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The Next Step is Up to Goldstone Ron Kampeas and Marcy Oster Jewish Telegraphic Agency

WASHINGTON — What happens now with the Goldstone Report may well be up to Goldstone. Richard Goldstone’s April 2 op-ed in the Washington Post disavowing his earlier assumption that Israel had committed war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity during the 2009 Gaza war has left pro-Israel activists wondering: What next? Moves already are afoot to get the United Nations to retract the U.N. Human Rights Council’s endorsement of the Goldstone Report on the monthlong 2008-09 Gaza war. The problem is the mechanics. According to the council, the next move is up to Goldstone: He must not only submit a written request to retract the report, but get the three other members of his investigatory committee

to sign on as well. Goldstone, who has not talked to reporters since his op-ed was published, did not return a request from JTA for comment. A spokesman for the American Jewish Committee, which is accredited at the United Nations, told JTA that his organization spent days trying to figure out how to work around the logistics. U.N. Human Rights Council spokesman Cedric Sapey told Israel’s daily Yediot Achronot on April 4 that Goldstone’s op-ed represented nothing more than his personal opinion, not that of the committee. Sapey also told The Associated Press that Goldstone would have to submit a formal request signed by all committee members to withdraw the report. The committee was disbanded after the report was filed in August 2009. Last month, the council voted to send the report to the U.N. General Assembly

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A Working Vacation

Winthrop couple volunteers and vacations 5 in Israel


Loretta Band works with a group of preschoolers at the NSJCC in Peabody.

Amy Sessler Powell Jewish Journal Staff

PEABODY — While harsh words are traded between the two area JCCs on preschool expansion issues, Aviv Centers for Living is planning to enter


the fray with a 58-student Jewish preschool and childcare center scheduled to open September 2012, in Peabody. Though it is still in the early planning stages, the childcare center is part of a larger expansion plan that calls for continued on page 4

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EDITORIAL A Rabbi’s Role

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Beverly Couple is on a Roll Thriller

Doctor-turned-author has writing process down to 10 a science

ARTS & CULTURE Israel in Black & White

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Susan Jacobs

Marc and Diana Cooper’s innovative invention, The Doodle Roll, has broad appeal.

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Miriam Swartz was one of three dozen women at a recent Ladies Home Club Passover program at Chabad of Peabody. Participants learned about the upcoming holiday, and painted clay Elijah cups to grace their seder tables. For more on Passover, see pages 15-20.

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BEVERLY — When traveling with youngsters, most parents are repeatedly hounded by the common refrain, “Are we there yet?” A clever, new craft invention by a Beverly couple can keep

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the kids happily occupied in a car or a plane for hours at a stretch. The Doodle Roll is a portable, allin-one, kit containing a long roll of blank paper, with a crayon storage area. Children can scribble on the paper and then either roll it back up and keep it

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Temple Ahavat Achim to Hire Interim Rabbi Amy Sessler Powell Jewish Journal Staff

GLOUCESTER — Temple Ahavat Achim has announced plans to hire an interim rabbi while they continue to create a job description for a permanent rabbi. Their goal is to find a rabbi experienced in transitions that can assist them in determining what sort of person can meet the needs of the congregation. “It is clear that our community has changed much in the last five years, and so has the larger Jewish world, and we need to take a breath now to see

ourselves and our world more clearly,” said lay leaders in a letter that went out to the congregation. At the same time, the congregation is gearing up for the opening of their temple next month. They will be moving the Torahs to the new building on May 1 in a joyous procession through the streets, and holding a dedication ceremony for the congregation on May 22. Last fall, the board of directors voted not to renew the contract of Rabbi Samuel Barth. Temple Ahavat Achim was one of four area congregations to enter into rabbinical searches. During

Barth’s tenure, the temple experienced a serious fire and the tragic loss of their building in December of 2007. Bo Abrams, co-chairman of the search committee with Ben Polan, said, “The dedication events are very exciting, and that is part of why we are taking it slowly. We really want to take a break over the summer, move into our temple, and get settled.” After so much transition over the last five years, Abrams believes the congregation needs to take the summer off. “Since we convened in late December, the Rabbi Search

‘Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race’ Exhibition to Open in Boston April 14 BOSTON — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition, “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race,” will make its Boston premier on April 14, at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. The thought-provoking exhibition reveals the role scientists, physicians, public health officials and academics played in implementing the Nazis’ program of “racial hygiene.” The 2,000-square-foot panel exhibition, featuring high-quality scans of artifacts, photographs and documents, and audiovisual monitors displaying historical footage and survivor testimony, probes the question of how medical and scientific professionals — men and women of intellect — could support such policies. “Deadly Medicine” also prompts exploration of 21stcentury ethical issues such as the social implications of today’s scientific and medical innovations, as well as the rights and dignity of the individual. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has partnered with Harvard Medical School to bring this traveling exhibition to Boston. It will remain up for public viewing through July 17.

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Dr. Otmar von Verschuer examines twins at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. The physician and geneticist examined hundreds of twins to study whether criminality, feeble-mindedness, tuberculosis and cancer were inheritable. In 1927, he recommended the forced sterilization of the “mentally and morally subnormal.”

In addition to the display, there will be a series of seminars that explore some of the questions elicited by the exhibition. The opening program on April 14 at 7 p.m. will feature Sara J. Bloomfield, Director, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Susan Bachrach,“Deadly Medi­ cine” Curator and Historian, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Michael Grodin,

M.D., Professor, Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health; and Irene Hizme, Holocaust survivor featured in the exhibition. The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine is located on 10 Shattuck St., Boston. For more information, visit ushmm. org.

Committee has been taking the pulse of our congregation to identify the selection criteria for hiring a new rabbi. There has been no shortage of opinions,” said a letter from the Search Committee to the congregation. Congregants have been questioned through calls, emails, a survey and focus groups. The general opinion was that they should not rush to make a decision, but that they do need a rabbi during the transition. They are using several venues, including the Rabbinical Assembly search process, as well as advertisements, to find a transitional rabbi.

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BOSTON — The Gene Display in the new Yawkey Center for Cancer Care building at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute offers individuals a unique opportunity to show support for Dana-Farber. The Gene Display, made up of 2,600 4” by 4” tiles, represents an innovative technology used by cancer researchers to survey the activity of thousands of genes at one time. Supporters can contribute to Dana-Farber’s mission by naming a gene in honor of a family member, friend or caregiver. Each gene can be inscribed with a five-line message for a gift of $5,000, payable over one or two years. “Many of the most innovative advances in life-saving cancer treatments today are based on the genetic understanding of cancer,” said DanaFarber President Ed Benz, Jr., MD. “This installation also holds the promise to be lifesaving, as the funds raised will further fuel our mission to develop new and improved cancer treatments,” he added. Visit or contact Emily Lindberg at 617582-8830 or gene_display@


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in the storage container, or tear off their drawings using a serrated plastic-edge located on the side of the kit. The Doodle Roll is the first product launched by Marc and Diana Cooper, CEOs of the Beverly-based company Imagination Brands. In an era when most children’s toys are high-tech and batterydriven, this inexpensive novelty designed to foster creativity and quiet, independent play, is a refreshing change. “It’s a simple concept that has really struck a chord,” said Diana. There are two sizes available. The small Doodle Roll has 15 feet of 4-inch wide paper, and four crayons. It retails for $3.99. The large version contains 30 feet of 6-inch wide paper, and eight crayons. It retails for $4.99. “It was critical to us to keep the retail price of this product under $5. It’s inexpensive, but it’s not low quality,” Marc said. The target demographic age group for their product, say the Coopers, is 3 to 8, but they have discovered via focus groups that older children will play with it, as well. They also envision an adult market for the versatile product. “Adults could use it at business brainstorming meetings. Simply roll it out on a conference table, and encourage people to informally jot down ideas,” Diana said. Successfully bringing the colorfully

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packaged product to market has been a two-year process. The couple did extensive research, created numerous prototypes, and had to meet a slew of child safety laws, before receiving the go-ahead to mass manufacture it. “It’s a long and expensive process to secure all the necessary certificates of compliance,” said Marc, explaining that the crayons had to be non-toxic, and they had to assure that children would not injure themselves on the package’s serrated edge. With a great deal of anticipation, the Coopers unveiled The Doodle Roll at Toy Fair 2011, an international industry trade show, in mid-February. The response was

“The toy category is very competitive. The fact that we were selected by ASTRA as one of the best was a huge honor.” overwhelmingly positive, and the product garnered immediate buzz. Buyers lined up at their booth to get free samples, and the product was named as one of the top items at the show by ASTRA, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association. “The toy category is very competitive — 7,000 new products are introduced each year,” said Diana. “The fact that we were selected by ASTRA as one of the best was a huge honor.”

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The Doodle Roll is small enough to fit into a purse or backpack.

The couple received 60 orders on the spot, and attracted interest from distributors from as far away as New Zealand, Korea, Scandinavia, Israel and the Czech Republic. Securing deals with distributors representing 13,000 retail customers in North America, the product is currently being shipped to stores in Texas, Tennessee, Florida, Kansas, Arizona, New York and New Jersey. At this point, one of the biggest challenges the couple faces is how to keep up with demand. “Our initial run was 50,000, but we sold out of that first run immediately. Our goal is to ramp up to 300-400,000 units per month. We can sell as many as we can make,” Marc said. “It is a unique item, with broad

appeal,” continued Marc, pointing out that it is being marketed to specialty and gift stores, chain stores and airport concessions. “We just got an order from a chain that has 450 rest stops on highways,” he said. Locally, The Doodle Roll can be found at the Learning Express in Andover, Green Elephant in Ipswich, and Casa de Moda in Beverly, and will be arriving shortly at many other independent stores. In the near future, it will also be available online directly from their website. The Coopers are currently focused on marketing their product. They have created an array of displays for stores, and have launched a fun, kid-centric website ( where young artists can upload their Doodle Art drawings. Concerned that competitors may try to copy their idea, the Coopers have a patent on the design, and a trademark on the name. While the product is hot, the couple hopes to capitalize on their success by expanding around their core product. Ideas in the works include themed and/or colored paper rolls, family-sized 12-inch wide rolls, and accessories such as sharpeners, markers and/or portable writing boards. “Thinking of the ideas is the easiest part. The challenge is implementing them,” said Marc. To view a short video about The Doodle Roll, please visit our website at

Families to Gather For Passover Chagenu MARBLEHEAD — Everyone is invited to a Passover Chagenu celebration on Monday, April 25, at 10 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Marblehead. Families will enjoy Passover services, children’s activities, lunch, family swim and more. Chagenu means “our holiday” in Hebrew, and the goal is to bring together Jewish families from across the North Shore. Chagenu celebrations for the festival holidays Sukkot and Shavuot attracted hundreds of people. Here is the schedule for the Passover Chagenu: 10 a.m.: Family, Reform, Conservative and Renewal services 11 a.m.: Torah service 11:15 a.m.: Children’s activities 12 Noon: Musaf, Yizkor, Torah study 12:30 p.m.: Lunch 1:15 p.m.: Open pool and gym “Passover is such an inspiring holiday,” said JCC President Lisa Nagel. “We pause to reflect on freedom, spring and the future.” Temple Emanu-El Rabbi

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Goldstone from page 1 with the recommendation that the U.N. Security Council turn it over to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court in the Hague for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The question for pro-Israel organizations is how to stop that process and force the United Nations to reverse course. Meanwhile, groups that criticized Israel’s actions in the Gaza war are saying, not so fast. Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, wrote in a letter to The New York Times that the significance of Goldstone’s op-ed is being overblown. “As the judge who led an investigation into the Gaza conflict, he stands by most of his report,” Roth wrote. “Mr. Goldstone has not repudiated his panel’s findings that Israel committed numerous serious violations of the laws of war.” He concluded that “Israel must still mount a credible investigation of its overall actions in the war.” Israeli groups that advocate for Palestinian rights echoed that call even as they welcomed Goldstone’s finding that Israel did not intentionally target civilians or commit war crimes. Hagai El-Ad, director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, known as ACRI, said the triumphalist tone that Israelis

are taking in the wake of the op-ed is discouraging because it’s a sign that efforts at selfexamination would be put to rest. “That’s extremely troublesome,” he said. ACRI and B’Tselem, an Israeli group that advocates for Palestinian rights, are still pressing Israel to investigate dozens of cases involving alleged abuses by individuals cited in the Goldstone Report. Only three cases are known to have been prosecuted so far. “This take-it-or-leave-it, this kind of bombshell Goldstone dropped both times is problematic,” said Uri Zaki, the Washington director for B’Tselem. “Our criticism when it came out was that conclusions of war crimes, crimes against humanity, were not substantiated in the report itself. Those bottom lines were problematic, and now retreating from those conclusions is problematic.” On April 5, Goldstone’s op-ed came up in the meeting between President Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres, who later told reporters that it represented something of a vindication for a position shared only by the United States and Israel — that the Goldstone Report’s original conclusions were a calumny. “I thanked the president for standing with us on Goldstone, for being the only one to stand with us on Goldstone,” Peres said at a news conference following his meeting with Obama.

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moving the Jewish Rehabilitation Center from Swampscott to Peabody. The target audience includes “families who want their children to enjoy quality childcare in an intergenerational Jewish neighborhood,” said Stacey Marcus, spokeswoman for Aviv. When asked what type of assessment Aviv conducted to determine the need for another Jewish childcare center, Marcus said in an email, “When developing the footprint of the expansion, it was determined that adding an early childcare center would greatly enhance the lives of our residents and clients, families and their children, and the community.” There are currently two Jewish schools in Peabody serving a preschool population. Temple Beth Shalom’s preschool has an enrollment of 34. The JCC in Peabody offers childcare and preschool, and has an enrollment of 73. Dawn Sudenfield, director of Temple Beth Shalom’s preschool, said she frequently sends referrals to the NSJCC for families that are looking for more hours than she offers. In addition, the North Shore is also served by the JCC in Marblehead with 125 students and Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott with 102 students. All of the schools have some students that are not Jewish. Those involved with the current preschools have several

concerns. They fear that there are simply not enough students to fill all the Jewish preschool seats, and that increased competition will weaken all of them. Additionally, they fear that the community is getting increasingly competitive versus collaborative. “It’s really frustrating that we are struggling as a Jewish community. I hope that everyone can succeed, but I think that realistically, that is really questionable,” Sudenfield said. The uproar began a few weeks ago when the JCC in Marblehead unveiled its new business plan that included an expansion into Beverly with a satellite preschool at Temple B’nai Abraham. The move was resoundingly criticized by the greater Peabody preschool community as both an encroachment into their territory, and as an example of collaboration gone negative. At the same time, supporters of the expansion plan say there is an unmet need in the Greater Beverly area, including Manchester-by-the-Sea, Hamilton and Wenham — communities they say are too far from West Peabody. The staff of the JCC Preschool in Peabody also weighed in with a letter to the Jewish Journal criticizing the JCCNS’s plan. “The opening of this new preschool is not only insensitive and disrespectful, but more importantly, does not support the concept of community,” it read. While new capacity is added to the region, the numbers

speak to a declining number of students at the existing schools. According to school census data kept by the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation, enrollment in Jewish preschool has dropped from 401 in 2007-2008 to 304 this school year. Over the last several years, preschools at Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody and Chabad of the North Shore closed; and the former Temple Israel preschool merged into Congregation Shirat Hayam. However, over the course of the last half of this current school year, enrollment in the Jewish preschools has increased from 304 in November to 334 as of this week, according to enrollment data provided to the Journal. Stacey Comito, president of the JCC in Peabody said, “While I believe that there are currently a sufficient number of preschools in this area, I am not in a position to address what the impact will be to the NSJCC and the other area preschools when Aviv opens its preschool in September, 2012. However, our reputation speaks for itself. The NSJCC has been serving this community for over 25 years and has educated thousands of children.” The Jewish Journal analyzed public school kindergarten data from the last three years for communities served by these preschools and found no clear trends in population. “I really don’t think we need any more preschools and I hope they (Aviv) realize this before they open,” Sudenfield said.

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Winthrop Retirees Take a Volunteer Vacation in Israel Burton Figler Special to the Journal


n February, my wife Clare and I spent approximately four weeks in Israel. We joined a group known as CAARI (Canadian and American Active Retirees in Israel.) The CAARI program is associated with the Jewish National Fund. We spent our first two-anda-half weeks in Tel Aviv, the next half-week at the Dead Sea, and the last week in Jerusalem. This was our first expefirst rience with CAARI, person but not our first trip to Israel. In 2007 and 2010, we spent sixand-a-half and four weeks, respectively, in Israel with the CJP Boston-Haifa Connection “Vacation with a Soul” program. The CAARI program gives active seniors the opportunity to become familiar with the local culture, and to connect with Israel’s people. The program included community service, tours and speakers’ forums. Our CAARI group averaged 35 participants. The majority were Canadian, with many from Toronto. But Boston was also well represented with Susan Horwitz, who had lived in West Roxbury for many years, Herman Hamot from Brookline, and with Clare and me from Winthrop. While in Tel Aviv, I performed community service, working three mornings per week with fourth through sixth grade Israeli students on their English.

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Our “Boston Contingent” visited Masada. From left to right: Clare Figler, Burton Figler, Herman Hamot and Susan Horwitz.

Clare chose to serve meals and make beds at a senior rehabilitation center. Tutoring the Israeli schoolchildren was a joy and one of the highlights of my stay. Clare found the same to be true of her work with the recuperating Israeli seniors. Touring and learning about Israel’s history and culture was a major part of the program. We had an outstanding and experienced tour guide, Neil Eisenstadt, who is the CAARI Director of Tourism in Israel and has lived in Israel since 1981. We traveled in a large, comfortable, modern bus with Mottie, who has been driving CAARI participants around Israel for several years. We had excellent guides, lecturers and experts at nearly all the sites we visited.

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Over the course of our onemonth stay in Israel, we toured, climbed, explored and learned. We visited numerous kibbutzim, museums and synagogues. We toured the JNF-funded bomb-proof indoor playground in Sederot and saw many of the traditional sights, including The Kotel, Yad Vashem and Hadassah Hospital at Ein Kerem. We enjoyed guest lecturers from the Canadian Embassy, the Jerusalem Post and the prime minister’s office, who spoke to us about anti-Semitism in the Arab world, Canadian-Israeli relations and the changing Middle East. While some of the places were familiar, they still had their fascination. Can one ever get enough of the Old City of Jerusalem? Is one visit to Masada sufficient? We traveled from Caesarea in the north to the edge of the

Dead Sea in the south. We visited archeological museums, a winery, botanical gardens, new Negev communities and ancient ruins. We saw or met people from all over the globe, representing many of the major religions and ethnic backgrounds of the world. Each visit to Israel leaves me with the desire to return. There is always much more to see, learn and do. For anyone interested in spending a month or so in Israel, enjoying the sights, people, history, culture and food, I can readily endorse the CAARI program, as well as the “Vacation with a Soul” program. Their focuses are somewhat different. In the “Vacation with a Soul” program, you will spend more time in community service, interact more closely with your Israeli hosts, and be part of a smaller group (10 volunteers) from the greater Boston area. In the CAARI program, you will spend more time touring, receive more information in the form of lectures, and be part of a larger group (30 to 50 volunteers) from all over the U.S. and Canada. In each program, you will be contributing to the State of Israel, learning, performing a mitzvah, and thoroughly enjoying your stay in the Promised Land.




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Gearing up to Serve

Boys Collect Sporting Goods for Reuse

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J-Serve is at it again! On April 17, North Shore Teen Initiative will host its second annual day of international community service. “It’s a day when we have people coming together to make a difference in a short time,” said Lajla LeBlanc, marketing and program coordinator of NSTI. Besides the community service events that NSTI offers

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Josh Book, left, and Justin Sudenfield, right, stand in front of Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody distributing flyers about their mitzvah project.

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PEABODY — Josh Book of Lynnfield and Justin Sudenfield of Peabody were inspired at the Got Mitzvah 2011 Expo when they met with a representative from Playing it Forward, a charitable organization that supports organizations with limited resources to maintain sports programs and active lifestyles for children. “We enjoy sports and want everyone to be able to enjoy them, too,” said Justin. The boys had been looking for mitzvah projects, and the idea of collecting sporting

goods that can help children around the world seemed like the perfect match of their own interests. “We are really excited about helping kids who love sports as much as we do,” said Josh. To get started, the boys created flyers and held them outside of Temple Beth Shalom, where they will both celebrate their respective Bar Mitzvah in June and September. Collection bins will be at Temple Beth Shalom, their homes, two Lynnfield schools and other locations. They will collect from now until May, when they will deliver the sporting goods.


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Cokie and Steve Roberts’ New Interfaith Haggadah Has its Pros and Cons

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here are two things you need to know about “Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families,” one of the many new Passover haggadahs hitting the shelves this spring. The first is it’s not quite a haggadah. The second is that it’s by Cokie and Steve Roberts. Yes, that Cokie Roberts — longtime senior news analyst for National Public Radio. She’s Catholic and Steve, her husband and a contributing editor at U.S. News and World Report, is Jewish. What I mean when I say that it’s not a haggadah is that I can-

not imagine any seder being conducted with nothing but copies of “Our Haggadah” for all the guests. As a resource for interfaith families who want help holding a seder that is accessible to the whole family, it’s wonderful. The book bridges the gap between ritual and logistical for an audience that may not know the rituals well, including everything from recommendations about when to begin refilling wine glasses, to some of the Roberts’ favorite recipes. But despite the authors’ claims to the contrary, it’s not really a haggadah that should be used as the main text for a seder.

“Our Haggadah” is replete with examples of little riffs that have become annual traditions in the Roberts household. In her introductory essay, Cokie writes, “Every year, Steve and I argue about where exactly in the service we first move to the book, causing hoots and hollers from our longtime seder buddies who have come to see this dispute as a Passover tradition.” That she finds this tradition worth mentioning is a testament to the extent to which she is invested in creating a seder for an interfaith audience, but not really an interfaith seder — the Roberts’ seder is a Jewish ritual through and through. Some might think that the Roberts’ focus on multiculturalism would break down the Jewish nature of the seder, but it’s more accurate to read this haggadah as an attempt to lend universal relevance to the seder’s themes of freedom. However, this haggadah demonstrates limited respect for the liturgical integrity of the occasion. That’s not to say it is because the haggadah is aimed at interfaith families — Jewish families are just as capable of glossing over the minutiae of meaning in their liturgy. A striking example is the text’s exclusion of the seder’s most famous line. Cokie writes, “The seder’s traditional ending is ‘Next year in Jerusalem,’ and if that phrase is meaningful to you, by all means, use it.” What goes unsaid is that if you do want to conclude your

Survey of Interfaith Families Participate in Easter The seventh annual PassoverEaster survey conducted by shows that interfaith families raising their children Jewish who participate in secular Easter activities do not compromise their children’s Jewish identity.   Some observers of intermarriage have cast a skeptical eye on this behavior, and argue that interfaith families can’t impart a strong Jewish identity to their children and celebrate Christmas or Easter. The results of’s surveys suggest that they are doing so. Interfaith families raising Jewish children who participate in Easter celebrations are giving clear priority to Passover over Easter, as both a family celebration and a religious holiday: • Virtually all plan on hosting or attending a seder; less than a third will host or attend an Easter dinner.  • Small minorities engage in “religious” Easter activities like attending church (6%) or telling the Easter story (4%).  • Two-thirds see their Easter celebrations as entirely secular.  • 85% of the respondents believe that their participation in Easter celebrations does not affect their children’s Jewish identity.  “For seven years about half of interfaith couples raising Jewish children have told us they participate in Easter celebrations,” said Edmund Case, CEO of “These families consistently and by very large measure see their Easter

celebrations as entirely secular in nature, and not confusing to their children’s Jewish identity.” “This year we did observe a general decline in the religious aspects of both holidays,” Case added. Compared to 2010, fewer plan to tell the Passover story or eat matzah, and fewer regard either their Passover or their Easter participation as religious in nature. One other noticeable trend

was that the percentage of respondents who said they are comfortable celebrating Easter declined from 47% in 2010 to 40% this year. The great majority (87%) of interfaith families raising Jewish children are comfortable celebrating Passover.

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seder with this sentence, you won’t be able to use their haggadah because it isn’t there. There is a case to be made for a seder that eschews messianic aspirations for the future, which the Roberts seem to imply by leaving out the traditional “next year” hope, but any pretense to a carefully considered approach to liturgy flies out the window when they describe how children at their seder open the door for Elijah. I guess no one told them Elijah is the herald of the messiah.

Despite being a beautiful volume, “Our Haggadah” has been poorly proofread. There are multiple instances of the same misspelling of the Hebrew word borei, or creates. (They end the word with a hey instead of the correct letter, alef.) Excerpts from “Our Haggadah” no doubt will be included in the homemade haggadahs that many people use, but it may not be the best choice for the sole text at the seder table.

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A Rabbi’s Role


everal articles have appeared recently in the Journal describing the ongoing search for rabbis across our region. Newburyport’s Congregation Ahavas Achim will soon welcome Rabbi Avi Poupko, but what of the other synagogues? How are their matchmaking journeys progressing? What kinds of candidates are they considering? Heated conversations are no doubt taking place in synagogue boardrooms among lay leaders, and in supermarket lines between temple members. Yet the question, “What kind of rabbi will best serve our congregation?” is multi-faceted and complex. Historically, rabbis were primarily teachers, preachers and adjudicators of law. More recently, however, the rabbinical role has expanded to the business arena. Today’s rabbi is a pivotal part of a congregation’s effort to attract and retain members. Does

the modern day rabbi also need to be a charismatic superstar? A marketing whiz? A bottom line manager? All of the above? A rabbi who is a teacher at heart may lack the management expertise to run a multi-million dollar enterprise, which many of today’s synagogues have become. If a rabbi has sharp business acumen, does that mean he or she might be a less wise and caring counselor? Finding the right fit is a huge challenge, with even huger ramifications. Today’s rabbinical candidates must possess a wide array of skills even to be considered for a job, but are we asking for too much from one individual? What do YOU think should be the role of the modern day rabbi? Let’s get a discussion going! Share your ideas with us by emailing

letters to the editor Jewish Journal Has a Warm Heart

Peabody Staff is Not Happy With Marblehead’s Plan As the staff and administration of the NSJCC (North Suburban Jewish Community Center) located in Peabody, we felt that it was important to share with the community how disappointed and upset we were to learn that the JCC in Marblehead is going to open a satellite preschool at Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly. With the declining number of children enrolling in Jewish preschools, it is a constant struggle to find new ways to bring in new children, and now it will be even more difficult with the addition of another preschool in the area. This doesn’t make sense! As teachers, it is our job to teach our children the importance of practicing kindness, respecting one another by treating others as you would like to be treated, and the importance of being part of a community. The opening of this new preschool is not only insensitive and disrespectful, but more importantly, it does not support the concept of community. It is wrong on so many levels. Aren’t we here to help one another, not divide and hurt one another? Submitted by NSJCC teachers and staff: Barbara Cohen, Cori Boudreau, Susan Novak, Carol Caines, Rebecca Alpert, Rona Irgens, Debbie Dahlke, Paula Andruskiewicz, Andrea Zecha, Margo Suckney, Loretta Band, Elyse Novak, Carol Zamansky, Pamela McElmon, Jennifer Pomerantz, Lynne Falthzik

I am proud of the Journal for its concern for the members of our Jewish community of the North Shore. This is shown by the fact that it is still carrying news on the year-old murder of one of our Jewish community members. (“Widow in Shooting Tragedy Still Waiting for Justice,” Journal, March 17.) What other paper can we count on to care for our community and give a voice to its members other than the Jewish Journal? Perhaps the Journal’s warm heart will keep the murder investigation of Bennett Halprin from going cold. Hersh Goldman Swampscott

Krauthammer is Like a Whining Child We can all be grateful that Charles Krauthammer is not in charge of America’s foreign policy. His op-ed piece (“Obama and Libya: The Professor’s War,” Journal, March 31) is spilling over with angry criticism, but he offers not one idea beyond “might is right.” He reminds me of a whining child having a temper tantrum, ignoring the mature, experienced, well-conceived counsel of his parents. How long does the Journal have to impose him on its readers? Arleen Silverlieb Swampscott

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A letter (250 words or less) must be signed and include your name, address and telephone number for verification purposes. While we value robust debate, letters must be respectful, civil in tone and contain no personal insults. Letters can be mailed to The Jewish Journal, 201 Washington St., Suite 14, Salem, MA 01970, or emailed to The Journal may post letters online prior to print publication.

Who Has the Best Interests of the Jewish People in Mind? It was with a certain degree of amusement and irony that I read a recent letter by a Mr. Alan Sidman (Journal, March 17) expressing fears that the Journal might be under the sway of Fox News because it published an article by Charles Krauthammer. Failure to express all political sides of issues so closely related to Israel and the Jewish community is biased and wrongheaded. The Jewish Journal has contained the writings of a wide variety of political commentators through the years. I read, listen to, and view a wide spectrum of media opinion — from

the New York Times, the Boston Globe, CNN and NPR, to The Wall Street Journal and Fox News. I was born, raised, and voted as a Democrat. But, the liberal viewpoint regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has shifted in recent times, and not for the better. Many on the Left display a double standard in assignment of blame for the failure of peace negotiations to one country. Israel has enough detractors in the world without so-called “Progressives” adding fuel to the fire. It is their judgment that the Israelis’ “sin” of home building

in Judea and Sumaria outweighs the continued intransigence of the Arab side, the incitement to violence, the teaching of Jewish hatred in Arab schools, the anti-Semitic writings and cartoons that are a staple of the Arab press. Only when (or if) the Palestinian side recognizes the legitimacy of the State of Israel will the negotiations move ahead seriously. It is the writings of columnist Paul Krugman et al that make me wonder who truly has the best interests of the Jewish people in mind. Robert Gromelski Marblehead

Applauding End of Life Care

be recognized as a vital component of the health care system. For over 30 years, Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston has taken an active leadership role to advance comprehensive end-of-life programs, and to expand the availability of these programs to underserved populations. Through these efforts, Essex County, one of our primary service areas, has achieved the highest usage of hospice services in the state. Our efforts and services reflect the goals identified in the

panel report: • To promote the importance of Advance Care Planning, through health care proxies or advance directives by regularly participating in National Health Care Decisions Day on April 16. • To expand our Palliative Care Program. • To offer a comprehensive slate of educational programs to health care professionals.

The recently released Massachusetts Expert Panel on End-of-Life Care Report highlights the right of each individual to be informed of his or her choices for end-of-life care, to express their health care wishes, and to have their end-of-life care decisions adhered to. It recommends collaboration among healthcare institutions, health care professionals, community organizations and public officials to ensure end-of-life care

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Our Music

or my junior year abroad, I studied at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Enchanted with English poetry, I wrote a letter to my father telling of my love of Wordsworth, the romantic poets, and the wonder and variety of English verse. My father, who was a devotee of literature and my first teacher, wrote back that he was glad I found inspiration and nourishment in them. But then he added something important. “Remember David,” he said, “English poetry became the poetry of the world on the backs of British soldiers. The Jewish people too had our Wordsworth and our Tennyson; they were

named Ibn Gabirol, Yehuda Halevy, Bialik and Tzernichovsky. Only they had no armies; they had only their words. Don’t neglect them,” he wrote, “for they belong to you.” Sometimes we forget that the variety of Jewish culture is broader than Torah study or law or ritual alone. We are a people of artists, musicians, poets and dreamers as well. Is Yehuda Amichai’s subtle, stunning verse less a part of us than the poetry of our prayers? The words of the prophets became the conscience of the world. But our songs did not cease with the Bible, or the rabbis, or in the Middle Ages. We continue to sing, joining Jewish voices to the sweet and sad music of humanity. This article first appeared in the New York Jewish Week.

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An Early Kol Nidre for Goldstone      David Suissa  


ear Mr. Goldstone: You really screwed up. You screwed up so badly that Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic says you contributed, more than any other individual, to the delegitimization and demonization of the Jewish state. The deliberate killing of innocent civilians is the equivalent of murder. As far as accusations go, that’s about as low as you can go. Your report accused Israel of a lot of things, but that accusation was the most lethal: targeting innocent civilians. Now you write that you were wrong. Israel is not the war criminal she was made out to be. It was Hamas that targeted innocent civilians, not Israel. Well, like Goldberg says, “It is somewhat difficult to retract a blood libel, once it has been broadcast across the world.” Remember, this was no ordinary blood libel. This was an official indictment bearing the stamp of approval of the closest thing we have to a global legislative body — the United Nations. Thanks to this stamp of approval, Israel’s enemies have feasted on Israel’s good name like vultures on a carcass. I’m sure you’ve noticed the global campaign to delegitimize Israel, as well as the flourishing BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement that is turning Israel into a pariah state. Sadly, much of the ammunition for these movements has come from the Goldstone Report — the same report you now have repudiated with a phrase that might go down in Jewish infamy: “Civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy.”

I wonder what went through your mind as you wrote those words: “Why did I rush to judgment? Should I have paid more attention to the hundreds of thousands of Israeli leaflets and phone calls that warned civilians, and to the preliminary Israel Defense Forces reports and other publicly available information that contradicted our conclusions? Should I have put Israel’s behavior in the proper context of defending its people after years of Hamas rockets? Should I have been more skeptical of sources I knew were unreliable?” A friend told me over Shabbat that I should cut you some slack because you had the courage to eat your words in public after getting “new information.” That’s fine, but another friend told me a parable that made him somewhat less forgiving. It’s the story of a man who goes to his rabbi to ask for forgiveness because he spread false rumors about him. The rabbi instructs him to take a feathered pillow and a knife, go to a nearby forest and slice open the pillow. When the man returned, the rabbi said to him, “Now go try to retrieve all those feathers.” Now go try, Mr. Goldstone, to “retrieve” all the damage your report inflicted on Israel. Go to every television and radio station, to every newspaper and magazine, to every website and blogger, to every Jew and non-Jew on the planet who inhaled your dark accusations against Israel, and try to take those accusations back. Try telling them you didn’t mean it. Surely you must have known that so many past accusations of Israeli “massacres” have been proved false. And as an international jurist who is familiar with the phenomenon of anti-Israel bias, surely you must have anticipated the vermin that would rain on the Jewish state if a Zionist jurist formally accused it of targeting innocent civilians.

I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve had more than a few sleepless nights since then. Why? Because I do believe there is a piece of your heart that loves Israel, that believes in Israel and that now cries for Israel because of the damage you have inflicted upon her. While you can never undo that damage, there is still something you can undo: the report itself. Given your deep knowledge of international law, with all its arcane rules and procedures, if anyone can formally retract the report or officially amend it, it is you. It won’t be easy. You will be going up against the many enemies of Israel, those who dream of turning the Jewish state into an illegal enterprise, those for whom the Goldstone Report is the gift that keeps on giving — their little gold mine rich with never-ending ammunition against the hated Zionist entity. They won’t give up that gold mine that easily. But I have confidence you can do it. I have seen how you can be dogged and relentless in front of intense opposition. I have seen how when you put your mind to something, nothing can stop you, not even your own people. I have seen you go the distance. Now go the distance on this one, Mr. Goldstone. Make this your cause. Put the Goldstone Report where it belongs, in the delete button of history. You can replace it, amend it, retract it or do whatever you feel will correct it. You will not undo the damage, but you might at least stanch some of the bleeding — not just in Israel’s name, but perhaps in yours, as well. Kol Nidre is still six months away, but you don’t have to wait that long. David Suissa is a branding consultant, weekly columnist and the founder of OLAM magazine. Contact him at or

Education is Key in a Changing Relationship Between American and Israeli Jews Jonathan Sarna and Jay Ruderman


he relationship between American and Israeli Jews is changing. For most of Israel’s history, the American Jewish community was larger, wealthier and more powerful than its “poor cousin” in the Middle East, but now the differences between the two communities have greatly narrowed. More Jews are living in Greater Tel Aviv than in Greater New York, and Israel, like the United States, is one of the world’s most developed nations. In addition, funds from Israel now strengthen the American Jewish community through programs like TaglitBirthright Israel. Charitable funds no longer flow exclusively in the other direction. The political relationship between the two communities is likewise changing. Gone are the days when major American Jewish organizations, and the bulk of their members, took their cue from the government of Israel and supported its policies reflexively. Thanks to the Internet, American Jews now hear a full range of voices from Israel. As a result, the spectrum of American Jewish opinion concerning Israel increasingly mirrors the spectrum of opinion within Israel itself. Given these and other changes, the relationship between the world’s two major Jewish communities is in need of recalibration. To this end, much attention

has been paid over the past few years to improving American Jews’ understanding of Israel. In 2008-09, according to a recent Brandeis University study, some 548 courses on campuses across the United States focused on Israel, seeking to improve students’ knowledge of the subject. Centers for Israel studies on American campuses also have proliferated. By contrast, Israelis learn almost nothing about American Jewry. Not one significant academic center for the study of American Jewish life exists in the State of Israel, and university-based courses on the American Jewish community are few and far between. At the high school level, the study of American Jewish life is equally neglected. As a result, the understanding of American Jewish life on the part of Israelis is quite limited. They know next to nothing about the deepest issues upon which Israelis and American Jews agree and disagree. They cannot comprehend what church-state separation means and

how pluralism operates in the American context. Many fail to understand their American cousins at all. All Israelis, political leaders in particular, would benefit from knowing more about American Jewish life. The more American Jews and Israelis learn about one another, the better their future relationship will be. Israelis, including members of Knesset, too often only look inward at Israeli society when legislating and voting on matters that ultimately impact upon American Jewry. Even if their first responsibility is to the citizens they represent and the sovereign state they serve, they would do well to consider how the American Jewish community, too, is affected by their choices. If every measure considered by the Knesset carried a “Diaspora impact statement” (analogous to our environmental impact statements), consciousness of how Israel’s actions impact upon world Jewry would be heightened. Six Israeli Knesset members are visiting Boston and New York as part of a program organized by Brandeis University and the Ruderman Foundation to help Israeli leaders gain new perspectives on American Jewish life, and on the changing relationship between their country and the American Jewish community. They are meeting with religious figures, community leaders and private citizens. By learning more about the American

Jewish community, we hope they will come to better appreciate how their actions — such as Knesset efforts to legally define Jewishness for the purposes of marriage or aliyah, Israel’s military actions and how the Foreign Ministry reacts to democratic uprisings in the Arab world — impact upon American Jews and Jews worldwide. Educating Israel’s political leaders about the American Jewish community should be the start of a larger effort aimed at teaching Israelis as much about American Jews as the latter learn about them. A new day is dawning in the relationship between American Jews and Israel. The image of wealthy American Jews providing charity to their struggling Israeli cousins is fading fast. More than ever, each community now needs to understand how its interests are bound up with that of the other. Just as American Jews are becoming better educated about Israel, the time has come for Israelis to learn more about the American Jewish community and their inextricable relationship to it. Jonathan Sarna is a Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History. Jay Ruderman is president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which has offices in Boston and Rehovot, Israel.

America’s Achilles’ Heel David Harris


t’s become a bad joke. Ever since 1973, when OPEC first imposed a crippling oil boycott, one president after another has promised to wean us off our dependence on unstable sources of oil. With great solemnity, our leaders have spoken of the dangers of our vulnerability, while pledging to usher in a new energy era. Yet, nearly four

decades after the first oil shock, our dependence on imported oil has doubled. Meanwhile Brazil, nearly the size of the U.S., is self-sufficient today after importing 80% of its oil in 1973.
 Brazil’s leaders shifted vehicles to flex fuel, drawing on domestically-grown sugar cane to produce ethanol. They focused on renewable energy sources and found vast offshore deposits. 

 How tragic that we haven’t followed suit! We’ve had one chance after another to get serious, but to no avail. 
 Perhaps our best chance to

came right after 9/11. President Bush could have asked for just about anything he billed as serving America’s vital interests, and he would have gotten it. At AJC, we urged the White House to seize the moment. But in the end, the president didn’t seize the moment and, within a short time, we were back to the all-toofamiliar pattern of partisan and interest-group squabbling when it comes to energy. 

 The result is that today we’re on tenterhooks as Middle East crises unfold one after another, fearful of where the oil will come from, how much more prices will

rise, and whether more costly oil will damage the chances for a sustained economic recovery. 

 Is it a secret that there are European cars on the roads — made for the European market — that today get 50 percent better mileage than the Toyota Prius? And while states from Wisconsin to Florida are turning down the chance to build highspeed trains with the help of federal funds, the rest of the world is going in the opposite direction. It won’t be easy to change our energy habits, and given the magnitude of the challenge, it can’t happen overnight. It will

take persistence and perseverance, and require investment and innovation on many fronts. It will require unusual political courage and constancy. But always, at every step, we should keep our eye on the tantalizing prize — an America far stronger, more secure and more prosperous than today. Others have done it. So, surely, can a mobilized America. David Harris is Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee. This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post.

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Doctor-Turned-Author Has Writing Process Down to a Science Jessica Chmara Jewish Journal Staff


n a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, with gorgeous views of the Boston skyline and Nahant, bestselling author Michael Palmer seeks solace and inspiration for his novels. The Swampscott-based author has just released his 16th book, “A Heartbeat Away,” BOOK and it has already made the New York Times’ bestsellers list — as have all of his others. That is quite an accomplishment for this doctorturned-medical/political-thriller writer. “A Heartbeat Away” takes readers on a suspenseful adventure when a horrifying terrorist attack occurs as the president delivers his State of the Union address. In typical Palmer fashion, readers will be mesmerized by the heart-pounding turn of events. Palmer, 68, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. After earning an undergraduate degree at Wesleyan College, he attended Case Western for medical school. From there he went into private practice as an internist on Cape Cod. His A Heartbeat Away experiences practicMichael Palmer ing medicine have St. Martin’s Press, 2011

provided him with plenty of fodder for his novels. Always a fan of thrillers, he decided to try writing one — basing his first book on a true experience about a dying patient who gave him a mysterious key. He sent the draft to a publisher who thought his writing held promise, but felt he needed a literary agent to help tweak it a bit. Palmer’s first novel, “The Sisterhood,” was published in 1982, and has since been translated into 35 languages. Not bad for a guy who received an “F” on his first undergraduate English paper! After selling his first book, Palmer switched to emergency room medicine since the hours were more flexible, and his hobby was blossoming into a fulltime career. After his third son was born, this family man moved to the North Shore to pursue writing full time so he could spend quality time with his youngest child — something he was unable to do when his two older boys were growing up. Although Palmer no longer practiced medicine, he remained involved by volunteering at the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services —an organization that helps doctors suffering with physical and mental illness or substance abuse. He worked there part-time for almost two decades, and still serves in an emeritus capacity. He was also very involved in Cape CARES, a non-profit organization that provides medical missions to Third World impoverished countries. Although Palmer does not currently belong to a temple, he is fascinated by the teachings of Judaism. He seeks refuge in his spiritual side, and for years has taught a class to medical students at Tufts University stressing the balance of developing ones spiritual and scientific selves. Among his many hobbies Palmer is an accomplished songwriter and musician, playing the accordion and drums. He also enjoys scuba diving in the Caribbean

with his three sons. It generally takes the author 10 months to complete a book. He has the writing process down to a science. He always begins with a “what if” or “elevator question” — which he describes in the following way: If you are on an elevator with a literary agent, you need to be prepared to sell your book in two sentences or less. This is something he also stresses to medical students who take a writing course he teaches. Although Palmer has received many accolades on his novels, one that particularly stands out is a signed note he received from President Bill Clinton, who sent it after reading “The First Patient.” The framed letter hangs in his Swampscott home. Palmer says one of the highlights of his writing career came in 1996 when his book, “Extreme Measures,” was optioned into a movie starring Gene Hackman and Hugh Grant. The film was produced by the beautiful and talented Elizabeth Hurley — whom Palmer sat beside on the set. This busy author shows no signs of slowing down. He is already hard at work on his next novel, “Oath of Office,” due out in February 2012. Palmer came up with the idea for this novel at his high school reunion while eating breakfast with a classmate. It deals with genetically modified food, and will be the first time he will carry a character over into Courtesy photo future novels. Michael Palmer

Book Bytes on the Latest Works from Local Writers Jessica Chmara Jewish Journal Staff


ike father like son, Daniel Palmer is following in his dad’s footsteps. Palmer, son of New York Times bestselling author Michael Palmer, has just released his own debut novel called “Delirious.” Like his father, who writes mysteries, the younger Palmer, has written a book which will keep readers’ adrenaline pumping.

Although he writes like a pro, Palmer never planned a career as an author. For a decade before he began writing, he worked in the high tech arena. Palmer uses his knowledge of the digital world to craft a novel about an inventor whose life is unraveling. Is it a conspiracy theory or is he delirious? When he is not writing, this New Hampshirebased author, like his dad, gives back to the community. Like his father, he is also musical and has recorded two CDs. Stay tuned for more from this talented new writer, who is already hard at work on his second novel.





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llen Frankel, a Marblehead-based author, has just released her fourth book. The gifted storyteller has crafted her new novel around Syd Arthur – a Jewish, middle aged suburban woman in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Between dieting, trying to awaken herself with her morning cup of coffee, shopping at Bloomingdale’s and playing Mah Jongg with the ladies, she is trying to find herself. So she embarks on a journey to seek spiritual guidance where East and West cultures collide. Syd Arthur Frankel’s novel is hilarious and entertaining. Ellen Frankel She writes with such ease and grace. Readers Pearlsong Press, will easily be able to relate to Syd. She is the 2011 girl next door that we all know and love. So tag along with Syd on her journey to enlightenment. Not even the biggest sale at Nordstrom can stop her from seeking her place of bliss. The book is a delightful, “laugh out loud” read, filled with tidbits of Jewishness, Yiddishkeit and Buddhism tied together. As Frankel says, “my spiritual inclinations led me to seek balance with one foot in the synagogue, and the other crossed over into a seated lotus position.” orth Shore author Lina Rehal has written a collection of nostalgic essays and poems that serve as a walk down memory lane. It is a look back at the days of lemonade stands, pajama parties, soda fountains, amusement parks and penny arcades. Growing up in the late 1950s to early 1960s, Rehal now appreciates the simplicity and ease in which she lived her childhood. She wrote this book to share her childhood memories of growing up in Massachusetts for her two children and other family members, so the stories could be passed down to other generations. At only 87 pages, it is a slim, tender and touching glimpse into a past when there were no cellphones, iPads and email.

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arts & culture

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Gloucester Photographer’s Black and White Pics Capture a View of Israel Don Stradley Special to the Journal


loucester photographer Paul Cary Goldberg was initially hesitant about visiting Israel in 2009. The Pucker Gallery of Boston had arranged a special artist’s retreat, but Goldberg was concerned about being in a place known for turmoil — not to mention his own conflicted feelings about the State of Israel. Fortunately, his ART journey was a success. In the program notes for his thought-provoking new show, “18 Days in the Land of Israel,” Goldberg described the experience as a nostalgic fever-dream. “I think I saw the sanguine Biblical Israel of my Hebrew school memories, and the spirited people and New York City streets of my adolescence,” he wrote. Goldberg is an accomplished still life photographer, but walking through Jerusalem with a digital camera brought Goldberg back to his days of shooting around Cambridge and Allston. “When I first taught myself photography in the ‘70s, it was by doing this kind of work,” said Goldberg, describing his method

Two of Paul Cary Goldberg’s photographs included in Boston’s Pucker Gallery exhibit “18 Days in the Land of Israel.” Left, Recess II; right, Consultation, Machane Yehuda.

as “a lot of patience and looking, just waiting.” Bustling markets and a yeshiva in the Old Quarter were among the locations Goldberg haunted. “The one place I staked out and thought something good would happen, I didn’t have my camera set properly, and I missed all of those shots,” Goldberg said. He had better luck capturing scenes “found in the moment as I was walking around.” Some of Goldberg’s black and white photographs have the feel of a charcoal or pencil drawing, which he credits to the imag-

es being printed on cotton rag paper. Remarkably, several of the photographs look as if Goldberg carefully arranged his human subjects. At the show’s opening in March, Goldberg pointed to a piece entitled “Consultation, Machane Yehuda” that features two men debating. “A lot of these look like stage sets, but they’re not,” Goldberg said. “What’s fascinating to me is that I’m in the middle of the busiest fish market in Jerusalem, and these people are having this intense, personal conversation.” Not everyone in Israel enjoyed

Goldberg’s presence. “The Orthodox community doesn’t want pictures taken. At the market, I got a lot of scowls. Kids were totally open and playful. But the adults were tight and rigid,” Goldberg said. Predictably, many of the photos suggest Jerusalem’s ongoing clash between the ancient and the contemporary, such as the boys in “Recess II,” who wear western-style running shoes. But others conjure up a chilly, dystopian feel, such as the landscape that resembles a lunar surface in “Judean Desert Palms,” or the lone passenger of “Late Bus,

Jerusalem.” “I felt a persistent kind of tension the whole time I was there,” Goldberg said. “I just had a sense of this pulsing danger coming up through the ground.” Goldberg’s next project covers safer territory — he’s working on a series of photos taken at his favorite Gloucester coffee shop. “It’s another culture to observe,” he said. “18 Days in the Land of Israel” is on display at The Pucker Gallery, 171 Newbury St., Boston, through April 25. Call 617-2679473.

‘The Human Resources Manager’ Takes an Unexpected Soul Journey Michael Fox Special to the Journal


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“The Human Resources Manager,” by Israeli director Eran Riklis, opens April 8.

nternationally recognized Israeli director Eran Riklis’s latest, “The Human Resources Manager,” is a movie with a willfully split personality. It begins crisply and FILM wittily in one country and genre, before swapping both for a vastly different continent, tone and theme. Along the way, the film morphs from a pointed commentary on Israel’s exploitation of — and indifference toward — its low-paid foreign workers, into an intimate and borderline sen-

Leonard Bernstein Comes Alive for Teen Readers Liz Drabkin

tually graduated from Harvard. Young music students today often face pressure from both their music rom the very first time he saw teachers and their schoolteachers a piano, young Lenny showed to make it in both the music world, an apparent talent and love for and in school. music. However, he faced several Lenny never abandoned his obstacles throughout his life prior goal of becoming a great musician. to becoming Leonard Bernstein, the After achieving academic success great conductor, composer and piaat Harvard (despite being one of nist. the few Jewish students), he attendMusic Was It: Young Susan Goldman Rubin’s book, ed the Curtis Institute of Music, a Leonard Bernstein “Music Was It: Young Leonard school revered by every musician Susan Goldman Rubin Bernstein,” illustrates his journey in the world. He quickly established Charlesbridge to success. Initially, he learned to himself as a virtuoso, invoking jealPublishing, 2011 play the piano by ear. ousy from other students. Lenny, His father disapproved of his study- however, did not at any point allow others to BOOK ing music because at the time, the affect his performance. His love for music overBYTE only successful musicians he knew powered any doubts that his competitive classof were European — not Jewish like Lenny. He mates’ influence may have brought about. faced conflict with his father all the way up Rubin illustrates the life of Leonard Bernstein until his conducting debut with the New York in the most accessible way, making “Music Was Philharmonic when he was 25 years old. It” a perfect book for musicians (or non-musiRubin’s focus on the constant struggles Lenny cians) of any age. Her description of his intense faced makes “Music was It” a stimulating story preparation for every performance, and his for young musicians. A concept crucial for suc- eagerness to discover new music, is an inspiracess, especially in music, is the emphasis on tion. countless hours of practice — even with the presence of immense talent. Lenny always found Liz Drabkin, 16, is a sophomore at time to practice and perfect his piano playing Marblehead High School. She is a violin player while maintaining straight A’s, and he even- who studies at Longy School of Music in Boston. Special to the Journal


timental tale of the irreplaceable bonds of family. Adapted from a novel by A.B. Yehoshua, “The Human Resources Manager” does a creditable job of circumventing an array of movie clichés. But the energy expended in avoiding the predictable distracts us from the movie’s core concerns. The imperious owner (Gila Almagor) of an industrial-size Jerusalem bakery charges her morose human resources manager — the movie grants him a title but not a name — with uncovering why a company pay stub was found on the unidentified female victim of a suicide bombing. The woman had been languishing in the city morgue, only to be opportunistically exploited by a tabloid reporter. The human resources manager quickly discovers that the woman was Romanian, worked

as a low-paid cleaner on the night shift, and has no family or close friends in Israel. Vaguely intrigued by this hiccup in his downbeat routine, our unshaven hero is asked to accompany the body to Romania. Even in unfamiliar climes, our man shows his true talent as a logistics pro, an operator, a fixer. Once in Romania, Riklis generally eschews Jewish-Catholic culture clashes and any allusions to Romanian anti-Semitism. The film becomes a record of the human resources manager’s journey toward reclaiming his compassion and humanity, which is to say his heart and soul. It turns out that the human resources manager is a people person, after all. “The Human Resources Manager” opens April 8 at the Kendall Square Theater in Cambridge.

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Five Tips to Improve the Curb Appeal of Your Home

Spring into Spring

Susan Jacobs Jewish Journal Staff


bbott Construction owner Scott Abbott views landscaping as both an art and a science. His company specializes in creating hardscape, which is defined as patios, stone walls, paved walkways and driveways. But the Boxford-based company also offers full-service lawn care across the entire North Shore. Whether it is landscape design, regular mowing or spring clean-ups/seasonal maintenance, Abbott guarantees his experienced staff “will bring your landscape to life.” He offers the following general tips to improving the curb appeal of your home: • The grass (can always be) greener. According to Abbott, two secrets to creating a healthier lawn are fertilization and aeration. Fertilization is a treatment program. Most people do it just once a year, but it should be a five or six-part program because lawns need different nutrients at different times. “View fertilization like food for your lawn. Just as you wouldn’t eat just one meal in the morning and expect it to last all day, you

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Scott Abbott of Abbott Construction (above) specializes in hardscape construction such as driveways, walls and patios.

can’t expect a single springtime feeding to nurture your lawn all year long,” Abbott said. Soil becomes compacted as a result of weather and foot traffic. Aeration is a process that takes plugs out of the lawn so the roots can spread and get the nutrients they need. According to Abbott, it should be performed annually. Although most landscape firms can aerate and/or fertilize, he points out that homeowners can easily do this themselves. • Pay attention to direction. Achieve “wow appeal” on your lawn by mowing in straight lines, perpendicular to the flow of traffic. Along walkways and driveways, use a weed whacker and

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trim vertically. This will define and sharpen the edges. • Way to Go. “The walkway is a focal point that brings people to your home. Make it inviting,” recommends Abbott. If the walkway is concrete or asphalt, a spring powerwash will spruce it up. If the walkway is constructed from bricks or pavers, spread polymeric sand into the joints to prevent weeds and anthills from forming, and keep the surface maintenance-free. • Light up your life. “Make a positive first impression by accenting your front door with lighting,” advises Abbott. Good illumination makes a home more attractive and improves safety. Install a nightscape system with underground wiring and permanent fixtures. For a less expensive solution, simply stick some solar powered units into the ground. • Don’t forget the flowers. Annuals are an easy and inexpensive way to add color and a change of season to your home. “Put out some pansies in the spring, and replace them with hearty mums in the fall. Annuals, which don’t require pruning, give you a big bang for your buck,” Abbott said. Contact Abbott Construction at 978-767-5545 or visit

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prepared for this type of weather, just like New Englanders. Simply put in some TLC,” said his winter has been one Yellin about reviving the grass. of the toughest, harsh“Take a rake, spread some est, and longest that New seeds and a little bit of fertilEngland has experienced. izer,” he advised. And although it’s technically And for future reference he spring, you would never know said, “One thing that could be it. Is there grass done, that most under the white New England lawns are people don’t do, blanket? to prepare the prepared for this type is According to lawn for winter of weather, just like Shane Yellin, with special ferco-founder of tilizer. This will New Englanders. the homemake the lawn improvement business, dormant. But one can’t be too Dynamic Property Manage­ hasty about rejuvenating grass. ment in Salem, there are two One must approach their lawn things lawn-owners should with patience and vigilance.” expect once the stubborn snow And Yellin adds, “the health finally dissipates. of your lawn is very similar One possible stage of dam- to your health and personal age is brown and burnt grass, maintenance.” and “dead” spots in the lawn. People may also find dead Shane Adam Yellin is a leaves and split bark on their co-founder of Dynamic trees and shrubs. Property Management, a full “Very rarely will there be service property management complete death of lawns,” said company. Call 781-715-1488 or Yellin. “Grass is amazingly resil- email info@dynamicpropertyient. New England lawns are Jewish Journal Intern


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Hints for Planning an Outdoor Oasis

f it’s time to think about making some home improvements, outside may be the best place to get started. Exterior additions and improvements are high on homeowner’s lists, according to the Better Homes and Gardens 2011 Consumer Preference Survey. Among the top ranking features people want are decks or patios (84 percent), and lowmaintenance exteriors (79 percent). When it comes to the top ranking living spaces people want, outdoor grilling or living areas come in at 67 percent. When creating an outdoor oasis, first define the space. An outdoor room could be the entire yard, or just a small part of it. Think about it having walls, a ceiling and flooring — just like an indoor room. Walls are vertical elements that help define a space — such as hedges, trees, lattice screens,

raised garden beds, railings, a gazebo or fence. Ceilings provide shelter and shade. Think of awnings, umbrellas and pergolas. Or use what’s naturally there, like the branches of a shade tree. Flooring could be the existing lawn, a mulched pathway or a created floor such as a concrete or flagstone patio or deck. A low-maintenance, composite deck adds versatility and beauty, and is among the few projects that recoup its cost upon home resale, according to the Remodeling Magazine 200910 Cost vs. Value Report. When planning a deck, don’t make the mistake of building one that’s too small. Use an online planning tool to explore designs, materials, colors and accessories. And be sure to check local building codes and permits before starting construction. Consider incorporating a

place to cook and eat. An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a portable grill, or as elaborate as a pizza oven. Fireplaces, fire pits and chimineas bring coziness along with function — and they help extend the outdoor enjoyment in cooler weather. Just like indoor rooms, outdoor rooms benefit from accessories. Landscape lighting, lanterns, candles or strings of white outdoor lights can all lend a beautiful ambience. Add pleasing audio with outdoor stereo sound systems, trickling water features or even simple wind chimes. For more, visit — Article courtesy of Family Features Photo courtesy of Fiberon

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Moosewood Cookbook Legend Mollie Katzen Dishes on her Jewish Roots Sue Fishkoff Jewish Telegraphic Agency

BERKELEY, Calif. — Cookbook maven Mollie Katzen is in her Berkeley kitchen whipping up a little dinner for her daughter, who is home from college. “Steamed artichoke and mashed parsnips,” Katzen says. That’s not surprising. Before Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” before Alice Waters and California Cuisine, there was Katzen, whose 1977 publication of “The Moosewood Cookbook” shifted vegetarian cooking to the forefront of America’s food consciousness. Working from recipes developed at


the Moosewood Restaurant, a largely vegetarian eatery started by a collective of friends in 1973 in Ithaca, N.Y., Katzen introduced a generation of home chefs to exotica such as tofu, tamari, alfalfa sprouts and brown rice. That first cookbook and its 1982 follow-up, “The Enchanted Broccoli Forest,” posited meatless meals as a viable, delicious choice at a time when dinner meant steak and potatoes, and vegetables came more often from the freezer than from the garden. Now 60 years old and working on a new project — trying out recipes for an upcoming book on comfort food — this Jewish woman is a big name in the world



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An Old, Favorite Haggadah Gets a Facelift

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The 2011 edition of the Maxwell House Passover Haggadah, left, and an edition from the 1940’s.

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Nearing its 80th birthday, perhaps it was time the most printed Passover haggadah in history had a major facelift. The Maxwell House Passover Haggadah, which has had more than 50 million copies published, hits the shelves — and supermarkets — this spring featuring its first new English translation since 1934, the year it was originally printed. Banished are the awkward “thee” and “thou,” replaced by the more conversational “you.” The Eternal One no longer “deliverith” but “delivers,” and seder participants are not invited to “eat thereof” but simply to eat. While American Jews of the early 20th century might have accepted the original, archaic language, “it makes the haggadah more clumsy for contemporary readers,” said Elie Rosenfeld, CEO of Joseph Jacobs Advertising. The firm has represented Maxwell House from the beginning and spearheaded the new translation, which took nearly a year to complete. “We wanted to make sure everyone who uses it feels comfortable with it,” Rosenfeld said. That meant political as well as linguistic changes. The Higher Power in this haggadah isn’t a He, Lord or King, but is referred to by the gender-neutral monikers God, the Eternal and Monarch of the Universe. “The impetus for the new translation was not to address gender issues, but to retell the

old tale in contemporary language. Still, using gender-neutral language for God is indicated by modern theological understanding,” Rosenfeld said. The original Maxwell House Haggadah was created as a marketing tool to promote the company’s coffee, which was certified kosher in 1923. Marketing whiz Joseph Jacobs, founder of the ad agency, got Orthodox Rabbi Hersch Kohn to certify the coffee kosher for Passover. The publication 11 years later of the eponymous haggadah, still distributed free in supermarkets with the purchase of the coffee, cemented the dominance of Maxwell House and its haggadah at American seder tables ever since. Over the years the cover design has changed, from the original bronze, through various blue-and-white versions, to this newest iteration, which features a Yemenite-style silver kiddush cup. The inside illustrations are more subtly rendered than in previous versions but have not changed significantly, with one exception: Instead of a young boy, a little girl is pictured asking the Four Questions. And not just any little girl: It’s Rosenfeld’s youngest daughter, six-year-old Abigael. The text is bigger to make it easier to read, and the layout is easier to navigate. But the story stays the same. “The Jews don’t end up in Boca; they still get to the Promised Land,” Rosenfeld said.

Passover Acafest to Take Place in Brookline BROOKLINE — Temple Sinai in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner invites the community to “Passover Acafest 2011” on Friday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m., featuring a capella music from Brandeis, Tufts and Boston University. All are welcome to this free event. Temple Sinai’s annual Passover music festival begins with a brief Friday night service, followed by musical entertainment from a cappella groups. A reception featuring coffee and desserts immediately follows the show. Tufts’ Shir Appeal will open the program with a blend of Jewish a cappella music. They will perform songs in both Hebrew and English.

Next up will be VoiceMale, Brandeis University’s awardwinning, male a cappella group that performs a mix of rock, pop, R&B and oldies. Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel are likely to share airtime with OneRepublic and Lady Gaga in a set that mixes intricate arrangements, superb musicianship and outrageous comedy. Boston University’s Kol Echad will conclude the set with unusual and creative versions of traditional Hebrew melodies, as well as contemporary Israeli songs. Temple Sinai is located at 50 Sewall Avenue, near the Coolidge Corner MBTA stop in Brookline. Visit sinaibrookline. org or call 617-277-5888.

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Passover Recipes Guaranteed to Please Guests Eileen Goltz Special to the Journal

Eileen Goltz, author of the cookbook “Perfectly Pareve,” is a freelance kosher food writer who was born and raised in the Chicago area. She graduated from Indiana University and the Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Paris. She offers the following recipes for Passover.

Caramel Topped Pears (Dairy or pareve)

to a boil and cook for 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove the mixture from heat and set aside. Arrange pear halves, cut sides up, in the prepared pan, and drizzle the caramel mixture over the top of the pears. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 25 to 30 minutes, or until the pears are tender. To serve, place a pear half on a plate and spoon some of the caramel mixture evenly over it. Top each pear half with yogurt, whipped cream or ice cream, chocolate sauce and almonds. Serves 2 to 4.

Onion and Cranberry Cheese Bites (Dairy) 1 T. butter or margarine 1½ cups thinly sliced, sweet onions ½ cup sliced green onions ¼ cup apple cider vinegar ½ cup fresh, frozen or dried cranberries, coarsely chopped 1 T. sugar ½ t. salt

/3 cup packed brown sugar
 ¼ cup water
 2 t. butter or margarine
 2 firm, ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut in half lengthwise
 vanilla yogurt or pareve whipped topping, whipped cream or ice cream
 2 T. sliced almonds, toasted Chocolate sauce (optional)


Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9x13 pan. In a sauce pan, combine the brown sugar, water, and butter or margarine. Bring the mixture

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½ t. orange zest cream cheese parsley leaves TamTams Melt butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium heat; add onions, and sauté 15 to 18 minutes or until golden and tender. Stir in the vinegar, cranberries, sugar, salt and orange zest; cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes or until liquid is reduced to about 2 tablespoons. Spread the Tam Tams with about 1 teaspoon cream cheese; and then top each with about 1 tablespoon of the cranberry mixture. Garnish with parsley. Makes 16.

Generously coat a 12-cup nonstick muffin pan with oil. In a bowl combine the white fish, matzah meal, bell pepper, green onions, mayonnaise, eggs, horseradish, celery, salt and pepper and mix until combined. Divide the mixture evenly among muffin cups. Bake until crispy and cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges. Makes 12.

Pineapple and Turkey Meatballs (Meat)

key, sliced green onion, matzah meal and salt, and mix to combine. Shape the mixture into balls and place them in a 9x13 baking dish. Pour the BBQ or teriyaki sauce over meatballs; mix lightly to coat the meatballs. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Place one piece of pineapple on a large toothpick and spear a meatball. Serve on a platter with the sauce poured over. Serves 6 to 8.

Hazelnut Chicken With Raspberry Sauce (Meat) ¾ cup fresh raspberries (about 3½ ounces) 3 T. vinegar 1 T. sugar ½ cup oil 3 to 6 t. water (optional)

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Homestyle Potato Kugel 5-6 large potatoes 1 large onion 1/2 cup vegetable oil + 1 Tbsp. 2 eggs 1 tsp. salt Dash of pepper Grate potatoes and onions in a bowl. Add 1/2 cup of oil, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon salt and dash of pepper. Mix together. Coat a square casserole pan with 1 Tbsp. oil, add mixture and spread evenly. Bake at 500 degrees for 1 hour, until golden brown and crisp.


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Fond Seder Memories Revolve Around Family and Food Beverly Levitt Special to the Journal


verybody loves Passover. Partly, it’s because every year we get to hear the same story told differently. Of course, that’s because we all get to put in our two cents. And that’s what the holiday is really about. We also get to feel self-righteous because for eight days we scoff at the bread-eaters, scarfing down all that fattening French First Person bread, and thinking if only they knew how delicious matzah tastes with Brie cheese…. We fight over who will host the Passover seder, but whoever wins, everyone pitches in with the cooking — making sure the Passover plate is appropriately filled, and the multi-course table properly set. Although my father, Milton, 93, is still the official patriarch of the family, he shares leading the service with my brother

Dennis — with me egging on both of them. And the father and son patriarchs share responsibility for hiding the afikomen and rewarding the lucky child who finds it. Last year, after they had so cleverly hidden the cloth covered matzah in the most remote place they could think of, it took about three seconds for my then one-year-old granddaughter, Addie, who had just started walking, to walk calmly into the dining room clutching the special prize. As we retell the story of the first Passover — using our best Hollywood voices — and are often moved to tears at the horrors endured under Pharaoh, like any good story, we are lightened by the happy ending and the unique way we obtained our freedom. The only problem with poignant storytelling is that it is endless. It’s often two hours before we get to the main course. Because we are starving, we fight

over the parsley and hard-boiled eggs, anxiously dipping them in salt water, and hungrily stuffing them in our mouths. What we look forward to the most is making the charoset sandwich — mixing the sweet fruit and nuts with the bitter horseradish, and piling it between two pieces of matzah to symbolize the bitterness of slavery and the sweetness of freedom. The trick is to put just the right amount of charoset on the horseradish, or we are struck breathless and giant tears overwhelm us. I remember the time my older granddaughter Tiara made her first “sandwich” — she wanted “as much as the big people” — even though I cautioned her to look at the other end of the table where her cousin Joey was coughing and choking. He thinks he’s impervious to Mama Celia’s horseradish. When we are finally finished taking the trip through the Red Sea and out of Egypt and singing

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about freedom and the joys of spring, the matriarchs hurry to the kitchen to serve up the best meal of the year. Although my mother, Celia, is hands down the best Jewish cook in the family, the labor intensive meal is overwhelming. Last year I asked her — of all the recipes she used to make, which ones would she like me to do for her? Without a blink she said, “potato kugel,” — the one dish I have yet to conquer. Then my dad piped in, “What about your brisket ‘n’ tsimmes?” So I am elected to fulfill those parental commandments, and Dennis’ two sons, Joseph and Daniel, will be making their grandma’s horseradish, under her supervision. I can hardly wait!

Bake in preheated 375°F oven an hour longer. Meat should be so tender it can be cut with a fork. Serves 6.

Celia Levitt’s Brisket and Carrot Tsimmes

Soak horseradish root for an hour in cold water. Grate by hand or in food processor, adding just enough water so that it grates smoothly. It should have the consistency of fine apple sauce. Add vinegar; mix until very smooth. Place in a tightly covered glass jar. Although it tastes best — and strongest — right after it’s made, it will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator.

According to Jewish cookbook author Joan Nathan, tsimmes is not only a beloved Ashkenazi side dish, in Yiddish it’s a “mixup,” an “affair blown out of proportion.” So enjoy this dish, but “don’t make such a tsimmes out of it.” (This is actually a side dish. Baked brisket and chicken are the main events.) 1 pound brisket, with a small amount of fat left on 2 onions, sliced 5 cloves garlic, chopped 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and grated 5 carrots, peeled and grated 2 white potatoes, peeled and grated 1 parsnip, peeled and grated 2 stalks celery, diced 1 cup pitted, softened prunes or dried apricots soaked in water Kosher salt and pepper to taste ½ t. paprika Lemon juice 1 t. brown sugar In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat, add brisket, turning it to brown. Add onions and garlic; cook a few minutes until golden. Add enough water to cover, bring to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 2 hours. Transfer brisket to cutting board; slice into ½ inch pieces, return to pot. Add remaining vegetables, dried prunes or apricots (including the water they’re soaked in) salt, pepper, paprika and lemon juice. Sprinkle brown sugar on top.

Celia’s Horseradish My mother’s purism has been passed on to my dad. While others add sugar, salt, even mayonnaise or whipped cream, our chrain is plain so we get the true taste of the root. They even disclaim beets, which can be added for color, preferring the root’s natural whiteness. (They love to remind me that white signifies the purity of this holiday.) ½ pound horseradish root, peeled 2 T. apple cider vinegar Cold water

Celia’s Potato Kugel Schmaltz is rendered chicken fat. If you don’t want to make it yourself, most kosher butchers carry it during the holidays. 3 new potatoes, peeled and grated 3 russet potatoes, peeled and grated Lemon juice as needed 2 cups onions, grated 1 parsnip, peeled and grated 2 stalks celery, minced 2 cloves garlic, pressed 3 eggs, beaten 1 /3 cup matzah meal 1 t. salt ½ t. paprika ¼ cup vegetable oil or schmaltz Pinch of cayenne Mix the potatoes with onions, parsnip, celery, garlic, eggs, matzah meal, salt, paprika and cayenne. Sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Transfer mixture to a clean bowl. Fold in oil. Place mixture in oiled, 9-inch square glass baking dish. Bake at 375°F for 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp at edges. Serves 4 to 6.

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Neverland Theatre celebrates its 20th anniversary with a show, through April 10. $10-$15. Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly. or 978-500-8832.

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7:30 p.m. The North Shore Adult Jewish Education Collaborative presents free, weekly classes with Rabbi David Meyer, through April 28. JCCNS, 4 Community Rd., Marblehead. or 781-6318330.

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Sat, April 9 Symphony by the Sea

Classical concert. 8 p.m. at Abbott Hall in Marblehead, and 3 p.m. on April 10 at Governor’s Academy in Byfield. Musical Director Donald Palma gives a pre-concert lecture 45 minutes before each show. $30.

‘Jewish Princesses of Comedy’

8 p.m. Adrianne Tolsch, Cory Kahaney and Michele Balan salute the trailblazing female pioneers of comedy. $28. Also April 10 at 2 p.m. Leventhal Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St., Newton. arts or 617-965-5226.

Is Middle Eastern Peace Plausible?

7:30 p.m. The Center for the Study of Jewish-ChristianMuslim Relations presents a free lecture by Professor Andrew J. Bacevich. Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., N. Andover.

Sun, April 10 Passover Tot Program

Support Group

6:30 p.m. The Bertolon Center for Grief & Healing, a program of Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, offers a free, eightweek class for those who have lost someone to suicide. 78 Liberty St., Danvers. or 978-774-5100.

10 a.m. Stories, songs, make your own matzah cover. Temple Tifereth Israel, 539 Salem St., Malden. or 781-3322794.

Middle East Harmonies

2 p.m. Musical dialogue between Arab and Israeli cultures presented

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5 p.m. Vegetarian fare, beverages and desserts. $18/women; $12/girls. Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. 978-535-2100.

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North Shore’s Jewish Widows and Widowers Activity Group attends show that pays tribute to female queens of comedy in Newton, followed by dinner at Charley’s Eating and Drinking Saloon in Chestnut Hill. $23, plus dinner cost. Depart Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody at 12:30 p.m. Call Sylvia Loman at 978535-5211.

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Live entertainment, paper making, recycled art projects and appearance by Elmo. $8. NSJCC, 83 Pine St., W. Peabody. or 978-535-2698.

7:30 p.m. Former federal prosecutor speaks on the Muslim Brotherhood. Ahavath Torah Congregation, 1179 Central St., Stoughton. Email or 781-344-8733.

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Book Group

10 a.m. Hosted by North of Boston Jewish Singles. $5. Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Rd., Andover. Email or call 781-396-7165.

North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra

7:30 p.m. Read and discuss “The Postmistress” by Sarah Blake. Cong. Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. or 781-599-8005.

2:30 p.m. Stories, songs, crafts and a snack. Free. Barnes and Noble, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Email or 978977-9111.


Wed, April 13

5:30 p.m. American Jewish Committee Boston holds its 12th annual event. John F. Kennedy Library & Museum, Columbia Point, Boston.

Renewal Service

9 a.m. Guest Rabbi Shefa Gold leads a chanted renewal service. Cong. Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. or 781-599-8005.

Zumba for Japan

2-4 p.m. Benefits the American Red Cross, Japan Relief effort. Demo by Zumba instructor Jose Paiva from 2-3 p.m. Class from 3-4 p.m. Liberty Tree Mall, Danvers.

Sun, April 17 Gently Used Book Sale

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3 p.m. Featuring Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. $20; under 12 free. Swampscott High School, 200 Essex St., Swampscott. or 781-286-0024.

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3 p.m. Ken Burns and pianist Jacqueline Schwab perform a benefit for the Marblehead Arts Association. $20. King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. or 781-6312608.

Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. 781-596-8867.

12:30 to 6 p.m. NSTI invites teens to help renovate the Cobbet School in Lynn. Transportation available from Peabody and Marblehead. Celebrate afterwards with a BBQ., email or call 781-244-5544.

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7:30 p.m. Chabad of Peabody presents a seder led by Rabbi Nechemia Schusterman, with mystical meaning and Kabbalistic insights. Fourcourse dinner, hand baked matzah from Israel, and an array of kosher wines. $36/ person before April 9, $45 after. $25/child. 83 Pine St., Unit E, Peabody. RSVP to or 978-977-9111.

7:30 p.m. Adult education. All welcome. Cong. Agudas Achim-Ezrath Israel, 245 Bryant St., Malden. 781324-7205.

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Baron Moses Montefiore — Influential Leader Protected the Rights of Jews Herbert Belkin Special to The Journal


n 1840 a Catholic priest was missing in the city of Damascus, then part of the dissolute Ottoman Empire. The search for the priest led to the Jewish ghetto and uncovered not the priest, but the reappearance of that nightmare of 12th century anti-Semitism: the Blood Libel. After 600 years, this medieval barbarism of ritual murder of Christians once again emerged to terrorize the Jews of Damascus. The Ottoman authorities pursued the libel case by arresting a Jewish barber and subjecting him to inhuman torture — hundreds of lashes to his bare feet — and forcibly extracted a confession that named Jewish community leaders as his accomplices. These Jewish leaders, including three rabbis, were also tortured in a fruitless attempt to locate the missing priest. In desperation, the Jews of Damascus appealed to the outside world and their Jewish brethren for help to stop this cruel relic of Jew hatred. But this took place in the 19th, not the 12th century, and the powerful forces of Enlight­ enment and Emancipation had changed the political structure and sensibilities of European societies. Europeans recognized the absurdity and raw injustice of the Blood Libel. Now, emancipated Jews no longer had to suffer in silence, accepting their fate with bowed heads. Jews like Solomon Rothschild and Moses Montefiore had reached positions of prestige and power to make their voices heard in

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the halls of government. The European Jewish community headed by these influential Jews and a French Jewish lawyer, Adolphe Cremieux, fought back. Rothschild appealed to Prince Metternick, the Austrian Minister of State, and Montefiore asked the English Foreign Secretary, Lord Palmerston, for help to stop the torture and imprisonment of the Damascene Jews. Their appeals were heard and the torture stopped. A Jewish delegation was formed, including Montefiore and Cremieux, to deal directly with the viceroy who controlled this part of the Ottoman Empire. The work of these influential Jews, together with world opinion, was successful and the persecuted Jews were released. Historians consider this successful resolution of the Damascus Blood Libel affair a turning point in the position Jews held in European society. For the first time, Jews had

achieved a social standing that enabled them to fight back against the anti-Semitism that had plagued them for centuries. Baron Montefiore was once again called to protect the Jewish community in an affair of forced baptism called the Mortara Case. In the Italian city of Bologna, Edgardo Mortara, the baby son of a Jewish merchant, was seriously ill and secretly baptized by the Christian housemaid of the family. Edgardo recovered and in 1858 when he was six, the secret baptism was discovered. In June of that year, the police forcibly seized Edgardo and brought him to the office of the Holy Inquisition. The boy’s abduction was justified according to church law because a baptism of a child, even performed in secrecy and without consent, required the child to be raised a Catholic. Secret baptism followed by child abduction was a terror of Jewish families living in Italy at the time. There had been a number of instances in the previous decade when Jewish children had been capriciously taken from their families and raised as Catholics. To complicate the Mortara case, there was a political struggle raging between a popular movement to unify Italy into a modern state and the Catholic Church. The unity movement, called the Risorgimento, considered the abduction and conversion of Jewish children an example of how the church adhered to practices that were embarrassing and regressive. The church was determined to hold onto its centuries old prerogatives like forced conversion.

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success and wrote in his diary, “This mission has been a painful and sad trial of patience.” The success in Damascus and the failure in Rome were examples that European Jews of the 19th century had at last reached a position of political equality where they could assert their right to justice under the law. Tragically this newfound power would not be adequate to prevent the murderous prejudice that awaited Jews in the 20th century. Herb Belkin writes from Swampscott.

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Kindness Counts … Pass it On Sidney Werlin Special to the Jewish Journal



y late wife and I loved music. On a Sunday morning about 20 years ago, we were on our way to attend a musical performance at temple Israel in Boston. As my wife walked into the Temple, the strap on her heeled shoe broke off. It was a Sunday, and all of the shoe repair shops were closed. My wife did not know what to do. “Give me the shoe,” I said. “I have an idea.” We were close to the Joslin Clinic, so I went over and asked the receptionist, “Can I please speak to a surgeon?” One of the surgeons on staff approached me. “Will you please perform an operation on my wife’s shoe and fix the strap?” He looked at me as if I had lost my mind. “When you go home and tell your wife and children what you did at work today, what will they think when you tell them you performed an operation to fix a shoe?” I asked. The doctor smiled and laughed. Five minutes later, he came back and handed me the fixed shoe. What a wonderful kindness, I thought.

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y sister-in-law was coming in from Cali­ fornia to Boston. I was close to 90 years of age, and two state troopers let me park to wait for her plane. She had a large suitcase that could have been filled with bricks. It was so heavy I couldn’t possibly pick it up on my own and put it into the trunk. I went over to the same two troopers and said, “ I thank you very kindly for letting me wait here. Would you do me one more kindness? Will you please put my sister-in-law’s suitcase into the trunk of this car for me?” One of the troopers looked at the other and said, “Am I wearing a red cap?” To which I replied, “When you go home to your wife and children and tell them that you helped a senior citizen by performing a great act of kindness, how do you think they will react?” The trooper smiled and put the suitcase into the trunk immediately. The trooper did me a great kindness, with a smile that showed he felt good about being kind. If you have received an unusual kindness from someone, send your story to the Jewish Journal, 201 Washington St., Suite 14, Salem, MA 01970 or email amy@jewishjournal. org.

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n April of 1977, I attended a celebration of “Israel at 29” and met Benno Varon, the Israeli ambassador. When Mr. First Varon finperson ished his talk, I requested that he give me what he considered to be the one most important word. He sent me the poem “Kindness” by John Boyle O’Reilly, whose statue stands on Boylston and Fenway, near the Boston Conservatory. The final line, “Each heart holds the secret: Kindness is the word,” reveals his answer. I couldn’t agree more. Over my long life, I have collected some stories of random kindnesses.

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Facebook Sued for $1 Billion Over Third Intifada Page JTA — Facebook and its cofounder Mark Zuckerberg are being sued for more than $1 billion for not immediately taking down a page calling for a Third Intifada against Israel. The lawsuit was filed March 31st in U.S. District Court in Washington on behalf of Larry Klayman, an attorney and activist who is described in the filing as “an American citizen of Jewish origin” who is “active in all matters concerning the security of Israel and its people.” Klayman is the founder of Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest group. Facebook removed the “Third Palestinian Intifada” page on March 29 after it had been up for a couple of weeks and garnered 350,000 friends. Israel’s minister of diplomacy and Diaspora affairs, Yuli Edelstein, had sent a letter to Zuckerberg a week earlier asking for the page to be removed. The Anti-Defamation League also had called on Facebook to remove the page. The page, which called for a third Palestinian uprising to begin May 15, included quotes and film clips calling for killing Jews and Israelis, and for “liberating” Jerusalem and Palestine using violence. It also directed users to related content on

Twitter, YouTube and elsewhere on the Internet. In the lawsuit, Klayman also calls on Facebook to remove from its site all pages using the words “Third Intifada” or any other pages that encourage violence toward Jews. Facebook said it would fight the case, calling it “without merit,” the French news agency AFP reported. Meanwhile, a new page with the same name already has attracted thousands of friends, according to reports. In a statement released to several media outlets in the days before the page’s removal, Facebook commented on the Third Palestinian Intifada page controversy. “While some kinds of comments and content may be upsetting for someone — criticism of a certain culture, country, religion, lifestyle, or political ideology, for example — that alone is not a reason to remove the discussion,” the statement said. “We strongly believe that Facebook users have the ability to express their opinions, and we don’t typically take down content, groups or pages that speak out against countries, religions, political entities, or ideas.”

Rabbi Richard Jacobs Tapped to Lead Reform Movement NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbi Richard ways to grow and respond to Jewish Jacobs, spiritual leader of theWestchester life.” Reform Temple in Scarsdale, N.Y., is the One of his main areas of focus, Jacobs choice to become the new leader of the said, would be to revitalize synagogues Union for Reform Judaism. and engage with young professional The selection of Jacobs to succeed Jews who are not involved in Jewish Rabbi Eric Yoffie, who announced last communal life. year that he would be retiring in 2012 “Synagogues cannot wait for peoafter 16 years at the helm of American ple to walk into their buildings,” he Jewry’s largest religious movement, said. “The synagogue has to walk into still requires formal approval by the the public square and engage people, union’s board of directors, which meets particularly Jews in their 20s and 30s. Rabbi Richard Jacobs People still crave and need a deep sense in June. “We are poised for a great new chapof community.” ter for the unfolding of our movement,” Jacobs Jacobs, who has been at the Westchester Reform told JTA in an interview on March 22nd, shortly Temple in suburban New York since 1991, used to before the union’s formal announcement. The be a dancer and choreographer with the Avodah Reform movement, he said, is about “finding new Dance Ensemble.

Conservative Rabbis Debate Future of Their Movement Sue Fishkoff Jewish Telegraphic Agency

LAS VEGAS — Listening to Conservative rabbis talk about their movement is like witnessing an intervention. They talk of “saving” Conservative Judaism — and sometimes they blame the parents. “Reform rabbis speak positively about their movement and less positively about their synagogue, while Conservative rabbis speak positively about their synagogue and less positively about their movement,” said Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt of B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, Md. Weinblatt was one of nearly 300 Conservative rabbis who came to Las Vegas in late March for the annual convention of

the Rabbinical Assembly, the movement’s rabbinic group. On the agenda was the future of Conservative Judaism — what it is and where it’s headed. Rabbi Steven Wernick, executive vice president and CEO of United Synagogue, is the man in charge of overseeing the restructuring of the congregational umbrella group. “The Conservative movement is not its institutions,” said Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive VP of the Rabbinical Assembly. “These institutions are more than 100 years old and in urgent need of rethinking.” The ideas and values of Conservative Judaism, on the other hand, are as relevant and compelling today as ever, she said.

The convention featured formal discussions among the United Synagogue leadership and key figures among a group of about 50 rabbis who have been pushing for completely overhauling United Synagogue. They call themselves Hayom: Coalition for the Transformation of Conservative Judaism. Those discussions took place behind closed doors, but their message is no secret, nor is the rabbis’ dissatisfaction with the new strategic plan. “The clock has started moving faster, and it’s up to the chancellor and the R.A. to determine the fate of the North American Conservative movement,” said Rabbi Menachem Creditor of Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, Calif., a leader of Hayom.

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Adam Smith and Rabbi Jodi Seewald Smith of Brookline welcome the arrival of Noah Jonathan Smith on March 28. Noah weighed 6 lbs, 8 ounces. Adam Smith is director of the North Shore Teen Initiative. The proud grandparents are Alan and Fran Smith of Bedford; Barbara Seewald of Cleveland; and Gary and Vickie Seewald of Cleveland.

Artsbridge Wins Award

The Department of the Army announced the recent promotion of Second Lt. Jamie P. L. Segaloff to his current rank of First Lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne Division. As an armor cavalry officer, he serves as part of the President’s Global Response Force and is required to deploy within 18 hours of notification. Lt. Segaloff is the son of Rona G. Litcofsky and Arthur Segaloff of Swampscott. He is a graduate of Swampscott High School and the University of Tampa ROTC program. He is a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic Course and the Cavalry Recon Basic Course, Ft. Knox, Ky., as well as the Airborne School, Ft. Benning, Ga. He is currently stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.


JCCNS Welcomes Lawrence Joan Lawrence is now the Director of Development at the JCCNS. She brings a wealth of experience to the J, working for many years in development across the North Shore and nationally. Lawrence grew up in Swampscott and has a lifelong connection to the JCC.

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Abrams Reunites with South American Relatives

Artsbridge Institute was selected by British Airways as a 2010 Face-of-Opportunity Winner. Part of the award included a trip for founder and executive director Debbie Nathan to the Face-to-Face Program, which provides small business owners and entrepreneurs with the critical tools for building business relationships abroad and stimulating growth through the power of face-to-face interaction. Artsbridge creates a safe forum for Israeli and Palestinian youth to learn about each other and create art together.

Elaine Abrams of Winthrop, (center) reunited with new found family in La Plata, Argentina in February. She stands with Doris Bernator Schalamuk (right, and her son, Santiago Schalamuk). Abrams, an active member of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Boston, had found information about her paternal grandfather who died in Canada when her father was two years old. She recently convinced her parents, both in their late 90’s, to participate in the Family Tree DNA project, which ultimately led to the in Argentina connection.

Global Women Peacemakers To Attend Summit at UMass Lowell

LOWELL —The International Women Leaders’ Summit on Security through Economic and Social Development will bring together delegations from Africa, Colombia, Egypt, Israel and Northern Ireland to discuss their common goal: creating lasting peace and security in their home nations. For many of the nearly two dozen women, some of whom rarely travel outside their home countries, the summit will provide their only opportunity to meet in person. The summit – set for Sunday, April 10, through Tuesday, April 12, at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center – will feature opportunities for the international delegations to share their best practices, as well as programs for the public. “The summit will create a unique space for women leaders from many nations to learn from each other’s experiences in advancing social and economic well-being, the foundation of any viable, peaceful world,” said Prof. Paula Rayman, director of UMass Lowell’s Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture and chairwoman of the committee presenting the summit. During the summit, UMass Lowell will present an honorary doctoral degree to Barbara Hogan, who has served the people of South Africa for nearly 35 years. Hogan was a member of parliament for more than a decade before holding senior government positions. The other public event dur-

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ing the summit features Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, this year’s UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace, whose heroic work is the subject of the noted film “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” The documentary will be screened on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. and will feature a discussion with Gbowee and the filmmaker, renowned Liberian journalist Janet Johnson-Bryant, who is pursuing a graduate degree at UMass Lowell. Admission to this event is free and reservations are not required. In addition to the international participants, Massachusetts women leaders will participate in the summit. The summit concludes on April 11 when the delegations will sign the Lowell Declaration, a document that brings together the lessons they have learned and their visions for future efforts. For information, visit

NSTI Teens Support Soldiers Teens from the North Shore Teen Initiative recently collected Beanie Babies for Operation Gratitude, part of an effort to s u p p o r t American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. They also collected cell phones and organized a letter writing campaign. Dasha Kairys, 15, of Marblehead (pictured) tallied the 258 Beanie Babies to be sent to soldiers abroad. The soldiers will share them with local children.

The Metro Credit Union recently donated $5,000 to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, the third installment of a five-year commitment totaling $25,000. The funds represent a multi-year commitment to support the expansion of the skilled care facilities located on Admiral’s Hill in Chelsea.  Robert M. Cashman, President and CEO of Metro (left), is pictured with Barry Berman, chief executive of the Chelsea Jewish Foundation.

Dr. Josephs Honored In a tribute to her work, Dr. Judith Josephs of Lynn will be honored as part of the Mass. School Counselors Association’s 50th Birthday. She was nominated by the Northeast Counselor’s Association. Dr. Josephs is a counselor at Salem State University and a former counselor of 38 years at Lynn Vocational Technical High School.  

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Хорошая компания для молодежи Три года назад на территории ведущего Американского молодежного еврейского лагеря Tel Yehudah в штате Нью-Йорк начала работать интересная летняя образовательная программа Хавура, рассчитанная на еврейских русскоязычных учеников 9-12 классов, живущих в русскоязычных общинах Северной Америки. Уникальность программы в том, что при ее разработке учитывались специфика русско-еврейской культуры, семейные традиции и определенные требования и критерии родителей к тому, каким должен быть летний еврейский лагерь. Необычность и новаторство этой программы заключается и в том, что молодые люди получают возможность провести три недели в компании близких по духу и воспитанию сверстников, которых связывает не только возраст и язык, но и общее прошлое и похожий американский опыт. “Как бы давно мы не приехали из бывшего Союза и в каком бы возрасте мы не привезли сюда детей, наше прошлое, уклад семейной жизни, привычки и суеверия накладывают отпечаток на наших детей. Пусть они безупречно говорят и пишут по-английски, все же им не приходиться

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объяснять, почему мы “сидим на дорожку” или почему не принято убираться в доме, если кто-то из семьи находится в пути, или почему, если ты что-то забыл и вернулся, то необходимо посмотреться в зеркало, — говоит директор программы Елена Погорельская. — И свое отношение к еврейским традициям и культуре, а также любовь к Израилю мы выражаем по-своему.” Поэтому так важна и привлекательна эта программа для многих родителей и их детей. Ведь помимо приобретения новых знакомств, Хавура, что в переводе с иврита означает “Компания,” способствует развитию интереса к еврейской истории, истории Израиля, зарождению и укреплению чувства принадлежности и гордости за русско-еврейскую общину. “Практикуемый в Хавуре плюралистический подход к иудаизму как нельзя лучше подходит подросткам нашей общины. Образовательный фокус программы — еврейская история, культура и искусство в прошлом и настоящем и, конечно, Израиль. Американские и израильские вожатые и преподаватели, говорящие на русском, английском и иврите, делают все возможное,

чтобы ребята не только насладились великолепным отдыхом на живописном берегу реки Делавер, приобрели новых друзей, но и прониклись ощущением настоящей связи с Израилем,” — продолжила Погорельская в телефонном интервью Русской Хронике. В программе лагеря органично сочетаются спорт, активный отдых, программы персонального роста, постоянно ведутся групповые обсуждения и дискуссии. В распоряжении ребят водный центр с бассейном, стена для скалолазания и Zip Line. В лагере ребятам предоставляется возможность посещать различные занятия, включая уроки израильских танцев, студию керамики,

художественный и театральные кружки. Если есть желание, там же можно изучать иврит и совершенствовать русский в небольших языковых группах. Более того, участники программы Хавура примут участие в четерехдневной поездке по штату и с посещением Нью Йорка и Вашингтона. Встречи шаббата в кругу своих сверстников, по мнению Погорельской, помогут прочув-ствовать значение и особую духовность этого дня. Остается добавить, что в этом году программа Хавура для русскоязычных старшеклассников будет проходить с 25 июля по 18 августа в городе Berryville в штате Нью Йорк.

Благодаря грантовой поддержке филантропического Фонда “Генезис” в партнерстве с Фондом поддержки еврейских лагерей (FJC) и Еврейского Агенства для Израиля (Сохнут) стоимость трехнедельного пребывания в этом лагере для ребенка, впервые проводящего время в еврейском лагере с ночевкой — $1,175 (полная стоимость $3,660). Места ограничены. В этом году Хавура может принять только 140 человек. По любым вопросам обращайтесь к Елене Погорельской по тел. 1-877-428-8724. Доп. инфо на сайте:

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18 марта состоялось, ставшее уже традиционным Шоу “Весенняя Фантазия,” подготовленное учениками танцевально-гимнастических студий при Школе Юных Талантов. В шоу приняло участие более 30 детей в возрасте от 3 до 16 лет. Благодарные зрители, а их собралось более 100 человек, аплодисментами встречали каждый танцевальный или гимнастический номер, поставленные Александрой Мишениной. В завершение красочного шоу директор ШЮТ Наташа Ганчина поблагодарила участников представления и зрителей за поддержку.

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English Summary In today’s issue of the Russian Chronicle we have an article about a new Summer Camp Program for teens from the Russian-Jewish community. We publish photos from a recent show at the Youth Talent School in Swampscott. We also have information about youth organization, Ezra.

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Arnold H. Goldberg, D.M.D., 80, of Beverly

Doris Lack, 89, Singer and Entertainer, formerly of Lynnfield

Arnold H. Goldberg, D.M.D., of Beverly, passed away April 4, 2011. He was 80 years old. Arnold practiced dentistry in Beverly for more than 30 years until retiring in 1988. A member of the first class of Brandeis University (1952), he graduated in 1956 from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He was a longtime member of Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly, where he served as the first president of the Temple Brotherhood. In recent years, Arnold was a member of Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody. Arnold was the beloved husband of Muriel (Freedman) for 57 years. He was the beloved father of Marsha Goldberg and her husband Yair Rosenthal of

Doris Lack of Lantana, Fla., passed away on March 31, 2011, one day before her 90th birthday. Born in Winthrop, Mrs. Lack grew up in Beachmont, Revere and Dorchester. She was a graduate of the Dorchester High School for Girls. Mrs. Lack was the mother of the late Jason Jeffrey Lack and the daughter of the late Bessie Jotgart and William Abt. She was the sister of the late Henry Abt. Before moving to Florida, Mrs. Lack lived for many years in Lynnfield. Billed as the Nightingale of Song, using her stage name of Doris Abbott, her singing career started in Boston on WMEX radio for the “Joseph Tall Hour” and WEEI radio for the “Charles Hector Show.” She

then performed for three years at Steuben’s Vienna Room, Club Mayfair, The Latin Quarter and the Oval Room at the Copley Plaza Hotel. Her long career flourished in clubs, vaudeville, television and concerts throughout North

Neal Harvey Young, 67, of Chelsea

Louis Cohen, 87, of Chelsea

Neal Harvey Young of Chelsea died on March 29, 2011. He was 67 years old. Neal was a lifelong resident of Chelsea, attended Chelsea schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. Neal was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and a proud member of the Jewish War Veterans Prince-Strauss/ Gorman Post #161 in Revere. He was also a member of the Walnut Street Synagogue. Neal enjoyed traveling and visited numerous countries during his life. Neal was the loving son of the late Norman and Sarah Young. He was the dear brother of Sheldon Young, Elaine Young, Carol Bell and her husband John, Sandra Padulsky and her husband Morton, Carl Young and his companion, Nancy Dyer, Barbara Nair and her husband Howard, Jordan Young and the late Norton Young. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel in Chelsea on March 31. Interment followed in Everett. Contributions in Neal’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210; The Kidney Foundation, 11 Vanderbilt Ave., Norwood, MA 02062; or to a charity of your choice. For an online guestbook, visit the funeral home website, www.

Louis Cohen of Chelsea passed away on April 4, 2011. He was 87 years old. Louis was born and raised in Chelsea. He attended Chelsea schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He was a clerk for the United States Postal Service branch in Bellingham Square, Chelsea. Louis was the beloved husband of the late Audrey Cohen. He was the devoted father of Errol Cohen and Alan Cohen. Graveside services were held at the Mishna Cemetery in Everett on April 6. Donations in Louis’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 9 Riverside Rd., Weston, MA 02493. Services were entrusted to the Torf Funeral Service in Chelsea. For an online guestbook, visit the funeral home website, torffuneralservice. com.

Highland Park, N.J., Barbara Ball and her husband Peter of Newton, and Beth Perry and her husband Adam of Milford. He was the beloved brother of Irving Goldberg and his wife Judy of Marblehead, and the beloved grandfather of Sivan and Gabrielle Rosenthal, Michael, Ethan and Caroline Ball, and Alissa Perry. The funeral service was held on April 6 at the StanetskyHymanson Memorial Chapel in Salem. Burial followed at Temple Beth El Cemetery in West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice, 78 Liberty St., Danvers 01923; or Shalom Hadassah, 3 Ledgewood Way, #18, Peabody, MA 01960.

Geraldine Ferraro Remembered as Friend of Israel JTA — Geraldine Ferraro, the first female vice presidential candidate in U.S. history, was remembered as a defender of human rights and a friend of Israel. Ferraro died March 26 at Massachusetts General Hospital of complications from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. She was 75 years old. She was Walter Mondale’s vice presidential running mate in 1984 on the Democratic Party ticket, losing to popular incumbent Ronald Reagan and his running mate, George Bush, in the general election. “One of America’s leading advocates for human rights and freedom, Geraldine Ferraro also

Honoring the Memory of Jewish Chaplains Chaplains Hill at Arlington National Cemetery contains two memorials to honor Protestant and Catholic chaplains who have died in service of their country; however, Chaplains Hill lacks a similar memorial to honor the memory of Jewish chaplains. Fourteen Jewish chaplains, while on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, lost their lives during WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. This includes Rabbi Alexander P. Goode, who was honored with the distinguished Chaplain’s Medal for Heroism for saving lives aboard the torpedoed USS Dorchester during WWII. Jewish chaplains deserve equal representation with their military chaplains in our nation’s most hallowed space. Individuals are urged to contact the Congressional representatives in their districts to co-sponsor H.Con.Res.331, which will give Jewish chaplains recognition. Twenty-three members of the U.S. House of Representatives have already signed onto the bill. To find out if your local representative supports it, visit bill/111-hc331/show. If he/she is not on the list, please contact him or her, and ask them to support the bill. Those in the Sixth Congres­ sional District can contact U.S. House Representative John Tierney’s office at 202-225-8020, or email Legislative Director Kevin McDermott at kevin.

was a steadfast friend of the State of Israel and Jewish people,” said American Jewish Committee Executive Director David Harris. “Her efforts to fight global antiSemitism within the United Nations were especially noteworthy and laudable.” Ferraro served as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva from 1993 to 1996. During her tenure, the commission for the first time cited anti-Semitism as a human rights violation. When the commission later discussed reforming its agenda structure, Ferraro objected to reform as long as Israel was singled out as the only country in the world addressed under a separate agenda item. Ferraro was a Democratic congresswoman from the Queens borough of New York who served three terms in the House of Representatives from 1979 to 1984. “Gerry Ferraro was one of a kind — tough, brilliant, and never afraid to speak her mind or stand up for what she believed in — a New York icon and a true American original,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement.

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America, Central America and Europe. In 1944, during World War II, she went overseas with the USO to sing for the U.S. Armed Forces in Italy and North Africa. In 1959 she was a singing star of Sam Snyder’s Western Follies. Some well-known personalities she performed with included the Three Stooges, George Jessel, Henny Youngman, Lou Holtz, Dorothy Lamour and the Nat King Cole Trio. Mrs. Lack was a long-time member of Rabin Hadassah, the Baroness de Gunzbourg Society of ORT and the Massachusetts Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Max Lack, and several nieces and nephews. Interment took place at Tifereth Israel Cemetery in Everett on April 3. Livingston, Rita S. (Covitz) — late of Swampscott. Died March 29, 2011. Wife of the late William M. Livingston. Mother of Stephen Goldberg and his wife Lois of Marblehead and Myrna Davis and her husband Barry of Swampscott. Sister of the late Esther Bloom and Sally Epstein. Grandmother, known as “Gram,” of Scott Davis, Pamela Davis Richman, Marc Davis and his wife Jennifer K., Andrea Poritzky and her husband David, Lauren Goldberg and her fiancé Jeffrey Schleicher, and the late Stefanie Goldberg. Great-grandmother, known as “GG,” of Samantha and Shayna Richman, Jennifer, Jacqueline and Carly Davis, and Isaac, Natasha and Gabriel Poritzky. Also survived by her dear friend and caregiver Terry Furnari. (Torf) Ross, Leonard, 80 — late of Peabody, formerly of Chelsea and Stoneham. Died March 31, 2011. Husband of Arlene (Halperin) Ross. Father of Neil Ross and his wife Alicia of Peabody and Karen Rivers of Fla. Grandfather of Angela, Justin, Caitlin and Stephanie. Great-grandfather of Emma and Jacob. (Stanetsky-Hymanson)

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