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Shalom Bayit Seder continues to educate about domestic abuse By Louise Rachlis The seventh annual Shalom Bayit Seder for women – which has a stated goal of bringing awareness to the issue of domestic abuse in the Jewish community – took place April 1 at Agudath Israel Congregation – and its founder is still moved by its effect on those in attendance. “It’s remarkable for me that women from all walks of life come here and say, ‘I had no idea. How can I help? How can I help my neighbour?’” said Yaffa Greenbaum, who held the first Shalom Bayit Seder in her home eight years ago. “Every year, there are people who come forward and say the seder has brought them new awareness of the issue of domestic violence in the Jewish community. They have that spark of recogni-

tion that it’s closer than they realize.” About 240 women, from all segments of the Jewish community, as well as some non-Jewish women, attended the seder. The Shalom Bayit Seder is a program of Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Ottawa, organized by a lay committee chaired by Greenbaum. A social worker with experience in the area of domestic violence, Greenbaum had been involved with women’s seders in Los Angeles before moving to Ottawa. She began to collect Haggadahs from women’s seders – she has more than 30 – and to adapt one for use in the Shalom Bayit Seders in Ottawa. Attendance has grown each (Continued on page 2)

The organizing committee at the Shalom Bayit Seder, April 1, at Agudath Israel Congregation. (From left) Irit Sterner, Shalom Bayit program manager Sarah Caspi, Margaret Lederman, Marcie Aronson, Paula Agulnik, Diane Koven, Yaffa Greenbaum and Lynne Oreck-Wener.

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Prophets and guardians By Daniel Gordis Editor’s note: Daniel Gordis is the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. One of Israel’s most respected commentators, he is the author of 10 books and his columns appear regularly in the Jerusalem Post and New York Times. He is also a dynamic speaker and will give the keynote address at the Jewish Federation of Ottawa Annual Campaign launch, September 9, at Centrepointe Theatre. There is, it seems, a bit of an occupational hazard to this column-writing business. It probably holds for all sorts of top-

ics, but it’s undoubtedly true when thinking aloud about Israel. Here’s the choice: You can either plant yourself firmly on one side of the political divide, being predictably right wing or left wing, or you can, depending on the issue, say what you think but appear a bit less consistent. The advantages of the first option are clear. Once you are tagged as a right-winger or left-winger, people assume they know what you’re going to say. If you’re on their side, they read, nodding approvingly, feeling ever so validated by yet another column that says precisely what they already

thought. And if they assume they’ll disagree, or worse, that the column will annoy them, they can just skip it altogether or sharpen their proverbial pencils and bang out the inevitably dismissive talkback. Either way, though, we know what we’ll think of an argument – and of a writer – before we’ve even read a word. Ah, the eternal quest for a predictable and comfortable life. But I’ve never thought that thinking, or citizenship – or love – works that way. If we love our children, do we validate them or criticize them? This is the wrong Daniel Gordis

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Rising demand predicted for Shalom Bayit services (Continued from page 1)

year and the Haggadah has evolved as well, following the traditional seder ritual, but taking passages from a wide variety of sources that highlight the role of women. As the wise daughter asks, “Why do we gather here only women tonight?” The reply is, “The whole Jewish people left Egypt together, all of them women and men. But our mothers’ voices have been absent from our history, and we would find them again. As it is written,

‘Then Miriam the prophetess … took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her in dance.’ This night, let us celebrate together, both their liberation and our own.” “Each year, I feel it’s better than the last,” said Paula Agulnik, a member of the committee since its inception. “It’s an exciting experience that I’m so glad to share with other women.” “I find it a warm and welcoming experience,” said Barbie

Shore, attending for the second time. “I’d like to bring my mother here from Toronto next year. She’d love it.” “It has been a very interesting experience,” said Sharon McGarry, president of McGarry Family Chapels. “It’s so good to see so many young people here, and that they’re exposed to this message.” Leading the singing throughout the seder were the ‘Sederettes’: Minda Wershof, Pam Maser, Edie Landau, Shaina Lipsey and Patsy

Royer. The seder was catered by David Smith. The Shalom Bayit program of JFS works to create a safe atmosphere for families and children. It seeks to educate all age groups in the community about the need to ensure healthy relationships based upon mutual respect, about the signs of domestic abuse and about the individual and communal obligation to take a stand in families where abuse is present. “We’re here to support all

women on this day,” said Shelley Rivier, immediate past-president of JFS. “We forecast a 30 per cent increase in our services over the next year as we become more visible.” Specially designated counsellors at Jewish Family Services offer confidential and anonymous services for women experiencing abuse. For more information on Shalom Bayit services, contact program manager Sarah Caspi at or 613-7222225, ext. 246.

Gordis: ‘To love Israel is to love the real Israel’ (Continued from page 1)

question, obviously, for the answer should depend on the context. Parents who never have a kind or defending word to say about their child probably don’t love them enough. But parents who never critique their children are incompetent. It’s true of marriage, too. None of us would want to be married to someone who never had a kind word to say about us or to us, or who never made clear that they were proud of us. But, if all we want is that validation, we’re probably better off buying an iPhone 4S and talking to Siri than being in a real relationship.

A functioning relationship is one in which our partner wants us to be better than the person we now are and can lovingly suggest, pretty regularly, how we might get there. It’s an anemic conception of love that would describe our role as parents, spouses, lovers, friends – or citizens, no less – as assuming a position of constant validation or of relentless criticism. That’s why some of us who write about Israel take a different approach. We don’t care about being neatly classifiable as left or right, because to love a country is not that different from loving a person. It means defending but also critiquing. It means loving

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unconditionally but knowing that love does not mean overlooking serious flaws. To love Israel, I believe, is to know the Jewish state is not just a flag or an army or some holy place. To love Israel is to love the real Israel, with all its many warts and imperfections. And to love Israel is to know there is a difference between a wart and a serious disease; when an imperfection is so serious as to threaten the entire enterprise, then the most loyal thing that one can do is to insist that Israel be better. But this approach makes life complicated for readers because they don’t know, up front, precisely what they’re going to get. They will have to read, and then think. Not everyone responds so well to that sort of challenge. In recent weeks and months when I’ve defended the very legitimacy of the idea of a Jewish state, or pointed to the Palestinians’ obvious disinterest in peace, or stated my abiding belief that none of us (tragically) is going to see this conflict resolved in our lifetime, then one entire set of readers trots out the “he’s a peace-talkpessimist” line. He must be in Bibi’s pocket. He doesn’t care about peace. But the opposite is also true – critique this government’s entirely unimaginative mishandling of the so-called peace process, or point a spotlight at the medieval religious leadership that has Netanyahu wrapped around its pinky, and the opposite camp goes berserk. One regular reader wrote to say that he used to like my columns, but now I’m “beginning to sound a bit like a Meretznik, or even worse – like Thomas Friedman!” (Except for those three elusive Pulitzers, I guess.) Meretz is mostly gone, of course, but the derisive label seems likely to outlive the party. If you ever sound like them, then you obviously don’t care about Israel. You’re hostile to Judaism. Or you’re blind to the dangers of our enemies. And, if you ever sound like Likud, then you don’t care about peace. And, if you occasionally sound like both, then you don’t know how to think. Eventually, Leonard Fein will write a column in The Forward (June 23, 2011) called “Will the Real Daniel Gordis Please Stand Up?” because you either seek peace (or care about social justice) or you defend Israel.

But you obviously can’t do both. Right? At a recent conference of the American Jewish Committee in New York one participant noted that she prefers, instead of left and right, the labels prophets and guardians – for those labels each cast the other in the best possible light. This nomenclature reminds us that prophets are more than mere left wing social critics – they reflect a critical dimension of the Jewish tradition, Judaism’s classic vision of social justice. And guardians are better than “hate-mongers” or “peacepessimists,” or “Bibi-supporters,” apparently, because every people need guardians, as does every state. To be a guardian is not to be a dinosaur, but rather to recognize the state we’re discussing is sacred, in desperate need of protection. As I thought about it, though, I realized that ‘prophets versus guardians’ still isn’t good enough, for the distinction implies that you’re either a prophet or a guardian. You choose one. And then you write, vote, agree or disagree. But life doesn’t work that way. We dare not force people to pick a camp, no matter how elegant the terminology. The Hebrew prophets railed against the injustices of ancient Israelite society, but they were desperately concerned about the survival of Jewish sovereignty. And guardians need to protect against not only the obvious threats from the outside, but also against the cancers that threaten to devour us from within. Will the Jewish people be any better off if Israel falls because of Jews than if it is undermined by the Palestinians? Either way, we’d be done for. Genuinely loving this country means there will be moments when we defend it and other occasions when we bemoan its grievous shortcomings. Is that muddled thinking? Does that merit the cynical demand that our real self “please stand up”? I think not. It reflects, I think, the real messiness of life, of love and of hope. Imagine our world, and our discourse, if every one of us found the renewed courage to read, to think and to recognize that those with whom we instinctively tend to disagree might still have something to teach us.

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Active Jewish Adults (AJA) 50+ Active Jewish Adults (AJA) 50+ is an independent, volunteer-driven, non-profit organization formed in 2001 to provide a range of cultural, recreational, social and educational programs to meet the needs of people aged 50 to 90+ in the Ottawa Jewish community. Although programming is key, AJA 50+ exists to enrich people’s lives as they age, to connect people to community, to challenge people to take on new undertakings in their retirement, to develop new friendships and support networks, and to stay active, contributing members of the Ottawa Jewish Community. Programming through AJA 50+ is a means to these ends. AJA 50+ provides programs which are varied and imaginative to appeal to a range of interests. Programs include tours at the National Gallery, heritage and nature walks, bridge and mah-jongg, computer tutorials, and stimulating speakers on health, politics, Jewish history and social issues. One highlight of 2010 was an AJA 50+ trip to Israel which gave the over 50 crowd the unique opportunity to see Israel in a way which met

AJA 50+ members gather for a program.

their interests and needs. AJA 50+ will be returning to Israel in Oct 2012. AJA 50+, in partnership with the Soloway JCC, hosts Creative Connections, a day out for “older” seniors who are cognitively well and in the age range of 74 to 97. The group meets Tuesdays for schmoozing, chair exercises, lunch and cultural programming. Many participants arrive by Para

Transpo and there are two volunteer drivers. Since our inception 11 years ago, membership has grown at a rapid rate to more than 400 members today. More than 100 programs are provided yearly and participation rates are high. For some who may have just retired from busy careers, AJA 50+ connects them with the Jewish community. New networks have led to new volunteer pursuits

such as at Hillel Lodge or Fundraising Telethons. AJA 50+ is itself dependent on volunteers in every way including developing programming. The organization welcomes singles, couples, Jews and non-Jews, those affiliated with the Jewish community and those who have no affiliation. Some are newcomers to Ottawa. Membership and program fees are modest to make the association affordable to all. AJA 50+ is run by an elected board of directors, which is supported by a full-time executive director and a part-time Creative Connections co-ordinator. Partnerships with the Soloway JCC and other organizations are used to full advantage. Space and sustainable funding are ongoing challenges for the organization. Through generous donations made to the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s Annual Campaign, AJA 50+ received $7,200 in support. For more information about AJA 50+ please visit:

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Laureen Harper visits Jewish Youth Library By Devora Caytak Jewish Youth Library Laureen Harper, the wife of the prime minister, visited Chabad’s Westboro Jewish Montessori Preschool and the Jewish Youth Library, April 3, to participate with the children in a matzo baking event. From mixing and kneading the dough, to rolling it with a rolling pin, Harper enjoyed each moment of the matzo-baking class led by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Blum and his daughter, Mushka. Rabbi Blum and Mushka also visited many other Jewish and public schools to bring the joy and hands-on fun of making matzo to hundreds of children. Preschooler Lev Silverstein presented a box of the handmade Shmurah matzo from Israel to Harper in appreciation for visiting the school. After having fun with preschoolers and making matzo, I gave Harper a tour

Laureen Harper participates in a matzo baking class led by Rabbi Menachem Blum at the Westboro Jewish Montessori Preschool, April 3. (Photo: Issie Scarowsky)

Devora Caytak (left) shows Michoel Muchnik’s mural commemorating the MS St. Louis to Laureen Harper during a tour of the Jewish Youth Library building, April 3.

of the building, showing her the Hebrew alphabet and other materials the preschoolers learn. Most significantly, I showed her the mural that was commissioned to commemorate the MS St. Louis. The mural was created and designed by internationally renowned artist Michoel

forts to reach out to make the world a better, safer, kinder and more peaceful place. A handmade Israeli challah cover and a signed copy of the book, So Near and Yet So Far Klara’s Voyage on the MS St. Louis, published by the library, written by Sara Loewenthal and illustrated by Nicholas Jackson were presented to Harper. This

Muchnik. When shown the library, Harper was very impressed by the large collection. After the tour, Harper had tea with 12 women on the second floor of the building. I began the tea by telling Harper that her visit fell on the Hebrew calendar date of Nissan 11, the 110th anniversary of the birth of the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Since 1978, proclamations have been issued annually by successive U.S. presidents designating Nissan 11 as Education and Sharing Day in the U.S. in honour of the Rebbe, a day to encourage everyone to redouble ef-

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The Ottawa Jewish Bulletin, first published on October 22, 1937, is celebrating our 75th anniversary this year. Each issue in 2012 will feature a reprint from our past. Our community-wide Chanukah edition will include a special supplement looking back on our first 75 years.

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Meaningful connections developed between our community and Northern Israel As I write this column, preparations are in full swing for the first ever Dragon Boat Israel Festival, May 17-18, on Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Thousands of people from Israel, Canada, the U.S. and as far away as New Zealand will come together to take part in the festivities and races. Along with the large Ottawa contingent to the Festival, several of our community members showed incredible leadership in bringing this festival to Israel as a new and exciting way to partner with the people of Northern Israel. As the chair of the Partnership2gether Committee of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, my focus over the past few years has been to develop meaningful connections between people in our community and people living in Etzbah Ha’Galil (the Galilee Panhandle), our partner region in Northern Israel. I am proud of the various initiatives that have taken place, which have brought people of all ages from our community to Israel and Israelis from the North to visit our community. Through the Partnership2gether initia-

Federation Report Lisa Rosenkrantz Partnership2gether tive, we in Ottawa partner with five smaller communities from across Canada to develop and sustain projects and connections to Northern Israel. Over the past three years, we have sent to Israel three groups of young adults aged 25 to 35, totalling 50 people, to participate in social action projects with their Israeli peers. There, these young adults had opportunities to make lasting friendships with Israelis their own age, experience first-hand the projects our community funding has helped to create and develop a deep connection to Israel – the land and its people. We have also brought some of these Israelis back to Ottawa to participate in social action projects here. Some of these projects

have included building a community garden on the Jewish Community Campus, working on some home improvements for Tamir and painting a mural together with Tamir members. Similar visits have happened between school-aged children. Ottawa Jewish Community School students have visited Israel and we have invited Israeli school children and teachers into our community, our classrooms and our homes for visits. The recent opening of the brand new medical school in Safed in Northern Israel is a very exciting and new development for the people of the Galilee – and for us, too. The towns and communities of Northern Israel have constantly faced the challenge of being far from the centre of the country, which means they often experience difficulties in accessing resources, schools, jobs and amenities. A medical school in the North translates into new research and medical jobs in the region, opportunities for young people to study and build their futures closer to home. For us in Canada, it provides new opportunities to connect with

Israel through possible future medical student exchanges and other avenues not yet explored. After a recent mifgash (meeting) in Ottawa, Hadar Zafrir, one of the Israeli social action mission participants, wrote about her visit in an Ottawa Jewish Bulletin guest column (Reflections by an Israeli participant in the Social Action Mission, March 19). “The close connection between Israeli Jews and Diaspora Jews is two-sided and essential. Diaspora Jews serve as our spokespeople and supporters in the hostile world and we serve as a supportive crutch for the distant Jewish communities … “My connection with Ottawa is certainly not over. I am looking into the possibility of returning there to live and experience the community at close range, to volunteer there and to earn my master’s degree in one of the local universities. “After graduating, I will return to Israel and I may be able to implement, even a little, the manner of the supportive Ottawa community in my small community in Israel.”

Amid the rumours, serious discussion is taking place One of my favourite programs in early childhood was The Three Stooges. I think I got my start on puns and word play with Moe, Larry and Curly and one of their plays-on-words I can still recall is “Do not believe roomers [rumours], always check with the landlord!” Well, there are many rumours floating around these days involving the landlords and those responsible for what we would call ‘community resources.’ Some of the speculation on what was, what is, what could be, and what should be, has graced these pages. At this stage, it is fair to say that nothing definite has been firmed up. But what is clear is that there is lots of discussion, as there should be, since there are so many possibilities, and the issues are so important, even critical. If you hear rumours that certain deals have been made, or that certain strategies are going forward, chances are, at least at this stage, the rumours are false. What is not false, what is not subject to debate, and which should be roundly applauded, is that serious discussion is taking place. I cannot remember a time in all my years in Ottawa when so much discussion, usually in a most respectful atmosphere, has developed between so many diverse components of the community. All of this augurs well for the future. Until we reach some agreements, there will likely be some bumps on the road, which, when we look back in retrospect,

From the pulpit Rabbi Reuven Bulka Machzikei Hadas will, hopefully, just seem like passing hiccups. Although there is no pressing need for a rush to decide on anything, there is, nevertheless, a need to keep the conversations going, with a view to achieving sooner rather than later what is best for the community. Now that the conversations are in relatively high gear, lots of people are weighing in with their suggestions, as they should. Personally, though I have heard many ideas, I have no clue as to which ideas will carry the day, the year, or the millennia. But there are many people in the community who are putting in lots of time and effort on this and who deserve our appreciation, no matter whether these ideas resonate or seem problematic. We are not the only community wherein these types of discussions are evolving. Though the timing of the talks may be related to unique realities that have unfolded relatively recently, the talks have a sense of inevitability attached to them. The world is changing, the Jewish world is changing and, as a people who take our responsibility seriously, we must do our best to prepare for tomorrow.

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to being Jewish. Synagogues all over are feeling this economic pinch. We ignore this at the peril of guaranteeing more empty seats and concomitant diminishing, even disappearing interest in Jewishness. Education at all levels is likewise facing demographic and economic challenges. So, there is a lot on our collective plate to contemplate. The next few years will be interesting, but, hopefully, they will bring our community even more closely together in the common cause of assuring our posterity.

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A day to celebrate the remarkable Jewish state These are very busy weeks in Ottawa’s Jewish community – indeed, in Jewish communities everywhere. By the time you read this, both Passover and Yom HaShoah will be behind us (we’ll have a report on Ottawa’s Erev Yom HaShoah commemoration on April 18 in our next issue). But coming up quickly will be the National Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony, rescheduled this year to Monday, April 23, 3:30 pm, at the Canadian War Museum, and Yom Hazikaron, to be marked Tuesday April 24, 7:00 pm, at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre, and, then, Yom Ha’Atzmaut. While Yom HaShoah and Yom Hazikaron are solemn days, their sadness will quickly turn to great joy as we mark the 64th Yom Ha’Atzmaut, the anniversary of the founding of the modern State of Israel in 1948, this year on April 26. Ottawa will mark the day with two special events: the raising of Israel’s flag in front of City Hall at 11:30 am, and a community-wide party at the CE Centre beginning at 5:00 pm. Two years ago, just before Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Rabbi Steven Garten wrote in these pages about the significance of

Editor Michael Regenstreif Yom Ha’Atzmaut for all of us in the Jewish community – no matter where we might fall on the political or religious spectrum (From the Pulpit, April 5, 2010). “Yom Ha’Atzmaut should be our community’s Olympics,” wrote Rabbi Garten. “It should be our opportunity to celebrate the survival of the Jewish people manifest in the miracle of Eretz Yisrael. “Yom Ha’Atzmaut should be the one time of the year when those who want to cede land for the establishment of a Palestinian state, and those who want to hold on to captured land, can sing ‘Am Yisrael Chai’ together. “Yom Ha’Atzmaut should be when we recite ‘Tefilat L’Medinat Yisrael’ together and it should not matter … how we choose to be Jewish … “On Yom Ha’Atzmaut, we should be able to say ‘I am a lover of Israel,’ re-

gardless of whether we belong to Peace Now or Betar … “When one celebrates a birthday, it is a time to acknowledge achievements ... [It] is a moment to reflect on how far one has come, not how far one has to go to reach perfection. “Israel’s birthday is such an occasion. Israel has taught the world how to make the desert bloom and has shared that knowledge with the world. “Israel has absorbed people of many nationalities and has helped them learn to accept a shared identity. It offers that model, though not perfect, to nations still struggling with disparate immigrant groups. “Israel has built an educational system, a health care system, an economic infrastructure that started with nothing and now is producing Nobel Prize-winning scientists, world renowned authors, skilled workers and even a few Olympic medal winners … “We … have one heck of an achievement to be proud of. I hope that you’ll be there … for the Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration … and join in one heck of a birthday party.” In keeping with what Rabbi Garten had to say about Yom Ha’Atzmaut being

an inclusive day for all Jewish people, I’d like to call your attention to Daniel Gordis’ guest column on pages 1 and 2, the first of six columns by Gordis, which we’ll be featuring in the Bulletin over the next several months in advance of his visit here to speak at the Jewish Federation of Ottawa Annual Campaign kickoff on September 9. A central point to Gordis’ column is that to truly love Israel is to both accept the country for what it realistically is and to strive to make it what it can be – that to criticize the sitting government or specific policies is not an act of disloyalty to Israel; it is, often, an act of love and a duty of citizenship. I was reminded of that in recent days reading about legendary 60 Minutes interviewer Mike Wallace following his death at age 93. Attacked by some over the years as a “self-hating Jew” for reports critical of Israel, Wallace maintained his support for the “ideal of Israel” while also claiming the duty, as a journalist, to report accurately and “let the chips fall where they may.” So, to everyone, have a joyous Yom Ha’Atzmaut. I’m looking forward to seeing you at City Hall and the CE Centre.

A time when reporters thought being right was more important than being first As the 40th anniversary of my first days in a newsroom approaches, I can’t help but feel like a dinosaur. Imagine, in 1973, my first television report was on black and white film. In any profession, the question is often asked whether it was better then or is it better now. Before going any further, I am aware of going back on a lifelong promise. When I was young, and in the business, seeing and hearing retired journalists say “how much better it was in their day,” I made a promise that, after I was done with the business, I would not look back publicly on what was. I guess I’ll have to get over breaking the promise. Over the past decade-and-a-half, technology has revolutionized journalism more than ever before. Today, anyone can record video with a cell phone. In practical terms, the instant the airplanes hit the twin towers in New York City, videotaped shots of them from countless angles heralded a new kind of journalism. Today, no event of any significance goes by without video evidence. This is a huge leap forward in a world where a picture is worth a thousand words!

Jason Moscovitz In my day, satellite technology was a huge breakthrough. During the Vietnam War, reporters had to get their film on a plane to Hong Kong, and then on to either London or Vancouver in order to get it on Canadian television. At best, whatever was broadcast was a day old. With satellites, and their considerable expense, television reports could be sent to Canada in as close to real time as anyone could have ever dreamed of. But, today, with Internet technology, anyone can send a report from a laptop at no expense from almost anywhere in the world. This access, this ease with which information can be sent and received, is breathtaking. With the advent of social media, news is more interactive. That is a good thing since every news organization should be interested in feedback. While media have

always paid lip service to caring about what their readers and listeners think, now they really do have to care. So far, my report card is positive, although I see some things that may be progress-gone-mad. Today’s reality is that anyone can be a reporter. Anyone can create a website. Anyone can tweet and be believed. Anyone can say anything that can carry weight and influence thought. It used to be that reporters feared lawsuits. I’m not sure people who have websites or tweet fear anything. It is as if the ever-growing mass of information makes it harder to differentiate between what is true, what is false and what is libellous. What is out there is now often repeated in mainstream media. But isn’t being right important anymore? When information gets repeated, without being checked, you run the risk of reporting things that are simply not true. It appears that no one can stop the flood of information. It’s impossible to filter it. Too much, too fast, and the facts, too often, fall victim. It is not to say journalists of any era didn’t make mistakes. The difference, in my day at least, was that, while mistakes

may have been made, when I made them, it was unacceptable. It was a period of time when reporters thought being right was more important than being first. I can appreciate how fast and efficient today’s news business is. I can understand that a lot of information, in many varied forms, broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week, can be considered a positive in comparison to the days of daily newspapers and only two major TV newscasts at 6:00 and 11:00 pm. But, before the advent of 24 hour news networks and instant news, reporters and editors used to have virtually all day to work on their stories. They had the time to develop their stories, to talk to whom they had to talk to, and then double check everything. They had time for thought and analysis. They had time to make sure they were right before they wrote anything or said anything on television. Sure, great progress has been made, but journalism is now a very different business. When I studied it at Carleton University, there was a rule we all understood. Any spelling mistake would result in a failing grade. The rigour of being right was considered that sacred.

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By Lorne Rachlis, President Temple Israel of Ottawa It is with a renewed sense of hope for the future of Judaism in Ottawa in which we note that the needs and dreams of synagogues and other Jewish organizations are finally a matter for public discussion. We would especially like to thank Mira Sucharov, Jason Moscovitz, David Kardish, Dani Schwartz and Bernie Shinder for addressing these important issues in their columns and letters in recent editions of the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin. Temple Israel has always seen itself as an integral part of this community. We are very proud of the roles our members take in Jewish community life. Debbie Halton-Weiss is chair of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, Bob Wener is chair of the Soloway Jewish Community Centre (JCC), Christine Kessler is president of Tamir and Mark Palmer is Tamir’s executive director. These are all Temple members contributing their time and skills to leadership roles in the Jewish community. Many other Temple members contribute to Jewish life in Ottawa. A

quick look through the March 19 issue of the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin finds Temple members who are teaching at the Soloway JCC, helping organize a Passover fair fundraiser, organizing a concert in Temple’s ongoing music series and participating in a charitable knitting project. This is typical of the involvement of Temple members in community affairs. We continue to attract both affiliated and unaffiliated Jews to our Friday evening, Saturday morning and biweekly Thursday morning services, and to our many cultural and educational activities and programs. For example, more than 200 adults and children participated in our Purim spiel, and nearly 100 adults attended the Megillah reading. The Temple Israel Religious School is open to everyone and has a current enrolment of 90. We have an active youth group, also open to all, regularly attracting 30 to 40 young people to its events. With 360 member families, we have outgrown the facility built 35 years ago for 100 families. Our historic involvement in the broader Jewish community motivated our desire to relocate Temple Israel to a new build-

ing on the Jewish Community Campus. We wanted to bring liberal Judaism closer to the centre of Jewish life in Ottawa, in keeping with the vision enunciated in the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s 2007 special symposium, Building Ottawa’s Jewish Future. Our intent was to enhance Jewish continuity in a world of ever-increasing non-affiliation and intermarriage. We are deeply saddened that we were unable to reach an accommodation with the Federation. In order to strengthen and sustain Judaism in Ottawa, we believe it is the Federation’s responsibility to help the Ottawa Jewish community move forward in a way that recognizes and supports its growing pluralistic nature. We will continue to reach out to others to explore possible partnerships and possibilities for co-location. It is our hope that productive and co-operative conversations can be held between all the Jewish institutions considering new homes, so that we can all turn our visions into reality. While we wait for others to respond to our outreach, Temple Israel will continue to search for a new home for our sacred community.

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By Michael Regenstreif A morning event was held, April 2, at the Canadian War Museum, to announce the composition of the National Holocaust Monument Development Council, a group of volunteers who will spearhead a fundraising campaign to cover the cost of planning, construction and maintenance of the monument. As minister responsible for the National Capital Commission, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will be responsible for the planning and construction of the National Holocaust Monument and will be advised by the council during the planning and design phases. Members of the council will be Rabbi Daniel Friedman of Beth Israel Synagogue in Edmonton, Toronto lawyer Ralf E. Lean, Montreal philanthropist Alvin Segal and Canadian Society for Yad Vashem National Chair Fran Sonshine. The announcement was made on Baird’s behalf by Minister of State (Democratic Reform) Tim Uppal. It was a private member’s bill, sponsored by Uppal and passed by Parliament in 2011, which established the National Holocaust Monument. “Canada has been a strong leader in

Council member Fran Sonshine, Senator Linda Frum, Minister of State Tim Uppal, Heritage Minister James Moore, council members Rabbi Daniel Friedman, Alvin Segal and Ralf E. Lean at the announcement of the composition of the National Holocaust Monument Development Council, April 2, at the Canadian War Museum.

the fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of racism,” said Minister of State Uppal. “The National Holocaust Monument Development Council’s work will recognize the important contributions to our country of those who survived these horrific events and will honour the memory of those who were victims of the Holocaust. We must

never forget what happens when humanity and fundamental human rights are discarded, as this is the only way to ensure it will never happen again.” The federal government will match – up to $4 million – the funds raised by the council for the monument, which will be located in the National Capital Region at a site to be determined.

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New projects show JNF range Some of KKL-JNF’s new projects show the range of benefits that JNF brings to Israel. Interestingly, there are no tree-planting initiatives in the latest new project list, although trees are almost always planted in JNF projects and these are no exception. I’d like to tell you about two projects, one Canadian and one a joint Australia and New Zealand initiative. The Larry Hurtig Shechafim Schoolyard is a new Canadian initiative. It honours Larry Hurtig, from Winnipeg, who passed away in October 2010. This project is his 2008 Winnipeg Negev Dinner project. It took a neglected schoolyard and turned it into a beautifully landscaped play area with a roofed playground, a greenhouse for growing vegetables, an herb garden, and a zoo corner with bunnies and ferrets. All these features enrich the lives of children with medium to high levels of cognitive impairment who attend the Shechafim Special Education School. The project had a special meaning for its sponsor. Mr. Hurtig had an autistic son and was a co-founder of the Shalom Residences, an organization that runs group homes and apartments for the intellectually challenged. Mr. Hurtig served as founding president of the Shalom Residences Foundation for more than 20 years. Last Tu Bi’Shevat, the school held tree planting activities with KKL-JNF, and the children planted trees with their own hands, building more greenery into this wonderful space. This is important because the children are at school every day from 8:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening, including vacations and holidays. The yard makes this home away from home a space that both students and their families can enjoy. The ANZAC Trail is quite a different project and is sponsored by JNF Australia and JNF New Zealand. It retraces and commemorates the route the ANZAC horsemen took when they conquered Be’er Sheba. Some 11,000 ANZAC fighters rode more than four nights from the Gaza district, passing wide of Be’er Sheba to surprise the Turks from the east on October 31, 1917. After an intense battle, 800 Australian mounted soldiers stormed into the city and captured it. The route from the Western Negev to Be’er Sheba will describe the battles for the Negev in the First World War. Ten sites along the route will be fitted with signs explaining the ANZAC Trail and the story of the First World War in the Negev. KKL-JNF will carry out relevant landscaping at three main sites: the Be’eri gullies, Eshkol Park and Golda Park. I think the relevant landscaping includes planting trees! I often focus on water, trees and agriculture, but JNF projects cover almost every aspect of life. As with our own Negev Dinner projects and other projects sponsored by JNF Ottawa, we appreciate the spark of inspiration that donors bring to our work. JNF can help turn ideas that are special to our donors into real life benefits for Israel. Sefer Bar/Bat Mitzvah Inscriptions Tara Avirit Sabloff, by her loving parents, Rena and Mitchell Sabloff; and Jordan Loves, by his loving parents, Cathy and Ron Loves.

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Community gradually ceded ownership of building to Beth Shalom over 10-year period By Mitchell Bellman cured in the very recent past. As well, the community has President and CEO not invested in the operating costs or capital repairs of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa Chapel Street facility other than the original investment in In the April 2 edition of the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin, repairing the building in 1998. Bernie Shinder raised the question about who is entitled to the proceeds of the sale of the property owned by Congre1809 Carling Avenue gation Beth Shalom at 151-153 Chapel Street (Mailbag, (at Broadview) Congregations and community). Given the significant increase in property values on Rideau Street in the very recent past, I think it is a question on many people’s minds. Paninis, Sandwiches, Salads, Soups & More Beth Shalom, the Jewish Community Centre and the Always Fresh, Local & Delicious Vaad Ha’Ir shared the use and ownership facility for close Selection of Retail Gluten Free, to 50 years until September 1998, when the new Jewish Kosher & Organic Products Community Campus opened. The issue of how to separate this joint use and owner613-695-6001 Catering Available ship was very significant and took several years to resolve on mutually satisfactory terms. The community leadership was aware that, once the Jewish Community Centre and Vaad Ha’Ir vacated the building, Beth Shalom would be left with a facility much larger than it needed and the corresponding operating cost burden. Further, the building had fallen into disrepair over many years as the community’s interest was to build a new Jewish Community Centre rather than invest in an old and dated facility. Despite the challenges it would face once the Jewish Community Centre moved, Congregation Beth Shalom decided it wanted to remain in its facility on Chapel Street. The Vaad Ha’Ir leadership at the time came to an agreement with the synagogue that both the community and Beth Shalom would invest in bringing the building up to a state of repair that would allow the synagogue to succeed. The community’s investment in the building was in recognition that the building’s upkeep needs had not been Insurance & Financial Services kept current and it was unfair to place that entire burden on the synagogue. Mark S. Borts, B. Comm., CFP, CLU, CH.F.C, RHU The community leadership did not want the synagogue Telephone: 613 565 6275 to take the community’s investment of those capital funds Facsimile: 1 866 267 5635 and then be able to benefit from selling the facility immeCell: 613 851 1198 diately afterwards. As such, an agreement was reached that the community would have a declining ownership inSuite 350-117 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K2G 5X3 terest in Beth Shalom over a period of 10 years. That period has now expired and the community no longer has any ownership interest in 151-153 Chapel Street. It should be noted that it was impossible at the time Every Sunday Rabbi’s Lecture Series of the agreement to antici9:30-10:30 am Rashi on the Torah pate the significant increase First Sunday each Month Rabbi’s Lecture Series in land values that has oc-


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Beth Shalom negotiated ownership of Chapel Street property By Ian Sadinsky President Ottawa Jewish Historical Society In his letter to the editor (Congregations and community, April 2), Bernie Shinder raised an important issue about the disposition of the proceeds from the sale of 151-153 Chapel Street. I think a little history is important to put this issue in perspective. As president of Congregation Beth Shalom from 1996 to 2000, I was responsible for negotiating with the Jewish Community Council of Ottawa/Vaad Ha’Ir – now the Jewish Federation of Ottawa – for what would happen to the synagogue when the Jewish Community Centre and other community offices vacated the premises to move to the new Jewish Community Campus. Very few people, includ-

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ing many current Beth Shalom members, realize that, until 1998, Beth Shalom was a tenant of the building responsible for 23 per cent of the maintenance costs. When the Vaad decided to move, it showed little interest in the future of the synagogue and its membership. In a bold move, supported by my executive and board, I offered to purchase the property from the Vaad. Although I am not skilled in real estate, I imagined that, if the synagogue eventually had to move, the land and building might have some value (although I must say I didn’t think it would be anywhere near what is on the table right now). After considerable negotiations with community leaders, a deal was struck in 1998. When the Vaad left Chapel Street, Beth Shalom would immediately become 50 per cent owner of the property, but responsible for all of the costs of maintaining the building (not a small undertaking). Each year for 10 years, Beth Shalom would receive an additional five per cent stake in the ownership until 2008, when it would become the sole owner. In the interim, Beth Shalom found tenants for the

lower level of 151 Chapel Street (Ottawa Torah Institute), the gymnasium, and the office space and other space at 153 Chapel Street. Beth Shalom earned its windfall by taking a calculated risk and maintaining what some considered a decaying property for 14 years. Was it the deal of the century or was it blind luck by a congregation fighting to hold on to its history and its legacy? Whatever the reason, Beth Shalom acquired full ownership of the property from the community in a transparent and collegial manner. It should be noted that, during the same period, the Vaad passed on the opportunity to purchase the former synagogue building on King Edward Avenue that was used as the Jewish Memorial Chapel before the purchase of the building on Cuba Avenue. Many of us still regret the lack of vision in finding ways to preserve this important Jewish historic property. The price in 1998 was about $750,000. This brings us to the present. I am no longer a member of Beth Shalom, so I do not feel entitled to talk about what the synagogue should do in the future. But, as a

past president, I do know that the leadership and membership will weigh all options for ensuring that the congregation does what is best for the community as well as for its own membership. As president of the Ottawa Jewish Historical Society and as a former longtime member of Beth Shalom – I now attend another synagogue that was created by Beth Shalom – I would be untruthful if I did not say that it was with some regret that I heard of the sale. It is hard to deal with change, particularly when so much of your personal history is involved. But life is full of changes, and every generation has to decide where it wants to go in the future. But the past should not be forgotten and the Ottawa Jewish Historical Society would like to work with Beth Shalom to do a visual record of the facility for the archives and to acquire any assets of historical value that would not be transferred to a new location. Bernie Shinder raised an important issue. I hope others will also come forward so the community-at-large will understand the historical facts leading up to this current situation.

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Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration and flag raising move to new locations By Pamela Rosenberg Soloway JCC The biggest community-wide party of the year and the annual Yom Ha’Atzmaut flag raising ceremony are moving to exciting new locations for Israel’s 64th birthday. This year’s Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration takes place Thursday, April 26, 5:00 pm, at the CE Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive, and will feature entertainment by Professional Entertainment Group, music, carnival games and bouncy castles for the kids. An Israeli buffet by Creative Kosher Catering will be available for purchase and a feature-length documentary film, Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference, will have its Ottawa premiere. notes the film “explores the positive characteristics of Israeli society from a humanistic, psychological and emotional perspective … and tells the story of the Israeli people – whose resilience has propelled Israel to the forefront of world innovation and progress.” “All we ever hear about is conflict in Israel, but Israel is a country where high-tech and innovation thrives,” said Penni Namer, Vered

Israel Cultural & Educational Program manager. “Israel is a developed country at the vanguard, and this film shows that.” Narrated by Tal Ben Shahar, Israel Inside, as further noted at, looks at the “daily challenges ranging from limited resources to security needs,” and showcases how “Israel has made significant advancements in the fields of science, environment, medicine and technology.” The screening, sponsored by State of Israel Bonds, is free and will take place at 5:30 pm in a room at the CE Centre. The party will also feature a continuous slide show featuring pictures of community members in Israel. For Penny Torontow, who is chairing the Yom Ha’Atzmaut cele-

bration for the sixth time, it is “extremely important that we in Ottawa celebrate Israel, show our support for our homeland, and a united community to the outside world. “It means everything to me ... Israel is in my heart and soul … most of my family lives there and I look forward to being there as well,” said Torontow. Admission to the Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration is free, but a nonperishable food item or monetary donation to the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank is appreciated. Parking at the CE Centre costs $7.00. The Yom Ha’Atzmaut Flag Raising Ceremony will take place Thursday, April 26, 11:30 am, at Ottawa City Hall’s Marion Dewar Plaza, 110 Laurier Avenue West. This will be the first time the an-

nual flag raising ceremony has been moved from the Jewish Community Campus to a public space. “Ottawa’s Jewish community takes great pride in this annual flag raising event as a prelude to the Jewish community’s largest communitywide celebration,” said Mitchell Bellman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa. “The community should be very proud to raise the Israeli flag at Ottawa City Hall and proudly declare our pride at celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut in the nation’s capital.” Miriam Ziv, Israel’s ambassador to Canada, will be present, along with other dignitaries and Jewish community leaders. A bus will leave the Jewish Community Campus at 10:45 am to take people to and from City Hall for the event.

On Tuesday, April 24, at 7:00 pm, the community is invited to gather at the Soloway JCC for Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s memorial day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror. A screening of the documentary film A Hero in Heaven will follow the Yom Hazikaron ceremony. As noted at, the film honours the memory of Michael Levin, “one of three soldiers killed on August 1, 2006 in clashes with Hezbollah in the southern Lebanese village of Aita al-Shaab. An immigrant from the United States, the Philadelphia native had been living in Israel for … four years.” For more information about these programs, visit or contact Penni Namer at pnamer@ or 613-798-9818, ext. 243.

Machzikei Hadas event to address persecution of Christians Recent years have seen increasing levels of systemic discrimination and oppression aimed at Christian minorities throughout the Arab and Muslim world, as well as in countries such as India and China. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney will address this issue, at an April 23 event at Machzikei Hadas, to inform the community about such discrimination

and oppression, to stand in solidarity with the oppressed and to provide ideas and suggestions on what individuals and groups can do to help stop it. Other panelists in hand will include human rights activist and former MP David Kilgour; Conservative MP Mark Adler; Reverend Majed El Shafie, founder of One Free World International, a Toronto-based human rights organization that focuses on the persecution of religious

minorities; and Reverend Rob Parker of National House of Prayer in Ottawa. The event will be hosted by Rabbi Reuven Bulka who has organized the evening as a way for the community to “stand together, speak out, take action and make a difference.” Standing Together – Stopping Persecution of Christians will take place Monday, April 23, 7:00 pm, at Congregation Machzikei Hadas, 2310 Virginia Drive.


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Jewish holidays. The Rabbi is also involved with all Jewish residents in discussions of meaning and spiritualism through Judaism. The activities connecting the seniors to their heritage and religion has helped the Ottawa Jewish seniors at EWSL.

The Owner of Embassy West Senior Living is Sharon Goldman, originally from Montreal, daughter of wellknown Canadian builder Sam Greenberg, founder of the Shul of Bal Harbour in Miami, Florida, and granddaughter of Zalman Gurevitch, founder of Beth Rivkah Academy in Montreal. Like the rest of her family, Sharon has a passion to bring meaning and quality of life to Jews and is trying to help Ottawa’s secular Jewish seniors at Embassy West.

Rose is a resident at Embassy West. Her daughter, Myrna Lightman, says, “The staff at the Embassy West have a warmth that I haven’t seen in other residences. My mom is a ‘touchy-feely’ person and everyone from the top on down is never too busy to give her a hug or kiss. The quality of care is wonderful. The nursing staff are efficient, respectful, and skilled. They treat each resident as though they are a family member.”

With the help of Chabad Rabbi Chaim Boyarsky, EWSL has weekly Oneg Shabbat and celebration of all

Myrna continued, “My mother is not a religious woman, but, growing up in Montreal meant she was always surrounded by Yiddishkeit. When she first

came to Ottawa, she felt a terrible void. We were coming back into the building and I pointed out the mezzuzahs at the front doors. Her spirit rose dramatically after that. The Embassy has Rabbi Boyarsky come every Friday for Oneg Shabbat, in which my mom now actively participates. “The Jewish holidays are celebrated. Even non-Jewish residents enjoy learning about their significance. Along with the Christmas trees, Channukah symbols were also hung, and there was a menorah lighting in the lobby every day. Connections to the Jewish faith through participation in celebrations of holidays and Shabbat, including Challah-baking, cooking latkes and hamantashen makes Rose feel like she truly belongs.” Rabbi Chaim Boyarsky, visits the residents each week for Oneg Shabbat and has a one-on-one relationship with each

of our Jewish residents. He described the activities at Embassy West as, “We try to give the Jewish seniors a taste of Jewishness, by providing them with holidays programs, Jewish songs, Kiddush, Hamotzee, and lots of Jewish pride. We also do Holiday programs; for example, a sample Passover Seder before Passover, Chanukah parties and everything we can to incorporate the memories of their heritage and culture into their daily life.” All Ottawa seniors are welcome to join Embassy West’s Oneg Shabbat on Fridays at 2:30 pm and should contact Michelle at To see the residence, or if you have any further questions, please contact Tel 613.729.4321 ext. 1.

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Film about Mossad founder Reuven Shiloah at SJCC By Maxine Miska Soloway JCC The Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, forged in the conflicts and realignments of the Second World War and established in 1949, was led by former covert operatives who had built intelligence networks throughout the Middle East and Europe. Reuven Shiloah became the first head of the Mossad after many years of intelligence work in pre-state Israel. Shiloah’s son, Dov Shiloah, will speak about his father’s seminal role in the creation of the Mossad and introduce the screening of a documentary film, Reuven Shiloah: The Mossad’s First, May 6, at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre (JCC). Shiloah was born in 1909, the son of an Orthodox rabbi. At university, he studied Arabic, realizing that Jewish survival in Ottoman Palestine would be enhanced by understanding and communicating with the Arab population. After pursuing Middle Eastern studies at Hebrew University, Shiloah was recruited by the Haganah and began undercover work in Iraq posing as a teacher and, later, as a journalist. He collected intelligence and was part

of a network that clandestinely brought Iraqi Jews to Israel. Shiloah gradually created broader intelligence networks within Palestine and with the British military command. His ties to British intelligence convinced them to deploy Haganah paratroopers behind Nazi lines in the Second World War. Shiloah understood the rising importance of the United States during the war and created ties with the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), the War-era predecessor of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). When the State of Israel was established then-prime minister David Ben-Gurion appointed Shiloah to head the military and political department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and, together, they created the prototype for the Mossad. Shiloah’s missions entailed far more than spying. He negotiated the ceasefire between Israel and Jordan after the 1948 war and travelled to the U.S. to co-ordinate intelligence activities. In 1949, Ben-Gurion approved Shiloah’s plan to establish the Mossad. Shiloah was the first director of

the Mossad. After his resignation in 1952, he returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was stationed at the Israeli Embassy in Washington for four years. He continued working as a diplomat until he passed away in 1959 at age 49. Reuven Shiloah: The Mossad’s First, narrated by his son Dov, presents period footage of pre-state

Israel and recounts Shiloah’s success before the War of Independence in obtaining the Arab League’s invasion plans to attack the Jewish settlements. The story of Shiloah’s life retains an elusive quality befitting a man who was a master of the unstated and hidden in diplomacy and intelligence. The screening of Reuven

Shiloah: The Mossad’s First and the discussion with Dov Shiloah will be Sunday, May 6, 7:00 pm, at the Soloway JCC. Admission is $5.00. The program is sponsored by the Vered Israel Cultural & Educational Program. For information, contact Penni Namer at or 613-798-9818, ext. 243.

Kivi Barnard, Sam Glaser to headline JET’s Jewish Unity Live event By Rachel Gray for JET JET (Jewish Education through Torah) has announced that acclaimed motivational speaker Kivi Bernhard and musician Sam Glaser will headline Jewish Unity Live 2012, May 16, at the National Gallery of Canada. Bernhard, an Orthodox Jew and successful entrepreneur, is the author of Leopardology: The Hunt for Profit in a Tough Global Economy, a book about critical business thinking inspired by the hunting techniques of the leopard, Africa’s most successful predator. A captivating speaker, Bernhard will share his experiences and thoughts on the relevance and value of being a Jew in the modern world. Glaser, named one of the top 10 Jewish performers in the U.S. by Moment magazine, has released more than 20 albums and performs around the world. He

performs in about 50 North American Jewish communities annually and has sung at the White House. As well as being a popular performer, Glaser devotes much of his energies and talents to community work, directing and teaching music at Jewish schools and summer camps, and acting as a cantor-in-residence at Jewish retreats and youth Shabbatons. Glaser’s compositions are described at as “complex and catchy, wise and witty, youthful and seasoned,” and his fan base comes from all ages and Jewish denominations. Miriam and Charles Taub and Sabina Wasserlauf and John Kershman will be honoured at the event. The Eighth Annual Jewish Unity Live event, including a dessert reception, takes place Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 pm, at the National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive. Tickets are $36 and are available online at or by calling the JET office at 613-798-9818, ext 247.

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Chabad Student Network celebrates its first Torah By Sammy Hudes for Chabad Student Network The Chabad Student Network of Ottawa (CSN) celebrated, March 25, the acquisition of its first Torah. More than 100 students from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Algonquin College, as well as other guests, including Mayor Jim Watson and Rabbi Reuven Bulka of Congregation Machzikei Hadas, escorted the Torah in a short parade, with much singing and dancing, from the University of Ottawa to the nearby Rohr Chabad House. The Torah, which is close to 60 years old, had not been kosher for an extended period of time, as many of its letters had faded away. However, it was rewritten over the past year. CSN chose to dedicate the scroll in memory of the 1.5 million Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust. Another tragedy that very week, the murder of three children and a rabbi at the Collège et Lycée Ozar Hatorah in Toulouse, France, was also remembered. “Anyone who has kids was shaken up. But our resolve is we’re not going to be deterred,” said

Students and community members march behind the Torah en route from uOttawa to the Chabad House, March 25.

Larry Hartman carries the Torah as the celebratory parade leaves the University of Ottawa for the Chabad House, March 25.

Rabbi Chaim Boyarsky, co-director of CSN. “We’re going to grow stronger and bigger and greater. We’re not going to bend.” Watson, who said the Torah event was unique in comparison to any he had previously been to, agreed. “We in Ottawa stand together and we are committed to being an accepting and inclusive communi-

ty,” he said. “Regardless of what faith we are, let us stand strong for ourselves and others against those preach hatred and intolerance. “We still have to be vigilant against those who preach hatred and intolerance and who are antiSemitic … There are still evil people in the world that will do evil things if we are not strong as a community and don’t stand up and

speak out against hatred and racism,” the mayor said. “The backbone of the Jewish faith, the Torah, is the basis of Jewish existence and a symbol of eternity and eternal life,” added Watson. “It’s a link to your history and it will become a link to your future.” Rabbi Boyarsky said the public celebration was symbolic of Jewish pride. “There is a profound connection between the Torah and the Jewish people,” he said. “The Torah has al-

ways been part of Jewish life. It is up to us to learn it, live it, breathe it and really make it part of our lives.” University of Ottawa law student Rebecca Rosenstock, citywide president of CSN, said she was pleased with the turnout for the Torah dedication. “It’s an event that doesn’t happen very often, so it was really unique. It was great to see so many people come out, and the specialness of having a new Torah made it great. We really appreciate the support from the community,” she said.

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Agudath Israel Chocolate Seder The Chocolate Seder, April 1, at Agudath Israel provided an opportunity for children in to celebrate, learn about Passover, and eat lots of chocolate.

Passover at OJCS Grade 4 and 5 students participate in a classroom model seder as they prepared for Passover. Grade 1 students also held a classroom seder while Grades 2 and 3 students welcomed parents, grandparents and siblings to a model seder in the school gym.

NCSY Chocolate Seders Sir Robert Borden High School students enjoy a Chocolate Seder at their Jewish Culture Club. Students go through all 15 steps of the seder to learn about the meaning of Passover and its message for today, but each step involves chocolate of some kind replacing the traditional foods. NCSY also ran Chocolate Seders at Merivale, Glebe, Canterbury, Lisgar and John McCrae High Schools.

OJCS Science Fair The Grade 7 and 8 student winners from the Ottawa Jewish Community School Science Fair went on to represent the school at the Regional Science Fair, held March 23 at Carleton University. (From left) Ben Koksky, Allegra Pearl, Marlin Pearl, Rachel Schneiderman, teacher Brian Lamb, Justin Rapp, Max Silverman, Zach Goldstein and Tara Sabloff.

OMJS graduate serving in IDF Chabad Hebrew School at Kosher Food Bank Following a food drive at Chabad Hebrew School, Grade 7 and 8 students volunteered at the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank. With the students are Karen Fainstein (far left) of the Kosher Food Bank and Rabbi Menachem Blum (far right) of Chabad Hebrew School.

Ottawa native Tobin Kaiman (left), a graduate of Ottawa Modern Jewish School (OMJS) now serving in the Israeli army, is seen with Izze Rosenberg, a volunteer teacher’s assistant at OMJS, who was on a FROSTY trip to Israel. Tobin met with the FROSTY group from Ottawa’s Temple Israel and Toronto’s Holy Blossom Temple and answered questions about army life.

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In support of the Bess and Moe Greenberg Family Hillel Lodge In the Joseph and Inez Zelikovitz Long Term Care Centre Card Donations Card donations go a long way to improving the quality of life for our residents. Thank you for considering their needs and contributing to their well-being. On behalf of the residents and their families, we extend sincere appreciation to the following individuals and families who made card donations to the Hillel Lodge Long-Term Care Foundation between March 14 and April 4, 2012 inclusive.

Tania Firestone Family Fund In Memory of: Vivian Caplan by Claire and Irving Bercovitch Friedberg and Dale Families Fund In Memory of: Jack Weinman by Elaine Friedberg and Bob Dale Steffi Halton by Elaine Friedberg and Bob Dale Tadesse Mekonen by Elaine Friedberg and Bob Dale In Honour of: Rabbi Ely and Mrs. Sheli Braun mazal tov on your 33rd wedding anniversary by Elaine Friedberg, Bob and Jonathan Dale Joseph Ginsberg Family Endowment Fund In Memory of: Sue Slack by Lynn Greenblatt

HONOUR FUNDS Unlike a bequest or gift of life insurance, which are realized some time in the future, a named Honour Fund (i.e., endowment fund) is established during your lifetime. By making a contribution of $1,000 or more, you can create a permanent remembrance for a loved one, honour a family member, declare what the Lodge has meant to you and/or support a cause that you believe in. A Hillel Lodge Honour Fund is a permanent pool of capital that earns interest or income each year. This income then supports the priorities designated by you, the donor. Ruth and Irving Aaron Family Fund In Memory of: Jack Baylin by Ruth and Irving Aaron Irving Taylor by Ruth and Irving Aaron In Honour of: Esther and Irving Kulik Mazal tov and best wishes on Sean’s engagement to Becky by Ruth and Irving Aaron Ann Brozovsky Mazal tov on the engagement of Bobby to Susan and Chani and Bram being honour by Torah Academy with love by Ruth and Irving Aaron

Malcolm and Vera Glube Endowment Fund In Memory of: Minnie Milson by Malcolm and Vera Glube Doris Leibovitch by Malcolm and Vera Glube In Honour of: Sandra Slover Congratulations on your special birthday by Malcolm and Vera Glube Elsa and Norman Swedko Congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter Phinley Jordana by Malcolm and Vera Glube Nell Gluck Memorial Fund In Honour of: Ruth and Dale Fyman Mazal tov on the birth of your granddaughter Naomi Hadassah by Henry and Maureen Molot Berl and Rebecca Nadler Mazal tov on Tova’s engagement to Seth by Henry and Maureen Molot Stacey and Michael Goldstein Mazal tov on the birth of your son, Moshe by Manny Gluck and Cherlye Hothersall Maureen Molot Happy special birthday by Manny Gluck and Cheryle Hothersall Adele and Jeff Sidney Mazal tov on the birth of your granddaughter, Chana by Manny Gluck and Cheryle Hothersall Adam Dodek Mazal tov on being granted tenure by Henry and Maureen Molot In Memory of: Minnie Milson by Henry and Maureen Molot Maurice Ryant by Manny Gluck and Cheryle Hothersall Vivian Caplan by Manny Gluck and Cheryle Hothersall

Bill and Leona Adler Memorial Fund In Memory of: Maurice Ryant by Marilyn Adler Minnie Milson by Marilyn Adler Sue Slack by Marilyn Adler In Honour of: Morag Burch Congratulations on becoming a “Grand Mother” by Marilyn Adler

Evelyn and Irving Greenberg Fund In Memory of: Minnie Milson by Evelyn Greenberg Irving Taylor by Brian J. Cohen

Samuel and Jean Akerman Memorial Fund In Memory of: Minnie Milson by Sheila and Larry Hartman

Moe Greenberg and Elissa Greenberg Iny Fund In Memory of: Vivian Caplan by Elissa and Avraham Iny

Boris and Dolly Blacher Family Fund In Memory of: Joe Lieff by Boris Blacher and family In Honour of: Sarah Beutel and Steve Morgan and family Happy Passover by the Blachers

Gunner Family Fund In Memory of: Minnie Milson by Sol and Estelle Gunner In Honour of: Carol and Laurie Pascoe Mazal tov on the birth of your grandson by Sol and Estelle Gunner

Nordau and Roslyn Kanigsberg Family Fund In Memory of: Sylvia Slack by Nordau and Roz Kanigsberg Irving Taylor by Nordau and Roz Kanigsberg Doris Leibovitch by Nordau and Roz Kanigsberg Minnie Milson by Nordau and Roz Kanigsberg Dorothy and Maurie Karp Endowment Fund In Honour of: Claire and Irving Bercovitch and family Happy and healthy Passover by Dorothy Karp Norma and Phil Lazear and family Happy and healthy Passover by Dorothy Karp Irvin Cutler and family Happy and healthy Passover by Dorothy Karp Morris and Lillian Kimmel Family Fund In Memory of: Sue Slack by Kimmel, Kaiman and Levine families In Honour of: Sylvia and Charlie Levine by Morris Kimmel, Brenda and Nathan Levine and family Marilyn and Fred Small by Morris Kimmel, Brenda and Nathan Levine and family Bernie Farber Mazal tov on your recent award by Morris Kimmel, Steven and Shelli Kimmel, Janet and Steve Kaiman and Brenda and Nathan Levine and families Claire and Irving Bercovitch Happy and healthy Passover by the Kimmel, Kaiman and Levine families Debi and David Shore Happy and healthy Passover by the Kimmel, Kaiman and Levine families Marty and Rickie Saslove Happy and healthy Passover by the Kimmel, Kaiman and Levine families Harvey and Judy Slipacoff Happy and healthy Passover by the Kimmel, Kaiman and Levine families Franceen Shier Happy and healthy Passover by the Kimmel, Kaiman and Levine families Ina and Stanley Devine Happy and healthy Passover by the Kimmel, Kaiman and Levine families Nancy Pleet Happy and healthy Passover by the Kimmel, Kaiman and Levine families Natalie and Tom Gussman Happy and healthy Passover by the Kimmel, Kaiman and Levine families Joan and Russell Kronick Family Fund In Memory of: Sue Slack by Joan and Russell Kronick Minnie Milson by Joan and Russell Kronick Vivian Caplan by Joan and Russell Kronick Sonia Rawicki Agulnik Music Therapy Fund In Memory of: Minnie Milson by Paula and Manny Agulnik Sue Slack by Paula and Manny Agulnik Shelley and Sidney Rothman Family Fund In Memory of: Sue Slack by Shelley Rothman and family Irma and Harold Sachs Family Fund In Memory of: Minnie Milson by Irma Sachs Stephen and Debra Schneiderman Family Fund In Memory of: Maurice Ryant by Stephen and Debra Schneiderman Minnie Milson by Stephen and Debra Schneiderman Vivian Caplan by Stephen Schneiderman Sue Slack by Stephen and Debra Schneiderman; and by Stacey and Stephen Rich Doris Leibovitch by Stephen and Debra Schneiderman Linda Devries by Debbie and Stephen Schneiderman In Honour of: Carol and Laurie Pascoe Mazal tov on the birth of your first grandson by Stephen and Debra Schneiderman

Label and Leona Silver Family Fund In Honour of: Label and Leona Silver Mazal tov on your 60th anniversary by Stephen Silver; by David Silver; by Eldon Moses and Ruth Friedman Eldon Moses Mazal tov on your engagement to Ruth Friedman by Label and Leona Silver Sarah and Arnie Swedler Family Fund In Memory of: Gary Kaman by Arnie Swedler and Rhoda Zaitlin Evelyn Thomson by Arnie Swedler and Rhoda Zaitlin Roslyn and Myles Taller Family Endowment Fund In Memory of: Toba Robarts by Mildred Kronick; and by Roz Taller, Jodi and Mayo, Julia, Selina, Alexa and Eriana Minnie Milson by Roz Taller Ethel and Irving Taylor Family Fund In Memory of: Irving Taylor by Brian J. Cohen Milton and Mary (Terry) Viner Family Fund In Honour of: Label and Leona Silver Best wishes on your 60th wedding anniversary by Millie, Fran and Stephen Schaenfield Sylvia Kaiman and Joel and Gaye Taller Mazal tov on the birth of your great grandson and grandson by Millie, Fran and Stephen Schaenfield In Memory of: Minnie Milson by Millie, Fran and Stephen Schaenfield In Observance of the Yahrzeit of: Gordon Viner beloved brother by Millie, Fran and Stephen Schaenfield David Schaenfield beloved father-in-law by Millie, Fran and Stephen Schaenfield R’fuah Shlema: Mr. and Mrs. Rubin Silver and family Speedy recovery and good health by Millie, Fran and Stephen Schaenfield Eric Weiner and Arlene Godfrey Family Fund In Memory of: Maurice Ryant by Carol and Larry Gradus; by Miriam Weiner; and by Eric Weiner and Arlene Godfrey and family Minnie Milson by Eric Weiner and Arlene Godfrey and family; and by Miriam Weiner Sue Slack by Eric Weiner and Arlene Godfrey; and by Miriam Weiner In Honour of: Ann Max Mazal tov on your grandson’s safe arrival with love by Carol and Larry Gradus Carol and Laurie Pascoe Mazal tov on Jake’s safe arrival with love by Carol and Larry Gradus Leon Gluzman Best wishes for a very happy birthday by Carol and Larry Gradus Carole and Norman Zagerman Family Fund In Honour of: Norman and Myrna Barwin Mazal tov on your 50th anniversary by Carole and Norman Zagerman and Andrea Arron R’fuah Shlema: Risa Taylor by Carole and Norman Zagerman and Andrea Arron ************** Capital Campaign In Memory of: Sue Slack by Marlene Levine and Andrew Siman; by Myra and Lester Aronson; by Sandra Palef and Nissim Avraham; by Bonnie and Paul Bowering; by Enid Slack and Ron Kanter; and by Harvey Slack and the Honourable Laurier L. LaPierre (Continued on page 17)

THE LODGE EXPRESSES ITS SINCERE APPRECIATION FOR YOUR KIND SUPPORT AND APOLOGIZES FOR ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS. DUE TO SPACE LIMITATIONS, THE WORDING APPEARING IN THE BULLETIN IS NOT NECESSARILY THE WORDING WHICH APPEARED ON THE CARD. GIVING IS RECEIVING – ATTRACTIVE CARDS AVAILABLE FOR ALL OCCASIONS Here’s a good opportunity to recognize an event or convey the appropriate sentiment to someone important to you and at the same time support the Lodge. Card orders may be given to Bev at 728-3900, extension 111, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday. You may also e-mail your orders to or online donations can be made through All orders must include name, address, postal code, and any message to person receiving the card; and, amount of donation, name, address and postal code of the person making the donation. Cards may be paid for by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Cheque or Cash. Contributions are tax deductible.

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(Continued from page 16) Recreation/Music Fund In Memory of: Minnie Milson by Yale and Dee Gaffen Feeding Fund In Memory of: Minnie Milson by Carol and Larry Gradus; and by Harold and Lisa Sandell Sue Slack by Harold and Lisa Sandell Doris Leibovitch by David and Sharon Appotive Linda Devries by Joy, Seymour, Jess, David and Jared Mender In Honour of: Morag Burch Congratulations on becoming a first time grandmother by Sally Matook Aviva and Leo Lightstone In honour of the marriage of their daughter Nava to Jonathan Hoffman by Dale and Ruth Fyman Ritual Fund In Honour of: Dale and Ruth Fyman Mazal tov on the birth of your granddaughter Naomi Hadassah by Molly Hirsch and Eric Elkin Therapeutics Fund In Memory of: Doris Leibovitch by Yale and Dee Gaffen IN HONOUR OF: Ted Jacobsen Best wishes on your special birthday by Natalie and Tom Gussman Carol and Laurie Pascoe Mazel tov on the birth of your grandson by Rosalie and Harold Schwartz; by David Spring; and by Steve and Roz Fremeth Sol Shabinsky Happy 80th birthday by Bill and Jane James Ingrid Levitz Happy Pesach by Marion Silver and Alan Brass and family Eric Levin Happy special birthday by Julie Kanter Ian Sadinsky and Joan Bercovitch Mazal tov on the birth of your grandson, Jaxon Ryan Martin by Golda and Ned Steinman and family Evelyn Greenberg Thinking of you by Gold and Ned Steinman Esty Bybelezer Mazal tov on the birth of your great grandson by Norma and Stanley Goldstein Dr. Hyman Kaufman Happy and healthy Passover by the Residents, Board and Staff of Hillel Lodge Sally Stoller Levine Happy and healthy Passover by the Residents, Board and Staff of Hillel Lodge Inez Zelikovitz Happy and healthy Passover by the Residents, Board and Staff of Hillel Lodge Harriet and Irving Slone Happy and healthy Passover and happy 85th birthday to Irving with love by Barbara and Larry Hershorn Sally and Elliott Levitan Happy and healthy Passover by Clair Krantzberg Dundee and Lyon Levitan Happy and healthy Passover by Clair Krantzberg Ros Wollack Mazal tov on Bobby’s engagement by Golda and Ned Steinman and family

IN MEMORY OF: Avrum Rapoport by Karyn Simon; by Larry and Anna Rubenstein, by Linda, Michael and Robin Senzilet; Friends of Melissa Berlin, and by Roxanne, David, Jacob and Helena Cohen Ethel Murray by Claire and Irving Bercovitch Alice Fishbain by Karyn and Bernie Farber Maurice Ryant by the Residents, Board and Staff of Hillel Lodge; by Jean Naemark; by Ingrid Levitz; and by Sandi and Raoul Korngold Minnie Milson by the Residents, Board and Staff of Hillel Lodge; by Ingrid Levitz; by Sylvia, Morton and Harris Pleet; by Bob and Maggie Lederman and family; by Natalie and Tom Gussman; by Danny and Rhonda Levine and family; by Rabbi Scott Rosenberg and Amy Goldman; by Etta Karp; by Michael and Judy Aranoff; by Vera and George Gara; by Libby and Stan Katz; by the Shore and Sauve families; by Mark Wolynetz; by Ginsberg Gluzman Fage and Levitz Chartered Accountants; by Evelyn Lieff; by Jack and Annette Edelson; by Yael Karol; by Bluma Dieks Goldenberg and family; by Sam Zunder and family; by Harold and Rosalie Schwartz and family; by Mark and Yanda Max; by Nomi and Harold Colt-Max and family; by Andrea Schwartz; by Carol and Laurie Pascoe and family; by Sandi and Raoul Korngold; by Tracy and Cantor Bielak; by Jean Naemark and family; by Golda and Ned Steinman; by Barbara and Larry Hershorn; by Joyce and Farrand Miller; by Cally and Sid Kardash; by Marilyn and David Binder; and by Raezelle Gustave and Laurie Goldmann Shirley Winer by Lydia Hjartarson; by Bob and Maggie Lederman and family; and by Alma Norman Vivian Caplan by Ingrid Levitz; by Jack, and Annette Edelson, Natalie and Mark; by Sam and Sandra Zunder and family; and by Barb Fine and Steve Levinson Anita Dubinsky by Jill and Allan Bellack; and by Golda and Ned Steinman Sue Slack by the Residents, Board and Staff of Hillel Lodge; by Fran and Mort Ross; by Charles Schachnow; by Harold and Rosalie Schwartz and family; by Ingrid Levitz; by Carol and Laurie Pascoe and family: by Danny and Rhonda Levine and family; by Bernice and Bernie Blumenthal; by Karen and Ron Fainstein; by Sandi and Raoul Korngold; by Sam and Sandra Zunder and family; by Harriet and David Good; by Belle Gitterman; by the Silberman and Berstein Families; by Ozzie and Sheela Silverman; by Arlene and Norman Glube; by the Cooperberg and Ben-Shach Families; by Glenda and David Moss; by Sam and Ellen Gelman; by Betty and Irv Nitkin; by the Ottawa B’nai Brith Bowling League; Esther Ages; by Debi Ages; by Lysette and Louis Kohn; by Karen and Harry Presser; by Shelley Harris-Ublansky and Joel Ublansky; by Steve and Roz Fremeth; by Julie Kanter; by Barb Fine and Steve Levinson; by Louis and Marjorie Goldmaker; by Cally and Sid Kardash; by Nan and Jack Wiseman; by Seymour and Aviva Diener; by Bev, Bryan, Alison and Rob Glube; by Felice and Jeff Pleet and family; Brenda, Ray and Matt Ryan; by Frank and Maria Spagnolo and family; by Frank and Elizabeth Abeth Schimizzi; by Graziano and Elisa Schimizzi; and by Pat and Rosa Sergi Doris Leibovitch by Steve and Roz Fremeth; and by Cally and Sid Kardash Irving Taylor by Golda and Ned Steinman Jack Weinman by Lorna and Carl Raskin Father of Egi Tadesse by Golda and Ned Steinman and family GET WELL: Inez Zelikovitz by the Residents, Board and Staff of Hillel Lodge; and by Edie Landau

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AJA 50+ announces spring and summer programs By Dena Speevak for AJA 50+ After a giddy first few months in retirement, many of us start to survey the landscape for new op-

portunities. If you are one of the hundreds who have discovered AJA (Active Jewish Adults) 50+, you know there’s something about AJA 50+ that inspires renewal, ca-

Merivale High School Jewish Culture Club Meagan Hollinger presents Bram Bregman of NCSY with a token of appreciation from Merivale High School’s Jewish Culture Club recognizing the recent tribute dinner held in his hon(Photo: Irv Osterer) our by Ottawa Torah Academy.

maraderie and growth at this stage of life. AJA 50+ has recently launched our own website at where you can now view the latest program guide by clicking on the ‘What’s Happening’ link. Following a very successful trip to Israel two years ago, AJA 50+ is returning to Israel from October 10 to 22. This tour will be geared specifically to the interests of active seniors and will be guided by scholar-in-residence Rabbi Steven Garten. For information, click on ‘Special Events’ on the website or e-mail Annette Paquin at AJA 50+ programs this spring and summer will include nature and birdwatching walks, architectural and heritage tours, garden tours and other day trips and golf outings. As always, there will be much to stimulate the senses and intellect, including concerts, art gallery visits, a tour of the CBC with Laurence Wall, and lectures such as Capital Cases for an insider’s view of the Ottawa legal scene. Bridge lessons are always popular. This season, Liz Schwartz will teach intermediate bridge and

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Barbara Crook speaks to AJA 50+, April 4, about Palestinian Media Watch and the Middle East peace process. (Photo: Michael Regenstreif)

Julia Rowlands will teach beginners’ bridge. You can also take advantage of classes in canasta, mah-jong, Chinese brush painting and watercolour painting. In partnership with the Soloway Jewish Community Centre (JCC), AJA 50+ will offer a course on Yiddish writers entitled From the Shtetl to the Goldene Medina with Rabbi Garten and a study of Israel-Palestinian rela-

tions with Carleton University political science professor Mira Sucharov. To learn more and meet members, come to Registration Day, Tuesday, May 1, between 9:30 am and noon at the Soloway JCC. For information about membership in AJA 50+, contact Dan Sigler at 613-224-6110 or, or visit

ROOMS Two furnished bedrooms to rent in a quiet, beautiful new home in West End Ottawa (McKellar Park neighborhood). These rooms would be ideal for students or a young couple. We are looking for mature, compassionate individuals who are interested in living in a home with a humorous and personable young adult with special needs. We (his parents) want to create a warm and loving home environment for this young man. No care of special needs will be required. As there will be round the clock care, all that is necessary is the time and willingness to foster a friendship with this young man and his care team. • Room and Board: $100 per month per bedroom • Bedroom sizes: Bedroom 1: 11 x 13.5 feet Bedroom 2: 10 x 15.5 feet • Availability: As early as June 2012 • Two year minimum commitment preferred. • Love of music would be an asset. • Kosher or vegetarian required. • Males or females welcome. • Two singles or one couple could be accommodated


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The Other Europeans explore the intersection of Jewish and Roma music The Other Europeans Splendor Kikiyon



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(613) 990-7720 Employment Opportunity Director of Congregational Learning Temple Israel, Ottawa, Ontario The new position of Director of Congregational Learning will provide our Reform congregation with vibrant, cohesive and integrated programs that reach out to our members, the local Jewish community and the Ottawa community at large. The successful candidate will possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Education. (A Master’s degree and a specialization in Jewish learning will be considered an asset.) The successful candidate will have experience in creating and leading programs that integrate temple, school and community life; in training and supervising teaching staff; and in delivering and evaluating programs that foster engagement and affiliation. Experience in delivering multi-faceted programming for all age groups and experience in change management will be considered assets. Temple Israel (Ottawa) has 360 member families and is the city’s only Reform Congregation. We are a vibrant Jewish community dedicated to Torah, Tzedakah and Avodah. It is anticipated that the position will be filled by July 2012, and duties will commence no later than September 2012. Enquiries and applications should be directed to the Executive Director. Deadline for receipt of applications is midnight 31 May 2012. Temple Israel 1301 Prince of Wales Drive Ottawa, ON K2C 1N2 Tel 613-224-1802 • Fax 613-224-0707 Email:

The Other Europeans are 14 musicians from eight different countries in Europe and North America – eight of whom form a klezmer ensemble and six of whom comprise a lautar ensemble. Lautar is the music of Eastern European Roma (Gypsies). Some of the selections on Splendor, a splendid two-CD set recorded live at the Yiddish Summer Weimar 2009 in Germany, feature one or the other of the two ensembles, or parts thereof, while much of the album has all 14 of the musicians playing together. The Other Europeans project has been spearheaded by pianist and accordionist Alan Bern, perhaps best known for his work as a member of Brave Old World, a band at the forefront of the creation of new Jewish music over the past couple of decades. Other members of the Klezmer Ensemble include clarinet and saxophone player Christian Dawid; Matt Darriau (of the Klezmatics), on kaval, piccolo, clarinet and saxophone; and Mark Rubin, who started his career as a member of the altcountry duo Bad Livers, on tuba and bass. Among the members of the Lautar Ensemble are cimbalom player Kalman Balogh, accordionist Petar Ralchev and trumpeter Adam Stinga. Historically, as Walter Zev Feldman mentions in his liner notes, Jewish and Roma musicians had little, if any, interaction in most areas of Eastern Europe, except in Greater Hungary, primarily in the 18th century, and in Moldova, particularly in the province of Bessarabia, from the 18th century until the Holocaust. The music also crossed over to North America with Jewish immigrants in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, but declined in both America and Moldova by the 1950s – in America due to assimilationist tendencies, and in Moldova due to the Soviet policy of creating a Moldovan ethnic music that was, as Feldman notes, “free from Jewish influence.” The repertoire the Other Europeans explore on Splendor – which they perform brilliantly – is the klezmer and lautar music played in Bessarabia before the Second World War. Whether in the smaller klezmer and lautar groupings or in the combined forces of the full ensemble, the music is compelling, exciting and beautiful. Among my favourite selections from the klezmer repertoire are “Khaiterma,” a delightful classic that features Darriau on clarinet bouncing his notes off Rubin’s slap-bass playing; and the two-part “Klezmer Suite #1,” particularly the wild second part. My favourite lautar selection is the two-part “Lautar Clarinet Suite #1,” which begins in a slow, contemplative mode before picking up steam. The piece almost seems classical.

Music Michael Regenstreif And, of course, the tracks featuring all of the Other Europeans are a constant delight. Among the most beautiful and exciting pieces is the album-ending concert encore of “Sârba de la nord.” The similarities and contrasts of the Jewish and Roma influences in this music are fascinating. Alan Bern has done a sensational job of tying it all together in the Other Europeans.

Kat Goldman Gypsy Girl In 2004, Kat Goldman was a promising Toronto-based singer and songwriter preparing to move to New York where her music was causing a stir. Goldman’s first CD, The Great Disappearing Act, had been released in 2000 to critical acclaim and “Annabel,” a song from that album, found favour with a number of other artists, including the Winnipeg band, The Duhks, who recorded it on a Juno-nominated CD. The song also inspired the Giller Prize-nominated novel, Annabel by author Kathleen Winter. But the move to New York never happened because Goldman was seriously injured when a car crashed into a bagel shop she was visiting, necessitating multiple surgeries and two years of rehabilitation. She came back with a second CD, Sing Your Song, in 2007, and has now released the lovely Gypsy Girl, her third. Reflecting the transitory implications of her album’s title track, Goldman now divides her time between Toronto and Boston, where she studies English literature at Harvard and Boston Universities. Some of the songs were recorded in Boston and some in Toronto; all of them written with poetic craftsmanship and compelling melodies enhanced by arrangements that blend both folk and pop influences. Among the highlights are “World Away,” inspired by her intertwined lives as a Toronto singer and songwriter and Boston student; “Letter From Paris,” in which she seemingly escapes or hides from both identities; and, perhaps, best of all, “Gypsy Girl,” in which she sings about the compulsion to move and to travel and to explore new places that drives so many artistic souls.

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Kibbutz dreams and kibbutz realities When I was 10, my grandmother took me to Israel for three weeks to visit my aunt and uncle on Kibbutz Beit Hashita in the Lower Galilee. Known for its olive and pickle factory, Beit Hashita was considered a success story. It was a large and thriving kibbutz, motivated by Labour Zionist ideology, and was one of the last to give up its children’s houses. Amia Lieblich immortalized life on the kibbutz in her book Kibbutz Makom, a case study of a single, anonymous collective, but widely known to be about Beit Hashita. I was thrilled by the freedom afforded kids to run around, gather informally to play basketball in the afternoons, and take part in communal holiday celebrations. In wintry Winnipeg, our holidays were celebrated in climate controlled synagogues and carpeted living rooms. On Beit Hashita, the counting of the Omer was marked outdoors, in the fields, to great fanfare. Ten years later, while studying for a year at Hebrew University, I connected with Kibbutz Urim, in the Northern Negev. I was eager to have a kibbutz experience to round out weekday life on Mount Scopus. Many of us had been connected to the Habonim Dror youth movement and Urim took us in as honorary student members. We were provided with a spacious flat, each of us had an ‘adoptive family’ to visit and bond with and we were assigned to a work branch. Almost 20 years later, the young family I connected with now has grandchildren and we have enjoyed regular visits in Israel, Washington, Ottawa, Vancouver and, of course, on Facebook. That year, I considered making aliyah, settling on a kibbutz, and pursuing an academic – and, possibly, even a political – career. As an extrovert, I enjoyed the constant flow

Values, Ethics, Community Mira Sucharov of people and personalities. I didn’t give much thought to the repetitiveness of much of the work, nor to the economic constraints of kibbutz life. In fact, I relished the redemptive feeling of engaging in regular manual labour in the long chain of Zionist pioneers. I happily painted beams in the metalwork shop – it wasn’t until just last year that my kibbutz brothers explained to me what the beams were for – so content was I in the process and unconcerned with the outcome. Of course, a highlight was practising my Hebrew over tea and toast breaks, and dancing to 1980s and ‘90s hits at the late night disco. Beit Hashita has since been privatized and Kibbutz Urim is struggling to hold onto a middle ground between the ideals of capitalism and socialism. Many kibbutzim are working to adapt to significant challenges, including aging populations that need to be cared for and children who can no longer be counted on to remain once they’ve grown. Some kibbutzim are bringing forth a special category of membership in which the member owns his or her own salary but retains voting rights on relevant matters. Others are expanding their property to include the purchase of homes outright by non-members, who are granted some communal privileges but none of

the financial obligations. And an entirely different model, the urban kibbutz, is sprouting up around the country, in which participants often work in the field of education and engage in other social action pursuits. Last spring, we stayed with my kibbutz family, who have since left Urim for another kibbutz where they are not members. And, last month we took our kids to visit cousins on another kibbutz near the Dead Sea. Our kids were positively struck by the continuous outdoor freedom the children enjoy. “Can we make a kibbutz in the Glebe?” my daughter asked. When I spent weekends on the kibbutz while studying at Hebrew University, we would sign up on the communal carsharing sheet in the dining hall for lifts back to Jerusalem. I never gave much thought to the continual negotiation that kibbutz life requires, particularly for members who wished to study or work off the kibbutz. I took my desire to pursue a PhD for granted and never gave much thought to the idea that kibbutzniks had to apply for permission to take time away from kibbutz work to pursue a graduate degree or a career in the city. Still, I loved the physical freedom of kibbutz life and the easy familiarity of seeing the same faces and watching the same kids grow up together. I loved picking pecans from the tree outside our flat, eating pomelos from the field, and riding a combine harvesting potatoes sprouting from the red earth. I was grateful to be a tiny part of the Israeli pioneering dream of creating a New Jewry, one who was able to help reconstitute the Jewish nation through dint of physical labour – even if only for several memory-building months. Mira Sucharov, an associate professor of political science at Carleton University, blogs at

Canada no longer captive to the U.S. market On April 2, while visiting Washington, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Canada is no longer “captive” to the U.S. energy market. The comment was a result of the rejection Canada faced from the Keystone XL oil pipeline proposal. Having been kept captive through discriminatory policies, as well as pressures by various administrations over the years, Canada has had but one major oil customer: the United States of America. Under pressure this election year, U.S. President Barack Obama decided to forgo all the potential jobs the pipeline could have brought to the U.S. and fell in line with the pseudo-environmental lobby funded by deep-pocketed U.S. oil interests. Harper’s comment reflected an awakening fed by the protectionist attitude of Obama and the Democratic Party platform. We in Canada were dealt yet another blow by the United States with our entry into the U.S. and Asia-Pacific region free trade agreement, hitting stumbling blocks linked to highly protectionist American policies opposing Canada’s farm supply management systems. The Obama administration seems willing to hold Canada captive again over tariff protection that benefits fewer than 20,000 dairy and poultry farmers. The administration and the president have delivered the message repeatedly, most recently on at least two occasions, in November and now again in April, giving new meaning to the concept of negotiating from a position of weakness for the Obama administration. Also on April 2, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney, speaking in Waterloo, Ontario, delivered a significant message for Canadian business that emerging markets are a key to export growth. This is also part of our recent collective awakening regarding the evolution of relations with our largest trading partner.

While he indicated that external “headwinds” have forced him to keep interest rates low, he pointed out the United States economy is still having difficulty recovering from its deep financial crisis. His message on Europe was not much brighter. He noted that it had “moved from the acute to the chronic.” While Carney, as Bank of Canada governor, can’t be politically motivated, we can see a unified message being signalled to our business leaders that our traditional customers in the U.S. will no longer be able to afford us, or even need us, for a long time. Businesses, manufacturers and exporters need to focus elsewhere and forget about waiting for “a more favourable exchange rate.” This attitudinal change resulting from our slow awakening, our realization that our energy market has shifted, should lead manufacturers and innovators to target emerging markets with business cultures that may be different from our own, but have needs that Canada can fulfil. This shift in attitude is not good news for our next-door neighbour weighted down by its slow-growing protectionist economy. “We cannot be, as a country, in a situation where really our one, and in many cases only, energy partner could say no to our energy products,” said Harper while being interviewed at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson International Center. He further indicated that Canadian oil is sold at a discount because our country is a captive supplier. “For us, the United States cannot be our only export market. That is not in our interest, either commercially or even as I say in terms of price,” said Harper. Releasing ourselves from captivity seems to be the key to our economic growth and progress. We are facing huge opportunities in emerging markets such as China and India. Knowing where the emerging

World Affairs Oliver Javanpour markets are doesn’t help us as much as knowing how to tap them. As businesses, we need favourable policies, both nationally and with our international trading partners, which allow us to compete in this global market. The Harper government’s budget, delivered March 29, had a perfunctory tip-of-the-hat to business with some innovation funding, most of which would eventually be earmarked for academic institutions, but where the money will probably escape the grasp of those who could really use it to develop marketable products. As Carney said, “This is an adjustment that one can’t change overnight, but it’s something we believe needs to be addressed.” Carney also stressed the need for continuing investment. “Business investment has picked up quite smartly, but it needs to sustain, for competitive imperatives and really to take advantage of the opportunities that are out there.” As we deal with our release from captivity to the American market, we need to move quickly, with laser-like focus and very little distraction. As a small country with limited business and manufacturing capability, we cannot afford any more fatalities such as Nortel or RIM, which peaked early, but were ultimately unable to sustain themselves. Oliver Javanpour is a public policy and international relations adviser in Ottawa.

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The Gospel according to Shmuley Kosher Jesus By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Gefen Publishing House 241 pages Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the self-declared “America’s rabbi,” author of Kosher Sex, has ventured into what would seem risky territory for an Orthodox rabbi. His new book, Kosher Jesus, seeks to reclaim Jesus as an observant Jew who never claimed to be divine, as a rabbi and as a fighter against the Roman oppression of his people. Unluckily for his Orthodox credentials, but luckily for his prospective book sales, the book has been declared heretical by Rabbi Immanuel Shochet, a respected Torontobased Chabad Lubavitch rabbi. (Rabbi Boteach began his career as a Chabad emissary, but is no longer associated with the movement.) Rabbi Boteach cites the writings of the late scholar Hyam Maccoby as his main source in the book. Maccoby attributed the creation of Christianity to Paul – who never met the actual Jesus, but had a vision of the resurrected and crucified Christos. While this is not a novel idea, Maccoby was particularly tendentious in his view of Paul as a convert to Hellenistic Judaism who had a special interest in transforming the heroic Galilean rabbi into a demigod that even non-Jews could access through faith. In this way, actually observing Jewish kashrut and other laws would not be necessary. In Macoby’s interpretation, Paul and the evangelists go further in placating the Romans by minimizing the role of Pilate and blaming the Jews for the Crucifixion of Jesus. Rabbi Boteach sees Kosher Jesus as countering the negative image of the Jews that resulted and was thus a main contributor to traditional Christian anti-Semitism. Unfortunately, Rabbi Boteach is no scholar and any perusal of the literature will show that some of his and Maccoby’s ideas are not well grounded and not proven. The

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book, however, is an easy read and is presented as the truth, no questions asked. The style of writing is simple and straight forward, as in a TV show or a commercial. Rabbi Boteach has a certain facility with this type of communication and knows how to garner attention. Yet, in some ways, it is Rabbi Boteach’s communication skills that have led him into trouble. The attention-grabbing title itself could lead one to believe that it is the Christian

Take a hike – it’s a good thing Need a change from the gym? Hiking is an excellent way to enjoy a workout in the great outdoors. Hiking typically takes place on a trail that has some rough terrain and requires moderate to heavy exertion – quite different from walking on a flat, smooth surface such as pavement. During March break, my 11-year-old son Joshua and I spent a week in Phoenix, where my passion for hiking was reignited and his was sparked. The mountains in this desert region are brown, rocky and dotted with cacti. Piestewa Peak, rated as a moderately difficult hike, rises up from the heart of Phoenix. My sister-in-law, nephews, Joshua and I began our ascent before 7:00 am in order to beat the midday heat. Although I’m quite fit, I found the trail more difficult than I’d anticipated. Most of the 1.2 mile trail has a rather steep incline, with uneven surfaces and rocks jutting out at different angles. At some points, I had to use my hands to pull myself up over boulders. I enjoyed the challenge. The desert heat, coupled with the physical exertion of an uphill trek, made me stop several times to catch my breath. My heart was pounding. Piestewa Peak is nature’s gym! Some very fit runners who go there regularly were running all the

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way to the top. Several seniors told us they hike Piestewa every weekday morning. Hiking is a wonderful way to stay in shape at any age. A mountain is a metaphor for life. If you can make it to the top, you can achieve anything. My sister-in-law and I took an hour to get to the summit. The boys got up much faster. We rested for a few minutes, enjoyed the panoramic view of the city, and replenished ourselves with water, bananas and almonds. Hiking down was easier but still required paying attention to our footing. Fortunately, I wore hiking shoes. Without proper footwear, one can easily stub a toe or twist an ankle. I also used Nordic walking poles I bought last summer when I went hiking with my husband in Slovakia. Using poles for walking and hiking is popular in Europe and is slowly catching on in North America. Because the contact between the poles and the ground provides one’s upper body with resistance, I sometimes use poles to convert a simple urban walk into a full body workout. You burn more calories using poles, and there’s less perceived exertion, so you can go longer. I would recommend a moderately challenging hike, like the one I did in Phoenix, for people who are reasonably fit. Deconditioned people, or those with joint or balance issues, would find this level of difficulty unsuitable. On one of the days that we hiked Piestewa, there was a news report in Phoenix that someone had fallen and had to be airlifted to a hospital. Apparently, that’s a fairly common occurrence. Many of the people who get injured are tourists who come unprepared. There was also a report that, tragically, a 55-yearold man died of a heart attack while hiking Piestewa in the afternoon heat.

version of Jesus that is kosher. Indeed, the cover design of the book increases that possibility as it shows the right side of a living man, wearing an ancient robe, with a hole in his open palm. Isn’t that the Christian vision of a risen crucified body? Doesn’t that give the title, Kosher Jesus, a particular meaning? In the book itself, Rabbi Boteach goes out of his way to explain how a Jewish version of Jesus would be very different and he details why Jews could never accept Jesus the way Christians do. But one can readily see why those fighting against proselytizing would instantly react to this presentation in a negative way and why Rabbi Shochet found the book dangerous. Rabbi Boteach has said he was trying to build a bridge to Christian evangelicals who are strong supporters of Israel with this book. He makes an impassioned appeal to them on the basis of “American values,” which he manages to portray as being more Jewish than Christian! While the portrait he gives of Jesus as an early Zionist ready to fight the Romans may appeal to this audience, rabbinic tradition has generally viewed the Zealots as part of the problem of sinnat chinom (mindless hatred) that caused the destruction of the Second Temple. The tendentious presentation of Paul, the evangelists and the Church fathers as anti-Semitic falsifiers of Jesus’ words might also rub people the wrong way despite Rabbi Boteach’s consistent proclamation of love and outreach in bringing us the good news of Jesus as a Jew. Given the limitations of the book, however, it emerges as just another Gospel where the central figure looks and sounds a lot like the author.

Focus on Fitness Gloria Schwartz The second day we hiked, our time to get to the summit improved. The next day, I was curious to try a different mountain, so I called my friend who lives in Phoenix. She is in her 70s, but very active. She took Joshua and me to Shaw Butte where we joined her friends for their weekly hike. The Shaw Butte trail is a neglected gravel road that is now used for hiking. It has a smoother, more manageable surface than Piestewa’s rugged trails. Still, it was uphill all the way and very good exercise. Descending Shaw Butte was fun for me because it was perfect for running. While Phoenix has numerous peaks with magnificent vistas, you don’t have to travel to a different country to have a wonderful hiking experience. There are many trails right here in Ottawa-Gatineau. You can find a lot of information about them on such websites as and Wherever you go, be sure to err on the side of caution. Go prepared with layered clothing and appropriate footwear, adequate water and food, and, optionally, poles. Hike with other people, bring a cell phone (it may not work everywhere) and choose a route that is well suited to your fitness level. Happy trails to you! Send your questions and comments to

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Jewish students made their presence felt this year on campus Passover doesn’t simply – well, for lack of a better term – pass over for students once it’s finished. Despite having final papers to write and exams to study for, Passover forces us all to take a seat at the seder table and consider what and why we’re celebrating, rather than solely doing it out of tradition or habit. More than a holiday, it’s a time for reflection – and that mentality lingers long after the yontif ends. For Jewish students, our people’s history of oppression and redemption isn’t the only thing we have to reflect on during the month of April. April marks the last month in our academic calendar. While we recall the hardships the Jewish people endured when they were enslaved in Egypt and rejoice at their freedom, we can also acknowledge that, on a much lesser scale, we students have just been released from the shackles of our studies. You see, university courses and extra-curricular activities can be more than just time consuming. They can take over your entire life leaving practically no time for anything else, including the Jewish community. In other words, when you haven’t slept all week, you’re less likely to join Rabbi Chaim Boyarsky for a Shabbat dinner at the Chabad House; attend the Purim kegger Hillel and the Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, are throwing; or make it out to see a Jewish speaker who’s coming to campus. And that’s in a good week, when you don’t have several other conflicting commitments. I’ll admit that, at this point in the school year, my eyes glaze over when I skim a list of events on Facebook, and I’m now only capable of half listening when people suggest I partake in certain activities. It’s the standard college experience: we spread ourselves thin, and burn ourselves out. But, in the process, have we neglected our Judaism? It took the Passover season to make me realize that yes, I have.

On the first night, a new school friend asked if I’d be at Rabbi Chaim’s that Friday evening. She’d gone to her first Shabbat dinner there the week before and I doubt she even knew to expect a Passover seder this time around. She is Jewish, but wasn’t raised in a Jewish home and has little knowledge of the religion. The spark in her eyes when she told me she was beginning to explore her Judaism – her excitement and fascination – was captivating. Her tone said, “Don’t you see how awesome this is? How could you not come?” I guess, as veterans of the Jewish community, we start to take our opportunities for involvement for granted. I hadn’t been to Shabbat at the Boyarskys’, who run the Chabad Student Network, all year I was going to Montreal for the seders to see my family, but I hadn’t done anything on campus to honour the holiday – and it wasn’t the first holiday I’d ignored this year. And, while I know that’s not a crime, Hillel Ottawa President Alex Izso brought up an interesting point at the Hillel and Israel Awareness Committee (IAC) year-end recognition dinner. After several years of involvement with Hillel, Izso said there was a moment when she wanted to take a break and just be a “normal student.” But then, she said, she realized she couldn’t do that, because she isn’t a normal student. As Jews, none of us are. It’s our responsibility to stand up, defend and represent our community properly. If we don’t, the stereotypes get free reign. Reflecting on the year that passed, Hillel updated and improved its website, and the Hillel Holler newsletter. While minor, these are significant aspects of how the Jewish community is portrayed – to Jews and to non-Jews – on campus. IAC was successful in keeping the Carleton Undergraduate Students’ Association (CUSA) neutral. A referendum question proposed by Students Against

Campus Life Ilana Belfer Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) asked students to vote on whether CUSA should support divestment, specifically targeting companies they claim are involved in Israeli occupation. When IAC member and CUSA councillor Yaelle Gang amended the question at council so it asked if students wanted a binding socially responsible investment policy without singling out Israel, SAIA pulled the question altogether, saying it was stripped of its spirit. In the CUSA election for next year, Hillel advocated for the A Better Carleton slate, which put forward a neutral platform as opposed to a divestment-heavy one, and they swept all of the executive positions. Plus, Hillel and the IAC’s own Zane Colt was elected undergraduate student representative to Carleton’s Board of Governors. But it wasn’t all success. SAIA’s original divestment question made it to the Graduate Students’ Association plebiscite and passed. The kicker: Only 300 of 3,000 graduate students voted. Another kicker: State-owned Iranian television station, Press TV, picked up the story. But, for better or worse, Jews have had a presence on campus this year, and that’s all we can really ask for: the voice we never had in the times we were oppressed and enslaved. Has using your Jewish voice dropped to the bottom of a long list of priorities? There’s always next year

Speaking euphemistically, what if we called someone an I-word? I was sitting minding my own business when I suddenly felt a sharp stabbing pain in my elbow and became acutely aware that a funny bone is neither a bone nor funny. This led me to further reflect that changing the name of something does not change its nature, even though, socially, we humans seem to think it does. If someone were to actually call another person ‘N-word,’ would anyone not know what that meant? Would it soften the blow? “Wassup, mah N-word?” What if, from now on, it became forbidden to call someone an ‘idiot’? Instead, we would only be allowed to call someone an ‘I-word,’ which would be understood to mean exactly the same thing as ‘idiot.’ This course of action has the added attraction that it opens up new possibilities for meaning when one buys an iPhone or an iPad, the exact opposite of a smart phone or a smart pad. Oops! Quick, change the marketing plan! There are all kinds of substitute words or euphemisms: Crud! Good gosh almighty! Cripes! Shucks! Frak! Nor is this a minor phenomenon. Politicians of all stripes are masters of circumlocution to avoid using unacceptable or negative words. Remember when ‘pro-life’ meant anti-abor-

Humour me, please Rubin Friedman tion and ‘pro-choice’ meant favouring abortion on demand? Nowadays, we ‘explore for energy’ although we used to drill for oil. And, no doubt, we feel much more secure since the police have started doing ‘electronic intercepts’ rather than wiretapping. It’s amazing what a change of term may seem to accomplish even though nothing has really changed. If you ask someone in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement against Israel, they might tell you they do not want to destroy Israel. They just want to replace it with an Arab state with the same name! Indeed, the word ‘anti-Semitism’ was once a better sounding euphemism for Jew-hatred. Supporters of anti-

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Semitism would explain their opposition to Jews was based on a scientific analysis of culture. In those days, it was possible to say, “I am not for Jew-hatred, but I am proud to say I support anti-Semitism.” Sadly, Hitler and the Holocaust made anti-Semitism into such a bad word that almost everyone will now deny supporting it. On the other hand, it has become possible to say, “I am not for anti-Semitism, but I support anti-Zionism,” which, while having the potential to mean something purely political, is often used as a euphemism for opposition to Jews. Hence, when Stalin and the Soviets railed against Zionists and their nefarious plots, somehow all the Eastern European communist parties knew what they meant and started to remove Jewish communists from power! If anti-Zionism ever became unacceptable as a term, another expression would surely rise to convey a similar notion. Once, a group demonstrating in front of the Israeli Embassy yelled out in Arabic, “Death to the Jews!” The Ottawa police informed the organizers this was hate speech and against the law because it promoted hatred against a group. The next day, the group changed their chant to “Death to Israel!” in English. This was OK because it targeted a state and not “an identifiable group.” While our hate laws did not eliminate hatred, they did help those who feeling hatred to better express themselves! We should all remember that what used to be called ‘cool’ is now often called ‘hot.’ This is a cautionary tale for those who put all their eggs in the political correctness basket. Even if you go to great lengths to avoid terms that have had negative connotations in the past, you just might end up saying what others wish to understand.

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‘The amber elixir of life’ If I go to Canadian Blood Services this week to donate a pint, it’s highly likely my veins will be flowing with a viscous amber liquid, rather than the usual red stuff! The amount of maple syrup I have consumed in the past few weeks is shocking. I have been craving it like crazy. I have it in my oatmeal in the morning. It gets drizzled on my fruit and yogurt at lunch and at night I slather it on squash, boneless chicken thighs and salmon. I make salad dressing

Maple and Cayenne Glazed Chicken Serves 4 Created by Anne Burrell 2 (3-pound) chickens, wing tips, spine and breast plate removed, cut in half Extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt 1 cup real maple syrup 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper Preheat the oven to 400 F. Make a small hole in the extra skin on the legs and poke the end of the drumstick through to form a perfect package. Toss the chicken generously with olive oil and salt, to taste. Arrange the chicken on a sheet tray or baking dish lined with parchment paper. Roast the chicken until it is about 3/4 of the way done, about 20 to 25 minutes. The skin should start to brown and crisp. While the chicken is roasting, combine the maple syrup and cayenne in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the syrup is reduced by about 1/2 to 3/4 or until it is very thick and syrupy. After the chicken has roasted for 20 to 25 minutes, brush each piece generously with the reduced syrup. Continue to roast for another 10 to 12 minutes, brushing the skin with the syrup 1 or 2 more times while cooking. The skin should start to become very dark and sticky. If the skin starts to get too dark, cover it loosely with aluminum foil. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and let rest about 10 minutes before serving.

with it and even have taken to having a shot of it in my tea before bed. Maple syrup, the real stuff, is quite high in manganese and zinc, so perhaps my cravings are my body’s way of letting me know I have a deficiency of these nutrients. When I mentioned this to my doctor, she laughed and said it was highly unlikely. Still, I wonder. While all of you were giddy with excitement during that warm spell we had in mid-March, I was suffering from a moderate panic/anxiety attack. An early spring can wreak havoc on the maple syrup yield. Sure enough, when I checked the 2012 Preliminary Maple Syrup Crop Report – yes, there is such a document – signs were pointing to a smaller crop than usual this year (70 per cent) and an expected price increase of about five to seven per cent. The last bottle from my 2011 cache was used to produce 12 dozen maple walnut macarons for our family seders. Maple syrup buttercream sandwiched between delicate little cookies made with ground walnuts, egg whites and

Acorn Squash with Sweet Maple glaze This recipe comes from Serves 4 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons light brown sugar 2 tablespoons real maple syrup 2 small acorn squash (1 pound each), cut in half, seeds removed Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Preheat the oven to 425 F. Mix the olive oil, brown sugar and maple syrup together in a small bowl. Put the acorn squash, cut side up, in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush the glaze on the flesh of the squash and season with salt, and pepper, to taste. Put the squash in the oven and roast it until tender and golden brown, about 40 to 45 minutes. Remove the squash from the oven and transfer it to a serving dish. Top with butter and serve.

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Made with Love Cindy Feingold sugar. I will share the recipe with you in next year’s Passover column. Here are a few of my current favourite ways of enjoying the amber elixir of life!

Apple, Dried Cherry and Pecan Salad with Maple Dressing This recipe comes from the September 2002 issue of Bon Appétit magazine. 1/4 cup mayonnaise (light is fine) 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar (or other white wine vinegar) 2 teaspoons sugar 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 10-ounce bag of mixed salad greens 2 Granny Smith apples, cored, cut into matchstick size strips 1/2 cup dried sour cherries 1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans For the dressing, whisk together the mayo, maple syrup, vinegar and sugar in a bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil until mixture thickens slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Dressing can be prepared three days ahead and refrigerated. Rewhisk before using. For salad, toss greens, apples, cherries and 1/4 cup pecans in a bowl. Toss with about 4 tablespoons dressing. Divide among salad plates and sprinkle with remaining pecans.

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WHAT’S GOING ON April 23 to May 6, 2012 WEEKLY EVENTS MONDAYS Motorin Munchkins for children 5 and under, sponsored by the Family Life Centre. Children must be accompanied by an adult, 9:00 am to noon. Info: 613-7989818, ext. 294. TUESDAYS Mommy and Me Playgroup for babies and toddlers up to 3 years of age, Rambam Day School, 31 Nadolny Sachs Private, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Info: 613806-7700.


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Israeli Folk Dancing, no partner necessary, Ottawa Jewish Community School, 31 Nadolny Sachs Private, 7:00 pm. Info: WEDNESDAYS Playgroup for babies and toddlers, sponsored by the Family Life Centre. Children must be accompanied by an adult, 9:00 to 11:30 am. Info: 613-798-9818, ext. 294. FRIDAYS Shabbat Shalom for children 5 and under, sponsored by the Family Life Centre. Children must be accompanied by an adult, 9:30 to 11:00 am. Info: 613-798-9818, ext. 294. MONDAY, APRIL 23 National Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony, organized by the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem, Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, 3:30 pm. Bus transportation from SJCC avail-

able at 2:45. To reserve a seat on bus: 613-798-4696, ext. 253. Event RSVP and info: 416-7851333. Shalom Ottawa community television program on Roger 22. 6:00 pm. (Repeats April 25 at 6:30 pm.) Standing Together - Stopping Persecution of Christians hosted by Rabbi Reuven Bulka, Machzikei Hadas, 2310 Virginia Drive, 7:00 pm. Info: 613-5219700. TUESDAY, APRIL 24 Yom Hazikaron Ceremony to honour Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism including a screening of “A Hero in Heaven,” 7:00 pm. Info: 613-798-9818, ext. 243. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 Boomers and Beyond Lunch Program, sponsored by Jewish Family Services and Congregation Beit Tikvah. Topic: “Dental Health

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for Older Adults,” 15 Chartwell Avenue, 12:00 pm. Info: 613-7231800. THURSDAY, APRIL 26 Flag Raising Ceremony for Israel’s 64th Independence Day, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, Vered Israel Cultural and Educational Program and the SJCC. Ottawa City Hall, Marion Dewar Square, 110 Laurier Avenue, 11:30 am. Info: 613798-9818, ext. 243. Yom Ha’Atzmaut, celebrating Israel’s 64th Independence Day. View the premiere of Israel Inside: How a small nation makes a big difference. Entertainment for all ages and Israeli buffet for purchase, CE Centre, Hall 1, 4899 Uplands Drive, 5:00 pm. Info: 613-798-9818, ext. 243.

Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, by Eric Larson, Agudath Israel Congregation, 1400 Coldrey Avenue, 7:30 pm. Info: 613-829-2455. WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 Jewish Federation of Ottawa Members’ Meeting for representatives of member agencies. Entire community is invited, 7:00 pm. Info: 613-7984696, ext. 236. Special Evening with Professor Irwin Cotler, MP: the TOV Committee of Agudath

Israel Congregation invites the community to hear Mr. Cotler on Social Action: If Not Now ... When? (Hillel), 1400 Coldrey Avenue, 7:00 pm. Info & RSVP: 613-728-3501. SUNDAY, MAY 6 Screening of Reuven Shiloah: The Mossad’s First, documentary about Reuven Shiloah’s seminal role in the creation of the Mossad, including introduction by and discussion with his son Dov, 7:00 pm. Info: 613-798-9818, ext. 243.

COMING SOON TUESDAY, MAY 15 JET’s 8th Annual Jewish Unity Live Gala, featuring guest speaker Kivi Bernhard, and musical entertainment by Sam Glaser. National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, 7:00 pm. Info: 613-798-9818, ext. 247.

TUESDAY, MAY 1 Malca Pass Book Discussion Group: Dr. Sid Kardash will review Garden of the Beasts:

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Condolences Condolences are extended to the families of: Dr. Eva Deri Doris Leibovitch (née Herscovitz) Leonard David Zacharoff

May their memory be a blessing always.

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