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THE JEWISH CHRONICLE thejewishchronicle.net JANUARY 20, 2011 shevat 15, 5771

Vol. 53, No. 38

Pittsburgh, PA

Rediscovering Jewish roots

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With Stuxnet delaying Iran’s bomb, is the urgency gone? BY RON KAMPEAS JTA

Photo courtesy of Rabbi Barbara Aiello

Rabbi Barbara Aiello officiates as Leila Sobral becomes a bat mitzva in Rome, Italy. Leila is only the third young woman in Italian Jewish history to read directly from the Torah as a part of the modern liberal progressive movement in Italy.

Pittsburgher is Italy’s first female rabbi BY TOBY TABACHNICK Staff Writer

Back in the 1950s, when Barbara Aiello was growing up in the Hill District, Dormont and Beachview, and attending Catholic school, no one could have guessed what the future would hold for the dark-haired girl from a large Italian clan, the first in her family to be born in the United States. Now, in her 60s, she is a self-described

“pioneer,” the first woman rabbi to serve as a spiritual leader in Italy, as well as that country’s first non-Orthodox rabbi. Aiello comes from a family of anousim (Italians whose ancestors were forced into conversion from Judaism), and has made it her mission to help other Italians re-connect with long lost Jewish roots. “I was raised to know I was Jewish from both (mother’s and father’s) sides,” Aiello told the Chronicle, speak-

ing from the Kobernick House, an assisted living center in Sarasota, Fla., where Aiello serves as spiritual leader for senior citizens during the winter months. But, growing up in Pittsburgh, her family was secular, and what remained of its Jewish heritage had been reduced to a handful of customs. Aiello’s family came from southern Italy, where a once strong Jewish presence had been practically obliterated Please see Aiello, page 19.

WASHINGTON — In the wake of revelations that a computer virus may have set back Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the Western groups and analysts that track the Islamic Republic are saying, “More of the same, please.” The benefits of a nonviolent program that inhibits Iranian hegemony by keeping the country’s nuclear weapons program at bay are obvious: Better to stop Iran with cyber warfare — in this case, the Stuxnet computer virus, which reportedly caused Iran’s nuclear centrifuges to spin out of control — than actual warfare. For those who favor engagement, the cyber attack buys more time to coax the regime in Tehran into compliance. For those who favor the stick, it allows more time to exert pressure on Iran through sanctions and diplomatic isolation. Almost coincident with last weekend’s revelations — published in Sunday’s New York Times in a piece that detailed the extent of the damage caused by the virus — Meir Dagan, the outgoing head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, said that Iran likely would not have a bomb before 2015. Prior to that, Israeli assessments had predicted a weapon as early as this year. The Stuxnet revelations, if anything, reinforce the need for a tough stance, said Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. They underscore how committed Iran is to producing a bomb, he told JTA. “It’s a reason to push down on the pedal,” said Berman, who crafted the most recent Iran sanctions law in the Congress. “Iran is still enriching Please see Stuxnet, page 19.

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Cardinal Wuerl appointed to Jewish-Catholic relations council BY JUSTIN JACOBS Associate Editor

Cardinal Donald Wuerl is a Catholic leader on the rise. He was installed as the Archbishop of Washington, D.C., in 2006, then elevated to the College of Cardinals in November 2010. But his most recent achievement — being appointed on Dec. 29, 2010, as a voting member of Vatican offices the Congregation for Clergy and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity — will reconnect him to his past as the former bishop of Pittsburgh, as the latter office promotes Jewish-Catholic relationships. “I was very pleased that the Holy Father would ask me to go on to two offices in Rome that I have a working familiarity with,” said Wuerl from his office in Washington, D.C. “I felt, given my own experience, this was a good fit. Before I was even a bishop, as a young priest in Pittsburgh, I had a relationship with a number of Jewish committees.” Those connections include longtime

friend Rabbi Alvin Berkun, rabbi emeritus of Tree of Life Congregation, who worked with Wuerl during his 18year tenure as bishop in Pittsburgh. “He’s a shining star for Cardinal Donald Wuerl them,” said Berkun of Wuerl’s status in the church. “He could have served on many committees. He has a proven track record and history of holding practical points of view, implementing and helping to foster dialogue with the Jewish community.” That track record includes several important initiatives in Pittsburgh. The Rabbi-Priest Dialogue, which brings together several local rabbis and priests from the Diocese of Pittsburgh, in which leaders “study text together and get different perspectives,” said Berkun, has

long opened the door for communication between the two groups of leaders — and it was created with the help of Wuerl. “It’s created a relationship that simply would not have existed otherwise,” said Berkun. Wuerl was also a supporter of the Catholic-Jewish Educational Enrichment Program (C-JEEP), a Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee initiative that sends local rabbis into Catholic high schools to teach about Judaism, and “in exchange, priests give presentations at each of the Jewish schools,” said Wuerl. “The focus is to highlight the spiritual connections we share.” With his new position in the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Wuerl said he hopes to “encourage that we Catholics and Jews continue, at every level, not just conversation, not just dialogue, but collaboration in activities that help both communities better understand each other.” Though his position now oversees those relationships on a broad scale,

Corrections Debbie Friedman, the celebrated Jewish musician who died Jan. 9, suffered for more than two decades from dyskinesia — a neurological movement disorder. It was inaccurately reported in the national media, including the Chronicle in its Jan. 13 story, “Debbie Fried-

Wuerl said that true unity between Catholics and Jews must be achieved on the local level, just as he promoted in Pittsburgh. “The reason for large dialogues with high level visibility,” said Wuerl, “is to encourage everybody to recognize this is something that should be done locally.” Wuerl’s other appointment, to the Congregation for Clergy, oversees the church’s “teaching of the faith,” said Wuerl, “But not doctrine.” “We do now have a good friend in a high place,” said Berkun. “It’s only going to be good for the Jews to have someone like Cardinal Wuerl. He honed those relationships in Pittsburgh, and now he’ll be doing it on an international level, no question.”

(Justin Jacobs can be reached at justinj@thejewishchronicle.net.)

man’s music offered healing to thousands,” that she had multiple sclerosis. ••• An incorrect version of the Memoriams column was published in the Jan. 13 Chronicle. The corrected version appears in this week’s paper in its normal space on page 23, at the top of this week’s Memoriams.


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METRO Briefly New Light Congregation will host the installation of Rabbi Jonathan Perlman Sunday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m. at New Light Congregation, 1700 Beechwood Blvd. New Light hired Perlman, a native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Peabody High School, in August 2010. He came from his Rabbi Jonathan last pulpit in Minnesota fol- Perlman lowing Rabbi Harvey Brotsky’s retirement Dec. 31, 2009, after 13 years with New Light. In addition to his rabbinic ordination, Perlman recently completed a one-year training course that prepared him to be a hospital chaplain. Rabbi Walter Jacob, rabbi emeritus and senior scholar of Rodef Shalom Congregation, will conduct the installation. Call Barbara Caplan at (412) 5214332 for more information. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Foundation will hold its 15th Annual Pittsburgh Snowbird Event, Sunday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m., at the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla. Author and educator Jeffrey Morton will be on hand to speak on the topic, “Israel: The Search for Normalcy in a Troubled Region.”

Young Israel of Pittsburgh, in cooperation with Canfei Nesharim’s Communities Program, presents a Tu B’Shevat Learning Program Sunday, Jan. 23, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Upper Level Social Hall at Young Israel of Pittsburgh. Rabbi Shimon Silver will present two lectures. Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee will hold its next Christian–Jewish Dialogue session Thursday, Feb. 3, noon, at the Church of the Redeemer (next to St. Edmunds Academy), 5700 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. The topic will be “End of Life.” Guest speakers include Dr. Jonathan Weinkle of the Squirrel Hill Health Center, from the Jewish perspective and Sr. Catherine Higgins, C.S.J. from the Catholic perspective. The Christian–Jewish Dialogue is free and open to the public. Its monthly conveners are Rabbi Jamie Gibson, Rev. Cynthia Bronson Sweiger, Father Dan Valentine and Rabbi Michael Werbow. Contact the PAJC at (412) 605-0816 or at pajc@pajc.net for more information. Rabbi Daniel Lowy, the late rabbi emeritus of Temple Shalom, Wheeling, W.Va., was the subject of tributes at two separate ceremonies to mark Martin Luther King’s birthday Sunday. Following the annual King day march from Temple Shalom to the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University, Temple Shalom member David Rose paid tribute to Lowy in a speech in which he cited the late rabbis’ outreach to the greater community. Rose also spoke later at Laughlin Chapel in Wheeling. Lowy, the longest serving rabbi in the history of the 161-year-old congregation, died Sept. 30, 2010. He was 85. Please see Briefly, page 5.


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METRO With earmarks on hold, JAA seeks new funding source for record system BY LEE CHOTTINER Executive Editor

A Jewish Association on Aging project to establish an electronic medical record system for all its facilities has been dealt a serious — though, according to JAA, temporary — setback. JAA, through U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, asked Congress last year for $500,000 to implement a medical record keeping system to cover its one nursing home, two assisted living facilities and an outpatient rehabilitation facility. The JAA was one of several area nonprofits for which Doyle requested earmark funding. In all, the Pittsburgh Democrat asked Congress for more than $1.1 million for six area projects. But he got zero. The funding well for earmarks dried up last November when Senate Republicans approved a two-year moratorium on earmarks. That leaves the Senate shy of the 60 votes needed to approve bills with earmarks. What’s more, the online news magazine Politico has reported that House Speaker John Boehner won’t allow spending bills with earmarks to come to the floor for votes. Earmarks are taxpayer money that is spent on special projects in lawmakers’ districts. The practice of congressmen

JAA President and Chief Executive requesting funds for local projects is a controversial one with some lawmakers Officer David Gritzer described the procalling for a ban while others defend ject as vital to JAA operations, and he their use so long as their requests are said it will move forward despite this setback. transparent and defensible. “It’s imperative that we transfer to an Doyle, who defends earmarks, was clearly frustrated that they were taken electronic medical records system just out of the December omnibus sending for the efficiency of our patient care,” bill, which passed the House and sent to Gritzer said. “We’re looking for other sources of the Senate. funding; we’re “They were going to do killed by the this, it’s imSenate Re“All these requests that we initially perative that publicans,” found in the House Appropriations we do this.” he said in an Without interview Bill have all been for naught now.” earmarks, with the Doyle said loChronicle. U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle cal NPOs “We thought must take we were gotheir funding ing to get an requests to o m n i b u s [spending] bill, but [Senate Minority the executive branch, which, unlike conLeader] Mitch McConnell bowed to the gressional representatives, may not appreciate the need for these projects Tea Party.” “I think the earmark has gotten a “All these requests that we initially found in the House Appropriations Bill bad reputation,” he said. “The funny have all been for naught now,” Doyle thing about it is constitutionally, it is clear that all spending bills have to added. Doyle said his office is in the process originate in the House of Representaof notifying agencies that had applied for tives. Less than 10 percent of federal funding what happened, although “some spending is on earmarks.” Gritzer said JAA has yet to identify an already know because they’ve been folalternative funding source for the medlowing this.”

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ical records project. “We just received the news on the earmarks, so we’re looking into that right now,” he said. JAA wasn’t the only in-state Jewish entity hurt by the no earmark pledge. “The no-earmark issues has hindered many NORC aging in place programs —even in Pennsylvania,” said Hank Butler, director of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition. “We are still working on enhancing and promoting the need for additional support for aging in place programs.” NORC, which stands for naturally occurring retirement communities, are residential area in which a large percentage of individuals aged 65 and older reside. Those residents receive federally funded support for health care and independence activities. Jewish communities in Pennsylvania and around the country support NORCs. While NORC administrators understand they cannot rely on earmarks, the absence of the funding does hurt. “I am unsure if they will be hindered from ongoing operations,” Butler said, “but their efforts to expand and improve will be an obstacle for now.” (Lee Chottiner can be reached at leec@thejewishchronicle.net.)

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METRO Briefly Continued from page 3. NA’AMAT USA, Pittsburgh Council, Lunch and Learn will feature Michael P. Bacasa, Wednesday, Jan. 26, noon, at the Labor Zionist Educational Center, 6328 Forbes Ave. The topic of his talk will be “From Physical Therapy to Wellness.” Bacasa was a therapist with the Rehabilitation Institute of Pittsburgh and the Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Associates before starting Wellness for Life and Home Exercise business in 2001. Lunch and Learn is free and open to the community. NA’AMAT follows the Pittsburgh Public School snow schedule; if there is a delay call the office. Call NA’AMAT at (412) 521-5253 for more information. Jewish Women International is releasing an updated version of its teen dating violence prevention program, “When Push Comes to Shove … It’s No Longer Love!” to coincide with Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February. The program includes a short film featuring young Jews sharing their personal stories of abuse, as well as interactive ex-

ercises, guided discussions and text studies. The curriculum helps participants explore the dynamics of relationships, learn to recognize and respond to warning signs of an abusive relationship, and create action steps for raising awareness and working to end dating abuse. Nearly one in three teenagers who have been in relationships have experienced the most serious forms of dating violence and abuse — including sexual abuse, physical abuse or threats of physical harm to a partner or self. This program comes as a complete toolkit with film, workbooks and brochures, and is ideal for college groups, confirmation classes, youth groups, and religious schools. It is flexible on timing, with guidelines that allow between 45 minutes and 2 hours for completion, and can be run co-ed or for single-sex groups. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Squirrel Hill branch will partner with AARP tax aides and IRStrained volunteers to provide free tax service to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 3 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (412) 4229650 after Jan. 17 to schedule an appointment. The tax service will begin Tuesday, Feb. 1. The library also will have all the popular federal, state and city tax forms.


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t’s too bad we have to write this editorial. We had hoped that once Sarah Palin realized the true context of the term “blood libel,” she would excuse herself for using it and that would be that. But she didn’t. Instead, she stubbornly and, somewhat arrogantly, defended it. “Blood libel obviously means being falsely accused of having blood on your hands, and in this case that’s exactly what was going on,” Palin told Sean Hannity in an interview Monday on Fox News. You may recall, Palin first defended herself against criticism in the mainstream media that a map on her website that used images of gun crosshairs to indicate districts targeted in last year’s midterm elections helped lead to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and several others in Tucson on Jan. 8. In that video statement, Palin said, “Especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.” As Jews know, blood libel means much more than an accusation. It was the historic canard that led to countless

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pogroms throughout Europe and the death and destruction within so many Jewish settlements. Palin’s use of the term was inappropriate. She should have said so. But for the record, the Tucson shooting spree was not Palin’s fault. We still don’t know what went on in the deranged mind of Jared Lee Loughner, and there’s blame enough being passed out to both Democrats and Republicans. The Forward wrote in this week’s editorial, “to categorically state that the tenor of public discourse and the coarseness of public culture had no role to play whatsoever ... is outrageous and must be refuted. Yes, individuals are ultimately responsible for their actions. But also yes: A society that extols fighting words, celebrates violent imagery and, most importantly, allows guns in the hands of the mentally ill, shares responsibility, too.” This is true; a society in which overaggressive and even violent (Palin’s phrase “Don’t retreat. Reload” comes to mind) rhetoric is accepted is not a healthy society. But, like the unfounded claims that Marilyn Manson’s music pushed teens to shoot up Columbine, placing the blame for one person’s evil actions on the message or rhetoric of another is wrong.

Still, to express regret over taking part in that atmosphere of incivility is a move we wish Palin had made. We had hoped she might follow the example of U.S. Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who named Palin his running mate in the 2008 presidential election. In his recent Washington Post op-ed, McCain praised President Obama’s speech in Tucson following the shootings, defended the president’s patriotism and expressed regret for some of his own past statements. That led MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann, who criticized, not only Palin, right-wing talk show hosts and Obama, but himself as well for the ratcheting up the political climate in this country, to say this: “One individual assumed any personal responsibility for any of it, besides me: John McCain. … It’s me and John McCain.” Well, we don’t know about that, but many of us have shared in the rhetorical war gripping this country. As we have said before, the angry dialogue enveloping us will not stop until we the people stop it. Until then, let’s avoid the loaded words that inflame the debate even more.

Israel’s treatment of African immigrants gives cold shoulder Jay bushinsky

TEL AVIV — Last month, Israeli police, re-enforced by secret service personnel, scooped up 170 illegal African immigrants, men women and children, and flew them to an undisclosed destination — presumably Kenya. From there, they were expected to make connections to their respective native lands, which do not have diplomatic relations with the Jewish state. This was generally expected to be the start of an expulsion process that would affect an estimated 40,000 Africans most of whom slipped across the border from Egypt by way of the desolate Sinai Peninsula. However, there has been no follow-up. Nor has controversial Interior Minister Eli Yishai’s earlier idea of deporting 400 African children whose parents brought them here by the same route been implemented to date. Questions were raised then about the effect this might have on boys and girls who were integrated into Israeli schools and whose native tongue is Hebrew. Was this also to have been the beginning of a callous if not malicious process? The most astonishing aspect of this situation is that Israel, which was estab-

lished 64 years ago in part as a haven for Jewish refugees, among them survivors of the Nazi Holocaust as well as a place in which Jews, Arabs and others could live in a democratic framework in which their cultural values could survive and flourish without persecution or discrimination, could turn its back on impoverished immigrants who sought salvation here. Although the number of illicit border crossings has increased to an estimated 1,000 per month during the past two years, Israel’s government failed to implement any kind of constructive program for the people involved. Instead, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his mainly right-wing ministers embarked on two depressing projects: A border fence to bar entry to infiltrators and a detention camp for those already here or who managed to enter one way or another in the interim. The border fence is expected to stretch across an estimated 125-mile long stretch of the harsh desert landscape and will cost about $3 billion. The detention camp is to be erected in southern Israel near one of this country’s biggest prisons. It is meant to accommodate at least 25,000 detainees who will receive food, shelter and medical care at the state’s expense. As is, the African migrants are not allowed to work here. Despite official attempts to keep them away from the densely populated sectors of central Israel, thousands of Africans have gravitated toward Tel Aviv’s depressed southern districts, scrounging for enough money to share overcrowded apartments and creating a depressed environment of idleness tinged with mounting

crime — burglary, rape and extortion. Israeli educators and enlightened social workers have made herculean efforts to give the innocent African children a chance to live normal lives within the Israeli society. Many of them attend the Bialik school in southern Tel Aviv where it is quite normal to encounter African children speaking fluent Hebrew, reading Hebrew literature and learning the Bible and Jewish history. When asked by sympathetic Israeli journalists if they wanted to remain in this country the uniform answer was in the affirmative. They answer was based on the feeling that this is their country, Hebrew is their native language and that they would not like to leave their schoolmates behind to go elsewhere. If the security fence, which is expected to be finished within the next two years, stops the illegal influx — pessimists predict that an alternative route through southern Jordan will be inevitable (until it too is fenced off) — the real challenge facing Israel will be to help these uninvited newcomers cope with life in this country. Considering the human tragedy on the background of which Israel came into being, May 15, 1948, one might expect that the Israelis would show the rest of the world how desperate human beings should be treated. Religious extremists, including several Orthodox rabbis, who fear that their long-term presence here will be a catalyst for intermarriage should take off their social blinders and think in positive humanitarian terms. (Jay Bushinsky, and Israel-based political columnist, can be reached at jay@actcom.co.il.)


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Liberal culpability Joel Rubin’s op-ed piece relating the Tucson shooting to the assassination of Rabin (“Learning from Israel, post-Tucson,” Jan. 13) is an affront to reason. To paraphrase the late Democrat U.S. Sen.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, Mr. Rubin is “entitled to his own opinion, but he is not entitled to his own facts.” Joel Rubin asserts the policies of President Obama are “reasonable and moderate.” I consider President Obama completely outside the mainstream of American thought and so do apparently at least 40 percent of Americans who agree with the Tea Party, which makes it the most popular political movement in the United States, far more so than both the Republican and Democratic parties. So what is so outrageous about Please see Letters,page 9.


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Israel’s greatest threat (hint: it isn’t terrorism) Guest Columnist JACKIE FRANKEL TEL AVIV — The world likes to believe that threats on Israel’s security by its neighbors are the country’s greatest concern. The narrative of two ancient peoples in one Holy Land fighting for their place in the world is a great story and leads to an uncanny number of headlines, a relatively large percentage of the United Nations’ energy and resources and more divisive discussions and actions than other much more bloody conflicts, such as those being fought in the Congo and Sudan. While all this may be true, Israel’s greatest threat is actually poverty. Believe it or not, despite the growth of the Israeli economy and the country’s unparalleled success in high-tech (known to many as the “Start-Up Nation” phenomenon), about 25 percent of Israelis live in poverty. In November 2010, the National Insurance Institute in Israel released its latest “Report on Poverty.” The report concluded that in 2009, 123,000 Israelis joined the “circle of poverty,” and that 850,000 children and a growing number of working poor are now considered to be living below the poverty line. It is clear that poverty in Israel is spiraling out of control.

The gap between the rich and the poor in Israel is also growing rapidly as the middle class disappears. In 2009, Israel’s middle class made up only 15 percent of the population, a decrease of nearly 20 percent since the 1980s. And the figure continues to shrink. This is dangerous, if not deadly, to the Israeli economy. A large middle class of workers with buying power represents a healthy economy. The current situation and trend is unsustainable. While some of the recent statistics were impacted by the global recession, it is far from the whole story. Israel had conservative banking and fiscal policies in place long before the global crisis due to its own earlier troubles, so the global downturn did not hit Israel as hard. In 2007, the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics showed that even when the economy was at its peak, a great many Israelis were falling from the middle class, finding it difficult to put food on their tables as middle class incomes fell. No, the global recession is not to blame here. This is an older, more serious problem. So, what is causing this increasing stratification of the “haves” and “have nots” in Israel? Is it the inability of young advancing couples to save enough to buy capital at 40 percent down? Is it the government’s policy of encouraging a culture of not working for the ultra-religious and paying more for every child born to by choice, unemployed families? Or is it an overly generous social welfare system that leads to people finding it easier to stay home and live off of welfare checks than heading back to work?

There is also the issue of intergenerational poverty. Social status impacts future wealth. This means that even if a child is intelligent and has high aptitude, if born into a poor family, the likelihood of success and a favorable position in life is not high. Instead of setting aside funds to keep the splinter political parties of the coalition happy, why doesn’t the Israeli government set aside funds for poor kids who can’t afford but desperately want a higher education and an opportunity at a career? Many poor kids drop out of school at young ages in order to feed themselves since they see few future rewards of even bothering to finish high school. A subsistence items market will not support a strong economy. Where can scholarship money come from? Or money for longer school days (school ends around 1 p.m. at public schools in Israel)? Or money for rehabilitation programs for teenagers that have no place to call home? What is keeping the long-term unemployed at home instead of out in the workplace? Maybe this budgeting season the government should look into more welfare to work programs and providing vocational training. Why are we bringing thousands of foreign workers into the country when we have hundreds of thousands of citizens out of work? Agricultural work and caring for the elderly may not be glamorous, but choosing to stay home instead of working in these fields shows that there is a serious problem with the social welfare system, with the work ethic of

Israelis and with the relevance and effectiveness of the educational system for the poor. The founding of the modern State of Israel is the most important thing that has happened to the Jewish people in 2,000 years. We need to take a step back and realize that the ancient battles playing out today as “the conflict” comprise only half the story. The country’s domestic battles on the ground get fewer headlines but are just as dangerous. Israel is a “holy land,” but it is also a real state with the same social problems as every other developed country in the world. Prosperity in the face of conflict and the stress of 1,774,800 citizens living in poverty are simply not compatible. The government needs to adopt policies and make systemic changes and budget priority adjustments to prevent an economic crisis, while simultaneously attempting to hold a coalition government in place. We are at the breaking point. The need for serious action by the government to reduce poverty is great, and with our nation’s rapid population growth the time is now.

(Jackie Frankel is a development associate and the youth fundraising coordinator for The Jaffa Institute, a private, non-profit organization that provides a host of social services to thousands of severely disadvantaged children and their families in the greater Tel Aviv-Jaffa area of Israel.)

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OPINION Letters to the Editor: Continued from page 7. Mr. Rubin’s column about Tucson? His assertion that it was the political climate that led to the attempt on the life of Gabby Giffords. Liberals like Mr. Rubin attempt to exploit the tragedy of the killings in Tucson. For Mr. Rubin it’s not about the dead or wounded; it’s about Fox News, Sarah Palin and conservative talk radio. Rarely in American history has there been such a charge so reckless and unsupported by the evidence. Mental illness is the issue; not political ideology. From all accounts, the alleged murderer Jared Loughner was apolitical, did not watch television, and if anything, a friend growing up with him said he was a liberal himself. The issue is how we treat people with mental illness, because it was clear that Jared Loughner was unstable when he attended community col-

lege in Arizona. Worse, liberals deny their own culpability in the political climate of the day. If Barack Obama were as great as Mr. Rubin thinks, the president would renounce his famous comment, concerning politics, “if they bring a knife, you bring a gun.” Like everyone, Sarah Palin and George Bush have their faults. Nevertheless, they have been subjected to 10 years of unrelenting hate by the liberals and the media. Both Bush and Palin have received myriad death threats and numerous pictures have been printed of guns pointed at their heads. Daniel Wiseman Squirrel Hill (The author is the vice chairman of the 5th City Council District for Republican Party of Allegheny County.)

What ’67 border? Over the past two weeks, I have read two authoritative and very surprising articles, written by highly accredited legal experts in international law. The first was by Alan Baker, ex-legal advisor to the Israeli Foreign Ministry and Israeli Ambassador to Canada. The second was a 15 page précis of a long legal document written by Howard Grief, who was also a legal advisor to the Israeli government and has now written a book explaining Israel’s actual legal rights in international law. The first surprise came from Baker, who said in regard to the demands that Israel return to the “1967 border.” “There has never been a 1967 border and therefore any claim to return to it is bogus.” He explained that there was a temporary agreed-upon armistice line after the 1967 war, which both sides were required to respect, prior to a final peace settlement. But the Arab side refused to discuss peace or even recognize

Israel. So the much talked-of 1967 border never came into being and remains a figment of Arab imagination. My second surprise came from Grief in his précis of his book “The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law.” He gives legal proof that all of Palestine on both banks of the Jordan River, is, in International Law, “the national homeland of the Jewish people” — also confirmed by Melanie Phillips in her latest speech. This can only mean that it is the Jewish people who are the actual Palestinians. Further, it also means that Jordan lies within the borders of the true Palestine. So, legally, we already have a “two-state solution.” Would it not be best for the West to try and persuade Israel’s enemies to accept international law rather than kow-tow to its illegitimate claims as they are doing at the moment? David Lee England

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Globe Barak quits Labor

Is his departure a political betrayal or precursor to something bigger? BY LESLIE SUSSER JTA

JERUSALEM — Was it an act of political self-preservation, a feat of political destruction or a bid to stabilize Israel’s government ahead of some dramatic move? And for Israel’s Labor Party, was it another sign of the once-leading party’s demise, or a precursor to a revival and the ideals for which it stands? What’s certain is that Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s decision this week to quit Labor, which he had headed until Monday, has sent shock waves throughout the Israeli political establishment. Ironically, the split of Labor — until this week a part of the Israeli government but now in the opposition — may yet strengthen the coalition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Barak’s decision to quit Labor and found a new political party along with four other Labor defectors leaves Netanyahu with eight fewer members in his coalition, but the 66 who remain are considered far more stable than the 74 he had pre-defection. Before Barak’s dramatic announcement, Labor was threatening to withdraw all 13 of its Knesset members unless Netanyahu could show real progress in peacemaking with the Palestinians. That would have left the prime minister

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Defense Minister Ehud Barak announcing his intention to quit the Labor Party he heads to form a new faction, Atzmaut called (Independence), Jan. 17.

with only 61 coalition members, the vast majority right-wingers and the minimum necessary to stay prime minister in the 120-seat Knesset. Such a narrow coalition would have opened up Netanyahu to harsh domestic and international criticism for leading a perceived hard-line government. Now, in what appears to have been a coordinated move, Netanyahu and Barak

have pulled the rug out from under the feet of their opponents. With a more stable coalition, Netanyahu almost certainly has secured a full term in office, until 2013. Barak pre-empted attempts to oust him as Labor leader and force him to leave the Defense Ministry by cutting a deal in which he can stay on as defense minister after leaving Labor. Many Israelis on the left and right viewed Barak’s move with deep skepticism. The new party he heads, called Atzmaut, which means Independence, has a hazy future other than the assurance of four ministerial berths in Netanyahu’s government and the chairmanship of a Knesset committee. The leader of Israel’s opposition, Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni, called it the “dirtiest and ugliest maneuver” in Israel’s political history. Her own party was a breakaway from Likud in November 2005, when then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon led an exodus of moderates, including Livni, from the Likud. The regional implications of the upgraded Netanyahu-Barak partnership could be far reaching. It would appear that the peace process with the Palestinians is over, as the more dovish members of Netanyahu’s coalition have exited. Even if Netanyahu wanted to cut a deal with the Palestinians, his remaining coalition partners

likely would block it. Barak and Netanyahu, however, put a much different gloss on things. Until now, the Palestinians had been hoping for the Israeli government to fall and be replaced by one more amenable to their demands, representatives of the two men argue, and this has kept the Palestinians away from serious peace talks. Now, with a more stable government, the Palestinians will see this is who they have to deal with for the foreseeable future and may become more serious about returning to the negotiating table. Furthermore, Netanyahu and Barak confidants have been dropping broad hints that a new Israeli peace initiative is in the offing, suggesting that this is the part of a the Netanyahu-Barak understanding. There is another theory for Barak’s move: that Netanyahu is seriously contemplating a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear installations and believes he needs Barak at his side. According to this line of thinking, with the Labor Party threatening to force Barak to leave the government, Netanyahu could have found himself with a new defense minister who was less inclined to attack Iran. The front-runner would have been the Likud’s Moshe (Boogie) Yaalon, a superhawk on the Palestinian issue but very cautious about striking Iran.

Proposal to probe Israeli rights groups prompts fierce criticism BY LESLIE SUSSER JTA

JERUSALEM — Knesset legislation calling for an investigation of Israeli human rights groups has sparked a fierce argument over who is doing more to hurt Israel’s reputation: human rights organizations critical of the Israeli government and army, or the politicians who want to inves-

tigate them for allegedly going too far. Israeli President Shimon Peres called on the Knesset to reject proposed legislation that establishes a committee to investigate the funding of left-leaning human rights groups. By a vote of 47-16, the Knesset earlier this month gave preliminary passage to the measure. The parliamentary panel would probe the funding and activities of

left-wing and human rights organizations and NGOs. “The investigation of organizations and foundations, whether from the left or right, must be left to law enforcement authorities,” Peres said in a statement Monday. “They possess expertise, are objective and hold the appropriate investigative tools. The establishment of such a parliamentary investigative committee harms Israeli democracy and is unnecessary.” Peres quoted Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, who said that politicians should not be judges and judges should not be politicians. Peres in an address to the Knesset next week is expected to raise this issue, as well as the subjects of racism and incitement by fundamentalist rabbis, The Jerusalem Post reported, citing the president’s spokeswoman. Nevertheless one co-sponsor of the bill, Faina Kirshenbaum of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu Party, charges that the groups are working under the guise of human rights advocacy to discredit the Israel Defense Forces’ presence in the West Bank, criminalize its soldiers and encourage draft-dodging — with the overall aim of weakening the IDF and delegitimizing Israel. “These groups provided material to the Goldstone commission and are behind indictments lodged against Israeli officers and officials around the world,” Kirshenbaum declared during a Knesset debate, referring to the U.N.-en-

dorsed Goldstone report on the Gaza war, which among its findings included allegations of war crimes violations by Israel. The heavy vote in favor of the legislation reflected widespread concern in Israel at the activities of human rights groups, some of which receive foreign government funds and whose goals seem potentially inimical to the national interest. Much of the subsequent criticism was directed at the choice of mechanism to deal with the issue: a parliamentary committee in which politicians would be interrogating their political opponents. After days of criticism for the “undemocratic” nature of the proposed investigatory committee, Lieberman invited cameras into the normally closed party caucus meeting Monday to show he had no intention of backing down. In his remarks, he suggested that Israel’s delegitimizers rely on the subversive work of Israel’s Haaretz daily newspaper; Yesh Din, a group that monitors the rule of law in the West Bank; and Yesh Gvul, an organization that defends Israeli soldiers who refuse to serve in the West Bank. He called the organizations “collaborators in terror.” “There wasn’t a single meeting abroad where I spoke about delegitimization of Israel and people didn’t say look at what Haaretz wrote or what Yesh Din, Yesh Gvul or Yesh Batich published,” he said, the last name a derogatory play on words meaning “There is Zero.”


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B’nai Mitzva Benjamin Joseph Greenberg, son of Lisa and Steven Greenberg, will become a bar mitzva Saturday, Jan. 22, at Temple Emanuel. Grandparents are Steven Urbach and the late Judy Urbach and Jean and Sheldon Greenberg.

Levine/Garland: Aubra Levine and Justin Garland were married Sunday, Oct. 3, in Berkeley, Calif. Aubra’s parents are Barbara Weschler and Stanley Levine of Squirrel Hill. Justin’s parents are Cynthia Fite and Gerald Garland of Denver. Aubra’s grandparents are Charles Weschler of Pittsburgh and the late Ruth Weschler; and Rose Levine of New Castle and the late Gilbert Levine. Justin’s grandparents are Lucy Fite of Stillwater, Okla., and the late Robert Fite; and the late Ruth and Ernest Garland. Aubra earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is a project manager for a nonprofit affordable housing developer. Justin graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. He is a paralegal for the U.S. Department of Justice and plans to begin graduate school this fall toward a master’s degree in conservation and natural resource management. Aubra and Justin reside in Berkeley.

Sean David Lebovitz, son of Robin and Jeff Lebovitz, will become a bar mitzva Saturday, Jan. 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Sinai. Grandparents are Sherma Levine of Pittsburgh and the late Sidney Levine and Beverly Lebovitz of Pittsburgh and the late Allen Lebovitz. Zachary Michael Weinberger, son of Bari and Mark Weinberger, will become a bar mitzva Saturday, Jan. 22, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Grandparents are Eugene and the late Violet “Ibi” Weinberger, Debra and Edward Welsh and Zenora and Frank Surnamer. eadline for submitting Simchas is Thursday, 4:30 p.m. Send announceD ments (preferred method) in body of email with photo attachment in JPG format to announcements@thejewishchronicle.net. There is a $12 charge to publish a photo. Announcements are free for subscribers and $44 for nonsubscribers. You can also mail typed copy, photo and appropriate fee to The Jewish Chronicle, 5600 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. For more information call Angela at (412) 687-1000.

Births Hurowitz: Rebecca and Aaron Hurowitz of Squirrel Hill announce the birth of their son, Gus Fallon, Dec. 21, 2010. Grandparents are Barbara and Jeffrey Holst of Murrysville and Buffy Hurowitz of Bethesda, Md. Big sisters are Hannah Cassidy and Lucy George Hurowitz. Gus is named in loving memory of his paternal grandfather, George Orenstein; and his cousin, David Weber.

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Longtime South Hills resident, Dean J. Hirschfield, has completed his autobiography, “The Rivers of Chance,” an 800page volume that he began writing in 1979 as a letter to his first granddaughter, Elizabeth. Since his retirement in 2005, Hirschfield has worked diligently at finishing the engaging story of his birth, education, naval service, and careers in the wholesale jewelry business and real estate. The book is peppered with the names of Pittsburgh residents and locales, and gives insightful descriptions of the Pittsburgh Jewish community as it has developed through the years, beginning in the late 1930s. He recalls Mt. Lebanon’s earliest Jewish families, and the building and Dean J. Hirschfield growth of his synagogue, Temple Emanuel of South Hills. Hirschfield recounts his courtship, marriage, and continuing companionship with his wife Melva, and touches on the joys and sorrows of parenthood. He also delves into the importance of his relationship with this alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University, and his fraternity, Beta Sigma Rho. Hirschfield’s many contributions to the Pittsburgh Jewish community include serving as president of Rodef Shalom’s junior congregation, a founder and president of Temple Emanuel, chair of fundraising campaigns for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, as well as establishing the Judaic Library at CMU. Carnegie Mellon University Libraries undertook the publication of “The Rivers of Chance” using a newly purchased University of Pittsburgh Libraries’ Espresso Book Machine, provided by Rush Miller, university librarian. The book can be downloaded free of charge at http://repository.cmu.edu/lib_science/76/. The Hirschfields currently live at Concordia of the South Hills.

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STYLE/GLOBE JCC overcomes turnovers, fouls to beat Auberle BY ZACHARY WEISS Chronicle Correspondent

The Jewish Community Center bounced back from a 60-50 loss to Pittsburgh Project to defeat Auberle 56-41 on Jan. 13 in Greater Pittsburgh Independent Basketball League play. Ryan Seiavitch led the JCC scoring with 15 points, while his teammate Jonah Baron scored 12. Auberle’s leading scorers both notched 10 points. “The whole game was back and forth,” JCC Head Coach Andy Pakler said. “Auberle plays tough, and they are hard-nosed, athletic kids. … My biggest thing is for our guys to match their intensity.” JCC jumped out to an 18-11 lead in the first quarter. Auberle committed turnovers that led to JCC fast breaks. Seiavitch scored eight points — including two treys — while Baron scored six points all on layups. But the second quarter was a mistakeprone period, as both teams committed turnovers. Neither team gained the momentum though, and JCC held a 22-17 lead at halftime. In its Jan. 10 game against Pittsburgh Project, the JCC held a 32-28 lead at the

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SHADYSIDE “Restored Victorian” in the Heart of Shadyside. 5 bed 21/2 Baths, Leaded glass windows, enclosed urban garden. Reduced $375,000 Will lease or do owner financing.

SQ. HILL TOWNHOME SCHENLEY RD. - Stunning end unit. Very warm with contemporary touches, 4 bed 3 1/2 baths, 2 car int. garage. $685,000, Reduced $665,000 SQ. HILL BEECHWOOD BLVD. — A home for all to enjoy. Truly a beautiful gem of a grand old house completely restored but kept its original charm. Asking $1,250,000

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home maintenance their ethics.” In 2009, the journal Sh’ma had a column entitled, “Avram’s Father’s Idols” and each month, a different contributor would write about the idols in their family. Here are some of them: • The idol of family, when a parent has an idea that the family should be just so — without room for creativity and exploration. • The idol of rationalism, which left no room for spirituality. • The idol of that ivy league college without whose degree, one became the black sheep of the family. • The idol of work, to which so many of us prostrate ourselves with our backs to our families. Ralph Waldo Emerson warns: “…That which dominates our imagination and our thoughts will determine our life and character. Therefore it behooves us to be careful what we are worshipping, for what we are worshipping we are becoming.” Every idol demands sacrifices (S. Levin). What do you sacrifice to your idols? When will you have the strength of Abraham to smash those idols? (This column is a service of the Greater Pittsburgh Rabbinic Association.)

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Commuters will ride for free. But will the toll-run “fast lane” help solve Tel Aviv’s increasing traffic nightmare?

Tel Aviv’s ‘fast lane’ for traffic safety and the environment

BY MAURICE PICOW

Looking for a faster way to get to Tel Aviv from Jerusalem every day? Instead of being stuck in the daily traffic jam, a daily routine for drivers coming from both Israel’s capital and the bedroom communities of Modiin and Beit Shemesh, why not try the fast lane? It’s now possible to take the new “fast lane” which will enable those traveling on it to reach the main traffic artery of Tel Aviv, the Ayalon Freeway, in only 11 minutes instead of commuter times of up to two hours. The new 13 km stretch will actually be a toll road to cars with less than 4 passengers. Busses and cars with at least four passengers will get to use it for free. According to estimates in the Marker, between 1,600 to 2,000 cars an hour are forecast to use the lane during busy times. The toll is expected to be between NIS 17 and NIS 20 during rush hour. When the measured speed will drop to below 70p km per hour, the toll cost will increase, due to more cars using the lane. How will this impact the environment? The whole idea of this new lane is to reduce traffic flow into Israel’s largest city, while at the same time making it more convenient to get into the city that never sleeps. Commuters will have to option to park their cars in parking lots at the

beginning of the new lane and from there take special free commuter shuttle buses into the city. The idea is to save both on the amount of cars going into Tel Aviv daily on Highway One, as well as reduce the amount of fuel used and be less polluting to the environment. Special lanes to reduce traffic flow into Tel Aviv is not new, and numerous plans have been in the works, including a plan already in effect to ban trucks coming into Tel Aviv between the hours of 6 and 9 a.m. Another plan, involving the construction of a light rail line, similar to the one now being built in Jerusalem, has been in the planning stage for years, and involves a number of proposed rail lines going into and through the city. But perhaps an even idea better idea for reducing the amount of air pollution on the roads going into Tel Aviv could be the use of electric powered vehicles and other less polluting types of cars. The year 2011 is supposed to see the beginning of electric cars being driven on the roads in Israel, thanks to the efforts being made by Shai Agassi’s Better Place company. Taking this in mind, maybe building a special lane for the exclusive use of electric powered vehicles might be an even better idea than the new fast lane entering Tel Aviv from Highway One. Shai Agassi thinks so anyway. (Stories from The Green Prophet appear here by agreement with its editor, Karin Kloosterman. For more Green news from the Middle East, visit The Green Prophet at greenprophet.com. Contact the Green Prophet at karin.kloosterman@gmail.com.)

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OBITUARIES BERGER: On Thursday, January 13, 2011, Rene Berger, daughter of the late Sarah and Paul Unatin; beloved mother of Debbi (Joe) Manich, Glenn (Karen) Berger and Jay Berger; beloved grandmother of Crystal, Samara (James), Paulee and Sophia, Sam, Rebecca, Jacob and Jennifer; beloved great-grandmother of Jenna and James; beloved sister of Phyllis (Buddy) Letwin and the late Mark Unatin; sister-in-law of Shirl Unatin. Services were held at Ralph Schugar Chapel, In, 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside. Interment Poale Zedeck Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Ste 206, N. Hollywood, CA 91607. GOODMAN: on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, Bette Goodman, 86, of Shadyside, formerly of McKeesport; beloved wife of the late Bernard Goodman; loving mother of Marsha (Dick) Leffel of Monroeville, Marc Goodman of Costa Mesa, CA, and Margie (Al) Adelmann of Camp Hill, PA; daughter of the late Z.L. and Dora Friedman Weiss; sister of Honey Davis of Oakland and Cecie Spiegel of White Oak and the late Ethel Spitz, Milton Weiss, Sydney Weiss, Florence Chottiner, Dave Weiss, Sylvia Mermelstein, Morris Weiss, Thelma Hartstein, Binky Weinstein and Barbara Weiss; adored grandma of Brent Leffel, Ryan and Jessica Leffel, Amy Leffel, and Carly Adelmann; adoring great-grammy of Mia and Liam Leffel; also survived by many special nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Funeral services were held at the Jennifer S. Jordan Funeral Home, Inc., White Oak. Interment Temple B’Nai Israel Cemetery. Donations may be made to Temple B’Nai Israel, 2025 Cypress Drive, White Oak, PA 15131. HERSH: On Monday, January 10, 2011, in Delray Beach, FL, Ruth C. Hersh, 90; beloved wife of the late Henry Hersh; mother of Edward Mary) Hersh and Robert Christine) Hersh; daughter of the late Joseph and Fanny Cohen; sister of Dolly Landay of Monroeville and Milton (Helen) Cohen of Hilton Head, SC; grandmother of Joanna, Michael, Elizabeth, Nathan and Jaclyn Hersh. Services were held at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside. Interment Beth Abraham Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Birthright Israel Foundation, birthrightisrael.org. LEIBOWITZ: On Sunday, January 16, 2011, Victor Leibowitz; beloved husband of the late Gloria Leibowitz;

loving father of Murray M. (Adele) Leibowitz of Arnold, PA, Karen (Chris) Sobocinski of Pittsburgh, and the late David N. Leibowitz; preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters; beloved grandfather of Seth and Zane Leibowitz, and Scott and Sarah Sobocinski; also survived by nieces, nephews and great -nieces and nephews. Services were held at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside. Interment Cneseth Israel Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Forward-Shady Apartments/Activites Department, 5841 Forward Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. LITTMAN: On Tuesday, January 11, 2011, Henrietta “Hank” Littman, beloved wife of the late Dr. Irwin J. “Irv” Littman; beloved mother of Richard Erin Morrissey) Littman of Charlotte, NC, William (Laurie) Littman of Oakland, CA and the late Jeffrey Littman; sister of Ann Gerson of Cranberry Township and the late Dorothy Latterman; grandmother of David Littman, Stacy (William) Miller, Ivy (Adam) Berman, Dori Littman and Blake (Andrew) Foote; great-grandmother of Jacob, Benjamin and Ryan Miller, John and Luke Foote; also survived by nieces and nephews. Services were held at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside. Interment B’nai Israel Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Worthington at Adams, 500 Seven Fields Boulevard, Mars, PA 16046. REDLICH: On Tuesday, January 18, 2011, in Aventura, FL, Bernard Redlich, 79, of Greensburg, PA, formerly of Jeannette; beloved husband of the late Aleen Holtzman Redlich; father of Carol Redlich, Harry Redlich, both of Aventura, and Anne Redlich (David Witonsky) of Chicago; grandfather of Lilly Witonsky; son of the late Milton and Fannie Goldfield Redlich; also survived by his brother Leonard “Pudgy” Redlich and sisterin-law Faye Samuels Redlich, of Aventura, FL, sister-in-law Barbara Holtzman of Tucson, AZ and sister and brother-in-law Golde and Rona Holtzman of Blacksburg, VA, and his beloved aunt, Rose Goldfield of Aventura, FL. Services were held at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside. Interment Ahavath Achim Cemetery/Forest Hills. Contributions may be made in memory of Bernard Redlich to Minding Your Mind, 42 West Lancaster Avenue, 2nd Floor, Ardmore, PA 19003.

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Continued from page 15. eved was appropriate. She also said the use of crosshairs on a political map was not an original idea. Giffords’ condition was upgraded from critical to serious on Monday. She is no longer on a respirator and a feeding tube has been put in its place. The PLO office in Washington raised a flag for the first time. “It’s about time that this flag that symbolizes the struggle of the Palestinian people for self-determination and statehood is raised in the United States,” said Palestine Liberation Organization envoy Maen Areikat in a brief ceremony Tuesday outside its Dupont Circle offices. “We hope that this will help in the international efforts to provide recognition for the Palestinian state.” The Obama administration granted the delegation, which does not have embassy status, permission to raise the flag last July. Palestinian Authority officials last year launched an effort to broaden international recognition of a state of Palestine within the 1967 borders of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The officials targeted Europe and Latin America, the two areas of the world where nations resisted the last such push, in the late 1980s. Seven South American nations have signed on to the effort, and senior Israeli officials have said they fear European governments may join them. On Tuesday, Russia’s government reaffirmed the 1988 recognition accorded Palestine by its Soviet predecessor. Areikat has said that such recognition is not tantamount to statehood, but ratchets up pressure on Israel to freeze settlement building. The Palestinian Authority abandoned direct talks in September because Israel’s government refused to extend a partial building freeze. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, condemned the flag raising. “Raising this flag in D.C. is part of the Palestinian leadership’s scheme to manipulate international acceptance and diplomatic recognition of a yet-tobe-created Palestinian state while refusing to directly negotiate with Israel or accept the existence of Israel as a democratic, Jewish state,” she said. Ros-Lehtinen reiterated a call on the Obama administration to shut down the office as long as the Palestinians refuse to return to direct talks. Meanwhile, a bipartisan slate of U.S. senators wrote to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urging her to quash a resolution circulating at the U.N. Security Council which it suggests dictates terms for a settlement. “A resolution of this nature would work against our country’s consistent position, which has been that this and other issues linked to the Middle East peace process can only be resolved by the two parties negotiating directly with each other,” says the letter, signed by 17 senators and initiated by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). JTA has obtained a draft of the resolution, reportedly initiated by the Palestinian delegation to the United Nations; it does not urge the imposition of terms, and instead calls for a freeze in settlement building and a return to direct talks. U.S. officials have said they do not want the settlements issue brought before the Security Council but have stopped short of saying they would veto such a resolution.

U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman reportedly will not run for re-election. Lieberman (I-Conn.), who became the first Jewish nominee on a major presidential ticket when Al Gore chose him as his running mate in 2000, announced his decision Wednesday in Hartford, Politico reported. Lieberman lost favor with Democrats over his support for the Iraq War. He lost the Connecticut primary in 2006 but ran as an independent and won. He caucused with the Democrats, but backed the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008. Lieberman’s overall ratings are low, Politico reported. A West Australian man who posted a video on YouTube accusing Judaism of being a “religion of racism, hate, homicide and ethnic cleansing” has gone on trial in Perth. Brendon Lee O’Connell, 38, who is representing himself, described Monday’s proceedings in District Court as a “kangaroo court” and told Judge Henry Wisbey he should be facing charges of treason. Two of O’Connell’s supporters had to be removed from court at the judge’s request. O’Connell is facing seven racial hatred charges relating to a 2009 altercation with two Jewish students in a supermarket where a Friends of Palestine protest was being staged against the sale of Israeli fruit. On the YouTube video, which is still available on the popular video-sharing website, O’Connell is allegedly recorded as saying that “You have a religion of racism, hate, homicide and ethnic cleansing” before calling one of the Jewish students a “racist Jew.” “You are a racist, homicidal maniac,” he said, adding that “I will put you in the camps with the rest of them.” Western Australia’s racial vilification laws were enacted in 2005. The maximum penalty for the offense is 14 years in jail or fines of up to $18,000. Yeshivat Rambam, a Baltimore Jewish day school will close its high school division at the end of the school year due to financial problems. The school, which opened 10 years ago, announced Sunday that it would close its high schools for boys and girls while working to strengthen the enrollment and retention of its middle and elementary schools, as well as its kindergarten and early childhood programs, the Baltimore Jewish Times reported. Sixty-three students are enrolled in the boys’ high school and 33 in the girls’ school. The total enrollment at Yeshivat Rambam is 350. Working to keep the high school going could jeopardize the entire school, Yeshivat Rambam President Abba David Poliakoff told the newspaper. In recent years the school has suffered cash flow and debt problems, the Baltimore Jewish Times reported. Poliakoff sent a letter home to school parents on Jan. 13 announcing the closing of the high school, saying that it has become apparent that the school could not financially sustain its current structure. “Rambam is laboring under a mountain of debt that has accumulated,” he wrote in the letter, which was reprinted in the newspaper. “The school struggles month to month, in uncertain economic times, hampered by cash flow deficiencies. All this and more prevent growth and effective maintenance of staffing and programming excellence in the high school and other divisions. A point has been reached where Yeshivat Rambam must be restructured to survive.”


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METRO Aiello: Continued from page 1. during the Inquisition. Still, Aiello knew telling facts about her family’s heritage: • Her great-grandfather had been called “rav,” and led prayer services in Calabria. • Her father, Antonio, studied Bible and Torah while growing up in Italy, but never celebrated his bar mitzva. • Her grandmother literally took her Judaism underground, lighting candles in the basement on Friday nights, even after immigrating to America. • Aiello’s mother also lit candles on Friday nights, but, at the time, Aiello believed it was just a family custom, rather than a Jewish rite. “Anyone who came to America from Europe in the 1920s, or ’30s, or ’40s, was coming from a climate of tremendous fear,” Aiello said. “My father told me there were boys on the boat coming over to America who were throwing their tefillin overboard, saying, ‘No one will hurt us again.’ ” Although her family knew of its Jewish heritage, her parents were reluctant to openly participate in the Pittsburgh Jewish community. “I have the feeling my father felt embarrassed and afraid to move into the larger Jewish community,” Aiello said. But he nevertheless felt connected to the Jewish people, particularly after returning from service during World War II. Having served as one of the liberators of Buchenwald, he told his daughter to “try to do something for Jewish children.” But it wasn’t until 1978, after the birth of Aiello’s daughter, that she really began to get involved with the religion of her ancestors. She became a member of Temple Michah in Washington, D.C., where she was then living, and from there, moved to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, where she started a religious school at the “oldest synagogue in continuous use under the American flag,” she said. After becoming a lay leader in St. Thomas, she found the inspiration to continue her journey, eventually going on to study to become a rabbi. She was ordained at the age of 51 by the Rabbinical Seminary International and the Rabbinical Academy in New York City. Soon after her ordination, Aiello returned to Italy to help uncover the Judaism buried there for so long. Going from city to city in southern Italy, she found that, as in her own family, many Italians were practicing Jewish customs — covering mirrors, eating hard-boiled eggs after a funeral, cooking food on Friday afternoon for lunch on Saturday — even if they did not know the origins of those customs. “Going back to Italy, and making a connection with Calabria, taught me about who our family was, and what we

Stuxnet: Continued from page 1. uranium. It is absolutely critical we bear down with a comprehensive strategy of which sanctions is a critical part.” Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, said the delay was welcome but that the prospect of new complacency in the wake of its announcement makes it more urgent than ever to maintain a posture that includes the threat of a military strike on Iran.

lost,” Aiello said. She founded the Italian Jewish Cultural Center of Calabria, to help other Italians research their Jewish roots. She is also the spiritual leader of Sinagoga Ner Tamid del Sud, a synagogue where Italian anousim, as well as interfaith families, can find acceptance as they learn about their Jewish heritage. Her synagogue is the first in Calabria in 500 years. While Aiello is helping Italians living in Italy reconnect with their Jewish heritage, she is also helping many ItalianAmericans do the same. She believes that a large percentage of Italian-Americans have Jewish ancestry. “Five hundred years ago, about 40 percent of Sicilians and Calabrians were Jewish,” she said. “There are 26 million Italian Americans in the United States. Eighty percent of those came from the south of Italy — the poorest part, where immigration took place. The chances of Italian Americans having Jewish roots is therefore higher than for Italians living in Italy.” Fran Brown, whose maiden name is Vito, came across Aiello five years ago, when Brown was researching her family history. “We were Catholic,” said Brown, speaking from her home on Long Island. “But the church was not a big thing for us. My grandfather would not set foot in a church.” “We had all these family customs, and we didn’t know where they came from,” she continued. “When someone died in Italy, my grandmother would cover the TV screens and mirrors. And there were all these superstitions to not bring on the evil eye. When sweeping the floor, my grandmother would sweep the dirt to the middle of the floor; she couldn’t sweep it out the door. And we never had a crucifix in the house. My grandmother said it was bad luck.” According to stories passed down by her grandmother, Brown’s great-grandmother would light candles once a week, turning the statues of the saints in the house so that they were facing away from the candles. When Brown finally met Aiello in New York City two years ago, and told her that her family name was Vito, as well as the name of the town in Calabria from which her family came, the rabbi confirmed what Brown had suspected: her family’s roots were Jewish. Brown, who has been married to a Jewish man for 30 years, and whose son just celebrated his bar mitzva, said she and other relatives have since undergone DNA testing, which matched up to the DNA of the crypto-Jews from the Spanish island of Ibiza, located just across the map from the town of Tropea, where the Vitos eventually settled. She said Aiello was a great help in her efforts to reconnect with her family history. “She has verified things for me,” Brown said. “She has directed me where to go to find evidence.”

“No individual measure is a silver bullet,” he said. Stuxnet “set back the program but hasn’t stopped it. If you’re going to target a hard-line regime, you’ve got to have a military option on the table.” Such a concern was behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s furious backpedaling in the wake of Dagan’s pronouncement about 2015. The Israeli leader dismissed the prediction as one of several “intelligence estimates.” Dagan, reportedly under pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office, recast the deadline this week as 2014 and noted carefully that Iran is capable of surprises.

Aiello helps Italians trace their Jewish roots by searching Inquisition records, and cross-checking surnames to see which are on record as families that were persecuted or killed. “I feel I have a real mission,” she said, “especially these days and times when our numbers are declining. I believe if Jewish groups around the world would ease the path, and open the door, we would see an influx of people who so want to be Jewish, if we just give them the opportunity. “My job is to keep the door open,” she continued. “I grew up with people saying, ‘You’re Italian; you can’t be Jewish.’ ” The Orthodox movement, which is the predominate Jewish presence in Italy, does not recognize anousim as Jews, Aiello said, because most cannot prove

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they have the requisite four Jewish grandparents. Aiello established her pluralistic synagogue to provide an avenue to Judaism to those seeking it, but who cannot satisfy the Orthodox standards. Some Orthodox Italians have criticized her, but she is not deterred. “I have had some nice conversations with some Orthodox rabbis in Italy, but they cannot acknowledge me or call me a rabbi,” she said. “The way I look at all of this is the Torah can unite us. There were no denominations in Torah times. Labels are for jelly jars, not Jews. We are under siege again in this world, and we need to stand together. We have to be mishpucha again.” (Toby Tabachnick can be reached at tobyt@thejewishchronicle.net.)

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Simchas Weddings

B’nai Mitzva Benjamin Joseph Greenberg, son of Lisa and Steven Greenberg, will become a bar mitzva Saturday, Jan. 22, at Temple Emanuel. Grandparents are Steven Urbach and the late Judy Urbach and Jean and Sheldon Greenberg.

Levine/Garland: Aubra Levine and Justin Garland were married Sunday, Oct. 3, in Berkeley, Calif. Aubra’s parents are Barbara Weschler and Stanley Levine of Squirrel Hill. Justin’s parents are Cynthia Fite and Gerald Garland of Denver. Aubra’s grandparents are Charles Weschler of Pittsburgh and the late Ruth Weschler; and Rose Levine of New Castle and the late Gilbert Levine. Justin’s grandparents are Lucy Fite of Stillwater, Okla., and the late Robert Fite; and the late Ruth and Ernest Garland. Aubra earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is a project manager for a nonprofit affordable housing developer. Justin graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. He is a paralegal for the U.S. Department of Justice and plans to begin graduate school this fall toward a master’s degree in conservation and natural resource management. Aubra and Justin reside in Berkeley.

Births Hurowitz: Rebecca and Aaron Hurowitz of Squirrel Hill announce the birth of their son, Gus Fallon, Dec. 21, 2010. Grandparents are Barbara and Jeffrey Holst of Murrysville and Buffy Hurowitz of Bethesda, Md. Big sisters are Hannah Cassidy and Lucy George Hurowitz. Gus is named in loving memory of his paternal grandfather, George Orenstein; and his cousin, David Weber.

Sean David Lebovitz, son of Robin and Jeff Lebovitz, will become a bar mitzva Saturday, Jan. 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Sinai. Grandparents are Sherma Levine of Pittsburgh and the late Sidney Levine and Beverly Lebovitz of Pittsburgh and the late Allen Lebovitz. Zachary Michael Weinberger, son of Bari and Mark Weinberger, will become a bar mitzva Saturday, Jan. 22, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Grandparents are Eugene and the late Violet “Ibi” Weinberger, Debra and Edward Welsh and Zenora and Frank Surnamer. eadline for submitting Simchas is Thursday, 4:30 p.m. Send announceD ments (preferred method) in body of email with photo attachment in JPG format to announcements@thejewishchronicle.net. There is a $12 charge to publish a photo. Announcements are free for subscribers and $44 for nonsubscribers. You can also mail typed copy, photo and appropriate fee to The Jewish Chronicle, 5600 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. For more information call Angela at (412) 687-1000.


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