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Liz FeLdStern Executive Director, Institute for Holocaust Education llison Nazarian is the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and an award-winning copywriter. Her most recent book, Aftermath: A Granddaughter’s Story of Legacy, Healing, & Hope, explores why her family’s history empowered and made resilient people like her grandmother, whose life was a triumph until the day she died, well into her 90’s – while it haunted and ultimately destroyed others, like her mother who took her own life at the age of 51. Aftermath is a powerful look at healing, forgiveness, breaking old patterns, and finding the delicate balance between a proud legacy and a burdensome responsibility. Allison is a fascinating and dynamic speaker and will be presenting in Omaha on Sept. 6 and 7. Her visit is a collaboration of the Jewish Federation of Omaha, Institute for Holocaust Education, ADL-CRC, Jewish Family Service, and Temple Israel,
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with support from the Special Donor Advised Fund of the JFO Foundation. On Wednesday, Sept. 6 Allison will present at Temple Israel’s Adult Education Class. From 6:30-8 p.m. she will share, “Growing up as the Grandchild of Holocaust Survivors: What was it Really Like?”. The talk is open to all. On Thursday, Sept. 7 a workshop will be offered at the JCC for local Mental Health Professionals. Allison will discuss, “Healing from Family Trauma: A Granddaughter’s Perspective”. The 10-11:30 a.m. workshop will explore inherited trauma, the “family hero” and more, and will offer continuing education credit (CEU’s) through Jewish Family Service. Advance registration and payment is required, by contacting JFS at 402.330.2024. The Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group will be reading Aftermath and will discuss the book (with the author!) at 1 p.m. in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library. All are welcome to attend. See A traumatic legacy page 3
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Steve Levinger Chief Development Officer, JFO Kehilla is Hebrew for “community.” It’s an appropriate name given to the Kehilla Cup that is, for the third year in a row, up for grabs. KCup, as it is less formally dubbed, is a friendly team competition where volunteers help connect the Jewish Omaha community with the Federation and its Annual Campaign. During last year’s Annual Campaign, the second Kehilla Cup winner was the “Shayna Maidel Squad”, a team led by Sandy Epstein. This year’s KCup will be chaired by Jess and Shane Cohn, and the competition will occur between Aug. 31 and Oct. 27.
learn about the KCup and deepen their knowledge of the Federation’s agencies and the people who are helped by the dollars raised. The competition itself is based on a point system awarded for a variety of activities and successful interactions with our community’s donors. Jess and Shane Cohn Director of So how does KCup work? Each Development Nate Shapiro explains: Team Captain selected or were as“The Cup will unite and inspire our signed 50-60 Campaign donor own Omaha Jewish community via pledge cards at the Captain’s Draft a friendly team competition where Party at DJ’s Dugout on Wednesday, participants connect with fellow Aug. 16. The Team Captains will Jews, learn of their Jewish interests, also recruit and solicit about 8 to 10 educate themselves about our Fedteam members each. All Team Caperation mission and, ultimately, setains and players were invited to atcure 2018 Campaign gifts.” tend the Kehillah Cup Competition The Cohns are excited to lead this Kickoff taking place on Thursday, year’s KCup as they feel it serves as See Kehilla Cup page 2 Aug. 31 at the JCC. Here, they will
LindA PoLLArd Endowment Assistant/Staff Writer, JFO Foundation Throughout his life, Stanford Lipsey described himself as, “just a little kid from Omaha.” In fact, he was an award winning publisher, community leader, photographer, philanthropist, and visionary. He was a husband, first to the former Jeanne Blacker of Omaha, and then Judi Hojnacki of Buffalo, NY; father to Janet and Daniel, and grandfather to two grandsons. He was referred to as the most powerful man in Western New York, a friend to governors and senators.
Stan was a man of words, but also a man of action. He had a determination and desire to make things happen. His wife, Judi, described him as “unassuming, energetic, a thinker and a doer.” She said that he kept a lighted pen by his bedside, getting up two or three times a night, to write down ideas and thoughts. She said Stan was “always thinking of what to do next,” and that he believed time was a luxury not to be wasted. Stan loved his upbringing in Omaha. Both parents came from large families, making family gatherings big, crowded and full of joy. At age ten he received a brownie camera from his parents, which launched his lifelong passion for photography. He graduated in 1945 from Central High School where he was the photographer for Central’s Register, and in 2013 was inducted into Central’s Hall of Fame. Stan received his BA in economics from the University of Michigan in 1948, where he was the photography editor of the yearbook, and a photographer for the Michigan Daily. After graduation he moved to Los Angeles with his family, and worked in sales and public relations. Stan served in the Air Force during the Korean War, and was the editor of the base newspaper at Strategic Air Command Headquarters at Offutt AFB. Years later Stan would become a founding member of the Strategic Air and Space Museum, which involved the restoration See Stanford Lipsey page 2
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Continued from page 1 of aircraft and missiles, and the construction of the museum. Judi shared a story of a particularly meaningful event that occurred during his Air Force service. Stan was selected to attend a specialized school for information specialists and chaplains from all branches of the military. At the beginning of this school, the class was informed that there would be a prize for the person achieving the highest grade. When the class term ended, Stan was named the best in the class. His special prize was lunch with Edward R. Murrow, one of the most highly respected television and radio journalists of the 20th century. According to Judi, this exceptional experience at such a young age further sharpened what would become his life-long passion with journalism. On leaving the Air Force, Stan worked for The Sun Newspapers, a group of weeklies owned by his then father-in-law. Stan earned the position of publisher, as the company grew to seven paid subscription weeklies and five free weeklies. Stan immersed himself in the Omaha community through civic leadership and was a supporter of the Omaha Jewish Federation. He also served on the board of the Jewish Press. In 1968, Stan sold The Sun Newspapers to Warren Buffett, who equally loved the newspaper business. Their collaboration, along with editor Paul Williams, won the Pulitzer Prize for The Sun for investigative reporting, for a story on Boy’s Town, an organization that had amassed $209,000,000, yet was underserving its population while continuing its policy of zealous fundraising. That story resulted in improvements that were desperately needed for the boys and, eventually, girls, it served, and continues to serve, even to this day. Warren Buffett went on to purchase The Buffalo Evening News, and asked Stan to head it up. Stan moved to Buffalo and in 1983 became its publisher. The paper was facing stiff competition and there were difficult times ahead, but eventually it won the battle over its rival, the Courier Express, which closed its doors. During Stan’s career at The News, it became the highest penetration newspaper in the country, and the most profitable per capita. Coming from Omaha, Stan believed Buffalo had much catching up to do. When he saw the obsolete condition of the Buffalo airport, he found himself unable to convince private and public sector leaders that a new modern and efficient airport was not just a necessity, but vital to attracting new low-cost airlines. So, he chartered a plane, and flew eight executives to Omaha to spend the day learning about the success of Eppley Airport from its management team. It wasn’t long after that construction began on a new airport in Buffalo, and airlines including Southwest and Jet Blue were quick to establish service. While Stan may have left Omaha, Omaha never left Stan. Over 20 years ago, he established a Charitable Remainder Trust, and on his death in California in 2016, the proceeds were paid to the Jewish Federation of Omaha, for the benefit of The Jewish Press. The Foundation used the funds to establish the Stanford Lipsey Jewish Press Endowment Fund. This newlycreated endowment fund will be used for the operations and activities of the Jewish Press. “Stan Lipsey’s generosity is humbling and inspiring. There are not as many Jewish papers as there once were; for him to give the Jewish Press and the community this gift is truly a vote of confidence,” stated Annette van de Kamp-Wright, editor of the Jewish Press. Stan was a philanthropist with a variety of interests. He was the founder of Books for Kids, a program providing free books for needy children. Stan loved jazz, and together with long time friend and fellow Omahan, Don Rice, staged the first jazz concert ever held at the Joslyn Art Museum. Stan established the Tralfamadore Jazz Institute in Buffalo, and the Buffalo News-Albright-Knox summer jazz series. This concert series is the longest running free jazz concert program in the country, recently concluding its 35th year. Stan had a long-standing interest in architectural restoration and led a project securing funding for restoration of the largest Frank Lloyd Wright complex of buildings, the seven-building Darwin D. Martin complex. He also donated to educational, medical and animal protection groups. He helped train service dogs for the blind at Guide Dogs of the Desert and in 2003 established a new education facility for the organization in Palm Springs, California. Judi noted that this was one of Stan’s favorite endeavors. His interests were wide-ranging, and reflected a man of many interests,
talents, and causes dear to his heart. Stan served on 19 boards, of which he was a founding member of four. He received numerous awards and honors. In 2002, Stan received the Endowment Development Award from the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, which recognizes outstanding contributions in both the Jewish and secular communities. He was awarded the New York State Governor’s Arts Award from Governor Mario Cuomo in 1989. Governor George Pataki presented Stan with the New York State Governor’s Parks, Preservation and Historic Restoration Award in 1998. He received the Spirit of Wright Award from the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy, an award that is almost always reserved for architects. In 2008 he was named to the Omaha Press Club’s Journalists of Excellence Hall of Fame. A new Architectural Center in Buffalo will be completed next year and named for Stan, in honor of all the work he did in preserving architectural landmarks. Stan fittingly received many more honors and awards, a testament to his dedication and tireless work to serve others. As an accomplished photographer, his work hung in 13 gallery and museum exhibitions, and two books of his photographs were published. Just reading all that Stan Lipsey achieved during his lifetime leaves one to wonder if he was somehow allotted more than the 24 hours a day the rest of us get. Obviously, he got the same 24 hours we get – he just used every precious hour he had to accomplish so much that benefitted so many. Stanford Lipsey was an exceptionally generous man during his lifetime, and his afterlife gift will continue the legacy of giving that was such a major part of who the man was. The Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation is profoundly grateful for Stan’s charitable planning for the future of the Jewish Press.
Continued from page 1 an opportunity to give back to the Federation and the Omaha Jewish community in a meaningful way. “When we sat down and thought about the multiple ways that our family has been impacted by Federation, the list is endless,” said Jess Cohn. “Whether it is PJ Library, hosting kids for the Maccabi Games, utilizing the Gateway program for JCC and Temple membership, or simply playing at the JCC playground, Federation has allowed us to establish and strengthen our family’s Jewish identity”. Prior to the official “Kick-off ” on Aug. 31, captains strategically assembled their teams. They scouted for dedication, charm, salesmanship and sense of humor. Shapiro says friends, spouses and relatives were all “fair game”. “If you still want to participate and join up with a team, please let me know!” In addition to the Cohns’ serving as “Commissioners”, the Captains for this year’s competition are: Dusty Friedman, Donald Gerber, Sarah Linn, Emily Ray, Eric Shapiro, Geoffrey Silverstein and Jeff Zacharia. During the “Kick-off ”, teams will learn the rules of the Kehilla Cup competition, followed by a solicitation training session, so everyone will be fully prepared for competition. Of course, what’s a game without prizes... the most coveted of which is the Kehilla Cup! Volunteers from this year’s winning team will also be awarded their choice of either tickets to the FED Event planned for Jan. 27, 2018 or the 2018 Jewish Film Festival. Points are generated by team members and the donor engagement they undertake. New gifts, increased gifts, face-to-face solicitations and completed donor cards – these are just some of the point categories teams will work with. Federation staff will provide support, logistics and training along the way,” Shapiro says. “We’re planning a great season of fun, engagement and community spirit.” “We feel strongly that the team concept builds relationships and friendships among the solicitors and helps create fun and goodwill among donors. Its win-win.”
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Continued from page 1 Finally, Allison will speak to the whole community on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in the JCC Theater. Her topic, “The Legacy of Tragedy: Why Some Thrive, While Others Suffer” will share insights on the unique inheritance passed down through some families in our community. Come share in Allison’s journey finding ways to remember the past while being able to live a life of peace and joy in the present. The JFO, IHE, ADLAllison nazarian CRC, JFS, and Temple Israel are excited and honored to be partnering to bring this speaker to our community. Allison Nazarian brings a unique perspective and an ability to reach wide audiences with her message of legacy, healing, and hope. Copies of Allison’s book, Aftermath, will be available for sale and signing at each event. The book is also available in advance at Amazon.com. For more information or questions about any of these events, contact the IHE at 402.334.6576 or email@example.com.
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Temple Israel Religious School welcomes students
Wendy GoldberG ’m looking forward to meeting my new teacher. I really want to do more work learning about Hebrew. I like seeing my friends from other schools,” exclaimed Audrey Meyerson, second grader as Temple Israel’s Religious School welcomed students on Aug. 20. “Families who choose Jewish religious education for their children are giving their children a gift,” suggests Rabbi Brian Stoller. “At Temple Israel, we aim to make Jewish learning a transformational experience for our students by nurturing a love of God, Torah and humanity, by teaching values to help our kids develop strong moral character, by building community, and by helping our children feel part of something greater than themselves.” “We’d like our kids to learn about Jewish history, traditions, and experiences,” Dinah Kogan a Temple parent noted. “We want our children to learn strong moral principles, learn about spirituality and be proud of their background.” Kogan echoed the sentiment of many other parents, “We want our children to make friends with kids with similar backgrounds and family values, and to be part of a community.” “I am inspired by our outstanding Education Director Sharon ComisarLangdon and her stellar teaching staff,” Rabbi Stoller added, “I am excited to work in partnership with them to bring this vision to life for our children and our community.” “We are lucky to be welcoming back our strong teaching team of skilled and experienced teachers, high school madrichim, as well as our newly-ex-
panded role for college assistants who add a seasoned dimension of experience, learning, and commitment to our Temple community.” “We help our students form ideas of what kind of Jewish teenager and then adult they want to become,” shared Naomi Fox. “We strive to open their eyes to their community and Jewish world so they can decide how they want to play a role in our Jewish mission of Tikkun Olam. I am looking forward to see what they come up with and what kind of goals they make for themselves.” Fifth grader, Aiden Meyerson agrees, “I’m really looking forward to meeting my new teacher also and seeing old friends. I want to learn how to speak Hebrew fluently, using words you could use in a real conversation.” “In fifth grade, we see so much growth in Hebrew skills including prayer fluency and understanding,” Naomi Fox explains. “I love to see how far the students take their Hebrew achievements and how proud they are when they meet their goals and milestones throughout the year. Language learning is the best!” Ainsley Meyerson, a 7th grade student, is looking forward to beginning middle school curriculum. “I want to start working more on my Bat Mitzvah since it’s coming up soon. I really love my teacher from last year, Margaret Gurewitz-Smith. She is amazing. I’m excited to work with her as my Hebrew school teacher and mentor again this year.” Margaret Gurewitz-Smith shares her excitement and looks forward to seeing how the students build on their earlier experiences in religious school as they move toward their Bar and Bat
Mitzvahs, figuring out who they want to be as Jews both in our community and in the broader world. GurewitzSmith said, “I enjoy working with the 7th grade because it’s a time when students explore the history of Judaism and its texts to figure out their implications for how we as modern Jews can work to create a more just world.” “This will start my eighth full year teaching a classroom at Temple Israel Religious School,” said Naomi Fox. “It is amazing to be surrounded by such caring educators who have so much knowledge and support to share with the students and staff. I love teaching with Patsy Wallace. She is an incredible educator. I learn so much from her regularly, about so many topics. Sharon is a wonderful director; we are so lucky to have her leadership, creativity, and positive attitude.” Temple Israel high school students will participate in clergy-led classes, Bet Café Community and Wednesday dinner weekly at 6 p.m. Our 9th and 10th grade students will travel to either New York or Washington, D.C. Our 11th and 12th grade students will travel to either Israel or on a college campus tour. The Temple Israel Religious School Steering Committee has new chairs: Jamie Friedland and Suzanne Pocras. All members are welcome to join in a number of exciting upcoming Religious School events, including: PreK Bagels and Blessings with Rabbi Berezin for our PreK students and their parents, 10 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 10; Erev Sukkot Service and Bonfire, 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4 and Erev Simchat Torah Service and Consecration, 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11.
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community Dr. Deborah Lipstadt to speak at Community Event
lease mark your calendars for Wednesday, Oct. 18. The Jewish Federation of Omaha invites the community to join us for dinner at the Marriott Hotel in Regency from 6 to 8 p.m. Speaker Dr. Deborah Lipstadt will join us and speak about The “New” Anti-Semitism: How New? How Bad? Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. Her most recent book The Eichmann Trial received excellent reDr. Deborah Lipstadt views. Her earlier book History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier is the story of her libel trial in London against David Irving who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and rightwing extremist. A film based on the book starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson Denial was released on Sept. 30, 2016 and will be shown Oct. 15 at the Jewish Community Center at no charge to the community. RSVPs for the dinner are due Oct. 2; for additional information about this evening and our speaker, watch for the front page story next month. For more information, please contact Senior Director of Community Impact and Special Projects Louri Sullivan at email@example.com or call 402-334-6485.
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Mainstreeters in September Maggie Conti Director of Activities and Volunteer Services, RBJH Though the first day of autumn is still a few weeks off, it’s time to sign up for all the action with Mainstreeters and their programs for September. The scheduled events come with wishes for a good, sweet New Year. L.O.V.E. Grandparents Day Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 10, 1:303:30 p.m. RBJH Main Street. Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas with casino games, food, prizes and entertainment. Music of the Rat Pack with Michael “Gooch” Gurciullo and his 5-Piece Band. According to Sabina Strong, Volunteer Coordinator at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, “You don’t have to have a friend or loved one at the Home to enjoy the Grandparents Day Celebration. The casino games will appeal to so many and so will the food. I mean, who can resist the music of the Rat Pack? The afternoon mixes fun with a little nostalgia, and that recipe makes everyone smile” Admission is free, so bring your family and come share the festivities.” The Sept. 10 program is a joint effort of L.O.V.E. (League Offering Volunteers for the Elderly) and the RBJH Activities and Volunteer Department staff. Grandparents Day Celebration is underwritten by these funds administered by the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation: The Sheldon A. and Lorrie Bernstein Endowment Fund; The Betty A. Studna and Seymour T. Lee Endowment Fund; and The Chester and Phyllis Lustgarten Endowment Fund. For any question call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521. Thursday, Sept. 14: Bill Chrastil in a Community Concert at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium. Elvis is back by popular demand: The show is open to the community. “Bill has performed at the Home many times and is always a big hit,” said Mary Heiman, RBJH Activities Coordinator. “He’s so popular, we book him every time he’s in town, and since he has a variety of shows, you never see the same thing twice. Come and bring a friend. Everyone is welcome. “An award-winning Branson, MO, entertainer, Chrastil has been a full-time musician and show-biz personality since 1983, performing at theaters, fairs, casinos and resorts across the country and abroad. His show is a salute to music legends Elvis Presley, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Tom Jones, The Ventures, and other country and rock stars from
the 50s and 60s. “Bill is a whiz on the guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums, and harmonica, as well as being a talented vocalist and songwriter,” Heiman said. “His show is fun and full of energy. You won’t want to miss it.” For information call Mary Heiman at 402.334.6531. A Free Afternoon at the Movies Fill the Void, Friday, Sept. 15. 1 p.m. in the JCC Theater. Complimentary popcorn will be served. No reservations necessary. Invite a friend. After a young Hasidic woman dies in childbirth, her 18-year-old sister (Hadas Yaron) is asked to cancel her upcoming marriage to a promising young man and marry her widowed brother-in-law (Yiftach Klein) instead. Fill the Void was the 2012 Venice Film Festival winner for Best Actress and has been selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. The language is in Hebrew with English subtitles. This film is rated PG-13 for mild thematic elements and the running time is one hour and 45 minutes. If you’d like to enjoy a Star Deli lunch at the Blumkin Home before the show, call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521 to reserve a table. Lunch is on your own. The Star Deli opens for business at 11:30 a.m. Introduction to Mindfulness Practice with Mark Wiesman on Monday, Sept. 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Boardroom. This free seminar is presented by Jewish Social Services. Invite a friend. Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. You will learn to make the connection between your breath and your brain while staying in the present moment while learning the healing power of mindfulness. Mark Weisman has been involved in and doing mindfulness practice for 35 years. Mark was born in Omaha and practiced veterinary medicine in Minneapolis from 1982-1991 and is currently working in Commercial Real Estate for Wiesman Development. He began doing Tai Chi Chuan in 1982, began sitting meditation (vipassanamindfulness) in 1984. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, please call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Sept. 11. Mainstreeters welcomes all Jewish residents of the Omaha area age 60 plus. The group offers a mixed-bag of learning opportunities plus social and cultural events.
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Werner Parkâ€™s first Jewish Heritage Day on Sunday, Aug. 13 brought over 300 Jewish community members out to root for the Omaha Stormchasers (or in some cases the Iowa Cubs!) and celebrate Jewish Omaha. The JCC Training Company Dancers gave a stunning pre-game performance, Asher Tipp threw out the first pitch, and folks enjoyed the opportunity to dine on kosher hot dogs throughout the 2+ hour game. The only shade available in our section was that provided by the free JFO bandannas â€“ maybe next time we spring for umbrella hats? All joking aside - singles, couples and families of all ages came together to watch a game, wander the ball park, try out a pickle ice pop and schmooze with friends old and new. Many families with children stayed the entire game so that their littles could run the bases and high-five the mascot. Many thanks to all those who came out to represent Jewish Omaha! Photo Credit: Mark Kirchhoff
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Yoni doron arrived at Omaha's eppley airfield on tuesday, aug. 15, and was greeted by members of the host family - roni and Ophir Palmon and sara and ari kohen and their children. also in attendance were nate shapiro, director of development for the JFO and Jennie Gates Beckman, director of Community engagement and education for the JFO. a welcoming reception for Yoni is scheduled for thursday aug. 24 at 6 p.m. in the JCC Gallery (which is tonight if you are receiving this paper on thursday), but of course, you can stop by any time after that and come say hello. Photo credit: Mark Kirchhoff
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Would you like to spend seven amazing days in Israel with other Americans, Hungarians and Israeli friends, aged 25-45? The Partnership2gether Building Bridges Seminar is scheduled for April 22-28, 2018 (not including travel time). An immersive gathering consisting of social, educational, and cultural programming—a special opportunity for adults aged 25-45 years to connect with their peers from the U.S Central Area Consortium, Israel and Budapest. Explore the beauty and history of the north, experience volunteer opportunities and find out about the cool, young, artistic and innovative scene in the Western Galilee and Tel Aviv. Known as a microcosm of Israeli society, the Western Galilee has a diverse cultural landscape, offers a fascinating, rich heritage and new, innovative initiatives. Tel Aviv—the lively city—will be a vibrant, fun way to cap off this experience. All land costs, including the weekend in Tel Aviv will be covered by Partnership2Gether.This seminar is a starting point for the development of a program to connect adults aged 25-45 from the Western Galilee, the Consortium Communities and Budapest. The application deadline is Dec. 1. There is limited space available, so apply soon. Partnership2Gether will provide lodging, transportation and all meals; scheduled local trips in the Western Galilee and Tel Aviv, as well as a professional lecturer and entrance fees. The participant will provide round-trip flight costs, health insurance, private local transportation and any additional private
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The Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Supporting Foundation receives a major gift Linda PoLLard Endowment Assistant/Staff Writer, JFO Foundation hirley and Buddy Goldstein were a compassionate, philanthropic and down-toearth couple. They were genuinely kind, decent people who were in a position to help others and never hesitated to do so. Omaha was fortunate to be their home, and each person who knew them was blessed for that experience, as were the countless people who they helped. For many years they generously supported causes dear to them through the Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Supporting Foundation. Shirley and Buddy’s commitment and generosity did not end with their passing, however. With thoughtful planning, they took measures to ensure that the same level of support for charities would continue beyond their lifetimes. To ensure their legacy of giving continues through the Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Supporting Foundation, Shirley and Buddy established a Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (CRAT) in late 2004. The Goldsteins deposited a substantial amount of money into the trust, and from that time on received semiannual distributions from the trust. Shirley and Buddy received an income tax deduction, and were able to avoid the hefty capital gains tax. The money from the trust was designated to go to their supporting foundation after the passing of the last survivor. The Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation was the beneficiary of the trust upon Shirley’s death and deposited the remainder proceeds into the Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Supporting Foundation as a very significant addition to the fund. This altruistic planning further ensures that the Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Supporting Foundation will be awarding
grants for a countless number of years to come. braska Jewish Historical Society for oral history and When the Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Supporting educational programs. Foundation was established in 2003, Shirley and The ADL has benefitted with awards for facilitator Buddy designated Foundation support for charitable, training. Friedel Jewish Academy has received funding religious, literary, scientific and educational based organizations. $1.3 million has been awarded since that time, making a real difference in the lives of a large and diverse group of people. Grants have been awarded for programs benefitting Russian Jewry in Omaha, the United States, Israel and the former Soviet Union. Local and national Jewish and secular charities in the areas of medicine and medical research, human rights, rescue and relief, education and current events of Jewish content have been beneficiaries of the fund. Since the first Buddy and Shirley Goldstein at a Chabad event awards were granted, all Jewish houses of worship in Omaha have received over the years including funding for their fine arts progrants for numerous programs, events, and Jewish gramming, and the Jewish Press has received money camp attendance. The Jewish Federation of Omaha for attendance at national conferences and purchashas received funds for the community Shaliach, teen ing a new copier. The Jewish Community Center has trips to Israel, March of the Living, and guest speak- been helped with programming and events. Foundation ers. Jewish Senior Outreach has received funding for funding has helped the CornerStones Scholarship the Kosher Meals on Wheels program and older adult Fund, providing need-based financial assistance for case management. The Institute for Holocaust Edu- attendance at CDC preschool, the Friedel Jewish cation has been granted funding for their annual Week Academy, day camps and summer camps. Jewish of Understanding. Grants have been given to the Ne- Family Service has received funding that enables them
to give financial assistance to clients in need. The LIFE & LEGACY program has also benefited from the supporting foundation. The Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights is in its 17th year with the supporting foundation’s funding. The annual lecture series was established to promote understanding of human rights issues at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and in the Omaha community. Chabad has received funds for Camp Gan Israel and their Chesed program. Omaha North High School students have participated in a trip to the Illinois Holocaust Museum with the help of the foundation. The Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Supporting Foundation has helped Omaha organizations in their work and service to the metropolitan Omaha area Jewish and secular population, but the help has gone far beyond the Omaha borders, reaching many people of varied needs. Funds have been awarded to the Halachic Organ Donor Society for educational materials with the mission to save lives by increasing organ donation from Jews and the general public. The PKD (polycystic kidney disease) organization has been awarded funds for research and national conventions. Through these funds, local organizations as well as national and international organizations have been able to educate, assist, and affect the lives of a multitude of people. Always generous and compassionate, the Goldsteins supported many organizations and causes throughout their lives. With the establishment of their Charitable Remainder Trust, the level of care and generosity shown by the Goldsteins will endure and grow. We are most thankful for Shirley and Buddy’s forward thinking and careful planning to ensure their philanthropic goals will continue to be met.
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JYE BI: Jewish Youth Experience at Beth Israel maRY sue GRossman Beth Israel Synagogue n amazing new buzz has started at Beth Israel all tied to a unique name – JYE BI. Pronounced “jie bye”, JYE BI is the acronym for the Jewish Youth Experience at Beth Israel. Kicking off on Sept. 10, JYE BI is an innovative, dynamic new avenue to provide programming for youth of all ages. “Beth Israel’s model is based on the goal of developing passionate and knowledgeable Jews in a fun, content based environment,” shares Rabbi Ari Dembitzer. “Giving our kids the building blocks of Torah Judaism and showing the way to make those a part of their daily lives will be found throughout the JYE BI’s many activities.” He adds with a grin, “It is going to be amazing!” Key to this new program is a newcomer to the Beth Israel staff, Faige Jeidel. Faige, along with her husband, Yaakov, will be leading youth programming. Faige and Yaakov will be working with Rabbi Ari and Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Abramovich in teaching classes, developing a wide array of activities, expanding participation in NCSY, volunteer programs, and more. Other teachers include Leon Shrago, Donald Gerber, and Dr. Howie Gendelman. “I am very much looking forward to an incredibly exciting and innovative year with JYE BI” said Faige. “I hope that with our new programming we’ll have interactive and hands on classes that are perfectly suited for every single child and teen who is a part of JYE BI.” Faige, the oldest of six, has run many youth programs in New York and in Israel. She created and ran an integrated youth group which in-
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provide learning through ‘real life’ activities and experiences” commented Rabbi Shlomo Abramovich. “We want to find ways for our kids to know they can be Jewish anywhere – not just while at shul. I am very excited to be a part of this new program.” The JYE BI programming schedule will include happenings for infants through high school. Shabbat mornings, alternating Sunday mornings, and Monday KaRen Gustafson, ms, nCC, LimHP Executive Director, Jewish Family Service Joshua shapiro proudly donates needed items to Jfs staff Linda Cogen, assistance Coordinator and Karen Gustafson, executive Director.
faige and Yaakov Jeidel cluded typical and special needs teens in Brooklyn. During the past year while living in Israel, she worked as a representative for the Gift of Life program. This included speaking at different schools, programs, and events, promoting bone marrow swabbing and donations. Faige is also a full-time pre-med student at UNO. Yaakov Jeidel has worked with Rabbi Ari for the past seven years as head staff at Camp Simcha. During that time, he was also a coordinator of volunteering, events, and trips for Chai Lifeline, the parent organization for Camp Simcha. While in Israel this past year, he was program director for a Jerusalem based gap year program. Yaakov will be working full time for Azria Health Montclair. Both Yaakov and Faige are from Brooklyn and are the parents of fivemonth old daughter, Lea. “JYE BI will teach our youth Torah based behavior outside of shul and
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evenings with additional activities and special events throughout the year will be a part of the action. Full program details will be shared at the JYE BI Kickoff Event which will be held Sunday, Sept. 10 from 3-5 p.m. at Beth Israel. The afternoon event will include fun, music, food and the opportunity to hear the full details of the various program offerings. To register, visit the Beth Israel website at www.orthodoxomaha.org. For additional information, call Beth Israel at 402.556.6288.
This week’s Torah reading discusses the rabbinic court system. The secular court system is supposed to maintain peace. The Jewish court system, however, is supposed to reveal the truth of spirit in this world. It follows then, that the dispute that is resolved by the court system described in the Torah is ideal. That system reveals Rabbi aRi all sides of truth that is represented DembitzeR in the dispute. Beth Israel Synagogue True peace is recognizing the godliness in all opinions. True peace is when all is represented and revealed. Let us remember to confront only for the sake of learning from each other. Shabbat Shalom.
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Back to school: Friedel Jewish Academy
Annette vAn De kAmp know that our job is to build the educational foundation for children to be ready to Editor, Jewish Press move on to middle school and high school. Thursday, Aug. 17 was an important day Mrs. Bennett displays in her classroom the for students of Friedel Jewish Academy. The plaque from the Commission on Presidenfirst day of school is always exciting and (if tial Scholars. The Commission annually seyou’re a Kindergartener) maybe just a little lects two high school seniors from each bit scary. state based on academic success, compleLuckily, the staff was more than ready to tion of an essay, school evaluation and tranwelcome their students back. The new year scripts, plus evidence of community service promises to be better than ever; who better and leadership. As part of the essay, stuthan to tell us a little bit about it than Head dents are asked to recognize the teacher that of School Beth Cohen? What’s new for the coming school year; what are most influenced their education. In 2012, you excited about? Presidential Scholar and Friedel graduate Lilly Phillips wrote: It is a long list! This year, we will be un“Coming from such a wonderful educaveiling an Innovation Lab, the designated tional background, this choice was not at all space for our weekly Innovation Learning an easy one for me,” Lilly says. “I chose to program. The new lab space is dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment as students explore and innovate using a curriculum with a focus on STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – to prepare students to be adaptive and nimble problem-solvers. We are introducing wobble stools and balance balls to expand our seating options for students. Music will now be a weekly class for all students. As students develop basic skills and techniques in music, they strengthen their music vocabulary and literacy, as well as their ability to remember, First day of school: Beth Cohen with student Darby Smith. focus on, process and sequence Credit: Mark Kirchhoff information. Friedel is thrilled to nominate Friedel Jewish Academy teacher bring music into the weekly schedule. Denise Bennett. In my application essay, I All classrooms will have new student shared how Mrs. Bennett set the bar for computers to go along with 1:1 iPads and how learning could and should be. How it interactive SMART boards. was an environment where reading was a We are also launching a school-wide competitive and cherished pastime. The “mensch-building” program. Schools all more facts you knew, the cooler you were over the country are adding a “Kindness and math was... dare I say it... fun? She inCurriculum” to help students develop emstilled in me a love for learning that I’ve pathy, to combat the bullying epidemic and seen so many of my peers lose.” to help students develop interpersonal As educators at Friedel, we know the work skills. We’ll be doing just that in a way that we do is impactful and meaningful. We take only Friedel can by infusing Jewish values. What did you do over the summer? that responsibility very seriously to do the A lot! In June, my family and I went to Is- best for each individual student every day. rael for two weeks. The trip was a present to What message do you have for parents who are on the fence? my kids for their bar and bat mitzvah from When you are touring another school, my parents. My husband and I were lucky enough to get to tag along. We were all over make sure to ask good questions about their student outcomes. When people tour – Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Eilat, the Dead Sea, Friedel, I make sure they know a few imporMasada, Tzfat, the Galilee. tant things about our student experience And who could go to Israel without makand success. In May of 2017, 75% of Friedel ing a stop in our Partnership region to visit students tested above grade level on the Akko and our dear friends, the Ben Shushans? We spent a fabulous Shabbat with Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Reading test. In 2016, the 5th graders of Friedel Jewish Eliad and his family. It was amazing to see Academy tested, on average, at the ninthmy teenage kids connecting to Israel, and it grade level in math, reading, science and sowas great to hear the compliments from cial studies, and tested at the tenth-grade everyone about the fluent Israeli accented level in language mechanics. Hebrew that I know they learned at Friedel. All Friedel students participate in Art, When we came home from Israel, there was a crazy whirlwind of laundry and pack- Music, Innovation Learning, Library, Swimming and Physical Education class each ing as I got both kids off to sleep-away week. Friedel students are fluent in a second camp. And then I got to work! I’m taking a graduate-level class at UNO, “Mental Health language – reading, writing and speaking – by the time they graduate 6th grade. Friedel in the Schools” and I spend a lot of time in has had students compete in the state level of the school making sure everything is in place to support teachers and students when the Modern Woodman of America Oration contest for each of the last four years, and we they return in August. How does the fact that your own kids are moving proudly boast that the 2015 National Winon in middle and high school influence the deci- ner was Friedel student Danny Denenberg. sions you make at Friedel? For more information about Friedel JewIt is so instructive to me to see first-hand ish Academy or to schedule a visit, please in my own children the long-lasting impact contact Beth Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Friedel makes on students. Of course, we call 402.334.6001.
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calendar September 2017
All events held at the Jewish Community Center unless otherwise noted. This calendar does not include all community events. For a complete listing, visit the Federation’s website: www.jewishomaha.org (click on calendar). To keep calendar accurate, call Pat Anson at 402.334.8200. The Jewish Press is not responsible for the accuracy of the events. FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 Friday Learning Series: Rabbi Abramovich, 11:15 a.m. Star Deli, 11:30 a.m. at RBJH SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 Torah Study, 9:15 a.m. at Temple Israel SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 Yachad Nebraska State Fair Trip Religious School, 10 a.m. at Temple Israel TED Talk, 11 a.m. at Temple Israel Backyard Concert Series 2017, 5-7 p.m. MONDAY, AUGUST 28 JFO Board Meeting, 11:30 a.m. at RBJH TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 Iowa Western Community Band, 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30 Breadbreakers, noon at RBJH Religious School, 4 p.m. at Temple Israel Adult Education Class, 6:30 p.m. at Temple Israel THURSDAY, AUGUST 31 Women’s Class, 9:30 a.m. at Beth Israel Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Schlomo, noon Yachad Personal Training in the gym, 5:30 p.m. Kehilla Cup Kickoff, 6 p.m. at RBJH Yachad Yoga, 6:30 p.m. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Star Deli, 11:30 a.m. at RBJH SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Torah Study, 9:15 a.m. at Temple Israel OTYG Rush, 4 p.m. at Temple Israel TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Chabad Mega Challah Bake, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 JFO - Jewish Business Leaders, 7:30 a.m. at Happy Hollow Breadbreakers, noon at RBJH Rabbis and Presidents Meeting, noon at RBJH Religious School, 4 p.m. at Temple Israel BESTT Hebrew School, 4:15 p.m. at Beth El BESTT Hebrew High, 6:30 p.m. at Beth El Adult Education Class with Allison Nazarian, 6:30 p.m. at Temple Israel
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Women’s Class, 9:30 a.m. at Beth Israel Hebrew Class with Rabbi Schlomo, 10 a.m. at RBJH Elul Class, 10 a.m. at Temple Israel OTYG Lounge Night, 5 p.m. at Temple Israel
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Women’s Class, 9:30 a.m. at Beth Israel Allison Nazarian Workshop (JFS), 10 a.m. Hebrew Class with Rabbi Schlomo, 10 a.m. at RBJH Elul Class, 10 a.m. at Temple Israel Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group, 1 p.m. Allison Nazarian: A Granddaughter’s Story of Legacy, Healing & Hope, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Torah Study, 9:15 a.m. at Temple Israel
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 A Shabbat of Inspiration with Sassy Reuven at Chabad CDC Family Shabbat or Havdallah, 8:30 a.m. Star Deli, 11:30 a.m. at RBJH Temple Israel Shabbat Comes to You at Remington, 4 p.m. at Remington Heights SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 A Shabbat of Inspiration with Sassy Reuven at Chabad Temple Tots Shabbat, 9 a.m. at Temple Israel Torah Study, 9:15 a.m. at Temple Israel SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 A Shabbat of Inspiration with Sassy Reuven at Chabad BESTT Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. at Beth El Religious School, 10 a.m. at Temple Israel OTYG Meeting, noon at Temple Israel Temple Israel JYG Zoo Scavenger Hunt, 2 p.m. Backyard Concert Series 2017, 5-7 p.m. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Eye on Israel, noon Jewish Press Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Friedel Jewish Academy Board Meeting, 7 p.m. at FJA TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 2018 Campaign Women’s Major Donor Event-Dr. Sima Goel, 11:30 a.m. at Happy Hollow Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 p.m. at Temple Israel WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Breadbreakers, noon at RBJH Religious School, 4 p.m. at Temple Israel BESTT Hebrew School, 4:15 p.m. at Beth El 2018 Men’s Major Donor Event-Sgt. Benjamin Anthony 5 p.m. at Beacon Hills BESTT Hebrew High, 6:30 p.m. at Beth El Adult Education Class, 6:30 p.m. at Temple Israel
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Backyard Get in the groove with Mitch Gettman concert series
GaBBy BlaiR Staff Writer, Jewish Press he 7th Annual Backyard Concert series is underway and we are excited to present the retro sounds of singer-songwriter Mitch Gettman on Sunday, Aug. 27 from 5-7 p.m. at the JCC Pavilion. Gettman’s dynamic musical style has been compared to a wide array of artists including Elliott Smith, Radiohead, e Beatles, Velvet Underground, Stevie Wonder and the Beach Boys. His talents as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist are sure to make you want to dance and sing along! Bring your friends and pack a picnic to enjoy while grooving out, but be sure to save room for dessert! Beth El USY will be selling goodies for a fundraiser and the Kona Ice truck will sell a wide assortment of tasty treats including over 50 flavors of their famous Hawaiian shaved ice (priced between $3-5). Also be sure to look for those big blue bins for your donations to Jewish Family Services. ere is a great need for personal care items such as toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, lotion, and toothbrushes. Unexpired canned meat items such as tuna, salmon and chicken are also appreciated. In case of inclement weather, the show will go on... in the JCC eatre. For more information, please check out our website at www.jewishomaha.org or contact JCC Cultural Arts Director Esther Katz at 402.334.6406 or firstname.lastname@example.org. e JFO Backyard Concert Series is made possible by our sponsors, who we wish to thank: Omaha Steaks, All Makes Oﬃce Equipment Co., Fred & Eve Simon Charitable Foundation. Special thanks also to the Karen Sokolof Javitch Music Fund and the Special –Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.
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Jill OHlmann Activities Coordinator, Rose Blumkin Jewish Home The County Fair made its annual appearance at RBJH on aug. 10. Residents and staff submitted crafts, plants, family pictures, and antiques to display. a local 4-H group brought in livestock, and residents were treated to an afternoon of games and music by the Q Street Quartet and Tom Sladek. Left picture: Resident Estelle Faier, and activities Coordinator Sarah navratil, enjoying the festivities; right picture: Resident Hersz Flatowicz and his wife Paulette.
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in this world-wide Women of Worth event of inspiration and discover the ancient art and meaning behind making and braiding delicious challah! View the seating chart, find friends to sit with, and register quickly and easily on our website //Ochabad.com/Challah. Registration levels: Girls (under 18) $18; Women $25 ($36 aer 8/23); Challah Queen Sponsors ($180). Online registrations are preferred and must be received before the event. Payments can be made securely online or dropped oﬀ at Chabad House (1866 S. 120 St Omaha, NE 68144). Please note that payments cannot be accepted at the door. Questions? Call Rachel Schoenholtz-Shatil at 402.330.1800 or via email at: oﬃce@ochabad.com.
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ANNETTE VAN DE KAmP Editor, Jewish Press re we tired of talking about Nazis yet? Yes. Yes, we are. Unfortunately, it’s the kind of topic that will never go away, whether we like it or not. The struggle we have today is what happens when our focus shifts from never forgetting the past to paying attention to the present. Discussing the dangers of Nazism when speaking about historical atrocities is very different from watching Americans wave swastika banners on CNN with a 2017 date stamp in the corner of the screen. It’s surreal; we have no playbook for the discussions we are supposed to have. We’ve told each other: “it can happen again,” but we never really believed that. And yet, here we are. What we feel right now is grief. Incredible sadness and shock mixed with confusion: how could this happen? Why did this happen? Could we have stopped this? What can we do to get control back? How do we explain this to our children? We are at a loss, while in the background part of our brain admonishes us: don’t be so melodramatic. For many decades, Nazis and other hate groups in America were truly at the fringe. Small ineffective groups who never outgrew playground bully behavior. The Klan had dwindled, the Phelps family had scary signs but hey, they were all related, so how many of them really were there? They were easy to make fun of. Those days are gone. And really, even if the hate groups were small, I’m of the opinion that one Nazi flag is one too many. So how do we respond, and how do we adjust to this new reality? How do we avoid letting fear paralyze us? This past Sunday, I attended the Tri-Faith Picnic at the American Muslim Institute at Sterling Ridge. I had volunteered to photograph the event, in addition to attending for my own benefit. Usually, at these types of things, I spend as much time hugging and shmoozing as taking pictures (to the endless aggravation of my children). And as I photographed face after face, it struck me: here lies our salva-
tion. It’s human contact, it’s relationships, it’s –dare I say it- love for one another. It’s Muslims inviting Jews and Christians to come and share a meal. It’s the kids playing to-
White supremacists exchanging insults with counterprotesters as they attempt to guard the entrance to Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017 Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
gether in the bouncy house; it’s people who have a genuine desire to break bread together giving each other a chance. So when I left, only to walk by one lonely protester with a microphone who stubbornly yelled at no one in particular, it didn’t bother me at all. I felt good. In fact, I felt better than I had all week. It’s what happens when you find yourself surrounded by hundreds of people who may not believe the same, celebrate the same, think or look or dress the same, but nonetheless have one common goal: to approach those differences with peaceful intentions and get to know one another as human beings. Nobody at that picnic will
I am a rabbi, and my place was in Charlottesville Lizz GoLDSTEiN JTA I was in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. I felt called to go because white supremacy is a hateful ideology that has murdered millions throughout history and continues to kill. I went because my family and ancestors suffered at the hands of anti-Semites throughout history, because I bear their scars on my DNA, because the Jewish day school where I teach received a bomb threat this spring, and I cannot let Nazi flags fly in my state without response. I needed to go as a rabbi because I am tired of conservative white Christians controlling the narrative of what it means to be religious in this country, and using that narrative to drive out, silence and forcefully assimilate non-Christians and the religious left. I am proud that I was able to go as part of the group sent by T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call For Human Rights, and that the clergy-led response against hate can show this country what theology really looks like. I was immediately heartened to see the number of clergy of all denominations in their religious garb. A Muslim woman in her headscarf, a handful of rabbis in their tallitot and many, many denominations of Christian clergy in their collars, stoles and robes. A group of clergy started the morning off at Emancipation Park, where the white nationalists gathered. Volunteers wandered about the First United Methodist Church supplying water and emotional and spiritual support, and a few clergy were stationed at hospitals around the city, prepared for emergency chaplaincy. I chose to serve in a support role, bringing water and snacks to protesters (a role Congregate C’ville, an interfaith group, called “care-bears”), rather than participating in any of the direct actions, including the very non-confrontational
ever wave a Nazi flag in my face. We don’t have to agree on everything. I think that’s an unrealistic notion anyway. But for these neo-Nazis, these
clergy-led response. I’m still within a six-month sort of probationary period from a previous political arrest (the result of another T’ruah action) and was nervous about being involved in any “unlawful assembly” at this time. I believe this choice also helped keep me safe from violence. When I got in to Charlottesville, I immediately checked in at the church and gathered the supplies to bring out to people. Together with some other “care-bears” I know through IfNotNow, I
self-professed white supremacists to claim they are better solely because of skin color, because of where and how we worship, because of where we were born or who our parents were, is simply unacceptable. We cannot let that stand. We all have a choice. We can be like that protestor, controlled by fear, who is maybe convinced of moral superiority but is nonetheless standing alone. Or we can come inside, grab some food and engage. We can treat each other as human beings, rather than stereotypes and strangers. We can embrace the crazy wonderful and dazzling melting pot that this country is. That, and that alone, will make America great.
much cheering and thumping of flagpoles on the ground from those in the park. They appeared to take a conspicuous route past the counterprotesters, to announce that they had arrived. We had been there about an hour when the police closed Emancipation Park and things got chaotic. My fellow care-bears and I would follow the sounds of shouting or the thump of a police helicopter, or get information from Twitter and texts from friends around the city, to locate counterprotesters and provide them with water. At one point, we came across a large group, containing many of my friends involved with more radical anti-fascist organizations, marching down toward the downtown mall, and we handed out all our supplies to them as they stormed past. We headed back to the church to restock, and had no sooner filled our bags than we heard about the car that had rammed into a crowd of anti-racist activists gathered at the mall. By the time we got there, the ambulances had already arrived. We handed out more water and snacks to the White supremacists, foreground, face off against coun- traumatized folks who had witnessed the terror terprotesters, top, at the entrance to Emancipation Park attack; and when we were out, again returned during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., to the church, only to learn that the church had Aug. 12, 2017. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images just been put on lockdown. A white nationalist walked the few blocks toward Emancipation with a gun tried to harass and intimidate the Park. The crowd of anti-racist protesters was sanctuary workers, and were scared off by antihuge, and the white nationalists were mostly con- fascist activists -- who had ringed the parking lot fined within the park. I wasn’t able to see much of the church and were regularly running off going on inside the park, but I could clearly make would-be aggressors. Again, we had narrowly out Identity Evropa, Nazi and Confederate flags. missed a terrifying moment. It seems that hapOne of my fellow care-bears said she saw a pens to me often, and I am so, so grateful for Kekistan flag, a concept I’m vaguely familiar with those near-misses. as a racist rallying banner of the alt-right online I felt a similar providence at the Disrupt J20 culture, but not an image I would recognize. protests, where I joined others in protesting the Twice while we were milling through the crowd inauguration of President Trump and found myhanding out waters, clumps of white nationalists self to be in the right places at the right times and See i am a rabbi page 13 walked up the steps into the park, greeted with
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our president just asked us to be fair to white supremacists andrew SiLow-CarroLL NEW YORK | JTA There was a moment in his “neo-Nazi, neo-Shmazi” news conference where you might have found yourself thinking, maybe President Trump is right. On the narrow question of who was responsible for the violence in Charlottesville, a prosecutor might note that punches were thrown by white supremacists and left-wing activists, neo-Nazis and members of the Antifa resistance. “I think there’s blame on both sides,” is how Trump put it in his news conference Tuesday in New York. It’s the right answer if this is the question: “Who threw punches in Charlottesville?” But it is the wrong answer to every other question raised by the awful events of the past three days. Such as, “What is expected of an American president when hundreds of people representing a stew of racist and anti-Semitic ideologies gather in a public park in an American city?” And, “What do we expect of the leader of our government when young men in 2017 wave Nazi flags and chant ‘Jews will not replace us’ while one of their number kills a counterprotester using his car as a weapon?” And one more: “When given the choice between a mob that defends segregation, slavery and the ideology of genocide, and a crowd that stands opposed to these things, which side do you choose?” Trump stunned his critics not because he was waiting (uncharacteristically, one might add) for all the “facts” to make a statement, as he said at the news conference, but because he ignored the essential fact: Neo-Nazis, Klansman and other far-right ghouls had called for a rally, under the banner of “Unite the Right,” in an attempt to resurrect ideas that the United States had declared -- on the battlefield, in the courtroom and in the court of public opinion -- morally bankrupt and grotesquely un-American. And the president of those United States declared that while such people were bad, they were perhaps no worse than those who came to oppose them. In fact, he was careful to point out, “You had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. OK? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly.” But if there were “very
fine people” who showed up in Charlottesville to “quietly” protest the removal of a Confederate statue, as Trump put it, they knew exactly what they were getting into. You can’t show up at an orgy and say you’re there just for the snacks. As the satirical newspaper The Onion put it in a headline that barely seemed satirical, “Trump Blasts Critics Who Judge Neo-Nazi Groups By Most Extreme Members.” Trump may occasionally and reluctantly disavow them, but figures on the lunatic fringe appreciated the bone that they had been thrown.
president donald Trump speaking to the media at Trump Tower in new York City, aug. 15, 2017. Looking on, from left, are Gary Cohn, director of the national economic Council; Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin; Transportation Secretary elaine Chao; and Mick Mulvaney, director of the office of Management and budget. Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images “Really proud of him,” the white supremacist Richard Spencer said in a tweet. “He bucked the narrative of AltRight violence, and made a statement that is fair and down to earth.” “Donald Trump: He Was Fair to White Supremacists” is quite the epitaph. On Saturday morning, after the torchlight vigil, after the speech by David Duke and the anti-Semitic chants and the killing of a 32-year-old woman, no one outside of the “alt-
Johnny Cash’s family slams neo-Nazi who wore fan shirt: ‘We were sickened’
Gabe FriedMan who appears around 0:50, could be the one the Cashes are JTA talking about. Johnny Cash’s children took to social media to denounce “[Cash] championed the rights of Native Americans, a neo-Nazi who wore a T-shirt with the singer’s name on it protested the war in Vietnam, was a voice for the poor, the during the Charlottesville farstruggling and the disenfranright rally last weekend. chised, and an advocate for In a recent Facebook post, the rights of prisoners,” the Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, Tara statement continued. “He and John Carter Cash pointed would be horrified at even a out that their late father had casual use of his name or received humanitarian image for an idea or a cause awards from, among other founded in persecution and organizations, the Jewish Nahatred. e white supremational Fund and B’nai B’rith cists and neo-Nazis who International. marched in Charlottesville “We were alerted to a video are poison in our society, and of a young man in Charan insult to every American lottesville, a self-proclaimed hero who wore a uniform to Johnny Cash on his television series, “The Johnny Cash Show,” neo-Nazi, spewing hatred and fight the Nazis in WWII. Sevcirca 1968. Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images bile. He was wearing a t-shirt eral men in the extended emblazoned with the name of Johnny Cash, our father. We Cash family were among those who served with honor.” were sickened by the association,” the Cashes wrote. ere was no walking the line in this takedown. As Pitchfork pointed out, a man in this Fox News video,
Swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs found in Michigan
JTA Swastikas and anti-Semitic and racial slurs were discovered in a skate park in Ann Arbor, Michigan. e Veteran’s Memorial Park was closed for several hours on Aug. 18 aer the 15 swastikas and slurs, which included “Jews die” and “Free USA,” were discovered, according to local reports citing the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Department. e Ann Arbor Police are investigating the incident, the city said in a statement, which asked the public to report any suspicious activity. e police increased patrols in and
around city parks in response. “Hate speech goes against the moral fiber of the Ann Arbor community,” Mayor Christoper Taylor said in a statement. “Any speech that advances racism, religious oppression, sexism, homophobia, transphobia or bigotry does not belong in Ann Arbor.” In other news, signs with anti-Semitic messages were hung on highway overpasses in Oregon. e banners read, “UNJEW HUMANITY,” “Eclipse Whitey,” and “Jewish Financing Available,” the Oregon Statesman Journal reported on Saturday, Aug. 19. ey were taken down later on Saturday.
right” was looking for fairness. They were seeking moral clarity -- and they didn’t get it from the White House. Some very fine people, including some Jews, are not convinced. They think Trump got it about right in noting that “many sides” are responsible for what happened in Charlottesville. They think it was important to point out that there were “vicious, hate-filled extremists,” as one Jewish leader put it, on both sides -- that is, the neo-Nazi side and the protesters’ side, the Klan’s side and the anti-fascist side. It is as if the lesson of Jewish history is moderation in the face of hatred, restraint when confronted by those who would kill us. In his 2003 book Nazis in Newark, the historian Warren Grover recalled how a loose group calling themselves the Minutemen organized in order to crush the pro-Hitler activity proliferating in their backyard. “Throughout the 1930s, the Minutemen consistently and effectively opposed Nazi activities in Newark and Northern New Jersey,” Grover wrote. “The fighting force included criminals and boxers who used fists, clubs, and baseball bats to counter the Nazi threat. Often just a rumor that the Minutemen had been sighted was enough to deter Newark’s Nazis from holding events.” Plenty of Jews who remember the Minutemen consider them heroes -- and even revere the memory of the gangster Abner “Longy” Zwillman, who aided them. Maybe we live in more rarefied times. Maybe today we’d call the anti-Nazi gangs “thugs” and “terrorists.” Maybe there’s a difference between standing up to neo-Nazis and actual Nazis. And maybe, to our credit, we understand that nonviolent resistance is the most principled and effective response to hatred and intolerance. But if the Minutemen lacked a certain gentility, two things they didn’t lack: moral clarity and the courage of their convictions. Trump was asked Tuesday whether white supremacists and their counterprotesters belong “on the same moral plane.” “I’m not putting anybody on a moral plane,” our president said.
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Continued from page 12 narrowly avoided violence multiple times throughout the day. It could be coincidence, but being a spiritual person, I choose to believe it was by the grace of God. And I thank my God, the bountiful spirit of the universe, who in inscrutable ways has watched over me and granted me abundant kindness by shielding me from great harm. I can’t speak to why this same gracious God did not protect Heather Heyer, who was killed when the car, driven by a 20-year-old white supremacist, mowed through the crowd of demonstrators. She, like so many before her, died standing up against hatred and bigotry. All I can do is repeat the words uttered in the book of Job in the face of unfathomable loss: “God gives, and God takes, Blessed is God.” That does not mean her death is acceptable. Her life and her fight will not be in vain. Her memory will be for a blessing. We will not forget her and we will keep fighting back against white supremacy. The Torah portion that Jewish communities around the world will read this week includes the commandment to rejoice at appropriate times. I say that because although now is not that time, that time will come. Now we mourn the loss of life white supremacy has wrought and we pray for the healing of mind, body and spirit of all those harmed by this weekend’s events and others like them. But next week we go back to work, and some day, we will win this fight, and we will have reason to rejoice, to celebrate, to feast -- and we will do it together. Lizz Goldstein is a rabbi in Northern Virginia and a proud member of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.
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Please join us for our upcoming events: Shabbat Service, sept. 1, 7:30 p.m. led by Shayna Kurland and Ben Cohen in honor of their wedding weekend. No Shabbat Services, sept. 8. Erev Rosh Hashanah, wednesday, sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. Curtis Hutt, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, UNO Schwalb Center. Rosh Hashanah, Thursday, sept. 21, 10:30 a.m. Anna Mosenkis, New American — for 26 Years! Kol Nidre, friday, sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. Leonard Greenspoon, Creighton University. Yom Kippur, saturday, sept. 30, 10:30 a.m. Karen Gustafson, Jewish Family Service. Our High Holiday services are led by Jeff Taxman. Shabbat Speakers Series resumes on friday, oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. led by Larry Blass. Annual Membership Meeting, sunday, oct. 14, 11 a.m. For information on our historic synagogue, please contact any of our board members: Scott Friedman, Rick Katelman, Carole Lainof, Marty Ricks, Sissy Silber, Nancy Wolf and Phil Wolf.
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Services conducted by Rabbi Steven Abraham and Hazzan Michael Krausman. frIday: NE AIDS Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.; Kabbalat Shabbat with guest speaker, Ed Frim, 6 p.m.; Ed Frim Oneg, 7 p.m. saTurday: Morning Service with guest speaker, Ed Frim, 9:30 a.m.; Mini-Minyannaires, 10:45 a.m.; Kiddush sponsored by Beth El; Mincha/Ma’ariv, 7:45 p.m. weekday serVICes: Sundays, 9:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; weekdays, 7 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. sunday: Morning Minyan, 9:30 a.m.; Torah Study, 10 a.m. monday: Beth El Book Club, Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon, 7 p.m. at the home of Sheryl Friedman. Tuesday: AIPAC Event featuring Bret Stephens, 7 p.m. First Day of Year for BESTT Hebrew School classes, wednesday, sept. 6, 4:15 p.m. First Day of Year for BESTT Hebrew High classes, wednesday, sept. 6, 6:30 p.m. All classes and programs are open to everyone in the Jewish community.
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Services conducted by Rabbi Ari Dembitzer. frIday: Shacharit, 7 a.m.; Friday Learning with Rabbi Shlomo, 11:15 a.m. at the JCC; Mincha/Ma’ariv & Kabbalat Shabbat, 7:30 p.m.; Candle Lighting, 7:51 p.m. saTurday: Shacharit, 9 a.m.; Bat Mitzvah of Kayla Shnayder, 9 a.m.; Insights in the Weekly Torah Reading, 6:45 p.m.; Mincha/Seudah Shlishit, 7:30 p.m.; Havdalah, 8:51 p.m. sunday: Shacharit, 9 a.m. monday: Shacharit, 7 a.m.; Talmudic Tales with Rabbi Shlomo, noon. Tuesday-wednesday: Shacharit, 6:45 a.m. Thursday: Shacharit, 7 a.m.; Ethics with Rabbi Ari, 7:45 a.m.; Woman’s Class with Rabbi Ari, 9:30 a.m.; Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Shlomo, noon.
Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Services conducted by Rabbi Mendel Katzman. frIday: Shacharit, 7 a.m. followed by coffee, treats, study and shmoozing. saTurday: Shabbat Morning Service, 9:30 a.m. followed by a festive kiddush luncheon. sunday: Shacharit, 8:30 a.m. followed by Sunday Secrets: Jewish Fun Facts class at 9:15 a.m. weekdays: Shacharit, 7 a.m. followed by coffee, treats, study and shmoozing. monday: Personal Parsha class, 9:30 a.m. with Shani. wednesday: Mystical Thinking with the Rabbi, 9:30 a.m. with Rabbi Mendel Katzman. Thursday: Advanced Talmud Class, noon with Rabbi Mendel Katzman. All programs are open to the entire community.
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(between the playground and Auld Pavilion); No Services at Temple this week; Candlelighting, 7:50 p.m. saTurday: Shabbat Morning Service, 9:30 a.m. led by Peter Mullin and Torah Service led by Alex Clark; Torah Study, 10:30 a.m. on Parashat Shoftim led by Robert Rickover; Havdalah (72 Minutes), 9:19 p.m. sunday: LJCS Gan through Grade 7, 9:30 a.m. at Tifereth Israel; LJCS Gesher, 10 a.m. at South Street Temple. wednesday: LJCS Hebrew School, 4 p.m. at Tifereth Israel. Thursday: High Holidays Choir Rehearsal, 7:30 p.m. If you want to be involved and aren't on the current choir member list, contact Elaine Monnier (402.327.9212 or emonnier@allop hone.com), Holly Heffelbower (email@example.com), or ‘like’ South Street Temple High Holy Days Choir on Facebook. PJ Library Apple Picking, sunday, sept. 3, 10:30 a.m. at HIllside Orchard.
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frIday: Shabbat Service, 6 p.m. saTurday: Torah Study, 9:15 a.m.; Shabbat Morning Services, 10:30 a.m. sunday: Grades K-6, 10 a.m. ; Temple TED Talk, 10 a.m. Tuesday: Kol Rina Rehearsal, 6 p.m.; Rosh Chodesh Yoga Event hosted by Rosie Zweiback, 7 p.m. Do you love yoga? Or want to love yoga? Or just learn more about yoga? Please join acclaimed yoga teacher Katherine Finnegan and other Temple Israel Yogis for a yoga session that is accessible for all levels of practice, including beginners. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat if you have one. Plan to stay for post-yoga wine and nosh! Hosted by Rosie Zweiback. RSVP required. wednesday: Grades 3-6, 4 p.m.; T’Filah for School, 4:30 p.m.; School Dinner, 6 p.m.; Grades 7-12, 6 p.m.; Family
School, 6 p.m.; Preparing Our Hearts for the Holidays, 6:30 p.m. with Rabbi Aryeh Azriel. OTYG Rush, saturday, sept. 2, 4–7 p.m. Guest Speaker Allison Nazarian: Growing up as the Grandchild of Holocaust Survivors: What was it Really Like?”, wednesday, sept. 6, 6:30 p.m. The first-of-its-kind memoir by a "3G," or grandchild of Holocaust survivors, AFTERMATH is about being born into a history that never goes away. It is about reconciling memories of a tragic past with hopes for a better future. It is about the delicate balance between a proud legacy and a burdensome responsibility.Nazarian’s visit is a collaboration of the Jewish Federation of Omaha, Institute for Holocaust Education, ADL-CRC, Jewish Family Service, and Temple Israel, with support from the Special Donor Advised Fund of the JFO Foundation. Healing from Family Trauma: A Granddaughter’s Perspective, Thursday, sept. 7, 10-11:30 a.m., at the JCC. This workshop will explore inherited trauma, the “family hero” and more, and will offer continuing education credit through Jewish Family Service. Advance registration and payment are required, by contacting JFS at 402.330.2024. Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group with Allision, Thursday, sept. 7, 1 p.m., Kripke Jewish Federation Library The Legacy of Tragedy: Why Some Thrive, While Others Suffer, Thursday, sept. 7, 7 p.m., JCC Theater.
Services conducted by lay leader Nancy Coren. Office hours: monday-friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. frIday: Jewish Federation of Lincoln Shabbat, 6-9 p.m. at Antelope Park enclosed shelter (between the playground and Auld Pavilion). The schedule of events is set up and park play time, 6-6:30 p.m., Family-Friendly Shabbat Service, 6:45 p.m. and Potluck Dinner, 7:15 p.m. Please bring a dairy or pareve dish to share. If you participated in a Jewish camp this summer, please bring photos and memories to share. All members of our community are welcome! saTurday: Shabbat Morning Services, 10 a.m. There will be no Kiddush lunch this week. sunday: LJCS Gan through Grade 7, 9:30 a.m. at Tifereth Israel; LJCS Gesher, 10 a.m. at South Street Temple. wednesday: LJCS Hebrew School, 4 p.m. at Tifereth Israel.
Comedian and filmmaker Jerry Lewis dies at 91 JTA Comedian and filmmaker Jerry Lewis, known for his work with singer-actor Dean Martin and his four decades of hosting the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, has died. Lewis, best known for his starring role in The Nutty Professor, died Aug. 20 at his home in Las Vegas, The Las Vegas Review Journal columnist John Katsilometes first reported. He was 91. Though he was largely out of the movie industry by the end of the 1960s, Lewis continued to perform a comedy routine in Las Vegas, where he got his start in 1949, according to Variety. Lewis was born Joseph Levitch to Borscht Belt entertainer parents Danny and Rae Levitch, who used the name Lewis when they appeared in small-time vaudeville and at Catskills resort hotels, according to the New York Times. Lewis, known as Joey when he was young, said the fact that his parents often left him in the care of his grandmother and aunts gave him a longstanding sense of insecurity and a need for attention. Lewis began performing with Martin in 1946 after they performed on the same bill at a Manhattan nightclub and created an act which soared in popularity with Lewis using his physical slapstick comedy acting alongside Martin’s relaxed persona. The duo also starred in 13 films, but broke up ten years later, at which point they were barely speaking to each other. Lewis and Martin reconciled in 1987, when Lewis attended the funeral of Dean Paul Martin Jr., Martin’s oldest son, a pilot in the California Air National Guard who had been killed in a crash. They continued to speak occasionally until Martin died in 1995, the Times reported.
Lewis began writing, producing and directing films in the late 1950s and 1960s. Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958), The Geisha Boy (1958) and Cinderfella (1960) were his first three films, and were directed by Lewis mentor Frank Tashlin. Lewis wrote, directed and starred in the 1960 film The Bellboy, his directorial debut. The 1963 film The Nutty Professor, in which the actor in a variation on “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” played both the shy chemistry professor and a brash nightclub singer. At the end of his life, Lewis hoped to bring a musical adaptation of The Nutty Professor to Broadway. Lewis began hosting the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon in 1966, remaining as host of the telethon and his beloved Jerry’s Kids until 2010, raising more than $2 billion during those years. He received the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences’ Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his charitable activity in 2009. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — one for his movie work, the other for television. In 2015, the Library of Congress announced that it had acquired Mr. Lewis’s personal archives. In a statement, he said, “Knowing that the Library of Congress was interested in acquiring my life’s work was one of the biggest thrills of my life,” according to the New York Times. Lewis had two heart attacks, prostate cancer and pulmonary fibrosis. He also had suffered from a painkiller dependency in the 80s. He had six sons with his first wife Patty Palmer, Gary, Ronnie, Scott, Anthony, Christopher and Joseph, who died in 2009. He is survived by his second wife, SanDee Pitnick, and their daughter.
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Jake Lucoff, son of Erika and Phil Lucoff, will become a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Beth El. Jake is a graduate of Friedel Jewish Academy, and is currently an Eighth grade honor roll student at Grandview Middle School in Elkhorn. This will be Jake’s 4th year playing select soccer for Omaha Football Club. Jake attends Camp Timberlane, which is an all-boys camp in Woodruff, WI. He loves going to camp, and wanted to help other youth be able to have the same experience. For his mitzvah project, Jake helped coordinate the Spring Sprint for Summer Camp. He raised over $2,000, which was put into a Young Jewish Giving fund, and plans to donate the funds to help families send their children to sleep-away camp during the summer of 2018. Some of these funds will be donated to Camp For All Kids, which is a non-profit whose mission is to send inner-city youth to sleepaway camp. Camp Timberlane is one of the camps that partners with Camp For All Kids. In addition, some of the funds will be donated to local Jewish families and referrals will come from the local Rabbis. He has a younger brother, Ollie. Grandparents are Bob and Laura Friedman and Dena Lucoff and the late Mark Lucoff.
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Kayla Simone Shnayder, daughter of Andreea and Dr. Michael Shnayder, will become a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Beth Israel. Kayla is a seventh-grade Honor Roll student at Kiewit Middle School. Kayla enjoys ballet, pointe, singing and playing the keyboard/piano. She has a sister, Natalie, and two brothers, Orion and Aidan. Grandparents are Violeta and Gigi Jordache, and Sofya and Igor Shnayder. Great-grandparents are Olga and Mikhail Ticos, and Sarah and Nukhim Shnayder.
michigan man sentenced to probation for threatening to kill Jews JTA A Michigan man who used Twitter to threaten to kill children and Jews in mass shooting attacks was sentenced to two years of probation. A judge in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on ursday gave David Lenio, 29, the probation sentence aer giving him credit for the four months he served in jail aer his February arrest, which ended aer his trial in June. A jury in June acquitted Lenio of two felonies – aggravated stalking and using a computer to commit a crime, and convicted him on the lesser charge of malicious use of telecommunications. He was released from prison on his own recognizance following the June trial. In addition to probation, Lenio was ordered to stay away from synagogues and schools and to not use computers, Fox17 in West Michigan reported. He was arrested in 2015 in Montana for making similar threats, and released to his parents in Grand Rapids with the condition that he not use social media. e threats made on Twitter when he was in Montana included a tweet saying he wanted to execute 30 or more grade school children — to exceed the number killed at Sandy Hook in December 2012. He also posted tweets about shooting up a synagogue, and that he wanted to put two bullets “in the head” of a rabbi or Jewish leader, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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Welcome to B’nai Israel
Shayna kurland B’nai Israel has always held a special place in my heart. From kindergarten until the day I graduated, I was the only Jewish student in school. The Judaism I found in my hometown is small, but where it exists, it is strong and welcoming. If you’ve been to a service at B’nai Israel, you likely know the feeling of walking in the doors and being welcomed not just by the friendly congregants that quickly feel like family, but by the building itself. You can practically see the windows turn upward in a big, old grin. There were few kids my age who were interested in trading after-school activities for attending services. What I learned through Friday nights at B’nai Israel was invaluable for my Jewish identity, my leadership development and even my career now as an adult. The specialness of the synagogue is not confined just to the comfortable services. Although as a child I didn’t see Jews in the hallways at school, I knew what it meant to be Jewish. I was shy, but I learned to push myself out of my comfort zone to contribute to a greater community. I had my own ideas on the world, but I quickly discovered many other perspectives that I still reference daily in my career in politics. From an early age, congregants from incredibly diverse backgrounds challenged me to think deeper. They welcome conversation as much as they do a new congregant to the service. The oneg after services is always longer than the service itself and the sermons are always thought provoking. They may have teased me about my frilly pink dresses as a little girl all the way through high school; but when they talked to me about the current issues of the day, they never dismissed my thoughts from a child’s perspective. Some of my fondest memories lie in a balancing act of wanting to hear what the doctor, professor and veteran had to say around the table, while I listened to the women passionately chat in the kitchen about the latest news in the community. B’nai Israel opens their doors to anyone who walks in with no question or judgment. It is a magical place and I hope you’ll join me to experience that magic on Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. as my fiancé, Ben Cohen joins me on the bimah to lead a service in honor of our Sept. 3 wedding, just as I did every Friday night through high school. Please stay after the service for a special oneg. While you fill your tummies, like many before you, listen carefully because you can often hear the creaks of the old synagogue anxiously telling you the rich history of itself and all the incredible people who have been a part of its life.
American Friends of Magen David Adom joins other groups in cancelling galas at Trump resort
JTA Nine charities have cancelled planned gala events at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, including the American Friends of Magen David Adom. AFMDA, the U.S. fundraising arm of the Israeli Red Cross organization, announced the cancellation of its benefit gala in a statement provided to Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold on Aug. 17. “Aer considerable deliberation, AFMDA – an apolitical and humanitarian aid organization – will not hold its 2018 Palm Beach Celebration of Life Gala at Mar-a-Lago,” the statement said. Some of the groups that cancelled their events cited Trump’s response to Charlottesville as the reason for cancelling. In other cases, groups said the venue was detracting from the message of their events. e club makes between $100,000 and $275,000 for such events, Fahrenthold reported for the Washington Post. ere had been 16 galas or dinner events scheduled for the winter season at the resort before the cancellations. At least three other groups cancelled charity luncheons in the last week as well, according to the Washington Post.
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Spiced Lamb and Hummus Stuffed arepas
Sandy LeibOwitz The Nosher via JTA must have been about 6 or 7 years old and remember being eye level to my grandmother’s stove. I saw these white, round things frying in oil. What I vividly recall was the distinct hole on the edge of these patties and wondering what they were. Just then, I watched my grandmother take a fork and use the hole as an anchor to flip what I would later learn were her arepas, Colombian corn pancakes. e oil would make the dough puﬀ up into a small balloon, and it was always such a treat to see and, of course, taste. Catching up with my grandmother recently, she confirmed that this is the way they fried arepas in Colombia, since the hole is needed to safely flip. (It wasn’t just her little trick.) Although these arepas were fried in oil, they had a light and airy quality and a sweetness that came through from the corn. ey were golden brown pillows of joy. Arepas essentially are griddle cakes made from pre-cooked cornmeal that can be prepared in myriad ways: grilled, fried or sauteed in oil. In addition they can be stuﬀed, topped with ingredients -- extra ingredients can even be mixed into the dough. ey also can be made on the sweet side -- my grandmother would put a little sugar in the dough -- but they are more commonly served as a savory dish. Arepas are a popular staple in Colombian and Venezuelan cuisines. My Mami Lucy -- she never liked being called grandmother because it made her sound old -- was born in Colombia. She told me that Venezuelans are known for making more elaborate arepas, while Colombians keep them pretty simple. ese spiced lamb arepas with hummus are definitely not your traditional arepa, but the flavors work so well together with the mild corn flavor in the masa (dough). I sauteed them to achieve a char on the outside, which creates a de-
lightful crunch that is met by the creaminess of the hummus. Spiced ground lamb then coats your tongue, and the sweet tomatoes, mint and pine nuts just bring the whole thing together. Sandy Leibowitz is a trained chef, recipe developer and food blogger. She has worked at various New York restau-
rants. Find more of her recipes at www.thekoshertomato. com and follow her on instagram @thekoshertomato. The Nosher food blog oﬀers a dazzling array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. Check it out at www.eNosher.com.
Spiced Lamb and HummuS Stuffed arepaS
Ingredients: for the homemade arepas (can also use pre-packaged arepas): 2 cups masarepa (i used the goya brand) 1 tsp. salt 4 cups warm water Olive oil for sauteeing For the lamb: 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb 1 tsp. kosher salt 10 turns of freshly ground black pepper 1/2 tsp. ground coriander 1/8 tsp. cinnamon Spiced Lamb and Hummus Stuffed arepas Credit: Sandy Leibowitz pinch of ground allspice Separately, in another bowl, season ground lamb with all the spices. 1/2 tsp. onion powder Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium high heat. Cook lamb until 1/2 tsp. garlic powder fully browned. Keep warm (covered) until ready to serve. 1/2 tsp. paprika Form arepa patties about 3 to 4 inches across and 1/2 inch in thick1 tbsp. olive oil ness using hands. For serving: Coat a saute pan with olive oil and cook arepas until brown (or charred, 1/2 to 1 cup store bought hummus (or homemade hummus) depending on preference) on both sides. Both sides should be crispy. 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chiffonade Allow to cool and then slice the arepa lengthwise without cutting 1/2 cup tomato, diced all the way through. 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced (optional) Spread hummus on the top and bottom flap of the arepa. Add the 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts spiced lamb mixture and top with diced tomato, diced pepper (if using) Directions: Mix the masarepa, water and salt in a bowl until well combined. Let pine nuts and mint. Serve immediately or room temperature. Serves 8 arepas (4 servings). stand for a few minutes until the mixture sticks together.
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