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‘Northeastern Unbecoming’

Combating Anti-Semitism in Higher Education Sam Sherman Special to the Journal


he film “Northeastern Unbecoming” exposes anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiment at Boston’s Northeastern University. The documentary focuses on several professors and administrators at the school who have made offensive statements about Jews and Israel. The Jewish Journal and Lappin Foundation co-sponFIRST PERSON sored a screening of the film on May 29 at Temple Sinai in Marblehead, which I attended. Due to popular demand, there will be a repeat showing at Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody on Wednesday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. After the screening, Dr. Charles Jacobs will facilitate a discussion. The event is free and open to the entire community. As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, I was forced by the film to consider the proper roles and responsibilities of professors. The inflammatory commentaries of the Northeastern professors in the documenFile photo tary most directly Dr. Charles Jacobs indicate the failure of universities and colleges to properly delineate and enforce rules for faculty. Institutions of higher education generally have faculty handbooks, which are intended to serve as guidelines for professors. Within these handbooks, a section about academic freedom is almost invariably present. However, the responsibility that inherently comes with academic freedom receives much less attention. For instance, the Academic Freedom section of the Northeastern faculty handbook reads in part, “The Board of Trustees will not impose any limitations upon the freedom of a member of the faculty in the exposition of the subject which he or she teaches… but it is expected that such faculty member shall exercise appropriate discretion and good judgment.” What exactly does the handbook mean by “appropriate discretion and good judgment?” It is impossible to say. The section is vague and incomplete, glossing over the importance of academic responsibility, which is an essential corollary to free speech. Similarly, Penn­has a section in its handbook which stresses that the teacher continued on page 19

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Financial Realities Hit Ahabat Sholom


Amy Sessler Powell Jewish Journal Staff

LYNN — Cong­regation Ahabat Sholom has not renewed the contract of Rabbi Avraham Kelman for financial reasons, effectively ending his 14-year tenure on July 31. “Certainly this was a sad and difficult task. The Kelmans worked hard for us, they are beloved by many people in our congregation and touched many people in a personal way. It’s difficult all around,” said Marc Winer, president of CAS. Rabbi Kelman declined comment for the story. Winer explained that the synagogue, the last Jewish institution in Lynn, has suffered a decline Susan Jacobs in membership and is no longer in need of a Rabbi Avraham and Liora Kelman led a celebration of full-time rabbi, especially one “of Rabbi Kelman’s caliber.” Israel in Lynn in April, 2011.

Traveling Solo

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Summer’s Camp/School Clash

‘Hannah Arendt’

Drama opens in numerous theaters

Amy Sessler Powell Jewish Journal Staff

Usually the days in between the end of school and the start of camp are filled with leisurely trips to Target and the mall, using those days to pack and prepare. This year, with so many snow days in the schedule, camp families are figuring out how to balance the beginning of camp with a school year that may not end until after camp starts. The camp/school clash most affects teens on camp Israel experiences, usually those finishing 10th grade, who need to leave before final exams are over, and eighth graders who have some sort of a graduation ceremony. For the overnight camps, it creates a slightly bumpy start to the first session, and some challenges for the training of junior counselors who are still in high school. For day camps, the late end of school creates a challenging start as



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Asher Oren of Marblehead splashed at the JCCNS outdoor pool last summer.

many public schools are not even out by the first camp week, and the second camp week includes the fourth of July holiday.

Dead Sea Scrolls Historic exhibit comes to Boston



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(Keeping) Order in the Court Susan Jacobs Jewish Journal Staff

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PEABODY — As an undergraduate at the University of Rochester, Amy Lyn Blake dual majored in biology and political science. She seriously considered medical school, but chose law school instead. “I just couldn’t see myself in a lab. I needed to be talking for a living,” said the Essex County Probate and Family Court judge, who was honored as a Distinguished Jurist on June 6 by the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers. Appointed by Governor Deval Patrick and sworn in five years ago, Blake, 47, can legally hold her important position until age 70. She currently works out of the Lawrence courthouse.

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The Jewish Journal – – june 13, 2013 

Camp/School Clash from page 1

Camps and schools have responded in a number of ways. Mindee Meltzer, director of Camp Tevya, an overnight camp in Brookline, N.H., explained that some of the campers will start on the first day of camp, but some will leave camp for graduations or last day ceremonies. They are allowing campers to come and go flexibly, as long as they respect the safety needs of camp. The biggest impact was on the junior counselors, typically wrapping up grade 11, who were not able to attend camp a week early for training. To accommodate them, the camps used a variety of online training techniques, while saving some of the most important lessons, such as how to handle bullying, for the weekend when most JC’s will attend onsite orientation, even if they have to return to school. “We recognize that it is an important academic year and that many junior counselors still have finals on the Monday after orientation, but we appreciate that they can come to orientation on the weekend, even

Order in the Court from page 1

Being named a judge was something Blake, who lives in Peabody with her husband, Richard, and teenage son, Max, always aspired to. “I realized early on what a difference judges can make in the life of families and kids,” she said. Getting a law degree was a long process for Blake, who worked fulltime during the day as a victim witness advocate for the Middlesex DA in Lowell, and attended night classes at New England Law/Boston. She graduated in 1992. A hard worker, Blake stayed on at the DA’s office for two years as a prosecutor, and then went into private family law practice in Boston, where she remained for 14 years until becoming a judge. “Every day brings a new challenge,” said Blake, who in her court handles approximately 500 cases per month involving divorce, paternity, child custody, adoption and estates. The work is emotionally charged, and regulations are constantly changing. Blake has had many memorable experiences over her distinguished career. As a young prosecutor, she played a role in a tragic case that changed the law — and her perspective on life. “I was handling the arraignment of a man arrested for the attempted murder of his wife. Something struck me about the brutality of the attack, and I argued for a high bail. At that time, dangerousness was not a considering factor [when setting bail],” Blake recalled. The man posted bail and secured visitation rights to see his child. However, on the first visit, he killed his wife and was ultimately convicted of firstdegree murder. As a result of that particular case, dangerousness is now a mandatory factor. “To this day, I think about that woman and that case. I hope it has saved other lives,”

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Mindee Meltzer, Camp Tevya director

though they have to study for finals,” said Meltzer. Many schools are letting campers and counselors take finals early. Debra Korman of Swampscott has three of her four children attending Camp Tevya. Her son, Adam Beerman, will be a counselor, but as a college student, is not affected by the late end of school. Her daughter, Rosie Beerman, entering eighth grade, has decided to miss the last few days of school to attend Blake said. In another case, Blake dealt with a Vietnam vet found living in squalor on the streets of Lynn. Gangrene had set in on his leg, and his prognosis was grim. Because the veteran was incapacitated, the hospital wanted the court to use substituted judgment and order an amputation. At an evidentiary hearing, the veteran told Blake, “I didn’t lose my leg in ‘Nam, and I am going out of this world with the legs I was born with.” After thinking it over, Blake ruled to decline the amputation order. Three days later, he died. “I gave him a gift — his final wish — to leave this world the way he entered,” Blake remarked. The justice has also had a fair share of humorous experiences on the bench. One time, an incapacitated individual who was not taking his antipsychotic medication informed Blake that her hair was too frizzy, and he could recommend a better stylist. Another time, she heard the case of a couple that had been married for 60 years but were seeking a divorce. At age 86, the husband had found a younger woman (who was 73). Blake also remembers a Department of Revenue litigant hoping to reduce his child support obligation. He arrived in her courtroom fully decked out in Yankees apparel, — not realizing she was a Red Sox fan. He requested that his case be transferred to a judge he hoped would be more sympathetic. When she is not in the courthouse, Blake enjoys gardening and crafting jewelry. She is fiercely devoted to her family and beloved English bulldog. An active member of Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly, Blake also serves on the Jewish Journal Board of Overseers. “We at Temple B’nai Abraham are extremely pleased and proud of the recognition received by Judge Amy Blake,” said TBA President Alan Pierce, who has

the first days of camp. Her son, Sam Beerman, is most affected because he is leaving for the Dor L’Dor Israel trip on June 23, missing the entire finals week at Swampscott High School. “The teachers and administration were incredibly accommodating,” said Korman, whose son will take his finals early so he can leave on time for Israel. Debbie Kardon Schwartz, Director of Dor L’Dor, the Israel program of camps Tevya, Tel Noar and Pembroke, said they collected school information from DLD parents and wrote to all the affected schools. With 116 teens on the trip, they also engaged in some informal networking so that parents and teens could learn from each other’s strategies. “Communities are solving this in different ways. Some are arranging with students to take the exams before, and some are saying the kids will have to take the exams in August,” Schwartz said. The day camps are responding in kind. The JCCNS created a new camp called Snow Daze, so that children still in school during the first week of camp can attend after school. They will pick the children up at local worked with her on the temple board and executive committee. “As an attorney here in Salem, I constantly hear from my colleagues as to how well respected Amy is as a jurist in the Family and Probate Court,” Pierce added. After years of proceedings, Blake still gets a thrill from her job. “I never get over the fact that when I put on my black robe and walk into the courtroom, the entire court stands up,” she said.

schools and bring them up to “the hill” in Marblehead for an afternoon of swimming, sports and normal camp activities, said Leigh Blander, spokeswoman for the JCCNS. “We are excited to offer Snow Daze to help families that might have relied on this for after school care,” she explained. Camps are concerned about the financial loss of that first week’s tuition, and may offer another week at the end to accommodate families and their own needs. Judi Simmons, director of Camp Menorah in Essex, said they will see if people are interested in the extra week, and if


they are, they may change the schedule as they go along. Both the JCCNS and Menorah said they use a number of adult experts on their staffs so they are not affected by staffing issues during slower weeks. Molly German of Marblehead, a Tevya camper, has decided to start camp on time and miss her eighth grade graduation ceremony. Her mother, Beth German, praised the flexibility of both the camp and school. “The storms and reasons that led to the late end of school were things we could not control, but many people are coming together in a wonderful way to provide flexible solutions,” said German.

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The Charles Bronfman Prize celebrates the vision and endeavors of innovative humanitarians whose inspiring work benefits the world. We are committed to recognizing young, dynamic individuals whose Jewish values inform their work and inspire future generations. The Prize is pleased to announce our 2013 recipient, Eric Rosenthal, founder and executive director of Disability Rights International (DRI), a pioneering human rights advocacy organization fighting the discrimination and abuse of people with disabilities in custodial institutions worldwide. Witnessing children locked away in orphanages, psychiatric facilities, and nursing homes deeply affected Eric, so DRI recently launched the World Campaign to End Institutionalization of Children, which advocates that children live with families rather than segregated from society.


Eric exemplifies what can be accomplished when leadership and compassion come together. We salute his tireless work to lift the lives of an overlooked, stigmatized, and excluded population and his belief that every person has a fundamental right to human dignity.

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CJP, JFNS Merger Approved BOSTON — On June 3, the Boards of Directors of Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Jewish Federation of the North Shore officially announced their merger, effective July 1. CJP and JFNS share a strong commitment to meeting the needs of Jewish people in Massachusetts, Israel and overseas. By consolidating and sharing resources, such as programming and fundraising, the new federation will be better positioned to serve the Jewish community as a whole. “We are very excited about our future as part of CJP,” said Shep Remis, a life member of the JFNS Board of Trustees and chair of the merger task force. “The Jewish community on the North Shore will continue to enjoy local programming, while benefiting from the expanded resources and services that a combined organization can provide.” CJP is committed to maintaining the identity of the North Shore community. It will maintain the JFNS office on the North Shore, though it will move from Salem to Cohen Hillel Academy in Marblehead. CJP will continue to support the Jewish

programming that is already in place in the area, and North Shore residents will be invited and encouraged to participate in events and activities throughout Greater Boston. “This merger will harness the energy and spirit of two organizations which help people in need locally and around the globe, and will bring them together as one stronger whole,” said CJP President Barry Shrage. “As we strive to create an evermore-vibrant Jewish community in Greater Boston, we look forward to the North Shore bringing its own identity and values to benefit our combined federation.” Kimberlee Schumacher, who has served as interim executive director of JFNS, will continue to lead the transition effort as CJP’s Senior Director of Strategy and Integration for the North Shore. Also, a North Shore Advisory Committee has been formed and will make recommendations on allocations, volunteer engagement and community priorities over the next two years. Amanda Clayman is serving as chair of the NSAC, and Shep Remis is serving as honorary chair.

‘Making Sense of the Middle East’ NEWTON — J Street Vice President for Communications Alan Elsner will discuss “Making Sense of the Middle East — A Reporter Examines Reality and Becomes an Activist” on Wednesday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. Elsner, an Israeli citizen and a veteran of the IDF, has served as a White House correspondent for Reuters, and spent years covering the Middle East. At

the talk, he will explain some of the obstacles that President Obama and Secretary Kerry will have to clear in this latest attempt, and what ordinary American Jews can do to support the process. The event will take place at the Leventhal Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St., Newton. For more information or reservations, visit

TBA Celebrates 50 Years in Same Building

Associate Editor Amy Sessler Powell Russian Chronicle Editor Yulia Zhorov Business Manager Chester Baker Graphics/Web Andrew Fleischer, Yulia Zhorov Courtesy photo

Sons of Abraham Building Fund Campaign leaders (l-r) Jacob A. Weisman, congregational president; Abraham Glovsky, honorary cochairman of drive; Samuel Kransberg, chairman; Rabbi Irwin Botwinik; B. Fredrick Yoffa, honorary co-chairman, and Oscar Kanter, building construction committee chairman. January, 1960.

Deb Vozella

Special to the Journal

BEVERLY — A little more than 50 years ago, a group of Temple B’nai Abraham leaders had a dream. The congregation was expanding and had outgrown its Bow Street location. A campaign was launched to buy land and build a new, modern facility to support the 300 families that were projected to be the temple population. Not all were in favor of this plan, but that did not deter them from pushing ahead. They embarked on a capital campaign, hired an architect and laid out their vision for the community. It was a topic of conversation — from the bimah to living rooms that held private cocktail and dinner parties to gain support for the new synagogue. The neces-

sary funds were raised, and in late 1962, the award winning building was dedicated. The synagogue was a gift from our predecessors. Now it is our turn to ensure that it will be here for years to come. On Sunday, June 23, at 5 p.m., Temple B’nai Abraham will mark 50 years at 200 East Lothrop Street with a celebration of our legacy, and a rededication of our synagogue. We will honor those responsible for having the dream, and those who have kept that dream a reality over the years. The celebration will feature music and food, and is open to the community. For tickets, call 978-927-3211 x14. Deb Vozella is executive director of Temple B’nai Abraham.


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Traveling Solo Offers Unexpected Benefits

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Masada Siegel Special to the Journal


he phone rang and rang, and after the third try, it was clear to me that I was being stood up. She was a friend of a friend that I was supposed to meet up with in Israel. I stared at the phone on the counter in Tel Aviv, wondering about my next move. Should I stay in the city with family, or should I go off on my own to pursue an adventure? I really wanted to see more of Israel so, with an impish grin on my face, I decided to go it alone. I would try to find the woman in Tiberius. It was a completely crazy concept to find someone in a city of thousands, especially when I had no clue where she was staying. Nevertheless, I grabbed my belongings and headed for the Tel Aviv bus station. I was scared, and had no guidebook, no Internet, no phone and no idea where I would sleep that night. I promised myself that if I was uncomfortable or it was too overwhelming, I would take the bus back to Tel Aviv. Yet taking a risk to travel solo with no plans opened up the world to me in ways I could never have imagined. The bus stopped in Nazareth, and the windows shimmered with sunlight bursting through clouds of dust. Just like a mirage, five backpackers boarded. I smiled and said “hi.” These five Australians were nurses and physical therapists who literally lived to travel. They asked why I was solo, and immediately invited me to join them. The first night I found myself sharing a room with nine others in a Crusader castle; the next day we went hiking and exploring — picking up more people along the way. The third day I was wandering with my new friends when I bumped into the woman I was supposed to travel with. She was with two other people, hik-


Risa, Larry, Benjamin, and Arielle Kahn of Marblehead took the Journal along with them as they indulged in a land of chocolate at Hershey Park, Hershey, PA June 2013. Masada Siegel

The author (on the far left) and some of her Australian friends relax at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

ing up the path we were walking down. I was so happy to see her, and even happier that she never called! Clearly she was not reliable, and I had met the most fantastic, friendly group of people. I spent the next two weeks traveling all over Israel with my Aussie friends. I especially bonded with Justin and Sue. We had countless conversations about our beliefs, experiences and countries. They taught me how to travel on the cheap, and through them I met other travelers. I started to see the world in a completely different way. I realized that one of the best decisions I ever made was to take a risk and go it alone. I fine-tuned trusting my instincts. When they hitchhiked, I took the bus and met them at the next location. When they stayed in places that seemed a bit scary to me, I booked myself into locations where I felt more secure. They accepted my differences, and I learned to trust myself in new and interesting situations. At the conclusion of our journey, they returned to London. Little did I know that this would be the beginning of

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a beautiful friendship. Over the next several years, we would meet up again in London, N.Y.C., Sydney, Melbourne, Frankfurt and Scottsdale. Our families have met, and Justin has become one of my closest friends on the planet. Call it fate, destiny, whatever, but one of the greatest lessons I have learned is to call your own shots. When people disappoint you or are unreliable, don’t be afraid to go it alone — whether it is to the movies, or on vacation. There are a lot of amazing wonderful people out there, and you never know who might sit down next to you — especially if you are traveling solo. Masada Siegel writes from Scottsdale, Ariz.

Visit the Berkshires in July The Leventhal-Sidman JCC is running a three-night trip to the Berkshires from Sunday to Wednesday, July 7-10. Take in a Boston Pops concert at Tanglewood (Keith Lockhart with special guest Vince Gill), the New York City Ballet at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, a Berkshire Theatre performance of “Oklahama,” and visit the Norman Rockwell Museum, The

Mount and The Frelinghuysen House. The cost for the trip is $750. Nine meals, three nights at Holiday Inn Express in Great Barrington, tickets to all shows and an air-conditioned coach is included. The trip is open to the entire community. For details, contact 617-5586448 or

Elat Chayyim ArtFest FALLS RIVER, CONN. — The community is invited to a hands-on Jewish arts festival
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Retreat Center in Falls River, from Sunday, June 30, through Wednesday, July 3. The 400-acre campus features a large farm, two lakes and miles of hiking trails. Farm-to-table kosher cuisine is served. For more details, visit www. or call 800-398-2630.

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Adapting to Change


ur North Shore Jewish community is “moving on.” The anchor agency, Jewish Federation of the North Shore, is now formally merging with Combined Jewish Philanthropies. For over 100 years, the first five generations of Jews in the North Shore built synagogues, created agencies to meet every kind of human need and even built a country club where a membership prerequisite was Jewish community charitable giving. In 1939, JFNS was formed to create a central organization responsible for unifying these good works. For the next 60 or so years, JFNS flourished and provided the glue in the form of communal leadership to a community rich in Jewish culture, and committed to maintaining that culture through charitable giving.

Today, our organizations face ongoing challenges. Our community finds itself with many older edifices that need maintenance coupled with a generation less inclined to affiliate with membership organizations. The merger with CJP was brought on by

necessity. We must adapt and continue to redefine our Jewish communal engagement. Modern Jewish families express their Jewishness differently. Some have a strong attachment to Israel, while others celebrate holidays and/or attend Jewish cultural events. However, too few are affiliating with synagogues. And most important to the survival of our Jewish organizations, Jews today are inclined to spread their charitable giving among secular agencies, leaving less for the Jewish agencies and legacy charities. The challenges before us are not simple and require us to work harder to stay connected as a Jewish community. While the first five generations of Jews on the North Shore built our institutions, future generations must work equally hard to maintain the services and continuity they provided, and that includes financial support. We need to continue to evolve with the changing times. The one constant, however, is that we must always remain a caring and connected community of Jews.

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Renounce Liberal Delusions

Why I Feel So Strongly About the Fence

Lynn Nadeau’s article, “Listening to the Many Voices of Israel and the West Bank,” (Journal, May 30) is J-Street propaganda masquerading as travelogue. Not one criticism of Arabs; for Arabs, she says, only want peace. Then why did the Palestinian Authority turn down Israel’s offer in 2008, in which Israel withdrew to the 1949 lines, leaving East Jerusalem and every Jewish holy site in Arab hands? Because the PA’s minimum demands are: 1. A Judenrein Palestine on the 1949 lines 2. 5 million Arab “refugees” absorbed by Israel 3. Israel cannot remain a Jewish state The PA executes Arabs who sell property to Jews; that Jews steal Arab property is a J-Street “greedy-Jew” libel. Spare the crocodile tears over Israel’s military spending; only it prevents another Shoah. Both Hamas and

Lynn Nadeau’s visit to Israel was arranged by J Street. I have a different perspective, based on 12 trips there. In the early 2000s, Temples Ner Tamid and Shalom, along with a local church, “adopted” three families affected by terror during the Second Intifada. On one trip, we visited Shoshana Cohen. Her son, Ido, was critically injured in a bombing in December 2001. The Palestinians may be inconvenienced by the security fence, but Ido Cohen is not alive to be inconvenienced. There was another Cohen family. The son, a soldier, sent a text message to his girlfriend that his love for her was so strong, he would be willing to die for her and his country. Later

PA charters call for the murder of every Jew on earth. Both indoctrinate three-year-olds that Jews are lower than pond scum. Don’t believe me? Check the hundreds of videos of PA and Hamas TV on MEMRI and PalWatch. And the fruit of Arab/Jew hatred? Arabs who didn’t merely stab three-month-old Hadas Fogel in the heart; they also beheaded her. PA TV crowned these baby murderers as national heroes; check MEMRI. A near century-old alliance of Islamic Collectivists (Islamists) and Western Collectivists (Communists, Socialists, Fascists, Nazis) seeks not only genocide, but to extirpate the Jewish people from human memory. The PA denies not only the Shoah, but any connection of Jews to Zion. Jewish Collectivists collaborate. To prevent another Shoah, Jews must renounce liberal delusions. Dov J. Shazeer Swampscott

A Political Action Tour The author of “Keeping an Eye on Israel” is, by her own words, a well-traveled individual and mature person who decided to visit Israel for the first time with a J Street delegation. I found the article to be naïve when it comes to Israel, her history, modern life and the complexity of the conflict. The author said she did not want to visit Israel as a tourist, but wanted to “wrestle with the complexities of life.” Well, based on the content of this piece, it seems that she participated in

a well-planned political action. J Street people with no or little connection to Israel feel entitled to promote their radical, unrealistic and damaging-tothe-Jewish-state political views. Poorly informed, I believe they think they are equally qualified to promote social and territorial adjustments anywhere in the world. As Hank Williams Jr. said, “Why don’t you mind your own business?” Yefim Kogan Salem

that evening, he was killed by a “peace-loving” Palestinian. The third family, the Tsahiversvilis, came from the Former Soviet Union. Marina was a concert pianist in Russia. In Israel, she worked as a nurse’s aide and taught piano in order to support her family. One night, returning from her shift at a hospital, a homicide bomber blew up her bus and killed her. It is for the Tsahiversvilis, the Cohen families and thousands of other innocent Israelis who died or were maimed by terrorists that I weep. In Boston we understand the devastation inflicted by one bombing. How would we feel if we were subjected to hundreds of them?

Planetary Concerns In his May 30 letter, Steven Levy makes a plea for treading lightly on the planet. He asks two meaningful questions: is it moral to endanger the whole planet, and what can one person do? First, we need a correct perspective. It is worth watching the “George Carlin on the Environment” video. George astutely points out that we will not destroy the whole planet. As we become an evolutionary dead-end, which is humdrum common on earth, the morality of taking a great number of undeserving species with us will be moot. No worries — there will likely remain, deep by ocean vents, some tube worms — precursors of new life forms.

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Second, perhaps we should advise our children to stop having grandbabies. It is worth reading a book by James Hansen, “Storms of My Grandchildren,” especially Chapter 9, an argument for nuclear power. Hansen points out that carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere for 1,000 years, and concentrations above 450 ppm will be climate hell. To keep below 450 ppm, the use of existing fossil fuel reserves, particularly coal, must be phased out before 2030. Germany, the paradigm of solar and wind power, is pondering new coal plants; Canada is steam washing tar off sand; the U.S. is causing earthquakes to get at oil and gas; China, with one new coal plant per week, is making solar panels for your rooftop; Japan is gasifying coal in Australia… The emissions reduction strategies now in vogue are a self-delusion. Dorothy Allen Swampscott

Israel was compelled to build the fence to save lives. We must not forget that, even though sadly it disrupts the lives of the Palestinians. But those who commit acts of terror, those who keep quiet and condone it, and those who make heroes of them, should live with the consequences. David Moldau Peabody David Moldau is on the Jewish Journal Board of Overseers. This letter expresses his opinion, not that of the Board.

In Memory Richard Gaines of the Gloucester Daily News was a great friend to all campaigns on the North Shore, mine included. His writing was a boon for those who wanted more substance in their paper. In local coverage it’s easy for the reporter to become too involved in the story. Ever professional, Richard distinguished between fact and conjecture while retaining his nose that told him when and where to dig. His experience in covering his beat was unparalleled. His passing is a loss for the North Shore. Daniel Fishman Beverly

Another Solution at Cong. Ahabat Sholom Although I have not received formal notification, it seems that the Board of Directors of Congregation Ahabat Sholom has voted not to extend the rabbi’s contract. Many of us who attend Shabbat services regularly are very disappointed and upset. Could there possibly be another solution? Rhoda Morse Swampscott

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Message From the Ruins of Qusair Charles Krauthammer


n June 5, Qusair fell to the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. Qusair is a strategic town that connects Damascus with Assad’s Alawite heartland on the Mediterranean, with its ports and Russian naval base. It’s a major strategic shift. Assad’s forces can now advance on rebel-dominated areas in central and northern Syria, including Aleppo. For the rebels, it’s a devastating loss of territory, morale and their supply corridor to Lebanon. No one knows if this reversal of fortune will be the last, but everyone knows that Assad now has the upper hand. What altered the tide of battle was brazen outside intervention. A hardened, well-trained, well-armed Hezbollah force — from the terrorist Shiite group that dominates Lebanon and answers to Iran — crossed into Syria and drove the rebels out of Qusair, which Syrian artillery has left a smoking ruin. This is a huge victory not just for Tehran but also for Moscow, which sustains Assad in power and prizes its warm-water port at Tartus, Russia’s only military base outside of the former Soviet Union. Vladimir Putin has stationed a dozen or more Russian warships offshore, further protecting his strategic outpost and his Syrian client. The losers? NATO-member Turkey, the major supporter of the rebels; Jordan, America’s closest Arab ally, now drowning in half a million Syrian refugees; and America’s Gulf allies, principal weapons suppliers to the rebels. And the United States, whose bystander president, having declared that Assad must go, that he has lost all legitimacy and that his fall is just a matter of time, is looking not just feckless but clueless. President Obama doesn’t want U.S. boots on the ground. Fine. No one does. But between nothing and invasion lie many intermediate measures: arming the rebels, helping Turkey maintain a safe zone in northern Syria, grounding Assad’s murderous air force by attacking airfields — all the way up to enforcing a no-fly zone by destroying the regime’s air-defense system. Obama could have chosen any rung on the ladder. He chose none. Weeks ago, as battle fortunes began changing, the administration leaked that it was contemplating possibly, well maybe, arming the rebels. Then nothing. Obama imagines that if America is completely handsoff, a civil war like Syria’s will carry on as is, self-contained. He simply does not understand that if America withdraws from the scene, it creates a vacuum that invites hostile outside intervention. A superpower’s role in a regional conflict is deterrence. In 1958, President Eisenhower — venerated by today’s fashionable “realists” for his strategic

restraint — landed Marines in Lebanon to protect the pro-American government from threats from Syria and Egypt. In the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Russia threatened to send troops on behalf of the Egyptian army. President Nixon threatened a U.S. counteraction, reinforced the Sixth Fleet and raised the U.S. worldwide military alert level to DEFCON 3. Russia stood down. That’s how the region works. Power deterring power. Obama deals instead in empty abstractions — such as “international legitimacy” — and useless conclaves, such as “Friends of Syria” conferences. Assad, in contrast, has a real friend. Putin knows Obama. Having watched Obama’s retreat in Eastern Europe, his passivity at Russian obstructionism on Iran, his bended-knee “reset” policy, Putin knows he has nothing to fear from the U.S. president. Result? The contemptuous Putin floods Syria with weapons. Iran, equally disdainful, sends Revolutionary Guards to advise and shore up Assad’s forces. Hezbollah invades Syria and seizes Qusair. Obama’s response? No warning that such balance-altering provocations would trigger even the most minimal American response. Even Obama’s chemical weapons red line is a farce. Its very pronouncement advertised passivity, signaling that anything short of WMD — say, massacring 80,000 innocents using conventional weapons — would draw no U.S. response. And when that WMD red line was finally crossed, Obama went into lawyerly overdrive to erase it. Is it any wonder that Assad’s allies are on full offensive — Hezbollah brazenly joining the ground war, Russia sending a small armada and mountains of military materiel, Iran warning everyone to stay out? Obama’s response is to send the secretary of state, hat in hand, to Moscow. And John Kerry returns actually thinking he’s achieved some great diplomatic breakthrough — a “peace” conference that Russia will dominate and use to re-legitimize Assad and marginalize the rebels. Just to make sure Kerry understood his place, Putin kept him waiting outside his office for three hours. The Russians know how to send messages. And the one from Qusair is this. You’re fighting for your life. You have your choice of allies: Obama bearing “international legitimacy” and a risible White House statement that “Hezbollah and Iran should immediately withdraw their fighters from Syria” or Putin bearing Russian naval protection, Iranian arms shipments and thousands of Hezbollah fighters. Which do you choose? Charles Krauthammer writes for the Washington Post.


How to be an Optimist in the Middle East Dr. Tal Becker


epeated surveys suggest that Israelis are among the happiest and most optimistic people in the Western world. One such study conducted by Gallup ranked Israel in the Top 10 countries on the “happiness” list, alongside New Zealand. For a country beset by such grave threats, so scarred by war and terrorism, and with such deep internal challenges, happiness is not the first emotion that comes to mind. Israeli Jews are thought to take a certain pride in being hard-nosed and cynical. The disconnect is most telling when one compares the sense of vibrancy and passion of Israelis on the street with the regularly depressing headlines of the newspapers, or the downbeat analysis of Israeli experts and spokespeople. It is hard, especially for visitors, to reconcile the dangers Israelis face with the mood on a Tel Aviv beach on any given day. There are numerous potential explanations for this mysterious optimism. Some have suggested it is the result of a certain fearlessness produced by decades of conflict. Others claim, as former New York Times correspondent Ethan Bronner did, that Israelis have increasingly turned inward, focusing more on their private lives than on the national drama. But perhaps a deeper explanation lies in differing con-

ceptions of the very nature of optimism. For many, the optimist is one who can see the positive in any situation, who insists — sometimes with the assistance of rosecolored glasses — on searching out and focusing on what is good and promising in any reality. This brand of optimism can be dangerous anywhere, but especially in the Middle East. It can promote a distortion of reality and can lead one to misjudge or belittle the seriousness of Israel’s threats. The result can be a form of hope that produces false expectations, and may be a greater guarantee of future misery than of lasting happiness. There is, however, a different understanding of optimism that is more deeply ingrained in the Zionist mindset. We are able to be positive and hopeful because we know that the full story of Israel has not yet been told. There is more work that we can do to shape the next chapters of Israel’s history. In this version, an optimist is not one that sees the glass as half full, but rather one who believes it may still be possible, with resilience and patience, to slowly fill it. This kind of attitude was as critical to the early Zionists who built the State as it is to Israel’s well-being today. It is what led us to concentrate on what could be built out of the part of our ancient homeland offered in the UN Partition Resolution. It is what produces the innovation and ingenuity Israelis are known for today — by asking

what can be created from what we have. And it is what should underlie the pursuit of peace and security today — not a fanciful belief that some kind of idyllic peace is easily within reach, but rather the sense of empowerment which comes from recognizing that with wise choices and effective action we can make our lives better, more secure and more peaceful, even if not fully free from fear or danger. President Shimon Peres is fond of saying that one of the Jewish people’s greatest exports is dissatisfaction. But perhaps another way to express this idea is that the Biblical imperative of being “a kingdom of priests and a holy people” (Exodus 19:6) compels you not only to ask how can I be better tomorrow than I was today, but also to believe that constant improvement is possible. For Judaism, and the Jewish story, it has never been about arriving at the ultimate destination — that is, in the hands of the Messiah — it is about recognizing our capacity to move, however incrementally, in the right direction. Anyone truly familiar with Jewish history cannot help but be an optimist. But this is not because the outcome is clear or necessarily guaranteed; it is because of the life-affirming power inherent in the belief that where we are going is still, at least in part, in our hands. This article appeared originally in the Jerusalem Post, and is reprinted courtesy of the Shalom Hartman Institute, where Dr. Becker is a fellow.

What Does John Kerry Want From Us? Mark Mulgay


ast week, Secretary of State John Kerry stood before the American Jewish Committee’s Global Forum to deliver one of the more passionate speeches of his career. (To read the speech, visit remarks/2013/06/210236.htm). His address did not garner the media attention it deserved, but it was a speech directed at us, the American Jewish community, which has always stood in support of Israel. Kerry spoke of his personal connections to Israel, his many visits there over the decades, and of his brother Cameron, now acting Secretary of Commerce, who is a convert to Judaism. Indeed, his shuttle diplomacy since President Obama’s trip in March signals just how important his peace initiative is to him. Kerry’s message can be summarized in five points, the first three about the prognosis for Israel’s future absent an agreement: that without a two-state solution to the conflict, Israel’s future as a democratic Jewish homeland is endangered; that the status quo is unsustainable; that we now have a brief window of opportunity within which we can achieve an agreement, but failure to do so spells disaster. In his final two points, Kerry spoke to us as American Jews: asking that we reject cynicism and seize the moment for peace, looking past the tempting arguments that the time is not right; and that we have a critical role to play in the success of his efforts. It may seem strange for Kerry to speak of cynicism in the American Jewish community, when better than 70% of American Jews support a two-state solution. But American Jewish life finds many who are invested in sowing the seeds of cynicism, leaving a silent majority who fear recriminations for raising their voices. An extreme example surfaced last week after the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg, a man whose

pro-Israel bona fides should have never been questioned in the first place. Organizations which expressed condolences were reminded by at least one columnist that his support of Israel was weak because he signed a letter criticizing certain policies of Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir in 1988, and because of his vote to approve Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense this year. There are plenty of valid factors for cynicism flowing both from Palestinian and Israeli actions. But let us admit that one source of the cynicism of American Jews is misinformation about the true state of affairs in Israel and the Palestinian territories, thanks to continuous obfuscation of facts and resorting to myths and fallacies. A confused community is less likely to argue against a wellfunded army of polished propagandists. We must recognize our community’s responsibility for the morass in our corner of the Middle East, and make a conscious effort to get ourselves out of it. What John Kerry asks of those of us who love Israel is to say what needs to be said, to our communal leaders who represent a can’t-do attitude, to our elected officials who are often cowed by those communal leaders who claim to speak for all Jews, and to Israelis, both elected officials and its citizens. We all need to know that while we have always rallied behind Israel in times of war, we must urge Israel to make an earnest bid for peace. We must not assume that this effort will fail, we cannot wait for a more convenient moment, we should not hide behind blame. For failure will further isolate Israel in the world. Failure will embolden extremists. Failure will lead to perpetual conflict. Israel has a bright future ahead of it; but it needs us as partners in the real pursuit of peace. Mark Mulgay is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Jewish Journal, and of the organizing committee of J Street North Shore.

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ovie mavens may have to come up with a new genre to classify “Hannah Arendt,” the biopic of the German-Jewish philosopher. New York Times critic A.O. Scott suggests it is an action film — film albeit one in which the weapons are ideas and theories are volleyed on a battlefield where a questionable hypothesis can turn lifelong friends into bitter enemies. Director Margarethe von Trotta, who has dealt previously with complex Jewish women (“Rosa Luxemburg”) and the Nazi era (“Rosenstrasse”), faced a particularly daunting task in visually portraying the life of a woman known mainly for her ideas. Footage of Arendt at work is interspersed with shots of her silently chain smoking, pacing back and forth, sitting at a typewriter or just staring at the ceiling. But if nothing else, “Hannah Arendt” shows that a contest of the mind can be just as intense and vicious as an armed conflict. Arendt arrived in America in 1941, a Jewish refugee from Nazi-occupied Europe. She was an intellectual respected in professional circles but mostly unknown to the general public. And so she may have remained save for the fateful decision of legendary “New Yorker” editor William Shawn to send her, rather than a seasoned journalist, to cover the Adolf Eichmann

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Barbara Sukowa stars as Hannah Arendt in a film by Margarethe von Trotta.

trial in Jerusalem. The decision would forever change Arendt’s life. Her series in “The New Yorker” — later expanded in her book “Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil” — triggered a furor and made “banality of evil” into an enduring catchphrase used to describe the abdication of moral judgment demonstrated by Eichmann and Nazi bureaucrats in carrying out the orders of their superiors. Arendt’s view of Eichmann as a soulless technocrat rather than the embodiment of evil, and her belief that Jews were complicit in facilitating the deportations of their coreligionists to the death camps, aroused widespread condemnation. Many of her closest friends broke with her. The Anti-Defamation League reportedly urged rabbis

to denounce the book in their High Holidays sermons. In the film, Arendt’s secretary points to three piles of letters. The smallest stack are letters from people “who think you are good,” the secretary says. A stack three times higher is “from people who think you are terrible.” And the third, medium-sized, is “ from people who want you dead.” In one heart-wrenching scene, Arendt flies to Israel and the deathbed of Kurt Blumenfeld, perhaps her closest companion since the days when they were members of a Zionist youth group in Germany. Arendt tries to mollify and comfort Blumenfeld, but in his last gesture, he turns his back on her. The scene’s drama is exceeded only by a tour de force near the film’s end, when Arendt, facing a class at The New School

in Manhattan, mounts a passionate defense of her writings. Summarizing her philosophy, she exhorts the students to think independently if the human race is to avoid future catastrophes on the level of the Holocaust. She also tries to persuade her critics that in trying to understand the mentality of Nazi war criminals, she in no way means to exculpate or forgive them. Not all of “Hannah Arendt” is about intellectual sparring or pensive brooding. She is portrayed as an ardent woman, capable of discussing obscure philosophical points while shooting pool, and loyal and loving to her husband despite his occasional extramarital affairs. Arendt herself was no stranger to illicit encounters. In a flashback, we see her as a young university student involved in a love affair with her professor, the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, who joined the Nazi party in 1933. Some critics have detected in Arendt a certain intellectual snobbishness and a disdain for the mental capacity of the “lower classes,” which may have led her to denigrate Eichmann as a man incapable of thinking for himself. Shawn points out that in her story, she has inserted a term in Greek that few “New Yorker” readers could understand. “In that case,” Arendt replies, “they should learn Greek.” In a sense, Arendt’s forceful intellect was both her strength and weakness, shaping her view of the Eichmann trial “from the perspective of a distant and somewhat ironic observ-

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er,” said Barbara Sukowa, the German actress who puts in a brilliant performance in the title role. Perhaps as a result, Arendt could not imagine how hurtful her pronouncements were to Holocaust survivors and the families of victims. The movie’s dialogue is alternately in German and English, and the film gains authenticity by frequently inserting clips from the actual Eichmann trial. The production was supported financially in part by the Israel and Jerusalem film funds. ‘Hanna Arendt’ opens at Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline on July 5, and at Cinema Salem and West Newton Cinema on July 12. Call for showtimes.

Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series

Celebrating its 21st season, the Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert performance schedule offers something for everyone — from jazz to klezmer, and much more. The series opens with bluegrass by The Spinney Brothers on July 6, and culminates with the New Black Eagles Jazz Band on August 24. Saturday concerts begin at 7 p.m. Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2 p.m. Concerts are held rain or shine, moving indoors when weather dictates. Picnic dinners are encouraged. Desserts can be purchased during intermission. During evening performances, patio seating (tables and chairs) is $25, while lawn seating (bring your own chairs or blankets) is $20. Children 12 and under are free. On Sunday afternoons, general admission is $12 with open seating on the patio and lawn. Children 12 and under are free. Maudslay Arts Center is located at 95 Curzon Mill Rd., Newburyport. Visit www. or call 978-499-0050.

Volunteers Needed Volunteers are needed for the Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series. This non-profit series seeks volunteers to help set up an hour before performance time, seat patrons when they arrive, and/or serve refreshments at intermission. Saturday concerts begin at 7 p.m. Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2 p.m. Concerts are held rain or shine. Call 978-388-2552.

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A Rare Opportunity to View the Ancient Dead Sea Scrolls


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ver 50 years ago, archaeologists in Israel discovered documents that not only lend credence to the Jewish people’s eternal claim on the land, but also offer wisdoms and insights that are still being unraveled today. Known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, these 970 texts dating back to the fourth century of the Common Era include the earliest known manuscripts later included in the Hebrew Bible. For decades, scholars have traveled to Israel to research and revere these texts. From now until October, Bostonians will have the opportunity to view them at the Museum of Science. “Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times” represents one of the most comprehensive collections of Israeli antiquities ever organized. Curated by Debora Ben Ami of the Israel Antiquities Authority and Dr. Risa Levitt Kohn from the collections of the Israel National Treasures, the exhibit contains more than 600 objects — some so rare and delicate that they have to be rotated in and out of the exhibit space, making multiple visits a preferred mode of appreciation. In addition to 20 actual fragments of the Scrolls themselves (some of which have never been on display before), the exhibit includes artifacts such as weapons, religious symbols, coins, textiles and jewelry. Among the larger pieces featured in the exhibits are a replica of a four-room Israeli house that offers a glimpse into daily life in Israel, and a three-ton stone from Jerusalem’s Western Wall where museum visitors may leave a note (as is the custom in Israel) to be sent to the actual “Wailing Wall” in Jerusalem. There is also a live satellite feed from the Wall. Full English translations, high-resolution images and detailed explanations invite visitors to appreciate the historical majesty that the Scrolls represent, peek into the world from which they came, and unravel the mysteries and clues they leave for the world today. To aid visitors, the museum is offering multimedia presentations that enliven the story and provide historical and cultural context. A number of hands-on activities, live presentations and special programs are scheduled — many in partnership with Brandeis University. “This exhibit brings to life one of the greatest archeological discoveries of the 20th century, and offers visitors a once-in-alifetime opportunity to witness ancient handwritten texts that have shaped the Western world,” said MoS Media Relations Manager AJ Gosselin. For more information, visit

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explained that he could relate to Tom Robinson. Jaffe decided to make the documentary, pledging to “interview lawyers, actors, writers, students and teachers … anyone who can help shed light on the story and why it is so pervasive.” She journeyed to Lee’s hometown, Monroeville, Alabama, to watch the Mockingbird Players perform a stage adaptation of the book. While visiting, she discovered that Mountain Brook High School in Birmingham, which she attended, was planning to perform the play. Mountain Brook, which is virtually all white, partnered with Fairfield Preparatory High School, an almost all-black school, to put on the play. Jaffe arranged to film the project as it unfolded. “Our Mockingbird” follows the growth of students in the program, incorporating student interviews, discussions and per-

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formances. Jaffe weaves in footage of the civil rights movement, and interviews with professors, politicians and actors. Jaffe hopes that her documentary will bring the racial, social and economic inequities that are often ignored in today’s society to the forefront of viewers’ minds. She seeks to raise awareness of the continued relevance of Lee’s novel in today’s society. “I would like the audience to talk about how some of these issues are still present,” Jaffe said. “We still have a way to go in terms of getting people equal opportunity in education and in the justice system. Issues surface every so often, and then go under the radar.” “Our Mockingbird” screens at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston on Friday, June 28, at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $10. Visit www.mfa. org.

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3. Give My Regards to Broadway with Cantor Elana Wednesday, July 10 - 7:30 pm The American Musical Theatre, viewed by most as the quintessential American art form, actually finds its roots in the Eastern European Jewish experience: from Second Avenue Yiddish Theatre, to Irving Berlin’s celebration of mainstream America, to Kander and Ebb’s overt portrayal of anti-semitism during the Second World War. Join Cantor Rozenfeld as we explore the evolution of the American Musical Theatre: its history, its stories, and its music. Dessert will be served.

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Vegetarian Dishes Celebrate Spring Japanese Soba Noodles with Sesame Sauce

Jessica Chmara Jewish Journal Staff

½ lb. soba noodles (1 package) 4 dried shitake mushrooms, presoaked for ½ hour in boiling water 2 T. toasted sesame oil or light sesame oil 3 cloves garlic, finely minced ½ cup red bell pepper, sliced ½ cup snow peas, sliced diagonally ½ cup scallions, sliced diagonally ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped


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Stuffed Peppers with Beans and Rice

Barley Confetti Salad with Fresh Dill 3 cups precooked hulled barley ½ cup fresh or frozen corn, blanched 1 cup precooked kidney beans, drained and rinsed ½ cup celery, chopped (2 stalks) ¾ cup red bell pepper, seeded and chopped ½ cup scallions, sliced ½ cup fresh dill, minced Dressing: /3 cup red wine vinegar ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 t. sea salt


Put 1 cup uncooked barley into a large pot with 3 cups of water, cover, and bring to boil. Decrease heat to medium and cook for one hour without stirring. It is best to precook barley ahead and keep it refrigerated for 3-5 days. In a medium pot, bring water to boil and blanch corn for two minutes. Remove, drain and rinse with cold water. Prepare vegetables and add them to the barley with the beans. Mix in corn, scallions and dill. Combine dressing ingredients and toss with salad. Let salad stand for 30 minutes before serving. Recipe serves four.

4 bell peppers in a variety of colors 1 T. extra virgin olive oil ¾ cup onion, chopped finely 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ cup green bell pepper, chopped ½ cup corn 1½ cup chili powder 1 t. oregano 1 t. sea salt 1½ cup chopped tomatoes or 15-oz. can of diced tomatoes ½ cup precooked red chili beans or pinto beans 2 cups precooked brown rice Optional: 6 slices of your favorite cheese

Sesame Sauce: 3 T. sesame tahini 1 T. soy sauce ¼ cup brown rice vinegar ¼ t. hot pepper oil 2 T. toasted sesame oil 1 T. fresh ginger, peeled, and minced 1 cup mushroom soaking liquid Cook soba noodles. Drain, rinse and cool. Remove mushrooms from water and squeeze out excess liquid, reserving liquid for sesame sauce. Remove and discard mushroom stems, and slice caps thinly. In a large frying pan, preheat the oil and sauté garlic on medium heat for one minute. Add red peppers and shitake mushrooms, cover and sauté for three minutes. Add snow peas and scallions. Cover and sauté two minutes, or until peas are bright green, but tender. Toss vegetables with noodles. Put sesame sauce ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Mixture should be thick but able to pour (if not, add 1 T. water). Add sauce to noodle/vegetable mix and toss with cilantro. Serve at room temperature. Recipe serves four to six.

Thai Coconut Chickpeas 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 t. extra virgin olive oil 1 medium sweet potato or yam, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces 1 cup bean juice from cooking, vegetable broth or water

1 T. curry seasoning 2 cups precooked chickpeas 15-oz. can light coconut milk ½ t. sea salt ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped ½ cup fresh basil, chopped

In a medium sized frying pan, sauté garlic in oil for 2-3 minutes on medium heat. Add sweet potato, juice or broth and curry. Cover and simmer for 5-8 minutes, or until potato is almost tender. Add chickpeas, coconut milk and salt. Cover and simmer on medium-low for 5 minutes. Add cilantro and basil and simmer again for another 2 minutes, just long enough to wilt herbs. Recipe serves four.


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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Trim ½ inch off top of peppers, and clean out seeds and white membranes. Trim bottoms if necessary so peppers can stand upright, being careful not to cut a hole through the bottom. Place in baking pan cut side down, spray or brush with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes. Cool peppers before stuffing. In a medium sized frying pan, sauté onion and garlic for 2-4 minutes on medium heat. Add chopped green bell pepper, corn, chili powder, oregano and salt. Sauté for an additional 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes and precooked beans and simmer for a few minutes until flavors blend. Add precooked rice and mix well. Stuff each pepper to the top and, if you wish, add a slice of cheese. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes. If you have more stuffing than you need, you can just heat and serve this mixture without peppers. Recipe serves four to six.

1 spaghetti squash, medium 2 T. extra virgin olive oil 1 small onion, cut into ½-inch pieces 3 cloves garlic, chopped ½ green or red bell pepper, chopped 2 medium sized green zucchini, cubed 1 small eggplant, cubed 1 t. basil, dried or ¼ cup fresh, chopped 1 t. oregano, dried or 1 T. fresh, chopped ½ t. thyme, dried or 1 T. fresh, chopped ½ t. sea salt 1 /8 t. black pepper, ground

2 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped 2 cups tomato sauce

Slice squash in half crosswise with heavy knife. Scoop out seeds. Place cut side down in a wide baking pan filled with 2 inches of water. Cover and place in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. You can also cook squash on top of the stove in a covered large pot for 25-30 minutes. Squash is ready when a knife is easily inserted, but squash still feels a little firm. In a large frying pan, sauté garlic and onion in oil for 2-3 minutes. Add green or red pepper. Cut zucchini and eggplant into one-inch cubes. Add to frying pan with herbs, sea salt and pepper. Cover and sauté for 5 minutes or until the onion is translucent. To peel tomatoes, drop in boiling water for one minute, remove and cool. Peel should slip off easily. Cut into two-inch pieces and add to frying pan. Cover and simmer for 3-4 minutes more. Add 2 cups tomato sauce, cover, and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. When ready to serve, run a fork gently along the inside of the squash to pull out spaghetti strands. Place on individual plates or on a large platter. Spoon ratatouille over squash and serve immediately. Recipe serves four to six.

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Wheels in Motion for 2013 Tour de Shuls Susan Jacobs Jewish Journal Staff


ach year, Dr. Ben Yellin of Swampscott shimmies into his bike shorts and rides up to 75 miles to raise money for Camp Ramah’s Tikvah program, which helps developmentally challenged children and young adults integrate into the overnight Jewish camp in Palmer. Yellin’s son, Jacob, who has special needs, has participated in the Tikvah program for the past 16 years. The Tour de Shuls fundraiser will take place this year on Sunday, June 30. The ride begins and ends at Swampscott’s Congregation Shirat Hayam, whose Brotherhood is hosting this year’s ride. The annual event is sponsored by the New England Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs. Cyclists can choose one of four lovely North Shore coastal routes, ranging from 10, 25, 50 or 75 miles. The actual routes

Designated rest stops where riders can get refreshments and encouragement include Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester, Congregation Ahavas Achim in Newburyport and Temple B’nai Stuart Garfield

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Yad Sarah Offers a Helping Hand in Israel

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JERUSALEM — When someone breaks a leg in America, they are sent home from the hospital with a new set of crutches. After recuperating, the crutches are usually tossed in the basement or attic (where they languish for years), or thrown in the trash. In Israel, medical equipment is not automatically provided by the Ministry of Health or the National Health Insurance program, and those who need it either do without, or anticipate a long wait. The nonprofit organization Yad Sarah refurbishes used medical equipment and distributes it to Israeli citizens for free — providing an ecological and cost-efficient model that other countries are beginning to examine. One out of every two families

in Israel has received help from Yad Sarah, borrowing everything from walkers and hospital beds, to breast pumps and sophisticated cardiac apnea monitors. The non-political organization serves secular and Orthodox Jews, Druze, Muslims and Arabs of all ages. Yad Sarah also makes wheelchairs, portable oxygen tanks and many other items available to tourists who want to visit Israel, but can’t shlep their medical equipment with them. The grassroots organization was founded in Jerusalem in 1976 when Uri Lupolianski borrowed a vaporizer from a neighbor to help a sick child. Word spread, and people began bringing Uri medical equipment they no longer needed. He named his start-up after his grandmother Sarah, who died in the Holocaust. Today there are 100 Yad Sarah

why we never knew about them — such as spoons that can easily scoop soup for those with mobility problems, to enlarged, color-coded keyboards that aid those with visual impairments. Yad Sarah receives no government funding to meet its $23 million a year operating budget; virtually all of its money

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branches spread across the country, and the organization has expanded to provide comprehensive homecare support services, day rehabilitation centers for those recovering from strokes, play centers for children with special needs, and a mobile geriatric dental clinic. In addition, it operates a 24/7 emergency response center that allows seniors who live alone to get help by triggering two-way transmitters they wear on their wrists. Most services are delivered by volunteers — nearly 6,000 of them — who do everything from clean and repair equipment, to staff offices and provide outreach. Yad Sarah Vice Chairman Meir Meyer estimates that the organization saves the Israeli economy $400 million annually in hospital and long-term care costs. He points out that more than 420,000 people utilize Yad Sarah services annually. The organization maintains an inventory of more than 320,000 pieces of medical and rehabilitative equipment. Yad Sarah specializes in adaptive devices for those who have lost limbs or other disabilities. Some of these devices are so obvious that one wonders


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12:30-1:30 p.m. For family members of hoarders. SeniorCare Inc., 100 Cummings Center, Suite 106H, Beverly. 978-281-1750.

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7:30 p.m. Musician and comic performs. Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette St., Salem.

Mon, June 17 Book Club

7:30 p.m. Read and discuss “Left Neglected” by Lisa Genova. Cong. Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. All welcome. Contact Becky Shepard at shepardb@aol. com.

Wed, june 19

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5:45-6:30 p.m. Interactive program for kids under 5. Older siblings welcome. Pizza served. Free, no temple membership required. Wear pajamas. Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. RSVP to

Combined Shabbat Service

7:30 p.m. Peabody Temples Beth Shalom, Ner Tamid, Tifereth Israel and Sons of Israel join in worship. Cong. Tifereth Israel, 8 Pierpont St., Peabody. www.templebethshalom. org or 978-535-2100.

Book Club

4 p.m. Discuss “The Midwife of Venice” by Roberta Rich with the Connections Plus Book Club. Free. Walk-ins welcome. Woodbridge, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. RSVP to Sharon Wyner at 978-565-4450 or

Thur, June 20 ‘Claire de Lune’

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Mugford Street Players’ production about a friendship between two women runs through June 29. Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. or 978-790-8546.

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6 p.m. Benefits Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s mainstage and educational programs. $65. UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell.

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7:30 p.m. Beverly Kahn shares basic tools and interviewing tips. $36. Cong. Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. Email CSH@ or 781-599-8005.

Fri, June 21 Dancing for the Planet

Beat Cancer Fundraiser

10 a.m. Art BeCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation holds its third annual 5K walk/run. Meet at Ritual Restaurant, 281 Main St., Worcester.

TBA Celebrates 50 Years

5 p.m. Celebrate 50 years in the same building with music, dancing and hors d’oeuvres. $50-$150. Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 East Lothrop St., Beverly. 978-927-3211 or email

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7:30 p.m. Ambassador Brad Gordon speaks. Free. Refreshments served. Temple Emanu-El, 393 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. RSVP to jbaime@ or 617-399-2552.

Israeli Folk Dancing

7 p.m. Three dance companies perform against climate change. $15-$20. Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston. or 781-396-0734.

7 p.m. Open to all ages and levels, no partner needed. $2. 1580 Osgood Street, North Andover (Osgood Landing). Contact Anne Schwartz at anne.israelidancer@ or 781-942-3659.

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Blessing of the Fleet at 10:30 a.m. Local teen band concert from 4-9 p.m. Fisherman’s Beach, near the Swampscott Yacht Club, 425 Humphrey St., Swampscott. 781596-8867.

Dance Performance

2 p.m. Nature and dance history meet in this performance by Isadora/ Boston. Free. Royall Park, Medford.

Sun, June 23 Celebrating the Art of Sculpture

Exhibition runs through Sept. 13. More than 45 works by 29 artists, on display at the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St. and The Barn Workshop, 245 Maple St., Danvers.

Musical Performance

7 p.m. Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band performs. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline.

Tues, June 25 Concert

7 p.m. Six weeks of free concerts featuring Broadway, classical, Big Band, Disney and patriotic tunes. Salem Willows, Salem.

Wed, June 26 ‘Room 514’

7 p.m. Intense psychological Israeli feature examines alleged IDF brutality. West Newton Cinema, Newton.

best bet ‘Northeastern Unbecoming’

6:30 p.m. Film screening about anti-Semitism at Northeastern University, followed by a facilitated discussion with Dr. Charles Jacobs. Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody. RSVP to Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or

Thur, June 27 ‘Spamalot’

Musical based on “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” runs thru July 7. $15-30. Nelson Aldrich Performing Arts Center, 217 Pleasant St., Marblehead.

Fri, June 28 ‘Pretty Good Friends’

8 p.m. $27. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston.

Sat, June 29 Centennial Celebration

6 p.m. Temple Tifereth Israel of Winthrop hosts a gala dinner/ dance celebrating its centennial and honoring Charlotte and Arnold Leibovitz. Boston Marriott, Peabody. Reservations to or 617-846-1390.

Sun, June 30 Mass. Youth Arts Festival

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Ner Tamid and Beth Shalom to create new Jewish experiences designed to meet the unique needs of young families. “Our goal is to welcome and support families without any pressure,” explained Krasker Schultz. “While Peabody will be the focus, we’ll be reaching out as well to families in Beverly, Danvers and other cities and towns. We are open to all: interfaith families, single parents, LGBT families, families with special needs, and those who may not have had strong experiences with Judaism in the past.” Experiences will include hourlong stroller walks on Peabody’s bike path (this has already started on Thursdays at 10 a.m., departing from Ner Tamid), Friday night Tot Shabbats at Beth Shalom, with the first slated for June 14, and Saturday morning Shabbat sing-alongs at Ner Tamid. A parent support program, “Babies and Bagels,” will be offered on Sunday mornings for those with children under 12 months. Baby beach and swim days at Breakheart Reservation in the summer, and Parenting through a Jewish Lens will be held in the fall. Most programs will be free, and temple membership is not required. Krasker Schultz will work with clergy, lay leaders and congregants to nurture and support a family-centered community. “Increasing the depth and breadth of available programming for young families will increase opportunities for a

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meaningful Jewish connection for parents who are just beginning to explore their families’ Jewish identities,” Rabbi Emily Mathis of Temple Beth Shalom said. “People will be invited to weave themselves into the community in ways that they choose.” Temple Ner Tamid’s Rabbi Deborah Zuker added, “This opportunity will be tailored to meet the needs of young families looking for something new and different.“ The North Shore initiative is modeled after CJP’s successful model of family engagement in other Greater Boston cities and towns. Lynne Krasker Schultz can be reached at The calendar of events is at http:// thShore JewishFamilies.

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Northeastern was, and possibly still is, presenting a strongly anti-Israel viewpoint to its students. By discussing only one side of an issue, the faculty effectively shuts down dialogue and invites extremism. In my opinion, faculty handbooks must be changed to indicate that it is the responsibility of professors to present multiple viewpoints and approaches to the topics they teach. Although professors should be allowed to speak freely, they must provide their students with a balanced perspective on relevant topics, especially when the subject is contentious. Combating anti-Semitic commentary in higher education relies on establishing a faculty handbook that makes the responsibilities of professors unambiguous. Lecturers need to adhere to professional methods of teaching or face consequences. Handbooks must become rulebooks.

“should at all times show respect for the opinions of others, and should indicate when he or she is not speaking for the institution.” What exactly does “to show respect” mean? No explanation is given. The Penn handbook also fails to provide clear rules for professors. Unfortunately, faculty handbooks often allow professors to make up their own definitions for vague terms such as “appropriate discretion,” “good judgment” and “respect.” They enable professors to develop their own understanding of the responsibility that comes with free speech; however, some never develop that understanding. It is dangerous when faculty present a single viewpoint on an issue as divisive as the conflict in the Middle East. According to “Northeastern Unbecoming,” the faculty at


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Winer explained that many of the synagogue’s members are older, some spending part of the year away from the community, and that new members are not replacing the members who move or pass away. Many newer members are not paying full dues, and the synagogue exists solely on its endowment, using both interest and principal. “We are accessing principal at an aggressive and unhealthy rate,” Winer said. “We are able to keep our doors open and activity going on based almost entirely on what the endowment produces in interest. If we were to continue to reduce the principal of the endowment at an aggressive rate, it would not be sustainable for very long,” he said. The board will take some time to figure out how to meet the congregation’s spiritual needs through a part-time or interim spiritual leader. While they examine their choices, they will rely on lay and guest leaders. Alan Pierce, president of the Jewish Heritage Society of the North Shore, noted that nearly all of the region’s Jewish institutions started in Lynn, once the hub of Jewish life. Those that have moved include the precursors to the JCCNS, Jewish Family Service, JFNS, the former Temple Beth El and the JRC. Most of these organizations have evolved or merged recently

to meet the needs of changing population trends. “Congregation Ahabat Sholom is the last surviving Jewish institution in Lynn, and there should be some Jewish presence in Lynn to serve whatever Jews are there. It’s a commentary on the changing demographics of urban cities,” Pierce said. Winer explained that CAS is down to fewer than 100 member units, which can be families or individuals. The majority of the membership is over 65 years old, he noted. The synagogue opens its doors to community programming and partners with other institutions to offer a creative roster of programs. They plan to continue this trend. They are also looking at other synagogues like themselves, such as Congregation Tifereth Israel in Everett, that have continued to meet the needs of their communities and their membership in a different way. “We will do what we can and work strategically and cautiously in a way that will keep us going as long as we can,” Winer said. The synagogue has a dedicated group attending services, classes and programs. He stressed that the decision, essentially to reduce the salary burden on the synagogue, was entirely financial. “If we are not careful with our endowment, our building and property can become a liability. We want to stay clear of that,” Winer said. “This was an unpleasant task that none of us did lightly,” he added.

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History-in-the-Making at the Kotel Lynn Nadeau

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s this month’s Rosh Chodesh rolled around, I reflected on my experience last month at a historic moment in Jerusalem. For the first time, the police were at the Kotel to protect the Women of the Wall’s right to pray rather than to arrest them. And I was there! Orthodox rabFIRST bis have traditionPERSON ally maintained the site, and with the agreement of civil authorities have enforced Orthodox tradition: women must pray in a separated space, are not allowed to wear tallit or tefillin, cannot raise their voices in t’filah or bring a Torah.

Yet every Rosh Chodesh for the last 23 years, Anat Hoffman and other women have stood in the women’s section of the Kotel and have asserted their right to pray the way they want. The Women of the Wall were present for Rosh Chodesh Sivan on May 10. The month before, police arrested five women during prayer because Israeli law states that religious practices may be banned from public places if they violate local custom and offend the local community. But, two weeks later, a local judge ruled that there was no local custom and the women could hold organized prayer in full religious regalia. The state has announced that it will not appeal. Two weeks after this historic Israeli High Court decision,

my daughter-in-law and I were in Jerusalem, and we decided to see what would happen for ourselves. We woke up early, boarded a van carrying several Women of the Wall, and were told that there was likely to be a crowd there, since the ultraOrthodox rabbis had put out a call for seminary girls to swarm the female section and crowd the Women out. When we arrived at the public square, we were faced with 5,000-10,000 young people — boys in black hats and coats, and girls in white blouses and long skirts. The women, prevented from reaching the Wall, had staked out a space in the middle, and were holding their prayer books aloft. They sang while under constant harassment. A major police presence material-

ized and dragged in barricades to separate off the boys. It was scary. The boys threw chairs, water bottles and garbage at the Women. I later read in the paper that the police had a bus waiting and herded the women onto it for their own protection. The crowd surrounded the bus and began rocking it. As it pulled away, they threw rocks at it. Hoffman later told our group, “The sole rule of the ultraOrthodox is finished. This [the Wall] isn’t an ultra-Orthodox synagogue. I am happy to see that the people who arrested me are now working hard, as is appropriate, to protect me. This is how the police must act, to defend the minority.” The Women of the Wall’s struggle for the values of a pluralistic Jewish state illustrates an internal existential threat to Israel’s founding values of justice and

Lynn Nadeau

Police set up a barricade to protect the Women of the Wall’s right to pray.

democracy. Perhaps this victory will signal an end to this powerful religious bloc trampling on the rights of others. Lynn Nadeau of Marblehead, a member of the Journal Board of Overseers, traveled to Israel last month.

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JFNS: HONORING OUR PAST AND CELEBRATING OUR FUTURE It was a historic night—more than 200 North Shore community members gathered to celebrate their rich history at the JFNS “Lifetime of Leadership” event. Current and past JFNS board presidents and Women’s Division presidents were honored and Kernwood Country Club was recognized for its philanthropic community dedication. The evening also focused on the exciting upcoming merger of JFNS and CJP, and the future of North Shore Jewish life.

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Losing a Member of “The Greatest Generation”

“If I Am Not For Myself…” Grandmothers to Grandmothers

On May 5 my father-inlaw, Mike (Michael) Polacco, passed away. He was 94 years old. Several years ago, journalist Tom Brokaw wrote a book titled, “The Greatest Generation.” A New York Times review called it a tribute to the members of the World War II generation, to whom we Americans and the world owe so much. In this book, he wrote about men just like my father-in-law. As young men, they did what was expected of them. They served their country in World War II, returned home, married, worked and raised their families — many never speaking of the horrors they witnessed as young

In Mr. Alan Elsner’s opinion piece “For Peace, If Not Now, When?” (Journal, May 30) we again see that J Street places the burden of implementing a peace plan squarely on Israel — no matter that several very real roadblocks exist on the other side. Can we assume that Mahmoud Abbas is genuine in his desire for a fair peace deal? When asked to participate, he trots out a long list of pre-conditions to be met by Israel. The biggest tactical problem is making peace with half of the inhabitants of “Palestine” living in the West Bank, while the other half in Gaza, under Hamas, has steadfastly refused to live in peace with Israel, now or ever. Demonization of and incitement against Jews continues unabated in the West Bank and Gazan schools, media and speeches by prominent Arab leaders. The atmosphere is being poisoned for any future climate of peace between Arabs and Jews. The only places a “twostate solution” is being promoted are among certain U.S. politicians and the Jewish left. Mr. Elsner’s opening quote from Hillel includes three questions. He emphasizes the last, “And if not now, when?” while totally disregarding the first, “If I am not for myself, who is for me?” Bob Gromelski Marblehead

boys. Yes, boys — as many were still in their teens. All to assure the freedoms we enjoy today. He was our hero. He spent his final years being cared for by the wonderful staff at Aviv Centers for Living. I was very moved when the charge nurse said to me, “Things will not be the same without Michael.” The staff grew to love him and treated him like their own father, husband or papa. It is never easy to leave the care of a loved one to some else. Our family will forever be grateful for the loving care they gave him. We have truly been blessed. Janice Polacco Swampscott

Mass Graves in Jaffa Mass graves of Arabs have been discovered in a Jaffa cemetery dating back to the 1936 uprising and 1948. The Al Aqsa Foundation made the discovery, and naturally they want the world to assume that these Arabs were killed by Jews. But history shows that this is far from obvious. The British were engaged in what would certainly be considered war crimes today. And the casualty rates of some of these actions were high enough to justify mass graves. There is also no doubt that many civilians

were also killed, although clearly there was reluctance to document that. It is also known that Arabs were killing other Arabs during the revolt as well, in the months leading up to the 1948 war. When this story gets into the more mainstream media, let’s hope that the reporters are smart enough not to swallow the lies from an organization that routinely lies to further its agenda. Lynette Ordman Netanya, Israel

We of Grandmothers For A Brighter Future believe it is very important that we vote to elect representatives and senators who will work to advance our views and social policies. On June 25, there will be a vote to replace Senator Kerry, and we are supporting Ed Markey, who has been our Representative from the 3rd Middlesex District for many years. As a senator, we believe he will continue to protect and support our (and we hope your) Social Security, Medicare, wom-

en’s rights to choose, and equal pay for equal work. He has been a leader in introducing constructive and creative legislation about climate change, and is a supporter of sensible and reasonable gun safety rules to better protect our children and grandchildren. Please vote on June 25, and help us elect Ed Markey as our new senator. Peggy Schmertzler, Steering Committee Grandmothers For A Brighter Future

Government Targeting of Groups The uproar over the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups seems to be the flip side of earlier administrations, when groups like Greenpeace, the NAACP and PETA were the agency’s favorite targets. PETA has undergone three expensive and unjust IRS audits, including a 20-month audit during the George W. Bush administration. Each, as verified from Freedom of Information Act materials and as admitted by IRS agents, resulted from the agency bowing to pressure from members of Congress doing the bidding of the meat, research and other industries who were exposed for violating crueltyto-animals laws through PETA’s investigations.

PETA came through each IRS audit with a clean bill of health, but it’s a sad day for freedom when social-change advocates are subjected to industryinspired Congressional inquiries, police surveillance worthy of the East German Stasi, and “homeland security” harassment at airports. With ever more repressive laws being proposed, anyone who gives a hoot about what this nation once stood for should vigorously object to this new version of “America: Love It or Leave It.” Visit to learn more. Ingrid E. Newkirk
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obituary Earl “Yane” Feldman, 91, of Swampscott and Lynn Earl “Yane” Feldman died on May 25, 2013, at the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers. He was 91. Born in Lynn, Earl graduated from Lynn Classical High School. He had resided in Swampscott and Lynn. Earl was associated with the retail jewelry business, having worked at Kay Jewelers in Lynn and Lechmere Sales in Danvers. He was a World War II Army veteran, who served as

a staff sergeant with the 342nd Infantry Regiment Co. G in Central Europe. A kind and gentle man, Earl was the beloved son of the late William and Agnes Feldman. He was the loving brother of Leo Feldman of Swampscott, Selma Bloom of Swampscott, and the late Abraham Feldman and Edith Prensky. Earl was the dear uncle of William Prensky of W. Hartford, Conn., Susan Bloom of

Swampscott, and Karen Brandt of Carmichael, Calif. He was the great-uncle of four greatnephews and one great-niece. Services were held on May 27. Expressions of sympathy in Earl’s memory may be donated to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were handled by St a n e t s k y- Hy m a n s o n Memorial Chapel in Salem. For online condolences, visit www. stanetskyhymansonsalem. com.

notices BERGAL, Bernard “Bernie,” 94 — late of Hayden Lake, Idaho, formerly of Danvers. Died May 22, 2013. BERMAN, Rhoda F. — late of Lake Worth, Fla., formerly of Swampscott. Died June 4, 2013. Wife of the late Irvin Berman. Mother of Andrew and his wife Dory Berman of Lake Worth, Fla., Sandra and her husband Rabbi Charles Levi of Chicago, Ill., Peter and his wife Claire Berman of Lombard, Ill., and Steven and his wife Gloria Berman of Ormond Beach, Fla. Sister of Shepard and his wife Elaine Simons of Peabody, Alan and his wife Sheila Simons of Swampscott, and the late Sheldon Simons. Grandmother of Daniel, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Emily, Joseph, Jeffrey, Magdalina, Katherine, Zachary and Matthew. Great-grandmother of five. (Stanetsky-Hymanson) BLACK, Edith (Feingold), 97 — late of Chelsea, formerly of Revere and Malden. Died May 31, 2013. Wife of the late Nathan Black. Mother of Marilyn and her husband Larry Liederman, and the late Burton Black and his surviving wife Nancy Black. Grandmother of Debra Liederman, Michael and Kelly Liederman, Stacey

and David Mann, Fredda and Michael Malkoff, and Hillary and Ryan Daly. Great-grandmother of Naomi and Adam Mann and Nathan Liederman. Sister of the late Dr. Abraham Feingold, Dorothy Aronson, Leo Feingold, Dr. Fred Feingold, George Feingold, Reuben Feingold, Edward Feingold, Dr. Meyer Feingold and Esther Taymore. (Goldman) Edelstein, Marvin, 73 — late of Revere. Died June 3, 2013. Husband of the late Anna (Sutera) Edelstein. Brother of Hyman Edelstein of Northampton, Ralph Edelstein of Peabody, and the late Morris Edelstein and Rose Edelstein. Son of the late Isadore and Sarah Edelstein. (Torf) Isenberg, Rita (Polov), 91 — late of Danvers, formerly of Marblehead and Boca Raton, Fla. Died May 30, 2013. Wife of the late Milton M. Isenberg. Mother of Barbara Schwartz, Linda Labourene and her husband Gerry, and Nanci Pradas and her husband, the late Antonio. Sister of Helen Goldberg, the late Zelda Frank, Lilian Glickstein and Frances Yanes. Sister-in-law of Dr. Milton Glickstein. Grandmother of Amy and her husband Jamie, Todd, Eric and his wife Maureen, Dara,

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Класс 2013 Кристина Фоаксман С отличием закончила Swampscott High School, вошла в пятерку сильнейших выпускников школы и 5% лучших студентов Северного Побережья, член престижного Всеамериканского Общества Отличников (National Honor Society). За годы учебы в старших классах Кристина принимала активное участие в общественной жизни школы. Неоднократно получала призы и грамоты за академические успехи: специальная математическая награда за достижения в алгебре, бронзовая и серебряная медали, полученные на национальных экзаменах по испанскому языку, а также специальная школьная награда за успехи в иностранном языке; награда за успехи в физическом воспитании. Кристина с четырех лет занимается игрой на рояле под руководством своих родителей, профессиональных музыкантов. Она победитель многих фортепианных конкурсов и фестивалей. Как обладатель первой премии Crescendo International Music Competition дважды выступала в Carnegie Hall. В школьном оркестре Кристина играла на кларнете и была удостоена чести быть дирижером Мarching Band. Кристина была волонтером в библиоте Свампскотта и Boston Eye Group, работала спасателем в YMCA и Summit Estates. Кристина также серьезно занималась плаванием, входила в состав сборной школы по плаванию, а также восемь лет занималась балетом в Boston Ballet School. За общественную работу Кристина была награждена Walter Murray Rotary Youth Leadership Award, George N. Parks Drum Major Academy Certificate. Осенью Кристина продолжит свое образование в Brandeisе University, где будет изучать медицину и продолжит занятия музыкой.

Лиза Драбкин С отличием закончила Marblehead High School, вошла в состав 10% лучших учеников школы, член престижного Всеамериканского Общества Отличников (National Honor Society). За годы учебы в старших классах Лиза активно участвовала в общественной работе, входила в состав Школьного Студенческого Самоуправления, Student Government, и была членом recycling club. За академические успехи была награждена престижными Excellence in Writing Аwards, the Wellesley College Book Award, а также как одна из лучших студентов-старшеклассников Америки была отмечена National Merit Commended Student и AP Scholar with Honor. С шести лет Лиза играет на скрипке, в 10 лет поступила в класс Софии Согланд в Longy School of Music, играла в Longy Youth Chamber Orchestra, многократно участвовала в международном фестивале Music in Regensburg, как победитель фестиваля American Fine Arts Fetival выступала в Carnegie Hall. Последние два года Лиза в составе Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra выступала в Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Sanders Theatre, a также в концертных залах Вены, Зальцбурга, Будапешта. Осенью Лиза продолжит свое музыкальное образование в Vanderbilt University, где также будет изучать химию и биологию.

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C отличием закончил Swampscott High School, член престижного Всеамериканского Общества Отличников (National Honor Society). За успехи в учебе был награжден National Merit Scholarship Recognition for Distinctions, AP Scholar Award, Science Award for Independent Research, на национальном экзамене по испанскому языку Филлип получил бронзовую медаль, был специально отмечен Science Achievement Award for Academic Excellence за успехи в биологии, за общие академические успехи был награжден Darmouth University Book Award, а за участие в школьном оркестре – Outstanding Performance in Band Award. Филлип был лидером и капитаном школьной команды по роботике, Robotic team, под его лидерством команда принимала участие в престижном соревновании First Robotics. Филлип был членом математической команды, а в последний год ее со-капитаном. В школе Филлип был лидером секции саксофонов в школьном духовом и джазовом оркестрах, выступал в школьном театре, был членом сборной школьной команды по легкой атлетике, занимался прыжками в высоту, бегом с барьерами, а также играл на первой доске за шахматную команду. После 11-го класса Филлип летом работал в научной лаборатории MIT, где написал компьютерную программу для работы с изображениями, получаемыми в процессе исследований на стыке материаловедения и физиологии. По результатам летней практики в Photonics Center при Бостонском Университете он создал интерактивную программу о новом классе электронных материалов и написал статью для Американской Ассоциации Инженерного Образования, он был единственным школьником, приглашенным выступить с докладом на ежегодной конференции ассоциации. Его презентация была записана на видео для сайта Material Research Society. Осенью Филлип продолжит образование в Massachusetts Institute of Technology, где он будет изучать Computational Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence.

С золотой медалью и отличием закончил Swampscott High School, вошел в число лучших учеников выпускного класса. За свои академические достижения Деннис был отмечен специальной наградой – AP award in environmental science. За годы учебы в старших классах Деннис активно участвовал в общественной жизни школы, был членом клуба Best Buddies, помогая отстающим ученикам с уроками; был членом математической команды и команды по джиу-джитцу, регулярно, раз в неделю посещал Центр для пожилых людей, где помогал в работе кружка по вязанию; принимал участие в Walk for Hunger – кампании по сбору средств для помощи малоимущим семьям (недавно им было собрано около $600). Среди его увлечений – выращивание натуральных, без химии, овощей и фруктов, дайвинг с аквалангом, скалолазание. Деннис был одним из немногих школьников этого возраста, которые взошли на величайшие вершины мира – Эльбрус и Килиманджаро. Свободное от занятий время Деннис посвящает изучению вопросов сохранению и охраны окружающей среды, состоит членом студенческой ассоциации Student Сonservation Association и каждое лето работает волонтером в различных парках-заповедниках. Осенью Деннис продолжит образование в Brandeise University, где будет изучать биологию.

Бен Голдштейн С успехом закончил Marblehead High School. За годы учебы в старших классах Бен активно принимал участие в общественной и спортивной жизни школы. Бен был капитаном школьной команды по теннису, которая успешно выступала на соревнованиях штата. Бен был одним из организаторов и вице-президентом North Shore Community Spirit – студенческой организации, которая занимается продажей спортивной одежды, а вырученные деньги передает на развитие спортивных занятий в Ford School, Линнской школе, где учатся дети из непривилегированных семей. Бен также был учредителем Camp Community Spirit, летней программы, приобщающей линнских школьников к различным видам спорта, где обучал детей теннису. Бен был волонтером в городе Revere, подготавливая спортивные мероприятия, и волонтером в синагоге Shirat Hayam. Бен работал в JCC, Marblehead Sport Shop, Able Home Сare Center в Линне. В настоящее время Бен проходит практикуinternship в Arbella Insurance. Осенью Бен продолжит образование в Boston University, где он будет изучать business administration.

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Летние концерты В субботу, 22 июня, в помещении Unitarian Universalist Church в Марблхеде (28 Mugford Street) состоится летний концерт студентов Marblehead Piano Studio под руководством Елены Драбкин.Начало первого отделения в 11 утра; второе отделение начнется в 12:30 дня. Приглашаются все желающие, вход свободный.

Йося Митлин С успехом закончил Swampscott High School. За годы учебы в старших классах Йося принимал активное участие в общественной и спортивной жизни школы: был членом школьной математической команды; Science Team; сборной команды по шахматам, а последние два года – капитаном этой команды, которая с успехом выступала на региональном уровне. Он входил в сборные школы по бегу и борьбе, которые успешно соревновались с другими школами, завоевывая призовые места среди команд северо-западной лиги. Йося активно участвовал в работе Cable Club, где был режиссером и продюссером локальных телевизионных программ, рассказывающих о событиях в Свампскотте. Йося также участвовал в жизни еврейской общины Северного Берега, был членом молодежной еврейской организации, North Shore Teen Initiative, и волонтером в Еврейской Федерации Северного Берега. Осенью Йося продолжит образование в UMass Lowell, где будет изучать computer science.

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Swampscott Piano School Валерии Хенкин приглашает всех желающих на концерт, который состоится 22 июня в Second Congregational Church (35 Conant Street, Beverly). Начало 1-го отделения в час дня. Кевин Шерман, который занял первое место на недавнем Bay State Piano Competition, выступит с сольной программой в 2:30. Начало 3-го отделения в 3:45. На концерте зрители также

услышат студентов Валерии, которые успешно выступили в ежегодном конкурсе American Fine Arts Festival. Шестеро получили право выступить в Carnegie Hall: Евгения Асипенко, Дэниел Питерс, Майкл Хиянг, Сарика Рао, Ситира Рао, Кендл Маккормик. Шестеро учеников выступили в Lincoln Center: Абигаль Авин, Аня Яцкова, Мириям Гительман, Элен Жянг, Дэниел Зянг, Мишель Хиянг.

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The Jewish Journal – – june 13, 2013 


Dr. Emil Berkovits!

Adi (left) and Idan Davidyan shared the honor of giving the valedictory address at Beverly High School’s commencement. The identical twins, both bound for UMass Amherst’s Commonwealth College, are the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Separated by only a few points in their grade point average, they got special permission to speak together. They are the sons of Dina and Eli Davidyan.

Cantor E m i l Berkovits w a s awarded an hono r a r y doctoral degree in music from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Cantor Berkovits is the cantor emeritus of Congregation Shirat Hayam and also leads services and study at Aviv Centers for Living. The degree marks his 50th year of being a cantor.

Twins Top Beverly’s Class


Chabad Scholarship Chabad Hebrew School of the Arts is proud to announce a new scholarship made possible by Attorney Barry Feinstein (on right with Rabbi Nechemia Schusterman) and the family of Ilene S. Dorfman of blessed memory, both from Peabody. The Ilene S. Dorfman Fund will help families with tuition. Feinstein was honored at the Hebrew School graduation ceremony by dedicating a classroom in honor of his mother and sister, of blessed memory.

Barbash Honored by NERUSY

That’s Dr. Cohen

Kummins Receives Scholarships Mr. and Mrs. Jerold L. Kummins of Malden are proud to announce the graduation of their son, Joshua Aaron Kummins, from Malden High School. Joshua was the recipient of the James A. Cronin, Sr., Samuel Fishman and Robert Lenehan Scholarship. Proud grandparents are Bernard and the late Evelyn Kummins of Marblehead and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence M. Michaelson of West Roxbury. Joshua will be heading off to Lasell College in Newton where he will be a Dean’s Scholar majoring in journalism, with a concentration in sports communication. 

Lindsay Barbash of Middleton is the recipient of the Aaron Keshel Award for community service and acts of kindness. The award is given by Northeast Region USY and was presented at the spring convention in May.

Peabody JCC Celebrates Successful Year PEABODY — More than 60 people attended the annual meeting of the NSJCC on June 3. Chaired by Board President Stacey Comito, the key speaker was Ellen Gordon, director of community relations at Aviv Centers for Living, who highlighted the success of the joint intergenerational program between the NSJCC and Aviv. Comito offered program highlights from the past year, including record attendance numbers and a photo slideshow depicting the move from the NSJCC’s former location to the new campus at Aviv. Comito thanked outgoing board members Bernie Horowitz and Sharyn Gazit for their service. Horowitz was one of the Glen Yanco Presidential Award recipients, in honor of his dedication to the NSJCC. Pamela McElmon, NSJCC controller, the other Yanco Award recipient, was honored for her leadership in coordinating the move to the

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Rona Irgens was honored for 25 years of service with the NSJCC.

new campus. Brooke Rogers, a new NSJCC board member, received the Shining Star Award for her volunteer efforts in facilitating the J Babies Parent/Infant

Group and creating an online presence for the program. David Sheris, outgoing treasurer, was thanked for his efforts to bring the organization to greater financial stability. Nine NSJCC staff members received awards marking five or more years of service. Celebrating five years: Miriam Blue and Andrea Zecha; 10 years: Rebecca Alpert, Barbara Cohen, Pamela McElmon and Jenn Pomerantz; 15 years: Cori Boudreau and Jenny Pierce. Rona Irgens celebrated 25 years. Staff award presentations were delivered by Early Childhood Program Director Susan Novak.  NSJCC parent and volunteer Tracy Cranson installed the 2013-14 NSJCC Board of Directors and welcomed new members Shelley Baker, Cassie Bruner, Craig Foster, Brooke Rogers and Allison Wolper. Joining the Executive Board is Benjamin Weiss as treasurer and Lisa Waxman as secretary.

JCCNS Celebrates at 102nd Annual Meeting MARBLEHEAD — The JCCNS honored Swampscott software designer Mark Gelfand with the Samuel S. Stahl Community Service Award at its annual meeting June 9. Gelfand, an active JCC member and supporter, spoke about how the J is an important hub for Jewish learning and culture. New Board member John Federman of Marblehead broke into verse when honoring spinning instructor Margie Cantor with the Bea Paul Staff

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Mark Gelfand

Award. Cantor, of Salem, spoke about her lifelong connection to the J, which started when she was in preschool. Preschool teacher Leslie Harsip of Marblehead was honored for her 25+ years of service, and JCC President John Smidt handed out Presidential Awards to volunteers Dave Kasoff and Darren Klein. In addition to Federman, new JCCNS Board members include Phyllis Eidelman of Marblehead and Mike Franchella of Peabody.


Matthew Cohen received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Boston University School of Medicine on May 18. Cohen graduated from Swampscott High School in 2004 and Brown University in 2008. He is the son of Cheryl and Gary Cohen of Swampscott, and the grandson of Eleanor and Sidney Tankel of Chestnut Hill, Estelle Cohen of Peabody and the late Victor Cohen.  Dr. Cohen will continue his medical training in internal medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Temple Ner Tamid Honors Religious and High School Graduates Temple Ner Tamid honored its religious school graduates: Hana Belanger, Sarah Bean, Rebecca Dunn, Jacob Rucker and Holly Sherman. The Brotherhood honored Jonathan Band of Peabody High School, son of Loretta and Richard Band, who will be attending a pre-engineering program at North Shore Community College; Lindsay Barbash of Masconomet Regional High School, daughter of Alyse and David Barbash, who will study psychology at Roger Williams University; Rachel Gershlak of HamiltonWenham High School, daughter of Wendy and Mark Gershlak, who will study physical therapy at Quinnipiac University; and Hannah Zunick of Danvers High School, daughter of Wendy and Mark Zunick, who will study management at Syracuse University. Members of the Men’s Club Scholarship Committee included Steve Ring, Chairman; Mark Lubarsky, Larry Malatzky, Barry Silverman and Alan Titelbaum. TNT awarded the Arnold M. Dollin Memorial Scholarship to Gershlak and Zunick; the Winokur Family Scholarship to Gershlak; the Sisterhood Scholarship to Jason Dorenfeld, and the Poires/Rappaport Scholarship to Band and Gershlak.

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Wedding: Bergman — Cohen Shira J. Bergman and Michael Ralph Cohen were married recently in Portland, Maine, at Etz Chaim, a synagogue founded by the groom’s grandfather. Rabbi David Goldstein of New Orleans officiated. The celebration continued in the streets of Portland with a traditional New Orleans style secondline parade to a reception at Ocean Gateway on Casco Bay. The bride, daughter of Arnold and Rand Bergman of Marblehead, is the granddaughter of Helen and the late Seymour Bergman of Buffalo, N.Y., and the late Donald and Estelle Foreman of Scarsdale, N.Y. She is a graduate of Marblehead High School and received her B.A. in economics magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. Shira is currently completing her master’s in educational administration and will begin her position as school leader of ReNEW: Schaumburg 3-5 Elementary School in New Orleans. The groom, son of Dr. Bernard and Marlene Cohen of Portland, ME, received his A.B. degree with honors from Brown University, and his Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Jewish Studies from Brandeis University. Dr. Cohen is an assistant professor in the Department of Jewish Studies at Tulane University, where he holds the Sizeler and Junior Mellon professorships. After a honeymoon in South Africa, the couple will make their home in New Orleans.

Gandelman Joins Exit Realty Beth I. Gandelman joined Exit Realty Group of Newburyport as a real estate agent. She brings 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, as well as experience in leasing luxury apartments. Gandelman holds an M.S. in public relations and B.S. in education and mass communication from Boston University and a certificate in marketing from Northeastern University




Brad and Amanda (Davis) Fernandes of Needham announce the birth of Sawyer Stern Fernandes on May 20. Sawyer measured 20¼ inches and weighed six pounds,15 ounces. The proud grandparents are June and Murray Davis of Swampscott and Debra and Ronald Fernandes of Needham. He joins his brother, Connor.

Lawrence Joins NTSAD

Congressman Patrick Meehan awarded Christopher Merken, 18, with the bronze and silver Congressional Awards, the U.S. Congress award for young Americans recognizing initiative, achievement and service. Merken, a recent graduate of Radnor (Penn.) High School, completed requirements by volunteering at the Main Line Art Center and the Bryn Mawr Fire Company and training for and completing a 50-mile charity bicycle race for victims of multiple sclerosis. Additionally, Merken completed educational trips to the Grand Canyon, Gettysburg National Military Park and Germany. He is the son of Laurie Rogers and Gary Merken and the grandson of Elaine Merken of Salem. Pictured l-r: Judge David H. Lang; Katie Merken; Laurie Rogers; Christopher Merken; Meehan; Gary Merken; Principal Mark Schellenger.


Gilman Becomes




SNL Financial, a leading provider of financial information, recently ranked the nation’s credit unions, putting Metro among the top ten best performing credit unions in the nation, a first for Metro and the only New England based credit union to make the top 50.


A reception was recently held for Revere City Council President Ira Novoselsky (right), at Antonia’s Restaurant on Revere Beach. It was hosted by Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo (2nd right) and guest speaker State Treasurer Steve Grossman. Vin and Pauline Spirito of Lynn (left) attended the event.


Michael Finer, founder of Major League Investments, a Salem-based investment advisory, financial planning and tax strategies firm, has joined the National Veteran-Owned Business Association. Finer, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Massachusetts National Guard, served as a garrison commander with the Army in Iraq from 2007-2008. He was also commander of Task Force Yankee, a joint military unit of 500 soldiers and airmen who provided support and stability operations in New Orleans during the Hurricane Katrina disaster.


Joan Lawrence of Salem recently joined the staff of the National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association as director of donor relations and individual giving. She recently served as director of development of the JCCNS and at Girls Inc. of Lynn.

Major League Joins Vet-Owned Biz Group

Metro Credit Union

Merken Awarded Congressional Medal

Freedman Financial an­­ nounced that Marion B. Gilman, CFP, has accepted an offer to become a partner with the firm. Gilman has been with the firm for 14 years.

MRT Wins Irnes


Chaffin Celebrate Anniversary

The podcast, Ronna & Beverly, featuring Jessica Chaffin (left) and Jamie Denbo, celebrated its second anniversary last month. The characters are based on people they knew while growing up in Newton and Swampscott respectively. While Ronna & Beverly isn’t a moneymaker, it helped them land supporting roles in “The Heat,” a comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. In addition, Chaffin has a CBS pilot in the pipeline, and Denbo recently sold a writing project to FX.

Girls Book Club

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The Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell received several IRNE awards. Those honored included Rebecca Harris for best supporting actress for Mrs. Whitney; Megan McGinnis as best actress in a musical; Laura Berquist for best musical director; and John Caird for best director of a musical, all for “Daddy Long Legs.” Lastly, “Daddy Long Legs” took home the award for Best Musical.

Following a make-your-own-sundae social at Putnam Pantry in Danvers, girls and their mothers engaged in a lively discussion of the book, “All of a Kind Family Uptown,” by Sydney Taylor. The discussion was part of The Girls Book Club, a program of the Jewish Women’s Archive, sponsored on the North Shore by the Lappin Foundation. Thirty-seven girls, ages 9-12, and their mothers will meet five times over nine months. All of the books are Jewishthemed, providing readers with a glimpse into Jewish life from the early 1900s to the present.

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Jewish Journal, June 13, 2013  

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