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JCCNS Plans Evoke Ire from Peabody Counterparts Amy Sessler Powell Jewish Journal Staff

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Artist Dana Levin of Reading creates extraordinarily realistic paintings. Read more about her and other art happenings in our expanded arts and culture guide on pages 10-14.

The Jewish Community Center of the North Shore’s (JCCNS) plan to expand its Marblehead preschool program to Beverly has drawn criticism from officials at the North Suburban Jewish Community Center in Peabody (NSJCC), who believe they should have been included in the discussions, and that the expansion plans encroach on their coverage area. The JCC in Marblehead announced two weeks ago that it would expand its preschool by adding two classrooms at Temple B’nai

Abraham. The plan is one part of a multi-faceted business plan designed to bring the organization back to fiscal health after several years of financial problems. The dispute, as well as plans for additional Jewish preschools on the North Shore, raises an important question. Will opening new schools create opportunities for Jewish children not enrolled in a Jewish program, or will increased competition weaken the existing schools? The North Shore is currently served by four Jewish preschools: the NSJCC in Peabody, Temple Beth



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Local Baker and Veterans Provide Much More than Challah Amy Sessler Powell Jewish Journal Staff

PEABODY — When Moishe Zucker donates his fresh-baked challah to the Jewish troops in Afghanistan, he is completing a circle that began with his family’s recipe in Poland prior to the Holocaust. The program, Challah For Heroes, is a partnership between Zucker’s Bakery and the Jewish War Veterans and Ladies Auxiliary of Peabody. Zucker gets a bit emotional talking about challah. His father’s late uncle was a baker in Poland before the war. He was one of the first Jews taken to Auschwitz, in part because they thought he would be helpful in

building the ovens, Zucker said. “The tattoo on his forearm was number 70, the 70th person to go, and he survived life in Auschwitz. My parents also survived,” he said. The challah recipe also survived. “This recipe has now gone full circle because my parents were survivors. They regenerated and had five kids. One is in the bakery business, and we are sending challah to American troops,” Zucker explained. Major Benjamin Ring, a challah recipient, said the gift breaks up the week and makes the Sabbath special. Jeffrey Blonder of Swamp­scott, a Senior Chief Petty Officer and continued on page 2

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Trial Court Program Paints Temple Shalom After Flood Amy Sessler Powell Jewish Journal Staff

SALEM — As Temple Shalom struggles to renovate its social hall in the aftermath of a devastating flood last April, they have found help in an unlikely place — the Massachusetts Trial Court Community Service (MTCCS) program. Through this program, nonviolent offenders complete community service requirements doing work for nonprofit organizations in the community. It is a free, supervised labor

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to get my mind off matters at hand. When my wife, Ramit, was t’s 5:45 and the alarm sounds. stationed here earlier in my tour, Another day at Bagram it made Shabbat extra special. Airfield for me. Another day Even in the middle of a combat in Afghanistan and I somehow zone, we were able to celebrate manage to sit up, put on my a break from the mundane grind fatigues and walk over to the of our daily lives. gym, 100 yards from my 10-byI participate in a full service, 10-foot living space. complete with wine, matzah ball Around 0700, I grab a quick soup, gefilte fish and fresh chalshower, and prepare for my lah from Zucker’s in Peabody, morning update meeting. Now thanks to Zucker’s and the I am aware of what I have on Jewish War Veterans and Ladies Major Benjamin Ring schedule for the Auxiliary of Peabody. (See story next 14 to 15 on page one.) First Doing the same thing every day becomes Person hours, and begin to focus on the myriad of tasks, projects, ideas, extremely mentally taxing. I never realized it problems and everything information technol- back home, where weekends offer two days off. ogy related that affects the 62,000 people in With over 270 consecutive days over here, I have Regional Command East. come to realize the importance of a break from Days seem to drag on and bleed into each the daily grind. other. Meals are conveniently located downThere is a reason we are all meant to celebrate stairs, which makes me completely oblivious to Shabbat. Looking back on this year-long tour, I the rain, snow or sunlight. will take many experiences and lessons home This is the life of the Information Systems with me. Included among those is a deeper Manager for all forces in Eastern Afghan­istan. Six understanding of Shabbat and its importance in days a week, the same thing. But Friday evening preserving us. is one bright spot: a walk down the street for Shabbat services. Major Benjamin Ring, originally from It gets me outside the inner headquarters Peabody, is serving with the U.S. Army in compound, away from the busy operations cen- Afghanistan. He can be reached at ben.ring@ ter, away from any computer, and allows to me


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n 2008, David Rohde, a Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for The New York Times was in Kabul, Afghanistan, finishing up research. He was about to return home to his bride of two months; however, he was determined to gather one more critical interview Book for the book he was writing about tensions in the war torn country. Although it was risky, he had plans to meet with a Taliban commander. On November 10, 2008, he, an Afghan journalist and their driver set off; however, the interview turned out to be a trap. The

Taliban kidnapped the three men and held them captive for seven grueling months. Rohde originally shared his story in a series in The New York Times. This book weaves another dimension by sharing his wife’s perspective of the events unraveling around her. In alternating chapters, Kristen shares her perspective trying to negotiate his release, while trying to hold down her job as a photo director at Cosmopolitan magazine. “A Rope and A Prayer: A Kidnapping From Two Sides” is a love story — the undying love of a husband and wife, a man’s love of his journalistic profession, and the love of a country seeking freedom from

the stronghold of the Taliban militia. The book is a compelling account of survival. Although the outcome was positive, the authors say they wrote the book to help readers understand more about Afghanistan and Pakistan, and America’s involvement in the war. While he was held hostage, Rohde became privy to his kidnappers training suicide bombers, plotting terrorist attacks and ranting against Israel. Prayer is a central theme, as reflected in the title. In the end, love and faith sustained this husband and wife through their painful ordeal. Their message for hope and freedom resonates throughout.


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Combat Advisor for the US Navy who spent nearly a year in Afghanistan, organized a care package drive through the Jewish War Veterans. “Every day is the same there. You work 13 hours or more each day and Sundays and holidays don’t mean anything, but getting a package means something. You can share it with your friends,” Blonder said. Colonel Barry Lischinsky, now retired and commander of the JWV post in Peabody, said that sending care packages is not a new mitzvah for the post. “The names of our committee members and our destinations have changed, but our mitzvah to serve war heroes continues,” Lischinsky said. So twice per month, Morris Sack, a World War II veteran from Peabody, now living in Salem, picks up the challah from Zucker’s and ships it to the Jewish chaplaincy in Afghanistan, completing a cycle in history that has gone on before him. “This challah is much more than a challah,” Zucker said.

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READING — To fulfill his National Honor Society community service requirement, Reading Memorial High School senior Sam Wilson decided to raise funds for the KrasaSchaechter Commission Fund in the way he knows best — through music. This fund was established by the Terezin Music Foundation to remember and celebrate the legacy of music created in Terezin as illustrated by the lives of two extraordinary individuals: Rafael Schaechter, a conductor who used musical performances as a means of resistance and survival, and 90-year-old Holocaust survivor and TMF Board Member Edgar Krasa, who has dedicated his life to Holocaust education. The first piece commissioned by this fund was “Songs of Sorrow and Hope,” composed in 2009 by Stephen Feigenbaum, a senior at Yale and member of Temple Shir Tikvah in Winchester. The fact that “Songs of Sorrow and Hope” was written for a children’s choir did not deter Wilson, a talented musician on the school, district and state levels. He transposed the first movement for a trombone quartet and invited fellow jazz band members Jake Czuczwa, Emily Torman and Meghan Bowe to join him, along with his music teacher, Kristin Killian. “I love accompanying the kids and it was a wonderful idea for him to pay tribute to Edgar. The fact that music was what helped them survive hits especially close to home for me,” Killian said. In his introduction, Wilson explained “that an integral part of the Jewish experience is to bear witness, to share in the sor-

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Journal Nabs Two Awards Mazel tov to Susan Jacobs, Jewish Journal editor, who won big at this year’s 2010 New England Press Association (NEPA) Better Newspaper Competition. Jacobs won second place in the Human Interest Feature story category for her article on Edye Baker, The Queen of Halloween, published October 29, 2009. The judges’ comments were: “An entertaining story about a local woman who has become a community institution. Her Halloween tradition has delighted generations of community residents, and this article was a delight to read.”

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Temple B’nai Abraham, having collaborated with the JCC in Peabody in the past, sees the satellite as a new market that will not negatively affect the Peabody school. Temple B’nai Abraham President Alan Pierce said, “This was a great opportunity for us to finally have a preschool, without the onus of running it ourselves. I am sorry to hear that the Peabody JCC was very upset at the prospect of another preschool, as we in no way want to impede or impact what is going on in Peabody. We think there is room for a Jewish preschool in our area for people who because of geography cannot go to Peabody.” “Maybe all this publicity will cause some parents to be aware of the Jewish preschools, versus their secular options,” he added. Chabad plans to open its Aleph-Bet Preschool in September. According to Rabbi Yossi Lipsker, Chabad had a preschool two years ago, but the timing turned out to be wrong. Now he believes the timing is right. He thinks a Chabad preschool will attract those seeking a preschool with a strong Judaic emphasis. “I am responding to a need in my shul. I envision more young families moving to the community, looking for this kind of school,” Lipsker said. While he acknowledges that the school will likely draw people who live here already, he believes it will also attract young Jewish families “looking to move from Brooklyn or Brighton.”

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Mazel Tots for Kids at Temple Beth Shalom

Trial Court Program from page 1 said Tom Cheatham, president of Temple Shalom. The flood damage was not covered by insurance because it was the result of groundwater. As they began to clean up the mess, new problems emerged, said Bill Finer, building committee chairman for Temple Shalom. “The floor tiles contained asbestos, and we had to mitigate mold,” Finer said. All told, the temple faced a bill of between $50,000 to $70,000, as well as the loss of its social hall for a year. Through MTCCS, they were able to save $5,000 to $7,000. Hickey explained that all of the men and women on the crew are nonviolent offenders, many of whom struggled with substance abuse issues that landed them in the court system. As they complete their criminal dispositions, they have a community service requirement. For many, this helps them get back into the work force and into the regular routine of showing up for a job. For some, it provides some training in a trade or skill. Todd Welch, 41, of Lynnfield, found himself in the court system after multiple drunk driving offenses. The father of two served some time at the Middleton jail and now serves the remainder on a “bracelet,” meaning he is restricted to his home and court-supervised activities. He reports daily for drug and alcohol testing and community service. He’s been clean and sober for 14 months, and likes coming to Temple Shalom each day.

MELROSE — Temple Beth Shalom invites two-to-four year-olds, along with a parent or caregiver, to participate in “Mazel Tots,” a weekly class held on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the temple, located at 21 East Foster St. in Melrose. Classes will be facilitated by Jewish educator Miriam Berkowitz Blue, who will introduce students to the Aleph-Bet (Hebrew alphabet), as well as

Jewish songs, stories and dancing. A snack will be provided, and the parent/caregiver is expected to remain during the program. “We are enormously excited about this new program,” said Nancy Kukura, president of the congregation. The fee is $60 for temple members and $100 for nonmembers. For further information, call 781-665-4520 or email

The Surprising Power of Family Meals peabody — Parents, grandparents and friends of The PJ Library are invited to hear Miriam Weinstein, author of “The Surprising Power of Family Meals,” talk about how eating together makes us smarter, stronger, healthier and happier, with special focus on the benefits for children. The free event will take place Wednesday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, North Shore Mall, Peabody. All are welcome. Books will be available for

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Todd Welch (front) and Mike Vitale paint the walls of Temple Shalom’s social hall in the wake of a flood. The two men are fulfilling their community service requirement after serving time for drunk driving.

“This work is rewarding. We have also painted schools, and it’s nice to be productive and to reintegrate into day-to-day life,” Welch said. Mike Vitale of Hamilton agreed. He too got into trouble with alcohol, but has been sober for six months and on the “bracelet.” “This gives us an opportunity to better ourselves and get back into the day-to-day responsibil-

ities. I’m thankful for the opportunity,” Vitale said. Hickey said the Trial Court program is always looking for work, and is available to any nonprofit. They can paint, landscape, sort food or clothing, remove snow or ice or do other projects. To contact Hickey about a project, email Lisa.Hickey@ or call the Lynn office at 978-750-1900 x3767.

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ees will share their fascinating stories about how they have helped impoverished people in Africa, Belize, Honduras, Haiti and other nations. Honorees include Dr. Susan Abkowitz Crawford, Dr. Harry Zeltzer, Dr. David Greenseid, Linda Greenseid, Dr. Leon Remis and nurse Dorothy Blass, Dr. David Kauder, Dr. Michael Reich and Dr. Wayne Trebbin. “While we will be acknowledging those who work abroad, in no way does this minimize the good work done at home by health care professionals who volunteer

at local community health centers, or treat patients who cannot pay for free,” said Jewish Journal Board President Izzi Abrams. She adds that local health care heroes will be honored within the pages of the paper. Drs. George Freedman and Jack Karas of the Maimonides Society are serving as honorary chairs. The planning committee includes Izzi Abrams, Stacey Comito, Ruthann Remis, Wendy Roizen, Ava Shore, Pauline Spirito, Susan Steigman, Bonnie Weiss and Journal publisher Barbara Schneider.






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The JCCNS will host an open house about its Summer on the Hill programs on Sunday, March 6 from 1-3 p.m. Meet camp directors, counselors and instructors to learn about all the programs for kids ages 16-months to 10th grade. Early bird and sibling discounts will be available. Above, youths work on a craft at last year’s camp.

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February Globetrotters


aybe it was the cold weather and mountains of snow, but local Jews hightailed it out of the area in February. Many took their Journals with them. If you’d like to be featured in the Globetrotting column, tote a copy of the Journal with you on your next trip, have someone snap a picture, and send it to us at

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Ginny and Dexter Dodge of Marblehead enjoyed a 10-day Caribbean vacation in Antigua, enjoying the sun, sand and sea. Ginny’s Journal made the journey!

Arielle, age 6, and Max, age 9, Mogolesko of Marblehead took in the beauty of Aruba during their February break.

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Now is the Time to Visit Israel


tion; it is a necessity. You cannot fully understand Israel until you stand on its soil, talk to its residents, drive through the Golan, the West Bank, walk the mountains, plant a tree with your own hands in the forests of the fertile soil of the Lower Galilee, float in the Dead Sea, visit the Kotel, stand on the plateau of Massada and go deep under the Western Wall to visit King Herod’s palace. And if you do all that, you will merely skim the surface of all that Israel has to offer.

here is little that any one of us can do to affect world events, especially as they are now unfolding in the Arab world. All sides are jockeying for the support of the United States, and Israel is left to anxiously ponder the nature of the threat that new leadership will provide. This, then, is a good time to visit Israel, to show our solidarity. Our community is planning many opportunities to visit Israel this year. Family trips, archeological trips, spiritual trips and leadership trips are all in the offing. Visiting Israel is not a simply a vaca-

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letters to the editor Hoping the Community Would Welcome JCCNS Expansion Plan As has been reported by the Jewish Journal, the JCCNS board of directors recently approved a new strategic business plan at its February board meeting. This business plan was the culmination of months of work by a task force comprised of community-wide members, including representatives from the JCCNS, Jewish Federation of the North Shore, Cohen Hillel Academy, Temple Sinai, Temple Emanu-El and members of the community at large.

 A component of the plan calls for the expansion of one of the JCCNS’s core businesses — Jewish preschool — by partnering with Temple B’nai Abraham to open a preschool onsite at the Beverly temple. Temple B’nai Abraham has been exploring starting a preschool for some time, and this is an exciting opportunity for the JCCNS to share its expertise in early childhood education, and work with the temple to meet the currently under-

served needs of Jewish families in the Beverly area. We believe that offering preschool at Temple B’nai Abraham will result in more Jewish children attending a Jewish preschool. We would hope that this is something the community would welcome. JCCs around the country have partnered with synagogues to open preschools as part of the concept of “JCCs without walls.” In the future, the JCCNS hopes to be able to bring additional programming beyond early childhood education to areas outside of Marblehead, Swampscott, Salem and Lynn, and hopes to be able to partner and collaborate with all interested and willing Jewish synagogues and organizations in doing so. Lisa Nagel President, JCCNS Board of Directors

 Alan Pierce President, Temple B’nai Abraham, Beverly

Warm Fuzzies Oh, what an après ski night! East Coast Alpine in Danvers was the perfect backdrop for Moguls & Munchies, an amazing winter party co-sponsored by Cohen Hillel Academy and the Jewish Federation of the North Shore on February 12. Thank you to the community and the following sponsors who helped make this event a success: Melissa and Darren Aizanman, Beach Chiropractic — Toby and Garry Freedman, Camp Bauercrest, The Bookman Family, Stacey and Bob Comito, DCG Marketing — Deb Greenstein, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Nanette

and Jose Fridman, Allison Goldberg and Ted Stux, Stacy and Allen Kamer, Kappy’s Fine Wine & Spirits, The Pastan Family, Karen & David Rosenberg, Sagan Realtors, Salem CITGO — Joan and Steven Bornstein, Salem Plumbing Supply, Ruthie and Robert Salter, Karen and Steve Solomon, TLT Construction Corp. — Cindy and Tom Kostinden, Laura Krivan and Allan Waldman, and Susan and Ken Weinstein. Ken Schulman Diane Knopf Cohen Hillel Academy Marblehead

A Collaboration Gone Wrong The recent announcement that the JCC in Marblehead will open a satellite preschool next September at Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly is an example of collaboration gone wrong. Collaboration is a wonderful goal, except when the consequences of such collaboration adversely impact the operations of another agency. The establishment of a new preschool in a community already being served by the North Suburban Jewish Community Center (NSJCC) in Peabody is not only a duplication of services, but creates additional competition in a saturated marketplace, as well as market confusion. The NSJCC’s preschool is its most viable program, and the loss of even a small number of students

Not Tired of the Holocaust In my opinion, the author of the February 17, 2011 letter, “He’s Tired of Holocaust Stories,” seems unaware of the damage by his writing to media outlets “requesting” they “do not print any more Holocaust stories.” “Stories” are the root of our historical knowledge. Whether Gentile or Jew, every person in the world must continue to be educated and reminded about the enormity and calamity of the Holocaust. Regardless of the quality or perspective of the story, the story must continue to be told. The Jews (and Gentiles) of today have an unimaginably easier life than our ancestors. It is imperative that stories continue to be told about all atrocities to mankind. Whether in writing, on film or in person, our duty is to continuously educate and inform people about what happened, and what could still happen today. Holocaust survivors are

to this new preschool will have a negative impact on its overall existence, as well as the community it serves. Over 25 years ago, the NSJCC was chartered out of the JCC Marblehead with the mission to serve families outside of Marblehead, Swampscott and Lynn. Since its inception, the NSJCC has successfully served thousands of children and families with daycare, preschool and after-school programs, as well as enrichment programs for the Jewish and general community. The North Shore Jewish community cannot afford for its agencies and synagogues to be focused solely on themselves. The opening of a Marblehead JCC satellite preschool at Temple B’nai Abraham runs afoul of the dying every day. Their stories and recollections are dying with them. Hundreds of projects such as museums, foundations and Hollywood productions have attempted to keep their memories and stories alive… but nothing will ever replace the firsthand recollection and storytelling of an actual survivor. I agree with Mr. Miller that we should “step forward with sunlight and well-being.” However no responsible member of society should remain “nonchalant” about conveying the story of atrocities. Even if a story appears nostalgic, vain or narcissistic, the story of the Holocaust must continue to be told, and told, and told again. Robert M. Polansky Beverly

mutual trust, respect and sense of community that has existed among agencies and temples for decades. In the interest of the ENTIRE North Shore Jewish community, we urge the Marblehead JCC and Temple B’nai Abraham to halt their plans and reconsider opening this new preschool. Respectfully submitted by the following members of the NSJCC Board of Directors: David Barbash, Greg Beader, Betsy Brodsky, Susan Callum, Stacey Comito, Tracy Cranson, Ivy Dorflinger, Susan Downs, Sharyn Gazit, Bernie Horowitz, Cindy Jacobs, Amy Karas, Todd Levine, Robyn Milbury, Dan New, Moses Paiva, David Sheris, Debbie Ponn, Heidi Silverman, Rosalie Toubes and Lisa Waxman

Don’t Forget Us Survivors You must have agonized plenty before printing the letters of Edgar Krasa and Malcolm Miller side by side regarding “Survivor Shares Holocaust Stories” (Journal, February 17.) I have nothing but praise for you in the way you handle these stories, including my Holocaust story in August 2009. I feel certain that the biggest fear of all survivors is that in 20 years or so, we will all be gone, and the survivor stories will have faded from the minds of our offspring. Perhaps then, Mr. Miller can become the “Jewish Founder of Holocaust Deniers.”

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Rubicon: A River in Wisconsin Charles Krauthammer


he magnificent turmoil now grip­ ping statehouses in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and soon others marks an epic political moment. The nation faces a fiscal crisis of historic pro­ portions and, remarkably, our muddled, gridlocked, allegedly broken politics have yielded singular clarity. At the federal level, President Obama’s budget makes clear that Democrats are determined to do nothing about the debt crisis, while House Republicans have announced that beyond their proposed cuts in discretionary spending, their April budget will actually propose real entitlement reform. Simultaneously, in Wisconsin and other states, Republican governors are taking on unsustainable, fiscally ruinous pension and healthcare obligations, while Democrats are full-throated in support of the publicemployee unions crying, “Hell, no.” A choice, not an echo: Democrats desperately defending the status quo; Republicans charging the barricades. Wisconsin is the epicenter. It began with economic issues. When Gov. Scott Walker proposed that state workers con­ tribute more to their pension and healthcare benefits, he started a revolution. Teachers called in sick. Schools closed.

Demonstrators massed at the capitol. In the private sector, the capitalist Democratic senators fled the state to knows that when he negotiates with the paralyze the Legislature. union, if he gives away the store, he Unfortunately for them, that telegenic loses his shirt. In the public sector, the faux-Cairo scene drew national attention politicians who approve any deal have to the dispute — and to the sweetheart none of their own money at stake. On the deals the public-sector unions had nego­ contrary, the more favorably they dispose tiated for themselves for years. They were of union demands, the more likely they contributing a fifth of a penny on a dol­ are to be the beneficiary of union largess lar of wages to their pensions and one- in the next election. It’s the perfect cozy fourth what private-sector workers pay setup. for health insurance. To redress these perverse incentives The unions quickly understood that that benefit both negotiating parties at the more than 85 percent of Wisconsin the expense of the taxpayer, Walker’s bill not part of this privi­ would restrict future leged special-interest g ov e r n m e n t - u n i o n group would not take negotiations to wages For them, kindly to “public ser­ only. Excluded from Wisconsin vants” resisting adjust­ negotiations would be ments that still leave benefits, the more eas­ represents them paying less for ily hidden sweeteners a dangerous benefits than privatethat come due long contagion. sector workers. They after the politicians immediately capitu­ who negotiated them lated and claimed they are gone. The bill would were only protesting the other part of the also require that unions be recertified bill, the part about collective-bargaining every year and that dues be voluntary. rights. Recognizing this threat to union Indeed, Walker understands that power, the Democratic Party is pouring a one-time giveback means little. The money and fury into the fight. Fewer than state’s financial straits — a $3.6 billion seven percent of private-sector workers budget shortfall over the next two years are unionized. The Democrats’ strength — did not come out of nowhere. They lies in government workers, who now came largely from a half-century-long constitute a majority of union members power imbalance between the unions and provide massive support to the party. and the politicians with whom they col­ For them, Wisconsin represents a danger­ lectively bargain. ous contagion.

Hence the import of the current moment — its blinding clarity. Here stand the Democrats, avatars of reactionary liberalism, desperately trying to hang on to the gains of their glory years — from unsustainable federal entitlements for the elderly enacted when life expectancy was 62 to the massive promissory notes issued to government unions when state coffers were full and no one was looking. Obama’s Democrats have become the party of no. Real cuts to the federal budget? No. Entitlement reform? No. Tax reform? No. Breaking the corrupt and fis­ cally unsustainable symbiosis between public-sector unions and state govern­ ments? Hell, no. We have heard everyone — from Obama’s own debt commission to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — call the looming debt a mortal threat to the nation. We have watched Greece selfimmolate. We can see the future. The only question has been: When will the country finally rouse itself? Amazingly, the answer is: now. Led by famously progressive Wisconsin — Scott Walker at the state level and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan at the congressional level — a new generation of Republicans has looked at the debt and is crossing the Rubicon. Recklessly principled, they are putting the question to the nation: Are we a serious people? Contact Charles Krauthammer at

The State of Denominational Judaism Andrew SilowCarroll


hat’s kill­ ing liberal Juda­ ism? Is it sclerotic leadership? Pluralistic theology? Facebook? All three have been held up as explanations (or scapegoats) in recent articles rocketing around my corner of cyberspace, where mostly Jews and a few Christians gather to stare into the future and gasp at what they see. For many of the Jews, that means the decline of liberal (read: non-

Orthodox) denominations; for Christians, the weakening of mainline Protestant churches. The Forward set the terms for the current discussion with a news article suggesting a “growing crisis in liberal Judaism” — that is, the Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist streams. As we reported a few weeks back, the umbrella body of Conservative congregations acknowledged that the number of families served by its syna­ gogues has declined by 14 per­ cent since 2001. Here in the Northeast, the decline was 30 percent. Meanwhile, the Forward reported that 17 “dissident”

Seeing Through Others Rabbi David Wolpe


hy is it that when we think badly of others, we are convinced of our smarts? How often have I spoken to someone who has interpreted another’s actions in a negative light, and when I urge them to consider the positive possibilities, I am answered by an indignant, “Rabbi, do you think I’m stupid?” Somehow believing the worst about another is taken as a sign of intellect; judging oth­ ers the way the Mishna advises — that is, favorably — is thought gullible and weak-minded. Curiously that rule does not apply to our own motivations. We are resourceful in discovering why our behavior is excusable or admirable, despite having offended or hurt another. Nobody considers that putting a positive spin on his or her own behavior makes him or her stupid. It generally requires much more imagination and empathy to put oneself in another’s shoes and try to figure out why they did what they did. It is easy and slipshod to assume they must be cruel or corrupt. Too many confuse derision with insight. Cynicism is a cheap way of seeming smart; understanding costs, time, work, focus, ingenuity, and genuine concern. Come to think of it, those are the qualities that comprise intelligence. This column first appeared in the New York Jewish Week.

Reform rabbis are pressuring their movement to — well, it’s not clear what exactly, although the implication is that Reform institutions are facing the same kinds of pressures that have led to upheaval within Conservative ranks. Two years ago a similar group of Conservative rabbis complained that their nation­ al organization was not being responsive to the worrisome changes within the movement. Meanwhile, Reconstructionist leaders are looking to merge their synagogue arm and rab­ binical school. The implication is, to quote an old Russian proverb, “the fish rots from the head.” While Jews are dropping out of synagogue life, or dismissing the whole idea of denomina­ tions, entrenched leaders aren’t responding to the new realities, according to critics. Or perhaps the problem is theology. Writing in the Forward a week later, Reform Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan in Georgia asserts that Reform synagogues “have large numbers on the books, but few active participants.” The problem, he writes, is the movement’s failure to make “serious demands” on its adher­ ents. “As the Reform movement has increasingly emphasized religious autonomy and the importance of choosing what each person finds spiritually meaningful,” writes Kaplan, “it has become impossible to com­ pel members to come to services regularly, study Torah seriously, and contribute to the vibrant well-being of their congrega­ tion. Instead, they are allowed to come twice a year and call on the rabbi whenever they need a life cycle ceremony.” At the same time, Orthodoxy is going gangbusters. A new Jewish Federation of Baltimore

study says residents identify­ ing themselves as Orthodox rose from 21 percent in 1999 to 32 percent in 2010; in the same period, the percentage of Conservative Jews declined and the Reform held steady. There is, however, a chick­ en-and-egg aspect to Kaplan’s argument: Are Reform Jews less active because their movement places too few demands on them? Or are people who are not inclined to be active going to join the least “demanding” synagogue? And then there’s the Facebook factor. Richard Beck, a psy­ chology professor at Abilene Christian University, wrote a blog post recently called “How Facebook Killed the Church.” Focusing on the “Millennials” (those born between 1981 and 2000), Beck posits that the faceto-face interactions that keep people coming to church are being replaced by electronic social interactions — texting, cell phones and Facebook. Facebook friends aren’t “vir­ tual,” he writes, but the real thing. “Church has always been about social affiliation,” writes Beck. “You met your friends, dis­ cussed your week, talked foot­ ball, shared information about good schools, talked local poli­ tics, got the scoop, and made social plans. Even if you hated church, you could feel lonely without it.” He concludes: “If you can do this without getting up early on Sunday morning, why go to church?” Beck’s thesis is controversial, and flies in the face of Malcolm Gladwell’s much-talked-about theory that online social net­ works do not foster the “strong ties” necessary for meaning­ ful social organizing. But I also

suspect that the majority of those arguing that you can’t conduct a meaningful friend­ ship via Facebook are probably old enough to remember tele­ phones with dials and their very first “hi fi.” (By the way, if true, Beck’s thesis is a great argument for the Shabbat rules that prohibit the use of electronic devices.) All the articles above sug­ gest different notions of what keeps us coming to synagogue — or not. “Dissident” Reform and Conservative rabbis want a certain kind of denomina­ tional rigor. Kaplan wants more demands placed on adherents. Beck says houses of worship are places for “social affilia­ tion.” And no sooner will this column appear than I’ll get a letter from the reader who likes to remind me, week after week, that “Judaism is about God and mitzvot, end of story.” I’ve managed to concoct a Jewish life that can attest to each of these ideas. Synagogue to me is more about community than worship, although I know that it wouldn’t be as vibrant without my fellow congregants’ com­ mitments to tefila. I believe in autonomy, but ritual gives my life shape and meaning, even when I strain against its limi­ tations. I’m not a “movement man,” but respect the need for a higher authority, if not a Higher Authority. But I’m probably an anoma­ ly. The liberal movements aren’t just struggling with leadership, theology or Facebook. They are struggling with the very idea of freedom. Andrew Silow-Carroll is editor-in-chief of the New Jersey Jewish News. Between columns, you can read his writing at the JustASC blog.

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Dana Levin: Portrait of An Artist Susan Jacobs Jewish Journal Staff


ainter Dana Levin is surprised more people don’t have original artwork hanging on their walls. “Paintings don’t have to just be in museums. Living with an painting can enrich and beautify your surroundings, and that, in turn, elevates your daily life,” she said. She describes the difference between a real painting and a digital print. “With a real painting, your eyes take in more tones and subtleties because light passes through the oil paint and bouncART es back out. Being in front of a real painting is like being at a concert and hearing real instruments, instead of listening to music filtered through a computer,” she said. Levin, a classically trained artist, works primarily in oils but also does charcoal and pencil drawings. Sure-handed and precise, her style has been described as “naturalistic, contemporary realism.” While she creates occasional landscapes, her forte is portraits and still life. Originally from Miami, she holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has studied and taught at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Levin has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and her paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y. and the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Conn. The artist currently

Images courtesy of Dana Levin

At left is Dana Levin’s still life, Oranges and Glass Bowl, oil on linen, 16 x 20 inches. At right is her commissioned portrait, Julia in the Garden, oil on linen, 22 x 30 inches.

works out of a small studio in her Reading home. She produces approximately 15-20 paintings a year, in sizes ranging from 5”x 7” to 30”x 40”. She estimates that each painting takes anywhere from a week to two months to complete. Levin markets her work via her website at, and through various galleries including the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery in New York City, Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Va., and The Bert Gallery in Providence, R.I. Levin has no remorse about

selling her work, saying her greatest joy is when “people make a connection with something I made and take it home.” There are, however, one or two pieces she will never part with. “I did a painting of my apartment in Florence. No photo I could have ever taken would remind me of that time and space the way that painting does. It can’t be replaced,” she said. Levin really enjoys still life, and is highly skilled in this genre. “Still Life is all about design and translation of texture. What I like

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grandmother. She was seated in front of a fountain in their garden, surrounded by flowers that her mother loves. The painting was full of meaning and memories of their life together,” she added. A portrait generally runs about $6,000, and the artist acknowledges that the expense can initially seem intimidating. “But if you admire an artists’ work, do not be afraid to approach them and tell them your budget. They may advertise that their paintings sell for $5,000, but that doesn’t mean they never make anything in the $500 range,” Levin advises. She points out that by altering the size or the medium, the artist could cut the cost — yet still create a personalized and beautiful gift. For years Levin’s life has revolved around art. “As a student, I put myself in debt building a wonderful art book collection. As an adult, the only traveling vacation I would take until recently were to museums,” she said. Levin and her husband, Adam, have a two-year-old son, and even he reflects her love of art. The youngster is named Maxfield… in honor of painter Maxfield Parrish.

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is that the design is completely under my control. Nothing is random. I choose all the elements — the Tiffany vase, the hydrangea, plus the tablecloth and the background,” she said. About 20 percent of Levin’s business is commissioned work, primarily portraits. She wishes more people would consider them to mark special occasions or milestones. “You will have a unique, artist’s translation of your loved one, frozen in time, and you will get to enjoy it everyday for the rest of your life. Then you can give it to your children, and they can pass it on to their children. Or you can donate it to a museum,” she states. When creating a commissioned portrait, Levin spends a considerable amount of time getting to know the client so that the finished product will have extraordinary meaning for the recipient. She painted “Julia in the Garden” (pictured at left) as a gift for a mother in Providence, R.I. “To her, this wasn’t simply a picture of her 16-year-old daughter,” Levin said. “Julia was wearing a dress they bought in Paris, and a necklace that was from her


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New Book by Local Author Focuses on Emotion

Two Jews Walk Into A War…


ocal author Stuart Cohen’s newest book, “The Seventh System,” presents an intriguing way to think about human emotion. Rather than focus on the neuroscience, it frames BOOK emotional experiences as part of a comprehensive system. The Journal recently spoke with Cohen, who also serves as the president of Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead.

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A scene from the play, “Two Jews Walk into a War” featuring actors (l-r) Will LeBow and Jeremiah Kissel.

LOWELL — Inspired by the true story of the last two Jews living in Kabul, Afghanistan, the only thing that binds this small Jewish community together is the fact that they both hate each other’s guts. Hysterically funny while at the same time amazingly poignant, this odd couple’s bold Stage solution for rebuilding their community not only brings them closer to the essence of their faith, but quite possibly to each other. The all-Equity cast features Elliot Norton and IRNE award winners Jeremiah Kissel and Will LeBow. Kissel appears at MRT for the tenth time. LeBow has previously appeared in two shows. Obie Award-winning director Melia Bensussen returns to Merrimack Rep for the fourth

time, after previously directing “The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead.” “The combination of two such terrific actors will make this darkly funny play a feast of wit and heart,” Bensussen said. “Based on the real story of the last two Jews of Kabul, it points out to us what it means to find meaning in the midst of complete chaos, such as war and racial hatred can engender. Add to this a vaudevillian ricochet at every turn — I know that it will be great fun to work on this production, and I hope it will also be a great treat to see,” she added. “Two Jews Walk into a War” runs March 17 to April 10. Tickets are available online at www. or by calling 978-654-4MRT.

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JJ: Why did you choose to write about this subject? SC: It began with an encounter I had on a trip to the Himalayas years ago that struck me powerfully on a gut level. I discovered that we have all these body systems (nervous, circulatory, etc.) that keep us alive and well. The emotional system does the same thing, in the realm of feelings. it?

JJ: Why write a book about

SC: I felt I had something new and unique to offer. I was a psych major at Yale, and I’ve always tried to understand why people act the way they do. Once I came to see how all the different emotions we feel are linked together in a larger system, I felt I had to convey this discovery. JJ: What did you discover? SC: All our feelings fall into two categories — ones we like,

such as love and happiness, and ones that are more difficult and uncomfortable, such as fear, sadness and anger. The enjoyable emotions reflect some kind of harmonious connection with another person, place, thing or ideal, or even yourself. On the other side are strategies to address when that sensation of harmonious connection is lost or absent, or feels threatened. All our feelings fall either on one side or the other. Seen together, they form a system. JJ: Why is this worth knowing? SC: Because if you see each moment of strong emotion as an isolated experience, you end up tossed on a sea of changing feelings. You feel powerless.

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Music to Your Ears Susan Jacobs Jewish Journal Staff


lipping the radio dial while driving my daughter to Hebrew school several Sundays ago, I stumbled upon an intriguing Jewish musical program. Chagigah (Hebrew for festival offering) is broadcast on WERS, Emerson College’s station, every Sunday morning from 8 to 11 a.m. In Boston, the station number is 88.9 FM; in Gloucester it is 101.5 FM. The music also streams online at Billed as “music for the independent mind,” the station presents a weekly treasure trove of Jewish musical gems on Sunday mornings. The eclectic playlists ramble from classic Yiddish tunes dating back to 1914, to contemporary pop music from some of Israel’s hottest new artists. The knowledgeable DJs embrace a wide arc of musical tastes and genres, from traditional klezmer to rap. In between tracks, they discuss Israeli culture and promote upcoming local musical events that may be of interest to the Jewish community.

A Chagigah program might begin with some old Yiddish tunes such as “Frauen Liebe” by Abe Schwartz and “Ofyn Pripetshik” by Mandy Patinkin, followed by “I Drink to Forget” by Klezperanto. The DJ might spin something very obscure, such as the “Molly Picon Medley” by Eleanor Reissa, or something very recognizable, such as Sam Glaser performing “Hatikvah.” Mixed in could be the latest single by Matisyahu, the IDF Performance Troops’ version of “He That Was Dreaming,” or the jazzy song “Do It” by the Shimon Ben Shir Group. Chagigah offers a potpourri of international flavors that represent Jews around the globe. Listeners could hear “Hinei Ma Tov” off the “Shalom Everybody Everywhere” album by Abayudaya Music of the Jews of Uganda, or “The Hope” by America’s Rick Recht. When the show is streaming online, listeners can get detailed information about the artists and/or buy the music via links to iTunes. The WERS archives contain past playlists, interviews and discographies. Tune in and enjoy!


Russian-born Artist Exhibits New Paintings

krainian-born artist Olga Gernovski is exhibiting new works in a show entitled “To Live in the Moment” at the Marblehead Art Association on 8 Hooper Street. She has been an active member of the organization since 1997. Gernovski’s new paintings differ in technique and color palette from her earlier works, but possess the same distinct feeling of joy and beauty. The show includes a series of paintings inspired by Argentine tango, as well as landscapes and still life portraits such as the one pictured at right. The artist will host a reception at the gallery on Sunday, March 6, from 2-5 p.m. The exhibition will culminate in an art raffle, with a chance for participants to win an original painting, drawing, print or art calendar. For further information, visit

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Artist Olga Gernovski’s new paintings are on exhibit at the Marblehead Arts Association, through March 30.

Israeli Songstress to Perform Sultry Sephardic Music


asmin Levy preserves and revives the most beautiful and romantic songs from the Ladino/Judeo-Spanish tradition. Her powerfully sensual voice combines flamenco’s fiery passion with the melisma of Middle Eastern music. Levy was born in Jerusalem and began playing the piano at the age of six. Her father, Yitzhak Levy, who passed away when she was one, was a composer, cantor and pioneer researcher into the long and rich his-

tory of Ladino music and culture. Yasmin, who has released four critically acclaimed studio albums, brings new interpretations to the genre. She will make her Boston debut on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre at 55 Davis Square. Tickets are $25. Her performance is presented in association with the Boston Jewish Music Festival. For further information, call 617-876-4275 or visit

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Yasmin Levy performs March 9 at the Somerville Theatre.

Documentaries Galore to Screen at Salem Film Fest SALEM — More than 30 feature documentaries will screen at three venues in downtown Salem as part of the fourth annual Salem Film Fest 2011, running through March 10. The lineup features a mix of bracing, funny, political and provocative works from around the globe, many to be screened in New England for the first time. About 20 filmmakers are expected to attend the festival and partici-

pate in forums. The majority of festival programming will be shown on two screens at CinemaSalem. Some highlights include “Louder Than a Bomb,” which focuses on a talented group of teenagers from Chicago as they prepare and perform at a citywide poetry jam. Filmmakers Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel will present the film. Set in Pakistan, “The Miscreants of Talliwood” is

gonzo journalism at its wildest — a graphic, uncensored, jolting mix of documentary and drama by renegade Australian filmmaker/artist George Gittoes. On a completely different note, “Love, Etc.” is a poignant and humorous film that sweetly weaves the experiences of five New York City love stories over the course of one year. David Mueller and Lynn Salt come to Salem from Los Angeles to present their biographical documentary, “A Good Day To Die.” The film is a portrait of Native American activist Dennis Banks, one of the cofounders of the American Indian Movement. Former political prisoner Ngawang Choephel will present “Tibet in Song,” his take on cultural repression inside Tibet as seen through the erosion of Tibetan folk music. Choephel was captured by the Chinese Government and spent seven years in prison when caught filming sequences for this film. “My Perestroika” follows five ordinary Russians from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. It is a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionment of those raised behind the Iron Curtain. The Jewish Journal is a cosponsor of the festival. For further information or tickets, visit

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Jewish Film Festival Offers Something for Everyone Sheila Barth


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t the National Center for Jewish Film’s 14th annual film festival running through March 12, there’s an amazing variety of films — from contemporary to classic, comedy to tragedy, and documentary to fictitious. Several films making their New England or Massachusetts premieres will be accompanied by speakers, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, live music and more. “Singing in the Dark,” a rare black-and-white drama made in 1956 about a Holocaust victim with amnesia, has been restored. Older folks will revel in the movie’s nostalgia, with its classic gangster characters and lingo. But the primary reason for seeing “Singing in the Dark” is Moishe Oysher’s magnificent cantorial notes that soar to the shul’s rafters. Cinematographer Boris Kauf­man traveled to the bombed-out Levetzow Synagogue in Berlin, which was razed after the movie was filmed. “We’re not sure there’s any more footage of the inside of the shul, and this could make it [the movie] even more valuable, said Lisa Rivo, associate director for the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis. The plot centers around “Leo,” a kindhearted concentration camp refugee that encounters a sympathetic post-war worker who takes him for treatment, hoping to restore his memory and his life. A sharp contrast to “Singing in the Dark” is the 90-minute Israeli documentary “Precious Life.” This controversial movie boomerangs between a Palestinian family whose four-month-old baby will die without a bone marrow transplant, and the Jewish doctors and hospital staff who lovingly fight to save the child. An anonymous Jewish donor, whose son died as a soldier, funds the procedure. Jewish volunteers bring toys, a baby stroller and more to the family. “People are moving heaven and earth to save this child, yet children are being hurt and killed in

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Israel,” said Rivo. Filmmaker Shlomi Eldar becomes angry when the child’s mother reveals her shocking, inner feelings towards Jews — that they have unjustly taken Jerusalem, that it belongs to the Palestinians, and that she will raise her son to be a shahid, a suicide bomber, if necessary, to regain their rights. She adds that she faces the wrath of her neighbors, who think she’s a traitor for receiving help from Jews. Eldar’s brilliant cinematography — from deathly military attacks to the mother’s tears, despite her claim that life means nothing to Palestinians — reveals truths that we in America cannot fathom. Indeed, life is precious — every life is precious — and the hope that longtime enemies can fulfill the Bible’s prophecy that the lion will one day lie down with the lamb, tugs at us all. “The… humanity of all the people comes through in the film,” said Rivo. “It reveals a deeper level of truth than I’ve seen on that topic… You begin to see the anatomy of the Israeli-Palestinian problem. I hope it will be the beginning and not the end of a conversation,” she said. For a complete schedule or to purchase advance tickets, visit

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New Model, Initiatives Spur Success and Spirit for JFNS 2010 Campaign When reviewing the results of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore’s Annual Campaign, the numbers tell the story. More than 100 volunteers galvanized over 1,800 donors to raise $1.89 million for the 2010 campaign. “Federation did a great job of presenting the case for giving. They clearly communicated where the monies are going,” said Shari McGuirk, Women’s Division Campaign co-chair. Included in the $1.89 million campaign is $452,000 in designated gifts, which provides direct support for local North Shore agencies and synagogues, and $1.45 million towards the Federation’s mission, internal operations and allocations to

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local beneficiary agencies and Israel. Nine local agencies including Cohen Hillel Academy, Holocaust Center Boston North, Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, Jewish Family and Children Service, Jewish Historical Society, the Jewish Journal, Mikvat B’not Yisrael, North Suburban Jewish Community Center and the Robert I. Lappin Supporting Foundation will receive 78 percent of the allocations. Federation has also awarded $23,000 to date for six programs involving 16 collaborating North Shore organizations: • Mitzvah Day sponsored by CHA, JCCNS and NSTI

• Purim Baskets sponsored by JFS, NSJCC and Temple Ner Tamid • J-Serve Volunteer Day sponsored by NSTI, CHA, USY, SMARTY/YaiSH and Temple Ahavat Achim • Torah Hub, sponsored by Temples Sinai, Emanu-El, Shirat Hayam, Chabad, JCCNS, CHA and the JFNS • Israel Rocks, Hebrew im­­ mersion and Jewish identity program, sponsored by Temples B’nai Abraham and Shalom • Family history interview program sponsored by the JHS and Temple B’nai Abraham Additional program funding will be allocated by the Federation’s Community Inno­

vation Committee, headed by Cory Schauer, this spring. Federation Campaign Chair Robert Salter applauded the efforts of executive director Liz Donnenfeld. “We are changing the way we are allocating funds and spending monies in a more meaningful way,” said Salter. Karen Madorsky, co-chair of “Got Mitzvah,” said “We could have not done this without the allocation. Thanks to Federation’s support, the community will enjoy a new and improved Mitzvah Day that will not only allow 50 social service agencies to educate the community and recruit volunteers, but will have 15 different hands-on projects

for volunteers to experience.” Robert Lappin, Trustee of The Robert I. Lappin Foundation said, “There are not many partnerships that have endured and prospered for over 40 years, as has the partnership of the Federation and the Robert I. Lappin Youth to Israel Adventure. Up until 2008, when the Madoff fraud wiped out the Foundations’ assets, Federation’s allocation to the program was of great importance. Now it is vital to the programs’ existence. I take great satisfaction in the fact that the partnership is not a ‘one-way-street.’” This story was prepared and submitted by the Jewish Federation of the North Shore.

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marblehead — Volunteer agencies from around the North Shore and the world will pack the JCC on Sunday, March 13 for Got Mitzvah? 2011, a community-wide volunteer expo and action day. The goal is to inspire people to find a cause and get involved. “It’s an incredibly meaningful day,” said Got Mitzvah? 2011 co-chair Karen Madorsky. “When you’re here, you will feel connected to people around the world. And you will feel like you can make a difference.” More than 50 agencies will have booths with information. Come hear from The Heifer Project about how buying a flock of chickens can help families in a Third World country. Pet a racing dog from Greyhound Rescue of Massachusetts. Find out how you can support Yemin Orde, an Israeli school destroyed in recent wild fires. Some of the other groups attending include: The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry, Make a Wish, Cradles to Crayons, Beverly Bootstraps, HAWC, Marblehead Conservancy, Nurturing Minds for Africa and Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). At the same time, families will roll up their sleeves and join mitzvah projects at the JCC and around the North Shore. At the JCC, people will cook for local shelters and make hats and blankets for foster children. Teens will help children write letters to American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Preschoolers will fill Passover baskets for needy families. Everyone is invited to donate children’s clothing, supplies, toys and musical instruments — all for various agencies. Out in the community, local teens will run a spring carnival for kids at Lynn’s Ford School. Art students from Marblehead’s Acorn Gallery will paint a mural for Lifebridge in Salem (formerly the Salem Mission.) Other mitzvah projects are planned for Woodbridge Assisted Living in Peabody, Plummer Home for Boys in Salem and Cape Ann Art Haven, an after-school program for kids in need. “This is an unbelievably great program,” said Tom Cheatham with Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister. “We’ll be there encouraging people to help kids, giving people the chance to step up and make a difference. Events like this make you feel good about doing good.” At Lifebridge in Salem, case manager Carlton Beaver is excited about the mural to be painted by students at Acorn Gallery. “All the people here will love it,” he said. “And it’s important for kids to learn about people who have fallen on hard times. It can happen to anyone.” Come out on March 13 from 1-4 p.m. For more information, go to, or call 781-639-2880, x243. This article was submitted by the Got Mitzvah? 2011 committee.

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tradition and national identity. Temple Emanuel, 101 West Forest St., Lowell. or 978-4541372.

Community Rd., Marblehead. jccns. org or call Darren Benedick at 781631-8330.

Open House

18 events in 16 locations, through March 20. or 617-322-9321.

2-2:45 p.m. Children and caregivers can enjoy stories, crafts and snacks. Free. Cohen Hillel Academy, 6 Community Rd., Marblehead. Email or 978-740-4404.

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn more about Camp Menorah in Essex. Cong. Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. Also March 13 and 15 at other locations. Email or 781-631-8081.

Shabbat Around The World

Sun, March 6

Fun Friday

Dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by prayer melodies from Italy, Argentina, Israel, South Africa and Morocco. $8/adult; $25/family. Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody. Email templenertamid@ or 978-532-1293.

Shabbat Across America

Dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by services. Free. Temple Emmanuel, 120 Chestnut St., Wakefield. Visit or 781-935-3787.

Shabbat Unplugged

7 p.m. Musical service open to all. Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Rd., Andover. or 978-470-1356.

Friday Night Service

7:30 p.m. Oneg to follow. Cong. Sons of Israel, Park and Spring Sts., Peabody. or 978532-1624.

Sat, March 5 Cafe Shalom Coffee House

7:30 p.m. Contemporary music by the Jazmen. Families welcome. $8. Temple Ahavat Achim, 33 Commercial St., Gloucester. 978-281-0739.

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7 p.m. Israeli film about marriage,

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Noon to 3 p.m. Kosher food served. Bring picnic blankets, games. Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main St., Haverhill. Email or 978-373-3861.

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1 p.m. Learn with Marblehead artist Nancy Rozen. Make a mezuzah case and learn about its significance. $36/person; $45 for a parent and 1 or 2 kids. Cohen Hillel Academy, 1 Community Rd., Marblehead. Email laurasb@ or call Laura at 781-6318330 x507.

Book Group

10 a.m. to noon. Sisterhood will discuss “Sarah’s Key,” by Tatiana De Rosnay. Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main St., Haverhill. Email or call Paula Breger at 978-363-8846.

Ikkarim — Parenting Through a Jewish Lens

Find real-world answers to age-old questions. Course is offered at the JCC in Marblehead and at Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody. Email or call Alanna Cooper at 781-631-8330.

5 p.m. Dinner, screening of “The Defiant Requiem” and discussion. $15. Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Rd., Andover. or 978-470-1356.

OMG! The Battle Between Faith and Logic

11 a.m.- noon. Jew Crew invites high school students to a six-week class, running through April 24. $75. Chabad Community Shul, 44 Burrill St., Swampscott. Contact David Nathan at 781-775-7981.

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1-3 p.m. Learn about camp options for toddlers to teens. Early bird and sibling discounts. JCCNS, 4

Meet the Author

7 p.m. Stuart Cohen will discuss his new book, “The Seventh System.” Free. Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. or 781-631-1481.

Thur, March 10

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7 p.m. Documentary explores opinions of Muslims around the globe. Free. Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., N. Andover. or 978-8375428.

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

Temple Sinai, 1 Community Rd., Marblehead. sinaisisterhood@

Israel Chavurah

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

Purim Story Hour

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10:30 a.m. Chabad of Peabody offers Purim stories, crafts and foods. Free. Flint Public Library, 1 South Main St., Middleton. Email or 978-977-9111.

7 p.m. Music, performance, and an auction benefit Keshet’s work for GLBT Jews. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville.

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2:30-3:30 p.m. Aviv Homecare and Nicholas Village present a free class. One Nicholas Way, Groveland. Call Suzanne at 978-372-3920 or email

‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’

Play offers a satirical look at how we connect in today’s wired world. Runs through April 2. $22. Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. Email info@salemtheatre. com or 978-790-8546.

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7:30-9 p.m. Rabbi Aaron Fine discusses Talmud, the matzah burrito, and other deep matters. Also March 17, 24, 31. Free. JCCNS, 4 Community Rd., Marblehead. jccns. org or 781-631-8330.

Fri, March 11

8 p.m. Daughter of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach performs with gospel singers $50/general admission; $100 includes post performance reception. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978879-4693.

Sun, March 13 best bet Got Mitzvah? 2011 Expo

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dozens of organizations showcase their work at an expo designed to encourage volunteerism. On and offsite opportunities to participate in hands-on community service activities. JCCNS, 4 Community Rd., Marblehead. Email or

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7 p.m. Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Rd., Andover. templeemanuel. net or 978-470-1356.

Sat, March 12 Sisterhood Shabbat

9:30 a.m. Services led by women.

Moroccan Cooking Class

3 p.m. Learn to prepare chicken tagine, couscous and other Moroccan delicacies from Chef Motti Moyal of Catering by Motti. $18. Chabad of the North Shore, 44 Burrill St., Swampscott.

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Life in Motion: A Class in Life

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ife in Motion, a new educational initiative for 7th and 8th graders being offered by the North of Boston Jew Crew, meets every other Tuesday night. In it, teens are exploring the human life cycle, and the life lessons that are learned along the way. “The class is designed to give the students an edge in their every day lives by providing them with important and helpful lessons that they would not otherwise experience until much later in life,” said Jew Crew Director David Nathan, who is teaching the class. In the second class, students

learned about the significance of a person’s birthday. According to Jewish mysticism, when we do a good deed on our birthdays, the worldly impact is multiplied. Instead of receiving gifts, we should go out of our way to do much more for others than on a normal day. In honor of birthdays, the class decorated cupcakes, which were then donated to My Brother’s Table. The classes will continue to meet until the end of May, and spots are still available. For information, contact David Nathan at 781-775-7981 or

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Historical figures from America’s past came to life earlier this month at Cohen Hillel Academy. Eighth graders at the Marblehead Jewish day school wrote monologues and created costumes and sets to depict the era and life of different characters. From Daniel Boone to Thomas Jefferson and the first U.S. female doctor, Elizabeth Blackwell, schoolmates and parents marveled at the presentations. Above is Sarah Grosz of Marblehead as Dolly Madison.

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Project Home Again Assists Families in Need

Merrimack Rep Nominated for Nine Awards LOWELL — The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) have nominated Merri­ mack Repertory Theatre’s art­ ists and productions for a total of nine awards in the large the­ ater category. “Four Places” by Joel Drake Johnson made its East Coast Premiere at Merrimack Rep, and took the lead with four nominations. Charles Towers, Merrimack Rep’s artistic direc­ tor, was nominated for Best Director for the third consec­ utive year, an award he won in 2008 for directing Edward Albee’s “A Delicate Balance.”

In total, four of Merrimack Rep’s productions of 2010 earned IRNE nominations. “Beasley’s Christmas Party,” adapted by C.W. Munger from the story by Booth Tarkington, and “Black Pearl Sings!” by Frank Higgins tied with two nominations each. Heralded Boston actress Karen MacDonald was nominated for Best Solo Performance in Robert Hewett’s “The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead.” The IRNEs will be awarded in the spring in Boston. For more information and the full list of IRNE nominees, visit Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s 2010-2011 Season is sponsored by Lowell Cooperative Bank. Merrimack Repertory Theater is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agen­ cy. Merrimack Repertory Theatre is located at 50 E. Merrimack St. in Lowell. For show times, tickets, season information, directions, or to request a brochure, please visit or call 978654-4MRT (4678).

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Project Home Again provides the local Jewish community with an opportunity to reach out in a substantive way to help others in need in the Merrimack Valley. An integral part of the social service network within the Merrimack Valley, PHA provides people in need with household goods, furniture and appliances. The goal is to assist individuals and families to find and furnish a residence, enabling them to live in dignity as they attempt to transform their lives. Founded in 2003 by Nancy Kanell of Temple Emanuel in Andover, PHA has grown from a one-woman operation, to a staff of 25 regular volunteers serving thousands of families a year. PHA also has a green compo­ nent by helping to reduce waste going into dumps and incinera­ tors. Social service agencies bring their clients to PHA or send them in with a letter listing the items they need. The clients can then “shop” at Project Home Again, free of charge. Many PHA clients are victims of domestic abuse who need assistance establishing a safe environment for themselves and their children. Some are vic­ tims of fire, while others are new immigrants. Kanell says the greatest need is for beds, especially mattress­ es. “It is heartbreaking to know that many clients sleep on the floor, without even a blanket,” she said. Having a bed available is often a requirement to secure custody of children. A cash donation to PHA’s “Good Night Sleep” pro­ gram enables the organization to buy beds and mattresses supplied through a local mer­ chant. The “Good Night Sleep” program recently received gen­ erous donations from the local chapter of Quota International, as well as the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation. According to Kanell, “This year, in addition to new mat­ tress sets, we will be purchas­ ing ‘Pack-n-Play’ portable cribs for our clients. Because of new regulations, we can no longer accept donations of cribs with drop-down sides. This has cre­ ated a real shortage of cribs available for families who do not have funds to buy them. After


checking with pediatricians to make sure that ‘Pack-n-Plays’ are a healthy and safe alterna­ tive, we will try our best to stock as many of these portable cribs as needed.” Recently, PHA received a request on behalf of a single mother who was moved to this area from out of state because of domestic abuse. The woman, about to give birth to her second child, was sleeping on the floor with her two-year-old daughter. “Luckily, we were able to pro­ vide this family with beds for the mother and daughter, and a ‘Pack-n-Play’ for the new baby,” said Kanell. “But we will never be able to keep up with the demand for beds, dressers, pots and pans, silverware, sheets, blankets, and towels, which are the most requested items.” According to Kanell, every donation goes directly to a fam­ ily in need — often within min­ utes of being unpacked at the warehouse. PHA has partnered with College Hunks Hauling Junk, an organization that will pick up and deliver donations to PHA for a small fee. All dona­ tions are tax-deductible. College Hunks Hauling Junk can be reached at 1-800-586-5872 or at Project Home Again is affili­ ated with Temple Emanuel of Andover. The organization recently received the donation of a truck from one of the con­ gregation’s families. Kanell is seeking a mechanic willing to donate his/her time or offer a reduced labor rate to repair it, as well as other sponsors to help defray the costs of operating the truck. Kanell is proud of how the organization has grown, and how it helps the neediest fami­ lies in Merrimack Valley. “Project Home Again is an organization run entirely by volunteers. With the help of the community, we can make sure our neighbors have the necessary household items they need in order to live with dignity,” she said. The Project Home Again warehouse is located at Heritage Place, Building #2, 439 S. Union St. in Lawrence. Donations are accepted during regular warehouse hours. Monetary donations are always appreciated. Call 978-470-1356 or visit PHA’s website at

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NSCC Seeks Candidates for Alumnus Award DANVERS — The North Shore Community College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its annual Distinguished Alumnus Award. Candidates will be chosen on the basis of integrity, professional accomplishment, and community or college service. The award recipient must be able to attend NSCC’s Commencement

on May 26, 2011. Details and nomination forms are available at Entries must be submitted by March 11, 2011 to the NSCC Alumni Office, One Ferncroft Road, P.O. Box 3340, Danvers, MA 01923. Contact Sandy Rochon at 978-762-4000 x5481 or email

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ifferent times call for different leaders. At the turn of the twentieth century, Theodor Herzl gave Jews a Zionist vision that stirred hope for a Jewish homeland. When Herzl died at the young age of 44, Chaim Weizmann arose to assume leadership of the World Zionist Congress and the Zionist movement. Weizmann was born in 1874 in Motol, a shtetl in the Russian Pale of Settlement. In Motol he received both a traditional Jewish and secular education. After graduating, Weizmann’s academic career led him to England and a senior lectureship at the University of Manchester. It was while living and teaching in England that Weizmann fulfilled his role as a Zionist leader. Weizmann resolved a conflict between two Zionist ideologies. Political Zionism, as defined by Herzl, concentrated on the international level negotiating with world leaders for a charter for a Jewish national home. Practical Zionism dealt with the immediate problem of relieving Jewish suffering from increased anti-Semitism by establishing settlements in Palestine. Weizmann’s common sense solution held that the Zionist movement was large enough to allow both ideologies to work together. During World War I, Dr. Weizmann helped the British war effort with his discovery of artificial acetone, an important ingredient in gunpowder. (The overseas supply of natural acetone was cut off and

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Weizmann’s discovery of an artificial replacement was critical to the British victory.) When Lloyd George, British Minister of Munitions, tried to honor Weizmann for his valuable wartime contribution, Weizmann replied, “There is nothing I want for myself; I would like you to do something for my people.” Weizmann’s request for help for Jews led to the Balfour Declaration, the British government’s endorsement of a Jewish homeland. The Declaration, issued in 1917, read, in part, “His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object.” There it was — a policy statement from Great Britain, the superpower of the era, that supported a Jewish homeland in Palestine. This promise was repeated again when the League of Nations included it as a condition of the mandate it gave Britain over Palestine after the war. Jews everywhere were jubilant that after centuries of suf-

fering, a door was opened to a reborn Israel. Chaim Weizmann was acclaimed for bringing it about. His fellow Zionists elected him president of the World Zionist Congress, where he served for over 20 years during the 1920’s and ‘30’s. Under Weizmann’s supervision, Jews brought Western technology to Palestine, and the area prospered. Farming settlements founded by Jewish pioneers at the turn of the century found a ready market for its citrus crops in Europe. Manufacturing supported by modern machinery grew to fill the growing demand for products in the Middle East. Throughout those years, Weizmann maintained his position that cooperation with the British was essential for the Jewish community in Palestine to thrive. Tragically, Weizmann’s faith in British good will was unfounded. In 1939, the British Foreign Office issued a White Paper policy statement that basically revoked the Balfour Declaration and its promise of a Jewish homeland. It further limited the number of Jews admitted into Palestine during the five war years to just 75,000; a death sentence for thousands of Jews who were unable to leave the graveyard of Europe for Palestine. Even though Weizmann was outraged by the White Paper, he suffered a loss of confidence with Palestinian Jews because of his longstanding ties to the British. Despite this, Weizmann’s long years of devoted service to Zionism was remembered and honored when he was elected the first President of the new State of Israel in 1949, serving until his death in 1952. Historian Herbert Belkin writes from Swampscott.

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Линнский хор “Фаргенигн” им. Любови Пиевской при Северобережном отделении Ассоциации “Хавейрим”, который отметит в этом году свое 17-летие, недавно выступил в Дневном Центре JRC в Свампскотте. Художественный руководитель хора — Инна Трубникова, которая ранее работала с хором. В обновленный состав хора вернулись дирижер и солист Ким Пасихов, солисты Хана Аронина

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лярные песни на русском языке: Новогодний Вальс, Дорогой длинною и др. Были песни и на английском. Зрителям понравилось исполнение песен солистами хора Кимом Пасиховым, Бусей Куюзовой, Ханой Арониной, Игорем Стариковым, Григорием Дубинским, Наташей Боенковой, Беллой Шурухт и Розой Теохари. В планах хора новые песни, новые концерты, новые встречи. Маргарита Куксин, директор Дневного Центра JRC по культурно-массовой работе Буся Куюзова, Игорь Стариков, солисты хора Фаргенигн.

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С 2 по 30 марта в помещении Marblehead Art Association будет проходить выставка новых работ художника Ольги Жерновской под девизом “To Live in the Moment” На выставке зрители увидят много новых живописных работ, отражающих особое мировосприятие художника. Одна из картин так и называется “Человек и его Мир”. Также будут представлены картины Синий Вальс, Аргентинское Танго, Распускающиеся Ирисы, Букеты. Фрукты, вино, гитара — все что символизирует радость и полноту жизни жизни. Встреча с ходожником будет проходить в воскресенье, 6 марта, с 2 - 5 часов. В этот день будет проводиться Художественная Лотерея, в которой будут разыгрываться картины и художественные календари. Как сказала Ольга Жерновская, название выставки означает отражение жизни в данный момент. Кисть художника может утрировать или наоборот смягчать восприятие

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Dr. Norman Becker, 86, of Marblehead

Charles Segal, 87, of Salem, formerly of Marblehead

Dr. Norman Becker of Marblehead died at home after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family on February 23, 2011. He was 86. Born in Chelsea, Norman grad­ uated from Chelsea High School and from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. A veteran of WW II and Korea, Norman started a dental practice after his service. He worked for over 60 years in dentistry, with offices in Revere and Boston. He and his family moved to Marblehead in 1955. Active in the Massachusetts Dental Society for decades, he served as a trustee on its board and as a chair of his local district. He was editor of the Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society for over 25 years, receiving many awards and honors. Norman treated many jazz luminaries, including Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden and Buck Clayton. Norman was a member of the Society of American Magicians, using his skills to delight and calm his patients. He also enjoyed sail­

Charles Segal of Salem, former­ ly of Marblehead, entered into rest February 25, 2011. He was 87. Charles served during WWII in the United States Army. He helped save the life of Malcolm Forbes (Forbes Magazine) and received the Purple Heart. Mr. Segal was employed with Smith & Nephew as a national and international sales manager for many years. He loved to play and coach tennis and bowling. He was an avid sports fan, supporting our home teams and never missing a game. Charles was involved in many theater productions, both ama­ teur and professional. Such pro­ ductions included “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Hello Dolly,” “Music Man,” “Gypsy” and “The Odd Couple.” Charles had a zest for life! His greatest joy was spending time with his family and planning his yearly holiday gatherings. He was the beloved husband of

ing, skiing, dancing, baking and spending time with his family. Norman was the devoted husband of Barbara (Ludwig) for 63 years. He was the beloved father of Matia Angelou and her husband David Osmond, David Beck and his wife Jackie BelfBecker, Susan and her husband John Grant, Ellen Becker-Gray and her husband Robert Gray, and Charles Becker. He was the cherished grandfather of Ian and Lis, Leila and Kent, Todd and Emily, Kate and Matt, Lindsay and Darren, Michael and Erika, and Kim and Stacy. Norman was the proud great-grandfather of Zachary, Maya, August, Winter and Drew. Services were held at Temple Sinai Cemetery in Danvers on February 25. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to The Massachusetts Dental Society Foundation, 2 Willow St., #200, Southborough, MA 01745. Arrangements were handled by Goldman Funeral Chapel in Malden. For online con­ dolences

Dr. Norman “Eppie” Epstein, 82, of Marblehead Dr. Norman “Eppie” Epstein, of Marblehead and formerly of Chelsea, died on February 19, 2011. He was 82. Eppie was born in Chelsea and attended Chelsea schools and high school before continuing his education at Tufts University and Tufts Dental School. He had his own thriving dental practice on Broadway in Chelsea for many years. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant (JG) and had a very successful athletic career as a player and coach in both basket­ ball and tennis. Eppie was the beloved husband

of Roz Epstein. He was the devot­ ed father of Dr. Jay Epstein and his wife Stephanie, and Ellen Epstein. He was the dear brother of Sidney Epstein and his wife Estelle, and the late Rina Zamczyk. Eppie was the loving grandfather of Laura, Nancy and Melissa Epstein. Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel in Chelsea on February 22. Interment fol­ lowed in Everett with Rabbi Yossi Lipsker officiating. Contributions in Eppie’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice. For an online guestbook visit the funeral home website, torffuneralser­

David Zuravel, 98, of Revere, formerly of Chelsea David Zuravel of Revere, for­ merly of Chelsea, passed away on February 26, 2011 at the Leonard Florence Center for Living. He was 98. David was born in Russia and resided in Chelsea for more than 60 years. He attended Chelsea schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He was a retired employee of the Chelsea School Department, and a retired employee of the Massachusetts Turnpike Author­ ity. David was also the retired owner of Ace Cab Company in Chelsea, and was employed by many other taxicab companies. David was a WWII U.S. Navy Veteran. He was a former mem­ ber of the Shurtleff Street Shul and a former member of the Cary Square Club. David loved the out­ doors, was an avid fisherman and an exceptional athlete at base­ ball, speed skating, water skiing, swimming, diving and boating. He was a devoted family man and enjoyed having a cold beer or a glass of scotch. David was the beloved husband of the late Shirley (Rubenstein) Zuravel. He was the devoted father of Hal A. Zuravel and his wife Patricia, and Jeffrey J. Zuravel. He was the loving grand­ father of Mark Zuravel. Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel in Chelsea on February 28. Interment fol­ lowed in Everett. Donations in David’s memory may be made to the Leonard Florence Center for Living, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea,

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Davis, Edwin S. — late of Swamp­ scott and Boynton Beach, Fla. Died February 17, 2011. Husband of May (Comins) Davis. Father of Laurel and her husband James Kean of Amesbury, Matthew and his wife Elizabeth Davis of Londonderry, N.H., and the late Beth Davis. Brother of Dr. Robert Davis of Providence, R.I., and the late Dr. Gerald Davis. Grandfather of Ryan Davis, Stephen Hardy, Alexander Kean, Andrew Hardy, Kevin Davis and Ian Davis. (Stanetsky-Hymanson) Fleishman, Carolyn (Rosenberg), 81 — formerly of Saugus, Malden and Dorchester. Died February 14, 2011. Wife of the late Herman J. Fleishman. Mother of the late Judith Drosos and Harriet Fleishman. (Goldman) Freedman, Sol, M.D., 89 — late of Swampscott, Newton and Boston. Died February 7, 2011. Husband of the late Mildred (Ribok) Freedman and the late Shirley (Davis) Freedman. Father of Steve and Peggy Freedman of Atlanta, Ga., Paul Freedman and Constance Wark of Weston, Larry and Ivy Freedman of Concord, Mass., Murray and June Davis of Swampscott, Philip and Debra Davis of Swampscott

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Ann (Millstein) Segal, with whom he shared 35 years of marriage. Charles was the devoted father of Laural Feinberg (Richard) of Swampscott, Alan Segal (Debra) of Chelsea, Gloria Sontz of Cumberland, R.I., Marjorie Varshawsky of Sacramento, Calif., Myra Schnepp (Bob) of E. Longmeadow, Max Sontz (Cheryl) of Peabody and Michael Kramer of Swampscott. He was the lov­ and Judy Davis of Swampscott. Grandfather of 12 and great-grandfa­ ther of one. (Stanetsky-Hymanson) Getman-Gertner, Tillie (Lesofsky), 93 — formerly of Brighton, Brockton and Peabody. Died February 11, 2011. Wife of the late Leo Gertner and Samuel Getman. Mother of Joel Getman and his wife the late Ada Getman, and Marvin Getman and his wife Sharon Kamowitz. Grandmother of Joshua Getman and his wife Cindy, Matthew Getman, Abby Getman, Emily Getman and Joshua Kamowitz. Greatgrandmother of Sam and Sara Getman. (Goldman) Jarnes, Harry E., 101 — late of Beverly. Died February 14, 2011 in Gloucester. Son of the late Jacob and Elizabeth Jarnes. Husband of the late Doris (Leavitt) Jarnes. Father of David Jarnes of Springfield and Lorraine Freeman of Boca Raton, Fla. Grandfather of Alex Freeman and Dr. Jill Berger. Great-grandfather of Danielle and Jessica Berger. Brother of the late Louis, Abel and Gladys. (Stanetsky-Hymanson) Labell, Stuart H., 74 — late of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Malden. Died


ing brother of Harold Segal of Framingham, Sumner Segal of Delray Beach, Fla., and the late Edward Segal. He was the dear grandfather of Julie Lucas (Tom), Kyndra Sontz, Kimberly, Andrea and David Segal, Erin and Jessica Schnepp, Gillian and Elijah Sontz, and Elana and Devan Varshawsky; and the great-grandfather of Kyle and Dylan Lucas. Services were held at Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott on February 28. Interment followed at Congre­ gation Shirat Hayam Cemetery (Temple Beth El Section) in Peabody. Expressions of sym­ pathy in Charles’s memory may be donated to Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott, MA 01907, or to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements were handled by Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapels in Salem. February 15, 2011. Husband of Joan (Bernstein). Father of Barry and his wife Lori Labell, Judy and her husband Robert Mack, Melissa and her hus­ band Jeff Goodman, and Rob and his wife Amy Labell. “Grampy” of his nine grandchildren: Joshua, Andrew, Sam, Ilana, Alex, Max, Talia, Sophia and Luke. Brother of the late Gladys Traub and Joel Labell. (Goldman) Leeds, Sadie — late of Swampscott, formerly of Malden. Died February 14, 2011. Wife of the late Dr. William Leeds. Stepmother of Barbara Brickman of Peabody and Marjorie Leeds of Beverly Hills, Calif. Sister of Bertha Rosen of Concord, N.H., and Beverly Cohen of Boston. Grandmother of Michael Kessler, Wendy Kessler, Michelle Curtin, and Jeffrey, Stephen, Jonathan, Keith and David Brickman. Great-grandmother of 16. Aunt of John Rosen of Concord, N.H. (StanetskyHymanson) Due to space limitations we may be unable to print all obituaries received. Visit for complete obituaries.

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Jewish Wrestlers Advance


On Campus Rita B. Mazina, a senior at Tufts University in the School of Arts and Sciences, made the Dean’s List for the fall term, 2010. She is the daughter of Boris and Irina Mazin of Swampscott. After graduation, Rita plans to work in child development and psychology, and ultimately in medicine.

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Aviv Centers for Living’s Shapiro Rudolph Adult Day Center celebrated Sweetheart’s Day with a lovely breakfast followed by chocolate chip cookie baking and memories discussion group. A festive music program was enjoyed after lunch. Susan Mogel (above) enjoyed the festivities with her husband, Ernest Mogel.

Steven and Dolores Tiber of Gilford, N.H. and Lake Worth, Fla., formerly of Danvers, are delighted to announce the engagement of their son, Dr. David Tiber, to Mina O’Connor of San Mateo, Calif. Ms. O’Connor, daughter of Dr. Arthur and Linda Cuanang of Vallejo, Calif., is a graduate of San Francisco State University where she received a B.A. in political science. She is currently a senior voice network engineer at Apple Corp. in Cupertino, Calif. Dr. Tiber, a graduate of St. John’s Prep. in Danvers, received a B.A. in architecture from University of Illinois, and a M.D. degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is currently completing a pediatric critical care fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif. The wedding will take place this month in Miami.

D.A. Blodgett Continues His Efforts To Make Children Safer Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett hosted Rosalind Wiseman, author of “Queen Bees and Wannabees,” the basis for the movie, “Mean Girls, and an internationally renowned author, lecturer and columnist in Family Circle Magazine. The two-day program addressed bullying, cyberbullying and other risky behaviors. The first day, “An Evening with Rosalind Wiseman” was for parents and the second day was for teachers, guidance counselors, health and physical education professionals, and school resource officers and covered her highly-acclaimed “Owning Up Curriculum.” The structured program is designed to teach students to own up and take responsibility for unethical behavior, whether as perpetrators or bystanders. The interactive sessions covered topics such as friendship, cliques, popularity, support systems, gossip, reputations, double standards, teasing, anger, bullying, sexual harassment, self-image, media, culture and cyberbullying.

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