrahamson, created a co-senior rabbinate. In 2001, Zinkow joined the staff of the Hillel Foundation at Ohio State, where he has served as director of spiritual life. Zinkow said he has met many people from the congregation over the last few years. “It’s a wonderful congregation,” he said. “It’s very diverse and vibrant and it’s a got a great history. It’s a great opportunity to do social-action work, and an opportunity for worship renewal. People are very interested in adult Jewish learning. It’s got an opportunity for great growth and outreach to members of the congregation who have married people who did not come from Jewish backgrounds.” Zinkow said his Hillel work is rewarding, but he missed serving as a pulpit rabbi. “I was excited about the possibility of returning to that,” he said. Zinkow said he and Elka would like to remain in Columbus. She is director of the graduate fellowship program of the Wexner Foundation. The couple has four children: Elan, 19; Amir, 16; Yael, 14; and Maya, 11.


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management. The nurses also will be able to arrange home visits for those who need them, and can help connect people to resources within the health department or the community. The service is for people of all ages, and a Russian translator is available. The department agreed to conduct the screenings after Mt. Carmel Health Services ended its visits on Nov. 14. The hospital group operated an assessment clinic monthly at the center, and about 40 seniors came in each month to get their

blood pressure and blood-sugar levels checked. Carol Folkerth, the JCC’s associate executive director said the new arrangement is working out well. “We are pleased to provide a valuable service on which so many of our seniors and other community members rely,” she said... “The response so far has been fabulous.” For more information, call the Columbus Health Department at 6451798 or Folkerth at 559-6223.

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By Susan Schubert TH E N EW STAN DAR D

Temple Israel is honoring its late, longest-serving rabbi by remembering his life and the history of the 108-yearold institution. On Friday night, April 9, the congregation will dedicate its remodeled chapel in memory of Rabbi Jerome D. Folkman. He served the congregation from 1947 to 1973. He died in 1993. “He helped the Jewish community become more integrated into the general community. In those days, there was a fair amount of anti-Semitism. He helped the Jews become equals with other religions in Columbus,” said Steve Nacht, member of Temple Israel since 1947 and former temple president.

On Saturday, temple members and friends who knew the rabbi will share a kiddush lunch. Folkman was born in 1907. He earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Cincinnati and was ordained at Hebrew Union College in 1928. He received his master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1936 and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1953. He served as a rabbi at Temple Beth Israel in Jackson, Mich., from 1931 to 1936, then went on to Temple Emanuel in Grand Rapids, where he stayed until coming to Columbus. Both the rabbi and his wife, Bessie, who died in 1990, strove to establish a strong and significant Jewish com-

munity in Columbus at a time when post-war American Jewish life was exploding. “We have dozens of letters from such people as ministers and members of the United Way Board. Rabbi Folkman taught that Reform Judaism is a way of life that you practiced at home, in the community and in the churches. Jewish leadership in the community is more important today than ever,” said Charles Lazarus, president of the temple from 1958 to 1962. David Folkman of San Fransiciso, one of the three Folkman children, said, “My parents worked hard to build bridges with people of different faiths, races and sociological backgrounds. I remember attending an interfaith See FOLKMAN Page 7

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Rabbi Jerome Folkman believed in spreading Jewish values to the community

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School. We explained every year why we would be absent during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and every year showed-and-told all about matzah during every lunch period for eight days. We took for granted that a Christmas tree would decorate the school lobby each winter and the school choir would sing religious hymns. Thank goodness for our mothers. Barbara Adler and Joyce Sternberg strove to create Jewish identity. They took us to temple nearly every Friday night. They became the two-person choir there– even for the high holidays. To keep our attention, Mrs. Adler organized summertime workshops at the temple. That’s where I first made challah. Our parents weren’t Shabbat-observant. But they made sure each of us celebrated as a b’nai mitzvah. We attended Hebrew school and learned how to lead the full kiddush blessing after Friday night services. Passover was extra-special. Barbara was (is) a great cook. The Adlers’ house usually was wrapped in the scent of brisket or chicken and kosher l’Pesach chocolate cake. Somehow, there was always something resembling a shank bone on the plate. (Kosher food could be obtained, through air mail or by driving to nearby Roanoke.) The house was warm from cooking and always full of chatter. Everyone at the table got to read from the haggadah – even those just learning to read full words. When we got to the horseradish, we kids stuffed our faces silly with it, then laughed as tears streamed down our cheeks. The search for the afikomen was a battle of wits. (Once Jeff stole it and hid a “decoy” matzah somewhere else to throw us off the trail). Even after both our families coincidentally moved to Ohio in the late 1970s, we continued to gather, driving or flying in from far away. I don’t see the Adler family much anymore. I don’t have good excuses. Life gets complex. Vacations are harder to come by. Yet I think of those days often. When I light the Shabbat candles or recite the Shema, I hear my mother and Barbara doing the same. When I see 13-year-olds running about the shul, I remember my friends’ b’nai mitzvah parties. Maybe I should plan next year to bring us back together. But we’ll need a good strategy for hiding the afikomen.

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Land exchange budding between Connell’s and Torat Emet Royer said he’s considering several factors, including the cost of demolishing the apartments. He said the city of Main Street Synagogue (Torat Emet), Bexley wants new development, and expects to close on its purchase of three has suggested that certain elements apartment buildings across from the would encourage project approval. shul within a week or two, said Michael . “They’re looking for certain styles Schiff, synagogue president. of buildings,” Royer said. “They’d like But it might not keep the land. to see living quarters above the retail Instead, the synagogue, at 2375 E. store area to provide more housing. Main St., might trade the three lots Frankly, from our point view that’s a for the land next door to the shul, real positive. If we can add some things where Connell’s Maple Lee Flowers like other rental income, it has potenand Gifts now sits. The idea would be tial.” for Connell’s to move to the larger lot Main Street’s board is planning to across the street, and the synagogue to build a larger synagogue. Attendance at take over Connell’s lot immediately to events in the 6,000-square-foot building the east at 2385 E. Main St. has grown since the synagogue began “We’ve had discussions. It’s someholding services three years ago. As thing we are now in the process of many as 150 families now pay full and studying,” said Greg Royer, president of partial�dues. ��������������������� � ������� ������ ��� � ����� � Pennsylvania-based U.S. Retail, which Schiff said there is no design for a owns Connell’s. By Ruth Portnoy


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Hosts needed for Maccabi games By Jeremy Schreiber TH E N EW STAN DAR D

This summer the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center will host the Maccabi Games. The center is seeking host families for 450 of the athletes. The Maccabi Games, Aug. 8 to 13, are the largest Jewish athletic program for teens in the world, and 850 young Jewish athletes will come to Columbus from across the United States and from Great Britain, Poland and Israel to socialize and participate in athletic and Judaic events. The Maccabi staff relies on a large number of volunteers to coach, serve as hosts, help serve meals perform clerical work, supervise athletic events and chaperone evening activities. Interested hosts must take at least two teens, and each one must have his or her own bed. The JCC has free air mattresses for hosts who need more beds. The hosts’ primary responsibilities are to provide transportation and meals. The host also drives the athletes to the JCC and designated pick-up points throughout central Ohio. The Maccabi Games include evening activities, and hosts should provide transportation to those, and should make the teen-age guests feel at home by including them in family activities. Lisa Newmark, a co-organizer of the host-family committee, hosted four boys (three soccer players and one basketball player) from Minneapolis at her family’s New Albany home when the games were held in Columbus in 1999. None of the guest athletes had been to Ohio before, and when the teen-agers weren’t competing, Newmark and her family took the opportunity to show them Columbus. During competition, her family dropped them off each morning at Temple Beth Shalom, which served as See MACCABI Page 8

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FROM PAGE 4 Thanksgiving at one of the neighborhood he taught. We didn’t have a text and he churches. As a result, each of us felt that didn’t use notes – he taught from his we owed something to our community.” heart. He made an impression on me Many who remember the rabbi recall that the Jews, especially those at Temple that he was well known for his pastoral Israel, were a committed group of caring work, especially his visits to local hospipeople who were proud of their heritage.” tals and nursing homes visiting the sick In the Columbus Jewish community, We have a vast assortment of Passover merchandise and dying. The rabbi received several many people remember Folk man’s genthat will help meet all of your holiday needs. awards from the city of Columbus and tleness and concern. the Ohio community, including the gov“They recall the times he sat by their Manischewitz, Streits, Simcha, Empire, ernor’s award in 1968. He also received a hospital bed when they woke up from humanitarian award from the Orthodox surgery,” said Temple Israel’s interim Rubashkin, Mogen David, Baron Herzog, Abarbanel, Coke, Jewish community of Columbus. rabbi, Barnett Brickner. “They don’t Joyva, Stone Creek, Season, Shabtai Gourmet, Vita and many He also served as district president remember what he said, but they do for B’nai B’rith, president of the Ohio remember his caring and presence. He other brands that are Kosher for Passover. Conference of Family Relations and a director of the former Community Chest. Folkman worked with the Mid-Ohio Health Planning Federation, the White House Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation and Hospice of Columbus. The rabbi and his wife worked together closely. “They looked at the Our Passover Kosher Food and Wine Tasting rabbinate that way,” is led by F��� ��� F������’ F��� S������, said David. In addition Rabbi Folkman acompanied on the bimah by harpest Muriel Gundersheimer. to going everywhere S����� L���� B���. with her husband, was someone you could always count on including on hospital visits, Bessie to be there for you.” served Temple Israel as its representaCongregant Linda Nacht said she tive on the National Board of Temple remembers that Rabbi Folkman seemed Sisterhoods and National Foundation for GIANT EAGLE ~ 1250 North Hamilton Road large and awe-inspiring. “You were Infantile Paralysis. She received many always on your best behavior when he ��������������� �������� �������� � ������� � ������ ��� � ����� � Gahanna, Ohio ~ 614-939-5559 award, including the 1972 service award was around. He brought that out in you. from the Franklin County Mental Health He inspired us to feel that the temple Association. was a very special place, and we were David recalled that his parents strove very proud to be a part of it.” to raise well-rounded children who could Elaine Tenenbaum, Temple Israel think for themselves. executive director, said the weekend’s “Growing up as Folkman children theme will focus on the values Folkman was fun,” he said. “Both parents encourbrought to his congregation and comaged us to be independent actors and munity, and will showcase the temple’s thinkers and take responsibility early. history. ��������������� They always emphasized spiritual and ��������������������� The chapel contains archival pieces ethical values. Underneath all this was a ��������������������� from the temple’s former Bryden Road high degree of for respect for kids’ ways ���������������������� location, including Czechoslovakian �������������� of being intellectually curious. It was OK stained glass windows that depict ������������ to challenge our parents. Biblical stories and the ner tamid (eter“Underlying everything was the theme nal light), both moved to Broad Street in �������������������� of love for learning. We had books all ��������������������� ��������������������� 1959. over the house. The basic message was �������������������������� ����������������������� Other Bryden Road pieces are brass that we’re here to enjoy life and con������������������ ������������������ wall sconces, intricate bimah carvings �������������������� tribute to the world, and to make a difand a matching candle stand. They ference by helping other people. I know had been in storage since the move and �������������������� �������������� that my brother, Judah, and sister, Joy, emerged in 2000 to take their places in ������������������������������� would say the same.” temple’s remodeled prayer space. ���������������������������������������� Rabbi Folkman was constantly ���������� ������ ��� ��������� ���� �������� �������� ������������������������������������������� One architectural element of the chainterested in the intersection of Jewish ������ ��� ������� ���� ����� ���� ������ ��������� ������������������������������������������� pel fits with Folkman’s constant message ����������������������� ideas and wider society issues. 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A trip to Drexel Circle - at the corner of E. Broad Street and Drexel Avenue – isn’t necessary to read about American heroes who served in World War II. Instead of viewing a plaque mounted there, “Just come to one of our meetings and I can introduce you to living Jewish-American heroes, including those who served in Pearl Harbor, the Cold War in Germany, Anzio Beach, Korea and Desert Storm,” explains Larry Felsenthal, member and past commander of Capitol Post 122, Jewish War Veterans of the USA, based in Columbus. “One of the main purposes of Jewish war vets is to let Americans know that Jews served America,” he said. But it’s a group whose numbers are dwindling. Seymour S. Weisman, a senior fellow of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, recently detailed the numbers of Jews who served in the military. In an article he wrote, “During the 20th century, nearly one million Jews served in the armed services of the United States according to the following estimated breakdown: World War I, 250,000; World War II, 600,000; Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, 150,000.”

Yet today, about 100,000 are members of the war veterans groups. In Columbus, only about 200 are members. Approximately 25 to 30 members attend meetings on the first Monday of each month at the LeoYasenoff Jewish Community Center. Some decreased interest in the group comes from its changed purpose. The original historical purpose of the Jewish American War Veterans organizations, founded in 1886, was to defend Jewish veterans against those who claimed that Jews hadn’t served in the American military. Members of Post 122 say that times have changed for the better. Korean veteran Saul Laub remembers the discrimination he faced. “They gave you the worst details they could come up with, like throwing you in the kitchen in the grease pit,” he said. “I had an argument with my first sergeant, who refused to let me go to Friday night service. I filed a complaint with the chaplain, who said that would change and right now.” Yet members worry that within 10 to 15 years few active vets will be involved in the post, said Felsenthal. Since its founding, the organization has grown into a service agency for vets who See VETS Page 9







the New Albany transportation site. At the end of the day, they picked up the athletes at the same site or back at the JCC. The hosting program allows athletes from elsewhere to see and appreciate how much work goes into the process, said Newmark. It’s also an exciting way for the athletes to meet other young Jewish people from across the country. Newmark and her husband, Dr. Arnold Good, have a son and a daughter. Toni Good of Bexley has hosted athletes during both of the previous Maccabi Games held in Columbus. In 1995, Toni and Eliott played host to six boys (two basketball players and four tennis players) from Indianapolis. In 1999, they opened their home to six girls (three tennis players, two soccer players and a swimmer) from

Washington, D.C., and Maryland. The Goods said the teens enjoyed spending time with their daughter and two sons. In 1999, Toni said she felt more like she had gained six daughters. The Goods’ sons were at summer camp, and Eliott was the only man in the house. In order to ensure compatibility between the visiting athletes and their hosts, the Columbus Maccabi organizers will match families and athletes using a computer program that considers interests, ages, and religious and dietary contingencies. The registration process takes only a few minutes. To register or find out more information, visit or Interested volunteers also can contact Mike Klapper at 559-6232 or

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FROM PAGE 8 still are struggling to recover from the trauma of war. Most of these veterans are aging and need help advocating for access to local medical care and help understanding their benefits. “We service all vets at the Veterans Administration clinic and hospitals,’’ said Herb Greff, past national commander of the national organization and a member of the Capitol Post. The group helps a few hundred homeless veterans in Columbus, holding a “stand down day” at Veterans Memorial, where it distributes clothing, food, encouragement and help with employment. Bernie Friedman, who served for a year in World War II, added that the post provides college scholarships. Jewish War veterans groups across Ohio are working to maintain and increase membership. Many are reaching out to service personnel with care packages, and working with hospitals and military bases throughout the country to connect with more veterans. The organization also has branched into a women’s auxiliary, which now is involved in creating a Veteran’s Administration clinic in Columbus. Victoria Cantor, president of the newly-established Ladies Auxiliary of Capitol Post 122, said the group has 22 paid members from the Columbus area. It needs more members to support the cause, directed at an enlarged out-patient clinic in Columbus to meet the grow-

COLUMBUS & OHIO ing demand for services. Many veterans seeking care must travel to Cincinnati or Dayton. State legislators have approved the $90-million proposal, and the facility is supposed to open by 2007. But the VA budget still is short. Cantor said, “If we can show numbers here including all vets of foreign wars, not only Jewish vets, as well as those disabled in wars, we’ll have a better chance of raising the money for the clinic.” Jackie L. Jacobs, executive director of the Columbus Jewish Foundation, said the presence of the Jewish War Veterans is “living proof of the fact that they’ve contributed and been full members of the American society disproportionate to our population.” Laub said joining the group today is a matter of pride. “If you served as a Jew, you should be honored to enlist in the JWV to let people know who you are and what we do.” Some Jewish vets don’t feel comfortable joining the group. A Vietnam veteran who asked not to be identified said far fewer Jews served in Korea

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and Vietnam than in World War II. In addition, he said, “I never knew about the group. No one asked me to join.” Laub said some veterans don’t want to be tied down to coming to meetings one a month. “A lot of the men are really getting old and sick and that could be a reason they don’t get involved,” he said. Greff said there still is much veterans can do to help the community. “Don’t become a veteran when it’s time to be buried in a military funeral. Become a vet while there’s time to help your fellow vet,” he said. “The reason you have freedom is because vets served your country and this isn’t the time to turn your back on them with budgetary restraints.” To learn more about Capitol Post 122, contact Chuck Cantor, post commander at 475-5912. For information about the Ladies Auxiliary, contact Victoria Cantor at the same number. To learn more about The Jewish War Veterans of the USA and its publications, go to their website, http://

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FROM PAGE 1 Around the world, Jewish heads bend each day over pages of text pondering questions surrounding marriage, divorce, religious practice and the adjudication of various disputes that arise in business. The Talmud is credited with influencing American jurisprudence. Several years ago, the Ohio Supreme Court approved a continuing legal education course based on Talmud study. Last fall, 48 participants considered “the ancient wisdom of the sages and how it is applicable to modern day legal issues,” said Rabbi Levi Andrusier, education director of the Schottenstein Chabad House. Letter by letter The Talmud edition cost $20 million, with Schottenstein funding about half and the rest raised through private donations, said Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz, chairman of Artscroll/Mesorah Heritage Foundation. The production process was as exacting – perhaps more so – as studying the ancient text. About 100 scholars participated in a multi-tiered process that moved from authors who translated the text into English to editors who scrutinized every line for accuracy and clarity. Readers looked at it again, suggesting notes that might be added or phrases that might be adjusted. Some sections contain illustrations. For example, in tractate Chullin, a discussion of kashrut, Mesorah employed a veterinary artist to draw organs and veins, said Charlotte Friedland, a writer and editor of a variety of other publications at Mesorah. “The Talmud is very cryptic. It requires tremendous expertise,” she said. “You have to have a certain kind of mind that dwells on details and is fascinated by a specific word.” Some of the detailed editing work came

from Rabbi Henoch Morris, the head of the Columbus Kollel. Before coming to Columbus, Morris spent several years on the project, his job to ensure that the translator’s style was consistent. He also reviewed the notes to determine whether they were appropriate and numerous enough. “The copy editor has to put himself in the place of the average reader,” he said. “What will your average layman be bothered by? And what may the average reader not be bothered by – and if I put it in a note, will I confuse them?” Morris worked on various tractates from 1991 to 1995. He recalled the long hours and takeout food. Some editors slept at the Artscroll offices. Morris said his greatest pleasure now comes from seeing others enjoy the fruit of the labor. “My true appreciation developed only after I came to Columbus,” he said. “I saw how many people there were in the lay community -- people who were obstructed from learning the Talmud only by the language barrier. I see them come here and open up the Talmud and study with a partner and review it at home. That’s when I realized I made a real contribution.” Not everyone was thrilled about a new edition. When he heard about the plan to produce the new Artscroll, Rabbi Shaya Karlinsky, dean of the Yeshivat Darche Noam/Shapell’s and Midreshet Rachel for Women in Israel, wrote of his doubts about making Talmud study too easy. Reluctant success Today, Rabbi Karlinsky said he still harbors worries about the fading of true scholarship. But he has noticed many more people from all walks of life want to study the ancient text. “It has created a very positive result,” he wrote from Israel. “People who would not be looking at a Gemara, today are

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studying Talmud instead of spending time less wisely.” Many who start with the Schottenstein Edition also want to move on from it, “seeking to know how to study Talmud independently without reliance on it,” he wrote. Rabbis in Columbus have used the Schottenstein for various study groups, flipping between various other editions in use before, including the Steinsaltz, published in English with select Aramaic phrases, and various editions published entirely in Aramaic. Rabbi Aryeh Kaltmann, executive director of the Schottenstein Chabad House said “the Talmud is one big question and for university students who at that critical point in their lives are asking questions, and the Schottenstein Talmud exemplifies the outreach aspect of the Chabad mission to make Judaism accessible.” Rabbi Harold Berman of Congregation

Tifereth Israel said he has observed that the Schottenstein edition is “accessible and is welcomed by all the branches of Judaism.” Rabbi Gary Huber of Congregation Beth Tikvah uses it with adult education classes. “It’s like having a master teacher with you in the room. I’ve found it be a very good way to teach, especially adults new to serious Jewish textual study,” he said. Levey, who studies throughout the week at Ahavas Sholom, the Kollel or in a private home, said the edition has helped him move along more quickly, yet hasn’t diminshed his appreciation of the original Aramaic “That’s the beauty of the Schottenstein Edition,” he said. “You can work with the actual Gemara for as much or as little as you are capable of before switching over to the ‘trainingwheel’ page.”

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What is the Talmud?

Jerome Schottenstein grew up in the family business, working for his father, Ephraim, a Jerome Schottenstein Lithuanian immigrant, at E.L. Schottenstein Department Store on Parsons Avenue. As a teen-ager, he traveled to New York to buy merchandise. As other Schottenstein stores opened, the precocious young man became an executive, helping manage the growing network of businesses around the country. Eventually, the Value City umbrella included more than 90 companies, including department stores, real estate holdings, a finance company, an air freight operation and Consolidated International. Business was not his only interest. Schottenstein also contributed millions to charity, Jewish and nonJewish. He and his wife, Geraldine, and other family members helped establish the Schottenstein Family Cancer Research Laboratories at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute at Ohio State University. He helped establish Wexner Heritage House and Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center. Schottenstein was a founder and honorary life chairman of Columbus Torah Academy. Schottenstein gave Yeshiva University in New York $1 million to build the Schottenstein student and cultural center. In 1990, directors of the ArtScroll/ Mesorah Foundation asked Jerome and Geraldine about a new project: creation of a new edition of the Talmud. The couple agreed to provide funds. The first volume was published three months later. Jerome did not live to see many more published. He died March 10, 1992. He was 66.

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The Talmud is a compendium of Jewish oral law, codified around the year 500 in Babylonia. Commentaries were added later with the invention of the printing press, and the format studied today was printed in Europe in the mid-18th century. The format presents the original Aramaic text surrounded by commentaries by Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaky), a prolific 11th-century scholar, and others who weighed in later. Subjects covered by the Talmud are wide-ranging and include all areas of domestic, economic and religious life. For example, tractates cover the proper manner in which to slaughter animals, the appropriate vessels and appliances to be used in sacred spaces, laws governing marriage and divorce and the proper ways to handle selection and examination of witnesses. But the Talmud is not a list of laws. It’s a series of debates. Scholars study the debates in pairs or in groups and discuss them to understand the meaning of the original authors. Scholars across the world study the Talmud – also called the Gemara – according to various schedules. The most popular is a page a day – “daf yomi” – completing one cycle of all volumes about every seven and a half years. The last cycle ended in 1997. The 11th-century commentator Rashi end of the next one is in 2005.

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World briefs Poll: Southerners like Jews Few people in Alabama blame Jews for the death of Jesus, a new polls says. A Mobile Register-University of South Alabama poll of state residents found 7 percent blamed Jews for the death of Jesus, while 10 percent held the Romans accountable and 64 percent pinned the blame on all of humanity. The poll also showed that just 11 percent held a ``somewhat” or ``very unfavorable” opinion of Judaism; 61 percent said they would not be uneasy ``at all” if a close relative converted to Judaism. There are 9,000 Jews in the state. A victory for Haider The party of far-right Austrian leader Jorg Haider won a surprise victory in a regional election. Sunday’s victory by Haider’s Freedom Party paves the way for him to retain his job as governor of Carinthia province; it also increases the possibility that he will make a national comeback. Several years ago, Haider praised Hitler’s ``decent employment policies” and described Nazi Waffen SS troops as ``men of character.” He later apologized for the remarks. Aufbau German newspaper to close A 70-year-old German Jewish newspaper begun in New York by emigrants from Nazi Germany may close due to financial problems. Denver synagogue vandalized More than 100 people cleaned swastikas off a Denver synagogue. Sunday morning’s cleaning at the BMH-BJ Congregation came after the swastikas were painted on the synagogue last Friday night. The synagogue’s rabbi, Daniel Cohen, said the vandalism may have been sparked by Mel Gibson’s ``The Passion of the Christ,” which critics say blames Jews for the death of Jesus. Rabbi Cohen is the son of Rabbi Herbert Cohen, the past headmaster of Columbus Torah Academy. Canadian Shabbat vote controversy Jewish members of Canada’s Conservative Party are protesting the scheduling of elections for a new party leader on a Shabbat. ``We are seriously concerned about this,” B’nai Brith Canada wrote to the party’s governing council, adding that many observant Jewish voters could be disenfranchised. All three leadership candidates have expressed concern and asked the council to review the rules and perhaps extend the hours of the advance poll to include Friday afternoon. Anti-Semitism higher in N.Y. Anti-Semitic incidents in New York spiked sharply during the last three months of 2003, a new report says. There were 57 such incidents during the last three months of 2003, as opposed to 31 during the same period in 2002, said the report released by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). But anti-Semitic incidents fell overall in 2003 compared with 2002, according to the New York City Police Department.

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Beyond Columbus Abu Abbas, mastermind of Achille Lauro hijacking, is dead in Baghdad By Ron Kampeas


Even in death, Mohammed Abu Abbas’ journey is fraught with uncertainty. A day after Abbas died in U.S. custody in Baghdad, the Palestinian Authority asked U.S. officials to deliver the peripatetic terrorist’s body from Iraq to Ramallah. The United States is considering the matter. The 55-year old leader of the Palestinian Liberation Front was notorious for masterminding an ocean-liner hijacking in 1985 that ended in the murder of an elderly American Jew and brought notoriety to the Palestinian cause. Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy director for coalition operations in Iraq, confirmed the body transfer request in Baghdad on Wednesday and said the issue was up to the U.S. State Department. Israel, which might be asked to help facilitate such a transfer, clearly would be happier if the leader of the Iraqi-backed Palestinian Liberation Front were to remain in Iraqi soil. ``It’s poetic justice,” Ra’anan Gissin, a top aide to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, told Reuters on Wednesday. ``He started as a terrorist in Iraq, he was brought to justice in an Iraqi prison under U.S. control and he’ll be buried in Iraq.” Abbas’ handful of followers in the West Bank and Gaza cried foul, insisting that the terrorist had been in ``good health,” and accusing the United States and Jewish torturers of colluding to kill him. ``They put him to die slowly in a prison cell, deprived of his freedom,” Omar Shebli, a deputy to Abbas in the Gaza Strip, told Reuters. ``His detention was illegal and his conditions in jail were bad.” U.S. officials are undertaking an autopsy. The Palestinian Liberation Front still is on U.S. Treasury and State Department lists of banned terrorist groups, but the authoritative Israel-based International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism listed the group’s last terrorist operation as having taken place in 1990. Abbas’ death buried the opportunity to put him on trial as an example to those who use terrorism as a political tool. Captured by U.S. forces in Baghdad last April, whatever testimony Abbas gave about Saddam Hussein’s role in funneling money to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers remains shrouded in secrecy for now. U.S. military officials said Abbas died of natural causes. Journalists who had encountered Abbas in Baghdad prior to the American invasion last spring said he appeared to be in poor health. Various governments, including those of the United States, Italy and Israel, had sought to try Abbas over the years for his role in masterminding the 1985 hijacking of the Italian-owned Achille Lauro. But no one yearned for justice more than Leon Klinghoffer’s family. Four terrorists from Abbas’ group hijacked the cruise ship off the Egyptian coast and shot the wheelchair-bound Klinghoffer, 69, in the head and chest as his wife Marilyn

watched. They then dumped his body overboard. Klinghoffer’s family had pressed U.S. occupation authorities to extradite Abbas to U.S. soil to be tried for their father’s murder. ``Our family was shocked to learn of the death of Abu Abbas,” Klinghoffer’s daughters, Ilsa and Lisa, said in a statement released through the AntiDefamation League. ``We have been relentless in our efforts to ensure that

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It hasn’t been long since Sen. John Kerry learned that he had relatives who were killed in the Holocaust. Now Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, is getting documents about the last days of his paternal grandmother’s brother and sister. During a visit to New York on Sunday, the chairman of Prague’s Jewish community, Tomas Jelinek, presented the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research with copies of the original transport lists for Otto and Jenny Loewe -- Kerry’s paternal grandmother’s brother and sister, who were sent to their deaths on Nazi transports. Jelinek said he decided to track down the records in Prague after learning about Kerry’s Jewish roots from American media reports. ``I presented copies of the records to YIVO as a gift and asked them to pass them on to Sen. Kerry,” Jelinek told JTA. ``We know how touching this kind of information is for Jewish communities in Europe and thought it would be of interest to Sen. Kerry’s family.” The records show that Otto, who was born in Budapest, was transported from Vienna to Terezin transit camp -- Theresienstadt -- on transport number IV/7-321 on July 14, 1942. He died at Theresienstadt on June 29, 1943. His sister, Jenny, was transported from Vienna to Theresienstadt on transport number IV/7-319. on Aug. 14, 1942. On Sept. 26, 1942, she was sent from Theresienstadt to the Maly Trostinec concentration camp in Belarus, where she subsequently was killed. Jelinek presented the records at the launch of an exhibition of the works of the late Czech artist Alfred Kantor, who depicted scenes of everyday Nazi brutality during the Holocaust. Kantor, who survived Theresienstadt, produced 127 drawings and sketches from memory after the originals had been lost. Kantor emigrated to the United States after the war and died last year in Maine. Jelinek also was in New York to launch a fund-raising drive for a new $6 million senior home for Holocaust survivors in Prague, called Project Hagibor. The planned 60-bed facility aims to provide round-the-clock care for some of Prague’s estimated 1,500 Holocaust survivors. Former Czech President Vaclav Havel is behind the project. ``In the history of our country, the biggest killing of Czech citizens in one day happened in Auschwitz-Birkenau on March 8, 60 years ago,” Havel wrote in a letter of support for the project. ``Entire families, including children, were killed. The only thing that made them guilty was being Jewish.” Havel said he is afraid that there remains a lot of indifference in Czech society to the Holocaust. ``I am afraid -- something only a very few people admit -- that our present indifference towards this and other tragedies of the past and present makes us accomplices,” he wrote. ``I am very happy that you are meeting today to honor the memory of those who are deceased and at the same time to support a project that should help to lessen the life hardships of those who used to be prisoners in the concentration camps and ghettos, at least in their twilight years,’’ he wrote.

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Israel briefs Hamas P.R. A Hamas fugitive claimed that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan to pull out from Gaza is a victory for Hamas. ``The criminal Sharon was elected to smash our resistance in 100 days. But now the man who used to say Netzarim” -- a Gaza settlement -- ``was just like Tel Aviv is planning to pull out of Gaza with nothing in return,” Mohammed Deif said in a recorded statement released on a Hamas Web site. Deif, a master bomb maker, went into hiding last year after narrowly surviving an Israeli missile strike. Mubarak rejects Egyptian role in Gaza Hosni Mubarak rejected the idea of Egypt maintaining security in the Gaza Strip. Taking charge of security in Gaza if Israel withdraws would be a ``trap set for us, because we would find ourselves in a situation of confrontation with the Palestinians,” the Egyptian president told the French daily Le Figaro. ``And if there is a problem, we could find ourselves in conflict with the Israelis.” Israel and Egypt recently discussed an Egyptian security corridor in Gaza, according to Israeli officials. Annan peace plan U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan reportedly is promoting a new plan for peace between Israel, Syria and Lebanon, Israel’s daily Ma’ariv reported. According to the newspaper, Syria has responded positively to the plan but Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is cool, preferring to put his trust in Washington as the chief power broker in the Middle East. Operation safe bus A U.S.-based interfaith group will provide Israel with security equipment for public buses. Responding to the threat of suicide bombings on Israeli public buses, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews will outfit 1,000 security guards with explosives detectors and other equipment, including baggage-screening devices. The $7.2 million project will cover Israel’s 6,000 public buses, and individual donors can ``secure a seat” for $24. ``We are launching a practical way to protect innocent victims of random terror – one seat at a time, one bus at a time,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the group’s president and CEO. Better than a pen-and-pencil set? A mutual fund that invests in Israeli companies is offering $18 worth of stock to U.S. children celebrating as a bar or bat mitzvah. The Blue and White Fund invests in Israeli firms that are traded on U.S. stock exchanges. Only individuals with a bar or bat mitzvah invitation or a proof from a rabbi are eligible. Purim attack foiled A major terrorist attack planned against Purim revelers in Jerusalem was foiled. According to the Shin Bet, a raid on a Palestinian terror cell in Ramallah prevented a suicide bombing in Israel’s capital on March 6. Further details were not immediately available, but the reported arrests allowed Israel to lower a high alert in Jerusalem that had caused massive traffic jams as incoming cars were searched by police.

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Tight Florida race; GOP seeks edge with Jewish votes By Matthew E. Berger


President Bush’s first salvos against presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry include shots carefully aimed at Jewish voters -- a sign of the community’s importance in key states, especially Florida. The race in Florida looks so close - the latest polls show Kerry and Bush neck-and-neck -- that Republicans are focusing on Jewish votes and financial support. ``If we can get a message of President Bush’s leadership to the Jewish community clearly conveyed, we can make a significant difference,” said Adam Hasner, a Florida state representative who is chairing Bush’s Jewish outreach effort in the state. Bush surrogates have emphasized what they say are inconsistencies in Kerry’s support for Israel, especially regarding Israel’s West Bank security barrier. In a conference call with reporters Monday, Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) cited a speech Kerry gave in October to the Arab American Institute, where he called the fence a ``barrier to peace.” He contrasted that with recent comments Kerry has made to Jewish audiences praising the fence. ``Americans really want strong leadership,” said Coleman, who is Jewish. ``They don’t want leadership that goes and back and forth based on the group he’s speaking in front of.” Democrats have said Bush is just as vulnerable in this area, pressing Israel hard on the fence in 2003 but backing away in 2004, once the election campaign got under way. ``John Kerry has been clear and consistent: He supports Israel’s right to defend itself and views the fence as a legitimate security interest,” said Mark Kornblau, a Kerry spokesman. ``The Bush administration and John Kerry have both questioned the path of the fence, but never Israel’s right to construct the fence or to defend itself.” Coleman acknowledged Bush administration concerns about the fence, but suggested that Kerry’s contrasting comments to Arab and Jewish audiences was a case of pandering. The Bush-Cheney campaign also is highlighting Kerry’s 1997 book, ``The New War,” in which he referred to Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat as a ``statesman.” While acknowledging that times were different then -- in 1997, Arafat was involved in a peace process with Israel and was welcome at the Clinton White House -- Coleman suggested that pro-Israel voters could take heart in Bush’s isolation of Arafat. He called Kerry’s characterization of Arafat an error in judgment. ``Arafat has been a terrorist from the beginning to the middle to the end,” Coleman said. ``It was a grave mistake then to call him a statesman.” In the book, Kerry calls Arafat’s ``transformation from outlaw to statesman” the exception, rather than the rule, in the terrorist trajectory. A number of Republican leaders at the time also met

with and praised Arafat. Bush campaign officials believe that hitting Kerry on security issues will sit well with a Jewish community they believe is inclined to support Bush for his pro-Israel sentiments and is skeptical of Democrats’ positions on the Middle East. But Kornblau said it wouldn’t work. ``This is an effort by the Bush administration and Republicans to distort John Kerry’s record, and they’re not going to be successful,” he said. ``He has been a friend of Israel for close to 20 years in the U.S. Senate, and he will be a staunch friend of Israel as president.” Kornblau was accompanying Kerry on the hustings in Florida, where the Massachusetts senator was ostensibly campaigning for this week’s primary in the state, but looking ahead to November voting. Few have forgotten the pivotal role Florida and its Jewish community -- particularly in Palm Beach County -- played in the election debacle of 2000. Shoring up the state is seen as a key to winning the White House. Kerry said he was setting up a legal team to review every contested vote this November, a reminder of the bitterly contested 2000 Florida vote count. Many Democrats, including many Jews, believe the Republicans stole the 2000 election. The potentially pivotal Jewish role in Florida is not lost on the Republican campaign. Republican activists say their emphasis in courting the Jewish community has changed. Instead of focusing on raising money in the community while leaving most of the votes to the Democrats, Republican Jewish leaders now believe Bush’s Middle East policies could win Jewish votes. Coleman’s conference call was the third Bush campaign media call in nine days to discuss the fence issue. Marc Racicot, chairman of the Bush/Cheney campaign, talked to Jewish journalists after meeting with Republican Jews in Florida Feb. 29, and two Florida GOP lawmakers -- Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Mark Foley -- spoke out on Kerry’s Middle East record March 3. Racicot said he believes Bush can get 30 percent to 35 percent of the American Jewish vote in 2004, compared to the 22 percent he won in 2000. The Florida contest is seen as so close that a chance to pick up any Jewish support is considered crucial. ``We understand they have been inclined to support Democrats, but we feel the president’s policies and his values in regards to the Middle East lead to the possibility to be much more successful in the Jewish community -- not just in Florida, but around the country,” Racicot said. When asked whether he saw Kerry as weak on Israel, Racicot tried to paint the Democratic candidate as lacking leadership on foreign policy issues. ``He hasn’t been strong on the defense functions of this country,” Racicot said. ``He certainly has not addressed the issues with the bright-line devotion and clarity that the president has.’’

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owhere is there a clearer example of our societal obeisance to the arts than Hollywood. The Academy Awards tribute to Leni Riefenstahl provides a vivid example. Riefenstahl was Hitler’s favorite filmmaker. She passed away at age 101 in September, and the Academy recognized her for artistic accomplishment by including her name with others being honored who passed away last year. Riefenstahl produced what many consider one of the best propaganda films ever, “Triumph of Will,” an Aryan-ized view of the 1936 Olympics commissioned by Hitler himself. Riefenstahl brought the art of filmmaking into the service of Hitler’s state with this film. Including her among such giants as Gregory Peck and Elia Kazan is an injustice and an outrage. It is like giving Hitler a posthumous award for public speaking. Joe Farah of points out that Riefenstahl was no neutral in Hitler’s inner circle. He quotes her message to Hitler in 1940 on the fall of Paris: “Your deeds exceed the power of human imagination. They are without equal in the history of mankind. How can we (the German people) ever thank you?” Farah also tells us that Riefenstahl used Gypsy prisoners from a German concentration camp as extras in one of her films. Who then are the people at the Academy Awards? They are no less than those who frame our culture when they portray who we are. Elton John gives us a further peek into their mindset: “Yes, Hitler was evil, but I think it was proper ……She was a great filmmaker and as an artist myself, I think she deserved to be there.” This is the result when we accept artistic license in place of all else. The preceeding was an editorial orginally from the Connecticut Jewish Ledger, which was reprinted by permission.

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LARRY S. POLLAK Now it is women and children sent by Palestinian terrorists to murder Israeli women and children. Fox News reported on March 1 about the arrest of three armed Palestinians from the Nablus area, caught before they could carry out their plan to kill Israeli civilians in Afula. The only thing unusual about the story was the ages of the would-be terrorists: They were boys aged 12, 13 and 15. This is the reality wrought by Arafatism and this is the future of Palestine. The Fox reporter concluded by stating that the boys admitted to everything, because, “after all they are children.” Of course, if the boys had not been apprehended, their ages would have been of no comfort to their victims’ families in Afula. The Ohio Jewish Chronicle published an Associated Press story about the incident; however The Columbus Dispatch did not use it. The Dispatch regularly uses AP wire stories to cover developments in the Middle East. Only the editors on Third Street know why their readers were denied this human interest story that exposes the ultimate in child abuse. One of the most ignored aspects of the ArabIsraeli dispute is the cult of child sacrifice in Palestine’s sick society. From the beginning of the intifada, Arab children have been cynically used by terrorists as pawns in a political game. The children would throw rocks at Israeli

soldiers, and interspersed among them would be Palestinian gunmen firing at the Israelis. When the Israel Defense Forces returned fire, there would inevitably be casualties, including children. Journalists would write about Israeli soldiers killing children who had just been throwing rocks. Another example of the cult of child sacrifice in Palestinian society is the bounty that was paid by Saddam Hussein to the parents of homicide bombers. This practice came to an abrupt end when the United States invaded Iraq last year. It is tragic that a 12-year-old boy would be taken advantage of by Islamic Jihad. We can hardly imagine the extremism that makes possible such a violation of human decency. The operating principle is that historically notorious standard: “The end justifies the means.” And, the end is not establishment of an independent Palestinian state. Israel has offered exactly that, but that is not the main objective of those who recruit pre-teen terrorists. Negating Israel’s existence is the end that justifies any means necessary in the armed struggle. Earlier this year, the Palestinians unleashed a mother of two as a homicide bomber. This month they sent the three young boys. What a glorious revolution they have to be proud of! The late Israeli Prime-Minister Golda Meir famously said that there would be no peace until Arab parents love their children more than they hate us. The emergence of adolescent terrorists indicates that Palestine’s future is still about passing hatred from generation to generation. This is why there is no peace, and it is a story that deserves to be covered. Larry Pollak is a Columbus attorney who frequently comments on the media’s portrayal of events in Israel. He can be reached at

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CATHY LEVINE “The essence of religion is how we treat our fellow human beings. To worship God is not a matter of elaborate ritual, but of alleviating human suffering through justice and compassion.” Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary. The growing numbers of people in our community and nation without adequate health coverage is a direct challenge to our obligation as Jews to care for the afflicted in our midst. Nearly 44 million Americans lack health coverage. In 1998 (the last count), Franklin County had 130,000 uninsured residents; the number today is unquestionably higher.

Myths about the uninsured blind us from the suffering. For example, many people believe the uninsured usually get the health care they need. The truth is that, although anyone can get seen in a hospital emergency room, the care isn’t free. And, it is designed to stabilize emergency conditions. Uninsured people often go without the care they really need, such as treatment or medicine for chronic health conditions like hypertension or diabetes. They live sicker and die sooner. Many low-income, uninsured people are not eligible for publicly funded care. Medicaid, the state/federal health care program, covers only children, pregnant women, parents of minor children, the elderly and the totally disabled, with varying income limits for each category. A non-disabled, childless adult, no matter how poor, is not eligible for Medicaid. A single working parent with two children and income above $15,670 per year earns too much (Medicaid will cover only the children). For over 30 years, Federally

Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) have provided high quality, continuous primary and preventative care in lowincome communities. Locally, Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers, Inc. (CNHC) has seven sites in under-served neighborhoods around the city (however, due to recent funding cuts, they will be consolidating down to five sites). CNHC provides $10 prescriptions and a range of care to the uninsured and those eligible for Medicaid. However, most patients are uninsured; 85 percent have incomes below the federal poverty level and pay only $10 for a physician visit – well below the actual cost of care. Most patients have chronic health conditions, requiring frequent visits, lab tests, and prescriptions to keep them from becoming very sick, very expensive hospital patients – or worse. CNHC is widely recognized as the foundation for community efforts to care for the uninsured. But contrary to common misconception, CNHC is not public. It is a private, non-profit organization, receiving fund-

ing from a variety of sources, including diminishing support from the City of Columbus. In 2003, CNHC was able to treat less than 20 percent of the uninsured. Since then, faced with funding cuts from the city, CNHC stopped accepting new uninsured adult patients and discharged 1,000 existing patients. As a result, every day in Columbus, lowincome people who need ongoing medical care and prescriptions for diabetes, hypertension and other diseases, are going without care. My friend “Conrad” was a patient at CNHC. In fact, a routine screening at CNHC revealed prostate cancer; early detection and treatment saved his life. But recently, he received a letter telling him he’d have to find another source of care, due to funding cuts. Where will he go? How will he monitor his diabetes? What will all the other people do? All CNHC patients are residents of Franklin County. Nearly 20 percent live outside the City of Columbus and CNHC lacks any funding stream for See LEVINE Page 21

Letters to The New Standard Rubinger is irresponsible Dear Editor: I am writing in response to Rabbi Aaron D. Rubinger’s op-ed piece regarding the new Mel Gibson film(February edition). I totally disagree with the rabbi. Why should Jews go see a movie which is full of falsehoods and put out to promote anti-Semitism? By going to such a movie, you would be putting money in Mel Gibson’s pocket, and he has proven himself to be a raging anti-Semite. When I was growing up, I attended a school district which had very few Jewish people. I was, on a daily basis, called a Christ Killer. This fallacy was propagated by the Catholic Church. I never want any other Jewish child to have to go through this and Mr. Gibson’s film will cause that to start happening all over again. Rabbi, by encouraging people to go see that movie, you are acting irresponsibly. Sincerely, Terry F. Diamond N.E. Columbus

TNS showed only minority view Dear Editor: I write to express my opinion that an op-ed piece as controversial and opinionated as Rabbi Rubinger’s - running counter to the prevailing view of most of the Jewish community on whether the Gibson film is anti-Semitic (it is!) - should have been the “op” that goes with the designation “op-ed” page. Standing alone with no opposite point of view was not cricket, as it were. This man has all the credentials of an achiever given his Phi Bet and magna cum laude from a Jewish oriented university, but his argument in this matter demonstrates something else about his resume! I look forward to an editorial or column responding to this incredible and

outrageous view from an ordained rabbi. Who wants to take an “in all fairness” position to the likes of a man who refuses to disown his father’s view that there was no Holocaust? I thought the younger Jewish community such as what your newspaper represents no longer accommodates the kind of “let’s be understanding” attitude when anti-Semitism is the issue. And it is in this matter. Again, I am all for publishing all views, but this column was one point of view which should have been accompanied with the prevailing view of the Jewish community. Irving Sloan Scarsdale, NY

Gibson, my new friend Dear Editor: Man, We Jews are dense...Who’d a thunk Mel Gibson is my hero... What a week: Israel being sued in The International Court for building a fence that steals “palestinian” lands. Somehow the highest court in the world wants to speak to how the Jews have no rights to historic Jewish lands. After all, we ain’t talking about Guam. We’re talking about the lands of Zion. The UN & Other Nations & the Press have changed the term “disputed terroritories into “occupied terroritories.” Wow, were we sleeping? Were there rewrites of (U.N. Resolution) 242 and 338 that changed the words? When did the nation of Palestine exist to have it’s land stolen by those carpet bagging Jews? After all, were not the “palestinians” there BEFORE the Jews? At the same time, that great friend of the Jews, Mel Gibson, has created a new family fun movie called “The Passion of the Christ”... Now let’s be honest...the movie, it’s a gripper.But it’s missing something.... hmmmm Not ONE palestinian in the whole thing... How can this be? Jerusalem was Jewish?

Tell me it’s a lie.... Jews living under occupation in Jerusalem, Hebron, in fact all of historic Israel under occupation by what a concept... Occupied terrorities stolen.... Let’s all thank Mel for his wonderful historic movie.... the one that RIGHTLY show that palestinians have no historic place in Israel... David Bryan a proud Columbus, Ohio, settler Gahanna

TNS highligted the plight of movements in Israel To the Editor: On behalf of the Masorti Movement for Conservative Judaism in Israel, I want to express our appreciation for The New Standard’s coverage of the Shlichonim (Ambassadors) Project that brought three Conservative Israeli teens to the United States as a demonstration of religious pluralism. It is our desire to demonstrate to them how most streams of Judaism in the United States respect and accept each other’s religious practices and interact in a supportive manner. The importance of America’s support for the Masorti (Conservative) Movement as well as for ARZA (Reform), Reconstructionist and all other legitimate forms of Judaism in Israel cannot be understated. The Israeli government does not officially recognize their legal and religious standing nor does it financially support their efforts. And although the Federations (UJC’s) annually send in excess of $270 million dollars to Jewish causes worldwide, only $1 million is contributed to the Masorti Movement with a like amount given to ARZA. This represents nearly 50% of Masorti’s budget which must be allocated to support 55 synagogue centers, provide programming for 35,000 members and employ

the rabbis and professionals who serve them. Putting this in perspective, the entire Masorti budget is approximately the same size as a single 1,200 family synagogue in the U.S. It is for these reasons that I maintain that American Jews, in addition to supporting the Israeli government, must also focus our efforts directly to assist the religious movements that offer an alternative Judaic affiliation for the 80 percent of Israelis who have none. The facts are that Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and other streams of Israeli Judaism are suffering greatly and they urgently need our help. Their only hope for a successful future lies with us. Isn’t it ironic that as much as we support our own synagogues and express our love for the State of Israel, our hearts are unable to connect with the many longstruggling Israeli Jews who have only the desire to live a religious life as we know it here? Contact your rabbi, make a donation and take personal responsibility for supporting Judaism in Eretz Yisrael. Your help is needed now. Jack Roth Bexley The

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SHELDON GLEISSER The problem with Biblical films is the problem of the Bible itself: Interp retation. Does one take a strict interpretation or allow for the poetics of the language? What does one emphasize when telling the story, and why? In Cecil B. DeMille’s 1954 ver-

sion of “The Ten Commandments,” the central conflict of Moses (Freedom=Americanism) vs. Pharaoh (Dictatorship=Communism) can best be understood as Cold War theater. DeMille was a devout anti-Communist who enthusiastically testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Martin Scorsese grew up Catholic in New York, amid the violent crime of a low income neighborhood. A sickly and scrawny child, he fled to the movies as an escape from that life. Many of his films (i.e., “The Age of Innocence,” “Cape Fear”) are about


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the conflict between the way we would like to be seen by the world and the way we really are. The controversy that surrounded Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ” stemmed mainly from short scenes of a future life for Jesus and Mary Magdalene. The couple first is seen lying in bed together. Later, an older, graying Jesus enjoys the company of his children. This is part of a vision Christ is having--or that Satan may be inducing--as Jesus perishes on the cross. Mel Gibson is great at playing people who suffer. It’s hard to come up with a film he made as either actor or director (“What Women Want” is the only one that comes to mind) where he isn’t being brutalized in some way. It should come as no surprise that Gibson’s favorite comedians are The Three Stooges. Gibson in fact produced a made-for-TV movie of their facesmacking, eye-gouging, hammer-to-theforehead life story. That Gibson would choose to make a punishing and graphic version of Christ’s last hours seems as inevitable as DeMille’s Cold War metaphors or Scorsese’s contemplative, human messiah. An American by birth, Gibson grew up in Australia. His father, Hutton Gibson, is an unapologetic Holocaust denier and part of a fundamentalist Catholic sect that does not accept Vatican II. In Gibson¹s film, Jewish High Priest Caiaphus could have been

cast by Leni Reifenstahl, Hitler’s filmmaker. Wrapped in a tallit, the prime mover in Jesus’ execution has deep-set Ayatollah Khomeini eyes and a prominent hook nose. Caiaphus is the villainous equivalent of Edward Longshanks in Gibson’s other epic of rebellion and pummeling, “Braveheart.” While it is historically true that Edward Longshanks was a figure of brutal repression to Scotland, it is also true that he brought many lasting democratic reforms to his native Britain. Yet in “Braveheart,” he’s just the preening, psychotic Bad Guy. There is no hint in either the script or in Patrick McGoohan’s performance of someone who could or would make democratic reforms in England or anywhere else. But it’s not as if there is a coterie of people today who clamor for the fair treatment of ancient British monarchs. Modern Jews are another story. Does the film’s depiction of a villainous Caiaphus and a Jewish crowd screaming for Jesus’ blood make “The Passion” anti-Semitic? Perhaps that question can best be answered by another question: Why does Pontius Pilate come across as such a great guy? One of the most sympathetic characters in “The Passion,” Pilate is shown as a rather prosaic functionary of the Roman Empire clearly in over his head, befuddled by the politics of Judea and appalled by the crowd’s hatred of Jesus. He is the first character who is in any way nice to Jesus, offering him a drink after he’s brought in by the bloodthirsty mob. Later, Pilate speaks earnestly to his wife about matters of truth and decency. The historical Pilate was a brutal dictator and an enthusiastic crucifier of transgressors. He was so cruel to the people of Judea that the Romans removed him for being too brutal, which is like being kicked out of the Ku Klux Klan for being too racist. So why is Pilate shown as a reluctant keeper of the peace, a sort of prehistoric Sheriff Andy Taylor, when Jewish High Priest Caiaphus is just plain Evil? Gibson has said that all there were at that time and place were Romans and Jews; that “There were no Norwegians” back then. But such flip comments ignore why this is such a touchy subject for Jews. Christian anti-Semitism often is cited as an historical underpinning of the Holocaust. Largely Gentile populations in many European nations considered all Jews to have a blood-guilt for Christ’s execution, paving the way for the mass murders that occurred in the wake of Hitler’s rise to power. Many Jews greeted Vatican II as a way of expunging the notion of this Jewish culpability and improving the relations between Christians and Jews. It is neither an idle question nor a sop to political correctness to ask whether “The Passion” could sweep all that away. While Gibson carried no bloodguilt over his father’s beliefs (he has publicly stated that the Holocaust is a fact, although he adds that many bad things happened during World War II and the Holocaust is just one more), one is left to ponder how aware Gibson is of

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Jewish images part of Ohio Historical Society archive photo of Rabbi Nathan Zelizer, who served as rabbi at Congregation Tifereth Israel for more than four decades, and a family preparing for Hanukkah. The opening includes a public program for families from noon to 4 p.m. March 20 and 21, featuring how to analyze a photograph, make a family tree and how to preserve photographs. The Ohio Historical Center is located at I-71 and 17th Avenue in Columbus. Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for students of all ages; free for members. Children ages 5 and under admitted free. Parking is $3. For more information, call 297-2300 or 800-686-6124.

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Photos from the Columbus Jewish community are among those featured in the Ohio Historical Society’s diverse still and moving-image exhibit “Moments in Time: Images from the Ohio Historical Society’s Collections,” on display through Dec. 31. The exhibit explores the range of motivations behind capturing photographic images and describes photographic techniques developed over the years. The images span the 1840s to the present. “Since the beginning of photography, people have been using this medium to capture a moment in time,” said Glenn Peters, the society’s director of museums. “Our visitors will discover the various impulses behind collecting images and will see firsthand the importance of these vital records.” The Jewish images included among the more than 200 selected include a

OSU Students Making Latkes for Chanukah at the B’nai B’rith Hillel one of the many images featured in the Moments in Time at the Ohio Historical Society.

Simpson’s writer makes them laugh at Ohio State Hillel By Reuben Bresler TH E N EW STAN DAR D

To some the TV show “The Simpsons” is an ingenious and hilarious commentary on everyday life. To others it is a horribly disturbing and altogether unfunny show about the worst family in America. Luckily, none of the people who agreed with the second group were at the Ohio State University Hillel March 3 when Michael Reiss, famous for writing and producing many episodes of the cartoon talked about his experiences.


FROM PAGE 18 how many of his father’s beliefs he carried with him. If DeMille wants to make sure we never take the “Under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance, and Scorsese wants to show that even holy men long to be whole men, what is it that Gibson wants to say with this graphic, nightmarish version of the last hours of Jesus: That Christ was treated badly, but you don’t know how badly, and it’s up to me to show you in as much detail as possible? For many Christians, the Resurrection is the most important part of the story, but Gibson treats it perfunctorily, as though he wants merely to leave the story wide open for a sequel. But since Christ wasn’t beaten, whipped, or crucified again, I doubt such a film would interest him. Perhaps the story of the Apostle Peter, who was crucified upside down, would be more Gibson’s cup of tea.

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He showed rare video clips from the life of the beloved Springfield family and excerpts from other shows he has worked on, including “The Critic” and “Queer Duck.” He shared tidbits of timeless Simpsons Michael Reiss wisdom and short stories about his life. Reiss poked fun

at everything and everyone, including President George W. Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger. His remarks reflected the satiric nature of the show’s script, and the reason is why people all over the globe love “The Simpsons.” The show is about Homer and Marge Simpson and their children Bart, Lisa and Maggie, struggling with the familiar challenges of marital and family relations. The series, dubbed “the greatest TV show of the 20th century” by Time magazine, is an irreverant social commentary that pokes fun at Bart’s

under-achieving hijinks, Homer’s beerguzzling mindlessness and brainy Lisa’s struggles to tolerate her wisecracking brother and sometimes just-plain-stupid father. Reiss, who has worked with the show for 11 of its 14 years on the air, recently left for other projects, including writing children’s books. He tries to keep America laughing at itself. Help us grow, support our advertisers and tell them you saw them in The

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FROM PAGE 13 Abbas in absentia in 1986 for hijacking the ship, also had sought Abbas’ extradition. Abbas was born Mohammed Zaidan in Safed in 1948. His family fled the nascent State of Israel the same year for Syria. Abbas’ was one of several late-1960searly-1970s splinters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. His group identified with Iraq; other radical factions were closer to Syria. Abbas’ main legacy to the Palestinians was as a vicious bungler. Prior to the Achille Lauro hijacking, his terrorists were known for two theatrical attempts in 1981 to infiltrate Israel, once by glider, once by balloon. In 1979, another incursion in the northern town of Nahariya ended in the death of an Israeli father and his two

small children. Samir Kuntar, the murderer in that case, is still in an Israeli jail; it is a measure of how irrelevant the Palestinian Liberation Front has become that Hezbollah, not Abbas’ group, is the main organization now pressing for Kuntar’s release. Abbas planned the Achille Lauro hijacking off Egyptian waters to secure the release of 50 Palestinian prisoners, among them Kuntar. In the end, however, his negotiations with Egyptian authorities secured only the safe passage of the four hijackers to Tunisia. The vicious murder of Klinghoffer brought unwelcome notoriety to the Palestinian cause. Abbas didn’t help matters when he told reporters that the wheelchair-bound Klinghoffer somehow had ``provoked’’ his tormentors. Even though the Palestinian Liberation Front was marginal to the PLO, the hijacking helped to further isolate PLO chief Yasser Arafat in the

The New Standard West. Arafat and the PLO were rescued from obscurity only through the first intifada, launched in 1987 by Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip who had little to do with the PLO and nothing to do with Abbas. The popular uprising helped return Arafat to the mainstream, and may have contributed to long-sought U.S. recognition of the PLO in 1988. Yet in 1990 Abbas did it again. At Arafat’s side in Tunis, he sent Palestinian terrorists to raid an Israeli beach south of Ashdod. Israeli commandos intercepted the terrorists before they could inflict any damage – except on the reputation of the Palestinian movement: The United States promptly shut down the U.S.-Palestinian dialogue. Much of Abbas’ time was spent a step ahead of the law. After the Achille Lauro hijacking, U.S. Navy jets forced the EgyptAir flight carrying Abbas and his freed band of terrorists to land in Sicily. Two days later, arguing that Abbas held an Iraqi diplomatic passport, Italian authorities allowed him to go. Italy tried and convicted the four terrorists. Youssef Magied Al-Molqi, who killed Klinghoffer, is still in prison. Their accomplices were also tried, and most were convicted. Abbas subsequently spent time in Tunisia, Algeria and Libya. Since 1994, he made his home in Iraq. He resurfaced on occasion in Palestinian-run Gaza; as part of the Oslo framework, Israel agreed not to seek his prosecution. In exchange, Abbas lent qualified support to the emerging peace process. U.S. Special Forces who raided Abbas’ house near Baghdad last year found Lebanese and Yemeni

passports, thousands of dollars, rocketpropelled grenade launchers and some documents. Abbas had fled north but was turned back by the Syrians. His running days were over. U.S. forces captured him in April. U.S. military officials said at the time that they would interrogate Abbas. No one has said since whether he was of use in tracking down leaders of the Iraqi regime that had sheltered him.


FROM PAGE 17 them. CNHC needs capital funds to expand its tiny sites on the West and South sides and increased operating funds for low-income, uninsured patients. For the past two years, BREAD (Building Responsibility, Equality and Dignity), an inter-faith social justice organization, has asked the Franklin County Commissioners to help CNHC. Other community leaders have asked more quietly, as well. To date, the county commissioners have not acted. Without public and private support for CNHC, people in our county will die for lack of health care. As we approach Passover and celebrate our freedom from slavery, we also need to remember our ongoing obligation to care for the stranger and the poor among us. Cathy Levine is the Executive Director of the Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio. Help us grow, support our advertisers and tell them you saw them in The

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ACTIVISM MARCH 21 Blood Drive Held by the Jewish Community Blood Donor Council, 9:15 am -1:15 pm at Congregation Tifereth Israel. Go to for more information.

MARCH 20 Faith communities united for peace Interfaith prayers for peace observing the first year anniversary of the U.S.-led war on Iraq. First AME Zion Church, 10: 30 am. Contact

MARCH 28 Family Fun Day Friendship Circle volunteers and families learn the ins and outs of authentic matzah baking. Create Passover crafts and receive your own box of shmura matzah. 3:30 - 5 pm. Chabad Center at 6220 E. DublinGranville Rd., New Albany. Call 9390765 /

MARCH 30 Peace Dialogue Interfaith Peace Center dialogue from a communal perspective. Congregation Tifereth Israel, 7-9 p.m. Center specializes in conflict resolution and peace education. For information, call 294-9019.


MARCH 31 Hadassah Halayla Book discussion, If a Place Can Make You Cry: Dispaches from an Anxious State, by Daniel Gordis. 6:30 pm. at the home of Gail Gross-Brown, 1043 Denman Court in Westerville. RSVP 2358111


Israeli Folk Dancing A Hillel tradition continues! Free. Open to the public. 8 pm. in OSU Hillel’s auditorium. Call 294-4797.


Yom HaShoah Columbus Board of Rabbis annual Yom HaShoah commemoration. Congregation Beth Jacob at 7:30 pm.


BOOKS MARCH 21 Jewish Book Discussion Group Discussion about contemporary and classical Jewish literature. A different book each month. 9:15 am. Congregation Beth Tikvah. Contact Janet Golder at

“ Six Triangles,” sculptures by Columbus artist Craig Schaffer, Goldberg Gallery of JCC. Hrs: 8 am to 10 pm Monday thru Thursday; 8 am to 6 pm Friday, and 9 am to 8 pm Sunday. Free. For more information, call 559-6225.

ONGOING THRU JULY 31 Lawrence Weiner Conceptual artist Weiner inscribes an enigmatic message using black bricks inlaid into existing brick paving located at an intersection of pedestrian paths. Wexner Center for the Arts, The Belmont Building 330 West Spring St. near the Arena District, Hrs: 11 am-6 pm., Thu-Fri: 11 am.-9 pm., Sat-Sun: Noon-6 pm.


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Modern Israeli Dance Antidote to Gibson’s “Passion” No experience necessary. All ages. At 7 “Passion for Judaism,” a response to pm. in Hillel’s auditorium. Call 294-4797. Mel Gibson’s film. 8 pm Congregation Beth Jacob. 45-minute video and EXHIBITS discussion with Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, executive vice president MARCH 18 - MAY 2 of the OU; Professor David Berger, Wonders and Miracles: Art of the historian at Brooklyn College of the Passover Haggadah City University of New York and Rabbi An exhibition of historical haggadot. Michael Skobac, Education Director of Columbus Museum of Art, 48- E. Broad the Toronto branch of Jews for Judaism St. Lecture and reception 7 pm April 1. Museum hrs: 10 am to 5:30 pm Tues. – Sun; 10 am – 8:30 pm Thursday. Call 292-0967.

Suicide Prevention The Suicide Prevention Services program is looking for volunteers to staff a 24-hour crisis intervention hotline. Will train. For info call Mary at 299-6600 x2073 or

Book Collection Drop off new or gently used children’s books for the Reach Out and Read Program at Children’s Hospital. Sponsored by Pops Dworkin chapter of BBYO. JCC. Call 559-6378 /


Ohio State University graduate student Todd Delman’s film “Zeev’s Journey” premieres at 6 p.m. April 1 at the Arena Grand Theater, located down the street from Nationwide Arena. The film centers on young Noam, who is motivated to find meaning in suffering when his most beloved possession, his car, is wrecked in an accident. Zeev struggles to understand how one can maintain a consistent view of the world when bad things happen. His journey takes him to wise sages who help him see that one’s attitude and

perspective are the key to being happy with what one has. The story is inspired by a Jewish folk tale. Delman said his film is an attempt to use up-to-date technology to teach about Jewish history and ethics. Delman developed the characters based partly on feedback from a focus group of fourth-grade girls and boys from Columbus Jewish Day School. Delman is a graduate student in the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design at Ohio State. The center is known around the world for pioneering computer and visualization technology. Graduates of the program have produced special effects and graphics for such films as “Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace,” “Toy Story II,” “Titanic” and “A Bug’s Life.” Delman and his wife, Eliza, live in Eastmoor.

22 :: 25 Adar 5764 :: March 18, 2004 APRIL 1 Jewish Folk tale 3-D animation A young Noam, who is motivated to find meaning in suffering when his most beloved possession, his car, is wrecked in an accident. Zeev struggles to understand how one can maintain a consistent view of the world when bad things happen. His journey takes him to wise sages who help him see that one’s attitude and perspective are the key to being happy with what one has. Premieres at 6 p.m. at the Arena Grand Theater, downtown.

FITNESS & WELL BEING ONGOING THRU APRIL 20 100 Days of Fitness 100-mile incentive program; promotes and rewards different levels of fitness. JCC. Call Jody Decker at 559-6207.



Bush: Gay marriage wiped out life on Mars B O R O W I T Z R E P O RT

ANDY BOROWITZ In a nationally televised address last night on the subjects of gay matrimony and space exploration, President Bush revealed that gay marriage wiped out all life on Mars millions of years ago. “The Mars rover tells us that Mars at one time was host to a great civilization, perhaps even more advanced than our own,” Mr. Bush said. “But that civilization and all living things in it were ultimately destroyed by gay marriage.” While the Mars rover has found evidence of water necessary for sustaining life, it has found no evidence of life itself, “leading one to the unavoidable conclusion that gay marriage must have destroyed it,” Mr. Bush said.

Boxing Conditioning Class Led by boxing coach and former pro and Olympic gold medalist, Jerry Page JCC. 6:45 – 7:45 pm. Call Stacy Dyer at APRIL 16 559-6217. The Art of the Hebrew Book Brad Sabin Hill, Dean and Senior ONGOING TUESDAYS Research Librarian of YIVO Institute Kabalates for Jewish Research, lectures on the Combines Kabbalah and Pilates (get various Jewish books. 1:30 pm at The it?) An intense workout for your body Ohio State University Library, room 122. and soul. Class for women with a 10Call the Melton Center at 292-0967. minute Kabbalah lesson by Sarah Deitsch. 7 - 8:15 pm. The Schottenstein APRIL 18 Chabad House. Call Sarah at 378-6217. Finding Jewish Spirtuality in Jewish Life An exploration of three centuries. First LECTURE installment of a five week seminar. OSU MARCH 30 Prof. Matt Goldish lectures on Jewish spirituality in the Chassidic tale. 10 am Understanding the Issues in the Israel/ – 11:30 am. Torat Emet/ Main Street Palestinian Conflict Shul Professor Rick Herrmann explores the Fence, the Roadmap, and other APRIL 25 recent events in the news. 6 pm dinner, 7 pm presentation at Tifereth Israel. Call Finding Jewish Spirtuality in Jewish Life, cont. Second installment on Spiritual facets 253-8523. (NOTE: Date change from of religious Zionism. 10 am – 11:30 am. March 31) Torat Emet/ Main Street Shul


Ambassador Yehuda Avner The Former Israeli Ambassador to Britain will speak at a dessert reception hosted in the home of Don and Eydie Garlikov, 251 S. Dawson Ave. 7:15 pm. Sponsored by State of Israel Bonds. Call 231-3232.

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APRIL 29 National Hadassah President speaks National Hadassah President June Walker will speak to Hadassah members and the community. Dessert reception. No cost, but RSVP required at 235-8111.

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See all the little people in Palnik’s new gallery-district space Artist Paul Palnik has opened a gallery at 14 E. Lincoln St. in the Short North gallery district. His first exhibition features his specialized and detailed cartoon work. Palnik, an artist and writer, is co-director and creative-arts director of of the Melton Research Center of Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. For information about the new gallery, call 298-8496.

“The Martians, for all their advancements, obviously neglected to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage,” Mr. Bush said. “We follow their example at our peril.” In the Democratic response to the President’s speech, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Indiana) denied that there was any evidence that the so-called Red Planet had, in the words of Mr. Bush, “gone pink.” Senator Bayh went on to say that while the Mars rover had in fact discovered traces of water, the rover offered “no evidence whatsoever” of gay Martians. “We now know that Mars was a wet planet,” Sen. Bayh said. “We do not know how it got wet.” Later, Mr. Bush backed off his claims somewhat, saying that if gay marriage did not destroy life on Mars, then Saddam Hussein did. Andy Borowitz, a former president of the Harvard Lampoon, is a regular humor contributor for The New Standard. He is the author of Who Moved My Soap? The CEO’s Guide to Surviving in Prison available at Barnes and Noble,, and other Columbus bookstores.

APRIL 30 Beyond people of the book Professor Stefan Reif Director of Genizah Research at Cambridge University Library, part of the Thomas and Diann Mann Distinguished symposium series of the Melton Center. 3:30 pm at the Ohio State University Main Library, room 122, 1858 Neil Ave.. Call the Melton Center at 292-0967.

LEARNING MARCH 23 The Ethics of Business Danny Landes of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies leads study and discussion. Lunch session: noon-1:30 pm at 22 W. Gay St. Evening session: 7-9: 30 pm at Columbus Jewish Foundation board room. Call Janice at 238-6778. Pre-Pesach Hagadah Highlights Rabbi Howard Zack reviews elements of the Hagadah with lively stories to share around the seder table. Torat Emet/ Main Street Shul, 8 pm.

ONGOING WEEKDAYS AND SUNDAYS Gemara Shir: Tractate Shabbos Talmud study lead by Rabbi Ginsberg at Congregation Ahavas Sholom, after daily morning services. Shacharit begins 6:45 am on Tue., Wed. and Fri.; 6:40 am Mon. and Thurs.; 8:15 am. Sun.

ONGOING SUNDAYS Hebrew Classes Beginning and intermediate Hebrew for adults. 11 am. Temple Israel. Daily services The community is invited to join Wexner Heritage Village residents in worship, with Rabbi Cary Kozberg. For more information call 231-4900. Bagels and More A potpourri of everything Jewish for beginners with Rabbi Katz. 11 am. at the Columbus Community Kollel. No reservations necessary Ends March 28: Not Your Average Maimonides Class focuses on less conventional materials about Rambam. Topics include biography, views on life after death and more. Fee. OSU Profs. Daniel Frank and Tamar Rudavsky. 10:15 – 11:15 am. Congregation Tifereth Israel.

Ends March 28: Black-Jewish Relations in American Literature Selected literary treatments, with OSU Prof. Steven Fink. Fee. 11:30 am. – 12:30 pm. Congregation Tifereth Israel. Ends March 28: Israel and Its Neighbors: Are We Moving Backward or Forward? Study the latest trends in the Middle East and how they affect Israel. OSU Prof. Donald Sylvan. 10:15 am. – 12:15 pm. Fee. Congregation Tifereth Israel. Dare to Daven Learn how to lead teffilot, with Rabbi Epstein. 8:45 am. at Congregation Torat Emet. Parent/Child Parsha Program A family review of the week’s Torah portion for grades 3–6, with Rabbi Katz. 7:30 pm., the Columbus Community Kollel. Biblical Personalities Study of various personalities in the Scripture, with Rabbi Doniel Pransky. 8 pm. at the Columbus Community Kollel. Ongoing daily: Talmud Class Tractate Shabbos, after Shacharis, Sun. – Fri. Taught by Rabbi Ginsburg at Ahavas Shalom Parsha Class Learn with Rabbi Dick at 9:30 am. at Agudas Achim Talmud Class Tractate Ta’anis taught by Rabbi Rosenberg at 8 pm at Congregation Ahavas Shalom. The Midrash Says... Study of sometimes bizarre Midrash of the weekly Torah portion, with Rabbi Tuchman. 9 pm. at the Columbus Community Kollel. Women’s Torah Class With Rabbi Zack at 10 am. at Congregation Torat Emet How to Pray Jewishly Learn or review basic Hebrew prayers. Bagels, juice and coffee provided. 11:10 am – 12:40 pm at Temple Beth Shalom. Call Rabbi Apothaker at 8554882. The

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ONGOING MONDAYS Women’s Study Group: Gemara Shir, Tractate Ta’anas A detailed study of the book of Samuel with Rabbi Katz, 8 pm., the Columbus Community Kollel. No reservations necessary. Call 237-7133. “Know Your Torah” Learning at 8 pm. at The Torah Center. Call 235-8070. Talmud Class - Tractate Rosh Hashanah Led by Rabbi Epstein, 8 pm. at Congregation Torat Emet Chevras Shas Through March 22: Talmud, Tractate Ketubot, laws of betrothal and

marriage. No prior experience is necessary; knowledge of Hebrew reading is helpful but not necessary. Fee. With Rabbi Berman. 12 – 1 pm. Congregation Tifereth Israel. Kabbalah Unplugged Learn about the secret power of prayer, with Rabbi Levi Andrusier. 7:15 – 9pm. $80. Capital University at 2199 E. Main St. Call 294-3296/JLIcolumbus@sb

ONGOING TUESDAYS Talmud (Mystical Aspects) Taught by Rabbi Goldberg. 7–8:30 pm. Breslov Kabblah Centre. Call 231-8671


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Kabbalah Unplugged The secret power of prayer, with Rabbi Aryeh Kaltmann. 8 – 9:30 pm. $80. Chabad Center at 6220 E. DublinGranville Rd. Call 294-3296/JLIcolumbu

TNT (Tuesday Night Torah) Led by Rabbi Zack, 8 pm., Congregation Torat Emet Morning Brew of Parsha A review of the week’s Torah portion with Rabbi Henoch Morris. 8:40 am, Columbus Community Kollel.

Introduction to Judaism With Rabbi Brickner and Rabbi Lefton. 7 pm. Temple Israel

Hebrew Classes for Adults Advanced level, 7:30 pm. Congregation Beth Tikvah,

The Shabbat Table Tefilla class for women, with focus on rituals around the Shabbat table, led by Linda Zack. Torat Emet.

Yiddish Classes Intermediate, 7:30 pm. Congregation Beth Tikvah.

Lunch ‘n Learn Various topics. Noon. Through Temple Israel. Alternates location between Temple Israel and Fifth Third Bank, downtown. Call the temple for information.

Jewish Family Life Skills, Part II Three-part course, covers texts and theology, making Jewish holidays and rituals relevant and meaningful for everyone. 6:30 -7:30 pm. With Shirly Benatar. Fee. Congregation Tifereth Israel

Hebrew Classes for Adults Intermediate level. 6:30 pm. at Beth Tikvah.

Senior Studies Mitzvah Medley. Learn about the 613 commandments or mitzvot that the Torah requires of all Jews, with Rabbi Yaakov Weinrach, 2:30 pm. at the Columbus Community Kollel.

Sisterhood Study Circle: Religion in Modern Israel Through March 24. What is unique about modern faith in Israel, and what impact does that have on the nature of the Jewish state and the Jewish people? With Rabbi Berman. Fee. 9:30 –10:30 am. Tifereth Israel.

Beis Midrash Program for Men Chavrusa (partner) studying of Jewish texts the way your great-grandfather did. Facilitated by Rabbi Doniel Pransky, any block of time you have between 8:30 -10:00 pm. at the Columbus Community Kollel.


Contemporary Jewish writers, taught by OSU Prof. Steve Fink. 7:30 – 8:30 pm. Six classes. Congregation Beth Tikvah

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Parsha of the Week (Mystical Bent) Taught by Rabbi Goldberg. 6 - 7:30 pm. Breslov Synagogue and Kabbalah Centre. Call 231-8671

Sisterhood Study Circle: Short Stories Through March 24. Discussion focuses on new anthologies: Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge and Joan Leegant’s and Faye Moscowitz’ newest collections. With Sally Brown and Paulayne Epstein. Fee. 10:30 – 11: 30 am. Congregation Tifereth Israel. Jewish Family Life Skills, Part II Three-part course, covers texts and theology, making Jewish holidays and rituals relevant and meaningful for families with children of all ages, for couples, or for singles. 10:30 – 11:30 am. With Shirly Benatar. Fee. Congregation Tifereth Israel.


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44. Uris fans 46. Measurements 48. Orhodox Rabbis Assoc. 49. Shofar blasts 52. Merkavah 54. Prior to Christians 57. Teacher 58. Dangerfield’s line (2 wds) 60. Israeli city 61. Seth’s boy 62. Eilat, old style 63. Borsht base 64. Left 65. Ribicoff, initially Down 1. Moses’ horns? 2. Rounds for Koufax 3. __ Carte 4. Select 5. Chazzarim (Eng) 6. Rickles hope 7. Tet (Eng) 8. Use your shekels 9. Plague? 10. NY Times owner 11. House (Heb comb. word) 12. Haifa to Hebron (dir) 14. Nazarite never uses

16. Wedding casualty 20. Like Chanukah candles 21. Comdian Dana 23. Emcee Sid 24. Yippie Hoffman 25. Disbelief 26. Lithuanian Jerusalem 27. Gonif (Eng) 29. Men from Chelm 30. Possessor 31. Use for Tzedakah 34. “Sea” to Wiesel 37. Desert cool spots 38. Man Ray art style 40. Peak 41. Bags 45. Borgnine or Bloch 46. Reznik’s objective 47. David’s ammo 49. Ishmael progeny 50. Deceased 51. Competent 53. Isak 54. Schick 55. Reform Rabbis’ Org. 56. Number ending 58. Jerusalem gate 59. Not on Pesach? Solutions on Page 26


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Mitzvah Medley (for Men and Women) Is a mitzvah just a good deed? Learn about the 613 commandments or mitzvot that the Torah requires of all Jews with Rabbi Weinrach 8:00 pm. at the Columbus Community Kollel. No reservations necessary.

ONGOING THURSDAYS Chumash with Rashi Through March 25. Study the construction of the Tabernacle, its ark, and its menorah, and we will see how the Rabbis found inspiration in the smallest details. Knowledge of Hebrew is helpful but not necessary. With Rabbi Berman. 8:15 – 9:15 am. Congregation Tifereth Israel Synagogue. Intermediate Hebrew Through March 25. This class is designed for those who have surpassed the basics and are looking to expand their mastery of an ancient and holy language that is alive and well. With Tzila Loon. 7 – 8 pm. Congregation Tifereth Israel. Parsha Perspectives 8:30 pm. This weekly class covers the people, places, and events of each weekly portion as well as the essential ideas and concepts in each portion. With Rabbi Methal . 9 pm. at the Columbus Community Kollel. Hebrew classes For Adult beginners. 7 pm. at Congregation Beth Tikvah. Melachim II Class Women’s class. Taught by Rabbi Rosenberg at 10:30 am. at Congregation Ahavas Shalom.

ONGOING FRIDAYS Sparks Beneath The Surface Through March 26. For the Chassid, mystic, or curiosity in you, this class offers an unusual look at the weekly Torah portion. With Rabbi Ungar. 8:15 – 9 am. Congregation Tifereth Israel.

ONGOING SATURDAYS (SHABBAT) Torah Study Group Arthur Ksienski leads a discussion of the week’s Torah portion. 2:30 pm. in the Beth Tikvah Library. Call Barb Krumsee (

MUSIC MARCH 26 Galron Choir First performance of singing group from K’far Saba, Columbus’ Partnership City in Israel. Galron will visit different synagogues, including 8 pm at Beth Shalom. Call Susan Myerowitz 559.3227 or

MARCH 27 The Galron Choir See March 26 for description. 7 pm. Sing-a-long at Beth Jacob.

MARCH 28 The Galron Choir See March 26 for description. 7 pm. A family brunch at Agudas Achim.

MARCH 28 The Galron Choir See March 26 for description. 7 pm. A

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W e n d y Say as much to whom: your friend or your son? Either call would be a lose-lose. Look at the bright side--you like your in-laws. Life could be so much worse: You could hate your daughter-in-law-to-be and her parents as well. At least you can’t worry about not enjoying the wedding.

WENDY BELZBERG I had dinner with a close friend last week. I know through a mutual friend that he is having marital problems. I wondered whether to broach the subject but decided not to ask specifically about his personal situation. My thought was that if he wanted to talk about it, he would bring it up; and I didn’t want to be intrusive. He didn’t bring it up. When I got home my wife berated me for being a lousy friend. Rather than berate you for being a lousy friend, your wife could have commended you for your unerring masculinity. What is it about an intimate or personal conversation that makes most men squirm? What is the worst thing that could happen if you had broached the subject of your friend’s marriage? Maybe he would have said that he didn’t want to talk about. No harm done. Or he might have unburdened himself of a weight he has been hauling around for months-particularly if all his “close friends” subscribe to the same philosophy as you. Sorry to say that I weigh in with your wife on this one. But you can regain the upper hand. Why don’t you make another dinner date? My son is engaged to be married to one of my dear friends’ daughters. I love the friend but I have an aversion to the daughter. Do I say as much? dinner and workshop presentation at Beth Tikvah.

MARCH 31 The Galron Choir A Community-wide concert at Temple Israel with the Galron Choir. The concert will include, Koleinu (the Columbus Jewish community choir) and a community children’s choir. Contact Susan Myerowitz at 559.3227 /

APRIL 22 Cantorial Concert Featuring leading members of the Cantor’s Assembly; open to the general Columbus Jewish community. 7:30 pm-10 pm at Congregation Tifereth Israel. Call Cantor Jack Chomsky at 253-8523 Ext. 115 /


Passover Food and Wine Tasting Giant Eagle at 1250 North Hamilton Road in Gahanna 2 pm and 4 pm led by Food for Friends Food Stylist, Smokey Lynn Bare.Call Giant Eagle for more information at 939-5559.

APRIL 4 Pre-Pesach Meal Last taste of chametz until after Passover. Agudas Achim . 5:30 pm. $7 for members, $10 for non-members. Call 237-2747.

APRIL 5 2004 Congregational Passover Seder Led by Rabbi Howard Apothaker, Cindy Leland & Nick Ciranni. Service in the Sanctuary at 6 pm. Seder begins at 6:30. Adults: $35; Children ages 6-10 $15; Under 6: $5; Non-members add $5 to cost. Temple Beth Shalom. Call 8554882 by March 24.

My daughter Katherine is five or six months pregnant with my second grandson. She declined to have the first (currently four years old) circumcised, and doubtless intends to repeat this halachic felony with the second. Given that one or the other boy might be interested in affirming his Jewishness at some point, this seems like a myopic decision. Most parents want to see that their children make the most of every opportunity in life. What parent doesn’t fantasize that her son may be a concert cellist, an Olympic skier, a recipient of the Nobel Peace prize? To slam a door on a child even before he is 2 weeks old is antithetical being a parent. Particularly a Jewish parent. But that is exactly what your daughter is doing. To count himself among the Jewish people, a male must be circumcised. Your daughter has made it impossible for her sons to be recognized as Jews, leaving them only one option: a very painful one much later in life. You might want to remind your daughter that while there is no medical argument for circumcision, there is no necessary connection between being circumcised and being Jewish. There is a necessary connection between being Jewish and being circumcised. Don’t let your daughter off easy; I urge you to intervene on behalf of your grandsons. Write to “Ask Wendy” at 954 Lexington Avenue #189, New York, N.Y .10021 or at

APRIL 6 A traditional family style Seder A Second Seder at Tifereth Israel conducted by Rabbi Berman. Services at 5:30 pm - Seder at 6. Adults: $32.50; Children under 12: $22.50; Nonmember Guests: $42.50 Call 253-8523 to make a reservation. An informal, fun & interactive Seder A Second Seder at Winding Hollow Country Club in New Albany led by Rabbi Michael Ungar. Services at 5: 30 pm - Seder at 6:00 pm Adults: $32.50; Children under 12: $22.50; Non-member Guests: $42.50 Limited seating. Call 253-8523.


SHABBAT MARCH 20 Kiddush from around the world Students learn about the how Jews of Persia prepared for Shabbat. Congregation Agudas Achim, Call Diana Wolff, 237-2747 / email for more information.

SCHOOL TOUR MARCH 28 Columbus Jewish Day School Join us for afternoon tea and learn more about the school. 3:30 - 5:00 pm. For more information, call Sandi Porter at 939-5311.

Pesach Palooza Jeffrey Mansion playground and SOCIAL shelter. 1:30- 4:30 pm. Agudas Achim members, free; non-members, $5. RSVP MARCH 20 by April 9. Call 237-2747. Jewish Singles 40+ Dinner at 5:30 pm. TAT Restaurante SENIORS Di Famiglia, 1210 James Rd. Travel to JCC for Stephen Sondheim’s “Into The MARCH 30 Woods,” Gallery Players. Reduced Senior Lunch and Program ticket price of $10 if more than 10 The Galron Choir performs. JCC senior people show up. lunch with singing, 11:30 a.m.; WHV senior program with singing, 2 pm. Call MARCH 21 559-3214 / e-mail Jewish Singles 40+


Lunch and Theatre Enjoy lunch and the show ‘Patsy Cline’ by SRO Theatre at JCC. 10:30 am. Cost: $15. Call 559-6214 for information or to register.

ONGOING TUESDAYS Senior Studies Learn about the book of Joshua with Rabbi Weinrach, 2:30 pm; Columbus Community Kollel. No reservations necessary. Call 237-7133.

Dinner at 5:30 pm. Taste of Bali, 2548 Bethel Rd.

Kosher for Passover Food and Wine Tasting Vast assortments of Passover wines and food led by Smokey Lynn Bare, Food for Friends food stylist. 2-4 p.m. Giant Eagle, 1250 N. Hamilton Rd., Gahanna. Call 939-5559.

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National Jewish women’s leader to speak in Columbus Hadassah’s national president, June Walker, will speak to Hadassah members and the community at 8 p.m. April 29 at Congregation Agudas Achim, following a distinguished donors dinner. A dessert reception will follow her talk. There is no cost for the 8 p.m. community-wide event, but those planning to attend must RSVP. Walker, who is from Rockaway, N.J., coordinates an international organization of 300,000 members. She has been active despite a busy personal life - working as a chemist, returning to school to become a respiratory therapist and raising three children. “I started in Hadassah because my mother made me do it,” she said. “But then I fell in love. This organization is the perfect synthesis of everything I am most interested in: Judaism, education, medicine and Zionism. Walker held positions at the local and regional levels, including regional president for northern New Jersey. She served nationally as chairwoman of the American affairs and domestic policy committee and the Hadassah College of Technology, then as national vice president, and most recently as treasurer. “You have to participate in life outside of your career and nuclear family. It’s a big universe out there and you have to be a part of it,” Walker said. She has transmitted that value to her daughters, Ellen Walker and Julie Richman, son David Walker, and six grandchildren. At the 89th Hadassah national convention in New York City, her oldest

APRIL 4 Community Dinner Pre-Passover dinner at the JCC, 5:30-7 pm. Call 559-6224.

APRIL 9 Dedication of New Chapel Temple Israel dedication of the Folkman Prayer Space honoring Rabbi Jerome and Bessie Folkman. Sponsor dinner, 5:30 pm; services and Oneg Shabbat, 8 pm. Call 866-0010. June Walker

granddaughter, 14-year-old Rebecca Fish, stood up to second Walker’s nomination as the 23rd national president. “Rebecca said, ‘My grandma taught me how to be a Jew, a woman and a Zionist,’” said Walker. “What could make you feel prouder than that?” Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, has been providing health-care, educational and basic needs internationally for 90 years. It operates two hospitals in Jerusalem and a host of other projects, including Hadassah College in Jerusalem, a career counseling institute and Young Judaea. Hadassah also is the largest supporter of the Jewish National Fund For information, or to register for the April 29th event, please contact Arlene at the Hadassah office, 235-8111, or

APRIL 15 Hadassah Board Meeting Begins at 7:15 pm, 2392 E Main St. Call 235-8111.

ONGOING SUNDAYS B’nai Brith Bowling Men’s League IBBBA affiliated. From 9:30 am at Holiday Lanes, 4589 E Broad St. Call Jeff Wasserstrom, 760-0025; Lawrence Binsky, 235-7575; or Ken Kerstein, 2357865.


Young Women Hadassah For women in their 20s and 30s. Passover potluck dinner and recipe exchange. Call Andrea, 946-1998.


Potluck dinner for singles and couples ages 40- 50 Shabbat dinner at the home of Sheryl Smith in Gahanna. RSVP by March 19. Call Rabbi Michael Ungar at Congregation Tifereth Israel, 253-8523.


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TOTS MARCH 20 Tot Shabbat Interactive learning service for children up to age 5 and their parents led by Dina Vinar-Cieplinski Congregation Agudas Achim, rm. 209 11 am. Torah Tots An innovative Shabbat morning program for children ages 2-6 and their parents Main Street Shul/Torat Emet 10 am.

MARCH 22 Youth program at Agudas Achim for Pre-K, K-2, Social activities and community action, meetings at 1-2 pm. 4th Sunday of the month. Call Shelly Aframian at 237-2747 ext. 24/ saframian@agudasa

MARCH 29 Picture book readings on the Bible Bestselling author Jean Marzollo debuts her illustrating talents with a set of picture books from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Cover to Cover Books, 3560 N. High St., 4-5 pm

APRIL 17 Tot Shabbat Interactive learning service for children up to age 5 and their parents led by Dina Vinar-Cieplinski Congregation Agudas Achim, 11 am, room. 209.

Knitting Chavura Get together to knit for charity. 11 am at Temple Israel.



An innovative Shabbat morning program for children ages 2-6 and their parents Main Street Shul/Torat Emet 10 am

B’nai Brith Bowling Mixed League IBBBA affiliated. From 8 pm at Main Lanes, 4071 E. Main St. Call Jeff Wasserstrom, 760-0025; Lawrence Binsky, 235-7575; or Ken Kerstein, 2357865.


Northside Hadassah Discuss articles in the February issue of Hadassah magazine at the home of Dorothy Shanfeld, 1546 Oakview Dr. RSVP, 235-8111.

Jewish Family Services Meeting The board of trustees will meet noon1:30 pm in multipurpose room 2 at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Email

Dessert Reception For the Columbus Community Kollel, 7: 30-9:30 pm. Home of Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein, 445 N. Parkview. RSVP: 237-7133 CJF Educators Meeting Commission on Jewish Education, 9:3011 am. Columbus Jewish Federation.






Jewish Communal Professionals Breakfast Sponsored by the Jewish Federation, 8-9 am. Contact Ed Frim at

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Bridge Anyone? 55+ Chavurah at Temple Israel. Noon at MCL Cafeteria, 5240 E. Main St., Whitehall. Call Shirley Berger, 231-3290.

ONGOING THURSDAYS Line Dancing Learn new dances or practice old ones with instructor Angela Fasone. 7 pm at the JCC. Call Ilana, 559-6214.

THEATRE THRU MARCH 28 Into The Woods Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The play weaves well-known fairy tales into a fantastical tapestry of music and storytelling. March 14, 21, 28 at 2:30 pm; March 18, 25 at 7:30 pm; March 20, 27 at 8pm. JCC. Call Allison 5596248 / email

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ONGOING MONDAYS The Art of Positive Parenting A six-week class from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. JCC. Call Nikki Henry at 559-6289. Tot Tennis Instruction by Pam Lippy from 1:30 – 2 pm. at Temple Israel. Call Agin at 8660010 ext. 113 or e-mail at familyed@te Infant/Toddler Chat Time Chat about developmental information, guidance and discipline. This is an opportunity to confer with other parents and children. 12 – 1 pm. JCC. Call Nikki Henry at 559-6289. Toddler Time Experience arts, sensory, music and story time for 16 mo. – 2 1⁄2 yrs. 9 – 10 am. JCC. Call Nikki Henry at 559-6289.

ONGOING TUESDAYS Infant Massage Learn the art of infant massage and the benefit of touch as a way to communicate with your baby. 7 – 7:45 pm. JCC. Call Nikki Henry at 559-6289

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Noah’s Ark Sensory activities for 3 – 4 yr. olds. 1 – 2 pm. JCC. Call to register and for fees, Nikki Henry at 559-6289. Mommy and Me Yoga Learn the basic yoga principles and have fun with movement, stories and song, for walking toddlers – 3 yr. olds. 9 – 9:30 am. JCC. Call to register and for fees, Nikki Henry at 559-6289

Inside Israel First- and second- grade program on Israel. Congregation Beth Shalom, 9 am.


Kaleidoscope, after-school program Daily, For those in 1st through 6th grade, from 3 – 6 pm. Includes a variety of activities at the JCC 1125 College Ave, also at JCC North and in New Albany. Call Rachel Fox at 5596266.

Ten Habits of Successful Teens A fun, relevant, Jewish learning experience at Teen Learning Center geared for 9th and 10th graders. 8 -9 pm. Columbus Community Kollel, Contact Rabbi Tuchman 237-7133 (rabbituchman@theKollel. org) or Mrs. Esther Pransky 231-1208 (

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Communiteen Jewish learning for teens at the JCC. 7: 30 - 9 pm. Call 559-6286.

ONGOING THURSDAYS Contemporary Jewish Issues A fun, relevant, Jewish learning experience at Teen Learning Center, 11th and 12th graders. 8-9 pm. at the Columbus Community Kollel. Contact Rabbi Tuchman 237-7133/ ( or Mrs. Esther Pransky, 231-1208 / (


Teen Minyan Youth-led services each Shabbat morning. Congregation Ahavas Sholom; contact Rabbi Noach Burr at 237-4360.

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Meet with Rabbi Zack at Cup ‘O Joe across from the synagogue. Torat Emet 8:30 pm.


First-Grade Chag HaSiddur The first-graders of Columbus Torah Academy receive their first siddurs. 9: 30 am-11:00 am at the school. Call 864-0299 for details.

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9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, JCC spring-break and Passover camps. Activities for kids in kindergarten through grade 6 include visit to the Columbus Zoo, roller skating and trip to Magic Mountain, swimming and gym activities. Cost is $35 per day. Extended care available for $6 per hour. Call Rachel Fox at 559-6266.

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Golf Camp Daily 1 to 4 p.m. at the JCC for kids kindergarten through grade 4. Led by Skyhawks Sports Programs for Kids. Cost is $100 for the week. Call Jeanna Brownlee at 559-6274. March 22-26

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Kids on Stage Have you always wanted to be on stage or are just curious about acting? Local actor and singer Michelle Schroeder leads kids from grades 1 – 6 in the world of improv, acting and scene work. 4:30 – 6:30 pm. JCC. Call Allison Green at 559-6248/

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Computer Quest Basic computers for 3 – 5 year olds at the JCC North. To register call Debbie or Linda at 764-2414.

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Tot Shabbat Welcome Shabbat each week with blessings over wine and challah and music! 10:30 am., JCC.

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ONGOING SUNDAYS Floor Hockey Classes Kids in K – 4th grade can learn the fundamentals of floor hockey, including passing and shooting, at the JCC. March 7 – April 25. Call 559-6217.


Sing- and Dance-Along for preschoolers Children can move and groove with Joanie Calem, from 1:15 – 1:45 pm. at Temple Israel. For schedules and to register call Agin at 866-0010 x 113 or e-mail at

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26 :: 25 Adar 5764 :: March 18, 2004

The New Standard

25 Adar 5764 :: March 18, 2003 ::


State Lottery: Entertainment or Exploitation?




Business Ethics Center of Jerusalem

.I work for a state lottery. Sometimes I wonder if we are taking unfair advantage of our customers’ dreams of riches Your question is a common one. What makes it complex is that lotteries, like other gambling games, mean different things to different people. For some people, gambling is a form of entertainment. Just like some people play cards for fun and introduce stakes just to make things interesting, so some people enjoy testing their luck and look at the jackpot as a way of adding excitement. For these people, gambling losses belong to their recreation budget. That’s not morally objectionable. One person who has a dollar to throw away puts four quarters into a video game; another has more fun investing in a Powerball ticket. A few people gamble in order to lose. They want to show off how much money they have. While such conspicuous consumption is certainly objectionable, the business providing the service is not necessarily to blame. Some people even have a charitable intention. They know that income from state lotteries goes to worthy causes, and the possibility of winning is only a little incentive. The administrators of one popular lottery system claim that the profits go to the following good causes: mass transportation in Arizona; education in Connecticut; economic development in Kansas; natural resources in Minnesota; school aid and crime control in Montana, etc. But there are a significant number of individuals who perceive gambling as a

viable road to riches. They play the lottery because they feel they could use the money -- oblivious to the research that shows that winning a jackpot is more than likely to make their lives miserable. (This is called “sudden wealth syndrome.”) What they could really use is the precious few dollars they are throwing away on tickets. Selling tickets to these poor souls is improper. According to Jewish law, it borders on theft. If these disappointed dreamers constitute a significant fraction of your business, or alternatively if advertising is deliberately directed at them, then you are taking advantage of them. You should try and find out what the numbers are and take a careful look at the advertising campaign for your state lottery. At a deeper level, a person should recognize that there is something fundamentally phony about gambling. We can learn this from the saintly Rabbi Aryeh Levine of Jerusalem, of blessed memory. Rabbi Aryeh merited seeing many miracles performed for him, and someone once asked him why he never bought lottery tickets. He gave a surprising answer: “I’m afraid I might win.” A person with a truly enlightened perspective doesn’t even desire unearned riches -especially if he or she recalls the words of our Sages, which are confirmed by current research: “The more possessions, the more worry.” SOURCES: Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat 34:16, Yoreh Deah 151; Mishna Avot 2:7.

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Food & Recipes Is one matzoh kugel enough? Chef ponders Passover questions CHEF LANA COVEL When I was a child, Passover was one of my favorite holidays. We always went to my Bubbe and Zayde’s house for the seders. All of my cousins, aunts, and uncles were there. Everyone had a part in the drama of the evening. One year I remember a cousin showing all of us a modern new dance, “the twist,” as the gefilte fish was being served. I remember how one aunt would say to her daughter “I don’t care is not a good answer. You have to tell me what you want to eat” at least three times during each course. My favorite uncle was in charge of Elijah’s cup. As some of the boy cousins would run to open the door, I would stay at the table and keep my eyes on wine level. I know I saw it go down. Really, it did. I have since asked my uncle how he did it, but he claims that the only thing he ever did was shake the table. Maybe it was the mystical feeling of the evening, but I know that I saw the wine go down. Then there were the Four Questions. I would listen as the younger cousins chanted, and then my Zayde would answer. Since the questions ran together, it was hard for me to understand if there really were four of them. I was never quite sure if all four were asked at the same time, or one was asked later. Just before the meal started, my mother would look around the table and ask, “When do we have the egg soup? We always had egg soup when I was a child. Did we forget that part?” Since she asked this every year at the exact same time during the seder, I thought maybe that was the fourth question. My Bubbe’s tradition was to serve soup after the meal so that no one would fill up on liquid before the real

food. Myself, I tried very hard not to fill up on all the solid food, knowing that the matzoh-ball soup was still to come. When I was a child, my family didn’t prepare fancy Passover food, and I never really got involved with the cooking. Therefore, I was quite surprised the first time my husband asked me to make a matzoh kugel for Passover. I had no idea what he was talking about so I asked him, “What’s a matzoh kugel?” He said, “You know, a matzoh kugel.” My husband is not handy in the kitchen and is not a man of many words, so I knew it was up to me to find out what a matzoh kugel was. When I finally did find a recipe for it, I was quite surprised to read the ingredients. He is usually very health conscious. But I made the kugel, and my husband said that it was the best that he had ever tasted--in fact, when it was gone, he asked me to make another. I ended up making three matzoh kugels during that Passover. The next two years were the same: three kugels in eight days. Finally, in the third year, I asked if he knew what was in this dish that he liked so much. His reply was, “Yes. Matzohs.” I explained that matzohs were definitely an ingredient, but along with the 6 matzohs each kugel had 1 cup of sugar, 6 eggs, and 1 cup of grebenes. He was shocked. Now he understood why I would never eat any of it. However, since he didn’t want to give it up altogether, he decided he would limit himself to one matzoh kugel and make it last the entire eight days. Since one cannot live by matzoh kugel alone, I am including two more Passover recipes--one that uses some of that leftover boiled chicken and a wonderful chocolate mousse cake. I would like to wish everyone a healthy and kosher Passover.

Matzoh Kugel 6 matzohs water 6 eggs, separated 1 cup sugar 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 3 Tablespoons schmaltz 1 cup chopped grebenes and browned onion bits Soak matzohs in cold water to cover. Drain well. Beat yolks until light and stir in soaked matzohs, grebenes, onions, and salt. Set aside. Beat whites until foamy, add sugar, and continue to beat until stiff. Fold whites into matzoh mixture. Grease a 13-by-9 pan with the schmaltz, add mixture, and bake in a 350? oven for 45 minutes or until nicely browned.

Chocolate Mousse Cake 8 eggs, separated 1 12-ounce bag of chocolate chips 1 stick margarine 1 cup sugar 1 Tbsp. Vanilla extract Whipped topping In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate chips and margarine. When melted, add egg yolks and vanilla. Mix well and cool. Beat egg whites until they form soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar. Fold egg whites into cooled chocolate mixture. Pour half of the mixture into a greased springform pan. Bake for 30 minutes at 350°. Cool. Add remaining half of mixture, and freeze for a few hours or overnight. Frost with whipped topping. Store in freezer.

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Chicken Rolls with Cranberry Sauce Batter 3 eggs, beaten 2 cups chicken broth 2/3 cup matzoh cake meal Combine eggs and broth. Gradually add cake meal, stirring constantly to prevent lumps. (A food processor works great for this, if you have one). Pour about 3 tablespoons of batter at a time onto a hot, lightly greased skillet, and tilt the pan so the batter forms a 6-inch circle. Fry over moderate heat until the edges pull away from the pan. Turn out on a clean cloth, cooked side up. Repeat until all batter is used. Filling 2 1⁄2 cups diced cooked chicken 2 eggs 1 medium onion diced and sautéed in 1 tablespoon oil Salt and pepper to taste

Mix together filling ingredients and set aside. Cranberry Sauce 1 can cranberry sauce 2 tablespoons water Break up cranberry sauce with a fork, add water, and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until sauce is blended and smooth. Assembly Place a heaping tablespoon of filling down the center of each leaf. Roll tightly and place seam side down in casserole dish. Repeat until all leaves and filling are used. Makes 16 rolls. Pour cranberry sauce over chicken rolls, and bake in a 350° oven for 45 minutes. Serve warm.

Cantor Jack Chomsky. Davi is the granddaughter of Marty and Allan Gersman of Sarasota and Ida Gordon of Coconut Creek, and the late Larry Gordon. Davi enjoys volleyball and Girl Scouts, plays saxoThe New Standard 25 is Adar 5764 with :: March 2003 :: 29 phone, and a volunteer Friends 18, for Life Animal DAVI MICHELLE GORDON Haven. Davi plans to donate a portion of her gifts to daughter of Terri & Scott Gordon, the Animal Haven. be called to the Torah as a Bat es the BeSTYwill Board do, anyway? Terri, Scott, Matt, and Davi cordially invite Mitzvah on the Saturday, u ever wondered what boardMarch 13, at relatives, friends and members of the congregation to 9:00 am. nine people worship with them and to join them on this happy oes? What are those at Davi is an 8th grade student Temple Beth Shalom Membership Directory occasion for our Kiddush in Davi’s at the concluWelcoming Newest Staffhonor Member! t’s a pretty busy life. Here’s some Pickerington Junior High Erik Birkinbine, son of JoanGORDON and Rex sion of services. Erik Birkinbine, sonLakeview of Joan and Rex MATTHEW ERIC Coming! Erik Birkinbine, Matthew Eric Gordon, School and attends the Samuel M. Birkinbine, will be called to the Torah as a son of Terri & Scott Gordon, will When walk Birkinbine, will be called to the Torah as a son of Joan and Rex son you of Terri & into Scottthe office esky a and lot of very important things th Melton Religious School. She th Birkinbine, was called Gordon, was called , 2004 at 10:00am. Bar Mitzvah on March 6 MARY JACLYN FREDMAN be called to the Torah as a Bar at Temple Beth Shalom, you’ll be All of you who have been waiting so patiently for an 2004 atis10:00am. Bar Mitzvah onNew March 6 ,Bat the&BeSTY Board now. herright Mitzvah training from her father and Thereceived Standard to the Torah as a Bar tonew the face. Torahof asSusie a Marks nithofinLes daughter & Bob Fredman, Mitzvah on Saturday, March 13, seeing a Debbie has He will be reading from Parshat Tetzevah. updated TBS directory will not have too much longer to wait. He will reading from Parshat Bar Mitzvah at e are inbe the midst offor writing a new Cantor Jack Chomsky. Davi is the granddaughter of Mitzvah at Temple looking interns toTetzevah. help nne Gutter, will be called to the Torah at 9:00 am. as our new Office andas a Bat After lots of work updating and Jill, formatting ourthe data and much been hired He has one older sister, andonis Shalom Congregation Tifereth He has one Jill, and is Marty sister, and Allan Gersman ofthe Sarasota and IdaMatt is Beth th or our youth group; this document each, FL. us older cover and produce the Mitzvah on Saturday, a 7aBirkinbine grade Assistant. Some may 20, at experimentation, we’ve got great new format March 6. honor on March 13.of youMarch Patsy & Cort and and the Rabbi’sIsrael of Patsy &of Birkinbine andthe lateofLarry Gordon ofCort Coconut Creek,grandson and Gordon. &randson e BMary responsibilities our entire newspaper. 9:00 am. student at Pickerington Lakeview know her already, as she’s been a part Congregation Agudas Achim technology to accomplish it with a minimal budget. A new ’nei Adelstein. enjoys volleyball andBetty Girl Scouts, plays saxoth ate Julius & Davi Betty Adelstein. Mary is a 7 grade student at Junior High School and attends ing our advisor. We are doing this of the Columbus Jewish community and improved TBS to Membership Directory onlyin for personal Mitzvah “I am proud continue the tradition phone, and intern is a volunteer with Friends for Life Animal • Research nclude “I am proud to continue the tradition in New Albany Middle School the Samuel M.DAVI Meltonwill Religious School. He re-for twenty years, though she’s just and events are slowly increasing with DAVIS use, and only available to Members beDavis, coming in April. MICHELLE GORDON ZACHARY ANSELL Zachary Ansell Haven. Davi plans to donate portion of of ceived her gifts ouraplan family being a to Bar Mitzvah,” Erik tells us. • Calendar intern formerly attended Carmel his Bar Mitzvah training from his father and now reentering the workforce after aSchool Bar Mitzvah ur family of being a Bar Mitzvah,” Erik tells us. We on including the following: sondaughter of Deena of andTerri & Scott Gordon, ipation. It isthe going along veryDavis, will son of Deena & John Animal Haven. tives, Erik attends Gahanna Middle School East, enjoys • Layout & Production intern in Hong Kong. Mary attends the Samuel M. Melton Cantor Jack Chomsky. He is the grandson of Marty 13-year absence. Debbie lives in Davis, was to the Torah as a Bat Micheal Greenberg, Micheal Greenberg, son of Erikincluding attends Gahanna Middle School East, enjoys John will be called be called to the Matt, Torah as aDavi Bar cordially We are thoughts from Terri, Scott, and invite to worship Carrie Greenberg, will be Grand-Dads & dsMitzvah D called to the Torah son of Carrie basketball, and is a member of the Gahanna 013 Baseball Religious School. She received heraMarks Bat Allan Gersman ofand Sarasota and Ida Gordon of Albany with Andy, her husband Debbie •and Webmaster internof the *Gahanna Member phone numbers addresses Mitzvah onemail Saturday, March 13,New at has been hired as Mitzvah on Saturday, March 6,of at theaddresses, asketball, is helps a member 013and Baseball called to the Torah for his board, which for a more relatives, friends and members congregation to as a Bar Mitzvah at nthe Zack’s Greenberg, was called training from Cantor Jack Chomsky, ddaughters ranoffice Gnew & Edison rsShana. eJessica htand gBeth au D Coconut Creek, andam. thetolate Larry Matt of 17ayears. They at have two daughters, Becca “I’m Bar Mitzvah Agudas travelhas team. For his service projects, Erik hasGordon. Temple Shalom’s (excepting those who’ve requested not be listed inbeen the visiting 9:00 9:00 ravel team. For hisam. service projects, Erik been visiting a Congregation Tifereth to the Synagogue Torah as a worship with them and to join them on thisenjoys happytennis, Achim onBar itution. manager and rabbi’s assistant. th and Jenni Kusma. Mary is the granddaughter of Sam plays trumpet, and is working toward looking forward to meeting everyone,” she says. Stop by and th past); Requirements Pataskala nursing home called The sisterat and Mitzvah gradehis student Davi isOaks an Saturday, at March 13, 2004. Israel on March 6. 8 with Zack is called 7 grade at Agudas Brotherhood is in search of volunteers to help prepare occasion for instudent Davi’s honor at the conclunursing home The Oaks with his sister andrank y,ataskala we are in the middle oraKiddush creating Bernstein of Columbus, and the late Mary Bernstein; his Eagle in Boy Scouts. Matt plans to donate say hello! Minyannaires Breakfast and to set tables. This is an * Member family children who live at home (with birthPickerington Lakeview Junior High Achim Synagogue on • Excellent written and their dogs, and he has also assisted his mother and sister in the Columbus Jewish Day Micheal is a seventh grade sion of services. opportunity to become a part ofAlice the Minyannaires legacy heir dogs, and he has also assisted his mother and sister in Purim Carnival! We are going to and David Fredman of Beachwood, and the late a portion of his gifts to Friends for Life Animal Michelle Valentine-Cooper, our previous Interim Office Saturday, March 13. student at Columbus Torah days); School and attends the Samuel M. School. He received his Bar verbal skills. from inside our new state-of-the-art kitchen. Rescue Runs – helping dogs in shelters in Southern Ohio find Academy, and received his Rescue Runs –to helping dogs in shelters inJack Southern Ohio find Fredman. Mary’s interests include choir, Haven. and Rabbi’s Assistant, is unfortunately leaving town to pursue Call drama, Josh Klynn, 237-2747, to sign up. of fun things do for children asCantor * Alternative indexes ZipMary Code andReligious by First Name; Melton School.and Shetraining. Bar Mitzvah training from Jaclyn Fredman, Mitzvah training Chomsky andby • Ability to workfrom well good homes. Cindy Leland provided his tutoring MARY JACLYN FREDMAN Rebbe Benny Kass. In his computers and reading. Terri, Scott, Matt, and Davi cordially invite opportunities as a surgical technician in the Army National ood homes. Leland provided his tutoring and training. of Susie & Mitzvah training from her father and *isTBS members. eens. The listCindy of options includes Serve The Community ~ Support Our Youth ~ Sustain Agudas Ach received her Bat Rebecca Greenberger. the board grandson of Les & daughter free time, Micheal enjoys tennis, basketball, and under pressure daughter of Susie & and BobHe Fredman, Susie, Bob and Brian inviteinrelatives, friends and Bob Fredman, will be relatives, friends and members of the congregation Guard. For her last remaining weeks town, she helped * TBS Committees, including current committee chairs and playing bass guitar. Cantor Jack Chomsky. Davi is the granddaughter of es, contests, prizes, etseveral cetera. We Gloria ofthe Gahanna, the late Lynne Gutter, juggle tasks will be Gutter called to Torah asand a Bat called to the Torah members of the congregation to worship with them to worship with them and to join them on this happy Debbie with her fast transition into the job, and is continuing information on how You can get more involved; and Allan Gersman andwith Idagrandparents Daniel and Johnif Judyare Davis Beach, FL. as aMarty Carrie of andSarasota Micheal, along ou all there.simultaneously. Also, a of Fernandina Bat Mitzvah on Mitzvah on&you Saturday, March 20,Rachel at and to Brooke join them for Kiddush Mary’s honor at the occasion for Kiddush inofShalom Matt’s honor at Fran the concluand Greenberg, and great-grandmother to assist JoAnne Grossman with theinBuilding Our Home Brooke Meizlish, daughter of * Contact information for Temple Beth Staff; Gordon Coconut Creek, and the late Larry Gordon. Rachel Zack is the great-grandson of Brewster & Mary Saturday, March 20, at Eleanor Greenberg, invite family nd Rachel would•Brooke like toam. help out atdaughter the and friends to join Meizlish, of 9:00 Strong attention to *Sandy conclusion of services. sion of services. Campaign donor board and Steve Grossman with the Meizlish, and more! and Connie Meizlish, will be called Davi volleyballthem and for Girl Scouts, saxoservices to beplays followed by Kiddush. 9 am. at enjoys Congregation Alice Davis th ntact our BeSTY Mary is aofAdvisor 7Upper grade student atand the late Julius &Tifereth Israel. andySharon, and Connie Meizlish, will beArlington, called daughter of Sandy and We thank her for her assistance detail. Prospective Members phone, is a volunteer with Friends for Life Animal records. toand the Torah include as a Bat Mitzvah onand March the late Evelyn Gutter. Zack’s interests Connie Meizlish, was New Albany Middle School He reg. Mitzvah on MarchthWe hope to have this put Haven. @tbethshalom.or o the Torah asvideo a Bat Globetrotters: “Bigger, during of this transitory period and wish her the best of luck! together in time to to distribute Davi plans donate a portion her gifts games, golf Carmel and history. be reading 13 , 2004 at 10:00am. She will called to thetoTorah as a formerly attended School father and th you ing all soon at our upcoming Better, and More Fun” She willZack be reading 3 , 2004 at 10:00am. to allrelatives, congregants alongthe with the April Animal Haven. Bat Mitzvah at Temple John, Deena, andcopies Ianthe invite from Parshat Tissa. has oneedition of The MICHELLE GORDON in Hong Kong. Mary attends Samuel M.Ki Melton DaviShe Michelle Gordon, n of Marty DAVI Window. To accomplish this, we need a little assistance from Beth Shalom on March Terri, Scott, Matt, and Davi cordially invite rom Parshat Ki Tissa. She has one friends and members of the congregation to worship daughter of Terri & daughter of School. Terri &She Scott Gordon, Religious received her Batbrother, Mitzvah Elliot, younger and is the Gordon of In the blustery cold of 13. you –Kiddush tell us your suggestions! IfGordon, you’vefriends had any changes in December relatives, and members of the with and to join them for in Zack’s ounger Elliot, and is as the Scott was Thecongregation Temple BethtoShalom Board of Trustees is currently Sunday, 28, will be them called toCantor the Torah a Bat training from Jack Chomsky, Jessica Edison n. Matt brother, granddaughter of Ethel and the late Agudas Achim Youth waited your contact information please let us know! In the future, called to the Torah worship with them and to join them on this happy urnalist honor at conclusion services. seeking randdaughter of Ethel andMary theof onthe Saturday, March 13,granddaughter at in line for a chance to meet nominees for Board positions. If you’re interand Jenni Kusma. islate the of Sam ng toward Mitzvah Herbert Donald and Rosie as aoccasion Batbut Mitzvah at we don’t we plan onMeizlish includingand advertising, forfor now want Kiddush in atested, the conclutheDavi’s Harlemhonor Globetrotters. please contact Marc Fishel at 237-7402 or Herbert Meizlish and Donald and Rosie 9:00 am. Bernstein of Columbus, and the late Mary Bernstein;Congregation Tifereth to donate As the doors opened and Miner. to compete with the Auction. Some folks have also suggested sion of services. MATTHEW ERIC GORDON th fans made their way inside, 6 at Davi is an 8 grade and David Fredman ofstudent Beachwood, and the late AliceIsrael on March 13. nimal Miner. a photo directory, which would be a wonderful ideaSchool but would some ofEast, the Globetrotters Rachel is a student at Gahanna Middle and son of Terri & Scott Gordon, will Lakeview Junior High School TY up to inisPickerington March? Mary’s interests include drama, East, choir, and were available for photos Rachel aFredman. Gahanna a larger financial commitment some and logistical MARY JACLYN bestudent called toat the Torah asMiddle atake Bar enjoys shopping. SheFREDMAN volunteered at Before and a quick “Hello.” School and attends the Samuel M. dance, reading and computers and reading. nvite the what game, those in attendance were entertained njoys dance,Mitzvah readingonand shopping. She volunteered at planning, so it’s also maybe something for next time. So, daughter of Susie & Bob Fredman, Saturday, March 13, Community for her service project. Her was on the history of the by tutoring a presentation Melton Religious School. She Susie, Bob and Brian invite relatives,Kitchen friends and gregation y and he TBS annual Purim carnival! would you like to see in a Temple Beth Shalom Membership Globetrotters and a brief lesson in dribbling and Community Kitchen for her service project. Her tutoring was will be called to the Torah as a Bat at 9:00 am. provided by Cindy Leland. received her Bat Mitzvah training from her father and members of thethcongregation to worship with them thisLes happy of & ball handling. more information! Directory? Let us know by calling the office at 855-4882 Mitzvah on Saturday, March or 20, at Matt a 7 for grade honor to Jim Feibel and Rick McCraken-Bennet (Pastor of All rovided Cindy Leland. Jack Davi isin theMary’s granddaughter of and to joinisChomsky. them Kiddush honor at the he conclu-by Cantor ne Gutter, The lights dimmed and the music shook email Jo Valentine-Cooper (who’s putting it all together) at r Youth Group is going on a 9:00 am. student at Pickerington Lakeview Saints Episcopal Church)were who are both recovering from Nationwide Arena, the Globetrotters Marty and Allan Gersman of Sarasota and Ida conclusion of services. ch, FL. Aaron DanielasMendelson and th introduced. Fans were entertained by amazing ball Mary is a 7 grade student at via e-mail: Junior High School and attends heart surgery. Gordon of Coconut Creek, and the late Larry Gordon. Yafit Cohen Or, ofand Eastmoor are to The Mary handling and shooting, classic clowning. New Albany Middle School and the Samuel M. Melton School. reService willenjoys take volleyball place at andReligious be even married 21oldinwater Old trick. Jaffa, team pulledApril out the Girl Scouts, playsHe saxoeouth Julius & Davi formerly attended Carmel School Israel. ceived his Bar Mitzvah training from his father and Same new phone, and is alocation. volunteer with Friends forIntercongregational Life Animal After playing for the Columbus crowd, the Harlem lude great service, Shabbaton Aaron is thescheduled sonM. of Bexley in Hong Kong. Mary Globetrotters attends the were Samuel Melton to visit over 150 CantorDavi Jack Chomsky. He isa portion the grandson Marty Haven. plans to donate of herof gifts to e will rotate between congregaIntercongregational Shabbaton or by mail: residentsschools Dennisand andreach Stephanie elementary over 100,000 March 14, 2004 Religious School. She received her Bat Mitzvah and Allan Gersman of Sarasota and Ida Gordon of Donations students during the nextis three Mendelson. Yafit themonths. daughter of ves,service.) the Animal Haven. ay Donations training from Cantor Jack Chomsky, Edison Coconut Creek, andand the Davi late Larry Gordon. Rahamim andJessica the late Sara Terri, Scott, cordially invite Matt Agudas Achim participants were proudCohen to be a part o hosting worship what we hope to Matt, be our The New Standard and Jenni Kusma. Mary is granddaughter of78th Samconsecutive enjoys tennis, plays trumpet, and is working toward of Or Thethe Harlem Globetrotters of Kfar Saba, Israel. relatives, friends and members of the congregation to Zack’s season. They certainly lived up to their 2004 Tour Thanks to the following contributors to the Joint Life-cycles ystery – and ithis must berank solved completed her army service Bernstein of Columbus, andYafit the late Mary Bernstein; Eagle inand BoytoScouts. Matt to donate The theme, “Bigger, Better, and More Fun.” worship with them join them on plans this happy toagoing the following contributors to the Joint in June 2000. Aaron is a graduate Congregational Shabbaton whose contributions arrived after 3000-B East Main Street s isThanks definitely to be and David Fredman of Beachwood, and the late Alice portion his giftsintoDavi’s Friendshonor for Life Animal occasion forofKiddush at the concluof Ohio State University and is Congregational Shabbaton whose contributions arrived after in January: & Bonita Frank Tatiworking Buso (given Columbus, Ohio 43209 Fredman. Mary’s interests include drama, choir, Haven. you will not want to miss it! We press timeStaff & Board ofSylvan Trustees sion of services. for Safe Auto Insurance Co. 9 ress time in January: Sylvan & Bonita Frank Tati Buso (given computers and reading. Terri, Scott, Matt, and Davi cordially invite in honor of Marilyn Friedman). The couple will reside in ready to solve an intriguing yet Howard L. Apothaker, Ph.D.; President: Jim Feibel; Immediate Past President: Marcand Fishel; Vice Presidents: Marilyn Friedman, Programming; Susie, Bob and BrianColumbus. invite relatives, friends relatives, and members of theRabbi: congregation honor of Marilyn Friedman). We post your information –n you don’t want toJACLYN getfriends incrimiMARY FREDMAN Rolf Kaufman, Personnel and Administration; Ellery Block, Finance; Secretary: Fran Lamster; Treasurer: David Segal; Members at Large: Marc members of the congregation to worship with them to worship with them and to join them on this happy for FREE Ankerman, Janice Brillson, Jim Bugenstein, Ellery Cadel, Jonathan Feibel, Leon Friedberg, Mitch Silver, Jane Mattlin, Bill Valentine-Cooper, Bette daughter of Susie Bob Fredman, BS and have a fabulous time Reaching a& dynamic to join themNancy for Kiddush in Mary’s honor atLynn the Tallan; Interim Executive Director: Susan Valentineoccasion for Kiddush in Matt’s honor at the concluYoung; WBS Liason: Dorry Sunenshine; and Education Director: Heiden; Family Jewish Educator: will be Keep called your to the eyes Torah asCooper; a BatTemple ea youth groups. Youth Director: Sharon conclusion Ross; Buildingof Superintendent: lucrative market of services. 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Torah Passover 5764

Don’t pass over these lesser known customs D ’ VA R T o r a h

RABBI MOSHE DICK When you read these lines, most of you will be busily preparing for the coming holiday of Pesach, also known as Passover. Many of its rituals are known to you. From every pulpit in the land and every synagogue magazine pour forth a description of this holiday’s customs and its many ritual laws. Allow me, however, to talk to you about some items which are less wellknown, yet are an integral part of our Passover. As most of you will be sitting down to the legendary Seder on Passover eve, you will have on your table and, ultimately eat, matzoh, a piece of unleavened bread. It will be perfectly square, very light and totally tasteless. Obviously, a product of flour and water with nothing else added will lack in dietary appeal. Yet, there will be many other Jews participating in a Seder who will be partaking of a different kind of matzoh, heavier and a lot tastier. I am, of course, talking about matzoh baked by hand. The vast majority of matzot are baked in

factories at blinding speed and reflect the best and the worst of progress. These products are cheap, easily made, but lack a sense of character. Matzot baked by hand are larger and round, as the person kneading the brittle dough pushes it to its outer circular edges (think pizza). They are baked in a brick oven at high temperatures and in the process acquire a thicker texture and a nutty taste. Their dietary appeal is greatly superior to the matzot to which we are accustomed. Being made by hand, they are more expensive. But take my advice and try some hand-baked matzot. You may never go back to the paler kind. An interesting custom also has developed in some Orthodox circles, reminiscent of the Pascal lamb that was sacrificed on the afternoon of Passover eve. In these circles, all the men and children gather at midday on the eve of Pesach and prepare themselves to bake fresh matzot that afternoon. This custom reminds us of the sacrifices which were offered that afternoon in the Temple. It requires skill to work quickly, before the dough can rise. Nonetheless, the hours are whiled away with great energy and enthusiasm, accompanied by the reading and singing of p s a l m s . The fresh matzoh

is eaten with great gusto that evening. As mentioned, most of you are familiar with the Seder, at which the family discusses the exodus from Egypt, drinks four cups of wine and eats matzoh and bitter herbs. This, too, is well documented in the many pamphlets and magazines. The children may ask the four questions (“Why is this night different from all other nights. . ?”). But much less is known is the reason we drink four cups of wine. This is to reflect the four different descriptions of redemption that are mentioned in the first verses of parshat Va’era. As it says (Exodus 6: 6 and 7): “Therefore say to the children of Israel I am God and I shall take you out from under the burdens of Egypt; I shall rescue you from their service; I shall redeem you with an outstretched arm and great judgments. I shall take you to me for a people and I shall be a God to you. . .” Even more unknown is an obscure custom by the Maharal of Prague, of Golem fame. He drank a fifth cup of wine to reflect verse eight of that chapter: “I shall bring you to the land about which I raised my hand to give it to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; and I shall give it to you as a heritage--I am God.” We mentioned the bitter herbs, which reflect the bitter exile and the great oppression of our ancestors in Egypt. Today, we use horseradish and sometimes romaine lettuce, both of which have a bitter taste. Interestingly, the Talmud mentions five different kinds of herbs which can be used. Not all are found in the countries where we reside now. May it be a reflection of the end of bitter times for our people and the beginning of our ultimate redemption. Rabbi Moshe Dick is the Rabbi at Agudas Achim Synagogue at 2767 E. Broad Street

Rabbi Avi Methal Vayakhel/Pekudei (Mar. 20)

In most years the Torah portions of Vayakhel Pekudei, which detail the architecture and materials used in construction of the Tabernacle, are combined and read together on one Shabbat. It would seem that the bulk of these two portions are a repetition of the previous two weekly portions, Terumah and Tezavah. But Jewish tradition teaches that every letter in the Torah, let alone entire verses, has great meaning, and nothing is redundant. If so what can we learn from these “extra” Torah portions? Upon closer examination we find a basic difference between these two sections. In the former the Torah introduces the commandments to build the Tabernacle and make priestly garments with the words “you shall make.” However, in the latter portions it says “and he made “ to signify that Moses fulfilled his duty that God commanded. The lesson the Torah highlights in Vayakhel - Pekudei is that although many people plan to grow in spiritual endeavors, the planning must be actualized into a reality.

Vayikra (March 27)

This week’s portion (Leviticus 2:13) states, “You shall salt your meal offering . . .” meaning that all of the sacrifices offered in the Temple in Jerusalem need to be brought with salt. What is the reason behind this requirement? Addressing this question, the 11th-century commentator Rashi explains that when God separated the upper celestial waters from the earthly lower waters on the second day of Creation, the lower waters were distressed because they were now more distant from God. As a consolation God commanded us to use salt on every sacrifice. But how are

we to understand Rashi’s explanation? What does salt have to do with the lower waters? Let’s see how salt is formed. The waters of the sea enter into the crevices on the sea walls and when the water evaporates from the heat of the sun, the dissolved particles in the water remain and are later mined as salt. Since the water itself rises to heaven as it evaporates into the air, the salt in the water is actually the most earthly component of the water which is left on earth. Therefore, God chose the salt to show us even the “lowest part” of the waters (by being brought with every sacrifice) has an opportunity to get close to God. The lesson we can draw from this is that God gives the opportunity to every Jew, no matter what his spiritual level, to merit God’s closeness.

Tzav (April 3 )

Leviticus (6:3), “The Kohen (priest) shall wear his fitted linen garments.” The Malbim (1809-1879) makes an interesting observation based on the word “Middos” and its dual meaning: “physical measurements” and “character traits.” He points out that the priestly garments were fitted exactly according to the “Middos” (physical measurements) of the Kohen. Although the Torah appears to be explaining the physical dimension of the external clothing of the Kohanim, in reality it also is detailing the internal garb of their souls.The holy Kohanim, who serve God in the Temple, must clothe their souls in good “Middos” (character traits) and proper ideas and attitudes. The holy external garments were meant to teach the Kohanim the importance of their souls. Only then will they be truly fit to serve God.

Rabbi Methal an educator at the Columbus Community Kollell, 2501 E. Main St., where gives a weekly parsha class that offers an in-depth understanding of essential ideas and concepts in the weekly Torah portion. For more information call 237-7133.

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Temple Israel invites you to join with the Congregation in celebration of the Dedication of the Folkman Chapel in honor of Rabbi Jerome & Bessie Folkman Of Blessed Memory Friday, April 9, 2004 8 pm Shabbat Services Gala Oneg Shabbat following Saturday, April 10 10:30 am Shabbat Services Kiddish Lunch following Sharing of Memories with Folkman Family Presentation of Memory Books to Family (phone-in reservations by April 2 – 866-0010) All food is Kosher-Style-for-Passover. No leavened products will be served.

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