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Synagogue blog hacked by shady Muslim group is back online BY LEE CHOTTINER Executive Editor

Children assisted by Marian Allen during her January, 2011 mission to Haiti.

Jewish group hopes to help impoverished country BY TOBY TABACHNICK Staff Writer

For a long time, Marian Allen, a nurse, wanted to travel to Haiti to volunteer to help those without access to basic health care. Following that country’s devastating earthquake in 2010, she got serious about making it happen. After inquiring with several nonprofit agencies, Allen finally connected with Functional Literacy Ministry of Haiti last January. Through that Pittsburgh-based Christian group, she traveled to the disaster-stricken nation to provide fluoride

treatments, school physicals, and cholera education to the people of the mountain highlands, south of Port-au-Prince. Following that experience, the inspired healthcare provider decided to broach the idea of a Jewish mission to Haiti with the rabbis of Rodef Shalom Congregation. “It was a life-changing experience,” Allen said. “When I got back, I talked to Rabbi [Aaron] Bisno and Rabbi [Sharyn] Henry, and wondered if we could do something like that through the temple.” Now, she and Henry are about to lead a group of 13 Pittsburghers to Thomassin, Haiti, next month through FLM-Haiti. The Rodef Shalom group, which in-

cludes three teenagers, will embark for Haiti on Feb. 5 for a one-week mission. While there, its participants will provide whatever services they can offer — including grief counseling — to those still recovering from the trauma of losing loved ones in the 2010 earthquake. “Their needs are so low-hanging,” Allen, a member of Rodef Shalom, said of the rural Haitians in Thomassin. “There is something everyone can do to help people in this community. We’re not trying to fix all of Haiti; we’re just trying to do something in this community.” Please see Haiti, page 15.

Richard D’Loss is curious about the so-called Muslim group from Kosovo that hacked into the blog of his tiny synagogue, Ahavath Achim in Carnegie, over the holidays. But he’s not losing sleep over it. “I’d be curious to find out if there have been other Jewish organizations around the country that have been hacked by this group, said D’Loss, the president of the congregation and builder of the blog, known as thecarnegieshul.org. Although, “to me, it’s just a vandalism kind of thing; it’s not really serious,” he added. “It was just a pain … to clean it up.” The individual or group that hacked in, which calls itself the Kosova Security Group, did not manage to post anything to the blog, primarily because D’Loss had set it up so he must approve comments before they appear. But aside from the group’s emblem, which contains the Albanian national symbol of a two-headed eagle, and a link to a screen, which reads “Muslims for life!”, the emails contained nothing anti-Semitic, according to D’Loss. Please see Blog, page 15.

The emblem of the hackers who attacked the Ahavath Achim blog.

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Times To Remember

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This week’s issue: June 9, 1967

Chronicle editor was in the country for the Six-Day War (Editor’s Note: Retro News is a new column that will appear every week this year as part of the celebration of the Chronicle’s 50th anniversary. Each week, Retro News will look at a past issue of the Chronicle, encapsulate the news reported that week and comment on how those items pertain to today’s Jewish Pittsburgh.)

Front page The Six-Day War was still on when Jewish Pittsburgh learned that Chronicle Executive Editor Albert W. Bloom was in the country and reporting on the quick conflict. In a front-page column — the front page was completely devoted that week to war coverage — Bloom chose to focus on the effects of the war rather than give a straight blow-by-blow of the struggle between Israel and her enemies. “The biggest battles are yet to come,” he wrote, “and they will be fought on a different terrain and will demand different strategies and different tactics. “They are the political battles, and they have political overtones,” he continued. “Now is the time to begin thinking about the battle to come — that is,

the struggle to maintain and insure that Egypt, or any group of Arab countries in league with Egypt, will never again conspire to undermine the foundations of Israel reborn.” Bloom’s words were almost prophetic. Though short on details, he accurately predicted that the Six-Day War (it wasn’t called the Six-Day War in print just yet; that moniker would come later) would sew the seeds of future military and political conflicts, most notably the settlements that grew up in the captured West Bank, Gaza and Golan Heights; the birth of Hamas, suicide bombers and the Security barrier to keep them out of Israel. All these issues, and many others, had their genesis in the Six-Day War. Bloom also wrote more detailed stories on the war effort, published inside the paper. Before embedded reporters were made popular by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Bloom spent time in the Negev Desert with the IDF’s armored corps and met with its commanders. Though his writing was far from straight news reporting, Bloom captured the flavor of the moment, quoting the officers and noncommissioned officers extensively, and giving Pittsburgh readers a perspective on the war they might oth-

Organization of America and the Pittsburgh Zionist District. Banchek, the editorial reported, “indefatigable Pittsburgh leader and ardent Zionist, no longer is among us to consult that little calendar book that sometimes listed as many four community service meetings in one night.” The piece went on to say Banchek’s experience as a public accountant and businessman made him an expert in analyzing the budgets of the city’s social welfare agencies. Also that week, the paper carried a collection of excerpts from Israeli newspaper editorials — all pertaining to the war. In one excerpt, from Davar, the writer predicted, “What began as a demonstrative move for political purposes may develop into a military clash, the dimensions of which no one can foretell.” How true.

Community The June 9, 1967, front page.

erwise have missed through the general media. Also on the front page that week, the Chronicle reported that Jewish Pittsburgh had raised more than $500,000 within the first 12 hours after an emergency fund was established. It reported that one man stopped by the United Jewish Federation office to drop off a check for $1,000 and one anonymous giver contributed $100,000. The story credited Alvin Rogal, Donald Robinson, Leonard Rudolph and Saul Shapira for leading the drive.

Opinion The Chronicle devoted its staff editorial that week to the passing of Abe Banchek, 63, past leader in the Zionist

On the community scene, the Chronicle reported that Charles J. Linder was installed for a second year as chair of the Western Region of the BBYO Board of Directors … Rabbi Bernard A. Poupko of Shaare Torah Congregation would be the guest speaker at the annual RZA Dinner at Hillel Academy … Mrs. Leonard Shapiro took over as chair of the Women’s Activities Committee of the Y-IKC ... and Harold Bigler was elected president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Jewish Committee. — COMPILED BY LEE CHOTTINER

(For a more comprehensive look at the June 9, 1967, Chronicle, visit the jewishchronicle.net and click on “archives” at the top of the page. Back issues of the Chronicle are archived by the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project.)

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METRO Briefly

The Jewish Chronicle recently added three new bloggers to its blogosphere at thejewishchronicle.net. Danny Brodie, a Pittsburgh native living in Tel Aviv, is writing the blog “Middle East Conflicts,” in which he analyzes political issues related to Israel and the Middle East in general. Dr. Ann Ruben, a retired psychologist living at Riverview Towers, writes the blog “Hooray for Happiness,” in which she strives to guide readers to a positive and happy outlook on life. Joy Braunstein, the newly hired director of the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater, will soon begin her new blog “Never Forget,” in which she will explore contemporary issues surrounding, and implications of, The Holocaust. A graduate of Duquesne University in history with a minor in German, Brode studied for several years at the Virginia Military Institute, University of the German Federal Armed Forces, Hamburg, and the Hebrew University of

Jerusalem. He graduated with a master’s degree in security and diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and has interned as a research analyst at the Institute for National Security Studies in the Military and Strategic Affairs Program. He also represented Tel Aviv University in the Wikistrat International Grand Strategy Competition. Ruben, at 86, is the oldest of the Chronicle’s bloggers, uses her professional background to help seniors live more rewarding lives. Braunstein has an extensive history in Jewish and Israeli matters. She studied environmental issues in Israel while a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh. She was senior manager of planning and fund distribution at the federation from 2006 to 2008 and most recently worked as executive director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association. Visit thejewishchronicle.net to follow their blogs. Rodef Shalom Congregation will hold a congregational town hall meeting, Thursday January 19, at the synagogue at the corner of Fifth and Moorewood, Shadyside. The program, which will look at changes now underway in the Jewish world at the national level, will feature Jonah Pezner, senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism, who will Skype with the audience. Jeffrey Finklelstein, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation Greater Pittsburgh, also will address the gathering. Please see Briefly, page 5.


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Israel gallery owner shows wide sweep of Jewish talent BY SUSIE DAVIDSON JNS

About 10 times per year, Menachem Safrai helps pack some 120 crates with watercolors, serigraphs, woodcuts, oils, prints, tapestry, sculpture and other art forms, as well as many large white pegboard display stands. He then hops on a plane in order to arrive at an overseas synagogue, community center or organization in time to hang each piece himself and design a particular presentation for each exhibition. The exclusive artists of his Safrai Gallery in Jerusalem (safrai.com) create most of the 1,500 works in his show, “Young and Old Masters of Israeli Art,” but he often purchases additional items he believes will appeal to a specific community. Safrai is always on hand to answer queries about art in Israel, and also gives lectures at the exhibits. The 100-plus contributors to his exhibits include established names like Marc Chagall, Shraga Weil, Abraham Binder, Amram Ebgi, Shemuel Katz, Reuven Rubin, Raphael Abecassis, Slava Ilyayev, David Sharir and Tarkai, or lesser-known Israeli artists such as Michael Kerman and Alexander Klevan. Safrai aims to give his overseas viewers a comprehensive, illustrative look at the Holy Land, through the perspectives of some of its most creative citizenry. In Detroit, Sacramento, Houston, Virginia, Massachusetts and, this past sum-

mer, at Congregation Beth Shalom in and worldview. The Israel Ministry of Pittsburgh, he does it all with vigor — Tourism website says, “The art scene in and it’s not hard to see why. Israel had its beginnings in A third-generation gallery the early part of the 20th owner, Safrai is century, when the rebirth of a man driven to a Jewish state in the Land introduce and of Israel was beginning to expose Ameritake shape.” cans to Israeli Jerusalem’s Bezalel art, as well as art Academy of Art and Deenthusiast himsign, named for Bezalel self. Ben Uri, the first artist The shows ofmentioned in the Bible and fer art pieces for founded by sculptor Boris sale and viewing, Schatz in 1906, originally and Safrai also produced Jewish and Bibhelps synagogues lical-themed art works. produce fundraisBut as secular trends ing events. manifested, a “Rebels of “The exhibits Bezalel” movement beprovide a unique gan to focus on the landopportunity for scape and residents of Americans to get a the area, with its memglimpse of the excitbers identifying theming and expanding selves as “Hebrew” world of Israeli art, rather than “Jewish” which can only be artists. Their influence ,a er ek sh ei Fl ” by otherwise seen by “Chassidic Dancing continues to this day, rt A ne e Safrai Fi traveling to Israel,” piece featured by th and Bezalel, now locatSafrai said in an inter- Gallery. ed on the Mount Scoview with JNS. pus campus of Hebrew UniAccording to wall versity, is currently the leading academy texts at The Israel Museum in for art and design in Israel. Jerusalem, old and new themes covering Safrai sees that the founding of Bezathe last 100 years of Israeli art reflect a lel as a “rebirth of Jewish art in what sweeping and diverse range of both style would become Israel.”

The Safrai Art Gallery’s storied history long predates the establishment of Israel. In 1888, Safrai’s maternal grandfather, Mendel Harrison, moved to Israel from Weshbelov, Lithuania, where he was a rabbi. He manufactured mirrors in the old city of Jerusalem and then moved his family to New York, where he established a small art gallery that he operated for 37 years. Following his retirement, the family returned to Israel, where Harrison’s son-in-law, Julius Bookbinder, became Asher Safrai and opened a gallery in the Nachlat Shiva quarter of Jerusalem. The gallery became popular with emigrants from Western Europe who had fled the Nazi threat, but retained an appreciation for the arts they had formerly enjoyed. After performing nightly guard duty in the Hagana, Safrai would open the gallery, which also held illegal weapons for the defense unit in its basement. British Army officers and government officials oversaw the area before the War of Liberation, and frequented the fledgling gallery. In 1949, Asher’s son Dov, who had also served in the Hagana as well as the Israel Defense Forces as a lieutenant, inherited the management of the gallery, and brought in his wife, Shoshana. He began bringing exhibitions of Israeli art to the United States and Canada in 1958. Their son, Menachem, who was born in Jerusalem in 1963, went on to study art history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and continues the legacy.


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METRO Briefly Continued from page 3. According to Senior Rabbi Aaron Bisno, the town hall will address what steps might be taken to ensure the community vitality of Jewish Pittsburgh. He said the goal is to “meet the greatest number of Jews where they are so that they and their children might continue to be part of a thriving dynamic Jewish community going forward,” he said in a prepared statement. He envisions holding future town hall sessions open to broader audiences. A 14-panel display depicting scenes from the 100 years history of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will be exhibited at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh-South Hills, 345 Kane Boulevard, Scott Township, from Feb 1 to 14. Jeffrey Finkelstein, president and CEO, and Brian Schreiber, JCC president and CEO, will speak about the federation’s impact on the South Hills Jewish community at an opening reception, Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the South Hills JCC. The event and the exhibit are free to the community. The display presents an overview of each decade from the 1910s, when the federation was founded as the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, to the present day. Included are archival photos, excerpts from historical documents and a timeline of events. The display is part of a series of special programs and projects that mark the Jewish Federation’s centennial year, which began in September. Contact Dan Garfinkel, branch director, at 412-278-1975, ext. 208, or at dgarfinkel@jccpgh.org for more information. Congregation Beth Shalom and Rodef Shalom Congregation will jointly sponsor a 2012 Winter film series. The first film, to be screened, Sun., Jan. 15, 7 p.m., at Beth Shalom, is “Black to the Promised Land,” a 1992 documentary that follows 11 troubled inner-city black youths who spend 10 weeks on a working kibbutz in Israel. At first, they struggle to adjust to the long hours and hard work, but they are even-

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tually won over by the egalitarianism and cooperative spirit of the community. Likewise, the kibbutzniks are at first apprehensive of the kids, whom they perceive as violent drug-obsessed malcontents. There is no charge to attend but a donation is suggested. Light refreshments will be served. Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh will hold tryouts for this summer’s JCC Maccabi Games, Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the JCC in Squirrel Hill. Tryouts for boys and girls basketball will be held Monday at the Robinson Gym. In addition, signups will be held for boys baseball and inline hockey, girls lacrosse, volleyball and softball, girls and boys soccer, swimming and table tennis Monday at the JCC in Squirrel Hill and Tuesday, Jan 31, at the South Hills JCC. The games themselves, for teens ages 13 to 16, will be held Aug. 12 through 17 Rockland, N.Y. Contact Alan Mallinger at 412-5218011, ext. 272, or amallinger@jccpgh.org for more information or to register. American Jewish Museum will host an opening reception for its latest exhibit, “Super Silly! Superman Creators’ Funnyman Fights Crime with Shtick,” Saturday Jan. 14, 6 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. The exhibit includes 50 storyboards for Funnyman, a buffoonish crime fighter — created by the makers of Superman, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster — who uses gags for weapons, Funnyman is the antithesis of noble Superman. Not only were both created by The program will include a presentation “Jews, Humor, and Funnyman” by Funnyman expert comics historian Mel Gordon, a professor at University of California at Berkeley. The program is free. Call 412-5218011 ext. 105 for more information. Noah Bendix-Balgley, concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, will present his first Pittsburgh concert, Sunday, Jan. 29, 8 p.m., at Temple Emanuel of South Hills. Pianist Rodrigo Ojeda, a Carnegie

Mellon University artist lecturer, will accompany Bendix-Balgley. The Diskin Music Fund presents the free concert. Contact Tempe Emanuel at 412-279-7600 or lblattner@templeemanuelpgh.org for reservations. Jewish Residential Services and Jewish Family and Children’s Service will host a workshop on “Long Term Planning for Your Family Member” Monday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at Jewish Residential Services, located at Rodef Shalom Congregation. For most individuals with disabilities, estate planning is needed to ensure sufficient financial resources for personal needs beyond what a parent or guardian can provide. This workshop brings in an experienced estate planning attorney to explain trusts for individuals with disabilities and the legal framework that permits individuals with trusts to retain public benefits. The free training is provided by The Partnership, a network of organizations that serves people with disabilities and their families. Contact Shani Lasin, 412-325-0039, slasin@jrspgh.org for more information or to register.

Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee presents “Harrisburg – Year in Review and a Look Ahead” with Andy Hoover, legislative director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania, at its upcoming board meeting Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 pm, in the Falk Library at Rodef Shalom Congregation. The event is free and open to the public. Visit pajc.net, contact the PAJC office at 412-605-0816 or at pajc@pajc.net for more information. Money Matters: A Jewish Business Ethics six-week series from the the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will be held Wednesdays, starting Jan. 25, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. or Sundays, starting Jan. 29, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. at Chabad of the South Hills, 1701 McFarland Road, Mt. Lebanon. The series will present Judaism’s approach to practical economic dilemmas and monetary quandaries in personal and professional lives. The series is accredited for CLE credits. Call 412-344-2424 or visit chabadsh.com for registration and more information.


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Lew was a wise choice e’re under no illusions about President Barack Obama’s appointment of Jacob “Jack” Lew to be the next White House Chief of Staff. Lew, 56, is an Orthodox Jew, a voting bloc that trends conservative. And many Orthodox voters are critical of the president’s positions on Israel. What better way to make peace with that voting bloc than to select one of its adherents to be the president’s closest advisor? So in that respect, naming Lew to succeed outgoing Chief of Staff William Daley was politically shrewd, no doubt about it. Having said that, the Lew appointment is a wise one as well. Here’s why: Economically, the president is on a roll. The economy has added at least 100,000 jobs a month for six months in a row — the first time that has happened since 2006, when Republican George W. Bush occupied the White House.

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The unemployment rate is edging downward, though it’s still too high, and manufacturing is picking up again. At the end of the day, presidential campaigns are won and lost based upon the performance of the economy, not on social issues and not on Israel. So what better man for the chief of staff position than the current director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the man who is charged with drafting the proposed 2013 budget? For Lew, the economy is job one, and he’ll advise the president accordingly. Plus, he has the credentials to do it. A graduate of Harvard University and the Georgetown University Law Center, Lew, in another life, was the former senior policy advisor to then-House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill. At the time, he served at the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee as assistant director and then executive direc-

tor, and was responsible for work on domestic and economic issues including Social Security, Medicare, budget, tax, trade, appropriations and energy issues. During the Clinton administration, Lew served his earlier stint as OMB director and joined the administration’s negotiating team that help crafted the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. And, as many Washington insiders are saying, Lew, who is the latest in a long line of Jews to serve as chief of staff, is well liked on Capitol Hill — more so than Daley — which is necessary if the president hopes to accomplish anything in an election year. So Lew brings just the kind of background the president needs at just the time he needs it. That said, you can bet he will be a strong supporter of Israel as well. However, you slice it — or however you feel about this president — the selection of Lew was a wise one.

Haredim who desecrate Shoa have no place in civilized society Menachem Z. Rosensaft

NEW YORK — The abhorrent rally in Jerusalem’s Shabbat Square on Dec. 31, 2011, featuring Haredim wearing yellow stars and simulated concentration camp uniforms brings to mind Walt Kelly’s observation in the classic Pogo comic strip, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” “It’s like how it started with the Nazis — very slowly,” said one of the ultra-Orthodox demonstrators, an American Yeshiva student named Salomon Hoberman, steadfastly insisting on his and his cohorts’ right to discriminate against and even physically abuse women and girls. This latest misuse of Holocaust imagery and Nazi analogies did not occur in a vacuum. In 1995, posters of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in a Nazi uniform were displayed at right-wing demonstrations opposing any political accommodation with the Palestinians. In December 2004, Gaza strip settlers compared Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s decision to pull out of Gaza to the Holocaust and announced that they would start wearing orange stars in protest. Eight months later, IDF soldiers were confronted in the Gaza settlement of Kerem Atzmona by Jewish children with yellow stars of David pinned on their chest, intentionally evoking images of Jews being deported to their death by the Nazis. More recently, in May 2010, left-wing Israeli, Palestinian and Polish activists, including one Yonatan Shapiro, a former Israeli Air Force pilot, sprayed the words “Liberate all ghettos” in Hebrew and “Free Gaza and Palestine” in English on remnants of the Warsaw Ghetto. No one should be surprised, therefore, when the ultra-Orthodox, some of whom

have long compared Israel to Nazi Germany choose to up the ante by employing ever more provocative and evocative tactics. Even more troubling than the Dec. 31 rally is the silence of so many ultra-Orthodox religious leaders in its aftermath. While certain Jewish religious leaders have voiced their dismay, most of the prominent Chasidic and other Haredi personalities seem to have developed convenient laryngitis. Unfortunately, politicians and media commentators eager for a sound bite on the evening news also think nothing of exploiting the Holocaust and Nazi terminology, and apparently the crasser the better. The reactionary radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has repeatedly likened President Obama to Hitler, with virtually no one in the Republican Party taking him to task. In Limbaugh’s own words, as broadcast to his nationwide audience, “Obama’s got a health care logo that’s right out of Adolf Hitler’s playbook”; “Obama is asking citizens to rat each other out like Hitler did”; the president “is sending out his brownshirts to head up opposition to genuine American citizens who want no part of what Barack Obama stands for and is trying to stuff down our throats”; and “Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, also ruled by dictate.” Others are no better. Participants in Tea Party rallies have brandished images of President Obama with a Hitler-like mustache and signs with “Obama” written under a swastika. The president of the Republican Women of Anne Arundel County, Md., chose to write on the group’s Web site that “Obama and Hitler have a great deal in common.” The head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission declared at a Christian Coalition of Florida banquet in Florida, that the Obama Administration’s health care reform “is not something like what the Nazis did. It is precisely what the Nazis did.” And Glenn Beck, another radio talk show host, disparaged the president’s plan to expand the Peace Corps and its domestic counterpart, AmeriCorps, as “what Hitler did with the SS.” Not to be outdone, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has declared that the Obama administration’s policies represent “as

great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did.” Really? Death camps? Gas chambers? Gulags? The brutal massacre of millions? To be fair, Democrats and liberals have not been blameless in this regard. In September 2009, Alan Grayson, then a Democratic congressman from Florida, called the healthcare crisis “this Holocaust in America.” Last January, another Democratic Congressman, Steve Cohen from Tennessee who, like Grayson, happens to be Jewish, called the Republican rhetoric on healthcare “a big lie just like Goebbels. You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. … The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it — believed it and you have the Holocaust.” All of these blatantly inappropriate Nazi and Holocaust analogies, whether made in Israel, the United States, or anywhere else, undermine our ability to bring the moral authority of Holocaust memory to bear when it really matters. The Shoa and all it represents should only be invoked in our contemporary political discourse when human beings — Jews or non-Jews — are actually persecuted or threatened with destruction. It is not enough to condemn the Haredim who compared themselves to Jews in Nazi Europe at the Dec. 31 rally, and then allow the incident to be dismissed and forgotten as merely another outrage in a succession of many outrages. Those who organized or took part in this obscene demonstration should be made permanent pariahs, as should the ultra-Orthodox rabbis and other leaders who refuse to denounce it. Desecrating the memory of the Shoa is as reprehensible as spitting on a girl, and the social degenerates who do either have no place in a civilized society. (Menachem Z. Rosensaft is an adjunct professor of law at Cornell Law School, a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School, a distinguished visiting lecturer at Syracuse University College of Law, and vice president of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants.)


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Appeal for Gross I am hoping you have heard about the plight of my friend, Alan Gross. Alan is from the Washington, D.C., area and his situation has received a lot of coverage in our local news. If you have not heard, Alan went to Cuba to bring laptop computers and cell phones to the Jewish community on the island. On his last trip, he was taken off a plane and thrown in a Cuban prison cell where he has sat since Dec. 3, 2009. He was not tried until March 2011, was found guilty of acts against the Cuban government and sentenced for 15 years. The State Department is negotiating for Alan’s release but after more than two years, their efforts have been unsuccessful. Two things are being done to help my friend: • A petition was created on the White House website to try to get some action by the White House to bring Alan home (wh.gov/DJO). The petition needs 25,000 signatures by Jan. 24, so that it will be reviewed by White House officials and receive a response. • We were given a link to the Jewish Issues Outreach Team at the White House (whitehouse.gov/webform/contact-american-jewish-issues-outreachteam). Messages sent through that link will go directly to the appropriate staff at the White House so they can learn how many people are concerned about Alan and want him home. Those people can speak up on Alan’s behalf. I hope your newspaper is willing to help this wonderful man by asking your readers to sign the petition and also send e-mails on Alan’s behalf. Alan and his family need this nightmare brought to an end. Lenny Levy Gaithersburg, Md.

URJ coverage lauded Thank you for reporting and sharing

with others in Pittsburgh who did not have the opportunity to attend the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial last month outside Washington, D.C. Your coverage accurately summarized what I experienced as a participant: I studied with scholars, learned new approaches to connecting with our fellow congregants, heard about the URJ’s youth and other new initiatives, sang and prayed with over 5,000 Reform Jews from North America (representing more than 900 member congregations and their 1.5 million individual members) and shared Shabbat dinner in a room larger than several airplane hangars. Among those in attendance were also members from liberal Congregations in Latin America, Europe, South Africa and Israel. It was awesome in sheer size! The Biennial was made even better with the opportunity to hear from President Barack Obama, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Barak and a cameo appearance of our beloved Theodore Bikel. Witnessing the reinstallation of Lynn Magid Lazar as the International President of Women of Reform Judaism and standing up for her when asked for members from her home congregation made Shabbat even more special. Your coverage gave a fair glimpse of what the URJ Biennial had to offer. Thank you. Frank Schwarz Squirrel Hill (The author is a past president of Temple Sinai and new board member of the Union for Reform Judaism.)

Correction We read with interest the cover story in last week's Chronicle, "Israeli dance troupe organizers hope to teach teens a step or two." We applaud the effort to engender enthusiasm for Israeli culture among local teens and wish the dance troupe founders much success. We wanted to point out an error in the story and take this opportunity to share the correct information with Chronicle readers. The article mentions Pittsburgh's Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration this coming spring, but includes the wrong location and is missing critical Please see Letters, next page.


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Fight with Haredi a civil war no one wants Guest Columnist ERICA BROWN I saw the recent photos of ultra-Orthodox Jews sending their children to a demonstration wearing yellow stars. We all saw those photos. I opened the New York Times with a silent prayer: “God, please don’t let one of those photos appear in these pages.” But my prayer was not answered. What could be a greater sacrilege than those photos? Could my grandparents, Auschwitz survivors, ever, ever imagine that Jews would put these stars on themselves in their own country? Never. The Haredi, ultra-Orthodox, population claims that it is “a target of persecution” in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh, and that it is a victim of discrimination. The secularists and national religious claim that they are targets of ultra-Orthodox hatred and disrespect. No one is backing down, and the rhetoric is becoming harsher. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even suggested creating two separate cities for different types of Jews, our own self-made apartheid. What is happening to us? At the end of the day, this does not hurt the secular, the religious, or the ultra-religious. It hurts Judaism, because anyone opening up a newspaper across the globe and seeing what is happening makes no fine distinctions. We are all just Jews, just Jews engaged in baseless hatred and misunderstanding. We’re hurting Judaism. Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg (12151293) was one of the great medieval community leaders and scholars in Germany. He had a fascinating life and told the story of his people's suffering through responsa literature, legal questions he received and answered. Rabbi Meir, in protest to laws instituted by King Rudolph I that imperiled Jewish political freedoms, left Germany with his family and followers. He was imprisoned in what is

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Continued from previous page. information about changes in store for this year's event. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, which sponsors the community celebration, is greatly expanding the event this year in honor of the Federation's Centennial. Set for Thursday, April 26 at Schenley Plaza in Oakland, the event will, of course, commemorate the founding of the modern state of Israel with Israeli cultural programs, crafts and activities of all kinds. But the event will also be a celebration of all things Jewish, with ac-

France today and held for ransom. He begged his community not to pay that ransom, fearing that it would lead to future kidnappings. As a result, he died in prison seven years later. Fourteen years after his death, his body was ransomed, and a wealthy Jew who is now buried beside him bought his body back for a Jewish burial. Rabbi Meir was never in the land of Israel, but he knew suffering intimately. He gave his life — literally — on behalf of the Jewish people. And although he had never visited Israel, he believed that on Israel’s holy soil, every transgression gets magnified. The king’s palace is a reference to God, of course. We are on holy soil without realizing that holy soil must be nurtured more carefully. A sin there somehow is amplified beyond what it would be elsewhere. We know that’s true in the media attention that Israel receives. We’re under the microscope. If you hold yourself up to a high standard, people will be watching. And what are they seeing now? They are seeing the long-term bruises of a dysfunctional system that allowed a segment of the population to benefit from the taxes, welfare and army service of others while not having to make an identifiable contribution beyond narrow sectarian, internal interests. Is it a wonder that we have what looks like a civil war that we cannot afford? Does anyone need to fight Israel from the outside when this is what we are doing to ourselves on the inside? It is internal combustion of the highest order, and without ringing alarms we are unquestionably going to implode — unless the government takes drastic measures soon. We need to pray, and get a hold of this madness before we are engulfed by it. Our very heart is being split in two. How can we allow it? (Erica Brown is a writer and educator who works as the scholar-in-residence for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and consults for the Jewish Agency and other Jewish non-profits. This article is distributed with permission of Brown through JNS.)

tivities highlighting Jewish tradition and culture, as well as a collaboration of many local Jewish organizations and synagogues. Jewish organizations wishing to participate are invited to contact Teddi Jacobson, Manager, Israel Community Events, at tjacobson@jfedpgh.org or 412-992-5207. Jan Levinson and Roberta Letwin Squirrel Hill

(The authors co-chair the Israel Community Celebration.)


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Simchas Births

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Farber: Josh and Julie Farber announce the birth of their son, Jacob Irving Farber, Dec. 28. Grandparents are Zelda (Dr. Edward) Curtiss and Nancy and Shelley Farber. Great-grandfather is Donald Manna of Chicago. Jacob is named in loving memory of his paternal great-grandfather, Irving Farber.

Gabriela Golin, daughter of Lil Glaser-Golin and Jordan Golin, will become a bat mitzva Saturday, Jan. 14, at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Sinai. Grandparents are Beatriz and Leonardo Glaser of Barcelona, Spain, and Diane Golin of Miami and the late Norman Golin.

Janna Young, daughter of Lisa and Jonathan Young, will become a bat mitzva Saturday, Jan. 14, at Congregation Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha. Grandparents are Iris and Martin Nahemow, Fred and Judi Young and Michael and Joyce Altman.

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Rabbi Ronald B.B. Symons of Temple Sinai has been elected president of the Gamaliel National Clergy Caucus. Symons’ election was celebrated at the December 2011 International Leadership Assembly and 25th Anniversary Gala of the Gamaliel Foundation in the presence of the Rev. James Forbes of Riverside Church, N.Y., and Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP. The Gamaliel Foundation is an international congregation-based organizing network with affiliates in 18 states as well as South Africa and Great Britain. Their work draws on struggles for justice by people of faith spanning nations, creeds and cultures. The caucus unites local groups of clergy in each of the affiliates who are in ongoing discussion about the theological underpinnings of their social justice work. As president, Symons hopes to strengthen each of those groups by providing them and their leaders with the tools to engage with other clergy caucuses around the country. Symons is the first rabbi to serve in this role. Rabbi Ronald B.B. Symons represents Temple Sinai on the executive Symons committee of the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network, the local Gamaliel affiliate. He also serves as the director of the Tikkun Olam Center for Jewish Social Justice at Temple Sinai. Rabbi Ronald B.B. Symons of Temple Sinai has been elected president of the Gamaliel National Clergy Caucus. Symons’ election was celebrated at the December 2011 International Leadership Assembly and 25th Anniversary Gala of the Gamaliel Foundation in the presence of the Rev. James Forbes of Riverside Church, N.Y., and Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP.

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Dale Lazar, a volunteer for the Jewish Association on Aging, has developed a “Creative Memories” program for its seniors. Residents call him Mr. Memory. To enhance their quality of living, Lazar is donating a jukebox for the Community Room, which will be pre-programmed with ‘30s- and ‘40sera songs.


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Days before my rabbinic ordination, I got a chance to see my smicha certificate for the first time — and was aghast. The calligrapher had gotten my Hebrew name wrong! Not mine, but my dad’s, which of course is part of mine. His name was Chayyim Aharon Leib, and somehow the bet at the end of “Leib” had been written as a dalet instead. The registrar didn’t think it was such a big deal, but I threw such a stink that they made the calligrapher change it before the faculty signed it and presented it to me at Cincinnati’s historic Plum Street Temple that Shabbat. Why was I so upset? It was just a typo, after all. But to me, the name was important — my name was important: Chanya Reizel bat Chayyim Aharon Leib v’ Fruma Rivka. Yes, it’s long. Yes, it takes up two whole lines on the smicha certificate. But it’s who I am. Chanya Reizel, named after two greatgrandmothers, matriarchs from the “Old Country” who held the family together during an era of turmoil and dislocation. Chayyim Aharon Leib, my father Arthur Lewis, the “Chayyim” added by his family after he survived a deadly disease in early childhood. Though he never would be a totally healthy person, his perseverance over the years compelled my husband to add “Aharon” to his own name after my father passed way. And Fruma Rivka, Carol Ruth, not the woman who bore me but the woman who has been my true mother from my early teens, the woman who loved my dad with all of his difficulties for all those years. Yes, the name had to be perfect. The importance of family names and family genealogy in our Jewish tradition is clear from the fact that the biblical book we know by its Greek name of Exodus is, in the Hebrew, Sefer Shemot,

the Book of Names. And Shemot really is a more appropriate title because, before we can get to the story of the Exodus, we have some unfinished business left from Sefer Bereshit, the stories of the matriarchs and patriarchs from Genesis. But here’s the problem: If we accept the concept that the Torah never wastes words, never gives us anything superfluous or without its own meaning, then why would the Torah recapitulate in Shemot chapter one the genealogy that it already gave us (in much more detail) in Genesis 46? According to Rashi, the difference is that, in Bereshit, Jacob’s family members who went down to Egypt were still alive; here at the beginning of Shemot, they are named in death: “This is to teach us that God so loved them that they were likened to the stars, for in their rising and in their setting God too musters them by number and by their names, as it is written (Isaiah 40:26), And who created these? The One who sends out their host by number, who calls them all by name.” With this reiteration of genealogy, then, Torah teaches us that our parents and grandparents and great-grandparents are no less beloved by God — or by us — after we lose them. And even if we have not even known them in life, we are linked to them through our family names, for often we are given those names in the hopes that the traits that made them beloved in life will surface in us as well. Nachmanides makes this point, too. He teaches that the stories of the patriarchs and matriarchs in Bereshit are formative for their offspring and hint at what is to come; Sefer Shemot brings to fruition the stories of the future generations that stem from these hints and allusions. Whoever we are, whatever we become — a hint of that is always evident in the names on our certificates of milah or naming, our ketubot, and — for some of us — our smicha. So it’s proper to insist that they get it right. (This column is a service of the Greater Pittsburgh Rabbinic Association.)

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METRO JCC overcomes long break to defeat Auberle BY ZACHARY WEISS Chronicle Correspondent

The JCC Boys’ Varsity Team defeated conference foe Auberle 49-37, Thursday, Jan. 5, in Greater Pittsburgh Independent Basketball League play. Leading the way in scoring for the JCC were their two leading scorers, Ben Katz and Jesse Goleman, with 18 and 15 points respectively. Auberle’s Quadrikis Turner netted 16 points. Playing their first game since a Dec. 15 victory over Project Destiny, JCC Head Coach Andy Pakler noted the rust the team displayed in the first quarter of the contest. “Anytime that you have two weeks off, you’re going to come back and be a little out of sorts,” Pakler said, “but I think we put it together pretty well and came out with a win.” Both teams struggled on offensive during the first quarter until Katz drilled two consecutive baskets giving the JCC a 10-9 lead — their first of the game and ultimately the final score of the quarter. “We have a very tall front line and we like those guys to get in there and get physical,” Pakler said. “We like to get to the free throw line, we like to block shots, we like to control the boards and with Jake, Ben and Jesse we’re able to do that.” The pace of play picked up in the second quarter, though neither team could

pull away. JCC’s Goleman nailed two, three-point shots, but Auberle countered with a two pointer at the buzzer to cut the JCC lead to 25-20 at the half. Auberle stayed on the attack in the third quarter cutting the lead to three before the JCC went on a run of its own, seized the momentum and controlled the rest of the game. The run opened up a 35-26 lead for the JCC and showed off point guard Jacob Kander’s dribbling and passing skills. “That run was pretty much facilitated by [Kander],” Pakler said. “He basically gave guys the ball, in a position where they didn’t have to do anything except make a layup. That’s what a point guard does, and I think he did a great job of that today.” Following an Auberle timeout, the JCC ran the score up to 43-29 going into the final quarter. With the game in hand, Pakler pulled his starters and slowed down the pace of play. Auberle managed to outscore the JCC by two points in the period, but its effort fell short as time expired. The JCC (5-0) is next scheduled to play Monday, Jan. 9, and Thursday, Jan. 11, against Career Connections and Propel. “So far I think we are exactly where we should be at this point,” Pakler said. “We’re the defending champions of the league; we know what this league is all about, we’ve been in it for seven years now. We have a veteran group of guys in-

cluding eight seniors who played for me last year, who all know exactly what it takes to win in this league.”

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OBITUARY HABER: On Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, Morris Haber; beloved husband of Irene Haber; beloved father of Judy (Steven) Sheffler, Paul (Sandy) Haber and Ken (Abbie) Haber; brother of the late Bessie Canter and Rae Solomon; grandfather of Joshua Haber, Adam Sheffler, Rebecca Haber, Lisa Sheffler, Blake Haber and Gabrielle Haber; also survived by nieces and nephews. Services were held at Ralph Schugar Chapel; interment Shaare Torah Cemetery. Arrangements by Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. www.schugar.com HADBURG: On Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, Jeffrey P. Hadburg; beloved husband of Jane Burdick Hadburg; beloved father of Madeline Hadburg and the late Jessica Hadburg; son of the late Max and Rae Hadburg; brother of Lester Hadburg and Gail (Jay) Pearlstein; brother-in-law of Thomas (Susan) Burdick; uncle of Tami and Janna Pearlstein, Jill (Ryan) Zupancic, Jennifer and Jonathan Burdick. Services were held at Ralph Schugar Chapel; interment Homewood Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Arrangements by

Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. www.schugar.com LIEBERMAN: On Friday Jan. 6, 2011, Norman Lieberman; beloved husband of Sylvia, father of Frank and Barry, zayde of Moti, Ranit and Eli, brother-in-law of Claire Roy. With a caring heart and constant smile, he drew people to him and to each other. A lifelong Philadelphian, prior to joining his eldest son and family in Pittsburgh, he enriched the Riverview Towers community for the last year of his life. Contributions may be made to Keren HaRav Kehos, 5847 Beacon St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217. MICHAELS: On Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, Norma Barker Michaels; beloved wife of Edgar Michaels; beloved mother of Laura Michaels Rubinoff (Edward Rubinoff), James Michaels (Beth Bierman) and Gary (Joan) Michaels; sister of the late Irwin Barker; grandmother of Matt Rubinoff (Jessie Creel), Allison Rubinoff, Casey Rubinoff, David Michaels, Liz Michaels, Jeffrey Michaels and Abbey Michaels; sisterin-law of Pauline Michaels and the late Dr. Bernard Michaels; aunt of Susan

and Mark Orringer, Jane Michaels and Bob and Susan Michaels. Services were held at Rodef Shalom Temple; interment Beth Shalom Cemetery. Contributions may be made to United Cerebral Palsy of Pittsburgh, 4638 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or Western PA School for Blind Children, 201 N. Bellefield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Arrangements by Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. www.schugar.com WESCHLER: On Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, Charles Lawrence Weschler; Larry was born July 14, 1917 in New York City to Samuel and Anna Weschler. Larry, one of three children (Eleanor and William), grew up in Flushing, Queens, where he was an Eagle Scout, and graduated from New York University with a degree in business. In 1942, Larry enlisted in the U.S. Army; he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army’s 77th Statue of Liberty brigade, where he was stationed in Japan, the Philippines, and several other Pacific Islands. He earned a Bronze Star for his heroic efforts delivering munitions and other supplies to the front lines in Leyte Gulf. Twenty years later, Larry retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. Following World War II, Larry moved to Pittsburgh, where he began his career in Kauffman's executive training program and met his wife Ruth (Schwartz). They married in 1947, and eight years later, pooled their savings to open Charles Lawrence Casuals, a women's clothing

store in the Jenkins Aracde at the corner of Fifth and Penn Avenues. They worked there together for almost 30 years, closing the store in 1983. In retirement, Larry became a lifetime trustee of the brotherhood and a member of the executive board of Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill, where he belonged for over 50 years. He used his decades of retail experience to reinvigorate and run Temple Sinai’s Jewish food festival for several years in the mid-1980s and early 1990s. Larry would spend months working with local vendors and synagogue volunteers, running it as if it were a business. The food festival became a major fundraiser for Temple Sinai and a signature community event. Larry was also an avid horseman, enjoying regular outings to The Meadows, where he owned several successful trotters and pacers. Larry is survived by two children and five grandchildren: Janice Dash (Dr. Marvin Dashson), Eric and Michelle; Barbara Weschler, (Stanley Levine), Aubra (Justin Garland) and Heather (Nathan Ajiashvili), and Adam. Beloved wife Ruth passed away in 2006. Interment at Temple Sinai Memorial Park. The family requests any donations be made to Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15217-1199, or to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224. For more information, please call his daughters: Janice (Weschler) Dash: 412-422-1779. Barbara Weschler: 412-421-2599.

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METRO Haiti: Continued from page 1. The people of Haiti are poor, and most are uneducated. The average annual per capita income there is $250, and unemployment is at 70 percent. Only half of the residents know how to read. Founded in 1983 by Haitian-born Leon Pamphile, FLM-Haiti provides educational and medical services to the people of Laboule, Boutilliers, Kenscoff, and Thomassin The non-profit organization has established both a medical center and a school there, and is currently building a technical school to offer necessary job skills to the many people there who are unemployed. “The mission of Functional Literacy Ministry is to help the Haitians make permanent changes so they can help themselves,” Henry said. Allen recalled working in a school with 90 children on her last mission to Haiti. “Sixty of them had lost one or both parents in the earthquake,” she said. Another focus of the upcoming mission will be improving the vision of the Haitians in the community. While on her mission last year, Allen took note that nobody there wore eyeglasses. “It wasn’t because they didn’t need glasses,” Allen said, “but because access to eye care and glasses doesn’t really exist.” So, on the upcoming trip, the Rodef Shalom group will be bringing hundreds of pairs of eyeglasses that it has been collecting through the congregation, the Lions Club, and Pittsburgh Allderdice High School. Members of the group will perform vision testing on the Haitians, and dispense the glasses, Allen said. Although FLM-Haiti is a Christian group, Pamphile has agreed to allow Henry to take the reins on the spiritual side of this particular trip. “We’re going to look at what we’re doing through a Jewish lens,” Henry said. Because it is primarily a humanitarian group, Allen said that the Christian bent of FLM-Haiti is not an issue. “It is a Christian group, but I knew that on the ground, it really wouldn’t matter in terms of what the work was, or

Blog: Continued from page 1. He started to notice something was wrong on Dec. 26 when he began receiving junk email from the blog. “I figured something wasn’t right because I have a couple plug-ins that are suppose to inhibit spamming and they were working fine,” D’Loss said, “but I figured it wasn’t really serious, so I backedburnered it until the end of the holidays.” Then, on the following Saturday at Shabbat services, Joel Roteman, the former executive editor of the Chronicle and a member of Ahavath Achim, told D’Loss that the blog was down. After Kiddush, he walked home and tried to log on himself. “Sure enough, it was completely down,” D’Loss said. He contacted the customer service of his provider company and learned they had locked the blog because of “malicious activity” on it. It took about six hours to clean up the blog and trash corrupted files, he estimated. Since then, he has added some new security measures. He described The Carnegie Shul as a

Marian Allen providing a fluoride treatment to a young Haitian during her mission last year.

tikun olam,” Allen said. “Whenever anyone suffers, a Jew suffers. And it is not a mission in terms of conversion.” While people of many different religions have traveled with various FLM-Haiti missions, this is the first time a Jewish group has arranged a trip through the organization. “The Jewish group that will be going will be a blessing to Haiti,” said Rozelle Pamphile, a director of FLM-Haiti, and the wife of its founder. “It is the first time a Jewish group is going. It will be very exciting, and the group that will be going will be very happy.” While there, the group will celebrate Shabbat, and has tweaked the itinerary to avoid traveling on that day. Henry also plans to visit Pittsburgh North Hills native Neil DiBiase, who is a member of the American Foreign Service there, to learn about American diplomacy in Haiti. DiaBiase’s family are members of Temple Ohav Shalom. In addition to its mission work, the Rodef Shalom group also plans to do a bit of travel around the country in order to get a sense of the whole of Haiti, according to Allen. “Our goal is to work and to do, but also for people to get an opportunity to see and learn and take it all in. Haiti is so close, but it is also so far, and so different. It’s beautiful and it’s heart breaking. It’s a lot.” (Toby Tabachnick can be reached at toby@thejewishchronicle.net.)

social blog for past and present members of the congregation. Political postings are rare and generate few comments. But entries about old times at the congregation generate lots of replies. “Recently, someone asked a question about a [Ahavath Achim] rabbi in the ’60s and the thing lit up — ‘I remember this,’ and ‘I remember that,’ D’Loss said. “It’s a social thing.” He also posts all the congregation’s yarhzeits on the blog as a service to its followers. A web search by the Chronicle turned up several different kids of websites that were apparently hacked into by the Kosova Security Group. D’Loss has no idea why the blog was targeted, but he can’t be certain that anti-Semitism was the motivation. In an entry he posted to the blog after it went live again, he wrote: “Was the attack anti-Semitic? Apparently, yes, but not definitely. … One could conclude that they surf the net looking for Jewish websites to disrupt. But maybe they also do this to Christian sites as well.” (Lee Chottiner can be reached at leec@thejewishchronicle.net.)

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 15: ISAAC JOSEPH BACHRACH, MOLLIE BARNETT, LENA BARR, HARRY CAPLAN, LENA DIAMOND, GERALD FIELD, JENNIE FIENBERG, IRWIN FIRESTONE, RAE COHEN FRANK, ISADORE GEDUNSKY, ANNIE GENSTEIN, CLARA SCHUTTE GORDON, SAMUEL HORWITZ, HILDA KRAUSE, ROSE KRAUSE, JACOB KRIMSKY, EDITH KRUPP, ELINORE LEFF, ISADORE LEIBOVITZ, HARRY LEVENTON, MINNIE LEWINE, LEONARD LIPSKY, ESTHER MADEL, LOU MAGLIN, ALEXANDER ZESHA MARKOVITZ, SARAH MERVIS, HARRY MEYER, JEAN MERWITZER NYDES, ZIESEL ORTENBERG, BARRY MILTON PLATT, REV. RUBIN RABINOVITZ, MALKA SHANBLATT ROSENTHAL, LIBBY ROTHMAN, ROSE RUBINSTEIN, JEFFIE SCHREIBER, RACHEL LEAH SOLWITZ, SADIE SPEISER, YETTA F. WEINBERGER, ROSE WEISMAN, MILTON WIENER, MAX XHERSKY, HARRY YOUNG, CHARLES ZEIGER. MONDAY, JANUARY 16: SARAH ABELS, CELIA BERMAN, LEONA R. BROAD, FLORENCE COHEN, MAX DEAKTOR, DR. ROBERT DIZNOFF, NATHAN FLORMAN, FREDA FRANK, I. LEON FRIEDMAN, REBECCA GOLDBERG, RENA RAY GOLDBLOOM, ALLISON BETH GOLDMAN, ADELE GREENFIELD, BEVERLY HABER, HARRY HARRIS, ESTHER HOROVITZ, HYMAN I. KOPELMAN, LOUIS FABIAN LEFKOWITZ, GERALDINE LERNER, LOUIS LEVIN, ANNA LEVINSON, ELLA RUTH LEVY, DR. SHELDON M. LUBOW, RITA LUPOVICH, LOUIS J. MARKS, DAVID C. MERVIS, ETHEL SIFF MILLER, KATIE NELSON, JESSIE R. NEVINS, RACHEL NUMEROSKY, SAUL OSACHY, NATHAN OSTROW, PAULINE REZNICK, LOUIS ROBINSON, LOUIS ROSEN, HENRY SCHOR, ALBERT SHAER, JULIUS LEWIS SHAMBERG, MOLLIE SHERMAN, ABRAHAM SIDRANSKY, ELIMALECH SIGMAN, SAM SIROCCA, PFC. SANFORD SIVITZ, LENA SOFFER, ANNA STEINITZ, NORBERT STERN, ROSE WEISS. TUESDAY, JANUARY 17: HARRY CHATKIN, HYMAN COHEN, MAURICE COHEN, BESSIE COLTIN, KENNETH FRANKEL, JACK GINSBURG, JESSE B. GUTTMAN, IDA KATZ, CECILE G. 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ROSENTHAL, LOUIS SCHWARTZ, DAVID SHAPIRO, JOSEPH SOKOLOW, NATHAN S. SPANEL, REBECCA SPOKANE, ISAAC SUNSTEIN, MANUEL JOSEPH TOPP, MAX VENSHANCEY, ISRAEL WAYNE, JACK E. WISE. THURSDAY, JANUARY 19: MORRIS J. ACKERMAN, ABNER CRUMB, REVA LIPPARD DAVIS, LILLIAN ADLOW FRIEDBERG, SAMUEL GLICK, DR. ROBERT STANLEY GOLDBLOOM, NELL SCHECHTER GREENBERGER, MARC ALAN HERSH, ESTHER HORVITZ, ROSE JACOBSON, JULIUS KERTMAN, ABRAHAM KRIEGER, HARRY LAZIER, SAM LEVINE, ABRAHAM LICHTER, MOLLY LIEBOVITZ, MURRAY S. LOVE, GEORGE MARCUS, SARA MARMINS, LEWIS MEYER, MARY ZWEIG MILLER, SAMUEL H. PACHTER, SAM PERILMAN, LILLIAN RAMBACH, SARAH ROSEN, MARK H. ROSSEN, EDITH SCHWARTZ, MEYER SEEGMAN, MORRIS SHAPIRA, ESTHER SHER, HANNAH SOBEL, DORA CORNRICH WEINER, LENA WEINSTEIN, MARIAN WEISS, MEYER WEISS, IDA FINKEL WILLIAMS, DR. MICHAEL M. WOLFE. 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