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JCC annual meeting and gala on June 2 BY WILLIAM WALLAK The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse’s 156th annual meeting and gala will be held on Sunday, June 2, from 11 am-2 pm, at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia. The event is considered the JCC’s biggest and most important annual fund-raiser. It will feature an awards ceremony recognizing a range of outstanding service in support of the JCC and the community. Barbara Davis will Robin and Neil Goldberg will be Jessica Malzman Phil Rubenstein Rabbi Evan Shore This year’s gala theme – back be inducted into the inducted into the JCC Hall of Fame. will receive the is the recipient of will receive the by popular demand from last year JCC Hall of Fame. Leslie Award. the Sam Pomeranz JCC’s highest honor, – will be a “New York Kosher Deli J C C ’s K o v o d the Kovod Gadol Experience,” catered again by Essen New better off while touching so many along This year’s honorees will be recogAward. Award, at the gala. York Deli of Brooklyn. It will start with a the way.” nized for their dedication and support cocktail hour, which will give way to an As in previous years, the gala’s pro- with a personalized plaque or statue as a After graduation, he worked full time as a recording engineer for the Eastman School authentic deli-style brunch. Following a ceeds will provide funding for scholar- token of their honor. brief business meeting, five awards will ships to individuals in the JCC’s early The Kovod Award, which signifies and part time for the International Assobe presented. childhood, after school, summer camp honor and importance, will be presented ciation of Theater and Stage Employees. JCC Executive Director Marci Erle- and senior programs. Thanks to last year’s to Phillip Rubenstein, JCC board mem- In 1991, Rubenstein returned to Syracuse bacher said, “We are excited to honor gala supporters, the JCC granted more ber and vice president. Rubenstein grew to open the home office repair division See “JCC” on page 2 such a terrific slate of award recipients than $40,000 in scholarship requests, up in Fayetteville, NY, and attended the again this year. Their generous and self- served more than 6,000 meals to seniors University of Rochester, where he studied less giving have helped make both the and offered fitness classes at a discount psychology and interned as a recording engineer at the Eastman School of Music. JCC and the local community richer and to those in need.
Multi-agency annual meeting on June 5 On Wednesday, June 5, there will be a multi-agency annual meeting at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm, with the meeting starting at 7 pm. Participating in the meeting and delivering their annual reports will be the
Jewish Federation of Central New York, the Syracuse Hebrew Day School, the Rabbi Jacob Epstein School of Jewish Studies and the Syracuse Community Hebrew School. The JCC will give a report of agency at the meeting, as well. The 2019 Esther and Joseph Roth Award for Outstanding Jewish Com-
munity Leadership will be presented to Marc Beckman as one of those individuals who have demonstrated “outstanding Jewish community leadership.” It is always presented at Federation’s annual meeting. There will be more details in the May 23 issue of the Jewish Observer.
Federation Campaign update
Federation Campaign donations – and a vote of confidence in the community BY COLLEEN BAKER In recent years, much attention has been given to charitable giving trends. Some federated charitable organizations find themselves in an identity crisis and struggle to make the case for this type of giving. As the Jewish Federation of Central New York embarks on its second century of philanthropy, Federation’s single fund-raising effort – the annual Campaign – allows Federation to distribute the funds to a diverse range of beneficiary agencies. The Federation Board manages the funds so that they can respond to the changing needs of the community. The board, which is elected annually, develops the criteria for making grants or designations to primarily Jewish nonprofits. This is important because some agencies, such as the Achavat Achim Mikvah, serve a critical need for some of the local
Jewish population, but may need a boost in revenue. As fund-raising costs increase, many smaller – but very necessary – organizations may not be able to sustain a reasonable level of funding. As a result, programs can shrink or disappear entirely. Federation fund-raising reduces overhead and helps stretch dollars. Organizations submit financial and governance practices to the Federation Board. In doing so, donations go to financially sound programs – taking the burden off our donors to vet each organization. Rather than being asked for donations for multiple nonprofits throughout the year, an annual pledge to Federation means one donation provides for all of the beneficiaries that make this community thrive. The Jewish Federation of Central New York has also benefitted greatly from corporate gifts and foundations, especially the Pomeranz, Shankman and Martin
Charitable Foundation, which means that those who receive Federation funding can benefit from such large entities. It can be See “Campaign” on page 7
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of United Radio Inc. He became United Radio’s vice president in 1998 and president in 2005. A class of 1997 graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse, he served on its Board of Directors from 1998-2012 in various positions, including a three-year term as president. In 2002, he was named one of Syracuse’s 40 under 40 honorees. Rubenstein has served on the boards of Jewish Family Service and Menorah Park. He currently serves on the boards of the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York and the Longhouse Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Kovod Gadol Award, the JCC’s highest honor, which in Hebrew translates to “great honor,” will be presented to Rabbi Evan Shore. He is a “true community rabbi” and has served as spiritual leader of Sha’arei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse for the past 30 years. He is also the religious advisor to the JCC and its board’s Executive Committee; serves as guest rabbi for the JCC’s Jerome and Phyllis Charney Early Childhood Development Program and Bobbie Epstein Lewis Senior Adult Dining Program; and is a guest columnist for the JCC’s program guide publications. Rabbi Shore has been teaching at the Syracuse Hebrew Day School and the Rabbi Jacob H. Epstein School of Jewish Studies since 1989. He is currently rav hamachshir of Syracuse Vaad Ha’ir, Menorah Park chaplain, Syracuse Rabbinic Council president, Rabbinic Council of America Executive Committee member, board member with the Jewish Federation of Central New York and rosh kollel of the Syracuse Torah Mitzion Kollel. He has also founded the STOCS chevra kadisha and the eruv in the Syracuse area. He is a former board member of Menorah Park and Jewish Family Service. Rabbi Shore is a graduate of Yeshiva College, Azrielli School Graduate School in Jewish Elementary Education and Semicha Rabbinic Isaac Elchanon Theological Seminary. He has also been a longtime student of Rabbi Moshe Dovid Tendler. Neil and Robin Goldberg and Barbara Davis – individuals who have made their mark through service to the entire Jewish community – will be inducted into the JCC Hall of Fame this year.
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The Goldbergs say that family has always come first. Neil, “head coach” of Raymour and Flanigan Furniture, and Robin, a retired dentist, have dedicated their professional and personal lives to the community in their hometown of Syracuse. Neil, a graduate of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management, joined the family business in 1972. Along with his brother, Steve, and cousin, Mike, he has led the company from three local furniture stores to the largest furniture retailer in the northeast and one of the top five largest retailers in the United States. Robin graduated from the University of Wisconsin and New York University Dental School, and completed her dental residency at Upstate Medical Center before retiring from dentistry to become a full-time parent and volunteer. Neil and Robin are active in a variety of communal activities, and together, they served as co-chairs of the United Way of Central New York and Jewish Federation of Central New York campaigns. Most recently, Neil has served as chairman of HSBC Bank’s regional board, director of Metropolitan Development Association and director of SU’s Whitman School, as well as being on the boards of the Salvation Army of Central New York, United Way of Central New York campaign and Junior Achievement of Central New York. He is currently serving on the national boards of the National Home Furnishings Association, Home Furnishings Council, American Furniture Hall of Fame, National Commission of the Anti-Defamation League and Say Yes to Education. He has been awarded the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York’s American Heritage Award, Esther and Joseph Roth Award for Outstanding Jewish Community Leadership, City of Hope Spirit of Life Award, the American Heritage Award of ADL, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Syracuse Business Journal’s “Business of the Year.” Robin has served as president of both the Syracuse Hebrew Day School and Make-A-Wish Foundation, chair of Jewish Federation of Central New York Lion of Judah division, annual chair of National Council of Jewish Women’s “Mitzvah Project” and as a board member of the JCC
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Tuesday – baked crispy teriyaki chicken wings Wednesday – spinach cheese quiche Thursday – egg salad on wheat Friday – honey-glazed baked chicken The Bobbi Epstein Lewis JCC Senior Adult Dining Program at the Sam Pomeranz See “Menu” on page 7
of Syracuse, Temple Adath Yeshurun and the Syracuse Jewish Federation (now the Jewish Federation of Central New York). She has been awarded the JCRC-NY’s American Heritage Award, the NCJW Hannah G. Solomon Award, the Esther and Joseph Roth Award for Outstanding Jewish Community Leadership, the Presidential Leadership Award from Syracuse Jewish Federation and the Syracuse Hebrew Day School Woman of Valor Award. Neil and Robin have four children: Seth (Leah) Goldberg, Shira (Jared) Boschan, Adam (Amira) Goldberg and Miriam (Jeremy) Klaben, and seven grandchildren. Barbara Sheklin Davis is a graduate of Barnard College; she has an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University and is professor emerita of modern languages at Onondaga Community College. She served as principal of the Syracuse Hebrew Day School for 27 years and headed the rabbi Jacob Epstein High School of Jewish Studies (now the Rabbi Jacob Epstein School of Jewish Studies) and the Combined School of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas and Temple Beth El. An advocate of Jewish education, she serves as editor-at-large of the Jewish educational journal Hayidion. She has written two local history books, “Syracuse African Americans” and “The Jewish Community of Syracuse” (with Susan Rabin). More recently, she has explored aspects of the Jewish world in three books: “100 Jewish Things to Do Before You Die,” “A Parallel Universe: Haredi Women Leading Haredi Schools for Girls” and “Two Jews, Three Opinions: Klal Yisrael, Pluralism and the Jewish Community Day School Network.” She is currently at work on three other books, including “I Hate Retirement” (which she says she does). She and her husband, Leslie Davis, are the parents of three children and grandparents of nine. This year’s Leslie Award, the fourth to be given since being introduced in 2016, will be presented to Jessica Malzman, JCC board member and a member of the board’s Gala Committee. “The Leslie” recognizes outstanding commitment and service to the JCC and the local community – the qualities which the award’s namesake, Leslie London Neulander, personified through her many volunteer pursuits.
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Malzman is the chief operating officer at Whitney Partners, a New York-based executive search firm specializing in the financial services industry. In 2011, Malzman and her husband, Ari, a Syracuse native and Jamesville-DeWitt alum, relocated to the Syracuse community from New York City so that Ari could join his family’s local business, Cannon Pools. Jessica adapted to Central New York life – running in many local road races, becoming a member of the nearby museums, volunteering as a tutor with Literacy CNY, starting a local book club and joining Temple Adath Yeshurun. She has been a board member of the JCC for the past two years, served on the Gala Committee for three years and sat on the Parent Committee for the JCC’s Jerome and Phyllis Charney Early Childhood Development Program for the past two years, most recently becoming the committee co-chair. She was also a member of the Jewish Federation of Central New York’s young leadership committee from 2017-19. She earned her bachelor of science degree in human development from Cornell University. She and Ari reside in Manlius with their daughters, Quinn and Remi, who currently attend and love the JCC’s Early Childhood Development Program. Invitations for the JCC’s annual meeting and gala were recently mailed out. There is still a variety of corporate and individual sponsorships available, as well as program booklet advertiser spots. To purchase tickets, or for information on event sponsorships, advertising or to place a congratulatory message in the program booklet for any of this year’s honorees, contact Erin Hart at 315-445-2360, ext. 112, or email@example.com. The JCC of Syracuse, located on Thompson Road in DeWitt, was established in 1861 and is the second oldest JCC in North America. It offers a range of programs and services for all ages, including infant/toddler care, preschool, before and after school care and vacation camps for school-age children, summer day camps, teen programs, a sports and fitness center, outdoor heated pool and swimming lessons during the summer, adult programming, and services for seniors including a senior kosher meal program. All articles, announcements and photographs must be received by noon Wednesday, 15 days prior to publication date. Articles must be typed, double spaced and include the name of a contact person and a daytime telephone number. E-mail submissions are encouraged and may be sent to JewishObserverCNY@gmail.com. The Jewish Observer reserves the right to edit any copy. Signed letters to the editor are welcomed: they should not exceed 250 words. Names will be withheld at the discretion of the editor. All material in this newspaper has been copyrighted and is exclusive property of the Jewish Observer and cannot be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. Views and opinions expressed by our writers, columnists, advertisers and by our readers do not necessarily reflect the publisher’s and editors’ points of view, nor that of the Jewish Federation of Central New York. The newspaper reserves the right to cancel any advertisements at any time. This newspaper is not liable for the content of any errors appearing in the advertisements beyond the cost of the space occupied. The advertiser assumes responsibility for errors in telephone orders. The Jewish Observer does not assume responsibility for the kashrut of any product or service advertised in this paper. THE JEWISH OBSERVER OF CENTRAL NEW YORK (USPS 000939) (ISSN 1079-9842) Publications Periodical postage paid at Syracuse, NY and other offices. Published 24 times per year by the Jewish Federation of Central New York Inc., a non-profit corporation, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt, NY 13214. Subscriptions: $36/year; student $10/ year. POST MASTER: Send address change to JEWISH OBSERVER OF CENTRAL NEW YORK, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt, NY 13214.
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AROUND CENTRAL NEW YORK Menorah Park to hold annual meeting on June 27 BY STEWART KOENIG Menorah Park will share its vision about caring for the upcoming generation of seniors at its annual meeting on Thursday, June 27, from 5:30-8 pm, at the Hy and Anne Miller Theatre inside the Abraham Shankman Wellness Pavilion. It is open to the community.
For nearly a year, the Aging in Place Committee of the Menorah Park Board of Directors has met to develop a multi-year plan to respond to changing demographics, health needs and reimbursement challenges. Andy Fox, committee chair and board member, will make a presentation on the committee’s findings at the
Jewish Community Center of Syracuse announces slate of officers/directors The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse recently announced its slate of officers and directors for election at this year’s Jewish Community Center annual meeting and gala to be held on Sunday, June 2, at 11 am, at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia. The Nominating Committee was chaired by Debbie Goldwein and consisted of Ben Gnacik, Roy Gutterman, Wishing youMark a Successful 2019 Michael Klein, Levy, Alan Lipsy, Joanne Maloff, Ilene Mendel, Davia Moss, Sarah Pinsky, Phillip Syracuse Jewish Rubenstein, JCC President Federation Steven Sisskind (ex officio) and Howard Weinstein. The JCC thanks them for their workBRETT in putting the slate together. KUPPERMANN Nominated are Steven Sisskind, president; Phillip Rubenstein, Howard Weinstein and Debbie Goldwein, (315)727-2888 firstname.lastname@example.org vice presidents; Sara Temes, treasurer; and Roy Gutterman, secretary. Nominated as directors for the term ending in 2021 are Philip Rothschild and Anick Sinclair; and for the term ending in 2022, Hailey Dubnoff, Adam DuChene, Amira Goldberg, Bud Greenman, Gillian Kanter, Paula King, Michael Klein, Sarah Pinsky and Jeffrey Tamburo.
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annual meeting. He said, “As we prepare for the next generation of senior living consumers, the baby boomers present very different characteristics from previous older adult generations. The committee has identified key aspects of this population that we should plan for now to meet their needs in the future.” Menorah Park CEO Mary Ellen Bloodgood said, “All are invited to enjoy our Bistro café and most importantly, get an update on Menorah Park’s progress and plans. Andy’s committee has worked hard and done a great job, and the information he will share touches all of us.” The evening will begin with a light dinner at the Bistro, followed by the annual meeting. Reservations are requested and may be made by contacting Susie Drazen at 315-446-9111, ext. 141, or sdrazen@menorahparkofcny. org by Monday, June 24.
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CONGREGATIONAL NOTES Congregation Beth SholomChevra Shas
TORAH FUND BRUNCH: “SISTERHOOD GOING FORWARD IN THE 21ST CENTURY” On Sunday, May 19, from 9:30-11:30 am, the Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas Sisterhood will hold its annual CBSCS Torah Fund program, “Sisterhood Going Forward into the 21st Century.” Torah Fund supports students at the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Ziegler School in Los Angeles and the Schechter School in
Jerusalem. The brunch will be at the home of Rosalie Spitzer. CBS-CS Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone will talk about the importance of supporting JTS. CBS-CS congregant and inspirational speaker Arel Moodie will lead a discussion about moving forward and coming together as a community. Bette Siegel will also share her thoughts about Sisterhood/Women’s League and display
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Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation STOCS BOOK CLUB On Wednesday, May 22, at 7:45 pm, the Sha’arei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse book club will discuss “In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist” by Ruchama King Feuerman. This novel is about a New York single, Isaac Markowitz, who moves to Israel to mend his broken heart and becomes, much to his own surprise, the assistant to a famous old rabbi who daily dispenses wisdom (and soup) to the troubled souls who find their way to his courtyard. It is there that Isaac meets the
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young motorbike-riding Tamar, a newly religious American. A kind act by Mustafa, a janitor who works on the Temple Mount, sets in motion a series of dangerous events that test friendship, faith, loyalty and love. “In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist” was a 2013 National Jewish Book Award finalist. Refreshments will be served and the evening is open to the public. Reservations are requested and may be made by visiting www.stocsyracuse.org/events, or contacting the synagogue at info@ stocsyracuse.org or 315-446-6194.
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Temple Concord RABBI FELLMAN ELECTED CHAIR OF ONONDAGA/SYRACUSE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION Temple Concord Rabbi Daniel Fellman was elected chair of the Onondaga/Syracuse Human Rights Commission at its organizational meeting in February. He was originally appointed to the commission by former County Executive Joanie Mahoney in 2015 and reappointed by current County Executive Ryan McMahon in January. Also elected were Shelly Skellington as co-chair and Bruce Carter as secretary. This year, the commission will focus on serving vulnerable populations, expanding human rights education and interact-
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Celebrating Passover around the JCC BY WILLIAM WALLAK Once again this year, the weeks leading up to Passover at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center were filled with activities to celebrate the holiday. The festivities kicked off on April 10 with a visit by Chabad Lubavitch of Central New York’s Model Matzah Bakery. Preschoolers in the JCC’s Jerome and Phyllis Charney Early Childhood Development Program had a hands-on lesson about all things matzah as they made and baked their own unleavened bread.
Seniors in the JCC’s Bobbi Epstein Lewis Senior Adult Dining Program celebrated the holiday a little early on April 12 with a pre-Passover seder and luncheon. Led by Rabbi Evan Shore of Sha’arei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse, the seder was followed by a holiday kosher chicken meal. The celebrations wrapped up on April 18 with the ECDP’s classroom Passover sederim. The preschoolers learned about the 10 plagues, matzah and the significance of the items on their seder plates.
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Rabbi Evan Shore (standing) of Sha’arei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse led the seder during the JCC of Syracuse’s Passover holiday luncheon on April 12.
Preschoolers in the JCC’s Jerome and Phyllis Charney Early Childhood Development Program rolled out their matzah dough and poked holes in it using a special tool.
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Can we taste the Holy? BY ROBERT TORNBERG The word kadosh is usually translated as “holy.” The Holy Land. The Holy of Holies. The Holy Ark. The High Holy Days. “Holy, holy, holy is Adonai tz’vaot,” one of God’s names (Isaiah 6:3 and said three times daily in the Kedushah, part of the Amidah, the standing personal prayer). Shabbat is called Shabbat Kodesh – the Holy Sabbath. The prayer we say to sanctify wine on Friday evening is the Kiddush, a word directly related to kadosh, holy. And this week’s Torah portion is Kedoshim, the plural of kadosh. Maybe we can translate it as “holinesses.” Clearly, the word kadosh appears over and over again in our tradition. It is my experience that it easily flows from our lips as we use some of the common phrases mentioned above. And, yet, what does this everyday word actually mean when we say it? Do we think about its meaning? Do we understand its implications? Are we even conscious of using it when we say, for instance, “High Holy Days”? I would argue that many of us are not. I would further suggest that this word has some vague sense of mystery, a mystical quality that we just can’t put our fingers on. We know it is important in religion, in Judaism, but we are somehow complacent about its elusive quality. I do want to submit, however, that this week’s parasha opens the doors to a potential understanding of what the word “kadosh” (“holy”) can mean for us. Not only is this portion named Kedoshim, but scholars have taught that it is in a section of Leviticus that begins with Chapter 17 and continues to the end of the Book of Leviticus. They have titled it “The Holiness Code.” Unlike the first half of the book, it is not primarily about sacrifices and priests (undoubtedly also related to “holiness”); instead, it catalogues various commandments about how regular people – you and I – should live. Our chapters this week are set approximately in the exact center of the Torah and are the most well-known part of the Holiness Code. In the Reform tradition, they form the Torah reading on Yom Kippur afternoon. The portion begins with the words, “The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the whole Israelite community and say to them...’” (Leviticus 19:1-2) So, it is clear that what follows is meant for all of the Israelites. Not just the priests – not just the leaders – not just the men – not just the adults. Everyone was to be addressed! So what are the words that are so important that everyone must hear them? Here is what follows: “You shall be holy, for I, the Eternal your God, am holy.” (Leviticus 1:2) What an inspiring message. I should be like God. I should be holy because God is holy. But, what does that mean? Doesn’t that just take me back to the questions I already asked about what it means to be holy? Actually, our most illustrious biblical commentators were equally puzzled over what it means to be holy. Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaki, “premier” biblical and talmudic commentator, France, 1040-1105) argued that being holy means to “keep yourselves apart from the forbidden sexual relationships, even from the thought of transgressions.” In a lengthy rebuttal of Rashi’s opinion,
Nachmanides (Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman or RaMBaN, a physician, scholar of Jewish law and commentator, Spain, 1194-1270) concludes that “It is, in fact, the essence of the text to insist that we keep ourselves clear, pure and separate from the mass of humanity.” Taking a slightly different perspective, Gersonides (Levi ben Gerson or RaLBaG, philosopher, talmudist, mathematician, France, 1288-1344) held that “you must keep yourselves apart from the material world to the extent you can.” In this, he suggested that you will resemble God Who is free of materiality. Siforno (Obadiah ben Jacob, physician and Bible commentator, Italy, 1470-1550), coming from a direction quite different from that of his colleagues, suggests that this phrase sums up the state of being of the people who have followed all the laws of ritual purity that preceded our parasha in Shemini, Tazria, Metzora and Acharei Mot. With all of these conflicting positions, I am not sure that we are further along in our quest to understand what being holy is than when we began. There is one commentator, however, who gave a seemingly very simple explanation. Rashbam (Samuel ben Meir, France, 1083-1174, grandson of Rashi, who raised sheep and grapes, and is a Torah commentator known for being literal) said, “Because there are so many commandments in this section, they are introduced by an exhortation to the Israelites to make themselves holy and observe them.” When I read the words of Rashbam, it began to make sense to me. What follows our somewhat confusing sentence about being holy is an extensive list of commandments, some of which I will summarize. We are told to revere our parents, keep Shabbat, not turn to idols, take care of the poor and not steal, lie or profane God’s name. There are warnings about defrauding people, abusing those with disabilities and treating strangers badly. We are instructed to pay workers immediately after their work is complete. We cannot eat the fruit of a tree until it is 4 years old, and we should not eat blood. There are many laws about sexual relations included here, as well. But perhaps the most famous rule in this part of Leviticus is “love your fellow [sometimes translated as ‘neighbor’] as yourself.” (19:18) These are just a few examples of the commandments included following the words, “You shall be holy, for I, the Eternal your God, am holy.” I would argue, and I think that Rashbam would agree, that these laws provide us with a clear definition of the word “holy,” at least for human beings. In short, if we want to be holy like God is holy, we can certainly understand this parasha as a guide to achieving that status. Observe these commandments and you will be holy! Are Rashbam and I right and the others misguided? Is holiness really just too mysterious to comprehend? Well, the truth is, I don’t know. But what I do know is that if we read this Torah portion carefully (and I hope you will take the time to do so, for I have only skimmed the surface of its depth) and figure out which of these commandments can fit into our lives, our lives will be greatly enriched and maybe, just maybe, we will get a taste – and only a taste – of what being holy like God can mean. Robert Tornberg is a member of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas. Following a 40-year career as a Jewish educator when he led congregational and Jewish day schools, he works as an evaluation consultant at the Office of Professional Research and Development in the School of Education at Syracuse University. He is a past president of the National Association of Temple Educators, a past vice president of the Jewish Educators Assembly and the author of books and articles on Jewish education. He and his wife moved to Syracuse several years ago to be near their children and grandchildren.
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Former Iraqi MP asserts Israel is legitimate
(MEMRI via JNS) – Former Iraqi Parliament member Mithal Al-Alusi said in an April 21 interview on Asia TV (Iraq) that he has no problem visiting Israel, and putting “an end to the great Arab and Islamist lie” surrounding Jerusalem, which he said he does not view as an Arab capital plundered by the Zionist entity. He said that he is more concerned with helping Iraqis and with Iraq’s food security, which he said would improve if he traveled to Israel and built a “bridge between the half-a-million Iraqi Jews and Iraq.” Al-Alusi said: “Whether Israel is a plunderer or not is none of my business. … Let [the Palestinians] sort this out themselves.” He also said that he won’t sell Iraq out for the sake of “lying Palestinian mercenaries” like former PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, pointing out that Palestinian ministers live in prosperity. Finally, Al-Alusi asserted that Israel is a legitimate state.
U.S. antisemitism envoy: America may review ties with nations deemed anti-Israel
The United States may review its relations with nations deemed anti-Israel, according to U.S. Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism Elan Carr. “The United States is willing to review its relationship with any country, and certainly antisemitism on the part of a country with whom we have relations is a deep concern,” he told Reuters in Israel. “I will be raising that issue in bilateral meetings that I am undertaking all over the world,” he said. “That is something we are going to have frank and candid conversations about behind closed doors.” Carr declined to call out certain countries or leaders, in addition to specifying what course of action the Trump administration might take. “I obviously can’t comment on diplomatic tools that we might bring to bear,” he said. “Each country is a different diplomatic challenge, a different situation, number one. And number two, if I started disclosing what we might do it would be less effective.” The administration, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the annual AIPAC Policy Conference in March, said that anti-Zionism is antisemitism. He added that it “certainly breaks new ground … by making clear that something that a lot of us who are involved in the Jewish world and a lot of us who are proponents of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship have known for quite some time, and that is that one of the chief flavors of antisemitism in the world today is the flavor that conceals itself under anti-Zionism.”
Resolution condemning “all forms” of antisemitism introduced in Senate
Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced a resolution on May 2 condemning “all forms” of antisemitism to mark Yom Hashoah, or Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. “Antisemitism is on the rise around the world and here in America,” said Cruz in a statement. “In just the last few weeks, we have seen it manifested as hateful cartoons in major news publications, antisemitic smears in the halls of Congress and murders at houses of worship,” referencing such illustrations in the international edition of The New York Times and the Chabad of Poway shooting in Southern California on April 27, where one woman was killed and three others injured, Both instances happened within the week. “This bipartisan effort is about making clear that we will do everything in our power to combat the rise in antisemitism. In my home state, we saw white supremacists terrorizing – and even murdering – people in Charlottesville while chanting antisemitic slogans lifted from Nazi rallies and a president unwilling to forcefully condemn such an atrocity,” said Kaine. “The shooting last weekend at Chabad of Poway was another tragic reminder of this deep-rooted prejudice. We must stand together against hate in all its forms.” The resolution is co-sponsored by 42 other senators, most of them Republican.
OBITUARIES Stephen L. Meltzer, 76, died on April 24 in Arizona, where he had been a resident for the past several months. Born in Syracuse to Hannah and Barney Meltzer, he graduated from Nottingham High School, and then Syracuse University with a B.F.A. He was the art director for WCNY TV and Radio for 40 years until retiring. He was a lifetime member of Temple Adath Yeshurun. He will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and his bountiful creativity. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elaine; their children, Judy (John) Stock, Daelah (Eric) Aaronson and Shelley (Mark) Hubal; grandchildren Ben, Delaney, Joshua, Gracie, Rae, Samantha, Jared and Eli; and his brother, Michael (Sandra) Meltzer. Burial was in Adath Yeshurun Cemetery. Sisskind Funeral Service had arrangements. Contributions may be made to Temple Adath Yeshurun, 450 Kimber Rd., Syracuse, NY 13224 or the Central New York chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 441 W Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204 or www.alz. org/centralnewyorkwww.sisskindfuneralservice.com.
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