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Physicians Remain Loyal to the Underserved
Malden Temple Celebrates Its Birthday, Honors Centenarian Amy Sessler Powell
written and directed by Bryna Toder Tabasky, the synagogue’s long-time music director. MALDEN — When “The show will be about Temple Tifereth the journey of the Jewish Israel celebrates its people and the journey 80th birthday on through our synaSaturday, May 21, gogue’s history with they will also honor a very talented cast the oldest member, of characters,” said Minna Aronson, Cherkas. 100. Edith Mermell, Lauren Cherkas, daughter of Minna Temple president, Aronson, said her said that Aronson mother loves a party has been an integral and is thrilled to be part of the synagogue honored by the Temple, for many years and which has been such still enjoys attending Photo courtesy of Edith Mermell an important part of Minna Aronson events there. her life. “We do not know many people Over the years she has been who are 100 years old and have active in the Temple’s sisterhood, such an amazing, intact mind,” Hadassah, minyan and many said Cherkas. activities. She was part of the first The evening’s format includes adult B’nai Mitzvah class in 1979, hors d’ouevres and drinks at 7 celebrating her own bat mitzvah p.m., with a special show at 8 p.m., continued on page 4
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The Jewish Journal will honor healthcare professionals who perform medical mitzvahs at its gala on June 12. For tickets, call 978-745-4111. LYNN — “Lynn has always been a gateway for immigrants, including Jewish immigrants who came here in the late 1800s,” said Lori Abrams Berry, executive director of Lynn Community Health Center. Today, a large percentage of the city’s 90,000 residents who lack private health insurance rely on the Lynn Community Health Center for all their medical needs. The Center has a devoted corps of physicians who provide high quality care, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. “It is difficult to find health professionals committed to providing the best care to the most underserved people in our community, at salaries less than they’d make in the private sector,” Berry said. “The physicians who work here, especially Drs. Marc Levine, Howard Rotner and Michael Goldstein, are absolute mensches and healthcare heroes,” she added. Dr. Marc Levine Dr. Marc Levine of Marblehead has devoted his entire career to helping underserved populations. The 68-year-old pediatrician has worked at Lynn Community Health Center for 27 years, serving as its medical director for a decade. “I have always thought it was
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For the past 27 years, Dr. Marc Levine has cared for low-income children at Lynn Community Health Center.
important to give people at the Center the same quality of care as everyone else gets,” said Levine, who sees approximately 25 patients per day. In addition to treating the standard gamut of pediatric ills, he sees a lot of conditions directly related to poverty. “Many of my patients are refugees from war-torn areas, and suffer from malnutrition, infectious diseases and depression, as a result of what they have experienced,” he said. A substantial number of the children Levine cares for are living in shelters with a parent who struggles with addiction or substance abuse. “These disorganized living situations affect the kids,” said Levine, who routinely acts as a social worker, as well as a doctor. continued on page 2
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GLOUCESTER — In a beautiful ceremony on May 1 that started in the temporary temple and culminated in the sanctuary of the new temple, the Jewish community of Gloucester came home.
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“This is our home,” said Dan Kramer, president of Temple Ahavat Achim. On a cold December night more than three years ago, Temple Ahavat Achim was completely destroyed by a fire that also burned the nearby Lorraine Apartments and tragically took one life. continued on page 4
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Dr. Phil Cutter, campaign co-chair, blows the shofar on the steps of the new building, flanked by building committee co-chair Larry Swartz, TAA President Dan Kramer, campaign co-chair Eve Cutter, and building committee co-chair Marty Kaplan.
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tion to them, and want to give something back to the community,” Goldstein said.
Dr. Michael Goldstein Dr. Michael Goldstein has a unique understanding of the patients at Lynn Community Health Center because he was once an immigrant, himself. He came to America from Moscow in 1990. “I immigrated to this country by myself at age 22,” said Goldstein, who had attended medical school for two years in the former Soviet Union. Living with friends in Lynn, he completed his undergraduate work at Salem State University, and graduated from the University of Vermont’s medical school. Affiliated with North Shore Medical Center, he has been in private practice for the past nine years. He is proud
Dr. Howard Rotner Dr. Howard Rotner, 75, is technically retired, but is still committed to his pro bono work at Lynn Community Health Center. “I’ve been volunteering there for 25 years,” said the Swampscott-based endocrinologist, who still comes in monthly to do consults. “Most of my patients are fresh from the Dominican Republic or Central America,” said Rotner, who says he learned to speak “medical Spanish” in order to do examinations. Although most of what he sees is routine, he occasionally comes across an interesting case. He recently diagnosed a patient with Cushing’s
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Endocrinologist Howard Rotner (left) and cardiologist Michael Goldstein volunteer monthly at Lynn Community Health Center.
to be the president-elect of the medical staff of North Shore Medical Center. The 44-year-old bilingual cardiologist volunteers at Lynn Community Health Center once
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a month, treating elderly Russian patients who have no insurance, among others. “I take a special pride in serving the Russian community of the North Shore. I feel a connec-
Syndrome — an unusual but curable disorder for which he was able to arrange surgery at Mass. General Hospital. In addition to his work at LCHC, Rotner does what he terms “personal medical mitzvahs” where he serves as a medical advocate for acquaintances. “Today there are a lot of options, and many people feel lost trying to navigate the healthcare system,” said Rotner, who has shepherded a friend through a stem cell transplant, and has helped several people with diabetes get treatment. “One day I was playing tennis, and a friend asked me to have a look at something on his body. I knew right away it was serious, and recommended that he visit a dermatologist immediately. Luckily, it was very treatable,” he said.
Lynn Community Health Center – Four Decades of Caring Susan Jacobs Jewish Journal Staff
ynn Community Health Center was founded in 1971 to provide accessible, affordable, high-quality access to healthcare, regardless of patients’ ability to pay. Operating originally out of a frame house on Goldfish Pond, the organization (and its reputation) has grown tremendously over the past four decades. According to Executive Director Lori Abrams Berry, most of the clientele are immigrants (legal and illegal) who lack private insurance. Last year, LCHC’s staff of 20 physicians provided primary care, as well as vision, dental and mental health services, to more than 34,000 low-income individuals. “Lynn has always been a melting pot, and the Center is often an immigrant’s first encounter with the American medical system,” said Berry, pointing out that the organization has a cadre of translators and can provide services in more than 15 languages. “One-third of the city of Lynn’s population comes here, and our pediatrics department
LCHC Executive Director Lori Abrams Berry
cares for 45% of the kids of Lynn,” Berry said. LCHC operates six schoolbased health centers in the city’s public schools, where nurse practitioners screen for and provide a full range of services. In addition, LCHC provides comprehensive care for frail seniors, and services for those with HIV/AIDS. The clinic deals with routine illnesses such as coughs and influenza, as well as chronic conditions that require ongoing management, such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure. According to Berry, LCHC obstetricians delivered 461 healthy babies last year.
Working in partnership with Eaton Apothecary, the organization filled more than 128,000 low-cost prescriptions. “I’d like the Jewish community to know more about the Lynn Community Health Center,” said Berry, one of the few Jewish employees on staff. “We are always looking for volunteers for our Reach Out and Read program, and could use help with our capital campaign.” The Center, which adds 400 new patients every month, has outgrown its facility on Union Street, in the former Woolworth building. They broke ground last June on a $19 million expansion project that will enable the organization to serve an additional 7,000 patients. The Stephen D. Hayes Building, currently under construction, is named in honor of a co-founder. Although the organization received substantial government funding and a $3 million lead gift from Partners HealthCare, it still needs $2.1 million to complete financing of the project. LCHC welcomes donations in order to reach its goal. Visit lchcnet.org for more information.
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Taxing Abortions, and the Taxingly Slow Amendment of the Goldstone Report The Goldstone Report
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Congress has been busy of late, not least with the rise of conservative social policies amidst the debate on how to balance the national debt. The most recent major activity on Capitol Hill was the May 4 passage of House Resolution 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” The resolution’s title is selfexplanatory and unsurprising, as the abortion debate has become largely polarized such that the “pro-choice” label is a litmus test for Democratic values, while the “pro-life” agenda is a litmus test for the Republican Party, which now controls the House. Were it to become law, H.R. 3 would impose tax penalties on small businesses and individuals who, with their own money, buy an insurance plan covering abortions of any sort. Only cases of rape, incest or when a woman’s life is in danger would not be penalized. As a result, survivors of rape and incest would need to detail and provide proof of their assaults to the IRS, so as not to be taxed for their abortions. House Republicans voted almost unanimously in favor of H.R. 3 — none voted against the bill, but five abstained — as did a surprising 16 House Democrats. All Massachusetts representatives voted against H.R. 3, and the bill’s fate in the Democratcontrolled Senate is doubtful. It is possible, however, as with the proposal to defund Planned Parenthood and NPR, that the bill may resurface as a rider on future debt-limiting legislation.
On the Record would like briefly to present the aftermath of Richard Goldstone’s April 1 op-ed in the Washington Post (thankfully, the op-ed was not an April Fool’s joke). On April 1, Goldstone, head author of the eponymous report which charges both Israel and Hamas with potential crimes against humanity for their actions during the 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead, retracted said accusation against Israel. Goldstone lauded Israel for investigating the criticisms levied in the report, in contrast with Hamas’ pronounced refusal to acknowledge any wrongdoing on its own part. Furthermore, based on unspecified evidence that he has seen since the report’s publication, Goldstone now asserts that the high civilian death toll among Palestinians was the result of error and poor intelligence on the part of the Israeli Defense Forces, rather than a matter of policy. The report’s charges of war crimes against Israel now appear to result from a Catch-22: Goldstone laments that Israel did not cooperate with the Human Rights Council and provided no evidence to support its claims to innocence. Israel, on the other hand, asserts that it refused to cooperate because of the Council’s reputation as biased in favor of the Palestinians. The U.S. Senate, including Massachusetts Senators John Kerry (D) and Scott Brown (R), has since unanimously passed Resolution 138, calling for the United Nations Human Rights
On the Record Council to rescind the Goldstone Report and reconsider policy resulting from it. Senator Brown was one of the principal authors of this resolution. Resolution 138 also requests that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon work to repair Israel’s reputation and reform the Human Rights Council to avoid anti-Israel bias. The U.S. Senate has no direct power over Ban or the Human Rights Council. Furthermore, a spokesman for the Human Rights Council correctly points out that that an op-ed in a newspaper is not an official policy move, and that Goldstone would need to file an official request to retract the report. Despite his public criticism, Goldstone does not believe that the report needs to be retracted, but merely corrected as to the intentionality of Israel’s killing of Palestinian civilians. That about 1,400 Palestinians were killed in Operation Cast Lead, including hundreds of civilians, as well as 13 Israelis, remains fact. To rescind the report would also negate its critique of Hamas as the potential perpetrator of crimes against humanity, particularly for firing rockets and mortars into Israel with intent to kill civilians, and for killing members of the rival, moderate secularist Fatah party.
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at age 68. “I do the best I can, but not as much as I used to do,” said Aronson. “The Temple has been an integral part of all of her life’s big events. My father died in 1962 and my mother was a widow at age 51 with three children. She had to pick up and move on with her life, and the Temple was there for her,” said Mermell, of Chelmsford. Mermell said her parents Edith Mermell got married in 1946 and moved Minna Aronson poses in front to Malden where they became of the Wayside Inn in Sudbury members of the Temple. “You in 1946. might say it has been a true love
affair ever since.” When Aronson turned 100, one of the former rabbis, Stuart Pollack, now at Har Zion in New Jersey, wrote, “A century should not be a surprise to anyone who knows her. Her youthfulness and insatiable curiosity transcend mere chronological measurement. She is an icon in the Malden area, not only because of her longevity but because of the many kindnesses and considerations she bestowed upon all who know and love her.” One of the many secrets to her long life is that she has always stayed active and stim-
ulated her mind. In fact, the weekend of the Temple’s birthday is also the Boston University Commencement, and Aronson will be attending the president’s reception. “She will be busy that weekend with the Temple and then the party at BU. She’s always been a hot ticket, but she’s just a slower hot ticket now,” said Mermell.
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The community got its first glimpse of the inside of the new building in a ceremony for members and guests only. The public will be invited to various open houses in June and July. The new temple incorporates a set of wooden doors that were salvaged from the burned temple. The group also brought a menorah that was partially destroyed but saved from the former temple. The menorah is missing one arm, a reminder of all that was lost in the fire. “This day proves the strength of the Jewish community. Our synagogue burned to the ground. We went through this crisis and we recovered very nicely with tremendous support from our members, from the Gloucester community and the Jewish community world-wide,” said Phil Cutter, campaign co-chair. The dedication day began with a minyan in the temporary space on Commercial Street. Then, the members took the Torahs, banners, flags and a mobile band in the back of a truck, and marched about one-half mile to the new building on Middle Street, singing Jewish songs the whole way. When they arrived, they sounded the shofar, recited the Shehechianu prayer, hung a mezuzah and completed the service with a Torah reading in the new sanctuary. “It is wonderful to be Jewish in Gloucester and to walk proudly through the streets as
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Jews,” said Carol Seitchik. Though there are many workers still putting the finishing touches on the temple, it is now open for both services and religious school. Miriam Weinstein, campaign co-chair for the new temple, explained that the successful fund raising has allowed the new temple to open without a mortgage. In the new building, Rabbi Samuel Barth selected a reading from the Torah that included the Shema and V’ahavta. Recognizing it, the entire congregation joined in, reading Torah together for the first time in the new building. “This is a prayer that everyone knows and it is about things that link the generations,” Barth said.
Symbolic Stone to Be Laid GLOUCESTER — The Tyrian-AshlerAcacia Masonic Lodge will be conducting a symbolic cornerstone laying ceremony in honor of the opening of Temple Ahavat Achim, 86 Middle Street, Gloucester, on Sunday, June 5, 2011, at 2 p.m. After the ceremony, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Temple Ahavat Achim invites the Cape Ann community to an open house to thank all their friends and supporters who have helped them to rebuild. Call 978-281-0739 or visit taagloucester.org for more information.
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Three Peabody Girls To Study In Israel, Make Aliyah
Oranim, Y2I Provider, Sold Amy Sessler Powell Jewish Journal Staff
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PEABODY — When Lana and Rachel Osher, and Sarah Makhluf, make aliyah this summer, they will feel as if they are coming home. The sisters and lifelong friends have Israeli fathers and grew up in homes full of Israeli food, conversation and culture. “We grew up in Israeli homes that happen to be in Peabody,” said Lana, 22, who started college in Israel earlier this school year at Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. Her sister, Rachel, 21, and friend, Sarah, 20, will follow this year. IDC Herzliya is a college, whose classes are conducted in English, that attracts students to Israel from both the Middle East region and the Diaspora. Lana started her college career at Boston University after graduating from Peabody High School in 2007. Her initial plan was to study engineering, but she changed her major after the first year. Then, she noticed a trend. “All my energy was in my extracurricular activities,” Lana said. All of those were tied to Israel. She was president of BU Students for Israel, and on the Hillel board. She was an intern with StandWithUs and a campus fellow for The David Project. “I was spending so much time advocating for Israel as a young adult that I just wanted to be there. My heart was there,” Lana said. Meanwhile, her sister, Rachel, one year younger, graduated from Peabody High in 2008 and went directly to Clark University. After her first year, she too wanted to return to Israel and applied to a program there, spending the following five months at an Oranim program.
Left to right: Rachel and Lana Osher, and Sarah Makhluf of Peabody plan to make aliyah.
“I knew in my mind I was not going back to Clark. It’s a really great school, but not a good fit for me,” Rachel said. Sarah Makhluf had spent a lot of time in Israel as a child. Her family went every summer, and her brother has already made aliyah. A second brother recently got married there last summer, but lives in the U.S.
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figuring out bus schedules, opening bank accounts, getting cell phones and setting up housing. The girls are hoping their families will eventually follow them there. Meanwhile, the younger girls, Rachel and Sarah, plan to spend a few Shabbat dinners with Lana, who already has her apartment and is slightly ahead of them. “We’ll be begging her to cook for us,” Rachel said.
Oranim Educational Initiatives, the provider of Israel trips for the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation and many others, was sold to Egged Tours in a move that was announced on April 28. Terms of the sale include the retirement of Shlomo “Momo” Lifshitz, the founder and charismatic leader of Oranim, who personally addressed every single Oranim trip, touching more than 120,000 people over 25 years. “The sale will have absolutely no effect on the Youth to Israel trip this summer. Every thing is the same,” said Amnon Weigler, longtime vice-president of Oranim. Robert I. Lappin, trustee of the Lappin Foundation, selected Oranim several years ago on the strength of the educational message. “Our philosophy, which has been embraced by Oranim, is to deliver a very strong message to trip participants of the reasons for their staying Jewish, communicating to them the importance of a strong Jewish identity, a connection to Israel, and emphasizing and explaining to them that the Jewish people are a unique and wonderful family, of which they should be proud to be a part,” said Lappin. “Paramount and of the greatest importance is communicating the message of the importance of staying Jewish, marrying Jewish and ultimately raising their children Jewish,” Lappin added. Teens returning from Israel regularly write on surveys that the message from “Momo” was a highlight of the trip. The merger made sense because Egged was best known for outgoing tourism — bringing Israelis to other countries, and wanted to get into the incoming tourism business of bringing people from other countries to Israel. Lappin said he has been told that Lifshitz will stay involved and participate. “Momo is a unique individual and he’s a bundle of Jewish passion. He particularly has an ability to transmit it to teenagers and to anybody with whom he speaks,” Lappin said. Weigler said the new owners are on board with the Oranim ideology and they are still welcoming people home when they arrive in Israel. “‘Welcome home’ is a very clear message. For Y2I and Bob Lappin, the message is important, and it will stay there,” Weigler promised.
Not feeling ready to go directly to college, she deferred her acceptance to the University of Hartford for a year, and signed up for a year-long program in Israel working on a kibbutz. Once there, she knew she was not going to return. “It was such a tight community and I know that I am happiest when I am in Israel. It’s the perfect fit,” Sarah said. All the girls say that while Israel is where they most want to be, there are learning curves. They all have felt frustration
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Sephardic Service in Andover Explores the Universal Language of Music ANDOVER — The members of Temple Emanuel in Andover will engage in a bit of interna tional diplomacy Friday, May 13, when they celebrate the Sephardic tradition with a musi cal service written in the mode of Judaism’s Spanish, Middle Eastern and African roots. This unique concert has been a dream of Cantor Idan Irelander, the temple’s assistant musical director, for several years. Listening to music from the Sephardic tradition while growing up in Israel inspired him to learn more about the many different types of instru ments and melodies used by Sephardic Jews around the world. “The first thing I did was to research and gather material. This took a while, because of the diversity of the music and the scarcity of resources,” said Irelander. Then, he acquired the instru ments and learned to play them over several years. “I had to learn how to play the oud, called a lute in ancient times, the qanun, a descen dent of the Arabic harp, and the baglama saz, a Turkish stringed instrument. I added music for Arabic-style violin and then integrated all of them with my usual guitar, cello and per cussion ensemble, so I could compose orchestrations and arrangements using the origi nal melodies which use these unique instruments,” he said. Part of the story of this service is the musicians. They hail from Palestine, Jordan, Israel and the U.S. Some of the participants come from homelands that are still at war with Israel. Irelander expected them to decline the opportunity to per form in a synagogue, but many welcomed the opportunity to explore music as a universal language. “Music is the comfort of humanity. I’m calling this ensemble the Ahavat Olam Ensemble, or the ‘World Love’ ensemble,” said Irelander. In addition to an evening of beautiful music, the presenta tion will offer hope to those who
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believe peace is a real possibil ity. Rabbi Robert Goldstein said, “If these musicians can sit together on the bimah (altar) in an American synagogue and play beautiful music together, there is hope for a world free of discord and dissonance, in which people can find harmony and peace.” This concert is part of a larger project. “My goal is to explore our rich Jewish musical tradition and make it accessible to our community. This project began several years ago with Shabbat Unplugged, an innovative, onehour Friday night service with arrangements I created,” said Irelander. As a cantor-educator, his goal is to expose the community to different styles of music and to teach them about Jewish com munities around the world. “My next project is ‘Shabbat Around the World.’ I want to create an entire environment where worshipers not only hear the music, but also experience the culture of our diverse Jewish communities,” Irelander said. The program, sponsored by the Rose and David Shack Lectureship Fund, will begin at 7 p.m., and is open to the pub lic. Temple Emanuel is located at 7 Haggetts Pond Rd. For more information, call 978-470-1356 or visit templeemanuel.net.
Merrimack Rep Announces 2011-2012 Season
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LOWELL — Merrimack Rep ertory Theatre Artistic Director Charles Towers has announced the productions that will com prise the company’s 33rd sea son of producing professional theatre for audiences in the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. Merrimack Rep’s 2011-2012 season will run from September through May, and feature seven productions of contemporary works by American authors. Opening the 2011-2012 season will be “The Persian Quarter” by Kathleen Cahill, an invigorating drama about the power words have to overcome cultural differences. Next up will be a touching portrayal of the great American poet Robert Frost, “This Verse Business,” written by A.M. Dolan. For the holiday season, the Reduced Shakespeare
Company will return with a yetto-be-titled Christmas show. 2012 will open with the moving, 1943 romantic comedy, “The Voice of the Turtle” by John Van Druten. In February, MRT will mount its first musical in four seasons with “Daddy Long Legs,” book by Tony Awardwinner John Caird, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, based on the novel by Jean Webster. Next up will be the insight ful comedy “Mrs. Whitney,” by John Kolvenbach, about a 60-year old woman with a unique sense of romance. Concluding the season will be “Ghost-Writer” by Michael Hollinger. Merrimack Repertory Theatre is located at 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell. Call 978-654-4MRT or visit merrimackrep.org.
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Renowned Holocaust Survivor, Judge to Speak About His Journey SALEM — The North Shore is privileged to host Thomas Buergenthal, Holocaust survivor and acclaimed international justice, on May 24 at 7 p.m. at Temple Shalom in Salem. Buergenthal was born to German-Jewish parents in Czechoslovakia in 1934. He grew up in the Jewish ghetto of Kielce in Poland, and spent time in the concentration camps of Sachsenhausen and Auschwitz. Reunited with his mother two years after the war, they lived in Gottingen until Thomas immigrated to the United States in 1951. Judge Buergenthal is a recognized international and human rights law specialist. First educated at Bethany College in West Virginia, he received his J.D. from New York University Law, and
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his LL.M. and his S.J.D. degrees from Harvard Law School. He was the American judge serving on the International Court of Justice at The Hague for 10 years. Prior to that appointment, he was a judge and president of the Costa Rica-based Inter-American Court of Human
Rights. Buergenthal has served as dean of the Washington College of Law of American University, as well as professor of international law at the SUNY/Buffalo Law School, University of Texas, and Emory University Law Schools. The judge is the author of more than a dozen books. His memoir, “A Lucky Child” (2008), has been translated into many languages. The free event is co-sponsored by Congregation Shirat Hayam, Temple Sinai, Congregation Ahabat Sholom, Temple B’nai Abraham, Temple Shalom, Jewish Federation of the North Shore and Salem State University. For more information, call 978-7414880 or visit.buergenthal-templeshalom.eventbrite.com.
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Parenting, Cooking and Zumba Classes to be Held in Beverly BEVERLY — The community is invited to Temple B’nai Abraham on Sunday, May 15, for a parenting program that uses Jewish “commandments” to guide children to appreciate authority, while cultivating their own independence. Led by Jacob Meskin, co-creator of the Ikkarim: Parenting through a Jewish Lens program, Meskin is the education director of Hebrew College’s Me’ah adult learning program, as well as a Me’ah instructor and mentor. He
holds a doctorate in philosophy and is the father of an 11-yearold daughter. Other programs going on that day will include a raw foods cooking class for all ages led by Leah Jacobson (nut-free session available), Zumba to Israeli music, get information about the Holocaust Legacy Partners Program, enjoy preschool story time with crafts and music, and learn to knit or help others knit mitzvah blankets.
Reconstructionism 101 WAKEFIELD — If Mordechai Kaplan were alive today, some folks say he would not recognize the Reconstructionism of today, but he’d approve of it. Others disagree. This Jewish denomination is to some a strange mystery, and to others a long soughtfor home. Once seen as radical, heretical and brazen movers and shakers, adherents to Reconstructionism evolved in the succeeding generations to absorb widely diverse aspects from Modern Orthodoxy, Neo-Kabbalism, the Havurah Movement, and the Jewish
Spiritual Renewal Movement. Like all Jewish communities, only more so, Reconstructionist synagogues and havurot are as unique as snowflakes. Temple Emmanuel of Wakefield invites interested area residents to join Rabbi Mark Newton in a discussion about Reconstructionism 101 on Sunday, May 15, at 11 a.m. There is no charge, and refreshments will be served. Temple Emmanuel is located at 120 Chestnut Street, Wakefield. For more information, visit WakefieldTemple.org or call 781-245-1885.
Veterans Group to Hold its First Fundraiser
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NAHANT — The Jewish War Veterans Post 220 of the North Shore will hold its first annual ‘Funraiser’ on Monday, May 16, at the Tides Restaurant & Lounge in Nahant. The Tides Restaurant will graciously donate 10% of their receipts between the hours of 6-9 p.m. to the Jewish War Veterans. All monies received will be used by the post to fund activities in support of veterans during the upcoming year. Post 220 supports the residents of the Bedford VA Hospital by donating needed supplies for the benefit of its residents, and providing scholarships to worthy high school students. The Tides Restaurant is located on 2 Wilson Rd. in Nahant. Call 781-593-7500.
In 1956, five teenagers from the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston recorded their first hit, “Ka Ding Dong!” The record was a hit, and The G-Clefs became stars. Today, the Doo-Wop Hall of Famers are one of the few groups from that era still performing with their original members. Join W.A.G., the North Shore’s Jewish Widows & Widowers Group, at Temple Shalom in Salem as we snap our fingers and tap our toes to the songs of our past, followed by dinner at Su Chang’s in Peabody. The event will take place on Sunday, June 5. Car pools will assemble at Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody at 2 p.m. Tickets to the show are $20; the cost of the meal will be determined by what you order. Contact Liz Garon at 978-5357061.
Families can “tour” Israel using a life-size map, and teens can learn video editing tips from Jay Duchin of Duchin Productions to create their own family history projects. There will be something for everyone at this free day of learning. Come for continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Programs begin at 9 a.m. and run through noon. Temple B’nai Abraham is located at 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly. For information, call 978-9273211 x14.
Chabad Fundraiser Chabad of Peabody has launched its fourth annual raffle fundraiser. Prizes include round-trip air tickets for two, a BMW bicycle, a free month of the Kosher Zone Fresh Diet, and a diamond and gold bracelet. Raffle tickets are 1 for $100, 3 for $260, 5 for $400, 10 for $770 and 25 for $1,800. Mail checks to Chabad of Peabody, 83 Pine St., Unit E, Peabody, MA 01960, call 978-977-9111 or visit jewishpeabody.com/raffle. The drawing will be held May 29, and winners do not need to be present.
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TribuTe Dinner Honoring Peter Rosen, MD and Richard E. Wolfe, MD
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at Temple Emanuel, Newton, MA For information and reservations, call 516-342-5751 or go to bnaizion.org. Proceeds from this dinner will be used to fund construction of a new protected emergency department at the Bnai Zion Medical Center in Haifa, a prominent urban hospital serving the northern communities of Israel that was on the frontlines of the Second Lebanon War.
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Cousins Separated by Holocaust Meet After 66 Years Arieh O’Sullivan The Media Line
he Nazis murdered their grandparents, aunts and uncles during the Holocaust. And each one thought they had no relatives left in the world. Last month, 66 years after the
end of the Second World War, two cousins held an emotional, first ever meeting in Jerusalem. Thanks to some amateur sleuthing through records at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial’s database, Liora Tamir made an astonishing discovery. “I typed my mother’s name in
Russian, Yona Shapira, and was astounded when it came up. I get goose bumps thinking about it,” said Tamir, who was born in the prison town of Vorkuta in the former Soviet Union in 1946. She found that the name of her mother and grandparents had been added in 1956 — but not by her. After tracking down all the documents and cross-referencing names and locations, it became apparent that her mother’s brother had also survived, and his son, Aryeh Shikler, her first cousin, was living in Israel, just an hour away from her. When Yad Vashem was founded by the Israeli government in the 1950s, it was guided by the principle that “every victim has a name,” and thus began the monumental task of identifying the victims of the Holocaust. It got off to a tough start. In the early years of the state, native Israelis ridiculed Holocaust survivors for not having fought the Nazis. The stigma caused many to hide their past. As of today, Yad Vashem has collected the names of nearly four million victims, and is trying to recover as many more identities as possible while survivors still live. Israel is the country with the largest living concentration of Holocaust survivors, and Yad Vashem has urged them to come forward and give the names of those who died. According to the Centre of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel, an
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estimated 327,000 Holocaust survivors eventually received Israeli citizenship. About 167,000 are still alive today, and the majority of them are over 80 years old. In the Jewish state, reunions were commonplace decades ago. But now that these survivors are dying off, meetings like the one between Tamir and Shikler have become very rare. “Today, Yad Vashem has documented four million names of Jews who were killed during the Holocaust,” said Cynthia Wroclawski, manager of the Holocaust Victims’ Names Recovery Project at Yad Vashem. “We’re still reaching out to communities worldwide to ask them to help us reach out to the members of their communities and ask them to fill out pages of testimony in memory of their loved ones who were killed during the Holocaust.” Liora Tamir grew up an orphan in the Soviet Union after her mother died. She knew little except that she was from Poland and had been sent to the Gulag — as the Soviet prison system was called in the Stalin years — for her political beliefs. Tamir also knew that her mother had lived in Mandatory Palestine in early 1930s but had been arrested and deported by the British for her communist activities. Tamir moved to Israel in 1979
and lives in Tel Aviv. Aryeh Shikler said his father, Simcha Shikler, had lived in Brody, Poland, before the war, and had followed his sister to Palestine. He had thought none of his siblings had survived. Indeed, the Nazis murdered his parents, Golda and Hertz Shapira. According to Shikler, his father had adopted his mother’s maiden name, Shikler, after the British arrested his sister, out of fear he would be deported too. “My Dad didn’t tell us much because he wanted to spare us from carrying with us this burden of the Holocaust,” said Shikler, 73. “I never asked my father anything, but one day he told me he I had an aunt who once came to Israel.” “I’m happy. Delighted for myself to have an entire family and happy for my kids, who never knew their grandparents and thought they had no relatives,” Tamir said after the union. “When you actually meet, you realize that blood is thicker than water,” Shikler added. “All you have to do is to listen and it all starts flowing out.” Article courtesy of The Media Line Ltd., a non-profit American news agency specializing in coverage of the Middle East. Visit themedialine.org.
Popular Hebrew Names for Baby While Israel sometimes gets bad press in the United States, when it comes to naming our children, Hebrew names top the list. According to the Social Security Administration, Jacob is the most popular boy name in America for the 12th year running, followed by Ethan and Michael, with Noah and Daniel in 7th and 8th places. The most popular girl’s name is Isabella, a Spanish variant of the name Elizabeth, which also originates in Hebrew. The other top-ten girls’ names of Hebrew origin are Ava (from Eve or Chava) and Abigail. Several other American topten names have Hebrew homophones, and these are gaining
popularity among Jewish and Israeli parents. Eden, for a boy or girl, is popular among Israelis and American Jews, and corresponds to the Gaelic name Aidan, the SSA’s 9th most popular name for boys. Similarly Tzofia (looking to Zion, from the Hatikvah) and Livia (crown) correspond to Sophia (#2) and Olivia (#4). Over in Israel, the most popular boys’ names are Noam, Itai, Ori, Daniel, David, Yonatan, Yosef, Ido, Moshe and Ariel; while for girls the list is: Noa, Shira, Maya, Tamar, Yael, Talia, Sarah, Hila, Noya and Michal. What were some of the names predicted to peak in popularity in 2015? Aviva, Maya and Asher.
Obama Celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month WASHINGTON — On May 17, President Barack Obama will host a White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month. The reception will celebrate the history of Jewish Americans, and their profound contributions to the
American story. Invitees include grassroots Jewish community leaders from across the country, rabbis, members of Congress, and a broad range of leaders engaged in business, the arts, education, and public and community service.
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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. Y2I, our community’s teen Israel experience, is lifechanging, deepening our teens’ attachment to Israel, imbuing in them love and responsibility for our Jewish Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation
Family, and strengthening the bonds of our North Shore Jewish community. Proceeds from the Tribute Book will fund Y2I 2012. You can pledge now and pay in 2012. The Tribute Book will be distributed at the Y2I Welcome Home Event on August 28, 7 p.m. at Temple Sinai in Marblehead. Sharon and Howard Rich will be honored at this wonderful event, which is open to the entire community. For information about making a donation or a pledge to Y2I 2012, or placing an ad in the Tribute Book, contact Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or email sfeinstein@rilcf. org.
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This is a must see movie! In Celebration of American Jewish Heritage Month The community is invited to a free screening of
Jews and Baseball An American Love Story Narrated by Dustin Hoffman Monday, May 23, 7 p.m. Temple B’nai Abraham 200 East Lothrop Street, Beverly Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Free ballpark snacks will be served (popcorn, peanuts, etc.) “JEWS AND BASEBALL: AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY explores the connection between Jewish Americans and baseball, our nation’s most iconic institution. More than a film about sports, it is a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, the passing on of traditions, and the shattering of stereotypes.” Children 10 and older are welcome. Please RSVP by May 18 to Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or email email@example.com.
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No Room for Misogyny in Jewish Journalism
here is nothing like a good Jewish controversy to grab the attention of the mainstream media. The deliberate alteration in a Chassidic newspaper of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Counterterrorism Director Audrey Tomason from an iconic photo of the President and his staff watching the raid on Osama Bin Laden, has captivated the attention of the media.
They said, “Our editorial policies are guided by a Rabbinical Board and because of laws of modesty, does not allow for the publishing of photos of women. The readership of the Tzeitung believe that women should be appreciated for who they are and what they do, not for what they look like, and the Jewish laws of modesty are an expression of respect for women, not the opposite.”
Even Stephen Colbert found comedy with the story on the Colbert Report. What is it about Haredi Jewry, the ultra-Orthodox interpretation of Jewish law, that makes it so subject to derision? We believe it is their value judgment about women. It is nothing short of misogyny.
Scholars we have consulted disagree with this. Some will argue that the extended media attention on this issue is a reflection of an anti-Semitic press. However, in this instance, all are correct in their mockery.
The Brooklyn, ultra-Orthodox newspaper the Tzeitung, defended the practice of removing women based on the laws of modesty, but apologized for altering the image in violation of the White House photo distribution policy.
Removing our female government officials from a photo is nothing short of a suppression of the rights and accomplishments of women. It is not acceptable under any circumstances, religious or otherwise. It is an affront to journalism. We expect better from our Jewish press.
letters to the editor 100-Year Milestones for JCCNS and Fenway Park
Rashi on the Royal British Wedding
We at the JCC of the North Shore thank Dr. George Freedman for the delightful cartoon in the April 28th issue. We are thrilled to be sharing our 100th anniversary with Fenway Park. We have both seen incredible achievements over the last century. Fenway has been home to some of baseball’s greatest stars, while the JCC has been home to thousands of North Shore families, beginning in 1911 in Lynn. Since then, the J has welcomed generations of local residents, as well as Jewish immigrants from Europe and Russia. The JCC is inviting the entire North Shore community to celebrate this momentous occasion in our history. There will be
Prince William has shown a pattern of connecting his marriage to Kate Middleton with memories of his mother, Princess Diana. His engagement to Kate was with his mother’s engagement ring. Several days before the wedding, Kate accompanied the prince to the grave of his mother. The wedding was held in Westminster Abbey, where William’s mother was married and where her memorial service was held. Kate’s wedding bouquet consisted of the same flowers her mother-in-law favored at her wedding — lily of the valley dotted with Sweet Williams. Kate’s wedding vows had the same historic deletion of the word “obey” that her independent mother-in-law had refused
a gala on Saturday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m., when people can meet old friends and make new ones. On Sunday, October 16, join a run/walk from the J’s old Market Street digs, to the JCC on Community Road. This will be followed by a complimentary lunch. The weekend will close that afternoon with a Field Day for families. Help celebrate the JCC’s century of big league service to the Jewish community! For more information, contact JCC Development Director Joan Lawrence at 781-631-8330 x129 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Helaine R. Hazlett & Fern J. Zang 100th Anniversary Co-Chairs Marblehead
to include in her vows, which at the time represented a shocking break with tradition. I am waiting to see if William eventually has Kate bleach her beautiful raven hair to look blonde like his mother. What does all this mean? The medieval rabbi, Rashi, who wrote a running commentary on the Torah that is perhaps the most famous and familiar series of all Jewish Bible commentaries, provides an answer: “And Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah, his mother, and he took Rebecca, and she became his wife and he loved her and Isaac became consoled after his mother.” (Gen. 24:67) Rashi: “consoled after his mother”: “It is the way of the
world [human nature] — all the while a man’s mother is alive he is attached to her — and when she dies, he is consoled through his wife.” I suspect that Dr. Sigmund Freud (though I doubt that he would have admitted it to anyone) may have studied that Rashi. I think silver screen goddess Marlene Dietrich would have understood Rashi. She said: “A man is more interested in a woman who is interested in him than a woman who has beautiful legs.” It looks like Willie got both. I think this royal marriage is going to last. Hersh Goldman Swampscott
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A Beautiful Yom HaShoah Tribute I wish all of you could have attended the Yom HaShoah dedication May 1 in Boston at the Holocaust Memorial. It was one of the most beautiful ceremonies that I have ever attended. The sun was shining brightly as many survivors spoke about their personal experiences, and the messages of “never again” and “survival” were so well delivered. Miri Ben-Air, an Israeli violionist, played beautifully, and when she broke out into the theme music from “Schindler’s List,” our hearts and tears filled up. Fifteen young IDF soldiers visiting Boston walked through the Memorial carrying the Israeli flag as “Hatikvah” played.
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At the end of the dedication, children from schools all over Massachusetts slowly walked through the Memorial, with each one placing a colored stone on the wall. This was done with grace and beauty. Several times there were attempted interruptions from crazed individuals carrying a Palestinian flag and yelling “Free Palestine.” Thankfully they did not deter any of the speakers or the solemn emotion and beauty of the day. The CJP and the Boston-Haifa Connection need to be lauded for putting together such a thoughtful and special memorial. Carol Denbo Swampscott
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As many Jewish Journal readers know, the children of Sderot, Israel have lived a life of fear. As a result, most suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. The Russian-speaking community of Massachusetts is once again raising money to finance a summer camp for them. Last year I volunteered as a counselor at this camp. These children have been abandoned by their own government, and it was difficult to earn their friendship because at first they did not believe in our intentions of helping them. We can’t afford to disappoint these children this year. Last summer was unforgettable. The kids were incredible and changed my life, too. It is important for me to go back again and to show them that this was not a one-time-deal. I want to show them that people in America really do care about them, and are committed to helping and teaching them. Their school days are still irregular and education standards have fallen. We are trying to fill this void by conducting
a weekly program on Skype to teach English to the children in Sderot. Last year the camp was heavily focused on education, not just simply giving them a vacation reprieve. The kids worked hard to improve their math and English skills. And we saw great improvement. They are smart kids with a desire to learn. In addition to their lessons, there was time for arts and crafts, chess, dance and trips to the community pool. This year, each potential counselor needs to raise $2,000 for a total of $26,000 to run the camp. Please help us accomplish
our goal. All donations are 100% tax deductible, and can be made payable to RJCF. Donations can also be made online at rjcf.com. Checks should be mailed to: Russian Jewish Community Foundation 200 Wells Ave. Newton, MA 02459 Please write “Jewish Journal to RJCF Children Of Sderot Fund” in the memo. Journal readers have always been very supportive in the past. We hope you will help us again this summer. Thank you. Irina Zhorov Marblehead
Corrections • In a letter to the editor in the April 28 edition of the Journal (“The Price of Admission”) Jay Duchin discussed the ticket prices of an upcoming JFNS fundraiser. He meant to refer to the JFS (Jewish Family Service) fundraiser. • In the People section, we printed the wrong day of the public naming ceremony for Aviv HaLevi, the infant son of Rabbi Baruch and Ariella HaLevi. It is on Saturday, June 11, at 11:30 a.m. We also misspelled Patricia Mahoney’s name. • In the story, “Teacher Stretches the Meaning of Judaism Through Yoga,” we misspelled the website. It is yogakidsnorthshore.com.
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There’s Something About Winning David Suissa
’ll never forget sitting with a group of intellectuals several years ago, at the height of the messy war in Iraq, and discussing why President Bush and America had fallen so low in the esteem of the world. One great mind after another offered sophisticated analyses. Finally, someone piped up: “Everything would be different if Bush were winning the war.” At which point a distinguished professor from Israel said: “This is brilliant! Bush’s real problem is that he’s not winning!” I sat there, slightly stunned, thinking: How can something so complicated lend itself to such an easy insight? I reflected on that insight last week when President Obama announced the killing of Osama bin Laden after a nearly 10-year pursuit. Here was a president who had suffered relentless criticism for his handling of foreign affairs. And now, as Jeffrey Goldberg wrote on his blog: “Our president, in the blink of an eye, has gone from a hypercriticized, seemingly-swamped possibly-one-term leader to an American hero, a commanderin-chief who calmly oversaw the killing of the greatest mass murderer in American history.” And why did he become a hero? Not because he made one of his inspiring speeches or announced a brilliant new policy. He became a hero because he got a win. It’s as simple — and as complicated — as that. We love to teach our kids that life is not about winning and losing but “how you play the game.” That may be true when you’re dealing with people of good faith. But when you’re dealing with people who are out for blood, it’s a good idea to know how to win. Naturally, Jews and Israel have always been juicy targets for people out for blood. So, how should one deal with such aggression? I found a wonderful answer last week in a shoe store on trendy St. Denis Street in downtown Montreal. The French Canadian owner of the store, who has been there for 25 years, decided last year to carry a women’s shoe line from Israel called Beautifeel. Within a few months, a vicious boycott campaign was underway against the store, led by a popular local politician, Amir Khadir. To give you an idea of the tone of their campaign, one of the boycotters’ leaflets had an oversize image of a woman’s shoe stomping on a pile of buried naked bodies. Written on the shoe was “Beautifeel. Made in Apartheid Israel.” On top was the headline, in French, “Boycottons la boutique Le Marcheur” (“Let’s boycott the boutique Le Marcheur”). The boycotters recruited large and noisy crowds to hand out the leaflets and implore people not to enter Le Marcheur. Their mis-
sion was to pressure the owner, Yves Archambault, to stop carrying the line so that the neighborhood would be “apartheid free.” But Archambault refused, out of principle. It didn’t seem right to him that he should be told how to run his business. His business suffered, but he held firm. The story hardly ends there. The Jewish community in Montreal got wind of the boycott, a “buycott” campaign was launched, and Jews from all over the city came to buy shoes at Le Marcheur. One woman bought a hundred pairs. Archambault became a local hero. Meanwhile, creative minds went to work producing counter leaflets mocking the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement as “Boycott Derangement Syndrome,” explaining the discrimination and hypocrisy inherent in the movement. These leaflets gave people the Israeli side of the story. Archambault did his own research and found out that the Israeli shoe company (besides making great shoes) hired women, minorities and Palestinians, and treated their employees very well. The Quebec General Assembly drafted a unanimous resolution condemning the boycott and supporting the store. And what happened to the initiator of the boycott, Amir Khadir? He went low-key and stopped coming to the demonstrations. Apparently, he concluded that the backlash might not be good for his political future. I tell you this story not to remind you of the insidious global movement to demonize the Jewish state. That’s old hat by now. I’m telling you this story because it’s a tribute to the noble virtues of fighting back and winning. Too often, we recoil at the idea of fighting. It leaves a bad taste in our mouth. We dread the thought of “lowering ourselves to the level of mudslinging.” We prefer notions like “engagement” and “bridge building.” But the nasty boycotters of St. Denis Street who used Nazi imagery to malign an Israeli shoe company were not looking for engagement or bridge building. They were looking for blood — and a victory. Faced with such aggression, how else to respond but to fight back? Yes, in such cases, life is a zero sum game. One side wins, and the other side loses. The Jewish community of Montreal, with the support of a brave French Canadian shoe merchant, fought back ferociously and smartly against what it perceived as a grave injustice to the State of Israel. And, guess what — they won. It’s not as dramatic as taking down bin Laden, but we’ll take it. David Suissa is a branding consultant, columnist and founder of OLAM magazine. He can be reached at suissa@olam. org or at davidsuissa.com. This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post and Jewish Journal in L.A.
Evil Does Not Die of Natural Causes Charles Krauthammer
wo months and a day before 9/11, terrorism expert Larry C. Johnson published “The Declining Terrorist Threat,” a New York Times op-ed decrying the fact that “Americans are bedeviled by fantasies about terrorism,” when, in reality, “the decade beginning in 2000 will continue the downward trend” in lethal terrorism.
We came to kill. That is what you do in war. Not quite. A decade later, Osama bin Laden is dead and the old chorus of pre-9/11 complacency has returned. The war on terror is over — yet again, it seems. Bin Laden was but “a distraction,” writes Peter Beinart, and the war on terror “a mistake from the start.” 9/11 was nothing more than “an isolated case,” argues Ross Douthat. And “bin Laden was always the weak horse.” The new post-bin Laden dispensation is that the entire decade-long war on terror was an overreaction — as shown by the bin Laden operation itself, which, noted one critic, looks a lot like police work, the kind of law enforcement John Kerry insisted in 2004 was the proper prism through which to address the terror threat.
On the contrary. The bin Laden operation is the perfect vindication of the war on terror. It was made possible precisely by the vast, warlike infrastructure that the Bush administration created post-9/11, a fierce regime of capture and interrogation, of dropped bombs and commando strikes. That regime, of course, followed the more conventional war that brought down the Taliban, scattered and decimated al-Qaeda and made bin Laden a fugitive. Without all of this, the bin Laden operation could never have happened. Whence came the intelligence that led to Abbottabad? Many places, including from secret prisons in Romania and Poland; from terrorists seized and kidnapped, then subjected to interrogations, sometimes “harsh” or “enhanced”; from Gitmo detainees; from a huge bureaucratic apparatus of surveillance and eavesdropping. In other words, from a Global War on Terror infrastructure that critics, including Barack Obama himself, deplored as a tragic detour from American rectitude. It was all not just un-American, now say the revisionists, but also unnecessary. Really? We could never have pulled off the bin Laden raid without a major military presence in Afghanistan. The choppers came from our massive base at Bagram. The jump-off point was Jalalabad. The intelligence-gathering drones fly over Pakistan by grace of an alliance (unreliable but indispensable) forged with the United States continued on page 18
Converting from a Jewish Label to a Jewish Life Deborah Grayson Riegel
hen my older brother Scott was a senior in college, he wrote home about the new woman he was dating. Three pieces of information stuck out: 1) she had the same first name as his sister (that’s me), 2) she was from Minnesota and 3) she was Jewish. While many Jewish families would have regarded that third detail as cause for either relief or celebration, our family took it as evidence that his new girlfriend was in a cult, and would certainly try to get my brother to drink the (kosher) Kool-Aid. While our family was Jewish, we were Jewish in label only. Any appearance of living a Jewish life was an unintended result of living in New York City, where you are practically Jewish just by living in its grid. We believed that Judaism — and, by ecumenical extension, all organized religion — was an expression of compulsive neuroses (at best) and the cause of every war in the history of mankind (at worst). So when my brother shared this factoid about his new paramour, Debra, he had to know that we wouldn’t be pareve about it. Not that he even knew what “pareve” meant. We did have our own traditions, of course. When faced with something we didn’t really
understand, we did what we always did: we made jokes. Not at Debra, of course. But about what we knew (read: pretended to know) about living a Jewish life: a life that must be vacant without bacon, or stringent due to shul, or hamstrung by holidays that we didn’t observe.
We believed that Judaism — and, by ecumenical extension, all organized religion — was an expression of compulsive neuroses (at best) and the cause of every war in the history of mankind (at worst). Over the years, as Scott and Debra’s commitment to each other grew, our teasing waned out of respect for the challenges my brother faced in shifting from a Jewish label to a Jewish life. He was the one who would be keeping a kosher home — not us. He was the one who would be blessing the wine and the challah each week — not us. He was the one who would be raising his children to believe in a God and a lifestyle he was only just learning about — not us. And with what I’m sure continued on page 18
Bin Laden & Beyond Rabbi Arthur Waskow
ow might we address the death of a mass murderer? The Torah describes Moses and Miriam leading the ancient People Israel in a celebratory song after the tyrannical Pharaoh and his army have been overwhelmed by the waters of the Red Sea. Later, the rabbis gave a new overtone to the story: “The angels,” they said, “began to dance and sing as well, but God rebuked them: ‘These also are the work of My hands. We must not rejoice at their deaths!’” Notice the complexity of the teaching: Human beings go unrebuked when they celebrate the downfall and death of a tyrant; but the rabbis are addressing our higher selves, trying to move us into a higher place. (The legend is certainly not aimed at “angels.”) Similarly, we are taught that at the Passover seder, when we recite the plagues that fell upon the Egyptians, we must drip out the wine from our cups as we mention each plague, lest we drink
that wine to celebrate these disasters that befell our oppressors. I myself would have been a lot happier to see Bin Laden arrested and stand trial, but assuming the report that he violently resisted arrest is true, I have no objection to his having been killed. Yet I was dismayed by the quasi-sports-victory tone of the celebrations that arose around the country — chanting “U-S-A, U-S-A,” for instance. What I myself felt was more like “sad necessity” — and I would have preferred a mournful remembrance of the innocent dead of the Twin Towers and of Iraq and Afghanistan — a thoughtful reexamination of how easy it is to turn abominable violence against us into a justification for indiscriminate violence by us. Can we now say, “Enough, enough!” — refuse to drink the intoxicating triumphalist wine of celebration, and turn our attention and commitment to end these wars that take on a deadly “life” of their own? Rabbi Arthur Waskow is director of The Shalom Center. Visit theshalomcenter.org.
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SALEM — The 2011 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, a three-day poetry extravaganza, will take place in Salem on May 12-14. Programming features more than 70 events, including readings, workshops, panel discussions, talks, musical performances and a small press fair. More than 100 poets, artists, scholars and musicians will participate. Highlights include a day of workshops for high school students led by esteemed poets, a showing of the award-winning film “Louder Than a Bomb,” a performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, and appearances by poet Mark Doty,
singer-songwriter Kim Richey and slam artist Patricia Smith, as well as Enzo Surin, Brian Turner, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Jericho Brown, Elisa Gabbert, Tom Sexton and Ravi Shankar. Attendees will hear everything from hip-hop to haiku, New Formalism to the new poets on the block. Celebrate Elizabeth Bishop’s 100th birthday with a talk by Bishop scholar and editor, Lloyd Schwartz. Enjoy a coffee and share conversation with book lovers at a reading of poets connected to the Boston Review. Attend a reading in the Japanese Art Gallery of the Peabody Essex Museum by members of Boston’s Haiku Society. Participate in a
workshop at the historic House of the Seven Gables. Travel to the festival on Saturday on a Poetry Train, departing Boston’s North Station at 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., with area poets reading on board. Events will take place at a variety of locations, but the festival centers at Old Town Hall, and the main stage at Salem’s Derby Square. Many festival happenings are free. For others, all-festival admissions buttons can be purchased in advance or on the day of the festival for $10/adults and $5/students and seniors. For further information, visit http:// masspoetry.org/festival.
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SALEM — To celebrate the city’s poetic heritage, Salem historian, author and history columnist Jim McAllister will offer a walking tour entitled “Poets, Poetry and Poetic Places” in Salem on Friday, May 13, at 2:30 p.m. Participants should meet at the main entrance of the Salem Visitor Center on New Courtesy photo Liberty Street, across from Jim McAllister the Peabody Essex Museum. Stops will include Salem’s famed Lyceum Hall, where Emerson lectured 36 times. Participants will pass the Quaker Meeting House, Parker Brothers Game Company, the Charter Street burial ground, the Salem Witch Trials memorial and other sites. The tour will end at The Salem Athenaeum in time for Charlotte Gordon’s talk on the first published American woman, Anne Bradstreet. The tour is free for those with buttons from the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and $12 for other participants. For information, visit masspoetry.org.
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Rabbi Was On the Bus With the Freedom Riders Don Stradley Special to the Journal
abbi Israel Dresner can’t say enough good things about “Freedom Riders,” the powerful new PBS documentary that premieres May 16. Filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s new film covers the 1961 battle TV over segregated bus travel in the Deep South. While preparing for an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show to mark the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Ride, Dresner chatted with The Jewish Journal about the role of Jews in the civil rights movement. “The Jewish participation was enormous. My black compatriots didn’t know how to raise money. We helped generate funds,” Dresner said. “I was very close with Dr. Martin Luther King. People from the movement would call me and say, ‘We need a big shot Jew. Do you know anyone?’” The strategy of the Freedom Ride involved black and white activists traveling by bus into Jim Crow territory, lingering in the “white only” areas of Greyhound and Trailways platforms, and allowing photographers and journalists to document the reactions of local racists. The hope was that the publicity would create public demand for integrated travel. The Freedom Riders got the publicity, but perhaps not in the form they wanted. They were met by snarling mobs
in Georgia and Alabama; buses were set on fire; activists were attacked and beaten. When the buses pulled into Jackson, Mississippi, many passengers were arrested and sent to Parchman Farm, a penitentiary known for its cruel treatment. The payoff finally arrived in September, 1961, when the Interstate Commerce Com mission passed orders to end segregation in bus and rail stations. Dresner said his passion for civil rights stems from Judaism, and the belief that all people are related.
By Dresner’s estimation, one third of the Freedom Riders were Jewish. But when asked if most Americans know of the Jewish contri bution to civil rights causes, Dresner scoffed. “No. Why would they? How many Jews know about the Quakers’ role in the abo litionist movement?” Dresner, 83, currently lives in New Jersey. Raised in an all-Jewish, Brooklyn neigh Courtesy photos borhood, he had no experi Rabbi Israel Dresner ence with African-Americans until attending college in Chicago. But he knew about oppression and bigotry. “I saw plenty of it growing up in the 1930s,” he said. Still, Dresner’s parents were against his involvement in the Freedom Ride. “They thought it was a terrible idea, because a person could get killed.” Dresner never faced real violence during the civil rights crusade, but he was arrested four times, and he once took a blow on the shoulder from a man swinging a club. “Nothing was broken, but it left a welt,” he said.
The Freedom Riders’ bus was burned near Anniston, Alabama, 1961.
“Freedom Riders” airs May 16 on WGBH as part of the PBS American Experience series.
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Paul Van Ness, owner of CinemaSalem, said it chose to honor the Journal because “since 1977, the Journal has been enriching a sense of purpose and commonality within the Jewish community on the North Shore, and help ing build bridges to people of all faiths. The Journal has lively sections devoted to news, human interest stories, arts and culture, and busi ness, and manages to present all its content in a personal and accessible way.” “From our beginnings, the Jewish Journal has been very supportive of CinemaSalem, and has also sponsored the presentation of films at the Salem Film Fest. It’s our plea sure to award them a $1,000 grant,” he added. CinemaSalem actively sup ports the community, issuing grants each month to non profit organizations on the North Shore. Past grant recipients include Lynn Time Bank, Jewish Family Services, HAWC, Grace Christian Mission, College Application Education Program, Salem YMCA, Harborlight House, North Shore ARC, School’s Out, Inc., The Holocaust Center, Beverly Bootstraps, Foundation for Salem Public Education, Children’s Friend and The Salem Mission. The Jewish Journal is a nonprofit newspaper, supported by generous readers, advertisers and the Jewish Federation of the North Shore.
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PELIE Now Accepting Applications for Technology Fellows NEW YORK —The Partner ship for Effective Learning and Innovative Education (PELIE) is now accepting applica tions for a fellowship to attend the International Society for Technology in Education 2011 conference, which will take place from June 26 to 29, in Philadelphia. ISTE’s annual conference and exposition is the world’s premier educational technol ogy event, where 20,000 educa tion and technology profession als from 60 countries unite for four days of professional learn ing and collaboration. Individuals involved in parttime Jewish education for chil dren are encouraged to apply. Applicants can be rabbis, edu cators, lay leaders or volunteers in synagogue schools, commu nity programs, JCC initiatives or youth groups. Fourteen fellow ships are available. Fellows must apply in teams
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to fight the war in Afghanistan. Even the war in Iraq played an (unintended) role. After its rout from Afghanistan, al-Qaeda chose the troubled waters of Iraq as the central front in its war on America — and suffered a stunning defeat, made particularly humiliating when its fellow Sunni Arabs rose up to join the infidel Americans in subduing it. Bin Laden declared war on us in 1998. But it was not until 9/11 that we took him seriously. At which point we answered with a declaration of war of our own, offering the brutal, unrelenting and ferocious response that war demands and that police work prohibits. Including bin Laden’s execution. It’s clear there was no intention of capturing him. And for good reason. Doing so would have been insane, gratuitously granting him a second life of immense publicity on a worldwide stage from which to propagandize. We came to kill. That is what you do in war. Do that in police work and you’ve committed murder. The Navy SEAL(s) who pulled the fateful trigger would be facing charges, not receiving medals. You want to say we’ve now won the war? Fine. It’s at least an arguable proposition. After all, the war on terror will end one day, and we will return to policing the odd terrorist nut case. I would argue, however, that while bin Laden’s death marks an extremely important inflection point in the fight against jihadism, it’s far too early to declare victory. Now, it is one thing to have an argument about whether it’s over. It’s quite another to claim that our reaching this happy day — during which we can even be debating whether victory has been achieved — has nothing to do with the war on terror of the previous decade. Al-Qaeda is not subsiding on its own. It is not retiring from the field, having seen the error of its ways. It is not disappearing because of some inexorable law of history or nature. It is in retreat because of the terrible defeats it suffered once America decided to take up arms against it, a campaign (once) known as the war on terror.
were many concessions on both sides, Scott and Debra got married, and are raising three bright, beautiful children who speak Hebrew, love Israel, lead synagogue services, and have their own well-educated opinions about what being Jewish means to them. Ever-competitive with my big brother who was now living a Conservative Jewish life, I began dating a Modern Orthodox man when I was in my twenties. This experience would turn out to be the “Jewish Boot Camp” that I never knew I wanted, but am eternally grateful to have had. It’s little wonder that the first family members to whom I introduced my boyfriend were my brother and sister-in-law — a decision that saved me from a panic attack and my new flame from a wrongful arrest. The first morning of our visit, I woke up and went downstairs to Scott and Debra’s kitchen to feed my little niece Shira her breakfast. As I spooned scrambled eggs into her mouth, Shira stopped chewing long enough to point over my shoulder and ask, “Aunt Deborah, what’s your friend doing?” I turned around to see my new friend slowly and painstakingly wrapping a black leather strap up his arm. I had seen enough afterschool specials on TV to deduce exactly what he was doing — and that it was about to involve some kind of needle, and eventually, require rehab. It was at the very moment that I was about to
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snatch my innocent niece from her highchair and run from the house that Debra came downstairs and explained to me the Jewish practice of laying tefillin. While I learned about the Torah’s commandment that we wear tefillin on our arms and our heads to remember that God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt, I was humbled by how much I had to learn, as well as how willing I was to turn my new boyfriend into the cops. While the relationship didn’t last, what I had learned and begun to practice during our years together did. I learned how to bensch after meals and how to talk to God. I learned a little Hebrew and a lot about keeping a kosher home. I learned how to be Shomer Shabbos, and that I didn’t want to be. All of these Jewish rites and rituals that I learned out of love paved the way for me to meet and marry the love of my life, my husband Michael — who already kept a kosher home and had a relationship with God. And now, the two of us together have made a family of four who keep kosher, make Shabbat dinner, belong to a shul and regard Jewish practice as a tenet of our daily lives. Earlier this year, I was in L.A. for work and was delighted to have the opportunity to take my younger brother, Andrew, and his lovely new girlfriend, Lourdes, out for a birthday dinner. As Andrew drove down the freeway, Lourdes and I got to know each other. Born in Honduras, Lourdes was raised Catholic. She was baptized, and received her first communion and confirmation from
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the Catholic church. Nevertheless, due to her openness to religion in general, it didn’t seem strange for her to accept a coveted early childhood educator position at the Alpert Jewish Community Center. “I just got back from a fantastic workshop,” she told me, “where my supervisor and I learned how to apply Pirkei Avot in the classroom.” “Pirkie A-what?” my brother Andrew asked. “What’s that?” Here we go again, I smiled. As Lourdes lovingly and correctly explained the collection of advice, ethics and insights of leading rabbinic scholars to her Jewish boyfriend, I realized that I had the honor of watching the next of our siblings get curious about what Judaism can offer beyond worries and wars. What will stick for Andrew? What will last? How will this love story end up? Who knows? I do know that when Andrew asked Lourdes if she would convert to Judaism if they got married one day, her response was telling; she asked him “Will YOU?” The one thing I do know is that each of us went on a Jewish journey in the name of love, and we have moved along our own personal continua from Jewish label to Jewish life. Deborah Grayson Riegel is a certified coach, speaker and trainer, who helps individuals, teams and organizations achieve personal and professional success through her high-energy workshops, presentations and one-on-one coaching. Visit her online at myjewishcoach. com or elevatedtraining.com. This article originally appeared in the New York Jewish Week.
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Aviv Centers for Living Closes on $50 Million of Letter-of-Credit Backed Tax-Exempt Bonds Peabody — Aviv Centers for Living closed on $50 million in tax-exempt financing that will centralize its skilled nursing and assisted living facilities onto a single campus. The transaction is an anomaly in a year that has seen few bond issues for non-investment grade health care providers come to market. Aviv will save an expected $8.5 million in interest costs over the first five years of the bonds because of the letters of credit Aviv procured from its banks. Aviv currently offers 130 units of assisted living on its Peabody campus, and 176 skilled nursing beds in Swampscott. Other Aviv services include its adult day health center and community based services, including home health and geriatric care man agement. The financing will fund con struction of a new 144-bed replacement skilled nursing facility on the Peabody cam pus. The bonds also refinance about $17 million in outstand ing debt on the assisted liv ing facility. The new Waldfogel Health Center will consist of nine 16-bed households, each with its own dining room, liv ing area and dedicated staff. It
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will also offer adult day services and an early childhood center, and the Jewish Historical Society will showcase the area’s Jewish heritage in exhibits throughout the buildings. Though Aviv is decreasing the number of skilled nursing beds it offers, it expects to double the number of patients and residents it serves annually because its sub-acute unit will discharge many patients back to the community. “Each percent less on Aviv’s cost of capital is $500,000 that we are able to spend on delivering high quality health care services. Aviv put together the A Team and was relentless in presenting our
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credit worthiness to our banks.” said Stephen H. Neff, Aviv’s pres ident and chief executive officer. Very few non-investmentgrade health care providers have issued bonds in 2011 because of the lack of affordable credit enhancement options. In the first quarter of 2011, only $4.5 billion of long-term health care bonds were issued, compared to $10.4 billion in the first quarter of 2010, according to Thomson Reuters. And only $566 million of letter-of-credit-backed bonds were issued in the first quarter of 2011, compared to an average of $29.2 billion done annually from 2006 through 2010. Aviv’s
bonds are supported by two $25 million bank letters of credit, one provided by M&T Bank and the other by Citizens Bank. The short-term ratings on the bonds are the highest available from Moody’s. A swap on the majority of the variable-rate bonds is expected to fix the interest rate below 5 percent. This effective rate is more than 3.5 percentage points lower than what Aviv might have been able to achieve via unrat ed, unenhanced bonds, saving the community over $1.7 mil lion in interest each year for a total of $8.5 million over just the first five years. Further, an unrated, fixed-rate transaction would have required compli ance with more onerous finan cial covenants and borrowing a higher amount to fund a debt service reserve fund. Although most of its financial ratios are non-investment grade, Aviv will have limited annual liquidity covenants and no ongoing day’s cash on hand requirements. “It’s a remarkably low cost of capital, especially for a senior living provider and especially in this credit environment,” said Tanya K. Hahn, Senior Vice President of Lancaster Pollard,
the specialty investment bank that structured and underwrote the transaction. “The new corpo rate financing structure actually sets Aviv up to grow financially stronger as time passes. They’ll be setting aside cash every year and serving residents on a more efficient and modern campus with new service lines. The next time they need to fund a proj ect, they should have an even more appealing credit profile than they do now, which means even better access to affordable capital down the road.” Aviv’s new household design follows a new trend in care delivery that emphasizes the deinstitutionalization of care with high staff-to-resident ratios, community spaces and a neigh borly atmosphere. One floor of the Waldfogel Health Center will be dedicated to Alzheimer’s and memory care, while another will focus on sub-acute care. Residents will be able to partici pate with or just enjoy the chil dren at the early learning cen ter on the first floor. The Jewish Historical Society’s offices will be housed in the new facility. Aviv will begin construction on the Waldfogel Health Center this month.
Financial Literacy Teachable Moments Come at All Ages Jason Alderman
learned a lot of valuable information in high school, but one subject that wasn’t on the curriculum was personal financial management. We didn’t learn how to bal ance a checkbook, why budgeting is important or how credit card interest works, among other life lessons. Today, financial literacy courses are mandatory for high school graduation in only four states. This was one of many issues tackled at the fifth annual Financial Literacy and Educa tion Summit, hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Visa Inc., on April 4, 2011. Panelists shared insights, success stories and personal examples gleaned from their endeavors in advancing finan cial literacy. Here’s a brief sam pling: • Parents should look for teachable moments. When kids clamor for a new Nintendo, use it as a springboard to discuss the relationship between money and time. • Financial education is a continuous process, from chil dren’s allowances to retirement decisions, but age-appropriate timing is the key. Yes, you can teach teenagers how mortgages work, but they’re much more interested in learning how to buy a car. • Make it fun. Research by the University of Florida, among others, has shown that stu dents who played educational video games like Visa’s Financial Football scored better on bench mark exams than those who did not. • There’s a huge opportunity for teachable moments in the workplace. Research shows that 70 percent of employees would like to have financial educa tion provided by their employer. The ACFC currently is exploring ways to engage corporations in
this effort. • Many teachers feel they don’t have the skills, back ground or classroom time to teach financial literacy, yet 89 percent of teachers surveyed (and 85 percent of parents), feel that it’s important to have finan cial education programs in the schools, whether it’s part of the formal curriculum, after-school programs, games, etc. Encourage local schools to offer relevant financial curricu lum that will prepare students
for financial challenges they’ll face as adults. One panelist noted, “I took years of French in high school and college, but I’ve only been to France three times in 30 years. I didn’t take a single course teaching me anything about the stock market or com pound interest or investing.” Panelists urged employers to create meaningful part-time jobs for high school students so that they can begin to equate how long they have to work to pay for things. Research has shown that kids who have jobs are much more likely to be high savers. To watch a free webcast of the 2011 Financial Literacy and Education Summit, go to practicalmoneyskills.com/summit2011.
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or 500 years between the 14th and 19th centuries, Jews were excluded from European society. Hidden behind ghetto walls and isolated in shtetls, Jews were cut off from advances in the arts, science, secular education and politics. To keep Jews in the time-cursed role of scapegoats, Christian societies segregated them by dress, language and economic and social discrimination. Jews, in turn, reacted by withdrawing into a tight communal circle. The physical walls of the ghettoes were reinforced by psychological withdrawal, as Jews sought to maintain themselves as a functioning society. Religious practice became formulaic and coercive, with religious discipline as the answer to the destructive forces around them. The Jewish literacy rate far exceeded that of their Christian neighbors. But during this time of isolation, Jews made little contribution to literature, philosophy, the arts or the physical sciences. Isaac Disraeli, the father of the future British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, summarized this void by stating that he could count all the “Jewish men of genius or talent on his fingers.” Of course he was wrong. During the course of these five centuries, men like Joseph Karo, Elijah ben Solomon, Yehudah Loew, Isaiah Berlin and Moses Isserles were just a few of the Jews who were men of genius. All were rabbis. Secular education was not open to them. This would change during the 19th century under the powerful forces of Emancipation and Jewish Enlightenment. During this period of Jewish Renaissance, Jews had new rights and broadened horizons. The doors of the ghettoes opened, and Jews flocked to universities for secular education and the professional lives that came with it. So many Jews took advantage of secular educations that there was a joke circulating around Germany that “Doctor”
was a Jewish first name. After centuries of exclusion, Jews made major contributions and achieved prominence in fields they had rarely entered. Jewish names exploded in the arts and sciences: Marcel Proust and Franz Kafka in literature, Heinrich Heine in poetry, Amedeo Modigliani and Marc Chagall in painting, Gustav Mahler in music, Karl Marx in economics, Sigmund Freud and, of course, Albert Einstein. Secular education gave wings to Jewish genius, and Jews soared into the professions. All of this Jewish progress came at a great price. With their newfound ability to question, Jews rejected Orthodox Judaism as the religion of the shtetl. To join the professions, many Jews converted to Christianity. Karl Marx’s father, Hirschel, converted to Protestantism and changed his name to Heinrich in order to practice law. Gustav Mahler became a Catholic as the only means of becoming director of the Vienna Court Opera, and Heinrich Heine converted to Christianity to gain acceptance in the literary world. Heine justified his reluctant conversion by saying that it was “the ticket of admission into European culture.” Many Jews who converted expressed their regrets when they realized that they had left one home, but not been accepted into another. The social and educational freedom that reached Jews in the 19th century was the springboard for the Jewish Renaissance. When the gates of the ghettoes opened, Jewish intellect that had been devoted to Torah study applied itself to a wider world of knowledge. The result is that Jewish names and accomplishments of that era are still recognized today. In a few short decades, Jews took their place among the notable writers, artists and scientists of the day. During this time of the Jewish Renaissance, Jews crossed a threshold, and there was no turning back. Herbert Belkin is a Jewish historian living in Swampscott. Email him at beachbluff1@ verizon.net.
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Acts of Loving Kindness Are Never Forgotten Editor’s note: Last month, Sidney Werlin’ asked readers to submit stories of kindnesses. Several readers responded. Sidney Werlin, 93, writes from the Cohen Florence Levine Estates in Chelsea.
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CHELSEA — Rabbi Dennis Prager once said, “It is a struggle to be kind. Try it and it will make you feel good.” In the 1940’s the Germans were killing millions of people. In Darfur over a million civilians were killed, and the world wrung its hands first in anguish, but did little else. Currently in Libya, Khadafy is using tanks, cannons and person air power to kill his own people. The world seems to tolerate these atrocities. So I found myself asking the question, “How could G-d permit such things to happen? “ I think Rabbi Prager’s words are more important now than ever, when we are surrounded by acts of destruction and devastation which challenge us and make us afraid of one another. Although it can be a struggle, it is important to preserve that innate goodness and satisfaction that comes from mankind’s acts of kindness, for which there can be no better weapon against those who try to destroy its presence. In December 2010, my wife, Beatrice, had to undergo a complicated surgery. While at Mt. Auburn Hospital, she was informed by the surgeon’s staff that she had three to four days to live. My wife did not want to die in the hospital, and so my sons and I took her home immediately. To accommodate her, we ordered a hospital bed and engaged with hospice caretakers around the clock. On the third day, Beatrice said to me she felt better — not worse. Hopeful, I immediately phoned Dr. Frank Vittimberga, my wife’s surgeon, at Mt. Auburn Hospital, and informed him of Beatrice’s improvement. I said to Dr. Vittimberga, “Where do we
go from here? Could you come to visit her here at our home, and see what can be done?” The doctor came to visit my wife at our house that same day, bringing with him his cheerful smile and disposition. After talking to my wife for some time and examining her, he recommended we get a physical therapist for her. My wife lived another two months. I believe it was because of the great kindness bestowed upon us by Dr. Vittimberga. I have long believed in the saying, “God performs miracles with the hands of men.” Indeed, Dr. Vittimberga was the man who performed a miracle with my wife’s surgery, and again with
From Murray Davis, Swampscott About 30 or 40 years ago, before the age of GPS, I was driving alone, in an unfamiliar area, trying to find someone’s house. While at a stoplight, I asked the person in the car next to me if he could direct me to the street. He told me it was a very long street and asked what number I was looking for. With some hesitation, I gave him the information. He suggested I follow him. About 10 to 15 minutes later, he slowed down and pointed to a driveway. He then turned around and drove back. I was a young man, lost in an unfamiliar area, it was dusk and I was late for my meeting. I never forgot the lesson, and have repaid it in kind a number of times over the years.
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Judge Thomas Buergenthal Tuesday, May 24, 2011 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Temple Shalom 287 Lafayette Street Salem, MA Theater of Light
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Theater of Light’s young actors presents “Mirror, Mirror,” a comic look at the Snow White tale, Sunday, May 15, at 1 and 4 p.m. at Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly. Cast members include (front row, l-r) Lauren Sheris, Mallory Rubin, Harrison Sheris, Anna Coughlin; (middle row, l-r) Arly MackRosen, Amy Freed, Jessica Cohen, Ella Colten; and (back row, l-r) Willie MackRosen, Rosie Beermann, Ronnie MackRosen, Ruby Jacobs and Daniel Jacobson.
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6-9 p.m. Help the North Shore Post of the Jewish War Veterans by eating at the Tides Restaurant in Nahant. A portion of the proceeds that evening will be donated to the organization. Email blischinsky@ gmail.com.
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3:30 p.m. NSTI and Mitzvah Magic are gathering volunteers to lend a hand. Haven From Hunger, 71 Wallis St., Peabody. nsteeninitiative.org or call Laura Shulman Brochstein at 781-631-8330.
7 p.m. Led by Lee Schimmer. $10. All proceeds donated to the Temple. Temple Ahavas Achim, Corner of Olive and Washington Streets, Newburyport. ahavas-achim.org.
7:30 p.m. Read and discuss “Orange is the New Black,” by Piper Kerman. Cong. Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-599-8005.
Tues, May 17 TBI’s Annual Pops Night
Members and friends of Temple B’Nai Israel in Revere will enjoy an evening of Mardi Gras music, Dixieland guest artists, with Keith Lockhart conducting. $47/person includes the concert and round-trip bus transportation. 781-284-8388.
Reservations must be made in advance of this event. Our concierges will admit guests with advanced reservations. Reservations must be made by: May 17, 2011 Donation $15 Reservations: 978-741-4880 or online at: http://www.buergenthal-templeshalom.eventbrite.com Judge Thomas Buergenthal is an international law and human rights law specialist. He was the American judge serving on the International Court of Justice at The Hague for 10 years. In 2010, he resumed his position as Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at The George Washington University Law School. Judge Buergenthal is the author of the book “A Lucky Child” which captures his survival from two ghettos and a labor camp, arrival at Auschwitz at age 10 and separation from his parents.This is a remarkable story of his survival on his own and being reunited with his mother two years after liberation.
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Would Dating Only Jews Be Considered Prejudiced? Steve Hofstetter
he phrase “marry a nice Jewish girl” is as engrained in Jewish culture as lox and bagels. From the time we’re children, we’re told to find a nice Jewish girl (or boy) in order to eventually produce other nice Jewish boys and girls. It’s really a forward thinking system.
Maybe that’s why the words “boy” and “girl” are used. We’re so young when we’re first told to date someone Jewish, encouraging us to meet adults would be creepy. It’s really the entire premise behind JDate. If there were no overwhelming desire for Jews to meet and procreate with other Jews, then there wouldn’t be much need for the site. We’d all be on PlentyOfFish.com, won-
dering why most of the members look like they were extras on “Jersey Shore.” A non-Jewish friend of mine was telling me about how his girlfriend is Indian, and how they’ve been dating for three years, but he’s never met her parents. They want her to marry within their culture, and a white guy from New York doesn’t exactly fit the description. When I commented on their
racism, he said, “wait, isn’t that what you did?” In a way, he was right. I met my wife on JDate because I wanted to marry a woman from my own culture. What’s the difference between “Marry a nice Jewish girl!” and “No daughter of mine is marrying a black man?” Don’t those sound kind of similar? The thought that I might be doing something racist hit me hard. My sister is black — which wouldn’t be very unique, except I’m white. Because of this, I’ve spent a great deal of my life railing against racism and prejudice. I have jokes in my act about it. I’ve gotten into long debates (and less civilized altercations) with strangers over it. I even
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When Jewish parents want their son to marry the daughter of other Jewish parents, how is that different than an Indian family doing the same? Two white parents upset that their daughter is marrying a black guy? Two Texas parents who have forbidden their daughter from marrying anyone from Oklahoma? Is it all intolerance? Or do we get a pass because Jews have been persecuted? Conventional wisdom says that it’s all right when Jews are pushed to marry other Jews because our religion could die out otherwise. We’re not being exclusionary to others — we’re just including ourselves. They’ve tried to stamp us out so many times — it’s our right to be prejudiced. Well, not exactly. I realized my answer. As I’ve written before, I met my wife on JDate because I wanted to
Steve Hofstetter is an internationally touring comedian. For more, visit SteveHofstetter.com. This column was originally published on jdate.com.
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be with someone who shared a similar experience to me. Who understood and respected my background. Who would go to shul with me during the holidays. Who got it when I talked about the guilt my parents laid on me, and the guilt I laid right back. You know, tradition. Is it possible I could get the same from a Christian woman willing to convert? Sure. Is it likely? Maybe as likely as finding a decent bagel in India. When parents encourage their children to stay within their religion, it’s okay because that has to do with a belief system. When parents do the same based on race, it’s not okay because that has to do with irrational fear of something physical. Your skin color doesn’t define you as a person, but your religion often does. Trying to find a match based on a belief system is perfectly acceptable. If your parents forbid you to marry anyone who prefers “Superman 3” over “Superman 2,” well, that’s acceptable, too. Odd, but acceptable. (Well, not that odd. I wouldn’t want any child of mine marrying the kind of nut it takes to think “Superman 3” was a superior film.) I know that my parents would prefer me to be with a giving and caring Christian woman over a murderous Jewish woman any day. But all other things being equal (or even close to equal), they’d simply prefer me to have someone I can share my culture with. And I agree. Also it helps that on our first date, my wife and I both ordered the exact same bagel.
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flew down to Arizona to protest SB-1070. Racism has always been an incredibly sensitive and important issue for me. So why am I okay with “marry a nice Jewish girl?” It’s not often that I am left without a snappy comeback when challenged. But this one I had to think about. What my friend was saying made logical sense.
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PEABODY — On May 2, Temple Beth Shalom of Peabody’s pre-confirmation class of 23 students decided to end the year with a different type of celebration. They invited their friends, many of whom were of different faiths, to learn about Judaism. In turn, they learned about their friends’ traditions. “The result was fantastic,” said Andrew Allen, Temple Beth Shalom’s pre-confirmation
director. “The children engaged in question and answer sessions that ranged from ‘what was an apostle?’ to ‘why in the world can’t Jews eat a cheeseburger?’” According to Allen, “while these questions may seem simple to some, they acted as a wonderful connection to the bigger picture — that is, we have a lot more similarities among each other than differences.”
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Lillian C. (Midenberg) Brown, 94, of Northampton Lillian C. (Midenberg) Brown, of Northampton and formerly of Revere and Marblehead, died on April 29, 2011. She was 94. Lillian graduated from Revere High School in 1934. She was a member of AARP Salem Chapter and the Cub Scouts of Revere and was a life member of the B’nai B’rith. She was the beloved wife of the late Durland Brown and Arnold Cook. Lillian was the devoted mother of Elaine R. Whitlock, and Barry P. Cook and his wife Carla. She was the loving daughter of Sheer, Marshall, 85 — late of Swampscott, formerly of Marblehead. Died May 3, 2011. Husband of Lorraine (Epstein) Sheer. Son of the late Louis and Mary (Cabel) Sheer. Stepfather of Eileen Hoffman and Nathan Coleman. Also survived by many cousins. (Stanetsky-Hymanson) Sheinker, Norma B. (Kline), 83 — late of Revere, formerly of Chelsea. Died April 28, 2011. Mother of Rita Sheinker, Patricia Pellegrino, Anita Walk and Al Sheinker. Grandmother of Lauren Walk, Emily Walk, Mara Pellegrino and Jason Pellegrino. Sister of the late Herbert Kline and Sumner Kline. (Goldman)
the late Abraham Midenberg and Freda (Wineberg), and the dear sister of the late Ruth Lynn and Beatrice Owen. Lillian was the grandmother of four and greatgrandmother of four. Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel in Chelsea on May 4. Interment followed in Tifereth Israel Revere Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Lillian’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice. For an online guestbook, visit the funeral home’s website, torffuneralservice.com.
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letters to the editor from page 10 The Liberal Press Ignored the Obama Birth Issue So, President Obama has a birth certificate. In spite of his supposedly spending around $2 million in legal fees to hide records of his past, he released it. Why not in 2007? There is an answer to questions like: Why do movie stars marry movie stars? Because they can. Obedience to the Obamas by the liberal press kept them from pursuing the story of the President’s birth certificate. They would have, had he been a Republican. It is doubtful any Republican politician at any level would have been allowed
I would like to express my gratitude for Yulia Zhorov’s wonderful article about the recent Experimental Arts & Business Club event (“Fixing America’s Broken Educational System,” Journal, April 28). We had a good number of people who were interested in this dialogue about education in America, and possible solutions to fix it. Overall interest in this
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issue, ABC reporter George Stephanopoulos brought it up. Several times the issue was mentioned at the president’s press conferences, and the question was ignored. And that was not reported by the liberal press, either. The birth certificate issue was never the problem — it was the symptom. The problem is a press that no longer seeks the truth in order to report to the people. The problem is a press that is in the pockets of one political party. Al Jacobson Commerce City, Col.
subject is very encouraging, and we hope to continue to cover this topic in future events. I would like to thank all the people who helped, including Inessa Rifkin, James Watras, Ilya Gofshteyn, Tamara Smirnova and Roberta Chadis. I offer my very special thanks to the Beverly Access TV crew and its executive director, Walter Kosmowski. It was amazing to watch how pre-
cise, organized and thorough they were. It is nice to know that you can count on professionals like Kim Allyn, Robert Dokes and Stephen Madore. They are now preparing the footage to be shown on TV in Beverly and in other towns around the North Shore. Check the EABC website for details at eabc.tv. Miriam Gofstheyn Marblehead
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to hide his birth certificate from the left wing media. From the inception of this great nation, the people have relied on the freedom of the press to enable them to open their papers and learn the truth. Today we have a press that has voluntarily surrendered its freedom in order to worship at the altar of liberalism. Regardless of one’s political leaning, each and every American should be outraged — not at Barack Obama — but at the press. Once high profile entrepreneur Donald Trump began to hammer this
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Appetizers at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m. Temple Ner Tamid bestows its 2010-2011 Man of the Year Award to Ed Gustat. $18. 368 Lowell St., Peabody. lmalatzsky@ gmail.com or 978-532-1293.
Fri, May 20 Howie Mandel
Comic Howie Mandel takes the stage. Free parking, full beer/wine bar. Lynn Auditorium, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn. 781-581-2971.
Sat, May 21 Greenspiration
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Glen Urquhart School presents a celebration of
gardening and caring for the environment. Rain date May 22. 74 Hart St., Beverly Farms. 978-927-1064.
Sun, May 22 Mitzvah Day
1 to 5 p.m. Do a good deed and have some fun while helping at the ninth annual Camp Menorah Mitzvah Day. 781-631-8081 or email@example.com.
BBQ Beach Jam
4-8 p.m. SMARTY YAiSH, NSTI and Temple B’nai Abraham invite teens to celebrate Lag BaOmer on the beach with live music. Free if you pre-register; $5/at the door. Devereux Beach, Marblehead. nsteeninitiative.org.
Honoring Mayor Michael Bonfanti
5 p.m. Temple Ner Tamid hosts a dinner and tribute to honor Peabody mayor. 368 Lowell St., Peabody. templenertamid.org or 978-532-1293.
Mon, May 23 ‘Jews and Baseball, An American Love Story’
7 p.m. In celebration of American Jewish Heritage month, the community is invited to a free screening of this film. Free ballpark snacks served. Children ages 10 and older are welcome. Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 East Lothrop St., Beverly. Contact Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or email sfeinstein@
Tues, May 24 ‘Five Hours From Paris’
7 p.m. Chekhovian romantic comedy, set in working-class Tel Aviv. $15. Screens at West Newton Cinema and Showcase Cinemas Randolph. Contact theaters for times.
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7 p.m. $10 includes dinner. Woodbridge Assisted Living, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. lnieman@ avivliving.org or 978-854-1870.
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7 p.m. Holocaust survivor and justice speaks about his life. Temple Shalom, 287 Lafayette St., Salem. shalomsalem.org or 978-741-4880.
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7:30 p.m. Read and discuss Dara Horn’s “All Other Nights.” Contact Eileen for RSVP and directions at 978-927-0309.
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‘Jews in America’ Course begins May 19 Since the Colonial times, Jews have played an integral role in American culture. A fiveweek course entitled “Jews in America, Newport to N.Y. and Beyond” will highlight some of the major events, people and places that are part of the American Jewish experience. The course will begin on Thursday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. From the immigration of the Sephardic Jews in the 17th century, to the thousands who passed through Ellis Island to the Lower East Side of New
York City, they came to America where they could be free to practice their religion, and they become an important part of the great American melting pot. This five-week course will examine Jewish Americans over the past 300 years, and their roles in politics, industry, the arts and education. The course will be taught by Izzi Abrams, a Swampscott librarian and president of the Jewish Journal Board of Overseers. Material will come from “American Judaism” by
Jonathan Sarna, and “The Jewish Americans” by Beth Wenger. In addition, the PBS special “The Jewish Americans,” a documentary produced by David Gruber, will be used to enhance the course. Classes will be held at Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. The cost is $25/person for the series, and includes all class materials and snacks. Space is limited. For more information and to register, call 781-599-8005.
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Помня о пережитом дети Сдерота смотрят в будущее нужны были деньги на психологов. С тех пор как угроза перестала быть столь смертельной, финансовые потоки пересохли. В свое время из города уехали все, кто мог, и увезли детей. Но могли не все. Сдерот был тихим, чистеньким, уютным, зеленым городком, там была работа, а цены на квартиры баснословно низкими. Люди брали ссуды и покупали коттеджи и виллы. Теперь это жилье ни продать, ни сдать стало невозможно, а ссуду-то, хоть и небольшую, надо выплачивать, а снять квартиру в центре страны на пособие — невозможно. А вокруг города сельскохозяйственные поселки, там выращивают фрукты и цветы на экспорт. Куда фермер денется от своих теплиц и земли? Но больше всего от этой неустойчивой ситуации страдают, конечно, дети. Именно они являются главным объектом помощи русскоязычных евреев Бостона и Северного Берега. Начиная с 2007 года, благотворительный фонд Дети Сдерота, открытый при Russian Jewish Community Foundation (RJCF), успешно организовал 4 летних лагеря на территории Израиля, где волонтеры-вожатые занимаются с детьми английским и математикой, шахматами и рисовани-
В середине апреля жители Сдерота, многострадального израильского города и прилегающих к городу населенных пунктов, отметили печальный “юбилей” — 10 летие со дня начала обстрела города. 16 апреля 2001 года арабские террористы из сектора Газа выпустили по Сдероту первую ракету… То, через что прошли жители Сдерота, уже хорошо известно — шок, паника, состояние обреченности и ощущение, что тебя предали и бросили на произвол судьбы: кратковременный интерес журналистов, несколько слов в телевизионных новостях Израиля, полная бездеятельность правительства — об этом писалось и говорилось не один раз. После проведения антитеррористической операции “Литой свинец” террористы продолжили и продолжают обстреливать территорию Израиля, но с меньшей интенсивностью, и Сдерот снова погрузился в “информационное безмолвие,” — круг замкнулся. Городу также грозит и другая опасность — угроза финансового банкротства. По словам мэра, когда город обстреливали ежедневно финансирование даже не приходилось просить, все понимали, что над школой нужно построить щит, и над больницей тоже,
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Уважаемое руководство и дорогие сотрудники Оздоровительного центра “Stay Well”! Поздравляем Вас с семилетием нашего Центра и от всей души благодарим за Ваше тепло, заботу, понимание и внимание, которое вы дарите нам каждый день. Благодаря Вам мы не знаем, что такое одиночество и старость. Дай Бог всем Вам здоровья, терпения и всех благ! С любовью, клиенты оздоровительного центра “Stay Well”.
ем, или вывозят их в бассейн (см. фото), что является для них уже большим событием, т.е. пытаются вернуть ребятам украденное детство или просто дать им понять, что их любят, о них помнят и в них верят. Поэтому так важно вожатым вернуться к этим детям, которых они, выражаясь языком Экзюпери, “приручили” и поэтому теперь находятся за них в ответе. В Сдероте из-за постоянных вынужденных перерывов в обучении дети не только отстают от программы, но невольно приходят к мысли, что образование — это не так уж и важно. Задача вожатых — убедить детей, что это не так, заставить их поверить в себя и свои силы. В Сдероте организована круглогодичная продленная программа для школьников и общинный центр (в отреставрированном безопасном бомбоубежище), в котором проходят различные занятия для детей и взрослых. При общем пораженческом настроении, которое царит в городе, в общинном центре постоянно идут
занятия, туда приходят люди. Все это стало возможным благодаря Вашим денежным пожертвованиям. Все собранные деньги идут на финансирование ежегодного летнего лагеря и программ продленного дня. В этом году 50 детей надеются снова приехать в летний лагерь, организованный с Вашей финансовой помощью. Подарите детям незабываемое лето. Любая сумма будет принята с благодарностью и пойдет на организацию этого лагеря. Как сказала Маша Рифкина, одна из инициаторов проекта, “то, что мы делаем — работает. Мы не только справляемся с существующими проблемами Сдерота, мы также прорастаем корнями в его почву, дети, с которыми мы работаем, меняются на глазах, их жизнь уже идет по другой колее. Наша помощь реальна и конкретна, дети Сдерота – это будущее Израиля, которое нам небезразлично.” Жизнь в Сдероте продолжается, но жители города постоянно ощущают последствия ракетных атак и постоянного напря-
С Днем Рождения, Центр 30 апреля Оздоровительный Центр “Stay Well,” который находится в Сэлеме, отметил свое семилетие. В честь дня рождения Центра был устроен праздник-концерт, подготовленный сотрудниками и клиентами Центра. Звучали поздравительные речи, полные
благодарности сотрудникам и руководству Центра за постоянную заботу, тепло и внимание, которым окружены его пациенты, за интересную и разнообразную программу. В завершение праздника состоялся торжественный обед.
В апреле Русская Хроника познакомила читателей с интересной летней программой Хавура, концептуально задуманной для русскоязычных подростков, учеников 9-12 классов. Эта статья вызвала закономерный интерес читателей, у которых возникли вопросы, связанные с этой программой. Русская Хроника снова связалась с Еленой Погорельской, координатором программы. “Как я уже говорила, эта программа задума-
на и спроектирована специально с учетом интересов и особенностей русскоязычных подростков, выросших в англоязычной среде, но сохранивших отличительные черты и общие признаки “русского” семейного воспитания. Многие подростки из Бостона и Северного Берега уже приняли участие в этой программе в прошлом году и возвращаются в этом, приводя своих друзей, что означает — эта программа развивается и пользуется успехом,” –
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Письмо в редакцию Недавно меня попросили собрать деньги для Израильских детей. Я обратилась к нашим пенсионерам, жителям дома 67 Silsbee Street в Линне. Мне было очень приятно осознать то, что наши люди, несмотря на свои небольшие дотации и пенсии, с большой чуткостью отнеслись к моей просьбе и помогли собрать деньги для израильских маленьких граждан. От все души благодарю тех, кто внес посильную помощь для малышей. Валентина Сапожникова, Линн От редакции: в связи с ограниченным местом мы не можем опубликовать список номеров квартир, чьи жители приняли участие в сборе денег. Все деньги были перечислены в фонд детей Сдерота.
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жения. У трети детей Сдерота устойчивый посттравматический синдром, вызванный сильным стрессом. Это значит, что у них могут быть достаточно серьезные проблемы в будущем. Да и сейчас почти все дети страдают от приступов паники, снижения концентрации внимания, потери аппетита, неврозов. Все в этом городе напоминает о жизни в зоне военного конфликта, стоит посмотреть хотя бы на автобусные остановки из суперпрочного бетона. Представьте себе, что Вы каждый день едете на работу, думая только о том, будет ли сегодня воздушная тревога, а если будет, то где она Вас застанет. Дотацию (не облагаемую налогом) можно сделать на сайте: www.rjcf.com, или выписать чек на адрес: Russian Jewish Community Foundation, 200 Wells Ave, Newton, MA 02459 Напишите на мемо “Jewish Journal to RJCF Children Of Sderot Fund.
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сказала в телефонном интервью Погорельская. В лагере ребят ждут уютные летние деревянные домики с двухярусными кроватями, там же находятся душевые и туалеты. Вожатые спят в тех же домиках вместе с ребятами. Лагерь раскинулся на 150 акрах вдоль живописной долины реки Делавер в верхней части штата Нью-Йорк. На территории лагеря построен новый бассейн, спортивные площадки. Ребята могут кататься на велосипедах, плавать на байдарках, ходить в походы, принимать участие в спортивных играх, танцах, кружках и т.д. Помимо различных занятий, ребята примут участие в 4-дневных походах и экскурсиях, в том числе в НьюЙорк и Вашингтон. За время 3-х недельного пребывания в лагере ребятам предоставится уникальная возможность познакомиться с русскоеврейскими традициями, историей Израиля и проникнуться духом еврейской культуры, а самое главное, по словам Погорельской, подружиться с близкими по духу сверстниками. “На сайте лагеря ежедневно выставляются фотографии, публикуются новости, так что родители будут в курсе всех мероприятий и приключений, которые ждут ребят, а также иметь возможность общаться с детьми через электронную почту,” — добавила Погорельская. Доп. инфо на сайте www. havurahcamp.org или по тел. 877428-8724.
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Macomber Receives Physician’s Award
Dr. Michael and Liat Dinerman of Atlanta, Ga. announce the birth of Noa Loren, at left, born April 27, weighing 7 lbs. Dr. Dinerman is an emergency room physician and a pediatrician practicing in Atlanta. The proud grandparents are Dr. Gerald and Phyllis Dinerman of Boynton Beach and Salem, and Rachel and Simone Yogev of Israel. Noa joins siblings Daniel, Jonathan, Isaiah, Shayla and Miley. Mazel tov to Jen and Brett Gulko of Somerville on the arrival of Blake Clara Gulko. She was born on March 21 and measured 7 lbs., 21 inches. The proud grandparents are Myra and Paul Gulko of Swampscott, Judy and Steve Schwartz, and Sue and Jeff Kilgore of Marblehead.
Sokolow Inducted Into American Hebrew Academy Honor Society Amy Sokolow of Lynnfield has been inducted into the American Hebrew Academy Honor Society. The American Hebrew Academy is a Jewish prep school. Their Honor Society, now in its second year, acknowledges exceptional 8th and 9th grade students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, the arts, leadership and service to their communities. Amy is the daughter of Michelle Harris and Richard Sokolow.
Shay Receives Salem Human Rights Award The 19th annual Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice was presented to Dr. Jonathan Shay, M.D., Ph.D., for his work studying and understanding the nature of post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans of the Vietnam War, and for bringing to public attention the specific causes, effects, and complex realities of warinduced psychological injury.
Kaufman Receives Community Innovator Award Jewish Vocational Service of Boston presented Nancy Kaufman with the Community Innovator Award in honor of her outstanding work as Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council ( JCRC). Kaufman served as executive director for 25 years, working closely with JVS to ensure public funding for skills training and social justice for the Jewish community.
Engagement Page — Ward Andrew and Liz Page of Dudley, and Simon and Sylvia Ward of Peabody, are delighted to announce the engagement of their children, Allison Elizabeth Page and Andrew David Ward. Allison, a graduate of Shepherd Hill Regional High School, earned a B.S. in Accounting from Providence College and an M.A. from the University of Connecticut. She is an audit associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston. Andrew is a graduate of Peabody High School and earned a B.S. in finance and management from Providence College. He is employed as a financial development associate II at Liberty Mutual Insurance Group in Boston. He is also enrolled in the MBA and Master of Accounting dual degree program at Bentley University. They plan to be married in July, 2012 at Providence College, where they met.
Kutai Sets Swim Record J C C N S m e m b e r Itamar Kutai has been named a U.S. Masters Swimming All American for 2010. Kutai, 77, trains at the JCC in Marblehead several days a week. He had the fastest time, for men ages 75 to 79 in the 400 meter individual medley, a grueling event that includes the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. Kutai started swimming as a young boy in his native Israel.
NSMC physician William W. Macomber, M.D. was recently named Community Primary Care Physician of the Year by Partners HealthCare at the third annual Primary Care Recognition Dinner. Macomber was recognized by his colleagues for excellence in clinical care. He is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics and attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and completed a residency at Rochester General Hospital. He has been practicing medicine in Marblehead for the past 30 years. He is pictured above with Claudia Macomber, on left, and Cindy Zawislak, right.
Barden Honored Gene Barden of Swampscott was honored at the annual Swampscott Town Meeting with the Distinguished Citizen Award. Joe Markarian, town moderator, lauded Barden’s long service to the town, including more than 50 years as a town meeting member, 30 years on the Planning Board and a lifetime of dedication to the town, especially in the areas of planning and zoning.
The Jewish Perspective aired a story hosted by Rabbi Ronne Friendman (center) about the efforts of Zucker’s Bakery and the Jewish War Veterans North Shore Post 220, both in Peabody, to send challah to Jewish troops. The challah recipe predates the Holocaust, said Moishe Zucker (pictured on right) with Barry Lischinsky, left. The story originally appeared in the Jewish Journal on March 3.
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Meet Our Honorees Dr. Suzanne Abkowitz Crawford, an internist, and her husband, Dr. Glen Crawford, an orthopedic surgeon, have spent several months every other year for the last 20 years volunteering in third world countries. Additionally, Dr. Crawford devotes much of her time to the International Medical Equipment Collaborative, a volunteer-run relief organization that acquires, repairs, and packs used medical equipment, shipping it to impoverished clinics and hospitals throughout the world. Linda Greenseid
Dr. Suzanne Abkowitz Crawford
Dr. David Greenseid, ophthalmologist, Linda Greenseid, certified ophthalmic technician, Dr. Leon Remis, ophthalmologist, and nurse, Dorothy Blass, have traveled to El Salvador several times to help restore the vision of poor children and adults in this Central American country. The medical team performs hundreds of free eye examinations and surgeries. Dr. David Kauder and his wife, Susan, have participated in medical missions to Haiti, Honduras and Belize. Dr. Kauder, a urologist, examines and treats patients while his wife Susan, an artist, helps school children express themselves through art. Dr. Leon Remis
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Dr. David Greenseid
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Dr. Michael Reich, an obstetrician-gynecologist, has made 14 trips to Africa over two decades. Dr. Reich monitors deliveries in poor rural areas, repairs fistulas and helps to reduce mortality rates.
Dr. Wayne Trebbin, a nephrologist, is the founder and president of WORTH (World Organization of Renal Therapies). Dr. Trebbin has made many trips to Africa to open and supervise dialysis clinics for the poor where kidney failure was formerly a death sentence. WORTH has also opened two dialysis units for the poor in Latin America.
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