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At New Year, Federation campaign is ahead of ’11

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NEWS & SCHMOOZE What happened to Pratzel’s? The new incarnation of Pratzel’s does a disappearing act, leaving community members to wonder if the bakery is gone for good or just on hiatus. . Page 2

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four decades he’s been coming. “Even Rabbi [Ephraim] Epstein who was arguably the most important rabbi in this congrega-

According to recent figures, the Jewish Federation’s annual campaign is progressing significantly ahead of last year’s figures. “We’re trying to meet donors where they are and trying to show the importance of sustaining their community from their perspective,” said Ruth Lederman, vice-president and director of development. Lederman said the umbrella agency has cracked the $5.2 million mark so far with totals showing it more than $670,000 ahead of 2011’s pace, an increase of INSIDE 8.5 percent. The Federation’s Photos from annual fundraising Federation’s effort has endured New Year’s tough times since the party economic crisis with thanking 2011 capping a four- $1,000+ year slide that has donors page 17 brought the campaign to $9.4 million, a low not seen in more than a decade. The figure represents a nearly 15 percent drop from its 2007 high-water mark. Earlier this year, Lederman attributed much of the decline to a loss of a few high-end donors combined with the disappearance of effects from one-time fundraising efforts. She said that this summer things are looking up. “There was a major commitment to try to speak to people earlier in the year and we had some significant increases. One of the largest (came from) Michael and Carol Staenberg, who increased their gifts significantly to the annual campaign in hopes that we could get it back to a level we’d seen in the past,” she said. Reached by phone, Staenberg said he was happy to be a part of the effort. “I just think it’s important for people to recognize how important the giving is and how many lives it affects,” he said.

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Elizabeth Carty and Naomi Liebson enjoy the music during a Children’s Rosh Hashanah Service on Monday at Central Reform Congregation. Robert Fishbone plays the tambourine. Rosh Hashanah ushered in the New Jewish Year of 5773. Photo: Yana Hotter

40 years of Shalom

A longtime High Holidays link with Rabbi Shalom Paul

By David Baugher

Index ChaiLights........................ 28-29 Classifieds .............................29 Dining....................................27 D’var Torah.............................11 Features........................... 12-14 Jewish Lite.............................30 Nation/world news.............. 5-8 News & Schmooze...................2 Obituaries..............................31 Opinions.......................... 10-11

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As a noted Biblical scholar, Professor Shalom Paul travels all over the world to give lectures. But of all the people he comes into contact with, he can always tell one thing about them for certain. “It’s only when someone meets me and says, ‘rabbi,’ I know that person is from St. Louis,” he said. “Nobody else knows of that title.” But they know it pretty well in the Gateway to the West, where the Philadelphia native who now lives in Jerusalem has been coming to give sermons during the High Holidays nearly every year for the last 40 at Shaare Zedek Synagogue. Paul may only come for three days a year covering Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but that represents a great deal – even if he isn’t the regular rabbi.

Rabbi Shalom Paul (left) holds the shofar for Rabbi Mark Fasman at Shaare Zedek Synagogue. Rabbi Paul has been spending the High Holidays with the congregation for the past 40 years. Photo: Yana Hotter “He is nonetheless the most consistent rabbinic voice at Shaare Zedek in our more than a century of history,” said Rabbi Mark Fasman, one of five rabbis Paul’s visits have spanned in the

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A tale of two Hirschfelds Currently, the Sheldon Art Galleries is featuring the first major retrospective of St. Louis-born caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, who is best known for his simple blackand-white line drawing of jazz legends and Broadway stars. The show boasts more than 100 original drawings, paintings, prints, collages and posters from Hirschfeld’s storied career, including his iconic drawings of Carol Channing, Neil Simon and Marsha Mason, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Hirschfeld died in 2003 at the age of 99. The Jewish Light previewed the show, which runs until Jan. 5, a few weeks back. But today, I want to tell you about another St. Louis-born Hirschfeld who also is best know for his simple black-and-white caricatures of celebrities. This Hirschfeld’s first name is Matthew, and he will be having a show of his works at the University City Library Gallery in December, with an opening reception of Friday, Dec. 7. Matt first came to my attention like many talented young St. Louisans do – through his mother, Adrienne. He went to Ladue Horton Watkins High School, attended Temple Israel and graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Soon after, he took off for Los Angeles where he now works and lives. When we spoke, Matt, who is 33, said he believes he and Al Hirschfeld are distant relatives. “I was always told that Al and my grandfather were cousins. Al lived on Sarah Street when he lived in St. Louis and my family, when they came to St. Louis,

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Artist Matt Hirschfeld draws inspiration (see his ‘Star Trek’ work above) from another artist sharing his surname: Al Hirschfeld. also lived on Sarah Street.” Regardless of whether they are blood relatives, the two are certainly related in style. The main difference, says Matt, is that while Al worked with pen and ink, Matt does his line drawings on a computer. He actually calls his work “Next in Line,” explaining that his style was inspired by Al who said in a 1996 documentary about his life, that one day an artist might be able to do what he does but on the computer rather than with a pen. “Al tried to draw on the computer but was never taught the technology,” said Matt, who explained that he draws freehand using a computer mouse. “I feel as if I have more control drawing with a computer.” Currently, Matt says he does a lot of commission work as well as drawings for

It used to be glasses were something we wore to correct our vision. Today, glasses also are a fashion accessory, and no one knows that better than Richard Golden. Golden has been in the eyewear business nearly all of his adult life. He owned D.O.C. Optics Corp. for 30 years, before selling it in 2007 and then opening up SEE Eyewear, which recently set up shop at the St. Louis Galleria. On Friday, between 6 and 8 p.m., SEE will host a grand opening, with a portion of its weekend sales going to benefit the Contemporary Art Museum. Golden, who lives in Michigan, will be in attendance at the opening, which also features food, drinks and music. He says SEE sells its fashion-forward frames at 30 to 40 percent less than other retailers. The reason, he says, stems (sorry!) from years of building relationships with frame factories around the world. “When I was at D.O.C., I didn’t want to fill the whole store with unknown brands,” said Golden. “But I knew factories all over Europe making designers brands (such as Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan) also had

other designs in stock. I would pick up vintage frames from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s and have their design teams recreate them and update them. “Today, after many years of doing this, we have identified the best of the best in terms of designing wearable, cutting-edge frames. If it’s not cool, it doesn’t make it into a SEE store.” My favorite SEE frames, which I happen to own, are multi-colored, hand-painted ones made by an Israeli husband-wife design team. The great thing is that once I got them, they no longer were available at the Galleria store. That’s another thing about SEE – it doesn’t stockpile dozens of the same frames, which allows the wearer to be somewhat unique. So you can imagine my surprise when I spotted Jean Cavender, Director of the St. Louis Holocaust Museum, in nearly identical frames. She told me she had gotten hers at Erkers.

Where oh where . . . ...has Pratzel’s Bakery gone? Wasn’t it just January 2011 that the century-old kosher institution, famous for its challah, cakes and doughnuts, closed its doors, only to be resurrected months later by local documentary filmmaker Jon Mills? Apparently, the new place at 9265 Dielman Industrial Drive closed a few weeks before the High Holidays, even though its phone number is still working. Efforts by the Light to reach Mills have been unsuccessful. The business had been serving mostly wholesale customers, such as Straub’s, and operating a retail business from its Olivette location. If anyone has more information as to what happened, please give us a call at 314-743-3669 or email efutterman@thejewishlight.com.

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During High Holidays, United Hebrew kicks off year of events celebrating 175th anniversary United Hebrew Congregation is kicking off a yearlong celebration of its 175th anniversary during the High Holidays. Started in the fall of 1837, the congregation is one of only 13 U.S. synagogues still in existence today to reach this milestone. Celebration activities begin with a candle-lighting service at the closing of the Yom Kippur observance on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Clergy, staff and more than 100 volunteers have been involved in the planning for the yearlong celebration. Planned ritual observances and celebratory activities throughout the year include: • Supper in the Sukkah, a congregational picnic dinner and service in observance of the Festival of Sukkot on Sat., Oct. 6. • 175th Anniversary Shabbat Service on Fri., Oct. 19, welcoming Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, on his first official visit to a St. Louis congregation since being

installed as president in June. • 175th Anniversary Gala at the historic Coronado Ballroom on Sunday, Nov. 18. • Special Shabbat service on Fri.,

Jan. 4, 2013 to honor the legacies of Rabbis Henry J. Messing, Samuel Thurman and Jerome W. Grollman, of blessed memory. • A new Megillah (scribed and illuminated biblical Book of Esther) to be dedicated in February for the Festival of Purim; a Purim Masquerade Ball for adults on Feb. 23 and a Purim Carnival for children on Feb. 24. • Cantorial Concert on March 23, with U.H. Cantor Ron Eichaker and Cantor Emeritus Murray Hochberg, accompanied by guest cantors from around the country. • Shabbat service and kiddush luncheon in honor of Cantor Eichaker’s “Bar Mitzvah” anniversary on April 6. • “U.H. in St. Louis History” bus tour on May 5 • 175th Anniversary Golf Tournament and a closing picnic in August of 2013 All events are open to the community. For more information, contact Cori Neidenberg at 314-434-3404, ext. 103, or email cneidenberg@unitedhebrew.org.

Holocaust Museum names Kent Hirschfelder new board chair Kent Hirschfelder has been named Chair of the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. He has been involved with the Holocaust Museum since 2000, when he signed up to be a docent. From 2006-2011, he served as Chair of the Yom HaShaoh  (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Committee, established the Corporate Partnership Committee in 2011 and is currently on the Create a Jewish Legacy Committee for the Museum.  Hirschfelder’s interest in the Holocaust began in 1963, after a visit to Munich and Rexingen, Germany, a small village of 1,000 inhabitants in the Black Forest where his family

traces its roots back to 1750. In 1936, his father emigrated from Munich to Chicago. In 1966, a visit to Auschwitz further piqued his interest. In 1991, Hirschfelder v isited K refeld, Germany, where in October, 1941, his great-uncle Isidor, a noted pediatrician, Kent had committed suicide Hirschfelder the night before his deportation to Auschwitz. The town had named a street, school and plaza in his uncle’s memor y, and Hirschfelder participated in a ceremony naming a new pediatric hospital

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for him. Subsequent trips to Germany took Hirschfelder into Gestapo archives to do research on his family, back to Rexingen and Krefeld, and to Berlin to honor non-Jewish German citizens who had worked to teach the lessons of the Holocaust in their communities. Born in Centralia, Ill. in 1945, Hirschfelder received his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Washington University. He spent 25 years in the restaurant business before getting into commercial real estate. Married 43 years, he and wife, Deborah, are the parents of two grown daughters and five grandchildren.

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NCJW St. Louis finalist in online contest for $50k in funding The National Council of Jewish Women – St. Louis Section has been selected as the only finalist from Missouri in the Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” program and now has a chance to win up to $50,000 in support of the group’s Back-to-School! Store program. The public may vote for the program online at Facebook.com/TomsofMaine now through Oct. 9 The “50 States for Good” program seeks to uncover local nonprofit groups that address urgent community needs and engage volunteers to get the work done. The Back-toSchool! Store brings together more than 500 community volunteers to help children select new clothing and school supplies before the first day of school. The public vote will determine six winning organizations to share $150,000 in funding. The organization with the most public support will receive $50,000 in sponsorship funding, while five additional organizations each will receive $20,000.

Registration open for STL community Birthright trip
 Registration is now open for 22-26 year olds living in St. Louis who haven’t been to Israel for a free St. Louis Community TaglitBirthright Israel trip, scheduled for this December. Forty spots are available on a firstcome first-served basis, at JewishinStLouis. org/Birthright.
 Trip provider Israel Outdoors has created a special itinerary for the group, including a visit to the St. Louis sister-city, Yokneam-Megiddo.
 The St. Louis community trip was made possible through targeted fundraising by Jewish Federation of St. Louis.
 Registration is expected to fill quickly. Visit JewishinStLouis.org/Birthright for more information, or contact Joel Frankel at 314442-3843 or jfrankel@jfedstl.org.

Correction The Sept. 12 review of the Repertory Theatre’s production of Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” incorrectly identified two of the actresses and their roles. Lori Wilner played the part of Kate Jerome, the mother of the lead character Eugene Morris Jerome. The part of Kate’s widowed sister Blanche was portrayed by Christianne Tisdale.


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Interfaith partners hold discussion of ‘The Jewish Annotated New Testament’

The Jewish Community Relations Council’s Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations has partnered with Aquinas Institute of Theology and Eden Theological Seminary to present a discussion of “The Jewish Annotated New Testament” by Amy-Jill Levine from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at Aquinas, 23 South Spring Avenue. Levine is Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Her books include “The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus,” and the edited collection, “The Historical Jesus in Context.” A free-will offering will be accepted. Pre-registration for this event is encouraged: Call 314-442-3871 or email abaer@ jcrcstl.org.

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The Jewish Community Center Youth Theatre program will offer a six-session ballet and tap dance course for children in grades 3-5 on Wednesdays from Oct. 3 to Nov. 7. Classes take place from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Staenberg Family Complex in Creve Coeur. No experience necessary; ballet and tap shoes are required, along with moveable clothing. Assistance with shoes is available with advance notice. Registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 24. The cost is $75 for JCC members and $100 for the general public. Register online at www.jccstl.com/programs/arts-culture or contact Cindy Lewis at clewis@jccstl.org or 314-442-3239 for more information.

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Anyone interested in gaining adult-level introductory knowledge of Judaism is invited to take a class beginning this fall sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism and the Reform rabbis and congregations of St. Louis. The 16-week session to be offered on Tuesday nights at Temple Israel is designed specifically for those in an interfaith relationship, people considering conversion to Judaism, and people of any

faith—including Jewish—who want to learn more about Judaism. Topics to be covered included Jewish holidays and life cycle events, theology and prayer, Israel, history, and Hebrew. The instructors for the fall-winter session are Rabbis Elizabeth Hersh, Justin Kerber, and Lane Steinger.  Classes will be from 7 to 9 p.m. and will begin Oct. 9. No classes will be held on Nov. 6, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1. The enrollment

cost of $275 for an individual, and $300 for couples, includes all materials, the 16-weeks of classes, an all-day “Learning Hebrew Marathon” in February, and a certificate upon successful completion. It is preferred that all students have a rabbi as a sponsor but it is not required. For further information or to register, visit www.urj.org/intro, or contact Steve Sorkin at 314-983-0229 or ssorkin@urj. org.

HMLC seeks docents The St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center is looking for Museum docents with good communication skills to lead tours for diverse groups – from middle-school children to older adults. This is an opportunity for volunteers interested in teaching the history and lessons of the Holocaust who also want to gain expertise about one of the most important events of the 20th century. The time commitment is flexible and may include weekdays, some evenings and Sunday afternoons. No prior experience as a docent or knowledge of European history, World War II or the Holocaust is required. Training includes: • Learning about the Holocaust and its historical context • Meeting with Holocaust Survivors and hearing their stories • Acquiring skills in conducting tours • Working with interesting, committed colleagues Docents are expected to attend all

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Netanyahu: ‘It’s not about elections in America, but centrifuges in Iran’ By Israel Hayom JNS.org

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dedicates much of his time to thinking about how to handle the Iranian nuclear issue, considering it a rapidly approaching existential threat. Not surprisingly, it was also the main topic of a wide-ranging interview he gave with Israel Hayom before Rosh Hashanah. Here is what the Israeli leader had to say: What did you say, and what did you hear, in your recent conversation with President Barack Obama? “It was a good conversation that revolved around significant issues and our desire to prevent Iran from progressing any further with their military nuclear program. It is natural to have disagreements. Israel is closer [to Iran] and more vulnerable. The U.S. is big, far away, and less vulnerable. Naturally we have diverging views on certain things. In the face of a threat like Iran’s nuclear armament, I believe that it is important that the international community set a clear red line. Iran has taken obvious steps in recent years and months toward developing nuclear weapons capability.” Do you believe Obama when he says, “We will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons”? “I’m certain that he means what he says, just as the Europeans mean it when they say it and the same way we mean it when we say it. But the question is how to achieve this in a practical fashion—that is what we discussed. This is the main issue affecting our future. Naturally, a prime minister should be looking out for Israel’s essential interests. I do so in conversations with world leaders and in public remarks.” It appears as though you are currently in conflict with Obama. Is Israel in conflict with the U.S.? “It is not a conflict. It is a question of emphasis on Israel’s interests, and that is

the responsibility of the prime minister of Israel. I have been saying these things for 16 years. “At first I was almost the only one warning against this danger, and then others joined me. I called for sanctions on Iran and I was nearly alone in that call, but then others joined me. I was the first one to demand red lines, and maybe I am alone at this time, but I believe that others will soon join me. “A prime minister’s and a leader’s duty is to insist on the things that are essential to Israel’s security, even when it is not easy, and even when there is criticism, and even when there is no immediate agreement on everything. “If, over the last 16 years, I had listened to the advice of all those people who told me that this or that is ‘unacceptable’ or that ‘now is not the right time’ or ‘wait until the circumstances shift in your favor,’ I don’t know if we would have made it this far. I was able to contribute to the establishment of a global coalition against Iran. We are encumbering Iran’s economy, but we have not yet reached the main objective: stopping Iran’s nuclear program. And Iran is getting ever closer to achieving its own objective. That is why I am saying things in the most responsible, thought-out, measured way possible—to our American friends as well—that we have a common goal: stopping the Iranians.” When you make remarks to the Americans in such a blunt way, doesn’t it cause damage? “I’m not saying things in a blunt way, but in an honest way, just the facts. I can make nice and word things delicately, but our existence is at stake. This is our future. We’re talking about a historic junction that has profound meaning. These are not just words and I am not exaggerating. That is what I have done, and that is what I will continue to do.” The U.S. is in the midst of an election year. There are allegations that you are intervening and impacting the elections. “That is complete nonsense. The only

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In anti-Islam movie furor, fears a filmmaker’s lies have legs By JTA Staff JTA

NEW YORK — There was no IsraeliAmerican real estate developer named Sam Bacile, and the 100 Jews he claimed had financed his anti-Islam film were fictitious as well. Both fabrications were offered to the media apparently to hide the true identity of the Egyptian Christian from Southern California who has since been fingered as the main figure behind the film that sparked violence across the Muslim world. Still, there are those who continue to cling to the false notion that Jews were behind the film. Days after the Jewish connection was shown to be a fiction, the English-language website of Iran’s Press TV was repeatedly citing the disproved reports that the film was made by Jews. Meanwhile, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a statement blaming “evil Zionists” and the U.S. government for the film. “We are greatly concerned that this false notion that an Israeli Jew and 100 Jewish backers were behind the film now has legs and is gathering speed around the world,” said the ADL’s national director, Abraham Foxman, in a statement issued on Sept. 13. “In an age where conspiracy theories, especially ones of an anti-Semitic nature, explode on the Internet in a matter of minutes, it is crucial for those news organizations who initially reported on his identity to correct the record.” Foxman added that even after it became clear that the filmmaker was not Jewish, “news organizations across the Arab world and anti-Semites and anti-Israel activists have continued to describe him as such.” In his own statement on Sept. 13, Iran’s supreme leader said that the film “showed the fury of the evil Zionists at the dailyincreasing radiance of Islam and Holy Qur’an in the present world.” Khamenei said that the “prime suspects in this crime are Zionism and the US government,” and demanded that American politicians make those behind the film “face a punishment proportionate to this great crime.”

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who said she and other cast members were misled about its true message — said the producer was Egyptian. The Associated Press, one of the outlets that along with The Wall Street Journal had interviewed the producer and reported his false claims, on Sept. 12 traced the cell phone it had used to contact the filmmaker to the Southern California home of a Coptic Christian who admitted to involvement with the film’s logistics. While the man, 55-year-old Nakoula Bassely Nakoula, initially denied being Bacile, his middle name and a known alias closely resembled the fake name used by the filmmaker. A federal law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the AP on Sept. 13 that authorities had concluded that Nakoula was the key figure behind the film. Nakoula, who has served time in prison on bank fraud and identity theft charges, was questioned and released by federal probation officers. The terms of his probation prohibit him from using Internet-connected devices without the approval of his probation officers. Federal authorities told ABC News that Nakoula admitted to producing the film with his son. Authorities say he told them that he wrote the film’s script while in prison, that the film cost between $50,000 and $60,000, and was financed by his wife’s relatives in Egypt. Nakoula has reportedly gone into hiding. After the initial attacks on U.S. diplomatic compounds in Egypt and Libya, the attacks on diplomatic compounds spread to other Muslim countries, including Yemen, Tunisia and Sudan. In Jerusalem last Friday, hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli police after leaving prayers on the Temple Mount. According to the Jerusalem Post, police said the youths, some of whom threw stones, were headed to the city’s U.S. consulate and that stun grenades were used to try to disperse them. In Tel Aviv on Sept. 13, a small group of Muslim protesters demonstrated peacefully outside the U.S. Embassy. Taleb a-Sanaa, an Arab member of Israel’s Knesset, reportedly said the same day that “Zionist elements” are trying to encourage hatred of Islam “out of political considerations.”

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Khamenei did not, however, refer specifically to the filmmaker’s identity or fabrications regarding his financing. A 14-minute trailer for the crudely produced film, “Innocence of Muslims,” ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad and posted to YouTube has been cited as the reason for the outbreak of attacks on U.S. and other Western diplomatic posts in the Middle East. The violence began on the night of Sept. 11, when heavily armed men stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. The assault caused the deaths of the country’s American ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens, and three members of his staff. The deadly attack followed angry protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, where rioters breached the compound’s walls and destroyed its American flag. Media outlets quickly tracked down a California man who gave his name as Sam Bacile and was reported to have produced, directed and w r it ten the film, “Innocence of Muslims.” He claimed to be an Israeli-American real Ambassador estate developer hoping to Christopher help Israel with the film, Stevens which he said was financed with $5 million from 100 Jewish donors. While his claims were widely reported in the media — including by JTA — they quickly came under scrutiny and were shown to be false. For starters, there was no such person by that name involved in film or real estate, nor was that name known to the Israeli government or in California’s Jewish and Israeli communities. A self-described Christian activist from Southern California who was a consultant to the film told The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg that Bacile was a pseudonym and he was not Israeli, and likely not Jewish. The consultant, Steve Klein, who has a history of anti-Islam activism, said that those behind the film were largely Evangelical Christians and included some Egyptian Coptic Christians. An actress who appeared in the film —

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Palestinian economic protests point to uncertain future for PA and Israel By Ben Sales JTA

TEL AVIV — Could the Palestinian Authority’s budget woes end up costing Israel? Growing economic protests in the West Bank could lead to increased regional instability and perhaps even the end of the Palestinian Authority, experts are warning. At this point, however, they say the protests are unlikely to result in an eruption of violence against Israel. The unrest began last week in response to the rising cost of living in Palestinian cities, as well as to a delay in paying P.A.

employees. Thousands of protesters in Nablus and Hebron burned tires and threw stones on Monday, injuring 50 people. The P.A. Cabinet responded by paying employees half of their August salaries, cutting spending and lowering taxes. And on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the transfer of an advance of about $65 million to the Palestinian Authority. “We are working on several fronts in order to help the Palestinian Authority cope with its economic problems,” Netanyahu said in a statement on Sept. 11. “We have made several changes in the taxation agreements. We are advancing cer-

Obama in rabbis call: No ‘space’ with Israel on Iran, but also no red lines WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama told rabbis in a pre-Rosh Hashanah conference call that there is “no space” between the United States and Israel on Iran, but added that he would not make public a red line that could trigger a strike against Iran. “There may come a time” Obama told 1,200 rabbis of all denominations on the call Friday, that the United States would “exercise a military option” to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon He said, however, he would not set red lines or a deadline, as Israel has demanded, noting that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would also not make public Israel’s own trigger for military action. Still, Obama said, “there is no space between the U.S. and Israel” on Iran. He also said that “I have been explicit and clear that we will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” Obama reiterated his belief in exhausting other options. Obama also spoke about the recent anti-American violence in the Middle East. “We knew this process would not be easy,” he said, referring to the development of democracies in the wake of the Arab Spring. “The United States must be aligned with democracy and human rights.” Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, “wish you a happy and sweet New Year.” The rabbis, in introducing Obama, also noted their outstanding plea that he commute the life sentence of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard. The call was organized by the rabbinical umbrellas of the Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Orthodox streams. — JTA

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Rabbinic ordination highlights contrasts for today’s German Jews By Toby Axelrod JTA

For four men in Germany, this Jewish New Year will be like no other. It will be their first year as ordained rabbis, working to help build Jewish life in the very country that nearly succeeded in wiping out European Jewry. In ceremonies held Thursday at the Roonstrasse Synagogue in Cologne, Daniel Fabian, Jonathan Konits, Reuven Konnik and Naftoly Surovtsev — graduates of the traditional Orthodox Rabbinerseminar zu Berlin – were ordained, with Rabbi Chanoch Ehrentreu of England officiating. In all, eight graduates of the 3-year-old seminary — the successor to Berlin's original Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary — have now received their ordination, or smicha, including two in 2009 in Munich and two in 2010 in Leipzig. Thursday’s event, which drew religious and political leaders and much media attention, highlighted contrasts in life for Jews in Germany today. While new rabbis

are being educated to serve a growing Jewish population, the nation has seen a rise in theoretical and corporal attacks on Jewish life, exemplified by the ongoing legal assault on the Jewish and Muslim tradition of circumcision and the recent brutal anti-Semitic beating of a rabbi in Berlin. Speakers at the ceremony said Jews must and should be able to live and practice their traditions in Germany — and the ordination is a sign of confidence. “To all those who now question Jewish life in Germany, I say this: Jewish life here is safe and must be safeguarded," said Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, which cohosted the ceremony with the Rabbinerseminar. The massive media attention to Germany's latest rabbinical ordination is important especially now, “when our tradition is under attack,” said Rabbi Josh Spinner, executive vice president and CEO of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation and founding director of the Lauder Yeshurun, the collection of Jewish educational pro-

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Romney: Same ‘red line’ as Obama, but a different strategy Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney suggested that he had the same “red line” as President Barack Obama on Iran but a different strategy to prevent the Islamic Republic from crossing it. Romney told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News that his “red line” on Iran was the acquisition of a nuclear weapon. “My red line is Iran may not have a nuclear weapon. It is inappropriate for them to have the capacity to terrorize the world,” Romney said in the interview, which was released Friday. “Iran with a nuclear weapon or with fissile material that can be given to Hezbollah or Hamas or others has the potential of not just destabilizing the Middle East. But it could be brought here.” Stephanopoulos noted that Obama has said that it would be unacceptable for Iran to have nuclear weapons and suggested that Romney’s red line was the same as the president’s. “Yeah, and I laid out what I would do to keep Iran from reaching that red line,” Romney responded, explaining that he had said five years ago at Israel’s Herzliya Conference that “crippling sanctions needed to be put in place immediately.” At that conference Romney called for

sanctions on Iran “at least as severe as the sanctions we imposed on apartheid South Africa.” In his ABC interview, Romney also stressed that the U.S. needed to stand with Iranian dissidents, which he said the Obama administration had failed to do, and reiterated his call — made also in his 2007 Herzliya speech — for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be indicted under the Genocide Convention. The Obama administration has built international support for sanctions that have been imposed on Iran, but it has reportedly rebuffed Israeli requests to set “red lines” that would lead to U.S. military action. An unnamed senior administration official told The New York Times that Obama reassured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call Tuesday that the U.S. would not allow Iran to manufacture a nuclear weapon but that the president would not specify a trigger for a military strike. “We need some ability for the president to have decision-making room,” the official told the Times. “We have a red line, which is a nuclear weapon. We’re committed to that red line.” — JTA


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Orthodox groups object to NYC requirement of parental consent in circumcision ritual By Adam Soclof JTA

NEW YORK — Orthodox groups expressed disappointment in the decision by the New York City Board of Health to require parental consent for a controversial circumcision ritual but gave no indication that they would mount legal challenges to the new regulation. On Thursday, the health department voted 9-0 to require mohels, or ritual circumcisers, to obtain signed consent forms from parents outlining the risks of communicable disease before engaging in “metzitzah b’peh” — a circumcision ritual in which the mohel uses direct oral-genital suction of the infant’s blood. Following the vote, the Haredi Orthodox Agudath Israel of America said it was “profoundly disappointed” with the measure. “Tens of thousands of families in New York City” require metzitzah b’peh, the statement said. For those individuals, “the City is inserting itself directly into a religious practice. It does so by compelling mohalim to deliver a message with which they fundamentally disagree.” The Agudah statement also said that “the regulation raises serious constitutional concerns, and will surely be subject to strict judicial scrutiny,” but it did not indicate whether attorneys for Agudah would challenge the new regulation directly. Before the vote, the Rabbinical Council of America, a membership group for centrist Orthodox rabbis, had expressed concern about the regulation even while advocating that rabbis use pipettes to avoid direct genital contact. After the vote, Rabbi Mark Dratch, executive vice president of the RCA, told JTA that his organization would not engage in a legal challenge. “While we would prefer the government wouldn’t involve itself in matters of religious practice, we don’t see it as anti-Semitic and we would encourage everyone to abide by these regulations,” Dratch said. In a statement before the vote, the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly applauded the commissioner’s push for parental consent. “This practice, which is not required by Jewish law, and emanates from older practices designed to prevent illnesses that precede current medical knowledge about disease, presents a serious health risk to babies and is inconsistent with the Jewish tradition’s preeminent concern with human life and health,” Rabbi Gerald Skolnik, president of the RA, said in a statement released Monday. “There have

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Israel upsets Japan in qualifier, returning to Davis Cup World Group Amir Weintraub won the deciding match to send Israel past Japan and into the Davis Cup World Group following a two-year absence. Weintraub, ranked No. 223 in the world, defeated Japan’s Go Soeda, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday in Japan to snap the 2-2 tie between the teams. Soeda is ranked 53rd. “Last year I beat [Milos] Raonic of Canada in the Davis Cup on my birthday, and this year I helped the team to the World Group, hopefully next year I can celebrate with a win in the semifinals,” The Jerusalem Post quoted Weintraub, 26, as saying. “We may not deserve to be in the World Group when you consider our rankings, but we deserve it because of our heart.” Israel’s top-ranked player, Dudi Sela, fell in five sets earlier in the day to Kei Nishikori to set up the decider.

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Talking Trash Here’s the first thing you need to know about “The Innocence of Muslims,” the film that has prompted murder, riots and unrest by and amongst Muslims in myriad nations: It is without question one of the most sophomoric, poorlymade, and deliberately insulting pieces of video ever produced. It is the work of imbeciles, and it likely wouldn’t receive a passing grade in a ninth-grader’s movie production class. Here’s the second thing you need to know about it: It’s in all likelihood protected speech in this country under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The idea that a government wouldn’t restrict this kind of speech is both literally and figuratively a foreign concept to many living in Middle East nations, particularly those dominated by Islamic laws, leaders and parties.    The recent response to the absurdly amateurish anti-Islam film, whereby United States diplomats were killed at American installations stormed across the globe, proves that point emphatically and tragically. Protesters took to the streets in many countries, crazed by the film which depicted the prophet Mohammed in any number of ways blasphemous to Muslims – heck, just showing his image would be offensive to many who practice Islam, but showing him as a bumbling, fornicating fool certainly raises the stakes. The riots have caused both death and physical destruction, centered in the Middle East but spread as far away as Australia. Some leaders in countries affected, including Egypt, did little initially to deflect the criticism against the U.S. for the film, choosing instead to ride the popular wave of anti-Western sentiment. Only after some rather stern responses from our nation did foreign leaders, including newly-minted President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt, condemn the violence and attempt to steer the hatred even slightly away from the American government. There’s good evidence that the Libyan assault was a pre-planned affair, linked to the anniversary of 9/11, but that the other flashmobs across the globe resulted from the worldwide posting of the video on the Internet. In many nations, despite variations in speech protection and standards of decency, the film continues to be available via Google and other sources. The protesting young man on the street in Cairo, fired up by Islamist radicals, may or may not have seen the monstrosity of a film, but assuredly is being told any number of convenient lies associated with this episode. The United States is itself responsible for the film, perhaps; or

the United States is an awful, demonic place because it allows such a film to be created and distributed. The former is a falsehood, the latter a matter of opinion, and one that is central to the ability of civilized society to continue to flourish in a time of pyrotechnic terror from either Islamist or other incendiary groups. In one corner stands those, both in America and elsewhere, who support the notion that speech, even heinous and disgusting speech, is and should be broadly protected. Even the expression of vulgar, ugly, stereotype-laden stuff, unless it is directly linked to conduct beyond mere utterance, is typically, and often sadly, tolerated. The other corner is occupied by those extremists who would snuff a life without a second’s thought in retaliation to speech that mocks their religious beliefs. One of the many strengths of the United States, in our opinion, is how far we bend over backwards to keep free speech alive and well, and not punishable by violent retribution. This notwithstanding the efforts by idiots, such as the makers of “The Innocence of Muslims,” to stretch the constitutional protections to the greatest tension that our rubber-banded freedom can take. Our standard for protection domestically is about as broad as it gets in the world, and by no means does everyone in America agree. When Nazis marched in the Village of Skokie, Illinois several decades ago, there were those in the Jewish world who contended that such a public expression of vileness deserves no quarter whatsoever. Similar thoughts have most certainly been expressed about groups like the Westboro Baptist Church, whose members are notorious for picketing military funerals and Jewish events, among others, with anti-gay and anti-Semitic messages. “The Innocence of Muslims” may have had similarly disturbing origins, as it turns out. The byzantine story of its production reportedly involves a former softcore filmmaker, a Coptic Christian who pleaded no contest to bank fraud, and at least one individual identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as associated with hate organizations. You just couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried. The price in allowing this kind of garbage is high, as we’ve seen in the last week. But if we start pulling the lasso tighter around the neck of free speech because hateful Americans and radical foreigners seek retribution, then it’s impossible to say who or what falls next in the procession of limitations.

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5773: A violent start to the New Year By Robert A. Cohn

One would have to recall the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001 or the start of the Yom Kippur War in 1973 to find other recent examples of such a violent beginning of a Jewish New Year and the start of the High Holy Day Season. The extreme violence that has convulsed the Middle East over the past several days, triggered at least in part by a crudely made amateur film that mocked Islam and its Prophet Muhammed, took the lives of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three of his colleagues at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi — a city which the brave Stevens had helped to defend against Muammar Qaddafi’s advancing army last year. Large mobs gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, where groups of protesters managed to breach the buildings’ walls, tear down the American flag and replace it with a flag of militant Islam. Riots and attacks on U.S. facilities, and the burning of American and Israeli flags spread to capital cities throughout the Middle East and North Africa. As Jews in St. Louis, across the nation and the world over gather in their synagogues for what are called “The Days of Awe,” a time of reflection, repentance and the setting of personal and communal goals for the coming year, here are some issues to ponder: Mourning the loss: Ambassador Stevens and his three Foreign Service colleagues who were murdered must be mourned with solemnity and respect. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke of the valor of Stevens and his colleagues, pointing out that Stevens relished the challenging, even “dangerous” diplomatic postings. He was equally respected by members of both

Local commentary Robert A. Cohn is Editor-inChief Emeritus of the St. Louis Jewish Light.

pa r ties — Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican Presidential candidate as well as Secretary Clinton shared a nearly identical admiration and affection for Stevens. In these bitterly divisive, harshly partisan days, we should pay tribute to Stevens’ memory by emulating his devotion to duty and his country over and above personal or political gain. Knowing when to rise above politics: We should also remember that is unwise — as Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney hopefully learned last week — to rush forward with ill-conceived and ill-timed comments as a major overseas crisis is unfolding. During World War II there was a well-accepted, bipartisan maxim that “Politics stops at the water’s edge,” meaning that politicians should not try to score political points while a major crisis is unfolding and before all of the facts are established. Probing the causes: While there can be no justification for the violence and attacks on U.S. Embassies and Consulates throughout the world, it is clear that a crudely made and highly offensive film called “Innocence of Muslims,” whose origins and full backgrounds of its U.S. producers have been described by the New York Times as “murky,” contributed. The film reportedly was screened only once in Los Angeles and in all likelihood would have died a welldeserved death because of its poor quality. Film critic

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Confessing our sins on Yom Kippur – and remembering to act nobly By Lawrence A. Hoffman JTA

NEW YORK — Few prayers are as well known to Jews as Ashamnu (“We have sinned ...”) and Al Chet (“For the sin ...”), the twin confessions of Yom Kippur. Belief in human sinfulness is more central to Judaism than we think. Sin may not be “original,” as it is in Christianity -- inherited from Adam, that is, as a sort of genetic endowment ever after. But it is at least primal: It is there, patent, indelible and unavoidable. We may not be utterly depraved – the teaching with which American Protestantism grew up – but we are indeed sinners. Talmudic practice, therefore, was to say a confession every single day, a precedent

that continued into the Middle Ages and still survives in Sephardi synagogues. Ashkenazi Jews also announce that sinfulness daily in a part of the service called Tachanun (“supplications”), which includes a line from Avinu Malkeinu, “Our Father, Our King, be gracious and answer us, for we have no deeds.” That translation misses the theological point, however. Classical Christianity believed that we are too sinful to be of any merit on our own. We depend, therefore, on God’s “grace,” the love God gives even though we do not deserve it. Jews, by contrast, preach the value of good deeds, the mitzvot. But Avinu Malkeinu hedges that bet. At least in Tachanun, and certainly from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, we proclaim “we have no deeds” and rely on

Commentary Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, the Barbara and Stephen Friedman professor of liturgy, worship and ritual at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, is the author most recently of “We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism -Ashamnu and Al Chet” (Jewish Lights).

God’s “gracious” love instead. Our two Yom Kippur confessions appeared in “Seder Rav Amram,” the first comprehensive Jewish prayer book (c. 860), and became standard thereafter. But do Jews really believe we are as sinful as the confessions imply? Nineteenth-

Netanyahu’s stand on ‘red line’ is unfortunate misstep BY LARRY LEVIN

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the United States for not defining the “red line” that Iran may not cross before expecting a forceful response. (see related news story, p. 5) There are times that Bibi uses his bellicosity to good effect. This was most definitely not one of them. No question that Netanyahu is feeling the heat from the U.S., the international community, and his own citizenry, who are of mixed mind when it comes to attacking. But directing his bluster at Washington, which perhaps is an effort to deflect political attention from himself, is not going to accomplish anything of lasting use: • It won’t change the American position on this issue, nor should it. To go public with lines in the sand, to give warnings to a hostile Iran about when and whether the U.S. might strike, is about as flawed an approach, both tactically and strategically, as one could imagine.

Local commentary Larry Levin is Publisher/ CEO of the St. Louis Jewish Light.

• It won’t engender maximum cooperation from the U.S. and the administration. American diplomats have been shuttling back and forth from Washington to Israel for months, crafting delicate and deliberate approaches to military cooperation, collaboration and response. To slam the U.S. side now, while maybe buying Bibi five minutes of breathing room from all the desultory focus, isn’t going to pay off in the long run. • If Netanyahu is hoping to alter the course of the American elections (he has since claimed forcefully that he isn’t) the likelihood is de minimis. There’s less than eight weeks to go before the November vote; only a couple states that remain in play have significant Jewish populations

that could turn as a result (e.g., Ohio and Florida), and those populations would have to believe that the U.S. should declare its hand to the world about its intentions. It’s awfully difficult to follow that logic to a meaningful change in the voting blocs. Absolutely Bibi is upset and feels bullied by the Americans to wait. But remember what his mantra has been all along — no one can tell Israel what to do. So for him to take his stance of self-determination and then turn around and castigate the U.S. for asking Israel to wait, doesn’t quite ring true. Let’s be abundantly clear here: No one who supports the existence and security of Israel, and is of sound mind, fails to recognize some major level of threat from Iran. At very least, if the rogue nation obtains nukes, the balance of power in the Middle East will change dramatically. That’s a specter that should not only alarm Israel; Arab nations, hardly a bloc of Iran-lovers, ought be pondering the consequences as

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Fighting poverty one volunteer at a time By Roberta Gutwein

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the latest statistics on poverty. While there was no statistically significant change in poverty in 2011 from the prior year, the data showed that 15 percent of Americans, or 46.2 million people, lived in poverty last year. Sadly, these high numbers are not surprising and do not reflect the large number of individuals who may technically have more income than the poverty threshold but still cannot make ends meet. Ask those who run St. Louis area food pantries and they will tell you that the number of clients they serve continues to grow. The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, which serves the entire St. Louis community, has seen its clientele double since the economic downturn and is moving to a larger location. Fortunately, St. Louis has a large number of non-profit agencies that provide essential services to help those living in poverty. MidEast Area Agency on Aging provides hot meals to low-income and homebound seniors. Room at the Inn provides temporary shelter to those who have lost their homes. Children in St. Louis City schools achieve academic success with the help of mentors from UrbanFuture. Immigrants and refugees who need financial and other

Local commentary Roberta Gutwein is an at large member of the Jewish Community Relations Council and co-chair, with Martha Scharff, the 2012 CAP Volunteer Fair.

assistance benefit from the work of organizations such as the International Institute and Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Program. Volunteers are an integral part of the work these agencies do. Whether you volunteer one day a year or weekly, you can make a difference to someone living in poverty. For over 15 years, I volunteered in my children’s schools. When the youngest headed to college, he made it clear he would no longer need a room mother. I struggled to find a new and meaningful role as a community volunteer. Then I heard that the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) had convened Coalition Against Poverty (CAP), a coalition of faith-based and civic organizations dedicated to addressing the issues of those living in poverty. Luckily for me and many others, CAP’s first project was to hold a volunteer opportunity fair. At that first fair in 2008, I found out about Ready Readers and ever since have loved being

one of its weekly readers at an area Head Start program. For the last five years the CAP Fair has provided members of our community a unique opportunity to do “one-stop shopping” by visiting with dozens of agencies that need volunteers of all ages and interests. We are in the midst of the High Holidays, a time for introspection and, among other things, making sure we are fulfilling our personal mission. For most of us in the Jewish community, that includes some kind of service to the community in which we live. How appropriate that the Fifth Annual Coalition Against Poverty (CAP) Volunteer Fair is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Sept. 23. All of the agencies mentioned above, plus many more, will be in attendance from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Heights in Richmond Heights. The CAP Fair is free and is a great place to learn what our community is doing for those living in poverty and a great place to find a way to help. To learn more about this year’s event, go to www.communityagainstpoverty.org or call 314-442-3894 or email gwechsler@jcrcstl.org. While we as a community may not be able to change the numbers that came out of Washington this week, we can, through our volunteer efforts, change things for the better for men, women and children in St. Louis who live in poverty.

century Jews, recently emancipated from medieval ghettos, doubted it. For well more than a century, philosophers had preached the primacy of reason as the cognitive capacity that makes all human beings equal. These two influences, political equality and the fresh air of reason paved the way for a century when all things seemed possible. And indeed, scientific advances and the Industrial Revolution did seem to promise an end to human suffering just around the corner. It wasn’t just Jews who felt that way. For Europeans in general, the notion of human sin, whether original (for Christians) or primal (for Jews), lost plausibility. Far from bemoaning human depravity, it seemed,

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Complete repentance BY RABBI BRAD HORWITZ

During this season of the Jewish High Holidays, it is our responsibility to do tshuvah (repentance). Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur there are 10 days called Aseret Yemei Tshuvah or the Ten Days of Repentance. It is this time when we focus on our sins and transgressions of the past year and ask for forgiveness. We ask God for forgiveness for the sins that we have committed and we also ask forgiveness from our fellow human beings who we have wronged either intentionally or unintentionally this past year. During this period some of us participate in the ritual known as Tashlich, where we go to a river, stream or lake and symbolically caste away our sins by throwing crackers or breadcrumbs out into the water accompanied by prayers and readings. Amongst all of the apologies, holiday festivities and rituals, it is com- Rabbi Brad mon for people to Horwitz is miss a critical piece Director of the of the process of Jewish tshuvah. Yes, ask- Community ing for forgiveness Center’s Helene and reflecting on Mirowitz Center our sins are key ele- of Jewish ments to the pro- Community Life cess but there is more to it than that. The Hebrew word tshuvah comes from the same Hebrew word that means “to return.” In order to be truly free from our sins, we must in some way return to them. Maimonides, the famous medieval Jewish scholar and rabbi, explains this in more detail in his multi-volume legal work known as the “Mishneh Torah” when he asks and answers the question, “What is complete repentance or tshuvah g’murah?” Maimonides (Rambam) explains that one can only do complete repentance if he/she who has committed a wrong returns to another situation to do that exact same wrong again but refrains from repeating it. Furthermore, the

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Festivals WHAT: Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival WHEN: 5-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Downtown Columbia, Mo. HOW MUCH: $55 for either day; $75 for both days THE 411: This festival is not to be missed and worth the twohour drive from St. Louis, even if you go for only one of the two days. Featured acts include Al Green – yes, as in the Reverend “Let’s Stay Together” Al Green – Sam Bush, Sara Watkins, John, Mayall, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, Esperanza Spalding, Del McCoury Band, Pokey LaFarge, Elizabeth Cook and Eilen Jewel, among others. We were there last year and would be returning, except that our friend Tom’s daughter is getting married and, well, friendship beckans. The food is delicious as well, with dozens of barbecue joints represented, and motel rooms are still available should you feel inclined to make a weekend vacation out of it. MORE INFO: www.rootsnbluesnbbq.com

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COMEDY WHAT: Jeffrey Sweet performing his one-man show, “You Only Shoot the Ones You Love” WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Ivory Theatre, 7620 Michigan Avenue, St. Louis HOW MUCH: $5-$10 THE 411: Sweet has been called the “illegitimate grandfather” of the modern growth of improv and is the author of “Something Wonderful Right Away: An Oral History of The Second City and The Compass Players.” Some of that history takes place in St Louis, and “You Only Shoot the Ones You Love” is largely about the life of improv legends Paul Sills and Del Close. Sweet will be available for a Q&A following the show from the stage, and will introduce at least one new game he created. MORE INFO: 314- 631-8330 or www.theivorytheatre.com

asting on Yom Kippur helps us to focus on the spiritual task of contemplation and self-renewal. We end our fast with a rejuvenating meal featuring lighter comfort foods that are easy on our stomachs and satisfying to our souls. Traditional “break fast” menus include kugels, quiches, deviled eggs, baked macaroni-andcheese, carrot and raisin tzimmes, creamy soups, and often a fish selection such as tuna salad, lox or herring. But when you are returning from synagogue in the role of head chef for a feast that will include family and friends, being able to prepare most of the meal in advance is perhaps the most important element of a successful break fast. Taking all of this into consideration, I put together two break-fast menus. Feel free to mix them up and, of course, bear in mind that something as simple as a scrambled egg on a slice of challah may be just as satisfying. I have included recipes for the menu items that are asterisked. Gmar Chatimah Tovah. Margi Lenga Kahn is the mother of five and grandmother of three. A cooking instructor at the Kitchen Conservatory, she is currently working on a project to preserve the stories and recipes of heritage cooks. She welcomes your comments and suggestions at margikahn@gmail.com.

Menu 1

Challah Apple Slices w/ honey for dipping Carrot and Ginger Soup* Chopped Herring and Apple Salad with Cocktail Rye* Platter of Sliced Tomatoes Baked Orzo with zucchini & mushrooms* Apple Cinnamon Cake* Fresh Fruit Salad

Menu 2

Challah Apple Slices w/ honey for dipping Chilled Herb Yogurt Soup* Bagels, Lox, and Cream Cheese Israeli Salad* Caramelized Apple Currant Noodle Kugel* Rugelach* Assorted Melon Slices

Carrot and Ginger Soup Ingredients 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced 1 leek, dark green portion discarded, remaining cut in half, rinsed, and sliced 2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced into ½-inch rounds 2 tbsp. peeled and grated fresh ginger root 5 cups water or low-sodium vegetable broth, plus more if needed to thin soup 1 tsp. coarse kosher salt, plus more to taste ½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice 3 tsp. honey Fresh-snipped chives for garnishing, optional Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add onions and leeks and sauté for 5 minutes. Add carrot slices and ginger and continue to sauté for 5-8 minutes. Add water or broth and salt and bring mixture to a boil. Cover pan and simmer until carrots are tender, 15-20 minutes. Remove lid and let soup cool for 10 minutes. Carefully transfer half of the soup to a blender or food processor. Add ¼ cup orange juice and 1 ½ tsp. honey and puree. Transfer mixture to a large container and repeat with remaining soup, orange juice, and honey. Stir this second portion into the first portion already in the container. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or the container lid. Place in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Before serving, transfer soup to a pot and warm over low heat, thinning with additional water if too thick. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with chives, if using. Makes 6 servings.

Israeli Market Salad Ingredients: Salad: 4 large tomatoes, sliced and cut into 1-inch cubes 3 large cucumbers (peeled if not farm fresh), quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces 1 small red onion, peeled and coarsely chopped 1 medium red bell pepper, trimmed, seeed, and cut into ½-inch dice 4 tbsp. coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley Vinaigrette: 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar 1 tsp. honey ¼ tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. coarse kosher salt, plus more to taste 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste Cut up tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, red bell peppers, and parsley, as directed. Place each chopped vegetable into its own zip-lock bag storage bag. Place in center rack of refrigerator overnight. Make vinaigrette. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, honey, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Cover vinaigrette and refrigerate overnight. The next day before serving, empty bags of cut-up vegetables into a serving bowl. Re-whisk vinaigrette and add to vegetables. Toss and taste. Add more salt and pepper, as needed. Makes 6-8 servings.

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What to eat before you don’t By MARK MIETKIEWICZ

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In the days leading up to the fast… • Taper off from caffeine. “The nausea and headaches many people report while fasting have nothing to do either with food or fluid,” says dietician Judy Baumann. “They are usually the result of caffeine withdrawal. People who drink several cups of coffee a day taper to half decaf and half regular a week or so ahead of time. Then they gradually work their way down to only decaffeinated coffee by Yom Kippur.” [http://bit.ly/fastip1] Remarkably, some people are so hooked on caffeine that they have found alternate ways of delivering the drug into their bloodstream during the fast. (I’ll leave it to your imagination how they do this unless you decide to follow the link.) [http://bit.ly/fastip2] • Vary your meal schedule in the week before the fast. If you are extremely regular about your mealtimes, eating at different times tells your body not to expect to be fed at precisely 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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The High Holidays in Jewish cinema

[http://bit.ly/fastip3]

By Joel Rosenberg

Special to the JEWISH LIGHT

On Yom Kippur, we are supposed to be thinking about prayer and atonement, and not about earthly pleasures like eating and drinking. Unfortunately, fasting can often force us to focus on our stomachs and not on our souls. To help us keep on track, here are some tips to help prepare for the fast. (And then what to do afterward.) Check out the following links for more information online.

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On the morning before the fast… • Eat a big breakfast Start the day with a large breakfast based on cereals, breads and fruits which can provide the energy you need during the day. These high-fiber foods will be far downstream by the time of the pre-fast meal and will not keep you from eating enough food later in the day. [http://bit.ly/fastip4] • Drink up…. The hardest part of fasting is dehydration. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. [http://bit.ly/fastip5] • …And cool down. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area especially if it’s hot out. Keeping your body temperature normal will help keep you hydrated. [http://bit.ly/fastip6] During the pre-fast meal… • Don’t stuff yourself. Eat a normal meal that balances carbohydrates, fiber and protein. “The temptation to stuff oneself with as much food as possible before a fast may seem appealing, but in truth it is unwise,” explains chef Lauren Braun Costello. “The more you eat, the more you want to fill your belly the next time around. So it is recommended to eat a normal size meal. … [Avoid] particularly salty foods that will make you thirsty or dehydrated. Complex

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When cinema was still in its youth, Hollywood built a story around the High Holidays. Its tale was a measure of Jewry’s ties to tradition, but also a gentle sign of its loss. In “The Jazz Singer” (1927), America’s first feature-length sound film, Jakie Rabinowitz is a cantor’s son whose father expects him to follow tradition and stand by his side in the synagogue to chant Kol Nidre, the prayer that opens the Yom Kippur service. But as the eve of the holiday approaches, the father is told that 12-year-old Jakie is singing in a saloon. The cantor angrily fetches him home and gives him a thrashing. Jakie vows to leave home for good. As the father chants Kol Nidre at shul, the son takes to the streets and embarks on a life singing jazz. Years later, his career on the rise, his name now changed to Jack Robin (played here by the great Al Jolson, whose life had inspired the story), he visits his parents on his papa’s 60th birthday, announces he’ll soon be starring on Broadway, and hopes to make peace with his folks. Jack’s mama welcomes him back eagerly, but the father orders him to leave. Soon after, the cantor grows ill and hovers between life and death. Jack’s mother appears at the Broadway rehearsals and begs him to sing Kol Nidre in place of his father. But Yom Kippur is also the show’s opening night. The film constructs a virtual morality play around this dilemma. I won’t tell you the outcome, except to say that the film would be incomplete without a Jolson version of Kol Nidre. Or

Al Jolson, star of “The Jazz Singer.” Credit: “Al Jolson – a Biography,” 1916. at least it sounds like Kol Nidre—but in Jolson’s handling, the Aramaic-language lines are radically abridged and repeated, over and over, in a reverie of improvisation. In effect, Kol Nidre as jazz. The film here subtly portrays the passing of tradition into a creatively eroded form—symbolic of what New World Jews have done with the old. In 1937, Jews in Poland did a film version of S. An-sky’s acclaimed Yiddish play, “The Dybbuk.” In the film, two Hasidic Jews, Sender and Nisn, are longtime friends who meet up only infrequently during holiday pilgrimages to the Rebbe of Miropolye. One such time, they

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Late local author’s blockbuster reissued in 50th anniversary edition BY ROBERT A. COHN Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

At Left Bank Books last week, I happened across a sparkling new paperback edition of an old and beloved classic: the 50th Anniversary Edition of the Signet Classic “Jews, God and History” (Signet, paper, $8.95), by the late St. Louis author Max I. Dimont. This latest second edition, lovingly brought up to date by the author’s widow, Ethel Dimont, who had assisted him in several other book projects, introduces a new generation to the book that perhaps did more to popularize Jewish history than any previously published volume. Dimont, who emigrated to Cleveland as a teenager and later served as a translator for military intelligence during World War II, and whose 35-year career in public relations for Edison Brothers brought him to St. Louis, struck just the right balance between serious scholarship and a historical narrative that reads like a novel.

Dimont said that he wrote “Jews, God and History” because he felt that for centuries Jewish historians wrote “a lachrymose view of Jewish history—that the history of our people is a story of ‘Oy, oy, oy and schmaltz.’” Yes, he conceded that much of Jewish history must deal with the “vale of tears” of anti-Semitism, but Dimont wanted to probe, “How have the Jews survived through so many millennia while other civilizations have declined or vanished? What qualities mark the culture that produced Moses, Jesus, Spinoza, Marx, Freud and Einstein?” Dimont’s book won Max Dimont critical acclaim from publications including the St. Louis PostDispatch, the San Francisco Examiner and the Los Angeles Times. The latter called it “unquestionably the best popular history of the Jews written in the English language.” His hometown paper called the volume, “A book of life and hope. There are few greater documents to the vitality and perseverance of man than this history of the Jews.”

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‘Cohnipedia’ is the online feature by Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Robert A. Cohn, chronicling St. Louis’ Jewish history. Visit Cohnipedia online at www.stljewishlight.com/cohn When Dimont, a native of Helsinki, came to America in 1930, he deployed his keen intellect and gift for languages, teaching himself English by reading Shakespeare’s plays translated into Finnish. He honed his English language skills during his 35 years with St. Louis-based Edison Brothers Stores, where he was editor of “The Edisonian,” the company newsletter for many years. “Jews, God and History” sold over 1.5 million copies in its first printing in 1962, and by 1992, the year of his death, it had editions in 16 different countries in several languages. It is an unapologetically upbeat story of a

people from the time of Abraham and his wife Sarah and their journey to the Promised Land, through the period of Jewish contributions to science, politics, literature and other arts, up to and including the period of Israel’s rebirth and the various Arab-Israeli wars. Dimont continued writing even after macular degeneration rendered him almost sightless. His wife Ethel worked directly with him in researching and editing “Appointment in Jerusalem.” The late Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin of Temple Israel, where Max Dimont was a member, told Post-Dispatch reporter Harry Levins at the time of Dimont’s passing, that the author “had a way of making history exciting, not only in the written word but in the spoken word.  He could mesmerize children’s groups.”  Dimont had the same gift with adult audiences, having lectured extensively on Jewish history throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, Brazil and Finland. Now, thanks to the updates by his devoted widow, a new generation of readers—young and old—can enjoy this gifted historian’s unique take on “Jews, God and History.”

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One of a number of enclaves of the ultra-Orthodox, Satmar Hasidim is in Williamsburg, a neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. Two, voluntary, Satmar exiles have recently published books about this insular community. Deborah Feldman—married at 17, a mother at 19 and still a mid-twentysomething—has w r it ten “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots: A Memoir” (Simon & Schuster, 272 pp. $24). Anouk Markovits, who abandoned the Satmar community at age 19 — (judging from her recent publicity photo that was some 20 years ago.) — has written “I Am Forbidden: A Novel” (Hogarth, 302 pp. $23), which is sensitive to the beauty, security and also potential psychic agony in this fundamentalist society. Author Feldman explains, [as with the Lubavitcher Hasidim], the Satmar name comes from a Jewish community nearly extinguished by the Shoah: Satu Mare (Saint Mary), Hungary. Some of the practices that set the Satmars apart: Yiddishspeaking homes in which English is shunned as an impure tongue, distinctive dress, fastidious adherence to kashrut (dietary law), bans on

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American and Western culture (radio, TV and even Sholom Aleichem are taboo — only religious books and didactic/preachy Yiddish texts are approved for reading), gender-segregated and limited education. Girls in Williamsburg do not earn an accredited high school diploma. The educational mission, as a character in Markovits’ novel explains, is to stimulate the soul, not the mind. It seems true for Satmar practice generally what memoirist Feldman points out about their dress: it signals “insiders and outsiders...[of] the vast chasm” between them which is helping to re-populate a robustly, expanding, self-sufficient and ghettoized society.  The ultra-Orthodox folkways of Williamsburg are based on a combination of religion and custom. For instance, male dress—payess/sidelocks, the black coat and shtreimel, a donut-shaped hat made from mink

Satmar life is also driven by ad hoc r ulings from the Rebbe, Williamsburg’s spiritual leader. For instance, when Feldman was a teenager, the Rebbe decreed that it was immodest to wear knit garments next to the skin or thick beige stockings without seams—lest they be mistaken for nude leg. During Feldman’s girlhood, the dress code was reinforced by teachings such as the one about the saintly-modesty of Rabbi Akiva’s wife who stuck pins in her calves to keep her skirt from clinging to her (subsequently bleeding?) legs. The Rebbe also exerts influence because he is consulted on all dimensions of daily life. In traditional Orthodox practice, man and wife interact in strict accordance with her monthly cycle. During her impure days it is forbidden to touch, or even hand things directly to one another to avoid awakening the husband’s carnal desire. A couple may resume a physically, intimate relationship after

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thriving illegal numbers racket. Nate Even “The Dybbuk,” flawless as its comis otherwise a solid citizen, a devoted mand of pre-modern tradition had been, husband and father, who has raised was the creation of Jewish moderns: playcontinued from page 13 himself up from humble origins, and wright An-sky had been a secularist and pledge their yet-unborn children in had often, in his youth, proven himself socialist revolutionary, folklorist, and marriage. Soon after, Nisn is drowned a scrappy street fighter against neigh- humanitarian activist. The film’s creators and Sender, preoccupied with money, borhood anti-Semites. Most of the film were immersed in avant-garde theater and forgets his promise to his friend. deals with the adventures of Nate’s Expressionist idioms, and director Mihał Years later, an impoverished scholsons, Van and Ben (Adrien Brody and Waszyński was a gay man who had left ar named named Khonen makes his Ben Foster) and and their relations behind his orthodox background and preway to Brinitz, Sender’s town, where, with gentile girls—Van’s pursuit of a tended he knew no Yiddish. But what as a Sabbath guest at Sender’s, he beautiful, Old-Money debutante unites these three films is not just their instantly falls in love with Sender’s named Dubbie, whom he met at a deep awareness (hidden in “The Dybbuk”) daughter Leah, who loves him in A scene from “The Dybbuk.” Credit: Courtesy of The party; and Ben’s friendship with of the secular world, but also their willingreturn. The father, unaware that National Center for Jewish Film, www.jewishfilm.org. ness to invoke tradition as a yardstick. The Sylvia, a black classmate. Khonon is the son of his long-departLevinson’s framing the story inside High Holidays might be a site of fading culed friend, is determined to betroth Leah to just as they reach celestial heights. As this the Jewish New Year and Nate’s Cadillac tural memory, but the theme still strikes a the richest suitor he can find. Desperate to point in the Rebbe’s sermon, Sender and ritual is important. The Kurtzmans are responsive chord among filmgoers, Jewish win Leah’s hand, Khonen immerses him- Nisn inopportunely try to inform him of nominally observant Jews—perhaps even and gentile alike. self in kabbalistic magic so he can conjure their pact. Joel Rosenberg teaches film and Judaic Orthodox, but in a laid-back, assimilated up barrels of gold. Intensely ascetic, When, a generation later, Khonon fanta- way. Though Nate’s wife shows remnants studies at Tufts University. His articles on Khonen grows ever more unbalanced, and sizes union with his beloved Leah, he of clannishness, the Kurtzmans are open the cinema of Jewish experience have when Leah’s engagement to a rich man’s refers to it as “the Holy of Holies.” In retro- to the winds of change. While both the appeared in various journals and collecson is announced, he calls on Satan for spect, the Rebbe’s sermon becomes a New Year and the “new car year” are tions, and he has recently completed a help, then keels over and dies. When Leah prophecy of Khonon’s disastrous fall. But equally important to Nate, their overlap book, “Crisis in Disguise: Some Cinema of is later about to be married, she becomes The Dybbuk never ceases to exalt the lov- seems a portrait of the tradition’s loosening Jewish Experience from the Era of possessed by her dead lover’s spirit. Her ers’ bond, though the Rebbe and his court grip since the days of The Jazz Singer. Catastrophe (1914-47).” father then takes her to Miropolye, where try their best to undo it. The holiest he petitions the Rebbe to exorcise the way- moment of Yom Kippur, though fraught ward soul. with catastrophe, remains a symbol for the The film, one of the last great cultural resistance of these lovers to a world products of Polish Jewry, is a rich portrait enslaved by money and class. of pre-modern Jewish life and custom. A third film, Barry Levinson’s “Liberty Unlike the play, it opens with an impas- Heights” (1999), is a nostalgic comedy sioned table sermon by the Rebbe on the about growing up Jewish in 1950s youthful days of the fathers-to-be. The ser- Baltimore. It both opens and closes on mon deals with the Yom Kippur ministra- Rosh Hashanah, when the Kurtzman famtions of the High Priest in ancient times—if ily customarily attend synagogue. Nate an impure thought were to enter his mind Kurtzman (Joe Mantegna) has his own in the Holy of Holies, “the entire world New Year custom of exiting early from would be destroyed.” The Rebbe compares shul to stroll to the nearby Cadillac showthis to the precarious journey of some room, where the coming year’s models are unfortunate souls, who pass through sev- on display. Each year, Nate trades in his eral lifetimes (these Jews believed in rein- Caddy for a spiffy new one, which he can Ben Foster, Bebe Neuwirth, Joe Mantegna carnation) in striving toward their source, afford—not from fading profits of the burand Adrien Brody in ‘Liberty Heights.’ the Throne of Glory—only to be cast down, lesque house he owns but because of his

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been tragic incidents of babies becoming ill as a result of this practice, and we encourage the Board of Health to require parental consent.”The new regulation comes just days after a vote in Germany by the state of Berlin to impose new regulations on circumcision mandating that only doctors may perform circumcisions. The New York City health department’s new regulation is the culmination of a year of debate surrounding the controversial practice, which was sparked by the death of an infant in Brooklyn last September and the subsequent revelation that a mohel who performed metzitzah b’peh on the infant had tested positive for herpes. Metzitzah b’peh, the last of three steps outlined in the Talmud describing infant circumcision procedure, is still practiced in many Orthodox circles. In some cases, mohels use a tube for oral section to avoid direct oral contact with the infant’s penis. In June, New York Cit y Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley condemned the practice of direct oral suction. The latest metzitzah controversy mirrors a similar debate that unfolded after an infant death from herpes simplex virus (HSV) in 2005. After that case, the RCA issued a statement advocating the use of glass pipettes as an acceptable alternative to direct oral suction. In June 2006, New York State health officials and Orthodox rabbis reached an agreement on metzitzah b’peh permitting the practice provided that a mohel sanitizes his hands like a surgeon, cleans his mouths with a sterile alcohol wipe and rinses with a mouthwash that contains at least 25 percent alcohol.

Lederman called the Federation’s efforts multi-tiered. “With younger donors, we’re trying to appeal with a more enhanced marketing effort and through social media,” she said. “With our larger donors we’re trying to really personalize their solicitations and give them opportunities to give to restricted giving efforts for things that are passions of theirs.” The latter point has been an ongoing theme for the Federation, which is hoping to diversify philanthropic opportunities in newer, more unique ways such as the “Create a Jewish Legacy” effort. This partnership with 10 local agencies and eight area synagogues aims to boost long-term giving and endowments. Lederman said that over a two-year period, “Create a Jewish Legacy” has brought in 289 gifts estimated at over $20 million. Some are deferred so exact totals aren’t known. “As our allocations begin to be more targeted to those things that fit within the strategic plan, you’ll also see our fundraising strategies changing where we’ll have different opportunities for donors to give beyond the annual campaign.” She said the Federation has also played a key role in helping to raise $2.7 million for the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School. Other initiatives have been more traditional. The Lester Miller Challenge is matching increases in pledges by anyone who gives between $1,000 and $9,999. “We thought we needed to pay particular attention to the midlevel of the campaign so that’s where we focused this chal-

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For the four new rabbis, the swirl of public attention underscored that their private identity as students was about to change dramatically. Perhaps most remarkable is that for them, traditional Jewish life in Germany is not only possible but practically taken for granted. “If you are in the middle of it, you don’t think about it,” Fabian told JTA a few days before the ceremony. “Sometimes when I go to Switzerland people tell me it’s so amazing that Jews are living in Germany again. And then I think to myself, ‘yeah, you are actually right.’ ” Yet for Fabian, attending yeshiva, raising a Jewish family with his wife, Daniella, shopping for kosher food and meeting with fellow students “is just my everyday life,” he said. He will continue in his role as director of the Lauder Midrasha, the Berlin-based school for women. Fabian, who turns 38 on Wednesday, was born in Ramat Gan, Israel, to parents born in Romania. The family moved to Germany when he was 6 months old. “My grandfather was living here already," he said, "and my father got a good job here.” With a master’s degree in biology, Fabian

The audience at the Jewish Federation New Year’s event was treated to entertainment — including a dance that included hand-made signs (not pictured in above photo) thanking donors for their contributions to Jewish Federation. For more photos, see following page. Photo: Lyubov Strauss lenge,” she said. The $1,000 plateau also figures prominently in Federation planning in another way. Donors at that level were the focus of a thank-you event at the Four Seasons Hotel Sept. 13. Billed as a “playful celebration of Rosh Hashanah” the get-together featured no speeches but hosted live dueling pianos, drinks and dessert. Mindee Fredman, project coordinator for the Federation, said that the event is an expression of how important mid-level givers are. “We’re always looking for different ways to reach out to our donors and to thank them for their commitment and generosity and we’re excited to do something different this year,” she said. “This is a really crucial group of donors who have such an impact on our community. We wanted to do something special to celebrate them.”

discovered early on that he had a “talent for explaining things and for teaching.” When he began studying at the Lauder Yeshivat Beit Zion in Berlin in 2000, he hadn’t given any thought to becoming a rabbi. But Spinner started asking him “to give a class here or speak there.” Fabian liked it. Konits, 30, has taken a position in Frankfurt with Jewish Experience, a new program for young Jewish professionals. With original plans to combine his interests in psychology and teaching, the Swarthmore College graduate came to Germany from Baltimore on a Fulbright grant a few years ago. He connected with the Rabbinerseminar and stayed. Konits’ parents were hesitant initially about his decision to remain in Germany, “but those thoughts were taken away entirely when I got married and when their grandchildren came along,” he said. As for Jewish life in his adopted home, he is optimistic. “You would never believe how many secular Jews are just dying to get in” to the Lauder kindergarten and primary school, he said. “This would never occur in America.” The demand reflects the tremendous growth of the Jewish population in Germany since 1990. Some 200,000 people with Jewish backgrounds arrived in the past two decades from the former Soviet Union, pushing the number in Germany to

Lederman said it’s important for people to understand that the Federation is expanding fundraising beyond its much-publicized yearly drive. “I would hope that donors, when they look at the Jewish Federation, will know we are no longer just the annual campaign,” she said. “There are many different ways to be engaged as a philanthropist.” She said that she talks quite a bit to her counterparts at other federations around the country and the environment remains cautious with St. Louis’s story being fairly average. “We consistently fall right in the middle of the pack,” she said. “There are communities who are already seeing kind of a rebound and doing very well in exceeding the past year’s totals and there are other communities that are still struggling.” She said the mission of the Federation is what’s most impor-

about 240,000. (Some 105,000 of those with Jewish backgrounds are officially registered as Jewish, according to the Central Council of Jews in Germany.) Jewish education has been slow to catch up, particularly at the elementary and high school levels. But rabbinical training took off, at both the Liberal Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam and the Orthodox Rabbinerseminar. Chabad in Berlin also offers supplemental training to rabbinical students at its Yeshiva Gedola. The Rabbinerseminar chose to hold its third ordination in Cologne, where the seminary has close ties. One of the new rabbis — the Belarus-born Surovtsev — will remain in Cologne for the next year as an associate to Rabbi Yaron Engelmayer. Surovtsev will follow in the footsteps of former classmate Avraham Radbil, now serving a Jewish community in Freiburg. “We have a good and intensive relationship with the Beit Midrash,” the original name of the yeshiva, Ebi Lehrer, 58, head of the board of the Cologne Jewish Community, told JTA. For example, the seminary has sent rabbinical students to run local seders in Russian, “so they can give explanations to young members in their language,” said Lehrer, who also chairs the board of ZWST, the Jewish welfare organization in Germany. Prior to the influx of former Soviet Jews, about 1,300 Jews lived in Cologne and

tant. “While we’re very much seen as a fundraising organization, basically what we do is make sure there are services in our community and that address needs and help people,” she said. But they are not the only entity working to help others and that’s one reason the recovery could take time. “I think it’s not necessarily because of the economy but because there are a lot of different philanthropic places to give,” Lederman said, “and I think Federation really has to make the case why we’re important.” She believes that the strategic plan and the organization’s new executive, Andrew Rehfeld, present exciting opportunities to return the Federation to its previous totals. “We won’t be there this year but it can get us going down that path,” she said.

there weren’t enough youngsters to establish a school, Lehrer said. Now the Jewish community exceeds 4,000. “We have a pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and primary school, and a youth center,” said Lehrer, who dreams of educating a new generation of cantors. (Konnik, another of the newly ordained rabbis, already is working as cantor in Magdeburg.) Surovtsev, 25, had dreamed of being a lawyer or social worker, but his summer camp counselors and teachers in Pinsk predicted that “one day I will become a rabbi.” He started studying at the Lauder yeshiva immediately after his family moved to Germany six years ago and eventually transitioned to rabbinical studies. His family is proud, “especially my grandmother; her grandfather was also a rabbi,” Surovtsev said. When Surovtsev is asked how Jews can live in Germany today, he answers with his own question: “How can Jews live in Ukraine or Spain?” For him, the biggest challenge is not combating anti-Semitism or defending religious freedoms, but rather encouraging pride in Jewish identity. “I am trying to answer this challenge with my own example," Surovtsev said, "and hoping that my work as rabbi will show to the people that to be a Jew is very unique and wonderful thing.”


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tion as it was developing during the middle part of this century was only with us for 35 years.” Paul was honored at services Saturday by the congregation for his contributions to the Conservative shul. The tradition dates back to 1973 when Paul asked Rabbi Arnold Asher, a former classmate of his from the Jew ish Theological Seminary, if there was anything he could do to help out after the latter had suffered a heart attack. Asher requested Paul co-officiate at services. Obligingly, the senior lecturer at Tel-Aviv and Hebrew universities flew in to do so. At the time, he simply Rabbi Shalom Paul, outside of Shaare Zedek Synagogue on Friday. Photo: Yana Hotter thought it was a one-time happenstance. “That started a 40-year love affair with of his career at Hebrew University in ironically, there were times when some the congregation,” he remembers. Jerusalem where he has twice chaired congregants who only attended during That love affair was mutual. the Bible department and now holds the the High Holidays thought Paul was the “He has a way during long services to rank of professor emeritus. He has been regular rabbi. bring you back just when the mind is a guest lecturer at synagogues and edu“There were several interim rabbis so beginning to wander,” said Marilyn Sue cational institutions on five continents every time they came, they would see me Kunitz, a member of the congregation for and, at present, chairs the Dead Sea on the pulpit and another rabbi and they more than a half- century. “He’s so Scrolls Project. assumed that since they always saw me, dynamic that it’s just awe-inspiring.” Paul said that he has spent the High I was the permanent rabbi and the other Nira Asher-Geller, widow of Rabbi Holidays in St. Louis nearly every year was the assistant,” chuckled Paul. “They Asher, has hosted Paul at the family’s since Asher’s invitation and likes to visit would call up the office and say ‘Could home since his first visit. family back in Pennsylvania during this Rabbi Paul please conduct our marriage “He always brings a lot of joy, joking time as well as do a few lectures in the ceremony?’” and laughter,” she said. “We really love United States while he’s in the country. Fasman called Paul a kind man with a having him.” Interviewed during this trip in the Asher good heart and an engaging, humorous Suzanne Broddon, who has been at family living room, he’d just come in style in the pulpit. He also said Paul was Shaare Zedek for 54 years, wrote a trib- from a talk in New York and planned to a rabbinic resource more often than simute to the rabbi for his honoring last do an event in Chicago before returning ply during the High Holidays. week. Interviewed earlier this month, she to Shaare Zedek for Yom Kippur. “As a rabbi, he’s been a mentor to me,” described him as a brilliant scholar of His High Holiday message to the local he said. “He’s been somebody who international fame. congregation is a simple one. throughout the year, I could routinely call “Over the years, several families have “The importance of making a life for upon if I had questions or wanted some become so close with him,” said the yourself is as important as making a liv- advice on something. That’s a very speClayton resident. “He manages to make ing for yourself,” he said. “There are so cial thing for a rabbi to be able to have a sure that he touches each family. He has many people who worry about making a rabbi.” great pastoral qualities also however it is living and forget about making a life.” Paul said Fasman and he have good really his personality and dynamic Sometimes he also gets a message in chemistry in the pulpit together and speaking which has drawn the congrega- return. For his 30-year anniversary, called the latter a man of integrity who is tion to him. We love having him come Shaare Zedek named him a rabbi emeri- deeply devoted to the congregation. back every year. It’s like coming home.” tus. Other recognitions however, have As for Paul, his connection to St. Louis It feels that way for Paul as well. The been just as rewarding. is as strong as ever. The year before his soft-spoken Philadelphia native has good “Every once in a while, a person will first visit to Shaare Zedek, he was a memories of St. Louis, which extend come up to me and say ‘I want you to scholar-in-residence at B’nai Amoona back to before he even visited here. He know that your message changed my and he’s also lectured at Washington enjoyed following the Cardinals growing life’,” he said. “That is so moving and University and Eden Theological up since Stan Musial was a favorite play- comes from the depths of one’s soul. Just Seminary. The last two years, he did a er of the future rabbi. for that person, it was worthwhile com- guest lecture at the Jewish Community “It was just something about him,” ing in.” Center. explained Paul, “his stance, the way he Paul notes that the longevity of the Does he plan to make any changes to held the bat.” relationship between the congregation his sermon or style of delivery in the Paul, who has held teaching positions and a visiting rabbi is unusual in an age future? since 1960 at institutions throughout the when even regular pulpit rabbis typically “I think the best thing to do is ask me United States and Israel, has spent much have highly mobile career paths. In fact, after the next 40 years,” he laughs.

Cemeteries start fund to replace broken and faded monuments

Local Jewish cemeteries have started a fund to honor the memory of the deceased who have broken or faded monuments. The fund will use 100 percent of designated contributions to replace the hundreds of monuments in older sections of the various Jewish cemeteries. Rosenbloom Monument Company is cooperating with the Jewish cemeteries in this project; the Jewish Community is invited to help through its contributions. Participating cemeteries include Chesed Shel Emeth, New Mt. Sinai, Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol, Chevra Kadisha, United Hebrew and B’nai Amoona. Contact Stanley Citerman director of Chesed Shel Emeth Society at 314-4691891 or email csegraves@peeoplepc. com to donate or for further information.

JCC Youth Theatre auditions The Jewish Community Center’s Youth Theatre will hold auditions for students in grades 8-10 from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Staenberg Family Complex for a musical production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” planned in March. No previous experience is needed, and all who audition are cast. Call ahead to reserve a time slot for auditions. Discounts and scholarships are available. The cost to take part in the production is $235 for members and $265 for the general public. Contact Cindy Lewis at clewis@jccstl. org or 314-442-3239 for an audition slot. Register online at www.jccstl.com/programs/arts-culture.

UMSL gallery presents Nazi resistance exhibit Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis will present the American debut of an exhibition on German resistance to Hitler’s National Socialism from 1933 to 1945. The exhibition, “Es lebe die Freiheit!” (Long Live Freedom!), consists of 25 large panels, peppered with pictures, documents and some of the resisters’ own words. The exhibit will open Sept. 19 and run through Oct. 18. An opening reception will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Gallery 210. Creators of the panel display will be in attendance. The event is free and open to the public. Call 314-516-6620 or email gcc@umsl.edu to RSVP or for more information.

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Recipes continued from page 12 Chilled Herb Yogurt Soup Ingredients 2 cups low fat or whole milk Greek yogurt 1 ½ cups ice cold water ½ cup pitted and snipped Medjool dates, or golden raisins 1 cup peeled and diced seedless cucumber (You may use a regular cucumber and remove the seeds before dicing.) ¼ cup each chopped mint, dill, and chives plus more for garnish ½ cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped 1 tsp. coarse kosher salt, plus more as

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needed ¼ tsp. fresh ground black pepper, plus more as needed Directions In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt and water. Add dates, cucumber, herbs, and nuts. Stir in salt and pepper and taste for seasoning, adding more salt and pepper as desired. Cover bowl tightly and refrigerate overnight and up to 2 days. Before serving, re-whisk soup and ladle into bowls. Garnish with additional herbs. Makes 6 servings.

Chopped Herring and Apple Salad Ingredients 1, 16- ounce jar herring fillets in wine sauce 1 slice challah or rye bread 2 tart apples, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks 2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and quartered 1 sprig fresh parsley 1 tsp. sugar Cocktail rye, mini bagels, or sliced challah for serving Directions Drain jar of herring in a colander in your sink. Rinse under cold water and transfer herring fillets and onions, only, into the bowl of

a food processor. Place bread in a bowl and sprinkle with cold water. Squeeze water from bread and add bread to herring. Add apple pieces and pulse to chop. Add eggs, parsley, and sugar. Process until mixture is finely chopped, though, not pureed. Scrape salad into a container with a tightfitting lid or into a small serving bowl covered tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. Center the bowl of herring salad on a medium-sized serving platter. Arrange bread or bagels around the perimeter. Makes 8 servings.

Baked Orzo and Vegetable Casserole Ingredients 12 oz. orzo (can be found in pasta aisle) 1 teaspoon salt for boiling water ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided, plus extra for oiling dish 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced 1 pound any variety mushrooms, cleaned and quartered 3 medium zucchini, trimmed, halved length wise, and sliced ¼ inch thick 1 teaspoons dried oregano 1 can diced tomatoes, 14-ounce 1 large bunch basil leaves, stems removed, leaves piled one on top of the other, and thily sliced plus more for chopping and adding just before serving 1 tsp. honey ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted (optional) 1 cup (4 ounces) fresh grated Parmesan cheese, divided Salt, ground black pepper, to taste Directions Fill a large soup pot ¾ of the way with

water. Add salt and bring to a boil. Add orzo and cook for about 8 minutes, or until just tender. Scoop out ¼ cup pasta water and set aside. Drain orzo and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil and toss to coat pasta completely. Set aside. Oil a 13x9-inch baking dish or oven-safe pot and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute, or until softened but not browned. Increase heat and add mushrooms, zucchini, and oregano. Continue to sauté vegetable mixture over medium heat until mushrooms and zucchini have softened and released some of their moisture, 5-7 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil, and honey and simmer mixture, uncovered, for an additional 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Turn contents of skillet into bowl of orzo, along with reserved pasta

(Adapted from “Flour” by Joanne Chang) Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour ¾ cup cake flour 1 ½ tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. coarse kosher salt ¾ tsp. cinnamon ¼ tsp. cloves 1 ½ cups granulated sugar ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 2 large eggs, at room temperature 3 medium tart apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped ½ cup golden raisins Powdered sugar, for dusting Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 10-inch round or 12x8-inch rectangular cake pan. Whisk together both flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves in a medium bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add the flour and spice mixture and beat until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating mixture after each one. Continue to beat for 1 minute until mixture becomes light and fluffy. Remove bowl from mixer and gently fold in apples and raisins. Spoon mixture into prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until cake is set and a dark golden brown. Transfer pan onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely. When cool, turn cake out onto a platter. Cover platter well with aluminum foil. Let remain at room temperature overnight. Before serving, dust with powdered sugar. Makes 8-10 servings.

water, and stir to combine. Add pine nuts, if using, and ¾ cup Parmesan cheese. Stir to incorporate. Set dish, uncovered, into oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Cover with foil paper, and refrigerate overnight. The next day, remove orzo from refrigerator and let reach room temperature, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Uncover dish and bake casserole for 15 minutes, or until heated through. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining ¼ -cup Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil before serving. Makes 6-8 servings.

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Apricot-Toasted Pecan Rugelach Ingredients Dough: 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour Pinch of salt 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter at room temperture 4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature 1 egg white, beaten with a drop of water, for glaze Filling: 1/3 cup apricot jam or preserves that have been pureed in a blender OR apricotspread 1 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 egg white lightly beaten with 1 tsp. water for egg-wash ¼ cup powdered sugar, for dusting Directions Dough: Sift flour and salt together into a small bowl, or mix with a whisk to combine. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture, mixing only until combined. Gather the dough in your hands, and form into a smooth ball. Divide ball into 2 balls, and wrap each one in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour, or overnight. Filling: Toast, cool, and chop pecans. Combine cinnamon and granulated sugar in a small bowl. Mix in pecans. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Place one dough circle on a lightly floured counter. Roll dough into a circle approximately 10-12 inches in diameter. Lightly brush circle with apricot jam and sprinkle with half of cinnamon/sugar mixture. Using a pizza wheel or small sharp knife, cut circle into 12 equal wedges. Roll each wedge toward the center to the small pointed end. Place each cookie, end pointed down, onto prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Place rugelach 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Brush with beaten egg white. Bake in preheated oven until golden, about 18-20 minutes. Transfer cookies from baking sheet to a rack to cool completely. Store rugelach in zip-lock bags or an airtight tin at room temperature for up to 3 days. Before serving, dust rugelach with powdered sugar. Yield: 2 dozen rugelach

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Jan Nykin considers the Para-Rabbinic certification she earned last summer as her fifth career, “the one that ties all my work together.” She has worked in special education, teaching at a psychiatric hospital. She had a learningdisability-tutoring practice and served as a school counselor. As a social worker, she worked on a dialysis unit, where she helped people talk about death and dying. Now a psychotherapist in private practice, Nykin leads two support groups that meet monthly at Temple Israel in Creve Coeur, where she has been a member since she was 5. The groups are “Exploring Life’s Journey” and “Life in Transition.” Both groups are free and open to anyone. Nykin made time recently to talk about her work.

learning to live with loss. We don’t mourn for just that thing we lost, but also for the loss of dreams and unfulfilled expectations. We uncover the multiple emotional losses that are secondary to the primary loss. This requires tremendous physical and emotional energy and you have to be patient and gentle with yourself . . What is the goal? To accept and move forward, to adapt — but also to find how to relate to the situation. The group helps people develop a sense of who they are now, and teaches healthy ways of beginning in a new and different world. At the end of the year, typically people do not come back. They have grown and found resolution. Do you find this work fulfilling?

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WORK: Psychotherapist and leader of the “Exploring Life’s Journey” and “Life in Transition” support groups HOME: Creve Coeur FAMILY: A daughter, Tricia, 27, in Los Angeles, and twin 25-year-old sons, David, in San Francisco, and Geoffrey, in Chicago INTERESTS: Volunteer work, reading, movies, theater, lunch with friends

Both my parents worked in clinical psychology, so it was always the way I looked at world, and I also learned as a child to love my Judaism and share it with world. I love to help people — I want to help each individual be filled with joy. For more information about Nykin’s groups and fall starting dates, call 314-432-8050.

What are some of the topics at the sessions? We start with spirituality — what is it, how it resonates with you and whether you have had any spiritual experiences. We talk about meditation. Then we move into a discussion of prayer. We read all of David’s Psalms and also the Proverbs of Solomon, which are based on Jewish wisdom. Do you recite any prayers? We say the words of the Shema Yisrael, because with years of repetition, we can forget what we are saying. We practice several ways of saying it and then everybody says it out loud, together. That helps us feel a connection with all Jewish people, and elevates all of us. What else happens in the group? We write a mission statement for our life’s purpose and we talk about our vision for accomplishing this purpose. We assess how to become the best person possible. The last session is on death.

At “Life in Transition,” participants share personal experiences with losses of any kind — death, divorce, job loss or retirement. Is this a traditional grieving group? No. We look at loss — not specifically death — so this group is different from all others. Talk a bit about the group. We address any loss where the identity and emotional connection was so great that you have to reconfigure who you are as a response to it. People come in with all different losses, and what I talk about is relevant to each person. How so? This is about process. Transition is an inward process and change is the outward manifestation of that process. We begin by addressing grief and mourning as personal expressions of loss. Then we look at feelings, thoughts, what’s going on socially and what’s going on physically. Does that help people adapt to loss? Yes. Mourning is the process of facing, adapting to and

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Talk about the goal of “Exploring Life’s Journey.” The goal is to help people in the Jewish community see if they can find a direct connection with God as we explore life and the transitions that occur in life.

“Exploring Life’s Journey starts after the High Holy Days and runs through August. Does every participant come to every session? No. People come and go as they need to.

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continued from page 11 they misguidedly point their citizens’ hatred toward the Jewish State. And the worst? The most direct statement of the threat appears in yesterday’s edition of the online Times of Israel (www.timesofisrael.com). Dr. Gregory Stanton, who founded the group Genocide Watch, indicates that of his eightpoint classification of genocide predictability – classification, symbolization, dehumanization, organization, polarization, preparation, extermination and denial – Iran has already whipped through the first six in relation to genocide directed at Israel and Jews. Many say being the Israeli Prime Minister is the toughest

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job in the world – yes, tougher than American president, given the extreme threats, both internal and existential, that confront the tiny nation. So it’s perfectly understandable that even a tough-armored guy like Bibi shows signs of frustration and exasperation when the American-Israeli relationship cannot be effectively managed in a way that best suits his situation. Still, the goal of the prime minister, whoever it is, must be to act in a way that maximizes the prospect of safety for his or her country. By letting the disagreements between Washington and Jerusalem get the better of him in public rhetoric, there’s little substantive relative to Israeli security that’s likely to be gained. It may be that Bibi wishes the American administration comprised different people, or a different party, or that its diplomacy was conducted differently. It may be that he

wishes the U.S. would agree with Israel that the right time for attack is sooner than later and that sanctions are ultimately ineffectual. And it may be that he thinks that our country’s support for Israel is waning, regardless of who’s in charge. Those are all reasonable thoughts to tick through, along with many others, when he and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak are considering whether Israel should or shouldn’t initiate unilateral conduct against Iran. But those who would avoid or deflect criticism of Bibi by pointing fingers at American policy should remember he has continued to insist on Israel’s right to make decisions independently of the U.S. He most definitely has that right, and with that right comes the responsibility to be judged appropriately on his own conduct.

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motivation for not repeating the sin must not be because one is afraid of someone else or out of weakness but rather because one truly feels repentant in his/her heart. With this deeper meaning and explanation tshuvah now becomes a more challenging and involved process. It is not merely about asking for forgiveness or throwing bread crumbs into the water, but requires some soul searching, self-control, deep thought, and reflection. It also is something that cannot be completed during the period of the High Holidays, but goes on throughout the year. If you were to replay your life and have a second chance, would you act differently? Human nature is difficult to change and habits are difficult to break. This is our sacred task and this is the challenge. Next time you come upon a chance to repeat a transgression, hurt someone’s feelings, cheat, lie, or gossip, think twice. Be among those in our community who will do tshuvah g’murah, complete repentance. G’mar Chatimah Tovah. May we all be inscribed in the Book of Life for a year of health, blessing, and happiness.

religion should celebrate human nobility. Enlightenment rabbis began paring away Yom Kippur’s heavy accent on sin. From then until now, new liturgies (usually Reform and Reconstructionist) have shortened the confessions, translated them to lessen their overall impact and created new ones that addressed more obvious shortcomings of human society. But traditionalist liturgies too tried to underscore human promise and explain away the aspects of the confessions that no one believed anymore. Al Chet “is an enumeration of all the sins and errors known to mankind,” said Samson Raphael Hirsch, the founder of Modern Orthodoxy. It is not as if we, personally, have done them, but some Jew somewhere has, and as the Talmud says, “All Israelites are responsible for one another.” Some would say today that as much as the 19th century revealed the human capacity for progress, the 20th and 21st centuries have demonstrated the very opposite. Perhaps we really are as sinful as the traditional liturgy says. Religious “progressives” respond by saying that we suffer only from a failure of nerve and that more than ever, Yom Kippur should reaffirm the liberal faith in human dignity, nobility and virtue. At stake on Yom Kippur this year is not just one confession rather than another, but our faith in humankind and the kind of world we think we are still capable of building. I am not yet ready to throw in the Enlightenment towel. Back in 1824, Rabbi Gotthold Salomon of Hamburg gave a sermon in which he said, “All of us feel, to one extent or other, that, in spirit and soul, we belong to a higher order than the ephemeral. We feel that we are human in the most noble sense of the word, that we are closely connected to the Father of all existence, and that we could have no higher purpose than to show ourselves worthy of this relationship.” Those words ring true for us today. We have something to gain from the Enlightenment’s belief that acting for human betterment is the noble thing to do, and that acting nobly is still possible.

Michael Medved described the film as “less than high school quality,” as being “not something that was on anybody’s radar screen.” A 14-minute clip of the film (it’s not clear if there was truly more) made its way onto YouTube and reportedly was seized upon by Nader Bakkar of the Egyptian Salafist Noor Party, a hardline radical party that considers the Muslim Brotherhood too “moderate.” Bakkar called upon his followers, who hold about 25 percent of seats in Egypt’s Parliament, to protest at the U.S. Embassy. Those protests led, in turn, to the violence at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and then to at least 20 other capitals in the Arab/Muslim world. Punishing the perpetrators: President Obama, in his remarks on the attacks that resulted in the deaths of Stevens and his associates, said, “Make no mistake. Justice will be done.” The moderate government in Libya, with which Stevens had been working closely and cordially, has already arrested some suspects in the Benghazi killings. The administration has also dispatched war ships into the region to beef up security in Libya, Egypt and other major Middle East and other diplomatic facilities. Defending free expression: On the streets of Cairo, NBC Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel was asked by puzzled demonstrators why the U.S. would “allow” the horrible film that defamed Muslims to be produced at all. Engel had a hard time explaining that freedom of speech and press are bedrock principles of the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights. Don’t justify the attacks:  Violent, terroristic groups and fanatic regimes have seized upon other works as pretexts for violence, including the “fatwa” and death threat against Salman Rushdie, author of “The Satanic Verses,” by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who called it “blasphemous.” In 2004 Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh (a descendant of the family of Vincent Van Gogh) was stabbed to death by an Islamist radical who objected to Van Gogh’s film “Submission.” In 2005, a Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, published cartoons depicting Muhammed wearing a bomb for a turban. The images set off riots across the world in which scores were killed or injured. We must not allow fanatics and terrorists to censor free expression. However, those who take advantage of these precious freedoms should do so responsibly and voluntarily exercise restraint and self-censorship when it comes to publishing or producing inflammatory books or films. As we approach yet another Jewish Year filled with challenges as well as hope, I wish to extend to all of our readers our best wishes for a happy, healthy, sweet and fulfilling New Year 5773.

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INSIDE SPORTS by Skip Erwin

In its first football game as a member of the Southwest Conference, the Missouri Tigers lost 41-20 to the 7th ranked Georgia Bulldogs at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. A sellout crowd of 71,004 was in attendance for the Saturday, Sept. 8 game. Missouri turnovers were the difference in the Tigers loss to the Bulldogs. For Mizzou, which had its ups and downs, there was no margin for error against this extremely talented “Dawgs” team. The first quarter was scoreless. The Tigers led at halftime 10-9, and would have had another touchdown, when Missouri quarterback James Franklin’s 50-yard-pass with two seconds left in the first half went through the arms of wide receiver Marcus Lucas in the Georgia end zone. Missouri had some good moments. Franklin and Lucas connected on a 41-yard pass for Mizzou’s first touchtown. At the start of the third quarter, Missouri wide receiver L’Damian Washington took a short pass from Franklin and outran the Georgia defense for an electrifying 69-yard touchdown. Also at the start of the fourth quarter, with Missouri down 27-20, tailback Kendial Lawrence, on a 49-yard zigzag run up the middle, gave Mizzou some new life, but it faltered when another chance filtered away on the Georgia thirty. The Tigers, on fourth and four, were penalized on a false start that cost the team five yards and had to punt. Missouri center Mitch Morse’s third snap after the opening kickoff sailed over quarterback Franklin’s head to the Mizzou one for a 24-yard loss. Missouri gambled on its own 35, down 24-20 to Georgia early in the fourth quarter, faking a punt on a 4th and eleven, and gained only three yards. The Bulldogs countered with a 38-yard field goal, giving them a 27-20 lead. They scored 17 more straight points, making the final score a 41-20 Georgia victory. Franklin had to leave the field twice because of a new NCAA ruling that when a player loses his helmet he must sit on the sideline for one play before returning to the game. It is a precautionary measure to prevent concussions and other head injuries. The rule already has come under considerable criticism. Why, I don’t know. Unfortunately in the game, offensive tackle Elvis Fisher, who has missed the last two years because of a severe knee injury, suffered a knee strain early in the game and will be out of action indefinitely. Offensive guard Jack Meiners, also with a strained knee was out for the second straight week. Mizzou now has just five of its top 10 linemen available. All Big 12 linebacker Zavier Gooden also suffered a hamstring injury that will keep him out indefinitely. It goes with the territory.

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Is Israel facing Iran alone? “I am doing everything in my power to turn everyone against Iran. We are safeguarding our ability to act on our own in the face of any threat to our security and our future. The entire world is besieging Iran, financially speaking, and we should encourage that. “A large part of the world has enlisted to the cause and answered our call. There is an international framework to press Iran, but we still can’t say that, despite all the real difficulties imposed on Iran’s economy, it is stopping Iranian aspirations. I see both sides of the equation, but I’m not satisfied with just one.” Is Israel prepared for an attack on the homefront? “We are living in the missile age, which we entered during the Gulf War. There has been a decades-long gap in preparedness. An entire generation has gone by without proper homefront preparations. I take this issue very seriously, and I hold meetings on homefront preparedness every other week. I am personally involved in the matter. In the same way that I was personally involved in building the fence in Sinai [along the Israeli-Egyptian border], which has stopped infiltrators, thus, here, we are also working methodically. “We can’t protect every point in Israel, but we can protect most of it. One of the things that has made me very happy is the fact that the Iron Dome [missile interceptor system] has become operational. It was a decision I made during my term, and the results have been good.” “But it is important to remember this: You can protect

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from missiles in one way or another, but there is one thing there is no protection from: the atom bomb. The only thing that can protect us is preventing it from becoming a reality in the hands of the enemy. And, of course, we have to clarify to anyone who ever considers attacking Israel with weapons of mass destruction that he does so at his own peril.” It looks as though housing prices in Israel have begun climbing again, despite various government measures. Will there be additional measures to bring housing prices down? “According to the data I have, housing prices have risen by 1.8 percent since the beginning of the year. That is far less than in previous years. Prices are too high, in my opinion, and we are working to increase the supply of apartments. The current supply stands at 80,000 units. That is why the sharp price hike has leveled out. But we want more. Opening up the main routes on the highways will help. What was once considered to be in the periphery will no longer be in the periphery. Using the freeway you can get [to central Israel] in a short time and you can

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afford a house with a yard. You have to leave Gush Dan [central Israel] and then you can see the revolution. Even inside Gush Dan you can see the revolution.” You have been blamed for the collapsing communications market: for involvement, or inaction, in saving Channel 10 and the collapse of the Maariv newspaper. “Funny that no such allegations were made when industrial plants were forced to close down. I don’t think that we, as a government, can or should intervene in the communications market. If we do we will be accused of the opposite—people will say that we are controlling the media by providing assistance to this or that media outlet. There is a real problem in the market. It is simply too small to support the number of media outlets that exist. I hope that all the channels and newspapers find a way to survive, but the government can’t do everything.” When should we expect Israeli general elections? “Sometime in 2013.” Read the full interview with Prime Minister Netanyahu on the Israel Hayom website at http://www.israelhayom. com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=5813

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the woman goes to the mikva/ritual bath (by which time she is likely to be ovulating). Before that she monitors her progress towards purity with a series of white cloths. If there is any confusion about her vaginal emissions, the husband takes the cloths for inspection to the Rebbe. The Satmar Hasidim are particularly divided from mainstream Jewry by their anti-Zionism. The Satmars believe, writes Feldman, “that the genocide of the Jews [came] as punishment for assimilation and Zionism.” (A debatable concept, because the American Jews who were least affected by the Holocaust, were also the most assimilated.) For the Satmars, Feldman adds, “The idea that we could bring about our own redemption from exile [is] preposterous! Faithful Jews wait for the messiah; they don’t take up guns...and do the work themselves.”

Since “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots: A Memoir” has been published, Feldman has appeared as a guest on “The View,” of which Barbara Walters is one of several co-hosts, and book sales may have been boosted by notoriety within the Satmar community. Her ex-husband admits to being hurt. (Likely because of the comments about the canine quality of his “libidinous” advances.) Other Satmars accuse Feldman of lying. They say she was not, as she claims, abandoned while very young by her mother and mentally-challenged father citing an ongoing marriage which produced a previously, unmentioned, younger sister. However, Feldman did well to gloss over the ins and outs of her family life. What is clear and important is that, for a significant period, through marriage at 17, she was raised by her ultra-Orthodox grandparents.  Feldman’s story includes questionable judgment, pettiness, materialism, narrow

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vision, naïveté and some mediocre writing. When she meets her future sister-in-law, she reports thinking, “Who’s going to marry you, looking like that?” There is an unsettling photo of a “liberated” Feldman in jeans and pointy-toe heels, slumped on a bench with two fingers in the air—around a cigarette. She also writes about a “$100 lunch” at a vegetarian restaurant (a lot of beans for beans!) and notes the ”conspicuously gentile-looking” waiter. Conspicuous to whom? I am willing to chalk these things up to youth and inexperience while applauding the memoirist’s bravery in cutting herself loose from her entire prior life. And despite flaws, she has written a riveting account from what might as well be the far side of the moon.

Markovits’ novel shows compassion Anouk Markovits was raised by her Satmar family in France. When she was a young woman, her family sent her to New

York for an arranged marriage with a young Satmar man she had never met. Shortly after arriving, Markovits left the Satmar community and sought training and later employment as an architect. An earlier novel was written in French; this is her first English novel. Markovits’s story rolls back to Nazi persecution in Transylvania and the controversial survival of the Satmar Rebbe, Joel Teitelbaum, through the special and nearly exclusive protection of Rudolph Kastner who was later charged with Nazi conspiracy. Then the narrative evolves into an aching love-story between Mila Heller and Josef Lichtenstein whose marriage, by barrenness and religiosity, is doomed. The writing and plot is somewhat uneven, medically fuzzy, but often poetic and psychologically insightful. Importantly, Markovits brings to the table affection and understanding for the men and women who remain in the Satmar community and try to balance piety and humanity.

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Amy Frances Campbell, daughter of Dean Burns Campbell and Frances Kay Campbell (née Schmittling) of Couterville, Ill. and Jeffrey Heath Spector, son of Saralyn Deadmond (née Lorberbaum) of Maryville, Ill. and Allan Richard Spector of Alhambra, Ill. have announced their engagement. She is the granddaughter of the late Francis Joseph Schmittling and the late Margaret Theresa Schmittling Fix (née Elless) of Belleville, and the late Melvin Lester Campbell and the late Thelma Mueller Campbell (née Burns) of Coulterville, Ill. He is the grandson of the late Jacob Sol Lorberbaum and the late Sabina Lorberbaum (née Horwitz) of St. Louis and the late Harold Spector and Mary Spector (née Rich) of St. Louis. The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, a 2008 graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law with a juris doctor degree and a 2010 graduate of Southern Illinois

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Stephanie Lynn Susman, daughter of Shelby and Bob Susman of St. Louis and Adam Pasch, son of Deborah Pasch of Columbia, Mo. were married June 6, 2012 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, where Rabbi Howard Kaplansky and Rabbi Josef Davidson officiated. A wedding reception followed the ceremony. She is the granddaughter of Bernard and the late Lorraine Susman of St. Louis and the late Norman and the late Zelda Zarick of Cape Cod, Mass. He is the grandson of Deborah Pasch of Columbia, Mo. The bride chose her sister, Jane Susman, as maid of honor. The bride’s friends Kara Silverglat and Katie Hanlon were bridesmaids. The groom chose his brother, Michael Pasch, as his best man. The groom’s friends AJ Rich, David Lizzo and Mark Hirsch served as groomsmen. Following a wedding trip to San Pedro, Belize, the couple resides in St. Louis.

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chailights Friday, Sept. 21 Film at Covenant House Enjoy Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey in the comedy thriller “Bernie,” screening at 1 p.m. in the Helene Mirowitz Theatre of Covenant House II. Free and open to the community; refreshments provided. For more information call 314- 432-1610.

Fall prevention for good living  Join Dr. Susy Stark from Washington University’s School of Medicine in a lively interactive discussion of how to avoid falls and the steps to take to create a safe home environment. This St. Louis NORC event takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Gathering Place at the JCC. Open to the community but RSVPs required to Laura at 314-442-3255.

Saturday, Sept. 22 Musical Havdalah and movie Come for an inspiring outdoor, musical Shabbat Shuvah (the Shabbat prior to Yom Kippur) Havdalah at 8 p.m. in the backyard of Bais Abraham, 6910 Delmar Boulevard. Following will be a bonfire and snacks, plus the screening of the internationally acclaimed movie about Shlomo Carlebach, inspirational rabbi, musician and teacher. The movie is in English and Hebrew with English subtitles. Free and open to the community. For more information, call 314-721-3030 or visit www.baisabe.com.

Connecting Generations Shabbat services at Covenant House Connecting Generations is an interactive program with the Neve Shalom Religious School and Covenant House/CHAI Residents. This program offers an opportunity to attend shabbat services at 10 a.m., followed by a special kiddush and learning experience. Services will be held in the Carl and Helene Mirowitz Chapel in Covenant House I Apartments, 10 Millstone Campus Drive. All are welcome to attend services. For more information call 314-432-1610.

Rick Recht part of Nepal benefit Rick Recht will be one of the performers at an upcoming concert benefiting Mitrata Nepal Foundation for Children’s programs and college scholarship trust for students in Nepal. The concert takes place at Logan College of Chiropractic’s Purser Center, 1851 Schoettler Road, and will feature the Farshid Etniko Band featuring Dawn Weber and Todd Ferris Mosby, Nepali Dancers Grishma Amatya and Saraswoti Sapkota and Belly Dance Mirage. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; General admission tickets are $35 and student tickets are $15. For more information, visit www.mitrata.org.

Sunday, Sept. 23 Sukkah Building Calling all builders and decorators: come help put up and beautify the Bais Abraham sukkah. If you can help build the sukkah, come at 10 a.m. There will be a sukkah-decorating workshop for kids at 11 a.m.

Crown Center offers trip to cemeteries Pay respects to loved ones while amongst friends during a Crown Center bus trip to local Jewish cemeteries — the bus will make stops at Chevra Kadisha, Chesed Shel Emeth and Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol. Bus fare is free but space is limited. RSVP to 314-991-2055.

Community Against Poverty Volunteer Fair planned More than 30 local organizations that need volunteers to help in their efforts to combat poverty will be in attendance from 3 to 5 p.m. when

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ests.  Free and open to the community, but RSVP required to Laura at 314-442-3255.

In the spotlight Discussion of ‘The Jewish Annotated New Testament’ The Jewish Community Relations Council’s Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations has partnered with Aquinas Institute of Theology and Eden Theological Seminary to present a discussion of “The Jewish Annotated New Testament” by Amy-Jill Levine from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at Aquinas, 23 South Spring Avenue. Levine is Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Her books include “The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus,” the edited collection, “The Historical Jesus in Context,” and the 14-volume edited series, “Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writings.” With Marc Brettler of Brandeis University, she has edited the “Jewish Annotated New Testament,” and she has written, with her Vanderbilt Colleague Douglas Knight, “The Meaning of the Bible: What The Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us.” Levine combines historical-critical rigor,

the Community Against Poverty coalition sponsors its fifth annual Volunteer Fair, taking place at The Heights, 8001 Dale Avenue in Richmond Heights. The event features a keynote address by Martin Rafanan, executive director of Gateway 180: Homeless Reversed. Participants will have an opportunity to talk with representatives from area nonprofit agencies to learn about volunteer opportunities.  For more information, call the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Gail Wechsler at 314-442-3894 or 314503-5814 or visit www.jcrcstl.org or www.communityagainstpoverty.org.

JCC Youth Theatre teen auditions The Jewish Community Center’s Youth Theatre will hold auditions for students in grades 8-10 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Staenberg Family Complex for a musical production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” planned in March. No previous experience is needed, and all who audition are cast. Call ahead to reserve a time slot for auditions. Discounts and scholarships are available. The cost to take part in the production is $235 for members and $265 for the general public. Contact Cindy Lewis at clewis@jccstl.org or 314-442-3239 for an audition slot. Register online at www.jccstl.com/programs/arts-culture.

New Mt. Sinai Cemetery conducts annual memorial service New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Road, will hold its annual Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. in the Community Mausoleum. Cantor Seth Warner of Shaare Emeth will conduct the service and he will chant the liturgy with Daniel Brodsky of B’nai El and Linda Blumenthal. Instrumental music will be played by Silvian Iticovici of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. The program will include the names of those who have been interred at New Mt. Sinai since last Yom Kippur and will conclude with the sounding of the shofar by the Loewenstein family. Free and open to the community. For more information, call 314353-2540.

Monday, Sept. 24 Arts and crafts at Covenant House Those interested in arts and crafts and wanting to make new friends will enjoy the arts and crafts class at Covenant House, which features making sukkah decorations this month. The class begins at 1 p.m. at 8 Millstone Campus Drive,

Movie at Garden Villas Garden Villas Retirement Community resident Marty Hyatt is organizing a weekly movie screening on Thursdays at 2 p.m., including popcorn, refreshments, and a Jewish-influenced movie provided by the Brodsky Library.  This week’s film is “Cabaret.”  Garden Villas is located at 13590 South Outer 40 Road in Chesterfield.  Call 314-434-2520 for more information.

Friday, Sept. 28 Film at Covenant House Amy-Jill Levine literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist and homophobic theologies. A free-will offering will be accepted. Preregistration for this event is encouraged: Call 314-442-3871 or email abaer@jcrcstl.org. Supporting organizations include Interfaith Partnership / Faith Beyond Walls and the Saint Louis Rabbinical Association.

lower level of Covenant House II Apartments, in the Covenant House Office. It’s free and open to the community. Refreshments provided. To RSVP or for more information, call 314-432-1610.

St. Louis NORC class St. Louis NORC will offer a class, “Sustaining Skin Beauty,” led by make-up artist Shanell Crosswhite at 7 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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The film “Darling Companion,” featuring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline, will be shown at 1 p.m. at Covenant House’s Helene Mirowitz Theatre, 8 Millstone Campus Drive, lower level of Covenant House II Apartments. Free and open to the community; refreshments provided. For more information, call 314-432-1610.

Tuesday, Oct. 2 Shaare Emeth program welcomes author Michael Kahn The Litvag Local Authors Program welcomes mystery writer Michael Kahn from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Youth Lounge at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road . Kahn will discuss, “Why Truth is Stranger than Fiction,” followed by a Q&A session. Kahn is the award-winning author of “Trophy Widow,” “Bearing Witness” and five other suspense novels starring savvy St. Louis trial lawyer, Rachel Gold. The event is made possible by the Litvag Family Fund for the Local Authors Program in Memory of Irving Litvag.

Wednesday, Oct. 3 ‘Three Ring Sukkos’ offers family fun

This group meets at 1:30 p.m. in the Crown Center classroom. Open to anyone with an affinity for the mama loshen, the class is facilitated by Thelma Edelstein and David Levine. All levels welcome. Free. Jewish programs are made possible with funding from the Gladys K. Crown Foundation, with support from the Lilian Jossem Fund of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Bais Abraham, Torah Mitzion Kollel and the P.J. Library will sponsor “Three Ring Sukkos” starting at 5 p.m. at Bais Abraham, 6910 Delmar Boulevard in University City. There will be sukkah and circus fun for children of all ages, including clowns, jugglers, balloon animals, cotton candy, popcorn and more food and fun. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a Simchat Beit Hashoevah Sukkot Party celebration with live music, dinner, dancing and fun. For more information, call 314-7213030 or email office@baisabe.com.

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St. Louis NORC will offer a “Readers Advisory” computer class led by an instructor from the county library system, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Brodsky Library. Participants will learn how to search for authors to match their reading inter-

NHBZ Yiddish club Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Yiddish Club invites the community to its monthly (first Thursday)

In the spotlight Hazzan Dulkin offers songs for Sukkot at Shaare Zedek The Shaare Zedek Sisterhood will feature a special celebration of Sukkot in the sukkah with a musical program by our Shaare Zedek Hazzan Joanna Dulkin who will sing “lesserknown songs of the season” — some of the greatest hits for Sukkot and Simchat Torah that many may have never heard of. The evening will follow mincha at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 with a baked potato bar. Dessert etc will be included. The cost of the dinner is $8 and RSVPs requested before Sept. 28th by mailing a check to Shaare Zedek at 829 N. Hanley Road, by emailing a response to Micki Kingsley at Michele_Kingsley @ yahoo.com or call Co-Chair Barbara Bahn at 314-726-6428.

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St. Louis streetcar talk Transportation enthusiast Mark Goldfeder will show and discuss a video of Creve Coeur Park and Sportsman’s Park Street Care Lines during this St. Louis NORC talk from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. Free and open to the community, but RSVP required to Laura at 314442-3255.

Crown Center holds ‘Sukkah City’ Join Crown Center for a tour at 1 p.m. of sukkahs all over the community. Snacks will be provided throughout this free bus trip. RSVP required to 314-991-2055; space is limited.

Friday, Oct. 5 ‘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 of Jewish tales, music and dance with the library’s 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 to Emily Brockman: 314-442-

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Saturday, Oct. 6 Steak & Scotch in the Sukkah The community is invited to join Shaare Zedek and BSKI at 7:15 p.m. to fulfill the mitzvah of enjoying a meal in the sukkah. Both congregations’ Men’s Clubs will prepare kosher steaks and also offer a Scotch tasting. Michael Waxenberg will share his extensive knowledge of Scotch and other liquors. RSVP deadline is Sept. 28. The cost is $20 per person, plus $5 for Scotch sampling. The event will be held at Shaare Zedek, 829 N. Hanley Road in University City. Contact Nancy at Shaare Zedek to RSVP: Nancy@shaarezedek.org, 314-727-1747.

Ongoing: Classes at Covenant House The following classes are free and open to the public. For information call 314-432-1610. Covenant House is located at 8 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur. • RPI physical therapists lead Tai Chi at 11:15 a.m. on Mondays, and chair aerobics exercises at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Milford and Lee Bohm Social Hall. • Larry Glass leads Chair Yoga at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Covenant II Board Room. • Music Therapist Troy Jones leads Bell Choir on the second and fourth Thursday of the month in the Covenant House One Harmony Room.

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Correctly-ordered complete message: THE SOLUTION TO THE RIDDLE IS FORMED BY THE EIGHTH WORD OF EACH SENTENCE IN THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF THE INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE. Riddle: Why does the same person blow the shofar year after year? Solution: Because he or she ALWAYS HAS A BLAST ! This puzzle brought to you by BABKA, the Bais Abraham Brigade of Kiddush Anagramists.

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obituaries Louis Altshuler D.D.S., died September 10, 2012. Widower of Jean Altshuler to whom he was married 60 years; wonderful father of Armin (Michael) Sadove and Myles (Les) Mankofsky; loving grandfather of Geoffrey (Jessica) Baldwin, Scott (Ryan) Sadove, and Julia Sadove. He was Doctor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Professor Emeritus of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Washington University School of Dentistry. He served as President of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society, and as a member of the State Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society.  Altshuler was on the Medical Staff of eight St. Louis City and County Hospitals, and was Medical Director for the Department of Dental and Oral Surgery at Missouri Baptist Hospital. He held the rank of Captain in the United States Army.  Rindskopf-Roth Sharon G. Blair, died September 12, 2012. Beloved widow of James W. Blair; dear daughter of Selma and the late Benjamin Katz; dear mother of Kelly (Tim) Ganse and Shannon (Steve) Jurenka; dear grandmother of Chase and Tyler Ganse, Karsen and Aaron Jurenka; dear sister of the late Libby (Richard) Risler; dear aunt, cousin and friend. Contributions to de Greeff Hospice House, 10024 Kennerly Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63128.  Berger Memorial

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a very important component in achieving it.” The P.A. crisis began in earnest in July, when an aid shortfall caused by regional instability and a bad global economy threatened to leave it without enough money to pay that month’s salaries. Even after a $100 million Saudi loan closed the P.A. budget gap, the authority received harsh criticism from the World Bank. In a July 25 report, the World Bank noted, “While the Palestinian Authority has had considerable success in building the institutions of a future state, it has made less progress in developing a sustainable economic base.” With protests expected to flare up again next week, economics experts say that Israel and the international community must do more to keep the Palestinian Authority afloat. They are particularly concerned about the shortfall in the Palestinian Authority’s budget, which relies heavily on international aid. “If the Palestinian Authority is not going to get support from donors, it will not be able to survive six months from now,” said Samir Abdullah, the director general of the Palestinian Economic Policy Research Institute. P.A. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, seen as an architect of the Palestinian economy, has been a target of the protests, but P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas has stuck by his side. Abdullah says that if Fayyad were to resign that would undermine the Palestinian Authority’s relationship with its donors. “He’s not going to resign,” Abdullah said. “He’s a good fighter and he can’t leave this to others who have very little experience and very little knowledge of how to have relations with donors.” Ibrahim Azizeh, the Palestinian project manager for the Joint Palestinian-Israeli-International Economic Working Group, says donations are not a long-term solution. “They should invest instead of lending money and givA Monument Dedication For

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Ann  Grabel, died Saturday 15, 2012 at age 101.  Beloved widow of Grabel; beloved mother of Donald (Linda), Michael (Judy), and Lowell (Suzy); dearest grandmother of Dan, Laurie, Lisa, Leslie, Jacquie, Stacey, Andy, and Josh; loving great grandmother of Brooke, Nick, Lexi, Ryan, Elea, Gabby, Ian, Teo, Cora, and George; and beloved aunt, friend, and neighbor. She and her twin sister Ruth were born July 15, 1911, in New York City, daughters of Hyman and Esther Kissen who opened the first kosher bakery on Long Island in Far Rockaway Beach and loved growing up on the beach with Ruth and other siblings Iz and Sally. The whole family worked in the bakery. Everyone who knew Ann loved her.  She was overflowing with a zest and enthusiasm for life and deep love and gratitude for her family and friends. Berger Memorial JOE HOLTZMAN, died Sept. 6, 2012. Joe’s 98-year journey started in St. Louis, ended in San Diego and touched places throughout the world in-between. Born May 2, 1914, Joe was the son of Max and Bess Holtzman. He married Sarah Braverman on February 21, 1943. After serving as an Army cryptographer in India during WWII, Joe returned to St. Louis to resume working for Edison Brothers Stores. He loved playing sports with his kids and bowling, golfing and playing poker with friends. Joe loved to travel and visited 47 states and more than 20 different countries. Joe retired from Edison Brothers in 1984 after 52 years with the company, rising from the warehouse to Executive Vice President. Following retire-

ing money away,” he said of the international community. “They should be the ones employing.” Dan Goldenblatt, the co-CEO of the Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information, said that responsibility for solving the crisis lies with Israel as well as the international community. He called for amending the 1994 Paris Protocol, which governs economic relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Under the protocol, Israel collects taxes for the authority and then transfers the money. The Palestinian Authority’s tax rates also cannot deviate significantly from Israel’s. “There is consensus that it was more beneficial to Israel than to the Palestinians,” he said of the Protocol. “Hope that it would be temporary put pressure on the sides to sign.” Goldenblatt also called for renewed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The two sides have not negotiated directly since 2010. An Israeli official who insisted on anonymity said that blaming Israel for the P.A. economic crisis was “ridiculous.” He noted Israel’s recent $65 million transfer to the Palestinian Authority and added that in July, the P.A. and Israel agreed on an arrangement to crack down on tax evasion and to facilitate movement of goods from Israel to the West Bank. “We have no intention of seeing a financial crisis in the P.A. and we are working behind the scenes in very tangible ways to help them,” the official said. “This idea that Israel is responsible for the financial crisis, this is knee-jerk behavior for too many Palestinians. Obviously the international community is ready to help the Palestinians, but there’s no doubt that some of their problems are homegrown.” Abdullah and Goldenblatt fault Israel’s West Bank policies, but neither sees this round of Palestinian popular unrest leading to violence against Israel. Goldenblatt said that a third intifada, following the first two in the late 1980s and early 2000s, is not “something that a vast majority of the Palestinians are even considering.” Nor, Azizeh says, should Israel worry that Hamas –

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ment, Joe and Sarah moved to San Diego. His greatest joy was dining with his growing family. Always a smile… always a kind word. He will be missed. He is survived by his wife Sarah; two sons, Michael (Amelia) Holtzman of Atascadero, Calif., and James (Sarah) Holtzman of San Diego, Calif.; two daughters, Barbara (Bob) Earthal of St. Louis, and Lynne (Mark) Myavec of Philadelphia, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Katherine Meyer, Belle Shear and Frieda Melnick. Contributions to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation at ccfa.org or charity of your choice. Interment will be at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego. Aaron “Sonny” Liepe, died September 7, 2012 at age 92 after a long illness. Husband of Norma; father of Ben; uncle of Sydney, Ron, Randy, Sandra and Robyn.   Contributions to Temple Beth Ohr, 15721 E. Rosecrans Avenue, La Mirada, Calif. Rindskopf-Roth Beatrice R. Young, died  September 11, 2012. Beloved widow of  Hillard A. Young; dear mother of Saundra (Bill) Peck and Janine (Charles) Pulman; dear grandmother of Monte (Julie), Andy (Angela) and Scott (Irina) Sandler, Alecia Pulman (Jacob) Kimchy and Jodi (fiancé Michael Rubenstein) Pulman; dear great-grandmother of Nathan, Ian, Jacob, Joie and Grant Sandler; dear sister of the late Gertrude (the late Theodore) Olin.  Contributions to the charity of your choice.  Berger Memorial

the terrorist organization that governs the Gaza strip – will step in to solve the Palestinian Authority’s financial difficulties, because Hamas lacks the international recognition needed to facilitate economic development. Moreover, reports have surfaced recently that Hamas is considering declaring the Gaza Strip independent and severing its ties with the P.A.-controlled West Bank. Senior Hamas officials have denied these reports. But even if Israel need not worry now about a violent uprising, Abdullah said that it should not feel isolated from the unrest either. “These protests will turn against the real cause of the plight of the Palestinians,” he said. “One day, maybe not tomorrow or next week, it will turn against the Israeli occupation.”

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