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By Alex Baker For Mitch Miller, not having enough race bibs for everyone at the 2012 Walkathon – the Am Echad/One People Walk/Run in support of Jewish education in Ottawa – was a good thing. “There were so many people, we actually ran out of race bibs,” said Miller, one of the June 10 event’s three co-chairs, with a grin. “This was a huge success.” Miller praised the innovation and changes made by the event organizers over the past two years. These included shorter, one and three km routes, an emphasis on the race aspect of the event and a more specific goal for fundraising. Each participant chose a particular Jewish day school, supplementary school or preschool as the beneficiary

of his or her fundraising efforts. “For many children and families, this was the first time they had a real race experience, with a bib with their name on it, and keeping their times and everything,” he said of the event. As opposed to the larger Walkathon events of years past, which wound about 10 km through the city, this year’s course was a small loop around the Broadview Avenue area and Jewish Community Campus. This, said Miller, was by design. “Because of the length of the route, everyone is in one big group. It’s one community group all running or walking together. It’s about participating and being there as a community.” Indeed, from that perspective, the Am

Echad walk/run was a great success. Popular radio personality Stuntman Stu Schwartz led a round of stretching and, at the sound of the starter’s pistol, hundreds of youthful, smiling, sweating faces ran down the blocked-off streets. After collecting a shiny gold medal and a bottle of water at the finish line, a bountiful banquet of food awaited the participants inside the Ottawa Jewish Community School gym, while classic rock blared and kids had their faces painted outside. With approximately 650 people participating in the race – despite the muggy climate and early Sunday hour – Miller pronounced the event both a social and financial success. “One of the biggest changes we’ve made

over past years is that every dollar raised now goes to their [the fundraiser’s] school of choice,” he said. “Every dollar raised goes to the school you want it to go to.” Although hesitant to disclose the exact amount raised by the event, Miller did say funds raised by pre-registrations alone covered the cost of the Walkathon. With this new winning formula, and the help of cochairs Cindy Ross and Julie Smith, he hopes to build on this accomplishment. “We plan to increase the numbers even further next year by encouraging the schools to reach out to their alumni,” Miller said. “The last two years have seen the largest [Walkathon] turnouts of the past decade, but we want to get bigger and better.”

Enthusiastic runners are off in a flash at the start of the Am Echad/One People Walk/Run in support of Jewish education in Ottawa, June 10.

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Volunteers recognized at Federation AGM By Alex Baker With a smile, Jewish Federation of Ottawa Chair Debbie Halton-Weiss decided to skip the part of her speech about Dragon Boat Israel (DBI) at the Federation’s annual general meeting, June 6, at the Joseph and Rose Ages Family Building. But others, including Israeli Ambassador Miriam Ziv, did mention DBI, which began as a Federation initiative spearheaded by Halton-Weiss. Ziv praised the incredible success of Israel’s first annual dragon boat festival, and then Ottawa’s Jewish institutions in general. “I am very happy to say that we at the Israeli Embassy, we are here, we have our children in your schools and we want to be part of your community,” said Ziv, who’s term as ambassador has been extended for another year. In her speech, Halton-Weiss

talked about embracing past success and building on it for the future of the community. “We, as a community, need to find ways to embrace our history, build on foundations laid by past leadership and engage those who have the background, experience and willingness to participate,” she said. “It is not always an easy balance to strike, embracing the future while acknowledging the past. We need to continue to find innovative ways to be inclusive and accessible so that our community continues to grow and thrive.” Federation President and CEO Mitchell Bellman offered measured, thoughtful remarks intended to set the tone for the coming year. Despite Ottawa’s growing Jewish population, active donors and strong institutions, “we struggle with keeping Jewish life alive in

Issie Scarowsky (right) receives the Shem Tov Community Volunteer Award from Ottawa Citizen Publisher Gerry Nott. (Photo: Peter Waiser)

Federation Chair Debbie HaltonWeiss speaks at the Federation AGM, June 6. (Photo: Peter Waiser)

our city, with maintaining our traditional institutions and keeping them relevant. Our community’s biggest enemies are apathy and indifference,” said Bellman. Where once Jewish leaders were concerned with Jews for Jesus, today “a far bigger threat is Jews for nothing.” He spoke about the Federation’s goal of creating passion for Jewish life among the youth of the community and “giving future generations the grounding they need to remain committed.” The building and passion that Halton-Weiss and Bellman spoke about is embodied in the community’s volunteers, and Donna Dolansky, past-chair of the Federation, presided over the presentation of awards recognizing two of the community’s leading volunteers. Sharon Reichstein received the Freiman Family Young Leadership Award and Issie Scarowsky received the Shem Tov Community Volunteer Award. Both were effusive in their praise for the community and for the institutions that gave them opportunities to volun-

Sharon Reichstein (right) receives the Freiman Family Young Leadership Award from Margo Roston, representing the Freiman family. (Photo: Peter Waiser)

teer. Both were also vocal in their calls for others to take up volunteerism. “I came into contact with so many amazing people because of my volunteer activities, and this award is as much about them as me,” Scarowsky said. “I would like to share this recognition with all of them.” The Shem Tov Community Volunteer Award recognizes an outstanding volunteer who, over many years of service, has contributed to the enrichment of Jewish life in Ottawa. Reichstein described the internal debate when faced with the decision to move to Ottawa or stay in Toronto, and praised the small, intimate style of the Jewish community here. “So many people have stopped

me on the street to congratulate me and thank me,” she said of being named recipient of Freiman Family Young Leadership Award, which recognizes a volunteer under age 40 who has rendered exceptional service to the community. “I felt famous these past few months, and I never would have gotten that feeling in a larger community.” Reichstein, as recipient of the Freiman Family Young Leadership Award, also received the Lawrence Greenberg Young Leadership Development Award, which allows the recipient to attend the General Assembly (GA) of United Jewish Communities, at which young leaders from across North America are honoured. This year’s GA will be held November 11 to 13 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Road hockey tournament to support initiatives for young adults By Alex Baker Break out your jerseys and put some fresh tape on your sticks, because the first annual openOttawa Road Hockey Tournament is coming up. On Sunday, August 19, an estimated 20 teams, comprising Ottawans of all ages and backgrounds, will gather at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre for a day of sport, music, food and drinks in what is sure to be a competitive, festive atmosphere.

Proceeds from the road hockey tournament will support future events for the emerging generation of Ottawa’s young, Jewish adults. “This is a great way to get people together in the summer, because most of our events in the community tend to be in the fall and winter,” said Jason Friedman, one of the tournament’s three cochairs and an avid hockey fan. Co-chair Ryan Goldberg stressed the uniqueness of the

hockey tournament in the community. “This will, hopefully, bring a lot of people out who don’t come to events too often,” Goldberg said. “We’re looking for a wide range of people because everyone likes hockey and we think this will bring in a good variety of participants. Hopefully, we’ll get some good weather and be able to do this for years to come.” There will be much more than road hockey going on. The

Soloway JCC outdoor pool will be open all day and there will be games on the baseball diamond and basketball courts, as well as a DJ for music, a kosher barbecue, prizes for the winning teams and more. Teams are being encouraged to create their own uniforms to stand out from others. “It’s going to be a very festive day and we encourage family and friends to come out and cheer on the teams. The more people who come out, the better it will be,”

said Samantha Banks, the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s director of Initiatives for the Emerging Generation. Registration for the five-onfive road hockey tournament is $25 and closes August 10. Teams must have a minimum of one female player and must provide their own goalie equipment. For more information or to register your team, visit jewishottawa.com or call Sam Banks at 613-7245930.


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In Memoriam

Remembering Erwin Koranyi 1924 - 2012 By Myrna and Norman Barwin Erwin Koranyi, born in Budapest, Hungary, on February 21, 1924, lived a long and remarkable life, one that was woven through with a history of pain, courage, renewal, hope, curiosity, family and love. His was a life devoted to healing, and to honouring and remembering the stories that mustn’t be forgotten. Erwin died on June 11 at the age of 88. It was little more than two weeks after the launch of his second book, Echo of Edith, an event which made him very

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who perished during the war. Erwin felt it was important there be a marker for all of them. Now, he and Edie are buried surrounded by the names of their families. When Erwin was a little boy, he would write his name as Erwin Koranyi, MD. Becoming a doctor – and later, a psychiatrist – was vitally important to Erwin. Due to the immense obstacles he faced during to the war, he had to qualify three times. This is a testament to his compassion, and to his dedication and commitment to helping people. Erwin became chief of the Psychiatric Outpatient Unit at the Ottawa General Hospital, then was director of education and head of the neuropsychiatric unit at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. He had an international reputation as a psychiatrist and was recognized as a teacher

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Erwin Koranyi will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Editor’s note: Jane and Martin Gordon contributed to this article.

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CIJA marks first year as consolidated advocacy organization The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) has just marked an important milestone – our first anniversary as the consolidated advocacy arm of the organized Jewish community. The 18-month restructuring process that resulted in the creation of the Centre was designed to leverage the achievements of the predecessor organizations, including the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Canada-Israel Committee, and more effectively advance the community’s advocacy agenda within the context of the current political landscape. As well, the aim was to ensure maximum transparency and accountability and a more explicit connection to the federation community that supports the work of the Centre. One year in, we can draw some preliminary conclusions about the reorganization and some of the concerns that were expressed by various stakeholders during that process. Working primarily through federations across the country – including the Jewish Federation of Ottawa – the Centre has set up a Canada-wide system of LPCs (Local Partner Councils), which are responsible for translating and implementing CIJA’s

Federation Report Shimon Koffler Fogel CIJA strategic objectives at the local level. In addition, the LPCs take the lead on advocacy issues, which are local in nature and receive the support and assistance of the CIJA system, including professional staff and resources to address those concerns when they arise. In this regard, the Centre has benefited enormously from the support and cooperation of communities throughout the country and, today, the system is operational from coast to coast. One of the concerns expressed by some members of the community during the reorganization process was that elements of the traditional Jewish social justice and human rights agenda would be relegated to the margins in favour of a primary – if not exclusive – focus on Israel-related issues. There is no doubt that pro-Israel

advocacy will always be a central component of our agenda and reflects the priority the majority of the Jewish community assigns to the issue. However, with the benefit of our experience over the past 12 months, we can confirm that social services, education, health care, immigration and criminal code legislation and policy have occupied important places on the CIJA ordre de jour. We have hosted conferences and seminars on subjects like the proposed changes to the Canadian Human Rights Act, Bills C-10 (Criminal Code) and C-31 (Immigration); held broad consultations with community stakeholders regarding legislation affecting refugee claimants, including Jewish Family Services of Ottawa; introduced a series of webinars on topical issues – accessing leading experts to inform the community on various and often competing perspectives related to such controversial subjects as the settlement issue, religious pluralism and the like. The Centre sought to re-establish strong and productive links with various ethnic groups and interfaith dialogue platforms, and many important collaborative efforts and partnerships are emerging

that will help us advance our strategic objectives with the benefit of broader support beyond our own community. What is certain is that the challenges confronting us over the coming period will demand our best, most focused and effective efforts, if we are to advance our community interests and repel those driven to do us – the Jewish people and the Jewish state – harm. Ottawa’s Jewish community claims a special place in the advocacy system. As the epicentre of political life, the opportunities to access, engage and affect the political sector are unparalleled. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs has been a huge beneficiary of the advice, support and assistance of so many within the community, and the ongoing and close relationship with the Jewish Federation of Ottawa has brought substantial added value to the work we undertake on behalf of the organized Jewish community. For those wanting to become directly involved in the advocacy effort or for more information on our programs and services, we encourage you to contact the Federation or visit our website at cija.ca.

A lesson in soccer from the Lubavitcher Rebbe Although I spent many years studying and living in the United States and have now lived in Canada for 17 years, my European background is still very much a part of me. That’s right, you can take the boy out of Europe, but you can’t take Europe out of the boy. I write this column with Europe on my mind. No, I am not writing about the economy, but about the sport I followed while growing up in Paris, France. As the world watched the final match in the Euro Cup 2012 three weeks ago, I was reminded how soccer was very much part of my childhood. We actually called it ‘football,’ a more fitting name for a sport where you are supposed to use your feet to kick the ball. With Spain having celebrated its Euro Cup 2012 victory, here is a deeper look at the sport of soccer as I heard it from my beloved teacher, the Lubavitcher Rebbe. The objective of the game is to move the round ball into a ‘goal’ or ‘gate.’ The ball can be moved primarily with the player’s feet. Sounds simple? Well, not really, because the players on the opposing team are doing everything they can to prevent you from scoring. As in many sports, it is precisely the challenge and adversity athletes face that bring out their full potential, power and skill. The ball, explained the Rebbe, symbolizes Earth, which is a sphere. The objective of our existence on Earth is to move this ball into the Shaar Hamelech, the gate of

From the pulpit Rabbi Menachem Blum OTC Chabad the King (God). Our mission in this world is to refine and elevate this world and make it a Godly place. We do so through our study of Torah and fulfilment of mitzvot, which reveal the underlying Godly oneness that exists throughout creation. This is the meaning of tikkun olam (repairing the world), to move the world toward the goal of its creation. Hence, we are all soccer players, even if you didn’t grow up in Europe. The challenge we all face is that it’s not that easy to live a life that is totally permeated with that mission. Just as in soccer, there is an opposing team trying to prevent us from scoring. This opposing team may be internal, such as our own inhibitions, habits or character traits. We are also opposed by the environment and the society we live in, which sometimes prevents us from moving the world towards the Godly gate. We need to remember, said the Rebbe, it is specifically the challenge the athlete faces that will bring out the best in him and, so too, for all of us in our cosmic soccer game. The key factors that ensure the ball gets

into the net are the speed of the player and the kick of the foot into the ball. In our cosmic game, this symbolizes action. As human beings, we are endowed with many faculties from head to foot. We have minds to think and philosophize, as well as hearts to feel and develop emotions. But Judaism teaches the most important faculty is the feet, which represent our capacity for action, to be a foot soldier. Although action may be looked at as the lowest of our faculties, it is precisely the physical action of the mitzvot that has the greatest effect upon our

world and drives it to its goal. Judaism has always been focused on action, on kicking the ball with our feet. As the excitement of Euro Cup 2012 subsides, let’s resolve to become better soccer players in our cosmic game. Let’s make sure we keep moving with speed, doing one mitzvah and then another, and contribute ultimately to bringing the world to its goal, as stated in the famous prayer “Aleinu”: “Letaken Olam Bemaluchut Sha-dai – to rectify the world and bring it under the sovereignty of God.”

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United Church meeting in Ottawa may be dominated by Israeli-Palestinian conflict The 41st General Council of the United Church of Canada will be held at Carleton University in Ottawa from August 11 to 18 and virtually all of the advance attention has focussed on a United Church working group’s report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which – not surprisingly – lays almost all responsibility for the situation at Israel’s feet and calls for boycott of goods produced by Israeli settlements in the West Bank and some measure of divestment from Israel. The report questions the validity of Israel as a Jewish state and even finds moral equivalency between the current situations of the Palestinians with the plight of the Jews of Europe during the Holocaust: The deepest meaning of the Holocaust was the denial of human dignity to Jews. ‘Never again’ is a call that must continue to echo throughout the world. The implication of this call is not that Israel will be free from accountability for unjust policies, but rather that there will be no question or doubt that Israel and Jewish people throughout the world are deeply respected. The working group is also aware that the occupation has meant a loss of dignity for Palestinian people. This loss of dignity is evidenced not just by the occupation but also in the denial of the legitimacy of the Palestinian experience. This is accentuated by the view that any form of Palestinian resistance, even non-

Editor Michael Regenstreif violent resistance, is unacceptable. Palestinians must be afforded dignity and respect for the struggles they face. As the Centre for Israel and Jewish Af fairs noted in a response to the report, “the ‘deepest meaning’ of the Shoah (Holocaust) was the industrialized mass murder of six million Jewish men, women and children whose only crime was that they were Jewish,” and that such “moral equivalence is deeply offensive to Jewish Canadians and individuals of conscience from all backgrounds.” While the report has enjoyed the expected support of the anti-Zionist left, including Independent Jewish Voices, it remains to be seen how widespread its support is among United Church members. An Ottawa-area minister, Reverend Andrew Love of Grace St. Andrew’s United Church in Arnprior, has spoken out against the mostly one-sided report and has organized a United Church petition calling for its rejection at the General Council. Reverend Love, instead,

calls for support for those on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide who are actively working for peace. Late last month, a group of nine Canadian senators – five Conservatives and four Liberals – all members of the United Church, published a letter condemning the report, which “does not mention a single expectation of the Palestinians in its recommendations. To put it bluntly, the Church cannot maintain credibility in criticizing Israeli policies (such as settlements and the security barrier) while relieving the Palestinian leadership of its own duty to advance peace.” It will be interesting to see which path the United Church will choose to take at its General Council. Thank you Laurie Dougherty As editor of the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin, I rely on the collaboration of many people and one of my most important collaborators is the archivist of the Ottawa Jewish Archives. Almost everything that appears in the Bulletin pertaining to the history of Ottawa’s Jewish community is done with the help of the archivist. For the past three-and-a-half-years, the archivist has been Laurie Dougherty. Laurie also spent 18 months as assistant archivist before that. As we were finishing production of this edition, we bade farewell to

Laurie who left the Ottawa Jewish Archives on July 12 to become archivist for the town of Arnprior, where she lives. Laurie has been a great person to work with – particularly on big projects like the 2009 supplement celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa or the year-long page 5 reprint features we’ve been doing throughout 2012 to mark the 75th year of the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin (with a special supplement to come with our Chanukah community-wide issue on November 26). There have also been many occasions when I’ve called on Laurie to find or verify all kinds of information. For example, I wanted to add the late Erwin Koranyi’s date of birth to the remembrance of him, which appears on page 4 of this issue. When an Internet search only turned up the year, I dialled Laurie’s extension and she was able to quickly find the exact date in the Archives files. As well, the From the Archives photos Laurie regularly submitted to the Bulletin and the feature articles she wrote about Archives projects and displays have been greatly appreciated. See Laurie’s article about the Archives’ current display on page 13 of this issue. Thanks for everything, Laurie! All the best in your new job. We’re going to miss you.

The professor who changed my life If 42 years is considered a long time, then I have a story to tell that goes back a long way. For all those who say Ottawa is a small town, and Ottawa’s Jewish community is even smaller, think again! In 1970, I was in my first year at Carleton University taking a course in Quebec politics. I remember the class was in the Loeb Building. It was a small class of about 20 students. We sat around a rectangular table. I even remember the first lecture. It was about Pierre Trudeau’s past life as a social activist during the asbestos strike in Thetford Mines in 1949. The professor had a beard and smoked a pipe. He wore cardigan sweaters with patches on the elbows. Now why would I remember such detail four decades later? I remember because that class and Professor David Kwavnick changed and gave direction to my life. I became enthralled with Quebec politics. I read everything I could find. I did my honours thesis in journalism on Quebec politics. When I first became a reporter, I dreamed about becoming a political reporter with an expertise on Quebec and constitutional issues.

Jason Moscovitz To me, David Kwavnick was a great professor because he engaged me in something that became a life’s work and passion. I guess everyone can look back on a career and say someone was their great positive force. It is a wonderful bond to share with someone, even if it takes 42 years to share it. I never saw David Kwavnick again after that course in 1970. I never heard about him from other people, either in government circles or in the Jewish community. I recall a vague notion that he advised the federal government on Quebec matters, but he was not one of those academics with a public profile sought by media. When I served on the Hillel Lodge board, I met Esther Kwavnick, a fellow board member. Before one of the board

meetings, I asked her if she knew a Professor Kwavnick. “Yes, of course,” she said, “he is my husband.” “He was my teacher,” I said. “One I will never forget.” After the board meeting, Esther asked for a ride home. When we got there, she asked if I would come in to say hello to David. It was our first meeting in more than 40 years and consisted of a handshake and a brief conversation in the foyer. A few weeks later, I got an email from the professor. He told me he was preparing some of his documents for Archives Canada and perhaps I would like to have a look at them. Of course, I said, “Yes!” Lined-up, standing in a cardboard box were file folders with a lot of his life work on constitutional matters, articles, strategy and position papers he had written for the government. Talking to him made me realize why he and I never met outside of the classroom. The term ‘politically incorrect’ didn’t exist then, but David Kwavnick would proudly say he was very politically incorrect on the sub-

ject of Canada/Quebec. He is a hardliner, one of the hardest. He takes pleasure in saying Pierre Trudeau bought into many of his hard line views. He is delighted in saying he had a significant advisory role in bringing down the Meech Lake Accord in 1990. He pretends to laugh about the book that wasn’t – the book he started to write on his constitutional views that publishers wouldn’t publish. He shows the unfinished manuscript and letters dating from the 1970s with publishers telling him that such a book would be too divisive. The professor and the student, finding each other 42 years later, speak to each other about a passion they now both share in retirement. As I was leaving his house, I asked Professor Kwavnick how old he would have been in 1970. “Thirty years old,” he said. Back then, when I was 19, I thought he must have been at least 50. It might have been the elbow patches and the significant beard. It might have also had something to do with how smart David Kwavnick was, and still is.


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Walking away from Alice Walker 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. When Eric Maria Remarque, the exiled author of All Quiet on the Western Front, was asked whether he missed Germany, he is reported to have said, “Why should I? I’m not Jewish.” Remarque’s comment was an edgy swipe at those formerly German Jews who never lost their infatuation with the fatherland or its culture. Even after Germany became maniacally genocidal, many German Jews could not help but love it. It’s an oft-repeated Jewish pattern. The Jewish belief in the value of human creative genius often reigns so supreme that we refuse to draw lines in the sand. We resist calling something evil even when there is no other way to describe it. Now we’re seeing it again – not with Germany, but with the United States. It’s reappeared not with Richard Wagner, but with Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of The Color Purple. Walker recently refused to allow her novel to be translated into Hebrew. She explained her reasoning in a letter on her website: “Last fall in South Africa the Russell Tribunal on Palestine met and determined that Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the occupied territories. The testimony we heard, both from Israelis and Palestinians (I was a jurist) was devastating. I grew up under American apartheid and this was far worse. Indeed, many South Africans who attended, including Desmond Tutu, felt the Israeli version of these crimes is worse even than what they suffered under the white supremacist regimes that dominated South Africa for so long.” When a person of Walker’s obvious intelligence utters such drivel, what we have is not a matter of ignorance. It is a matter of hate. Everyone knows the condition of Palestinians in the West Bank is far from ideal. We also know Israel can, and must, do better. But Walker writes as though the Palestinians are identical to the blacks of South Africa; they suffer only because of the colour of their skin (or their ethnicity, in this case), not because of anything they have done. She writes as though Israel is the only obstacle to their “freedom,” as though Israel is, as a matter of policy, committed to perpetuat-

ing their second-class cause was our cause, status without end. and rightly so. But our But no reasonable cause, sadly, is not reading of the Middle hers. Our ongoing atEast justifies any such tempt to assure a Jewclaim. ish future by assuring a There is much to vibrant and secure critique about Israeli Jewish state is a cause policy. But the notion Alice Walker utterly that Palestinians are rejects. stateless solely beWalker, who joined cause of Israel, or that a failed flotilla that had they suffer at Israeli planned to sail from hands only because of Greece, who openly Daniel Gordis their ethnicity, is obsupports the BDS viously rubbish. Deep down, Walker (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) must know that. Lest we imagine that movement and who has called Israel “the what Walker really objects to is the oc- greatest terrorist” in the Middle East, cupation, she even makes a point of say- compares Israel to South Africa and to ing that Israel is guilty of apartheid in- the American South because she hopes side the Green Line as well. for the same outcome – she wants Jewish Really? sovereignty to go the way of apartheid, a Again, it is true Israeli Arabs do not rich Jewish future to go the way of the get a fair share of Israel’s social bounty, old American South. She does not want and that must be fixed. But name a single the Jews to have the revitalization that country in which some minorities do not the Jewish state is meant to foster. get the short end of the stick. Is every The real issue, therefore, is not Alice country on the planet therefore guilty of Walker, but us. apartheid? If so, why boycott only IsAnti-Semites come and go. Walker is rael? It can’t be because of Israel’s social not the first, nor will she be the last. policies, which are far better than those There is nothing we can do about that. of many other countries that Walker is But there is something we can do about not boycotting. our own reactions. Can we learn to stop Why just Israel? In apartheid South coddling cultural geniuses, even though Africa, were there blacks on the Supreme we revere their craft and talent, when Court? Justice Salim Joubran, an Arab, they cross certain lines? Can we remind serves on Israel’s highest bench – and he the world that what is truly abhorrent is is not the first to do so. In apartheid not a conflict that Israel does not know South Africa, were there recognized how to end (though again, Israel could black parties in the parliament, legally certainly manage it better), but the tarpressing for their rights? The list could ring of all Israelis and all Jews with one go on, almost endlessly. Anyone who brush, as boycotts such as Walker’s inknows anything about apartheid South variably do? Africa and about Israel knows how utterAnthony Julius, in his magisterily different the two are. al Trials of the Diaspora, a history of Walker also knows. But Walker does- British anti-Semitism, says this about n’t care. Because this is not about Walk- boycotts: “What happens when people er’s concern for the Palestinians; it is are boycotted? The ordinary courtesies about her attitude to the Jews. of life are no longer extended to them … Yet, à la Remarque’s bemused com- The boycott is an act of violence, though ment about Jews – and their abiding in- of a paradoxical kind – one of recoil and fatuation even with cultural icons who exclusion rather than assault … It is a dehate them – there are Jews in the U.S. nial, amongst other things, of the boystill wondering how to bring her around. cotted person’s freedom of expression … What can we say to Alice Walker, they The boycott thus announces a certain ask, to get her to rethink, to understand? moral distaste; it is always self-congratuThough these questions come from a latory.” place of deep goodness, of belief in reaNazi Germany, we should recall, son and decency, they also reflect our in- began with boycotts of Jewish businessability to draw a line in the sand and to es, with the boycotting of Jewish inteldemand that hate speech – which is pre- lectuals and professionals. By and large, cisely what Walker’s letter was – simply German Jews said nothing. Will we be be banned from any circles in which we silent once again? This will be our test: will take part. Will Jews across the spectrum come to We can especially understand those the defence of their people, or will they Jews who do not wish to cut their ties continue to wallow in their fawning over with Alice Walker, of all writers. After cultural icons? all, we sympathize with the plight of We know what Alice Walker is made African Americans, which she evoked so of. Now it’s time to find out what we are brilliantly in The Color Purple. Her made of.


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Chelsea Sauvé receives George Joseph Cooper Scholarship at OJCF Annual General Meeting By Alex Baker “Be who you are and say what you feel,” said Chelsea Sauvé as she accepted the 2012 George Joseph Cooper Scholarship at the annual general meeting of the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation, June 13, at the Joseph and Rose Ages Family Building. Visibly emotional, Sauvé was honoured for her dedication to volunteerism and Jewish activism. The 23year-old Carleton University student recently completed her BA in political science and international relations and will embark on a master’s program at Carleton’s Norman Patterson School of Public Relations in the fall. The Cooper scholarship, valued at $13,201 this year, is awarded annually to an arts and social sciences student who exhibits leadership qualities and academic excellence. “Chelsea has been helping to increase the number of student volunteers on campus and her desire to create a cohesive environment of Jewish life in Ottawa is inspiring,” said Yoni Freedhoff, chair of the Foundation’s scholarship committee. Sauvé has received numerous academic awards and honours and was student president of Hillel Ottawa, the organization for Jewish university students. She has been to Israel, she said, “more times than I can count,” has taught swimming lessons at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre and is a substitute teacher at the Ganon Preschool. “I am truly at my best when I’m able to help the community. It’s my true home and the true essence of my Jewish identity. I’m thankful the things I’ve done have given me the ability to contribute my opinions on community matters,” she said. Sauvé dedicated the scholarship to her friends on campuses across Canada

Scholarship recipient Chelsea Sauvé with Yoni Freedhoff, chair of the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundations’s George Joseph Cooper Scholarship committee, at the Foundation AGM, June 13. (Photo: Peter Waiser)

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By Cantor Shneur M. Bielak I want to express my appreciation for having had the honour of being a part of the Agudath Israel family as cantor for the past nine years. It gives me such naches to have been a part of so many life cycle events, including about 100 bar and bat mitzvahs, dozens of weddings, and too many funerals. I have been privileged to teach so many bar and bat mitzvah children as well as family members who wanted to be a part of the Shabbat service. I’ve met so many warm and pleasant congregants and dedicated volunteers through numerous social events and I’ve felt the community’s appreciation for the concerts I organized. I benefited from the highly educated and interesting membership through teaching classes on learning to read Hebrew, learning to daven and social outreach. Early in my tenure, I was fortunate to work with Rabbi Arnie Fine. He recognized a young man in need of teaching, took me under his wing and taught me so much. I will be forever grateful to Rabbi Fine and Chevy for making me feel so welcome in their home, and inviting me almost every Shabbos until I got married. I was told I was a ben bayit (a son of the home) and feel so privileged to be treated as a part of their family. I consider myself lucky to have developed a good collegial relationship with Rabbi Charlie Popky. We share a love of teaching, a love of music and a love of being Jewish. It has been such a delight to watch Noa and Lizzie grow up before my eyes and become such social butterflies. During a time that is also very difficult for them, both Charlie and Alison continued to give muchneeded personal support to Tracy and me and we are very grateful to them. Ottawa will always be special for me, as it is where I met my bashert, my wife Tracy, who has been such a wonderful source of strength to me, especially during these last difficult months. We always imagined coming to our shul with our future children knowing that her late grandfathers sat in those very pews. My in-laws, Larry and Sheila Hartman, have been steadfast in their support, and I am very grateful to them for it. I am also so very thankful to my parents for having given me such a strong love of Judaism and for the cantorial arts that have been in my family for generations. As an ex-officio member of the board these last few years, I have learned much

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about governance and the operational challenges shuls face. Over the years, I was fortunate to work with and learn from a number of dedicated board members and received guidance and support from a number of past-presidents. There are too many special people in our lives to mention here, but you know who you are and we appreciate the numerous letters and appeals you made to the board. They were not in vain as they have given me the strength to continue to pursue my cantorial calling. With help from Hashem, that vocation will continue to be a reality. I do especially want to thank Larry Tarof, the shul’s music director and my personal friend. Without Larry working at my side, the choir, youth choir, Shabbat summer orchestra and countless musical programs and concerts would not have come to fruition. With my dear friend Jeff Greenberg, Larry helped to create Gratitude, my first CD, so that we could raise tzedakah for the shul. My gratitude to Larry and Jeff is profound. To my protégés, Cody Miller and Jonathan Roytenberg: May Hashem bless you and keep you, may He shine his light upon you and be gracious to you, and may He grant you peace. May you always remember what you’ve learned from our work together and may you always desire to daven at the shtender (podium). To the entire community, please remember that all davening requires is emunah and kavanah – belief in Hashem and praying from the depth of your heart.

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Hulse and OJCS students meet for Day of Cultural Understanding By Alex Baker With volleyballs flying through the air and shouts and laughter ringing off the concrete walls of the gym, Grade 6 students from Charles H. Hulse Public School and the Ottawa Jewish Community School (OJCS) didn’t care if members of the other team were wearing a kippah or a hijab – they were all just trying to win the game. “It’s a simple idea that speaks to a deep truth about wanting to get to know other people,� said Hulse teacher Patrick Mascoe, the driving force behind the Day of Cultural Understanding between Grade 6 students at Hulse, whose student body is predominately Muslim, and their Jewish counterparts at OJCS. The event has taken place annually over the past eight years. The students first interact as pen pals over the course of the school year leading to the event. More than just playing dodge ball and having fun, the event is designed to break down stereotypes and expose kids to the consequences of racism and hate. The day has concluded each year with an address by Holocaust survivor David Shentow, who has been discussing the Holocaust with students for more than a decade. “I talk to schools, reluctantly, because I want everyone to know exactly what ‘hate’ means,� said Shentow, who admitted to thinking 11-

David and Rose Shentow answer questions from Grade 6 students from Charles H. Hulse Public School and the Ottawa Jewish Community School following David’s talk about the Holocaust during the schools’ annual Day of Cultural Understanding. (Photo: Alex Baker)

and 12-year-olds would be too young to understand his message when Mascoe first approached him about speaking to the students. However, through constant reinforcement and a week of Second World War education leading up to the event, Mascoe prepares his class for the sobering message. This year, for example, the class watched the film, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. The effectiveness of the Day of Cultural Understanding was reinforced by the presence of several of Mas-

coe’s former students who returned as volunteers for the event, still moved by their own experiences. Ann Gunaratnam and Sophia Mirzayee, both 18year-old students at Ridgemont High School, said they still keep in touch with their Hillel Academy pen pals six years after their Grade 6 exchanges. They described meeting other young girls and the lasting impression of Shentow’s talk. “It was cool to meet someone from a school halfway across the city. Back then it seemed like another

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Beth Shalom members debate possible amalgamation By Alex Baker Members of Beth Shalom gathered at the synagogue, June 21, for a town hall meeting

on the future of their congregation. Shul President Ian Sherman said the sale of the building was proceeding on track and

UNRWA briefing David Bedein, director of the Center for Near East Policy Research in Jerusalem, speaks, June 17, at Congregation Machzikei Hadas about his research on UNRWA, the United Nations agency responsible for Palestinian refugees. (Photo: Alex Sarna)

discussed the work being done by the joint task force examining whether a merger between Beth Shalom and Agudath Israel was feasible. The discussions, said Sherman, among representatives of the two congregations were “challenging, emotional and, at times, a bit irrational.” The heart of the issue is whether the two Conservative congregations should amalgamate and whether Beth Shalom’s more traditional approach to Jewish ritual can be reconciled with Agudath Israel’s egalitarianism. “We need to decide on a framework for matters of ritual,” Sherman said. “If we can’t, there’s not too much else that needs to be discussed. “I understand where we, as a congregation, are different from others in the community, and I have no intention of selling out. We have a particular soul, a character, warmth and style, and I have no intention of destroying what we have built over the last 50 years.” Sherman said two fundamentals being debated by the task force are the egalitarian model for minyan, in which women are counted among the quorum of 10 Jewish adults, and whether there could or should be two separate Shabbat services, each reflecting the differing approaches of the two congregations. The floor was opened to questions and comments and, despite the best efforts of board member Stephen Bindman, who was acting as moderator, tensions quickly rose. “Women have their place,” one man began, his statement quickly met with hisses and incredulous whispers. “Judaism is like a glass of wine – it’s nicely balanced, but if you add women into it, it gets diluted.” Another man rose and began his comment by paraphrasing Shakespeare. “Friends, countrymen, congregants: I

come to praise women, but to bury egalitarianism! If we allow women to form the minyan, wear tefillin and lead services, we might as well amalgamate with a Reform synagogue.” Despite often unsubtle comments by some of the congregants, a spirit of equality and progressiveness did prevail. Several ideas were floated, including having an exchange program between the synagogues so they can experience each other’s services, and starting an experimental egalitarian minyan at Beth Shalom to see if it would work. However, most of the discussion was philosophic in nature. “I’m pleased that we have embarked on this journey because I want to go along for the ride,” declared one man. “However, as someone within a larger group who already has the rights up for debate, I hesitate to comment – I would leave it up to those it affects most, the women.” At one point, Beth Shalom’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Scott Rosenberg, spoke up. “We have to step back and look at the Jewish world overall. We find people everywhere, in Israel and abroad, experiencing Judaism in new and different ways, models of all kinds being tested.” Although there were few young adults in attendance, several did speak out. “I’ve attended mixed services in Jerusalem and it was remarkable and beautiful,” said Chelsea Sauvé, a member of the Beth Shalom board. “We should keep our eyes open to that and keep an open mind.” The discussion began to wind down when one of the shul’s older congregants rose and declared, “It’s not about what I want. “It’s about what the young people, like those who just spoke up, want, and what the young generation deserves. I urge you all to look to future, not the past.”

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From the Archives

Restored Torah mantle on display at SJCC By Laurie Dougherty Ottawa Jewish Archives There are many treasures in the Ottawa Jewish Archives that tell the stories of the families and congregations that make up Ottawa’s Jewish community. These objects were acquired because they are tangible reminders of Jewish life in times gone by. Perhaps, someday, we’ll be able to display these artifacts properly in a museum or Jewish heritage centre in Ottawa. Until then, the Archives offer temporary exhibits in two small display cases on the second floor of the Soloway Jewish Community Centre. Our new exhibit features a restored white satin Torah mantle dating from 1923. It was donated to the Archives by Congregation Beth Shalom, so it could have been used by either of the older congregations – Adath Jeshurun (King Edward Avenue) or Agudath Achim (Rideau Street) – which merged to form Beth Shalom in 1956. By the time the mantle was donated to the Archives, there was major damage, especially at the top where the silk was split and frayed. The seam around the perimeter was torn and portions of metallic fringe were loose. Martha Segal, an Archives volunteer and a professional conservator,

Torah mantle showing tears and broken fringe before restoration. (Photo: Martha Segal)

spent many hours examining and documenting the condition of the heavily decorated mantle. She prepared a detailed condition report in June 2009, shortly before she passed away. The exhibit is dedicated to her memory. A proposal for treatment was submitted to the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) and work began in July 2010. As noted in the grant application guidelines, “CCI undertakes conservation and restoration treatments of artifacts and works of art to prevent further deterioration, aid interpretation or re-establish significant qualities. Treatment can range from minimal stabilization to extensive restoration or reconstruction.” We were very fortunate to have CCI intern Gretchen Guidess work on the mantle

for more than 200 hours. To facilitate exhibition, she created a customized mount, which can be used for display, storage and transportation. It consists of an Ethafoam block that was carved to support the weight of the mantle and to mimic the shape of the scrolls within. Two mahogany finials were manufactured by CCI to suggest the ends of a Torah scroll. Finally, CCI created a large story board that illustrates the restoration process, which is displayed beside the Torah mantle. The display is further enhanced by an interpretive panel designed by Emily Leonoff while she was working as assistant archivist at the Archives last year.

This Torah mantle, dating from 1923, came from one of Beth Shalom’s predecessor congregations. (Photo: Laurie Dougherty)


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‘Best actor’ is off to New York for elite acting camp By Alex Baker “Certain men just don’t get started till later in life, like Thomas Edison, I think. Or B.F. Goodrich,” said character Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s classic play, Death of a Salesman. But not Itzy Kamil, who played the iconic, downtrodden everyman this past February in the Ottawa Jewish Community School (OJCS) production of the play, a performance that earned him the Cappie award for best actor in an Ottawaregion high school play. About the only time Itzy has been a late bloomer is when he’s played one on stage. The Cappies, or Critics and Awards Program, is a program for high school students who are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews and present awards for the top achievements in various categories – basically, it’s the Capital region’s high school version of Broadway’s Tony Awards. The Cappies award ceremony

Itzy Kamil accepts his Cappie award for best actor in a play for his role as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. (Photo: Howard Sandler)

took place June 10 at the National Arts Centre. “A Cappie! Wow, that’s pretty neat,” said the 16-year-old of his award. “People always come up to me and say, ‘you did a really good job,’ but I didn’t expect this. It’s cool to be recognized by those critics.”

Although Itzy, who will begin Grade 12 at OJCS in September, has been acting in school plays since Grade 8, he is far from a onetrick pony. Asked if he would like to pursue a career in acting, he offers it as an alternative “if baking, biology, chemistry and comedy

don’t work out.” However, this renaissance teen is squarely focused on acting this summer. At the suggestion of drama teacher Cynthia Bates – “I do whatever my lovely director wants me to do” – he tried out for a prestigious acting camp in New

York run by the Open Jar Institute and was invited to an exclusive week-long training camp this month. The camp is situated just blocks from Broadway, and Itzy will be immersed in the culture of acting and being onstage, and will attend several Broadway shows. “I didn’t want to go to the audition, but my drama teacher forced me,” Itzy said modestly. “She put me in my first play and she’ll probably put me in my last play. I owed it to her.” For Itzy, this Broadway sojourn will be just another experience to chalk up. “I’ve always loved making people laugh – stand-up comedy is probably my favourite,” he said. “In stand-up, you have to make up your own stuff, not reading from a book or using someone else’s words. Comedy is a hundred times harder.” If history is any indication, whether acting or telling his own stories, this won’t be the last time Itzy Kamil takes centre stage.

Group of injured Israeli soldiers visit Ottawa By Alex Baker Canadian kids, wounded Israeli soldiers – they all just wanted to play basketball. During a touching meeting between a group of injured veterans of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and young students, June 13, at the Ottawa Jewish Community School, it was clear that many of those men – big kids that they are – wanted nothing more than to forget about their often-tragic stories and share some fun and games. Each year, Beit Halochem Canada brings a group of injured Israeli veterans to Canada for a visit, including a stop in Ottawa. Beit Halochem is a network of six rehabilitation centres in Israel that specialize in helping wounded soldiers reintegrate into society. Their formula has been so successful, it is being copied by the U.S., Canada and other nations for their injured soldiers. “We know Canada is a supporter of Israel and people here really care,” said Orel Kaballo, a captain in the armoured corps who was injured in an explosion during a rescue mission in the Second Lebanon War. “I’m surprised by the love we get; you seem to really understand what’s going on and really care.” What’s going on, to be exact, is a never-ending stream of injured

Israeli veterans, which has seen more than 51,000 injured since 1948, according to Lisa Levy, executive director of Beit Halochem Canada. “We look after the injured during their time in the hospital through the rest of their lives,” she said. “When someone is sick, everyone takes a different amount of time to get better. Some need more specialized treatment. It’s only when an injured soldier is ready to go back to their normal lives that they come to Beit Halochem – but, while they’re in the hospital, our representatives visit and tell them not to worry, that it’s going to get better. “We give them the help they need so they can get better and lead normal lives.” The soldiers who came to Ottawa had varying degrees of injuries, from missing limbs to posttraumatic stress to broken bones and fractures. Some of those soldiers have recovered from their wounds; some never can. “When you see us, we look normal and healthy. It’s hard to tell some of us have lost parts of our bodies,” said Ido Amiri, a major who was wounded in the shoulder and face in 2005 while in officer training school. He has since rejoined the IDF, but credits Beit

On a visit to the Ottawa Jewish Community School, injured Israeli veterans played basketball with the students and shared their experiences of recovering from injuries with the help of Israel’s Beit Halochem rehabilitation centres. (Photo: Alex Baker)

Halochem with giving him the tools to do so. “Beit Halochem is useful and really helped some of us. It’s a place that gives us energy, because we have all been through something and we can talk to each other and give each other great strength,” he said. Ilan Akram, a detective in the military police force, lost his left leg below the knee while investigating a crime scene and has since be-

come a combat shooting instructor. “It’s OK,” he said. Thanks to the help he received at Beit Halochem, “I can still do almost everything.” Nevertheless, the work they do is as much psychological rehabilitation as it is physical. For many of these Israelis, their tour of Canada is part of their recovery. But not all, according to group leader Barak Levy, whose left hand was separated and reattached following a bat-

tle in Gaza. “I came just for the basketball game,” he joked. After hearing stories from some of the injured soldiers, students and their visitors did play basketball together. While in Ottawa, the veterans toured the city and were hosted for dinner by David Smith at his home. Visit beithalochem.ca for more information about Beit Halochem Canada.


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Guest Column

Year-end report: A wonderful year at OJCS By Sheldon Friedman, Principal Ottawa Jewish Community School It’s been a wonderful year and I have enjoyed getting to know the talented teachers, supportive families and dedicated students at the Ottawa Jewish Community School (OJCS). We have made many improvements to our school and solidified OJCS as a true allday-kindergarten (ADK) to Grade 12 institution. Under the new OJCS umbrella, we have strengthened our academic and Jewish traditions while enhancing our connection to, and support of, Israel. Our students have embraced our school’s new mission statement with its core focus of “Respect, Responsibility, and Reaching for Excellence.” This pursuit begins in ADK and continues through high school. Our new logo pays tribute to Hillel Academy and Yitzhak Rabin High School and the traditions of academic excellence, tikkun olam, and support of Israel. We look forward to sharing the OJCS success story with the Ottawa community for many years to come. We continue to upgrade our school technology, in our computer labs and classrooms. We now have SMART Boards in 60 per cent of the classrooms, providing faster, more reliable service to our staff and students. We have also upgraded our high school laptops, ensuring every high school

The 2012 Grade 8 graduates of the Ottawa Jewish Community School. (Photo: Howard Sandler)

student has access to a fast and reliable computer. We welcomed some wonderful new teachers to OJCS who brought with them enthusiasm, team spirit and new ideas for our students and staff. This new energy was contagious and created an engaged and excited environment for learning. Our students continued to excel in their studies and made their marks in Mathletics, the Gauss math test, spelling bee and science fair. Our high school graduates were

offered university scholarships totalling more than $59,000 and all were accepted at the institutions of their choice. Testing was introduced this year, which will ensure that students continue to meet and exceed the provincial standards. We were especially pleased to see the resurgence of school spirit this year. Students, staff and parents are proud to be part of OJCS. Activities included our monthly Rosh Chodesh assemblies, Girls’ Night In, Boys’ Night Out, and especially the OISAA

tournament win by our boys’ basketball team, who were undefeated all season. Our high school track and field team excelled and moved on to the regional level. Our first ever Grandparents’/Special Persons’ Day was also a chance for the larger community to see the great things happening here. I would like to thank students, parents, teachers and the board of directors for their ongoing support and look forward to continued success in September.

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Innovative Israeli musicians to perform at Chamberfest By Howard Fremeth Embassy of Israel In the spirit of Israeli ingenuity, the Israeli Chamber Project – founded in 2008 and comprising some of Israel’s finest young musicians in their 20s and 30s – uses innovative ways to connect classical music with younger generations and new audiences. On August 7, in the marvellous setting of the National Gallery of Canada designed by Israeli-Canadian Moishe Safdie, Ottawa music lovers will get to see and hear what all the fuss is about when clarinettist Tibi Cziger, cellist Michal Korman, harpist Sivan Magen, violinist Itamar Zorman and pianist Assaff Weisman perform as the Israeli Chamber Project. Their eclectic performance, part of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, will include classical works by Brahms and De Falla, as well as contemporary music by Israeli composer Gilad Cohen. While chamber music, with its roots in the Baroque period, is not normally associated with youthful energy, the Israeli Chamber Project

uses innovative techniques such as special effects to enliven their performances and interact with their audience. They’re known for impromptu concerts in untraditional settings such as bars and night clubs. They also schedule performances in locales, such as Israel’s southern communities, that often do not get the opportunity to listen to live classical music. The logic behind the creation of the Israeli Chamber Project was to give something back to the country that nurtured their talents. According to Assaff Weismann, since many Israeli musicians take their talents to work in Europe and North America, “there’s a vacuum, where the next generation [of Israeli musicians] doesn’t have any teachers.” Although many of the group members are based in New York and other cities around the world, they come back to Israel to tour and run educational outreach projects, including programs at the Beit Almusica Conservatory, which promotes music in the Arab community. In recognition of all their efforts, the Israeli Chamber

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The Israeli Chamber Project performs August 7 at the National Gallery during the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.


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Highlights from seven weeks in Israel By Joel Yan We are just back from a wonderful seven-week trip to Israel. So much has changed since we last visited 15 years ago! The architecture and landscape design of many public buildings are exceptional. Many of the sites my wife, Toby, and I had been to on previous visits have been upgraded, including Yad Vashem and the Israel Museum. We visited both twice because there was just so much to see. Several fascinating new sites have opened, such as the City of David and the Davidson Archeological Museum along the southern wall of the Temple Mount. Many of the historical sites we visited – including Jaffa, the Herzl Museum and the Begin Centre – showed multimedia presentations that brought history to life. The most moving were the video testimonies about the Holocaust presented at Yad Vashem. Tel Aviv has beautiful walking areas and museums. We particularly enjoyed walking through central Tel Aviv along the broad and beautiful boulevards. I recommend walking from Rabin Square south along Sderot Chen to Habima Square. Then continue south along Sderot Rothschild until the end. Stop at small coffee shops along the way and at Dizengoff House. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is definitely worth visiting

and the Beit Hatfutzot Museum has great displays and a computer room where you can research your genealogy and ancestral towns with help from the trained staff. Jerusalem has many highlights, especially the Old City with the Kotel and other holy sites. For an overview, visit the Migdal David Museum or take the Ramparts Walk. Don’t forget to visit the lively outdoor Machane Yehuda Market. Celebrating Shabbat in Jerusalem is very special. When the Shabbat siren sounds, a sense of peace extends throughout the city. I attended services at many different synagogues in Israel and felt a strong bond in common prayer with Jews everywhere. There are many study opportunities in Jerusalem. We attended classes at the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and found them very interesting and inexpensive. They made us feel very welcome to drop in on classes. Visit uscj.org.il for information. The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies offers longer courses, including learning tours. Visit pardes.org.il for information. The Orthodox Union Israel Centre also offers inexpensive classes and social events. Visit ouisrael.org for information.

We visited the nature reserves at Hula Lake, Mount Gilboa and Machtesh Ramon Crater. All of them were beautiful. We enjoyed walking on sections of the Israel National Trail and in the Ramon Crater. One thrill was seeing a flock of white pelicans land on Hula Lake on their migration north from Africa. We saw storks land in trees in another nature park and ibexes cross the highway in the Negev. We also learned a lot while touring fascinating historical sites such as Masada, Nimrod’s Fortress and the Roman city of Beit She’an. Travelling in Israel was easy. We rented a car and the roads and highways are well maintained and well marked with clear signage in English. The car rental was not expensive, but gas costs about $2.00 per litre. The challenge is parking in large cities. Buses are also good and quite reasonable. However, you should reserve in advance on buses from Eilat to major centres. Former Ottawan Howie Osterer, now a tour guide in Israel, can give suggestions or lead you to special places that are not in the tour books. You can contact Howie through Facebook at facebook.com/howard.osterer. It was a wonderful trip and we encourage readers to consider a trip to Israel. You will definitely enjoy yourselves.

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Joel Yan enjoys the audio guide on a tour of Masada.

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Keshet seeks stronger Jewish presence at Capital Pride Parade By Gabriella Goliger Keshet In hopes of having a strong Jewish presence at this year’s Capital Pride Parade on August 26, Keshet, Ottawa’s Jewish GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered) group, is inviting the wider Jewish community to join with us at the annual celebration of diversity, when GLBT people and supporters wave rainbow flags and other colourful pride emblems in a march through the downtown core. Every year, thousands of people, gay and straight, march in the parade, while many more line the streets to applaud. There are floats, banners, costumes and groups representing the whole spectrum of the GLBT community and their allies. A number of churches send contingents. While many Jews participate, they are not necessarily visible as Jews. Keshet hopes to make the Jewish presence much more evident this year. We are calling on more Jewish GLBTs and allies in the Jewish community to fall in behind the Keshet banner and float car. Jewish organizations are welcome to bring their own banners and signs to identify themselves. (There is a registra-

Keshet marches in the 2011 Capital Pride Parade in Ottawa.

tion fee for separate banners.) A number of community leaders have offered their support to this initiative. “Keshet has supported the community and the Federation in many ways, and I encourage those who support an inclusive community to join them at the Pride parade,” said Mitchell Bellman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa. “As a liberal, egalitarian Jewish congregation, Temple Israel is

proud to welcome everyone to participate in our services, events and activities,” read a statement signed by Rabbi Steven Garten and Temple Israel President Lorne Rachlis. “We believe in tikkun olam – healing the world – leaving it a better place than we found it. We wish Keshet every success in its participation in the Capital Pride Parade.” Temple Israel Vice-President Michael Parkin said he hopes to join the parade in support and praised Keshet for raising the con-

sciousness of Ottawa’s Jewish community. “Keshet members are part of our congregations, our circles of friends and our families,” he said. “Temple Israel is proud of its GLBT members and their participation in our congregation.” Mira Sucharov, a Carleton University professor and Ottawa Jewish Bulletin columnist, has worked to promote gay-straight alliances within the Jewish community. “It’s important for me that the

Ottawa Jewish community, a community to which I devote so much energy, is diverse and inclusive,” Sucharov said. “Marching in Pride with KeshetOttawa is a way of signalling that the values of dignity, respect and celebration of diversity should make their way across the thresholds of our synagogues, federations and community centres. A diverse community is ultimately a stronger, more interesting and simply more attractive one – now and into the future,” she added. The Capital Pride Parade begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 26. The gathering point is the Garden of the Provinces at Wellington Street and the Ottawa River Parkway. Keshet (Hebrew for “rainbow”) is a social group for Jewish GLBTs in Ottawa founded in the early1990s. We are acknowledged on the Wall of Honour at the Solway Jewish Community Centre as one of the original donors to the Soloway JCC. For more information on Keshet, visit keshetottawa.ca. For more information on participating with Keshet at the Capital Pride Parade, contact me at goliger@rogers.com and for more on Pride events, visit capitalpride.ca.


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Weizmann Institute scientists report on research at biennial gathering By Esther Kulik Weizmann Canada On May 9, fellow Weizmann Canada Ottawa Chapter board member Sharon Letovsky and I were in Montreal to attend the second day of the Weizmann Global Gathering, a biennial event that brings together dignitaries, scientists, philanthropists and others from all over the world for reports and presentations highlighting programs, research and accomplishments at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, one of the

world’s leading centres for scientific research. Israel is an innovative country with numerous successes in medical research, agricultural processes, technology advances, etc. and the Weizmann Institute has played an important role in the evolution of many of these remarkable achievements. Guy Laliberté, founder and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, was a keynote speaker at the Weizmann Global Gathering. His avid interest in space and water conservation means he

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has several things in common with the Weizmann Institute. In 2009, Laliberté became the first Canadian space tourist and he dedicated his spaceflight to raising awareness on water issues. His flight, he said, was “the first poetic social mission in space.” The Weizmann Institute does extensive research in planetary science and astrophysics, and one of the remarkable and fascinating speakers was Professor Oded Aharonson of Weizmann’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Energy Research, who spoke about Titan, one of the moons of Saturn. A spacecraft launched by NASA in 2004 continues to collect important findings from Titan. Professor Lilach Giloa of the Department of Biological Regulations spoke about her research utilizing fruit flies to study organ formation and the establishment of adult stem cells. Did you know that,

(From left) Weizmann Institute of Science Professor Ron Milo, McGill University Professor Victoria Kaspi, and Weizmann Professors Oded Aharonson and Israel Bar Joseph at the Weizmann Global Gathering in Montreal, May 9.

even though the human eye and the fruit fly eye are totally different, they have much in common? Results from this research will affect the potential for “personalized medicine” in the future, when genetic-matching to individual patients becomes common practice. We also heard about the

remarkable breakthroughs taking place in Professor Ron Milo’s lab in Weizmann’s Department of Plant Sciences. Milo’s researchers are expanding our understanding of photosynthesis with the goal of improving our ability to produce food and fuel more efficiently. Visit Weizmann.ca for

more information on research taking place at the Weizmann Institute and about Weizmann Canada activities. When you’re in Israel, a visit to the Weizmann Institute of Science is an absolute must. It is home to 2,600 scientists, students, technicians and support staff working on more than 1,200 research projects.


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Health & Wellness

Push your brain and your body, says sports physician and author Jordan Metzl By Elisa Spungen Bildner (JTA) – When I was growing up in the 1960s in Skokie, Illinois, reading was the main sport in my family. I’m pretty sure it was also the main sport in most families in my predominantly Jewish neighborhood: Neither my friends nor I ever heard the phrase “travelling soccer team” cross our parents’ lips. Which is not to say we didn’t mosey over to nearby Devonshire Park to ice skate or knock some tennis balls around on the public courts. We did, but only after we finished our homework. For Dr. Jordan Metzl, a Jewish kid growing up more than a decade later in Kansas City, Missouri, it was quite different. Metzl, a sports medicine physician at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery who was listed last month in New York magazine’s annual index of best doctors, is the author of The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies: 1,001 Doctor-Approved Health Fixes & Injury Prevention Secrets for a Leaner, Fitter, More Athletic Body! “I grew up with a very Jewish upbringing inside the bigger bubble of mid-America,” Metzl said, but he’s proud that his parents “got it

right: They got the balance of Jewish social consciousness, academics and sports,” even though they were up against an ethos in their kids’ Jewish day school that downplayed physical education. His father, a pediatrician, and mother, a psychologist, “got in big trouble,” according to Metzl, when together with several families they surreptitiously painted lines one weekend on the day school’s parking lot to outline baseball and kickball fields. Metzl, 45, who has finished 29 marathons and nine Ironman triathlons, is on a mission to get Jews – and, of course, his other patients – off their tushes. Like the ultimate handwringing Jewish mother, he worries about Jews “getting soft,” not like his young Asian patients, products of first-generation or immigrant families that push their kids both academically and on the sports field. “Forty years ago, Tiger Mom would have been Matzo Ball Mom,” Metzl said. He’s a big believer that Jews must not only push their brains but their bodies, and is fond of the Latin dictum mens sana in corpore sano, “a sound mind in a sound body.” Although he loved athlet-

ics growing up in a family that treasured both, it was in medical school that Metzl discovered he could concentrate better when he was active. “My performance as a doctor absolutely correlated to daily fitness,” he said. As a medical resident in Boston, at a time when there were no restrictions on their hours, the hospital made an offer that employees who ran the Boston Marathon would get a day off from work. Metzl signed up, ran and ever since has been encouraging fitness as preventive medicine. In his Hospital for Special Surgery office, Metzl said, he puts up an imaginary “nokvetch zone” as he tries to entice patients to embrace more physical activity. (He acknowledges that sometimes his Jewish patients kvetch a little more than others.) One man complained that he couldn’t be more active because his legs ached from his knees to his ankles, and Metzl jokingly acknowledged that the patient had joints built for Talmudic study, but still had to strengthen the muscles around them. The sports doc’s new book is dedicated to the “millions

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Dr. Jordan Metzl, seen here riding a bicycle. (Courtesy of Action Sports International)

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Archivist - Jewish Federation of Ottawa The Archivist is responsible for: the acquisition, selection, arrangement and description of archival records and provision of reference services from the Ottawa Jewish Archives to the public. The Archivist also creates exhibits related to the history of the Jewish community in Ottawa for the Soloway Jewish Community Centre, Hillel Lodge and other locations throughout the city. The Archivist will conduct research and possibly undertake oral history documentation in order to prepare material for exhibit purposes and articles for publication in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin and elsewhere.

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Tamir participants and supporters look forward to golf fun-raiser By Katherine Carter Tamir With summer in full swing, Tamir is inviting the community to help celebrate the season by supporting our 14th annual Tee Up for Tamir Golf Fun-Raiser, Monday, August 13, at Rideau View Country Club in Manotick. This event was created in 1999 by a group who shared a passion for golf and a commitment to Tamir. Over the past 13 years, the event has raised more than $350,000 to support new and ongoing projects at Tamir. Home renovations, enhanced therapeutic services and the purchase of mobility assistance equipment to support increasing participant needs have been some of the ways these funds have been used. The event serves a dual purpose as both an important fundraiser and an opportunity to raise awareness about Tamir’s services. It also provides a chance for Tamir partici-

The Tee Up for Tamir Golf Fun-Raiser is set for Monday, August 13, at Rideau View Country Club.

pants to be a part of the action. Each year, Tee-up for Tamir welcomes more Tamir participants as golfers, echoing Tamir’s mission to advocate for those we serve in an inte-

grated lifestyle that ensures everyone has the opportunity to feel they are valued, contributing members of the community. The 2012 Fun-Raiser proceeds

go toward important and pressing residential improvements. With continued austerity measures limiting funding from government, Tamir has sought to overcome these

obstacles through creating new and deeper relationships with local business and corporate donors. Tamir is committed to ensuring our residential programs provide all the comforts of home, right down to the smallest detail. Projects funded by the golf tournament range in size and priority, but each one truly makes a difference in the quality of life our participants enjoy. There are many ways to become involved through sponsoring a golfer, becoming a corporate sponsor or donating an item for the silent auction. Every little bit helps. Join Tamir for another great day on the links! To learn more about how you can help, visit tamir.ca and, for sponsorship opportunities, contact me at katherinecarter@tamir.ca. Tamir is also on Facebook! Stay up to date on current events and new developments at facebook.com/tamirfoundation.

Summer party raises funds for Glebe Shul’s Shabbat dinner program By Howard Fremeth for Glebe Shul With hot summer weather, sizzling steaks, cold beer and live music, the Glebe Shul’s Sizzlin’ Summer Patio Party, June 21, at the home of Sarah Lafreniere and Ross Diamond, was both a successful fundraiser and a perfect summer kickoff for Ottawa’s Jewish young adult scene. More than $7,000 – which will cover about half of the Glebe Shul’s annual Shabbat dinner budget – was raised by the 78 young adults and 12 community members in attendance. The Glebe Shul’s Shabbat dinners are held every second week. Rabbi Michael Goldstein, his wife Stacy and, more recently, Baby Moshe, open their home for evening prayers and a home-cooked meal. It is not uncommon

to see 40 to 50 young adults stay until midnight. At a time when there is much discussion about the “emerging generation,” the Glebe Shul is an example of young adult Jewish engagement in action. It is not a shul in the traditional sense. The Goldsteins provide a space for young adults to get together, to learn together and share in the celebration of their Judaism. Launched by JET in 2010, the Glebe Shul has quickly become a centre of young adult Jewish life in Ottawa. There was also a bittersweet note to the Sizzlin’ Summer Patio Party as it was also a going-away party for hosts Sarah and Ross, key leaders in Ottawa’s Jewish young adult and Glebe Shul communities, who are moving to Washington, D.C. this summer.

Ross, a former co-chair of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s Social Action Mission and a key member of jnet’s executive committee, was executive director of Hillel Ottawa, working with Jewish university students. Sarah was also an invaluable member of jnet, a committee member of 2011’s

openOttawa symposium and a hub leader of Parliament Hill’s vibrant young adult Jewish scene. To learn more about the Glebe Shul, and to find the dates of upcoming Shabbat dinners, visit glebeshul.com. Be sure to bring your appetite.

OMJS graduates Ottawa Modern Jewish School’s 2012 graduates (from left) Eliana Torontow, Jessica Hodgson, Isaiah Freed celebrate, June 18. Partygoers enjoy the Glebe Shul’s summer fundraiser.


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Community Milestones Mazal Tov to Tobin Kaiman, a new recruit of the Paratrooper Brigade’s 101st Battalion who recently took the IDF oath of allegiance at the Western Wall and swore to protect Israel.

Rabbi Daniel Elkin (right) is serenaded by Beth Shalom’s Neshama Choir as Cantor Daniel Benlolo holds his hand.

Beth Shalom Neshama Choir helps Kingston bid farewell to its rabbi By Alyce Baker for Beth Shalom Beth Shalom’s Neshama Choir gathered early on Sunday, June 3, to board a bus to Kingston to help honour and say au revoir to Rabbi Daniel and Gitel Elkin. An old friend of Beth Shalom’s Cantor Daniel Benlolo, Rabbi Elkin, spiritual leader of Beth Israel Congregation in Kingston, was taking early retirement due to health issues. Knowing how much his old friend loved music, Cantor Benlolo thought there was no better way to celebrate Rabbi Elkin’s tenure in Kingston than by bringing the choir there to entertain at the farewell. The bus was scheduled to leave at 8:30 am and the passengers were excited and ready to go. But the bus broke down right in front of Beth Shalom on Chapel Street. By 9:15, a replacement bus arrived and we were en route with promises of sandwiches and cookies prepared by Beth Shalom mashgiach Jenny Roberge. Cantor Benlolo stood at the front of the

bus and led the choir in a vigorous and spirited rehearsal, his enthusiasm and fervour obvious with the choir rising to the occasion. On arrival in Kingston, the choir quickly went into a rehearsal with the Beth Israel Talmud Torah and High School Choir. Following a lovely lunch provided by Creative Kosher Catering, moving words of tribute to Rabbi Daniel and Gitel Elkin were spoken by congregants, past synagogue presidents, other friends, and by the Elkin children. The tribute was a testament to the love and devotion the Jewish community of Kingston feels for the Elkins. The Neshama Choir, accompanied by Evelyn Greenberg on the keyboard, performed admirably. An added treat was the presence of Tamir participants Jason Kershman and Debbie Applebaum, both of whom performed solos. For their finale, the choir surrounded Rabbi Elkin and serenaded him with “Eitz Chaim.” With Cantor Benlolo holding his hand, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Way to go! Stephanie Silverman recently completed her fourth half-marathon at the Toronto Women’s Runs race. Her time of 2 hours 10mins. was her personal best!

The baby naming ceremony was held recently at Temple Israel for Ayla Belle Burdock, daughter of Naomi Rachlis and Jesse Burdock. Jesse and Naomi (daughter of Louise and Lorne Rachlis) came from Brampton, Ont., to have the ceremony here with Rabbi Steven Garten. Rabbi Garten performed the naming ceremony for Naomi herself at Holy Blossom when the Rachlis family lived in Toronto, and Naomi attended religious school at Temple Israel.

SJCC spinners ride to Pink Lake “On May 25, a group of intrepid bike riders, all SJCC spinners, gathered in my driveway to set off on a ride to the top of Pink Lake lookout in Gatineau Park,” writes Sabina Wasserlauf. “The ride was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature, to get a challenging workout in the company of supportive friends or new acquaintances, and to experience the triumph of making it to the top – which everyone did. (Front, from left) John McCarthy, Leila Ages, Lori Adkin, Jennifer Weinert, Gina Alderson, (back) Steve Baker, Jennifer Innes, Ida Firestone, Sabina Wasserlauf, Cathy Maron, Zachary Kershman, Suzanne Christopherson.

Send us notices of your important family milestones – an engagement, wedding, special birthday, birth announcement or other significant events! Email your photos to bsilverman@ottawajewishbulletin.com. Community Milestones will be published on a space-available basis.


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“KILLER. This workout kicked my butt,” reads one online comment that seems representative. In case you’re more of a slacker than Metzl when it comes to working out (I’m no couch potato, but just watching Metzl’s video made parts of my body ache), I checked with Nimika Patel, my trainer at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of MetroWest in West Orange, New Jersey, to see if there are a lot more like me in the Jewish athletic world or whether they are all Metzls. It turns out that there is still room at the gym for those of us who aren’t triathloners or even weekend warriors. Patel’s clients come in not necessarily to train for their next competition, but because of “osteoporosis, depression, fibromyalgia – you name it,” she said. “They all want to look good, of course, but there is always another reason they’re here.” Like Metzl, Patel emphasizes what’s called functional fitness, which helps bodies get stronger at everyday tasks. Steve Becker, vice-president of health and wellness

Dr. Jordan Metzl’s latest book, titled “The Athlete's Book of Home Remedies.” (Rodale Books)

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nity centre movement, said fitness facilities are moving away from cavernous rooms with one strength machine after another to offering more open space for people to train in a way that improves quality of life, using equipment like resistance bands and medicine balls. “Being fit is about more than the one rep max or seeing how much you bench press,” Becker said. “It’s about lifting up grandchildren or schlepping luggage across the airport.” Becker said those in charge of fitness at JCCs, whose members include nonJews as well as Jews, “are looking at what everyone else is looking for, the newest and best, but also something a little more.” JCCs are featuring boot camp classes, yoga, Pilates, small group training, Zumba – “you name it,” he said – but also encouraging their members to look more broadly at wellness and healthy living. Writing a book for athletes aside, Metzl, too, be-

lieves that you can be fit even if you’re not an Ironman enthusiast. “If you’re 8 or 85, get off the couch,” he said. “The benefits kick in if you do half an hour of walking every day.” Sure, do extreme sports if you like them, he said, but what’s most important is finding something you’ll enjoy, that you’ll keep doing. Growing up, Metzl skied and backpacked with his parents and brothers. Today his mother gravitates toward ballroom dancing, his father toward biking. “If there were a drug known to reduce blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, self-reported pain of arthritis, increase longevity by five years and improve quality of life by every metric, a doctor who didn’t give it to every patient would be committing malpractice,” said Metzl, with the intonation of one who has recited this speech many a time. “We have this drug, and that drug is exercise.”


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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 May 30 to July 3, 2012 inclusive.

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: Rose Konick by Ruth and Irving Aaron Yetta Arron by Ruth and Irving Aaron In Honour of: Issie Scarowsky Mazal Tov on receiving the Shem Tov award with love by Ruth and Irving Aaron Bill and Leona Adler Memorial Fund In Memory of: Nonna Karpova by Marilyn Adler R’fuah Shlema: Marilyn Adler by Carol and Laurie Pascoe; by Michael and Sylvia Caplan In Honour of: Debi and David Shore Mazal tov on your 55th wedding anniversary by Marilyn Adler, Neil and Daniel Blacher Issie Scarowsky Mazal tov on receiving your awards by Marilyn Adler, Neil and Daniel Blacher Samuel and Jean Akerman Memorial Fund In Memory of: Yetta Arron by Sheila and Larry Hartman R’fuah Shlema: Ingrid Levitz by Sheila and Larry Hartman Auxiliary of Hillel Lodge Fund R’fuah Shlema: Yale Gaffen by Marion Silver, Alan Brass, Lawrence, Rafi and Shira In Honour of: Herb and Binnie Goldman Happy 50th wedding

anniversary by Shirley and Norman Levitt Binnie Goldman Happy milestone birthday by Shirley and Norman Levitt Friedberg and Dale Families Fund In Memory of: Phyliss Stevens by Elaine Friedberg and Bob Dale Gloria Taller by Elaine Friedberg and Bob Dale Joel and Sharon Edelson Family Fund In Honour of: Eli and Margie Edelson Happy 50th anniversary by Joel and Sharon Edelson Dr. Neil Bellack Congratulations on passing your medical exams by Joel and Sharon Edelson Malcolm and Vera Glube Endowment Fund In Memory of: Irving Cohen by Malcolm and Vera Glube Sydney Lithwick by Malcolm and Vera Glube David Binder by Malcolm and Vera Glube and Gerda Gottlieb and family Michael Greenspoon by Malcolm and Vera Glube Corinne Rosentzveig by Malcolm and Vera Glube In Honour of: Frances and Mort Ross Congratulations on the birth of your grandson, Benjamin by Malcolm and Vera Glube Martin and Tanya Abrams Congratulations on the birth of your twin grandchildren by Malcolm and Vera Glube Alison Glube Congratulations on receiving your MBA by Malcolm and Vera Glube Vera and Malcolm Glube Congratulations on your 45th wedding anniversary by Arlene and Norman Glube; by Bev and Bryan Glube and family; by Marilyn and Dan Kimmel; and by Alison Glube and Rob Glube Marvin Granatstein Congratulations on your special birthday by Malcolm and Vera Glube Ricki and Barry Baker Congratulations on your 45th anniversary by Malcolm and Vera Glube Nell Gluck Memorial Fund In Honour of: Esther and Alan Williams Mazal tov on the birth of your granddaughter by Henry and Maureen Molot Tanya and Martin Abrams Mazal tov on becoming grandparents by Henry and Maureen Molot Dale and Ruth Fyman Mazal tov on your 40th wedding anniversary by Henry and Maureen Molot Paula and Jon Miller Mazal tov on your 40th wedding anniversary with love by Henry and Maureen Molot

Richard Nesbitt Mazal tov on getting your MSc by Julia, Ted and Jess Overton Lara Matthies Mazal tov on your graduation by Julia, Ted and Jess Overton Mira Ortved Mazal tov on being called to the bar by Julia, Ted and Jess Overton Paula and Jon Miller Mazal tov on the arrival of your grandson with love by Henry and Maureen Molot Don and Myrna Silverberg Mazal tov on your 50th wedding anniversary by Henry and Maureen Molot R’fuah Shlema: Dr. Hartley Stern by Henry and Maureen Molot In Memory of: Mother of Martin Kalson by Henry and Maureen Molot Gina and Howard Grant Family Fund In Honour of: Sandra and Lester Newman Mazal tov on the marriage of Rachel to Leon by Gina and Howard Grant Gunner Family Fund R’fuah Shlema: Ingrid Levitz by Sol and Estelle Gunner Marilyn Adler by Sol and Estelle Gunner Marjorie Berman by Sol and Estelle Gunner Cyril Teplinsky by Sol and Estelle Gunner Gary Cohen by Sol and Estelle Gunner In Honour of: Issie Scarowsky Mazal tov on your volunteer awards by Sol and Estelle Gunner Jeff Miller Mazal tov on receiving the Shalom Perel President’s Award of Merit by Sol and Estelle Gunner Sam and Lydia Sourani Mazal tov on the birth of your granddaughter by Sol and Estelle Gunner Sandra Levinson Best wishes on your special birthday by Sol and Estelle Gunner Dr. Joseph and Devorah Caytak Mazal tov on the marriages of your children, Musky and Dovid by Sol and Estelle Gunner Flo and Joel Morgan Mazal tov on your 50th anniversary by Sol and Estelle Gunner Dorothy and Maurie Karp Endowment Fund In Honour of: Ruth Karp Mazal tov on your 90th birthday by Dorothy Karp and family; and by Etta Karp and family Claire Bercovitch Happy birthday by Dorothy Karp and family Morris and Lillian Kimmel Family Fund R’fuah Shlema: Marilyn Adler with love by Janet, Steve, Tobin and Aaron Kaiman Claire Bercovitch by Morris Kimmel Dvorah Litenatsky by Morris Kimmel and the Kimmel, Kaiman and Levine families In Honour of: Morris Kimmel Happy Father’s Day with love by Janet, Steve, Tobin and Aaron Kaiman Debi and David Shore Congratulations on your 55th wedding anniversary by the Kimmel family Morris Kimmel Happy birthday by Debi and David Shore

In Memory of: Michael Greenspoon by Janet Kaiman Joan and Russell Kronick Family Fund In Honour of: Ethel and David Malek Happy 60th anniversary by Joan and Russell Kronick Jeff and Enid Gould Happy anniversary by Joan and Russell Kronick Sol Shinder Happy birthday by Joan and Russell Kronick Russell and Joan Kronick Happy anniversary by Zelaine and Sol Shinder Bill and Phyllis Leith Endowment Fund In Honour of: Sharon Reichstein Mazal tov on receiving the Young Leadership award by Lisa and David Leith and family In Memory of: Yetta Arron by Lisa and David Leith and family Harry Kofsky by Lisa and David Leith and family Stephen and Debra Schneiderman Family Fund In Honour of : Chava and Ingie Respitz Mazal tov on becoming great-grandparents by Debbie and Stephen Schneiderman Label and Leona Silver Family Fund In Memory of: David Grossman by Label and Leona Silver Louis Goldmaker by Label and Leona Silver Stephen Hirsch by Label and Leona Silver; and by Stephen Silver In Honour of: Rabbi Daniel and Karen Korobkin Mazal tov on the marriage of Tuvia and Adina by Label and Leona Silver Roslyn and Myles Taller Family Endowment Fund In Memory of: Lionel Robidoux by the Taller family Louis and Diane Tannenbaum Family Fund In Honour of: Lou Tannenbaum Happy 80th birthday by Ann Shirley and Sonny Mass Milton and Mary (Terry) Viner Family Fund In Observance of the Yahrzeit of: Betty Gold Sister of Millie Schaenfield by Millie, Fran and Stephen Schaenfield Eric Weiner and Arlene Godfrey Family Fund In Memory of: Yetta Arron by Carol and Larry Gradus (Continued on page 26)

Mark The Date !! The Annual Hillel Lodge Tea and Fundraiser, featuring a Fashion Show by Holt Renfrew and a Silent Auction, will be held on Sunday, October 21st at 2:00 pm. We hope to see you there.

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 donations@hillel-ltc.com or online donations can be made through CanadaHelps.org. 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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Top athletes honoured at SJCC Breakfast of Champions By Pamela Rosenberg Soloway JCC Top teams and community athletes of all ages were honoured, June 3, at the 11th annual Breakfast of Champions at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre (JCC). The event celebrates the best from the Soloway JCC Athletics and Leagues Department, as well as community members involved in sports at all levels, both on the field and behind the scenes. Hennie Honigman presented Charles Schachnow

with the Lou Honigman Memorial Award for his 30 years of involvement in JCC Athletics as a participant, leader and volunteer. The award, named for Hennie’s late husband, is given to local Jewish athletes who, through perseverance, courage, ability and strength of character, distinguish themselves in local sporting activity over a period of time. Hennie told the crowd about the special relationship Charles shared with her husband and of how the young Charles referred to

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R’fuah Shlema: Eleanor Weiner by Carol and Larry Gradus Ingrid Levitz by Carol and Larry Gradus Anna and Samel Wex Family Fund In Honour of : Anna Wex Happy birthday by Norman and Elaine Wolfish Toby and Joel Yan Family Fund In Honour of: Rabbi Charlie and Alison Popky With thanks by Joel and Toby Yan Maxwell Yan In honour of the Yizkor of my father by Joel and Toby Yan

**************** Feeding Fund In Memory of: Nonna Karpova by Mara and Isaac Muzikansky and family Brother of Rosemary Sampson by Carol and Larry Gradus Devorah Frenkel by Mara and Isaac Muzikansky Corinne Rosentzveig by Seymour, Joy, Jess, David and Jared Mender; and by David, Sharon, Ryan, Jaye and Brody Appotive In Honour of: Benjamin Lerer Mazal tov on your graduation from McGill University with love by Carol and Larry Gradus R’fuah Shlema: Bernie Rosenblatt by Arnie and Chevy Fine Ritual Fund In Honour of: Esther and Alan Williams Mazal tov on the birth of your granddaughter, Zahava Rose by Dale and Ruth Fyman Issie Scarowsky Congratulations on receiving all your community awards this year by Dale and Ruth Fyman Shimon Newman Mazal tov on attaining your M.A. by Ruth and Dale Fyman IN HONOUR OF: Jonathan and Janet Isserlin Mazal tov on the birth of your grandson, Jonah by Golda and Ned Steinman and family Sheela Morin Mazal tov on your very special birthday by Carolyn Weiss Jeff Arron and Morna Paterson Thank you by Shelley and Joel Cohen and Wayne and Ava Arron Dorothy Nadolny Thank you by Jeff Arron and Morna Paterson,

him as ‘Uncle Lou.’ “Hennie was so pleased to present the award to Charles, and she shared how proud Lou would be to know that Charles was this year’s winner,” said Jon Braun, director of Athletics and Leagues. The Sharon Koffman Memorial Athletic Award for top university varsity athlete went to Michael Calof of Carleton University’s men’s soccer team. Jacob Osterer and Rhea Singer shared the Jack Goldfield Memorial Award for top high school athletes,

and the Soloway JCC 2012 Maccabi Athlete of the Year Award was shared by Nepean Barracudas swimmers Jack and Sammy Miller. Coach Carlos Brown presented Gilad Streiner with the B’nai Brith Canada Top Graduating Student Athletic Achievement Award and the Noah Cantor Middle School Athletic Award was shared by Elizabeth Greenberg and Michael Benlolo. Howard Shapero presented the Irving ‘Shap’ Shapero Memorial Award to Michael Osterer. After a year of slam

dunks, hat tricks and homeruns, Jewish men’s team champions included ‘Kentucky’ in basketball, ‘Irving Rivers’ in ice hockey, and ‘Green Machine’ in softball. “The Breakfast of Champions is a celebration of our community. In a world where everybody is so busy worrying about what has to be done next, it’s really im-

portant that we take a timeout and celebrate all the great things we are doing, and all of our community’s accomplishments, especially our youth and volunteers,” said Braun. Former Washington Capital and European hockey veteran Chris Valentine was special guest speaker at the Breakfast of Champions.

Wayne and Ava Arron and Shelley and Joel Cohen Faye English Congratulations on your very special milestone with love by Antoinette Capelle Joanna Abrams Mazal tov on your 25 years of service at Hillel Lodge by Laurie and Carol Pascoe Issie Scarowsky In appreciation by Jack and Chava Minuk Dodie Potechin Happy 60th birthday by Steve and Roz Fremeth Carol and Laurie Pascoe Mazal tov on Byron’s graduation from Law School by Ingrid Levitz Flo and Joel Morgan Happy 50th anniversary by Sheela and Ozzie Silverman Elizabeth Petigorsky Happy birthday by Mariel Griffith Beverley and Michael Krebs Best of luck in your new home by Debbie and Howie Krebs IN MEMORY OF: Nonna Karpova by the Residents, Board and Staff of Hillel Lodge; by Barbara Fine; by Andre Dulude and Patricia Lecourtois; and by V. and P. Zador Beverly Libin by Golda and Ned Steinman and family; by Bonnie, Bruce, Matthew, Hana and Sabrina Engel; and by Evelyn and Howard Silverman and family Irving Cohen by Bev and Bryan Glube; and by Arlene and Norman Glube Sydney Lithwick by Bev and Bryan Glube; and by Arlene and Norman Glube Lillian Diamond by Alvin and Monica Stein and family Ricki Lapkovsky by Alvin and Monica Stein and family Louis Goldmaker by Yanda and Mark Max Yetta Arron by Jordan Resnick and Megan Shessel; and by Elaine and Arnold Agulnik Richard Weitzel by Morag Burch and family; by the Residents, Board and Staff of Hillel Lodge Corinne Rosentzveig by Arlene and Norman Glube; by Bev and Bryan Glube; by Francoise and Ron Vexler; by Janet and Norman Ironstone; by Barbara Fine and Steve Levinson; and by Ned Steinman Father of Anna Rabinovitch by Francoise and Ron Vexler Herbert Sharp by Beverly and Irving Swedko Fanny Gosevitz by Meir Shaolian Jerome Arnoni by Claire and Irving Bercovitch Michael Greenspoon by Claire and Irving Bercovitch; and by Barbara Fine and Steve Levinson Ray Torontow by Rickie and Marty Saslove R’FUAH SHLEMA: Marilyn Adler by Bonnie, Bruce and Sabrina Engel; and by Rhonda and Danny Levine Ingrid Levitz by Marion Silver and Alan Brass and family; and by Laurie and Carol Pascoe Yale Gaffen by Steve and Roz Fremeth Claire Bercovitch by Roz and Lee Raskin; by Debi and David Shore; and by Ricki and Marty Saslove IN OBSERVANCE OF THE UNVEILING OF: Annetta Leighton by Laurie and Carol Pascoe

Charles Schachnow is presented with the Lou Honigman Memorial Award by Hennie Honigman at the Soloway JCC Breakfast of Champions, June 3.

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Make the 2012 Olympics your time to shine Men’s boxing became an Olympic sport back in 1904. Boxing has remained the last sport in the summer Games without an equivalent for women – until now. It has taken over a century, but women’s boxing will finally make its debut in the 2012 Games. Mary Spencer, three-time world champion in women’s boxing, will represent Canada. While the addition of women’s boxing may seem like a progressive upper-cut-to-the-jaw of sexism, parts of the world have not exactly come a long way, baby. This summer may turn out to be the first time all participating nations send female athletes to the Olympics. Brunei and Qatar have conceded and, as of the time of writing this article, the final holdout, Saudi Arabia, is considering sending one female equestrian. One would hope that allowing a token woman to participate in the Olympics could potentially signal the beginning of change in Saudi Arabia, where rampant misogynistic practices include the ban on physical education for girls and women. As noted at Olympic.org, the official website of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a key plank in the Olympic Charter is, “To encourage and support the promotion of women in sport at all levels and in all structures with a view to implementing the principle of equality of men and women.” However, the IOC continues to admit nations that deny their female citizens from participating. Equally incredulous is that the IOC has denied requests for an official moment of silence to commemorate 11 members of the Israeli team who were kidnapped and murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics. I hope the IOC has a last minute change of heart. Either way, I will

Niçoise Toasts From Bon Appetit magazine (July 2012) Egg Salad Base 4 large hard-boiled eggs, peeled, coarsely chopped 3/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese 1 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped capers 1 green onion, thinly sliced Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper Tuna Topping 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley 1/4 cup quartered pitted mixed olives 4 ounces tuna packed in olive oil, drained, broken into pieces 4 1/2-inch-thick slices rustic bread 1 garlic clove, halved Combine eggs, cottage cheese, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, capers and green onions in a medium bowl. Using a potato masher or large fork, mash until a coarse paste forms. Season with salt and pepper. Toss 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 cup parsley, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, tomatoes and olives in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Gently fold in tuna (don’t over mix; keep it chunky). Toast bread; rub 1 side with cut end of garlic. Spread egg salad on top of each slice, dividing equally. Top with tuna mixture.

stand with my family in front of our TV for a moment of silence during the opening ceremonies. Politics aside, there is tremendous excitement about the upcoming games. How can we harness our Olympic spirit and turn more than two weeks of passive television viewing into something that benefits not just our minds but our bodies? Sorry, but channel surfing is not an Olympic sport. Neither is fist pumping. Did you know that watching TV burns a measly 72 calories per hour? To put that into perspective, brisk walking burns about 300 calories per hour, cycling burns 441 and jogging burns 675. The numbers vary depending on factors such as age and weight, but it doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that watching TV, coupled with mindless snacking, is not the sport of champions. So, what’s a couch potato to do? The great boxer Muhammed Ali once said, “If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.” Regardless of our level of fitness and athleticism, each of us has so much untapped potential. Let’s use the Olympics as a springboard for tapping into some of that potential. Some people start the day by asking themselves, “Should I exercise today?” Then they make excuses. Others begin the day by asking, “What exercise will I do today?” You don’t need to follow a rigid training program like an Olympian, but you can gradually change your way of thinking. Think more like an athlete. Commit to doing at least one activity every day that contributes towards increasing your fitness level.

Focus on Fitness Gloria Schwartz If, while watching the Olympics, you eat lots of snacks that are low in nutrition and high in fat, salt, sugar and calories, you can potentially gain several pounds over a couple of weeks. The key to success is in the planning. Shop smart and prepare delicious, nutritious snacks that will leave everyone satisfied. In addition to becoming more self-aware about your dietary and exercise habits, I propose that everyone choose an Olympic sport and participate in it during the Games. For example, if you enjoy watching swimming, pick an event such as the 50-metre freestyle or the 100-metre backstroke and head for the pool. Time yourself and see if you can improve. Why not take it a step further and invite your family and friends to join you for your very own mini-Olympics? You can buy plastic gold medals at the dollar store. Kids of all ages will get a kick out of receiving a medal. The Olympic motto is “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” When you’re staring at the TV, think back to those words and act on them. Swim, cycle, run or, for the more adventurous, throw a javelin. With the right attitude you can be an Olympian – even if it’s only in your own mind. Send your questions and comments to gloria.schwartz@rogers.com.

New school party sandwiches If there were a LBD (little black dress) of the food world, party sandwiches would be it. For those who think I have truly gone off the rails, let me attempt to explain what I mean. Here’s how Wikipedia defines the LBD. “The ‘little black dress’ (LBD) is considered essential to a complete wardrobe by many women and fashion observers, who believe it a ‘rule of fashion’ that every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion: for example, worn with a jacket and pumps for daytime business wear or with more ornate jewelry and accessories for evening. “Because it is meant to be a staple of the wardrobe for a number of years, the style of the little black dress ideally should be as simple as possible: a short black dress that is too clearly part of a trend would not qualify because it would soon appear dated.” Much like that little black dress, equally at home at funerals or wedding showers, party sandwiches never seem out of place. They are just as appropriate in 2012 as they were in 1975. Like the LBD, they never go out of style. They fit the bill at so many different occasions. Feeling a little melancholy at a shiva house? Pop a tuna and egg ribbon sandwich in your mouth. Bored as you watch the brideto-be unwrapping her fifth Nespresso machine? Open wide for a PB&J pinwheel. When I was growing up in Toronto, my mom would sometimes make her own party sandwiches. But, more often than not, she ordered them from Chapman’s. My friends thought we were really exotic because sometimes she would get pink, blue and green breads to make the sandwiches on. My sisters and I always ate the tuna and egg ones first and avoided, at all costs, the salmon. Cream cheese pinwheels were also shunned. If you grew up in Ottawa, more likely than not, Jack Edelson made your party sandwiches.

Made with Love Cindy Feingold My sister-in-law introduced me to the bliss that is Snowdon Deli in Montreal. Conveniently located right on our route from the cemetery to the highway back to Ottawa, we stopped in after a family funeral for a box of assorted party sandwiches. I think it is the consistency of party sandwiches that make them the consummate party pleaser. They just take you back to a simpler time in your life. One bite and you’re instantly transported back to the basement of your parent’s house playing Barbie with your sisters. That being said, sometimes it’s nice to shake things up a bit. When I stumbled across a recipe in Bon Appetit magazine for Niçoise Toasts, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the party sandwiches of my youth. Egg salad meets tuna, but in a very unique way. I had to give it a try. These are party sandwiches on steroids! No squishy white bread here. These open-faced sandwiches start out with thickly sliced rustic bread that has been toasted and then rubbed with a freshly cut clove of garlic. The toast is topped with a new-school egg salad, that’s been lightened up with a secret ingredient (cottage cheese!). A tomato-tuna-olive salad gets spooned on top. Try to find jars of tuna packed in olive oil for this sandwich if you can. It has so much more flavour than the water packed variety. I can usually find the olive oil tuna at Nicastros. Sometimes new school rocks!


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Struggling to explain the occupation On the first day of my Israeli-Palestinian relations course at Carleton University, I show my students a photo of me, at age 10, posing with relatives on my first visit to Israel with my grandmother in 1983. The landscape behind us is rocky and barren, yellow and sun-dappled. I tell my students their professor is a Jewish Canadian, someone for whom the subject matter is both personal and political. I want them to begin to reflect on how they connect facts and theories with their own philosophical, emotional or collective subjectivity. It wasn’t until years after that first visit that I learned the photo was taken in the West Bank settlement of Ariel, only five years old at the time. Evidently, we had been visiting the driver of my grandmother’s cousin. Last month, I visited Ariel again, this time with Lior Amihai, a thoughtful, intelligent and articulate staff member with Peace Now’s Settlement Watch team. One gets to Ariel, a settlement of 18,000, easily from Tel Aviv, by driving 42 km east along Route 5. But Ariel juts 17 km deep into the West Bank, reminding visitors, observers and negotiators that a two-state solution is, increasingly, becoming a mirage. As you drive east, you would have to inspect a map closely to realize you had crossed the Green Line, a demarcation that has sadly become an irrelevant and imaginary boundary for most Israelis. With 300,000 settlers in the West Bank (and another 200,000 in and around East Jerusalem), the Israeli government continues to speak about a two-state solution, but the cost of withdrawal will be significant. Most estimates are that 70,000 settlers will have to be moved, with the remaining areas being annexed to Israel in the form of ‘settlement blocs’ with ensuing land swaps.

Currently, the West Bank is divided into three checker boarded areas: Area A under Palestinian control, Area B under partial Palestinian control and Area C under Israeli control. At the checkpoint in the northern West Bank that we observed for several minutes, there were two lanes – one for Israeli cars sporting yellow plates and another for Palestinian cars with green and white plates. With our yellow plates, we gained easy access, not only to Ariel, but also to two other settlement outposts slated for withdrawal: Migron and the Ulpana neighbourhood of Beit El. In those two settlements, the Israeli courts deemed the settlers to be living on “private Palestinian land” and mandated their relocation. In Ulpana, the settlers are being relocated just down the hill. Ariel has been in the news lately since the Israeli government is about to grant its community college university status, a move ardently opposed by many Israeli academics. The name Ariel – meaning lion of God – is the Hebrew middle name we gave our daughter, to invoke the memory of three of her paternal uncles. I never had the opportunity to meet those uncles and I have no idea what opinions they held about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the settlements or the occupation. But I do know that, in naming our kids, we sought to connect them with our family and our Jewish heritage. Like many of us, I consider Israel a touchstone of my identity, an identity I am passionate about passing along to my children. I speak only Hebrew to my kids, they have visited Israel, Hebrew books and music line our shelves, and they are connected to friends and family throughout the country. But I struggle with how I will explain to them the

Values, Ethics, Community Mira Sucharov pesky problem of the occupation, the military rule to which Palestinian residents of the West Bank are subjected while Jewish residents enjoy civilian rule, and the fact that Palestinian freedom of movement is restricted while Israelis are free to roam as they please. Perhaps on my next trip, in addition to Hebrew Bazooka chewing gum, a white knitted kippah, an ‘I heart TLV’ tank top, jewelry from Sheinkin Street, and a Hebrew version of the Captain Underpants book, I will try to bring home two licence plates: one yellow, another green. These plates will hang next to the vintage B.C. and Manitoba licence plates I find for my kids at garage sales to remind them of their parents’ home towns. The Israeli and Palestinian plates will be a grim reminder of the unacceptable ethnic rule that Israel, the country we teach our kids to love so much, maintains east of the Green Line. The plates will remind my kids to help strive for a democratic separation into two states and an end to the ugly occupation. The plates will be a badge against silence, a call to action, something to reflect on when we recite the prayer for the State of Israel on Shabbat or say “Next Year in Jerusalem” on Passover. Mira Sucharov, an associate professor of political science at Carleton University, blogs at Haaretz.com.

Saudi-paid militias: an unlikely change agent for Middle East democracy Mohamed Mursi was sworn in as Egypt’s president, June 30, before 18 judges of the Supreme Constitutional Court, the fifth president since the 1952 overthrow of King Farouk. A self-made multi-millionaire and uncharismatic head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, he holds a PhD in engineering from the University of Southern California. As president, he will rule over a divided Egypt, where only a slim majority preferred him to the leftovers of the old regime. There are some early signs that may foretell his approach. He chose to be sworn in by the Supreme Constitutional Court. In his speech following the swearing-in ceremony, he said the court is an “institution that I will ensure remains independent and strong.” He also indicated his support for the independence of the judiciary. And, while he also worked out a deal with the military to leave their constitutional powers in place – “the armed forces are the shield and sword of the nation,” he said – he is devising long-term plans that may help him get around this. Mursi is a powerful politician and businessman whose Muslim Brotherhood supporters, as well as his membership in the Freedom and Justice Party, ensured continued protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square at a significant cost to the national economy. Organizing such grassroots activities and ensuring people were taken care of, financially or otherwise, is how the Muslim Brotherhood has advanced among the poor and uneducated in the country. Mursi may have borrowed a page from the Turks and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who steered through troubled waters with the Turkish military with the help of the judiciary under the guise of constitutional changes required to join the European Union. Erdoğan’s double-pronged approach hinged on the retirement of secu-

World Affairs Oliver Javanpour lar and nationalist military chiefs and their replacement with Islamist and Justice and Development Party supporters. Let me change gears now and talk about the Arab Spring that brought democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood governments in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen and Gaza. Now, world attention is focused on Syria and its murderous regime – until recently, a secular country ruled by a life-long president. The so-called resistance force is made up of mostly Sunni fundamentalist thugs, who gained experience in various wars from Afghanistan, to Iraq, to Libya, Yemen, and now Syria. These Saudi-paid militias are generally ex-al-Qaida members who helped out in Libya, as well. Now they are fighting the Syrian government in order to bring democracy to Syria. An unlikely change agent, they make a living primarily on the Saudi dime. The excessive intermingling of these foreign fighters among the Syrian civilian population has resulted in devastating and unnecessary loss of civilian lives. The reason the U.S., U.K. and EU are going along with this charade is to apply more pressure on Iran as an ally of Syria. Turkey, another Sunni nation, has recently entered into the picture and has been conducting reconnaissance flights

over Syria. Last month, one of its planes was shot down by Syria. Clearly, the Assad regime (an Alawite branch of Shia Islam) has become a target simply because of its allegiance to the Iranians and its own ethnicity. The ethnic split was the cause of some ethnic conflicts and mass killings between the minority Alawites and the majority Sunnis in Syria that led up to the current situation. Today, in early July, there are calls to set up a shadow government in waiting, which, until now, has a heavy Muslim Brotherhood influence. What are the chances that, when the Assad regime falls, it will be replaced with yet another democratically elected Muslim Brother? My Ottawa Jewish Bulletin column of February 21, 2011, headlined Seeking democracy, settling for caliphate, predicted a North African and Arab Caliphate resulting from the Arab Spring. This is now a far more likely scenario than ever before: a unified Muslim Brotherhood rule that could span not only North Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and Turkey, but could also extend as far as Indonesia. Certainly the Turks, who were at the helm as the most recent ruling caliphs for 400 years (until 1924), would be in competition with the Saudis, who tried their hand at it early on, between 661-750 CE. Given some of the facts, predictions and fiction, one can’t help wonder about some potential scenarios. What would a democratic Middle East with Muslim Brotherhood leadership bring for Israel? How would it affect Israel’s foreign policy? How would it impact the U.S., EU and China’s strategies toward the unified Middle East? Would the caliphs of the Muslim Ummah represent yet another challenge to Israel’s very existence? Oliver Javanpour is a senior partner at Cyrus Echo, a public policy and international relations consulting firm in Ottawa.


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Two-state solution only viable option argues acclaimed Israeli journalist The Unmaking of Israel By Gershom Gorenberg HarperCollins 325 pages Israel’s social contract is fast unravelling, according to Gershom Gorenberg, in what I can only describe as a new, modern classic. It’s not a happy tale, but it’s one anyone who cares about Israel should read. Gorenberg, an Israeli writer and social commentator – he immigrated to Israel from the U.S. more than 30 years ago – sets out to illustrate the highly problematic relationship between the Israeli state, the settler movement and Israel’s fast-growing ultra-Orthodox population. Tracing the beginnings of Israel’s state formation, Gorenberg shows how pivotal events such as the lessons learned from the 1948 Altalena affair, in which prime minister David Ben-Gurion ordered the ship of the paramilitary Irgun to be bombed off the coast of Tel Aviv, are actually reversing themselves. According to Gorenberg, the statism so important to Israel’s founding as a state is now under challenge from an “ethnic movement” type of national identity. The settler movement, aided and abetted by successive Israeli governments, both Labor and Likud, since 1967, is one of the most egregious examples of this. Gorenberg shows how the lack of an internationally recognized border, how Israel continues to occupy the West Bank and shore up the settler population with financial incentives, separate access roads and infrastructure, seriously compromises Israeli democracy. He argues that major state financial support for the ultra-Orthodox – who are allowed

to school their children without the barest of secular knowledge – is a form of “child abuse.” He argues the system of ultra-Orthodox support, including separate army units, means Israel doesn’t ultimately have proper civil and political control over its military. In the event the IDF is forced to withdraw from the West Bank, it is not at all clear that ultra-Orthodox soldiers would obey orders. They are being taught different – in some cases, egregiously racist – lessons about the differential value of Jewish and non-Jewish life, and about how every inch of the West Bank is considered by these groups to be so sacred as to justify almost anything to continue Israel’s military rule. Gorenberg ends with a concretely prescriptive chapter. He outlines why a two-state solution is the only feasible outcome, providing a thoughtful rebuttal both to holding on to the West Bank in perpetuity, and to the one-state solution increasingly gaining ground among progressives – particularly in the West. Departing from the figure of 70,000 that has now become commonplace among analysts of the region, Gorenberg argues most settlers will have to be moved in the event of an actual Israeli-Palestinian agreement. There are 300,000 settlers in the West Bank, not including the roughly 200,000 in East Jerusalem. He argues Israel needs to pay more attention to matters of religion and state within the country, including repairing the many inequities that have become entrenched between Israel’s Jewish and Arab communities. He contends institutions such as the Jewish Agency and the JNF are outmoded now that Israel is a state, and serve to perpetuate a systemic discrimination in matters of land use and other allocations.

Book Review Mira Sucharov It is a tough pill to swallow for anyone who prefers to read books championing every move Israel makes. But it’s an important story to tell. Gorenberg mentions early on that he, too, is religious. Readers may wonder how his theology is so evidently different from that of the right-wing religious camp. This could use some elaboration, if only to help disentangle the idea that observant Judaism must imply a certain policy view when it comes to Israel’s relationship to land and force. Gorenberg’s chapter on conscientious objection is also intriguing. He attempts to trace the differences between the objectors on the left – stemming from the 1982 Lebanon War and continuing through both Intifadas – and the ultraOrthodox soldiers who threaten to disobey orders should they have to dismantle settlements. This could use a little more theoretical treatment. How should we reason out matters of conscience? Should religious teachings ever be allowed? Does it matter in whose hands the religion is being delivered? The book’s front-cover quote is from celebrated Jewish novelist Michael Chabon. “Until I read this book, I didn’t think it could be possible to feel more despairing, and then more terribly hopeful, about Israel.” Maybe it’s apt the comment comes from a fiction writer – someone schooled in matters of imagination. Perhaps we all need to begin to reimagine a new future for Israel, because the present is looking rather glum.

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Mel Kimmel by Marjorie and Michael Feldman. Sharon Rosentzveig on the loss of her mother Corinne Rosentzveig by Marjorie and Michael Feldman. Mazal Tov to: Marjorie and Michael Feldman on the birth of their grandson Zachary Lev by Sherri, Jack, Lisa, Dan and Julia Torjman. JOSEPH AND HELEN FILLER ENDOWMENT FUND Anniversary wishes to: Helen and Joseph Filler by Dr. Andre and Shelley Engel. SAM AND SUSAN FIRESTONE ENDOWMENT FUND Condolences to: Francie Greenspoon and family on the loss of her brother Michael Greenspoon by Sam and Susan Firestone. FLORENCE FAMILY MEMORIAL FUND In observance of the Yahrzeit of: Freda Florence by A.L., Ann, Leanne and Brendan Smith. ALFRED AND KAYSA FRIEDMAN ENDOWMENT FUND In memory of: John Westeinde Sr. by Alfred and Kaysa Friedman. Mazal Tov to: Alfie and Kaysa Friedman on Oliver’s Bar Mitzvah by Ricki and Barry Baker. ROBERT AND LEAH GENCHER FAMILY FUND Birthday wishes to: Cherse Wiley by Robert and Leah Gencher. In observance of the Yahrzeit of: Bumy Engel by Robert and Leah Gencher. GILBOA/MAOZ FAMILY FUND In memory of: Gloria Cuadrado-Taller by Helen and Chaim Gilboa. Mazal Tov to: Syd and Noreen Bosloy on the occasion of Rebecca’s Bat Mitzvah by Helen and Chaim Gilboa. STAN AND LIBBY GLUBE FAMILY FUND In memory of: Richard Tapper, a dear husband and father by Arlene and Norm Glube. Mazal Tov to: Malcolm and Vera Glube on their 45th anniversary by Sandra and Norman Slover. ANN GLUZMAN MEMORIAL FUND In memory of: Beverly Libin by Arlene and Gary Bonn and family. HERB AND DENA GOSEWICH ENDOWMENT FUND In memory of: Deborah Breatross by Herb and Dena Gosewich. GREENBERG, HUTT, KONICK ENDOWMENT FUND Condolences to: Morris Konick on the passing of his wife Rose by Marilyn and William Newman. In memory of: Rose Konick by Devra Freedman, Fran FreemanKesler and Carly Kesler; and by Barbara and Len Farber. GROSSMAN KLEIN FAMILIES FUND Birthday wishes to: Dr. Leslie Klein by Susan Baker and Ross Hadwen. Good wishes to: Tom Grossman by Susan Baker.

LARRY AND SHEILA HARTMAN ENDOWMENT FUND Birthday wishes to: Cynthia and Kalman Bielak by Larry and Sheila Hartman. Condolences to: Sharon Rosentzveig on the loss of her mother Corinne Rosentzveig by Larry and Sheila Hartman. HY AND PAULINE HOCHBERG ENDOWMENT FUND Good wishes to: Anita Landis by Pauline Hochberg. R’fuah Sh’lemah to: Evelyn Greenberg by Pauline Hochberg. DOROTHY AND HY HYMES ENDOWMENT FUND Anniversary wishes to: Dorothy and Hy Hymes on their 60th anniversary by Clair Krantzberg. Mazal Tov to: Rhoda and Joe Levitan on the birth of their granddaughter Elisheva by Dorothy and Hy Hymes. AVRAHAM AND ELISSA INY FAMILY FUND Mazal Tov to: Elissa Iny on being this year’s Kipnis-Wilson/ Friedland Award recipient by Laya and Sol Shabinsky. JEREMY KANTER MEMORIAL FUND In memory of: Corinne Rosentzveig by Julie Kanter and family. HIRAM AND LILLIAN KATHNELSON FAMILY FUND R’fuah Sh’lemah to: Claire Bercovitch by Anita and Mike Roodman. LIBBY AND STAN KATZ FAMILY COMMUNITY ENDOWMENT FUND Happy Father’s Day to: Stan Katz by his children and grandchildren. SYD, ETHEL, LINDA AND STEVEN KERZNER AND FAMILY COMMUNITY ENDOWMENT FUND In appreciation to: Linda Kerzner for her warm hospitality by Debbie Halton-Weiss. ARTHUR AND SARAH KIMMEL MEMORIAL FUND Birthday wishes to: Cheryl Ibghy by Roslyn and Arnie Kimmel and family. Elise Bearg and Nate Hennick by Roslyn and Arnie Kimmel. In memory of: Yetta Arron by Roslyn and Arnie Kimmel. Mazal Tov to: Chuck Merovitz on being an outstanding volunteer who does so much for the community by Roslyn and Arnie Kimmel. R’fuah Sh’lemah to: Claire Bercovitch by Isabel and Norman Lesh. PHILLIP AND ETTIE KIMMEL MEMORIAL FUND In memory of: Herbert Beiles by Stanley Kimmel. R’fuah Sh’lemah to: Evelyn Greenberg by Stanley Kimmel. NORMAN AND SONIA KIZELL FOUNDATION In memory of: David Ritt by Gita Kizell-Pearl. Deborah Breatross by Gita Kizell-Pearl. Continued on page 33


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FOUNDATION DONATIONS KOFFMAN/BLOOM FAMILIES ENDOWMENT FUND R’fuah Sh’lemah to: Eric Weisbloom by Ken and Tina Koffman. SHARON KOFFMAN ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND Condolences to: Trudy Hurvitz on the loss of her mother Fay by Fay Koffman. The Weinstein and Arron Families on the loss of a beloved mother and sister Yetta Arron by Fay Koffman. Mazal Tov to: John Spencer on the arrival of his new grandson by Sandra Zagon. Ron Rosenes on receiving an honorary doctorate from Carleton University for his passionate advocacy for the rights of people all over the world living with HIV/AIDS by Sandra Zagon. KRANTZBERG KRANE FAMILY FUND Birthday wishes to: Gerry Krantzberg by Myra, Sam, Joshua, Jaclyn and Justin Krane. Gertrude Krantzberg by Clair Krantzberg and family. Joshua Krane by Clair Krantzberg. Mazel Tov to: Dr. Ray and Deborah Saginur on the engagement of their daughter Madelaine to Michael Tomlinson by Rick and Helen Zipes. Robbie Moses on his graduation from law school by Myra and Sam Krane and family. Paul Schwartzman on his graduation from law school by Myra and Sam Krane. SUSAN AND DAVID KRIGER ENDOWMENT FUND Condolences to: Dr. Morris Schnitzer on the loss of his brother Edmund Schnitzer by Susan and David Kriger. In observance of the Yahrzeit of: David Kriger’s beloved mother Shirley Movshovitz Kriger by Susan and David Kriger. Mazal Tov to: Rosalie and Robert Kane on their 50th wedding anniversary by Susan and David Kriger. Susan and David Kriger and family on Sarah’s successful defense of her Doctoral Thesis. ANNICE AND SYDNEY KRONICK FAMILY FUND Condolences to: Francie Greenspoon and family on the loss of her brother Michael Greenspoon by Debi and Neil Zaret. Joyce Speich on the loss of her brother Herbert Gordon by Richard Kronick and Alice Brodie. Sharon Rosentzveig on the loss of her mother Corinne Rosentzveig by Debi and Neil Zaret and family. R’fuah Sh’lemah to: Sydney Kronick by Richard, Alice, Sam and Molly Kronick.

ISSIE AND EDITH LANDAU ENDOWMENT FUND In memory of: Edmond Schnitzer by Edie Landau. Les Field by Edie Landau and family. In observance of the Yahrzeit of: Jack Landau by Edie Landau. LILY AND MORRIS LANG ENDOWMENT FUND Condolences to: Glenda Moss on the loss of her father Louis Goldmaker by Merna and Yussie Davidowitz and family. LEON AND BYRTHA LECKIE MEMORIAL FUND In observance of the Yahrzeit of: Byrtha Leckie by Robin Leckie. NORMAN AND ISABEL LESH ENDOWMENT FUND In memory of: Gloria Cuadrado-Taller by Norman and Isabel Lesh. Mazal Tov to: Sharon Reichstein on receiving the Young Leadership Award by Norman and Isabel Lesh. SANDRA AND JACIE LEVINSON ENDOWMENT FUND Condolences to: Francie Greenspoon and family on the loss of her brother Michael Greenspoon by Sandra and Jacie Levinson and family. Birthday wishes to: Sandra Levinson by Roslyn and Arnie Kimmel. RON AND RUTH LEVITAN ENDOWMENT FUND In honour of: Herb Brown becoming Governor Emeritus at Nipissing University by Ron and Ruth Levitan. SALLY AND ELLIOTT LEVITAN ENDOWMENT FUND Condolences to: Francie Greenspoon and family on the loss of her brother Michael Greenspoon by Sally and Elliott Levitan. JOSEPH AND EVELYN LIEFF ENDOWMENT FUND Mazal Tov to: Rhea and Jeff Hochstadter on Elana’s graduation from the University of Ottawa Medical School by Evelyn Lieff.

IRVING AND ELLEN LITHWICK ENDOWMENT FUND Birthday wishes to: Dr. Norton Lithwick by Yvonne and Harvey Lithwick and family. SAMUEL AND LEEMA MAGIDSON ENDOWMENT FUND Birthday wishes to: Allen Abramson by Roslyn and Arnie Kimmel. Dr. Leslie Klein by Roslyn and Arnie Kimmel. Kaylie Magidson by Roslyn and Arnie Kimmel. In memory of: Sydney Lithwick by Roslyn and Arnie Kimmel and family; and by Leema Magidson and family. Mazal Tov to: Sharon Reichstein on receiving the Young Leadership Award by Roslyn and Arnie Kimmel. CHUCK AND BONNIE MEROVITZ FAMILY FUND Mazal Tov to: Chuck and Bonnie Merovitz on their 40th anniversary by Marjorie and Michael Feldman. RHODA AND JEFFREY MILLER FAMILY FUND Condolences to: Francie Greenspoon and family on the loss of her beloved brother Michael Greenspoon by Rhoda and Jeffrey Miller. TANYA AND SAMUEL MOSES MORIN MEMORIAL FUND Anniversary wishes to: Simon and Sheela Morin on their 42nd wedding anniversary by Harvey and Gertrude Morin. In observance of the Yahrzeit of: Tanya Morin a dearly beloved mother by Harvey and Gertrude Morin. ELLEN, SHARON, LAWRENCE AND LYNDA NADOLNY FAMILIES FUND Mazal Tov to: Ellen Nadolny on her marriage to Frank Grimsley by Carol and Norman Zagerman; and by Jack and Sarah Silverstein. JEAN AND MAX NAEMARK ENDOWMENT FUND Birthday wishes to: Bea Naemark by Jean Naemark and family. Condolences to: Penny Torontow on the loss of her father Ray Torontow by Jean Naemark.

Mazal Tov to: Blanche and Joe Osterer on Lizzie’s graduation as a Chiropractic Doctor by Jean Naemark and family. Beatrice Torontow on the engagement of her daughter, Valerie, to Jorden by Jean Naemark and family. JOY OSTREGA MEMORIAL FUND Condolences to: Dr. Andrea Stevens and family on the loss of her beloved mother Phyliss Stevens by Dr. Ken Ostrega and family. HARRY AND BERTHA PLEET MEMORIAL FUND Anniversary wishes to: Joe and Blanche Osterer by Pinchas and Barbara Pleet. In observance of the Yahrzeit of: Harry Nathanson by Pinchas and Barbara Pleet. JACK AND MIRIAM PLEET ENDOWMENT FUND Condolences to: Francie Greenspoon on the loss of her brother Michael Greenspoon by Miriam Pleet. Continued on page 34

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FOUNDATION DONATIONS GERALD AND MARY-BELLE PULVERMACHER FAMILY ENDOWMENT FUND Birthday wishes to: Dr. Carey Stevens by Gerald and Mary-Belle Pulvermacher. Marvin Granatstein by Gerald and Mary-Belle Pulvermacher. Myra Aronson by Gerald and Mary-Belle Pulvermacher. Condolences to: Sharon Rosentzveig on the loss of her mother Corinne Rosentzveig by Gerald and Mary-Belle Pulvermacher. Natalie Bernstein and family on the loss of her father Herbert Sharp by Gerald and Mary-Belle Pulvermacher. DRS. TRUDA AND IMRE ROSENBERG EDUCATIONAL FUND Birthday wishes to: Dr. Truda Rosenberg by Helen Eisen. FLORENCE AND GDALYAH ROSENFELD ENDOWMENT FUND Birthday wishes to: Norman Potechin by Florence and Anita Rosenfeld. In appreciation to: Rabbi and Alison Popky by Florence and Anita Rosenfeld. Cantor and Tracy Bielak by Florence and Anita Rosenfeld. FRANCES AND MORTON ROSS FAMLY FUND Condolences to: Anna Rabinovitch on the loss of her father by Frances and Morton Ross. In memory of: Corinne Rosentzveig by Frances and Morton Ross. Mazal Tov to: Frances and Morton Ross on the birth of their grandson Benjamin by Marjorie and Michael Feldman. Marjorie and Michael Feldman on the birth of their second grandson by Frances and Morton Ross. RICHARD ROTH AND RIVA LEVITAN FAMILY FUND Condolences to: Jennifer Kardash on the loss of her beloved mother Beverly Libin by Richard, Riva, Jared and Aaron Roth. In appreciation to: Brian Lamb for his efforts and another great year at the Ottawa Jewish Community School by the Roth family. Noga Reiss for her efforts and another great year at the Ottawa Jewish Community School by the Roth family. Rabbi Braun for his efforts and another great year at the Ottawa Jewish Community School by the Roth family. Heather Graham for her efforts and another great year at the Ottawa Jewish Community School by the Roth family. Darren Morenstein for his efforts and another great year at the Ottawa Jewish Community School by the Roth family.

Stephane Cinanni for his efforts and another great year at the Ottawa Jewish Community School by the Roth family. Stacy Veaudry for her efforts and another great year at the Ottawa Jewish Community School by the Roth family. Ricky Grebler for her efforts and another great year at the Ottawa Jewish Community School by the Roth family. Shaya Rodal for her efforts and another great year at the Ottawa Jewish Community School by the Roth family. SAMUEL AND RUTH ROTHMAN MEMORIAL FUND In Memory of: Gloria Cuadrado-Taller by Corinne and Sheldon Taylor and family. Louis Goldmaker by Sheldon and Corinne Taylor and family. Mazal Tov to: Reisa and Allan Glenns on the birth of their new grandson by Sheldon and Corinne Taylor and family. Robert and Carrie Glenns on the birth of their new son by Sheldon and Corinne Taylor and family. R’fuah Sh’lemah to: Evelyn Greenberg by Sheldon and Corinne Taylor and family. SHELLEY AND SID ROTHMAN FAMILY FUND Birthday wishes to: Joe Levitan by Shelley Rothman. Condolences to: Sharon Rosentzveig and family on the loss of her mother Corinne Rosentzveig by Shelley Rothman and family. Mazal Tov to: Marcia and Barry Cantor on the engagement of their son, David, to Brittany by Shelley Rothman and family. ELAYNE AND WESLEY SCHACTER ENDOWMENT FUND Birthday wishes to: Irwin Kreisman by Elayne and Wesley Schacter. R’fuah Sh’lemah to: Eric Weisbloom by Elayne and Wesley Schacter and family. HAROLD SHAFFER MEMORIAL FUND In memory of: The Shaffer and Lazear Families by Sheldon and Sonia Shaffer. In observance of the Yahrzeit of: Harold Shaffer a dear brother by Sheldon and Sonia Shaffer. SHMELZER-HOROVITCH ENDOWMENT FUND Birthday wishes to: Jenna Gold by Sol and Anne Shmelzer. Silas Marston by Sol and Anne Shmelzer. Dr. Stanley Winthrop by Sol and Anne Shmelzer. Mazal Tov to: Joyce and Bernie Pagurek on their 50th wedding anniversary by Sol and Anne Shmelzer.

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SAMUEL AND KATHERINE SIGLER MEMORIAL FUND Condolences to: David Minton on the loss of his mother Joy by Jules and Barbara Sigler. In appreciation to: Jules and Barbara Sigler by Joel Weiner. JACK AND SARAH SILVERSTEIN FAMILY ENDOWMENT FUND Condolences to: Francie Greenspoon and family on the loss of her brother Michael Greenspoon by Jack and Sarah Silverstein and family. LINDA SILVERMAN MEMORIAL FUND In memory of: Ranjan Jayasuriya by Marvin and Phyllis Silverman. STELLA AND LOUIS SLACK MEMORIAL FUND Anniversary wishes to: Betty and Irving Nitkin on their 50th anniversary by Myra and Lester Aronson and family; and by Bonnie and Paul Bowering and the Caroll family. Birthday wishes to: Sandra Levinson by Myra and Lester Aronson. Myra Aronson by Larry and Marilyn Gordon; by Noreen Slack and Gerald Redmond; by Barbara and Len Farber; and by Jordan, Gregory, Jennifer and Donna Aronson and Tina Meizer. Condolences to: Bonnie Merovitz on the loss of her mother Doris Leibovitch by Myra and Lester Aronson. MOE AND CHARLOTTE SLACK MEMORIAL FUND Condolences to: Marilyn Binder on the loss of her beloved husband David Binder by Marlene Levine. In memory of: Andrew Kerzner by Marlene Levine and Andrew Siman. JACK AND LINDA SMITH ENDOWMENT FUND Anniversary wishes to: Alicia and Brian Bailey by Leiba Krantzberg. Condolences to: Francie Greenspoon on the loss of her brother Michael Greenspoon by Leiba Krantzberg. Howard Miller on the loss of his father Simon Miller by Leiba Krantzberg. DORIS AND RICHARD STERN FAMILY FUND Mazal Tov to: Gordie Naimer on his 70th birthday by Doris and Richard Stern. FREDA AND PHIL SWEDKO MEMORIAL FUND R’fuah Sh’lemah to: Claire Bercovitch by Beverly and Irving Swedko. CASEY AND BESS SWEDLOVE ENDOWMENT FUND In observance of the Yahrzeit of: Alan Swedlove by Carol-Sue Shapiro and Bess Swedlove. JAY B. TALLER MEMORIAL FUND Birthday wishes to: Sally Taller by Libby and Stan Katz; and by Marilyn, Wendy, Lori, Doron and Noa Waserman. SALLY AND MAX TALLER FAMILY FUND Birthday wishes to: Norman Potechin by Sally Taller. In memory of: Yetta Arron by Sally Taller. THE TARANTOUR FAMILY FUND In memory of: Deborah Breatross by Ann Lazear and family.

CHARLES AND RAE TAVEL MEMORIAL FUND Condolences to: Dr. Norman and Myrna Barwin on the passing of Dr. Erwin Koranyi by Sunny and Johnny Tavel. Mazal Tov to: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Tanner on Olivia’s Bat Mitzvah by Sunny and Johnny Tavel. Sidney and Barbara Cohen on Olivia’s Bat Mitzvah by Sunny and Johnny Tavel. BRENT AND RISA TAYLOR ENDOWMENT FUND Mazal Tov to: Blanche and Joe Osterer on their 60th anniversary by Brent, Risa and Shira Taylor. LISE AND MARK THAW FAMILY FUND Condolences to Francie Greenspoon by Lise, Mark, Alayna and Bryan Thaw. MOSES, CHENYA AND HENRY TORONTOW MEMORIAL FUND Birthday wishes to: Valerie Torontow by Jean Naemark and family. Mazal Tov to: Alan and Elaine Torontow on the engagement of their son Glen to Radah by Jean Naemark. RUTH AND JOSEPH VINER ENDOWMENT FUND In memory of: Edmund Schnitzer by Ruth and Joseph Viner. HAZE WAINBERG FAMILY FUND R’fuah Sh’lemah to: Harvey Blatt by Haze Wainberg and Merv Blostein. MIRIAM AND LOUIS WEINER ENDOWMENT FUND In memory of: Rose Konick by Miriam Weiner. MILDRED AND PERCY WEINSTEIN ENDOWMENT FUND Anniversary wishes to: Brian and Alicia Bailey by Millie Weinstein. In memory of: Yetta Arron by Millie Weinstein. HALTON/WEISS FAMILY FUND Condolences to: Francie Greenspoon and family on the loss of her brother Michael Greenspoon by Debbie Halton-Weiss and Ron Weiss. SAM AND HELENE ZARET MEMORIAL FUND Birthday wishes to: Irwin Kreisman by Debi and Neil Zaret and family. ZIPES KARANOFSKY FAMILY ENDOWMENT FUND Condolences to: Susan Leach and family on the loss of her father Clarence by Rick and Helen Zipes. Mazal Tov to: Marty and Tanya Abrams on the birth of their twin grandchildren by Rick and Helen Zipes. Rabbi and Shaindel Simes on the graduation of their daughter and on their special wedding anniversary by Rick and Helen Zipes. THE WOMEN’S COLLECTIVE PHILANTHROPY PROGRAM Providing support for services and programs that directly benefit women and children. WOMEN’S COLLECTIVE ENDOWMENT FUND Mazal Tov to: Debbie Halton-Weiss and Ron Weiss on Jessica’s Call to the Bar by Lynne Oreck-Wener and Bob Wener. Diane Koven on the upcoming marriage of her son Continued on page 35


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FOUNDATION DONATIONS Jeremy Poriah to Aviva Attis by Lynne Oreck-Wener and Bob Wener. Ellen Nadolny and Frank Grimsley on the occasion of their wedding by Rhoda and Joe Levitan. Erica and Graham Sher on the Bar Mitzvah of their son Gabriel by Lynne Oreck-Wener and Bob Wener. Paula and Manny Agulnik on the upcoming marriage of their son Mark to Julie Toyawanich by Lynne OreckWener and Bob Wener. THE SAUL AND EDNA GOLDFARB B’NAI MITZVAH PROGRAM RYAN JEREMY BAKER B’NAI MITZVAH FUND Condolences to: Brenda Litwin on the passing of her beloved mother Shirley Goldstein by Benita and Steven Baker. Francie Greenspoon on the passing of her beloved brother Michael Greenspoon by Benita, Steven, Alexander and Ryan Baker. REBECCA BOSLOY MITZVAH FUND Mazal Tov to: Rebecca Bosloy and family on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah by Ariella Ruby and family. YITZHAK KAMIL MITZVAH FUND In appreciation to: David and Margo Kardish and family by Ellie Kardish-Kamil. In memory of: Avi Rapoport by Ellie, Arie, Yoni, Yael and Itzy Kamil. Beverly Libin by Ellie, Arie, Yoni, Yael and Itzy Kamil. Celia Levitan by Ellie, Arie, Yoni, Yael and Itzy Kamil. Chana Bugoslavski by Ellie, Arie, Yoni, Yael and Itzy Kamil. Eileen Goldberg by Ellie, Arie, Yoni, Yael and Itzy Kamil. Fay Shulman by Ellie Kardish-Kamil and family. Frances Rothman by Ellie, Arie, Yoni, Yael and Itzy Kamil. Gloria Cuadrado-Taller by Ellie, Arie, Yoni, Yael and Itzy Kamil. Irving Taylor by Ellie, Arie, Yoni, Yael and Itzy Kamil. Jack Baylin by Ellie, Arie, Yoni, Yael and Itzy Kamil. Warren Mason by Ellie, Arie, Yoni, Yael and Itzy Kamil. Mazal Tov to: Esti Fogel on getting Ten Yad to where it is today by Ellie and Arie Kamil. Itzy Kamil on receiving Canada’s Capital Cappie Award for Lead Actor in a Play by Ellie, Arie, Yoni and Yael Kamil.

Muriel, Louis and Rachel Kardish on Rachel’s grade 8 graduation and on her being named Hebrew Valedictorian by The Kamil family. Yael Kamil on her outstanding academic accomplishments by Ellie, Arie, Yoni and Itzy Kamil. R’fuah Sh’lemah to: Evelyn Greenberg by Ellie, Arie, Yoni, Yael and Itzy Kamil. Judy Kriger by Ellie, Arie, Yoni, Yael and Itzy Kamil. Ken and Leah Miller by Ellie, Arie, Yoni, Yael and Itzy Kamil. LIEFF FAMILY B’NAI MITZVAH FUND Condolences to: Jennifer Kardash on the loss of her mother Beverly Libin by Francie Greenspoon and Norman Lieff. Francie Greenspoon and family on the loss of her brother Michael Greenspoon by Tinh Ly; by Jean Myers; Jessica, Marc and Jack Borenstein; by Sylvie Bordeleau; by Blossom Read; by Roslyn Wollock; by Lisa, Jeff and Michaela Levitt-Bradshaw; by Clair Krantzberg; by Robert Krantzberg; by Nina and Mark Dover; by Ingrid Levitz and family; by Joany and Andy Katz and family; by Bernie and Donna Dolansky; by Dorothy and Hy Hymes; by Mark, Cindi, Daniel, Haley, Ben and Lauren Resnick; by Sarah Beutel and Steven Morgan; by Pam and Peter Stelcner; by Manny and Ruth Shacter; and by Barry Silverman. EYAL PODOLSKY B’NAI MITZVAH FUND R’fuah Sh’lemah to: Eric Weisbloom by Rony and Dekel Podolsky. TOM PODOLSKY B’NAI MITZVAH FUND Condolences to: Francie Greenspoon and family on the loss of her brother Michael Greenspoon by Rony and Dekel Podolsky and family. NOAH ZELIKOVITZ B’NAI MITZVAH FUND In memory of: Beverly Libin by Lenora, Evan, Noah and Arielle Zelikovitz. Mazal Tov to: The Benlolo family on Michael’s Bar Mitzvah by Lenora, Evan, Noah and Arielle Zelikovitz. Contributions may be made online at www.OJCF.ca or by contacting Jessica Borenstein at 613-798-4696 extension 274, Monday to Friday or by email at donation@ojcf.ca. Attractive cards are sent to convey the appropriate sentiments. All donations are acknowledged with a charitable receipt. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Amex.

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Jack’s peculiar experiences using the facilities “Is there anyone who hasn’t had odd or peculiar experiences with bathrooms?” Jack asked me the other day. “I’m not sure I have,” I replied. “But I have just experienced someone asking me an odd question about bathrooms. Perhaps you could you expand a bit on your topic? What seemed odd or peculiar to you?” “The first thing was in a western-style restaurant. When I went to use the bathroom, there were two, each with a different horse’s head in a small wooden plaque in the middle of the door.” “How could you tell the difference between the men’s and the women’s rooms from what you saw on the plaque?” “I tried to find a clue in the features of the horses. Maybe one had longer eyelashes or a more-flowing mane. But neither looked any more fiery or aggressive than the other. They were both the same size. I thought the woodcutter should have carved the horses from the back as a better clue.” “Perhaps the bathrooms were co-ed.” “Do you think I am a horse’s ass? Of course, that thought finally hit me. But, I still had to decide which one to use. I opened each a crack and knew right away which one to use – the one on the left.” “How did you know?” “That was the one with the toilet seat up.” “Very good sleuthing.” “The next thing happened to me at a burger joint when I had to use the bathroom. The door was locked so I asked for a key at the front counter. There was no key I was told – the manager controlled the door from the front. So, I went back to the door and, after one or two yanks, it opened. I was about to use the facilities when I heard the manager’s voice: ‘Good! You got in!’ This gave me pause. Did she hear me? Was she watching me? I scanned the room for microphones and

Humour me, please Rubin Friedman cameras. Everything on the wall looked suspicious. So I exited without doing what I came in for. I felt too embarrassed and nervous.” “It is a bit odd to hold conversations with your customers while they are in the bathroom. Too bad I’m not a lawyer. I feel a lawsuit in the making.” “Perhaps the last example was the most disconcerting because it is very common. It was one of those bathrooms with motion detectors for everything.” “Seems normal.” “But the designers didn’t count on a klutz like me. I stepped away from the urinal and it flushed. Then I passed too close to the next one on my way to the sink and it also flushed. At the sink, I did the obligatory to get the soap and then moved to turn the water on to wash. Except the tap was too close to the soap dispenser and my hand kept crossing the line and dispenser kept dispensing – a kind of premature dispensation. “When I waved my hand in front of the paper towel dispenser it spit out towels on the way up and the way down. I reached down to pick up the towel when a gentleman entered the room and bumped me all the way to the urinal, which promptly flushed and splashed my face. This necessitated another wash with soap and hand drying with predictable results.” “I think you would be better off with optional manual sinks, urinals and towels. Not everyone can drive automatic.”

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SUNDAY JULY 29 Seeing the Good in Others, a special presentation by JET to mark Tisha B’Av. Two lectures and a movie will be featured, 4:00 pm. Info: 613-798-9818, ext. 247. WEDNESDAY AUGUST 1 2nd Annual JFO Women’s Golf Tournament. Canadian Golf and Country Club, 7800 Golf Club Way, Ashton, 10:00 am. Info: 613-7984696, ext. 241. Tea and Torah. Tu B’Av: Love, Life, and Laughter, by Rabbi Arnold Fine, sponsored by Jewish Family Services. Rideau Gardens, 240 Friel Street, 1:30 pm. Info: 613-722-2225, ext. 411.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 8 Books and Bagels Brunch, sponsored by Jewish Family Services, features Jewish Americans, PBS Productions, 2255 Carling Avenue, 3rd Floor, 10:30 am. Info: 613-722-2225, ext. 411. MONDAY AUGUST 13 Tee-Up for Tamir Golf Fun-Raiser. Proceeds benefit Tamir’s residences and oversee new projects. Rideau View Country Club, 6044 Rideau Valley Drive N., Manotick, 11:30 am. Info: 613-725-3519, ext. 113. Monday Matinees: History of the World Part 1, a comedy by Mel Brooks. Sponsored by Jewish Family Services. The Westwood Retirement Residence, 2370 Carling Avenue, 2:00 pm. Info: 613722-2225, ext. 411.

COMING SOON MONDAY, AUGUST 20 On the Road Again: Canal Boat Cruise for Seniors, by Jewish Family Services. Departs from the Conference Centre, 2 Rideau Street, 1:30 pm. Info: 613-722-2225, ext. 411. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Back to School Shabbat for university students, sponsored by Chabad Student Network, 59 Sweetland Avenue, 6:30 pm. Info: 613-601-7701. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 2013 JFO Annual Campaign Kickoff, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Daniel Gordis. Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive, 7:00 pm. Info: 613-798-4696, ext. 241. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Biking for Bubbies annual fundraiser to benefit Hillel Lodge. Bike a 54- or 36-km route and return to the Lodge for lunch with the residents. Ride begins at Hillel Lodge, 10 Nadolny Sachs Private, 9:00 am. Info: 613-829-2455.

Unless otherwise noted, activities take place at The Joseph and Rose Ages Family Building, 21 Nadolny Sachs Private. This information is taken from the community calendar maintained by the Jewish Ottawa InfoCentre. Organizations which would like their events to be listed, no matter where they are to be held, should send the information to InfoCentre coordinator Benita Siemiatycki via e-mail at bsiemiatycki@jewishottawa.com or fax at 613-798-4695. She can also be reached by telephone at 613-798-4644. Accurate details must be provided and all events must be open to the Jewish public.

Condolences Condolences are extended to the families of: Cecil Colwin Gloria Cuadrado-Taller Michael Allan Greenspoon, Orillia (brother of Francie Greenspoon) Hy Hymes Dr. Erwin Koranyi Donald Ladouceur Simon Miller (father of Howard Miller)

Corinne Rosentzveig (née Orenstein) (mother of Sharon Rosentzveig) Edmund Schnitzer, Montreal (brother of Dr. Morris Schnitzer) Sarah Shaffer

May their memory be a blessing always.

The CONDOLENCE COLUMN is offered as a public service to the community. There is no charge. For a listing in this column, please call 613-798-4696, ext. 274. Voice mail is available.

BULLETIN DEADLINES AUGUST 1 FOR AUGUST 20 AUGUST 15 FOR SEPTEMBER 10* SEPTEMBER 5 FOR SEPTEMBER 24 * Community-wide Issue (all dates subject to change)

JEWISH MEMORIAL GARDENS Your one-stop resource centre for funeral planning 613-688-3530

Readers and advertisers are advised the next edition of the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin will be published on Wednesday, August 20, 2012. The deadline date is Wednesday, August 1, 2012.


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