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Long time Lakewood Rabbi Levovitz died in Jerusalem


abbi Pesach (Paul) Z. Levovitz z”l, former Rabbi of Congregation Sons of Israel, in Lakewood, passed away on February 28 in Arzei Habira, Jerusalem, where he resided. He was born in Vilna in 1921. His father, Rabbi Reuven Levovitz served as Rabbi in East New York.

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Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs ince Friday, March 9, 2012, more than 200 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, striking major population centers in southern Israel. More than 1,000,000 Israelis are living under the threat of rocket fire. Terrorist groups such as the PRC (Popular Resistance Committees) are firing rockets into the cities of Ashdod,

Be’ersheba, Yavne, Netivot and Ashkelon, as well as into the Eshkol and Shaar HaNegev regional councils. The terrorist squads are launching their rockets from densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip, including Bet Lahiya, Jabaliya, Rafah, Gaza, and El-Bureij.

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Rabbi Levovitz came to Lakewood in 1942 where he was one of its first Orthodox Jewish residents, back in the times when it was a resort town. He served the community as a pulpit Rabbi for over 50 years, retiring as Rabbi of Sons of Israel in the mid 1990s. The Eleanor Levovitz Senior Citizen Apartments, a complex of housing apartments for elderly low income residents, located on Clifton Avenue Continued on page 3

Victims of Terror Fund - Please Contribute Now The events in southern Israel have been of terror, escalation and deep concern for all of us. As part of our core mission, The Jewish Agency together with the Jewish Federation of Ocean County stand ready to assist the victims of terror and support Israeli civilians during their time of need. We do this both through our people on the ground and through the Jewish Agency’s Victims of Terror Fund which provides immediate and long term support to those affected by these horrific acts of terror. To read article and learn how to help go to page 19.

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Have a “Zisn” Pesach

Four Children of the Haggadah

and take a moment to reach out and implement the Passover lessons.

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

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


emographers tell us that Passover is the most observed Jewish holiday, followed by Chanukah. This is not surprising because both of these holidays also serve as the opportunity for families to gather and celebrate together. The Passover Seder is also a unique teachable moment. At a time when many Jewish parents and grandparents are concerned about intermarriage and assimilation, sitting down for a Seder meal is an effortless opportunity to reinforce Jewish values through storytelling and song. What better connection is there to being Jewish than a story that emphasizes that every participant at the table needs to view the text and its story as if “he himself (or she herself) has left Egypt.” Injecting one’s self into the story is the ultimate way to participate and take ownership of the heritage of our past without having to conduct a formal class on the subject. As we kick off reliving history, an embedded lesson incorporated into the Passover Seder gets right to the point. Care for the poor and make yourself part of solving community problems. We read the Haggadah holding high the Passover plate for all to observe. The Passover narrative instructs us, before we ourselves sit down and partake in a plentiful holiday festive meal as prescribed, to recite:

All who are hungry – let them come and eat. All who are needy – let them come and celebrate the Passover with us…

Clearly the Rabbis who transcribed the tradition into a ritual text, we now call the Haggadah, were cognizant of the community they lived in and the plight of all Jews. Continued on page 8



ften I wonder, is the most pressing time of year in the Jewish calendar, those weeks before Rosh Hashanah or is it now, the weeks between Purim and Passover? Do not get me wrong, both are very exciting times in the Jewish calendar, but both periods are times of planning, cleaning, cooking, and reflecting. I love Passover, and always have! It was a time of excitement in my parents’ home. My parents hosted the Seders for our family, and before the Seder even began, all wanted to know what was on the menu. My father and I would plan the Seder, making sure that my sister and I had equal opportunities to share what we had learned. My father and I would coax everyone to share in the reading of the Haggadah, and we would savor every morsel of delicious food my mother prepared. My father would tell the same jokes he told the year before, and we would all still laugh, even if they were not so funny. One of my favorite parts of the Haggadah is the section of the Four Children – Chacham, Rasha, Tam and Shayno Yodea Lishol, the wise, the wicked, the simple and the one who has no capacity to ask. My sister and I would argue over who

would be the Chacham, the wise child – not son, as Maxwell House said, but child, and sometimes, daughter, for there were no sons in my parents’ home. Gratefully we would read both the Hebrew and the English, so my sister and I could both be the Chacham, or Chachamah, both nights. I think that one of the reasons I have always been fascinated by this section of the Haggadah was because the four children really represent the different guests who populate our Seder table. There is nothing childish about the four children in the Haggadah. Each is struggling in their own way to find a doorway that leads to a path into Judaism. I suspect we can find at least one of these four children within us and maybe we are each of them at one time or another. Far from being a perfect Jew, the Chacham, the wise child, is a seeking Jew. From my perspective the wise child represents an ideal not because this child does it all, but because the child is open to learning and growth. The wise child asks questions just like the others in an effort to understand what it means to be a Jew, but the question is action oriented and not merely about understanding. At this point, however, the Chacham stands outside our tradition when asking, ‘Why did God give you all of these commandments?’ We must remind the wise child that no matter how proficient the child feels there is still more to learn; we have not yet reached the Afikomen. We must show that Judaism is about doing. It involves the head, the heart, and the hand.


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The Power of Positive Thinking By Rita Sason, LCSW Director of Social Services


Jewish Family & Children’s Service eople talk to themselves all the time. What you say to yourself makes all the difference. According to staff at the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking not only reflects on your outlook on life, but may even affect your health. Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking on health. It is believed that positive thinking may provide health benefits such as: increased life span; greater resistance to colds; reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease; lower rates of depression and lower levels of stress. It is unclear why positive thinking provides health benefits, but the development of a positive outlook and the opportunity to experience these benefits is available to everyone. Positive thinking doesn’t mean you bury your head in the sand, nor ignore un-

pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means you approach life’s difficulties from a positive point of view. It starts with selftalk. Self-talk is the continuous stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head all day. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. If these automatic thoughts are negative they will have a negative influence on your mood and possibly even your health. If your self-talk tends to be negative it is possible to develop more positive selftalk with practice. The Mayo Clinic recommends practicing positive self-talk on a daily basis. Start by a simple rule: don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else. Be encouraging. If a negative thought enters your mind, respond by reminding yourself of something positive about you. Negative self-talk can take many forms. You may magnify the negative aspects of a situation, and filter out the positive. When something bad happens, you may automa-

tically blame yourself or take it personally. You may automatically anticipate the worst. You may see things only as good or bad; black or white with no middle ground. The following are examples of negative self-talk and how to put a positive twist on the same thought: ƒƒ I’ve never done this before… ƒ This is a chance to learn something new ƒƒ I’m too lazy… ƒ It is hard to get everything done, I’ll have to rethink my priorities ƒƒ This will never work… ƒ I’ll try it again ƒƒ No one bothers to speak with me… ƒ I will give someone a call ƒƒ This is too complicated… ƒ Let me give it a try

You can learn to turn negative self-talk into positive. Start by identifying a small area of your life in which you would like to engage in positive self-talk. Periodically, check your thinking and self-talk about that area during the day. If you find that you are using negative self-talk, make a conscious effort to add a positive statement about that area in your life to your on-going dialogue. Be open to humor by giving yourself permission to smile or laugh during especially difficult times. Make sure that you have positive people in your life. Practice this on a daily basis. When your state of mind is generally optimistic you are better able to manage stress and less critical of the world around you. Plus, when you share your positive mood and positive experience, both you and those around you enjoy an emotional boost.

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In 1963 Rabbi Levovitz helped move the old synagogue, Congregation Sons of Israel, to its current location on 6th Street and Madison Avenue.

One of the many stories heard about Rabbi Levovitz is from the time when he was president of the Rabbinical Continued on page 5


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Children of the Haggadah Continued from page 2

While the Rasha, often translated as the evil or bad child, is a bit angry and contrary at times, yet still remains engaged in trying to make sense of our tradition. We must remember not to be put off by the child’s vehemence. We remind the Rasha that the intellectual pursuit of Judaism can be meaningful but it is just as important to be part of K’lal Yisrael, the Jewish people. The mind cannot take the place of the heart. We ask the child to set aside sarcasm and remember that we all were redeemed from Egypt. In the course of engaging these guests in a discussion, it is easy to forget about the other two at our Seder table: the Tam, the simple child and the Sh’ayno Yodeah Lishol, the one who does not know to ask questions. We are so intrigued by the Chacham’s passion and the Rasha’s intellect that we sometimes ignore the two other people who arrived with them. They get lost in the crowd, but they need our attention no less than the others. So let us spend a few minutes getting to know these guests who are quietly sitting at the far side of the Seder table. First, there is Tam, or maybe I should say, “The simple-tam.” This child does not say much but asks questions that go to the heart of this experience. “Mah Zot?” the child asks “What is this?” It would be easy to give a brief and simple answer and move on with the Seder, but by doing that we would fail to see how curious the Tam really is.

In fact the Haggadah answers each of the four children separately. The Chacham’s answer begins with the words “We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt but God took us out with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.” We go on to say, “Even if we were all wise, and discerning… we would still have an obligation to tell the story of the Exodus.” No one ever outgrows the Exodus. Then we answer the Rasha: “Originally our ancestors worshipped idols…but God brought us near to God’s service.” The Rasha needs to see the whole picture to understand why we must bother with this “service,” but “seeing” is not necessarily “believing.” Idolaters also only believe what they can see. Faith comes from deep within us. So we go back to the beginning of our history and remind the Rasha that idolatry is as much a problem today as it was back then. We warn against believing that one has to see everything for it to be true. And then we come to the Simple-tam’s answer. We begin with the words “Go and learn…” We encourage the pursuit of knowledge on one’s own level and ability. We continue with a close reading of the several verses from the book of Deuteronomy, which tells the story of the Exodus: “An Aramean tried to kill my father. He went down to Egypt and sojourned there, few in number and there he became a great nation…”

COMMentary Isn’t it interesting that the Simple-tam receives the longest and the most detailed answer of the four children? We need to engage in some serious discussion and learning. There is nothing simple or foolish about this child, so we should not under-estimate the child’s ability to understand what the Exodus is all about. The rabbis must have realized this. In earlier versions of the Midrash (legend) of the four children, the “Tam” is referred to as a “Tipesh,” a fool or an ignoramus. “Tipesh” has a more negative connotation than the word “Tam,” which can be translated as ‘simple’ or ‘innocent,’ or even ‘pure.’ Somewhere along the way the Rabbis estimation of this child changed and improved. The “Tam” deserves our time and attention no less than the Chacham and the Rasha. And finally we come to the “Sh’ayno Yodeah Lishol,” “the one who does not know to ask.” Notice that I did not translate this expression the way it is usually translated, “the one who is unable to ask.” It is not that this guest cannot ask questions. It is just that when you are sorely lacking in a basic understanding of what the tradition is all about, you do not even know that it is OK to ask questions. So often I meet people who apologize to me before asking a question, “I hope this does not sound stupid, but…” I do not believe that there is such a thing as a “stupid question.” The sages tell us, “Lo Haby’shan Lomed” “Shy people never learn.” It is never wrong to ask a question. We pique this child’s curiosity by holding up the symbols of the Seder and offering a brief

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explanation of each one: What are Pesach, Matzah, and Maror? We play “show and tell”, and we hope that by doing so they will begin asking their own questions. In fact, this is the whole point of the Mah Nishtana, the four questions. The child is supposed to ask questions, but if unable to do so, the parent prompts the child by saying, “How different is this night from all the others!” We hope that by pointing to the differences the other participants in the Seder will begin asking their own questions. They will no longer be a child or an adult for that matter who, “does not know to ask questions.” Unfortunately, we place such value on the intellect that we tend to dismiss or ignore those who do not measure up to our high standards of learning and ability. In our society today, there is no such thing as a perfect child. Each child is unique in his or her own abilities and attributes. Each child has his or her own special blessing. So there you have it: four children, four guests who attend our Seder, and maybe even four aspects of our own personality. Perhaps the reason there are only four children in the Haggadah, is that at most times in history the maximum number of generations that can be present at the same time is four: children, parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Therefore, the four children represent the entire continuity of the Jewish people in any given generation. It is our job to engage each of them and welcome them into Jewish life. In the next few weeks, we will be searching the stores for our

So there you have it: four children, four guests who attend our Seder, and maybe even four aspects of our own personality.

favorite Passover foods, cleaning our homes, and unpacking our Passover dishes, and haggadot. Remember, before and after the Seder, the four children are with us. They will be skulking around our house or sitting in the back of our classroom, or maybe we will be sitting next to one of them in synagogue. It is our job to embrace them and welcome them into our community. Instead of focusing on Conservative, Orthodox, Reform or Reconstructionist Judaism, we need to remember that we are all Jews, and it is our job to find a way to open the door to each Jew, no matter the background, no matter the character, no matter the temperament. It is this open door and welcoming hand that will make all the difference in the world. After all, who knows who we will see when we look in the mirror. We may find one of these four guests!

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Beth Am Shalom and Congregation Ahavat Olam organize 2012 Yom HaShoah service

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By Colin Lewis joint committee from temple Beth Am Shalom and Congregation Ahavat Olam have come together once again to coordinate the 2012 Yom HaShoah service. The guest host will be Leon Bass, an African American veteran involved in the liberation of victims in the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp. “He is one of the few eyewitnesses still living and able to share his testimony, his experiences and the lessons he learned by seeing first hand where hatred can lead,” said Rabbi Stephen Gold from Beth Am Shalom. Leon Bass was a nineteen-yearold African-American sergeant

serving in a segregated army unit when he encountered the victims of Buchenwald. Bass said he tried to repress his memories of the horrors that he saw there and “never talked about it all.” But in the 1960s, while involved in the Civil Rights movement and teaching, he met a Holocaust survivor and felt moved to declare to his students that “I was there, I saw.” In the spring of April of 1945, Bass walked through the gates of Buchenwald and then “I saw the walking dead.” This experience made him realize that “human life is sacred.” In an interview published in the web site “History Matters” (created by the American Social

History Project and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media) Bass remembered “I saw human beings there that had been beaten and starved and tortured and so mistreated that they were nothing but human skeletons. They were skin and bone and they had those skeletal faces with the deep-set eyes, and their heads had been clean-shaved. They were standing there holding on to one another, and they were so thin.” Besides those with a Jewish background, there were other prisoners at Buchenwald. Bass recounted “I just said to myself, ‘My God, what is this? This is some kind of insanity! Who are the people? What did they do

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that was so wrong’” That’s when I found out that they were Jews and gypsies, some were Jehovah Witnesses, they were trade unionists, they were communists, they were homosexuals. There were so many different groups placed in that camp by the Nazis, and what did the Nazis use as a yardstick as to who would be chosen to go there? They said those people who were not good enough, those people who were inferior, they could be segregated.” He added “segregation, racism, can lead to the ultimate, to what I saw at Buchenwald.” Rabbi Gold shared a similar thought when he said “Mr. Bass will remind us of the dangers of viewing those who are different

than we are (be it appearance, beliefs, cultural heritage) as “other” and evil. We know that this thinking leads to hatred, segregation, even violence against “them.” Mr. Bass’s experiences will serve as a strong reminder of these lessons.” Bass’ story carries yet another dynamic since he was part of a segregated army unit. He said he went to fight for his country only to see that institutional racism was still a part of the country’s system. “When I went down to the induction center that day, they separated me, they sent me one way and they sent all my white friends another way.” Continued on page 13


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Chronology of events: On March 9, four people were wounded, one severely. On March 10, a mare was killed and a home near Ashdod was damaged by a direct rocket hit. On Sunday, March 11, two Grad-type rockets fell in Be’ersheba when the Iron Dome battery in the city malfunctioned. One rocket hit a school, which was empty as schools had been closed, and the other hit a parked car. Fifteen people were treated for shock. The rockets and the ball bearings they ejected caused heavy damage to buildings and vehicles. Another rocket hit a chicken coop in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, causing heavy damage. By mid-day Monday, March 12, more than 30 rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza, two exploding near Gedera, just 40 kilometers south of Tel Aviv. Another exploded in Ashdod, where a woman sustained minor shrapnel wounds. Stores and cars also sustained considerable damage. Some 200,000 pupils remained at home again on Monday, as schools remained closed in Be’ersheba, Ofakim, Ashdod, Yavneh, Ashkelon, Kiryat Malakhi and Netivot, and in all the other smaller com- 7

munities between seven and 40 kilometers from the Gaza Strip. Despite the rocket barrage, the Erez Crossing into Gaza was open for passengers and employees of international organizations. Despite a mortar attack that day, Kerem Shalom was open for the delivery of goods from Israel into Gaza. With the exception of chemical fertilizers and other goods that can assist terror groups, there was no restriction on the supplies that can enter the Gaza Strip. The informal truce declared early on Tuesday, March 13, was broken by four rockets and seven mortar shells fired at Israel. A Grad rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in a parking lot in the heart of Netivot on Tuesday evening. A man was slightly hurt by shrapnel and 20 people were treated for shock. Damage was caused to several vehicles and an apartment building. In response, the Israel Air Force struck two terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip overnight, after having refrained from aerial attacks on the Gaza Strip throughout the day. On Wednesday, March 14, despite the rocket fire, it was decided to reopen schools in southern Israel. The Iron Dome anti-missile system (which has intercepted about 90% of the rockets fired at Be’ersheba, Ashdod and Ashkelon) intercepted two Grad-type rockets launched

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Award-Winning Jewish Poet Visits OCC for Poetry Month Poet Alicia Suskin Ostriker


oms River, NJ – April is National Poetry Month and Ocean County College is celebrating! Sponsored by the OCC Department of English and Literature, poet / critic / activist Alicia Suskin Ostriker will read from her works on Tuesday, April 10 at 11:00 a.m., Black Box Theatre, Room B100, Arts & Community Center, OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River. Admission is free and open to the public. Best known for being highly intelligent, Ostriker gives passionate appraisals of a woman’s place in literature. Her poetry and criticism focuses mainly on Jewish identity, personal growth, and social justice. According to Ostriker, she writes about death, family, friendship, joy, love, pain, politics, religion, sex, and violence. “I write as an American, a woman, a Jew, a mother, a wife, a lover of beauty and art, a teacher, an

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Born in 1937, Alicia Suskin Ostriker is Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University and is a faculty member at the New England College Low-Residency Poetry MFA Program. Ostriker also taught in the Princeton University Creative Writing Program, in Toni Morrison’s Atelier Program, and has given Midrash writing workshops in the United States, Israel, England, and Australia. Her poetry and essays have been translated into French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew and Arabic. Ostriker has lectured and given performances of her work throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Australia, Israel, Japan, and China. Twice nominated for a National Book Award, Ostriker has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, Judah Magnes Museum, National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey Arts Council, Poetry Society of America, Rockefeller Foundation, and San Francisco State Poetry Center. Ostriker is author of numerous volumes of poetry, including The Book of Seventy , which received the Jewish National Book Award; The Crack in Everything , which won the Paterson Award and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award; and The

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idealist, a skeptic. When I give poetry readings, my hope is to make people in my audience laugh and cry.”

Imaginary Lover, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award. Among her books of criticism, Ostriker has written two volumes on women’s poetry, Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America and Writing Like a Woman. Her most recent book of criticism is Dancing at the Devil's Party: Essays on Poetry, Politics and the Erotic. Three of Ostriker’s books deal with the Bible including Feminist Revision and the Bible; the controversial The Nakedness of the Fathers: Biblical Visions and Revisions, a combination of prose and poetry that re-imagines the Bible from the perspective of a contemporary Jewish woman; and a set of essays, For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book. Ostriker is also a contributor of poems and essays to literary reviews and magazines, including American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The Atlantic , The Paris Review, The Nation, Tikkun, and New York Times Book Review. For information about Ocean County College’s Poetry Month Celebration, call Heidi Sheridan, Instructor of English and Literature, at 732-255-0400, ext. 2197, or email Visit the Ocean County College website at www.

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Not surprisingly, those same Jewish community concerns exist today. And while many of us open our homes to others for the Seder meal, there are many who have nowhere to go that night or the means to provide a Seder for themselves.

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In the countries that once made up the Soviet Union there are over 200,000 poor destitute elderly Jews, many of whom are Holocaust survivors. Without the help you provide through Federation they would not have access to medical care, groceries and Jewish holiday celebrations like Passover.

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World ORT builds Israel’s first Ethiopian Heritage Center ORT World ORT is one of three overseas agencies supported by Your Federation gift.


orld ORT is ready to build bridges between Israel’s Ethiopian community and the wider population thanks to the Lipson Ethiopian Heritage Center which it has established in Kiryat Yam, the first of its kind in the Jewish State. The Center is a prominent part of the Alex and Betty Schoenbaum, Science, Educational, Cultural and Sports Campus which World ORT inaugurated in 2010, providing a shot in the arm for the blue-collar seaside town whose 45,000 residents include thousands of Ethiopians. Its presence alongside glittering, well-used facilities such as the D. Dan and Betty Kahn science center, the Margot and Jozef Rethazy Planetarium Building, an oceanarium and an athletics

stadium is, says its Director, Shlomi Gedamo, testament to the vision of Betty Schoenbaum, the nonagenarian driving force behind the campus. “She wants to see Ethiopian kids integrating into Israeli society and this center has everything necessary to make a significant contribution to that. It’s all ready to go; we just need help to start the engine. Every donation we receive empowers us to grow and assimilate better into this country,” said Mr. Gedamo, who trekked through bandit-infested Sudan as a sevenyear-old to reach the Promised Land he had heard his community’s elders talk about for as long as he could remember. The Heritage Center presents the history and culture of Jews in Ethiopia, their gradual re-connection to the rest of the Jewish world, the extraordinary bravery, determination and sacrifice shown in the journeys

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its kind,” Mr. Gedamo said. “Our center is a way of bringing Ethiopians and nonEthiopians together and to say, ‘Look, you don’t even know who I am. Find out who I am and then decide if you like me or not.’ Once they know who we are they will understand us better and will have to re-evaluate their prejudices… to undergo a cheshbon hanefesh (soul searching).” The need for the Center is beyond dispute: Israeli society has been rocked by recent media reports revealing how Ethiopians were excluded from an apartment block by residents who described them as cockroaches and Ethiopian bus passengers subjected to a torrent of abuse by the driver. Ethiopians have suffered high levels of unemployment, and a tragically Continued on page 13

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Please join Dr. Sy Siegler & Prof. Jack Needle to examine this enduring prejudice. 10 am - Noon Brookdale Lincroft Campus - Student Life Center $3 per film/ $6 for series Information: or call 732.224.1889. Wednesday March 21(Twin Lights 1) Infamous Dreyfus Affair On a cold Paris morning in January 1895, as 20,000 people shouted, “Death to the traitor, death to the Jew,” French Army Captain Alfred Dreyfus was publicly stripped of his rank for committing high treason. Ultimately, Dreyfus was exonerated in the face of overwhelming evidence. This film details the travesty which exposed the ignorance and prejudice of a nation. Wednesday March 28 (Navesink 1) School Ties In this tale of antisemitism at a 1950s prep school, a working-class quarterback is offered a senior year scholarship to a prestigious New England academy on the condition, set by the school’s elders, that he conceal his Jewish identity. When the secret is revealed, he must face the consequences. Wednesday April 4 ( Twin Lights I) Crossfire This film noir drama was one of the first major-studio efforts to confront antisemitism, and it features a standout performance from Robert Ryan as a bigoted soldier on the run. Director Edward Dymtryk showed real bravery in bringing the story to the screen, as it had greater repercussions than he might have expected.

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10 am - Noon Brookdale Lincroft Campus - Student Life Center $3 per film/ $6 for series Information: or call 732.224.1889. Continued on page 15

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high incidence of family breakdown; even suicide. Reports concerning these intense sufferings prompted protest marches and, reportedly, a strongly-worded letter by UJA-Federation of New York President and CEO John Ruskay and two colleagues to Israel’s Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver. Education is seen as the key to a long term solution. Beejhy Barhany, who founded New York’s BINA Cultural Foundation, dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of Ethiopian Jewry, told Ha’aretz: “What’s happening in Israel is simply a lack of awareness of the community: they look at them as people who have nothing to offer. The solution is exposure to the language and culture of Ethiopia.” And Yael Rosen wrote in The Jerusalem Post: “Education... is the key to bridging cultural gaps in our society. In this way, someone who began as an ‘other’ becomes ‘another’ - a fellow member of a wonderfully diverse community.” Ethiopian Jews waited so long to come to Israel and suffered so much to reach it that it had been a painful shock to encounter prejudice from other Jews, said Mr. Gedamo. “Once they know us they will see that every Jewish family had the same experience as us: they all suffered discrimination in the gentile world, they all yearned for Zion, and they all came here through difficulties and hardship. The only difference between us is the color of our skin. I’m very optimistic that when they see this and understand it things will improve,” he said. “We can’t wait to exploit the center’s full potential to help Ethiopians and nonEthiopians to live together harmoniously. Hopefully, one day, there will be more centers like this around the country breaking down barriers; the prejudice is so ingrained that only a grass roots approach can improve it.” The Heritage Center is the latest in a series of initiatives which World ORT has undertaken in support of Ethiopian Jewry stretching back to 1958 when the organization sent two representatives to Ethiopia on a fact finding mission that included a meeting with Emperor Heile Selassie. This mission led eventually to ORT’s ground breaking educational work among the Beta Yisrael community in the Gondar province of Ethiopia. World ORT Director General and CEO, Robert Singer, said: “World ORT has enjoyed an unbroken relationship with the Ethiopian Jewish community since that first fact-finding mission. The Lipson Ethiopian Heritage Center is a reaffirma-

tion of our commitment to the community. We look forward to it taking a leading role in our work to help Ethiopians acquire the skills and knowledge that will enable them to fully participate in all aspects of life in Israel.” In the 1970s World ORT established 19 schools for the Jewish community in Ethiopia, employing hundreds of teachers and educating thousands of students. Synagogues were built in 10 Jewish villages, and training programs were developed to help the religious community leaders and to train Hebrew teachers. Two health centers were opened, in Ambober and Tedda, and medical teams travelled to villages to service the needs of the more remote Jewish communities. World ORT also helped farmers to purchase seeds, tools, and livestock in order to help them to become self-sufficient. Following Operations Moses, Joshua and Solomon, World ORT provided education and training opportunities for many of the new immigrants, including a joint program with the Ethiopian National Project bringing advanced science and technology education to young people in Be’er Sheva; and work in the youth villages of Kadoorie and Kfar Chassidim to help youngsters at risk improve their chances of integrating into Israeli society. 13

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Belaynesh Zevadia appointed ambassador to Ethiopia

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Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs eputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Liberman, commented on the recent appointment of Belaynesh Zevadia as ambassador to Ethiopia: “The decision to appoint Belaynesh Zevadia as ambassador, beyond the fact that she is a talented diplomat, conveys an important message to Israeli society, which is

currently dealing with the issue of racism towards Ethiopians in Israel. This appointment is particularly significant in that it sends a message about fighting against discrimination, and I am proud to be the first foreign minister to appoint an Ethiopian ambassador on behalf of the State of Israel. I am certain that she will represent the state with honor and be a source of pride to all Ethiopian Israelis. In Israel people are chosen not for their skin color or gender, but for their talents and their ability to contribute to Israeli society.” When informed of her appointment as ambassador to Addis Ababa, Belaynesh Zevadia commented, “I am very proud to be appointed as ambassador, especially as the first Ethiopian Israeli ambassador. I immigrated to Israel as a teenager and I am returning to Ethiopia as an ambassador. It is a great honor for me and my family, and I would like to thank the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Liberman, and

FM Liberman: “I am proud to be the first foreign minister to appoint an Ethiopian ambassador on behalf of the State of Israel. I am certain that she will represent the state with honor and be a source of pride to all Ethiopian Israelis.” the staff of the Foreign Ministry for the trust they are placing in me. This is proof that in Israel opportunity is available to everyone, native Israelis and new immigrants alike.” Belaynesh Zevadia studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has a BA degree in international relations and African studies, and an MA in African studies. In the course of her diplomatic career, she served in Chicago, Illinois and in Houston, Texas. She immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia at the age of seventeen.



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Thursday March 29 (Navesink 1) 1942: The Decisive Year Hitler’s Nazi empire had reached its zenith. Hundreds of millions were imprisoned and the death factories were escalating Hitler’s murderous plan. Fortunately, the Allies were turning the tide with victories at El Alamein and Stalingrad, and successful landings in North Africa. Professor Jack Needle will explore these events, shedding light on this significant year of the war. Thursday April 5 (Twin Lights 1) Nazi Science and Corruption German scientists were the leaders in most scientific fields, shocking the world with weapons like the battleship Bismarck, the Buss Bomb, the first true ballistic missile, the V2; and the first successful jet plane. But the big prize - the atomic bomb, which was well within their grasp - eluded them. Why? Professor Jack Needle gives us a look at the Nazi’s manipulation of science for the answers.

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celebrity Holocaust heroes and survivors By Marnie Winston-Macauley


ames such as Elie Wiesel and Simon Wiesenthal are synonymous with Holocaust survival, and heroism. Yet there have been celebrities in other venues whose early “war” stories and contribution to the State of Israel are often unsung or have surfaced much later. Each has been influenced by these experiences, and has used them to influence, contributing mightily to the Jewish people and to humanity. Today we reveal the often unsung achievements of three and honor them.

Marcel Marceau: He Walked Against the Wind He was a mime without peer, beloved and admired worldwide as a performer (which included his alter ego Bip the clown), a director, educator, and ironically, interpreter and multilingual public speaker. His silent exercises and satires such as “Walking Against the Wind” and “Ages of Man” were considered genius, and communicated the human condition in a time frame that couldn’t be duplicated by most novelists. “Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us without words?” – Marcel Marceau

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in Switzerland to keep her safe from the scourge. Their letters stopped in 1941. In 1945, Westheimer learned that her family had been murdered, possibly at Auschwitz.

Marcel Marceau was born on March 22, 1923 in Strasbourg, France, to Ann Werzberg Mangel and Charles Mangel, a kosher butcher. In 1944, his father was sent to Auschwitz, and murdered by the Nazis. His mother survived. That same year, Marceau and his brother joined the French Jewish resistance under the command of his cousin, George Loinger. Their task was to evacuate Jewish children hidden in an orphanage, to Switzerland. Said Loinger: “He had begun doing performances in the orphanage, where he had met a mime instructor earlier.” Marcel kept the children as quiet as possible by teaching them the art, and saved hundreds of lives.

Now orphaned, she moved to Israel and joined the Haganah. She had received training as a sniper. Said Westheimer: “I was incredibly accurate throwing hand grenades too. Even today I can load a Sten automatic rifle in a single minute, blindfolded.” However, she was seriously injured during the Israeli War of Independence when a cannonball from Jordan smashed the barracks where she was living, and it was months before she could walk again.

After the liberation of Paris, Marceau joined the French army where he arranged the surrender of 30 German soldiers when they ran into Marceau’s unit in a German field. Marcel, who spoke perfect English, was also liaison officer to General Patton’s army. He went on to extraordinary success yet, says Loinger, his genius was honed by his past: “You see the pain and the sadness in his mime skits. The origin of that pain was his father’s deportation.” Among his many honors, in April 2001, Marceau was awarded the Wallenberg Medal by the University of Michigan for humanitarianism and acts of courage in aiding Jews and other refugees during World War II.

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In 1950, Westheimer moved to Paris and studied psychology at the Sorbonne. After immigrating to the U.S. in 1956, she earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Despite her fame, she still lives in the cluttered apartment in Washington Heights where she raised her children in order to remain close to the synagogues she belongs to, the YMHA she was president of for three years, and the still sizable community of German Jewish World War II refugees in the area. Dr. Ruth has spoken out against injustice in her work, in her commemoration of Yom HaShaoh, in her life story. Among her many achievements, in 2002, she received the Leo Baeck Medal for her humanitarianism. Beloved by all, Dr. Ruth credits her ability to walk into any situation and discuss intimate topics, in part, to her background.

Marcel Marceau died on Yom Kippur (September 22), 2007.

“I am what you call bold because the one thing that I’ve learned coming out of Nazi Germany is that I have to stand up and be counted for what I believe.” – Dr. Ruth

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Vidal Sassoon: Fashion Icon and Fascist Fighter

Known affectionately as “Dr. Ruth,” the little 4'7" dynamo has made a big impact on the world with her outspoken views on relationships. Who would guess that this diminutive bubbe was trained as a sniper for the forerunner of the IDF?

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Yet, part of the mission for the man who wanted to spread “art of silence” (L’art du silence), was born from unspeakable tragedy, and heroism.

The only child of Orthodox Jews, Julius Siegel and Irma (Hanauer), the future Dr. Ruth was born Karola Ruth Siegel in Germany in 1928. In 1939, after her father was taken by the Nazis, her mother and grandmother sent her to an orphanage

In the 1960s, the fashion world was dominated by a few stellar talents; one of whom was Vidal Sassoon, with his trademark architectural bob worn by all from A-listers to housewives. Yet, the man known as “a rock star, artist, and craftsman who changed the world with a pair of scissors” was born into a very different world on January 17, 1928. The son of Jewish parents in Hammersmith, London, Sassoon’s father, Jack, left the Continued on page 18


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family when Vidal was three. His mother Betty, struggled to raise him and his younger brother, but was forced to put Vidal in a Jewish Orphanage when he was five. His brother followed. Vidal spent seven years in what he later called, “the first house I lived in that had a bathroom with hot water. If you live that kind of life, you never forget it. Or you shouldn’t even try to forget it.” At 14, when Betty had a “premonition” that Vidal would become a hairdresser, an apprenticeship was arranged, and the boy who dreamed of becoming an architect starting shampooing. Within a few years, he was leading a double life. At 17, with the horrors of the Holocaust still fresh, he joined the underground 43 Group, whose mission was to prevent Oswald Mosley’s far-Right movement from spreading hatred and anti-Semitism. The group was active in breaking up their meetings in East London. But more, Sassoon became an ardent Zionist who went to Israel in 1948, joined the Palmach and fought in the War for Independence. He described training with the Israelis as “the best year of my life. When you think of 2,000 years of being put down

and suddenly you are a nation rising, it was a wonderful feeling. There were only 600,000 people defending the country against five armies....” Sassoon might have remained in Israel, had he not received word from mom Betty that his financial support was needed at home. He reluctantly returned to hairdressing, taking on a confidence he’d learned in Israel. He’d give it his all – and by blending his love of architecture with his hairdressing skills, he revolutionized the fashion industry. In 1982, Sassoon started the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism (SICSA), devoted to the interdisciplinary gathering of information about Anti-Semitism. Among his many awards, in 2009, Sassoon was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). “I just have a certain pride in the tribe ... I feel very humble, in a way, that we produced so many incredible people, and there's only 13 million of us in the world, and we still keep producing.” – Vidal Sassoon

Howard Franklin Singer, 76, of Lakewood, died at his home on Sunday, January 22, 2012. Howard was born in the Bronx, came to Lakewood as a teenager, graduated from Lakewood High School and remained part of its community ever since. Howard was a former member of Congregation Ahavat Shalom, in Lakewood, and a current member of Congregation B’nai Israel, in Toms River. He owned and operated Eastern Institutional Supply Company in Toms River, and worked alongside his wife Anise and son Brad. Howard is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Anise, his son Brad and daughter-in-law Estera of Toms River, his daughter Esta of Ocean Grove, his sister Andrea of St Louis, and his grandchildren Andrew, Joshua, Ian and Rachel. The funeral service was held on January 24, at Congregation B’nai Israel, in Toms River. Interment followed at B’nai Israel Memorial Park, in Toms River. Donations in Howard’s memory directed to Congregation B’nai Israel Education Endowment Fund, Seeds of Peace, 370 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10017, or to Thyroid Hope at The University of PA, 3535 Market St., Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104 would be appreciated.

Harold Edward Gimple, of Lakewood, died peacefully on February 18, 2012 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was the son of the late Catherine and Isaac Gimpel. Harold was born in Rexburg, Idaho. He received his Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree from the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho. He had a long and successful career beginning with Chevron in California, then moving on to Scientific Design in New York City which led him to many foreign assignments in Sweden, Holland, France, Spain and Brazil. He retired as Chief Technology Engineer from Kellogg Brown and Root in Houston, TX. Harold is survived by his beloved wife Francine (Fran), his children Jon Gimpel and his wife Elizabeth Carlassare, Marie Stephen and her husband Mark and Margaret Scott and her husband Robert Byrne, his grandchildren Cassie and Corrine, his sister in law Caren Bonadies and his nephew Rod Gimpel and his wife Vicki.

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Harold leaves behind a legacy of kindness, strength and love that was admired by all who knew him. The funeral service was held on February 21 at Temple Beth Am Shalom, in Lakewood. Interment followed at Beth Olam Memorial Park, in Lakewood. Donations in Harold’s memory directed to Temple Beth Am Shalom, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center or Wills Eye Hospital would be appreciated.

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Bruce James Newman, 69, of Lakewood, died February 16, 2012 at

Jersey Shore University Medical Center, in Neptune.

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Bruce is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years, Judy, his son Matthew Newman of Berkeley, CA, his daughters Dawn Alesi-Crossman of Fresno, CA, Faith Anne Wagner and her husband Richard of Barnegat, Shira Newman of Toms River, and Helen Newman-Pagliaro and her husband Matthew of Toms River, his sister Felice Malta of Tinton Falls, and his grandchildren Anna, Rachel, Adam, Nicholas, Anthony, Dani, and Toni.

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The funeral service was held on February 19. Interment followed at Beth Olam Memorial Park, in Lakewood. Donations in Bruce’s memory directed to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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Ruth was born on May 16, 1913 in New York City and lived in Lakewood since 1917. Her family immigrated from Russia and Latvia. Her father was the first kosher butcher in the community and was a founder of the Park Avenue synagogue Congregation Sons of Israel, where she was the oldest member at the time.

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Ruth was a devoted mother, supporter of Israel and a tremendous volunteer and Continued on page 23

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Southern Distress: Real Time Response JAFI JAFI is one of three overseas agencies supported by Your Federation gift.


arch 14, 2012 - As you surely know by now, Southern Israel has once again come under a relentless barrage of rocket fire from terrorist groups operating in Gaza. According to the Israeli Defense Forces, more than 220 rockets targeting civilians have been launched (as of this writing) since Friday, March 9, 2012, by the Popular Front for the Liberation for Palestine (PFLP) and the Islamic Jihad. Iron Dome technology notwithstanding, once again hundreds of thousands of Israelis in the southern part of the country are locked in a tense waiting game, fearing property damage and bodily harm – for which they have 15-90 seconds to prepare. The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), when and wherever Jews are in immediate danger, has been providing support to people who have suffered injury or damage to their homes. Virtually in real-time, our Fund for the Victims of Terror representatives visit the sites of the Grad missile strikes to speak with the residents, survey the damage, and offer direct and immediate financial assistance. This cash assistance is intended to provide for basic necessities that have not yet been met by local government authorities. The Fund’s staff in the South is currently meeting with families who may need help, and have thus far provided immediate financial assistance to six families in Be’er Sheva. The Fund’s representatives were at

the sites within ten minutes of the missile attacks. These families, while thankfully unharmed physically, suffered massive damage to their homes and cars. Several of the residents also suffered from traumatic shock and required treatment at nearby hospitals. Families that receive official government designation as ‘victims of terror’ will be eligible for additional, longer-term grants from the Fund. If the hostilities continue, there will also be a distinct need for children to enjoy respites, away from their towns, where they can decompress and have positive experiences, free of anxiety. As we have done in the past, the Jewish Agency has discussed plans to take children from the South to more peaceful parts of the country during the Passover holiday. We will continue to provide reports of our activities and update our website ( as the situation in Southern Israel continues to unfold. To learn more about our Victims of Terror Fund visit: JewishAgency/English/Crises/TerrorFund/ To make a contribution to the Victims of Terror Fund: Online: By Phone: 732-363-0530 By Mail: check payable to Jewish Federation of Ocean County Victims of Terror Fund 301 Madison Ave. Lakewood, NJ 08701

LOCAL EVENTS Ocean County College 2012 Holocaust Remembrance Week April 16-20, 2012 Monday April 16 Visit the Flag Display on campus quad (OCC History Club). Tuesday April 17 You are the Future Songs, memoirs and storytelling, performed by international cabaret singer/actress, and child of Holocaust survivors, Naomi Miller. Candle lighting and prayer will follow. Light Refreshments. 12:30- 2 pm Solar Lounge Thursday April 19 Revoir Les Enfants Film viewing and discussion with OCC English Professor Judy Zinis. The 1987 film is the heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie, until a secret is revealed. Based on events from writer-director Malle’s own childhood, the film is a subtle, precisely observed tale of courage, cowardice, and tragic awakening. French with subtitles. 11 am - 12:30 pm Bartlett Hall 203 Chaim’s Story Dr. Ali Botein-Furrevig will read excerpts about local resident and Holocaust survivor Chaim Melzer from her 2010 book, Heart of the Stranger: A Portrait of Lakewood’s Orthodox Community. 2 pm Bartlett Hall 203

Out of the Ashes: Holocaust Poetry Readings by OCC Honor Students (may be on Friday) 2:45 pm Bartlett Hall 203 The Nasty Girl Film viewing and discussion with OCC Art Professor Nat Bard. The1991 film is the story of a German high school student who decides to write an essay about her town’s history during the Third Reich and its resistance to it. To her dismay, and more so the town’s, she uncovers instead definite collaboration during the period. As she digs deeper, she must struggle against the town’s vocal and violent opposition to her search for the truth. German with subtitles. 6:30 pm ACC B112 Friday April 20 OCC Theatre and Choral Group Under the direction of OCC Theatre Professor Dr. Beth Brierley. 9 am ACC B100 Closing Remarks and Candle Lighting 10 am

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comfort after consuming a piping hot bowl of golden broth. You’ve heard it a million times: “Jewish Penicillin,” and it’s true. There are certain antiinflammatory properties found in the broth from a chicken that help soothe colds, relieve stuffy noses, and cure sore throats. Cystine, an amino acid found in chicken,

The matzo ball is made from ground matzo, or matzo meal, combined with eggs, schmaltz (chicken fat), and seasonings and mixed and rolled into a ball. And herein lies the debate: Is it small, like a Ping-Pong ball, or large, like a tennis ball? And the proportion of matzo meal to eggs decides its fate: light or heavy. Some like “floaters,” some like “sinkers”! Any way you have it, it’s all in the richness of the chicken broth anyway.

Today, in parts of the South and Southwest, with new generations and a change in the demographics, green chiles are added in New Mexico, pecans in areas of Texas, and lots of black pepper and onions in Louisiana. Article courtesy of America’s Great Delis: Recipes and Traditions from Coast to Coast By Sheryll Bellman Published by Sellers Publishing, Inc.

Matzo Matzo is basically nothing but flour and water, but oh, what a history this flat bread has to tell! The quick exodus of the Jews from the hands of the pharaoh in Egypt two thousand years ago was the defining moment in the history of the matzo. The fleeing Continued on page 22

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Matzah Meal Pancakes Contributed by Shelly Belkin This is a recipe that came to America by European Jews. There are great many variations… here is just one. As with other pancakes these can be spread with sugar or fruit preserves. In Russia, Poland and other nations a product known as soured cream (similar to sour cream) is put on the pancakes!

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people did not have time to let their bread rise, and so they mixed flour and water together and “bake” it on large, hot rocks as they traveled through the desert to their freedom. Matzo is prepared swiftly to prevent the water and flour from creating a leavening effect and rising. Only eighteen minutes are allowed from beginning to end, through kneading, rolling, and baking. This is believed to be the exact amount of time it takes water and flour to ferment. Until the 1840s, Jewish people bought their matzo directly from their synagogues, but matzo bakeries became prevalent in America by the mid-nineteenth century. Before boxed matzos were sold in stores, people bought directly from these bakeries. Now only a few such bakeries exist and most are owned by large corporations. Streit’s Matzo is one of the originals – a fourth-generation-run kosher matzo factory still in its original location on Rivington Street in the Lower East Side. Today, delis serve matzo during Passover, when non-leavened products are eaten exclusively, but it can be found throughout the year in bread baskets and in the form of matzo balls and matzo brie. Article courtesy of America’s Great Delis: Recipes and Traditions from Coast to Coast By Sheryll Bellman Published by Sellers Publishing, Inc.

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RECENT EVENTS Computer Lesson Jewish Family & Children Services recently offered a computer training class to a group of seniors interested in improving their computer skills.

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The Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island held its first service in their new building on February 17. Above: Members of the congregation carrying the torahs, under a chupah, into the new sanctuary.

IN MEMORY Continued from page 18

humanitarian. She was known and loved by everyone in Lakewood. An active member in her community, she was a life member of Deborah, past president of the Sisterhood at Congregation Sons of Israel, organizer and past president of Lakewood Hadassah, and volunteer at Red Cross and Heart Fund. Ruth was predeceased by her beloved husband Charles (1968). She is survived by her daughter Sheila Glasser-Harris of Lakewood, her sister Lillian Zweben of Florida, and her four nieces and numerous great-nieces and nephews. The funeral service was held on February 29 at the Holocaust Memorial Chapel, in Lakewood. Interment followed at Mt. Sinai Cemetery, in Lakewood.


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