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NEWS & SCHMOOZE Helen and her sisters What legacy does iconic journalist Helen Thomas leave behind in light of her trailblazing efforts and controversial comments about Israel? Page 2

LOCAL NEWS Filling the gap St. Louis students find a host of options for ‘Gap Year’ programs in Israel. Page 3


Kerry lures both sides back to peace negotiations By Ben Sales JTA

TEL AVIV — We don’t know. That’s the operative phrase of the new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks announced Friday and ostensibly set to begin in the coming days in Washington. We don’t know their parameters, or if Israel will freeze settlements, release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners or agree to negotiate based on its pre-1967 borders. We don’t know whether the Palestinian Authority has agreed to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry in Jerusalem, June 28. Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/ GPO/ Flash90/JTA

We don’t know how long Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will hold off on taking Israel to the International Criminal Court. Most of all, we don’t know whether they’ll lead anywhere. The talks, according to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, will last six to nine months with the intended outcome of a two-state, final-status agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. For now they will involve the



Community effort propels garden beyond humble roots Heading South

By Hannah Boxerman

A trip to Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, Ga. turns up fascinating Jewish history and some of the nation’s earliest Jewish institutions. Page 12

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Candlelighting Shabbat starts Friday, July 26, 8 p.m. Shabbat ends Saturday, July 27, 9:02 p.m.

Tikkun olam Young adult volunteers including Stacey Hoffman (above) visited the Gateway 180 homeless shelters downtown to help children there with birthdays this month celebrate with activities, music and a scavenger hunt. The visit was the latest event held by the Karen Solomon Young Adult Service Initiative, a partnership between the Jewish Community Relations Council, Next Dor St. Louis and the Jewish Community Center, with funding from Jewish Federation. Photos: Kristi Foster

It began as a project to feed the hungry, and grew into an unexpected par tnership between cultures—and gardening techniques. The Garden of Eden, as it’s called, sits on the edge of a soccer field north of the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur. The garden, which represents a partnership between the JCC and the Union for Reform Judaism, is now in its second year of yielding produce for the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. The Garden of Eden has expanded greatly since its planting last summer; more beds have been added, and produce winds up trellises made from branches and poles. The idea for the garden was born after Lesley Levin, who serves as the Social Action Vice President for URJ’s Central District, heard of a similar ven-

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Helen Thomas: Pioneer with conflicted legacy On Sunday, Gail Appleson and I got to talking about the death, a day earlier, of veteran journalist Helen Thomas at the age of 92. Gail is a friend and former colleague from the Post-Dispatch who now works as an editor and writer at the law firm of Armstrong Teasdale LLP. She also occasionally contributes commentary and other articles to the Light; this column is a collaboration. Gail and I shared similar thoughts about Thomas, who defined the term “trailblazer,” breaking barriers for the legion of women journalists who followed her, including Gail and me. Perhaps President Obama put it best when he commented on her death saying, “Helen was a true pioneer, opening doors and breaking down barriers for generations of women in journalism. She covered every White House since President Kennedy’s, and during that time she never failed to keep presidents — myself included — on their toes.” Nonetheless, Gail and I were conflicted about Thomas and what to feel in the wake of her death. On one hand, she helped pave the way for us and countless other women to achieve roles in the news business that we might not have obtained without her. Yet neither Gail nor I could forget Thomas’ remarks at a 2010 White House reception marking Jewish Heritage Month. We also couldn’t decide exactly where they figured as we considered the continuum of her otherwise storied career. Said Gail, “For so long she was truly an inspiration, an icon that helped me believe in the 1970s that I, as a fledgling journalist, could do something more than write about weddings and engagements for a newspaper’s women’s department.” Gail started in the news business in 1973. By the time I accepted my first newspaper job as a general assignment reporter in 1979, I still wrote my stories on a typewriter (for about three months, until computers came into the newsroom), but by then women definitely had made inroads in the news

media, thanks in large part to Thomas leading the pack. In a career that spanned more than seven decades she achieved numerous firsts, including being the first woman chief White House correspondent for a wire service, and the first woman to join—and head—the White House Correspondents’ Association. She also was the first woman elected to the historic Gridiron Club, which until that day in 1975, allowed only Washington’s top newsmen as members. As a correspondent and then White House bureau chief for United Press International (UPI) for 57 years, and later as a columnist for Hearst News Services, her trademark was bulldog persistence, challenging — and often agitating — a succession of 10 sitting presidents. This was a woman, Gail and I agreed, who deserved her front-row seat at the White House briefing room. Then came that day in 2010 when she told a rabbi making a video that Israeli Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to Germany, Poland or America. Gail and I found her off-handed remarks stunning not just because we are Jewish, and know our people sought refuge in Israel after being pushed out of Germany and Poland (and so many other places), but also because we are journalists. Some people think journalists shouldn’t have opinions. Yeah, well, that’s kind of like saying we shouldn’t breathe. But part of doing our job correctly is to know when to open our mouth as well as to know when to keep it shut. Surely, Gail and I surmised, Thomas’ comments had been taken out of context; perhaps there was some misunderstanding. Though she later apologized, the controversy forced her to quit her job at Hearst. She was 89 years old. “It immediately made me think about the time I was attending a celebration at my brother’s house, which was in an observant community in Ohio,” Gail related. “One of the guests came up to me and asked if it was true that I worked for Reuters. Since I was the news organization’s national legal cor-

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respondent, I proudly told him ‘yes.’ Much to my surprise, he responded by loudly berating me for working for an anti-Semitic company. He wanted to know how I could look at myself in the mirror. “I was totally taken aback as I had never thought of Reuters as being antiSemitic,” Gail continued. “I had worked there for 20 years, was openly Jewish and never was denied a promotion or assignment because of my religion. Of course this guest’s outburst was based on his feeling that Reuters, like many other news organizations, is biased against Israel and therefore, anti-Semitic.” Gail wondered at first if the reports about Thomas’ remarks were an overreaction. I countered that perhaps her advanced age played a role; maybe she had lost the capacity to sensor herself. I told Gail my mother had met Thomas a short while before the video incident at a restaurant in Philadelphia. My mom recognized her and said to her friend, “That’s Helen Thomas.” Hearing this, Thomas walked over, introduced herself and engaged my

mother and her friend in conversation. Mom reported, “She couldn’t have been lovelier.” Meanwhile, after Thomas’ death, Gail reached out to a Washington reporter friend who had spent many years covering the White House with Thomas. “Was she anti-Semitic?” Gail asked. Her friend said she didn’t think Thomas was so much anti-Semitic or anti-Israel as staunchly pro-Palestinian. “Working alongside her at White House briefings, the Palestinian issue was one she worked hard to bring up. If she had a bias, that was surely it,” the friend said. Yet she also added that anyone who worked the White House beat with Thomas was amazed by her kindness, stamina and take-no-prisoners style well into her 80s.  So where does this leave us, Gail and I asked each other, in remembering Helen Thomas? Both of us watched the video a few more times, as well as an interview Thomas did in the aftermath with Joy Behar. On that show, Thomas, who is of Lebanese parentage, said she had regrets that “everyone” distorted what she had said but didn’t feel her comments were insensitive. Gail then Googled “Helen Thomas” and “Jews” only to find even more appalling than the initial video were the numerous postings describing Thomas as a “Jew-hater” along with many disturbing blogs filled with vile anti-Semitic slurs. The more we talked, the more Gail and I realized we will always admire Helen Thomas for her guts and groundbreaking determination. But we both never want to forget the infamous video that marred her legacy. Bigotry is evil and should not be ignored. Peace in the Middle East, as Thomas said in a later apology for her Israel comments, can only come when all people embrace “mutual respect and tolerance.” As Gail noted, that’s true everywhere. What’s your take on this? Weigh in at

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Options abound for students seeking ‘Gap Year’ programs in Israel By Mary Jane Rogers St. Louis Jewish Light

Liza Levko, 22, says she didn’t feel ready to go off to college the fall after she graduated from high school. She wanted a year to explore the world and “figure out what I wanted to do with my life.” Levko’s parents completely understood. “I didn’t feel Liza was ready to go to college,” said her mother, Susan Levko. “This was a chance for her to be away from home for 10 months to mature, grow and learn about life.” So the August after her 2009 graduation from Lafayette High School, Levko took a “gap year” and spent it in Israel through the Nativ Leadership program. She traveled around Israel for 10 months, taking classes in religious studies, performing various service projects and working in an Israeli kitchen where her co-workers spoke to her only in Hebrew and she spoke to them only in English. This mutually beneficial experience helped her become almost fluent in Hebrew. A gap year has become a solid option for teens looking to mature, prosper and broaden their horizons after high school. The number of Jewish teenagers in the United States taking a gap year in Israel before going to college is on the rise according to Masa Israel, an organization that helps young adults find study abroad, internship and volunteer opportunities in the Jewish State. It has more than 200 programs available, ranging from ones that are academically rigorous to others that prepare its participants for the Israeli military. David Iken, a recent graduate of Clayton High School, will be starting his gap year in August through the Oratya program in Jerusalem. This program puts a strong emphasis on Jewish studies, but besides studying the

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Torah and other Jewish scholarly texts, he will take classes in philosophy and further develop his leadership skills. “What people don’t realize is that there is a program for everyone,” Iken said. Both his and Levko’s programs attract mostly American students, and both said they knew many people participating in the programs before they joined them. Other programs, such as the Mechinat Telem program that Ladue Horton Watkins graduate Hannah Barg went on in 2009, differ in terms of who participates. In the Telem program, Barg was the only American who went and she was completely immersed in the Israeli culture. Her program was all about exposure to Israel, and her perspective as the only American was critical to her fellow Israeli participants. Adi Shenhav, a graduate of Parkway Central High School, is doing a program called the Upper Galilee Leadership Institute in August. Like Barg, he will also be one of the only Americans participating. Shenhav will develop his leadership skills in the program while preparing mentally and physically for military service, although he isn’t actually planning to enter the Israeli military. Local teens who participated in gap year programs said they came to better understand their Jewish heritage. “Religiously you have to push yourself,” Barg said. “I realized there are more options than what I had been exposed to, and being there got me away from what

Back in time with the ‘Light’ Youthful patriarch OK, so this may be cheating, but it was too good to pass up. While the Light is highlighting stories, photos and history from the 1990s during the months of July and August, we came across this photograph in the March 19, 1997 edition — a photo that was taken in 1924. It accompanies a story on that year’s inductees into the Jewish Community Center’s St. Louis Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. So, who is this strapping young man? It’s none other than the late I.E. Millstone, known as a ‘patriarch’ of the St. Louis Jewish community from his philanthropy and leadership, and of course, namesake of the Jewish Community Campus. The caption reads, “I.E. show as a lifeguard in 1924 at Fairgrounds Park in St. Louis.” The other inductees that year were Dave Alton, Joy Rice Dunkelman, Al Goldstein, Max Lorber, Joel Meyers, Hy Novack, Marvin Rosengarten, Rudy Serot and Ron Zetcher. 2013 marks the Jewish Light’s Golden Anniversary as an independent nonprofit offering local, national and international Jewish news. To celebrate, we’re featuring a variety of retrospective features, including a weekly “look back” over our 50 years. Capping the year will be the paper’s Golden Light Gala Oct. 6 (for more information, see page 17.

I had always known.” Taking a gap year in Israel is not only a time of spiritual growth, but it also can give participants the freedom to make their own paths in life. Levko praised her experience, Adi saying, “You felt like you Shenhav were going to a place you had heard about so much from the Torah. It was an eye-opening experience. Religiously it definitely helped me realize my connection to Judaism. I want my life to be meaningful and have a purpose.” Besides growing spiritually, these teenagers also matured. “By the end, I felt like I could stand on my own two feet and emotionally rely on myself,” Levko said. “It’s a lot about experiencing things, just going out and doing them,” Barg added. Both young women described their time abroad as “life-changing,” saying it helped them decide what they wanted to study in college. Levko is majoring in international relations and Barg is studying anthropology. “Having the experience of walking into another culture strengthened my love for anthropology,” Barg said. Levko’s mother also saw critical changes in her daughter’s maturity and confidence levels compared to her peers. “Liza felt like she was more mature than other college students who didn’t take a gap year. She knows her Judaism and where she comes from,” Susan Levko said. Others just wanted to experience the country that they have learned so much about first hand. Shenhav lived in Israel until he was 4 years old, and was encouraged by his family to return to experience his home country. “I just have always wanted to live in Israel” he said. “That’s it.” He has done camps and trips to Israel, but he believes being there for

an entire year will be a completely different experience, one that he can learn and grow from before heading to Kansas University. Susan Levko said gap-year programs generally cost a bit more than in-state college tuition, “at least when Liza was doing it,” adding, “it was somewhere between $20,000 to $25,000.” The prices today haven’t changed much, but they do fluctuate depending on the program. There is also a multitude of scholarships and grants available for participants if they apply. Some organizations even have fundraisers to raise money towards the participant’s tuition. Gap-year participants believe that taking a gap year is better than studying abroad or other programs that colleges offer. “When you take gap year and return to the country you will never be a tourist again,” Levko said. Through these programs, real connections to Israel are formed and that is one reason there has been an increase in American programs. “Colleges don’t mind, they even encourage students to take a year off before college,” Iken said. “It’s a break from traditional schoolwork and the year before college is really the best time to go.” Levko and Barg had a word of advice to Jewish teens going on gap year: try absolutely everything. “It is all about breaking out and trying new things,” Barg said. While she was in Israel she tried her best to be exposed to something new each day to get the most out of her experience. “Just take advantage,” Levko added to Barg’s advice, “do everything you want to do and never say no.” The friendships made during those experiences will last a lifetime and both young women still keep in touch with members of their group. For more information about gap year programs in Israel, go to

Mirowitz kicks off association for high school-aged alumni of Schechter and Reform Jewish Academy Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School is launching an alumni association to embrace all of its past — all students who attended either of its Solomon Schechter or Reform Jewish Academy legacy schools. “We know that students who attended Schechter or RJA care deeply about the school that filled their early years with meaning,” says Cheryl Maayan, Mirowitz head of school. “We think they will be very proud of what has been created out of the merger, and want them to stay connected with us and with their fellow alumni.” As a kick off to the new Mirowitz Alumni Association, families of high school students (entering grades 9 -

12) from both legacy schools are invited to a barbecue picnic at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25 on the school’s playground at 348 S. Mason Road. Dinner will be provided to all attendees, along with a new Mirowitz T-shirt to the first 100 high-school-aged alumni to RSVP. College-aged and adult alumni can look forward to events geared for them throughout this school year. Graduates from either RJA or SSDS can complete the contact form on the alumni page of the school’s website at or call Margo Newman, alumni outreach director, or 314-576-6177.

July 31 deadline for Federation innovation grant proposals The July 31 deadline is approaching for a new initiative from the Jewish Federation of St. Louis — offering grant opportunities for innovative ideas that address Jewish education or engagement within the St. Louis Jewish community. The Innovation Grant opportunity is open to anyone who would like to pursue funding and support for an innovative objective. Innovation Grants will range from $200 to $10,000 and will provide innovators opportunities to test the feasibil-

ity and strength of their ideas. In addition, Jewish Federation will provide support for these ideas through mentor connections, publicity and marketing efforts, peer consultations and brainstorming sessions, and strategic planning consultation. The online application will run through Wednesday, July 31 and can be completed at For more information, contact Sonia Dobinsky at sdobinsky@jfedstl. org.



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B’nai Amoona hosts marrow registry drive Congregation B’nai Amoona will host a marrow registry drive from 1-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. The congregation is located at 324 S. Mason Road in Creve Coeur. The drive is organized for Meredith Littlejohn, 18, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in November, 2012. Despite spending most of the next six months in St. Louis Children’s Hospital, she graduated top of her class from Crossroads College Preparatory School. While at Crossroads, Littlejohn was involved in basketball, volleyball, theater, served as a volunteer tutor, and also interned at Craft Alliance. She was in complete remission in April until she just learned that the leukemia has returned and she will need a bone marrow transplant. Emory University accepted her early decision and has deferred starting her freshman year to 2014 where she plans to major in applied mathematics. Littlejohn is the daughter of Steve Littlejohn and Stefanie London and the granddaughter of Norman and Michelle London. It takes approximately 15 minutes and a cheek swab sample to join the marrow registry. For more information on the event or to make a donation to offset the cost of adding potential donors to the registry (it costs the Be The Match Foundation approximately $100 per person added to the registry), visit or contact Denise Mosley with Be The Match at 314-348-5650 or

St. Louis NORC plans four-part health series Join the St. Louis NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) for “Building Health and Wellness: A Self-Advocacy Series,” taking place on the four Wednesdays in August. Participants may attend single sessions or the full series. Participants will learn strategies and gain confidence in health and wellness advocacy, enhance selfawareness and decision-making for taking action in key areas of life for physical, mental, social and emotional health. The first workshop is presented by Occupational Therapist Peggy Neufeld, and focuses on steps for building self-management and resiliency. All session takes place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. August 7 at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur. The remaining sessions take place at the Jewish Community Center, all from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. • On Aug. 14, Helen Lach, gerontological clinical nurse specialist and St. Louis University associate professor, will offer skills for   managing ongoing health conditions and medications, and talking with doctors. • On Aug. 21, Psychologist Ronni Kahn speaks about emotional wellness and coping with change in relationships. • The final workshop, on Aug. 28, will feature Jonty Felsher, physical therapist, offering skills in managing physical fitness, balance and pain.  Sessions are free and open to the community, but RSVPs are required to Laura at 314-442-3255.

Myra Rosenthal works in the ‘Garden of Eden’ near the Jewish Community Center soccer field on the Millstone Campus. The garden is a partership of the JCC and the Union for Reform Judaism. The community garden was originally planned to grow fresh vegetables for the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, but now also has beds tended by residents of Covenant House/CHAI Apartments that provide them with fresh produce. In turn, residents have provided keen guidance on gardening and work to maintain the garden. Photo: Yana Hotter


continued from page 1 ture at a Chicago synagogue. Interested in the idea of a community garden that could provide fresh vegetables to those who live in what she called a “food desert,” Levin held an educational meeting about the proposed garden and was able to recruit Myra Rosenthal, Alan Raymond and Linda Kraham to the project as well. The JCC signed onto the project after being approached by the committee. “I helped work them through the logistics of finding a space and working with the JCC building and grounds staff to get all the necessary permissions,” said Rabbi Brad Horowitz, who is in charge of Helene Mirowitz Department of Jewish Community Life and officiated at the garden’s dedication in last summer. “In terms of a Jewish value, growing food organically is important and connected to the JCC’s mission.” The garden, Levin said, was originally planted to supply fresh vegetables for the food pantry; however, Levin, who is also on the board of the Covenant House/Chai apartments, said that residents of the apartment complex expressed a wish to garden themselves. Many of these families are from Asia, and they began to plant more traditional Asian crops in the back row of the garden. “It turns out that many of the residents at Covenant Chai are low-income, and if they’re from Asia, here is where they get to have familiar foods,” Rosenthal said. The garden committee asked that the residents donate at least 10 percent of their crop to the food pantry; according to Levin, the residents were happy to do so. “These are people who would be using the food pantry themselves; people who are low-income,” she said. “In this case, it’s a ‘teach a man to fish’ situation.” However, the residents of Covenant House/Chai not only contributed crops, but also knowledge. The Asian residents introduced trellises to the garden plots, which allow vegetables to grow up and off the ground for better support and exposure

JCC Rabbi Brad Horwitz leads a garden dedication ceremony in 2012. The Garden of Eden had only a few garden beds then. The garden has steadily grown in the year since.

to sunlight. “We have learned from them how to garden,” Rosenthal said. “They have done such nice things for us; they planted the cucumbers for us. They’re incredible people.” Despite the garden’s successes, the committee has no plans to stop improving and growing. Rosenthal said that there would soon be negotiations for expanding the garden on the Covenant House/Chai side, which would allow for better irrigation and the use of a pump to water crops. The proposed expansion would go into effect next summer. However, those behind the garden want to see it grow not only in size but also in its impact on the community. “We would like to involve the whole community in this garden: to have congregations support us, to have teen groups support us, to have people with disabilities also come and support us and work in the garden with the idea that this would be like a small working farm, all to provide food for the food pantry,” Rosenthal said. She also expressed a wish to tie the garden in with the Jewish calendar, such as offering area congregations the opportunity to harvest from the garden in celebration of Sukkot.

Levin said that the garden very much needs volunteers from March to November; only the original four members of the committee consistently work in the garden. Campers from the JCC day camps often come to the garden as part of the camp’s nature education, but Rosenthal said that she would like to see interest from children throughout the community. “We would like to teach children about farming and gardening and to involve them in the actual work of mitzvah,” she said. For now, however, the Garden of Eden will continue to be tended by various volunteers and by the Covenant House/ Chai residents, whom Rosenthal said have grown very attached to the work they do in the plots. “You can imagine that the days at Covenant House/Chai can be very boring, especially if you don’t know the language,” she said. “In one case, a resident even said to me, ‘This garden is my life’.” And for those behind the Garden of Eden, it’s been a transformative year for the project. “It’s been a year and definitely a learning experience,” Rosenthal said.





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Local Fed leader’s 20 years of service began during ‘Great Flood’ BY ROBERT A. COHN Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Two of the biggest local “Jewish” stories of 1993 may well be the coordinated Jewish community response to the “Great Flood,” and the announcement of the appointment of Barry Rosenberg as executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Rosenberg’s initial appointment as professional head of the Federation was made by then-President Michael N. Newmark, who was co-chair with JFed past President Mike Litwack of the Search Committee.   Due to an unanticipated act of nature gone wild, Newmark at the time was spearheading the local Jewish response to the Barry devastating flood.  Under Rosenberg his leadership, JFed pleged to match all donations up to $10,000 to the St. Louis Bi-State Chapter of the American Red Cross Disaster Fund. “There is only one response for the



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Jewish community of St. Louis to the rescued over 100,000 Ethiopian Jews unfolding tragedy of the flood of from the Sudan and brought them 1993,” Newmark said. “Let’s help!” safely to start new lives in Israel. If Newmark became the Jewish Rosenberg remained steadfastly community’s modern-day Noah loyal to a strong partnership with the during the flood of 1993, Rosenberg State of Israel through the became a very able First Mate. Partnership 2000 Program of sister Rosenberg, 42 at the time of his 1993 communities in Yokeam and appointment, had served as execuMegiddo. He also led numerous St. tive director of the Jewish Federation Louis missions to Israel and conof North Jersey, and already had a vened community-wide rallies to total of 18 years of experience of deal with the crisis of the Second Jewish communal service. Intifada, which stalled the oncePrior to entering Jewish Federation promising peace process. work, Rosenberg had served as B’nai Rosenberg also championed efforts B’rith Youth Organization regional to develop new leadership programs, director and assistant regional direcincluding the Millstone Institute, tor, serving 800 teenagers in more which strengthened ties between than 30 local chapters within New Federation and its agencies, and York City.  “In these times of fiscal Jewish professional development, constraint, it is critical that through the JPro St. Louis program Federation and community leaderfunded by the Lubin-Green ship—lay and professional—forge a Foundation. shared vision of the future.  St. Louis After a distinguished 20-year has strong agencies and synagogues; career as professional head of the top-notch professional and rabbinic Federation, Rosenberg retired as leadership and nationally recognized president and CEO of the JFed in lay leaders,” he said at the time of his September 2012, and has continued appointment. to serve as senior advisor to his sucRosenberg deployed his consider- A ‘teaser’ for a story on the appointment of Barry cessor, Andrew Rehfeld. “We are able organizational, fundraising and Rosenberg as Jewish Federation executive leader is at grateful for Barry Rosenberg’s serplanning skills during his two the top of a full page devoted to coverage of the Great vice to our community, fortunate that decades at the professional helm of Flood of 1993. he will be remaining in St. Louis, and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.  In look forward to his active involveaddition to presiding over successful ate belief in the value of a “federated sys- ment as a lay leader with the start of the annual Jewish Federation campaigns, tem of agencies, locally, nationally and Jewish Year,” said Rehfeld at a recent which exceeded previous records despite internationally.”  He cited the immediate tribute. Rosenberg, who will formally retire in the downturn in the economy, the response to such challenges as the Soviet Federation endowments grew substan- Jewish exodus, which brought over 1 mil- August, plans to pursue teaching locally tially, providing a vital “third pocket- lion Jews from the former Soviet Union and scholarship on issues of non-profit book” to fund innovative Jewish projects to Israel and 250,000 to the United States; leadership. for the future.  In an early interview with and the overnight emergency funding of the Light, Rosenberg shared his passion- Operation Moses, the historic airlift that

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Israel reacts strongly to new EU guidelines that may change little on the ground By Cnaan Liphshiz JTA

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The intensity with which Israel reacted this week to new European guidelines prohibiting support for projects based in disputed territories surprised not only EU diplomats, but also their Israeli counterparts. The guidelines, which preclude already nonexistent EU grants to Israeli entities in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem, prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to convene an emergency meeting and release a sardonic statement telling Europe to butt out and go deal with Syria or Iran. Other Israeli officials quickly followed suit. Housing Minister Uri Ariel compared the guidelines to persecution of Jews prior to the Holocaust. Finance Minister

Yair Lapid said it would make peace more difficult to achieve. And Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin said it would only fuel Palestinian rejectionism. “The European Union and its important members have been very careful not to invest or incentivize what they regard as Israeli settlements,” a senior Israel diplomat told JTA. “Territorial clauses exist in virtually all contracts between Israel and the Union.” The diplomat added, “This whole thing is much ado about nothing. I don’t know why they are making so much noise about it in Jerusalem.” The Israeli outburst over the relatively marginal issue of grants is even more inexplicable considering the silence with which Netanyahu’s office has greeted similar and seemingly more consequential EU resolutions. Netanyahu issued no response to the EU's recent move to label goods produced in Israeli settlements. Nor did he react to the statement by EU foreign minis-

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ters in December saying that agreements with the Union don't apply to territories Israel has controlled since 1967. Those with inside knowledge of Israel-EU negotiations on this issue offer varying explanations for the apparent inconsistency, including an aggressive attempt at damage control and Israel's supposed interest in escalating a crisis with Europe to diminish its influence on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace drive. But whatever Netanyahu’s reasons, a knee-jerk reaction to a surprise announcement likely isn't among them, despite claims to the contrary in the Israeli media. The four-page guidelines, a copy of which was obtained by JTA, were sent July 5 by the European Commission’s Middle East diplomacy chief, Christian Berger, to Israel’s mission to the European Union. According to a senior diplomat serving in Europe, they were urgently transmitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and from there to the Prime Minister’s Office. Berger's letter suggests that Israeli officials knew about them as early as May 31. The text, which applies to “grants, prizes and financial instruments funded by the EU,” restricts the support to “Israeli entities having their place of establishment within Israel’s pre-1967 borders.” Their aim is to “ensure the respect of EU positions and commitments in conformity with international law on the non-recognition by the EU of Israel’s sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967,” the document says. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, is scheduled to send the guidelines on Friday to its various departments for implementation starting in 2014. They apply only to EU bodies, not individual member states. Sandra de Waele, deputy head of mission at the EU embassy to Israel, was baffled by the Israeli reaction. In an interview with the Times of Israel, she confirmed that Israel had known about the document ahead of its release. “If people knew what it was really about, they would be much less upset,” she said. When the document reached Jerusalem, it may have raised more questions than it answered, according to Oded Eran, a former Israeli ambassador to the EU and now a senior researcher at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies. The document's ambiguity, he said, is key to understand Jerusalem's worry. A severe interpretation could lead to withholding EU funds from institutions within the pre-1967 borders if they employ settlers, Eran said. A mild interpretation would merely formalize the existing situation in which EU institutions carefully steer clear of projects based in or directly connected to Israeli activity in disputed territories. “The truth is no one knows what these guidelines will mean on the ground because no one knows precisely to what degree they will be carried out and interpreted,” Eran said. “It could end up being harmless or cost hundreds of millions of euros in grants, or something in between.” Netanyahu’s attempts to sound the alarm may be a move to push the European Union in the milder direction. But other observers connect the storm to Kerry’s upcoming visit to Israel, the sixth in a series of his recently unsuccessful attempt to get the Palestinians to return to negotiations and persuade Israel to facilitate the effort with goodwill gestures. “Over the past weeks, European leaders increasingly pitched in Kerry’s drive,” a pro-Israel lobbyist from Brussels told JTA on condition of anonymity. “But the U.S. and the European Union have different attitudes. The Europeans believe Israel should come under greater pressure and have moved to apply it. It may be that Israel is taking the opportunity to escalate the guidelines into a full-fledged yet temporary crisis to block the European involvement.” The connection between Kerry’s initiative and the guidelines was made as well by European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor, who met with Netanyahu on June 28, the day the new guidelines were adopted. “On the eve of another visit to the region by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the hope of restarting negotiations,” Kantor said Tuesday, “some in the EU have decided that now is a good time to throw a spanner in the works and inflame tensions between the parties.”





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U.S. Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Aly Raisman lighting the torch during the opening ceremony of the 19th Maccabiah Games at Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium, July 19, 2013. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90/ JTA)

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JERUSALEM — U.S. Olympian Aly Raisman lit the torch at the opening ceremony of the 19th Maccabiah Games, which features a record number of nearly 9,000 athletes. The July 18 ceremony at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem featured pyrotechnics and performances with hundreds of dancers and popular Israeli singers, as well as electric violinist Miri Ben-Ari. American “X Factor” runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar sang “Hallelujah” joined by many in the crowd of 30,000. “After winning medals and winning achievement, go tour Israel. This is your country,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a welcoming speech that alternated between English and Hebrew. “I’ll tell you the truth. I hope you and your families decide after this visit to come and live here.” Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres rose and applauded as Israel’s blue-and-white-clad delegation of 2,270 athletes entered the stadium. The 1,100-member U.S. contingent wore red, white and blue sweatsuits with white baseball caps. President Obama greeted the athletes via video, referencing the “unshakeable bond” between Israel and the United States. Athletes from a record 78 countries will participate in 42 sports, as well as Paralympic events. Some 150 athletes who participated in the recent Olympic Games will be competing in the Maccabiah, the quadrennial event known as the Jewish Olympics. Former Israeli Olympians carried a


large Israeli flag into the stadium, each accompanied by a participant in the special-needs events. Amitzur Shapira, an Israeli athlete at the Munich Olympics, recited the Yizkor prayer of mourning in memory of the nine members of the Israeli delegation who were killed in the 1972 Summer Olympics and the four Australian athletes killed in the the 1997 Maccabiah bridge disaster. Paralympics tennis gold medalist Noam Gershony, four-time windsurfing world championship winner Lee Korzits, former Israel national soccer team goalkeeper Nir Davidovich and Israeli judoka Arik Ze’evi carried the Maccabiah torch into the stadium. They passed it to Raisman, an Olympic gold medalist, who lit the Maccabiah flame.

Earlier in the day, Peres at a meeting in his Jerusalem office implored New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire, a coach for the Canadian Maccabiah basketball team, “to join the Israeli National Team and be a part of our country.” Stoudemire, a one-time all-star, met with Peres to present the educational project he has launched to promote in Israel — learning science through sports.

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chief negotiators for both sides: Saeb Erekat for the Palestinians, and Tzipi Livni and Isaac Molho for the Israelis. The rest of the details, as Kerry said in his Friday announcement, are “speculation” and “conjecture.” “The agreement is still in the process of being formalized, so we are absolutely not going to talk about any of the elements now,” Kerry said, adding that “the people who know the facts are not talking about them. The parties have agreed that I will be the only one making further comments about this.” Kerry’s dogged efforts to simply bring both sides to the table — including six trips to the region this year — have been characterized by their secrecy. During his months of shuttling between Jerusalem, Ramallah and Amman, Kerry has praised progress toward negotiations but kept details under wraps. Following Kerry’s announcement on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he hopes the talks will prevent the establishment of a binational state in Israel and the creation of an Iranian-sponsored terrorist entity in West Bank. “These will not be easy negotiations, but we will enter into them with integrity, sincerity and the hope that this process will be conducted responsibly, seriously and substantively — and, I must say, at least in the opening stages, discreetly,” he told his Cabinet on Sunday. “Throughout this process, I will strongly uphold, as I already have, the security needs of the State of Israel and other vital interests.” Signs of the rocky road ahead were evident almost immediately, with Palestinian officials denying Monday that any agreement had been reached to participate in final-status negotiations. A Palestinian spokesperson said the upcoming meeting would only be a preliminary one; formal negotiations would take place only when Israel consented to freeze settlement expansion and negotiate based on the 1967 lines. Israeli ministers shot back that they would agree to none of those stipulations. Israel is set to release 82 Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture ahead of the talks, but Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israel Radio that “a settlement building freeze isn’t on the table.” The biggest question that no one can answer, of course, is whether this round will succeed where so many others have failed. Israelis and Palestinians have been talking peace for more than 20 years, but the process has borne little fruit in the past decade. The last attempt at talks, in 2010, ended after three weeks when Israel rebuffed Abbas’ demand for the extension of a 10-month settlement building freeze. Before that, lengthy negotiations in 2008 between then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Abbas reportedly ended after Abbas rejected an Israeli proposal without presenting a counteroffer. Soon after, Olmert was indicted for corruption and resigned his post. It’s far from clear whether the political will exists on either side to conclude a final-status agreement, which would likely include at least some evacuation of Israeli settlers from the West Bank and Palestinians abandoning claims for millions of refugees to return to Israel. On the Palestinian side, Abbas has held power for eight years without elections and has no power in Gaza, which has been controlled by Hamas since 2006. Kerry has gained backing for the negotiations from the Arab League, but Hamas, deemed a terrorist group by Israel and the United States, has come out against the talks. In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supports the talks, but a majority of his coalition opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state. In January’s election, Jewish Home — a pro-settler party — won 12 of the Knesset’s 120 seats running on a platform of opposing a Palestinian state. Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett, Israel’s economics minister, threatened Monday to vote against the coalition’s proposed budget unless Netanyahu advances a bill that would put any peace deal to a national referendum. Netanyahu said Sunday he would do that. And in recent weeks, as Kerry was galvanizing support for the talks, prominent members of Netanyahu’s Likud Party — including Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon — came out against Palestinian statehood. On Saturday, Danon said he trusts Netanyahu but opposes settlement evacuation or a release of Palestinian prisoners. “We must not repeat the injustice of the past and

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stepping off a helicopter after flying from Amman, Jordan, to Ramallah, West Bank, to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abba, July 19, 2013. Photo: State Department

uproot thousands of Jews from their homes,” Danon said in a statement. “I also hope that we learn from previous mistakes regarding the release of prisoners with blood on their hands. These murderers must not be released as an ‘act of good will’ or as a prize for returning to the negotiating table.” Should Netanyahu’s coalition turn on him, the prime minister could count on support from across the aisle. Labor Party Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich, who

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Is There A ‘There’ ‘There’? The first “there” in the headline above refers to a potential agreement between Israel and Palestinian negotiating blocs. The second “there” refers to the negotiating table that United States Secretary of State John Kerry has worked tirelessly, some say naively, to construct during six trips to the Middle East over the past several months. We think the answer to the question is yes, mainly because we can’t stomach the prospects posed by a related question, namely: What are the implications of no agreement being reached? A lot of people have drifted away from the notion of a successful settlement, and that trend is understandable. Palestinian factions and supporters are split among various points of view, ranging all the way from a stated desire for lasting peace and economic prosperity to insistence on the destruction of the Jewish State. Though when surveyed, Israelis cling by a precarious majority to a two-state construct, they are dubious of the prospects of an enforceable peace and have elected a ruling coalition that is only grudgingly willing to come to Kerry’s table. The splintering of opinion, combined with retreat into remote and extreme corners, is creating an environment of noise in which the likelihood of success appears slim. So we think it’s most important that everyone remain continuously and emphatically reminded of the perils of failure. Many on the Israeli side are quite willing to roll the dice on the status quo. Some think the current strife can be managed indefinitely. Others are unwilling to cede points that they know will be part of a compromise, such as the integrity of Judea/ Samaria and Jerusalem as Jewish land. Still others don’t accept that any deal will be consistently honored by the other side, and that even if the Palestinian Authority could be trusted to stand behind a deal, the terrorist zealots of Hamas and their axis allies, Hezbollah, Syria and Iran, will not. Each of these points has validity, but none of them can be taken at face value without considering the context of a negotiation failure: • It is entirely possible that the Arab and Palestinian populations of Israel will continue to grow disproportionately to the Jewish population, ultimately leaving Jews in a minority position within the overall boundaries of the nation if no twostate solution is reached. While cries of apartheid to date have been grossly inaccurate and in many cases racially and ethnically motivated, what happens down the road if there

Additional Reading: • Predictable Ending Ahead for IsraeliPalestinian Negotiations?, Akiva Eldar, Al-Monitor Israel Pulse, July 22: • Let’s Talk about Talks, Kerry, Pomegranate blog (by N.P.), The Economist, July 23:

truly are fewer Jews than others and the demography begins to resemble that of South Africa during its era of governmentally enforced segregation? We shudder at the notion. • The fastest growing populations on the Jewish side are the most religiously and, to a great extent, culturally intransigent. Even if a Jewish majority is maintained, what is the nature of the evolving Jewish population, how does it deal with Palestinians and Arabs, and how does Israel’s support and protection from the Diaspora change if the demographics and resultant politics of the Jewish population trend more to the ultra-religious? • A two-state solution has at least the potential for building international support for peaceful coexistence, equal treatment among nations, and undoing the faux dichotomy that today depicts Israel as the “colonial oppressor” and Palestinians as the “freedom fighting persecuted.” In the absence of such a settlement, the distorted myth will continue to be perpetuated, allowing nations of the Middle East to continue avoiding their own perilous domestic problems by tagging Israel as the common enemy. With a settlement, the community of nations will be far less able to hold a Palestinian state to a lower standard of responsibility than it does Israel to a higher one today. Any agreement that is worth its salt must satisfy the needs of each party to such a degree that having an agreement, even if flawed, outweighs not having one. Those who ridicule the current effort for U.S.brokered talks obviously believe the substance of any agreement would be too much of a giveaway, or cannot be enforced in a way to ensure a safe and secure Israel. We cede those risks and don’t in any way purport to brush them aside. But when we look at a future without an agreement, the prospects look significantly worse than most deals that have even a grain of potential to come to fruition. And that is why, first and foremost, we support Israel returning to the negotiating table and ensuring every last iota of potential diplomacy is used up before calling it quits. Again.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Weighing risk and reward From the July 17 Op-Ed, “Jewish leaders should be vocal in backing Kerry’s mission,” it appears its authors, Ephraim Sneh and Robert K Lifton, learned nothing in the 20 years since Israel signed the Oslo accords in 1993. Space limits my list of rewards that Israel received in return for giving “land for Peace” and pursuing the “Peace of the Brave,” but consider: • The Palestinians rewarded Israel for “giving” the West Bank and Gaza to the PLO/Yassir Arafat by sending waves of terrorist bombings, beginning in 1994. Over 1,100 Israelis were killed and 7,500 wounded between 2000-2005. Hamas rewarded Israel for unilaterally withdrawing from Gaza by launching more than 6,000 increasingly powerful rockets into southern Israel since 2005, some able to reach Tel Aviv’s suburbs. • Israel was rewarded by the United Nations, European Union, academics, universities and “progressives” worldwide by increased vilification and calls for boycott, etc. The authors also blatantly ignore the two sides’ definitions of “Two State Solution”: • Fifty-three percent of Palestinians favor a “two-state solution” — assumptions: Israel withdraws to the 1949 armistice lines, Jew-free Palestine, Old City of Jerusalem becomes Palestinian, and five million “Palestinian refugees” settle in Israel. Two-thirds of Israelis favor a “twostate solution” — assumptions: Israel keeps Old City Jerusalem, close-in “settlements,” defensible borders and no Palestinian refugees settle in Israel. Only Israelis themselves can/should determine whether to accept the Obama administration’s version of a “two-state solution,” and the “rewards” that will inevitably follow. I hope and pray Israel’s leadership learned more in the last 20 years than the authors. Richard H. Senturia, Director, Citizens for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Middle East

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Kerry must end the ‘Israel-is-toblame’ game By Ben Cohen/

Which aspect of Secretary of State John Kerry’s repetition of the Arab position last week, that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict lies at the root of Middle Eastern instability, is more remarkable? The fact that Kerry could actually say such a thing, or the fact that, with the exception of the Weekly Standard, such an extraordinary claim could pass almost unnoticed in a media landscape that is rarely short of opinions about the region? Let’s first revisit what Kerry said. After talks in Amman with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh and his colleagues, Kerry waxed lyrically as follows: “Peace is in the common interest of everybody in this region. And as many ministers said to me today in the meeting that we had—many of them—they said that the core issue of instability in this region and in many other parts of the world is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.” Think, for a moment, about that clause “in this region and in many other parts of the world...” During a week in which the total number of deaths accumulated during the civil war in Syria exceeded 100,000, there is something almost obscene about depicting the IsraeliPalestinian conflict as the source of regional instability. Even more breathtaking is the follow on about other regions around the globe. I’m wracking my brain trying to figure out how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impacts the terrorist militias on the Colombian-Venezuelan border who are making millions of dollars out of cocaine trafficking, or how it influences Chinese repression in Tibet, or whether three instead of four million people would have perished in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s myriad wars had, you know, those pesky Israelis stopped building settlements in the West Bank. I do, however, understand why Kerry made this statement. The State Department needs to place the best possible spin on the announcement that direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) are to resume after more than two years of gloomy silence. Never mind that Hamas has already said that the PA has no legitimate right to conduct negotiations. Never mind that, almost as soon as Kerry made his announcement, rumors began circulating that the PA is renewing its insistence on placing preconditions on Israel before entering talks. Never

See COMMENTARY, page 21 Ben Cohen is the Shillman Analyst for His writings on Jewish affairs and Middle Eastern politics have been published in Commentary, the New York Post and Ha’aretz. Op-Ed distributed by




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It’s time for action against gun violence By Stacey Newman

Almost every week a child is shot in St. Louis, often making the front page of the local paper. Gunshot victims are routinely admitted to the hospital right next door to my home. This is the community where I live. Emergency room doctors urge us to remove firearms from our homes while they work round the clock to save the lives of gun violence victims, some just babies. Police chiefs ask for our help to address their number one concern: keeping their officers from being shot. This is the city where I live. Gun violence is real in Missouri whether it’s domestic violence, driveby shootings, careless accidents or suicide. Almost everyone I know can document a friend or relative who has been killed by a firearm. This is the state where I live. In Florida a teenage boy, while walking home, was stalked, shot and killed by a neighborhood rebel who has now gone free. Fifty-four people were shot in Chicago alone during the trial of the Florida shooter, George Zimmerman. On average, 28 people have been shot to death each day since the Sandy Hook school shooting left a total of 14 dead. Each year 100 preschoolers are shot, some even by other children. This is the country where I live. In Jefferson City, the majority of my colleagues are beholden to the gun manufacturer’s lobby and vote to pass their bills. The majority of state legislators voted to nullify federal gun laws, make it a crime for federal law enforcement to do their jobs and to arm teachers (over the objection of superintendents statewide). House Speaker Tim Jones and Majority Floor Leader John Diehl, both St. Louis attorneys, supported and promoted this agenda all the way to the governor’s desk. This is the state Capitol where I serve. Recently I was asked on a radio show

in St. Louis if I was against gun companies making a profit. Profit by companies turning their back while citizens, and our children, continue to be killed? That’s a no brainer to me. Car, pharmaceutical and toy companies have all immediately withdrawn or altered their products in the name of safety when just a handful have died. Profit is one thing. Responsibility as funerals multiply is another. I believe there are solutions, as do many of us. This past spring I was part of the White House initiative on preventing gun violence, working Stacey with law enforcement, Newman, is a medical community, state represenelected of ficia ls, tative for the school administrators 87th District, — anyone connected St. Louis to the firearm industry and survivors from all over the country. Ideas were narrowed to a concrete plan titled “Now is the Time.” I sponsored the universal background checks for firearm sales in our state legislature, as did fellow legislators in other states. Similar to the bipartisan Toomey/Manchin U.S. Senate bill produced by the White House initiative, Missouri HB187 would require

a ll sa les, including those on the Internet and at gun shows, to undergo federal background checks. Already 60 percent of gun sales are subject to federal checks, but the 40 percent which are exempt is disturbing. An overwhelming 85 percent of Missourians, including gun owners and N.R.A. members support background checks on all firearm sales, as do 90 percent of Americans. In 1999 after the Columbine High School mass shooting, the N.R.A. favored extending background checks but has since changed its tune when manufacturers realized their profit margin would decrease. What happened in Missouri with the background check bill this past session? Absolutely nothing. Instead of silence from the gun manufacturers’ lobby after the next mass shooting, what if there was a sincere effort for collective responsibility? What if one firearm company expressed sympathy and locked hands with citizens to do everything possible to avoid additional gun deaths? Imagine a manufacturer stepping forward and turning the conversation.

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Countering anti-Semitism in the month of Ramadan By Rashad Hussain

WASHINGTON — During Ramadan, Muslim communities around the world experience a month of fasting, devotion and increased consciousness of their faith. They also remember those who are suffering around the world and seek an end to the forces of hatred that lead to violence against people of all faiths. The spirit of Ramadan, which lasts this year through Aug. 7, can serve as a positive force to bring people together and a powerful reminder of the common humanity that all people share. Muslim communities collect donations to aid those in need around the world. Campus groups at universities in the United States hold “fast-athons” in which students of all faiths fast together to raise money for charity. In recent years, as Muslim communities have dealt with hateful depictions and inflammatory actions, American interfaith coalitions have come together to strongly reject such bigotry. It is this backdrop that makes the reported Ramadan release of the television drama “Khaiber” in some Muslim-majority countries particularly disturbing. The new drama purports to provide a historical account of the Prophet

Rashad Hussain is the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Op-Ed distributed by JTA.

Muhammad and the Arabian-Jewish town of Khaiber. But its producer has said that “the goal of the series is to expose the naked truth about the Jews and stress that they cannot be trusted.” The series also will reportedly focus “on the social, economic and religious characteristics of the Jews, including politics and conspiracies and how they dominate and control tribes.” R at her t ha n empha si zi ng Muhammad’s efforts to establish peaceful relations among religious communities, “Khaiber” does just the opposite. And it does so at a time when a number of religious groups, including Christians, face discrimination and violence in countries where the series will air. Communities that were outraged at negative depictions of Islam must condemn this divisive and anti-Semitic effort. They should also understand that in many ways, this type of programming is also a disservice to Muslims and the

legacy of the prophet. While censorship is not the answer, communities must come forward to counter such depictions with more informed views to prevent the spread of stereotypes and hatred that can dehumanize entire groups of people. In May, I joined imams from around the world on a visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration and death camps. As we toured the area in shock of the horrors that we saw, one imam commented, “Whether in Europe today or in the Muslim world, my call to humanity: End racism for God’s sake, end sexism for God’s sake. Enough is enough.” Addressing Holocaust denial is an important step, and I raise this issue when I travel to meet government and civil society leaders in Muslim countries. Efforts also must be made to ensure that textbooks and television programming in the Muslim world are free from the types of dehumanizing ideas and images that breed intolerance and hate. In doing so, honest and courageous voices must step forward, particularly during Ramadan, to condemn not only negative depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, but also a television series that uses a slanted historical narrative of his life as a facade for sowing discord, division and hatred.



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FILM WHAT: Friday on Art Hill, featuring an outdoor screening of “Roman Holiday WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, with movie at 9 p.m. WHERE: St. Louis Art Museum’s Art Hill in Forest Park HOW MUCH: Free THE 411: Enjoy the sounds of La Tinos Latin Tropical Band and chow from various food trucks, or bring a picnic (food and beverages, including alcohol, are allowed), and then enjoy a screening of the classic “Roman Holiday,” starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. It’s the last Friday of this free outdoor movie series, so now is the time to go. MORE INFO: WHAT: St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival WHEN: Friday through Sunday and Aug. 2-4 WHERE: Various venues including the Central Library, History Museum, and Washington and Lindenwood universities HOW MUCH: Free THE 411: This inaugural kid’s film festival, presented by Cinema St. Louis, screens international and American-independent films, both animated and live-action shorts, geared to children ages 6-16. A total of 16 films will be featured over the festival’s two weekends. In addition, a filmmaker’s camp will be held July 29-Aug. 2. MORE INFO:

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Exploring Jewish history in the Deep South By Sarah Weinman Special to the Jewish Light


lanning a southeastern vacation to cities such as Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga. and St. Augustine, Fla., conjured up visions of palm trees, ocean views and sunny weather. But as I read about Charleston and Savannah, I discovered a new draw: their centuriesold Jewish histories. Before I left St. Louis I scheduled a meeting with David Jaffee, former president of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) Congregation in Charleston, to find out more about the congregation, its history, and the history of Jews in this city. Twenty-five years after Charleston was founded in 1670, the first Jews immigrated to the new city. “The colony of Carolina was considered a haven of religious tolerance,” explains Jaffee. “Jews could practice their religion freely. Also, major trade in a seaport town attracts immigrants.” Many Jews who settled in the Carolina colony were Sephardic and came from Spain, Portugal and the Caribbean islands. In 1749, the 25 Jewish families living in Charleston founded KKBE. The synagogue provided long services in Hebrew and didn’t allow music. Its main source of fundraising consisted of fining congregants for certain “infractions” during services. If a wife talked to her husband, she was fined for talking and he for listening. If members left early or went to the bathroom, they were fined. Some members began to protest the fines; in addition, they requested shorter services and the integration of English. Thus, beginning in 1824, Charlestonian Jews helped bring His duties included managing the temabout about the birth of American Reform ple’s endowment and overseeing restoraJudaism. tion of the temple building and Coming “The desire for services in English indi- Street Cemetery. He divided his duties cated that people wanted to into two categories: business use their own vernacular,” Related stories (budget, personnel and setJaffee explains. “I think the ting policy) and ceremonial • Charleston’s historic American Reform movement (artist-in-residence proJewish cemetery started in Charleston because grams, retreats and bar and the culture here has an inde- • Savannah’s Jewish bat mitzvahs). Jaffee also pendent streak. South history dealt with occasional legal — page 14 and disciplinary issues. “Our Carolina was an embracing colony, which welcomed cemetery was vandalized a everyone. It was also the first state to short while ago,” he says. “It had nothing secede from the Union. It had an indepen- to do with anti-Semitism; the vandals dently spirited population.” were drunk college students.” Jaffee can attest to that independent Charleston’s modern Jewish communispirit. He was born and raised in ty is as unique as its heritage. The synaCharleston and is married with three chil- gogues in the city (two Orthodox, one dren. At 61, he recently finished serving Conservative and one Reform; there’s a his second term as president of KKBE. Chabad House as well) collaborate on a

The exterior of the sanctuary of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) Congregation in Charleston, S.C. The congregation was founded in 1749 and its current spiritual leader, Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, is a native St. Louisan. Photo: Sarah Weinman

lot of activities. Many people in the community are members of two or more congregations. The synagogues work together on building repairs and host events like comedy nights and play dates for kids, in order to get people from one congregation to interact with those in another. “These kinds of collaborations are unusual,” Jaffee explains. Charleston has a population of approximately 600,000. One percent of the popu-

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FAIRY TALES CAN COME TRUE, particularly with your help. This is the concept of a concert at Powell Hall to benefit the Tuition Assistance Fund at University City Children’s Center (UCCC) on Saturday evening, Aug. 24. The event will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., followed by the 7:30 p.m. concert and concluding with a dessert reception. More than half of the children at UCCC, a child care and pre-school serving children ages six weeks to six years, come from low-income families and are receiving tuition assistance. For reservations for the fundraiser at $150 per person call 314-726-0148. The evening’s program, “Fairy Tales Can Come True,” includes four outstanding musicians playing compositions by renowned composers, all with childhood themes. The artists are Melissa Brooks, associate principal cellist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; pianists Catherine Kautsky and Ruth Price; and soprano Elizabeth Macfarland. Lilli Kautsky, longtime early childhood educator, will be honored with the “What Happens Early in Life Lasts a Lifetime” award while Leslie Schultz and the Ladue Garden Club, both UCCC boosters, will receive the “For the Love of Children” award. In honor of Kautsky, a resident of the Gatesworth, David Smith, Charlie Deutch and fellow owners of the Gatesworth at One McKnight Place

have committed to a sponsorship of “Fairy Tales Can Come True.” You too help wishes come true, too, by attending, or better yet, agreeing to a sponsorship. I DO NOT REMEMBER A TIME when Marion Lipsitz did not live in St. Louis. She tells me that she has been here for 72 years and has loved every minute of it, just as everyone has loved her. Now, for crying out loud, she is moving to Falls Church, Va. Two of her three daughters live 15 minutes from Goodwin House, the retirement community where she has leased an apartment. Is she delighted about it? Hell, no, but this is life, she told me, while we both sniffled knowing that all of us (provided we live long enough) will share that experience. I have always thought of Marion as Mrs. Hadassah, but in reality she has been as involved equally in many other activities. She spent so many years employed by the Jewish Community Center that when I was there I always expected to see her in the building as if it were her home. In a way it was. I have not asked her how many new members she recruited for the JCC or for Hadassah, but I am certain that it was a huge number. At 93, Marion is still the epitome of brains and beauty, a combination much admired by almost everyone. So now it is time to say goodbye.  On


Marion Lipsitz is pictured at home in 2012 for a story on her when she was named one of the Jewish Light’s Unsung Heroes that year. File photo: Yana Hotter




Sunday, Aug. 11 from 2—4 p.m. there will be a party at the JCC Staenberg Arts and Education Building where Marion will be honored by the St. Louis chapter of Hadassah, St. Louis Jewish Light, JCC and Holocaust Museum and Learning Center.  This will be a grand opportunity for reminiscences, hugs, tears and goodbyes for all of us. Do come as Marion is hoping to see all of you. LENOR E PEPPER HAS BEEN SELECTED as the Older Women’s League (OWL) outstanding woman to receive the Women of Worth 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.My Lenore feeling is that Lenore, Pepper who has a five-page, single-spaced bio, is without peer. However, within the next few weeks OWL will announce the names of the other special women to be honored as Women of Worth.  In the meanwhile,

save Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Frontenac Hilton as the date for the Women of Worth dinner. THE OTHER NIGHT I SAW MADAMA BUTTERFLY, produced by the Union Avenue Opera Company. While I waited for the performance to start, I perused the printed program. Wow, I thought, St, Louis has really grown up a lot. The information contained in the program advertised the fact that we now have year-round grand opera here. While Opera Theatre of St. Louis has just completed its 2013 season, the Union Avenue Opera Company has one more opera to present, Wagner’s “Die Walkure,” which you can see Aug. 16, and 17 and Aug. 23 and 24. Believe it or not, we will also have Winter Opera this year starting with “Faust” by Charles Gounod, followed by Verdi’s “Falstaff” and concluding with “Lucia di Lammermoor” by Donizetti. For more information call 314-865-0038 or visit


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Savannah temple dates back to 1733

• Mickve Israel temple built its current home in 1874, with stunning neo-Gothic architecture

By Sarah Weinman

The interior of Mickve Israel in Savannah, Ga. The Reform congregation was founded by 42 Jews who had arrived from London, only months after the colony of Georgia was founded. Photo: Sarah Weinman

Special to the Jewish Light

Savannah’s Jewish history is just as long and impressive as Charleston’s. A plaque outside Mickve Israel, Savannah’s Reform temple, declares the congregation is “The oldest…now practicing Reform Judaism in the United States.” (The temple’s name comes from the Haftara, (Jeremiah 17:13), and means “Hope of Israel.”) The temple’s story began just months after the colony of Georgia was founded in 1733, when a group of 42 Jews arrived in Savannah from London. “They came with a Torah and established a mikvah (Jewish ritual bath) and a cemetery soon after their arrival,” explains Teresa Victor, a member of Mickve Israel’s museum committee. “Unlike other colonial settlements where Jews came in small groups, Savannah’s original Jewish colonists came with the idea of establishing a congregation.” The Spanish and Portuguese Bevis Marks Synagogue in London donated the funds for the voyage of these Sephardic immigrants, who came to Savannah to escape persecution from the Inquisitions in Spain and Portugal. In fact, a majority of the six colonial-era congregations (Charleston, Newport, New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, and Savannah) possess Sephardic roots. Some Ashkenazi Jews immigrated to the American colonies but most of them did not come to the United States until the mid-19th century. Why was Savannah a destination? “Each of the 13 colonies was established with specific guidelines, and

some colonies were more tolerant than others of Jewish settlers,” says Victor. “At the time of the arrival of Jews in Savannah, the colony of Georgia was in its initial stages of settlement and did not prohibit Jewish colonists. In fact, there was an active campaign in England to attract more settlers, needed for the colony to flourish.” The new town of Savannah welcomed Jewish immigrants and allowed

them to thrive. A number of Jewish families even became wealthy enough to own slaves. These immigrants founded the third Jewish congregation in the New World and the first in the South. Only two years after Georgia’s founding, the synagogue of Kahal Kadosh Mickve Israel opened in 1735. Between that year and 1874, the congregation endured many trials: at times there

weren’t enough men for a minyan; the congregants lost the rented land on which the synagogue was built; they constructed a new building in a new spot only to have it burn down; and in 1874 they finally achieved the construction of the current temple. Mickve Israel was built in the neoGothic style and consecrated in 1876.

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Charleston’s Coming Street Cemetary is second oldest Jewish graveyard in U.S. By Sarah Weinman Special to the Jewish Light

While in Charleston, consider a tour of the Coming Street Cemetery, the secondoldest Jewish graveyard in the United States. Owned by Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) Congregation, the cemetery contains the graves of many prominent South Carolina Jews. Most of the 600 graves date to between 1750 and 1850. Founded in 1762, the cemetery lies behind high brick walls, parts of which pre-date the American Revolution. Many Jews buried here fought in the Revolutionary War, Civil War or the War of 1812; the cemetery also holds the graves of the soldiers’ families and descendents. A majority of the graves created before the mid-1800s belong to Sephardic families. Prominent family names include DaCosta, Cohen, Moise and Lopez. In 1764, the synagogue (then named Beth Elohim) bought the cemetery’s land from Isaac DaCosta. A founding member of the congregation, DaCosta had planned to use the land as a private graveyard. Today, the oldest grave in existence here belonged to Moses Cohen, first rabbi of Beth Elohim, who died in 1762. Renowned Jewish women have a place

in the cemetery as well. Penina Moise was born in Charleston in 1797, six years after her parents emigrated from the Caribbean. Though she started working at the age of 12 after her father died, as the years passed she also developed her talent for writing. She became a poet and wrote hymns for use in synagogue services, including those of Beth Elohim. While Moise served Charleston in the spiritual sense, the builder David Lopez became part of Charleston’s architectural and military heritage. He was born in the city in 1809 and made his fortune in construction. One of his most important edifices is Institute Hall, where South Carolina signed the Ordinance of Secession, which ultimately led to the Civil War. During the war his factory turned out torpedo boats to fight back against the Union blockade of Charleston’s harbor. Despite the fact that the Jewish community greatly respected Lopez, he nevertheless had to buy land next to the Beth Elohim cemetery for his family members’ plots because his wife Catherine wasn’t Jewish and couldn’t be buried in the main cemetery. Later, the Coming Street Cemetery absorbed the Lopez family plots. Most of the cemetery is Reform but there is a small Orthodox section. This was originally separated from the Reform section by a high wall, built in

Visitors to Charleston may want to tour the Coming Street Cemetery, the nation’s secondoldest Jewish graveyard. Photo: Sarah Weinman

the 1840s during a dispute within the synagogue. Some members of the congregation wanted to add Reform practices such as music to services, but the Orthodox members refused. When the Reform members overruled the synagogue’s trustees and purchased an organ, the Orthodox Jews left the synagogue and founded one of their own: Shearith Israel. They bought land next to the cemetery for their own burial plots. In 1866 most of the wall was taken down when the Shearith Israel congregation rejoined Beth Elohim, and now only a very low wall divides the two

sections. In 1887 Beth Elohim established a new cemetery north of the city, which is in use today. KKBE still permits burials in the Coming Street Cemetery but only for those who have historic family plots with space available. The Coming Street Cemetery is located at 189 Coming Street. If you visit Charleston and would like to tour the cemetery, e-mail KKBE Synagogue at or call 843-723-1090. You can find more information about KKBE at




lation is Jewish and is very active inJewish community life. Almost 2,000 people are affiliated with KKBE alone. KKBE’s rabbi, Stephanie Alexander, plays a vital role in the cohesion of the community. A native St. Louisan, she attended seminar y school in Cincinnati and New York. She worked with congregations in New York, Boston, and Dubuque before coming to Charleston in 2010. “When we were searching for a rabbi, we looked at some of Stephanie’s sermons online and watched some videos of her services, which helped narrow down the search. She has great impact and charisma,” says Jaffee. Another special aspect of Jewish life revolves around the College of Charleston. Founded in 1770, it has Jewish Greek houses, an enrollment of about 11,000 students with more than 800 Jewish students, and a very active Hillel and Jewish Studies Center. The Jewish Studies program at the college hosts a popular threerabbi panel that discusses subjects like birth control and intermarriage. One rabbi is Orthodox, one Conservative, and one Reform. Open to the public, the panel always draws a standing-room-only crowd. “The Jewish community also does interfaith work,” adds Jaffee. When the August 2011 earthquake centered in Virginia caused structural damage to Charleston’s Grace Episcopal Church, KKBE stepped up to help. “We offered our space for Easter services; there were four services that day to handle all the churchgoers. KKBE volunteers served as ushers. There’s lots of interfaith help here, which is indicative of embracing diversity. Carolina was a colony known for its religious tolerance. It still is.” KKBE is located at 90 Hasell Street. If you visit Charleston and would like to tour the synagogue, e-mail KKBE at or call 843-723-1090. You can find more information about the synagogue at

“There is no prescribed architectural style for synagogues. They seem to be designed in styles prevalent at the time they are constructed,” explains Victor. Like Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue in Charleston, Mickve Israel resembles a church, not because Jews had to hide their religious practices but because the temple’s design was popular during the Victorian period. In addition to its longevity and design, the temple is special because it holds a survivor of the ravages of war: a Holocaust remembrance Torah. This scroll came from the town of Slany, near Prague, in former Czechoslovakia as part of more than 1,500 Czech Torahs rescued during World War II. After their recovery, Mickve Israel applied for ownership of one and the congregation received a rescued Torah in 1968. The temple celebrated its 275th anniversary in 2008, for which congregants planned a multi-day celebration and even invited descendants of the original Jews who settled Savannah. Mickve Israel mailed several hundred invitations to descendents, about half of whom attended the festivities. Interestingly, none of them are Jewish today. Savannah’s history and its Jewish history are inextricably linked. The city’s centuries-long tolerance explains why its Jewish community hasn’t experienced much anti-Semitism, and why no one ever defaced Mickve Israel. Victor says, “Because the Jewish community here began only five months after the Georgia colony was founded, we have been involved in all aspects of life in Savannah from the beginning.” Mickve Israel is located at 20 East Gordon Street. If you visit Savannah and would like to tour the temple, e-mail Mickve Israel at gmcnew@ or call 912-2331547. You can find more information about the temple at



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Parshah Ekev: Walking in God’s ways By Rabbi Brad Horwitz

When I watch the local news or read the headlines, I am often depressed to learn about all of the suffering and hardship in our community. Stories about crime, shootings, and other acts of violence often dominate the top stories. Clearly we live in a world with much suffering. There are many people who have not found a blueprint to success, meaning, purpose and blessing in their lives. There are no easy answers to solving these societal problems, but that should not stop us from trying. As the Mishnah teaches, it is not up to you to finish the work, but neither are you free from desist from it.” So, what is a way to make a difference? This week’s parashah, Ekev, hints at one path to find blessing and meaning for ourselves and for our community. That is by loving God and walking in God’s ways. Moses instructs and reminds the Israelites how to gain favor and blessing in God’s eyes. He first says “And now, O Israel, what does the Lord God demand of you? Only this: to revere the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to love God and to serve the Lord your God with all your hear and soul…” Moses also says , “If, then, you faithfully keep all this Instruction that I command you, loving the Lord your God, walking in all

Rabbi Brad Horwitz is Director of the Helene Mirowitz Center of Jewish Community Life Jewish Community Center of St. Louis.

His ways, the Lord will dislodge before you all these nations….” In both instances, Moses uses the phrase “to walk in God’s ways” – lalechet b’chol d’rachav. The Sifrei teaches that this is done by imitating God, so to speak, through acts of compassion and kindness. I would add that when we treat others b’tzelem elohim, in God’s image we are also walking in God’s ways. Either way, the more goodness and kindness we spread in the world, the more we accomplish this action. Often I talk to children about not only “talking the talk” but also “walking the walk.” It is not enough to have good intentions and say the right thing, but we must also behave and act in ways that back those words up. Let this week’s parashah serve as a reminder to us all that in order to bring more peace into the world and to alleviate suffering, it starts with actions of kindness and goodness on all our parts.

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Across 1. The “Ani Maamin” (I believe), e.g. 6. German “bugs” 9. Bess Myerson had one that said “Miss America” 13. Avoid the lines? 14.“___ the jackpot!” 16. Coloratura Gluck 17. Extremely light wood 18. Husband of Ruth, in the Bible 19. Was niftar 20. Co-founder, National Council of Jewish Women 23. Shatnez, e.g. 24. Negev or Gobi 25. Author of “The Red Tent” and “Living a Jewish Life”

31.“___ ani” (morning prayer) 32. Add liquor to, as punch 33. Wide or away partner 36.“World’s ___” (E.L. Doctorow novel) 37. Gemara voice 38. Physics nobelist Penzias 39. L squared, in Roman numerals 40. Like a Gaon 41. Telltale signs 42. It lasted from 1924-1928 44. Farewells 47. Chanukah mo. 48.“Maus” creator 53. Brisket, e.g. 54. Mediation agcy. 55. Construction girder 58. Sponge ___

By David Benkof, (Passover treat) 59. Insincerely eloquent 60. Many Eastern Europeans

61. Count it every spring 62. Down units: Abbr. 63. Baseball bigwig


Down 1. In Israel, it has a meter called a

“moneh” 2. Cereal box stat 3. Building additions 4. Hurricane Sandy, e.g.

5. Shortest book in the Tanach 6. Sensation, slangily 7.“Hold it, horse!” 8.“The King and I” locale 9. Torturer 10. Role for Linda Lavin 11. Put cream cheese on a bagel 12. Lacked, informally 15. ___ box (pushke) 21. Desig. for Bernard Sanders 22.“___ and I” (2005 Holocaust film) 25. Kind of radio 26. Yeshivat Darche ___ 27.“___ not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky” 28. Former JTS Chancellor Schorsch 29. Left at sea 30. Hilarity 33.“Fiddler” actor Leonard (“Motel”) 34.“I” in “The King and I”

Last week's crossword answers

35. ___ yeshiva (head rabbi) 37. Entertaining 38. Friendly 40. Marx Brothers’ “Duck ___” 41. It has a campus in Tupelo 42. Putrefy 43. Org. concerned with slander 44. Service station in a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” episode 45. One analyzed by Freud 46.“May ___ your order?”

49. Holocaust survivor-poet Gross 50. Crossword diagram 51. Lyricist Fred and others 52. Author Gabler (“An Empire of their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood”) 56. Agudath Israel spokesman Shafran 57.“No ___” (Chinese menu phrase)



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Bay Area initiative shows strides in integrating Israel education into curriculums By Alina Dain Sharon

“In a beautiful valley, among vineyards and fields, there stood a tower with five floors. Who lived in the tower? On the first floor lived a fat hen. All day long she is at home, lolling in her bed. She is so fat, she can hardly walk.” So begins the English translation of Israeli writer Lea Goldberg’s famous children’s story “A Flat for Rent.” Over the past few years, children at the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto, Calif., have used puppets to act out the story in Hebrew and English as part of BASIS, a four-year Israel education initiative piloted in the Bay Area by Jewish LearningWorks (formerly the San Francisco Bureau of Jewish Education) and the iCenter, a national center supporting Israel education. “Studies have indicated that young American Jews have grown more distant from Israel. Israel has become less salient in the lives and identities of many American Jews, and we actually believe that Israel is important in Jewish identity formation in the 21st century,” said David Waksberg, chief executive officer of Jewish LearningWorks. “We began to explore how to improve the connection with and understanding of Israel among young students in the Bay Area, and we started an intiative with the Jewish Community Federation called the Israel Education Initiative, [which] was to do just that, and out of that initiative grew [BASIS). BASIS received $7 million from San

Francisco’s Jim Joseph Foundation, and 11 Bay Area Jewish day schools, from Sacramento to San Jose, participated. Each school used experts and resources provided by BASIS to integrate Israel education uniquely into its own curriculum. “Our goal was always to enrich, deepen, broaden Israel education throughout the grades, throughout the disciplines in our respective schools, in order for our students to feel a stronger connection to Israel,” said Esther Rubin, the Gideon Hausner school’s BASIS Coordinator. “Each school has a different a vision, each school has a different population…we had a lot of autonomy,” Rubin said. “We focused on develop- Teachers from the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto, Calif., and the HaChita school in Zichron ing more in the area of Yaakov, Israel, collaborate on an art project at HaChita. Photo: Courtesy Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School. the history and the development of the modern state of Ninety-one percent of surveyed teach- the fall of 2008. Israel.” ers also reported medium or high supAccording to Chip Edelsberg, execuThe intiative officially ended in April port for teaching about Israel among tive director of the Jim Joseph 2012, though some schools have contin- their faculty, and those specifically Foundation, while it may be presumed ued funding BASIS projects from their involved with BASIS reported even that Jewish day schools include quality own budgets. A BASIS evaluation by more support. BASIS educators also Israel education in their curriculums, SRI International in April 2011 showed reported more access to teaching mate- Israel education hasn’t been systematithat 44 percent of teachers surveyed rials about Israel. Twenty-three percent cally planned and little funding has reported being involved or very involved of teachers reported that parent support in at least one of six BASIS activities. for Israel education has increased since See curriculum, page 17





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been set aside at schools to train educators specifically on how to teach about Israel. But thanks to the BASIS project, “virtually all of that has been achieved in most of the schools whereby there is evidence that Israel education has become a part of the teaching and learning experience,” Edelsberg said. At the Gideon Hausner school in Palo Alto, the program enabled the school to work with international curriculum specialists, analyze existing curriculums, and map out how to amend the teaching of every grade to reflect a newly defined vision statement. The statement, which the school called “enduring understandings,” included several major values: “Israel is both an ancient spiritual Jewish homeland... and a modern democratic state,” “Hebrew proficiency is essential to fully engage with Israeli culture,” “Feeling invested in the unfolding narrative of Israel and demonstrating responsibility for Israel’s future is an essential part of a Jewish identity,” and more. Before BASIS was implemented, Israel education in most schools was relegated to Hebrew and Jewish studies teachers, Rubin said. With the program, the Gideon Hausner school was able to create a more interactive Israel education curriculum, she said. For example, when Gideon Hausner teachers visit Israel, they travel on an itinerary on which “every day someone from that group [is] engaged in a place in Israel or with a person in Israel that [is] going to help

inform their teaching.” The school also began to think of its annual student trips to Israel as more than just an end-of-year activity, but as the culmination of a year-long Israel study from different perspectives. For instance, English teachers began including translated Hebrew literature into their curriculums, and students were encouraged to fundraise for Israeli nonprofits. The school also “twinned” with an Israeli school in Zichron Yaakov, Hachita, exchanging students and teachers between Israel and the U.S. for joint training and hospitality experiences, and engaging in joint student projects. In one assigment, students from both schools were asked to interview relatives and compile their family histories. These reports were then shared between both schools. Kids at both schools “plotted on the map where people came from and talked about the immigration paths that were different for the people that live in Israel now and the people that came to the U.S,” Rubin said. “Our cornerstone of our BASIS experiences has been the twinning,” Rubin added, saying “it had a really strong effect.” Now, Rubin sees many kids from the school travel to Israel with their families and visit Hachita on their own. “These kids feel that they have a personal connection that they never would have had,” and they “see Israel totally differently” because they get to interact with kids their own age, she said. The April 2011 BASIS evaluation report also showed that after a year of the program, students were more likely to report a strong connection to


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Israelis—a number that increased from 32 percent before the survey to 36 percent after the survey. Seventy-one percent of students reported having a friend in Israel, up from 60 percent before the survey. Overall, students reported communicating much more with Israelis and particpating more in Israel-focused activities. According to Waksberg, Jewish LearningWorks has been in discussion

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JOLT is CAJE’s innovative, community-wide teen program for students in grades 8-12. Sample what JOLT has to offer and enjoy a chance to hang-out before opening night on Thursday, Oct. 3! Thursday, August 1, 2013 • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. • B’nai Amoona

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Volunteer with other teens at the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, a program of the Jewish Family & Children’s Services, in a variety of helpful and interactive tasks. (10601 Bauer Blvd.—corner of Warson & Bauer Blvd.) Enjoy free treats from the ice cream truck.

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Jennifer Greenberg, or ig ina lly from Detroit, and currently in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of Franklin and Lois Greenberg of Detroit, and Sean Morgan, originally from St. Louis and currently in Cleveland, son of Bob and Bebe Morgan of St. Louis, have announced their engagement. She is the granddaughter of the late Har r y and Jean Greenberg and the late Herman and Sadye Barham, all of New York. Her fiancé is the grandson of the late Edward and Jeanne Morgan of St. Louis and the late Sol and Charlotte Lehr of St. Louis. They met at the Jewish Agency for Israel’s shlichim seminar in Israel. The bride-to-be earned her master’s degree from Eastern Michigan

Elizabeth Erin Bawden, daughter of Stephen and Michelle Bawden of Chesterfield, and Marc D. Goldstein, son of Robert and Susan Goldstein of Clayton, have announced their engagement. The bride-to-be earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Indiana University. She is currently developmental editor at Elsevier, Inc. Her fiancé earned his juris doctor degree from Washington University School of Law and his bachelor of arts degree in psychology and history from New York University. He is currently an attorney at Polsinelli. The bride said the couple’s families grew up together, so they knew each other their whole lives, but started spending lots of time together after they both moved back to St. Louis after college and careers out of state. Marc took Libby on a romantic trip to Paris and surprised her by taking her to look at engagement rings. After they chose a style, he had the ring made by a family friend who had made the engagement rings for both of their mothers. When the ring arrived, Marc took Libby’s Dad out to ask for his permission. The next Saturday, Marc took

University in education and is currently a teacher. Her fiancé earned his master’s degree from Touro University-Nevada in camp administration and leadership. He is currently director of Camp Wise at the Mandel Jewish Community Center in Cleveland. A fall, 2013 wedding is planned.

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Libby out for a romantic evening and proposed at the location of their first date. They were so excited to call their parents who were on vacation together and share the great news. A December, 2013 wedding is planned.

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chailights Friday, July 26 St. Louis NORC Book Club  Love to read and discuss books? Become a member of the St. Louis NORC Book Club, which meets the fourth Friday of each month from 1-2:30 p.m. Call Joan Hirst at 314-442-3834 for the book title and meeting location.

Movie at Covenant House Directed by Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman, “Quartet” explores the lives of retired professional musicians in this highly entertaining and moving drama-comedy. Movie time is 1 p.m. at 8 Millstone Campus Drive, lower level of Covenant House II Apartments, in the Helene Mirowitz Theatre. Free and open to the community; refreshments provided. For more information call 314-432-1610.

Saturday, July 27 State Rep. Jill Schupp at B’nai Amoona Awareness Shabbat Find out how you can make a difference at Awareness Shabbat services at B’nai Amoona. Participants will learn how Judaism and political activism relate and then State Rep. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, will speak. The program will be non-partisan but will concern the political system. Schupp will discuss how the public affects local and national issues and how the public can make its opinions known to elected officials and how to most effectively impact the political system. Informational handouts will also be available.

Shabbat Services at Covenant House Join residents of Covenant House for Shabbat Services. Services will be held at 10 a.m. in the Carl and Helene Mirowitz Chapel, located in Covenant House One Apartments at 10 Millstone Campus Drive. All are welcome to attend Shabbat Services. For more information call 314-432-1610.

Sunday, July 28 Rare Yiddish film to Screen at HMLC The next film in the Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series will be “Unzere Kinder” (Our Children) at 1 p.m. in the Holocaust Museum theater in the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. This unusual semi-documentary features Polish comedy duo Dzigen and Szumacher performing Shalom Aleichem stories to entertain Jewish children in an orphanage in post-war Lodz. The orphans attempt to communicate to their adult visitors the reality of what they actually experienced during the war years. Holocaust survivor Felicia Wertz will also speak —as a child, she was one of the children included in the film. Running time: 68 minutes; in Yiddish with English subtitles. Free and open to the public.  For more information, call 314442-3714 or email

Mayim Mania at Bais Abraham Enjoy summer fun for the entire family as FABA (Families at Bais Abe) presents a water party for children with water slides, popsicles and great food (tacos and sides) for everyone in Bais Abraham’s side yard. The cost is $5/entry and $5/plate. The water party begins at 3 p.m. with dinner at 5. RSVP to or 314-721-3030.

Monday, July 29 The MUNY Kids at United Hebrew Join United Hebrew’s Monday Seniors Group at noon in the Messing Auditorium for a performance by the MUNY kids. The program will take place at United Hebrew Congregation,

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In the spotlight Sing with Rick Recht on the field at Busch Stadium The Jewish Community Center is inviting families to take part in Jewish Community Night at Busch Stadium, Thursday, Aug. 8, when the Cardinals take on the Dodgers. Interested children in the Jewish community will have the opportunity to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on the field during the seventh inning stretch with Jewish rock musician Rick Recht. Children ages 5-16 are eligible. To sing with Recht, Rick Recht RSVPs are required by Aug. 1 by email to Rabbi Brad Horwitz: Horwitz will then send special instructions about participating in the choir. Participants must pur-

13788 Conway Road in Chesterfield. A lunch of Bandanas barbecue, salad, various sides and dessert will precede the performance. The cost for the afternoon is $8.  RSVP to Nancy at 314434-3404 by Tuesday, July 23.

Tuesday, July 30 Theater critic to discuss Jews and American theater during library talk St. Louis Post-Dispatch theater critic Judith Newmark will discuss “The American Theatre and the Jews Who Make it Happen” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 at the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library, located in the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. She will discuss the significant role of Jews both onstage and off. Newmark is the author of “The Muny: Songs of St. Louis Summers.” Admission to the talk is $7 per person; free to Friends of the Library. RSVPs required by July 29. For more information call 314-442-3720 or email Brodsky-library@jfedstl. org.

St. Louis Hillel plans memorial service for Rabbi James Diamond St. Louis Hillel will hold a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 at the Women’s Building Formal Lounge on Washington Rabbi James University’s Danforth Diamond Campus. Diamond, who directed St. Louis Hillel from 1972-1995, died March 28, 2013. RSVPs are not required, but are encouraged (email

Wednesday, July 31 Strategies for better living with Multiple Sclerosis The Jewish Community Center welcomes Dr. Barbara Green and Debra Preston for a discussion on “Strategies for Better Living with Multiple Sclerosis” from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Adult Day Center at the Jewish Community Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. Green is founder and medical director of the West County Multiple Sclerosis Center, a holistic clinical care multispecialty facility that meets the neurologic, general medical and psychosocial needs of MS patients. Preston is programs manager of the Gateway Area Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Chapter. Free and open to the community but RSVPs requested. For more information, contact Caseworker Sarah Levinson at 314442-3261 or

of Jewish tales, music and dance with Brodsky Library Director, Barb Raznick. The program will also include an art project and healthy snack. This program is co-sponsored by the Helene Mirowitz Center of Jewish Community Life at the JCC and the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library. There is no charge, but RSVPs required by calling Emily Brockman at the JCC at 314-442-3268 or by email to by Thursday, Aug. 1.

Congregation B’nai Amoona hosts marrow registry drive See related news brief on page 4.

Monday, Aug. 5 and 19 chase tickets to the game itself to gain entrance to the stadium. Promotional Jewish Community Night tickets (which includes commemorative T-shirt), are on sale at jewish.

Crafts, knitting and more Bring your project to work on while visiting with others. 1 p.m. at The Gathering Place at the JCC. Free and open to the community, but RSVP required to Laura at 314-442-3255.

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Moishe House Trivia Night! Join Moishe House at 8:30 p.m. for trivia night at Duffy’s restaurant in Richmond Heights. Email for more information or address to the house.

Crown Center Yiddish Group Crown Center’s Yiddish Group, facilitated by Thelma Edelstein and David Levine, is for anyone with an affinity for the mama loshen. All levels of Yiddish are spoken. Starts at 1:30 p.m. Call 314-991-2055 for more information.

Thursday, Aug. 1 ‘An Enchanted Evening of Song’ Join the St. Louis NORC for an encore musical solo performance and dessert reception presented by the talented “music/voice major” Eric Garland, grandson of longtime NORC member Bess Garland. Eric Garland will entertain the audience with a medley of classical, pop, and Broadway songs, accompanied by piano, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center. Free and open to the community but RSVP required to Laura at 314-442-3255 by July 26.

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Local author Donna Ross (who writes under the name of Fedora Amis) discusses her latest book, “Jack the Ripper in St. Louis” at 1 p.m. This Victorian whodunit is set in 1897 St. Louis. Free and open to the community; call 314-9912055 to RSVP. Crown Center is located at 8350 Delcrest Drive in University City.

Starting Wednesday, Aug. 7 ‘Health and Wellness’ series on Wednesdays in August See related news brief on page 4.

Thursday, Aug. 8 St. Louis NORC trip to Bellefontaine Cemetery Join the St. Louis NORC for a docent-led trip to the historic Bellefontaine Cemetery, chartered in 1849. Tour the historic and architecturally extravagant tombstones and mausoleums of some of St. Louis’ founding fathers, businessmen, artists, politicians, soldiers and more. The trip takes place from 9:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Participants will have lunch on their own. The cost for the trip is $14. Open to the community but RSVP required to Laura at 314-442-3255.

‘Once Upon a Time’ at Brodsky Library Children ages 1-5 with an adult are invited to the Brodsky Library at 9:30 a.m. for storytelling

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In the spotlight Aish St. Louis offers Women’s Summer SEED Program Aish St. Louis will hold its Women’s Summer SEED Program from Wednesday, July 24­—Aug. 7, featuring four dynamic female educators from the East Coast. Programs take place at the Aish Firehouse, 457 N. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield, except where noted otherwise. A kick-off breakfast takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 28. Participants will have a chance to meet the educators, have breakfast and stay for a Torah lecture. A Women’s Home Study hosted by Lizzie Kline takes place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 30. RSVP for address. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, a women’s challah baking program is offered.

For a schedule of classes, to sign up for one-on-one Torah learning, to host a home study, or to RSVP, contact Claire at 314-862AISH (2474) or


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Sunday, Aug. 11 YPD tours new art museum wing Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Young Professionals Division (YPD) is hosting a docentled tour of the new contemporary wing at the St. Louis Art Museum at 1:30 p.m. The one-hour tour of the new east building will highlight the multiple works by Jewish artists in the new galleries. Admission to SLAM and the tour are free. After the tour, YPDers will gather in the SLAM Café to discuss art and get to know one another. This event is limited to 25 people. To reserve a spot on the tour, email Ronnie Marshall at by Friday, Aug. 9.

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One company could insist on built-in childproof trigger locks and agree to limit for purchase the number of high capacity ammunition magazines for the sake of safety. One company might join with the huge number of N.R.A. members (unlike the N.R.A. leadership) who advocate similar safeguards. It would only take one corporation to join with state and federal officers to keep criminals and those



with mental illness from legally purchasing them. Just one manufacturer could commit to ending gun trafficking, which plagues our cities, and assist law enforcement in tracing stolen and illegal guns. One company might spark another’s actions. Just as we’ve seen in other disasters, responsible actions by corporations without emphasis on profit margins earn the public’s trust and admiration. This is the place where I’d like to live. There are concrete solutions to

National Geographic series continued The St. Louis NORC will continue screening the 10-part National Parks Collection by National Geographic. The series offers stunning documentaries about the national parks in all their glory. August features “The Grand Canyon National Park.” Brown bag lunch at 12:30 p.m., film at 1 and discussion following at the Jewish Federation Building. Everyone welcome. RSVP required to Laura at 314-442-3255.

Tuesday, Aug. 13 Sports talk at United Hebrew

Ongoing ‘Partners in Torah’ series at the JCC; held by Aish St. Louis, St. Louis Kollel Aish St. Louis and the St. Louis Kollel will hold “Partners in Torah” — an opportunity to work one-on-one with either a study partner or mentor for an hour a week, at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, which started July 23. Participants may choose the topic, from Hebrew, Jewish philosophy, texts or history. The sessions will take place at the Jewish Community Center Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. For more information, contact Rabbi Shmuel Greenwald at 314-862-AISH(2474) or

Classes at Covenant House The following classes are free and open to the public. For class locations or more information call 314-432-1610. Covenant House is located at 8 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur. • Yiddish Club, facilitated by David Levine, meets Mondays at 7 p.m. • RPI physical therapists lead Tai Chi at 11:15 a.m. on Mondays, and exercise classes at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays • Larry Glass leads Chair Yoga at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays • Music Therapist Troy Jones leads Bell Choir on the second and fourth Thursday of the month in the Covenant House One Harmony Room. Musical talent is not required for participation. • “To Your Health” — meet with AW Health Care Registered Nurse Barb to discuss medical concerns and questions. Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. in the Covenant House. One lobby. • Shabbat services are open to the community and held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Carl and Helene Mirowitz Chapel in Covenant House One Apartment • Exercise with Dr. Jill Abrams Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. in the Milford and Lee Bohm Social Hall.

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saving lives if every one of us steps up, including the business community. Imagine a safe environment for teachers, first responders, law enforcement and all children, regardless of their zip code. Imagine a political climate with donors who refuse to reward elected officials who do not value our safety. Imagine on Election Day, those who stand up for saving lives are the ones elected to lead with sensible legislation we demand. Envision a safe, peaceful community for everyone. That is a place where we all should live.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waves as he boards his plane at Andrews Air Force Base for a flight to Amman, Jordan, on July 15. On that trip to Jordan, Kerry said Arab ministers told him that “the core issue of instability in this region and in many other parts of the world is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.” Photo: U.S. Department of State/

Monday, Aug. 12

The United Hebrew Brotherhood Speaker Series welcomes several sports personalities including Dennis Dillon, Greg Maracek and George Csolak, for a question and answer session moderated by Myron Holtzman at 7 p.m. An optional $10 dinner at 6:15 p.m. by reservation precedes the speakers. Dinner will include a chicken wing bar, garlic bread, a salad and more. The program will take place at United Hebrew, 13788 Conway Road in Chesterfield. To RSVP, contact Nancy at 314-434-3404 by Friday, Aug. 9.


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mind that other countries in the region are too preoccupied with the crisis in Egypt to get overly excited about another photo opportunity involving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PA President Mahmoud Abbas. You must have faith, ladies and gentlemen, that this is the only show in town, the key to the puzzle, the path to transforming the Middle East. There’s another way of describing this situation. Faced with the brutality and complexity of the Middle East’s other, larger conflicts, Western policy has been emasculated. Another intervention in the Israeli-Palestinian arena is therefore all the more attractive, because—irony of ironies—it is the one aspect of the Middle East today that looks manageable, and can thus distract attention from the west’s shameful do-nothing record in the face of the massacres in Syria. Here’s another irony: The primary reason it looks that way is because Israel, a stable democracy and reliable western ally, is the one party to the conflict that can be relied upon to be cooperative. Israelis are rightly skeptical that their little corner of the world is of almost metaphysical significance to the future of the international order, but they also grasp that a renewed peace process is in their interest. As Finance Minister Yair Lapid pointed out last weekend, Israel isn’t looking for a happy marriage with the Palestinians, but a fair divorce. And a fair divorce means that Israel can finally place responsibility for governing the Palestinians on the Palestinians themselves. Moreover, if the world wants evidence of Israel’s decent intentions,

look no further than the announcement from Yuval Steinitz, the minister in charge of the country’s intelligence and strategic affairs portfolio, that the government is willing to release a significant number of Palestinian prisoners, some of them convicted for monstrous terrorist crimes, in order to smooth the way for negotiations. Which brings me to the last irony: Kerry was said to be furious that a potential monkey wrench in the works emerged from an unexpected source, in the form of the European Union (EU). The EU believes that Israel must be pressed into concessions, which is why, a few days before Kerry announced what he hopes will be a breakthrough, it issued new guidelines stating that any Israeli “entity” that wishes to be considered for funding or other opportunities must have no direct or indirect links with those Jewish communities established in the territories that came under Israeli control after the 1967 war. That doesn’t just refer to the West Bank. It refers to the eastern half of the city of Jerusalem, Israel’s capital. And it refers as well to the Golan Heights, which the EU apparently wants to return to its rightful owner, the bloodstained dictatorship of Bashar al Assad in Damascus. With this measure, as well as its earlier decision to separately label produce from settlements in Judea and Samaria—in effect, a moral health warning aimed at European consumers—the EU is demanding that Israel return to its 1949 armistice lines before negotiations even begin. Any flexibility that Kerry and his team might desire on the Palestinian side will, as a consequence, be that much more limited, since the PA can now retort that while Washington

might not fully grasp the justice of its cause, Brussels certainly does. Herein lies the risk of renewed peace talks: The Palestinians derail them, much as they did with previous attempts launched by the Clinton and George W. Bush Administrations, and the Israelis get the blame. That’s why John Kerry should be making it clear to the Europeans that the U.S. will not tolerate any EU punitive measures against Israel, should the talks collapse. And he should also make clear that final borders would be addressed at any negotiations, not in advance of them. Frankly, given the warm welcome Israel has given his peace initiative, it’s the least he can do.



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