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Spring Programs focus on Groucho, Iran The JCC’s Perspectives Series got off to a memorable start in April with “Masters of the Mind” Yale professor Paul Bloom and bestselling author Josh Foer. The series continues on May 17 with Robert Bader, lecturer and producer, offering a hilarious and nostalgic trip through the life and times of Groucho Marx, one of the greatest humorists of the twentieth century. Rare archival Marx Brothers film clips
Roya Hakakian June 7th
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Federation Adds Development Officer
The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven is pleased to announce the addition of Gary Geller to its professional staff. Starting on May 1st, Gary will fill the role of Chief Development Officer, assuming responsibility for the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign. Gary brings nearly thirty years of Jewish communal fundraising experience to our community, both as a lay leader and professional. Most recently, he was the Vice President and Campaign Director of the United Jewish Federation of Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, a position he held for the past nine years. In that capacity, Gary was responsible for all financial resource development activities, including annual campaign, planned giving and designated giving.
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Don Hendel New Federation President-Elect “I fervently believe that helping people is important,” said Donald S. Hendel, the current Treasurer of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. “To paraphrase an old Jewish saying, we should help the world one person at a time. When Jews need help, Federation finds a way to help them -- and that’s why I’m involved.” Don’s strong commitment to tikkun olam, the repair of the world one life at a time, is one of the reasons why the Federation’s Board of Trustees elected him President of the Federation for a two year term starting at the Annual Meeting on June 14. It doesn’t hurt that he has served in a wide variety of roles during his 20 years of Federation service, including chairing the personnel and planning and allocations committees, as well as serving as Treasurer on two different occasions. A New London native, Don did his undergraduate work at University of Rochester and his MBA at Cornell. He earned his law degree, with honors, at UCONN and now practices tax and asset protection law in North Haven and New York City. He and his wife, Ronda, have two adult children, Benjamin and Rebecca.
while the need for social services has “It has been my good fortune to have increased. Like almost every other had many mentors and role models, too numerous to name, during my time Federation in America, our community is challenged with the goal of fulfillwith the Jewish community in New ing our moral responsibilities to the Haven,” he said in a recent interview. economically disadvantaged. “I think “Some have been Federation officers, we’ve done a good job of planning for trustees or committee members; the future,” said Don. “Our campaign some have been professional staff. actually increased a little last year, I’ve also learned from people affiliwhich was not the case with most ated with other Jewish agencies and institutions including synagogues. I am Federations. We recently hired our first chief development offiparticularly grateful to cer, Gary Geller, who will Mark Sklarz, the out“When Jews combine his expertise with going president, and the skills of our existing Sydney Perry, our CEO, need help, campaign staff to raise the for their boundless Federation finds funds necessary to allow energy in caring about the Federation to provide our community, and a way to help resources for our commutheir commitment to them -- and nity and for our overseas do even more. During commitments. I believe that my tenure, I hope that that’s why I’m if you plan properly, chalI am able to build on lenges become opportunitheir hard work. In the involved.” ties. I know that we have last two years, Mark -Donald S. Hendel strong agencies and proand Sydney have reingrams in place to meet our forced the relationship challenges, and I’m excited about helpbetween the Federation and Jewish ing us move ahead. One of my goals Family Service, overseen the demoas president is to find more efficiency graphic study and strategic planning in our operations and more economies initiative, and reinvigorated our fundof scale. But, to me, the real key to our raising and our sense of community success as a community will be to conduring difficult economic times.” tinue improving communication and We live in challenging times. Due cooperation among the Federation, the in large part to the economic downFoundation, the JCC, our agencies and turn, charitable giving has decreased our synagogues.”
Basketball Legends Honored Basketball has been, and remains, an integral part of what the JCC of Greater New Haven is all about—teamwork, sportsmanship, skillbuilding -- and reaching for ever higher levels of achievement. So it is only fitting the first major celebration of the JCC’s centennial year is anchored by the game of basketball and especially by the people who have played and coached it. On Sunday, June 10, the JCC is very proud to host a special edition Basketball Brunch to honor the four legendary coaches of the JCC Varsity basketball program over the past 50 years: Red Kleinberg, Jimmy Wolf, David Beckerman and Mark Sklarz. The event will also recognize the 1979 National Basketball Champions. It all takes place in the Beckerman gymnasium from 10:00am-1:00pm. If you or any of your friends or members of your family have ever played basketball at the JCC, this is the chance of a lifetime to reconnect with other players, young and veteran, and rekindle the magic of playing hoops at the JCC. It’s a love affair that’s lasted 100 years and is still going strong.
This is the hottest ticket in New Haven this spring. Be sure and get one now while they are still available. Tickets are $50 per person and are availDavid Beckerman Red Kleinberg able on-line at jccnh. org or by calling Tanya Weinberg at 203-3872522 ext. 216. You can also send Tanya an Email at tanyaw@ jccnh.org, Those wishing to honor a coach Mark Sklarz Jimmy Wolf or player, or share your favorite memory in the Basketball Tribute Book can do so using any of the communication options above. Please see pages 8 and 9 in this issue or jccnh.org for more about upcoming JCC 100 events, including a Bike, Bus & Bagel Tour of Jewish New Haven on Sunday, September 9; the second annual Bagel 5K Run and Family Fun Run presented by Marcum on Sunday, September 23; and the 100th Birthday Celebration on Saturday, October 20, 7:00 pm.
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Mark G. Sklarz Federation President
Two years…not even the tick of a second hand in the history of our community let alone the Jewish people. Yet, that is the length of my term as Federation President, which is now concluding; a short period in which I foolishly and naively thought I could make a difference. Perhaps my misassumption was characteristic of two attitudes pervasive in this era of rapidly changing technology symbolized by the yearning of instant gratification for our every desire. We, and I, should understand that the Jewish culture and our community tradition are so rich and filled with strength and inspiration that significant change must occur only through thoughtful process. That leads us to a second recognition: that my objective of immediate change illustrated a misguided importance of my own personal priorities and the tendency of too many of us today “to make our own Shabbos.” In this day of emphasis on independence, economic success and personal achievements, have we begun to lose sight of the great fabric of collaboration and community-building for everyone? In our own good faith efforts to assure “return on our investment,” have we, with all good intentions, allowed geographical diversity, age, educational differences, economic pressures, varying views on overseas support and other factors to intrude upon our willingness to allow subordination of individual preferences to the common good and cloud our goal to strengthen this community for future generations? I am neither smart nor perceptive enough to know the answers. What I understand, based on the data of our recent demographic study and report, is our Jewish population is among the most, if not the most, highly educated of all in this country. The study further revealed that the earned income of our Jewish families is within the top ten percent of comparably sized American Jewish communities. Empirically, from attending more meetings and events than seem possible, I palpably feel almost daily the unconditional devotion, commitment and passion of hundreds of professionals and volunteers who strive to elevate the opportunities and future of the New Haven Jewish community, Further, I have been granted the pleasure of observing the remarkable programs of Jewish Family Service, the Towers, our day schools, camps and synagogues, all of which have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of our population of all ages. However, and please excuse me here for being so blunt, what I cannot grasp is despite all of this goodwill and dedication, why certain aspects are such a struggle? Why have we been unable to persuade a community leader to assume the responsibility of campaign chairman? Why can we not seem to motivate people to collaborate as a campaign cabinet and accept cards to solicit? Why do we have a community building which is frequently bursting at the seams but is difficult to support because those who live more than ten or fifteen miles away conclude it is too far to travel and feel “disenfranchised?” I do not mean to be harsh or judgmental. I understand our daily lives are filled with time urgencies and financial limitations. However, we have such an extraordinary community and our challenges can easily be converted to remarkable opportunities. I entreat all of us to work together. Our collective minds, passions and creativity have no bounds. Our collective dreams and goals are without limitation. When responding to her achievements as Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir remarked, “Whatever was accomplished in this country was accomplished collectively.” No Federation leader can achieve success alone. Let us swap some of our personal aspirations for the collective benefit. Grant us a “Community Shabbos” and we will build a Jewish New Haven for generations to follow. Thank you for the privilege and joy of serving as Federation President for the past two years.
Among his many achievements are development of two new campaign divisions (one of which is an active, ongoing Young Leadership division), building a strong volunteer leadership base and expanding the reach of the annual campaign. Mark Sklarz, President of the Jewish Federation Board of Directors, is “delighted to welcome Gary to our community. I think his expertise and experience will enhance and advance our development achievements.” The search committee, co-chaired by Leslie Zackin and Betsy Hoos, began work last summer. Their goal was to find a candidate who would help grow the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign, increase volunteer involvement and cultivate strong donor relationships. The committee recognized that by growing the Annual Campaign, the Federation would be able to better provide for the current and future needs of our Jewish community. The Committee screened more than a dozen qualified applicants and invited six candidates to New Haven for interviews, of whom Gary was the top choice. Leslie Zackin said, “Gary brings with him a wealth of Jewish communal fundraising experience. With his guidance, we will be able to grow the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign so that it will continue to serve the needs of our Jewish community, both here in New Haven and abroad.” The process was successful due to the dedicated work
of the search committee members: Barry Vine, Robyn Teplitzky, Barbara Orell, Stacey Perkins, Donald Hendel, Dan Weintraub, Mark Sklarz and Sydney Perry. The Jewish Federation has been fortunate to maintain a stable Annual Campaign despite these difficult economic times. Betsy Hoos, who has been involved with the Annual Campaign for more than twenty years notes that “we have a great Jewish community here in New Haven and have been fortunate to sustain our campaign far better than many communities throughout the economic downturn. However, the needs continue to increase, and we must continue to grow the campaign to meet those needs. I am thrilled to welcome Gary to our community.” Gary is a graduate of the University of Rochester and received a Masters Degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. In addition to his Jewish communal experience, he also worked in the financial sector for twelve years. “I’ve been watching the New Haven Jewish Federation and its annual campaign for a number of years from the other end of the Merritt Parkway,” said Mr. Geller. “I always liked what I saw. This community has a lot to be proud of, and I am so thankful to have been invited to help lead its fundraising efforts.” Please join the Jewish Federation in welcoming Gary Geller to our community.
Gary Geller in His Own Words After graduating college with a degree in Religious Studies, I went to Israel to study at a new Yeshiva program from the Jewish Theological Seminary. I returned to the U.S. ready to go into Jewish communal work and moved to New York City. There I received a Masters Degree in Jewish Communal Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary and an Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, followed by 11 years in the field as a fundraiser. I left communal work for a job with one of my lay leaders on Wall Street, confining my Jewish activity to volunteering in my synagogue and with a local federation. After about nine years, I realized I was getting greater fulfillment as a volunteer than from my professional life. Soon thereafter, the campaign director’s job opened up in Stamford, where I was then living, and I got back to doing what I am meant to do: working on behalf of the Jewish community. My wife Caroline and I have been married for 22 years. Caroline is the Communications Manager at Temple Israel Center in White Plains. We have one son, Joshua, a sophomore at Williams College, who is majoring in Computer Science and Math. He plays rugby and is on the Board of the Williams Jewish Association.
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Perspectives... continued from page 1 Brothers Eastern European origins and the impact their experience of anti-semitism had on their career in vaudeville, on stage and the silver screen. On June 7, Iranian human rights advocate and author, Roya Hakakian, will join Yale diplomat-in-residence, Charles Hill, to speak about Iran: geopolitical and human rights questions, the minds of the Ayatollahs, Israeli interests in the outcome in Iran and projections for what lies ahead. Ms. Hakakian is a Persian poet turned television producer for programs like 60 Minutes. She became well known for her memoir, Journey from the Land of No, and has written essays on Iranian issues in the New York Times, the Washington Post and other publications. Her latest book is Assassins of the Turquoise Palace (2011), a nonfiction account of the Mykonos restaurant assassinations of Iranian opposition leaders in Berlin. She is a founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center Dr. Hill is a career minister in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving in a variety
of roles such as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Middle East at the State Department, Chief of Staff of the same, and executive aid to former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz. He served as special consultant on policy to the Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1992 to 1996 and collaborated with former U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on Egypt’s Road to Jerusalem, a memoir of the Middle East peace negotiations. The Perspectives lectures are part of the JCC’s Centennial year celebration, honoring a long-standing tradition of bringing engaging speakers on thoughtprovoking topics to the community. Tickets are $12; JCC members pay $10 for each lecture. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.jccnh.org or call Cathy Lombardi at 203-387-2522, ext. 225. All presentations begin at 7:30pm in the Vine Auditorium at the JCC Beckerman/Lender Building, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge. The Perspectives series is sponsored by TD Bank.
Sydney A. Perry Chief Executive Officer
Sweet Dreams I admit it. I can’t sleep at night. It’s not just because of work, or the myriad emails to respond to, the laundry piling up and the dust bunnies around the house. No; I can’t sleep because I’m worried about the future, the future of the Jewish community in New Haven and around the world. And before I close my eyes, I try to imagine what that future will look like and how I can play a small part in bringing about the change that will make our community stronger. “I have always said that the hardest thing to predict is the future.”. This, famously attributed to the eminently quotable Groucho Marx, was in fact a contribution of Yale Ph.D. and Nobel-winning biologist Joshua Lederberg. Notwithstanding Lederberg’s wise locution, the past decade has been a trying one for the world’s fortune-tellers. In rapid succession, our global crises have ranged from the economic to the environmental- from tsunamis leveling entire regions of Asia and destroying impregnable nuclear reactors, to debt and unemployment crushing ostensibly healthy nations. Meanwhile as the planet warms, ice caps melt, our oceans acidify and dry regions desertify. The great feeling of optimism that characterized the beginning of Arab Spring has waned as the hopes for democratic reform seem to have evaporated and Syria descends into civil war. The future? Perhaps Mort Sahl said it best: “the The only safe thing to say about the future is that it lies ahead.” We Jews invented the future. Thrice daily we conclude our prayers with “On that day, HaShem will be One and his name, One.”. We are suckers for the future, if only for the succor it provided in an all too inhospitable world. After recounting our foundational story of liberation from Egypt, we conclude our seders with a look ahead: “Next year in Jerusalem.”. We await a Messiah who tarries but we still invite Elijah, his harbinger, to the bris of every boy child and to our seder tables. “Change is the only constant,” said the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus in the 6th century BCE. In the 21st century, the landscape of Jewish life is shifting, drastically reshaping the way we live as individuals and as a community. Loyalty to the very institutions that we built over the past one hundred years is waning. Synagogue membership is down; fraternal associations are almost defunct; MAKOM is not attracting teens; enrollment in non-Orthodox schools is declining and our campaign is barely holding steady. Jewish tradition warns us to stay away from prophesiers, which drove much of the Jewish collective skill set away from augury into strategy, resiliency and energy. Which is exactly what we need now. Our challenge will be to rethink, retool and rebuild so that we will flourish in the new realities. We are co-authors of our future when we work together for the common good, for the sake of our children and grandchildren born and not yet born. We are co-authors of our future when we exercise our gifts of freedom, responsibility and creativity, triple testimonies to God’s faith in us as His partners. It is one of the noblest tasks in an age of lightning-swift change to sustain a vision of hope, knowing that what none of us can do on our own, all of us can do together. What I am sure of, is that providence and hard work, better communication and deep commitments, frugal budgets and creative strategies, good will and communal togetherness will provide us with the resources to do what most needs to be done. If we are willing to simultaneously hold fast to our core values as Jews but also be open to providing new delivery systems and building new collaborations, the future may be better than we think. That thought alone allows me to sleep and wake up optimistic each morning.
Jonathan Sarna at JHS Brunch Sunday, June 3, 10:00am, JCC of Greater New Haven The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven will honor Dr. Jonathan Sarna. Dr. Sarna was a founding member of the Jewish Historical Society while he was a graduate student at Yale. He edited Volume One of Jews in New Haven. He is currently a Professor of American History at Brandeis University and Chief Historian of the new National Museum of American Jewish History. Dr. Sarna will present Reflections on the Role of Jewish Historical Societies and the Jews of the Civil War. Signed copies of his latest book, When General Grant Expelled the Jews, will be available after the presentation. Cost is $36 per person in advance or $45 at the door. Please RSVP by May 7.
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Annual Awards Announced The Annual Meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven will take place on Thursday, June 14 in the Vine auditorium in the Beckerman-Lender JCC Building at 7pm. The evening’s program will start with a spirited review of the highlights of programs, policies and events over the past year undertaken by the volunteers, staff and board of the Federation, JCC and Foundation. The showcase of the evening will be recognizing those special individuals who added something valuable and sustaining to our Jewish community over the last year. The meeting is free and open to the public. No reservations are required but we encourage those interested in getting a good seat to come early and enjoy the open networking session that precedes the start of the meeting. We hope that you will join us in honoring our award winners and celebrating another year of excellence in delivering Jewish programs, services and events which enrich our lives. Federation President’s Award Life-long New Haven resident James “Jimmy” Shure has been an active leader for the Jewish Federation, James “Jimmy” Shure Foundation and JCC for 35 years. He was co-chair of the first two Super Sundays in New Haven, chair of a Community One event and president of the JCC. He is currently a member of the Federation’s Planning and Allocations committee and a board member of the Jewish Cemetery Association. Mr. Shure is President of the Robert E. Shure Funeral Home. Two of his children and their spouses, Jeremy and Erica Shure and Lauren and Jordan Shure, live in New York City. Jared Shure lives in New Haven. Harry Lender Young Leadership Award Jonathan Snyder, a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, is currently Chair of the Marketing Committee for the Foundation as well as a driving force behind projjonathan snyder
since 1990s. She is the managing direcHaven and as chair of its Women’s Philanthropy Division tor of the Connecticut office of Sanford Rose Associates executive recruiting. A as well as providing leaderWoodbridge resident, Roz has two sons, ship in her synagogue and Ariel, a student at UConn, and Daniel, a Ezra Academy. Judy has been student at RPI. a Lion of Judah since 1997. She Wayne Markman has and her husband devoted over 40 years of of forty-two years, volunteer service to the David Skolnick, live Angel fernandez JCC, beginning in 1971 as in Woodbridge. a co-director of the biddy They have two basketball program. He Eisner Community adult daughters served on the Phys. Ed. Service Award both of whom are committee from 1982 to Angel Fernandez married and have 1990 and was on the JCC Roz Ben-Chitrit Father James Manship children: Marci Board of Directors from Rabinowitz of Great Volunteers 1985-1994. Neck and Deborah Recognition Award Even before his volunteer Skolnick Einhorn of Marvin Cohen for activities, Wayne was a Providence. Holocaust Memorial true JCC devotee, parFather james manship Kavod Key Dr. Kenneth Cohen for ticipating in basketball Roz Ben-Chitrit Campaign Solicitation programs from elementary has served the school through high school. Incoming JCC as chair of He and wife Irene have Federation President the MAKOM comthree children who have Donald Hendel wayne markman mittee and the all attended JCC camps. Center for Jewish Kipnis Wilson His son, Elliot, a 7th grader at Hamden Life and Learning. She has Award Winner Hall, follows Wayne’s footsteps with his been a member of JCC Judy Altholz Skolnick, involvement in the JCC’s basketball proboard since 2010 and been born and raised in West grams. an active member of the Hartford, Connecticut, donald hendel Pite Youth Award Women’s Networking Group arrived in New Haven of Women’s Philanthropy. “The main Molly Teplitzky in 1971 and quickly became involved thing is that I’m a strong advocate for in the world of Jewish volunteerism. Jeremi Yakerson Israel and for Jewish education,” she She has served as Vice President of says. Roz has been a member of BEKI the Jewish Federation of Greater New ects to help boost the involvement of younger people and help build the next generation of Jewish leadership in the community. Jonathan is a member of Temple Beth Tivkah and lives in Madison with his wife Sara and daughters Leah and Rebecca.
Cool Reads for Hot Days
Summer’s Best Books Summer is definitely upon us, and soon you will have the time to have that special pleasure of cozy up with a good book while sunning along the sea or mellowing in the mountains. Come hear what book maven Roxanne J. Coady has to recommend for hot reads this year. She is the founder of R.J. Julia Booksellers, Ltd. in Madison and an on-line retailer, JustTheRightBook. com. Roxanne grew up in a home where English was a second language and luxuries were scarce. By her own grit and continuing quest to educate herself, she has reached the top in two very different worlds, first in finance and then bookselling. Now she has turned her fierce energy, passion and smarts to helping every child discover the joy of reading. We find her interesting, insightful and fun .. and we’re sure you will too. Please join us at a private home in Guilford for this Women’s Network event on Wednesday, June 6. Light dinner will be served at 6:30; the presentation will start at 7:30. Networking and coffee follow at 8:30. Couvert: $36 (dietary laws observed); there will be no solicitation. Please R.S.V.P. by May 31 either on-line at www.jewishnewhaven.org, or by contacting Enid Groves 203-387-2424 x267, firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is sponsored by Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.
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More than 100 people came to the The Women’s Network March event, Let’s Dish, to hear about the tribulations and triumphs of four foodie entrepreneurs. Pictured at right: Bonnie Tandy Leblang, Stephanie Wain, Ruth Lesser and Carole Peck (one of the presenters).
The 2012 International
Lion of Judah Conference
September 10-12, 2012 New York City Join the most powerful, dedicated and generous Jewish women in the world for a world-class conference. Early Bird Registration is up and running. Contact Enid Groves: 203 387-2424 ext 267; email@example.com
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Interfaith Dialogue Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders will examine how we understand each other and live together in an interfaith community at the Shoreline Interfaith Dialogue on Thursday, May 3 from 7-9pm. The panel includes the Reverend Kendrick Norris, Senior Pastor at the First Congregational Church in Guilford; Rabbi Yonatan Yussman, Head of School at the Jewish High School of CT; and Aida Mansoor, President of the Muslim Coalition of CT. Rabbi Hesch Sommer, Director of the Jewish Wellness and Healing Center of Jewish Family Service, will be moderator. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The Interfaith Dialogue is presented by the Adult Education Committee of Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven’s Shoreline office. Join us as we build community relations through open discussion and enlightened conversation. More: firstname.lastname@example.org or Temple Beth Tikvah’s office, 203-245-7028.
Celebrate Lag B’Omer with Israeli Singing Troupe The 33rd day of the Omer count is traditionally a festive day of light and joy called Lag B’Omer. This year the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven will celebrate Lag B’Omer on the Shore with the award winning Shir BaEmek Israeli Music Troupe. This free event is open to the community and will take place on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the Guilford Yacht Club overlooking beautiful Long Island Sound. Shir Ba Emek is the official singing ensemble of Afula, Israel. Made up of talented natives from the town, the 13 members are under the musical direction of Yoram Zadok. The ensemble has travelled throughout Israel and abroad sharing its rich and varied repertoire and winning a national singing competition. The program runs from 7:00 – 9:00pm and will feature a celebratory concert and kosher reception catered by Jordan’s. The Guilford Yacht Club is located at 379 Whitfield St., Guilford. To register and download a free ticket go to www.lagbaomershorecelebration.eventbrite.org or call Jill Lesage at 203-387-2424 Ext.375 or 203-738-0033.
Shoreline Book Signing with Author Marthe Cohen As a member of the French intelligence service during WWII, Marthe Cohen fought valiantly to retrieve needed inside information by slipping behind enemy lines posing as a young German nurse. Behind Enemy Lines: the True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany is a memoir of an unconscionable chapter in history that has captivated the world’s attention for more than sixty years. At its core is the account of an ordinary person rising above extraordinary circumstances to help her beloved country. On Sunday, May 20, 3:00-5:00pm, Marthe will appear at a book signing and Mediterranean food recep-
tion hosted by the Shoreline division of The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven in partnership with Shoreline Hadassah. A $10 donation is suggested. When asked about her inner strength and lifelong commitment to Jewish rights, Marthe answered with a lesson for us all-“One must always take an active role in fighting for freedom and treating all people with dignity and respect.” Senior Center at Madison Town Campus, 29 Bradley Road, Madison. More: contact Jill Weyler Lesage at 203-738-0033 or email@example.com. You can also visit www.marthecohnspeakingevent.eventbrite.com to make a reservation and download a reminder ticket for the fridge.
Miriam’s Cup Runneth Over at Shoreline Women’s Seder By Deborah Nason Why, on “this” night, have the women from our community gathered together? Why, on “this” night, are the women served, rather than serving others? Why, on “this” night, are we focused on the heroines of the Passover story? Why, on “this” night, do we place a Miriam’s cup on our table? These are the special Four Questions that were asked during the seventh annual Shoreline Women’s Seder, hosted this year by Madison’s Temple Beth Tikvah, on March 18. Almost 90 women from East Haven to Old Lyme attended the community event underwritten in part by the Women of Vision Society through a grant from the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven. With the goal of creating a beautiful sacred space, the Beth Tikvah meeting hall was festooned with long veils. Round dining tables throughout the room were dressed with both traditional and modern Passover trappings – all-vegetarian Seder plates featured the familiar charoses and chrain alongside a prominent orange symbolizing fruitfulness. Modern-day timbrels at each place setting hearkened back to ancient times, enabling participants to provide enthusiastic accompaniment to prayers, songs and dances.
You Don’t Have to Understand Yiddish to Go ‘Meshugge’ Over Gilbert & Sullivan
The spirit of the 2012 Women’s Seder was summed up with the offering of Miriam’s Cup, which followed the traditional Elijah’s Cup. “…[W]e pray that Miriam and the voices of our mothers and sisters will be with us as we strive for a world that will bring freedom to all those in need.”
On Sunday, June 3 at 1:30pm Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison, CT will host the nationally acclaimed Gilbert & Sullivan Yiddish Light Opera Company of Long Island as they present an English - Yiddish musical comedy, “Di Yam Gazlonim,” based on Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.”
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The company’s talented actors combine Yiddish songs and English dialogue. Familiar music melodies mix with Jewish humor and satirical Yiddish expressions to provide a family friendly afternoon filled with yiddishkeit, laughter and fond memory. An interactive talkback with the cast will take place after the performance. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations: 203-245-7028 TBT members - $10 / Non-members - $12 / Students - $5 / Under 6 Free From Left to Right: Judith Barr, Janis Miller, Vivienne Barr Braun, Sophia Colodner, Carol Miller, Lisa Stanger
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Towers Life Beyond BINGO Message from
by Richard Slutsky
President Tower One/Tower East
Why Choose Jewish Senior Living? There are many different types of Jewish senior living organizations. There are independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities, as well as continuing care retirement communities and campuses that contain multiple facilities that provide various types of living arrangements and levels of care. There are also affordable, moderate and upper income options available. But regardless of what type of living arrangements or levels of care one is looking for, what is it that makes Jewish senior living different than other senior living organizations? Two significant differences come to mind. The first is that the vast majority of the Jewish affiliated senior living organizations are “not for profit.” Being “not for profit” is both a philosophy and an approach to providing housing and health care services without the need to benefit shareholders, which is the case with for-profit senior living organizations. Shareholders are often included as stakeholders in for-profit organizations but not in not-for-profit. The primary stakeholders in these organizations are the residents and their family members. Not-for-profit senior living organizations often supplement revenues, which do not typically cover all of the costs of providing the best possible living arrangements and services. Hence, not-for-profits must raise community funds to enhance programming and increase the quality of life for all residents. The second significant difference is Jewish culture. Sometimes this is easy to define, at other times, less so. But we, as Jews, do have our own culture; one that is beautiful, uplifting and spiritual. It is a culture highlighted by strong family connections, as well as observances of the Sabbath and a number of holidays and rituals that occur throughout the year. In addition, the belief that “Thou shall honor their mother and their father” is a very important tenet. Most Jewish affiliated senior campuses embrace this culture with kosher cooking, a regular complement of religious based services and activities, intergenerational programming, strong connections to area synagogues and Jewish youth groups and by maintaining a high percentage of Jewish residents. In addition, most Jewish senior living organizations belong to the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS). One of the major benefits of belonging to AJAS is that leaders of these organizations often share and learn from the best practices of other similar organizations. So, if you are, or know someone else who is, investigating senior living options, remember to check Jewish senior living as the first and best option!
Once friends and neighbors find out that I am associated with a senior living community, I am often asked lifestyle questions about the programs and activities that our residents experience. I usually respond by stating that at Tower One/ Tower East, life is much more than bingo. We have a saying at the Towers that we “strive to add life to residents’ years and not just years to residents’ lives.” This is both our philosophy and our commitment: we strive to offer our residents an extensive array of engaging programs and activities that stimulate them mentally, spiritually, and physically. Yes…we do offer bingo and it is a popular activity at the Towers. But we also offer trivia sessions, exercise classes, Tai Chi, drama and music classes, as well as an elaborate schedule of the area’s finest entertainers who perform at the Towers. See below for our spring ‘Lunch and Learn’ lectures. We also have a forty plus member resident choir at the Towers who have performed multiple times at Long Wharf Theatre, along with a group of residents who have performed in theatrical plays there. In addition, we offer a comprehensive lecture series, bringing the area’s brightest and most knowledgeable scholars to the Towers to discuss health issues, as well as political and religious topics. I remain very thankful that our residents directly benefit from the Greater New Haven Jewish Federation’s generous support of our religious based programming. We have our own synagogue on-site whose membership ranks continue to increase each year. For our non-religious based programming, we raise funds from our local community to maintain our extensive offerings, since the rent from our apartments just covers the costs of maintaining the “bricks and mortar” of the buildings and does not cover any programming or activity expenses. The Towers is the the only affordable kosher senior living community located in Connecticut. Uniquely, we offer many on-site conveniences such as a branch of First Niagara Bank, convenience store, hair salon, rehabilitation center staffed by five physical, occupational and speech therapists, physician services and even a part-time seamstress and jewelry repair person. My staff and I are very proud of all of the services we provide as well as our very unique community niche. To learn more about the Towers, please visit www.towerone.org or call us at 203772-1816. My extension is #140 and I pledge to return all calls.
Tower One/Tower East Lunch & Learn Series Tuesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm in Tower One Tower East Dining Room. May 22: Stacey Battat, educator, author and public speaker, presents “Celebrating Life’s Thin Thread Moments.” June 19: Connie Pino, school psychologist and ‘Laughter Leader’ will present “Laughter Yoga.” Both events are open to the community. Registration fee is $10 for one session, $18 for both. Fee includes a box lunch. More: Lisa Ferguson at Lisaf@towerone.org or 203-772-1816, ext. 240. Contact Lisa to register: 203-772-1816, ext. 240 or Lisaf@towerone.org
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Avraham Infeld, President Emeritus of Hillel - the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, will speak on the topic “Trying to Make Sense of Changing Times” on Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30 pm. A native of South Africa, Mr. Infeld has invested a lifetime building Jewish identity and strengthening the State of Israel. In 2005, he was awarded the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s prestigious Samuel Rothberg Prize for Jewish Education, the first specialist in informal Jewish Education to be so honored. “Avraham Infeld is nothing less than one of the best speakers on the Jewish circuit,” said Sydney Perry, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. “He is witty, substantive and completely engaging. A thoughtful and thought-provoking thinker, I can’t wait to hear what he has to say.” This lecture is presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and will take place at the Vine Auditorium on the JCC campus, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge. For more information, contact Hilary Goldberg, 203-387-1522, x-325 or email@example.com.
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JFS Message from
Jonathan Garfinkle, Ph.D. Executive Director
Reaching Out to Jews with Disabilities Americans with developmental disabilities are one of the largest, yet least protected and most under-represented, minorities in the country today. More than 50 million Americans live with some form of disability, 70% of whom are unemployed and 28% of whom live in poverty. Those on Medicaid and requiring long-term services are often segregated in institutions, away from their homes and communities where they would live most comfortably and thrive best. These and other adverse circumstances, such as employment discrimination and unequal access to community services and institutions, plague this often-forgotten group. Indeed, Jewish tradition teaches us of our obligation to ensure equal treatment and access for all people and to help facilitate the full participation of individuals with disabilities in religious and public life. We are taught: “Do not separate yourself from the community” (Pirke Avot 2:5); accordingly, we must prevent anyone from being separated against his or her will. Guided by Jewish ethics and our belief in the importance and value of community life, JFS offers a wide range of services and programs tailored to address the specific and myriad needs of our community’s adults with cognitive and social disabilities. According to the Greater New Haven Jewish Population Study of 2010, 2% of Jewish adults in our community (approximately 500 Jews) are classified as disabled. For 25 years, JFS, through our “Shalom Group,”, has promoted community integration opportunities and provided a positive and supportive environment for its members and their families to explore their Jewish identity and live fulfilling lives. At present, the Shalom Group has 38 active members. As with all of JFS’ programs, Shalom Group events and services are not confined to a physical space;: rather, ours is a program “without walls”, one which promotes inclusion and visibility into the wider Jewish community and, indeed, into society at large. It is the goal of the program to ensure that all Jews with developmental disabilities live lives with meaning, dignity, and respect, and that they live in freedom and openness rather than hidden from the world. Together, the JCC, JFS, and local synagogues, representing the “hub” of the Jewish community, offer the ideal gathering spaces for most of our socialization, educational, Judaic ritual and holiday observance events. It is a further goal of The Shalom Group Program to help enable developmentally disabled adults to live independent, productive, and fulfilling lives. We believe that each person has the right to make independent decisions and determine a life plan that fits his/her vision for success, and it is our intention and responsibility to support that plan in every way we can. Also integral to JFS’ vision of success is the extent to which our members have a positive impact on the Jewish community and on society at large. Through the wide range of community programming conducted regularly and throughout the community, and the increasing felt presence of Shalom Group members in our everyday community affairs, public awareness of the value, strengths, talents, and abilities of our members is progressively and tangibly growing. Affirming the Jewish value that we are all created in T’zelem Elohim, the Divine Image, the Shalom Group fosters an environment which offers respect and dignity to every person.
Celebrating the Holidays with the Shalom Group Like clockwork, Jewish holiday time at JFS reliably signals the next gathering of the Shalom Group. For more than a quarter century, this program for local adults with developmental disabilities has been bringing its membership together with JFS staff to observe and celebrate the major Jewish holiday traditions. Congregating at JFS for Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah and Purim, the program’s activities involve elements of teaching, participation in rituals, and the enjoyment of foods specific to those holiday experiences. During Sukkot and Passover, the gatherings typically take place in a synagogue setting, which affirms the partnership between JFS and the local Jewish community. Just weeks after 23 friends celebrated Purim together, 30 members of the group arrived at Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel (BEKI) to prepare for Passover with a model sederSeder led by Rabbi Hesch Sommer, JFS’ Director of the Jewish Wellness and Healing Center (JWHC), and Chaplain Ron Herman from Southbury Vocational Training School. They enjoyed a full course seder dinner, sang Passover songs, and once again took advantage
of the opportunity to laugh and socialize with new and old friends, including students from the BEKI Religious School. Said Rachel Dobin, LCSW, JFS’ SOS Program Coordinator and Coordinator of Shalom Group Programming said, “It’s wonderful to watch our members actively participating in a traditional Passover Seder with all their friends, but even more special to see them welcomed and included in the larger Jewish community.” “These events are great not only for the Shalom Group participants, but they also offer a meaningful experience to others in our community who have the opportunity to volunteer, to talk, and to laugh with the participants. Personally, it’s an honor to have become an integral part of the lives of so many in our group – to be able to share with them, offer them counsel, and to watch them grow and succeed. Noah, a and 19-year member, Noah, said it all,. “I love coming to Shalom Group. I like seeing my friends and the people from JFS. I especially like all the good food.”
Upcoming JFS events
Men’s Divorce Support Group
Shalom Group – Community Outreach
Coping with divorce is one of the most difficult times in a man’s life. Our new support group will enable men to discuss the challenging issues of divorce and to gain insights and resources through dialogue with other men. Sessions are held at Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., New Haven and are $18. More information or to register: Rabbi Hesch
Thursday, June 28, 5:30-7:00pm The Shalom Group offers Jewish teens and adults with developmental disabilities various educational enrichment and social interaction opportunities through a series of events celebrating the Jewish holidays. All are welcome to join in a special pre-Shabbat Celebration. Presented by SARAH, Inc. of Guilford with the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven Shoreline office. More: Rachel Scolnic Dobin, 203389-5599 ext.109
Afternoon of Informal Socializing Tuesdays, April 3, May 1, June 5, 11:00am-1:00pm Come join us for a monthly afternoon of card games, mah jong, and just plain getting to meet and greet folks in a safe and comfortable environment. We’ll provide coffee, tea and soda. You bring the cards or board game (canasta, poker, bridge, backgammon, etc.) and a dairy lunch if you desire. JFS office, 1440 Whalley Avenue, New Haven. More: Joan Sloan, LCSW, 203-389-5599, ext. 139 or Rabbi Hesch Sommer, 203389-5599, ext. 117.
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Beginning Monday, April 23, 6:30-800pm
Sommer, 203-389-5599, ext. 117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer and Wellness Fair Thursday, June 14, 11:00am-2:30pm Join us for breakout sessions focusing on issues that will be of importance to seniors such as relationships as we age, finances, educational opportunities for seniors, and ways of staying active both physically and mentally. Presented in partnership with the Towers at their location, 18 Tower Lane, New Haven. More: Rachel Scolnic Dobin, 203-389-5599 ext.109 For more details about these and other JFS events, see their on-line calendar at jfsnh.org.
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Lauri Lowell Director, Jewish Community Relations Council
What’s New is Old, What’s Old is New McCluhan was right (readers under 40, Google him). Born 101 years ago, McCluhan was eerily prescient. The medium is the message and the world is a global village. No matter how right the position, if it’s not communicated clearly and concisely in seven-second bites, forget about it. And today’s audience wants to be reached not only mentally, but also emotionally. They want to be moved, affected. They want the story. Enter the Israel Action Network (IAN), a national model for community advocacy for Israel based on research about effective messaging. The research, commissioned by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, found that people who love Israel tend to talk about the things about Israel that they most care about. But it turns out that what they care about may not be important to the people they are trying to convince.
Reading Partner Reception Roxanne Coady, owner of R. J. Julia Booksellers and founder of Read to Grow, will be guest speaker at the Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) Volunteer Reading Partner Appreciation Reception on Wednesday morning, May 23, at 9:30am at the JCC in Woodbridge. The title of her talk is “How Literacy Can Change a life.” This program is free and open to the community. JCL helps children learn the pleasures of reading from caring adults, while volunteers experience the thrill of helping students love to learn. The organization’s 165 plus reading partners are a diverse group of volunteers from different faiths, educational backgrounds and experiences. They participate in a unique custombuilt opportunity to help our community, one child at a time. JCL reading partners commit one hour per week to read with assigned students, sharing the enjoyment of reading, giving the child practice with their English language skills, while forming nurturing relationships. JCL is an award-winning project of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. For more or to RSVP: Brenda Brenner, email@example.com or 203 387-2424 x308.
New Haven’s new IAN committee is learning how to formulate messages that work with the people they want to reach, and how to communicate those messages in a story that relates their own deep connection with Israel and the Israeli people. For more information, contact Ed Berns and Elaine Braffman, IAN co-chairs, at IAN@jewishnewhaven.org. Interfaith relationships continue to be a core focus for JCRC. A recent retreat of the board of Interfaith Cooperative Ministries had representation from the Quakers, Baha’is, Muslims, Methodists, Congregationalists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Reform and Conservative Jews. Not a poor cross-section of the American religious landscape, but not good enough. There was consensus that the group needs to do more to connect with other faiths and denominations in New Haven. JCRC’s literacy initiative, the Jewish Coalition for Literacy, is successfully serving seven New Haven public schools. With the New Haven School Change, Boost! and Promise initiatives in the works, JCL is poised to offer its expertise about how to encourage and motivate young students to love reading and learning. To hear more about the importance of literacy today, come to JCL’s volunteer appreciation reception on May 23 (see story in the adjacent column).
Pictured above are Evelyn Krevolin and Hyla Chasnoff, JCL reception co-chairs. Nina Goodless-Sanchez and Kathy Glassman (not pictured) complete the committee.
Note the new date and location for the upcoming Immigration forum detailed below. The intention is to shed light on issues that have generated nothing but heat in Greater New Haven in recent months. Please join us. More: Contact Lauri Lowell at 203 387-2424 x318 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Immigration Dilemma: Pathway to Citizenship or Road to Deportation? It’s a national election issue, a local issue, a legislative issue. It’s about entitlements, the budget, law enforcement and ethnicity. It’s about America’s heritage, but more importantly, it’s about America’s future. It’s the Immigration Dilemma. Some want reform and some want enforcement. But many don’t know what they want because it’s just too complex. Find out what it’s all about at a citywide forum presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New Haven on Wednesday, May 16, 7:00-9:00 pm, Wilbur Cross High School Auditorium, 181 Mitchell Drive, New Haven. Ample off-street parking is available in the school lot. An overview will be presented by Prof. Els de Grauuw of Baruch College, City University of New York, followed by comments from a panel of leaders representing some of the New Haven constituencies most affected by the immigration dilemma. Free and open to the public. More: Lauri Lowell, JCRC director, at email@example.com or 203 387-2424 x318.
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Foundation When the Stock Market is High…
Apply Now for Women of Vision Grants
There are Great Advantages to Making Charitable Gifts with Stock
The Women of Vision Society of the Jewish Foundation is pleased to announce the release of the 2012 Grant Application. The application and guidelines for grant making are available by contacting Leora Y. Cohen, Director, Women of Vision, at 203.387.2424 x226 or www.newhavenfoundation.org. She can also provide you with more information about becoming a part of Women of Vision or submitting a grant.
It is easy to give appreciated securities, including stocks or bonds to charity. Here are some of the potential benefits when you donate long-term (held for over one-year) appreciated securities: • Avoid paying capital gains tax. • Receive a charitable income tax deduction. • Your gift can be used to establish an endowment fund, benefit your synagogue, benefit the Jewish Federation of GNH Annual Campaign, and/or benefit your favorite agency or programs Donating securities that have increased in value is a tax-savvy plan and helps support our community. You can also donate appreciated securities to establish a charitable gift annuity or charitable trust that pays you an income for life. Gifts of appreciated securities that you have held for longer than 12 months offer a two-fold tax savings: • You may receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the securities on the date of the gift.
Applications are due in the Jewish Foundation office no later than 4 PM on Friday May 18, 2012. Please note, these are small grants and are usually awarded in the amount of $300 to $3000. See story below about Echo magazine for one example of the kind of projects funded by WOV grants. The Women of Vision Society at the Jewish Foundation was created in 1996 to ensure that a permanent, restricted endowment fund would be available to enhance the quality of life for future generations of Jewish women and their families in Greater New Haven, Israel, and around the world. The Society was created by one hundred women who each contributed a minimum of $1,000 (payable within 3 years) to establish the original endowment from which annual grants have been made since 1998. In 2002, Women of Vision Society Too was launched to allow additional members of the community the opportunity to participate. Each year, a Women of Vision grants committee awards grants from the Women of Vision Society endowment. Since 1998, over $110,000 has been awarded for programs and projects of concern to Jewish women.
• You do not pay capital gains tax on the increase in the value of the securities. For example, if the securities originally cost $2,000 and now have a fair market value of $10,000, you do not pay tax on the $8,000 gain and you may claim a charitable income tax deduction for $10,000.
Echo Magazine: Women of Vision Society Grant Recipient
How Do Gifts of Cash and Securities Compare?
Gift of $10,000 Cash Gift of $10,000 Securities Gift Amount
Initial Cost Basis of Securities/Appreciation
Capital Gains Tax Saved or Paid, Assuming 15% rate* Not applicable
Ordinary income tax savings (35% tax bracket x value of gift)*
Net tax savings (ordinary income + capital gain)
*Please note: A different tax rate may apply to you and, accordingly, the charitable benefit you receive may vary. Gifts of securities may be deductible up to 30% of your adjusted gross income, however, excess deductible amounts may be carried forward for five years. Please consult with your own professional to determine your specific situation. For additional information contact the Jewish Foundation Director, Lisa Stanger, at 203-387-2424, ext. 382 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www. newhavenjewishfoundation.org
Students at The Jewish High School of Connecticut are thrilled to present the first issue of their literary magazine, Echo, thanks to a grant from the Women of Vision Society of the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven. The magazine is a unique confluence of student produced academic and creative writing. Echo is distinguished by being one of the only high school level literary magazines to include analytical essays. See samples from Echo below. The editorial staff of the publication incldues Eva Gerber, Miriam Gerber, Emma Stein, Batsheva Labowe-Stoll, Talia Weseley and Amber Kitay. Dana Langer serves as the teacher/advisor and is the person to contact with all inquiries and distribution information: dlanger@JHSCT.org or (203) 275-8448.
Excerpts from Echo
Whenever It’s Winter by Shaina Gluckman
Whenever it’s winter, Days short and nights long, Snow and rain, Happiness disappears in clouds. I want it to be summer again and the sun to shine. During the summer Warm weather The sun rays shine down. Soaking up heat I never want winter to come back.
Story Teller by Eva Gerber
“You despicable creature. You interfere with the gods and expect mercy in return?” Hera laughed at my terror. She fed off my weakness, stripping me of my power and will. “You call yourself a story teller? You, Echo, who are unworthy of your very voice?” I looked up towards her face, but the goddess had left as abruptly as she had appeared. That night, I trembled alone under my fig tree. I opened my mouth to speak words of comfort. My lips moved, but no sound emerged. Agonized, I slipped into unconsciousness.
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Synagogues New Haven Area Film Premiere Our Rabbis Speak
Rabbi Josh Whinston Temple Beth David
If you have not heard the name Peter Beinart yet, keep listening, aside from this article, I am sure you will hear it again soon. Mr. Beinart made quite a splash in June of 2010 when he published an article in the New York Review of Books titled, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment” and more recently with the release of his book “A Crisis of Zionism.” The article focuses on how the American Jewish Leadership has failed to convey to young people how important Israel is to the future of the Jewish people. Moreover, Mr. Beinart goes on to say that, so often, the liberal values many young Jews hold – and in fact were taught by this same Jewish Establishment – do not sync well with an unwavering support for the State of Israel. While the Jewish establishment shouts that Israel is treated unfairly by other countries and in the media, many young Jews feel that the Jewish establishment does not apply the same standards to the State of Israel that it does to other countries who engage in similar activities. Of course, Mr. Beinart is not the only person to critique the monolithic voice of American Jews in regards to the State of Israel. J Street, a lobbying group established in 2008 also engages in rhetoric and activities that the American Jewish Establishment often takes issue. Whereas other pro-Israel lobbying groups maintain political footing in step with the government of the State of Israel, J Street feels comfortable publicly criticizing and lobbying the United States government concerning actions and political issues it finds objectionable. Certainly, in recent history, few of us can recall a time when the American Jewish community did not speak with one voice concerning the State of Israel. For those who can remember a time before the State existed and who followed the many conflicts in our homeland, I am sure the idea of disparate American Jewish voices seems quite troubling when it comes to Israel. For as long as there have been Jews, there have been things about which we disagree; it is just that Israel has never really been one of those things. My wife, Sarah, has always been a strong supporter of Israel. She lived there for a year in college and has traveled there many times. She put into words something that I have always felt about Israel. Sarah says, “Israel is like a sibling. You don’t always have to like it, but you must always love it.” Sarah is right. For those of us who care deeply about Israel, love must be our test. There is now and will continue to be a strong Jewish voice objecting to actions the Israeli Government takes, this is not something we should attempt to silence or ignore if those offering the critique offer it from a place of love. It is important to remember that if these multiple Jewish voices commenting on the State of Israel come from a place of love, it will not diminish us, it will only make us stronger.
About Temple Beth David Temple Beth David is a Reform Synagogue, a warm, caring environment that promotes connections within our congregational community, to the Jewish people, and the world ... ensuring that the teachings of Torah and Judaism will endure from generation to generation. The sanctuary was originally a Methodist church built in 1834 and still features the original wooden floor boards held in place by handcrafted nails. The sanctuary is reminiscent of the Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I., and the Ark is built in Colonial style. Embellished on our ark is a panel which in Hebrew reads Da lifnai mi atah omed - “Know before Whom you Stand.” This plank came from a pallet which traveled to the United States with Jewish immigrants from the then Soviet Union. From the dream and vision of the founding 17 families, we have become an institution able to offer the Jewish community a religious school for our children, adult education, a Jewish cemetery, training for Bar and Bat Mitzvah, and most importantly, the support and caring of an extended family. At Temple Beth David we understand the importance of our community to come together to celebrate wonderful life cycle events and Jewish holidays, but also to be a truly caring community that provides support for everyone in times of need. We encourage you to visit us! Temple Beth David, 3 Main Street Cheshire, CT 06410, (203) 272-0037. www.tbdcheshire.org
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Congregation B’nai Jacob will present the award-winning documentary Unmasked: Judeophobia and the Threat to Civilization on Sunday, May 6 at 10:30 am. The producer and director Gloria Greenfield will lead a post-screening question and answer session. The documentary is a call to action and an urgent reminder that anti-Semitism is a menace not only to Jews, but to the human condition itself. Unmasked covers the topic of Judeophobia from all angles, including historical Christian and contemporary Islamic polemics against Jews, the proliferation of anti-Israeli bias in academia and cultural institutions, misinformation campaigns and state-sanctioned denials of Israel’s right to exist. The documentary includes interviews with Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz, former UN ambassador John Bolton, human rights activists Natan Sharansky and many others. Tickets cost $5 at the door; students are free. The entire community is welcome to attend. More: email@example.com or Rabbi Joel Levenson 203-389-2111.
BEKI Shifting Identities of Orthodox Jewish Men Saturday May 5, 12:45pm Elana Sztokman, author of The Men’s Section: Orthodox Jewish Men in an Egalitarian World, will discuss her book following Shabbat services and Kiddush. Based on extensive interviews, the book examines the perspectives of Orthodox men who belong to “partnership” or “ortho-egal” synagogues in Israel, North America, and Australia and how they navigate the tension between their patriarchal traditions and the growing pressure for gender equality. Elana Sztokman holds a Ph.D. in sociology and education from Hebrew University. A columnist, activist, researcher and educator, she writes a regular column on gender at The Forward and is a frequent contributor to The Jerusalem Post, Lilith and The Jerusalem Report. Her presentation is free and open to the public.
Assassins of the Turquoise Palace Saturday June 10, 12:45pm Roya Hakakian, author of Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, will discuss her book following Shabbat services and Kiddush. Her book, about Iran’s terror campaign against exiled Iranian dissidents in Western Europe, is a non-fiction account of the Mykonos restaurant assassinations on September 17, 1992 in Berlin in which four Kurdish and Iranian activists were killed. The subsequent court case became one of the most high profile cases in Europe, implicating the highest level of Iranian government. Roya Hakakian is also the author of Journey from the Land of No, a memoir of growing up a Jewish teenager in postrevolutionary Iran. She is a recipient of the 2008 Guggenheim fellowship in nonfiction. Her presentation is free and open to the public. More: BEKI, 85 Harrison Street, New Haven, 203-389-2108.
Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont/Chabad Trip to New York Sunday, May 6 Watch a sofer-scribe in action, visit the Jewish Museum in Brooklyn, shop at a large Kosher supermarket and Judaica store, enjoy dining at fine eateries for lunch and dinner, and visit the gravesite of the Rebbe in Queens. Travel by coach bus.
Celebrate Shavuot Sunday, May 27, Morning services at 9:30am, Torah reading at 11:00am. Join us for morning services and reading of the Torah/10 Commandments followed by a delicious dairy luncheon and ice cream party. Free and open to the community.
Meals and Miracles Sunday, June 3, 7:00pm Hear author Joanne Caras share her fascinating experience of collecting recipes for her cookbook, Holocaust Survivor Cookbook. Joanne has given hundreds of speeches around the world and has appeared on Fox-TV, CBS, NBC, and national radio in the US, Canada and Israel. Enjoy refreshments as well as samples of cookbook recipes. $12/person. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Carmei Ha’ir Soup Kitchen in Israel. RSVP: 203-878-4569 or email rabbi@JewishMilford.com. Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont., 15 Edgefield Avenue, Milford. More: 203-878-4569.
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Temple Emanuel Please join us for summer fun: • Weekly Kabbalat Shabbat services at 7:30: July 7-August 31 • Shabbat Under the Stars: July 13 • Giant TE Tag Sale: August 26 • Member BBQ and Kabbalat Shabbat: September 7 More: www.templeemanuel-gnh.org or 203-397-3000.
Congregation Mishkan Israel Rabbi Howard Mandell on Social Justice Friday, May 4 at 7:30pm Rabbi Howard Mandell, Board Chair of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will be this year’s Robert E. Goldburg Peace & Justice Service. His topic will be Judaism and social justice. Rabbi Mandell was a clerk for Frank M. Johnson, a federal judge in Montgomery, AL. who is honored today for his landmark desegregation ruling. He subsequently became the first lawyer hired by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which represents indigent clients, especially minorities, in civil rights cases. He also served as Montgomery’s city attorney. Mandell’s commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world) led him to become a rabbi. He is currently Chaplain at Yale-New Haven Hospital. This event is open to the community. More: 203- 288-3877.
Zamir Chorale of Boston in Concert Sunday, May 20 at 3:00 p.m. The featured performers for this spe. event are the Zamir Chorale of cial Boston. The Chorale, led by Dr. Joshua Jacobson, is world renowned for exciting, top quality presentation of Jewish music of many periods and styles. Their repertoire includes Jewish liturgical pieces, major classical works, newly commissioned compositions by contemporary Jewish composers and Israeli, Yiddish and Ladino folksongs. The Chorale has performed throughout North America, in Eastern Europe, Great Britain and Israel. This is their only per-
formance in Connecticut this year. Themed “Mah Tovu, Celebrating the Good at Mishkan Israel,” the event will also pay tribute to CMI’s involvement in the community. The afternoon will feature appetizers, a silent auction and desserts and will take place at the synagogue. The community is invited to attend. Ticket prices are $36 per person. Advanced reservations are suggested but not required. More information and RSVP: (203) 2883877.
Synagogues Westville Synagogue Spring Gala Plans are nearly complete for the Westville Synagogue annual spring gala, scheduled for May 6, 2012.
some years. They are the parents of two grown children and an eighth grader at Ezra Academy.
Shirley and Irving Kroopnick were This year’s honoree is Sydney Perry, supporters of the CEO of the Jewish Westville Synagogue Federation of Greater as well as many New Haven and a other Jewish and member of the synacommunity orgagogue. Ms. Perry has nizations in New devoted much of her Haven and beyond. career in support of Their family conJewish education tinues its support locally, as well as by underwriting nationally, developboth the Westville ing programs for University adult teens and adults on education series topics as varied as Daniel Nadis and Sally Zanger and the Westville Holocaust education, Youth Program. The intermarried famiMiDor LeDor Award lies, special needs will be presented to and Israel advocacy. the Kroopnick famSydney and her husily and accepted band, Professor Tony by Jay and Robin Perry, have six grown Kroopnick. Shirley children and numerand Irv’s grandous grandchildren. daughter Kayla is in The synagogue will the sixth grade at present its Shul Ezra Academy. Leadership Award
Robin, Shirley and Kayla Kroopnick A tribute book will to Sally Zanger and be published in Daniel Nadis. Sally and Daniel have served and led several conjunction with the gala. Those interested in placing a greeting in the tribcommittees and projects throughout ute book or attending the dinner should their nearly 30-year tenure as mempromptly contact Barbara Zalesch at bers, and have been steadfast in their Barbzal918@aol.com. support even while living abroad for
Westville University Programs Westville University is an educational initiative that offers dynamic high level programming to the community reflecting our commitment to Jewish learning, history, culture, law and the State of Israel.
Multiple Opinions in Jewish Law: Hermeneutical and Theological Aspects Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 8:00pm Professor Steven Fraade, Yale University
From Galut to Hitgalut: Re-experiencing Revelation in Exile Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 8:00pm Professor Hindy Najman, Yale University
Wisdom from the Bat Cave: Jewish Themes from Superheroes
Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 8:00pm Rabbi Chagie Rubin, Young Israel of New Haven Westville Synagogue is a warm and welcoming Modern Orthodox community. 74 West Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06515; 203 389 9513; http://westvilleshul.org
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Fitness Message from
Coming Up at the Jcc Fitness Center this Summer
Director of Fitness Services
Zumba…What’s All the Hoopla About? You’ve probably heard people say Zumba is ‘addictive’ or you may have noticed how full the classes are. Have you ever wondered, “What’s all the hoopla about?” Well, it’s about people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and ages gathering together with the music cranked up – and dancing their hearts out. Basically, it’s a blast—and a calorie-burner, too. You could burn over 400 calories in an hour, depending on how much you put into the moves. Best of all, you can Zumba to your heart’s content right here at the JCC of Greater New Haven-- and (with few exceptions) they are free for members. We’re currently offering a variety of10 Zumba classes per week! Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumbatomic , Zumba Circuit and Aqua Zumba! Check out our group exercise schedule at www. jccnh.org for details. So what exactly is Zumba? Zumba is Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere. While many of the types of dance and music featured in the program are Latin American inspired, classes can also contain everything from jazz to African beats to country to hip-hop and pop. Who Should Take Zumba? Zumba is truly for anyone who can stand up and dance - and “dance” is a very liberal term here, as no dance experience or skills are necessary. People of all ages, shapes and sizes are welcome and encouraged to attend classes. If you can shake your booty and like fun music, this class is for you.
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What to Expect in Zumba Class Most Zumba classes are an hour long. They begin with a dynamic warm-up and end with a cool down and some static stretching. The workout portion is broken down by song, each with a different dance routine. While many of the dance moves pre-choreographed by Zumba, many instructors often add their own choreography and style to their favorite songs. Zumba is also unique in that its instructors don’t speak much, instead they use non-verbal cueing with hand signals and body language to signify that it’s time to change direction or switch to a new move. Overall, participants learn as they go through repetition and by example. Easy to follow, Zumba uses a lot of the same songs over and over so you become familiar with some of the routines and can really let yourself go!
Krav Maga is an easy to learn style of self defense that offers a great workout for men and women. Krav Maga is used by the Israeli Defense Forces. Sundays, 11:15am-12:15pm, 6/3-7/22. Aerobic Room, $150m/$180nm. More: Susan at extension 265.
From the serious fitness enthusiast to the weekend warrior – anyone who can handle an intense, competitive environment with a positive attitude is welcome! Intense intervals, Speed drills, Challenging strength training – you will be pushed to be better!Four week session starting June 3 ( 4 workouts) for $65; drop in: $20 per workout members; n/m $25. More: Jess at extension 266.
TRX & RIP Suspension Training
RIP Training uses a bungee cord and weighted stick to give you an edge over traditional strength training. RIP training is total body power and will challenge your body in an entirely new way! Small group training sessions are forming now. Call Jess at extention 266.
Couch to 5K-- Road Race Training
Group training program designed to prepare anyone for their first 5K road race, such as JCC’s second annual Bagel Run on September 23, 2012. Running specific training exercises along with training to run the route. Groups forming now, Call Susan at extention 265 for details.
What to Wear to Zumba Class It’s important to wear clothing that is moveable and breathable. Because of how popular the classes are, the room can heat up fast. Also, a pair of supportive fitness shoes that are designed for indoor or dance activities, this will support the lateral moves and allow you to pivot your feet easily for knee safety. You’ll probably find that most of the time it really doesn’t feel like you’re working out at all—you just get caught up in the fun of the music and the moves. Before you know it, a whole heart-pumping hour has passed. So simple, yet so amazing. Hope to Zumba with you soon. Call me for more info: 203-387-2522, x-265.
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Education Message from
Thursday, May 3, 8:30am
Hailing from the Emunah Children’s Center in Afula, Israel, the Emunotes performing choir are coming to the New Haven area. The Emunotes are a talented group of 17 boys and girls, ages 8-18. They are back in the US after 2 years, and will entertain you, your family and friends with a fresh and exciting repertoire of traditional and contemporary Israeli and Jewish music.
Director, Center for Jewish Life and Learning
Experiencing Jewish History: Thoughts on Experiential Jewish Learning
Ezra Academy, 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge. More: Ezra Academy, 203-389-5500.
As I write this, Passover is a week away, and as soon as the holiday ends, I will be departing for a two week odyssey on the 2012 International March of the Living. Accompanying me on this journey will be 56 students from throughout New England, including 14 from Greater New Haven, three Holocaust survivors, and a talented staff team. As you read this, our journey will be over, but the lasting impacts of the experiences that our students had while visiting Poland and Israel will be carried with them forever. , and if past experience is any indicator, they will be a key factor in shaping their lives and behaviors as they grow into adult members of the Jewish community.
CT Z’mirah Chorale Spring Concert Thursday, May 3, 7:45pm. Join the CT Z’mirah Chorale for their spring concert. CT Z’mirah Chorale is the only statewide Jewish chorus, comprised of 15 members from New Haven, Fairfield, and Hartford counties. The chorale has a vast repertoire, including different languages and styles. Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. More: Rhoda Sachs Zahler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dance Your Socks Off Sunday, May 20, 3:00pm Gan Hayeled Early Childhood Center presents Nick Jr.’s high-energy The Dirty Sock Funtime Band. Based in New York City, the band captures the hearts of the young and old with their popular hits, performing sold-out shows across the country. Don’t miss out on an afternoon of fun for the whole family and find out why the readers of Time Out New York Kids voted them “Best Kids’ Band.” Tickets for the event are $12 (children under 2 are free) and are available at www.ghevent.org or by calling 203-389-2111. Tickets will be donated to foster care families in reocognition of National Foster Care Month.
Both the Passover Seder and the March of the Living are two examples of Jewish learning at its best – learning through doing. As we sit around the Seder table, we are not supposed to read the story of the Exodus from Egypt, rather we are supposed to tell the story – and the more creative and engaging we can make it, the better. The Seder is full of experiential learning moments: reclining as we drink to express freedom, searching for the afikomen, dipping our fingers in our wine as we recite the ten plagues, and eating Haroset to remind us of the mortar used by the Israelite slaves. Similarly, the March of the Living does not teach our students about Jewish history from a textbook, rather they experience it by traveling through death camps, praying at the Kotel, and participating in Jewish celebrations and commemorations in real time. The success of each of these aspects of Jewish learning (last Last year’s demographic survey of Greater New Haven concluded that 76% of our community’s Jews attend a Passover Seder, while only 43% belong to a synagogue., and pParticipation in March of the Living is higher, on average, than participation in other forms of Jewish teen educational programming offered by MAKOM.) The success of each of these aspects of Jewish learning is proof that experience needs to be more at the forefront of our educational thinking and planning. As we struggle with dwindling numbers in all forms of Jewish education programs in our community, this is an opportunity for us to re-imagine what Jewish learning could look like and for Greater New Haven to be at the forefront of educational change. I am eager to continue working with our schools and principals to discover new and exciting ways to create experiential learning opportunities for the community that goes go beyond the traditional classroom experience and that create meaningful and long-lasting Jewish memories. We will be starting to initiate some of these changes into MAKOM as we introduce new MAKOM learning expeditions – project based learning experiences that are designed around a particular theme or activity and that end in students creating an authentic project for the community. Visit www.makomnh.org to get more information.
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