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THE JEWISH VOICE AND OPINION Promoting Classical Judaism

January 2014

Vol. 27 • No. 5

Shevat 5774

Peace Talks Going Nowhere, but Terrorists Are Released; PA: We Get What We Want or We Walk Away Sometimes it seems as though

US Secretary of State John Kerry and the delegates representing Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have been attending different peace talks. While Mr. Kerry has expressed optimism, telling reporters he believes “we are closer than we have been in years to bringing about the peace, prosperity and security that all of the people of this region deserve,” the PA delegation regularly insists that due to one Israeli action

Protesters against Freeing Palestinian-Terrorist Prisoners Say: “Stop Releasing Terrorists” because That Leads to “Terrorists in the House”

or another, the talks are about to grind to a halt. The Israelis, who have been fairly closedmouthed about the negotiations, have maintained they will not compromise on the Jewish state’s security. The PA announced last month that its negotiators were about to leave the talks because Israel said new homes will be built in Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem. The PA also declared that it will remain at the table only

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Antisemitism, Economic Stagnation in France Prompt Jews to Leave; Israel Will Fund Programs for Massive French Aliyah By all accounts, antisemi-

tism in France is skyrocketing. Most fashionable French kosher restaurants have installed bullet-proof windows, and it is not unusual to read about shootings in synagogues, Jewish daycare centers and schools, and at monuments to unknown Jewish martyrs of the Holocaust. “In the past, the most severe manifestation of antisemitism in France was the desecration of a small cemetery or a few demented swastikas. Today,

25 percent of the physical attacks are carried out with a weapon,” said Italian journalist Giulio Meotti, who writes also for Arutz Sheva. Once again, antisemitism is becoming “la maladie française,” he said, using the name given to the attitude in France which led to the court-martialing of innocent Jewish Army Captain Alfred Dreyfus in 1894, and the willing collaboration of Vichy France’s Philippe Pétain and Pierre Laval with the Nazis during World War II.

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Making Aliyah This time, endangered Jews in France have much better options. According to recent polls, 46 percent of France’s estimated 600,000 Jews (the third-largest Jewish community in the world) are seriously considering aliyah. In 2013, more than 3,000 French Jews relocated to Israel, an increase of 63 percent over 2012 and a 31 percent rise in the annual average between 1999 and 2012. In some cases, wives and children relocate to Israel full-

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time while husbands commute to businesses and jobs in France. Some observers say it is nearly impossible to get a seat on a plane from the Orly airport outside Paris to Tel Aviv on Thursday evenings and just as hard to get a seat from Ben Gurion to Orly on Sunday nights. The Israeli government, which has long been aware of the growing problem in France, announced in December that it is preparing a new statefunded program to encour-

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Ess Gezint: Vegan Pie.........................42 Interesting Reading.........................43 Index of Advertisers ........................45 Honor the Professional...................47 Letters to the Editor ........................48


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American Baking in the Heart of Israel By Hoshea Allen

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hills of central Israel—and tucked away on a quiet residential street in the Beit Shemesh neighborhood of Ramat Nuria—sits the most extraordinary “Americanstyle” specialty bakery this side of Jerusalem. Kosher Cakery opened its doors for business a few months ago, just days after its enthusiastic owner Devorah Altman made aliyah from West Hempstead, New York. Ms. Altman, who began baking when she was about twelve, remembers fondly the specially designed cakes she

prepared for her little brother on his birthdays. She has never stopped baking. She even worked for a number of years in the catering business, but decided that wasn’t for her. There was just too much “other stuff” and not enough baking. After teaching for over 20 years, including experience at Yeshivat Darchei Torah in Far Rockaway, NY, Ms. Altman headed to Israel to expand her professional career. She earned accreditation from the Gruss Foundation to teach a special science enrichment program for elementary school curricula. Although it wasn’t her first time in Israel,

it marked a critical changing point in her life. Long yearning to make aliyah, she found it difficult to leave Israel to return to teaching in Far Rockaway. Therefore, she decided on a new plan. Upon her return to NY, while simultaneously holding down three jobs, she baked the 3Cs (cakes, cupcakes and cookies) for her friends’ simchas—just for the fun of it. Everybody told her that her delicacies were truly scrumptious, but while that was undoubtedly important, Ms. Altman wasn’t satisfied with just great taste. She wanted the great look as well.

On a Mission A woman on a mission, she enrolled in the finest specialty baking classes the tristate area had to offer, learning how to present and decorate the most extraordinary desserts imaginable. According to Ms. Altman, the joy of eating a cake isn’t just in the taste; it’s also what happens before the taste. It’s what takes place with the eyes. And so she dedicated herself to perfecting her craft. From Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, NJ, to the Kosher Culinary Institute in Brooklyn, she learned from some of the best bakers on the

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The Current Crisis: “Even in Laughter, the Heart Can Ache” Our friend Professor Larry Levine from Stevens tells us this true story from Jerusalem. During last month’s crippling snowstorm, a yeshiva teacher received a call from the principal telling him not to come to work because only six children showed up due to the weather. The teacher said, “I’m coming in. At home, I’ve got 15.” *** Dr. Aaron Lerner of the IMRA news agency, noting that PA President Mahmoud Abbas now claims infatuation with his small Arab-Christian community, asks this quiz question, which could come directly from the PA’s Dept. of Education: What capital crime did Ephron, the children of Hamor, and Ornan commit? Answer: Selling land in Judea and Samaria to Jews. In Genesis 23:17, Ephron the Hittite sold the Cave of the Machpela and adjacent field in Hebron to Abraham. Genesis 34:19: The children of Hamor sold part of a field in Shechem (Nablus) to Jacob. 1 Chronicles 17:25: Ornan the Jebusite sold the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to David. Dr. Lerner reminded Christian friends that despite Abbas’s “message on the occasion of Christmas festivities that Christians are not a minority; they are an integral part of the Palestinian people,” PA law would hold that it was a capital offense to sell property in Bethlehem to Jesus or any member of his family. Author Phyllis Chesler put it this way: “Jesus was not a ‘Palestinian,’ and the attempt to appropriate Jesus as a victimized ‘Palestinian’ by the very Muslims who are slaughtering Christians all over the Middle East and who have driven Arab Christians out of Bethlehem is typical, disgusting, and must

be continually exposed. Israel may not be a perfect nation but its Arab citizens, both Muslim and Christian, are the only Arabs in the Arab world who enjoy religious freedom, can vote and express themselves freely, and who have been peacefully elected to Parliament.” No wonder the Wall Street Journal wrote that Arab Christians in Israel no longer want to be lumped together with the Muslims, but rather, “prompted in part by the persecution of Christians elsewhere in the region since the Arab Spring, want to cooperate more closely with Israeli-Jewish society.” “Israel is my country and I want to defend it. The Jewish state is good for us,” said Henry Zaher, an 18-year-old Christian from the village of Reineh who spoke to the Wall Street Journal while visiting in Nazareth. It’s pretty obvious this group will not be happy with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest plan for peace in the Middle East. In light of the PA’s insistence that Israel spring from prison not only all Arab terrorists who live under the PA’s jurisdiction, but also those who have Israeli citizenship, Bibi has suggested that Israel transfer its densely Arab areas to the PA. In exchange, Israel will keep settlement blocs and more in Judea and Samaria, including all the Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley. The territory Bibi reportedly intends to cede to the PA is not equal in size to the areas he intends to keep for Israel. It would mean the Arab population inside Israel would shrink to just 12 percent of the total as opposed to the 20 percent it is now. Anyone want to guess which side of the divide Christians—who make up 1.6 percent of the Israeli popu lation—will choose? S.L.R.


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Kosher Cakery East coast, including Gitti Allman of Decorate My Cake and Ellen Sternau. But that was only half of her determination. Pushing aside minor details, she made up her mind it was time to make aliyah. “It had been a dream of mine for at least 25 years, and now I’ve finally been able to pull it off. But not only that, what is really important for me is being able to put a smile on peoples’ faces and make them feel really good,” she says. Emunah and Hishtadlus Setting up a new business in Israel is not an easy task for anyone, let alone for a single mother with three children. When asked about the challenges, Ms. Altman smiles, reflecting her faith that “Hashem would take care of me.” “I feel like I have emunah and bitachon, and Hashem has really helped me the past six

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continued from page 5 years with how everything happened—being able to send my kids on programs, the different jobs I’ve had, the places I lived in—everything. He always took care of me, so I know He’ll take care of me here, too,” she says. That does not mean forgetting to put in her own maximum effort, her hishtadlus. “I’m not going to sit back. It’s a whole new chapter of my life, and I want to do something different, and I like making people happy. This is a different way— instead of giving people homework…” she says with a chuckle, “you’re baking for all of these happy occasions, so you’re just surrounding yourself and everyone else with happiness— and they love it, and they feel so good. And it’s so easy.” Growing Market There was also sound business sense behind her move to Israel. Many people

told her about the growing North American market in the Jewish state that would be eager for her services. It did not take long for them to find her. She has also found another customer sector: people who don’t live in Israel or can’t come on a visit, but want fresh, custom-made pastries delivered directly to their Israeli families’ and friends’ simchas. During Ms. Altman’s first week in business, she had twenty orders for the 3Cs. And, she says, it has steadily grown. No Compromises All her treats are freshly baked and individually customized. She is determined that no matter what is required, she will find a way to satisfy the requirement. She bakes everything daily and has her treats hand-delivered anywhere throughout the Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv areas. Compromise is not an option, says Ms. Altman. She insists that the best business plan is to offer customers quality from start to finish. Besides, she doesn’t see baking delicious treats as just a job. To her, it’s a way to help people connect to their family and friends. And Ms. Altman says that is why she bakes everything with the highest quality parve ingredients available,

from the flour to the sparkles and fondant used for decorating. Kosher Cakery is under the hashgacha of HaRav Eliezer Schenkolewski of Beit Shemesh, and the bakery uses only Mehadrin and Bedatz ingredients. Upon request, she will make a customer’s 3Cs using only Eidah Charedi ingredients. Mouth-Watering Experience The Kosher Cakery’s website (www.koshercakery.com) is a mouth-watering experience for anyone, but especially those who have loved ones in Israel celebrating a bar or bat mitzvah, a sheva brachot, a birthday, or even a special Kiddush. Although family members in the United States cannot be there in person, a treat from Kosher Cakery may be the next best thing. There are many kinds of cookies, including gluten-free peanut cookies, baby cookies, and those for the holidays. Many different types of cupcakes are also available. Ms. Altman’s cakes can look like Har Sinai, a hockey rink, a Teddy bear, or anything else for that matter. If you can imagine it, the Kosher Cakery can probably make it. She is convinced sending flowers is passé. “Send the 3Cs from Kosher Cakery, and everyone will remember you and thank you for years to come,” Ms. Altman says. Y


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Holy Name Offers Many Community Health Programs Holy Name Medical Center (HNMC)

in Teaneck is offering a host of public programs this month. The medical center is proving once again how much of a resource it is for the community. Many of the programs are free (although there is a $5 parking fee if space on the street is not available). Those programs that charge a fee are noted. Program registration is important. Register by calling 1-877-HOLY-NAME (1-877-465-9626), prompt #5. The same number can be used to obtain more information. On the first Thursday of each month from 7 to 8:30pm, HNMC holds its free book club in Marian Hall. The purpose is to give readers a chance to socialize and “expand their minds.” Participants are welcome to make suggestions for future books to be discussed. CPR classes to learn to resuscitate adults, children, and infants are available throughout the year. For dates, times, and locations, call 201-227-6254. Losing Weight On Tuesday, January 7, and then again on February 25, from 10:30-11:30am, HNMC will begin six-week programs (“What Have You Got to Lose? Managing Your Weight”) for those who want to lose weight. The cost of the program is $60 for six sessions. Among the subjects that will be discussed by Linda Lohsen, RN, director of HNMC’s Center for Healthy Living, will be portion distortion, how to “move to lose,” emotional eating, and other topics. These

will lead to engaging conversations, goalsetting, and optional weigh-ins. “Obesity is not a failure of willpower,” says Ms. Lohsen. “It’s a disease that can place you at risk for a number of serious illnesses and medical conditions.” Bariatric Surgery and Hypnosis When contemplating bariatric surgery, prospective patients are encouraged to attend one of HNMC’s free patient seminars, held several times a month at the medical center. For dates and information, call the regular HNMC number. For those who want to try a different approach to weight control, HNMC offers “Lose Weight Naturally with Hypnosis.” This two-hour weight reduction program teaches behavior modification and uses hypnosis to help patients make permanent lifestyle changes that will reduce weight gradually and naturally. The program is conducted by a certified hypnotist and includes a thirty-day reinforcement CD, a series of behavior modification cards for daily positive reinforcement, and free reinforcement sessions for one year. The program, which will be held on Tuesdays, January 7, February 4, and March 4 from 7-9pm, costs $70. For more information or to register call Holy Name. Stop Smoking Holy Name is also offering hypnosis for those who want to stop smoking. The center’s two-hour program teaches behavior modification and uses hypnosis. According to the medical center, neither scare tactics nor gloomy statistics are used. Patients are not expected

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to undergo withdrawal symptoms or weight gain. Instead, there is a focus on the pleasure and increased self-esteem an individual can attain as a non-smoker. Like the weight-loss program, “Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation” is conducted by a certified hypnotist and includes a 30-day reinforcement CD, a series of behavior modification cards for daily positive reinforcement, and free reinforcement sessions for one year. The program, which is being held on Tuesdays, January 14, February 11, and March 11, from 7-9pm, costs $70. Safety for Coaches Community volunteer coaches are welcome to attend HNMC’s Rutgers Safety Program for Coaches, a three-hour program that costs $35. It will be conducted by James Mendler, MD, a Holy Name Family Practice physician and sports medicine specialist. Designed to satisfy the requirements of the NJ “Little League Law,” the program is utilized by many municipal and recreational organizations. Topics include: general coaching; legal, psychological, training and conditioning, and medical aspects of coaching. The class will be offered three different times: Wednesday, January 8, February 12, or March 12. Each class is from 6:30-9:30pm. Wellness On Tuesday, January 14, from 7-8pm, Ms. Lohsen will offer a free program addressing the issue of “Wellness for the New Year.” “Wellness has long been an admirable goal,” she says, “but in recent years, health care has increasingly turned its focus to keeping people healthy in addition to caring for them when they are sick.” Wellness, she explains, is more than just “an absence of disease.” “Remaining healthy requires active participation on your part,” she says. In this program, she will outline the steps people can take to maximize their health and learn how to work with their healthcare professional. Women’s Issues On Wednesday, January 15, from 7-8pm, Dr. Stefano Stella, a Holy Name obstetrician and gynecologist, will discuss “Gynecological Health.”


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“Every woman has been affected by a gynecological condition at some point in her life. From puberty to menopause, women’s bodies are constantly changing. Every woman who is age 18 or older, or is sexually active should see a gynecologist annually,” he says. The program is free, but registration is required. Immunization On Wednesday, January 22, from 1-2pm, Karen Schmidt, a Public-Health Nurse at HNMC will discuss “Immunizations: You Never Outgrow Your Need.” “Vaccines are not just ‘kid stuff,” she says, “Did you know that immunity can wane over time, leaving adults vulnerable to such diseases as whooping cough, pneumonia, and shingles?” At this free seminar, Ms. Schmidt will discuss which immunizations are recommended, especially to protect those who are immuno-compromised or too young to be fully immunized. Diabetes Diabetics in the community may be interested in attending HNMC’s Diabetes CORE classes. These will be held on January 7 and 8 from 12:30-3:30pm; February 5 and 6 from 3:30-6:30pm; and March 18 and 19, from 6-9pm. Diabetics who want more information on keeping kidneys healthy would be interested in attending HNMC’s free diabetes seminar on Wednesday, January 22, from 7-8pm. “Kidney damage associated with diabetes is called nephropathy. The condition is progressive and can eventually result in kidney failure. When coupled with high blood pressure, it can progress even more quickly. The number one way to prevent kidney damage is to keep blood sugar levels and blood pressure as close to normal as possible,” says Dr. Benjamin Aronoff, a Holy Name nephrologist who will be giving this seminar. Diabetic women who are pregnant can take a program at HNMC designed to give them access to specialists who are experienced in managing diabetes related to pregnancy. The number to call for this program is 201-833-3371. HNMC offers a free Diabetes Support group, which meets on the second Wednesday of every other month from 7-8pm. Call 201-833-3371 for more information.

Nursing Mothers Throughout this winter and spring, HNMC will hold many other programs as well. Some of them are classes that are not yet scheduled, but would-be participants can call so that the medical center can put them together. There is a breastfeeding-preparation class designed to assist women and their families in understanding the process and techniques necessary to make the experience successful. The fee is $30. A breastfeeding consultation with a specialist is available by appointment. It is a free service for those whose babies were born at Holy Name. Others will pay $75.

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For Expectant Families Before the baby comes, couples can take a four-week or two-session intensive Lamaze Childbirth class designed to assist women and their coaches with the birthing process. The fee is $150. Those preparing for a cesarean birth can take a birth preparation class for $25. Baby Care Basics prepares parents for their first weeks at home with their babies. It is free for parents whose babies will be born at Holy Name and $20 for all others. A course designed to help children ages 3 to 8 years prepare for the new

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Kosher Gospel: A New December 25th Tradition By Noah D. Gurock If you closed your eyes on December 25 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan, you could be forgiven for thinking it was the start of a Carlebach concert. The words emanating from the stage were L’Chah Dodi, but the rhythm and melody sounded like it was Mahalia Jackson belting out the words. Rocking the museum’s stage was “Joshua Nelson and His Kosher Gospel Choir,” and it just might become a Jewish December 25th tradition. Mr. Nelson is both Jewish and African-American. A former Hebrew teacher in New Jersey (for 16 years), he also served as the music director of a Black Baptist Church in Newark. In addition, he studied music for two years at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Dancing in the Aisles At the Museum of Jewish Heritage, he had the audience dancing in the aisles, clapping and swaying to a rhythm that was pure and traditional Gospel. But all the lyrics were culled from the traditional Siddur. Yes, there were the expected one-liners about what Jews do on December 25th (“I have my Chinese food already ordered”), and yes, he joked that “everyone knows I’m Jewish, but how many of you know that I am black?” A little more surprising was his declaration that Harry Belafonte “wasn’t Jewish, but I think his second wife was.” It was a perfect performance for a day that so many Jews are off from work and looking for entertainment. Mr. Nelson’s music and performance was inspirational, moving, and uplifting.

Claiming Identity Wearing a traditional gold African hat and dashiki, Mr. Nelson combined his powerful singing voice with a dexterous keyboard style that reflected a seasoned yet playful performer. He had before him an older crowd, but the enthusiasm he evoked was transformational. His audience not only danced, they sang along with him, filling the auditorium with joy. Mr. Nelson defines his “Kosher Gospel” as the “marriage of Jewish religious lyrics and meanings with the soulful sounds of American Gospel music.” Through his music, he says, he has found the way to “claim both parts of my identity as a Black Jew.” He needs no further proof than his signature presentation of “Mi Chamoh-cha.” He gave the opening paragraph of the Amidah a footstomping Calypso beat: “Oh… Oh…Ado…S’phasei Tif-tach…” Around the Auditorium His grand finale, “Hinei MahTov U’Manaim,” went on for seven glorious minutes, each more exhilarating than the last, with

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babies in their families costs $25 per family. To learn how to relax the baby once it is born, HNMC offers a session with a certified infant massage therapist to teach the benefits and techniques. The fee is $30. HNMC offers a free New Moms Support Group (201-8333124) and a free Perinatal Loss Support Group (201-833-3058). Other Support Groups HNMC also offers many other free support groups as well. For information about bereavement support, call 201-833-3000 ext 7580. A support group for caregivers meets on the first Wednesday

of each month from 1-2pm at DayAway, located at 725 Teaneck Road in Teaneck, very near Holy Name. The number is 201-833-3757. A Cancer Support group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 4-5pm in the medical center. A Prostate Cancer Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month from 6-7pm. A Breast Cancer Support Group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month in Marian Hall, Room 6. For more information about all HNMC programs, call or visit the medical center on line at www.holyname.org. S.L.R.


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The Israelis have insisted that the PA recognize Israel as the Jewish state and agree that once a treaty is signed, the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians will be over. The PA has vowed never to recognize Israel as the Jewish state. Last month, Mr. Abbas told Mr. Kerry that the refusal is one of the Palestinians’ “red lines.” Senior PLO official Nabil Shaath said only the desire to secure the prisoners’ release was keeping the Palestinians at the negotiating table. Sweetening the Venom Because releasing terrorists with Israeli blood on their hands is so distasteful, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempted to sweeten the poison last month by once again announcing tenders for the sale of 1,400 housing units in Judea and Samaria. The backlash was immediate. The PA’s Minister for Prisoner Affairs, Issa Qaraque, said, “Equating the release of prisoners with settlement construction is not acceptable to us.” And PA official Wasil Abu Yousif accused Israel of “killing the peace process.” Other PA officials warned that if Israel did not cancel the tenders for new construction, the talks would be over even if all prisoners were not yet released. ICC Mr. Shaath warned that the PA is prepared to appeal the issue of the disputed territories to the International Criminal Court (ICC). As an arm of the UN, the Court is regarded as likely to side automatically with the Palestinians against Israel. When the UN admitted the PA as a non-member observer state last year— over the objections of the US and Israel—it gave the Palestinians the right to join the ICC and other UN institutions. But Israel, like the US and several other major nations, has opted not to join the ICC, and therefore is not subject to its rulings. A favorable judgment from the ICC would be nothing more than a diplomatic victory for the PA, designed only to isolate Israel further from parts of the international community. Most observers say there is little chance the PA will go to the ICC before all the prisoners they want are released. No Israeli Arabs Mr. Kerry’s role in the prisoner release became controversial last month. Although the Israeli government called the prisoner-


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release a “gesture” to the PA, it has become clear that, for the Palestinians, it was a precondition without which they would not come to the table. To keep them at the table for the nine months, the Israelis and Americans decided to release the prisoners in installments. According to an unnamed Israeli official who spoke to Israel’s Channel 2 News, when the subject of prisoner-releases was first discussed, Mr. Netanyahu agreed to free 82 pre-Oslo terrorists in several batches. At that time, he told Mr. Kerry that the Jewish state would not include Israeli Arabs among the prisoners to be released. Shortly afterwards, in a private meeting, PA President Mahmoud Abbas told Mr. Kerry the PA demanded the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners, including Israeli Arabs who had committed acts of terror. According to the official, instead of telling Mr. Abbas that Mr. Netanyahu would release only 82 prisoners, with no Israeli Arabs among them, the Secretary of State returned to Mr. Netanyahu to pressure him into increasing the number of prisoners he would release. While Mr. Netanyahu agreed to the higher number, the Israeli official said the prime minister refused to include Israeli Arabs. Who Is Lying? According to the PA’s chairman of the Prisoners’ Affairs Union, Kadura Fares, Israel did obligate itself to releasing “all terrorists jailed before the Oslo Accords, including those with Israeli citizenship.” “We received a promise from the beginning,” Mr. Fares told Israeli Army Radio. “Netanyahu gave his word to Kerry, and Kerry passed it on to us.” Mr. Abbas concurred, telling the Ma’an Palestinian News Agency that an agreement was in place stipulating that veteran prisoners from the “1948 area,” which is how the Palestinians refer to pre-1967 Israel, “would be released in conjunction with the current set of peace talks.” Pollard So far, none of the 78 released terrorists has been an Israeli-Arab citizen. According to the unnamed Israeli official, Israel will not release Israeli-Arabs as a “gesture” to the PA, but, he said, Mr. Netanyahu told Mr. Kerry he would consider releasing them in exchange for Jonathan Pollard, the American civilian Naval intelligence analyst who served as an Israeli agent and has been imprisoned

in the US since 1987 for passing classified information to the Jewish state. Mr. Kerry said he would consider the prime minister’s proposal, but, according to reports, has not yet given a response on the matter. According to Likud MK Moshe Feiglin, Mr. Pollard would refuse to be released in exchange for terrorists, knowing that released terrorists frequently go on to murder Jews again. “I would rather die in jail than see a single Jew murdered by a terrorist who was freed in exchange for me,” Mr. Pollard allegedly told Mr. Feiglin. Mr. Netanyahu said he has instructed the Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet) and

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the Israel Prison Service to make up a list of 26 terrorist prisoners for the next release. None is an Israeli Arab. “Gestures” The issue of releasing murderers generated much debate. Some officials said that when Mr. Kerry first began setting up the terms for negotiations between Israel and the PA, he offered Mr. Netanyahu a choice of two “gestures” to appease the Palestinians: a building freeze in the disputed territories or the terrorist-prisoner release. Having tried a building freeze before (which did not lure the PA back to the table), Mr. Netanyahu chose the prisoner release.

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continued from page 15 groups, 18 were sent to Ramallah; three were transferred to Gaza; and five were taken to the eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem where they reside even though they are not Israeli citizens. All but three of the released terrorists had been convicted of murder, and all had served between 19 and 28 years of their life sentences. Their victims included Jewish Israelis, Druze, and Palestinians suspected of working with the Jewish State. Some of the victims were children; at least two were elderly. One released prisoner whom Mr. Kerry reportedly suggested keeping in prison was Damara Ibrahim Mustafa Bilal, who was arrested in 1989 and convicted of murdering Steven Frederick Rosenfeld, 48, an American citizen who had made aliyah. Many Israelis said they were insulted by Mr. Kerry’s desire to punish the murderer of an American while disregarding the feelings of Israelis. Betrayed by the Law One of the terrorists, Muhammad Yusuf Adnan Elafandi, was 21 in 1992, when he stabbed and wounded two Jewish children in Jerusalem. Bella Freund saw an angry crowd attacking him and was moved to protect him with her own body for nearly half an hour until security forces came. She probably saved his life, an action that was praised by then-Israeli Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapiro, who said that Jews, as people of Torah law, should not dispense “mob justice.” Because the terrorist no longer posed an immediate threat, it was

forbidden under Jewish law to hurt him without a trial, the rabbi said. Last month, Mrs. Freund joined protests against releasing the terrorists, including the one she saved. “I sought to let the law determine the terrorist’s fate rather than see citizens spill blood with their own hands, but the government is using the law to overturn his just sentence,” she said, admitting the decision to release the prisoners has left her “depressed.” Festive Ceremonies Her mood was not uplifted by the spectacle of Mr. Elafandi and other freed terrorists being met with festive ceremonies. Each terrorist was greeted personally by Mr. Abbas, who said, “Today is a day of joy to our people, our families, and our hero prisoners.” The released terrorists will each receive a grant of $50,000 and a senior position—with a matching high monthly salary—in the PA. Mr. Netanyahu said the image of the PA leadership rejoicing with murderers is “the essence of the difference between us and our neighbors.” “While we are prepared to take very painful steps in an effort to try and reach an agreement that would put an end to the conflict, they, along with their highest leadership, are celebrating. Murderers are not heroes. This is not how one educates for peace. Peace can exist only when the education toward incitement and the destruction of Israel stops,” he said. Fury and Heartbreak While Israelis on all sides of the political spectrum reacted with outrage at the prisoners’ release, the reaction of bereaved families whose loved ones were murdered by terrorists was a combination of fury and heartbreak. Two days before the terrorists were released, Oren Tamam pleaded with Mr. Netanyahu to reverse the decision. In 1984, Mr. Tamam’s brother, Moshe, a soldier in the IDF, was kidnapped, murdered, and mutilated by terrorists who were about to be freed. “Jewish blood is not a gesture. Shame on those who are allowing this,” he chanted along with other protesters at a rally organized by the Almagor Terror Victims Association in Tel Aviv. Similar protests were conducted in Jerusalem, and a vigil was held in a

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Releasing Terrorists tent opposite Mr. Netanyahu’s home. Demonstrators banged on pots and pans throughout the night, declaring that if the images of their murdered loved ones kept them from sleeping, then the prime minister and his family should not rest either. Double Standard Meir Indor, chairman of Almagor, insisted that Israel should refuse to abide by the “double standard” Mr. Kerry was imposing on the Jewish state. “Just as the US doesn’t release terrorist murderers, it shouldn’t press Israel to do so,” said Mr. Indor. Other groups that demonstrated against the release included “Olim for an Independent Israel,” which consists of immigrants, mainly from the US. They blamed Mr. Kerry and the Israeli government for “allowing themselves to be bullied by him.” “We left everything behind in America in order to live in our independent, sovereign Jewish homeland. The prime minister is not making decisions based on what’s best for Israel. He is taking orders from the US. If we wanted to live under American rule, we would have stayed in the US,” said the group’s organizer, who identified himself simply as “Yitzchak.” Return to Terror Israelis are well aware that many of the freed prisoners intend to return to terror. It was recently reported that, in the past two years, the Shin Bet intercepted at least 80

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continued from page 16 attempted terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria, plots that were masterminded by a group of terrorists who were released as part of the prisoner exchange for Gilad Shalit. Some of the intercepted plots included plans to kidnap other IDF soldiers, a goal the PA has made no secret of harboring. Not all the released terrorists’ plans were foiled. “Since 1985, Israel has released thousands of terrorists within the framework of agreements, gestures, and diplomatic outlines. Hundreds of Israelis have been killed by freed terrorists, and 3,000 more have been maimed,” said Israeli military journalist Nadav Shragai. According to Shin Bet Chief Yoram Cohen, 60 percent of the terrorists released in exchange for Mr. Shalit have resumed terrorist activities and 12 percent have been returned to Israeli prisons. Virtually none of the released terrorists has ever expressed remorse. Asar Samrin, who had been serving a life sentence for the 1991 murder of Israeli Tzvi Klein, was released with the second batch of terrorists in October 2013. In an interview with PA TV, translated by Palestinian Media Watch, he said, “The first question all Israeli media ask every released prisoner is: ‘Do you regret what you did?’” Mr. Samrin’s answer was no. “There is no Palestinian who did something for the homeland and his nation who will regret it. We don’t regret what we did, and we will not regret what we did,” he said. “Trickling Terror” The prisoner release was especially confusing because it came on the heels of a sharp increase in acts of terrorism throughout Israel. At the beginning of December, BrigGen Tamir Yadai, commander of the IDF’s Judea and Samaria Division, admitted to the Knesset that there has been a 120 percent spike in the number of casualties from terrorism in Judea and Samaria. Shlomo Vaknin, regional security officer for the Yesha Council, said the increase in the number of terror incidents was even higher. “If a firebomb or rock ambush misses its target, the IDF does not count it as a terror incident. If rocks are thrown at a number of cars in the same junction, all of these attacks are counted as just one incident,” he said. Throughout November, there were 167 terror attacks against Israeli targets,

a 23 percent increase over the number in October, when there were 136 such attacks. In July, there were 82 terror attacks. Jewish Home MK Yoni Chetboun said the attacks did not amount to a “classic intifada,” but, rather, “a new pattern,” which he called “trickling terror.” The danger, he said, is that the “trickle could become a flood.” Rock-Throwing The biggest increase was in Jerusalem, which saw a 66 percent increase in the number of attacks last month. According to Mayor Nir Barkat, the city has suffered an endless barrage of rock throwing. One of the victims was two-year-old Avigail Ben-Tzion, who suffered a fractured skull when Palestinian terrorists hurled rocks at the car in which she was traveling with her mother and two brothers, one of them her twin, the other age 5. The incident took place at the entrance to the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in southern Jerusalem. Seven Arabs, ages 15-20, were arrested. All are residents of the Arab neighborhood of Tzur Baher on the outskirts of Jerusalem. “I can’t even speak of them as human beings. These are people who consciously chose to harm children. I have nothing to say about them,” said Shirin Ben-Tzion, the children’s mother. The baby was treated at Hadassah Ein Kerem and will have to be followed by physicians at the Children’s Neurosurgery Clinic there. Just as she was being released from the hospital, there were reports that Arabs were hurling rocks at a bus as it approached a stop in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem. At the same time, alert Border Police officers foiled a stabbing near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. The would-be attacker, a 21-year-old resident of the PA town of Tzurif, was arrested when officers realized he was hiding a sharpened tool behind his back. He admitted he had planned to stab a soldier “in revenge because they arrested me in Beit Shemesh.” “War Zone” Earlier that week, ten Arab residents of Jerusalem’s Issawiya neighborhood, ages 15-17, were arrested for throwing firebombs and rocks at an IDF base on Mount Scopus, at Hebrew University buildings, and at police vehicles.


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Tom Nisani, a political science major at Hebrew University, said the campus has become “a war zone.” “Since the academic year began, we have witnessed repeated attacks near the dormitories. It can be harassment of the girls or worse—the throwing of firebombs into the university grounds. Only last week, a woman was injured here as she drove on the university’s perimeter road. Her car is simply full of holes,” he said. He noted that even Hadassah Hospital, which serves Arabs, is frequently targeted with rocks. Amit Barak, head of the Policy Department of the politically conservative grassroots organization Im Tirtzu said, “Sovereignty has disappeared from Mount Scopus. Female students have to be driven to the dorms. Soldiers at the IDF base near the university are allowed to move only in convoys.” Not a Game Although, media reports in the West often make light of rock-throwing, a new video demonstrated how dangerous— and often deadly—these attacks are. A rock thrown at a watermelon can crush the fruit. Thrown from a height, the rock can crack the watermelon open. When given the added force of being thrown from a moving car, the rock can shatter glass and demolish the watermelon completely. At a Knesset session with Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich of Likud Beiteinu, Jewish Home MK Orit Struk noted that in Jerusalem, students from an Arab school throw rocks “with impunity” on a daily basis at Jews traveling to and from the Mount of Olives. “No action has been taken by police,” she said. Mr. Aharonovich said he was coordinating with the Jerusalem District police “to ensure a crackdown on the violence.” Bus Bombing On Dec 22, a bomb exploded on a bus in Bat Yam just south of Tel Aviv on the coast. No passengers were injured, but one police officer with the bomb squad was lightly hurt as he attempted to disarm the device. The gaping hole left in the back of the bus indicated the explosive device had been a large one, a sure sign the bomb was placed by terrorists. A greater tragedy was averted because passengers noticed the suspicious object and reported it to the driver, Michael Yoger, who quickly evacuated the bus and called the bomb squad.

Ten minutes later, the bomb exploded. The officer was hurt by flying shrapnel which hit him as he entered the bus. Mr. Yoger called it “a miracle everyone was saved.” While Hamas and Islamic Jihad praised the attack, neither group took credit for it. A spokesman for Islamic Jihad told the PA’s Ma’an news agency he hoped the Bat Yam attack “could usher the resumption of suicide attacks.” Bus bombings were the scourge of the Second Intifada. Between 2000 and 2009, there were over 20,000 attacks, including 144 suicide bombings that left 1,178 Israelis dead, 70 percent of them targeted civilians.

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Stabbing The same day as the Bat Yam bus bombing, a police officer directing traffic at the Adam Junction, north of Jerusalem, was stabbed in the back by a terrorist who then ran off towards a nearby Arab village. Israeli security officers closed the road to the Arab community and two battalions from the IDF’s Benjamin Regional Brigade conducted a manhunt through three nearby Arab villages. The perpetrator was caught one day later. The policeman, Rami Ravid, was taken to Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem, where doctors said the Arab’s six-inch knife had struck very close to his heart

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Releasing Terrorists and other vital organs. After undergoing surgery, he lost a kidney. The Adam junction where he was attacked became the site of an impromptu protest rally where dozens of residents of the community recited Psalms for Mr. Ravid’s recovery. The head of the Benjamin Regional Council, Avi Roeh, called on the government and Mr. Netanyahu to “snap out of it and defeat terrorism.” “This situation cannot go on. The government must bring back security to the residents,” he said. Run Down A few hours later, a similar attack was foiled when three Arab men—one armed with a knife—approached a police checkpoint at the roadblock at Mishor Adumim Junction near Maale Adumim. One of the officers saw the knife and warned his colleagues. They succeeded in overcoming the would-be attackers and arrested them. The following day, an Israeli bus driver suffered a head injury when the bus was attacked by rockthrowers as he drove in Samaria on the road between Alei Zahav and Oranit. Despite his injury, he managed to drive to the nearest checkpoint to seek help. On Dec. 25, a police officer in Jerusalem was run down by two Arab residents of the Issawiya neighborhood. The Arab driver had ignored the police order

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to stop, prompting a car chase. When police managed to stop the Arab-driven car at the southern entrance to Issawiya, the driver backed up in order to hit the officer who had stepped out of the police car. The officer was taken to nearby Hadassah Mt. Scopus while the suspects were arrested. Fuel on the Fire Mrs. Struk said she was convinced the rise in terror attacks was connected to the negotiations and Arab anticipation of the release of the prisoners. “The release of terrorists is the fuel on the fire of the terrorism that is returning to our streets,” she said, calling on the government “to stop the release of terrorists and being back sanity, responsibility, and security to Israel.” Economy Minister and Jewish Home party chairman Naftali Bennett blamed the PA for the increase in terrorism and pointed out the irony that Israel was still sitting at the negotiating table with them. “We continue the diplomatic process as if there is no terror, while the Palestinians are continuing the terrorism as if there is no diplomatic process,” he said. Ignoring Terrorism Mr. Bennett mocked remarks by Israeli Justice Minister, Tzipi Livni, Israel’s representative to the talks, for suggest-

ing that the PA itself has no connection to the terrorists or their attacks. After the bus bombing, she said terrorism should be ignored while peace talks continue. “The claim that the Palestinian Authority is not connected to the attacks explodes in our faces every day. When you educate your children, starting in kindergarten, to commit acts of terror, when your TV broadcasts paint Jews as monsters, when even Tel Aviv is not on your map, you are a terrorist,” said Mr. Bennett. Mr. Bennett’s party colleague MK Nissan Slomianski said releasing the third batch of terrorists was “unparalleled in its absurdity and the latest wave of terror is living proof of that.” “Day after day, residents of Israel face threats to their lives and the state continues its blind submission to the demands of the Palestinian Authority and the Americans. We must put an end to this farce. As long as the wave of terror against Israel continues, we must not release a single terrorist,” he said. Not Normal Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon, who met with a group of bereaved mothers before the terrorist release, said freeing the terrorists was evidence that Israel was not normal. “In a normal country in which a bus blows up on Sunday, a police officer is stabbed on Monday, and a worker fixing the security fence [on the Gaza border] is shot to death on Tuesday, terrorists would not be freed the following week as a ‘gesture,’” he said. Mr. Danon, a Likud member, spoke at meeting that was attended by MKs from Ms. Livni’s left-wing Hatnua Party, from the hareidi Shas party, and from the nationalist

Jewish Home. The bereaved mothers included: Tali Ben Yishai, the grandmother of the Fogel family, which was massacred in 2011 in Itamar; Sherri Mandel, whose son Kobi was murdered in 2001; Chaya Rond, whose son Erez was shot to death in 2002; and Shira Avraham, whose infant daughter was murdered by a terrorist in 2001. Jordan Valley When Mr. Kerry resumes the negotiations this month, prisoners will not be the only controversial item on the agenda. According to many reports, the “security arrangement” Mr. Kerry has been promoting calls for Israel to relinquish most of Judea and Samaria, including the Jordan Valley, retaining only a nine-mile wide strip as a security zone. Analyst Mark Langfan called this updated version of the 1967 “Allon Plan” a “deathtrap security plan for Israel.” “People just don’t understand the Jordan Valley is the area of Judea and Samaria that’s furthest away from pre-1967 Israel, and with the Western Samarian highlands in Palestinian hands, the security zone in the Jordan Valley is essentially disconnected from pre-1967 Israel,” he said. “If Israel gives up the entire area closest to pre-1967 Israel, how are they going to keep the Jordan Valley area?” Without the bulk of Judea and Samaria, the residual portion of the Jordan Valley will be virtually impossible for Israelis to access, and it will be vulnerable to attack from both the east and the west, he said. Mr. Langfan explained that the part of Judea and Samaria closest to pre-1967 Israel is where the bulk of all Palestinians live. There are virtually no Palestinians in the Jordan Valley.


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Au Revoir la France Juive? age French Jews to immigrate to Israel as quickly as possible. The Ministry of Diaspora Affairs noted that while 3,000 new Israeli-French citizens is a good starting point, the Jewish state wants to entice the tens of thousands of French Jews who are relocating to London, Canada, and the US. 1.6 Incidents per Day For French Jews who feel themselves under siege, the Israeli initiative comes not a moment too soon. In 2012, which some reports called “a year of unprecedented violence against Jews in France,” there were 614 antisemitic incidents, most of them verbal, but some physical assaults as well. This represented a 58 percent increase over the number of such incidents in 2011, and

“Death Trap” According to Mr. Langfan, in 1967, General Yigal Allon could not imagine having to protect Israel’s water resources, which flow into pre-1967 Israel from the Samarian highlands, which are closer to Israel than the Jordan Valley. He also did not foresee the massive influx of additional Palestinians into a PA state or the need to protect Israeli air-space from terrorists with missiles in Judea and Samaria. To access the Jordan Valley (the Alon line of defense) from pre-1967 Israel, former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon erected the Trans-Samarian Highway. If Israel were to acquiesce to Palestinian demands, that highway would become part of Palestine and off-limits to Israelis. The location of the TransSamarian Highway determined the placement of most of the Jewish communities in Judea

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included the notorious March 2012 attack on the Otzar HaTorah School in Toulouse. In that incident, Mohammed Merah, a French-Algerian Islamist terrorist murdered Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, his sons, Aryeh, 6, and Gavriel, 3, and the head teacher’s 8-year-old daughter, Miriam Monsonego. A 17-yearold Jewish boy was seriously injured. Mr. Merah was killed by French police when he tried to flee a raid on his apartment. The incident was a prelude to a virtual reign of terror in several French cities. A Jewishowned store in Paris was attacked, leaving one wounded. Other incidents were reported in Strasbourg, Cannes, and the Paris suburb of Sarcelles, where a grenade was thrown at a kosher grocery.

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A French police crackdown resulted in the arrest of 11 individuals who were described by Paris prosecutor Francois Molins as “often common criminals who set out on a path of radicalization toward Islamist jihadism.” Terror In Strasbourg, police killed Jeremy Sidney, a 33-year-old French convert to Islam. According to Strasbourg prosecutor Patrick Poirret, Mr. Sidney was “very determined with probably the ambition to die a martyr.” When police entered Mr. Sidney’s home, he fired at them with a .357 magnum, prompting them to return fire. His fingerprints were found on the remains of the grenade that had been thrown into the kosher grocery in Sarcelles, a town of 60,000 residents. Its flour-

ishing Jewish community has given Sarcelles the nickname of “little Jerusalem.” Within hours of Mr. Sidney’s death, blank shots were fired at a synagogue in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil. Again in Toulouse This past March, French police arrested three terrorists who were suspected of planning an attack to commemorate the anniversary of the Toulouse murders. French prosecutors said police had found weapons and explosives in one suspect’s home, located in a town near Marseille that now has a Muslim majority. Police also intercepted communications between the men that suggested they were planning the attack.

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and Samaria. “For Israel, Judea and Samaria consists of the water-protection cluster of settlements, which protect the aquifer that provides water to Israeli population centers along the coast; the Alon Plan band of settlements, which protect the Jordan Valley; and the Trans-Samaria cluster of settlements, which is principally the community of Ariel, the heart of the entire plan,” said Mr. Langfan. “Ariel protects the water aquifer as well as the Trans-Samaria Highway, which protects the Jordan Valley.” Giving up Judea and Samaria and trying to hold onto the Jordan Valley is “a literal dead-end plan for Israel,” said Mr. Langfan. The Palestinians have already nixed Mr. Kerry’s Jordan Valley plan, saying that if Israel seeks to retain anything in the area, the PA’s negotiators will leave the peace talks. S.L.R.

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Au Revoir la France Juive? “It was clear they were training themselves in making explosives based on a jihadist radicalization, a glorification of Mohammed Merah, and an affirmed desire to go into action,” said the French prosecution. A month earlier, a Muslim woman was arrested in Toulouse after trying to stab a student at the same Jewish school, now known as Ohr HaTorah. “Cyclone B” In early December 2013, Jewish leaders successfully convinced the French cleaning and hygiene company, IPC-SA, to recall a line of products it had called “Cyclone B.” The Jewish groups pointed out that the name was too reminiscent of “Zyklon B,” the deadly chemical used by the Nazis to kill thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. In an interview on German television, the director of the European Jewish Association, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, expressed his horror at the casual use of a term openly associated with the mass genocide of Jews. “This is great ignorance at best and chutzpah and a Guinness World Record for cynicism and evil at worst,” said Rabbi Margolin. “Certainly, this is the filthiest name that could be given to a hygiene product.” While successful, the campaign to have the product recalled also played into the some of the most dangerous antisemitic myths harbored by the French. A recent survey conducted by the World Zionist Organization showed that more than 40 percent of the French population

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holds some antisemitic views. The most common was that Jews “have too much power in the business world.” The survey also found that 47 percent of French respondents believed “French Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the country in which they live.” Dieudonné M’bala M’bala There is some debate about the exact cause of the deteriorating Jewish situation in France. Some say it is the proliferation of Muslim extremists and their anti-Israel, antisemitic rhetoric; others say the antisemitism is a result of a kind of merger between the Islamists and right-wing extremists in a country beset with economic woes. The extent of the problem is illustrated by the rise in popularity of Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, a self-proclaimed comedian whose stock in trade is the promotion of antisemitism and Holocaust denial. Known by his first name, Dieudonné is a convert to Islam. He has defined “The Jews” as “a sect, a fraud, which is the worst of all because it was the first” and “the worst cult of all.” He refers to Holocaust commemorations as “memorial pornography,” and has appeared on stage dressed as a hareidi Jew making a Nazi salute. Speaking to journalists, he has called the Central Council of French Jews (Conseil représentatif des institutions juives de France, the CRIF) a “mafia” that has “total control of French policy exercise.” Film In 2012, he made his directorial debut in a film called “L’Antisémite” (“The Antisemite) starring himself. The film fea-

tures Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson as well as imagery that mocks the Auschwitz concentration camp. Reflecting Dieudonné’s friendship with many Iranian officials including past-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the film was produced by the Iranian Documentary and Experimental Film Center, where it was known by an alternate title, “Yahod Setiz.” Although the film has had no commercial screenings, it is being sold via the internet on Dieudonné’s Les Ogres website, which denies the facts of the attacks of September 11. Yearning for Gas Chambers While most of Dieudonné’s vocal admirers are politically far-left, he has recently made inroads with the far-right French National Front. During a recent performance, he referred to French-Jewish radio journalist Patrick Cohen, saying “Me, you see, when I hear Patrick Cohen, I think to myself, ‘Gas chambers…too bad [they no longer exist].” When those comments were broadcast, Mr. Cohen’s employer, Radio France, reported Dieudonné to the French police for engaging in “openly antisemitic speech.” Condemnation At the end of December, faced with the Radio France charge as well as the specter of a judenrein France, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls released a statement vowing to seek to ban Dieudonné’s performances in the country. According to a statement read on French TV, the minister said, “Despite a conviction for public defamation, hate speech and racial discrimination, Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala no longer seems to recognize any limits. Consequently, we decided to thoroughly examine all legal options that would allow a ban on Dieudonné’s public gatherings, which no longer belong to the artistic domain, but rather amount to a public safety risk.” Mr. Valls, who has called for increased anti-terror laws in France, admitted the country has seen a rapid increase in the number of local radical Islamists. “There is a terrorist threat in France. It does not appear to come from foreigners. It appears to be French converts to Islam,” he said. Closing Him Down Mr. Valls said he intends to “do any-


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thing to prevent Dieudonné from campaigning for antisemitism and racism.” If Mr. Valls is successful, it would be a step further than any French official has thus far taken against Dieudonné, who has been fined seven times for defamation, insult, provocation to hatred, and racial discrimination. Dieudonné, all of whose assets are reportedly in his wife’s name, has allegedly paid none of the fines levied against him. Mr. Valls could close down the Théâtre de la Main d’Or, which Dieudonné owns and uses for his own shows and political events. “Quenelle” Among Dieudonné’s more notorious activities has been the popularization of a modified Nazi salute which he dubbed “a quenelle,” named for a football-shaped serving of fish or meat paste. The gesture involves touching the shoulder or bicep with one hand while holding the palm of the other outstretched and pointing to the ground. It has been described as a purposefully inverted Nazi salute combined with the bent arm of a vulgar slang expression for contempt. Many people agree with Mr. Valls, who has called the “quenelle” gesture an expression of antisemitism. This past September, two French soldiers were arrested and punished after being photographed making the gesture outside a synagogue in Paris. There are now thousands of examples of the “quenelle” posted online. Dieudonné’s fans can be seen making it outside his theater, at Holocaust memorial sites, and at the Auschwitz death camp itself. Those recorded giving the salute seem to be in equal numbers neo-Nazis, French Muslims, and far-left anti-Israel activists. On the Soccer Field At the end of December, Nicholas Anelka, a 34-year-old French soccer player who plays for the British West Bromwich Albion team, made the gesture to celebrate his having scored a goal during a British Premier league game. Like Dieudonné, Mr. Anelka is a convert to Islam. The two men have been photographed together making the “quenelle.” France’s Sport Minister Valerie Fourneyron called Mr. Anelka’s action “a shocking, sickening provocation.” “There is no place for antisemitism and inciting hatred on the football pitch,” said Mr. Fourneyron, using the European term for the game known in the US as soccer.

French President Francois Hollande agreed. He, too, condemned the incident and called for punishment “in the face of words or actions whose antisemitic character cannot be denied.” Seeking Punishment British media reported that the country’s Football Association was investigating the incident. The European Jewish Congress demanded that English Premier League officials ban Mr. Anelka. “This salute is merely a lesser known Nazi salute and we expect the same kind of punishment to be handed down by the authorities as if Anelka had made the infamous outstretched-arm salute,” said European Congress president Moshe Kantor. In Israel, Likud-Beitenu MK Shimon Ohayon, who heads the Knesset Caucus for Battling Antisemitism, called on the Premier League “to place Anelka on trial and sentence him severely.” “This gesture, which is without a doubt antisemitic, has no place in the world in general and on soccer fields in particular,” said Mr. Ohayon. “A Special Dedication” In a response posted on Twitter, Mr. Anelka may have made things worse when he tried to downplay the significance of the “quenelle.” “The gesture was just a special dedication to my comedian friend Dieudonné,” he said in French and English. Faced with a minimum five-year ban over the incident, due to new antidiscriminatory disciplinary measures adopted last year, Mr. Anelka said, “I don’t know what religion has to do with it. Of course, I’m not antisemite or racist, and I stand by my gesture.” He called on “people not to be duped by the media,” which, he claimed, were “lumping things together and causing an argument without knowing what the gesture really means.” Dieudonné’s supporters argue that the “quenelle” is merely “anti-establishment.” Bigger Problem Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Mr. Anelka’s “quenelle” represents a much larger and more serious problem, the essence of which, he said, is the attitude “that exists in Europe today toward the Jews and toward Israel.” “The atmosphere created by the radical Muslims in Europe, whose number keeps on growing, combines with antisemitic sentiments and de-legitimization of the

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state of Israel,” he said. “Even if the majority of the people and the political leadership in Europe is not antisemitic or anti-Israel, the growing percentage of Muslim voters makes it necessary for them to radicalize their positions as far as the situation between Israel and the Palestinians.” Nevertheless, he said, it was positive that Mr. Anelka’s “extreme and shocking act was denounced.” Basketball Mr. Anelka was not the only sports figure caught performing the “quenelle” gesture. Last month, French media released a photo of National Basketball Association star Tony Parker and Dieudonné backstage at the Théâtre de la Main d’Or, making the salute together. The Simon Wiesenthal Center called on Mr. Parker, a San Antonio Spurs guard, to apologize. “As a leading sports figure on both sides of the Atlantic, Parker has a special moral obligation to disassociate himself from a gesture that the government of France has identified as antisemitic,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center. “It’s disgusting and dangerous and he needs to apologize.” Apology In a statement in English released through the Spurs, Mr. Parker, who was born in Belgium and raised in France, said the photograph was taken three years ago and that he did not know at the time

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Au Revoir la France Juive? that the gesture “could be in any way offensive or harmful.” “While this gesture has been part of French culture for many years, it was not until recently that I learned of the very negative concerns associated with it,” said Mr. Parker. “Since I have been made aware of the seriousness of this gesture, I will certainly never repeat the gesture and sincerely apologize for any misunderstanding or harm relating to my actions. Hopefully this incident will serve to educate others that we need to be more aware that things that may seem innocuous can actually have a history of hate and hurt.” Rabbi Cooper accepted the apology, but then asked Mr. Parker for “one more crucial step”: “a statement in French to reassure 600,000 French Jews and the multitude of his young fans in France that he disassociates himself from the

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‘quenelle’ salute and everything it stands for.” Ron Agam, a French artist (his father is Yaakov Agam) and activist said that while Mr. Parker apologized for having made the gesture, he said nothing about being photographed with Dieudonné, whose position as a leading antisemite is no secret. “No one could ignore what Dieudonné meant three years ago,” said Mr. Agam. Blaming the Press Mr. Meotti said French journalists are at least partially to blame for the rapid growth of antisemitism in France. Journalists “as a class have lost their nerve and compromised their professionalism, in the face of Islamic militancy,” he said. “No serious French publication has given the proper attention to the worst wave of antisemitism in Europe since the Second World War,” he said.

Mr. Meotti traced this new wave of antisemitism to a 1990 incident in which the body of an 81-year-old Jewish man was exhumed from his grave and impaled on an umbrella in Carpentras near Avignon. The French media as well as the country’s politicians dismissed the incident as “vandalism.” Today, he said, no one in France reacted when the Marseille branch of a French Protestant group, established in 1939 for the purpose of saving Jews during World War II, declined to attend a Holocaust commemoration because it was organized by the CRIF. Dangerous to be a Jew Throughout France, many Jews admit they are afraid to speak Hebrew or wear kippoth. “It is dangerous to be a Jew in Europe. It is even more dangerous to be a Jew who supports Israel in the public square,” said Mr. Meotti. “Today, Captain Dreyfus would have never been able to reach Devil’s Island. He would have been lynched after leaving the court by an Arab mob.” Mr. Meotti pointed to the irony that France is one of the European leaders in the “war against Israel’s ‘occupation.’” But France, he said, is itself under “Islamist occupation.” “Jews are safer around the Hawara checkpoint than they are in Villeurbanne or Sarcelles,” he said. He recalled that, before the 1970s civil war in Beirut, the Lebanese capital was called “the Paris of the Middle East.” “Today Paris is the Beirut of Western Europe,” he said. Fighting Back While many Jews are reacting to the situation with thoughts of leaving, six French Jews took another tack. At the end of December, the six men used photographs posted on the

internet of Neo-Nazis making the “quenelles” gesture to find the group and assault them. The six, who were accused of being members of the French Jewish Defense League—the Ligue de Défense Juive (LDJ)—were arrested and two of them were charged. The LDJ denied involvement in the attacks, which took place in Lyon and Villeurbanne. According to the French newspaper La Parisienne, the six Jews attacked two of the Neo-Nazis they had tracked, locking one of them in the trunk of the Jewish men’s car. According to Ha’aretz, although the LDJ denied involvement, a message on the group’s official Twitter feed boasted: “Two major punitive actions were carried out…in Lyon against people who performed the quenelle. The little Nazis are no longer at ease.” The JDL was founded in America by the late MK Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1968, shortly before he immigrated to Israel. Accused of extremism and now largely defunct, the organization set up neighborhood patrols, using force to defend Jews from antisemitic attacks in cities throughout the country. Skeptical An LDJ spokesman, who identified himself only as “Itshak,” told Arutz Sheva that while his group did not carry out the “Lyon operation,” they also did not condemn it. “It was the reaction of the Jew on the street to this unacceptable level of antisemitism,” he said. “Itshak” told Arutz Sheva he was skeptical that Mr. Valls’ ban on Dieudonné’s performances would be carried out. In light of the country’s economic issues, he said, “antisemitism just isn’t a priority for the French government.”

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Roller Skating and Pizza Party, spons by Cong Ohav Emeth, at Woodbridge Community Center, 6:30pm, oechildren@gmail.com Sibshops, for children ages 7-12 who have a brother or sister with a disability, Chani Herrmann, spons by NJ Yachad, includes pizza and ice cream, at Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 6:30pm, 201-833-1349 Shiur, Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Young Israel of Riverdale, 7pm, 718-548-4765 “Step In or Out—That’s Your Only Choice,” Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein, Cong Arzei Darom, Teaneck, 7:30pm, 201-836-1035 Melaveh Malka: “The Israel and Arab Conflict,” Yinon Kalazan,

includes sushi bar, refreshments, music by Alon Rand, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 7:30pm, 973-736-1407 Jewish Learning Experience Dinner, honoring Dr. Richard and Ellen Gertler and James Blom, at Temple Beth Sholom, Fair Lawn, 7:45pm, 201-966-4498 Shidduch Meeting, for sponsors to present (on paper or with photographs) single men age 22 and up, spons by L’Chaim, private home in Passaic, 8pm, 973-405-0502 “Hilchos Taharas HaMishpacha,” for women, Rebbetzin Devorah Schabes, Cong Knesses Yisroel, Spring Valley, 8:15pm, 845-354-1037 TV Film: “My Father My Lord (Hofshat Kaits),” discussion with George Robinson, CUNY-TV, channel 25, 30, 75, or 77, 9pm

Sun., Jan 5

“Creating the Marriage You Always Wanted: Couples Workshop,” for husbands and wives, Rabbi Doniel Frank and Rivka Stauber, LCSW, private home in Spring Valley, 9am-7pm, 845354-8094

Bone Marrow Drive for Ed Schwartz, Temple Israel, Ridgewood, 9:30am-1:30pm, stenlady@gmail.com Teleconference: Bilvai Mishkan Evneh: Chaburah on the Energies of the Chodesh, for women, Rabbi Itamar Schwartz, 9:30am, 973-246-5223 “An Appreciation of Chazzonus: The Life and Artistry of Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt,” Charlie Bernhaut, includes brunch, Cong Ohav Emeth, Highland Park, 10am, 732-572-5613 “Shake It Up,” for special-needs adults age 18 and up, includes an art program, Susan Greif, at Yachad, Teaneck, 10am, 201-833-1349 Sen Al Franken (D-MN), spons by NORPAC, private home in Teaneck, 11am, 201-788-5133 Children’s Circle, for specialneeds children, includes music, art, baking, story-time, sports, and entertainment, spons by the Friendship Circle, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, noon, 201-262-7172 Teen Circle, for special-needs young adults 12-21, high school

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volunteers, spons by the Friendship Circle, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, noon, 201-262-7172 Kids in the Kitchen, for boys ages 5-8 and girls ages 5-10, spons by Anshei Lubavitch Congregation, private home in Fair Lawn, 1:30pm, rivky@flchabad.com Jewish Girls Club, for 8th grade girls, Rebbetzin Mussie Mangel, Chabad House, Cherry Hill, 5pm, 856-874-1500 “A Reconciliation of Torah and Science Based on the Teachings of the Maharal,” for men and women, Rabbi Netanel Wiederbland, Cong Kehilas Bais Yosef, Passaic, 8pm, kby613@gmail.com Shidduch Meeting, for sponsors to present (on paper or with photographs) single men and women of all ages, spons by L’Chaim, private home in Monsey, 8:15pm, 845-425-3463 “The Tower of Bavel,” Rabbi David Silver, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 8:15pm, 201-837-2795 “Spousal Responsibility,” Rabbi Yosef Veiner, private home in Spring Valley, 8:30pm, 845-362-9222 TV Film: “My Father My Lord (Hofshat Kaits),” discussion with George Robinson, CUNY-TV, channel 25, 30, 75, or 77, 9pm

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All You Ever Wanted to Know about Breast Feeding, Elly Gail Egenberg, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 11am, 845-362-4400 Shidduch Meeting, for sponsors to present (on paper or with photographs) Modern Orthodox singles ages 25-40, spons by L’Chaim, private home, West Orange, 8pm, 973-736-8683 Shidduch Meeting, for sponsors to present (on paper or with photographs) single men and women 18-30 who are going to college or working, spons by L’Chaim, private home in Monsey, 8:15pm, 845-362-0895 “Coping with Hardships with Simcha and Emunah,” for women, Rebbetzin Ruthie Karlinsky, Ohr Samayach, Monsey, 8:30pm, 845-352-3735 “Taharat Hamishpacha,” for women, Nechama Price, Cong Beth Aaron, Teaneck, 8:30pm, 201-675-6270

Support Group for Parents of Young Adults with Disabilities in Transition, Chani Herrmann, Yachad office, Teaneck, 9:15pm, eve@yudel.com

Tues., Jan 7

“The Art of Public Speaking: A Mock Toastmasters Meeting,” Dr. Mark Grebenau, includes lunch, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 11:15am, 973-736-1407 ext 240 “The Yiddish Language Today, Dead or Alive: Is Yiddish Literature Still Relevant in the 21st Century: ‘The Last Demon’ and ‘Gimpel the Fool,’” Prof Agi Legutko, JCC of Middlesex County, Edison, 1:30pm, 732-494-3232 Bret Stephens, spons by AIPAC, includes dessert reception, Cong Etz Chaim, Livingston, 7pm, 212-750-4110 or 973-597-1655 “For Girls Only,” for specialneeds teenage girls, Shelley Levy, JCC, Tenafly, 7pm, 201-408-1489 Pregnancy and Newborn Loss Support Group, Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, 8pm, 201-833-3058 “Tu B’Shevat: A Time of Personal Renewal,” for women and high school girls, Rebbetzin Ivy Kalazan, Cong Ohr Torah, West Orange, 8pm, 973-325-3749 Dan’s Deals Seminar: “A Guide to Your Credit Score Tips and Tricks for Mileage Redemption, Paid Flights, and Hotel Stays,” Dan, for men and women age 15 and up, spons by AMIT, Ma’ayanot High School for Girls, Teaneck, 8pm, www.amitchildren.org “Modern Business Ethics: The Walmart Effect—Predatory Pricing and Halacha,” Rabbi Nuriel Klinger, Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park, 8pm, 732-247-0532 Shidduch Meeting, for sponsors to present (on paper or with photographs) divorced, widowed, or single men and women of all ages who are willing to take on a family, spons by L’Chaim, private home in Monsey, 8:15pm, 845-354-6784 Reviewing Halachos of Taharas HaMishpacha, for men, Rabbi Yaakov Luban, spons by Irgun Shiurei Torah, at Cong Ohr Torah, Edison, 8:30pm, 732-777-6840

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MetroWest Book Club: “The Story Teller” by Jodi Picoult, Carol Berman, The Woodlands Clubhouse, West Orange, 11am, 973-530-3421 JCC Book Club: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 1pm, 845-362-4400 Tomchei Shabbos of PassaicClifton Volunteers Needed, for packing and delivery, warehouse in Passaic, women and girls, 6pm; men and boys, 7pm; drivers, 8pm, yona@idt.net 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 Mom’s Support Group, for mothers of children with special needs, Beth Giladi, LSW, spons by Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, JCC, West Orange, 7:30pm, 973-765-9050 or 973-929-3129 Book Club and Book Signing: “A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel,” with author Dr. Dara Horn, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, Livingston, 7:30pm, svickar@yahoo.com Sefer Shmuel I, Rabbi Marc Spivak, spons by Cong Ohr Torah, at private homes, West Orange, 8pm, 973-669-7320 Makhela Israeli-Style Choir, for those who can read and sing in Hebrew, Zvi Klein, JCC, Tenafly, 8pm, 201-569-7900 Shidduch Meeting, for sponsors to present (on paper or with photographs) chassidish or heimish single men and women of all ages, spons by L’Chaim, private home in Monsey, 8:15pm, 845-426-0822

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Jewish Business Network, CASE Museum of Russian Art, Jersey City, 8:30am, Joshua@offnyc.com “Jewish Views on Issues Facing Seniors,” Rabbi Gary Katz, JCC, Tenafly, 11:15am, 201-408-1455 Film: “Rhapsody in Blue,” with Renee Weiner, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 1pm, 845-362-4400 MetroWest Book Club: “The Story Teller” by Jodi Picoult,

Carol Berman, JCC, West Orange, 7:30pm, 973-530-3421 Chabad Women’s Connection: Learning, Conversation, and Camaraderie: Becoming a Candle,” for women, Malkie Herson, Chabad Jewish Center, Basking Ridge, 7:30pm, mherson@aol.com “From Inner Space to Outer Space: Insight into the Question of Life on Other Planets, Human Life beyond the Earth, and Life in the Unexplored Depths of Ourselves as Seen in the Works of the Great Thinkers of Judaism from Moses to Maimonides to the Lubavitcher Rebbe,” Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe, Chabad Center, Cherry Hill, 7:30pm, 856-874-1500 ext 302 “The Seven Habits of DeStressed Parents: How to Eliminate Worry and Anxiety from Your Life through Mindful Living,” Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf, Moriah School, Englewood, 8pm, 201-567-0208

Fri., Jan 10

Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, scholar-in-residence, Cong Anshe Chesed, Linden, through Shabbat, Jan 11, 908-486-8616 Rabbi Berel Wein, scholar-in-residence, Cong Etz Chaim, Livingston, through Shabbat, Jan 11, 973-597-1655 Israeli-Style Shabbat Dinner, includes songs and performance led by the Boys Hebrew School class, Chabad of Passaic County, Wayne, 6pm, 973-694-6274 Young Israel of Passaic-Clifton Oneg for Men, private home in Passaic, 10pm, 973-330-2285

Shabbat, Jan 11

Sisterhood Shabbat, featuring Torah Class for women, Rebbetzin Maxine Pilavin, Cong Sons of Israel, Manalapan, 9:30am, 732446-3000 Study Group: “The Thought of Rabbi Tzadok from Lublin,” Prof Alan Brill, private home in Teaneck, 4pm, safek7@gmail.com Bnai Akiva Snif (Shabbat Afternoon Groups), for grades 1-6, Cong Netivot Shalom, Teaneck, 4:15pm, pscheininger@ hotmail.com Pearls of Prayer, for girls, includes seudah shlishit, Riverdale Jewish Center, after mincha, 718-548-1850


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Motzei Shabbat Fun, for grades K-5, includes pizza and sundaes, Young Israel of East Brunswick, 6:30pm, 732-254-1860 Super Sibs, for girls in grades 1-5 with a special-needs sibling, spons by The Friendship Circle, private home in Teaneck, 7pm, 201-262-7172 NJ Devils vs Florida Panthers, trip for families spons by Cong Ohav Emeth of Highland Park, at the Prudential Center, Newark, 7pm, OETeens@gmail.com Chabad of Riverdale Dinner, honoring Rachel and Daniel Friedlander and Elissa and Steven Seltzer, at the New York Botanical Garden, 7:30pm, 718-549-1100 Cong Knesses Yisroel Boys Choir, for boys in grades 5-8, Rabbi Shlomi Eisenberger, private home in New Hempstead, 7:45pm, 845-300-1776 “Sexual Abuse: How Can We Prevent It and What Happens When We Report It,” Union County Asst Prosecutor John Esmerado, Lt Randi Colatrella and Sgt Raj Chopra of the Middlesex County Sex Crime and Child Abuse Unit, and Kathi Indiviglio, spons by the Orthodox Forum, Cong Ohr Torah, Edison, 8pm, 732-777-6840 or hpedisonorthodoxforum@gmail.com “Rabbis and Responsa Melave Malka: Rav Ovadia Yosef,” Rabbi David Hellman, Riverdale Jewish Center, 8pm, 718-548-1850 Tu B’Shevat Sing-Along, JCC, Tenafly, 8pm, 201-569-7900 Tifereth Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation Program, for women, private home in Edison, 8:15pm, 732-572-4713 “From Yavneh to Teaneck,” Rabbi Berel Wein, Heichal HaTorah, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 8:30pm, 201-335-0633 x 10 TV Film: “Beaufort,” discussion with Stuart Liebman, CUNYTV, channel 25, 30, 75, or 77, 9pm

Sun., Jan 12

Open House at The Otesaga Resort, the site of Vim’s Holidays’ Passover program in Cooperstown, includes complimentary roundtrip bus transportation and boxed lunches, call 718-998-4477 Davening and Bikur Cholim at Daughters of Miriam in Clifton, meet at Cong Shomrei Torah,

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Fair Lawn, 8:15am; davening, followed by breakfast and bikur cholim, 8:45am, samapprais@aim.com “Creating the Marriage You Always Wanted: Couples Workshop,” for husbands and wives, Rabbi Doniel Frank and Rivka Stauber, LCSW, private home in Spring Valley, 9am-7pm, 845-354-8094 Breakfast at Dunkin Donuts, for boys and girls ages 6-12, spons by Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park, at Dunkin Donuts, 9am, 732247-0532 Partners in Torah Breakfast, honoring Avi and Rivky Pruzansky, Stewart and Tamra Ackerman, Tzvi and Dena Mayerfeld, and Lisa Raphael, Cong Tifereth Israel, Passaic, 9:30am, 973-2213650 ext 122 “Learn to Tell Your Parents’ Holocaust Story,” Sandy Rubinstein, includes workshops for second and third generation, Cong Etz Chaim, Livingston, 9:30am, 973-597-1655 Feeding the Hungry at Eva’s Kitchen, spons by Young Israel of Passaic-Clifton, volunteers needed to purchase, bake, and distribute, leave Young Israel, Passaic, 9:45am, 973-471-5376 or 973-472-2531 “Heartwarming Chassidic Tales and Insights of Jewish Joy and Celebration,” Rabbi Tzvi Mandel, includes breakfast, Van Cortlandt Jewish Center, Riverdale, 9:45am, 718-884-6105 “Exploring Hashem’s Beautiful World: Hikes around the NYC Metropolitan Area in Time for Tu B’Shevat,” Daniel Chazin, Cong Beth Aaron, Teaneck, 10am, 201-836-6210 Rockland Jewish Family Service Camp Open House, for children and teens with social deficits, Rockland JCC, West Nyack, 10am, 845-354-2121 Cooking for Tu B’Shevat, in Hebrew, for parents and children ages 3-8, Chef Ayelet Nathaniel, JCC, Tenafly, 11am, 201-408-1427 Opening Celebration of Exhibit: “Judaism: A Visual Conversation,” featuring the works of Linda Coppelson, Jo Jochnowitz, Rachel Kanter, Gene Lowinger, Jennifer Moses, and Milt Ohring, JCC, West Orange, 11am1pm, 973–530–3413

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Sisterhood Meet, Greet, and Socialize: “A Demo by Italian Verona Chefs: PastaPatchkin Italian Cooking in a Kosher Kitchen: A Delicious Dairy Delight,” for women, Cong Ohr Torah, West Orange, 11am, rsharret@hotmail.com Tu B’Shevat Arts and Crafts: Make a chia pet grass head, in Hebrew, for children ages 3-7, Inbar Bibring, JCC, Tenafly, 11:30am, 201-408-1427 Children’s Circle, for specialneeds children, includes music, art, baking, story-time, sports, and entertainment, spons by the Friendship Circle, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, noon, 201-262-7172 Teen Circle, for special-needs young adults 12-21, high school volunteers, spons by the Friendship Circle, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, noon, 201-262-7172 “Movie, Smoothies, and Free Play,” for children ages 5-10, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 1-3:30pm, 718-796-4730 Ametz Adoption Program, for adoptive parents or parentsto-be, Marci Schwartz, MSW, includes childcare, Nanuet Hebrew

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Center, 1:30pm, 212-558-9949 Tu B’Shevat Planting and Pot Decorating, for families with children in grades K-4, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 2pm, 845-362-4400 Friendship Circle Action, for teen volunteers to pay in-home visits to senior Holocaust survivors, leave from the Chabad Center, Wayne, 2pm, 973-694-6274 Uncle Moishy and His Mitzvah Men, in concert, spons by JEP of Rockland, at Ramapo Senior High School, Spring Valley, 3pm, 845-222-6436 Bat Mitzvah Club, for girls ages 11-13 from throughout the area, Chaya Kanelsky, private home in Elizabeth, 4pm, 908-463-3347 or 908-662-2722 Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey Dinner, honoring Jonathan and Leah Silver and Ann Robbins, at Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 5pm, 201-986-1414 “Is It Legit? Steering Your Way through Everyday Ethical Dilemmas: Privacy,” for teens, Rabbi Mendy Mangel, Chabad House, Cherry Hill, 5pm, mussie@TheChabadCenter.org Auditions for “The Diary

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of Anne Frank,” for actors ages 12 and up, Shawn Renfro, Riverdale YMHA, 5-8pm, 718-548-8200 ext 208 Chabad Unity Event: Celebrating the Glory of Torah, spons by Chabad of Passaic-Clifton to complete its Stage 2 Torah Library, honoring Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco, and featuring comedian Reuven Russell, motivational speaker Zack Pollack tenor David Abitol, and Rabbi Yitzchak and Rebbetzin Miriam Sebbag, Mediterranean buffet dinner, at Cong Beis Shalom, Clifton, 5:30pm, 973-246-5251 or rabbisebbag@gmail.com SAR’s 45th Anniversary Dinner, honoring Sharon “Morah Golda” Sturm, Valerie Altmann and Daniel Perla, and Michal and Moshe Abehsera, at the school, Riverdale, 6pm, 718-548-2727 Film: “The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers,” Shahar Azani, includes Israeli Marketplace and wine-and-cheese reception, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, Livingston, 6pm, 973-597-1115 Torah Links of Middle Sex County Benefit, honoring Joseph “Zeidy” Farkas, Josh Denenberg, Evan Goldwasser, and Dan Granot, at the Radisson Freehold Hotel, 6pm, 732-613-1613 Rockland and Bergen County Adoptive Families Meet-Up and Support Group, for those who have already adopted or are in the process of adopting, internationally and domestically, private home, 7:30pm, www.meetup.com/Rockland-andBergen-Adoptive-Families Kosher Cooking Class, Sharon Heyden, spons by EMUNAH, private home in Highland Park, 7:30pm, paulmyk@aol.com Cong Knesses Yisroel Boys Choir, for boys in grades 5-8, Rabbi

Shlomi Eisenberger, private home in New Hempstead, 7:45pm, 845300-1776 “Megillat Esther,” Rabbi David Silver, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 8:15pm, 201-837-2795 “Prophets or Politicians? Who Wrote Sefer Shoftim and Sefer Shmuel,” Rabbi Menachem Leibtag, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 8:30am, 201-837-2795 TV Film: “Beaufort,” discussion with Stuart Liebman, CUNYTV, channel 25, 30, 75, or 77, 9pm

Mon., Jan 13

Caregivers Support Group, for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, JCC, Tenafly, 7pm, 201-569-7900 Film: “Terribly Happy,” with Harold Chapler, JCC, Tenafly, 7:30pm, 201-408-1493 Shidduch Meeting, for sponsors to present (on paper or with photographs) single men and women of all ages, spons by L’Chaim, private home in Spring Valley, 8pm, 845-517-0713 “Become a Love and Logic Parent: Practical Skills That Can Be Used Immediately,” Rabbi Dani Staum, LMSW, ASHAR, New City, 8pm, 845-641-5094 “Taharat Hamishpacha,” for women, Nechama Price, Cong Beth Aaron, Teaneck, 8:30pm, 201675-6270

Tues., Jan 14

Opening of the PassaicClifton Preschool, for children ages 2-4, Malka Slatus, Cong Beth Shalom, Clifton, 8am-4:30pm, 973580-8436 “The French Resistance during World War II,” Prof Patrick Henry, JCC, Margate, 10am, 609-822-1854 Caregivers Support Group, for those caring for a loved one

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Wed., Jan 15

Cong Ahavas Achim of Highland Park Mission to Israel Departs, returns Mon., Jan 27, 732-247-0532 Hilchos Shabbos Shiur, Rabbi Avrohom Herman, Jewish Educational Center, Elizabeth, 10am, aherman9@yahoo.com Lunch and Learn: “This Land is My Land: A Study of the Ties That Bind Us to Eretz Yisrael from the Torah and Talmud,” Elana Flaumenhaft, Young Israel of Fort Lee, noon, 201-592-1518, 201-849-5382, or 201-944-6350 “Yiddish Nostalgia,” Gloria Birnbaum, Riverdale YMHA, 1pm, 718-548-8200 Auditions for “The Diary of Anne Frank,” for actors ages 12 and up, Shawn Renfro, Riverdale YMHA, 5:30-8:30pm, 718548-8200 ext 208 “You’re Hungry, Sit Down, Eat,” for parents and children ages 10 and up, JCC, Tenafly, 6pm, 201569-7900 Teen Scene, for special-needs teens ages 13-21,with teen volunteers, spons by the Friendship Circle, at the Frisch School, Paramus, 6pm, 201-262-7172 Support Group: Strength to Strength, for parents whose children, 15-25, are dealing with chemical dependency, psychological disorders, and/or co-occurring issues, Dr. Jeffrey Berman, JCC, Tenafly, 7pm, 201-408-1403 or 201-569-7900 Abused Women’s Confidential Support Group, Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 7:15pm, 201-837-9090 Cong Sons of Israel Sisterhood Book Chat: “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout, Cong Sons of Israel, Manalapan, 7:15pm, 732-446-3000 “Smoothies and Spirituality: In Celebration of Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for Trees,” for women, Chabad Center, Cherry Hill, 7:30pm, 856-874-1500 “The Ganei Ha’Ela Community in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel, for English Speakers,” Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb and Shelly Levine,


http://jewishvoiceandopinion.com private home in Teaneck, 8pm, 646-783-8408 Shomer Shabbos Boy Scout Meeting, for boys in 6th grade or 11 years old and up, Bais Medrash L’Torah, Rabbi Davis’s shul, Passaic, 8pm, HFishman@rafterpllc.com Girls Night Out: Tu B’Shevat Seder, Cong Ahawas Achim, Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 8pm, 973-736-1407 or yaelbleicher@gmail.com Tehillim Group, Cong Shaare Tefillah, Teaneck, 8:15pm, 201-2895474, 917-902-9303, or 201-836-3431 Shidduch Meeting, for sponsors to present (on paper or with photographs) Modern Orthodox single men and women of all ages, spons by L’Chaim, private home in Monsey, 8:15pm, 845-425-1725

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Somaich Achim Jewish Family Services Food Pantry Program non-perishable food and consumer items and produce available free of charge or for a nominal fee, volunteers needed, too, Cong Adas Israel, Passaic, 9:30am-1:30pm; 8-9pm, 973-246-7717 Tu B’Shevat Seder, Jessica Spiegel, JCC, Tenafly, 11:15am, 201408-1455 Mishmor, for special-needs and normally developing boys and girls grades 2-5, includes study with rabbinic students, help with homework, stores, sports, and refreshments, Friendship Circle, Livingston, 6:30pm, 973-251-0200 Culinary Program: Celebrate Tu B’Shevat, Amalia Schneider, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 7pm, 845-362-4400 Women’s Circle Networking Initiative, in Hebrew, JCC, Tenafly, 8pm, 201-569-7900

Fri., Jan 17

Last day to order a yellow reflective belt from Hatzalah of Union County, $4 each or 5 for $18, 908-337-4155 Community Shabbat Dinner, Chabad Ventnor Shul, 609822-8500

Shabbat, Jan 18

Educational Prayer Service, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, includes discussions and commentary, prayers in English and Hebrew transliteration, at Cong Zichron Mordechai, Teaneck, 9:45am,

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201-966-4498 or 201-836-4334 Tu B’Shevat Seder, for children, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 3pm, 718-796-4730 “Drunk with Words: Returning to the Hebrew Poets of Medieval Spain,” Prof Ronnie Perelis, Cong Netivot Shalom, Teaneck, 4:10pm, info@netivotshalomnj.org

Motzei Shabbat, Jan 18

Shiur, Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Young Israel of Riverdale, 7pm, 718-548-4765 “Hilchos Taharas HaMishpacha,” for women, Rebbetzin Devorah Schabes, Cong Knesses Yisroel, Spring Valley, 8:15pm, 845-354-1037 TV Film: “Ajami,” with Isaac Zablocki, CUNY-TV, channel 25, 30, 75, or 77, 9pm

Sun., Jan 19

Deadline to Apply for a Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award of $36,000, given to 15 altruistic teens ages 13-19 (five from California, 10 from communities throughout the country), awarded for spearheading a volunteer service project that can make a difference locally, nationally, or globally, award to spent as the recipient wishes, to enter go to www.dillerteenawards.org or call 415-512-6432 Areyvut Mitzvah Clowning Program MetroWest Introductory Session, for students and adults 6th grade and up, Lester Senior Housing, Whippany, 12:30pm, 201-244-6702 Jewish Girls Club, for 8th grade girls, Rebbetzin Mussie Mangel, Chabad House, Cherry Hill, 5pm, 856-874-1500 “Is It Legit? Steering Your Way through Everyday Ethical Dilemmas: Bullying,” for teens, Rabbi Mendy Mangel, Chabad House, Cherry Hill, 5pm, mussie@TheChabadCenter.org Hadassah Book Club: “No Joke” by Ruth Wisse, private home in Highland Park, 7:30pm, 732545-3127 TV Film: “Ajami,” with Isaac Zablocki, CUNY-TV, channel 25, 30, 75, or 77, 9pm

Mon, Jan 20

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert, featuring Rev Roger Hambrick and the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir and the Kinneret

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Tues., Jan 21

“Seven Most Common Nida Shaylos and How We Can Supply the Right Information to the Rav,” for women, Rabbi Yisroel Teichman, Cong Ateres Rosh, Spring Valley, 10:30am, 845-362-0545 “Pedestrian Safety,” Arnie Anderson, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 11:15am, 973-736-1407 ext 240 “Modern Business Ethics: May I Invest in McDonald’s?” Rabbi Nuriel Klinger, Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park, 8pm, 732-247-0532 Vaad Mussar Introductory Class, for men, private home in Monsey, 8:30pm, 917-797-5347

Wed., Jan 22

“Brunch and Learn: When You Are Not in the Mood of Your Spouse,” Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport, includes the film “Mamadrama: The Jewish Mother in Cinema,” JCC, Margare, 10:30am, 609-822-1167 ext 138 “Folk Music of the Mediterranean,” Leona Schwab, JCC, Tenafly, 11:15am, 201-408-1455 Second Generation, for children of Holocaust Survivors, Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 7pm, 201-837-9090 Sefer Shmuel I, Rabbi Marc Spivak, spons by Cong Ohr Torah, at private homes, West Orange, 8pm, 973-669-7320 Tomchei Shabbos of PassaicClifton Volunteers Needed, for packing and delivery, warehouse in Passaic, women and girls, 6pm; men and boys, 7pm; drivers, 8pm, yona@idt.net Jewish Business Network of Passaic County, for Jewish business leaders, entrepreneurs, and profes-

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sionals who wish to develop business skills and share ideas, Chabad House, Wayne, 7pm, 973-694-6274 Loaves of Love: Mega Challah Bake, for women and girls, spons by Chabad of Suffern, at the Courtyard Marriott Montvale, 7pm, Devorah@JewishSuffern.com “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 Makhela Israeli-Style Choir, for those who can read and sing in Hebrew, Zvi Klein, JCC, Tenafly, 8pm, 201-569-7900 North Jersey J Tech: Local Companies and Technologists with a Jewish Angle,” JCC, Tenafly, 8:30pm, 201-569-7900

Thurs., Jan 23

Caregivers Support Group, for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, JCC, Tenafly, 11am, 201-569-7900 “My Family Story: A Collaboration with Beit Hatzfutzot Israel,” in English and Hebrew, for ages 11-13, JCC, Tenafly, 5pm, 201-408-1427 JTech Meet Up Group, panel discussion of experienced startup investors discussing current market conditions impacting start ups and their investors, JCC, Tenafly, 8:30pm, 201-408-1427

Fri., Jan 24

Film: “The Flat,” in Hebrew with English subtitles, Riverdale YMHA, 10am, 718-548-8200 Carlebach Davening: Musical Kabbalat Shabbat, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 4:45pm, 201-833-0515 Carlebach Minyan, after mincha, Torah Academy of Bergen County, 4:45pm, 347-443-2199

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Shovevim Finale Friday Night Dinner, Leil Iyun, and Oneg: A Night of Song, Study, and Inspiration, Riverdale Jewish Center, 4:45pm, 718-548-1850 “The Evolution of Orthodoxy and the Making of Chareidim” Rabbi Natan Slifkin, scholar-in-residence, includes dinner, dessert, and oneg, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 5:15pm, 718-796-4730

Shabbat, Jan 25

Carlebach Minyan, Cong Darchei Noam, Fair Lawn, 8:45am, rabbidonath@gmail.com Tefilat Shlomo: The Carlebach Tefila of Riverdale, includes light and healthy Kiddush, at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 9am, 718-796-4730 Rabbi Natan Slifkin, scholarin-residence, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, “The Animal Kingdom in Jewish Thought,” 10:30am; “Radically Rethinking Organ Donation,” noon, 718-796-4730 “What’s New about the Jews from the Pews? The Pew Research Center’s Study of American Jewry,” Rabbi Lawrence Zierler, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 11:45am, 201-833-0515 “How Contemporary Poetry Intersects with Jewish Theology and Mysticism,” Yehoshua November, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, noon, 201-837-2795 Study Group: “The Thought of Rabbi Tzadok from Lublin,” Prof Alan Brill, private home in Teaneck, 4pm, safek7@gmail.com Pearls of Prayer, for girls, includes seudah shlishit, Riverdale Jewish Center, after mincha, 718-548-1850

Motzei Shabbat, Jan 25

Chinese Dinner and Pete Nicholas Ventriloquist Program, Cong Sons of Israel, Manalapan, 8pm, 732-446-3000 “Hilchos Taharas HaMishpacha,” for women, Rebbetzin Devorah Schabes, Cong Knesses Yisroel, Spring Valley, 8:15pm, 845-354-1037 “A Review Course on the Laws of Taharas HaMishpacha: Material Which Has Not Been Addressed in Previous Years,” for married men, Rabbi Dovid Baum, Yeshiva Passaic Torah Institute, 8:30pm, 973-594-4774 TV Film: “Carmel,” with Jonathan Brent, CUNY-TV, channel 25, 30, 75, or 77, 9pm

Sun. Jan 26

Davening and Bikur Cholim at Daughters of Miriam in Clifton, meet at Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 8:15am; davening, followed by breakfast and bikur cholim, 8:45am, samapprais@aim.com Auditions for “Ladies Got Talent,: an all-female talent show for women by women, Mt Sinai Jewish Center, Washington Hts, Manhattan, 9am-5pm, 212-568-1900 or Ladiesgottalent@gmail.com Breakfast at Dunkin Donuts, for boys and girls ages 6-12, spons by Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park, at Dunkin Donuts, 9am, 732247-0532 Shurat HaDin (Israel Law Center) Successes in Combating Terrorism by Suing Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Hezbollah, and Other Terror Groups on Behalf of Israel’s Victims of Terror,” Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, to benefit Yashar

LaChayal for programs for soldiers, at Cong B’nai Tikvah, North Brunswick, 11am, 732-613-4456 “Kids in Action: Using Our Feet to Make the World a Better Place,” for children ages 6-12, includes a trip to the Ice Vault Skating Rink, meeting is at the Chabad Center, Wayne, 1pm, 973-694-6274 “Of Sound Mind and Dead Body” Murder Mystery Show, Van Cortlandt Jewish Center, Riverdale, Chinese raffle, 11am; Chinese buffet lunch, noon; show, 1pm; coffee, tea, and dessert, 3pm, 718-884-6105 Friendship Circle Bowling, for special-needs children, their siblings, and Friendship Circle volunteers, Holiday Bowl, Oakland, noon, 973-694-6274 “Movie, Smoothies, and Free Play,” for children ages 5-10, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 1-3:30pm, 718-796-4730 Friendship Circle Bowling, for special-needs children, their siblings and Friendship Circle volunteers, Van Houten Lanes, Clifton, 1:45pm, 973-694-6274 Areyvut Mitzvah Clown Session, for students and adults in 6th grade and up, Bright Side Manor, Teaneck, 4pm, 201-244-6702 JACS Meeting, 12-steps meeting for Jews in recovery, Rabbi Steven Bayar, Cong B’nai Israel, Millburn, 6pm, 973-379-3811 TV Film: “Carmel,” with Jonathan Brent, CUNY-TV, channel 25, 30, 75, or 77, 9pm

Mon., Jan 27

Smile on Seniors, for senior men and women, includes brunch, Chabad House, Wayne, 11:30am, 973-694-6274 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration with Survivor, Dr. Bella Shore, includes candle-lighting ceremony, Rockland Community College, Suffern, 2pm, 845-5744099 JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemical Dependent Persons, and Significant Others) Organizational Meeting, Jewish Family and Vocational Service of Middlesex County, Milltown, 7:30pm, 732-777-1940

“Become a Love and Logic Parent: Practical Skills That Can Be Used Immediately,” Rabbi Dani Staum, LMSW, ASHAR, New City, 8pm, 845-641-5094 Support Group for Parents of Young Adults with Disabilities in Transition, Chani Herrmann, Yachad office, Teaneck, 9:15pm, eve@yudel.com

Tues., Jan 28

“Mishenichnas Adar Marbim Besimcha: Bring Simcha into Our Home,” for women, Rena Kenarik, Cong Ateres Rosh, Spring Valley, 10:30am, 845-362-0545 Jewish-Themed Social Experience, for special-needs adults, private location in Paramus, 6pm, 201-262-7172 Zumba, for women, Cong Sons of Israel, Manalapan, 7:30pm, 732-446-3000 “Modern Business Ethics: Striking a Balance—Earning a Living vs Learning Torah,” Rabbi Nuriel Klinger, Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park, 8pm, 732-247-0532 “What Is It Like to Be a Prophet? Delivering and Composing the Word of Hashem, Seen through the Lens of Sefer Yonah,” for men and women, Rabbi Jeremy Donath, Cong Darchei Noam, Fair Lawn, 8:15pm, 201-773-4080

Wed., Jan 29

Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing Open House, for those interested in one-year LPN or to- or three-year RN programs, works in conjunction with St Peter’s College to offer AAS degree in Health Sciences, financial aid available, at Holy Name, Teaneck, 3-6pm, 201-833-3005 Teen Scene: Sports and Athletics, for special-needs young adults ages 13-21, with high school volunteers and Coach Chanan, spons by The Friendship Circle, Torah Academy of Bergen County, Teaneck, 6pm, 201-262-7172 Abused Women’s Confidential Support Group, Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 7:15pm, 201-837-9090 Tehillim Group, Cong Shaare Tefillah, Teaneck, 8:15pm, 201-2895474, 917-902-9303, or 201-836-3431 Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Engagement: Study, Volun-


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Somaich Achim Jewish Family Services Food Pantry Program non-perishable food and consumer items and produce available free of charge or for a nominal fee, volunteers needed, too, Cong Adas Israel, Passaic, 9:30am-1:30pm; 8-9pm, 973-246-7717 “Jewish Views on Issues Facing Seniors,” Rabbi Gary Katz, JCC, Tenafly, 11:15am, 201408-1455 Cooking Circle, for specialneeds children ages 5-12 and their siblings, spons by the Friendship Circle, Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, Teaneck, 5:30pm, 201-262-7172 Mishmor, for special-needs and normally developing boys and girls grades 2-5, includes study with rabbinic students, help with homework, stores, sports, and refreshments, Friendship Circle, Livingston, 6:30pm, 973-251-0200

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Charles Winetsky, Andy Van Houter, Judah Loewenstein, and Michael Newman, scholarsin-residence, Cong Anshe Chesed, Linden, through Shabbat, Feb 1, 908-486-8616 Home-Grown Scholars-inResidence: Charles Winetsky, Andy Van Houter, Judah Loewenstein, and Michael Newman, Cong Anshe Chesed, Linden, through Shabbat, Feb 1, 908-486-8616 Taste and Judge the CookOff, Cong Arzei Darom, Teaneck, 8pm, debbietyler@yahoo.com

Shabbat, Feb 1

Educational Prayer Service, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, includes discussions and commentary, prayers in English and Hebrew transliteration, at Cong Zichron Mordechai, Teaneck, 9:45am, 201-966-4498 or 201-836-4334

Motzei Shabbat, Feb 1

Sibshops, for children ages 7-12 who have a brother or sister with a disability, Chani Herrmann, spons by NJ Yachad, includes pizza and ice cream, at Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 6:30pm, 201-833-1349 Shiur, Rabbi Mordechai Wil-

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lig, Young Israel of Riverdale, 7pm, 718-548-4765 Melave Malka and PostNuptial Agreement Signing Party, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 7pm, 718-796-4730 “Rabbis and Responsa Melave Malka: Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik,” Rabbi David Hellman, Riverdale Jewish Center, 8pm, 718-548-1850 “Israeli Business Circle: Innovation and Survival in Evolving Markets,” in Hebrew, Einav Gefen, JCC, Tenafly, 8:30pm, 201408-1427

Sun., Feb 2

Teleconference: Bilvai Mishkan Evneh: Chaburah on the Energies of the Chodesh, for women, Rabbi Itamar Schwartz, 9:30am, 973-246-5223 “To Be a Jew in the Free World: To Struggle for Identity in Modern Times—Once a Jew, Forever a Jew,” Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Chabad of Riverdale, 9:45am, 718-549-1100 7-11, for children ages 7-11 who have difficulties reading social cues or navigating social situations, such as those with ADHD and Asperger’s, Dr. Avigael Wodinsky, includes strategies for emotion regulation, friendship skills, understanding thoughts and feelings, conversation and social-problem solving skills, spons by The Friendship Circle, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 10am, 201-262-7172 Pre-Collegiate Learning Center Jewish Middle School Open House, at the school in East Brunswick, 10am, 732-387-2693 Shake and Dance, adult with child up to age 5, Fresh Theatre Arts, at Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park, 10:30am, 732-247-0532 Areyvut Mitzvah Clown Session, for students and adults in 6th grade and up, Daughters of Israel, West Orange, 10:30am, 201-244-6702 Kids in the Kitchen, for boys ages 5-8 and girls ages 5-10, spons by Anshei Lubavitch Congregation, private home in Fair Lawn, 1:30pm, rivky@flchabad.com Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute (MSAWI) Program, Rabbinic Intern Dan Milner, LTJG, CCPO USN, includes learning and activities, such as making matzah

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Mon., Feb 3

“Tel Aviv: Between the Margins and the Center of Israeli Society,” Gail Taub, Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Douglass College Center, New Brunswick, 4pm, 732-932-2033 Mitzvah Volunteer Program, for boys and girls in 6th grade who want to work with special-needs children, spons by the Friendship Circle, Cong Ahavath Torah, Englewood, 6:30pm, 201-262-7172 “To Be a Jew in the Free

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World: To Struggle for Identity in Modern Times—Once a Jew, Forever a Jew,” Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, Chabad of West Orange, 7:30pm, 973-486-2362; Rabbi Dov Drizin, Valley Chabad, Woodcliff Lake, 8pm, 201-476-0157 Friendship Circle Volunteer Orientation, for parents and teens who want to volunteer to work with special-needs children, Cong Beth Tefillah, Paramus, 8pm, 201-262-7172 “Become a Love and Logic Parent: Practical Skills That Can Be Used Immediately,” Rabbi Dani Staum, LMSW, ASHAR, New City, 8pm, 845-641-5094

Tues., Feb 4

Holiday Story Time, in English and Hebrew, for children age 3 and under and a caretaker, JCC, Tenafly, 9:30am, 201-569-7900 Women’s Club for Widows, Jewish Federation and Vocational Services, Concordia Shopping Center, Monroe, 10:30am, 732-7771940 or 609-395-7979 Documentary: “Visionaries,” Jewish Home at Rockleigh, 6:30pm, 201-750-4231 Volunteer Educational Seminar, for volunteers working with special-needs children, spons by The Friendship Circle, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 7pm, 201-262-7172 “To Be a Jew in the Free World: To Struggle for Identity in Modern Times—Once a Jew, Forever a Jew,” Chabad of Nyack, 7:30pm, 845-356-6686 Pregnancy and Newborn Loss Support Group, Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, 8pm, 201-833-3058

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Wed., Feb 5

Trip: “Experience Jewish Cuba,” a chance to visit and interact with Cuba’s Jews in Havana, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad, spons by the Jewish Federation of Rockland County, return Wed. Feb 12, 845-362-4200 ext 133 “The Unique Strength of Women,” for women, Atara Malach, Cong Ateres Rosh, Spring Valley, 10:30am, 845-362-0545 Teen Scene, for special-needs teens ages 13-21,with teen volunteers, spons by the Friendship Circle, at the Frisch School, Paramus, 6pm, 201-262-7172 Tomchei Shabbos of PassaicClifton Volunteers Needed, for packing and delivery, warehouse in Passaic, women and girls, 6pm; men and boys, 7pm; drivers, 8pm, yona@idt.net Contemporary Israeli Poetry Group, in the original with English translation and discussion, Atara Fobar, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 7pm, 718-796-4730 Support Group: Strength to Strength, for parents whose children, 15-25, are dealing with chemical dependency, psychological disorders, and/or co-occurring issues, Dr. Jeffrey Berman, JCC, Tenafly, 7pm, 201-408-1403 or 201-569-7900 Haifa Symphony Orchestra, in concert, seats available through Yachad, Bergen Performing Arts Center (PAC), Englewood, 7:30pm, 201-833-1349 Mom’s Support Group, for mothers of children with special needs, Beth Giladi, LSW, spons by Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, JCC, West Orange, 7:30pm, 973-765-9050 or 973-929-3129 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 Shomer Shabbos Boy Scout Meeting, for boys in 6th grade or 11 years old and up, Bais Medrash L’Torah, Rabbi Davis’s shul, Passaic, 8pm, HFishman@rafterpllc.com Sefer Shmuel I, Rabbi Marc Spivak, spons by Cong Ohr Torah, at private homes, West Orange, 8pm, 973-669-7320 Makhela Israeli-Style Choir, for those who can read and sing in Hebrew, Zvi Klein, JCC, Tenafly, 8pm, 201-569-7900 “To Be a Jew in the Free World: To Struggle for Identity in Modern Times—Once a Jew, Forever a Jew,” Rabbi Chanoch Kaplan, Chabad House, Franklin Lakes, 8pm, 201-848-0449

Thurs., Feb 6

Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing Open House, for those interested in one-year LPN or to- or three-year RN programs, works in conjunction with St Peter’s College to offer AAS degree in Health Sciences, financial aid available, at Holy Name, Teaneck, 3-6pm, 201-833-3005

Fri., Feb 7

Challah Baking, for grandparents and grandchildren age 3, JCC, Tenafly, 2:15pm, 201-569-7900 “Tour” of a Model of the Beit HaMikdash, Steven Frankel of Machon HaMikdash, includes Oneg Shabbat, spons by Cong Darchei Noam, at a private home in Fair Lawn, 7:30pm, 201-773-4080 Shabbat Chazzanut, Chazzan Netanel Hershtik and the Hamptoms Synagogue Choir conducted

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Shabbat, Feb 8

Seudah Shlishit, Communal Havdala, and Making a K’toret and Mizbeach Box for B’samim, Steven Frankel of Machon HaMikdash, Cong Darch Noam, Fair Lawn, 4pm, 201-773-4080 Study Group: “The Thought of Rabbi Tzadok from Lublin,” Prof Alan Brill, private home in Teaneck, 4pm, safek7@gmail.com Bnai Akiva Snif (Shabbat Afternoon Groups), for grades 1-6, Cong Netivot Shalom, Teaneck, 4:15pm, pscheininger@ hotmail.com Pearls of Prayer, for girls, includes seudah shlishit, Riverdale Jewish Center, after mincha, 718-548-1850 Challenges a Couple Faces in Taharat Hamishpacha, Yoetzet Halacha Shoshana Samuels, Cong Netivot Shalom, Teaneck, 4:45pm, info@netivotshalomnj.org

Motzei Shabbat, Feb 8

Highland Park/Edison Connects Women’s Potluck Melave Malka, spons by the Highland ParkEdison Welcoming Committee, private home in Highland Park, 7:30pm, 732-249-5116 Frisch Yeshiva High School Dinner, Marriott Glenpointe, Teaneck, 8pm, aviella.bareket@ gmail.com Red Carpet Panoply, includes buffer dinner, black-tie optional, spons by the Young Israel of Teaneck, at the Jewish Center of Teaneck, 8pm, yiotsisterhood@ gmail.com

Sun., Feb 9

Davening and Bikur Cholim at Daughters of Miriam in Clifton, meet at Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 8:15am; davening, followed by breakfast and bikur cholim, 8:45am, samapprais@aim.com Daughters of Israel Woman of Valor Breakfast Celebration, honoring Stacey Katz, Cong Sons of Israel, Manalapan, 9:30am, 732446-3000 “To Be a Jew in the Free World: To Struggle for Identity in Modern Times—Freedom for

All,” Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Chabad of Riverdale, 9:45am, 718-549-1100 “My Journey Back to Judaism: Attraction and Obstacles in My Private and Professional Life and the Decline of Jews Identifying with the Jewish Religion (according to the Pew Report),” Rabbi Jared Viders, includes breakfast, Van Cortlandt Jewish Center, Riverdale, 9:45am, 718-884-6105 Children’s Circle, for specialneeds children, includes music, art, baking, story-time, sports, and entertainment, spons by the Friendship Circle, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, noon, 201-262-7172 Teen Circle, for special-needs young adults 12-21, high school volunteers, spons by the Friendship Circle, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, noon, 201-262-7172 “Movie, Smoothies, and Free Play,” for children ages 5-10, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 1-3:30pm, 718-796-4730 Makhalet HaMerkaz Jewish Choir of Central NJ Winter Concert, includes dessert reception, Cong Sons of Israel, Manalapan, 3pm, 732-446-3000 Sinai Special Needs Institute Benefit Dinner, Marriott Glenpointe, Teaneck 5pm, 201-833-1134 Jewish Girls Club, for 8th grade girls, Rebbetzin Mussie Mangel, Chabad House, Cherry Hill, 5pm, 856-874-1500 “Is It Legit? Steering Your Way through Everyday Ethical Dilemmas: Responsibility,” for teens, Rabbi Mendy Mangel, Chabad House, Cherry Hill, 5pm, mussie@ TheChabadCenter.org Cong Ohr Torah Shul Dinner, honoring Moshe and Glenda Sherman and Zev and Rachelle Stern, at the shul, Edison, 5:30pm, 732-777-6840 Michael Levin, z”l, Lone Soldier Center in Israel, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 5:45pm, 718-796-4730 “To Be a Jew in the Free World: To Struggle for Identity in Modern Times—Freedom for All,” Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein, Anshe Lubavitch Congregation, Fair Lawn, 8pm, 718-839-5296Y


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Halacha Shiur, Rabbi Gershon West, Yeshiva Passaic Torah Institute, 9:25am, 973-594-4774 Learn Gemara Kiddushin, Rabbi Singer, Yeshiva Passaic Torah Institute, 9:50am, 862-371-3186 Judaic Studies Classes, for children with special-needs and those in secular school, spons by Kulanu C’Echad, Cong Ohr Torah, Edison, 10am, 732-725-1956 or 732-261-3356 Tefillah, for women, Rebbetzin Rivka Eichenstein, Cong Aguda Yisrael, Highland Park, 10am, 732-572-4408 “‘The Six Constant Mivzvos,’ by Rabbi Yitzchak Berkowitz,” for women, Rabbi David Bassous, Cong Etz Ahaim, Highland Park, 10am, 732-247-3839 Tefillah and Halacha, Cantor Chaim Dubin, Kingsbridge Center of Israel, Riverdale, 10am, 718-902-5101 Learn to Babysit for Children with Special Needs, for teens in grades 8-12, Rebecca Wanatick, M.Ed, includes CPR, first aid, and other topics such as Disability Awareness, Rights and Responsibilities, Modifying Games and Activities, and Handling Emergencies, JCC, West Orange, 4pm, 973-929-3129 Anonymous Group for Couples Who Have Declared Chapter 9, meeting to improve marriages and get strength from other couples, private location in Highland Park, 7pm, irvnrevak@yahoo. com, 732-599-1835, or 732-890-6312 Cong Ohav Emeth of Highland Park Teen Bowling League, at Stelton Lanes, Piscataway, 7pm, OETeens@gmail.com, begins Jan 26 “A-Ag-Agn-Ango-Agnon—S.Y. Agnon and Rebbe Nachman: The Connection between the Nobel Laureate and Rebbe Nachman of Breslov along with Other Important Influences on Agnon’s Writing,” Rabbi Jeffrey Saks, live from Israel, 7pm, www.WebYeshiva. org/Agnon or office@webyeshiva.org Nutritional and Dieting Support Group, for girls ages 10-13 years old, Simone Gampel, RD, CDE, private home in Highland Park, 7:30pm, 856-278-2597 Sukkah Chaburah, Binyomin Halberstam, Cong Tifereth Israel, Passaic, 9pm, 862-686-6748

Mondays

Parsha, for women, Rebbetzin Miri Cohen, private home in Highland Park, 9am, 732-249-5116 “Understanding the Language of the Torah: The Book of Exodus,” Etia Segall, JCC, Tenafly, 9:30am, 201-569-7900, begins Feb 3 Ulpan: Beginners Gimmel, JCC, Tenafly, 9:30am, 201-569-7900 Nach Shiur: Trei-Asar and the Megillot, for women, Rebbetzin Mirel Stavsky, private home in Bergenfield, 9:45am, blanchebuchwald@gmail.com Ulpan: Intermediate Bet, JCC, Tenafly, 11am, 201-569-7900 Hebrew Reading: The Minor Prophets, Etia Segall, JCC, Tenafly, 11:30am, 201-569-7900, begins Feb 3 Relationship Building, concentrating on communication and conversation skills, for special-needs adults age 21 and over, Yachad Office, Teaneck, 6pm, 201-833-1349 Shimiras Haloshon, for women, Rebbetzin Leah Drillman, private home in Edison, 7:30pm, 201-410-1893 or 732-777-6787 Parsha, for women, Rebbetzin Rivka Eichenstein, Cong Ohr Torah, Edison, 8pm, 732-572-4408 “Megillat Esther,” Rabbi Ian Shaffer, Young Israel of Fair Lawn, 8pm, yiflmail@gmail.com, begins Jan 27 Parsha, Rabbi Jordan Yasgur, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, at Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, or by phone, 8:30pm, 201966-4498 or 712-432-0373 code 947046#

Tuesdays

Ulpan: Beginners Aleph, JCC, Tenafly, 9:30am, 201-569-7900 Shiur, Aliza Weinberg, Yeshivat Noam, Paramus, 9:45am, 201261-1919 Parsha Shiur, for women, Rabbi Eliyahu Kaufman, Cong Ohav Emeth, Highland Park, 1:30pm, 732-247-3038 Weekly Social Skills, for children with special-needs and those in secular school, spons by Kulanu C’Echad, Cong Ohav Emeth, Highland Park, 5:30pm, 732-725-1956 or 732-261-3356 Tora Dojo Martial Arts/Self Defense with Emphasis on Halachic Values, Breathing, Meditation, and Physical Training, for children, Mark Grebenau, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, 6pm, 973-464-6341 Advanced Hebrew, JCC, West Orange, 6:30pm, 973-530-3519, begins Jan 28 Confidential and Anonymous Alateen Meetings, for girls ages 9-19 who have friends or family with addiction disorders, including, co-dependency, internet, gaming, OCD, food addiction, eating disorders, and substance abuse, Rikki Wisotsky, Cong Tifereth Israel, Passaic, 7pm, 973-249-7435 Inclusive Art Program, for normally developing and special-needs junior high school and high school students, Reva Judas, spons by Yachad, at The Art Place, Englewood, 7pm, 201-833-1349, begins Jan 28 Yemima Club, Smadar Taub, JCC, Tenafly, 7:30pm, 201-569-7900 Dirshu Mishna Berurah, Cong Agudath Israel of Edison/Highland Park, Highland Park, 7:30 and 9:30pm, ubenjamin@msn.com “Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP), Joe Smith, Riverdale YMHA, 8pm, 718-548-8200 ext 261, begins Jan 7 Learn Gemara Kiddushin, Rabbi Singer, Yeshiva Passaic Torah Institute, 8:45pm, 862-371-3186 Tele-Shiur: “Exploring Principles of Faith Based on the Weekly Torah Portion,” Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, 8:45pm, 424-203-8400, code 409383# Tele-Workshop: “10 Steps to a Meaningful Life: The Art of Self-Discovery for the Busy Jewish Woman,” for women, Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller, 10pm, 732-806-1578

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Mazal Tov Mazal Tov to the Bar Mitzvah Boys: Yosef Yitzchak Boteach, Casey Brody, Manny Ehrlich, Avraham Gellman, Gabriel Gerszberg, Yitzchak Yeshaya Kahn, Jacob Landes, Caleb Lippe, Joseph Matthew, Maxwell Mayerhoff, Natan Mendelson, Sammy Simcha, Eli Sklar, and Benjamin Slavin; and the Bat Mitzvah Girls: Talia Nava Aronoff, Cecelia Ashenberg, Rina Shifra Glasser, Temima Rivkah Guzman, Gittel Levin, Nava Mandel, Cara Moskowitz, Avigayil Leah Rosenbluth, Tali Safran, Jessica Serviss, and Olivia Avigail Weinstein Mazal Tov to Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg on being honored by the South Asian Community Outreach for his work on Holocaust, Genocide, and Racism Mazal Tov Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) on his appointment as chairman of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians, an initiative of the World Jewish Congress Y


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Wednesdays

Sefer Yehoshua, for women, Temima Shulman, private home in Passaic, 9am, 973-594-8585 Parsha, for women, Chani Juravel, Beis Shvidler, Monsey, 9:45am, chanijuravel@verizon.net “Exploring the Siddur,” for women, Rabbi Steven Miodownik, Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park, 10:30am, 732-247-0532 Chabad Women’s Torah Study Group,” Tova Rapoport, Chabad, Margate, 11am, 609-822-8500 Ulpan: Advanced Hebrew, JCC, Tenafly, 11am, 201-569-7900 Bubbe’s Kitchen: Make Traditional Shabbat and Holiday Treats, for chidren ages 3-4, Kat Joseph, JCC, Tenafly, 2pm, 201-569-7900, begins Jan 29 Delicious Treats for Shabbat and Holidays, for children ages 2-3, Doreen Holstein, JCC, Tenafly, 2pm, 201-569-7900, begins Jan 29 Beginning Hebrew, JCC, West Orange, 6pm, 973-530-3519, begins Feb 5 Women in Transition Divorce Group, licensed therapist, includes childcare and pizza, Rockland Jewish Family Service, West Nyack, 6pm, 845-354-2121 Intermediate Hebrew, JCC, West Orange, 7:15pm, 973-530-3519, begins Feb 5 Israel Event, Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Engagement, at Rutgers Hillel, New Brunswick, 8pm, 732-545-2407 Passaic-Clifton Community Kollel: Series of Shiurim from Rav Lopiansky, at Cong Bais Torah U’tfila (BTU), Passaic, 8:45pm, 973-470-8888 SemPlus Shiur, for post-seminary girls, Cong Aguda Yisrael, Highland Park, 9pm, 908-420-0253 Intermediate-Level Jewish Education for Women, spons by Neve Passaic Torah Institute, private home in Passaic, 9:15pm, 908-278-4059 Ulan: Intermediate Gimmel, JCC, Tenafly, 9:15pm, 201-569-7900

Thursdays

Eretz Acheret, in Hebrew, Einat Harari-Pavag, JCC, Tenafly, 9:30am, 201-569-7900 Tora Dojo Martial Arts/Self Defense with Emphasis on Halachic Values, Breathing, Meditation, and Physical Training, for children, Mark Grebenau, Cong Ohr Torah, West Orange, 6pm, 973-464-6341 Yiddish Club, Rabbi Gerald Friedman, JCC, Tenafly, 6:30pm, 201569-7900, begins Feb 6 Project Care: Learning to Care for Children with Special Needs, for grades 6-12, Alex Robbins, JCC, Tenafly, 7pm, 201-4081470, begins Feb 6 Tora Dojo Martial Arts/Self Defense with Emphasis on Halachic Values, Breathing, Meditation, and Physical Training, for adults, Mark Grebenau, Cong Ohr Torah, West Orange, 7pm, 973-464-6341

Tell Our Advertisers “I Saw It in The Jewish Voice and Opinion” Hudson Kounty Klezmer Band Practice, for those who play an instrument and love Jewish music, Temple Beth El, North Bergen, 7:30pm, 201-869-9149 Parsha, Cantor Chaim Dubin, includes meal, Kingsbridge Center of Israel, Riverdale, 7:30pm, 718-902-5101 Chumash Shiur via Satellite: Rabbi Eli Mansour, Young Israel of Fair Lawn (201-797-1800) and Cong Beth Tefillah, Paramus (201265-4100), 7:45pm Chaburah on Different Inyanei Halacha, Beis Medrash of Bergenfield, 8:30pm, 201-637-7470 Gemara Shiur: Mashechta Shabbos 7th Perek, Klal Gadol, Rabbi Menachem Genack, Cong Shomrei Emunah, Englewood, ma’ariv 9pm; shiur, 9:15pm, 201-567-9420 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), Cong Knesses Yisrael, Spring Valley (845-354-6493); Cong Bais Torah, Suffern (845-352-1343), 9pm

Fridays

“Secrets of a Happy Relationship,” in Hebrew, Devora Froind, JCC, Tenafly, 9:30am, 201-408-1427, begins Jan 10 Chabad’s Torah Stories, Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport, spons by Chabad at the Shore, Egg Harbor Library, 12:15pm, 609-822-8500 Parsha Class, for grades 5-8 and their parents, Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, Cong Ahavath Torah, Englewood, 7:30pm, 201-568-1315

Shabbat

Shabbos Shiur: In-Depth Study of the Halachos of Lashon Hara from the Sefer Chofetz Chaim, for women, Rabbi Eliezer Moskowitz, private home in Passaic, 3pm, 973-614-8329 Cong Ahavat Shalom of the Teaneck Apartments Women’s Tehillim Group, rotating private homes in Teaneck, 4pm, sisterhood@ teaneckapartments.com “Jewish Law from the Source,” Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein, Anshei Lubavitch Congregation, Fair Lawn, one hour before mincha, 201-794-3770

Motzei Shabbat

Topics in Halacha, Rabbi Michael Taubes, Cong Zichron Mordechai, Teaneck, 70 minutes after Shabbat, 201-836-4334 Navi, Rabbi Yisroel Reisman, live via satellite, Young Israel of Fair Lawn (201-797-1800); Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park (732-247-0532); Cong Tifereth Israel, Passaic; JEC, Elizabeth (908-591-5929); Cong Khal Zichron Mordechai, Monsey (845-356-7188); Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck; Cong Ohr Torah, West Orange (973-669-7320), Cong Bais Torah, Suffern (845-352-1343), 7:30pm Navi Shiur: Sefer Melachim I, for men and women, Rabbi Yosef Viener, Cong Agudas Yisrael Bircas Yaakov, Passaic, 9pm, 718-755-3515

Special

Exhibit: “Judaism: A Visual Conversation,” featuring the works of Linda Coppelson, Jo Jochnowitz, Rachel Kanter, Gene Lowinger, Jennifer Moses, and Milt Ohring, JCC, West Orange, Mon-Thurs, 9am9pm; Fri, 9am-4pm; Sun, 10am-5pm, Jan 12-Feb 23, 973–530–3413 Learn Gemara Brachos (6th Perek), Rabbi Gershon West, Yeshiva Passaic Torah Institute, Mon-Thurs, 8:45pm, 862-371-3186

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Shacharis Minyan, private location in Wesley Hills, Mon-Fri, 7am; Sun and legal holidays, 7:45am, dmslaw@gmail.com Ma’ariv Minyan, preceded by Daf Yomi, Rabbi Menachem Genack, Cong Shomrei Emunah, Englewood, Mon-Thurs, Daf Yomi, 8:15pm; Ma’ariv, 9pm, 201-567-9420 Ma’ariv Minyan, Anshei Lubavitch Synagogue, Fair Lawn, MonThurs, 9:45pm, 201-794-3770 Y


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Au Revoir la France Juive? He said the LDJ intends to hold a rally outside Dieudonné’s theater on January 16, demanding that it be closed for good. “Every day Dieudonné incites against Jews in his theater, and we say to the establishment: We will not accept this,” he said. “Ready for Them” He recognized that the scheduled demonstration will attract “extremists in opposition to us.”

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“We are ready for them,” he said, warning that a continued lack of effective measures by the authorities to tackle the rising antisemitism could lead to greater violence and even bloodshed. The proof, he said, is that Jews did strike back in Lyons. “We say to the authorities that if you continue to ignore antisemitism, you will see more of this—individual Jews fight-

ing back, more violence. Somebody could get killed,” he said. Alienated Jews He stressed that the LDJ “are not killers, like some people on the internet like to say, and we are not extremists.” “We don’t have a problem with anyone, black, white, Christian, Muslim. We don’t want to harm anyone. But if somebody attacks us, we will defend our-

selves. That’s why the antisemites are afraid of us,” he said. According to “Itshak,” an increasing number of French Jews find themselves alienated by the lack of effective response from the French government. These Jews tend to think “of themselves as less and less French. That’s why so many are making Aliyah,” he said.

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Au Revoir la France Juive? Christians Leaving, Too Not only Jews are reacting to the demographic and economic changes in France. While Islam is growing by leaps and bounds in their cities, young French Christians are departing in droves. According to Le Figaro, the number of French citizens under 35 seeking employment in Canada and Australia jumped by about 10 percent in 2013 over 2012. Many analysts say France’s unrelenting recession and poor economic expectations have prompted the exodus. French unemployment among well-educated professionals in their twenties is 24 percent. When Standard & Poor’s lowered France’s credit in November, it was the second such cut in 2013. As a result, many luxury businesses in Paris have closed, and expensive restaurants have resorted to offering significant discounts and “crisis menus.” “No Prospects, No Jobs” In a Jewish Telegraphic Agency report on the situation in France, Olivier Cohen, a university graduate in his 20s, said, in Paris, he sees “no movement, no prospects, no jobs.” He is making aliyah because he wants “a dynamic environment,” he said. Although median income in Israel is lower than in France, the projected economic growth is 3.8 percent. This is more than

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triple the average among Israel’s fellow countries in the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development. Cursed in the Metro While finances may motivate all young Frenchmen to consider leaving, Jews have the added impetus of antisemitism. “I’ve been cursed at in the Metro a few times because I wear a kippah, but so what,” Mr. Cohen told the JTA. The JTA report also quoted Menache Manet, a 64-year-old grandfather who plans to leave Paris to make aliyah with his son and four grandchildren. He told JTA that after the shootout at the school in Toulouse, his family has worried daily about his grandchildren. “I grew up in a civilized country. Nowadays, I take off my kippah on my way to synagogue,” he told the JTA. Throughout Europe According to reports, similar situations take place throughout Europe. Many among the young and well-educated are leaving the continent. Aliyah to Israel increased this year as much as seven percent worldwide, with almost 20,000 Jews arriving to become citizens in 2013. There was a dramatic increase in aliyah from Belgium and the Netherlands, jumping 46 percent and 57 percent, respectively.

There was a 46 percent increase from Oceania (Australia and New Zealand); a 19 percent increase from South Africa; and a 34 percent increase from Latin America. Even Jews from other countries in the Middle East made aliyah at a four percent increase. The story was different from North America. The number of Jews making aliyah from the US and Canada decreased by 11 percent, while Eastern European immigration decreased by four percent. In a Class by Itself But France is still in a class by itself. According to a European Union survey of nearly 6,000 Jews from nine countries released last month, only Hungary outranked France in the number of Jews considering emigration because of antisemitism. A full 29 percent of French Jews said they feared doing anything in public that would identify them as Jews. “There are more than 5 million Jews in America and about a half a million in France, yet aliyah from France may surpass American aliyah. That tells you the story right there,” said Ariel Kandel, who heads the Jewish Agency for Israel’s office in Paris. No one is more aware of the surge in French-Jewish interest in aliyah than Mr. Kandel, a French Jew who made aliyah when he was 17. Mr. Kandel said that in 2012, his office handled a few dozen interviews every month. In November 2013 alone, the office conducted about 500 interviews. Jobs, Housing, & Education Statistics such as these motivated the Israeli government’s determination to increase French-Jewish aliyah. Taking its cue from the very successful Nefesh B’Nefesh program—which helps ease the path for English-speaking Jews

from the US and Britain who are relocating to Israel—the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs intends to strengthen French aliyah by concentrating on three factors: jobs, appropriate housing, and quality education. To realize these goals, the government is prepared to allocate significant funds to a three-year pilot project. It intends, for example, to facilitate license transfers for professionals, making it easier for physicians and accountants (among other professions) to work in Israel. It also intends to offer greater allowances for business owners to open branches in the Jewish state. Already an Israeli tax-reform law enacted in 2008 allows new immigrants a ten-year pass on revenues earned abroad. Avi Zana, director of Ami Israel, an organization with offices throughout the Jewish state that work with French olim and encourage French aliyah, said the new tax law may be responsible for Israel’s retention of 90 percent of French Jews who make aliyah. “Compare that to France and other European countries where income tax can reach 75 percent, and you can see why aliyah is tempting for professionals,” he said. Youth Programs As part of its endeavor to encourage French aliyah, Israeli youth programs will be expanded to cater to French Jews. The MASA program offers foreign students over 200 different types of five- to 12-month study, internship, and volunteer programs throughout Israel, and Taglit/Birthright trips, which bring college-age North Americans to Israel on a free tour. The program will be positioned to attract young French Jews.

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Europe Itches to Embark on Boycott of Judea and Samaria; Israel Says Better a Boycott Than Rockets on Ben-Gurion Growing antisemitism, especially in

Europe, is seen by many observers as fueling the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” movement throughout the world. The relatively insignificant American Studies Association’s (ASA’s) decision to boycott Israeli schools of higher learning received much US media attention last month. But its economic importance pales in comparison to European decisions—private and governmental—to cease engaging in business activities with Jewish commercial enterprises and

some individuals located in communities in Judea and Samaria. The ASA’s decision was roundly condemned not only by Israel and her supporters in the US, but also by most other American academic organizations and universities. By contrast, very few European groups have spoken against their countries’ BDS efforts, whose goal is to force Israel to make territorial “compromises” in favor of the Palestinians. Last month, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon ruled out any Israeli flex-

ibility on security arrangements. “Even if the Americans are our friends, we will tell them: Sorry, we are not going to do everything you want; we are not going to give up security principles which are essential for us, even if it means the negotiations won’t move forward and there won’t be a nice ceremony at the White House,” he said. “In another twoand-a-half years, there will be another President in the White House, but we will still be here.” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon

Au Revoir la France Juive? continued from page 39 According to Mr. Kandel, the number of French students participating in MASA programs rose 25 percent in 2013, up from 750 in 2012. Seventy percent of French MASA participants make aliyah within months of finishing the program. In contrast, fewer than 50 percent of American participants make aliyah. The Israeli government hopes its new initiative will double the number of French immigrants each year: 6,000 in 2014; 12,000 in 2015; and 24,000 in 2016. Population Increase According to a report issued by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the Jewish State’s population is now over 8 million (75.2 percent Jewish) and on track to reach 11.4 million by 2035. Israel’s Jewish fertility rate, which is projected to rise from today’s 2.99 children per woman to 3.04 in 2035, is higher than that projected for Jordan, the most fertile Arab country. Jordan has a projected 2035 fertility rate of 2.41 children per woman. The rate for Israeli Muslims is projected to decline from today’s 3.37 to 2.71 in 2035. Increased aliyah may boost Israel’s numbers. Noting that Jews—including those from France—have options other than relocating to Israel, Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency, said Israel is still “the beating heart of the Jewish people.” “This is an era of aliyah by choice, rather than aliyah of rescue,” he said. S.L.R.


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agreed, saying that if forced to choose between “compromises” which could lead to “rockets from Nablus, Ramallah, and Jenin onto Ben-Gurion Airport” and flat-out Israeli refusals that could lead to a European boycott, he would opt for the boycott. Labeling And there just might be one. Last month, the outgoing European Union envoy to the Middle East, Andreas Reinicke, told reporters there is growing support among the 28 EU member states for labeling products manufactured in Judea and Samaria so that Europeans who want to boycott those areas can easily do so. Two years ago, only two European countries favored such labeling; today, Mr. Reinicke said, 14 of the EU states, including Britain and France, want labeling to commence immediately. According to Mr. Reinicke, although discussions on EU-wide labeling were put on hold when the US began holding negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority last summer, the momentum for boycotting Judea and Samaria is now growing. If the talks fail, as most Palestinians and Israelis expect them to, it will not be only the Jewish state that feels the brunt of European rage, Mr. Reinicke said. “Fed up” with the lack of progress in negotiations, Europe is prepared to boycott Judea and Samaria and simultaneously scale back aid to the PA, he said. The Palestinians would suffer from both actions. They would lose direct aid from the EU, the PA’s single largest donor, and tens of thousands of Arabs who are currently employed in Jewish-owned industry in Judea and Samaria could lose their jobs. New Guidelines The UK, which has been described as “a hub of delegitimization” of Israel and Zionism, seemed determined to live up to that reputation last month when on its United Trade and Investment website, the British government released new guidelines warning its citizens to disassociate from enterprises in Judea and Samaria. Under a section labelled “settlements,” the edict erroneously warns that “the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, and the Golan Heights, are territories which have been occupied by Israel since 1967.” Israel disengaged from Gaza in 2005,

leaving no Jewish communities in the region, which is now ruled by the Hamas terror organization. Israel annexed the Golan Heights, which it won from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War, in 1981. Not Illegal Allegations that Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria are “illegal” under international law have been disputed by numerous legal experts, including Alan Baker, Israel’s former ambassador to Canada. In 2012, he was part of a legal commission headed by retired Israeli Supreme Court justice Edmond Levy. The Levy Commission’s report noted that under international law, Judea and Samaria are not “occupied” and that Israeli presence in the region is in no way illegal or “illegitimate.” Most supporters of the Jewish state recognize that the communities in Judea and Samaria are at worst “disputed.” Asked about the British guidelines, a senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official said there is “something strange about the fact that no similar recommendations were issued regarding other regions in dispute, like the western Sahara, which is under Moroccan occupation, or Tibet.” Nevertheless, the British website insists that the Jewish “settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace, and threaten to make a two-state solution to the IsraeliPalestinian conflict impossible. We will not recognize any changes to the pre1967 borders, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed to

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by the parties.” Voluntary Although the British government does not prohibit business arrangements with Jews in Judea and Samaria, the website maintains there are “clear risks” in doing so, including the ambiguity of “disputed titles” and “reputational implications” from “possible abuses of the rights of individuals.” Pointing out that its guidelines are “voluntary,” the website says the British government “understands the concerns of people who do not wish to purchase goods exported from Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” and, therefore, the government favors labeling such products that are for sale in the UK. Somewhat ironically, the website goes on to reassure the public that, despite the warnings, “the UK Government is deeply committed to promoting our trade and business ties with Israel and strongly opposes boycotts.” Doing Harm Asked about the advice on the website, a spokesman at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv said its goal is “to raise awareness of the key security and political risks which UK businesses may face when operating abroad, including in Israel and the Palestinian territories.” He agreed that following the guidelines is up to the individuals or companies themselves. He insisted the guidelines are not discriminatory, but only a reflection

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Ess Gezint: Easy as Vegan Pie One of the things to love about any vegan cookbook is that all the recipes are, almost by definition, kosher and parve. No animal products means no meat, fish, fowl, or dairy. It also means no eggs, but let that pass. Hannah Kaminsky’s somewhat mistitled Easy as Vegan Pie (Skyhorse Publishing, 2013) is no exception. The recipes—not

Frankenstorm (AKA Banana Ganache Pie) 1 baked graham cracker crust 2 cups (12 oz) semi4 medium size ripe bananas sweet chocolate chips 3 Tbs light agave nectar ¼ cup vanilla or plain 1 tsp vanilla extract non-dairy milk 2 Tbs non-dairy margarine Course sea salt Tossed the peeled bananas into the food processor or blender and thoroughly puree, along with the agave and vanilla extract. Meanwhile, place the margarine, chocolate chips, and non-dairy milk in a microwave-safe dish and heat for about 1 minute. Stir well to smooth out the mixture and allow any remaining chips to melt fully. Reheat at intervals of 20 seconds if necessary, stirring well after each one. Transfer the melted chocolate mixture into the blender or food processor and puree once more to integrate fully. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, if necessary, to ensure that everything is incorporated. Once completely smooth, pour the filling into the prepared crust, smooth out the top, and sprinkle very lightly with a pinch of coarse sea salt. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or until set, before serving. Makes 8-10 servings.

all of them as easy as one would hope—do render up some terrific, kosher (if not slimming), and, as she would say “one-of-a-kind sweet and savory slices.” The pie recipe was born in the wake of Super Storm Sandy. When Ms. Kaminsky and her family found shelter, all they had were overripe bananas and some chocolate. Enjoy. Y

Graham Cracker Crust 1¼ cups graham cracker crumbs (she has a recipe for how to make them, but it’s about 14 full

rectangle crackers) 4-5 Tbs non-dairy margarine, melted, or coconut oil

Preheat oven to 350º. Be sure to pulse the crackers in a food processor until very finely ground. The crumbs should be the consistency of coarse almond meal. Pick out any large pieces and re-process as needed. Drizzle the melted margarine or oil into the crumbs, and stir everything to coat completely. The mixture shouldn’t be wet, just moist, and capable of sticking together when pressed. Transfer the mixture to a 9-inch or 10-inch round pie pan. With lightly dampened fingers, firmly press mixture down the bottom and along the sides, using the bottom of a drinking glass for a smooth surface. You can save the excess dough to bake and use as an ice cream topping. Bake 10 minutes until golden.

Coconut “Bacon” 3 Tbs soy sauce 1 Tbs liquid smoke 1 Tbs maple syrup

1 Tbs olive oil ⅛ tsp ground black pepper 2 cups coconut flakes

Preheat oven to 300º. Set aside a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Stir together all ingredients except the coconut, in a large bowl. Toss in the coconut flakes and, using a wide spatula, coat the flakes thoroughly with the liquids. Be gentle to prevent the flakes from breaking up. Pour everything, including the marinade, into the waiting pan. Bake for about 30 minutes, watching carefully because the flakes can burn and quickly. Cook until golden brown and highly aromatic. Straight from the oven, the “bacon” will be soft, but it will crisp up once cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Great with baked potatoes. Makes 2 cups.


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Interesting Reading: The Failure of Oslo Reviewed by Dr. Alex Grobman Raphael Israeli, The Oslo Idea: The Euphoria of Failure, (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 2012) 216 pages $34.95 Raphael Israeli, a professor of Islamic, Chinese, and Middle Eastern history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has written a very significant work on the failure of the Oslo Accords. When the accords were first signed in 1993, its opponents were called “skeptics,” “spoilers,” “cynics” and worse for recognizing the utter futility and disaster of trying to reach an agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The opponents recognized the PLO’s continued open calls for the destruction of the Jewish state. From the start, in Palestinian Authoritycontrolled media, schools, and mosques, children have been taught to become martyrs by blowing up Israeli civilians, and hatred has been spewed from the pulpits, where Jews have been described as descendants of pigs and apes. Almost twenty-one years later, the effects of this fiasco continue to haunt Israel as it faces a world-wide campaign to delegitimize, demonize, and dehumanize the Jewish state and deny its right to exist. Prof Israeli correctly acknowledges that the “enormous scope of concessions and compromises” Israel made during the Oslo negotiations “in one stroke… punctured all its firm and principled points of resistance over the years…” After the death of Yitzhak Rabin, it became clear that during his lifetime, Israel’s principles of resistance to the PLO’s

demands had remained intact: no Palestinian state, no partition of Jerusalem, no wholesale retreat, and no termination of Israeli settlement. Prof Israeli argues that Ehud Barak was more accommodating than Rabin; but he says the concessions and compromises allowed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu eroded Rabin’s doctrine, placing the Jewish state at the impasse in which Israel now finds itself. Prof Israeli may be right, but Barak also clearly erred in the compromises he offered to the Arabs in 2000. They were rejected, not because they were insufficiently generous, but because Yasser Arafat never had the slightest intention of accepting anything less than the entire State of Israel. Arafat’s demands remain intact: complete withdrawal from all land won in the 1967 Six-Day War (including the Old City of Jerusalem) and the Palestinian “right of return,” which means that all Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 and 1967 and their, by now, millions of descendants have the “right” to flood back into Israel, demographically ending the Jewish state. Even if he were given all that, Arafat intended to use his new status to overwhelm shrunken Israel and end the Jewish State forever. Barak hoped his willingness to cede vast areas of land belonging to the Jewish state would demonstrate to the world Israel’s extraordinary desire for peace. Instead, he revealed an obsessive desire to sign a peace treaty at all costs, which the Arabs interpreted as a sign of weakness and fully exploited to their benefit and at great financial and human cost to Israel. Beginning with the Oslo Accords, any concessions made

or offered to the Arabs became the PLO’s starting point for any future negotiations. Even worse, all concessions made by the Jewish state during the Oslo talks resulted in the loss of Israel’s assets. More demands were always made, while the “progress” the concessions were supposed to produce, never materialized. Prof Israeli found that the “Israeli Oslo [negotiating] team was more concerned about pleasing the Palestinians and satisfying their demands,” than they were in deciding what was most beneficial for Israel. The Jewish state’s team even advised the Arabs what concessions Israelis would most probably accept. But the Israeli team, believing that peace at any price was the goal, seemed less concerned about what was best for their own people and their country. The Israeli team believed they were the ones most capable of resolving the conflict with the Palestinians, and were prepared to “circumvent their own democratically elected government” to achieve their objectives. In their supreme arrogance, the Israeli negotiating team discounted or ignored the need to demand that the Arabs recognize the fundamental issue which continues to plague the

conflict—the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state. When the Israeli team offered to help the Palestinian Arabs build their institutions and infrastructure, including a deep water port in Gaza as well as an airfield, they did so without establishing criteria to meet Israel’s security interests. Because Israel did not require any safeguards, PLO leaders used these facilities to transfer arms and engage in other illegal activities, with the aim of murdering Jews. The goal of Prof Israeli’s study is to explain how a naïve and irresponsible Israeli leadership team allowed themselves to be duped by PalestinianArab leaders. Members of the Israeli government and a few appointed Israeli citizens, without any legal or moral authority, flaunted Israeli law to advance their doomed cause. This is a very sad story about abuse of power and hubris by certain people, some of whom unfortunately are still in positions of influence. To prevent future fiascoes, it is necessary to understand how this happened. It is also important to heed Prof Israeli’s suggestion of starting anew with the Palestinians, but, this time, Israel should be armed with another set of principles based on equality and reciprocity. Y


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Boycott Better Than Rockets of the British government’s position on the region. The senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official said Israelis had warned the British that issuing such guidelines while the parties are engaged in an American-supervised peace process “can do nothing but harm.” Morphing into Antisemitism The guidelines on the website are the latest in a series of anti-Israel, boycott-related actions emanating from the UK. In November, Israeli Professor Moti Cristal filed a suit against one of Britain’s largest trade unions after he was turned away from giving a lecture at the last minute. Prof Cristal alleged that the trade union acted because he is an Israeli and a Jew. A similar suit was filed by the Shurat HaDin organization on behalf of an Israeli academic in Australia. Shurat HaDin—Israel Law Center—is an Israelibased civil rights organization whose mission is to combat terror organizations and the regimes that support them through lawsuits litigated in courtrooms around the world. Water Fight In the Netherlands, the country’s largest drinking water company, Vitens, announced last month that, after discussions with Holland’s Foreign

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Ministry and other “concerned parties,” it would dissolve business ties with the Israeli water company Mekorot due to its presence in Judea and Samaria. Vitens provides water to more than 5 million residents of the Netherlands and, in the past, has cooperated with Mekorot. The Dutch company said it was ending its partnership with Mekorot because it was “extremely hard” to work with the Israeli firm on future projects “because they cannot be taken out of the political context.” Last summer, the Netherlands issued a directive to retail chains telling them to label “settlement” products, indicating that they are not from “Israel,” but from the “occupied territories.” A Lot to Offer Mekorot, which provides water throughout Israel, including Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, was accused by the Dutch media of denying water to Arabs in the PA. The head of Mekorot, Eli Ronen, explained that, in fact, his company provides many PA cities and villages with water. One of the world’s most technologically advanced water companies, Mekorot is a world leader in desalination, water reclamation, water project engineering, water safety, and water quality. Through continual research,

experimentation, and field innovation, Mekorot “provides a steady flow of clean water to a rapidly growing population despite the region’s limited freshwater resources, climate, and difficult geopolitical realities,” said Mr. Ronen. Formal Complaint In response to Vitens’s action, Israel’s Foreign Ministry filed a formal complaint with the Dutch ambassador to Israel, saying that the Dutch Foreign Ministry was creating an atmosphere that encourages a boycott of Israel. Vitens made its announcement just when Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was on a visit to Israel to inaugurate a scanner to be placed on the border between the Jewish state and Gaza. The scanner was supposed to be used to verify the contents of containers from Gaza destined for export, technology Israel encouraged for security reasons. The scanner’s inauguration ceremony, however, was cancelled when the Netherlands suddenly made unexpected demands, which Israeli officials called “political conditions, notably on the percentage of merchandise destined for the West Bank or abroad.” Dutch officials had evidently hoped the scanner would boost commerce between Gaza and the PA in Judea and Sa-

maria, which is controlled by President, Mahmoud Abbas. “These are political issues that need to be resolved at the highest level, which will delay the start-up of the scanner,” an Israeli official told the Agence France Presse. Military Escort Shortly after the inauguration ceremony was scuttled, another diplomatic spat occurred between Israel and the Netherlands when Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, who was traveling with Mr. Rutte, canceled a planned event rather than accept an Israeli military escort. Mr. Timmermans had planned to visit PA Arabs in the old center of the Judean city of Hebron. Ahmed Dadou, a spokesman for Mr. Timmermans, told reporters in the Hague that it was the foreign minister himself who decided to cancel “that part of the visit.” “It’s normal to be accompanied by the Israeli military in the part occupied by settlers, but it’s not usual in the Palestinian part,” said Mr. Dadou. “Other foreign ministers have previously visited the city unaccompanied by Israeli soldiers in the Palestinian sector, and Mr. Timmermans did not want to accept this new condition in order not to set a precedent.” Instead, Mr. Timmermans

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visited a Palestinian dairy in another part of Hebron, where about 700 Jews live under army protection surrounded by nearly 200,000 Palestinians. Post-Orwellian Doublespeak Dutch efforts to isolate and delegitimize Israel did not stop there. Last month, a report by Martinus “Tiny” Kox, a Dutch member of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, acknowledged that Palestinians are not “democratic partners,” according to the Council of Europe’s standards. However, the report said, the blame for this lies with Israel. The report by Mr. Kox, a member of Holland’s Socialist Party, calls Israel “a barrier” that prevents Palestinians from effecting a reconciliation between Fatah in Judea and Samaria and Hamas in Gaza.

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Israel is also to blame for preventing local elections in Gaza as well as democratic elections throughout the PA, according to the report. In the report, Mr. Kox praised the prevention of weapons smuggling into Gaza, Judea, and Samaria, as well as the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, as “Palestinian achievements.” Relying only on testimony from Palestinian resources, Mr. Kox ignored the hostilities between Hamas and Fatah as the central cause for the lack of Palestinian democracy. “Absurd” During a Knesset discussion of Mr. Kox’s report, Yesh Atid MK Ronen Hoffman said, “Pointing an accusatory finger at Israel because the Palestinians aren’t meeting their international obligations is absurd.”

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He called the actions of the European countries evidence that the Jewish state is “in the heights of a dirty wave of anti-Israel decisions.” “The hostile atmosphere towards Israel is felt most strongly throughout the European continent, and it finds expression in baseless decisions bereft of any logic,” he said, noting the “isolation of Israel is dangerous.” His prescription was to “increase our diplomatic efforts, together with the Foreign Ministry, to act and repair Israel’s standing in Europe and the entire world.” “Wide-Eyed and Naïve” Defense Minister Ya’alon seemed skeptical. He argued that the incessant pressure on Israel is perpetrated by “wideeyed and naïve people in the West” who think that by bul-

lying Israel, “peace might happen immediately.” Assailing European leaders as “paternalistic,” Mr. Ya’alon said he and other Israelis “with vast experience on the ground” are tired of arguing with Westerners who insist that they alone understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel needs “to explain to Europe why they’re wrong,” he said, complaining that too many Westerners are “obsessed” with solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because they see it as the root of all problems in the Middle East. Mr. Ya’alon said it should be pointed out to them that “problems in Tunisia and Egypt have nothing to do with us.” Many Israelis said solutions such as those suggested by Messrs Ya’alon and Hoffman

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Boycott Better Than Rockets might work if the countries were behaving rationally and were open to logical discussions. The problem is that antisemitism has never been amenable to logic. Appeasing Constituents Avi Primor, former Israeli Ambassador to the EU and Germany and current head of European Studies at Tel Aviv University, said that he did not expect the current strained relationship between the Netherlands and Israel to become longstanding. He acknowledged that anti-Judea and Samaria sentiment is rampant in Europe, but he insisted that EU-Israel relations are still intact. “European governments do not want to exacerbate relations with Israel, but they are under the pressure of public opinion growing against Israeli ‘settlement’ policy,” he said. “Even though the peace talks

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are continuing, they think we are torpedoing the negotiations by continuing construction [in Judea and Samaria]. The very fact that Mekorot draws water from Judea and Samaria [is considered] ‘stealing water from the Palestinians.’” He was certainly right about the rift. By the middle of December, Mr. Rutte publicly rejected Vitens’ boycott of Mekorot and said the Dutch water company would continue to work with its Israeli counterpart. Romanian Unemployment If, as some suggest, antisemitism is at the root of Israel’s problems with Europe, Romania might be emblematic of the Jewish state’s predicament. Last month, the movement to isolate Israel prompted Romania to prefer its citizens’ unemployment to allowing them to work in Judea and

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Samaria. Israeli and Romanian government officials had been involved in discussions on allowing Romanian construction workers to find jobs in Israel. The talks came to a halt when Israel refused to accept Bucharest’s demand that its construction workers not be employed beyond the so-called “Green Line” in Judea, Samaria, or even the eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem. No one in Israel suggested the workers would be compelled to work over the “Green Line,” and no one in the Romanian delegation suggested asking them. Romania’s overall unemployment rate is 7.5 percent, although for men in their 20s, the rate is 22 percent. “Uninspired” Carol A few days after the talks dissolved, the Romanian stateoperated television station, TVR3 Verde, aired a “Christmas carol” whose lyrics promoted the murder of Jews. “The kikes, damn kikes, holy God would not leave the kike alive, neither in heaven nor on earth, only in the chimney as smoke, this is what the kike is good for, to make kike smoke through the chimney on the street.” When confronted, TVR3 insisted in a public statement that its officials did not choose the song. The station said it broadcast what was given to them by Romania’s Center for Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture. The station’s statement referred to the song as “an uninspired choice.” This was not the first time Romanian television aired antisemitic statements. In 2012, a Romanian member of the European Parliament denied the Holocaust on national television.

“There was never a Holocaust in Romania. I will deny it until I die because I love my people,” said EP Corneliu Vadim Tudor. Norwegian-Christian Apology A very different group of Europeans who also claim to love their people visited Israel last month in an attempt to rectify relations at least between the sector they represent and the Jewish state. About 40 Norwegian-Christian leaders and clerics held a ceremony in the Knesset to “apologize” on behalf of their country for its role during the Holocaust and the 1993 Oslo Accords, which they said seeks to “rip apart the Land of Israel.” They also apologized for the boycott Norway supports against Israel. The delegation, which featured representative from 21 organizations, including a group from the indigenous Lapp (Sami) population, was greeted by Knesset Christian Caucus members, Yesh Atid MK Rabbi Dov Lipman, and Likud MK Gila Gamliel. The meeting was organized by the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem. Regretting Oslo The delegation noted that instead of ushering in peace, the Oslo Accords, which gave the Palestinians control over large portions of Judea and Samaria as well as weapons and military training “to enforce law and order there,” produced a wave of terrorist attacks which left scores of Israeli civilians dead, culminating in the so-called “Second Intifada,” which took the lives of more than 1,000 Israelis, most of them civilians. The Oslo Accords also granted the PA international legitimacy to embark on a


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campaign to isolate the Jewish state diplomatically. Pastor Terje Ligerod, who headed the delegation, said those who came with him “believe we are called as a nation to be an ally and to support Israel, and we as leaders want to work for change in our country and for repentance among the Christians in our country.

We want to support Israel.” His group presented the Knesset with a seven-page declaration highlighting some of Norway’s actions for which it wished to repent, including not moving the country’s embassy to Jerusalem and not defending Israel “in a world of increasing hostility, including antisemitic and anti-Zionist at-

titudes from Norwegian politicians and media.” “We want to state very clearly that the Jews are the chosen people of G-d and that Eretz Yisrael belongs to the Jews,” said Pastor Ligerod. A New Beginning? Rabbi Lipman said he told the group that “their support for the Jewish people and the

state of Israel is their act of atonement and that they should feel they are forgiven and we can work together.” “I hope when you go home, you will know how touched we are by your overall support and the purpose of this mission,” Rabbi Lipman told the Norwegian delegation.

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To the British Foreign Secretary: Don’t Lecture Israel

[Editor: Recently, British Foreign Secretary William Hague warned Israel that if it sends troops into Gaza to confront Hamas, it risks losing the sympathy of the international community. Ms. Weisenberger replied to this warning.] Dear Mr. Hague: You have stated that if Israel tries to defend its population through a ground offensive in Gaza ‘it risks losing the sympathy of the international community.’ Let me tell you something about the sympathy of the international community, Mr. Hague. My father was liberated from Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945, having lost his entire family but gained the sympathy of the international community at the time. After 6 million Jews had been annihilated at the hands of the Nazi regime, the international community had plenty of sympathy for the Jewish people. There is always plenty of sympathy for victims. Israel doesn’t need the sympathy of the international community. What it needs is to defend its citizens. When as a tiny country it gained its independence in 1948 it had to absorb 800,000 Jews who were thrown out of Arab lands in the Middle East, and it did so without fuss and with dignity, giving them shelter and a place of security in which their children could grow up to become productive citizens. When Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria tried to destroy Israel in 1948 and again in 1967, they took in hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs, but did they give them dignity or shelter? No, they left them to rot in refugee camps in order to maintain a symbol of grievance against Israel and use them as a political tool against the Jewish state. What has arisen in those camps is a complicated situation, but it is what has led to Gaza today. So don’t lecture Israel on international sympathy, Mr. Hague. Not when Israel has just sent in 120 truckloads of food into Gaza to feed the Palestinian people there, because their own leadership is more interested in using its population as human shields, launching rockets against Israel from within major civilian centers. Don’t lecture Israel on international sympathy, Mr. Hague. Not when Israel targets, with as much military precision as it can, only terrorists and their bases, trying its utmost to prevent civilian casualties. Don’t lecture Israel on international sympathy, Mr. Hague. Not when the Palestinian media deliberately uses images of victims of the Syrian civil war and presents them as casualties in Gaza to gain international sympathy. Go read your history books, Mr. Hague; see that since the beginning of the 20th century, all the Arabs wanted to do was destroy Israel. Go look at the country of Israel now since the Jews have established a state there. Go read what advances in science, medicine, biotechnology, agriculture, and high tech Israel has developed, and dedicated that knowledge to making the world a better place for humanity. Can you imagine any other country that, after 60 years of continuously being under attack, could have achieved so much. So, Mr. Hague, don’t lecture Israel on international sympathy. Israel will do whatever it takes to defend itself from outright

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attack on its citizens, whether it be from Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, or any other country or terrorist group that attacks it. And if it loses the sympathy of the international community, so be it. We don’t need the international community’s sympathy. We don’t need another 6 million victims. Mindy Weisenberger London, England

Helping Each Candle Shine

We have learned that blockages in our bodies are the root cause of disease. Detoxification, the removal of blockages, is the basic cure for disease. And never accumulating blockages in the first place, is the healthiest and most flowing state for our bodies to be in. Our bodies parallel our souls, and the blockages that cover our souls cause our spiritual sense of dis-ease. It is possible to become aware of what blocks us from accessing our souls, and we can consciously learn how to remove the blockages. It is also possible to help children avoid accumulating these blockages as much as possible. This is done by helping children develop the inner resources to deal with life’s challenges, which are all around. My Let’s Stay Safe book (Artscroll/Mesorah/Project YES, 2011) focuses on ways to keep a child’s body safe from harm, which in turn protects the child’s spiritual development. My new book, Let’s Stay Pure, highlights the importance of safeguarding each child’s radiant soul by creating healthy boundaries on the materials, activities, and other influences to which we allow a pure neshama to be exposed. A couple of years ago, a mother contacted me and basically begged me to write a kind of “Guard Your Eyes” book for children. Once I started writing it, I realized it was actually expressing the thoughts that guided my parenting when my children were growing up. From my own experience growing up, I knew that destructive values seep in subliminally, diminishing clarity without our being aware of it. A pure neshama craves truth and needs all the help it can get to shine brightly and joyfully. Hashem has given each of us a pure neshama in order to experience the greatest, deepest, and most lasting pleasure possible in this world. It now seems easier than ever for a neshama to get covered over with garbage. Yet keeping the connection between a neshama and its infinite Source clear from debris brings incomparable pleasure. Although children appear small, each child has a neshama that is as infinitely gigantic as an adult’s, and each neshama is always seeking pure nourishment. It takes a lot of thoughtful effort to nurture a neshama in our current generation, but it is so worth it. When we provide our spiritual heart, as well as our children’s core, with the pure nourishment it needs, the spiritual arteries don’t become clogged. (It’s the junk that forms the gunk.) Let’s Stay Safe has helped protect the innocence of many children. I hope that Let’s Stay Pure will help to further protect many of our children’s pure souls. Through a honed awareness that comes from learning to be more careful and wary, our little ones actually have a much greater chance of being able to retain, yet refine, their sense of trust in our world, instead of losing it, G-d forbid.


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Despite the garbage that may presently block all of our light from streaming through, the pure potential miraculously remains in each of us, and we can still find it. By helping children protect the spark within from becoming obscured, our little candles retain the ability to shine with a healthy glow, each with a uniquely beautiful radiance. Bracha Goetz Baltimore, MD bgoetzster@gmail.com Ms. Goetz is the author of 24 Jewish children’s books.

Orthodox Jewish OT Chavrusa

The Orthodox Jewish Occupational Therapy Chavrusa invites all Occupational Therapists and OT students to join us at a Shabbaton in conjunction with the annual Conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, taking place April 3 through April 6 in Baltimore, MD. For information go to www.ojotc.org or call 973-777-6549. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore. Peggy L. Gurock, OTR Passaic, NJ

Scrapbooks for the Creative

A customer came to our store, Edison Pack and Ship, for help with color copies for such an awesome gift idea I just had to share it. She is a mom of two. Her daughter is a teenager and her son is twenty. Every year, from the time her son was born, her custom was to create a scrapbook page for each of her two children. Each page would have a few pictures documenting key events in that year, and she had the children write something in their own handwriting about the year. She brought in a scrapbook of all twenty years of her son’s life and asked us to do color copies and binding into books, as a gift for her son and daughter. As I looked at her scrapbook pages, I was very moved at what a special idea this was, and at her foresight in starting when her kids were born. What a special wedding or bat mitzvah present this would be in our community: a special project to start with each grandchild, or many other kinds of possibilities. I wish I had thought of this idea when our children were small. I guess I’ll have to put it into action when B’ezras Hashem, the grandchildren come along! I thought I would pass this along to our community, for any of you creative types to try. Azriela Jaffe Edison, NJ Edisonpackandship.com

To Secretary of State Kerry: US Money for PA Terrorists?

Dear Secretary Kerry: I write with regard to the issue of United States foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA). Recent news reports have indicated that the PA has provided monetary payments or salaries to individuals convicted of committing acts of terrorism, including those recently released as part of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. According

to such reports, these salaries or stipends are provided by the PA to convicted terrorists for the duration of their imprisonment. If this information is accurate, how long has the US government been aware of this PA program? Furthermore, what is the US Department of State specifically doing to halt immediately any US taxpayer dollars going to the PA until this program is stopped? US foreign aid, which is distributed through and administered by the US Department of State and/or the US Agency for International Development, must not be used by the PA directly or indirectly to compensate convicted terrorists and/or their families. Thank you for your attention to this matter and I look forward to your swift response. Rep Jim Gerlach (R-PA) West Chester, PA

“Tolerance” on the Left

Several weeks ago I was approached by Peace Now to speak at their annual conference on a panel discussing whether international pressure on Israel is necessary to promote peace. I was specifically told that my point of view (which opposes such pressure and certainly the domestic efforts to invite it) would be very appreciated in this discussion. Weeks later, I received a call from the head of Peace Now disinviting me. Even though Yariv Oppenheimer noted that he personally did not want to disinvite me, he was outnumbered in his own organization. The reason, he explained, was due to the fact I am a member of the International Advisory Council of NGO Monitor (along with other “human rights offenders” such as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel and Alan Dershowitz). Putting aside the way in which dogmatic thinking seems to blind people to the importance of good manners, and the inability of those who preach tolerance to hear a point of view that is not their own, I am issuing the following response: “If the Israeli Left has no place for those who support a two-state solution and who also wage battle against those who seek to delegitimize Israel, it will not return to lead the country. Leadership is not built through self-flagellation. Defending Israel and Zionism can and should be part of supporting peace and a two state solution. Israel is under attack for its very legitimacy and the human-rights discourse serves various groups to undermine the foundational idea of Zionism, that the Jewish People have a right to a sovereign state in their ancestral homeland. If people whose work for human rights is indisputable, such as Elie Wiesel and Alan Dershowitz, find it proper to fight against the demonization of Israel, then I am proud to wage this battle with them.” Einat Wolf Jerusalem, Israel Ms Wolf is a former Labor MK who served from 2010-2013, when she left with Ehud Barak to create Haatzma’ut. 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 mail to POB 8097, Englewood, NJ 07631. The phone number is (201) 569-2845. The email address is susan@jewishvoiceandopinion.com


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Boycott Better Than Rockets Josh Reinstein, director of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus, noted that the Norwegian delegation was in Israel on the heels of a new election in which a Christian political party has been elected to parliament. “We believe this is just the beginning of new relations between Israel and Norway and that faith-based diplomacy is again at work and that’s the most important weapon we have in the diplomatic cache today. So we’re excited that this is happening, and we hope it is followed up by real concrete political support by Norway,” he said. The fact that this was a grassroots group rather than an official government delegation was deemed important by Ms. Gamliel. “I believe it comes from the bottom and that it will continue in the leadership on upward. We are on

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the right path,” she said. Fair-Left NGOs While this was a positive outcome, many Israelis believe their fellow citizens on the far left are to some degree responsible for European actions such as those by the Norwegian government for which the Christian delegation apologized. There has been a proliferation of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Israel which are financed by foreign political groups and governments, many of them from Europe. Last month, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the “NGO Law” which will impose a 45 percent tax on foreign donations to NGOs “whose actions or goals deviate grossly from the limits of democratic discourse.” Groups affected by the tax would be those that: call

for BDS against Israel or Israeli citizens; call for the prosecution of Israeli soldiers in international courts; deny that Israel is a Jewish democratic state; incite to racism; or support an armed struggle by an enemy nation or terror organization against Israel. Good Chance of Passing Having been approved by the committee, the bill stands a very good chance of passing in the Knesset because it can expect the Government Coalition’s support. The NGO Law is a joint initiative of Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked and Yisrael Beiteinu MK Robert Ilatov. Ms. Shaked dismissed the claims of MKs like left-wing Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who said the law would “violate democracy in Israel.” “Any person with healthy reasoning and a clear under-

standing knows that the opposite is true,” said Ms. Shaked. “In a civilized, democratic country there are choices which reflect the will of the people and portray, through voters’ decisions, the state’s outlook. It is inconceivable that a minority of extremists who don’t wish to give a ‘mandate’ to Israel, and participate in criminal acts of subversion against the state by financial means from foreign benefactors, will also receive tax breaks. High taxes on foreign money to organizations that incite against IDF soldiers and incite to racism are the minimum the state can and should do for itself,” she said. Ms. Livni, who heads the tiny Hatnua party, said she intends to appeal the decision, which means the committee will have to vote on the bill again at a later date. S.L.R.

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