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May 2011

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‫קהילה‬

Never Forgetting While Working Towards a Better Future


‫ קהילה‬Kehila Issue No. 7 May 2011/5771 Editor & Publisher: Talisha A. Harrison Published By: Talisha A. Harrison P.O. Box 520392 Longwood, FL 32752 Printed by: Talisha Harrison Editor: Talisha Harrison Design: Talisha Harrison Cover Photo: Photographs courtesy of Google Images

KEHILA is an online monthly magazine that gives a voice to Jews of Color while educating and informing the Jewish and non-Jewish community as a whole. © Talisha Harrison 2011 Printed in the USA, all rights reserved. KEHILA welcomes comments from our readers. Please send comments to:

Email: Kehila23@yahoo.com

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Table of Contents

4 From the Editor‟s Desk

Spirituality

Chai-Life

53 Discussion Series: Maimonides 13 Principles

5 May Word Search

54 Counting the Omer & Celebrating Lag B‘Omer

6 Excellent Mother‘s Day Ideas What‟s Going On?

Community Happenings

8 Hot Topic: Building Our Communities: Should we integrate or Separate?

56 Announcements: May Birthdays & Mother‘s Day wishes 58 Misheberakhs

10 In the News

59 Yahrzeits

Culture

60 Kehila News

26 Techno Gizmos: Preview of a new app from Behrman House

62 Resources: Spiritual Resources

27 Sheba Film Festival: All the information you need to have about this upcoming event.

63 Upcoming Events 89 May Word Search Solution

32 May Films 33 Cinco De Mayo Food & Drinks 46 The Maz to the Max Show 50 Stylish Graduation Fashions: For the class of 2011, we have the latest styles for your big day.

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From the Editor’s Desk Shalom and welcome to issue seven. I hope that your Pesach was a wonderful one filled with love and family and good times. In May we have three Jewish holidays and three secular holidays. The first day of May starts right off the back with Yom Hashoah-Holocaust Rememberance day. The fifth day is Cinco de Mayo, the eighth day is Mother‘s Day, while the nineth day is Yom Haatzmaut-Israel Independence Day. Finally, on the twenty-second day of May is Lag B‘Omer and we end the month with Memorial Day. If you live in the US, isn‘t it interesting how we start the month honoring those who were killed in death camps and at the end of the month we honor those who have died defending our freedom? Throughout the pages of this issue, all six holidays are represented. Holidays aside, issue seven has a lot of wonderful articles and information to read about. From the latest news to this month‘s hot topic, and our culture section doesn‘t disappoint. For the class of 2011, we have the latest styles for your big day and in our renamed Food & Drink, we have kosher food and drinks for Cinco De Mayo. In Sprituality, we continue discussing Maimonide‘s 13 Principles of Judaism with principle number seven and we also discuss Lag B‘Omer. Last but not least, Community Happenings. We have May birthdays and Mother‘s Day greetings from our readers to their mommas. This month‘s misheberakhs and yahrzeits lists are updated for you to say a prayer and honor those who‘ve gone before us. The latest Kehila News is available as well as this month‘s Resources and we close this issue with all the upcoming events in the month of May. As I draw this from the editor’s desk to a close, I would like to say a big thank you. Thank you for the emails, and support that I receive from you the readers. Please continue to let me know your opinions, thoughts, and constructive criticism. Have a wonderful month. Happy Mother‘s Day. Tali Adina


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Excellent Mother‘s Day Ideas Not sure what you should get mom for the big day? We‘ve got the answer! Here are the top Mother‘s day gift ideas. Personalized gifts Whether it‘s a necklace, a bracelet, or even a picture frame, personalizing items make a gift even more special. Jewelry Take a look online or go in store to see what specials there are on jewelry. Whether it‘s earrings, necklaces, bracelets, or rings, jewelry is another classic gift that moms enjoy receiving. Pampering Gifts Being a mother is the hardest job on the planet. Often times, mothers put everyone else first and don‘t take time out for themseleves. Giving a cerfticate for a day or more at a spa, taking your mom out to get a facial, a pedicure & manicure are lovely gift ideas. If you can‘t do that then why not do all the chores around the house and give your mother a day or even a week off from all the duties that she does around the home. Home Gifts Homemade gifts are always a classic and definitely come from the heart. What mother loves homemade cards and gifts from her children? Or even having a homemade cooked meal? Flowers Flowers are another great gift idea. Whether it‘s in a beautiful vase or handpicked, moms love them.

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Hot Topic

Building Our Communities: Should we integrate or Separate? During these past few months, there has been a lot of discussion about whether or not Jews of Color should integrate into White Jewish communites, or separate themselves and form their own. Some say that we don‘t need to separate and that we shouldn‘t have to. Others say because of the horror stories, the mistreatment of Jews of Color in these communities we should and need to just create our spaces. I agree with both points of view. As I have written before in previews blogs and articles, I have had my own share of bad experiences. I have had people tell me to my face ―We don‘t want you here, you‘re not welcomed here.‖ But these experiences have not stopped me from attending shul. I have a right to attend any shul anywhere; I have a right to go and sit down and stand up during service in order to pray to G-D and hear the chanting of the Torah without people starring at me and or calling the police on me because of the color of my skin. Every Jew has that right. I believe that we must continue to attend synagogues whether or not the congregation wants us there. If we need to have a sit in lets do it! I am a Jew and I‘m not going anywhere I will sit where I want, I will put on my talit and read from the siddur and chumash. If you don‘t want me there that‘s too bad, I‘m not going anywhere. Period. There‘s nothing wrong with me. You‘re the one with the problem. You leave. At the same time, as a Jew of Color, we must also have places and spaces where we can come together and talk about and vent our frustrations and concerns with those who look like us and can relate to the issues that we are dealing with on a daily basis. It can‘t just be a social experience. We must have places where we and our families can begin to and keep on learning. The survival of the Jewish people depends on spiritual learning. Why is it okay for everyone else to have their own Jewish communities but when we want to do that, people want to call it racist? Let me ask you: Besides receiving charity, do I see pictures of people who look like me in Jewish magazines and newspapers? No. Am I viewed as part of the community or am I viewed as an outsider? An outsider.

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Hot Topic Do my children see other children who look like them at Hebrew day school or at shul? No. Until the answers to these questions and the statements listed on the Ashkenazi privledge list change from negative to positive, I believe that we need our own spaces, places, and communities. This doesn‘t mean that we should stop attending shuls where we aren‘t nor feel welcome. We should keep going until they accept us for who we are and nothing lessno affirmative action-or until those who won‘t accept us leave. So to integrate or separate? We need to do both until this question doesn‘t need to be asked anymore.

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In the News

PM denounces „outrageous‟ Fatah-Hamas unity deal By HERB KEINON AND KHALED ABU TOAMEH 04/29/2011 00:56 The Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu huddles with top officials to discuss diplomatic, security impact of Abbas‘s embrace of "most extreme, violent enemies of peace." If the announced Fatah- Hamas reconciliation agreement truly comes into effect, it would constitute a ―great setback to peace,‖ Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a visiting congressional delegation on Thursday, calling the move ―outrageous.‖ ―I wish the flow of events was in the other direction,‖ he told a delegation of about a dozen congressmen, headed by Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel from New York. Hamas representatives emphasized that the new unity agreement, reached on Wednesday, did not require them to accept the two-state solution or to engage in peace talks with Israel. They also stressed that the interim unity government that was expected to be established soon would not conduct peace negotiations with Israel. Netanyahu, who on Wednesday said the Palestinian Authority needed to choose between Hamas and peace with Israel, said Israel expected the international community to make it clear that Hamas had to meet the three Quartet benchmarks for recognition: recognizing Israel, forswearing terrorism and accepting previous IsraeliPalestinian agreements. Netanyahu expressed concern that Fatah‘s new deal with Hamas – a terrorist organization that has as its goal the destruction of Israel – indicates that in the view of the PA leadership, the creation of a Palestinian state would be a way of continuing the conflict with Israel, not ending it. The prime minister‘s meeting with the US lawmakers came amid a day of intense discussion with top cabinet ministers regarding how best to react to the surprise Palestinian reconciliation announcement. ―This is very serious,‖ one government official said, summing up the day of talks. ―This is seen not as a tactical change, but rather a strategic one – a game changer. How can 10


In the News the Palestinian leadership say they want peace with Israel, and at the same time embrace the most extreme, violent enemies of peace?‖ One of the matters being discussed is the fate of the existing security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, if indeed Hamas is brought back into the PA. The relative security quiet over the past few months in the West Bank has been attributed partly to this cooperation, and to the PA‘s rounding up of Hamas activists. There is also a great deal of concern in Jerusalem that the Fatah-Hamas agreement will include as one of its clauses the release of Hamas prisoners in PA jails, something that would put dozens of terrorists back on the streets in Judea and Samaria and call into question the value of the security cooperation. Netanyahu‘s discussions on Thursday with his top ministers also included consultation with top security officials about possible Israeli responses. Among the ideas that have been raised were stopping the transfer of tax funds Israel collects on behalf of the PA to a Palestinian government that includes Hamas, and denying passage into Israel for PA VIPs. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, meanwhile, said in an Israel Radio interview that Israel feared that Hamas, not Fatah, would have the upper hand even in a temporary caretaker government. He also said that Israel must make clear to the world that it would not deal with Hamas until it accepted the Quartet‘s conditions. If Hamas did accept these conditions, however, then there would be no barrier to talking with a unified PA government since then, Hamas would essentially cease being Hamas, Barak said. The reconciliation deal was still very much in the nascent stage, and it was too early to tell whether it would come to fruition, he said. Israel‘s immediate diplomatic challenge was to make sure the international community did not accept this move until Hamas accepted the Quartet criteria, Barak said. The focus of Netanyahu‘s scheduled trip to London and Paris next week is now expected to be as much on this issue, as it is on the original goal of the trip: lobbying against UN recognition of a Palestinian state in September. Barak said that Israel continued to have an interest in separating from the Palestinians and establishing two states. 11


In the News ―But it is forbidden to do this if that will harm Israel‘s security,‖ he said. ―Israel‘s security in an agreement rests on three things: a physical presence along the Jordan River to prevent what happened on the Philadelphi Corridor [between Gaza and Sinai]; deepening the ties with the US; and the strengthening or upgrading of both Israel‘s offensive and defensive capacities, including the ability to operate in Iran, and the ability to protect ourselves from rockets.‖ To ensure this, Israel would need a more sophisticated diplomatic line than to say simply that Hamas was bad, and Israel was opposed to its reconciliation with Fatah, he said. An Egyptian security delegation is scheduled to visit the Gaza Strip soon for talks with Hamas leaders on the implementation of the unity deal with Fatah, sources close to Hamas said on Thursday. The delegation‘s main mission would be to discuss ways of restructuring the security forces in the Gaza Strip so that they would include members of all Palestinian factions, and not only Hamas, the sources said. The Egyptians are also seeking to establish a new and independent security force that would report directly to the Palestinian parliament, the sources added. Hamas legislator Salah Bardaweel hailed the accord as a step toward ending the blockade of the Gaza Strip. ―The agreement that was reached in Cairo will increase chances of lifting the blockade,‖ he said. Bardaweel praised Fatah for reaching the conclusion that the ―path of peace‖ with Israel was nothing but a ―big mirage.‖ Fatah representative Ahmed Assaf said the deal came as a result of his faction‘s belief in the importance of unity. He rejected US and Israeli criticism of the Egyptian-sponsored accord and said that Israel, together with ―other parties,‖ would try to foil the agreement. Hamas and Fatah officials said that the political platform of the interim government remained unclear at this stage. They said, however, that the two sides had agreed that political issues would be handled by the PLO and not by the unity government, which 12


In the News would consist of ―professional‖ figures only. Political analyst Hani al-Masri said that despite the agreement, he had no doubt that differences would still erupt between the two parties. ―What is important is that there is a real and sincere will to overcome these differences on both sides,‖ he explained. Masri, who participated in the reconciliation discussions in Cairo, said that recent events in Egypt and Syria, as well as public pressure, had contributed to making the agreement possible. President Shimon Peres, meanwhile, said on Thursday that the Palestinian agreement was not one of unity, but of ―a split.‖ ―Hamas is a recognized terror organization,‖ he said. ―According to this agreement, Hamas doesn‘t have to change its charter that calls for the destruction of Israel, they can continue to shoot at us as they did when firing on a yellow school bus [on April 7].‖ Calling Hamas a ―branch of Iran,‖ Peres called upon the Fatah leadership not to permit a ―division that legitimizes destruction and hatred.‖ The UN, he said, ―cannot accept or recognize a terrorist organization as a state in September. It is not too late. Let‘s take the road of peace. Let‘s not create an impossible situation – neither for the Palestinians, nor for us.‖ The unity agreement between Hamas and Fatah is a ―blessed, positive move,‖ Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Thursday, according to the IRNA news agency. The move was ―in line with the Palestinian nation‘s historic objectives,‖ Salehi said. He praised the new Egyptian government‘s role in mediating between the two factions. The Iranian foreign minister added that the uniting force between the two groups was ―resistance against the Zionist occupiers,‖ as well as unity among the Palestinian people. ―Observing these two necessities would lead to the materialization of the Palestinian nation‘s absolute rights,‖ IRNA quoted him as saying. Salehi also said he hoped that the reconciliation agreement would ―lead t

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In the News acceleration of the developments in the Palestine region and to acquiring great victories in confrontations with the ruthless occupiers.‖

SF may vote on circumcision ban Group says collected more than enough signatures to qualify proposal to ban religious practice in San Francisco as ballot measure for November elections, but experts see legal challenge ahead Reuters Published: 04.28.11, 15:15 / Israel Jewish Scene

A group opposed to male circumcision said on Tuesday they have collected more than enough signatures to qualify a proposal to ban the practice in San Francisco as a ballot measure for November elections. But legal experts said that even if it were approved by a majority of the city's voters, such a measure would almost certainly face a legal challenge as an unconstitutional infringement on freedom of religion. Circumcision is a ritual obligation for infant Jewish boys, and is also a common rite among Muslims, who account for the largest share of circumcised men worldwide. The leading proponent of a ban, Lloyd Schofield, 59, acknowledged circumcision is widely socially accepted but he said it should still be outlawed. "It's excruciatingly painful and permanently damaging surgery that's forced on men when they're at their weakest and most vulnerable," he told Reuters. His group submitted about 12,000 signatures supporting his proposed ban, said Rachel Gosiengfiao, campaign services manager for the city's Department of Elections. The agency has 30 days to verify the petitions. He needs 7,200 valid signatures to qualify. The measure, which would only apply in San Francisco, would make it a misdemeanor crime to circumcise a boy before he is 18 years of age, regardless of the parents' religious beliefs. The maximum penalty would be a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Schofield, who would not discuss his current occupation but previously worked for hotels in the San Francisco Bay area, has found allies for his cause in the anticircumcision groups Intact America and the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers, according to his group's website. However, some experts said it was doubtful such a measure would withstand legal scrutiny if challenged. 14


In the News "The practice of Judaism requires a boy to be circumcised. I suspect the California courts would ultimately require the city to demonstrate the practice is harmful," said Jennifer Rothman, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. "I don't think there's sufficient medical evidence that it is, which would place the law's constitutionality in question." But Josh Davis, professor and associate dean for faculty scholarship at the University of San Francisco's School of Law, said the US Supreme Court has previously indicated in rulings that "religions don't get a free pass." "So if circumcision is the harm that's being targeted - because circumcision is perceived as causing harm, and not because it is a religious practice - it might well be a constitutionally valid law," he said. Schofield's proposal would make exceptions for boys who need a circumcision for health reasons. Nevertheless, Davis and Rothman both said voters would be likely to reject the measure at the polls. "I think that people are very likely to react to it as interfering with religious practices," Davis said.

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Jewish community to recall Holocaust Speakers lined up at several centers starting Sunday Friday, April 29, 2011 03:08 AM By Meredith Heagney THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

The local Jewish community will commemorate Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a week of events beginning Sunday. Jews will always remember the Holocaust because ―we lost such a large portion of our people,‖ said Rabbi Idit Jacques of the Columbus Jewish Federation. The Yom HaShoah programs, all free and open to the public, give everyone, Jewish or not, a chance to honor the memory of the millions killed by Nazis during World War II, she said. ―One of the messages we send is, once you target one group of people, no one is safe,‖ Jacques said. On Sunday, Rabbi Hanoch Teller of Jerusalem, an author and world-traveling storyteller, will present two programs about the unique ordeal of children during the Holocaust. At 3 p.m., he will present a program especially for teens at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, 1125 College Ave. He will speak at the Board of Rabbis‘ Yom HaShoah community program at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Ahavas Sholom, 2568 E. Broad St. On Thursday at the Jewish Community Center, Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich will screen his film, Prisoner of Her Past, at 7 p.m. The film details Reich‘s travels through the U.S. and eastern Europe in an effort to understand the late-onset post-traumatic stress disorder of his mother, a Holocaust survivor. A panel discussion with Reich and an Otterbein University psychologist will follow the film. Public officials will mark the solemn occasion as well. At noon Wednesday, Gov. John Kasich will host the 31st annual governor‘s Holocaust commemoration in the Statehouse Rotunda. At noon Friday, the city of Columbus will have a program in City Council Chambers, 90 W. Broad St. Mayor Michael B. Coleman and others will listen to survivor Fran Greenberg 16


In the News talk about losing her parents during the Holocaust and her ordeal during and after the war. mheagney@dispatch.com

Tucson congresswoman Giffords well enough to watch shuttle launch By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011 The Jerusalem Chronicle

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

Three months after she was shot in the head from close range at a political event in Tucson, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is expected be present as her astronaut husband sets of for space. Ms Giffords was one of 20 people wounded, including six fatally, when a gunman sprayed bullets at a crowd outside of a supermarket. The Jewish politician, who underwent brain surgery after the attack, is still being treated in a rehabilitation centre in Houston. But her doctors have given permission for her to attend the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour in Florida on Friday. Ms Gifford's husband, Captain Mark Kelly, whom she married in a Jewish ceremony in 2007, is to command the shuttle's final flight. He said: "She's been working really hard to make sure that her doctors would permit her to come. "She's more than medically ready to be here, and she's excited about this trip." President Obama will also be at the Kennedy Space Centre for the launch.

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Do Israeli and American Jews Need Each Other? By Yehudah Mirsky April 29, 2011Jewish Ideas Daily

Starting in 2005, American readers of the Israeli daily Haaretz notice d something new in its pages: well -informed, jaunty analyses not only of American politics and diplomacy but of American Jews and American Judaism. The paper's correspondent was clearly a native -born Israeli, but, in decidedly un-Israeli fashion, he not only was genuinely interested in understanding American Jewry from within but regularly had insightful things to say about it. Involvement, Responsibility, Partnership Meir Kraus, Yogev Karasenty, Dov Maimon, Yehudah Mirsky, Jewish People Policy Institute. How Israel can strengthen Jewish identity in the Diaspora while deepening Diaspora ties to the Jewish state. SAVE Two States for Two Peoples? Bambi Sheleg, Eretz Acheret. Is American Jewry on the wane, and other thoughts on the relationship between Israel and the largest Diaspora community. (Hebrew) SAVE Now, three years after the end of his stint in the U.S., and having established himself as a leading journalist on both sides of the Atlantic, including as the author of the popular Jerusalem Post blog, Rosner's Domain, Shmuel Rosner has gathered the fruits of his reporting and research in a Hebrew volume aimed at his native audience. Despite its flip title, Shtetl, Bagel, Baseball is an excellent tour d'horizon of current trends in American Jewish politics, demogra phics, economics, and religion. The subtitle, "On the Dreadful, Wonderful State of America's Jews," well conveys the author's dual approach: a characteristically skeptical, Zionist take on the future of American Jews coupled with an un -Zionist willingness to be charmed and dazzled by their accomplishments and relentless experimentation. In the latter respect, Rosner (a friend and colleague) certainly parts company with the more doctrinaire versions of classical Zionism's "negation of the Diaspora." By virtue of its size, wealth, organizational heft, and socio -cultural and political salience at the nerve centers of the world's leading power, American Jewry is unlike other Diaspora communities. Moreover, despite its genuine problems, it alone can plausibly cla im to offer a political and 18


In the News cultural alternative to Israel as the chief locus of the Jewish future. And that is what makes Rosner's book so welcome an entry at this particular juncture in history. For while Israel has long been, for large numb ers of American Jews, a significant if not indeed a central feature of their identity, younger Jews seem to be charting a course whose arc increasingly tends away from the Jewish state, as from fixed ethnic and national attachments generally. Meanwhile, as far as most Israelis are concerned, American Jewry scarcely registers at all. Rosner is well equipped for the task. An avid student of American history, h e is also an obsessive consumer of reports, policy papers, polls, and press releases. His book, although alarmingly thick with statistics and studies, is saved from dreariness by his acute skills as an analyst, his peppery style, and the generous helpings of on-the-scene reporting he serves up. Refreshingly, though New York, Washington, and other major centers are never far from view, Rosner offers compelling reportage from such places as Corpus Christi, St. Louis, and San Diego. Among the issues Rosner surveys: the arguments over just how many American Jews there are; the complexities faced by intermarried couples and the synagogues and communities trying in one way or another to include them; the high cost of communal membership and Jewish education; the growing popularity of the concept of tikkun olam; the hypothesis of an inexorable drift of the young away from Israel; the uneasy relation of American Jews to the evangelical Christians who love Israel and say they love Jews in general; stirrings of fractur e in the religious denominations; the damaging effects of Israel's religious politics, and the rabbinate's state-sanctioned de-legitimization of non-Orthodox movements, on Diaspora feelings of solidarity. Naturally, American politics is at the heart of this book, and party affiliation is at the heart of that. Rosner observes that even today it doesn't take much for an American politician to be "pr o-Israel" in the eyes of American Jews. A declared commitment to Israel's existence is enough to ensure that most will vote according to their general socio -cultural predilections, which is to say, Democratic. Conceivably, a mass shift toward Orthodoxy cou ld change this, but demographically speaking, that would be a long way off. On the religious issues, Rosner perceptively notes that the debates roiling all three major movements reflect the steady dissolution of familiar lines: Orthodoxy is torn between an increased ultra-Orthodoxy and a distinctively 19


In the News traditionalist brand of feminism; Reform between greater spirituality and ever more radical revisions of identity and tradition; Conservative Judaism among the truth-claims and expressive tendenci es at work in the movements on its left and right flanks. Rosner touches on theology only to the extent that (as in the claims entered by proponents of tikkun olam) it affects social and political attitudes. And he hardly deals at all with culture, with th e literary and performing arts where American Jewry has created an idiom and sensibility all its own, or with the world of the public intellectuals. He does mention Philip Roth, but only in aid of asserting that American Jewish writers are in general obses sed with Israel. Yet Roth's obsession, though genuine, is at best sporadic, and it is also exceptional; the striking thing about American Jewish letters is how little room there is for Israel in the works even of those (like Saul Bellow and Cynthia Ozick) deeply and publicly committed to it. Indeed, the other writer Rosner discusses, Michael Chabon, presents Israel (in The Yiddish Policemen's Union) as that which gets in the way of Jewish identity. In general, the American Jewish creative imagination still seems wreathed in the memory of Yiddish and in the aesthetic and moral values of irony and political distance: a place where Israel has a hard time making itself heard and perhaps even making sense. This deep but subtle disjunction emerges in Rosner's reco unting of an exchange some years ago with the American columnist (and IDF veteran) Jeffrey Goldberg in Slate. Describing American Jews as "self -deprecating and violence-averse" and Israelis as self-confident and humorless, Goldberg quips: "Who needs jokes when you have F -16s?" But, Rosner points out, you do have F-16s, or at least your country does. Implicit in this exchange between two friends is Zionism's enduring challenge to Diaspora sensibilities: namely, the Jewish assumption of responsibility for society as a whole. It is a challenge that American Jews can meet only if they take their own wider responsibilities as Americans just as seriously. Israel, Rosner writes, "hasn't made life easier fo r Diaspora Jews, it's made life more complicated. It forces them to make an unpleasant choice —to stay or to go—and forces them to justify that decision . . . not just to themselves, but in a way that will sound appealing to the generations coming after the m." The statement goes to the core of Rosner's fundamental perspective. He clearly loves American Jews and clearly finds them fascinating. Yes, he 20


In the News writes in his conclusion, "they don't live here. But I love their caring about Israel. I'm not convinced that they've lost interest . . . . Almost none of them actively want Israel to fail." But, as a Zionist, he also continues to see things in classically binary Zionist terms. One center or the other will prevail. In what he calls "the great relay race" of Jewish history, only one team of runners can win, and you have to place your bet. It need not be that way; indeed, throughout most of Jewish history, it hardly ever was. Nor is it quite that way, or yet that way, in our own time. In one of the paradoxes noted by Rosner himself, even as American Jews remain leery of Israel's claims to Jewish cultural and spiritual centrality, the one seemingly successful effort in recent years to engage young Jews short of religious revival has been to send large numbers of them to, precisely, Israel. America, for its part, has much to teach Israelis about how people of vastly different persuasions can somehow live together, how religion thrives precisely when it keeps its distance from city hall, and how Jewish iden tity not only takes its lumps from but can also flourish in the endless experimentation of freedom. It comes down to this: for the two Jewish centers truly to engage one another on all levels, each would have to reach out fully to the other while fully holding its own. Sadly, the likelihood of that happening is a bet against very long odds.

Supply and Demands The major movements of American Judaism require congregations to follow their rules when hiring clergy. A Duke law professor, a leader at his synagogue, says the restrictions create an illegal monopoly. BY ALLISON HOFFMAN Apr 27, 2011 7:00 AM Jewish Ideas Daily via Tablet Magazine

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When Loyola University in Chicago convenes its annual colloquium on antitrust law Friday, the assembled lawyers will review the landmark breakup of the Standard Oil monopoly, a hundred years ago. They will discuss policy on mergers and 21


In the News the state of European intellectual-property law. They will listen to a lunchtime keynote from a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, Edith Ramirez. And, sandwiched in the middle, they will hear a presentation from a Duke University law professor titled ―An Antitrust Analysis of the Rabbi Cartel.‖ The ―cartel‖ in question is the Conservative movement‘s Rabbinical Assembly, which tightly governs the placement of rabbis with member synagogues across the country— a delicate matchmaking process whose result is often a major determinant of whether a congregation will thrive. The professor, Barak Richman, is a lay leader at his synagogue in Durham, N.C., and has spent the last eight months developing his claim that what started as a way to make sure that far-flung synagogues got their fair pick of rabbis graduating from the seminaries—and to prevent internecine poaching of successful clergy between competing synagogues—may today run afoul of the same federal antitrust statutes that brought down Rockefeller‘s oil empire. In Richman‘s view, the Rabbinical Assembly and its analogues in the Reform and Reconstructionist movements use their oversight of the hiring process to threaten the autonomy and, at a fundamental level, the independent spirit of individual synagogues. (Richman excludes the rabbinic association of Modern Orthodoxy, known as the Rabbinical Council of America, from his analysis.) ―Each placement system imposes severe restrictions on the labor market for pulpit rabbis without creating any identifiable pro-competitive benefit,‖ Richman wrote in his paper. ―These rabbinic organizations are acting to advance their own commercial interests to the detriment of the welfare of consumers, namely the congregations and congregants who hire and ultimately benefit from a rabbi‘s services.‖ The argument lays bare a facet of Jewish life that remains obscured to the vast majority of American Jews today, who think of their congregations as independent religious communities and who are far less likely than their grandparents to know—or care— about the umbrella movements. But the rabbis‘ and cantors‘ professional associations do what secular professional associations do: maintain standards, facilitate hiring, and organize pensions. Under the current system, rabbis and cantors seeking jobs declare their candidacy through their movements‘ placement offices, rather than operating as free agents. On the other side of the equation, synagogues agree to accept panels of candidates screened by the central placement authorities, rather than posting their jobs on public job boards or recruiting privately. Rabbis and cantors follow the rules in order to protect their access to future jobs at their movements‘ synagogues; 22


In the News congregations, most of which go through the hiring process only infrequently, follow the rules because it‘s easier and to preserve their good standing within their movements. Bucking the system requires an appeals process that can, in some cases, cost congregations, and rabbis, matches that both sides hope to make. The idea that American synagogues are, at such a fundamental level, subject to a centralized leadership is a foreign one to most of their members—there is, after all, no Chief Rabbi in this country and no sense that a Jew in Pittsburgh is somehow answerable to an authority in New York, let alone in Jerusalem. The question of what the appropriate relationship between synagogue and movement should be is emerging at a moment when the Conservative movement, in particular, is painfully aware of the need to re-engage its constituents; indeed, its annual conference, last month, was devoted to the issue of rebranding. It underscores the degree to which mainstream synagogues feel the movements have hampered their efforts to attract younger Jews at a time when independent minyans and other groups are succeeding with a less institutional approach to Jewish practice. And it dovetails with a general decline in support for unions—which the rabbinic associations, in some sense, are— among a younger generation accustomed to union-busting. But Richman‘s claim, first set out in a Forward op-ed last September, is that the movements‘ constraints on rabbinic hiring aren‘t just run-of-the-mill Jewish parochial concerns—it‘s that they‘re actually illegal. Grumbling over the rules imposed by the rabbis‘ and cantors‘ professional associations is, by itself, nothing new. The issue was explored at length a decade ago by the journalist Stephen Fried in his book The New Rabbi, in which seniority rules restricting hiring by large synagogues became a major plot point, once the Conservative Philadelphia congregation at the heart of the story decided it wanted to promote its young assistant rabbi rather than hire a more experienced stranger from somewhere else to replace its retiring senior rabbi. (The Rabbinical Assembly eventually bent its rules to accommodate the synagogue, Har Zion, one of the largest and most powerful in the country.) And the idea that the movements might use their control over the hiring process to influence theological decisions by its member rabbis surfaced in 2005, when Ayelet Cohen, a Conservative rabbi, complained to the New York Times that she was being punished by the Rabbinical Assembly placement committee because she had officiated same-sex weddings. (The movement responded that Cohen was only being called out for violating the terms of a waiver allowing her to work at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, a largely gay and lesbian Manhattan synagogue that is unaffiliated with 23


In the News any major movement; the Conservative movement voted the following year to allow its members to marry gay couples.) The current system emerged in the 1960s to impose order on what was largely an ad hoc process, according to Marc Lee Raphael, professor of Judaic Studies at the College of William and Mary and author of a new history, The Synagogue in America. ―In the old days, and this was true at the Orthodox seminary and the Conservative seminary and the Reform seminary, the chancellor of the seminary just told new rabbis what pulpits they were going to,‖ said Raphael, who also serves as rabbi of a Reform pulpit in Maryland. ―The next step was the old boys‘ network, where the president of the synagogue would call a guy and say, ‗We‘re twice as large and pay twice as much and why don‘t you come over.‘ So, the placement process replaced two terrible ways of hiring rabbis.‖ But the core of Richman‘s argument, which has not been tested in any court, is that the rabbis‘ professional associations organized their system in a way that violates the terms of the Sherman Act, which was passed in 1890 to combat the power of the railroad and oil monopolies, and later helped break up the Bell System. Rather than operating as a neutral clearinghouse, the hiring process run by the rabbinic associations is structured to limit both member rabbis and affiliated synagogues from using other avenues for making hires. And it turns out there is precedent for using the Sherman Act against secular professional associations for just this kind of behavior: In 1995, the Justice Department successfully sued the American Bar Association, the body governing the legal profession, on the grounds that it was using its cartel power to unfairly manipulate law schools into guaranteeing higher salaries for law faculties. Richman‘s crusade against the Rabbinical Assembly emerged from his personal frustration with a system that prevented his Conservative synagogue, Beth El, from interviewing Reconstructionist candidates to replace its retiring senior rabbi, who had been ordained in the Reconstructionist movement and obtained a waiver to preside over the congregation when it was still a Jewish backwater, decades before the universities in the area‘s Research Triangle emerged as a hot destination for young academics, many of them Jewish. His initial salvo in the Forward elicited a statement from the Rabbinical Assembly asserting that its system ―encourages talented individuals to enter and remain in the profession‖ and thereby ―benefits not only rabbis and their families, but the Jewish community as a whole.‖ (Representatives of the Rabbinical Assembly did not respond immediately to phone and email messages left seeking 24


In the News comment; Richman declined to speak to Tablet Magazine on the record, citing potential legal action against the Rabbinical Assembly.) But Richman is far from alone. Congregation Beth Elohim, a popular Reform synagogue in Brooklyn, ran into difficulty earlier this year over its efforts to hire a star cantorial student on the verge of graduation named Joshua Breitzer. Under the ranking system used by the American Conference of Cantors—Reform cantors‘ equivalent of the Rabbinical Assembly—Beth Elohim was required to hire a cantor with more than three years of experience. In order to hire Breitzer, the synagogue had to appeal for a special waiver, which it eventually won. But the process took so long that they nearly lost their candidate to another congregation that could offer a job without waiting for secondary approvals. ―In the end, we got who we wanted,‖ Beth Elohim‘s rabbi, Andy Bachman, says now, ―but it was an unnecessary wringer that we needed to go through.‖ Part of the problem is that having a national office act in any substantive capacity is antithetical to the idea of local control. ―I‘m happy with how everything worked out, but down low, on a personal level, nothing was going to stop me from getting the best cantor, or the best rabbi, I could for our congregation, whether it was someone who was Reform or Conservative or Reconstructionist,‖ Bachman said. ―We don‘t need the national movement to tell us what Jews in Brooklyn need—we know what Jews in Brooklyn need.‖ It‘s an irony Richman notes in his paper: The approach taken by the movement may in fact be strangling the very community it purports to support. ―It amounts to an effort to deprive local congregations of the very autonomy and self-determination that has fueled the blossoming of diverse Jewish experiences for two thousand years,‖ Richman writes. ―Were the rabbinical organizations to adopt less restrictive rules that were consistent with the Sherman Act—rules that empower individual communities and defer to the preferences of both congregants and rabbis—it would kindle the passions and empower the dynamism that Jewish communities have shown over time.‖

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Techno Gizmos Next week, Behrman House will be submitting their eighth app to the Apple iTunes store. This app will extend their line of Hebrew tutorials featuring Touch-and-Read Technology, and will teach the Torah blessings to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. It will also allow the user to record practice sessions, so when they are called to the bimah, they feel fully prepared. This app is a great way for family members and other guests honored with aliyot during a bar or bat mitzvah to feel prepared for the service. It is also a terrific way for synagogue members to brush up before the high holidays. Behrman House expects this app to be released in the 1st week of May. To find out more information about this app and Behrman House‘s other apps, visit their site: http://www.behrmanhouse.com/iphone/?pageNa me=iphone

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Film

Join us for the 8th Annual Sheba Film Festival CELEBRATING THE CULTURE AND HERITAGE OF ETHIOPIAN JEWS

Across the River SUNDAY MAY 15TH 2011 3pm

Director: Duki Dror (Israel 2010), 58 min, Amharic, Hebrew,English subtitles Synopsis: Moshe Rahamim (Tesgau Mahari) carries a great burden. For years he has been explaining and preaching, and yet, the pervasive HIV virus keeps killing in his community. Against the "silencing" policy of the Public Health Authority and the denial of the Ethiopian community, Moshe sets out to expose the disease and stop it from spreading. He goes back to Ethiopia, where he finds thousands of Ethiopians, waiting for years in compounds, where they are exposed to the HIV virus, to fulfill their dream and immigrate to Israel. Faison Firehouse Theatre in Harlem 6 Hancock Place, New York NY 10027 (West 124th Street between St. Nicholas and Morningside Avenue) Admission: $12

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Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean TUESDAY May 24th 2011 7:30PM

Director: Curt Fissel (Uganda/USA 2010), 40 min, English

Synopsis: Living in the lingering wake of the Idi Amin regime of terror and intolerance, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Ugandan coffee farmers challenged historical and economic hurdles by forming “Delicious Peace” Cooperative. Their mission was to build harmonious relationships and economic development, and they are succeeding. Partnering with a Fair Trade US roaster, the farmers’ standard of living is improving, peace is flourishing, and their messages of peace and fair wages are spreading to their coffee customers in the US.

JCC Manhattan JCC Manhattan 334 Amsterdam Ave, at 76th St.

Admission: $10

NEW YORK PREMIERE

Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life & Times of Emperor Haile Selassie THURSDAY MAY 26TH 2011 7PM

Director:Yemane I. Demissie (Ethiopia/USA 2009), 58 min, English subtitles Synopsis: Ethiopia’s last emperor Haile Selassie (1892 – 1975) is to this day revered by the million-strong Rastafarian community. Yemane I Demissie’s documentary explores and analyzes watershed events during the reign of the Ethiopian emperor. Using a wealth of archival footage and

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photographs, the film reexamines the imperial administration through the eyes of numerous individuals who played important roles in the monarchy.The observations and narratives of these individuals shed new light on the personality, leadership style and humanity of the last and final Ethiopian emperor. The Schomburg Center 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, 135th St Admission: $12

DOUBLE FEATURE THURSDAY JUNE 2ND 2011 7PM

Millennium Ethiopia

Director: Benjamin Mandell (Ethiopia/Israel 2010), 27 min, Amharic, English subtitles Synopsis: Ethiopia enters the new millennium on September 11, 2007 nearly eight years after the rest of the world. The celebrations are riotous. Desaly Goshu left his birthplace of Ethiopia seventeen years ago. As a young boy, his family immigrated to Israel for the opportunity to live in their holy land. Now for the first time, Desaly is returning to Ethiopia to remember his past and to celebrate the coming of a new era. FOLLOWED BY

These are My Names

Director: Ruth Mason (Israel 2010) 30 min, Hebrew English subtitles Synopsis: Ethiopian Jews' multiple names reflect the richness, wisdom and beauty of their culture -- and every name tells a story. In the film, young Ethiopian Israelis share their journeys toward their names: stories of love and connection, survival and loss, anger

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and pride. The characters' original names – changed without their consent upon arrival in Israel – take them back to their childhoods in mountain villages, to the hunger and fear in Sudan, to longing for loved ones who died or disappeared on the journey to Israel, to denial of their identity…and reclamation of their roots. Kane StreetKane Street Synagogue 236 Kane Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 Admission: $12 Followed by Q&A

Art Exhibition The Many Faces of Yisrael

Opening reception Sunday June 5th 2011 5:00PM

163 west 125th Street. 2nd Fl Harlem NYC

ID is required to enter building Free Admission

In conjunction with the International Agency for Minority Artists Affair (IAMAA) Available for viewing from June 5th to June 26th 2011

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Film

May Films Here‘s what‘s coming out this month: May TBA

Bridesmaids

Daydream Nation

The First Grader

May 6

May 20

Thor

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Something Borrowed

Midnight in Paris

Jumping the Broom

May 26

The Beaver

The Hangover 2

Everything Must Go There Be Dragons

May 27

May 13

Kung Fu Panda 2 The Tree of Life

Priest

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Food & Drink

Cinco de Mayo Recipes and Drinks Enjoy these recipes for the fifth day in May! Whit's Chicken Enchiladas 4 bone-in chicken breast halves 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chile peppers, drained 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided 1/2 cup water 8 (10 inch) flour tortillas 1 cup heavy cream Directions Place the chicken breast halves into a saucepan, and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove from the water, and set aside to cool. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Remove the chicken meat from the breasts, and discard the skin and bones. Set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the green chilies, jalapeno and garlic. Cook and stir for a few minutes, until fragrant, then stir in the cream cheese and half of the Monterey Jack. As the cheese begins to melt, gradually stir in the water. Chop the chicken meat, and stir into the skillet. Remove from the heat. Spoon the chicken mixture into tortillas, and roll up. Place the rolls seam side down in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining Monterey Jack cheese over the top, then pour cream over all. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the enchiladas are golden brown on the top. 33


Food & Drink Tomato Salsa without Onions 1 poblano pepper 3 cloves garlic, peeled 5 ripe tomatoes 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 2 tablespoons lime juice Directions: Preheat the broiler. Place poblano pepper and garlic cloves on a medium baking sheet. Turning pepper frequently, broil at maximum distance from heat until browned, about 15 minutes. In a food processor, place roasted pepper, roasted garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, cumin, chili powder and lime juice. Process using pulse setting until an evenly chunky texture is obtained. Chill until serving Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips 2 kiwis, peeled and diced 2 Golden Delicious apples - peeled, cored and diced 8 ounces raspberries 1 pound strawberries 2 tablespoons white sugar 1 tablespoon brown sugar 3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas butter flavored cooking spray 34


Food & Drink 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar Directions In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, Golden Delicious apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray. Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture. Amazing Southwest Cilantro Lime Mango Grilled Chicken Sandwiches MARINADE 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 jalapeno chile pepper, seeded and minced 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh lime zest 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound chicken breast tenderloins or strips SALSA

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

1 medium tomato, chopped

1/2 jalapeno chile pepper, seeded and minced

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Food & Drink 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1/4 teaspoon sea sal

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

LIME MAYONNAISE

GRILLED VEGETABLES

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 sweet onion cut into 1/2-inch slices

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 red bell pepper, quartered

16 thick slices French bread

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 mangos - peeled, seeded, and sliced

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 slices Monterey Jack cheese

Directions For the marinade: Place 1/4 cup cilantro, 1 clove minced garlic, 1/4 jalapeno, lime zest, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder, and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small bowl and stir until well combined. Place the chicken breast tenderloins in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade into the bag with the chicken, seal, and shake the bag to coat. Refrigerate for 1 hour. For the salsa: Combine the tomato, 1 small onion, 2 tablespoons cilantro, 1/2 jalapeno, 1 clove garlic, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, sea salt, 1/8 teaspoon chipotle pepper, and 1 tablespoon lime juice in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. To prepare the grilled vegetables, toss the onions and red peppers with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 clove garlic in a bowl; set aside. For the lime mayonnaise: Whisk together the mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons of lime juice; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat. Grill the marinated chicken on the prepared grill until no longer pink in the center and juices run clear, 8 to 10 minutes. Grill the red pepper and onions until tender and golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the chicken and vegetables from the grill. Slice the grilled pepper into thin strips.


Food & Drink Spread each slice of bread with 1 1/2 teaspoons of prepared lime mayonnaise. Layer half of the pieces of bread with sliced mango, 1 tablespoon prepared salsa, grilled chicken tenderloins, grilled peppers, grilled onions, and a slice of Monterey Jack cheese. Top off the sandwiches with the remaining slices of bread. Return the sandwiches to the grill, turning when the bottom is golden brown Return the sandwiches to the grill and grill them until the bread is toasted and the cheese melts, about 2 minutes per side. Caldo de Res (Mexican Beef Soup) 2 pounds beef shank, with bone

2 chayotes, quartered (optional)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 medium head cabbage, cored and cut into wedges

2 teaspoons salt

1/4 cup sliced pickled jalapenos

2 teaspoons ground black pepper 1 onion, chopped

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes 3 cups beef broth 4 cups water

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 medium carrot, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 limes, cut into wedges

1 potato, quartered (optional)

4 radishes, quartered

2 ears corn, husked and cut into thirds Directions Cut the meat from the beef bones into about 1/2 inch pieces, leaving some on the bones. Heat a heavy soup pot over medium-high heat until very hot. Add the oil, tilting the pan to coat the bottom. Add the meat and bones, and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until thoroughly browned. Add 1 onion, and cook until onion is also lightly browned. Stir in the tomatoes and broth. The liquid should cover the bones by 1/2 inch. If not, add enough water to 37


Food & Drink compensate. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 hour with the lid on loosely. If meat is not tender, continue cooking for another 10 minutes or so. Pour in the water, and return to a simmer. Add the carrot and 1/4 cup cilantro, and cook for 10 minutes, then stir in the potato, corn and chayote. Simmer until vegetables are tender. Push the cabbage wedges into the soup, and cook for about 10 more minutes. Ladle soup into large bowls, including meat vegetables and bones. Garnish with jalapenos, minced onion, and additional cilantro. Squeeze lime juice over all, and serve with radishes. Southwestern Egg Rolls 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

1 skinless, boneless chicken breast half

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

2 tablespoons minced green onion

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper

1/3 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup frozen corn kernels

1 pinch ground cayenne pepper

1/4 cup black beans, rinsed and drained

3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

2 tablespoons frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

5 (6 inch) flour tortillas 1 quart oil for deep frying

2 tablespoons diced jalapeno peppers Directions Rub 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over chicken breast. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook chicken approximately 5 minutes per side, until meat is no longer pink and juices run clear. Remove from heat and set aside. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in green onion and red pepper. Cook and stir 5 minutes, until tender. 38


Food & Drink Dice chicken and mix into the pan with onion and red pepper. Mix in corn, black beans, spinach, jalapeno peppers, parsley, cumin, chili powder, salt and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir 5 minutes, until well blended and tender. Remove from heat and stir in Monterey Jack cheese so that it melts. Wrap tortillas with a clean, lightly moist cloth. Microwave on high approximately 1 minute, or until hot and pliable. Spoon even amounts of the mixture into each tortilla. Fold ends of tortillas, then roll tightly around mixture. Secure with toothpicks. Arrange in a medium dish, cover with plastic, and place in the freezer. Freeze at least 4 hours. In a large, deep skillet, heat oil for deep frying to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Deep fry frozen, stuffed tortillas 10 minutes each, or until dark golden brown. Drain on paper towels before serving. ChocoFlan 1/2 cupMexican caramel sauce (cajeta) 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk 1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed, softened 7 large eggs, divided 1 tsp.vanilla 1 cup sugar 1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix 1 cup water 1/3 cupoil 1/2 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream 1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping Directions HEAT oven to 375ยบF. 39


Food & Drink POUR caramel sauce into 12-cup fluted tube pan sprayed with cooking spray. Blend evaporated milk, cream cheese, 4 eggs, vanilla and sugar in blender until smooth. BEAT cake mix, water, oil and remaining eggs with mixer until blended. Add sour cream; mix well. Pour over caramel in tube pan; gently ladle flan mixture over cake batter. Cover pan with foil sprayed with cooking spray, sprayed-side down. Place in larger pan. Add enough water to larger pan to come halfway up side of tube pan. BAKE 1-1/2 hours or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Refrigerate 2 hours. Loosen dessert from side of pan; invert onto plate. Remove pan. Serve dessert topped with COOL WHIP. Frozen Cinco De Mayo Dessert 61 NILLA Wafers, divided 1 cup BAKER'S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut, toasted 1/2 cupPLANTERS Almonds, toasted, finely chopped 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted 1 qt. (4 cups) lime sherbet, softened 1 qt. (4 cups) orange sherbet, softened 1 qt. (4 cups) raspberry sherbet, softened Directions PREHEAT oven to 350째F. Finely crush 37 of the wafers. Mix wafer crumbs, coconut, almonds and butter until well blended. Press firmly onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 8 to 10 min. or until lightly browned; cool. SPREAD layers of each of the different flavored sherbets over cooled crust, freezing each layer until firm before topping with the next layer. FREEZE at least 4 hours. Remove from freezer about 10 min. before serving; let stand at room temperature to soften slightly. Cut into 24 squares. Top each with 1 of the remaining 24 wafers just before serving. Store any leftover dessert in freezer.

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Food & Drink Taco Salad Bowls 4 flour tortillas (8 inch)

4 cups torn salad greens

1 Tbsp. chili powder, divided

1 large tomato, chopped

3/4 lb. extra-lean ground beef

1/2 cupKRAFT Mexican Style 2% Milk Finely Shredded Four Cheese

1 cup matchlike carrot sticks

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick 'N Chunky Salsa, divided 2 Tbsp. KRAFT Light Mayo Reduced Fat Mayonnaise Directions HEAT oven to 425°F.

CRUMPLE 4 large sheets of foil to make 4 (3-inch) balls; place on baking sheet. Place 1 tortilla over each ball; spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. chili powder. Bake 6 to 8 min. or until tortillas are golden brown. (Tortillas will drape over balls as they bake.) MEANWHILE, brown meat with carrots and remaining chili powder in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Add 1/2 cup salsa; cook 2 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally. MIX mayo and remaining salsa in large bowl. Add salad greens and tomatoes; toss to coat. Fill shells with greens mixture, meat mixture, cheese and cilantro.

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Food & Drink Chicken & Cheese Tostadas 6 flour tortillas (6 inch) 1 pkg. (1-1/4 oz.) TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Taco Seasoning Mix, divided 1 lb.boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1/2 cup water 2 largetomatoes, chopped, divided 1 pkg. (7 oz.) KRAFT FREE Shredded Non-Fat Cheddar Cheese, divided 6 Tbsp.BREAKSTONE'S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream 1/4 cup chopped cilantro Directions HEAT oven to 400°F. PLACE tortillas in single layer on large baking sheet; spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. seasoning mix. Bake 7 to 8 min. or until tortillas are crisp and golden brown. MEANWHILE, combine chicken, remaining seasoning mix and water in large skillet. Bring to boil on medium-high heat; simmer on medium-low 5 min. or until chicken is done, stirring occasionally. Add 1-1/2 cups tomatoes; cook until heated through, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in 1-1/4 cups cheese. SPOON chicken mixture onto tortillas; top with remaining ingredients.

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Food & Drink What‘s Cinco de Mayo without drinks? From margaritas to non-alchoholic these drinks scream ―It‘s party time!‖ Ultimate Frozen Strawberry Margarita 6 fluid ounces tequila 2 fluid ounces triple sec 8 ounces frozen sliced strawberries in syrup 4 fluid ounces frozen limeade concentrate Directions Fill a blender with ice and crush. Pour in the tequila and triple sec. Add the strawberries and limeade. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Serve in margarita glasses with the rims dipped in powdered sugar. Frozen Lemon-Berry Margaritas Recipe 4 lime wedges 2 tablespoons coarse sugar 2/3 cup thawed lemonade concentrate 1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries 2 cups ice cubes 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 cup tequila, optional Directions Using lime wedges, moisten the rims of four margarita or cocktail glasses. Set aside limes for garnish. Sprinkle coarse sugar on a plate; hold each glass upside down and dip rim into sugar. Set aside. Discard remaining sugar on plate.

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Food & Drink In a blender, combine the lemonade concentrate and raspberries; cover and process until blended. Press mixture through a fine sieve; discard seeds. Return raspberry mixture to blender; add the ice, strawberries, blueberries, sugar and tequila if desired. Cover and process until smooth. Pour into prepared glasses. Garnish with reserved limes. Yield: 4 servings. Refreshing Lime Slush Recipe 11 cups water 3 cups sugar 3/4 cup thawed limeade concentrate 2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled Lime slices, optional Directions In a 4-qt. freezer container, combine the water, sugar and limeade concentrate until sugar is dissolved; cover and freeze. Remove from the freezer several hours before serving. Chop mixture until slushy. Add soda just before serving. Garnish with lime slices if desired. Yield: 5-1/2 quarts (30 servings). Tanguila Sunrise 2 qt. (8 cups) water 2 tsp. lemon juice 1 cupTANG Orange Flavor Drink Mix Ice cubes 2 Tbsp.grenadine syrup Directions ADD water and lemon juice to drink mix in large glass or plastic pitcher; stir until mix is dissolved. POUR into 8 tall glasses; fill with ice.

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Food & Drink DRIZZLE about 1 tsp. of the grenadine syrup down back of spoon into each glass. (Grenadine will sink to bottom of glass.) Triple-Citrus Margarita 3-1/2 cups (28 oz.) cold water 1 pkt. (.13 oz.) CRYSTAL LIGHT SUNRISE On The Go Classic Orange Flavor Drink Mix 1 pkt. (.14 oz.) CRYSTAL LIGHT On The Go Lemonade Flavor Drink Mix 1/2 cup (4 oz.) tequila 2 Tbsp. (1 oz.) lime juice Directions ADD water to drink mixes in plastic or glass pitcher; stir until mixes are dissolved. STIR in tequila and lime juice. SERVE over ice cubes in tall glasses. Mango Pi単a Smoothie 1 cup fresh mango, skins removed and cut into chunks 1 cup pineapple, skin removed and cut into chunks 2 cups papaya or mango juice ice Preparation: Place ingredients into blender and fill almost to top with ice. Blend until smooth. Garnish with a piece of mango and pineapple. Serve immediately.

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Online Radio

The Maz to the Max Show A new show on BlogTalkRadio.com, the Maz to the Max show has had extremely positive response in the Jew of Color community. Check Maz to the Max‘s schedule on BlogTalkRadio.com for upcoming shows! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/maztothemax Callers can call via their phones and skype to comment on the nightly topics so join in the conversation! Below is an interview I did with the show‘s creator and host Almaz Kohanziadeh Ben-Adonai via Facebook email. When did you begin your radio show? What inspired you to start an online radio program? Well I have only had my show for a full month. I wanted to have a platform to disseminate information regarding topics that are close to my heart. Besides your Jew of Colour series what other topics do you discuss on your show? Well I speak about Real Estate on Tuesdays, Finance and investing on Wednesday, and Thursdays is always a Jewish Topic. Friday is Shabbat so now show I am working on another platform for Sunday and Monday so Like I said before this is a very new show. What has been the repsonse since you began the Jew of Colour series?

The Maz to the Max Show Host Almaz

My blog talk radio show has only been on a month and I am getting a lot of listeners and a lot of positive responses. The Jews of Colour went off the charts [and was]one of the most listened too shows I have ever had and people are still listening to it on demand. I have received a lot of emails from people all over the United States, Israel, even Nigeria and Morocco about doing MORE shows regarding this subject. It seems to have touched a lot of people in many different [ways]and a lot of Ashkenazim are very interested also because of the learning aspect of it. They seem quite interested in building bridges-only one person was negative saying that there IS no problem in the Jewish community but then when I dug a little deeper I understood that 46


Online Radio this woman was very sheltered she was a listener in Israel living in VERY Wealthy Area of Tel Aviv so her world is very sheltered and Vapid to say the least so I did not even sweat that because her views were kind of skewed about so many things. In my future shows I will be featuring not only Jews of Colour which is an ongoing topic but also Jews from Different regions of the world that are off the radar of most people. The first in my show was a lovely lady who now lives in Toronto but is a native of Baku Azerbijan she did a 2 hour show speaking of her experiences as a Azeri Jew and the history of her community which people in Israel call Cavcasi (Mountain Jews) her experiences as a Jew in Azerbijan which until recently was part of the Soviet Union. It was a great show and people are still writing me about this. I spoke with my Guest Esmira Yaffa Mordechai by phone recently and she told me that a listener in Chicago a young girl who is of Azeri Jewish descent was so thankful and grateful for the show because SHE was always telling people that she was Russian because no one took the time to even inquire what or where Azerbijan is so she sent a heartfelt letter to Esmira thanking her for renewing her love for her faith her religion her culture and her history which again is not talked about so much in world Jewry this is why I have my show as a platform for people to know about OTHER JEWISH HISTORY. What will future topics will the show feature? My shows are always going to be about investments, Real Estate and Financial knowledge, Politics, Religion and History. NO Fluff. My show today(on April 27, 2011) was about Trading in Forex and how one can learn to take charge of their own financial future. That was a good show also. The motto of my show is Knowledge is Power If you dont' know your rights you don't have any. One has a right to know about their history their govenment because if you don't know you don't have the power to work withiin it

What days and times is your show usually on? My show runs between 7-9 most days but it can change depending on the guest that I have because I try to be very accomadating.

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Online Radio See, I want people to realize that there was ANOTHER group that was expelled from their homes after living there for Thousands of Years BEFORE the Advent of Islam that is the Jews of the Middle East and North Africa. I am very understanding of the plight of the Palestinians but I also understand that there is ANOTHER side to this story that is NOT told and this information needs to get out. Again I understand one side But I also know the history of the other and Jews and NON Jews alike should know the history of Jews that lived in these lands BEFORE the Advent of Islam and before 1948. My next guest after that will be a woman from Iraq. I try to focus on the views and experiences of women in on my shows because women are the acculturators of society and they have unique viewpoints and went through experiences that is intrinsicly different from men. NOT to say that I won't have men on my show in the future but it has just worked out that way and it has been very good. But again my next guests will be Jews from Libya, Morocco, Iraq, Iran, Tunisia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Bokhara and a gentleman from Nigeria who is Ibo and Jewish. I am trying now to lock down a woman from Uganda to talk about her experiences and I am also working VERY hard to get this young woman who now lives in the states but is LEMBA. NOTICE these are Jewish communities that are NOT on the Radar of the Jewish world unless someone is raising money for them to buy Torahs or something it is one dimentional and I think that it is so wrong. YOU My dear was my FIRST guest on my shows about Jews of Colour which focuses specifically about JEWS OF COLOUR hahahah Black and Brown Jews NOT Sephardic not Mizrahi people don't realise that there is a sizable population of Jews of colour in this country AND arond the world That show talks about their issues. One of the main reasons I started that Jews of Colour show was because in the past year I have known personally of at least 10 Jews of Colour that was so frustrated about their situations whether it was racism lapse in faith or again just being tired of not feeling that they belong that they wanted to throw in the towel to Judaism all together. I started this show to let them know that they are NOT alone and it isn't easy and whether you are born jewish or converted being a Jew of colour is NOT always easy and that is the truth my show is not a whining session about OH look at how the Askenazim are but it is a format that if people want to talk about and share their experiences they are free to do so if they want to VENT some frustrations YES you are surely free to do so. If you just want to fellowship and talk about this week's Parsha and how it affects your life yes you are free to do so. My last [show] someone in Baltimore was listening and someone in Pittsburgh told this listener in Baltimore about a JOC that was thinking of 48


Online Radio leaving the fold because she felt that she was all alone in her journey information was exchanged and hopefully a mitzvah is done. If I can save ONE jew from leaving the fold ONE then everything that I am trying to do is all worth it. WE are Klal Israel WE need each other and we need to stand by and lift one another up. NOW we have to be honest with each other, when most people think of Jews, a person of colour is NOT the first thing that comes to mind. But yet in still we are all Jews and we all need to stand by each other. It is what it is, it‘s not a whining session as one of my and ONLY one of my detractors said but it is a format were we as Jews of Colour can fellowship in cyberspace exchange information and to let Jews of Colour who are NOT in New York, Chicago, Philly Baltimore to know that they are NOT alone and they do have other wonderfully postitive JOC's that are ready to help them on their journey when they decide to undertake the yoke of Torah. We all have to help one another. HOW else is the Moshiach going to get here? In my community we have a saying ―the Moshiach comes everyday but when he looks and sees how messy everything is all the divisions in the Jewish community then he goes away coming back the next day hoping things will get better‖. HOW are you going to have the moshiach come and stay? How are we going to do this Jewish people by coming together and being by one another NOT just when people are attacking us or vilifying up which is always by the way but when things are even seemingly smoooth on the world stage when things are good this is the PERFECT time to really take heart to Mitzvot and united with Klal Israel.

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Stylish Graduation Fashions Here are the latest styles for your big day! Ladies and gentlemen: Congratulations, you made it to graduation. You‘ve worked hard and now it‘s time to celebrate and just live in this moment. But alas, what are you going to wear for the ceremony? Yeah, you‘ll be wearing that black robe (or G-D forbid a dull green one as my friend had to wear for her graduation) and your outfit will be hidden underneath it as you blend in with your fellow graduates. However, once you take it off you want to stand out amongst the rest of the class of 2011 and express who you are. From around the internet here are some stylish outfit ideas for your upcoming graduation. Ladies: Little black dress: Always a classic the little black dress has sustained the test of time since its introduction and is always a great choice for any special occasion. Choose a little black dress with beautiful deails, pair it with some Mary-Jane pumps or some pretty black flats. Some vintage-inspired jewelry gives this outfit a timeless look and finishes off this classically stylish graduation ensemble. Flower Power: If you‘re in a girly mood than this outfit is for you. Wear a spring-appropriate floral dress with on-trend crochet detailing. For your feet, wear peep-toe heels or (for those who hate heels like me) flats that are in a bright hue and a fun pop of color. To finish your look add delicate jewelry such as pearl earrings or necklace and a unique gold ring.

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Fashion Coral Dress: Love bright colors and simple sihouettes? Then a coral dress with a structured belt (defining your waist) is the perfect outfit for you. Pair the outfit with turquoise drop earrings and wear nude heels or flats. Skirts: If you want to try something different try this perfect mix of trendy and classic. Pair a preppy pleated skirt with a lacy top while wearing comfortable stylish woven flats for your feet. For jewelry, wear a cute charm bracelet and unique bow-shaped ring complete this polished look. Chic pants: Yes ladies, pants are always an option! Pair some sleek black trousers with a sophisticated printed top. On your feet, wear pointed heels to elongate the legs while wearing elegant jewelry.

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Fashion Gentlemen: You have it easy. Wear a nice dress shirt (with or without a tie) with dress pants or wear a suit. Or, you can nix the suit and go for something more casual like a nice pair of chinos/slacks and a tucked-in button down and tie. With the tie, you can play around with color and designs. This is YOUR time to show off your personality. Wear nice casual shoes, but not sneakers, its tacky. Also a great sports jacket would certainly spiff up your outfit but depending on how long your ceremony will be, you might get a little too warm.

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Sprituality

Discussion Series: Maimonides‘ Principles The Fundamentals of Jewish Faith This month we focus on the fifth principle which is chapter five in Rabbi‘s Aryeh Kaplan‘s book Maimonides‘ Principles: The Fundamentals of Jewish Faith. To obtain a copy simply sign up at www.FreeJewishBooks.com and order a free copy of the book from the site (shipping & handling are free). If you do not have a copy of the book, a copy of the hymn Yigdal is just as useful. The discussion questions will come from Rabbi Kaplan‘s book.

The Seventh Principle I believe with perfect faith that the prophecy of Moses is absolutely true. He was the chief of all prophets, both before and after him. Yigdal There has not arisen another like Moses, A prophet who looked upon His image. Discussion Questions: 1. Why is Moses so central to Judaism? 2. Why is it so important that he be the greatest of all prophets? 3. We speak here about the prophecy of Moses. Exactly what is this prophecy? 4. What is the most important single book in Judaism? 5. Compare the verse in Yigdal with Deuteronomy 34:10 and Numbers 12:8. 6. How would this principle apply to Christianity and Islam? 7. To what extent do miracles verify a prophet‘s authenticity? 8. How did Moses differ from all other prophets? 9. Will the Messiah be greater than Moses? 10. Why did Moses have to reach such a high degree of prophecy? 11. What sort of person was Moses?

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Counting the Omer & Celebrating La B‘Omer From Chabad.org Each year, we retrace this inner journey with our "Counting of the Omer." Beginning on the second night of Passover, we count the days and weeks: "Today is one day to the Omer"; "Today is two days to the Omer"; "Today is seven days, which are one week to the Omer"; and so on, till "Today is forty-nine days, which are seven weeks to the Omer." Shavuot, the "Festival of Weeks" is the product of this count. Lag BaOmer is the 33rd day of the Omer, a minor festival falling between Passover and Shavuot. It is a festive day on the Jewish calendar, celebrating the anniversary of the passing of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar. It also commemorates another event. In the weeks between Passover and Shavuot, a plague raged amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva. On Lag BaOmer the dying ceased Traditions: It is traditional to light bonfires on Lag BaOmer eve. These commemorate the immense light that Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai introduced into the world via his mystical teachings. This was especially true on the day of his passing, Lag BaOmer, when he revealed to his disciples secrets of the Torah, whose profundity and intensity the world had yet to experience. The Zohar relates that the house was filled with fire and intense light, to the point that the assembled could not approach or even look at Rabbi Shimon. By far, the largest Lag BaOmer celebration takes place in and around Rabbi Shimon's tomb, located in the Northern Israeli village of Meron. Hundreds of thousands attend the festivities, and the round-the-clock celebration, singing and dancing are unparalleled. Children customarily go out into the fields and play with imitation bows and arrows. This commemorates the midrashic tradition that no rainbow was seen during Rabbi Shimon's lifetime. Rainbows first appeared after Noah's flood, when G-d promised to never again devastate the world. When the world is deserving of punishment, G-d sends a rainbow instead. Rabbi Shimon's merit protected the world, rendering the rainbow superfluous. The Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraged the practice of arranging children's parades on Lag BaOmer in celebration of Jewish unity—a major Lag BaOmer theme. 54


Spirituality In some circles it is customary to eat carobs on Lag BaOmer. This commemorates a lifesaving miracle that Rabbi Shimon experienced. For a period of thirteen years, Rabbi Shimon and his son were fugitives from the Roman regime, in hiding in a cave in Northern Israel. Miraculously a carob tree grew at the entrance of the cave, providing nourishments for its two holy occupants. All the Omer mourning practices are suspended on Lag BaOmer. Permitted are weddings, haircuts,1 music, etc.

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Announcements

May Birthdays Yom Hudelet Sameach Alicia Cline Jessica Smith Leela Grant Mal'akiy Ben Lewi Ha-Moreh Israel

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Mother‘s Day Well Wishes Our readers and staff would like to say a Happy Mother‘s Day to all the mothers in the world. Here are Kehila Readers personal Mother‘s Day messages:

Mommy: You are the strongest person that I know and I aspire to be just like you. We have been through so much together and I know that the best is yet to come. You are a strong and courageous person a woman of valor. I love you. Your daughter, Talisha

My mom has been there throughout the years for me and my sister. She has worked hard and made several sacrifices over the years just to make a better life for us. She has been an inspiration and fantastic parent. Happy mothers day to the most amazing mom. Your daughter, Dorothy

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Misheberakhs May G-d who blessed our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, bring blessing and healing to all those who suffer illness within our community. May the Holy One mercifully restore them to health and vigor, granting them physical and spiritual well-being, together with all those who are ill, and strengthen those who tend to them. We hope and pray that healing is at hand. And let us say: Amen. -From Siddur Sim Shalom Ianthe Hodge The displaced and wounded in Japan after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor plants. Rep. Gabby Giffords The victims of the Arizona shootings Talisha Harrison Alicia Cline Mr. Carty The thousands of people who were injured and those who were left homeless after last month‘s tornados and storms. Members of the U.S. military and the Israeli Defense Forces The surviving members of the Fogel Family and the surviving members of the Jerusalem bus station bombing.

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Yahrzeits

In love we remember those who no longer walk this earth. We are grateful to G-D for the gift of their lives, for the joys we shared, and for the cherished memories that never fade. May G-D grant those who mourn the strength to see beyond their sorrow, sustaining them despite their grief. May the faith that binds us to our loved ones be a continuing source of comfort, as we invite those who mourn, and those observing Yahrzeit to praise G-D's name with the words of the Kaddish. -From Siddur Sim Shalom Members of the U.S. military and the Israeli Defense Forces whom have passed during the month of May Those who passed away in the earthquake and tsunami in Japan The 337 people who were killed in the Tornados and storms last month. In honor of Memorial Day, we honor all of the American servicemen and women who have been died fighting and protecting American‘s freedoms and others across the world. The milliions who persished in the Shoah. WE WILL NEVER FORGET.

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Kehila News Upcoming Issues: June Next month is Fathers‘s day and we want to get a headstart on this announcement. In the June issue, we will feature your Father‘s Day wishes. Here are the submission requirements:   

Max length is 150 words. Can be accompanied with a picture of your mother or father. Due date for Father‘s Day submissions: May 31st.

Coming Soon: Shalom everyone! I have a wonderful announcement to make. Coming soon will be the first annual Kehila Cookbook! I need recipes submissions from everyone to make this book a reality! The cookbook will be available for free as a digital download. Date TBA. The types of recipes that I‘m looking for are the following:            

Appetizers, Salads, Brunch Cocktails and Beverages Soups & Sandwiches Meat Poultry Fish & Seafood Vegetable Side Dishes Potatoes, Pasta, Grains, & Rice Sauces, Dressings, Pickles, & Condiments Biscuits, Breads, & Muffins Desserts Noodles, Kugels, Pancakes

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I need your name and where you hail from Category of the dish that you‘re sharing The name of the dish List of ingredients The steps in preparing and cooking the dish

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A date for when the cookbook will come out TBA. It all depends on the amount of recipes that I receive. Please send them in asap to Kehila23@yahoo.com Thank you! Tali Adina Advertising: Advertising in throughout the magazine is also available. A whole page is just $5.00, ½ a page is $2.50, and anything smaller is a $1.50. 4 Options For Reading Kehila: For reading the magazine, there will always be three options available for you to choose from. 1. Read the magazine online each month. You can read the latest issue of Kehila monthly on this website for free. 2. New option! Kehila is now on Tumblr! http://kehilamagazine.tumblr.com/ You can read the latest and earlier issues for free and have a community presence on Tumblr! 3. Read the latest issue of Kehila on WordPress: http://kehilamagazine.wordpress.com/ 4. Purchase a back issue copy of Kehila. Every issue will be available to purchase for only $5.00. There will be a link to click on to purchase an issue. The issue are digital downloads onto Adobe Digital Reader (a free program that you can download if you have Adobe Reader). We need your help! We need someone to volunteer to help manage Kehila‘s Twitter account @KehilaMagazine. You would be tweeting Kehila news, news from around the world that is important to our readers, and also re-tweeting news or comments from our followers, etc. This magazine is currently being created with limited resources. If you would like to contribute to this magazine monetarily or by writing articles, taking pictures, etc. it would be appreciated. Misheberakh and Yahrzeits: If you have person who is sick and would like to have the community keep them in prayer, please send their names to us or also if you have a yahrzeit you would like to be mentioned, please email us at kehila23@yahoo.com and we will have it listed on the website and in the magazine.

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Resources Here is some helpful information to help you stay connected to the JOC Community. If you know of any more resources please contact so we can update the list on the website and on the Facebook Group page. Spiritual Learning is vital to the existence of the Jewish People and this month‘s resources are websites where you can begin to or continue to learn. Project Genesis

Free Jewish Books

www.torah.org

http://www.freejewishbooks.com/

Aish HaTorah

My Jewish Learning

www.aish.com

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/

Chabd Lubavitch

Punk Torah.org & OneShul.org

www.chabad.org

The Mother‟s Circle

Jewish Torah Audio

http://www.joi.org/motherscircle/index. php?page=whatisit

www.613.org

Judaism 101

Torah Audio Lectures

http://www.jewfaq.org/index.htm

www.torahmedia.com

Jews for Judaism

Everything Torah

http://www.jewsforjudaism.org/

www.everythingtorah.com

Jewish Virtual Library

Information on Noahides & the Seven Universal Laws

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/index .html

www.rainbowcovenant.org

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Upcoming Events

May 2011 1 Yom Hashoah ASL-interpreted Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Commemoration 5:00p to 6:00p East End Temple 245 E. 17th St. New York, NY Manhattan‘s East End Temple hosts a sign-language-interpreted Yom HaShoah Commemoration on May 1st, organized by the Downtown Kehillah (a collection of Lower Manhattan Synagogues), so join us! It's at 245 E. 17th Street, with interpreters Jessica Ames & Bram Weiser. For more, please contact Bram Weiser at bramweiser@usa. Yom HaShoah Service, Film & Concert Terezin Music Foundation Cost: FREE,and registration is not required. When: 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM Where: Temple Israel of Boston, Levi Auditorium, 477 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02215 Special Features: In observance of Yom HaShoah, the TerezĂ­n Music Foundation and Temple Israel of Boston will hold a 3 PM event featuring a candle-lighting service, a film about a remarkable orchestra of survivors in postwar Germany, and a live concert by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The afternoon unites themes of history, memory, and especially music in a tribute to the 6 million and to the creative spirit that helped so many victims of the Holocaust find solace both during and after the War. The event, in Temple Israel's Levi Auditorium, opens with a candle-lighting ceremony led by Boston-area Holocaust survivors and Temple Israel Cantor Roy Einhorn. Immediately following will be a showing of the acclaimed documentary film "Creating Harmony: The Displaced Persons' Orchestra at St. Ottilien," which traces the healing power of music in the lives of survivors in a DP camp at the St. Ottilien Abbey in Germany.

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Upcoming Events The St. Ottilien orchestra--conducted by Leonard Bernstein in post-war Germany-performed "classical symphonies, Jewish ghetto, folk and Zionist Hebrew songs to grief-eroded souls. It gave them a reason to go on," says Sonia Beker, daughter of the orchestra's violinist. It was 1945, and Jewish survivors were struggling to come to terms with the incomprehensible reality of the Holocaust while trying to hold onto their last shreds of hope and dignity. "Creating Harmony," directed by Boston College's John Michaelzyk, is a remarkable documentary about renewal, resistance, and resilience. The afternoon's program will conclude with a live concert of music composed by artists held in the Terezin concentration camp. It will be performed by the celebrated Hawthorne String Quartet and other members of the BSO with Virginia Eskin, piano. The concert caps the afternoon with a moving tribute to the musicians of St. Ottilien and Terezin, and to all who were lost or who suffered in the Holocaust. Please join us!

Yom Hashoa V'Hagvura Cleveland Commemoration of the Holocaust & Heroism Creative Resistance through the Arts

2:00 p.m. B‘nai Jeshurun Congregation 27501 Fairmount Boulevard, Pepper Pike This event is free and open to the community, and will honor Holocaust survivors and creative resistance through the arts. Program is coordinated by the Kol Israel Foundation, Sisterhood and Generations and The Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland, with support from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. It is co-sponsored by area agencies, organizations, congregations and individuals. For more information, call 216.593.2900, ext. 227 or e-mail info@jcfcleve.org. Documentary: Jews of Pannonia By Eretz Cultural Center Budapest, Hungary, Untold stories of holocaust. a documentary by Angelo Talebi. Second Showing. 7 -9:30 pm at Eretz Cultural Center, 6170 Wilbur ave, Tarzana, CA 91335. information: 818.342.9303 . Federation Yom HaShoah Memorial Service Day of Remembrance ~ ―In memory of those who perished during the Nazi reign of terror.‖

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Upcoming Events 4:00 PM Jewish Community Center Gymnasium 851 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland, FL 32751 Keynote Speaker Jane Yolen This year‘s keynote speaker, Jane Yolen, will remind us of how precious the memories of Survivors can be. As author of two remarkable Holocaust-related stories, The Devil’s Arithmetic and Briar Rose, Ms. Yolen has helped millions of young readers understand the importance of remembrance. Each year the Holocaust Center sponsors an annual commemoration for Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance that is observed throughout the world. As part of this annual remembrance, the Center sponsors a Student Creative Arts Contest and hosts a community observance to honor the memory of the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust. It is a non-denominational service, and all of the content is appropriate to families and school-aged children. It is held at the JCC auditorium next door to the Center; families are welcome at the Center before and after the program to view the student art. The Yom HaShoah program will feature: Awards presentations to student winners of the Creative Arts Contest Proclamation reading by a local mayor Performances by local musicians Candle lighting ceremony Responsive reading and prayer by local clergy The public is invited. Admission is free. 2 Kosher Summit 8:30a NYU Wasseman Center 133 E. 13th St. New York, NY 10003 65


Upcoming Events Causil presents: The Kosher Summit May 2, 2011 NYU Wasseman Center. New York, NY. http://koshersummit.com As the fastest growing segment of the food market today, the Kosher industry has spawned its own services, programs and subculture. The Kosher Summit will gather industry professionals to hear from domain experts, thought leaders and diverse examples of success in the fields of communications, marketing, brand management and technology in order facilitate the development of this key niche segment 3 Understanding the Impact of Adoption on Your Clinical Practice Jewish Family & Children's Service Cost: $40.00 When: May 03, 2011 | 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM Where: JF&CS Headquarters, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451 Special Features: Identity. Family. Race. Loss. Relationships. With nearly 60% of all Americans having a connection to adoption, it is likely that your client base is made up of members of the adoption triad: birth-parents, adoptive parents, and adopted person, as well as extended family. The unique needs of these individuals and families have implications for your clinical practice. Join us for an interesting half-day workshop that explores current topics in adoption by leading experts in the field. This workshop is intended for social workers, psychologists, school counselors, or anyone working with a member of the adoption triad. Israel Inside Out - From Abraham to Zionism 7:30PM - 10:30PM Through multi-media presentations, debate, and discussion, this 8-week workshop series will explore Israel from classic Jewish texts, to the inception of a modern state, to 66


Upcoming Events contemporary political issues. Each weekly session will be faciliated by a different subject matter expert. Facilitators TBA. May 3 - From Abraham to Zionism June 21 - Israel Advocacy

May 17 - A State is Born

June 28 - Israel in the Media

May 24 - History of the State

July 5 - Contemporary Issues in Israeli Society

May 31 - Israel in the Bible June 14 - In Search of Peace For more info, contact steve@jumponline.ca JUMP - Jewish Urban Meeting Place JUMP (1 block North of Davisville) 1992 Yonge Street Toronto steve@jumponline.ca The Abayudaya Jews of Uganda 8:15 pm 92 Street Y Lexington Ave @92nd Buttenwieser Hall New York

Tickects are $29 (go to Be‘chol Lashon‘s website to get a code for 25% off) 212.415.5500 Meet Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, leader of the Abayudaya Jews of eastern Uganda. Learn about the history of this unique Jewish community, its daily challenges and its relationships with its Muslim and Christian neighbors. Rabbi Sizomu also performs and teaches several orginal Abayudaya Jewish songs, featuring traditional Jewish liturgy set to African rhythms and melodies.

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Upcoming Events 4 Judaism with R' Ephraim Buchwald 7:00pm Sixth Street Synagogue 325 E. Sixth St. New York, NY 10003 This is the lecture series that started a revolution! In this free crash course in Judaism given on three consecutive Wednesdays, participants will explore: Belief in G-d, Prayer, The Shabbath, Jewish Observance and Sexuality. Participants will learn the basics of Judaism and receive a free copy of the National Jewish Outreach Program's Crash Course in Basic Judaism Companion Guide, chock full of thought-provoking, extracurricular reading to enhance their understanding and appreciation of the depth and breadth of Judaism.

Flight to Freedom: A Tribute to Jewish Artists 7:00PM - 9:00PM Joan Chesterton, Art historian and Professor Emerita at Purdue University, offers a fascinating illustrated presentation that pays tribute to the incredible contributions of four European artists who fled the Holocaust and immensely enriched American art— architect Mies van der Rohe, painter Hans Hoffmann, composer Kurt Weill and filmmaker, Billy Wilder. $10/$8 members in advance $12/$10 members at the door Adam Teresi Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage 2929 Richmond Rd. Beachwood 44122 216.593.0575 info@mmjh.org 5 Cinco de Mayo

Campaign Forum: "Ethiopian Jewry: Past, Present and Future" Featuring Becky Sareche, with Anita Gray and Suellen S. & Larry Kadis

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Upcoming Events Noon Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Mandel Building 25701 Science Park Drive, Cleveland As a child, Becky Sareche walked across the Sudan seeking a better life in Israel. She now is a professional in the Parents and Children Together (PACT) program, which helps Ethiopian-Israeli children and their families integrate into Israeli society. Lunch and program: $10 Not tax-deductible; kosher dietary laws observed RSVP online, via e-mail at rtyler@jcfcleve.org, or call Reneé at 216.593.2900, ext. 166 6 GesherCity Fiesta Shabbat GesherCity LB Ally Mars residence 21242 Spurny Lane Huntington Beach Hey Guys! Our next GesherCity Shabbat is going to be a fiesta theme! We will have kosher mexican food and pinatas :-) If your last name is A-K please bring a salad as your side dish L-R Please bring your alcohol of choice (if you dont drink please bring a mixer!) S-Z bring your favorite dessert! Excited to see everyone there and please message me if you have any questions! (i will message everyone who RSVP's attending the gate code :-) Congregation Or Emet hosts an original musical show, “From the Shtetl to Broadway: the Jewish Roots of American Popular Song,” presented by noted Twin Cities pianist and producer Les Block and singers Heidi Ziman and Momoko Tanno. The show will highlight the Jewish influence on the works of such great American songwriters as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and George Gershwin. 7:30-9pm, Sabes JCC. A short Humanistic Jewish Sabbath service will 64


Upcoming Events precede the show. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 651-699-6302 or e-mail Rich Sonenblum at events-1@oremet.org. 7 2011 Toronto Jewish Film Festival Starts 9:00PM - 10:00PM NOTE: Festival launch is May 7, 9:00, but runs until May 15, at 10pm. Please visit the website for more details. Welcome to the 19th Toronto Jewish Film Festival Once again it is time for the Toronto Jewish Film Festival and we have worked long and hard to bring the best films available to you. This is a record year as we boast over 100 films representing 21 countries. Full descriptions and schedule available soon. One of the world‘s great Jewish film festivals – and there are more than 100 established around the globe – the TJFF draws thousands of fans annually. Bigger and better than ever, the TJFF has something fore everyone. Covering the city, we now screen in seven venues: the Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor St. W), the Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Ave), the Sheppard Grande (4861 Yonge St), Silver City Richmnond Hill (8771 Yonge St.), TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St W), Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Ave), Famous Players Canada Square (2190 Yonge St) For any additional information visit www.TJFF.com Toronto Jewish Film Festival Al Green Theatre, Bloor Cinema, Famous Players Canada Square, TIFF Bell Lig Various Locations Toronto 416-324-9121 tjff@tjff.ca 8 Mother‟s Day 65


Upcoming Events AN EVENING OF KOSHER FILM, PHOTOGRAPHY & MUSIC By ATID Begins at: 06:00 PM Ends at: 09:00 PM 6:00 pm Photography Exhibit with Wine & Cheese Reception and Live Music 6:45 pm Short Film Screenings 7:45 pm Q & A with special guests: Emmy Award winning Writer/Producer/Creator, David Kohan (Will & Grace and $#*! My Dad Says) and Emmy Award winning Editor and Director, David Rogers (The Office and Parks and Recreation). Where: Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., LA, CA 90024 Tickets: $12 at the door or $8 with online purchase before midnight May 6th. Click here for tickets! Admission includes finger sandwiches, dessert, fresh popcorn, coffee, sherbet punch and wine. Who: Co-Sponsored by ATID of Sinai Temple and Birthright Israel NEXT LA, the entire community is invited to celebrate this evening of Jewish Culture which is part of the LA Jewish Film Festival (May 5-12, www.LAJFilmFest.org.) 9 Yom Haatzmaut

Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut Free community-wide celebration of Israel's independence!

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Upcoming Events "Day of Remembrance" memorial service for those who lost their lives protecting the State of Israel, as well as in terrorist attacks. Yom Ha'atzmaut, 6:35-9 p.m. "Israel's Independence Day" celebration featuring entertainment for all ages: Co-chairs are ReneĂŠ Chelm, Lydia Frankel & Becky Heller 10 Do We Mean What We Pray, Do We Pray What We Mean? 7:30PM - 9:00PM Lacy LeBlanc Congregation Beth El 8215 Old Georgetown Road Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 770-4787 lleblanc@foundjs.org The traditional liturgy of the Siddur was composed in a time and place quite different from our own. Moreover, the theological assumptions that animate this liturgy are not necessarily shared by many of us. Given this ideological and experiential disparity, how can we not simply recite the words of the Siddur but actually turn them into a meaningful prayer experience? This issue will be addressed both by drawing upon a number of rabbinic texts and by utilizing the midrashic methodologies that are central to rabbinic discourse. 11 Judaism with R' Ephraim Buchwald 7:00pm Sixth Street Synagogue 325 E. Sixth St. New York, NY 10003 This is the lecture series that started a revolution! In this free crash course in Judaism given on three consecutive Wednesdays, participants will explore: Belief in G-d, Prayer, The Shabbath, Jewish Observance and Sexuality. Participants will learn the basics of Judaism and receive a free copy of the National Jewish Outreach Program's Crash Course in Basic Judaism Companion Guide, chock full of thought-provoking, extra67


Upcoming Events curricular reading to enhance their understanding and appreciation of the depth and breadth of Judaism.

Campaign Forum: "Israel and Democracy in the Danger Zone" A Discussion with Professor Stephen Berk on the Revolutions in the Middle East

6 p.m. The Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Mandel Building 25701 Science Park Drive, Cleveland Dr. Berk, a professor of history at Union College in Schenectady, New York, is a worldrenowned lecturer on the Holocaust and the Middle East. Lunch and program: $10 Not tax-deductible; kosher dietary laws observed RSVP online, via e-mail at rtyler@jcfcleve.org, or call ReneÊ at 216.593.2900, ext. 166 12 FIDF Yom Ha'atzmaut Fashion Celebration 5:30pm— Maura Chwastyk Hyatt Century City maura.chwastyk@fidf.org Friends of the IDF celebrates Israel's 63rd Independence Day with an evening of unique fashions. 13 The Ted and Hedy Orden & Family FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE By ATID Begins at: 07:30 PM Ends at: 10:30 PM Join Rabbi Wolpe, Craig Taubman, and the FNL Band for this month's Ted and Hedy Orden & Family Friday Night Live. Following services, the entire congregation is invited to the Congregational Kiddush.

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Upcoming Events The ATID Lounge welcomes young Jewish professionals (ages 21-39) to mix and mingle. 14 Mattan Klein at the Loring Theater. Israeli flutist Mattan Klein and an all-star ensemble of local musicians add a lively and powerful new dimension to jazz fusion and Brazilian jazz. Tickets: $25 advance, $30 at door, $15 students. Doors at 8pm, music at 9pm. Formerly Music Box Theatre 1407 Nicollet Avenue S. Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612)353-6781 15 Potomac Spring House Tour - 9:30AM - 4:30PM VIEW PRIVATE COLLECTIONS. GATHER DECORATING IDEAS. SUPPORT GOOD WORKS. POTOMAC SPRING HOUSE TOUR — MAY 15-16 Potomac House Tour Congregation Har Shalom 11510 Falls Road Potomac, MD 20854 301-299-7087 info@PotomacHouseTour.org The 2011 Potomac Spring House Tour features a line-up of five diverse homes that showcase architectural ingenuity, eclectic artwork, and family heirlooms. Sponsored by Congregation Har Shalom, ticket proceeds fund congregational activities which include support of various local, national, and international charitable organizations. Full details on the weekend event can be found at: www.PotomacHouseTour.org Tickets: $25/person ($20/person if purchased before April 14). You can purchase tickets online at www.PotomacHouseTour.org or at Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854. Each ticket includes a tote bag, House Tour Guide Book and a Map. You can also purchase House Tour raffle tickets online through May 12, or in person at Har Shalom or any of the homes on the tour through May 16. Online purchasers of raffle 69


Upcoming Events tickets must be age 18 or older. The cost for raffle tickets: $5 each or 6 for $25. Prizes include: gift certificates for The Hunter's Inn in Potomac Village, Morton's Steakhouse, Normandie Farm, The Palm, The Potomac Grill, Potomac Pizza, Salon Jean-Paul; and works of art by Renate Chernoff, Jeanne Nash, and Casdin. Raffle prize drawing takes place on May 16, 2011 at 4:30 PM. “Africa Remembered‖ Congregation Or Emet hosts a program of personal reminiscences by Dr. Richard Logan, Or Emet member and retired professor of Human Development at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Dr. Logan specialized in cross-cultural psychology and the study of culture and identity, taught at the University of Nairobi for two years as well, and made 10 trips to Kenya over almost 30 years, leading safaris and study groups of adults and college students. He will also discuss research on the existence of Jews in Africa, possibly dating back to Biblical times. 10 am to noon, at the Friends School of Minnesota in St. Paul. Free and open to the public. Please contact Or Emet's programming director, Rich Sonenblum Email events-1@oremet.org Sheba Film Festival Starts CELEBRATING THE CULTURE AND HERITAGE OF ETHIOPIAN JEWS Faison Firehouse Theatre in Harlem 3pm 6 Hancock Place, New York NY 10027 (West 124th Street between St. Nicholas and Morningside Avenue) Admission $12 Across the River Director: Duki Dror (Israel 2010), 58 min, Amharic, Hebrew,English subtitles Synopsis: Moshe Rahamim (Tesgau Mahari) carries a great burden. For years he has been explaining and preaching, and yet, the pervasive HIV virus keeps killing in his community. Against the "silencing" policy of the Public Health Authority and the denial of the Ethiopian community, Moshe sets out to expose the disease and stop it from spreading. He goes back to Ethiopia, where he finds thousands of Ethiopians, waiting for years in compounds, where they are exposed to the HIV virus, to fulfill their dream and immigrate to Israel. 70


Upcoming Events 16 Potomac Spring House Tour - 9:30AM - 4:30PM VIEW PRIVATE COLLECTIONS. GATHER DECORATING IDEAS. SUPPORT GOOD WORKS. POTOMAC SPRING HOUSE TOUR — MAY 15-16 Potomac House Tour Congregation Har Shalom 11510 Falls Road Potomac, MD 20854 301-299-7087 info@PotomacHouseTour.org The 2011 Potomac Spring House Tour features a line-up of five diverse homes that showcase architectural ingenuity, eclectic artwork, and family heirlooms. Sponsored by Congregation Har Shalom, ticket proceeds fund congregational activities which include support of various local, national, and international charitable organizations. Full details on the weekend event can be found at: www.PotomacHouseTour.org Tickets: $25/person ($20/person if purchased before April 14). You can purchase tickets online at www.PotomacHouseTour.org or at Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854. Each ticket includes a tote bag, House Tour Guide Book and a Map. You can also purchase House Tour raffle tickets online through May 12, or in person at Har Shalom or any of the homes on the tour through May 16. Online purchasers of raffle tickets must be age 18 or older. The cost for raffle tickets: $5 each or 6 for $25. Prizes include: gift certificates for The Hunter's Inn in Potomac Village, Morton's Steakhouse, Normandie Farm, The Palm, The Potomac Grill, Potomac Pizza, Salon Jean-Paul; and works of art by Renate Chernoff, Jeanne Nash, and Casdin. Raffle prize drawing takes place on May 16, 2011 at 4:30 PM. The Exhibition: Looking Back: Jewish Life in Morocco This exhibition provides an overview of the presence and flourishing of Jews in the ancient and modern Kingdom of Morocco. It is presented through the implementation of artistically designed textual displays, documents, pull quotes, non-photo images, historic photos, captions, replications of historic documents, and other visuals which portray the life of Jews living throughout this North African country. This exhibition, 71


Upcoming Events developed and curated by Shelomo Alfassa, has been funded in part by the New York Council for the Humanities. The exhibition opened on October 14, 2010 with a keynote address by Dr. Norman A. Stillman, the 'Schusterman-Josey Professor and Chair of Judaic History' at the University of Oklahoma. This event opened the ASF's year-long program, '2000 Years of Jewish Life in Morocco: An Epic Journey.' Who: American Sephardi Federation (About the ASF) What: Exhibition: Looking Back: The Jews of Morocco, curated by Shelomo Alfassa When: October 14, 2010 - Summer 2011 - There is no charge to visit and see this exhibition Where: At the American Sephardi Federation, a partner of the Center for Jewish History 15 West 16th St. NYC Gallery Hours: Sunday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 am to 8:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Friday: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Why: This exhibition is part of the ASF's '2000 17 Romancing the Stone: America's Embrace of the Ten Commandments 7:30PM - 9:00PM Lacy LeBlanc Beth Sholom Congregation & Talmud Torah 11825 Seven Locks Road Potomac, MD 20854 (301) 770-4787 lleblanc@foundjs.org This age-old compilation of dos and don'ts has become an American article of faith and, in some quarters, even America's "rightful heritage." The most richly imagined of all 72


Upcoming Events Biblical texts, the Ten Commandments loom large in American culture, where they figure in art, literature, politics, and the law. The cultural and historical processes by which a covenant with the ancient Israelites became a covenant with America lies at the heart of this encounter in both American history and Jewish history. Please join us after the lecture for coffee and light snacks. Album Premiere: Y-Love's Album Premiere "See Me" Time: 9pm, 18+ (21 to drink), $10 adv/$12 at door Venue: MINT in LA 6010 W. Pico Blvd. in LA Album Premiere: Y-Love's album premiere "See Me", produced by Diwon of Shemspeed. Be‘chol Lashon and Shemspeed produced the music video for global hit "This is Unity."

18 Judaism with R' Ephraim Buchwald 7:00pm Sixth Street Synagogue 325 E. Sixth St. New York, NY 10003 This is the lecture series that started a revolution! In this free crash course in Judaism given on three consecutive Wednesdays, participants will explore: Belief in G-d, Prayer, The Shabbath, Jewish Observance and Sexuality. Participants will learn the basics of Judaism and receive a free copy of the National Jewish Outreach Program's Crash Course in Basic Judaism Companion Guide, chock full of thought-provoking, extracurricular reading to enhance their understanding and appreciation of the depth and breadth of Judaism.

2011 Campaign for Jewish Needs Closing Celebration Free community-wide celebration of Israel's independence!

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Upcoming Events 7 p.m. Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple Join the community for a celebration of Campaign achievement, remarks by Campaign Chair Gary L. Gross, and Presentation of the Milton A. and Roslyn Z. Wolf Young Campaigner of the Year Award to Clifford Sussman. The celebration will also feature a live performance by the Shimons, direct from Beit Shean. 19 Music Festival (AJMF): Thu Eddie's Attic; Fri Bet Haverim; Sat Center Stage ATL Jewish Music Festival (AJMF) Thu Eddie's Attic; Fri Bet Haverim; Sat Center Stage Come on out and enjoy the 2nd Annual Atlanta Jewish Music Festival May Opening night Local Stage featuring: Starting at 6:30 Sunmoon Pie Lily of the the Suburbs Ariel Root Wolpe $10 to get at Eddie's Attic 515 N. McDonough St #B in Decatur Friday May 20 Shabbat Service featuring: Starting at 7:30 Musicians from congregation Bet Haverim and special guests FREE at Congregation Bet Haverim 2676 Clairmont Rd, Just east of I-85 Saturday Closing Night Party featuring: Starting at 8:30 Sway Machinery Jaffa Road Nick Edelstein and the Grooves with music throughout by Diwon(Dj). $20 at Center Stage 1374 West Peachtree St in Midtown

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Upcoming Events 20 4th Annual Discover West Orange Shabbat Added on: 03-30-2011 by arihaber When: (7:30 PM - 7:30 PM) Where: Congregation AABJ&D Description: 4th Annual Discover West Orange Shabbat! Mayl 20-21 Join us for Shabbat on the weekend of May 20th for a unique opportunity to check out one of the friendliest, most vibrant, full-service, Modern Orthodox communities the tristate area has to offer: • 550+ Families and growing • Affordable housing • Great schools • Easy commute to NYC • Kosher bakery, take-outs, restaurants. • Beautiful, Modern Mikvah The weekend will include: • Shabbat Hospitality • Shabbat dinner at various homes throughout the community • Organized activities for children • Shabbat lunch with all guests at Congregation AABJ&D • "Meet and greets" on Friday Night For more details, including previous "Discover West Orange Shabbat" attendees' testimonials, please go to http://www.aabjd.org/content.php?pg=West_orange_Shabbaton&ID=220 Call now to RSVP: (973) 736-1407 Or Email: cong.aabjd@verizon.net

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*** There is no cost for this event *** Contact Information: (973) 736-1407 21 SPIN AGAIN: Game Nite 2 7:00PM - 10:00PM We had such a great turnout (like, 15 people!) and so much fun that we thought we'd offer you another turn! Bring your favorite board games, Wii games (and Wii-remotes, et al) along with cards, twister, and what-have-yous for an evening of games and fun! We're providing non-alcoholic drinks, crunchy snacks and a very large television screen! Join us for pizza, snacks and drinks (BYOB if you're up for mixed drinks, wine or stronger -we **love** drinking games!) The party starts at 7pm but goes on late into the night, so bring your game face! As the event draws nearer, we'll update the list of games we have on-hand. Notes: • Do you have a cat allergy? You should take some Claritin. • Like most of Chicago, parking is limited, but CTA access is terrific for this event. Take the CTA Red line to the Berwyn stop and walk east 2 short blocks; or take the CTA bus lines 93, 146, 147, or 151 which stop just outside the building! GESHER Nuri's place 5250 N Sheridan Rd #414 Chicago 22 Lag B‟Omer AIPAC Policy Conference 2011 9:00AM - 2:00PM AIPAC Policy Conference is where pro-Israel activists influence policy, strengthen the bond between the United States and Israel, and ensure that Israel remains strong, 76


Upcoming Events vibrant and free. Be part of three of the most important days affecting Israel's future. Register today! http://www.aipac.org/pcreg Learn more about AIPAC Policy Conference at http://www.aipac.org/pc Jewish Music Week in Toronto: from Bible to Broadway 1:00PM - - Jewish Music Week in Toronto: From Bible to Broadway (May 22 - 29) is a full week of concerts, recitals and musical events throughout the city of Toronto. Go to our website to see a full Schedule of Events for this exciting and historical week! Aliza Spiro Throughout the city of Toronto Toronto info@jewishmusicweek.com 23 An Intimate Audience with Marvin Hamlisch 8:00PM--Join us for a charming evening of music with the award-winning composer of A Chorus Line, The Way We Were and countless other musical record-breakers. Marvin himself at the piano. With songs, anecdotes and much laughter, you will be enchanted, entertained, and so glad that you were there to share this very special and most memorable evening! Jewish Music Week in Toronto: From Bible to Broadway Marriott Eaton Centre Ballroom 525 Bay Street Toronto info@jewishmusicweek.com 24 ADL Young Leadership Mission to Austria Information Session 6:00PM - 7:30PM 77


Upcoming Events Are you Interested in Traveling to Austria this Fall with ADL‘s Next Generation Chicago? ADL will host an an information session to discuss this once in a lifetime opportunity! At the session, participants will learn about the application process, the intention of the program as well as the itinerary. The mission will take place September 18th-27th, 2011. Applicants must be between the ages of 25-40. Participants are expected to pay for their airfare and make a $500 gift to ADL. The cost to participate covers lodging, food and travel for 10 days. 6:00-7:30 pm Bryan Cave LLP 161 N. Clark St #4300 Dinner will be served Thomas Schnoell, Consul General of Austria will discuss the Consulates participation in the program as well as give the group an overview of what to expect. To RSVP Contact Jenna Benn,ADL Asistant Regional Director at jbenn@adl.org or 312782-4909 Anti-Defamation League - ADL (Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Region) Bryan Cave LLP Bryan Cave LLP , 161 N. Clark St #4300 Chicago 25 Halleluyah! Israeli Song Festival's Greatest Hits 7:30PM - - A spectacular concert starring a cavalcade of singers from around the world, together with The Israeli Song Festival Orchestra, singing the best-loved Israeli popular songs of the past 30 years. Re-live the exciting moments when you first heard these musical classics! At the conclusion of the concert, the audience will re-enact the judging process and choose their all-time favourites. This fun and uplifting concert is appropriate for all ages. jewishmusicweek.com The Concert Theatre at Beth Tzedec 1700 Bathurst Street Toronto info@jewishmusicweek.com

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Upcoming Events 26 ACCESS WE EAT WHAT?! Jewish Foods & Other Cultural Oddities 6:30PM to 9:30PM Location TBD Who's coming: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=203950452960814&index=1 SAVE THE DATE!! We're not BORSCHT-ITTING YOU... IT'S THE ACCESS YEAR END EVENT! Don't get your kishkes in a knot, Join us for a night of what we do best — FOOD! — as we toast to burekas & blintzes. Make bubbe proud and join us for a shmooze and a nosh! To Register: https://www.donate.net/donationSelector/basket.asp?dept_id=1036&shopper_id=1639 908 $15: Non-Members $10: ACCESS Members FREE: ALL ACCESS Wagner Through A Jewish Lens, The Enigma of Wagner‟s Genius and Anti-semitism 7:00p Jewish Community Center of San Francisco,San Francisco,CA Wagner composed music of astounding beauty. He was also a virulent anti-Semite; Adolph Hitler loved his music so much that the two became closely identified throughout Hitler‘s march across Europe. In Wagner‘s operas, Hitler identified a metaphor for Aryan superiority; it was used at Nazi rallies as well as throughout the death camps as a soundtrack to genocide. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco 3200 California St. 79


Upcoming Events San Francisco, CA 94115 (415) 292-1200 27 2011 CSJO Annual Conference 4:00PM - 10:00AM Join us for an unforgettable weekend of learning, new friends, Jewish culture, music, fun and more. The Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations is composed of independent organizations that promote a secular expression of its members' Jewish heritage, with emphasis on the culture and ethics of the Jewish people. The tradition of social justice and humanism is the foundation upon which our continuity is built. We stress the historic, cultural, and ethical aspects of our Jewishness in an effort to create identity that is relevant to contemporary life and committed to justice, peace, and social responsibility. The 2011 Conference will be held at Humber College in Toronto,Canada - May 27-30. Friday's Oneg Shabbat ceremony is presented by youth from Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture and Education with a dramatic presentation by the Winchevsky Wits. Saturday's Keynotes speakers are Kerry Dyson from the Peretz Centre in Vancouver, and Ester Reiter professor of Women‘s Studies at York University. With 1 in 6 children living in poverty in Canada and 150,000,000 children around the world leaving school illiterate, it‘s no wonder CSJO has decided to team up with Ve‘ahavta for an Inter-generational Social Action Challenge. Attendees will attempt to stuff 500 Kinder Kits. For families that cannot afford school supplies, Kinder Kits relieve one obstacle for a family hoping to give their child a chance to battle poverty. Our evening will also include entertainment by The Naivelt Singers, an inter-generational chorus presenting ―Our History Through Song‖ a collection of folk songs reflecting upon the community‘s political activism through the decades in the struggles for peace, workers rights, anti-racism and social justice. With over 20 incredible workshops planned on Saturday and Sunday you certainly won't want to miss this years conference. Some workshops include: 80


Upcoming Events 1) Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean - Richard Lee, Professor Emeritus University of Toronto, Anthropology 2) The Soul of Jewish Music - Esther Gartner, cellist with Toronto Symphony Orchestra 3) Enhancing Programming through Theatre and Community Arts - Ruth Howard, founding Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre 4) Jewish Genealogy - Gord Meslin, Geneaological Society of Canada For the full list: www.csjo.org/images/PDF/2011CSJOConferenceReg.pdf Visit our website for more info www.csjo.org Jodi Humber College North Campus 205 Humber College Blvd. Toronto M9W 5L7 webmaster@csjo.org 28 Assassins by Ken Frazier 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio 12500 North West Military Highway San Antonio, TX 78231 A controversial musical by Sondheim and Weidman Bold, original, surreal, disturbing, thought-provoking, and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most contentious musical ever written. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, this dark musical bends the rules of time and lays bare a roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact, and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream. Location: Sheldon Vexler Theatre 29 Girls In Trouble Hosted by Dream Away Lodge Details 81


Upcoming Events 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Dream Away Lodge 1342 County Road Becket, MA 01223 http://www.thedreamawaylo... http://www.girlsintrouble... Description Girls In Trouble will be playing songs from Half You Half Me, the second album in the band‘s ongoing song-cycle. It‘s out on May 17th from JDub Records. Clare Burson & Adam Levy Hosted by Rockwood Music Hall Details 5.29.2011 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Rockwood Music Hall 196 Allen Street New York, NY 10002 http://www.rockwoodmusich... http://www.clareburson.co... Description FREE SHOW Clare is a special guest at Adam Levy‘s performance Clare Burson‘s latest CD, SILVER & ASH, is ―finely polished, profound and must hear record…with good arrangements, great songwriting, Intellectual lyrics, beautiful tone and true inspiration, this is storytelling at its best.‖ Inspired by her grandmother‘s escape from Germany to Nashville in 1938 and Burson‘s own struggle with the legacy of family secrets and loss, SILVER & ASH is a musical event, not to be missed.

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Upcoming Events 30 Memorial Day 31 Modern Orthodox Kosher San Francisco to Lake Tahoe to Yosemite 7:30AM - 5:00PM Modern Orthodox Kosher San Francisco to Lake Tahoe to Yosemite San Francisco to Lake Tahoe to Yosemite sheli@wol.co.za Modern Orthodox Kosher San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite Day-by-day itinerary Day 1: San Francisco/ Lake Tahoe. Arrive early in San Francisco to enjoy all that this beguiling bayside city has to offer. Catch a ferry to Alcatraz, explore the bohemian suburb of Haight-Ashbury and look out over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Then leave the city behind and journey to Lake Tahoe, the perfect destination to indulge adventurous streaks. Hike, swim, rent bikes, set sail or simply relax on the ...shores of the lake. It'll be easy to spend a free afternoon in this scenic spot. Day 2: Yosemite National Park. Hit the road and make tracks to one of the most spectacular parks in the country, Yosemite. This national park packs incredible beauty at every turn from drenching waterfalls to turquoise lakes to the hulking masses of El Capitan and Half Dome. It's near impossible to take a bad photograph here. Strap on comfortable hiking shoes and head out on one of the many trails in this park. With walks ranging from easy strolls to challenging treks, there's something to suit any fitness level. Perhaps enjoy an afternoon hike to one of the lower Nevada Falls or a more leisurely stroll to Mirror Lake. Soak in the sights, smells and sounds of this unforgettable setting. Day 3: San Francisco. Say goodbye to the grand panoramas of Yosemite and head back to San Francisco. Stop off to gaze up at some mighty redwoods en route to the city. There'll still be a great deal of things to see and experience in San Fran. Admire the architecture of the Palace of Fine Arts, while away an hour or two in Golden Gate Park and perhaps celebrate the end of the trip in Chinatown.

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ISRAEL(19,21,SE) LIFE(15,9,W) LIGHT(9,16,N) LOVE(17,2,SW) MAYO(13,22,E) MEMORIAL(8,1,SW) MOM(4,20,E) MURDER(27,29,W) MUSIC(12,21,S) OMER(17,28,NE) PARTY(14,7,E) PEACE(24,17,SW) RESPECT(19,27,E) RIGHTEOUS(10,8,S) RIGHTS(6,4,SW) SHOAH(17,19,NE) SOLIDERS(23,8,W)

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