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February 3, 2011 – 29 shevat, 5771

PJ Library Creating Connections, Building Jewish Community Amy Sessler Powell Jewish Journal Staff

DANVERS — During her four years of parenting, Jennifer Ware of Essex had not met another Jewish mother. All that changed when she joined the PJ Library Program. She enrolled her son in PJ Library to get free Jewish books, but ended up finding a connection to a community of other Jewish families. Ware is one of more than 650 local families currently enrolled in the program. She recently joined a book club for mothers of the PJ Library. Through it, she has met many other Jewish moms. And with the help of Debbie Coltin, executive director of the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation, she was able to bring a Chanukah story hour to Amy Sessler Powell the daycare at her workplace, New England Dana Rimer of Danvers holds her newborn baby, Milo. BioLabs in Ispwich.

“This is great for me. It’s a connection, a way into the community,” Ware said. Ware’s child is one of more than 1,031 local children involved with the PJ Library. This local affiliate is funded by the Robert I. Lappin Foundation, Cohen Hillel Academy and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. It is one of 135 PJ Library affiliates in the U.S. and Canada, collectively sending out approximately 70,000 books per month. Recipients say the PJ library does far more than simply bring Jewish books into homes. It has provided an entry point into the Jewish community for many unaffiliated young Jewish families. Pamela Stein of Peabody attended a PJ Library Tu B’Shvat event last year at Temple Shalom in Salem. She ended up joining the synagogue because of the warmth she felt at the event. Now, one year later, she is recruit-

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READING — As Holocaust survivor Edgar Krasa approached the stage in the Parker Middle School auditorium, 610 pairs of young eyes were transfixed on the tall, handsome European gentleman with the bushy eyebrows and wavy, white hair. The sixth, seventh and eighth graders were absolutely mesmerized as Krasa, speaking in precise, measured tones with a slight German accent, shared how as a young man, he survived Terezin and Auschwitz concentration camps, and a Nazi Death March. It was a profound and moving experience for the youths, many of whom were not Jewish and had never before had the he shows students the number tattooed on his arm.

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Editor’s note: This is a continuation in a series about living options for active seniors.

ANDOVER — It’s never been “politics as usual” for State Senator Barry Finegold, 39, of Andover. To Finegold, politics is a calling, something he says is “in my DNA”. “My parents set a great example. Both were teachers. My mother taught for 33 years in the Andover public schools, and my father taught

PEABODY – After surviving a terrible car accident a year ago, Lucille and Leo Sevinor began a journey that took them from their home in Marblehead to Woodbridge Amy Sessler Powell Assisted Living in Peabody. Leo and Lucille Sevinor of Marblehead The couple, who will

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opportunity to interact with a survivor. Krasa, who for years has been publicly speaking about his pre- and post WWII life, seized the moment to bring history to life — and in the process stamped an indelible impression on his young audience. After the presentation, the 90-year-old made the effort to personally connect with each student — shaking hands, sharing hugs and eagerly pushing up his sleeve to show students who were interested the numbers neatly tattooed on the inside of his left arm. The youths were clearly affected by the experience. “It’s sad how the people suffered so much because of what people thought about the Jewish people,” said sixth grader Susan Jacobs On January 26, Holocaust survivor Edgar Krasa spoke Celina Bove, who along with two-dozen othwith students at Parker Middle School in Reading. Above, ers were invited to attend a private reception

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moved to Woodbridge after surviving a serious car accident.

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Revere Temple Aims to Grow Jewish Life in the Region


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Rabbi Joseph Berman and Temple B’Nai Israel member Kolya Gerasev jam on the bimah.

Temple B’Nai Israel congregants and Rabbi Berman co-hosted a Chanukah party at the Revere Public Library, and the event was recorded and broadcast on Revere’s local cable access channel, RevereTV. Berman was also invited by the mayor’s office to light the Chanukiah outside of Revere City Hall.

Judaism for Adults: An Introduction Temple B’Nai Israel’s 10-week “Judaism for Adults” classes will begin Wednesday, February 16, and run through April 27. Temple B’nai Israel is located on One Wave Ave. in Revere. The cost is $125. To register, phone 781-2848388 or visit Also in December, Temple B’Nai Israel was honored when Cantor Lois Welber performed a prize-winning composition by Temple B’Nai Israel’s music director and organist, Ernest

Rakhlin, at the Fourth Shalshelet International Jewish Music Festival in New York City. The congregation is formalizing a new social justice initiative, and has signed on to the nationwide Keshet campaign, “Do Not Stand Idly By: A Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives.” This program is committed to ending homophobic bullying and harassment in Jewish institutions. When asked about his role in inspiring the temple’s vibrancy, Berman is quick to note that it is he who is being inspired. “TBI is a lay-led congregation whose members have continually pursued growth and change in their own lives,” he said. “With the energy and ideas these congregants bring, it is natural to want to move forward with them.”

Jamie Farrell is a member of Temple B’Nai Israel and serves on the Jewish Journal’s Board of Overseers.

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North Shore Teen Initiative Receives Two-Year Grant Extension North Shore Program Viewed as Potential National Model

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4  The Jewish Journal – – February 3, 2011

At Aviv, Seniors Can Move Through a Continuum of Care

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celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this summer, say Woodbridge is working out well for them. “After the accident, we were both not the same. I never dreamt of leaving my home, but my children wanted this for us. And, look, I don’t have to cook, I don’t have to clean and I have a lovely apartment,” said Lucille Sevinor, 92. Woodbridge Assisted Living is part of the Aviv Centers for Living system of continuous care — providing home care, adult day health, assisted living, rehabilitation and skilled nursing care on campuses in Peabody and Swampscott. According to Aviv President and CEO Stephen Neff, the centers currently serve approximately 400 people daily — with 130 units at Woodbridge, 170 at the Jewish Rehabilitation Center, 50 people in the Shapiro-Rudolph Adult Day Health Center, and 40 to 50 people using home health services. Seniors that enter the system at one point can easily move to another point. After their accident, the Sevinors both required surgery at Union Hospital where their son, Sheldon, is a plastic surgeon. Then, they needed rehabilitation at the JRC. When they found it too difficult to return home, they chose to move to Woodbridge.

ing other young families to the temple. Coltin said the PJ Library has spawned many spinoffs and enriched existing Foundation programs such as Rekindle Shabbat. “This program has become so much more than the books going into the homes. We are planning more educational programs for the parents in 2011,” Coltin said. Judi Wisch, director of community outreach for the Grinspoon Foundation agreed. “The books are just stage one. We connect families to Jewish community and to each other with a lot of neighborhood based programming,” she said. Some of the spinoffs on the North Shore include Fun Fridays at Cohen Hillel Academy, Passover Storytimes in Topsfield and Lynnfield, and the Connections Book Club for moms, which currently has more than 54 women registered. At a recent Connections Book Club meeting, 20 women gathered at Putnam Pantry in Danvers to discuss “After a Long Silence,” by Helen Fremont. Many of the moms said the group is also a sounding board for choosing synagogues and preschools. Through the group, two moms discovered that they live on the same street, and made plans to walk together. Dana Rimer of Danvers came

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Vincent Delpiano of Winthrop began his association with Aviv at the Shapiro-Rudolph Adult Day Health Center, progressed to Woodbridge Assisted Living, and currently lives at the JRC.

They both enjoy the many activities there. Leo, 94, a retired builder, utilizes some of the personal care services, but is able to retain much of his independence. Neff says there are a number of ways to pay for services using a combination of insurance coverage and self pay, and Aviv has staff to help patients sort this out. In general, a purely self-pay rate would be about $370 per day for the JRC and about $4,000 per month at Woodbridge, depending on the unit size and the services required. Vincent Delpiano, 96, of

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Winthrop, entered the Aviv system about four years ago as an adult day health patient. His son and daughter-in-law had moved from Maine to help him out, but they discovered he missed the social interaction he had enjoyed throughout his life. The day center suited him for a while. Ultimately he required more attention, and moved to Woodbridge for about seven months. When his health failed, he was sent to the JRC. His first stint there was as a rehabilitation patient, after a fall, but he wound up staying there permanently. He has lived there now for two years. While it was convenient to move through the Aviv continuum of care, his son, Vincent Delpiano Jr., said it was less about convenience, and more about the quality of care that convinced him to keep his father at Aviv. “My wife is in the health care field, so we were knowledgeable. Although we looked at some other places, we have been happy with everything. I am very pleased with the attentiveness of the staff. I have not found anything to complain about,” Delpiano Jr. said. “It gives us peace of mind to have him at the JRC. The staff is very accessible, and we never have any trouble talking to anyone if we need to,” he added.

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Celebrate Spring Training at the JCCNS MARBLEHEAD — The Red Sox report to Fort Myers for spring training on February 13. On the same day, baseball fans can come to the JCC in Marblehead at 4 p.m. to watch the acclaimed new movie, “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story.” The screening is made possible courtesy of the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation. The film, narrated by Dustin Hoffman, features interviews with Sandy Koufax, Kevin Youkilis, Yogi Berra and Bob Feller. It explores the romance between Jewish Americans, and

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Goblet and Grape Gala The North Shore Hebrew School will host its 2011 Goblet and Grape Gala on Saturday, March 26, at Temple Sinai, 1 Community Rd., in Marblehead. The festivities will begin at 7:45 p.m. Taste and order kosher for Passover wines provided and discounted by volume by Busa Wines and Spirits. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, coffee and dessert, and bid on silent auction items such as

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Erica Brown Will Inspire at Federation’s Leadership Institute Renowned educator and writer Dr. Erica Brown will be the keynote speaker and moderator at Leadership for a Strong Future, a community-wide leadership development conference on Sunday, March 27. Board members and key staff of North Shore Jewish agencies and synagogues are invited to participate in organizational teams at the conference, which is sponsored by the Steinberg Leadership Institute of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore. Inspired by Carl Sloane’s 2009 Task Force Report, the free conference is designed to address pressing issues faced by the area’s agencies and synagogues, and provide help in moving forward. Brown is the scholar in residence for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and a

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consultant for numerous Jewish non-profit organizations. She is also the author of “Inspired Jewish Leadership,” a National Jewish Book Award finalist, as well as two other books. Brown

has been hailed by New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks as a teacher expert in nurturing the community and the group, while inspiring “Justin Bieber-like enthusiasm.” The all-day conference, which will take place at the Wylie Inn and Conference Center at Endicott College in Beverly, will offer each organization the chance to address critical concerns within their organization, as well as breakout sessions focusing on issues of general importance, such as attracting new leaders, building a donor base, helping boards to engage in their work at the highest level, and marketing on a small budget. Dynamic facilitators, including Amy Mitman of Combined Jewish Philanthropies and David Trietsch of the Leadership Development Institute, will

assist in the break out sessions. According to Rich Sokolow, co-chair of the event along with Anne Selby, this event has been re-envisioned to incorporate a group approach with the goal of addressing the most urgent concerns of North Shore agencies and synagogues. “I am very excited about the upcoming Leadership for a Strong Future conference,” Sokolow said, “It is our hope that the groups will leave the conference with a great team building experience, as well as some new insights from the professionals, and an action plan that can help our synagogues and Jewish agencies move forward.” For more information, including how to register, contact Laura Shulman Brochstein at 781-631-8330 x507.

Community Heroes to be Honored at JFSNS Annual Event in May, 2011

JFNS Grant Allows Jewish Organizations to Tackle Hunger Concerns

Jewish Family Service of the North Shore is pleased to announce its newest group of honorees for the Community Hero award for 2011. This year’s group includes: Josh Chmara of Marblehead, Stacey Comito of Peabody, Nanette Fridman of Swampscott, Jennifer Kahn of Peabody, Allison Levine of Peabody, Dr. Steve Perlman of Swampscott, Shane Skikne of Middleton and Richard Sokolow of Lynnfield. They will be recognized at Jewish Family Service of the North Shore’s 14th annual Community Heroes event on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott. This annual program traditionally honors North Shore Jewish community leaders who volunteer on behalf of their Jewish community and its institutions, and on behalf of

Supported by a grant from the Jewish Federation of the North Shore’s Community Initiative Grant Program, Jewish Family Service of the North Shore, the North Suburban Jewish Community Center and Temple Ner Tamid are collaborating to create a community-wide program of hunger awareness. The project is entitled “Helping Hands for Hunger — The Mitzvah of Mishloach Manot.” The three organizations will supply North Shore Jewish religious schools and youth organizations with educational

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the greater North Shore community. Their individual acts of “tikkun olam” make our world a better place. The Community Heroes program is JFS’s annual fundraising event that helps support the mission of Jewish Family Service — serving families and individuals in need. JFS provides a gateway of crisis and safety net services that include the community emergency fund, food programs such as the kosher pantry and meals on wheels, care management and home care assistance for elders and adoptions.

Food Needed The Jewish Family Service Kosher Food Pantry wish list includes cereal, soup, rice and paper towels. Bring donations to Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody, the JCCNS,
4 Community Rd., Marblehead, or contact Alyse Barbash at

packets on hunger awareness. It is hoped that the program will encourage those needing assistance to inquire about the Food Bank program. This project will coincide with the Jewish holiday of Purim and a mitzvah project of creating and distributing Purim Mishloach Manos baskets to Jewish Family Service food bank recipients. In addition, children and families will be encouraged to collect donations of food for the Jewish Food Pantry. A free community event for hunger awareness will take place February 27 at Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody. Participants will pack and distribute food to Jewish Family Service Food Pantry recipients, and enjoy arts and crafts, food, refreshments and entertainment. For more information, call Jan Brodie at 978-564-0765. Publisher

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The Jewish Journal – – February 3, 2011 

State Senator Barry Finegold from page 1 at Northern Essex Community College for 33 years. What they taught me is the importance of education and hard work,” Finegold said. Elected to the Andover Board of Selectmen at age 24, Finegold quickly made the jump to the Massachusetts State Legislature the following year. At age 25, he was the youngest member of his class. After a distinguished 14 years on Beacon Hill as the State Representative for the 17th Essex District, Finegold, a Democrat, was recently sworn in for his first term as State Senator for the 2nd Essex and Middlesex District, representing Andover, Dracut, Lawrence and Tewksbury. During his tenure as State Representative, Finegold led the way on many issues, including ethics reform, renewable energy, education and improved standards for nursing homes. He authored the “Safe Havens Act,” which established designated locations, such as emergency rooms, fire and police stations where parents, without fear of prosecution, can leave their newborns if they are unable to care for them properly. According to Finegold, “We know of 15 babies who got a chance at a better life because of this act. There may be more cases that haven’t been reported.” The city of Lawrence, one of the poorest in the United States, has benefited greatly from Finegold’s representation, and it is no surprise that he garnered more than 70 percent of the Lawrence vote in the state senate race. As a State Representative, Finegold worked hard to revitalize the city, and pledges to continue to do so as a State Senator. “One of the reasons I ran for this office was to be able to provide even more support for Lawrence,” Finegold said. He has worked with the legislature to allocate funding and aid for the city and its inhabitants, and to strengthen its economic infrastructure, especially in terms of education and public services. He knows that revitalization depends on attracting new industries to the city. Finegold has forged a strong bond with the city’s large immigrant population. “I tell them that when my great-grandfather arrived in this country, the immigration officer at Ellis Island asked why he had come to America. My great-grandfather responded: ‘to find gold.’ That’s how I got my last name. It’s a true story,” Finegold said.

Finegold received his undergraduate degree from Franklin & Marshall College. Taking classes at night, he graduated from the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1998. He is presently a partner with the law firm Dalton & Finegold, LLC. Finegold also holds a master’s in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 1999, he won the Kennedy School’s Fenn Award for Political Leadership. When asked why he chose politics as a career, Finegold responded, “I’m driven by the principle of ‘tikkun olam’ or ‘healing the world.’” One of 17 Jewish members of the Massachusetts Legislature, he has gone beyond his district to support issues that directly affect Jews. In 2000, Finegold authored the “Holocaust Restitution Bill,” which ensured that the 3,500 Massachusetts Holocaust survivors did not have to pay taxes or incur penalties on recovered assets from the Swiss government. Finegold and his wife, Amy, live in Andover and have two daughters, Ava and Ella. Despite his busy schedule, Finegold makes time for his faith and family. He will not attend political events on Friday nights, even during the campaign season. He received his religious education at Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley. He has been to Israel six times, and closely monitors the situation in that part of the world. Finegold pushed and voted for the Iran Divestment bill requiring the state pension management board to divest from companies involved in the oil industry in Iran. When asked about future political ambitions, Finegold replied, “Right now I want to concentrate on being an effective state senator. There’s a lot to be done.” Finegold is proud of the legislation he has helped to create, but says, “I get the most satisfaction from working directly with my constituents. When I can help a widow collect her late husband’s army pension, or get an insurance company to pay for flood damage to someone’s home, I get to see how I’ve made a difference in a person’s life. “I’m very fortunate to have been given this opportunity to help others.” Finegold added, “As it is said, ‘To whom much has been given, much is expected.’ I’m lucky to be able to give back.”

GOP Hopeful Heading to Israel WASHINGTON ( JTA) — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a likely candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, will visit Israel. The Republican Jewish Coalition will host Barbour in Israel February 5-9. The RJC last hosted Barber in 1994, when he chaired the Republican National Committee. He will be the third potential Republican 2012 presidential candidate to visit Israel in recent weeks. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney visited January 13-14; ex-Arkansas Gov.

Mike Huckabee is currently touring the country. Barbour, like Romney and Huckabee, is scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli government officials. Huckabee, speaking at a Jewish building project on the Mount of Olives in eastern Jerusalem, said the Palestinians could establish a state, but not in the West Bank. He said it was unconscionable to oppose Jewish residency in any part of Israel or the West Bank.

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An Evening of Sweet Indulgence LOWELL —Dessert lovers should get their forks ready to help crown the best dessert in the Merrimack Valley. The event, a fundraiser for Congregation Beth Israel of Andover, will take place February 5 at the UMASS Lowell Conference Center in Lowell. It will pit some of Andover’s finest establishments, including

Glory, On the Bone, Palmers and Sweet Mimis, against Haverhill’s Georges and Keons, and North Andover’s Evenfall and Best of Thymes. Restaurants from Lowell, Methuen, Tewksbury and other towns will also participate.   Attendees will vote on their top three desserts. These winners will then compete with

the final winner determined by Billy Costa, Senator Barry Finegold and Suzanne Kreiger, the pastry chef at L’Andana Grill. The evening will feature dancing, silent and live auction items.  Tickets are $40. Call 978494-0769 or visit

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Burton’s Grill Chef to Help Inner-City Girls ANDOVER — Celebrated executive chef Denise Baron Herrera, vice president of food and beverage at Burton’s Grill in Andover, is leading cooking classes for low-income girls in Lawrence as part of the “Esperanza Cooks — Recipes For Life” program. The program will provide students at Esperanza Academy, a private, tuition-free middle school for low-income girls in Lawrence, hands-on cooking and nutritional learning experiences. The program will run through April 12 and will address cooking, nutrition, kitchen safety and food handling. Classes will culminate in a family feast. The program was partially

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Chabad of the Merrimack Valley hosted two classes on January 14. The first, organized by Feigy Bronstein, featured instructions on how to celebrate Tu B’Shvat. The second class, by artist Yelena Malakhovsky, focused on glass painting. Above, women attending the art class display some of their creations.

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The Jewish Journal – – february 3, 2011 

Andover Ph.D. Studied Patterns in Jewish Philanthropy Leslie Noymer Jewish Journal Staff

ANDOVER — To understand the deeper meeting of Dr. Debra Rahmin Silberstein’s Ph.D. from Brandeis University, one needs to look no further than her roots. The path from Baghdad, Iraq (her parent’s birthplace) to Queens, New York was permeated by a reverence for education so profound that it has colored the fabric of all aspects of Silberstein’s life. Silberstein was the first member of her family to go to college. She graduated from law school and has a successful practice in Andover, specializing in trusts and estates. The importance of education is a core value evidenced in Silberstein’s leadership on various boards, the Andover School Committee and her recent run for State Senate. Silberstein’s Ph.D. is entitled “Authenticity: How Jewish American Families Sustain Philanthropic Values and Behaviors Across Generations.” The focus of her 2009 study was to observe the philanthropic behaviors of wealthy Jews. Her research showed that the trend in Jewish giving has shifted from large, traditional organizations such as Combined Jewish Philanthropies or United Way, to smaller foundations and specific causes. Silberstein discovered that grandparents have a “huge impact” on the values and behaviors of the younger generation due to their “sense of authenticity.” “It was not being wealthy, but

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about caring and doing acts of charity — like housing immigrants in the home or saving people’s jobs — that was perceived as authentic,” Silberstein said. Through her interviews she heard stories about the behavior of members of the older generations, and how this impacted the philanthropic behavior of the younger generations. Families that had established foundations saw younger generations becoming more involved in philanthropic giving. Although her data showed a general decline in giving among younger generations, she found they still care about Jewish causes, but they want to be more inclusive, giving to Jews and non-Jews. Silberstein defended her Ph.D. during the Madoff scandal. Part of her study was about the implications of the scandal. According to Silberstein, Jews coalesce in times of crisis—and the Madoff scheme was such a crisis. She points out that when people or foundations are hurt, there are strong trends of Jews

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filling a gap, and that is what followed the Madoff scandal. Silberstein believes that there needs to be a combined effort of policy makers, families and development professionals to entice young people to give. Development professionals must help re-define Jewish causes for younger generations. Their focus needs to be on core values and intrinsic meaning, not just fund raising. There has been a concern that younger generations are less generous than those that came before them, but Silberstein is not worried. “Younger generations are very ambitious with regard to giving, and have the potential to be as, or more generous than older generations.” she said.

Generational Differences Toward Charitable Giving INDIANAPOLIS — A new study published by Giving USA Foundation and researched and written by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University highlights the differences — and challenges — in reaching “Millennial” donors, defined as adults born since 1981. Because the majority of Millennials and even Gen Xers (born 1964 to 1980) have lower income than their parents and grandparents, they tend to give smaller amounts of money to charitable causes, whether secular or not, the study found. Here are some highlights: • 33 percent of households headed by a Millennial gave, and the average total contribu-

tions were $557. • 59 percent of households headed by a member of Gen X gave, and the average total contributions were $1,488. • 69 percent of households headed by a Boomer gave, and the average total contributions were $2,613. • 77 percent of households headed by someone born before 1946 gave, and the average total contributions were $2,540. The report, entitled “Charitable Giving and the Millennial Generation,” is available for purchase ($15) and immediate download in the Spotlight e-newsletter section of the on-line store at

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10  The Jewish Journal – – february 3, 2011

Never Forget

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ll of the words in the world, created and yet to be created, in every single language, will never be able to describe even a small part of what was displayed before my eyes. And this too do I know: Never will I be able to forget, and never will I have the power to understand.” These are some of the words from Megillat HaShoah, the Holocaust Scroll, read at Temple B’nai Abraham before more than 100 people, in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the liberation of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp on January 27, 1945. The six-chapter scroll is built largely around first-person testimonies. The opening provides an overview of the victims’ hunger and suffering, followed by sketches of a Christian journalist observing life in the Warsaw Ghetto, a Jewish woman in a work camp, and a Jewish youth who was forced to pull the gold teeth from his brother’s corpse and shove other dead bodies into ovens. The fifth chapter consists of a eulogy

for those who died in the Holocaust; the final chapter recounts the efforts to rebuild Jewish life after the war. David Moldau, who read from the scroll said, “We want to honor not only those who died, but those who survived to start new lives and new families with new hope.” Sponsored by the Holocaust Center, Boston North, the annual reading ends with the exhortation: “Do not mourn too much, but do not sink into the forgetfulness of apathy. Do not allow days of darkness to return; weep, but wipe the tears away. Do not absolve and do not exonerate, do not attempt to understand. Learn to live without an answer. Through our blood, live!” By joining together for the reading on a snowy night in January 2011, by lighting candles and by reciting “Never forget,” our community has shown that faith and learning endure, even when no explanations or answers are possible.

letters to the editor Tu B’Shvat Seder Left a Grand Impression On January 19, I was fortunate to have been invited by my daughterin-law Amy to attend a women’s Tu B’Shvat seder (several handsome men also came) at Woodbridge, sponsored by the North Suburban Jewish Community Center. Little did I know that the evening would be such a special, warm, inspirational event. The women who facilitated the seder, Cindy Jacobs and Tracy Cranson, accompanied by the beautiful twins Alison and Kim Baker Donahue, along with Susan Callum and Miriam Blue, worked hard — making certain that everyone in attendance had a chance to read from the specially prepared Tu B’Shvat program, and to add their

own remarks to the lively discussion. The tables were meticulously decorated with all the delicious fruits and wines in accordance with the rituals of the holiday. The organizers actually removed seeds from pomegranates and hand chopped coconuts! Aside from the enjoyment of these wonderful flavors, it was quite an event to witness the interaction of the elderly residents of Wood­ bridge, and the younger mothers and community members. As one 88-year-old gentleman remarked when the facilitators thanked everyone for coming, “I want to thank you for allowing me to come to my first women’s Tu

B’Shvat seder.” He went on to say how privileged he felt to have spent the evening in the company of these amazing women. I couldn’t agree more. Thanks to the Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund from the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, and the dedication of these remarkable women from the NSJCC. This gentleman, along with every other guest at this beautiful seder, experienced a truly remarkable evening. If this seder turns out to be an annual occurrence, I urge everyone on the North Shore to make certain they do not miss this most special event. Phyllis Karas Marblehead

University Needs a Torah Scroll

The Real Problem is Guns

Ben-Gurion University caters to over 15,000 Israeli students. Many of them are religious and make use of the makeshift synagogue on campus located in a bomb shelter. Recently, the Torah scroll in use has become unfit, and this large student body no longer has the use of a kosher scroll. I would be grateful if there are communities with an excess of Torah scrolls in good condition that are not being used that would be prepared to donate a scroll to the university. The donation could be in the name of a community or an individual.

Charles Krauthammer can hypothesize (and parenthetically belittle, as only conservatives who don’t share his point of view do) all he wants about what prompted Jared Loughner to kill and maim untold numbers of people. Only Mr. Loughner truly knows why he did what he did. But one thing is beyond doubt. (Not even Mr. Krauthammer can disagree although I suspect he will try mightily.) All of those who Mr. Loughner killed and maimed would be out and about, enjoying their lives today, if Mr. Loughner had not had a gun. So, Mr. Krauthammer, let’s be done with the speculation, the name-calling and the distraction that it brings, and get down to the real issue — are you willing to give up your “right” to carry a gun, so that no more children are murdered? Peter Gilmore Beverly

In addition to providing an important service to a large student body, this could create an important link between an Israeli and Diaspora community. I have previously taken Torah scrolls from U.K. communities to Israel, and would be happy to assist in the transport of a scroll to the university. Interested donor communities can contact me at Prof David Newman Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Ben Gurion University, Israel

Fantastic, Fun Hebrew Immersion Program “Israel Rocks,” the program currently running at B’nai Abraham, is one of the best things that has happened for Jewish kids this side of Salem. Cantor Idan Irelander and Rachel Jacobson have created a fantastically fun Hebrew immersion program, and I am so grateful that my fourth-grader has this chance to build her Hebrew language skills. The puzzling thing is that this program is under-enrolled! Perhaps parents think it is too much on top of religious school, but it’s actually more like camp,

and a true complement to regular religious studies. Thanks to the Federation for funding this program, especially from those of us who cannot get to Marblehead. Barbara Rose Danvers

Parenting Question: Be a Tiger Mother, or Cheer the B-Minus? Ruth Marcus


come from a family where the “joke,” if you came home with a 97 on a math test, was to ask what happened to the other three points. The punch line, if you scored 100, was to ask whether there was any extra credit. So I know something about pushy parents. Indeed, I’m grateful for having had pushy parents, although I can’t say that was my overwhelming sentiment at the time. No one thanks the trainer during the workout. But there are pushy parents — and there is Amy Chua, stuffed-animal arsonist. Chua, a professor at Yale Law School, is the author of a new book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” that recounts her method of extreme parenting, Chinese-style. You may have heard the horror stories. Chua threatened to burn her daughter’s stuffed animals if she failed to perform the piano piece perfectly. She rejected hand-made birthday cards from her then 4- and 7-year-olds because they were inadequately elaborate. She banned sleepovers and play dates; mandated

hours of daily violin and piano practice; insisted that her daughters be the top students in every class except gym and drama. When one daughter behaved disrespectfully, Chua called her “garbage” — and then bragged about it at a dinner party, to the horror of more Westernized parents. “Chinese parents demand perfect grades because they believe that their child can get them,” Chua writes. “If their child doesn’t get them, the Chinese parent assumes it’s because the child didn’t work hard enough. That’s why the solution to substandard performance is always to excoriate, punish and shame the child. The Chinese parent believes that their child will be strong enough to take the shaming and to improve from it.” In the furor that’s erupted since the Wall Street Journal published an excerpt from her book, Chua has been busy backpedaling: it’s not a parenting manual, she was being tongue-in-cheek, she’s softened her ways. Don’t believe it. “I would do it all again continued on page 29

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In the story, “Local Teen Comforts Israeli Fire Victims While on Fellowship,” dated January 20, we would like to add that the JCC Diller Teen Fellowship is managed and led in this area by the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston.


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A Democratic Egypt or a State of Hate? Either Embrace Change in Egypt or Stay Quiet Richard Cohen


hings are about to go from bad to worse in the Middle East. An Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement is nowhere in sight. Lebanon just became a Hezbollah state, which is to say that Iran has become an even more important regional power, and Egypt, once stable if tenuously so, has been pitched into chaos. This is the most dire prospect of them all. The dream of a democratic Egypt is sure to produce a nightmare. Egypt’s problems are immense. It has a population it cannot support, a standard of living that is stagnant and a self-image as leader of the (Sunni) Arab world that does not, really, correspond to reality. It also lacks the civic and political institutions that are necessary for democracy. The next Egyptian government — or the one after — might well be composed of Islamists. In that case, the peace with Israel will be abrogated and the mob currently in the streets will roar its approval. My take on all this is relentlessly gloomy. I care about Israel. I care about Egypt, too, but its survival is hardly at stake. I care about democratic values, but they are worse than useless in societies that have no tradition of tolerance or respect for minority rights. What we want for Egypt is what we have ourselves. This, though, is an identity crisis. We are not them. It’s impossible now to get a fix on what is happening in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood seems to be lying low. Is this a reflection of weakness or canniness? The Brotherhood remains the only wellorganized institution in Egypt other than the military. It has been underground for generations — jailed, tortured, infiltrated, but still, somehow, flourishing. Its moment may be approaching. Under a different name (Hamas), the Muslim Brotherhood runs the Gaza Strip. Hamas’s charter states unequivocally that it wants to eradicate Israel. It mentions the 1978 Camp David accords, and not with admiration. No doubt that in an Egyptian election, the call to repudiate the treaty will prove popular — as popular as the peace with Israel has not been. The Muslim Brotherhood’s most influ-

ential thinker was the Egyptian Sayyid Qutb. He was hanged in 1966, but not before he had managed to turn out a vast amount of writings. He was a racist, a bigot, a misogynist, an anti-Semite and a fervent hater of most things American. As if to prove that familiarity breeds contempt, he had spent about two years in the United States. The United States remains powerful and important, but it has already lost control of events — not that it ever really had it. Moreover, it hardly matters what Washington now says. The Islamists of the Brotherhood do not despise America for what it does but for what it is. Read Qutb’s purplish alarm at the dress and appearance of American women. Read his racist remarks about blacks. The Islamic state Qutb envisioned would be racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Christian as well. It would treat women as the Taliban now does — if only because the Taliban, too, reveres Qutb. He rejected a clemency offer, saying his words would matter more if he was dead. He was right. Majority rule is a worthwhile idea. But so, too, are respect for minorities, freedom of religion, the equality of women and adherence to treaties, such as the one with Israel, the only democracy in the region. It’s possible that the contemporary Islamists of Egypt think differently about these matters than did Qutb. If that’s the case, then there is no cause for concern. But Hamas in the Gaza Strip, although recently moderating its message, suggests otherwise. So does Iran. Those Americans and others who cheer the mobs in the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities, who clamor for more robust anti-Mubarak statements from the Obama administration, would be wise to let Washington proceed slowly. Hosni Mubarak is history. He has stayed too long, been too recalcitrant — and, for good reason, let his fear of the future ossify the present. Egypt and the entire Middle East are on the verge of convulsing. America needs to be on the right side of human rights. But it also needs to be on the right side of history. This time, the two may not be the same. Contact Richard Cohen at cohenr@

Lara Friedman WASHINGTON (JTA) — There is the old joke that “denial is not just a river in Egypt.” And indeed it is true. The Nile is the longest river in the world, along whose shores the Egyptian people continue their unprecedented protests, demanding an end to the Mubarak era. But denial also is the increasingly discordant notes sounded by some elements in the American Jewish community and in Israel seeking to attack and discredit the protests and lobby for a return to the pre-January 25 status quo in Egypt. On Sunday, January 30, for example, Malcolm Honlein, the executive vicepresident of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, blasted Mohammed ElBaradei — one of the few faces to emerge as a “leader” in Egypt’s ongoing protests — as a “stooge for Iran.” The same day, Haaretz carried an article headlined “Israel urges world to curb criticism of Egypt’s Mubarak.” Panic at change in Egypt and what its impact will be on Israel simply cannot justify this kind of response. Yes, everyone who cares about Israel is concerned about what change will mean for security and stability in the region, especially for Israel. But only a fool could look at the ongoing developments and draw the conclusion that the best thing for Israel and friends of Israel to do is bash the protesters or stump for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who has been in power for three decades. Make no mistake, change is coming in Egypt — indeed, it has come already. Few serious observers believe there is even the remote possibility that Mubarak can hold on to power much longer. Denying the reality of change in Egypt does not help Israel; it only guarantees that Israel’s future relationship with Egypt will be more difficult. It sends a message that Israel wants to hold on to the title of “the only real democracy in the Middle East” in perpetuity, even if this means directly engaging to frustrate the will of Arab peoples for democracy. From a purely strategic, cynical, selfinterested perspective, this is not a message that Israel or friends of Israel want to be sending to the people of a nation

Ron Paul and Ralph Nader on Corporatism and War Sheldon Richman


hat is American politics coming to? I just watched a joint interview with Ralph Nader and Rep. Ron Paul — and they were mostly on the same side! Nader has spent his life promoting government intervention in the economy. Paul has spent his life promoting the free market and minimal government. What’s so exciting is that their common cause shines the spotlight right where it’s needed: on corporatism — the constellation of government policies that primarily benefit wealthy and well-connected business and banking interests at the expense of the rest of us. While much of the Right Wing sees the danger of the Obama administration in Marxism and state socialism, Paul and Nader realize that that makes no sense. Bill Daley, Tim Geithner, Larry Summers, Paul Volcker and Jeff Immelt are not the men a Marxist would pick as advisors. But they are the picks of a president who believes that economic stability can exist only if government and major businesses manage the economy together. Corporatism is the opposite of free markets, competition and full individual liberty. Paul and Nader are also united in their opposition to America’s imperialist policies and perpetual overt and covert wars, which in truth, are also part of the corporate state. Foreign wars and world policing may not be solely motivated by economic interests, but they play a big role. Writer Nick Turse documents that the military-industrial complex is more pervasive

than ever. The “defense” budget is a gigantic trough at which American companies can feast at taxpayer expense. Why take risks on new and better products for consumers, when the government will pay top tax dollar for you to make bombs, rockets and Humvees? Along with the imperial state come domestic surveillance and other destruction of civil liberties — all of which Paul and Nader despise. The horrendous USA Patriot Act is a prime target for both men. Paul and Nader also don’t like the Federal Reserve, America’s central bank. While they have different ultimate wishes for the Fed — Paul would abolish it; Nader would make it an “accountable” cabinet department — both object to its having the autocratic power to bail out banks and other corporate interests. Moreover, both understand that fighting imperial wars would be impossible if the government couldn’t manipulate the currency through the Fed. Besides the killing abroad and regimentation at home, we also get a destruction of our purchasing power through inflation. That Paul and Nader understand all this and are talking about it in joint appearances is exciting. Who knows where it could go from here? Yes, progressives and libertarians have serious differences, just as they both have with conservatives. But all people of good faith who oppose America’s corporate welfare-warfare state — whether progressives, conservatives or libertarians — have an interest in moving America in a different direction. Sheldon Richman is senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation ( and editor of The Freeman magazine.

that when the dust settles will still be Israel’s most important neighbor and almost certainly will have a government that will be more populist in its approach. Since Israel’s birth as a state, regimes throughout the region have been non-democratic. This is not Israel’s fault. Nor can anyone fault Israel for developing security and foreign strategies that capitalized on the overwhelming authority of these regimes — whether with respect to Israel’s peace treaties with Egypt or Jordan, or its de facto detente with the Arab world at large. But the Middle East is changing, and the attitudes and approaches of Israel and friends of Israel must change, too — even if in their hearts many still believe that for Israel’s sake, an autocratic but reliable Arab neighbor is preferable to a democratic but potentially unreliable one. According to reports from the ground, the protests in Egypt in the past week have been mostly bereft of anti-Israel sentiment. The protests are genuinely about domestic politics — against poor governance, corruption, lack of democracy, etc. They are not about Egypt’s foreign policy or Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel. This should be taken as a promising sign for the future, but it should not be taken for granted. If Israel and friends of Israel unwisely insist on making what is happening in Egypt about Israel, this could change. They may get their wish and see Egyptians begin protesting against Israel, too. Fears that a post-Mubarak regime will be less friendly to Israel are understandable, but some of the people speaking out now from Israel and the U.S. Jewish community need to be aware of selffulfilling prophecies. Their fears are only more likely to materialize if Israel and friends of Israel act foolishly during this transition period. For Israel and friends of Israel, there are two smart choices: Either embrace the change that is happening with the same good will that is being shown by the rest of the world, or keep quiet. Lara Friedman is the director of policy and government relations for Americans for Peace Now.

I’m No Angel Rabbi David Wolpe


uring the kedushah, the central moment in the Jewish prayer service, we stand with feet together and say, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts.” Rising on our toes, we pattern ourselves on the angels of Isaiah’s vision. Do we wish to be angels? The answer is yes. And no. Angels do have some advantages. They do not sin. They dwell in ethereal realms with God. In Hebrew, the word for angel is mal’ach, which means messenger. In the bible, angels are messengers of God. But angels do not sin because they do not yearn. They cannot strive. In the midrash the Rabbis imagine the angels protesting God’s giving the Torah to human beings. Moses argues with them that they do not need a Torah. Human lives are messy, fraught, uneven, grand. We need the Torah. We may aspire to the condition of angels for a moment, but ultimately our failures are inseparable from our grandeur. On the verse “You shall be holy men to me,” (Ex. 22:31) the Kotzker Rebbe comments, “God says ‘I need you to be holy as men. I have enough angels.’” So as we say “Holy, Holy, Holy” we rise up on our heels. But when the prayer ends, we are back on Earth, trying to live an imperfect, aspiring life of mitzvot. This column first appeared in the New York Jewish Week.

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Jam Space Amps Up, Expands to Marblehead MARBLEHEAD — The North Shore Teen Initiative (NSTI), in partnership with the youth programs from several area synagogues, is pleased to announce the expansion of the teen music program, Jam Space. Teens are invited to play and share music during free open jam sessions starting on Sunday, February 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and running regularly at the JCCNS. The response to Jam Space has been huge,” said NSTI Executive Director Adam Smith. “Jam Space has grown into a unique entry point for teens. We have a growing list of musicians who are excited to participate and a community working together to offer Jam Space in Beverly and now, in Marblehead/Swampscott.” Jam Space offers teens a gathering place where they feel comfortable making music and honing their skills together under the supervision of a professional musician. All types of music styles and ways to incorporate any instrument will be explored. All ability levels are welcome and will be able to contribute to the session. There is no pressure to play; teens can join in when and if they feel ready. This session of Jam Space will culminate in a coffeehouse scheduled for April 30. Started in the spring of 2010 by Temple B’nai Abraham’s Executive Director Deb Vozella,

Box Top Competition Reaps Rewards

Lajla LeBlanc

Teen enthusiasm was raised at the Rockfest program where musician Josh Nelson worked with area teens.


Hillel Academy first and third graders enjoy their pancake breakfast.

Jam Space gained momentum with NSTI’s Rockfest in November. Three teen bands — one of which formed through Jam Space specifically for Rockfest — rehearsed with

Jam Space has grown into a unique entry point for teens. and opened for musician Josh Nelson and his band, The Josh Nelson Project. Teens also participated in a two-hour Jam Space before Rockfest which resulted in a request for regular gatherings where they can play with both new and familiar collaborators.

Jam Space at the JCCNS will run in conjunction with Jam Space at Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly, and teens are welcome to participate at either or both locations. Musicians should bring their instrument of choice, their iPod and come ready to jam. Other congregations participating in Jam Space include Congregation Shirat Hayam of Swampscott, Temple Ahavat Achim of Gloucester, Temples Beth Shalom and Ner Tamid of Peabody and Temples Sinai and Emanu-el of Marblehead. To view dates and times for Jam Space at the JCCNS and at TBA in Beverly, For more information contact NSTI at info@ or call 781244-5544.

Jamie Farrell Special to the Journal

MARBLEHEAD — Cohen Hillel Academy students showed their school spirit during a Box Tops for Education contest, bringing in 2,970 Box Tops, or $297, to support the programs of Hamishpacha, Cohen Hillel’s volunteer parents’ group. Box Tops for Education are the small pink squares that can be found on a food, office and cleaning supply boxes. Schools that register to participate in the Box Tops for Education program can collect, bundle and send in Box Tops, which are worth 10 cents each. Hillel students in grades K-8 competed with each other over a four-week period in

November and December for a pancake breakfast prepared by Cohen Hillel Head of School, Ken Schulman. Hamishpacha provided updates for the duration of the competition, keeping students, parents, faculty and staff on the edge of their seats as one class would gain the coveted first place position, only to be displaced by another class a few days later. After a fun and spirited competition, the first and third grades tied for first place, winning both classes a breakfast that offered a selection of banana, chocolate chip, blueberry and plain pancakes. Students are already looking forward to, and planning strategies for, the next competition.


ROBeRt I. LAPPIn YOuth tO ISRAeL AdventuRe (Y2I) 2011 LAunCheS!

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he Foundation is pleased to announce part two of Hebrew College’s highly successful Early Childhood Institute’s Teaching Hebrew to Young Children, II, Celebrations. Shabbat, holidays and birthday celebrations often serve as building blocks of early childhood Jewish education curriculum. This 10-hour, fivesession course demonstrates how to enhance current celebrations with Hebrew vocabulary, songs, games and stories. The course is designed as a hands-on experience for teachers to gain comfort and skill in integrating Hebrew. The course is free and open to early


ighty-two Jewish teens, from 17 cities and towns across the community, and their parents will gather for the first pre-trip meeting on Sunday, February 13, at 4 p.m. at Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody. Shai Bazak, Israel’s Consul General to New England, will be our guest speaker. The community is invited to attend the program. Y2I 2011 is entering its fifth decade, with more than 2,200 alumni who participated in this life-changing adventure. Y2I is made possible by generous financial support from our community, including a $70,000 allocation from the Jewish Federation of the North Shore. There are many ways to become involved in Y2I, our community’s most successful program for Jewish teens. Contact Deborah Coltin, Foundation executive director, (978-740-4428; to learn how you can help to secure the future of Y2I for years to come.

and demonstrates how the development of a nuclear program has only added to the already immense danger posed by this regime. This special free screening, which is sponsored by the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation and the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, is part of the national launch of the documentary. All are welcome. Reserve your seats by contacting Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or email

T childhood educators in all of our community’s Jewish preschools and religious schools. Space is limited and the class fills up quickly, so register early by contacting Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404, email, or register online at The first session will begin March 7, 2011.


IRAnIuM ~ A MuSt See dOCuMentARY

he community is invited to the local free screening of Iranium, a documentary about the dangers of Iran’s nuclear intentions, which will take place on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 7:30 p.m. at Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody. The film documents the hatred and violence exhibited by Iran’s brutal leadership,


he Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation is pleased to serve as the organizer for the North Shore site of Hadassah Brandeis Institute’s Conversations Book Group for women. Authors of the books lead the book group discussions, adding personal insights to the stories and providing inspirational discussions. Registration is open for the 2011 season of 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.

Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation | 29 Congress St., PO Box 986, Salem, MA 01970 | 978-740-4428 |

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The Jewish Journal – – february 3, 2011 

Jew Crew Enjoys Chili on Ice

Looking for LEGOs GLOUCESTER — The Sawyer Free Library is accepting donations of LEGOs in preparation for a LEGO club for children. It welcomes both large and small donations of clean LEGOs. Please bring donations to the library on 2 Dale Ave. in Gloucester. Call 978-281-9763 or email


BOSTON — Sunday, January 23 marked two North of Boston milestones for 2011. It was the coldest night of the year to date, and it was the return of a cov-

eted annual North Shore tradition, Chili on Ice. Despite midterms and below zero wind chill temperatures, the North of Boston Jew Crew took to the ice at Boston Common’s Frog Pond where they enjoyed skating and plenty of hot, homemade chili, cornbread and bar mitzvah cake, donated by Noah Kaplan. For two hours the teens did what they could to keep their fingers and toes from freezing. The cold could not stop the Jew Crew from doing what they do best, which is spreading light

and warmth to those around them. The next North of Boston Jew Crew event is the March 20 Purim Celebration Concert, called “Purim’s Unleash the Feast.” It will star Israeli rock/ folk legend, Soulfarm. The celebration will begin at 3 p.m. at the Chabad Community Shul in Swampscott. Also coming up is Jew Crew Takes Manhattan, a trip to New York City March 31 to April 3. Contact David Nathan at 781775-7981 or

Photo courtesy of David Nathan

Jew Crew teens did not let the frosty weather get in the way of their fun.

Hello interested and current Bauercrest campers... Camp Bauercrest and the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore Announce:

Mini Camp at the North Shore JCC Four Community Road, Marblehead, MA Thursday, February 24th 11am - 3pm

Team Sports * Lunch/Snacks * General Swim * Activities * Connect with some of our staff and friends. * Enjoy an off-season version of camp life through the wonderful facilities of the North Shore JCC! There is no charge for this program, though we ask for your RSVP to our winter office by phone, fax, or email to confirm your son’s participation. Rob Brockman Executive Director Winter Address: 20 Normandy Drive, Sudbury, MA 01776 Phone (978) 443-0582 n Fax (978) 443-0540 n Camp BaueRCRest Building Jewish Identity and Self-Esteem Through Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Achievement, and Responsibility

Camp Bauercrest, Inc. is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

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Community Event for Teens: Super Bowl Snow Tubing Everyone is looking forward to Super Bowl Sunday. But whilst football fans of the world get ready for a brutal game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, local teens can spend the afternoon snow tubing at Amesbury Sports Park — and still be back in time for the big game. The community event is sponsored by the North Shore Teen Initiative, USY Peabody (Temple Ner Tamid), Jews on the Hill (Temple Sinai), SMARTY (Temple Emanu-El), YAiSH

(Cong. Shirat Hayam) and Temples B’nai Abraham and Ahavat Achim. Teens will be picked up at two locations: Temple EmanuEl in Marblehead at 1 p.m., and Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody at 1:30 p.m. According to SMARTY YAiSH Youth Director Darren Benedick, “We have almost every temple youth group working together to provide first class programming for teens on the North Shore, but more importantly, this event is also a canned food drive.”

Teens are asked to bring an item to be donated to the Jewish Food Pantry. The cost for the event is $30, which includes transportation, snow tubing and snacks. For more information, contact Darren at smartyyaish@

SMARTY YAiSH welcomes new members. The organization runs 6 to 8 events each month, including social lounge events

Darren Benedick

Austin Jaffe of Swampscott and Krya Jones of Marblehead, both members of the SMARTY YAiSH youth group, enjoyed snow tubing last year.

every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., and monthly Rabbi Round Tables where teens have dinner and learn about how Judaism and the modern world are interrelated. The lounges and Rabbi Round Table events are free of charge. To keep up to date on all SMARTY YAiSH events, search “SMARTY YAiSH” on Facebook and join the group.

The next large SMARTY YAiSH event will be Sunday, March 13, with a visit to see the Blue Man Group in Boston. On April 3, SMARTY YAiSH will present their Magical Mystery Tour, where the venue will be a complete mystery until the teens arrive. For more information contact Darren Benedick at

February Vacation Activities for Kids MARBLEHEAD — Adventure on the Hill, the JCCNS and Cohen Hillel Academy are running programs for children during vacation week, February 21-25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. These include: Monday — Lego Lunacy with games, contests and activities Tuesday — Carnival with games & contests Wednesday — Going Ban­ anas with games and cooking

banana pancakes Thursday — Savvy Scientists with microscopes and edible experiments Friday — Harry Potter with Quidditch, Butter Beer and Cockroach Clusters There’s also swim and gym time. The programs are open to all children in grades K-8. For more information, contact Ellen at or call 781639-2880.


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This Winter, the North Shore Heats Up In case you haven’t heard, the North Shore is electric with activities and volunteer opportunities this winter, bringing together teens from NSTI, SMARTYAiSH, Jews on the Hill, USY, TAA, TBA, and Jew Crew. Read on to hear how it all went down at events such as Laser Quest Lock-In and winter sports like ice skating, skiing and snowboarding (snow tubing is still to come!). And learn about upcoming opportunities you don’t want to miss. Get in on the action while there’s still time to sign up!


here’s no stopping the beats gether for the show, Mashugganah, has blasted from RockFest, a continued to jam out in Beverly. Now Jam Space won’t just be limited smash-hit concert that took place in November. The concert, fea- to the participation of one town or synturing three teen bands that opened agogue. The North Shore Teen Initiafor The Josh Nelson Project, turned up tive (NSTI), along with Congregation the volume for Jam Space, a program Shirat Hayam (Swampscott), Temple for Jewish teens to gather in a low-key B’nai Abraham (Beverly), Temple Ahavat Achim (Gloucester), environment and make No one is required Temples Beth Shalom music. Now, starting Februto play, and teens and Ner Tamid (Peabody) and Temples Sinai ary 13, teens can jam not only at Jam Space’s origi- are encouraged to and Emanu-el (Marblenal location, Temple attend for practice head), announced the expansion of Jam Space B’nai Abraham (TBA) in or for their on January 24. The proBeverly, but also at the JCC in Marblehead. It listening pleasure. gram is set to take off on Sunday, February 13 seems nothing can stop from 7-8:30 p.m. with regular sessions Jam Space from climbing the scales. The program was started last spring at both the JCC and TBA, allowing jamby Deb Vozella, Temple B’nai Abra- mers to choose a convenient location. “The response to Jam Space has been ham’s executive director. The goal of Jam Space is to provide young musi- huge,” said NSTI’s executive director, cians a place to congregate, no matter Adam Smith. “Jam Space has grown their skill level. The atmosphere is non- into a unique entry point for teens. We judgmental and supportive, so that ev- have a growing list of musicians who eryone can be comfortable playing the are excited to participate and a commuinstrument of their choice. A diverse nity working together to offer Jam Space medley of music is produced because teens from all levels and styles are united. No one is required to play, and teens are encouraged to attend for practice or for their listening pleasure. With the momentum growing from Jam Space’s first year, the success of RockFest amplified the need for the program’s growth. For a few hours prior to the concert, teens were encouraged to learn from Josh Nelson and his band. Guys and girls who got the chance to work with Nelson requested more opportunities for similar jam sessions. And their wish has been granted. A band that came to-


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Mashugganah takes a quick photo break during their master class at Rockfest.

in Beverly and now, in Marblehead/ Swampscott.” Musicians, get ready. Bring your instruments, grab your iPods and leave any doubts at the door. If you’re looking for a low-key environment where you can learn from other music lovers while also sharing your own talents, look no further. Jam Space is here. ■ EMILY & DONNA are seniors at Marblehead High School. They are part of the teen leadership of NSTI and founded a club at their high school called Adom, a psuedo social club committed to raising money for Magen David Adom in Israel.



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(Top) Temple Sinai’s Rabbi Fine and company hit the slopes at Loon Mountain in NH; (Bottom) The Jew Crew gets their skate on at “Chili on Ice,” at Boston Common’s Frog Pond!

North Shore Youth Groups are Going Up, Up & Away! e can’t keep up with everything the North Shore has going on at any given time for Jewish teens. But maybe you can! There’s SMARTYAiSH, Jews on the Hill, NSTI, Jew Crew, USY and TAA Teens providing a plethora of activities, adventures and opportunities. Check out what other teens had to say about past and future events…


SMARTYAiSH: Teens dish on service learning programs. What do you like best? “The thing I like best about service learning visits to the Leonard Florence Center is talking to all of these people. They all led such amazing lives and have so many awe-inspiring stories to tell.” How is this program different from regular Hebrew school? “The thing that is the most different [from regular Hebrew school] about the service learning trips is that we get to be outside of the youth lounge and do real mitzvot, as opposed to just talking about it in class.”

What do you get out of service learning? “More of an understanding of how other people live. The residents at the Leonard Florence Center don’t necessarily live the same way someone else might, and it broadens the way I view things to talk to them about how they live their lives.” —Kyra Jones, Grade 8 …and the “lounge.” “Lounge is awesome. It’s fun, I get to hang out with friends, and the fact that they are also Jewish is a bonus.” —Harrison Bond, Grade 10 “It’s like Chanukah in July.” —Jared Chambers, Grade 9 “Lounge is not just good—it’s GRRRREAT!” —Jake Carey, Grade 10

Lior Shemesh and Jared Solomon catch up at the Maccabi Reunion Dinner after attending ArtsFest together in the summer of 2010.

Now, get the scoop on Rabbi Round-Table... “Learning about Judaism in ways you wouldn’t expect is smart, sensational and inspirational.” —Harrison Bond, Grade 10 “The roundtables have been really provocative and have made me think far more about Judaism.” —Ethan Levine, Grade 11 “The roundtable sessions really get you a good way.” —Jake Carey, Grade 10

“The topics covered are stimulating, and it’s surprised me to see Judaism referenced in everyday pop culture.” —David Tramonte, Grade 9 JEWS ON THE HILL: Get the scoop on the recent ski trip. Jews on the Hill (Temple Sinai’s youth group), in partnership with Cohen Hillel Academy, SMARTYAiSH and NSTI spent a day on the slopes last month. With over 50 teens in attendance, it was a massive outing, and one that is sure to be repeated. Those who stepped into skis and strapped on snowboards had an awesome time together on the mountain. And so did the Rabbi... “Everyone had a great time, from the teens to our 80-something-year-old skiing chaperone, to me! There aren’t too many things that can get a large group of people up at five a.m. on a cold winter day. We had a great time on the slopes, and had fun hanging out with old friends and making new ones. We look forward to this becoming an annual event.” –Rabbi Aaron Fine, Temple Sinai NSTI: Shabbat Dinner Reunion “The Shabbat reunion dinner was a great way to meet up with the friends I made over the summer at Artsfest. And as an added bonus to a wonderful birthday, NSTI surprised me with a happy 16th birthday cake.” —Lior Shemesh “The best part of the night was when Adam and Lajla (NSTI staff ) asked when I was going back to college. I had to inform them I was not on winter break and that I am a senior at Marblehead High School. I may be one of the oldest teens that went on the California Artsfest trip, but I enjoyed myself and made friends as though we were all the same age.” —Amanda German “The best part about the “Chinese Food Shabbat Reunion Dinner” was that I got to see all of my friends that I haven’t seen since Artsfest. I even got to spend time with some of the other kids who went to the Maccabi Games.” —Bettina Bucco Peabody USY: Chapter president, Brittany, tells us what not to miss. “This year, Peabody USY (our chapter of United Synagogue Youth) has seen a significant increase in membership and

Hannah Solomon and Dan Copeland reminisce over Kosher Chinese at the Maccabi ArtsFest and Games Reunion.

offers all sorts of events including sports leagues and chances for teens to hang out. Some of the most recent events have been a trip to Shear Madness, a scavenger hunt at the mall, cooking classes at Eurostoves and a trip to Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park. Peabody USY has also been working with NSTI and several other youth groups from around the area to coordinate some excellent large-scale social programs. Speaking of large-scale programs, truly understanding the magnitude of International USY is really only achievable by attending Convention, which is held in a different state every year. It’s eight days spent with your friends, where you’ll make even more friends from all around the country, as well as Canada.” —Brittany Comack, Grade 11 JEW CREW: Prepares to “Take Manhattan!” (March 31st through April 3rd) “The Jew Crew trip to Manhattan is a time for a Jewish teen to feel a connection. [A previous Shabbaton] truly provided me with a sense of foundation on a deeper level than I feel for Judaism on a regular day. It made me more appreciative of the religion and it was fascinating to see another part of the country. And not only is the trip a great religious experience, it is also so much fun!” —Lauren Drooks “For the past 12 months, I have been looking forward to one event, the Jew Crew Takes Manhattan Shabbaton. This is more than just a sightseeing weekend in NYC. This is a chance to shape your Jewish identity and learn about the fascinating world that is Crown Heights with a great group of friends, both old and new. I went for the first time two years ago and still consider it the most amazing trip of my life. There is truly no better way to experience Shabbat and there is no group better to experience it with.” –Shane Skikne

ArtsFest 2010 alums renew old bonds five months after their trip to San Rafael, CA.


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Create a Habitat with NSTI F

or the first time, NSTI is taking teens to Raleigh, North Carolina, to lend a hand with Habitat for Humanity! During this five-day adventure from February 20-25, we’ll build houses for the less fortunate. Registration is closed this year, but stay tuned for opportunities like this in the future.

Those who have signed on for this experience are getting pumped up, and had this to say about what they’re looking forward to about the trip: “I’m looking forward to working with teens from the North Shore and give a helping hand to those in need throughout our country.” —Jeremy Meyer



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This winter, join NSTI for fun service learning opportunities. While volunteering at the Leonard Florence Center for Living, participating in Reading Buddies at Ford School and helping out at the Open Door Food Pantry and The Food Project, you’ll also meet new friends and make an impact on your community.


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Back by popular demand, on Saturday, Jan. 22, NSTI sponsored another overnight Laser Quest event for teens from SMARTYAiSH, Peabody USY, Jews on the Hill and TAA Teens. It was a memorable night of fun for more than 50 teens, and ended in a mass stumble to Denny’s for breakfast. Join us next time!



18  The Jewish Journal – – december 2, 2010

A Day of Learning in New York City

Globetrotting with the Journal


andering Jews keep traveling the world! Bring a copy of the Jewish Journal with you on your next excursion, have someone snap a picture of you holding it, and your picture may be chosen to appear in the paper! Send your submission to Show us your Journal!

Dena and Ed Bailey of Swampscott just returned from a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands where, just outside of Quito, they split the Jewish Journal’s message between two hemispheres!

The group is pictured in the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.

Deborah L. Coltin Special to the Journal

On January 17, 42 adults from the North Shore traveled by bus to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. “The fully subsidized trip, a collaboration of the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation and The Holocaust Center, Boston North, was a wonderful opportunity for educators and others associated with these

agencies to experience the many benefits of this unique museum together,” said Harriet Wacks, executive director of The Holocaust Center, Boston North. Teachers in the Lappin Foundation’s free Inspirational Jewish Teaching course partici­ pated in an interactive work­ shop about how to teach Jewish heritage using family artifacts, under the guidance of museum educator Dr. Paul Radensky.

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The trip inspired teach­ ers to create Living Museums with their students. Several are planning to implement the pro­ gram to coincide with American Jewish Heritage Month in May. The museum was the per­ fect place to educate Holocaust Legacy Partners about the Holocaust. Survivors Sol Rozen­ krantz and Sammi Steigman shared their personal stories of survival and courage, while educating about the Holocaust. One of the highlights of the day occurred during the bus ride home, when teachers and Holocaust Legacy Partners shared what they learned. “Our students and our com­ munity will clearly benefit from the commitment to learning of every person on the trip. The whole experience represented the best of our community and of our two wonderful organiza­ tions,” Wacks said.

David and Harriet Moldau of Peabody recently escaped the winter weather and visited Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Alvin Rosen of Marblehead was at the University of Bern School of Dental Medicine and Children’s Hospital in Bern, Switzerland, where he spent a week researching dental implants. Rosen, who has practiced periodontics for 28 years, will be featured on an upcoming Dr. Oz show.



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20  The Jewish Journal – – february 3, 2011

Author Daniel Klein Talks Philosophy


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Pingree freshman Dylan Wack recently interviewed Daniel Klein. The interview has been edited for space. DW: How did you and Tom meet? DK: We were best friends back at Harvard. Tom was a philosophy major, and I had always been interested in philosophy. We realized that there aren’t that many jokes that can be explained through philosophy. We spent a weekend looking for such jokes, and that’s how this book started. DW: What advice would you give high school kids who want to become writers? DK: See a psychiatrist. Only kidding, but hone your craft by writing daily. Short stories,

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poems, laundry lists, it doesn’t matter! DW: Was it hard to get your book published?

DK: We we’re rejected by 40 publishers. On the 41st, we finally caught our break. “Plato and a Platypus” has been translated into 21 languages. DW: What is your personal relationship with religion? DK: I grew up Jewish and had a bar mitzvah, but it was mostly for social reasons. Whenever I leaned toward more religious answers, my father, who was a scientist, would just kind of frown. I was always really attracted to the idea of religion, though, so I studied it in college. Anyways, with or without religion, the big questions are still there. Dylan Wack is a freshman at Pingree School in Hamilton.

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The Jewish Journal – – february 3, 2011 

Don’t Let a Layoff Catch You Unprepared Jason Alderman


hances are you or someone you know have been laid off recently. Being unemployed is difficult enough, but in a cruel twist, the longer you’re out of work, the harder it can be to find a job. And, when work does finally materialize, it’s often a lower-paying position. This double whammy can damage your finances for years to come. If you’ve recently been laid off or worry your job may be in jeopardy, there are several steps you should take immediately to protect yourself financially. Investigate severance benefits. Employers aren’t obligated to provide severance unless it’s part of an employment agreement, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Use knowledge of your company’s severance policies — and what others have gotten — to negotiate a better package. Common severance benefits include: • Severance pay, usually based on annual wages and years of service. • Extended health care insurance and assistance paying premiums. • Temporary use of company resources, such as office space or equipment. • Outplacement counseling. Apply for unemployment. Depending on your length of employment and other factors, you may qualify for unemployment insurance payments. The waiting period is based on the date you file, not when you lose your job, so apply immediately. Rein in expenses. Even if you’ve built up a considerable emergency war chest, long-term unemployment can devastate your savings. Analyze your budget carefully and track all expenses, looking for non-essentials to trim (unnecessary vehicles, eating out, cable TV, new clothes, etc.) Manage your bills. Ordinarily, making extra mortgage, loan and credit card payments is a great financial strategy, but if you’re facing unemployment, it may make sense to scale back payments to boost your available savings to pay bills. Just be sure to always make at least minimum payments — on time; otherwise, you risk facing higher interest rates and damaging your credit score. Also, this may be the one time it makes sense to suspend 401(k) contributions to accumulate more cash. If you later determine your job is safe, ask whether your employer will allow a year-end catch-up contribution. Protect your 401(k). After being laid off, you have several options for your 401(k) balance: • If allowed, leave it in your former employer’s plan, although if it’s less than $5,000 you may be required to close the account. • Roll it over into a new employer’s plan, if it has one. • Roll it over into a regular or Roth IRA. With a Roth, you’ll pay income tax on the amount when filing this year’s taxes; however, you won’t be taxed on subsequent earnings at retirement. • Take a lump-sum cash payout, although this is rarely a good idea. It significantly reduces your retirement savings, and you’ll owe income tax on the amount plus a 10 percent early withdrawal penalty unless you’re over age 55 or disabled. Also note that outstanding 401(k) loans must be repaid, usually within 30 days of leaving your job, or you’ll owe taxes and an early distribution penalty if you’re under age 59 ½. Consult a financial professional to learn more about the financial consequences of 401(k) distributions. Being laid off can be very stressful and expensive, but if you’re prepared with a good game plan, you can minimize the damage to your financial well-being. Jason Alderman directs Visa’s financial education programs. To participate in a free, online Financial Literacy and Education Summit on April 4, 2011, go to

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ne of the most cherished and meaningful gifts you can leave to your family and community is an ethical will. An ethical will can manifest in many forms: a simple handwritten letter, a video, a list of favorite quotations and why each rings true to you, a scrapbook full of photographs and mementos, or even a cookbook with your favorite recipes and memories of why each dish was meaningful. Unlike dry legal documents prepared by an attorney, an ethical will is typically written by an amateur and is liberally sprinkled with unique personal feelings. No two are ever alike. In “So Grows the Tree, Creating an Ethical Will,” attorney Jo Kline Cebuhar discusses the history of ethical wills, and how they can serve as a tool for personal growth and estate planning.

It’s a new year. The calendar has changed, but will you? After two years of recession and a recovery that is moving slower than molasses, Certified Financial Planner Louis Scatigna, author of “The Financial Physician” (, believes that 2011 is the time for people to make some solid resolutions to change old habits. “Most people think that their financial problems revolve around not earning enough money,” said Scatigna, whose Financial Physician radio show is heard nationwide. “The truth is, everyone can improve their financial health by using the following five tips, and they don’t have to make a dime more than they are making today in order to feel more financially healthy.” Calculate Your Net Worth Give yourself a financial heath check up. To do so, take a piece of paper and make two columns. On the left side list the value of all your assets, and on the right the balances of all your loans, using totals from the end of 2009. Subtract your total debts from the total value of your assets and you arrive at your net worth, the exact amount of money you would have if you liquidated all your assets and paid off all your

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So Grows the Tree Jo Kline Cebuhar Murphy Publishing, 2010

Cebuhar, an expert on advance directives, has witnessed firsthand the compelling impact of sharing an ethical will with family and loved ones. “The loss of my first husband just shy of his 30th birthday, as well as losing my father and brother, made me think about the brevity of life and how one’s opportunity to leave a meaningful ’footprint’ can be unexpectedly shortened,” she said. “Life is a series of transitions,” added Cebuhar. “From birth to death, marriage to divorce or separation, emptynesting, career changes, a serious or chronic illness or retirement; each and every one is an opportunity to gain and share wisdom.”

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as a couple. In most families either the husband or the wife handles the monthly bills, but that often leads to miscommunication and overspending. Sit down together and pay the bills, and discuss with each other how you can reduce the household expenses. Review bills for accuracy and resolve to pay down the balances as fast as possible. Review each investment account statement for performance and risk. Doing it together ensures fewer crises and more savings. Learn More About Money The majority of Americans have little knowledge about finances, so they make costly mistakes. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to money. Be Financially Responsible What do you really need? What do you really want? These days, it’s difficult to have both, so we each need to evaluate our lives to determine what we can do without.


22  The Jewish Journal – – february 3, 2011

Theodor Herzl

Father of Zionism Was an Unlikely Hero Herbert Belkin

In 1897 he organized the first World Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland. This international gathering met to determine how to create a Jewish homeland and, arguably, was the most important secular meeting of Jews in almost 2,000 years. Afterwards Herzl wrote, “Were I to sum up the Basel Congress in a word — which I shall guard against pronouncing publicly — it would be this: At Basel, I founded the Jewish State.”

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Editor’s note: This is part three in a series about Jewish heroes.


heodor Herzl accomplished much in his short lifetime. He was a lawyer who never practiced law, a playwright, and one of the leading journalists of his day. He was also a completely assimilated Jew who rarely saw the inside of a synagogue. With this background, how did Herzl become the unlikely hero of European Jews and the Father of Zionism? The answer lies in the increasing anti-Semitism raging through Europe at the end of the 19th century. Herzl had encountered rage against Jews most of his life in Vienna, but it was the anti-Semitism he encountered in Paris that changed his life. He was stationed in Paris as a senior reporter for the Viennese newspaper, Neue Freie Presse, and was covering the 1894 court marshal of Captain Alfred Dreyfus. Dreyfus, who was Jewish, was found guilty of treason in a trial

German History in Documents and Images

At left, Theodor Herzl (1860-1904). At right he is photographed leaving the synagogue in Basel on the occasion of the Sixth Zionist Congress in 1903.

laced with anti-Semitism. At the court-martial, while Dreyfus was being stripped of his rank, Herzl was shocked to hear the supposedly tolerant French crowd scream, “Death to the Jews.” Herzl realized that a drastic change was needed to combat anti-Semitism. In 1896 he put his vision of a new Zionism in a book, “Der Judenstaat” (The Jewish State.) In it, Herzl proclaimed that Jews, like all other

people, had a right to their own homeland. This strikingly simple but far-reaching concept gave substance to the Jewish dream of a homeland. As Herzl wrote, “The Jews who will it shall achieve their State. We shall live at last as free men on our own soil, and in our own homes peacefully die. The world will be liberated by our freedom, enriched by our wealth, magnified by our greatness.” “Der Judenstaat” brought praise from the Jews of Eastern Europe, who were suffering under increasing anti-Semitism. It also brought condemnation from wealthy Jews who were quite satisfied with their positions, and did not want a Jewish state that could raise a question of divided loyalty. After publication of his book, Herzl took a decisive step by adding action to his words.

Herzl had encountered rage against Jews most of his life in Vienna, but it was the anti-Semitism he encountered in Paris that changed his life. As a testament to Herzl’s leadership, subsequent Congresses added organization and a financial plan to the Zionist movement. An executive committee was established, and the Jewish Colonial Trust was formed to finance Zionist activity. The Jewish National Fund was set up for the express purpose of buying land for Jewish settlement. Now, all that remained was to find land somewhere for Jews to buy and occupy. But Herzl found that political reality intruded on his dream. He quickly found that there was no place on earth with a “For Sale”

or “For Rent” sign on it. His many meetings with Sultan Abdul Hamil II, the ruler of the dissolute Ottoman Empire controlling Palestine, to negotiate land for Jewish settlements came to nothing. As Herzl met with various European rulers, the plight of Eastern European Jews grew more desperate, as the vise of anti-Semitism squeezed tighter. Realizing that attempts to gain a foothold in Palestine were fruitless, Herzl considered an offer from the British for land in eastern Africa to receive Jews. When Herzl proposed this to the Sixth Zionist Congress, the plan was challenged by members who, despite Jewish suffering, insisted that Palestine could be the only place for a Jewish homeland. Out of respect for Herzl, the plan was not dismissed, but moved to a committee to be taken up at the Seventh Congress, to meet in 1905. Herzl would not be at that Congress to hear the African plan rejected. Theodor Herzl died on July 3, 1904 at the age of 44. His passing was mourned by Jews all over the world. His rich legacy went beyond his grand vision of giving Jews a homeland; his great gift was the gleaming hope that the unremitting misery of Jews living in exile could soon end. Again Herzl’s own words best summarize his life’s work, “I wish our enemies could understand what a happiness Zionism is. Yes, the happiness that comes of doing one’s highest works.” Historian Herbert Belkin writes from Swampscott.

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with Krasa afterwards. “His stories were more emotional and sadder than I thought they would be,” remarked 13-year-old Lexi Baczek, who was particularly disturbed hearing about how Jews were burned in ovens at Auschwitz. “The students were spellbound. It’s not often that any middle school audience can sit and hear someone speak for 120 minutes, but Edgar was very skilled, and the kids were right there with him,” said Parker School Principal Doug Lyons. According to Lyons, teachers had prepped the students in advance by reading excerpts from “I Refused to Die: Stories of Boston Area Holocaust Survivors and Soldiers Who Liberated the Concentration Camps of World War II” by author Susie Davidson, who had written a chapter about Krasa. Davidson, who had made the book available to the Reading public school system at cost, flew up from Florida to attend the event. Despite the preparation, many students were shocked hearing Krasa’s firsthand account of what occurred during the Holocaust. “The punishments were so harsh, and he never felt safe,” lamented one girl. “It was a long time ago, but he remembers it so well,” said another. “It’s amazing that he lived through all that — I don’t know how he kept going,” wondered a boy. The powerful presentation was organized by Linda Snow Dockser, Ph.D., a parent and educator who had brought Krasa to speak at Reading High School three years ago. “I am very proud of the Reading public schools for the work that they are doing, and hope it will inspire other schools to educate students and their families to bear witness to the Holocaust, be sensitive to issues of diversity, bullying and harassment, and feel empowered NOT to be passive bystanders,” Snow Dockser said. “I wanted the students to make the connection that real people survived the Holocaust. They are our neighbors, and can tell stories about what they experienced,” she added. Renee Gelin has taught math at the school for five years. “This is the first time we’ve ever had anything like this here. It was breathtaking,” she said. Gelin, who is Jewish, is glad the school is educating students about this dark period of history. “My children and I learn about the Holocaust our whole lives. For many of these kids, this is their only two-hour experience,” she said. Krasa, who was born in Karlsbad near the German border of Czechoslovakia, patiently explained how life progressively deteriorated for Jews in Europe during the Nazis’ rise to power. Mentally sharp with a wry sense of humor, Krasa tried to lighten the tension with some jokes. When talking about how food was rationed in early 1939, he said, “Three types of ration tickets were issued — those with no restrictions for Germans, some

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On January 20, Edgar Krasa was honored by the Massachusetts State Senate and Governor Deval Patrick for his work in Holocaust education. He is pictured above with his wife, Hana, and the governor.

restrictions for Czechs and nearly total restrictions for Jews.” Since Krasa worked at the time in a restaurant, he was able to give his parents his food ration. “This way, my parents had 50 percent more of almost nothing,” he said. He did not spare any punches as he went on to describe his imprisonment at Terezin and Auschwitz, the cruelty of the Nazis, and the horrendous conditions he and other Jews were forced to endure. He told the students that they would only get meat when a horse in a neighboring village died, and about how he almost lost his life eating a scavenged onion. He described the painful oozing boils that developed on his back and neck. “I didn’t want to go to the infirmary because the Germans didn’t like Jews, but they liked sick Jews even less,” he said. He talked about nearly dying of exhaustion after a three-day Death March in the snow with no food or drink. After diving into a ditch along the side road, a guard shot him. The blood spreading over the white snow fooled the guard into thinking Krasa was dead, but he survived — just barely. He had lost 79 pounds. After a six-week stint in a for-

mer British POW camp where he regained the weight (“Jenny Craig would have gone crazy,” he quipped), he returned to Prague and was astounded to discover that his parents were still alive. He married another survivor, and today they are proud parents and grandparents. He and his wife, Hana, spent several years in Israel, and immigrated to the United States in 1962. Although he is now retired, the physically fit Krasa still shovels his own walkway. Krasa encouraged the students to ask him questions. They willingly obliged. “Did you ever meet a Nazi soldier that wasn’t mean?” “Did anyone you know convert to Christianity to avoid questioning by the Germans?” “What inspired you to keep going?” One of the final questions seemed to catch Krasa by surprise. “Were there any moments of happiness in the camps?” inquired a student innocently. Krasa took his time in answering. “In the end, the fact that you survived,” he said. “I was never a very religious person, but in Auschwitz I started to pray. I’d pray that I should live to the evening. And every evening, I’d pray to see the light of day again,” he said.

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ove is not limited to the affection one human being might express for another. Animal lovers feel a great deal of emotion for their four-legged friends. Unfortunately, many dogs and cats are in need of loving homes. Until they get a permanent placement, some enjoy temporary solace at the Friends of Marblehead’s Abandoned Animals shelter. Inside the small,

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The Jewish Character of Cupid Everett Gendler Jewish Telegraphic Agency

What’s Jewish about Val­ entine’s Day? The day was first released from the purview of the Catholic Church in 1969, when Pope Paul VI declared that Valentine’s Day was no longer a saint’s day. But Cupid isn’t exclusively a pagan symbol. There is interesting archeological evidence of Cupid’s Jewish character. Cupid appears on Jewish sarcophagi in Rome, on paintings in Jewish catacombs in Rome and, most significantly, above the door of the synagogue at Capernaum in Israel — six of them over the main entrance. Love is a necessity of life, long established in the rabbinic tradition. To live in isolation is to live “without joy, without blessing, without happiness,” the Talmud says. “It is not good for a man to be alone,” God says in Genesis. Happy Valentine’s Day! Rabbi Everett Gendler, rabbi emeritus at Temple Emanuel in Lowell, was the first Jewish chaplain at Phillips Academy in Andover, serving there from 1971 to 1995.

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Sweet Valentine’s Day Desserts t’s nice having a day designed to celebrating love! Show the people in your life how much you care about them by making them something special. This year, instead of a gift, create something in your kitchen. Below are two tasty recipes.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Hearts 2¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 t. baking soda 1 t. salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened ¾ cup granulated sugar ¾ cup packed brown sugar 1 t. vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels 1 cup chopped nuts Metal or heat-safe heart cookie cutter(s) Various icings, sprinkles, Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 15 x 10-inch jellyroll pan with foil; lightly grease. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Spread dough into prepared pan. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Lift from pan with foil handles to cutting board. Cut out hearts with cookie cutter(s). Remove hearts while peeling away foil. Decorate as desired with colored icing and/or sprinkles. Yields about 18 hearts.

Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Pie 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk 2 large egg yolks 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels 1 container (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided 1 container (6 ounces) or 1/3 cups fresh raspberries, divided 1 prepared 9-inch (6 ounces) chocolate crumb crust Whisk together evaporated milk and egg yolks in medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is very hot and thickens slightly; do not boil. Remove from heat; stir in morsels until completely melted and mixture is smooth. Pour into large bowl. Refrigerate for 30 minutes until cool. Gently stir in 2 cups whipped topping. Refrigerate for 2 hours until thickened. Sprinkle 1 cup raspberries over crust. Spoon chilled chocolate mousse over raspberries. Dollop remaining 1 cup whipped topping on center of pie; top with remaining raspberries. Yields 8 servings.

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are facing this Valentine’s Day by yourself, perhaps for the first time, Aldrich offers some thoughts. Prepare in advance. Survival requires looking deep inside yourself to determine what you might do to make this holiday less painful. Try to focus on the fact that it’s just one day. Know what to avoid. Stay away from restaurants. Order take-out or cook at home, but don’t fix that special dinner you used to make with the person you loved. Stay busy. Plan an activity that will take your mind off of things. Schedule some quality time with friends and family. Avoid watching movies, unless there isn’t a hint of romance in them. Allow the emotions to come. Grief never fits into a neat timetable, and it’s unhealthy to pretend that everything’s okay when it’s not. Remember that it’s okay to cry. Depending on how you feel, you might write a love poem or letter to the one whom you are grieving.

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Marilyn Abkowitz (Berger), of Raymond, N.H.

Sally (Katz) Goldstein, 101, of Andover

Marilyn Abkowitz (Berger) of Raymond, N.H., died on January 23, 2011. Marilyn was born in Brookline and attended Everett Schools and high school. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She was an educational tutor for the Hooksett, N.H. Memorial School and enjoyed astrology, numerology, reading and following biorhythms. Marilyn was the beloved wife for 39 years of Alan Abkowitz. She was the devoted mother of

Sally (Katz) Goldstein of Andover died on January 27, 2011 after a brief illness in the Wingate Nursing Home in Andover. She was 101. Born in New York City, she had resided in Swampscott for 50 years. She was a life member of Hadassah, a member of the United Order of True Sisters, the Ladies’ Auxiliary at the Jewish Rehabilitation Center in Swampscott, and the former Temple Israel and its Sisterhood in Swampscott. Sally was the beloved wife of the late Edward Goldstein. She was the devoted mother of Judy

Jeff Abkowitz. She was the dear sister of Theodore Berger and Sheila Genica of Thomasville, Ga. Marilyn is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel in Chelsea on January 25. Interment followed in Everett. Contributions in Marilyn’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 9 Riverside Rd., Weston, MA 02493. For an online guestbook visit the funeral home website,

Cyril H. (Cy) Glassman, 88, of Danvers Cyril H. (Cy) Glassman, 88, of Danvers died peacefully on January 25, 2011, embraced by his loving family following a battle with acute leukemia. A cherished father, grandfather, and uncle, he was the husband of the late Natalie (Wolchok) Glassman, with whom he shared 52 years of marriage. Born at home in East Boston, Cyril was the son of the late Annie (Skelskie) and Phillip Glassman. He was the last remaining offspring of eight children. He was the father of Marcia Glassman-Jaffe and her husband Mark Jaffe of Prides Crossing, and Daniel Glassman and his wife Candice Cohen of San Diego, Calif. Cyril was the grandfather of Marisa (Jaffe) Gelfand and her husband Justin of Alexandria, Va., Mallory Jaffe of Los Angeles, Calif., Morgan Jaffe of Prides Crossing, Ian Dowe and his wife Allison Reilly of Andover, and Joshua and Julie Glassman of San Diego, Calif. Cyril grew up in Hyde Park and Dorchester and graduated from Dorchester High School for Boys. He attended Bentley College and Boston University. A WWII veteran, Cyril served at Patton’s headquarters as a communications specialist in the Signal Corps of the Army (which later became the Air Force) and had engagements in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, Central Europe and the Northern Apennines. After the war, he was employed by the IRS for several years, giving him the foundation for his CPA practice, specializing in tax preparation. Cyril’s main office was in Brighton and he had satellite offices in Peabody and Waltham. For most of his adult life Cyril lived in Peabody, until he and his late wife Natalie retired to Boynton Beach, Fla. For the past year Cyril was a resident at Brightview Independent Living in Danvers. He was one of the founders and an executive board member of Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody, as well as a former trustee of St. John’s Preparatory School. Cyril was a member of the Jewish War Veterans Association and very proud of his military service. Using his skills in tax preparation as well as his fluency in French and Spanish, he volunteered his tax preparation expertise by preparing tax returns for indigent families who did not speak English at many charitable organizations. Cyril was an avid traveler, a stamp and antique collector, a lover of art, music and books, an aficionado of cards and a great sports enthusiast of his beloved Red Sox and Patriots. He will be remembered for his

Goldstein of Lynn, and Gary and his wife Janice Goldstein of Andover. She was the cherished grandmother of Matthew, Abbey and Laura Goldstein. Sally was the loving sister of the late Reuben, Nathan and Max Katz. Services were held at the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel in Salem on January 30. Interment followed in the Moses Mendelsohn Cemetery in West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Sally’s memory may be donated to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Attn: Contribution Services, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445.

William “Bill” Malkin, 90, of Malden, formerly of Everett

kindness and compassion, patriotism and love of country, strong work ethic, keen intellect and wit, his sense of humor and playfulness and his devotion to his family. The family wishes to thank the Aviv Center for Living in Swampscott and their staff for their care of Cyril during his brief rehabilitation stay from a pelvic fracture, as well as Brightview Independent Living Center in Danvers for making his last year a most pleasant one. Funeral services were held on January 30 at Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody, followed by interment at Sharon Memorial Park. Donations may be made in Cyril’s memory to Temple Beth Shalom. Arrangements were handled by the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem.

William “Bill” Malkin, of Malden and formerly of Everett, passed away on January 24, 2011. He was 90. Bill was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was educated in the New York school system. He was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn. He was raised during the very difficult Great Depression era. Bill was a WWII United States Army veteran, and took part in the seventh wave in Normandy, France; he also served in the Philippines. He was a proud member of the Jewish War Veterans, Lt. Carl Stein Post #187 in Everett. Bill was a long time employee of I.J. Fox Furriers. He was a very avid reader and always looked forward to going to the library every Saturday. He was the beloved husband of Jeannette (Richey) Malkin. Bill was the devoted father of Jeffrey Malkin, Debbie Smith, and Lesley Bielawski and her husband Dr. Martin. He was the dear brother of Jack Malkin, and May Millstein and her husband Edward. Bill was the loving grandfather of Joshua and Jason, and is also survived by his nephews Marc Feldman and Corey Warn. Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel in Chelsea on January 28. Interment followed in Everett. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the

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Clayman, David, 93 — late of Lawrence. Died January 10, 2011. Husband of the late Corinne (Kunian). Brother of the late Ida Edelstein. Uncle of Dr. Michael and his wife Joyce Edelstein and great-uncle of Robyn, Julie and Scott. Friend of Sandra and Frank Biancardi. (Goldman) Dennis, Elliot P., 88 — late of Marblehead. Died January 10, 2011. Husband of the late Lois (Weiner). Father of Tammy and Barry Richmond, Jeffrey and Jeanne Dennis, Sheryl Dennis, and Bradley and Jeannette Dennis. Grandfather of Gregory and Joselyn, Corey, Rebecca, Lee and Danny Dennis, Chad and Michelle Richmond, and Alan and Weston Milbury. Great-grandfather of Noah Dennis. (Goldman) Gersh, Arthur H., 89 — formerly of Malden and Millis. Died January 20, 2011. Husband of the late Florence I. (Goldstein) Gersh. Father of Shelley Ferellec, Karen and Michael Cernoch, Louis and Marie Gersh, the late Edward and Larry Gersh. Brother of Sylvia Goodwin and Frances Paolini. Grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of four. (Goldman) Glichouse, Edward, 86 — late of Beverly. Died January 11, 2011. Husband of Fay (Brodsky) Glichouse. Father of Sandra and her husband Michael Horton, and Jeffrey and his wife Tanya Glichouse. Grandfather of Brett Horton. Brother of the late Myron Glichouse and Beatrice Shumsker. (Goldman) Shuman, Dr. Norman A., 84 — late of Lynnfield. Died January 12, 2011. Husband of Corinne (Levine) Shuman. Father of Karen Shuman, Brian Shuman and Jay Shuman. Grandfather of Rebecca and Sydney Shuman. (Goldman) ZABAR, Marcia A.— late of Salem and Boynton Beach, Fla., formerly of Marblehead. Died January 25, 2011. Wife of the late Harry N. Zabar. Mother of Laurence E. and his wife Hope Zabar of Swampscott, and Jane and her husband William Permison of Rockville, Md. Sister of Alan and his wife Joan Kulman of Great Neck, N.Y. Grandmother of Josh Zabar, Matthew Permison and Jennifer Permison. (Stanetsky-Hymanson)

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7:30 p.m. Led by Bernie Horowitz. Oneg follows. Cong. Sons of Israel, Park and Spring Sts., Peabody. 978532-1624 or

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The Democratic Committees of Nahant and Swampscott collect non-perishables for local food pantries. Shaw’s Market, 43 State St., Lynn.

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11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about summer options for your child. Glen Urquhart School, 74 Hart St., Beverly Farms.

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8 p.m. Help Billy Costa crown the best dessert in Merrimack Valley. Dancing, live and silent auction. $40. UMASS Lowell Conference Center, 80 Warren St., Lowell. or 978-494-0769.

Sun, Feb. 6 Jungle Jim

10:45 a.m. Family worship, followed by Jungle Jim’s magic and balloons. Free. Temple Emanu-El, 393 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead.

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10 a.m.-noon. Lynn Rubenstein leads a two-session workshop. Space limited. $18. Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly. 978-9273211 x14 or

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2 p.m. Celebrate W.A.G.’s second anniversary with bowling, followed by dinner at Sugarcane Restaurant. Meet at Metro Bowl, 63 Foster St., Peabody. Call Rita at 978-535-3524.

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2 p.m. Five panelists discuss activism and dance. The Sanctuary Theatre, 400 Harvard St., Cambridge. or 617-354-7467.

Tues, Feb. 8 Synagogue Leadership Symposium

7 p.m. Congregational leaders discuss unemployment. Leventhal Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St., Newton.

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7:30 p.m. Free screening of a documentary about the dangers of Iran’s nuclear intentions. Sponsored by the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation and JFNS. Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody. sfeinstein@ or call Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431.

Local teen youth groups meet for an afternoon of fun at Amesbury Sports Park. $30 includes snowtubing, transportation and a snack. Bring a canned food item to donate. Bus leaves Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead at 1 p.m., stops at Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody at 1:30 p.m., returns around 6 p.m. Email or call 78-2445544.

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7:30 p.m. Learn how to make traditional Shabbat dishes and desserts, with a modern day twist. $15. Chabad of Peabody, 83 Pine Street, Unit E, Peabody. jewishpeabody. com.

Noon. Kiddush lunch followed by a discussion of issues concerning the Middle East. Also March 12. Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main St., Haverhill. 978-373-3861 or Nancy@

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Two mothers struggle with tough decisions about the futures of their gifted children. Drama runs through March 6. Tickets start at $25. Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell. or 978-654-4678.

Torah at the Edge

7:30-9 p.m. Rabbi Baruch Halevi teaches free weekly classes, through Feb. 24. JCCNS, 4 Community Rd., Marblehead. or 781-6318330.

Fri, Feb. 11

Women’s Rosh Chodesh

7 p.m. Celebrate the month of Adar. $5. Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. 978-535-2100 or

Wed, Feb. 9 ‘Toward a Meaningful Life’

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10 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. Six-week course, taught by Layah Lipsker. $119. Chabad of the North Shore, 44 Burrill St., Swampscott. office@ or 781-581-3833.

Thur, Feb. 10 Koffee with Kudan

10:30 a.m. Discuss “Hasidism and its Opponents” with the rabbi. Free. Cong. Agudas Achim-Ezrath Israel, 245 Bryant St., Malden. 781-3227205.

7:30 p.m. Apres ski party features food, live and silent auctions, and a specialty hot chocolate bar. $45. Co-sponsored by Cohen Hillel Academy and the JFNS. East Coast Alpine, 139 Endicott St., Danvers. or 781-6392880.

Broadway Kids Revue

Presented by Neverland Theatre, through Feb. 14. $10 -$13. Temple B’nai Abraham Theatre, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly. or 978-500-8832.

Sun, Feb. 13

‘A Night of One-Acts’

The Theatre Company of Saugus presents three different one-act plays, through Feb. 13. Free, donations appreciated. East Saugus United Methodist Church, 85 Chestnut St., Saugus. tcsaugus.

Winter Concert

‘My Name is Asher Lev’

7 p.m. Jonathan Goldblith performs, accompanied by pianist Lynn Staininger. $15/advance; $18 at door. Temple Tifereth Israel, 539 Salem St., Malden. 781-322-2794.

The Lyric Stage Company presents an adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel, through March 12. $25-$52. 140 Clarendon St., Boston. or 617-585-5678.

Sat, Feb. 12 Dance

8 p.m. Multimedia event traces Adam McKinney’s multiple heritages. Includes Yiddish and American

3 p.m. The North Shore Philhar­ monic Orchestra performs Gustav Mahler’s dramatic Fourth Symphony. $20. Swampscott High School, 200 Essex St., Swampscott.

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‘A Viennese Valentine’

3 p.m. The Boston Classical Orchestra presents this beautiful musical inspired by a New Year’s in Vienna. Faneuil Hall, Boston. or 617423-3883.

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‘Praying With Lior’

7:45 p.m. Engrossing film about a boy with Down Syndrome preparing for his bar mitzvah. $2. Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody. 978-536-5115.

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best bet ‘Jews & Baseball: An American Love Story’

4 p.m. Film spotlights the contributions of Jewish major leaguers and the meaning baseball has had in the lives of American Jews. More than a film about sports, this is a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism and the shattering of stereotypes. JCCNS, 4 Community Rd., Marblehead. or 781-631-8330.

The North Shore Jazz Project

1-3 p.m. Singer Amanda Carr performs. Chianti’s Jazz Lounge, 285 Cabot St., Beverly.

Tues, Feb. 15 Sisterhood Game Night

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RSVP by Feb. 10. $12. Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody. Send checks payable to Judy Kemp, 2 Tammie Lane, Peabody, MA 01960.

Wed, Feb. 16 ‘Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags’

Koffee with Kudan

10:30 a.m. Rabbi David Kudan discusses “Confrontation with Modernity.” Cong. Agudas AchimEzrath Israel, 245 Bryant St., Malden. 781-322-7205.

‘What Do the Israelis and Palestinians Want?’

6 p.m. New England Jewish Labor Committee screens documentary about the rise and fall of the garment industry. Discussion follows. Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington St. or 617-227-0888.

7:30 p.m. International peace negotiation experts Daniel Levy and Amjad Atallah speak. Free. Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham. or 617-401-5553.

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6 p.m. Students in grades 5-12 plan upcoming classes, programs. Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Call Sandy at 781-596-8867 x304.

Queer Beit Midrash

6 p.m. Jewish study regarding halacha and body modification, led by Hebrew College rabbinical student Suzie Schwartz. RSVP for address. or 617-524-9227.

Thur, Feb. 17 Meet the Authors

7 p.m. Daniel Klein and Tom Cathcart discuss their book, “Plato and Platypus Walk Into a Bar.” Free. Pingree School Theater, 537 Highland St., South Hamilton. 978468-4415.

‘Toy Story 3’

6 p.m. All welcome. Snacks provided. Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Call Sandy at 781-5968867 x304.

‘Little Monsters’

Presented by Brandeis Theater Company, through Feb. 20. $18-$20. Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham. 781-736-3400.

Fri, Feb. 18 7:30 p.m. Singer, songwriter and humorist Don White performs. $15. Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. salemtheatre. com or 978-790-8546.

best bet ‘Israel in Egypt’

Imaginative telling of Exodus, featuring conductor Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus and Period Instrument Orchestra, through Feb. 20. Tickets start at $18. Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave., Boston. 617-266-3605.

Sat, Feb. 19 The Laszlo Gardony Trio

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Havdalah and Dancing

Service at 7 p.m., followed by dance party at 8 p.m. at a Keshet member’s home. RSVP for address. or 617-524-9227.

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with some adjustments,” Chua told Diane Rehm. She’s still proud of having rejected the birthday cards. She relates what I think is the saddest story in the book — about how her late mother-in-law begged in vain for a single day with each granddaughter — with no apparent regret: “I never had a full day for them to spare. The girls barely had time as it was to do their homework, speak Chinese with their tutor, and practice their instruments.” Before we could not stop talking about Tiger Mothers, my friends and I could not stop talking about B-minuses — another new book by therapist Wendy Mogel called “The Blessing of a B-Minus.” The very title is enough to make me break out in hives. What happened to the other 17 points? Mogel is the anti-Chua: Her thesis is not that Western parents fail to push their children hard enough, but that they push too hard. Mogel’s advice for parents is to calm down, back off and give their teenagers space to mess up. “One of the ways teens learn about the importance of hard work is by suffering the consequences of their procrastination and laziness,” Mogel writes. “A wise parent will resist interfering with those natural consequences, even if it means allowing a child to take a low-

er-than-wished-for grade.” Parental pushiness is a Mogel no-no. “Let affirmation — ‘Yes, a B-plus!’ — stand happily alone,” she advises. Mogel cautions against the “What about varsity?” school of parenting, constantly prodding children to achieve the next level. I’d far rather err on Mogel’s side than Chua’s, but I think Mogel is wrong, too. First, the line between benign parental neglect and parental negligence is treacherously fuzzy. Intervening too much is a lot less risky than intervening too little. Second, a little pushing is not a dangerous thing. For many people, if not most, ambition has to be instilled before it can be internalized. Children — even teenage children — crave parental approval. Withholding it absent exceptional performance, as Chua would have it, is wrong; so is bestowing it promiscuously. You are not going to find me getting giddy about a B-plus. The key to good parenting lies somewhere between these two approaches, between demanding too much and accepting too little. The difficulty of good parenting lies in the fact that this sweet spot is elusive, individual and constantly changing. You may be the lucky parent who hits it, but you will not know for years. Contact Ruth Marcus at

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Beverly, MA Raymond & Cynthia Ruta Kensington, CT Maternal Grandparents Marcia (Levene) & Paul Montal Walpole, MA Paternal Grandparents Ann K. Rubin, Malden, MA Paternal Great Grandmother

Sofia Eliza Nolan November 27, 2010 Rosealyn & David Nolan Prattville, MA

Miriam & Richard Swartz, N. Andover, MA Jeffrey & Elizabeth Schultz, Middleton, MA

Marblehead, MA Barbara & David Schneider Marblehead, MA Maternal Grandparents Eleanor & John Stickevers Howard Beach, NY Paternal Grandparents

Wellesley, MA Ruthann Kelfer, Boston, MA Neil Fineman, Nashua, NH Maternal Grandparents Aggie Reeves & Gary Sobol, Colorado Paternal Grandparents Myrtis Fineman, Lucille & Leo Sevinor Maternal Great-Grandparents

January 11, 2010 Rachel & Sam Chipman Marblehead, MA

Phillip & Shirley Golub

Irene & John Carlino Newton, MA

Robert & Marilyn Nolan, West Springfield, MA,

Ann & Alan Chipman Marblehead, MA Paternal Grandparents


Gavin James Sobol

Sydney Rachel Golub

Maternal Grandparents

Paternal Grandparents

Sherry & Shay Halpin Dublin, Ireland Paternal Grandparents

Zachary Gabe Chipman

Maternal Grandparents,

Eunice Shatz, N. Andover, MA

Susan Goldman Salem, MA Maternal Grandparent

June 8, 2010 Alexandria, VA Eric & Amy Chin, Manassas, VA Maternal Grandparents Rabbi Mark & Alice Golub Melrose, MA Rita Golub, Williamsburg, VA Paternal Grandparents



32  The Jewish Journal – – february 3, 2011

Engagement Groipen – Herzlich Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Groipen of Swampscott are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Allyson Groipen, to Justin Herzlich of New York. Groipen, a graduate of Swampscott High School class of 2003, received her B.S. from the University of Connecticut, and her J.D. from We s t e r n New England College School of Law. She is currently practicing law in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Herzlich, son of Sarah Herzlich and Dr. Douglas Herzlich, holds a B.A. in legal studies from SUNY Buffalo, and an M.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is employed in the field of criminal justice. The couple plans a September, 2011 wedding.

Engagement Gershfield — Cordova Ron and Cindy Titlebaum, of Danvers and Lake Worth, Fla., are delighted to announce the engagement of their niece, Lumina Infinite Gershfield, to Rene Cordova, son of Rene and Ana Cordova of Hialeah, Fla. Gershfield is a graduate of Brigham Young University where she earned a B.A. in fine art, and a master’s in education from Portland State University. She is currently executive director of Future Boston Alliance. Cordova earned his B.A. in finance at Florida International University. He is currently working for Deltek in Cambridge while pursuing an MBA at Boston University. The wedding will take place in Manchester-By-The Sea in June.





Mazel tov to Rabbi Nechemia and Raizel Schusterman of Peabody on the birth their son, Levi Yitzchok Schusterman. The baby was born January 6. He joins his four siblings., Mendy, 10; Mordy, 7; Rochel Leah, 5 and Shaya, 21 months

Bride’s Choice Dasha Kazakova of Marblehead was awarded a Bride’s Choice Award 2010 from Weddingwire. com, a prominent wedding website. This award is given to the top wedding photographers, based on customer’s testimonials and reviews. Kazakova’s work was recently featured in Seacoast Bride 2011 Magazine. Russian born, Kazakova moved to United States when she was 20 and has been pursuing her passion for all forms of visual art ever since.

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For the second year in a row, the stallion MEM Bailamos was crowned best of the Morgan breed at the Grand National Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City. Keely Sogoloff of Cedar Spring Farm in Charlotte, Vt. rode Bailamos, owned by Jerry Nau, to his second championship in the Hunter and Pleasure Division. Keely is the daughter of Hayes and Bonnie Sogoloff, owners of the Cedar Spring Farm and the granddaughter of Hyman Sogoloff of Peabody and the late Ruth Sogoloff. Keely is a graduate of Swampscott High School and the University of Vermont.

Gordon Advances Jayne Gordon, MSW, LICSW, C-ASWCM, a social worker with Aviv Centers for Living (Aviv), has become a Certified Advanced Social Worker in Case Management. This certification, given by the National Association of Social Workers, enables Gordon to be a member of Aviv’s Centers for Living Geriatric Care Management team. Gordon, of Beverly, brings over three decades of experience in the field to Aviv. She received her MSW at Boston University’s School of Social Work, and her BA at McGill University.

Swallowtail Yoga Teacher Training Graduates Swallowtail Yoga of Salem recently certified seven new yoga teachers. Each of the new teachers completed a year-long, 250hour training. The newly certified teachers are Dianne Hanlon-Druyff of Marblehead, Simone Kaplan of Danvers, Courtney Pierce of Pride’s Crossing, Shelley Sackett of Swampscott, MaryKate Smith-Despres of Salem, Elaine Theodore of Lynn and Lisa Toda of Peabody. Swallowtail Yoga Teacher Training is a registered school with Yoga Alliance. Front row, from left, Elaine Theodore, Shelley Sackett and Lisa Toda; middle row, Courtney Pierce and MaryKate Smith-Despres; back row, Simone Kaplan, Swallowtail Yoga teacher-training director Elaine Wintman and Dianne HanlonDruyff.

Tu B’Shvat Topiary Activities Director Lynn Rubenstein recently hosted Tu B’Shvat celebrations for residents of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, Leonard Florence Center for Living, and Cohen-Florence Assisted Living. Topiaries made of fresh fruit were used for decorations in honor of this Jewish festival, which commemorates the “new year of the trees.”

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