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Top 10 Issues Affecting Jews in 2010 The Anti-Defamation League has compiled its annual list of the top issues affecting Jews. Here is what the organization ranked most significant in 2010.

Mideast Peace Process Drags On The Obama administration continued its hard line on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank, altering the dynamics of Israel-Palestinian negotiations. Though Israel agreed to a 10-month settlement freeze to spur negotiations, the Palestinians waited nine months before entering into direct talks. As a result, though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas held several face-to-face meetings, the Palestinians withdrew when the moratorium expired, and little progress was made. After initially trying to persuade Israel to adopt a second freeze, the U.S. administration changed course, indicating that settlements is one of a number of issues on the table. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. would revert to shuttle diplomacy as it vigorously pursues a peace agreement. Meanwhile, Hamas rearmed and retained its grip on Gaza, as periodic shelling of Israeli towns continued.

Despite Stronger Sanctions, Iran Defiant

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Trustee Targets Lappin with $1.8 Million Clawback Suit Susan Jacobs Jewish Journal Staff

SALEM — The trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS) has targeted more than 1,000 Madoff investors, including North Shore philanthropist Robert I. Lappin, with clawback lawsuits designed to recover funds for those who lost money in the scandal. Though the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation (RILCF) lost $8 million and the Shetland Properties Retirement Fund lost $5.1 million, the trustee, Irving

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NEWBURYPORT — While many synagogues on the North Shore are embarking upon strategic planning processes to assess their rabbinical needs, Congregation Ahavas Achim of Newburyport is just coming out of such a phase. After parting with longtime Rabbi Stanley Sadinsky at the end of 2009, synagogue leaders realized they needed some time to examine who they were, and what they wanted. They chose to hire an interim rabbi with a defined tenure as they underwent a period of self-study. Congregation Ahavas Achim While Sadinsky was a traditional Conservative rabbi, the Congregation Ahavas Achim in Newburyport.

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interim rabbi, Melissa Wenig, came from the Renewal movement and presented a great contrast to the status quo, according to Ronald Pressler, longtime president of the congregation. There were sharp contrasts in the styles and approaches of Sadinsky and Wenig, each of whom brought something different to the table. Choosing a new rabbi to serve the diverse congregation is not something Ahavas Achim leaders take lightly, and they turned to the members for guidance. “We were kind of at a crossroads. There are a slew of different kinds of rabbis, and we were not sure what the congregation as a whole was looking for,” said Dr. Barrie Paster, continued on page 2

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Vegetarian cookbook offers great ideas for soups, stews and stroganoffs

INTERFAITH No ‘December Dilemma’

An interfaith family from Andover handles the 8 holidays with ease


Final Verdict

New book about Ethel and Julius Rosenberg 9


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Allison Gay (front, left) made the most of her Israeli experience.

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Winter Warm-Ups

An American Girl in Israel Shares Her Stories Allison Gay of Swampscott was able to integrate her passions for travel, culture, food and filmmaking during a recent extended stay in Israel. Gay, 22, has just returned to the North Shore — exhilarated about what she terms “an incredible experience.” For five months Gay lived in bustling Tel Aviv interning for, a hip, stylish interactive website. She wrote online food reviews and created short videos featuring local chefs. In addition, she maintained a personal blog

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The Process of Hiring a Rabbi: Newburyport’s Experience Amy Sessler Powell



Picard, is seeking $1.8 million from Lappin to distribute to victims. The filing, in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, targets net winners, defined as those who withdrew more than they put into their accounts. The clawbacks will be deposited into the BLMIS Customer Fund, and ultimately returned, pro rata, to their rightful owners. The suit does not allege that net winners knew of the fraud. “The action took me by surprise,” said Lappin, who is currently in Palm Beach, Fla.

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The Iranian regime continued its march toward a nuclear weapons capability, defying international efforts to curtail its nuclear program. Both the U.S. and the E.U. adopted new and more robust sanctions against Iran. Amid signs that sanctions were at least partially achieving their desired effect, the Obama Administration continued to engage with other countries to discourage them from doing business with Iran’s energy and nuclear sectors.

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The Process of Hiring a Rabbi: Newburyport’s Experience from page 1

chairman of the search committee. The process stimulated formerly inactive members of the congregation to get involved. “People woke up to see that we have to step up. We see so many more faces who were there before, but not taking part,” said Andrea Linn, a member of the congregation’s education committee. After assembling a search committee, the group set out to define what members were looking for from their temple. Paster believes the process was enhanced by the diversity of the committee. “We have young, old, new and longtime members; people with kids in school, and people who always come (or never come) on Shabbos. We’ve come to really work and think as a unit, versus far-flung individuals,” Paster said. The search committee developed a survey and administered it via Survey Monkey, an online tool. They analyzed the answers, and also conducted focus groups to design a job description for

the incoming rabbi. They worked with and Hebrew College to find appropriate candidates.

Paster has discovered that those who volunteer to serve on a rabbinical search committee need a thick skin. The 24 questions (see sidebar) ran the gamut from education, halacha and God, to components of the service, and the synagogue as a community. Paster has discovered that those who volunteer to serve on a rabbinical search committee need a thick skin. “When Rabbi Sadinsky left, we heard from people who were rarely there, but upset. I’ve always said that being a rabbi is a no-good job for a Jewish person because everyone thinks they are your boss,” Paster joked. “We are giving people the

opportunity to be heard, but it has to be before, and not after, the fact,” he added. Pressler believes the process for finding a rabbi has changed immensely in the last two decades. “I know that 20 years ago, we did not conduct a thorough search, we did not determine what the congregation wanted, and it was mainly a ritual committee decision in those days. Who ever heard of social networking then?” Pressler said. The committee is currently interviewing potential candidates. Publisher

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Amy Sessler Powell Russian Chronicle Editor

Yulia Zhorov Business Manager Congregation Ahavas Achim

Congregation Ahavas President Ronald Pressler


Questions Asked of Congregants Congregation Ahavas Achim of Newburyport asked its members questions like the ones below in order to create a job description for its next rabbi: • What faiths are in the household? • What is your definition of a Jew? • What best expresses your belief in God? • How often do you participate in synagogue life, and in what areas? (High Holiday services, seders, study groups, shivas, Sabbath services, religious school) • Why would you attend a worship service? (Sermon, uplifting emotional experience, friends are there, etc.) • What would make services more meaningful?

Trustee Targets Lappin with$1.8 Million Clawback Suit from page 1

Picard has targeted the Shetland Fund Limited Partnership, an investment vehicle that Lappin says was totally wiped out. It is unclear at this time whether this legal action will affect the Salem-based Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation, which runs numerous free programs designed to “help keep our children Jewish.” One of the most beloved, Y2I, which offers teens a free trip to Israel, is entering its 41st season. Other popular programs, open to Jewish and interfaith families living in 23 cities and towns north of Boston, include Rekindle Shabbat and the PJ Library. “If they win the complaint, it essentially would be against me personally because I was the general partner of the Shetland Fund,” Lappin said. “That would have an impact on Y2I and other activities of the RILCF. But I’m optimistic that it’s not going to happen.” Lappin said he has not yet been served, and when and if he is, he will have 60 days to respond. He plans to conduct a vigorous defense. David Sheehan, counsel for Picard, said, “Those who have received other people’s money, irrespective of their knowledge of the fraud, should return monies to the trustee for payment to those Madoff customers with valid claims who have recovered little or none of their original deposits.” Several of Lappin’s accounts, as well as his own personal fortune, were affected by the Madoff scandal. In 2009, he personally reimbursed employees for their losses in the Shetland Properties Pension Fund. It is unclear whether other Lappin accounts will benefit from the settlements. “The good news is that the trustee has done a surprising and remarkable job in recouping monies. Whether any of it will

benefit me remains to be seen,” Lappin said. On December 11, the second anniversary of his father’s arrest, Mark Madoff committed suicide. According to published reports, those who knew him said he expressed bitterness toward his father and anxiety about the clawbacks against family members, including his

young children. Settlements announced by Picard this month include $7.2 billion from the estate of the late Jeffrey Picower, a Jewish philanthropist; $625 million from Boston-area Jewish philanthropist Carl Shapiro; and $45 million from Hadassah. With the Picower settlement, the Department of Justice will

have nearly $10 billion to distribute to victims. That’s half of what victims originally invested with Madoff, according to documents released by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Amy Sessler Powell contributed to this report.

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An American Girl in Israel Shares Her Stories from page 1 on where she posted weekly observations about her experiences as an American girl living in Israel. Gay was perfectly suited for this dream job. She had studied writing, art, design and documentary film production at Boston’s Emerson College, graduating from the school in May 2010. She claims she has always been enamored with food. “I was eating anything from sushi to brisket while still in a high-

chair,” she quipped. She learned about TasteTLV via a friend who worked there. “I had studied documentary film at Emerson. I asked if they wanted to incorporate video on the site. They thought it was a great idea,” said Gay, when asked how she landed the job. During her stay in Israel, Gay lived with a friend in an apartment in Tel Aviv. On the weekends, they took excursions. In her blog, Gay documents her adventures kayaking on the

All About Hummus What follows is an edited version from Gay’s blog, posted November 27, 2010


am going to start by stating that what I am about to write on is a very serious matter here in the Middle East. It is a complicated and Allison Gay controversial topic: Hummus. Hummus is actually the The hummus in the Middle East is Arabic word for chickpeas. so good, it can make you cry. Chickpeas were invented over 7,000 years ago. Hummus is one of the oldest dishes known to man/woman. The ingredients in hummus are pretty simple: mashed chickpeas, maybe blend in a little tehina (a thick white sauce made out of sesame seeds), a bit of lemon juice, olive oil, maybe some spices, salt and/or garlic. Palestinians usually serve their hummus hot and fresh. Despite the Arab origins, Israelis have recently claimed hummus and falafel as their “national snack.” In 2008, people in Lebanon actually requested to protect the status of hummus as strictly a Lebanese food. Did you know that there are actually shops and restaurants that serve only hummus here? They are called Hummusiot. People back in the States are probably more familiar with hummus as a cold processed product that is served as an appetizer or a dip. But the real hummus here, the warm fresh hummus, is served in a bowl as a meal. I must admit that I was never a huge fan of hummus. Sometimes I would eat it for a healthy snack, or when it was the only thing left in the fridge. But there is nothing like sitting down to a warm bowl of freshly homemade hummus at a Hummusiot in the Middle East. I’ve had Palestinian hummus, Lebanese hummus and Israeli hummus. I don’t care who made it, where it came from, who thinks it belongs to them, because the flavors and the textures are an explosion of your senses, and it is like one of the Wonders of the World. At a good Hummusiot, you are destined to wait in line for a good 20 minutes. Inside there are never too many tables so you are probably sitting with strangers, but it doesn’t matter because no one pays any attention to anything but the hummus. Your eyes are treated to a colorful array of ripe red tomatoes, raw white onions, pickles, green olives, and purple beets. Instead of the servers writing down your order, they shout it out, loud enough so that the guys in the back kitchen can hear. The hummus is so good that it’s worth it. The hummus is so good that I cried. Both Palestinians and Israelis make good hummus. And I am 100% sure that Egyptians, Syrians and the Lebanese make good hummus too. Maybe someone like Barack Obama has his own hummus recipe that he can bring to the next Middle East Summit. Everyone will like it and at least for a few moments, the world will be more at peace.

Jordan River, exploring the Baha’i Gardens in Haifa, and camping at the Dead Sea. She provides witty yet astute commentary on how Israeli men pick up women, and offers a funny description of an Israeli yoga class Gay, who had the unique opportunity to experience Israel as an insider rather than a tourist, found the country “more complicated than I expected it to be.” “It is a home away from home. The people are very warm

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and inviting. But politics and cultural factors make it difficult for a 22-year-old girl to settle in. Although I would definitely go back, I don’t know if I could live there permanently,” Gay said. Gay returned to Massachusetts last week, but will be moving to New York City in mid January to pursue yoga teacher training. She will continue posting to her blog, but the subject matter will most likely shift to observations about being a Jewish girl in …America.


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ReAChIng Out


n November 2010 the Foundation’s programs reached out to more 2,700 children, teens and adults in our community, and as many people this month through The PJ Library, Youth to Israel, Inspirational Jewish Teaching, Jewish Story Hours and more. The Foundation feels blessed to touch the lives of so many people on a regular basis.

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he Foundation thanks the 705 donors who contributed $451,007 to the Foundation’s 2010 Annual Campaign to fund all the teens who applied to the 2011 Robert I. Lappin Youth to Israel Adventure. Thanks to the generosity of these donors, including the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, eighty teens from 14 cities and towns across our community are preparing for their life-changing adventure, which departs for Israel on July 10, 2011. The Commemorative Tribute Book celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Youth to Israel Adventure. To download a copy of the Tribute Book, visit the Foundation’s website at or contact Deborah Coltin (978-740-4428; to request a copy.

hAnukkAh CeLeBRAtIOn In LynnFIeLd


ore than sixty children and adults packed into the Lynnfield Public Library on November 30th to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with a story hour sponsored by the Foundation. Guest reader Deborah Coltin, Foundation’s Executive Director, introduced children to her friend “Hanukkah Bear,” who came out of his den to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with the children, as they listened to The Chanukkah Guest by Eric Kimmel, the first of three stories Coltin read. In between stories, Coltin engaged children and adults with creative movement and Hanukkah songs, encouraging them to be dreidels, latkes and the special Hanukkah menorah. The crowd joined in the traditional candle lighting of the menorah after sundown, officially welcoming the first night of Hanukkah, followed by Hanukkah treats provided by the library, including latkes, applesauce, and jelly donut holes. The Foundation gave each child the traditional Hanukkah gift of a large wooden dreidel and Hanukkah gelt (chocolate coins) and parents received a Hanukkah menorah tin packed with everything they needed to celebrate the festival at home for the week.


round of Take Me Out to the Ballgame. The documentary tells an inspiring story about the role of baseball in the American Jewish experience. Educational as it is entertaining, the documentary is appropriate for older children and adults. The Foundation will show the movie throughout the coming year across the community. To host a screening and discussion, contact Deborah Coltin at 978-740-4428 or email Since 2007 more than 1,000 children in our community have joined The PJ Library, a free Jewish book and CD-of-the-month-club for children ages six months to eight years. The Foundation, in partnership with Cohen Hillel Academy and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation of Western Massachusetts, fully fund this exceptional program in our local community. For more information about The PJ Library, visit the Foundation’s website at www.rilcf. org or contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4428 or email

teFILLIn FOR teenS At teMPLe neR tAMId


emple Ner Tamid B’nai Mitzvah students and their parents learned about the mitzvah of tefillin in a recent family educational B’nai Mitzvah at their December study session led by Rabbi David Klatzker. Students received a free pair of tefillin and bag as part of the Foundation’s Tefillin for Teens program, which is offered to every Jewish school in our community. The program is valued at $150 per teen.


COnveRSAtIOnS tO COntInue

elen Fremont, author of After Long Silence and the daughter of two Holocaust survivors, was the featured speaker at the third meeting of Hadassah Brandeis Institute’s Conversations book group on December 6th at Woodbridge Assisted Living. Thirty women engaged in an informative and emotional conversation with the author about her extraordinary discovery of being Jewish, after decades of silence about her family’s Jewish identity. The Foundation is pleased to serve as the North Shore organizer of Conversations. Registration is open for 2011 Conversations. Meetings will take place on Monday evenings, from 7-9 p.m. at a location in the greater Peabody area, on the following dates: March 28 (Stations West by Allison Amend), June 27 (Muriel’s War by Sheila Isenberg, and September 19 (confirmation of author and book pending). The cost of $180 includes the books. Space is limited. To register please contact Deborah Coltin at 978-740-4428 or email Checks should be made payable to Hadassah Brandeis Institute and mailed to the Lappin Foundation, 29 Congress St., Salem, MA 01970.



here is still space to join the sixteen women who registered to go to Israel on the exciting and memorable 2011 Women to Israel Adventure, which will take place from April 28-May 11, 2011. Highlights of the trip will include meeting Israeli women from all walks of life, and commemorating Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) and celebrating Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day). For more information about this exciting adventure, visit the website at or contact Deborah Coltin at 978-740-4428 or email dcoltin@

the gReAt dReIdeL SPIn-OFF!


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orty-five dads, granddads, and friends of The PJ Library attended A Major League Hit, which included a special screening of the new hit documentary Jews and Baseball, An American Love Story on December 15th at Woodbridge Assisted Living. The men kicked off the evening a delicious “ballpark dinner” of hot dogs and all the fixings, followed by a rousing

16th at Woodbridge Assisted Living. Professional mask maker Eric Bornstein of Behind the Mask instructed teachers on the art of mask making for children. Teachers created original masks, including Queen Esther, Haman and many other creative characters.

gettIng ReAdy FOR PuRIM


ona Irgens (pictured) of the North Suburban JCC in Peabody joined two dozen colleagues from 11 of our community’s Jewish preschools and religious schools at Inspirational Jewish Teaching on December

ave the date to help us break the Guinness World Record of 618 dreidels spun at one time. We will attempt to set a new record in December 2011. Details to follow.

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The Jewish Journal – – december 23, 2010 

Vegetarian Winter Warm-Ups

Cauliflower Chowder Oil 2 ribs of celery, chopped in processor ¼ cup cilantro, separated into two batches 1 large head of cauliflower, separated into florets 4 cups water 2 medium to large potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks 15 oz. can corn niblets, drained Pinch of cayenne pepper and pinch of salt

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ith the weather growing colder, thoughts gravitate to stick-to-your-ribs meals. In her newest book, written with Roberta Schiff, Marblehead author/ animal rights activist Roberta Kalechofsky proves that hearty winter meals don’t have to include meat.

“The Vegetarian Shabbat Cookbook” contains more than 150 recipes for a wide variety of vegetarian dishes — many of which will warm you up on a cold winter’s night. She combines beans, grains and vegetables in imaginative ways to create healthy stroganoffs, stews and casseroles that can be enjoyed on Shabbat — or any day. The recipes are easy to prepare and will fill your house with the enticing aroma of a homecooked meal. From Indonesian

Roasted Tomato Peanut Soup, Polenta Tart with Caramelized Mushroom Sauce, Crockpot Goulash and even Eggplant and Sumac Stew, cooks can choose from an abundant array of healthy choices to feed their families. One does not have to be vegetarian to enjoy Eggless Challah, Dijon Onion Soup, Quinoa Puttanesca or Apple Cherry Pecan Strudel. Omnivores looking to learn more about vegetarianism will appreciate the

The Vegetarian Shabbat Cookbook Roberta Kalechofsky & Roberta Schiff Micah Publications, 2010

clarification of basic terms and concepts, and tips for keeping food fresh. The book itself is printed on heavy matte paper and specially bound so it stays open while one is cooking. It is sparsely illustrated with whimsical yet pious patterns. Here are some recipes:

White Bean and Vegetable Gratin 2 cups green beans, cut in half 4 cups freshly cooked or canned small white beans 3 ripe tomatoes, quartered 1 small red onion, quartered vertically. Separate sections 1 yellow bell pepper, cored, cut into 1 inch cubes 5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped ¼ cup olive oil 1 t. chopped fresh thyme or ½ t. dried thyme Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 cup fresh bread crumbs (or 2 slices of bread) 1 T. olive oil In a large bowl, combine green beans with all of the above ingredients, except the last two. Toss well, place in a 2½ quart gratin dish or shallow casserole. Pat down the top to make smooth. In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs with oil, mix well and spread evenly over the green beans. Cover with foil. Bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove foil, bake uncovered 30 more minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before serving. Serves 4.

Heat oil in a large soup pot. Sauté celery for about 2-3 minutes. Chop half the cilantro and sauté with the celery. Add the cauliflower and water. Cover. Bring to boil, lower flame and simmer for half an hour. In the meantime, cook the potatoes separately. When florets are soft, puree, add the cooked potatoes and the corn niblets to the soup. Add salt and cayenne pepper to taste. Float the rest of the cilantro on top. Serves 7.

Transylvanian Goulash 1 28-oz. jar sauerkraut 1 medium cabbage, sliced, use all but the core 5 or 6 medium fresh tomatoes 15-oz. can diced tomatoes 1 medium to large onion, diced 2 T. caraway seeds

2 cloves garlic 2 T. sweet Hungarian paprika (use only this kind) 2-3 T. olive oil 1 t. sea salt Juice of 1 lemon 2 bay leaves

Sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil until it gently turns color, then transfer to a large pot. Add the sauerkraut and paprika, mix together, then add the rest of the ingredients. Stir well and let simmer about an hour until the flavors blend well. Add more paprika, as needed. Rinse two cups of long grain brown rice, (jasmine is nice, but any kind of brown will do). Bring three cups of water to a boil, add 1 teaspoon sea salt, then the rice, stir until the water returns to a boil, then cover and simmer for 35 minutes. The heavier the pot, the better the rice will cook. Turn off the flame and wait another 10 minutes to open the lid, and stir. To serve, put some rice on a plate or in a bowl, and ladle the goulash over it. Serves 10.

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6  The Jewish Journal – – december 23, 2010

A Hope for Continued Collaboration


ur community has demonstrated a growing willingness to share and collaborate this past year, and it is our hope that this new spirit of collaboration will continue well into the coming year. Many of our local agencies, organizations and synagogues are finding it increasingly difficult to remain viable. It is becoming harder for them to provide the services their constituencies have become accustomed to and, for many, their very existence is threatened. Rather than close, they are cutting services, dipping into endowment funds and laying off staff. We contend that there is a better way to do things that will result in a stronger, more vibrant community. The answer is to join hands and work together toward common goals. The Federation has led the way by creating a pool of money to be used for new ideas — so long as collaboration by two or more entities is involved. Let’s look at all that has been accomplished this past year when organizations and people collaborate. The North Shore Teen Initiative and Jew Crew have worked to coordinate a robust assortment of teen activities; local rabbis are

joining together to provide adult Jewish education via the soon-to-be-launched Torah Hub. A new weekly children’s education program, Israel Rocks, co-sponsored by Temples Shalom and B’nai Abraham, but open to everyone, will start in January. And several joyous community holiday celebrations (Chageinu) have taken place at the JCCs in Marblehead and Peabody. These steps are wonderful, but merely the tip of the iceberg. In addition to joint programming, some temples are considering mergers, or, at the very least, the sharing of staff and/ or resources. The community as a whole could benefit from a shared database, mailing list, and perhaps webmaster. Then there is the question of what to do with underused facilities. Perhaps one can be converted into a multi-tenant, nonprofit center. The possibilities are intriguing. In the past, everyone felt the need to have its OWN, bigger, better, unique entity. Economic conditions are forcing all of us to come together in determining and funding Jewish priorities, and we are beginning to understand that collaborations empower and strengthen us. Happy New Year, and a toast to more collaborations in 2011.

letters to the editor Y2I is Much More than a Free Trip to Israel The fun and benefits of the Robert I. Lappin Youth to Israel Adventure (Y2I) continue long after teens return from Israel. We knew the trip to Israel would be awesome for our son, but the program far exceeded our expectations. We wish to thank the Robert I. Lappin Foundation, Mr. Lappin, and all the donors who made it possible for our son Jared to have this life-changing experience. Jared came home with a new sense of Jewish identity, a community of new friends, and a connection to the Jewish community — none of which would have been possible without Y2I. He joined USY in Peabody and sees his Y2I friends, who live all

over the North Shore. We are sure these kids will be friends for a lifetime. Y2I changed our son’s life, and as parents, we could not be happier! Jared said it best when he told us that he “never knew there were this many Jews around.” Y2I gave our son a feeling of being part of something bigger. We live in Georgetown, where there are few Jews, so the connection Y2I helped Jared make to the Jewish community is priceless. He is such a proud and confident Jew. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the gift of Y2I. Margie and Mark Casper Georgetown

Grateful for Chabad Community Shul Events Thank you Rabbi Yossi Lipsker and David Nathan for the fantastic event on December 12 at Chabad Community Shul. We celebrated as 38 North Shore teens concluded their class, Israel 3D, taught by Rabbi Yossi. This three dimensional journey began when the class Skyped with Rabbi Yossi’s oldest son, Yaakov, who sat atop a high rise building live from Israel. His fabulous perspective kickstarted the innovative lessons. Guests attending this event included Shai Bazak, the new Israeli Consul General, who awarded the students certificates acknowledging their time and effort. Also, two professional krav maga instructors presented a display of this Israeli martial art. Many participants took turns kicking, punching and learning the fine art of releasing yourself from the grips of a hair pulling attacker. My husband Jim and I attended the event with our 15-yearold daughter Lily, who has had

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the most rewarding experiences at Chabad including five years at Camp Gan Israel before becoming a CIT there. Currently, Lily’s time spent at Chabad includes the fun-loving North of Boston Jew Crew and all its activities. She really enjoys the philosophical discussions with Rabbi Yossi and the other students, who come from many North Shore towns to gather at the Shul on Sunday mornings for bagels and course study. The next session begins March 6. Lily is looking forward to the JLI Teen course being offered, called “OMG: The Battle between Logic and Faith.” There will also be a brand new course offered for 7th and 8th graders called “Life in Motion.” This course will take the students through the life cycle and apply the lessons learned along the way to their entering into adulthood as bar and bat mitzvahs. Julie Cummings Marblehead

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Another Point of View from a Child of Holocaust Survivors Articles in the November 25 issue of the Jewish Journal concerning the Holocaust did not mention children of survivors. The adult children add to the story’s preservation. The pain and struggles growing up with survivors never stops, and is worsened by the need I see for deeper understanding among those driven to relay the story. I have always respected that I was not there, my parents were. I remind others of this as my duty to my family. Now I feel the legacy is mine, so I remind others they were not in our home, lives or heads growing up, and should not assume that every

effort made to keep the story alive is acceptable to everyone. Each survivor is unique — their only common denominator is survival. Growing up with two, I saw how individual personalities, relationships, environments and education caused each to react differently to their own Holocaust experience, both during and after. There are important nuances left out of Holocaust telling, creating oversimplification. The homogenized history of survivors by those dedicated to the memories carry on in the safety of their group of likeminded supporters. As a line

However, maligning J Street as “kapos” and calling for the purging of “J-Street scum” does not simply address Mr. Shazeer’s disagreement with our point of view; it is slander, incitement and a reprehensible attack that crosses a boundary into hate speech. Both Mr. Shazeer and the Jewish Journal should apologize to the North Shore Jewish community for publishing such a letter. Stan Fleischman Chair, J Street Boston Media Committee Newton Highlands

Chanukah in Lynnfield The Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation wishes to thank the staff of the Lynnfield Public Library for hosting Chanukah Story Time and warmly welcoming the Foundation to participate in the wonderful Chanukah celebration for the greater Lynnfield community. More than 60 children and adults celebrated the first night of the holiday with stories and

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J-Street and Free Speech Mr. Dov Shazeer’s letter in the December 2 Jewish Journal (“George Soros and J-Street”) goes way beyond the bounds of decency. Employing Holocaust imagery to attack anyone, but especially in the pages of a Jewish newspaper to tar other Jews or Jewish organizations with whom one doesn’t agree, is unacceptable. We are saddened both by Mr. Shazeer’s offensive, incendiary language, and by the Jewish Journal for publishing such a letter. J-Street fervently believes in free speech, even if the writer disagrees with our positions.

from the play, “Wander Theater” by JoAnne Brasil suggests, “In the end, some pieces of this story are missing. And it is not for us to fill in the blanks...” The need to educate is important, but before heralding anyone’s efforts, let’s preserve the story by addressing increasing anti-Semitism in our own communities today. I know my deceased family would be much more honored by such an effort. Susan Fader Marblehead

songs, followed by traditional candle lighting, and latkes and jelly donut holes, provided by the library. We enjoyed being part of this annual celebration, and we are grateful to the library for making the first night of Chanukah such a festive occasion for all. Robert Israel Lappin, Trustee Deborah L. Coltin, Executive Director

This is in response to Richard Frenkel’s article “Obama the Quarterback” (Journal, December 16). Mr. Frenkel, the election is over. The American people have spoken — the results are loud and clear. They are unhappy with the current state of affairs under this administration. The “blame Bush” era is past tense — I would hope by now that the campaigning would cease. The Jewish Journal would be wise to discontinue publishing editorials that continue to bash George Bush and glorify Barack Obama. I agree with the recent letter submitted by Myranne Janoff (“Make Elected Officials’ Voting Records Public,” December 2). Articles informing readers on how our elected officials (John Tierney, Senators Kerry and Brown) are voting on issues affecting the security and best interests of both our nation and Israel would be far more appropriate. Carol Denbo Swampscott Editor’s Note: The Journal will begin informing readers on how our elected officials vote beginning in January.


The Jewish Journal – – december 23, 2010 


Finally a War Middle America Doesn’t Intend to Lose Michael Goldman


know the war in Iraq is at a political stalemate; the war in Afghanistan mired in mud and blood; and the so-called ‘war on drugs’ is both decades old, as well as still floundering without even a glimpse of a light being sighted at the end of its long tunnel. However, I had at least been led to believe one conflict that had dominated talk shows from coast to coast earlier this decade had ended in victory. That conflict, manufactured by Fox News and labeled the ‘War on Christmas,’ had allegedly been fought, won and retired to the dust bin of history. Not true, it seems, at least according to Fox News. It seems these insidious foes of Christmas have been resurrected from the dead, and its current operatives are even more relentless than their predecessors to topple Christmas in America. Thankfully, Fox News is keeping the rest of us updated on the movements of these guerilla forces, the latest skirmishes

being reported in Florida, as well as New Jersey. In Florida, Fox News breathlessly reported on November 23 that the Heathrow Elementary School had banned red and green from their classrooms; except on November 24 they reported that the school had done no such thing. Mission accomplished, it wasn’t. Then on November 29, Fox reported on the Battle of the Billboards in New Jersey, where a small coterie of atheists had paid for a billboard that read, “You know it’s a myth. This season, celebrate reason.” The Catholic League of America soon responded with a billboard of its own that read, “You know it’s real. This season, celebrate Jesus.” While most Jewish Journal readers not in the trenches of this conflict might have long ago concluded that were there ever really a ‘War on Christmas’ going on in America, the pro-Christmas advocates were ‘kicking butts and taking names.’ Yet a fairly large number of citizens across our nation are convinced that there is a systematic campaign under way to undermine Christmas as we know it in America. Yes, I’m talking about the very same Christmas whose ubiquitous sights and

On Not Being A Blockhead Rabbi David Wolpe


istorian David McCullough tells a story that Abigail Adams received a letter from her sister about her son, John Quincy Adams. It said he was a very impressive young man but that, alas, he seemed a little overly enamored with himself and his opinions, and that this was not going over very well in town. Abigail wrote to John Quincy: “If you are conscious to yourself that you possess more knowledge upon some subjects than others of your standing, reflect that you have had greater opportunities of seeing the world and obtaining knowledge of mankind than your contemporaries. That you have never wanted a book, but it has been supplied to you. That your whole time has been spent in

the company of men of literature and science. How unpardonable would it have been in you to have turned out a blockhead.” McCullough concludes how “unpardonable it would be for us — with all that we have been given, all the advantages we have, all the continuing opportunities we have to enhance and increase our love of learning — to turn out blockheads or to raise blockheads.” There are more books published in English about Judaism than in any language at any time in history. The Internet, too, is a rich archive. Lessons in Hebrew are readily available. If she were a Jewish educator, what would Abigail say? This column first appeared in the New York Jewish Week.

A Statement on Civility Editor’s Note: The Jewish Council on Public Affairs has drafted the following statement on civility. The Jewish Journal Board of Overseers has accepted and endorses this policy in regard to its editorial and opinion pages.


n American society, especially in our diverse Jewish community, we value robust and vigorous debate about pressing issues. Such debate is one of the greatest features of our democracy, and one of the hallmarks of our people. We revel in our tradition of debate: A frank and civil exchange of ideas helps to inform our decisions, provoke new ways of thinking, and sometimes even change our minds. And yet today, the expression and exchange of views is often an uncivil, highly unpleasant experience. Community events and public discussions are often interrupted by raised voices, personal insults and outrageous charges. Such incivility serves no purpose but to cheapen our democracy. When differences spiral down into uncivil acrimony, the dignity of individuals and community is diminished, and our precious democracy is weakened. People holding diverse views cease to listen to each other. Lack of civility makes it more difficult, if not impossible to open minds, much less find common ground. Therefore we as a community and as individuals must pledge to uphold the basic norms of civil discussion and debate. We do this not to stifle free expression of views, but rather to protect it. This pursuit has deep roots in Torah and in our community’s traditions. Our Sages fervently believed that great minds, engaged in earnest search and questioning, could find better and richer solutions to the problems they faced. They sought to preserve and thereby honor the views of the minority, as well as the majority. As a community, we must commit ourselves and ask others to open their hearts and minds to healthy, respectful dialogue. We must agree to treat others with decency and honor, and to set ourselves as models for civil discourse, even when we disagree with each other. We commit ourselves to this course to preserve an essential element of a community —the ability to meet and talk as brothers and sisters.

sounds surround us, Christians and nonChristians alike, from post-Thanksgiving day until midnight of December 25. While it seems obvious that Christmas is alive and well, given that millions of Christmas carols are sung each year; millions of families watch the same Christmas television specials each year; Hallmark sells (and the post office delivers) millions of Christmas cards each year; and millions of Christmas commercials offering sales and savings on everything from wool socks to diamond jewelry bombard us each year — a lot of people are convinced our nation is about to lose Christmas as they know it. In the book, ‘The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse than You Thought’ (once $13.95, now only $1.09 on Amazon, and a real Chanukah stocking stuffer for friends and family), it turns out that many of the same enemies of the Bush administration’s War on Terror also happen to turn out to be enemies of Christmas. They include the liberals, the secularists, the atheists, the agnostics, the promoters of political correctness, and, of course, some misguided non-Christians. Too many of our fellow citizens genuinely and sincerely envision other citi-

zens’ intent of stripping all Christmas trees of their lights; forcing the masses to say ‘Happy Holiday’ rather than ‘Merry Christmas;’ demanding department stores to hire skinny Santas because the chubby ones send the wrong messages to children about the perils of obesity; and, of course, to censoring every song to insure the lyrics don’t mention Jesus by name. Last year, pianist Michael Feinstein noted in a column for the New York Times the role Jewish songwriters played in the creation of such Christmas classics as “White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song”, “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “Santa Baby,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Winter Wonderland.” What I’d say to those worried about losing the Christmas they and their families love is that as long as those songs are around, don’t sweat the small stuff. And I’d probably add, secularist that I am, “Happy Holidays to all… and to all a good night.” Political Consultant Michael Goldman writes from Marblehead.

Throw the WikiBook at Them Charles Krauthammer


t is understandable for the administration to underplay the significance of the WikiLeaks State Department cables. But while it is wise not to go into a public panic, it is delusional to think that this is merely embarrassing gossip and indiscretion. The leaks have done major damage. First, quite specific damage to our warfighting capacity. Take just one revelation among hundreds: The Yemeni president and deputy prime minister are quoted as saying that they’re letting the United States bomb al-Qaeda in their country, while claiming that the bombing is the government’s doing. Well, that cover is pretty well blown. And given the unpopularity of the Sanaa government’s tenuous cooperation with us in the war against al-Qaeda, this will undoubtedly limit our freedom of action against its Yemeni branch, identified by the CIA as the most urgent terrorist threat to U.S. security. Second, we’ve suffered a major blow to our ability to collect information. Talking candidly to a U.S. diplomat can now earn you headlines around the world, reprisals at home, or worse. Success in the war on terror depends on being trusted with other countries’ secrets. Who’s going to trust us now? Third, this makes us look bad, very bad. But not in the way Secretary of State Hillary Clinton implied in her cringe-inducing apology speech in which she scolded these awful leakers for having done a disservice to “the international community,” and plaintively deplored how this hampers U.S. attempts to bring about a better world. She sounded like a cross between an exasperated school principal and a Miss America contestant professing world peace to be her fondest wish. The problem is not that the purloined cables exposed U.S. hypocrisy or double-dealing. That’s the essence of diplomacy. That’s what we do; that’s what everyone does. Hence the famous aphorism that a diplomat is an honest man sent abroad to lie for his country. Nothing new here. What is notable, indeed shocking, is the administration’s torpid and passive response to the leaks. What’s appalling is the helplessness of a superpower that not only cannot protect its own secrets, but shows the world that if you violate its secrets — massively, wantonly and maliciously — there are no consequences. The cat is out of the bag. The cables are public. Deploring them or trying to explain them away, a lá Clinton, is merely pathetic.

It’s time to show a little steel. To show that such miscreants don’t get to walk away. At a recent news conference, Attorney General Eric Holder assured the nation that his people are diligently looking into possible legal action against WikiLeaks. Where has Holder been? The WikiLeaks exposure of Afghan war documents occurred five months ago. Holder is looking now at possible indictments? This is a country where a good prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich. Months after the first leak, Justice’s thousands of lawyers have yet to prepare charges against Julian Assange and his confederates? Throw the Espionage Act of 1917 at them. And if that is not adequate, if that law has been too constrained and watered down by subsequent Supreme Court rulings, then why hasn’t the administration prepared new legislation adapted to these kinds of Internet-age violations of U.S. security? It’s not as if we didn’t know more leaks were coming. And that more leaks are coming still. Think creatively. The WikiLeaks document dump is sabotage, however quaint that term may seem. We are at war — a hot war in Afghanistan, and a shadowy world war where enemies from Yemen to Portland, Ore., are planning holy terror. Franklin Roosevelt had German saboteurs tried by military tribunal and executed. Assange has done more damage to the United States than all six of those Germans combined. Putting U.S. secrets on the Internet, a medium of universal dissemination new in human history, requires a re-conceptualization of sabotage and espionage — and the laws to punish and prevent them. Where is the Justice Department? And where are the intelligence agencies on which we lavish $80 billion a year? Assange has gone missing. Well, he’s no cavedwelling jihadi ascetic. Find him. Start with every five-star hotel in England and work your way down. Want to prevent this from happening again? Let the world see a man who can’t sleep in the same bed on consecutive nights, who fears the long arm of American justice. I’m not advocating that we bring out of retirement the KGB proxy who, on a London street, killed a Bulgarian dissident with a poisoned umbrella tip. But it would be nice if people like Assange were made to worry every time they go out in the rain. Contact Charles Krauthammer at letters@


8  The Jewish Journal – – december 23, 2010

No ‘December Dilemma’ For This Andover Family Lois Rubin Special to the Journal


ow do interfaith families handle the holiday season, often referred to as the “December dilemma?” For the Andresen family of Andover, there is no dilemma. Marjorie and Kevin Andresen have been married for 20 years and have three children; Jason, 17, Rachel, 15, and Ben, 12. Marj, a New Jersey native, is Jewish; Kevin, who grew up in Michigan, wasn’t raised in any faith. Marj went to synagogue with her family twice a year, but had no formal religious education. Kevin has never belonged to any church, and only attends one “for things like weddings and funerals.” Growing up in Michigan, Kevin’s exposure to Judaism was minimal. “I knew of one Jewish family, and played hockey in junior high with two Jewish kids,” he said. Both families accepted the relationship. The only “issue” Marj and Kevin encountered was that Marj’s father insisted they be married by a rabbi, and found one who would officiate at an interfaith ceremony. The couple signed a ketubah and was married under a chuppah. Early on, the couple had agreed that their children would be raised as Jews. “I wanted my children to have the Jewish education I didn’t have,” Marj said, “So we only considered living in a community with a Jewish preschool.” All three Andresen children attended the preschool at Temple Emanuel in Andover. Kevin has no plans to convert, but he completely supports and participates in all of the family’s Jewish practices and lifecycle events, both in the synagogue and at home. Jason, Rachel and Ben attend Temple Emanuel Religious School, and Jason and Rachel have become b’nai mitzvah. Jason was confirmed two years ago and attends the school’s post-confirmation class. Rachel will be confirmed this spring, and Ben recently began to prepare for his bar mitzvah. All three children consider

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The Andresen family has no “December dilemma.”

themselves Jewish. The fact that their father isn’t matters very little, if at all. Kevin has a great deal of respect for Jewish history. That Jews are encouraged to seek knowledge and ask questions resonates with him, and he has embraced this.

Besides learning how to build a sukkah and blow a shofar, Kevin has also learned to read Hebrew by studying with his children, and knows many of the blessings. The family attends synagogue together, and Kevin no longer feels “that there is a big neon sign pointing at [me] that says: Non-Jew.” Judaism has never felt strange to Kevin. He says, in fact, that coming from the Midwest and living on the East Coast “is far more of a dissonance.” Several years ago, Marj celebrated her adult bat mitzvah. Kevin was at her side as she recited the Torah blessings. Kevin says he experienced a very profound moment a few years ago on Yom Kippur when he and all the other non-Jews in the Temple Emanuel congregation were called up to the bimah for an aliyah. “It was so unexpected and so meaningful to stand under the tallit while Rabbi (Robert) Goldstein chanted the Torah blessings,” he said. That Rabbi Goldstein appreciated and publicly recognized the contributions non-Jews make to the congregation “was huge.” The Andresens celebrate both Chanukah and Christmas. “On Chanukah we light the candles, say the prayers, have a special dinner and often play dreidel,” Marj said. “Chanukah is more of a tradition and religious celebration for us. What makes it meaningful is that we make the time to celebrate together. We save the presents for Christmas, because that’s not what makes Chanukah special,” she adds. In Kevin’s family, Christmas was celebrated solely as a secular holiday. Kevin, Marj and their children continue to celebrate it as such. He views it as a candy holiday. “Christmas for us means candy canes,” he said. “On Easter we eat jellybeans, we have candy hearts on Valentine’s Day, and then, of course, there’s Halloween,” he added. Being labeled an interfaith family holds little meaning for Kevin and Marj. “Other people try to make an issue of it — not us,” Marj said. “There’s no dilemma here. This is what works for us, and we’re happy with it.”

Theological Expert Attests: Lord’s Prayer ‘Totally Jewish’ LOS ANGELES, JTA — The Lord’s Prayer, widely considered to undergird the foundation of Christianity, “is utterly, totally, fully Jewish — there’s nothing in it that is particularly Christian,” a theological expert said.

John Dominic Crossan, a former Catholic priest and now professor at DePaul University, articulates this thesis in the latest of his 26 books, “The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the

Lord’s Prayer,” recently released by HarperOne. Crossan is one of the foremost theological interpreters of the historical Jesus. The opening words of the Lord’s Prayer are: “Our Father, who art in Heaven,” and the first


two words are key to Crossan’s reinterpretation. In traditional Christian thinking, the prayer is seen as establishing a relationship between the individual petitioner and God, but Crossan takes a different view. Within the context of Judaism in the 1st century CE, the term “Father,” or “Abba” in Aramaic, would connote a householder who must provide equally for all members of his family, according to Crossan. In that sense, God is “The Big Householder in the Sky” who exercises “distributive justice” and who would be appalled by the huge discrepancy between

rich and poor, Crossan argues. That concept “reflects the radical vision of justice that is the core of Israel’s biblical tradition,” Crossan writes. “The Lord’s Prayer comes from the heart of Judaism to the lips of Christianity.” Crossan is an old hand at questioning Christian dogma and is one of the founders of the Jesus Seminar, a liberal Christian group. The Seminar has proposed that many of the miracles attributed to Jesus did not occur, at least not as written in the New Testament, and that Jesus did not physically rise from the dead.

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The Jewish Journal – – december 23, 2010 

New Book is Probably Not the ‘Final Verdict’ on the Rosenbergs Don Stradley

As more opportunities for research emerged in the postperestroika era, the Schneirs grew to accept that Julius was part of a spy ring, although they maintained his role in atomic espionage was “very slight.” As for Ethel, regardless of wheth­ er she was simply a housewife caught in the mess, or actually assisted her husband to some degree, she remains a sympa­ thetic figure. Much of Ethel’s prosecution revolved around notes she’d allegedly typed for Julius. Ethel’s brother, David Greenglass, testi­ fied that his sister had typed the spy data. In 2001, Greenglass recanted, saying that he’d sac­ rificed Ethel to avoid his own execution. The Schneirs use “Final Verdict” to further vindi­ cate Ethel, and to hammer at Greenglass and his wife, Ruth. The Schneirs were more con­ vinced than ever that the Greenglasses downplayed their own roles and offered up the Rosenbergs “as stand-ins for themselves.” But even if the Schneirs main­ tain that the Rosenbergs were executed for crimes they hadn’t committed, it had to be upset­ ting to learn that Julius turned out to be both a liar and a spy. And with untold amounts of K.G.B. information waiting to be discovered, even the Schneirs would doubt their book is the final verdict on the Rosenbergs.

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early six decades after Ethel Rosenberg slumped dead in the Sing Sing electric chair with smoke rising from her scalp, a new book has been published about the trial that sent her and her husband Julius to their doom. “Final Verdict: What Really Happened in the Rosenberg Case” is the latest in a long line of titles about the New York cou­ ple who were tried for sharing atomic Book secrets with the Soviet Union, and came to rep­ resent the nadir of 1950s Cold War hysteria. Written by longtime Rosen­ berg chroniclers Walter and Miriam Schneir, “Final Verdict” serves as a kind of addendum to the Schneirs’ 1965 book, the groundbreaking “Invitation to an Inquest.” The new book is a rescued section of the late Mr. Schneir’s unpublished memoirs, padded out with a preface and afterward by Mrs. Schneir. Readers should know a bit about the Rosenbergs beforehand, but “Final Verdict” may be interesting for those who aren’t experts. The book serves many pur­ poses. For one, it’s the Schneirs’ nod of vindication, since some of the theories in their 1965 book have since turned out to have merit.

Final Verdict: What Really Happened in the Rosenberg Case Walter and Miriam Schneir Melville House Publishing, 2010

It also allows the Schneirs to reclaim the Rosenbergs, since the fated couple has provided fodder for the pop culture for years. As recently as 2008, a Czechoslovak-American theater group staged the Rosenberg story as a puppet show. Julius even makes an appearance in a com­ puter game called Civilization Four, where he’s known as “the great spy.” In a way, this book allows the Schneirs to say, ‘We were there first.’ Finally, it’s a chance for the authors to admit they’d changed their minds about the couple they’d once believed were inno­ cent victims of a crude frameup.

When There’s a Will, There’s a Way Susan Jacobs Jewish Journal Staff


hen couples marry, they pledge support “till death do us part.” Sometimes, this support extends beyond death. Such is the case in “Nora’s Will,” a dark comedy from first time Mexican writer/ director Mariana Chenillo. Shortly after settling in with our popcorn, we learn that after many unsuccessful attempts, strong willed and manipula­ tive Nora (Silvia Mariscal) has committed sui­ cide. Although film her ex-husband José (played by sad-eyed Fernando Luján) and Nora have been divorced for decades, the responsibility of burying the matriarch falls on his shoulders. Although the couple was Jewish, the non-observant José is told by the local rabbi (Max Kerlow) that under Jewish law, Nora must be interred within a matter of hours; otherwise burial cannot take place for five days because of the upcoming Passover holiday, followed by Shabbat. Since it will take more than

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José, played by Fernando Luján, must bury his ex-wife in the Mexican comedy/drama “Nora’s Will.”

a few hours for their adult son Rubén (Ari Brickman) and his family to arrive in Mexico City, José must opt for the latter. He reluctantly settles in for what will be a long five days. Nora’s body is wrapped in a sheet and placed on the floor of her neat bedroom where she silently presides over the pro­ ceedings. The rabbi sends over a cadre of earnest rabbinical stu­ dents to pray and keep the corpse cold with chunks of dry ice. As the film gently unfolds, we

learn more about this couple’s relationship. Stumbling upon an old photograph under the bed, José uncovers a secret about Nora he never knew. While the carefully constructed and wellpaced film is billed as a comedy, its rich character development and high production values make it seem more like a drama. The acting by veteran Luján, as well as a fine supporting cast, is superb. Irreverent and original, touching and poetic, “Nora’s Will” deftly explores the topics of love, loyalty, forgiveness and reconciliation. Nora’s last wish was to bring her family together one last time – even if she physically would not be there to enjoy it. To that end, before she took the over­ dose of pills, she lovingly put up coffee, set a formal table, and left a full Seder meal in meticu­ lously labeled containers in her refrigerator. In the end, from the grave, Nora had her way. “Nora’s Will” is currently screening at West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington St., West Newton. 617-964-6060. It is slated to open at Hollywood Hits in Danvers in January.

Café Shalom Coffeehouse GLOUCESTER — Temple Ahavat Achim is bringing back its popular coffeehouse, Café Shalom, on January 8, featuring an evening of music, including folk, blues, rhythm and blues and jazz. Café Shalom will serve hot beverages and snacks. All are welcome; there is no dress or

age requirement, and families are welcome. Admission is $5. The Bob Kramer Trio will be the featured act at Café Shalom. The band plays a unique blend of blues/folk/jazz, creating a “rootsy, rockin’ and blue” sound with echoes from the delta to the urban landscape. The opening performer will

be Berklee graduate and record­ ing artist Scott Ouellette. Scott has been performing solo guitar for over 25 years. Doors open at 7, and music begins at 7:30 p.m. There is plen­ ty of free parking. The temple is located at 33 Commercial Street in Gloucester. Call 978-281-0739 x11.


Year End Review of Jews in Film Michael Fox Special to the Journal


lthough Jews have long savored seeing members of the tribe on the silver screen, they did an uncom­ mon amount of cringing in 2010. Why were so many flawed protago­ nists — notably Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Abramoff, Joan Rivers, Phil Spector and Eliot Spitzer — Jewish? The spotlight isn’t likely to shift in the imme­ diate future, with film the willfully crass “Casino Jack” (starring Kevin Spacey as the Orthodox lobby­ ist with the unorthodox moral code) now in theaters and “The Social Network” leading the race for Academy Award statuettes. Speaking of Oscar, 2010 began less than auspicious­ ly with an Israeli nominee snubbed for the second con­ secutive year. The stunning “Ajami” lost in the Best Foreign Language Film category in a painful sequel to last year’s upset defeat of “Waltz With Bashir.” France was second only to Israel in movies with Jewish themes — giving us the Tunisiaset feminist saga “The Wedding Song,” the ambiguous Parisian drama “The Girl On the Train,” the Soviet classical music yarn “The Concert” and the World War II resistance epic “Army of Crime.” The Jewish presence in Hollywood films was rather pal­ try by comparison. In addition to “The Social Network,” my score­ card lists only “Little Fockers” and “Dinner For Schmucks” (the title was the only Jewish thing about this misfire). Jewish characters fared better in independent films, although sometimes “Jewish” was con­ fused with “New Yorker,” as in Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg,” Todd Solondz’s “Life During Wartime,” Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s “Howl”


and Lena D u n h a m ’s “ T i n y F u r n i t u r e” were the most prickly, discom­ fiting and memo­ rable of the inde­ pendent bunch, although Kevin Asch’s “Holy Rollers” had its moments. Yet the place to find unam­ biguously Jewish characters in 2010 was in documentaries. The films that produced the most squirming were “Casino Jack & The United States of Money,” “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” and “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector.” Controversy was part of the warp and weave of both “American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein” and “Killing Kasztner,” which revis­ ited the murder of accused Nazi collaborator Dr. Israel Kasztner in Israel in 1957. Historical mis­ perception was also the sub­ ject of one of the truly essential docs of the year, Israeli direc­ tor Yael Hersonski’s “A Film Unfinished.” 2010 took a significant toll among Jewish screen artists, with the redoubtable Tony Curtis (nee Bernard Schwartz) heading the honor roll. The fraternity of Jewish actors was further thinned by the loss of such marvelous talents as Jill Clayburgh, Harold Gould and Maury Chaikin. We mourn the loss of ground­ breaking director Arthur Penn, best remembered for “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Little Big Man,” screenwriter Irving Ravetch (“Norma Rae”) and playwright/ screenwriter Joseph Stein (“Fiddler On the Roof”). Michael Fox writes from San Francisco.

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A Move Toward Greater Collaboration

ooperation and collaboration between area synagogues, agencies and youth groups could be the buzzword of 2010. The trend began with communitywide Chagenu (“our holiday”) programs held at the JCCNS, where unprecedented numbers of people from different regions came together to celebrate Purim, Sukkot and Shavuot. The educational, spiritual and fun events set the stage for future collaborative programs. The North Shore Israel Fund offered a series of grants to organizations and individuals to develop Israel-based community programs. Oftentimes such programs were coordinated by several sponsoring organizations or agencies. The bottom line was a plethora of offerings (speakers, films, entertainment) that engaged citizens from Gloucester to Revere. The trend toward greater collaboration will continue into 2011, thanks to help from the Jewish Federation of the North Shore. In the final month of 2010, Federation announced the first round of grants from its new Innovation Fund. These grants, totaling $23,000, will be awarded to agencies and synagogues that work in tandem to bring creative collaborative programs to the North Shore for adults and children. Another round of grants will be announced in May 2011.

Many Milestones Marked


his year marked milestones for many of our Jewish institutions. The JCCNS in Marblehead kickedoff its 100th anniversary celebration with100 cupcakes decorated by children, a scavenger hunt, and a photo retrospective of snapshots dating back to the 1930’s, which gave many in the community a chance to reminisce about their youth. Temple Emanuel of Andover took to the high seas to revel in its 90th anniversary, recounting its robust history, growth and movement from Lawrence to Andover. With 650 member families, the Reform congregation is a strong and vital part of the North Shore Jewish community. Residents of Brooksby Village in Peabody celebrated 10 years of vibrant retirement living with a series of festivities including a grand ball, a barbecue and a Dog Derby. The 90-acre continuing care retirement community boasts a large, active Jewish population. And finally, the Youth to Israel program of the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation marked its 40th anniversary at an event in August, celebrating the return of 98 teens in 2010, along with alumni from years past. Comparing Lappin to “a modern Moses who has led some 2,200 teens to the land of Israel in the last 40 years,” Foundation Executive Director Debbie Coltin lauded the highly successful program. In a rare public appearance, Lappin thanked the teens for their many letters to him over the years describing the program’s impact on their lives. “Please know that I have read every word,” he said.

Ups and Downs at Hebrew College

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The Jewish Journal – – december 23, 2010 

Let the Building Begin

2010: The Year in Review

Election 2010


f the number of letters to the editor received on a particular topic is any indication, no other issue galvanized the North Shore more than the 2010 election. In particular, the race for the Sixth District Congressional seat held (and eventually retained) by Democratic incumbent John Tierney had readers


lthough the economy has shown sparks of recovery, 2010 was still a challenging year for North Shore Jewish organizations. In a struggle to remain afloat and relevant, many of our local organizations were forced to re-evaluate their missions and, in some cases, re-define them. This introspection was not necessarily a bad thing. The old adage, “When one door closes; another door opens” rang true for many of our local agencies and synagogues, who through the process of re-examination, may have discovered new — and perhaps better — ways of doing business or offering services. Here is what the editors consider the Top Ten local Jewish stories of 2010:


he year 2010 saw ups and downs for the Newtonbased Hebrew College. After eight consecutive years of operation, they closed the doors of their local Prozdor branch, which operated out of Cohen Hillel Academy in Marblehead. The abrupt closure left parents puzzled, but the college cited a lack of funding for the program, and also closed its Natick branch. They are currently offering an online program for teens, which they hope will be an adequate replacement. Additionally, Hebrew College announced that it is putting its campus building, designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, on the market as part of a financial deal with creditors to eliminate $32.1 million in debt. The college will lease office, classroom and library space from neighboring Andover Newton Theological Seminary. President Rabbi Daniel Lehman believes the resolution of debt, coupled with recent cuts in expenses, will pave the way for sustainable and responsible future growth.

Programs Preserve Memories


everal local projects are underway to preserve Jewish history. Robert McAndrew, a professor of social work at Salem State University and president of the Holocaust Center Boston North has teamed up with Dr. Christopher Mauriello, chairman of SSU’s history department and vice president of the Holocaust Center, to develop a graduate certificate program in Holocaust studies, and create a Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University. The target date for unveiling these projects is September 2011.

In other news, Ruth Rooks and Alvah Parker of Swampscott, and Herb Selesnick of Beverly, have developed a North Shore oral history project under the umbrella of the Jewish Historical Society of the North Shore. As part of the project, they are interviewing people who lived in the towns of Marblehead, Swampscott, Peabody, Beverly, Salem and Lynn about what Jewish life was like in the region prior to 1950. Student interviewers from Cohen Hillel Academy and area religious schools are helping to compile the histories.


espite a down economy, members of Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester were able to begin rebuilding their beloved temple, which was completely destroyed by fire in 2007. It took nearly two years for the determined congregants to decide what they wanted in a new facility, select architectural and contracting partners, and raise the necessary funds to build it. All the while, they never missed a beat. Worship services and Hebrew school continued in their temporary home on Commercial Street in Gloucester. It was a happy (albeit rainy) day in April when they jubilantly broke ground on their soon-to-be-completed, energy efficient building that is destined to become the epicenter of the Cape Ann Jewish community.

Sonia Schreiber Weitz: A Woman of Courage he June 23 death of Holocaust survivor Sonia Schreiber Weitz saddened many in the region, who had the utmost respect and reverence for the spunky native of Krakow with the signature bun. The classy 81-year-old, who as a young girl survived five concentration camps and lost nearly all her family to the Nazis, had called Peabody her home for many years. Less than a month before she died, hundreds turned out at Temple Ner Tamid to honor the humanitarian. Weitz will be remembered not only for her electrifying speeches, moving poetry and “I Promised I Would Tell,” her personal testament to the Holocaust, but for co-founding the Holocaust Center Boston North. In addition to preserving the memory of the Shoah, she fought to publicize and preserve the stories of those who survived genocides in Armenia, Rwanda and Cambodia. While the loss of Sonia Weitz is irreplaceable, her legacy and impact on the community will be felt for years to come.


n a sweeping move that will have a major impact on the North Shore, Aviv Centers for Living announced in October that it is consolidating all operations onto its Peabody campus. The organization will break ground on the $35 million project in the first quarter of 2011. Construction is expected to be complete by fall of 2012. The move, which came after years of careful analysis, will enable the 65-year-old organization to provide a true continuum of care on one campus. It currently houses some of its operations, most notably the Jewish Rehabilitation Center, in Swampscott. Plans include opening a childcare center and relocating the Jewish Historical Society of the North Shore to the new, stateof-the-art facility.


Dani Bloom, left, and Leo Levine at Simchah on the Hill.

s budgets shrink and contracts expire, the North Shore is bracing for an unprecedented level of rabbinical turnover. It began earlier this year, when Rabbi Mark Sokoll of Temple B’nai Israel in Revere left his post to devote more time to his position as CEO of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. In Newburyport, Congre­gation Ahavas Achim said goodbye to longtime Rabbi Stanley Sadinsky, and hired Rabbi Melissa Wenig as an interim solution while it pondered the future. Several synagogues, including Temples Ner Tamid in Peabody, B’nai Abraham in Beverly and Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester have made the painful decision to part with their rabbis when their contracts expire this spring and summer. Most have launched strategic planning committees to study their long-term needs, and explore potential collaborations with other synagogues.

A Re-Tooling of Camp Simchah

n early 2010, the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore made the emotional decision to officially close Camp Simchah in Middleton, an institution that has served North Shore youths for decades, and instead shift all summer camp activities to its Marblehead campus. The new entity, re-named Simchah on the Hill, would offer a menu of specialty camps for youths in grades 1-7 such as robotics, cooking and baseball, plus a new teen program for those in grades 8-10. The move did not adversely impact enrollment at the Jewish day camp, which according to Camp Director Scott Kaplan posted a strong and healthy summer. The teen program in particular was quite popular, with 60 area teens volunteering in the inaugural season. In August, the JCCNS Board of Directors voted to approve the sale of the 86-acre parcel of land in Middleton for $3.65 million.

Counter-clockwise from top, Rabbis Mark Sokoll, Samuel Barth, Steven Rubenstein, David Klatzker and Melissa Wenig.

— Compiled by Amy Sessler Powell and Susan Jacobs

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Despite intensified efforts by governments to monitor and report antiSemitic incidents, a disturbing number of attacks were reported across Europe and around the globe. In the United States, celebrities and media personalities, among them Hollywood director Oliver Stone and former White House correspondent Helen Thomas, gave voice to age-old anti-Semitic canards, raising new concerns about the pernicious disease of anti-Semitism.

Israel Delegitimization Continued Efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state gained momentum through campaigns promoting boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS). Israel was portrayed as a pariah state that engages in “racist” and “apartheid” policies, and anti-Israel activity proliferated on university campuses both in the U.S. and abroad.

Jews Targeted



The threat of terrorism remained a clear and present danger around the globe, with Jews and Jewish institutions among those targeted. A series of close calls attested to the seriousness of the threat posed by Muslim extremists: In October, authorities foiled a Yemenbased terror plot to send explosive-laden packages addressed to Chicago-area synagogues on U.S.-bound cargo flights.

Midterm Elections Shake Up Washington The midterm elections precipitated a power shift in Washington. Riding a wave of anti-incumbent discontent, and backed by strong Tea Party support, Republican challengers scored a wide victory in capturing numerous Congressional seats. The realignment altered the political calculus and posed a challenge to President Obama’s domestic and international agenda.

Congressman John Tierney, top, and Atty. Bill Hudak, at right.


Top 10 Issues Affecting Jews in 2010 Anti-Semitism Still a Potent Force

trading barbs. In a raucous, standing-room-only debate that the Jewish Journal co-sponsored with the Salem News, Republican challenger Bill Hudak stressed his unwavering support for Israel, while Tierney defended his record on Israel.

Unprecedented Rabbinical Turnover Presents Challenges/Opportunities


Aviv Announces Ambitious Expansion Plan


Human Rights Scorecard Mixed A major human rights victory came in the form of an historic Congressional vote to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a discriminatory policy governing service in America’s armed forces. In Arizona, the enactment of a harsh anti-immigrant law threatened to increase profiling and sow distrust between the Latino community and law enforcement, before several of the statute’s key provisions were blocked on legal grounds. There was a disturbing rise in overt discrimination against Muslims prompted, in part, by the national debate over a controversial proposal to build a mosque and cultural center blocks from Ground Zero in Manhattan. A Florida pastor threatened to burn copies of the Koran; plans for new mosques or Islamic centers in in other states provoked hateful reactions.

Flotilla Affair Sparks Backlash In an incident that sparked international condemnation of the Jewish state, Israel boarded a Turkish ship that

sought to break the blockade of Hamascontrolled Gaza. The Israeli forces were immediately attacked during a skirmish aboard the ship, leading to the deaths of nine activists. Though the flotilla was a premeditated provocation sponsored by anti-Israel activists, many countries swiftly denounced Israel for the confrontation. While the United States stood firmly behind Israel’s response, the affair strained Israel-Turkey relations. The Israeli government ultimately bowed to public pressure from the international community to ease the Gaza blockade.

Catholic-Jewish Relations Tested Two archbishops from the Melkite Greek Catholic Church made statements detrimental to Israel and Judaism, including one who publicly questioned the Jewish covenant with God and the Jewish connection to the land of Israel. Pope Benedict XVI issued words of praise for his predecessor, Pope Pius XII, regarding the wartime pope’s record on Jews during the Holocaust, even as the Vatican failed to open its Secret Archives from

1939 to 1946. However, Pope Benedict pledged to continue to raise his voice against anti-Semitism and attempts to isolate the state of Israel.

Bullies & Anti-Semites Proliferate Online Anti-Semitism flourished online, with many taking advantage of the Internet’s anonymity to blame Jews for causing the economic recession and to allege a connection between Jews and money and perpetuate other anti-Jewish conspiracy theories. Anti-Semitic and bigoted remarks also spilled over in the form of harassment, threats and bullying. In several high profile cases of suicides by young people, cyberbullying may have been a contributing factor. As school districts moved to confront the problem with anti-bullying initiatives, several states, including Massachusetts and New Jersey, passed or enhanced legislation to hold schools and teachers to a higher standard when it comes to reporting and responding to incidents.


12  The Jewish Journal – – december 23, 2010

Ariel’s Bear Goes to Hebrew School

Youth Takes on Military Mitzvah Project Amy Sessler Powell

Ariel Greenberg

Jewish Journal Staff

Special to the Journal

BEVERLY — Roman Carnevale has always had a fascination with soldiers. “The first time I was in an airport, my parents told me to thank a soldier for serving our country. Now I am always talking to them and thanking them when I see them,” Carnevale said. When the youth needed to choose a mitzvah project for his bar mitzvah in April, it made sense to focus on soldiers. Fortunately his mother, Susan, knew Mark Medina, a probation officer in Lynn District Court, who was already collecting items for the soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. Carnevale interviewed Medina so he could understand what the soldiers needed, and then he offered to help with the collections. He also wrote letters to accompany the shipments. Right now, he says, the soldiers need beef jerky, coffee and powdered drinks, toiletries, Chapstick, DVD’s and decks of cards. Carnevale has placed collection baskets at his mother’s offices at the Center for Family Development, Building 800, Suite 266t at Cummings Park,

here once was a bear. His name was Mr. Bear. Mr. Bear lived with me ever since I was a baby. He is brownish-yellowish with fur and is soft. He’s my friend, and I like to hang out with him. On Sunday mornings I am sometimes happy but sometimes mad because I have to go to Hebrew school. Hebrew school is boring. And I still have to Short go. I tell Mommy Story and Daddy many times in the morning that I do not want to go. Mr. Bear knows this too. One Sunday morning, Mr. Bear sneaked into my blue Hebrew school backpack while I was eating breakfast. I didn’t know he snuck in there because my backpack was hanging on its hook in the playroom. I took my backpack and climbed into Daddy’s car. Daddy brings me to Hebrew school every Sunday. When we got to temple on this day, I took off my coat with the polka dots and hung it up on the hook outside my classroom. I gave Daddy a kiss and went into the


Susan Carnevale

Roman Carnevale, 12, of Beverly collects items for soldiers at Temple B’nai Abraham.

Beverly; at 70 Washington St., Suite 320 in Salem, and at Temple B’nai Abraham. There is also a collection basket at the Lynn District Court. Medina works with two Army soldiers who have local ties: Specialist Keith Lovely in Afghanistan and Staff Sgt. Kris Kurowski in Iraq. These soldiers receive the supplies and then distribute them to their platoons. Medina recently sent Lovely a thumb drive so he could download photos for Carnevale. According to Medina, shipping costs about $150 per month,

and that money is raised via an annual raffle and donations. Medina started the project in October of 2006 with fellow probation officer Kelley Montgomery. Since then, several individuals and businesses have gotten involved with donations, fundraising and letter writing. “I hope to continue to help for at least eight months after my bar mitzvah,” Carnevale said. For more information or to help, contact Susan Carnevale at, or Mark Medina at Lynn District Court, 781-598-6400.

Temple Sinai Launches an Array of Youth Initiatives Aaron Fine & Dan Gindes

Special to the Journal

MARBLEHEAD — Temple Sinai’s reinvigorated Youth Committee has launched several new programs. These include:

Temple Sinai

Teens kicked-off “Jews on the Hill” December 19 with a BBQ and Games Night. From left, Harrison Dale, Elana Aronson, Jenna Ring and Amanda Lowe play Jenga.

613 — B’nai mitzvah program for 6-7 graders A bar or bat mitzvah is not the endб but the beginning of a new stage of engagement with Judaism, and 613 is intended to make that a reality. On January 6, the program kicks off with a challah baking event. Over the course of the program, youths continued on page 14

ADL Mission Turns Student Into Ambassador for Change Daniel Copeland of Swampscott recently returned from a four-day mission to Washington, D.C. where he learned about hatred, racism and discrimination. The trip was part of the Anti-Defamation League’s Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission. Copeland was one of 10 Massachusetts high school students, selected for their leadership potential, to participate in a delegation of 100 diverse students from across the United States. The delegation toured the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, engaged with Holocaust survivors, concentration camp liberators, Civil Rights Movement leaders, and community activists. The student leaders also participated in interactive ADL A World of Difference® Institute anti-bias workshops, and explored issues of prejudice in their own lives. They attended ADL’s annual Concert Against


The Massachusetts delegation of students included: (front row, l-r) Jawad Awan, Han Lee, Meghan Doherty, Esther Dada, Holly Sudbey, Nasser Eledroos; (back row, l-r) ADL New England Associate Regional Director Jennifer Smith, Tim Hopp, Daniel Copeland, Christiana Dakoyannis, Jacob Sheetz, and ADL “A World of Difference Institute” Director Phil Fogelman.

Hate at the Kennedy Center, which honored extraordinary individuals and families who have dealt with hate in tragic forms. “This mission enables high school students to bear witness to the atrocities of the Holocaust, while also learning about mod-

ern-day prejudice and bigotry,” said ADL Associate Regional Director Jennifer Smith. “The moral and ethical issues raised help students apply lessons to their own lives, and ultimately combat racism, bigotry and bullying in their schools and communities.”

Kim Dietel

Ariel Greenberg and Mr. Bear.

classroom. I put my blue backpack on my chair. I said “hi” to Jenna, Micah, Sarah, Samantha and the teacher. The teacher was teaching us Hebrew vowels that day. I looked inside my bag to get my Hebrew folder. I saw the same brownish yellowish color as my bear. Then I said to myself, “It’s the same fur as Mr. Bear.” I saw Mr. Bear. It was my Mr. Bear in my backpack! He stayed in my backpack, but could see over the edge. Mr. continued on page 14

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NSJCC Winter Programs PEABODY — The North Suburban Jewish Community Center is pleased to announce its winter program schedule. Shalom Families, geared towards families with children ages birth to 2 1/2 years, aims to connect Jewish families to each other and the greater Jewish community. In addition to its complimentary “Welcome Baby” gift bag for parents of a new baby, NSJCC’s Shalom Families offers playgroups and special events, including its free, drop-in parents group, “J-Babies.” Resuming on January 7, J-Babies meets Friday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. at the NSJCC, 83 Pine St. in West Peabody. Moms, dads and caregivers of infants under one year are welcome to come, ask questions, share concerns, celebrate milestones, and enjoy camaraderie. J-Babies also features guest speakers on a variety of topics. NSJCC is also offering a parent/toddler play group, “Boppin Tots,” for toddlers ages 15 months to 2 1/2 years, Boppin Tots will meet on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon, beginning January 11. Boppin Tots will feature expert educators on a variety of themes, including music, movement, dramatic and visual arts. The registration fee for each eight-week session is $80/NSJCC members and $100/ community. For more information or to register, visit or contact Miriam Blue at 978535-2968 or miriamb@nsjcc. org.

Mitzvah Magic is Collecting Books Mitzvah Magic is a program designed to help parents instill the value of performing mitzvot within their families and communities. The program is sponsored by Women’s Division of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore. The group is partnering with Mass. General for Children at North Shore Medical Center to support the Ready 2 Read program. This program collects books for volunteers to read to children who are inpatients, and for families waiting for appointments. Mitzvah Magic’s goal is to donate at least 1,000 books for Ready 2 Read. The collected books will be presented to the hospital on Monday, February 7, at 3 p.m. The community is asked to bring donations to designated sites by January 23, 2011. Sites in Swampscott include Chabad Community Shul, Sagan Realtors, Congregation Shirat Hayam and Loop Consignment; in Marblehead at Cohen Hillel Academy, JCCNS and JFNS; in Peabody at Temple Beth Shalom, Temple Ner Tamid and NSJCC; and in Salem at Temple Shalom. For more information, contact Laura Shulman Brochstein at laurasb@jfns. org or 781-631-8330 x507.

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Caregivers’ Support Group Aviv Centers for Living’s Shapiro-Rudolph Adult Day Center will be offering a Caregivers’ Support Group at 330 Paradise Road in Swampscott the fourth Tuesday of every month, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., beginning Tuesday, December 28. The group will unite caregiv-

ers to share challenges and success stories in a supportive environment under the leadership of Jessica Guest, LCSW. Guest is a social worker at the ShapiroRudolph Adult Day Center. For more information, contact Jessica at 781-973-1582 or

Sponsor a Kiddush Do you have a special “simchah” to celebrate? Would you like to acknowledge the yahrzeit of a loved one? Congregation Sons of Israel in Peabody currently has four Saturdays in January in need of Kiddush sponsors. (Jan. 1, 8, 15 & 22). Contact Harvey Chandler at 781-598-8855.


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obituaries Gertrude Dropkin, 95, of Chelsea, formerly of Revere Gertrude Dropkin of Chelsea, 95, formerly of Revere, passed away on December 20, 2010 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. Gertrude was born and raised in Chelsea. She attended Chelsea schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. Gertrude was a retired salesperson in retail. She was a member of the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale, N’Amat and the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. Gertrude was the loving daughter of the late Samuel and Ida Dropkin. She was the dear sister of Irving and Marilyn Dropkin

and the late Dorothy Lebowitz. She was the loving aunt of Barry and Helen Lebowitz, Steven and Sheryl Dropkin and Laurie and Steven Schertzer. Gertrude is also survived by many great-nieces and nephews. Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel in Chelsea on December 22. Interment followed in Everett. Donations in Gertrude’s memory may be made to the Jack Satter House Tenants’ Association, 420 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere, MA 02151. For an online guestbook, visit the funeral home website,

Ronnie Shadoff, 56, formerly of Swampscott Ronnie Shadoff, 56, of Woodstock, Md., formerly of Swampscott, died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on December 9, 2010. He fought a courageous battle against cancer for the past three years. He was the beloved husband of Joan (née Dimpsey). Ronnie was born in Lynn on April 6, 1954, the dear son of Harold and Janice Shadoff. He was raised in Swampscott and graduated from Swampscott High School. He went on to graduate with a B.S., from John Hopkins University. Ronnie loved all Boston sports teams, but had a soft spot for the Red Sox. He really enjoyed being around family and especially enjoyed watching all of his children play soccer.

In addition to his wife and parents, he leaves his beautiful children, Jessica Shadoff-Metz and Scott Metz of Philadelphia, Pa., Lauren Shadoff of Baltimore, Md., and Eric Shadoff of Woodstock, Md.; his siblings, Debra and George Kelley of Charleston, S.C., and Neal and Susan Shadoff of Albuquerque, N.M.; brother-inlaw Susan and Sonny Hermes, and Diane and Bill Christ; Aunt Sandra and the late Mert Kolsky; also his loving nieces and nephews. Celebrate his life with a smile and remember Ronnie always for how he lived, how he laughed and how he loved. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 555 W. Towsontown Rd., Towson, MD 21204.

Feingold, Doris (Lipman), 100 — late of Malden. Died December 12, 2010. Wife of Dr. Abraham Feingold. Mother of Ronna Margolis and Peter Feingold. Grandmother of Kimberly and Dan Lamas, Allison, Marlo and Robin. Great-grandmother of Zachary and Samantha. (Goldman)

Pinstein, Ruth B. (Belostock), 90 — late of Swampscott, formerly of Lynn and Peabody. Died December 20, 2010. Wife of the late Abraham “Al” Pinstein. Daughter of the late Israel and Fannie (Puro) Belostock. Sister of the late Alex Belostock, Lewis Belostock, Sidney Belostock, Edith Rabinovitz and Janet Belostock. Aunt of Stanley Belostock and his wife Rhoda, Maxine Belostock, Arlene Belson and her husband Donald, Hollie Williamson and her husband Robert, Ina Rossman, Cindy LeFavor and her husband Phillip, Gary Belostock and his wife Marla, Lance Belostock and his wife Kathy and Mark Belostock. Aunt of the late Joyce Belostock and Phyllis Belostock, and many great-nieces, -nephews and great-great-nieces and -nephews. (Stanetsky-Hymanson)

Myerow, Norman D., 72 — late of Melrose. Died December 13, 2010. Husband of Carolyn (Miranda). Brother of the late Stanley “Stutzy,” Irving “Honey” and Martin Myerow. Brotherin-law of Helen Myerow, Mildred Myerow, Sandra Myerow, Rosanne MacDonald, Paula Miranda and Peter Miranda, Jr. Uncle of many nieces and nephews. (Goldman)

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August 2012. Each fellow will receive a $28,000 stipend, plus health insurance. Strong candidates will have a B.A. in Jewish studies or a related field, and a working knowledge of Yiddish. For application guidelines, visit For more information, contact Lesley Yalen at 413-2564900 x142 or Application deadline: January 3, 2011.
 The Steiner Summer Program offers matriculating college students a tuition-free, seven-week intensive course in Yiddish language, history and culture. Beginning and intermediate students will study Yiddish texts, as well as the history, literature, film, theater, food and music of the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe. The program will run from June 12 to July 29, 2011. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is required. Students will receive six undergraduate credits (through

Youth Initiatives will participate in an ongoing “613 Hunt,” working on their own and with peers to get 613 mitzvah points by doing a variety of fun and meaningful mitzvot.

Jews on the Hill — teen social group This new teen group met for the first time December 19 and

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Bear saw me eating a snack. It was challah and cookies. I also had a cup of grape juice. He saw me smile when I got a Mike & Ike candy every time I read my Hebrew correctly. “Hmmmm,” said Mr. Bear. He then whispered to me, “Hebrew school is fun.” He whispered it into my ear. No one else heard or saw him.

The Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to rescuing and distributing Yiddish and other Jewish books. Its headquarters in Amherst, MA houses exhibitions about Jewish literature, art, film and music, and other resources for visitors. For more information, visit friendly services will take place Saturday, January 8, at 10 a.m. Children and parents will lead and participate in all aspects of the service, with a kiddush lunch afterwards.

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Noar Shabbat Youth Program This new Shabbat program is for youths aged 8-12. Noar is a mix of prayer, song, outdoor Jewish adventures (weather permitting) and drama, with the “parsha players” acting out the Torah portion for everyone in the main sanctuary. Led by Rabbi Aaron Fine and Cantor David Aronson, the group meets Saturday mornings from 10:3011:30 a.m.

the University of Massachusetts), and access to all Book Center activities and resources, including public programs, exhibits, and the Book Center’s collection of a million Yiddish books. David Shneer, associate professor of history and director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, serves as academic director of the Steiner Program. For more information or to apply, visit yiddishbookcenter. org/education or contact Rachel Surden at rachel.surden@gmail. com. Application deadline: February 1, 2011.

enjoyed a BBQ and games. The next event, a snowboard and ski trip to Loon Mountain, will take place on January 9 in collaboration with Cohen Hillel Academy and NSTI. The event is open to 7-12th graders, with sign-up information on the temple website. Mishpachat Sinai Youth and Family Services The first of these familyMr. Bear also learned some Hebrew vowels. He told me that he thought it was very fun at Hebrew school. I thought maybe I should bring Mr. Bear to Hebrew school every week. Hebrew school would be fun with Mr. Bear there with me. I learned that eating snacks with friends and learning a new language is fun. I still complain to Mommy and Daddy on Sunday about having to leave my family and

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Knesset Katan Shabbat program for the congregation’s littlest members is run by Elisa Torstenson from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Kids learn prayers, play games and do craft projects, joining their families at the end of services for kiddush. Temple Sinai welcomes young families to get involved. For more information visit or become a Facebook fan of Temple Sinai of Marblehead. Aaron Fine is the rabbi of Temple Sinai. Dan Gindes is co-chair of the Sinai Youth Committee. go to Hebrew school. But when I am there, I have fun. And I have Mr. Bear with me now, too. First grader Ariel Greenberg, daughter of Kim Dietel and Jeff Greenberg of So. Hamilton, is a student at Temple B’nai Abraham Religious School. This story won the HamiltonWenham Massachusetts Literacy Month Story Contest for Grades 1-3, November, 2010.

Teen Poetry Contest SWAMPSCOTT — The Swampscott Library invites teens in grades 7-12 to participate in the seventh annual Lee Golomb Cadiff Teen Poetry Contest. Participants must either live in Swampscott or attend a school located there. Cash and other prizes will be awarded. Entry forms are available at local schools, the library and on the library’s website, Poems must be submitted by February 24, 2011. Call 781-5968867 for further information.

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31 января в Бостоне в 35 раз сотоится традиционный Фестиваль встречи Нового Года, First Night 2011. В программе, как всегда, предусмотрены различные как бесплатные, так и платные мероприятия и развлечения. На Boston Common будут выставлены ледовые скульптуры; в 5:30 вечера вдоль по Boylston Street состоится праздничный карнавальный парад; в Hynes Convention Center будут проходить выступления музыкантов, танцоров, юмористов, клоунов и жонглеров. В этом забавном зимнем празднике задействованы практически все музеи, театры, библиотеки и музыкальные площадки города. Для посещения некоторых мероприятий необходимо приобрести “First Night Button”, или значок-пропуск. См. сайт для расписания и приобретения значка: Знаменитый зимний каток в Бостоне, Boston Common Frog Pond будет открыт для семейного катания в субботу, 25 декабря. Билеты 4 для фигуристов старше 14 лет. Там же можно взять коньки в рент за $5 для детей и $8 для взрослех. Доп. информация и расписание работы катка на сайте:

English Summary In today’s issue of the Russian Chronicle we wish our readers and advertisers a happy and healthy New Year and print some advice on how to prepare and what to wear for the First Night of the Year of White Rabbit, according to Chinese horoscope. We also have photos from the traditional Russian New Year celebration, children’s show and a few announcements of upcoming events in the community.

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В прошлое воскресенье в Marblehead Community Center с успехом прошел традиционный праздник Новогодней Елки, подготовленный учениками Школы Юных Талантов. В гости к ребятам пришел Дед Мороз и Снегурочка. Были песни, танцы, хороводы. По окончании праздника все дети ушли домой с подарками. “Мы благодарны всем, кто принимал участие в подготовке праздника и нашим зрителям за их материальную поддержку. ШЮТ — некоммерческая организация, которая дает более $36,000 финансовой помощи в год своим ученикам. Деньги, вырученные во время утренника, пойдут на оплату расходов, связанных с организацией праздника, а также на приобретение новых микрофонов,” — сказала Наташа Ганчина.

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Восточный календарь говорит о том, что следующий, 2011-й год, будет годом Металлического Белого Кролика или Кота это как кому больше нравится. Однако приоритетным "тотемом" станет все же кролик, на его поведение и стоит ориентироваться, привлекая удачу во всех делах. Первое качество, которое отличает это животное - скромность, оно ценит доброе отношение, щедрость души и гостеприимство. Поэтому в новом году уделите особое внимание общению с друзьями, родными и близкими, чаще приглашайте их в гости, устраивайте дружеские вечеринки и выезды на природу. Кролик любит душевные компании. Следующее качество - это дипломатичность, поэтому для выскочек и карьеристов этот год станет не самым удачным, все проблемы необходимо решать аккуратно, без лишней суеты. Разумеется, как кролик, так и кот, ассоциируются с неуемной страстью к любовным отношениям. Таким образом, это время станет периодом тотальной влюбленности и романтики. Кстати, браки, заключенные в 2011-м году, обещают быть очень крепкими, супруги не утратят нежной привязанности друг к другу на протяжении многих лет. Если в вашей семье ожидается пополнение, кролик с лихвой одарит ребенка талантами. Итак перейдем к сути вопроса: в чем встречать новый

Лекции о здоровье 7 и 14 января в Jewish Family Services будут проводены две лекции на тему “Самопомощь при болях”. Слушателям объяснят, как можно использовать свои внутренние возможности для самоконтроля и познакомят с естественными методами йоготерапии для предупреждения и облегчения некоторых видов болей. Лектор: психолог и йоготерапевт Анна Шапиро. Начало обеих лекций в 2 ч. дня. В случае плохих погодных условий лекции будут перенесены. Для записи звоните Анне Шапиро по тел. 978-969-2343 или Наташе Сулькиной 781-593-0100, доб. 18.

год кролика. Что надеть на Новый 2011 Год — этот вопрос актуален для всех женщин, ведь в новогоднюю ночь хочется не просто привлекательно выглядеть, но и понравиться символу нового года. На этот раз это будет просто — так удивительно сошлись модные тенденции и предпочтения Кролика. В чем встречать 2011 год (кролика, кота), если он Металлический? Конечно, во всем, что блестит: блестки, стразы, пайетки, металлические украшения, переливающиеся ткани, — все это привлечет благосклонность животных. Если говорить о цветовой гамме, отдайте предпочтение светлым тонам, пастельным оттенкам: особенно актуально будут смотреться желтые и белые платья. Гвоздь сезона — золото, этот яркий насыщенный цвет не только в моде, но и способен превратить любую девушку в настоящую королеву новогоднего бала. Любителям других цветов также не стоит расстраиваться. Пушистым зверькам нравятся также красная и голубая гаммы, причем во всем разнообразии палитр: алый, бордо, синий и бирюзовый — выбор за вами! Кстати, наряды кроликов и котов приветствуются в любом виде — от полного костюма задорной

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Chinese Dinner/Shabbat Service

Dinner at 7 p.m.; service at 8 p.m. $18. Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody. 978-532-1293.

JBall 2010: 20s & 30s Rock Star Party

8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Hosted by the J Connection for young Jewish professionals, ages 21-39. $25/advance; $30/at the door. The Estate Boston, 1 Boylston Place, Boston. tjcboston. com or 781-444-7771.

The Big (and Not So Big) Questions

7:30-8:30 a.m. Free Jewish learning class taught by Dr. Jesse Hefter. Classes continue through March 11. Synagogue Council of Mass., 1320 Centre St., Newton. 617-244-6506 or

n Sat, Dec. 25 best bet Family Fun Day

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Family swim, movies, gym games, crafts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chinese food luncheon. $25/family. JCCNS, 4 Community Rd., Marblehead. 781-631-8330 or

Footsteps Towards Freedom

2-8 p.m. Christmas Day retreat of Jewish mindfulness meditation, taught by Seth Casteman. Retreat begins after Shabbat services and Kiddush. All welcome. Retreat ends with a kosher, vegetarian Chinese

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

n Tues, Dec. 28 Caregivers’ Support Group

1-2:30 p.m. New group will meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Share challenges and success stories in a supportive environment. Aviv’s Shapiro-Rudolph Adult Day Center, 330 Paradise Rd., Swampscott. or 781-973-1582.

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at Victoria Station. $16/musuem, dinner cost determined by what you order. Contact Sylvia Loman at 978-535-5211.

Lowell. or 978654-4MRT.

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Israel Rocks

4-5 pm. Jewish identity and Hebrew immersion program for children aged 6-13 features music, dance, games. Taught by Cantor Idan Irelander and Rachel Jacobson. Class runs weekly, through June 6. Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly. deb.vozella@ or 978-927-3211 x 14.

n Tues, Jan. 4 ‘Zionism and Modern Jewish History’

7:30 p.m. Taught by historian Herb Belkin. Cong. Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. or 781-599-8005.

Teen Book Club

‘The Understudy’

Delightful comedy runs through Jan. 29. $25-$52. The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. or 617585-5678.

5:30-6:30 p.m. Introductory meeting of a club for teens, run by teens. The library will supply snacks. Come with ideas. Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. Call Sandy at 781-596-8867 x304.

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Book Club

8 p.m. Read and discuss ‘To the End of the Land’ by Israeli author David Grossman. Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody.

W.A.G. Visits Forbidden City

The North Shore’s Jewish Widows and Widowers Activity Group depart at 1 p.m. from Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody for the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Take a guided tour of ‘The Emperor’s Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City,’ followed by dinner

Tamir Hendelman Trio

8 p.m. Israeli pianist Tamir Hendelman performs with his trio. Scullers, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. or 617562-4111.


Riveting romantic thriller set in Edwardian London about a handsome con-man who marries simple, well-off women, only to leave them inexplicably poor and husbandless the day after their honeymoons. Runs through Jan. 30. Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 132 Warren St.,

n Fri, Jan. 7 The Huntington Theatre Company presents this 2009 Pulitzer Prize winning drama, through Feb. 6. $2589. Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-2660800.


10-11:30 a.m. Ongoing drop-in group where moms, dads and caregivers of infants under one year can ask questions, share concerns, celebrate milestones, and enjoy camaraderie. J-Babies will also feature guest speakers on a variety of topics. NSJCC, 83 Pine Street, West Peabody. Contact Miriam Blue at 978-535-2968 or email miriamb@

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refreshments served. Donations appreciated. Temple Emanuel, 101 West Forest St., Lowell. 978-4541372.

Magic of the East Cultural Festival

9:00 am-noon. Tara Ahmed, Indian dancer/folktale teller, and Jim Parks of Wingmasters will perform. Learn to make hummus, sandpaper geckos, and a henna tattoo. Free. Meritor Academy, 261 North Main Street, Middleton. Contact Susan Morrissey at 978-774-8033 or

n Sun, Jan. 9 Sisterhood Book Club

10:30 a.m. Sisterhood of Temple Shalom discusses “The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit” by Lucette Lagnado, an autobiographical portrait of the author’s journey from wartime Cairo to the New World. Bagels and coffee served. Temple Shalom, 287 Lafayette St., Salem.

Bagels and Books

Café Shalom

7:30-10:30 p.m. Temple Ahavat Achim is bringing back its popular coffeehouse, Café Shalom, featuring The Bob Kramer Trio and Scott Ouellette performing an evening of contemporary acoustic music including folk, blues, rhythm and blues and jazz. Hot beverages and snacks available for sale. All ages are welcome; there is no dress requirement. $5 payable at the door. Temple Ahavat Achim, 33 Commercial St., Gloucester. 978281-0739 or

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7 p.m. ‘Un Secret’ by French Director Claude Miller will be screened. Light

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Engagement Katzman – Azer Edwin and Elaine Katzman of Boynton Beach, Fla., formerly of Marblehead, are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tracey Jill Katzman, to Jeffery Scott Azer, son of Norman and Sharlene Azer of Easton. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Marblehead High School and earned a B.S. in apparel marketing from UMass Amherst. She is a regional sales director for, a Kenexa Company. The future groom graduated from Randolph High School and earned a B.S. in psychology from Bridgewater State College. He is currently employed at IRA Tewksbury as a sales manager. The couple is planning an April wedding at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

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Dr. Gerald Stepner of West Peabody was elected Chairman of the Area 1 Committee of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel of the Internal Revenue Service. Area 1 includes New England, New Jersey, and New York. The panel is composed of 100 members selected by the Office of the Secretary of the US Treasury. The mission of its members is to improve IRS service and customer satisfaction. The election took place at the annual meeting held in Washington, D.C.

Levine Promotion Melissa Levine, MSW, LCSW, of Middleton, has been appointed to social worker/community programs liaison for Northeast HomeCare, Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals’ Medicare-certified home care agency. In her new position, she will conduct assessments to address patient needs and develop care plans. She was most recently a geriatric care manager for NortheastLink, also a program of Northeast Senior Health. An LICSW candidate in 2011, Levine holds her bachelor of social work degree from Western New England College and her master’s of social work degree from Salem State University. She is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and the North Shore Alzheimer’s Partnership.

Dr. Jill Rachel Reinherz and Harold Bielous Burger were married September 5 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. Jill is the daughter of Ralph and Arlene Reinherz of Lynnfield. Harold is the son of Joseph and Trudy Burger of Oakton, Va. The bride’s sister, Shari Spiegel, was the maid of honor and the groom’s brothers, Jeffrey and Michael Burger, were the best men. Jill is a graduate of Yale University and received her MD degree from UMass Medical School. She is an interventional radiologist at MetroWest Medical Center. Harold earned masters’ degrees in public administration and economics from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. He is a financial analyst at Fidelity Investments. Following a honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple will reside in Newton.

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Woof = Thanks! Julia Saxe, a Cohen Hillel Academy 8th grader from Marblehead, recently completed a mitzvah project to raise awareness about homeless pets. Julia was able to raise over $1,100 for two animal shelters by selling bracelets with the Marblehead Animal Shelter and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary websites imprinted on them ( and The money collected was shared equally between the two shelters. In the photo, Julia is pictured with Dr. Sandy Byland, manager of humane education, and Faith Maloney, animal care consultant, of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Julia is the daughter of Jody and Richard Saxe.

Lynn-Swampscott-Marblehead Chapter of Hadassah members recently hosted Roberta Kalechofsky (second from left in photo), author of “The Jewish Vegetarian Year Cookbook.” The group celebrated Chanukah and planned an upcoming vegetarian Tu B’Shvat Seder to be held at Temple Shalom on January 22. Vegetarian dishes will be prepared under the guidance of Kalechofsky. From left to right in photo: Harriet Diamond, Kalechofsky, Charlotte Hoffman, Ina Resnikoff, Jeanne Harris, Aileen Cordette and Stacey Gainor.

2010 Superintendent’s Award Goes to Chmara Josh Chmara of Marblehead was one of two recipients of the 2010 Superintendent’s Certificate of Academic Excellence given by School Super­ intendent Paul Dulac. This award is given to seniors who have distinguished themselves in academics and leadership, as well as shown involvement in his/her community through volunteerism and extracurricular activities. Josh is the son of Jessica and Jed Chmara.

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The holiday of Tu B’Shevat celebrates the rebirth of trees and the renewal of spirit. Women are invited to gather together to taste different fruits and share experiences on Wednesday, January 19, at 7 p.m. at Aviv’s Woodbridge Center in Peabody. The event is supported with a grant from the Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund. The cost is $18/person, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Carmel Forest disaster relief. RSVP by January 14 to NSJCC at 978-535-2968 or email

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