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November 2012

Vol. 26 • No. 3

Kislev 5773

Romney Supporters Say Even When He and Obama Agree on Mideast Policy, the GOP Candidate’s “Music” Is Better for Israel The difference between Pres-

ident Barack Obama’s and Republican Governor Mitt Romney’s policies and feelings towards Israel were apparent, when Mr. Romney was asked during one of their debates how he would handle a “surprise attack by Israel on Iran.” It was a scenario the Obama administration had prepared for in public, with various players and spokesmen emphasizing that they would be livid and there might be a price Israel would be forced to pay.

Governor Mitt Romney debating President Barack Obama

On the other hand, Mr. Romney told the moderator he was not concerned, because the hypothetical could not happen. “Our relationship with Israel would be so close, there would be no way or reason for us to be surprised,” he said. In Israel, Gil Ronen, an analyst for Arutz Sheva, said the difference between Messrs Obama and Romney is often the “music” rather than the words. “Whereas on the surface, Obama’s and Romney’s policy statements on the Middle

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In NJ’s 9th District, It’s Rabbi Shmuley Boteach vs. Bill Pascrell: Promoting Values vs. Enabling Antisemitism

Professor Danusha V. Goska,

an author and member of the Polish-American community who writes “Bieganski the Blog,” sees a double standard in the way her Congressman, Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), handles charges of antisemitism. When it was revealed last month that a Polish-American he was endorsing for a memorial was a known antisemite, Mr. Pascrell withdrew his support. But when two members of the large Arab-American community

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in Paterson, which Mr. Pascrell represents as well, engaged in public antisemitism, the congressman not only refused to distance himself from them, he would not even condemn their statements. The Polish-American in question was Chester Grabowski, the late publisher of a Cliftonbased Polish-American weekly. Both of the Arab-Americans reside in Paterson. One, Dr. Aref Assaf, accused Jewish

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Kurds Are True Friends of Israel: The Children of Media from the Septuagint’s Book of Tobit (Tobias) By Ayub Nuri

I am from the Middle East, but

I do not celebrate the recent uprisings and regime changes. It is good to see Arabs topple their dictators, but I worry that their revolution today may harm an existing democracy that is Israel tomorrow. If Arab demonstrations can add new democracies to the region I will welcome it. However, I feel that some of them want to overthrow their regimes in order to get a free hand to wage a war against Israel at some point. People may wonder why I care about Israel, and my re-

Ayub Nuri ply is because we have a lot in common with the people of that country. I am a Kurd from Iraqi Kurdistan, and as far back as I can remember, we have been repressed, tortured, killed, bombed and gassed by

the same countries that vow to destroy Israel. Only Democracy In just one day in 1988, Saddam Hussein’s army killed 5,000 innocent men, women and children in my town, Halabja, with chemical bombs. The Syrian regime denies the existence of hundreds of thousands of Kurds in Syria, and for the past three decades there hasn’t been a day in which the Islamic regime in Iran hasn’t executed a Kurdish man or woman. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, and for us, the Kurds, who do not have

our own state, Israel is a source of inspiration. We genuinely believe the Jewish people deserve a state of their own, and I would want our state, if one day we have one, to be modeled after Israel rather than any of our neighbors. Our neighbors are police states where citizens are detained, tortured, and killed with impunity. Their dictators can give and take away life as they wish, and any voice of dissent is mercilessly silenced. But when I look at Israel and see a country where politicians, no matter how high-ranking,

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Kol Ami: On Meeting John Bolton Recently, NORPAC, the non-partisan political action committee whose purpose is to support candidates and sitting elected officials who demonstrate a commitment to the strength, security, and survival of Israel, hosted former UN Ambassador John Bolton, who spoke as a close supporter of GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Invited guests to the event included members of the America-Israel Student Action Committee at the Frisch Yeshiva High School in Paramus. The question for the AISAC 12th graders was: What did you learn from this event? Y

I learned how important it is for the US to take action against Iran’s nuclear-weapons program, which could be up and running in as little as six months. Iran’s efforts endanger not only Israel, but also the entire Middle East, the US, and the whole world. Or Mossaiov Teaneck, NJ

If President Obama is reelected, there is a real danger that the political climate in the so-called Arab Spring countries will continue to worsen. Rather than move towards democracy, they will deteriorate. Yisroel Quint Riverdale, NY

I learned how fragile a situation we are facing in the Middle East and how important it is for the US to have an administration that can and will act quickly. Sanctions have not worked, and we are past the point that we can wait. Stopping Iran is now four years overdue. Eliana Pickholz Englewood, NJ

Meeting someone of John Bolton’s caliber was an unbelievable, extraordinary opportunity for us. There was no condescension. He treated us like adults worthy of respect. Giving students the chance to meet with someone like him is the reason AISAC is so important. Ezra Gontownik Englewood, NJ


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The Current Crisis: “Even in Laughter, the Heart Can Ache”

Simple Solution Dept: During his debates with his GOP challenger, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Democratic Representative Bill Pascrell of New Jersey said he is “virulently anti-Hamas,” despite his determination to keep his favorite imam, Mohammed Qatanani, in the US—regardless of Qatanani’s self-confessed membership in the Muslim Brotherhood and accusations that he is a Hamas member. Pascrell said that despite Israeli judicial records, there is no evidence that Qatanani was ever a member of Hamas. In that case, why doesn’t the congressman simply ask the imam to denounce Hamas and its policies regarding terrorism and targeting civilians? That should clear things up, right? Let’s just hope it doesn’t end with a fatwa. •••

At this year’s Republican Convention in Tampa, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik (son of Rabbi Eliyahu Soloveichik, grandson of Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik, zt”l, and the great-nephew of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, zt”l) was asked to deliver a convocation. When he arrived, he was escorted into a large room where all the speakers of the day gathered along with congressmen, senators, and other politicians. At one point, a woman approached him and asked who he was. “Meir Soloveichik,” he replied and the woman asked if he was from Florida. “No,” he answered. “New York.” She smiled and walked away, but returned a few minutes later with her husband, a congressman, whom she introduced. “Can you please tell us what city in New York you serve as Mayor (Meir)?” she asked. Telling that story later, Rabbi Soloveichik said, “It was the first time in my life that a person was more impressed with my first name than my last name.”

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During the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and his GOP challenger, Rep Paul Ryan, fact checkers told us the Veep interrupted Ryan 82 times during the 90-minute session. No one checked how many times he rolled his eyes or convulsed inappropriately in laughter. Our friend Yuval Zaliouk reached into the Biblical Book of Proverbs (Mishlei) for an apt description: “When a wise man debates with a fool, the fool rages and laughs and there is no satisfaction.” •••

French President François Hollande has a bold new plan to tackle injustice and inequality in France: ban homework. His intention is to make certain that children whose families can afford outside tutoring won’t have an unfair advantage over their less fortunate classmates. We figure it’s a page right out of President Barack Obama’s stump speech: “Everyone deserves a fair shot.” The Wall Street Journal’s editors pointed out that, at the Sorbonne, Mr. Hollande described school as the place where “the child becomes the citizen of the future.” Perhaps his ideas about homework say something about the kind of citizens of the future he envisions in France. ••• Last month, Torah scholar Zechariya Brashi, who was born in Kurdistan in 1900 and made aliyah in 1936, celebrated his 112th birthday. When asked if he thinks there will ever be peace between Israel and her Arab neighbors, he said, “Not a chance. There will never be peace between Esau and Yaakov.” We figured he might just as well have said, “Not in my lifetime.” S.L.R.


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Kurds Are Friends are brought to court for any wrongdoing; where people can criticize their government without fear; and where the press is free, I can’t help worrying about its future. Anti-Israel Not Pro-Peace I cannot celebrate the fall of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak or Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali when I see protesters hurling resentful remarks at Israel, as if it were Israel that had repressed and jailed them. It may escape the attention of many Westerners, but if you know Arabic and see the protesters’ banners, you will be surprised to find out how much these demonstrations are about Israel. I believe that Israel’s friendly relations with some of its neighbors like Egypt and Jordan, have always been fragile. Most people in those two countries dream about the demise of the Jewish state. All Arab states—not

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just Egypt and Jordan—could have peace treaties with Israel. But as long as their peoples are hostile towards the Jewish entity, it would be nothing but a brittle peace. Turkey is another example. Unfortunately, the alliance between Israel and Turkey has estranged millions of Kurds in Turkey, and rightly so. Turkey is a deeply religious country, but its good relations with the Jewish state for so many years came about only because secular military generals used to run that country. Now with an Islamic party in charge, no other country in the region has shown more animosity towards Israel in the past few years than Turkey. Not an Arab Country The Kurds, on the other hand, are extremely friendly towards Israel. Unlike Arab countries whose leaders sign treaties

with Israel while their people seethe with anger, in Kurdistan, people and government alike have deep respect for the Jewish people and their faith. In Kurdistan, people speak nostalgically, with tearful eyes and sorrowful hearts, about their old Jewish neighbors. In Europe or America it may be the law that stops the expression of anti-Jewish sentiment, but in Kurdistan, it is genuine sympathy that makes almost everyone friendly towards Israel. In any Muslim country, you would find people who would happily volunteer for an army that may one day invade Israel, but in Kurdistan, you would find many people who wouldn’t hesitate to join the Israeli army to repel any such attack. Kurds are victims of genocide, centuries of persecution and displacement. That’s why we understand and relate to the Jewish cause better than anybody else. Children of Media I was walking one day in a market in Kurdistan with a Palestinian colleague who lives in Europe. At one point, we stopped to buy some dried figs and nuts, and when the shopkeeper learned that my colleague was a Palestinian, he turned to her and said, “Please leave Israel alone. Stop firing rockets at them.”

Once I was traveling from Baghdad to Kurdistan and the passenger next to me in the taxi was an old Kurdish man. He had been enlisted in the Iraqi army in 1956 and sent to the Israeli front in Jordan. He said his fellow Arab soldiers used to castigate him for not wanting to shoot at the Israelis. He would say to them, “It is not my war. I have nothing against the Jews.” This kinship between the Kurds and the Jews is not new. Only recently did I see in the Dead Sea Scrolls the story of Tobit, who advises his sons to pack up and go to Media because they would be safe there. And guess what? The third line of the Kurdish national anthem says, “We are the children of the Media.” The Middle East is an island on which the Jews and Kurds are stranded. In order to survive, we have to stay together. The direction our region is heading draws us closer to each other. No matter how bleak the future of the region may look, Kurdistan and the Jewish state will survive by holding on to each other. Y Ayub Nuri is a freelance reporter who served as Baghdad correspondent for the Londonbased Global Radio News and as a researcher on Iraq for Human Rights Watch.


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Shifting Alliances in the Middle East Require a Score Card The sectarian civil war in Syria has

not only left tens of thousands dead and more than 100,000 fleeing for refuge, it has also divided the region into two camps: one led by Iran and the other by the Turks. This has left one party—the Kurds—up for grabs, and the Palestinians out in the cold. For the moment, at least, Israel seems not to be serving as the element able to unify the Islamist nations through religious hatred. To keep track of the sides and players, a score card may not be necessary, but it is advisable. Religious War Although for many years, the Turks had been allied with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad (and before him his father, Hafez al-Assad), the brutality of the civil war between the Alawite regime and the antiAssad Sunni rebels, and the presence of masses of Syrian refugees flooding into Turkey, prompted Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to break with Mr. Assad’s Alawite government. The civil war allowed Mr. Assad to cement his government’s alliance with Iran. Teheran and Damascus are both linked to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Religiously, the Alawites are an offshoot of the ShiiteMuslim sect. Iran and Hezbollah are predominantly Shiite. Many observers say Iraq’s majority Shiite population, led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, renders that country little more than a puppet of Tehran. In addition, China and Russia have positioned

themselves as supporters of Mr. Assad, bringing those two countries into the Syria-Iran axis. Inconsistency On the other side, the Sunni Islamist government in Turkey has lined up with fellow Sunnis, including the new government in Egypt and the dissidents fighting against the regime of Mr. Assad in Syria. Turkey has gone on the diplomatic offensive against the UN, and to some extent the US, for not doing more to help the rebel forces fighting against Mr. Assad. Many in the US agree with Washington’s choice to refrain from offering material help to either side in Syria, because at this point it is far from clear which—if either—would see itself as an ally of the US, and especially of Israel. But even those who accept US policy regarding the civil war in Syria say the hands-off position should also have been applied in Libya, where the US sided with the rebels against Muammar Gaddafi. Kurdish Militias When Turkey broke with Syria, Mr. Assad turned to the Kurds, 30 million people, most of them Sunni, living in the region known as Kurdistan, which includes adjacent swathes of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. About half of all Kurds reside in Turkey, but Kurdish animosity towards the Turks goes back generations. Therefore, when Mr. Assad withdrew his troops from areas adjacent to the Turkish border where there is a Kurdish majority, it was to encourage Kurdish militias in

Syria to escalate their armed campaign against Turkish soldiers. Some analysts suspect it is these Kurdish groups that are responsible for alleged Syrian attacks against Turkey, violence which has kept tensions high between Damascus and Ankara. Paradoxically, while the Muslim Kurds view Muslim Turkey as their oppressor, the Kurds, as a group, are very favorable to Israel. In Northern Iraq, where the Kurds enjoy a degree of autonomy, leaders have vowed that if an independent Kurdistan is established, it will immediately seek bilateral relations with the Jewish state. According to many sources, extensive trade already exists between the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Israel. Downed Airplane Last June, Syrian forces shot down a Turkish reconnaissance aircraft, sparking outrage in Turkey. The plane’s pilots were believed to have died instantly, but, at the end of September, Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabiya news reported that it had obtained Syrian classified documents saying that the pilots had survived the crash and were taken into custody by the Syrian Air Force. According to the report, in a letter to a top commander, Mr. Assad’s office said the plane “was shot down in coordination with the Russian naval base in Tartus [on Syria’s Mediterranean coast].” According to Al-Arabiya, a subsequent classified file, also sent by Mr. Assad’s office, said: “Based on information and guidance from the Russian leadership comes a need to eliminate the two Turkish pilots detained by the Special Operations Unit in a natural way and their bodies need to be returned to the crash site in international waters.” In July, Turkey did indeed found its pilots’ bodies and the plane wreckage in the Mediterranean Sea. Apology and Threat The second letter allegedly from Mr. Assad’s office, was printed by Al-Arabiya. It contained the suggestion that Syria apologize to Turkey for the downed plane, and at the same time warn that the Assad government was sufficiently strong to unleash Kurdish forces on its border with Turkey. In early July, Mr. Assad did issue an apology, but he said his forces had thought the plane was Israel’s.


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Turkey denied the reports, saying the documents obtained by the Al-Arabiya were false. Border Attacks Some observers saw the downed Turkish plane as a clear message from Russia to Ankara, promising more hostile action in response to Turkey’s support for the Syrian rebel forces, Nevertheless, there is now evidence that Mr. Assad may have indeed unleashed the Kurds. On October 3, five people in Turkey were reported killed when mortar shells from Syria landed in the country. In retaliation, the Turkish army attacked several Syrian targets, hitting at least one with artillery. Although it was unclear whether it was Mr. Assad’s troops or the Kurds who fired on Turkey, Ankara’s allies in NATO stood with Turkey and demanded the immediate cessation of aggressive acts against their ally. PKK The Kurdish militants are, by and large, members of the Kurdistan Workers Party, known as the PKK. Since its establishment in 1984, it has engaged in an often bloody armed struggle for autonomy, mostly from Turkey. The Turks have long considered the PKK a terrorist organization, and have successfully managed to prompt a number of countries, including Turkey’s NATO allies—the US and the European Union—to adopt that view. More than 45,000 people have been killed in the conflict between the Turks and the Kurds since 1984. Major Attacks On Oct 17, PKK operatives attacked Turkish military outposts in the southeastern province of Hakkari, killing three Turkish soldiers. The terrorists then raided a primary school and kidnapped six of the 19 teachers on duty. A large-scale Turkish operation including helicopters was launched against the PKK. Throughout the month, the PKK in Iran was accused of attacking natural gas pipelines from Iran to Turkey, forcing a disruption in the flow. On Oct 21, 28 Turkish soldiers were wounded when a pipeline was sabotaged presumably by the PKK in Iran. Kurdish Allies Despite these episodes, or more likely because of them, Turkey and the Syria-Iran axis are each actively courting the Kurds. Until last month, it seemed the Kurds were siding with Iran.

According to Turkish news reports, a PKK member who surrendered last month to the Turkish Armed Forces told Turkish authorities that the Iranian wing of the organization (Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan, or PJAK) had made a deal with the Iranian government against Turkey. Self-Interests According to the reports, the source said the deal between Iran and the PJAK entailed a guarantee that the government in Teheran would turn a blind eye to the Kurdish group’s outposts along the Turkish border. The captured terrorist told the Turks that the deal with Iran means the PKK can acquire Russian-made heavy

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weapons that he claimed have already been used against Turkish troops. According to the reports, Iran encourages the PJAK to recruit young Kurds to its ranks. The young people are then sent to carry out attacks against the Turkish government. Most of these youthful terrorists are killed before they can do much damage to Turkey, and the PKK uses their deaths to inflame the Kurdish people further against Ankara. One of the newspaper accounts included comments by a commander of the PKK, who acknowledged his group’s responsibility for ordering recent deadly

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Mideast Score Card attacks on the Turkish-Syrian border. In that incident, 700 PKK members from Turkey and Iran were allegedly sent to augment the efforts of the Syrian wing of the PKK against Turkish troops. Shifting Response Historically, Turkey’s response to Kurdish hostility has been to meet violence with force. This was especially the case after talks were held in Oslo between 2008 and 2011, in an unsuccessful attempt at reconciliation. Turkey responded to that breakdown in talks by arresting more than 1,000 Kurds, including Kurdish members of the Turkish parliament, journalists, businessmen, and activists, on charges of supporting the PKK. Just as the military announced a plan to “cleanse” the PKK from regions of Turkey with large Kurdish communities, Mr. Erdoğan announced that he was willing to negotiate with Abdullah Ocalan, the founder and leader of the PKK. Mr. Ocalan was arrested by Turkey in 1999 and sentenced to death. When Turkey applied for membership to the European Union, Ankara abolished the death penalty, hoping that would make their bid to join the EU more acceptable. It did not work, but Mr. Ocalan’s sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. For 14 years, Mr. Ocalan was the only prisoner on Imrali Island near Istanbul, but in a surprise move last month, Mr. Erdoğan allowed the PKK leader to be visited by his brother Mehmet.

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continued from page 11 Abdullah Ocalan responded by agreeing to enter into negotiations with Mr. Erdoğan’s government. Making Peace An expert who was delighted, but not surprised, was attorney and Middle East analyst Mark Langfan, who has been in touch with both Mr. Erdoğan’s government and Kurdish leaders. Five years ago, Mr. Langfan advised Mr. Erdoğan to establish not only better relations with the Kurds, but an actual alliance with them, especially those in Northern Iraq. Mr. Langfan believed that the Kurds in that region were most vulnerable to the lure of the Mullahs in Iran. “I posited that a strong independent Kurdish Northern Iraq was in Turkey’s supreme self-interest,” he said. Indispensable Ally In a letter to Mr. Erdoğan, Mr. Langfan suggested that the Kurds throughout the region could become Turkey’s “indispensable, reliable, and sole indigenous ally in [Turkey’s] present and future strategic battle against Iran.” He explained that the Kurds could be “Turkey’s line of defense against the Iranian monster that was about to swallow up Iraq and then head north to Turkey and south to Saudi Arabia.” “Don’t allow the Iranians to bait you into a foolish losing tactical game of checkers against the Kurds, when you have a wise winning strategic game of chess against the Iranians,” Mr. Langfan advised the Turks. “Don’t look at the Kurds as Turkey’s enemy of the past, but as Turkey’s ally of the future.” The Path to a State Last month, Mr. Langfan offered the Kurds similar advice, pointing out that “Iran has now swallowed up Iraq, at least its Shiite southern region” and is now at the doorstep of the Kurds of Northern Iraq, “without the American army to protect you.” Recognizing that their old animosities against the Turks were still strong, Mr. Langfan essentially told them to “get over it.” “You have a choice,” he told the Kurds. “Either make a strong peace with Turkey and kill the Iranian project by destroying Assad; or kill a couple of Turks and have the Iranian project ultimately destroy you.”

The only path to a free Kurdish state, he wrote, is to halt all acts of violence against Turkey; announce that with Mr. Assad gone, “no one will ever take Eastern Syria away from the Kurds again”; and tell Iraq’s Mr. Maliki that “if he continues to act like Iran’s little hand puppet, Iraq can trifurcate just as quickly as Syria disintegrated.” “Your greatest enemy is the Iranian project and your greatest ally is the Turkish State,” Mr. Langfan told the Kurds. Pressure It has yet to be seen if the Turks and Kurds are capable of following his advice, but some observers have reported already seeing the beginning of a Kurdish shift away from Syria and Iran. “Didn’t a Syrian MiG fighter jet bomb a residential building in Aleppo’s Sheikh Maksoud neighborhood, killing more than 30 Kurds? Didn’t the Kurdistan party militants respond to this attack by forcing the intelligence agents out of their posts in the Kurdish town of Afrin, near Aleppo, and seizing the premises that they used to protect? Didn’t a Syrian warplane bomb a passenger minibus traveling from Aleppo to Afrin after the Turkish artillery fired in response to Syrian shelling the Turkish border, killing three Kurdish passengers and injuring others, These may be the early indicators of a shift to Turkey that the Syrian regime expects the Kurdistan party to make,” said Bakr Sodqi, writing in the Pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat. Iraq, too, has come under pressure to stop supporting the Iran-Syria axis. At the end of September, after being pressured by Washington, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said he was determined to prevent the illegal smuggling of arms from Iran to Syria. He said Iraq had already forced down Iranian planes for inspection, and on some occasions had turned them away from Iraqi airspace after discovering that they were carrying weapons bound for Damascus. Iraq denied reports that it had ever knowingly allowed Iran to smuggle arms and soldiers over its territory to Syria. For its part, Iran told Turkish Prime Minister al-Maliki the planes were carrying “humanitarian aid” to Syria. Just Like Bin Laden? According to the Turkish press, American

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Mideast Score Card efforts in the conflict between Turkey and the Syria-Iran axis go beyond pressuring Iraq. Last month, the Istanbul-based Today’s Zaman reported that US Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone offered to share intelligence with the Erdoğan government which could lead to the capture, and presumably the targeted killing, of PKK leaders. He suggested Turkey could adopt the “multi-disciplinary approach” the US used “to go after [Al Qaeda leader Osama] bin Laden.” “The enemy gets smarter. We have to stay ahead of the enemy. The US is offering the benefit of our experience and our technology to the Turkish side if they wish to use it in going after a common enemy,” said Mr. Ricciardone, adding that the Obama administration was willing to work “even more intimately,” if Turkey wished to do so. Mr. Erdoğan declined Mr. Ricciardone’s offer. “Capturing bin Laden and fighting the PKK are different in their own right,” he said. Loss of Confidence A Turkish scholar, however, suggested Turkey’s real reason for declining US help is that Ankara has lost confidence in American intelligence capability. Istanbul Bilgi University Political Science Professor Deniz Ülke Arıboğan said Ankara is “suspicious of the US and is convinced that it is not lending sufficient support against the PKK.” “There is a continuous perception that the PKK has been supported by the US

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continued from page 12 ever since [America’s] intervention in Iraq,” she said, adding that there are suspicions that the Obama administration might want other PKK leaders to be out of the picture so that all power can be consolidated in Mr. Ocalan, who is now negotiating with Mr. Erdoğan’s government. Fear of Division “The Turkish army and intelligence believe the US military presence in Iraq has fed the PKK, that the US formed a Kurdish region [in Iraq] and that there are also concerns that the US might be willing to divide Turkey,” she said. “US intervention in Iraq seriously jeopardized Turkey’s security, and the formation of a Kurdish region in the Middle East [in northern Iraq] has disrupted Turkey’s security paradigm,” she said. She, like many other Turks, believe that while the US put the PKK on the terror list, many Americans still see the Kurds’ issue as a “struggle for freedom.” “The US perception of the PKK is far from Turkey’s expectation. But in short, if it were up to me, I would not trust US intelligence either,” she said. Double Standard But while the Turks are trying to decide how to mend relations with the Kurds, the Erdoğan government seems not at all interested in restoring ties between Ankara and Jerusalem. Turkish-Israeli relations are recognized as being at an all-time low even though there has been a distinct increase in trade volume between the two countries and cultural ties are strong.

According to reports in the Israeli media, Turkish journalists have been meeting off and on for months with Israeli leaders and lawmakers, listening to proposals from Jerusalem for a solution to the freeze between the two countries. None thus far has led the two former allies back to each other. The stumbling block is based on the May 2010 Flotilla incident in which Turkish nationals tried illegally to breach Israel’s naval blockade against Hamas terrorists in Gaza. When passengers on the Turkishowned vessel Mavi Marmara mounted a premeditated attack with knives, iron bars, and clubs against Israeli forces, the Israeli troops defended themselves and nine Turkish terrorists were killed. When the ship was inspected, no items of humanitarian aid were found, despite the passengers’ claims. Unreasonable Demands After the incident, Turkey’s list of demands from Israel included a full apology; financial compensation to the families of those killed; and an agreement to send the Israeli troops who were involved (some of whom were badly injured themselves) to stand for criminal prosecution before the International Court of Justice. Turkey has also demanded that Israel lift its blockade on Gaza as the price for restoring relations with Ankara. While Israel has expressed regret for the loss of life and has intimated it would be ready to pay some compensation, the Netanyahu government has made it clear that everything else is unacceptable. So far Turkey has not budged from its initial demands. Turkish “No” This past summer, an Israeli delegation led by Shas Deputy Finance Minister Yitzchak Cohen and Shas MK Nissim Ze’ev, was quietly invited to Turkey by some interfaith organizations. At a meeting with Turkish journalists in Israel after the delegation returned with nothing new, Mr. Netanyahu said Turkish and Israeli leaders “have to keep looking for ways to restore the relationship we had because it’s important for each of our countries and particularly important for the stability of our region.” At the end of September, in an address to his ruling Justice and Democracy Party, an Islamist faction, Mr. Erdoğan said, “We will never reconsider restoring


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our relations with Israel [until the Jewish state lifts its Gaza blockade, apologizes to Turkey, and pays compensation for the nine dead Mavi Marmara combatants].” Uncompromising At the end of October, Turkey’s Foreign Minister dismissed an overture allegedly made in Jerusalem by Israeli Foreign Ministry Deputy Director-General Pinchas Avivi. According to the Turkish press, Mr. Avivi suggested Israel and Turkey set aside their differences to discuss an issue of importance to both countries: the escalating crisis in Syria. “We have to overcome our issues and focus on the future,” Mr. Avivi told the journalists. “We have both made some mistakes, but the crisis between Israel and Turkey was artificial. We can sit around the table and solve our problems.” The Erdoğan government said no. “Israeli authorities have to take the steps to normalize relations instead of giving messages through the press,” said Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Secuk Unal. The Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, “Israel is guilty and should pay for its crimes,” before relations can be restored between the two countries. He complained to journalists that “Israel is trying to make Turkey look uncompromising, as if it continually rejects Israel.” Instead, he said, Israel’s leadership should take the steps Turkey expects. The Real Reason Most analysts say the flotilla incident is probably not the key reason for the break between Turkey and Israel. Relations between Israel and Turkey had already soured when Israel went to war for three weeks in December and January 20082009 to silence Hamas’s constant barrage of rockets and mortars fired from Gaza at civilian targets in the Jewish state’s southern towns. At that time, Turkey had recently been rebuffed in its efforts to join the European Union and had decided instead to seek a leadership role in the Muslim world. The Turkish position after the flotilla incident seemed right for that purpose. In light of its other problems, Turkey seems less concerned with the Palestinians now, and Damascus seems outright hostile, perhaps because the Palestinians are overwhelmingly Sunnis. Closed Offices Before the Syrian civil war, the Pal-

estinian Fatah faction in Judea and Samaria and the Hamas faction in Gaza had enjoyed supportive relations with both the Turks and the Iran-Syria axis. A rift formed between Hamas and Syria in the wake of the Sunni uprising against Mr. Assad. The Hamas office in Damascus was reportedly closed and dozens of Hamas members have quietly returned to Gaza. Last month, Syria’s official TV station attacked Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal, accusing him of “collaborating” with Mr. Erdoğan and attempting to “normalize relations with Israel and the US in order to win the title Chairman of the Palestinian Authority.” Instead of accusing Israel of keeping the residents of Gaza under siege,

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the Syrian station said that role had been usurped by Egypt. Anti-Israel Sponsor But if Turkey is too busy to give the Palestinians constant attention, Ankara is not neglecting their cause in the US. Turkey is ratcheting up its anti-Israel position through American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), which will hold its Conference for Palestine November 22-25 at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort in suburban Chicago. Turkey’s national Turkish Airlines is reportedly one of the major corporate sponsors. The airline is reportedly contributing $15,000 and sponsoring a raffle for an international airline ticket.

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HNMC Is a “Best Place to Work” Holy Name Medical Center (HNMC) in Teaneck is one of the nation’s best places to work in healthcare, according to the 2012 survey conducted by Modern Healthcare magazine. The survey ranked Holy Name fourth among hospitals in the “large companies” category. HNMC is ranked Number 7 among all large companies on the list, up from Number 9 in 2011. Holy Name is the only hospital in New Jersey to be acknowledged by the “Best Places

to Work in Healthcare” program. This is the fifth year Modern Healthcare has conducted its “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” survey, and the fifth year that Holy Name has received the honor for workplace excellence. According to Modern Healthcare’s website, its program honors organizations that enable employees to “perform at optimal levels,” providing patients and customers with “the best possible care, products and services.”

Mideast Score Card Although AMP’s online mission is to call attention to “the people of Palestine who have been living under occupation for decades” in hopes that the American public will demand a change in US foreign policy, the group’s home page features the conference’s logo: a map of “Palestine” which encompasses all of Israel. “So much for the two-state solution,” said author Michael Rubin in a Commentary magazine article about AMP. Promoting Naqba For years, AMP has promoted “Naqba” commemorations on campuses to mourn the establishment of the Jewish state the way Jewish groups commemorate Yom Hashoah. The conference sponsored by

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Turkish Airlines will feature Fadwa Barghouti, wife of imprisoned terrorist Marwan Barghouti, currently serving five life sentences for the murder of Jews. Another speaker, Osama Abu Irshaid, has described the firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas as a form of “legitimate resistance.” Mr. Abu Irshaid was the editor of an Arabic publication sponsored by the now defunct Islamic Association for Palestine, which, according to the American Muslim Brotherhood’s internal documents, was a front group established to support Hamas in America. Supporting Hamas is illegal in the US because it is on the US list of terrorist organizations. Another listed speaker is Jamal Badawi, founder of the

Muslim American Society, another Muslim Brotherhood front group. Mr. Badawi has criticized the West for describing “martyrs” from Hamas-controlled Gaza as terrorists. In March 2010, he said Islam justifies the Palestinians’ “combative jihad.” Renting to Hamas A campaign is currently underway to ask the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort to cancel the conference. “Since the AMP has known ties to Hamas, we are asking the hotel’s management how they can justify renting their facility to a group that has been designated by the US State Department as a terrorist organization,” said Cheryl Jacobs Lewin, the Chicago chapter chairperson of Americans for

a Safe Israel (AFSI). Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst at www.RadicalIslam.org and a contributor to FOX News, endorsed AFSI’s efforts. “Can you imagine the outcry if this were an event by Christian extremists opposed to abortion or gay rights, or an event about mocking Mohammed? I bet the hotel would cave rather quickly. Instead this conference features speakers who legitimize Islamist violence and terrorist groups. I identified ten speakers who are closely tied to the Muslim Brotherhood or promote it. Ten. At one event. How many would have to be there for the media to notice and for the hotel to think twice?” he said. S.L.R.


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PENSION PAYMENTS AVAILABLE TO ADDITIONAL HOLOCAUST VICTIMS FOLLOWING NEGOTIATIONS Recent negotiations with the German government have allowed the Claims Conference to expand eligibility for pension programs. According to these criteria, Jewish Holocaust survivors may be eligible for Claims Conference pensions if they were in: (i) Concentration camps; or (ii) Ghettos for at least 3 months; or (iii) Hiding for at least 6 months without access to the outside world, or lived under false identity for at least 6 months, in Nazi-occupied territory. The comprehensive criteria and application forms are available on the Claims Conference website on www.claimscon.org. Payments for approved applications for Claims Conference pensions under the new criteria will be retroactive to November 1, 2012 or January 1, 2013, depending on the basis for eligibility or, if the application was received after that date, from the date of the application. There is no cost to apply. Applications can be obtained online and filed with the Claims Conference FREE OF CHARGE. NOTE: Claims Conference pensions may only be paid to survivors who do not already receive a pension from a German source (Article 2 Fund, CEEF, German Federal Indemnification Law – BEG – Bundesentschaedigungsgesetz, PRVG, Austrian OFG – Opferfürsorgegesetz, Israeli Ministry of Finance under the Nazi Persecution Disabled Persons law 5717-1957) and who meet all other criteria, including the income and asset criteria, of the Article 2 Fund. For information contact: Claims Conference, 1359 Broadway, Room 2000 New York, NY 10018 Tel: 646-536-9100 Email: info@claimscon.org www.claimscon.org The Claims Conference has appointed an Ombudsman. To contact the Office of the Ombudsman, please email Ombudsman@claimscon.org or write to The Ombudsman, PO Box 585, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113


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In Israel, Thousands of American Expatriate Citizens Will Cast Their Votes for President; Most of Them for Romney Between 50,000 and 70,000

US citizens living in Israel are expected to vote by absentee ballots in this year’s Presidential election. According to Elie Pieprz, director of iVoteIsrael, every day in September and October more than 1,000 of these American expatriates registered to vote. While they reside throughout Israel, many of them live in communities in Judea and Samaria, where a relatively large number of expatriate Americans make their homes. Working with hundreds of volunteers, iVoteIsrael contacted thousands of immigrants to the Jewish state (olim) with dual citizenship who are eligible to vote, and made sure they were registered. There were meetings in synagogues and at sites where classes are held for English-speaking immigrants.

According to Mr. Pieprz, iVoteIsrael volunteers were “massively active” on Facebook, and a new website was established for the November elections. Mr. Pieprz’s goal was to make “things easier for people,” especially this year when many Israelis feel they particularly have a stake in the election. Even though the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued repeated statements explaining that the Jewish state officially considers Republicans and Democrats to be equally supportive of Israel, and therefore will take no position on the US election, polls show that the majority of Israelis are hoping the Republican Mitt Romney is successful. Mr. Pieprz understood that the only way Israelis could help influence the outcome was by

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encouraging the eligible dual citizens among them to vote. “This is the first election year in which there is an organization that reaches out and makes contact with people. We brought the registration forms to them, so that all they have to do is sign, an action that is not time consuming. In addition, we created 100 places throughout Israel where the form can be handed in, so the effort required of each individual is minimal,” he said. It All Counts The ballots will be counted in the states in which the Israeli-Americans last resided or voted. Mr. Pieprz said that while it is easy to understand why it was vital to urge eligible Jews to vote who were from tossup states like Florida, Pennsylvania, or Ohio, it was equally important in states like New York, New Jersey, and California, where polls show President Barack Obama will almost certainly win. “Influential people and politicians in the US must understand that Americans in Israel have power to influence the Jewish community in the US,” he said. If Mr. Pieprz had his way, twice as many American expatriates in Israel would be casting their votes. It is estimated that more than 150,000 Israeli citizens are actually eligible to vote in American elections. Many of them were born in Israel, but are US citizens because their parents were Americans who made aliyah and registered their children’s births with the American embassy. According to Arutz Sheva’s Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, many of these American citizens who are eligible to vote only be-

cause of their parents’ heritage, “have no interest in American politics or do not feel motivated to vote in an election in what they consider a foreign country.” Foreign Affairs Marc Zell, chairman of the Republican Party in Israel, said he was pleased that the debates had shifted voter opinion to Mr. Romney’s campaign. “Before Sept 11, 2012, the American public still thought Obama was excelling in his dealings with foreign policy. But after the attacks on the US Embassy in Benghazi and everything that followed in the Middle East, there is a shift, and the public believes more in Romney,” he said. He did not deny that the economy would still be the most important issue in the election. “But increasingly, Americans are taking an interest in international relations,” he said. Personal Stake Mr. Zell recognized that for the most part, Americans overseas will vote for Mr. Obama. However, he said that in Israel, American voters, including many longtime Democrats, will support Mr. Romney, prompted by Mr. Obama’s perceived lack of a firm position on the nuclear threat posed by Iran and his hardline position against a Jewish presence throughout Jerusalem, including the eastern neighborhoods where the Western Wall is located, as well as all of Judea and Samaria. At the end of October, Israelis eligible to vote in the US election received spiritual motivation from a prominent rabbi. In his column, published by the Hebrew Besheva weekly,


http://jewishvoiceandopinion.com Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, spiritual leader of the Har Bracha community in Samaria and dean of its local yeshiva, called on all Americans, whether citizens or just visitors in the Jewish state, to reject Mr. Obama whom the rabbi described as “one of the most hostile Presidents ever to Israel.” Dashed Expectations In his column, Rabbi Melamed said he, like many others, felt “uplifted” at the sight of an African-American President and first family walking into the White House. “We had great hopes that a man like him would understand the Jewish people, who gave the world the concepts of freedom and morality, and would agree that after thousands of years of exile and suffering, that the world should help the Jewish nation return to its homeland,” he said. But “instead of helping the Nation of Israel build the Land of Israel, Obama pressures us to stop building in Judea and Samaria and in Jerusalem,” he said. The result of these policies, Rabbi Melamed said, has been “that American interests in the Middle East have been damaged.” “It is worthy for American citizens who believe in G-d and His prophets to vote for Mitt Romney for President. They should vote in the Congres-

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sional elections for individuals who are true friends of Israel— Democrats and Republicans— who believe that the Land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel, as G-d promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Repeat of History? Dr. Amiel Ungar, an Israeli political scientist and analyst, said the debates between Messrs Obama and Romney, especially the first one, were reminiscent of the 1996 match between the Likud Party’s Benjamin Netanyahu, in his first quest to become Prime Minister, and Labor’s Shimon Peres. That year, the prime minister was directly elected rather than assuming the position based on a coalition agreement. According to Dr. Ungar, Mr. Netanyahu “entered the debate trailing Peres in the polls and the pundits had already crowned Peres. Peres’s campaign manager, the Iago of Israeli politics, Haim Ramon, had devised a negative campaign based on the slogan Bibi Lo Matim, meaning that Netanyahu was totally unsuitable and did not deserve to be in the same ring with Peres.” “By totally dominating the debate, Netanyahu convinced enough voters that he was eminently suitable. Netanyahu supporters were buoyed and energized by their candidate’s success and the rest is history,” said Dr. Ungar. S.L.R.

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Israeli Elections Show Right and Left Forming Teams: It Could Be the Precursor of a Two-Party System Just two weeks after announcing the

dissolution of the current Knesset and the election of a new one on January 22, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, came out with a new bombshell: Their two parties would be joining forces to create a unified faction. Mr. Netanyahu said Israel would be better served by electing a powerful coalition that takes its strength from a robust, effective leading party. Those trying to postulate the “real” reasons for the union—which Mr. Lieberman said had been in the works for the past year and was finalized before the end of August—have suggested it was politically necessary to counter coalition parties on the centrist-left, or perhaps to improve the chances for success of an attack on Iran. Cost of Living While Messrs Netanyahu and Lieberman are best known outside Israel for their conservative foreign policies, at the press conference announcing the new unified party, Mr. Netanyahu asked the Israeli public “for a clear mandate to carry out the social and economic changes the nation of Israel expects.” First on the agenda, he said, is to bring down the cost of living.

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“This is the time to project strength in the face of our enemies and unity within us,” he said. Mr. Lieberman pointed out that the government led by Mr. Netanyahu was “one of—if not the—most stable governments in Israel’s history.” He and Mr. Netanyahu denied a report on Israeli television that they had agreed to rotate the prime minister’s seat, with Mr. Lieberman replacing Mr. Netanyahu in the coalition’s fourth year.

“Biberman” Reactions in Israel ranged from positive to furious. Many on the left see the frank and outspoken Mr. Lieberman, who was born in the former Soviet Union and made aliyah in 1978, as either an extreme right-winger or an out-and-out racist. His Yisrael Beiteinu party has attracted Israeli voters from all sectors, but its political base consists of his fellow Russian immigrants. The Israeli left began almost immediately to use Mr. Netanyahu’s nickname,

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Bibi, to dub the new party “Biberman.” Israel’s various parties issued statements on the merger, each spinning the announcement to its own advantage. Most Likud MKs seemed to believe the union would allow the party to lead the nation without always having to worry about the governing coalition falling apart. Some Israelis have long believed the country would benefit from the promotion of two strong parties representing the political right and left, much as the Republican and the Democratic parties do in the US. Encompassing the Right Moshe Feiglin, leader of Likud’s nationalist Jewish Leadership faction and a candidate for membership in the next Knesset, congratulated Messrs Netanyahu and Lieberman and called on them to generate conditions so that “other components of the national camp” will join Likud, making it one large nationalist party. His reference was to the generally smaller religious Zionist parties. But while those smaller parties would undoubtedly join a coalition led by Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu, it is not at all certain they would relinquish their independence and identity to become part of their faction.

Not Right-Wing MK Dr. Aryeh Eldad of the right-wing National Union said the merger of Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu shows that neither party truly represented the nationalist camp. “The good news is that this is an open union between the politician who already agreed to the establishment of a Palestinian state and froze construction in Judea and Samaria for ten months [Mr. Netanyahu], with the politician who has already said he would give the Palestinian state even additional land at Israel’s expense,” said Dr. Eldad, referring to Mr. Lieberman’s plan for handing over the heavily Arab Wadi Ara region to the PLO, in exchange for other land to be handed over to Israel. The “bad news,” said Dr. Eldad, is that Messrs Netanyahu and Lieberman could be pressured by President Barack Obama to establish a Palestinian state. In the next election, Dr. Eldad and his fellow National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari will run in the new Hatikvah party. Among its principles is the promotion of “Jordan is Palestine” which Dr. Eldad described as “the alternative to the suicidal policy being undertaken by Israel to establish a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria.” He said he was leaving

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the Jewish Home-National Union coalition because while the unified party may garner more votes together than each would separately, “it will not be able to act as the ideological vanguard of the right that is needed.” Sending Kippah Wearers Home MK Yaakov “Ketzeleh” Katz, the current leader of the National Union, said Mr. Netanyahu’s merger with the secular Mr. Lieberman should prompt “kippah wearers to return home” to the national religious party. “Likud has just delivered a get (writ of divorce) to its traditional and religious voters,” he said. MK Zevulun Orlev and his opponent for leadership of the national-religious Jewish HomeNational Union coalition, Naftali Bennett, agreed that there is benefit to their party in the announcement from Messrs Netanyahu and Lieberman. Mr. Orlev said the new united party means the Jewish HomeNational Union is the only real alternative for politically conservative religious voters. Mr. Bennett said Israelis must choose between a coalition made up of Messrs Netanyahu and Lieberman “with the left,” or a coalition they can form with the nationalist camp. If sufficient voters choose Jewish Home-National Union, Messrs Netanyahu and Lieberman will be able to include that faction to reach the magic 61 seats in the 120-seat Knesset required to form a government. If the nationalist camp does not win 61 seats, Messrs Netanyahu and Lieberman will turn to parties on the left and make the compromises necessary to persuade them to join the government.

Praising Yesha But persuading the left may be more difficult for Mr. Netanyahu now that he has joined forces with Mr. Lieberman. For MK Shelly Yechimovich, head of the Labor Party, the Netanyahu-Lieberman union presents a dilemma. As soon as new elections were announced, Ms. Yechimovich made it clear that her campaign would focus on issues surrounding the economy and quality of life, not foreign affairs. Knowing Labor could not win sufficient seats to make her Prime Minister, she seemed to be positioning herself to join Mr. Netanyahu’s projected next government. For example, she told Army Radio that she has “great respect” for the ideologicallydriven residents of Judea and Samaria, and, she said, she was “proud of the historic bond between the founders of the Labor party and the settlement movement.” “The upcoming elections will focus on socio-economics, not on relations with the PA or the peace process. The residents of Yesha have been unfortunately made the scapegoat of all Israeli quandaries by some radicals,” she said. Only Centrist Party But since the announcement of the Netanyahu-Lieberman union, Ms. Yechimovich has come close to ruling out the possibility that she would join a coalition led by the two men. Describing the Labor party under her leadership, as “the only centrist party” which can “prevent the Lieberman-Netanyahu party from ruling,” she called on “the numerous people who lost their political home—Likud voters, moderate nationalists, who see the government’s brutal economic policy—to join Labor.”


http://jewishvoiceandopinion.com Ms. Yechimovich told journalists she “cannot imagine” joining a coalition with the new “extreme right, racist” party. MK Zahava Gal-On, one of the far-left Meretz party’s three MKs, accused the “Biberman union” of “not only stomping on democracy” and “strengthening fascism,” but also “agreeing to war in Iran.” “The union aims to allow an attack,” she said. “The upcoming elections will determine whether the fate of the country is given over to a dangerous team of warmongers, or to parties that have committed to stop it.” 68 Seats It is unclear how well the new united party will do. The first polls after Mr. Netanyahu announced the dissolution of the current Knesset showed that Likud party would be the overall winner along with the nationalist, right-wing camp in general. A poll conducted by the newspaper Ha’aretz and released in early October showed Likud garnering 29 seats. Yisrael Beiteinu would win 15 seats; the religious-Sephardic Shas Party would get 10; and the newly coalesced Jewish Home-National Union would, together, receive eight. The hareidi United Torah Jewry party would win six. The result would be a comparatively right-wing, comfortable ruling coalition of 68 seats headed by Mr. Netanyahu.

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The poll suggested Ms. Yechimovich’s Labor would receive 16 seats. Yesh Atid (Future), led by Yair Lapid, the son of the late, strongly antireligious Tommy Lapid and a television pundit in his own right, would get 11 seats. The real loser, according to the poll, would be Kadima. The makeshift party, put together by Ariel Sharon in 2005 solely to facilitate the disengagement from Gaza, would receive only seven seats, down from the 28 it won in the last election. Olmert Returns? It is unclear who will lead Kadima in the next election. Last year, in a bitter campaign for the leadership of the party, Shaul Mofaz ousted Tzipi Livni. According to some reports, now Mr. Mofaz may be willing to step aside in favor of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, the only Israeli Prime Minister ever to be convicted of a criminal offense Last summer, Mr. Olmert was found guilty of breach of trust in an investment deal in which, as mayor of Jerusalem, he offered favorable treatment to companies run by a former business partner. Mr. Olmert was acquitted on more serious charges of double billing and receiving cash from an American businessman. The prosecution has decided to appeal.

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Leisure Time Tours Offers Pesach in FL, AZ, NY, and Venice Leisure Time Tours was the first com-

pany to introduce the concept of glatt kosher Passover programs at some of the finest hotels in the US and Europe. And for 55 years, Leisure Time has been America’s largest Passover tour operator. This year, Leisure Time Tours will host five Passover programs, welcoming guests in Florida, Arizona, Westchester, and New York, as well as in Venice, Italy. As it has been for the past 13 years, Leisure Time will be at the world famous Boca Raton Resort & Club, in Boca Raton, Florida. This Waldorf Astoria Resort boasts a gorgeous half-mile stretch of private pristine beach, thirty clay tennis courts, two champion golf courses and a world-class spa. In Leisure Time’s yearly custom, the resort’s award-winning chefs join Prestige Caterers to produce outstanding Passover cuisine under NK Glatt Kosher Supervision In Palm Beach, Florida, Leisure Time offers the AAA 4-Diamond PGA National Resort. Every room and suite was completely renovated in 2012. This luxury resort features five tournament-ready golf courses, 19 tennis courts, and a European spa. The

entire hotel will be Kosher for Passover, with Foremost Ram Caterers coordinating outstanding gourmet cuisine under the Glatt Kosher supervision of the ORB. Europe, AZ, and NY In Europe, Leisure Time will offer the 5-star beach-front Hotel Excelsior in Venice, Italy. This world-renowned resort offers a fabulous swimming pool, tennis courts, and fitness facility, and is ideally located for fascinating touring and shopping. The entire hotel will be Kosher for Passover. Leisure Time is thrilled to announce that one of Israel’s most prestigious chefs, Ariel Porat—Executive Chef of the Dan Accadia Hertzliya—is joining their team. The hotel will be under the Glatt Kosher Supervision of Rabbi G.M. Garelik of Milan. In Phoenix, Arizona, Leisure Time will be at the world-class Arizona Biltmore Resort. This Waldorf Astoria Resort boasts eight swimming pools, six whirlpool spas, seven tennis courts, two 18-hole putting courses, and a 20,000 sq.-ft, state-of-the-art spa complex. Chicago’s most elegant kosher caterer, Stuart Morginstin of Danziger Kosher Caterers, will make Pesach at the Biltmore an

unparalleled Passover culinary experience under the Glatt Kosher Supervision of the Phoenix Vaad Hakashruth In the Northeast, just 30 minutes from NYC, Leisure Time will offer the Hilton Rye Town in Westchester. The entire hotel will be Glatt Kosher for Passover. The hotel has completed an extensive, $30 million dollar renovation, which includes all guest rooms and suites. Its recreational facilities include an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, expanded fitness center, and indoor tennis complex. Prestige Caterers will be coordinating their outstanding gourmet cuisine under the Glatt Kosher supervision of the ORB. All Leisure Time Tours programs feature outstanding Glatt Kosher cuisine, traditional Orthodox synagogue services, two magnificent Seders, and a full and exciting array of activities, including lectures, dazzling entertainment, and professionallyrun children’s camps and teen programs. For further information and a full color brochure, you can contact Leisure Time Tours at 718-528-0700 or 800-223-2624. Their website is www.leisuretimetours.com. Y

Just So There’s No Confusion: Frumster is Now JWed.com Frumster, which, since its debut in 2001, has been the premier Jewish online dating service for Orthodox singles, has just changed its name. The site, which has been responsible for 1,000 marriages—an average of four weddings every week— will now be known as JWed.com.

“The name better reflects our mission of bringing Jewish singles together in marriage,” said Ben Rabizadeh, who became CEO of Frumster in 2003 and intends to remain at the helm of JWed.com. The new name, which became official on October 16, does not reflect any

change in ownership. JWed and Frumster are registered trademarks, owned and operated by Frumster, Inc. Home in Passaic Mr. Rabizadeh, who ran Frumster from his home in Passaic before moving the corporate office to Manhattan, was married himself just last March. He attributed Frumster’s success to the website’s continuing efforts to refine its service and keep its focus on marriageminded dating, and he expects the JWed name to result in an even higher marriagerate in the observant community. For starters, he said, the new name “will attract only those singles who are genuinely ready for marriage.” Derech Eretz and Filters In addition, he said, the site will now include features that focus on derech eretz, or appropriate behavior, as well as “enhanced hashkafa and age filters “to ensure a frum and private experience.” Mr. Rabizadeh said that these improvements should “lead to better first dates and more marriages.” “Specifically, some recent improvements


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Passover in California at the Valencia Although it is only November, Pass-

over Resorts is already planning for Pesach, and will be returning to the Hyatt Regency Valencia for the fifth consecutive year. Located in the village of Valencia, just 30 minutes from Los Angeles, the resort has recently been voted 100 percent family friendly by travel websites, giving vacationers the best of both worlds: a wonderful resort and great nearby sites. There are nature trails to be explored, and a stroll through the village affords time to sit and watch dancing fountains or shop in the Town Center’s vast assortment of boutiques and stores. At night, the starry skies and tree-lit thoroughfares and walkways illuminate the mountains in the background. Attractions The world-famous theme park, Magic Mountain, is a two-minute drive from the hotel; Lake Castaic, with an array of boating activities, is less than 10 minutes away; and Los Angeles, as just mentioned, is only a half-hour drive away. But with the three golf courses, public tennis courts, and many other fun and economical activities close by, many guests see no reason to leave Valencia to enjoy their vacation. Passover Resorts’ website, www. PassoverResorts.com, discusses all the local attractions, including details on how far a walk or drive they are from the resort. The website also features photos of the resort and a listing of its amenities. Deluxe Accommodations The accommodations at the Valencia

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include dramatically expanded halachabased filters which ensure that members won’t see or be seen by inappropriate matches, the removal of public-searching for enhanced privacy, and automated ageblockers which ensure greater comfort,” he said. For more information on the name change or to help someone who is single and ready to get married, Mr. Rabizadeh suggests visiting JWed.com/frumster. “My marriage has motivated me to improve JWed’s service even more. I want to bring as many Jewish singles together in marriage as possible,” he said. Y

meet Passover Resorts’ high standards. Each Hyatt Regency luxurious room or suite features a flat-screen TV, plush Hyatt Grand Beds, deluxe Portico bath amenities, refrigerator, high-speed internet access, dual-line phones, quality cell phone reception, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, marble bath, and individual air conditioning controls. The hotel’s fitness center features the latest cardio- and weight-training equipment, with 24-hour availability to fit each guest’s schedule, whether that includes an invigorating morning run on a treadmill or a late-night workout. Adult and teenage guests have access to The Spectrum Club, which is just a few steps from the front door of the resort. This giant fitness center features a lap pool and two regulation gyms and basketball courts (which the teens really appreciate). Services and Entertainment In every detail, Passover Resorts Seders are events of quintessential elegance. There is a synagogue on the premises offering services three times a day. The scholars, rabbis, and professional speakers on the roster will enlighten, entertain, and amuse. Guests are also treated to exciting family entertainment: comedians, Jewish and Israeli vocalists, illusionists, hypnotists, tournaments, and many surprises. There is a preschool day camp for children 18 months to 4 years; a day camp for children from five to 12 years; and a teen program. Guests’ children will be kept busy from morning until night, thanks to Passover Resorts’ experienced staff.

Children Stay Free All Passover Resorts guests are treated like royalty by a caring, warm, and experienced staff during a festive and fun-filled kosher vacation at this luxurious warm-weather resort. Passover Package rates begin as low as $ 2,349 ppdo + tax and tip. Children ages five and under are free if they’re staying in the same room as two adults or two teens. The same is true for those who take advantage of Passover Resorts’ Early Bird Special at the Valencia: the first 50 children ages six to 12 stay free if they’re staying in the same room as two adults or two teens. Passover Resorts has been making Passover guests happy for more than twenty years. Superb Meals Passover Resorts’ menus are designed to delight the most sophisticated palettes while satisfying those with more traditional tastes, including children and those on special diets. The program’s chefs and staff make an extra effort to ensure guests are served the finest quality foods, with all meals cooked and prepared on site using only fresh foods and produce. The program stocks a wide selection of the finest kosher wines. Passover Resorts is Glatt Kosher under strict Orthodox rabbinic supervision provided by the Va’ad HaRabonim of San Diego. For more information about up to nine nights of a joyous, relaxing, and fun-filled Passover at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, call 1-800-PASSOVER (1-800-727-7683) or visit www.PassoverResorts.com. Y


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In addition, Mr. Olmert faces another trial on allegations of bribery in the Holy Land apartment complex scandal in Jerusalem. 45 Seats? Seeing the handwriting on the wall, many Kadima MKs have been scrambling to join other parties in order to secure seats in the next Knesset. Avi Dichter left Kadima three months ago, and was immediately named Home Front Minister by Mr. Netanyahu. Mr. Dichter, a former director of the Shin Bet, just officially joined Likud.

He turned down an offer from Ms. Yechimovich to join Labor, with the understanding that if Labor was successful, he would be given the Defense portfolio. “The Likud is the only party that can guard Israel’s security, social, and economic interests,” he said. Arthur Finkelstein, the political advisor who took credit for suggesting the merger between Messrs Netanyahu and Lieberman, told journalists he believes the union could win as many as 45 seats in the next Knesset. In the one that just dissolved, the two parties together controlled 42 seats. The Jewish Educational Center

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KidzShortz Montclair Film Festival Competition for Young People: “Freedom…The Way I See It.” Cinematics (grades 4-6), Storytellers (grades 7-9), and Visionaries (grades 10-12) can submit G-rated films, shot on any format (smart phone, video, digital video, etc), submitted on a playable DVD. No longer than 6 minutes, the film can be comedy, drama, documentary, animation, musical, adventure, action, crime, war, or sci-fi. Deadline is Feb 15, 2013. www.montclairfilmfest.org “You Ask the Question, We Get You the Answer,” a free service from Rabbi Levi Neubort and Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein of Cong Anshei Lubavitch Congregation, Fair Lawn. If the question is time sensitive, please note this. AskTheRabbis@flchabad.com Art Exposition: “The Holocaust Suite and Dante’s Inferno,” by artist Jacob Landau, on display at the Human Rights Institute Gallery, Kean University, Union, Mon, Tues, and Thurs, 12-7pm; Wed and Fri, 12-4pm, 908-737-0392

A few spots open in Tehillim Group for couples trying to conceive, brachabat@ hotmail.com

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“The ABCs of Fundraising: A Primer in ‘How To,” Norman Gildin, spons by Strategic Fundraising Group, for development executives, volunteers, board members, administrators, and other fundraisers for non-profits, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 9am, nbgildin@yahoo.com Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Music Man Murray” and “Life in Stills,” The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 12:30pm, 732-940-8343 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Five Brothers,” The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 3:15pm, 732-940-8343 Mishmor Program, for boys and girls in grades 2-5, Rabbi Yisroel Rosenblum, includes help with homework, stores, raffles, refreshments, prizes, and sports, at Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 6:30pm, 973-251-0205

Rep Nan Hayworth (RNY), spons by NORPAC, private home in Riverdale, NY, 6:30pm, 201-788-5133 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “The Flat,” with director Arnon Goldfinger, The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 7:30pm, 732-940-8343 “The Kosher Nostra: Is This a Job for a Jewish Boy?” Edith Sobel, JCC, Tenafly, 7:30pm, 201408-1457 “The ‘Tribes’ of Israel,” Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, JCC, Tenafly, 7:30pm, 201-569-7900 Theater: “Imagining Madoff,” by Deborah Margolin, Bernard Madoff and an Elie Wiesel-like character who lost his life savings, Garage Theatre, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, 8pm; also Motzei Shabbat, Nov 3, 8pm; Sun., Nov 4, 3pm; Thurs., Nov 8, 8pm; Motzei Shabbat, Nov 10, 8pm; and Sun., Nov 11, 3pm, gtgmb@aol.com; GetInfo@GarageTheatre.org; or tickets@garagetheatre.org

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“Echoes and Reflections: A

Multimedia Curriculum on the Holocaust,” for middle, high school, and college educators, Stephanie McMahon-Kaye, Stockton College, Galloway, 9am, 609-652-4699 Volunteer Training to Work with Hospice Patients in Grace Healthcare Services across NJ, for those over 18, EJ Solomon Berman, includes kosher breakfast and lunch, Grace Healthcare, Raritan Center, Edison, 9am, 732-9918090 or EJ4Grace@yahoo.com NJ Jewish Film Festival: “Grace Paley: Collected Stories,” with Susan Werk, JCC, West Orange, 10am, 973-530-3417 “What Is the Chabad Movement All About?” Rabbi Chaim Ehrenreich, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 1pm, 845-362-4400 Abraham’s and Sarah’s Tent: Global Hunger Shabbat in Riverdale, featuring Ruth Messinger, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, expo and text study, 6:30pm; dinner, 7:30pm, 718-796-4730 Kids of Courage Shabbaton, to raise awareness of this organization dedicated to improving

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the lives of very sick children and young adults, at Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, through Shabbat, Nov 3, bethvictor@optonline.net Shabbat Shira, to commemorate Reb Shlomo Carlebach’s yahrtzeit, includes dinner with songs and stories, Cong Ohav Emeth, Highland Park, through Shabbat, Nov 3, 732-247-3038 ChaiMates Shabbaton for Singles, ages 24-35, Young Israel of East Brunswick, through Shabbat, Nov 3, 732-710-1634 Herb Keinon, Scholar-inResidence, Cong Ahavath Torah, Englewood, through Shabbat, Nov 3, 201-568-1315

Shabbat, Nov 3

“Kaddish and Its Many Functions,” Chanan Kessler, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 718-7964730, between mincha and ma’ariv

Motzei Shabbat, Nov 3

American Red Cross LifeGuarding, for women, JCC, Edison, 8pm, 732-993-3720 Rutgers Jewish Film Fes-

tival: “My Australia,” The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 7:15pm, 732-940-8343 Friends of the IDF Tribute Dinner, featuring keynote speaker Lt. Gen (Res) Gabi Ashkenazi, Sheraton Meadowland Hotel, East Rutherford, 8pm, 1-888-318-3433 “Fool Me Twice,” Aaron Klein, Riverdale Jewish Center, 8:30pm, 718-548-1850 Master Illusionist Elliot Zimet, to benefit Kids of Courage, includes dinner, at Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 7:30pm, kocatrinat@gmail.com Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Remembrance,” The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 9:30pm, 732-940-8343

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Torah Academy of Bergen County, boys high school, Teaneck, 9:15am, 201837-7696 Bruriah Yeshiva High School for Girls, Elizabeth, 9:30am, 908-355-4850

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Frisch Yeshiva High School Parlor Meeting, private home in Highland Park, 8pm, 201-267-9100

sades Preschool and Elementary School, Tenafly, 8pm, 201-871-1152 ext 504

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Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy (High School for Boys of the Jewish Educational Center), Elizabeth, 7:15pm, 908-355-4850

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Informational Meeting for Parents Going through the Yeshiva High School Admissions Process for the First Time, Frisch Yeshiva High School, Paramus, 8pm, 201-267-9100, also Wed. Nov 28, 8pm

Sun., Nov 11

Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey Preschool Preview, River Edge, 10am, 201-986-1414

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High School Fair, Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva, Edison, 8pm, 732-572-5052 Yeshivat He’Atid Open House for prospective parents, at Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 8pm, 201-374-2272 Frisch Yeshiva High School, Paramus, 9:15am, 201-267-9100

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Service, Rabbi David Pietruszka, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, at Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 9:15am, 201-966-4490 or rabbip@jle.org Jewish Federation Mitzvah Day, includes many programs, http://www.jfnnj.org/local_includes/downloads/59168.pdf, 10am-4pm, 201-820-3921 National Jewish Coalition for Literacy Book Fair, at Barnes & Noble, Riverside, Hackensack, 10am10pm; story time, 11am-2pm and 5-7pm; arts and crafts bookmarks, 11am-7pm; arts and crafts greeting cards, 3-4pm, bethf@jfnnj.org Passaic Community Health Fair, spons by Bikur Cholim of Passaic-Clifton and Haztzolah of Passaic-Clifton EMS, includes health screenings, interactive learning for children and adults, and senior citizens’ meetings with professionals, at Yeshivat Beit Hillel, Passaic, 10am-2pm, 973-249-8811 or 917-816-1868 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: If I Am So Good, Why Am I So Bad?” Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein, Chabad of Fair Lawn, 718-839-5296; Valley Chabad, Park Ridge, 201-476-0157; Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale, Rabbis Levi Shemtov and Hershel Weiszner, 718-549-1100, 10am “Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating with China’s Other Billion,” Michael Levy, spons by Hadassah, private home in Highland Park, 10:30am, 732247-8675 Wesley Hills Republic Committee Brunch, with kosher tables, featuring NY State Republican Committee leader Ed Cox, NY Assemblywoman Annie Rabbit, Republican candidate for Assembly Joseph Gravagna, and Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin, Comfort Inn, Nanuet, 10:30am, gewirtzj@optonline.net Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Nicky’s Family,” with Peter Rafaeli, Hon Consul General of the Czech Republic, The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 11:30am, 732-940-8343 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “The Flat,” with Prof Michael

Levine, The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 11:45am, 732-940-8343 Film: “In Darkness,” with Krystyna Chiger and Daniel Paisner, JCC, Tenafly, 1pm, 201-408-1429 Shaina Wig Sale, private home in Teaneck, 1-4pm, 201287-0416 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Dusk,” with Prof Yael Zerubavel, The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 2:15pm, 732-940-8343 “The Holocaust Matrix: Its Destructive Past and Its Dangerous Future,” Rev Dennis McManus, Ph.D, Seton Hall University, South Orange, 2:30pm, 973-761-9751 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “”Remembrance,” The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 2:30pm, 732-940-8343 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Nicky’s Family,” with Czech Consul General Peter Radaeli, Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 3pm, 732-932-4166 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Foreign Letters,” with director Ela Their and actress Dalena Le, The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 4:45pm, 732-940-8343 “Strategies for Success in Today’s Economy,” for Orthodox-Jewish single professionals 21-29, Charlie Harary, spons by Bergen Connections, kosher dinner included, private location in Teaneck, 5pm, BergenConnections1@gmail.com Yoga for Kids, grades 2-5, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 6pm, 973-736-1407 Kosher Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Baking Class, for women and girls, Elaine Bodenheimer, includes dinner rolls, pumpkin pie, chocolate coconut cookies, and peanut butter kisses, private home in Riverdale, 7pm, 718-601-6138 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Hava Negila,” with director Roberta Grossman, The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 7:15pm, 732-940-8343 Live from the 92nd Street


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Mon., Nov 5

“Foundations of Judaism: The Morning Prayers,” for women, Rabbi Yoel Teichman, spons by the Jewish Renaissance Center, private home in Teaneck, 9:45am, 201-6923757 or yehudith18@yahoo.com “Jewish Views on Issues Facing Seniors,” Rabbi Gary Katz, JCC, Tenafly, 11:15am, 201408-1448 “The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Event,” includes liberator Alan Moskin, film, and choir, Nyack College, 3pm, 845-358-1710 Israeli Film Club: “Sweet Mud,” with English subtitles, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 7pm, 845362-4400 ext 115 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: If I Am So Good, Why Am I So Bad?” Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, Chabad Center, West Orange, 7:30pm, 973-486-2362 Community Synagogue of Monsey Sisterhood Book Club: “She’s Come Undone” by Wally Lamb, private home in Monsey, 8pm, 845-425-7935 Parenting Workshop: Raising Children Away from Home, in Hebrew for Israeli parents, JCC, Tenafly, 8pm, 201-408-1448 “Boundless Problems: Introspective Decision-Making after the Neuro-Revolution,” Elie Sternberg, Riverdale Jewish Center, 8pm, 718-548-1850 Book Club of Sisterhoods of Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David and Cong Ohr Torah: “I Am Forbidden” by Anouk Markovits, private home in West Orange, 8pm, 973-669-0938 “Jew and Non-Jew in Hala-

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cha,” Rabbi Dov Linzer, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, Riverdale, 8pm, abatalion@yctorah.org Volunteer Orientation, for new volunteers for the Friendship Circle and a parent, Cong Beth Tefillah, Paramus, 8pm, 201262-7172 “Nahmanides’ Literary Study of the Biblical Personalities in Sefer Bereishit,” for women, Dr. Michelle Levine, Young Israel of Riverdale, 8:30pm, 718548-4765

Tues., Nov 6, Election Day

“The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: If I Am So Good, Why Am I So Bad?” Rabbi Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich, Nyack Library, 7:15am, 845-356-6686 Yachad Education Conferences: “Balancing 21st Century Learning and the Neshamot (Souls) of Our Students,” general, Judaic studies, and special education as well as on serving children with special needs, providing educational advocacy, leadership development, teacher recruitment and training, and developing programs of “Inclusion,” featuring “Keeping the Neshamah in 21st Century Learning,” Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman, and “The Emerging Culture of Teaching and Learning,” Dr. Alan November, at Yeshivat Noam, Paramus, 8am-3:15pm, 212-613-8127 or 551-404-4447 Women’s Club for Widows, Jewish Federation and Vocational Services, Concordia Shopping Center, Monroe, 10:30am, 732-7771940 or 609-395-7979 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Orchestra of Exiles,” with director Josh Aronson, The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 12:30pm, 732-940-8343 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Free Men,” with Prof Richard Serrano, The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 3pm, 732-940-8343 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Lenin in October,” with Dr. Sasha Senderovich, The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 7pm, 732-940-8343 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: If I Am So Good,

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“Digging Deeper: Exploring the Philosophical Foundations of Judaism: Do We Have Free Will?” for men and women, Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 9:15pm, 201-836-8916

Wed., Nov 7

Jewish Business Network: Women’s Networking, Starbucks Coffee Shop at the Meadowlands Sheraton Hotel, E Rutherford, 9:3011am, 973-902-5932 or 646-233-2031 Torah Studies: “Behind the Wedding Ring: Steps to Acquiring a Flourishing Marriage,” Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, Chabad Center, West Orange, 10am, 973-486-2362 Trip to the Folksbiene Theater to See “Our Golden Land,” by Bruce Adler, Moshe Rosenfeld, and Zalman Mlotek, for seniors, leave Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 11am, 973-736-1407 ext 240 Teen Scene, for special-needs teens and volunteers ages 13-21, spons by the Friendship Circle,

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at The Frisch School, Paramus, 6pm, 201-262-7172 Strength-to-Strength Support Group for Parents Whose Children, Ages 15-25, Are Dealing with Chemical Dependency, Psychological Disorders, or CoOccurring Issues, JCC, Tenafly, 7pm, 201-408-1403 Contemporary Israeli Poetry Group, in the original with English translation and discussion, Atara Fobar, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 7pm, 718-796-4730 Abused Women’s Confidential Support Group, Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 7:15pm, 201-837-9090 Second Generation of Holocaust Survivors Group, video on children and grandchildren of Auschwitz survivors, Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 7:15pm, 201837-9090 Jewish 12-Step Meeting, JACS—Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons, and Significant Others, Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 7:30pm, 201837-9090, ask for IRA (Information and Referral) or 201-981-1071 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: Uniquely Human,” Rabbis Levi Wolosow and Boruch Chazanow, Chabad of Manalapan, 7:30pm, 732-972-3687 Art Program, for specialneeds teens and young adults age 15 and up, Debbie Greenwald, spons by Yachad, at The Art Place, Englewood, 7:45pm, 201-833-1349 Shomer Shabbos Boy Scouts, for boys in grade 6 (11 years old) and

up, Bais Medrash L’Torah, Passaic, 8pm, HFishman@rafterpllc.com “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Joy,” Rabbi Mordechai Baumgarten, Chabad of Northwest NJ, Rockaway, 7:45pm, 973-625-1525 ext 202; Rabbi Chanoch Kaplan, Chabad, Franklin Lakes, 8pm, 201-848-0449 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: If I Am So Good, Why Am I So Bad?” Rabbi Ephraim Simon, Chabad of Teaneck, 8pm, 201-907-0686 Bar-Bat Mitzvah for Adults: “How to Conduct Oneself on Fast Days,” Rabbi David Pietruszka, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, Cong Beth Aaron, Teaneck, 8pm, 201-966-4498 Baking Love: How to Use the Kitchen to Connect with and Get Closer to Your Child, in Hebrew, Chef Ayelet Nathan, JCC, Tenafly, 8pm, 201-408-1448 “Surfing Thru Shas: The Keren l’Yedidut Controversy: Where Can Tzedaka come from?” Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 8:15pm, 201-791-7676 “Rachel and Leah: Secretive Signs,” for women, Rebbetzin Shira Smiles, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, 8:30pm, arijacobson@aol.com Shidduch Webinar, Rabbi Doniel Frank, 9:30pm, 1-855-MAP-SEMI

Thurs., Nov 8

“Pies for Prevention”: Last Day to Order Homemade Kosher Pies for Thanksgiving through Sharsheret, to benefit young

Jewish women and their families facing breast or ovarian cancer, 973-731-5265, 917-655-2611, or www.sharsheret.org/pies-forprevention/westorange Women’s Shiur, Rebbetzin Shira Smiles, private home in Highland Park, 9am, 732-937-6823 Yedidainu, mini-camp program for special-needs children whose public schools are on vacation, spons by the Friendship Circle, at Yeshivat Noam, Paramus, 10am, 201-262-7172 Jewish Business Network: Lunchtime in Livingston, at Fumio Grill, 11:30am-1pm, 646-233-2031 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Kaddish for a Friend,” with Prof Fatima Naqvi, The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 12:30pm, 732940-8343 “Surfing Thru Shas: The Keren l’Yedidut Controversy: Where Can Tzedaka come from?” Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 1:15pm, 201-791-7676 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Nicky’s Family,” The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 3pm, 732-940-8343 Kristallnacht Commemoration: What Was Life Like before the Night of Broken Glass? What Dilemmas Did Teens Face? for teens, co-spons by the Holocaust Museum and Study Center, Rockland Jewish Family Services, and JCC Rockland, at the New City Jewish Center, includes dinner, and then walk to New City Courthouse for candle-lighting ceremony, 5pm, 845-362-4400 ext 103 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Free Men,” with Prof Ethan Katz, The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 7:30pm, 732-940-8343 “The Kosher Nostra: Is This a Job for a Jewish Boy?” Edith Sobel, JCC, Tenafly, 7:30pm, 201408-1457 “Jewish Art from around the World,” Beryl Brenner, private home in Alpine, 7:30pm, jenniferc@jfnnj.org

Fri., Nov 9

Volunteer Training to Work with Hospice Patients throughout

NJ, for those over 18, EJ Solomon Berman, includes kosher breakfast and lunch, Grace Healthcare, Raritan Center, Edison, 9am, 732991-8090 or EJ4Grace@yahoo.com New Jersey Jewish Film Festival Reel Film Series: “The Truce,” with Prof Vera Dika, JCC, West Orange, 10am, 973-530-3417 Englewood Field Club’s Holiday Boutique, to benefit low-income students and local food pantries, kosher food available, 341 Engle St, noon, 201-5680094 ext 201 Yachad Shabbaton, for special-needs teens and young adults, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, through Shabbat, Nov 10, 201-384-0434 Scholar-in-Residence Judy Klitsner, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, through Shabbat, Nov 10, 718-796-4730 Cong Anshe Chesed Shabbaton, to introduce living in Linden, NJ, Rabbi Joshua Hess, 908486-8616

Shabbat, Nov 10

Teen Minyan Trip to Daven at Daughters of Miriam, leaves Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 8:35am, 973-736-1407 Carlebach Minyan, Cong Darchei Noam, Fair Lawn, 8:45am, rabbidonath@gmail.com Tefilat Shlomo: The Carlebach Tefila of Riverdale, includes Kiddush, at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 9am, 718-796-4730

Motzei Shabbat, Nov 10

Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Kaddish for a Friend,” The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 7pm, 732-940-8343 Torah Tuesday at Night: A November to Remember, celebrating US veterans, featuring Holocaust Survivor Abraham Peck and Liberator Harry Feinberg; Fair Lawn Mayor Jeanne Baratta will present a Veterans Proclamation to Harold Wahl signed by President Bush; also raffle drawing for a new Hyundai, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 8pm, 201-7913795 or torahtuesday@yahoo.com Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem Melava Malka, featuring Rabbi


http://jewishvoiceandopinion.com Chaim Mintz and honoring Moshe Wiesel, Cong Ohav Emeth, Highland Park, 8pm, 732-246-1037 “Precious Gems: Gala Chinese Auction,” to benefit SINAI Schools for special-needs and the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, at Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 8pm, www.sinaischools. org/auction, www.rynj.org/auction, or 201-862-1144 Cong Bais Torah U’Tefilla Melave Malka, Yeshiva Ktana Girls Building, Ohel Rivkah Hall, Passaic, 8:30pm, 917-567-0049 In Commemoration of Kristallnacht: Teaneck Film Festival: “Free Men,” Jewish Center of Teaneck, 8:30pm, 201-203-1723 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Five Brothers,” The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 9:15pm, 732-940-8343

Sun., Nov 11

Bikur Cholim of Raritan Valley Volunteer Appreciation Brunch, honoring Diana Hakakian, Irene Siegelman, Debbie Lesjowitz, and Lee Anne Schein, Cong Ohav

Emeth, Highland Park, 9:30am, 732-393-0506 or 732-572-7181 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Joy,” Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale, Rabbis Levi Shemtov and Hershel Weiszner, 718-549-1100, 10am “From Christian Missionary to Orthodox Jew,” Penina Taylor, Teaneck General Store, 10:30am, 201-384-0434 or 201-530-5046 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “The Kibbutz Experiment,” with Prof Ziva Galili, The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, noon, 732-940-8343 In Commemoration of Kristallbacht: Teaneck Film Festival: “Hitler’s Children,” discussion with Rabbi Lawrence Zierler, Jewish Center of Teaneck, noon, 201-203-1723 “Gelt for Gold,” sell unwanted or unused gold and silver, Cong Ohav Emeth, Highland Park,1-4pm, 732-247-303 Teaneck Film Festival: “400 Miles to Freedom,” Ethiopian

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director Chanoch Ze’evi, The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 2:30pm, 732-940-8343 NCSY Trip to Nerf Wars, Springfield, leave Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 3pm, 973-736-1407 Teaneck Film Festival: “Dressing America: Tales from the Garment Center,” panel discussion led by director Steven Fischler, Puffin Cultural Center, 3:30pm, 201-203-1723 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “My Australia,” The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 4:45pm, 732-940-8343 Yoga for Kids, boys and girls grades 2-5, Sheri Klugmann, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 6pm, 973736-1407 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Music Man Murray and Life in Stills,” with director Tamar Tal, The Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 7:15pm, 732-940-8343

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Torah Studies: “Living to Laugh—Humor as Our Reason for Being,” Rabbi Avremel Rimler, Chabad Lubavitch of Rockland, New City, 8pm, 845-634-0951 ext 104 “Zerizus: Acting with Zeal and Alacrity—Enhancing Our Mitzvah Observance to Do It Early or to Do It Well: What Happens When You Have to Choose?” Rabbi Neal Turk, spons by Achieving Change through Torah, based on Rabbi Zelig Pliskin’s “Taking Action: The Joyful Art of Zerizus,” Cong Ohav Emeth, Highland Park, 8pm, 732-572-8762 or 732-572-4408

Mon., Nov 12

Sports Night, for specialneeds children and their siblings, spons by the Friendship Circle, at Yavneh Academy, Paramus, 5:30pm, 201-262-7172 Confidential Support Group for Single Women Involved in the Process of Egg Freezing, Izetta Siegal Stern, LCSW, private location in Manhattan, 6:50pm, 212-691-1266 Aliyah-Planning Workshop: Learn More about Your Future Life in Israel, spons by Nefesh B’Nefesh, Cong Ohav Emeth, Highland Park, 7:30pm, 1-866-4-ALIYAH “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Joy,” Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, Chabad Center, West Orange, 7:30pm, 973-486-2362 Kristallnacht Commemoration: “Songs of Spiritual Resistance,” Avram, Elisha, and Zalmen Mlotek, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 7:30pm, 718-796-4730 “The Secret to the Jewish State’s Success: The Extraordinary Resilience of Today’s Israelis,” Dr. Daniel Polisar, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 8pm, 201833-0515 Parenting Workshop: Raising Children Away from Home, in Hebrew for Israeli parents, JCC, Tenafly, 8pm, 201-408-1448 “Jew and Non-Jew in Halacha,” Rabbi Dov Linzer, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, Riverdale, 8pm, abatalion@yctorah.org

Tues., Nov 13

“The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Joy,” Rabbi Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich, Nyack Library, 7:15am, 845-356-6686 Jewish Business Networking, includes kosher breakfast, at the Russian Art Museum, Jersey City, 8:30am, JBN@OfficeFurnitureNYC.com “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: Uniquely Human,” Rabbis Levi Wolosow and Boruch Chazanow, Chabad, Manalapan, 10:30am, 732-972-3687 “Lessons of the Holocaust,” survivor Irving Roth, Wilkins Theater, Kean University, Union, 11am, 908-737-4640 Poet Sylvia Kramer, for seniors, includes lunch, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 11:30am, 973-736-1407 Job Search Workshop: “Tailoring Cover Letters and Resumes,” Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 11:30am, 201-837-9090 “The Lives and Music of Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor,” David Aaron, private location in Highland Park, 1pm, 732-494-3232 ext 614 Yachad Parents Support Group, for parents of special-needs children, Chani Herrmann, Jewish Federation, South River, 7:30pm, 732-588-1800 or yachadmiddlesex@gmail.com “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Joy,” Chabad of Union County, Fanwood, 7:30pm, 908-790-0008; Rabbi Dov Drizen, Valley Chabad, WoodCliff Lake, 8pm, 201-476-0157 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: If I Am So Good, Why Am I So Bad?” Rabbi Levi Azimov, Chabad of North Brunswick, 7:45pm, 732-398-9492 Halacha L’Maaseh Shiur: “Assisted Living or Living with Us? Halachic Perspectives on Kibud Av V’Em for an Aging Parent,” Rabbi Beni Krohn, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 8:30pm, 201-837-2795 “Digging Deeper: Exploring the Philosophical Foundations

of Judaism: The Purpose,” for men and women, Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 9:15pm, 201-836-8916

Wed., Nov 14

Torah Studies: “Living to Laugh: Humor as our Reason for Being,” Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, Chabad Center, West Orange, 10am, 973-486-2362 Thanksgiving Luncheon, for seniors, Riverdale YMHA, 11:45am, 718-548-8200 Chabad Center of Northwest NJ (Rockaway) 25th Anniversary Dinner, honoring Rabbi Asher and Sarah Herson, Dr. Bruce Seidner, and Sharon Draznin, at the Crystal Plaza, Livingston, 6pm, 973-625-1525 ext 227 On and About, trip for special-needs teens, at the Friendship Circle, Paramus, 6pm, 201262-7172 25th Anniversary of the Soviet Jewry Freedom Rally in Washington, DC, featuring Natan Sharansky, includes dinner, spons by the Jewish Federation, at the JCC, Tenafly, private reception, 6pm; public address, 8pm, 201-569-7900 ext 1429 or jodih@jfnnj.org “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: If I Am So Good, Why Am I So Bad?” Rabbis Levi Wolosow and Boruch Chazanow, Chabad of Manalapan, 7:30pm, 732-972-3687 Mom’s Support Group, for mothers of children with special needs, Amy Brunswick, LSW, spons by Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, JCC, West Orange, 7:30pm, 973-765-9050 or 973-929-3129 Art Program, for specialneeds teens and young adults age 15 and up, Debbie Greenwald, spons by Yachad, at The Art Place, Englewood, 7:45pm, 201-833-1349 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Faithfulness,” Rabbi Mordechai Baumgarten, Chabad of Northwest NJ, Rockaway, 7:45pm, 973625-1525 ext 202; Rabbi Chanoch Kaplan, Chabad, Franklin Lakes, 8pm, 201-848-0449 “Chicks with Sticks Knitting

Circle,” hats for preemies, children with cancer, and IDF soldiers in Israel, private home in Highland Park, 8pm, 732-339-8492 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Joy” Rabbi Ephraim Simon, Chabad of Teaneck, 8pm, 201-907-0686 “An In-Depth Analysis of One of the Sugyos That Comes Up in the Daf Yomi Studies,” Rav Tanchum Cohen, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, 8pm, 201384-0434 “The Bible in the Ancient Near East: The Archaeology of Israelite Religion: What Do We Know and What Can Archaeology Tell Us about the Origins of the Israelites,” Yoni Brukirer, JCC, Tenafly, 8pm, 201-408-1429 Bar-Bat Mitzvah for Adults: “The Jewish Way of Honoring parents,” Rabbi David Pietruszka, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, Cong Beth Aaron, Teaneck, 8pm, 201-966-4498 “Surfing Thru Shas: The Keren l’Yedidut Controversy: Where Can Tzedaka come from?” Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 8:15pm, 201-791-7676 Tehillim Group, Cong Shaare Tefillah, Teaneck, 8:30pm, 201-2895474 or 917-902-9303 Parenting Tele-Conference: “Rebuke: A Delicate Surgery,” Rabbi Shmuel Zimmerman, spons by the National Association of Support and Outreach, 9:30pm, call 712-432-1001, Access Code: 431701-747#; to playback the shiur anytime, call 712-432-1011, Playback Access Code: 412-184-214#; am@NASOamerica.org Shidduch Webinar, Rabbi Doniel Frank, 9:30pm, 1-855-MAPSEMI

Thurs., Nov 15

Conference Commemorating Kristallnacht: “The Holocaust in Poland: A Terrible yet Extraordinary History,” spons by the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Drew University, 9am-3pm, 973-408-3600 La Leche League of Bronx/ Riverdale, Mia Damond Padwa,


http://jewishvoiceandopinion.com pregnant women, babies and small children welcome, healthy snacks, Riverdale YMHA, 9:30am, 718-543-0314 “Israel: The Dangers from Within,” Allan Dubow, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 1pm, 845-362-4400 “Surfing Thru Shas: The Keren l’Yedidut Controversy: Where Can Tzedaka come from?” Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 1:15pm, 201-791-7676 Mishmor Program, for boys and girls in grades 2-5, Rabbi Yisroel Rosenblum, includes help with homework, stores, raffles, refreshments, prizes, and sports, at Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 6:30pm, 973-251-0205 “The Kosher Nostra: Is This a Job for a Jewish Boy?” Edith Sobel, JCC, Tenafly, 7:30pm, 201408-1457 Israeli Art Exhibition: “Voices of Sderot,” Rutgers Hillel, New Brunswick, 7:30-9:30pm, 732-545-2407 “Financial 101, interactive workshop for parents of specialneeds children to prepare adequately for their future, Friendship Circle, Paramus, 8pm, 201-262-7172

Fri., Nov 16

Last Day to Donate a Chanukah Toy or Gift Card for Needy Children in Middlesex County, names of children who should receive gifts can also be given, spons by Jewish Family & Vocational Service of Middlesex County, Milltown, 732-777-1940 NJ Jewish Film Festival Reel Film Series: “My Father, My Lord,” with Dr. Deborah Zafman, JCC, West Orange, 10am, 973-530-3417 Men’s Club Tish, Cong Beth Aaron, Teaneck, 6pm, 201-836-6210

Shabbat, Nov 17

Bnei Akiva Snif Chadash Group, for grades 1-6 South of Route 4, at Cong Netivot Shalom, Teaneck, 4pm, val@mileslevin.com

Motzei Shabbat, Nov 17

MetroWest Hakoah Sports Club: World Cup Soccer, for grades K-1 and Grades 2-5, JCC, West Orange, 7:30pm, 973-530-3425 American Red Cross LifeGuarding, for women, JCC, Edison, 8pm, 732-993-3720

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Hadassah Young Women’s Night Out, fun and interactive games, private home in Highland Park, 8pm, ywhadassahevents@ yahoo.com “Orthodox Separatism: Are We Really One,” Prof Marc Shapiro, Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park, 8:30pm, albert. hochhauser@gmail.com

Sun., Nov 18

Father-Son Bar Mitzvah Mission to Israel, spons by Cong Ahavath Torah, Englewood, return, Thurs., Nov 22, 201-568-1315 Visiting Residents of Daughters of Miriam in Clifton, pick up at Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 8:15am, davening, followed by breakfast and bikur cholim, 8:45am, samapprais@aim.com Middlesex County Jewish Community Super Sunday, includes phone-a-thon, concerts, children’s activities, and service fair, Trayes Hall-Douglas Campus Center, New Brunswick, 9am, 732588-1808 Explanatory Morning Service, Rabbi David Pietruszka, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, at Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 9:15am, 201-966-4490 or rabbip@jle.org Israelis and Friends, for families with young children, in Hebrew, includes brunch and program on Israeli culture, Riverdale YMHA, 10am, 718-548-8200 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Joy,” Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein, Chabad of Fair Lawn, 718-8395296; Valley Chabad, Park Ridge, 201-476-0157, 10am “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Faithfulness,” Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein, Chabad of Fair Lawn, 718-839-5296; Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale, Rabbis Levi Shemtov and Hershel Weiszner, 718-5491100, 10am Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva Ladies Luncheon, Cong Ohr Torah, Edison, noon, 732-985-6533 Raritan Valley Chapter of Hadassah Chai Brunch, featuring “Jewish Story Tellers,” Philip Cantor, private home in Edison, 11am, 732-549-2987 or 732-388-2579

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All Star Book Fair, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 9am7pm, 845-362-4400, through Tues., Nov 6

Sun., Nov 4

Holiday Boutique, YJCC, Washington Twnshp, 9am-4pm, also Mon, Nov 5, 9am-3pm, 201666-6610 Holiday Boutique, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 10am4pm, 845-362-4400

Motzei Shabbat, Nov 10

Chanukah Boutique, Riverdale Jewish Center, 7:3011pm, 718-548-1850

Sun., Nov 11

Chanukah Boutique, Cong Israel, Springfield, NJ, 10am-1pm, springfieldboutique@gmail.com Holiday Boutique, Cong Ahavath Torah, Englewood, 3:30-8:30pm; “Mad Science,” for children, 4pm, 201-568-1315 or 917-209-0806 Chanukah Boutique, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 5-9pm, 201-837-2795

Sun., Nov 18

Hebrew Book Swap, JCC, Tenafly, 10am-noon, 201-408-1448 Chanukah Fall Boutique, JCC, Tenafly, 10am-4pm, also Mon., Nov 19, 9am-5pm, 201408-1438 Global Day of Jewish Learning, Rutgers Hillel, New Brunswick, 11am, 732-545-2407 Yoga for Kids, boys and girls grades 2-5, Sheri Klugmann, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 6pm, 973-736-1407 Aliyah-Planning Workshop: Learn More about Your Future Life in Israel, spons by Nefesh B’Nefesh, Hilton Garden Inn Nanuet, Monsey, 7:30pm, 1-866-4-ALIYAH “What in the World Is Going On? Israel, the US, and the World after the Elections,” Malcolm Hoenlein, Young Israel of East Brunswick, 7:30pm, IsraelAdvocacy@yieb.org Hadassah Book Group: “The Prime Ministers” by Yehuda Avner, private home in Highland Park, 7:30pm, 732-545-3147

Holiday Boutique, Bergen County YJCC, Washington Twnshp, 9am-7pm, 201-6666610,also Mon., Nov 19, 9am-5pm Holiday Boutique, Montebello Jewish Center, Suffern, 11am-3pm, 845-357-2430 Chanukah Boutique, spons by AMIT, includes drawing for raffle to win travel voucher to Israel and other prizes, at Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 1-5pm, 973-669-8421; for raffle, 973-325-7572 or 973-731-7015

Sun., Nov 25

Holiday Boutique, Synagogue Suburban Torah Center, Livingston, 4-7pm, LimorLevy@ yahoo.com Chanukah Boutique, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 7-10pm, 201-801-0939 or 917-887-0983

Tues., Nov 27

Yeshiva Katana Chanukah Mini Mall, Ohel Rivka Hall, Passaic, 5-9pm, 973-777-1003

Thurs., Nov 29

Book Fair, YMHA, Wayne, 10am-3pm, also Fri., Nov 30; Sun., Dec 2; and Mon., Dec 3, 10am-3pm, 973-595-0100

Sun., Dec 2

SINAI Special Needs Institute Chanukah Boutique, at the Torah Academy of Bergen County, Teaneck, 5-9pm, Torah Studies: “Jacob’s Ladder—Actualizing Your Higher Calling,” Rabbi Avremel Rimler, Chabad Lubavitch of Rockland, New City, 8pm, 845-634-0951 ext 104 “Black Is a Color: Exploration to Wrestle with the Darkness that Engulfs the World of Holocaust Survivors,” Stan Lebovic, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 8pm, 973-736-1407 Mom’s Night Out, for mothers of special-needs children, Friendship Circle, Paramus, 8pm, 201262-7172 Writers Group, private home in Teaneck, 8:30pm, 347-200-5009

Mon., Nov 19

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with English subtitles, JCC, Tenafly, 11am, 201-408-1427 “My Grandparents’ Incredible Story of Survival,” Loren Galler Rabinowitz, Suffern High School, 6:30pm, dustin@holocauststudies.org Teaneck Mikvah Association Evening, for women, Cong Keter Torah, 7:30pm, 201-837-8220 ext 115 or 103 “The Zohar: Masterpiece of Kabbalah,” Daniel Matt, Rutgers Student Center, New Brunswick, 7:30pm, 732-932-2033 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Faithfulness,” Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, Chabad Center, West Orange, 7:30pm, 973-486-2362 “From the Rav’s Desk: The Published and Unpublished Letters of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, z”l,” Rav Nati Helfgot, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, Riverdale, 8pm, abatalion@ yctorah.org

Tues., Nov 20

“The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Faithfulness,” Rabbi Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich, Nyack Library, 7:15am, 845-356-6686 Jewish Business Network: Breakfast at Whole Foods, Bergen Town Center, Paramus, 8:15-9:45am, 201-966-0800 or 646-233-2031 Women’s Club for Widows, Jewish Federation and Vocational Services, Concordia Shopping Center, Monroe, 10:30am, 732-7771940 or 609-395-7979 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: If I Am So Good, Why Am I So Bad?” Rabbis Levi

Wolosow and Boruch Chazanow, Chabad, Manalapan, 10:30am, 732972-3687 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Faithfulness,” Chabad of Union County, Fanwood, 7:30pm, 908790-0008; Rabbi Dov Drizen, Valley Chabad, WoodCliff Lake, 8pm, 201-476-0157 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Joy,” Rabbi Levi Azimov, Chabad of North Brunswick, 7:45pm, 732398-9492 “An Introduction to the Study of Medrash and Aggada: Fact or Fiction?” Rabbi Jeremy Donath, Cong Darchei Noam, Fair Lawn, 8pm, rabbidonath@gmail.com Theater: “The Yellow Dress,” for women (teens and older), concerns an abusive relationship, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 8:30pm, 845-362-4400 ext 103 “Digging Deeper: Exploring the Philosophical Foundations of Judaism: Why We Were Chosen,” for men and women, Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 9:15pm, 201-836-8916

Wed., Nov 21

Torah Studies: “Jacob’s Ladder: Actualizing Your Higher Calling,” Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, Chabad Center, West Orange, 10am, 973-486-2362 Cooking Circle: Cooking with Color with a Jewish Twist, for special-needs children, spons by the Friendship Circle, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, River Edge, 5:30pm, 201-262-7172 Strength-to-Strength Sup-

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port Group for Parents Whose Children, Ages 15-25, Are Dealing with Chemical Dependency, Psychological Disorders, or CoOccurring Issues, JCC, Tenafly, 7pm, 201-408-1403 Abused Women’s Confidential Support Group, Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 7:15pm, 201-837-9090 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Joy,” Rabbis Levi Wolosow and Boruch Chazanow, Chabad of Manalapan, 7:30pm, 732-972-3687 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: The Self That Loves Your Neighbor,” Rabbi Mordechai Baumgarten, Chabad of Northwest NJ, Rockaway, 7:45pm, 973625-1525 ext 202; Rabbi Chanoch Kaplan, Chabad, Franklin Lakes, 8pm, 201-848-0449 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Faithfulness,” Rabbi Ephraim Simon, Chabad of Teaneck, 8pm, 201-907-0686 Shomer Shabbos Boy Scouts, for boys in grade 6 or 11 years old and up, Bais Medrash L’Torah, Passaic, 8pm, HFishman@ rafterpllc.com

Circle, Paramus, 10am, 201-262-7172 Cantorial Concert: The Great American-Jewish Songbook, JCC, Tenafly, 2pm, 201-408-1426 Areyvut Mitzvah Clown Program, at Bright Side Manor, Teaneck, 4pm, 201-244-6702 or 201-692-1000 JACS Meeting, 12-steps meeting for Jews in recovery, Rabbi Steven Bayar, Cong B’nai Israel, Millburn, 6pm, 973-379-3811 Yoga for Kids, boys and girls grades 2-5, Sheri Klugmann, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 6pm, 973736-1407 Torah Studies: “A Love Called Hatred—The Fascinating Story of King Menasheh,” Rabbi Avremel Rimler, Chabad Lubavitch of Rockland, New City, 8pm, 845-634-0951 ext 104

Mon., Nov 26

Free Thanksgiving Dinner, especially for those who might otherwise be alone, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, service, noon; dinner, 1pm, 718-796-4730 ext 101

Last Day to Contribute to the Bergen County Chanukah Toy Drive, toys are distributed to a wide variety of local, national, and international organizations, dropoffs at private homes throughout Bergen County, 201-836-1972, 201836-3477, or www.bctoydrive.com Café Europa Holocaust Survivor Group, Jacob Weiland, MSW, Riverdale YMHA, 1pm, 718548-8200 ext 303 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: The Self That Loves Your Neighbor,” Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, Chabad Center, West Orange, 7:30pm, 973-486-2362

Cong Ahavath Torah Office Suite Dedication in Memory of Barbara Feintuch, z”l, stories can be emailed to francine.stein@ gmail.com, in Englewood, 10am, 201-568-1315 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: The Self That Loves Your Neighbor,” Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein, Chabad of Fair Lawn, 718-839-5296; Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale, Rabbis Levi Shemtov and Hershel Weiszner, 718-5491100, 10am Soccer Circle, for specialneeds children in partnership with the Teaneck Stingrays, Friendship

“The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: The Self That Loves Your Neighbor,” Rabbi Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich, Nyack Library, 7:15am, 845-356-6686 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Joy,” Rabbis Levi Wolosow and Boruch Chazanow, Chabad, Manalapan, 10:30am, 732-972-3687 Job Search Workshop: “Social Media and Traditional Networking,” Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 11:30am, 201-837-9090 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden

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http://jewishvoiceandopinion.com Potential: The Self That Loves Your Neighbor,” Chabad of Union County, Fanwood, 7:30pm, 908790-0008; Rabbi Dov Drizen, Valley Chabad, WoodCliff Lake, 8pm, 201-476-0157 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Faithfulness,” Rabbi Levi Azimov, Chabad of North Brunswick, 7:45pm, 732-398-9492 “Digging Deeper: Exploring the Philosophical Foundations of Judaism: Ethics Outside of Torah,” for men and women, Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 9:15pm, 201-836-8916

Wed., Nov 28

Torah Studies: “A Love Called Hatred: The Fascinating Story of King Menasheh,” Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, Chabad Center, West Orange, 10am, 973486-2362 Cooking Demo: “The Kosher Carnivore,” June Hersh, to benefit Rockland Jewish Family Service, private home in Monsey, noon, 845-362-3640 or 845-3542121 ext 603 Teen Scene, for special-needs teens and volunteers ages 13-21, spons by the Friendship Circle, at The Frisch School, Paramus, 6pm, 201-262-7172 Live from the 92nd Street Y by Satellite: “What Is Jewish Culture?” Amos Oz, Daniel Libeskind, and James E. Young, at the JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 7:30pm, 845-362-4400 “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots,” Deborah Feldman, JCC, Tenafly, 7:30pm, 201-408-1448 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Faithfulness,” Rabbis Levi Wolosow and Boruch Chazanow, Chabad of Manalapan, 7:30pm, 732-972-3687 “The Kabbalah of You— A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: Perfectly Imperfect,” Rabbi Mordechai Baumgarten, Chabad of Northwest NJ, Rockaway, 7:45pm, 973625-1525 ext 202; Rabbi Chanoch Kaplan, Chabad, Franklin Lakes, 8pm, 201-848-0449

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“Chicks with Sticks Knitting Circle,” hats for preemies, children with cancer, and IDF soldiers in Israel, private home in Highland Park, 8pm, 732-339-8492 Bar-Bat Mitzvah for Adults: “The Concept of Repentance in Judaism,” Rabbi David Pietruszka, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, Cong Beth Aaron, Teaneck, 8pm, 201-966-4498 “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: The Self That Loves Your Neighbor,” Rabbi Ephraim Simon, Chabad of Teaneck, 8pm, 201-907-0686 “Surfing Thru Shas: OK, I’ll Sell You My Kidney (Temurah), Can I Sell My Organ(s) to Someone Else? With Whom Is the Organ Buried? Is There a Difference Which Body Part?” Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 8:15pm, 201-791-7676 Tehillim Group, Cong Shaare Tefillah, Teaneck, 8:30pm, 201-2895474 or 917-902-9303 Birthright Orientation, for those taking free trip to Israel, Student Activities Center, Rutgers, New Brunswick, 9pm, 732-545-2407

Thurs., Nov 29

Jewish Book Discussion, YMHA, Wayne, 1pm, 973-595-0100 “Surfing Thru Shas: The Keren l’Yedidut Controversy: Where Can Tzedaka come from?” Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 1:15pm, 201-791-7676 Mishmor Program, for boys and girls in grades 2-5, Rabbi Yisroel Rosenblum, includes help with homework, stores, raffles, refreshments, prizes, and sports, at Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 6:30pm, 973-251-0205

Fri., Nov 30

A Taste of Shabbat, for parents and young children, Aviva Kohl, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 10:45am, 845-362-4400 Shabbat Daven-and-Dine, Rabbo Shlomo Marks, Cong Mount Sinai, Jersey City, 4pm, RavShlomo. MtSinai@gmail.com Rabbi Benji Levine, Scholar-in-Residence, Cong Ahavath Torah, Englewood, through Shabbat, Dec 1, 201-568-1315

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Family Night Out, activities for special-needs children to allow respite for parents, spons by the Friendship Circle, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, River Edge, 6:30pm, 201-262-7172 Jewish Learning Experience Dinner, at the Jewish Center of Teaneck, 7:45pm, 201-966-4498 Bowling and Pizza, spons by Cong Rinat Yisrael, at Bowler City, Hackensack, 8pm, 201-837-2795 Meet the Members, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, 8pm, 201-384-0434 American Red Cross LifeGuarding, for women, JCC, Edison, 8pm, 732-993-3720 “Lighting the Way: Fulfillers of the Dream Glatt Kosher Dinner, spons by Hadassah Southern NJ Region, featuring Marlene Post and Dani Luv, Cong Neve Shalom, Metuchen, 7:30pm, 732-643-1100 NJ Jewish Film Festival: “A Bottle in the Gaza Sea,” includes interfaith panel discussion led by Andrew Silow-Carroll and reception, JCC, West Orange, 7:30pm, 973-530-3417

Sun., Dec 2

Explanatory Morning Service, Rabbi David Pietruszka, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, at Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 9:15am, 201-966-4490 or rabbip@jle.org “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: Perfectly Imperfect,” Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale, Rabbis Levi Shemtov and Hershel Weiszner, 718-549-1100, 10am “The Kabbalah of You—A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential: A Question of Faithfulness,” Valley Chabad, Park Ridge, 10am, 201-476-0157

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Unsung Heroes Brunch, Rockland Jewish Family Service, West Nyack, 10am, 845-354-2121 Chanukah Cooking Demo, for parents and children, in Hebrew, Chef Einav Gefen, JCC, Tenafly, noon, 201-408-1448 Chanukah Festival, YMHA, Wayne, 12:30pm, 973-595-0100 Jewish-Russian Cultural Club, literary and musical event featuring Azary Messerer and Irene Grottel, Jewish Federation, South River, 2pm, 732-588-1800 or 732-698-9213 Children’s/Teens’ Circle, for special-needs children, spons by the Friendship Circle, at Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, River Edge, 2pm, 201-262-7172 “Today I Am a Woman: Bat Mitzvahs around the World,” Barbara Vinick and Shulamit Reinharz, JCC, Tenafly, 4pm, 201-408-1448 Koenig Family Chanukah Concert, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 4pm, 845-362-4400 ext 103 Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey Chanukah Concert, River Edge, 4:30pm, 201-862-1592 Yeshiva Passaic Torah Institute Dinner, featuring Rabbi Paysach Krohn and honoring Rabbi Shlomo Singer, Rabbi Baruch Bodenheim, Rabbi Robert Yosef Dov and Sylvia Karr, Avraham and Rochel Leah Foster, and Dr. Pesach and Chani Ledereich, Ohel Rivka Hall, Passaic, 5pm, 973-594-4774 or 646-284-3377 Torah Studies: “The Tune of Ambivalence—Navigating through Tough Existential Dilemmas,” Rabbi Avremel Rimler, Chabad Lubavitch of Rockland, New City, 8pm, 845-634-0951 ext 104 Writers Group, private home in Teaneck, 8:30pm, 347-200-5009 Y


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New Classes This Month Sundays

Online Shiur: “Messilat Yesharim,” Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman, 7am, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org Sunday Morning Chabura, Agudath Israel of Highland Park, 7:30am, ubenjamin@msn.com Fathers of Yeshiva Mekor Baruch 6th Gade Boys: Bava Metzia Eily Metzios Chabura, Rabbi Baruch Bodenheim, Passaic Torah Institute, 8am, 973-777-2909 or 862-371-3186 Practical Halacha, Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe, Cong Ahavas Yisrael, Edison, 8:30am, 732-306-9666 Contemporary Halacha, Rabbi Duvie Weiss, includes breakfast, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 8:30am, 201-907-0180 Daf-a-Week: Shiur B’Iyun, Rav Yitzchok Weinstein, Bais Medrash L’Torah, Passaic, 8:30am, 973-685-4908 Gemara, Rabbi Avrumy Fein, Riverdale Jewish Center, 9:15am, 718-548-1850 Bagels, Lox, and Torah, Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport, Chabad at the Shore, Ventnor, Tefillin Club, 9:15am; Breakfast and Class, 10am, 609-822-8500 “Halachic Insights into the Past Week’s Daf Yomi,” Rabbi Gershon West, Passaic Torah Institute, 9:20am, 973-594-4774 Beginners Hebrew, Ilana Rozett, private location in Highland Park, 9:30am, 732-545-6482 Online Shiur: “Parsha Gems: Live with the Times,” for women, Raya Riskin, 10am, 718-735-0030 ext 106 or machonchana.org/ilearn Themes from the Parsha, spons by the Kiruv Committee of Cong Beth Abraham, at the Teaneck General Store, 10:30am, 201384-0434 or 201-530-5046 Online Shiur: “Avoda Infusion: Inspirational Chassidus,” for women, 11am, 718-735-0030 ext 106 or machonchana.org/ilearn Online Shiur: “Ten Minute Din: Interpersonal Relationships,” for women, Rabbi Chaim Shochet, 11:50am, 718-735-0030 ext 106 or machonchana.org/ilearn Online Shiur: “Mishlei Wisdom: Aishes Chayil, a Conduit of Kindness,” for women, Tzameret Borovitz, noon, 718-735-0030 ext 106 or machonchana.org/ilearn Online Shiur: “Between Nostalgia and Nightmare: Agnon’s Stories of the Old World…and the New,” Rabbi Jeffrey Saks, 1:30pm, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org Online Shiur: “Marriage and Procreation,” Rabbi Dovid Fink, 2pm, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org Online Shiur: “Pirkei Avot, Chapter 6,” Rabbi Chaim Brovender, 3pm, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org Online Shiur: “Tehillim and Tefilla: The Psalms We Pray,” Rabbi Yehoshua Geller, 4pm, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org Self-Defense for Boys, for children ages 5 and up, spons by Cheder N’Shei, private location in Clifton, 6pm, 862-485-4385 Avot u’Banim Father-Son Learning, at Yeshivas Bais Mordechai of Teaneck (formerly the Yeshiva Gedolah), 7pm, 201-833-5920 or 732-801-3515 Online Shiur: Gemara for Beginners, Rabbi Josh Ross, 8pm, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org Daf-a-Week, Rabbi Menachem Zupnik, Cong BTU, Passaic, 9pm, 845-709-9340 Online Shiur: “Guide to the Perplexed by Maimonides,” Martin Kaufman, 9pm, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org Chaburah Talmud Yerushalmi Learning Group, Isaac Shulman, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 9:30pm, yitzshul@aol.com Online Shiur: “Analyzing the Talmud: Shabbat Klal Gadol,” Rabbi Chaim Brovender, 11pm, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org

Mondays

Online Shiur: “The Book of Joshua,” Rabbi Yedidya Rausman, 8am, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org “Foundations of Judaism,” for women, Rebbetzin Leah Kohn, spons by the Jewish Renaissance Center, private home in Teaneck, 9:45am, 201-692-3757 or yehudith18@yahoo.com Bayit Katan Toddler Time, Kathy Goldstein, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 10am, BayitKatan@hir.org “Mishlei—Eishet Chayil,” for women, Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 11am, 201-836-8916 The Gentlemen’s Kollel, Riverdale Jewish Center, 1pm, 718-548-1850 Online Shiur: Parshat HaShavua,” Rabbi Shlomo Katz, 2pm, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org Online Shiur: “How to Learn Biblical Text: Ancient Hebrew,” Osnat Goldman, 3pm, 212-920-8844 or office@webyeshiva.org “Revamped Social Skills,” for those 18 and older with learning, communication, and social needs, Chani Herrmann, includes dinner, Yachad, Teaneck, 6pm, 212-613-8373 or herrmann@ou.org Mitzvah Volunteer Program, training boys and girls in grade 6 to interact with Jewish special-needs children, spons by the Friendship Circle, at Cong Beth Tefillah, Paramus, 6:30pm 201-262-7172 Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level I, Sara Kinberg, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 6:30pm, 718-548-2461 Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level II, Sara Kinberg, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 7:15pm, 718-548-2461 Bais Yaakov for Women, for those without a day school background, Blimie Lampel, includes Chumash with Rashi, Tefilla, Tehillim, dikduk, and Navi, spons by Passaic Torah Institute Neve, private home in Teaneck, 7:30pm, 201-530-0245 “Engaging Israel: Foundations for a New Relationship,” Rabbi Lawrence Zierler, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 7:45pm, 201-833-0515 Sefer Yehoshua, Rabbi Ian Shaffer, Young Israel of Fair Lawn, 7:55pm, 201-797-1800 Dikduk, Rabbi Shaya Jaffe, Passaic Torah Institute, 8pm, 862-371-3186 Bais Yaakov for Women, for those without a day school background, Goldie Cohen, includes Chumash with Rashi, Tefilla, Tehillim, dikduk, and Navi, spons by Passaic Torah Institute Neve, private home in Passaic, 8pm, 908-278-4059 Gemara Shiur: Brachot, in Hebrew, Rabbi Erlanger, Cong Ohav Emeth, Highland Park, 8pm, 732-247-3038 Night Seder Learning, for boys in grades 8-9, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, 8pm, 201-384-0434 Gemara Shiur: Fourth Perek of Masechet Sukkah, Rabbi Yosef Adler, Cong Rinat Yisrael, 8pm, 201-837-2795 Advanced Hebrew Ulpan, Sara Kinberg, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 8pm, 718-548-2461 Advanced Talmud, Rabbi Jeff Fox, private home in Riverdale, 8pm, rebjeff@gmail.com Parsha, for women, Rebbetzin Rivka Eichenstein, Cong Agudath Israel of Highland Park, 8:15pm, 732-572-4408 or 732-828-6939 “Great Decisions,” Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, includes Destiny Foundation film clips, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 8:15pm, 201-836-8916 Gemara: Megillah, Rabbi Yaakov Neuburger, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, 8:30pm, 201-384-0434 Gemara, Rabbi Chaim Poupko, private homes in Englewood, 9pm, 201-568-5780 or rpoupko@ahavathtorah.org Boxing/Krav Maga, for men, Sensei Yuri Milshtein, The Power Studio, Monsey, 9:30pm, 845-364-9111 Online Shiur: “Overview of Mishnayot Shabbat,” Rabbi Chaim Brovender, 11pm, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org Online Shiur: “Reading the Rabbinic Mind: How to Under-


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Online Shiur: “The Laws of Inheritance,” Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman, 7am, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org Torah Gems, Rabbi Moshe Goldberger, Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park, 8:30am, 732-247-0532 Haftaros, for women, Shoshana Sperling, spons by Passaic Torah Institute Neve, private home in Passaic, 9:40am, 908-278-4059 Book of Genesis, Rabbi Avi Weiss, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 10am, 718-796-4730 “The Rambam’s Commentary on the Parshat HaShavua,” for women, Rabbi Ari Zahtz, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 10:30am, 201-836-8916 Introduction to Talmud, Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, Cong Ahavath Torah, Englewood, 10:30am, 201-568-1315 Parshat HaShavua, Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, Cong Ahavath Torah, Englewood, 11am, 201-568-1315 Navi, Rabbi Shalom Baum, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 11am, 201-907-0180, begins Nov 13 “The Unique and the Sublime: Biblical Characters,” Sara Hurwitz, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 11am, 718-796-4730 “A Touch of Class,” Riverdale Jewish Center, noon, 718-548-1850 Parshar HaShavua, for women, Rabbi Eliyahu Kaufman, Cong Ohav Emeth, Highland Park, 1:30pm, 732-247-3038 Mothers’ Parenting Group, Jodi Senter, babysitting provided, private home in Bergenfield, 1:30pm, 201-951-0547 or 516-368-1231 Online Shiur: “Creation: Day 4,” Rabbi Chaim Brovender, 2pm, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org Online Shiur: Rav Soloveitchik on Prayer,” Rabbi Jeffrey Sake, 4pm, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org Hebrew Reading, Zvi Plotzker, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, at Cong Beth Aaron, Teaneck, 7:15pm, 201-966-4498, begins Nov 6 Online Shiur: “Parsha Gems: Live with the Times,” for women, Raya Riskin, 7:30pm, 718-735-0030 ext 106 or machonchana.org/ilearn “The 39 Melachos of Shabbos,” for women, Rabbi Eliezer Krohn, spons by Passaic Torah Institute Neve, private home in Passaic, 7:45pm, 973-471-9536 or 908-278-4059 Gemara Shiur: Pesachim, for men, Rabbi Eliyahu Kaufman, Cong Ohav Emeth, Highland Park, 8pm, 732-247-3038 Intermediate Hebrew, Ilana Rozett, private location in Highland Park, 8pm, 732-545-6482 Online Shiur: “Talmud Torah or Why Are You Jews So Smart?” Rabbi Avi Weinstein, 8pm, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org Yoga: Fitness, Strength, Inner Peace, Sheri Klugmann, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 8pm, sheri678@ gmail.com, 973-736-1407 Divorce Support Group for Orthodox-Jewish Women, Dr. Carol Glaser, private home in Teaneck, 8pm, 201-833-8822 Women’s Shiur, Rabbi Andrew Markowitz, private home in Fair Lawn, 8pm, 201-791-7676 “Were the Avos Infaillible?” Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 8:15pm, 201-791-7676 Partners in Torah, Cong Agudas Yisroel Yaakov of Passaic Park, 8:15pm, 862-591-2920 “The History of Jewry in the 19th Century,” Prof Larry Domnitch, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, at Cong Beth Aaron, Teaneck, 8:15pm, 201-966-4498, begins Nov 13 Shiur, for women, Dr. Chaim Presby, Cong Ohav Emeth, Highland Park, 8:30pm, 732-247-3038 Online Shiur: “Kashrus Challenges for the Modern Day Consumer,” for women, Rabbi Yitzchok Hanoka, 8:30pm, 718-735-0030 ext 106 or machonchana.org/ilearn

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Online Shiur: “Tehillim Immersion: Cry with It, Rejoice with It,” for women, Tzameret Borovitz, 9:10pm, 718-735-0030 ext 106 or machonchana.org/ilearn Online Shiur: “Analyzing the Talmud: Shabbat Klal Gadol,” Rabbi Chaim Brovender, 11pm, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org

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Tefilla Shiur, Rabbi Shalom Baum, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 7:45am, 201-907-0180 Women’s Shiur, Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 9am, 201-791-7676 Parenting Workshop, Dr. Jonathan Frohlich, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, River Edge, 9:15am, JFrohlich@RYNJ.org Chumash, for women, Susan Weissman, spons by Passaic Torah Institute Neve, private home in Passaic, 9:15am, 908-278-4059 Online Shiur: “Chinuch Tips: Raising Wholesome Chassidim,” for women, Shulamis Pape, 9:30aam, 718-735-0030 ext 106 or machonchana.org/ilearn Parshat Hashavua, Yael Weil, in memory of Alisa Flatow, z”l, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck 10am, 201-907-0180 Online Shiur: “Live like a Yid: Practical Halachot for Daily Living,” for women, Rabbi Chaim Schochet, 10:15am, 718-735-0030 ext 106 or machonchana.org/ilearn Baby Brigade, bikur cholim with seniors for mothers and children, Daughters of Miriam, Clifton, 10:30am, 862-377-4989 Online Shiur: “Tanya Works Transcending Limitations,” for women, Leah Schapiro, 11am, 718-735-0030 ext 106 or machonchana.org/ilearn Women’s Torah Class, Rabbi Sholom Rapoport, Chabad House, Margate, 11am, 609-822-8500 Women’s Chumash Shiur: Sefer Bereishit, Rabbi Yosef Adler, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 12:30pm, 201-837-2795 Lunch and Learn, for senior citizens, Rabbi Michael Taubes, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, lunch, 1pm; shiur, 1:30pm, 201-836-8916 Online Shiur: “Principles of Jewish Law,” Rabbi Dovid Fink, 2pm, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org Online Shiur: “Who Wrote the Commentaries on the Chumash?” Rabbi David Sedley, 4pm, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org Help-with-Homework, provided by Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls students for children in grades 1-5 who need help, at Ma’ayanot, Teaneck, 4:40pm, weineri@maayanot.org Schmooze on the News B’Ivrit, Rotem Nahum, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 7:30pm, 845-362-4400 Bible and BBQ, spons by NCSY, at Park Place restaurant, Highland Park, 7:30pm, 732-247-3038 Intermediate Hebrew Ulpan, Sara Kinberg, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 7:30pm, 718-548-2461 Gemara Shiur: Succos, for men, Rabbi Shlomo Ziegler, Cong Ohav Emeth, Highland Park, 8pm, 732-247-3038

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Mazal Tov to the Bar Mitzvah Boys: Yehuda and Binyamin Buchbinder, Yitzchak Frichner, Jonathan Gibber, Nat Gottlieb, Shalom Jaffe, Shimshon and Yochanan Klyman, Ely Mermelstein, Shmuel Yehuda Ross, Michael Wildman, and Benjamin Zayat; and the Bat Mitzvah Girls: Shoshana Fogelman, Hannah Grossman, Ruthie Lando, Leora Pineles, and Daphna Ziffer Mazal Tov to Dovid and Yonatan Schwartz and Yosef Sklar on being named Yeshiva University High School for Boys Senior Fellows to be paired with YU faculty to conduct research in a variety of fields. Y


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“Secrets of the Parsha,” Rabbi Mark Berman, includes cholent, private home in Englewood, 8:15pm, 201-568-1315 Online Shiur: “Tefilla Power: Psukei Dzimra: Learn to Daven with Your Heart and Soul,” for women, Sara Lieberman, 8:20pm, 718-735-0030 ext 106 or machonchana.org/ilearn Gemara Skills, Rabbi Joshua Blass, Kehillas Bais Yehudah, Wesley Hills, 8:45pm, 917-623-4711 Chumash Shiur, Rabbi Yissocher Frand, via satellite, Cong K’Hal Zichron Mordechai, Monsey (845-356-7188);Young Israel of Fair Lawn (201-797-1800); Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck (201-907-0180); Cong Ohr Torah, West Orange (973-669-7320); Cong Tifereth Israel, Passaic (973773-2552); Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park (732-247-0532); Kehillas Bais Yehudah, Wesley Hills, (917-623-4711), 9pm Online Shiur: “Maamar Studies: How to Learn a Maamar on Your Own,” for women, Sara Labkowski, 9:10pm, 718-735-0030 ext 106 or machonchana.org/ilearn Parsha Chumash and Rashi, Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 9:15pm, 201-791-7676 In-Depth Chumash and Rashi Parshas HaShavua Shiur, Cong Bais Torah U’Tefilla, Passaic, 9:45pm, passaiccliftonkollel@gmail.com Online Shiur: “Analyzing the Talmud: Shabbat Klal Gadol,” Rabbi Chaim Brovender, 11pm, 212-920-8844, office@webyeshiva.org

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Romney vs. Obama East, especially Iran, are almost identical, the ‘music’ from Romney’s statements is markedly different from that emanating from Obama’s. The obviously good chemistry that Romney has with Netanyahu, compared to the frigid relationship between the Israeli leader and Obama, is further evidence of this,” said Mr. Ronen. “Daylight” Like many others, Mr. Romney has recalled that one of Mr. Obama’s early foreign policy goals was to put “daylight” between the US and Israel, a strategy geared to bringing the US closer to some of Israel’s enemies. In this view, if the US was seen as separate from Israel, the Islamists might no longer view Washington as their foe. The ���daylight” strategy has not been mentioned recently by Mr. Obama. During the third debate with Mr, Romney, held in Boca Raton, Florida, Mr. Obama spoke about Israel and his admiration for the Jewish state eleven times. Along with Iran, China, and the recent catastrophe in Libya, Israel was the most dominant topic of the debate. According to pundit John Podhoretz, this was no accident.

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“How he really feels about Israel isn’t the point. The point is the President wants people in the US to think he likes the Jewish State very, very, very much. He wants them to think he believes Israel is ‘our greatest ally in the region’ when only a few months ago he had described it merely as ‘one of our allies in the region.’ He wants them to think he’s responsible for ‘unprecedented military and intelligence cooperation’ with Israel when in fact he’s merely continued his predecessor’s policies,” said Mr. Podhoretz. Galling Incident An Englewood resident who viewed the debate but requested anonymity agreed. “Romney and Obama both want to appear pro-Israel, but Obama has a record of anti-Israel statements and actions. How could we forget his remarks to [then-French President Nicolas] Sarkozy that he, too, intensely disliked Netanyahu; or that he had publicly insisted that Israel retreat to the pre-1967, indefensible lines. He said he wanted to put ‘daylight’ between the US and Israel, and he certainly accomplished that,” he said. The Englewood viewer said

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he found it particularly galling that when the President publicly recognized countries that had given humanitarian aid to Haiti after its disastrous earthquake in 2010, the only country he failed to mention was Israel. In fact, Israel’s mobile hospital was the first foreign medical aid to arrive in Haiti and the Jewish state’s efforts for Haiti were exceeded only by those of the US. At the time, many pundits suggested the President acted as he did because none of the Arab countries had offered Haiti aid, and Mr. Obama feared a negative reaction from Arab and Muslim states if he were to praise Israel without lauding them, too. According to Mr. Podhoretz, Mr. Obama’s change of policy—if not change of heart— is due to the fact that “it appears certain that Obama will get the lowest share of the

Jewish vote for a Democrat since Jimmy Carter in 1980.” Ad Campaign Few would suggest that Jews will not vote overwhelmingly for Mr. Obama. But some Republicans are making an aggressive attempt to win them over, especially in important swing states. Focusing on South Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Nevada, some of the Republican super PACs spent millions of dollars on both on-air and ground efforts to reach Jewish voters who are increasingly questioning Mr. Obama’s stance on relations with Israel. In South Florida, Republican-sponsored billboards on Interstate 95, aimed at Jewish voters in Boca Raton and Broward County, proclaimed “Obama…Oy Vey” followed by the question: “Had enough?”

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Romney vs. Obama Buyer’s Remorse On the Internet and on television, a series of “buyer’s remorse” ads featured Jewish voters who had supported Obama in 2008, yet in 2012 were disappointed with how he had managed the country’s economy and relations with Israel. This time, the Jewish voters in the ads supported Mr. Romney. One ad featured Brad, a New York-based attorney, who said one of the reasons he would not be supporting Mr. Obama this year was that while the President did visit the Jewish state as a candidate, he did not go at all once he was elected. “I find it unbelievable that President Obama, who alleges that he is a very strong friend of Israel, has never stepped foot in that country since he’s been President. He’s been to many countries around it, more than once, but never set foot in Israel. That’s a problem for me,” he said, Democratic leaders believe such ads represent only wishful thinking on the part of Republicans, but Mr. Romney’s supporters point out that even if only a few more Jewish voters pull the lever for GOP candidates, it could spell the difference in tight races. Style and Sensitivities On the issue of Israel’s security, many Jews who support Mr. Romney recognize that they prefer Mr. Romney’s style and

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sensitivities. For example, like Mr. Obama, Mr. Romney has not said he is considering going to war with Iran, but he seems more likely to apply stiffer sanctions without allowing loopholes. “I do not believe that, in the final analysis we will have to use military action. I certainly hope we don’t have to,” Mr. Romney said recently, adding that he would “not take that option off the table.” “It must be something which is known by the Iranians as a possible tool to be employed to prevent them from becoming nuclear. But I certainly hope that we can prevent any military action from having to be taken,” he said. Standing Together In an interview, he said he and Mr. Netanyahu had discussed the issue when Mr. Romney visited Israel last summer. Last month, at the UN General Assembly, Mr. Netanyahu delivered a speech in which he discussed the dangers of allowing Iran to achieve nuclear capability. During that speech, Mr. Netanyahu drew with a marker a red line on a chart depicting Iran’s uranium-enrichment program. He explained that Iran must be told that if it reaches sufficient uranium enriched to the 90 percent level in order to make a nuclear bomb, the

country will be attacked. After their talk, Mr. Romney expressed solidarity with Mr. Netanyahu’s concerns. “I stand with Prime Minister Netanyahu,” said Mr. Romney. “I join in his call for a Middle East of progress and peace. I join his urgent call to prevent the gravest threat to that vision: a nuclear-armed Iran. The designs of the Iranian regime are a threat to America, Israel, and our friends and allies around the world,” he said. He criticized Mr. Obama for “failing to curtail Iran’s ambition to build a nuclear weapon,” but when asked if there was any difference on where he and Mr. Netanyahu would draw the red line, Mr. Romney was less explicit. “We did not go into the kind of detail that would define precisely where that red line would be,” he said, adding that he did not think military action would be necessary, because when met with strength and firmness, the Iranians would back down. “Noise” Many pro-Israel supporters of Mr. Romney expressed chagrin at the President’s seeming dismissal of their fears. During an interview on the television program 60 Minutes, Mr. Obama likened Israeli pressure on him to draw a clear “red line” against Iran’s nuclear ambitions, to “noise,” which the President

said he tries to ignore. “When it comes to our national security decisions, any pressure that I feel is simply to do what’s right for the American people. And I am going to block out any noise that’s out there,” he said. Asked to comment, Mr. Romney’s campaign said the President’s “noise” comment was “the latest evidence of his chronic disregard for the security of our closest ally in the Middle East.” Contradictions According to a White House statement, Mr. Obama finally did speak to Mr. Netanyahu for about 20 minutes on the telephone on a “range of security issues,” which included Iran. “The two leaders underscored that they are in full agreement on the shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” said the statement. Mr. Obama’s critics say this is not the first time the President has issued statements that seem very pro-Israel, only to contradict or “clarify” them later. As a candidate he told AIPAC supporters that Jerusalem was Israel’s capital “and must never be divided.” One day later, he said his words had been “unfortunate” and that what he meant was that the city should not have “barbed wire running through it.”

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Romney vs. Obama Just recently, the Obama administration would not even identify Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. A New Course At the beginning of October, Mr. Romney published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which he accused Mr. Obama of damaging Israel’s security and discrediting the US as a power in the Middle East. Mr. Romney castigated the President for his “failed policies” and vowed he could and would do better. In the piece, entitled “A New Course for the Middle East,” Mr. Romney said that despite Mr. Obama’s early promises to enhance the relationship between the US and Israel, he had actually “downgraded Israel from being our ‘closest ally’ in the Middle East to being only ‘one of our closest allies.’” In fact, when asked recently to identify the leader to whom he feels closest in the Middle East, Mr. Obama named the virulently anti-Israel Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. That, said Mr. Romney, was a clear message to Israel as well as the enemies of the Jewish state that Mr. Obama was prepared to sacrifice Israel if he deemed it expedient. Losing Influence In the op-ed, Mr. Romney said the President had ruined America’s ability to act in the Middle East. “By failing to maintain the elements of our influence and by stepping away from our allies, President Obama has heightened the prospect of conflict and instability,” said Mr. Romney.

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continued from page 42 He said Mr, Obama “seems to be at the mercy of events rather than shaping them” and “he does not understand that an American policy that lacks resolve can provoke aggression and encourage disorder.” The solution, said Mr. Romney, is to chart a new course in the Middle East, one that would “set a new strategy” that would allow the US to lead rather than be led. End to Leading from Behind It was a theme Mr. Romney repeated in early October when he delivered a major foreign policy address at the Virginia Military Institute just after the terrorist murders in Benghazi, Libya, of four Americans, including the US Ambassador Chris Stevens. Even while the Obama administration was still insisting the terrorist attack on the embassy was “a spontaneous reaction” to a privately-made video clip that insulted the Prophet Mohammed, Mr. Romney recognized that it “should not be seen as a random act,” but, rather, he said, as an expression “of a larger struggle that is playing out across the broader Middle East.” While he laid the blame for the murders “solely on those who carried them out,” he said it was “the responsibility of our President to use America’s great power to shape history—not to lead from behind, leaving our destiny at the mercy of events.” “Unfortunately, that is exactly where we find ourselves in the Middle East under President Obama,” he said. As a result, he said, “the relationship between the President of the US and the Prime Minister of Israel, our closest ally

in the region, has suffered great strains.” “I know the President hopes for a safer, freer, and a more prosperous Middle East allied with the United States. I share this hope. But hope is not a strategy. We cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the Middle East when our words are not backed up by deeds, when our defense spending is being arbitrarily and deeply cut, when we have no trade agenda to speak of, and the perception of our strategy is not one of partnership, but of passivity,” he said. Bedrock Principles Mr. Romney said that as President, he would organize foreign policy around “bedrock principles: America must have confidence in our cause, clarity in our purpose, and resolve in our might.” “No friend of America will question our commitment to support them; no enemy that attacks America will question our resolve to defeat them; and no one anywhere, friend or foe, will doubt America’s capability to back up our words,” he said. In practical terms, he said, this would mean “put[ting] the leaders of Iran on notice that the US and our friends and allies will prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons capability.” He said he would use American influence on Egyptian leaders—“including clear conditions on our aid”—to ensure that the Egyptian government “represents all Egyptians, builds democratic institutions, and maintains its peace agreement with Israel.” And, he said, he would “reaffirm our historic ties to Israel and our abiding commitment to its security.” “The world must never see any daylight between our two nations,” he said. “Reckless and Amateurish” Mr. Obama’s campaign countered Mr. Romney’s speech with an ad which called the Republican candidate’s trip to England, Israel, and Poland last July “reckless” and “amateurish.” It also complained about his “knee-jerk response” to violent Islamist demonstrations, including terror attacks, in the Middle East. The viewer in Englewood seemed surprised at the ad for Mr. Obama. “In Israel, Romney was greeted as if he already were the head of state, and in Warsaw, he was endorsed by Lech Walesa, the George Washington of modern, postcommunist Poland. In London, the press


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Hundreds attend Nefesh B’Nefesh’s “Think Israel” Conference A special “Think Israel” conference,

organized by Nefesh B’Nefesh and the Jewish Agency for Israel and held last month at the UJA Federation Building in Manhattan, drew hundreds of attendees, all of them interested in various aspects of making aliyah. Geared towards Jewish students and young professionals, the conference focused on careers and life in Israel, and featured workshops on “Jobs in Israel,” “Higher Education,” “Building Your Community,” “Social Justice and Action,” and “Israel Engagement.”

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said he had made a gaffe because he was critical of some of the questionable security measures surrounding the Olympics. If a Presidential candidate’s concern for security is a gaffe, then may he have many more,” he said. An Albright “C” In an Obama campaign-sponsored telephone press conference, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, a Democrat who served in the administration of former President Bill Clinton, condemned Mr. Romney for saying he would put any conditions on aid to Egypt, including Cairo’s maintaining its peace agreement with Israel. Aid to Egypt, she said, “is very much needed now in order to make sure that they are able to pursue what is good for us and for them in terms of getting people back on the right track and the job issues.” “If you load conditions on aid, you can’t get anything done because you completely lose your leverage,” she said. Referring to Mr. Romney’s foreign policy speech, Ms. Albright said she found him “very shallow.” “If one of my students turned it in, he’d get a C,” she said. According to Mr. Podhoretz, statements such as Ms. Albright’s and the sudden exhibitions of love for Israel from Mr. Obama are evidence of the Democrats’ nervousness. “Liberal Jews seem certain Obama will have the appeal to their co-religionists he had in 2008. But Obama himself doesn’t seem sure—and that may be the most meaningful indication of all,” said Mr. Podhoretz. S.L.R.

The event included an Israel Fair, which allowed those considering aliyah to meet with potential employers. A special workshop for physicians was also held. A highlight of the afternoon was a special Tweetup on “Challenges in Online Israel Advocacy.” Those participating included writer Lisa Alcalay Klug; Commentary magazine social media associate Bethany Shondark; Commentary assistant editor Seth Mandel; Rabbi Josh Yuter; and Nefesh B’Nefesh social media coordinator Laura Ben-David. A special webinar was broadcast focusing on Nefesh B’Nefesh’s Go North

program, part of the Negev and Galil Development Project conducted in cooperation with Keren Kayemeth LeYisrael (KKL), the Jewish National Fund in Israel. Founded in 2002, Nefesh B’Nefesh is dedicated to revitalizing aliyah from North America and the UK by removing or minimizing the financial, professional, logistical, and social obstacles of Aliyah. The support and comprehensive social services provided by Nefesh B’Nefesh to its 33,000 newcomers have ensured that 97 percent of its Olim have remained in Israel. For more information, visit www. nbn.org.il. Y


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Parsnips, 4-5 Garlic, 1 clove, diced Carrots, 5-6 3-4 cups water or vegetable or Turnips, 3-4 chicken stock (real or parve) Rutabaga, 1 large 1-2 cans chickpeas Potatoes, 2 large, white or 2 or more cups raisins sweet 2 or more tsp cinnamon 4 Tbs oil or margarine ½ tsp cumin 1 Onion, large, diced Salt and pepper, to taste Peel and cut all the vegetables into chunks. Heat the oil in a large heavy stockpot and sauté the diced onion and garlic. Add the vegetables and the water or broth. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally so that the vegetables cook through and do not burn. As the vegetables soften, add the chickpeas, raisins, and spices. Continue to stir occasionally and season to taste, until vegetables are soft. (Fabulous with couscous or, for a dairy meal, with yogurt)

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Boteach vs. Pascrell supporters of Rep Steven Rothman, Mr. Pascrell’s opponent in the June 2012 Democratic Primary, of dual loyalty: caring more about Israel than they did about the US. The other was the Jordanian immigrant Imam Mohammad Qatanani, who has called the creation of the state of Israel “the greatest disaster which occurred on the face of the Earth.” Imam Qatanani has denied that Jews had any historical presence in or current rights to Israel and has encouraged his followers to read and adhere to the teachings of Sheikh Yusuf alQaradawi who has praised Hitler for “putting the Jews in their place.” “Allah willing, the next time [the Jews are punished], it will be at the hand of the believers [Muslims],” he has said. Mr. Assaf and Imam Qatanani are supporters of Mr. Pascrell, who still maintains a close relationship with both of them. Mr. Pascrell, who won the Democratic primary last June for the newly redrawn 9th Congressional District (after representing the 8th District since 1997), is now running against GOP challenger, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. Reflecting the concerns of many in the large Jewish communities in the district, Rabbi Boteach has noticed and called attention to Mr. Pascrell’s involvement with Messrs Grabowski, Assaf, and Qatanani. Renaming the Park Clifton straddles Passaic and joins it to form one of the largest Jewish communities in the state. In September, with Mr. Pascrell’s enthusiastic written endorsement, the city of Clifton announced that it would name a portion of Richardson Scale Park for Mr. Grabowski. Mr. Grabowski, who died last April at the age of 86, was the publisher of the Post

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Eagle. He was known for publicly suggesting that the Holocaust was exaggerated, and that “some Jews” wanted to “destroy Christianity” and were responsible for imposing communism on his native Poland. In the Post Eagle, Jews were often referred to as “vermin,” “animals,” and “Christ killers.” Mr. Grabowski told his readers never to “forget and forgive” the Jewish people for “deciding to kill our God, and their God, which they refuse to recognize.” In one of his editorials, he wrote, “The Day of Reckoning is coming, and then these animals will be answerable for their crimes against Poland and her people. Unfortunately, the just and righteous Jews will also suffer for the lies and distortions of their brethren…There are animals within the Jewish community, here in the USA, who deliberately etched numbers on their wrists to benefit from the Reparation funds.” Racism Mr. Grabowski also ran ads for the Ku Klux Klan, including one in 1988 wishing “all Polonia a merry White Christmas” illustrated by a drawing of Santa Claus wearing a Klan hood. In 1992, Mr. Grabowski hosted an event for the late British neoNazi politician John Tyndall. In 1984, the Bergen Record daily newspaper published an article documenting Mr. Grabowski’s “hate-filled writings,” including his insistence that the Jewish death toll during the Holocaust was “closer to 2 million” rather than the accepted estimate of 6 million. Recently in The Record, former New Jersey NAACP political director Walter Fields recalled Mr. Grabowski’s “profound and profane ‘talent’ for reaching new depths of racism.” Mr. Fields remembered a

New Year’s letter he received from Mr. Grabowski in 1995 in which the Post Eagle publisher said, “Again, here is wishing you a horrible 1995. Perhaps Aids, sickle cell anemia, cancer, or other terminal illness will fell you this coming year. One can only hope. Here’s hoping! Your Pal, Chet.” Mr. Grabowski published the Post Eagle for 50 years and ran unsuccessfully for Clifton City Council in 1962 and for governor in 1977 and 1981. His daughter, Christine Witmyer, now runs the paper which is said to have 50,000 subscribers. Polish-American Support The section of the park to be named for Mr. Grabowski is located in the Athenia section of Clifton, a heavily PolishAmerican community, where many approved of the memorial. On September 26, Mr. Pascrell sent a letter to Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi and the members of the City Council offer-

ing his support for the effort. “I knew Chester for many years and he was a great friend. He was a kind and respected man who would help anyone in need and he was a friend to all. Chester was an individual who cared about the City of Clifton and was a strong advocate of the Polish-American community, not only in the City of Clifton, but all across the great State of New Jersey…For this, I whole heartedly support the honor of memorializing the Richard Scales Park to a resident, a businessman, and a leader in the City of Clifton, Mr. Chester Grabowski. His legacy will not only be that of a successful newspaper he operated for many years, but the family man who worked so hard for his community,” Mr. Pascrell wrote. Dershowitz Like most people, Dr. Goska heard about the suggested me-

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Boteach vs. Pascrell morial to Mr. Grabowski after Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz became involved. Mr. Dershowitz was well acquainted with Mr. Grabowski’s writings and devoted a portion of his 1992 bestseller, Chutzpah, to the Post Eagle and its publisher. On October 2 (the day the matter of renaming the park for Mr. Grabowski was on the Clifton City Council agenda), Mr. Dershowitz sent a letter to Mr. Anzaldi, with copies to Gov Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, in which he described the Post Eagle as a “modern-day” version of the Nazi paper, Der Stürmer, and called Mr. Grabowski a “purveyor of hate speech.” Mr. Dershowitz said that if the memorial went forward as planned, he would “bring it to the attention of the world,” vowing to lead legions of protesters to Clifton. “If the people of this fine city want to be known for revering a bigot like him, the world will know. I will bring it to the attention of the world. We will have pickets and protests and leaflets,” he said. Mr. Dershowitz’s letter was read during the public portion of the City Council meeting. Almost immediately, Mr. Pascrell withdrew his support for the memorial. “There can never be room for antisemitism in any context,” he said. Not Credible Many members of the Passaic

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and Clifton Jewish community did not accept Mr. Pascrell’s statement that he had just learned of Mr. Grabowski’s antisemitism. A former Passaic resident who goes by the name “Carl in Jerusalem,” wrote on his Israel Matzav blog that it was “simply not credible.” “It’s impossible that Pascrell— who has represented Passaic and Clifton in Congress for as long as I can remember—didn’t know Grabowski was an antisemite until 2012. No way, no how. Pascrell must have withdrawn his support due to electoral considerations,” said “Carl,” who still votes in Passaic in Federal elections by absentee ballot. One of a Piece Rabbi Boteach agreed, thanking Mr. Pascrell for “changing his mind about supporting the renaming of the park,” but calling his plea of ignorance a “willful attempt to mislead the public.” “Pascrell has had numerous opportunities to familiarize himself with Grabowski’s hateful beliefs. For Pascrell to say now that he was unaware of them is completely incredulous. Everyone knew of his hate-mongering and antisemitism, yet Pascrell insults the intelligence of the district’s citizens by claiming he was not aware. Not only is that not true, but it is contemptuous of his constituents,” he said. Other members of the Jewish community now included in the 9th District pointed out

that Mr. Pascrell’s original support for Mr. Grabowski was “of one piece” with his unwavering support for Dr. Assaf and Mr. Qatanani. “He’s not an antisemite himself, but he won’t get up and condemn it unless he has no choice, especially if it might be politically risky,” said a member of the community who attended a debate between Mr. Pascrell and Rabbi Boteach. Dual-Loyalty Charge In several published opeds, Dr. Assaf, president of the Paterson-based American Arab Forum, praised Mr. Pascrell and accused the very pro-Israel Mr. Rothman of being an “Israelfirster,” implying that Mr. Rothman put Israel’s interests ahead of America’s and Mr. Pascrell did not. Dr. Assaf went on to accuse Mr. Rothman’s pro-Israel supporters of being more loyal to the Jewish state than they are to America. In his first op-ed, published in the NJ Star Ledger with the headline, “Rothman Is Israel’s Man in District 9,” Dr. Assaf said, “As total and blind support for Israel becomes the only reason for choosing Rothman, voters who do not view the elections in this prism will need to take notice. Loyalty to a foreign flag is not loyalty to America’s.” In numerous op-eds and speeches, Mr. Rothman had listed benefits the US derives from its support for Israel, including technological research and in-

telligence cooperation; access to Israel’s location as a port of call for US troops, ships, aircraft, and intelligence operations; and the ability of the US to stockpile arms, fuel, munitions, and other supplies on Israeli soil to be accessed whenever America needs them in the region. In addition, about 70 percent of the $3 billion Israel receives in US aid must be used by the Jewish state to purchase American military equipment. When Mr. Pascrell was asked to repudiate Dr. Assaf’s sentiments, the congressman refused, saying only that Dr. Assaf did not work for his campaign. The evasion fooled no one. Democratic Party activist Joshua Block, a former spokesman for AIPAC, called Mr. Pascrell’s “unwillingness to directly confront and condemn this antisemitic invective and bigotry…despicable.” “Gang of 54” While Mr. Pascrell has voted consistently for US foreign aid to the Jewish state and has condemned Hamas and Hezbollah, he has also supported some measures which have been distinctly anti-Israel. In 2010, he was one of 54 Congressmen who signed a letter attacking Israel for defending itself against Hamas terrorists in Gaza. The letter urged President Barack Obama to pressure Israel into lifting its defense blockade on Gaza, an embargo imposed by

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Letters to the Editor Daring to Castigate the President

At the heart of Classical Judaism (the Talmud) is the obligation not to defame others. Yet your headline, “Obama Looks to Separate the US from Israel” [Oct 2012] is certainly a form of character assassination. How irreligious! Shameful. Orthodoxy has the right to lean far right. But not stooping to create lies. You sound more like the Fox Cable Network than a devout, religious newspaper. You may not like Obama. You may love Romney. You may oppose all liberals and progressives. But Obama, whose closest advisors are Jewish, who has led the world in imposing harsh sanctions on Iran, who has given Israel more money than any other President, and who receives major donations from highly respected Jews, is surely no enemy of Israel. Shouldn’t we, having known endless repression, treat our President with more dignity? He is the President of the US, and first and foremost, obliged to do what’s best for America and its allies. As a Jew, I want Israel protected. I want America protected. Rash remarks about Obama weaken your voice. Jewish organizations should not only respect Jewish values, but should provide a guiding light for others. Political mudslinging shouldn’t be your MO. Howard Quinn Riverdale, NY SLR responds: So let’s see: castigating the President because he is striving to achieve his goal of establishing “daylight” between the US and Israel (his words) and praising Mr. Romney for recognizing that it is dangerous for America’s and Israel’s enemies (they are essentially the same people) to see that “daylight,” is, in your book, defamatory, “irreligious,” and “shameful,” but suggesting that Fox News and The Jewish Voice and Opinion “stoop to tell lies,” essentially because we disagree with you, is not “character assassination.” It is precisely because Jews have known “endless repression” and now are free citizens that we think it is important to use our right to criticize and, if you will, speak truth to power. In our book, that does not constitute mud-slinging. *** Your support for Romney is truly a shanda. What about this candidate’s support for us who live here in the USA? Adam Weiss Jersey City, NJ SLR responds: We have every reason to believe Mitt Romney’s support for Americans is more reasonable than that of the sitting President who is engaged in class warfare and asking religious institutions to forsake their own values in favor of his (unless the institutions in question are operated by Muslims). *** Jews are again facing a potential Holocaust and we must clear our heads to face the danger. Regardless of one’s political affiliation or social and economic ideology, we must put all these ideologies aside and focus on Israel. Most of us are going to the polls this month and if we do not vote with clarity, then 7 million Jews will be exposed to a nuclear holocaust. Time is running out and we must stay focused. Obama is a rasha. He proves this through the treatment of

an Israeli Prime Minister who appeals to him for moral clarity, asking him for military action against the new Hitler in Iran. Roosevelt did not save the Jews 76 years ago. Do not be so naïve to think Obama will be different. Hopefully Jews will not be smitten by their traditional political affiliations. Asher Nayer West Orange, NJ *** We are a group of American citizens from the former Soviet Union and are deeply concerned with the speeches and ideas of President Obama in which he downplays the role of private initiative and ownership as the foundation of well-being of our country. We thank The Jewish Voice and Opinion for sharing and disseminating these views. For some Americans, socialist ideas may seem interesting, new, and attractive. For us, however, there is nothing new and attractive in them at all. We have heard these Marxist theories in the totalitarian countries of our previous residence—as part of the failed socialist ideology, economy, and political systems. In fact, the entire Bolshevik Revolution in Russia was orchestrated under these dangerous and utopian slogans. We fled from there to America with her freedom and private initiative. All greatness in America was built under capitalism; it is a source of her well-being and strength. As any economic system, capitalism requires development, but not replacement by the socialism that failed in Europe and around the world and is not needed in America. It is clear to us that Obama’s misguided ideas about the direction of the development of America are damaging the future of our beloved country, as well as that of Europe and Israel. We are confident that America does not need President Obama’s socialist experiments that history has proven to be a failure. The Coalition of Former Refugees for Freedom and Capitalism in America Nelly Braginsky (NY) Ihil Brodsky (IL) Anatoly Gershgorin (NY) Daniel Golubev, MD (NY) Semyon Itskovich (IL) Vladimir Kigel (NJ) Iosif Lakhman (MA) Ilya Levkov (NY) Mikhail Margolin (NJ) Polina and Lev Mendelevich (NY) Yuri Okunev, PhD (NY) Vladimir Opendik (NY) Vitaly Raevsky, PhD (MD) Julian Rapaport (NJ) Viktor Snitkovski, (MA) Leonid Stonov (IL) Pyotr Yefimov (MA) Ella Zarider (NY) ***


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“Thought Is the World of Freedom” (R’ Dov Ber of Mazeritch) It is with great appreciation and admiration that I acknowledge the letter from Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg for “Rabbis for Romney,” which was seen first in The Jewish Voice and Opinion in September and is circulating on the internet. I am 58 years old and I have never been more passionate about an election. Actually “passionate” is too sanitized. I am angry. While growing up and learning about the Holocaust from a historical point of view as opposed to in real time, I like many wondered how not more had been able to see it coming. I find myself now agreeing with this sentiment: How can we Jews who are so brilliant in science, mathematics, medicine, and the arts, be so stupid when it comes to our own survival? We are at a pivotal moment in Jewish history. The outcome of this election may very well have an impact on how this chapter will turn out. Make no mistake. Israel’s survival is at stake. Last week, a business associate in Israel told me how much they count on us American Jews and how grateful they are for our support. I told him that the current American-Jewish community is not the same one I remember growing up. Frankly, many Evangelical Christians are better friends to Israel than are many American Jews. According to the most recent polls, the majority of American Jews support President Obama. Based on conversations with my Jewish friends, I would agree with the projection. I am mystified. How can American Jews who support Obama also believe that they support Israel? After the shameful Jerusalem platform debacle during the Democratic convention, I find myself wondering if Debbie Wassserman Shultz and Charles Schumer are today’s unwitting collaborators. President Obama is not a friend of Israel. I cannot fathom why so many American Jews do not see through him. It isn’t like his true feelings for Israel are below the surface. As Bob Dylan said: “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” In the early ’60’s, I watched the newsreel films of the ’48 War of Independence and life on the kibbutzim with admiration. I recall the pride I felt watching the miraculous events of the ’67 Six-Day War unfold on the news. As an adolescent, I grasped that the freedom and security we enjoy in America is not a guarantee for eternity when viewed within the context of Jewish history. I grew up thinking Zionism was good. I believe Israel’s existence is not optional. I assumed this belief was shared by,

if not all, then an overwhelming majority of Jews in America. As I try to comprehend Jewish support for Obama, I realize I was mistaken. To those who disagree, consider this: Without Israel, “Never Again” is nothing more than a slogan. The American-Jewish community historically supports the Democratic Party. However, this tie pales in comparison to ties of 5,773 years. Mitt Romney’s outspoken support of Israel has left no ambiguity. I believe he is genuine. While you may not agree with Romney’s positions on various issues that matter to you, in this election, his support of Israel trumps everything else. He deserves our support. This is our opportunity to end up on the right side of history. Let’s not miss it. David Hirschman NY, NY

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It is just disgusting that Rep Frank Pallone, the Democrat from NJ’s 6th District, refused to debate his GOP challenger Anna Little. Anna is just terrific, especially on Israel, and, obviously, Pallone is afraid of allowing the public to see them together. He knows he will come up short. The majority of his constituents asked him to vote against ObamaCare, but he ignored us, just as he ignored our request that he face us and debate Anna in public. Anna knows we need health-care reform. As a free market proponent, she says we should begin by allowing people to buy insurance anywhere they want. The competition will drive prices down and make insurance plans better. She’s a TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party darling, and I, for one, thank The Jewish Voice and Opinion for endorsing her. Shoshana Weissman Highland Park, NJ The Jewish Voice and Opinion welcomes letters, especially if they are typed, double-spaced, and legible. We reserve the right to edit letters for length and style. Please send all correspondence to POB 8097, Englewood, NJ 07631. The phone number is (201) 569-2845. The FAX number is (201) 569-1739. The email address is susan@jewishvoiceandopinion.com


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Boteach vs. Pascrell the Jewish state after Hamas won control of Gaza. The letter accused Israel of preventing necessary humanitarian aid from reaching Palestinians in Gaza by maintaining the blockade, which the letter said was “illegal.” Most experts, and even the notably anti-Israel United Nations, now agree the blockade is legal according to international law. The majority of Congressmen shied away from the Gaza letter, agreeing with Mr. Rothman who said he did not sign it because “it wrongfully drew a moral equivalence between Israel protecting its citizens from terrorist attacks and the Gazans who were shielding and providing aid and comfort to the terrorists launching those attacks.” Mr. Pascrell’s support for the Arab cause against Israel prompted Dr. Assaf to note on his Facebook page that “Pascrell

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is the right man. He has been most accessible and helpful to his constituents. The Arab and Muslim community must rise up to ensure Pascrell is the winner [of the primary]. I will do my part.” Vicious Attack In a series of debates last month between Mr. Pascrell and Rabbi Boteach, the rabbi called the Gaza letter “one of the most vicious attacks on Israel” that “falsely and fraudulently accused Israel of engaging in collective punishment against the Palestinians.” “I ask for a single credible source that has ever said Israel denied the Palestinians food, clothing, or medicine. There is no such source because it is not true,” said Rabbi Boteach during their debate at Temple Sinai in Tenafly. “Israel is a humanitarian country that protects life. One and a half million Arab citizens in Israel live in freedom. It is time that Israel stopped be-

ing demonized, especially by members of Congress.” When the issue was raised again at their second debate, held in a public school in Passaic, Mr. Pascrell defended himself by insisting that Rabbi Boteach had earlier called his record on Israel “perfect.” When the rabbi responded that he had done no such thing, Mr. Pascrell corrected himself, noting that the rabbi had approved only the incumbent congressman’s record on voting for aid for Israel. “We are grateful to you for voting for aid to Israel,” Rabbi Boteach told him, “but that does not excuse the fact that you participated in a bald-faced lie. Israel faces delegitimization throughout the world. What good is the $3 billion you helped give Israel if the state can’t use its military equipment because people lie?” he said. During that second de-

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http://jewishvoiceandopinion.com Islamic Center of Passaic County (ICPC), the largest mosque in NJ, denies that he was a member of Hamas. He does not, however, dispute that he was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood in his native Jordan. His supporters include Mr. Pascrell, who has said he intends to do “everything in my power” to help Imam Qatanani remain in the US. Mr. Pascrell insisted that, in the days following the 9-11 attacks, Imam Qatanani had been helpful not only to him as a Congressman, but also to law enforcement. “Moderate” Voice While during the debate with Rabbi Boteach, Mr. Pascrell praised the imam for his “voice of moderation,” Rabbi Boteach pointed out that this past September, the “moderate voice” called for the dissolution of Americans’ First Amendment rights to free speech and their replacement with Sharia Islamic law. In the wake of a privatelymade video which seemed to mock Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, Imam Qatanani told the online publication The Blaze that free speech critical of Islam poses a national security threat to the United States, and that those responsible should be arrested and investigated by the Department of Homeland Security. “We, as Americans, have to put limits and borders on freedom of speech,” he told The Blaze, explaining that while Americans may “have the freedom” to speak their minds, ultimately they “have no right to talk about Muslim holy issues,” as it will incite “hatred or war among people.” He insisted that those who slander Islam incite violence, and thus pose a national security risk that threatens the safety of Americans at home and abroad. Mr. Qatanani told the publication that in such cases,

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the United States should disregard the First Amendment as it is typically understood, and instead act in accordance with Sharia law for the ultimate “good” of society. Evidently not understanding that the filmmaker had been taken into custody on charges of violating the terms of his probation, Imam Qatanani suggested the government had arrested him for violating Sharia law. He told The Blaze the Department of Homeland Security should act to prevent artists, composers, photographers, and satirists, among others, from producing works critical of Islam and the Prophet Mohammed. Hamas During their debate, Mr. Pascrell and Rabbi Boteach agreed that Hamas is a dangerous terrorist organization that merits condemnation. Rabbi Boteach pointed out that Hamas was not only an anti-Israel organization. He said that Palestinians are among those most hurt by the terror group: young girls murdered by their families in honor killings for the crime of having a boyfriend; or homosexuals, often murdered because of the canard that they are collaborators with Israel. “Hamas takes the highest per capita rate of foreign aid in the world and instead of building hospitals and roads, they build bombs to kill innocent civilians,” he said. Working for Repentance Nevertheless, said Rabbi Boteach, his first call after winning the GOP nomination was to Imam Qatanani. “I left a message and then called at least ten more times and left ten more messages and my staff called,” he said. His intention, he said, was to ask the imam to repudiate Hamas. “If Imam Qatanani simply

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stands up at his mosque and condemns Hamas, I will become his single greatest supporter and work to keep him in the US. I believe in repentance,” he said. He explained that as an Orthodox rabbi, he considers Baruch Goldstein who, in 1994, shot 29 Palestinians in a mosque in Hebron “an abomination to Judaism.” “Now let Imam Qatanani say the same thing about terrorists who fire rockets on civilian targets in Israel,” said Rabbi Boteach, arguing that Mr. Pascrell had offered to help the imam “without drawing that line in the sand.” No Accountability Asked by the moderator if he would agree, Mr. Pascrell seemed flustered and would say only that he “strongly opposes Hamas” and had fought to persuade the European Union to designate Hamas as a terror organization. Ignoring Imam Qatanani’s stated desire to abrogate First Amendment rights and his own willingness, nevertheless, to do whatever possible to keep him in the US, Mr. Pascrell said he was not willing to judge, based on Israeli records, whether the imam was actually a member of the terrorist group. “That is up to a judge and jury, not up to you,” he told Rabbi Boteach. “I’m not going to play Grand Inquisitor. It’s up to the FBI to decide whether this guy should go or not.”

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Pandering When Rabbi Boteach accused Mr. Pascrell of not trusting the Israeli judiciary, the congressman took umbrage, suggesting the rabbi was accusing him of antisemitism. Rabbi Boteach quickly reassured Mr. Pascrell that no one was accusing him of harboring antisemitic sentiments. What he was being accused of was “pandering.” “You’re pandering for votes and so you are overlooking things that dare not be overlooked,” said Rabbi Boteach. “Go to Qatanani, even if it means losing some Arab votes. Go to Qatanani and call him on his statements against Israel.” On her blog, Dr. Goska understood that Mr. Pascrell simply would not do that. She recognized that Mr. Grabowski was an antisemite and that it would benefit neither Clifton nor the Polish community to name a park after him, but, she said, it was easier for a politician to risk alienating the Polish-American community than it would be for him to do it to Arab-Americans. “Bill Pascrell said he knew Grabowski and admired him. When confronted with the charge that Grabowski was an antisemite, Pascrell threw Grabowski under the bus. Pascrell’s district has one of the highest Muslim populations in the US. Has Pascrell similarly thrown Muslims under the bus? Even when their statements have been overtly antisemitic?” she said. S.L.R.


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