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Vol 35, No 22

may 26, 2011 – 22 iyar, 5771

North Shore Reports on AIPAC Policy Conference



A Teen Shares Her Experience at AIPAC Danielle Tacheny Special to the Journal

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Danielle Tacheny of Rowley met with Senator Scott Brown at a lobbying session.

My experience at the AIPAC Policy Conference 2011 made me feel just how I felt 10 months ago when I visited Israel for the first time on the Lappin Y2I trip. This feeling is difficult to describe — you FIRST PERSON have to experience it in order to understand. Sitting in a room with 10,000 Jews, Christians, AfricanAmericans and Caucasians, who all share this same feeling, was an amazing experience. Every person who dedicated their time to speak at and attend the AIPAC Policy Conference truly touched my heart. Hearing Barack Obama call the alliance continued on page 4


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sChmoozing with Tierney at AIPAC

Local Chabad Rabbis Shmaya Friedman (left) and Yossi Lipsker visited with Congressman John Tierney at the AIPAC Conference. Tierney also met with Swampscott resident Neal Goldman, and invited him to listen to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress. See story on page 4.

IMEC Equips Doctors in Developing Nations Susan Jacobs

Lynn Students Contribute to Butterfly Project

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The Jewish Journal will honor healthcare heroes, including Dr. Sue Abkowitz Crawford, at its annual fundraiser on June 12. For more information call 978-7454111. NORTH ANDOVER — Dr. Sue Abkowitz Crawford, who regularly performs medical mitzvahs overseas with her husband, Glen, is accustomed to seeing abject poverty in developing nations. But even she was taken aback by what she observed at a maternity ward in rural Cameroon. After journeying 10 hours on a dirt road, she and her team from IMEC (International Medical Equipment Collaborative) discovered that women labored and gave birth on a bare wooden table formerly used by cholera patients, and the staff didn’t even have a functioning blood pressure cuff. Crawford, who has served as IMEC’s volunteer project coordinator for Africa for eight years, met with local officials and conducted an in-depth

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Dr. Sue Abkowitz Crawford was in Tanzania in March on behalf of IMEC. She is pictured (on the far left) with women at a Masai Clinic.

assessment to determine the facility’s needs. When she returned to America, she coordinated a comprehensive shipment of medical equipment and supplies appropriate for the clinic. It arrived intact several months later, and was jubilantly unpacked by the grateful community. Today the facility is proud to have a modern delivery suite, comfortable hospital beds and ward furniture, a full array of supplies and linens, and even curtains to decorate the windows.

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Eighth grade students (l-r) Jared Scurio, Marques O’Neal and Courtney Remson display butterflies they made in memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust.

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“For the past 25 years, my husband Glen (an orthopedist) and I have done volunteer work overseas in different countries. We know firsthand what it’s like to try and practice medicine when you don’t have the right equipment,” said Crawford, who lives in West Newbury, and works part-time at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport. The physician, who is fluent in French and Swahili, travels frequently to Africa on behalf of IMEC.

LYNN — When Nancy Mades showed the documentary, “Paper Clips,” to her eighth grade English class at Breed Middle School, they had a strong reaction. They wanted to do something. The class had viewed the award-winning film about a middle school in Whitwell, Tenn. that collected paper clips to memorialize those who died in the Holocaust. “I went online and found the project by the Houston Holocaust Museum. They are collecting 1.5 million paper butterflies to represent the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust,” Mades said.

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Kaplan Family to be Honored as Lifetime Leaders by Federation Amy Forman Special to the Journal

Ralph Kaplan and his family will be honored by the Jewish Federation of the North Shore as this year’s recipients of the third Annual Lifetime of Leadership Award. In addition to Ralph and his wife Harriett of Swampscott, the honorees include their children, Anne and Robert Selby of Swampscott, Roz and Brian Moore of Swampscott, Susan Kaplan of Charlestown, and Judy and William Mishkin of Marblehead. The Kaplan family, who collectively log decades of devotion to a multitude of charitable pursuits, will be honored on August 4 at Kernwood Country Club in Salem. “Ralph Kaplan and his family epitomize the term ‘Lifetime Leaders,’” said Flori Schwartz, who is co-chairing the event with her husband David, as well as with Margaret and Jack Fischer, Linda and David Greenseid, and Margie and Jerry Somers. “Philanthropy is integral to each of them, and as a group they are responsible for raising literally millions of dollars in charitable funds, as well as offering their time, energy and sage counsel to many deserving causes. It is truly a pleasure to honor and recognize the achievements and involvement of such an esteemed North Shore family.” A founder of Kappy’s Fine Wine & Spirits, a successful beverage purveyor in operation for more than 60 years, Ralph, 86, has been married to Harriett for 64 years. In addition to their four daughters and three sons-inlaw, two of whom work side-byside with Ralph, they have seven grandchildren, four of whom are married, and nine great-grandchildren. Ralph attributes his longlasting passion for Jewish philanthropy to his interest in the success of the State of Israel, and to his belief that for those to whom much is given, much is required.

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Seated are Ralph and Harriett Kaplan. Standing (l-r) are the Kaplan sisters: Judy Mishkin, Susan Kaplan, Anne Selby and Roz Moore.

Soon after the establishment of the State of Israel, Kaplan became involved with Israel Bonds to address the fledgling country’s need for investment capital; to date, he has raised approximately a billion dollars. He has also raised millions for Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Closer to home and with Harriett’s continuous support, Ralph has been a critical presence in the JFNS, the AntiDefamation League, Temple Israel and Congregation Shirat Hayam, the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, Holocaust Center, Jewish Family Service and the Masonic Lodge of Massachusetts, to name just a few. According to Anne Selby, who works with her father, Kaplan also supports hundreds of other Jewish and non-Jewish organizations directly or indirectly, with ads or in-kind donations.

Berman Receives Prestigious Louise Lowy Award CHELSEA — Chelsea Jewish Foundation CEO Barry Berman received this year’s Louise Lowy Award for excellence and achievement in the field of gerontology from the Massachu­ setts Gerontology Association. The award was presented on May 5 during the Association’s annual meeting. “I am truly honored and humbled to receive this award, and believe that it will further inspire me and many of my colleagues to continue to advance the care and quality of services we create for our elders,” said Berman, who recently chartered the creation of the nation’s first urban-model Green House. Berman’s 35-year career in the field of geriatric care has earned him a number of local and national awards. The CJF has grown under his tenure with the addition of a new state-of-theart skilled nursing center, two assisted living facilities, home care, personal care, and hospice agencies — all providing the latest advancements in care.

“As everyone who knows him will attest, my father is passionate about his work and passionate about giving back to his community. All local agencies and organizations are supported. If he is asked, he gives,” Selby says, adding that both her parents are the driving force of the family and the reason family members have been so involved in their own charitable pursuits. Selby has been a leader in several North Shore organizations, including Cohen Hillel Academy, JFNS, JCCNS, ADL, CSH and Aviv. In addition to involvement with Israel Bonds, Ben Gurion University, CHA and the Masons, her husband Robert, who also works with Ralph, has ridden in the Pan-Mass Challenge for 27 years, raising over a million dollars for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is also active in the Fenway Community Health Center AIDS Boston to N.Y. rides, Catholic Charities, the

Cub Scouts and a co-founder, along with Ralph, of the Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation. Son-in-law Brian Moore, who works with Ralph as well, and daughter Roz, have put their philanthropic efforts toward the Jaime Anne Moore Scholarship Fund, the Swampscott Senior Center, the Swampscott PTA Scholarship Fund, Susan G. Komen For the Cure and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Daughter Susan Kaplan, an attorney, does significant amounts of pro-bono legal work and has lent her support to the Jewish Rehabilitation Center. Her sister, Judy Mishkin, a teacher, has been an active leader of Temple Emanu-El, serving as the Temple’s president from 2007-09, and as chairperson for its Fund for the Jewish Future annual fundraising campaign. Additionally, Judy has been a volunteer for CHA. Her husband Billy has raised significant sums riding for 19 years in the PanMass Challenge and supports the Northeast Animal Shelter. “Our community activism is a direct result of growing up in a home where we witnessed the devotion of our parents to countless causes and to tzedakah in general,” said Judy, “As a family we have been inspired to follow in those philanthropic footsteps.” The extended Kaplan family is proud that the next generation is beginning to make its mark as volunteers, and no one could be prouder than Papa Ralph and Nana Harriett, as they are fondly called by their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Honorary chairs for the Lifetime of Leadership event are Bryna Litchman and Arthur Epstein, Judy and Shep Remis, and Marcia and Mort Ruderman. For more information about how to support the upcoming Lifetime of Leadership event or the goals of the JFNS, go to or call 781631-8330.

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Salem Power Plant’s Closing Was a Result of Political Will Lynn Nadeau Special to the Journal

SALEM — “Ding dong, the witch is dead!” someone emailed me from Salem, in the flurry of emails that accompanied Dominion’s recent decision to shut down the Salem Harbor Station. For almost 15 years — through my last years of teaching mathematics at Salem High School, through my husband’s long sickness and death, through my sons’ marriages and the births of my five grandchildren — one constant in my life has been my work with HealthLink to force the owner of the Salem Harbor Station to comply with modern clean air standards.  It began on a dreary day in December, 1997, standing with friends in Norma Warren’s backyard in downtown Marblehead after her funeral. She had died of breast cancer eight months after a perfectly normal mammogram. She exercised, didn’t smoke, ate healthily and had no known risk factors. That day, local newspapers had reported that the Massachusetts Cancer Registry had discovered an unusually high rate of three cancers in Marblehead — one of them breast cancer. Linda Weltner mentioned how brave Norma had been. And she offered bitterly, “Why should we have to be brave? Why can’t we be safe? We have a right to trust the air we breathe and the water we drink.” Those words lit a spark that dark afternoon, and words came out of my mouth: “I’ll clean up the power plant!”  I founded the nonprofit HealthLink with Mark Rodgers, now a spokesman for Cape


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Protestors (left) rallied in front of the power plant every year from 1998-2004. On right, HealthLink teamed up with Greenpeace activists.

Wind. We connected with Cindy Luppi of Clean Water Action, who was initiating a campaign to challenge the status of the “Filthy Five” power plants. These plants, including Salem Harbor Station, were built before the 1977 reauthorization of the federal Clean Air Act, and were granted exemption, or grandfathered, from its emissions standards. (Deregulation of power plants in Massachusetts had just passed the Legislature, and private corporations, first PG&E and later Dominion, bought the plants from the utilities.) Rob Sargent of MassPIRG and attorney Matt Freedman argued that Massachusetts could end that exemption and solve some of New England’s most pressing environmental concerns by requiring Massachusetts plants to curb emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury and carbon dioxide. In my living room, and later in an office in downtown Marblehead, we crafted an idealistic and general mission statement: “To protect and improve

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L-r: Sumner Greenberg, Mark Tolpin, Irving Sacks, Freda Kravetz and 50 other members of Congregation Sons of Israel recently watched the movie, “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story” in the shul’s Herbster Social Hall. Everybody dressed in Red Sox gear and enjoyed a baseball dinner with all the fixings, sponsored by Arthur Kellerman and coordinated by Social Committee Chair Harvey Chandler.

public health by reducing and eliminating pollutants and toxic substances from our environment through research, education and community action.” Jane Bright, Lori Ehrlich, Lisa Evans, Martha Dansdill, Burt Apple and others joined us. In May 2000, we had new ammunition: the Harvard School of Public Health released a study that two of Massachusetts’s dirtiest coal- and oil-burning plants, Salem Harbor and Brayton Point, released enough toxins to cause 161 premature deaths, 1,710 emergency-room visits, and 43,300 asthma attacks each year.

Those words lit a spark that dark afternoon, and words came out of my mouth: “I’ll clean up the power plant!” Lori Ehrlich connected with Erin Brockovich against PG&E and we used all sorts of tactics to point out their intransigence: placing black silhouettes of bodies in front of the corporate headquarters, and buying shares in PG&E so we could attend and speak out at shareholders’ meetings, etc. In 2001, regulations were signed by Acting Governor Jane Swift requiring the Salem Harbor plant to conform to modern clean air standards. But the timeframe was slow and compliance was reluctant. We stood in front of the power plant at the Cancer Walk every year from 1998-2004 with signs that read, “You walk for a cure. We stand for prevention,” and “Carcinogens emitted here.” When Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior visited Salem, we presented a demand letter to the plant owner to clean up or convert to natural gas, while

activists climbed the coal pile in hazmat suits. We spun out to form other groups. Lori Ehrlich founded the Wenham Lake Watershed Association, and with ally Jan Schlichtmann forced the cleanup of coal ash from the Wenham Lake, the drinking water source for 80,000 people. Pat Gozemba started the Salem Alliance for the Environment. Salem State Professor Avi Chomsky publicized the connection between coal burned at the Salem plant, and the destruction of villages and ways of life in northeastern Colombia. HealthLink initiated Earth Days at Salem State, Renewable Energy Committees in Essex County, support for Cape Wind, and the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow.  

People should be able to trust the air they breathe and the water they drink. But we need to be realistic about the forces that persuade our government officials to craft rules and laws. Special interests pay an army of well-trained, highly paid lobbyists to work full-time for the profit of large corporations. Individually, each of us is puny. But together we are powerful. Our numbers can stand up to the narrow interests that externalize the cost of destroying the land, poisoning the water, and sickening people. By becoming informed and involved in determined collective action, the collective will will be done. Lynn Nadeau is a member of the Jewish Journal’s Board of Overseers.

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between the U.S. and Israel an “unbreakable and everlasting bond” really moved me. Also, just being in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made me feel like I was back in Israel. Surprisingly, one of my favorite speakers was an evangelical Christian. Reverend Tony Crisp recognizes Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland of the Jewish people. This is the kind of support Israel needs. Crisp founded the Olive Tree Foundation a few years ago, and has planned for 1,000 pastors and non-Jews to travel to Israel to visit the Jewish, as well as Christian parts in order to recognize the truth that Christianity branched off from the first monotheistic religion — Judaism. AIPAC Policy Conference 2011 was not just an emotional

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She has 105 students, but the project took off at Breed and students in other classes at school wanted to contribute. In total, Breed will be sending 800 butterflies to Houston. To personalize the lesson, Mades went to the Yad Vashem website, and downloaded the names, ages, photos and some details of actual children who perished. Her students were able to make butterflies for specific children who died, making the project more real and meaningful. Marques O’Neal, 13, made his butterfly in memory of Annie Engel, a 13-year-old.

experience, but also an educational opportunity. Before this conference, I did not realize the support that Israel gives the United States — just the support that the United States gives to Israel. The truth is that Israel is one of the United States’ truest allies. Israel may be just about the size of New Jersey, but it is one of the most successful countries in the world. Every time you take a call, send a text, see a windmill, or even hear about an American life being saved, you are being exposed to Israeli technology. One important example is Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She was shot on January 8, 2011. What helped her survive was a special weighted bandage designed in Israel that helped stop her bleeding without cutting off circulation. These bandages are currently being used in both the Israeli and United States military. Israel is cur-

rently working on projects to eliminate the need for oil in vehicles. The strongest purpose of the U.S.-Israel relationship, however, is not technology, but the fact that these two countries share common interests, beliefs and morals. Israeli citizens will never be oppressed, disrespected or enslaved by their own government. Israel is the one and only Middle Eastern country that believes in equality and human rights. Freedom of religion, freedom of speech and human rights make up the strong base that both the United States and Israel stand upon. As a former prime minister of Spain noted, “If you stand with freedom, you stand with Israel.” This is why the United States and Israel are safer together, stronger together and better together.

“I tried to use bright colors and girlie symbols like hearts,” he said. Jared Scurio, 14, memorialized Miriam Goldklang, 10, a Polish girl who died in Auschwitz in 1944. He decorated his with the flag of Poland and details about himself and Miriam on opposite sides of the heart. “I never knew so many people were killed,” said Scurio. Courtney Remson, 14, decorated her butterfly for Nina Gitel, a four-year-old who died in Auschwitz in 1942. Through this unit, Remson admits that she learned quite a lot. “I am Jewish and my nanna lost her whole family in the Holocaust, so there is definitely a personal element. My

students really embraced this. They really thought about who these butterflies represented,” Mades said. The Museum is collecting butterflies because of the poem, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” by Pavel Friedman, a child imprisoned at Terezin. The exhibit in Houston is scheduled to open in the spring of 2013. So far, they have collected more than 600,000 butterflies from all over the world.

Danielle Tacheny, 17, lives in Rowley.

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Goldman Calls Netanyahu Speech a Proud Moment to Be Jewish Amy Sessler Powell Jewish Journal Staff

Neal Goldman has had many interesting Jewish experiences during his years of volunteer service to the community, but listening to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the joint session of Congress on Tuesday was the highlight, he said. “This was monumental, historical and it moved me. It made me very proud to be a Jew and honored to be invited by Congressman Tierney to listen for our Jewish community,” said Goldman, of Swampscott. In the 46-minute speech, Netanyahu laid out his position on the creation of a future Palestinian state, and received 29 standing ovations. He repeatedly told the group that Israel wants peace and is willing to make stiff compromises to achieve it. “So why has peace not been achieved? Because, so far, the Palestinians have been unwilling to accept a Palestinian state, if it meant accepting a Jewish state alongside it,” Netanyahu said. “I stood before my people and said that I will accept a Palestinian state; it’s time for President Abbas to stand up before his people and say, ‘I will accept a Jewish state.’ Those six words will change history. With those six words, the Israeli people will be prepared to make a far-reaching compromise. I will be prepared to make a far-reaching compromise.” This was not the first time Goldman has heard Netanyahu speak and, in the past, he has noticed a tendency to get angry or obstinate. This time, he was friendly and charming. “He said we need borders and we need to protect them. He said he was willing to negotiate further than anyone ever

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has,” Goldman said. “He implored the Palestin­ ian leader to divorce from Hamas. He laid it all out. He was brilliant and I know that I am prejudiced, but I cannot tell you how it felt. It was just historical and moving,” Goldman said. As former chairman of the North Shore branch of the Anti-Defamation League, Goldman has done some interesting things. Several years ago, he traveled to Israel with the late Leonard Zakim and Cardinal Law. He met the Pope. But, Tuesday felt at least equal to those experiences, if not better. “It made me very proud to be a Jew,” he said. He knows that the euphoria will wear off and the issues will remain. “We have to pressure the rest of the world not to let the Palestinians into the United Nations without working for peace with Israel,” Goldman said. When Tierney called Gold­ man to offer the ticket, he made the decision to go in less than an hour. When they had lunch together after the talk, Tierney agreed that the speech was wonderful “I want to thank Congress­ man Tierney for making this historic moment in my life possible, and for his unwavering support of Israel,” Goldman said.

AIPAC Conference Made Me Feel Hopeful Carol Denbo Special to the Journal



n times of trouble, we all need a support group. Israel and the Jewish people are now in difficult times. The Palestinian Authority recently signed an agreement with the terrorist group Hamas, thus diminishing the chances of any peace talks moving forward. FIRST Arab revolts PERSON are going on throughout the Middle East. The outcomes are unpredictable and leave Israel surrounded by enemies in a sea of uncertainty. That being said, many Jews feel alone and vulnerable. AIPAC is the support group that can make a difference. Having just returned from their Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., the larg-

est ever with 10,000 delegates in attendance, I came away feeling energized and hopeful. Meeting with and sharing time with citizens from all over the world, standing up and speaking out in support of Israel, is simply breathtaking. No matter your political affiliation, AIPAC crosses party lines — the common thread being the love for the State of Israel. This was the best medicine to lift spirits at a time so desperately needed. Although there were 300 attendees from Massachusetts, the North Shore representation was bleak, with only a handful of attendees. I would urge those who care deeply about the State of Israel to seriously consider attending the 2012 conference next year. Carol Denbo writes from Swampscott.

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Women Experience Holidays in Israel on W2I

ORT America Hosts Visitors From Israel

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Einat Haimi (right) is the principal of the Sha’ar HaNegev Middle School in Israel. Yaheal Afir (left) is a ninth grade student there.

TOPSFIELD — Einat Haimi is the principal of the Sha’ar HaNegev Middle School (grades 7-12) in Israel; Yaheal Afir is a ninth grade student there. As Haimi told an ORT meeting at the Topsfield home of Linda Magalnick on May 11, “…the day after the bombing, everyone came back to school.” Sha’ar HaNegev is about 500 yards from the Gaza border, and the wall is no obstacle to the Qassam rockets that are manufactured in and fired from Gaza. During the worst days of what is referred to as “the last war,” approximately 100 rockets per day rained down on the town and the school. As a result, the school, with bomb shelters built into the school structure, is an all-day institution for the children of Sha’ar HaNegev. In the words of Principal Haimi, “…if they weren’t there, they wouldn’t be alive.” As a result of the bombardment, some families moved to other towns, out of rocket range; some moved closer to the school in order to be closer to the bomb shelters; and

some families moved to Sha’ar HaNegev by choice, as a matter of principle. The school now has 600 students. ORT America has, according to Valerie Khaytina, the deputy North American Representative, and Georges Berges, the National Director, three objectives in Sha’ar HaNegev: the use of classroom technology (“smart boards” and digital classrooms) to deal with the huge diversity of student backgrounds and preparation; continuing education for teachers; and necessities for impoverished students, including meals, clothing and everyday supplies. The new technology center under construction there must be both bombproof and ecologically sound. There is a substantial moral and humanitarian component to education at Sha’ar HaNegev. Although there are no mandatory prayers or religious exercises, Torah study is a part of the curriculum. Clearly, the success of the Sha’ar HaNegev experiment, with the enthusiastic support of ORT, is due in large part to the character of the people who choose to live there.

From Super Bowl to Super Jew SWAMPSCOTT — Alan Shlomo Veingrad, a former NFL offensive lineman, recently shared his story of “Faith and Football,” bringing his inspirational message to the North Shore community. Speaking in Swampscott and Peabody, Veingrad related his personal breakthroughs and accomplishments during his five years with the Green Bay Packers and two years with the Dallas Cowboys. Veingrad also shared his Jewish journey from his rebellion against traditional religious school to becoming an observant Jew as an adult.

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Torah Tots Open House MARBLEHEAD — The community is invited to learn about the new Torah Tots preschool class at an open house at the JCCNS on Sunday, June 5, at 10 am. Children will enjoy live music, activities and snacks, while parents can meet teachers and learn about this new collaborative program from the JCCNS and Chabad of the North Shore. Torah Tots welcomes children 2.9 to 4 years, and features


a special emphasis on Jewish culture and learning. Torah Tots will offer art, music, movement, pre-reading and math & science exploration, while focusing on Jewish education, traditions and celebrations. It will run Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the JCC in Marblehead. For more info visit, contact Amy Battinelli at 781631-8330 x107 or email

A group of 18 women, spanning four decades from the North Shore and beyond, traveled to Israel with the Lappin Foundation’s Women to Israel (W2I) trip, spending several memorable days there including Yom HaShoah, Yom Hazikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut. During the trip they also met with many interesting women in Israel, including designers, soldiers, doctors and artists. “It was a dream for all of them. There was so much bonding and Jewish pride. We were there when Osama bin Laden was killed,” said Debbie Coltin, executive director of the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation and trip leader. Ivy Dorflinger of Lynnfield said, “Everyone should go to Israel and have that ‘aha’ moment of pride that you feel when you are there and you see what our people have accomplished.” Dorflinger, an alumna of Camp Tel Noar, traveled with two bunkmates from many years ago. Anita Rudin of Danvers enjoyed the meetings with Israeli women. They visited Hadasa and Clila Bau, who told the story of their parents’ imprisonment and secret marriage in Plaszow, depicted in the movie, “Schindler’s List.” After the Holocaust, Joseph Bau worked behind the scenes forging documents to help Jews, while also enjoying a thriving career as an artist. His daughters have a small museum of his works, and share the story of


Photo courtesy of Anita Rudin

Israeli designer Michal Negrin (left) shows Anita Rudin around her showroom during the Women to Israel trip.

their parents’ love with visitors. The group also met Michal Negrin, a well-known jewelry and fabric designer. They spoke with women from the Lone Soldier program that connects Israeli soldiers whose homes are far away with Israeli families, and they met the 83-year-old sculptor, Lea Majaro-Mintz, in her Tel Aviv studio. Rudin was most touched by the holidays spent in Israel. “Yom HaShoah (Holocaust remembrance), Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) make you realize how Israelis don’t take anything for granted. Everybody there is affected by losing a soldier. Here nobody stops to think on Memorial Day,” Rudin said. Susan Comak of Peabody had been to Israel five years earlier for her daughter’s bat mitzvah,

but this time she traveled with her mother-in-law, Estelle, and stayed a few extra days with some cousins. “This time, more details about the history really sunk in. It was also a wonderful bonding experience. I was pleased to get to know everyone and I count them as my friends,” Comak said. Liz Rogosa went for the first time and found that Israel looked different than she expected. “It was greener than I expected. The lushness and knowing it was the desert, took my breath away,” she said. Rogosa had always wanted to go to Israel because of the history. “From the historic point of view, it is so important to so many religions, and just a phenomenal place to experience,” Rogosa said.

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Lots of Fire and Brimstone


srael is in a terrible situation, and, by extension, so is the United States and the rest of the world. Lost in all of the speeches in the last few days about Middle Eastern policy, borders and Armistice Demarcation lines is the fact that residents of Israel have neighbors who would rather kill them than negotiate with them. We can’t expect Israel to make concessions to the Arab world if the negotiators on the other side of the border believe Israel shouldn’t exist. President Obama voiced reservations about negotiating with Hamas, which is defined by its mission to wipe out Israel. He also urged rejection of Palestinian efforts to have the U.N. General Assembly recognize the establishment of a Palestinian state.

speech. His suggestion that the pre1967 borders should serve as the basis for negotiations for the boundaries of a Palestinian State was also central to the approaches of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. It was also part of proposals by Israel’s former prime ministers Ehud Barack (who is also current defense minister) and Ehud Olmert. Even Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to the notion less than a year ago.

So what exactly has caused all the fire and brimstone in the Jewish world? The president did not turn his back on Israel. He expressed the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security. However, he did not sufficiently address the core issue of Hamas’ outright refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist. He had What he didn’t tell the Arab world is no ideas as to how to jump-start the that recognizing Israel’s right to exist negotiations. In fact there were no must be a prerequisite to negotiations. new initiatives in his speech. That was the ultimate tragedy of the president’s There wasn’t much “new” to report Mideast address. after the president’s State Department

letters to the editor Who is Right? Your “There’s Something About Winning” column in the May 12 Journal struck a chord with me. Amir Khadir, a citizen of Canada, complains of Israel, which in modern times has fought four wars to survive as a nation that was founded almost 5,000 years ago. And it has fought countless times to survive 3,000 years before Christianity, 3,700 years before Muslims and 4,800 years before Canada. Khadir is a citizen of a country whose rulers stole the land from the native population. Me? I’d climb in his face and call him a hypocrite.

Heck, even the U.S won’t put its ambassador in Jerusalem because we call it occupied territory. What do you call the territory called the U.S.? Ask any “Indian.” As for trusting the East Jerusalem Muslims: They denied Jews access to the Jewish sites, but the Jews have given the Muslims access historically. Trust is earned, not just granted. Question — how would we react if told Americans were not allowed to visit Washington or the Statue of Liberty or New York City or L.A.? You get my meaning. Henry R. Basch Winthrop

Remembering John Rimer As the JCC of the North Shore plans its 100th anniversary annual meeting next month, we’d like to take a moment to remember and honor an old friend, Mr. John Rimer, who passed away this spring at the age of 103. John Rimer was instrumental in building the JCC in Marblehead, and making it a vibrant gathering place for Jewish learning and culture. He was one of the JCCNS’s most generous donors in our 100year history, and his dedication and love for the Center reverberates in the halls he helped build. Walk through the JCC, and John’s impact is felt around

every corner, including in our Rimer Gymnasium, named in his honor. Just last year, he received the JCC’s Samuel Stahl Award for his devoted service. We know he’d be proud of all our progress in the last several months and the many positive changes happening now. So as we celebrate our centennial on Sunday, June 12, it will be, in large part, because of John Rimer. He will always be missed and honored at the JCCNS. Lisa Nagel President, JCCNS Board of Directors Marblehead

Al Jacobson of Colorado wrote the most absurd letter in the May 12 Journal (“The Liberal Press Ignored the Obama Birth Issue.”) President Obama never tried to hide his past. The bigger question is: Why didn’t the right wing and its media ask for the birth certificates of both Bushes, Bill Clinton, John McCain and every other presidential candidate? Perhaps it’s because none were African American. It’s a non-issue, contrived by a party that has so little going for itself, it must wage a negative preemptive strike. Why are the Republicans making such an issue on this, when there is no issue? It has absolutely nothing to do with a liberal or a conservative press.

It has to do with a party that’s perhaps racist, but certainly is grasping at straws to combat the Democrats’ popularity and common sense. On that subject, President Obama has done a very good job so far. Bin Laden is dead, and information that will help us fight the terrorists was gathered from his computer. Had Bush only continued the war in Afghanistan rather than needlessly divert resources to oust his daddy’s nemesis, Saddam Hussein, he could have saved the country billions of dollars and hundreds, if not thousands, of lives. After Bush ruined the economy, it’s turning around. The stock market is at close to record levels, and the overall

outlook is better. Not perfect, but getting better. The deficit is one issue we all can agree that needs to be corrected. Republicans want to help the wealthy and hurt those who are needy. To help reduce the deficit, let’s reduce spending. Start with corporate welfare, and require the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes. After all the deductions, loopholes, credits, etc., the actual tax rate paid they pay on income is much lower than 35%. The effect of the income tax on the wealthy is far less than it is on low-to-moderate income taxpayers. Herb Harris Peabody

Those Searching for Religious Meaning Can Find it in Judaism In response to author Ellen Frankel’s insightful column on April 28, “Five Reasons Jews Gravitate Towards Buddhism,” I would like to offer an additional reason based on my observations as a leader and teacher in our Jewish community. Over the past half-century and longer, our synagogues, Jewish schools and other institutions have provided much in the way of instruction in the areas of Jewish ritual, identity formation, social awareness and communal responsibility. Where we and our predeces-

sors have often failed, however, has been in providing a meaningful pathway for the spiritual “seekers” in our midst, at times paying little heed to introducing and modeling the authentically Jewish disciplines of moral development, contemplative practices and aesthetic awareness. So it should come as no surprise when so many of our community today have felt the need to search outside of their Jewish faith to find those kinds of religious experiences and expressions. As rabbis, educators and

leaders do a better job of introducing our people to our own, authentically Jewish tools for finding such spiritual richness and depth, we should bear in mind the cherished folk tale of the man who, dreaming of discovering buried treasure, traveled the country far and wide, only to discover at the end that the very treasure he was seeking was lurking in his own home the entire time. Rabbi David J. Meyer Temple Emanu-El Marblehead

Triathlon by the Sea a Success

Israel is in Great Danger The U.S. must oppose a unilaterally declared Palestinian state by the UN this fall. Our government must cease all funding to the PA in light of the fact that they have now partnered with Hamas, a known terrorist organization whose charter not only calls for the destruction of Israel, but whose leadership recently decried the killing of Bin Laden. Palestinians must denounce their partnership with Hamas, stop naming streets and squares

Obama Birth Issue is a Non-Issue

after terrorists, and cease teaching its citizens to hate Jews. Israel’s existential right to exist is at stake. It is imperative that this administration make clear to the PA that they negotiate directly with Israel without preconditions, or risk losing any financial support from the U.S. If not, I fear another Holocaust is in the making! Carol Denbo Swampscott

The JCCNS in Marblehead sends a warm thank you to all the athletes, sponsors and volunteers who made our 11th annual Triathlon by the Sea a huge success on Sunday, May 15. Everyone braved cool and murky skies to make this one of our best races yet. We knew it would be a special day when the rain stopped at 8 a.m. as the race started. The JCCNS loves first-time

triathletes as well as seasoned competitors, and our race is becoming more popular every year. Registration was filled in just five hours this year, compared to five days last year. If you and your friends want to race in 2012, please send your contact information to adalton@ We will let you know as soon as we open registration this winter. The Triathlon by the Sea

wouldn’t be possible without our generous sponsors, whom we thank. Andrew Dalton JCC Triathlon by the Sea Director Marblehead

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The Two State Solution

The News in Obama’s Speech Charles Krauthammer


ere with President Obama’s Middle East speech, annotated: “It will be the policy of the United States to promote reform across the region, and to support transitions to democracy.” With this, Barack Obama openly, unreservedly and without a trace of irony or self-reflection, adopts the Bush Doctrine, which made the spread of democracy the key U.S. objective in the Middle East. “Too many leaders in the region tried to direct their people’s grievances elsewhere. The West was blamed as the source of all ills.” Note how even Obama’s rationale matches Bush’s. Bush argued that because the roots of 9/11 were to be found in the deflected anger of repressed Middle Eastern peoples, our response would require a democratic transformation of the region. “We have a stake not just in the stability of nations, but in the self-determination of individuals.” A fine critique of exactly the kind of “realism” the Obama administration prided itself for having practiced in its first two years. How far did this concession to Bush go? Note Obama’s example of the democratization we’re aiming for. He actually said: “In Iraq, we see the promise of a multi-ethnic, multi-sectarian democracy. There, the Iraqi people have rejected the perils of political violence for a democratic process… Iraq is poised to play a key role in the region.” Hail the Bush-Obama doctrine. “President Assad now has a choice: he can lead that transition [to democracy], or get out of the way.” The only jarring note in an otherwise interesting, if convoluted, attempt to unite all current “Arab Spring” policies under one philosophical rubric. Convoluted because the Bahrain part was unconvincing and the omission

of Saudi Arabia was unmistakable. Syria’s Assad leading a transition to democracy? This is bizarre and appalling. Assad has made all-out war on his people — shooting, arresting, executing, even using artillery against cities. Yet Obama is still holding out the olive branch when, if anything, he should be declaring Assad as illegitimate as Gaddafi. Clearly, some habits of engagement/appeasement die hard. “A lasting peace will involve… Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland for the Jewish people, and the state of Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people.” Meant to reassure Israelis that the administration rejects the so-called right of return of Palestinian refugees. They would return to Palestine, not Israel — Palestine being their homeland, and Israel (which would cease to be Jewish if flooded with refugees) being a Jewish state. But why use code for an issue on which depends Israel’s existence? “The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.” A new formulation favorable to maximal Arab demands. True, that idea has been the working premise for negotiations since 2000. But no president had ever before publicly and explicitly endorsed the 1967 lines. Even more alarming to Israel is Obama’s omission of previous American assurances to recognize “realities on the ground” in adjusting the 1967 border, meaning U.S. agreement that Israel would incorporate the thickly populated, close-in settlements in any land swap. By omitting this, Obama leaves the impression of indifference to the fate of these settlements. This would be a significant change in U.S. policy and a heavy blow to the Israeli national consensus. “The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves… in a sovereign and contiguous state.” continued on page 8

Sleeping in Shul RABBI DAVID WOLPE


professor, said Bergen Evans, is one who speaks in other people’s sleep. Anyone who has taught knows how difficult it is to keep the attention of students. Perhaps we can take some comfort in the report of the Midrash that Rabbi Akiva once noticed his students were falling asleep in his class. If one can fall asleep on Rabbi Akiva, who are we to complain? Every rabbi has had the same experience in a synagogue. You are on fire with your eloquence only to see the guy in the third row gently snoring while being poked by his embarrassed wife. You comfort yourself by imagining that he probably works late, or

the kids kept him up, or perhaps he suffers from narcolepsy. What we rabbis generally do not imagine is that our droning is soporific. And what if you are the sleeper? Surely that is even more uncomfortable than being the preacher whose words do not rouse the congregation. May I suggest you take the insouciant attitude of the great Winston Churchill. As Savior of the free world, he felt himself entitled to grab a little shuteye in the House of Commons. When a fellow MP approached him and said, “Must you fall asleep when I am speaking?” Churchill answered, “No, it is purely voluntary.” A version of this text appears in a weekly column in the New York Jewish Week.


Neil Zolot


he only reasonable solution to conflict in the Middle East is a two state solution, with a peaceful Palestinian state co-existing with Israel. Far from being complicated, the issue of peace is very simple. Both groups have ties to the area and need a state. The roadblock to peace in the Middle East is simple hatred for Jews. Too many people do not want peace. Israel has shown a willingness to accept a two state solution. In fact, there was a Palestinian state. In 1948 Israel declared its independence on ground designated by the UN mandate in what was British Palestine. By default, the remainder was a Palestinian state. They attacked, however, and lost the land. If people say there’s a need for a Palestinian state, there was one. Israel also accepted the 1998 Wye Accords that would have returned 95% of occupied land to the Palestinians. The Palestinians refused. This is the essence of President Obama’s recent proposal. The issue is trust. Can Israelis, indeed Jews all over the world, trust a continued and widespread Palestinian commitment to peace? Given history, skepticism is understandable and in order. Militant Palestinians often refer to themselves as resisting Israeli occupation, but what are they really resisting? If Israel is willing to accept a

peaceful Palestinian state next to its borders, aren’t the resistance fighters resisting a peaceful settlement? To my knowledge, the Arab-American/ Islamic-American community has not explicitly endorsed a two state solution. (If I am wrong, please correct me.) It seems they criticized the methods of September 11 but not the goals. That’s part of the reason there’s so much opposition to the proposal to build a mosque or Islamic center in lower Manhattan. Abba Eban famously said, “The Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity,” but an opportunity for what? There’s been an Orwellian policy to avoid peace, have a perpetual enemy and being at war to avoid dealing with the everyday problems of people. Even after 63 years of independence, Israel’s legitimacy is being questioned. Anti-Semitism apparently never dies. Eban rightly characterized it as the longest hatred. Those likening Israel to South Africa aren’t reading the situation right, having a historic blind-spot when it comes to Jews being persecuted. The term anti-Semitism itself implies a well thought out point of view. It’s actually hatred. Why do people continue to question Israel’s legitimacy? It’s always been a mystery to me. The existence of an Israeli and Palestinian state are continued on page 8

After bin Laden? Sheldon Richman


he hunt for Osama bin Laden was always a sideshow. President George W. Bush even said at one point that he wasn’t much concerned with finding him. He probably meant it. Still, bin Laden played a useful role for the U.S. foreign-policy elite: he was still out there plotting, necessitating a vigilant “war on terror.” And if he were eventually caught and killed, whoever was occupying the White House would score a point with the American electorate. Now it has been done. What’s next? Don’t look for any big change. American foreign policy was formulated long before al-Qaeda came into being, and its decapitation (if that’s what it is) won’t make much difference. Not that there won’t be surface changes. President Obama may well get the remaining troops out of Iraq as required by the agreement Bush signed with the Iranianbacked government the U.S. military helped install (although the State Department may succeed in maintaining a private army there). And Obama will probably make a big show of drawing down the 100,000-troop force in Afghanistan. The American people are sick of that war (to the extent they are paying attention), and Obama is up for reelection next year. He’d probably like to be rid of

the Afghan albatross if he can do it in a way that won’t let the Republicans portray him as a wimp. The bin Laden hit helps him out in that regard. But assuming those things happen, what has really changed? Will the U.S. government have renounced its global policeman role? Hardly. It will still be bombing Libya, Pakistan and Yemen, and it continues to claim the authority to intervene anywhere, with or without the blessing of Congress, NATO, or the UN Security Council. (Who cares what the American people think?) So it’s imperative that we not be fooled by appearances. The policymakers will not be using bin Laden’s death as grounds to dismantle the thousand U.S. military installations around the world, to stop supporting torture-loving dictators when they serve “American interests,” to end the violations of Americans’ civil liberties, or to defund the trillion-dollar-plus national security state. That gravy train, which gives prestige to “statesmen,” shapes the global order Americanstyle, and lines the pockets of contractors, is not going to end merely because one man was shot by Navy SEALS. It took no more than a few nanoseconds after the killing of bin Laden for the government to inform us that this is no time to let down our guard. The Bush Perpetual Motion Machine is intact. Every move to counter terrorists creates its own grounds for further moves. For every terrorcontinued on page 8

Whose Burden is Bigger? When Size Shouldn’t Matter Deborah Grayson Riegel


en years ago, I was the overwhelmed, under-rested, barely-bathed mother of newborn twins. Getting out of bed was a daily challenge, staying awake past 6 p.m. was even harder. So it was a rare and much-needed treat when my friend Wendy and my cousin Amy came over for dinner and a night of gabbing and girl-talk. “You must be exhausted,” Wendy clucked with compassion. “I’m fine.” I lied. “How are you getting through the days?” Amy asked, her voice filled with rachmanos. “It’s no problem.” I braved. “Ah, then the nights must be getting to you,” Amy pressed. “No, really, everything is great.” I responded, fearing that my nose might start to grow any second. What was wrong with me? Why wouldn’t I let my two closest companions in on my exhaustion, my fears and my worries that this might never get easier? Because each of them had a burden that was much bigger than mine. Two years before the three of us sat down to

this dinner, Wendy had been diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder that gave this vibrant, vivacious young woman the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and other debilitating conditions that would elude remission for years. One year before, Amy had been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, an insidious form of skin cancer that would first rob her of her fertility before ultimately taking her life before she turned 30. In what world was I entitled to complain about the burden of babies that Amy would never have, or the temporary fatigue that was a permanent fixture in Wendy’s life? “You are entitled to your own pain.” Amy assured me, after the truth serum known as “no sleep” had forced a confession from my lips. “My having cancer doesn’t mean that you aren’t suffering.” And Wendy agreed. For many of us, our natural instinct is to look for the light in the darkness. When someone is suffering, we want to remind them of the joy in the world, the opportunity in the challenge, the hidden gift in the disappointment they are facing. But our “drill, baby, drill” approach to unearth something of value for them beneath their dark and murky reality represents our own need to make continued on page 8

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Obama’s Speech from page 7 Normal U.S. boilerplate except for one thing: Obama refers to Palestinian borders with Egypt, Jordan and Israel. But the only Palestinian territory bordering Egypt is Gaza. How do you get contiguity with Gaza? Does Obama’s map force Israel to give up a corridor of territory connecting the West Bank and Gaza? This is an old Palestinian demand that would cut Israel in two. Is this simply an oversight? Or a new slicing up of Israel? Finally, in calling for both parties to “come back to the table,” the Palestinians have to explain “the recent announcement of an agreement between Fatah and

Hamas… How can one negotiate with a party that has shown itself unwilling to recognize your right to exist?” Not a strong statement about Washington rejecting any talks involving Hamas. A mere placeholder. On the other hand, Obama made no mention here of Israeli settlements. A mere oversight? Or has Obama finally realized that his making a settlement freeze a precondition for negotiations — something never demanded before he took office — was a disastrous unforced error? One can only hope. Contact Charles Krauthammer at letters@

The Two State Solution from page 7 not mutually exclusive, but antiSemites seem to believe it is. There needs to be a Palestinian state, but not at the expense of Israel. One doesn’t hear the catch phrase “dismantle Israel” too much anymore, but advocacy of a one state solution amounts to the same thing. All depictions of a flag for one state covering Israel and the West Bank use Palestinian colors with no acknowledgment of a Jewish presence. Do we need to ask again if the Kurds or the Basques would be similarly treated by so many people around the world with no tangible interest in the outcome of events. (This piece

could have been published at almost any time over the last 62 years with few if any changes and still be timely.) Being against Israel or Jews is an obsession for some. Don’t they have anything better to do? They’re no different or better than 9/11 truthers, birthers, or other fanatics that can’t seem to let go of an issue or point of view. The radical Right, very radical, hate President Obama and think Jews are responsible for the world’s ills. The radical Left, also very radical, like Obama and characterize Jews as occupiers. Thank God for the Jews. Hatred of Jews is the one thing that brings people together. Extremists of all kinds hate Jews. American journalists are not doing their due diligence on this issue in interviews. Our journalists need to ask Islamists if they

After bin Laden? from page 7

ist killed, ten more arise. (Gen. Stanley McChrystal said that.) Demand creates its own supply. It’s an empire-builder’s dream come true. The 9/11 attacks were monstrous crimes, but they were not out of the blue. If we Americans are to free ourselves of the burdens of empire, we have to go to the root. Government must not be allowed the role of shaping the world to the policymakers’ liking. Even if their goals were entirely wholesome — individual liberty and free markets — a superpower global policeman would be impotent to bestow them on the world’s people. Government is a blunt instrument that works in top-down fashion. Freedom is something that must bubble up from the grassroots if it is to be genuine and enduring. Oppressed populations will not have decent nations built by outsiders. They will have to make their own

Whose Burden? from page 7 things okay, denying them their right to feel what they feel. It often begins with these two words, “At least…” “At least you have a job” (said to the person who is miserable at work, all day, every day.) “At least you’re with somebody” (said to the person who is in an unsatisfying or damaging relationship.) These “at least” responses reflect the listener’s need to feel better, to change the mood, or to fast-track a perspective shift that may be premature, or might never come. What it neglects is the need of the person to experience his or her own sorrow, without being rushed or judged. Even the Midrash takes the bait: “Put all other sufferings in one side of the scale, and poverty in the other, and poverty would be heavier.” In other words, “At least you’re not poor…” is meager comfort offered to someone who might be rich in dollars, but in need of love, health, companionship or even sleep. When I work with clients who have suffered a disappointment or setback, I notice how often they rush to self-soothe. “I realize that not getting that job isn’t

accept the two state solution for peace. If the answer is no, they aren’t interested in peace. That should be a key question in an interview to determine the mindset of Palestinians and their advocates. Where are the moderate Palestinians and ArabAmericans? American Catholics have been vocal and organized in their disagreement with the larger Roman Catholic Church. American Jews have spoken out against settlements in the West Bank. No such movement seems to have appeared among ArabAmericans, however. If enough speak out against violence and recognize the two state solution, any climate of fear will be neutralized and radicals ostracized. I believe President Obama is committed to a secure Israel and a viable Palestinian state. The Israelis have shown they are. Are the Palestinians? Neil Zolot writes from Lynn. nations decent. Anyway, having wholesome goals is not enough. The policymakers would also have to know what they are doing. Yet the complexity of any society puts the relevant knowledge beyond the reach of even the brainiest social engineers. If they are incapable of planning the domestic economy, they certainly will not be able to reconstruct a foreign society. Of course, it is unrealistic to assume the policymakers have wholesome goals. Behind the pretty window dressing, we consistently find an agenda that serves particular political and economic interests. American foreign policy has long been the tool for arranging the world in just such a way as to ensure power and wealth for the right people. Just a coincidence? Not likely. Sheldon Richman is senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation ( and editor of The Freeman magazine. the end of the world” one might say with a stiff upper lip, where another client may claim, “I know I’m better off alone than with someone who didn’t really want to commit to me.” My job (as sadistic as it might seem) is to acknowledge their willingness to shift into a happier perspective — and then to invite them back inside their pain for a while. Too many of us feel like we’re not entitled to mourn when others have greater losses, or that if we do grieve, we’ll never leave that dark place. But you can be sad in the face of others’ sorrow, and you can lament your losses and find your way back out. And you don’t have to earn the right to do this. While I am lucky enough to smile and hug and thank my friend Wendy regularly and in person for being there through my pain and hers, I send my deepest gratitude to Amy wherever she is, believing in my heart of hearts that she is finally — and forever — pain-free. Deborah Grayson Riegel is a certified coach, speaker and trainer. Visit her online at or This article originally appeared in The New York Jewish Week.

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Crawford recently returned from Ghana, where she attended the ceremonial opening of a new midwifery nursing school. IMEC had sent the teaching facility a plethora of supplies, including mannequins and a well-stocked library. Tom Keefe, a Catholic whose faith is central to his work, founded IMEC 16 years ago in the garage of his southern New Hampshire home. A former hospital administrator with more than two decades of senior management experience, the visionary Keefe gave up his well-paying job to devote his energy to IMEC. Today, his nonprofit organization fills a 150,000 square foot warehouse in North Andover. The distribution center bustles with activity. Forklifts weave around acres of neatly arranged exam tables, waiting room chairs, racks of meticulously organized supplies and a forest of IV poles. A dedicated corps of volunteers gathers, cleans, labels and shrink-wraps pallets with items destined for doctors in impoverished nations. The supplies are donated by hospitals replacing their medical devices and furniture with newer models, medical equipment firms that want to get rid of unsold stock, and/or small medical practices that have merged or gone out of business. IMEC carefully examines, tests and refurbishes all devices before shipping them overseas. The organization collects and recycles everything from crutches, catheters and plastic bedpans, to sophisticated EKG machines, incubators and operating tables. IMEC does not accept or distribute expired supplies. What makes IMEC unique is that workers package the equipment into complete medical units. “Doctors determine exactly what is needed to build nursery, exam room, delivery, OR, radiology, laboratory, dental and ICU suites,” explained Crawford. “Volunteers then gather what is required from the warehouse stock. If we are missing a necessary item, we procure or purchase it to make the suites complete.” A laboratory suite, for example, might contain a centrifuge, microscope, incubator, autoclave, refrigerator, chemistry analyzer, interval timer, table, medication cart, cabinet and blood drawing chair. A maternal exam suite might call for an exam table, exam light, ultrasound machine, stand, medication cart, desk, office chair, patient scale, patient chair, file cabinet, hospital linens, waste container, blood pressure cuff and stethoscope. The suites are assembled on pallets, with spare parts and instruction manuals when available, and tightly wrapped in plastic to survive the long journeys to their destinations. Approximately 18 pallets, which can completely equip a clinic, are snugly packed into a standard 40-foot shipping container. According to Crawford, two containers can equip an entire hospital. IMEC funds the cost of ship-

ping and overhead by partnering with other humanitarian organizations like World Vision, Doctors Without Borders and Rotary International. These nonprofits help “shepherd” the international projects, making sure they clear customs and arrive intact. Keefe is proud of the fact that in 16 years, nary a container has been lost. “Every shipment goes off the dock with a prayer that it gets there safely, and helps the people who need it,” said Keefe, adding that the multi-cultural workforce say prayers in different languages. Crawford, who belongs to Congregation Ahavas Achim in Newburyport, recites the Shehechiyanu in Hebrew. In 2010, IMEC delivered 60 containers to 25 different countries. This year, Keefe anticipates shipping close to 75. Last week IMEC sent out containers to Mozambique, Armenia and Haiti. The week prior, they shipped two containers to Honduras and one to Somaliland. IMEC is currently coordinating a large project for a national teaching hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, that will entail the delivery of 30 containers over the course of a year. According to Keefe, more than 90 percent of IMEC’s work is done by volunteers. Retired electrical engineers repair technical devices, and individuals with special needs iron and fold hospital sheets. “Volunteers range in age from 19 to 90, and they are all committed to helping people they will most likely never see,” Keefe said. When questioned why he focuses on the developing world as opposed to poor regions of America, Keefe replied, “All hospitals in the United States must be clean, infection controlled, and have fully functioning equipment in order to be licensed. If you ranked 5,000 American hospitals from best to worst, even the lowest-scoring one would be considered a dream hospital in the rest of the world.” Keefe is expanding the IMEC vision to farm suites. “The principle is the same,” he said. “People live on farms but lack basic tools. With the right equipment, they could produce more food for their communities. We can help by sending packaged suites that include a wheelbarrow, hoes, shovels, drip irrigation systems and seeds.” In June, IMEC will send 40 such farm suites to Peru. Further down the road, Keefe hopes to use the same model to develop classroom suites for schools and orphanages in the developing world. “The whole concept is pretty simple. Go to the communities, ask what they need, and bring it to them,” he says. IMEC is located at 1600 Osgood St., North Andover. Call 978-557-5510 or visit To volunteer, email jleffman@imecamerica. org. To donate equipment, email ddiburro@imecamerica. org.

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Parents: Beware of Senior Year Sticker Shock Jason Alderman


arents, if your high school senior is about to graduate, you have my heartfelt congratulations — and my sympathy. As your checkbook can attest, this has been an expensive year and it’s not over yet. You’re probably still facing senior prom, graduation gifts and many other expenses. For those whose children are juniors, start planning and budgeting now for next year. Here are some expenses you can anticipate: Senior prom can be one of the year’s biggest expenditures. According to a recent national survey conducted by Visa Inc., families expect to spend an average of $807 on prom-related

expenses this year. These might include: • New prom dresses often cost $100-$500 or more. • Another couple hundred for shoes, accessories, flowers and professionally styled hair, nails and make-up. • New tuxedos cost several hundred dollars, not to mention formal shirt, tie, studs and shoes. Even renting them could run over $150. • Figure at least $100 an hour

plus tip to rent a limousine for a minimum of four hours. • Prom tickets typically cost $50 to $150 per person, depending on venue, entertainment, meals, etc. • Budget at least $40 for a nice meal. • After-parties can run anywhere from a few bucks at the bowling alley, to hundreds for group hotel suites. Prom is only one component of the senior year experience. Talk to recent graduates and their parents about expenses they faced and their lessons learned. Decide early on which expenses are essential and which ones you can do without. For example, if your child is college bound, entrance exams, study guides and tutoring are important, and can quickly add up: • The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) costs $47 each time it’s taken, plus an additional $10 to $21 per individual subject test.

• American College Testing (ACT) costs $33, plus another $15 for the writing test. • A comprehensive online SAT review course from the Princeton Review will set you back $599. • Personalized individual and small group tutoring sessions can cost thousands of dollars. Other common senior year expenses include: • College application fees — often $40-$80 per institution. • Site visits at schools outside the area include airfare, gas, lodging, meals, local transportation, etc. • Senior portraits and prints often cost hundreds of dollars. • Graduation announcements, thank-you notes and postage could be $100+. • Senior class dues. • Yearbooks can run $35-$85, plus additional fees if you take out a congratulatory ad. • Class rings often run $100 to $500 or more. • Cap and gown rental is usu-

ally $25 to $50. • Graduation gift and parties. You want to ensure that your child has a memorable senior year, but not at the expense of your overall budget. Before the school year begins, create a senior year budget and get your kid involved in the tough decisions, prioritizing expenses from vital to non-essential. Learning the importance of setting and sticking to a budget is a valuable life lesson for your kids. Numerous tools are available online at sites such as: the U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission’s (, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling ( and Practical Money Skills for Life (, a free personal financial management program run by Visa Inc. Jason Alderman directs Visa’s financial education programs.

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nce the tassels are turned and the gradu­ ation parties end, most college grads focus their atten­ tion on getting that first “real” job. Entering the job market today is a huge challenge for college grads. The best way to overcome these challenges, says Maribeth Kuzmeski, is to focus on networking with the people who can put you (and your résumé) in front of the hiring decision makers at your dream job. “Networking is a skill that can be mastered,” said Kuzmeski, author of “The Connectors: How the World’s Most Successful Businesspeople Build Rela­ tionships and Win Clients for Life” (Wiley, 2009). “Start thinking of yourself as CEO of Me, Myself and I, Inc. You need to be doing everything you can to get the word out about your brand. That means networking. Great networkers are capable of leaving some­ thing behind with everyone

they encounter — a thought, a memory or a connection. You want to be the first person who comes to mind when someone in your network hears about a great job opening,” she added.

Kuzmeski offers these tips: Rejuvenate your résumé. Use your résumé and cover let­ ter as marketing materials to grab the attention of employ­ ers. Buck the traditional format to include eye-catching (but informative) headlines. Include information about internships and club leadership positions. Build your online résumé. According to’s 2010 Social Recruiting Survey, 83 percent of employers plan to use social networks to recruit this year. If you aren’t already on business-focused social media sites like LinkedIn, set up a pro­ file. LinkedIn is the most com­ monly viewed source for job seekers and employers. Make an impact with video. Record a quick, professional-

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‘Jews and Money’ Reinforces Stereotypes Eric Shoag Special to the Journal


here is no doubt that Abraham Foxman means well. As national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Foxman has worked to identify and combat bigotry in general, and anti-Semitism in particular, for close to half a century. It is to this end that Foxman has seized the moment of antiSemitic backlash following the Bernie Madoff scandal to write book “Jews and Money: The Story of a Stereotype,” a book he hopes will eradicate all those negative associations that still run rampant worldwide. Taking on such a thorny project brings pressure: one had better do a thorough and unequivocal job of it, for there are many who will be poised to

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pounce at the slightest sign of weakness or bias. To his credit, Foxman tackles the task with straightforward aplomb. Unfortunately, his enterprise is ultimately deflated by his dilution of the facts with superfluous digressions and irrelevant opinions, and by his own pomp-

ous posturing. Foxman starts out strong, identifying the historical facts of anti-Semitic restrictions in many countries that left the unsavory occupations of commerce and moneylending as the only professional options for Jews, and the resulting resentment when those Jews became an essential part of societies that had intended to exclude them. Though hardly a scholarly work, there are many fascinating kernels of knowledge within its pages, and more than a few surprises. One would expect the perpetuation of hateful Jewish stereotypes in the guise of rational analysis from notorious anti-Semites Louis Farrakhan and Henry Ford, but it is perhaps more astonishing to find the same twisted thinking in the writings of Martin Luther. Before long, Foxman exposes some twisted thinking of his

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own. Seeking to debunk the myths of Jewish greed and stinginess, the author adopts a tone that approaches smug self-righteousness, trotting out statistics of Jewish charity and generosity. He patiently explains that Jews do not control the media and are not all rich, and draws attention to laws set down in the Torah and Talmud that deal with financial arrangements. Those laws are mostly unknown to the majority of secular Jews who operate in a world devoid of religion and, to some extent, morality.

Though hardly a scholarly work, there are many fascinating kernels of knowledge within its pages, and more than a few surprises. Foxman then turns his attention to Jewish stereotypes in humor. Instead of acknowledging the fact that the very jokes he objects to are usually tools to root out bigotry rather than continue it, he lets loose some criticisms of humorists and television shows, including “All in the Family,” the sitcom in which bigotry was exposed in a humor-

ous way for the ugly, ignorant spectacle it is. Foxman finds the groundbreaking show flawed because Archie Bunker never really suffered as a result of his prejudices. And what about the book’s title? More people undoubtedly will see Foxman’s book than read it, and for that majority, he will have reinforced the connection between Jews and money in his very act of trying to explain and eliminate it. Ultimately, the ones who need to be cleansed of their baseless bigotry are not the ones who will buy and read this book. The book’s epilogue has some genuine sensible advice on how one can seek to free oneself from the shackles of bigotry when it begins to rear its head, from introspection and self-analysis to self-education and taking a real stand in the world in the form of writing a letter to the editor or simply not letting a remark on the street or in the office slide. Foxman concedes that most education takes place outside the classroom, and encourages all of us to act with mutual respect and openness. His noble aspirations and tips would perhaps be more effective as a pamphlet. “Jews and Money” is ultimately a mixed bag that may put out some anti-Semitic fires, only to add fuel to some others.

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he North American Jewish Film-of-the-Month Club debuted on May 9. The subscription-based service provides members access to an award-winning Jewish-themed feature film and bonus short film every other month, before they are released to the general public. The films are made available to own on DVD, and to view via online streaming.

T h e films illuminate Jewish themes of history, identity and culture, and are intended for both affiliated and unaffiliated Jews, as well as people of other faiths and cultures. “The Human Resources Manager” is the Jewish Film Club’s first film. It was Israel’s Foreign Language Oscar Submission in 2011, as well as winner of five Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. “The Jewish Film Club was conceived because, after a decade in search of the very best in independent and foreign films, we found that many great Jewish films are produced

every year, and unfortunately only a handful ever get the recognition and viewership they so rightly deserve,” said Adley Gartenstein, president of Film Movement. “We feel strongly that these films need a home — our home and

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Shirat Hayam to Honor Cantor at ‘Jewtopia Live’ Performance SWAMPSCOTT — On June 18, the star and the creator of the longest running comedy in off-Broadway history are bringing their production of “Jewtopia Live” to Cong­ regation Shirat Hayam. Prior to the performance, Cantor Emil Berkovits will be honored. Seven years ago, Cantor Emil came to the former Temple Israel in Swampscott, knowing there was talk of merging with Temple Beth El across the

street. He came with his beautiful voice and the desire to help in any way he could. As a newcomer, the cantor was able to see people as congregants — not of one specific synagogue. He won his way into the hearts of people on both sides of the street, and played a primary role in helping lead the two groups to become the new synagogue, Congregation Shirat Hayam. Cantor Emil relates to the seniors, as well as the count-

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less bar and bat mitzvah students he has tutored in the congregation. “Cantor Emil is so joyful, we knew we couldn’t just do a typical dinner to honor him. He always brings a smile to people’s faces and we wanted to return the favor,” said Ellen Turkanis, co-chair of the event. She added, “his consistently even disposition and delightful sense of humor has provided us with much inspiration

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SALEM — The auditorium and social hall of Temple Shalom in Salem were heavily damaged by flooding in 2010. Although the Temple was fortunate to receive a lot of volunteer help, the cost to repair and restore the Leonard Axelrod Auditorium ran approximately $75,000. “There have been many gracious contributors, but we still need to raise additional funds to cover our remaining costs, as well as our general fund requirements,” said Larry Taitelbaum, first vice president of the Temple. Temple Shalom is kick starting its 2011 fundraising campaign by hosting a concert featuring the G-Clefs, a Boston-based doo wop ensemble that performed for the Temple in 2010. “People enjoyed them so

much last year, that many asked that we bring them back again,” Taitelbaum said. The G-Clefs will be at Temple Shalom on Sunday, June 5, at 3 p.m. Tickets for the familyfriendly event are $20 each. Snacks and soft drinks will be available for purchase during intermission. The G-Clefs got their start in Roxbury in 1956. Today they are the longest running band in existence in America still to have its original members. Appearing frequently on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, the G-Clefs were a “cross-over band” that ushered in a new age in American music.

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jewish world

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What is: Won ‘Jeopardy!’ (What Did the Rabbi Do on Monday?) Rabbi Jason Miller Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Jews have a reputation for answering a question with a question. That might help explain why Rabbi Joyce Newmark is a “Jeopardy!” champion. In the episode of the television game show that aired May 16, Newmark had no problem defeating two other contestants and finishing with $29,200. The 63-year-old Conservative rabbi hosted a viewing party at the Teaneck synagogue Congregation Beth Sholom, where she is a member. Unfortunately, she failed to defend her title the following evening. The episode in which she

won the $29,200, which was recorded February 2 in Culver City, Calif., aired 20 years to the day of Newmark’s graduation from the Jewish Theological Seminary. A member of the first class of Wexner Graduate Fellows, she has served congregations in Lancaster, Pa., and Leonia, N.J., but currently writes and lectures. Prior to rabbinical school, Newmark spent more than 15 years in management consulting and banking. Newmark wore a yarmulke during the taping of the show. “The interesting thing is that nobody said a thing about the kippah,” she said. “Since I was introduced as a rabbi, they may have just thought it was normal.”

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to “restore courage.” Beck, who is ardently proIsrael, angered Jewish groups recently for likening the quest for “social justice” to Nazism, and for falsely insinuating that liberal philanthropist and Holocaust survivor George Soros was a Nazi collaborator. Beck revealed last month that he will be leaving the Fox News Channel later this year.

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Home Improvement Projects That Pay Off


f you’re looking to sell your home or just want to upgrade your current space, you need to know which home improvement projects will pay off in the long run. The best home improvements will increase your resale value, positively affect utility bills, or reduce the cost of maintenance. Instant Curb Appeal: While high-tech showers or appliances are perks, they do not set the stage when a potential buyer enters the house. So if you’re going to invest in a renovation, it should be one that instantly leaves an impression. Landscaping, new siding and refinished floors all show that a house is well maintained. They also send a message about the quality of an entire home. Seek Out Safety: How sturdy are your stairs? Are your walkways free from tripping hazards, such as cracked concrete or uneven paving? How secure are your doors and windows? Are your entrances and pathways

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Top 10 Bathroom Trends

s America’s economy strengthens, remodeling and home renovations are on the rise. “Homeowners are looking for ways to update their current homes, rather than buying a new property,” said Sarah Reep, director of designer relations and education at KraftMaid Cabinetry. “From simply adding a new faucet to completely gutting a bathroom, there are many ways to revitalize any home,” she added. For homeowners seeking inspiration for their bathroom Family Features renovation, here are the top ten Bathrooms have become more spa-like. trends: Doubled Vanity: Dual sinks decrease clutter and increase A Hint of Nature: Wood and and vanities make cramped organization in their bath- stone are in-demand materials morning routines a thing of the rooms,” said Reep. Store bottles, for bathroom design. Wooden past. With separate sinks and jars and accessories in slim, ver- soaking tubs and stone tiles and vanities, homeowners get the tical vanities. bathtubs retain heat well and Walk-In Showers: Home­ add a natural feel to any bathindividualized spaces and storage they desire in their bath- owners are replacing the con- room. ventional tub and shower comrooms. Fine Furniture: The right Radiant Heat: Stepping onto binations with walk-in showers. vanity can transform a medioa cold tile floor after a hot show- Large glass doors and earth-tone cre bathroom into a luxurious er isn’t the best way to start the tiles are being combined with escape. “Homeowners want day. An easy remedy is adding luxury showerheads and water their bathroom cabinetry to resemble the elaborate pieces radiant electric heating to floors. jets for a spa-like feel. Satin Nickel Faucets: From in their living room,” said Reep. Some companies install heating mats controlled by a thermostat 2009 to the end of 2010, the “Standard bathroom cabinets under tile, stone, laminate and percent of NKBA designers who are being replaced by cabinetry specified a satin nickel faucet with rich finishes and detailing.” engineered wood floors. Quartz Countertops: Ac­­ Seeing Green: The National in the bathroom rose from 45 Kitchen and Bath Association percent to 57 percent. Brushed cording to the NKBA, 54 perreported that 24 percent of their nickel faucets in the bathroom cent of NKBA designers are now designers used a green color pal- fell from 66 percent to 38 per- incorporating quartz into their bathroom designs, compared ette in their clients’ kitchens last cent. Recycled Flooring: With the with 48 percent in 2010. The lowyear. KraftMaid, a leader in the semi-custom cabinetry indus- increased focus on sustainable maintenance mineral boasts a try, offers cabinetry with color materials, tiles made from recy- higher durability against cracks finishes — such as sage — that cled ceramic, glass and metal are and dents than marble. DeNova can add a burst of color to bath- in. Look for companies that use sells quartz surfaces in a wide recycled materials and sustain- range of custom colors and patroom walls. Added Storage Space: “Home­ able manufacturing practices to terns. owners are looking for ways to create their tiles. — Family Features

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Pingree Initiates Exchange with Arab and Jewish Schools Ciara Jacques and Diana Hong Special to the Journal

HAMILTON — In March, Pingree School instructors Crystal Davis and Andrew Lee journeyed to Israel with Deborah Nathan of the Artsbridge Institute, an organization using collaborative art to help young Arabs and Jews work on conflict resolution. While there, they visited several Palestinian and Jewish schools in order to gain a greater understanding of the history, cultural traditions and pedagogical approaches used. In April, Galit Granot of the Jewish Reali School, and Edwar and Randa Shiban of the Arab Orthodox College, visited Pingree’s campus in Hamilton. During their stay, they participated in classroom discussions, spoke with special interest groups, held a forum, and taught traditional Palestinian dancing. They openly shared their per-

spectives as people living and working in this area of conflict, along with their hopes for a peaceful future in the Middle East. We recently interviewed our teachers, Ms. Davis and Mr. Lee, about their visit to Israel. Tell us about the schools in Israel. Mr. Lee: There are a lot of different schools in Israel. This reflects the demographic diversity of Israel, which includes Jewish, Arab and Druze students (the Druze are a small religious minority in Northern Israel). We visited six schools: two public and four private. Three of them were Jewish, two of them were Arab, consisting of Muslims and Christians, and one was a Druze school. All featured students and faculty who were passionate about and committed to learning about different cultures. Ms. Davis: The schools in Israel are very much like urban schools here. The difference is

that school ends there by 1:30 p.m. As a result, most schools don’t have school lunches or a cafeteria. Some schools do have a store where students can purchase snacks, though. How did the schools compare to the ones here? Mr. Lee: Sports are much less emphasized there. Ms. Davis: I found the vigor and energy around civics classes important in both Jewish and Arab schools. The schools seemed deeply committed to educating students about their rights and privileges as Israeli citizens. The excitement and passion of nationalism and citizenship was palpable. What is the biggest misconception Americans hold about Israel? Mr. Lee: A common misconception, fueled by the media’s focus on issues of conflict, is that Israel is an unsafe war zone. There are certainly areas that are more dangerous, particularly around the Gaza Strip, but the vast majority of the country is safe. We traveled to the three largest cities and into the West Bank, and we felt safe at all times. Ms. Davis: A large misconception is that Arab Israeli and Jewish Israeli populations are so polarized that they can hardly contain their contempt. Sometimes I think our news reports can oversimplify or exaggerate cultural differences. From my experience, the differences there are very much human differences. What surprised you most

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Pingree dance instructor Crystal Davis (on camel) with Pingree history teacher Andrew Lee, in the Negev Desert in Israel.

about the culture? Ms. Davis: The pace of life was a bit slower than our lives here. People didn’t seem pushed to work relentless hours, or be in a hurry to fit everything into their schedules the way we do here. Maybe I didn’t meet those incredibly busy people though, because they were always working. How was the food? Mr. Lee: I loved the fresh salads and vegetables, seasoned lightly with really fresh lemons and olive oil. The hummus and seafood were also terrific. We didn’t eat falafel until the final night but, when I bit into that

piece of falafel, I nearly yelled out in delight. Ms. Davis: The most interesting and yummy food was the stuffed zucchini. This dish consisted of zucchini stuffed with ground meat and rice, then boiled. It was delicious. Anything else you want to share? Ms. Davis: The people we met in Israel were gracious, kind and a joy to meet. I would hope everyone would get the opportunity to travel to Israel. Ciara Jacques and Diana Hong are students at Pingree.

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Teens Meet Activist Who Altered the Course of American History Susan Jacobs Jewish Journal Staff

MARBLEHEAD — As an original member of “The Little Rock Nine,” Dr. Terrence Roberts played a pivotal role in America’s Civil Rights Movement. On May 18, sixth, seventh and eighth graders from Cohen Hillel Academy, along with seventh graders from KIPP Academy in Lynn, had the unique opportunity to meet the now 69-year-old activist. As a youth growing up in Arkansas in 1957, Dr. Roberts experienced firsthand the injustice and segregation that permeated the Deep South. He was one

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MARBLEHEAD — Over 200 grandparents and special friends recently participated in school activities at Cohen Hillel Academy. Guests were inspired by remarks from grandparent representatives Annette Callum and Maxine Goldman, student speakers Bianca Kostinden and Nate Maselek, and CHA Head of School Ken Schulman and President Jill Weiner. The grandparents and special friends visited individual classrooms and engaged in collaborative activities, lively games

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and discussion, and listened to musical performances by the students. Said Annette Callum, “When I come to school, I immediately feel the warmth of this Hillel community where friendships are nurtured and the teachers and staff bring out the very best in the students. “Because of the foundation that Hillel Academy is providing, I feel especially hopeful and confident for my granddaughters’ futures,” she added.

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Students peppered Roberts with questions about his experience, and KIPP teacher Mike Brown, who is African American, shared how Dr. Roberts and his colleagues inspired him to become the man he is today. The presentation, organized by CHA Social Justice Coordinator Karen Madorsky in conjunction with the Brooklinebased Facing History and Ourselves program, stressed the importance of tolerance then… and today.

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of nine Little Rock students who forced the issue of integration by volunteering to attend the all-white Central High School, rather than the inferior all-black high school across town. During that tumultuous year at Central High, Roberts and his colleagues faced daily threats, harassment and discrimination from students, parents and school officials, who did not want to accept the groundbreaking 1954 Supreme Court decision (Brown vs. Board of Education) to integrate the schools. Despite the considerable obstacles, The Little Rock Nine persevered — and in the process made history.

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Thur, June 2 7:30 p.m. French Holocaust film. $15. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. or 617-244-9899.

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Open House

2-4 p.m. The Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Masonic Lodge will conduct a symbolic cornerstone laying ceremony. Afterwards, Temple Ahavat Achim hosts an open house for the greater Gloucester community. 86 Middle St., Gloucester. or 978-281-0739.

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7 a.m. to noon. Photographers are invited to Ipswich’s Crane Beach and Castle Hill. Experts will provide tips. $45. 299 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. or call Emily at 978-740-0444.

11 a.m. Music, Israeli luncheon and guest speaker, Dr. Ed Frampton. Tabernacle Baptist Church, 11 Summer St., Peabody (behind Walgreens), 978-998-9485.

SummerQuest Open House

Noon to 2 p.m. Learn more about Pingree School’s summer camp program. 537 Highland St., South Hamilton. 978-468-4415 x255.

3 p.m. Boston’s 1950’s doo wop recording stars, the G-Clefs, perform in a benefit for Temple Shalom. $20. 287 Lafayette St., Salem. 978741-4880.

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6:30 p.m. Temple Ner Tamid’s Sisterhood honors Leona Kaplan with its Light of Torah, Women of Distinction Award. $18-$54, plus $8 couvert. 368 Lowell St. Peabody.

2-4 p.m. Local author Lina Rehal will sign copies of “Carousel Kisses.” Borders Express, Swampscott.


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10 a.m. Free summer story, music with Marcy Yellin and a snack. Marblehead Wit & Whimsy Bookstore, 60 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. or 781-631-8330.

Visit Alfalfa Farms. Free music and tours at 2, 3, and 4 p.m. Wine tasting (21+) from 1-5 p.m. for $10/ person. Family tour at 4 p.m. is $20/family and includes wine/grape juice tasting. 267 Rowley Bridge Rd., Topsfield. or 978-774-0014.

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Salem, Beverly, Manchester and Gloucester. BBQ with live music follows. or email

The 6th annual charity bike ride raises awareness of the Sue de Vries Cancer Foundation of Marblehead. The 50-mile ride starts at Kelley Greens in Nahant and winds through Swampscott, Marblehead,

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Heart Disease: Protecting Yourself Against the Silent Killer

5 p.m. dinner, 5:30 p.m. presentation by cardiologist Edward Loughery, M.D. Free. Reservations required. Ledgewood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Home, 87 Herrick St., Beverly. RSVP by June 3 to 978524-6182.

Shavout Dairy Buffet Dinner & Ice Cream Social

6 p.m. Hosted by Chabad of Peabody. All welcome. Free. 83 Pine St., Unit #E, Peabody. Email raizel@ or 978-9779111.

Fri, June 10 Gay Jewish Retreat

Seventh annual Nehirim Spiritual Retreat brings together gay Jews for a weekend of community and spirituality. Through June 12. $250$500. Financial aid available. Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, Conn.

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7 p.m. All are invited to an Israeli karaoke/sing-a-long. Refreshments provided. JCCNS, 4 Community Rd., Marblehead. Email Rachel107@

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Salem State Confers Honorary Degrees

Shari and Ron Pressman of Marblehead announce the marriage of their son, Joshua Benjamin Pressman, to Florice Ezor Engler, daughter of Wendy and Mitchell S. Engler of Teaneck, N.J. Rabbi Kenneth E. Berger performed the ceremony at Temple Emanu-El in Closter, N.J. The couple met at Tufts where she graduated cum laude and he magna cum laude. The bride is a litigation associate at Day Pitney, a law firm in Parsippany, N.J. She received a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. The groom is studying for an M.B.A. at Columbia University. Previously, he was a vice president for mergers and acquisitions at Sperry, Mitchell & Company, an investment banking firm in Manhattan. The couple lives in Manhattan.

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Salem State University (SSU) conferred an honorary degree to Swampscott resident Ralph Kaplan (top left) at the university’s graduate commencement on May 19. Other honorary degrees conferred by SSU include those to David Fanning (top right) of Marblehead, executive producer, of FRONTLINE and commencement speaker, and Richard C. Bane (bottom), president, BaneCare Management LLC. at the commencement of the Bertolon School of Business and College of Health and Human Services undergraduate commencement on May 21.


Myrna Fearer of Danvers was honored April 13 as the Danvers Community Council Citizen of the Year. During her 27-plus years at the Danvers Herald, Fearer highlighted many organizations, individuals and causes in her stories and in her column, Circling the Square. She was also recently honored by the Danvers High School music department at its annual spring concert, which was dedicated to Fearer with “appreciation and gratitude for your many years of support.” Fearer is currently one of eight candidates recommended by Danvers Rotary to run for Honorary Mayor of Danvers.

Jepsky Receives Tikkun Olam Award Celia Jepsky, a senior at Marblehead High School, recently received Congregation Shirat Hayam’s Rabbi Edgar and Yvonne Weinsberg Tikkun Olam Award.  This award is given to a student who demonstrates a commitment to interfaith or intergroup endeavors that advance the cause of community building.   Celia volunteers with Bridging Lives, a program that matches elementary and high school students for mentoring, the Northeast Animal Shelter and is a teacher’s aide at Shirat Hayam. She plans to attend the University of Delaware in the fall. (She is pictured with Dena Bailey, award committee member).

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Education” Award


The Massachusetts Teachers Association presented Congressman John Tierney with its “Friend of Education” award to recognize his leadership in Congress on efforts to strengthen early childhood education, increase higher education opportunities and make financial aid a more efficient and transparent process. MTA President Paul Toner highlighted Tierney’s work on the House Education and Workforce Committee to secure stabilization funds for states to forestall layoffs and keep class sizes small. Pictured left to right: Toner, Tierney, MTA Executive Director Ann Clarke, and MTA Vice President Timothy Sullivan.

Mini Reunion


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The Winners Are … Athletes from ages 11 to 70 competed in the JCCNS’s 11th annual Triathlon by Sea on May 15. Swampscott police officer Kevin Reen took first place, with a time of 52:13. The female winner was Kristen Lamb of Marblehead with 59:26. The athletes swam 1/8 of a mile in the JCC’s indoor pool, cycled 10 miles around Marblehead Neck, then ran 3.5 miles through Marblehead and Swampscott. Eleven-year-old Maggie Barden of Swampscott, pictured at left, won the 19-years and younger category with a time of 1-hour, 22-minutes.

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Marblehead resident and North Shore Medical Center physician Marc D. Levine, M.D., has been honored as the 2011 Community Clinician of the Year by his physician peers of the Essex South District Medical Society. Dr. Levine, a board-certified pediatrician, is a physician at the Lynn Community Health Center, where he has practiced since 1984. A graduate of Columbia College and Brandeis University, he earned his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1980.

Alumni from the 1983 Youth to Israel program recently got together to celebrate the 45th birthday of Adam Steinberg in Newton. Y2I alumni traveled from Maryland, New York and locally to celebrate with Adam. Approximately 25 continue to gather regularly. Standing (l-r): Andy Caplan, Bradley Sontz, Ted Stux, Allison Stux, Melissa Caplan, David Trachtenberg, Margery Frank, Roger Frank. Sitting: Rebecca Sontz, Andrew Stavisky, Adam Steinberg, Sheryl KalisSteinberg.

Aviv Names Davis Director of Memory Services, Support June Davis has been named director of memory services and support at Aviv Centers for Living. Davis will help to educate, set policy and consult throughout Aviv’s continuum of care to help residents and clients maximize their independence, individuality and dignity. She has been director of Aviv’s Shapiro-Rudolph Adult Day Center for 19 years. She is a certified trainer in Alzheimer’s care.

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JFSNS Celebrates Its Community Heroes

Jewish Family Service of the North Shore, a program of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Boston, held its 14th annual Community Heroes event on May 4 in Swampscott. The 2011 Community Volunteer heroes are (from left to right) Josh Chmara, Shane Skikne, Dr. Steven Perlman, Nanette Fridman, Stacey Comito, Jennifer Kahn, Allison Levine and Richard Sokolow. These eight heroes have embraced the tradition of “tikkun olam” by making the North Shore Jewish community stronger through their examples of loving-kindness. The event also honored Jon Firger, the former chief executive officer of JFSNS for 15 years.

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Say Cheese!

Celebrate Shavuot With These Yummy Cheesecake Recipes Raw Food Cashew Lemon “Cheesecake”

Susan Jacobs Jewish Journal Staff


he holiday of Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people more than 3,300 years ago. This year, Shavuot is observed from June 7 to 9. In biblical times, Shavuot marked the beginning of the new agricultural season, and for this reason, it is sometimes referred to as Hag Ha Bikurim, or “The Holiday of First Fruits.” This name refers to the practice where worshippers brought fresh fruits to the Temple on Shavuot. Today it is customary to consume dairy products such as cheesecake, cheese, blintzes and ice cream on Shavuot. Rabbis suggest several reasons for this tradition. Some believe it is because Jews first learned about the laws of kashrut when thy received the Torah. Since their pots had not yet been rendered kosher, they ate dairy on Shavuot. Another interpretation involves comparing the Torah to the sweetness of milk and honey. Some scholars believe Jews consume dairy products in celebration of the holiday to remind themselves of the nourishing quality of the Torah. Even today in some European cities, children are introduced to Torah study on Shavuot, and are given honey cakes with passages from the Torah inscribed on them. Below, readers share some of their favorite cheesecake recipes in honor of Shavuot. Say cheese!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Crust: Nonstick vegetable oil spray 2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs (about 9 oz.) 1 cup pecans ¼ cup golden brown sugar, packed 2 T. chopped crystallized ginger ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted


Gingersnap Crust Filling: 4 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, room temperature 2 cups sugar 1 15-oz. can pure pumpkin puree 5 large eggs 3 T. all purpose flour 1 t. ground cinnamon ½ t. ground ginger ¼ t. freshly grated nutmeg ¼ t. ground allspice ¼ t. salt 2 T. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray 9-inch-diameter springform pan with nonstick spray. Grind cookie crumbs, pecans, brown sugar and ginger in food processor until nuts are finely ground. Add butter; using on/off turns, to blend. Transfer mixture to prepared pan; press onto bottom and 2 inches up sides of pan. Bake crust until set and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Cool completely. Preheat oven to 350° F. Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in pumpkin. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating on low speed. Add flour, spices and salt; beat just to blend. Beat in vanilla. Transfer filling to cooled crust. Bake until filling is set in center and edges begin to crack, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Cool 1 hour. Run knife around sides of pan to release crust. Chill cheesecake uncovered in pan overnight. — Recipe courtesy of Susan Steigman

Crust: 2 cups almonds ¼ t. of vanilla ¼ t. salt Heaping ¼ cup chopped dates Raw unscented coconut oil Filling: 3 cups soaked cashews 1 ½ cups almond milk 1 cup lemon juice ¾ cup agave nectar 1 t. vanilla

2 pinches salt 3 T. lecithin ¾ cup raw unscented coconut butter Garnish: Lemon zest and/or slices or fruit (e.g. berries and kiwi)

In a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, process almonds, vanilla and salt until finely crumbled. Continue processing, adding small amounts of the dates until crust sticks together. Press crust onto bottom of greased (with raw unscented coconut oil) 9½ inch springform pan. Blend all filling ingredients except lecithin and coconut butter until smooth. Add lecithin and coconut butter and blend until well incorporated. Pour into the springform pan with prepared crust and set in fridge/freezer (about an hour) until firm. — Recipe courtesy of Leah Jacobson

Decorate Your Dish With Fresh Fruit


festive way to decorate cheesecakes or blintzes is to layer them with succulent berries or slices of fresh fruit. Cooks can find delicious fruit and more at Becky’s Gourmet, which recently opened in Marblehead’s Village Plaza. Becky, who formerly owned Fruit of the Four Seasons, features high quality, hand picked produce, as well as cheeses, flowers and gourmet prepared foods. The store offers freshly baked muffins, as well as hearty daily specials, such as beef Susan Jacobs bourguignon, roasted butternut squash soup or banana Becky Convicer, owner of Becky’s Gourmet, displays some of the chocolate chip pudding. fresh fruits available at her shop. Becky’s Gourmet is located at 10 Bessom St. in Marblehead. Call 781-760-6711 or email — Susan Jacobs

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Shavuot Cheesecake Recipes

A Serious-Sized Ball

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Junior’s Famous No.1 Cheesecake Thin Sponge Cake Layer: ½ cup cake flour, sifted 1 t. baking powder  Pinch of salt  3 extra-large eggs, separated

cup plus 2 T. granulated sugar  1 t. pure vanilla extract  3 drops pure lemon extract  3 T. unsalted butter, melted  ¼ t. cream of tartar 1/3

Preheat oven to 350°F and generously butter a 9-inch springform pan. Sift the cake flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium-sized bowl and set aside. Beat the egg yolks with an electric mixer on high speed for 3 minutes. Then, with the mixer still running, gradually add the 1/3 cup of the sugar and continue beating until thick, light-yellow ribbons form in the bowl, about 5 minutes more. Beat in the vanilla and lemon extracts. Sift the flour mixture over the batter and stir by hand until no more white flecks appear. Then blend in the butter. In a clean bowl, using clean, dry beaters, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed until frothy. Gradually add the remaining 2 T. sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Stir about 1/3 cup of the whites into the batter, then gently fold in the remaining whites. Gently spoon the batter into the pan. Bake only about 10 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan while you make the filling. Cream Cheese Filling: 4 (8-oz.) packages regular cream cheese, room temperature  12/3 cups granulated sugar 

¼ cup cornstarch 1 T. vanilla extract  2 extra-large eggs  3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Place one 8-oz. package of cream cheese, 1/3 cup of sugar, and the cornstarch in a large bowl. Beat on low speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Then beat in the remaining 3 packages of cream cheese. Increase the mixer speed to high and beat in the remaining 11/3 cups of sugar, then beat in the vanilla. Blend in the eggs, one at a time. Blend in the heavy cream. Be careful not to over mix. Gently spoon the cheese filling on top of the baked sponge cake layer. Place the springform pan in a large shallow pan containing hot water that comes about 1-inch up the sides of the pan. Bake until the center barely jiggles when you shake the pan, about 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Then cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until it’s completely cold, at least four hours or overnight. Remove the sides of the springform pan and serve. From “Welcome to Junior’s! Remembering Brooklyn With Recipes and Memories from Its Favorite Restaurant.” — Recipe courtesy of Mark Mulgay

Fish May Help Fight Alzheimer’s

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ISRAEL21c Staff ISRAEL — Researchers have found that eating foods like salmon, rich in omega 3 oils, appears to reduce the negative effects of a gene associated with Alzheimer’s. A gene named APOE4 is the bad guy when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, which plagues an estimated five million Americans. It is present in half of all Alzheimer’s patients, and in 15 percent of the general population. But it looks like there’s a way to neutralize this villain. Tel Aviv University Prof. Daniel Michaelson developed animal models to investigate the effects of diet and environment on carriers of APOE4. In experiments performed on mice, Michaelson’s neurobiology lab demonstrated that eating foods high in omega 3 oils (such as fatty fish) and low in cholesterol appears to significantly reduce the negative effects of the gene. In differentiating between the good and bad variants of the gene, Michaelson and his team studied many variables. Michaelson has been researching Alzheimer’s disease over the past 15 years with support from the Joseph and Inez Eichenbaum Foundation of Beverly Hills.

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JTA — A falafel ball weighing nearly 52.8 pounds created at a Jewish food festival in California has been certified as the world’s largest. The falafel ball was certified May 15 for submission to the Guinness Book of World Records. The ball, made of ground chickpeas and fava beans, measured 12.5 inches high. The previous Guinness record falafel ball, created by an Israeli chef in New York, was 24 pounds.

Hummus Wars in Chicago JTA — The Sabra brand of hummus will continue to be served in cafeterias at DePaul University in Chicago. The Sabra brand of the chickpea dip had been served until November 2010, when the pro-Palestinian student group Students for Justice in Palestine objected because Sabra is half-owned by The Strauss Group. Strauss has publicly supported the Israel Defense Forces troops, and provides care packages to Israel’s brigades.

The brand was reinstated pending the committee’s decision. “While we recognize the original complaint arose from genuine concerns surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in the judgment of the Fair Business Practices Committee, there do not appear to be sufficient grounds for a boycott of Sabra Hummus,” officials concluded. Students for Justice in Palestine said they will continue the fight against Sabra hummus.

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Люди нашей общины Выражение “лучше один раз увидеть, чем сто раз услышать” как нельзя лучше подходит к творчеству Аркадия Монеевича Рубина. Его небольшая квартира в Ривьере, с потрясающими видами океана, пляжа и Бостонских небоскребов, где в открытое окно вместе с ветром врывается шум прибоя, является своеобразной художественной галереей. Почти все свободное пространство стен прихожей, гостиной и спальной комнат заполняют картины, которые Аркадий Рубин написал за годы жизни и путешествий по Америке. Здесь и узнаваемaя кирпичная башня в Линнском лесу, и красавцы кони, пасущиеся на конеферме в Кентакки, многоярусные мощные бушующие водопады Калифорнии, бурлящие горные реки Колорадо, сады Дюпонов и мост публичного сада в Бостоне. Как известно, зрительные образы позволяют нам наиболее полно сохранять воспоминания, и естественно, визуальное изображение сразу же становится главным действующим лицом в повествовании хозяина квартиры — замечательного рассказчика и оригинального художника. А рассказать ему есть что, так как жизнь он прожил интересную и насыщенную. Родился и вырос Аркадий в Москве, с детства увлекался рисованием, ходил в изобразительную студию при Доме пионеров и родители поощряли его увлечение живописью; играл на скрипке, участвовал в школьной самодеятельности, на отлично закончил школу и будучи артистичес-

пает в аспирантуру и неожиданно для себя переходит в новую тогда науку — науку управления, защищает кандидатскую диссертацию, затем докторскую, пишет статьи и монографии на юридические и экономические темы, преподает в Академии труда и социальных отношений, с Аркадий Рубин у себя дома. Справа — пейзаж “Поздняя осень”, большим трудом (проблемы с “пятым пунктом”) добивается звания профессора. внизу — “Сказка в парке,” Колорадо. Но ни на фронте, ни в институте, ни в ки одаренным мечтал стать театральным Академии не прекращает заниматься любимым режиссером, собирался поступать в ГИТИС, делом — живописью. но началась война и 17-летний Аркадий проОднако в полной мере Аркадию удается развить свой сится добровольцем на фронт. Добровольцем талант художника здесь, в Америке, куда он эмигрировал его не взяли по возрасту, но определили в пер- в 1993 году вслед за сыном и дочерью. По признанию вое артиллерийское училище им. Красина, Аркадия Монеевича, он не был готов к жизни пенсионегде в строгой секретности молодые ребята, ра, приехал в Америку с надеждой продолжить научную будущие кадровые офицеры, изучали уст- и преподавательскую деятельность. Но, к сожалению, ройство легендарных “Катюш”. недостаточное владение английским, да и проблемы со В 1942 году лейтенант Аркадий Рубин здоровьем не позволили Аркадию воплотить эту мечту. попадает на Северо-Западный фронт под Деятельный по натуре, трудолюбивый и целеустремЛенинградом в район Старой Руссы, где при- ленный, он нашел выход своей творческой энергии в нимает участие в военных операциях по сдер- живописи. Попав после Москвы в тихий и зеленый штат живанию немецких войск под блокадным Кентакки, он стал делать наброски с натуры, а затем Ленинградом, а затем и в прорыве блокады. писать, в основном маслом, сочные пейзажи, виды, архиРубин принимал участие в освобождении тектуру, природу тех мест, где он жил и путешествовал. Бреста, Варшавы, Праги, был награжден Так и появились на стенах его квартиры с видом на 16-ю орденами и медалями, войну закончил Атлантический океан снежные вершины Колорадских старшим лейтенантом в Берлине. гор, дом, построенный одним романтически настроенным Демобилизовавшись после войны по мужем для своей любимой жены, гуляющие по аллеям состоянию здоровья, Аркадий возвращается парка люди, борющиеся с течением горных рек байдарочв Москву, поступает в Университет, с успехом ники или просто осенний пейзаж, грустный и спокойный, заканчивает юридический факультет, посту- в котором, хотя и выполненным с натуры в Америке, чувствуется влияние любимых Рубиным классиков российского пейзажа — Левитана, Крамского. Картины Аркадия Монеевича не раз высоко оценивались жюри на Марблхедском фестивале искусств. Желающие посмотреть рабо07/25/11 - 07/29/11 for children for children 06/27/11 - 07/01/11 ты Аркадия Рубина могут свя5 - 9 years old 08/01/11 - 08/05/11 5 - 9 years old 07/11/11 - 07/15/11 заться с ним по тел. 781-284-6506.

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Abraham Saltzman, M.D., 91, of Providence, R.I. Dr. Abraham Saltzman died May 14, 2011 in Providence, R.I., at the age of 91. Abraham was born March 7, 1920 in New York City to the late Samuel and Anna Lieberson Saltzman. His early life was strongly influenced by his beloved and industrious uncle, Dr. Frank Lieberson, who nurtured his interest in science and medicine, and his highly principled, progressive (and vegetarian) parents, who encouraged his natural generosity, tolerance and fairness. Abe, as he was affectionately known by all, matriculated from New York University in 1940 with Phi Beta Kappa honors. After receiving his M.D. degree from SUNY Downstate in 1944, he completed his residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. He met his wife and longtime partner, Ruth (Robinson), in the reading room of the hospital library in 1947; they married 7 months later. His long career included research, teaching and caring for patients,

his true passion. After moving to Rhode Island in 1950, he received the first NIH research grant in the state. Always intellectually curious and motivated by the highest ethical standards, Abraham was loved by his patients and staff alike. Dr. Saltzman worked at the Rhode Island and Miriam Hospitals in Providence throughout his 50 years in private practice, retiring at the age of 80, while still vigorous. Abraham’s favorite pastimes

Netty S. (Lessner) Schaier, 84, of Lynn Netty S. (Lessner) Schaier of Lynn entered into rest on May 18, 2011 at the North Shore Medical Center-Salem Hospital in Salem. She was 84. A Holocaust survivor, Netty was a longtime member of the former Congregation Chevra Tehilim in Lynn and attended services at the Chabad Lubavitch of the North

Shore in Swampscott. She was the beloved wife of the late Jacob Schaier. Netty was the daughter of the late Aron and Clara (Kimmel) Lessner. She is survived by her three sons: Aron Schaier of Marblehead, Morris Schaier of Lynn and Henry Schaier of Fairlawn, N.J. She was the cherished grandmother of Jena,

Rose A. (Rosenberg) Shultz, 93, of Revere Rose A. (Rosenberg) Shultz of Revere died on May 11, 2011 at the Lighthouse Nursing Home in Revere. She was 93. Born in Chelsea, Rose lived in Revere. She was a graduate of Revere High School and Salem State College, Class of 1939. Rose taught at the Louis Pasteur and Mary T. Ronan Schools and later in her career taught remedial reading until her retirement. She was a member of Hadassah and B’nai Brith. She spent her life dedicated to her husband and family. Rose was the beloved wife of the late Morris L. Shultz. She was the devoted mother of Elaine Gadon and her companion James O’Brien of Winthrop. She was the loving daughter of the

late Max and Mary Rosenberg, and the dear sister of Manuel Rosenberg and his wife Janice, the late Dorothy Cohen and her late husband Samuel, the late Selma Leibowitz and her husband Harold, the late Bernard

Melvin Backman, 92, of Glen Cove, N.Y. Melvin Backman of Glen Cove, N.Y., entered into rest May 24, 2011. He was 92. Born February 12, 1919 and raised in Malden, Melvin was a distinguished professor of English at C.W. Post College and Clarkson University. He was the beloved husband of the late Anne Backman and the late Dorothy Weisman Backman.

Melvin was the devoted father of Sherril Aaron and her husband Joel Bornstein of Springfield, N.J., and the cherished grandfather of Marc Aaron and his wife Cheryl. He was the devoted stepfather of Linda Coverdale of Brooklyn, N.Y., Miles Coverdale, Jr. of Tewksbury and Susan Coverdale King of Matthews, N.C. He was the cherished grandfather of Katherine

included playing the violin, listening to the music made by his wife Ruth, a professional harpist, reading, photography, investing and being with his family, especially during the annual family vacation in Cape Cod. Abraham was the husband of Ruth Saltzman for over 63 years. He was the devoted father of four children: Beth Saltzman Aaronson and her husband Dr. Michael Aaronson of Lynnfield; Dr. Charles Saltzman and his wife Dr. Ingrid Nygaard of Salt Lake City, Utah; David Saltzman and his wife Beth Barovick of Wayland; and Dr. John Saltzman and his wife Deborah Lang Saltzman of Westborough. He was the cherished grandfather of eleven: Daniel, Benjamin and Jonathan Aaronson, and Steven, Ilanna, Andrew, Hanna, Rachel, Erik, Julia and Jeffrey Saltzman; grandfather-in-law of Rachel and Heidi Aaronson; and great-grandfather of Abigail Aaronson, who was named in his honor. A funeral service was held on May 16 at Temple Beth-El in Providence. Rachael, Ethan, Robin, Jonathan and Michael. Services were held at StanetskyHymanson Memorial Chapel in Salem on May 20. Interment followed at Pride of Lynn Cemetery in Lynn. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Netty’s memory may be donated to the Special Olympics, Attn: Web Gifts, 113 19th St. NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20036. “Sunny” Rosenberg and his late wife Rhoda, and sister-in-law of the late Philip and Bella Weisberg. Rose was the grandmother of Jay Gadon, Bradley Gadon and his wife Amy, and Heather GadonLee and her husband Andrew. She was the dear great-grandmother of Myles, Marley, Maxwell, Ethan and Rachael. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends who loved her dearly. Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel in Chelsea on May 13. Interment followed in Sharon. Donations in Rose’s memory may be made to the Lighthouse Nursing Home, 204 Proctor Ave., Revere, MA 02151, or to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. For an online guestbook visit www.torffuneral Coverdale and Andrea Coverdale. Melvin was the loving brother of Harold Backman of Brooklyn, N.Y., the late Ben Backman and the late Betty Ann Backman Rhinehardt. Services were held at Stanetsky Memorial Chapels in Brookline on May 26. Interment followed at Temple Sinai Cemetery in Dan­ vers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Melvin’s memory may be made to Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Mass.

U.S. House Approves Jewish Chaplains Memorial JTA — The U.S. House of Representatives voted to authorize the construction of a memorial in Arlington National Cemetery for fallen Jewish chaplains. The bill was approved May 23 and now moves to the Senate. Dozens of national and locally based Jewish and veterans groups have been working for nearly three years to establish a memorial for Jewish chaplains

in Arlington National Cemetery, alongside those for Protestant and Catholic chaplains. The memorial, which has been designed and paid for by private donations, must receive congressional authorization before construction can begin. Thirteen Jewish chaplains have been killed while serving in the military. The congressional resolutions were initiated by Reps.

Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) in the House, and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) in the Senate. The resolution notes the absence from the memorial of, among others, Rabbi Alexander Goode, one of four chaplains who relinquished their life jackets to soldiers when the USS Dorchester was sunk by German torpedoes in 1943 and went down together in prayer.

Berman, Eunice (Levenson) — late of Peabody, formerly of Lynnfield. Died May 12, 2011. Wife of the late Bernard A. Berman. Mother of Robert Berman and his wife Ronnie, and Diane Berman. Grandmother of Jamie and Rachael Berman. Sister of Lawrence Levenson and the late Harold Levenson and Gwen Fritz. (Brezniak-Rodman) Danberg, Helen (Lotten), 88 — late of Revere, formerly of Malden. Died May 19, 2011. Wife of the late Nathan Danberg. Mother of Donna Elfman and Sheila Taymore. Sister of the late Bertha Greenfield and Annette Rosenbloom. Grandmother of Heather Hagler, Douglas Elfman, Sean Taymore and Justin Taymore. Greatgrandmother of five. (Goldman) Fineberg, Helen (Davis), 83 — late of Malden. Died May 13, 2011. Wife of the late Bernard Fineberg. Mother of Gary, Robert, Steven, Mark and Judith Fineberg. Grandmother of 14 and great-grandmother of four. (Goldman) Israel, Walter, 87 — late of Swampscott. Died May 13, 2011. Husband of Sally P. Israel. Son of the late David and Alice Israel. Father of Robert I. Israel and his wife Sarah Burns Israel, Jane E. Israel and her partner Maureen C. Curran, and Lisa J. Israel and her husband Marc D. Procino. Brother of Dorothy Madalie and the late Priscilla Lyons. Grandfather of Jackson Israel. (Stanetsky-Hymanson) Krigest, Jordan E. — formerly of Lynn and Saugus. Died April 18, 2011. Husband of Gloria Krigest. Father of Ellen Krigest and Steven Krigest. Grandfather of Kaylee, Kyle and Tim.


LEVINE, Leonard H., 72 — late of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Lexington and Malden. Died May 17, 2011. Husband of Charlotte (Nelson) Levine and the late Loretta (Pearlman) Levine. Father of Mark (Elizabeth) Levine of Ga., and Sheri Levine of N.M. Brother of Judith (Robert) Schuster of Middleton and Robert Levine and his fiancée Gail Gerth of Penn. Services were held in Rio Rancho, N.M., and officiated by Rabbi Howard Kosovske. Needle, Maurice B., 87 — late of Peabody, formerly of Lawrence. Died May 13, 2011. Husband of Helen (Halpern) Needle for 64 years. Father of Leonard and Raquel Needle, Benita “Bunni” and Myron Flagier, and Marsha and Marc Nissenbaum. Grandfather of David, Matthew, Sarah, Jessica, Sandi, Jonathan and Alan. Great-grandfather of David and Layla. Brother of the late Ida Cohen. (Goldman)

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Laserson, Miriam (Sugarman), 84 — late of Malden, formerly of Everett and Florida. Died May 18, 2011. Wife of the late Ralph Laserson. Mother of Sandra and her husband Ira Krakow, Cheryl and her husband Robert Fusco, and the late Cynthia Lieberfarb and her husband Dr. Steven Lieberfarb. Grandmother of Samuel Krakow, Laura Sterns, Joseph Fusco, Rebecca Lieberfarb and Daniel Lieberfarb. Great-grandmother of Joshua Tzvi and Sarah Krakow. Sister of H. Arthur Sugarman. (Goldman)

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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

Dorothy Blass

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

Dr. Michael Reich

Dr. David Greenseid

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. David Kauder

Dr. Wayne Trebbin

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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