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Bees die for your sins As you beat your breast, fasting, and think of your sweet reward— remember the bees who make the holiday honey By EDMON J. RODMAN



ere is the buzz about Rosh Hashanah: Beyond a congregation or family, it takes a hive to have a

holiday. You may have your tickets, new dress or suit and High Holidays app, but without the honey in which to dip a slice of apple, where would you be? We wish each other “Shanah tovah umetuka,” “Have a good and sweet New Year.” And we eat honey cake—even Martha Stewart has a recipe—and teiglach, little twisted balls of dough boiled in honey syrup.

Taking Sweetness for Granted? Little do we realize that to ¿ll a jar or squeeze bottle containing two cups of the sticky, golden stuff, a hive of honeybees must visit ¿ve million Àowers. For most of us, the honey seems a somehow natural byproduct of the cute, bearshaped squeeze bottle that we pick up at the store. But for beekeeper Uri Laio, honey is like a gift from heaven. His motto, “Honey and Beeswax with Intention,” is on his website, “Everyone takes honey for granted; I did,” says Laio, who is af¿liated with Chabad and attended yeshiva in Jerusalem and Morristown, N.J. Not wanting to take my holiday honey for granted any more, I suited up along with him in a white cotton bee suit and hood to visit the hives he keeps near the large

garden area of the Highland Hall Waldorf School, an 11-acre campus in Northridge, Calif.

Experience Teaches After three years of beekeeping—he also leads sessions with the school’s students—Laio has learned to appreciate that “thousands of bees gave their entire lives to ¿ll a jar of honey.” In the summer, that is ¿ve to six weeks for an adult worker; in the winter it’s longer. It’s been an appreciation gained through experience—the throbbing kind. “It’s dangerous. I’ve been stung a lot. It’s part of the learning,” Laio says. “The ¿rst summer I thought I was going into anaphylactic shock,” he adds, advising me to stay out of the bees’ Àight path to the hive’s entrance. Drawing on his education, Laio puts a dab of honey on his ¿nger and holds it out. Soon a bee lands and begins to feed.

Calming The Hive “Have you ever been stung?” he asks. “A couple of times,” I answer, as Laio uses a hand-held bee smoker to puff in some white

smoke to “calm the hive.” After waiting a few minutes for the smoke to take effect, and with me watching wide-eyed, he carefully pries off the hive’s wooden lid. Half expecting to see an angry swarm of bees come Àying out like in a horror Àick, I step back. “They seem calm,” says Laio, bending down to listen to the buzz level coming from the hive. “Some days the humming sounds almost like song.” The rectangular stack of boxes, called a Langstroth Hive, allows the bee colony—estimated by Laio to be 50,000 —to ef¿ciently build the waxy cells of honeycomb into vertical frames. As he inspects the frames, each still holding sedated bees, he ¿nds few capped cells of honey. The bees have a way to go if Laio is going to be able to put up a small number of jars for sale, as he did last year for Rosh Hashanah. According to Laio, hives can be attacked by ants, mites, moths and a disease called bee colony collapse disorder that has been decimating hives increasingly over the last 10 years. Pesticides contribute to the disorder as well as genetically modi¿ed plants, he says.

A Superfood, An Antibacterial! Underscoring the importance that bees have in our lives beyond the Days of Awe, Laio calculates that “one out of every three bits of food you eat is a result of honeybee pollination.” Laio practices backwards or treatment-free beekeeping; so called because he relies on observation and natural practices and forgoes pesticides or

chemicals in his beekeeping. The resulting wildÀower honey—Laio hands me a jar to try—is sweet, Àavorful and thick, tastier than any honey from the store. “Honey is a superfood. And it heals better than Neosporin,” Laio claims. “In Europe there are bandages impregnated with honey.” He says it takes a certain type of character to be a beekeeper.

A Gift From God “You need to have patience. Be determined. Learn your limitations. Be calm in stressful situations,” he says. “People are fascinated with it. I can’t tell you how many Shabbos table meals have been ¿lled with people asking me about bees.” On the Sabbath, Laio likes to sip on a mint iced tea sweetened with his honey—his only sweetener, he says. “In the Talmud, honey is considered to be one-sixtieth of manna,” says Laio, referring to the “bread” that fell from the sky for 40 years while the Israelites wandered in the desert. “The blessing for manna ended with ‘Min hashamayim,’ ‘from the heavens,’ and not ‘min haaretz,’ ‘from the earth.’” With the honey-manna connection in mind, especially at the Jewish New Year, Laio ¿nds that “all the sweetness, whatever form it is in, comes straight from God.” Edmon J. Rodman is a JTA columnist who writes from Los Angeles on Jewish life. He may be contacted at edmojace@gmail. com.

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Chicken, broccoli, honey cake—what could be bad? Go traditional for holidays, adding ‘fusion’ for ‘spice’ Place half the onions, livers and eggs in a food processor and pulse, adding sherry through the feed tube, until the mixture is moist and almost smooth. Transfer the ¿rst batch to a container and repeat the process. Season to taste with salt and pepper.




early 30 years ago, when my ¿rst cookbook was published, I wrote that kosher cooking wasn’t just about traditional recipes like ge¿lte ¿sh and chopped liver, that you could make gourmet meals and international dishes using kosher ingredients. Since then, many new kosher ingredients have become readily available, making all kinds of fusion cuisine even easier to prepare. Some of these ingredients include vinegars, oils, mustards, Panko bread crumbs and a larger selection of cheeses. But traditional recipes also have their place, and Rosh Hashanah is a great time to use them. There is something about ushering in the new year with old family recipes. I do, however, introduce one or two new dishes to make it more interesting for my friends and family with whom I celebrate every year. For dinner on Rosh Hashanah, I like to begin my meal with Chopped Chicken Liver. This traditional dish brings me back to my Eastern European roots and my guests love it. The version offered below is easy to make and actually tastes like a pate. Another traditional favorite is Honey Cake, moist and light with a touch of sweetness. It freezes well but also can stay fresh in the fridge for many days. Here is a new dish for Rosh Hashanah lunch: Chicken Rolls with Orange Sauce. The sauce adds some sweetness to the chicken, which is perfect for the holiday. The dish can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature. Broccoli with Panko, the Àaky Japanese bread crumbs, is a delicious side dish that can be served with the chicken rolls. Panko is lighter and crunchier than ordinary breadcrumbs. When toasted, they transform an ordinary vegetable into something quite special. This dish also can be made in advance and served at room temperature. These are just a sampling of the many delicious recipes featured in my latest

Chicken Rolls with Orange Sauce cookbook, Helen Nash’s New Kosher Cuisine (Overlook Press). I hope they help make your preparations a little easier and your holiday more enjoyable!

Chopped Chicken Liver Makes about 1-½ dozen hors d’oeuvres or 8 appetizer servings For an hors d’oeuvre, I like to serve on whole-grain crackers, toasted potato bread, cucumber slices or endive petals. For an appetizer, I like to place sliced radishes and sliced cucumbers on the plate as accompaniments. 1 pound chicken livers 1/3 cup vegetable oil 4 medium onions, coarsely chopped 4 large eggs, hard-boiled and quartered 2 to 3 tablespoons sherry Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Preheat the broiler. Set the rack in the broiler pan and cover it completely with foil. Remove from the livers any green spots, which are bitter, as well as any fatty particles. Make a shallow “basket” with a piece of heavy foil, crimping it at the corners so that the liquids don’t spill out. (See notes on techniques in Helen Nash’s New Kosher Cuisine, page 351.) Set the basket on the broiler rack and arrange the livers inside. Place the broiler pan in the oven (or broiling unit), as close as possible to the heat source. Broil for about 4 minutes per side, until cooked through. Cool. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute until brown. Cool.

Makes 4 servings I serve it as the main course for dinner or as one of several dishes on a buffet table. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 6 ounces each (Ask the butcher to butterÀy the chicken breasts and pound them thin.) 12 large spinach leaves Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Filling ½ cup raw sushi rice ¾ cup cold water 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Orange Sauce 1 ½-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated 3 to 4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce ¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice 1 ½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 ½ tablespoons honey Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper TO MAKE THE FILLING: Place the sushi rice and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and let rest, covered, for 10 minutes.

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Season with vinegar, salt, and pepper. Mix well and cool. TO MAKE THE SAUCE: Bring all the sauce ingredients to a boil in a small enamel-lined saucepan. Season to taste with salt and pepper. TO MAKE THE ROLLS: Lightly salt and pepper each chicken breast on both sides and place it on a piece of cling wrap. Remove the stems from the spinach leaves and Àatten the leaves so they will roll easier. Line each breast with 3 spinach leaves and one-fourth of the ¿lling. Starting with the narrowest end, roll the breast up (not too tight!) until it looks like a log. (I use the cling wrap to facilitate the rolling.) When the breast is rolled and completely enclosed in the cling wrap, twist the sides and close them with a metal tie. Refrigerate if not using right away. TO COOK THE ROLLS: Bring the chicken rolls back to room temperature, if necessary. Place them in the basket of a bamboo steamer. Set the basket over a large pot or wok, whose bottom third has been ¿lled with water. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Cover and steam over high heat for 9 to 10 minutes, turning the rolls once. Cook until the chicken has turned pale pink inside. Turn off the heat and let rest, covered, for 1 minute. TO SERVE: Remove one of the ties and, holding the other end, slip each roll onto a plate. Pour off the accumulated juices. Cut each roll on the diagonal into 3 pieces. Place the pieces on a dinner plate or serving dish. Reheat the sauce and spoon the hot sauce over the pieces.

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etting the Israelis and Palestinians to the peace table wasn’t easy, and keeping them there is proving a challenge for a very determined Secretary of State John Kerry. His greatest worry has to be that both sides may be looking for a blame-avoiding excuse to take a walk. That may have been part of Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to announce that he was calling off the fourth session of secret talks which was to have been held Monday, Aug. 26, in Jericho. His excuse was the violent clash in the Qalandya refugee camp near Ramallah earlier that day that left three Palestinians dead and several wounded when a large crowd attacked Israeli soldiers who had gone in to arrest a suspected terrorist.

Demands Intervention But Abbas may have had something else in mind. Instead of saying such encounters emphasize the need for a peace agreement he went in the opposite direction, focusing instead on escalating his threats against Israel and using the incident to press his demand for direct American intervention in the talks. His spokesman repeated old threats to ¿le charges of war crimes, ethnic cleansing, genocide and other offenses in the World Court and various other international agencies in response to the Qalandya incident and continued settlement construction. That doesn’t sound like a con¿dence building measure by one who says he wants a peaceful end to the conÀict. Abbas has to decide whether he wants to poison the well or make peace. He can’t have it both ways. Similarly Netanyahu’s expanded settlement construction is also well poison in the eyes of many. In Palestinian-Israeli negotiations it has become irritatingly common for each side to declare its purity of heart and genuine desire for peace while questioning the other’s intentions and integrity. It would appear that the last thing the Palestinians want is to be alone in the room with the Israelis. The last thing Netanyahu wants is to have the Americans at the table, where he fears he could be outnumbered. The Palestinian leadership is accusing the United States of not taking the talks seriously enough and demanding Washington “immediately intervene and block a complete collapse of the peace process.”

Saving Face? What Abbas really wants is for the United States to be his negotiator. In

fact, he would like to internationalize the talks, bringing in not only the Americans but the Europeans, the United Nations and the Russians as well. That is not only because he is con¿dent that America’s vision of what a ¿nal agreement should look like is much closer to his than Netanyahu’s, but also because to make peace he knows he will have to make some dif¿cult compromises and he would rather make any needed concessions to the Americans than to the Israelis. That would also be much easier to sell at home. What he chooses to ignore is that all of Israel’s historic breakthroughs with the Arabs—peace with Egypt and Jordan and the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians—were achieved through direct negotiations between the parties themselves, free of any U.S. involvement. Washington was only brought in as the closer, and that is the way it should be.

Abbas Breaks Gag Rule Also this week Abbas broke Kerry’s gag rule on the talks by complaining to visitors that no progress had been made in the first three sessions because of Israeli foot-dragging. Kerry has insisted—and until now successfully—that what happens in the room stays in the room. He was to be the only one authorized to speak publicly; in his view the less that leaked out the better the chances to avoid pressure from the varied interests outside the room and the greater the chances for success. Abbas’ leak may be part of his strategy to raise the pressure on Washington and Jerusalem. It came in a recent meeting with leftist Israeli Knesset members in which he complained that the Israelis are stalling. If it were up to him they would be meeting every day or two instead of every week or 10 days, he said. His interview also serves a worthy purpose that Netanyahu could do well to emulate. Public diplomacy. Abbas began with a group of Israeli lawmakers, mostly from the Meretz party, and ministers who support the two-state approach and he is expected to expand that by inviting members of Knesset’s

Caucus on Ending the Israeli-Arab Conflict to Ramallah to toast Rosh Hashanah. In July, a group of Palestinian parliamentarians were hosted at Knesset and their flag flew over the Israeli parliament. Remember it was Sadat’s public diplomacy in November 1977 that changed the Middle East; there may be no Sadats today, but even lesser men like Netanyahu and Abbas can reach out across borders and speak directly to the people.

Leaders Needed! Abbas spoke to his Israeli visitors about border adjustments, an end to the conflict, a demilitarized state, no more territorial claims to Jaffa, Acre, Safed and Haifa or other places inside Israel, which sounded like dropping the right of return demand for refugees. It was all reported in the Israeli media, which many Palestinians see, but they need to hear these things directly so they know it is not just for foreign consumption. He has said he is willing to meet with Netanyahu. Rather than another photo-op, the cause of peace would be better served by each inviting the other to his capital to speak of his vision for peace. Netanyahu needs to engage in greater public diplomacy, not with speeches on Capitol Hill, lectures in European capitals or cartoons at the UN but right in his own back yard. He spoke passionately to the Israeli people about the difficult decision he made “for the good of the country” in releasing 104 Palestinian prisoners, many with Jewish blood on their hands, because he felt it served a higher purpose. It is time for both leaders to speak frankly to their own people and to their neighbors about the compromises ahead, and how neither can have everything they want, or have been promised. There will be compromises on borders, refugees, security and Jerusalem. It makes no sense to persist with maximalist demands unless you’re making a case against peace. It’s time to stop making threats and questioning the other’s side’s motives. Leadership means leading, not kvetching.

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Broccoli with Panko Makes 4 servings 1 small bunch broccoli, about 3 stalks 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 garlic cloves, ¿nely chopped ½ cup Panko bread crumbs Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Separate the broccoli into Àorets and set the stems aside for another use. Steam the Àorets until they are bright green but still crisp to the bite. Heat the oil in a wok. Add the garlic and saute over low heat for a few seconds. Add the Panko and stir until golden. Add the broccoli and combine well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Honey Cake Makes 2 loaves, each serving 12 I could not resist sharing this heirloom honey cake recipe. Following tradition, I make it every Rosh Hashanah. 2 tablespoons unsalted margarine, for greasing the pans 2 1/3 cups sifted unbleached all-purpose Àour, plus 2 tablespoons for dusting the pans 2 large eggs, room temperature Scant 2/3 cup sugar 1 cup strong brewed tea (made with 3 tea bags), cooled 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 cup honey ½ medium-ripe banana, thoroughly mashed

Grated zest of 1 navel orange ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease two 5-by-9-inch loaf pans with margarine and dust with 2 tablespoons of the Àour. Invert the pans and tap to shake out the excess Àour. Place the eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer bowl. Using the balloon whisk attachment, beat them at medium speed, gradually adding the sugar until the mixture is pale and bubbles appear, about 5 minutes. Lower the speed and beat in the tea, oil, honey, banana, orange zest, cinnamon and cloves. Combine thoroughly. With a rubber spatula, gradually fold in the Àour, baking powder and baking soda, combining well after each addition. No traces of Àour should be visible. Pour the batter evenly into the two pans. Bake the pans side by side, without touching, on the middle shelf of the oven for 15 minutes. Increase the heat to 350 and bake for another 30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cakes on a wire rack. Run a metal spatula around the sides of the pans to loosen the cakes. Invert each pan onto a serving plate. These cakes freeze well. Wrap them individually in wax paper, then in foil, and place in plastic freezer bags.


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Rosh Hashanah: If you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all! What to wear, where to sit in shul, proper deportment at family dinner, alternative sauces for apple-dipping By LEO MARGUL


anuary’s secular New Year is ¿lled with obligations everyone enjoys like backwards counting, mass texts, and synchronized kissing in public. The Jewish New Year, while a joyous time, can be a maze of social, familial, and apple-related responsibilities that require more patience than waiting in the bathroom line during High Holiday services. Here are some things to keep in mind to make sure your New Year goes from Rosh Hashan-“ugh!” to Rosh Hashan-“ahh!”

Temple Fashion For some Jews, Rosh Hashanah marks one of the only times of year they make it to the temple. It’s your yearly grand premiere, so it’s time to stroll in like a majestic, Jewish peacock. For men, keep it classy with a form-¿tting suit. Make sure your shirt is deeply unbuttoned and that you have Star of David necklace-shaped tan lines, so that everyone knows you care enough to still wear it on the beach. Also, it’s something that makes you stand out, like a cool eye patch. That way when you casually wink at Shoshanna from Sunday school with your one good eye, she’ll know you are a serious man. I don’t know anything about women, so for a woman, probably some kind of shiny belt? And at least one shoe? Seriously, I know nothing about women.

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Apple Dipping It seems that apples gain magic powers during this time of year: you dip them into something sweet, and you have a sweet new year. If that’s the case, what happens when you dip apples into other things? • For a rich new year: Alfredo sauce • For a happy new year: On a clown • To meet a nice, Jewish girl: Old Birthright t-shirts Conversely, if you dip your ¿ngers into honey and then rub it onto an apple, you get a sweet tan. That’s a little weirder than these other ones, so you should probably avoid it.

Family Time Family dinner can only mean one thing: “Where are the Jewish babies?” To avoid questions like this, besides the old stealing-a-baby-and-pretendingit’s-yours device, you need to comment on the food as much as possible. Your parents will notice you’re eating a lot, and this will please, but, more importantly, distract them. Use phrases like: • “This ge¿lte ¿sh just spun a dreidel in my stomach, and it landed on gimel!” • “These scalloped potatoes come from the land of milk and yummy!” • “There’s a bar mitzvah in my mouth and this brisket just wrote me a check for $18!” Follow these tips and you’ll be wearing an eye patch, alienating your neighbors in temple, and dipping apples into strange items, but your Rosh Hashanah will be truly special.




A wine writer has no regrets A former wallflower rebel goes on a date with her Orthodox past By ALICE FEIRING



hen I received the Evite to my yeshiva high schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 40th reunion, I reverted from an East Village-based traveling wine writer to the awkward, alienated high school student I once was. Back then, the others wanted to go to Israel, but I longed for New York City. They wanted religion, but I longed to drop acid. They wanted to have babies, but I longed for books. I was lonely, rebellious and Âżlled with nearly unbearable needs. Shabbos felt claustrophobic, and so were the rabbis, who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand that I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t being rebellious: I simply had goals other than making a good Jewish home for a husband and family.

Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Go Home Again? As I stared at the screen I wondered, did I really have to revisit the witnesses to my torrid discontent? Couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t I just go forward without making the mistakes of Lotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife, looking back? Like her, curiosity got to me. I wanted to Âżnd out if I had grown out of my shyness and fear enough to assess my past with healthy distance. Weeks later I responded yes. I Googled my former classmates: Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been a Modern Orthodox group, but most of the girls had gone super-frum. The class beauty married a rabbi and bore 11 children in Israel. The son of a classmate had married Ivanka Trumpâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;of course she converted. There was no mention of Nathan anywhere, the kid who was my only date in high school.

Promises, Promises In our senior year, we sparked during lunch one afternoon. I smiled all week

when he asked me, the loner wallĂ&#x20AC;ower, to a movie. Nathan showed up after Shabbos with a plan: We were to head west to the Green Acres drive-in. I was no dummy. Even though I was inexperienced, I suspected what was on the evening menu. We rolled into our spot. His hand inched for my face. Our souls didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t collide, our bodies did, kissing and embracing. He delivered me home a changed girl, lips sore from the workout. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll call you,â&#x20AC;? he said. I believed him. But when the phone didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ring, I found out that he, like my father, had been two-timing. A friend told me that Nathanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girlfriend was so religious, even handholding was off limits. Ah, I understood. I was the â&#x20AC;&#x153;exoticâ&#x20AC;? one, the Modern Orthodox girl who yearned to be a hippie, who wore black armbands to protest the Vietnam War, who read forbidden books like Catcher in the Rye. Nathan thought he was going to get lucky.

My Only Jewish Date! This was only a few months after my father left home for another woman, a huge shanda in the neighborhood. I kept my parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; upcoming divorce a secret, but I felt this Âżrst rejection by a boy so soon after my fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more deeply than he could have imagined. As it turned out, Nathan wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t merely my only high school date, but my only Jewish dateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ever. Considering my 12 years in yeshiva, being raised by a mother who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comprehend that I could ever talk with a non-Jewish man let alone be with one, this was profound. Yet it seemed that as much as I tried, Jewish men and I were treif to each other. My college boyfriend was a Protestant from the New York City suburb of Islip,

Long Island. My Âżrst love, and the only man to ask me to marry him was a Boston Catholic. But if I did, my mother would sit shivah for me, so I declined. It went on from there. I had love. I had life. I had my independence and happiness. Or so I thought. As I stood before the Long Island mini-mansion of the reunion hostess, I felt my own Elizabeth Street tub-in-the-kitchen walkup was dwarfed in comparisonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and so was my life. Was I going to be the only pants-wearing, skin-showing single woman with no family pictures on my smartphone? I was also going to be the only one with two books published and a passport crammed with stamps, but reminding myself of this didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help. I sucked in a breath and passed through the rich, immaculate rooms down to the Formica den, just as if it were a sweet 16. The festivities were well under way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your hair is still red!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changed!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re famous!â&#x20AC;? Beneath the sheitels and the yarmulkes, they were still the old classmates, lovely people. No one judged me for living the secular life. I surveyed the room, thankful the person I had come to confront was missing.

Reading From Old Script? Sometime after the dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;var Torah and kosher sushi, a Âżt, short, conÂżdent man with wiry hair walked in, causing quite the stir.

I never realized he had been so liked by all. He wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really handsome, but he had that spark. This was the time for a Bloody Mary, but there was not even a drop of Manischewitz in sight. Full of fake conÂżdence, I bounded over to the guy who broke my teen heart. Instead of asking him why he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t call, I went cool and asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;So what have you turned into?â&#x20AC;? Nathan looked at me blankly. Was it possible he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember me? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alice,â&#x20AC;? I reminded him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A father, a husband and a dentist, but not a boring one. And you?â&#x20AC;? he asked so politely, he clearly still had no idea who I was. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A wine writer,â&#x20AC;? and added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but not a boring one.â&#x20AC;? As I was summoning up my nerve to tell him how hurt I was after our date and how he was the last Jew I went out with, he was spirited away. I waved to him on my way out and he stunned me with three familiar words: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll call you.â&#x20AC;? I stiĂ&#x20AC;ed a laugh. I wanted to exclaim, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still reading from the same script!â&#x20AC;? I understood he wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t call me. A married man with a wife and kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want him to call. I left the mini-mansion eager to head back to the city, where I belonged. I had the chutzpah to look into my past and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn into a pillar of salt. Finally home, I kissed my mezuzah, walked past my threshold and felt in my bones there were no regrets. Alice Feiring is a James Beard Award-winning wine writer, author of the books Naked Wine and The Battle for Wine and Love, and a newsletter for organic, biodynamic and natural wines.

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y first web site nearly got me killed. I was building it using a Bondi blue G3 iMac that my dad brought home from work. At the time, I didn’t know HTML, or that I could have just used GeoCities. The best I could do was use Microsoft Word and save things as an.html file. I got as far as creating a single page with a black background, bright red text, and an animated GIF of a spinning globe on it. Cutting-edge stuff for the fall of 1998, my sophomore year in high school. During a meeting of the Computer Club, I showed my friend, Whitey, the Website I was working on. Whitey had bragged for weeks about the traffic his tribute Website for The Simpsons was getting. Knowing I wanted to share my alleged wit with the world, Whitey told me the Web could help me find an audience, but then declared my current efforts to be a failure.

Go ‘Respectable’? He volunteered to build me a “more respectable” Website. We called the new Website “The Island” because of my obsession with the New York Islanders, a team that embodies mediocrity. My goal with this new site was to document the stupid things that came out of my mouth, which I kept in a notebook (a practice I continue to this day and recommend you follow. Not just for jokes, but anything. If you don’t write it down, it’ll be gone forever). Whitey didn’t find any of that stuff funny, though, so he suggested we brainstorm something else we could publish. The next time I came to his house, we got to talking about how much we hated life at Monroe-Woodbury Senior High School. We were both picked on relentlessly. Whitey was teased for being a computer nerd, back when that warranted a wedgie and not a hundred million dollars in venture capital. And me?

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Hate Rants To help blow off some steam, Whitey suggested we create a Website where we mock our school and everyone in it. He would do the coding, and I would do the content—most of which consisted of audio files, each featuring a rant about a student we didn’t like. We had a bunch of other things on there, too, but the highlight was “The Top 50 Assh---s Who Go to Monroe-Woodbury Senior High School.” The top fifty was a list I built and maintained by going through old yearbooks and identifying people who had picked on Whitey and me. The idea was that we would then rank those people based on how big of a dick they were that particular week. At first, The Island only received a few hits a day. Then Whitey’s friend, Brian Egan, passed the link on to some of his friends through AOL Instant Messenger, saying, “look at what Whitey made!” Word got around, and suddenly we were hit with something ridiculous like twenty-bazillion hits an hour. The Island had “gone viral.” To avoid our parents discovering

the Website, we kept our names off it. Whitey took the added step of having one his friends host it on a private server... a server that soon crashed under the weight of all that traffic. Unfortunately, it didn’t crash fast enough to keep our classmates from printing “The Top 50” list and circulating it around school under the title of “Whitey’s Death List.” When The Island came back, we were shocked to find that most people loved it, so much so that the audio files I did were recorded onto cassette tapes and passed around school like a Metallica bootleg. A lot of people didn’t talk to me back then, hence the sustained electoral failure, so at first no one knew of my involvement. They thought it was all Whitey’s idea, and, out of fear, I didn’t contradict them. But when our classmates matched my voice with the rants, a weird thing happened. They kept harassing Whitey for being a computer nerd, but aside from the football team—who now wanted to kill me—everyone else wanted to be my friend. The Island got me the attention I was looking for. Copyright © 2012 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press, LLC. To keep up with B.J., visit



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The good news: the bad didn’t happen! Fighting over Jewish pluralism in 5773 By URIEL HEILMAN



n 5773, the religious wars just would not go away. In Israel, elections that extended Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure as prime minister delivered big wins to two anti-Orthodox-establishment upstarts, Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett. For the ¿rst time in nearly two decades, Israel’s coalition government included no haredi Orthodox parties.

A Few Plusses For Liberals The Israel Defense Forces took concrete steps toward ending the draft exemption for haredi men. Israel’s Ministry of Religious Services agreed for the ¿rst time to allow non-Orthodox rabbis to serve in communal positions with state-funded salaries. The Reform and Conservative movements ¿nally broke through years of apathy to get the Israeli government to consider changes to the Orthodox monopoly over ritual and prayer at the Western Wall, but there has been no movement beyond proposals.

In the United States, Yeshivat Maharat, a New York school for women founded four years ago to train Orthodox female rabbinic authorities, graduated its ¿rst class of Orthodox clergy, known as maharats. The Supreme Court granted federal bene¿ts to same-sex couples and struck down a California law banning gay marriage in the state.

Scandals While Jewish liberals seemed to have a good year, Orthodox leaders and institutions found themselves on the defensive. Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, was arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering. Yeshiva University, the Àagship institution of Modern Orthodoxy, became the subject of a $380 million lawsuit by former students alleging that two rabbis who used to teach at the Y.U. high school for boys in the 1970s and ’80s committed hundreds of acts of sex abuse. When Y.U.’s chancellor, Rabbi Norman Lamm, announced he was stepping down, he apologized for mishandling the allegations when he was university president. The Satmar Chasidic community in New York became embroiled in its own sex scandal when it lined up to support an unlicensed therapist from Brooklyn charged with the repeated sexual assault of a female teenager in his care. Even after Nechemya Weberman was found guilty and sentenced to 103 years in prison, the community’s support did not waver. Rather, Satmar leaders inveighed against the victim and her supporters. A few days after the trial, a Chasidic assailant threw bleach in the face of a community rabbi, Nuchem Rosenberg, who advocates for victims of sex abuse.

sex abuse than the prevalence of sexual misdeeds among Orthodox Jews. For all the triumphs that Jewish liberals saw this year, demographic trends suggest that the Jewish communities in the United States and Israel are growing less liberal. Data released in January from the 2011 Jewish population study of New York showed that two-thirds of the metropolitan region’s Jewish population growth over the last decade occurred in two haredi neighborhoods in Brooklyn. While there hasn’t been a national Jewish population study in more than a decade, the data from America’s largest Jewish community suggest that Orthodox Jews, with their high birthrates, will represent an ever-larger proportion of the American Jewish community. “The traditional population of American Jews has high fertility and the non-Orthodox population as a group is well below replacement level,” New York University sociologist Steven M. Cohen, one of the researchers who conducted the study, told JTA. “So American Jewry, with no other change, will become increasingly traditional in the years to come.” While fertility rates among non-Orthodox Israelis are not as low as those of American Jews, they lag far behind those of Orthodox Israelis.


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If it’s not on sale… I don’t need it! For extreme kosher couponers, it’s about the thrill of never paying retail— but it’s also about giving By YAFFA KLUGERMAN



nita Batt’s weekly grocery shopping goes something like this: First, she checks several online coupon blogs, which offer guidance about the best sales and coupon combinations in stores such as CVS, Kroger and Target. Next, Batt prints the several dozen coupons she will use and places them in her organizer sorted by store. Then she visits about six stores, sometimes performing multiple transactions at the same location to maximize savings. Her purchases are stored in her basement, where stacks of toilet paper and paper towels are piled to the ceiling. About 20 shelves hold items like 34 bottles of barbecue sauce, 18 boxes of coffee packets, 20 bottles of shampoo, 16 bottles of salad dressing and about every type of cleaning supply imaginable.

feeling that we shouldn’t have to do that,” said Lesley Zwick, 36, a self-described shopaholic who lives in Huntington Woods, Mich., and created her own couponing and bargains blog about a year ago,

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“It looks like I don’t need all that stuff,” acknowledged Batt, 43, who works fulltime and keeps kosher. “But I get it when it’s on sale, so I never have to buy something that’s not on sale.” When the economic downturn and the success of TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” bolstered the popularity of clipping coupons, many Jewish consumers struggling to cover their own big-ticket items—like day school tuition or summer camp fees— discovered coupons could help them make ends meet, too. “There used to be a certain stigma within some circles of Jewish people who would not clip coupons because there’s a

Mara Strom says interest in couponing in the Jewish community is growing. Her blog,, receives more than 125,000 hits per month, she says. Strom hosts online webinars with hundreds of students from all over the United States and Israel, and has lectured to Jewish communities throughout the country. “While we may not get coupons for our kosher meat and cheese, we can save a fortune on the rest of the items in our grocery cart,” said Strom, who lives in Kansas City, Mo. “These savings create margin in our total budget, which means that the $12.99-a-pound cut of kosher brisket is less of a ¿nancial burden.”

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Jodi Samuels, co-creater of the New York-based JDeal. com, also has seen the appeal of coupons throughout the Jewish community—and not just among those who keep kosher. The site has a database of 85,000 names and offers more than 30 deals a month on products and activities, most of which have Jewish themes. The most popular deals, Samuels says, are those involving charities or food. Such coupons can spur hundreds of sales in one day. “The old saying that Jews never pay retail is true,” she said. “They are happy to have a deal.” Batt agreed. “I see more and more of my friends couponing,” she said.

Coupons For Kosher Products Meanwhile, Orthodox coupon bloggers are helping to dispel the notion that keeping kosher and clipping coupons are mutually exclusive. “I hear a lot of incorrect assumptions that there aren’t coupons for the kosher products people use,” said Miriam W., the 23-year-old founder of a Philadelphia-based blog, TheKosherCouponLady. com, which launched in May and gets about 2,500 views each month. “People just need to know where to look. Even with the biggest food restrictions, you can always focus

on saving money on non-food products like toiletries and paper goods.” Serious couponers say the savings can add up to a lot more than a few pennies. Miriam, who asked that her last name not be printed, recalls with pride the time her coupons whittled her $255.88 bill to a mere 11 cents. Batt, who buys only items that are on sale and have coupons, says she typically pays 70 percent to 80 percent less for each item—and that is if she pays for them at all. “I never pay for toothpaste and dental Àoss,” she said. Combining coupons and store sales often can yield free merchandise—or even a pro¿t.

The Giving Component Batt spends about $100 a week on groceries for her four family members living at home. Before she started clipping coupons, her typical weekly groceries cost three to four times as much. She said the savings have allowed her to dramatically reduce debt and save toward a family trip to Israel. The impact of serious couponing can go beyond one’s own household. Batt’s stockpile, for example, has bene¿ted many members of the Detroit Jewish community: When a young couple gets married, she invites them to take what they need from her supplies. “I let them take four to ¿ve shopping bags full of medicine, toothbrushes, sunscreen or whatever they need to help them start their life,” she said. “That’s my favorite part about doing this.” Miriam does something similar. “Real ‘kosher’ couponing,” she said, “is about giving, not about taking.”




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You can’t take it for granted! Rosh Hashanah is especially sweet when you’re the lone Jewish family in a small town By MARILYN SHAPIRO his coming week, my husband, Larry, and I, as we have done for over 30 years, will attend Rosh Hashanah services at Congregation Beth Shalom. We will hear the shofar, listen to melodies that we only get to hear on the High Holy Days, and greet our friends with L’Shana Tova. Attending services in Clifton Park is very different from growing up in Keeseville, a town of 2000 people 90 minutes south of Montreal. My uncle Paul had opened up a Pearl’s, one of a chain of small department stores that he had established in Vermont and upstate New York, and he hired my father to manage it. Although my parents had both grown up in New York City in Jewish neighborhoods, they had lived most of their married life in towns with small Jewish communities in Vermont and upstate New York. In 1952, however, they found themselves in a town where they were the only Jewish family except for one childless couple, a lawyer and his wife. The next Jewish family didn’t move in until the mid Sixties.


15 Miles to See Jews My parents immediately joined a reform temple in Plattsburgh. We attended High Holy Day services and, depending on weather conditions for the 15-mile drive, Friday night services. Saturday services were only held for the boys’ bar mitzvahs; all the girls were con¿rmed at 16. My parents insisted that we get a Jewish education. For twenty years, our father made the trip up Route 9 every Sunday with whoever was between the ages of ¿ve to 16 for three hours of lessons. We would always get into Plattsburgh a half hour early, and he would take us to the newsstand across the street from the temple on Oak

MARILYN SHAPIRO, AT LOWER LEFT, AT A FAMILY HOLIDAY DINNER IN 1960 Street to buy the Sunday papers for himself and comic books for us: my brother, Jay, chose Batman; my sisters, Laura and Bobbie, would get Archie and Richie Rich, and I, Classics Illustrated—our perk for going to Sunday school.

Waiting, Reading, Smoking Dad would wait for us in his running car, reading the paper and smoking Kents. Over the years, all of us learned Jewish history, customs, and ethics. Jay learned Hebrew for his bar mitzvah; we three girls learned the six-word Shema, and blessings over bread, candles and wine. Every Sunday, when we got home, Mom would have a Sunday dinner of pot roast, roasted potatoes, candied carrots, pickles, and delicious spiced apples from a jar, another perk for our going to Sunday school. As residents of Keeseville and members of a temple in Plattsburgh, we were in two

worlds. The residents of Keeseville were generally welcoming to our family, and we experienced little overt anti-Semitism. There were moments, however, that are etched in our memories. My parents were usually included in the town’s social activities, but there were “lost” invitations to events, and a few who wouldn’t shop in the “Jew store.” On rare occasions, insults were direct: when I was around six, playing on my front lawn with my doll, a teenage boy from up the street came by and, giving the goose salute, yelled “Heil Hitler!” When I ran inside crying, my brother, four years older than I, ran out to chase him down and punch him in the nose. When my brother was in high school, the local priest advised his young female parishioners that it was best not to date “Hebrews.” This did not help Jay’s social life.

Missing Yom Kippur Games Jewish holidays emphasized this otherness. We children did not attend school on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and my father closed the store, an event worthy of coverage in the Essex County Republican. Jay, who played football for Keeseville Central, missed every game that fell on Yom Kippur, again news strange enough to make the local paper. Everyone in town knew that “the Cohens were celebrating their Jewish holidays,” but I was still sensitive to our being the only children missing school. One Rosh Hashanah, I was pushing my doll carriage in front of the house when I felt very uncomfortable. What if someone saw me and wondered if I was playing hooky? I went inside to avoid scrutiny and a possible visit from the truancy of¿cer.

Conversely, as we did not live in Plattsburgh, we often felt like outsiders at Temple Israel. My mother, the daughter of Russian immigrants, did not feel as if she ¿t in with many of the women, who were often third- or fourth-generation German Jews. For many years, I saw other Jewish children only at Sunday school. As I got older, I joined a Jewish youth group and ¿nally had Jewish friends, but for the most part, our friends were our Christian classmates from Keeseville. We all dated in high school, but my parents pressed upon us the their wish that we would leave Keeseville after high school and make our lives in settings with more Jewish people. In part because of my desire to be with other Jewish students, I enrolled in University of Albany in 1968. While at college, I attended High Holy Day services at Beth Emeth in Albany, or Hillel.

Orthodox is Foreign! When I met Larry in 1973, I went to High Holy Day services with him at Congregation Shaara T’Filla, the Orthodox shul to which his family belonged in Saratoga. What a dramatic difference for me! Men sat in the center pews, and the women, although not separated by a mechitzah, sat in the back or on the sides. Most of the service was in Hebrew, and everyone davened so fast I wouldn’t have been able to follow at all except for the page numbers that were displayed on the bema. The services were much longer than those at Temple Israel, and the rabbis, with their black beards, yarmulkes, and tallises, were strange to me. It was as foreign to me as the Catholic churches where I had gone for my friends’ weddings. After Larry and I were married, we bought a home in Clifton Park, in part because a synagogue was being built there. We joined in 1983, and we found that the Conservative service was a good compromise between Larry’s Orthodox shul and my reform temple. Ten years later, I celebrated my own bat mitzvah on my father’s eightieth birthday, my way of honoring his commitment to our Jewish education. Throughout my life, people always assume that I was brought up in New York City or on Long Island. When I tell them about growing up in Keeseville, they comment, “That must have been really hard!” It was hard, but rather than losing my Jewish identity, I believe it grew stronger because I never could take being a Jew for granted. How could I, when my upbringing was so unique, and I had to hold on to it so tightly in order to survive. And having a faith I had to ¿ght for makes 5774, as it has been every year, very sweet.

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From the charts to your machzor: songs for the High Holidays By BINYAMIN KAGEDAN


ryan Adams live at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany, on June 3, 2007. The heart-wrenching power of Adams’s voice in “Please

I can,” sings Paul. Sometimes we lose faith in our ability to grow out of lifelong patterns of getting hurt and hurting back, but the song insists that change is always possible when we open our hearts and truly listen to our loved ones.

the ever-present possibility of a fresh start. Her chorus offers an optimistic counter to the traditional image of the sealing of the book of fate: “Today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten...”

4. “Please Forgive Me” (Bryan Adams) This one is about saying sorry for loving too much, rather than too little. After all, don’t many of our conÀicts come from holding on too tight? Not to mention the heart-wrenching power of Adams’s voice, which moves the listener like good chazzanut ought to.

And a few more just for fun… “Oops I Did It Again” (Britney Spears) This song marked the original pop princess’s transition from ing?nue to femme fatale. Perhaps it can inspire those of us who walk around feeling ethically spotless to remember that we all make the same mistakes (and usually twice). “On Bended Knee” (Boys II Men) Those of us Jews who are not football players (so, all of us) only take a knee once a year — during the Yom Kippur musaf service, when cantors, rabbis, and often whole congregations bow down in

5. “Unwritten” (Natasha Beding¿eld) Here is one for the millennials. A talented young British singer/songwriter, Beding¿eld sings with conviction about Forgive Me” (No. 4 on the High Holidays playlist) moves the listener like good chazzanut ought to, writes Binyamin Kagedan. Photo by Marco Maas via Wikimedia Commons. In time for the 2013 High Holiday season, has compiled a list of the top ¿ve popular songs to put you in the mood for introspection, repentance, and renewal—and a few just to make you smile.

Here is your High Holidays playlist: 1. “Who By Fire” (Leonard Cohen) The consummate coffeehouse theologian lands in the number one spot on our list, having borrowed the title and concept of this song directly from the emotional centerpiece of the High Holidays liturgy, Un’taneh Tokef. Another song of Cohen’s deserves honorable mention here: “The Story of Isaac,” a post-modern retelling of the famous near sacri¿ce that highlights the moral ambiguity of Abraham’s choice. The section of Genesis that contains the original story is read as the Rosh Hashanah Torah service. 2. “Man in the Mirror” (Michael Jackson) Back from the time when Top 40 songs were still allowed to have simple moral messages, the prince of pop reminds us that changing the world must always begin with changing oneself. As with the silent confessions of the Yom Kippur musaf the High Holidays are a time to give our friends and family a break and turn our critical eye to the person looking back at us in the mirror. 3. “Getting Better” (The Beatles) Paul McCartney performs in 1976, with his late wife Linda in the background. McCartney sings “Man, I was mean, but I’m changing my scene and I’m doing the best that I can” in “Getting Better,” No. 3 on the High Holidays playlist. Photo by Jim Summaria via Wikimedia Commons.

unison to commemorate the ancient temple service. “Wake Me Up When September Ends” (Green Day) For the shul-shluffer (synagogue sleeper) in all of us. Binyamin Kagedan has a master’s degree in Jewish thought from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Readers: Do you have any favorite contemporary songs that put you in the mood for the High Holiday season? We would love to hear what they are! Please send us an e-mail including a sentence or two about why you think the song does the trick! Please include your name and town. We would like to hear from you by Sept. 8. Send to

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As they delight in small things, children can teach us to open the door to forgive and to love porary poet Ruth Brin speaks about God as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the source of love springing up in us.â&#x20AC;? The liturgy on Rosh Hashanah challenges us to confront the meaning of God in our lives and then develop a level of intimacy with the ineffable. While I am still not sure what God is, I am coming to appreciate the view that God is what inspires us to live our lives in service to others. Children have a natural ability to be awestruck. There is so little that they have experienced in life that it must be easy for them to experience wonder. We watch their delight as they Âżnd out how a salad spinner works, or when they Âżnd a worm squirming in the dirt, or when they observe how Ă&#x20AC;owers change colors as they enter full bloom. These are not simply the sweet moments of childhood. These are ways of being that have deep theological resonance.




deep spiritual life is hard to Âżnd. While opportunities abound for spiritual connections (yoga, meditation, retreats and the like), for most of us it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come easy. The noise, unÂżnished to-do lists and the distractions of everyday life interfere with quieting our minds, letting go of our egos for a moment and connecting to something far greater than ourselves.

Learning From Children On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we notice just how difÂżcult it is to connect spiritually. As we log in hours of prayer at our neighborhood synagogues, with unfamiliar liturgy and an unfamiliar language, we can easily let the longing for spiritual growth morph into a longing for the service to be over. But for some, the spiritual life that we crave comes naturally. This is particularly true for children. Yes, they may be running through the synagogueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aisles and â&#x20AC;&#x153;whisperingâ&#x20AC;? too loudly, but this time of year they can become our best teachers. We just need to slow down enough to listen to them.

High Five To God Relating to God comes easy for children. As an adult, a relationship with God has never been central to my Jewish identity. It might sound strange because I live an observant life and prayer is important to me. The weekly holiday cycle punctuates my familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calendar and Jewish ethics guide much of my behavior. Still, I seldom credit my observance to God. Judaism is important to me because it adds meaning to my life. If I start speaking about God, I start to feel self-conscious, too â&#x20AC;&#x153;religiousâ&#x20AC;? and slightly fundamentalist. Then I notice how easily my kids speak about God. At 3, my son periodically gave a high Âżve to God and explained to others what

a blessing was. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A brachah,â&#x20AC;? he would say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is like a group hug.â&#x20AC;? With his simple young mind, he experienced both a level of intimacy with God and recognized that connecting to God helps one develop a sense of intimacy with others.

Images To Resonate The rabbis call Rosh Hashanah â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coronation Day.â&#x20AC;? In the rabbinic mind, the metaphor of crowning God as ruler and giving God the right to judge our actions was a powerful way to galvanize Jews to do the hard work of repentance, or teshuvah. While the image of a king sitting in judgment might motivate some, the rabbis also knew that God is indescribable. Throughout the liturgy, they struggled to Âżnd other images that might penetrate the hearts of those who pray. The famous medieval piyut (liturgical poem) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ki Anu Amekhaâ&#x20AC;? portrays God as a parent, a shepherd, a creator and lover. The images continued to proliferate in modern times. The theologian Mordechai Kaplan spoke of God as the power that makes for good in the world. The contem-

A Journey Towards Wonder Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel recalls in Who is Man (1965), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Awe is a sense for transcendence, for the reference everywhere to mystery beyond all things. It enables us â&#x20AC;Ś to sense in small things the beginning of inÂżnite signiÂżcance, to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple: to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal.â&#x20AC;? Would that we could develop that sense of awe by Âżrst simply noticing our surroundings instead of being preoccupied with what comes next. We can make space this Rosh Hashanah to begin a journey toward wonder, whether you notice the cantorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice as he or she reaches a certain note, or hear the crackle of a candy wrapper, or connect to the sound of your own breathing during the standing silent Amidah prayer. Take a walk during the High Holidays and notice the leaves on the trees, the sunlight refracting from a window, the taste of holiday food at a meal or the voice of a loved one. Notice the small things and consider for that moment that they have ultimate signiÂżcance.

Slow Down And Focus Consider the concept that Rosh Hashanah marks the birth of the world. Act as if nothing existed before this moment. Slow down, focus in, be silent and you may experience awe. Children forgive easily, grown-ups not so much. The central work of the period of the High Holidays is teshuvah, or return. We return to our better selves and make amends with those whom we have hurt in some way. Every year I recognize how uncomfortable I am to ask for forgiveness from family members, peers and colleagues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So much time has passedâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure they forgot about that incidentâ&#x20AC;? are common rationalizations I offer.

Forgiveness And Love While it takes an adult days, weeks or even years to let go of resentment, it takes children a matter of minutes before they are back to laughing with those with whom they once were angry. While it might be difÂżcult to coax an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorryâ&#x20AC;? from a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lips, they rebound quickly. It is a lesson for us. Children offer their love freely. I am overwhelmed daily with the unbridled love that my 2 ?-year-old daughter gives me as she jumps into my arms, hair Ă&#x20AC;ying, at the end of each day. For many adults, the doors of possibility seem to close more and more with every passing year. In contrast, the ecstatic joy and free spirit that children naturally exude is a lesson in being open to the fullness of life. This Rosh Hashanah, let the children be our teachers. As we do teshuvah, let us return to a simpler time and the more childlike parts of ourselvesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;when a relationship with God was intimate, when awe came easy, when we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t harbor resentments and when the door was open wide to forgive and to love. Dasee Berkowitz is a contributing writer to JTA.





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The good news: the bad didn’t happen! Continued from Page 9 The relative size of Israel’s haredi community as a share of Israel’s total population is expected to double by 2020, to 16 percent.

Clashes Over Jewish Values In Israel, the culture wars between haredi and non-haredi have focused on the haredi draft exemption and the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly over marriage. The haredi establishment has mostly succeeded in protecting the status quo on both those counts, notwithstanding changes in the draft law. When the 150 or so electors charged with choosing new Ashkenazi and Sephardic chief rabbis went to the polls in July, they rejected the reformist favorite David Stav and instead elected two haredim, David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef, the sons of former chief rabbis. In the American Jewish community, the battle has not been between denominations but over Jewish values. Is it a Jewish value to support the right of gays to marry or does the practice contravene Jewish ethics? Should Jews be advocating for greater government funding for private religious schools or ¿ghting the use of taxpayer money in non-public schools? Should Jews press Washington to make a concerted push for Israeli-Palestinian peace or is such pressure right now not in Israel’s best interests? The divisions among American Jews on these issues do not fall neatly along denominational lines. Meanwhile, the American Jewish political divide appears slowly to be widening. Though Jews as a whole still skew heavily Democratic, in last November’s election President Obama dropped at least six points among Jews from 2008, winning an estimated 68 percent of the Jewish vote. The 2012 election also ushered in a Congress with fewer Jewish members than at any time since the 1990s.

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Consensus On International Issues The divides over politics and religion stood in sharp contrast to the relative consensus that held up through much of the year on international issues. There was practical unanimity on concern that Syria’s civil war not spill over the border, that instability in Egypt not turn the Sinai Peninsula into a breeding ground for Islamic militants, that Iran be prevented from acquiring nuclear weapons capability, that the European Union enforce its decision to designate Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist organization. But external threats did not dominate communal discourse in 5773. There wasn’t the same public urgency on Iran as in past years. The Egyptian coup in July was less of a concern for Israel than the 2011 revolution that overthrew longtime ally Hosni Mubarak.

Lasting Scars The Israeli-Palestinian relationship was marked more by the absence of progress than anything else—until U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry managed to coax both sides back to the negotiating table in July. There was a miniwar in Gaza in November 2012 that lasted eight days and resulted in the deaths of some 150 Palestinians and six Israelis, but after that Israel’s border with Gaza was mostly quiet. It was tragedy in the United States that left the community with lasting scars. Late last October, a massive storm surge generated by Hurricane Sandy battered communities, synagogues and Jewish schools up and down the northeast coast. UJA-Federation of New York convened an emergency meeting to authorize $10 million for rebuilding efforts, many of which continue today. Outside of the United States and Israel, the big Jewish stories included the banning of Jewish ritual slaughter in Poland and a new German law regulating ritual circumcision; a controversial exhibit at Berlin’s Jewish museum dubbed “Jew in a box” and a new Jewish museum in

TWO CHASIDIC MEN WALK IN WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN. ALONG WITH BOROUGH PARK, THE NEIGHBORHOOD ACCOUNTS FOR TWO-THIRDS OF OVERALL JEWISH POPULATION GROWTH IN THE NEW YORK AREA, ACCORDING TO NEW DETAILS FROM A 2012 STUDY. (Gedal ya Got t denger via Cr eat ive Commons) Warsaw; a much-criticized deal between the Argentinean and Iranian governments to investigate the 1994 AMIA Jewish community center bombing; sex abuse scandals in Australia; concerns about far-right movements in Hungary and Greece, and the appointment of a new chief rabbi in England.

Good News There was some good news here: None of these stories was about a major Jewish calamity. To be sure, the Jewish people suffered tragedies in 5773—from natural disasters, from Gaza rocket ¿re. But for a people obsessed with survival and accustomed to attacks, the absence of mass casualty events in 5773 made it a remarkable year!




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Rosh Hashanah— a sweet and nutritious holiday Honey can be used as medicine, not to mention in a cake!



pples, dates, pomegranates, beets, carrots, pumpkin, leeks, sweet potatoes, chicken, brisket...shofar, so good!...but what about the honey we traditionally use for the apple dip, or for baking and cooking during the holiday? Does this sweet tradition for a healthy year add to, or detract from, healthy eating?

Never Feed Honey To Babies Swarming to honey is a good thing nutritionally and medically with a major exception: Never feed honey to anyone under the age of one year. An infant’s immune system and intestinal tract are not mature enough to handle potential botulism spores in the honey. Honey can give babies botulism, a serious paralytic condition. A caveat for older kids and adults is that honey, like sugar, is a source of carbohydrates and calories. This information should be taken into account in the diets for diabetes and weight control. Adults, unlike infants, can handle honey without the risk of getting botulism. Bene¿ts of honey include its role in: 1. Cough suppression—especially helpful for children between 2 and 6 years of

age since the FDA recommends avoiding over-the-counter cough and cold medications in this age group. 2. Maintaining muscle glycogen stores after athletic endurance training. 3. Treatment of wounds — topical application of Manuka honey (from New Zealand) is sometimes used as part of the treatment for wounds, including for skin ulcers and pressure sores. Consult with a medical professional before using honey in this way. Different types of honey are commonly available, including clover, orange blossom, Manuka, and buckwheat. Varieties of honey differ by color, Àavor, Àower source, location obtained, and season the bees are busy at work. Although choosing honey to use is generally a matter of preference, buckwheat honey is believed to be best for treating cold and cough symptoms and Manuka honey is believed best for wound healing. The USDA grades honey based on aroma, clarity, and Àavor. It is important to note that although the grade of honey does not take color into account, the better antibacterial and antioxidant properties of honey are most often found in the darker varieties. Honey can replace sugar in most recipes by simply using a smaller amount — approximately one-half to three-quarters of a cup of honey for each cup of sugar. In additon, each cup of sugar replaced should be balanced by also reducing the amount

of non-honey liquid in the recipe. Placing honey that has crystallized in its container in hot water will help it return to a liquid state (microwaving alters the taste) Lastly, reduce the cooking temperature by 25°F as honey is associated with foods browning more easily. In addition to drizzling your apple slices with honey this Rosh Hashanah, try using honey in tea and lemonade instead of white sugar; instead of sugary fruit yogurts, mix honey into plain yogurt; make yummy sandwiches with whole wheat bread ¿lled with almond butter, bananas, and honey; add honey and unsweetened melted dark chocolate to milk, soymilk, or almond milk and heat for a nutritious milkshake. I hope you will enjoy my traditional honey cake recipe and my wish that you enjoy a healthy, sweet, and nutritious new year!

Fran’s Honey Cake Sprinkle brown sugar and slivered almonds to coat bottom of baking pan 1 cup hot coffee 1 3/4 c honey 4 eggs 1/4 c oil 1 1/4 c brown sugar 3 1/2 c whole wheat Àour (or rice Àour and garbanzo Àour blend with xanthan gum for gluten free) 1 T baking powder 1 t baking soda 1/2 t ground ginger

1/4 t ground cloves 1/4 t ground nutmeg 3/4 c slivered almonds 3/4 c dried cranberries 1. Preheat oven to 300 F. 2. Line large loaf pan with brown sugar and cover with slivered almonds (or 2 standard loaf pans). 3. Stir honey into coffee. 4. Beat eggs, oil, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. 5. Stir together the Àour(s), baking powder, baking soda, and spices. 6. Alternately stir the Àour mixture and the honey solution into the egg mixture, ending with the liquid. 7. Stir in the almonds and the cranberries. 8. Blend well. 9. Pour into loaf pan(s) and bake until the cake springs back, approximately 1 hour. (Decorate with almonds halfway through baking, if desired.) 10. Remove from oven and enjoy. Fran Weiss, MS RD R/CDN is a registered dietitian in the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is certi¿ed as a dietitian nutritionist nationally as well as in New York State, and consults in the Capital District. She may be reached with questions for this column or for inquires for individual or institutional consultations at

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This week: Nitzavim-Vayelech

Warning: share it with the world! By SHLOMO RISKIN hese two biblical portions of Nitzavim-Vayelech always precede Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and this by rabbinic mandate: “Ezra decreed for Israel that the chastisements of the priestly book of Leviticus (Behukotai) be publicly read before Shavuot, and that the chastisements of the Book of Deuteronomy be publicly read before Rosh Hashanah.” (BT Megillah 31b) There are two places in the Bible where the text warns the Israelites of the horri¿c causes of exile, persecution and suffering they will be forced to endure if they do not properly observe the Divine commands: in the portion of Behukotai in the Book of Leviticus and in the portion of Ki Tavo, which we read last week, part of Deuteronomy. Nachmanides (the Ramban) teaches that the ¿rst instance of “curses” refers to the destruction of the ¿rst Temple and the second to the destruction of the Second Temple. Furthermore, it certainly seems logical that we read one portion of chastisements before we celebrate the Festival of the Giving of the Torah (Shavuot)—to emphasize the importance of maintaining the Torah, in order to highlight the existential stake every Israelite has in seeing to it that the entire nation remain true to the teachings of the Torah. But why read chastisements before the Festival of Rosh Hashanah, when we declare the universal majesty of the Almighty God? Rosh Hashanah is the time when we pray to “perfect the world in the kingship of the Almighty,” when we commit ourselves to “turn all the wicked of the earth” to the ideals of ethical monotheism, when we anxiously await the period when “every creature will know that You created him, every formed being will understand that You formed him.” What has this universal message to do with the frightening warnings to the Israelites of the dire consequences in store for them if they neglect the


God’s commands? And even more to the point, we read the curses of Ki Tavo last week; this week we read Nitzavim-Vayelech, and this Sabbath is the Sabbath before Rosh Hashanah! There is one more fundamental issue we must ponder before we can begin to gain clarity. The chastisements of Ki Tavo conclude with the biblical words, These are the words of the covenant (brit), which the Lord commanded Moses to establish with the Israelites in the land of Moab in addition to the covenant which He established with them in Horeb” (Deuteronomy 28:69). We have already seen the establishment of two covenants, the ¿rst one with the paterfamilias Abraham at the dawn of Jewish history (the Covenant Between the Pieces, Genesis 15:9-21), and the second with the Jewish nation at Sinai (Exodus 24:1-9); the covenant with Abraham established the nation/state of Israel and the covenant at Sinai established the religion of Israel. What is the signi¿cance of this third covenant at Moab, before Israel’s entry into the Holy Land? Why do we require an additional covenant, and what does it teach us? The Talmud (Tractate Sotah), in a fascinating play on the Hebrew phrase Arvot Moab (literally, the Plains of Moab), maintains that this was the covenant of “co-signatories,” of mutual responsibility and the inter-dependence of every Jew with every other Jew (arevut Moab, an arev being a co-signer or counter-signer to a legal obligation). But was this not the case as soon as we became a nation-state (at least in potential) at the time of Abraham? Do not family members share mutual responsibility, with each serving as guarantor for the other? A careful reading of the biblical text will provide the answer. The introduction to the chastisements—covenant of Ki Tavo emphasizes the fact that the Israelites are about to cross the Jordan River and take their place as a functioning nation/state amongst all other nation/states (Deuteronomy 27:2). They are then to set up large plastered stones upon which the words of

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the Torah— according to most interpretation, the Ten Commandments—are to be written, “clearly explained” (ba’er heitev); the Talmudic sages interpret this to mean that they are to be translated into the 70 languages of the world (Deuteronomy 27:8, Commentaries ad loc). A sacri¿cial altar to God is to erected, an altar of unhewn stones which iron shall not touch (Deuteronomy 27:5). The picture being presented is that of Israel, just about to join the world community of nations, establishing as its “calling-card”—the Ten Commandments of morality— placed at the entrance to the Holy Land and written in languages that every Gentile can understand. The prohibition of lifting iron to the stones of the altar is reminiscent of “turning swords into ploughshares; nation shall not lift up sword against nation and humanity shall not learn war any more” (Isaiah 2, Micah 4). I submit that this covenant is that of mutuality, interdependent co-signers, but not necessarily between Jew and Jew—that was already incorporated into the previous covenants—but rather between Israel and the other nations of the world. After all, when Abraham was originally elected, God commanded that through you all the families of the world will be blessed— through

the message of ethical monotheism, the vision of a God who demands justice, compassion and peace, which Abraham’s descendants must convey to the world. This is the true mission of Israel, critical in a global village, wherein every nation is dependent upon every other nation, wherein a terrorist nation—oblivious to the God of freedom who punished the totalitarian pharaoh and commanded, “Thou shall not murder”— can destroy the world if it has the nuclear capability to do so. This third covenant is the covenant of Israel’s responsibility to the world! So the covenant does not end with These are the words of the covenant (Deuteronomy 28:69), but continues to remind the Israelites how the Almighty punished the pharaoh (Deuteronomy 29:1ff), and to de¿ne itself—in Nitzavim—as what God swore to the patriarchs (Deuteronomy 29:12), which I would take to mean that Abraham would be the father of a multitude of nations (Genesis 17:1-3) that on Mount Moriah God would be revealed to the world and all nations of the earth would be blessed (Genesis 22:14,18), and that a nation and a congregation of nations would emerge from Jacob-Israel (Genesis 35:11). Hence God declares that not with you alone do I establish this covenant... but rather with those who stand with us here today and those who do not stand with us here today. (Deuteronomy 29:13,14). I take this to mean, both with the Israelites as well as with the Gentiles. So the witnesses to this covenant are the heaven and the earth (Deuteronomy 30:19)—the entire world. From this perspective, this covenant of our responsibility to all the nations extends to Nitzavim-Vayelech and most assuredly belongs before Rosh Hashanah, the day in which we re-establish our commitment “to perfect the world in the kingship of God.” Shabbat Shalom. Rabbi Shlomo Riskin is the chief rabbi of the city of Efrat and the Chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone Colleges of Israel.




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udaism has within it a sense of order, a sense of realization, of anticipation. The many exiles, persecutions, and migrations probably encouraged the creation of order where there was none. Our prayer book is a siddur, the root s-d-r meaning order. The weekly reading of the Torah is often called a sidrah, the same s-d-r root. There is a well-de¿ned order to the readings of the Torah. On Passover we have a seder, a most speci¿c meal with an emphasis on the seder, s-d-r, the order. On Rosh Hashanah our prayer book is called a machzor, from the root, ch-z-r, meaning to return to and/or revise. We must review and revise the order or disorder of our lives. The main symbol for Rosh Hashanah is the shofar, the ram’s horn. The ordering of the shofar blasts is speci¿c, non-random, and meaningful. The sound teruah is introduced as a commandment in Leviticus 25:9: “Then you shall sound the shofar loud (teruah); in the seventh month on the tenth day of the month-the Day of Atonement— you shall have the shofar sounded throughout your land.” “Since the word teruah is preceded and followed by the word shofar, teruah is sounded between two plain shofar blasts or tekiot” (tekiah is the singular). (The Jewish Catalog, Siegel, Strassfeld, Strassfeld, p. 66) The sound of the teruah was an uncertainty to the rabbis. The rabbis understood teruah as “wailing.” The various proposals were: a war hoop type howl, a three times repeated groan, a combination of the two. To prevent conÀict all three versions were

incorporated, with every interpretation having equal time. The howl was called teruah, the groan was called shevarim, and the combination was called shevarim teruah. There is an order to the sounds of the shofar. We cannot live in a chaotic world. Much thought and discussion brought about the sounds of the shofar. Everyone feels the blast, the music from the shofar, an ancient instrument with a history and with a purpose. We are commanded to hear the sounds of the shofar. Everyone does not have to make the noise, but everyone has to listen and engage in the discussion. The notes of the shofar are like words of an invitation. The notes try to reach everyone. Some respond to a sudden blast of sound, to a clear, concise, and direct invitation. The tekiah is an unambivalent wake up call that will not be ignored. And if you can’t hear the need for immediate response, the tekiah g’dolah (the big tekiah) at the end of a series, gives a special pull to the call to action or to a prayer for peace. The three wailing sounds of the shevarim feel like a parent waking up a child or a friend waking up a sleeping college roommate for class. Some require more of an invitation to reach inward to self and outward to others. Finally, the teruah with nine quick blasts is more insistent than is a usual invitation. Many listeners try to count these blasts, so one’s attention may be very ¿xed and focused. The call of the teruah wakes each person to one’s own song and, hopefully, to the song of the other. Every year on Rosh Hashanah every one of us has a chance to stand up and listen to one’s heart, to determine the needed areas of growth, and to feel the encouragement of the strong, unambivalent sound of the shofar. Every one of us walks with one’s own notes, to one’s own beat. Let us feel the strident sound of the shofar as encouragement and companionship. May every one of us move into 5774 with hope, with good health, and in peace. Wishing you a shanah tovah u’metuka, a good and sweet new year. @@@@


• Tekiah — one long, straight blast • Shevarim — three medium, wailing sounds • Teruah — 9 quick blasts in short succession

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Israel’s Tennis Assoc. fined for skipping Yom Kippur match JERUSALEM (JTA)—The Israel Tennis Association will have to pay more than $13,000 for refusing to play a Davis Cup match on Yom Kippur. The Israeli national tennis team had been scheduled to face Belgium in Antwerp on Sept. 14, which is Yom Kippur, in the international tournament. The Belgian Tennis Association turned down Israel’s request to postpone the match, but the International Tennis Federation, which sponsors the Davis Cup, intervened and changed the date to Sept. 15. However, the International Tennis Federation ordered the Israeli national team to pay the Belgian team for the costs incurred by adding a day to the tournament, the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot reported. Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. “The Israel Tennis Association is a non-pro¿t organization, which designates all of its funds to promote tennis in Israel and develop Israeli tennis players,” Israel

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We are not dead yetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 14 impoverished Jewish women support Egyptian military By BEN SALES


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hen Magda Haroun was out on the streets during the unrest now rocking Egyptâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital, she saw someone standing over the body of a dead soldier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not even a Jew would do this,â&#x20AC;? she heard him say. Haroun, the president of the Egyptian Jewish community, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enjoy hearing anti-Semitic slurs on the street. She gets nervous when she hears that Egyptians are burning the churches of Coptic Christians, a much larger religious minority than the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tiny Jewish community. She assumes that most of her compatriots have forgotten that there are any Jews left in Egypt.


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began last month after mass protests in Tahrir Square led the army to depose Morsi, the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first democratically elected leader, and install a new government. The Muslim Brotherhood denounced the move as a coup and confrontations raged between its supporters and the military, leaving more than 1,000 Egyptians dead in just the last week.

But when protesters filled Cairoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tahrir Square at the end of June calling on President Mohamed Morsi to step down, she was right there with them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The number of people in Tahrir was breathtaking,â&#x20AC;? Haroun told JTA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The unity between people was breathtaking. Some of the people recognized me because I was on TV. They were shaking my hand and telling me, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;God bless you. You are a real Egyptian.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153; Haroun, 61, is the youngest of the 14 women who make up Cairoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dwindling Jewish community. Most are now in their 80s, living off charity and rental income from properties the community has owned for generations. But though small in number, Haroun says the community is proud of its country and, like many Egyptians, supportive of the armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign to quell Morsiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Muslim Brotherhood. The latest round of unrest in Egypt

Once Were 75,000 Jews Jews have lived in Egypt for millennia. Around the time of Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founding in 1948, the community was estimated to number 75,000, but in the decades that followed the vast majority fled. Those that remain are happy to call Egypt home, Haroun says. Although she has relatives in several European countries, she vows to â&#x20AC;&#x153;never, never, neverâ&#x20AC;? leave. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very proud to be here,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to do whatever I can to help. We are a strong people. I am very





happy now that people [are] in the street. Instead of talking about football, they are talking politics. There is more awareness about the importance of our country.â&#x20AC;? On Tuesday, CNN reported that the White House was withholding some military aid to Egypt in protest of the militaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s violent crackdown on Morsi supporters. But for Haroun, the armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assertion of control is a welcome development she sees as â&#x20AC;&#x153;fighting terrorism.â&#x20AC;?

Too Small to Target Haroun says the Jewish community thus far has not experienced any anti-Semitism as a result of the fightingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;probably, she says, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so small. Under Morsiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rule, however, it was a different story. Soon after taking office, the government voted to end a monthly subsidy of $1,000 to the Jewish community for more than 20 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The way they wanted things to go, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fascist movement,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start a new era in Egypt where everyone will be equal regardless of political beliefs. I am very confident in the future.â&#x20AC;?

Another believer in a more tolerant Egyptian future is Levana Zamir, whose family was expelled from Cairo when she was 12. Now living in Tel Aviv, Zamir remembers an Egypt that strove to be open to the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very proud of Egyptians that they want to go back to the secularism and cosmopolitanism of Egypt,â&#x20AC;? said Zamir, the president of the Association of Jews from Egypt in Israel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They need someone like [former President Anwar] Sadat, who wanted to open the Arab world.â&#x20AC;? Haroun says that as much as the casual anti-Semitism she hears bothers her, she believes it comes from Egyptiansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unfamiliarity with Judaism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all talking, there is no action,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The talk about anti-Semitism is ignorance. The Egyptians are loving. They love each other. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ignorance that pushes them to hate and to burn churches.â&#x20AC;? Egyptâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unrest will prevent the community from celebrating Rosh Hashanah together in a few weeks. In past years, the community has hosted festive meals and invited foreign dignitaries and non-Jewish Egyptians. Due to the curfew now being imposed by the army, however, they cannot meet in the synagogue. A rabbi set to fly in for the holiday has canceled his trip. Still, the community is providing support to the armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign. When a call went out for Egyptians to donate money to the government during the unrest, the 14 Jewish women in Egypt decided to scrounge together what they could. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have no money, but do you agree we should contribute a small amount of money in the name of the Egyptian community?â&#x20AC;? Haroun recalled asking the women. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know what they responded? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yes, of course. We are not dead yet.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?




The Golden Rule –Who had it first – Dale Carnegie or Rabbi Hillel? Frank Mendelson grew up in New Rochelle, and spent most of his life in upstate New York. He has been a member of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Kehillat Lev Shalem. He is an author, editor, educator, and marketing and communications specialist. He works with PRI, a full-service creative agency, and is working on a book on effective business communications. Contact Frank at: By FRANK J. MENDELSON ere’s a tip to all you bloggers waiting to get noticed: Write something about Dale Carnegie. People love him. Everyone wants Carnegie. After all, he cracked the code on likability. His books continue to attract ongoing friendships long after his sensible, homespun advice took shape in 1912. Today I am writing about the ¿rst of Dale Carnegie’s golden rules: Become a Friendlier Person: Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain. Please note that these are rules. And rules are what? No, no, no, they are not made to be broken. They are meant to be obeyed. Followed. Learned, absorbed and understood. Then, you can break them. So, just 101 years since the ¿rst edition was published, let’s spend a few minutes parsing this rule from your seat at your kitchen table, classroom, of¿ce, or wherever we may ¿nd you. The ¿rst question one might ask is, “Do I even want to become a friendlier person?” Fair enough. There is a story about Rabbi Hillel who offered this Carnegie-like advice* to a gentile who came before him, asking to be converted to Judaism. But the fellow added one condition. Brevity. He challenged Hillel to teach him the entire Torah while he stood on one foot! After Shammai had pushed him aside, Hillel converted him, saying: “That which is despicable to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Torah, and the rest is commentary–go and learn it.” Or, as Dale Carnegie advised, “Become a friendlier person”. Becoming a Friendlier Person: One word at a time:


1. Don’t Come on Dale, a declarative negative? Sounds unfriendly. Must be important. The author of How to Win Friends and InÀuence People is not in the least bit hesitant to come out ¿ghting with a smile on his face. He’s serious. * OK, Carnegie offers us Hillel-like advice– point taken.

4. Complain

2. Criticize What does criticize mean? Often unsolicited, it revolves around opining about the faults of someone or something. Many of us–whether teachers, parents, or business professionals–have been taught that a best practice is to criticize the behavior, not the person. The friendly person must be a wiser person, who can withhold criticism because it’s often unnecessary. Typically, person being criticized already knows. And, armchair psychologists, pull your chairs in closer–sometimes the criticism of others is really something we recognize that we want to change in ourselves. Honestly, isn’t it?



3. Condemn Condemnation (sounds like damnation without the devil) connotes considerable consternation bordering on the absolute. Even in many of the most egregious examples of something that deserves condemnation, we can focus on the behavior, not the person. The lone wolf’s actions are a rarity, although they may attract more attention. We usually act in concert. Targeting individuals with condemnation risks their becoming your scapegoat for others’ complicity. And if you are the leader, look in the mirror. The complicit one may be staring you in the face.

Okay, a personal reaction. What’s yours when you hear someone complain? Mine is that the complainer is part of the problem, and I wonder what other ¿res they are fueling. Leaders don’t complain. Leaders take action, and get results. Do I want to become a friendlier person? Okay, I’ll answer it. Do I want to become a friendlier person? Yes, I want to be a friendlier person. Why? It builds strong relationships. And that’s what we do to get results. Since moving to Savannah, Ga., in March, Mendelson attends services at Congregation Mickve Israel, the third oldest Jewish congregation in the United States. The congregation’s history records that “Forty-two brave pioneering Jews,” the “largest group of Jews to land in North America in Colonial days,” arrived in Savannah on July 11, 1733, just ¿ve months after General James Edward Oglethorpe established the colony of Georgia.


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Wars, elections, sex and money scandals, occasional triumphs…5773—was it ‘good for the Jews’?


Hate bombs in France, fights over kashruth, Orthodox ascendant, attacks in Syria, Morsi deposed

rom wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, staffers of our international news service, Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), review the Jewish year 5773 (September, 2012-August, 2013).

September 2012 Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks on Jews in France in 2012.

Women of the Wall leader Anat Hoffman is arrested at the Western Wall (Kotel) and ordered to stay away from the site for 30 days after attempting to lead a women’s prayer group at the holy site in violation of Kotel rules. The incident, which is witnessed by dozens of American participants in town for the centennial celebration of the women’s Zionist group Hadassah, stokes outrage among liberal American Jewish groups.

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October 2012 William Herskowitz, a member of an internship program in Israel for American Jews, shoots dead a hotel employee in the Israeli resort city of Eilat and then kills himself following a standoff with police. Arlen Specter, the longtime moderate Jewish Republican senator from Pennsylvania whose surprise late-life party switch back to the Democrats helped pass President Obama’s health care reforms, dies at 82 following a long struggle with cancer. During his time in the Senate, Specter offered himself as a broker for Syria-Israel peace talks and led efforts to condition aid to the Palestinian Authority on its peace process performance. According to Wikipedia, Specter was a Democrat from 1951 to 1965, then a Republican from 1965 until 2009, when he switched back to the Democratic Party. Jewish groups pull out of a national interfaith meeting meant to bolster relations between Jews and Christians following a letter by Protestant leaders to Congress calling for an investigation into U.S. aid to Israel. Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley, American economists with ties to Israeli universities, win the Nobel Prize for economics. The Israeli Knesset votes to dissolve, sending Israel to new elections for the ¿rst time since 2009.

summer, the Jewish Agency announces that the last Ethiopian aliyah Àight will take place in August 2013. Hurricane Sandy hits the U.S. East Coast, killing more than 100 and causing an estimated $50 billion in damages. The populous Jewish areas of New York and New Jersey see extreme damage, and a Jewish man and woman are killed by a falling tree in Brooklyn. Synagogues and Jewish organizations nationwide join efforts to raise money to help victims of the “superstorm.”


JERUSALEM, OCT. 16, 2012. (Women of t he Wal l ) Israel, a heated issue throughout the U.S. presidential campaign, is mentioned 31 times by President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney at the ¿nal presidential debate, which was devoted to foreign policy and held at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. Both candidates sought to score points on the issue, but actual policy differences seemed to be in short supply. With a charter Àight of 240 Ethiopian immigrants, the Israeli government launches what it says is the ¿nal stage of mass immigration from Ethiopia to Israel. The following



Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center opens, to great fanfare. President Obama is reelected, with exit polls giving the incumbent about 68 percent of the Jewish vote—down from the estimated 74 percent to 78 percent in 2008. Many of the campaign battles between Jewish surrogates were fought over Middle East issues, but surveys suggested that like most other voters, American Jews were most concerned with economic issues. Major League baseball player Delmon Young pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges related to an incident in New York in which the Detroit Tigers’ designated hitter shouted anti-Semitic slurs at a group of tourists talking to a homeless panhandler wearing a yarmulke. Young is sentenced in Manhattan Criminal Court to 10 days of community service and ordered to participate in a mandatory restorative justice program run by the Museum of Tolerance in New York. After days of stepped-up rocket attacks from Gaza, Israel launches Operation Pillar of Defense with a missile strike that kills the head of Hamas’ military wing in Gaza, Ahmed Jabari. In all, six Israelis and an estimated 149 to 177 Palestinians are killed during the weeklong exchange of ¿re. Egypt helps broker the cease-¿re between the two sides. Continued on page 27

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You can stand where Abraham stood West Bank tourists get religion, politics, wineries, and ‘wow, I wasn’t aware of that!’ By BEN SALES ALLON, West Bank (JTA)


earing a brown tunic and headscarf, a man who introduces himself as Eliezer invites visitors to sit on low benches covered by carpet in a makeshift Bedouin tent. Brandishing a map of Canaan, he traces the route his master Abraham walked on his way here from Babylonia. He describes a land dispute between Abraham and his nephew, Lot, over shepherding rights. Then he leads visitors on camelback to a nearby tent for meat, wine and freshly cooked pita.

Genesis Land For Tourists “When you say that Abraham stood here, it makes an impression on everyone,” said Yair Ben-David, the tour guide playing Eliezer, Abraham’s manservant in Genesis. “The view here hasn’t changed. Everyone talks about it, but this is where it actually happened.” Ben-David works at Genesis Land, a somewhat hokey tourist attraction deep in the West Bank that aims to provide a taste of what life was like in biblical times. Besides hearing stories of the Jewish patriarchs and riding camels, visitors learn how to make pita, herd sheep and draw water from a well.

A Pro-settlement Effort “We believe that Israel’s unique tourism is biblical,” said Ben-David, who lives in a nearby settlement. “Tel Aviv is about 100 years old. We have 3,800 years of history here.” In recent years, settlements in the West Bank have increased their efforts to attract tourists to a territory more likely to conjure images of intractable conÀict than a peaceful vacation destination. Settlers, who call the region by its biblical names, Judea and Samaria, are eager to portray it as the cradle of Jewish civilization. Left-wing groups, meanwhile, bring visitors to West Bank cities such as Hebron and Bethlehem to understand the ongoing costs of Israel’s control of the territory.

“It’s hard to separate between political and not, if you say it’s the heart of the land,” said Miri Maoz-Ovadia, spokesperson for the Binyamin Regional Council, where Genesis Land is located. “We bring people to show them that we’re pro-settlement in Judea and Samaria. We’ll say it’s important to stay here for its historical implications, and security and water.”

“A Biblical Mandate” Settlement leaders do not have statistics on overall West Bank tourism, but Binyamin, the region which occupies the central swath of the West Bank, attracted more than 150,000 tourists in 2012 by branding itself “The Land of the Bible.” Guides at key sites such as Shiloh, where the Tabernacle stood before the First Temple was built in Jerusalem, say that about half of foreign tourists are Christians eager to visit religious sites. In Samaria, north of Binyamin, a Christian group called HaYovel (Hebrew for “the Jubilee”) brings groups of evangelical volunteers to work at settler vineyards to bolster the settlement enterprise. “We have to support Israel from a biblical mandate,” said Tommy Waller, the group’s founder, in an interview last year. “What is Israel? These mountains are part of the covenant.” In addition to its biblical past, Binyamin is home to a wealth of hiking trails; a bike trail will open this summer. The Psagot winery, one of several in the region, doubles as a visitors center. Archaeological ruins from the biblical period through the Crusades freckle the area.

Avoiding Political Message? For groups on the right, there is a split over whether and how to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conÀict with visitors. For some, the conÀict is a topic that ought to be avoided; the region should be promoted on the same terms as any other— for its vistas, food, and cultural and recreational offerings. “We don’t hire guides based on their political knowledge,” said Einat Altman, assistant to the chief executive of¿cer of

Mishkefet, a private company that offers tours of the settlements. “Our goal is to teach the Israeli public about the themes and sites of Judea and Samaria.” But for others, tourism is an opportunity to circumvent the media and directly convey the politics underlying the settlement enterprise—especially when politicians or journalists visit the area. Our mission is to “give our guests an objective picture of the reality here, to evaluate the situation for themselves— and to explain our position,” said David Haivri, a spokesperson for the Samaria Regional Council. “At every stop, people say, ‘Wow, I wasn’t aware of that. I had a different image of the settlements and the West Bank,’ ” Haivri said. “People are sitting in Manhattan and Washington and talking about moving settlers around, and they haven’t seen it for themselves.” Not all West Bank visitors are drawn by the area’s recreational opportunities.

Realities And Current Perspectives Haivri focuses on presenting a positive picture of the Samaria settlements to delegations of diplomats and opinion-makers, showing them organic farms, industrial zones and a medical center. The Samaria

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Regional Council recently opened its own “Foreign Ministry,” which has hosted 60 members of parliament from across Europe since 2010. Meanwhile, the Israeli Education Ministry has brought thousands of children to the Àashpoint city of Hebron for heritage tours in the past two years. Cabinet ministers regularly bring their staffs to the area. Several liberal groups bring visitors for expressly political reasons, acquainting them with the daily lives of Palestinians and the suffering they endure because of Israel’s continuing military presence. “There’s no place like Hebron that asks the question we’re trying to ask, which is what should our values in society be?” said Yehuda Shaul, co-founder of Breaking the Silence, an Israeli veterans’ group that advocates for an end to the occupation. “It’s so people can see the other side, that it’s not the same. You have to understand that this isn’t good for Israel and it’s not good for the Palestinians.” Breaking the Silence offers Israelis tours of Hebron and the surrounding area. The Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information, a think tank focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conÀict, offers tours of Bethlehem. An American group, Encounter, leads two-day missions for current and future American Jewish leaders to meet Palestinians and learn about their lives. While he opposes the left-wing organizations’ mission, Haivri agrees that the best way to tour the West Bank is not to sidestep its problems but to confront them. “Our strategy is not to avoid the reality around us but to work with the reality,” he said. “We had a terror attack last week. We’re not hiding that from our guests.”




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SMOKE RISING FROM A BUILDING AT NORTHERN GAZA STRIP AFTER AN ISRAELI AIR FORCE AIRSTRIKE AS SEEN FROM THE ISRAELI BORDER SIDE AT THE THIRD DAY OF OPERATION PILLAR OF DEFENSE. NOV. 16, 2012. (Ur i Lenz/ Fl ash90) A constitutional court in Poland bans shechitah, Jewish ritual slaughter, along with Muslim ritual slaughter. An effort in July to overturn the ban fails. The decision by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to grant himself near absolute powers dismays U.S. and Israeli observers just days after Morsi is lauded for helping broker a Hamas-Israel cease-¿re. Morsi backtracks in December, but the move helps stoke popular discontent in Egypt with the country’s ¿rst democratically elected president. The U.N. General Assembly votes 138 to 9, with 41 abstentions, to recognize Palestine as a state. Passage of the resolution, which does not have the force of law, prompts condemnations from the United States and warnings of possible penalties, but none is invoked. Israel responds with its own dire warnings and announces new settlement constriction in the West Bank. Over the course of months, the change in status in the United Nations proves largely irrelevant.

December 2012 After months of occasional cross-border ¿re on the Golan Heights, including errant Syrian and rebel shells landing in Israel, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the Syrian government is violating a 1974 disengagement agreement with Israel by deploying military equipment and troops over the cease-¿re line. Ahmed Ferhani, 27, an Algerian immigrant living in New York, pleads guilty to planning to blow up synagogues in New York City.

In a case that ignites passions in the haredi Orthodox community in Brooklyn, Satmar hasid Nechemya Weberman, an unlicensed therapist, is found guilty on 59 counts of sexual abuse. Days later, a hasidic assailant throws bleach in the face of a community rabbi, Nuchem Rosenberg, who advocates for victims of sex abuse. In January, Weberman is sentenced to 103 years in prison. German lawmakers pass a bill enshrining the right to ritual circumcision but regulating how circumcisions are to be conducted. The law displaces a ban on Jewish ritual circumcision imposed by a court in Cologne in June. Yeshiva University President Richard Joel apologizes for alleged sexual misconduct and harassment by two former faculty members—Rabbis George Finkelstein and Macy Gordon—at the university’s high school more than two decades earlier. Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the leader of one of London’s largest congregations and a former chief rabbi of Ireland, is named Britain’s chief rabbi-designate. This fall he is to succeed Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who has served in the post since 1991. Numerous Jewish groups call for stricter gun control regulations after a gunman kills 20 ¿rst-graders and six adults in Newtown, Conn. The youngest victim is a 6-yearold Jewish boy, Noah Pozner. New York businessman Jacob Ostreicher, who has been jailed in Bolivia without charges for 18 months, is released on bail but still barred from leaving the country. A haredi Orthodox father of ¿ve and grandfather of 11 from Brooklyn, Ostreicher was arrested in June 2011 by Bolivian police over allegations that he did business with drug traf¿ckers and money launderers. A Paris court orders Twitter to monitor and disclose the identities of users from France who posted anti-Semitic comments online, including Holocaust denials. Twitter later appeals the decision but loses, and the U.S.-based company complies with the demand in July.

President Obama nominates Jacob Lew, his chief of staff and an Orthodox Jew who frequently serves as an intermediary with Jewish groups, to be secretary of the Treasury Department. Benjamin Netanyahu wins reelection as Israel’s prime minister, but his Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu faction suffers signi¿cant losses at the polls, falling to 31 seats. The big winners are two newcomer parties: Yair Lapid’s centrist, domestic-focused Yesh Atid, which comes in second with 19 Knesset seats, and Naftali Bennett’s nationalist Jewish Home, which wins 12 seats. Both later opt to join Netanyahu’s coalition government, which takes nearly two months to assemble.

January 2013

Iran and Argentina sign an agreement to form an independent commission to investigate the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people and was blamed on Iran. Argentinian and American Jews denounce the agreement as a farce. Iran’s parliament has yet to sign off on the pact. Amid concerns that Syrian President Bashar Assad may be transferring chemical weapons to Hezbollah, Israeli planes bomb a Syrian weapons transport on the Lebanese border. It is one of several Israeli strikes in Syrian territory during the year. Continued on page 28

Video emerges from 2010 of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi—then a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood— calling Jews “bloodsuckers” and “descendants of apes and pigs.” Morsi tells U.S. senators that he gets bad press because “certain forces” control the media. Data released from a 2011 survey of New York-area Jews shows that two-thirds of the rise in New York’s Jewish population over the previous decade occurred in two haredi Orthodox communities in Brooklyn—a sign that Orthodox Jews will constitute a growing share of America’s Jewish population.


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February 2013 Ed Koch, the pugnacious former New York City mayor whose political imprimatur was eagerly sought by Republicans and Democrats, dies at 88 of congestive heart failure. At his funeral, a cast of political luminaries remembers him as a friend of Israel and the Jewish people.

ED KOCH SITTING IN THE OFFICE OF HIS CAMPAIGN MANAGER, DAVID GARTH, SEPTEMBER 1977. (Zeitgeist Films/The New York Post) Bulgaria af¿rms that Hezbollah was behind the attack in Burgas in July 2012 that killed six people, including ¿ve Israelis. The ¿nding adds to pressure on the European Union to recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist entity. After concerns are expressed in the ensuing months that Bulgarian of¿cials are backing away from their assertions, Bulgaria’s foreign minister reassures Israel on the attack’s one-year anniversary that Bulgaria still holds Hezbollah responsible. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. identi¿es a man known as “Prisoner X,” who hanged himself in a maximum-security Israeli prison in 2010, as Australian-Israeli citizen Ben Zygier. Zygier is said to have worked for the Mossad. A British court convicts three British Muslims of plotting to carry out terrorist attacks in the country, including on Jewish targets.

March 2013 Vice President Joe Biden tells thousands of AIPAC activists meeting in Washington that President Obama is “not bluf¿ng” when he says he will stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The U.S. State Department cancels plans to honor Egyptian human rights activist Samira Ibrahim after op-

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ponents note that anti-Jewish tweets were posted on her Twitter account. President Obama makes his ¿rst visit to Israel since taking of¿ce in 2008. In a speech upon arrival at the airport, Obama says the United States is Israel’s “strongest ally and greatest friend.” His trip receives widespread praise from Jewish groups.

PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKING TO ISRAELI STUDENTS AT THE JERUSALEM INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER, MARCH 21, 2013. (Ur iel Sinai/Get t y) A Lebanese-Swedish citizen is convicted in Cyprus on charges of spying on Israeli tourists for Hezbollah. The closely watched trial is a sign of Hezbollah’s expansion of terrorist activities into Europe and fuels calls for European Union countries to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Following prodding by President Obama, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agree to resume normal ties after Israel apologizes for the deaths of nine Turks in 2010 during a clash with Israeli commandos aboard the Mavi Marmara, a ship attempting to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Erdogan later balks, saying normalization will not take place until Israel ful¿lls its obligations under the agreement. Berlin’s Jewish Museum provokes controversy with its “Jew in a Box” exhibit (formally titled “The Whole Truth”), in which Jews sit in a glass box and answer questions from visitors. Mike Engelman, the owner of Doheny Glatt Kosher Meats in Los Angeles, is videotaped directing his employees to unload boxes of meat from his car while the store’s kosher supervisor is absent. The footage leads the Rabbinical Council of California to revoke the shop’s kosher certi¿cation the day before Passover, leaving many kosher consumers in the lurch.

April 2013 French Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim resigns following revelations that he plagiarized the work of others in his books and claimed unearned academic titles. After being asked by Israel’s prime minister to come up with a solution to the Women of the Wall controversy, Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky proposes that the Robinson’s Arch area of the Western Wall be expanded and renovated to allow for egalitarian prayer there at any time. Reaction to his proposal is mixed. Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Authority prime minister who was lauded for his technocratic approach toward state building in the West Bank, resigns. He is replaced in June by university president Rami Hamdallah, who announces after two weeks on the job that he is quitting. Rabbi Michael Broyde, a prominent legal scholar in the Modern Orthodox community and professor at Emory University, is forced to step down from a leading religious court after admitting that he systematically used a fake identity in scholarly journals. The admission followed a report by The Jewish Channel exposing the ruse. Bret Stephens, a former editor in chief of The Jerusalem Post and now deputy editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, wins the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. The Museum of the History of Polish Jews opens in Warsaw.

INTERIOR OF THE MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF POLISH JEWS IN WARSAW SHOWING SWOOPING WALLS. (Ruth Ellen Gruber) The Jewish Museum of Casablanca reopens following a major renovation funded by the Moroccan government. The renovation is part of a broad effort led by Morocco’s


THE JEWISH WORLD AUGUST 29, 2013 king to restore Jewish heritage sites in the country, including an ancient synagogue in Fez and dozens of former Jewish schools.

May 2013 Following complaints from pro-Israel groups, the Newseum in Washington cancels a planned honor for two slain Palestinian cameramen employed by a Hamas af¿liate. Eric Garcetti, a veteran L.A. city councilman, becomes the ¿rst elected Jewish mayor of Los Angeles. With his victory, America’s three largest cities boast Jewish mayors. The Claims Conference is embroiled in controversy after the public learns that of¿cials at the organization failed to adequately follow up on allegations of fraud in 2001, missing an early chance to stop what turned into a $57 million scheme. The disclosure comes during the trial of the scheme’s mastermind, Semen Domnitser, who is found guilty. In July, the Claims Conference board agrees to some outside input in formulating plans for its future but votes to reelect its embattled chairman, Julius Berman, who oversaw a botched probe in 2001 into the allegations. A 13-year-old Indian-American boy, Arvind Mahankali, spells the Yiddish-derived word “knaidel” correctly to win the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee.


June 2013 U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey dies at age 89 after a long and accomplished career advocating for Jewish issues. The Canadian Jewish News decides to abort a plan announced in April to stop printing the newspaper. Liberal Jewish groups hail the Supreme Court decision striking down California’s ban on gay marriage, while Orthodox groups express muted disappointment.

Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, is arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering. Yeshivat Maharat, a women’s seminary started by Rabbi Avi Weiss in 2009, graduates its ¿rst class of Orthodox women clergy known as maharats.

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grants to Israeli entities in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem, prompting an outcry from Israeli of¿cials. The European Union designates the military wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. The 19th Maccabiah Games open in Israel with a record number of athletes. After months of intense shuttle diplomacy by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Israelis and Palestinians restart direct negotiations for the ¿rst time in three years. In New York, Jewish mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admits to engaging in lewd online exchanges after his resignation from Congress amid a sexting scandal in 2011, but he declines to withdraw from the race. Meanwhile, San Diego’s Jewish mayor, Bob Filner, rebuffs calls to resign as he faces a barrage of sexual harassment allegations, including from staffers. Instead, Filner takes a two-week leave of absence to undergo sex therapy. Rabbis David Lau and Yitzchak Yosef, both sons of former Israeli chief rabbis, are elected Israel’s Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbis. Days later, Lau is caught on tape using a derogatory term to describe black basketball players.

July 2013 In a letter announcing his retirement, Yeshiva University Chancellor Norman Lamm issues an apology for mishandling sex abuse allegations decades earlier against faculty members at Y.U.’s high school for boys. Days later, several ex-Y.U. students ¿le a $380 million lawsuit against the university. Three campers at the Goldman Union Camp Institute near Indianapolis are injured, one critically, in a lightning strike. A few days later, a Jewish camp counselor is killed by a falling tree at Camp Tawonga, a northern California camp located near Yosemite National Park. Egypt’s army deposes President Mohamed Morsi, the country’s ¿rst democratically elected leader. The Obama administration stops short of calling the action a coup, avoiding an automatic cutoff in U.S. aid to Egypt. Morsi had become deeply unpopular among liberal and secular Egyptians but retained deep-rooted support among members of his Muslim Brotherhood. Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, announces he will return to Israel after four years in the position. He is to be replaced by Ron Dermer, a senior adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Both ambassadors are American-born. Portugal enacts a law of return to make citizenship available to Jewish descendants of Portuguese Sephardic Jews. The move is intended to address the mass expulsion of Jews from Portugal in the 16th century. The European Union issues new guidelines prohibiting


August 2013 William Rapfogel, the longtime CEO of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, is ¿red and apologizes for misconduct and alleged ¿nancial improprieties, including allegedly inÀating insurance bills and pocketing the overcharges for himself. In a goodwill gesture to accompany renewed peace talks with the Palestinians, Israel releases the ¿rst 26 of 104 Palestinian prisoners, including terrorists convicted of murder. As Egypt’s military rulers kill hundreds of civilians in a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, Israel lobbies against a cut in U.S. aid to Cairo.

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Fun and pirates at ‘summer camp for adults’ At JDate singles’ weekend, it’s not (necessarily) about meeting someone in a Hollywood sword fight. With just three people in the class, we were truly a modern-day “Three Musketeers” ready to rouse some rabble with rapscallion pirates at the local watering hole. Swashbuckling paid off Saturday night at the pirate-themed dinner and dance, complete with costumed aerialists hanging from the ceiling and a number of JDaters in pirate garb practicing their bad pirate slang. Hooking up takes on a whole different meaning for one-handed pirates. Pirates aside, it was really the Jewish content—or lack thereof—that separated J-Weekend from other Jewish singles weekends.



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ummer camp was not among the highlights of my youth. Maybe it was my allergies or camp’s rampant cliquiness, but the experience just never seemed to live up to the hype. It was mainly an awkward rite of passage that I just had to get through, much like high school but with more bugs. Jewish singles weekend often are no better. They’re usually filled with awkward icebreakers, overly zealous matchmakers and people far out of my age range who believe 20s-30s is really just a suggestion.

Minimize the Schmaltz So when JDate billed its J-Weekend at Connecticut’s Club Getaway as “summer camp for adults,” I was doubly unenthusiastic. Despite the misgivings, I packed my bags for a weekend of adventure and possible romance, and hopefully not too much schmaltz. “We strive to build and strengthen the Jewish community, and ofÀine events like the J-Weekends are a great way to complement the online dating experience,” said Arielle Schechtman, director of public and community relations for Spark Networks, JDate’s parent company. Internet dating has exploded in popularity since JDate premiered more than 15 years ago, the first in what is now a crowded field of Jewish dating websites. Since 2008, the site has partnered with Club Getaway, which has been running J-Weekends for about two decades. The weekend began Aug. 9 when some 100 singles piled into a party bus for the two-hour trek from New York to northwest Connecticut. Staff onboard got the fun started early, generously doling out wine and snacks.

Talking Cooking Given that no singles weekend is complete without the uncomfortable

Little ‘Religion’ get-acquainted sessions known as icebreakers, one staffer had the singles switch seats based on common interests. And so it was that Ahna Blutreich and I spent the ride discussing our culinary hobbies. Ahna had been to J-Weekend twice before but was turned off by the number of older, divorced folks. A tough work schedule convinced her to give it another shot. “I needed to get away so badly this weekend, age wasn’t a factor, but relaxing was,” she said. “Club Getaway is a nice place to go for a weekend to forget the hectic New York life for a few days.” With a full activity schedule, there isn’t much time for relaxing at Club Getaway, though escaping to the lakefront is always an option. So are typical camp activities such as archery, kayaking and water skiing, mixed with some spicier grown-up activities like wine tastings, Thai massage and pole dancing — the last activity restricted to the ladies. “It’s just a great opportunity for people with the same background and same religious beliefs to get together and experience camp,” said Club Getaway

owner David Schreiber. “What better way to meet people, as opposed to sitting in a restaurant, than rock climbing, hiking and having that common bond?”

Just Doing My Thing It was the array of activities that drew Slava Shyket of Milford, Conn., to the weekend, but the possibility of finding a soul mate is in the back of her mind, too. “I feel like if I go on several weekends I maximize my chances,” she said. “I only do the activities I like to do. If the guy is doing that activity, we at least have something in common.” As a seasoned pro, I figured Shyket would know which classes were best, so I joined her for wine tasting, hot stone massage and break dancing. A week later, I’m still sore from the break dancing, but now I have moves like Jagger—or at least like YouTube bar mitzvah sensation Sam Horowitz. Color war is a staple of most summer camps, and Club Getaway is no exception, except here it was condensed to under an hour. We tossed water balloons, spun around baseball bats and jumped through (hula) hoops. The yellow team claimed the title, helped by extra points when one team member’s pants fell down during a race. Nudity equals bonus points, a staffer told us.

Digging Swashbuckling! What I enjoyed most, however, was Swashbuckling 101. Fencing is full of rules and ceremony, but swashbuckling is down-and-dirty fighting, explained our instructor Alberto, who trains celebrities to use the blade for fight scenes. Having dressed as Zorro two years in a row for Halloween, I lunged (get it?) at the opportunity. With five moves, Alberto taught us the basics of attacking and defending

With 200 or so mostly secular attendees, J-Weekend really wasn’t all that Jewy. There was no acknowledgment of Shabbat, and while staffers kept reiterating that the meat used over the weekend was kosher, the presence of turkey sausage next to the cheese blintzes at breakfast made me skeptical. Glatt kosher meals (aka airline food) were available upon request, but vegetarian options also abounded. Besides a round of speed dating hosted by HurryDate (another Spark Networks property), JDate has little influence on the programming, said Schechtman. At the behest of a staffer, J-Weekend added a Havdalah service this year. Schreiber wasn’t sure how the singles would respond, but said he received “phenomenal” feedback. “We consider adding more religious components if that’s what the market is asking for,” Schreiber said. “With JDate and this market, it’s traditionally very secular.” As an old hand at (or survivor of) the dreaded Jewish singles weekend, I had certain expectations heading into the weekend, but J-Weekend turned out to be different from anything I had previously attended. The best tip I picked up over the years was to focus on just having fun, not meeting your match, and interacting with people in the daylight rather than window shopping online by the light of my computer screen. Alissa Cipriano of New York, participating in her third J-Weekend, called her adventures of trapeze and mountain biking “a great time with nice people.” “If you meet someone, that’s great, but that’s not the motive,” she said. One of my swashbuckling compatriots, Robert Kiselman of New York, agreed. “People should really try this at least once,” he said, “to get the beautiful experience.”

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Puzzles boost mood for Alzheimer’s patients Max Wallack, now 17, discovers jigsaw puzzles make patients happy By SUZANNE KURTZ SLOAN NEW YORK CITY (JTA)


ax Wallack was 6 years old when his beloved great-grandmother Gertrude came to live with him and his family in Natick, Mass. For four years he helped his parents take care of her and saw ¿rsthand the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on her. But Wallack also noticed that when she and other Alzheimer’s patients would do simple jigsaw puzzles, their mood would lighten. The observation would change him forever. “Patients were so often depressed and agitated, but after they would do a puzzle, they were happy,” he said. In 2007, Wallack began researching the role these puzzles had in assisting those with Alzheimer’s disease. He discovered that not only did the puzzles help boost the patient’s self-esteem, but they also helped slow the progression of the disease. Wallack started collecting puzzles and eventually struck up a collaboration with Springbok Puzzles to design a line of puzzles speci¿cally for people with Alzheimer’s. His bar mitzvah project became PuzzlestoRemember, a non-pro¿t that provides jigsaw puzzles to patients at Alzheimer’s and veteran’s facilities internationally. Since its inception, the organization has distributed more than 23,000 puzzles to 2,000 facilities. Today the 17-year-old is a junior at Boston University, where he has been spending the summer working at the Laboratory

of Molecular Psychiatry in Aging at BU’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center. He hopes to attend medical school in a few years. Wallack, who skipped kindergarten and ¿fth grade, was recently awarded the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award for his service project. He plans to apply a little of the $36,000 prize toward his research and “a lot towards my tuition,” he said. Working with Alzheimer’s patients, Wallack said, “really is my calling; it’s really important to me.”

JTA spoke to Wallack about his plans, his inÀuences, and how he still makes time to enjoy life. What sort of puzzles have you found are best for people with Alzheimer’s disease? Usually puzzles that have bigger pieces but are the same dimensions of a large [500-piece] puzzle but in 12 or 36 [total] pieces, with colorful, vivid, memory-provoking scenes.

MAX WALLACK What advice would you give other teens Who or what have been the biggest ininterested in launching a service project? Àuences in your life? Try something you’re passionate about The two biggest inÀuences in my life have been Jan Davidson from the Davidson and do it. Even the smallest thing, it will Young Scholars Program for gifted chil- grow from there. What kind of things do you like to do dren. She started me on my path. And my great-grandmother for showing me what for fun? I like biking, swimming, Ping-Pong, I’m going to do for others. What do you think you want to be doing video games, billiards. I try not to procraswhen “you grow up” or think you’d like to tinate. I have a lot to do. be doing professionally in perhaps five or 10 years? The Teen Heroes column is sponsored by I want to be a geriatric psychiatrist, in- the Helen Diller Family Foundation, which teracting with patients and their caregivers, is dedicated to celebrating and supporting but I also want to be doing research. teens repairing the world. To learn about What’s your favorite Jewish holiday? the foundation’s $36,000 Diller Teen Tikkun Shabbat is really important. I try to really Olam Awards, visit http://dillerteenawards. think about the week—what I’ve done and org. Report teens who deserve attention by what I’ll do and how to be a better person. sending an e-mail to

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15 Capital Region youths earn 19 medals at JCC Maccabi Games in California Fifteen athletes representing the Albany and Schenectady Jewish Community Centers picked up 19 medals at the JCC Association Maccabi Games in Orange County, Calif., earlier this month. The annual weeklong program, for youth 12-17 years old, features arts and athletic events. Gabrielle (Gabi) Schaffer of Slingerlands led the way with four gold medals in swimming. She is the daughter of Adam and Debbie Schaffer. Ryan Fleischer of Delmar earned two silver and three bronze medals in swimming, while Phoebe Morse of Albany picked up a bronze medal in the pool. Parents of Ryan are Jasmine and Mark Fleischer. Phoebe is the daughter of Steve and Brenda Morse. The Albany-Schenectady JCC basketball team earned a silver medal. The team consisted of Noah Chaskin of Schenectady, Jesse Darsinos of Niskayuna, Reed Drucker of Albany, Drew Nicoletta of Glenmont, Max Sharp of Delmar, Zachary Tenenbaum of Selkirk and Andrew Wollner of Delmar. Adam and Regina Chaskin are the parents of Noah. Jesse is the son of John and Shelly Darsinos. Rich and Amy are the parents of Reed Drucker. Rose and John are the parents of Drew Nicoletta. Parents of Max are Bill and Susan Sharp. Scott and Diane Tenenbaum are Zachary’s parents. Andrew is the son of David and Sue Wollner. Dayna Poskanzer, daughter of Caryn and Mark of Slingerlands earned a bronze

Hickman wins 11 medals at JCC Maccabi Games ALBANY–Tabatha Hickman won ¿ve gold and six silver medals in swimming at the Jewish community Center Maccabi Games July 29 through Aug. 2 in Austin, Texas. Representing the Metro West Federation, Hickman, 16, won the 50-, 100- and 200-yard backstroke titles, as well as the 100- and 200-yard butterÀy races. She earned individual silver medals in the 50 and 100 butterÀy, the 200 freestyle and the 200 and 400 individual medley, and she won another silver medal as part of a relay team. Hickman is the daughter of Andrew Hickman and Dr. Samantha Pozner of Summit, N.J. She is the granddaughter of Rona and Louis-Jack Pozner of Albany.

(joy), Ga’ava (pride), Lev Tov (open-heartedness) and Amiut Yehudit (Jewish peoplehood). Hanft received midot medals for displaying Rina and Lev Tov. “This year was one of our most successful games, as we participated in a large number of sports, had a great time all week and won several medals,” said Andrew Katz, the delegation head of the Albany-Schenectady JCC team. Katz is the director of camp and youth services at the AJCC. The JCC Maccabi Games included an arts festival featuring acting/improv, rock band, jazz/world music, musical theater, reporting, dance, visual arts and vocal music. Athletes also participated in a community service project. Other Center adult staff THE ALBANY-SCHENECTADY JCC BOYS’ BASKETBALL TEAM EARNED A SILVER MEDAL AT THE JCC included Tiffany Smith of MACCABI GAMES. THEY ARE, FROM LEFT, REED DRUCKER, JESSE DARSINOS, DREW NICOLETTA, ANDREW the SJCC, who served as the WOLLNER, NOAH CHASKIN, ZACHARY TENENBAUM, MAX SHARP AND ADAM CHASKIN. assistant delegation head; medal in lacrosse, and Hannah Salmon, of Marjorie and Seth Hanft. Ruth and Justin Rossi Maldonado, the AJCC swimming daughter of Randie and Del of Niskayuna Heller are the parents of Emily and Andrea coach; and Adam Chaskin, the SJCC bastook home a silver medal in softball. and David Alan Miller are Miranda’s par- ketball coach. Other athletes who competed at the JCC ents. “The opportunity for our kids to give Maccabi Games included Noah Hanft of Besides sports, athletes earned medals back and help those less fortunate is an Niskayuna (soccer), Emily Heller of Slin- for exemplifying the values (midot) of the important value we instill in all the kids,” gerlands (tennis) and Miranda Miller of JCC Maccabi Games—Tikkun Olam (re- said Katz. “These games are about so much Slingerlands (swimming). Noah is the son pairing the world), Kavod (respect), Rina more than just the competitions.”


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Beth Emeth announces Golderman as new director ALBANYâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jill Goodman, president of Congregation Beth Emeth has announced that Kathy Golderman will be its next executive director. Golderman, the 2012 recipient of the Albany Jewish Community Center Pillars of the Community Award, will succeed Gail Kendall, who held the position for Âżve years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am excited to serve as executive director of Congregation Beth Emeth,â&#x20AC;? said Golderman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I care deeply about our Jewish community and welcome the opportunity to make a positive difference. My door will always be open, and I look forward to assisting congregants and others in any way I can.â&#x20AC;? Goodman said of Golderman, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her lifelong connections and imvolvement in the Albany Jewish community, combined with her professional experience, have equipped her exceedingly well to serve in this crucial position.â&#x20AC;? Golderman served on the Congregation Ohav Shalom board of trustees from 2009 through 2013. She was also covice chairwoman for Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Yachad, the collaborative religious school of Ohav Shalom and Temple Israel in Albany. Golderman received a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from the University at Buffalo school of management. She worked at Urbach, Kahn and Werlin and later as a planning associate for The Eddy. She has worked as a a grant writer and assisted with the administration of the New York State Department of Healthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grant program.

Steven Beckerman to launch Federationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s society events ALBANYâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Steven Beckerman, assistant director for policy and government affairs for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), will be the speaker at the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (JFNENY) inaugural joint society program on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 7:15 p.m. at Temple Israel, 600 New Scotland Ave. The evening will begin with a catered light dinner and will conclude with desserts. the program is open to the community. Beckermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation is entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Volatile Middle East: Latest Developments on War and Peace.â&#x20AC;? As senior research analyst for AIPACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Near East Report, Beckerman is an expert on Iranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nuclear program and the use of sanctions to pressure Tehran to abandon its nuclear weapons program, according to organizers. The cost is $20 in advance and $23 at the door, $10 in advance for young adults ages 22-40 and $15 at the door. The event is sponsored by the Brandeis Baruch Society for Jewish business, Âżnan-

KATHY GOLDERMAN She also co-founded Kiddoodles, a personalized childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gift business, and was most recently a licensed mortgage originator with First Rate Funding. Golderman lives in Slingerlands with her husband, Bill, and children Alyssa, Danny and Haley. Golderman and her family will be ofÂżcially welcomed by the congregation at the Rosh Hashanah oneg on Thursday, Sept. 5.


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AJCC board elects Berkshire Bank Ed Marinstein sponsor for Fed’s president kids’ needs fund ALBANY—The Albany Jewish Community Center has announced the election of Edward Marinstein as president of its 2013/14 Board of Directors. Marinstein, succeeding Barry Feinman, joins returning board of¿cers in their newly elected roles: Ruth Brass, president elect; Bruce Ginsburg, vice president; Gary Weitzman, treasurer, and David Vener, assistant treasurer. Five new board members were also added to the roster: Dr. Cheryl Burack; Jeff Cohen; Lee Rosen; Julie Safranko, and Daniel Weinberg. Marinstein is managing member of the law ¿rm Marinstein and Marinstein, Esqs. His work in the community includes serving as a volunteer member of the NY Supreme Court’s Attorney Professional Standards Committee for the Third Judicial Department; past member of the Court’s Attorney Committee on Character and Fitness for the Third Judicial Department; and past president and current member of the Rensselaer County Bar Association. AJCC involvement includes 12 years board service, executive committee, camp committee chairman; co-chairman of the programming committee, and coach for CYO Basketball and JCC Maccabi Games. He is a member of Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany and resides in Slingerlands with wife Robyn. Dr. Burack, obstetrician/gynecologist with Jacobs, Lee, Burack, MD PC, previously served on the Center’s board and executive committee, and is a senior adult program volunteer and member of the Teen Camp planning committee. She is also a past board member of Hebrew Academy of the Capital District. Burack and her husband Scott are Schenectady residents and members of Congregation Ohav Shalom in Albany. Cohen, is an investment banker with Jefferies, LLC. Jeff and his wife Debbie reside in Slingerlands. He is also past president and member of Congregation Ohav Shalom. Rosen, real estate developer and builder with Rosen Development Co., is an Albany native and graduate of Albany Academy, Brown University, and New York University School of Law. Lee also serves as second vice president of Congregation Beth Emeth and is a prior treasurer. He resides in Delmar with his wife Donna. Safranko is a special education teacher at the Troy City School District. A graduate of Albany Academy for Girls, Syracuse University and the University of Albany, she lives in Slingerlands with her husband Andrew and children Alexis and Chad. She is a member of Congregation Beth Emeth and its sisterhood. Weinberg is chief economist and senior ¿nancial advisor at AllSquare Wealth Management. His community work also involves serving on the Jewish Federation’s Endowment Board of Governors and investment committee. He resides in Guilderland with wife Susan.

A check for $2,500 for the “Fund for Children with Special Needs” was recently presented to the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York by Maya Endres, Berkshire Bank branch manager, 1704 Western Ave., and John L. Prividera, Berkshire Bank vice president. The two are shown flanked by Daniel Flax, director, financial resource development of the Federation, left, and Robert R. Kovach, the Federation’s chief executive officer and president, right. Sixty-eight corporate sponsors participate in the Federation’s corporate sponsorship effort, and collectively generate revenues of $250,000 annually. This effort grew under the leadership of I. Norman Massry, who served as committee chairman for the

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Food for thought program listed by Federation’s WP ALBANY–Women’s Philanthropy will hold a Community-wide program in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m., June Hersh, author of Recipes Remembered, A Celebration of Survival, will headline the program set for Shaara T¿lle, 84 Weibel Ave. ,Saratoga Springs. Hersh whose theme will note the place food holds in human memory will review how it symbolizes continuity and comfort, hope and harmony, nourishment and nuance. Hersh’s talk will be a mixture of humor, anecdotes, and the retelling of survivor sto-

ries, according to organizers Hersh, a former teacher, lives in New York City with her husband and two children. This event, a non-solicitation prograam, will cost $25 per person in advance ($18 for children and college students 12 to 21 years old), and $30 per person at the door. Registration on-line is available at at or by contacting Robyn Easton at 783-7800, ext. 231. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Sept. 18. Seating is limited.

North Star Peace Walk scheduled for Sept 15 ALBANY–The Interfaith Alliance of New York State and the Fellowship of Reconciliation will host the North Star Peace Walk on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. The 2.2-mile walk begins from the parking lot at Beth Emeth, 100 Academy Rd., and stops at various houses of prayer in Albany. During the walk, there will be interfaith prayers/readings to help walkers learn more about each other’s religions. Group/ congregational banners and non-poitical signs of peace are welcome. The event is free, and participants are encouraged to wear white clothing and comfortable shoes. Water bottles are also recommended. Congregations and groups co-sponsoring the North Star Peace Walk include Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Albany Friends Meeting House, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Capital Area Council of Churches, Children at the Well, Commis-

sion on Peace and Justice, Congregation B’nai Sholom, Congregation Gates of Heaven, Cornerstone Protestant Campus Ministry, the University at Albany, Fellowship of Reconciliation, First Reformed Church, Interfaith Story Circle, Justice Committee of Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Albany Province, Kateri Peace Conference, Labor Religion Coalition of NYS, Masjid As-Salaam, Muslim Solidarity Committee, Peace Action, Saratoga Neighbors for Peace, Russell Sage College Spirituality Center, Saratoga Peace Alliance, Tendai Buddhist Institute, The Interfaith Alliance of NYS, The UAlbany Interfaith Center, UAlbany Hillel, UAlbany Newman Catholic Association, Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region and Veterans for Peace Chapter 10. Information may be obtained by calling Barbara Dworkin,co-chairwoman, at 5260618 or e-mailing

Kearns, Stein to perform at Beth Israel Sisterhood installation SCHENECTADY— The Congregation Beth Israel Sisterhood will hold its annual installation of of¿cers for 2013-2014, and paid-up membership meeting at the synagogue, 2195 Eastern Parkway, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. Entertainment will include a selection of Yiddish and Jewish songs performed by Sherry Kearns, accompanied by Jeffrey Stein on the piano. Kearns has performed with various groups in the Capital District. She sings, often solo, with the Ne’imah Jewish Community Chorus, and also with the choir at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clifton Park.

She was also lead vocalist for Klezmer Friends, which performed at venues in the area. Stein, accompanist, is the music director and a teacher at the Saratoga Academy and also the music conductor for the Congregation Beth Shalom Synagogue Choir. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Stein has been a member of the University at Albany’s music department faculty since 1986. There is no charge for the program, which is open to women in the community. Information may be obtained by contacting Anne Deiber at 374-5171.

Beth Abraham-Jacob welcomes new youth directors ALBANY–Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob has announced that Ely and Chana Shestack will be its new youth directors. The Shestacks began working with the temple on Friday, Aug. 23. They will commute from their home in New York City to oversee existing youth programs, and help to organize social and educational programs on Shabbat afternoons, Sunday mornings and monthy on Thursday nights. The programs will be open to both members and non-members of the congregation Chana Shestack is studying history at Stern College for Women, and she has worked at camps and with youth groups throughout the world. Ely Shestack is a recent graduate of Yeshiva College, and he has enrolled at

ELY AND CHANA SHESTACK the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary to study for his rabbinic ordination.

Beth Israel High Holiday services, classes announced SCHENECTADY–Congregation Beth Israel, located at 2195 Eastern Parkway, has scheduled Rosh Hashanah services for Thursday, Sept. 5 and Friday, Sept. 6. Shacharit will start at 8a.m. on both days, youth group is set for 10:30 a.m., the rabbi’s sermon will be at 10:45 a.m. The shofar service will be at 11:15 a.m. Tashlich will be on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Iroquois Lake in Central Park. Yom Kippur Kol Nidre services begin at 6:35 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, with services continuing on Shabbat, Sept. 14, at 8:30 a.m., a youth group service at 11 a.m., the rabbi’s sermon at 11:30 a.m. Yizkor is slated to begin at 11:45 a.m. Ne’ilah is slated for 6:30 p.m. The fast ends at 7:49 p.m. and a break-the-fast meal follows at 8:05 p.m.

Rabbi Moshe Mirsky, spiritual leader of Beth Israel, will conduct services and give sermons. Yishai Cohen will lead shacharit, Rabbi Rami Strosberg will blow the shofar and Tzippora Harris will conduct youth groups. The Beth Israel choir will sing on the two days of Rosh Hashanah. On Shabbat, Sept. 7, at 11:30 a.m. the congregation’s rabbi will give a class on the insights of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik on the topic of “Teshuva-Return to God.” On Tuesdays, Sept. 3, and 10 and 17, at 12:30 p.m. Mirsky will present a class on “The Laws, Customs, and Concepts of the High Holidays.” The community is invited the preholiday classes. Information may be obtained by calling the synagogue at 377-3700.

Saratoga County Chabad to hold High Holy Day services SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga County Chabad will hold High Holy Day services at its facilities in Saratoga Springs and Clifton Park. Rosh Hashanah evening services will take place Wednesday, Sept. 4, and Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6:45 p.m. at Saratoga Chabad, 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs. Both services will be followed by holiday meals. Rosh Hashanah morning services will be held Thursday, Sept. 5, and Friday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. at Saratoga Chabad. Shofar blowing will be at 11:30 a.m., followed by a kiddush and mussaf. There will also be a children’s program both mornings at 10:30 a.m. Yom Kippur services will be held at Saratoga Chabad and Clifton Park Chabad,

495 Moe Rd., Clifton Park. Kol Nidre services are slated for Friday, Sept. 13, at 6:45 p.m., with Yom Kippur morning services beginning on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. The yizkor service will be held at 11:30 a.m., and closing prayers are set for 6 p.m., followed by a break-fast at 7:50 p.m. There will also be a Saturday morning children’s service at 10:30 a.m. No membership or prior af¿liation is required. All announcements and sermons will be conducted in English. Prayer books will be in Hebrew and English. Reservations and information may be obtained by calling Clifton Park Chabad at 495-0772 or Saratoga Chabad at 526-0773. Send e-mails to info@cliftonpark chabad. com or

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Clifton Park Chabad Hebrew School begins Sept. 8 CLIFTON PARK–The Clifton Park Chabad Hebrew School will begin on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. at 495 Moe Rd. The school is open to children ages 5-13 and features learning through song, drama and arts. Topics will include Jewish values,

lifecycles, prayer and Jewish history and culture. Registration and information may be obtained by calling Leah Rubin at 495-0779 or e-mailing info@cliftonpark

Ulster Federation’s ‘Fall for Art’ fund raiser slated KINGSTON–The Jewish Federation of Ulster County’s annual “Fall for Art” fund-raiser will take place Thursday, Sep. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Wiltwyck Golf Club on Steward Lane. The event includes an art show, an art sale and a cocktail reception. This year, guests will have an opportunity to vote for the “best in show” artist, who will receive a commemorative plaque by fused glass artist Sara Beames.

A portion of this year’s proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Association— Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester chapter’s “Arts with a Heart” program, which consists of three workshops for people with early stage Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. The cost is $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Reservations and information may be obtained by calling 845-338-8131 or e-mailing

Neil and Shari Piper organize pancreatic cancer research walk DELMAR–The Capital District Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk has been announced for Sunday. Sept. 8, at 8:30 a.m. at Elm Avenue Town Park. The event is organized by Neil and Shari Piper, who are members of Congregation Ohav Shalom in Albany. Shari Piper told The Jewish World that her husband’s mother, brother and sister died from pancreatic cancer, which is the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. “It became obvious that it runs in the family,” said Piper. “We all felt that we had to do something.” The 1.2-mile handicap-accessible,

stroller-friendly and pet-friendly walk will raise money for the Lustgarten Foundation, which is the nation’s largest private supporter of pancreatic cancer research. Last year’s walk raised nearly $100,000, according to Piper. The event will also include a pick-aprize auction, a 50/50 drawing, refreshments, face painting, live music by Code Blue and entertainment by the 501st Garrison Storm Troopers and the Schenectady Puppet People. Information may be obtained by visiting or by e-mailing Neil and Shari Piper at info@albany

Schenectady JCC’s world record attempt falls short SCHENECTADY – The Schenectady Jewish Community Center came up 12 car tires short of setting a Guinness World Record on Tuesday, July 30. The goal was to roll 300 tires 100 meters consecutively to break the record previously set in Australia two years ago. A group of 318 volunteers rolled tires, with 288 tires reaching the required 100-meter distance. The rest fell on the ground before reaching the mark.

Most of the people who rolled the tires came from the Schenectady JCC’s summer camp. Fogg’s Automotive in Glenville supplied the car tires. This year’s Schenectady JCC camp had more than 250 kids between the ages of 3 and 12. The theme was “Summer of Seuss,” with campers learning about diversity, the environment and other Jewish values through the works of Dr. Seuss.


Letters to the Editor Bloomfield hits GOP nail on the head Editor, One of the highlights in The Jewish World is Douglas Blooom¿eld’s column, “DC Report.” I usually get some valuable insight into whatever issue he addresses. In the August 15, 2013, he has an especially sharp column on one of the Republican’s favorite mantras, “the government doesn’t create jobs, the private sector does.” He tears apart Eric Cantor, House Majority leader and a major spokesman for that kind of thinking, by showing how many jobs

the government does create and how eager Cantor is to get them for his Virgina district. He sums up with this statement, “It’s time to stop using those 22 million public employees (except for yourself, of course) as whipping boys and treat them with respect.” I have heard no writers address Bloom¿eld’s argument so forcefully, or so well.

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Catskill’s Temple Israel to hold High Holy Day services CATSKILL–Temple Israel will hold High Holy Day services at its synagogue, 220 Spring St. The Rosh Hashanah evening service is set for Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m., with the morning service scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. A children’s service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 2 p.m. The Kol Nidre service will be Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. The Yom Kippur morning service starts on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m., with the afternoon service slated for 4 p.m. and the yizkor and concluding services starting at 6 p.m. A break the fast will follow the Yom Kippur concluding service. The cost is $12 for members and $15 for non members. Children 13 and under may attend for free. High Holy Day tickets are free for all congregation members in good standing

and their parents, children and grandchildren. Tickets are also free for those under 22 years of age, college students and military families. The Yom Kippur yizkor and concluding services are free, as well. For nonmembers, tickets are $36 per person and are valid for all High Holy Day services. Tickets may be obtained by mailing the name(s) of the attendees, along with a check, to Temple Israel of Catskill, P.O. Box 607, Catskill 12414. Tickets may also be obtained at the synagogue on Mondays from noon to 4 p.m. A telephone service option is also available. Information about the temple may be obtained by visiting, e-mailing or by calling 943-5758.

Congregation Shaara Tfille sets High Holiday schedule SARATOGA SPRINGS—Congregation Shaara T¿lle has announced that its High Holiday services, conducted by Rabbi/cantor Dr. Kenneth Blatt at 84 Weibel Ave., will begin with selichot services on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m. An oneg will follow the service. Rosh Hashanah services start on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Services on both Sept. 5 and 6 begin at 9 a.m. The sermon on both days is set

for 11 a.m. Shofar blowing on both days is slated for 11:30 a.m. A tashlich service will be at the Saratoga Boat Launch at 5 p.m. on the ¿rst day, Sept. 5. The congregation will usher in Yom Kippur with a Kol Nidre service at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13. Yom Kippur morning services begin at 9 on Saturday, Sept. 14. Yizkor is set for 11:30 a.m. Mincha has been slated for 5:15 p.m. Information may be obtained by calling 584-2370.

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Investigation: Y.U. sex abuse cases extended beyond high school for boys NEW YORK CITY (JTA) — Incidents of physical and sexual abuse at Yeshiva University were not limited to its high school for boys, an investigation has found. The investigation commissioned by the university and carried out by the New York-based law ¿rm Sullivan & Cromwell followed reports of sexual abuse by two faculty members at Y.U.’s high school for boys in the 1970s and ’80s.

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eth Shalom Raises $1000 With Auction: Harriet Weitzman and Barry Hamerling look over items at Congregation Beth Shalom’s Silent Auction, which was held in conjunction with

the congregation’s annual picnic on Sunday, Aug. 18. Sheila Alfasso, who organized the auction, stated that over $1,000 was raised by the fund-raiser. Sixty people attended the lunch prepared by men’s cub.

SJCC to show Meredith Butler’s decorated boxes SCHENECTADY—Treasure Boxes, an exhibit by Meredith Butler of Albany, will be displayed in the Finkle Display Case at the Schenectady Jewish Community Center from Sept. 4 to Oct. 31. The Center is located at 2565 Balltown Rd., Niskyuna. Butler has collected decorative papers on her travels When she retired from her work as a library administrator, she started volunteering in a Library Preservation Lab-

oratory. There she learned the skills needed to make books, boxes and portfolios, which she then covered with Italian, Japanese, Nepalese and Indian decorative papers. Recently, she has added to her collection papers with some from Zimbabwe. All of her boxes are handmade from Davey Board, also known as binder’s board. Irit Magnes, Jewish cultural director, at 377-8803, ext. 235, or can provide details.

The report produced by investigators and recently released con¿rmed that “multiple incidents of varying types of sexual and physical abuse took place” at the high school, perpetrated by individuals in positions of authority and continuing even after administration members had been made aware of the problem. The probe also found sexual abuse at other divisions of the university but, citing pending litigation, did not describe them in any detail or specify where they took place. “Up until 2001, there were multiple instances in which the University either failed to appropriately act to protect the safety of its students or did not respond to the allegations at all,” the report said. “This lack of an appropriate response by the University caused victims to believe that their complaints fell on deaf ears or were simply not believed by the University’s administration.” While the report noted that Y.U.’s responses to allegations of abuse after 2001 improved signi¿cantly, it issued detailed recommendations for new policies at the school to prevent and report sexual or physical abuse or harassment. The report did not go into detail on the past instances of sexual abuse.

Accusations “There are ¿ndings set forth in this report that serve as a source of profound shame and sadness for our institution,” Y.U. President Richard Joel said in a statement. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire University community, I express my deepest and most heartfelt remorse, and truly hope that our recognition of these issues provides some level of comfort and closure to the victims. “Although we cannot change the past, we remain committed to making con¿dential counseling services available to those individual victims in the hope they can achieve a more peaceful future.”

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The investigation was prompted by a Dec. 13, 2012 article in the Forward newspaper titled “Student Claims of Abuse not Reported by Yeshiva U.” that focused on abuse allegations against two Y.U. faculty members: Rabbi George Finkelstein, an administrator and faculty member from 1963 to 1995, and Rabbi Macy Gordon, a teacher from 1956 to 1983. Finkelstein was accused of groping students and rubbing up against them, often under the guise of wrestling, at school and in his home. Gordon was accused of sodomizing boys, including in at least one instance with a toothbrush. Both men have denied the allegations.

$380 Million Lawsuit A group of former students ¿led a $380 million lawsuit against Yeshiva University in early July, just days after Y.U.’s longtime chancellor, Rabbi Norman Lamm, acknowledged mishandling the abuse allegations decades earlier. The lawsuit has since added plaintiffs and grown to $680 million. After Y.U. hired Sullivan & Cromwell to conduct an investigation, the school’s board of trustees appointed a special committee to manage the relationship and receive periodic reports. The investigation was led by Karen Patton Seymour, a former criminal prosecutor, and carried out with the help of T&M Protection Services, a ¿rm specializing in preventing sex abuse.

Recommendations Some 6,300 hours were spent on the investigation, including interviews with 145 people, according to the report. Investigators sought to interview the former students named in the lawsuit, but their lawyers declined to make them available, the report said. According to the report, 70 people who were contacted either declined to be interviewed or did not respond to requests for interviews. Most of the report was taken up with a new set of anti-harassment guidelines recommended by T&M Protection Services, which Joel said YU will implement fully. The recommendations include setting clear boundaries for appropriate contact between faculty and students, educating them about the rules, screening new hires, establishing clear avenues for reporting allegations and putting in place policies for investigating allegations.



Brussels refuses to register baby name Jerusalem NEW YORK CITY (JTA)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The city of Brussels refused to register the name of a locally born Israeli baby because Jerusalem does not appear on a list of approved names for children born in the country. Hagar and Alinadav Hyman, Israelis who have lived and worked in Brussels for the last three years, decided to name their Âżrst-born Alma Jerusalem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are both Jerusalemites, we grew up in Jerusalem, we met in Jerusalem and we very much miss the city, so we decided to call our Âżrst child Jerusalem,â&#x20AC;? Alinadav

Hyman told JSSNews. The Brussels City Hall clerk offered to compromise, telling the couple that if it obtained an ofÂżcial letter from the Israeli embassy conÂżrming that Jerusalem is a valid name, then it would issue a Belgian birth certiÂżcate for the baby. Hagar told JSSNews that the clerk told him the name Bethlehem appeared on the list of approved names. He also said a Finnish man in line next to him gave his child a name in his local tongue that was 25 letters long.

Turkeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Erdogan claims Israel responsible for Egypt coup NEW YORK CITY (JTA)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently said that Israel was behind the July military coup in Egypt. Erdogan told a meeting of the provincial chairpersonss of his ruling Justice and Development, or AKP, party that he has evidence that Israel was involved in the July 3 overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the Turkish Hurriyet news service reported. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who is behind this? Israel. We have evidence,â&#x20AC;? the prime minister said, according to Hurriyet. He cited as proof a statement by a French intellectual he identiÂżed as Jewish,

who told the Israeli justice minister during a visit to France before Egyptâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 elections, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Muslim Brotherhood will not be in power even if they win the elections. Because democracy is not the ballot box,â&#x20AC;? Hurriyet reported. The White House condemned Erdoganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remarks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suggesting that Israel is somehow responsible for recent events in Egypt is offensive, unsubstantiated and wrong,â&#x20AC;? White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. Turkey downgraded diplomatic ties with Israel and later expelled Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambassador following the Mavi be characterized.

Boycott Italian wines with Nazis on label, Wiesenthal Center urges ROME (JTA)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Simon Wiesenthal Center has called on distributors to boycott Lunardelli, an Italian wine company that sells wine labeled with Nazi and fascist slogans and and photos of the movementsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; leaders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enough is enough,â&#x20AC;? Rabbis Marvin Hier, the Wiesenthal Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founder and dean, and Abraham Cooper, its associate dean, said in a statement released on the center website. The statement said they Âżrst protested the marketing of Lunardelliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fuhrerwein in 1995. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now an expanded line of wines that demean, diminish and mock Hitlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victims are promoted on a slick website,â&#x20AC;? they wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We reject the cynical notion by the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner that this wine is marketed as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a joke gift.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153; Photos on the wine labels include Adolf Hitler, Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, Soviet chief Joseph Stalin and other

Âżgures. Heir and Cooper denounced â&#x20AC;&#x153;the marketing of these productsâ&#x20AC;? and urged wine distributors â&#x20AC;&#x153;in Italy and around the world to send the only message the owner of this Âżrm might understandâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that they choose not to do any business with someone using the Nazi mass murderer as a blatant marketing tool.â&#x20AC;? Lunardelli, which was founded in 1967, started labeling wine with pictures of Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Che Guevara and others in 1995 as part of what it calls a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Historical Series,â&#x20AC;? and there have been periodic protests over such labeling. According to the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, approximately half of its bottled wine is now marketed in the Historical Series, with more than 50 labelsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;many if not most of them dealing with Hitler, Mussolini and fascism. The Lunardelli website says the wines are a â&#x20AC;&#x153;cult object among the collectors.â&#x20AC;?

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Parents sue Mass. school district for anti-Semitic bullying of son NEW YORK CITY (JTA)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The parents of a 13-year-old boy are suing their Massachusetts school district for ignoring verbal and physical attacks on their son by other students for being Jewish. Jennyfer Sordillo and Robert Groezinger Âżled the lawsuit late last month against the Carver public schools in U.S. District Court in Boston. It was Âżrst reported in the Boston Globe. They claim their son was subjected to daily anti-Semitic attacks by a group of boys at his school. The abuse included religious slurs and Nazi salutes, having pennies thrown at him, and being punched and kicked. Most recently, the abusers drew a swastika in chalk outside the family home, the Boston Globe reported.

The lawsuit claims the abuse has been occurring for two years and school ofÂżcials â&#x20AC;&#x153;have done nothing to stop it,â&#x20AC;? according to the newspaper. An attorney for the school district, which is approximately 50 miles from Boston, told the newspaper it would respond to the charges in court. According to the lawsuit, which was brought under the Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law, the boy was called names such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;stingy Jew,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;dirty Jew,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jew boyâ&#x20AC;? and was told after being saluted with the Hitler salute that he needed to â&#x20AC;&#x153;get in the oven.â&#x20AC;? The parents, according to reports, complained repeatedly about the school bullying. There is only one other Jewish student in the class of 155, according to the lawsuit.

Eydie Gorme, two-time Grammy winner, dies at 84 NEW YORK CITY (JTA)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Eydie Gorme, who won Grammy Awards singing solo and with her husband, Steve Lawrence, has died. Gorme died at a Las Vegas hospital, following a brief illness, according to a statement by her spokesman. She was 84. The statement said she was â&#x20AC;&#x153;surrounded by her husband, son and other loved ones at the time of her death.â&#x20AC;? Gorme, whose 1963 song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blame It on the Bossa Novaâ&#x20AC;? was her biggest hit and won her a Grammy nomination, performed in nightclubs, and as both a solo artist and with Lawrence since the mid-1950s. They performed in Las Vegas for many years. Gorme retired in 2009. The couple had their own television variety show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme Show,â&#x20AC;? until Lawrence entered the Army for two years and Gorme went on the nightclub circuit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eydie has been my partner onstage and in life for more than 55 years,â&#x20AC;? Lawrence

said in a statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the Âżrst time I heard her sing. While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time.â&#x20AC;? Gorme and Lawrence met in 1953 on a local program hosted by Steve Allen and later were regular cast members on NBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tonight Show,â&#x20AC;? hosted by Allen, when it began in 1954. They married in 1957. Her Âżrst album with Lawrence, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Got Us,â&#x20AC;? won a Grammy Award in 1960. She also won a 1967 Grammy for â&#x20AC;&#x153;If He Walked Into My Life.â&#x20AC;? In 1968, the couple starred in the Broadway musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golden Rainbow.â&#x20AC;? Gorme was born Edith Garmezano to Sephardic Jewish parents in New York City. Her father was a tailor from Sicily and her mother was from Turkey. She worked as a Spanish-language interpreter and later recorded in Spanish. Her song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amorâ&#x20AC;? became a hit throughout Latin America. Gorme and Lawrence had a son who died in his 20s of a heart condition.


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Letter from Roger Waters calls on musicians to boycott Israel NEW YORK CITY (JTA)—British rocker Roger Waters has published an open letter calling on fellow musicians to join a boycott of Israel. The letter, which condemns Israel for apartheid and ethnic cleansing, has been expected for several months, according to the Electronic Intifada, which ¿rst reported on its existence. “I write to you now, my brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and Roll, to ask you to join with me, and thousands of other artists around the world, to declare a cultural boycott on Israel,” Waters wrote in the letter dated Aug. 18. The letter was drafted in July. The former Pink Floyd front man said he was inspired to release the letter after British violinist Nigel Kennedy at a recent promenade concert at the Albert Hall in London called Israel an apartheid state. The BBC said it would remove his remarks in rebroadcasts of the concert. Waters had told Electronic Intifada in March that he was drafting the letter. Waters, who has been active in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS,

movement for at least seven years, referred to the boycott of apartheid South Africa, saying that ¿rst a trickle of artists refused to play there, leading to a “Àood.” He singled out Stevie Wonder’s canceling of a performance for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces as a recent success story. Wonder quit his participation in the December fund-raiser at the last minute under pressure from many corners. “Please join me and all our brothers and sisters in global civil society in proclaiming our rejection of Apartheid in Israel and occupied Palestine, by pledging not to perform or exhibit in Israel or accept any award or funding from any institution linked to the government of Israel, until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights,” Waters wrote. Waters recently came under ¿re for using at his concerts a huge inÀated balloon in the shape of a wild boar with a prominently visible Star of David, as well as a hammer and sickle, crosses and a dollar sign, among other symbols. It is a gimmick he has used for several years.

Kahneman awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama has awarded Daniel Kahneman, a Princeton psychologist known for his application of psychology to economic analysis, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The White House release Aug. 8 naming Kahneman and other recipients notes that the Princeton University scholar, who shared the Nobel Price for Economics in 2002, escaped Nazi Europe and served in the Israeli army.

Among the 16 people receiving the award this year are Gloria Steinem, the feminist pioneer, and the late Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), who for decades was a pro-Israel leader in Congress. The awards will be presented later this year. The Presidential Medal of Freedom, established by President John Kennedy in 1963, is with the Congressional Gold Medal the highest civilian honor in the United States.

Kagan: America’s ‘political liberty’ provides opportunity NEW YORK CITY (JTA)—Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said at the annual reading of George Washington’s letter on religious liberty that she never felt like she was “less of an American” because of her Judaism. Kagan spoke Sunday, Aug. 18, at the reading of the 1790 letter written by Washington to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, R.I., in which the ¿rst U.S. president offered a statement on religious liberty and af¿rmed rights and privileges generally unknown to Jews elsewhere at the time. It was the 66th consecutive year that the letter has been read aloud at the synagogue.

Kagan said the letter was not written casually because Washington would have known his words would be scrutinized closely for lessons about the new government’s perspective on religious freedom, according to the Providence Journal. The New York native said the fact that the granddaughter of Yiddish-speaking Russian immigrants to America could become a U.S. Supreme Court justice is something that could happen “only because of America and its unprecedented promise of political liberty.” Kagan joined the high court in August 2010.

Israeli man kills 9-year-old son in N.H. murder-suicide NEW YORK CITY (JTA)—An Israeli man living in the United States shot and killed his 9-year-old son before turning the gun on himself during a supervised visit at a New Hampshire YWCA. Muni Savyon, 54, of Manchester, N.H., used a handgun to commit the murder-suicide recently at the city’s YWCA, the Associated Press reported. The YWCA hosts child custody exchanges and supervised child visitation, according to the AP. Security uses a handheld metal detector, but it is not believed that it was used on Savyon. Savyon had emailed a letter written in He-

brew to a friend that indicated his intention to commit the murder-suicide and said he would be dead before it was received, Rabbi Levi Krinsky of Chabad Lubavitch in Manchester told reporters, according to the AP. Krinsky said he had known Savyon for ¿ve years but had no idea he was suicidal. Savyon had recently returned from Israel, where he attended the funeral of his brother, who had died unexpectedly. He reportedly was “distraught” over his brother’s death. Savyon was not married to the mother of his son, Joshua. The mother has not been named.

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For Israel, U.S. response on Syria may be harbinger on Iran By BEN SALES TEL AVIV (JTA) — Following reports of what was almost certainly a chemical weapons attack in Syria, the White House has made moves indicating it may be inching closer to military intervention in the 2 1/2-year civil war there. Among the moves: moving warships toward the eastern Mediterranean and updating military options. In Jerusalem, Washington’s resolve in Syria is seen as a crucial litmus test for its readiness to confront another looming Mideast showdown over unconventional weapons.

ern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University. “I don’t see American interest in a complex intervention, war or sending forces. They need to do something, but not something deep.”

Israelis Worry About Iran… The Israeli government repeatedly has broadcast concern about the possibility that the Syrian conÀict could spill over and destabilize what has long been one of Israel’s quieter borders. As the war has intensi¿ed, Israel has taken steps to protect its northern frontier along the Golan Heights,

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Israel’s security Cabinet meets to discuss Syria JERUSALEM (JTA) —Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a second meeting in two days of his security Cabinet to talk about the Syria situation. The security Cabinet was set to meet Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 27,—a day after a delegation of senior Israeli of¿cials met in Washington with U.S. security of¿cials— to discuss the repercussions on Israel of a possible U.S. military strike on Syria, according to reports. A statement by the U.S. National Security Council said that National Security Adviser Susan Rice hosted a delegation of senior Israeli of¿cials “for consultations on Iran, Egypt, Syria, and a range of other regional security issues.” The Israeli delegation was headed by Maj.-Gen. Yaakov Amidror, chairman of Israel’s National Security Council and Netanyahu’s national security adviser. “Today’s meetings were the latest in a

series of regular, high-level consultations between the United States and Israel, consistent with our strong bilateral partnership, and part of our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security,” the statement said. Syrian and Iranian of¿cials have said that if the United States attacks Syria, Israel will come under attack by the two countries and other allies in the Middle East. “No military attack will be waged against Syria,” said Hossein Sheikholeslam, a member of Iran’s Islamic Consultative Assembly, according to the Times of Israel. “Yet if such an incident takes place, which is impossible, the Zionist regime will be the ¿rst victim of a military attack on Syria.” Khalaf Muftah, a senior Baath party of¿cial in Syria, said in a radio interview, according to the Times of Israel, that Damascus would consider Israel behind any military strike on Syria and would respond with “strategic weapons” in strikes on Israel.

IBM to pay as much as $1 billion for Israeli data security firm JERUSALEM (JTA)—IBM has agreed to acquire the Israeli data security ¿rm Trusteer for an undisclosed sum that is believed to be up to $1 billion. Trusteer, which has locations in Tel Aviv and Boston, develops software to help businesses protect themselves against ¿nancial fraud and security threats. Upon the of¿cial closing of the deal, Trusteer will join the IBM Security Systems organization, IBM has announced. IBM, an American multinational technology and consulting corporation, is forming a cybersecurity software lab in Israel where Trusteer and IBM researchers will work on advanced software to ad-

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Braun claims bias by specimen collector in ’12 NEW YORK CITY (JTA)—Milwaukee Brewers out¿elder Ryan Braun during his appeal of a drug suspension in 2012 told players on opposing teams that the collector of his urine sample was an anti-Semite. Braun, the son of an Israeli-born Jewish father, was suspended in July for the remainder of this season for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic, which provided performance-enhancing drugs to more than a dozen players. The 2011 Most Valuable Player had been suspended in 2012 for using performance-enhancing drugs, but successfully

appealed the 50-game ban and denied he ever used PEDs. Braun called at least three veteran players to lobby for their support ahead of his appeal of the 2012 suspension, ESPN reported. He won the appeal after proving that the specimen collector, identi¿ed as Dino Laurenzi Jr., broke the chain of custody of the sample by storing it in his refrigerator and not sending it out for 44 hours. According to ESPN, Braun in his calls to the players also said Laurenzi was a Chicago Cubs fan, a division rival of the Brewers, implying that the sample collector would be working against Braun. Braun has been referred to as “The He-

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Dustin Hoffman says he beat cancer NEW YORK CITY (JTA) — Dustin Hoffman has been “surgically cured” of cancer, a spokesman for the actor said. “It was detected early and he has been surgically cured,” Hoffman’s publicist told People magazine, which was the ¿rst to report the story. She added that the Academy Award winner is “feeling great” and is “in good health.” Hoffman, 75, reportedly will have treatment to prevent a recurrence of the cancer, the type of which was not identi¿ed. Hoffman won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1979 for “Kramer vs. Kramer” and in 1988 for “Rain Man.” He directed the 2012 ¿lm “Quartet” and recently wrapped up production on the comedy “Chef,” which also stars Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr.

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Prices effective Sunday, August 11 thru Saturday, September 14, 2013 in our NY, PA, VT, NH, MA and CT stores only. All items and varieties may not be available in all stores. We reserve the right to limit quantities and substitute items. Not responsible for typographical errors.

You’ll find all of your Kosher needs at the Colonie Market Center! TRY OUR I FR THURS & AL E M HOT SPECIALS!

 Full Service Kosher Meat Shop (Glatt Kosher)  Fresh Baked Kosher Challah and Bagels (Parve Items Available)  Kosher Deli Salads, Sliced Meats and Rotisserie Chickens (Roasted Daily)  Largest variety of Kosher Grocery, Dairy and Israeli products in the area  We carry your favorite Kosher Frozen foods to make meal planning easier


All fresh departments under the strict supervision of the Vaad Hakashruth of the Capital District.

Visit the Kosher Store at 1892 Central Ave, Colonie • 1-800 -727-5674 Fish and Vaad Certified Salmon Fillets & Steaks also available in our Bethlehem and Niskayuna stores.

The Jewish World Vol. 49, No. 1 Aug. 29, 2013  

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