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Vol 35, No 19

april 14, 2011 – 10 nisan, 5771

Deb Vozella


First and second grade Hebrew school students at Beverly’s Temple B’nai Abraham made Passover seder plates. Pictured above (l-r) are Lauren Sheris, Samantha Israelsohn, Jenna Tabenkin and Hailey Bello. Check out our Passover Greetings supplement in this issue.

North Shore Remembers the Holocaust


PEABODY — The community is invited to join area Holocaust survivors and their families in remembering the Holocaust at the annual Community Interfaith Commemoraton on May 2 at 7 p.m. at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School. Dr. Marvin Wilson of Gordon College will deliver the keynote pre­ sentation, “We Promise To Tell: The New Voices.” The Holocaust Center Service Award will be presented posthumously to Sonia Weitz (19282010), and will be accepted by her three children. The Holocaust Center, Boston North will honor Holocaust survi­ vors and recognize their Holocaust Legacy Partners who will represent them in classrooms and elsewhere in future years. Local veterans will open the pro­ gram with the “posting of the col­ ors.” Children and grandchildren

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John Rolfe (left) is the Holocaust Legacy Partner for suvivor Eric Kahn. Both will be participating in the local celebrartions. continued on page 4

Temple Brightens the Day of Developmentally Disabled Adults

A Loving Tribute to Helen Wertheimer


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The Israeli flag will be raised outside Lynn City 2 Hall

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teachers were expelled from the public schools. Her father was forced to give up his med­ y all accounts, Helen ical practice, and her family Wertheimer was a force was relocated to an area that to be reckoned with. was for Jews only. Despite all of “Tenacious,” “strong,” “fear­ this, her father maintained his less” and “opinionated” are just faith in the German people and a few of the adjectives used the rule of law. He thought to describe this amazing they would be able to woman, along with ride out this difficult “passionate,” “confi­ period. dent” and “warm.” November 9, A pillar of the civic 1938 was Kris­ and religious tallnacht. The next communities in day, all Jewish the Merrimack men between the Valley, Wert­ ages of 16 and heimer died 60 were arrested on Wednesday, and taken to the March 23, at the Dachau concen­ age of 79. tration camp. In Born Helga her testimony Wachenheimer in recorded at the 1932, she lived with Holocaust Center, her father, mother Boston North, and brother, Horst, Wertheimer said, in the south­ in regard to her Courtesy Temple Emanuel western part of Helen Wertheimer, in an father: “the day he Germany at a time undated photo saw the writing on when things were the wall was the going well for the Jewish com­ day he entered Dachau.” Her mother tried to get her munity. Her father was a physi­ cian. She did not become aware husband released. To do so, she of political events going around had to provide proof that the her until age five, when she and family had passage to America. all other Jewish students and continued on page 15 Special to the Journal


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A Danvers resident is offended by protestors’ 3 signs


Passover in Hong Kong Writer finds Jewish community in Asia Susan Jacobs

Temple Ner Tamid’s Sumner Feinstein (left) and Elliot Wyner (right) made sure guests like Stephanie Catchuce of Malden (dressed like Michael Jackson) had fun at the dance.

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PEABODY — “Who wants to hear some rock and roll?” boomed the DJ, and a crowd of more than 300 revelers roared their approval. With a big smile, he cued up a song by Elvis Presley, and groups of men and women hurriedly shuffled towards the dance floor.

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“This next one is for John and Sharon,” announced the DJ, wink­ ing at a couple holding hands in the ballroom at Temple Ner Tamid. The happy couple, oblivious to the hub­ bub around them, swayed to a Frank Sinatra tune. The guests, all developmentally disabled adults, were at TNT on April 10 for an afternoon social.

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dler to stay put while he climbed up the side of the house to coax the scared toddler down. Flannery has pledged to donate 10 percent of his profits to educational programs at Chabad of the North Shore if people say they saw the advertisement in the Jewish Journal. “We do a lot of work for Rabbi Yossi, and he has basically become a good friend,” Flannery said. Publisher

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LYNN — The holiday of Passover, which commemorates the redemption of the Jewish people from Egyptian bondage, shares a common theme with the creation of the modern State of Israel.

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This Passover, the city of Lynn will pay a special tribute to both the Jewish community of the North Shore and the State of Israel by prominently raising the flag of Israel on the mall in front of Lynn City Hall. Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy has graciously agreed to preside over the flag raising in conjunction with Rabbi Avraham Kelman of Congregation Ahabat Sholom in Lynn, as well as members of the Consulate of Israel in Boston. The community is welcome to join in, celebrating our spiritual redemption from bondage to freedom at this auspicious time, in a most unique way. The flag of the State of Israel will be raised on Thursday, April 21, at 4 p.m., in front of City Hall, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn. The colors will fly over the city for one full week.


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Protesters Use Anti-Semitic Imagery in Danvers Square

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DANVERS — Linda Epstein was driving through Danvers Square when she saw a most unwelcome sight. The LaRouche Political Action Committee had representatives standing outside the post office with signs showing President Obama with a Hitler moustache and the words, “Pull Over to Impeach Obama.” “Although I hate to give these people more publicity, I don’t feel that this can be ignored. People need to be aware that they are out there spreading their poison,” said Epstein, who has seen the group in Danvers sporadically over the last six months. Derrek Shulman, regional director the Anti-Defamation League, New England branch, said, “They are really insulting to the memory of the Holocaust, and we recommend that people focus their energy on more respectful discourse.” As offensive and confrontational as they are, Shulman said the ADL advises against engag-

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Protesters from Larouche PAC set up outside the Danvers Post Office.

ing them or launching counter protests. “Part of their objective is to get attention and exposure in the media,” Shulman said. Danvers Police Lt. Carol Germano said they have received many complaints about the signs, but the group’s right to be there is protected by freedom of speech. “We’ve been swinging by to make sure they are not soliciting funds,” Germano said. Meanwhile, Epstein would like them to leave.

“This lack of civility is rampant in our culture and indeed is in our backyard. There were some people who gathered around me and shared my sentiments,” Epstein said. For more information on the ADL’s guidelines for dealing with the Larouche PAC, visit adl. org/main_Extremism/larouche_ obama.




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with an award of community service for his 15 years of devoted leadership and dedication in the planning and development of the programs of Jewish Family Service. The theme, “Connecting and Collaborating With our Community,” is true to its title, as JFS recognizes its past and future in presenting to the community the newly organized merger. Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Boston is proud to be part of the Community Heroes event, as well. Tickets are available at $90 per person; $45 for youths. For more information, contact Mr. Jan Brodie at 978-564-0765.


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Jewish Family Service of the North Shore, a program of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Boston, is proud to recognize the work of eight community volunteer leaders, who have given their time and energy in the practice of “tikkun olam,” or repairing the world. These eight volunteer leaders, Josh Chmara, Stacey Comito, Nanette Fridman, Jennifer Kahn, Allison Levine, Dr. Steven Perlman, Shane Skikne and Richard Sokolow, will be recognized on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott. In addition, JFSNS plans to recognize Jon Firger, former chief executive officer of JFS,

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North Shore Remembers the Holocaust from page 1

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orial Council and established the week of Yom HaShoah as the “Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust.” During this week, city and town officials throughout the country are requested to sign proclamations to make all people aware of both the crimes and the lessons of this horrific period in history. The entire community is invited to participate in the free event. For further information, call 978-531-8288 or visit The Holocaust Center, Boston North Inc. is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to trying to prevent future tragedies through the study of the universal lesssons of the Holocaust.

Yom HaShoah Interfaith Event Planned PEABODY — On Monday, May 2, at 5 p.m., a Passover Seder for Christians and Jews will be held at Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. This special program will explore the topic, “From Bondage to Freedom.” Special guest Jobst Bittner is the pastor of TOS Ministries in Tuebingen, Germany, and founder of the March of Remembrance, a memorial march in observance of Yom HaShoah taking place this year in major cities throughout the United States. Tuebingen is the city that produced more Nazi war criminals than any other in

Germany, making a powerful statement against oppression and anti-Semitism. He will discuss the Biblical Exodus through centuries of persecution; the Holocaust and the reestablishment of Israel; today’s existential threat to Israel and global persecutions of Christians and Jews. The event is co-hosted by Christians and Jews United for Israel, Comfort My People and March of Remembrance USA. For additional information and to purchase tickets for the full catered, kosher seder, visit The cost is $18/adults, and $9/youths and students. Reservations are required.

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Caseworker Angela Nasky dances with Todd Merrow, while guests John Skendal and Scott Merrow (Todd’s brother) look on.

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For many, the annual event ranks as a highlight of their year. The program is hosted by TNT’s Sisterhood and Men’s Club. Launched more than 25 years ago, it has evolved to become the Peabody temple’s biggest social action mitzvah project. It used to be called the Hogan School Dance, named after a Danvers institution that housed developmentally disabled adults and closed more than a decade ago. In those early years, the temple welcomed perhaps 100 people. The event, now referred to as TNT’s Spring Fling, has grown steadily since its inception. Last week, organizers fed and entertained nearly 350 mentally and physically challenged adults and their caregivers — who arrived in vans from across the North Shore. “When I drove up, the parking lot was full, like on yontiff,” remarked Selma Michelman of Peabody, who has been helping out for more than a decade. Michelman, whose 52-yearold son Evan is developmentally disabled, coordinates with local group homes and families to make sure all developmentally disabled individuals who live in the area — Jewish or not — receive an invitation. “This year, we had 14 different group homes participating. Vans brought people from Peabody, Malden, Lynn, Salem and Danvers. We even had a young Jewish man from Arlington who heard about this and wanted to come. He was the first to arrive, before the doors actually opened, and he was one of the last to leave,” she said. “The dance gives them a rare opportunity to get out and

socialize with each other, as well as the community at large,” Michelman added. Todd Merrow, 35, came with his brother, Scott. The men, both developmentally disabled, live in different group homes in Lynn. Each year they look forward to this event with much anticipation. After eating lunch (sandwiches, chips, drinks and ice cream), they raced to the dance floor. While the outgoing Todd sashayed with Angela Nasky, a caseworker at his group home, Scott enthusiastically clapped along with the music. A cadre of nearly two dozen temple volunteers, including teens from the Peabody USY group, patiently interacted with the guests — making sure that everyone, including the wheelchair-bound, was given attention. “This is a huge volunteer effort,” admitted project chair Cheryl Jacobs, who shopped, cooked and served meals with her 24-year-old daughter, Stephanie. In addition to mountains of sandwiches, they made mashed potatoes for those who could not chew solid foods, and purchased sugar free items for those on restricted diets. Although it was a lot of work, Jacobs says, “I’m proud to be part of a Jewish group that does such a wonderful thing.” Ethel Babner and Faith Lerner, both of Peabody, had been in the kitchen since 8:30 a.m. By late afternoon, they were both exhausted, but elated. “We get as much, or more, out of this as the guests,” said Harriet Feinstein, who was there with her husband, Sumner. “It makes me qvell to give people this pleasure, which they might not otherwise have.” “The guests are very appreciative, and let you know it,” said Sumner, adding, “Where else can I get 10 women that I’ve

PEABODY — Nathan Zeller is passionate about Israel. Last year, he sponsored a contest with cash prizes for those who created projects that helped build pride in Israel. This year, the philanthropist wants to send local residents to Washington, D.C. to participate in an AIPAC Policy Conference scheduled for May 22-24. He has pledged to award five $1,000 grants to individuals living on the North Shore and/or in Merrimack Valley to attend the conference. To enter the contest, individuals must create a presentation about the birth of the modern state of Israel. Entries can be in the form of a video, a 600-word or more written essay, or a PowerPoint presentation. Submissions must be received by May 4, 2011. For further information, contact Benjamin Marchette at, or call 617-399-2544.

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never seen before hug me and tell me that they love me?” Jacobs agreed. “They look forward to this for months. They get all dressed up, and put their jewelry on. One woman this year came wearing a Michael Jackson hat, vest and a sequined glove. She was doing the Moonwalk and having a blast.” “When it’s over, they hate to leave. They get tears in their eyes,” said Harriet Feinstein. “But they all promise to come back next year,” said temple volunteer Elliot Wyner. “When leaving, one guest told me: ‘I’m Christian, but shalom.’”

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What Makes This Passover Meal Different? Jane Larkin


ur Passover celebration journey started when our son was two. Our close friends, who are also intermarried, invited us to their traditional seder, which used a children’s haggadah. This condensed version of the ritual appealed to both the non-Jewish husbands, and the toddlers’ attention spans. What made the evening special was sharing the holiday with a family like ours, and for our son, the toy plagues, coloring pages and playing with a friend. This celebration was different from any seder I attended as a child. The seders of my youth were formal affairs: the man of

the house leading the service from a haggadah that had the readers’ names marked in pencil. There were no attempts to make anything child-friendly. We were expected to sit quietly and wait until we were called upon to recite the Four Questions. Besides looking for the afikomen, the highlight of the holiday was sitting at a table with my older cousins at my uncle’s house on the second night. I didn’t want this to be my son’s memory of Passover. I wanted him to look forward to this holiday that is so central to Judaism. I felt that if I was going to raise a child with a strong Jewish identity in an interfaith home, Passover needed to be more than a box that was checked on the holiday celebra-

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seder ritual we all participated in the night before, I decided to tell the Passover story by reading children’s books. As I learned, we are only commanded to retell the story of our redemption. There is nothing dictating how it must be told. The first two years we read “Shalom Sesame’s Passover Coloring Book.” As the children outgrew Sesame Street, we read “Sammy Spider’s First Passover,” “Dinosaur on Passover” and “Max’s Four Questions.” The story was followed by a meal that included traditional foods, toy plagues for the kids, and a simulation of the hail plague using bubble wrap. We taped the bubble wrap to the wood floors in our house, and let our son and his friends run, jump and stamp on it to make the sounds of falling hail. The squeals and giggles as the bubbles popped made me smile and this activity quickly became a holiday highlight. The fun aspect of our observance served to make the holiday something our son and his friends looked forward to, and helped to underscore for the preschoolers the importance of telling this story. When my son’s friend told me one September that she couldn’t wait to come to our house for Passover, I was ready to declare “mission accomplished.” But I felt that there was room for our holiday celebration to grow. When our temple decided to host a second night congregational seder last year, I thought it offered the opportunity to expand our observance and deepen our son’s understanding of the holiday. Our synagogue’s seder was big and long, but also thoughtprovoking and fun. By celebrating with a large community, it gave my son perspective on the scope of the holiday’s importance to Jews. It was also a subtle way of saying to my almost sixyear-old, “you’re growing up and can start to observe the holiday in big kid ways.” At the same time, I didn’t want to lose our home celebration, or miss being with our friends on the first night. I remembered that some Jews observed the last days of the holidays with festive services, so I decided to move our Passover ritual to the eighth day. Growing up in Reform homes, marking the end of the holiday was not something my friends

or I had ever done. But everyone was open to the idea. As I planned the celebration, I thought about what observing the last day of the holiday offered, and I realized that beyond the opportunity to be together, it provided a way for us to reinforce our families’ Jewish identities and celebrate our freedom — our freedom to create vibrant, Jewish homes, even when one parent is of another faith; develop new traditions, different from our parents’; instill a love for Judaism through fun ritual observance; and find a way to observe that works for us. The inaugural eighth day meal at our house included experiments using red liquids of different densities to determine which Red Sea would be easiest to part, the building of matzah pyramids with icing and candy (a Jewish version of a gingerbread house) and, of course, a showering of hail made from the popping of bubble wrap. What made this Passover celebration different for me was that it was uncharted territory. Since I did not grow up observing the last days of the holiday, I had no preconceived notion of how it was supposed to be, and was not afraid to be creative. While traditionalists might not approve, for a group of families in Dallas, this lively, non-traditional observance brought us together to mark an important Jewish event, and has helped our children embrace and celebrate their religion. As I prepare for our second eighth day celebration, I know the bubble wrap and matzah pyramids will return, and now that the kids are older, I am planning to ask them each to draw something about the Passover story to share with the group. As I look to grow our new ritual and my son and his friends get older, I continue to search for new ideas or activities to keep the celebration fresh. Through this search for ways to make Judaism and its practice enjoyable for my son, I am learning how much fun it is to be Jewish. For me, that’s what makes this Passover meal different. Jane Larkin lives in Dallas with her husband and son. She is on the leadership team for her temple’s Interfaith Moms group, and also sits on the outreach committee.

Tips to Make a Seder More Inclusive 1. Prepare guests in advance about what to expect. The purpose of a seder is not to proselytize, but to celebrate freedom. 2. There are hundreds of different haggadahs. Select a haggadah (the book that contains the order, blessings, narrative and songs for the seder ritual) that contains Hebrew with aligned translation and transliteration, reflects gender equality, and provides background and explanations for the rituals. Make sure it is appropriate for all ages in your group. Many families create their own personalized haggadahs. 3. Add blessings that specifically welcome non-Jews.

4. Assign everyone passages to read aloud during the seder to keep everyone interested and engaged. 5. Make the story relevant by connecting the Passover liberation tale to other freedom stories, past or present, political and/or psychological. Or discuss ten “plagues” that we face today. 6. Don’t forget the children. Highlights for them include the Four Questions, the Ten Plagues and the search for the afikomen. 7. Have fun. Seders can be relaxed and informal.

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My Passover Experience in Hong Kong Masada Siegel


ife has a funny way of working out. I was departing for a working holiday in Asia and realized I would be spending Passover in Hong Kong alone. Because Passover is such the family-oriented holiday, I debated not going at all, but my mom (of all people) said, “You can always go to the Chabad house in Hong Kong for seder.” I decided to carry on with my plans. Hong Kong is a sophisticated fusion of East-meetsWest, mixed with some ancient Chinese culture and customs. On one corner in the Soho area, one can find pricey clothing stores that are more expensive than Rome, Italy, while on the next corner there is a “wet market” — a street filled with stands selling everything from fresh fish to furniture. (They are called wet markets because at night the shops close, and the streets are hosed down with water.) I checked out the flower, fish and bird markets. Thousands of fragrant flowers fill the air of the flower market, and the colors are blindingly beautiful. Hundreds of plastic bags holding live, shimmering fish, hang from the doors of shops in the fish market. The bird market is significantly smaller, with bags of live crickets sold as food. While intriguing to see, many of the exotic birds are housed in unsettlingly small cages. After a day of touring I was ready for some relaxation, and The Four Seasons Hotel is second to none. I experienced possibly the best full-body massage of my life. Based on an ancient Chinese practice called gua sha, heated jade stones that produce negative ions and reportedly strengthen the immune system, were placed on my body. I certainly felt fantastic. At the seder, I could have been at the Chabad house in Scottsdale, Arizona — with the exception that there were many more Asians. The reception was warm and inviting.  The service was filled with meaningful stories, happy children and plentiful, delicious food. It was the first time I was away from my family for seder and did not feel completely homesick. It was a global community — people were from South African, Russia and France.  It’s marvelous how a Jewish connection can make anywhere in the world seem like home — or close to it! I stayed at the JW Marriott, where tea in the lounge is a real treat with 60 different choices. I met up with two Jewish women, and we immediately bonded.  Thousands of miles from home, and I was invited to a girl’s night out! It was as if we had been friends for years!   Wandering around Hong Kong is simple. The ultra-modern subway is easy to navigate and well designed, while the Star Ferry is a fun way to travel from the Kowloon side to Hong Kong Island. Among the magical places to visit is Victoria Peak. It soars 1,810 feet above sea level, and is a premier destination for a bird’s eye view of downtown Hong Kong, Kowloon and Victoria Harbor.

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The Four Questions Revisited


assover begins Monday night. We at the Jewish Journal wish you a Happy Passover. A highlight, surely, for most families is the recitation of the Four Questions. We listen with pride as our youngest at the seder table repeats the same questions asked by our ancestors. Four questions asked. Four questions answered. Four questions, four answers — always the same. There’s a great satisfaction to that continuity from generation to generation. However, in the spirit of the holiday, we share a new quartet of questions we’ve been pondering at the Journal: 1. Are middle class Jews being priced out of Jewish communal life? Take a look at fees, dues and other expenses related to synagogue membership, camp enrollment, philanthropic expectations and supporting special events. With prices rising almost daily on basic necessities, can the average person, comfortable enough not to be eligible for subsidies or financial aid yet not affluent enough to avoid the pinch of the current economy, afford to be Jewish?

2. How can we incorporate Jewish practice and learning into our increasingly secular and fast-paced lives? Work, childcare, errands, supporting other family members, household tasks, health care, technology; the list goes on and on. The Orthodox community makes Jewish ritual and practice an imperative. What about the rest of us? 3. Will the Jewish people remain united and strong if they focus on culture (family, food, holidays and history) rather than the spiritual core of the religion? We sometimes wonder if this question has been posed for millennia, rather than decades. Without spiritual commitment, are we a cohesive people? 4. And finally, we wonder, is it possible, probable, even slightly conceivable, that if there was a war in the Middle East, would any country other than Israel be asked to give up any of its land to the winner? So that’s what we’re thinking. How about you? What are the Four Questions concerning modern Jewish life that are on your mind? Email with your ideas.

letters to the editor A Breath of Fresh Air

JFNS Unveils its Mission Statement

Goldstone Should Write a New Report

It is with sincere gratitude that I recognize the tireless efforts of Fresh Air Fund volunteers in Eastern Massachusetts as the country celebrates National Volunteer Week. Their commitment to helping New York City children is exemplary for all community members, and truly embodies the spirit of the 2011 National Volunteer Week theme, “Celebrating People in Action.” Fresh Air volunteers work in several capacities throughout the year in 13 Northeastern states and Canada to help make the Fund’s programs possible. Caring Fresh Air host families open their homes and share the everyday joys of summertime with their Fresh Air guests. Our local volunteer leaders — many of whom are also hosts — serve on our local committees, plan summer activities, publicize the program and interview prospective host families. Additionally, individuals and businesses give generously of their time and resources to make the Friendly Town host family program throughout this area a great success each and every summer. The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children since 1877. For more information on how you can help to continue this wonderful tradition of volunteering, please call The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003 or visit Jenny Morgenthau Executive Director, Fresh Air Fund

We want to thank the Jewish Journal for its editorial of March 31, 2011 entitled, “To Supersize…Or Not.” The Journal stated: “The secret to effective philanthropy on the local level is… clarity of mission.” To that end, the Federation has recently engaged in a 14-month effort to define its mission, resulting in the newly drafted, articulate, transparent mission statement that appears in this issue of the Jewish Journal. On December 7, 2010, the JFNS Board of Directors voted to approve the new mandate, which outlines our means to make “wise decisions about the best ways to secure and distribute funds.” After months of discussion and debate, we are proud to introduce the new JFNS mission statement confirming our commitment to be the “philanthropic organization to continue to point, and focus, its local lens.” The mission of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore is to promote the welfare and continuity of the Jewish people. We will accomplish our mission by: • Raising funds to meet

Regarding your opinion article entitled “An Early Kol Nidre for Goldstone” written by David Suissa (Journal, April 7), Mr. Suissa’s advice to Judge Goldstone said it all, but I would have taken it one step further. How about Judge Goldstone taking the time and trouble to write a new report on the pain, suffer-

the needs and aspirations of Jews on the North Shore of Massachusetts, in Israel, and worldwide; • Supporting the programs of our local beneficiary agencies, which provide positive Jewish experiences for people of all ages; which improve access to quality Jewish education and dynamic cultural programming; which inspire the next generation to embrace Jewish life; and which provide urgent services for the most vulnerable in our local community and abroad; • Funding new and innovative initiatives that respond to the changing needs of our community; • Providing central leadership and fostering collaboration among North Shore Jewish agencies and institutions, with the goal of strengthening our local Jewish community and enriching the quality of Jewish life on the North Shore. Please see our ad on page 38 that displays the JFNS mission statement in its entirety. Joe Sontz, President, JFNS Liz Donnenfeld, Executive Director, JFNS

Keep Krauthammer The Journal should be applauded for offering its readers a respectable variety of viewpoints on the opinion pages. I, along with many others, welcome the intellectual writings of Charles Krauthammer. It is very informative and refreshing to have the option of reading different thoughts on crucial topics. We are for-

tunate to have such a choice, and I thank the Journal for this opportunity. Jill Goodman Marblehead

ing, degradation, yes even murder, Arab governments bestow on their citizens — men, women and children — innocent civilians all? There is enough accurate documentation available to write a book. Arthur Zolot Marblehead

Self-Struggle Rabbi David Wolpe


acob was left alone and a man struggled with him until the dawn.” Who struggled with Jacob? Tradition teaches an angel, but it is not hard to conclude that Jacob struggled with himself. We struggle with ourselves, are divided against ourselves, and that can be all to the good. Robert Browning writes in his poem Bishop Blougram’s Apology, “When the fight begins within himself, a Man’s worth something.” Poets know this. Yeats, like Browning, advocated selfstruggle, teaching that, “We make out of our quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.” Indecision is the unworthy name we often give to self-struggle. Surely there were times in the night when Jacob wanted to give up, relax into himself, stop worrying, feel no more pain. But his need for growth pushed him on. In the morning he limped, since all real combat produces wounds. As the night waned and the dawn broke, Jacob asks the angel for a blessing. Yet curiously, the angel does not offer a blessing — he does not promise Jacob riches or ease or long life. Rather he changes his name to Israel. When we struggle successfully, the soul emerges different, changed. We earn a new name. Inside ourselves, rhetoric gives way to poetry. This article first appeared in the New York Jewish Week.

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Tax Day – Time to Examine How Our Money is Spent Susan Shaer


s Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.” It costs money to make this country hum. Anyone can see that it would be impossible to have roads crisscrossing the country, federal jails and courts, national parks and monuments, environmental protection that has no boundaries, and a whole raft of other essential services without a nationwide system in which we all have a stake. Right now, our debt, the deficit and the spectacle of a narrowly averted government shutdown have focused attention on federal spending of tax dollars. To that, I say hooray. I hate looking at my own spending budget, but I know what my priorities are, and what money I have to use, save or borrow against. When we examine our personal finances, we recognize our personal values. Such a magnifying glass aimed at the federal budget will expose priorities of our “civilized” society. So what are our federal values? We have two sides to the spending budget — one non-discretionary (required spending by law or interest on the debt), and the other discretionary. The discretionary side is where our priorities are displayed full frontal. The current budget allows for 56 percent on the Pentagon, wars and nuclear weapons. Yes, that’s right. Not to confuse the issue, but that 56 percent does not include veterans’ benefits, or the interest we pay on the debt of past wars, or homeland security. We spend a lot on war, war planning, defense, offense, outdated weapons, overspending on weapons systems cost overruns and more. It brings to mind the old adage: If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If we have the “stuff” to make war, we use it. If we shifted priorities, we could spend more on international development to help countries survive and thrive so they might not be ripe for conflagration. If we had plentiful, welltrained and professional conflict resolution teams, we could rely on them more and boots on the ground less. Our troops do a masterful job. The outpouring of support for what they have handled in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now in Libya, is appropriate. However, many in Congress are saying it’s time to look at the military budget. The Pentagon does not pass audits.  Weapons manufacturers routinely have cost overruns that would not be tolerated anywhere else in the budget. Weapons systems made in various congressional districts are reauthorized even if the Pentagon and the Joint Chiefs don’t want them. As you look at what you pay in federal income taxes, take a few minutes to think of our country’s values in spending your hard-earned dollars. Last year, in a nonpartisan town meeting effort sponsored by America Speaks in 60 cities across the country, 85 percent of all participants wanted defense spending cut by at least 10 percent, with a majority of participants, 51 percent, supporting a 15 percent cut.  We can have the defense we want and need, plus the security of jobs, health care, education and a clean environment by adjusting our spending priorities to meet our values. It’s time. Susan Shaer is executive director of the national women’s peace and security organization, WAND, Women’s Action for New Directions. Article courtesy of American Forum.


Egypt’s Pharaohs – Ancient & Today Rabbi Arthur Waskow


very year at Passover, Jews recall the story of an ancient Egyptian ruler who oppressed his people and was overthrown. This story is not just an antiquarian tale. It is an archetypal vision of what happens again and again when topdown tyranny becomes addicted to its own power.

 We saw again these past months how profound the story is — first in Tunisia, then in Egypt, Libya and other countries in the Middle East. 
Other governments are worrying or even quaking in their military boots. Why? Because they gambled that repression would work forever. Now they are frightened by the near-collapse of tyranny. An Israeli government that got addicted to military control of the Palestinian people made allies with an Egyptian government that did the same to its own people. And the U.S. government did the same with them both, funneling huge amounts of military aid to both governments. The result: 18 wasted years. Since 1993, when the Oslo Agreement was signed, Israeli governments have refused to face up to what would have made peace while the making was possible, refused to affirm and negotiate the emergence of an independent Palestine and refused to even discuss the proposal from the Arab League for a regional peace treaty. Most Israeli governments during these years boasted that separation — the fence/wall that tracked not the 1967 borders but swallowed huge chunks of Palestinian land; the unilateral

withdrawal from Gaza; the blockade against Gaza — all this, they said, would end terrorism. But “separation” led not to peace, but to the self-destructive wars against Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2009. “Separation” and military force were not the only conceivable response to terrorism. The bravest and wisest Israelis and Palestinians were those who joined in the “Circle of Bereaved Families” to insist that the killing of their own children by “the other side” made peace crucial, not impossible. 

 It is the end of the Exodus story that makes possible the living and telling of its beginnings. The biblical stories of Pharaoh, the plagues, the Exodus, the Red Sea — those stories hang on how a disorderly band of runaway slaves began to shape a new kind of community at Sinai and in the wilderness. Today we face the same imperative: Shape a new planetary community, or slave and die. Today Big Oil, Big Coal, the Military-Corporate Complex and Big Banking are chief among those Pharaohs bringing plagues upon the Earth and all humanity. It is clear that after a certain point, these Pharaohs become so addicted to their own power that only their utter ruin — and that of their society — can undo it.
 It’s time to light our nonviolent sparks. Which one will illuminate the world, we cannot know in advance. But we do know that if we refuse to light the sparks, we will be condemned to live — and die — in darkness. 

 Rabbi Arthur Waskow is director of the Shalom Center in Philadelphia, Penn. Visit

Israelis and Palestinians, Particularly the Youth, Grow Apathetic Arieh O’Sullivan


generation ago one of the most popular Israeli songs was “You and Me Can Change the World.” A recent poll of Israeli youth, both Jews and Arabs, has shown that they are becoming more ambivalent and alienated and, when they do express themselves, tend to be more intolerant than their elders. A study by Germany’s Friedrich Ebert Foundation found that six out of 10 Israeli teenagers prefer strong leadership over democracy, and 46% support revoking some basic political rights, such as the right of an Arab to be elected to parliament. According to the Youth Survey, promoting Jewish identity is now held by young people as the most important objective of the state, pushing aside democracy, which fell to third place. Peace with Israel’s Arab neighbors should be the country’s second most important objective, the respondents said. “The main finding is that the young are moving more to the right,” said

Roby Nathanson, director-general of the Macro Center for Political Economics, who cooperated with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in conducting the poll. “They are very much in favor of the peace process still, but they aren’t ready to make compromises. They would like social justice and equality, but are in favor of minimizing intervention of the government in the market or the economy,” Nathanson said. The poll comes as the latest effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has stalled. But the freeze hasn’t caused a major political fallout, with the Israeli and Palestinian economies thriving and violence at relatively low levels. Across the Middle East, mass protests have brought down leaders and paralyzed countries, but in the Palestinian-ruled areas, protests have been small and focus on restoring national unity between the rival Palestinians movements, Hamas and Fatah. The survey was carried out in 2010 among a representative sample of Israeli Jewish and Arab youth between the ages

of 15-18 and 21-24. “The generation of 2011 is different. This is the generation that has grown up with the Internet and social networking, so this is having an enormous impact,” Nathanson said. “They get a large amount of information, but are ambiguous and don’t necessarily have a clear-cut position on things… It doesn’t interest them so much.” According to the 2010 poll, the biggest schism is between Israelis Jews and Israeli Arabs, who constitute about a fifth of the population. Researchers said this shows a greater move to the right. In 1998, it found that 32% of teens defined themselves as left-wing. By 2010, the proportion dropped to only 12%. Israeli Arabs expressed more support for the equal rights of the minority. But the majority of them didn’t accept the principle of Israel as a Jewish state, Nathanson said. Article courtesy of The Media Line. Visit

After Ryan’s Leap, a Rush of Deficit Demagoguery Charles Krauthammer


n 1983, the British Labor Party under the hard-left Michael Foot issued a 700-page manifesto so radical that one colleague called it “the longest suicide note in history.” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has just released a recklessly bold, 73-page, 10-year budget plan. At 37 footnotes, it might be the most annotated suicide note in history. The conventional line of attack on Ryan’s plan is already taking shape: It cuts poverty programs and “privatizes” Medicare in order to cut taxes for the rich. Major demagoguery on all three counts. The reforms of the poverty programs are meant to change an incentive structure that today perversely encourages states to inflate the number of dependents (because the states then get more “free” federal matching money) and also encourages individuals to stay on the dole. The 1996 welfare reform was similarly designed to reverse that entitlement’s powerful incentives to dependency. Ryan’s idea is to extend the same logic of rewarding work to the non-cash parts of the poverty program — from food stamps to public housing. When you hear this being denounced as throwing the poor in the snow, remember that these same charges were hurled with equal fury in 1996. President Clinton’s own assistant health and human services secretary, Peter Edelman, resigned in protest, predicting that abolishing welfare would throw a million children into poverty. On the contrary. Within five years child poverty had declined by more than 2.5 million — one of the reasons the 1996 welfare reform is considered one of the

social policy successes of our time. Critics are describing Ryan’s Medicare reform as privatization, a deliberately loaded term designed to instantly discredit the idea. Instead of paying the health provider directly (fee-forservice), Medicare would give seniors about $15,000 of “premium support,” letting the recipient choose among a menu of approved health insurance plans. Under Ryan’s plan, everyone 55 and over is unaffected. Younger workers get the insurance subsidy starting in 2022. By eventually ending the current fee-for-service system that drives up demand and therefore prices, this reform is far more likely to ensure the survival of Medicare than the current nearinsolvent system. The final charge — cutting taxes for the rich — is the most scurrilous. It cut rates — and for everyone — by eliminating loopholes, including corrupt exemptions and economically counterproductive tax expenditures, to yield what is generally considered by left and right an extraordinarily successful piece of economic legislation. Tax reform is one of those rare public policies that produce social fairness and economic efficiency at the same time. For both corporate and individual taxes, Ryan’s plan performs the desperately needed task of cleaning out the myriad of accumulated cutouts and loopholes that have choked the tax code since 1986. The blueprint is brave and profoundly forward-looking. It seeks nothing less than to adapt the currently unsustainable welfare state to the demographic realities of the 21st century. Contact Charles Krauthammer at

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Mazel tov to Brad and Amanda (Davis) Fernandes of Needham on the birth of Connor Gordon Fernandes on January 1. Connor arrived at 21½ inches, weighing 9 lbs. 2 oz. The proud grandparents are June and Murray Davis of Swampscott and Debra and Ronald Fernandes of Dighton, Mass.

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Dr. Arthur A. Socolow of Gloucester has been named to Marquis’s Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the World. This honor is bestowed to those who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their field of endeavor. Dr. Socolow is the former Pennsylvania state geologist, and a former associate professor of geology at Boston University. He has authored more than 100 papers and publications and served on numerous advisory committees for the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Energy, National Research Council, and the Interstate Oil Compact Commission. Now retired, Dr. Socolow serves on the Gloucester Conservation Commission.






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Tara Kaplan Small, formerly of Marblehead, has been promoted to vice-president of sales for designer ready-to-wear and accessories at Michael Kors in New York. Small was formerly senior director of sales. Prior to Michael Kors, Small was senior account executive with Coach, Inc. and an account executive with Emanuel Ungaro. Small is a graduate of Syracuse University School of Business. She lives in Manhattan with her husband Steven and daughters, Jordan and Jesse Ann. She is the daughter of Lois and Bobby Kaplan of Marblehead. Lois is the senior account manager at the Jewish Journal.

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Wakefield attorney David Gerson was recently sworn in as a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorney Gerson is a member of the Appellate Criminal Panel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services that provides legal services for lowincome people. “Being in front of the Justices is a never-to-be-forgotten experience, and I was awed by being in that place that is so important to the history of our country,” he said.

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Sophie Pernitchi of Peabody celebrated her 90th birthday on March 19 surrounded by her family at the Jewish Rehabilitation Center. She was presented with two keepsake scrapbooks, filled with photographs and mementoes. The books included highlights of her first 90 years including a double wedding with her older sister in 1942, and a bat mitzvah at the age of 70.

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Representative Lori A. Ehrlich (DMarblehead) has been named to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators. The Caucus of Women Legislators was formed in 1975 with a mission to enhance the economic status and equality of women, and to encourage and support women in all levels of government. In its thirty-sixth year, the 2011 bi-cameral and bi-partisan Caucus of Women Legislators is comprised of 36 members of the House and 11 members of the Senate. Currently, 173 women have served in the Massachusetts Legislature, compared to more than 20,000 men.

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Mitzvah Day at Congregation Beth Israel

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David Katz of Andover and Ken Brown of Hampstead, N.H. enjoyed perfect weather for the cleanup of the Keck Reservation in Andover.

ANDOVER — Congregation Beth Israel’s Mitzvah Day on April 3 brought together families and individuals from throughout the Merrimack Valley for a day of service that included a wide range of community projects. Groups prepared 209 bag lunches for residents of the Lowell Transitional Living Center, assembled 240 crafts kits for children at Horizons for Children in Lawrence, gathered canned goods and other non-perishables for Somebody

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Mitzvah Day was to welcome as many people as possible to join us to address some of the needs in our community. We offered a wide range of activities for people of different ages and abilities, so everyone found a way to participate that was meaningful and fun. We are thrilled with the turnout and are already looking forward to next year’s Mitzvah Day,” said Anne Schwartz, cochair of CBI’s Social Action Committee and the lead organizer for the event. Generous donations to Mitzvah Day were made by Spector Textiles of Lawrence, Stop & Shop’s North Reading and North Andover stores, Market Basket Supermarkets, Panera of Chelmsford, Starbucks Coffee and Polar Beverages.

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Children from Congregation Beth Israel collected 233 stuffed animals to send to children in need in Israel. From left are Tali Shorr of Reading, Ariella Goldstein and Talia Brown of North Andover, Logan Brown of Hampstead, N.H., and Julia and Eleanor Finberg of Reading.

Members of CBI wrote 83 letters to members of the U.S. armed forces overseas to show their support. Clockwise from left are Caren Jacobson of North Andover, Adelle Stavis and Sam Cohn of Chelmsford, Emilie Brown of Hampstead, N.H., Barbara Moverman of North Andover and Anne Schwartz of Reading.

Sheri and Justin Saginor of Boxford wrote notes to residents of the Lowell Transitional Living Shelter and Somebody Cares New England. Their notes were included in 209 bag lunches that were delivered to people in need at both organizations.

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Women Peacemakers from Around the Globe Meet at UMass Lowell LOWELL — They came from Israel, Colombia, Egypt, Liberia, Northern Ireland and South Africa to meet and learn from each other, forging friendships and building understanding about what it takes to advance democracy and peace. The delegates from around the world spent three days at UMass Lowell, presenting on their experiences in their home nations and working together to craft the Lowell Declaration — a pledge to work together and with others on a global network with the common goal of creating non-violent solutions to conflict. The International Women Leaders’ Summit on Security through Economic and Social Development grew out of an idea formed by the 2010 Greeley Scholar for Peace Prof. Gavriel Solomon and UMass Senior Vice President Marcellette Williams. The event was presented by a committee of UMass Lowell faculty, students and staff, led by Prof. Paula Rayman, with the support of Provost Ahmed Abdelal. “One of the goals of UMass Lowell is to become an international institution with a global vision, a diverse faculty and student body, and academic partnerships with universities around the world,” Abdelal said. “Hearing how distinguished women provided leadership in advancing their countries in

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UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan congratulates Barbara Hogan, noted South African peace activist and former government official, on her honorary degree from the university while UMass President Jack Wilson looks on during the ceremony, held on Monday, April 11, during the International Women Leaders’ Summit.

economic and societal development is critical to this effort and enriches our awareness of both the solemnity of human life and the fragility of the human condition – necessary elements in fostering a global perspective in our students,” Abdelal added. A highlight of the summit was the presentation of an honorary degree to Barbara Hogan for her courage and steadfastness in helping to upend South Africa’s apartheid rule. Hogan spoke during the degree presentation about the struggle in South Africa, and how she became involved with

the outlawed African National Congress, led by Nelson Mandela. She served eight years in prison for her efforts to fight apartheid. She said some found it odd that a white woman would become so active in the ANC, but it was the tyranny of the system of apartheid they fought, not just the race that enforced it. Hogan was joined in Lowell by her husband, Ahmed Kathrada, also known for his anti-apartheid activism. The ceremony included a performance of the South African National Anthem by The

Mystic Chorale of Arlington, and a video tribute to Hogan narrated by Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman. UMass President Jack Wilson officiated at the event, which drew more than 150 people. Other events of note during the summit included the public screening of the powerful documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” The film told the story of the women’s peace movement in Liberia led by Leymah Gbowee, one of the summit participants, and the 2011 UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace. Gbowee, as well as Janet Johnson-Bryant, former Liberian journalist and current UMass Lowell graduate student, led thousands of women in protest to force both sides of a bloody civil war that was marked by atrocities against women and children, and the use of young boys as soldiers, to come to the peace table. On the final day of the summit, the delegates signed the Lowell Declaration, which reads: “We join together as colleagues to acknowledge the importance of advancing security through economic and social development. Through collaborative efforts, new international partnerships will be born. While we enjoy our success together at the International Women Leaders’ Summit, we look forward to the larger successes of creating change in our own spheres. We resolve to carry on

Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, one of the participants in the International Women Leaders’ Summit at UMass Lowell and the university’s 2011 Greeley Scholar for Peace, signs the Lowell Declaration.

our new understandings into our organizations, our communities, our nations and our global society.” Plans call for the launch of a global network of women leaders to establish international bridges to promote peace through supporting economic and social development, and foster partnerships with women leaders in Massachusetts. Rayman, the event’s chairwoman, said the lessons of the summit include “knowledge without compassion is worthless, and knowledge with compassion is wisdom.”






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Yom HaShoah Interfaith Event

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interfaith service against genocide focusing on prayer, healing and action, will be jointly presented by the Greater Lowell Interfaith Leadership Alliance (GLILA) and Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley. The event will take place at the temple, which is located at 101 W. Forest St., in Lowell. For further information, contact Rabbi Dawn Rose at 978-4541372 or email

Merrimack Rep Presents ‘A Picasso’ Lowell — In an underground vault in the war-torn city of Paris, a singular conflict takes place between an enigmatic female officer from the Ministry of Culture and the world famous painter, Pablo Picasso, in Jeffrey Hatcher’s suspense-filled drama “A Picasso,” directed by Charles Towers, at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, April 21 to May 15. Confronted by an adversary every bit his equal, Picasso must use all of his skills of charm, negotiation and manipulation in an effort to save his work, and possibly his own life. The cast of “A Picasso” features Mark Zeisler (Picasso) and Kate Udall (Miss Fischer), both of whom are returning to Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s stage. The creative team features MRT’s Artistic Director Charles Towers (Director), Campbell Baird (Set and Costume Designer), and Brian Lilienthal (Lighting Designer). “Jeffrey Hatcher has written a wonderful battle of wits between Pablo Picasso and the fictional Miss Fischer that is at once clever, earthy, dangerous, sexy, humorous and passionate,” says Towers. Hatcher is the author of

several plays, including “Stage Beauty,” “The Turn of the Screw,” “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” and others. He also wrote the stage adaptation of “Tuesdays with Morrie” with author Mitch Albom. “A Picasso” is the first of his plays to be produced by Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Merrimack Repertory Theater’s 2010-2011 season is sponsored by Lowell Cooperative Bank. “A Picasso” is sponsored by The Lowell Five, with additional support from WGBH. Merrimack Repertory Theatre is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Tickets are available online at or by calling 978-654-4MRTю

Parkinson’s Quilt Visits Merrimack Valley April is P a r k i n s o n’s Awareness Month. In recognition of this, Newbury, Mass. resident Andrea Bursaw has helped bring a piece of the Parkinson’s Quilt to the Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild’s annual quilt show. The quilt display — open to the public — will take place on Friday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Parkinson’s Quilt, an initiative led by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, is the first global quilt to focus the world’s attention on the 7-10 million people worldwide living with Parkinson’s. More than 600 people living with and/or affected by Parkinson’s created the panels. They hail from 14 countries. In the U.S., panels have come from 46 of the 50 states. Eleven of the quilters (including Ms. Bursaw)

hail from Massachusetts. Ms. Bursaw, a skilled quilter and member of the guild, became involved in the P a r k i n s o n ’s Quilt project because her close friend lives with the disorder. Her panel is sewn together with 16 others to form a piece of the quilt that will come to Merrimack Valley. It will be displayed in the exhibit hall alongside more than 125 other quilts, and a poster next to it will explain its role in the Parkinson’s Quilt project. Booklets, including a Q&A on Parkinson’s disease, will also be available. The show will take place at Timberlane Regional Middle School, 44 Greenough Rd., Plaistow, N.H. Admission is $6 for adults. Children under 12 are free. For more information, call 800-457-6676.

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Due to quotas implemented by the U.S. State Department, only 12,500 Germans could be admitted to America in a single year, and anyone wanting to leave Germany had to obtain a number. The family received such a high number that no shipping line departing for the United States would sell them tickets. Somehow, by bribery or other means, the necessary tickets were obtained. Tickets in hand, she went to the Gestapo to show them the evidence that they were leaving. Her father was released. “Upon his return we saw a beaten, broken man. He was sick and needed to be nursed back to health. The men in Dachau were treated very brutally. They were forced to stand outside for many hours in bad weather. The barracks were primitive and lacked sanitary facilities. Food was minimal or practically nonexistent,” Wertheimer recalled. Her father, forced to flee Germany, left for England on April 20, 1939. “My mother was left with a nine-year-old son and a seven-year-old daughter. The question was how she could manage to get us out before more disturbances made this impossible,” she said.

Her presence will be felt in lives in our community forever.

About that time, her mother read an article in the weekly Jewish newspaper about how Jews in Great Britain were organizing a “Kindertransport” that would keep European Jewish children out of harm’s way, provided that their safe-keeping would not be a burden on the English taxpayer. Between Kristallnacht and the start of World War II, nearly 10,000 children were transported, without their parents, out of Nazi Germany, Austria, Poland and Czechoslovakia. Children traveled from small towns to meet the transports, which left from Vienna, Berlin, and other major cities, crossed the Dutch and Belgian borders, and went on by ship to England. “My mother thought this was an ideal way to get my brother and me out of the country, and applied for our names to be put on the list. This was met by disbelief from her own mother and in-laws. How could she be so thoughtless and send two young children into a foreign country where they did not know the language, and did not know under what circumstances they would be housed? But my mother stood her ground,” Wertheimer said. “We were scheduled to leave about the third week of July, 1939. I was seven and my brother was nine. My mother took us to the railroad station and left us with the Jewish social workers, who were our escorts for the trip. We did not know when we would see our mother again,” she testified. “When we arrived on the German side of the Dutch bor-

der, we were all ordered off the train. Our luggage was searched and returned. We boarded again and were greeted on the Dutch side with cookies and hot chocolate. After a night in Holland, we boarded a Channel steamer, arrived in Harwich, and were sent to London where we were to be dispersed. Our father briefly met us, welcomed us, but told us he could not take care of us.” Wertheimer and her brother were sent to an orphanage where they slept, three to a bed, with other refugee children. Eventually, Wertheimer’s father was able to get their mother out of Germany by obtaining a visa that would allow her to be a domestic in someone’s home. She arrived in England around the third week of August. On September 1, 1939, the war with Germany began. Wertheimer and her brother received rare and cherished visits from their mother, who promised that they would reunite as a family in America. The family arrived in the United States on December 27, 1939. Helga became Helen; Horst became Harry; and Wachenheimer became Wachen. They had no money, as they had been forbidden to take any out of Germany. Their worldly possessions, which were stored in Hamburg, Germany, were auctioned off to needy people after the war. In America they stayed with a colleague of her father’s and received financial assistance and loans from relatives, friends and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Eventually, her father was able to practice medicine again, while her mother worked at home and took care of the children. They bought a house, which was both her father’s office and the family’s home. At the end of the war, out of 30 relatives left behind in Germany, only three had survived. In New York, Wertheimer graduated from Hunter College and married her husband, Walter Wertheimer, another Holocaust survivor. In his eulogy, Rabbi Robert Goldstein, spoke about the couple. “When I think of Helen and her life, I cannot think of her without remembering the wonderful team Helen and Walter were. They were not alike, but they complemented each other in a way that was both charming and delightful. They were partners. They shared values, a culture, a common experience,” he said. “When they moved to Andover in 1963, they immediately immersed themselves in the life of the community. They became indispensable members of Temple Emanuel in Andover. Mrs. Wertheimer joined the Sisterhood and in the 1970’s became its president. When her term ended, she did what no other woman had done up until that time. In 1981, she became the first woman president of Temple Emanuel. Her devotion to this Temple and its members was unparalleled, and she was tireless. Whenever the silver candlesticks were missing, we always knew that Helen had decided they had become too tarnished and it was time for them to be polished,” added Rabbi Goldstein. The couple were the first recipients of the Temple Emanuel

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Community Service Award, which was later, renamed “the Helen and Walter Wertheimer Community Service Award.” Walter Wertheimer died in 2006. Helen was an advocate of continuing education and dialogue about the Holocaust. She spoke to many middle and high school students, and no child who attended Temple Emanuel Religious School left without hearing her story. When she

spoke, she would always show people her identity card, which has a swastika and a huge, red “J” to indicate that she was Jewish. She pointed out that every Jewish female had to take the middle name of “Sara,” and every Jewish male had to take the middle name of “Israel.” Recognizing that the generation of Holocaust survivors was diminishing, she felt a sense of urgency to let others, particu-


larly young people, know that the Holocaust “was more than a story in a history book. Real people lived the horrors of that brutal chapter in history.” “I never thought of Helen as being a survivor in the classic sense,” recalled Rabbi Goldstein. “I considered her to be more of a victor. She left an indelible imprint on everyone she met. Her presence will be felt in lives in our community forever.”

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Terezin Music Foundation Honors Yom HaShoah

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BOSTON — The Terezin Music Foundation will honor Holocaust Remembrance Day with a candlelighting, film and concert on Sunday, May 1, from 3-4:30 p.m., at Temple Israel of Boston. The Yom HaShoah program will open with Temple Israel’s Cantor Roy Einhorn leading local survivors and their families in a memorial service. This will be followed by a screening of the short documentary film, “Creating Harmony: The Displaced Persons’ Orch­ estra at St. Ottilien,” which tells the story of an orchestra of survivors who saved their spirits with music. The St. Ottilien orchestra “performed classical symphonies, Jewish ghetto, folk and Zionist Hebrew songs to grief-eroded souls. It gave them a reason to go on,” said Sonia Beker, daughter of the orchestra’s violinist. The film, directed by Boston College’s John Michaelzyk, is a tribute to the six million who perished, and to the creative spirit that helped victims of the Holocaust find solace both during and after the War. After the screening, the Hawthorne String Quartet, Cantor Einhorn, and pianist Virginia Eskin will perform music from Terezin, capping the afternoon with a moving tribute to the musicians of St. Ottilien and Terezin, and to all who were lost or suffered in the Holocaust.

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The Terezin Music Foundation will honor Yom HaShoah with a film and concert.

The community, including children ages 12 and up, is invited to attend this free event. It will take place at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave., Boston. Parking is $7 next door at 375 Longwood Garage. For more information, contact Lisa Pemstein at or 857-222-8262.



The Robert I. Lappin Youth to Israel Adventure (Y2I) is pleased to announce that Sharon and Howard Rich are this year’s Tribute Book Honorees. “Sharon and Howard are marvelous role models for our

Jewish youth, demonstrating outstanding community leadership, thoughtful and engaged Jewish philanthropy, and unwavering support of Israel,” said Robert Israel Lappin, creator and funder of Y2I. The entire community is invited to the program and free reception honoring the Riches at the Y2I Welcome Home Event on August 28, 7 p.m., at Temple Sinai in Marblehead. Donations in their honor will fund the life-changing 2012 Youth to Israel Adventure. For information about making a donation or a pledge to Y2I 2012, or placing an ad in the Tribute Book, contact Susan Feinstein at 978-7404431 or email


The Robert I Lappin Youth to Israel Adventure (Y2I) launched its new collaboration with AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee),

America’s pro-Israel lobby, with 35 North Shore Y2I teens participating in AIPAC’s New England Leadership Dinner on Sunday, April 3rd. Y2I 2010 alumna and Lynnfield High School junior Gillian Cowen said, “This experience inspired me to get involved with Jewish organizations when I get to college. AIPAC showed me just how important it is to continue fighting for Israel. It taught me to write my local congressmen and senators, and continue speaking forth in support of Israel a land I am proud to call home.” Dylan Woodrow, Y2I 2010 alumnus and Marblehead High School junior, equally moved by the AIPAC experience, made a passionate speech to his peers on the bus ride back to the North Shore after dinner, urging Jewish teens to take to heart the messages of all the speakers that young people’s support for Israel is critical. Dylan is planning to get involved as a teen leader in AIPAC through its AIPAC Teen Seminars. “Y2I gives teens a life-changing Israel experience, and AIPAC educates and trains them to use their newly discovered passion for and love of Israel in the political arena to make a compelling case for strong American support for Israel,” said Deborah Coltin, Foundation’ Executive Director. “The AIPAC component to Y2I is a valuable and exciting new addition to Y2I.”

Formal AIPAC Teen Training will begin in the fall. By teens’ overwhelming positive response to the AIPAC Dinner, participation in the program is expected to be high.


Professional story teller Cindy Rivka Marshall led an interactive workshop for Jewish educators, teaching them creative ways to tell the Passover story to their students. Teachers dressed in costumes

give away many more kippot. Parents of young children are invited to contact Susan Feinstein to schedule an appointment to get free kippot. Susan can be reached at 978-740-4431 or email

and had fun acting out creative vignettes, designed to excite and inspire their students. “Inspirational Jewish Teaching is a valuable learning experience for me as a Jewish educator,” Loretta Band said. “The class gives me the opportunity to learn with and from my colleagues, trying out new ideas I may not have considered.”


The Foundation distributed free children’s kippot, yarmulkes, at all of the community’s Jewish preschools over the past few weeks. Children were delighted to choose from dozens of fun and whimsical designs, proudly wearing their new kippot. The Foundation would be happy to


Dozens of children and parents of The PJ Library were delighted with Passover stories and songs at two Passover Story Hours held in Topsfield and Lynnfield. “Holding Jewish Holiday Story Hours in public libraries is a nice way for young families to socialize and learn in a fun way,” said Phyllis Osher, Foundation’s Program Associate. “We are grateful to the public libraries for being warm and welcoming to the Jewish community,” she added. Visit the Foundation’s website at www., or contact Phyllis Osher at 978740-4404 or email, for more information about The PJ Library, the free Jewish book-of-the-month club for children ages six months to eight years.

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Elie Wiesel Play to be Staged at Harvard to Mark Yom HaShoah Matt Robinson Special to the Journal


s a survivor of the most heinous act of inhumanity ever perpetrated, Elie Wiesel has good reason to question his Creator, and even to question the logic and sanity of God. In his early play, “Zalmen or The Madness of God” (, Wiesel grapples with such monumental issues. On May 1, others are invited to think through them as well, as this play will be performed at Harvard University as part of a marking of Yom HaShoah — the day of remembrance of the Holocaust. This production is also being put on as a tribute to Wiesel, STAGE and will be introduced by Dr. Joel Rappel, director of Elie Wiesel’s Archives Center, Alex Koifman from the Russian Jewish Community Foundation, and Rosian Zerner, former vice president of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust. Featuring 18 actors and one puppet, the play, which was originally written in 1968 and which is now being directed by Guila Clara Kessous, tells the story of a group of post-Stalinist Russian Jews celebrating the holiest day of the Jewish year — Yom Kippur; the Day of Atonement. Through the character of Zalmen, the Rabbi and others in the congregation, it makes clear the suffering, while leaving many burning questions open for

audience consideration. Among these are the still very timely and provocative questions of the role of religion and the responsibility of those who do not speak out against evil. “[This] is Elie Wiesel’s only play that does not directly deal with the [Holocaust],” Kessous points out. “It is the very first play published by Elie Wiesel, and the author at that time believed the-

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ocumentary Spielberg, foundfilms from er of the USC the USC Shoah Foundation Shoah Foun­dation Institute. Institute will be “As we comavailable through memorate the Comcast’s On Holocaust and Demand, XfinityTV. honor the survivors com and Xfinity TV during the Days of iPad App Platforms, Remembrance, we Steven Spielberg in honor of Holo­ hope that by sharcaust Remem­ ing these films and brance Day. These films can be firsthand accounts, these eyescreened for free, through May witnesses to history will serve 25. as teachers for future generaEstablished in 1994 by tions. This partnership enables Steven Spielberg to collect and us to touch millions of peopreserve the testimonies of ple across the United States,” survivors and other witness- Spielberg added. es of the Holocaust, the USC The films feature firsthand Shoah Foundation accounts from individual surInstitute main- vivors and witnesses. This is film tains one of the the first time these films will be largest video digital libraries in offered as a complete package the world: an archive of nearly to a U.S. television audience. 52,000 video testimonies from Comcast customers can 56 countries and in 32 lan- find them in the On Demand guages. library. The films will also be “It is an honor to partner available for non-Comcast with the Shoah Foundation subscribers through XfinityTV. Institute and to support them com and the Xfinity TV iPad by raising awareness of their app. The site work and mission,” said Brian will feature additional content L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO from the Institute, including of Comcast Corporation. short clips, background infor“At Comcast, we have a mation on the organization, unique opportunity to lever- and a link where visitors can age our technology and plat- watch full testimony. forms to reach millions of peoThe films include: ple and bring attention to such • “The Last Days” (1998) important issues as educating — Academy Award for Best people about prejudice, intol- Feature Documentary erance and bigotry. The sto• “The Lost Children of ries of Holocaust and genocide Berlin” (1997) survivors are critical to share. • “Broken Silence” (2001) — We hope that through our part- Five part series includes “Eyes nership we can advance the of the Holocaust,” “Some Who Shoah Foundation Institute’s Lived,” “Children from the mission to educate and inspire Abyss,” “I Remember” and people across the nation,” he “Hell on Earth.” added. • “Voices from the List” “We are extremely pleased (2004) to be working with Comcast • “Spell Your Name” (2006) on a variety of educational ini• “I Only Wanted to Live” tiatives that will help further (2006) the Institute’s mission,” said • “In Perpetuity” (2009)

atre was an important medium.”
 Kessous notes that in a 1974 interview, Wiesel suggested “we live in an age of theater, in which the most important messages are being said not in books, but on the stage.” As he had already won such acclaim and garnered so much attention with his seminal books such as “Night,” Wiesel turned to this second medium to reach even more people. “The writing of ‘Zalmen or the Madness of God’ was another way for Wiesel to bear witness,” Kessous said, “making use of the stage as a new method of communication to ‘repair’ and ‘correct’ reality.” Though the roles of Zalmen and the Rabbi were originally written for one actor, Kessous explains that Wiesel later rewrote the play to allow the characters to be conscious of each other. So while Wiesel suggests that Zalmen still serves the role of the Rabbi’s “conscience,” he is also free to serve as the “underground voice of an entire population” and, in fact, the “voice of God.” It is this voice, Wiesel suggests, that people hear “at the exact moment they cover their ears.” As director, Kessous has worked to focus the actors on their acceptance of Zalmen’s madness — a mental disturbance that “erupts onto the stage and has no boundaries.” “The actors must accept the element of surprise and remain ignorant as to what awaits them from Zalmen, who leaps up

from out of nowhere and is capable of the most ridiculous reactions,” she said, noting that as the main witness, it is Zalmen who tells and drives the story. Kessous also strove to develop and emphasize the character known as Misha who, she says, represents the next generation. In addition to the many questions the play asks, Kessous wants to provoke additional questions such as, “what will become of the young Misha, torn between his father who refuses to instill in him even the most rudimentary Judaism, and his grandfather, the rabbi, keeper of the Jewish tradition, towards whom he feels inexorably drawn?” “I chose to make Misha a puppet,” Kessous explained, “so as to better show the manipulation at play.” Though art imitates life, it can also suggest things about it. In this play, Wiesel had an opportunity to “correct reality,” Kessous said. The main lesson in the play is that, on stage or off, mankind must work to make the world better. “The lessons… are in line with the… desire to repair the world, to redefine it, to make it better,” Kessous says, “through the duty of testimony.” “Zalmen or The Madness of God” plays Sunday, May 1, at 5 p.m. at Harvard University, 52 Oxford St., Cambridge. Tickets are $16. Email zalmentheplay@

Earthweek Film Screening of ‘Green Fire’ GLOUCESTER — Essex County Greenbelt has had a 50-year commitment to the sustainability of our natural environment, having protected 14,000 acres of land since 1961. In celebration of Earth Week and in partnership with Cape Ann Community Cinema’s 3rd Annual Green Days Eco Film Festival, Greenbelt will present a screening of “Green Fire” on Wednesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at the cinema on 21 Main St. in Gloucester.

“Green Fire” examines how land conservation pioneer Aldo Leopold helped create a land ethic to face 21st century ecological challenges. The film draws on Leopold’s life and experiences to provide context, then explores the deep impact of his thinking on conservation projects around the world today. A portion of the proceeds from the screening will support Greenbelt’s ongoing conservation initiatives.

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Honoring the Past and Future with Ruth Gruber Sasha Mishkin Special to the Journal

NEW YORK, N.Y. — On April 7, an intimate crowd gathered at the Friar’s Club in midtown Manhattan for a luncheon benefiting breast cancer research

at Israel’s Rabin Medical Center. The event, headed by Abraham Cohen and Joshua Plaut of American Friends of Rabin Medical Center, honored 99-year-old Ruth Gruber, a photojournalist, humanitarian and author.



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A documentary titled “Ahead of Time” greeted guests who did not know Gruber. But after watching this film about her career, no one would forget her name. While in Germany, Gruber attended a Nazi rally where she listened as Adolf Hitler persuaded thousands of people to kill Jews. She returned to New York with awareness of the dangers of Nazism. “My heart was pounding so hard I could hear it. I thought everyone else could too, and was scared someone would know I was Jewish,” Gruber said. During World War II, Gruber was sent on a covert mission to bring 1,000 Jewish refugees from Italy to the U.S. She photographed the emaciated refugees, and captured the stories that were so hauntingly fresh. A female Walter Cronkite, Gruber revolutionized journalism. As the documentary played in the darkened room, sniffles challenged Gruber’s soft and steady voice. Applause followed, and guests lined up to shake Gruber’s hand, and speak words of praise. “Inspirational; empowering; enchanting; moving;” were repeated words that flew around the room as people settled into their assigned seats for lunch. The salad, salmon and potatoes were not enough to satiate the appetites of the guests who were hungry for more of Gruber’s stories.

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“We have to look into our souls and find the tools to fight injustice and help build a better world,” Gruber said. She was seated at the front of the room, holding a microphone that almost touched her lips, answering questions from those who wanted to feel a connection with the past. In response to a question about what advice Gruber would give to her 20-year-old self, she said, “You have to listen to the great speakers and know what’s going on. I needed to see the world. I was lucky because I was in the right place at the right time. Someone’s looking out for me.” No one noticed the waiters replace their plates with dessert: chocolate and vanilla ice cream enveloped in a chocolate

shell. And no one seemed to care. Their hearts melted, along with their ice cream. Leading a life inextricably bound by refuge and survival, Gruber serves as a source of strength for those battling breast cancer. At the end of the event, Dr. Joshua Plaut, executive director of AFRMC, presented Gruber with a biography of Yitzchak Rabin, founder of Rabin Medical Center. “What do you give a lady who made history?” Plaut asked. “A piece of history.” Sasha Mishkin of Swampscott will graduate from Eugene Lang College in May, and hopes to find a permanent home in the field of journalism.

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he current production of Shakespeare’s play, “The Merchant of Venice,” helps resolve the question of whether William Shakespeare was an anti-Semite. This production, starring F. Murray Abraham, (who, despite the name, is not STAGE Jewish) is set in a modern financial setting like Wall Street. All male characters are dressed in fashionable business suits and use a full complement of electronic devices like computers and cell phones. Doing away with the original setting of the play, which was 14th century Venice, helps an audience relate to characters they might see on the street. But with the veil of Venetian time and place removed, we are still left with the question of whether Shakespeare was an anti-Semite.

We are still left with the question of whether Shakespeare was an anti-Semite. A partial answer is that Shakespeare probably never met a Jew. The Jews of England were expelled by Edward I in 1290, and were not brought back to London by Oliver Cromwell until 50 years after Shakespeare’s death. Not much help to the question here. The answer might be in the dialogue of both the Jewish Shylock and the Christian characters in the play. Shakespeare provides some insight into Shylock’s character when the Bard provides at least a partial motivation for Shylock’s insistence on the deadly settlement of the debt — a pound of flesh — owed to him by Antonio. Shylock recalls the insults heaped upon him by Antonio: “You call me disbeliever, cutthroat dog, and spit upon my Jewish gaberdine,” adding further insult, “You, that did void your rheum upon my beard, and foot me as you spurn a stranger cur.”

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These words of Shakespeare in Shylock’s mouth give some justification to the Jew as a man seeking revenge. Shakespeare further dignifies Shylock with this famous speech, “…If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?” But Shakespeare being Shakespeare, his depth of characterization deepens. The corner where Shylock turns from an upright citizen seeking justified retribution to a man pursuing bloody revenge occurs when his only child, Jessica, elopes to marry a Christian and steals her father’s fortune. Now Shylock becomes the villain that a tragic-comedy, especially one by Shakespeare, demands. Perhaps the insults of Christians unhinged him, perhaps the loss of his daughter pushed Shylock to the point where he loses his humanity. As Shylock plays out his tragic role, we are still left with the question of whether Shakespeare was an anti-Semite, or whether this great English playwright was practicing his gift of characterization. A tribute to Shakespeare’s genius is that this question will be debated by theatergoers for many years to come.


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7:45 p.m. Havdalah with Hazzan Idan Irelander, followed by Jam Space with Chris Kersker. Bring a non-perishable donation for the Jewish Food Pantry. Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody.

Sat, April 16 Rabbi Shefa Gold

9 a.m. Share a joyous Shabbat with guest Rabbi Shefa Gold, who will lead a chanting renewal service. Cong. Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. or 781-599-8005.

Sun, April 17 Gently Used Book Sale

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Books for kids and adults. Cong. Shalom, 87 Richardson Rd., N.Chelmsford, Email

Zumba for Japan

2-4 p.m. Benefits the American Red Cross, Japan relief effort. $10/suggested donation, Liberty Tree Mall, Danvers.

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12:30 to 6 p.m. NSTI invites teens in grades 8-12 to renovate the Cobbet School in Lynn. Transportation

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children. Temple Emmanuel, 60 Tudor St., Chelsea. Email or 617-889-1736.

Mon, April 18

Musical Seder

Kabbalah Seder

7 p.m. Spiritual seder at Rabbi Yossi Lipsker’s home. $100/family, $50/adults, $20/children. 52 Burrill St., Swampscott. RSVP to nsjewish. com.

Community Passover Seder

7:30 p.m. Service led by Rabbi Nechemia Schusterman. Fourcourse dinner featuring handbaked matzah from Israel and wine. $45/ adults; $25/children, Chabad of Peabody, 83 Pine St., Unit E, Peabody. RSVP to or 978-977-9111.

Shul Seder

8 p.m. Service and chicken dinner with all the fixings. Vegetarian meals available. $45/adults; $20/children. Cong. Ahabat Sholom, 151 Ocean St., Lynn. Email AhabatSholom@ or call 781-593-9255.

Arts of Japan

Celebrate hanami, the Japanese custom of enjoying flowers. Taiko drumming and lion dances. Explore Japanese art and culture, through April 22. Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. or 978-745-9500.

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Tues, April 19 Passover Second Seder

6:15 p.m. Full course dinner. $30/ adults; $10/children. Cong. Agudas Achim-Ezrath Israel, 245 Bryant St., Malden. 781-324-0108.

Second Passover Seder

6 p.m. Traditional dinner with songs and prayers, conducted by Rabbi Oksana Chapman. $40/adults; $12/

5:45 p.m. Interactive, familyfocused seder led by Rabbi David Meyer, with music by Jon Nelson. Homemade food, wine and afikomen hunting. $22/adults; $15/children. Temple Emanu-El, 393 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. 781-631-9300 or

Potluck Passover Seder

6 p.m. Bring candleholders and two food items to serve 8-10 people. Members: $3/person; $10/family. Non-members: $5/person; $18/family. Temple Emanuel, 101 W. Forest St., Lowell. or 978-454-1372.

Interfaith Community Passover Seder

Raising the Flag of Israel 4 p.m. Pay tribute to the Jewish community of the North Shore and the State of Israel by witnessing the raising the flag of Israel on the mall in front of City Hall, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn. 781-598-4000.

Fri, April 22 Passover Seder

6 p.m. First Universalist Society of Salem hosts its second annual interfaith seder for the community. Free. 211 Bridge St., Salem. Contact Marsha Finkelstein at marshafink@ or 978-219-9890.

Sat, April 23 The Golden Age of Jazz

7 p.m. Rabbi Edward Friedman leads a seder for all faiths and ages. Dietary laws observed. $45/adults; $25/children. Cong. Beth Israel, 501 S. Main St., Andover. bethisraelmv. org or 978-474-0540.

Community Seder

7 p.m. Cong. Ahavas Achim, Olive and Washington Sts., Newburyport. or 978-462-2461

Wed, April 20 ‘Green Fire’

7 p.m. Greenbelt presents an environmental documentary. Cape Ann Cinema, 21 Main St., Gloucester. or 978-768-7241.

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8 p.m. The Salem Theatre Company celebrates the Bard’s 447th birthday. Gulu-Gulu Cafe, 247 Essex St., Salem.

7 p.m. The North Shore Jazz Project presents a photography exhibit and a live performance. $10. Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly.

Sun, April 24 Jewish War Veterans

10 a.m. Monthly meeting for members of JWV North Shore Post 220 and Ladies Auxiliary. New members welcome. Cong. Sons of Israel, Park and Spring Sts., Peabody. 978-236-8435.

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10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families across the North shore are invited to celebrate together with a variety of service options, children’s activities, lunch and family swim. JCCNS, 4 Community Rd., Marblehead. 781-631-8330.

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8 p.m. Bassist and composer Michael Feinberg celebrates his new CD, “With Many Hands.” The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. or 617-423-0069.

Brandeis Theater Company presents this play, through May 1. $18$20. Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham. 781-736-3400.

‘My So-Called Enemy’

Wed, April 27 Recycled Words: Found Poetry & Art Making Workshop

6:30 p.m. Artist Yetti Frankel will have participants gather random words on paper salvaged from magazines, fliers and junk mail. Using the words as inspiration, they will write a poem or prose. Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. or 781-631-1481.

Step Up! Pride and Passion 2011

6 p.m. Greater Boston PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) hosts a fundraiser featuring Top Chef Masters. $125. One Marina Park Drive on Boston’s Waterfront. or 781-891-5966.

Noshing Toward Nirvana

7 p.m. Join local author Ellen Frankel, who just published “Syd Arthur,” for an evening of appetizers, desserts and wine. $10. Cong. Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. csh@ or 781-599-8005.

Teen Poetry Award Contest

7 p.m. 7th annual event honors young local poets. Refreshments served. Free. Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. 781-596-8867.

7 p.m. Wayland filmmaker Lisa Gossels screens her award-winning film about six teenage girls, Palestinian and Israeli, who come to the U.S. to participate in a women’s leadership program. $18/general; teens free. Temple Shir Tikva, 141 Boston Post Rd., Wayland. shirtikva. org/MySo-Called enemy or 508-3589992.

best bet Holocaust Remembrance Program

Memorial service at 7 p.m.; slide show and presentation on “Health Care in the Lodz Ghetto” at 7:30 p.m. This is the heroic story of how doctors and health care personnel were able to help individuals in the most challenging circumstances. Rare artifacts of the Holocaust, from the collection of Dr. Ed Weiner, will be on display. Temple Tifereth Israel, 539 Salem St., Malden. 781-322-2794.

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‘Man of La Mancha’

Musical presented by the Worcester County Light Opera Company, through May 15. $18. Grandview Playhouse, 21 Grandview Ave., Worcester. or 508-7534383.

Meet the Author

7 p.m. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried discusses his book “Rubber Balls and Liquor.” Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. or 617-4992012.

Howie Mandel Live

7:30 p.m. Comic performs. $30$75. Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main St., Concord, N.H. 603-225-1111.

Sat, April 30 Friends of the Abbot Library Book Sale

Through May 3. Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. or 781-631-1481.

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus

8 p.m. Chorus performs a benefit for Lynn Community Health Center. $28-$52. Lynn Auditorium, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn. lynnauditorium. com or call Verny Samayoa at 781596-2502 x763.

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Fri, April 29 Passover Acafest 2011

7:30 p.m. Brief Shabbat service, followed by musical entertainment from a cappella groups from Brandeis, Tufts and Boston Universities. Gala oneg to follow. All welcome. Free. Temple Sinai, Charles St. and Sewall Ave.,

8 a.m. to noon. Clean-up, music, educational projects. Lynn Woods, Great Woods Lot, Lynn. 978-7624000 x5471.

Aerospacefest 2011

Games, demos, guest speakers. McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, 2 Institute Dr., Concord, N.H.

Sun, May 1

Open House

Temple Ahavat Achim Procession

10 a.m. Members will lead a Torah procession from their old building to their newly built one. Temple Ahavat Achim, 33 Commercial St., Gloucester. or 978-281-0739.

best bet Holocaust Remembrance

3 p.m. The Terezin Music Foundation and Temple Israel of Boston present a memorial service with Cantor Roy Einhorn and local survivors. Screening of “Creating Harmony,” a film about music and the Holocaust, and performance by the Hawthorne String Quartet of music composed in Terezin. Free admission. Parking is $7 in nearby Longwood Garage. Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave., Boston. 617566-3960.

Brookwood School Book Bash

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family-friendly event includes a benefit book drive. Brookwood School, 1 Brookwood Rd., Manchester. or 978-526-4500.

Interfaith Learn-In on Genocide in the Modern World

2 p.m. Screening of the documentary “Worse than War” will be followed by discussion and an interfaith service. All welcome. Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley, 101 West Forest St., Lowell. Email or 978-454-1372.

3 to 5 p.m. Cohen Hillel Academy, 1 Community Rd., Marblehead. or call Carrie Berger at 781-639-2880.

Project Bread Walk for Hunger

Registration is 7 to 9 a.m. on Boston Common. 20-mile route weaves through Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown and Cambridge. Entertainment, snacks. or 617-723-5000.


5 p.m. Play by Elie Wiesel will be performed in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Harvard University, 52 Oxford St., Cambridge.

Tova Mirvis

11 a.m. Lecture, discussion, brunch. $25. Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly. 978-927-3211 or

Open House

9:30-11:30 a.m. View the religious school in action. Also May 8, 15, 22. Temple Tifereth Israel, 539 Salem St., Malden. Email or call Liz at 781322-2794.

Benefit Concert

7:30 p.m. Dedicated to the life and legacy of Samuel B. Hanser, who died unexpectedly last year at age 27. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. manyblessingsbysam. com.

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Anne (Shapiro) Mazer, 91, of Chelsea Anne (Shapiro) Mazer, of Chelsea, died April 4, 2011, surrounded by those who loved her dearly. She was 91 years young. A vital, active young mind trapped in a frail, failing body. Born August 17, 1919, she was the daughter of Minnie and Joseph Shapiro, whom Anne never stopped missing. The beloved wife of the late Abraham, whom she missed these past 22 years; the beloved and devoted mother of Sheila and Karen, and mother-in-law of Joel; the cherished grandmother of Samara; the best friend of nephew Michael and niece Laura; and beloved Auntie Anne of Sarah and Holly. She was to become a great-grandmother in a few weeks, an event that brought her much joy just to think about. Anne often described herself as having no other ambition than caring for her family. And that she did with grace, humor, dedication, lovingkindness, patience and wisdom. This was her life’s work, and she succeeded greatly. This care extended beyond the family and included all who came into her world — friends, workmen, doctors, dentists, cab drivers, caretakers, waitpeople. She didn’t travel much — afraid of planes! — but loved to drive her “golden Cadillac,” the last gift from her beloved husband. For her, that was travel enough. Exotic foods didn’t interest her — salt was too spicy! Yet, she loved to go out to eat. “If I don’t have to cook it, it tastes

great!” In the weeks before her death, she had ventured to eat and love pizza ! Anne had a flair about her. Astrologically, she was a proud Leo. That seemed to give her an excuse. She wasn’t shy about her taste in clothes... leaned toward leopard prints. She loved to read until her eyes began to fail. Come 3 p.m., the television went on the Dr. Phil Show, though she called him “Dr. Killum,” then on to Judge Judy. She really didn’t understand why people would go on these shows and air their “dirty laundry.” But she loved them and said that she learned a lot about the law and the “going ons” of people. Anne touched many lives with her humor, outspoken purveyor of Jewish wisdom, phrases and opinions of how the world ought to work. We hope that she knew or knows how much she was loved by so many. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. There is a rent in the fabric of the world. Yet her memory, wisdom and love live on within her remaining family and will be passed on to her great-grandaughter. She was and still is unique. One of a kind. She is deeply loved and cherished. She donated regulary to charities. If you wish to honor Anne’s memory, please donate in her name to the charity of your choice. Personal messages may be sent to joelandsheilag@

Fishman, Marion (London), 95 — late of Denver, Colo., formerly of Malden. Died April 2, 2011. Wife of the late Samuel Fishman. Mother of Rosalyn and her husband Norman Provizer. Grandmother of Jennifer Provizer. Sister of Dr. Irving London and the late Lawrence London. Aunt of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. (Goldman)

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Песах — праздник весны и свободы Исход всегда занимал особое, центральное место в иудаизме. Об этом свидетельствует формулировка первой из Десяти заповедей: “Я — Г-сподь, Б-г ваш, Который вывел вас из страны Египетской, из дома рабства”. Освобождение от физического угнетения и духовного закабаления в Египте стало для евреев первым шагом в исполнении их дальнейшей миссии. Страдания и последующее избавление выковали народ, достойный Синайского откровения и получения Торы. То, что предводителем евреев был великий Моше, знают все, но мало кто задумывается над тем, какую роль в исходе сыграли еврейские женщины. *** Читая в праздничный вечер Агаду, вы, наверное, замечали, что в повествовании отсутствуют некоторые важные для пасхальных событий имена? В первую очередь, это Моше. Да, в период Исхода он был главным действующим лицом и постоянно фигурирует в Торе, однако во время седера его имя упоминается всего один раз. Потому что во время этого праздника мы стараемся сосредоточиться не на человеческих поступках, а на свершениях Вс-вышнего. Но если вы прочтете Тору и заглянете в глубь истории Исхода евреев из Египта, вы не только встретите там Моше, но также узнаете, что настоящими героинями Исхода являются еврейские женщины. Тора рассказывает, что после сотен лет рабства евреям была, наконец, дарована свобода. Талмуд утверждает, что это — заслуга еврейских женщин. Что именно

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English Summary In today’s issue of the Russian Chronicle we wish our readers a happy and healthy Passover, and publish an article about role of women in Passover’s history. We also invite readers to attend a screening of the documentary, “Orange Hangover,” by a Russian-speaking filmmaker. We congratulate Inna Rotenbeg for becoming a foreign service officer.

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CHAMPS, Cohen Hillel Academy Mentoring Program for Students, was recently recognized by Governor Deval Patrick, Representative John Tierney and State Representative Lori Ehrlich. Hillel Academy’s seventh and eighth grade students rise to the challenge and the responsibility of helping a group of third and fourth graders from the Ford School in Lynn improve their performance on the math section of the MCAS exam.

“We’re here today because this is a program that’s really working. They’re very serious about it; very engaged in it; It really inspires me.” – Governor Deval Patrick

“I think this program defines what this school stands for. We pride ourselves on the academics, but if we teach our children to be good, caring people and to give to others, then we did a great job. That’s what it’s all about.” – Karen Madorsky, CHAMPS program coordinator To learn more about Cohen Hillel Academy, please join us at our

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An International Pen Pal Exchange Melissa Mishkin Jewish Journal Intern

Hi Maya,

I hope you are doing well. I am so excited to be pen pals with you! My name is Melissa Mishkin and I live in Swampscott, Massachusetts. I am 16 years old, and a junior in high school. Recently I have been thinking a lot about colleges and where I see myself in a few years. That’s when I thought about how different a journey teenagers in Israel take than my own friends and myself in America. So Maya, I’m curious about what it is like to be a teenager in Israel. What distinguishes an Israeli teenager from a Jewish American teen? How alike are we? I can’t wait to hear from you! Sincerely,

Melissa Mishkin

Hey Melissa,

How are you? My name is Maya, and I’m 17 years old. I live in Haifa, one of the largest cities in Israel. You asked me to tell you about my life as an Israeli teenager, so here are a few meaningful experiences I’ve had:  In the summer of 2006, when I was 12 years old, three Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by two different terror organizations. Two of them were returned dead after two years, and one of them — you probably know his name — Gilad Shalit, is still in captivity. As a result of the kidnapping, Israel started a war with one of the terror organizations called Hezbollah. Hezbollah shot missiles into northern Israel, and the rockets reached Haifa. I remember the war as a traumatic experience. I almost didn’t get out of the house because the alarms went on and on all day long, so we couldn’t do what normal teenagers do during their summer vacation. I wound up spending most of my summer vacation in my house.

That war only lasted one month, but there are people in Israel who have lived like this for six years. I’m talking about the city of Sderot, and all the localities around it. Imagine if you have to live like that! I don’t think anyone can even begin to understand that. There was a long break from the shooting, but now the shooting has returned. An innocent family was brutally murdered in a settlement called Itamar. Terrorists broke into the settlement, randomly chose a house, then murdered three children, including a baby of just three months, and their parents. The “highlight” of this event was the bombing of a bus in Jerusalem. This brought us back to the years where we were simply too scared to take a bus home, go to a restaurant, or even go to the mall — just because of the fear that maybe we, too, could get hurt in a terrorist attack. A few students from my school were killed in terrorist attacks.  Otherwise, I live an ordinary life, like any other teenager in the world. I go to school six days a week (in Israel we have school on Sundays.) I go out with my friends on Friday nights; we go to the movies, the beach or the mall. Many people think that Israel is just a desert and we have camels wandering around in the streets and all we do is run and hide from the rockets, but that is not true.  One thing that is very dominant in almost every Israeli teenager’s life is the recruitment to the IDF. My major is Arabic, so I really want to be in the intelligence, and maybe I could even prevent a terror attack someday. Most of us, including myself, want to contribute to our country and help it, even if it is just for two or three years. I think that this is the least any citizen can do.  I think that although there are some differences between Jewish American teenagers and Israeli teenagers, we are more alike than the most of us think. Write back soon!

Maya Shoam

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Confirmation students from Old North Church in Marblehead enjoyed learning about Passover with their peers from Temple Emanu-El

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Collaborative Torah Tots Class Offered MARBLEHEAD — The JCCNS will offer Torah Tots, a new preschool program created in collaboration with Chabad of the North Shore. The class, for children 2.9 to 4 years, features a special emphasis on Jewish culture and learning. “We’d like to help Jewish children find joy, pride and excitement in their Jewish identity,” said Aliza Friedman, Torah Tots teacher.

Torah Tots will offer art, music, movement, pre-reading, math and science exploration, while focusing on Jewish education, traditions and celebrations. It will run Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the JCCNS. Torah Tots children can graduate to the JCC’s successful Masoret class for four-year-olds. To learn more contact Amy Battinelli at 781-631-8330 x107 or

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Jew Crew Takes Manhattan David Nathan Special to the Journal

The North of Boston Jew Crew experienced the sights and sounds of one of the most active cities in the world during their trip to New York City on March 31. Trevor Brown, an eighth-grader at Georgetown Middle School, and a newcomer to “Jew Crew Takes Manhattan,” called the trip his most memorable Jewish moment. “It’s the first time I have ever been around so many Jewish teens at once. What my friend Jake and I noticed immediately was soon after getting on this bus full of Jewish teens, these kids that we have never seen were introducing themselves to us, and by the end of the bus ride, practically everyone knew who we were,” Brown said. The centerpiece of the trip was the observance of Shabbat in Crown Heights, a religious Jewish community in Brooklyn, with dancing and singing that had the entire congregation on their feet. Services were followed by a Shabbat dinner with over 50 people. Saturday began with shul hopping, including a trip to 770, the shul where the Lubavitcher Rebbe held his office. The Jew Crew met Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, current leader of the Chabad movement, who was voted the #1 Rabbi in America by Newsweek earlier this year. After a few inspiring words to the teens, the Jew Crew headed to lunch, which was also hosted by a local family. Before and after Shabbat, the teens visited with SpazeCraft One, an urban hip-hop and graffiti artist who gave the Jew Crew a tour of his studio and led an interactive art project, which caught the attention of local media and art publications that came to photograph and video document the experience. Then Jew Crew headed to Flatbush for some kosher pizza, Judaica shopping and kosher pickles at “The Pickle Guys” store.

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Above, Sarah Sontz of Marblehead shows off her artwork with artist SpazeCraft One of Brooklyn. Below, Jake Shactman and Trevor Brown of Newburyport and Zach Freedman of Marblehead pose on the Urban Art rooftop in Brooklyn.


SAT & ACT Preparation Scholarships Now Available for Jewish Teens Parliament Tutors will be accepting applications for its Parliament Scholars Program, a nationwide campaign aimed at helping promising juniors and seniors with financial need reach their target scores for upcoming college entrance exams. While the program is available to candidates from all religions and backgrounds, a number of spots have been reserved specifically for students from Jewish communities. The campaign was designed as a means of offering students from less affluent backgrounds the same advantages that their counterparts often attain from private test preparation. Scholars are selected by a committee and are awarded up to 16 one-on-one prep sessions over a period of four months. Each lesson is customized to meet the specific needs of that student. “We hold that giving to those in need is one way to

establish justice in the world. This campaign, an extension of our existing giving programs, is a new way for us to help shrink the opportunity gap that hinders less advantaged students,” said chief academic advisor Miriam Holt. Interested students can apply for the program online at scholars. In addition to some basic information, the application includes two short-answer questions, an essay question, and a request for information on standardized test history. Scholars can expect to review each section of the exam comprehensively, learning both fundamental material and good testing strategies.   Parliament Tutors offers private tutoring and test preparation for all academic subjects and standardized tests. For more information, visit or call 781-209-5660.

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue…

Liz Leykin, a freshman at Marblehead High School, said, “This time in Crown Heights has been one of the most inspiring and amazing times I have ever experienced. This is the first Shabbat I have ever observed, and I am more than happy to be spending it here.” Shabbat was brought to a close with a musical havdallah service led by Rabbi Yossi Lipsker. Then the bus took the Crew into Manhattan for two hours in Times Square, followed by a midnight jaunt to Kosher Delight, a kosher burger joint a few blocks away from Times Square. Charlene Swain, a senior

at Peabody High School, said, “This trip really inspired me to become a more generous person. If someone can open their home to over 30 teens for lunch, I could give up an afternoon to help someone. I will treasure the friendships that I made on the trip for a long time, and coming home I had a feeling of peace and happiness that I have not felt since I traveled to Israel.” For more information on Jew Crew, contact David Nathan at 781-775-7981 or David Nathan is the director of North of Boston Jew Crew.

MARBLEHEAD — Artist Yetti Frenkel will offer a free workshop at the Abbot Public Library at the Abbot Public Library on Wednesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. The title of the workshop is “Recycled Words: Found Poetry & Art Making.” Participants will gather words on paper salvaged from magazines, fliers and junk mail, and write a poem or prose. Call 781-631-1481. The Library is located at 235 Pleasant St. in Marblehead. For additional information, visit

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new items will be showcased on supermarket shelves for Passover 2011.” Companies have developed a rash of gourmet condiments including oils, jams, jellies, marinades and sauces — all Kosher-for-Passover. Designed to please those with discriminating palates, shoppers can choose from spicy Mexican or zesty Indian marinades, cherry shiraz or mango chardonnay fruit preserves, and/or charoset date spread. Matzah, the mainstay of the holiday, used to be available in one flavor only. Osem, Yanovsky and Manischewitz have all expanded their matzah offerings for Passover 2011. Osem (from Israel) has introduced three varieties of chocolate covered matzah — plain, raspberry and orange. Yanovsky (from Argentina) has launched 18-minute matzah, shemura matzah crackers, matzah sticks, and sweet matzah made with grape juice. Manischewitz (from America) has unveiled a line of

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Aviv Centers for Living Seniors Share Passover Memories


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i g h t y- ye ar-o l d C lai re Greenberg recalls Passover as “such a joyous holiday.” She points to a black and white photograph on her wall at Woodbridge Assisted Living that shows her as a young girl with her brothers, and recalls their Passover rituals. “In our cellar we had big wooden barrels where we kept our Passover dishes, and we would run up and down the stairs to bring our mother the dishes.” She also remembers a lovely green depression plate. “We would all put our hands on the seder plate and lift it up. I loved how when our family grew, there were tiny hands lifting the plate,” Greenberg said. She also remembers when her son’s wife’s father, who was a rabbi, joined the seder and asked everyone, ”What would you take if you had to leave your home and had to take one thing?” Greenberg said she would take her photo albums. While interviewing seniors at the campuses of Aviv Centers for Living, common themes of food and family kept cropping up when discussing Passover memories. Ninety-one-year-old Miriam Ennis, who lives at the Jewish Rehabilitation Center, smiles when recalling Passover as a “wonderful time filled with family and friends, songs, prayers and fried matzah.” She remembers that she always bought new clothes for Passover celebrations, and that her grandmother cooked a goose for the seder. “All the other kids were always jealous because we got school off,” Ennis joked. Eighty-nine-year-old Sylvia Stone also remembers Passover as a special time filled with family and food. Family gatherings in Portland, Maine, included joyful seders brimming with angel cakes, sponge cakes and thumb cakes dotted with jam. This year, Stone is looking for-

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Why is This Holiday More Stressful Than All Other Holidays?

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trying to get it down to a science. This year, I decided that I had to stick with my recurrent “Quick & Kosher” theme. I always make suggestions to others about keeping it simple for the greatest enjoyment as a cook or baker. This year is going to be the year to really follow my own advice. As I sit with cucumbers over my eyes (for just a nanosecond before my kids come trailing down the stairs and my BlackBerry starts buzzing), I’m struck with a sudden inspiration: I will set my timer and make sure to keep prep and cook time to a minimum for each dish. I will modernize some of my traditional faves and make this a fun experience with recipes that are easily replicable. I may be dreaming, but at least I’m dreaming big. I take out a piece of paper

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and divide it into sections: Adults, Kids, Adults with Dietary Restrictions/Preferences, Kids with Dietary Restrictions/ Preferences. It is time to hammer out a menu, but the process is going to be enjoyable. After all, Passover is the celebration that once we were slaves and now we’re free. I will not be a slave to my kitchen! Here is my recipe for Pom­ egranate Braised Brisket.

Pomegranate Braised Brisket
 1 four-pound first cut beef brisket
 ½ t. kosher salt
 ½ t. freshly ground black pepper
 4 T. olive oil, divided
 3 medium onions, peeled and cut into eighths
 6 cloves garlic, smashed
 2 cups pomegranate juice
 2 cups chicken broth
 3 T. honey
 3 bay leaves
 1 small bunch fresh thyme Preheat oven to 375°. Season brisket with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large roasting pan or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Sear brisket about four minutes per side or until browned. Remove and set aside. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and sauté onions and garlic for five minutes over medium low heat until softened. Return brisket to pan and add pomegranate juice, broth, honey, bay leaves and thyme. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover. Transfer to preheated oven and roast for two hours. Flip brisket over and continue roasting for 1 to 1½ hours more or until tender. Let brisket rest for 10 minutes before thinly slicing against the grain. Strain liquid and serve on the side au jus. Yield: 8 servings. Recipe courtesy of “Quick & Kosher.” Geller recently launched a social network for foodies called

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Chop, Chop, Chop: Charoset Traditions Sara Nuss-Galles Special to the Journal


rowing up in Chicago in the 1950s, mine was the only lunch bag that trailed matzah crumbs. On first coming to America, we lived in a non-Jewish immigrant neighborhood so I had no friends with whom to compare seder rituals. Despite this, Passover has always been my favorite holiday. No other yontiff rituals compared to my father’s melodic rendition of the seder, the dramatic retelling of First the Exodus, the Person prescribed silver thimblefuls of wine, the dipping, passing, and, especially, the mystical welcoming of the invisible guest. As the youngest of four children, I guarded my feature role way past childhood. Each year, I rehearsed the “Mah Nishtanah” for days, and only reluctantly ceded my solo as my nieces and nephews asserted themselves. During Paisech, as we called it in Yiddish, my mother turned out delicacies that took the sting off the matzah mess I schlepped to school each day. Paisech was the time for my mother’s rum-soaked matzah meal sponge cake. Between seder wine and nibbles of rum cake, I feared growing “schikker” (drunk) or having my growth stunted, as my older siblings warned. Our seder meal included

chunky charoses (too yummy to remind me of slavery or mortar), sliced hard-boiled eggs in saltwater (the eggy-soup I waited for all year), home-made gefilte fish, golden chicken soup with kneidlach, brisket, potatoes and carrot tzimmes. When I was 16, my Americanborn friend Deborah invited me for the second seder. Shock hit as I entered her house, and different cooking smells greeted me. Then, her father davened in unfamiliar “Sephardi” singsong, and her mother even sat at the table, unlike my mother who continuously bustled about. That seder was a watershed experience. Real charoset was apples, walnuts, cinnamon and wine — my mother’s. Mrs. Bach’s was different. Didn’t a balabusteh like Mrs. Bach know how to make charoset? Then again, this new stuff was kind of good. When I married and began making my own seders, my son and daughter helped make charoset. The so-called “chop, chop, chop,” became their favorite item on the seder plate. In 2000, the last year of his life, my 89-year-old father and I talked about charoset during his childhood in Poland. “Chroyses,” he said, in his Ashkenazi-Yiddish. “Chroyses is like Jews all over the world, every country has something different.” In the impoverished world of my father’s youth, my namesake grandmother Sarah, mixed

together an apple, some nuts, a drop of wine, whatever she could get her hands on to make charoset. To celebrate Jewish diversity, I propose that our seders include two charosets — one’s own tradition, and a new recipe. Consider Moroccan balls fashioned of chopped dates, walnuts, two kinds of raisins and wine, or a Libyan mortar and pestle mix of four kinds of nuts, raisins, dates, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.

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‘Google Exodus’ Tells the Passover Tale Via Tweets, Facebook Sue Fishkoff Jewish Telegraphic Agency


hat would the Exodus have looked like online? That’s the premise behind “Google Exodus,” a two-minute video that tells

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social media tools — Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google street view, Skype — and weave them into the story of the Exodus,” he said. “Google Exodus” is proving a huge hit, steering a tremendous amount of web traffic to Aish’s Hebrew and English websites. The video also was released in Spanish on the organization’s Spanishlanguage website. This week, the video ranked fourth on the UK Guardian’s Viral Video Chart. “With Passover coming up, this film is a fun way to

maps, and he and Pharaoh engage in a heated email exchange about letting the Jewish people go. Moses orders live frogs and other plagues on Amazon. com, and he tweets his success to the Israelites via Twitter. “We view this film as a natural extension of what we do, which is to reach out to Jews of every background, using modern tools,” said Nechemia Coopersmith, the Jerusalembased chief editor of, and part of the three-man team that produced the video. “We wanted to take all the

reach people who might otherwise not be interested,” Shraga Simmons, senior editor of and a member of the production team, told JTA. “‘Google Exodus’ enables us to communicate Jewish values in a language that everyone can understand. And the cool thing is that it is spreading via the same web tools featured in the video.” “Google Exodus” uses a jazzy orchestral version of the Passover seder song “Dayenu.” The Aish team is now busy on its next project: a social mediarich video for Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. It should be up on a week before the May 9 holiday, Aish officials said.

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One People, Two Cuisines

How Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews Celebrate the Passover Holiday Beverly Levitt Special to the Journal


ecause my ancestors are from Eastern Europe, spe­ cifically Latvia, Lithuania and Vilnius, I am Ashkenazi. Just as I thought all Jews spoke Yiddish, a language I delight in because it’s so much fun, I grew up thinking Jewish cooking was my mother’s brisket and carrot tzimmes, my Granny Fanny’s chopped liver, and my Aunt Dorothy’s blintzes with sour cream. That’s not to mention the dishes my brothers and I used to giggle about — knaidlach, kre­ plach and knishes. Now that we’ve all grown up, I’m not sure what was so funny. Maybe that’s the joy of child­ hood — you laugh at everything. Recently I’ve become fascinated by Sephardic cooking — maybe because I didn’t grow up with it, maybe because the combi­ nations are so creative, maybe because its evolution is so inter­ esting. What is the difference between Ashkenazi and Seph­ ardi cuisine? According to Claudia Roden in “The Book of Jewish Food,” Ashkenazi cuisine evolved in smaller, contained areas in Eastern Europe, and therefore was insular and specific. It left little room for interpretation when it was presented to Jews in the United States, Canada, South America, South Africa, Palestine and the Western European countries of Belgium, England, France and Holland. The Ashkenazi tradition of “poor food” — from people whose life had been filled with poverty and insecurity — greatly impacted the new communi­ ties, who embraced these lifesustaining recipes that had been passed down from generation to generation. In contrast, the Sephardim have always encouraged those who moved from one area to another to establish a unique congregation in their new com­ munity. When they migrated to areas as diverse as North and South Africa, the Middle East, India, and later to the Mediterranean countries of Spain, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, they embraced the customs and tra­ ditions of their new homes, and incorporated not only the cus­ toms and cuisines of the areas

they settled in, but the varied ingredients and cooking styles. Sephardi cuisine is eclectic and regional, differing from

Ashkenazi cuisine evolved in smaller, contained areas in Eastern Europe, and was insular and specific… Sephardi cuisine is eclectic and regional, differing from country to country and city to city. country to country and city to city. It encompasses styles as diverse as Maghrebi Jewish —

Moroccan, Tunisian, Algerian and Libyan, the Judeo-Arab cui­ sines of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Iran, and the Mediterranean. Therefore it combines sweet with sour, adds nuts and fruits to meats and salads, and encourag­ es experimentation with unusu­ al fresh fruits and vegetables. Because the Sephardi incor­ porated cooking traditions from economically and cultur­ ally deprived peoples in Islamic lands, as well as the aristocratic elite from Baghdad, Spain and the Ottoman world, some of the recipes are primitive and peas­ ant-like, while others are refined and sophisticated. But even the “depressed” countries offered dishes requiring elaborate pro­ cedures, delicate flavorings and appealing presentations. continued on page 36

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Although we are one people, we have two cuisines, and nowhere is it more significant than at Passover when we commemorate our flight to freedom and the birth of the Jewish nation. Because of the demands of cooking without grain or leaven, a whole range of ingredients are used in untraditional ways. Instead of stuffing poultry and meat with breadcrumbs, we use matzah farfel, mashed potatoes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. While Ashkenazim don’t use grains, Sephardim use cracked wheat, ground rice and a variety of other cereal seeds. Pastries are made from ground almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts, potato flour, potato starch, matzah meal, and matzah cake flour. The favorite cookie at Passover is macaroons, made of coconut, ground almonds, sugar and egg white. Fritters are made of matzah meal. And pancakes

are replaced with matzah brie, using sheets of matzah soaked in beaten eggs. Sephardim in Morocco barbecue during the holiday to remind us that our people left Egypt in such a hurry, they grilled foods over a wood fire. A popular Sephardi dish at Passover is fava bean soup, as it was a favorite of the Egyptian slaves. Here are some Sephardic recipes:

This delightful dish — a favorite of children and adults alike— represents the mortar and mud bricks used by the Israelites to build Pharaoh’s cities. Although the Nathan family would never use a food processor, instead preferring an old-fashioned grinder, it does make the preparation a little easier. Or you can chop the ingredients by hand in a wooden bowl.

Adapted from Chef Toribio Prado

In a food grinder, coarsely grind raisins and 1½ cups of the almonds. Peel and core apple; add with cinnamon. If using a food processor, grind in quick pulses so as not to over-process. Set aside in bowl. Using your hands, press mixture into balls the size of large marbles. Press one of the remaining almonds into each charoset ball. Serve in bowls. Makes about 4 dozen balls, or 5 cups.

The simple combination of mangoes and cucumbers is at once sweet and tart, aromatic and pleasing. Regular cucumbers may be substituted if English aren’t available. ¼ cup fresh mint, chiffonade ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice Zest of 2 limes 1 T. ground coriander ½ cup vegetable oil ¼ cup walnut oil ¼ cup red wine vinegar 1 t. ground cumin ½ t. white pepper Kosher salt to taste 10 English cucumbers, skinned, seeded and sliced thin 3 large mangoes, peeled and sliced into ½” pieces In large mixing bowl add first 9 ingredients. Whisk together until smooth. Add salt. Toss cucumbers with dressing. Brush mangoes with a little oil; grill until a nice brown color is achieved. Dice and add to salad. Makes 6 servings.

Moroccan Passover Chicken Soup

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Chicken soup knows no boundaries and is equally popular with both Sephardi and Ashkenazi.

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Early American Sephardic Charoset Balls From “Jewish Cooking in America” by Joan Nathan, Knopf, 1998.

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2 T. olive oil 2 onions, sliced 2 leeks, sliced thin 3 carrots, sliced into rounds 1-2 pound chicken breast, boneless and skinless, sliced 2 quarts chicken stock (see recipe) 1 cup fava beans, dried and rehydrated with hot water 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced 2 cups water 1 cup white wine such as Chardonnay 1 T. ground coriander Pepper to taste 1 cup chick peas, cooked Kosher salt and white pepper to taste Heat a large stockpot until very hot; pour oil into pot. Add onions, leeks and carrots; heat until onions start to become translucent. Add chicken breast to vegetable mix.

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T’fina Camounia (Tunisian Roast Lamb)

Adapted from Toribio Prado This dish has a strong, delicious flavor thanks to the combination of garlic, mint and sugar. The amount of garlic depends on your taste but it’s best to use sweet, young garlic. It takes two days to prepare, so allow enough time. 1-3 pound leg of lamb, bone in, with fat trimmed 2 T. fresh mint, chopped 2 T. fresh rosemary, crushed 2 T. fresh oregano, chopped 2 T. brown sugar 2 T. kosher salt 1 T. fresh sage, chopped 1 T. fresh thyme, chopped 1 T. freshly ground black pepper 6 cloves garlic 1 T. ground cumin ½ t. turmeric ¼ cup port wine ¼ cup olive oil In medium bowl, mix together all ingredients. Let sit overnight. Rub spice mixture all over lamb. Place in baking dish. Cover and let stand in refrigerator overnight. Preheat oven to 375°. Put lamb into oven, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until meat temperature reads 100°. Turn oven down to 325°. Bake lamb about 1½ hours more. Lamb will be medium rare when internal temperature is 135-145°. Serves 6.

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¼-cup corn or sunflower oil Juice and zest of 1 orange 2 t. ground cinnamon 1¼ cups Passover fine matzah cake meal 1¼ cups finely chopped blanched almonds.

Let cake stand for two hours before serving to allow syrup to be absorbed. Makes one cake, about 18 pieces.

To make syrup: In a saucepan, mix sugar and water together; bring to boil. Add lemon juice; simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Cool. To make cake: Beat eggs until frothy; add sugar and continue to beat until golden and well mixed. Add other ingredients, one at a time; stir into batter. Pour into oiled and floured 13” x 9” x 2” cake pan; bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Test for doneness with a toothpick. Remove cake from oven; pour cooled syrup over it.

Honey And Marinated Fig Topping: ½ pound dried white figs 1 bottle port wine ½ cup sugar 1 t. lemon juice 1 cup honey Pinch of nutmeg Pinch of cinnamon Wash figs and dry well. Place figs and port wine in large bowl; marinate overnight. Drain figs; reserve wine. In large saucepan add sugar, lemon juice and honey. Simmer, being careful not to burn sugar. Raise flame to medium. Add port wine, cinnamon and nutmeg. Reduce by half and add figs. Stir well. Serve with torte.

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Adapted from “The Book of Jewish Food” by Claudia Roden, Knopf, 1996. This Moroccan combination has roots that go back to medieval Baghdad. Taste and adjust the seasonings, for the right balance of flavors is a delicate matter. It usually needs plenty of black pepper to counteract the sweetness.

In a large pan, sauté chicken pieces in oil for a few minutes, until lightly colored, turning them over once. Remove chicken, add onions. Cook on low heat until tender. Stir in cinnamon, mace, nutmeg and honey; pour in about 1¾ cups water. Stir well; add chicken pieces. Bring to boil, add salt and pepper; simmer 25 minutes. Add dates, lemon juice and saffron; cook for another 5 to 10 minutes, or until chicken is tender. Serve with almonds sprinkled on top.

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SWAMPSCOTT — Preschool students at Congregation Shirat Hayam hosted their counterparts at the JCC preschool in Marblehead for an interactive “Passover Experience.” The Passover Experience tells the story of the holiday using stations so the young children interact with the history. They entered The Passover Experience via a short obstacle course representing the long and arduous journey of the Jewish people as they left Egypt. The stations represented different aspects of the experience. Children made bricks from sand


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and cardboard and glued them to a pyramid. They learned about Moses floating in the Nile River by floating small Moses dolls in baskets in a kiddie pool of water. They experienced plagues by surrounding themselves with frogs and donning sunglasses to go into a tunnel of darkness. They “rode” a camel and then experienced the desert by taking off their shoes and walking through a sandbox with a heavy backpack. Two tables with blue streamers were parted for the children to walk through the Red Sea. They arrived at a map of Israel where they could place a sticker. Then, students dipped parsley into salt water to learn about


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Passover symbols and made a matzah bookmark to remind them of their experiences. Leslie Rooks Sack, preschool director, praised Cheryl Schwartz, the Judaic coordinator, and the teachers for “making it all happen.” The preschools at Congregation Shirat Hayam and the JCC in Marblehead have collaborated several times this year by sharing “getting to know you” scrapbooks, visiting the Jewish Rehabilitation Center together to present songs to the residents, and celebrating Pajama Day on the same day. After hosting the JCC for Passover, students at Shirat Hayam plan to visit the JCC for Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day.

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1. Children used cardboard, glue and sand to make bricks. 2. Teachers rushed the students to finish their bricks quickly, just as the Jews had to work hard when they were slaves in Egypt. 3. After making bricks, the children built pyramids with them. 4. Preschoolers learned about some of the 10 plagues by surrounding themselves with frogs. 5. Wearing sunglasses, the students entered a dark tunnel to experience the plague of darkness. 6. As part of their journey in the desert, the students “rode” on a camel. 7. To experience the desert, the children took off their shoes to feel the sand under their feet. They carried a heavy backpack to simulate the experience of the Jews leaving Egypt with everything they owned on their backs. 8. Some children took an extra few moments in the desert. 9. Dipping parsley into salt water, the students learned about the symbols of the Passover seder. 10. Students tasted the parsley, but not everyone liked it.

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f all the wedding presents Marilyn Fine received 36 years ago, the delicate English Passover seder plate is still her most cherished gift. “I wish I could display it all year-round,” says Fine, 59, a Jewish educator from Silver Spring, Md. It’s too big for her china cabinet, she says, so Fine looks forward to the yearly festival of the unleavened bread when she can take out the seder plate and show it off. Laurie BlumbergRomero of Denver shows off the silver-and-white porcelain seder plate she received for her wedding, and also sets her Passover table with another plate that is of equal value in her eyes — the one her son made in the first grade that she says “connects him to the holiday.” “It’s always, always on the table because it’s so cute,” says Blumberg-Romero, a 38-yearold hospital administrator. Regardless of the design or

designer — renowned artist or artistic child — one thing remains the same for each plate: a designated placeholder for each of the traditional food items necessary for telling the Passover story.

For a holiday that commands Jews to remember the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery to freedom, are we free to adapt these food items to tell our own stories? A few years ago, during a visit to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, I heard of a Jewish soldier during the American Civil War who wanted to cel-

ebrate Passover but could not find suitable ingredients for making charoset. Instead of creating an edible concoction to represent the bricks made by the Israelite slaves, the soldier used an actual brick. Despite its physical authenticity, I wondered if this resourceful symbol would have been considered kosher for Passover? “There have al­­ ways been variances in the c o m m u n i t y,” says Rabbi Joel Levenson of Congregation B’nai Jacob inWoodbridge, Conn. “While there are items that make it a seder plate, it’s important to ask, does this [symbol] fulfill the point?” If the idea of pesticides on your karpas is as appealing as the Ten Plagues, Max Goldberg of the popular food blog suggests using ingredients like grass-fed eggs and organic honey, almond butter and wine to create a seder plate devoid of chemical substances and synthetic growth hormones. “For many [people], holidays do not mean a holiday from eating healthy food,” Goldberg said. The food items on the seder plate have meaning, but “food is also medicine, regardless of the occasion.” After becoming a vegetarian 21 years ago, the idea of using an animal bone to represent the pascal sacrifice posed a serious problem for Heidi Krizer Daroff, a mother from Potomac, Md. She decided to use a roasted potato in lieu of the roasted shank bone. “I see the seder plate as representing freedom, and to me, a dead bone was offensive,” she says. But freedom is not just the absence of shank bones or slavery. “There is a very modernday context to the story,” says Rabbi Levi Shemtov, head of the American Friends of Lubavitch office in Washington, D.C. He says seder participants also must remember those Jews still in bondage and unable to attend a seder. Shemtov leaves an empty seat at his packed Passover dinners as a symbol of solidarity with Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held captive in the Gaza Strip since June 2006. Before Jews were permitted to leave the Soviet Union without difficulty in 1989, it became a custom to place an extra piece of matzah on the seder plate as a symbol of solidarity with refuseniks, those Soviet Jews whose applications had been refused, says Rabbi Isaac Jeret of Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. “We tell our stories through our ritual items, and the seder plate tells our story as Jews,” Jeret says. “The point is to remind us that we can be liberated. The day the seder plate becomes stagnant is the day Jews are no longer under any threat, but we’re not there yet.”

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‘The Passover Playbook’

A Super Bowl Champion Shares Inspiration From the Haggadah

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hroughout my career in the NFL, every year at the start of training camp I would get handed a playbook the size of the yellow pages. I was expected to study it and know every single play, backwards and forwards. Each play was strategically designed, and more than anything else, the team’s success depended on how well we executed those plays. At times, a player will come up short in his execution, but as long as he wins his share of the battles, all is well. The worst thing, though, is getting the play wrong because you failed to study well. Besides messing up on national television — talk about embarrassing! — your teammates and coaches would all watch the videotape together the next day — in slow motion. Pro Football Hall-of-Famer and legendary Coach Forrest Gregg, who coached me in Green Bay, once told the team: “If I open up your playbook and don’t find ketchup, mustard and coffee stains all over it, you didn’t study well enough.” In Judaism, we have several “playbooks” to help achieve our spiritual objectives. One of my favorites is the haggadah — the playbook for the Passover seder. Like a playbook, the haggadah is full of specifics: drink the wine, wash your hands, dip a vegetable in saltwater, break the middle matzah, ask questions, etc. Each of these strategies is designed to achieve the objective — enhanced Jewish identity, and a deepened sense of freedom. In the haggadah, Rabban Gamliel identifies the Pesach lamb, matzah and bitter herbs

(maror) as the three essential aspects of the seder experience. For me, matzah has a very special meaning. As an offensive lineman, I had to constantly build my body bigger and stronger to wage those battles in the gridiron trenches. During those years I ate with an animalistic, gorge mentality — consuming huge quantities like a dozen egg whites in order to keep up with the 10,000 calories I was burning every day.

In Judaism, we have several “playbooks” to help achieve our spiritual objectives. One of my favorites is the haggadah — the playbook for the Passover seder. Today, when I sit down at the seder table, the act of eating is totally different. This eating is a refined, elevated act. I recite the blessing, and introspect on the deeper meaning of matzah as both the bread of affliction and the symbol of our redemption. Maror, the bitter herbs, teaches another important lesson. To achieve our goals in life, there is often bitter pain involved. In 1988 I missed the entire season with a hip injury. The Packers pretty much wrote me off and I thought my career was over. I was depressed. After seeing a number of orthopedic specialists, I finally found one who correctly diagnosed my problem. He performed surgery, structured a rehab program — and three




Alan Shlomo Veingrad will be appearing at two North Shore events on May 15. He will be at Chabad Community Shul at 44 Burrill St. in Swampscott from 1-3 p.m., and at Chabad of Peabody at 83 Pine St., Unit E, from 7-9 p.m. months later I had no more pain in my hip. It was a miracle. At that point I became intensely focused on building myself up, and I got into in the best shape of my life. I was lifting weights and pushing my friend’s pickup truck up and down the street. I returned to Green Bay, and throughout training camp I became stronger and stronger. Things completely turned around. I started every game that year and it was my best season as a pro. So when I see that maror on the seder table — and recall the bitter oppression that the Jews faced in Egypt — I know that though things sometimes look horrible, there is a turnaround waiting, and it will work out for the best. The pain eventually pays off. The last symbol the hagga-

dah emphasizes is Pesach — the Pascal lamb. The lamb was worshipped as the god of the Egyptians. So the Jews took that very symbol of enslavement, tied it to the bedpost, slaughtered it, ate it, and smeared its blood on the doorpost. It was clear which “God” was in charge. In the world of professional sports, I got an insider’s look at the way athletes are worshipped. It’s good for kids to aspire to something and have a role model, but a famous athlete is not necessarily the kind of human being you want to become. Many times these guys appear one way for the media hype and endorsements, but are plagued by personal problems like drugs, anger or overweight. I think our role models need to be community leaders, teachers, rabbis and parents. Even better, aspire to become your own hero! Everyone has his or her own role to play. The quarterback may get the headlines, but the offensive lineman is just as crucial to the win. In 1992 when I played on the world champion Dallas Cowboys, every teammate got the same Super Bowl ring. Take pride in the team. Find your own unique

contribution. We all have a Super Bowl ring waiting to be earned. What’s yours? Coming out of the huddle to the line of scrimmage, we didn’t focus on crossing the goal line; we focused on making progress and “moving the chains.” How often do we see the referee holding up his fingers, motioning that you need just one more inch for a first down? The Hebrew name for Egypt is Mitzrayim, which means boundaries or limitations. Passover is the best opportunity of the year to break out of our own personal limitations, symbolized by the slavery of ancient Egypt. At the seder, we can gain more yardage toward our ultimate freedom than at other time of the year. We just have to keep moving those chains down the field, inch-byinch, yard-by-yard, and mitzvahby-mitzvah — away from the “Egypt” keeping us down. The secret of success is right there in the haggadah. But it’s more than just X’s and O’s on a chalkboard. Great players — and great people — don’t just read the playbook. They study it and understand the depth behind it. Here’s wishing you a happy, kosher and meaningful Pass­ over. Parts of this article appeared in a different version in American Jewish Spirit Magazine, Spring 2011. The article is reprinted courtesy of

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Passover and Vegetarianism Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D.


assover and vegetarianism? Can the two be related? After all, what is a seder without gefilte fish, chicken soup, chopped liver, chicken and other meats? And what about the shankbone to commemorate the paschal sacrifice? And doesn’t Jewish law mandate that Jews eat meat to rejoice on Passover and other Jewish festivals? An increasing number of Jews are finding ways to celebrate vegetarian Passovers, while being consistent with Jewish teachings. Contrary to a common perception, Jews are not required to eat meat at the Passover seder or any other time. According to the Talmud (Pesachim 109a), since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, Jews need not eat meat to celebrate Jewish festivals. Scholarly articles by Rabbi Albert Cohen in the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and Rabbi J. David Bleich in Tradition magazine provide many additional sources that reinforce this point. Also, Israeli chief rabbis, including Rabbi Shlomo Goren, late Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel, and Rabbi Sha’ar Yashuv Cohen, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Haifa, were or are strict vegetarians. The use of the shankbone originated in the time of the Talmud as a means of commemorating the paschal lamb. However, since the Talmudic scholar Rabbi Huna states that a beet can be used for this purpose, many Jewish vegetarians substitute a beet for the shankbone on the seder plate. Jewish vegetarians see vegetarian values reinforced by several Passover themes: 1. At the seder, Jews say, “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” As on other occasions, at the conclusion of the meal, birkat hamazon is recited to thank God for providing food for the world’s people. This seems inconsistent with the consumption of animal-centered diets, which involves the feeding of 70% of the grain grown in the United States, and two-thirds of the grain that we export, to animals destined for slaughter, while 20 million of the world’s people die of hunger and its effects annually. 2. Many Jewish vegetarians see connections between the oppression that their ancestors suffered and the current plight of the billions of people who presently lack sufficient food and other essential resources. Vegetarian diets require far less

land, water, gasoline, pesticides, fertilizer and other resources, and thus enable the better sharing of God’s abundant resources, which can help reduce global hunger and poverty. 3. The main Passover theme is freedom, and at the Passover seder we retell the story of our ancestors’ slavery in Egypt and their liberation. While acknowledging that only people are created in God’s image, many Jewish vegetarians also consider the “slavery” of animals on modern “factory farms.” Contrary to Jewish teachings of “tsa’ar ba’alei chayim” (the Torah mandate not to cause unnecessary pain to a living creature), animals are raised for food today under cruel conditions in crowded confined spaces, where they are denied fresh air, sunlight, a chance to exercise, and the fulfillment of their natural instincts. In this connection, it is significant to consider that, according to Jewish tradition, Moses was chosen to lead the Israelites out of Egypt because as a shepherd, he showed great compassion to a lamb (Exodus Rabbah 2:2). 4. Many Jewish vegetarians advocate that we commemorate the redemption of our ancestors from slavery by ending the current slavery to harmful eating habits through the adoption of vegetarian diets. 5. Passover is the holiday of springtime, a time of nature’s renewal. It also commemorates

God’s supremacy over the forces of nature. In contrast, modern intensive livestock agriculture and animal-centered diets have many negative effects on the environment, including air and water pollution, soil erosion and depletion, the destruction of tropical rain forests and other habitats, and contributions to global warming. Jewish vegetarians view their diet as a practical way to put Jewish values into practice. They believe that Jewish mandates to show compassion to animals, take care of our health, protect the environment, conserve resources, and share with hungry people, and the negative effects that animal-centered diets have in each of these areas, point to vegetarianism as the ideal diet for Jews (and others) today. Sources for further information on connections between Judaism and vegetarianism include the website of the Jewish Vegetarians of North America,, and Micah Publications, a source for books on Judaism and vegetarianism and related issues. Micah has published several vegetarianfriendly haggadahs, including “Haggadah for the Liberated Lamb” and “Haggadah for the Vegetarian Family,” both by Marblehead-based author Roberta Kalechofsky. For more information visit micahbooks. com. For vegetarian recipes appropriate for Passover, check out “No Cholesterol Passover Recipes” by Debra Wasserman and Charles Stahler, and “Vegan Passover Recipes” by Nancy Berkoff, both published by the Vegetarian Resource Group (, and “Jewish Vegetarian Cooking,” the official cookbook of the International Jewish Vegetarian Society, by Rose Friedman (Thorsons Publishers).

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Kosher Cocktails Can Add a Kick to Your Seder Susan Jacobs Jewish Journal Staff


lthough Purim is usually the holiday to imbibe, Passover provides ample opportunity for alcoholic escapades. Several companies have developed kosher spirits. Distillery No. 209 is a gin handcrafted in San Francisco, brewed from a blend of natural botanicals. Although technically all gin is kosher, it is often made with grain-based spirits that are forbidden during the eight-day holiday. To create a strictly Kosherfor-Passover gin, master distiller Arne Hillesland crafted No. 209 Kosher-for-Passover Gin, sans corn vodka and carda-

mom. Similar to No. 209 Gin, the artisanal Passover gin uses a single shot distillation, a rare and unusual method. It features a sugarcane base, rather than the corn vodka base, and incorporates bay leaf with a mix of botanicals. If gin is not your cup of tea, Casa Noble makes a certified kosher and organic tequila. The ultra premium, award-winning blend is handcrafted from 100% blue agave plants that are grown for more than 12 years. Luxuriously packaged, it is a lovely gift to bring to a Passover seder. Crystal Head Vodka is another recent entry in the certified kosher category. Triple distilled and filtered over herkimer crystals, this award-winning vodka

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Created by Jordan Mackay. Besides being Kosher-forPassover, this cocktail incorporates several of the flavors and symbols of the seder meal. 1.5 oz. No. 209 Kosher-forPassover Gin ½ oz. warmed honey Dash of Kosher-for-Passover horseradish 1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice Tiny pinch of kosher salt Soda water Parsley

Add all the ingredients into a mixing tin. Either shake or stir the contents without ice to make sure the honey dissolves into the solution. Add crushed ice, cover and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass, top with a dash of soda water, and garnish with a sprig of parsley.

The Clover Club Cocktail Adapted by Gamliel Kronemer of the Jewish Week. ¼ cup No. 209 Kosher-forPassover Gin 2 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 T. Kedem raspberry syrup 1 egg white Place all of the ingredients, with ice, into a cocktail shaker, and shake well for at least a minute. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

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3 T. No. 209 Kosher-forPassover Gin 4 t. freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 T. superfine sugar 1 orange slice Seltzer or club soda Place the gin, juice and sugar into a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake well for at least a minute. Strain into an ice-filled tumbler, fill with seltzer or club soda, and stir briefly. Garnish with a slice of orange.

The Sipping Seder Created by Rob Corwin and Danny Jacobs of sippingseder. com. 1 oz. No. 209 Kosher-forPassover Gin ½ oz. Carpano Antica ½ oz. Cynar ¼ oz. fresh lemon juice Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Fill 2/3 full of ice. Shake well. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Cranium 1½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka Kedem cranberry juice Giroux grenadine Blood orange slice Pour vodka and cranberry juice over ice in a tall glass. Add splash of grenadine (unstirred) on the top. Garnish with a blood orange slice.

Casa Noble Organic Margarita 2 oz. Casa Noble Crystal 1 oz. fresh lime juice (or the juice of one whole lime) ¾ oz. Agave 99 agave nectar Lime wheel kosher salt Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake, strain and serve up or on the rocks. Garnish with a lime wheel. To create a salt rim, moisten the rim of the glass with lime, and gently roll in a plate of kosher salt.

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Yocheved Under the decree to murder Israelite male babies, she conceives and has a son. After three months she is afraid that he will be discovered, so she places her son in a basket in a river and hopes he will arrive to a new reality in safety. Because of her daughter’s intervention with Pharaoh’s daughter, Yocheved is able to feed and nourish her own son until he is grown. Only then does she give him over to Pharaoh’s daughter. Her decision to continue to have children might be viewed as risky or even negligent to some, but it is that sense of risk that brings about the leader of our redemptive narrative, Moses.

Shifra and Puah These Hebrew midwives blatantly defy the demand of the Egyptian king. In reaction to the bursting population growth of the Israelites, Pharaoh orders them to kill every son born to an Israelite woman. When the king discovers their civil disobedience and they continue to let baby boys live, the midwives defend their actions by saying, “The Hebrew women are not as the (Egyptian) women; for they are like animals, and [give birth] before the midwives come to them” (Exodus 1:19). Their strong moral compass and clever protest save lives. Israelite women Israelite women seduced their husbands while the husbands toiled under the harsh conditions of slavery. They had the foresight to know that the

survival of their people depended on having a next generation. Rashi, the famous French commentator, spoke of the mirrored jewelry that the Israelite women favored. Rashi said, “When their husbands were tired, they used to bring them food and drink and forced them to eat. They would then take the mirrors and each gazed at herself in the mirror together with her husband, saying endearingly to him, ‘See, I am more handsome than you.’ Thus they awakened their husbands’ affection and subsequently became the mothers of many children.” These women, both named and unnamed, have the qualities that redeemed the Jewish people. Their courage, foresight and willingness to fight give us cause to celebrate. When we sit down to the Passover seder this year and raise four cups of wine, let’s dedicate each cup of wine to these qualities that our women of freedom possessed in abundance. Like Yocheved and Miriam, when we are faced with adversity, in what ways are we courageous? Like the midwives, how can we be sure to do what is right, even when it is unpopular or politically dangerous? And like the Israelite women, how can we cultivate a sense of faith that moves us beyond the pain of the present moment toward a more promising future? This year, let’s expand our notion of the story we tell every year, and let the righteous women of the Exodus story lead the way.

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t is precisely the story about birth, and more specifically the birth of a Jewish nation, that we celebrate each Passover. The birth images and references of the Passover story are uncanny. Just look at the first chapter of the book of Exodus. We see a nation swelling in numbers under a Pharaoh who did not know of the deeds of Joseph. We meet midwives ordered to kill the Hebrew male babies and deny Pharaoh’s decree by letting the Hebrew children live. We meet Israelite women who are incredibly fertile. We see how Moses’ mother, Yocheved, protects her three-month-old child in a womb-like basket. And finally we witness the Twelve Tribes of Israel bursting forth to freedom, surrounded by rushing water. Rabbis say that Israel was redeemed from Egypt because of righteous women. While women may have been front and center of the story way back then, by the time the seder rolls around these days, the only thing that righteous women have strength to redeem is the pot roast from the oven. Who were these righteous women of the Exodus story, and how can their deeds help deepen our experience of Passover this year?

Miriam Moses’ sister stands guard on the bank of the river as Moses’ basket floats downstream. She has the confidence to ask Pharaoh’s daughter to let an Israelite (her mother) nurse the baby. We meet Miriam again after the crossing of the Red Sea, leading the women in victory. As the text in Exodus 15:20 states, “And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.” Rushing out of Egypt, with little time to pack any nonessentials, Miriam brought her tambourine. She had faith that there would be reason to celebrate.

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Entertaining Passover Books for Kids P T assover is ap­­ proaching but the zoo animals are worried since all of their haggadahs are too worn to read. Thank goodness for Shai the elephant, who remembers each and every bit of the Exodus story, and assigns parts to each of the ani­ mals! The seder comes The Passover Zoo Seder Written by S. Daniel to life as each of Guttman the animals read­ Illustrated by ies for their parts, Phillip Ratner and delivers them Pelican Publishing, 2011 expertly the night of the seder. This funny and delightful new book will engage children ages 4 to 8 with the traditional Passover story, told with a modern day twist and flair. Youngsters will be engaged by the bright and imaginative illustrations that fit so perfectly with the author’s text. The author encourages parents to read the story aloud, and to mimic the sounds of the animals. The book also includes a glossary of Passover terms, and a word search and cross­ word puzzle for children’s entertainment.

his creative, 3D Passover hag­ gadah, will bring children’s imagina­ tion to life. Children can partake in this traditional holiday and at the same time be entertained with this innovative book that tells the story of the Exodus with modern day technology. 3D glasses are Passover Haggadah provided in each in Another Dimension copy of the book. Creator, 3D Producer, The graphics are Michael Medina so realistic that the Sculpture & Painting, story of Passover Emi Sfard leaps off the pages Photography, Eli Neeman and comes to life as Produced and Published by children flip along. Kippod 3D, 2009 This entertaining book will certainly spice up the holiday for kids who get restless at the seder table. The book can be substituted for your regular haggadah, since the entire service in English and Hebrew is included. Published in Israel, it is now available in the United States. It will delight people of all ages.


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his beautiful story is based on the true account of a young Jewish girl, Yuvi Tashome, who escaped from Ethiopia to live in Israel. Yuvi is only five years old when she travels with family members to escape a harsh life in Ethiopia and meet up with her mother and younger brother in Jerusalem. During daylight hours they hide under trees, and sleep and travel in the dark of night. Yuvi encounters many difficulties on her long journey to the Promised Land. They are robbed several times, there is little food, and the weather is unpredictable. However Yuvi dreams of a better life in Israel, where she believes there are candy trees. Her dream comes true when she arrives in Yuvi’s Candy Tree Israel and is given a hand-picked orange from a grove. She rejoices as she real­ Written by Lesley Simpson izes she has found her candy trees! Illustrated by The bright and beautiful illustrations help depict this true story, designed Janice Lee Porter for children aged 5 to 9. Readers young and old will be moved by this endear­ Kar-Ben Publishing, 2011 ing tale.


abbi Black, a congregational rabbi, singer, songwriter and guitarist, tells the enlivening story of children finding the afikomen at a Passover seder. As they sit through the seder, they are anxious to look for the afikomen and negotiate terms for its return. Everyone knows the seder cannot end until it is found and tasted by all. Young children under four will be entertained by the simple rhyming story. The illustrations are cheery and colorful, and will keep youngsters engaged. The book includes a sing-along CD.

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End the Scandal of Hunger in America Leonard Fein and Jackie Levine Jewish Telegraphic Agency


efore we tell the Passover story, before the Four Questions and all the rest of the elaborate rituals that mark the Passover celebration in Jewish homes across the globe, we raise a piece of matzah, the unleavened bread that is meant to remind us of the haste with which we fled Egypt some 3,500 years ago, and we say (or chant): “Let all who are hungry enter and eat.” When those words were first spoken, odds are that the speaker actually knew the names of the hungry; they were his neighbors down on their luck. Now we speak the very same words, but few of us know the name of even one person who experiences real hunger — or as the experts call it these days, “food insecurity.” Yet scarcely a day goes by when we do not read of the growing number of hungry Americans. People who never imagined that they would have to rely on soup kitchens and food pantries now stand in line and await their turn, joining millions of others long since intimately familiar with hunger. The numbers are daunting. Hunger in America is not a consequence of drought, natural disaster or a lack of food. There is more than enough food in this country for everyone to “enter and eat.” That’s why, when we think of hunger here at home, we do not think of it as a tragedy; we think of it as a scandal. That scandal is now on the

verge of fearsome growth. Congress will soon begin debate on a new budget for 2012. The opening proposal would restrict access to critical feeding programs through job testing and block granting, shrinking our social safety net at a time of almost historically low job availability. The fate of programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) — federal assistance programs that help low income families afford groceries — suddenly is uncertain. This is simply unacceptable. It is a coincidence that this year, Passover falls as the 2012 budget battle begins. But it is not a coincidence at all that the Jewish Council for Public Affairs has coordinated more than 40 Hunger Seders in 23 states across the country — including, on April 14, a National Hunger Seder on Capitol Hill for members of Congress, members of

the Obama administration, and leaders from the faith and antihunger communities. These events are designed to raise awareness of the scandal of hunger and of the vital programs that preserve both health and dignity. We are proud to cochair the JCPA’s Hunger Seder mobilization. We do not know the names of each person suffering from the oppression of hunger, but we are conscience-bound to keep open our doors and ensure that they know they are welcome at America’s table. They have not caused the deficit crisis; neither should it be resolved by asking them to endure the anxiety and pain of hunger in order to repair it. Our chosen task is to end the scandal, not to ignore it, let alone to extend it. Leonard Fein and Jackie Levine are the honorary cochairs of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs’ 2011 Hunger Seders mobilization.

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