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Federation appeal promises hope for Houston’s struggling Jews By MICHAEL C. DUKE
Almost half of local Jews in need are under the age of 60
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Jewish neighbors of yours have three children. The family was doing all right until about six months ago when the husband was forced to close his business. Then, amid the loss of income, the wife fell ill. The husband still hasn’t found work and now they face the possibility of losing their home, never mind the difficulties they face with putting food on the table,
making the car note and paying for medicine. This is a real story. There is a growing number of struggling – and poor – Jews in our community. The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, in response, has launched a new, multi-million-dollar appeal – “Promise of Hope” – to provide economic aid to local Jews in need. Working in partnership with Jewish Family Service of Houston, Promise
There is a crisis right in our own backyard that is quietly touching many in our community. Today in Houston, more than 1,500 Jews face joblessness, hunger, homelessness, unpaid bills and the mental and physical ills that come with poverty.
of Hope is the first appeal of its kind, locally, and the only, nationally, for a community of Houston’s size, according to Federation leaders. “In Houston, our Jewish community has a proud record of leadership in meeting the needs of those in need,” said Amb. Arthur Schechter, chair of the Promise of Hope appeal. “Now, we find that our own local community is See Hope on Page 10
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That is why we are establishing the Promise of Hope, the first local appeal to address poverty here in Houston’s Jewish community. With this big goal and full hearts, we begin the appeal this Chanukah and Thanksgiving. Because it is our tradition, our duty, our joy to lighten the lives of fellow Jews in need. Being Jewish Matters. Keep the Promise: www.houstonjewish.org/poh
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The Jewish people ask a lot of questions, and I have three of my own. What do a rabbi, an archbishop, and a Texas legislator have in common with a local script writer and an owner of a well-known dress shop? What kind of music do you get when rapper Bun B and the Lamar High School choir take the stage with the Houston Symphony? What one request probably is the most asked of the Anti-Defamation League? See ADL on Page 11
JFK’s assassination reverberates today ALICE BLOG
United Orthodox Synagogues’ Cantor Irving Dean
Beloved cantor to be honored On Jan. 25, 2014, United Orthodox Synagogues Goldberg Montessori School will honor Cantor Irving Dean with the Rabbi Joseph and Juliette z”l Radinsky Chesed Award at the school’s annual Toast to Tomorrow fundraiser. For the past 52 years, Cantor Dean has been cantor for United Orthodox Synagogues of Houston, and he has
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played piano three days a week for the children at UOS Goldberg Montessori School for 37 years. Working side by side with Rabbi Joseph Radinsky since the school’s inception in January 1977, he and the rabbi have been bringing the students Judaic
It’s been 50 years since history was changed – and the assassination of the 35th president of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, lingers in the minds of Americans. Was the assassination the act of a single individual (Lee Harvey Oswald, an avowed Marxist) or was it a conspiracy? Did nightclub
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Congregation Emanu El students Rachel Cominsky, Hannah Kay, Sarah Cominsky, Hanna Boucher and Larkin Boucher created mosaic tiles for a Mitzvah Day project Nov. 17 at The Gathering Place. Volunteers at the site also built an organic vegetable garden, planted trees and painted walls. The Gathering Place, part of The Menninger Clinic, is a community center for adults with mental illnesses.
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Israel brings its experience in disaster relief to Philippines ..................Page 5 What’s in a Jewish name? A reflection of cultural values .....................Page 6 Super Sunday phone-a-thon still needs volunteers................................Page 8
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Kerry quoted as telling senators: Disregard Israeli reports on Iran WASHINGTON (JTA) – Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly told U.S. senators to disregard Israeli reports of Iran’s progress in developing a nuclear weapon. Also, his spokeswoman dismissed an Israeli Cabinet minister’s account of a proposed deal with Iran as “inaccurate, exaggerated, and not based in reality.” Kerry’s tense meeting Nov. 13 with senators and Jen Psaki’s unusually blunt dismissal of claims by Yuval Steinitz, the strategic affairs minister, were signs of increasing tensions between Jerusalem and Washington over how best to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Kerry met with senators privately in a bid to persuade them not to advance a U.S. House of Representatives bill that would intensify existing sanctions targeting Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu favors enhancing the sanctions, as do a number of leading senators. Afterward, senators attending the meeting said Kerry advised them to ignore Israeli warnings that Iran was on the cusp of being weapons capable. “I was supposed to disbelieve everything the Israelis had just told me, and I think the Israelis probably have a pretty good intelligence service,” Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., told Buzzfeed. Netanyahu and his government have intensified their advocacy for new sanctions since reports from talks between Iran and the major powers suggested that the powers were willing to ease sanctions on Iran should it agree to drop uranium enrichment to 3.5 percent. Most experts say that level is well below weaponization, but Israel has argued that Iran’s nuclear infrastructure is advanced to the point that even at that level, it could advance its weapons program. The House Foreign Affairs
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Committee on Nov. 13 held a hearing on the talks, which were to be resumed Nov. 20, and members of both parties said Iran should, at the minimum, abide by U.N. Security Council resolutions and suspend all enrichment. “Let’s be clear – none of us here today were at the negotiating table, and as far as I know, none of us have yet been briefed on the details,” said Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the top Democrat on the committee. “So, I think it would be wise for all of us to speak with some degree of caution until all the facts are known. Having said that, I’m deeply troubled by reports that the proposed agreement would not have required Tehran to stop all enrichment.” The Obama administration has pushed back hard against reports it says are not based on the actual offer proposed at the Geneva talks, which has not been made public. Steinitz said that the sanctions relief offered in Geneva could relieve Iran up to $40 billion of the $100 billion impact currently affecting Iran’s economy. Psaki was unusually blunt in
dismissing that number. “Without going into specifics about what we’re considering, that number,
I can assure you, is inaccurate, exaggerated and not based in reality,” she told reporters.
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Israel brings its experience in disaster relief to Philippines By MARCY OSTER
(JTA) – Obviously wanting to get back to work as the medical manager of the field hospital set up by the Israel Defense Forces in the Philippines, Lt. Col. Dr. Ofer Merin spoke hurriedly about the three days his team has been seeing patients in the typhoon-ravaged nation. He told of at least 12 babies the hospital has delivered, most of them premature, and the stabbing victim who may have died if not for the IDF hospital in Bogo City on Cebu Island, one of the areas hardest hit by last week’s Typhoon Haiyan. By 5 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 17, Merin said at least 50 people had lined up in front of the field hospital to receive treatment. “If we stayed here two months or even two years, we would have patient work,” he said during a phone call with the media from the Philippines, Nov. 17. The field hospital began operating on Friday morning, Nov. 15, about seven hours after the team arrived on the island. The parents of the first baby delivered by the Israeli team that first morning named him Israel in gratitude to the volunteers. Established adjacent to the local hospital in Bogo City, the Israeli field hospital is the only one located in a region of about 250,000 residents, Merin said. Representatives of other countries have visited to view its operation. The 125-member Israeli team has been seeing about 300 patients a day who either were injured in the typhoon
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owner Jack Ruby murder Oswald in a fit of retaliation for the dastardly act, or was it a means to silence the assassin? Theories proliferate surrounding the slaying. Books continue to be written, probing and purportedly substantiating so many assumptions. Accusations abound. Was Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson behind it all? (It has been reported that he and the president hated each other.) Could the head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, have been involved? And, it is known that much of Texas, especially Dallas, was hostile to the young president. Anyone who was old enough to remember Nov. 22, 1963, will recall exactly where he or she was when the news of the assassination emanated from the airwaves like bolts of lightning. The anguish of the nation was palpable. Television and radio broadcast and rebroadcast, counted and recounted, minute by minute, that fateful moment when Kennedy was struck down: Jackie distraught, Secret Service members dashing about, the wait for news outside Dallas’ Parkland Hospital. Names like Dealey Plaza, “the grassy knoll,” the Texas School Book Depository, became familiar to everyone. It was the end of an era, the end of enchantment with Washington’s “Camelot.” Images and sounds of Kennedy’s funeral cortege remain to this day: The solemn throb of the drums; the caisson bearing the fallen president’s body; the rider-less horse with boots turned backwards in the stirrups; and the poignant figure of a little John Kennedy saluting his fallen father. “JEWRY MOURNS KENNEDY” was the bold front page headline of the Jewish Herald-Voice, dated Nov. 28, 1963. Beneath it, David H. White’s editorial read:
The first baby delivered was named Israel, in gratitude of Israeli volunteers
An Israeli military person assists survivors of the typhoon that ravaged the Philippines.
or unable to care for chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes, due to lack of running water or electricity. Others with untreated diseases, including those with advanced cancer, also have made their way to the facility. Some 22 members of the team are medical doctors, 15 are nurses and the rest are technicians, lab workers and members of the Homefront Command who are coordinating logistics. The delegation brought 100 tons of equipment and supplies. Merin said the local officials and residents, as well as the medical staff of the local hospital, “greeted us warmly.” “We are working hand in hand with the Filipino people,” he said. “It was Friday, November 22nd. The evening sky was ablaze with a blood red sunset as though recreating the events of hours earlier. Never was a Texas sky so livid, so sparkling with color. It was as though the falling night shadows were slashed by these reddish streaks which lingered the day in its close. Then there was night – a cloudless sky with a near half-moon and myriads of stars. So nature, in its most glorious moments, blended the day and night – as man blends his grief and his joy in one embrace. “A President was gone – a new President had taken over the helm of state. As nature portends the darkened night and a bright tomorrow – so in death we must accept a brighter tomorrow for our country. The legacy of democratic traditions so nobly intertwined in the life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy was passed on to another great American – Lyndon. B. Johnson. … “JFK pushed the American people into the realization that the past hundred years of American history were but a prelude to the century yet to come. He talked and acted and served as the president of all America, all Americans. He could not see the distinction of color or creed. He cut down the bogey men of the past. He incited the haters to greater hate – but he also gave a greater vision to the truly dedicated Americans and the American way of life. His was a great task. He was cut down without being able to fulfill a great portion of his program. Let us hope his legacy to America will be a better concept of democratic living in a most dangerous age.” Today, the JHV reiterates White’s closing sentence: “We march on to eternity with hope and faith – with belief in a Divine safeguard to our most priceless heritage … freedom, understanding, appreciation, accomplishment and peace.” Nov. 22, 1963, a day history was changed!
Merin, a cardiac surgeon and deputy director of Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem, said the Israelis also have performed surgeries in the local hospital in concert with local doctors “to give them some of our knowledge.” Despite the death toll of more than 3,000, which is expected to climb thousands higher, and the nearly 2 million displaced, Merin said the wounded are not wandering the streets, as he saw in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. He also was part of the Israeli team that traveled to Japan in the aftermath of its 2011 tsunami; the Japanese infrastructure was better able to withstand a disaster, Merin said. At about 4 a.m., Sunday, a man who
had been stabbed in the chest was brought to the Bogo City field hospital by friends. Doctors put in a chest drain, which Merin said was beyond the capabilities of the local hospital. “I am not sure what would have happened if we had not been around,” he said. Mobilizing and operating the field hospital has cost Israel millions of dollars, Merin said, as well as lost manpower. The medicines and much of the equipment brought in will remain when they leave in about two weeks, he added. Merin, who is volunteering, believes the IDF is able to mobilize so quickly in the wake of natural disasters because it operates as an army unit, sending an advance team that allows the unit to deploy quickly upon arrival. One of the logistics officers left with the team for the Philippines two days after his wedding, despite being on leave from the army for the occasion. Israelis, Merin says, are “ready to drop everything and come and assist anywhere in the world that we need to be.” His team in the Philippines, he added, is “really treating [the patients] with all their heart.”
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What’s in a Jewish name? A reflection of cultural values By AARON HOWARD
In the beginning, to name was to define. When ancient Jews named a person or place, the appellation was intended to capture one’s personality. That’s the context when Moses asked G-d for his name before he went to the Israelites (Exodus 3:13). G-d answered, “Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh,” which can be translated as “I Will Be What I Will Be.” It’s a definition beyond capture. Contemporary anthropologists like Meyer Fortes say that the naming practices of any society “epitomize personal experiences, historical happenings, attitudes to life, and cultural ideas and values.” Modern Jewish naming practices here and in Israel reveal a wide variety in how we want to be Jewish and what we hope for our children. In biblical times, both men and women named children. There’s even an instance of G-d as baby namer in the naming of Yitzhak/Isaac (Genesis 21:1-8). Jews named their children after desirable qualities or events. People often gave their children names that contain the name of G-d, or names that expressed praise and thanks to G-d. “We believe that the times a person is born into and the person himself are interrelated,” said Congregation Torah VaChesed Rabbi Avraham Yaghobian. “Every person has a mission for self-perfection and rectification and social perfection. Therefore, the times one is born into and events that occur are connected to the soul that comes into the world.” Sons traditionally are named at the bris (circumcision). Naming a girl has different customs, said Rabbi Yaghobian. “Some name a girl on the day the Torah is first taken out after her
birth. Some, the first Shabbat after her birth. And, some will have a babynaming ceremony, officially calling the girl by her name, at the baby naming.” According to Halakha, no other person (besides the parents) has the right to name the child. Regarding which of the two (the father or the mother) has the first right to name their firstborn child, there are differing customs. Some say that if one names his first son after his father (the child’s grandfather), this practice fulfills the obligation of honoring one’s father. On the other hand, if he fails to name the child after his father, it denigrates his honor. Others say that if one gives a name after some member of his father’s family (not necessarily after his father himself), this also constitutes honoring his father. According to another custom, the right to name the first child belongs to the mother. Some have the custom that the name of a daughter belongs to the mother. “The rabbis said that when we came out of Egypt, we had only four merits: We did not change our names, our language, our clothing and we did not disclose each other’s secrets (Bamidbar Rabbah 20:21),” said Rabbi Yaghobian. “A Hebrew name identifies you with your culture. It reminds you that you have your own culture and essence. Also, Hebrew names, mystically speaking, carry a spiritual essence. “About 1,800 years ago, we already find sources indicating the naming of newborns after the dead relatives. The plain reason was to give honor to the deceased and to indicate that the person lives on. The mystical reason was to bring that soul back into the world if that person had not finished their job here. Or, if they did finish, it
was a type of prayer or wish that the person will assist this new child in their mission in this life.” The custom among Ashkenazim is not to name a child after a person who still is living. Some say that the objection specifically is to naming after one’s father who is still living, but there is no objection to naming after other living relatives. The custom among Sephardim is not to be particular about this. On the contrary, they consider it to be a form of honoring one’s father and a protective charm for long life if a grandchild is named after a living grandparent. Most rabbinic authorities agree that one should not give his son the same name as his own. However, among the Yemenites, some do have the custom of giving children the same name as their own. Some historians say that after the decline of Babylonian Jewry in the 10th century, Jews began taking secular names, especially in Europe. But, others argue that throughout the ages, Jews have taken secular names. For example, many Amoraim (about 200 C.E.) had non-Hebrew names, such as Mar Kashisha, Rav Z’vid, and Rav Papa. Most of the names of the Geonim (beginning in 589 C.E.) were Aramaic and not Hebrew. And Maimon, the father of Rambam, was a secular name. According to JewishGen, most Jews did not have fixed hereditary surnames until the early 19th century. Before that, people were known only by their first name and a patronymic (their father’s given name): for example, “Yaacov ben Shmuel.” Jews were required to take surnames at various times. In the Austrian Empire, surnames became required in 1787. Surname requirement followed in the Russian Pale of Settlement in 1804, in Germany beginning in 1807 and in the Russian Kingdom of Poland in 1821. Surnames could be based on a parent’s given name, geographic place name, occupation, personal characteristics, religious status (Cohen and Levy) or for artificial reasons such as failing to pay a bribe to acquire a “nice” name. In genealogical research, family names simultaneously are one of the most important pieces of genealogical information and a source of significant confusion for researchers,
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emphasized Deena Gordon, former program chair of the Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society. “You have a long list of given surnames when they were freely chosen,” said Gordon. “Experienced genealogists say there’s no such thing as an exclusive Jewish surname. For almost any name you consider Jewish, you can find somebody with the same name who is not Jewish. The perfect example is the American composer George M. Cohan. There’s a famous story about the time Cohan was denied a hotel room because the owners took him for being Jewish. He was so insulted that he said, as a good Irish Catholic, he wouldn’t stay in such a place. On the surface, what could be more Jewish than the name ‘Cohan’?” The spelling of Jewish surnames is irrelevant. The consistent spelling of names is a 20th-century invention. “With American Jewish surnames, if someone starts out in Russia or Germany before they migrate, every time you change languages, even if you stay with the same alphabet, the spelling changes. Every place under the jurisdiction of the czar, which included the Pale of Settlement, the names were written in Cyrillic. Many names that start off as Jewish are actually German, Polish or Russian because so many immigrant Jews came from those countries.” In Israel, the trend among secular parents is to move away from traditional Jewish names, said Haifa University Prof. Benjamin BeitHallahmi. He has researched Israeli Jewish names, using Interior Ministry data. “Among secular Israelis, traditional Jewish names, such as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, will not be touched with a 10-foot pole. Names like Zachary (Zack) or Jeremy, which are popular in the U.S., would be considered strange in Israel. This does not apply to the ultra-Orthodox and many of the Orthodox. They are keeping Jewish traditions without reservations. Rejecting Jewish names is a measure of secularization.” Many secular Hebrew names like Nimrod and Anat (a Canaanite goddess) defiantly are nonJewish, continued Beit-Hallahmi. These names reflected the Zionist ideological rebellion against Diaspora culture. In modern Israel, the Russians are one group who tend not to give up their secular names. “The Enlightenment people in Russia rejected their Jewish names 150 years ago,” said Beit-Hallahmi. “Zionism adopted the notion that the Bible was central to Jewish identity. And, in the Bible, you have this distinction between religious and nonreligious role models. Names like Yoram became popular. In the Bible, there were two kings named Yoram who ‘did evil in the sight of the L-rd.’ So, that name was symbolic of a generation of rebels who didn’t follow the Diaspora tradition.” In contrast, said Beit-Hallahmi, many in the Mizrachi community are traditionally religious people. They use new Israeli names for girls, less so for boys. “One popular girls’ name is Orly (Or=light),” he said. “But, boys’ names are more traditional. In general, fashions for girls’ names change faster than for boys, which are more stable historically.”
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Super Sunday phone-a-thon still needs volunteers Volunteers are needed to help with the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston’s annual Super Sunday phonea-thon on Sunday, Dec. 8, to raise money for the 2014 Jewish Federation Annual Campaign. Amy Krost will serve as head “coach” for the second year in a row. “Super Sunday is an event for our entire community and the Jewish Federation needs you to volunteer!” said Krost. Volunteers are needed to make calls from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from noon to 3 p.m. They also are
needed during Super Week on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Jewish Federation, 5603 S. Braeswood Blvd. “Volunteer for Houston’s largest annual Jewish community phonea-thon. Support and represent your agency, day school or synagogue. Volunteers of all ages are needed to help make calls, raise funds, and assist in a variety of other ways,” Krost explained. “Choose the time that works for you, then join us for a rewarding and memorable day.” On Super Sunday, volunteers
reach out to community members to bring in dollars that support Jewish organizations in Houston, Israel and around the world. At last year’s Super Sunday/Super Week, the Federation raised more than $330,000 for the Annual Campaign from more than 400 donors. “All funds raised for Super Sunday support the Annual Campaign, which funds a lifeline of vital programs and services in Houston, in Israel and around the world,” Krost said. “I can’t wait to see you all there for another year of success!”
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PJ Library, HCRJ partner to kick off program year On Sunday, Oct. 20, more than 50 families with young children met at Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism for the first PJ Library Story Time of the program year. The theme for the event was “Kindness to Animals.” Rabbi Steve Gross welcomed families to the synagogue and led everyone in singing several songs and making the appropriate animal noises. The chairs of the event, Jamie Weiner and Debbie Bernstein, read two PJ Library books about animals, and then the families were invited to a petting zoo on the patio. PJ Library (“PJ” for “pajamas”) is a Jewish family-engagement program, which offers the gift of free, high-quality Jewish children’s literature and music each month to families across the continent, on a monthly basis. PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon
Foundation, made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. Today, families in hundreds of communities across the United States and Canada are able to explore the timeless core values of Judaism through books and music. Currently, 185 North American communities are active in the PJ Library, with more than 100,000 subscriptions. In Houston, the PJ Library is a gift from the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, in partnership with generous local donors. More than 1,000 Houstonarea youngsters, ages 6 months to 6 years, are enrolled in the program. Families who subscribe to PJ Library also receive a monthly e-newsletter with information about and ideas for celebrating Jewish holidays with their
The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston Women’s Philanthropy is getting ready for a fashion-forward Collage 2014 and will kick off in high style at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 5 at the David Peck USA Showroom. The kickoff co-chairs are Marcie Bluestone and Nicole Longnecker. Collage is the premier women’s fundraising event of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, benefitting the 2014 Annual Campaign. This year’s Collage, set for Feb. 18, 2014, at the Westin Galleria Hotel Grand Ballroom, features New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis. Collage
co-chairs are Allison Leibman and Robyn Shkolnick. The Kick-Off Event enables Collage chairs, vice chairs and table captains to build excitement for the upcoming luncheon. Fashion designer David Peck will share his industry knowledge with attendees. “I’m thrilled about the kickoff and the venue,” Longnecker said. “I think David Peck is giving us a great opportunity to see some wonderful things going on in Houston that no one even realizes are here.” Over the years, Collage has brought together thousands of women to show
children. A monthly PJ Library Story Time is held on the third Sunday of each month. The next PJ Library story-time event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 15, in partnership with the ERJCCs Mishpacha & Me program. Signing up is easy. To enroll your child, visit pjlibrary.org. For more information, contact Barbara Loeser, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston Community Education coordinator, at 713-729-7000, ext. 321, or bloeser@ houstonjewish.org.
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their support for the Jewish community. “I am truly honored to be a part of this year’s Collage kick-off event. Collage is critical to providing resources to a number of organizations that empower Jewish people in our community and abroad,” Bluestone said. “Collage means so much to me because I believe strong women equal a stronger community.” Women’s Philanthropy makes up about 25 percent of the overall Jewish Federation Annual Campaign, and a large portion of those funds come from Collage participation. The 2013 Campaign raised more than $8 million for Jewish causes in Houston, Israel and around the world. Table captains still are needed to make Collage 2014 a success. “I believe we are all responsible for giving back more than we take from this world, and Collage and the Federation offer an amazing opportunity to do just that,” Longnecker said. For information about Collage or to become a table captain, contact Women’s Philanthropy director & Affinity Groups coordinator Meredith Segal at 713-729-7000, ext. 306, or email@example.com.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston’s Jerome Robinson Family Young Adult Division is providing a way for young adults to mix and mingle in a more personal setting. The upcoming event, Party of 8, will be chaired by Ryan Steinberg and Alexandra Yudelevich. On Dec. 7, groups of eight, put together by YAD, will meet for dinner at 7:30 p.m. at various restaurants and get to know each other. Following dinner, all of the Parties of 8 will gather for an after party at The Eighteenth Cocktail Bar at 9 p.m. “It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and make connections with people you may have never had the chance to meet,” Yudelevich said. “If people can’t make dinner, we will all be meeting at The Eighteenth Cocktail lounge after dinner.” The Party of 8 concept started in Austin, Texas, and YAD social chair Neil Kogut brought it to Houston in August 2011. This will be the fourth time YAD has hosted the event, which brought out more than 60 young adults last spring. Kogut learned about Party of 8 from friends who were involved with YAD in Austin and attended an event while living there. “I wanted to bring it to Houston because I remembered how cool it was to go and share a meal with seven other (mostly) completely random people. It certainly is one way to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people,” Kogut said. “The fact that, after dinner, it turns into a big party at some nearby bar makes it all that much cooler as you can reconnect with the people you already know and the people you have just met.” Registration is required by Dec. 4. Participants must fill out a survey at houstonjewish.org/partyof8 for YAD to be able to place them in a group. Participants can request to be grouped with friends or to go as a couple, but the goal is to meet new people. “Party of 8 is a great way to get to know other young adults that you have something in common with in a more intimate setting than our typical events,” Steinberg said. YAD will choose the restaurants, which will be grouped in the Rice Village and Upper Kirby areas. A kosher option will be available. Participants pay for their own meals. To learn more about Party of 8 or YAD, contact Young Adult associate Ilana Ellison at 713-729-7000, ext. 335, or IEllison@houstonjewish.org.
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AJC urges EU to act on findings of anti-Semitism report BRUSSELS, Belgium – The American Jewish Committee is calling for greater pan-European coordination in combating antiSemitism, following the Nov. 8 release of an EU survey of Jews across Europe. The survey of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s Discrimination and Hate Crime Against Jews in EU Member States was made public on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogroms in Nazi Germany. Comprised of responses from 5,847 Jews in the eight EU member states with the largest communities, it is the first such study to collect comparable data on Jewish experiences of anti-Semitism. “Over the past few years, we have read report after report about the growing presence of anti-Semitism in Europe,” said Daniel Schwammenthal, director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute. “The FRA survey confirms
those troubling reports and truly gives voice to the concerns of Europe’s Jewish citizens.” According to the survey, 21 percent of respondents have experienced at least one incident of anti-Semitic verbal insult or harassment and/or physical attack in the past 12 months (an increase from 7 percent in the five years prior to the survey). More disturbing, 82 percent of those who “felt discriminated against during the period because they are Jewish did not report the most serious incident” to the authorities or competent bodies. As a result, 23 percent said that they, at least occasionally, avoided Jewish events or sites. Another 29 percent have considered emigrating in the past five years. In Hungary, France and Belgium, the numbers are between 40 percent and 48 percent. “Police protection has long been a sad necessity for Jewish schools and houses of worship throughout
Europe, but it is clear that current methods of protection are not sufficient,” said Schwammenthal. “The fact that the overwhelming number of anti-Semitic attacks go unreported and that almost a third of Jews have considered leaving Europe shows there is a lack of trust in the relevant authorities’ abilities to deal with the threat. That must change immediately.” The survey findings underscore the severity of the threat of antiSemitism to the Jewish communities: In Hungary, 92 percent of respondents felt it was among the top three social and political problems, while 80 percent of those in France said the same. Moreover, it highlighted the prevalence of new forms of antiSemitism – namely anti-Zionism. For example, 48 percent of respondents said they regularly hear people compare Israel to the Nazis. And,
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songs and Shabbat melodies weekly. Cantor Dean received his secular and Hebrew educations at Yeshiva and Columbia Universities. His career was delayed during World War II, when he enlisted in the Army. He turned down a chaplaincy position saying he “wanted to be a fighting soldier.” He served in the artillery and landed on the beaches of Normandy in June 1944, less than two weeks after D-Day. For two weeks he stayed only two miles from the beaches while German guns fired from cliffs into French towns. He saw action in five major battles in Europe, in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. One of his cherished memories is returning to the beaches of Normandy with his family 55 years later, where he met people who applauded him for his bravery during the war. After his military service, Cantor Dean studied music at Columbia University and began his career in New York, appearing as a soloist on the radio for nine years. He also performed on the air with his wife, Millie, of blessed memory, an accomplished musician, as well. A special NBC television presentation featuring Cantor Dean was acclaimed as “one of the finest liturgical music programs ever offered on the air.” Cantor Dean has composed a vast amount of music, organized and trained the former UOS choir, directed musical comedies and performed in concerts in Mexico City, San Antonio, Dallas, New Orleans and Oklahoma City. He continues to compose music and has received numerous awards for his many cantoral accomplishments. Many members still recall the musical comedies the beloved cantor and his wife produced. And, congregants are moved each year by his chanting of Kol Nidre. He continues to lead the Montessori music program three times each week. At the Toast to Tomorrow, the Volunteer Recognition Award will be presented to Bernardo Fromer, Dr. Sharon Turboff Katz and Louise Lihn for their steadfast dedication to UOSGMS. Fromer has been a volunteer at the school since 1996, serving hot lunches, making latkes for the children and teachers on Chanukah, and helping in the kitchen. A native of
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Buenos Aires, Argentina, he and his wife, Silvia, have been married for 61 years. He also volunteers at Robert M. Beren Academy, Beth Yeshurun Day School, and prepares Shabbat meals at Goldberg B’nai B’rith Towers. A talented singer, Fromer is a solo vocalist in the Russian Activity Club, the Argentinian Restaurant, Saldivias, the Jewish Choir of Argentina and the Goldberg Towers Choir. Fromer started volunteering at UOSGMS when his granddaughter, Natalie Johary, began attending school in the Purple Class. Two of his other grandchildren, Ari Johary and Daniel Johary, followed. “Today, my grandchildren are no longer in UOS,” he said, “they are already in college and in middle school, but still I feel the same warmth and welcome as before. I thank UOSGMS for giving me the opportunity to serve our Jewish kids, as they represent our future generation.” Dr. Sharon Turboff Katz, a native Houstonian, has had a relationship with UOSGMS for more than 10 years, having six grandchildren, Rachel Feldman, Josie Feldman, Aaron Feldman, David Katz, Carly Katz and Annie Katz, as part of the Orange Class. She also has three grandchildren in Ann Arbor, Mich.: Hannah, Mia and Gil Rubenstein. Dr. Katz, a well-respected dentist, has worked in private practice and as an assistant clinical professor at The University of Texas Dental Branch. She has served in volunteer positions at UOSGMS, The Gathering Place at Beth Yeshurun, The University of
Texas Dental School, Israel Bonds Houston board, American Israel Public Affairs Committee and Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. She is a past chair of the ERJCC Adult Senior Services Committee and the ERJCC Jewish Education Committee. Her volunteer work at UOSGMS began with her weekly assistance with the school’s library. “Hopefully, my grandchildren will value the importance of volunteering. I am grateful to UOSGMS for giving my grandchildren an opportunity to fulfill their potential, to work independently, to assume responsibility and to
around 60 percent of respondents in Belgium, Italy and France said that they are frequently, or all the time, blamed for Israeli actions. In the U.K., Germany and Sweden the corresponding proportion ranged from 40 percent to 50 percent. “The EU already has a working definition on anti-Semitism developed in 2005 by FRA’s predecessor organization, which clearly spells out that such attacks, branding Israel as a racist entity or drawing comparisons to the Nazis, go well beyond the boundary of legitimate criticism,” said Schwammenthal. “This survey makes clear that it is now time for the EU to formally adopt this definition, so that there is clarity and uniformity in the fight against anti-Semitism.” Founded in 2004, the Brusselsbased AJC Transatlantic Institute engages European lawmakers on issues related to anti-Semitism in the European Union. develop socially,” said Dr. Katz. Lihn has been a dedicated volunteer at UOSGMS for more than nine years. She launched her relationship with the school when her granddaughter, Meg Rubenstein, began in the toddler class. She continued her work with the school’s library and hot lunch programs when her second granddaughter, Liv Rubenstein, entered as a toddler. Lihn continues to be a dynamic volunteer at UOSGMS long after her granddaughters have graduated. She stated that she wants to give back to the school that gave Meg and Liv “a love of reading, a love of science and math and a love of school.” She credits the school with “accepting each and every child as an individual and providing each and every child with a place to thrive and flourish.” She delights in her volunteer work, as well as spending time with her four grandchildren, Meg, Liv, Tripp and Case. Toast to Tomorrow will take place at UOS at 8 p.m., with Channel 11 investigative reporter, Courtney Zubowski Haas, as the master of ceremonies. The event, co-chaired by Lisa Brown, Haley Finkelman and Dana Yudovich Katz, will be a festive evening of sushi, sake and Asian fusion. For ticket information or donation opportunities, call 713-723-3856 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“The measure of our Jewish community’s love of G-d and Torah is measured by the way we extend our hands to the neediest among us.” – Rabbi David Lyon
in crisis. “We are biblically and morally obligated as Jews to help and assist those in need,” he said. The appeal aims to assist the chronically in need, those with temporary financial difficulties, including households hit hard by the recent recession, and those who are on the verge of crisis. Promise of Hope is a $10 million appeal. Funds will establish a permanent endowment of $8 million that will generate some $400,000 a year in direct assistance, which is the approximate annual need, according to JFS. The appeal includes a matching component by The Mary L. and William J. Osher Foundation of Houston. Campaign leaders said Promise of Hope embodies the lesson: Kol Yisrael areivim zeh lazeh – “All Jews are responsible for each other.”
Greater Houston. “If you look at the history of the Federation, we’ve done it in Israel; we’ve done it throughout the Former Soviet Union; we’ve done it in Buenos Aires. The fact that we haven’t done this in Houston is what makes this unique. “We believe that the core piece of information that the community is unaware of is that there are poor Jews in Houston,” he said. “We hope that when people realize that there are Jews who are struggling to pay their rent, struggling to put food on the table, struggling to pay their medical expenses, they’ll respond in a way that they might not have before.” JFS receives an allocation from the Federation’s Annual Campaign. That support began to increase over the past decade, as JFS experienced an escalation in the number of requests from community members for economic assistance. When the recession hit Houston in late 2008, the number of needy households spiked and, for the first time, included not just the chronically in need, but also a significant quantity of middle-income community members who were losing their jobs and, in some instances, their health, as well. More than 1,500 Houstonians have come to JFS since the recent
Promise of Hope brings Houston’s Jewish community together to help those who are struggling to make ends meet. The appeal involves Jewish organizations, Jewish clergy and Jewish community members, themselves. Heading the appeal, the Federation is tasked with mobilizing donors to raise the necessary funds. “It’s a cornerstone of our mission to help Jews whoever they are, wherever they live, who are facing difficult times,” said Lee Wunsch, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston is a comprehensive resource for schools and teachers in the Houston community. Services include everything from professional learning, collaborative school programming, the Educational Resource Center, consultations, job placement services and more. Professional learning is an important mission of the Federation, and staff work with day schools, religious schools and early childhood principals to help develop learning opportunities that will translate to improved student learning in all of our schools. Much is accomplished through ongoing team meetings, consultations, class-planning sessions, as well as school-based and community-wide seminars. The Federation provides funding to support professional learning, helping all teachers in Houston’s Jewish schools to improve their teaching practice, which directly correlates to improved classroom experience and higher learning potential for all of our children. The Federation collaborates with school administrators to develop community-wide seminars and presentations that will meet their individual teachers’ and schools’ needs. Annual professional learning programs include: • Yom Moreh: August back-to-school seminar for more than 200 congregational religious school teachers. • Early Childhood Teachers Seminar: in the fall; attended by more than 225 EC educators. • Yom Limmud or day of learning: Federation’s community day of learning; this year on Feb. 17. In addition to a teacher track, a new track for congregational school teachers, Yom Moreh, will incorporate schooteacher meetings and special professional development classes. Principals also submit requests to the Federation for school-based professional development programs that meet their teachers’ specific needs. Funded by the Federation and planned collaboratively by Federation staff and school administrators, workshops and seminars are hosted by the various schools and presented each year on a wide variety of topics, including pedagogy, classroom management, curriculum development and secular and Judaic content areas. Teacher training is provided annually to more than 500 teachers who work with 4,500 students in Houston’s seven accredited Jewish day schools, 17 congregational religious schools and 10 early childhood programs. Programs are accredited to provide certified teachers continuing professional education, and early childhood teachers can earn continuing education units at BJE programs accredited by Texas Southern University. The Federation supports and helps to fund collaborative school programming among all the schools, bringing the students together to foster a sense of community. Building Blocks Workshops and Living Voices presentations (at 2012 ERJCC Book Fair), or the Joint Teen Religious School Program in the spring, offer opportunities for students of different schools to come together for shared experiences at programs that each school would not be able to afford on their own. These programs have become highlights of the year. Collaboration among the Federation and our early childhood programs has resulted in Houston being selected as a new community in the PJ Goes to School program.
music star, Yaakov Shwekey, and came just as Aishel House embarks on an $8 million The full spectrum of greater Houston’s construction project that greatly will Jewish community was represented among expand its residential facilities and services the more than 600 people who packed the for out-of-town hospital patients who come grounds of Aishel House on Sunday evening, to Aishel House for treatment at the nearby April 28, for the latter’s ninth annual Gala Texas Medical Center. & Benefit Concert. The outpouring of A colorful sign painted on the wall of support, and the event, itself, shown like Aishel House’s old apartment block, which a rainbow in the sky, following torrential will be torn down and replaced by a new C. DUKE storms the day before that flooded streets four-story complex, read: “Planting seeds AEL h across the city. of kindness. Future home of the new Aishel By MICH and neighborhoods on’s Jewis e The benefit concert featured a Houstoner Houst a uniqu hasperformance Great debut in the by international Jewish See Aishel House on Page 4 help unity comm tunity to r. r t cance Cance oppor an agains ican fight hing Amer The is launc kind that the help 30 the ty will and every to Socie ic study – study nmental g , the histor ns only once ways r, addin more CPS-3 c, enviro happe – to find t cance geneti Called 4 Page years t cancers. stand the or preven r on cause under preven See Cance better s that ACS le factor lifesty
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economic downturn, according to the agency. About half were under the age of 60. In September 2009, the Federation announced the launch of an Economic Assistance Fund that mobilized more than $650,000 in aid. At the end of 2012, the Federation stepped up with $120,000 to help JFS get through the calendar year. This year, JFS received an additional $100,000 on top of its regular allocation. During this time, Federation and JFS leaders observed that local Jewish households facing financial crisis was a problem that wasn’t, and is isn’t, going away. Promise of Hope is the response.
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While the Federation is spearheading the appeal, JFS’s role is to channel the financial aid to those in need. The social services organization can assist with the cost of rent/ mortgage, utilities, food, medications or transportation. The help from JFS also includes counseling services that empower struggling households to be partners in their recovery. “We want to help be a stopgap to any kind of immediate problems, but we also need people to be successful on their own,” said Linda Burger, CEO of Jewish Family Service, Houston. “It’s a journey that we’re willing to take with them and to help them get from where they’re not able to make ends meet to a lifestyle where they can.” The appeal’s chairman underscored the point. “Even a higher form of tzedakah than giving to others in need anonymously is giving to others in a way that helps them help themselves, wherever possible,” Schechter said. Promise of Hope enables JFS to fulfill its mission to help families and individuals who come forward needing financial aid. When Burger arrived at JFS eight years ago, the agency gave help one time a year at an average of $50. “Before now, we were trying to raise the money and do the work,” Burger said. “Because the Federation has stepped forward in such a generous way, it’s allowed us to focus on the work – to focus on helping members of our community.” JFS has two case managers on staff for family and children and several more to assist single households and seniors in need. The agency estimates the current, collective need at $400,000 per year. Over the past 10 months, nearly 300 families have asked JFS for some level of financial aid, according to the agency. Many needed help to carry them through a job loss or illness. Almost a fifth of those 300 were living at the 25 percent level of poverty. The average five-person household in greater Houston is expected to get by on $71,000 a year, according to 2013 federal poverty-level reports. This includes a mere $478 for “other necessities” beyond food, housing, childcare, transportation, health care and taxes. An unexpected car repair or medical situation could easily tip a family toward crisis, Burger noted.
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Help spread the word Beginning Nov. 21, the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston is mobilizing the community, via email and social media, to support local Jews in need through the Promise of Hope appeal. Jewish community members are asked to help spread the word about the need and appeal by emailing information to friends and relatives and to post information on their Facebook profiles, linking to the Promise of Hope page – houstonjewish.org/ promise – where people can learn more and donate to the program. of Hope by identifying families and individuals who can benefit from the aid. Equally important, local Jewish clergy are helping to educate the community about the acute and chronic needs of those members who are living at or below the poverty line. “The [appeal] is the best example of tzedakah,” said Rabbi David Lyon, senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel. “We give because there is an injustice found in poverty, hunger, homelessness, personal distress and human indignity. Tzedakah often comes in the form of economic aid but, at its root, it’s justice through righteous deeds. “We must resolve the injustice faced by Jews in Houston who seek dignity by way of economic security,” the rabbi said. “The measure of our Jewish community’s love of G-d and Torah is measured by the way we extend our hands to the neediest among us.” Rabbis across greater Houston are championing the appeal.
Promise of Hope is a $10 million appeal. Eight million will be used to establish a permanent endowment that will generate the necessary annual funds. Two million will go directly toward financial assistance during the first five years of the appeal until the permanent endowment is established. The Mary L. and William J. Osher Foundation of Houston has pledged a $1 million match toward Promise of Hope. The foundation also is putting $500,000 into the endowment. “Our community should help [its own in need] because we can and because doing so fulfills our moral and religious obligations,” Schechter said. “We can and we must do all possible to assist and to help change the lives of our brothers and sisters, just as the lives of our [immigrant] parents and grandparents were changed.” The appeal’s chairman concluded, confidently: “I believe that our community will respond to these needs as it has always responded to community needs in the past.” For additional information and to contribute toward the Promise of Hope appeal, contact Federation senior vice president of Development, Suzanne Jacobson, at 713-729-7000 x311, and visit houstonjewish.org/ promise. Those in need of assistance should contact JFS case managers, Adele Croft or Monique Gamble, at 713-667-9336.
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Duo’s ‘Peaches N Dream’ preserve wins praise By MICHAEL C. DUKE
A local artisan jams, jellies and marmalade duo has been named a finalist in a national good foods contest. Elaine Lupovitch and Kirk O’Neal – two longtime teachers at The Emery/ Weiner School, who run a part-time business, Garden Dreams Houston, making and selling preserves and salsas at local farmers markets – were selected among 1,450 entries as 2014 Good Food Awards Finalists. Hosted by California-based Seedling Projects, the contest recognizes “the best from America’s growing movement of talented and socially conscious food entrepreneurs.” Garden Dreams’ Peaches N Dream preserve earned O’Neal and Lupovitch the recognition. “Garden Dreams Houston is honored to be nationally recognized for our continuing commitment and expertise to the growing local food movement,” Lupovitch told the JHV. “We are grateful to the support our Houston customers have given us and to the local growers, who provide us with such an amazing array of fruits
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and vegetables throughout the seasons. “We really appreciate the nonprofit organization, Urban Harvest, which promotes and educates our community about the advantages of growing without chemicals and organizes the weekend farmers markets,” she said. Garden Dreams focuses on creating small-batch, handmade jams, jellies, marmalades and salsas that
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The answers to these questions may be found in a conversation following ADL’s “Houston in Concert Against Hate,” the Nov. 14 concertevent, celebrating the centennials of both the Anti-Defamation League and the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall. Imagine attending an event honoring 1) Marvin D. Nathan, for his dedication to desegregation and civil rights; 2) four local Holocaust survivors who tirelessly educate young people on the dangers of hatred; 3) three clergy leaders, whose strength in numbers promotes civil rights; 4) a state representative, a state senator, and the family of a man brutally murdered, all who challenge hate and bigotry; 5) four local and renowned educators who advocate and profess inclusive and welcoming education for all. In a span of a mere 90 minutes, ADL honored these 17 extraordinary individuals, in ceremonies that punctuated seven moving musical selections, orchestrated by the Houston Symphony and Associate Conductor Robert Franz, with stellar narration by Emmy Awardwinning actress Alfre Woodard, and guest artist rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman. If our dear readers are in a state of disbelief, consider the following: The concert opened with “Fanfare for the Common Man,” and from that classic piece of American musical history, each selection was carefully chosen to illustrate the value of the contributions each of the honorees makes to humankind. From “Theme From Schindler’s List,” “Lincoln Portrait,” and “Overture to West Side Story” to “Where is the Love” (sung by Bun B and Lamar HS Choir), “Festive Overture, Opus 96” and “Imagine” (accompanied by Lamar choir) each number’s theme set up the introduction to its corresponding honorees. Imagine, following the haunting melody of “Schindler’s List,” a spotlight beams on a Holocaust survivor honoree, who is presented with the ADL 100 Centennial Hero
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medal around his/her neck. One by one, the spotlight reveals the other three survivor-educators. Or, following “West Side Story,” members of James Byrd Jr.’s family stand, then Sen. Rodney Ellis, then Rep. Senfronia Thompson, each illuminated in the audience with a floodlight and each presented with a medal by a family member or dignitary. [See list of all honorees in inset.] The entire concert-event, from start to finish, was magnanimously chaired by Jerry Axelrod and Sherry Bender Levy and magnificently developed, created and orchestrated by a team of local talent: Martin B. Cominsky, Southwest Regional director of ADL, and Steve Brosvik, Houston Symphony general manager, producers; Leah Lax, interviewer and scriptwriter; Talya Arbisser, documentary photographer; Marc Gessner, production manager; FROWbiz productions; and the Houston Symphony. Of course, as with all our Jewish galas, the ADL staff, volunteers and donors who made this event possible and seamlessly perfect would fill an entire Jewish Herald-Voice issue. Suffice it to say, ADL’s centennial “Houston in Concert Against Hate” sold-out program left audience members (2,000 attended) inspired, elevated, yet speechless. The entire evening was magical. And, if it weren’t for all the standing ovations, all this really did take place within a span of 90 minutes!
are made from top-quality ingredients, most of which are locally grown, using sustainable practices. Lupovitch and O’Neal sell their products weekends at Urban Harvest’s Eastside Farmers Market and through the online home delivery site, greenling.com, which specializes in organic and socially conscious foods. “The 200 Good Food Awards Maybe the answers to all my questions at the top aren’t obvious, so let me fill in the blanks: Rabbi Samuel E. Karff, Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza and Rep. Senfronia Thompson were among 17 honorees at ADL’s centennial event, which was put together by scriptwriter Leah Lax and Dimensions store owner Sherry Bender Levy, among others. Beautiful soul-stirring music was created when rapper Bun B, the Houston Symphony and the Lamar High School choir shared the stage at ADL’s centennial event. The Anti-Defamation League daily receives calls from victims of hate and bigotry, of anti-Semitism, of civil rights violations, and from those who are denied quality, inclusive education. The callers’ request: “Please help me!” I have two more questions for our patient readers: What do you teach your children that aligns with the vision for a world without hate? And, what do you do to further the Anti-Defamation’s mission “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all?” We all can do more.
Finalists are leading a cultural shift away from business as usual,” said Sarah Weiner, co-founder and executive director of Seedling Projects. “They bring the dedication and integrity of true craftsmen to all they do. Their ever-stronger presence around the country proves that it can be done – there is a different way to feed our communities.” Lupovitch said, “Preserving foods is a great way to capture the goodness of season and enjoy it all year long. Our award-winning jam, Peaches N Dream, is a great example of this delicious goodness. Texas Peaches are very special and our recipe captures this.” The finalists emerged from a one-day marathon judging session this fall in San Francisco. The top scorers were vetted to confirm sound sourcing practices, good husbandry and transparency in all stages of the supply chain. The awards, themselves, bring recognition and sales to the winners. “Good Food Award Winners report growing their businesses 15 percent-400 percent, increasing purchasing from local and responsible orchards, farms and ranches, accordingly,” Weiner said.
ADL centennial honorees: FIGHTING ANTI-SEMITISM Celina Fein Walter Kase Bill Morgan Naomi Warren PROMOTING CIVIL RIGHTS Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Rabbi Samuel Karff Reverend William A. Lawson CHALLENGING HATE & BIGOTRY Sen. Rodney Ellis Rep. Senfronia Thompson Family of James Byrd Jr., including children Renee, Jamie and Ross ENCOURAGING INCLUSIVE EDUCATION Esther Campos, educational activist in HISD and Child Protective Services Michael Feinberg, co-founder of KIPP Academy Dr. Thomas Freeman, world-acclaimed debate coach at TSU Carol Shattuck, early childhood advocate ADL SOUTHWEST REGION AWARD Marvin D. Nathan An ADL 100 Centennial Hero medal was given to each of the honorees, as well as Alfre Woodard, Robert Franz and Bun B.
New doctor at Bone & Joint Clinic of Houston To all my patients and friends: I am proud to announce my new affiliation with Bone & Joint Clinic of Houston, a well-established orthopedic group, now celebrating its 43rd year. Effective November 1st, I will remain at the O’Quinn Medical Tower at St. Luke’s (in the Texas Medical Center) 6624 Fannin , but relocate to the 26th floor. Thank you for allowing me to provide your medical care, and for your patience and assistance during the transition period. Please feel free to ask for assistance at our medical Ronald S. Lepow, DPM center office, 713-790-1818. We look forward to continuing care for you, your family and your friends. Ronald S. Lepow, DPM Podiatric Medicine Bone & Joint Clinic of Houston 6624 Fannin St., Suite 2600 713-790-1818
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Joseph and Chanukah
By RABBI JOSEPH R. RADINSKY
Our community needs our help In the not-so-distant past, conventional wisdom held that there were no poor Jews in Houston. Well, times and perspectives certainly have changed. It’s now recognized that many – far too many – members of our community are struggling to make ends meet, especially in the wake of the recent economic recession. Crucially and thankfully, leadership in our local Jewish community has issued a call to action to address this growing crisis and to help our own in need. “Promise of Hope” is a first-of-its kind, $10 million appeal by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Eight million dollars will be used to establish a permanent endowment to ensure that Jews in Houston will be taken care of for years to come. Two million dollars will go toward direct financial assistance for families and individuals immediately, as the permanent endowment is being established. Jewish Family Service is the Federation’s partner in the appeal. The social services agency will have some $400,000 a year, generated by the endowment, to help struggling Jewish households cover the cost of rent or mortgage, utilities, food, medicine and transportation. As part of the program, JFS also works with struggling households to become self-sufficient. Rabbis across the city are doing their part by encouraging those in need to seek help from JFS, while also helping to educate the community about this crisis. Community members can help spread the word through social media and by talking about the need. Amb. Arthur Schechter is chairing the Promise of Hope appeal. He points out that many Jewish Houstonians have parents or grandparents who came to the United States fleeing from poverty and persecution. Most, if not all, needed assistance when they arrived. More than 1,500 Jews in Houston, over the past few years, have come to JFS needing help to fend off the financial challenges similarly faced by our forbearers. It’s our community’s responsibility to take care of our own in need. It’s a mitzvah, a righteous deed, an act of social justice of the highest order. The “promise of hope” for struggling Jews in Houston relies upon our support. Every donation – great and small – brings our Jewish neighbors, friends and family one step closer toward the security and dignity we want for ourselves. The security and dignity that we need for our community. Donations can be made at houstonjewish.org/promise.
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Why is it that the Rabbis always have arranged it that we will read about Joseph on the Shabbos of Chanukah? What does the life of Joseph have to do with Chanukah? Joseph was brilliant and, because of this, his father Jacob loved to learn with him but he had faults. He constantly was telling his brothers that they had to improve and even tattled about them to their father Jacob. The text even says how Jacob rebuked Joseph. Jacob was not oblivious to Joseph’s faults, but he loved him anyway, just as he loved his other sons, in spite of their faults. Joseph’s brothers believed that their father Jacob’s love was finite and, therefore, they had to get rid of Joseph, so they could get their father’s love. They, of course, were wrong. Jacob loved all his children. He rebuked them when they were wrong, but he always loved them. He loved them in spite of their faults. After the loss of Joseph, he hardly could love anyone. He was so overwhelmed with grief. Chanukah teaches us why we Jews have been singled out for persecution. Many times, the nations of the world do not like the message which Judaism teaches. They do not like to hear the message that we all are not perfect, that there is no perfect society or people, that we all must try constantly to improve. People hate to hear that message. They like to believe that they are perfect, so that they can feel that, one, they deserve the love of others and the love of G-d, and two, so that they do not have to make the arduous efforts needed to improve, and three, so that they can persecute and harm others who tell them they are not perfect, with a clear conscience, Joseph, throughout his life, always was the target of hatred and envy, because he did stand out about others. He is the only one, who is known in our tradition as “HaTzadik,” the righteous one. He was not perfect, but he had a good mind and a compassionate heart. He was thrown into prison for no good reason, because the wife of his Egyptian master could not stand his goodness, and wanted to seduce him
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and bring him down to her level. In prison, Joseph rose to high position, again, because of his talents. He matured in prison and learned how to stress his compassion over his talents. He especially learned how to listen to the dreams of others, as well as to his own. G-d’s love is not finite, and it is not true that we have to be perfect in order to deserve it. This doctrine that you have to be perfect in order to be loved has caused so many lies and so much injustice, because when people find out that they are not perfect, they immediately start to cover up, so that they will not lose the love they have. They deny that they have done anything wrong so that they will not lose their spouse’s, their parents’, their children’s and, especially, G-d’s love. G-d, though, loves us even if we are not perfect. The symbol of Chanukah is the lit candle. We light candles five times in Judaism. The first time we light a candle is erev Pesach, when we search for chametz. Searching for chametz signifies not only a physical search, but also a spiritual search as well. We constantly are to look for the truth. We constantly are to recognize the truth that we are not perfect, the truth that destroying other people will not make us more perfect. The second time we light a candle in Judaism is on Shabbos. Shabbos teaches us that we deserve to be loved (by others and by G-d), just because we exist, not because we produce. Even if we produce nothing, we still deserve to be loved, and on Shabbos, we do not produce anything. The third time we light a candle is at Havdalah. Havdalah is a multiwicked candle. This teaches us that light and love are infinite. From one candle, you can light thousands of candles and the original light is not diminished. So it is with love. Love is not finite. G-d can love us all. Just because He loves one person or people, does not mean He cannot love other people or persons. The fourth time we light a candle is when someone dies. This teaches us that everyone has a role to play, that everyone is missed, that whether we have large talents or small talents, great compassionate See Joseph on Page 13
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IN OTHER WORDS Hollande visit evokes Israelis’ gratitude In Touch From Jerusalem FELICE and MICHAEL FRIEDSON President Francois Hollande came for a three-day visit to Israel: some joked, in order to spend some time in a country where his approval ratings are respectable. The Israelis, indeed, were grateful. He and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are the lone stalwarts lobbying long and hard against easing the economic sanctions imposed on Iran – a position that improbably places the Jewish state on the same side as Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states; with distance between Jerusalem and Washington apparently growing as a deal nears. When the Western powers (P+5) came close two weeks ago, Hollande was seen as the hero to Israel and the Gulf; the goat to Washington. Upon his arrival, Hollande wasted no time in reiterating that those same conditions demanded before remain on the table and no deal without them would be acceptable to the French. They include placing all nuclear installations under international supervision, ending 20 percent enrichment of uranium, reducing stockpiles of enriched uranium and halting construction on the heavy water reactor being built at Arak. Meanwhile, the Hollande visit, planned before the Iran standoff, actually is an economic mission, the focus of which is for the two countries to do business together. The U.S.-Israel difference of opinion over the Iranian sanctions is being downplayed by both governments, but many pundits, while trying to avoid the appearance of being alarmist, nevertheless point out the ancillary woes that are emanating from the issue. First and foremost is the matter of trust. The illustration offered by the Iranian nuclear issue demonstrates the very significant gap between general phrases about “having one’s back” or offering “unshakeable support” and proffering a very specific list that defines such support. To Israel, it’s not about “being there”; it’s about not allowing 20 percent uranium enrichment; not maintaining any stockpiles of enriched uranium in Iran at all; and getting rid of thousands of centrifuges. A less talkedabout issue that seems to be growing legs is the U.S. administration’s recruitment of American Jewish organizational heads to come out for the administration’s Iran policy. There is no way to paper over the fact that doing so means sapping the Israeli government’s (read: Netanyahu’s) support in the U.S., clearly encroaching on delicate territory. Making matter worse, in the opinion of many, is that it comes too soon after the administration tapped Israel’s American supporters to spearhead the rallying of public opinion in support of launching military reprisals against Syria after it used chemical weapons. At that time, there was a discernible uneasiness on the part of many in the pro-Israel world, fearing it would fuel the traditional allegations about Israel’s supporters in the U.S. usurping American foreign policy for its purposes. Topping off the fear factors was the Buzzfeed report of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, in which he apparently told senators to
“stop listening to Israelis on this,” and the State Department called Israeli concerns “exaggerated and not based in reality.” Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., was quoted as calling Kerry’s remarks, “anti-Israel.” Speaking about Syria’s chemical weapons, Israel is prepared to act cautiously on its vastly reduced assessment of the possibility of an attack by Damascus, by ending the distribution of gas masks to the civilian population, a move the defense minister reportedly supports. The government began a redistribution of masks five years ago, but the program was halted out of budgetary concerns after only 60 percent of the distribution was complete. The proposed decision reportedly takes into account the intelligence assessment that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will attempt to retain some quantity of nerve agents. Jerusalem’s newest attraction, the refurbished Ottoman-era train station that offers a selection of shopping and dining options and is attracting crowds, was the venue selected for a new photo exhibition depicting the lives of President Shimon Peres and the late Prime Minister Menahem Begin. The exhibit is sponsored by LimmudFSU (former Soviet Union), whose international steering committee chair, Matthew Bronfman, was on hand to kick things off, along with Peres and Begin family members. The hook to LimmudFSU was the exhibits’ themes: in the case of Peres, “From Vilna Street, Vishneyeva to President’s Street, Jerusalem; and in the case of Begin, “From BrestLitovsk to the Prime Minister’s Office.” LimmudFSU opened an additional exhibit, Holocaust paintings by six artists. Jewish worshippers will continue to be forbidden to pray on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount after Jordanian authorities, to whom Israel ceded control of Islamic holy sites, denied the latest Israeli request, according to the daily newspaper Maariv. The report claims that the Jordanian official, Abdel Nasel Nasser, envoy for Jerusalem’s holy sites, rejected the request based on the belief that it was an attempt to further what the Arab world calls Israel’s intent to “Judaize” Jerusalem; and because allowing Jewish worshippers would open the door to “extremists” entering the area. Despite the requirement in the IsraeliJordanian peace treaty that each side must allow the other access to holy sites, Jews who appear to be engaged in prayer on the Temple Mount are subject to arrest – a policy supported by Israeli authorities. The bond between Israeli television and U.S.-based studios, Americanizing the Israeli product to commercial success, entered a new phase with the announcement of a new series set against a background of archaeology – the first to be filmed entirely in Israel. “Dig” is the creation of Gideon Raff, the creative force behind “Homeland” and Tim Kring of “Touch” and will air in six episodes on the USA Network. Be sure you’re receiving The Media Line’s daily blast, the Mideast Daily News. To receive your subscription, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and email address. It’s free. Next week, we again will be “In Touch from Jerusalem.” ©2013. The Media Line Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
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‘Movin’ on up to the [mid]east side’ By BARBARA E. HANOVICH
From: “You are WHAT?” “Are you serious?” “I think you are nuts!” To : “Congrats ! ” “Fa ntastic ! ” “Mazel Tov!” “It’s about time!” Those were some of the reactions when we told family and friends that we are making aliyah. It’s so very hard to put into words the emotional roller coaster that we have been experiencing since we made our decision. But, the bottom line is, Chuck and I are going “home.” Chuck is a native Houstonian; I am a transplanted New Yorker. We have been to Israel on more than one occasion, and the last visit was the clincher. Being in a country that just feels like home, being with our kids and grandchildren (OK, I admit it, especially the grandchildren) forced us to question “when,” not “if.” Is making aliyah doable? Absolutely! Even for old-timers like us. I arrived in Houston Jan. 1, 1980, and was in awe of all the “Luv ya blue” signs – thinking they were about Israel! In 1992, I began what I thought was a part-time, short-term job at the Jewish Herald-Voice. Twenty-one years later, I guess it was not so part time, nor short term. The JHV has been my home away from
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souls or small souls, we still are needed and still are loved. Finally, we light a candle at Chanukah to teach us all that we never should put down others because they seem to exude goodness or because their lifestyles cast a doubt on their state of perfection. The Greeks could not stand us Jews because we questioned their ideals. We said beauty without goodness is nothing. We said that Greek society was not perfect. The story of Joseph and his brothers and Chanukah teach us that G-d’s love is infinite and
Chuck and Barbara Hanovich
home – not only learning about new computer programs, but also learning about the Houston Jewish community. There are many memories and events that are so important, at least to me. I will treasure them, the good as well as the questionably good. We at the Herald are a family, and like all families, we share many life-cycle events: births, marriages, graduations, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, divorces, deaths. We have been through it all, together, as a family. So, I will not say goodbye. THIS year in Jerusalem! NOTE: To those who are thinking I will be able to take goodies to your loved ones in Israel, please accept our apology. No room! L’hitraot that we do not have to be perfect to deserve it; we just have to try to improve, to try to do better. We always should remember this so that we will always want to nurture the brilliant sweet, gentle neshamas among us, and not try to destroy them. We need the Josephs of the world and, even though we know that they are not totally perfect, we should never try to destroy them or bring them down to our level, just because we are afraid that if we do not destroy them, we will not be deserving of G-d’s love. G-d loves us all in spite of our faults, the good ones, the mediocre ones and even the bad ones.
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UPCOMING SUNDAY, NOV. 24
Congregation Brith Shalom: (4610 Bellaire Blvd.), 713-667-9201; BrithShalom.org. Hazak presents The Tikunotes (plus latkes), 2 p.m.
THURSDAY, NOV. 28 Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving
SUNDAY, DEC. 8
Bellaire Jewish Center: BJC and Congregation Brith Shalom host Kalover Rebbe, 9 a.m-1 p.m. The event is free. Contact Rabbi Gavriel Jacknin, 832-971-3781; RSVP to email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11
Szold Hadassah: Installation of officers, 11 a.m., at Linda Levine’s home, 11 a.m. Lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel Kern, 713-723-5300, or Dolores Klickstein, 713-988-2208.
THURSDAY, DEC. 12
AIPAC: “Inside the Oval Office: How the White House Crafts U.S. Policy in the Middle East,” 7 p.m., at Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood Blvd. Amb. Dennis Ross, former special assistant to President Barack Obama and the National Security Council, will be featured. The event is free and open to the community. Reservations required: aipac.org/ houstondennisross.
Chanukah Happenings in the Houston area WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27
SUNDAY, DEC. 1
Chanukah begins at sundown.
Bellaire Jewish Center: Barbecue, pony rides, moonbounce, food, music, games for the entire family, 3:33 p.m. Rabbi Gavriel Jacknin, 832971-3781; bjchouston.org.
Robert M. Beren Academy: Program for grandparents and special friends of lower school students, 8-10:30 a.m.
Congregation Emanu El: (1500 Sunset Blvd.) The Maccabeats 3:45 p.m. (free) followed by Chanukiah lighting and latke supper (small fee). For reservations, go to emanuelhouston.org.
Chabad: Houston Rockets vs. Atlanta Hawks at Toyota Center. Ticket includes pre-game Chanukah party (across the street from the stadium). Meet and greet Omri Casspi.
‘The Shul’ of Bellaire: Bellaire Civic Center, 7008 S. Rice Ave., 4-5:30 p.m. Carnival, crafts, buffet dinner, menorah lighting. 713-839-8887; jewishbellaire.com.
FRIDAY, NOV. 29
Temple Sinai: (13875 Brimhurst Dr.) Sisterhood sponsors latke-sharing event, 6 p.m. Free. 281-596-5950. Congregation Beth Israel: (5600 N. Braeswood Blvd.,713-771-6221; beth-israel.org; Family Chanukah service, 6:30 p.m. Songs, menorahlighting, refreshments. Temple Beth Tikvah in Clear Lake: (12411 Park Shadows Trail) Chanukah family service; 7:30 p.m., followed by oneg and group lighting of chanukiah.
Chabad of the Bay Area: WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27
Chanukah on the Strand, 7 p.m. Saengerfest Park. Music, menorah lighting, food, raffle.
MONDAY, DEC. 2
Pearland Town Center menorah lighting, 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, NOV. 30
Shalom Cypress (Northwest Houston) Chanukah party, food, games, music and more. Potluck dinner, 6-9 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ben Federman, 832-795-2002.
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MONDAY, DEC. 2
Baybrook Mall, ‘Chanukah in Candyland.,” 6:30 p.m, intersection of Sears and Macy’s corridors.
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Opera to Go, 1 p.m.
FRIDAY, DEC. 13
Shabbat dinner, 6 p.m.
Chanukah lunch celebration, 2 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4
FRIDAY, DEC. 6
Jewish Film Club, 12:45 p.m. “A Serious Man.” Shabbat dinner, 6 p.m.
Book Club, 12:45 p.m.
ERJCC: Balloon Blast with Katie Balloons, 4:30 p.m. Meals from Café at the J Laykie’s Gourmet. Contact Nomi Barancik, email@example.com.
TUESDAY, DEC. 17
Great Books discussion, 10 a.m. For more information or to RSVP, contact Esther Bethke, 713-595-8186.
SING L E S SC E NE Houston Adult Jewish Bowling: [Palace Lanes Bowling] Sunday, 9:30 a.m., 4191 Bellaire. Contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-569-8619. Running Jewish Singles: Contact David, 713-621-6699 or email@example.com. Savvy Singles: senior ladies’ and gentlemen’s social club, for those who are 60-plus. Call 713-772-5947. The Mosaic Outdoor Club of Houston: Biking on the Bayou. Call Barry Laves, 713-510-6753. Visit mosaicoutdoor.org.
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The ‘wisdom’ of the East
Parashat Vayeishev – Genesis 37:1-40:23 RABBI DR. TZVI RABBI DR. TZVI HERSH WEINREB HERSH WEINREB Weekly Weekly Torah PorTion Torah PorTion
Is there anything wrong with seeking tranquillity and inner peace? Are they not highly desirable components of a healthy and meaningful lifestyle? An answer can be found in the words of the Midrash Rabbah that appear in most contemporary editions of Rashi’s commentary, although they are absent from earlier manuscript editions. The first words in this week’s Torah portion, Vayeishev, read: “Now Jacob was settled in the land where his father had sojourned. ... ” The Bible then narrates the story of Jacob’s son, Joseph, and how he is sold into slavery by his brothers. Rashi, quoting the Midrash, comments: “Jacob wished to dwell in peace and tranquillity but immediately was beset by Joseph’s troubles and tribulations.” These words imply that it was somehow improper for Jacob to desire a calm and serene existence. The comment even suggests that Jacob was punished for his wish by suffering the disappearance, and supposed death, of his favored son. Why? What possible sin would Jacob have committed by hoping for tranquillity? Had he not suffered enough during his years of exile? Were the family crises described in detail in last week’s parashah, Vayishlach, not sufficient torture? The Torah’s ideal is a life of action and involvement in worldly affairs. The Torah rejects the attitude of detachment and passivity which
is implicit in the teachings of some Eastern religions. The Torah cannot envision the good life, if that life is without challenge. Achievement of inner peace is not the ultimate value, especially not if it results in withdrawal from responsible action within society. The author of the Sfat Emet led his flock and wrote his works in the latter half of the 19th century. But, the important lesson he taught was expressed about a century before, in the words of Rabbi Moses Chaim Luzzato, the 18th-century Italian mystic, whose work, “Mesilat Yesharim” (“The Path of the Just”), contains the following demanding passage: “A man must know that he was not created to enjoy rest in this world, but to toil and labor. He should, therefore, act as though he were a laborer working for hire. We are only day laborers. Think of the soldier at the battlefront who eats in haste, whose sleep is interrupted, and who is always prepared for an attack.” “Man is born to toil” (Job 5:7). The differences between the ideologies of Judaism and other religions sometimes are subtle and hard to define. But, in contrasting Judaism with religions of the Far East, the differences are quite clear. The latter promise inner peace and serenity and advocate detachment. Judaism makes no such promises. It tells us that life is all about struggle and challenge, and it demands that we actively be involved in improving the world. To read more articles and essays by Rabbi Weinreb, visit his blog at ou.org/rabbi_weinreb.
S YNAGOGUES Candle lighting for Sabbath: Friday, Nov. 22, 5:05 p.m.; Shabbat Torah reading: Vayeishev (Genesis 37:1-40:23) – Joseph incurs his brothers’ envy after revealing his grandiose dreams to them; Haftarah (Prophetic Reading): Amos 2:6-3:8 – the prophet admonishes a sinful people; Sabbath ends Saturday, Nov. 23, 6:08 p.m. Chanukah celebration will begin Wednesday evening, Nov. 27; Thanksgiving will be celebrated Thursday, Nov. 28. C=Conservative ✡ O=Orthodox ✡ R=Reform ✡ Rt=Reconstructionist ✡ I=Independent BELLAIRE JEWISH CENTER [O] 5200 West Loop S., Ste. 200, Bellaire 77401-2101 832-971-3781; BJCHouston.org CHABAD AT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY [O] 201 Live Oak St., College Station 77840-1923 979-220-5020; JewishAggies.com CHABAD HOUSE AT RICE [O] 1955 University Blvd., Houston 77030-1303 713-522-2004; ChabadAtRice.org CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF THE WOODLANDS [O] 25823 Budde Rd., Spring 77380-2009 281-719-5213; JewishWoodlands.com CHABAD OF SUGAR LAND [O] 4501 Cartwright Rd., Ste. 770, Missouri City 77459-3541 832-758-0685; ChabadSugarLand.com CHABAD OF UPTOWN [O] 4311 Bettis Dr., Houston 77027-443; 713-419-3960; ChabadUptown.org CHABAD OF THE BAY AREA [O] Monthly Services – call for location; League City Area 713-398-2460; JBayarea.org CHABAD OUTREACH OF HOUSTON [O] 11000 Fondren Rd., Ste. B104, Houston 77096-5525 713-774-0300; ChabadOutreach.org CHAI LEARNING CENTER [O] 14133 Memorial Dr., Ste 1, Houston 77079-6800 281-589-7188; WestChabad.org CONGREGATION BETH EL [R] 3900 Raoul Wallenberg Ln., Missouri City 77459-2225 281-499-5066; CBEFortBendTx.org CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL [R] 5600 N Braeswood Blvd., Houston 77096-2924 713-771-6221; Beth-Israel.org CONGREGATION BETH JACOB [C] PO Box 750, Galveston 77553-0750; 2401 Avenue K, Galveston 77550-4403 409-762-4545; CongregationBethJacob.org CONGREGATION BETH RAMBAM [O] 11333 Braesridge Dr., Houston 77071-2327 713-723-3030; BethRambam.org CONGREGATION BETH SHALOM [R] 101 N Coulter Dr., Bryan 77803-4831 972-822-2738; CBS-BCS.org CONGREGATION BETH SHALOM OF THE WOODLANDS [R] 5125 Shadow Bend Pl., Spring 77381-4111; 281-362-1100; CBSW.org CONGREGATION BETH YESHURUN [R] 4525 Beechnut St., Houston 77096-1896 713-666-1881; BethYeshurun.org CONGREGATION B’NAI ISRAEL [R] 3008 Avenue O, Galveston 77550-6898; PO Box 8060, Galveston 77553-8060; 409-765-5796; TBIGalveston.org CONGREGATION BRITH SHALOM [C] 4610 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire 77401-4299 713-667-9201; BrithShalom.org CONGREGATION JEWISH COMMUNITY NORTH [R] 5400 Fellowship Ln., Spring 77379-8861; 281-376-0016; CJCN.org CONGREGATION EMANU EL [R] 1500 Sunset Blvd., Houston 77005-1899 713-529-5771; EmanuElHouston.org CONGREGATION K’NESSETH ISRAEL [--] PO Box 702, Baytown 77522-0702; 100 W Sterling St., Baytown 77520-4043; 281-424-5827; JoanTL@aol.com
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Poor Jews in Houston? Who knew.
There is a crisis right in our own backyard that is quietly touching many in our community. Today in Houston, more than 1,500 Jews face joblessness, hunger, homelessness, unpaid bills and the mental and physical ills that come with poverty. That is why we are establishing the Promise of Hope, the first local appeal to address poverty here in Houstonâ€™s Jewish community. With this big goal and full hearts, we begin the appeal this Chanukah and Thanksgiving. Because it is our tradition, our duty, our joy to lighten the lives of fellow Jews in need. Being Jewish Matters. Keep the Promise: www.houstonjewish.org/poh
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Seven Acres and The Medallion honor all veterans Members of the Jewish War Veterans Post 574 joined veterans from Seven Acres, The Medallion, and the Seven Acres Volunteer Auxiliary after the flagpole ceremony. Front row: Judah Silberman, Eugene Sampson, Leon Cooper, Joseph Gelfand and George Brassovan; (second row) Alan Goldman, Robert Ochoa, William Reingold (partially obscured), Meyer Lewis, Robert Byers, M.T. Jones, Jacob Shoifet, Bernie Bootin, Shirley Shoifet and Gerald Fritts; (third row) Dr. Murray Klaff (partially obscured), Dr. Daniel Klaff, Samuel Levin, Joe Heffler (partially obscured), Ernie Meyerson (partially obscured), Sal Buzali (partially obscured), Charles Darouse, Leamon Murray (part ially obscured), Ben Katz, Lionel Katzen ellenbogen (partially obscured), Samuel Rubin, Walter Heller (behind Rubin); (standing) Michael Richker, Vicky Richker, Sam Feldt, Junior Vice Commander Jack Schlossberg (with American flag), George Holp, Senior Vice Commander Dennis Richards, Walter Dubov (partially obscured), Bill Orlin, Commander James McClain, Chaplain Arwen Wilson, Ralph Wilson (with Post 574 flag).
The concert included a short program by a group of children who made posters representing each branch of the military. The posters were displayed during the “Armed Forces Salute” medley by Michael Brough, Adriana Hernandez, Sugero Hernandez, Ethan Chow and Aman Baig. Behind them is Maestro Ben Butler.
Residents of Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services and The Medallion who served in the armed forces of the United States and other countries were honored in a special Veteran’s Day flagpole ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 10. Vicky and Michael Richker were sponsors of the Veteran’s Day program, which included a brunch for the Jewish War Veterans Post and a special patriotic concert presented by
the Gulf Coast Concert Band. The flag ceremony began as mem bers of Jewish War Veterans Post 574 led the veterans, residents and their guests with a presentation of colors that in cluded the “Pledge of Allegiance” and the “Star Spangled Banner.” Post Com mander Jim McClain, who served in the U.S. Army in Europe, welcomed every one and thanked all in attendance, re marking, “We are here today to honor all
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those who served in defense of our be loved country, particularly those who served in World War II and Korea. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of you because, if not for your service, our country would not have survived, and many of us would not be here to day. We are continually grateful to all of you and want to thank you for your devotion to our country.” McClain recognized the residents who are veterans of World War II, PostWar, the Korean War and the Vietnam War and named their branch of service. Included were several veterans who served in the armed services of coun tries other than the United States. Sev en Acres veterans are George Brasso van, U.S. Air Force, World War II; Robert Byers, U.S. Army stationed in Virginia; Sal Buzali, Argentinian Army; Charles Darouse, sergeant in the U.S. Marines; Gerald Fritts, U.S. Air Force pilot state side; Joseph Gelfand, U.S. Army; Joe Heffler, U.S. Air Force, stateside and Italy; John Hopkins, U.S. Army, South Pacific; LeRoy Jackson, U.S. Army; By ron Jones, U.S. Army, France and Ger many; M.T. Jones, Air Force, South Da kota; Ben Katz, Army Air Force South Pacific; Lionel Katzenellenbogen, South African Navy; Dr. Murray Klaff, U.S. Army; Samuel Levin, Army Air Corps; Meyer Lewis, U.S. Army; Irving Mey
President of the Residents Club Meyer Lewis with Vicky Richker, Michael Richker and Gulf Coast Concert Band Maestro Ben Butler.
erson, U.S. Navy, South Pacific; Yakov Mezhbein, corporal Russian Army sta tioned in Finland; Leamon Murray, U.S. Army Air Force; Roberto Ochoa, U.S. Army, Korea and stateside; William Re ingold, U.S. Air Force, Mariana Islands; Clyde Shelley, U.S. Navy, San Diego; Ju dah Silberman, National Guard; Burl Smith, U.S. Air Force; Harold Wacker, U.S. Army; and George Wollenberg, Army Air Corps. Veterans who reside at The Medallion Jewish Assisted Living Residence are Leon Cooper, U.S. Army, U.S. and Germany, Korean War; David Ernstein, U.S. Army Medical Corps, North Afri ca, Corsica and Rome; Sam Feldt, U.S. Navy, South Pacific; Al Goldman, Army combat engineer WWII; Dr. Daniel Klaff, U.S. Army Korean War; Harry Port man, U.S. Army air transport command WWII South Pacific; Eugene Sampson, U.S. Army, Germany and Belgium; and Jacob Shoifet, Air Force, Pacific. The final portion of the Veteran’s Day celebration was a performance by the popular Gulf Coast Concert Band, that played a medley of patriotic favorites, musical memories from the World War II era, and old standards. Michael Richker offered greetings to the crowd. “It gives us great pleasure, once again, to sponsor the Veteran’s Day Program and Concert at Seven Acres. We know so many of the residents through our many years of volunteering at Seven Acres and know that many of them played an important role in the military of this country.” During the concert, Richker led the audience in singing “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “God Bless America” and a Gershwin medley.
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i n h H a o k u u s n t a o h n C OLIVE OIL PRESS
PRE-CHANUKAH | SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 3 P.M. Olive Press at Chabad Outreach 11000 Fondren Rd., at Portal Learn the Miracle of Chanukah and how to make your own olive oil!
HOOPS & HANUKKAH FIRST LIGHT | WED., NOV. 27, 7 P.M. (5 P.M. PREGAME PARTY) Houston Rockets vs. Atlanta Hawks Pregame Chanukah Party at Root Memorial Square Basketball Court (across from stadium) First 350 tickets sold: Free T-shirts Halftime Menorah Lighting Exclusive Meet and Greet Omri Casspi Post-Game Free Throws
GRAND MENORAH LIGHTING FIRST LIGHT | WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27, 6:30 P.M. Chabad of Sugar Land City Hall of Sugar Land 2700 Town Center Blvd. North, Sugar Land Judah the Maccabee • Music • Dancing Sufganiyot • Chocolate gelt & gifts
CHANUKAH ON THE STRAND (GALVESTON) FIRST LIGHT | WED., NOV. 27, 7 P.M. Saengerfest Park (corner of Tremont and The Strand) Live music, Menorah lighting, food
CHANUKAH FLOAT in THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
MENORAH LIGHTING AT MARKET ST. IN THE WOODLANDS FIFTH LIGHT | SUNDAY. DEC. 1, 4 P.M. 9595 Six Pines Dr., The Woodlands Menorah lighting • Live music • Sufganiyot • Crafts • Entertainment
BELLAIRE CHANUKAH FESTIVAL FIFTH LIGHT | SUNDAY DEC. 1, 4 P.M. Bellaire Town Square, 7008 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire Chanukah and Toyland Family Carnival & Public Menorah Lighting
HOSPITAL MENORAH LIGHTING FIFTH LIGHT | SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 4 P.M. St. Luke’s Hospital Main Lobby 6720 Bertner Ave.
THANKS & GIVING COIN MENORAH FIFTH LIGHT | SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 5:30 P.M. Chabad of Uptown, 4311 Bettis St. Help build a GIANT coin Menorah! • All-you-can-eat buffet
PEARLAND MENORAH LIGHTING SIXTH LIGHT | MONDAY, DEC. 2, 6:30 P.M. Pearland Town Center Large outdoor Menorah • Music• Chanukah Treats
CHABAD WEST HOUSTON MENORAH LIGHTING SIXTH LIGHT | MONDAY, DEC. 2, 6:30 P.M. Chabad-CHAI Learning Center of West Houston 14133 Memorial Dr. Construct Can Menorah out of food cans, to be donated to Houston Food Bank Menorah lighting • Latkes • Crafts • Games
CHANUKAH IN CANDYLAND AT BAYBROOK MALL EIGHTH LIGHT | WED., DEC. 4, 6:30 P.M. 500 Baybrook Mall, Friendswood
FIRSTDAY |THURSDAY, NOV. 28, 9-11 A.M. Downtown Houston • houstontx.gov/thanksgivingparade An historict first: Magnificent Chanukah float in the 64th annual Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Lighting of a giant candy Menorah • Candy Crafts • Latkes • Sufganiyot • Chocolate gelt
CHANUKAH IN LA CENTERRA (KATY)
FOURTH LIGHT | SATURDAY, NOV. 30, 7 P.M. Chabad at Rice 1955 University Blvd. Havdalah • Menorah lighting • Chanukah Party
MENORAH LIGHTING AT HOUSTON CITY HALL FOURTH LIGHT | SAT., NOV. 30, 8 P.M. 900 BAGBY ST. Enjoy the lighting of Houston’s 2nd largest Menorah Greetings by dignitaries, music & dancing, Chanukah gelt
(intersection of Sears and Macy’s corridors)
EIGHTH LIGHT | WED., DEC. 4, 6:30 P.M. Central Green, La Centerra shopping center 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in Katy Join Chabad-CHAI Learning Center of West Houston in lighting public Menorah
THE GALLERIA LIGHTS EIGHTH LIGHT | WED., DEC. 4, 6:30 P.M. Light Houston’s newest & largest Menorah The Galleria (next to the fountain between Macy’s and Nordstrom)
Details at www.ChanukahInHouston.com
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Ronnie Arrow Jewish Hall of Fame induction
Past honorees join current inductees of the Ronnie Arrow Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Back row: Ian Goldfoot, Vic Samuels, Charlie Laviage, Stanley Rosenblatt and Dr. Kenneth Horwitz; (front row) Fred Sklar, Jan Pasternak, Harry Pepper, Mark Silberman, Alan Finger, Melanee Kaplan Weiser, Mendel Laviage and Ronnie Arrow.
The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston inducted Alan S. Finger and Mark E. Silberman, D.V.M., into the Ronnie Arrow Houston Jewish Sports Hall of Fame as the Class of 2013. This is the 19th annual induction ceremony at the ERJCC. “We placed the 79th and 80th honorees on the Hall of Fame wall and what a proud accomplishment that is. We are glad to welcome the Hall of Fame’s namesake, Ronnie Arrow, back to Houston,” said Richard Stetzer, chair of the selection committee. Bobbi Samuels, president of the ERJCC board of directors, recognized Arrow and his mother, longtime JCC staff member, Betty Arrow, who endowed the Hall of Fame in her son’s name. Ronnie was among the first inductees in the first class in 1995. Samuels also thanked Joe (of blessed memory) and Jeanne Samuels as well as Vicki Samuels Levy and
Matt Samuels for their continuous support and sponsorship of the annual program. “When I was told Dad was to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame, the first thing I said was, ‘What a stud ... and a pretty good, accomplished all-around athlete, too,” said Steven Finger about his father, Alan S. Finger. Finger was a punter and all around back during his junior and high school years, and a two-year varsity letterman at San Jacinto High School. “During college, Dad found fencing to be a great sport ... and became the Ivy League Saber Champion during his junior and senior years,” said Steven. “In 1990, he accomplished his biggest victory to date after he took up sailing. Dad attracted an exceptional crew to sail in the Audi Yachting Boat Week in Key West. Dad’s boat won five-straight races and received the Boat of the Week Award.”
Accepting his Hall of Fame plaque, Finger stated, “My dad helped me love the outdoors like he did. Through all of my sporting events, it was the thrill of the competition and winning ..., and the heartbreak of losing. The 1990 Yachting Race with my friend and fellow sailor, Don Genitempo, was a thrill to be remembered always.” He concluded, “It’s a great honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame with all of these great Houston athletes.” Fred Sklar introduced Mark E. Silberman as a wide-eyed and curious, talented tennis player. Sklar explained that Silberman wanted to play tennis in high school and received permission to begin a tennis team at Westbury High School, where he lettered as a varsity member for three years. “He won singles and doubles championships in 1973 in the Junior Division of the Houston Open. He even played with George Mitchell at the Houston Racquet Club. Silberman was listed in high rankings in Texas in both Singles and Doubles. While at Texas A&M, he lettered in tennis all four years ... holding the Number 1 ranking in this senior year,” Sklar noted. “Mark not only was a winner in his sport, but in his profession as a veterinarian. He is a past president of the Harris County Veterinarian Medical Foundation and, in 1993, was named Vet of the Year and voted into the Hall of Fame for Veterinarians,” Sklar recalled. “It is such an honor to be here. I wanted to play baseball as a youngster, but I couldn’t hit the ball. My dad took
me out to MacGregor Park and I learned from a real fine group of teachers ... but just was not a good hitter. My biggest win while at Texas A&M was playing against Trinity ... the top winning team of the country ... and I won that match! What a victory. I want to thank Fred for nominating me to the Hall of Fame and thank the committee for selecting me,” said Silberman. The ERJCC and the Jewish HeraldVoice have co-sponsored the Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1995 by Jewish Herald-Voice sports editor Jerry Ribnick, along with Joe Samuels and “Slugger” Cohen. The pictures of Finger and Silberman will be displayed in the Sports Hall of Fame, which is located in the hallway going to the ERJCC Health Club. Visit erjcchouston.org or Facebook for information about programs and services at the ERJCC.
An afternoon with The Tikunotes HAZAK presents what promises to be a delightful afternoon at Congregation Brith Shalom, listening to Broadway show tunes and Hebrew songs as interpreted by The Tikunotes. This group will perform on Sunday, Nov 24, at 2 p.m. In addition to the entertainment, latkes with all the trimmings will be served. Call 713-726-8745 for reservations. HAZAK programs for seniors 55 and over are free to members.
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Poor Jews in Houston? Who knew.
Today in Houston, more than 1,500 Jews face joblessness, hunger, homelessness, unpaid bills and the mental and physical ills that come with poverty. That is why we are establishing the Promise of Hope, the first local appeal to address poverty here in Houstonâ€™s Jewish community. With this big goal and full hearts, we begin the appeal this Chanukah and Thanksgiving. Because it is our tradition, our duty, our joy to lighten the lives of fellow Jews in need. Being Jewish Matters. Keep the Promise: www.houstonjewish.org/poh
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Chanukah lights on the Strand For a second year, Chabad of the Bay Area will celebrate Chanukah on the Strand. The family Chanukah event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. at Saengerfest Park (corner of Tremont and Strand Streets) in Galveston. It will feature live Jewish and Israeli music, the ceremonial kindling of a large outdoor menorah, hot latkes, sufganyot, chocolate gelt and prizes.
Another event by Chabad of the Bay Area will be Chanukah in Candyland at Baybrook Mall on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m., at the intersection of the Sears and Macy’s corridors. Open to all ages, it will feature the lighting of a specially designed candy menorah, hands-on crafts, hot latkes, doughnuts and chocolate gelt. A public menorah lighting will take
place, also, at Pearland Town Center's outdoor pavilion on Monday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature the kindling of a large menorah, music and delicious Chanukah treats. “The holiday of Chanukah celebrates the victory of religious and national freedom in the face of oppression,” explained Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler, director of Chabad of the Bay Area. “By kindling the menorah, we are reminded that – just as a little bit of light has the power to dispel much
darkness – so too, when we engage in doing even small acts of goodness and kindness, it helps to create a ripple effect that betters the world. We invite everyone to join with us in celebrating this universal message.” All three events are free and open to the public, and organized by Chabad of the Bay Area in cooperation with the venues. For details, to RSVP (optional) or to contribute, visit JBayArea.org or Facebook.com/JBayArea; call 713-3982460 or email info@JBayArea.org.
Toy menorah takes center stage at Bellaire Chanukah festival For the third year, ‘The Shul’ of Bellaire will host the Bellaire Chanukah Festival on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. at Bellaire Civic Center in the city of Bellaire. The event, which attracted 400 people last year, will feature a Chanukah in Toyland festival – fun for the entire family. Children will help make a huge toy menorah. There will be a carnival and crafts for all ages. Older children and teens will enjoy Games2u, mobile video game theater. There also will be chocolate gelt, dreidels, doughnuts and hot latkes. Everyone will have the opportunity to take a picture with “Judah the Maccabee.” A dairy dinnerbuffet will be served. The toys that will be used to create the toy menorah will be distributed
through Aishel House to children suffering from illness. Parents and children are strongly encouraged to bring new toys (only) for the purpose of brightening the life of a child this Chanukah. Immediately after the carnival, participants will ignite the 9-foot Bellaire menorah in Bellaire Town Square, on S. Rice Avenue. The menorah lighting will feature recently re-elected Bellaire Mayor Phil Nauert, City Council members and other community leaders. There will be a special musical performance by students of Bellaire’s Hebrew School of the Arts. Chanukah in Toyland will begin at 4 p.m., and the menorah lighting will take place at approximately 5:30. Mayor Nauert said, “I look forward to the Chanukah event each year, as it has become an essential part of the
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Bellaire religious holiday calendar, and we welcome all Bellaire residents to join the celebration.” The Bellaire Chanukah Festival and Public Menorah Lighting are organized by Rabbi Yossi and Esty Zaklikofsky, Rabbi Zaklikofsky, spiritual leader of ‘The Shul’ of Bellaire, remarked, “The menorah serves as a symbol of Bellaire’s dedication to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship G-d, freely, openly and with pride. Specifically in America – a nation that was founded upon and vigorously protects the right of every person to practice his or her religion, free from restraint and persecution – the menorah takes on profound significance, embodying both religious and constitutional principles.” Bellaire’s menorah is one of
thousands of large public menorahs, from the White House lawn to the Eiffel Tower, all sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch centers throughout the world, including eight in Houston, helping children and adults, of all walks of life, discover and enjoy the holiday message. ‘The Shul’ is not a membershipbased organization and welcomes every Jew, men, women and children, from every background, to come celebrate their Jewishness, all yearround and, especially, on Chanukah, in a festive and joyous atmosphere. To RSVP for the event or for information about Chanukah and a schedule of classes and events in preparation for Chanukah, call 713839-8887 or visit JewishBellaire.com/ Chanukah.
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Community Schlep Sunday returns for the 33rd year to clean out your closets and get On Sunday, Dec. 1, from 7 a.m. that last-minute tax deduction. Your to 6 p.m., at the Evelyn Rubenold clothes are a wonderful gift to stein Jewish Community Censomeone in need,” said Gardner, ter of Houston, B’nai B’rith, Edward M. Gardner PC CPA, founder and project chair. Temple Sinai Brotherhood and Items are to be taken to the ERJCC, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd. the Houston Chapter of the TexReceipts will be issued for those as Society of CPAs will particiwho want to take a tax deduction. pate in a citywide clothing, toy Last year, the project helped and food drive. For eight years, approximately 15,000 people on Bellaire ROTC has helped load Shelly and Ed Gardner this one-day event. The goal this the truck in the morning. This is Schlep Sunday’s 33rd anniversary. year is 15,000-plus. For the last 31 years, Schlep The community is asked to bring nonperishable Sunday has helped more than 288,000 fellow food, clothing and toys that will be donated to Houstonians. Many families still need help. Join the Star of Hope. An 18-wheeler truck at the efforts to help neighbors. ERJCC will hold the items. To volunteer, call Gardner at 713-942-1040. Holidays are a time of joy, giving and love Help is needed collecting items from donor cars with families. There are many unfortunate and putting items in the trailer. A two-hour shift individuals in the community. “It’s a great time could go a long way in helping the less fortunate.
Exploring Jewish life in Germany By VICTORIA LAZAR
Our hosts, Boris and Natasha (yes, these were their names), remained calm. Fifteen North American Jews came to Germany to explore “Jewish Life in Germany – Past, Present and Future.” We had lots of questions. Boris was our “senior statesman,” who knew everything in Berlin. Natasha was our smiling socialite – and as tall as a Houston Rocket. We had academics, media stars (including a former Detroit Lions linebacker), children of Holocaust survivors, a rabbi, a Holocaust documentary producer and other American Jewish Committee members. After five minutes, we were instant friends. We focused on Berlin, and spent a day in Dresden. We packed a lot into six days. We met cantors and rabbis in the local Jewish communities. We talked with senior members of the German government – ambassadors, secretaries, Bundestag members and our Foreign Ministry host, which funded the trip. We met influential AJC staff. We discussed pertinent issues with educational groups, the Jewish press and local artists. We visited historic sites, a cathartic experience. We soberly viewed the Memorial at Track 17. The train platform shows, segment by segment, the number, the day and the destination of the Jews transported from Berlin. We visited Wannsee. Our blood chilled as we saw the document codifying the Final Solution – listing,
by country, the numbers of Jews the Nazis planned to eliminate. We heard Israel Unger. He survived World War II in a flour mill attic with nine others. After the war, his parents sent him to France to survive. He got to Canada, married, had two daughters and became the dean of sciences at a prestigious university. We heard his story, “The Unwritten
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Houston Comedy Night at Or Ami in West Houston A show by renowned comedian Tom Ryan will be presented at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at Congregation Or Ami. This will be the third annual show at Or Ami, featuring acclaimed, seasoned and accomplished comedians. Ryan has performed comedy for more Tom Ryan than 20 years, at famous comedy clubs, on “Late Night with David Letterman,” Showtime, A&E, Comedy Central and NBC. He has appeared with or opened for B.B. King; Natalie Cole; Jeff Beck; Earth, Wind and Fire; Aretha Franklin; Tim Allen; Steven Wright; Jerry Seinfeld and Dennis Miller. Having written for “Politically Incorrect” with Bill Mahr, Ryan is a popular headliner for corporate events. Making the ordinary and mundane funny, he draws on his research and knowledge of his audience. The show will emulate an authentic comedy club setting. It will include wine and beer, snacks and, after the show, mingling with the comedian. For tickets, call 713-334-4300 or email email@example.com.
Diary of Israel Unger,” at the Canadian embassy – a true inspiration. Then, the Jewish high school: The school has 420 students, is 70 percent Jewish and is renowned for academics. All students take Hebrew, and all celebrate Jewish holidays at school (with parents). Only a few generations after World War II, a high school like this thrives in Germany. We enjoyed plenty of German food, wine and culture. Berlin is Europe’s coolest capital.
I am still processing what we learned, experienced and felt. Progress has been made, but there is more work to be done. We want to believe that anti-Semitism in Germany is gone, but, unfortunately, pockets remain. But now, instead of implementing it, the state works to destroy it. The German government deserves huge thanks for its hospitality and See Germany on Page 22
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Congregation Beth Israel celebrates receiving Top Workplace Award The Houston Chronicle pub lished its Top Workplace Awards for 2013, and, for the second year, Congregation Beth Israel was among those named. The designation is based entirely on feedback from an employee survey, which asked for candid evaluations from those affected most. Criteria included management’s leadership and direction, ethics, values and how well the employees believe they
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are valued and treated. The fact that the temple’s staff responded in a fashion which earned Beth Israel this distinction reflects on the leadership by Rabbis David Lyon, Adrienne Scott and Mark Miller, Cantor Dan Mutlu and executive director Kathy Knott. A celebration breakfast and announcement party was held to honor the wonderful staff of Congregation Beth Israel.
NEW YORK – Annual Israel bond investments in the U.S. domestic market exceeded $1 billion for the first time, as 2013 sales broke through the historic threshold in early November and continue to surge. With Shahar AzranAZRAN six weeks still remaining Bonds president and CEO Izzy Tapoohi, Israel’s finance in the year, it is anticipated minister Yair Lapid and Richard Hirsch at a reception held in the finance minister’s honor in New York. that domestic investments in from “a strong, diverse investor base.” Israel bonds will approach $1.1 billion. Bonds chair of the board, By comparison, U.S. Israel bond invest ments for 2011 were $634 Richard Hirsch, said the record sales “A Sumptuous “A Sumptuous Sumptuous million. For 2012, they reached $816 “solidify the reputation of the Bonds “A “A Sumptuous million which, at the time, represented organization as a dependable economic Celebration of Food” of Food” Celebration Celebration of Ted Food” anPower all-time high for domestic Israel and strategic resource for Israel.” Power Ted Celebration of Food” Powers JewishTed Herald Voice Jewish Herald Voice Added president and CEO Izzy bond sales. Jewish Herald-Voice Ted Power Tapoohi: “The $1 billion achievement In praising the record results, Jewish Herald Voice Sigalit Siag, Israel’s chief fiscal dispels the notion that Israel bonds officer for the Western Hemisphere, are bought in great numbers only applauded the Bonds organization when Israel confronts a crisis. Today, “A Sumptuous for “proving itself, once again, as a Israel bonds are perceived not only Recipes! reliable source of funding for Israel’s as a gesture of solidarity, but as an Celebration of Food” Ted Power economy.” She cited the organization’s opportunity to become a stakeholder “A Sumptuous Jewish Herald Voice “unique ability to raise capital,” as in one of the world’s most resilient Celebration of Food” well as its success in securing sales economies.”
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SCHOOLS /ON CAMPUS /TEENS BETH YESHURUN DAY SCHOOL First-graders celebrated the 50th day of school at a ’50s Sock Hop. They learned about things that were invented in the ’50s, completed a ’50s activity book and made a Venn diagram comparing children in the ’50s to children today. They danced the twist, had a hula-hoop contest and watched “I Love Lucy.” For their mitzvah project, the children hosted a Sock Drive for the entire school, donating the socks to Jewish Family Service. Taking part in the festivities were Raya Weinstock, Zev Goetz, Adele Croft from Jewish Family Service, Benjamin Berzin, Isabelle Berzin and Emmy Brounes.
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Houston Hillel hosts School of Dentistry lunch
Dr. Charles Moser addresses UTSD students during Houston Hillel’s lunch.
TORAH DAY SCHOOL
Under the direction of Judaic teacher Elisa Goldstein, first-grade students (Kita Aleph), including Reuven Donin, Meir Harosh, Menachem Cashman, Yosef Feigenson, Levi Lazaroff, Shalom Tur-Jman, Devorah Leah Gerlitz, Michal Camhi and Mussi Traxler, spent weeks perfecting their reading fluency, learning the cursive Hebrew writing and the grammar rules used to translate as they prepared to begin learning the Torah from within the Chumash text. They performed for parents and loved ones with song and presented a play about the five Books of the Torah. The children enjoyed a festive atmosphere of balloon decorations and a treat of cupcakes and candy-shaped Torah scrolls.
THE SHLENKER SCHOOL Second-graders Abie Miller, Jason Shwartz, Andrew Newman and Donovan Shuster learned their states and capitals and practiced map skills through a United States of America puzzle. The students were excited when they completed the puzzle with the Lone Star State.
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Fourth- and fifth-graders were able to explore beyond the four walls of the classroom and enjoyed a three-day excursion to Camp Young Judaea for their Nature’s Classroom Institute program. The students enjoyed a creative and challenging curriculum, where they learned about nature, teamwork and respect, all while having a fun and bonding time together.
On Thursday Nov. 6, Houston Hillel held its first Jewish lunch at The University of Texas School of Dentistry. The speaker, Dr. Charles Moser, owned his own practice for many years and now serves as dental director at South Texas Dental. He spoke to mostly first- and secondyear dentistry students about the business side of owning one’s own practice. Students learned what to look out for in regards to location of their future practice, as well as how to handle a staff of employees. Michelle Blumenthal, Houston Hillel’s director of Jewish life, noted, “I was very pleased with our first lunch with UTSD! It gave me the opportunity to meet the Jewish dentistry students in hopes of them attending more Jewstontexas events. Everyone really enjoyed Dr. Moser’s talk as he shared some funny anecdotes from his life as a young dentist. The students in attendance learned a lot, and they look forward to more lunches in the future.” Dr. Moser’s visit is the most recent in a regular schedule of
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‘Hoops and Hanukkah’ Many of my friends are basketball fanatics: players on their school teams, Maccabi players and fans! This article is for you! “Hoops & Hanukkah” at Toyota Center seems like an awesome celebration of the holiday – which will begin the night of Wednesday, Nov. 27 – and basketball. It’s our hometown Rockets vs. the Atlanta Hawks. Tickets may be purchased for $20, only available through Chabad Outreach at 713-774-0300 or online. Here is what the ticket price allows you: ticket, pregame party
Houston Hillel lunches at the Texas Medical Center, featuring speakers of interest to students in the health professions. Other speakers this year have included Bennett Greenspan, who spoke on Jewish genetics, and Dr. David Eagleman, who spoke about his research. Rabbi Kenny Weiss, Houston Hillel’s executive director, commented, “We had a wonderful number of students attend Dr. Moser’s talk. We consistently find that the students in the Texas Medical Center enjoy interacting with Jewish physicians in an informal environment. I am grateful that we can provide these forums for our Jewish students.” Rabbi Weiss continued, “I am also grateful to the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation for sponsoring Houston Hillel’s 2013-2014 Texas Medical Center & Law School ethics lunches.” For information about Houston Hillel’s programming and a free Birthright Israel trip during winter break, call the Hillel Student Center at 713-526-4918 or visit houstonhillel. org. at Root Memorial Square Basketball Court across the street from the stadium, halftime on-court menorah lighting, first 250 tickets purchased will receive 2013 Hoops & Hanukkah T-shirt, first 250 tickets purchased will have the opportunity to participate in an exclusive meet-and-greet with Omri Casspi, and the chance to do some post-game free throwing! An email I received highlighted the evening’s schedule/times: 5 p.m. pregame Chanukah party at Root Memorial Park (corner of Clay and La Branch); 5:30 outdoor menorah lighting; 5:45 special appearance by Clutch; 6:30 guests will start heading to their seats; 7 is tip off; 8:15 (approximate) halftime on-court menorah lighting; 9:45 meet-and-greet and 10 post-game free throws. There are many fun activities for kids, teens and families to celebrate Chanukah. If you are able to go to “Hoops & Hanukkah,” HAVE A BALL!!! For any teen news, please email me at email@example.com.
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B’not Mitzvah GABRIELLA SARA DANZIGER
JACQUELYN, ISABEL and NICOLE KRAMER
Gabriella Sara Danziger will become a Bat Mitzvah on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Chabad TMC and Saturday, Nov. 23, at Congregation Beth Yeshurun. She is the daughter of Paul and Susan Danziger. Her proud grandparents are Avril and Julius Danziger of Houston, and Jane and Howard Kramer of Rye, N.Y. She is the sister of Emma, Julia and Joshua. Gaby is a seventh-grader at The Emery/Weiner School, where she enjoyed being on the volleyball team. Gaby graduated from Beth Yeshurun Day School. For her mitzvah project, she will be volunteering at Aishel House. She and her family are thrilled to be celebrating this simcha with so many family and friends from near and far.
Jacquelyn, Isabel and Nicole Kramer celebrated their B’not Mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at United Orthodox Synagogues. They led the Mincha and Havdalah services that day. They are the daughters of Ilene Trepel Kramer and Dr. Donald Kramer. They are the granddaughters of Anita Trepel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and the late Jerry Trepel of Rockaway, N.Y. They also are the granddaughters of the late Shirley and Ralph Kramer of Philadelphia. They are the younger sisters of Rafaela Kramer. The sisters have attended the UOS Goldberg Montessori Preschool and Robert M. Beren Academy. They currently are in the seventh grade at The Emery/Weiner School, where they are very active. Jacquelyn and Isabel play soccer and volleyball for EWS; Jacquelyn also plays basketball and tennis. Isabel plays polo at the Houston Polo Club and runs for the EWS track team. Nicole is the manager for the middle school football team. Jacquelyn, Isabel and Nicole are thrilled to be celebrating their simcha with friends and family from across the nation.
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ZANE PHILLIP FEINMAN Andrea and Blake Feinman of Houston proudly announce with love, the birth of their son, Zane Phillip Feinman. Zane was born on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at 10:22 a.m., weighing 5 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19 inches in length. He is the first grandchild of Pamela and Randall Zane, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Paula and Ronald Feinman, of Houston. Zane is very fortunate to have three great-grandparents to share in the joy of his birth: his great-grandmother, Edith Kligman of Houston and his greatgrandfathers, Alan Zane of Houston, and Irving Braslau of Corpus Christi. His great-grandparents, of blessed memory, are Florence and Louis Feinman, of Massillon, Ohio, Audrey Zane of Corpus Christi, Marilyn Braslau of Corpus Christi and Phillip Kligman of Houston. Zane’s Hebrew name is Eliezer Feivish, in memory of his paternal great-grandfathers: Louis Feinman and Phillip Kligman.
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Engagement EPSTEIN – SOLLS
Miss Marissa Dayle Epstein and Mr. Robert Michael Solls were united in marriage on June 2, 2013, at 5 o’clock in the evening, at Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, Neb. The doublering ceremony was officiated by Rabbi Paul Drazen of New York, Rabbi Steven Abraham and Rabbi Stephan Weinberg of Dallas. The bride is the daughter of Harriet and Ronald Epstein of Omaha. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nathan N. Wald of Houston, the late Mr. and Mrs. Willis Epstein of Omaha, and Mrs. Audrey Epstein of Austin. The groom is the son of Nancy and Mark Solls of Dallas. He is the grandson of the late Myrna and Robert Stadtman of Dallas, the late Joan and Joseph Solls of Peoria, Ill. and Mrs. Georgia Solls of Peoria. Escorted to the chuppah by her parents, the bride wore an elegant gown of ivory silk tulle, designed especially for her. The trumpet-like silhouette featured a strapless sweetheart neckline and hand-embellished floral appliques, which swept gracefully across the fitted bodice to the crystal buttons adorning her back. Ribbons of tulle draped delicately along the fluted skirt to the chapel-length train of the gown. To complement her ensemble, the bride wore a silver comb of Swarovski rhinestone crystals attached to a soft illusion, two-layered, elbow-length veil outlined with Swarovski crystals, which she borrowed from her sister. The bride carried a bouquet of white ranunculus, white dove roses, Queen Anne’s lace, white peonies and hydrangeas accented with soft peach spray roses and stock. Serving as matron of honor was Brittany Epstein Schackman of Plano, Texas, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids included Miss Michelle Solls and Miss Jessica Solls of Dallas, sisters of the groom; Mrs. Erin Dula Busch of Houston; Miss Samantha Finkelstein, Miss Stephanie Perkins, Miss Lauren Robbins, and Miss Sara Scher, all of Dallas; and Miss Jenna Morris of Denver. The groom was escorted to the chuppah by his parents and was joined by his best man, Matthew Abel of Dallas. Groomsmen included Scott Bagan and Jason Feldgreber of Chicago, Andrew Gardner, Richard Girson, Justin Glass, Daniel Greenberg, Zachary Horn and Alex Prescott, all of Dallas. Ushers included Jonathan Birnbrey of Atlanta, Jonathan Gerber of Houston, Michael Schackman, brother-in-law of the bride, and Kyle Siegel both of Dallas. Masters Zachary and Jesse Spain of Palo Alto, Calif., cousins of the bride, were ring bearers for the ceremony. Misses Hannah and Charlotte Hoffner of Dallas, cousins of the groom, were flower girls. The bride graduated cum laude from The University of Texas at Austin. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in corporate communications, with a minor in business. Marissa was an active member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority, Communications Council and the Distinguished Speakers Bureau. Presently, Marissa is a regional sales representative for KidKraft Inc. in Dallas. The groom received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics with a minor in business from The University of Texas at Austin. He was affiliated with Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and The University of Texas Silver Spurs. Presently, Robert is director of leasing at Leon Capital Group in Dallas. The couple took a honeymoon to Hawaii and Maui and now is residing in Dallas.
FINKELMAN – ORANSKY Sandra and Steven Finkelman and Fern and Robert Oransky joyfully announce the engagement of their children, Jordan Finkelman and Andrea Oransky. Jordan is the grandson of Rose Gordon Finkelman and the late Solomon Gordon and the late Ruth and Wolf Finkelman. Andi is the granddaughter of Roda Oransky and the late Phillip Oransky and the late Don and Barbara Tilzer. Jordan is a graduate of the University of Miami with a dual Bachelors of Arts degree in economics and international studies and a minor in finance. He currently is employed by Kaufman Rossin Fund Services. Andi is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work and a master’s degree in social work. Andi currently is employed by the Department of Education of Florida, Division of Blind Services as a rehabilitation counselor for the blind. Jordan and Andi met four years ago at Chabad on Campus, a Shabbaton in New York. Jordan and Andi will be married May 2014 in Miami.
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Kids’ books for Chanukah from Kar-Ben “ABC Hanukkah Hunt” (Tilda Balsley, 2013, ages 3 and up, 32 pages) Who’s frying latkes in the pan? And, who’s the biggest latke fan? Look, learn and eat latkes. This is a colorful, interactive, rhyming search for Chanukah foods, gifts and symbols. “Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah” (Jamie Korngold, 2013, ages 2 and up, 24 pages) When Sadie runs to show her mother the Chanukah menorah she made in preschool, she trips, the menorah shatters and she is devastated. But, when
“Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster” (Jane Sutton, 2013, ages 4 and up, 32 pages What kinds of gifts does a gorilla give on Chanukah? It’s hard to pick the perfect gift, and Esther the gorilla’s choices seem all wrong at first. The problems get sorted out when she invites her friends to a joyful Chanukah party.
New chef de cuisine at Tony’s
Houston native Kate McLean, who has been working with Tony’s for nearly three years, is the first woman to hold the position in the nearly 50-year history of Tony Vallone’s flagship restaurant, Tony’s. Chef Grant Gordon will continue in his role as the restaurant’s executive chef, and McLean will be working under his supervision as he spends his time between Tony’s and the soon-to-beopened Vallone’s. “Kate has wonderful energy, she’s intelligent and creative, and she’s been a pleasure to work with,” says Vallone.
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“From the first time I tasted her cooking, I knew she was a perfect fit for Tony’s. We’re thrilled to have her in the kitchen.” “His knowledge of food is endless,” says Kate of Vallone, “the ultimate mentor,” as she likes to call him. “His critical eye in the kitchen has helped to make me the chef that I am today. I’m so proud to be working with such a talented and devoted team of people here at Tony’s.” Tony’s is located at 3755 Richmond Ave., 713-622-6778.
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Held on the first Friday in November, this is one of the great foodie events of the year. It takes place outside at the Houston Zoo, and you literally are eating alongside the animals. The dining area is spread throughout the Zoo, so if you want to eat near the giraffes or alligators or big cats, just look on the map and pick your favorite restaurant and location. For this year’s event, there were 64 restaurants serving generous samples of delicious food, and you couldn’t ignore the animals – the sound effects were real. Other musical sounds were provided by Smash Mouth on the H-E-B stage.
I overdid it on the food, but how could you not, with restaurants like NOE at the Omni Houston Hotel, Haven, Sorrel Urban Bistro, Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar, Hard Rock Café, and Truluck’s. In between eating, you could watch animal presentations and feedings (by animals and humans). More than 4,000 people attended this event. Money raised helps support the care and feeding of the more than 6,000 animals that call the Houston Zoo home.
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Daniel Wong’s Kitchen First, I have to tell you, this is not a Chinese restaurant. Well, kinda, sorta. As Daniel Wong says, this is “Chinese cooking with a Texas flair.” Did you ever hear of gumbo in a Chinese eatery? I never did. How about Rio Grande Valley Beef, South of the Border Turkey, Texas Satay Beef, Hermann Park Duck or, catch this, Dragon Beard Chicken. You get the picture? This kitchen turns out first-class food items, regardless of the recipe’s origin (or what he calls them). Chef Daniel tells the story of the Chinese railroad workers of the 19th century. When crews were laying track for the new railroads, they needed good, tasty protein to keep up their strength and cowboy steak was created. He calls it Railroad Beef,
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and you can get a taste at Daniel Wong’s Kitchen. Another unusual but delicious dish is House Stuffed Chicken. It is stuffed with mushrooms and preserved turnips. I love it! Lots of chicken on the menu. My favorite appetizer is Sparkling Chicken Tenders. They are drenched with honey, lightly seasoned and garnished with green onion shreds. Six pieces are wrapped in foil packets before quick cooking. Nice to share. Other poultry dishes I often order are Drunk Chicken in a gin-
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based sauce; Good Morning to You is sliced chicken breast and okra; and Hermann Park Duck, with all the bones removed. Daniel Wong’s also has a nice selection of fish. My current favorite is Sweet-and-Sour Fish made with red snapper, topped with fresh pineapple and served with snow peas. I like that the sauce is not overly sweet. You also can get snapper sautéed in black bean sauce or stir-fried in garlic sauce. Salmon comes two ways – in garlic sauce and hunan sauce. A stunning dish from Northern China is Sliced Lamb with Ginger and Onion. The taste was fabulous, and the lamb could not have been leaner. A perfect vegetarian treat is Eggplant with Garlic Sauce, made with thin Japanese eggplants. Chef Daniel carefully preps his food. Fat is trimmed from meats, and fresh vegetables carefully are scrubbed before cooking. He uses no MSG. If you have special dietary needs, let him know, so he can prepare
the dish exactly as you require it. If you want brown rice, he’s got it. He also suggests that you not be limited by the menu. If you have a favorite dish that’s not on the menu, just ask for it. If you prefer more vegetables than meat, chicken instead of beef, steamed instead of stir-fried, or a vegetarian meal, he will do it for you. End your meal with one of Chef Daniel’s fresh-baked almond cookies or take home a jar for later. He also has honey-coated pecans, cashews, walnuts and almonds in jars. For Thanksgiving, Daniel prepares traditional roasted turkeys with cornbread dressing and natural gravy. I have been buying these 10- to 12-pound birds for years. Since we always eat Thanksgiving dinner out, at the request of my kids, this becomes my “leftovers.” Daniel Wong’s Kitchen is open every day for lunch and dinner. It is located just inside the 610 Loop at 4566 Bissonnet St., in Bellaire, 713663-6665.
Recipes Easy Roast Chicken A terrific dish that serves 3 to 4, depending on the size of the chicken used. It is especially terrific, because it tastes great and is so easy to prepare, you may want to keep it a secret. 1 whole chicken, “Broiler” size: about 3½ lbs. to serve 3 to 4 adults 2 scallions, cut into 1-inch sections 1 piece star anise 3 slices ginger root, each about the size of a quarter (coin) 1 bay leaf
Seasoning: 1 Tbsp. salt 1 Tbsp. sugar 1 Tbsp. black pepper 1 Tbsp. cornstarch 1 Tbsp. garlic, peeled and minced
Rinse chicken thoroughly in hot water. Dry inside and out. (I use paper towels.) Mix seasoning ingredients and dust thoroughly over chicken, inside and out. Put scallion, anise, ginger root and bay leaf inside chicken. Heat oven to 450°F. Put the chicken in a foil-lined roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes. Then, turn the chicken and continue to roast for another 30 minutes. Serve hot. (From Daniel Wong’s Kitchen, Chinese Cooking with a Texas Flair, 2005)
Mou Shi (or Moo Shoo) Vegetables I’ve substituted spicy cooked vegetables for the meat. No animal fat. If you can’t get the Chinese pancakes, (they’re called “bing”), you can substitute thin flour tortillas, or just enjoy the filling, without the pancakes, over rice or noodles. ½ cup bamboo shoots, drained ½ cup fresh mushrooms, rinsed ½ cup carrot, peeled ½ cup bean sprouts ½ cup snow peas ½ cup cabbage 2 Tbsp. oil 8 mou shi pancakes or thin flour tortillas
Seasoning: 2 Tbsp. ground bean sauce 2 Tbsp. soy sauce 2 Tbsp. wine 1 tsp. sugar 2 Tbsp. hoisin sauce ½ tsp. hot sauce 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
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Dip or table sauce: 3 Tbsp. hoisin sauce ½ tsp. sesame oil
Wash and dry all vegetables. Cut or shred into matchstick-sized pieces. Mix 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce and ½ teaspoon sesame oil and set aside. Mix all seasonings well and set aside. Heat a wok or pan to high heat and add oil, then all vegetables. Stir cook for two minutes, then add mixed seasonings and stir until the sauce bubbles. Remove from heat and serve with pancakes, tortillas, or over rice or noodles, or alone on a bed of lettuce leaves. Guests put about 2 teaspoons of filling in the center of the pancake and roll it up like an enchilada. If pancakes are served, provide individual sauce containers for each diner so they can dip their stuffed pancakes or they can spoon some over the cooked vegetables if they don’t want pancakes. (From Daniel Wong’s Kitchen, Chinese Cooking with a Texas Flair, 2005)
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You need to make your own light DR. EDWARD REITMAN
It’s almost Thanksgiving, the holiday that I most look forward to every year. It’s a time for families and friends to gather together, forget about diets, break bread and not only take time to appreciate what they have, but to share it with others. This year is even more special. Thanksgiving and Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, will occur at the same time, an event that won’t happen again for many years because of the differences between the Jewish and Gregorian calendars. So, it’s not only a time to give thanks, it’s also a time to celebrate by giving to others. Some religious scholars say that the giving of gifts on Chanukah symbolizes the giving of light to others. It’s a gift every one of us can give. Let me explain. Several months ago, the private line at my office rang. It was a friend, who stated he was extremely concerned about a mutual acquaintance I’ll call Alex. He hadn’t seen Alex for three months, and when he did, he was shocked. The normally well-groomed, nattily dressed man was disheveled, he hadn’t shaved for several days, his clothes were unkempt and, in my friend’s words, “It looked as though he’s hit rock bottom.” He said Alex lost his job, began drinking and eventually
had to vacate his apartment. When he did, he left all his possessions behind. A longtime friend was providing room and board but, at that point, Alex was down to his last $84. He totally had given up on himself. My friend asked if I would see Alex for several appointments and I agreed. Despite my friend’s description, seeing Alex made his words pale. It’s difficult to describe fully the aura that surrounds a human being who has given up any shred of hope, any ambition, dream or thought that their life is worth living. It goes beyond the physical picture – the clothes the individual wears or the tone of his voice. In Alex’s case, his body barely supported itself in the chair. He wrung his hands, clenched his fists, and never looked me in the eye. He was the picture of a man who knew everything was downhill from where he was. Surprisingly, he agreed to see me for three sessions, but said that it was a waste of my time and that no one could really help him. Most of all, it was evident that he wasn’t about to help himself. At the end of the first session, I had doubts whether he would return, but three days later, he did. When I told him of my concern regarding his making the appointment, he stated that he was surprised he was there, as well. He added that he had left my office recalling only every third or fourth word, but somehow, it caused him to feel just a little bit hopeful, only that made everything hurt worse,
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because he knew, in his heart, he wouldn’t follow through. He said, “I feel like a freeloader who will never be able to repay the kindness anyone shows me or the financial support they give me.” Nevertheless, he said he wanted to come back again, to see whether, if he listened harder, he might discover a way out. Before he left, we outlined three small but positive steps he could take that would point him in the right direction. On his third visit, he walked into my office looking worse than he had the first time. He hadn’t taken one of the steps, which wasn’t surprising to me, but it was terribly self-defeating, in his eyes. I was about to suggest that he consider taking an anti-depressant, but he still was drinking and I felt medication mixed with alcohol would only make things worse. The time went by very slowly and he repeatedly tried to leave the office early. Finally, he said, “I don’t know why you’re wasting your time. I appreciate you, but there’s nothing out there. It’s all black. Maybe it would be different if there was one shred of light, but there isn’t. If there is, I can’t see it.” He rose to leave once again. I knew that if ever I was going to say something that might give him some hope, it was then. In desperation, I pulled out my desk drawer and looked for a promotional item that had been sent to me several weeks earlier, a flashlight that didn’t require batteries. I turned it on and said “Look. No light. But, bear with me a moment.” I began shaking it up and down, rhythmically, causing friction to occur inside the flashlight. After less than two minutes, I turned the switch on again and brilliant blue light emanated from the end of the flashlight. I said to him, “Do you see this? There wasn’t a shred of light, until I caused sufficient internal friction in the flashlight, which created an electrical charge that provided light. I just put out a little effort and, after a short amount of time, the shred of light you’re
searching for was there. It can be the same for you. Sometimes, things can look pretty bleak. Hope can dwindle and it looks as though there’s no way to survive. What inevitably occurs is, you stop trying. You put out no energy, no effort, all the while hoping for a miracle. But, as you can see in this example, by putting out some minimal energy for a brief period of time, I created my own light. You can do the same, but not if you’re lying in bed, drinking and thinking about dying. But, if you lift yourself up, get rid of the bottle, attend AA, reach out to others in the world, or get any kind of job and begin to be productive, one day at a time the light will shine on and around you.” Alex walked out of the office slowly. He said he’d call for another appointment, and I thought “I’ve lost him.” Two hours later, my phone rang and a voice said, “I’m going to try to create some light. The first step I’ve taken was to make this phone call.” I’m not saying that every effort you make to reach out to someone or to show them the light, will work. But, I am saying that it’s worth the effort, and that every one of you has the wherewithal to assure someone that they can reenergize their lives and needn’t live in the dark. Even more, I’m suggesting that if you’re that someone, you need to do it for yourself. The first essential step you have to take is to determine what direction you want to follow. Then dream, hope and pray for the energy to actualize your desires. Everyone has that power inside them, including you. It just requires that you recognize that light is available to you if you’re willing to expend the initial energy to create it. Keep that thought in mind, and let me wish all of you a once-in-a-lifetime Happy T h a n k sg iv i ng / Ch a nu k a h holiday. To learn more about Dr. Reitman, to read his articles or to obtain copies for family or friends, visit his website, dredreitman.com.
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France’s Hollande, in Israel, vows to stay vigilant on Iran nukes JERUSALEM (JTA) – France will uphold economic sanctions on Iran as long as necessary, French President Francois Hollande said in Israel. Hollande arrived in Israel on Sunday, Nov. 17 for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials. It was his first trip to Israel since becoming French president more than a year ago. The meetings come as Western powers prepare for another round of negotiations with Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons program. “France considers [Iran] to be
a threat to Israel, and it is clearly threatening to the region and the world,” Hollande said upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. “France will not give up or compromise on nuclear proliferation, and as long as we are not completely sure that Iran has given up nuclear weapons, we will continue to maintain our position.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a welcoming ceremony for Hollande that Israel views France as a true friend. “France, like Israel, aspires to a
stable, moderate Middle East in which the peoples live in peace with each other, in security and mutual respect,” Netanyahu said. “You, Mr. President, have taken a resolute stance regarding Syria, and in the face of Iran’s relentless attempts to arm itself with nuclear weapons, which would endanger not just Israel, but regimes and countries throughout the Middle East; it also would endanger France, Europe and the entire world.” It has been reported that France was the one country that stood in the
way of the P5+1 world powers signing an agreement last week in Geneva with Iran. The agreement reportedly would have offered an easing of economic sanctions in return for Iran halting high-level uranium enrichment. “The citizens of Israel are full of gratitude to France for standing by our side in times of difficulty; we will never forget it,” Israeli President Shimon Peres said during a welcoming ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.
Fight for religious pluralism at Federation’s confab By BEN SALES
JERUSALEM (JTA) – It is a cause that elicited cheers from a roomful of participants at the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. Leading politicians have long championed it and are now trying to push it through a divided Knesset. Nearly two-thirds of Israelis support it, and activists say it’s crucial for ensuring Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state. Opponents say it could augur the downfall of Israel, as we know it. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stance is hard to read. It’s not peace with the Palestinians or a military strike on Iran’s nuclear program. It is the institution of civil marriage in Israel. Under current law, the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate in Israel controls marriage for Jews, which leaves Conservative, Reform, civil or same-sex marriages – not to mention interfaith marriages – unrecognized by the state. Responding to growing calls for change, a bill proposed last month by the centrist Yesh Atid party would institute civil unions with the same rights as the marriages now permitted by the Chief Rabbinate. The Jewish Federations, which held its annual General Assembly in Jerusalem this week, soon may join that fight. CEO Jerry Silverman told JTA that the federations are “studying the issue” without a definite goal in mind. But, advocating for religious pluralism in Israel was a recurring theme at the assembly. Susie and Michael Gelman, the confab’s North American co-chairs, laid out that goal on opening night. “We look forward to the day when Israel will realize the dream of being a Jewish, democratic and pluralist state,” they said. A panel discussion, moderated by Susie Gelman, specifically addressed the issue of civil marriage, with five of six panelists advocating before an enthusiastic crowd. “The panel charged those of us who attended to get involved and to raise our voices,” Susie Gelman told JTA. “In terms of civil marriage, this is an issue that touches all of us. It is not just an Israeli issue.” Labor Party Chair Shelly Yachimovich said her party is planning to introduce its own civil marriage bill. “We support civil marriage and gay rights, including same-sex marriage,” Yachimovich said. “We currently have a unique opportunity. Parties in the coalition and opposition are capable of joining forces to pass this law.” Her speech followed calls by Finance Minister Yair Lapid to “equalize” the Jewish denominations. “It’s very important to us that Israel would be pluralistic,” Lapid said.
Delegates to the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly conducting an egalitarian prayer service at the Western Wall, Nov. 12.
Civil marriage would not be the first religious pluralism fray that the Jewish Federations has entered. The umbrella group of American Jewish federations stridently was opposed to the 2010 Rotem bill, which would have consolidated authority over conversions in the hands of the Chief Rabbinate. Silverman called it a “betrayal” and Netanyahu suspended debate on the bill, which three years later has not come to a vote. More recently, the Jewish Federations advocated for a plan formulated by Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman Natan Sharansky to expand Robinson’s Arch, a non-Orthodox prayer site immediately south of the Western Wall plaza. The plan has received support, in principle, from Women of the Wall, the women’s prayer group whose monthly services at the wall brought global attention to the issue. Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz also has given the plan his tacit approval. Netanyahu endorsed the idea to raucous cheers in his Sunday night speech at the G.A. “The Kotel is in Israel, but the Kotel belongs to all the Jewish people,” the prime minister said, using the Hebrew term for the wall. “We have to consult together and reach a solution together.” The G.A. ended with hundreds of delegates walking from Jerusalem City Hall to Robinson’s Arch, where they participated in an egalitarian prayer service. Speaking afterward, Sharansky praised the service as an example of Jewish unity, though he acknowledged that the current temporary platform erected there is only a first step to a solution. “We’re not fighting to defeat the other,” Sharansky said. “We’re fighting to see how we can be one people with one G-d, one prayer and one Kotel.” Regardless of whether the federations support it, Yesh Atid’s civil unions bill likely will fail in the Knesset. The Jewish Home party is expected to block the measure – a prerogative it enjoys as a member of the governing coalition. Yesh Atid ran for Knesset on a
platform opposing Orthodox privileges in Israeli law. But, while the party has won Jewish Home’s support in ending the Haredi Orthodox exemption to Israel’s mandatory military draft, Jewish Home opposes any change to the religious status quo. A Jewish Home bill, passed last month, allows Israelis to register for marriage anywhere in the country, not just in their home districts – a move that eliminates one of the more onerous restrictions of the current marriage laws but leaves the Orthodox-controlled system intact. But, judging from the tenor of this year’s G.A., such changes won’t satisfy North American Jewry. While he emphasized that the Jewish Federations had not made a decision on whether to engage in the civil-marriage debate, Michael Gelman said he felt that American Jews should be assertive in advocating for marriage reform in Israel. “When it comes to things that affect worldwide Jewry, we need to get involved,” he told JTA. “There needs to be a lot of noise coming out of North America on this issue.”
Publisher apologizes for map without Israel (JTA) – Scholastic Inc. apologized for publishing a map of the Middle East that omits Israel in a popular children’s series. On Nov. 13, hours after the Times of Israel reported about the Israel omission in “Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt,” the book publisher, in a statement on its website, said it was stopping shipment immediately of the title, revising the map and reprinting the book. The book, part of Scholastic’s “Geronimo Stilton” series, was published in June 2012. It tells of a journalist mouse who travels to Egypt to participate in an archaeological excavation. “We regret the omission, which was in the original version of the book published in Italy and was translated by our company for English-language distribution,” the statement said. Under the comments section, readers thanked Scholastic and asked how the mistake could have passed through editors and proofreaders. Some complained about the vitriol shown by some commenters and offered their full support to Scholastic. “What bothers me most are these questions: What about the books already sold? What exactly caused Scholastic to react?” one reader wrote in the comments section. Several booksellers’ websites, as of late Thursday, Nov. 7, were allowing the purchase of the book, new or used.
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High school volleyball stars sign college scholarships offers By MATT SAMUELS
Over the past four years, Emery High School senior Sarah Friedman has grown in many ways. Physically, she has eclipsed 6-foot, 5-inches tall. Mentally and emotionally, she has grown even further. On Nov. 13, all of Friedman’s hard work paid off as she signed a scholarship offer to play volleyball for Southeastern Louisiana University. “I’ve been working since eighth grade for this moment,” an emotional Friedman said. “It’s very overwhelming, but it is a good feeling.” Friedman, who earned TAPPS allstate and all-district honors the past two seasons, made her commitment official with a ceremony in front of friends and family at Emery/Weiner School. “Sarah has been a model to other aspiring athletes of what it really takes to achieve your dreams of playing a sport beyond high school,” Emery athletic director Angie Gubitz said. “She put in the hard work to get where she is today. She knew what she wanted, she went after it, and I am proud of her for that.” Friedman has been the Jaguars’ team captain the last two years and
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Sarah Friedman signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Southeastern University. She is joined by Emery athletic director Angie Gubitz; her parents, Jeff and Tammy Friedman; her coach Lauren Cowan; and Emery/Weiner head of school Stuart Dow.
has earned first-team all-state and first-team all-district honors. She also has been the District Player of the Year, among other honors. “She’s completely changed from a young girl to a young woman, and it has been a wonderful process to watch,” EWS volleyball coach Lauren Cowan said. “It’s all about hard work and it is beginning to pay off. I can’t wait for her
Ciara Appelbaum made her commitment to Wake Forest official with (standing) her parents Carol and Marty Appelbaum and (seated) grandparents Dora Varnes and Maryln Appelbaum. The JHV featured Ciara in the newspaper earlier this year when she first committed to Wake Forest.
to kick some butt and take names in college.” Friedman is excited about the opportunity to play on the next level, but understands the challenges will only get tougher. “It’s going to be a little more even matched. I know I won’t always be the tallest girl on the court,” she said. “I think I’m a strong player. I’ve grown a
lot mentally and I’ve definitely learned the game more and what it is all about.” Friedman’s signing also is a big statement for EWS athletics. “Sarah has helped to put Emery athletics and Emery volleyball on the map,” Gubitz said. “She could have played anywhere. She chose Emery, and we are a better place after having Sarah as a student-athlete at our school.”
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Hildegarde “Bugger” Levy Cohn, thirdgeneration native Houstonian, was born on March 16, 1921, in Houston, and passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at The Houston Hospice after a brief illness. Bugger attended Montrose Elementary, Johnston Junior High and graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1938. Bugger was the fourth child of Ben M. and Mabel Lipper Levy who predeceased her. She grew up in a lively household on Sul Ross Street with her siblings Florence “Big,” Hortense “Tee” and Ben M. Jr., “Bubba,” who later became Michael Laurence, a professional opera singer. Bugger married Burton Cohn of St. Louis on Sept. 23, 1940, and they moved to Kansas City, where Burt was in the retail business. There, they had their first daughter, Carol Lee. The Houston retail scene brought them back to Houston in 1944, when Burt joined Palais Royal and then Foley’s. They were blessed with two more girls, Kathryn Ann and Constance Louise. In their later years, they traveled extensively, preferring cruises with close friends. They socialized constantly with friends from the “Old Braeswood” neighborhood. Their home, at 2410 Bluebonnet, became a hangout for many generations. Bugger was predeceased by family members, whom she loved and adored. Her parents, Mabel and Ben; her sisters and their husbands, Big and Bubba Efron, Tee and Sol Leff; brother Michael Laurence; and her handsome husband, Burt Cohn, who died in 1993. She made a new life for herself when she met Ernie Goldschmidt on a synagogue “singles” trip in 1995. They were together for 18 years until Ernie passed away at the age of 98, just a few months ago. Ernie, his children, Diane and Stanley Novy, and their children, truly were family to Bugger and her girls. Bugger is survived by her loving daughters and their husbands, Carol and Ken Sugarman, Kathy and Tim Knott and Connie and Bud Pollon; adoring grandchildren, Michael Sugarman, Andy Sugarman, Dan and Amy Sugarman Weingart, Jay and Leslie Cordray; precious great-grandchildren, Ethan, Claire and Lindsay Weingart, and Annie Cordray, who was born three weeks ago and who was able to meet Bugger six days before her death. Bugger also is survived by her nieces and nephews, the Leff and Efron children, their spouses and their own children and grandchildren. Thank you to each of them for making her feel so very special every single day. A memorial service, to remember Bugger, was conducted at half-past 11 o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood Blvd. in Houston, where Senior Rabbi David A. Lyon was the officiate with Cantor Daniel Mutlu assisting. In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to the charity of one’s choice. – Geo. H. Lewis & Sons
Lillian Nelkin of Houston, beloved wife of the late Harold Nelkin, mother of Ted and Todd Nelkin, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Born to Solomon and Jospa Nelkin in Houston on June 21, 1941, she is survived by daughters-in-law, Rynda and Ula Nelkin, and nieces and nephews, David and Sharon Gurin; and Norma Lesser; and Judy Neyer of New York. Always a lifelong animal lover, she loved helping strays and took in and found homes for her share. A lifetime of dogs named Whitey, Frisky, Chubby, Ruff-Ruff, Bark and Curly Sue. Her current Havanese, Daisy, was a constant companion to her. Lillian attended Johnston Middle School as well as San Jacinto High School class of 1957 and also the University of Houston. She would help out at her parents’ grocery/liquor store, EP, on the corner of Holman and Dowling. She met Harold in 1957, and they last celebrated an anniversary of 54 years together. Always political, she worked locally for the Lyndon Johnson campaign of 1964 and the Ted Kennedy campaign of 1980. Lillian played more than a major role; she was a driving force in the everyday running of H.L.T.&T. Sports, which still operates to this day, but her greatest joy came from her true love of being a mother. She overcame everything that life could throw at her; it seemed, from beating colon cancer in 1992, it was her asthma that she could not beat back, having a long, hard two-year battle with the illness, having her senses to the last moments of her life. Memorial services will take place at Congregation Emanu El at noon on Sunday, Nov. 24. The public is invited.
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Europe’s first state-run Jewish divinity program opens in Germany BERLIN (JTA) – Europe’s first Jewish divinity program at a state university opened in Germany at the University of Potsdam outside Berlin. The School for Jewish Theology, which launched Nov. 18, is being called a groundbreaking development in the German university system, which until now only has subsidized Catholic and Protestant theological training programs. Islamic programs also were introduced recently. “The light of history now shines on Potsdam,” Johann Hafner, dean of the Faculty of Arts at Potsdam, said in a statement, “because it is the first time that confessional studies of Judaism at a state university are possible at an academic level.” With 47 students enrolled in its first class, the program is oversubscribed, Rabbi Walter Homolka, rector of the Abraham Geiger College and chair of the Leo Baeck Foundation, told JTA. The academic program, which is part of the Faculty of Arts, is open to students of all backgrounds pursuing bachelor’s and advanced degrees in Jewish theology. All the instructors are Jewish. Rabbi Homolka told JTA the state is investing “easily 2 million euro [$2.7 million] annually” in the theology school to cover six new professorships and the refurbishing of its own building on the university’s Neue Palais campus. Funding is coming from the German federal government and the state of Brandenburg, along with the Central Council of Jews in Germany. Jewish students can pursue ordination as rabbis or cantors at the other programs associated with the university: the Reform, or Progressive, Abraham Geiger College, launched in 1999; and the Conservative Zacharias Frankel College, which opened to applicants this week.
ELLEN KAMEN KLEIMAN Ellen Kamen Kleiman, 75, of Houston, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. She had spent the last few days surrounded by family and embraced in love and laughter. Her funeral was held on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at the Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Allen Parkway), officiated by Rabbi Ranon Teller of Congregation Brith Shalom. Born on Nov. 20, 1937, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Ellen attended the University of Miami in Florida. After getting married, she then moved to Dallas, to begin her journey of raising four kids, all born in different cities. From Dallas to New York to Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Ellen balanced raising her kids, while also being an active member of Hadassah. Her involvement and support of Hadassah and Young Judaea included sending two of her children, Eric and Pam, to Camp Young Judaea-Texas in Wimberley, which then resulted in a wonderful legacy, as two of her grandchildren have attended CYJ-Texas, as well. Ellen’s passion was travel, and she spent many years in the travel industry as a travel agent, ultimately specializing in selling luxury cruises around the world. She was the consummate professional, even asking colleagues during her last days to be sure to take care of her clients. A strong, independent, graceful and stylish woman, Ellen had a positive impact on countless people, from good friends to her doctors, to home contractors, friends of her children, and just about anybody she met. She will be missed dearly, but her legacy of strength, passion and honesty will live on in her children and grandchildren. Ellen was predeceased by her parents, Lee and Benjamin Kamen, aka Big Nana and Li’l Pop, and her granddaughter, Jenna Michelle Kleiman. Ellen is survived by her children and their families, Eric and Amelia Ribnick Kleiman, and their children Brett and Jacklyn of Houston, Pam Kleiman of Houston, Carolyn Kleiman of Dallas, and Stephanie and Jerry Robinson and their children, Alex and Allyson of St. Mary’s, Ga. Ellen also leaves behind many dear cousins and family, as well as extraordinary caring and special friends, most notably Ellen Stapleton of Houston, and her best friend of more than 50 years, Linda Goldner of Phoenix, Ariz. Special thanks go to the medical professionals at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, especially her PA, Lindsay Law, and to the wonderful team of dedicated staff at the Hospice Houston for their kindness in caring for Ellen in her final days. The family requests donations to be made in Ellen’s memory to: Houston Hospice-Texas Medical Center, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030-4123 or Weimaraner Rescue of North Texas, Inc., 4347 W. Northwest Hwy., Suite 120, Box 184, Dallas, TX 75220 (weimrescuetexas.org).
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Give us those nice bright colors AARON AARON HOWARD HOWARD Looks at Music Producing color photographs was a technical challenge until the Lumière brothers, Auguste and Louis, invented the Autochrome process, a color screen made of minute colored particles of potato starch. Each grain of potato starch, which was dyed blue-violet, orangered and green, separated colors as light traveled through the camera lens to the light-sensitive potato emulsion plate. After the picture was taken, the plate was developed, using regular black-and-white chemistry to produce a positive transparency. The Lumière brothers called their process Autochrome. If Autochrome marked the beginning of color photography in 1903, why would it take nearly seven decades until color photography was recognized as a legitimate art form? That’s one of the major questions answered in “Color: American Photography Transformed” (University of Texas Press), the coffee-table catalog that accompanies the photography exhibit of the same name, now on display at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth through Jan. 5. There were technical problems with Autochromes. Their colors faded on extended exposure to light. The photographer had limited control over how each color was rendered. But, most importantly, Alfred Stieglitz declared that blackand-white photography was art, color wasn’t. Stieglitz probably was
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Rebbetzin Yaffa Jungreis
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CELEBRATE THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS A holiday with your family gathering and favorite foods from Kroger.
Manischewitz Potato Pancake Mix Select Varieties, 6 oz
Kroger Vegetable Cooking Oil 48 oz
Russet Potatoes 10 lb Bag
Golden Potato Pancakes Select Varieties, 10.6 oz
Daisy Sour Cream
With Card. Limit 2 with $10 Additional Purchase
Streit’s Chanukah Candles 44 ct
With Card. Limit 5 with $10 Additional Purchase
Kroger Applesauce Select Varieties, 46-48 oz
Elite Coins .53 oz
Kosher Whole Turkeys Frozen
Bartenura Moscato 750 ml
Prices good at 10306 S Post Oak Rd., Houston, TX 77035
Prices, items and offers effective through Tuesday, November 26, 2013. So that all of our customers can take advantage of our outstanding prices, we reserve the right to limit quantities. None sold to dealers, restaurants or other resale establishments. Copyright ©2013. KROGER TEXAS L.P. www.kroger.com
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