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America: Through a Jewish Lens


By Jason Krane his fall the Jewish holidays are coming early. The entire month of September will be busy preparing for family and spending time in synagogue. Once October rolls in, the entire Ocean County Jewish community will be abuzz in the highly anticipated event, Omnibus 21st Century, America: Through a Jewish Lens. On Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Temple Beth Or, of Brick, the community will have the opportunity to reflect on and discuss the challenges of today with a special focus on the issue of violence in our country and in our local community. The presenters will stimulate discussion and share their personal experiences in their efforts to combat violence. This year’s keynote and workshop speakers all bring something special and powerful to share with the community. The afternoon keynote will feature Rabbi Shaul Praver and Pastor Corey Brooks. These two members of clergy, both with different backgrounds, have firsthand experience of violence in their own community. Pastor Brooks is a popular and charismatic leader dedicated to raising awareness and ending urban violence in Chicago. More young people are killed in Chicago than any other American city. Since 2008, more than 530 youth have been killed in Chicago with nearly 80% of the homicides occurring in 22 African-American or Latino community areas on the city’s South, Southwest and West sides. Pastor Brooks, Project H.O.O.D primary goals is to educate those in the city of Chicago and create activities that keep the youth off of the streets. He will share the podium with Rabbi Praver, the Spiritual Leader of Congregation Adath Israel of Newtown, Connecticut. Continued on page 7

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Following a Tragedy Elder Care! It all starts with you - We Comfort, Support and Rebuild in our community is those over the age of 85!

By Danny Goldberg Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County


ne of the Ten Commandments that we all learn at an early age is “Honour thy father and thy mother.” Over time the sages have expanded the meaning of mother and father beyond our parents to include all the community elders. Ocean Country is both blessed and challenged by large numbers of senior citizens, those who grew up here and those who have come to Ocean County to retire. The American Jewish community as a whole is “older” than the general population. Seniors comprise nearly twenty percent of the Jewish population nationally as opposed to an average of fewer than twelve percent in the general community. Having a large cohort of seniors ranging from newly retired active seniors to a growing number of centurions presents an ongoing challenge to our community. Due to advances in health care and better awareness of healthy life styles the fastest growing segment of the senior population

Federation and its Jewish Family and Children’s Services department, under the leadership of Federation VP Michael Berman who chairs the JFCS Committee and the professional leadership of Rita Sason, play a key role in our Jewish community’s efforts to honor our elders by providing a wide array of services geared to seniors and their families. The most basic service JFCS provides is the ability to listen and provide advice and referrals to available services. As seniors age, their ability to maintain an independent life style is compromised by changes in health, mobility, and mental wellbeing. Often there are solutions that allow the individual to continue to lead an active life in the community with various levels of support. JFCS answers over 1,000 calls a year from concerned family members and is able to connect loved ones with options. For some seniors who live alone, including in some cases couples where both seniors are frail but still independent, JFCS offers a “telephone reassurance program.” The seniors are matched up with JFCS volunteers who make a simple routine phone call to “check” on the individual. This serves both as a social contact outside the home for the senior, but also allows JFCS to keep an eye out for any changes that the volunteer senContinued on page 3

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By Rabbi Robert Rubin Temple Beth Or Brick, NJ


e all wish for life to be smooth and easy. We want only good things to happen to us and good things for others. Sometimes we come to expect that only good things will happen. However, if we expect only good things to happen, then we set ourselves up for despair and disappointment. Life includes the sad and the tragic as well as the happy and the pleasant. Sad moments/tragedies (as well as, hopefully, happy moments) occur in all of our lives and on all levels. On a personal level - We may have lost a loved one to death, through illness or an accident, slowly and painfully or suddenly, at an older age or young. There is sadness, loss and sometimes a more pronounced sense of tragedy. We may be facing a serious illness in ourselves or with others close to us. We may have lost a job or know someone else who did.

On a national level - Even though some aspects of the economy have been improving, many people in America still live in poverty, short on food, adequate living arrangements and health care. Some are still looking for employment and many who are working still struggle to make ends meet. On an international level - There are many trouble spots throughout the world. In Israel, many issues continue to exist in the Israeli-Palestinian situation with difficult decisions ahead. What can we do about all this? The Jewish calendar gives us an answer. Tisha B’Av (9th of Av, observed this year on Monday night-Tuesday, July 15-16) is the Jewish national day of mourning for the loss of Jerusalem and the First Temple (586 BCE) and the Second Temple (70 CE). The Three Weeks leading up to Tisha B’Av are extra sad with an enhanced intensity of sadness during the final Nine Days of those three weeks (beginning with Rosh Chodesh/New Moon of the Jewish month of Av). Continued on page 17



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Peace in the Workplace By Rita Sason, LCSW Director of Social Services Jewish Family and Children’s Services


ith so many opinions flying around the workplace, it is only natural to have differing opinions. Disagreements are OK when it does not get in the way of your work. However, we’ve all had cases where a friendly disagreement escalates into a heated argument that can make the workplace uncomfortable. Whether it is about something personal or professional, every workplace has had a situation like this arise. It is important to keep the office environment an open and welcoming place to all, so when an argument gets so heated, both sides must come to an agreement so that balance can be restored. In the heat of the moment, it is easy to lose track of yourself and

say something you did not mean. With one argument, you can ruin your professional reputation and jeopardize your career. Here are some tips on how to deal with a colleague you have argued with. With the helpful tips listed below, you can save yourself from making rash decisions that may have harmful consequences. Remove yourself from the situation, even if only for a minute, if possible. After a heated argument, you can be left feeling stressed and angry. By taking yourself out of that environment, you can put the situation into perspective. You will be able to collect your thoughts rationally instead of making rash decisions and speaking in anger. Focus on other tasks at hand. You don’t want to let the situation interfere with your responsibilities at work. Maybe doing some busy work, like making sure your stapler and tape are fully stocked,

will get your mind off the tense situation and help to calm your nerves.

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other forms of written communication. Be sure to find a shortterm solution to the problem at hand, but also discuss long-term solutions to prevent these kinds of situations from arising again. What are ways you can deal with your disagreements without getting into heated arguments?

Avoid getting others involved, as it may only ignite the situation. It may be tempting to vent your feelings to your coworkers by the water cooler, but hold back! Although you may have had a disagreement with one coworker, it is important to not make any other coworkers take sides. Rumors are more likely to spread when others are talking about it because they do not have the whole story. Keep the argument contained between those directly involved.

The workplace is a complicated environment. It is not always easy for colleagues to get along with each other. Disagreements and differing opinions are unavoidable in the workplace. However, for any company or organization to be a comfortable and functioning place, coworkers must find ways to work together. These tips are not only applicable in the workplace, but also in life. There will be always be people we do not get along with, but it is imperative we find a way to control the situation.

Address the argument in person. Once you have taken your mind off the argument for a bit, you want to be able to repair your relationship, at least in the professional setting. I would recommend speaking face to face, as meanings and intentions can get lost in translation over email or

ses in the senior’s mood or condition. JFCS’s professional staff and MSW interns can then follow up with the client and family to suggest ideas that might help. JFCS runs Senior Support Groups for frail elderly with an option to be picked up and brought to the program by a handicap accessible van. Held twice a week in Lakewood and Brick, these weekly socialization gatherings allow the seniors, most of whom live by themselves, to get out of the house, meet with peers, get a hot kosher meal and engage in a facilitated conversation. While this may seem like a simple program, studies show that shut-in seniors who are isolated from the community suffer much higher levels of depression and other chronic illnesses. Therefore they tend to require higher levels of medical intervention and many end up in care facilities earlier than may be necessary. Often when the inevitable changes in health require modification to the routines of daily life, spouContinued on page 10

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One Czech Memorial Scroll’s Journey From Bohemia and Moravia to London and now to Howell


By Colin Lewis

Congregation member Norman Freidman remembers, with passion and reverence, how this journey started. This particular story starts in the Czech Republic, when the Nazis invaded and destroyed historic congregations.

treasures from the deserted provincial communities to the comparative safety of Prague. The Nazis were persuaded to accept this plan and more than 100,000 items were sent to the Central Jewish Museum. Among them were about 1,800 Torah Scrolls. Each was meticulously recorded on a card index by the Museum’s staff with the description of the Scroll and the place from which it came.

Prior to 1938 there were some 350 synagogues in Bohemia and Moravia. Between 1938 and 1945 the Nazis destroyed more than 60 synagogues. The contents of at least 50 synagogues that were attacked in the pogrom of November 1938 were lost. About 300 synagogues remained and most were abandoned and left to decay. During the Communist regime over 80 of these were demolished. In 1942, a group of members of Prague’s Jewish Community devised a way to bring the religious

In 1964, the Westminster Synagogue, in London, purchased the 1,564 Czech Memorial Scrolls from the Czechoslovak Communist state. Once in London, nine scribes spent many months establishing which Scrolls might still be kosher or could be made usable, and which were possul and suitable only as memorials. Then,

n August of 1992, the Congregation at Ahavat Olam, in memory of the loved ones and family members they never had the opportunity to meet, secured a Holocaust Torah Scroll which they placed in a special cabinet at the synagogue in Howell.

The special cabinet where the Memorial Scroll is displayed was a gift from Larry Yaskulka, a retired contractor from Manchester with a passion for woodworking.

for nearly thirty years, a professional sofer restored and repaired the Scrolls. After some debating, the Memorial Scrolls Trust decided that the damaged Scrolls should be loaned indefinitely to congregations, museums and recognized organizations around the world to be used as memorials to the communities that perished. The requests for the Scrolls soon outnumbered those available. There are about 1,400 Scrolls currently housed all over the world. “This one is from the town of Litmosyl, in Bohemia,” said Mr. Friedman, referring to the Scroll now on view at Congregation Ahavat Olam. He heard of the Memorial Scrolls from his friend Frank Dundelstein, member of a Continued on next page

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Somerset congregation with one of these Scrolls. With a crack in his voice, Mr. Friedman remembers his grandfather who at the age of 16 left his family, including 12 siblings, behind in Poland but continued to send them money for the next 22 years until he had no family members left. “I have no way of ever getting in touch with this part of my family, no way to know them, so this Scroll is a way to show my parents and my whole family, that they are not forgotten.” Rabbi Michael Klein remembers the day the Scroll arrived “held together only by a piece of string.” He remembers a member of the congregation and Holocaust Survivor, Morris Silver, who since has passed away: “he never spoke of his experience, yet when he first laid eyes upon this Torah, he drew the strength to speak about it. This was the memory, yet not spoken, that came to life because of the Torah Scroll.” Rabbi Klein said the Scroll is displayed “to educate people about their heritage and to pay homage to the memories of all those who perished in the Holocaust, especially those souls from the town of Litmosyl. These are the lives and souls we will never know, yet still held in high regard.”

“With the merger of Ahavat Achim and Ahavat Shalom, and the construction of our new and beautiful synagogue, a new place of honor was created for this Torah Scroll,” said Rabbi Klein. The special cabinet where the Memorial Scroll is displayed was a gift from Larry Yaskulka, a retired contractor from Manchester with a passion for woodworking. When his daughter Shari Nemeroff, a member of the synagogue, told him they were looking for a contractor to build a display cabinet for a Memorial Scroll, Mr. Yaskulka said “I think it’s very important that memorials and shrines be erected to the people who endured the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.”

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By Colin Lewis


n Friday, June 14, 2013, Congregation Ahavat Olam organized a B’not Mitzvah for eight women from the congregation: Arlene Feldman, Diane Gang, Margo Milecofsky, Bev Rosenberg, Judie Singer, Arlene Stein, Joan Strauss and Janice Weinberg. They each received certificates for completing the course, taught by Rabbi/Cantor and Edu-

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Governor Enacts Donor Domicile Incentive NJ State Association of Jewish Federations


une 27, 2013 - Donors residing out of state and wishing to make contributions to state charities and nonprofits will not incur any New Jersey tax consequences under legislation enacted by Governor Chris Christie. “We are delighted with the Governor’s action and the unanimous support of the legislature in addressing the impact our federations and other charities faced when seeking campaign support from former New Jersey residents, but were turned back because of an expressed fear of New Jersey tax consequences,” stated Ruth Cole, President of the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations. The primary senate sponsors were Appropriations Committee Chair Senator Paul Sarlo (Bergen & Passaic) and Senator Steven Oroho (Morris, Sussex & Warren). Assembly primary sponsors were Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle (Bergen), Grace Spencer (Essex) and Shavonda Sumter (Bergen & Passaic) and Assemblymen Tom Giblin (Essex) and Jay Webber (Essex, Morris & Passaic).

Prior bulletins from the NJ Department of the Treasury addressing out of state contributors had been unclear and little publicized. “Donors, though informed of the Treasury’s policy on out-of-state contributions, erred on the side of caution and withheld pledges that in the past were vital to the viability of our organizations,” Jacob Toporek, Executive Director of the State Association, pointed out.

the way, but it is grateful for the collaboration of so many of its community partners in raising the issue with Trenton officials,” stated Cole.

Conference, National Council of Jewish Women State Policy Advocacy Network, the Newark Museum, Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest and Rutgers Hillel.

The legislation had the support of Rutgers University, NJ Center for Nonprofits, NJ Performing Arts Center, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, NJ Catholic

New Jersey’s enactment follows similar codifications in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine.

“Codification of the Treasury policy turns a philanthropic impediment for non-New Jersey residents into an incentive for philanthropic giving,” added Toporek.


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The new law provides that a person who is a resident in a state or location other than New Jersey can make a financial contribution, gift, bequest, donation, or any other financial instrument or pledge in any amount to any New Jersey corporation, foundation, organization or institution, which is a registered 501(c) (3), without being considered a resident under the state’s tax law. The law also allows out-of-state residents to serve on boards of state charities without incurring tax consequences. “The State Association was proud to lead

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Days after the harrowing tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Rabbi Praver sent the message, “Together, we must work to transform our culture of violence to a culture of peace.” Rabbi Praver has spent his time since the shooting to console his community and give guidance to his congregation about finding the culture of peace following a community tragedy. After their dialogue, the audience will engage in a question and answer session. The morning sessions will feature two stimulating and interactive workshops.

Ellyn Lyons and Lauren Gordon, CoChairs of the Event, said “By joining us on October 20, together we can make a major impact on the citizens of Ocean County and even beyond.” All are welcome. Pre-registration is required. For more information contact Jason Krane at the Jewish Federation of Ocean County, or find us on Facebook @ jewishocean. Continued on page 11

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uly 10, 2013 - The NJ State Association of Jewish Federations announced the election of officers at its Annual Meeting on July 8th at the offices of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest located in the Wilf Community Campus in Scotch Plains. Mark Levenson was elected to serve as President of the State Association. “I look forward to furthering the State Association agenda in Trenton and Washington and working with my fellow officers to give greater voice to the interests of the Jewish Community,” Levenson stated. “It has been a successful year for the State Association in terms of advocating for Holocaust survivor assistance funds, an incentive for out-of-state resident donations and official state recognition of Israel at 65,” Levenson pointed out. “My goal is to make

Service and Achievement Award to Ruth Cole on 3 years of service as President (l-r; Jacob Toporek, Executive Director, Mark Levenson, newly installed President, and Ruth Cole).

certain that the dynamic of the State Association continues and the concerns of our community have every opportunity to be heard,” Levenson added. Levenson, a former President of the Jewish Federation of Clifton -Passaic, succeeds Ruth Cole, who served for three years. Cole noted that, “During my tenure it

has been my pleasure to work with dedicated Jewish community leaders who collaboratively played a significant role in the many accomplishments secured by the State Association.” The Association is the federations’ government affairs liaison in New Jersey interacting with members of Congress and the

State Legislature and with state government officials on behalf of the federations and their beneficiary agencies. The Association

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ses and worried family members need active assistance to find the best options and to cope with the emotional and often time consuming demands this new situation is placing on the family. JFCS offers shortterm counseling for couples and families who face these changes to help them cope and provide professional support. Conducted in our JFCS office, by phone or even in the client’s home, these short-terms counseling meetings can help a family adjust to new realities with dignity and respect. An unfortunate consequence of aging is the loss of friends and loved ones. JFCS conducts both individual grief counseling sessions and group support meeting for those going through the process of overcoming a loss. The groups are held weekly and are available to the individual as long as they themselves feel it is of assistance. Likewise, JFCS conducts Care Giver Support Groups for individuals who are primary caregivers for a loved one requiring (almost) around-the-clock attention. These groups are a vital to help prevent burnout and to help the caregiver learn to not only take care of their loved one, but just as importantly take care of themselves. A very special part of our senior community is the Holocaust Survivors who live in Ocean County. Many Holocaust Survi-

vors, now in their 80s, are frail and in poor health. Thanks to a fund, with an annual grant from the Claims Conference, and additional funding from Federation, JFCS administers a program of visiting home health aides, and housekeeping assistance, to assist these individuals to live at home, independently, as long as possible. In addition, JFCS conducts a series of luncheons during the year to bring the survivors together to socialize. All of this and much more goes on, day in and day out, in our community, helping our neighbors, and others we know, without fanfare, almost below the radar. It’s just one way Federation continues to provide vital services for those in need in Ocean County. While Federation and JFCS are grateful for grants from United Way, the Ocean County Office of Senior Services, Ocean Ride Transportation Services, and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the backbone of the funds required to administer JFCS comes from an allocation from the Federation’s Annual Fundraising Campaign which relies on you and the generous pledge of support you make. So next time you make your annual gift or someone asks you what Federation does for our Jewish Community, tell them “it all starts with you.”

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The Wanting by Michael Lavigne Book Review by Rabbi Deborah Miller


uly 16, 2013 - In his latest novel, The Wanting, author Michael Lavigne dynamically explores the intersection of political and religious extremism, violence, and love. In the immediate aftermath of a bus bombing in Jerusalem during the first intifada, the author follows the impact of the attack on the lives of Soviet émigré and famous architect Roman Guttman, his 13 year old daughter Anna,

and Amir Hamid, the Palestinian suicide bomber. The greatest strength of this book is in the complexity of these characters and the voices that Lavigne creates for each of them. The threads of their stories are narrated by the characters themselves and interwoven throughout the novel, allowing for a delicately nuanced interpretation of the events

as they unfold. Lavigne’s writing is fluid and covers a huge breadth of historical and emotional ground. From the experience of Soviet refuseniks and the movement to help them escape, to the life of the bomber and his family as Palestinians, and to the journey of a young girl caught up in her search for love and friendship, questions of identity, responsibility, and what it means to live a life of integrity and purpose are discussed with courage and finesse.

This book review is the first of what we hope will be a regular edition to the paper. The Jewish Journal will publish reviews of books with Jewish content or themes that may be of interest to our readers.

If there is a flaw to this novel, it is that at some points the author seems to be trying to move the action along too quickly. Juggling multiple narrators, languages, locations, and time settings, the same complexity that makes the book so refreshing can also make it difficult to follow. The Wanting demands that its readers be patient and willing to be challenged. But a reader who can meet these expectations will be well rewarded for his or her effort. Rabbi Deborah Miller was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2011 and is a member of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains.


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World ORT Goes “Soft” on Students ORT World ORT is one of three overseas agencies supported by Your Federation gift.

instituted a new prize for excellence in science communication through its operational arm in Israel, Kadima Mada.

s the world economy picks up over the next few years the demand for people in professional and technical occupations will increase. However knowledge of science and technology won’t be enough to take advantage of these new opportunities – you also need “soft skills” such as the ability to work in a team, so-called emotional intelligence, if you’re to be successful.

Dr. Ido Horresh, Manager of Kadima Mada’s You-niversity Centers for Science and Technology, has joined the panel of judges for the annual competition run by the Weizmann Institute of Science for outstanding high school science students.


“It’s the whole package that’s important,” says the Head of World ORT’s Education Department, Daniel Tysman. “We’re not just interested in developing good scientists and engineers; we help our students to learn how to communicate and work together.”

The students have spent two years pursuing an independent scientific research project, most of them under the supervision of a Weizmann doctoral student. Of the 12 finalists, the three who are considered to have communication skills to match their exceptional research skills are offered a $2,000 prize in return for lecturing on their project to students at World ORT-affiliated schools in Israel.

For example, World ORT has

The winner of the Weizmann

that the particular molecule we were examining is irrelevant to the process, unlike previously thought, but that another molecule may be involved.”

Scholarship winner Elizabeth Vaisbourd with Kadima Mada’s Dr. Ido Horresh. “This opportunity to inspire young students is priceless,” she said.

competition, Elizabeth Vaisbourd, is among the first batch of the World ORT scholarship recipients. Her prize-winning project was actually part of doctoral research being conducted by Amir Apelbaum and examined the role of one protein involved in the

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mechanism of apoptosis, or programmed cell death. “Scientists have researched the molecular mechanism of antiproliferation activity and they’re still not sure how it works,” she said. “Our research suggests

Weizmann is sending Elizabeth to Sweden to attend the Nobel Prize-giving ceremony and participate in the Young Scientists seminar there. Before that, she plans to participate in a weeklong assembly of ISRAMUN Model UN Conference before being drafted into the Israeli army. But the 17-year-old from Rishon LeZion still has time to feel a little nervous about doing her lecture tour for World ORT. “But I’m also excited in a good way,” she added. “I’ll be happy to answer their questions if I can, and maybe they’ll walk out of these lectures with a different perspective. That’s a big honor; to be in a position to have a dia-

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First Israeli ambassador in Turkmenistan presents credentials Ambassador Tzur promised that Israel will share its know-how with Turkmenistan and recalled the commitment of the Government of Israel to finding a peaceful solution to the conflict in its area. first resident ambassador in Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan. After the official ceremony, Ambassador Tzur held a conversation with the President and with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rashid Meredov.

Ambassador Shemi Tzur


Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs n June 19, 2013, Ambassador Shemi Tzur presented his credentials to the President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, thus becoming Israel’s

The President mentioned his visit to Israel in 1997, in his capacity as Minister of Health, and expressed his deep appreciation for Israel’s achievements in the fields of medicine, agriculture and water, areas in which he seeks cooperation with Israel. The President insisted that cooperation, understanding and economic projects are a good basis for solving problems and conflicts. Ambassador Tzur promised that Israel will share its know-how with Turkmenistan and recalled the commitment of the Government of Israel to finding a peaceful solution to the conflict in its area.

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logue about science which may change the way they think about these things. I was inspired to study science by a teacher who told us about her research into cells and microbes. If I hadn’t been exposed to that, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I think many kids, if they get a sense of how science is studied at a higher level, will be inspired in the same way.” Elizabeth is acutely aware of the regional disparities in education provision and resourcing within Israel and appreciates that growing up in the central town of Rishon LeZion gives her advantages that many of her peers in the periphery do not enjoy, and she is keen to do her bit to redress the balance. “Of course the scholarship is nice but this opportunity to inspire young students is priceless – I’d have done it even without the money,” she said. The other scholarship recipients are Modi’in teenager Noam Ottolenghi, who developed a computational model to establish the presence of the Higgs boson, the so-called “God particle” which provides mass, and a dynamic duo from kibbutz Ma’ayan Tzvi, near Zichron Ya’akov, Omer Grank and Idan Sharon, who developed an automatic buoyancy control sys-

tem for scuba divers. Kadima Mada’s Dr. Horresh said the scholarship recipients would counteract the bad PR which blinds the general public to the reality of science. “When Elizabeth and the others talk to kids their own age in our affiliated schools I’m certain that they will look at them as role models – they speak their language,” he said. “There are some scientists who are so brilliant but they can hardly string together a sentence so non-scientific audiences can’t understand what’s so fantastic about what they do.” As Mr. Tysman said, all the Weizmann finalists displayed exceptional scientific knowledge and abilities, but World ORT wanted “to recognize those who also have the ability to explain what they’ve done in a way that’s easily accessible to a lay audience. It not only demonstrates the importance of communication skills, it also enhances their ability to serve as role models of achievement and success in the sciences to our students.”

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The Jewish Federation of Ocean County Super Storm Sandy Assistance is available forMembers of the Ocean County Jewish Community! If your household or business was impacted by Super Storm Sandy, to qualify for assistance you need: A: Property Damage: 1. A copy of your FeMA registration 2. insurance claim and written proof of your deductible 3. A contractor’s invoice or three estimates of repairs B: Vehicle: Loss of family transportation: 1. A copy of your FeMA registration 2. insurance claim and proof of deducible 3. A repair bill from a licensed facility or proof of purchase of a new or used replacement vehicle C: Income Loss: Due to layoff or reduced employment as a direct result of the storm: 1. A copy of your FeMA registration 2. Proof of unemployment registration and benefits from the state of NJ 3. Last pay stub before the storm D: Business Losses: 1. A copy of your FeMA registration and business license 2. insurance claim and proof of deducible 3. A contractor’s invoice or three estimates of repairs 4. Proof of loss of income Households: Federation will make grants on a case-by-case basis to those who qualify in amounts up to $1,000 - based on insurance deductible. Additional interest-free loans may be available. Businesses: Assistance will be evaluated separately. For those who do not meet these criteria, there will be an Appeals Process at the discretion of the grants committee. All decisions will be final.

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Much has been written about remembering the tragedies of the loss of Jerusalem and the Holy Temples, and those remembrances are critical for our Jewish history and identity. HOWEVER, we should also remember that the Seven Weeks following Tisha B’Av leading to Rosh Hashanah are weeks of recovering from a tragedy and looking toward a better future. The ten Haftarot (selections from the Prophets) that we read on the Shabbat mornings in this annual ten-week cycle reinforce these ideas. The three Haftarot before Tisha B’Av are ones of rebuke, warning and admonition. The seven Haftarot that follow Tisha B’Av and lead up to Rosh Hashanah are ones of comfort and consolation. On an annual basis, we relive the cycle of sadness and tragedy followed by comfort and the challenge to rebuild. Tragedies happen to us on many levels, and we are not able to control this or change the past. We can, however, control how we act today. Do we despair or do we try to rebuild our lives? Do we stay stuck in mourning (a kind of “shiva” forever) or do we rise from the “shiva” and live today and 17

build for tomorrow (even as we remember the tragedies and the losses and try to learn from what happened). This is not easy work, but it is our constant challenge. May we be with each other to face life’s tragedies and losses so that we are not alone. May we try to learn from these difficult moments in our lives since we cannot undo them or change what happened. May we help one another rebuild our lives after any sad/tragic event and continue to comfort and support others. May we treasure the happy, positive moments and memories in our lives and be thankful for what we have. May we cherish each and every moment of our lives, past and current, as we look forward to living the very next moment together with our families, our friends, our community and our world. May our move from Tisha B’Av to Rosh Hashanah and the new year reflect the upward swing that we all desire. 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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TEMPLE & LOCAL EVENTS Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island 2411 Long Beach Boulevard Spray Beach Tel: 609-492-4090

Shabbat on the Beach Friday, August 16 6 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service at the beach in Loveladies, just south of St. Clare’s Church.

Sisterhood Fashion Show/Dinner Fashions by Wildflowers at the Lighthouse and Silent Auction. Tuesday, July 30 JCC Social Hall 6 pm Cost: $35 Reservations required (609-361-8444).

Annual Art Festival Sunday, August 18 10 am - 4 pm Free Admission

Open Mic Night Thursday, August 8 7 - 9:30 pm Cost: $10 members; $15 non-members. Performers must sign-up in advance. Sisterhood Shabbat and Dinner Friday, August 9 Dinner at 6 pm Service at 8 pm Reservations needed for dinner. August Bazaar Over 100 vendors: jewelry, art, clothing, accessories, food and much more. Wednesday, August 14 8 am - 3 pm Free Admission

LOCAL SYNAGOGUES OPEN HOUSES Congregation Sha’arey Ha-Yam 333 N. Main St., Manahawkin Friday, July 19 7:30 pm Temple Beth Or 200 Van Zile Rd., Brick Sunday, July 28 11 am – 1 pm Congregation B’nai Israel 1488 Old Freehold Rd., Toms River Sunday, August 4 10 am - 12:30 pm Congregation Ahavat Olam 106 Windeler Rd., Howell Thursday, August 8 10 am - 1 pm Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island 2411 Long Beach Blvd., Spray Beach Sunday, August 11 12 - 2 pm

Temple Beth Or 200 Van Zile Road Brick Tel: 732-458-4700 An Afternoon of Comedy Featured will be Bob Alper, Rabbi and Stand-up Comic, known for his hilarious yet clean humor. 90 minutes of non-stop laughter! Sunday, August 4 3 pm Tickets: $36

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government and the people and government of Israel. “I am very enthusiastic about our team of lay leaders, who, together with federations’ professional staff, will enhance our advocacy initiatives from southern to northern New Jersey on issues such as aging in place, community security, building the capacity of our community nonprofits and senior transportation,” stated Jacob Toporek, Executive Director of the Association. A listing of Officers of the State Association appears below. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Terms of the new elected officers vary. PRESIDENT Mark Levenson (Jewish Federation of Clifton Passaic)

Gordon Haas (Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ) Susan Penn (Jewish Federation of Northern NJ) Elaine Dunst (Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren) SECRETARY Meryl Gonchar (Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County) ACTING TREASURER Roy Tanzman (Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County) MEMBERS AT LARGE Eric Lavitsky (Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren) Myra Gutin (Jewish Federation of Southern NJ) Bernie Platt (Jewish Federation of Southern NJ) Howard Greenberg (Jewish Federation of Mercer Princeton Bucks County) Vacancy IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Ruth Cole (Jewish Federation of Northern NJ)

PRESIDENT-ELECT Toby Shylit Mack (Jewish Federation of Monmouth County) VICE-PRESIDENTS Sam Pepper (Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ)

Congregation Ahavat Olam 106 Windeler Road Howell Tel: 732-367-1677 Annual Picnic Sunday, July 28 12 – 3 pm Pine Park Lakewood (In case of rain the event will be at the synagogue) Cost: $8 for a child under 13years old; $10 for an adult; up to a maximum of $36 for a family of 3 or more. Reservations are required in advance.


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SYNAGOGUES CHABAD CHABAD JEWISH CENTER 2001 Church Road Toms River, NJ 08753 Rabbi Moshe Gourarie 732-349-4199 Email: Services: Fri: 6:30 PM, Sat: 9:15 AM Kiddush after morning service

CONSERVATIVE CONGREGATION AHAVAT OLAM 106 Windeler Road Howell, NJ 07731 Rabbi Michael A. Klein Cantor David Amar 732-363-5190 Email: Services: Friday night 8PM Saturday morning 9AM Monday and Thursday 7:30AM Monday through Thursday 7:30PM Tot Shabbat (for youngsters) The first Friday of the month 7:30PM June, July, August - Outdoor Musical Shabbat the third Friday of the month 8PM CONGREGATION B'NAI ISRAEL 1488 Old Freehold Road Toms River, NJ 08753 Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields Hazzan Steven Walvick 732-349-1244 Email: Services: Mon-Fri 7:45 AM, Fri: 7:30 PM, Sat-Sun 9 AM

TEMPLE BETH OR 200 Van Zile Road Brick, NJ 08724 Rabbi Robert B. Rubin 732-458-4700

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CONGREGATION SONS OF ISRAEL 4 Ridge Avenue Lakewood, NJ 08701 Rabbi Baruch B Yoffe 732-363-9034 Friday 10 minutes before sunset

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