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State Recognizes Local CHAMPS
Temples Find Creative Uses for Space
local news Widow Awaits Justice
Melissa Mishkin Jewish Journal Intern
Amy Sessler Powell Jewish Journal Staff
Every weekday morning, there is a steady flow of tiny people and their parents entering Temple Shalom in Salem. Many evenings, the sound of music emanates from Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly. Services? No. These are the sounds of community groups using the synagogues during off hours. Many have no connection whatsoever to Judaism, but provide a way for temples to create a successful revenue stream. continued on page 10
The CHAMPS program was recognized this week by Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick, Cong. John Tierney and State Rep. Lori Ehrlich.
The third and fourth graders from the Robert L. Ford K-8 NASA Explorer School in Lynn were far more excited than usual as they entered the doors of Cohen Hillel Academy in Marblehead. The Ford school kids are typically eager to see their young Hillel tutors every Friday. But on March 29, the final day of the program this year, Hillel and Ford school students alike were extremely eager to meet Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Congressman John F. Tierney and State Representative Lori Ehrlich. continued on page 12
Doctor Wayne Trebbin Makes a Difference for Those with Kidney Disease
Who murdered Bennett Halprin? 2
Swampscott Teacher Honored
Educator Mark Schwartz wins prestigious award 3
Susan Jacobs Jewish Journal Staff
Whether it is establishing a kidney dialysis clinic in one of the poorest countries in the world or scaling the tallest mountain in Africa, Dr. Wayne Trebbin is always willing to take on a challenge. Both personally and professionally, the Swampscottbased internist clearly thrives on adventure. Although he still maintains a small, private nephrology practice, the energetic 64-year-old devotes much of his time today to directing WORTH (World Organization of Renal Therapies.) This non-profit organization, which he founded a decade ago, is dedicated to bringing low-cost dialysis to the developing world. “Dialysis is a life saving procedure for people whose kidneys have severely failed. In the U.S., anyone can get dialyzed. There is universal coverage. This is not the case in most developing nations, where severe kidney failure is generally a death sentence. We are working to change that,” Trebbin said.
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Dr. Wayne Trebbin, one of several health practitioners to be honored at the Jewish Journal’s fundraiser on June 12, consults with a patient in an African clinic.
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Barbash Leaves 10-Year Legacy at the Jewish Food Pantry Amy Sessler Powell Jewish Journal Staff
Sixteen-year-old twins Idan (on the right as Pharoah) and Adi (on the left as a slave) Davidyan were two of the many revelers at Beverly’s Temple B’nai Abraham’s Purim party. To see more Purim pics from celebrations around the North Shore, turn to page 11.
PEABODY — For Alyse Barbash, the March 27 distribution from the Jewish Food Pantry was bittersweet. After 10 years at the helm, Barbash is stepping down from her part-time job at the Jewish Food Pantry. Her resignation comes just a few months after Jewish Family Service of the North Shore merged with
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Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Boston. “It was a kind of sad day for me, but I know that I did good things and I hope that someone comes in here and carries it on the way I grew it and built it,” she said. Barbash, who lives in Middleton, credits her predecessor, Alyson Morse Katzman, for getting the Jewish Food Pantry off to its successful start.
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Kids Earth Fest Continues “Green” Tradition at NSJCC PEABODY — The North Suburban Jewish Community Center in Peabody, along with Franson Family Chiropractic of Beverly and New York Life Representative Steve Shea, are sponsoring “Kids Earth Fest” on Sunday, April 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. “This is part of a yearlong initiative of the Center to reduce our footprint and help educate others in the process,” explained Miriam Blue, NSJCC Community Development Coordinator. Thus far, the NSJCC has introduced recycling and environmental concepts into its preschool curriculum, increased its agency-wide recycling efforts, and has reduced its paper mailings and paper usage by 50%. The NSJCC has also focused its purchasing and fundraising efforts on recycled and re-purposed materials, paying particular attention to packaging. During a special educational program, NSJCC’s Parents Committee purchased
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Widow in Shooting Tragedy Still Waiting for Justice Don Stradley Special to the Journal
LYNN — More than a year has passed since 66-year-old Bennett Halprin of Lynn was murdered. On Christmas Eve, 2009, Halprin was shot several times after coming to the front door of his Atlantic Street home. Described by those who knew him as a gentle soul, Halprin had no enemies. The murder remains unsolved. Meanwhile, Halprin’s 29-yearold son, Abraham, was arrested the following month after allegedly selling heroin to an undercover state trooper. The Essex District Attorney’s office confirmed what many suspected, and cited Abraham as having been the intended target of the Christmas Eve shooting. Although the story initially sent shockwaves throughout the local Jewish community, the Halprins eventually disappeared from the headlines. Left behind, though, is Ora Halprin, Abraham’s mother and Bennett’s widow. “Everything is upside down,” Ora said recently, referring to the condition of her home, although she could also be describing her life. “It’s still a mess from the police fingerprinting.” Ora is a friendly sort, quick to say “God bless.” She’s known for striking up conversations with customers at the Stop & Shop in Swampscott’s Vinnin Square, where she works. She belongs to Congregation Ahabat Sholom, whose members helped her grieve. But her friends and acquaintances aren’t sure what they can do now, after so much time has passed. Ora is beyond grieving. She’s angry and weary of the endless legal wrangling. Much of her ire is directed at Saugus attorney Eric Jarosz, the man hired to defend Abraham. “He robbed me, took my money, and gave up on my son,” Ora said. “I would ask him what was going to happen, and he would say, ‘I don’t have a crystal
ball.’ What kind of person says that?” Jarosz didn’t respond to the Jewish Journal’s queries. Also, Ora believes the Lynn Police know more about the case than they will admit, and that Bennett Halprin’s killer may already be behind bars for another crime. “They know who got my husband,” said Ora. “But they do nothing. Nothing!” Lynn Police Lieutenant Wayne Sharp wouldn’t discuss the case, but assured The Jewish Journal that it was still active. “We’re working on it,” Sharp said. Reminded of the axiom that the longer it takes to solve a crime, the less likely it is to be solved, Lt. Sharp waxed positive. “We’re hoping someone takes advantage of our anonymous tip line,” said Sharp, who has seen other cases stagnate for months, only to suddenly turn on the strength of a single tip. Waiting for anonymous tips is not encouraging for Ora. She now lives alone in the apartment she once shared with her son and husband, the apartment where Bennett bragged about Ora’s cooking, and entertained neighbors with jokes and stories. “I’m by myself here,” she said. After 15 months, the only new development in the case is that Abraham was assigned a new attorney in February. Abraham is currently held at Middlesex jail, awaiting trial. He is facing up to 30 years in prison on various charges, although he claims he was wrongly arrested. “The police and the investigators don’t like him, but my son is not a criminal,” Ora said. As the muddy gears of justice turn even slower than usual, Ora Halprin clings to that thought. To send tips to the Lynn police, consult their website at lynnpolice.org. Anonymous tips can also be called in to 781477-4444.
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Mark Schwartz Named Educator of Distinction Amy Sessler Powell Jewish Journal Staff
SWAMPSCOTT — Mark Schwartz, a history teacher at Swampscott High School and member of the North Shore Teen Initiative Board of Directors, was selected last week as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars. The award recognizes teachers who are role models and have made a lasting difference. “Mark is an exceptionally talented and dedicated educator who enhances the lives of Swampscott students in the classroom, as well as through his
role as the student council advisor. We are very lucky to have him, and he is highly deserving of this award,” said Layne Millington, Swampscott High School principal. At Swampscott High School, Schwartz teaches U.S. History and Advanced Placement U.S. History. He is the advisor for the Political Action Club, the International Relations Club and the Student Council. For many years, Schwartz has been a fixture in the Jewish community as well, working with teens in an advisory capacity. He worked as a counselor on two Youth to Israel trips through the Robert I. Lappin Charitable
Foundation, and led at least four Maccabi delegations for the JCCNS and the NSTI. Adam Smith, Executive Director of NSTI praised Schwartz’s creativity and enthusiasm. “As one of the founding board members of the NSTI, Mark has been integral in helping map the direction and focus of our program. We were grateful to have Mark serve as a delegation head for our Artsfest program in New Orleans last year, and it was tough to tell if he or the teens were having more fun. His energy and connection with kids is infectious, and we’re lucky to have him as part of our initiative.”
“I do all these things because I really like doing them. I am really interested in politics and helping kids learn about formal debate and parliamentary procedure,” Schwartz said. Schwartz credits his parents, Cheryl and Arthur, for his strong commitment to the Jewish community. “My involvement in the Jewish community comes from both my parents, who are connected. My mother works as a teacher at Congregation Shirat
Hayam. She knew I would be a teacher before I did,” Schwartz said. Schwartz was nominated for the Claes Nobel Award by a student, Alexander Billias of Nahant, who was in AP History last year. “To get an award was surprising. It’s nice to be recognized. It felt great and a little odd because we don’t often get that in teaching. Its nice to know some people appreciate it,” Schwartz said.
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19th Annual North Shore Interfaith Seder on April 6 The Passover Seder is the retelling of the story of the Jewish people’s exodus from slavery in Egypt, to their wandering in the desert on their way to freedom in the Promised Land, Israel. It is a story of the desire to be a free people, a story that is as relevant today as it was 3,000 years ago. On April 6, the ADL will hold its 19th annual North Shore Interfaith Seder and will once again share the story, led by Rabbi Baruch Halevi at Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott, at 6 p.m. As is done every year, students from local schools are invited as guests to the seder, and this year, 40 students from the KIPP Academy in Lynn and eight teens from Girls Inc will be attending. In preparation for the seder, Wendy Roizen, ADL North Shore Advisory Committee member, will meet with the students of KIPP Academy in
Lynn to talk about the desire for freedom, and how the Exodus story relates directly to what has been happening in Egypt and other countries of the Middle East over the past few months. The enormous changes are a reflection of the yearning to live as free individuals, and the change from dictatorship, which has severely limited choices in Egypt, will be shown as similar to what the Israelites went through so
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Merrimack Valley Youths Take on a Myriad of Mitzvah Projects Lois Rubin Special to the Journal
When Maxine Harvey, 15, of Methuen started preparing for her bat mitzvah two years ago, the one thing she didn’t have to worry about was choosing her “mitzvah project.” She had already been working on it for nine years. Maxine, her sister Talia, and friend Anna McCabe founded “Debbie’s Treasure Chest,” an organization that helps children entering the foster care system. According to Maxine, “When children are removed from their homes by the state, they enter foster care alone and without any ‘stuff.’ To make the transition easier, we collect items and bags to create ‘treasure chests’ for these children.” At her bat mitzvah, Maxine spoke eloquently about the importance Judaism places on the act of tzedakah, and how it is the obligation of all people to provide food, clothing and shelter for the poor. Choosing a mitzvah project is often part of the preparation for bar and bat mitzvah. The goal of these projects is to reinforce the Jewish principle of tikkun olam — healing the world. It is hoped that by engaging in a social justice project, the student will learn the power of performing mitzvot, which will hopefully lead to a lifelong commitment to repairing the world. With so many options, perhaps the most difficult part of the project is choosing what to do. Projects can involve animals, education, the environment,
health, music, poverty, hunger and/or homelessness, to name just a few. Over the years, students in the Merrimack Valley have found many different ways to perform acts of tzedakah. Here are some of their projects: Emma Kanell of Andover started “Knots for Tots,” making friendship bracelets and selling them to raise money to buy baby supplies for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Scott Israel of North Andover is teaching his mother to read and speak Hebrew. Jake Lansberry of Andover served as a youth mentor for the Lowell Alliance for the Blind and has also raised funds for the organization, which has served the blind and visually-impaired of the Merrimack Valley for over 75 years. Sam Shapiro of Andover collected food and supplies for the animals waiting to be adopted at the MSPCA Northeast Animal
Tips for Putting Together a Mitzvah Project The B’nai Mitzvah Handbook at Temple Emanuel in Andover suggests 13 strategies for teens in selecting their projects:
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1. Read your Torah portion to see how it relates to performing mitzvot. 2. Make a list of your interests — sports, reading, music, etc. 3. Make a list of the type of groups you might want to work with — children, senior citizens, the mentally or physically challenged, animals, etc. 4. Combine your interest with the type of group you want to work with. For example, a person who likes art might want to help teach an art class to senior citizens in a nursing home. Be creative! 5. Discuss your ideas with your parents and teachers. They will give you an objective view of your plans and might suggest things you may not have considered. 6. Be realistic about the amount of time you will be able to devote to the project. 7. Find out if you need help in connecting with a specific organization. 8. Make sure that your desire and motivation to volunteer matches the availability and needs of that particular organization. 9. Develop a project or plan that you’ve thought out carefully and present this in a professional and appropriate manner, especially when it involves a targeted group or person. 10. Don’t get discouraged if you find that your project needs to be reworked or changed slightly. 11. Finalize the details, such as when and how often you will work, if you can do part of the work at home, scheduling a location and a date to hold a particular event, and what you might need help with, among many others. 12. Create an action list in consultation with your parents. Most likely your project will require some support and assistance from them. 13. Prioritize each item on your action list, and set a completion date for each one. This will give you an overall timeline for your project. — Lois Rubin
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Shelter in Methuen. Hannah Krichmar of Andover participated in the “Making Strides for Breast Cancer” walk. She, along with 40,000 others, raised $3 million dollars for the American Cancer Society. Henry Duerr of Andover is raising money for Heifer International, an organization that uses donations to buy agricultural animals for Third World families in need, which helps them become self-sufficient.
In doing their mitzvah projects, these students have assumed the responsibilities of Jewish adults. Jordan Burger of Andover is raising money for the AntiDefamation League’s program, “A Classroom of Differences.” He will also be representing his school at an ADL youth conference. Julian Pinzer of North Andover is volunteering at the North Andover Middle School helping to create items for disabled children. Sam Rothschild of North Andover is collecting money for Free the Children, an organization that empowers children in North America to take action to improve the lives of fellow children overseas. Emma Wood of Andover is collecting items for the Boston Floating Hospital for Children’s “wish list,” to help make the lives easier for parents of ill children. The hospital offers a
comprehensive range of pediatric services, from prevention and primary care, to the most sophisticated treatment of rare and unusual conditions. Leigh Burte of Andover collected games and books for the Birkowitz Elementary School in Chelsea, whose students are from low-income families. Some students have a personal connection to their mitzvah projects: In lieu of bar mitzvah gifts, Joshua Katz of Andover asked his guests to donate money for a fund in memory of his former babysitter who was killed in an accident, as well as the Jimmy Fund. Rebecca Moszka of Methuen is making bookmarks and selling them to raise money for the John Thomas and special friends’ fund. John Thomas is one of her mother’s patients, whose family established this fund for all children with special needs. Rachel Andresen of Andover, whose cousin is blind, participated in the 5K Blindfold Challenge Relay, and donated several of her favorite books in Braille format to the Perkins School for the Blind Many privileges come with becoming a bar or bat mitzvah, but there are obligations as well. Rabbi Tarfon lived at the time of the destruction of the Second Temple. In Pirkei Avot he teaches: “It is not your job to finish the work (of perfecting the world) but you are not free to desist from it either.” In doing their mitzvah projects, these students have assumed the responsibilities of Jewish adults.
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Doctor Wayne Trebbin Makes a Difference from page 1 Inspired by an African colleague he met while running the residency program at Salem Hospital, Trebbin decided to launch his program in the subSaharan nation of Cameroon. According to the doctor, a needless tragedy unfolds everyday there for thousands suffering with renal disease. In Cameroon, 15 million individuals have access to fewer dialysis machines than are found in a single U.S. hospital. The cost of dialysis is another a stumbling block for most residents of the nation, where the average income is $638 per year. “In the U.S., people pay $178 for a dialysis treatment, which is picked up by insurance. In Cameroon, only the rich could afford treatment — or the poor who were willing to spend everything they had,” Trebbin noted. He assembled a team, solicited donations from pharmaceutical companies and individuals, and in November of 2006 was able to unveil WORTH’s
first dialysis unit in Yaoundé, the capital city. Since then, at least two more units have been opened in other regions of the country. “Although the hospitals there were very primitive, we provided $1 million worth of dialysis technology that enabled us to deliver state-of-the-art dialysis,” said Trebbin with pride.
“Our primary mission is to help people stay alive, but we have a secondary mission to show the world that high-level medical care can be effectively performed in developing nations.” “Our primary mission is to help people stay alive, but we have a secondary mission to show the world that high-lev-
el medical care can be effectively performed in developing nations,” Trebbin said. Camaroonians are asked to pay $4 per treatment, but if they do not have it, treatment is provided free of charge. Although Trebbin admits that there is a lot of corruption in Cameroon and that he once had his life threatened by a high-ranking government official, patients are very grateful. One tribe presented him with a ceremonial feather and respectfully refer to him as “Ba Sama Wayne.” In addition to Africa, WORTH has targeted Belize, where they just unveiled their second dialysis unit. “We specifically pick areas that others would deem hopeless. Although Belize has tourism, it is really poor,” Trebbin said. When WORTH volunteers (which include doctors, nurses, lab technicians) travel to Belize, they understand they are not there for a leisure trip. “We come back paler than when we left,”
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said Trebbin, who adds that volunteers use their own vacation time and pay their own expenses. WORTH has had invitations to go into Pakistan, India, Madagascar, the Ivory Coast, the Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Uganda, but Trebbin does not want to overextend the nonprofit. Because he is fluent in Spanish, he anticipates that the next country WORTH will work in will be in Latin America. Trebbin is accustomed to working with Hispanic populations. Two decades ago he launched VOCES in Salem. Targeting the local Latino population, he gave talks and educated people about HIV/AIDS. The social service organization still exists. Trebbin’s interest in the wider world extends to its beauty and natural resources too. Remarkably athletic, he recently returned from climbing Mt. Killmanjaro in Africa. “Physically it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” said Trebbin, pointing out that the
four-mile high peak claims the lives of three to ten people per year. “The climb was almost vertical, and there was very little oxygen. Inch by inch, we made it to the summit,” said Trebbin, who shed 12 pounds in 9 days. In addition to sailing and inline skating, Trebbin likes to box and hold a second-degree black belt in karate. The native of Springfield, Mass. is an adept magician who also writes poetry and has published a novel. If that isn’t enough, he is also a talented artist who does pencil sketches and incredibly elaborate eggshell art. Despite his many interests, his primary passion is the work he does for WORTH. “We’re making a real difference,” he said. “It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve done professionally.” All donations to WORTH are tax deductible. Send checks c/o Wayne Trebbin, M.D., 21 Bradlee Ave., Swampscott, MA 01907.
Dr. Trebbin and Others Who Perform Medical Mitzvot to be Honored Dr. Wayne Trebbin is one many local healthcare professionals who give generously of themselves to help others. The Jewish Journal will honor these doctors, nurses and practitioners at its annual fundraiser on June 12 at the Peabody Marriott. Those who regularly travel abroad, volunteering their time and services in Third World nations, will share their fascinating stories. Honorees include Dr. Susan Abkowitz Crawford, Dr. David Greenseid, Linda Greenseid, Dr. Leon Remis, Dr. Deborah
Shelkan Remis, Dr. Harry Zeltzer, OD, Dorothy Blass, RN, Dr. David Kauder and Dr. Michael Reich, in addition to Dr. Wayne Trebbin, The planning committee is currently seeking input from the community to identify other health care professionals whom they feel have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Readers that would like to nominate candidates should contact Jessica Chmara at 978-745-4111 x150 or email Jessica@jewishjournal.org.
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Alyse Barbash Leaves 10-Year Legacy at the Jewish Food Pantry from page 1
Those who have worked with Barbash over the years point to a lasting legacy of strong connections and a personal touch. She raised the profile of hunger issues within the Jewish community, and offered the community many opportunities to give back. She accepted a position in November as director of Haven From Hunger, a food pantry and soup kitchen in Peabody, that serves 20 to 50 people per night four nights per week and distributes groceries to nearly 300 people who qualify from Lynnfield, Peabody and Salem. “It is not easy to ask for food, but Alyse made it easy. It was like going into the pantry in your own home or her home. She knew the individual needs of the clients and what was going on in their lives,” said Loretta Band of Peabody, a food pantry volunteer for the past decade. Robert Cashman, former president of Jewish Family Service of the North Shore until the merger in January said, “Over the past 10 years, she was the mainstay of the Jewish Food Pantry. Somehow, she found a way to rally the troops, do outreach to the community and have great personal relationships with the clients, keeping the highest level of confidentiality, and knowing what
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Alyse Barbash gets ready to distribute groceries to the patrons at Haven From Hunger.
they needed in terms of food and brands,” Cashman said. The Pantry was an outstanding way to show children and adults alike the importance of tzedakah. “My daughter, now 23, started volunteering when she was 13. She ended up mentoring other volunteers. This program has had a huge impact on many young people,” Band said. Jon Firger, former chief executive of Jewish Family Service,
lauded Barbash for expanding the Pantry. “What Alyse really did was build connections with all the synagogues and many of the institutions, and brought in lot more resources. She got a lot of people involved, and created a lot of energy for the program,” Firger said. Over 10 years, the Jewish Food Pantry moved from Temple Shalom in Salem to the former Temple Israel in Swampscott, to
the JCCNS in Marblehead, and to Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody. In the beginning, the Jewish Food Pantry distributed only dry goods, but Barbash found ways to offer fresh fruit and vegetables despite the Pantry’s lack of storage. They were also able to offer turkeys and special items on the holidays. Mark Ross of Peabody, a long time Food Pantry volunteer, said he learned a lot under Barbash’s tutelage. “People are so thankful when we make the deliveries. They hug and thank you, and Alyse is the one who pulled everything together. I can’t say enough about her. The people taking over the Pantry will have a hard role to follow,” Ross said. The Jewish Food Pantry will now come under the auspices of Family Table, the Jewish food pantry run by Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater Boston. In many ways, the pro-
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To Supersize … Or Not
etter than 85 percent of nearly 2,000 nonprofit leaders surveyed in a recent report anticipate increased demand for their services, while only 46 percent expect to be funded at levels that enable them to meet those needs. A couple of days earlier came reports that two Jewish Federations in the greater New York area are considering a merger. Perhaps a single bureaucratic entity, they speculate, can work more efficiently than two, by streamlining business practices and solicitation efforts to get the biggest possible bang out of the donated buck. On a certain level, it makes sense. After all, haven’t the last several decades surrounded us with examples of “bigger is better?” Everything from the airline industry to the book industry championed the benefits of pooling resources and eliminating expensive redundancies. But some are not buying it. Anyone who has been in an airport in recent years, or ventured into a bookstore parking lot, knows that bigness isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. What might be the advantages to supersizing federations in our Jewish community? If the Jewish Federation of the North Shore
merged with Merrimack Valley and Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston, we might cut down on some administrative overhead. But we imagine that our fundraising goals would not be met even to the extent that they are now. More likely we would raise less money, have less staff-driven Jewish activity in the community, and meet fewer local needs. As each of these regions is geographically and demographically unique, the baby-to-bubbe concerns that a Federation must address differ drastically neighborhood-to-neighborhood, town-to-town, and county-to-county. The secret to effective philanthropy on the local level is not size, but clarity of mission. And clarity of mission is synonymous with an intimate level of understanding that leads to wise decisions about the best ways to secure and distribute funds. In a world with plenty of agencies dedicated to addressing Jewish needs nationally and globally, we believe there is still “no place like home.” Our Jewish community needs a philanthropic organization to continue to point, and focus, its local lens.
letters to the editor More letters on page 23
Thoughts on the J-Street Convention From a Participant Who Was There
Support for J-Street
P. David Hornik’s column in the March 17 Jewish Journal was more a work of fiction than an accurate account of J-Street’s National Convention in Washington, D.C. Those of us who participated joined over 2,000 passionately pro-Israel attendees who want nothing more than for Israel to survive as a democratic and Jewish state, and believe that urgent pursuit of two states is the only way for it to do so. J-Street indeed invited some individuals and groups to the National Convention with whose policies we fundamentally disagree — as Hornik acknowledges and Jeremy Ben-Ami, the president of J-Street, publicly noted. We did so because we feel that it is in the long-term interests of our community to have an open and honest dis-
If the Journal felt the need immediately to follow a news article on the recent J-Street conference in Washington, D.C. with a critique (P. David Hornik, Journal, March 17), I would have appreciated a less shrill headline than “Where’s the Outrage?,” and a journalist whose right wing biases against the organization weren’t so pronounced. With his particular penchant for inflammatory headlines, P. David Hornik has elsewhere referred to the New York Times columnist Tom Friedman “As Just Another Face in the Arab Mob.” J-Street has been attacked
cussion of ideas — and, as the 500 students in attendance demonstrated, such a constructive debate is crucial to keeping younger Jews engaged. We hope that other groups like AIPAC will choose to engage with us rather than shut the door to these necessary conversations. We were also proud to be joined by a number of Arab and Muslim speakers and participants, including Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, whose three daughters were killed by errant Israeli shelling during the Gaza incursion, and yet who advocates peace rather than revenge. Because he disagrees with J-Street’s central goal, perhaps it is no surprise that Hornik misrepresents the conference. But his blatant misrepresentation of the speakers with whom he doesn’t agree is simply unac-
Stan Fleischman Chair, J-Street Boston Media Committee Newton Highlands
Let Survivors Tell Their Tales I was deeply saddened to read Mr. Malcolm Miller’s letter regarding media outlets and the subject of the horrors and atrocities of the six million men, women and children who were murdered. If we silence the reality that these humans did in fact perish at the hands of murderers, who will be their voice? If the U.S.C. Shoah Foun dation Institute did not exist, how would survivors be assured their story would not be forgotten? If Simon Wiesenthal did not give eyewitness testimony of the horrors before, during and after the war, would the Simon Wiesenthal Center exist today? How could somebody ask that these interviews be suspended because the subject is not pleasant to read? “Schindler’s List”
ceptable. He invents hateful statements, or copies them from others who invented them, and then ascribes them to the conference guests he finds objectionable. The conference succeeded in uniting people around their shared values of being pro-Israel and pro-peace. It is possible to come together despite disagreements and focus on what we all agree on: a two-state solution. Rather than fomenting polarization between Jewish Americans who love Israel and “seek the peace of Jerusalem” but who differ on how to achieve it, we need to join together for Israel’s good.
was an Academy Award winner due to the accurate insight of how so many people lost their lives for no other reason other than being Jewish. Please continue to interview survivors who want to share their stories. It is my hope that future generations will never forget what so few lived to tell. This will happen if, and only if, there is a format for the survivors to share their stories. We are in a race against time, as most survivors are in their eighties and nineties. I hope the Journal will continue to profile survivors who want to share how they were able to survive, and not take away the opportunity they are so fortunate to have. Simon Resnick Rosner Rockport
I just want to express my appreciation in allowing all points of view to be expressed in the Journal, including the opinions of conservatives such as Charles Krauthammer. I can tell you that there are many in the community who feel likewise! Thank you for your fairness. Carol Denbo Swampscott
Correction The Journal ran a short brief in the March 17 issue concerning actress Natalie Portman making a $50 million donation to Hadassah to help fund an emergency medicine center. The story is not true. Hadassah raised $50 million for such a center, but Ms. Portman did not contribute to it.
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unrelentingly by right wing organizations and media since its inception. There is a broad section of opinions of American Jews toward what best serves the goal of a secure, Jewish and democratic Israel, and what is needed is respectful debate — not inflammatory attempts to delegitimize an organization that represents the views of many of us. J-Street is critical of the settlements and some policies of the Israeli government, but its support for Israel and its people is unwavering. Carrie Braverman Haverhill
Holocaust Center’s Program Was Powerful A teacher who attended The Holocaust Center, Boston North’s “Evening with Two Survivors of Genocide” on March 14 sent us the following response to the program. “Thank you so much for arranging the eyewitness accounts of survivors of genocide. Each year that I bring students, I gain more insight, knowledge and hopefully compassion, as do my students. Holocaust survivor Rena Finder’s word choice and syntax are absolutely poetic when she tells her history of the Holocaust. Isn’t it ironic how such a horror can be expressed so musically? Cambodian genocide survivor Sayon Soeun’s story was both engaging and expressive, relating the brutality of which people are capable. It is a testimony to the human spirit that such horrors can be used for constructive purposes, as both he and Mrs. Finder now participate in community speaking engagements so that these unspeakable actions are not repeated. “My students were thoroughly mesmerized by Mrs. Finder and Mr. Soeun, and were able to find commonalities of theme from “Night” by Wiesel, and
even from “The Bluest Eye” by Morrison. Their insights into internalized racism, as well as the obvious societal scapegoating, showed a depth of understanding made possible by the voices they heard. “In addition, my students’ ablility to connect the stories of brutality against children to their own lives was most evident. My kids were able to discuss openly how the baseness of human behavior towards innocents must change. I hope we will all participate in change. “Thank you again for challenging us all, and for making sure that we all understand and do not forget.” Harriet Wacks, Executive Director The Holocaust Center, Boston North
Hooray for Heroes! Bravo to Herbert Belkin for his series on Jewish heroes. Each piece is a well-written, fascinating portrait of people who played such crucial roles in Jewish history. I have learned so much and look forward to reading more. Susan Chipman, Ph.D. Brookline
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Who Are The Peacemakers?
Obama and Libya: The Professor’s War Charles Krauthammer
resident Obama is proud of how he put together the Libyan operation. A model of international cooperation. All the necessary paperwork. Arab League backing. A Security Council resolution. (Everything but a resolution from the Congress of the United States, a minor inconvenience for a citizen of the world.) It’s war as designed by an Ivy League professor. True, it took three weeks to put this together, during which time Moammar Gaddafi went from besieged, delusional (remember those youthful protesters on “hallucinogenic pills”) thug losing support by the hour — to resurgent tyrant who marshaled his forces, marched them to the gates of Benghazi and had the U.S. director of national intelligence predicting that “the regime will prevail.” But what is military initiative and opportunity compared with paper? Well, let’s see how that paper multilateralism is doing. The Arab League is already reversing itself, criticizing the use of force it had just authorized. Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League, is shocked — shocked! — to find that people are being killed by allied airstrikes. This reaction was dubbed mystifying by one commentator, apparently born yesterday and thus unaware that the Arab League has forever been a collection of cynical, warring, unreliable dictatorships of ever-shifting loyalties. A British soccer mob has more unity and moral purpose. Yet Obama deemed it a great diplomatic success that the league deigned to permit others to fight and die to save fellow Arabs for whom 19 of 21 Arab states have yet to lift a finger. And what about that brilliant U.N. resolution? • Russia’s Vladimir Putin is already calling the Libya operation a medieval crusade. • China is calling for a cease-fire in place — which would completely undermine the allied effort by leaving Gaddafi in power, his people at his mercy and the country partitioned and condemned to ongoing civil war. • Brazil joined China in that call for a cease-fire. This just hours after Obama ended his fawning two-day Brazil visit. Another triumph of presidential personal diplomacy. And how about NATO? Let’s see. As of this writing, Britain wanted the operation to be led by NATO. France adamantly disagreed, citing Arab sensibilities. Germany wanted no part of anything, going so far as to pull four of its ships from NATO command in the Mediterranean. Italy hinted it might deny the allies the use of its air bases if NATO can’t get its act together. France and Germany walked out of a NATO meeting, while Norway had planes in Crete ready to go but refused to let them fly until it had some idea who the hell is running the operation. And Turkey, whose prime minister four months ago proudly accepted the Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights, has been particularly resistant to the Libya operation from the beginning. And as for the United States, who knows what American policy is. Administration officials insist we are not trying to bring down Gaddafi, even as the president insists that he must go. Although Obama did add “unless he changes his approach.” Approach, mind you. In any case, for Obama, military objectives take a back seat to diplomatic appearances. The president is obsessed with pretending that we are not running the operation — a dismaying expression of Obama’s view that his country is so tainted by its various sins that it lacks the moral legitimacy to… what? Save Third World people from massacre? Obama seems equally obsessed with handing off the lead role. Hand off to whom? NATO? Quarreling amid Turkish resistance (see above), NATO still can’t agree on taking over command of the airstrike campaign, which is what has kept the Libyan rebels alive. This confusion is purely the result of Obama’s decision to get America into the war and then immediately relinquish American command. Never modest about himself, Obama is supremely modest about his country. America should be merely “one of the partners among many,” he said. No primus inter pares for him. Even the Clinton administration spoke of America as the indispensable nation. And it remains so. Yet at a time when the world is hungry for America to lead — no one has anything near our capabilities, experience and resources — America is led by a man determined that it should not. A man who dithers over parchment. Who starts a war from which he wants out right away. Good God. If you go to take Vienna, take Vienna. If you’re not prepared to do so, better then to stay home and do nothing. Contact Charles Krauthammer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
or decades there existed two obvious criteria to determine who was serious about making peace between Israel and the Arabs or Palestinians, and who was standing in the way of peace. The first, and most basic standard was whether a party was ready to negotiate with the other on the basis of accepting the other’s legitimacy. The second was once negotiations commenced, what did the parties put on the table to demonstrate that they were negotiating in good faith. From the day of the decision by the United Nations on November 29, 1947 to partition Palestine into two states, one Jewish, one Arab, the Arab states and the indigenous Palestinian Arab community made clear that they would not accept the legitimacy of the Jewish state, nor negotiate peace with it. The most famous expression of this determination took place several months after the 1967 Six Day War, when the Arab League met in Khartoum and declared the three no’s: no peace, no recognition, no negotiations. This, at a time when Israel had hopes that after the war, the Arabs, recognizing that Israel was too strong to be eliminated, would begin to think differently about dealing with Israel. It was clear that the obstacle to peace lay on the Arab side. In the ensuing years there have been several shifts
that affect this assessment of who are the peacemakers. Two Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, not only agreed to negotiate with Israel on the basis of Israel’s legitimacy but negotiated in good faith and reached peace agreements with the Jewish state. Until the Oslo process and the agreement on the White House lawn between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, the evidence as to who was interested in peace was clearcut. The Palestine Liberation Organization rejected Israel’s right to exist, and negotiations were not on the agenda. After Oslo, whatever interpretation one would give to Palestinian intentions, the issue of the unwillingness to negotiate based on the other’s legitimacy had now shifted. Now, both sides were negotiating. From that point onwards, what happened at negotiations determined the perception of who was truly interested in peace. The greatest moment of clarity in this regard took place after the collapse of the Camp David talks, when President Bill Clinton let the world know that he believed Arafat was responsible for the collapse. It was clear then that Israel was the peacemaker and the Palestinians continued to be seen as the obstacle to peace. While there has been some revisionist history written about what happened at Camp David, what is most significant for this discussion is that there was continued on page 23
Palestinians at their Worst and Best Rabbi Arthur Waskow
uring the past week, we have seen both the worst and the best versions of Palestinian action. The worst: the murderous attack on an Israeli bus station that killed at least one person and wounded dozens. The best: nonviolent rallies by thousands of Palestinians, mostly young people, criticizing both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, and calling for a national-unity government and new democratic elections throughout the Palestinian community. The youth rallies in Gaza and in Ramallah were attacked by thugs from both Hamas and the PA. The old and destructive journalistic slogan, “If it bleeds, it leads,” has once again resulted in the elevation of murder to the Big Story, and the use of nonviolent protest by Palestinian youth has been all but ignored by U.S. media. But the nonviolent rallies — sparked by the Egyptian revolt but deeply rooted in Palestinian hunger for fresh leadership and a new way of seeking Palestinian statehood alongside Israel — might be far more important in the longer run than the vile murders of Israeli civilians, which are far more likely to freeze the status quo
of fear and rage than to bring change. Indeed, especially taking into account attempts by both old-line factions to attack the nonviolent rallies, it seems not impossible that today’s terror attack was a deliberate effort to restore the violent status quo and the power of its ossified officials. As always, hawks on one side of the barricades are the best allies of their “enemy” hawks on the other side. We in America who are committed to security and peace for both Israel and a new Palestine might wish that both the terror attack and the nonviolent rallies, in the midst of deep changes across the Middle East, will signal to the Obama administration that the time has come and the need is sharp for it to act vigorously to support the Arab League’s call for a full regional peace settlement among Israel, Palestine, and all Arab states. But there is little sign of such vigor at the top. It is unlikely to emerge unless American Muslims, Christians and Jews who do support U.S. efforts for such a regional peace create grass-roots Abrahamic Alliances to support the nonviolent peace-seeking elements in the Middle East. Rabbi Arthur Waskow is director of the Shalom Center in Philadelphia, Penn. Visit theshalomcenter. org.
What is Wrong With the World? Rabbi Nechemia Schusterman
s the world watches gripped with terror at the awesome events unfolding out of Japan — the devastation of the tsunami, nuclear reactors and the like — other major events are being overlooked. Not to diminish the importance of events in Japan, but as Jews, the Middle East is an area that holds great importance to us all. In Itamar, a little village in Israel, as many were finishing up their Shabbat meals and as others prepared for bed on March 18, a terrorist or terrorists infiltrated this secure village and entered the home of the Fogel family and perpetrated the most heinous carnage imaginable. They slit the throats of the mother, father and three of the six children (one was at a youth program and found her family killed, and two were in a bedroom and apparently overlooked by the invaders). This barbaric act of venomous hate shocked the nation of Israel and Jews worldwide. I get that the numbers just don’t match what’s happening in the Pacific, but then why is it that when Israel builds another apartment building or house, the whole world is able to take a break from their collective schedules to lambaste Israel for being an enemy to peace? What is wrong with this world? Is the hatred for Israel and its Jews so deep that the slaughter of its Jews doesn’t
even get a mention, yet the putting together of a home, some cement and bricks in territory that is undisputedly theirs, is reason for condemnation and riots? In his shiva call to the Fogel family, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “They murder, we build… and we will build.” That reminded me of another terrible attack and the response of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. In May of 1956, in the village of Kfar Chabad, terrorists attacked Chassidim. They came from the orchards to the shul and shot six people dead, a teacher and five students. Many others were injured. The Chassidim were broken and devastated. In the “new” Jewish land — in Israel, a place that belonged to the Jews — their European fear was back. Here too, they were a target. They sent a telegram to the Rebbe in New York, expecting a swift and inspirational reply. They waited one day, two days, three — and still no word from New York. Did the Rebbe lose his faith, too? Did the Rebbe have nothing to say to uplift them, as he and his predecessors had done after previous tragedy and calamity? Four days later a telegram arrived. Everyone assembled to hear what the holy Rebbe had to say. “Behemshech habinyan tinacheimu” — “by your continuing to build, you will be comforted.” Short, but powerful and to the point. The Rebbe turned the whole town from a band of broken souls to a bunch of people with a mission and goal. continued on page 23
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Temples Shalom and B’nai Abraham Find Creative Uses for Space During Off-Hours from page 1
Synagogues typically offer rental space to their own members for celebrations and will often donate space to community groups such as the Jewish Food Pantry, now currently housed at Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody. However, several synagogues are striking deals with outside organizations interested in using their facilities during off-peak periods. These collaborations bring in much-needed revenue for the synagogues. “The collaboration is good for everyone, as it also brings people into a synagogue and in touch with parts of Judaism to which they may have never been exposed,” said Suzie Cheatham, administrator at Temple Shalom. The Salem temple rents space to Little Beginnings Infant and Toddler Center, a day care that services a primarily Latin clientele. “We were able to expand our school when we moved into the synagogue. They have been really helpful,” said Rosa Lopez, director of Little Beginnings. Lopez approached the synagogue when the waiting list for her home-based center became too long. Temple Shalom had the room available because it was no longer hosting the North Shore Hebrew School. “We have an active congregation but we have down time during the week. We love having
them, and they love being here. It’s been a great relationship,” Cheatham said. To accommodate the preschool, some of the space needed to be upgraded, painted and brought up to existing building codes. Recently, the synagogue and preschool shared in the cost of erecting a fence so the children could enjoy an outdoor play area.
Several synagogues are striking deals with outside organizations interested in using their facilities during off-peak periods. Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly currently rents space to two theater companies — Theatre of Light and Neverland Theatre. They are also negotiating with a local private school interested in the theater space. “We are willing to talk to anyone. We have a large space, and our goal is to use it in ways that enhance what is already happening here,” said Deborah Vozella, executive director of TBA. “It absolutely helps the bottom line. Rental income is large contributor to our temple budget,” Vozella added. Barbara Eyges, director of Theatre of Light, said her children’s theater company needed
to move out of its space in Salem last year. She was impressed with Temple B’nai Abraham’s 300 auditorium seats and beautiful stage. Theater of Light will debut its first show, the comedy “Mirror Mirror,” at Temple B’nai Abraham on May 8. “We are thrilled to be there. It is a much larger space than we had before and the atmosphere is clean and cheery,” Eyges said, adding that she is looking forward to holding outdoor summer theater programs there. The only drawback, according to Eyges, was the learning curve for participants who have to observe kashrut. Eyges, who is Jewish, keeps kosher. The situation is similar at the Conservative Temple Shalom, where The Little Beginnings children are not permitted to bring any meat into the building, and have no school on Jewish holidays. Andy Diskes, producer and director of Neverland, likes the idea of a home base for his theater company where he can leave a few props and enjoy a positive working relationship with the synagogue staff. Neverland puts on several shows per year at TBA. “I always know where the show will be and that saves energy. I don’t have to look for a spot, and I know the rental money is going to a nice organization,” Diskes said.
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Above, two-year-old Leilani Carillo and Omary Castro attend Little Beginnings Day Care at Temple Shalom in Salem. Below, Andy Diskes (standing on right) directs members of Neverland Theater as they rehearse for an upcoming show at Beverly’s Temple B’nai Abraham.
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The politicians showed up to honor the program. “We’re here today because this is a program that’s really working,” Patrick said about the CHAMPS program, which stands for Cohen Hillel Academy Mentor Program for Students. The program, launched six years ago by a former CHA teacher and current Social Justice Coordinator, Karen Madorsky, pairs seventh and eighth grade students at Hillel with third and fourth graders from Ford School. The Hillel students help
tutor the Ford students for the annual MCAS exams. For 10 consecutive weeks, the students work one-on-one, preparing for the mathematics section of the exam. “The value of this program is clear: not only does this innovative partnership between the two schools help to prepare students at the Ford School for their MCAS testing, but the CHAMPS program also helps teach the older students about the responsibility and the importance of giving back to
the community,” said Tierney. After speaking with students and visiting classrooms, the politicians agreed that this program is a true success because it establishes strong relationships between students of different backgrounds, and affirms the core Jewish value of tikkun olam, or repair of the world. “They’re very serious about it; very engaged in it,” said Governor Patrick, referring to the students’ commitment. “It really inspires me.”
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Mark Your Calendar
April is a busy month, and not just because we’re celebrating Passover. The North Shore is buzzing with activity, from the return of J-Serve to Sky Zone to Coffee House—the culmination of Jam Space sessions. There are also tons of service learning opportunities, so check out our calendar here or online at nsteeninitiative.org to learn how you can get involved. And read on to hear about recent events like the Habitat for Humanity trip to North Carolina and check out the fun pics!
Teens Visit North Carolina with Habitat for Humanity N
STI is excited to report that the recent visit to work with the Habitat for Humanity of Wake County in North Carolina was constructive in every way. Nineteen teens from around the North Shore spent their February breaks helping to build frames, put up siding, paint interiors, prepare wood for reuse, plant lawns and much more. Habitat volunteers were on hand at every site to teach the skills needed for the day and how Habitat makes home ownership possible for people in low income areas. NSTI’s hope for the next Habitat project is to find a site that can accommodate more teens and make this excellent experience available to as many volunteers as possible.
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“It was more than just physicallybuilding a house; it was us coming together as a group to see how much effort and work goes into one single house and then putting in some of that work and effort for someone less fortunate. I have done a lot of community service but nothing has ever felt as meaningful or direct. I did not write a check or make calls from behind a desk in a telethon; I used my own hands to build a house. The most incredible part was that feeling of accomplishment: Who would have thought I could vinyl side the walls of a house or build the foundations of walls? You start in the morning with some uncut wood, a handful of nails and a hammer and end the day with that intense feeling of pride when you see what your own hands have done!” —Shane Skikne
These volunteers agree—hear What was Habitat really like? their perspectives: Listen to what volunteer “During my week at Habitat, I learned Casey has to say about it: “Driving through a neighborhood with about more than framing walls and refresh cut lawns, three-story houses and moving nails from boards. I learned how long cobblestone driveways didn’t seem to work as a team to meet and exceed a like the place that we would likely be common goal, and I learned about the beginning our Habitat group work. We importance of giving back to the commade our way up through the large yard munity and the effect that can have on —Jacob Cline and two brick chimneys stood alone in an area.” front of us. As our Habitat leader “EASILY THE BEST SPENT for the day explained, we would SCHOOL VACATION EVER!!!” be doing “deconstruction”— tak—Hannah Solomon ing nails out of boards in order to salvage them. I gave a slight sigh “The thing I liked best was of disappointment. learning more about Habitat, meetSix hours later, after lots of pulled ing new people and helping somenails, clean boards and sore hands, one in need.” I didn’t want to go. I learned that —Bettina Bucco Habitat for Humanity’s philosophy is to “reduce, re-use and recycle” “When asked what we were and that our effort was a key part doing during February vacation, of that system, allowing 80 percent nearly all of my friends responded of the materials from the demolwith, “Oh, nothing much,” or “lookished house to be re-used. Yes, I ing at colleges. ” While I certainly greatly enjoyed the work, but there would have loved the down time, was something else about it. I had I decided to dedicate my break to had such a fun day connecting to PAINT BREAK: Casey Ballin (Gloucester), Allie volunteer through NSTI. The prinmy new friends. It was a little awk- Donnenfeld (Swampscott), Shane Skikne ciples of Habitat are not ones that ward at first, but by the end of the (Middleton) & Lior Shemesh (Danvers) take a quick solely resonate with the Christian trip, we had all bonded so well that break from one of their many Habitat jobs. faith, but rather with mankind in we wanted to stay, live together and general. Tikkun Olam, or “repaircontinue to volunteer. I’m so glad that I “It was a lot of fun being able to ing the world,” is an idea that has been was able to go on this NSTI trip, make all work with so many outstanding practiced since days of old, and perhaps these new amazing friends and feel that people from the North Shore to the volunteer work really changed me.” accomplish something so important Habitat is just another application of the —Asher Goldman —Casey Ballin for those in need.” —Jeremy Meyer same logic.”
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Jam Space is Growing... NSTI, in partnership with the youth programs of Temple Sinai, Temple Ahavat Achim, Temple Beth Shalom, Temple B’nai Abraham, Temple Emanu-el, Congregation Shirat Hayam, and Temple Ner Tamid, is pleased to announce the expansion of the teen music program, Jam Space.
A Different Kind of Jewish Summer Camp BY SAM FEINSTEIN
hen you think of Jewish summer camp, you think campfire, songs and bunk beds. Last summer, I thought outside the box and attended BIMA, a five-week overnight arts camp held at Brandeis University. As a musician, this was one the best camp experiences I could have had. The staff was phenomenal. I learned a great deal about the bass and how to compose baselines. And having the chance to be a part of a collaborative music-making process helped me to get used to the experience of being in a band. During my time at BIMA, I was able to develop my stylistic influences. I got to see what everyone else was listening to and be influenced by artists I had never even heard of before. I also got to share my own ideas on music and got inspired to write many different songs in the coming months. And in addition to all of the musical growth I had last summer, I became very good friends with a lot of different people at Brandeis. The experience of isolation that an overnight camp like BIMA offers helped to bring everyone very close together. This particular state of being is optimal for musicians, art-
ists, writers, etc., such as me. It was at BIMA that I really started to refine my songwriting skills. Plus, the way Shabbat and Tisha B’av were observed really influenced me spiritually. I didn’t know that my experience last summer was also going to prepare me for many of the musical experiences I would come to face this year as a freshman. I gained the musical proficiency to make jazz band on both of my basses. And I had the confidence to go to jam sessions at Temple B’nai Abraham and form a band, Meshugannah. This was my first band since BIMA, and I was dying to do some performing. Meshugannah had the pleasure of working with the Josh Nelson Project (I had actually met Josh that summer at BIMA when he came in to talk to the music majors). We learned a lot from Josh and his band and had a great performance. We also got to play with a Jewish gospel singer. I especially liked the gospel performance because I love soul, funk and the blues. She took the gospel music I love, but put it in Jewish context so that I could relate to the lyrics as well as the music. I now have three bands, I write my own music and I play
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the bass guitar, upright bass, piano and a little bit of guitar. I’m grateful to have had the chance to spend a summer immersed in music, because I never would have come this far otherwise. ■ SAM is a freshman from Beverly, MA and a founding member of the band Meshugganah
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dar, go to nsteeninitiative.org. NSTI is looking for all local teen organizations to list their events online and in this space next month! Please send your event listings to email@example.com.
Teens are invited to play and share music during these free open jam sessions running regularly at the Jewish Community Center in Marblehead. Jam Space offers teens a gathering place where they can feel comfortable making music and honing their skills together under the supervision of a professional musician. All types of musical styles and ways to incorporate any instrument will be explored. All ability-levels are welcome and will be able to contribute to the session. There is no pressure to play; teens can join in when and if they feel ready. This session of Jam Space will culminate in a coffeehouse scheduled for April 30 for all who want to perform in a fun, supportive environment. Jam Space in Marblehead will run in conjunction with Jam Space at Temple B’nai Abraham (TBA) in Beverly and teens are welcome to participate at either or both locations.
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What’d I miss? Just ‘cause you missed these events doesn’t mean you can’t still sign up for all the amazing opportunities to come!
Get Ready for J-Serve 2011 J-Serve is back and once again, NSTI is gathering as many Jewish teens as possible from around the North Shore to participate in this annual day of service for Jewish youth around the world. Our team of volunteers will help with some renovations at the Cobbett School in Lynn. We will be joined by teens from Boston’s BBYO chapter in hopes of making a
significant impact in one short day! Help us work then celebrate with music and a BBQ as we wrap up the day.
For more info on J-Serve, check out www.jserve.org. Grades 8-12 sign up by April 15 at www.nsteeninitiative.org.
Snow Tubing Super Bowl 2011—this collaborative snow tubing extravaganza drew 70 teens from a combination of Jews on the Hill, SMARTY, YAiSH, TAA teens, Temple B’nai Abraham & USY.
Shabbat Shalom—Let’s Eat! s part of the teen program at Temple Achavat Achim in Gloucester, several times a year a family hosts a large group of teens at their home for Shabbat dinner. Most recently, there were 20 teens that came to one of these dinners. Here is what one teen, Daria Shnider, had to say about it: “Teen Shabbat dinners give me a chance to hang out with my Jewish friends that I don’t necessarily see all the time. I love my non-Jewish friends too, but it’s nice to have another group of friends that I can get together with— especially my Y2I friends. If people think that teen Shabbat dinners are only about intense praying and learning about religion, they’re wrong. Teen Shabbat dinners are about getting together with friends to enjoy their company and stay connected with our Jewish side. Every time I hear there is one coming up, I immediately mark it down on my calendar and count down the days until I get to see my friends again.”
pation of North Shore teens in this year’s Maccabi ArtsFest and Games. They enjoyed a dinner together and saw friends while sharing pictures, videos and stories from both trips. This is what Amanda German thought of the evening: “I have been celebrating Shabbat every week for as long as I can remember. Some weeks my family has a large celebration, while most of the time we say the prayers, light candles, drink grape juice and break off pieces of challah. I enjoy celebrating Shabbat with my fam-
ily, but find it an experience in its own to celebrate with friends. At the Artsfest Shabbat Reunion Dinner, all of the Artsfest and Maccabi Game kids got together to eat and socialize over a beautiful Shabbat dinner. We hadn’t seen each other since the summer and there was high energy and lots of laughter as we all dined over kosher Chinese food. It was a fun event that maintained the traditions of Shabbat, and brought a bunch of us even closer together.” ■
NSTI also recently hosted a Shabbat dinner for 2010 Maccabbi artists and athletes and their families to join for a special night that showcased the partici-
Eliot Levitin, Sophie Scott (Swampscott) and Betti Bucco (Wenham) bypass chopsticks at NSTI’s kosher Chinese Shabbat dinner.
I Can’t Wait to Go Back Next Year! Jewish summer camp is famous for fostering fun, creativity, new interests, an appreciation for the outdoors and life-long friendships. After every season, Jewish summer campers enthusiastically report: “Camp was awesome!” “One of the best experiences I could have had,” and “I can’t wait to go back next year!” Jewish campers learn to value their heritage. Camp alumni tend to grow to become active leaders and participants in the Jewish community. Thanks to a partnership between the North Shore Teen Initiative (NSTI) and the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), One Happy Camper Incentive Grants are available for firsttime Jewish campers. North Shore youth who have never before attended overnight Jewish summer camp
are invited to apply for incentive grants to help defray the cost of attending. Need-blind grants of $1,000 per youth for the summer of 2011 will be awarded to the first 50 qualified local campers who apply.
Blue Man Group: USY, SMARTY, YAiSH & NSTI collaborated to bring a group of just over 40 to see Blue Man after volunteering at Got Mitzvah.
Roughly 80 teens participated in Got Mitzvah? including Operation Gratitude by writing letters, sending toys and making scarves for American & Israeli soldiers.
Congrats! Big congratulations go out to NSTI Board member and Swampscott High School teacher Mark Schwartz! Mark was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) for “outstanding dedication and commitment to
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The Cost of Watching ‘Free’ Online Movies Everyone loves a good movie and with today’s movie theatre tickets costing more than $10 a pop (and that’s not even including the “popcorn”), many movie goers are opting to watch their favorite movies at home for free instead. “Free,” however, comes with a cost — a cost that many consumers don’t realize. The Better Business Bureau warns consumers against downloading “free” online movies. According to researchers from cloud security provider Zscaler, movie sites like letmewatchthis.com, letbobwatchthis.com, and movie-source. org, all look harmless when in fact, they are luring consumers into a copyright infringement trap. Sites like these house hundreds of pirated movies, and by downloading them onto your computer, you are committing a copyright infringement. “Consumers need to know the consequences of using such sites,” said Paula Fleming,
vice president of communications & marketing for the Better Business Bureau. “It is ultimately their responsibility to ensure that the files they are downloading and sharing are legal copies.” According to the United States Copyright Office, an individual who uploads or downloads online movies that are protected by copyright law without the authority of the copyright owner can be subjected to copyright infringement violations. Such cases can be considered liable for statutory damages up to $30,000 for each work infringed. If infringement is found to be willful, that amount can be increased up to $150,000 for each work infringed. In addition, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, the government can also criminally prosecute for copyright infringement. Fines up to $250,000 and/ or a five-year prison sentence can result. To avoid such risks, the Better Business Bureau recommends
the following: • Purchase all copyrighted works online using one of the many services that are authorized to sell copyrighted pieces. By doing so, you can avoid copyright infringement violations. • When evaluating services to decide if they provide legal music and movie files, look for statements that say they have obtained the copyright permission of the artists or company representing the artists. • Seek legal alternatives. The Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America can provide a list of some of the more popular legal online media sources, including iTunes and YouTube. • Be careful when downloading illegal digital files. Illegal downloading places your computer at high risk of receiving viruses. To learn more, visit bbb.org and cybercrime.gov.
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Senior Care: Making the Right Decision Rick Weisberg Special to the Journal
eciding when an elderly parent or loved one can no longer live alone is extremely difficult. On a personal level, I vividly remember just how overwhelming it was to research options and make decisions when it became apparent that my dad could no longer live by himself. It is a challenging situation at best; the available choices are often confusing and complicated. The first step in planning ahead for your parents or loved one is to organize a family meeting and discuss preferences in terms of living options (e.g. remaining at home, independent living, assisted living facilities and nursing homes). Secondly, it is important to schedule an appointment with a trusted professional who can help develop a plan. Keep in mind that geriatric care managers can be a tremendous asset. Ask a reputable senior care consultant or elder law attorney for referrals. Finding the best people makes all the difference in the world. For many seniors, the option to receive care at home is the best solution; for others it makes sense to look at independent living, assisted living facilities or nursing homes. Home care also comes into play in these facilities, so it’s crucial to understand how to approach these agencies. In terms of home care, it is essential to make sure the agency is HCA (Home Care Alliance) accredited and that all caregivers are fully screened, trained, licensed and bonded. Ask the company questions about their
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Reality Television Star Bethenny Frankel Guides Others to ‘A Place of Yes’ Jessica Chmara
shoulder and an angel on the other — each pulling in opposite directions. Her book is divided into 10 chapters eality television star Bethenny or rules. From “Rule #1 Break the Chain” Frankel is a fearless and successful to “Rule #10 Celebrate,” Bethenny businesswoman who has just pub- guides readers with candor and wit, lished her third novel, “A Place of Yes.” sharing her own amusing and inspiring Although she has faced stories along the way. Her vulnerabilmany obstacles and chal- ity and honesty are touching, and give BOOK lenges in her personal life, readers a real glimpse of the trials and she has landed firmly on tribulations she faced and overcame. her feet, and at the age of 40 is ready to Bethenny cautions that the book is give readers advice on how to accom- not a memoir, “because I feel I haven’t plish the same. lived long enough to write an autobiWe recently spoke by phone. She was ography. In many ways, my life is just in her New York City apartment with her getting started,” she said. baby girl Bryn, almost 11 months, cooBorn on her mother’s 20th birthing in her arms, her loveable 10-year- day, Bethenny grew up in California old dog Cookie at her and New York — shuttled side, and her adorable between her parents who husband Jason Hoppy divorced when she was five. in the background. Her Jewish father, Bobby This self-made Frankel, was a famed horse woman has come a trainer who passed away long way — from an last year. Her Welsh mother unhappy childhood Bernadette Birk converted to and many failed relaJudaism when they married. tionships and business Yet Bethenny says she grew ventures — to become up without Jewish customs or the woman she is traditions, which she regrets today. In “A Place of to this day. Yes,” Bethenny strives Her mother was constantto empower readers to ly dieting and purging. As take back their lives, a result, Bethenny grew up as she did. obsessing about her weight. A Place of Yes “This is your life. Today, the 5’6” actress weighs Bethenny Frankel You need to take conabout 117 pounds and has Touchstone Books, 2011 trol and stop waiting what she believes is a healthy for someone else to fix it for you,” she relationship with food. Her mantra is: said. You can have it all — just not all at Bethenny admits that it took many once. years for her to overcome what she After graduating from NYU with a refers to as the “noise” or distractions degree in communication and psycholin her head. She had to deal with “food ogy, Bethenny moved to California to noise,” “money noise” and “relation- pursue an acting career. She did get ship noise.” She describes “noise” as the some work, but was told by Hollywood feeling of having a devil sitting on one producers that she was too heavy and Jewish Journal Staff
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needed to lose weight. She moved back to New York City and attended the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, which gave her a new direction and path in life. She launched the BethennyBakes line, which ultimately failed, but that gave her the drive to audition for Martha Stewart’s “The Apprentice,” where she came in second place. Yet it was a chance encounter one weekend at a Polo event in the Hamptons that changed Bethenny’s life forever. She began chatting with Jill Zarin, who had just been cast for a new Bravo reality television series, “Moms of New York City.” Zarin convinced Bethenny to speak to the producers, and she, too, was cast on the show. Bethenny filmed three seasons of what became the blockbuster television show, “The Housewives of New York City.” During that time, she wrote two books — “Naturally Thin,” published in 2009, and “The Skinnygirl Dish,” published in 2010. She also launched a line of Skinnygirl cocktails for health conscious drinkers. After three seasons she became uncomfortable with the drama of the “Housewives” series, and wanted to quit. The producers, quick to cash in on her overnight popularity, offered her a spin off show called “Bethenny Getting Married.” This popular reality show
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detailed her engagement, pregnancy and marriage to Hoppy. This modern day balabusta has no plans of slowing down. She is planning to do another season of “Bethenny Ever After,” and her Skinnygirl brand of cocktails has just been acquired by Fortune Brands for an undisclosed price. She is releasing her second yoga DVD, and is launching a line of body shapers that she calls “lazy lingerie.” She is also releasing a line of supplements and vitamins under her Skinnygirl label. Bethenny is grateful for all the successes in her life. She is thrilled to be in a “Place of Yes,” and wants others to experience the same. Jessica Chmara is the book editor of the Jewish Journal.
10 Facts You May Not Know About Bethenny Frankel 1. She loves Costco. 2. She will never say “diet” in front of her daughter. 3. Having too much stuff makes her crazy, and gives her the need to purge. 4. She had her first drink at age seven, was gambling by age eight, and went to clubs at age 14. 5. She posed nude for PETA. 6. She worked as a personal assistant for Kathy Hilton, mother of Paris and Nicky Hilton. 7. Being on the television show “The Apprentice” was one of the most exhausting experiences in her life, besides breastfeeding her daughter.
8. As a child, she wanted to be named Jennifer. 9. When she began filming “Housewives of New York City,” she had $8,000 to her name. 10. She appeared on “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”
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8:45 p.m. “A Letter” is a Yiddish film about a mother in pre-WWI Polish Ukraine. ‘Mamadrama’ looks at how the Jewish mother has been portrayed over history. Also April 3 at 7 p.m. $10. Emerson College, 559 Washington St., Boston. bjff.org.
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Betty (Kupelnick) Cotton, 76, of Peabody
Doris “Dolly” (Krentzman) Tushman, 93, of Chelsea
Betty (Kupelnick) Cotton of Peabody entered into rest March 12, 2011, surrounded by her loving family. She was 76. Betty was a labor and delivery nurse for over 50 years at Lynn and Salem Hospitals, where she served her profession with great passion. She was an avid golfer and a member of the Thomson Country Club for over 40 years. Betty was the beloved wife of the late Donald J. Cotton. She was the devoted mother of Elayne Levin and her husband Marc, David Cotton and his wife Laurie, and Daniel Cotton and his wife Joanne. Betty was
Doris “Dolly” (Krentzman) Tushman of Chelsea, formerly of Medford and Worcester, died on March 26, 2011. She was 93. Doris was born in Chelsea and attended Chelsea schools and high school. She was a retired medical secretary. She was active in the Jewish community as a member of Hadassah, Temple Shalom of Medford and a former member of Temple Emmanuel of Chelsea. Doris was the beloved wife of the late Harry Tushman. She was the devoted mother of Michael Tushman and his wife Marjorie Williams, Betsy Agrimanakis and her husband George, and Richard Diaz Tushman and his wife Lucinda.
the loving sister of Marvin Kupelnick and wife Ronnie. She was the cherished grandmother of Edythe, Donald, Jake, Max, Madison and Delaney. She was the dear aunt of Elissa Kupelnick. Services were held at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapels in Salem on March 14. Interment followed at Pride of Lynn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Betty’s memory may be donated to the Hospice of the North Shore, c/o Kaplan Family Hospice House, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923.
Dr. Ralph M. Mann, 86, of Gloucester Dr. Ralph M. Mann, a resident of Gloucester for more than 55 years, passed away on March 15, 2011. He was 86. Ralph was born in Chelsea on August 1, 1924. He was the son of the late Harry S. and Bertha (Kerner) Mann. He was a graduate of both Tufts College and the Massachusetts College of Optometry. He worked as an optometrist before retirement, running his own practice in Gloucester for many years. Ralph also was a senior optometrist at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Pilgrim Health and Ocean Optical of Gloucester. Ralph was a leader with the Boys Scouts of America, where he was an instructor of medical first aid. Later he spent many years as a volunteer for the Gloucester Chapter of the American Red Cross, where he taught first aid to local police and fire personnel before the advent of paramedics, and where he affectionately picked
up the nickname “Doc” Mann. He had a love of music and spent several years playing clarinet with the Rockport Legion Band, where at summer concerts he introduced each song with his entertaining humor. Ralph was the beloved husband of the late Marilyn (Nesson) Mann. He was the devoted father of Janet Farrell and her husband Hank, Edward Mann and his wife Christine, and William Masselli and his wife Barbara. Ralph was the dear brother of the late Herbert A. Mann. He was also the loving grandfather of Benjamin Parsons, Melissa Mann and Matthew Mann. A chapel service was held at the Torf Funeral Chapel in Chelsea on March 18. Interment followed in Sharon. Contributions in Ralph’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice. For an online guestbook, visit the funeral home website, www.torffuneralservice.com.
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She was the dear sister of the late Lillian Gorfinkle, Ruth Cohen, Cornelius Krentzman, Leon Krentzman, Sylvia Lundy, Irene Ringer, Harvey Krentzman and Lawrence Krentzman. Doris was the loving grandmother of Lawrence, Jonathan, Rachel, Rafael, Kira, Melissa, Stephanie and Antony. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren. Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel in Chelsea on March 28. Interment followed in Everett. Contributions in Doris’s memory may be made to the Institute for Aging Research, c/o Hebrew Senior Life, 1200 Centre St., Boston, MA 02131. For an online guestbook, visit the funeral home website, www. torffuneralservice.com.
Arthur Weinberg, 82, of Revere Arthur Weinberg of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on March 18, 2011. He was 82. Arthur was born in Norwood in 1928. Arthur was selfemployed for many years. He was a long-time active member of Congregation Beth Israel in Malden, and enjoyed horse racing and will greatly miss his two birds, Sebastian and Ginger. Arthur was the dear brother of Herbert Wineberg and his wife Elsie, the late Irving Weinberg and the late Sarah Weinberg.
He was the devoted uncle of Larry Wineberg and his wife Janet, Barry Wineberg and his wife Renee, and Madalyn Purdy and her husband Doug. Arthur was also the loving great-uncle of Christopher, Cori, Amanda, Shaina, Justin and Sean. Services have been held. Arrangements were handled by Torf Funeral Service in Chelsea. Donations in Arthur’s memory may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Association, PO Box 14906, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
Bach, Daryl, 90 — late of Winchester. Died March 24, 2011. Husband of the late Debora (Springer) Bach. Father of Faith Bach and Joshua L. Bach. (Goldman)
Wife of the late Irving Goldstein. Mother of Dr. S. Melvin and his wife Arlene Goldstein of East Haven, Conn., and Brenda and her husband Arnold Jacobson of Ipswich. Grandmother of Philip, David and Bradley Jacobson, Laura Vine, Melodie Foster. Greatgrandmother of Jonathan and Presley Jacobson. (Stanetsky-Hymanson)
BLAUSTEIN, Aaron H. — late of Glen Burnie, Md., formerly of Lynnfield. Died March 21, 2011. Son of Millie Naseck Blaustein Madoff of Lynnfield and the late William D. Blaustein. Step-son of Sonny Madoff of Lynnfield. Brother of Jeffrey and his wife Karen Blaustein of Newburyport, and Ellen Blaustein Schreiber and her husband Kurt Schreiber of Northwood, N.H. Uncle of Andy and Becca Blaustein, and Jenni Lynn Walkup. (Stanetsky-Hymanson) Emack, Dwayne D., 56 — late of Salem, formerly of Willimantic, Conn. Died March 22, 2011. Husband of Leslie (Rosenberg) Emack. Father of Daniel Emack and his fiancée Sarah O’Connor. Son of Doreen (Saunders) and the late Daniel F. Emack, Sr. Brother of Donna and her husband Ross Dmochowski, Denise and her husband Andrew Sturman, Diana and her husband Gregg Walker, Dawn and Jon Bilski and the late Daniel “Butchy” Emack. Uncle of many nieces and nephews. (Goldman) Faye, Barry I., 68 — late of Danvers. Died March 11, 2011. Husband of Eleanor (Cohn) Faye. Father of Seth Faye and Hillary and her husband Matthew Rosenthal. Grandfather of Evan and Addison Rosenthal. Brother of Stephanie Block. (Goldman) Galber, Lucille (Olesh), 87 — formerly of Swampscott, Florida and Denver, Colo. Died March 15, 2011. Mother of Scott Galber of Essex and the late Jill Galber Goff. Sister of Arthur Moss and his wife Arlene of Denver, the late Dorothy Karo and Gerald Olesh. Grandmother of Julie Rae Galber and David Mark Galber. (StanetskyHymanson) GOLDSTEIN, Mollie — late of Swampscott. Died March 23, 2011.
Heifetz, Evelyn, 98 — formerly of Lawrence. Died March 21, 2011. Daughter of the late Samuel and Ethel (Cussell) Heifetz. Sister of the late Edward Heifetz, Helen Heifetz, Anne Salkovitz and Rose Klein. Aunt of many loving nieces and nephews. (Goldman) Katz, Molly S. (Goldman), 98 — late of Beverly. Died March 16, 2011. Wife of the late Joseph Katz. Mother of David and Sheila Katz, Norman and Patricia Katz, and Alan and Norma Katz. Grandmother of Aaron and Wendy, Ellen and Mark, Michael and Carrie, Amy and Matthew, Jessica, Ethan and Hillary. Great-grandmother of eight. Sister of Albert “Skip” Goldman, the late Betty Poverman, Rose Wacksman and Louis Goldman. (Goldman) Wertheimer, Helen (Wachen), 79 — late of Andover. Died March 23, 2011. Wife of the late Walter Wertheimer. Sister of Dr. Harry and his wife Elizabeth Wachen. Aunt of David and Kimberly Wachen, Mark and Hallie Wachen, Valerie and Steven Silverman, Betsy and John Brod and many grandnieces and grandnephews. Cousin of Margot and Howard Walton and Edith Hausman. Sister-in-law of Ruth Shurman. (Goldman) ZYKOFSKY, Sadie I. (Schwartz), 93 — late of Lynn. Died March 17, 2011. Wife of the late Louis Zykofsky. Daughter of the late Joseph and Sarah (Cohen) Schwartz. Mother of Stephen M. Zykofsky and Michael A. Zykofsky. Sister of Pearl Porter, Anne Wadness and the late Maurice Schwartz. (Stanetsky-Hymanson)
Elizabeth Taylor, Ardent Zionist
Legendary American actress and ardent Zionist, Elizabeth Taylor, passed away on March 23 at age 79. Ms. Taylor, who enjoyed a long and hugely successful career in Hollywood, was converted to Judaism in 1959 by Rabbi Max Nussbaum. Among Elizabeth Taylor’s outstanding work on behalf of Israel and Jewish causes was her participation in raising $840,000 for Israel in a 1967 London gala, and personally purchasing $100,000 in Israel Bonds in 1959. The same year, she cancelled a visit to Moscow after the Soviet Union lashed out at Israel following the June 1967 Six Day War. In 1975, she was one of 60 prominent women to sign a statement to thenU.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim condemning the U.N. General Assembly’s infamous Zionism-is-Racism resolution. Taylor offered herself as a hostage when 104 hostages aboard an Air France airbus were hijacked by PLO terrorists and held at Uganda’s Entebbe Airport, from which they were rescued in a spectacular Israeli commando mission on July 4, 1976, America’s 200th birthday. Taylor frequently visited Israel and met with its leadership, including Prime Minister Menachem Begin in 1983. In 1987, she signed a petition seeking the release from Soviet incarceration of leading refusenik, Ida Nudel. Elizabeth Taylor’s proIsrael activism led to the banning of her films in several Arab countries. After she purchased $100,000 in Israel Bonds in 1959, the United Arab Republic (now Egypt) banned all her movies. Gen. Essam Elmasri, head of the Cairo regional bureau of the Israel Boycott Office, said that Miss Taylor would not be allowed to come to Egypt because she has adopted the Jewish faith and “supports Israeli causes.” Her movie, “Cleopatra,” was not permitted to be filmed in Egypt, but in 1964, Egypt dropped her from its blacklist when it decided that “Cleopatra,” which mentions Egypt 122 times, would be provide good publicity for Egypt. ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “Elizabeth Taylor was not only a wonderful actress but a wonderful Zionist. In the days of vicious Arab boycotts stronger than those today, she could have taken a self-interested line, as have many Jewish actors today, and failed to speak up or support Israel or, worse, engaged in anti-Israel slanders and other activities that harm Israel and aid its enemies, but she didn’t.”
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letters to the editor
Who Are The Peacemakers? from page 9
More letters on page 8
State of the Union(s) Only an extreme, left-wing liberal like Mr. Stuart Appelbaum would try to equate the horrific event of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire with the people of Wisconsin’s efforts to keep their state from going into a financial pit of doom. (“From the Triangle Fire Through Madison, WI,” Journal, March 17.) Per the New York Times: In the private sector, 7.2% of workers are members of a union, while 37.4% of government workers are members of a union. The “hard fought gains” of the early union workers are now being destroyed by the government employee’s unions. The money that Americans work for is used to pay the salaries of civil service employees — which they then kick back to the Democrat Party. Did the founders of America’s labor unions intend to take the money from workers to bribe politicians? Appelbaum says the latest opinion polls back him up,
but the Rasmussen Poll shows 67% of Americans disapprove of Wisconsin Democrats. Further, 48% support Governor Walker, and only 38% support the unions. Perhaps there are quite a few Americans who are sick of giving the money they work for to unions to funnel into the Democratic Party. As caring Jews, we must not become complacent. The more we sit back and allow the unions to practice the same tactics as Hitler’s Brown Shirts, the more we watch our country being taken over by thugs. Government workers work for us. The fire of a century ago destroyed a factory and over 100 lives. How many lives will the SCIU destroy in the fire it wants to set by bankrupting the governments of every state and community in the country? Al Jacobson Commerce City, Colo.
Ikkarim Off to a Great Start We are thrilled to report that the six-week-course, “Ikkarim: Parenting Through a Jewish Lens,” is off to a great start — with 20 registered participants at Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody. Getting the program off the ground was largely due to the tremendous energy, commitment and enthusiasm of TBS members and lay leaders. We extend our thanks to Amy Sliva (temple president), Mary Pickett (director of adult education) and Julie Despres (board member) for their work in helping to bring Ikkarim to Peabody. It is precisely this dedicated, energetic lay leadership that helps us at Federation do our job enriching Jewish community life on the North Shore. Thank you. Alanna Cooper Ikkarim Program Director Liz Donnenfeld Executive Director, JFNS
Celebrate Shabbat With Temple Shalom Thank you to all the folks who came by and celebrated Shabbat at Temple Shalom’s Shabbat Unplugged service on March 18. The large turnout made it a special Shabbat and well worth the efforts to publicize Shabbat Unplugged to the North Shore Jewish community. It was a joy to see both old and new friends, and to wor-
ship together to welcome in the Sabbath. I also want to publicly express my thanks and gratitude to Temple Shalom’s own Hazzan Idan for sharing his world melodies, his musical gifts and his sincere heart, which enables us to enjoy a Shabbat of deep emotion and meaning throughout the year.
By the way, if you liked the Shabbat Unplugged service, stop by and experience our weekly Shabbat services, both Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, as Hazzan Idan leads us in our rich Sabbath tradition of music, prayer and Kavanah. Larry Taitelbaum Temple Shalom, Salem
a general assumption, as had existed for years, that the way to assess who was interested in peace remained the two criteria: a willingness to negotiate and how one negotiated. That has now changed, and this is a disturbing and destructive development. For the last two years, the Palestinians have refused to negotiate with the Israelis. The role the Obama Administration played in all this by making an Israeli settlement freeze a precondition to negotiations has been well documented. What is significant however, in terms of broad international reaction to this vacuum, is that a change has taken place in evaluating who is a peacemaker. And it is a change that not only is detrimental to Israel’s image, but is harmful to efforts to foster peace. The fact that the Palestinians have refused to negotiate no longer seems to be seen as a
d ce u d re
basis for saying they are the main obstacle to peace. Not negotiating is no longer the standard for a non-peacemaker. Instead Israel, which has said repeatedly it is ready to negotiate immediately, is held accountable. Let me be clear: If negotiations would start and Israel would not make a satisfactory offer to the Palestinians, then there could be grounds for criticism of the Jewish state. But to drop the standard that has served so well for so long (it was significant eventually in bringing Egypt and Jordan to peace) is an error of major proportions. It is time for the world to get back to basics and demand that the Palestinians return now to the negotiating table. Abraham Foxman is National Director of the Anti-Defamation League.
What is Wrong With the World? from page 9
We get knocked down, but we get up again. The way to get up again is to build: to have a plan for growth, a reason to live again. Indeed, the next day in Kfar Chabad, everyone helped clear debris and create space for what would eventually become the trade school. The light and joy, the fire and fervor, was back. The broken and bruised people arose once again. Did it answer the big question of why? No. Did it bring the
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Charoses is one of the most delicious ceremonial foods at the Passover seder meal. It symbolizes the mortar used by the Hebrew slaves when they built the pyramids in Egypt. This is also our Passover “peanut butter.” Here is my recipe: 1 cup apple butter 1 cup finely ground almonds or walnuts ½ cup chopped dates 2 t. sweet red wine 2 t. cinnamon Combine all ingredients. It’s done! Multiply ingredients for a large crowd or to enjoy as a spread on whole grain matzah for the rest of the holiday.
Why Do We Have Three Matzahs? Hersh Goldman Special to the Journal
ews always set a stack of three matzahs at the head of the Passover seder table. The haggadah explains that the matzah reminds us of the unleavened bread our ancestors ate when they were delivered from slavery in Egypt because they left in a hurry, and the dough did not have time to rise. This explains why we exhibit matzahs at the seder, but why three matzahs? We welcome holidays and the weekly rest day of Shabbat with Kiddush. Kiddushim include a prayer appropriate to the particular rest day, a blessing on wine, and a blessing on two complete breads — usually two challahs. For the yontif of Passover, when the only bread permitted is unleavened bread (matzah) it follows that we should recite
Kiddush on two whole matzahs, but not three. The reason we have three is so that we will still have two whole matzahs left after the seder ritual of breaking the middle matzah to symbolize the “bread of affliction and poverty.” This way, we keep the tradition of welcoming all the joyous Shabbat and yontif rest days (including Passover) by reciting a “Hamotzi” blessing over two whole breads. If anyone at your seder is confused by this explanation, just say that the extra unleavened bread is because you want the family to be “well-bred” (but don’t quote me). Happy Passover! The author, after being asked by the venerable Rabbi Samuel Zaitchik, led the 1997 seder for Lynn’s Congregation Ahabat Sholom.
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In Japan, many overseas workers found themselves caught in an emergency situation following the powerful earthquake and the resulting tsunami. In another part of the world, Americans working in Egypt and the Middle East routinely face dangerous unrest in the streets. As businesses expand into new global markets, 10 percent of employees who are sent abroad from the U.S. are assigned to countries that are considered dangerous or have harsh living conditions. “While employment in a foreign country can be a dream come true, anyone working outside their native soil should have an exit strategy in place and be prepared for a hasty departure — even if they are working in countries that are considered ‘safe’,” said global employment expert Mary Anne Thompson, founder of Going Global. “Your first step should be to register with the appropriate embassy and consulate, and regularly update your contact information. This will assure
you will be notified and continually updated by the U.S. State Department in the event of a disaster or crisis in your host country,” Thompson advised. Employers with overseas workers should have a risk management plan in place. Companies should also buy travel insurance policies, monitor the movement of their employees, hire medical evacuators and security companies to protect overseas offices. It is the responsibility of the individual to be organized and prepared for the unthinkable. “Keep abreast of local political, social and meteorological developments, and have a personal safety plan and escape route,” Thompson said. “Keep a three-day supply of food and water on hand, and your important papers in one location.” Going Global also recommends maintaining a reserve of cash in small denominations, and learning about ways to leave the country (planes, trains, ferries, etc.). For further information, visit goinglobal.com.
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Flori Schwartz Named Campaign Counsel
Bella Tarutz celebrated her 102nd birthday with a special visit from Rabbi Steven Rubenstein, chaplain at Beacon Hospice. Rabbi Rubenstein offered a special prayer in honor of Tarutz’s special birthday. She has been a resident at Hunt Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Danvers for nine years.
JCCNS Welcomes New General Manager The JCCNS welcomes Lori Laviolette as general manager. She comes to the J with years of experience as owner and operator of North Shore Athletic Club in Beverly and as former manager of several fitness centers for Healthworks. She has degrees in health education, exercise science and psychology. Laviolette will run the membership services and health and wellness programs.
Flori Schwartz of Marblehead has joined the Jewish Federation of the North Shore’s professional team for one year in the position of part-time campaign counsel. Schwartz is charged with developing strategy for the 2011 campaign, engaging potential new donors and meeting campaign goals. She will provide solicitor training and staffing for campaign events, including Super Sunday, the community-wide phone-a-thon, and the annual Lifetime of Leadership program. Schwartz recently served as director of the successful $4 million effort to rebuild Gloucester’s Temple Ahavat Achim. She has also served in development leadership roles for the North Shore Music Theatre, the New England Region of the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Rehabilitation Center (Aviv), and Cohen Hillel Academy.
Aviv Hosts CEU Program Aviv Centers for Living hosted a continuing education program on the mental health issues related to being a diabetic. The presentation was in honor of Social Work Month 2011, with the theme, “Social Workers Change Futures,” to promote the role of social workers as positive change agents. Pictured, l-r, are Amy Pliner, Melissa Brady Janice Glick, Charlene Ball McKenzie, Mary Barbuzzi and Joann Webster,RN.
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Hillel to Honor Hamishpacha Presidents MARBLEHEAD — Friends of the Hillel Library’s 24th Annual Educational Forum are proud to honor 40 past and present Hamishpacha presidents with the Edith Bloch Award on Sunday, April 10 at 6 pm, at Cohen Hillel Academy. The event features Dr. Anne Fishel, associate clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Mass. General Hospital, who will speak on the topic, “Home for Dinner: How Mealtime Can Make Your Kids Happier, Smart and More Connected to You.” Dr. Fishel has a regular blog, “Food for Thought,” at the familydinnerproject.org, a website that offers ideas for families to share dinners and meaningful conversation. Hamishpacha means “the family” in Hebrew. Hillel
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Cohen Hillel Academy will honor 40 past and present leaders of Hamishpacha; pictured left to right are Heidi Rubin, Frances Goldfield and Michele Cohen.
Academy’s parent teacher organization became known as Hamishpacha under the vision of Dr. Bennett Solomon, former head of school. Over the years, many volunteers provided the resources and energy for creative and heartfelt programming for students, teachers and staff. They are the inspiration behind programs ranging from the back to school “Bagel Breakfast on the Plaza” to the Israel Independence Day celebration in May. “Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family — and at Hillel Academy that’s hamishpacha,” said Ken Schulman, head of school. Honorees include Izzi Abrams, Meredith Adner, Marianne Bob (deceased), Michele Cohen, Bruce Depper, Susan Dornbush, Amy Farber, Jamie Farrell, Ali Freedman, Cindy Garfield, Marla Gay, Jill Gilberg, Lois Goldberg, Frances Goldfield, Debbie Krinsky, Roz Levy, Sheryl Levy, Cindy Leong, Norma Mazur(deceased), Bunny Meister, Laurie Mulsman, Debbie Nathan, Debbie Ponn,
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Margie Reason, Elise Rothbard, Heidi Rubin, Anne Selby, Miriam Shazeer, Lori Short, Barbara Sidman, Marian Siegel, Brenda Silverman, Janet Sobelman, Bari Johnson, Elisa Torstensson, Marilyn Weisner, Jill Weiner, Michelle Yanofsky, Andrea York and Arlene Zell. The event, chaired by Drs. Maura and Paul Copeland, features hors d’oeuvres and a dessert reception. It is free and open to the entire community. To be assured space, RSVP to diane@ cohenhillel.org or 781-639-2880.