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n Sunday August 14, Congregation B’nai Israel celebrated an open house to welcome new and current members at their synagogue located in Toms River. Congregation B’nai Israel is a Conservative Congregation affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Services are led by Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields and Hazzan Steven Walvick. The two hour event showcased their educational programs from preschool to Hebrew high school and adult education, and their social events of Sisterhood, Men’s Club, and Hazak that provide opportunities for new members to make friends and feel at home. They also offer an array of activities for children of all age levels through their U.S.Y., Kadima, and Tzofim youth groups. A daily morning minyan is conducted 365 days a year.

Above, Congregation B’nai Israel’s Leadership Group. Back Row (Left to Right): Teri Abramson, Dave Yelner, Phil Brilliant, Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields, Hazzan Steven Walvick, Adam Rosen. Middle Row (Left to Right): Bernie Dansky, Nycole Hershkowitz, Steve Pardes, Marc Bunis, Joanne Gethard. Front Row (Left to Right): Barbara Schulman, Max Schloff, Lee Subai.

For more information about Congregation B’nai Israel’s religious services, school or any other programs or activities, please call the synagogue office at 732-349-1244 or email cbitradmin@ comcast.net.

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Have you seen God today?

On Israel’s Mind: Summer 2011 Report from JFNA Israel August 1, 2011

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Danny Goldberg Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County Many of us care deeply about Israel and follow the news from there as closely as we do events closer to home. For the last few weeks, as described below, the focus of attention in Israel has been a number of expressions of social discontent coming from the working poor and the middle class who are feeling squeezed while the gap between them and a sliver of society at the top continues to widen. Federation is an expression of the partnership between Israel and the Diaspora in nation building. It is an historic opportunity that we are privileged to take part in, after 2000 years. As partners we have a right and responsibility to care. With thanks to the Israel Office of JFNA who said it better than I.

s summer sets in and debate heats up in Israel, The Jewish Federations of North America’s Israel office reports that the usual list of topics are not going to surface around this week’s Shabbat dinner tables. Few are talking about UN resolutions, settlements, 1967 borders, Fatah, Hamas, the peace process, Gaza or Lebanon. Even the “Arab Spring” has been long forgotten by Israeli news outlets. One need only see images of the more than 150,000 Israelis out on the streets of Jerusalem over the weekend, in the largest socialwelfare protest the state has yet experienced, to understand the depth of public discontent. In fact, it’s almost as if Israelis have adopted yet another North American custom by stating “It’s the economy, stupid!” as they focus their attention on socio-economic subjects. The current intense debates involve three major issues: the cost of housing, doctors’ low salaries and, remarkably, the price of cottage cheese. Housing prices in Israel have risen to such an extent that people are finding it almost impossible to continue living in the same

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lifestyle bracket as before. Protests against the prohibitive costs of renting are flooding the country and monopolizing the news. Protester tent cities have sprung up in almost every town and city across the country. Articles about the housing protest cover at least the first three pages of every major newspaper. News broadcasts devote segments to detailed updates and the Knesset is focusing much of its attention on the issue. Prime Minister Netanyahu even delayed a trip to Poland to deal with the situation.

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t began this past Spring. Nearly each morning, while I was getting ready to go to morning minyan, my 5 year old son Coby, who at 23 months was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, would ask me where I was going. I would tell him I was going to minyan. Coby would think, and continue to ask, “Why?” I would explain that I was going to pray to God. Coby has a unique way of speaking and he would say, “Who God?” I would explain to Coby that God made the world, the trees outside, the birds and God made him. Coby was usually satisfied with these answers. However, every day, for weeks, we would have almost the same conversation, verbatim. But each day, Coby seemed more excited about our conversation about who God was, and what God did.

Israel is no stranger to discontent, which is now being called the new “consumer protest culture.” Interestingly, complaints over housing prices are both bringing together people of different social backgrounds and identifying the social gaps between them.

One day when he did not have school, I asked Coby if he wanted to go to minyan with me. He was so excited to go. (I hope that excitement to attend synagogue lasts throughout his life.) As we pulled out of my driveway, I had the radio on, and in the noise of the radio, I could hear Coby ask, “Did God make that tree?” I quickly turned the radio off, and said, “Yes Coby.” He followed up with “Why?” I told him that God created the tree to look pretty, to help us breath, and to be a home for the birds. Coby asked, “I see God at synagogue?” I assured him he would.

In another example of the power of social media to ignite change, the current housing protest was initiated on July 14 on Facebook by Daphna Leef, a 25-year-old Tel Aviv resident who, dissuaded from spending high prices on an apartment, chose to camp out in Habima Square in the heart of Tel Aviv. Since then, housing protests have been spreading across the country.

Coby walked into Services, so proud, no stranger to the synagogue, but rarely there that early. He was mesmerized. He looked everyone over. I did not learn until a few days later, that during Services, he went up to one man, and said, “You God?” The gentleman responded, “No I am Melech. I am King!” (The man’s Hebrew name happens to be Melech.) Coby seemed satisfied. He loves coming to the synagogue. He often asks people “You God?” One of his

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Pack up these tips with your college-bound freshman

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t’s that time already! Many college students are leaving for school, some for the very first time. The transition into college is usually marked by a long-term separation from the adolescent’s parents for the first time, which is accompanied by numerous challenges, such as more responsibility, greater independence, and financial concerns. The academic workload is much more challenging and time-consuming than what was required in high school. Students must adjust quickly in order not to fall behind. Other difficulties may include peer pressure, homesickness, and social adjustment. Adjustment to higher education can be overwhelming and lead to feelings of stress. Some students are able to make this adjustment more easily than others, and for this reason, researchers such as Maureen Kenny and Kenneth Rice have been interested in

what facilitates healthy college adjustment. It has been found that parents can contribute to a healthy adjustment even from miles away. Be available to offer necessary support, advice, and comfort but also encourage your child to create new external support systems, such as with college counselors and professors. Parents may be unsure what role they are supposed to take on, and children may question their level of responsibility and independence. Discuss the new relationship and talk about boundaries and guidelines. Though you may not be able to enforce a curfew, you can create some rules, such as telling your children what GPA they must maintain for them to stay in school. Adjustment, however, can start even before the students arrive on campus. Educating your children on simple life skills can greatly improve confidence in managing their new lifestyle. Separating white clothes from darks and reading labels about flat drying and washing in cold water may seem like second nature to you, but college freshmen will be buying new clothes after their first goaround with the washer and dryer when their clothes are pink and half the original size. Explaining how often to wash sheets and towels and how much soap to use are also important tips to pass on. Budgeting money may also be a completely new experience. Help

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favorite questions is “God make this?” Now at five and a half, as Coby enters the Autistic Kindergarten Class in Beachwood Elementary School and the Gan Class at Congregation B’nai Israel Talmud Torah, he probably has had more theological thoughts, and conversations than most teenagers. Why is it, that this child, as my daughter Cameron says, whose brain does not work like everyone else’s, Coby Dov Fields can think, wonder, question, and talk about God more than the majority of people? Coby nearly every day will ask me a question or make a statement about God, and if he has seen God.

your children to create a budget and make a list of fixed expenses, such as books and food, as well as a list of miscellaneous spending like entertainment and clothes. After the first month or two when the student has a better understanding of expenses, the budget should be re-evaluated and discussed. Also explain the benefits of putting some money away each month into savings. Establishing responsible spending and financial management early on is important and will prepare your children for the future. Maintenance of the college dorm, such as cleaning and organizing, may prevent arguments with roommates. Simple tasks such as cleaning dishes after a meal and keeping clothes off the floor will create a better living environment for all. Teach your children about how to have conversations with roommates regarding living expectations. These expectations may include allocation of weekly chores and having friends sleep over.

How often have you thought about God? Each day ask yourself, Have you seen God today? It is easy to see God, if you just look around! The Jersey Shore is full of God – our beautiful beaches, waters, seagulls, the variety of birds in our area, the deer, the glowing sun, and the grey rainclouds! Wow look around, isn’t God amazing!? Here are God’s creations - looking beautiful, singing delightfully. Think - Yes! I have seen God today. All this beauty is truly a reminder of God’s presence. Have you seen God today? You may have been stuck in traffic, or standing on the longest, slowest checkout line at a store, but did you notice all the other people around you? Did you appreciate all that was also created by God? Have you seen God today?

Freshman year is a time of major adjustment and change. Parents can contribute to healthy adjustment both before children leave and while they are at school. Having an honest, supportive, and caring relationship is equally as important as preparing children to complete new life tasks. Be sure to pack up these tips along with your child’s clothes, toothbrush, and laptop!

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Washington Summit brings large support for Israel

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ashington D.C. – From July 18 to the 20, 2011, the Christian-Zionist organization, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), organized its sixth annual Washington Summit. This event brings together some of the most influential leaders and thinkers to update its attendees on recent develop-

ments in Israel, the Middle East and Washington, D.C. Over 5000 people gathered in the nation’s capital for this annual event. CUFI, who defines itself as a national grassroots movement, is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States. The Summit hosted an entourage of speakers including: U.S.

Senator Joe Lieberman, Gary Bauer, president of the non-profit American Values, Jeff Mendelsohn, AIPAC’s National Outreach Director, Susan Michael, USA Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Colonel Ben Tzion (Bentzi) Gruber, IDF Reserves, Jonathan Kessler, AIPAC’s Leadership Development Director, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, founder and president of The Israel Project, Glenn Beck, radio and television personality and keynote speaker,

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On July 19, during the Middle East briefing, Pastor John Hagee, founder and National Chairman of CUFI, introduced one of the guest speakers as “One of the greatest leaders in the free world today, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.” This year, unlike previous ones, the Prime Minister appeared live via satellite. When the Prime Minister started saying “Thank you from Jerusalem, the eternal and undivided capital of the....” the applause and cheers were so loud that the rest of his sentence could not be heard. He thanked the group by saying “I want to thank you for

your unwavering commitment to Israel. You have given the millions of Christians throughout America a chance to have their voices heard.” Every year on the final day, the Washington Summit culminates with a visit to Congress, where the constituents share their support for Israel directly with their elected officials to help change the way Washington views the Jewish state. During the Summit, Pastor Hagee, who is also the founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, and various speakers stressed the importance of going beyond appreciating Israel to knowing

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Summit the challenges and getting the facts about what is happening. Pastor Hagee said “Tonight’s theme is a time for truth. The bible says you should know the truth and the truth shall set you free. However, it is not truth that sets you free but the knowledge of the truth.” He challenged the attendees and all Americans to learn the facts and to stand strong in the face of unpopularity. He said “America’s problem is not finding the truth, but facing the truth. The greatest truth is daring to be yourself in the face of adversity, and choosing right over wrong, ethics over convenience, and truth over popularity.” Pastor Hagee then went on to say “The truth about Israel is that God gave the land of Israel to Abraham in an eternal blood covenant. The land of Israel belonged to the Jewish people then, it belongs to the Jewish people today, and it belongs to the Jewish people forever.” During his speech Pastor Hagee blasted at times at the President, the liberal media, Iran, and its president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He said “The truth that Americans do not want to face is that President Obama is not proIsrael.” He claimed that former white house correspondent Helen Thomas was captured on camera saying the Jews ought to go home to Europe, to Poland, and to Germany. To this he replied “You’re wrong Helen. The Jewish people are home, they are exactly where G-d Almighty said they should be and should remain forever.” Several event speakers, inclu-

ding the Prime Minister, emphasized the importance of knowing the history of Israel. Speaker Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said “We hear from those who want to deny us our history, who want to break our connection to Jerusalem and Israel. They deny the existence of the temples, which is the education of Christian and Jewish belief.” Interrupted consistently by rounds of applause, Mr. Hoenlein was outstanding at connecting the commonality of biblical principals shared by both the Jewish and Christian community. He added “If you take away your past, you take away our future. People ask what right we have to be there. No matter how many challenges they confront us with, they will never succeed because if we stand together, Jews, Chris-

tians, and people of all faiths who really care about justice, democracy, and freedom, then we will overcome.” Speaker Glenn Beck, captivated by the crowd, announced his allegiance to the organization proclaiming “If a despised regime has the right to kill Jews and frighten those who stand with them, I declare, count me a Jew and come for me first! When we all stand together, when we all raise our hands, we change the world.” Beck, on the spot, donated $10,000 to the college youth movement CUFI on Campus. During the Summit, CUFI highlighted the level of resistance and animosity being directed at the youth who are trying to develop this program on their college campuses. Last year, several campuses allowed anti-Israel groups to publicly challenge Israel and the

youth involved in CUFI on campus. Evident in every conference was a high level of exuberance, where the crowd would roar, blow the shofar and dance the Hora. The energy was contagious. The idea of the Jewish and Christian communities coming together was sparked by a visit Pastor Hagee made decades ago to Jerusalem. While praying at the Western Wall, he glanced over and saw a man in a black hat and long beard praying. This image stayed in his mind and in his heart even after returning to Texas. He expressed that during his trip back home he felt a calling to bring the Jewish and Christian communities together “in an atmosphere of mutual esteem and unconditional love.” At the Summit Pastor Hagee

commented “Christians and Jews are spiritual brothers. What we have in common is far greater than the things we have allowed to separate us over the centuries.” CUFI Hispanic Outreach Pastor, Carlos Ortiz, echoed this sentiment saying “this maybe Christians United for Israel, but in reality we see Israel uniting Christians from all over the world.” Pastor Hagee’s final remarks were “Israel is unifying Christians. Look around this room. Believers of almost every denomination are here in Washington, D.C., Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, Anglos, Hispanics and African Americans, college students and senior citizens. We are all here with one cause and with one message: Israel today, Israel tomorrow and Israel forever.”

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ashington, D.C. - The Jewish Federations of North America lauded the introduction of a Congressional bill to provide support for agencies serving Holocaust survivors as they age in place in communities across the country. This bill is a result of meetings and discussions that Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen conducted with Holocaust survivors and social workers. These discussions were organized by The Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Federation of Broward County, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Service of Broward County and Jewish Community Services of

South Florida. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Reps. Wasserman Schultz (DFL) and Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), strengthens agencies that support Holocaust survivors who wish to age in place rather than move into institutionalized care, which can often lead to retraumatization for these victims of terror and torture. While assisted living is an excellent option for many seniors, moving into nursing homes can reintroduce painful and traumatic memories for Holocaust survivors. This bill adds Holocaust survivors to the list of groups that receive preference for services under the Older Americans Act and designates a person within the Administration on Aging to have responsibility for implemen-

ting services for Holocaust survivors. Additionally, the bill creates a grant program to increase and improve transportation services, which is one of the greatest needs among older adults. “We thank Reps. Wasserman Schultz and Ros-Lehtinen for introducing this bill, which takes the necessary step of recognizing and addressing the unique situation of Holocaust survivors who have contributed greatly to this country since the Second World War,” said Cheryl Fishbein, chair of The Jewish Federations of North America Domestic Affairs Cabinet. “When passed, this bill will provide the support local agencies need to ensure that survivors are able to live their lives with comfort, security and dignity.”

Of the approximately 127,000 Holocaust survivors living in the United States today, threequarters are over the age of 75 and about two-thirds live alone. Many of these survivors struggle to afford basic needs, such as adequate food, transportation and healthcare. This special population often relies on the assistance of local agencies that enable them to age in place and live with dignity and security. “As a nation that upholds the values of freedom, liberty, and justice, we have a moral obligation to acknowledge the plight and uphold the dignity of Holocaust survivors to ensure their well-being,” said Rep. Wasserman Schultz. “Our children’s generation will be the last to know

Holocaust survivors and hear their stories first hand. We must do all we can to honor their struggles and their lives by improving their access to transportation to get them where they need to go, and improve their home-care options so that they can have peace of mind. This bill does just that, and it’s time to make it happen.” “The sad reality is that every day, we have fewer Holocaust survivors among us to tell their tragic tales that remind us of the reality of evil,” said Rep. RosLehtinen. “Many of these survivors have pressing medical and housing needs and this bill seeks to address those gaping holes in social services.” The bill comes on the heels of a Continued on page 7

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JFNA Emergency Committee Allocates Funds for Disaster Relief Help is on the way for Western Massachusetts, the Southeastern U.S. and Japan.

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he Jewish Federations of North America’s Emergency Committee, last July, voted to allocate funds to support disaster victims in Western Massachusetts, the Southeastern U.S. and Japan. More than $150,000 will be distributed to help those affected by the devastating tornadoes in the U.S. and the deadly earthquake, ensuing tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan. Our Jewish Federation of Ocean County is a member of the JFNA and a participant in these relief efforts. JFNA’s Emergency Committee, chaired by Fred Zimmerman of Nashville, recently allotted $5,000 each for the communities of Springfield, Mass. and Birmingham, which were both hit by major tornadoes

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raised more than 20,000 pounds of food for those in need. With the help of Federations around North America, the Birmingham Jewish Federation has raised more than $190,000 since deadly tornadoes touched down in late April. The city recently began its rebuilding phase in earnest, following the process of debris removal and damage evaluation. Jewish Federations continue to offer financial, emotional and physical support. In the beginning of July, nearly a dozen dedicated women from JFNA’s National Women’s Philanthropy (NWP) spent three days in Birmingham, assisting with recovery and rebuilding efforts around the community. JFNA’s Emergency Committee also allocated funds to several programs assisting victims in Japan. The committee will send $35,000 to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s (JDC) Association for Aid and Relief, which will distribute food and other necessities to welfare facilities and evacuation centers.

In addition, the committee has allocated $116,500 to IsraAID to support the physical and mental rehabilitation in four towns around Sendai, the area of Japan hardest hit by the earthquake and tsunami. The IsraAID project includes post-trauma training for teachers, distribution of equipment and small-scale construction projects to schools and kindergartens, and relief activities for children. In recent years, Federations raised $30 million for Hurricane Katrina relief and $10 million to support JDC’s response to the Southeast Asia tsunami. Those interested in contributing can donate on line, by phone or mail. Please indicate “Western Massachusetts Tornado Relief”, “Birmingham Tornado Relief”, or “Japan Relief”. Online: ocjf@optonline.net By Phone: 732-363-0530 By Mail: check payable to Jewish Federation of Ocean County Relief Work 301 Madison Ave. Lakewood, NJ 08701

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Israel’s Army Becoming God’s Army Will the loyalty of religious Jews in uniform be in doubt? By Arieh O’Sullivan

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ast June, a crack Israeli combat unit wrapped up a stint along the Gaza border and was deploying for training across the country. On the way, its commander diverted his soldiers to Jerusalem’s Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, to hear a sermon from a rabbi and make a blessing. While the army (IDF) said none were forced to participate in the religious ceremony, it did raise the hackles of secular Israelis who are concerned that the incident represented the creeping influence of deeply religious Jews

into what had once been the exclusive realm of secular Zionists.

the Soviets had a politruk alongside their officers.”

This argument came to bear over the last weekend in June, when the army chaplain altered the words of the official memorial prayer for fallen soldiers to read. “In God’s name we remember” instead of the traditional “In Israel’s name we remember.”

The question of dual loyalty of Jews in uniform has been bantered around for the past decade, ever since the national religious youth began leaving their seminaries, joining elite combat units and making careers of military service.

“I see what is happening in the army as a sign and it is very worrying,” Dr. Rafi Mann, who teaches Communications at the Ariel University Center of Samaria, told The Media Line. “I never say we should reject our heritage, but at this rate we may have a rabbi attached to every unit just like

The transformation has seen the deeply religious Jews filling leadership positions in numbers far beyond their proportion in the general population. Since religious Israelis tend to have more hawkish views, some are concerned the army may face mass insubordination if asked to carry out any

controversial moves to implement a future peace deal with the Palestinians, such as dismantling Jewish communities. The IDF Spokesman’s Unit claims it cannot supply figures on religious soldiers. “The IDF does not differentiate between religious and secular soldiers,” an army spokesman said. However, a recent edition of the defense journal Maarachot cited that in recent years some 30% of infantry officer course graduates identify themselves as “Zionistreligious,” up from just a mere 2.5% two decades ago. In comparison, only about 12% of the general public place themselves

in this category. “There is nothing wrong having our army being Jewish,” said Naftali Bennett, director of the Yesha Council, the organization representing Israelis living in post-1967 communities, and a former combat officer. “The loyalty has to be to the state of Israel which is represented by the army, and the army needs to represent Jewish values,” Bennett told The Media Line. Bennett, who is an observant Jew who wears a ‘yarmulke’ (or kippa), eats strictly kosher food and doesn’t travel on the Sabbath, said that, as a commander, in Continued on next page

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the early 1990s he was an odd-bird since most of the soldiers in his elite unit were secular. Their education seminars usually dealt with hearing of the exploits of the army like the Entebbe commando raid and never about Judaism. About a decade ago, the IDF added a course on Judaism in its officers’ academy. Once religious soldiers who pray three times a day, had to pray on their break time. Today, prayer time is set aside in the daily schedules. Bennett echoes the arguments of the national religious populace, saying that having a soldier who is knowledgeable of religion and heritage did not mean they were taking a political stand. “There is a distinction between that and politicizing the army, which I am against. I think the army has to stay out of political arguments,” said Bennett. Religious pre-army academies, most of which are located in the territories acquired by Israel during the 1967 war, have indoctrinated their students with the message to go out and be the bravest and toughest soldiers. The proliferation of national religious soldiers in the army’s most elite units is a source of pride for some, and cause for concern for others. “It is to their credit that these folks have taken the place that had been filled by the boys from the collective farms (kibbutz). On the other hand, the question is how much can you ensure that they will take the military rule fully and not allow religious bodies to bite into their authority?” Dr. Mann questioned. That said, despite vocal fears, there were nearly zero cases of soldiers refusing to obey orders to forcibly evacuate Jews

from their homes during Israel withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005. However, six years have passed since the Gaza pull-out and the ranks of religious soldiers have grown, which may explain why some illegal Jewish outposts have remained in the West Bank despite government promises to dismantle them. On June, 10 soldiers in the elite Golani brigade were sentenced to the brig for wearing at a ceremony t-shirts proclaiming “Golani fights the enemy and does not expel Jews.” On Monday June 27, hoards of deeply religious pre-army youth converged on the capital, blocked the main roads and attempted to storm the Supreme Court of Justice after a well-known rightwing rabbi was arrested for allegedly endorsing a book which incites violence against non-Jews. “I think that Israel is coming to a juncture where it has to answer the significant question of whether it wants to continue being a Jewish, democratic, Zionist, modern, enlightened state or shall we turn into a rabbinical ‘Judeastan,’” said Dr. Mann. He said that the ranks of religiously observant soldiers have been strengthened and that they “are trying to change the character of the state.” The upper ranks of the IDF are still mainly secular, albeit the deputy chief of general staff and two others on the general staff are religiously observant (and graduates of the same high school class). Today, an over-proportionate number of these soldiers make up the mid-level ranks and their ascendency to top roles in the future is only natural. “I am not going to count yarmulkes. I was at a 25-year reunion of my unit, and when army commanders got up to speak they not only quoted (Israel’s first Prime Minister David) Ben Gurion, but now for the first time quoted also from the Bible. That means our army is becoming more Jewish,” Bennett said.

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Update on JDC’s relief work in Japan Five months after the tsunami the work continues By Steve Schwager CEO of JDC JDC is one of three overseas agencies supported by Your Federation gift. Some time has passed since I last wrote about JDC’s response to the March 11, 2011 catastrophe in Japan. Now, five months after the disaster, is a good time to update you on our work there. As you know, when the earthquake, tsunami, and radiation threat hit, JDC immediately opened a Disaster Mailbox. To date, over $2.3 million dollars has been raised. Contributions to the mailbox have come from JFNA, Federations, foundations, and individuals.

It is JDC’s goal to focus on and develop longer-term partnerships with leading Japanese NGOs, who all have government approval and instant access to the disaster region. Japan is one of the leading donor nations during times of disaster and emergency. So, as we collaborate with Japanese NGOs, we are also building the potential for future international partnerships. The response to the disaster in Japan is consistent with JDCIDP’s strategy of responding to natural and man-made disasters by working in partnership with local and international organizations, and using Israeli expertise and appropriate partners. Within days following the disaster, JDC

responded by focusing on programs that provided food, safe water, shelter, medical supplies, and other emergency needs. One such example of first line relief is JDC’s collaboration with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) medical corps, with whom JDC has worked in Armenia, Turkey, and Haiti. Israel was the only country invited by the Japanese government to provide medical assistance, and its field hospital was stationed for two weeks in Minamisanriku in northeast Japan, the region that had suffered the most damage. JDC provided the field hospital with medical equipment and life saving drugs. JDC is working with our local partners in developing programs that best reflect our experience, expertise, and rehabilitation/ reconstruction efforts. With the needs of vulnerable populations our first priority, examples of current programs include:

ƒƒ Working with deaf or hearing-impaired people still living in evacuation shelters and those who are isolated in their own homes, and with those who do not have family members or other personal assistance and often end up missing important information. Local sign-language proficient professionals are involved in the care of these individuals, and are also assisting in finding new opportunities for them to earn a livelihood. ƒƒ Supporting the renovation and development of three Community Cafés (community centers) in Ishinomaki City. Ishinomaki City, which had a population of over 200,000 individuals, was the city hardest-hit by the earthquake/tsunami, with 5,576 of its citizens killed or missing and 28,000 houses destroyed. Most of the survivors are living in evacuation centers or on the first floors of their homes. The Community

Café project will initially benefit some 600 families affected by the disaster, offering a space where survivors can gather for activities and classes, and providing informal psychosocial support to the victims. This is a pilot project and, if successful, might expand to additional centers. ƒƒ JDC is supporting the Ishinomaki Sikijuji Hospital. We provided a four-ton truck to dispatch medical relief and supplies, as well as medical equipment for the treatment and care of people at four temporary medical stations and 153 evacuation shelters. The hospital is the only remaining functioning medical facility in the disaster-affected region, and is capable of delivering medical services to an area serving 220,000 people. ƒƒ We established a container kitchen structure to provide hot, Continued on next page

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Check your local branch or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org for a complete listing of programs, services and events. Emma Lazarus: Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience September 8 at 6 pm • Jackson Branch (2 Jackson Dr. ) Read at the dedication of the Statue of Liberty 125 years ago, Lazarus’s sonnet “The New Colossus” defined America’s ideals of justice and liberty. Learn more about this famed poet at a special reception and discussion with Dr. Esther Schor, author of “Emma Lazarus” and winner of the 2006 National Jewish Book Award. September 23 at 3:30 pm Plumsted Branch (119 Evergreen Rd, New Egypt) Dr. Ali Botein-Furrevig will provide an overview of Lazarus’ work and discuss her own book “Heart of the Stranger”.

A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs September 7-October 1 Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch (834 Beaver Dam Rd.) Learn about the Jewish songwriters at the Great American Songbook exhibit! These songwriters entertained and inspired early 20th century America. This exhibit looks at the enormously popular collection of songs. A special opening reception and concert with Maggie Worsdale will be held on September 10 at 12:30 pm. Exhibit curator David Lehman will shares their stories in a presentation on October 5 at 7 pm.

These programs are free and open to the public. Register online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone the branch. Both programs were developed by Nextbook, Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture and ideas, and the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibits has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Person Foundation, the David Berg Foundation and an anonymous donor with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life.


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healthy, and nutritionally balanced meals. The kitchen is preparing daily meals for some 400 evacuees. Once the kitchen’s services are no longer needed, the container kitchen will be used to serve elderly people living in temporary housing who are unable to cook their own meals. In addition, the project is employing local personnel (cooks and kitchen assistants) in order to facilitate livelihood reconstruction in the area. ƒƒ We are providing beds, wheelchairs, and home appliances to displaced elderly and disabled individuals living in welfare facilities and evacuation centers. Moving forward, JDC is reviewing potential additional projects that include the expansion of the community centers and the establishment of a children’s fund with local business people and the Mirimisanriku municipality, as well as a post-trauma psychosocial project with the Israel

In addition, JDC-Israel’s Ashalim professionals have been asked by the Director of the Japanese Puppet Therapy Association to visit Japan and teach the Hibuki (Huggy) Intervention. Hibuki was devised and implemented during the Second Lebanon War and replicated in Sderot and the Gaza border region. Hibuki seeks to alleviate preschool children’s stress by actually transferring therapeutic responsibilities to the child. Children are introduced to Hibuki, a puppy doll with Velcro strips at the end of its long arms that can “hug” a child and be hugged back, and are told that Hibuki needs a friend to care for him. Once children agree to take on the role of “caregiver” to their own Hibuki, parents and teachers are recruited to advise children on how best to look after the puppy, thus indirectly helping them cope with their own fears and anxieties. These active coping or self-therapy techniques empower the children, helping to alleviate or even reverse the effects of stressful situations.

The Sami Frasheri primary school in Kosovo, which JDC helped rebuild with funding from the Government of Japan. Kosovo, c. 2001. Photo: JDC Archives.

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ollowing the 1999 Kosovo crisis, JDC worked with Japan, the UN, and other partners to build or renovate some 40 local schools. JDC’s relationship with Japan dates back to 1918-20, when it aided Russian Jews who had fled to Yokohama; it also supported Jews who found refuge in Kobe early in World War II. Today, JDC is partnering with the Jewish Community of Japan and local NGOs engaged in relief and reconstruction efforts in the area hit hardest by the March 11 triple disaster.

While the JCC of LBI is under construction this summer, the Center office is located in the law office of Julius Robinson, 2nd Street & the Boulevard, Beach Haven.

Religious Services are being held at St. Thomas of Villanova on 13th Street & the Boulevard in Surf City. Friday eve. 8:00 pm, Saturday morning: 9:30 am. aRT FESTIVaL

Wednesday - 12:30 - 4 pm at the Library in Surf City

Monday August 21 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Surf City Fire House

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Friday, August 26th at 5:30 PM Kabbalat Service on the Beach in Loveladies, just south of St. Clare’s Church

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“It’s very important to introduce children to what business is about from as early an age as possible,” he said. “University is not for everyone and early exposure to entrepreneurship can open their minds to the possibilities of starting their own business rather than working for someone else. And there are many examples of successful businesspeople who didn’t finish college – Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, for example. But this kind of training can also give young people skills which they can use to earn money while at university because continuing education is not cheap anymore.” Dr. Gorinskiy’s comments are a continuation of what he said during last year’s World ORT Hattter Technology Seminar, which explored entrepreneurship under the banner of Learning the Business of Technology. At that time, he noted how Russian schools taught how to invent but not how to innovate and that existing models of business education were not connected with developments in technology. “By combining modern school technology with IT-based entrepreneurship training we can encourage students to pursue careers in innovative business,” he said. HP LIFE is ideal because it presents the relevant technologies from a practical perspective: students learn to use them by creatively overcoming real life problems and so understand how to develop their businesses effectively. As budding media mogul Savannah Britt says, “becoming an entrepreneur is a learning experience”.


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On Israel’s Mind With their own home-produced newspaper, a communal kitchen in the Jerusalem tent city that’s serving “as many as they can – whoever comes,” and a highly professional website, tens of thousands of activists are striking out, and the government is listening.

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he Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future announced last month that its “Counterpoint Israel Program,” a month-long service-learning initiative that aims to empower the next generation of Israeli youth via a Jewish values-driven summer camp experience, has been retooled to allow counselors to receive graduate level credits for their participation in the program.

Doctors too, are addressing concerns with the government. The hunger-striking head of the Israel Medical Association, Dr. Leonid Eidelman, supported by thousands, has been marching from Nahariya in the north all the way to Jerusalem, and plans to camp outside the Prime Minister’s house. Medical residents earn such low wages that they cannot support their families – they have had enough.

This new development makes Yeshiva University the world’s first institution to offer an accredited program for Jewish service-learning. Now in its sixth year, Counterpoint Israel, supported by the Zusman Family and “Repair the World” and staffed by 34 students from the U.S., Canada, South Africa and New Zealand, will double in size with camps operating in Dimona, Arad and Yemin Orde between July 12th – August 18th. As in past years, the Dimona program, run with additional funding by Sharon and Avram Blumenthal, as well as the new program in Arad, with additional support from the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey (the lead federation in the NJ DE cluster of Federations in which Ocean County participates) as part of the Jewish Agency’s Partnership 2000 initiative and Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel of Newton, MA, will include classes given in English. In addition, workshops in the arts, fashion, music, dance and sports, will be included with the goal of improving the students’ English skills while promoting a positive self-image and traditional Jewish values.

Rolling into full action in the last week of May, the doctors’ strike has now entered week 17. The protesters aim to draw attention to the insufficient salaries and poor working conditions for medical staff, and are campaigning for the basic wage for doctors to be increased by 50 percent. According to Eidelman, nearly $900 million is needed for the restructuring of the public health system and salaries for health-care professionals. Eidelman said in an interview with the Jerusalem Post, “Our nation feels forgotten. It’s felt in healthcare, housing, cottage cheese and taxes.”

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The protest against the price of cottage cheese, initiated on Facebook by B’nai Brak resident Yitzchak Elrov on June 9, quickly garnered thousands of supporters expressing frustration that dairy products seem to be only for the very wealthy. Dairy is considered a staple, and used to be price-controlled by the government, but after restrictions on dairy products were lifted in 2006, the prices have rocketed to around $2 from $1.40 for 9 ounces. The campaigners petitioned against the rising prices of such goods, especially those that Israel sells at a markedly lower rate abroad.

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On July 28, a new group joined the social-protest fray, a 5,300-strong cohort of parents demonstrating against the high cost of raising a child in Israel.

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According to a Bank of Israel study, home prices escalated 35 percent between December 2007 and August 2010. In addition, interest on 20-year loans has risen to 3.66 percent from 0.11 percent.

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Stanley Fischer, the governor of the Bank of Israel, warns that housing prices could double in the next five years. Yet, the 2010 Merrill Lynch World Wealth Report declares that, as of 2010, there are 10,153 millionaires in Israel.

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FROM PAGE 2 It’s not easy to make sense of all this until one understands that the gap between incomes is greater in Israel than in any of the 27 European Union countries, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics said in this month’s report. In 2004, Israel was second only to Taiwan among industrialized countries, with a vast income inequity that is double that of America’s. Since the 1990s, the number of people below the poverty line in Israel has grown. Now, Israel (along with Mexico) has the highest number of those suffering from child poverty of all member countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Despite an average of 4 percent less participation in the workforce than other developed countries (the lowest labor participation rate in the Western world, according to the Finance Ministry), “40 percent of the poor are working poor” notes Miri Endeweld of the National Insurance Institute, and “60 percent of these people have full-time jobs. You can work full time and still be poor.” Just as the government responded to last week’s cottage cheese furor by opening the dairy market to foreign imports, so too does it seem that the housing demonstrators are engaging an active audience. Perhaps the doctors will receive their demands also. At the same time, Jewish Federations’ strategic partners – the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) – continue to lead major projects to help fight poverty, income gaps and other significant social and economic issues. For example, the Jewish Agency’s Project Leket and HazonYeshaya aid programs provide food to the needy, its loan programs enable individuals to build up business, and JDC’s “From Poverty to Independence” program works to bring the unemployed into the working sphere. These agencies are achieving great results and bringing real hope to many of the more disadvantaged segments of Israeli society. We, at Jewish Federations, are very proud of these achievements and partnerships. It seems that Israel is accommodating itself to everyday concerns. There is space in the national consciousness to worry about matters other than war. Questions are raised as to whether this preoccupation with non-diplomatic concerns is something positive. Could it possibly herald Israel’s entrance into the family of ‘normal’ nations?


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A game-changer in breast cancer detection Israeli device now in clinical trials avoids radiation, guesswork, discomfort and other downsides that make mammography an imperfect screening tool. By Abigail Klein Leichman

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arly detection is the key to improving breast cancer survival rates, but mammography is not the ideal method to accomplish this goal. On this point, medical experts across the globe agree. Not as clear is what could do the job without the disadvantages of mammography - which often causes pain or discomfort, emits radiation, cannot properly image dense breast tissue, relies on a radiologist’s interpretation of the image, and is not recommended for routine screening of women under age 40 or 50.

Of several approaches being developed worldwide, an Israeli solution pioneered by electro-optical engineer Boaz Arnon holds particular promise in providing a game-changing device for early detection of breast cancer.

sional Infra-Red Analysis). Built on principles from existing technologies and mathematics, MIRA enables functional quantitative analysis of 3D and infrared signals emitted from cancerous and benign breast tissue.

Arnon’s mother, Ruth, succumbed to the disease in 2004. Through “Real Imaging,” the company he founded in 2006, he was determined to offer an accurate alternative that would address all issues of concern and still be cost-effective.

“Our solution is not sensitive to age or breast density, and works without radiation,” Arnon tells ISRAEL21c. “We image the patient from a distance of 70 centimeters (25.5 inches), with no physical contact or radiation, and we have developed an automatic method that aims to detect breast cancer early, easily and as cheaply as possible.”

Appropriately named RUTH, the device he invented uses a new trademarked platform he calls MIRA (functional Multidimen-

No more guesswork

RUTH screens for breast cancer without touching the patient.

“Physicians should be highly praised for their success rate in diagnosing breast cancer with the tools available today,” says Ar-

non, “but still, the death rate from breast cancer is unacceptable.” Continued on page 18

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Stories from the heart Jewish Journal readers share the stories By William A. Diefenbach U.S. Army Air Force veteran

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Jackson, NJ rom the fall of 1942 through the winter of ‘43 I was stationed at the Army Air Forces Technical Training Command School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and had a delightful opportunity to enjoy Jewish hospitality.

On one occasion I went to Sioux Falls with Milton Lang who was a concert violinist from Brooklyn. He was always worried about hurting his hands which would prevent him from playing his violin. One day he took me to visit a family in the outskirts of the town to enjoy some classical music. I protested, “I didn’t understand classical music.” Milton replied, “If you like it, you understand it.” When the afternoon of listening to music ended we went back to town to the home of the local liquor distributor. Our host was a rather small Jewish man who opened his home to Jewish GI’s each week and invited local young people to join with them. The house was crowded and the table was fully provided with delicious foods. Because I was the only Christian there, our host paid particular attention to me and began relating his experiences of World War I. He became so enthused at finding a willing listener that he left the room and returned dressed in a rather well kept army uniform of 1918 vintage. When I commented on the excellent condition of the uniform, he said he had been in the Quartermaster Corps and left military service with a new uniform. It still fitted him quite well. I always remember this experience and appreciate the warm hospitality I enjoyed that day. Share your story with The Jewish Journal! Send it by mail to: P.O. Box 1082, Jackson, NJ 08527. By e-mail to: ocjj@optonline.net.

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COMING EVENTS 14th Annual Island Beach Plum Festival Sponsored by Friends of Island Beach State Park. There will be a variety of crafters, environmental exhibits, good food, music, and children’s games. Free activities for the family will include beach plum picking, beach plum jelly making demonstrations, bird banding demonstrations, and seining. In addition the life guards will demonstrate life saving techniques. There will also be a raffle for a kayak. Come and join the fun. A remembrance for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 will be held at 11 am. Sunday September 11 9 am – 4 pm Island Beach State Park Ocean Beach Bathing Area #1 Berkeley Township (end of Route 35) Free entrance to the park. However, a $5 festival parking donation is suggested. Information: 732-793-5525 www.friendsofislandbeach.com

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Breast cancer is by far the most frequent cancer among women, with an estimated 1.38 million new cancer cases diagnosed in 2008 (accounting for 23 percent of all cancers), and is now the most common cancer both in developed and developing regions. Though a medical doctor will oversee screenings with RUTH, “automatic” is one of its most key features. Results will not have to be interpreted by human eyes, thanks to the device’s unique process of calibration using mathematical algorithms formulated from three-dimensional models of hundreds of women with and without malignancies. The algorithms provide unprecedented accuracy, as Real Imaging has demonstrated in blind studies. “Our sensitivity results show 90 percent accuracy for women of all ages,” says Arnon. By comparison, mammography usually is about 80 percent accurate, and not even that high in younger patients.

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“This is not guesswork; it is science. We have proof we can explain clinically that our method is working,” he says. More than 2,000 women have been involved in clinical trials for RUTH since 2007 at six Israeli hospitals - Hadassah-Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, Beilinson Hospital and Assuta Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba and Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot. The entire procedure takes only a few minutes. “We now have the fifth generation of the RUTH device,” says Arnon. “Before the end of this year, we will probably have one [being tested] in Europe as well.” On sale as soon as 2012 The company aims to achieve CE approval this year, certifying that its product has met the health, safety and environmental

requirements of the European Union, and will submit the product for approval from the US Food and Drug Administration the following year. “We hope to start sales next year,” says Arnon, whose previous major successful invention was a Lumio virtual keyboard that can be projected on a surface. He expects RUTH to cost less than mammography equipment but to be used, initially, as an adjunct to that existing methodology. The device is manufactured in Israel and the company of 30 employees is based in Airport City near Tel Aviv. Arnon reveals that the proprietary technology might have other useful applications, “but right now we’re concentrating on this one. If we succeed in this area, we will have achieved our goal.” Privately held until recently, Real Imaging raised $13 million from private investors in England, the United States and Israel. The firm is now being publicly traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange following a reverse merger in May. “We did quite a lot to bring this technology to reality,” says Arnon. The company’s management team includes people with expertise in manufacturing, physics, mathematics and finance, and is chaired by Prof. Moshe Many, vice chairman of TEVA Pharmaceuticals and president of the Ashkelon Academic College. Real Imaging’s scientific advisory board consists of two US physicians - Edward Sickles, who served as chief of the Breast Imaging Section at the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco for almost 30 years, and Michael Linver, director of mammography for X-Ray Associates of New Mexico and clinical professor of radiology at the University of New Mexico.


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COMING EVENTS Algonquin Arts Theatre 173 Main Street Manasquan Tel: 732-528-9211 Sept. 23-25 & 30 Man of La Mancha Evenings 8 pm Matinee 3 pm

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