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Growing pains Judy Bolton-Fasman writes about the sadness and pain that parents feel when they realize their children and growing up and don’t need them quite as much. See Page 19

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The North Shore Music Theatre’s production of family favorite “The Sound of Music” skillfully balances lighthearted scenes with the story’s darker moments. See Page 25

Teen queen Thirteen-year-old Sima Kasten is the Queen of the stage, even though she’s playing a King, in a show currently being staged in Brighton. See Page 25


Members of the Samaritan community pray atop Mount Gerizim, above the city of Nablus, West Bank, after sunrise on Sunday as they celebrate the Shavuot festival, marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai seven weeks after the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt.

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Congressman Edward J. Markey and Gabriel Gomez are running for the Massachusetts Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. The Advocate contacted both candidates to solicit their views on issues of concern to the Jewish Community. (Congressman Markey did not respond.) Gabriel E. Gomez is the Republican nominee for the Senate in the 2013 special election. Gomez is a private equity investor with an MBA from Harvard University and former Navy SEAL. The son of Colombian immigrants, he is a first generation American born in Los Angeles. Q: As with the Latino vote, the Republican Party has historically done poorly with the Jewish vote. How do you convince groups that traditionally haven’t

munity since I’m a first generation American… I am Latino, I understand the Latino issues. I don’t need another congressman coming in on my behalf to speak the language for me, to translate what the concerns… are of the Latino community—I can do that by myself. In terms of Israel, I’ve got a unique perspective there, as well. I served my country; I went to the Naval Academy, served nine years in the service. I was an aircraft carrier pilot first, then a Navy SEAL [platoon] commander and I understand fully the importance of our relationship with Israel. Gabriel Gomez They’re our strongest and our best ally. I understand fully [that] voted Republican to give you a the biggest threat to Israel… is Iran; it’s an existential threat and chance? A: I think I have a very unique perspective on the Latino comContinued on Page 9

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As discussions to unify three South Shore congregations went underway, members of one synagogue had a change of heart. On June 4 members of the Ahavath Torah Congregation (ATC), a Conservative synagogue in Stoughton voted to pull out of unification talks with Temple Beth Am (TBA) in Randolph and Temple Beth Emunah (TBE) in Brockton. Neither TBA nor TBE have stated an Continued on Page 3

Synagogues come together in celebration Synagogue Council of Massachusetts honors Jewish leaders By Ian Thal Advocate Staff The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts’ (SCM) annual tribute celebration affirmed that shuls continue to hold sway in the Jewish community. The transdenominational organization that fosters dialogue and collaboration between congregations in the Commonwealth held the event at Temple Emanuel in Newton on June 11. The first honoree was Steffi Aronson Karp, founder of LimmudBoston who was this year’s recipient of the K’lal Yisrael Award, which is awarded Continued on Page 5




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Oldest Jew dies at 113

Bennett: Discard two-state idea Israel should discard the two-state solution when it comes to the conflict with the Palestinians and instead seek to “live with the problem,” Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) said Monday during a conference sponsored by the Yesha Council in Jerusalem. Bennett said Israel should Naftali annex – “as quickly as possible” Bennett – virtually all the areas that were not handed over to the Palestinian Authority (PA) under the Oslo accords, including the Jewish communities and a handful of Palestinian towns. He said Israel should devise “aggressive” new plans to drastically improve the economic well-being of both the Jewish and Arab inhabitants of Judea and Samaria. PHOTO/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Evelyn Kozak, the world’s oldest Jew, died at the age of 113 on June 11 after suffering a heart attack. Kozak’s family escaped from Russia due to anti-Semitism in the late 19th century. According to Evelyn the Los AngelesKozak based Gerontology Research Group, an organization of that validates the ages of supercentenarians, Kozak was the world’s oldest documented Jewish person and the seventh-oldest person in the world. “As old as she was, we really expected her to live forever,” her granddaughter Brucha Weisberger told the Associated Press. Kozak had five children, 10 grandchildren, 28 greatgrandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.

Bibi not ‘deluded’ by Iran election Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is not “deluding” itself following the victory of relative moderate Hassan Rohani, who had the backing of reformists, in the Iranian presidential election. “The international community must not get hung up on its own wishful thinking and become tempted to ease the pressure on Iran,” Netanyahu said Sunday at his weekly cabinet meeting, Israel Hayom reported.

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Ya’alon calls Peace Initiative ‘spin’ The Arab Peace Initiative, promoted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in his efforts to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, is nothing but “spin” that is designed to have Israel commit Moshe Ya’alon to certain conditions even before negotiations commence, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on June 14 in a speech before the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Ya’alon said the initiative was “not a decision of the Arab League,” and reiterated Netanyahu’s claim that Israel is “ready to sit without preconditions with any initiative but without dictation.”

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Israeli and American officials are working closely behind the scenes on possible strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s unconventional weapons arsenal, according to a report in Time magazine. Last week, President Obama concluded Assad had used chemical weapons, notably sarin gas, against rebel forces over the past year, confirming previous statements from Israeli officials in April. Obama noted last year that Assad’s use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” and trigger a stronger American response. As a result, Obama announced the United States would step up aid to Syrian rebels.


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Israeli researchers at the Rabin Medical Center Petach Tikva say that the thickness of a layer of fat around the heart can predict heart disease, instead of the traditional indicators such as body-mass index, cholesterol and other factors. “Today our understanding is that the functioning of fat cells rather than

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your weight is a predictor of disease. …We have learned that this tissue around the heart supports the functioning of the heart muscle and the arteries that supply it. At the same time, if this tissue grows too large, it undergoes changes that are detrimental to the health of the coronary arteries and the heart muscle,” said Dr. Dror Dicker, who heads the Clinic for Obesity and Hypertension at the Golda Hasharon campus of the Rabin Medical Center, Israel Hayom reported.

Russians won’t return manuscripts The Russian government, which has refused to return a collection of more than 4,000 Jewish religious books and manuscripts dubbed the “Schneerson collection” to the New Yorkbased Chabad-Lubavitch descendants of the collection’s last private owner, last week gave part of the collection to the Moscow Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. Although a U.S. judge in January ordered Russia to pay $50,000 a day until the manuscripts were turned over to Chabad, Russian President Vladimir Putin considers the matter closed. The government of the former Soviet Union kept the collections after World War I.

Khamenei promotes conspiracy theory On the eve of Iran’s June 14 presidential elections, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s promoted an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory on his Facebook profile by featuring the logo of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) accompanied by text stating, “The U.S. President is being elected from only two parties while Zionist regime is controlling everything behind the scenes.” Additionally, Khamenei said, “In Iran, there have been many Presidents being elected in a pure democratic process from ordinary people even without any affiliation to a party.”

The human rights organization Amnesty International is concerned about the increase in criminal blasphemy cases in Egypt, especially those brought against Coptic Christians, for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad. “Slapping criminal charges with steep fines and, in most cases, prison sentences against people for simply speaking their mind or holding different religious beliefs is simply outrageous,” Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director, said in a prepared statement.

Fischer could head the Fed Governor of the Bank of Israel Professor Stanley Fischer, who will step down later this month, is not denying the possibility of vying for the top post at the U.S. Federal Reserve after the position becomes vacant in January. Fischer did not confirm or deny the possibility when he was asked in London on June 12, saying only that it was unwise to “accept a job offer that no one has made to you,” the Financial Times reported.

Netanyahu visits Holocaust exhibit Speaking on June 13 at the opening of a Holocaust exhibit at the site of the AuschwitzBirkenau death camp, where more than 1 million Jews were murdered, Netanyahu warned that Iran has a “regime that is building nuclear weapons with the expressed purpose to annihilate Israel’s 6 million Jews.” The Holocaust exhibit, designed by experts from the Yad Vashem Institute for Holocaust Research in Jerusalem, centers on a book displaying the names of 4.2 million Jews murdered during the Holocaust.

Wounded Syrian treated in Israel

Some 100,000 people attended Israel’s firstever Formula 1 Road Show in Jerusalem on June 13 and 14. The unprecedented event drew a large audience that cheered when motorcycles and Formula 1 cars whizzed by. “It was an amazing experience, the most fast and furious thing I have seen,” spectator Masada Porat told Israel Hayom. Max Biaggi, one of the biggest names in motorcycle racing, sparked excitement when he rode his Ducati Tricolore bike at the show. “It is very special for me to ride in Jerusalem – this amazing city,” Biaggi said.

A severely wounded Syrian rebel carrying a note from a Syrian doctor who treated him was transferred to Israel’s Ziv Hospital in Safed on June 11, Israel Hayom reported. Ziv Hospital has treated 20 Syrians since the onset of the Syrian civil war. The Syrian doctor wrote: “To the honorable surgeon: Hello, the patient is 28 years old, was wounded by a bullet that struck him [in] the chest, causing broken ribs, and fragments have damaged the liver and diaphragm. …Please do what is required and thank you in advance.” Ziv Hospital Director Dr. Oscar Ambon said. “Despite being portrayed as their enemy, the rumors that one can get good medical treatment in Israel are spreading by word of mouth.”

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The death toll from the Syrian civil war continues to rise and there is no end in sight, with 92,901 killings documented through the end of April. “The constant flow of killings continues at shockingly high levels,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a prepared statement, The New York Times reported. There have been “more than 5,000 killings documented every month since last July, including a total of just under 27,000 new killings since Dec. 1,” Pillay added. The civil war, which began as peaceful protests against the government of President Bashar al-Assad more than 26 months ago, has spiraled into a sectarian conflict.

Concerns over Palestinian terrorism spawning from the West Bank city of Nablus led the city council of Boulder, Colo., to reject Nablus’ bid to become Boulder’s sister city in a 7-2 vote last week, the Middle East news website The Tower reported. Nablus is known for originating a significant amount of Palestinian terrorism. Boulder’s city council also attributed its rejection to the human rights abuses and suppression of freedom of the press in the city. The sister-city partnership with Nablus would have been “limited to those who subscribe to the particular philosophy, which is to damage Israel,” local resident Bill Cohen told the local CBS affiliate in Boulder on June 10.

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Stoughton congregation pulls out of unification plan Continued from Page 1 intention to discontinue discussions. Two months ago, on April 4, the congregations of all three synagogues had voted in favor of a letter of intent authorizing their attorneys to draft up plans for unification, and for a nine-member steering committee comprised of three members of each congregation, to address the process called “regionalization.” The April 4 vote had been a nonbinding decision, it only authorized discussions to create a practical plan of action. Steve Merlin, President of TBE said that in “the 18 to 24 months before [the April 4 vote] it had all been a theoretical discussion.” The regionalization plan was created in anticipation of long term demographic shifts, which saw declining memberships in Conservative synagogues in the South Shore, to be carried out while the constituent congregations were still viable institutions. Both Merlin and ATC president David Schulze emphasized that ATC’s decision to pull out of the regionalization plan does not mean that they and other Conservative congregations in the area will end their joint ventures. The three congregations that had been involved in the regionalization talks, as well as Temple Beth Abraham in Canton, are jointly organizing a “South Area Shabbat Megaplex” at TBE this

weekend, and they are continuing to schedule joint services at various points in the calendar. “Different rabbis or cantors are… on vacation at various times so the schedule hasn’t been finalized,” Merlin said, “but we’ll use all three buildings and clergy at different times to come together.” “We have to be part of the greater Jewish community,” Schulze added, explaining that the vote to withdraw from regionalization talks, had, like the April 4 vote, been well in excess of a two-thirds super-majority. “There were a significant number of people who might have been previously denoted as apathetic [who were] no longer apathetic and absolutely wanted to be part of the decision.” Schulze, who had been involved in the regionalization discussions, explained his congregation’s decision to withdraw from the discussions: “As that process continued… it was very clear that should the merger go forward that the town of Stoughton would lose its Jewish identity.” Merlin explained that, “the steering committee had a subgroup called the ‘site committee’ [that] went through the buildings, the geography, and had determined to recommend the Brockton building was best equipped for any number of reasons for the congregation to move in at least on an interim term until the other two buildings could be sold.”

The plan was for the three congregations to unify under a new name and temporarily relocate into the Brockton building where TBE is currently located. The proceeds from the sale of the other two buildings would finance the construction of a permanent home for the new congregation. Merlin said that if the plan moves forward, “the people in Brockton, like me, are going to walk into a sanctuary that may have… a different name but it’s the same place where my three sons each had their bar mitzvah. So I was somewhat more comfortable.” Schulze, however, noted that for ATC congregants, their sense of history made the prospect of moving, “very disconcerting to a lot of the members especially those members who had been with the synagogue for over 30, 40, 50 years and there are third, fourth, sometimes fifth generation family members of ATC.” “The new synagogue was probably not going to be built in Stoughton,” said Schulze, “so not only would the temple lose its identity, the town would lose its Jewish identity.” He added that “unlike some other communities… Stoughton has a very strong Jewish presence and it can support a synagogue.” Schulze added that, “if our research is right… about 10 percent of the population of Stoughton is Jewish.” By comparison, Jews are es-

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Ahavath Torah Congregation, a Conservative synagogue in Stoughton timated to comprise roughly 7.2 percent of the population of the Boston metropolitan area. According to Schulze, “the community was very concerned about Stoughton losing a Jewish presence completely and then creating a selffulfilling prophecy. If there is no synagogue here, why would anyone Jewish ever want to move here?” There were also concerns about ATC’s role in the larger Stoughton community and what the loss might mean to the town. ATC provides a venue for the Little Theatre of Stoughton, which presents plays for children, and provides additional event space for the local high school. Schulze saw the vote to pull out of the regionalization plan as a positive thing, in that it signified a reinvigorated congregation, “Two and a half months ago, when we were talking about regionalization,” he said, “we were talking about how each one of these synagogues potentially might need a miracle to survive independently - hence the reason for regionalization… this renewed internal vision of who we are, which wasn’t

really there two and a half months ago might just be the miracle.” For Schulz, the problem is not the current size of Stoughton’s Jewish population. “[More] than half are unaffiliated, they do not belong to a synagogue and to me that’s the crisis,” he said, “and it’s on the synagogues… it’s on us, as ATC, as Beth Emunah… there are 15 Conservative temples within a 50 mile radius.” In Schulze’s view, “[it is] on us to reach out into the community and explain to them why there is value— it’s like any other business selling a service…because Jews these days don’t just join because they live in Stoughton, like they did when I was a kid.” “You have to give someone a reason to want to take a Saturday morning and be in synagogue, or take a Sunday morning and Tuesday night to be in religious school, or come Friday night and be part of a Kabbalat service,” Schulze said. “That’s on us as synagogues to make that happen. Until we do, we’re not going to fix the problem of unaffiliation.”




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Israel has joined an international flag program that recognizes public beaches for safety and accessibility. Tourists from abroad are already looking for the big Blue Flag when they book beach holidays, and now they can count on nine Israeli beaches to comply with the international standards developed by the 30-year-old Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Founded in France, FEE certifies nearly 4,000 beaches around the world as good enough to carry the prestigious Blue Flag label. The program only started a few months ago in Israel, but stakeholders are excited about having Blue Flags at their beaches and ports, according to coordinator Orly Babitsky, who works through the Israeli marine education organization EcoOcean, to develop and award Blue Flags in Israel. It’s a big plug for tourism, Babitsky added. “Internationally, we know for sure that many travel agents will go into the Blue Flag website and check [for their customers] which beaches have Blue Flags. If a tourist in Germany wants to go to the Red Sea, and he sees that Aqaba in Jordan has four [beaches with] Blue Flags and Eilat in Israel has none, he might rather go to the beach with the Blue Flag,” she said. To fly a Blue Flag, a beach must meet internationally agreed-upon standards. Some of them are environmental checks and balances to ensure the water is clean and safe. In addition, the beach must be free of charge; there must be public transportation available; it must offer accessibility for people with disabilities; and it must have recycling bins. Blue Flag beaches must be subject to regular meetings between at least six defined stakeholders, including environmentalists, city or town government officials and beach managers. Permission to keep flying the flag must be reviewed every year and if conditions change, certification may be dropped until the situation – an oil spill, for instance – is resolved. For locals, a Blue Flag will definitely boost how Israelis enjoy one of the last frontiers in free family events, Babitsky said. “Israel is a coastal country,” she said. “More than 70 percent of the population is living next to the coast and the beach has become one of the last places that a family can go without having to pay for a family day out.” The 140 Israeli beaches are also now threatened from coastal

development, such as natural gas pipelines, she added. The Blue Flag connects all of those elements together to make the beach and its development a sustainable endeavor for businesses, green groups, community and government. Through EcoOcean, the Blue Flag program in Israel is also working to develop special local standards, such as limiting the number of plastic beach chairs on the beaches of Tel Aviv. But it’s baby steps for now, noted Babitsky, who plans to tackle issues like this and more, season by season, as the culture of Blue Flags gets better defined in Israel. Netanya can take pride in three beaches that won a Blue Flag: Ha’onot Beach, which can be accessed from the city’s promenade and is known for its music; Sironit Beach, which provides ample shade, wheelchair access and clearly marked restrooms, and can be reached from the one-shekel glass beach elevator; and Poleg Beach, a former sewage dump transformed to a certified clean

“Many travel agents will check [for their customers] which beaches have Blue Flags.” Orly Babitsky

beach where motorized sports are welcome, and kite surfers gather to catch the wind and waves. Ashdod has two Blue Flag beaches: The Lido Beach near the port, boasting public facilities, restaurants and restrooms; and the Yud Aleph Beach, a family-oriented destination for locals from diverse backgrounds. Tel Aviv also has two Blue Flag beaches: Metzitzim, Tel Aviv’s northernmost beach with the city’s only man-made lagoon, where the “cool” kids come to play and dogs are welcome; and Jerusalem Beach, a favorite among foot travelers, who find it beautiful, accessible and friendly (it also has a workout station for adults). Haifa and Eilat each have one Blue Flag beach. Dado Beach in Haifa boasts restaurants, beach couches, free Wi-Fi, gardens, ample shade, sand, grass and a mile and a half of promenade. The Shchafim Beach in Eilat is conveniently located along the promenade between the Dan and Herod hotels. The bustling beach is a magnet for international travelers and Israelis looking for a little low-cost escapism.




Synagogue council holds award night, inducts new president Continued from Page 1 to an individual who promotes “knowledge, understanding, and sensitivity among and between Jews from diverse backgrounds and/or denominations.” LimmudBoston, modeled after Limmud UK, is an annual conference of Jewish learning, drawing students and scholars from all branches of Judaism. Karp was introduced both by Rabbi Robert Goldstein of Temple Emanuel of Andover, and Rabbi Toba Spitzer of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, the Reconstructionist synagogue in West Newton, which Karp’s family helped found in 1991. Along with her award, Karp also received a check from the Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE). “Our family is a poster family for Jewish pluralism,” said Karp, upon receiving the K’lal Yisrael, “[We have] simultaneously belonged to Reform and Reconstructionist congregations while sending our boys to Conservative Hebrew school right here at Temple Emanuel.” She also noted that her three sons had “collectively…enjoyed more than 20 summers at Hebrew College.” Later in Karp’s acceptance speech, she noted the parallel and complementary missions of SCM and LimmudBoston, “As a child in Hebrew school, in a youth group, as a young graduate student and as a young adult, there was an attitude that one’s congregation or movement defined one’s Judaism,” she said. “However in Massachusetts and throughout New England, we are so fortunate to experience diversity and openness reaching across synagogue, movement and community lines. We can study Jewish texts and learn from one another in a pluralistic environment. This collaboration… strengthens our Jewish community…” The evening also marked a transition in leadership, as SCM President Sharon Levinson’s two-year term had come to an end and Arnold M. Zaff, who had previously served as Vice President, was inducted. Levinson noted that two years ago, “I stood before you…and I said how proud I was to be the first Orthodox woman president in Syna-


Rabbi Toba Spitzer with Steffi Aronson Karp and Rabbi Robert Goldstein gogue Council’s 30 year history.” In discussing her term, Levinson noted that, “One of the synagogue council’s goals has been to attract a younger and more diverse population to enhance Jewish life. I am pleased that our outreach to congregations and minyanim has begun to accomplish just that and our board reflects the changing demographic.” SCM Executive Director, Alan Teperow, reflected on Levinson’s leadership, “Sharon and I come from different backgrounds, and our approach to Judaism is often different, but we have never disagreed.” Teperow drew laughter from the audience when he added, “That does not mean we always agree.” Teperow described his discussions with Levinson as being in the “tradition of arguing - L’Shem Shamayim - for the sake of heaven, and in perfect synagogue council style of harboring respect and dignity to the other, our varied views always come to a reasoned conclusion.” After presenting Levinson with a framed print honoring her as an Eshet Chayil, or woman of valor, and before installing the new board and officers, Teperow echoed the second Inaugural speech of President Obama, as he articulated a mission statement for the next two years: “Our journey is not complete until anyone who wants to join a synagogue, regardless of financial capacity, marital status, or orienta-

tion, finds a welcoming presence in our congregations,” Teperow said. “Our journey is not complete until all children and adults with special needs and learning styles feel safe and appreciated in our sanctuaries, schools and learning environments. Our journey is not complete until synagogues confronted with demographic and financial challenges are able to not only survive, but thrive and where that may not be possible, the synagogue council pledges its support and resources for collaborative efforts and assistance with regionalization and mergers.” “Our journey is not yet complete until Jews of varying backgrounds and theologies are able to embrace our diversity and come together under Etzion’s umbrella and pluralistic communities of learning and growth.” Rabbi Emeritus Robert Miller of Temple Beth Avodah who inducted Zaff, cited midrashim in discussing how potential leaders were investigated and vetted before they could lead the Jewish people. Miller told the story of young Abraham, who refuted idolatry by smashing the smaller idols in his father’s workshop and blamed the destruction on the largest idol, which his father, Terach, declared impossible since the idol was his own creation. Miller then told the story of Moses, who as a shepherd carried a lost and tired lamb in the desert back to the flock, thus demonstrating his compassion. Likewise, Miller stated that Zaff ’s character and life experiences, which included being President of a Reform shul, having a son who is an Orthodox rabbi and children in the Reconstructionist movement, demonstrated his qualifications for the position. Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) President Barry Shrage introduced Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman and Tufts University Professor Barbara Wallace Grossman, who were joint recipients of Community Service Award. “An underlying theme… has been building communities of Torah, tzedek, and chesed,” Shrage said, adding that, “when we think about social justice, we think of Steve and Barbara Grossman.” “We really can’t exist without a community of Torah. It’s just not possible to be a community that has Award recipients Steffi Aronson Karp, Barbara Wallace Grossman, no memory. Our memories are Toand Steven Grossman, with SCM’s Executive Director Alan Teperow rah,” said Shrage before noting that

“at the heart of everything… are synagogues - without synagogues we would have nothing, we have no way to transmit the Jewish tradition to the future.” Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz of Temple Emanuel of Newton, who presented the award to the Grossmans, quoted a passage from the Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney’s poem The Cure at Troy, “Once in a lifetime/ the longed for tidal wave/of justice can rise up/ and hope and history rhyme.” Gardenswartz noted that Steven Grosman’s public service, both with charities like Project Bread, and in elected office, and Barbara Grossman’s work, creating a curriculum titled “Imagining the Holocaust on Stage and Screen,” are part of the process of “making hope and history rhyme.” The Treasurer recounted his family history, but ended with a reflection on a passage from the Book of Isaiah, “If you offer your compassion to the hungry and relieve the oppressed, then shall your light shine in darkness and your gloom shall be like noonday.” “We are commanded, each of us, to repair the breach,” said Steven Grossman, “and there is no place in our lives where that lesson is taught over and over again with more intensity, with more sincerity, and more generosity of spirit [than in] the synagogues.” Barbara Grossman capped the joint acceptance by telling what she called “a tale of two synagogues,” first describing the Sabar Hassamain Synagogue in the city of Ponta Delgada on the Island of San Miguel in the Azores. “When

the Inquisition finally ended in Portugal in 1821… a lot of the Sephardic Jews who had been in Morocco, left and the first stop for many… was the Azores,” she said. “There were five synagogues in Ponta Delgada, today there is only this one.” Barbara Grossman described the building as being hidden away, “on a street of attached homes, it looks like a house. There is nothing on the outside that would identify it in anyway as a synagogue,” before recounting the passage up the stairs, through various doors and rooms, until she finally found herself in the sanctuary, “it is a window to G-d, [but] it’s also in a state of incredible disrepair,” she said. Barbara Grossman produced a tefilin box and said, “I was told I could take this with me… it was just in a pile of trash on the floor.” She also described meeting the last Jew in the Azores, who once worshipped there. The other synagogue she described was the secret synagogue in the Terezin concentration camp, created in a storage room by Arthur Bellinger, a cantor from Germany, “It’s the only place in Terezin that has any markings that are Jewish,” she said. Bellinger and his wife were murdered at Auschwitz, but their daughters were sent to England by Kindertransport and survived the war. “Both of these illustrious examples,” observed Barbara Grossman, “speak to the power of synagogues… to still grip us, and mold us and teach us.”


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t is often truthfully said that, in contrast with the Arabs, Israel can never allow itself to lose even one war – since a single lost war could mean her destruction and would mean another catastrophe of Holocaust proportions. But unless the region has an arrangement for James peace and securiAdler ty, how will wars ensnaring Israel not go on taking place until Israel sooner or later loses one of them? For instance, it could take only one Irani(or even Commentary an a prospective Egyptian) nuclear bomb. Or one trafficked rogue bomb. Or, basically, any single lost war – and in a possible lethally reinforcing conjunction with any domestic and West Bank uprising – of any kind. This is the core reason Israel requires long-term peace and security from the region – like the one based on the Arab League peace plan, which could be built on only as the launch, not the conclusion, of negotiations toward peace. It would also have the (happy) side effect of serving as the best, and most powerful and realistic, regional counterweight to Iran. With adjacent foreign states, the Arabs and Iranians have long had security. They do not need

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. The ultimate heart of the matter is that it is not the Arabs, but rather it is Israel, which requires peace and security. It is the Israelis, and not the Arabs, who ought to be most overjoyed that Obama and Kerry are trying so relentlessly to jumpstart the movement to long-term peace and security between Israel and the rest of the region. This is not only the best but actually the only means of guaranteeing that there will never be a Holocaust-scale catastrophe for Israel and, over the long term, to make ironclad her peace and security in the many coming decades in which could occur potential catastrophic losses in nuclear attacks, uprisings, and land wars. Without the work of close advocates for Israel and peace such as Secretary of State Kerry, there will remain an ever-present risk of an unconditional disaster. Not to Iran. Not to the Arab world. But to Israel – which is forever alone, and intensely vulnerable, outside any framework of regional security and peace. It is a framework that Ariel Sharon almost accepted when it was first offered in 2002, and has since then been ignored for 11 years. But it could – easily, at least compared to the alternative of constant, grave risk – soon be had for the taking. Cambridge resident James Adler is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a librarian at a Boston-area university. His work involves world religions and their relation to politics.

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few weeks ago, President Barack Obama unilaterally declared “peace” in the global war on terror because – as he explained – “history has taught us that all wars must end.” Well, no, actually: History teaches that unilateral declarations ending wars are called “surrenders.” But not to worry: The President knows the war on terror is nowhere near an end. He’s come out forcefully defending the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) anti-terror datagathering programs. If you think this is a contradiction, then you need to underCharles stand how “proJacobs gressive” politics works: It is an article of faith among left-wing liberals (including Jewish “Tikkunistas”) that we actually can perfect the world through our thoughts – not just our actions – and that by speaking about the world as it should be, and not as it is, we inch ever closer to perfection. Indeed, acknowledging things as they actually exist only cements unpleasant realities in place. You might call this magical (or aspirational) thinking from people who otherwise claim to be rational. Example: President Obama wishes it were true that the assassination of Osama bin Laden defeated Al Qaeda. And he really, really wishes (as did President George W. Bush) – along with many civic and political leaders – that Islamic doctrine were not a motivation or organizing principle for jihadist violence around the world. If all these aspirations were true, it would be reasonable to categorize people who claim to murder in the name of Islam as “lone wolves” who have misunderstood their religion. And that’s what Western elites tell us to think, because they so want it to be true. But, as Mark Steyn quipped last week at Rabbi Jonathan Hausman’s Stoughton lecture series, there seem to be an awful lot of these free-floating “lone wolf ” misunderstanders out there: “The next time someone bellowing ‘Allah hu Akbar’ [‘G-d is great’] butchers a Westerner in broad daylight or blows up a sports event, you might think he’s a member of Local 436 of the Amalgamated Union of Unaffiliated Lone Wolves. Three tornadoes and you’ve got absolute proof of global warming, but thousands of jihad attacks – and still there is no ‘global wolfing.’” The President’s policy when it comes to jihad continuously produces outrages and absurdities. The 2009 murder of Private Andy Long in Little Rock by Carlos Bledsoe – a Christian college student who had converted to Islam – is designated by the government as a random “driveby shooting” – no matter that Carlos insisted that he killed Andy “for Allah.” Maj. Nidal Hassan screamed “Allah hu Akbar” while machinegunning U.S. soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas and plans to claim at his trial

A ‘collective vision’ or willful blindness? that he murdered our soldiers to defend the Taliban.The Obama spokesmen, however, still have his crime on the books as “workplace violence.” Boston’s Jewish leadership seems to have adopted a similar approach, at least publicly, of willful blindness. The head of the Jewish Community Relations Council ( JCRC), Jeremy Burton, revealed in The Jewish Advocate (May 24) a previously unannounced policy shift: Boston’s JCRC will now openly work with the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamic Society of Boston (ISB). The ISB and the Muslim American Society (MAS) – own and run both the Cambridge mosque (where the Tsarnaev bombers prayed), and the Saudifunded mega-mosque in Roxbury. The MAS is, according to federal authorities, “the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” The Muslim Brotherhood, a major fount of radical Islam, is also a major source of global terror. It has many branches; the one in Israel is called Hamas. Burton exquisitely demonstrates the painful conundrums Jewish leaders face when trying to reconcile their progressive values and utopian dreams with observable facts and actual Jewish interest when it comes to dealing with radical Islam. They have not figured out how to articulate the threat without offending liberal and Islamist sensibilities. They see the real prospect of rising Islamist influence, but given the constraints placed upon them by their progressive values (and/or donors), they simply don’t know what to do. So they continue to express wishful sentiments devoid of unpleasant reality. And most troubling: Our leaders will not state in public what they know about the real threats to Jews posed by radical Islamists in the Hub. They kick the can down the road; they “dialogue” and seek to accommodate. A little background: Years ago, when it came to light that certain ISB leaders were linked to terror and hate speech, and had lied to Jewish leaders about their anti-Semitic statements and affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and JCRC leaders reacted by boycotting the grand opening of the ISB megamosque. Recently, Gov. Deval Patrick also seemed to have distanced himself from the Roxbury mosque. So we thought and hoped that the matter of official Jewry working with ISB/MAS was finally settled. Now comes the JCRC Executive Director, who announces that even though he has “concerns,” he has reestablished a working relationship with the ISB “to focus on achieving our collective vision for Boston through our faith traditions.” My hypothesis: Burton is a smart

and decent man. He does not buy what ISB/MAS is telling him but feels he has no other option but to pretend, to be “politically savvy.” He knows that Roxbury mosque Imam Suhaib Webb raised funds for a convicted cop-killer, makes outrageously homophobic remarks, and perhaps even that Webb promotes a national MAS curriculum that radicalizes young American Muslims. Burton would like to believe that the Jews of Boston and the Muslim Brotherhood have a “collective vision.” Jews, he tells us, need to fight alongside Muslims for “healthcare, youth jobs, immigration and gun violence prevention.” Sounds more like Democratic Party talking points than Jewish community interests. Claiming that ISB/MAS are committed to preventing “gun violence” is especially risible: Cambridge mosque leader Anwar Kazmi, who Burton would likely tell us is a reasonable man, has been caught on videotape leading a rally on the Boston Common urging Muslims to support Tarek Mehanna – a man convicted of plotting to machinegun shoppers at an Attleboro mall. A Roxbury mosque spokesman, Abdullah Faaruuq, was caught on videotape telling local Muslims to “pick up the gun and the sword” and “do your job” in support of Mehanna’s fight against the U.S. government. Webb has raised money to try and get a gun-wielding cop killer off the hook. Burton tells us that he has expressed his “concerns” about ISB/ MAS leaders directly with ISBCC, and with Christian groups. He says Webb hasn’t dispelled his concerns, yet the JCRC maintains the relationship. If the JCRC were to value Jewish (and American) interests above its progressive philosophy, here’s what it would do: Go public about what it knows about the ISB/MAS. Meet with Christian and minority leaders, as well as with editors at The Boston Globe, and show them the troubling evidence. Demand that mosques not teach Islamic supremacy, and anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-women, and anti-gay lessons. Focus on educating the black community about the threat to its children. There is a reason the Saudis chose to build their mosque in Roxbury: Disaffected and alienated communities are vulnerable to Islamist proselytization. Do all of the above while assuring moderate Muslims of the Jewish community’s support. For too long, the JCRC has been silent – and in hiding – about this critical issue for the future well-being of the Greater Boston community. This is dangerous, and it must come to an end. Charles Jacobs is President of Americans for Peace and Tolerance.



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obviously we’re a democracy and we [have] laws but there’s also an expectation of privacy… Sept. 11 and a lot of incidents since then [have served] as a reminder that we live in a very dangerous world and there [are] going to be trade-offs [on privacy… I think people accept that, but they’re also, unfortunately, so suspicious of what’s going on in [Washington,] D.C. [such as] the IRS scandal, the Justice Department’s seizing the [phone] records of the [Associated] Press, the [lack of answers] on [the 2012] Benghazi [attack]. Unfortunately, people’s first reaction is [to] have a complete distrust and distaste with the government and that makes the job even harder. Q: Both the Jewish community and the Latino community strongly identify with the immigrant experience. What are your thoughts regarding the importance of immigration for our national character and how should this be expressed in immigration policy? A: I think it’s a great thing… I think we’re a very diverse country, and we’re getting more and more diverse every year. I think that’s a very good thing, because I think the more diversity, the more first generation, second generation [immigrants] we have here, the broad[er] our set of perspectives and beliefs. As long as we remain an open-minded society, it’s going to make us better down the road. Q: Do you have some thoughts regarding the late Senator Frank Lautenberg’s Amendment that facilitated the resettlement of religious minorities fleeing persecution abroad, especially in Iran and the former Soviet Union? A: I’m against any kind of discrimination and on the surface I would be in favor of that, especially from areas [with] serious persecution, whether that is Iran or other areas in the world. And I think that with the passing of Senator Lautenberg, unfortunately we saw the passing of somebody who wore the uniform, as well. Now we have one less veteran in the Senate and I think that in today’s world, that’s not a good thing.

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it’s a matter of security not just for Israel but also the United States and I understand…foreign aid to Israel very well, and that we need to continue [providing it], which is obviously a benefit both to Israel and the United States. I have a very unique perspective on national security… I was able to live it when I was in the service. I think I have a lot of credibility both in the Latino community as well as the Jewish community because of my background, and my experiences and my beliefs. I would do everything I could… to support Israel and make sure that there’s a peace process, [and] also [support] Israel’s right to self-defense. Q: Given the shared strategic interests and values between the United States and Israel, what options should be on the table not just with Iran but with the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and the civil war in Syria? A: I think that every option should be on the table. Israel is… a democracy and… shouldn’t have any restrictions on what [it] should be able to do to defend [itself ]… I also would never have any preset conditions on [Israelis’] negotiations [of ] a peace process with the Arabs and the Palestinians. I think that’s been an error of the past. In terms of Syria, this is a very unique opportunity, where we have a chance to significantly weaken Iran. Syria is Iran’s last strong ally in the Middle East and they’re all in; they’re providing personnel, equipment, armament, intelligence. The Russian [government] is also providing all that while trying to maintain the power of [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad. I think …we should … identify the rebel group that is going to best promote democracy and peace in the Middle East and the region there, and also, just as importantly, especially with [recent events] should establish a no-fly zone. We should also be arming the rebel group that we find is best aligned with us and providing aid, as well. Q: What about Egypt? A: In Egypt there’s a major concern… [due to] the Muslim

Brotherhood that has effectively taken over… Egypt is one of the cornerstones of the peace process [in]… the Middle East with the agreement that was signed in ‘79 by [Prime Minister Menachem] Begin and [President Anwar] Sadat. The last thing we can afford is for Egypt to [abandon] the conditions of the peace agreement… There [are] levers that we can pull because [Egypt receives] a significant amount of foreign aid from the United States … and [we need to establish] preconditions… on how we deal with the foreign aid. Q: You’re on the record as supporting the two-state solution. What can the United States do to facilitate the peace process? A: One of the things [United States] can do to facilitate that is to not put any kind of preconditions on the peace process… I think we made the mistake of [doing that] before. There should be no preconditions. I think [United States] also needs to ensure that [we] have a viable negotiating partner in … Palestinians and Arabs. We can act as a conduit and as a mediator, but in the end, Israel’s a democracy and [it] need[s] to have a willing negotiating partner to get something done… Q: What does the Boston Marathon bombing tell us about the nature of terrorism today? A: I ran the Boston Marathon, I’ve got a unique perspective on that, I was the… only candidate for the Senate that ran the Boston Marathon this year. I finished just shortly before the bombs went off and it’s a clear reminder that we live in a very dangerous world… We’re reminded that… we need to… remain vigilant in this war against, I guess you could say, radical Islam and terrorists around the world who are hellbent on not only trying to destroy Israel but also to inflict as much pain and carnage on the United States. Q: Given the recent revelations regarding the NSA data mining program, how do we balance security and privacy in the fight against terrorist activity? A: It’s something we need to learn how to balance better because



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ho controls the fortune and destiny of nations? Does the ebb and flow of history turn nondescript, banal and ordinary individuals into great heroic personalities, or do those extraordinary heroes create for themselves the perfect historic opportunities to demonstrate their courage and heroism? Perhaps it is neither history that creates great leaders nor great leaders who create history, but rather G-d, the Ruler of the Universe, who plans and controls the various moves of His puppet-pawns on the great earthly chess board in order to provide the endgame that has been His purpose from the beginning of time. Or perhaps it is none of the above. Perhaps there are certain soothsayers or magicians who know the secret formulae – or the black magic – to manipulate G-d and change reality to conform to their evil designs. Perhaps history is created by such demonic emissaries from the netherworld, forces of darkness and destruction. Or perhaps nations rise and fall due to the efforts of more benign – but no less dangerous – marketers for financial profit and personal political gain, who seize control of public opinion by painting certain



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Try helping relatives with their clutter Dear Rebbetzin, We live near our grandparents, which is truly a blessing. As much as we enjoy being in their company, it’s hard to overlook the clutter. We’ve unfortunately all heard of families who don’t get along with their in-laws or grandparents (sadly, parents sometimes too). We find this is due to the inability to find compromises or understand each other’s needs. “Kibud av va’em” (honoring one’s father and mother) at any age is very important. But it’s difficult for us to come to terms as to why something as simple as cleaning or putting things away, or

Israel’s success dependent on our own moral actions peoples “black” and certain peoples “white,” media moguls who understand that the bigger the lie, the greater the credulity. I believe that these are precisely the issues being dealt with in this week’s supernatural, eerie, comical, lyrical and prophetic portion of Balak. This portion follows the Israelite encampment on the plains of Moab and concludes just after the Israelites begin to behave immorally with the Moabite and Midianite women. Its narrative style is very different from most of the verses that precede and follow it; indeed, it could be removed from the Book of Numbers without affecting the storyline whatsoever. Balaam enters the scene after the Israelites have gone through desert rebellions and reorganizations and finally seem to be succeeding in defeating several of the smaller Canaanite nations and preparing the next generation to enter the Land of Israel. The unasked question throughout the portion is who, or what, will ultimately be responsible for the success – or lack thereof – of the Israelite nation in history? Balak, the King of Moab, is in mortal fear of this new “power” on the block, which defeated the mighty Egyptians and seems to be “licking up everything around them.” (Numbers 22:4) As they inch closer and closer to Moab and Midian, he convinces the elders of Midian to join him in hiring a voodoo soothsayer, Balaam, to curse and defeat Israel through his magic powers of the occult. Balaam informs them that he, too, is under the power of G-d, and that even he is not able to

curse those who are blessed by G-d. He cannot even travel with them to observe the Israelites. However, he declines the job offer in such a way as to let his “clients” know that he will nevertheless attempt to manipulate G-d into allowing Israel to be cursed – and he does succeed in getting G-d to allow him to accompany the Moabite dignitaries. At this point in the narrative, our sages declare that “G-d leads individuals in the path they wish to follow” (Makkot 10b) – so that if the evil voodoo man has chosen to curse, Israel shall indeed be cursed. But what follows is both comical and at the same time profound. Balaam saddles his donkey to travel with the Moabite king, but suddenly his donkey refuses to proceed, turning aside from the road and into the field. The donkey sees what the voodoo man has missed: G-d’s angel will not allow Balaam to come through; G-d’s angel is preventing the donkey from advancing with Balaam and Balak! The donkey then speaks, and, in so doing, demonstrates that speech is a gift from G-d. If G-d wishes a donkey to speak, it will speak; and if G-d wishes Israel to be blessed, Israel will be blessed. Speech, whether blessings or curses, can only come from G-d. The venal, virulent voodoo man still tries to manipulate G-d. He and Balak attempt to bribe G-d with sacrifices to allow for the cursing of the Israelites, but to no avail. Instead, Balaam expresses the most magnificent of blessings: “This is a nation with the ability to dwell alone, which does not have to be

throwing wrappers in the garbage, isn’t done. How do you suggest we can enjoy being in their company? Is it not our place to ask or hint that small measures be taken to keep family together and, subsequently, happy? KEEPING CLEAN

clutter, but being very careful not to reorganize anything or move things to different places or locations in the house. If they don’t object, then you’ll be performing an important mitzvah in improving their living environment. If they do object you can just tell them, without being judgmental or criticizing, that you want to be helpful. After all is said and done, if they don’t want you doing it, then just respect their wishes, grin and bear it, and be thankful that you don’t live there. Depending upon the circumstances, you could also arrange your visits to take place in your home and avoid the whole issue.

Dear Keeping Clean, A simple solution, if they’ll allow you, is to just pitch in and do it yourself, either stopping by once or twice a week or just doing it when you visit. From what you describe, it wouldn’t take very long to straighten out a little bit and make a big improvement. Your grandparents aren’t the only ones who allow clutter to build up, and it isn’t really a function of age, either, although that can contribute to it. Many people don’t even notice it in their own homes (or offices), or they notice and want to do something about it but never seem to get around to it. Next time you visit, and without making a big deal out of it, just casually putter around while you are talking with them, throwing out any garbage and straightening out the

All Jews generally get a proper burial Dear Rebbetzin, I was appalled at the people’s reaction to the prospect of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, being buried in Massachusetts. I didn’t think their protests were necessary. I thought burying the body as soon as possible was the right thing to do. Do criminals

counted amongst other nations...” (Numbers 23:9) No black magic can be effective against Israel and no occult powers against Jacob…” (ibid. 23:23) How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your tabernacles, O Israel... (ibid. 24:5) A star shall go forth from Jacob, and a ruling scepter from Israel…” (ibid. 24:17) Israel shall emerge triumphant… in the end, Amalek will be destroyed forever. (ibid. 24:19–20) “With that, Balaam set out and returned home. Balak also went on his way” (ibid. 24:25). But this is not how the portion concludes. As Chapter 25 opens, the Israelites behave immorally with Moabite women, and a prince of the tribe of Simeon publicly fornicates with

Israel is to be blessed – but only if we serve G-d, and act morally and ethically. a Midianite princess. A horrific plague overtakes the Israelites and Israel seems to be vanquished until Phinehas – and, eventually, Moses –punishes the wrongdoers, thereby inspiring national repentance. The message is clear. Israel is to be blessed – but only if we serve G-d (and not idols) and act morally and ethically. Israel’s success or lack of success is not dependent on voodoo men, black magic operators, or even solely on G-d’s will; it is ultimately dependent on our own moral actions. Rabbi Shlomo Riskin is Chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone and Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Israel.

deserve a proper burial, according to Jewish law? CONCERNED CITIZEN Dear Concerned Citizen, There are a few exceptions, relating mainly to those who have outright completely rejected Judaism and being Jews (and therefore might have no place in a Jewish cemetery) rather than “just” having violated Jewish law. But in general Judaism requires that all Jews, from the righteous to convicted criminals, be given a proper burial. It is understandable that there was some negative feeling about having him buried locally – from the fear that the grave would become a shrine for others of similar mind, or (on the other hand) an invitation to vandalize, to the question of whether he should be buried in a place where he really has no ties or family rather than in a cemetery in his own country. But ultimately, that wasn’t a Jewish or Torah question but rather something for the authorities, community leaders, and his own family to decide. Send an email inquiry to




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Synagogues team up for new educational venture Three local congregations are collaborating to create the student-centered Ma’or program By Linda Silverstein Special to The Advocate Three local congregations are at the forefront of reinvigorating Jewish education by collaborating on a unique educational venture that will bring innovation and excellence to their students. Congregation Mishkan Tefila and Temple Emeth of Chestnut Hill, together with Temple Reyim of Newton, are merging their religious schools to form Ma’or (“illumination”), an integrated, student-centered educational program for children in kindergarten through grade 5. Just as the school’s name represents a fusion of the names of the three synagogues, the planning that has taken place during the past year represents a fusion of the talents and expertise of the professional and lay leaders of the three congregations. “All three synagogues are vibrant and will be maintaining their individual identities,” emphasized Rabbi Leonard Gordon of Mishkan Tefila. “But we realized that each of us did not have enough students to offer our children the rich educational and community experience that could be achieved by combining resources.” He added, “This was an opportunity to rethink the model of a school. We wanted to create an educational program that would better fit the needs of our families in addition to preserving the connection to the home synagogue. We said: ‘Let’s dream. Let’s reimagine.’” The dreaming and reimagining were successful. Ma’or is organized around five Pillars of Study/Torches of Illumination: • Am Yisrael: The People of Israel • Torah: Tanach and other Jewish texts • Tikun Olam: Community service and social action • G-d and Spirituality: Prayer and holiday rituals • Jewish Languages: Focus on Hebrew and inclusion of other languages

Instead of a proscribed curriculum, there will be a variety of courses offered each year from which students can choose. The material will be relevant and connected to the students’ lives. Students will be able to delve into areas of study of interest to them and work with students in other grades. The program will be accessible to students with a variety of learning styles and will use the latest technology as a tool to present materials in ways that will actively engage all learners. “The process was quite amazing,” noted Samara Katz, Temple Emeth’s Director of Congregational Learning, who will be the Director of Ma’or. “We let go of preconceived ideas and looked at Jewish educational models throughout the country. Ma’or will give children the framework and direction to connect learning and doing. We will tap into a wide range of community resources, and will integrate the school setting with family education, connections with each synagogue, and a relationship with the greater Jewish community. We aim to create lifelong learners and active community members who are excited, fulfilled and purposeful in their Jewish journeys.” “The Talmud says: ‘Who is wise? He who foresees coming events,’” said Rabbi Alan Turetz of Temple Emeth. “This collaborative model is the wave of the future. With Ma’or, we are taking an educational leap of faith. We will refine the program as we go along but the vision of Ma’or holds much promise for our community.” Erin Gubert, currently the Religious School Director at Mishkan Tefila, will be the Associate Director of Ma’or. “This endeavor is very exciting, as we create a new approach and curriculum,” she said. “Ma’or will offer core classes plus electives and will emphasize a team teaching approach in which educators will teach to their strengths and students will feel more challenged. The learning will be more experiential and hands on, and will

include the arts and a strong technological component.” Gubert pointed out that Ma’or will give children a good social as well as educational experience, with more peers their age than they currently have at the individual temple schools. That’s good news for parents such as Jenifer Lightdale, whose 5th-grade daughter was one of three students – and the only girl – in her class at Temple Emeth this past fall. Lightdale, who chairs Emeth’s School Committee, thought she might need to switch temples, but the leadership mobilized quickly and arranged for the Emeth children to join the class at Mishkan Tefila.

“We are grateful to Mishkan Tefila for welcoming our children,” Lightdale said. “Kids need a community of their peers and the school needs a critical mass to sustain its energy. I am very proud of the community for working so well together in this effort and I think the resulting school will be incredibly powerful.” Mitzi Perlmutter, Religious School Chair at Temple Reyim, explained that the planning process involved two committees: Education and Logistics. She serves on the Logistics Committee, which is dealing with governance, budget, marketing and other businessrelated aspects of the school. Committee members met with representatives

of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), Hebrew College, United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism (USCJ), and other pertinent organizations to guide their efforts. “There is a terrific camaraderie among committee members,” Perlmutter noted. “It’s been fabulous getting to know other lay leaders and Rabbis. There is so much synergy; we really complement each other. Everyone cares – about each other and having Ma’or work for everybody.” The committees worked so well that the program, originally set for a 2014 launch, will begin this fall. The

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Orthodox youths recognized for excellence in character Seven students from the Boston area are honored at Rose Ruderman Scholar Award ceremony By Ephraim Gopin Special to The Advocate The Ruderman Family Foundation and Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) hosted the fifth annual Rose Ruderman Scholar Award ceremony June 4. The award honors one student from the upper grades of each of the seven Boston-area Orthodox schools for giving back to their community. “My bubbe (grandmother) Rose gave us her time, attention and love. She lived for her children and grandchildren, always doing for us and her friends and community,” Sharon Shapiro, a trustee of the Ruderman Family Foundation, said during the event. “You seven recipients were chosen by your schools based on qualities which represent the values that our grand-

mother possessed throughout her life, including kindness and respect toward others, reliability, dependability, and a willingness to go above and beyond to help others.” The recipients were selected by their school leaders. During the ceremony, each school leader introduced their recipient and spoke of the exemplary community work the student had performed. The scholarships will be used to further each recipient’s future Jewish education. CJP President Barry Shrage also gave his thoughts about the recipients. “If you want to know the meaning of day school education, look at these kids,” he said. “Thank you so much [to the Ruderman family] for this opportunity to honor students who really deserve to be honored, who really are

showing what it means to be young men and young women who follow the way of the Torah.” The seven award recipients, as described by their school leaders, are: Eta Rubin (Bais Yaakov of Boston): “Eta has been a role model not just in doing chesed (kindness), but loving chesed, and that’s contagious. Eta is continually helping others, including spending countless hours in Children’s Hospital visiting sick patients and serving families in the community who are in need of assistance.” Moshe Yakov Rosenbloom (Mesivta High School): “Moshe Yakov spends Shabbos afternoons – his only day off from school – leading youth groups at Pirchei of Boston. With his dedication and responsibility, he is a shining role model for his peers.”

Ruderman Family Foundation trustee Sharon Shapiro (back row, far right) is joined by the seven recipients of the Rose Ruderman Scholar Award. The students in the front row are, from left, Eta Rubin, Ilya Nemirovsky, Bayla Bukiet and Chaviva Liss; back row, Miriam Renz, Tzvi Dubinsky and Moshe Yakov Rosenbloom. Tzvi Dubinsky (New England Hebrew Academy): “Tzvi, an honor student, embodies the many kind, selfless and giving traits of Rose Ruderman, sharing his knowledge, abilities, and resources with his classmates, his family, and the community at large.” Miriam Renz (Maimonides School): “Miriam is a selfless person who makes her decisions based on helping people around her. She executed this philosophy not only as coPresident of Student Council this year, but also through her second-semester volunteer work with young inner-city children as part of the school’s Project Shalom. She plans to continue this volunteer service after graduation.” Chaviva Liss (Striar Hebrew Academy of Sharon): “Chaviva is always watching out for younger students in the school, and is often the first to lend a helping hand to someone in need. She has a strong moral compass and does what she believes is right even when the majority of others around may be doing differently. Chaviva also serves on our school’s Student Council, where she is involved in leading our school

in many chesed programs that reach out to support our greater local and global communities.” Ilya Nemirovsky (Shaloh House): “Ilya was chosen for his diligence and excellence in Judaic studies, coupled with his patience in helping and teaching his peers.” Bayla Bukiet (Torah Academy): “Bayla inspires those around her with her passion for kindness and her ability to interact easily with anyone with whom she comes in contact. She is a role model for her peers.” “CJP and the Ruderman family are so proud of these wonderful scholars along with all of the family members gathered here today,” said Alan Oliff, Director of CJP’s Initiative for Day School Excellence. “Rose was clearly a special person and, I am sure, would be pleased to be honoring students from Greater Boston area Orthodox Jewish Day Schools this evening. Having the entire Greater Boston Orthodox community together to celebrate these students is indeed special.” Ephraim Gopin is the Communications Director for the Ruderman Family Foundation.

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plan is to hold classes at the JCC in Newton. According to Mark Sokoll, President/CEO of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, “This is an exciting opportunity to partner with community organizations to create experiences that none of us could create alone and to give families a great educational program for their children.” The Education Committee in cluded Miriam Berk, Temple Reyim’s Education Director, who is relocating to California. “Samara, Erin and Miriam are creating the best of the best,” said Perlmutter. “The old classroom walls are coming down and we are taking Jewish education to a whole new level – with families more integrated

into programming, touch points back to the synagogues, and different types of youth programming. This is a wonderful way for our three synagogues to be stronger, both as individual temples and in collaboration. Next year, other synagogues will be looking to us as a model.” Ma’or classes will be held Sunday mornings for kindergarten through grade 5 and Tuesday afternoons for grades 2 through 5. Students in grades 6 and 7 will participate in the Makor program at Hebrew College. Registration is now available online and separate pricing is available for families who do not belong to one of the three congregations. Contact Katz at for more information. Linda Silverstein is an independent communications consultant with Lindags Communications.




A haven for young sportsmen and scientists Maimonides School in Brookline has summer offerings that cater to athletes and scholars alike By Mike Rosenberg Special to The Advocate Maimonides School in Brookline is transformed into a youngsters’ haven for sports and science during the first three weeks of summer. Each venture results from individual initiative, and each grows annually in popularity and offerings. The M-Cat Sports Camp boasts more than 60 enrollees for sessions beginning at the end of June. The Science Camp run by teacher Katie Smith also has three weekly sessions filled to capacity. The creative energy behind the M-Cat Sports Camp comes from Rachel (Epstein) Klausner, a 2007 Maimonides graduate who grew up in Brookline. She and classmate Shlomo Golshirazian established the program while they were still seniors in high school. Since the program always has been managed and staffed by former and current Maimonides student-athletes, it is identified by the sports team nickname M-Cat. Klausner was a student-athlete and student leader at Maimonides, and her ebullience was contagious. Those qualities continued during her undergraduate years at the University of Maryland where, among other things, she organized a national Hillel basketball tournament and a Shabbaton for men’s and women’s teams. She and her husband Moshe, a 2006 Maimonides graduate who is now a medical student, live in Haifa. Klausner is home for the summer, to manage the camp that she launched. “We never thought it would grow like it has,” she said. This year’s enrollment has surpassed 60 campers over three-and-a-half weeks, with 12 staff members. Klausner gives a lot of credit to her friends from those early days. “When we started the camp five years ago, we had around 20 campers for five days,” she said. “There were four counselors, and we recruited a few siblings for counselors-in-training.” “We like to call ourselves a ‘kids’ camp.’ That is, we are all about what our campers want.” The M-Cat Sports Camp is struc-

tured in time blocks throughout the day and each week. “The campers, with their counselors, get to choose all of the activities they want to do, in what order, and on which field or court,” Klausner said. The program takes full advantage of the school’s Fox Gymnasium and the Saval Campus synthetic turf courtyard, as well as outdoor basketball courts and play areas. “We also make sure that there is a variety throughout the camp weeks,” she added. That ranges from an all-day Maccabiah, World Cup soccer, and Maimonides School teacher Katie Smith, and a dodgeball tournament to tours of Fenway Park and the Patriots Hall of Students conduct an experiment during a Science students Nathaniel Lesser and Abe Lovich, check out Camp at Maimonides School in Brookline. a snake during a Science Camp. Fame, and trips to amusement parks. The origin of the Science Camp is a the MIT Edgerton Center in Cam- environment. Participants will visit a great example of how a single individu- bridge to participate in a LEGO car farm to see how the animals are cared Peer relationships In a 2010 interview for the Mai- al can influence the direction of school rally. “Students will also be given dif- for, as well as investigate a river ecosysmonides newsletter, Klausner noted programming. “I had a parent who said ferent challenges throughout the week tem. Mike Rosenberg is the Director of that “it really adds something to the her child loved my science classes, and that they need to design and improve Alumni and Community Relations at school when kids have an opportunity would love it if he could continue the within groups,” Smith said. The second week is based on the Maimonides School. to be together during the summer, to fun activities over the summer,” Smith have relationships with their peers not said. “This gave me the idea to start my just during recess and in the classroom, own camp here.” The program has grown in not just but on trips and in sports and color enrollment but also activities, she addwar.” Artistic Directors: 617-901-3792 And indeed, those relationships ed: “Each year, I try to make the conAlexandra Koltun/Alex Lapshin tent relevant to what is going on in the blossom during Science Camp. Former dancers of Mariinsky “My goal is to expand the campers’ world. The three weeks are: ‘Engineer& Bolshoi Ballet, former interests and open their minds to new ing and Design,’ ‘Exploring the EnviPrincipals of Boston Ballet. and challenging activities,” said Smith. ronment’ and ‘The Science of Food and “I want them leaving camp with a new Cooking.’” She is working hard to expand the aspect of science that they love.” Smith teaches general science in enrollment of girls. “Last year, I only KBA offers Boston the elementary school grades, and in had three girls signed up for all three Pre-Professional International 6th grade. She earned her undergradu- weeks, and I knew something had to be ballet training in a Summer Intensive, ate education degree at Wheelock done,” Smith said. “This year, I decided pure classical style to International Ballet College in Boston with a major in to bring some new content to the camp dedicated talented Competitions & teaching math and science, and then and create a new week called ‘The Sciyoung people Festivals returned to school for a master’s degree ence of Food and Cooking.’ I thought ages 6-19 in an in teaching K through 8 students with this would be a fun way to get some inspirational environment more girls interested in seeing science special needs. “Students learn through doing, and in a different way. “The last week, we will go to a berry this is exactly what they do here,” she said. “Everything we do at Science farm and pick our own berries, bring Camp is everything I wish we could them back and make our own jam. Students will also see the science becover during the regular school year.” The Science Camp made its de- hind kosher cheese-making, ice creambut in 2009, culminating Smith’s first making, and pickling vegetables.” The first week is completely new year of teaching at Maimonides. (After that year, she said in an interview for this year, Smith said. “STEM (Science, Technology, Enthe school newsletter, “Since it’s camp, I don’t want it to resemble classroom gineering and Mathematics) is huge learning, but rather experiments where right now in the world of science, and I they’re exploring, and discussions am really excited about the engineering where they reflect and give me their week,” she noted. A highlight will be a field trip to ideas.”)

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An afterschool program that has something for everyone Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston provides a ‘home away from home’ for students By Shira Garber Strosberg Special to The Advocate While some students at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston end their school day just after 3 p.m., many participate in a “home away from home� as part of Schechter’s afterschool program. “The atmosphere changes,� said Afterschool Program Director Penina Magid. “The structure of the school day is lifted, and it feels as though our entire community takes a deep breath, lets go of whatever may have happened during the school day, and then collectively exhales. The kids arrive ‘home’ to afterschool excited and ready for new adventures.� Families choose from an extended day program that offers a wide variety of activities, including art, cooking and gym; more structured hands-on enrichment classes in visual arts, dramatic arts, sciences, crafts, games and more; private music lessons in most instruments; and intramural athletics (kindergarten through grade 5). “It’s all about the love,� said Magid, who has served in her current role

for the past 16 years, when describing the program and her team’s approach to working with each child. “What I love most is that it is so individualized in the ways we celebrate each and every student. If we find that a particular child is struggling in any way, I might ask our staff, ‘Who has a strong relationship with this child the most and can really reach him or her?’ in order to determine which member of our team is best positioned to make a commitment to give extra attention. We go out of our way to celebrate and appreciate the unique strengths of each child.� To illustrate her point, Magid shared that she recently introduced a guinea pig to the afterschool program at Schechter’s Upper School. “I knew that all of the children would enjoy having the guinea pig, but really, I had one child in mind, and I knew it would mean the world to that child.� Schechter parent Galit Konstantine shared that Schechter’s afterschool program is an amazing solution for her and her husband Yoel, who are working parents: “Our kids, Ariel (kindergarten), Yonatan


Kindergarteners (from left) Sophia Porath, Students take part in an afterschool fencing class at Lola Fayngersh and Evan Lubarsky work together in a garden at Solomon Schechter. Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston. (grade 3) and Nadav (grade 5), love it so much that it’s actually a struggle if we want to pick them up early. They don’t want to leave!� In addition to her children being exposed to a number of different activities, such as cooking and art, what has impressed Galit the most is the genuine and caring nature of the afterschool staff. “Due to our work schedules, we had to sign my son up to be at afterschool on the day of his birthday,� said Galit. “I emailed Elise [Blanken, the Lower School Site Coordinator] to make sure that she knew it was



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Eyalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother Yafa said she loves the fact that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy and enjoys being there â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and, of course, that he does his homework: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no greater reward than to know that there is no other place heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather be. The afterschool staff quickly noticed Eyalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knowledge about and interest in computers. Soon enough, he became the go-to technology person and has helped bring old, discarded Mac computers back to life. He loves this new responsibility and takes pride in helping everyone in afterschool with any computer questions they may have.â&#x20AC;? Eyalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents try to enroll him in at least one enrichment class, such as animation robotics and movie making, each semester. For the past two years, he has also been taking private piano lessons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like that everything is under the same roof,â&#x20AC;? said Yafa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As full-time working parents, without this program it would have been much more challenging to provide these types of experiences for Eyal. We love the afterschool and we cannot think of anything better for our son.â&#x20AC;? She added that Magid and afterschool Site Coordinators Krysta Kinkaid (Upper School) and Blanken try to make each and every family feel as though the program is for them: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The staff members are unique in what they bring to the program. The kids love them and follow them with admiration. They know how to bring out the best in every child.â&#x20AC;? Even with hundreds of children enrolled at Schechterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s afterschool program, it seems that just about every parent feels the same way. Shira Garber Strosberg is Director of Communications at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston.

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June 17 was a very special day for MetroWest Jewish Day School (MWJDS), which celebrated the 10th anniversary of its establishment with a graduation ceremony. It was not only a milestone for the school, but also for the MetroWest Jewish population. “The first graduating class of a new day school is a great moment for our Jewish community and for every graduate,” said Barry Shrage, President of Combined Jewish Philanthropies. The six graduates are Matthew Heaps of Ashland, Adrin Levy of Natick, Samuel Rothkopf of Ashland, and Talia Schnur, Rebecca Schwartz and Seth Wulf, all of Framingham. MWJDS opened its doors in 2003, giving the MetroWest area its first local day school. “Boston had its own set of day schools, but there was nothing west of the Route 128 line addressing the Jewish population,” said MWJDS Head of School Behzad Dayanim. “People interested in day school had to make the trek to the Boston area or to Worcester.” In those early days, Dayanim was on the MWJDS faculty as the arts and music teacher. He left MWJDS to become Head of School at Solomon Schechter in West Hartford, Conn., and returned in 2011 to head MWJDS. Dayanim recalled that during its first year of operation, MWJDS enrolled six children who made up a combined class of kindergarten and first grade: “From the beginning, we were very interested in having creativity as part of the school’s core curriculum and overall policy. Our goal was to create confident learners and to have them think critically.” The school also set out to become a community day school in keeping with the outreach focus of its mission. “One of the school’s goals has always been to be a resource in the community and to reach out to families of varying levels of affiliation, as well as those who are unaffiliated,” said Dayanim. Carolyn Keller, Dayanim’s predecessor and founding head of the school, recalled, “We certainly felt at the beginning we were on a promising growth path. But like all day schools, we felt the economic pinch.” For a time, the school had to suspend plans for a middle school and lost its original six students. The school eventually rallied and put 4th-, 5th- and 6th-grade classes into place. Today, MWJDS has

rolled in kindergarten through 8th grade and has purchased land for a future permanent building. “In some ways, we made our public debut in the spring of 2004 at the Kol Hanishama concert,” Keller recalled. The concert, which brought together a number of day school choirs in the Greater Boston area, featured MWJDS’s fledgling chorus of kindergartners and 1st-graders. “Our kids were the youngest participants in that concert. I remember they wore brightly colored T-shirts that we called ‘lollipop shirts,’” Keller said. “We really felt that we took our place in the community that day and that we were joining a strong tradition of Jewish day schools.” Keller’s involvement with the school extends back to her time as CJP’s Director of the Commission for Jewish Continuity and Education. She was responsible for the establishment of Me’ah, CJP’s signature adult learning program that covers text study and Jewish history in one hundred hours of class time. MWJDS founder and visionary Renée Finn was an early student of Me’ah. A chance encounter with a fellow Me’ah student led Finn and her husband Steven to realize the importance of founding a Jewish day school for the MetroWest Jewish population. After discovering that the woman had bought a home in Newton to avoid a long commute to day school from Framingham, the Finns decided it was time to bring a Jewish day school to MetroWest. Finn further credits her Me’ah learning experience as an inspiration for starting the school. “Me’ah was certainly transformative for me. MWJDS started with a visualization of the destruction of the Temple. Something compelled people at the time to pick up the shards of Judaism and bring them to the Diaspora to form rabbinic Judaism. Having seen that played out time after time in Jewish history, I realized that we had the holy opportunity to help shape and grow a new Jewish community in MetroWest.” Francine Ferraro Rothkopf, who was in the Me’ah class with the Finns, recalled those first meetings to lay the groundwork for the school. Rothkopf was on the original board of directors and is the mother of one of the new MWJDS graduates. She said she and her husband “recognized the value of a Jewish education. But living in Ashland, the shlep


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over shared interests â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TV, music, hobbies â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and even planned to show up dressed the same to class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each week,â&#x20AC;? said Mael, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to see her and continue our conversations about Taylor Swift and Lovelane. She is a bright, funny young woman. I love her sense of humor!â&#x20AC;? As Jaime approached the age of becoming a bat mitzvah, she also began to attend Gatewaysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nei Mitzvah Program on Wednesdays. As part of that preparation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just as in many congregational Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nei Mitzvah programs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jaime had to pick a cause that she supports and raise awareness and money for it. Jaime chose Lovelane, a special-needs horseback riding program in which she participates. She wrote letters that were sent out in Gatewaysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; weekly newsletters, sharing information about her project and giving updates on her progress in reaching her monetary goal. Meanwhile, in addition to volunteering, Mael became involved in Gatewaysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mitzvah Mensches, an inclusive youth group for teens that focuses on social action and philanthropy. The teens chose several causes that were important to them and learned about them during the year, including Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), Gateways, Thank Israeli Soldiers, the World Wildlife Fund, Helping Hands, the Animal Rescue League and Lovelane. They also raised money. At the end of the year, the students campaigned for which cause to donate the funds they had raised. At this point, Jaime was just dollars away from reaching her fundraising goal for Lovelane. As luck would have it, Lovelane was one of

the choices that the Mitzvah Mensches were considering and Mael jumped in to save the day. Not only did she successfully convince her peers to vote to support Lovelane, but she also persuaded them to give the money directly to Jaime so that she could donate it to Lovelane, with the rest of the money she had raised as part of her bat mitzvah project. (It is unclear whether Mael or Jaime was more excited and proud of their accomplishment.) On May 29, Gateways held an appreciation event to honor the almost 70 teens who volunteer in its Sunday Program. Two teens were chosen to speak about their experiences, and Mael was one of them. As she got up to speak, she did something unexpected: she walked over to Jaime and wheeled her onstage with her, so that she could direct her words to Jaime. As Mael spoke of how she became a volunteer and how she came to adore her young friend, Jaime sat on the stage beaming with joy, taking in every word â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and clearly agreeing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The dedication of the entire Gateways staff is truly inspirational,â&#x20AC;? Mael said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no doubt in my mind that Gateways has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my high school experience â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I am so grateful to have had this opportunity.â&#x20AC;? Not only did Mael gain a friend, but through her experiences with Jaime and her involvement in Gatewaysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; programs, she is now certain that her future career path will include special education. Rachel Fadlon is Director of Marketing and Communications for Gateways: Access to Jewish Education.

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Continued from Page 15 to Newton or Worcester did not seem like a good way for our small children to spend their time. So we were thrilled with the formation of a Jewish day school in MetroWest. And supporting it also meant sending our kids.” Jodi Comins, outgoing President of the MWJDS board, who was also involved from the school’s inception, noted, “MetroWest Jewish Day School started as a dream and became a reality through the generous support of our donors who gave money, and families who entrusted us with their children. I’m proud to have served on the board since the beginning and to have watched our six graduates (including my daughter) step to the podium and share their stories and experiences as the first graduates of our school.”

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The first graduating class also reflects the heart and soul of the school’s educational philosophy. Dayanim said the school accommodates children with different learning styles, and to that end has fully adopted a differential learning structure. He added, “From the beginning, PEJE – the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education – has been actively involved in helping us develop our curriculum.” As noted on the school website, MWJDS follows the “Responsive Classroom” model to cultivate social, emotional growth in a strong and safe environment. Dayanim explained, “We have a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to learning. For example, when children are learning about fractions in math, they apply that to their understanding of musical notes and timing in choir prac-

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Newtonville-based nonprofit caters to area’s art lovers New Art Center now offers more than 100 classes and workshops in a wide array of media By Ann Green Special to The Advocate Alive with artistic activities, the New Art Center (NAC) has a mission: to support artists and to cultivate a community that appreciates art. The NAC provides classes and programs for 2,500 students annually. Programs are offered year-round, including school vacations, for children and adults of all ages and skill levels. The Newtonville-based nonprofit offers more than 100 classes and workshops in a wide array of media. At any time of day, the multilevel, renovated church that houses the center is home to classes that include painting, draw-

ing, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, landscape painting, fiber arts, leather jewelry-making, photography, paper marbling, video art, cartooning, woodworking and glass fusing and mosaic. “Night Out @ New Art” programs have included Ukrainian egg painting and Chinese calligraphy. The original church structure was built in the mid-19th century and transformed into the NAC in the 1970s. The facility houses a state-ofthe-art ceramics studio and three visual art studios. The staff includes a faculty of 50 to 70 professional artists. “First and foremost, we are about education and providing ways for everyone to engage in art,” said Mar-

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keting and Development Manager Andrew Royer. “Our focus is on contemporary art. Anyone who wants to participate is welcome, from beginners to exhibiting artists.” The center’s two galleries house 10 to 12 shows each year, exhibiting the work of teachers and students as well as local, national and international artists. The May opening of “The Creative Process,” an exhibit of student and faculty work, attracted 300 visitors. The multimedia exhibit is open through June 16. NAC’s summer programs attract more than 600 students. The day lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., incorporating outside time, breaks and lunch. Students are grouped according to the grade they will enter in the fall. They are supervised by experienced, collegeaged counselors. Each class is taught by a professional instructor along with a teaching assistant. Students also participate in group games and performances, experimenting with pantomime, improvisation, ensemble work and movement. On Fridays at 3:30 p.m., family and friends are invited to watch on-stage performances and view their children’s artwork on display. The performances feature student-created costumes, set decorations and props. Summer students take classes in ceramics, drawing, painting and sculpture, as well as the performing arts. This summer’s classes include: Celebration of American Artists, Art Around the World, Comics and Cartoons, Recycled Art and Found Objects, American Pop Art, Book Making and Illustration, and Multicultural Art. The new Teen Travel Art program will feature visits to landmarks and architectural and historic sites in Greater Boston, with a combination of art exploration and hands-on activities. Destinations include the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lin-

A youngster takes photos during Participants enjoy the Sunday the May opening of “The Creative drop-in program “Family Arts Process” at the New Art Center. Together.” coln, the New England Aquarium, South Boston art galleries, Hopkinton State Park, and the Freedom Trail “with a twist.” Also new is the Counselors in Training (CIT) program for grades 7 through 12, through which teens develop leadership skills while working with younger kids, with a focus on the visual arts. The afternoon teen studio art is a one-week intensive program in various media. The Summer Visual Art Program is a first-time cooperative venture with the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick. The three-week program, to be held at Walnut Hill, is designed for students in grades 7-12, and will be held from July 29 to Aug. 16. “In the past,” explained Royar, “Walnut Hill has focused on the performing arts, but never before offered visual arts.” Students will have the opportunity to refine their skills while exploring new disciplines and techniques. They will also be able to swim in the school’s pool, which is set outdoors on the 30-acre campus. Family Arts Together Sundays is another NAC innovation providing drop-in events through which families

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can enjoy working together on small art projects. On a recent Sunday, parents and kids created “upcycle art,” using recycled materials. “Families can stay as long as they want and have the time to really get to know us,” said Royar. NAC also hosts birthday parties, with a choice of one of four themes: one-of-a-kind treasure boxes, creative clay creatures, secret books and festive tissue paper flowers. Connections is a free community outreach program designed to increase access to the arts through personal engagement with exhibits, artists and curators, and to help introduce people to contemporary art. Families can also participate in drop-in visits featuring exhibition-based games and art activities. Another Connections program provides a family-friendly guided tour that includes a scavenger hunt for the children. The staff is always working on creating more options for their students. “Something we are looking into,” said Royar, “is offering trips to museums and galleries with faculty acting as guides.” He added, “We are currently engaged in a giving challenge.” An anonymous donor has offered to give the center a matching gift of $50,000 if NAC can raise that amount. “This will be used to support various exhibitions and the Connections program,” said Royar. “And it will allow us to build a handicapped-accessible bathroom.” Anyone interested in the New Art Center can call to arrange a tour, inquire about a program or talk with teachers and students. “There’s no pressure here,” said Royar. “We just want to help people to learn what it means to make art. Everyone should feel free to call for a catalogue and browse through or look online. No matter what your experience or comfort level, we have something for you, even if you need to learn to hold a brush or mix paint.” The center is located at 61 Washington Park in Newtonville. For more information, email marte@newcenter. org, visit or call (617) 964-3424. For information on the Walnut Hill program, visit or call (508) 650-5020. Ann Green is a freelance writer and writing tutor who lives in Natick.




he young woman sitting across from me at the dinner table talked enthusiastically about her research at the MIT Media Lab. She was involved in designing prosthetics that would enable a person to climb a mountain or run a marathon. She Parenting was also graduating the next day from MIT and on her way to a master’s program clear across the country to study mechanical engiJudy Boltonneering Fasman Only 14 percent of engineers in this country are women, and my niece is one of them. My nephew graduated the day after his sister and is off to college to pursue his dream as a video game designer. At the other end of the table, Anna is telling my sister-in-law about her internship shadowing a cardiologist; she’s been scrubbing in to observe procedures such putting in pacemakers and defibrillators. “And you don’t feel like fainting when you see all that blood?” I ask in disbelief. Adam is excited to start a research internship in a lab studying stem cells. These kids alternately awe me and make me weepy. When did they become young adults with interests and expertise so far from my own area of knowledge? When did I stop becoming my children’s primary confidante? Their first line of defense? I don’t write to their teachers anymore about this or that, or send notes that they have to sit out recess because of a cold. They advocate for themselves. I watch Anna explain to a server about her severe dairy allergy. I used to do that stuff. My role as a mother is undergoing a radical realignment and I’m not ready. I’ve known that my kids would only belong to me

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Lenore Skenazy’s book gives advice to parents whose children are growing up. for a finite period of time. They’d grow and want to stumble into the greater world on their own. What young adult wouldn’t? I did.

When did I stop becoming my children’s primary confidante? Their first line of defense?

So it was with great reluctance and more than a bit of trepidation that I let my children take the train down to Manhattan, N.Y., to stay with their respective friends for the weekend. I know there are kids younger than they are who literally travel the world by themselves. I also know that my kids are more than capable of taking trains and catching subways on their own. They’ve spent extended time away from home at camp and on school trips abroad. But this was a new ad-

her senior year in high school. At her college graduation dinner she told us a story about dusting off her French to ask a hotel concierge where she could do laundry. And my computer science nephew will likely be acquiring skills to control a drone someday. It’s thrilling to watch this generation put down a stake in their future. But does that future include me as a mother? Friends with grandchildren assure me that there’s a Round Two in the mothering game and it’s even sweeter the second time around. One friend went so far as to tell me that if she had known how wonderful grandchildren were, she would have skipped having children and gone straight into grandparenting.

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I have no doubt that my niece, my nephew and my own children will have a great impact on the world. Like any experienced chess player, I can see the endgame already. And my part is to let go and wave goodbye after each milestone. The other day, I was helping Adam through some disappointing news. I sat on the edge of his bed and he said that he felt like a 5-year-old. I told him that sometimes we need to feel like a little kid to be nurtured. For the moment, though, I’m going to pretend that the only changes I have to cope with in the near future are to wave goodbye at the train station and cheer on my niece and nephew for receiving their diplomas.

venture for them, navigating New York City on their own. Adam told me not to worry: In New York, you’re never lost for long. You just count. I wasn’t concerned that he’d get lost; I was hyper about him looking like he was lost. There are books written about parents like me. The classic on the subject of the overprotective parent is by Lenore Skenazy. She wrote a book called “Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had without Going Nuts With Worry.” After her book came out a few years ago, she was on the Today Show with her then 9-year-old son whom she alA Weekend Outdoor Adventure in the Blue Hills lowed to navigate the New York 6:00pm Friday July 19th – Sunday noon July 21st City subway system without a cell Day-Only OR Overnight Tent Camping Option phone. It was jaw-dropping for Join Temple Shalom of Milton, Temple Beth David of the South Shore me. I thought about Skenazy when & Mosaic Outdoor Mountain Club I interrogated my almost 16-yearold about his pending maiden voy- Hiking, Biking, Swimming, High or Low Ropes Course, Games & Activities for Adults and Kids, and much, much more! age on the Times Square shuttle. Registration Required: Go to for more He shrugged me off and said he information and to complete the online application took the T in Boston. And then I (or call the Temple office 617-698-3394 to have information sent) remembered he’s the kid who deThis program is supported in part by a grant by CJP’s South Area Planning Committee bates at school and speaks Spanish fluently. My niece, the engineer, backpacked through Europe after

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omance and mystery have always been two sides of the same coin. Everyone loves a little bit of mystery. It keeps things interesting. Think about it: The less you know about someone, the more attractive they probably seem to you. And then there’s the other Singles side of it: Once the mystery fades away, usually a fling will fizzle out. We preach that we want boyfriends, the Julie perfect relationJudson ships, Mr. Right, or whatever – but really, we’re suckers. We all like that wonderment; it makes our otherwise ordinary lives just a tiny bit more extraordinary, even if it’s only for a little while. A little more than a year ago, I went to the Apple store with my friend Amy. She was driving to the mall to get something, and my iPod had just up and died very tragically. It was pink and adorable, and I wanted to get it fixed, so I hitched a ride with her. While she shopped, I sat and waited diligently for my appointment with someone behind the “Genius Bar.” I sat on a stool, my eyes overstimulated by the Apple store’s bright white walls and


Missed connection lights and gadgets and noise, and then my gaze wandered to one of the “Geniuses.” He was wearing the usual blue shirt, talking with a customer, smiling at him. The customer walked away, elated that he had salvaged their computer. And then our eyes met. We exchanged smiles. This pattern went on for a while as he helped another customer and I waited for Eric, my tardy Genius, to finish up with someone else. We just kept staring at each other, smiling, looking bashful. When Eric was finally able to help me, I couldn’t concentrate. When he told me I needed to spend $200 on a new iPod, I didn’t even care. Eric got a new product from the back of the store for me. The mystery Genius looked at me again as yet another customer approached him (needless to say, not only was the mystery Genius betterlooking, but he was much more efficient than Eric). I bought my iPod, and then I walked very slowly out the door of the store. Back in the car with Amy, I berated myself for not summoning the courage to say hello. Normally unafraid to talk to anyone, I didn’t know what to do with myself. Over and over again, I told Amy that “I should have just gone up to him. I

should have just said hi.” I couldn’t shake the feeling all night, too, when we went out for her birthday. We went for dinner and drinks, and the whole time all I could think about was which Apple product I needed to break next so I could go see the mystery Genius again. Instead, when I returned to our apartment that night, I went to my computer and posted on “Missed Connections” on Craigslist. Sure, I had been drinking, but not enough to blame my lack of inhibitions on alcohol. I posted, “You work behind the Genius Bar at the Apple store, Natick Mall. I know this is crazy but I thought you were cute and haven’t been able to stop thinking about you since I left. I should have said hello. Are you out there?” I went to bed feeling mortified, but simultaneously a little relieved that I had just put it out into the universe. What did I have to lose? The next night, I was at a dance rehearsal. During a break, I checked my phone and received an email. The guy from the Genius Bar had seen my post and written me back! It was unbelievable. What were the odds? We exchanged emails multiple times a day, back and forth, for a week. When I called my mother to tell her,

Two random people can see each other from across the way, and later connect over the Internet. her first reaction was, “What if he’s the Craigslist Killer?” My dad, a patent lawyer and Internet geek, proclaimed, “How cool is the Internet?” But as all things like this do, it fizzled out. Turns out my Genius had a girlfriend all along. I suppose his emails with me were born out of curiosity and wonderment too, but also probably a lot of discontent with his situation, which tainted the whole thing for me. I didn’t want to be somebody’s “other,” albeit if only through the Internet. I still read “Missed Connections” regularly and I still think about him from time to time, even though

we haven’t spoken since – not that there’s much to think about, but just because of the incredulity of it all: two random people, seeing each other from across the way, and then finding each other over the Internet. It’s nice to know that in such a big, chaotic world, it’s still possible to make a (missed) connection with someone. But more than that, it’s a lesson of instinct. When you feel something – when you know it to be true, without knowing why – that’s really powerful. Those moments that give you pause, they should never be overlooked.

Gin Lee launches her first label in Israeli boutiques

Singaporean fashion designer credits Israel’s ‘why not’ attitude for her newfound success By Abigail Klein Leichman Brought up in Singapore, educated in London and established in Shanghai, where did women’s wear designer Gin Lee launch her first label? In Israel. At a Jerusalem café near her home in the trendy Nahlaot neighborhood  she and her Israeli husband moved there in August 2010 – Lee explained that launching her first solo business there made good sense. “Most young designers cannot get started without a lot of capital,” she reasoned. “Here in Israel, there is a great ‘lama lo’ [‘why not’] mentality. Shop owners are happy to take designs on consignment from someone new. If I even thought about doing this in London or in Shanghai, I wouldn’t get a foot in the door. So Israel offered me a great advantage.” Lee, 35, has so far created six small GINLEE collections of silk dresses and blouses – two each year, 30 to 40 pieces per color, per style. They are sold at upscale Israeli retailers such as Sofia in Jerusalem, Levin in Tel Aviv, Didi in Ramat Aviv, and all 12 Razili shops. In April, Lee was chosen as one of 24 up-and-coming designers to participate in “Aphrodite is Searching for a Dress,” a special exhibition in a Bat-Yam beach gallery to benefit ALUT, the Israeli Society for Autistic Children, from June 11 to July 7. Each designer was asked to dress a mannequin in an original outfit inspired by sea mythology. Lee chose the legend of Mat-Su, a Chinese sea goddess who fell into a trance and tried to save her earthly brother from drowning as she wove a tapestry on her loom. Accordingly, Lee’s mannequin is attired in a


Gin Lee displays a collection of her dresses in Sofia, a Jerusalem boutique. delicate web of blue threads and lines. “I am inspired by a lot of things, from graphics, lines, shapes and forms, vintage items to construction of patterns,” Lee said. “I like juxtaposition — combining elements with opposite elements — and I always have a slight twist to my works. My style is simple, elegant, clean. I pay a lot of attention to the smallest details and good workmanship.” Lee studied women’s wear design at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London. After graduating in 2002, she worked for U.K. designer Karen Millen and in 2004 accepted a job teaching at Lasalle Design Institute in Shanghai. While on vacation in western China, she met a traveling Israeli, Tamir Niv. They lived together in Shanghai for five years, returned to Israel in 2010 and married in Singapore in March 2013. Niv, now finishing an industrial design degree at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, made a splash at the 2012 Milan Design Week for his low-cost tool to dig survivors out from under rubble.

At the beginning of 2008, Lee was headhunted by Li & Fung, one of the largest global trading companies, to establish a product development department servicing European customers such as the Inditex Group, which includes such chains as Zara, Bershka and Pull & Bear. She also worked with Ben Sherman, Next and the Israeli fashion house Castro. When Lee came to live in Israel, her expertise with the Chinese market brought her job offers in fashion merchandising. However, she preferred to take the riskier but potentially more rewarding path of starting her own label. “I can draft and grade my own patterns; I know how to place orders and how to buy. I thought, with the move, I’m going to finally design properly for myself,” she said in her Cockney-mix accent. She’s working hard at learning Hebrew. Though a group of Tel Aviv designers invited her to join them in a cooperative retail venture, having a store was not her goal. “I

come from a retail family and I know what it means to open the door and wait for customers,” she said. “Once you have a shop, you are tied to it. It would have been easier, but I don’t believe in taking the simple route. I believe in doing something well, all the way.” Lee laughed when recalling that it took a while to understand the local market. Her first winter collection, for instance, was geared to the much colder climate of Europe. She caught on fast, but was careful to retain a look different than the more typical “Israeli casual.” “The ‘lama lo’ mentality also means there are many fashion designers here, and you have to find a niche. So I decided to stay on a certain level in the high-end market,” said Lee, who works almost exclusively with pure silk sourced in Shanghai. Her clothing is manufactured in Shanghai home workshops. Lee’s native Singapore is often compared with Israel. Both are small countries surrounded by Muslim neighbors, lacking natural resources, made up mostly of immigrants who value education, and were British colonies until the mid-20th century (Singapore became an independent republic in 1965). The culture is quite different, she admitted. “We’re not as verbal,” she observed with a smile. “In Israel, people tend to shout on the bus — that would never happen in Singapore. But Singapore is a bit boring for me. There is so much going on here in Israel. I think it’s a hidden gem.” Her hope is to connect all her “homes” – Israel, Shanghai and Singapore — with her work so that she can spend time in each locale without disrupting her career. “I don’t want to start over again and again. Israel is my home, but so is Singapore, and I don’t see why it cannot all be connected. Lama lo?”




Agritech revolutionized in Israel Work at Volcani Institute results in plantings around the world By Karin Kloosterman

Sometimes it is the simple inventions such as the zipper or bread slicer that can change everyday life for the better. The same is true in agriculture. Just covering crops with different-colored nets, for example, can actually affect plant physiology and enhance yield. Whether low-tech or hightech, countless innovations from the government-funded Volcani Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) in Israel have earned a worldwide reputation for expertise in plant sciences, plant protection, environmental sciences and herd management. Farmers can drop by Volcani’s main campus at Beit Dagan to get any help they may need, whether it’s an irrigation issue or a way to banish white flies from tomato vines without using pesticides. Much of what is learned, developed and implemented in Israel then gets planted in fields around the planet. “We provide a tight collaboration between the farmer, researchers and extension services who liaise with the farmers,” explained Ada Rafaeli, Volcani’s associate director for international cooperation and academic affairs, during a

recent tour of the center’s six institutes on what looks like a large farm with greenhouses and test plots scattered everywhere. “Sometimes the farmer is also the researcher,” she said, pointing out that Israel probably has the world’s most educated farmers, with a high percentage of them holding an undergraduate degree. Including its research centers in Neve Yaar in the north and Gilat in the Negev, the Volcani ARO employs 185 scientists and 400 engineering and technical assistants, as well as 220 graduate students. Some 40 visitors from abroad also come to the center every year to learn about and import Israeli expertise back to China, Africa or Latin America, Rafaeli explained. While its approaches based on genetic or mechanical engineering are sometimes hard to commercialize, the center finds ways to grow businesses and license Israel’s fertile know-how. Rafaeli gave ISRAEL21c a peek at some of the activity going on in Beit Dagan: The ARO has an active program that turns desert into forests, thereby reversing desertification and reducing radiation-emitting greenhouse gases. The organization has made huge advances in growing to-

Dr. Abraham Feingold of Malden Dr. Abraham Feingold, 105, of Malden, died May 4 at Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home after a brief illness.

Born and raised in Chelsea, Dr. Feingold was a podiatrist in Malden for many years. An observant Jew, he was active in Congregation Beth Israel and Young Israel of Malden. In his later years, he drove a personal motor cart to Congregation Beth Israel for morning prayers, naming his vehicle “The Minyan Mobile.” Dr. Feingold and his late wife Doris (Lipman) Feingold were active philanthropists in many Jewish organizations. He is survived by his children, Ronna Margolis and Pe-

ter Feingold; his grandchildren, Kimberly and Dan Lamas, Allison Shaievitz, Marlo and Michael Fox, and Robin and Dr. Adam Levine; and his greatgrandchildren, Zachary, Samantha, Bailee Rose and Jacob. Dr. Feingold was the brother of the late Edith Black, Dorothy Aronson, Leo Feingold, Dr. Fred Feingold, George Feingold, Reuben Feingold, Edward Feingold, Dr. Meyer Feingold and Esther Taymore. Services were held May 6 at the Goldman Funeral Chapel. Donations may be made to Congregation Beth Israel, 10 Dexter St., Malden, MA 02148.

matoes in hot climates by breeding techniques that make tomato pollen tolerant to Middle East heat stress. Volcani scientists are working on producing varieties of chickpeas with more protein per bean, sure to be popular as hummus is now a super-food sensation in the United States. Using a closed-loop system, Volcani researchers have pioneered aquaculture systems that provide fish for food, and wastewater for crops that can feed livestock. Precision agriculture is another strength of the ARO. A blanket solution does not fit every field, said Rafaeli. The organization will send out researchers to assess a field and determine where best to apply water, nutrients and pesticides — thus saving precious resources and reducing the environmental impact of conventional farming. The center also specializes in creating new wheat varieties. While Israel isn’t big enough to be a major grain provider, its technology can be exported to breadbasket regions such as those in the United States. “We are also providing the world with new varieties for animal feed,” Rafaeli said. Inside the center’s underground Gene Bank, hundreds of thousands of indigenous seeds are stored for current and

future research. Some of Israel’s ancient grains may provide the key for food of the future. Most famously, perhaps, Israel’s ARO has long been inventing new varieties of fruits and vegetables using classic breeding technologies and genetic engineering. If you come during citrus season, says Rafaeli, you can taste all the special varieties the Volcani Center is working on. One of its most cherished commercial successes is the “Or” tangerine, which peels easily, has no pits and tastes like Israeli sunshine. During one recent tour, Moshe Lapidot was working on new cultivars of tomato plants that have a genetic resistance to tomato yellow leaf curl virus, while colleague Joshuah Miron was working on finding “recycled” food substitutes for grain-fed cows in a region where grain is pro-

hibitively expensive for a dairy farm. Amnon Lichter showed how the loss of agricultural produce after harvest can be minimized through using essential oils and oxygen-starving techniques. The Volcani’s Samuel GanMor has recently revolutionized the way bugs are kept off crops, using a cooking-oil compound that gets sprayed on the leaves. Because of the work of the Volcani scientists, Israel is able to collect more milk per cow, and to raise healthier, tastier produce that grows over extended seasons and has a long shelf life. It has for many years worked with the Foreign Ministry’s MASHAV international development agency, and its Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation, to export all of these innovations to farmers on several continents.

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chool is over – or almost over – and the real summer is about to begin. Summertime eating is different. From September to June, our children rely on us to have dinner ready for them and they usually don’t much care to have any input, except to complain about those meals they do not like. But then comes summer. For me, summer meant Joni three changes to Schockett our mealtimes. First, dinner could be at any time, even after a long evening of outdoor activities. Second, we had tons of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at every meal (and for munching anytime). And finally, summer was the time to explore new foods and expand food horizons. Dinners in the summer could be early or late. Sometimes, after a day of grazing, dinner came after baths and consisted of the latest version of pancakes or simple omelets. The kids could help in the kitchen more often, and learn simple cooking techniques and kitchen safety. Easy meals and relaxed, leisurely dinners made summer a favorite for us all. During the summer, we could explore what we liked and didn’t like. There are differences in flavor between iceberg lettuce, butter lettuce, escarole, green and red leaf. Basil and mint leaves have some similar qualities of flavor. And dried parsley tastes nothing like what comes from our garden. During the summer, we discovered the sweet crunch of jicama and learned to love sun-warmed green beans, broccoli and sweet cherry tomatoes. We made dozens of jars of different jams with berries that we picked at a local farm. Yes, sometimes, we failed miserably. Fleishig hamburger/hot dog/pizza didn’t make it, and one should never put bananas in any pie except a cold one with a cream filling. But summer eating and experimenting became a fun, family routine. So here is an array of fast and simple, exploratory, light and summery recipes to fit your summer lifestyle. Enjoy them, because summer is too short. * * *

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Dip (Pareve or Dairy) I had a version of this at an Italian restaurant in New York City. I couldn’t


Exploring new foods for the summertime stop eating it, so I came home and made my own version. It’s great with carrot and celery sticks. • 1 jar (about 8 ounces) sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil • 3 tbsp. pine nuts • 2-4 garlic cloves • 1/3 to 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Optional: 1/4 small red onion Pinch red pepper flakes Several fresh basil leaves A few olives 2-3 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese Place the tomatoes and the oil they were packed in in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the S-blade. Add the pine nuts and garlic, and pulse 2 or 3 times. Add any optional ingredients and process until desired consistency. Pour into a large bowl and add the olive oil. Blend with a fork. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with a little Parmesan before serving, if you like. Serve with vegetables or on some toasted French bread. Makes about 2 cups. * * *

Roasted Zucchini and Carrot Sticks with Herbs and Parmesan Cheese (Dairy) • • • • • • •

1/2 to 3/4 pound small zucchini 1/2 to 3/4 pound carrots, peeled 2 tsp. fresh oregano leaves 2 tsp. olive oil 1 tsp. parsley 3-4 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese Salt and pepper. to taste

Optional: Add some paprika, or other herbs or spices that your family likes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut the zucchini in half crosswise and then cut each half in half lengthwise. Cut each piece into either two or three sticks. Set aside. Repeat with all zucchini. Peel and cut the carrots in half crosswise and then in half lengthwise. Carrots should be a bit thinner than the zucchini. Place on a foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet large enough so the veggies can be in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with oregano and parsley. Roast for about 10-15 minutes until the edges just begin to brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese. Roast for another 5-6 minutes. Let cool. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Dip Serves 5-8.

chicken over the rice. Serves 4-5. * * *

Lemon Garlic Chicken and Rice or Pasta (Meat) • 3-5 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, about 1-1/2 to 2 pounds • 2-3 cloves elephant garlic (available in most supermarkets) or 6-10 cloves regular garlic • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil • Zest of 2 lemons • Juice of 2-3 lemons, about 3/4 cup • 4 cups cooked rice, any kind you like • 4-6 scallions, thinly sliced • 3-4 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely minced

Optional: Add some toasted pine nuts, almonds or walnuts Grate the elephant garlic into a medium-sized bowl, using a micro-plane grater, or use a food processor and pulse until finely minced. Add half the lemon zest and about half a cup of the lemon juice. Mix until well blended (Reserve the rest of the zest and juice for the rice.) Whisk in the oil and emulsify. Place the chicken in a zipper-type plastic bag and add the lemon/garlic/oil mixture. Zip the bag closed and place in a shallow bowl. Let marinate for about 10-15 minutes. Heat a skillet and place the chicken in the hot skillet. Add the marinade. Cook over medium heat, until the chicken is cooked through. Top each piece with a slice of lemon, if you like. When cooked, place on a platter and continue to simmer sauce for about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat. Cook the rice or pasta according to instructions. When fully cooked, add the cooked marinade and remaining lemon zest, mix and add the sliced scallions and parsley. Cook for about 5 minutes, to reduce any extra liquid. Serve the

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Green Apple, Grape and Jicama Salad (Pareve) • 4 Granny Smith apples • 1 large bunch green grapes • 2 jicama, peeled • 1 or 2 bunches scallions or 1 small Vidalia or red onion

Dressing (see below) Cut the apples in half and remove the core. Place them, cut-side down, on a cutting board and cut thin slices. Cut the slices in half and place them in a large bowl. Peel the jicama and cut into wedges. Cut the wedges into matchstick-sized pieces or thin strips and place into the bowl with the apple slices. Wash the grapes, separate them from the stems and place in the bowl. Cut the onion in half and then cut thin slices. Separate the slices into halfrings and add to the bowl. Toss gently. Add as much of the dressing as desired and toss to coat. Place in a leak-proof container and refrigerate. Serves 6-10. Dressing: Pinch salt • • • • • • • • •

1 tsp. dry mustard 1-1/4 tsp. paprika 1/3 cup sugar 1 tsp. celery seeds 2 tsp. grated Vidalia onion 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup raspberry vinegar 1/4 cup orange juice 3/4 cup corn or Canola oil

together in a small bowl. Add the oil and whisk until emulsified. Place in a leak-proof container and refrigerate. Makes about 1-1/2 cups. * * *

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Kids’ Favorite Broccoli, Cauliflower and Grape Salad (Pareve) Salad: • 4 cups chopped fresh broccoli flowerets, pieces should be small bite-sized • 1/2 cup chopped cauliflower, small (1/2-inch) pieces • 1 cup chopped celery • 3/4 cup chopped scallions • 1 cup halved green seedless grapes • 1 cup halved red seedless grapes • 1 cup dried cranberries or other dried berries

Optional: 1/3 cup diced sweet Vidalia onion Dressing: 1 cup low-fat mayonnaise 1/3 cup sugar, scant 2 to 3 tbsp. vinegar Mix salad ingredients in a large bowl, cover and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. Add dressing before serving. Serves 8-12. * * *

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side, turning 3 times to make sure the corn is cooked on all sides. Cook just until a few of the kernels on each side turn dark, then turn. Remove the corn to a platter and let cool. Cook the couscous according to directions for 4-6 servings, using chicken broth instead of water. Set aside. Heat a large skillet and add about 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onion and sauté until lightly golden. Mince the cloves of garlic and add to the onions. Add the mushrooms, and sauté until they exude their juices and then reabsorb them, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and the rest of the olive oil and cook until hot and juicy, about 3-6 minutes. Stir in the couscous, heat through and remove from heat. Cut the corn kernels off of the cobs and toss with the couscous mixture. Garnish with parsley. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serves 8-12. Optional: Dice some green and red peppers and sauté with onion mixture. Dice some green onions or leeks and sauté with onion mixture.

• 4 ears of corn, shucked • 1 large Vidalia onion, finely chopped • 4 cups cooked large couscous • Enough chicken stock in which to cook the couscous according to directions • Salt and pepper to taste • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 1-2 pounds small tomatoes, halved

Salt and pepper, to taste Grill the corn about 2-4 minutes per

• 5-7 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil • 4-5 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice • 2 tbsp. Dijon style mustard • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 12 ounces penne pasta • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper • 1 cup chopped scallions • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced • 1 cup parmesan or crumbled feta cheese

Salt and pepper, to taste Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper together. Set aside. Cook the pasta al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain completely. Toss with the salad dressing and add all ingredients except the cheese. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Refrigerate until cold. Add the cheese and toss just before serving. Serves 5-8.



ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EZEKIELâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WHEELS 6/24: 7 p.m. Award-winning klezmer band. At Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline. Visit â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;NORTHEASTERN UNBECOMING, PART IIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 6/26: 6:30 p.m. Documentary on anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity at Northeastern University. Discussion moderated by Charles Jacobs of Americans for Peace and Tolerance. Sponsored by the Lappin Foundation and the Jewish Journal. At Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody. RSVP: or 978-740-4431. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ROOM 514â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 6/26: 7 p.m. Drama about an idealistic IDF military police interrogator. Presented by Boston Jewish Film Festival. At West Newton Cinema in Newton. Contact jremz@ or 617-244-9899, ext. 210. YIDDISH SING 6/27: 7:30 p.m. Informal gathering to sing Yiddish folk songs. Songbooks provided. Instruments welcome. At the Workmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Circle Center in Brookline. Call 617-776-0448. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;PRETTY GOOD FRIENDSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 6/28: 8 p.m. Stand-up comedy with Eugene Mirman, Bobcat Goldthwait and Wyatt Cenac. Presented by the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. At the Wilbur Theatre in Boston. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;EUGENEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FRIEND: BENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FAVORITE BOSTON COMICSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 6/29: 8 p.m. Stand-up comedy with Eugene Mirman, Ben Dryer, Ken Reid, Guitler Raphael, Lillian DeVane and Katie McCarthy. Presented by the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. At The Sinclair in Cambridge. Visit www. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ONE OF EACHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 6/29: 9:30 p.m. Stand-up comedy with Wyatt Cenac, Eugene Mirman, Emily Heller, Mehran Khaghani and Claudia Cogan. Presented by the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. At The Sinclair in Cambridge. Visit â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;KING MATIUSZ Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 6/30: 1 & 7 p.m. Original musical by Leo Loginov Katz and Mariya Devkute. Based on Janusz Korczakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;King Matt the First.â&#x20AC;? Presented by Center Makor and Jewish Music & Theater Enterprise. At Center Makor in Brighton. Visit www. for tickets. THORWALD JORGENSEN 6/30: 3 p.m. Thereminist Jorgensen plays music of Lithuanian Jewish composer Joseph Achron and others. At the Vilna Shul in Boston. Contact info@ or 617-523-2324. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;WESLEY STACEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CABINET OF WONDERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 6/30: 8 p.m. Comedy, music and spoken-word performance by Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding), Eugene Mirman, Tanya Donnelly, Steve Almond, Damon & Naomi, and Bill Janovitz and Chris Colbourn (of Buffalo Tom). Presented by the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. At The Sinclair in Cambridge. Visit

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;BEYOND GENOCIDEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Through 8/17: Illuminated manuscripts by Amy Fagin. At Old Academy Building Museum and Cultural Center in New Salem. Visit www.20thcenturyilluminations. com. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;DEAD SEA SCROLLS: LIFE IN ANCIENT TIMESâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Through 10/20: At the Museum of Science in Boston. Visit

EVENTS SOUTH AREA SHABBAT MEGAPLEX 6/21 & 6/22: Starts Friday at 6 p.m. with gourmet barbecue. Traditional and alternative morning Shabbat services Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Luncheon and learning sessions. At Temple Beth Emunah in Brockton. Co-sponsored by Ahavath Torah Congregation, Temple Beth Abraham, and Temple Beth Am. Contact events@ or 508-5835810. MIDSUMMER EVE SHABBAT & PICNIC IN THE PARK 6/21: 6:30-9 p.m. At Temple Beth Shalom of Cambridge. Contact 20s30sinfo@

AMBASSADOR BRAD GORDON 6/23: 7:30 p.m. Presentation by former Ambassador and current AIPAC Director of Policy & Government Affairs. Refreshments served. Presented by AIPAC. In Marblehead, location provided upon registration. RSVP: at or 617399-2552.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;WRESTLING IN THE DAYLIGHT: A RABBIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PATH TO PALESTINIAN SOLIDARITYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 6/24: 7 p.m. Conversation with Rabbi Brant Rosen about his book. Response by UMass Boston professor Mitchell Silver. At Boston Workmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Circle in Brookline. Visit KOFFEE WITH KUDAN 6/27: 11 a.m. Coffee hour and discussion of ethics with Rabbi David Kudan. Theme: Gossip and lashon hara, or truth and consequences. At Temple Tifereth Israel in Malden. Visit www. HOW CAN THE U.S. AND ISRAEL WORK TOGETHER? 6/27 2-4 p.m. Panel discussion with Rabbi Dr. Gershon Gewirtz of Young Israel of Brookline, Rabbi William Hamilton of Kehillath Israel, and Rabbi Sonia Saltzman of Ohabei Shalom. Moderated by CJP President Barry Shrage. Presented by JCC Without Walls. At Young Israel of Brookline. RSVP: 617558-6443 or

NEWTON - Technion supporter Lillian Freedman recently hosted a luncheon for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dean and Studentsâ&#x20AC;? tour. The participants included Technion undergraduate Tom Shefi, Faculty of Molecular and Cellular Biology; Ph.D. candidate Hadas Nahman-Averbuch, who is engaged in pain research at the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine; and Professor Moris Eisen, Dean of Students and former Dean of the Shulich Faculty of Chemistry. Seated: Freedman. Standing (from left): Eisen, Janice Rossbach, Sharon Katz, Shefi and Nahman-Averbuch.

NEGEV NIGHTS 6/25: 6:30-9 p.m. Featuring Israeli wine and tastes of the Middle East. Special guest Col. (Ret.) Sharon Davidovich, former JNF/ KKL emissary. Presented by Jewish National Fund. In Boston, location provided with registration. Contact

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BEGINNING TENNIS Tuesdays 7/2 -7/30: 9:30-10:30 a.m. With USPTAcertified instructor Doug Maynard. At Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton. Contact or 617-558-6453.

JCC BASKETBALL CAMP 6/2428: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For grades K-5. Led by Peter Sylvester. At LeventhalSidman JCC. Visit sportscamps or call 617-558-6456.

Mindful Mornings 6/27: 8:30-9:15 am. Weekly meditation. This will be the last class of 5773. Class may resume in 5774. At Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in West Newton. Visit or call 617-965-0330.

INTERMEDIATE TENNIS Wednesdays 7/3-7/31: 9:30-10:30 a.m. With USPTA certified instructor Doug Maynard. At Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton. Contact or 617-558-6453.

JCC SWIM/TENNIS CAMP 6/248/23: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For children in grades K-2. At Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton. Visit sportscamps or call 617-558-6456 HEBREW SCHOOL OF THE ARTS OPEN HOUSE 6/27: 6:30-7:30 p.m. At Hebrew School of the Arts in Brookline. Children and families of all backgrounds welcome. Contact hebrewschool@ or 617-278-2424.

LECTURES & READINGS MEREDITH GOLDSTEIN 6/21: 7 p.m. Boston Globe â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Lettersâ&#x20AC;? columnist speaks. Kabbalat Shabbat service and community dinner. At the Vilna Shul in Boston. Contact info@ or 617-523-2324. CIRCLE BOOK GROUP 6/23: 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Discussion of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;In Search of Sugihara: The Elusive Japanese Diplomat Who Risked His Life To Rescue 10,000 Jews From The Holocaustâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Hillel Levine. Presented by Boston Workmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Circle. Contact or 617-492-8634 for location.

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By Daniel M. Kimmel It’s been a while since the Movie Maven did a random exploration of Jewish videos available online for free. It turns out there’s wonderful stuff out there, but unless you know where to look for it, you’re missing out. This past winter, “Great Performances” on PBS did a marvelous show entitled “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy.” As someone points out, nearly all the great Broadway composers – with the exception of Cole Porter – were Jewish. They might have added George M. Cohan, but with a name like that, perhaps the Irish musical star should be considered part of the tribe. It’s really amazing not only to see the list of names from Irving Berlin and George Gershwin to Stephen Sondheim, but to hear them ferret out the Jewish influences in music that is considered part of the great American songbook. For example Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” opens with a clarinet solo that would be at home in a klezmer band. You can see the show at, but don’t worry if typing in URLs (the Internet


The Jewish community and the Web that it’s woven From musicians and comedians to the daily news, members of the tribe are is all over the Internet

Milton Berle is one of the great Jewish comedians whose work can be found at addresses) is too confusing. If you can use Google (or any other online search engine), you should be able to find it simply by looking up the name of the show. You may be aware of www.hulu.

com, which is a website supported by advertising providing countless hours of recent and classic television shows and movies. If you’ve got a hankering to see some of the great Jewish comedians of the past, so such as Jack Benny, Milton Berle, and Groucho Marx, put a name in the search engine and you’ll find everything from old episodes of “You Bet Your Life” to their guest appearances on other shows. It’s not exhaustive (Hulu does have a pay service with an even wider selection) but you may find yourself enjoying an extended stroll down memory lane. Of course, Jewish viewing on the Internet is not all about show business. To get a sense of just how many different things are available, check out the site www., which includes videos for children in which traditional Jewish religious values are included (through the perspective of Chabad, of course). One such

show is “Miracles: Tales of Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa,” in which a puppet version of the Rabbi helps people in ancient Israel. Parents might want to check out the material to see if it fits with their own perspective, but if it’s a good fit, this is a source for “kosher” entertainment for the kids. For those seeking less traditional content, the Union for Reform Judaism has a channel of videos at – where else? – YouTube: It’s geared to adults with things such as “webinars” on various subjects, but you can also check out a Kabbalat Shabbat song session from the organization’s 2011 biennial or a tutorial on how to make a round challah. Remember that Rosh Hashanah is “early” this year. Finally, if you’d like to get a nightly recap of the news from an Israeli perspective, Channel 2 in Israel offers a brief online newscast in English at

Movie Maven The website has links to past newscasts and other information, but the newscast itself runs around four minutes. It’s an opportunity get the news, as it would be seen in Israel, without having to learn Hebrew. In addition, you can have the link to each edition emailed to you, so you don’t have to remember how to get to the site. There is no charge. Next week, back to the movies. However, if you’ve been looking at your hundred channels or more on your TV and decided that nothing being offered is worth watching, your menu of choices just got a whole lot bigger. Daniel M. Kimmel lectures widely on a variety of film-related topics and can be reached at danielmkimmel@

Book drops a dime on the ‘Secret Roots’ of Christianity Author David Wray decodes religion’s complicated history by using the symbols on ancient coins By Len Abram Special to The Advocate Objects speak to those who understand their language. Ancient rubble, shards, statues, vases, coins, friezes, even graffiti can give glimpses into the past, how lives were lived and views held. David Wray, a numismatist and historian, has used ancient coins to glimpse into the world of the ancients, to understand their beliefs, and specifically how Christianity, with more than a billion followers around the world today, reached its position of dominance from an offshoot of Judaism, a cult. In “The Secret Roots of Christianity: Decoding Religious History with Symbols on Ancient Coins,” Wray contends that traditional studies of Christianity neglect to mention its pagan roots: a Western structural root derived from Mediterranean Greek culture; an Eastern spiritual root from Anatolia and Persia; and a third root, the Jewish literary one, which overshadowed the borrowings of symbols and themes from the Greeks, Anatolians and Persians. The Jewish literary root is what we

now call the combined Old and New Testaments. In the New Testament, Christians replace the Jewish relationship with G-d. Through Jesus, they follow a new covenant, while the Jews still hold to their covenant at Sinai and await their Messiah. Readers can check their own coins and currency for the icons of the American republic, its extraordinary leaders or leaders in extraordinary times – Lincoln on the common penny and five-dollar bill, FDR on the dime, the noble Washington on the quarter and the dollar, the brilliant Franklin on the hundred-dollar bill. And the symbols on the coins, for example, are as old as civilization itself: the soaring, warlike eagle, once the power of Zeus, with arrows in its talons, and laurel leaves and olive branches symbolizing the hope of peace. The bundle of an axe and sticks on the reverse of the Mercury dime (produced by the U.S. Mint from 1916 to 1945) portrays an ancient “fasces,” the symbol of power over life and death that lictors, and/or constables, carried to accompany Roman consuls. (From this object, we get the word, Wray tells us,

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David Wray’s latest book focuses on ancient coins as a way to probe Christianity’s roots. “fascist.”). Above all, our American currency proclaims political unity: Out of many states came one United States, with its trust in G-d. Wray has dozens of coinage examples of the ancients, with revered religious icons and customs, mysteries that would eventually impact and alter Christianity. He describes early Christianity as close to Judaism in its customs and practices, with the exception that followers believed Jesus was the Messiah. He speculates that early Christians were among the fighters at Masada. The marked differences came well after Christ’s crucifixion, when some of Christ’s disciples encouraged Christianity to absorb Mediterranean and Eastern mysteries and thus gain converts. Through sacrifice and ritual, these cults tried to influence the physical forces that control agriculture, which feeds us to this day. The sun, the rain, the return of spring and the growing months, even the birth of children – the ancients prayed to gods whose

good will ensured sustenance and survival. Judaism’s monotheism also asked for enough rain and bountiful harvests, but invoked one G-d, affirmed in its central prayer, and not a bureaucracy of special and sometimes competing interests. Wray believes that Joshua ben Joseph (the Jesus of the New Testament) wanted to change the world for the better, but not change Judaism. Wray’s ancient coins show how popular was the worship of the sun, the Sol Invictus. Also popular was the worship of the dying and resurrecting child of the goddess Isis. Christian disciples and proselytizers used these mysteries to make Christianity seem similar to local beliefs. Moreover, they eased purity requirements regarding circumcision and food. Wray shows another influence: the supposed divinity of Roman emperors such as Augustus. Christianity, with its man who is made divine and resurrected, promising the same for its followers, became the official religion of the Roman Empire. In the end, Christianity conquered more territory than Rome ever imagined. Judaism itself had differences among its followers, which may also have contributed to the rise of Christianity. For example, the reverse side of the Samaritan coin portrays five silver shekels used in the Samaritan/Jewish pidyon haben ceremony, but the obverse portrays a three-faced deity. Samaritans and Jerusalem Jews both honored Jewish patriarchs, Wray suggests, but the coin points to a surprising variability between ancient Jewish sects: Samaritans violated the prohibition against graphic representation of G-d, representing their deity as having three aspects, just as modern Christians do. In the century of Christ’s birth and death, the Romans defeated and dispersed the Jews. Christ’s crucifixion was one of hundreds,

even thousands, to punish the Jews for their audacity in opposing Roman rule and the worship of Roman gods. Jewish rebellions broke out like fires, sometimes threatening and sometimes merely annoying, and the Romans were hard pressed to put them out. Its legions, which could salt the fields of Carthage to assure that state would not threaten them again, killed hundreds of thousands of Jews, enslaved thousands, and dispersed the rest. Defeated, Judaism could have been superseded, but Wray notes that the centuries following the Common Era were the Talmudic period, when the laws of the Torah were defined in a detail that made the study an adjective of close reasoning. At the same time, Christianity began its rough climb to prominence, and in a few hundred years, moved from state persecution to state adoption. Visitors today to the Roman Forum can still see the Arch of Titus, celebrating Titus’ victory in the siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE. The famous tableau of spoils shows the large golden menorah and the sacred table for loaves of Sabbath bread from the conquered Temple, along with other plunder from the Jewish War. The Senate of Rome raised Titus’ status to divine, reminding us that when Rome adopted Christianity under Constantine, the culture was ready to accept divinity in a man. The Jews, of course, waited – and still wait – for the Messiah. Now, however, many of their descendants live in the homeland once ruled by Rome and from which they were purged. A few years ago, on the Arch of Titus, someone climbed up to write in chalk “Am Yisroel Chai” (“the nation of Israel lives”). Len Abram is a writer. He lives in Belmont.




Beverly venue comes alive with ‘The Sound of Music’ NSMT production skillfully balances lighthearted scenes with darker, dramatic moments By Jules Becker James Beaman knows the power of anti-Semitism and hate all too well. “I was ostracized in public school as a Jew and as a gay,” the 47-yearold Jewish actor and Beverly native recently told The Advocate. “I was relentlessly bullied. I was a whipping boy.” The bullying became so bad that he actually entered college at the age of 15. Now Beaman is tapping into both pride of heritage and traumatic childhood memories in his return to Beverly’s North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) – after appearing in last season’s multiple Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award-winning “Guys and Dolls” – as Max Detweiler in the company’s seasonopening revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical classic “The Sound of Music.” The busy professional performer – who originated the part of King Frederic in the Broadway-bound new musical “Frog Kiss” and played Jewish knight Sir Robin for two years in the first national tour of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” – loves the role of the music agent-producer as much as the show itself. “Max is one of those perfect character roles,” he noted. “He’s


James Beaman is Max Detweiler and Jacquelynne Fontaine is Elsa Schrader in North Shore Music Theatre’s production of “The Sound of Music.” a raconteur. He has all the laugh lines.” Beaman added of Detweiler, “He has qualities of Oscar Levant and Noel Coward. He’s very urbane and witty.” At the same time, Beaman is very aware of Max’s relative condoning of the Anschluss, the 1938 occupation and annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany, referred to pointedly in the musical. “Max and Elsa (Capt. von Trapp’s would-be fiancée) represent the ambivalence of the Austrians to the Anschluss,” he offered.

Detweiler is so ambivalent about the Anschluss that he puts up with Nazi salutes. “I have to ‘Heil’ a couple of times, which as a Jew is weird,” Beaman admitted. “He says repeatedly that he’s not political. But he sees firsthand the way the Nazis strong arm people to do what they want them to do.” He also appreciates Max’s revealing conflicted feelings as antiNazi Austrian Capt. Georg von Trapp prepares to escape to Switzerland with new wife Maria and his seven children. “[Max] kind of redeems himself,” Beaman contended, “when he helps them [the von Trapps] to escape. Max unwittingly becomes the vehicle of their getting out. That sort of contradiction [between very different sides of a role] is interesting to play as an actor.” Referring to the telling secondact song “No Way to Stop It” – in which Max and Elsa advise Georg to accept the Anschluss, Beaman observed, “[Max, Elsa and most of Austria] chose to look the other way. You become a kind of silent conspirator, in a way, if you let it happen.” Speaking of that key serious side to the show, Beaman noted, “We think of it now as a family musical, but there is this message [about not

looking the other way]. Director-choreographer James Brennan clearly accentuates that seriousness in both the look of the NSMT production and the forcefulness of the performances. Audience members will find the you-are-there effect chilling as red banners with large swastikas – credit designer Jeff Modereger – unfurl in the round for the concert hall festival from which the von Trapps escape. Costume coordinator Paula Peasley Ninestein provides Nazi brown shirts, as well as smartly exaggerated ethnic outfits, for the musical competition. The buffoon-like runners-up may call to mind the deliberate satire Chaplin achieved in his brilliant anti-Nazi film “The Great Dictator.” Brennan strikingly displays the contrast between the lighthearted scenes – such as when governess Maria teaches the children songs, and the elegant waltz at the Trapp villa party – and the tougher moments of Nazi strong-arming. Lisa O’Hare – previously radiant as Eliza Doolittle in the NSMT’s affecting revival of “My Fair Lady”

– brings vibrancy to all of her songs and great spirit to the role of postulant-turned-wife Maria. David Andrew MacDonald moves convincingly from tough-love Captain to emotionally rich husband and father as Georg. Beaman sharply balances Max’s charm and wit with his alarming complacency about the Anschluss and the Third Reich. Jacquelynne Fontaine smartly underplays Elsa’s seeming indifference to the Anschluss. The actors playing the von Trapp children capture their innocence and vulnerability, and Suzanne Ishee, as Mother Abbess, delivers the stirring “Climb Every Mountain” with soaring high notes. Overall, NSMT’s wisely edgy revival is a timely reminder of the tuneful musical’s call for action against anti-Semitism and all hate. Beaman echoed that reminder: “It’s not just a frothy family show. People are going to be surprised at how dramatically potent it is.” “The Sound of Music” continues through June 23. Call (978) 232-7200 or visit for more information.


Local teenage actress is fully fit to be ‘King’ Sima Kasten embraces the title role in upcoming production at Brighton venue By Jules Becker Sima Kasten was born to be on the stage. “I basically wanted to act all my life,” the Natick-born and Worcester-bred 13-year-old Jewish performer recently told The Advocate. Home-schooled, save for early Judaic studies at Chabad of Westboro and a bat mitzvah, Kasten means business about the acting bug – with impressive credentials already including Oompaloompa in “Willy Wonka” and the principal role of Robber Hag in “The Snow Queen,” both with Southbridge’s Gateway Players, and ensemble work in “The Wizard of Oz” with Hardwick’s Gilbert Players. While quite serious about her craft, she admitted, “I didn’t know anything about acting; [from role to role] I learned how to play a different character and how to become that character.” Now she has landed the title role in the new Jewish Musical & Theater Enterprise ( JMTE) adaptation of “King Matiusz I The Musical,” commissioned by Cultural Center Makor, the Bnei Moshe Synagoguebased showplace in Brighton for Russian-Jewish cultural activities and events. Adapted by Russian poet-teacher Marya Deykute from a 1926 Polish children’s book by Jewish physician and educator Janusz Korczak – with a score by JMTE co-founding composer and director Leo Loginov-

Katz – “King Matiusz I” focuses on the adventures and challenges of the title hero, who becomes the monarch after the death of his father. Kasten spoke Sima Kasten about the differences between the book and the original musical and offered observations about the story and her character. “The play is loosely based on the book,” she explained. “The play itself comes down to about how a child sees the world. Matiusz wants to change the world but he is only 12 [actually 6 in the book].” In effect, Matiusz becomes a child activist who tries to institute reforms to help younger citizens. “All the children in the kingdom like the changes,” she continued. “He gives children rights [that] adults have. He gives them the right to vote.” In fact, Korzcak practiced what he preached at the Warsaw orphanage he established, forming a kind of children’s government and creating a children’s newspaper in 1926 that became a weekly attachment to a Polish-Jewish newspaper. Ultimately Korzcak’s book was thought to be as popular in Poland as “Peter Pan” in Englishspeaking countries.

Kasten also noted elements of humor in the musical; for example, “Some of the kids want ice cream for breakfast.” Matiusz has three guardians who support him, but eventually conflicts arise with the Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance and the Minister of War. The child king struggles to remove adult corruption and restore tranquility for all ages. Where Matiusz was later overthrown by three foreign armies and exiled from his kingdom, Korczak would choose to remain with the children he taught and mentored. He was executed along with them at Treblinka in 1942. As they left Warsaw, Poland, one of the children was seen carrying the green flag associated with King Matiusz in the book. Kasten quickly warmed to the musical. “I love the show,” she remarked. “I think it’s got a really good story.” As for playing a male and the title character, she noted, “They’re probably going to braid my hair” and said she was looking forward to singing three solos. The busy teenager plans to pursue her passion for theater. This summer, she will be audition for more stage work. “I really do love acting,” she said. ”If I could do what I love for my career, that would be my dream.” Visit or for more information about the show.




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