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Two universities Imagining Jews: New lecture withdraw from American series kicks off at Muhlenberg Studies Association over Israel boycott WOMAN OF THE WALL Anat Hoffman to speak at Lehigh University Jan. 28. See pages 2 and 4. YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90
Penn State-Harrisburg is one of two universities to withdraw from the American Studies Association after it voted to boycott Israeli universities, such as the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where students are shown in October 2013.
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where Dr. Daniel Leisawitz, an expert in Italian studies in the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department at Muhlenberg, will present, “Imagining the Vanishing World of the Roman Ghetto.” On March 20, Ruth Knafo Setton, writer-in-residence at the Berman Center for Jewish Studies at Lehigh University, will speak in Easton on “Living Between Question Marks,” based on her forthcoming novel, “Darktown Blues. “ In the first week of April, Professor Henry Bial of the American Studies and Theater Departments at the University of Kansas, and author of “Acting Jewish: Negotiating Ethnicity on the American Stage and Screen,” will give a talk entitled, “Jew Media: Performance and Technology for the 58th Century” at Muhlenberg. The first half of the series will culminate with a special lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Shandler of Rutgers University. Shandler, a scholar of modern Jewish culture specializing in Yiddish culture, and the president of the Association for Jewish Studies, will give a talk entitled “Tchotchkes: Collecting Yiddish Popular Culture” at Muhlenberg. Anyone who owns an interesting Yiddish “tchotchke” is invited to bring it in to be displayed before the talk. Shandler may even select some of the tchotchkes for discussion. Six additional talks are scheduled for the fall of 2014, so there’s plenty more to come. The series is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. Learn more about upcoming programs, including exact times and locations, at www.jewishlehighvalley.org.
Snow blankets Jerusalem Jerusalem was covered with nearly two feet of snow the morning of Dec. 13. Israel’s main international airport resumed operations following a brief closure due to a winter storm that left thousands stranded and cut off traffic to Jerusalem. Ben Gurion Airport was closed early Dec. 13 for about 40 minutes. Police instructed citizens to avoid driving, citing lifethreatening conditions, Army Radio reported. The snow delayed by an hour a meeting between John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Highways which connect Jerusalem to the country’s center were closed because of heavy snowfall. Thousands were left stranded overnight, with many sleeping in their cars, according to the news site
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Two American universities, Brandeis and Penn State Harrisburg, have decided to withdraw from the American Studies Association (ASA) in protest of the organization’s decision to join the academic boycott against Israeli universities. “It is a with deep regret that we in the American Studies Program at Brandeis University have decided to discontinue our institutional affiliation with the American Studies Association,” a message on the university’s American Studies [website] said. The program views the ASA vote to affirm the academic boycott of Israel “as a politicization of the discipline and a rebuke to the kind of open inquiry that a scholarly association should foster.” “We remain committed to the discipline of American studies but we can no longer support an organization that has rejected two of the core principles of American culture - freedom of association and expression,” the Brandeis statement continued. Dr. Simon J. Bronner of
Penn State-Harrisburg also issued a statement, saying that the ASA resolution to boycott Israel “curtails academic freedom and undermines the reputation of American Studies as a scholarly enterprise.” As a result, the American Studies program at Penn State Harrisburg announced it would drop its institutional membership and will “encourage others to do so.” Dr. Bronner, the chair of the American Studies program at the Pennsylvania university, is a prominent member of the ASA, and serves as the editorin-chief of the Encyclopedia of American Studies, an ASAsponsored publication.
Following the success of its adult education series on “Jews, Money and Capitalism,” the Jewish Studies Program at Muhlenberg College will present a new series of public lectures and events in 2014. Funded by a grant from the Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project and directed by the Association for Jewish Studies, these programs are free and open to the public. The theme of the new series – spearheaded by Muhlenberg professors Jessica Cooperman and Hartley Lachter -- is “Imagining Jews: From the Ancient World to the American Present.” Drawing on a wide range of topics and scholarly expertise, the series will explore how Jews have understood themselves, and been understood by others, in diverse historical settings. “We thought it would be a topic that is interesting to people in the community and that would let us work with some really dynamic departments at the college, particularly the theater and dance program and media and communications,” Cooperman said. “They were programs we hadn’t worked with in the past series and we wanted to tap into the exciting things and exciting work that people were doing in those departments.” The first talk in the series, on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Muhlenberg will be led by Professor William Gruen, chair of the Religion Studies Department. Gruen, a scholar of early Christianity, will discuss “The Image of the Jew as Anti-Imperial Rebel in the Ancient Roman World.” The second event will take place in February at the JCC,
Young people sit at a cafe table set up amid the snow on Jerusalem's Jaffa Road on Dec. 15, 2013.
nrg.co.il. Police and Israel Defense Forces troops led rescue missions as the snow fell. Rescuers evacuated approximately 500 people from Route 443, the road connecting Jerusalem and Modiin. In total, around 2,000 people were rescued from vehicles
during the night, according to Israel Radio, and hundreds were evacuated to shelters set up at convention centers in Jerusalem. Power outages also plagued Israel’s capital and the surrounding areas, leaving many without heat to seek shelter at the centers.
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One wall for one people On Friday afternoon May 14, 1948, David Ben Gurion made history declaring “the establishment of a Jewish state in eretz Yisrael, to be known as the State of Israel.” But Ben Gurion did not endeavor to define “Jewish State.” He understood that, at the time, Jews of Palestine needed to unite and focus on the impending challenges of war and the longer-term needs of state-building. Ever the politician, in the months preceding the declaration, Ben Gurion began courting religious Jewish leaders of the Yishuv (the pre-independence Jewish settlement in Palestine) to join the coalition, and then the first government, for the sake of Jewish unity. In exchange, he offered a set of guarantees relating to traditional Judaism’s place in the new society. The definition of the “Jewish State” was de facto tabled until discussions two years later on the law of return. Again, Ben Gurion deflected the debate for the sake of unity in the face of growing violence from Israel’s Arab neighbors. Ben Gurion’s verbiage of the law was accepted without debate; all agreed that any attempt to force a detailed definition would create serious dissent, even a government crisis. The continuing lack of definition and the power realities of Israeli politics have enabled contentious situations in the Knesset and Israeli Supreme Court and among many Israelis for years. And
many of the situations are front and center in Israel today: military/national service for Israel’s ultra-Orthodox; recognition of non-Orthodox rabbis for religious courts and as marriage officiants; public observance of Shabbat and Jewish holidays and issues of public modesty. But the issue of accessibility of the Western Wall to liberal, pluralistic expressions of Judaism has intensified over the past year or so. The Kotel has been the site of more and more aggressive confrontations, violence, irregular application of laws by police and arrests of demonstrators and aggressors from both sides of the issue. Secular Israelis, many of whom do not visit the Kotel for any number of reasons, came to see in the conflict the broader issues of religion in Israel society. For world Jewry, the vast majority of whom are nonOrthodox, the confrontations threatened the legitimacy of their expressions of Judaism and risked disconnecting Jews from Israel, in general, and the symbolism of the Western Wall, in particular. Fully understanding the complexities of the situation, Prime Minister Netanyanu turned to Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman and Soviet Jewish refusenik-hero Natan Sharansky to lead a process to propose a workable solution at the Western Wall. “No one wants the Kotel to turn into a place of civil war,” Sharansky said during an interview, later explaining, with his
characteristic sense of irony, that “the Jewish people have a special talent for turning everything into a civil war.” The Jewish Agency for Israel is the largest beneficiary of our Federation’s annual campaign. In his role as Jewish Agency chairman, Sharansky sought to shift the organization’s focus from bringing Jews to Israel to strengthening Jewish “peoplehood,” a call for Jewish unity based on common values and history. He championed Birthright Israel and the Masa Program. Bridging gaps between ultra-Orthodox Jews, liberal Jews, Jews from Israel and the Diaspora, and the Israeli government over controversial issues such as women’s prayer at the Western Wall falls squarely under this definition. Earlier this year, Sharansky proposed a plan providing for a third prayer area at the Kotel, one designated for pluralistic, egalitarian prayer. The Western Wall proposal to create an egalitarian prayer space equal in size and stature to the current gendersegregated spaces controlled by the ultra-Orthodox has won surprising support from all parties involved: Reform and Conservative leaders in the United States, women activists demanding equal prayer at the Wall and the Orthodox Kotel rabbi in charge of worship at the site. More than any other organization for the past 25 years, Women of the Wall has been at the forefront of seeking
It was a case of missing words. I appreciated the kind concern several of you expressed about the half sentence missing from my letter last month. Why that happened remains a mystery, as does the power of words. In this month’s edition of HAKOL, Dena Stein’s words transport us to the Kotel. In our new Nachas at 90 feature, we discover how books have
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the rights of women to pray at the Kotel in a Jewish egalitarian manner. Anat Hoffman, chairwoman of Women of the Wall and executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, the legal and advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel, will speak in the Lehigh Valley on Tuesday Jan. 28 at the Zoellner Arts Center. Her appearance is sponsored by the Philip and Muriel Berman Center for Jewish Studies at Lehigh University. The program is free and open to the public. And I urge your attendance. Without a doubt, Hoffman is one of the most influential Jews in the world. Natan Sharansky continues to work on the implementation of the plan to provide a third prayer area at the Kotel. Commenting on his continuing
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hostile circumstances, both environmentally and politically. Around the same time that Szold visited Palestine, the United States was seeing a rise in the number of mutual benefit societies, benevolent associations and fraternal orders organized originally by synagogues that ended up evolving into separate organizations to offer insurance, sick benefits and interest-free loans to members. These organizations, together with the rise of Jewish Federations around the country – many of which are celebrating centennials -- contributed to a culture of Jewish philanthropy in the United States that continues very strong to this day. Szold was a visionary as she supported a cause that was very dear to her heart and that helped in the establishment of the modern state of Israel. We cannot forget, too, that many others helped in the formation of the Jewish welfare community in the United States that is still helping those in need. Jewish family services, Jewish day schools, Jewish hospitals such as Mount Sinai, Mazon, a Jewish Response to Hunger and many others, including Federations, work every day to respond to the needs of those who need our help locally, nationally and internationally, inspired by the work of the visionaries in the past but with a modern view brought about by the growing global needs. As the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley gets ready to celebrate another Super Sunday on Jan. 26, the community should take inspiration from what one person with a dream can achieve.
Above, the Via Dolorosa in Old City of Jerusalem during a snowstorm on Jan. 1, 1915. Jewish giving at the time helped lay the foundation for the future state of Israel and continues to support Jewish life around the globe. Below, The view of Jerusalem looking from south to north on Jan. 8, 1915.
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In 1909, Henrietta Szold and her mother traveled to Ottoman Palestine where they witnessed the poor conditions in which Jews there were living. During their time in Palestine, Szold and her mother probably also experienced firsthand what life was like for this group of idealists and young European Jews who, encouraged by the promise of a better life, had decided to leave their families and the few possessions they had and move to an unknown land to work on the foundations of the modern State of Israel. The experience was so powerful and devastating that upon her return Szold founded what has become one of the largest hospital networks in Israel, Hadassah. This organization is one of many that today represent the roots of Jewish giving. Together Jewish philanthropic organizations helped lay the foundations of Israel and provide a base from which to face future challenges. So, what was happening in the Jewish world around that time that made this trip so significant? First and foremost, a few years before their visit, the Jewish world opened one of the most influential debates, one that defined the future of the Jewish peoplehood: “The Jewish Question” of whether Jews could continue to survive as a minority in a continent that was not willing to provide them with equal status or would need to create their own state where they can finally be free of prosecution and anti-Semitism. Now more than 100 years later, we know who won the
debate, but at that time Zionism and the idea of the Jewish state was strongly opposed by a large number of Jews of all religious backgrounds who believed that Europe was the right place for the Jews. At the forefront of the debate was a modern Jew from Vienna who was at first completely opposed to the idea of Jews leaving Europe; as often happens, a single event changed his perspective forever. This particular Jew, who was covering the trial of a French Jewish army captain falsely accused of treason, witnessed crowds chanting “death to the Jews” while the trial was taking place and discovered that this Jewish captain, subsequently found guilty of treason, was being used as a scapegoat by his superiors. The young reporter was none other than the founding father of modern political Zionism, Theodor Herzl. The trial he covered was one of the most important stepping stones for the foundation of political Zionism -- the Dreyfus Affair. Just a few years after the Dreyfus Affair and at the end of the first Zionist congress, Herzl wrote in his diary, “At Basel, I founded the Jewish state. If I said this out loud today l would be greeted by universal laughter. In five years perhaps, and certainly in 50 years, everyone will perceive it.” And what better way to bring about the Jewish state than for Zionists to send young idealistic Jewish immigrants, deeply oppressed in their native Eastern Europe, to the land of Israel in what it is known as the First Aliyah? These were the Jews that Henrietta Szold and her mother visited, the ones who found themselves living under very
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By Judy Diamondstein JFLV Assistant Executive Director A story of incredible bravery warmed the hearts of the Lion of Judah women at their annual Chanukah celebration on Dec. 4. After sharing the tale of Judith and how her act of bravery turned the tide which enabled the Maccabees to overcome the Greek forces, guest speaker Jeanette Eichenwald shared a personal story about her grandfather and father who were rounded up by the Nazis for deportation to Dachau just before Chanukah. In their rush to leave, they gathered very few possessions. Among them was a pewter oil Chanukiah that had been in their family for more than 200 years. Faced with the horrors of Dachau, Eichenwald’s father and the other men of Barrack 16 set out to retain their Jewishness by lighting the Chanukiah and went to desperate lengths to find success, but on the second day, a guard happened upon them, seized the Chanukiah and
threw it into a pit of fire. Not long afterward, her father and grandfather were sent to another concentration camp. Fast forward several years when the impossible happened. One of the men from the barrack had found the Chanukiah and buried it deep underground. After the war, he went back and retrieved it and ultimately, through a connection of another survivor in Israel, learned that Eichenwald’s father lived in Philadelphia. Not long after that, a box containing the Chanukiah arrived and has been lit every year since as a testament to Jewish survival. Today, Eichenwald only lights the menorah once during the holiday and this year, she saved that honor for the last night of Chanukah when the Lions of Judah could gather around the Chanukiah to light it together, sing the blessings and bask in the glow and promise of the Chanukah light. May we all continue to be inspired by the strength and resiliency of the Jewish people.
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‘I dream of the day …’ By Dena Stein Special to HAKOL The first time I saw the Kotel (Western Wall) I cried. It was January 2000, during a semester abroad studying at the Hebrew University. I had spent my life developing my Jewish identity, learning about Israel and dreaming of the moment I could experience the Kotel first hand. This moment represented Judaism for me; this was the place Jews had longed for and fought for since our exile. The impact of being there and touching the stones brought tears of joy to my eyes. There was no doubt in my mind ... this place was sacred and I was home. That spring, I prayed for the first time with Women of the Wall. I had learned of this group of women who were meeting together to read the Megillah on Purim at the Kotel. That day, a relatively small group of women had gathered toward the back of the women’s section to read and pray. This experience was incredible and empowering for me. I was raised within the Conservative movement; the idea of women leading prayer was not new for me. However, praying together as women at the Kotel was pure elation: Here I was at this spot that represented so much joy and longing, raising my voice in the chorus of empowered women from our group. It did not feel like a protest. We did not attract attention; it was just Purim and we were fulfilling the mitzvah of reading the Megillah. My next long-term experience in Israel came in July 2007 when I moved to Jerusalem for my first year of graduate study. Seven years after my first trip to Israel, my Jewish identity and personal religious practice had grown: I now kept Shabbat, observed all Jewish holidays and wore a tallit during prayer. I had fostered a deeper relationship with Israel and a stronger passion for inclusive Jewish practice. When I visited the Kotel, I experienced an unexpected heaviness. This place that once felt so sacred and welcoming now felt cold and exclusionary. The shockingly smaller women’s section, coupled with my inability to practice the Judaism that I held dear for fear of arrest, pained me to my very core. That year, I again shed tears when visiting the Kotel -- born not of joy, but out of pain
and frustration. If not for Women of the Wall working to create a space for women at this sacred spot, I would never have stepped foot onto the Kotel Plaza that year. I feel blessed to have a deep, passionate and ever-evolving relationship with Israel. Professionally, I’ve chosen to work for Masa Israel Journey, a joint project of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli government, which provides funding for Jewish young adults to learn, intern or volunteer in Israel for extended periods of time. I love helping others develop their own relationship with this incredible country and delight in hearing the stories from their experiences in the country. It is from the starting place of this relationship and love for the State of Israel that I joined with Women of the Wall on Rosh Hodesh as often as possible between July 2007 and June 2008. Then, as now, I wanted Israel to become the best place it can be: a country that provides for the religious freedom of all its citizens and allows for meaningful selfexpression, without penalty of retribution. I dream of the day when I can return to the Kotel and once again feel the joy of inclusion and experience the comfort of being home. Dena Stein is offering a class entitled “Relevant Judaism” at Bnai Abraham Synagogue, where her husband Daniel Stein serves as rabbi. The class will provide a space to explore Jewish practice and journeys to create ritual and relevance for our lives.
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Federations raise nearly $500K for Philippines disaster recovery In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines, Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley donors continued a proud tradition of supporting those in need in the wake of natural disasters around the world. Combined with donations from other Federations across North America, nearly half a million dollars was raised to aid the recovery effort. The money raised through the Federations is supporting relief efforts by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and IsraAID. “As part of the Jewish Federation movement, the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley is able to advocate nationally and quickly mobilize resources in times of crisis,” said Mark L. Goldstein, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Federation. “Every dollar donated through us goes directly to the relief effort.” The typhoon -- the strongest recorded storm on record with winds of over 150 miles per hour – devastated the central and southern Philippines, killing at least 4,000 and displacing more than 4 million people. Jewish Federations, as members of the Jewish Disaster Relief Coalition, are helping fund these efforts through JDC’s nationwide fundraising appeal. The Jewish Federations of North America’s Emergency Committee is coordinating the Federation response with JDC and its global disaster relief partners. “We are so proud to continue to support JDC and our other partner agencies, which are performing critical, life-saving work in the face of unimaginable suffering,” said Cheryl Fishbein, chair of the JFNA Emergency Committee. JDC has shipped a container of food, supplies for shelters, hygiene and medical needs, and is also providing water and sanitation items and shelter support through its partners, the Afya Foundation and Catholic Relief Services. JDC is also providing disaster relief and development experts to assess the needs on the ground, consulting with partner agencies and the Filipino Jewish community. The JDC team also engaged in relief activities, working together with the Philippine military and local volunteers to get packs and deliver relief supplies to hard-hit areas. The JDC team included an emergency field medic and a doctor. As it turns out, a JDC team member is descended from a family of German Jews who found safe haven in the island nation before World War II, along with more than 1,000 others, thanks to efforts by the Filipino president, JDC and the Frieder family. On Nov. 11, a seven-person IsraAID team including medical, trauma and relief specialists landed in the Philippines and travelled to Tacloban, a coastal city of 220,000 nearly destroyed in the typhoon. Meanwhile, an IDF field hospital, working with JDC, treated more than 2,600 people before returning home. Donations can be made online at www.jewishlehighvalley.org or via mail to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, 702 N. 22nd St., Allentown, PA 18104.
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What are the significance and treatment of diabetes during pregnancy?
Because of the rising incidence of obesity and diabetes mellitus (DM) in the U.S., more women are now being diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy. Below I answer some common questions about diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Q. What is the correct terminology for women who are pregnant with diabetes? Pre-existing diabetes is diabetes when the mother has already been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes before pregnancy. Type 1 diabetics have a pancreas which cannot produce any insulin at all and must take insulin by some type of injection. Type 2 diabetics have problems with not producing enough insulin and the insulin which is produced cannot work properly. Type 2 diabetics can be treated with pills and/or insulin. Gestation diabetes is diabetes which is diagnosed during pregnancy. Usually a screening test is done at 24 to 28 weeks (or earlier if other risk factors are present). A sugar solution is ingested with
measurement of blood glucose levels and if the levels are above published criteria the diagnosis of gestational DM is made. Women with gestational DM are unable to produce enough insulin from the pancreas during pregnancy.
Q. Why is it important to diagnose gestational diabetes and control blood sugars? Women who have pre-existing diabetes must obtain very tight blood sugar control prior to conception. Very high blood sugars around the time of conception increases the risk for birth defects. The good news is that strict control reduces this risk dramatically. All women with preexisting diabetes should undergo pre-conception counseling with a physician who is an expert in controlling blood glucose levels. Conception should be encouraged only after optimal control is achieved. Women with gestational DM (as well as moms with pre-existing DM) must control blood sugars later in pregnancy. High sugars
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will cross the placenta to the baby which will cause abnormal weight gain. Uncontrolled blood sugars later in pregnancy can lead to problems in the newborn including birth injuries, jaundice, low blood sugar and difficulty breathing. Again, good control of glucose levels markedly decreases these complications. Q. How is diabetes in pregnancy treated? Most women with pre-existing DM are treated with insulin during the pregnancy. Moms are asked to check sugars before each meal and 1 hour after meals in addition to bedtime and overnight. Patients usually take multiple shots of insulin per day (by syringe or pre-filled pens) or use an insulin pump. Most women with gestational DM can be controlled with diet. Women undergo diet counseling and are asked to check their own blood sugars with a monitor before breakfast and then 1 hour after each meal. If blood sugars are not controlled with diet, either glyburide (a pill which increasing insulin release from the pancreas) or insulin is used. Women with gestational DM are at risk for diabetes in subsequent pregnancies and also are at high risk for developing diabetes in the future. Although having diabetes during pregnancy is hard work for the mom, good blood sugar control usually results in a healthy and happy baby!
Norwegian FM: No plans for ban on ritual circumcision Jewish Telegraphic Agency Norway will not introduce a ban on the non-medical circumcision of boys, the country’s foreign minister said. “The position of the government has been and will remain clear: It will not propose a ban on ritual circumcision,” Borgen Brende wrote in a letter dated Nov. 22 that was sent to the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s New York offices. Brende was replying to a letter sent to him in which the center sought clarifications on a statement released earlier that month by Norwegian Health Minister Bent Hoie announcing plans to introduce legislation next year to “regulate” the practice. In Norway and throughout Scandinavia, non-medical circumcision of boys under 18 is the subject of a heated debate on children’s rights and religious freedoms. The children’s ombudsmen of all Nordic countries — Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway — released a joint declaration last month proposing a ban. But a ban will not occur in Norway, Brende wrote, as “the Norwegian government recognizes the importance of ritual male circumcision for the Jewish community.” He added that his country was “committed to safeguarding freedom of religion as enshrined in international law.” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told JTA his organization considers the letter “very positive” and the reference to international law as “potentially very significant because it enshrines the government’s commitment to religious freedoms. This is important for overcoming the attempts of people who seek to ban circumcision.” Cooper added that the letter also bears meaning for attempts by the center and other parties to lobby for the scrapping of Norway’s ban on religious slaughter, which has been in place since 1929. “We will try in the coming months, in consultation with the local Jewish community, to move forward with efforts to reverse this law, which should have been thrown out a long time ago,” he said.
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Representatives from Susquehanna Bank present Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley Executive Director Mark L. Goldstein with a donation for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. The EITC program provides companies with a significant tax credit for donations to participating non-profits, like the Federation, which has distributed over $1.4 million in scholarships benefitting low-income families at the Jewish Community Center of Allentown and the Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley.
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NJ Jewish News Reprinted with permission On Thursday, Jan. 9, Technion Professor Alon Wolf will speak about advances in medical robotics at the JCC of Allentown at 7:30 p.m. Although Alon Wolf is a native of Kiryat Bialik, Israel, and is a researcher and professor in biomechanics at the Technion in Haifa, he said he “left my heart in Pittsburgh,” where, from 2002 to 2008, he was involved in cutting-edge research in medical robotics. After receiving his PhD at Technion, Wolf was involved in work at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine, the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and the Institute for Computer Assisted Orthopedic Surgery at West Penn Hospital. He is now the founding director of the Biorobotics and Biomechanics Laboratory at the Technion Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. He also serves as director of Technion’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) outreach project, which encourages youth to study and pursue careers in engineering, science and technology. Wolf discussed his work and accomplishments with NJ Jewish News in a telephone interview from his office at the Technion.
heart while it is still beating. You can make a very small hole in the body, about one-third of an inch, and drive the snake through this entry port. It can move around obstacles like organs and reach remote locations. Then through the snake you can introduce tools used in surgery, drive the snake out and send the person home the same day. It is now in the process of getting licensed and approved by the Food and Drug Administration. NJJN: You met with President Barack Obama and showed him the robotic snake when he visited the Technion in March. What was your meeting like? Wolf: I think he is a charming person. I spent seven or eight minutes with him. He asked very intelligent questions. He liked the snake, but he said his wife Michelle doesn’t like snakes. NJJN: What are you working
on now? Wolf: I am now involved in biomechanics, dealing with arthritis and how we walk. We have developed special machinery to help people cope with the disease and even prevent surgery, and in post-surgery get much better results in rehabilitation. When we learn to walk we develop a code in our brains. We don’t think about walking. But through the years our anatomy changes. People start to suffer from pain in their knees or hips. We use special types of shoes with biomedical elements in their soles to control the mechanics of the way you walk so that there is no pain anymore. You will learn to walk in a way that is appropriate to the condition of your joints. Wolf’s presentation is free and open to the public. It is cosponsored by the Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley and the American Technion Society.
Jewish Day School The Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce the appointment of Alvin Goren as Head of School. Goren has served as acting head of school since August. His experience, together with his demonstrated leadership in that interim role, led the search committee to recommend to the JDS Board of Directors that he be offered the position of head of school. The board overwhelmingly voted in favor of accepting this recommendation. Since his arrival, the school has been moving steadily toward its goals both in academic excellence and in enriching its Judaic studies program and commitment to Jewish education. Goren has underscored the strong values of respect, responsibility, effort and kindness, which are taught and reinforced school-wide. In the area of Judaics, Goren appointed a director of Hebrew and Judaics. Through a team-based approach, they have introduced a new middle school Hebrew language program and are strengthening the delivery of the current program in the elementary grades by emphasizing full Hebrew immersion. The Judaics curriculum for all students is being enriched with programs such as weekly school-wide parsha presentations and monthly Rosh Hodesh celebrations. Under Goren’s leadership, the general studies program is also being enhanced with a focus on both the quality and content of the curriculum and the learning experience in the classroom and beyond, with field trips scheduled throughout the year. Professional development and improved evaluation processes for students and faculty are a priority. Goren hired a new director of marketing and admissions; active recruitment and retention efforts will be ongoing. The board, faculty and staff are delighted to have Goren in this new position and are very excited about the future of the school. Editor’s Note: The announcement of Goren’s appointment came Dec. 18 from JDS Board President Karen Cooper and Search Committee CoChairs Tama Tamarkin and Jessica Cooperman. For more information about the Day School, call 610-437-0721 or go to www.jdslv.org.
NJJN: Why create a robotic snake? Wolf: The thing about snakes is they crawl and wrap around obstacles and ease themselves into structures without causing too much damage. Then, we thought, what if we make them small enough to send them into the human body to actually perform surgery. We have performed heart surgery, driving the snake around the HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY | JANUARY 2014 7
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Reform slashing its HQ to invest more in youth programs By Uriel Heilman Jewish Telegraphic Agency Editor’s Note: As a follow up to our story, “Big changes demand big fixes: Perspectives on the Pew survey,” (December 2013), HAKOL will from time to time feature related news and perspectives. The Union for Reform Judaism has sold off half of its headquarters in New York and is investing $1 million from the proceeds to overhaul its youth programming. The sale of one of the union’s two floors at its midtown Manhattan headquarters closed on Dec. 11. Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the movement’s president, announced the sale in his speech the following day at the Reform biennial in San Diego. Jacobs said $1 million from the sale would be used to supplement major foundation grants awarded to the union to reshape its youth engagement strategies. The union also will be moving most of its New York-based youth professionals from its headquarters to the campus of Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion, which is also in Manhattan. “As long as a structure
or institution of Jewish life serves the sacred mission of our people, it deserves to be preserved,” Jacobs said in his speech. “But now and then, and especially now, we are well-advised to examine the fit between ends and means, in order to ensure that we remain devoted to the audacious imperatives that got us started.” The sale of office space, Jacobs said, was made “to reinvest our own assets from bricks and mortar to people.” Jacobs devoted much of his biennial address to promoting what he called “audacious hospitality” -- including embracing intermarried families and non-practicing Jews known as “nones.” Among the new initiatives Jacobs announced are the expansion of the Reform youth movement, the National Federation of Temple Youth, or NFTY, to include sixth through eighth graders; a new partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation to help make Reform institutions more open to people with disabilities; and a deepening of the union’s ties with Hebrew Union College. “We must reboot, not just retool; transform, not just tinker,” Jacobs said.
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RABBI DAVID WILENSKY Congregation Sons of Israel Like so many answers given by the Talmud, the answer to this question regarding the recent Pew study, which shows rapid assimilation and religious indifference sweeping through nearly every denomination of Jews in America, depends. The Pew study will matter if it stirs a redoubling of Jewish America’s commitment to religiosity. Otherwise, the millions of dollars spent and the countless hours of data analysis amassing these rich findings will be immaterial --not from an historical vantage point, but from a Jewish one. Imagine our Federation engaging a study of Jews in the Lehigh Valley without any intent of strategic planning as a result. Yes, the study would be valuable as an historical commodity, but it would hardly be a tool of practical use. A study is truly complete only when it is incorporated into daily life. It is for this reason that I suggested to my congregation that everyone should take a copy of this study and
Do the Pew Report findings really matter? hang it on their refrigerator door. The items we hang on our refrigerators are the ones we wish to take notice of constantly, and this study, hung alongside pictures of our children and grandchildren, will serve as the impetus for us to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that our grandchildren’s grandchildren will themselves be Jewish. I think the best example of the way to incorporate the Pew study in our lives is depicted by a famous story told of Ghandi. A woman came to Ghandi with her child, asking if Ghandi could please tell her child to stop eating sweets. Ghandi asked her to return with her child in a couple of days. When they returned, Ghandi told the child to stop eating the sweets. As the mother was about to leave, she turned to Ghandi and asked why he couldn’t have told this to her son two days earlier and saved them the trip of going and coming back. Ghandi replied that two days earlier he also used to eat sweets, and he could only tell this child to stop if he had done so himself! If we are going to ask our children and grandchildren to carry the mantle of Judaism, we must be sure that we are doing so ourselves. Our children detect contrived and insincere requests so easily. If we want our grandchildren’s grandchildren to be Jewish, we must ourselves embody what that means. The difference between being Jewish and being Jew-ish lies in the authenticity of our Jewish lives -- something we can model for our children and grandchildren. The litmus test of successfully raising our children Jewish is described
beautifully by Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveitchik in his famous insight to the liturgy of the circumcision service. The mohel at a bris says, “May this child (katan) become an adult (gadol).” Is there any profundity to this statement other than its obvious overtones? Rabbi Soloveitchik explained that the first time the words katan (small) and gadol (big) are used in the Bible is for the moon and the sun. The moon is referred to as the small (katan) luminary and the sun as the big (gadol) luminary. The difference between the sun and the moon is that the sun generates its own energy, whereas the moon merely reflects the energy of the sun. The mohel’s blessing to the child is that the child eventually grow up and not merely reflect the Judaism of his parents, but will himself be the source of energy for his Judaism. If a 5-year-old child says that the reason he practices Judaism is that his Mommy and Daddy said so, that is understandable and expected. If an 18-year-old gives the same explanation, then something is lacking in the way that child is being Jewishly educated. The Pew report implores us to use its findings productively. Self-reflecting on the genuineness of our own Jewish lives and the resulting impact on educating our children is its greatest calling. Let it be front and center in our minds, not swept under a rug or deleted like spam from our inboxes. We have truly been given a tool that can inspire and ignite our passion for Jewish continuity and Jewish education. Let’s capitalize on this opportunity and not let the Pew study become a mere description of the unrealized potential of Jewish life in America.
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By Dr. Corey Kirshner Kirshner Health Solutions I’m guilty. I take my good fortune for granted far too often. Even in the leanest times, I never had to think twice about where my next meal was coming from; my concern was whether to buy organic strawberries or the far less expensive conventional ones. It’s not that I’m oblivious to the fact that people are malnourished, I see it every day in my practice; my patients are malnourished
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and suffering with chronic conditions because they choose the wrong foods. They are not malnourished because they do not have food. Tuesday, Dec. 3, was my first step. On that day, my office held an event called “A Time of Sharing” and accepted nothing but donations for the community food pantry at Jewish Family Service in exchange for chiropractic services. The response from my patients was overwhelming. Instead of walking in the door with
only a can or two, they walked in with bags full of food to donate. If they didn’t bring food, they opened their checkbooks and made generous monetary donations. Patients who were not able to make an appointment for the day of the event went out of their way to bring their donation on another day. As one patient observed, “You can tell by what’s in the collection boxes people didn’t clean out their unwanted goods; they shopped with the recipients in mind.”
If the success of this event needs to be measured in some way, I can tell you it will take several people to carry all of the donations into the food pantry. However, the real success is that it is only a starting point. Dr. Corey Kirshner is a chiropractor specializing in the care of chronic conditions through functional medicine, metabolic nutrition and chiropractic neurology. His practice, Kirshner Health Solutions, is located on Cedar Crest Boulevard in Allentown.
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Allentown man’s li By Jennifer Lader Editor, HAKOL Morton Miller had just stepped up to the desk of the Plaza Hotel in New York several years ago when the clerk drew his attention to a man who had registered only moments earlier. “Do you know who that is?” the clerk asked. It was Aldous Huxley, author of “Brave New World,” a book published in 1932 and one that Miller said in a recent interview he often thinks about. He called Huxley “prescient” for anticipating the ways in which developments like contraception would change the world. An enterprising individual himself, Miller wasted no time at the Plaza that day. “I walked right up to him, introduced myself and told him how much I admired his work,” he said. “We chatted for a few minutes before someone else came and carried him away.” As Miller looked forward recently to his 90th birthday, to be celebrated this Feb. 12, he insisted that his life was uneventful despite episodes like the one at the hotel. To speak with him, it would seem the most exciting thing that happened might have been occasionally finding a remarkable book, for another of which he is always on the lookout. Indeed, Miller began his narration of his life by bringing out a tiny clipping that he had recently trimmed from The New York Times Book Review. The clipping was part of a review of Alan Dershowitz’s new memoir. The reviewer writes, “Dershowitz seems to have been shaped in response to his early education – [at] an authoritarian yeshiva where ‘rote memorization’ was valued over rigorous thought or argument.” This was the very same yeshiva that Miller also attended. “It was half English, half Hebrew,” Miller said. “I got a pretty good education and I think he did, too. He’s done all right by it!” Around the time Miller finished ninth grade, his father Harry Miller, z”l, decided to move his sewing business of 150 people to the Lehigh Valley and of course brought along his wife Ethel, z”l, and their three children. Miller attended Allentown High School -- now Allen High -- and enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Just two years into the program, he entered the Air Force because of World War II. He was stationed in London where, he said, he had “the best deal in the world” because he was in finance. After the war, he returned to Penn and graduated from the Wharton School. Around this time, the mother of Miller’s best friend met a young woman named Judy who was a student at Cedar Crest College. The mother arranged for Judy to go out with her son, who promptly called Miller and suggested he call his girlfriend and make it a double date. However, Miller’s date had to study for a French exam and cancelled. “Come along anyway,” the friend said to Miller who, looking back, quipped, “He took her out and by the end of the evening she was mine.” Morton and Judy Miller
married on Dec. 24, 1952. They later returned the favor by introducing the friend to his future wife. In the meantime, Harry Miller had sold the sewing business during the war but realized he was too young to retire and so started another business. At exactly the same time, his daughter got married. So, upon his graduation, Miller and his new brother-in-law Charles
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Welcome, partner! Representatives of the Federation’s Partnership2gether Committee with Gideon Vennor (far right). Vennor is the Jewish Agency for Israel Regional Partnership director supervising the Lehigh Valley-Yoav partnership and visited the Lehigh Valley in December. Committee members shown are, from left, Glenn Ehrich, Aaron Gorodzinsky, incoming chair Marc Diamondstein, outgoing chair Vicki Glaser and Jan Ehrich.
Alan Dershowitz, one of the country’s most prominent lawyers and a passionate advocate for Israel, is retiring from Harvard Law School. Dershowitz, 75, who is known for taking on high-profile and often unpopular causes and clients, has taught at Harvard Law for half a century. At a conference in Israel, he said recently, according to the Boston Globe, “Yeah, I’m really retiring. … My retirement consists of reducing my schedule down to only about 10 things at any given time.” In 1967, he became the youngest full professor in the school’s history. An expert in criminal and constitutional law, Dershowitz has served on the defense team of celebrities including O.J. Simpson and Claus von Bulow, and more recently Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Dershowitz, a Brooklyn native who has
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ife reads like a book Left, Morton Miller, shown here with wife Judy, celebrates his 90th birthday on Feb. 12. “I live on Washington Street,” he says of his Allentown home, “and share a birthday with Lincoln.” Miller helped to found Jewish Family Service and served on its board for 18 years.
Left, The signs from the manufacturing business Miller was part of with his father and, for many more years after that, with his brother-in-law Charles Dweck. Below, interior scenes from Millcrest Manufacturing Company, which was located in Fountain Hill, Pa., and manufactured ladies’ sleepwear and employed 150 people.
Dweck went into business with Harry. When that business merged with another, Miller and Dweck broke off and started Millcrest Manufacturing Company, maker of ladies’ sleepwear that was distributed to major chains and department stores across the country. Throughout this time, Miller was involved in the Jewish community, he said, “always.” He and Judy are
members of Temple Beth El and Miller served nine years on the Federation board. At that time, about 40 years ago, Allentown did not have a Jewish Family Service and the Federation brought in a consultant to look into the issue, he said. Miller recalled the report: “Allentown is an anomaly, the only city in the U.S. this large [at the time 5,000 to 6,000 Jews] and this affluent that doesn’t have a JFS.” Yet “there were needs here in town. I was on the Federation board when we established JFS,” Miller said, something he views as a major accomplishment even if at first it was “one gentleman in one room at the [Jewish Community] Center.” For four or five years, it was a committee of the Federation. At the end of that time, Miller switched to the board of the newly independent JFS, where he served for 18 years. The Millers have two children, a son who is a physician in Princeton, N.J., and a daughter who is a physician’s assistant in Stockholm, Sweden. Miller was quick to point out that his son-in-law, Kaj Schueler, has written a book in Swedish called “Flykten fran Berlin 1942,” or “Flight from Berlin,” about his grandparents who managed to survive, protected, in Berlin until the unheard of late date of 1942. The story’s climax occurs when the author’s grandparents are at last smuggled to Austria, with instructions to board a train back to Berlin for the opportunity of disembarking at the train’s single stop in Switzerland, which they did. From there, they are told, “just run, don’t look back and don’t take anything with you.” That couple, z”l, have among their descendants a great-grandson -- the Millers’ own grandson -- who is 19 and planning to become a lawyer. The Millers also have two granddaughters who attended Princeton and Yale, respectively. In telling his story, Miller had one more book to bring out, this one called “Now You See It … Tales from Cokesville, PA,” by Bathsheba Monk. The first time Judy read this book, Miller was nearby in his study. He recalled that she let out a scream and exclaimed, “You’re in this book!” One of the book’s nine short stories features a factory owner, and the boss’s name is Mort. The Millers called Monk, who lives in the area, and as Miller tells it, she said, ‘My mother worked for you for a year and I worked for you for a week. I destroyed a garment and hid it and I’d like to take you and your wife out to dinner to make up for it.’ So began what has blossomed into a delightful friendship. In addition to highlights like these, Miller is an inventor. He brought out examples of his work, which he not only designs but also mass produces at home, items like magnetic bookmarks and pencil holders that give a glimpse of what he must have been able to do in a factory setting. Miller’s modest and calm demeanor, indicative of a quiet enjoyment of life, lend truth to the statement, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” For, while author Huxley envisioned what the world might be in 50 years, Miller and others like him were busy creating it.
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written and spoken often on his Orthodox Jewish upbringing and education, has used his prominence to defend Israel over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Among his harshest critics is Noam Chomsky, the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguist with whom he has had a long-running public feud over Israel. In 2006, Dershowitz publicly challenged former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, for the views he expressed in his book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” calling the book biased. While “proud to be Jewish and engaged with Israel’s future,” Dershowitz also assisted Palestinian students when they sought inclusion of the Palestinian flag in a campus display, Harvard Law School dean Martha Minow told JTA. Minow described Dershowitz as a devoted teacher of 50 years. “We look forward to his continuing vibrancy, wit and wisdom,” she said in an email to JTA.
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As 8-year-old ‘Superman Sam’ succumbs to cancer, Lehigh Valley rabbi continues support By Julie Wiener Jewish Telegraphic Agency
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In March, dozens of rabbis will shave their heads at the Reform movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis conference in Chicago. But the 8-year-old boy whose struggle with cancer inspired the rabbis’ campaign will not be there to witness their act of solidarity. Samuel Asher Sommer, the son of Rabbis Phyllis and Michael Sommer, died Dec. 14 in his Chicagoarea home after an 18-month battle against refractory acute myeloid leukemia. His funeral was held Dec. 16 at Am Shalom, where Phyllis Sommer is an associate rabbi. Phyllis Sommer had created “Superman Sam,” a blog that documented her son’s struggle. Along with a fellow Reform rabbi, she came up with the idea for the “36 Rabbis Shave For The Brave” in order to raise money for pediatric cancer research and show solidarity with Sam, who lost his hair due to chemotherapy. In the days since Samuel’s death, rabbis have continued to join the campaign. As of Monday, 51 rabbis, most affiliated with the Reform movement, have pledged to lose their locks. Another 11 have volunteered to help in other ways. According to the according to the “36 Rabbis Shave For The Brave” Web page, the campaign has raised $122,808 as of mid-December for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a 13-year-old nonprofit that raises money for pediatric cancer research. Rabbi Charles Briskin, one of the rabbis who has pledged to shave his head and raised $4,339, said he
signed on because he is friends with the Sommers and “felt propelled by the cause.” “Following Sammy’s death, there’s just greater resolve to get more people on board to prevent more [families] from having to endure this,” he said. “Our goal is to keep the momentum going as we make our way to Chicago.” The idea for “36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave” came in late October, according to Rabbi Rebecca Einstein Schorr of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, who is coordinating the campaign with another rabbi. “Phyllis was talking about St. Baldrick’s and said maybe it was time for her to shave her head,” she said. “I said, ‘That’s a wonderful idea, and we could probably get some of our colleagues to do it.’ ” The two set a goal of $180,000 and 36 rabbis. “Then we said, we should all do it together at the CCAR conference since it’s in Chicago, and Sammy can come, too,” Schorr said. Schorr said the shaving is to show solidarity with children undergoing chemotherapy and to raise awareness. “It’s important for us to educate people about the lack of funding for pediatric cancer research, and we believe that as rabbis we have power we can leverage when we see a need in society,” she said. According to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation website, just 4 percent of money earmarked for cancer research in the United States focuses on pediatric cancers. As a result, the foundation said, physicians must struggle to apply to children protocols that have been developed for adult patients. Treatment that works for adults can be toxic for children because they are so much smaller.
End of Congress’ year brings odd reversal on Jewish priorities By Ron Kampeas Jewish Telegraphic Agency
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social welfare and justice issues are heartened, albeit warily, by the end-of-year budget forged by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee, and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), his Senate counterpart. Meanwhile, pronounced differences are emerging in the bipartisan coalition that over the last decade has shaped the tough sanctions that helped compel Iran to join talks aimed at ensuring it does not obtain a nuclear weapon. Democrats are heeding White House pleas to lay low while the talks get underway, while Republicans are eager to advance legislation that would influence any final deal. The differences were at the heart of a breakdown in talks between Rep. Eric Cantor (RVa.), the Republican majority leader in the House, and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the minority whip, to craft a nonbinding resolution that would have recommended additional Iran sanctions. Hoyer, congressional insiders said, was under pressure from the White House and Democrats not to undercut sensitive talks. Additionally, Cantor’s language appeared to overreach, especially in calling for an end to Iran’s uranium enrichment capability as part of a final deal -- an expectation that Obama administration officials have said is unrealistic. The disagreement heralds a shift in how Democrats treat pro-Israel issues, according to officials of Jewish groups that have advocated a softer line in dealing with Iran. Officials from centrist proIsrael groups said there is still robust bipartisan support for the U.S.-Israel relationship. They noted the overwhelming passage in the House this month of bills that would
advance Israel’s qualitative military edge and energy cooperation with the United States, as well as agreement in the House and Senate to triple the administration’s request for funding of missile defense cooperation to nearly $300 million. A Republican congressional staffer predicted that the Senate would consider the sanctions in 2014 even though Senate Democrats have resisted because of the renewed talks with Iran. “As you get closer to November 2014 [and midterm elections], it’s going to be harder to keep folks from getting tough,” said the staffer, who declined to be identified because he wasn’t authorized to talk to the media. On the domestic front, the two-year budget agreement that passed the House in December and as HAKOL went to press was likely to pass in the Senate is being seen as a positive step after months of bickering between the two parties, including a 16-day government shutdown. But any optimism is restrained. Gun control is an issue backed by Jewish groups that seemed ripe for advancement a year ago after a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults at a school in Newtown, Conn. But within months, fierce pushback by gun rights groups, led by the National Rifle Association, diluted what had appeared to be bipartisan backing for more extensive background checks for gun buyers. That was a major disappointment, said Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, who directs the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly. “We passed the Newtown anniversary … with the spectacular failure of the country to introduce even the most modest background checks,” she said.
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fter only two years, the JDS has moved from a Blue Ribbon Aspiring School through four levels of distinction to being named a 2013 LIGHTHOUSE SCHOOL Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School. JDS Curriculum Coordinator Rahdhahari Ericson accepted the award on behalf of the school at the annual Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Conference in Orlando, FL in December. She also made a presentation at the conference summarizing both JDS challenges addressed and accomplishments achieved. * * * During the 2011-2012 school year, the JDS launched a comprehensive selfassessment of the school to review the quality of its academic program and develop a school-wide action plan with measurable benchmarks. Karen Cooper, JDS president said, “Our movement forward is facilitated by a strong team led by Al Goren. He is a highly experienced professional.” Goren, who is the acting Head of School, views the Blue Ribbon program as a useful tool to both identify needs and evaluate progess on the acAt a recent assembly, students learned about the structure of the holy Temple as they tion plan. At regular intervals during the helped to reconstruct it in the JDS multipurpose room. This was one of several assem- year, the JDS provided updates to the blies the students enjoyed during the month Blue Ribbon organization in categories of November which included a visit by chil- of performance which included: Leaddren’s book author Dori Weinstein, a presen- ership and Supervision; Curriculum tation on how olive oil is made and a festive and Instruction; Professional DevelChanukah program and party with families.
opment; Marketing and Communications; Admissions and Retention; Finance and Accounting, Operations and Security. In the school’s summary report to the Blue Ribbon organization, the JDS noted significant accomplishments this year. A partial list includes: • Hired ESL Instructor/Resource Specialist, a Library/Technology Specialist, and a 1st grade Teacher’s Aide; • Purchased DESTINY to catalgue library books and create a research tool; • Purchased 10 MacBooks for the Library and Science Lab; • Established typing lessons for all grades; • Added an additional day of Physical Education and Art; Music expanded to include band/chorus; • Monthly field trips related to school curriculum take place; • Streamlined arrival/dismissal routines; • Created/installed new infrastructure for wireless technology; • Appointed a Curriculum Coordinator; • Developed new report cards that are skill- and standards- based • Student support team created to
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EU foreign ministers pledge ‘unprecedented’ support for peace agreement
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Jewish Telegraphic Agency The foreign ministers of European Union member countries pledged to provide an “unprecedented” amount of support to Israel and the Palestinians if they reach a final-status peace agreement. At its monthly meeting on Dec. 16 in Brussels, the EU Foreign Affairs Council “reiterated the EU’s readiness to contribute substantially to post-conflict arrangements for ensuring the sustainability of a peace agreement,” according to minutes released by the council. “An unprecedented package of European political, economic and security support to both parties can be expected in the context of a final status agreement,” read the document, which added, “Details and concrete proposals will be worked on.” Among the incentives would be a “Special Privileged Partnership,” including increased access to European markets, closer cultural and scientific ties, and assistance with trade and investments, according to the council. Enhanced political dialogue and security cooperation also will be offered to both states. The council called the current round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations “a unique opportunity.” It warned against “actions that undermine the negotiations,” singling out Israel for settlement expansion, Palestinian house demolitions and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, as well as actions that undermine the status quo of holy sites, including in Jerusalem. The U.S. State Department praised the pledge. “The vision of increased access to European markets, closer cultural and scientific links, facilitation of trade and investments and business-to-business engagement will help strengthen and expand the economies of Israel and of a future Palestinian state,” spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement.
Andrew Stanten of Coopersburg enjoys the Chanukah lights with his children Jacob and Mia this past Thanksgivukah. The family got the idea for this special once-in-a-lifetime menorah after reading an article in HAKOL. “Mia loves to paint and do crafts so we grabbed the last eight mini pumpkins at Dan Schantz,” Stanten said. “The kids loved it and each night they alternated who got to light the pumpkin menorah.”
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Nelson Mandela, 95, first democratic president of South Africa, was close to country’s Jews By Moira Schneider Jewish Telegraphic Agency
In 1994, at the opening of an exhibition on Anne Frank, Mandela recounted how a handwritten version of her diary had inspired him and fellow prisoners on Robben Island. On Israel, Mandela’s relationship with the Jewish community was not free of controversy. His African National Congress cultivated close ties with the Palestine Liberation Organization and Mandela warmly embraced its leader, Yasser Arafat. Confronted with Jewish protests, Mandela was dismissive, insisting that his relations with other countries would be determined by their attitudes toward the liberation movement. “If the truth alienates the powerful Jewish community in South Africa, that’s too bad,” Mandela was reported to have said, according to the author Gideon Shimoni. He also recounts a 1990 encounter at the University of the Witwatersrand with a Jewish student. “Your enemies are not my enemies,” Mandela said. According to Saks, Mandela stressed his respect for Israel’s
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In the early 1940s, at a time when it was virtually impossible for a South African of color to secure a professional apprenticeship, the Jewish law firm Witkin, Sidelsky and Eidelman gave a young black man a job as a clerk. It was among the first encounters in what would become a lifelong relationship between Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s tiny Jewish community, impacting the statesman’s life at several defining moments -- from his arrival in Johannesburg from the rural Transkei region as a young man to his years of struggle, imprisonment and ascension to the presidency. Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at 95, wrote of the early job in his autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom,” and acknowledged the disproportionate role that Jews played in the struggle against apartheid. Lazer Sidelsky, one of the firm’s partners, treated him with “enormous kindness” and was among the first whites to treat him with respect. “I have found Jews to be more broad-minded than most whites on issues of race and politics, perhaps because they themselves have historically been victims of prejudice,” Mandela wrote. South Africa’s Jews remembered Mandela, the country’s first democratically elected president, as a close friend, one with deep ties to prominent community figures and a partner in the decades-long effort to end apartheid. “I was extremely privileged to lead the community during his presidency,” said Mervyn Smith, who was chairman and later president of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, the community’s representative body. “We met with him on many occasions and the talk was direct and open.” For Mandela, who rose to prominence as a leading opponent of the discriminatory racial regime known as apartheid, Jews were vital allies. Jewish lawyers represented him in multiple trials, and Jewish activists and political figures played leading roles in the fight. But Mandela’s ties to prominent South African Jews were personal as well as political.
The former president’s second marriage, to Winnie Madikizela in 1958, took place at the home of Ray Harmel, a Jewish anti-apartheid activist. Harmel made Winnie’s wedding dress at Mandela’s request, according to David Saks’ history “Jewish Memories of Mandela.” Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in 1918 in the village of Mvezo, in the southeastern part of the country. As a young lawyer he was active in the African National Congress, which was beginning to challenge laws it considered unjust and discriminatory. In the 1950s, Mandela was tried for treason. He was acquitted with the help of a defense team led by Israel Maisels. Several years later, when he was accused of attempting to overthrow the apartheid regime during the Rivonia Trial, Mandela was defended by several Jewish lawyers. Mandela was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in 1964. He served most of his sentence on Robben Island, a former leper colony off the coast of Cape Town. The legendary, feisty Jewish parliamentarian Helen Suzman visited him there. Another prison visitor was the journalist Benjamin Pogrund, who worked frequently with Mandela in the 1960s. In a 1986 visit at Pollsmoor Prison, Pogrund informed Mandela that his son would shortly be celebrating his bar mitzvah. Afterward, the boy received a personal note from the future president. “From a man serving a life sentence -- and at that stage with no idea when he might be released -- it was a kind and thoughtful action for a youngster he had not even met,” Pogrund said, according to Saks. Mandela was released after 27 years, in February 1990. Four years later he was elected president. Among his appointees was Arthur Chaskalson as the first president of the new Constitutional Court; he later became chief justice. Mandela’s deep ties to the Jewish community continued during his political career. On the first Shabbat after his election, he visited the Marais Road synagogue in Sea Point. “Almost his first celebration was with the Jewish community,” Smith told JTA.
The late philanthropist Mendel Kaplan showing late South Africa President Nelson Mandela around the South African Jewish Museum, which was opened by Mandela in 2000. right to exist even as he defended his relationships with Palestinian leaders. It was perhaps illustrative of his policy of inclusivity that Mandela accepted an honorary doctorate from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in 1997 when many in his party remained opposed to any ties with Israel.
On a visit to Israel in 1999, Mandela invited Harris to join him. “He made us proud to be South Africans,” Smith said. “His presence at any communal occasion was electrifying. The Jewish community’s pride in its relationship with President Mandela will be forever enduring.”
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Diary of Anne Frank
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Hiding for two years in a small attic home during the Nazi occupation, young Anne Frank uses her diary to document her deepest feelings. The result is a haunting and lyrical story that reminds us of all that is beautiful and good. In the words of John F. Kennedy, “Of the multitude who throughout history have spoken for human dignity in time of suffering, no voice is more compelling than that of Anne Frank.”
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Creator of Moosewood says: Sparkle up your Tu B’Shevat seder By Mollie Katzen Jewish News Service / JNS.org
CRANAPPLE WALNUT CAKE Servings: about 8 Back by popular demand from the original “Moosewood Cookbook,” this recipe now appears, adapted slightly, in “The Heart of the Plate.” You will likely want to serve this a la mode with some excellent vanilla ice cream. If you anticipate this need, be sure to have the ice cream on hand before you begin. The cake is quite sweet as is. If you are going to serve it with the ice cream, you might want to reduce the sugar a notch or two -- maybe to 1½ cups. If you buy extra-fresh whole cranberries in season and freeze some, you can enjoy them year-round. No defrosting necessary. Use nonstick spray.
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Ingredients: 1 ¾ c. (packed) light brown sugar ½ c. grapeseed or canola oil 2 large eggs 1 t. vanilla extract 2 c. whole wheat pastry flour (also called “white whole wheat”) (could also be unbleached allpurpose) 1 t. baking powder 1 t. cinnamon ½ t. nutmeg ½ t. salt 2 medium apples (about ½ pound)—peeled and thinly sliced ½ cup chopped walnuts (chopped to the size of peanuts) ½ pound fresh (or frozen) whole cranberries Directions: 1) Lightly spray a 9 X 13-inch pan with nonstick spray. Heat the oven to 375°F. 2) In a medium-large bowl, beat together the sugar, oil and vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
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Winter fruit might seem less spectacular than the much more time-valued offerings of summer, but oranges and pears in particular, while quiet and “common,” can be the unexpected stars of simple savory dishes. This is perfect for Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year for trees, which is a relatively unsung holiday. Sparkle up your Tu B’Shevat seder with a winter salad featuring crunchy, colorful leaves refreshingly coated with orange sections and a yogurty-orange vinaigrette, and exuberantly dotted with pistachios (also from trees). Finish the meal with an old-fashioned cake brimming with apples and walnuts, and studded with cranberries.
Cranapple walnut cake 3) In a second bowl, combine the flour with the other dry ingredients until thoroughly blended. Add the dry mixture to the wet, stirring until combined, folding in the fruit and nuts as you go. The batter will be very thick. 4) Patiently spread the batter into the prepared pan (take your time spreading it in place) and bake in the center of the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan, and the top surface is springy to the touch. WINTER SALAD WITH RADICCHIO, ORANGES, PISTACHIOS AND YOGURTYORANGE VINAIGRETTE Servings: 4 Romaine and arugula join forces with radicchio and fresh orange sections, and an orange-laced yogurt dressing coats the leaves, allowing a scattering of pistachios to adhere at random. If you choose to form a bed of couscous or extra yogurt underneath each serving, you will be rewarded with an extra layer that both absorbs the delicious trickle-down juices and also boosts the volume of the dish, herding it into light main-dish terrain. You can wash and spin the salad leaves (keeping them cold and very dry), prepare the vinaigrette and section the oranges well ahead of time. Dress and finish the salad immediately before serving. The tangy vinaigrette, freestanding, will keep very well—for weeks—in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator. Shake well, or stir from the bottom, before using. Vinaigrette ingredients: 1 heaping T. finely minced shallot 1 t. agave nectar or honey 3 T. orange juice 1 t. cider vinegar ¼ t. salt (rounded measure) ¼ c. extra-virgin olive oil
¼ c. plain yogurt (regular or Greek) Salad ingredients: ½ lb. very fresh radicchio (any type) A handful of small arugula leaves About 6 perfect, crisp romaine leaves 2 oranges, sectioned 1/2 c. lightly toasted pistachios Optional Enhancement : Spread a bed of yogurt and/or couscous on the plate underneath the salad, as a bed to catch the dressing (and to make this more of a light main course). Vinaigrette Directions: 1. Combine the shallot, agave or honey, orange juice, vinegar and salt in a small bowl, and whisk to thoroughly blend. 2. Keep whisking as you drizzle in the olive oil, keeping up the action until it is completely incorporated. 3. Stir/whisk in the yogurt and mix until uniform. Cover and refrigerate until use. Salad Directions: 4. Have the cleaned, dried salad leaves in a large-enough bowl. Break them into bite-sized pieces as desired. 5. Add about 6 tablespoons of the vinaigrette, tossing as you go, to thoroughly coat all the leaves. Add the orange sections toward the end, mixing them in gently so they don’t break. 6. Sprinkle in the pistachios with the final toss, and serve pronto. With more than six million books in print, Mollie Katzen is listed by the New York Times as one of the best-selling cookbook authors of all time and has been named by Health Magazine as one of “The Five Women Who Changed the Way We Eat.” Her new book, “The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation,” was published in September 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Sweet and Sour “Trees” By Sandi Teplitz Ingredients:
1 pound broccoli, stems and tops divided 2 T. dark sesame seed oil 2 T. white vinegar 1 t. salt 2 T. sugar
Peel the stems and cut into diagonal slices, 1/8 in. thick. Place into a bowl. In a separate bowl, place the tops, sliced. Combine the other ingredients in a large jar. Shake well. Pour some over the bowl with the stems and marinate overnight. Pour the remainder over the tops and marinate for just one hour! Serve as an appetizer.
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Lone Soldier writes home Editor’s note: Sami Meir-Levi graduated from high school in the Lehigh Valley in the spring of 2012, then headed for Israel. She writes to us each month of her experiences as a lone soldier -- an Israeli soldier without family living in Israel. Shalom HAKOL readers, Winter is finally here and some of you may be thinking “wow Sami I wish I were you, being in the warmer weather over there in Israel!” Well first off, it was snowing like crazy in Israel and secondly I’m actually not there at the moment. I’m home in Pa. visiting my family. It feels good to be back in the Meir-Levi household. Like I was saying, Israel is really cold. According to weather.com this was the heaviest December snowstorm in over 50 years! At first I didn’t and couldn’t believe it. But then my friends in Israel started sending me pictures of them at their bases COVERED in snow. After seeing that I promised them I’d bring them back hand warmers. Not only did I get proof from my friends in my Garin but also my adopted family sent me pictures of my brothers and cousins playing in the snow. I’ve been reading the IDF blog (idfblog. com) to keep myself updated on what’s going
on while I’m over here. I recently read an article on my unit! Considering the snow had covered almost all of Israel, it also snowed in Gaza. Luckily it didn’t stop us from [routine] transfer of gases to the Palestinians on that cold snowy December day. Some of the gases included: diesel fuel for transportation and the Gaza power station and also household gas. Altogether there was 1.2 million liters of gas transferred through Kerem Shalom (one of the two crossings between Gaza and Israel). Another important part of our unit deals with ambulances. As you know driving in the snow can be dangerous, sliding or getting stuck. Well the snow was so bad one day in the West Bank that two Palestinian ambulances got stuck near Hebron. Thankfully the Judea Territorial Brigade (IDF Forces) were able to rescue them. Another rescue occurred closer to Ramallah by Shomron Territorial Brigade when a Red Crescent ambulance was stuck. Hopefully the snow won’t cause any other incidents and I hope you all have a nice winter. Drink lots of hot chocolate. Stay warm. Drive safely. Love,
One of Sami's friends from her garin The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley and other Federations in North America fund the Lone Soldier program.
Connect with other Jewish teens at BBYO By Lauren Fisher Allentown BBG BBYO is now recruiting! Eighth graders and any other high schooler in the Jewish Lehigh Valley community are welcome! The morah and moreh are the recruiters on each board. The AZA (boys) moreh is David Zahn
and the BBG (girls) morah is Ally Shultz. They are busy calling, texting and making visits to eighth graders all over the Lehigh Valley. This is the time of year when Allentown BBYO can grow and new members are welcome with open arms. When I was an eighth grader, I attended a BBG meeting. Everyone
was so nice and friendly! I was instantly hooked. Now as a 10th grader, I am thankful for the number of phone calls I got telling me to come to a meeting. Our chapter is full of spirit and enthusiasm. New members will connect with Jewish teens and make lifelong friendships. To join BBYO of Allentown, all you need
to be is a Jewish high schooler (or eighth grader) in the Lehigh Valley or belong to a temple in the Lehigh Valley. So come check us out. We hope to see you soon. To learn more about BBYO, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, Barbara Yudis at email@example.com or Jeff Koch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Community Calendar To list an event in the Community Calendar, submit your information on our website, www.jewishlehighvalley.org, under the “Upcoming Events” menu. All events listed in the Community Calendar are open to the public and free of charge, unless otherwise noted. Programs listed in HAKOL are provided as a service to the community. They do not necessarily reflect the endorsement of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. The JFLV reserves the right to accept, reject or modify listings.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 Musical Simcha Shabbat 6:30 p.m.., Bnai Abraham Synagogue Join us for a fun and spiritually uplifting way to spend an evening together. Families are encouraged to attend with their children. Special Oneg Shabbat follows. Contact Bnai Abraham Synagogue, 610-258-5343, email@example.com. SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 All Camps 2014 at the J 4 to 6 p.m., Auxiliary and Kline Auditorium, JCC of Allentown. All camp showcase with camp directors, parents, campers and counselors. There will be music, camp games, ga ga, crafts, gimp and fun with food. Register by calling 610-435-3571 or by visiting the Welcome Center at the JCC. THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 Innovation at the Technion: Search and Rescue, Medicine and Rehabilitation 7:30 p.m., JCC of Allentown. Dr. Alon Wolf, a Technion professor who invented a robotic snake that can assist with search and rescue missions that has gotten attention from the world’s top leaders, will talk about his latest advances in the medical field. Wolf is the founder and director of the Biorobotics and Biomechanics LAB (BRML) in the Technion Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Co-sponsored by the Maimonides Society and the American Technion Society. Free and open to the community. SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 PJ Library Tot Shabbat 10 a.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel. Bring the little ones for a Tot Shabbat service with songs and
Honorable MENSCHens Harris Siegel Harris G. Siegel, former resident of Allentown, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon P. Siegel, has been awarded the “2013 Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Society of News Design, an international organization of newspaper, digital design and graphic design professionals. Only one award was granted this year, and is the highest honor the Society can bestow. The award was given at the International Conference of the Society of News Design in Louisville, Ky., at the end of November. Siegel was previously managing editor of design/ graphics for a Gannett newspaper in New Jersey. He currently works with the Department of Defense. Want to see your accomplishments in the pages of HAKOL? E-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. 22 JANUARY 2014 | HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY
blessings and of course, a PJ Library story. For more information contact KI at 610-435-9074 or Cantor Jenn at email@example.com. SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 jChopped II: Latkes 7:30 p.m., JCC of Allentown. A team competition with wine, appetizers, latkes and dessert. $36 per person. To register now, call the JCC at 610-4353571. Seating is limited. SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 Ga Ga and Goonies 7:30 to 10 p.m., JCC of Allentown. Third through sixth graders: Join us for a movie and a game of ga ga! (This event will start at the same time as the jChopped event.) The film’s premise features a band of pre-teens who live in the “Goon Docks” neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon, attempting to save their homes from demolition, and in doing so, discover an old Spanish map that leads them on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willie, a legendary 17th-century pirate.” Cost: $20 per person; $10 siblings; JCC Member value price: $10; $5 siblings. Stop by or call the Welcome Center at 610-435-3571. SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 J Dines: Curious Goods at the Bake Oven Inn 5:30 p.m., Curious Goods at the Bake Oven Inn, 7705 Bake Oven Rd Germansville. Join Adults at the J for a “behind the scenes” dining experience. Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner including an amuse-bouche, choice of red or white wine, choice of soup or salad, choice from four entrees and choice of dessert. The menu will highlight fresh farm-to-table ingredients. The behind the scene dining experience will include a meet and greet with co-owner and Chef Mark Muszynski and his wife Catherine. The evening will also feature an interactive presentation from Penn State Master Gardener Teena Bailey, who runs Red Cat Farm in Germansville. Cost: $60 per person; JCC member value price $49 per person. Open to adults 21 and up. Stop by or call the JCC Welcome Center at 610435-3571. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 Bethlehem Easton Hadassah Book/Film Club 1:30 p.m., 682 Allegiance Drive, Bethlehem. Film: The Attack. Contact: Stephanie Miller-Berman, 484281-3280. THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 Young Adult Division’s Strike the New Year 6 p.m., Revolutions, 3717 Route 378, Bethlehem. Meet our new members, schmooze, enjoy some food and showcase your bowling skills. The Jewish Federation’s Young Adult Division is made up of a wide range of community members and is a great way to get involved. The $20 admission price includes food and two hours of bowling. Respectful accommodation for dietary observance. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Aaron Gorodzinsky, email@example.com, 610-821-5500 or visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org. THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 Women’s Lunch Hour: Life, Lunch, and a Lesson 11:30 a.m., JCC of Allentown. Are you a woman who likes to take advantage of great learning opportunities and the chance to socialize monthly with like-minded women? Then join us for our Women’s Lunch Hour as the sessions will take you on an exciting journey of learning. Life, Lunch and a Lesson will be held at the JCC, women come together to
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learn about Torah and life, and to understand and support each other. Join us for a lively discussion while schmoozing with friends. Dairy kosher lunch will be served. Our lesson will be led by Cantor Ellen Sussman on Women in Judaism from the beginning of women attaining positions of leadership in the Jewish community. Cost: $18 per person; JCC Member value price: $12 per person. Stop by or call the Welcome Center at 610-435-3571. SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 Super Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., JCC of Allentown. Make the call or answer the call! Join the Jewish Federation for its annual community day and phone-a-thon. Volunteers will gather to solicit pledges for the 2014 Campaign for Jewish Needs. Both shifts will feature refreshments, special guests and ongoing training. Want to make Super Sunday a family affair? Bring the kids at 10:30 a.m. for a PJ story and songs with Cantor Jennifer Duretz Peled. To sign up to be a volunteer, contact Aaron Gorodzinsky at 610-821-5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. jewishlehighvalley.org. TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 Women of the Wall’s Anat Hoffman 7 p.m. Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University. Anat Hoffman, chairperson of Women of the Wall and the executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, will talk about some of the group’s landmark victories over segregation and exclusion and looks at the remaining challenges in this area. Free and open to the public. THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 Muhlenberg Speaker Series: The Image of the Jew as Anti-Imperial Rebel in the Ancient Roman World Muhlenberg College. The first in a year-long series of lectures on “Imagining Jews: From the Ancient World to the American Present.” Program is free and open to the public thanks to a generous grant from the Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project. Visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org for exact time and location. FEBRUARY 6, 8 & 9 Stagemakers Presents: Willy Wonka Jr. Feb. 6 - 7 p.m., Feb. 8 - 7 p.m., Feb. 9 - 2 p.m., JCC of Allentown. Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” which features the songs from the classic family film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Tickets will be sold at the door or can be purchased in advance at the Welcome Center. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Bethlehem Easton Hadassah Book/Film Club 1:30 p.m., 218 Georgia Ave., Bethlehem. Book Discussion: “Homesick” by Eshkol Nevo. Contact: Roberta Diamond, 610-865-3357. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 J Nights: Let’s Play! 7:30 p.m., JCC of Allentown. Chase away those winter blues with an Adult Game Night at the JCC!! Join us for games with friends. Sweet and savory light fare; beer; wine and a specialty cocktail included. $25 per person. JCC member value price: $18. Open to adults 21 and up. Stop by or call the JCC Welcome Center at 610-435-3571 to register.
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Community Calendar Ongoing Events SUNDAY to FRIDAY DAF YOMI 7:30 a.m., Congregation Sons of Israel Are you intrigued by thought-provoking, stimulating and provocative religious discussion? Are you enamored by the depth and scope of the Jewish legal system? Are you curious about Judaism’s perspective on marriage, tort law, Jewish burial, holiday observance, prayer, blessings and, for that matter, nearly any Jewish topic? Then Sons of Israel’s daily “Daf Yomi” class is for you. Meeting all year long, this class covers the gamut of Talmudic law, studying one page of the talmud each day, and completing the talmud over the course of seven and a half years. Basic Jewish background is recommended. SUNDAYS JEWISH WAR VETERANS POST 239 2nd Sunday of the month, 10 a.m., JCC of Allentown A brunch follows each meeting – bagels, cream cheese, lox, herring, pastry and coffee. The veteran and significant other are invited as the guest of the Ladies Auxiliary. Come and enjoy camaraderie and we will even listen to your “war story.” Questions? Call David Weiner at 484764-7466 or 610-739-2755. TEFILLIN CLUB & ADULT HEBREW SCHOOL 9:30 a.m. Tefillin; 10 to 11 a.m. Adult Hebrew, Chabad Tefillin is for Jewish men and boys over the age of Bar Mitzvah, to learn about, and gain appreciation for, the rich and enriching Jewish practice - the mitzvah - of donning Tefillin. Adult Hebrew is an opportunity for you to learn about your heritage and expand your Jewish knowledge so that you can keep up with your child. Contact 610-351-6511. TSS HEBREW & ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES 10 a.m., JCC of Allentown Interested in learning Hebrew for the first time or brushing up your skills? Marcia Berkow teaches adult Hebrew beginning at 10 a.m., followed at 11 a.m. by David Vaida, who will you take you through the great moments across all 5,774 years of Jewish history. Free and open to all. RSVP at email@example.com or 610-820-7666. TALMUD CLASS FOR BEGINNERS! 10 to 11 a.m., Congregation Beth Avraham of Bethlehem-Easton For information,contact Rabbi Yitzchok I. Yagod at 207-217-1094. MEN’S CLUB BREAKFAST BUFFET 10 a.m., Bnai Abraham Synagogue Interesting speakers, authors, educators, professional and business experts. Come and learn something you never knew about before. Enjoy a film you’ve heard about, but never saw. Cost: $6. Contact 610-258-5343, office@ bnaiabraham.org. MONDAYS FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., JCC of Allentown Friendship Circle is a place for people to meet, make new friends and enjoy each other’s company. We welcome all adults over 50. Friendship Circle meets weekly on Mondays at the JCC of Allentown from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lively and enjoyable programs and a delicious lunch. Annual dues - $25. Regular weekly meetings and lunch - $6. First visit - NO CHARGE. THE RHYTHM OF JEWISH LIVING 8 to 9 p.m., Temple Beth El Taught by: Rabbi Moshe Re’em. This course will examine the ideas, beliefs and practices that define and shape Jewish life through daily, weekly, annual and life-cycle observances. The course is designed as a year-long course for those wishing to learn more about the religious observances of Judaism, theol-
ogy of the holidays and ritual practices. The course is organized around the Jewish calendar, but includes other daily Jewish rituals. TUESDAYS COFFEE WITH RABBI STEIN 1 to 2 p.m., Wegmans on Rt. 248, Easton/Nazareth “Meet under the Guitar” and chat about any subject of interest, national, world, community, congregation. Come with your thoughts and point of view. Contact Bnai Abraham Synagogue, 610-2585343, firstname.lastname@example.org. YACHAD TORAH STUDY GROUP 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., JCC of Allentown It doesn’t matter how much you know, it matters how much you want to know. Bring your curiosity to thet Yachad Torah study group and discover the wonders, adventures and meaning of the Torah. Each FREE session is taught by one of our dedicated clergy members or a respected Jewish educator. Held in the Teachers’ Learning Center/Holocaust Resource Room (lower level, JCC). Call 610-435-3571 for information about individual sessions. JFS-LV’S YIDDISH CLUB 1:30 p.m., Jewish Family Service Kibbitz in the mama loshen! You don’t need to be fluent — just come and enjoy! Call 610-821-8722 for more information. CRASH COURSE IN JEWISH PHILOSOPHY 7:30 p.m., private residences Join Rabbi David Wilensky for a crash course in Jewish philosophy. There is no charge. Call 610-433-6089 to sign up and for exact dates and topics. THE DAVEN-CI CODE: UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF JEWISH PRAYER 8 p.m., Congregation Beth Avraham Weekly discussion group focusing on the structure, nuance and poetry of Jewish prayer. (Hebrew competence is not required.) Free and open to all. LATTE & LEARN 8 to 9 p.m., Starbucks, Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem Come help us figure out the weekly Torah portion! Laid back, lots of fun, no Hebrew required. This event is sponsored by Congregation Beth Avraham. This event is free and open to the public. For information, Rabbi Yitzchok I. Yagod at 207-217-1094. WEDNESDAYS HADASSAH STUDY GROUP Every other Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Temple Beth El Allentown Hadassah presents a stimulating series of short story seminars. All are welcome to attend these free sessions in the Temple Beth El library. The group will be reading selections from anthologies available from Amazon.com. For dates and stories, e-mail Lolly Siegel at email@example.com or call 610-439-1851. BETH AVRAHAM TORAH STUDY 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Avraham Torah: It is the common heritage that binds all Jews together. Explore the ancient healing wisdom of Torah together. All are welcome. Who knows? It might even be fun! RSVP: Rabbi Yitzchok I. Yagod, 207-217-1094, rabbiyagod@ yahoo.com. IN-DEPTH STUDY OF THE BOOK OF JOSHUA 7 p.m., Sons of Israel On Wednesday nights at Congregation Sons of Israel Judy Slyper teaches an in-depth study of the book of Joshua. We are currently learning the book of Joshua with commentaries and other resources to give us a feel of the time, the people and the lessons in the story. We are a friendly group who have been studying different books of the Prophets almost every Wednesday night for four years, but we’d love you to join and add your thoughts and knowledge to the discussions.
HUSBANDS ANONYMOUS First Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., location provided upon signup Join Rabbi David Wilensky from Congregation Sons of Israel for a class for men on ways to improve their marriage. All wives are encouraged to encourage their husbands to attend. Sessions will begin Dec. 4. TORAH STUDIES: A WEEKLY JOURNEY INTO THE SOUL OF TORAH 7:30 p.m., Chabad Torah Studies by JLI presents: Season One: A 12-part series. Cost is $36 for the complete 12-week series (textbook included). For more information contact 610-351-6511 or firstname.lastname@example.org. THURSDAYS ADULT EDUCATION CLASS 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Bnai Abraham Synagogue No preparation or prior knowledge is required. Rabbi Daniel Stein leads an eager-to-learn group. We examine the Torah, Judaism, the holidays, Hebrew and Yiddish literature, well-known stories and poetry. Cost: $10 each semester. Contact 610-258-5343, office@ bnaiabraham.org. MOMMY & ME 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Chabad Led by Morah Devorah Halperin and Mrs. Alli Lipson, Mommy & Me is an innovative program for babies and toddlers to experience Jewish traditions in a stimulating, fun and creative atmosphere. Cost is $10 per class, $40 for full session. For information and to register, morahdevorah@ chabadlehighvalley.com. SEALED IN THE BOOK OF LIFE 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel Join Rabbi Seth and a friendly group of seekers who are exploring the proposed new Reform High Holy Day Machzor to discover its ancient wisdom and modern sensibilities. Newcomers always welcome. Knowledge of Hebrew not required. Come with an open heart and do your part to improve your High Holy Day experience. Contact Ms. Sandra Hari, 610-4359074. Free and open to the community. TORAH ON TILGHMAN 12:15 p.m., Allentown Wegmans Cantor Ellen Sussman of Temple Shirat Shalom leads a lunch and learn on the Torah. Shopping is optional. RSVP to email@example.com or 610-820-7666. FRIDAYS TCP TOT SHABBAT SERVICE 4th Friday of the month, 5 p.m., Temple Covenant of Peace This wonderful program introduces children to Shabbat ritual and songs with activities designed especially for our youngest congregants and their families. Arts and crafts, stories and prayer round out the children’s activities. SHABBAT INTRODUCTION TO TALMUD 8:15 a.m., Sons of Israel On Shabbat mornings, come to an Introduction to Talmud class with Dr. Henry Grossbard. This class is free and open to the public. CHAVURAT TORAH STUDY Each Shabbat following kiddush lunch, Temple Beth El No sign-up needed for this class. Taught by Shari Spark. Enrich your Shabbat experience by studying the parashat hashavua, the weekly Torah portion, with other congregants, each Shabbat in the library at approximately 12:45 p.m. No previous knowledge or long-term commitments are required to participate as we discuss Torah together. BNEI AKIVA 5:45 p.m., Congregation Sons of Israel On Shabbat afternoons, SOI holds Bnei Akiva, an Israel-centered fun program for kids ages eight to 14. This program is free and open to the public. For information and to RSVP, call 610-433-6089.
Congregations BNAI ABRAHAM SYNAGOGUE
1545 Bushkill St., Easton – 610.258.5343 Rabbi Daniel Stein, Conservative MORNING MINYAN services are Thursday mornings at 7:25 a.m., SHABBAT EVENING services are Fridays at 8 p.m., SHABBAT MORNING services are Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes are Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m..
CHABAD OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY
4457 Crackersport Rd., Allentown – 610.336.6603 Rabbi Yaacov Halperin, Chabad Lubavitch SHABBAT EVENING services are held once a month seasonally, SHABBAT MORNING services are held Saturdays at 10 a.m., RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes are held Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.
CONGREGATION AM HASKALAH
1190 W. Macada Rd., Bethlehem – 610.435.3775 Student Rabbi Tamara Cohen, Reconstructionist Weekly Shabbat services and a monthly family service with potluck dinner. Religious school meets Sunday mornings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
CONGREGATION BETH AVRAHAM
439 South Nulton Ave., Palmer Township – 610.905.2166 | Rabbi Yitzchok Yagod, Orthodox SHABBAT EVENING starts half an hour after candle lighting. SHABBAT MORNING starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by a hot kiddish.
CONGREGATION BRITH SHOLOM
1190 W. Macada Rd., Bethlehem – 610.866.8009 Rabbi Allen Juda, Conservative MINYAN is at 7:45 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. on Saturdays and holidays. RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes every Tuesday/Thursday at 4:15 p.m.
CONGREGATION KENESETH ISRAEL
2227 Chew St., Allentown – 610.435.9074 Rabbi Seth D. Phillips | Cantor Jennifer Duretz Peled, Reform Services begin at 7:30 p.m. every Friday night. The first Friday of the month is a FAMILY SERVICE and celebration of birthdays and anniversaries. RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes are held Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
CONGREGATION SONS OF ISRAEL
2715 Tilghman St., Allentown – 610.433.6089 Rabbi David Wilensky, Orthodox SHACHARIT: Sundays at 8:30 a.m., Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:45 a.m. For MINCHA, MAARIV.
TEMPLE BETH EL
1305 Springhouse Rd., Allentown – 610.435.3521 Rabbi Moshe Re’em | Cantor Kevin Wartell Conservative Weekday morning minyan services at 7:45 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. Shabbat evening services at 7:30 p.m. with the last Friday evening of the month featuring our Shira Chadasha Service . Shabbat morning services at 9 a.m. followed by Kiddush. Religious school classes every Tuesday/ Thursday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. Midrasha school classes Monday at 7 p.m. Shalshelet — Temple Beth El’s new innovative high school program — meets bi-monthly on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Shalshelet (the chain) is open to ALL 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students in the Lehigh Valley. For more information contact Alicia Zahn, religlious school director, at school at bethelallentown.org.
TEMPLE COVENANT OF PEACE
1451 Northampton St., Easton – 610.253.2031 Tcp@rcn.com; tcopeace.org Rabbi Melody Davis | Cantor Jill Pakman Reform TCP holds Shabbat evening services every Friday night at 7:30 p.m., and a Renewal Shabbat morning service on the 4th Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. A Family Shabbat Service is held on the second Friday night of each month. Our services reflect a diverse culture of traditional, innovative and musical experiences with a Reform Jewish context. Religious School meets on Sunday mornings from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. We have family potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month. For more information about our temple and activities, see our website at www. tcopeace.org or look us up on Facebook.
TEMPLE SHIRAT SHALOM
Cantor Ellen Sussman Friday night SHABBAT WORSHIP SERVICES held at 7 p.m. at The Swain School, 1100 South 24th St., Allentown. For more information, Contact Us at templeshiratshalom.org or 610-820-7666.
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The American Studies Association has voted to boycott Israeli universities. Above, students on the campus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, which is known for its diverse student population and includes among others Bedouins and Arabs.
American Studies Continues from page 1 Even if you know your way around Jewish Lehigh Valley, there may be a few surprises out there and Shalom Lehigh Valley will bring them to you. Coming in the fall of 2014, this full-color magazine-like publication will focus on what's new, noteworthy and right next door. While you anticipate Shalom Lehigh Valley, see if you recognize this photo. Visit www.shalomlehighvalley.org to find out where it came from. Or, if you already know, test a friend's knowledge of Jewish Lehigh Valley.
“The withdrawal of institutional membership by our program and others allows us to be independent of the political and ideological resolutions issued by the ASA and concentrate on building American studies scholarship with our faculty, students, and staff,” Dr. Bronner said in an additional statement to the website Legal Insurrection. In the run-up to the vote, former Harvard University President Lawrence Summers said academic boycotts were “abhorrent,” adding that he
hopes universities reconsider their ties to the ASA following such a vote. “My hope would be that responsible university leaders will become very reluctant to see their universities’ funds used to finance faculty membership and faculty travel to an association that is showing itself not to be a scholarly association but really more of a political tool,” he told Charlie Rose. He added that the fact Israel is singled out, despite the fact other countries are accused of having human right abuses or inappropriate foreign policies as well, is “beyond outrageous.” The leadership of the much larger and more influential American Association of University Professors wrote an open letter earlier this month
saying it was disappointed by the ASA decision and that it rejected boycotts. The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) also decided to join the academic boycott against Israel. Ohio State English Prof. Chadwick Allen, president of the association and coordinator of American Indian studies at the university, wrote on the association’s website that the move followed a “membergenerated” petition asking that the group “formally support the boycott of Israeli academic and cultural Institutions that was initiated by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.” The Association for Asian American Studies adopted the boycott in April.