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fter Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party, Likud-Beiteinu, emerged as the biggest winner in last month’s Israeli elections, he was tasked by President Shimon Peres with forming a new government. Under Israel’s proportional representation electoral system, the president customarily tasks the leader of the party with the largest number of seats to form a government in the 120-seat Knesset, Israel’s parliament. The Likud-Beiteinu party captured 31 seats with 23.3% of the popular vote. Historically, no party in Israel has ever won 61 seats so coalition governments are the norm. Netanyahu now has until March 15 to find coalition partners among the other 11 parties. His largest most probable partner is the new centrist Yesh Atid party that captured 19 seats. Netanyahu is expected to try and persuade as many parties as possible to join his government to make it stable for the long term.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ISRAEL PROJECT Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and President Shimon Peres at the official ceremony at the President’s official residence in Jerusalem, on February 2, where Peres tasked Netanyahu with forming a new government. “I have decided to charge Benjamin Netanyahu with forming the government,” Peres said at the joint press conference.

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In the next weeks, coalition negotiations will center on which parties get cabinet portfolios, and the types of legislation the parties will want enacted as a price for supporting the government. Read article on page 13.

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Join Us for the Community Wide Purim Carnival Who was it who saved the king and the kingdom? None other than the wise, behinds the scenes council to the king, who is unlike his scheming rival, not seeking fame power or the fortune that comes with being in the inner circles of power. By Danny Goldberg Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County


urim is a fun holiday, with serious overtones.

The Purim Megillah, (scroll), is one of five Jewish stories that didn’t make the final cut when the bible as we know it today went through its final compilation. Yet, it merits its own holiday, which more significant Jewish events, during biblical times, did not. So what is it that makes the Purim Megillah stand out? Some might argue it’s simply the story line and plot that would make this a best seller; even in today’s made for television drama world. This is the kind of story that has “Made for TV Miniseries” written all over it. We start with a feel good romantic tale. A shy young beautiful princess reluctantly steps up at the urging of her wise uncle, and after winning the king’s heart, saves the day and her people. It sounds like a Hallmark Channel drama. Or perhaps, it reads more like it’s made for the mystery channel. It has the makings of a great “who done it” mystery series?

Or maybe it’s a plan feel good story where the “good guys” overcome adversity out-maneuver the bad guys in a last minute legislative coup to triumph and snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat. Sounds like it could be a made for an HBO miniseries. In today’s American Jewish community the answer may be much simpler. It’s a holiday tailor made for kids! Ok, the story is serious stuff. An entire Jewish Diaspora almost gets annihilated. A serious catastrophe looms the likes of which we thankfully did not see repeated until the twentieth century. However, I’d be remiss if I did not throw in the ironic circumstance we face today with an Iranian leader seeking to wipe the Jewish people off the map again. Yet this time the Jewish People have a state of their own that does not stand alone in the face of this seemingly flashback type of anti-Semitism straight out of the Middle Ages. At the same time perhaps because of the magnitude of the triumphant outcome, we allow ourselves the latitude of frivolity. After all there are few Jewish holidays where it’s a mitzvah to get drunk! In the spirit of maximizing this fun Continued on page 14

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Community-Wide Interfaith Candlelight Vigil in support of the Newtown, CT shooting victims pain of Hurricane Sandy, and now mourning Sandy Hook.

By Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields Congregation B’nai Israel Toms River, N.J.


riday, December 14, 2012, will be one of those days that I will always remember where I was, and what I was doing, when I heard about the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut which left 20 children and 7 adults dead. I was on a conference call with two colleagues, one from Connecticut, planning a conference call for the Rabbinical Assembly Women’s Committee, which my colleague and I co-chair. Who knew at the time how horrific the shooting was; we just knew it happened. After Shabbat, I read many Facebook postings of friends attending candlelight vigils in support of the Newtown, CT shooting victims, as well as vigils to end gun violence. Sunday, December 16, it was my vision to have a Community-Wide Interfaith Candlelight Vigil on the lawn of Congregation B’nai Israel to help our entire community sort through our feelings of despair and pain, as we still were mourning the

After calling Chief Mastronardy and our president Phil Brilliant, emails went out to B’nai Israel families and the Toms River Interfaith clergy group. My fellow clergy also sent out emails to their communities. Then the information of the Candlelight Vigil went on social media, Facebook and Twitter, and people started posting, and it went ‘viral’ might we say. Monday morning, I called Mr. Roselli, the Superintendent of the Toms River Regional Schools, and a press release was sent out, and I distributed flyers at the Long Term Recovery Committee Meeting for Hurricane Sandy that I attend weekly. My vision of a Candlelight Vigil for the shooting victims came into fruition in 24 hours, and so many people helped it become a reality. I want to thank Hazzan Walvick, Christine Greenwood, Barbara and Harvey Langer, James Knoblauch, Betty Golub, Fran Kirschner, Belkoff Goldstein Funeral Chapels, Phil Brilliant, Chief Mike Mastronardy, Council President Maurice ‘Mo’ Hill, Frank Roselli, Reverends David Joynt (Presbyterian Church of Toms River), Bruce Quigley(First United Methodist Church of Toms River), Barbara Niles(Chaplain of Community Medical Center), Michael Mazer (East Baptist Church of Toms River), Betsy Scheuerman(UU Ocean County Congregation), Rabbis Michael Jay (JCC of LBI) and Moshe Gourarie (Chabad Center of Toms River), and Imam AbContinued on page 9



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Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month By Rita Sason, LCSW Director of Social Services Jewish Family & Children’s Services


ebruary is Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month. As Jews, we know what it means to be a minority, to feel left out and excluded. It is this experience and the Jewish belief that every man and woman is created in the divine image that has been a motivation to fight for the rights of other minority groups. For the third year in a row, the Jewish community has challenged itself to review and evaluate our attitudes and policies toward those with disabilities. Throughout the month of February, Jewish communities across the country will undertake a variety of initiatives to raise awareness of disability issues.

The latest statistics show that about 50 million Americans have a disability. The rate of disabilities among older adults, ages 65 and older, is more than three times higher than that of the US population as a whole. The rate in the Jewish community may be even higher, where the median age is several years higher than the rest of the nation. Shelly Christensen, MA, Co-founder of Jewish Disabilities Month reminds us that “those with disabilities have talents and skills and they are part of the light. If we get them into the classroom, they should also be in the board room. My hope is that Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month increases the awareness of these issues and weaves them into the consciousness of our communities and organizations.” An accessible congregation is one in which everyone is welcome. It is a congregation which

meets one another’s needs and in which everyone has access to the entire life of the Synagogue. An accessible congregation acknowledges that it has barriers. For full participation of people with disabilities the congregation makes a commitment to begin removing them. The congregation works toward removing barriers not just of architecture, but also barriers of communication and attitude that can exclude people with disabilities from full and active participation. At Shabbat services take a look around. See the people at your services with disabilities; look at your Synagogue structure and think about how easily those with hearing, sight, and other physical or mental disabilities can participate in Synagogue life. Remember those who no longer attend; what barriers led to their reduced participation. Take a look at your: adult educational programs;

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ast month, in an effort to advance collaborative homeland security partnerships among local Jewish communities and law enforcement agencies, the Secure Community Network (SCN) and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) started to distribute a booklet to state law enforcement officials. The 35page booklet is titled “Homeland Security Background Briefing: Building Cooperation, Understanding, and Innovative Partnerships between Law Enforcement and the American Jewish Community”.

“The Jewish community in New Jersey is tremendously appreciative of the efforts of

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the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) as well as the Secure Community Network (SCN) for their pro-active efforts in both protecting our communities and alerting us to the extent possible of potential threats. The New Jersey Jewish Community benefits greatly from the state-of-the-art training sessions and educational and informational materials, such as the Homeland Security Background Briefing, provided by SCN and OHSP. This is a benchmark model for collaboration among government non-profits and faith-based communities,” said Mark S. Levenson, Vice President of the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations. New Jersey is home to one of the largest Jewish populations in the United States. “The American Jewish Community recogContinued on page 8

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Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island appoints new Rabbi Rabbi Jay has been serving as the interim Rabbi to the congregation since September 2012


he Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island announced recently the appointment of Rabbi Michael S. Jay as the spiritual leader of the congregation, located at 2411 Long Beach Blvd. in Spray Beach (Long Beach Island), NJ. Rabbi Jay has been serving as the interim Rabbi to the congregation since September 2012, leading Shabbat and High Holiday services following the retirement of the late Rabbi Emeritus, Rabbi Jacob S. Friedman Z”L. Rabbi Jay, raised in Monsey, New York, earned his BS in Broadcast and Film from Boston University and received his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University. He had been practicing law for about 15 years when, after beginning to study and teach Torah, he felt the irresistibly strong desire to pursue a career in the Rabbinate. Last May, Rabbi Jay received rabbinic or-

dination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan after studying for 7 years while also practicing law full time and functioning as the Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, New Jersey. In addition, he spent a year in a continuing pastoral education program at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey. Rabbi Jay was a recipient of the Neubauer Fellowship and was a United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Alim Rabbinic Fellow serving as the Rabbi to Beit Rayim Synagogue in Toronto, Canada from July 2011 to June 2012. In his capacity as rabbi to the Toronto synagogue, he visited the congregation several times to officiate at various milestone services. [Since his arrival to the JCC of LBI] Rabbi Jay has guided us through many difficult times. He conducted High Holiday services with just a few weeks’ notice, conferring


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with Rabbi Jack and Cantor Green, and did it beautifully. He was there for Ali and the Friedman family when Rabbi Jack passed away. He officiated at the Bar/Bat Mitzvahs of two of our young people, who had been trained and guided by Rabbi Jack. He has been in contact with our members who have lost loved ones, conducted the funeral service for JCC member, Ellis Levin, and has spoken to and visited our members who are ill or facing surgery. Following Super Storm Sandy, Rabbi Jay offered pastoral assistance to our members affected by the storm and following the Newtown massacre, comforted us with this message in the Shabbat Reminder. He has made everyone feel comfortable these last months as he led us in Shabbat worship and has spent time getting to know our members at the oneg and kiddish following services. This information can be found on the congregation’s website. Rabbi Jay is the husband of Sheri, and the father of Samantha, a freshman at the University of Maryland. They are residents of West Caldwell, NJ.

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Ornstein, Rutgers Class of 2009, now Northeast Region Campus Coordinator for The David Project, “As well as establish new friendships which will lead to a greater understanding of Israel in all its complexities.”

“This initiative will ultimately open up new channels of conversation about Israel,” said Jordana

The Rutgers students, Laura Faiwiszewski of West Orange; Taylor Barger of Sickerville; Matthew Mednick of Freehold, and Alesandra Lipari of Toms River, will now partner with the Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Engagement (RHCIE) to create and inform pro-Israel voices at Rutgers. “I look forward to working with the participants of Israel Uncovered, and am confident they will bring a fresh perspective on Israel to the Rutgers campus,” said Tzvi Raviv, RHCIE Director. Raviv added that he is happy that the partnership

Rutgers Hillel hirty-five student leaders from several campuses, including four from Rutgers University, were hosted in Israel in January by The David Project for a unique experience entitled Israel Uncovered: Campus Leaders Mission. The trip was the first of its kind, in which pro-Israel student advocates invited key leaders of non-Jewish campus organizations to join them in seeing and experiencing Israel firsthand. The mission allows the participants from each campus to return to their schools prepared to undertake joint projects and share their Israel experience with their peers.

Pictured from left are: Alesandra Lipari of Toms River, president, College Republicans; Laura Faiwiszewski of West Orange, Rutgers Hillel Social Chair; Taylor Barger of Sicklerville, Campus Ministries; and Matthew Mednick of Freehold, member of LIBOR, Investment Bankers Group.

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between the David Project and RHCIE provides non-Jewish proIsrael student leaders the opportunity to experience Israel first hand. The goal of this unique trip was to explore the Jewish connection to Israel, the diversity of its peoples and opinions of the country, and Israel’s place in the modern world. The mission was constructed as an educational experience rather than advocacy, according to Phillip Brodsky, Campus Team Manager. “For us, ‘uncovering’ Israel meant introducing the multitude of people, beliefs, cultures and ideas that co-exist in the Jewish State,” Brodsky said. “We met with Israelis representing diverse populations that comprise Israeli society including leaders in Tel Aviv’s tech sector, PalesContinued on page 8

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he Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island Religious School students participated in a Tu B’shvat Seder on Sunday, January 27, 2013 under the direction of JCC Religious School Chairperson, Lynn Berkowitz. The Tu B’shvat seder is loosely based on the Pesach seder. In both, there are four glasses of wine to drink. The students tasted the four shades of wine (grape juice) and Rabbi Michael Jay, religious leader of the JCC of LBI, prepared a tray of various species of fruit to sample. The students discussed the importance of trees and were given a Jewish National Fund “pushkah” to bring back full by the end of the year. They made “ugly gnarly trees” for centerpieces and heard the story “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.

Pictured with their “ugly gnarly tree” centerpieces are Kaela Powitz, Jessica Schwing and Sydney Gottesman.

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“The emphasis must now also involve the all-important efforts to assist Homeland Security efforts to protect this country’s citizens and its institutions. This publicprivate partnership yields enormous dividends on an investment of resolve and vigilance to both the law enforcement and American Jewish Community, but it demands hard work, relentless dedication, and absolute commitment. The stakes could not be higher in this monumental and unrelenting undertaking, but the partnership in this campaign could not be stronger or more steadfast” concluded Goldenberg.

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tinian-Israelis, artists, doctors, students and social activists.” Highlights of the itinerary included visiting the YMCA of Jerusalem, where the students were able to speak with Forsan Hussein, a PalestinianIsraeli who runs the YMCA, about his life growing up in Israel, and his thoughts on the future of the country. Another highlight of the trip was visiting Beit HaGefen, a JewishChristian-Muslim co-existence center based in Haifa. Here, the students were able to listen and speak to a JewishIsraeli and Arab-Israeli about their efforts to bring together students from the three main religions of the country. Representatives of The David Project will now work with the Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Advocacy to develop ways and means to share the Israel they encountered on the trip with their peers on campus.

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dur-Rahim Asheed (Islamic Center of Toms River), and all of our communities for help in making our Candlelight Vigil a success. Thank you for coming out on a rainy night to remember those who died in Newtown, Connecticut in a terrible act of gun violence. (I truly apologize if I forgot to name anyone specifically by name, but I appreciate each and every one who participated in the vigil and helped make it a meaningful event.) We had an incredible showing from our community that evening, with very short notice, for what turned out to be a night when the heavens were surely crying for 27 lives cut way too short. Below is an excerpt of my remarks during the vigil. I cannot fathom what the parents of the 20 students from Newtown, Connecticut are feeling. They sent their children to school on Friday morning, thinking they would come home safely. This morning, my 6 year old son didn’t know why I could

not stop hugging him before he got on the bus. From the look on his bus driver’s face, I was not the only parent who behaved this way. We are reeling from the devastating news of the horrific shooting in Newtown that has left 20 children and 7 adults dead, and shattered the lives of so many. Knowing that so many who were slain were very young children, sears our hearts and causes our very souls to ache. Words cannot do justice and neither can anything else. These shootings took place during the Festival of Light, Chanukah, a period that has brought much darkness to our entire nation. This is a figurative darkness, yet many of us in Ocean County know what it literally means to be in the dark. Yet, sometimes, perhaps goodness can come out of the dark. Darkness is a necessary part of our world. To say that we do not understand the reason why something unfathomable and cruel can happen, is not to accept it or take responsibility for it, or have to shine the light of faith on it. There is room 9 for us to feel in the dark, to be lost and broken, to tear our clothes and cry to the heavens. We also can acknowledge what is dark in our world, face its very real implications and not pretend that all is already illuminated with the light of kindness and goodness. Then we can strike a match. We can hold each other closer and not be afraid to be grateful for those we love and those who love us. We should dedicate ourselves to lighting more candles through acts of compassion, through vigilance, and through undaunted commitment to making the world safer and less violent. Let us commit ourselves to helping those with mental illness, to help those who have psychological problems the same way we help people who have cardiac problems. It is not something to hide or be ashamed of – people should seek help, and continue their treatment. We must open our eyes to the unmet challenges of treating mental illness and tackling the toxic mix of guns and violence that has taken hold at the heart of our society. We can make sure to affirm that

life is precious even in the face of heart wrenching evidence of its fragility. May the silence left by the deaths of so many bright and vivacious souls call us to purpose. May the slain be brought under God’s shelter, the wounded and bereft find strength and healing, and the light triumph despite all. And let us all say Amen.

The Jewish Journal is pleased to host a monthly Rabbi Column, rotating among our community’s pulpit rabbis. The views and opinions expressed are those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect those of The Jewish Journal, the Jewish Federation of Ocean County or the author’s Congregation.

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begins at a perilous time for the entire community. Superstorm Sandy has, indeed, left many homes and businesses in various stages of distress. But, what I have witnessed from the members of the JCC, and the larger community, in part from weekly walks north and south of the JCC’s Spray Beach location, is an incredible spirit and will to rebuild; this is a community that will, by sheer force and desire, move on toward a bright and healthy future. Perhaps most heartwarming has been the way

that those less fortunate have been sought out by the community; how folks have not ignored the troubles of their neighbors. As we begin our lives together, me, the JCC, and the entire Long Beach Island community, it is my hope that we will continue to grow together, sharing sunrise and sunset, birds’ songs, and the sound of those waves echoing across the surf.” Rabbi Michael S. Jay


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Toms River ot even a blizzard could stop the storm of 700 teens and leaders from absorbing the energy and Jewish pride of the annual CTeen International Shabbaton (convention) that concluded on Sunday, February 10, in New York City. Toms River’s local CTeen chapter joined over 100 delegations representing cities in the US, Canada, France, England, Austria, and Nigeria for three days of friendship, Jewish pride and inspiration. Following a warm welcome at Friday morning’s breakfast, the teens toured the Big Apple, visiting many of the city’s landmarks including, the Statue of Liberty, 9-11 Memorial, NBC Studios, Google HQ NY, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, the UN, and Fifth Avenue. Later, back in Brooklyn, the teens basked in the spirit of Jewish unity, enjoying an uplifting Shabbat candle-lighting experience, Shabbat meal, joyous services, interactive workshops, and exciting activities. Sports Illustrated’s “Jewish Jordan,” Tamir Goodman, and former NBC producer Mrs. Molly Resnick related Continued on next page

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With 700 teens on the red steps in Times Square, celebrating Jewish pride.

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their personal journeys in observing Judaism despite obstacles they experienced. Following an inspirational Shabbat, the teens towered over the entire legendary “Red Steps” of Time Square and were uplifted by a musical Havdallah ceremony, climaxing the tremendous Jewish pride they experienced over Shabbat. Later that night, the teens cele-

brated on festive cruise boats, rocking the Hudson River with vibrant dancing and entertainment. A Jewish heritage tour on Sunday offered the teens a taste of Jewish culture. The tour included visits to a hand-made-matzah bakery, Jewish scribe, Tefilin factory, Mikvah, and Judaica stores. At the leadership banquet on Sunday evening, MC Gary Friedlander, president to CTeen’s

Toms River teens get their 15 seconds of fame in Times Square on Saturday night.

chapter in Alpharetta, Georgia, expressed what many of the teens were feeling: “Let me know that I’m not the only one here that wishes we’d be still snowed in so we can continue on here at the Shabbaton!” Victoria Siegel a freshman at Howell High School is already making plans for next year’s shabbaton. “I can’t wait to see all the new friends I’ve made and experience such an awesome weekend all over again!”

The Jewish Federation of Ocean County is excited to announce, the Super Sunday Committee (from left to right) Joanne Gethard, Irene Goldstein, Cyndy Friedland, Shelly Newman, and Jason Krane, Federation’s Annual Campaign Officer. (Not pictured Michael Berman)

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By Susan Goldberg n February 2, Israeli President Shimon Peres tasked Benjamin Netanyahu with the responsibility of forming a new government, ending any speculation of alternate coalition in the wake of what many news outlets reported to be a surprisingly centrist Israeli election. However on closer analysis while the Kadima party like most of its centrists predecessors did not transcend to the election into the next Knesset, a more astute interpretation of the results suggests that the center block is alive and well with its votes split between a combination of new and familiar parties and faces. Citing low voter turnout in 2009, many were surprised to see elevated numbers showing up at the polls; 67.7% of the electora-

te voted, the highest since 1999. Twitter comments on early exit polls showing an unexpected leap forward for center-left Yesh Atid prompted a last minute Facebook post from Netanyahu urging voters to get to the polls for LikudBeiteinu: “It’s very important for guaranteeing the future of the State of Israel.” This, of course, was promptly reposted over the gamut of Israeli left-wing bloc media who proudly declared it evidence of Netanyahu’s imminent failure. The online speculation soon became so rampant that even American journalist and Israeli political scene maven, Jeffrey Goldberg, humorously tweeted that the next Knesset would include the Bull Moose Party.


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Avigdor Lieberman Benjamin Netanyahu

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However the results highlight the continued deep divide in Israel with an overall 61 Right/59 Left split in the Knesset. (Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah garnered a mere 6 seats, better than Kadima’s 2.) While the international community remained rather baffled at the idea of Israelis electing a relatively centrist government, Israeli politicos were hedging their bets on where Yair Lapid’s loyalties would wind up. Having been invited to pre-election meetings by Labor’s Shelly Yachimovich and Hatnuah’s Tzipi Livni, speculation ran high that Netanyahu could face strong opposition in forming a coalition. Current developments have all but silenced those early theories, the likelihood of Lapid’s Yesh Atid joining Netanyahu’s coalition increasing by the day. The big story of the election continues to be Yair Lapid’s rise to political fame. A veteran Israeli journalist, Lapid though a newcomer to politics, is the son of the

late Tommy Lapid a former Likud minister from the old Herut guard who was also a strong advocate for a more secularist Israeli society and government. Yair, however, is more accustomed to interviewing politicians rather than being in the actual role of one. Critics are already speculating what portfolio Lapid will be given in the new government. Early speculation had foreign affairs or finance at the top of the list with naysayers on either side. Analysts had it right when they guessed Netanyahu would not choose Lapid over his coalition partner Avigdor Lieberman for foreign affairs. Much to the chagrin of veterans like Danny Ayalon, Netanyahu has already declared that the ultranationalist Russian-born Israeli will resume his post when his legal troubles are over. With a staunch right-wing presence hovering over security matters, leftists are pushing for Lapid’s leadership in finance (a role Lieberman himself has already somewhat confirmed) if only to counterbalance defense spending in an attempt to address the growing financial crisis among the working class.

From an international perspective, Lapid’s presence in a Netanyahu-led coalition would provide the balance leaders like President Obama are looking for in the Middle East. Now in his second term, Obama appears to be more prepared to take on the infamous peace process that has eluded so many American presidents. Yesh Atid’s proposed role as a “senior partner” in a Likud-Beiteinu led coalition would balance out the perceived extremism of the ultraOrthodox parties and The Jewish Home. Additional reports indicate that Livni, the leader of Hatnuah and a past Foreign Minister, is willing to join Netanyahu’s coalition if she is given the coveted post of minister for advancing the peace process. Yesh Atid’s membership in the coalition is also the best opportunity the Knesset has to confront the issue of religious military service, an issue many feel will not be addressed unless Lapid is a part of the center-right coalition. “Everyone has the right to study,” Lapid wrote on his Facebook page in the weeks after the election, “but study cannot be an

excuse for a person not to meet his most basic obligations to his state, his family and the society in which he lives.” The outcome of the Israeli elections is one that stunned international media. While Israeli and Jewish journalists are focused on covering an Israel that is proudly centrist, international outlets, es-

pecially those unfamiliar with parliamentary politics, are quick to portray the 61/59 split as a vicious right-left battle. However, for Knesset leaders like Netanyahu, Lapid, Livni and Lieberman, the political buffet that is coalition building has only begun.

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Tu B’Shevat Seder

World Wide Wrap XIII

Tu B’Shevat Seder is the The Jewish Arbor Day, the New Year for trees. This is the season in which the earliest blooming trees in the land of Israel emerge and begin a new fruit bearing cycle. At Congregation Ahavat Olam our Hebrew School students, led by Cantor / Associate Rabbi David Amar the educational director, marked the day with a Tu B’Shevat Seder by eating fruit such as olives, figs, dates, avocado, and raisins. They also partook in the ritual of having four glasses of wine (they used grape juice). At the Tu B’Shevat Seder, the color of wine/grape juice is varied. The first cup is all white, the second is mostly white mixed with some red, the third is mostly red mixed with some white, and the fourth is all red. This event was shared with various guests, parents, students, and staff.

and they shall be as frontlets on your head between your eyes” (Deuteronomy 6:8). This remind us of the unity of G-d and the miracles and wonders which G-d performed for us when he brought us out of Egypt.


n Sunday, February 3, the Men’s Club of Congregation Ahavat Olam participated in World Wide Wrap XIII.

Every year, Men’s Clubs around the world highlight the mitzvah of wrapping or laying tefillin. The experience of wrapping tefillin is a sacred tradition mentioned in the Torah: “And you shall bind them as a sign on your arm,

The Cantor and Associate Rabbi of Congregation Ahavat Olam, David Amar, led Sunday’s service and tefillin wrapping. Prior to the service, Cantor Amar taught those present how the tefillin are made, explained and showed the parchment inside the “boxes”, and most importantly, explained the proper technique for “laying tefillin” in order to surround ourselves with Mitzvot. Following the brief service, the Men’s Club held its regular Sunday morning meeContinued on next page

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ting conducted by the Men’s Club president, Mr. Robert Friedman. Following a breakfast of french toast, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice, the men finalized the plans for the upcoming Congregation Ahavat Olam Purim Carnival. The Purim Carnival will take place on February 24 at 11:00 am, following the Magillia reading. There will be carnival games, inflatables, and as always when the Men’s Club sponsors an event, lots of great food!

The Mitzvah of Tefillin

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The Senior Group of Jewish Family and Children’s Services attended recently a presentation about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression, winter blues, or seasonal depression.

Focus on Israel


t the invitation of the Laurelton Park Baptist Church, in Brick, Rabbi Robert Rubin of Temple Beth Or, in Brick, presented an overview of the Israeli election system entitled: “Focus on Israel: The Upcoming Elections and Democracy in Action.” The event was held at the church as a joint congregational event on January 20, two days before Israel’s Election Day.

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In Honor of the Memory of. Rabbi Jacob S. Friedman From Leo and Ruth Heiden Condolences to Jonathan Fields, and Cameron, Coby, Samuel Fields and Rabbi Ellen S. WolintzFields on the passing of their father, grandfather and father in law, Dr. David Fields. From Congregation B’nai Israel.

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Make Your Own Hamantaschen Recipe courtesy of Jill Bunis / Congregation B’nai Israel

1. Preheat oven to 3500. Grease two cookie sheets.

ating plenty of hamantaschen is part of the fun of Purim. Some people say this three cornered pastry remind us of the evil court advisor, Haman – of his hat, his pocket, or his ears.

2. Using an electric mixer, cream the margarine/butter and sugar together in a large bowl.


The word “hamantaschen” comes from two German or Yiddish words. ‘Mohn’ means poppy seeds and ‘tashen’ means pockets. As the pastry became associated with Purim, the word changed to “hamantashen.” Traditionally, hamantashen were filled with a poppy seed mixture; later a prune filling became common. Today, we can delight in filling these pockets with whatever mixture tastes good and adds to the joy of the holiday. Note: This recipe is Dairy. Makes about 5 dozen hamantaschen. For the dough you will need: 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 large eggs, beaten 4 tablespoons orange juice 1 cup margarine or butter For the filling you will need: 3 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 teaspoons jam (any flavor) 1/4 cup chopped nuts An alternate can be strawberry, apricot, prune, or other preserves. Children enjoy a filling of 4 or 5 chocolate chips, or a dab of peanut butter and dab of jelly.

3. Add the eggs and orange juice. Mix well. 4. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the sugar and egg mixture. Mix together with a large spoon. If this mixture is too sticky, add a little more flour. (The dough will be easier to handle if you refrigerate it for an hour or more.) 5. Since the dough will be soft, sprinkle flour on the rolling pin and on a piece of waxed paper that you use to roll out the dough - so it doesn’t stick. Roll out the dough to 1/8-1/4 inch thickness. 6. Find a round glass, mug, or cookie cutter with a rim about 2 1/2-3 inches across. Flour the rim. Use it to cut the dough into circles. 7. Mix together the filling ingredients. Put about 3/4 of a teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle. Shape into triangles by bringing two sides of the circle up to the center and pinching them together. Then bring up the third side and pinch it to the other two sides. Be sure to pinch the dough firmly so the pastry will not open during the baking. Do not close the tops completely, so some filling shows in the center. 8. Place the hamantashen on the greased cookie sheets, about an inch apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned along the edges. Cool on wire racks. 19

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