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Doin’ fine Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, author of a new kids’ book about childhood obesity, speaks about its message, his early years in Newark, and his views of the president, in advance of a Maplewood bookstore appearance. Page 4
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The things that youâ€™re liable to read in the Bible Israeli researchers have developed an algorithm that could objectively divide the Torah text among what many scholars say are its multiple authors. Developed by Nachum Dershowitz of Tel Aviv Universityâ€™s Blavatnik School of Computer Science and colleagues, the method focuses on the writing style of various sections of Torah. In a blind comparison of Jeremiah and Ezekiel, for example, the software distinguished between â€œpriestlyâ€? and â€œnon-priestlyâ€? material in the Torah, a categorization widely used by Bible scholars. While the algorithm is not yet advanced enough to give the researchers a pre-
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Blood ties New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg dedicated the landmark Magen David Adom station in Jerusalem in memory of his father. Bloomberg affixed a mezuza to the doorpost of the William H. Bloomberg MDA Jerusalem Station on Sunday with the help of Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar. The new five-story wing houses a blood donation center, a pre-hospital training center, a visitorsâ€™ center, a conference center, and a new dispatch center. â€œMy family was attracted to Magen David Adom because of Mayor Mike Bloomberg its spirit of volunteerism and Photo courtesy Shutterstock.com its unwavering commitment to treat all people equally regardless of race or religion,â€? Bloomberg said at the dedication ceremony.
Rosa Parks meets Boro Park A private bus service catering to New Yorkâ€™s Orthodox community is coming under scrutiny for making women sit at the back of its buses. New York Cityâ€™s Department of Transportation is investigating whether the B110 violates anti-discrimination statutes. While the bus line is privately operated, it is contracted by the city to operate a public route between Williamsburg and Boro Park, according to the New York Post. â€œItâ€™s such a normal thing for us that women and men are separate,â€? a 30-year-old hasidic mother told The New York Times. â€œMost of the ladies go to the back.â€? Female reporters for several publications were told
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‘I wanted the president to know we were unhappy’ QUESTIONS FOR…
Ed Koch JOHANNA GINSBERG NJJN Staff Writer
ormer New York Mayor Ed Koch no longer asks his city, “How’m I doing?” Instead, he tells it like it is, whether the subject is President Obama’s performance or his secret for living a long life. “I’m 86, I work every day in the law firm Bryan Cave in New York, I write commentary and movie reviews — and I’ll send them to you for free if you send me an e-mail. I’m happy,” he told NJJN in a phone interview from his law office. On Nov. 6, Koch will be speaking and signing his new children’s book, Eddie Shapes Up, at Maplewood’s [words] book store. In advance of his appearance, Koch, who coauthored the book with his sister, Pat Koch Thaler, spoke with NJJN about the book, growing up in Newark, and his reconciliation with the president.
NJJN: Is your new children’s book — about being overweight as a child and trying to change — based on your experiences as a child right here in Newark? Ed Koch: Yes. I lived on Milford Avenue off of Clinton Avenue. I went to Miller and Monmouth elementary schools and South Side High School (now Malcolm X. Shabazz High School). And I went to Oheb Shalom synagogue on High Street. [Oheb Shalom Congregation is now located in South Orange.] The incident in the book when the boy is called “fatso” in the schoolyard — that’s based on my experience in the schoolyard at Miller Elementary School. NJJN: Is it true you worked as a hatcheck boy in a Newark dance hall? Koch: Yes. My father and mother had a hat-check concierge at Krueger Auditorium on Belmont Avenue and I worked there as a hatcheck boy when I was 10 or 11 years old. But they always made me leave before midnight. NJJN: Would you like to send a mes-
Ed Koch wrote Eddie Shapes Up (Zagat) with his sister, Pat Koch Thaler; the illustrations are by Jonathan Hoefer.
Gov. Chris Christie welcomes Ambassador Michael Oren to the State House in Trenton Oct. 24. Photos by Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen
Governor to travel to Israel next spring Author Ed Koch said he hopes that his new book will help kids understand they can have a better life by eating healthy food and exercising.
sage to Chris Christie, New Jersey’s famously overweight governor? Koch: I have great admiration for the governor. I know he’s dealt with this problem as so many of us have. I was a very fat kid as a child and an adolescent and I remember being called Fatso. He needs my sympathy; he doesn’t need my advice. NJJN: How did a Newark boy like you become such a New Yorker? See
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Christie, Michael Oren meet in Trenton, tout ties between ‘states’ DEBRA RUBIN NJJN Bureau Chief/Middlesex
hris Christie announced plans to visit Israel following an hour-long meeting Oct. 24 between the governor and Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States. Christie and Oren, who grew up in West Orange, met at the governor’s office at the State House in Trenton and spoke briefly with reporters afterward. Planned for the spring, the visit would be Christie’s first foreign trip as governor. “We decided we want to go, and we want to visit for ourselves. It’s an important visit for me personally and an important visit for the folks of New Jersey as well,” Christie said after the meeting. The Republican governor said he looked forward to “continuing to strengthen our ties between our states.” “There’s a great, great, great long-term connection between New Jersey and Israel, and I intend to make that as strong as I can along with the ambassador and other important folks in the Israeli government,” he said. Recapping their meeting, Oren said the two discussed Israel’s security concerns as well as the record of commercial and cultural cooperation between Israel and New Jersey.
“We have great centers of support in the state, and we discussed ways that we can further advance this in the field of trade and security, in tourism by having the governor and his family come visit us, and we look forward to hosting you very much, you and your family,” Oren said. The meeting also included Israel’s consul general in New York, Ido Aharoni; deputy consul general Shlomi Kofman; and Mark Levenson of West Orange, chair of the New Jersey-Israel Commission. “It was an excellent meeting where we discussed the many similarities between New Jersey and Israel — their size and diverse population,” said Levenson. Levenson said the burgeoning trade between the United States and Israel has remained strong despite the economic downturn. In 2010 New Jersey exported almost $815 million worth of manufacturing goods to Israel, and a total of $8 billion in exports since 1996. In a press briefing immediately after the meeting, Christie said Oren had suggested April as a time for him and his wife, Mary Pat, to make their first foreign trip as the first family of New Jersey. Oren, who made aliya in 1979, said he enjoyed reminiscing with the governor about the places both frequented when young. Oren cited the similarities in size and population between New Jersey and Israel to make a point about the dangers Israelis face every day. See
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Vicki Crompton-Tetter and Jennifer L. Hartstein were featured speakers at the recent NCJW Women to Women Luncheon on preventing teen dating violence. Photos by Johanna Ginsberg
Program explores teen dating violence Mother of slain girl warns parents about perils of social media JOHANNA GINSBERG NJJN Staff Writer
ac McAdams of Moline, Ill., still wipes a tear away as he hears his daughter describe the death of his 15-year-old granddaughter, Jenny Crompton. No matter that the murder happened in 1986. “It’s still hard to think about what she’d be like after all these years, and how much of life she missed,” he said quietly to the reporter who happened to be seated next to him. Just a few weeks after the 25th anniversary of Jenny’s stabbing murder at the hands of her exboyfriend, her mother, Vicki Crompton-Tetter, is still telling the story. She’s been on Oprah, in Redbook magazine, and is the author of Saving Beauty from the Beast: How to Save Your Daughter from an Unhealthy Relationship, a book she coauthored in 2003 with Ellen Zelda Kessner, another parent of a murdered child. “The story is old, the hairdos are old, but human nature is the same. People still come up to me after I talk and say, ‘Thank you. I needed to hear that,’” she told 165 people, almost all women, at National Council of Jewish Women’s Oct. 18 Women to Women Luncheon. The event was held at Cedar Hill
Country Club in Livingston and sponsored by the Rachel Coalition and the NCJW Essex County Section. Crompton-Tetter was joined by Jennifer L. Hartstein, a Manhattan therapist who specializes in treating high-risk children and adolescents. Crompton-Tetter, who still lives in Iowa, where the 1986 incident took place, recounted her daughter’s middle school crush on Mark Smith, a football player on the high school team. When Jenny entered high school, they started to date. Crompton-Tetter remembered thinking the whole relationship was “so innocent.” In fact, Smith was disturbingly possessive. “Her teenage friends knew what was happening,” said Crompton-Tetter. “His opinion was: ‘I own you and your life belongs to me, and I’ll tell you how to run your life.’” He’d tell Jenny when she could visit her father, when she could be with friends. “I heard he used to walk her to class with his hand on the back of her neck. That still creeps me out,” her mother told an extremely quiet audience. During the fall of Jenny’s sophomore year, after she had already broken up with Smith and he had graduated, he broke into the Crompton home and waited for Jenny to come home. When she arrived, he stabbed her 66 times with a butcher knife. Smith is serving a life sentence for the murder. “With today’s teens and all this technology, it’s worse,” CromptonSee
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Lectures by Prof. Sander Gilman (Emory University), a cultural historian who has written on Nazi science, and Prof. Arthur Caplan (University of Pennsylvania), a leading scholar in the field of medical ethics, will be followed by a conversation moderated by Museum Director Dr. David G. Marwell about the origins and legacies of Nazi medical practices. $10, $7 students/seniors, $5 members Co-presented by FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics).This program has been made possible by a generous grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany: Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Documentation and Education. Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race, produced and traveled by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Tour the exhibition at 12 P.M. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 646.437.4202. IMAGE: TWINS BEING EXAMINED AT THE KAISER WILHELM INSTITUTE, ARCHIV ZUR GESCHICHTE DER MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT, BERLIN-DAHLEM.
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Rutgers event links hatred of Jews and Muslims Diverse crowd hears discussion of bigotry facing communities DEBRA RUBIN NJJN Bureau Chief/Middlesex
program on stereotypical portrayals of Jews and Muslims drew an unusually diverse crowd to the Douglass College Center at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Some 400 students, faculty, and community members attended the Oct. 17 program, “Going Viral: Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and the Role of the Media,” which featured an Arab-American academic and a Jewish specialist on antiSemitism. The annual Raoul Wallenberg program of Rutgers’ Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, the event was funded by Leon and Toby Cooperman. The program provided a marked contrast to a series of campus events that raised tensions among the university’s pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel activists.
Kenneth Stern, left, the AJC’s specialist on anti-Semitism and extremism, and Jack G. Shaheen, second from left, an authority on images of Arabs and Muslims in American popular culture, speak with audience members at Rutgers University. Photos by Debra Rubin
“There are a lot of students, Jewish faculty members, Muslim faculty members, and faculty from all different departments,” said Yael Zerubavel, executive director of the Bildner Center, after the event, as audience members continued to engage in animated conversation. “We have many community members who are not part of our usual
crowd. This is a very mixed audience. I feel very good that we did this program.” The event featured Jack G. Shaheen, professor emeritus of mass communications at Southern Illinois University and a frequent commentator on Arabs and Muslims in American popular culture, and Kenneth Stern, the American Jewish Committee’s specialist on anti-Semitism and extremism. The event was moderated by Clement Price, Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and founding director of the Institute in Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers Newark, which cosponsored the program along with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of Jewish Studies, and the Middle Eastern studies program. Shaheen compared Islamophohic images in America to the antiJewish propaganda in prewar and Holocaust-era Germany, in which the facial features and dress of Jews were mocked in cartoons, and fears were planted about Jews trying to
take over the economy. “These stereotypical images do not happen in a vacuum,” said Shaheen. “If we conjure up these myths over and over again, we lose sight of the fact these are individuals and accept the mythology.” Similarly, the portrayal of Japanese in movies and the media laid the groundwork for the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. “They weren’t [seen as] American citizens,” said Shaheen. “They were ‘Japs’ even though they were as American as everybody else.” Shaheen said the public was being “assaulted with fear” of Arabs and Muslims to such an extent that “the word ‘mosque’ conjures up fear.” After 9/11 “all Muslims became terrorists,” said Shaheen. “Not only were Muslims guilty but American Muslims and Arabs were thrown into the mix.” One of the most troubling incidents, he said, was the campaign by opponents of President Barack Obama to label him a Muslim. However, Shaheen said, he was almost as disappointed in the president’s response.
“What he didn’t say is, ‘No, I’m not a Muslim, but what if I were? Why would it matter?’” Shaheen said. “I’m still waiting for that response.” Stern said Jews, who have also been singled out for centuries as targets of hatred, share “a common denominator” with Muslims. “Hatred as a normative human condition has been around for as long as there have been humans,” he said. “We know too little about how hate works.” Stern said that a message of tolerance “from the point of view of our grandchildren” should be conveyed or “they will be vilifying and killing each other.” However, there are far more antiSemitic hate crimes in the United States than those directed against Muslims, said Stern. There is also often “coupling” of hatred among people who profess both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. “You know the best predictor of being anti-Muslim?” he asked. “It’s anti-Semitism. Those who are antiSemitic are most likely to also become anti-Muslim.” ■ email@example.com
Rutgers Newark professor Clement Price speaks with a community member at the Oct. 17 program on Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and the Media, which he moderated.
Drew conference to focus on music and the Shoa “MUSIC AND THE Holocaust: Ideology and Identity,” Drew University’s annual conference commemorating Kristallnacht, will take place Thursday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts on the campus in Madison. Bret Werb, music collection curator at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, will present Representations of the Holocaust in Music. Keynote speaker Dr. Pamela Potter, professor of musicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is considered to be an expert on the musical traditions of the Nazi movement and its victims. Her address will discuss how music was used, misNJ STATE LICENSE # 13VH00668000 l NJ ELECTRICAL LICENSE # 4474 l NJ PLUMBING LICENSE # 12297
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Israel’s U.S. envoy defends deal to free Shalit In call, Michael Oren says regional turmoil is weakening Hamas ROBERT WIENER NJJN Staff Writer
day after Gilad Shalit was set free by Hamas, Israel’s ambassador to the United States denied his government could have struck the same bargain with his captors two years ago. “That’s not true,” insisted Michael Oren as he addressed 1,000 participants in an Oct. 19 conference call sponsored by the Jewish National Fund. “Hamas substantially reduced its demands,” he said. “Hamas is weakening. Hamas has been weakened by the situation in Syria…and so too have gone Hamas’s fortunes in the Gaza Strip. The economy is abysmal. Support for Hamas has imploded. Hamas is hemorrhaging support, not just in Gaza but in the West Bank as well. “Because it is weakening we were able to reach a much better deal” to secure the release of Shalit. Oren, whose roots are in West Orange, spoke to journalists and JNF supporters ahead of a visit to the United States that included a stop this week at the New Jersey State House in Trenton (see related story, page 4). In Israel, the deal to free Shalit was widely popular but still prompted criticism there and abroad that the freeing of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners poses a security risk to Israel. Oren insisted that the list of freed prisoners excluded “all the Hamas leaders they wanted to see freed,” including “some of the more egregious terrorists who had Jewish
blood on their hands. They could not get out. This is very important for us,” he said. Oren said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is also cognizant of the fact that the Middle East is changing very rapidly, and no one knows what is going to happen in another month. He saw this as an opportunity he thought he had to take now to close the deal, and the deal came at a painful price.” Earlier in the 30-minute call, Oren spoke of the “Jewish principle of redeeming captives that is in our holy books. Gilad Shalit is one of our children. We send our children out to defend our state, and should anything happen to them, should they be held captive or worse, Israel will do anything in its power to bring them back to their families and reunite them with us. That principle is reaffirmed before the world, before our enemies.” “Of course, we paid a very painful price. As we share the joy of the Shalit family, we partake of the pain of the families of the victims,” he added. Would that high-priced deal inspire more kidnapping of Israeli soldiers or civilians in the future?, a questioner asked. “Not a month goes by when Israel is not dealing with some threat of a kidnapping,” said Oren. “They are constantly trying to kidnap our soldiers. They are constantly trying to kidnap our civilians. It is only through our vigilance and our capabilities that we have been able to thwart these constant attempts to kidnap us.” Asked whether the prisoner exchange might lead to a thaw in hostilities between Hamas and Israel and a possible suspension of the rocket attacks from Gaza, the ambassador replied, “The answer to that is very easy; the answer is ‘no.’ Even if Hamas had made us prom-
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ises, what value would they have had?” Turning to other parts of the Middle East, Oren said the upheaval of the Arab Spring “poses a number of risks to us.” However, he also sees “opportunities in this region,” pointing to Egypt. “It continues to uphold the peace process with us…and look at the great role Egypt played in securing the release of Gilad Shalit,” he said. “We are very appreciative of that role.” The popular uprising against the Syrian government, meanwhile, presents “an opportunity to weaken the strategic lines between Syria and Iran and perhaps weaken the alliance between Syria and Iran. The departure of Syrian president
Bashar el Assad would be a good thing.” Oren praised President Barack Obama for invoking strong economic sanctions against Iran and for promising “to keep all options on the table.” He saluted “Israel’s deep-seated alliance with the United States — the Obama administration, Congress, and the American people. It is a relationship with the same spiritual roots,” he said. ■ email@example.com
Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, says it is “not true” that the agreement to free Gilad Shalit was essentially the same offer Hamas made two years ago.
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Hoenlein sees promise, peril in Arab upheaval Despite the dangers, says national leader, good news abounds ELAINE DURBACH NJJN Bureau Chief/Central
aying the Jewish people face an “on the one hand, but on the other hand” dichotomy, one of the most powerful Jewish leaders in the country told a local audience that advocates for Israel can’t forget to talk about positive developments. Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said that remembering the good news is essential in helping to engage young Jews in the community. “Sometimes we have to look
back and say, ‘We done good,’” said Hoenlein, in an address to about 150 people at the YM-YWHA of Union County on Oct. 23. Hoenlein described an international scenario that has changed radically, offering both promise and peril. “Everything that happens now is interrelated and has to be seen in its totality,” he said. Where the effort to free Soviet Jews, which he helped lead, related to just one part of the world, current events — from the Arab Spring to the economic downturn — have “broader implications and longterm significance that will affect our grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.” Starting with the positive, Hoenlein pointed out that the uprisings in the Arab countries have involved very little antagoSee
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Audience members at the Oct. 18 Women to Women Luncheon listen to the program on preventing teen dating violence.
Dating from page 5 Tetter warned. She was referring to the ability of a boyfriend (or girlfriend) to keep constant tabs on a partner or ex-partner via social media and cell phone texting. Although until 2007, no state had any mandated education on teen dating violence, some states, including New Jersey, now require it. Still, one in three adolescent girls is a victim of physical, emotional, or verbal abuse, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. And of all the teens involved in abusive relationships, fewer than one in three confide in their parents. When Crompton-Tetter finished her story, Hartstein offered tips on how to provide intervention. She urged parents to talk with kids about healthy relationships and how to end a romance. “Most physical violence comes after a breakup, and kids don’t know how to break up,” said Hartstein. “They are getting their information from places like Jersey Shore.”
“Teach kids to be honest about why they are breaking up — ‘This isn’t working’ or ‘I want to spend more time with my friends.’” She also pointed that direct face-to-face breakups are best. As for teens who are afraid of their partners, “Do what is safest,” Hartstein said. Hartstein recommends that parents monitor the social media kids are using, and pick up on clues when teenagers want to talk to a parent. She said children need to have limits on texting, especially in responding to a partner or ex who calls at all hours. Nearly 30 percent of teens receive 10 to 30 texts per hour from a partner trying to find out where they are and what they are doing, according to the National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Initiative of the American Bar Association. Most of all, said Hartstein, “Let kids know they can make mistakes and you won’t judge them.” ■ email@example.com
VETERAN BROADCASTER Campbell Brown will be the keynote speaker at the CHOICES fund-raising event on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, sponsored by Women’s Philanthropy of United Jewish Communities of Metro West NJ. The event will begin with a dessert reception at 7 followed by the program at 8. Campbell Brown Debbie Janoff of Short Hills and Dara Orbach of Livingston News for 11 years. She are event cochairs. served as co-anchor of Brown won an Emmy for NBC’s Today Weekend Ediher reporting during Hurrition and correspondent for cane Katrina; covered the campaign trail during the last NBC Nightly News and the Today show. She served as two presidential elections; and has made numerous trips NBC White House correspondent during President to Iraq to report on the Iraqi George W. Bush’s first term elections, abuses at Abu Ghraib prison, and the trial of and traveled extensively with President Bill Clinton. She Saddam Hussein. has been a news corresponBrown was with NBC
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Former RU visiting prof honored for drug abuse fight RICHARD ISRALOWITZ, a social gram of the National Institute on Drug work professor at Israelâ€™s Ben-Gurion Abuse, which works with colleagues University of the Negev, recently from around the world to find evidencereceived the U.S. National Distinbased solutions to the public health guished International Scientist Award problems of drug abuse, addiction, and for his work as director of the Regional drug-related HIV/AIDS. Alcohol and Drug Abuse Resources Established in 1995, RADARâ€™s (RADAR) Center. research focuses on substance use and Isralowitz in 2006-07 served a tworelated problems among Israeli and foryear stint as a visiting professor of social mer Soviet Union-origin youth and work at Rutgers University in New adults. Brunswick and was instrumental in Prof. Richard Isralowitz RADAR has sponsored five internaforming a partnership between Rutgersâ€™ tional substance abuse experts at BGU School of Social Work and its counterfor research and training purposes part at BGU. Programs, including studentsâ€™ travel under the Fulbright Scholar Exchange Programexchanges, were designed to promote â€œbridge-build- USIEF. It is monitoring substance use in the Middle ingâ€? and develop joint research and education proj- East, improving clinical treatment needs of addicted ects to address emergency preparedness and individuals, and developing an evidence-based trauma. model of smoking cessation among high-risk youth Isralowitz is a native Jerseyan who grew up in in the Negev. Paterson and received his undergraduate degree â€œSocial outreach to communities in the Negev is from Rutgers; he has lived in Israel more than two a major component of BGUâ€™s mission,â€? said Doron decades. An adviser to the Israeli government on Krakow, executive vice president of American Assosocial research in Africa and the Middle East, he has ciates of BGU. â€œI congratulate Prof. Isralowitz on served as an academic adviser to the United States- this well-deserved honor and for his critical efforts Israel Education Foundation. on behalf of underserved populations.â€? The award is presented by the International ProFor more information, visit www.aabgu.org.
THE WAE (WELLNESS Arts Enrichment) Center in West Orange will hold an opening celebration for WAE Beyond, its new membership club program, on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6-8 p.m. The center is a program of the Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled of MetroWest. A yearly membership at WAE Beyond offers opportunities for social engagement Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6-8 p.m., and every other Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; social activities, including games, discussions, and dancing; programming in response to membersâ€™ interests; and art and culture classes. Also featured will be social, educational, and cultural outings for an additional fee, and the WAE Cafe selling healthy snacks. An introductory yearly membership fee for individuals is $300, $400 for group home members. For more information, contact program coordinator Sherri Zuckerman at 973-2720-7150 or firstname.lastname@example.org or administrative assistant Joann Anand at 973-272-7152 or email@example.com.
THE JEWISH MEDITATION Center of Montclair has a new website: www.jmcmontclair.com. JMC was established in April 2010 as a way for both affiliated and unaffiliated Jews to practice Jewish meditation. Founded by Montclair residents Beth Sandweiss, Larry Yermack, and Larry Schwartz, the group meets from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays for Shabbat meditation at YogaDeshi in Montclair. All levels of experience are welcome. In addition to meditation, yoga is also offered at 3 p.m., before meditation begins, once a month. A calendar is posted on the website. NEW JERSEYAN Judah Joseph â€” who has been involved in National Council of Synagogue Youth since fifth grade â€” has been named 2011-12 international teen president of the Orthodox Unionâ€™s youth movement. Rabbi Jonah Lerner, regional director of Atlantic Seaboard NCSY, said, â€œJudah has been a tremendous asset to the region and weâ€™re excited to see his talents channeled for the betterment of NCSY and the Jewish people.â€?
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Local man among top ‘heroes’ ELLIOT MATHIAS of Livingston, founder and director of Hasbara Fellowships, is among the leading nominees in the 2011 Jewish Community Heroes campaign, sponsored by Jewish Federations of North America. Mathias also chairs Step Up For Israel for the Community Relations Committee of United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ and the Jewish Federation of Central NJ. The campaign celebrates individuals who excel at serving the Jewish community in professional and volunteer capacities. The winner receives a $25,000 grant to be used as an investment Elliot Mathias in his or her community project. Each of the four remaining finalists receives a $1,000 grant, and the Federation Hero of the Year will receive a $5,000 grant. The competition is based on an American Idol-style on-line voting system. Individuals may cast votes at www.jewishcommunityheroes.org through Nov. 10. In December, a panel of judges will select five finalists and the Jewish Community Hero of the Year. Mathias founded Hasbara Fellowships in 2001 in partnership with Aish as a way to provide Jewish students with information, tools, and motivation to defend Israel on college campuses. According to Aish, Hasbara Fellowships has trained over 2,500 students and brought pro-Israel messages to 100 campuses across North America. Mathias is a frequent contributor to New Jersey Jewish News. Last year’s Jewish Community Hero of the Year was Jay Feinberg, formerly of West Orange, whose Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation created a global database that facilitates transplants for people suffering with a variety of diseases.
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State&Local Hoenlein from page 9 nism toward Israel. The Palestinians’ effort in September to unilaterally declare statehood at the United Nations ran aground in the face of opposition rallied by Israel and its supporters. Even Togo and Nigeria sided with Israel. The Durban III Conference,
potentially a repeat of the rabidly anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist pageant of the first Durban Conference 10 years ago, was rendered a mute failure due to international opposition. “We killed it,” Hoenlein said. In an almost unheard of
expression of support, the UN’s Palmer Report declared Israel’s response last year to the Turkish flotilla that attempted to break the blockade of Gaza excessive but legal. And the Goldstone Report that criticized Israel’s actions in the 2009 Gaza War has been repu-
diated by its author, Judge Arthur Goldstone himself. And then there were recent NATO exercises that Israel was asked to lead.
Beneficial ‘tsuris’ Even when he turned to the “tsuris,” describing the dire threat
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Heart Health Throughout Your Lifetime Reclaiming Our Wisdom – How to Become an Elder Social Security and Retirement Maturity Works: Ace the Interview Silver Spin Class 11:50 am - 1:00 pm
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posed by Iran, Hoenlein put it in a context that could be seen as beneficial to Israel. He described the upheaval in the Middle East as less about democracy and more about a cataclysmic clash between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, with Iran and Saudi Arabia vying for regional control, and with Turkey — in a version of “neo-Ottomanism” — stepping into the fray. Underlying the chaos, he said, was also “food insecurity” aggravated by an economic downturn that has undermined subsidies and left many people desperate enough “to do anything.” Many of the countries affected aren’t “real countries” at all, but were cobbled together by outside powers. It took dictators to hold them together and avert tribal warfare. Hoenlein said that when he met Bashar al-Assad in Damascus
‘Everything that happens now is interrelated and has to be seen in its totality.’
in December 2010, the Syrian president told him, “‘I can’t step down because my whole community will be wiped out.’” King Abdullah of Jordan also told Hoenlein that it takes time to get democratic processes to take root. And Hoenlein said he blamed former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for going against the advice of Jewish leaders and pushing for elections in Gaza — which brought the terrorist organization Hamas into power. Hoenlein warned that the radical Muslim Brotherhood in various countries, while playing a low-key role in elections, is maneuvering to gain control. Israel might benefit from the Muslim countries doing battle with one another, he suggested. But he also warned that while the international community has been distracted by the upheaval, Iran has continued to develop its nuclear weapons program. “The global campaign to delegitimize Israel and the Jewish people is at a critical stage,” he acknowledged. “We are facing a battle for our future.” The event was part of the lineup offered by JOY (Join Ohel Yisrael), a year-round outreach effort — financed with help from the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey — that offers educational and social programs for various age groups. ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
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Maturity expo to focus on boomers’ health
Koch: I was born in the Bronx, so it’s not such a big flight. My parents went to Newark because of the Depression when I was seven, and they returned to New York, to Brooklyn, when I was 17. I ultimately went to CCNY for college and then to the armed services. When I returned I went to NYU law school. I’ve lived most of my life in New York and I’m a proud New Yorker. NJJN: You supported Republican Bob Turner against David Weprin, a Democrat and an Orthodox Jew, in the special election held last spring to fill the congressional seat vacated by Anthony Weiner. You were pretty clear then that you were down on Barack Obama’s leadership, especially as it concerned Israel. And yet, at the end of September, you announced you were endorsing Obama. What changed — or did we misunderstand what you were doing in supporting Turner? Koch: I wanted to send the president a message not to take Jews for granted. Jews vote overwhelmingly for one party. It’s crazy to put all our eggs in one basket, as we used to say. Jews are the group giving President Obama the largest vote aside from the black population — in 2008, 78 percent of Jews voted for him. I thought he did not deserve it. He was very bad on the issue of Israel and I wanted to send him a message… [In] the ninth congressional district, the one with the largest Jewish constituency of any congressional district with 300,000 Jews — I wanted the president to know we were unhappy. He now knows. He’s changed his position. NJJN: What positions has he changed? Koch: When Obama gave his speech in Egypt [in 2009] I thought he was throwing Israel under the bus. And
Young Ed Koch with his sister, Pat, center, and cousin Pearl Bass.
he didn’t even go to Israel on that trip, which is so customary. But I think he changed his position and delivered a very powerful speech in favor of Israel at the UN recently. [The speech, delivered in September, opposed a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state.] I commended him. We met and he convinced me he
NJJN: What do you want to see from the president? Koch: Most important at this particular moment is to have him state that any attack by Iran on Saudi Arabia or on Israel will be perceived as an attack on the United States. And if Iran uses conventional weapons, we will respond with conventional weapons. If Iran uses nuclear weapons, we will respond with nuclear weapons. NJJN: You are very proud of continuing to work and being productive at 86. What’s your secret? Koch: Orange juice. I love orange juice. I drink it all day long. I just hope I don’t get diabetes. Who knows, really? It’s all in your DNA.
is supportive of the State of Israel, and I said I would support him. If things progress as they are progressing, I will go to Florida and seek to build Jewish support for him in that key state. On the other hand, if he does not do what he says, then he can’t count on me.
NJJN: What do you hope local youngsters will take from your book, Eddie Shapes Up, and from your experiences? Koch: I hope they understand that we love them whether they are skinny or fat or in between. But we want to help them have a better, happier life, and they can do that by eating healthy food and exercising. And their parents have to take responsibility to make healthy food interesting and appetizing and inculcate the knowledge that the best life, the happy life comes from eating intelligently — no diets, just eating intelligently. And ■ that’s Eddie Shapes Up. email@example.com
If you go Who: Ed Koch What: Talk and signing of his new children’s book, Eddie Shapes Up When: Sunday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m. Where: [words] book store, Maplewood
REDEFINING LIFE’S Potential — Refirement not Retirement, the Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest’s fifth annual Creative Maturity Expo, will take place on Sunday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Cooperman JCC in West Orange. Max Weinberg, legendary drummer for Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band and a baby boomer from the MetroWest area, will deliver the keynote address, The Beat Goes On! on how to maintain success in a marketplace catering to youth, at 1:15. The event will offer Max Weinberg seminars and demonstrations on financial planning, health and wellness, cooking, and relationship-building for baby boomers and beyond. Seminars on job search strategies will include Ace the Interview, Giving Back While Getting Back, and Social Networking 101. A seminar sponsored by Merrill Lynch financial expert Andrew P. Stevenson will explore the stabil-
ity of the Social Security system. Free medical screenings will be provided by Atlantic Health and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and seminars on long-term healthcare needs and Reclaiming Our Wisdom: How to Become an Elder will also be offered. Free cleaning of hand-held portable electronics will be provided at the Falcon Safety Dust-Off table, and participants will be able to join a Zumba Gold, Tai Chi, or Silver Spin class or lead the orchestra at Conductorcise. Art exhibits, cooking demonstrations, and product/service presentations will round out the fair. Admission is free; complimentary chair massages and refreshments will be available. This year the expo has a new partner, JCC MetroWest, and a new location, the Cooperman JCC. For more information, visit www.jvsnj.org or call 973-6746330, ext. 311.
Continuing the Journey
On Caring For Your Special Needs Family Member Future Planning – All You Need to Know to Ensure Your Child’s Care Please join us for the following Workshop for Parents and Guardians:
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• Who will care for your child when you no longer can? • Do you know what you need to do to protect your child for the future? • Is it ever too early to begin? • Do you need to attain guardianship? • How do you fund special needs trusts? For further information and to RSVP, please contact Rebecca Wanatick, MetroWest ABLE Community Coordinator at (973) 929-3129 or firstname.lastname@example.org. MetroWest ABLE is the community’s network of agencies and community leaders that serve and advocate for families with special needs. MetroWest ABLE is funded by the UJA Campaign of MetroWest NJ and grants from the Linda Bunis Haller Foundation and The Healthcare Foundation of NJ.
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Up against the wall When Southern Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress called the Mormon faith a “cult,” it was a low point in the sordid story of religion and politics. Jeffress, a supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president, wasn’t just making a theological point to his faithful. Rather, he was suggesting that as a member of a “non-Christian” faith, Mitt Romney lacked the qualifications to be president. Jewish groups were curiously silent on this issue, and that’s a shame. Four years ago, the Anti-Defamation League jumped to the defense of Romney and Mormonism in response to polls showing high levels of disapproval for Romney’s religion. “In this election,” wrote the ADL’s Abe Foxman, “Romney should be judged by his positions, not by illinformed or biased misinterpretations of his religious views or myths about his faith.” A similar statement is called for today, although Romney is not blameless in this regard.
By appearing hat in hand before the Values Voter Summit, he fell into the very trap set by those who insist on mixing religion and politics. As Jeffress himself put it, Evangelical Christians like him are looking for a candidate with “a genuine commitment to Christian values.” In other words, non-Christians need not apply. Jews have long fought for the First Amendment not because we are godless, but because we realized early on that applying a religious test to public office is essentially un-American — and un-Constitutional. Politicians need to reassert this message. It is one thing for politicians to take pride in their religious traditions and celebrate the values they derive from their faiths. It is also essential for them to explain the impact their religious views would have on their policy-making. It should be out of bounds, however, for a candidate to suggest that his or her religion is a qualification for higher office — or to play ball with those who do.
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ast year Israeli think-tanker Yossi Alpher the left-wing J Street favorably, compared to 32 percent of rabbis ordained between 1980 described what he thinks ails Israel: “a and 1994. right-religious-settler-Russian coalition pushing a reactionary agenda.” Its leaders are Similarly, 79 percent of the older cohort targeting civil-society NGOs, while fortifying agreed that the “Palestinians are more to “right-wing designs on the West Bank and blame than the Israelis for the failure of both strengthen[ing] resistance to a peace agreesides to reach a peace agreement.” Only 44 ment.” percent of current students agreed with the Put aside for a moment whether or not statement. you agree with Alpher. Instead, ask yourself The study was seen as a corrective to an how you would feel if Alpher is essay written last summer by right. Rabbi Daniel Gordis, an AmeriI know folks who’d fall out on can rabbi who now lives in Israel. both sides of the question. In his article for Commentary, Right-wingers would — and do Gordis wrote about the “pro— cheer an Israel that has found loneliness” of rabbinical accepted the end of the Oslo students who consider themprocess. These are American selves “unabashedly Zionist and Jews who, as one influential pro-Israel.” He laments a “trouright-wing Jewish organization bling but undeniable shift in the boasts, reject “the dangerous loyalties of many rabbinical stunotion of establishing a Palestindents” away from Israel. ian state under current condiUnlike Gordis, who told of Andrew tions [and] understand that such future rabbis celebrating their Silow-Carroll birthdays in Ramallah and refusa state would mean a terror state on Israel’s longest border.” ing to buy made-in-Israel tallitot, As for left-wingers, Alpher’s the JTS survey found that 72 percent of curassessment would confirm their worst fears. rent students have considered moving to This is a group of Jews who, in the words of a Israel, and 94 percent “feel Zionist.” Those well-known left-wing group, “think settlenumbers were almost identical for the 1980ment expansion is wrong…and that core 1994 cohort, which would have included Jewish values argue for reaching a just and Gordis. peaceful two-state resolution to the IsraeliWhat I sense in Gordis’ essay was not the Palestinian conflict.” “profound loneliness” of Zionist rabbinical Alpher’s essay, written for the Internastudents, but rather the growing alienation tional Herald Tribune, didn’t discuss how this between Gordis, a right-leaning “Anglo,” and “reshaping” of Israeli society would affect his younger American colleagues. As Gordis relations between Israel and American Jews. himself wrote in response to the JTS survey, But I think it is already happening. “I had never said that these students are Take for example, a recent survey of Conanti-Israel.” (No, just that they are neither servative rabbis sponsored by the Jewish “un-abashedly Zionist” nor “pro-Israel.”) “I Theological Seminary. The survey indicated had said that their attitudes to Israel are that bonds between the rabbis and Israel shifting.” remain strong. However, younger rabbis and Gordis is right: Attitudes are shifting, and rabbis-to-be were distinctly to the left of in two directions. Israel has clearly shifted to their older colleagues. For example, 58 perthe right in the last decade, with its majority cent of current JTS rabbinical students view supporting a governing coalition that has
moved the national conversation away from territorial issues. Many American Jews, and most of the organizations that represent them, have followed suit. Younger Jewishly engaged Jews (with the exception of the Orthodox) are undergoing a different shift. Yes, some of that is toward a worrisome universalism at the expense of deep and wide Jewish connections. But many cite their Jewish values when they favor Israel doing more to support a Palestinian state. They too complain of “loneliness.” Twice this month I have been at community events and heard self-identified left-wingers lament that their points of view are under-represented by local Jewish institutions. There is another divide. Gordis puts the responsibility on American institutions to train American rabbis to be “unabashedly committed” to Israel. On the other side are those, like Peter Beinart, who say that Israel’s policies are themselves alienating young Jewish liberals. Again, the issue isn’t whether you support AIPAC or J Street. The question is whether there is room under the label “pro-Israel” to include those on either side. The challenge is to create an American-Jewish conversation that respects differences of opinion without labeling one side or the other “disloyal” or insufficiently Zionist. I’ve been discussing the Gordis essay with my closest friend in Israel. Like Gordis, he is an American immigrant who has grown impatient with the American Left (or, in my friend’s words, “a Kumbaya generation that thinks 9/11 was a one-off episode”). I’ll give him the last, ominous, word: “Two intifadas are more than enough of a message for the majority of Israelis. That’s why we have this coalition — it reflects the majority of Israelis who have to deal with this s—-t for two decades now post-Oslo. Gordis moving to the right reflects that as well. Bottom line: Our two Jewish communities will continue to drift apart, as this matzav will continue for at least another decade.” ■
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Opinion Letters to the Editor The next new thing The one-man show described by Andy Silow-Carroll, “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” tells of the horrendous conditions in a factory in one town in China where electronics parts are made for export to the United States and purchased by us in our insatiable capacity for the next new thing (“Rotten to the Core,” Oct. 20). And the next new thing appears before we’ve figured out how to use the last new thing. We are the opposite side of the coin of the abused factory workers with our love affair with electronics. They are getting sick and dying and so are we. I personally know of two deaths that were caused by people using cell phones while walking in front of moving traffic. But I guess I needn’t worry: The next new thing will send a message to the walker or driver whose eyes are on the phone telling him or her that a car is coming or your wife is talking to you or your child just fell off the swing. We’ve got plugs in our ears and eyes on our text messages and while we feel more connected to everyone we know, and many we don’t know, we are actually lost somewhere out in space missing all the life that is taking place around us. I, for one, am an unapologetic Luddite but will, one of these days, trade in my Walkman for one of the Pads or Pods or whatever the next new thing is. Eleanor Rubin Tinton Falls
Bad idea An Oct. 6 letter, “It’s up to Israel,” asserts that “the Palestinian leadership is completely committed to the 2002 Arab Initiative with full support of key Arab states.” This initiative not only requires Israel to completely withdraw to its 1967 borders but to accept the many millions of descendants of the Palestinians who were displaced when they failed to stop the Palestinian Jewish community from accepting the initial two-state solution, the 1947 Palestine Partition Plan. The subsequent 1948 Arab invasion led to additional human displacement of both Jews and Arabs. Marvin Elmowitz West Caldwell
Children’s Home In July 1989, a reunion was held in Union for former residents and staff of the Jewish Children’s Home, located at 534 Clinton Ave. in Newark. I was at the home from 1953 to 1955. It was so wonderful seeing friends we had not seen in many years. Now, after 20 years, a group of us are trying to organize another reunion, time and place to be determined. If you or someone you know
lived or worked at the home in the ’40s and ’50s, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, 732-714-9628, or 732-773-2961. We are looking forward to hearing from as many former JCHers as possible. Rose Brynes Point Pleasant
The real Obama Republicans keep suggesting that President Obama is selling out Israel. The fact that there is no justification for their charge does not deter them. Upon completion of the defense shield Iron Dome, considered one of the most sophisticated anti-missile systems in the world, Shimon Peres went beyond thanking the president for his commitment to its development. He emphasized that Obama was a friend of Israel and ties to America were as strong as ever. When Israeli embassy workers were threatened during the recent attack in Cairo the Obama administration responded by calling the Egyptian military, insisting that safe evacuation be guaranteed. Egyptian commandos made sure the wishes of our government were carried out. A grateful Netanyahu called the president directly to thank him. Republicans keep bringing up the proposal by Obama that Israel “go back” to the 1967 line after mutually agreed land swaps.
Republicans coincidently leave out the last part. The Obama proposal is nothing new. Every past president including Reagan and George W. Bush have used the 1967 border’s as an end point to any agreement. Reacting to the Palestinian Authority decision for UN recognition, Obama criticized the move, threatening to veto it. This decision has angered Arab nations around the world. It is true that if Republicans want a president who is going to rubber stamp everything Israel wants, Obama is not their man. Marvin Bograd East Windsor
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A cardinal’s chance to uphold Jewish relations
ardinal Kurt Koch, the Vatican’s key tions to clergy for its implementation. One of the critical pre-Nostra Aetate meetrepresentative to Jews, this week is making his first visit to the New York area ings took place at the American Jewish Comhome to the largest Jewish community out- mittee in New York on March 31, 1963. The side of Israel. His itinerary will include Seton Jewish Theological Seminary’s Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, brought into Hall University in South Orange, the Vatican II process by his student, where, on Sunday, Oct. 30, he will AJC’s Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum, met speak at the 10th annual meeting of with Cardinal Augustin Bea, the Vatthe Council of Centers on Jewishican’s senior ecumenical officer. HesChristian Relations. chel’s impact on the final Nostra The cardinal, appointed presiAetate text is evident when one reads dent of the Vatican’s Commission his memorandum, “On Improving for Religious Relations with the Jews Catholic-Jewish Relations,” that was in 2010, has an opportunity, presented to Cardinal Bea and his together with Jewish leaders, to Vatican colleagues. reflect on the state of Catholic-JewBut it was Pope John Paul II who ish relations and aspirations for the Noam E. took Catholic-Jewish relations to the future. Marans next level, with his bold pronounceWhile in New York, Cardinal ments and dramatic actions: the first Koch will meet with, among others, visit by a pope to a synagogue, a pilthe International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, or IJCIC. grimage to Auschwitz on bended knee, and a This coalition of Jewish organizations, recog- state visit to Israel where the pope placed his nized by the Vatican as the official consultative prayer in a crevice in the Western Wall. Pope Jewish body for the advancement of Catholic- Benedict XVI has followed in John Paul’s Jewish relations, was created in the aftermath path, indicating clearly that his predecessor’s papacy was not to be the dramatic exception of Nostra Aetate. That document of the Second Vatican in Catholic-Jewish relations but rather the Council (Vatican II, 1962-1965) changed the paradigm to be emulated. Perhaps this was course of Catholic-Jewish history with its rev- made most clear when Benedict earlier this olutionary statements rejecting the deicide year published his second volume on the life charge against the Jews, decrying anti-Semi- of Jesus in which he elucidates that there is no tism, and affirming the validity of God’s on- basis in Scripture for the deicide charge. True, there have been recent bumps in going covenant with the Jewish people. In the post-Shoa era, the Church had begun to come Catholic-Jewish relations. Benedict lifted the to terms with its role in facilitating anti-Jewish excommunication of the Society of Saint Pius animus that created a climate receptive to the X, among whose members is the Holocaustdenying Bishop Richard Williamson. He horrors of the Holocaust. American Jewish leaders played a critical allowed Pope Pius XII’s beatification process role in ushering in these advances. With the to continue before the release of all the destruction of European Jewry, the United archives related to his Holocaust-era actions. States became the location where the largest And the expansion of the use of the Latin number of Jews and Catholics lived side by Mass includes a controversial Easter-time side, with the added benefit of America’s ethos prayer for the conversion of the Jews. Notwithstanding their headline-grabbing of religious freedom. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, or USCCB, led in expanding nature, these missteps should not prevent us the vision of Nostra Aetate with detailed direc- from seeing the positive trajectory that Bene-
Cardinal Kurt Koch
dict has sustained and expanded, most notably with his state visit to Israel and his warm words at the Rome synagogue. Cardinal Koch has an opportunity to send a message of continuity and progress as he arrives in the metropolitan area, where New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who also is president of the USCCB, is a consistent and vocal champion of Catholic-Jewish relations. But the cardinal also has assumed his role at a time of great transition for the Catholic Church. Developments not necessarily related to Catholic-Jewish relations may have a significant impact on their future evolution. Growing conservatism in Catholic ideology could cast a regressive shadow on the liberalism inherent in the progressive aftermath of Nostra Aetate. Demographic changes may diminish the positive emphasis on the Catholic-Jewish relationship as the numbers of adherents continue to grow in Africa and South Amer-
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ica, home to far fewer Jews than in North America. The Church may come under increasing internal pressure to demonize and isolate Israel despite its six-decade pursuit of peace. Ultimately, Church leaders like Cardinal Koch will be challenged to sustain the energy needed to educate a new generation of Catholic leadership that may be less familiar with or perhaps takes for granted the achievements of Nostra Aetate. The history of the past 55 years gives us reason to be optimistic even as we know that our work is not done. The Jewish community should look forward to expanding its partnership with Cardinal Koch as we welcome him warmly to New York and the United States. ■ Rabbi Noam E. Marans is the American Jewish Committee’s director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations. This essay was distributed by JTA.
The 2012 presidential race: divided we stand
he recent Republican presidential issue, including evangelical ministers and Tea debates suggest that the GOP candidates Party advocates. None of the frontrunners share almost the same close family feel- appears to be acting very presidential. These debates portend a vigorous, dirty, ings as Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz, the two NFL coaches who almost came to blows and personal race at least through the beginning of February. The Iowa caucuses during the post-game handshake (Jan. 3), the New Hampshire pritwo weeks ago. A respected friend mary (which finally appears settled suggested to me that America has for Jan. 10), the South Carolina prinot been as polarized since the Civil mary (Jan. 21), the Florida primary War. (Jan. 31), and the Nevada primary Last week’s debate in Las Vegas (Feb. 4) are all set in place over the became an internecine, personal first weeks of 2012. After these varibattle between former Massachuous bloodbaths, those left standing setts Governor Mitt Romney and will be a clear frontrunner and percurrent Texas Governor Rick Perry. haps two hopefuls remaining to slug Only Herman Cain’s humor lightened the mood. Between ad Gilbert N. on.The internal Republican catfight hominem attacks and personal jabKahn is, unfortunately, nothing compared bing, Romney and Perry virtually to the gap between the parties. Gone avoided the issues before them, are the days when President Ronald although immigration, border control, and terrorism did enter the discussion. Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill would About the only issue which raised no contro- play golf and actually enjoy each other’s Irish versy was their almost universal support for humor. It has become a major event now Israel, concern for terrorism, and condemna- when the Senate can actually conduct the nortion of Iran. The candidates themselves have mal business of passing appropriations bills, avoided playing the Mormon card, although as they did in the early hours last Friday all types of surrogates have been pushing this morning. Congress throughout the past 10
months has not only been unproductive, but has produced truly ugly attacks and recriminations. Congressional Republicans and Democrats — despite a flimsy positive veneer — do not like and certainly do not respect each other. President Obama will probably raise an
The next presidential election may ultimately turn on the question of who feels more alienated.
unprecedented amount of money during this election cycle, to the surprise and consternation of many of the outside prognosticators. He may well win reelection because he will out-organize a fractured Republican Party, but his second term in office could make his
first term look like a cake-walk, if indeed the GOP holds the House and retakes the Senate. All elections come down to turnout. Over the past 50 years, the turnout has ranged from a high of 63.1 percent of eligible voters (in the 1960 election) to a low of 49.0 percent (in 1996). Turnout in the 2008 election grew to 57.3 percent, continuing a modest upward trend. Sadly, all this recent effort and public excitement may well dissipate by next November. The 2012 presidential election may ultimately turn on the question of who feels more alienated. Will it be disheartened and discouraged Obama supporters who feel let down after their euphoric victory in 2008, handing a victory to the GOP? Or will Tea Party enthusiasts stay home, feeling their cause was sabotaged by old line Republicans and mainstream conservatives? We’re still a year away from the presidential election. The truly silly season doesn’t even begin until the spring and summer. It does ■ not look as if it will be very pretty. Dr. Gilbert N. Kahn (email@example.com) is a professor of political science at Kean University in Union.
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auren Gannet wants her customers to leave her store feeling good. Owner of Lauren b., a women’s boutique in the heart of historic Morristown, Gannet prides herself on unique offerings and excellent service. “We really enjoy helping our customers make the best decisions. We are here to serve,” she says. “We’re different from large department stores and mall shopping, which tend to be overwhelming. At Lauren b., customers can shop in a focused yet relaxed manner with personalized attention.” Lively Brazilian music greets customers on a crisp autumn afternoon. Bright sunshine streams through the store’s large windows. Gannet chats easily with her customers. “Those are great leggings!” she tells someone looking at a charcoal-grey pair. “So, you are married yet?” she asks another who recently became engaged. “That would look great on your wife!” she tells a male customer who is buying for his spouse. “I know so many wonderful customers. It’s a lovely thing to have in one’s life,” she says. “I’m extremely fortunate. Not many people come to work and end up having fun.” Gannet attended fashion school, then spent time in the fashion industry
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with her toy poodle, Koko, who truly is the color of cocoa. “I get so much satisfaction when people meet here to go shopping,” she says. “It feels like a community, a neighborhood.” The store offers one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories, jewelry, and handbags, some from as far away as France. Many items are handmade. “We run the gamut of styles,” Gannet says. “We offer high quality and great colors. We hope our customers leave here feeling good about what they bought, and about themselves.” ■
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World Wine, broken promises, and ‘Isratine’ Kaddafi’s strange courtship of the Jews RON KAMPEAS JTA
WASHINGTON — Now it can be told: For the last decade or so, the Jews had secret back channels to Muammar Kaddafi. What led the pro-Israel community into a careful relationship with Kaddafi 10 years ago were considerations of United States national interests, Israel’s security needs, and the claims of Libyan Jews. After his overthrow by Libyan rebels and his killing last week, the conclusion among many pro-Israel figures in America is that it was worth it, despite the Libyan strongman’s erratic behavior and his ignoble downfall. The reason: Kaddafi’s shift away from state terrorism after 9/11 eliminated a funder and organizer of threats to Israeli and U.S. interests. Kaddafi’s overtures to the pro-Israel community began in 2002, when a leader of the Libyan-Jewish community in exile, David Gerbi, returned to Libya to bring an elderly aunt to Italy, where he and his family now live. His aunt, Rina Debach, is believed to be the last Jew to have lived in Libya. Through interlocutors, Gerbi said, “Kaddafi asked me if I could help to normalize the relationship between Libya and the United States.” Kaddafi’s motives were clear, according to Gerbi: Saddam Hussein was in the U.S. sights at the time and Kaddafi, who already
In this undated photo, David Gerbi poses in front of Sla dar Bishi, the synagogue in Tripoli that he hopes to renovate. Gerbi, an Italian Jew born in Libya, played a central role in 2002 in the rapprochement between Muammar Kaddafi and Libyan Jews. Photo courtesy David Gerbi
Libyan leader, Col. Muammar Kaddafi, was killed by rebel forces on Oct. 20. Photo courtesy United States Navy/commons/Wikimedia.org
was tentatively reaching out to the West through Britain, did not want to be next on the list. “He saw what’s next, he was on the list of terrorist countries,” Gerbi said. Kaddafi agreed to end his nascent weapons of mass destruction programs and to a payout in the billions of dollars to families of victims of the terrorist attack that brought down a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. Gerbi, who still hopes to reestablish a Jewish presence in Libya, immediately launched a tour of the United States in hopes of rallying support for bringing Libya into the pro-Western fold. He met with proIsrael groups and lawmakers. “There were extensive discussions about what would be appropriate and not appropriate,” recalled Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Jewish community’s foreign policy umbrella group. In the end, “we didn’t want to stand in the way of Libyan Jews having the opportunity to visit.” Especially notable was the fervor with which the late U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos (DCalif.), a Holocaust survivor who then was the senior Democrat on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, embraced the cause. Lantos, with the blessing of a George W. Bush administration seeking to contain radical Islamist influence, visited Libya five times. “I am rational enough to recognize that
we must accept ‘yes’ for an answer,” Lantos told the Forward newspaper in 2004 following his first visit. “Kaddafi’s record speaks for itself — it’s an abominable record — but the current actions also speak for themselves. He has now made a 180-degree turn.” Lantos, associates said, delighted in showing visitors a gift he had received from Kaddafi: a copy of his book Isratine, his idiosyncratic proposal for a single IsraeliPalestinian state. Steve Rosen, now a consultant to a number of groups on Middle East issues, was at the time the director of foreign policy for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He said the pro-Israel community decided to not to stand in the way of U.S. rapprochement with Libya because of the relief it would offer Israel. Rosen and Alan Makovsky, a staffer for Lantos, were surprised when around 2002 — the same time that Gerbi was making the case for Libya in New York and Washington — Kaddafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, sought them out at a conference on the Middle East in England. “He kept finding ways to bring us into the dialogue,” Rosen recalled. “It became plain we were the reasons for his coming to the conference. He considered us influential in Washington because we were pro-Israel.” Rosen took the younger Kaddafi’s case to the Israelis, who gave AIPAC a green light not to oppose Libya’s overtures — but they also counseled caution.
“Most of them raised an eyebrow, saying you can’t trust Kaddafi, but the idea of a rogue state becoming moderate appealed to them,” Rosen said. That view seemingly was vindicated when Libya destroyed its weapons of mass destruction under U.S. supervision. “Israel and its friends are nothing if not pragmatic,” Rosen said. “There are no permanent friends and no permanent enemies.” AIPAC would not comment on the affair. Keith Weissman, Rosen’s deputy at the time, confirmed the account, recalling his own trip to England, at Seif al-Islam Kaddafi’s invitation, in 2003. “The Israelis liked it because there was one less guy with a lot of money to spend on bad things,” Weissman said. “They were very nice, we drank wine and stuff,” he said of the Libyans. “They were mostly interested in that we wouldn’t screw up the normalization process.” Congress removed Libya from the 1990s Iran-Libya sanctions act, and Western oil companies returned to the country. Most Jewish groups chose not to respond to invitations to visit Libya, noting that while Kaddafi had removed himself as a threat to others, he was still dangerous to his own people. “Nobody was fooled, everybody knew what Kaddafi was,” said Hoenlein, who like Rosen had turned down invitations to visit Libya. Yet a few of Libya’s new Jewish-American interlocutors didn’t stop at merely not standing in the way of normalization; they seemed to embrace the Kaddafi regime. Lantos became a strong advocate for normalization, setting up a U.S.-Libya student exchange. “I am very proud of America’s success in convincing Kaddafi to become a decent citizen of the global community,” Lantos said at a hearing of the Foreign Affairs Committee in 2007, when he was chair. “Our relations with Libya today are in a much better place than they were just five years ago. Our engagement with Kaddafi and the prosperity it has brought Libya serves as a model to countries currently sponsoring terror or compiling weapons of mass destruction. They should know that they, too, can come in from the cold.” Kaddafi grew closer with the anti-American president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, dabbling in the internal affairs of other African countries. In 2009 he delivered a long, bizarre rant at the UN General Assembly. He pursued a weird one-sided courtship with Condoleezza Rice, Bush’s secretary of state, which she once said gave her the chills. His promises of restitution to Libya’s Jewish exiles — driven out two years before Kaddafi took power in 1969 — came to naught. ■
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Shalits trying to adjust to new normal MARCY OSTER JTA
JERUSALEM — A week after Gilad Shalit returned to Israel after being held in captivity for more than five years in Gaza, things were getting back to normal at the Shalit family home — sort of. The Israel Police said they would remove a barrier placed in front of the family’s house in Mitzpe Hila. The flowers, placards, and other paraphernalia that littered the streets of the northern Israeli town following the celebration marking Shalit’s return have been cleaned up. Even the Shalit protest tent opposite the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem was taken down and carted away. But with the 10-day moratorium on Israeli media intrusion in the Shalits’ town set to expire, and with Israelis still eager for images of the newly released soldier, it’s
unlikely that Gilad, 25, will be able to have a normal life anytime soon. On Monday, Israeli President Shimon Peres paid a visit to the Shalit family home, the first visit by an Israeli official. Almost immediately, photos and video of Peres and Gilad Shalit sitting side by side on the family couch landed on Israeli news websites and TV programs. “You have no idea how thrilled I am to meet you here in your home alive, healthy and whole,” Peres said. “I came to express to you how proud I am, and how proud the entire nation is, by your ability to withstand extremely difficult conditions in captivity.” Shalit thanked the president. A day earlier, Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni, head of the Kadima Party, slammed the prisoner swap that brought Shalit home Oct. 18 in exchange for the release of 1,027 Arab prisoners,
saying it has weakened Israel and strengthened Hamas. Her criticism during interviews with the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot and Reshet Bet Radio did not sit well with lawmakers in the coalition or the opposition. They swiftly assailed Livni for waiting until Shalit was freed to voice her opposition to the deal, saying it showed a lack of leadership. Livni reportedly did not go public earlier with her dissent at the request of Noam Shalit, the soldier’s father. The Israeli Cabinet approved the deal by a 26-3 vote. In the few days since his release, Shalit has been captured by news photographers lying in wait for his next move. He was pictured taking a short walk with his mother — and several security guards — on the first morning following his release and riding a bicycle near See
Israeli President Shimon Peres visiting Gilad Shalit at the Shalit family home in the northern Israeli town of Mitzpe Hila, Oct. 24. Photo by Ziv Binyonski/Flash90
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How a new Israeli attache gave up his U.S. citizenship ELI GRONER JTA
TEL AVIV — After being named Israel’s minister for economic affairs to the United States, Eli Groner was required by United States law to revoke his U.S. citizenship. The following is the statement he submitted to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv upon his renunciation.
relevant. In this spirit, a very small piece of what Israel needs to do is to continually strengthen its economic foundations. Like other dimensions required in building the State of Israel, I consider this to be my generation’s holy work; therefore, when I was asked by
ecause I love America, it is with hesitant hands and a heavy heart that I am writing this note. I never expected to request revocation of my citizenship, and while I certainly understand the circumstances requiring me to do so, it is important for me to share with you why I have decided to take this step. The United States has a perfectly sensible law that does not allow for diplomats from foreign countries serving in the United States to hold U.S. citizenship. The fact that this is eminently reasonable doesn’t make this any less difficult. Much of who I am is based on my childhood in the U.S.; as a fourth-generation American growing up in quintessential SmallTown America, the values inculcated in me in school and at home were American. Many of those values are shared by Israel, which I believe to be the destined homeland for Jewish people of all nations. As Israel builds its place among the nations, it has much to learn not only from its Jewish and biblical roots, but also from the ideological foundations which built the United States of America — the greatest country of the past 240 years. Every week in synagogue, Jews around the world read a portion of the Bible. Recently, we read the Ten Commandments. One of the many lessons of these commandments is that the Jewish nation left Egypt not simply to survive, but rather with a greater purpose of building a just and moral society. Now, some 3,300 years after the revelation at Sinai and 63 years after the establishment of the State of Israel — two of the most momentous occasions in Jewish history — the guidance from Sinai is all the more
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Granger and Lowey, the congressional odd couple RON KAMPEAS JTA
WASHINGTON — In any other town at any other time they would be a boring, if worthy, pair: wonkish grandmothers sorting through nitty-gritty foreign policy and budgetary details to keep their country influential and safe. But in Washington at a time of intense partisan rancor, the friendly and productive relationship between Reps. Kay Granger (R-Texas) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) is decidedly odd. Granger and Lowey, the top foreign appropriators in the U.S. House of Representatives, are being noticed for what was commonplace a decade or so ago: focusing on areas of bipartisan agreement in order to get a bill passed, and agreeing to disagree on the rest. “It’s pretty unique, especially given all the partisan problems that take place every day — it’s extraordinary,” said a top staffer with a
leading pro-Israel group, speaking on condition of anonymity. Granger, chair of the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, and Lowey, the subcommittee’s ranking member, are striving to get the annual foreign operations bill onto the floor for consideration by the full House. Yet the odds can seem as if they are stacked against them. Last year the same bill was felled, like most appropriations, by partisan disagreement, and foreign spending was wrapped ultimately into a lastminute omnibus spending bill. This year, Granger and Lowey distinguished themselves by coordinating their approach to the Palestinians’ push for statehood. While other Republicans and Democrats have introduced separate bills, resolutions, and statements threatening cuts in assistance to the Palestinians and those who back them, Granger and Lowey worked together to warn the
Rep. Kay Granger, chair of the foreign operations subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, greets Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at a subcommittee hearing while Rep. Nita Lowey, the subcommittee’s senior Democrat, looks on, March 11. Photo courtesy office of Rep. Kay Granger
Palestinians to change course. “Current and future aid will be jeopardized if you abandon direct negotiations and continue your current efforts,” the lawmakers wrote in a July 11 letter to Mahmoud Abbas, the first of two written to the Palestinian Authority president. Granger also raised the warning in a meeting she had with Palestinian leaders in August during a visit by Republican lawmakers to Israel and Palestinian-controlled areas. Even though Lowey was absent from the meeting, Granger made sure that she was present in spirit, taking care to tell the Palestinians that her Democratic colleague had
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backgrounds: Granger, 68, was born in Greenville, Texas, a small town not far from Fort Worth, and raised as a Methodist. Lowey, 74, is from the Bronx, and now represents parts of suburban Westchester and Rockland counties, and was active in national Jewish groups before running for Congress. Each woman has a habit of invoking the other’s name in stating policies. “Both Kay Granger and I still hope that direct negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel will happen as soon as possible,” said Lowey. The attraction dates to 2007 when Lowey, newly installed as the subcommittee chair with the Democratic surge in the 2006 congressional elections, learned that Granger, then on the defense appropriations subcommittee, wanted a transfer to the foreign appropriations subcommittee. Lowey quietly encouraged the GOP leadership to make the appointment. She had noticed Granger’s work on the defense subcommittee and admired her detailoriented seriousness. Once Granger was on the subcommittee as its top GOP member, Lowey made sure to invite her to every briefing by administration staffers and foreign dignitaries. The congresswomen talk with one another at least once daily and meet every several days. They also travel together. “We have a good rhythm of the amount of work and the amount of communication that is needed to keep a relationship like that going to make sure we don’t have surprises,” Granger said. The friendship also runs to everyday elements. “We talk about grandkids, we talk about food and what she cooks,” Granger said. “She cooks for family, for 20 or 30 people on the big Jewish holidays. I don’t cook, and I love to hear about what she’s planning.” ■
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NBA lockout prompts a new motive for aliya: basketball JESSICA STEINBERG JTA
JERUSALEM — Call it circumstantial Zionism. There’s been a recent uptick in North American aliya — of basketball players. More than a dozen North American players have become Israeli citizens and joined professional Israeli basketball teams and second division squads in the past few years. It’s not exactly a trend but the result of Israeli league rules, the NBA lockout, and the dreams of one particular team owner. With an Israel Basketball Association rule requiring at least two Israelis on the court at all times and a limit of four non-Israeli players per team — combined with a shortage of skilled local players — Israel long has turned to foreign shores for players. The United States has been an obvious source, with its share of talented Jewish American basketball players who can become Israeli on the court by immigrating under Israel’s Law of Return while keeping their American citizenship. This year, Maccabi Tel Aviv signed former Duke University standout Jon Scheyer to a two-year contract, and the Chicago-born Scheyer became an Israeli with his move here in August. One of his new teammates, NBA point guard Jordan Farmar of the New Jersey Nets, signed a one-year contract with Tel Aviv in the wake of the continuing lockout. Farmar is eligible for aliya but has yet to make
Former Duke University basketball star Jon Scheyer, who will be playing pro ball for Maccabi Tel Aviv, at Ben-Gurion Airport in Israel following his group aliya flight, Aug. 30. Photo by Sasson Tiram
that decision. Then there’s Jeffrey Rosen, who purchased the Maccabi Haifa team in 2007 wanting to turn it into “Israel’s team for America.” With U.S. tryouts in Florida for the past four seasons, he has sent more than 15 Jewish American players to Israel on aliya, including this season’s Canadian guard Simon Farine, New Yorker Sylven Landesberg, and former NCAA Division I guard Todd Lowenthal, who is playing for a second division team. “For the Jewish American players, playing professional basketball in Israel is a unique way to connect to their heritage,” said Rosen, a former resident of West Orange who wants to make Maccabi Haifa into a viable option for top Jewish American players. The aliya organization Nefesh B’Nefesh recently created a sports aliya program to encourage athletes to move to Israel. “Aliya is aliya,” even if it’s primarily for professional reasons, said Nefesh spokesperson Yael Katsman. “Look, Scheyer was stuck because of injuries and he wanted to give it a try here. The process of aliya is so much easier now, and Israel is better known as a solid marketplace.” Scheyer had his initial NBA dreams dashed after an eye injury and a bout of mononucleosis. “I was out all last year and then played in the NBA [Development] League, which was definitely not what I’d planned,” he said. “Maccabi had been talking to me since the
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end of college and I thought it was a really unique opportunity.” Certainly any basketball player wants to play in the NBA, says the former AmericanIsraeli basketball star Tal “Mr. Basketball” Brody, who gave up his own NBA dreams 40 years ago when he played in the Maccabiah Games and decided to stay. But when circumstances prevail, Israel is considered a reasonable backup plan. “Players of the stature of Jon Scheyer or Jordan Farmar would say that their first desire is the NBA,” says Brody, who initially played for Maccabi Tel Aviv and is now Israel’s goodwill ambassador. “Look at [former Maccabi Tel Aviv player] Anthony Parker, who’s now playing for [Cleveland] Cavaliers.” But Brody, a native of Trenton and an Israel Prize laureate, says the athlete aliya trend is about the globalization of basketball. “Anybody can play with anybody, so you have a Greek team with few Greeks, an Italian team with few Italians, and Israeli teams with less Israelis,” he said. For other players, an Israeli team may offer an opportunity not available back home. Farine acknowledges that it was a professional decision for him to make aliya because as a Canadian, he had less access to professional team opportunities than his American colleagues. And having an Israeli father, he can now make contact with an extensive network of relatives. ■
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2009 that were widely perceived as being rigged, she noted. “The 2009 elections in Iran WASHINGTON — Iran watchers increasingly solidified the hold of say the revelation of an alleged plot the conservatives on power in to hire Mexican contract killers to Iran,” she said. “They see it less assassinate the Saudi Arabian and less necessary to try and do ambassador to Washington signals what Khatami was doing in the the Iranian regime’s deepening 1990s, to bring Iran into the fold of Western civilization and comradicalization. It also underscores the urgency munity. It’s a sign of further polarof the threat posed by Tehran’s ization inside Iran between the nation and the regime, but also nuclear plans, they say. “We need to be reminded that if outside of Iran between Iran and Iran poses a threat without nuclear the international community.” The plot also is a sign of a weapons, a nuclear-armed Iran regime driven increasingly desperwould be a dramatically more dangerous threat,” said Rep. Ted ate by its mounting isolation, said Deutch (D-Fla.), a longtime advo- Heather Hurlburt of the National Security Network, a liberal Washcate of Iran sanctions legislation. United States Attorney General ington foreign policy group. “What you’re seeing in these Eric Holder alleged that Iranianplot allegations and in the region American businessman Mansour is an Iran that perceives its interests to be at risk because of the Arab Spring,” Hurlburt said. “You see an Iranian government exploring all avenues — they couldn’t come up with a better plot than a crazy guy trying to hire druglords.” The plot underscores the need for a Iran watchers say the alleged plot to kill Saudi U.S. Ambas- heightened awaresador Adel al-Jubeir, right, shown here being interviewed at ness by the West of the Saudi embassy in Washington, raises alarms about the a regime that is Iranian regime’s willingness to carry out extreme acts. ready to take Photo courtesy Religions for Peace extraordinary measures, said Mark Dubowitz, Arbabsiar and a cousin who works for the Iranian Revolutionary executive director of the conservaGuards were caught planning to tive Foundation for the Defense of have a Mexican drug cartel kill Democracies. “This regime will continue to Saudi Arabia’s ambassador, Adel alJubeir. Demonstrating the serious- target its enemies,” Dubowitz said. ness of the plot, the men allegedly “They will not let up until there’s a arranged for a $100,000 down pay- success.” Working through interlocutors ment to be deposited into what turned out to be an FBI bank as unlikely as murderous drug dealers makes sense, Dubowitz account. Iranian-backed attacks outside said, because the regime has the Middle East once were routine always sought plausible deniability news events. The years that fol- in plotting such attacks. The immediate response to the lowed the Islamic Revolution of the late 1970s brought a flurry of assas- plot, said Dubowitz, should be to sinations of Iranian exiles in for- further isolate the Iranian regime eign capitals, including Washing- by enforcing existing sanctions ton and Paris. In the 1990s, and enacting new ones, as well as separate massive bombing attacks reinforcing backing for Iran’s on a Jewish community building democracy movement. Deutch, a member of the U.S. and the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires also have been pinned to Iran. House of Representatives Foreign The alleged plan to kill the Affairs Committee, said that the Saudi envoy is a signal that the Obama administration should regime’s conservatives are ascen- enhance financial sanctions to dant, said Roya Hakakian, who include Iran’s central bank, which recently authored Assassins of the would cut off the country from Turquoise Palace, an account of financial markets, and toughen Iran’s assassination of Kurdish laws on businesses that deal with Iran. leaders in Berlin in 1992. “We need to shine a light on Conservatives consolidated power after the mass protests fol- those companies that violate sanc■ lowing elections in the summer of tions laws,” he said. JTA
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Shalit is facing obstacles on road to recovery DAN KLEIN JTA
ilad Shalit’s release from more than five years of isolated captivity marked the end of a national trauma for Israel, but for the 25-year-old it’s only the beginning of his road to recovery. While Shalit is suffering from sun deprivation and minor untreated shrapnel wounds, the physical ailments are likely to heal long before the psychological scars that may be lurking beneath the surface. Hostages often show symptoms analogous to victims of severe trauma, according to Nancy Zarse, a professor of forensic psychology and an expert on hostage situations. “He might have trouble connecting with people,” she said. “He might have a sense of hyper-vigilance. He might always be on guard.” Other symptoms that former hostages often suffer from are withdrawal, numbness or irritability, trouble concentrating, or intrusive thoughts and nightmares.
A 1991 study in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that as many as nine out of 10 Korean War prisoners of war suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and other trauma-related mental disorders more than 35 years after their release. A follow-up study found that POWs suffer a “much greater risk of developing PTSD than combat veterans.” While Shalit’s circumstances are somewhat unique, given the length of his captivity and the conditions in which he was held, media outlets have turned to former Israeli POWs to make sense of what he is likely to face now that he is free. “He will look fine on the outside,” Amos Levital, who spent two years in an Egyptian prison during the War of Attrition that followed the 1967 Six-Day War, told Ha’aretz. “The problem is the emotional scars. This is a prolonged process.” Some experts have suggested that Shalit’s fame could pose barriers. “If he can achieve some sort of
Gilad Shalit, left, riding a bicycle on his street in the northern Israeli town of Mitzpe Hila accompanied by security, Oct. 20. Israeli police stand by to close off the street to the media and onlookers. Photo by Herzl Shapira/Flash 90
normal routine engaged in some purposeful activity amid strong familial roots, he may be okay,” Solly Dreman, a psychology professor emeritus at Ben-Gurion University, told the Forward newspaper.
“But if everybody feels he’s part of their family, he becomes public property.” Shalit will be undergoing rehabilitation, his father, Noam, has said. Also crucial, said Zarse, will be
social support from friends, community, and even his former military unit to prevent a sense of alienation. Zarse added that it is also important to keep Shalit away from the ongoing debate in Israel over the ramifications of the deal that secured his freedom — 1,027 Palestinian prisoners were exchanged for Shalit, and that could awaken unwarranted second-guessing or survivor’s guilt. “Particularly with this case, where I’m seeing some backlash about the deal and the imbalance of the exchange and the ramifications on the PA, I think there needs to be an effort to protect him from those larger political issues,” she said. Even if Shalit initially seems to recover, Zarse warns that it is possible that he will begin to suffer symptoms much later, within six months to a year. “Someone comes home from a long captivity, there might be a honeymoon phase where they feel encouraged and supported,” she said, “and then these feelings start to surface.” ■
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‘Forgotten’ Nazi camps worry preservationists RUTH ELLEN GRUBER JTA
ROME — Auschwitz, the most notorious camp in the Nazi killing machine, may soon claim success in its campaign to preserve the legacy of the Holocaust. The foundation supporting the site in southern Poland has attracted tens of millions of dollars from donor countries, and the camp’s barracks and other buildings seem set to be preserved for decades to come. The museum memorial at the former Nazi death camp attracts more than one million visitors per year. Some fear, however, that the concentration of resources and attention on Auschwitz could overshadow other preservation efforts and threaten the integrity or even the existence of the memorials and museums at lesserknown camps and Holocaust sites in Poland. “Because Auschwitz is treated as the symbol of the Holocaust and the whole world is supporting only this museum, everybody in Poland, including the government, seems to think that this is enough,” said historian Robert Kuwalek, a curator at the state-run Museum at Majdanek, the Nazi concentration camp and killing center near Lublin in eastern Poland. “The problem is deeper because it is the lack of basic knowledge that the Holocaust happened in forgotten sites like Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka, Majdanek, and Chelmno.” Belzec, Sobibor, and Treblinka were the three killing centers of the so-called Operation Reinhard plan to murder two million Polish Jews in 1942 and 1943. During
that operation, Kuwalek said, “more people were killed in a shorter time than in AuschwitzBirkenau during the whole period that that camp functioned.” Despite their importance in the history of the Holocaust, these and other sites — such as the forced labor camps at Stuffhof and Gross-Rosen — are overlooked by the vast majority of visitors who want to learn about the Holocaust or pay homage to its victims firsthand. All are marked by memorials or even museums. But some are located in remote parts of the country, and most are in serious need of upkeep and preservation. The museum at Sobibor, for example — the site of John Demjanjuk’s crimes — was forced to close in June when funding from local authorities ran out. An estimated 167,000 to 250,000 people, mostly Jews, were murdered at Sobibor, which is located in a remote part of eastern Poland. In May, a German court convicted Demjanjuk, now 91, of complicity in the murder of 28,000 Jews there. “We simply realized that we could not afford to pay our bills this year,” Marek Bem, a Sobibor museum spokesman, told the Krakow Post. “Without a stable budget we can’t make any plans for the future.” The museum reopened July 1 after the Polish Culture Ministry announced that it would be reorganized as a state-run institution funded by the ministry. “Auschwitz is the great exception to the rule,” said Rabbi Andrew Baker, the director of international Jewish affairs for the American Jewish Committee. Baker was the point man for the
AJC in its cooperation with the Polish government to build a large and impressive monument and museum at Belzec, where 500,000 Jews were killed. The center opened in 2004. “With all the focus on Auschwitz, there’s a kind of irony,” he added. “It is coming that Auschwitz is becoming a universal symbol. It is raising money from scores of countries. When the survivors pass on, one question will be how to retain the identity of Auschwitz as a place where Jews were killed. It can become a universal place of lessons about genocide.” The Auschwitz Foundation was set up in 2009 with the goal of raising $163 million and thus guaranteeing an annual interest income of about $6 million for the much-needed conservation of barracks, gas chambers, and other artifacts and material. To date, nearly 20 countries have announced support for the
effort, bringing the total pledges to more than $122 million. Germany alone pledged about $82 million. Israel was the latest country to pledge funds, with a $1 million contribution pledged to the foundation a few days before Rosh Hashana. In a statement quoted by the Auschwitz museum Website, Yad Vashem director Avner Shalev explained why the investment was seen as so important. “The site of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where over one million Jews were murdered during the Shoa, has become a key symbol of the Holocaust and of absolute evil,” he said. “It is therefore a moral imperative to preserve the site’s authenticity and legacy, and it is meaningful that Israel is participating in meeting that imperative.” The success to date of the Auschwitz fundraising campaign has been greeted with a cautious sigh of relief by scholars and
preservationists who for years had raised the alarm about the threats to the site. “It seems that the future of Auschwitz with regard to preservation is mostly secured,” said Tomasz Kunciewicz, director of the Auschwitz Jewish Center, an educational institution in the town of Oswiecim, where Auschwitz is located. “Several governments have already made significant contributions, and others are expected to follow suit. “However, regarding the more ‘forgotten’ death camps, such as Sobibor, the situation seems to be acute and there should be similar international efforts made regarding fundraising as in the case of Auschwitz.” In contrast to the 1.3 million visitors to Auschwitz last year, only about 30,000 go annually to Belzec, in southeastern Poland, and 20,000 visit Sobibor. Even Majdanek, which has a large museum and many more original buildings and other infrastructure than Auschwitz, attracts only about 100,000 annual visitors. The Majdanek museum is still coming to grips with a 2010 fire that destroyed one of the original barracks, where some of its key collections were stored. “Everybody talks about the problems at Auschwitz,” Kuwalek said. “Nobody pays attention to the other places. I’m really afraid that they were forgotten and will be forgotten.” Determining how to deal with these sites, he added, “will be a discussion that is more and more important. There is a recognition that something has to be done, but no one knows how and what.” ■
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Israeli Cabinet approves Grapel prisoner deal ISRAEL’S CABINET UNANIMOUSLY approved a deal to release dual American-Israeli citizen Ilan Grapel in exchange for 25 Egyptians being held in Israeli prisons. The agreement, which was facilitated by the United States government, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, was approved Tuesday. Grapel, who is accused by Egypt of being a spy for Israel, was expected to return to Israel on Thursday, according to the statement. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also instructed the relevant authorities to work to bring about the release of Ouda Tarabin, an Israeli Bedouin who has been held in Egypt for 11 years on charges of espionage, the statement said. The Egyptians to be released under the Grapel deal, including three minors, are not security prisoners, the Prime Minister’s Office said Monday evening. They are being held on charges such as crossing the border illegally, drug trafficking, and holding unlicensed weapons, according to reports. Grapel, arrested in Cairo in
June, was accused of espionage. Later he was accused as well of incitement and the attempted arson of the country’s Interior Ministry building and police headquarters in Cairo during January’s riots in the capital. Egyptian security officials said Grapel entered the country shortly after the start of the Jan. 25 uprising that led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak and posed as a foreign correspondent. A law student at Emory University, Grapel allegedly said he was Muslim on the visa application that he filed with the Egyptian Embassy in Tel Aviv and then entered Egypt using his American passport. Grapel is a New Yorker who moved to Israel following his graduation from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He joined the Israeli army, served as a paratrooper during the Second Lebanon War, and was wounded in southern Lebanon in August 2006. The agreement comes less than a week after captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was exchanged for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in an agreement reached with the terrorist organization Hamas. — JTA
Adjust from page 21 Meanwhile, supporters and his home. He also has played pingpong. On the Simhat Torah holi- curiosity seekers continue to flock day, he met with old friends, his to Mitzpe Hila for a glimpse of Gilad father told reporters. or simply to have their photo taken The Shalits are starting to learn in front of the Shalit family home. that they have to maneuver to avoid Many are leaving flowers, drawings, the paparazzi. On Saturday, Shalit and packages containing candy and his father left home early and and other gifts for the family. Noam has provided reporters took a side road to evade photographers on their way to a beach outing with several updates since his son reportedly at Gilad’s request. But a returned. On Oct. 20, he said he does not believe Hamas’ claims photographer from that Gilad was not torHa’aretz was camping tured while in captivon the beach with his OMECOMING ity. family and snapped a “Gilad went photo of the soldier through harsh things, swimming near the at least in the first shore as his father period. It is correct that watched over him. after that, after that “In the last few years first period, the way he I have taken many phowas treated improved,” tographs of the Shalit the elder Shalit said. family surrounded by countless During the same news confercameras,” photographer Yaron ence in front of the family home, Kaminsky told his newspaper. “It Noam Shalit also told reporters was nice to just run into them like that Gilad had an appetite for food that, at the beach, during Gilad’s first but that he was having trouble Saturday since being freed from cap- sleeping through the night. On the tivity.” day of his release, Gilad appeared Kaminsky said he told Noam wan and pale. Shalit that he had taken the photo Noam added that his son had and received his tacit approval to few requests and that he was “going publish it. with the flow.” ■
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UJC Update UJA Major Gifts Event a Over 330 people attended the UJA Major Gifts Event on October 4, 2011, at the Crystal Plaza. The featured speaker was George Will, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist. The event was chaired by Julie and Mark Yadgaroff of Short Hills and Joni and Alan Cohen of Livingston.
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Because of you, MetroWest is the first community to begin to endow PJ Library® …which mails 2,500 children a Jewish book each and every month.
Alan and Joni Cohen, event chairs; George Will; Julie and Mark Yadgaroff, event chairs; Paula Saginaw, UJA Campaign Chair
Steve Klinghoffer, Achim Chair, Lori Klinghoffer, President, UJC
Because of you, MetroWest sponsors a national Birthright Israel bus specifically for young adults with special needs. Because of you, MetroWest is the first community to introduce Atzmaut (independence) to Israel …where Ethiopian families are given the tools to acculturate into modern society. Because of you we can, and without you, we couldn’t.
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Jonathan Caplan, (Kramer Levin), Jody Caplan, Tina and Michael Weinstock
When all is said and done, it is all done because of you. What you give is nothing more than what you receive. It works in both directions. When we live a life of helping, when we meet our responsibilities to family and community, when we extend our best support to someone without, we will feel great by watching the most important beneficiary …the one in the mirror.
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European disunion Will celebrity delegates sink a continental Jewish Parliament? TOBY AXELROD JTA
BERLIN — If the slate of candidates is any indication, the European Jewish Parliament faces an uphill battle to be taken seriously. Among the candidates for election announced by the new body: soccer star David Beckham, filmmaker Roman Polanski, comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen, fashion designer Diane von Furstenburg, and other famous and less-famous European Jews who likely never expressed an interest in running — if they even knew anything of the planned parliament at all. Already, a number of Jews from around Europe after learning they were on the list have demanded to be taken off. Viviane Teitelbaum, a former head of the Belgian Jewish community who is a member of Brussels’ regional parliament, said she found out she was a so-called candidate only when people started writing to say they had voted for her. “I said, where, why, how?” said Teitelbaum, who asked to be removed. “I was wondering, how is it going to function? How is it going to be representative? How many people are going to vote? And they could have asked people if they wanted to be on the list.” But at least one unwitting candidate said he liked the idea. “I was indeed surprised to find my name on the list; nonetheless, the idea is an interesting one,” said Joel Rubinfeld, former chair of the Committee for the Coordination of Jewish Organizations in Belgium. Rubinfeld said he once tried to introduce something similar in Belgium, “So of course I think it’s a good project, but a difficult one, too.” Nevertheless, he said, elections for the parliament must “be conducted in a more professional way. For instance, it is not very serious to open elections with candidates who don’t even know they are on the list.” The proposed parliament, which aims to bring issues of Jewish concern to the European Union — a role other groups already play — is the brainchild of billionaires Igor Kolomoisky and Vadim Rabinovitch. The two Ukrainian Jewish businessmen and philanthropists have been seeking leadership positions recently in European Jewish life, and in the spring they launched a new organization called the European Jewish Union. Last month they also established a new pro-Israel channel on YouTube called Jewish News One, or JN1.
That’s the “ticket”: Celebrities “in the running” for the proposed European Jewish Parliament include, from left, Sacha Baron Cohen, David Beckham, and Roman Polanski. Photos by: Sacha Baron Cohen by Konstantin Sutyagin; David Beckham by Helga Esteb; Roman Polanski by cinemafestival
According to Tomer Orni, CEO of the European Jewish Union, the Jewish parliament will have offices adjacent to the European Parliament in Brussels and will hold regular assemblies there. The Jewish parliament’s budget will be covered by the European Jewish Union and the agenda is to be set by elected members. Orni said the idea of the parliament — inspired by Israeli President Shimon Peres’ call for a Knesset of the Jewish Diaspora — is to be a “platform for Jews from all corners of the continent,” including the former Soviet countries.
bers confused at how they had landed on the list of candidates, the organization circulated a memo assuring members that they are “not connected in any way to this initiative and do not support it.” “Let’s be honest, it does not look serious,” said Serge Cwajgenbaum, secretary general of the Brussels-based EJC. “How can you bypass organized European Jewry and through the Internet call for people to elect or appoint whomever they have selected on whatever ground, on what basis God knows? It does not bring any plus to organized European Jewry and will
Even the candidates aren’t sure how they got on the ballot. “It brings new and high hopes for what could be a genuine move forward, away from behind-closed-doors community dealings to the next stage: democracy, representation from all across Europe, and West and East together as equals,” Orni said. “Every Jew in Europe should have a voice.” It’s not clear that Kolomoisky and Rabinovitch’s latest project will bring them any more success than their previous ones. One thing seems clear: The parliamentary election process has sparked annoyance and irritation among European Jewish leaders. After the European Jewish Congress leaders began receiving calls from mem-
only create tension in a time when it is necessary to be strong and united.” The parliament brouhaha comes a year after Kolomoisky tried to become president of the European Council of Jewish Communities — a low-profile organization founded more than 40 years ago to promote Jewish culture, heritage, education, and community — by pledging $14 million to the group over five years. Rabinovitch already was an ECJC vice president. But after members of the ECJC resigned in protest over his unilateral appointment, Kolomoisky withdrew his bid, Rabinovitch quit his post and the two instead decided to create a new group with
a grand-sounding name, the European Jewish Union. After launching the union in April at a conference at Euro Disney, Kolomoisky and Rabinovitch also unveiled their plans for a 120-member European Jewish parliament that would serve as a voice for European Jewry. With the billionaires’ European Jewish Union coming under criticism for being opaque and undemocratic, the parliament was conceived as the democratic component. Elections continue with no end in sight. A few controversial names have been dropped from the list, including French entertainer Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, who has been prosecuted in France for anti-Semitic remarks, and German nationalist extremist Constantin von Hoffmeister. Other names, such as Beckham and fashion designer Stella McCartney, remain. “If Stella McCartney will hit the charts and does not want to be a parliament member, the next one in line will take her place,” Orni said. “The legal team has predetermined that if someone is elected and doesn’t want to take part, the next one with the second biggest number of votes will be elected instead.” Evan Lazar, the Prague-based president of ECJC and one of the candidates who was nominated without his knowledge, said he was concerned with the parliament’s lack of transparency. In an e-mail, Lazar said he supported “all efforts to bolster European Jewry,” but that he was not sure a Jewish parliament should be making decisions for “a broad spectrum of people with differing views.” ■
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Mama Doni wins Parentsâ€™ Choice award WHAT A NICE way to start the New Year. Mama Doni, a.k.a. Doni Zasloff Thomas, learned on Rosh Hashana that the Mama Doni band, a musical group popular with the young Jewish family set, received a prestigious Parentsâ€™ Choice award for their CD, Shabbat Shaboom. â€œIâ€™m very honored,â€? Zasloff Thomas said in a telephone interview. â€œIt felt great.â€? â€œWhen I started the album I thought, wouldnâ€™t it be awesome? It was like reaching for the stars. Maybe I could win a Parentsâ€™ Choice award. But, nah, no way.â€? Although thereâ€™s no formal, physical trophy or citation, the award carries a lot of weight, kind of a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Parentsâ€™ Choice is one of the leading international organizations regarding childrenâ€™s media and toys. What makes it even more special is that Parentsâ€™ Choice is not a Jewish organization. Zasloff said she has received a warm response to Shabbat Shaboom â€” the bandâ€™s fourth album â€” both from Jews and nonJews. â€œSome moms who are Catholic have responded very emotionally to it, which is kind of interesting,â€? Zasloff Thomas said, â€œItâ€™s impacted a wide range of people.â€? â€œMama Doni,â€? a resident of Montclair, performs 70-100 shows a year. Her next big gig will be a Hanukka concert on Dec. 18 at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. Sheâ€™s also busy working on multiple projects, including a new book/CD combination, a fifth album, and a
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Members of the award-winning Mama Doni band include, from left, Eric Lindberg, Doni Zasloff Thomas, Alex Tyshkov, and Cliff Ramsay. Photos courtesy Doni Zasloff Thomas
DVD, all coming out next spring. In addition, a TV pilot is in the early stages of discussion, Her two young children are her sounding boards, she said. â€œEvery single song I write, the first thing I do is pop it in the car and play it for my kids, and if they say â€˜Mommy, play it again,â€™ Iâ€™ve got something good. If they say, â€˜Whatâ€™s on next,â€™ I know Iâ€™ve got to think about whatâ€™s going on with that song.â€? The review on the Parentsâ€™ Choice website notes that â€œMama Doni seamlessly merges girl pop with real lessons in Jewish culture, coupled with a super fast and fluid deliveryâ€Ś.This album not only instills pride in oneâ€™s heritage, but also makes it very, very fun.â€? â€œThis work Iâ€™m doing is so uplift-
ing,â€? Zasloff Thomas said. â€œSometimes I get off stage and just start crying. Itâ€™s such a beautiful connection I get to have with these communities.â€? â€” RON KAPLAN
Jacob Warech, a junior at Morristown High School, has been selected for the U.S. junior boysâ€™ soccer team for the Twelfth Pan American Maccabiah Games, which will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in December. Jacob Warech Warech, ranked by Photo courtesy Michael Warech TopDrawerSoccer.com as a â€œTop 20 Player to Watch,â€? is captain of both his top-ranked Jersey United Spartans club team as well as the Morristown HS varsity. He has participated in five JCC Maccabi Games, having won the gold medal most recently at the U15 Baltimore Games; he was named an MVP standout during the U14 Westchester games. This will be Warechâ€™s first international Maccabi Experience, but his second trip to Brazil in just the past 18 months. In the summer of 2010, he was selected to play in the Zico Cup Futebol Tournament.
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Project S.A.R.A.H. (Stop Abusive Relationships at Home) Community Awareness Campaign 2011 Rabbis, community organizations and Jewish Family Service agencies across the state have spoken out on behalf of Jewish victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. We thank the following participants for taking public action to send the message that the Jewish community does not tolerate domestic violence and sexual abuse: Rabbi Joel N. Abraham, Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains/ Fanwood, Scotch Plains Rabbi Moshe Abramowitz, Congregation Bais Yitzchok Chevra Thilim, Elizabeth Rabbi Benjamin Adler, White Meadow Temple, Rockaway Rabbi Yosef Adler, Congregation Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck Rabbi Ely Allen, Hillel of Northern New Jersey, Paramus Rabbi Noah Arnow, Congregation Beth El, Voorhees Rabbi David Bassous, Congregation Etz Ahaim, Highland Park Rabbi Shalom Baum, Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck Rabbi Steven Bayar, Congregation B'nai Israel, Millburn Rabbi Mordechai Becher, Gateways, Passaic Rabbi Paul Bender, Congregation Ner Tamid, Cherry Hill Rabbi Aaron Benson, East Brunswick Jewish Center, East Brunswick Rabbi Herbert Bialik, Congregation Agudath Achim, Bradley Beach Rabbi Mark Biller, Adath Shalom, Morris Plains Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky, Beth Ephraim - Maplewood Jewish Center, Maplewood Rabbi Mendel Bogomilsky, Chai Center for Living Judaism, Millburn Rabbi Samuel Bogomilsky, Mount Sinai Congregation, Newark Rabbi Neal Borovitz, Temple Avodat Shalom, River Edge Rabbi Deborah Bravo, Temple Emanu-El, Edison Rabbi Marcus Burstein, Temple Har Shalom, Cherry Hill Rabbi Yosef Carlebach, Chabad House Jewish Student Center, New Brunswick Rabbi Gerald Chirnomas, Adat Israel Congregation Boonton, Boonton Rabbi Shmuel Choueka, Ohel Simha Congregation, Elberon Rabbi Aharon Ciment, Congregation Arzei Darom, Teaneck Rabbi Tanchum Cohen, Congregation Beth Abraham, Bergenfield Rabbi Joshua Cohen, Temple Emanuel, Franklin Lakes Rabbi Aaron Cohen, Tifereth Israel, Passaic Rabbi Mark Cooper, Oheb Shalom, South Orange Rabbi Chaim Davis, Bais Medrash L'Torah, Passaic Rabbi Dov Drizin, Valley Chabad, Woodcliff Lake Rabbi Levi Dubinsky, Chabad Lubavitch of Mountain Lakes and Denville, Denville Rabbi Dovid Dubov, Chabad Lubavitch of Mercer County, Princeton Rabbi Menashe East, Mt. Freedom Jewish Center, Randolph Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman, Ahavas Israel, Passaic Rabbi Fred Elias, Kol HaNeshama, Englewood Rabbi Kenneth Emert, Temple Beth Rishon, Wyckoff Rabbi Shammai Engelmayer, Temple Israel Community Center Congregation Heichal Yisrael, Cliffside Park Rabbi Ephraim Epstein, Congregation Sons of Israel, Cherry Hill Rabbi Shalom Ever, Young Israel of Margate, Margate City Rabbi Isaac Farhi, Edmond J. Safra Synagogue, Deal Rabbi Adam Feldman, The Jewish Center, Princeton Rabbi Daniel Feldman, Etz Chaim, Teaneck Rabbi Cathy Felix, Jewish Center of Sussex County, Kinnelon Rabbi David J. Fine, Temple Israel & JCC, Ridgewood Rabbi Steven Fineblum, Temple Sinai, Cinnaminson Rabbi Max Fox, Rodef Sholom Congregation, Atlantic City Rabbi Gerald Fox, Temple Beth Shalom, Brigantine Rabbi Jennifer Frenkel, Congregation M'kor Shalom, Cherry Hill Rabbi Gerald Friedman, Temple Beth Sholom of Pascack Valley, Park Ridge Rabbi Jacob Friedman, Jewish Community Center of LBI, Spray Beach Rabbi Elyse Frishman, Barnert Temple, Franklin Lakes Rabbi Aaron Gaber, Congregation Beth Judah, Ventnor Rabbi Gordon Geller, Temple Emeth Shalom, Margate Rabbi Menachem Genack, Congregation Shomrei Emunah, Englewood Rabbi Gordon Gladstone, Temple Beth Am, Bayonne Rabbi Yaakov Glasser, Young Israel of Passaic/Clifton, Passaic Rabbi Ilan Glazer, Temple Beth El of North Bergen, North Bergen Rabbi Erin Glazer, Temple Emanu-El, Westfield Rabbi Arnold Gluck, Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough Rabbi Hillel Gold, Teaneck Rabbi Steven Golden, JCC on the Palisades, Tenafly Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, Congregation Ahavath Torah, Englewood Rabbi Benjamin Goldstein, Temple Beth El Mekor Chayim, Cranford Rabbi Uri Goldstein, Congregation Ahavat Achim, Fair Lawn Rabbi Joshua Goldstein, Sha'arey Shalom, Springfield Rabbi Akiva Greenbaum, Chabad @ TCNJ and Ewing, Ewing Rabbi Kenneth Greene, Freehold Jewish Center, Freehold Rabbi Jarah Greenfield, Reconstructionist Temple Beth Israel, Maywood Rabbi David Greenstein, Congregation Shomrei Emunah, Montclair
Rabbi Moshe Grossbaum, Chabad of Paramus, Paramus Rabbi Daniel Grossman, Adath Israel Congregation, Lawrenceville Rabbi Daniel Hakimi, Teaneck Sephardic Center/Lev Haim, Teaneck Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, Congregation Netivot Shalom, Teaneck Rabbi Avrohom Herman, Elmora Avenue Shul, Elizabeth Rabbi Moshe Herson, Rabbinical College of America, Morristown Rabbi Asher Herson, Chabad Center of North West NJ, Rockaway Rabbi Joshua Hess, Congregation Anshe Chesed, Linden Rabbi Dovid Hirsch, Kehilas Bais Yosef , Passaic Rabbi Ronald Isaacs, Temple Sholom, Bridgewater Rabbi Howard Jachter, Shaarei Orah, Teaneck Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe, Ahavas Yisrael, Edison Rabbi Avraham Kanelsky, Congregation Shomrei Torah Ohel Yosef Yitzchok, Hillside Rabbi M. Kasowitz, Lubavitch Center of Essex County, West Orange Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum, String of Pearls, Princeton Rabbi Boruch Klar, Lubavitch Center of Essex County, West Orange Rabbi Ari Korenblit, Clifton Jewish Center, Clifton Rabbi Jay M. Kornsgold, Beth El Synagogue, East Windsor Rabbi Aaron Krupnick, Congregation Beth El, Voorhees Rabbi Steven C. Kushner, Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield Rabbi Ezra Labaton, Congregation Magen David, Ocean Rabbi David Levy, Temple Shalom, Succasunna Rabbi Steven C. Lindemann, Temple Beth Sholom, Cherry Hill Rabbi Yaakov Luban, Congregation Ohr Torah, Edison Rabbi Shalom Dov Lubin, Congregation Shaya Ahavat Torah, Parsippany Rabbi Laurence Malinger, Temple Shalom, Matawan Rabbi Mark Mallach, Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, Springfield Rabbi Mendel Mangel, Chabad of Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill Rabbi Bob Mark, Congregation Beth Tikvah, New Milford Rabbi Randall Mark, Shomrei Torah Wayne, Wayne Rabbi Eric Milgrim, Temple B'nai Shalom, East Brunswick Rabbi Jordan Millstein, Temple Sinai of Bergen County, Tenafly Rabbi Steven Miodownik, Congregation Ahavas Achim, Highland Park Rabbi Andrew Moskowitz, Congregation Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn Rabbi Randi Musnitsky, Temple Har Shalom, Cherry Hill Rabbi Avroham Mykoff, Congregation Poile Zedek, New Brunswick Rabbi David Nesson, Morristown Jewish Center - Beit Yisrael, Morristown Rabbi Levi Neubort, Anshei Lubavitch Fair Lawn, Fair Lawn Rabbi Yaakov Neuburger, Congregation Beth Abraham, Bergenfield Rabbi Stacy Offner, Adath Emanuel, Mount Laurel Rabbi Debra Orenstein, Congregation Bnai Israel, Emerson Rabbi Melinda F. Panken, Temple Shaari Emeth, Manalapan Rabbi Micah Peltz, Temple Beth Sholom, Cherry Hill Cantor Eli Perlman, Jewish Congregation Concordia/ Monroe Township, Monroe Township Rabbi David Pietruska, Jewish Learning Experience, Teaneck Rabbi Robert Pilavin, Congregation Sons of Israel, Manalapan Rabbi Joel Pitkowsky, Congregation Beth Shalom, Teaneck Rabbi Stuart Pollack, Har Sinai Temple, Pennington Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck Rabbi Shmuel Rapoport, Chabad of Atlantic County, Margate City Rabbi Yisroel Rapoport, Sons of Jacob Synagogue, Vineland Rabbi Sara Rich, Princeton Hillel Center for Jewish Life, Princeton Rabbi Avrohom Richler, Chabad of Gloucester County, Mullica Hill Rabbi Donald Rossoff, Temple B'nai Or, Morristown Rabbi Francine Roston, Congregation Beth El, South Orange Rabbi Ronald Roth, Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation Bnai Israel, Fair Lawn Rabbi Steve Roth, Congregation Eitz Chaim, Passaic Rabbi Julie Roth, Princeton Hillel Center for Jewish Life, Princeton Rabbi Ira Rothstein, Temple Beth Shalom, Manalapan Rabbi Laurence Rothwachs, Congregation Beth Aaron, Teaneck Rabbi Solomon Rybak, Adas Israel, Passaic Rabbi David B. Saltzman, Lakeland Hills Jewish Center, Ringwood Rabbi Sheldon Schevelowitz, Perrineville Jewish Center, Perrineville Rabbi Kenneth Schiowitz, Shaare Tefillah, Teaneck Rabbi Aaron Schonbrun, Congregation Torat El, Ocean Rabbi Nosson Schuman, Congregation Beth-El, Rutherford Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Schwartz, Congregation Adath Israel, Elizabeth Rabbi Robert Semah, Congregation Magen Abraham, West Long Branch Rabbi Benjamin Shull, Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley, Woodcliff Lake
Rabbi Jim Simon, Temple Beth El of Northern Valley, Closter Rabbi Richard Simon, Temple Har Zion, Mount Holly Rabbi Shlomo Singer, Passaic Torah Institute, Passaic Rabbi Steven Sirbu, Temple Emeth, Teaneck Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky, Congregation Ohr HaTorah, Bergenfield Rabbi Mendel Solomon, Ahavat Torah - Chabad at Short Hills, Short Hills Rabbi Yosef Spalter, Chabad of Montville Township, Montville Rabbi Cy Stanway, Temple Beth Miriam, Elberon Rabbi Rachel Steiner, Barnert Temple, Franklin Lakes Rabbi Brooks Susman, Congregation Kol Am, Freehold Rabbi Kenneth Tarlow, Congregation Beth Torah, Florham Park Rabbi Michael Taubes, Congregation Zichron Mordechai, Teaneck Rabbi Elazar Teitz, Jewish Educational Center, Elizabeth Rabbi Shmuel Tendler, Congregation Sons of Israel - Madison, Lakewood Rabbi Elliot Tepperman, B'nai Keshet, Montclair Rabbi Neil A. Tow, Glen Rock Jewish Center, Glen Rock Rabbi Annie Tucker, The Jewish Center, Princeton Rabbi Eitan Webb, Chabad of Princeton University, Princeton Rabbi Donald Weber, Temple Rodeph Torah, Marlboro Rabbi Schachne Weinberger, Congregation Shomrei Torah, Clifton Rabbi Pinchas Weinberger, Young Israel of Teaneck, Teaneck Rabbi Arthur D. Weiner, JCC of Paramus, Paramus Rabbi Jay Weinstein, Young Israel of East Brunswick, East Brunswick Rabbi Neil Winkler, Young Israel of Fort Lee, Fort Lee Rabbi Eric Wisnia, Congregation Beth Chaim, Princeton Junction Rabbi Daniel Wolff, Congregation Beth Tefillah, Paramus Rabbi David Wolkenfeld, OU Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus - Princeton University, Princeton Rabbi Robert Wolkoff, Congregation B'nai Tikvah, North Brunswick Rabbi Jonathan Woll, Progressive Havurah of Northern New Jersey, Fair Lawn Rabbi Stephen M. Wylen, Temple Beth Tikvah, Wayne Rabbi Baruch B. Yoffe, Congregation Sons of Israel - Park Ave., Lakewood Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, Congregation Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn Rabbi Ari Zahtz, Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck Rabbi Melinda Zalma, Congregation Beth Mordecai, Perth Amboy Rabbi Berel Zaltzman, Bris Avrohom of Fair Lawn, Fair Lawn Rabbi Mary Zamore, Temple B'nai Or, Morristown Rabbi Alberto Baruch Zeilicovitch, Temple Beth Sholom, Fair Lawn Rabbi Gerald L. Zelizer, Congregation Neve Shalom, Metuchen Rabbi Lawrence Zierler, Jewish Center of Teaneck, Teaneck Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler, Ahawas Achim B'nai Jacob & David, West Orange Dr. Cheryl Kramer, Englewood Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Mercer County Jewish Family and Children's Service of Monmouth County Jewish Family and Children's Service of North Jersey Jewish Family and Children's Service of Ocean County Jewish Family and Children's Service of Southern NJ Jewish Family Service of Bergen County Jewish Family Service of Central NJ Jewish Family Service of Clifton/Passaic Jewish Family Service of MetroWest Jewish Family Service of Middlesex County Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton/Passaic Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls National Council of Jewish Women-Bergen County Section National Council of Jewish Women-Concordia Section New Jersey Jewish News Rachel Coalition c/o Jewish Family Service of MetroWest Shelter Our Sisters, Bergen County The Frisch School The Jewish Community News The Jewish Community Voice The Jewish Voice and Opinion The Jewish Standard Torah Academy of Bergen County
To contact Project S.A.R.A.H. call 973-777-7638. Co-sponsored by the Rachel Coalition, www.rachelcoalition.org, 973-740-1233. This outreach initiative was supported by Grant No. 2009 UWAX0008 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
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Life&Times THURSDAY, Oct. 27 Simcha Seniors at Oheb Shalom Congregation, South Orange, screens Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg at 1 p.m. The cost is $6, $3 for Simcha Seniors members. RSVP to 973-740-9891. NCJW Center for Women, Livingston, offers Targeting the Right Job for You, 1-3 p.m. The cost is $7 for non-NCJW members. RSVP to 973994-4994 or visit CenterforWomenNJ.org.
FRIDAY, Oct. 28 Former Israeli Knesset member Michael Bar-Zohar presents The Arab Spring and Israel: Where Are We Today? at a Shabbat, Scholar, and Supper program at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange, at 6 p.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston, holds a Shabbat dinner for new, current, and prospective members at 6:30 p.m., followed by services at 7:30. RSVP to 973-994-2990 or email@example.com. Kate Press of J Street presents J Street: Re-imagining Engagement with Israel at Bnai Keshet, Montclair, at 8 p.m., following 7:30 services. Contact 973-746-4889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, Oct. 29 Temple Beth Shalom, Livingston, holds a Wine and Cheese Reception with artist Mordechai Rosenstein at 7:30 p.m. Call 973-992-3600.
SUNDAY, Oct. 30 Temple Sholom, Cedar Grove, holds a fall rummage sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 973-239-1321.
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TUESDAY, Nov. 1 Millburn Police Department Detective Ed dela Fuente presents Scams, Schemes, and Fraud — How to Avoid Them at a noon lunch meeting of Adult Forum of Congregation B’nai Israel, Millburn. The cost is $10, $8 Adult Forum members. RSVP to 973-533-1809 by Oct. 29. Lubavitch Center of Essex County, West Orange, begins Yeshiva Night, an evening of study with students from the Rabbinical College of America, 8-9 p.m. RSVP to 973-4862362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The award-winning film The Last Klezmer will be featured as part of the College of Saint Elizabeth Fourth Annual Film Studies Festival. A screening will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the College’s Dolan Performance Hall in Morristown. The film — which won two awards at the 1994 Berlin Film Festival, a Hometown Award, and was nominated for a CableACE award — tells the
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The Adult Education Committee of Temple Emanu-El, Livingston, will present Jews and All that Jazz, a concert on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. The program features music by The Well Fed Trio highlighting the contributions of Jewish composers such as Gershwin, Arlen, Rodgers, and Kern, among others. The concert will be followed by supper at 6:30. Tickets cost $25, $18 for temple members in advance; $25 for everyone at the door. For information or to make reservations, contact 973-992-5560 or email@example.com.
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Striving to be blameless
TOUCH of TORAH Noach Genesis 6:8
RABBI RICHARD HIRSH
Students at the Rabbi Barry H. Greene Early Childhood Center at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills, enjoy a snack in the sukka.
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Students and congregants at Congregation Beth El, South Orange, decorate the sukka Oct. 9.
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his week’s portion, Noach, recounts the Israelite version of a mythic motif common to ancient Near Eastern cultures: a flood that inundates the world. The biblical flood, however, is distinct, in that it sees the flood as a consequence of universal lawlessness and immorality. The Torah introduces us to Noah in a somewhat peculiar manner: “Noah was a righteous man; he was blameless in his generation.” (Genesis 6:9) Rabbinic tradition, for which no word in the Torah was superfluous, seized upon the apparently unnecessary qualification — “he was blameless in his age” — and deduced one of two things. Some ancient rabbis saw a criticism: The world being essentially corrupt, Noah, comparatively speaking, was not so bad. However, in a generation of firmer moral character, he would not necessarily be exemplary. Other ancient rabbis understood the description of Noah to be emphatic: If, in such a generation, Noah nonetheless managed to be righteous, how much more could he have accomplished in a time when subversion and perversion were reduced? Irrespective of which analysis we follow, the clear message of rabbinic tradition is that the nature of one’s character and of one’s actions must always be viewed in the context of one’s time and place. Elie Wiesel tells the following story: One of the Just Men came to Sodom, determined to save its inhabitants from sin. Night and day, he walked the streets and markets, preaching against greed and theft, deceit and indifference. In the beginning, people listened and smiled with irony. Then they stopped listening. The killers went on killing, and the wise kept silent. One day, a child, moved by compassion, approached the preacher and said: “Poor stranger, you shout and expend yourself body and soul. Don’t you see it is hopeless?” “Yes,” answered the Just man.“Then why do you persist?” asked the child. The man replied, “At first I thought I could change people. Now I know I cannot. If I still shout, it is to prevent people from changing me.” Perhaps Noah, like the righteous man in Sodom, believed there was nothing he could do to convince either his fellow humans or God that the world was worth saving. This might explain the apparently selfish manner in which Noah receives the news from God of the flood: “‘For My part, I am about to bring the Flood…but I will establish my covenant with you and you
shall enter the ark’…. Noah did so; just as God commanded him, so he did.” (Genesis 6:17-22) Nowhere do we read of a protest by Noah at news of the impending destruction. Nowhere do we see a parallel to Abraham’s challenge to God at Sodom and Gomorrah: “Will you wipe away the innocent along with the guilty? Shall not the Judge of all the earth act justly?” (Genesis 18:22-25) Instead Noah sets about fashioning the ark, apparently content — or resigned? — to preserve only himself and his family. The biblical imperative of ethical behavior is implicit in the early chapters of Genesis. The Israelites are consistently held to account for their actions, and the prophets are especially unforgiving of moral laxity. When we read the prophetic denunciations of our biblical ancestors, we wonder whether the moral balance of society was in fact so heavily tilted toward one side that corporate punishment was both inevitable and justified. From biblical times to our own time, the demands placed upon the Jewish people — by ourselves and by others — have been an imperative to strive to do better. There is little tolerance for an approach that holds that everyone else is the same — or worse. But trying to establish criteria for moral comportment in today’s world is difficult, and perhaps nowhere so clearly as in the State of Israel. Rabbi Yitz Greenberg has summarized the issue this way: “Israel has the right — and thus far it has the record — to act by a higher moral standard, in accordance with past norms of Jewish values. But now that it is a flesh-and-blood state, it can only act and be judged in the context of the real world. Israel can be 5 percent better, or 10 percent more restrained, perhaps 20 percent more judgmental of its own behavior than the rest of the world. Achieving such a level would make Israel one of the greatest nations of the world morally — but this begins to approach the limits of survivability.” Until the Messiah comes, then, perhaps the best we can strive for is to be like Noah: to be “righteous in our generation.” It may not yield perfection, but it does confer dignity on our humanity. Richard Hirsh is executive director of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, Wyncote, Pa.
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Community Congregation Beth Ahm of West Essex, Verona — The Soh Daiko Drumming Group will perform on Sunday, Nov. 6, 7-8 p.m. The free event is sponsored by the WAE Center of West Orange. A weekly Christian-Jewish Dialogue will begin at the synagogue on Monday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Lucy Ann Dure, Rev. Laurin “Mac” McArthur, and Rabbi Aaron Kriegel. For more information, call 973-2390754. Temple Beth Shalom, Livingston — Ira Sessler will be honored as Beth Shalom’s Man of the Year at the Northern NJ Region Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs’ annual dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. at TemIra Sessler ple Beth Ahm Yisrael, Springfield. RSVP to Barry Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 1. Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston — The annual New Year Shabbat congregational dinner for new, current, and prospective members will be held on Friday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m., followed by Shabbat services at 7:30. Rabbi Sally Rabbi Sally Priesand, the Priesand first female rabbi, will present “Reflections on My Life as a Rabbi” at a Kabbalat Shabbat Service, Symposium and Dinner program on Friday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. RSVP to 973-994-2990 or email@example.com. For information, visit www.tbanj.org. Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills — The Women’s Association will hold Wine & Dine at TBJ, its annual Fall Event, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Gifts for teens and tweens on behalf of the Valerie Fund are also being collected. Tickets cost $50; contact 973-379-1555 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact copresidents Karen Horowitz and Susie Polow at email@example.com. Yale University’s Jewish a cappella singing group Magevet will accompany Cantor Howard M. Stahl on Friday, Nov. 4, during 5:30 p.m. services, followed by a Shabbat dinner sponsored by the TBJ Renaissance Group. RSVP to 973-379-1555.
Bnai Keshet, Montclair — Kate Press, regional director of J Street, will present “J Street: Re-imagining Engagement with Israel” on Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m., following 7:30 services. Beginners Hebrew and Intro to Judaism courses are offered Saturday mornings, 9-10 a.m. when school is in session. The latter class costs $250, $150 for members, $75 for a second family member. Kinder Keshet, for families with children up to age six, will be held Friday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m., followed by an informal dinner. Bring a vegetarian or dairy dish for six or make an $18 donation/family. RSVP to 973746-4889 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, contact 973-746-4889 or email@example.com. B’nai Shalom, West Orange — A weekly Talmud class on Tractate Gittin will begin on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 8:30 p.m. with Rabbi Mayer Rabinowitz. RSVP to 973-731-0160. Camp Ramah in the Berkshires will hold an information session on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. RSVP to 973-731-0160 or the camp office at 201-871-7262 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Chabad of SE Morris County, Madison — A Jewish Learning Institute course open to the community, “Fascinating Facts: Exploring the Myths and Mysteries of Judaism,” will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7:30-9 p.m. The cost is $80, $120 for couples; attendees may sample the first class free of charge. RSVP to 973-377-0707 or email@example.com. Lubavitch Center of Essex County, West Orange — “Yeshiva Night,” an evening of study with students at the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, will begin Tuesday, Nov. 1, continuing through Nov. 29, 8-9 p.m. RSVP to 973-486-2362 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will begin “Fascinating Facts: Exploring the Myths and Mysteries of Judaism” on Monday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. RSVP to 973-4862362 or visit www.myJLI.com. For more information, contact Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz at 973-486-2362 or email@example.com or visit www.chabadessex.com. Pine Brook Jewish Center, Montville — “Value in the Torah Carnival,” the second of three community-wide events in honor of a new Torah donation by the Francis Davis
NEW ATRIUM — Thanks to a generous grant from the Sudler Family Foundation, the Samuel Sudler Atrium at Daughters of Israel, West Orange, received a makeover.
BORN AT THE BETH — Were you, a relative, or a friend born at Newark Beth Israel Hospital? The “Beth,” which is celebrating its 110th anniversary, will sponsor a history day program with speakers Dr. Victor Parsonnet and Linda Forgosh on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. in the hospital’s Parsonnet-Danzis auditorium. For information, contact Forgosh at 973-929-2994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fund, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-noon. For information, call 973-244-9800. Congregation Shaya Ahavat Torah, Parsippany — Dr. Gill Heart, a former member of the Israel Defense Forces’ Special Forces, will present “Mind In Control — Behind Enemy Lines” at a Friday night dinner on Nov. 4. RSVP to Rabbi Shalom Lubin at 973-8966577 or email email@example.com. Summit Jewish Community Center — Gilbert Kahn, professor of political science at Kean University, will teach a course on political events in the Middle East on Wednesdays through Dec. 14 at the New Providence Public Library, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Following a coffee break, Rabbi Avi Friedman will present “1,000 Things to Know about Judaism,” 10:30-11:30. For more information, call 908-273-8130.
Organizations Friendship Circle — The fifth annual Friendship Circle Walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 30, noon-4 p.m. at Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, Livingston. The event includes a choice of a one-mile walk or 5K run and activities for all ages. For more information, contact Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum at 973-251-0202, 973-
420-6808, or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.FCwalk.com. NCJW Center for Women, Livingston — “Divorce: How to Survive and Thrive” will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7:15 p.m. with Betty Galen, LCSW. “Job Search Strategies” will be presented by Lynne Robbins of Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest on Thursday, Nov. 3, 1-3 p.m. The workshops cost $7 for non-NCJW members. RSVP to 973-994-4994 or visit CenterforWomenNJ.org. Livingston Hadassah — An Italian potluck paid-up dinner and fashion show will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston. Couvert is $10 at the door. RSVP to Beth at 862-371-2450 or bethcarolk@ yahoo.com.
Seniors Adult Forum of Congregation B’nai Israel, Millburn — Millburn Police Department Detective Ed dela Fuente will present “Scams, Schemes and Fraud — How to Avoid Them” at a noon lunch meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The cost is $10, $8 Adult Forum members. RSVP to Lois at 973-533-1809 by Oct. 29.
EDUCATORS MEET — Participants in Jewish Education Accessible for All — the Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life’s Moreh Institute class, held in conjunction with MetroWest ABLE — are, from left, seated, Randi Elkin and Nancy Peled-Wolf; and, standing, Nira Efrati, Suzi Adelson Wainer of the Partnership, Nikki Pusin, Rikki Naiman, Lynn Anne Cutler, Sarah Ludwig, Francine Nelson, Rebecca Wanatick of MetroWest ABLE, Nami Ratki, Ruth Lifschitz-Peleg, and Felice Nichols.
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A son, Sam Noah Halper (Shmuel Noach), to CARRIE and CARLOS CASTRO/HALPER of West Caldwell on Sept. 2, 2011. The maternal grandparents are Amy and Jeffrey Halper of Livingston. The paternal grandparents are Marie and Fr. Castro of New York and Ecuador. The great-grandmother is Elaine Halper of Livingston. Sam Noah is named in memory of his maternal great-grandfathers Sam Halper and Norman Slavin. The couple also has a daughter, Alivia Natalie. A son, Jason Scott (Yosef Shmuel), to CASEY and MICHAEL HALPER of Demarest on Sept. 19, 2011. The maternal grandparents are Dale and David Pilchman of Livingston. The paternal grandparents are Amy and Jeffrey Halper of Livingston. The maternal great-grandmothers are Muriel Freedman of Verona and Elaine Pilchman of Boynton Beach, Fla. The paternal greatgrandmother is Elaine Halper of Livingston. Jason Scott is named in memory of his maternal greatgrandfather Joel Freedman and his paternal great-grandfather Sam Halper. The couple also has a daughter, Sophie Aaron. A daughter, Lauren Alana, to SUZANNE and ERIC ASSARAF of Alexandria, Va., on June 9, 2011. The maternal grandparents are Arlene and Michael Greenwald of West Orange and Stuart Tucker of Wellington, Fla. The paternal grandparents are Margrit and Maurice Assaraf of Laurel, Md. Lauren Alana is named in memory of her paternal greatgrandparents Misouda and Issakhar. The couple also has another daughter, Jillian. A son, Jackson Reis, to GINA and DAN LEVY of Springfield on Oct. 5, 2011. The maternal grandparents are Elise and Cantor Elliot Levine of West Orange, formerly of North Caldwell. The paternal grandparents are Judy and Dr. Stephen Levy of Nanuet, NY. Jackson Reis is named in memory of his maternal great-grandmother Eleanor Zimmerman, his paternal great-grandmother Rose Nadelberg, his maternal great-greatgrandmother Jean Brown, and his paternal great-great-grandfather Julius Cohen. The couple also has two other sons, Maxwell and Samuel.
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Obituaries Isadore Goldring Isadore Goldring, 92, of West Orange died Oct. 9, 2011. Born in Newark, he was self-employed in the D&E Maintenance Service in Springfield. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Predeceased by his wife, Edythe (Eglowstein), he is survived by his two sons, Frederick of Short Hills and Richard of Stewartsville, and eight grandchildren. Services were held Oct. 11 with arrangements by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union.
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Freda Mayers (Samberg), 96, of South Orange died Oct. 9, 2011. Born in Manhattan and raised in New Jersey, she lived in Newark, Maplewood, and Springfield before recently moving to South Orange. Mrs. Mayers served in leadership roles in National Council of Jewish Women, B’nai B’rith Women, and the sisterhood of Temple B’nai Abraham, where she and her husband, Jack, were active members for over 50 years. Predeceased by her husband of 61 years, she is survived by two daughters, Claire Nierenberg of South Orange and Sandy MayersGreen of Israel; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services were held Oct. 11 with arrangements by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union.
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LifeCycle Sanford Weinberg Sanford “Sandy” Weinberg, 61, of Sandy Springs, Ga., died Oct. 8, 2011. He was born in Newark and grew up in Livingston. From 1976-present, he served as a regulatory and computer validation consultant to biomedical, pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology industries and governments worldwide. He held associate professorships at Drexel and St. Joseph’s universities. He served as president of Weinberg, Spelton & Sax, Inc. (formerly Weinberg Associates, Inc.) from 1986 to 1996, where he developed FDA standards that many companies use today. He was vice president, entrepreneur-in-residence, and Professor of Entrepreneurship, Muhlenberg College, and director of the Institute of Entrepreneurship from 1993 to 2006. He was the senior director of BioDefense, GE Healthcare, 200306, and vice president of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance with Tikyah Therapeutics, Inc., 2006-08. The author of more than 15 books and numerous publications, most notably on FDA regulatory affairs, he currently worked as associate professor of Health Care Management and executive director, Center for Clinical Studies and Regulation, Clayton State University, and also as executive editor of the Journal of Clinical Studies and Regulatory Affairs, published by Informa Healthcare. He received a BA in political science from Dickinson College in 1972, an MA from the University of North Carolina in 1973, a PhD in Communication Research from the University of Michigan in 1975, and completed post-doctoral studies in computer engineering from the University of Florida in 1976. An Eagle Scout, he was a life member of the Boy Scouts of
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Gary Barr Gary Barr, 77, of Clark died Oct. 14, 2011. He was born in Newark. Mr. Barr was a retired stockbroker with Wachovia Securities. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Susan; his son, Jon-Henry; his daughter, Nicole Becker; a brother, Alvin; and five grandchildren. Services were held Oct. 16 with arrangements by Bernheim-ApterKreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Memorial contributions may be made to Dr. Robert Fine’s Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at NY Presbyterian Hospital or Pancan.org.
Viola Holtz, 91, of Palm Beach, Fla., died Oct. 9, 2011. She was a resident of Palm Beach for 40 years. An artist, pianist, and five-time club champion in golf, Mrs. Holtz dedicated many years translating books into Braille for the blind. Predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Morris, she is survived by two daughters, Ellen Friedman and Nancy Greenberg; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Services were held Oct. 11 with arrangements by Bernheim-ApterKreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston.
Mildred Bern (Schwartz), 88, of Chesterfield, Mo., died Oct. 5, 2011. Born in Newark, she resided in West Orange for many years. Mrs. Bern was a real estate agent at Weichert Realtors in West Orange. Predeceased by her husband, Morris, she is survived by two daughters, Ellen Bern of Missouri and Nanci Bern of Vermont; a brother, Gerald Schwartz of West Orange; a sister, Estelle Eaton of Arizona; and two grandchildren. Services were held Oct. 10 with arrangements by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union.
Arthur Kragen, 90, of South Orange died Oct. 7, 2011. Born in New York City, he lived in South Orange for 58 years. Dr. Kragen was an obstetrician/gynecologist in private practice in East Orange for many years before retiring. He earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his medical degree from New York University Medical School. He served in the U. S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. Predeceased by his former wife, Suzanne (Mendes), he is survived by his wife, Miriam Kragen; three sons, Robert of Roosevelt, John of Canada, and William of Rye, NH; his daughter, Patricia of Clifton; a sister, Eleanor Kovall of Cranbury; and four grandchildren. Services were held Oct. 9 with arrangements by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union.
Sidney Janowsky Sidney (Buddy) Janowsky of Laguna Woods, Calif., died Oct. 12, 2011. Originally from Paterson, he resided in Newark and Hillside prior to moving to Westfield. In 1989, he moved to California. He had a career in retail sales management while living in New Jersey. He attended Paterson State Teacher’s College. He was a World War II veteran who served with the Air Force in the Pacific Theatre in Saipan. He was a member of Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston. In 1996 he was one of the original 11 founders of the New Jersey Club in Laguna Woods Village, serving as the Club’s Sergeant at Arms until his death. He was also a longtime member of the New York Club and the Table Tennis Club, as well as the City of Hope, all in Laguna Woods. He was an active member of Temple Judea, Laguna Woods, for 22 years. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jean (Feldman); his son, Lewis of Santa Ana, Calif.; his daughter, Ann Mantel of Long Beach, Calif.; and a grandson. Services were held Oct. 16 with arrangements by Pacific View Memorial Park, Corona Del Mar, Calif.
Richard Anisfield Richard C. Anisfield, 89, of Saddle River died Oct. 8, 2011. Born in Paterson, he lived in Upper Montclair for 33 years before moving to Saddle River 27 years ago. From 1956 until 2005, he owned Kurt Versen Company, a lighting fixture manufacturer in Westwood, and held several patents for light fixture design. He retired in 2008. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he served as a pilot with the 466th Bomb Group in World War II. He was a major donor to the UJA MetroWest Campaign and a member of the Green Brook Country Club, North Caldwell. He was also a benefactor of Ramapo College, Mahwah. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Millicent; two daughters, Susan Vallario of Upper Saddle River and Nancy Anisfield of Hinesburg, Vt.; and a sister, Rita Kirschner. A memorial service and reception will be held at Ramapo College on Nov. 30. Arrangements were handled by the Vander Plaat Funeral Home of Wyckoff.
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ample cabinet and workspace for delicious homecooked meals. A separate sleeping area houses two bedrooms and two full baths. The 19 x 12 master bedroom features an en suite master bath with marble flooring and marble surrounding the whirlpool tub and stall shower and double vanity. Add to this the walkin closet and a second double-width closet and tall windows ushering in the sunlight. Laundry room and oversized hot water heater are conveniently located in the unit. Two garage parking spaces are included with the purchase of the condominium. Rose Scharlat, broker and sales associate in RE/MAX Village Square’s Short Hills office says, “The location of this prime condominium community is outstanding. Enjoy fine dining at nearby
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or people who are lucky enough to travel to warmer climates for a few months during cold New Jersey winters, the one thing that often mars an otherwise pleasant getaway is the feeling that home is unattended and unprotected. Even for people who hire an expensive security firm to monitor their home, it’s not easy to shake the feeling that while they are laying on a beach in Florida, something could be wrong in the Garden State. Fortunately, that is not an issue for residents of Vizcaya. Residents are protected by 24-hour gated security, and a full-service concierge is only a phone call away. Many residents have used the concierge to retrieve and fax important documents, water plants, or check on their home. “Our incredible concierge staff here at Vizcaya is a huge stress-reliever for residents leaving for an extended vacation, especially for those who decide to relocate for the winter,” said Lisa Macchi, vice president of sales and marketing at Millennium Homes, the Developer of Vizcaya. “When you depart, you can rest assured that you are leaving your home in good hands. Of course, the majority of our residents live here year-round and there are a number of amenities and services at Vizcaya that make winter living a pleasure. Many residents say they feel like they are living in a resort, with amenities such as the indoor pool, spa rooms, and fitness center providing a comforting touch in the winter.” Vizcaya residents who live year-round say they too enjoy the peace of mind of having a home in a gated community. Even if they only leave town for a few days a few times a year, knowing that their home will be cared for saves time and energy. It can be especially convenient for residents planning extended vacations. No matter what time of year, residents enjoy unparalleled amenities at one of New Jersey’s most desirable addresses, including spa, sauna, steam room, massage rooms, fitness room, yoga/aerobics room, tennis court, and heated indoor and
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Rotations Pricing is based on location and ad rotation. Depending on size and location, ads can be purchased either exclusively for a spot or can be rotated (shared) with one, two, or three other clients. See pricing grid for more information.
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Published on Oct 27, 2011
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