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An open letter to the Jewish communities of NEPA – UJA Campaign 2016 Dear friends: When our grandparents were alive, they didn’t have much, but somehow, there was always enough food for one more at their table; always enough for a friend in need; and always enough time to talk about our history, and to read the books and stories about our past that really mattered to them. tzedakah was an integral part of their lives. Whatever they had, and it wasn’t all that much, they shared. And because they understood the reasons and the causes, they gave whatever they could, asking for nothing in return, except, perhaps, a smile and a simple “thank you.” Somehow, they found a way to educate their children, even when there was barely enough money to feed themselves. Somehow, they found a way to care for their aging parents, despite the great financial burden that it must

have been on them. Somehow, they overcame antisemitic prejudice and laid the foundation for our generation to survive and prosper. And when Israel was established, they cried – not only with tears of joy and thanks, but for the millions of our people who perished because there was no Jewish state to accept them. We often say that life was much simpler then and, perhaps, in some ways, it was. But the problems they faced so many years ago are still with us today. The Jewish needy are still among us, and they have no one to turn to, except us. Your grandparents may not be here anymore. But the needs still are. As this year’s 2016 UJA Campaign cochairs, we are asking each of you to help our people – wherever they may be – just as our grandparents did. It is not really a question of how much you contribute

Ann and Ed Monsky, co-chairmen, 2016 UJA Campaign (Photo by Portrait Innovations) to the Campaign, but your act of giving and your recognition that you consider yourself to be a part of our family. Your financial commitment will

enable us to write the next chapter in Jewish history – a history that has always reflected itself in the caring of one Jew for another. Please be part of this critical effort when you are asked to contribute this year. If you wish to make your 2016 UJA gift by mail, please direct it to the Federation at Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 601 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, PA 18510. In the memo section write “2016 UJA Campaign.” Alternatively, if you would like to make a pledge to this year’s 2016 UJA Campaign by phone, please call the Federation office at 570-961-2300, ext. 1, and we will assist you. We wish you and your family good health and the very best for Rosh Hashanah and the new year. Ed and Ann Monsky, co-chairmen 2016 UJA Campaign

A tally of how Jewish lawmakers are voting on the Iran deal By Ron Kampeas (JTA) – There are 28 Jewish members of Congress: 26 Democrats, one independent who caucuses with the Democrats and one Republican. Nine of them are senators and 19 are representatives. Nine back the Iran deal, seven oppose it and 12 are undecided. The positions of Jewish lawmakers are being watched as Congress decides whether to reject the July 14 agreement between Iran and the world powers. The vote, to be held by the end of September, is expected go against the deal. The real question is: Will opponents manage two-thirds majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate to override President Barack Obama’s promised veto of a rejection? Counting Jewish lawmakers, as distinct from their colleagues, can be controversial. Some ask, why not just track overall whip counts? Are you counting AfricanAmerican lawmakers? The answers are, respectively: Overall whip counts are being covered closely and yes, blacks, too. But doesn’t singling out Jews feed into Jewish loyalty and cabal stereotypes? The answer to this one: Yes, it unfortunately does. But it should be done anyway. Bigotry and the fear of it cannot dictate news coverage. Identity politics is a fact of American life. There is a Congressional Black Caucus, a Congressional Hispanic Caucus and a Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Each of these caucuses has a figurative “lobby us” shingle on its door. No single member of Congress can expect to be immersed in every issue coming before the world’s most powerful and influential legislature. Lawmakers naturally look to colleagues who are closest to an issue for guidance. What’s up on immigration? Few law-

makers – few Democrats at least – would pronounce without first taking the temperature of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Police-black relations? Check in with the Congressional Black Caucus. Israel? There’s the congressional Jewish caucus. Except there isn’t. Or there is, kind of. Jewish lawmakers meet, they consult, their staffs check in with one another. Every four years, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee assembles a “Breakfast with Mishpocha” at political conventions. But there is no official caucus. It is said that Jewish lawmakers will never formally organize precisely because of anxieties over the antisemitic stereotypes cited here: dual loyalties and cabals.And yet their non-caucus functions just like the other caucuses – as the front door of Congress for interests representing issues that tend to preoccupy Jews more than otherAmericans. So whenAIPAC needs a Senate sponsor for an enhanced ally bill, it makes sense to sign on Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), in no small part because she is Jewish. And when Boxer scolded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for seeming to interfere in the last U.S. presidential election, she drew headlines, in no small part because she is Jewish. When political scientists John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt’s “ferkakte” theory about the pro-Israel lobby pushing the Iraq war started to gain traction in 2007, an arrow through its heart was a letter signed by 16 Jewish lawmakers saying that no,AIPAC had never lobbied them to support the war. It was understood that AIPAC lobbies Jewish lawmakers first; so ifAIPAC had not lobbied Jewish lawmakers on the Iraq War, it had lobbied no one on the Iraq War. In 2015, AIPAC is very much in the lead lobbying against the Iran deal, and its focus has been on Jewish lawmakers.

Dozens of members of Congress have come out against the Iran deal, yet AIPAC issued a statement thanking only one, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). Schumer is, of course, key partly because he is a leading Democrat, and with Republicans more or less unified against the deal, the battleground for the deal is Democrats. But Schumer is also key because he is Jewish, and because, playing on his last name, he has called himself a “shomer [‘guardian’] for Israel.” It goes both ways: J Street, in listing lawmakers who agree with its support for the deal, identified two lawmakers as Jewish: Reps. Sander Levin (D-MI) and Adam Schiff, (D-CA). The Obama administration has focused with intensity equal to AIPAC’s on Jewish lawmakers, with Obama meeting in special sessions with the caucus. “This is a decision that weighs heavily on all members of Congress – particularly on Jewish members,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), wrote on August 5 in a JTA op-ed about the Iran deal. One day in a perfect world, or at least a perfect United States, an ambitious intern at the Congressional Jewish Caucus Leadership Institute will compile a whip list like this, and reporters will merely link to it. Until then, JTA is doing the work. Backing the deal ‹‹ Senate Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), elected 1992, retiring next year. Democratic chief deputy whip, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Statement: “The bottom line is that Iran is a bad actor and a nuclear-armed Iran would make the world a much more dangerous place – and that is why Congress should unite behind this deal to block Iran’s path to a bomb.” (August 4) Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), elected

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1992. Ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. From her congressional website’s foreign policy page: “Feinstein strongly believes that the only way to peacefully resolve the international community’s dispute with Iran over its nuclear program is through diplomacy. She supports the nuclear agreement between the P5+1 (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Russia) and Iran.” Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), elected 2008. CNN Op-Ed: “Many have expressed reservations about the deal, and I share some of those reservations. It isn’t a perfect agreement. But it is a strong one. This agreement is, in my opinion, the most effective, realistic way to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon anytime in the next 15 years.” (August 13) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), elected 2006. Caucuses with Democrats, running for president. From the CBS show “Face the Nation”: “It’s so easy to be critical of an agreement which is not perfect. But the United States has to negotiate with, you know, other countries. We have to negotiate with Iran. And the alternative of not reaching an agreement, you know what it See “Iran 1” on page 15

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a matter of opinion Hope, lost and found, for Ukraine’s Jews By Etta Gross Zimmerman “Start worrying. Details to follow.” It’s not just the irreverent punch line of a joke about the content of a Jewish telegram. It is also the only way I can describe the situation in Ukraine, a country suffering from violent conflict, wide-ranging economic collapse, and a humanitarian crisis of untold proportions. I experienced a taste of this crisis during my most recent trip to the beleaguered Eastern European nation together with a group of passionate Jewish leaders on behalf of the Jewish Federations of North America. Like the others on the trip, I was transported thousands of miles from my safe life in the U.S. to Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine’s fourth-largest city, located 100 miles west of the separatist-controlled regions of Donetsk and Lugansk. It was there that we got to understand better the realities that have beset Ukraine throughout the last year and a half. We saw first-hand how the Euromaidan clashes, Crimean annexation, financial chaos and protracted violence in eastern Ukraine have impacted a population of people who had faced major socio-economic challenges even before this crisis began. What was most striking was the presence of many of the 1.3 million Ukrainians who have become displaced within the country’s borders. Commonly referred to as Internally Displaced People, or IDPs, they are attempting desperately to forge new lives in strange cities far from their former lives. There has been scant news on their specific suffering, especially with a world refugee crisis reaching an

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unprecedented 60 million people this year. But their desperate need for housing, medical care, food and community connections is acute. When I traveled last summer with a small group of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee board members to the region, we hoped that the IDPs we met would be able to resettle and find a more secure life, perhaps even in Israel. At the time, we could not imagine their displaced status would continue, or that fighting and insecurity would escalate. And we did not think for a moment that when we returned this year, we would find even more displaced people. But as we visited the displaced at Dnepropetrovsk’s Beit Baruch senior center and in temporary housing facilities in the city, we found pervasive sadness, vacant stares and doubts for the future. Hearing about the journey made by an educated young couple who fled Lugansk last August with their two little boys was surreal. To ensure their children’s safe passage amid the chaos, they had to forgo additional luggage so that each parent could hold onto one of their sons’ hands along the way. They currently reside in a small, but meticulously kept apartment, and survive on meager salaries from unreliable jobs. To say they are in the middle of a perfect humanitarian storm would be an understatement. Rampant inflation, devalued currency and an inadequate or nonexistent social safety net have wreaked havoc on both those who fled the separatist-controlled regions and those who remain throughout Ukraine. In light of these circumstances, many Jews are making use of the critically important aliyah services provided by the Jewish Agency’s Mayak Center. But for the vast majority, leaving is not an option. And the reasons are many, from not wanting to leave their lives and families behind, to protecting property, to the debilitation brought on by the sheer trauma and disbelief of the circumstances. Thankfully for those in Dnepropetrovsk, Chabad’s Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky, the local chief rabbi, has set the tone for community cooperation at this challenging time and works closely with all the major Jewish groups engaged in efforts to help the Jews of his city and throughout

Ukraine. The air of positivity he has fostered has elevated not just Jews in need, but also the local professionals providing services to the needy and visitors – like us – demonstrating solidarity with those Jews impacted by the humanitarian crisis. When the Soviet Union fell more than 20 years ago, a vast system of JDC Hesed social welfare centers and Jewish Community Centers were established. These great institutions worked hard to infuse a sense of communal independence, philanthropic spirit and local Jewish creativity. Today, that struggle has paid off: Hesed and JCC professionals and the volunteers are demonstrating bravery and dedication, and contribute positively to their respective communities. Jewish professionals, also suffering amid the continued crisis, work ceaselessly around the clock to ensure that each and every Jew, be they displaced or remaining in the conflict zone, are cared for. They treat every person with compassion and dignity, even when they themselves are stretched, weary and worried for their own family members and friends. And then there are those volunteers resoundingly active inside and out of the separatist-controlled zones. Often, they are risking their own safety to help the helpless. Consider Victor from Slavyansk, who delivered food packages on his bike to the elderly, who could not leave their homes. In his late 70s, and not Jewish, he did what he could in the most trying circumstances. Victor is not alone in his awe-inspiring dedication. In fact, volunteerism has become a mainstay of Jewish communities throughout Ukraine, the silver lining to this dire situation, and evidence of a home-grown sense of “arevut” – mutual responsibility among Jews. That development can be found in the JDC’s Metsudah Leadership Program, which builds cohorts of volunteer Jewish leaders addressing social challenges. Metsudah’s more than 250 alumni, deployed throughout Ukraine, are setting a tone of dedication that uplifts their downtrodden communities. Another bright spot is the welcoming environment provided by the Jews of Zaporozhe, who have been instrumental in caring for displaced Jews and ensuring that they have a Jewish community

to turn to in their time of need. During a visit to this southeastern Ukrainian city, I met a severely ill child who was living with her grandmother and mother. This tiny, beleaguered family of women is lacking a permanent home, miss their lives back in the east, and now rely on support from strangers. But they have nowhere to turn. We – the Jewish community – are their only source of support. In fact, since the crisis began, the response to the humanitarian plight has coalesced around a stalwart group of aid groups, concerned Jewish advocates and activists, and local Ukrainian Jewish organizations. The Jewish Federations, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, the Conference on Jewish Materials Claims Against Germany, World Jewish Relief, Chabad, Jewish foundations and individual supporters have been at the forefront of these efforts. It is indeed difficult to find hope amid these scenes of terrible struggle, and one fears that brighter tomorrows are ever more illusive, but sometimes fate takes a hand and reminds you of the indomitable nature of the Jewish spirit in the face of adversity. Those who have traveled with me know that a tired piano and a Yiddish melody can set me off singing and dancing with unbridled enthusiasm. During our visit to Ukraine, I was treated to such a song by eight retired female engineers who gather together weekly to socialize with other Jewish seniors at a program made possible by Jewish philanthropists from North America. The song – written for me and those I was traveling with – ended by noting that their opportunity to socialize together was “medicine for their souls.” In that poignant moment, despite my worries for the future of Ukraine’s Jews, I was reminded that we can accomplish anything if we put our minds to it. And for Ukraine’s Jews today, a little bit of chutzpah in the face of the odds, a warm hug and a place to call home can go a long way. Etta Gross Zimmerman, who resides in Florida with her husband and daughter, is a senior member of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee board, a Wexner Heritage Program alumna and vice chair of the board of the South Palm Beach Jewish Federation.

The lynching of Leo Frank and the lessons it imparts 100 years on By Menachem Z. Rosensaft and David Meluskey In the early hours of August 17, 1915, a 31-year-old man took his last breath as the table beneath him was kicked out and the short rope hung from an oak branch snapped his neck. The man hanging from that tree was an American Jew by the name of Leo Frank. Although Frank was the only Jew in the history of America lynched by a mob, his death had a profound and lasting impact on American Jewry. Earlier, Leo Frank, a superintendent at a pencil factory in Atlanta, had been sentenced to death on questionable evidence for murdering 13-year-old Mary Phagan in 1913. She had worked at the factory. His trial was a foregone conclusion; Frank had already been convicted in the court of public opinion. The Northern Jew was the obvious target of the people’s rage. A hate-infused trial ensued and Frank was portrayed as the insidious Jewish infiltrator, taking what he pleased. A conviction quickly came and Frank was sentenced to death.

As he went from appeal to appeal, the case against him began to fall apart. Even some of his accusers conceded that Frank had not murdered Mary Phagan. After his appeals had been rejected by the Supreme Courts of both Georgia and the U.S., Georgia Governor John M. Slaton investigated the body of evidence and, taking a bold stand, commuted Leo Frank’s sentence to life in prison. Slaton did not believe the accused had been guilty of the crime. But this did not sit well with a community longing for justice, but blinded by bigoted rage. After he arrived at the Milledgeville State Penitentiary, Frank’s throat was slit by a fellow prisoner. He survived this attempt on his life, yet the wound had barely healed when, on August 16, 1915, a well-oiled mob of 25 rolled up to the prison gates, removed Frank in less than a half hour without firing a shot and brought him to Marietta, Mary Phagan’s hometown. After being badly beaten, he was hanged from a tree at 7 am. With so many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, why should we

take time to remember this singular incident? Because Leo Frank’s death was the functional equivalent of state-sponsored murder. Although the governor had commuted the sentence, prominent Georgians, including judges and other state officials, plotted and carried out a seamless abduction and lynching. A huge crowd watched the lynching, which was supervised by a well-known superior court judge. That very same day the perpetrators of the crime were absolved of any wrongdoing by a grand jury, although they were all well-known locally. Several photographs were taken of the hanging, which were published and sold as postcards in local stores, along with pieces of the rope used to hang Frank, his nightshirt and branches from the tree. In the aftermath of the murder, fear spread among Southern Jews. Until then, they had found themselves quite comfortable and safe in their genteel southern communities. They owned businesses, were respected by their neighbors and even held government office. See “Lessons” on page 17

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community news Congregation B’nai Harim announces schedule for the High Holidays By Lee Emerson This year, the Jewish High Holidays occur during the month of September. Congregation B’nai Harim has announced the times and dates for each service. Members of the community have been invited to attend these services. For reservations and payment considerations, call the message center at 570-646-0100. ‹‹ Selichot – Saturday, September 5, at 7 pm ‹‹ Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, September 13, at 7:30 pm

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Hashanah, day one – Monday, September 14 Services – 10:15 am Tashlich – 1:30 pm Family service – 4:30 pm ‹‹ Rosh Hashanah day two – Tuesday, September 15 Services – 10:15 am Free congregational and community service ‹‹ Kol Nidre, erev Yom Kippur – Tuesday, September 22, at 7:30 pm ‹‹ Yom Kippur – Wednesday, September 23, at 10:15 am Study session – 2:30 pm

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The Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania is said to be always looking for new programming ideas to “bring the family together,” so when Mel Kaplan, of Stroudsburg, suggested the movie “Dovid Meyer” to Dassy Ganz, assistant to the director, she decided to investigate the opportunity. The movie was screened on August 13 at the Scranton JCC. Kaplan, a congregant at Temple Israel of the Poconos, had seen the Community members attended a showing of “Dovid Meyer” on August 13. movie and had a connection to the producer and director, who did not charge for the showing Stroudsburg, as well as Binghamton, NY. and instead wished the Federation “good luck” in raising The Federation expressed its thanks to Rikki and money. Kaplan also helped with the sound equipment Rochel Goldberg, and Esti and Rochel Brand, who sold for the event. refreshments; and to volunteers Dolly Baron, Bernice The audience included members of the Chapman Lake Ecker, Ruth Fallick, Nancy Friedman and Malca Shapiro, summer community, Greater Scranton, Pocono Pines and who sat at the admissions table. For suggestions for future Federation programs, contact Ganz at 570-961-2300, ext. 2, or at dassy.ganz@

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Book review

End of summer reading by RABBI RACHEL ESSERMAN The days are getting shorter. Fall and its many activities are looming. Now’s the time to squeeze in as much summer fun as possible. For me, that means time on the porch enjoying the warm weather and – can you guess what’s coming? – reading. It’s not too late for book lovers to indulge themselves and enjoy some escapist literature – in this case, two thrillers, one gothic romance and a novel featuring an unusual ghost. These works don’t have a great deal of Jewish content – and probably won’t make any best-books-of-the-21st-century lists – but they’ll distract you enough to forget summer is ending. “Leaving Berlin” What does it mean to belong nowhere? Alex Meier faces this question in Joseph Kanon’s powerful thriller “Leaving Berlin” (Atria Books). Four years after the end of World War II, Communist Germany is welcoming home writers, artists and intellectuals who fled from the Nazis. Alex returns to the Soviet sector of Berlin, a place that raises joyous and painful memories. Although he escaped before the war with the aid of a family friend, his parents remained behind, dying in a concentration camp. However, Alex’s return is not a true homecoming: He’s had to leave the U.S. after being targeted by Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee. In the hopes of returning to the States someday and being reunited with his young son, Alex has agreed to spy for the U.S. government. He expects to repeat gossip – benign information about writers and actors – but that quickly changes when he’s almost kidnapped. The spy game suddenly becomes far more dangerous and deadly. While the action never stops and the plot will leave readers on edge waiting for more, the questions Kanon raises elevate his work from thriller to literature. For example, what loyalty do we owe those we love? What obligations do we have to society and friends? When is it important to protect ourselves, even if it means others may suffer? Alex discovers a world where almost everyone has ulterior motives and learns how life can change

us against our will. “Leaving Berlin” is perfect for book clubs and those who love thrillers. However, Kanon’s novel is so good many who normally shun the thriller genre may find themselves surprised by its depth. “The Witch of Painted Sorrows” I’m not normally a fan of the gothic romance, but “The Witch of Painted Sorrows” by M. J. Rose (Atria Books) was grand fun. How can you go wrong with a novel that combines the occult, sex, mysterious gatherings, sex, exorcism, sex, artistic inspiration and, oh did I mention, hot, steamy sex? Jewish Sandrine Salome flees New York City and her husband after her father’s death. She plans to find refuge with her Parisian grandmother, who earns her living as a courtesan. However, her grandmother’s mansion is closed for renovations and her grandmother is less than pleased with her visit. Being told to stay away from her ancestral home doesn’t stop Sandrine from exploring the mansion. There she meets architect Julien Duplessi, who wakens an erotic fire in Sandrine she didn’t know existed. Yet, something strange happens after she and Julien discover a hidden room in the mansion. Sandrine suddenly experiences almost pornographic artistic visions and can paint in oil as if she’s taken lessons for decades. This change in her behavior frightens her grandmother, who fears Sandrine has been possessed by the spirit of their common ancestor – a 16th century courtesan known as La Lune, who was also rumored to be a witch. Sandrine also fears her husband may be in Paris searching for her, something that horrifies her because she believes he’s connected to her father’s death. The novel’s plot swept me along and I willingly swallowed my disbelief as Rose’s lush prose drew me into the story. “The Witch of Painted Sorrows” is the first in a trilogy so the question is, do I want to read the next book? I thought I might able to resist since all the loose ends seemed to tie together in the final chapter – that is until the very last line. Now I’m not so certain I’ll be able to resist.

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“The Patriot Threat” The only Jewish content in “The Patriot Threat” by Steve Berry (Minotaur Books) concerns the story of real-life Jewish American patriot Haym Salomon. Salomon lent money to the American colonial government to support the revolutionary cause against the British. The loans were never paid. These loans are just one of the threats Cotton Malone – a freelance agent for a specialized unit of the Justice Department – must deal with when a simple surveillance mission becomes far more complicated. Files missing from the Treasury Department about Salomon’s loan and the federal income tax will pose a major threat to the U.S. if they find their way into the hands of a rogue North Korean who is looking to become supreme leader of his country. The complex plot includes such real life characters as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (whose representation is not favorable) and Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon, in addition to some interesting facts about the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. “The Patriot Threat” begins with a bang and continues in the same manner. A few stretches lag, partly because Barry is trying to make a point about the legality of the federal income tax. Not that the information wasn’t interesting, but a little went a long way. However, that doesn’t detract much from the thriller’s exciting and clever, if slightly unbelievable, plot. “Dorothy Parker Drank Here” The real-life Dorothy Parker was known for her writing and her wit. The fictional Parker who appears in Ellen Meister’s “Dorothy Parker Drank Here” (G. P. Putnam’s Sons) is a ghost who haunts the Algonquin Hotel. Lonely because all the other ghosts who passed through the hotel in the past 40 years prefer to head to “the white light,” Dorothy thinks she’s found the perfect candidate to keep her company: novelist Ted Shriver, who hasn’t published in decades after being accused of plagiarism. However, Dorothy needs some help to contact him and that’s where naive Norah Wolfe, a big fan of Shriver, comes in. Norah feels if she can just get Shriver to appear on the TV talk show she works for, the show won’t be cancelled. While Dorothy and Norah make an un-

likely pair, they band together to achieve both their goals. “Dorothy Parker Drank Here” is half comic and half serious. My favorite sections are those featuring the sardonic Parker, whose quips are the best part of the novel. The action is sometimes almost slapstick – especially the subplot about another ghost –while at other times it feels as if Meister was unsure exactly what she wanted to achieve. However, her book serves as easy, light summer reading for those seeking something slightly different.

“Shuls of Grandeur on the Lower East Side”

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy and the Museum at Eldridge Street will hold a “Shuls of Grandeur on the Lower East Side” tour on Sunday, October 18, at 10:45 am. The tour will at the Bialystoker Synagogue, the largest active Orthodox congregation on the Lower East Side today, Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, the nation’s oldest Orthodox Jewish Russian congregation and the site of the only chief rabbi ever in America, and the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue. Also discussed will be the Educational Alliance, the Henry Street Settlement, Seward Park (the first municipal park in the country) and Straus Square. Walkers will meet in front of Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand St. (between Pitt Street and Bialystoker Pl./Willett Street). The cost is $22. There is an additional $2 charge the day of tour. For more information or to register, visit or call 212-374-4100.

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The Jewish Agency for Israel Compiled from Jewish Agency dispatches by Mark Silverberg Your 2016 UJA Campaign gift does a world of good: 31.6 percent, or $282,000, of last year’s $891,673 UJA Campaign was allocated to Israel and overseas Jewish assistance – one of the highest percentages in the nation. The Jewish Agency for Israel The Jewish Agency for Israel’s role in the development of the state of Israel has become the consummate achievement of 20th century Jewry. The Jewish Agency pursues this mission by: ‹‹ Forging strong connections to Israel through a sequence of Israel experiences for teenagers and young adults, from Birthright’s short visits to Israel, to Masa’s live and learn experiences from five months to a year. ‹‹ Facilitating aliyah for those who choose to make Israel their home. ‹‹ Engaging young Jews from Israel and around the world in social activism, infusing them with Jewish purpose and connecting them to one another, while addressing the needs of vulnerable populations in Israel. ‹‹ Reconnecting Jews from the former Soviet Union to their Jewish roots from which they were forcibly separated for more than 70 years of communist rule. ‹‹ Rescuing Jews from countries of distress and resettling them in Israel. ‹‹ Serving as first responder to crises in Israel and around the Jewish world. In more than 500 Jewish communities around the world since 1929, the Jewish Agency has worked with our partners to create Jewish history. In the 21st century, the Jewish Agency continues to cover: ‹‹ The cost of aliyah from anywhere in the Jewish world where Jews are in peril and vulnerable. ‹‹ Aid, assistance and support to the victims of terrorism and their families. ‹‹ Long-term immigrant absorption into Israeli society (especially from Argentina, the former Soviet Union, France, Hungary, the Netherlands and Ethiopia), includ-

ing the provision of subsidized housing, interest-free loan assistance, job hunting, job retraining (if necessary) and free medical care and financial assistance (for those who come to Israel destitute). ‹‹ The construction and maintenance of youth aliyah centers for the education, training and absorption into Israeli society of disadvantaged children who come from throughout the Jewish world. ‹‹ Housing needs for the Jewish poor and elderly. ‹ ‹ Financial support of hundreds of educational institutions. ‹‹ Financial support for the educational institutions, kibbutzim and programs of the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements in Israel. ‹‹ The establishment of day care centers and regional colleges throughout the country. ‹‹ The funding of numerous agencies that assist battered women. ‹‹ Hundreds of Partnership 2000 projects spread across the length and breadth of Israel. Actual costs ‹‹ A five-month Hebrew language class for a new immigrant – $120. ‹‹ One month of preschool for an at-risk EthiopianIsraeli child – $365. ‹‹ One year of after-school activities for one Israeli child – $850. ‹‹ One-year college scholarship for an Ethiopian Israeli – $2,750. ‹‹ A year’s rent and basic expenses for one new immigrant family – $5,000. ‹‹ One dropout prevention program for 15 at-risk immigrant teenagers – $7,500. Victims of terrorism The former president of Iran has proclaimed to the world his intention to “wipe Israel off the map” and the current president has referred to Israel as a “wound on the Islamic world that must be removed.” Fully 50 percent of world Jewry now lives in Israel, so unlike the rest of the world, Israel knows this threat to be true and

is preparing to act. Furthermore, a recent Palestinian poll confirms that almost 70 percent of Palestinians will not be satisfied with a separate state on the West Bank and Gaza until Israel becomes Islamic. So the Palestinian Authority continues to incite hatred of Jews, Israel and Zionism in its media, schools and summer camps. It names tournaments, hosts rallies and builds monuments to Palestinian “martyrs” whose “claim to fame” was their having slaughtered innocent men, women and children at Passover seders, in discotheques, in day cares and nurseries and on buses – in the name of Allah. Such is the currency of their realm. Such is the sword under which Israel lives. While UJA/Federation funds do not support Israel’s defensive war against such terrorists, a substantial portion of these funds are directed to the surviving victims of terrorism and their families, as well as to integrate and absorb Jews from lands of distress. These funds are allocated by the Jewish Agency for: ‹‹ Direct aid to victims of terror and their families, including relief for the survivors of terrorist attacks, as well as their physical, psychological, financial and other immediate needs; ‹‹ Upgraded protection for Israeli school children (keeping children safe by providing armored school buses and vans, emergency alert systems, intercoms, security guards, bullet-proof windows, security gates and playground enclosures for kindergartens, preschools, daycare centers, community centers and for regular, after-school and summer programs; ‹‹ Upgraded facilities for medical emergencies resulting from acts of terrorism, such as providing trauma emergency kits, upgrading equipment for existing ambulances, improving trauma capabilities at regional hospital emergency rooms and training new personnel to use new medical equipment; ‹‹ Funding basic social service budgets – healthcare, See “Agency” on page 6


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Customized online learning initiative is “building together” with Jewish schools

can take part in back-to-school nights and are By Maayan Jaffe available to meet with the Jewish schools’ teachers and parents. As technology continues to permeate Ofra Hiltzik, upper school principal of the traditional classroom environments, more Schechter School of Long Island in Williston than 25 Jewish day schools are taking part Park, NY, tells that she believes onin a new era of learning fostered by Bonim line or blended learning is the future for small B’Yachad (translated from Hebrew as “buildJewish day schools like her own. With a high ing together”), an Israel-based online learning school of around 130 students, Hiltzik says initiative founded three years ago. she used Bonim B’Yachad to offer a muchLed by CEO Aryeh Eisenberg and headcoveted computer science course for which she quartered in Modi’in, Bonim B’Yachad offers Jewish schools an à la carte menu of academic Bonim B’Yachad had previously failed to find a teacher due to the lack of a budget and difficult scheduling. CEO Aryeh courses that enable them to fill the specific needs of their students. “Every student has Eisenberg (Photo “We were happy throughout the entire [Bonim a different way of learning, every school courtesy of Bonim B’Yachad] process,” says Hiltzik. “It was absolutely glorious.” has a different grading system, protocols,” B’Yachad) Now, Hiltzik says, Schechter’s school leader Eisenberg tells “We create courses feels strongly that all students should get engaged in at in all academic subjects a Jewish day school could need least one online course before they finish high school. – Judaic, secular, foreign languages, advanced placement – and then we fit into the existing program or culture “We think it will help in college,” she says. Eisenberg says that most schools use Bonim B’Yachad of the school.” The participating students take the online courses for one of three things: creating additional sections of with real teachers in real time, often in the same format exiting classes, increasing their academic catalog or in which they would have taken a class in their actual addressing scheduling challenges. “Sometimes it is imbrick-and-mortar school. The Bonim B’Yachad teach- possible to hire part-time teachers for a class that meets ers, though situated 6,000 miles away in the Holy Land, 1-4 pm one day of the week [and] at 10 am another day.

This [online learning track] could be the only alternative,” he says. Schools pay for Bonim B’Yachad courses by the month and only pay for what they use, up to $5,000 per course per year. Since there are periods, such as the High Holidays, when schools meet less often, they pay less for the program during those times. All of the teachers are certified instructors with teaching degrees or experts in their fields. With the exception of the Hebrew-language teachers, staffers are generally American immigrants to Israel. “One of the biggest challenges is to take Jewish day school teachers and allow them to continue the connection to the world they are familiar with when they come to Israel,” says Eisenberg. “Usually they have to switch See “Online” on page 18


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Continued from page 5 social services and the resettlement of 5,000 Argentinian immigrants – that have been slashed by billions of dollars as Israeli government funds are diverted to defense. ‹‹ Upgraded security equipment for volunteers, including bullet-proof vests, gas masks, sealed rooms, loud speaker systems, flash lights and patrol cars for increased numbers of mostly volunteers in the Civil Guard. Children’s services The Jewish Agency: ‹‹ Enables 260,000 children to attend hundreds of summer camps, keeping them off the streets and out of harm’s way. ‹‹ Creates an after-school program for 42,000 children in dozens of Israel’s most vulnerable communities, including Jerusalem, Netanya, Hadera and Afula. ‹‹ Provides hot meals to 27,000 of these children, as growing numbers face poverty at home. ‹‹ Strengthens Israel’s ability to deal with the widening circle of trauma and stress that afflicts terror victims and their families. ‹‹ Assisting the vulnerable The Jewish Agency has also helped Israel’s authorities to respond to other needs of vulnerable populations by providing: ‹‹ Sealed rooms in old age homes and institutions for children and adults with special needs, and customized gas masks for autistic and other Israelis who cannot use standard-issue equipment. ‹‹ Training of caregivers in such facilities on rapid response systems. ‹‹ Emergency information tailored for immigrants, the elderly and the disabled. Together, through your gifts to the 2016 UJA Campaign, the Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania sends a message to all Israelis: “We are with you in your hour of need. We are one family. You will not be forgotten.”

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Loving and a hating tonight by RABBI BARUCH BINYAMIN HAKOHEN MELMAN, TEMPLE ISRAEL OF THE POCONOS, STROUDSBURG, PA Ki Tetze, Deuteronomy, 21:10-25:19 Behind everything which we hate there is to be found a Divine lesson for us. Sometimes we hate a person because he reminds us of a defect in our own character. That is a Divine message. Sometimes we hate someone because they are so good that we become jealous of him and look for petty ways to find fault with him to assuage our sense of regret for our own imperfect natures. Or perhaps he is full of joy and we are depressed or sad, and hence we are jealous. They say that the perfect is the enemy of the good. If you wait for the perfect you’ll miss the good, and thus may end up hating the perfect in our passing up of the good. In our parasha, Ki Tetze, there is the instruction, if you have two wives, where one is loved and the other is hated, that we must honor the birthright of the oldest, the firstborn son, even if he is the offspring of the hated wife. The hated wife is identified first as the senuah, the hated one, spelled sin, nun, vav, alef, hey. But then she is later identified not as the senuah, but rather as the seniah! Sin, nun, yud, alef, hey. The letter vav is replaced with the letter yud! What is the significance of this change in spelling? Every word is divine. Every letter is divine. So it must have a meaning. Furthermore, the Torah was given to us to be eternally relevant to every generation. So today, when most of Jewry has foresworn polygamy, what lesson can we learn from the change in spelling? The letter yud represents divinity. Yud is the first holy letter of Hashem’s name, represented by the tetragrammaton, YKVK, the ineffable four letter Holy name. It is so holy that we do not even pronounce the actual name. Rather, we refer to Him as Hashem, meaning “the name.” It is teaching us that behind everything which we hate there is to be found a Divine lesson for us. Sometimes we hate a person because he reminds us of a defect in our own character. That is a Divine message. Some-

times we hate someone because they are so good that we become jealous of him, and look for petty ways to find fault with him to assuage our sense of regret for our own imperfect natures. Or perhaps he is full of joy and we are depressed or sad, and hence we are jealous of his joyous demeanor. A spouse is called an ezer k’negdo, translated often as “helpmeet.” Ezer means “helper” and k’negdo means “against.” When you are on the correct moral path, she is to be a helper. But when you fall off the path, she is not to be an enabler. Her job is to oppose you and help you get back onto the right path. You may hate her for it, but she’s just doing her job. The enlightened spouse will recognize this and seek to amend his ways, and so be in the circle of love and respect again. So, in truth, the two wives are really one in the end. And the son who is to receive the birthright, regardless of which wife is his mother, what does he come to teach us? That even good things may come from seemingly bad origins. After all, David, the future king of Israel and progenitor of the Mashiach, is from the fruit of a Moabitess, who in turn stems from the incestuous liaison between Lot and his daughters after witnessing the fiery demise of Sodom and Gemorah. Sometimes a setback is really a setback, but let us have the eyes to try to see the Divine message behind every seeming setback and to turn hate into love wherever we go. As the Torah teaches (Leviticus 19:18), “Love thy neighbor as thyself” – “Ve’ahavta le’reyacha kamocha...” Neighbor and evil are spelled with the exact same letters, resh and ayin. We are to hate evil, so what this means is that we must love our neighbor as we love ourselves, despite the evil we may do. Do we not still love ourselves, even when we know we are imperfect and thus can do better? So, too, we should extend that same sense of compassion to our neighbors whom we know to be imperfect. We can show our love for the good they do and try to correct them when we see they can do better. In that sense, we are like the two wives, in that we are really one and the same in our duty to help our neighbor become better. For us today, the two See “Loving” on page 17

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OR initiative lights up Israel’s Negev region

By Maayan Jaffe “The younger generation of Israelis is looking for a challenge, to create,” says Ofir Fisher, co-founder of the OR Movement. “Every generation has to have its own interpretation of ‘Zionism.’” Fisher believes that for young Israelis in 2015, the Negev and Galilee regions provide the answer. “It’s not something secular, religious, right, left. It is something we can all connect around. The Negev and the Galilee are the solution to many of the problems Israelis are facing,” he says. The OR Movement (or is the Hebrew word for light) was founded in 2002 by Fisher and three other young, idealistic Israelis dedicated to making former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion’s dream of making the desert bloom a reality. The idea for OR, however, was planted several years prior when Fisher and his friends traveled to Poland on a school trip. “We came back from seeing the camps and we felt something happened to us,” Fisher recalls. “We decided we had to contribute as much as possible to strengthening our state of Israel.” While two of the four seed members have dropped out of the OR project, one of Fisher’s friends, Roni

A sketch of the planned Be’er Sheva River Park – a water, environment and economic development project that is transforming the Negev city’s river front into a 1,700-acre civic paradise. (Photo courtesy of the Jewish National Fund)

Flamer, serves as CEO. In 1999, Fisher and Flamer worked with Ariel Sharon, then minister of infrastructure, to establish Sansana, which at the time was the first [new] Jewish community established in Israel in 15 years. They settled there and experienced firsthand the trials and rewards of life in Israel’s sparsely populated areas. Since then, the OR Movement has tackled these challenges head-on, successfully relocating more than 6,000 families to communities in the Negev and Galilee, as well as facilitating more than 50 community and public building projects, including the planning, construction and operation phases. OR has also forged government relationships, helping pass 17 Israeli government initiatives and decisions that provide relocation incentives, benefits and assistance for the Negev and Galilee. “The Negev and the Galilee account for between 60 and 70 percent of Israel’s land mass, yet they are home to less than 30 percent of the Israeli population,” explains Fisher. “These regions offer tremendous potential for innovation and growth.” Jewish National Fund, one of OR’s most prominent strategic partners, has invested heavily in the Negev region over the last several decades. But JNF CEO Russell Robinson says the OR project has had an unprecedented impact there. He explains that in the 1950s, the Negev was a barren piece of un-farmable land. The Israeli government moved immigrants from North Africa and other Arab countries, such as Yemen, into the Negev out of necessity. This decision led to the establishment of what have become known as “development towns.” Yet the towns never really developed. “The Negev became neglected, the population stagnant and decreasing. With the Ethiopian aliyah, the immigrants went south, too. When you send poverty to poverty, it leads to more poverty. So those who made it got out. And while Tel Aviv, Haifa and the Jerusalem corridor progressed, the people in the north and the south were forgotten,” Robinson says. JNF recently conducted a survey of Israelis to better understand their opinions of the Negev. Most of them knew little about it. They said they either served in the army in Be’er Sheva, stopped in that city to get gas on their way to Eilat, or knew someone who went to Be’er Sheva-based Ben-Gurion University. “There was plenty

An aerial view of Jewish National Fund-supported infrastructure development in Be’er Sheva, the largest city in Israel’s Negev region. (Photo courtesy of the Jewish National Fund) of room for development, housing, jobs,” says Robinson. “So why was it not being done? Image.” Through its Blueprint Negev initiative, JNF has provided the means for a renaissance in the Negev region. The centerpiece of its efforts is the Be’er Sheva River Park, a massive water, environment and economic development project that is transforming the river front into a 1,700-acre civic paradise. OR has taken that paradise and invested in the tools to recruit middle and upper class families to new neighborhoods and communities – religious, mixed and secular, with opportunities to build, buy, or rent. Today, Be’er Sheva is the fastestgrowing city in Israel. Take the Da’el family. Parents Yoni and Shira recently moved their three children to the Negev’s Ofakim from the central Israeli city of Petach Tikvah. “There are many stigmas about the development towns in southern Israel,” says Yoni Da’el, who served in the Negev during his army service and says he always wanted to make a difference in his country. Now, he feels he is a part of helping the development town progress and advancing the lives of his own offspring, too. “My children have a See “Negev” on page 18


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Forget the agonizing, here’s an easy and elegant Rosh Hashanah menu incorporated into the vegetables. Add the cooked vegetables to the slow cooker with the stock, wine, soy sauce and pomegranate molasses. Set your slow cooker for 6 hours on high and allow to cook, ensuring the short ribs are completely covered with liquid. When short ribs are finished cooking, garnish an extra drizzle of pomegranate molasses, fresh chopped parsley and pomegranate seeds, if desired. Yield: 6 servings Baba Billie’s Potato Kugel This kugel is renowned in my husband’s family, but the real credit goes to his late grandma, Baba Billie Goldberg, whose cooking was legendary. What I have learned from my husband about making potato kugel is that it is essential to heat the oil in the pan before adding the potato mixture. This step will ensure a crispy outside on the bottom and top. This is not a recipe for anyone watching their waistline, so take a deep breath, embrace the indulgent nature of this traditional dish and enjoy the fat-laden ride.

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By Shannon Sarna NEW YORK (JTA) – We love to kvetch about how early or late Rosh Hashanah falls – as if we have any control or say when the holidays will appear. But this year, the Jewish New Year falls on the early side for us Americans, right after Labor Day and the start of school. So there’s no time to agonize over menus or prep for weeks, which can sometimes be a good thing. If you haven’t been menu planning since July, don’t fret. You can still put together an elegant but time-conscious meal for a deliciously sweet New Year. Crockpot Short Ribs with Pomegranate Molasses Short on time but still want to make a beautiful main dish? Break out your slow cooker. These short ribs taste like you were slaving over a hot stove all day, when in fact you C ro c k p o t S h o r t R i b s Wi t h just threw it all in Pomegranate Molasses (Photo by your slow cooker Shannon Sarna) and then poured yourself a big glass of wine. The pomegranate molasses adds a traditional, sweet flavor perfect for the New Year. For an extra festive presentation, garnish the short ribs with pomegranate seeds and fresh parsley. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for a larger crowd. I do not recommend skipping the step of browning the meat and veggies before putting into your slow cooker. It will add depth to the meat and vegetables and the overall richness of the sauce. 3½ lbs. short ribs on the bone ½ tsp. cinnamon ¼ tsp. dried coriander ½ tsp. sweet paprika Pinch red pepper flakes 1 or 2 tsp. salt ½ tsp. pepper Olive oil 1 onion, diced 3 garlic cloves, minced 3 ribs of celery, diced 1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste 1½ cups chicken, beef or veal stock 1½ cups red wine 3 Tbsp. soy sauce 1/3 cup pomegranate molasses, plus extra for serving Fresh parsley (optional) Pomegranate seeds (optional) Mix together the cinnamon, coriander, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Place the short ribs on a large plate and rub the spice mix all over the ribs, covering all sides. Allow to sit in the fridge covered in plastic wrap a few hours if you have the time. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Sear the short ribs on all sides until brown. You will want to do this in batches depending on how many ribs you make. When all the ribs have been seared, place them into the bottom of your slow cooker. Drain off all oil in pan, except for around 2 or 3 tablespoons. Add onion and celery to the pan and saute until translucent, about 4 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook. After a few minutes, add 1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste and cook until the tomato has


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New DC Bible museum to display Israeli artifacts

The new Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, will display a collection of biblical artifacts discovered in Israel after reaching an agreement with the Israel Antiquities Authority. The artifacts – stone and alabaster vessels, figurines, glassware, jewelry, and more – come from different eras, including from the First and Second Temple periods as well as the Canaanite period, according to Micky Saban, head of the IAA’s National Treasures Department. “The Israel Antiquities Authority is thrilled and proud to partner with the Museum of the Bible on this landmark project,” said IAA Director Israel Hasson. “Making the archaeological heritage of the land of Israel and the vital archaeological work conducted by the IAA available and accessible to people around the world is our mission. The rare opportunity to have a long-term exhibition in the U.S. Capital of a large selection of archaeological treasures that were excavated in Israel and illuminate the story of the bible is remarkable. We hope that the many expected visitors will enjoy the archaeological exhibits and learn about the periods and descriptions of the bible and the rich and diverse history and the archaeology of the Holy Land.” Museum of the Bible President Cary Summers added, “When we set out to build the most advanced museum in the world, we knew we could do even better if we joined forces with one of the greatest collections in the world.” The private museum is set to open in 2017 near the National Mall in Washington and is intended to engage visitors with the bible through its exhibits, scholarly research, and educational initiatives. Approximately $400 million has been invested in the 430,000-square-foot museum.

Portugal archaeologists discover remains of Jews persecuted by Inquisition

Archaeologists digging at a site in Evora, Portugal, discovered a dozen bodies they

believe to be Jews who were persecuted by the Inquisition and “unceremoniously dumped outside the Inquisition Court along with regular garbage.” Based on plans of the building in which the skeletons were discovered, the archaeologists say the area where they were found was a trash disposal site associated with the court of the Inquisition used from 1568-1634. “The sediment surrounding the skeletons is indistinguishable from the household waste layer where they were placed, suggesting that the bodies were deposited directly in the dump,” the archaeologists said in an article published in a recent issue of the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, according to Forbes. This led them to believe that the people who were disposed of in this manner were considered heretics; prison records indicate that they were Jewish.

Egypt reportedly plans to create moat along border with Gaza The Egyptian military is planning to build a moat along its border with Hamasruled Gaza that will be used for the dual purpose of encouraging fish farming and preventing Palestinian smuggling tunnels. According to an Egyptian security source, the military has already dug one kilometer (six-tenths of a mile) of the 20-meter (66foot) deep trench, and work on lengthening it is ongoing, the Ma’an News Agency reported. The trench will be filled with water from the Mediterranean Sea, using pumps and pipelines, and engineers are already preparing the pumps, the source added. Over the past year, the Egyptian military has demolished more than 1,110 homes on the Egyptian side of the Gaza border to create a one-kilometer buffer zone, while also destroying hundreds of smuggling tunnels. Israeli and Egyptian officials have previously touted the idea of creating a moat along the Gaza border. In 2004, Israel floated the idea of a moat, but eventually dropped the plans. Egypt hopes that using commercialized fish farming will encourage investment to help subsidize the project.

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is? It’s war. Do we really want another war, a war with Iran? An asymmetrical warfare that will take place all over this world, threatening American troops. So I think we go as far as we possibly can in trying to give peace a chance, if you like. Trying to see if this agreement will work. And I will support it.” (August 7) Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), appointed 2012, elected 2014. Statement: “This agreement should not be compared to an imaginary deal where Iran rolled over, and eliminated all its centrifuges and all peaceful nuclear energy generation. That was never seriously on the table. It should be compared to its real world alternative – an unraveling of the international sanctions, Iran moving ever faster toward the bomb, and our country left with few choices other than another war in the Middle East.” (August 10) ‹‹ House Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), elected 1982. Ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, longest serving Jewish member of Congress. Statement: “I along with my brother and late sister when we were in our teens experienced with our parents great personal joy when President Truman announced U.S. recognition of Israel. It was something that we could take hold of amidst the unfolding horrors of the years before. Israel’s security has and always will be of critical importance to me and our country. I believe that Israel, the region and the world are far more secure if Iran does not move toward possession of a nuclear weapon. I believe the Agreement is the best way to achieve that.” (July 28) Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), elected 1998. Democratic deputy chief whip. Statement: “This agreement will not solve every problem – and I stand with the president in his pledge to do even more to protect Israel’s security and combat ISIS. But this deal will prevent Iran from posing the most serious problem – a nuclear threat. Now that our negotiators have succeeded, I stand ready to make sure this agreement moves forward.” (July 14) Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), elected 2000. Ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Statement: “The Iranian people will one day throw off the shackles of their repressive regime, and I hope that this deal will empower those who wish to reform Iranian governance and behavior. The 15 years or more this agreement provides will give us the time to test that proposition, without Iran

august 27, 2015 ■ developing the bomb and without the necessity of protracted military action. Then, as now, if Iran is determined to go nuclear, there is only one way to stop it and that is by the use of force. But then, at least, the American people and others around the world will recognize that we did everything possible to avoid war.” (August 3) Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), elected 2006. Statement: “This historic agreement is a victory for American diplomacy and international security. We now have a clear plan to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, which ensures a safer world and a more stable Middle East. As President Obama stated this morning, this agreement is not built on trust – it is built on verification.” (July 14) Opposing the deal ‹‹ Senate Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), elected 1998. A leading contender for Democratic leadership in the Senate when Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the minority leader, retires next year. Statement: “Ultimately, in my view, whether one supports or opposes the resolution of disapproval depends on how one thinks Iran will behave under this agreement. If one thinks Iran will moderate, that contact with the West and a decrease in economic and political isolation will soften Iran’s hardline positions, one should approve the agreement. After all, a moderate Iran is less likely to exploit holes in the inspection and sanctions regime, is less likely to seek to become a threshold nuclear power after 10 years, and is more likely to use its newfound resources for domestic growth, not international adventurism. But if one feels that Iranian leaders will not moderate and their unstated but very real goal is to get relief from the onerous sanctions, while still retaining their nuclear ambitions and their ability to increase belligerent activities in the Middle East and elsewhere, then one should conclude that it would be better not to approve this agreement.” (August 6) ‹‹ House Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), elected 2006. Ranking Democrat on the Middle East subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Op-Ed in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: “There are different predictions about what will happen if Congress rejects this deal. But the consequences of approving it aren’t up for debate. Opening Iran up to foreign investment, increasing its oil exports



Continued from page 1 and unfreezing over $100 billion in assets means more money for Hamas for building terror tunnels in Gaza, more weapons for Hezbollah in Lebanon, more slaughter in Syria, and more violence worldwide. After a decade in public life working to stop Iran from ever acquiring nuclear weapons, I cannot support a deal giving Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief – in return for letting it maintain an advanced nuclear program and the infrastructure of a threshold nuclear state.” (August 4) Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), elected 1988. Ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Statement: “At the outset, I was troubled that Iran was not asked to stop enriching despite the fact that there were several separate UN Security Council resolutions compelling them to do so. I have raised questions and concerns throughout the negotiating phase and review period. The answers I’ve received simply don’t convince me that this deal will keep a nuclear weapon out of Iran’s hands, and may in fact strengthen Iran’s position as a destabilizing and destructive influence across the Middle East.” (August 6) Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), elected 2000. Until last year, chaired the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Interview with Newsday: “I tried very hard to get to ‘yes.’ But at the end of the day, despite some positive elements in the deal, the totality compelled me to oppose it.” (August 4) Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), elected 1988. Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. Statement: “This agreement will leave the international community with limited options in 15 years to prevent nuclear breakout in Iran, which will be an internationallyrecognized nuclear threshold state, capable of producing highly enriched uranium. I am greatly concerned that the agreement lacks a crystal clear statement that the international community reserves the right to take all military, economic and diplomatic measures necessary during the course of the deal and beyond to deter Iran from ever developing a nuclear weapon.” (August 4) Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), elected 1996. Ranking Democrat on terrorism and nonproliferation subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Statement: “This Agreement is the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It contains the good and the bad in the first year, and See “Iran 2” on page 16


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gets ugly in the years thereafter. The Good: Iran gives up 97 percent of its stockpile of enriched uranium and decommissions two-thirds of its existing centrifuges. The Bad: Iran gets access to at least $56 billion of its own currently-frozen funds and free access to the international oil markets. The Ugly: In 15 years or less, Iran is permitted to have an unlimited quantity of centrifuges of unlimited quality, as well as heavy water reactors and reprocessing facilities. I might be willing to accept the good with the bad during the first year of the Agreement. But we must force modifications of the Agreement, and extensions of its nuclear restrictions, before it gets ugly.” (August 7) Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), elected 2014. The only Jewish Republican in Congress, member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Op-ed in the Washington Times: “The irony of the president’s capitulation is that this bad deal will pave the path to more instability in the Middle East, not less. The Iranians were at the table desperate for sanctions relief. They were not there as freedom-loving, good citizens of the world. The Iranians were not at the table because they fear the military option. The leverage was sanctions relief. That brought the Iranians to the table, which is proof the sanctions were working. With a strong hand, the United States must negotiate a better deal. The American public must reject this deal. The Obama administration must be forced to reverse course. America’s hand at the negotiating table must be strengthened.” (July 19) Not yet declared ‹‹ Senate Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), elected 2010. Ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Statement: “This agreement must be airtight, comprehensive and enduring – and, perhaps most importantly, strictly verifiable and enforceable. While our common hope may be that diplomacy has succeeded in barring an Iranian path to nuclear weapons capability, Congress must apply exacting standards and strict scrutiny, especially given Iran’s history of deceit and international law violations.”

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), elected 2006. Ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. With the committee’s chairman, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), crafted legislation that gave Congress 60 days to consider whether to reject the deal. Statement: “There is no trust when it comes to Iran. In our deliberations we need to ensure the negotiations resulted in a comprehensive, long-lasting, and verifiable outcome that also provides for snap-back of sanctions should Iran deviate from its commitments.” (July 14) On July 16, Cardin and Corker urged President Barack Obama not to advance U.N. Security Council consideration of the Iran deal until Congress had finished deliberating. The United States advanced the deal and the Security Council unanimously approved it. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), elected 1996. Ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, member of the Intelligence Committee. Statement: “I said all along I was skeptical that Iran’s leaders would agree to dismantle their nuclear weapons program and I have questions about whether this agreement accomplishes that, particularly in light of Iran’s history on this issue. However, I will use my seat on the Senate Intelligence Committee to thoroughly review the details. An agreement with such serious consequences for U.S. security must be subject to rigorous oversight before any decisions are made.” (July 14) ‹‹ House Rep. David Cicilinne (D-RI), elected 2010. Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Statement: “This morning’s announcement that negotiators have reached an agreement intended to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon is a very significant development. It’s important that Congress take the next 60 days to carefully review all of the terms of this agreement before deciding whether it accomplishes its objective of preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.” (July 14) Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), elected 2006. Statement: “Secretary Kerry and all of the negotiators deserve credit for their hard work leading to this historic, comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, and Congress should give


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Continued from page 15 the agreement a fair, unbiased and objective review. I look forward to thoroughly examining the agreement to ensure that it effectively cuts off Iran’s path to nuclear weapons and will keep America and our allies, especially Israel, safe. I also look forward to discussing the deal with the intelligence community, my colleagues, and my constituents before moving forward.” (July 14) Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), elected 2000. Statement to Breitbart News: Undecided. (August 15) Rep.Alan Grayson (D-FL), elected 2008, unseated 2010, re-elected 2012. Member of the House ForeignAffairs Committee, running for Senate. Statement: “Having reviewed this agreement, there are three areas that concern me: First, I’m concerned that the lifting of economic sanctions will not stop Iran from continuing to be a sponsor of global terrorism. In fact, that support would now be well-financed by an increase in its oil revenues. Second, I’m concerned that Iran will continue its missile program, which would help it develop a missile directed against the United States. Third, I’m concerned that this is just a pause in Iran’s nuclear weapons program and not an end to it.” (July 14) Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), elected 2012. Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Statement: “In June, I made a statement urging vigilance ahead of the upcoming nuclear agreement deadline, outlining the following five key components that should be included in any final deal to ensure the agreement verifiably prevents all Iranian pathways to a bomb: Robust and intrusive inspections; Phased sanctions relief that comes only as a result of Iranian compliance; Dismantlement of key nuclear infrastructure; Disclosure of possible military dimensions of the program; and a long timeline that gives the international community confidence that it can hold Iran accountable. I plan to evaluate the proposed agreement using these standards.” (July 14) Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), elected 2012. Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Statement: “I applaud Secretary Kerry and am encouraged by the P5+1 agreement with Iran as a possibly historic move toward peace and stability in the Persian Gulf region. The negotiators have done their job, now it is time for Congress to do ours. I supported the Administration framework that included rigorous inspections, snapbacks on the sanctions, and a goal of blocking Iran from a pathway to nuclear weapons. I now look forward to reviewing the full agreement in detail to determine if the agreement is consistent with the framework.” (July 14) Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), elected 1992. Op-ed for JTA: “Parts of this agreement are good and parts are bad; that is the reality of the decision we face. Congress must weigh all the alternative scenarios to determine what is achievable, what is preferable and what action most likely will lead to the outcome we all want. My colleagues and I must ask the right questions, without any certainty that there are indisputable or unanimously agreed-upon right answers. We must put aside the demagoguery and political pressures to make a decision based on a clear and careful analysis.” Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), elected 2008. Speaking at a town hall meeting in Fort Collins, CO, reported by the Coloradoan: “There’s a lot of steps where, if they tried to weaponize (nuclear materials), they’d be caught. On the negative side of things, the regime supports terrorism and $50 billion in sanctions will be unlocked.” (August 8) Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), elected 2004. Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, member of the foreign operations subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. Initiated in her freshman term legislation that created Jewish Heritage Month. Does not have a statement on her congressional website, but has conveyed in interviews the pressures on her as a top Democrat and one of the Jewish caucus’ most visible members. On CNN after Schumer announced he opposed the Iran deal: “I know Chuck’s decision was based on what he personally concluded was the most likely way of preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. And that’s the choice I have to make after I go home and talk to my constituents as well. But I think this is not black and white. It’s not a no-brainer ... it’s troubling and difficult for the deal to lose a prominent senator like Chuck Schumer. But it’s absolutely completely still possible, and probably likely that this is a deal that will go through. You know, ultimately, when the Republicans send a resolution of disapproval, which is almost for sure to happen because they have the majority in both chambers, the president is going to veto it. I do not believe at the end of the day that Republicans will have the votes to override his veto.” (August 7) On August 14, the Tampa Bay Times reported that Wasserman Schultz “plans on meeting with rabbis, community organizers, business owners and elected officials.” She had received 200 calls and e-mails at that time. “It tilts toward people asking her to vote against it rather than for it, but of the people contacting us, both sides are pretty vocal in their support or opposition,” her spokesman, Sean Bartlett, told the newspaper.


While Frank’s death may have been the only antisemitic lynching in America, there were of course thousands of African Americans who were cruelly murdered in this fashion. We cannot forget these poor souls either. We must acknowledge and learn from this dark chapter of our history. The Leo Frank tragedy occurred when American Jews in Georgia generally felt secure. Georgian Jews never


On tour of northern borders, Netanyahu says Israel “ready for any scenario”

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to – “Israel is strong, the IDF is strong, and we are ready for any scenario,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a recent visit to the Israeli military’s Northern Command. Accompanying the prime minister on the visit were Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot and IDF GOC Northern Command Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, who briefed Netanyahu and Ya’alon on the security situation on the Israel-Syria and Israel-Lebanon borders. “I was positively impressed both by the IDF’s preparedness and by the determination of its commanders and soldiers. The IDF is strong. The state of Israel is strong. We are ready for any eventuality. Those who try to attack us – we will hurt them,” Netanyahu said. The prime minister also addressed the Iranian threat, saying, “The ruler of Iran, [Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei, said yesterday, and I quote, ‘We will take all measures to support all those who fight against Israel.’ Iranian Foreign Minister [Mohammad Javad] Zarif said in Beirut a few days ago, at a meeting with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, and I quote, ‘The nuclear agreement has created a historic opportunity to stand against the Zionist entity.’ What we have said all along is being seen as correct and accurate. The money that will flow to Iran in the wake of the nuclear agreement will serve it to strengthen the terrorist organizations operating against us, in its name and under its auspices, in the avowed goal to destroy Israel.”

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imagined that a pogrom could happen to them. The lesson here is vigilance. Today, American Jews feel safe, in every state. America is not an antisemitic country. On the contrary: it’s the best place in the world for Jews to live outside Israel. But not even America is immune to hate-fueled violence against Jews. The antisemites are among us and sometimes they strike in a deadly fashion, as was the case in Kansas City last year, or in Seattle in 2005. We must stay alert and be prepared to stamp out evil whenever and wherever it surfaces. As Leo Frank twisted in the Georgian breeze, evil was rising. The Ku Klux Klan seized the hate-filled moment and held a cross burning on Stone Mountain later that same year. This would mark the resurgence of the Klan that had largely lain dormant until then. We now see a similar resurrection. Just this summer a vigilante, homegrown terrorist, inspired by unchecked Internet hate speech, walked into the oldest black church south of Baltimore and lynched nine African Americans. And while the nation sought swift action and began acknowledging the hateful symbols that alleged perpetrator employed, we saw a shameful reappearance. The modern day Ku Klux Klan held a rally in support of the Confederate Battle Flag on that same Stone Mountain. We cannot let these hate groups rise again. We cannot allow divisive rhetoric to enable enhanced recruitment into these groups. Racism, bigotry and hatred are not dead today, and not just in the South, but all over the country and all over the world. America needs to remember Leo Frank, remember all of our lynchings and similar atrocities, and learn from them. America needs to rise above this past. Humanity needs to rise above this past. We must abolish hatred and bigotry from our hearts, and banish it from our institutions of power. Governments must seek out mobs, vigilantes, domestic and foreign terrorists, and crush them. Leo Frank received a partial pardon in 1986. It did not address his innocence or guilt, and it did not mention the blatant antisemitism that took him from handcuffs to a vigilante’s noose. Frank still has not received justice. Let our remembrance and our vigilance be a step in that direction. The parallels

and lessons from 100 years ago resonate today. Menachem Z. Rosensaft is general counsel of the World Jewish Congress. He teaches about the law of genocide and war crimes trials at the law schools of Columbia and Cornell universities. David Meluskey is the executive assistant to the CEO of the World Jewish Congress.


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wives are really one and the same wife: our supporter when we strive to do good, and our opponent when we strive to follow evil. Evil comes to teach us and test us, and, ultimately, to correct us. Spelled backwards it is ayin and resh, meaning “awaken.” When we love the good (wife) and hate the evil (wife), and yet appreciate that the challenge of evil is really for our own soul’s growth, then we will have awakened to a higher order of consciousness. Isaiah 45:7 teaches that Hashem even created evil: “yotzer ohr uvoreh choshech, oseh shalom uvoreh et hara...” – “(He) forms light and creates darkness/makes peace and creates evil...” In other words, God created both darkness and evil. Even darkness and evil are His creation. It is part and parcel of our world that He created. As everything in creation has a purpose, even darkness and evil serve a purpose in this world. They come to arouse us and motivate us to do better and rise above the lethargic moral entropy that normally guides us, as a response to evil, or even just to avoid it. We combat darkness and evil by lighting a candle and bringing light by doing a mitzvah, performing an act of kindness to another. As Hillel summarized the essence of the Torah, that which is hateful to you, do not do unto others. All the rest is commentary. Now go and study. Shabbat Shalom. Good Shabbos. ©2015 by Rabbi Baruch Binyamin Hakohen Melman These words of Torah are written in the merit of my beloved father, Israel J. Melman, obm, Yisrael Yehoshua ben Harav Ya’aqov Hakohen Melman, z’l and in memory of my beloved mother, Esther Melman, obm, Esther bat Baruch z’l.

Grandma’s purse was never full. ̶ But it was never too empty for giving. There weren’t any credit cards back then. And with grandpa making $12.50 a week, there wasn’t much cash. But somehow, there was always enough to help another Jew who had less. And when there were no organized charities to help Jews in need, she and Grandpa worked to organize them - the kind of charities the Jewish Federation helps support today; services to children and families in need; care for our poor and our elderly; and Hebrew schools and educational services and programs for our youth. Your grandparents may not be here anymore, but the need for help still is. For daycare for kids of single Jewish parents to hot meals and transportation for the elderly. Yet in spite of some very generous gifts to Federation, the average pledge is barely more than the price of a dinner out for two. So this year, when the Federation volunteer calls, please open your checkbook the way your grandmother would open her purse. She can’t do it for you.

Now it’s your turn. Mark Silverberg, Executive Director Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania 601 Jefferson Avenue Scranton, PA 18510 570-961-2300 570-346-6147 (fax)


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• Non-Feature Films • *NEW* American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make A Noise - After more than 60 years in show business, Mel Brooks has earned more major awards than any other living entertainer. A comedy force of nature, Brooks is very private and has never authorized a biography, making his participation in this film a genuine first. Showcasing the Brooklyn native’s brilliant, skewed originality, American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make A Noise features never-before-heard stories and new interviews with Brooks, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Cloris Leachman, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers, Tracey Ullman and others. This career-spanning documentary of the man behind Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Spaceballs and of course the 2000 Year Old Man journeys through Brooks’ professional and personal ups and downs, providing a rare look at a living legend, beloved by millions. *NEW* Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy - Engaging, humorous, and provocative... examining the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. The film showcases the work of legends such as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim. Interviews with songwriters and luminaries including Sheldon Harnick, Stephen Schwartz, Harold Prince, Arthur Laurents, Charles Strouse, and Mel Brooks provide insight, alongside standout performances and archival footage. Everything is a Present: The Wonder and Grace of Alice Sommer Hertz - This is the uplifting true story of the gifted pianist Alice Sommer Hertz who survived the Theresienstat concentration camp by playing classical piano concerts for Nazi dignitaries. Alice Sommer Hertz lived to the age of 106. Her story is an inspiration. Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story - Yoni Netanyahu was a complex, passionate individual thrust into defending his country in a time of war and violence. The older brother of Benjamin Natanyahu, the current Israel Prime Minister, Yoni led the miraculous raid on Entebbe in 1976. Although almost all of the Entebbe hostages were saved, Yoni was the lone military fatality. Featuring three Israeli Prime Ministers and recently released audio from the Entebbe raid itself. Hava Nagila (The Movie) - A documentary romp through the history, mystery and meaning of the great Jewish standard. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy and more, the film follows the ubiquitous party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the kibbutzim of Palestine to the cul-de-sacs of America. Inside Hana’s Suitcase - The delivery of a battered suitcase to Fumiko Ishioka at the Tokyo Holocaust Museum begins the true-life mystery that became the subject of Karen Levine’s best-selling book Hana’s Suitcase. The film follows Fumiko’s search to discover the details of Hana’s life, which leads to the discovery of her brother George in Toronto. Israel: The Royal Tour - Travel editor Peter Greenberg (CBS News) takes us on magnificent tour of the Jewish homeland, Israel. The tour guide is none other than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The viewer gets a chance to visit the land of Israel from his own home! Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (narrated by Dustin Hoffman) - This documentary portrays the contributions of Jewish major leaguers and the special meaning that baseball has had in the lives of American Jews. More than a film about sports, this is a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, the passing on of traditions, the shattering of stereotypes and, most of all, the greatest American pastime. Nicky’s Family - An enthralling documentary that artfully tells the story of how Sir Nicholas Winton, now 104, a British stockbroker, gave up a 1938 skiing holiday to answer a friend’s request for help in Prague and didn’t stop helping until the war’s beginning stopped him. He had saved the lives of 669 children in his own personal Kindertransport. Shanghai Ghetto - One of the most amazing and captivating survival tales of WWII, this documentary recalls the strange-but-true story of thousands of European Jews who were shut out of country after country while trying to escape Nazi persecution. Left without options or entrance visa, a beacon of hope materialized for them on the other side of the world, and in the unlikeliest of places, Japanese-controlled Shanghai. The Case for Israel - Democracy’s Outpost - This documentary presents a vigorous case for Israel- for its basic right to exist, to protect its citizens from terrorism, and to defend its borders from hostile enemies. The Jewish Cardinal - This is the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, & later joining the priesthood. The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg - As baseball’s first Jewish star, Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg’s career contains all the makings of a true American success story. Unmasked: Judaophobia - The Threat to Civilization – This documentary exposes the current political assault against the State of Israel fundamentally as a war against the Jewish people and their right to self-determination. *NEW* When Jews Were Funny is insightful and often hilarious, surveying the history of Jewish comedy from the early days of Borsht Belt to the present.

• Feature Films • Fill the Void - This is the story of an eighteen-year-old, Shira, who is the youngest daughter of her family. Her dreams are about to come true as she is set to be married. Unexpectedly, her sister dies while giving birth to her first child. The drama of the story reaches its peak when the girls’ mother proposes a match between Shira and the young widower. Shira will have to choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty. Footnote - The winner of the Cannes Film Festival (Best Screenplay) is the tale of a great rivalry between a father and son, two eccentric professors, who have both dedicated their lives to work in Talmudic Studies. Each has a need for recognition in his chosen field and the day comes when father and son must look deeply inside themselves for the truth- advancement of his own career or of the others. Hidden in Silence - Przemysl, Poland, WWII. Germany emerges victorious over the Russians and the city comes under Nazi control. The Jews are sent to the ghettos. While some stand silent, Catholic teenager, Stefania Podgorska, chose the role of a savior and sneaks 13 Jews into her attic. Noodle (compatible only on PAL – DVD players - Hebrew with English subtitles) This film was a beloved entry in the Jewish Federation of NEPA’s Jewish Film Festival. It tells the heartwarming story of an Israeli stewardess, Miri, whose personal life as a war widow leaves her without much joy. Everything changes for Miri when her Oriental housemaid disappears one day leaving her with her young Oriental child! The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - Based on the best- selling novel, this movie is unforgettable. Set during WWII, the movie introduces us to Bruno, an innocent eight-year-old, ignores his mother and sets of on an adventure in the woods. Soon he meets a young boy and a surprising friendship develops. The Concert - Andrei Filipov was prodigy- at 20 he was the celebrated conductior for Russia’s renowned Bolshoi Orchestra. Thirty years later, still at the Bolshoi, he works as a janitor. Ousted during the communist era when he refused to fire the Jewish members of the orchestra, a broken Andrei now cleans the auditorium where he once performed in front of thousands. The Debt - In 1966, three Mossad agents were assigned to track down a feared Nazi war criminal hiding in East Berlin, a mission accomplished at great risk and personal cost- or was it? The Other Son - As he is preparing to join the Israeli army for his national service, Joseph discovers he is not his parents’ biological son and that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yacine, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, their values and beliefs.

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will hold an “Upper West Side South” tour on Sunday, October 18, at 10:45 am. It will include a guided tour of Congregation Shearith Israel – the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, home to the oldest congregation in North America (1654.), the Stephen Wise Free and West Side Institutional Synagogue and other buildings in the area. It will also feature a visit to Zabar’s and will end at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Walkers will meet corner of 68th and Central Park West on the Park Side. The cost is $22 for adults and $20 for seniors and students. There is an additional $2 charge the day of tour. For more information or to register, visit or call 212374-4100.


Continued from page 6 careers. Now, even if they have a different day job, they still have a connection to what they love to do.” Leslie Smith-Rosen, upper school principal of the Adelson School in Las Vegas, used Bonim B’Yachad to offer an accelerated calculus course to one student who was outpacing the others in the class. She says, “It went really, really well and I am impressed by the service. If I were to need it again, I would definitely do it again.” While Smith-Rosen prefers the traditional classroom to the Web, the Internet option “is better than nothing,” she tells “An actual teacher in a classroom cannot be replaced, but sometimes we cannot do that, so this is a good alternative and definitely worth it,” she says. “I think I would recommend [an online learning] service in general and I would recommend Bonim B’Yachad in particular.” Eisenberg wants parents and educators “to see that the possibilities really are there. “The tools to make every student successful do exist,” he says. “By combining amazing educational practices and educators, we have been able to help countless students. No school out there is perfect. A program like Bonim B’Yachad can help make sure every student’s needs are met and [their] abilities are realized.”


Continued from page 12 high quality of life here, the education is excellent and the community is welcoming and warm,” he says. Shira Da’el agrees. She says she is grateful to her husband at least once a week for pushing them toward this move. Similarly, the Akabayov family moved to the Negev from Boston, where Barak Akabayov was working as a visiting scholar. Originally from central Israel, he now works in the chemistry department at BGU. The family lives in Omer‚a small, suburban neighborhood about 15 minutes outside of Be’er Sheva. “We never thought we would live in this area of Israel, but it is really great,” Akabayov says. “We really like the weather here; it is better than any other place in the country.” He continues, “When the people from OR took us around to see the Negev [and Be’er Sheva], I saw that it has really developed into a modern city. It is really different than what I thought before.” Robinson explains that unlike in the United States, where local chambers of commerce and visitor’s centers make it easier to learn about a community and move, such infrastructure does not yet exist in Israel. OR serves that role and provides the connections to communities, jobs and cultural life that Israelis need in order to see themselves moving to the Negev. Fisher says OR has stopped adding new towns, but instead is focused on developing those they have already birthed and investing in the recruitment of middle class Israelis to development towns, with the goal of forming what he calls “vital neighborhoods.” The objective is to have these new families bring about improved infrastructure and education, which ultimately will enhance the whole town and ensure that everybody wins. He would like to see the Negev and Galilee regions have 4.5 million new residents by 2048. “The Negev and the Galilee will be independent centers of life, not dependent on Tel Aviv or the surrounding areas,” says Fisher. “Over the next decade, we will bring the next 150,000 people to these areas and this will create a ripple effect. This is all about being a visionary. … We are doing our part to keep the Zionist dream alive.”

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Abbas shutters Palestinian office of Israeli-Palestinian peace group

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ordered the closure of the Palestinian office of the Geneva Initiative, a group that pushes for an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty, in mid-August. The move came a month and a half after Abbas fired Yasser Abed Rabbo, head of the Palestinian Peace Coalition, the Geneva Initiative’s Palestinian arm, from his post as Palestine Liberation Organization secretary general. It was part of a string of moves that Abbas has made recently to consolidate his power, according to Haaretz. Founded in 2003 following the completion of the Geneva Accords, an unofficial Israeli-Palestinian agreement negotiated by politicians from both sides, the Geneva Initiative aims to advocate a peace treaty to Israeli and Palestinian politicians and the public. Abbas has attended the Geneva Initiative’s events. The Israeli branch of the initiative said in a statement that it would continue to pursue its goal with its Palestinian partners. “It’s unfortunate that a personal power struggle led to the decision to close the Palestinian headquarters of the Geneva Initiative,” the statement said. “The Israeli headquarters will continue to work with its Palestinian partners, without connection to the organizational structure, to advance the idea of two states, which enjoys majority support in both nations.”

Israel rejects reports of U.S. withdrawing Sinai force

A senior Israeli defense official disavowed reports that the United States is considering withdrawing its peacekeeping force in the Sinai Peninsula. “These reports aren’t true,” said Amos Gilad, head of the Defense Ministry’s Political-Military Affairs Bureau, told Army Radio, according to reports. “They reflect only the surmising of some people.” The 700-member Multinational Force and Observers was placed in the Sinai to monitor compliance with the Camp David Accords. The accords brought about Israeli-Egyptian peace in return for an Israeli withdrawal from the territory. The force has little offensive capability and has faced rising danger from Islamic militants, according to the Associated Press. Militant activity in the area has increased since Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was deposed in 2013 and replaced by Abdel Fatah Al Sisi, who has launched a campaign to defeat the Sinai militants. But Gilad said that there was every reason to believe the force was staying put. “IsraeliEgyptian peace relations are a strategic pillar of the region,” he said. “The force is acceptable to the Americans, Egyptians, Israelis. Its budget was recently increased. The administrative and command echelons are doing everything to preserve it. None of its members have been hurt or killed.”

U.N. nuclear watchdog rejects AP report that Iran will do own inspections

The International Atomic Energy Agency, which will control inspections of Iran’s nuclear program under the recently finalized agreement, said a report that Iran will conduct its own inspections is inaccurate. The Associated Press reported on Aug. 19 on an agreement signed between the IAEA, the nuclear watchdog of the United Nations, and Iran that would let experts and equipment chosen by Iran inspect the Parchin military complex on behalf of the IAEA. Iran has been suspected of nuclear


weapons research at Parchin. The Iranian inspectors would then report their findings to the IAEA. But the head of the IAEA said the report “misrepresents” the arrangement, according to Reuters, which did not provide further detail on his denial. “I am disturbed by statements suggesting that the IAEA has given responsibility for nuclear inspections to Iran,” IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano said, according to Reuters. “Such statements misrepresent the way in which we will undertake this important verification work.” Earlier on Aug. 20, the IAEA said it was satisfied with arrangements it had made with Iran concerning inspection of military facilities, Reuters reported. “The separate arrangements of the roadmap are consistent with IAEA verification practice and they meet the IAEA requirements,” IAEA spokesman Serge Gas said in a statement. On Aug. 19, White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said the Obama administration supported the arrangement. The administration is “confident in the agency’s technical plans for investigating the possible military dimensions of Iran’s former program,” Price said, according to AP. “The IAEA has separately developed the most robust inspection regime ever peacefully negotiated.” The report’s revelation met harsh criticism from Israeli and American opponents of the deal. On Aug. 19, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, the government’s point man on Iran, released a bitingly sarcastic response to the report. “One must welcome this global innovation and outside-the-box thinking,” he said. “One can only wonder if the Iranian inspectors will also have to wait 24 days before being able to visit the site and look for incriminating evidence?” Steinitz was referring to a provision in the original agreement that allows for a 24-day waiting period before international inspections of undeclared sites with suspected nuclear activity. That deal eases sanctions on Iran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program. “This side agreement shows that true verification is a sham, and it begs the question of what else the administration is keeping from Congress,” said Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the Times of Israel. John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Republican senator, said, “Trusting Iran to inspect its own nuclear site and report to the U.N. in an open and transparent way is remarkably naive and incredibly reckless. This revelation only reinforces the deep-seated concerns the American people have about the agreement.” Under the agreement, the IAEA allows Iran “to employ its own experts and equipment in the search for evidence or activities that it has consistently denied – trying to develop nuclear weapons,” the AP article said. While the document obtained by the AP is a draft, and not the final version of the agreement, one official familiar with its contents told the news service it “doesn’t differ substantially from the final version.”

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When oil is ready, add the entire potato mixture and spread in a even layer using an offset spatula or large spoon. Sprinkle sweet or hot paprika on top and a sprinkle of thick sea salt. Bake for 40-50 minutes until crispy around the edges and golden brown on top. Allow to cool slightly before cutting into squares. Serve warm or at room temperature. Yield: 10-12 servings

Baba Billie’s Potato Kugel (Photo by Shannon Sarna) Roasted Broccoli with Garlic Broccoli is an easy and accessible side dish to make all year. Throw it in the oven, let it caramelize and you have a crunchy, slightly sweet vegetable that will have your guests raving. Extra points: It’s super easy and requires almost no prep time. 2 large or 3 medium heads of broccoli 5-6 garlic cloves, left unpeeled Salt and pepper Olive oil Preheat oven to 400°F. Remove stems from broccoli. Cut broccoli into medium florets. Spread on a large baking sheet, or 2 medium baking sheets so as not to overcrowd while cooking. Add garlic cloves and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle generously with olive oil.

Roast for 35-40 minutes, until just starting to get crispy and caramelized. Yield: 6 servings Apples and Honey Bunch (Recipe by Brittany Fishman Pais) No family fathering would be complete without a proper cocktail to mellow everyone’s mood, right? This recipe is a family favorite from Brittany Fishman Pais, whose mother likes to serve this punch to prevent the family “crazies,” as she calls them. And who doesn’t want to enjoy a festive drink that incorporates the traditional New Year flavors of apple and honey? Pais recommends serving this drink with a honey swizzle stick and a thin slice of apple as garnish. 1 quart apple cider 1 quart ginger ale 2 cups honey bourbon 1 or 2 Granny Smith apples, cut into slices Honey sticks (optional) Chill apple cider, ginger ale and bourbon (if using). Pour the apple cider, ginger ale and bourbon into large pitcher or punch bowl, and add ice and apple slices. Garnish individual glasses with an apple slice and honey stick, if desired.

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