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Nine people were injured on November 18 after 100 rockets were fired on Israel from Gaza, three of which were aimed at Tel Aviv. Over 50 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system. The morning of November 19 an empty school in Ashkelon was hit, the third time this school has been hit by rockets in ten years. A fake bomb was found on the Jerusalem Continued on page 16 Images of the Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island before (top), during (bottom left) and after (bottom right) Hurricane Sandy. On the bottom left photo we can see the synagogue’s mail box almost under water. On the bottom right photo we can see the high-water mark on the synagogue. On November 18, more than 15 volunteers from the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ showed up at the steps of the JCC of LBI ready to help clean up the aftermath of Sandy. Read story on page 11.

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The secret things belong to God... understands the machinations of this world and indeed of the entire universe.

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By Rabbi Michael A. Klein Congregation Ahavat Olam Howell, NJ

Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County


n Monday, October 29, 2012, as Hurricane Sandy hit our shore, my wife and I sat in the dark like everyone else with no power no phones or internet. Out of the clear blue, my cell phone rang, and there at the other end was Steven Woolf lead staff of the Jewish Federation of North America’s (JFNA) Emergency Management Committee. Steven informed me that JFNA’s Emergency Committee had been activated and he was calling on behalf of the Committee to find out what we needed and what they could do to help. I was told the Jewish Federation of Chicago had already offered to send a tractor trailer of kosher frozen meals. Within a day, the committee (based in Washington, D.C.) had convened a conference call with all the Federations in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut impacted by the storm. After assessing the situation, we were all informed that within 24 hours we would be receiving an allocation of humanitarian emergency relief aid. Checks would be sent FedEx despite the fact that the JFNA’s national office in lower Manhattan was in the flood zone and had a basement full of water and no power. The next morning our Federation was able to deposit a check for over $30,000. We purchased ShopRite gift cards and geared up to inform the community and open channels of distribution. In all nine different sites were utilized many twice. Our seven Federation affiliated synagogues immediately agreed to activate their email “blasts” and phone chains to inform the community that Federation would distribute a $75 ShopRite gift card to couples and a $100 gift card to families to help replenish the perishable food they lost while the power was down. No questions asked, just Continued on page 13

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here is an old saying that says behind every dark cloud there is a silver lining. Certainly our community has seen many dark clouds in the last few weeks in the shape of Super Storm Sandy and the nor’easter that quickly followed in its footsteps. Many of us were inconvenienced at the least and others truly had their lives devastated by the fury of those storms. And even more sadly, some residents of our area lost their lives due to nature’s wrath. So one could certainly ask where is the silver lining to all of this and one could also ask if God’s attributes include kindness, mercy and compassion how could such devastation be part of God’s plan? If we could fully understand God’s plan for this world, we would be much like God and certainly we are not. The two quotes that come to me when pondering the question as why would God create a world where the forces of nature can become so terribly destructive are the following; In the Book of Deuteronomy, as the people of Israel are about to enter into the promised land, Moses addresses them and says, “The secret things belong to God but the revealed things belong to mankind…” This sentence in the Torah has such deep meaning that it is notated in Torah scrolls with special diamond like marks above the words. Apparently the great sages of the past found these words both highly intriguing and highly perplexing. In simple terms, the Torah is telling us that we, as mortal human beings can indeed understand some of the workings of this world, but many things that occur are far beyond our very limited abilities to fully comprehend, and it is only God who truly

The second quote that gives me strength when God’s world seems to be out of sync with what I believe should be a perfect and just world is a quote from the book of Job. Job, who was a true God fearing man all of his life is tested in his faith when one calamity after another befalls him and his family. Finally after being able to take no more he calls out to God and queries why he has suffered so much. God answers him in this manner, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth?… Have you commanded the morning to begin each day since creation…?” Again, we are taught that we as merely a part of God’s creation, who are we to question God’s judgments and decisions. Did we participate with God in the miracles that have created and sustained our universe? This does not mean we should accept the destructive forces of nature as merely a whim of God, as the ancients pagans often thought of the fury of nature as whims of their many gods. But rather to indeed be saddened by the loss of life and property and accept that our inability to understand God’s ways should not detract from our faith in God in any way. Finally, can we find a silver lining in the dark clouds that hovered over our community? The answer to this question is a powerful yes. The silver lining is that we can easily see the outpouring of concern and compassion that those living in our area that were less affected and those living outside our area who were not affected at all have exhibited great generosity to help our local residents who have suffered what can only be described as catastrophic loss. The donation of funds, clothing, blankets and other needs has helped those in need immensely. Not only by the physical and monetary help they have received but by the spiritual uplifting they have been given by realizing their plight has not gone unnoticed, by countless others. As the weeks and months continue on, the needs of those most harmed by Sandy will not dissipate. I strongly urge all in our community who are able to donate in any and all ways to ease the burden of our neighbors who will continue to be in need. Continued on page 3


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Coping after a natural disaster By Rita Sason, LCSW Director of Social Services Jewish Family & Children’s Service

or think. Be tolerant of your own reactions.


he impact of a natural disaster goes far beyond the physical damage. The emotional toll can result in a wide range of intense, confusing and sometimes frightening emotions. Just as it takes time to repair the physical damage, it takes time to recover emotional equilibrium. There are specific things you can do to help yourself and loved ones cope with the emotional aftermath of a traumatic event. Natural disasters, such as hurricanes and the recent nor’easter are extraordinarily stressful. Whether or not you were directly impacted by the traumatic event, it is normal to feel anxious, scared and uncertain about what the future may bring. Usually these thoughts and feelings fade as life starts to return to normal. According to the you can assist the process by keeping the following in mind: • People react in different ways to disasters. There is no right way to feel

• Avoid obsessively thinking about the event. Repetitious thinking about the event will increase your anxiety. • Ignoring your feeling will slow the healing process. Even intense feelings will pass if you simply allow yourself to feel what you feel. • Talking about what you feel may be difficult, but it will help you heal. The recommends the following techniques to assist in the healing process: 1. Reestablish a routine. There is comfort in the familiar. Getting back to a routine, as much as possible, as soon as possible helps to minimizes stress, anxiety and hopelessness. Each activity that you can return to doing helps to establish a sense of security and normalcy. Even if school or work routine is disrupted, you can

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structure your day with regular times for eating, sleeping and relaxing. Do things that keep your mind occupied, read, watch a movie, etc. so that all of your energy is not taken up with the traumatic event.

3. Challenge your sense of helplessness. It is important to remind yourself that you have strengths and coping skills that you can use to get through difficult times. One of the best ways to reclaim your sense of power is by helping others. Taking positive action directly challenges the sense of helplessness.

8. Know when to seek help. Emotional reactions are common. However, if your traumatic stress reaction is intense and persistent that it is getting in the way of your ability to function you may need help from a mental health professional. If your stress reaction is lasting longer than 6 weeks and you are not feeling any better please contact Jewish Family & Children’s Service at 732-363-8010 for assistance.

4. Minimize media exposure. Protect yourself and your loved ones from unnecessary exposure to additional trauma by watching all of the media coverage of the event.

6. Relaxation is a necessity not a luxury. Stress takes a heavy toll on your mental and physical health. Making time for relaxation and fun will

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2. Connect with others. You may be tempted to withdraw from social activities but it is important to stay connect to life and the people who care for you. Support from other people is vital to recovery, so lean on your close friends and family during this difficult time.

5. Acknowledge and accept your feelings. Sadness, grief, anger and fear are normal reactions to the loss of safety and security. Accepting these feelings as part of the grieving process and allowing yourself to feel what you feel is necessary for the healing process.

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Peoplehood over politics An overwhelming theme at 2012 JFNA General Assembly


By Susan Goldberg rom November 11 – 13, 3,500 professionals and lay leaders from federations across North America gathered in Baltimore, Maryland, to “upload, download and share” at the 2012 JFNA General Assembly. Swaths of pinstripe black and navy blue crisscrossed the Baltimore Convention Center, the thunk-thunk-thunk of power heels set the oft-frenetic pace of Starbucks-powered, career-driven, Jewishly motivated professionals. The conference began with an opening reception at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Visages of immigrants toiling in sweatshops provided a stark contrast to the afternoon’s business

casual-clad ballroom. From sweatshop tailors to suit-wearers, this was the first of many powerful statements about peoplehood that served as the underlying theme of this year’s GA. An opening plenary that preached tikkun olam as a pathway for young Jews to live a Jewish existence transformed the atmosphere into a revival of sorts, with Federation leaders taking turns delineating the financial accomplishments of the Federation system ($2 million delivered to Israel overnight to help rescue Israeli children fleeing from the Second Lebanon War; $1 million distributed over a 2 week span in New York to victims of Superstorm Sandy) while reminding their audience that “we make miracles happen.” “There exist in this world moments of divine intervention,” Bradley Sherman began. The National Young Leadership Cabinet member then waived his hands in the air, shouting, “That’s right, brothers and sisters, I believe!” It was a humorous mo-

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ment that paved the way for JFNA’s Incoming Chair Michael Siegal to contemplate, “How will we zealously and passionately fulfill our covenant with God and ourselves?” To be sure, God – religion, at least – was not the top priority for the so-called “Millennial Generation” in the crowd. These twenty-somethings in their senior years of college peppered throughout the convention hall (some 300 or more) seemed more focused on the messages popping up through their iPhones than those coming across the stage. At a session titled “Connected or Disconnected: Who is the New Millennial Jew?” three Hillel students from prominent American universities attempted to speak for their generation. Most Jewish communi-

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When asked what “Jewish” means to a Millennial, the panelists were quick to admit that religion was low on the list. George Washington University student Max Deem, who focuses on outreach to students of intermarried families, explained that programming is religious-lite because it makes students “uncomfortable.” Discomfort is often the result of conversation on Israel as well. Evan Gildenblatt

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of Kent State University expressed frustration with his peers. “I have a hard enough time getting them to engage in domestic politics, let alone international affairs.” “They don’t want to talk about anything that isn’t socially relevant,” University of Pennsylvania senior Ally Ross was quick to add. With two out of the four programming tracks focused on Israel, the majority of the JFNA audience found the complexity of the Jewish American relationship with the Zionist state to be a conference priority. Workshops on combating disengagement and becoming a campus advocate for Israel abounded. Israeli and American Ambassadors debated the Iran question with policy wonks while political writers and commentators sought to define the Jewish American role in the increasingly complex Israel conversation. Whether political or social, the message from Israelis like Ambassador Baruch Binah and Rabbi Daniel Gordis was clear: We value the Jewish American world and can see many issues on which we can work together, but when it comes to Israel’s national defense, we are the decision makers in the conversation. 5

To that end, the theme of “peoplehood” threaded the conversations together, the bond between Israel and American Jews echoing in the background, whether through flashes of Hebrew heard in the hallway, Israeli music welcoming the plenary audience, or the continual “MASA” name dropping by conference speakers, program alums, or Natan Sharansky himself.

the future than praise for the past.

Peoplehood, however, is a far stretch from patriotism. Addressing the crowd at the closing plenary, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren focused on the growing political rift threatening the relationship between Israeli and American Jews. According to Oren, “commentators, many of them, American Jews” focus on the settlement issue, which comprises less than 2% of Israel’s geography, while seemingly forgetting “that we ripped up 21 settlements in Gaza in the hopes of advancing peace, and they seem to forget the many rockets we received in return.” This “ill informed and overwhelming” criticism has caused Israelis to believe that “fewer people understand us, including American Jews. [Israeli] society is seen as an issue to be idealized, demonized, or ignored.”

Placing the march in the context of Jewish history, Wiesel, who championed the case for the Soviet Jews to the Federation establishment in the 1960s, observed that the threat to Jewish freedom continues today. “Israel is still in danger. Israel is still threatened. Israel still needs the Jews of the Diaspora, more than ever before. And I don’t feel a commitment. …We have not mobilized our people for Israel, not enough. …Come on, it’s such an honor to work for our people. And somehow, we have not managed to inspire, young people especially, what an honor it is to work for our people – for Jews to work for the Jewish people.”

For Oren, the possibility of unity exists in the willingness of all Jews to respect our differences while recognizing our common interests as “Am Yisrael”. This pluralistic view of peoplehood was also emphasized

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A baffled Sharansky observed that he is often viewed more as a celebrity than one member of a Jewish human rights movement that sounded the Soviet Union’s death knell. “Why is this not a part of the curriculum in every Jewish school and summer camp? Why don’t the parents tell the story of what they did?”

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by Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the GA’s Scholar in Residence. Encouraging the audience to “extend the eruv of Jewish commitment to include all those who are unlike us,” he outlined three goals for JFNA and synagogue leadership: To develop programming that teaches Jewish children “just to be Jews”; to pioneer the ending of “incivility, divisiveness and corrosiveness” within public discourse; to advocate for religious pluralism by addressing the need for “equality for all streams of Judaism in Israel.” The question that will remain is whether or not the young generation will take up the torch. In an attempt to fan the flames of revival, the GA afforded its young attendees the opportunity to hear two of the Jewish world’s greatest minds reflect on the 1987 March on Washington for Soviet Jewry. Billed as a “historic dialogue,” Elie Wiesel and Natan Sharansky met the 25th anniversary of this incredible movement for Jewish freedom with more concern for

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With the goal of inspiring and reinvigorating community leaders and volunteers, this year’s GA did not disappoint. Without the real revival moment, however, the JTA criticized the meeting as lacking “big buzz”. Politicos may have been bored with dialogue that called for less talk and more action. However, for community leaders seeking to take on the role of “prophets and guardians” as Rabbi Melissa Weintraub has dubbed it, this year’s GA issued a clarion call for tikkun olam ha yehudi – a repair of the Jewish world- that begins at home and celebrates next year in Jerusalem.

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As the GA drew to a close, the timeless message of, “wherever we stand, we stand with Israel” rang clear from the podium. Exiting the hall to the sounds of Israeli jazz and the cheers of “Next GA in Jerusalem!” the call for peoplehood over politics became more than a “tug at the heartstrings” moment; it is a central theme to the survival of the Federation system and the future of Jewish identity around the globe.



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Beyond the headlines: The U.S., Israel and the Iran question


By Susan Goldberg t this year’s GA, American Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, Israeli Ambassador Barukh Binah, and Shoshana Bryen, Senior Director of the Jewish Policy Center debated “The US, Israel and the Iran Question.” Eizenstat, who carries service to Johnson, Carter, and Clinton on his resume, believed the harsh economic sanctions of the Obama Administration would cripple the Iranian government, rendering war preventable. However, he was quick to add that should Iran begin walking “the irreversible path to a nuclear bomb” military action would be a necessary evil. Should that become the case, in Eizenstat’s view a US/NATO combined force should carry out the action. “They [Israel] have to trust that the United States will fill the vacuum if diplomacy fails.” Bryen drew attention to the fact that while sanctions look good on paper, their primary impact is on the non-political citizens of the governments they are trying to disarm. Thanks to “moral manipulation” on the part of terrorist governments, western

PHOTOS BY ADAM GOLDBERG American Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat (left) and Israeli Ambassador Barukh Binah

citizens push for “humanitarian exceptions” that morph into waivers rendering otherwise stringent sanctions impotent when it comes to putting pressure where it counts. Citing Mark Dubowitz of the

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Binah was quick to echo the fact that current sanctions are not having an impact on Iranian leadership and policy. Noting that a nuclear Iran is “not an Israeli, but a world problem,” he was quick to urge global action, but cautious to add, “we will watch that and make our own sovereign decisions.” When asked by one audience member what the end-game would be should a military strike happen, Binah gave the typical Israeli response: “I cannot get into operational planning.”


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spark an arms race in the Middle East, leaving the humanitarian crisis that exists in nations like Iran and Syria to bear the burden in virtual silence. “If the nuclear threat is topped, many good things can follow,” Binah remarked. Bryen was quick to note that the United States “miserably failed the Iranian people in 2009” when the Obama Administration refused to intervene in the Green Revolution to oust Ahmadinejad. Turning to the current civil war in Syria, panel moderator Canadian MP Irwin Cotler concluded, “All the things we were warned would happen if we did intervene came about because we didn’t intervene.”

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What we talk about when we talk about Israel needed light on the opinions Israelis and American Jews don’t share – and do. The Forward’s Jay Michaelson and Rabbi Daniel Gordis highlighted the key difference between American and Israeli Jews when Michaelson remarked that American Jews “perform our Jewishness” through politics, to which Gordis observed that Israelis “never talk about the conflict.” The argument was not about censure, but rather, how political conversation becomes censuring, often drawing much-needed attention away from the full picture of Israeli society.

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By Susan Goldberg o, what do we talk about when we talk about Israel? Tablet online magazine questioned where the conversational lines are drawn at

a panel discussion featuring participants across the political divide. What became one of the most informative and entertaining sessions of the GA shed some much-


Illustrating the naiveté of American Jews when it comes to Israeli domestic life, Gordis declared Michaelson’s comparison inaccurate at best. America’s relationship to slavery, Gordis remarked, is more accurately comparable to the current struggle for religious plurality in the face of

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“What makes us Jewish is the substance of Israeli society, not the conflict,” Gordis remarked. “I didn’t move to Israel to be a part of this conflict; I didn’t move to Jerusalem to talk about it. We didn’t found the Jewish state in order to be at war with the Arabs and send our children to war.” Arguing for a more complex conversation on Israel, Gordis urged the discussion on Israel to be more focused on questions relating to religious plurality and maintaining the continuity of a Jewish state while respecting the rights of Arab citizens.

the Haredim. Israel’s founders, he argued, refused to deal with the religious question in the same way America’s founders refused to deal with slavery. “If we have a civil war, it will be over that,” not the Israeli/ Palestinian issue. To be sure, both panelists agreed that the conversation about Israel has become “hypersimplified,” too often following the tone of American political discourse and, at times, suffering at the hands of donors who pull funding from lectures that host speakers with whom they disagree. Levitt agreed that the “vacuum of respectful dialogue” has led to an ill-informed, often disengaged public. “I don’t have enough people who care about Daniel and his kids,” she observed. How does the Jewish world combat the disrespectful and disengaged? For Michaelson, writers on Israel need to become “zealots for ambivalence and complexity.” Gordis echoed the sentiment for nuanced conversation, adding, “Values have been lost in American discourse. The conversation must return to values” and not be left to simple left wing/right wing definitions. Levitt concluded that the greatest role of American Jewish leadership is to provide a “balanced educational program and cultivate open donors” unwilling to allow politics to guide their dollars. Above all, the panelists agreed, the Jewish community in America and Israel must reapply the principle of peoplehood to the conversation. “Peoplehood surpasses religion,” Gordis observed. The same could be said for politics. When it comes to talking about Israel, the real question to him is: “How do we restore peoplehood to an honored and sacred place?” “We don’t know what [Jewish] is,” Michaelson remarked, “but we’re all in this together.”

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approaching the front door, Phil spent the night keeping his property dry. As the sun rose, Phil emerged from his house to find his neighborhood in shambles. The property to the left was still underwater, trees were down and “nobody knew which fence was theirs.”


By Aaron Goldberg hil Brilliant has lived in Toms River, New Jersey for 18 years. He’s seen Hurricane Gloria, Irene and countless nor'easters pass by his Silverton area bay front home. After riding out Irene safely at home, Phil prepared his property for Hurricane Sandy. Phil lost power before the storm hit. As he realized that what he thought was lightning strikes were actually electrical transformers exploding, he got a call from a friend in Texas. His friend was watching TV coverage, the pictures on TV were of Toms River and the water was approaching fast. With water covering his pool, backyard and

After checking on his neighbors, Phil, President of conservative Congregation B’nai Israel, headed to the synagogue. He arrived to find the synagogue unscathed with power, heat and water. Immediately, Phil and the congregation’s leadership converted the synagogue into a relief center. Calling congregants and recruiting volunteers to check on the elderly, he quickly discovered that congregants had lost homes, cars had been washed away and water damage was extensive. Miraculously, the congregation suffered no loss of life. Phil credits the Ocean County Jewish Federation for its immediate response and financial assistance. “Day 1 federation was in touch. We quickly started talking about

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Let’s include EVERYONE


By Rita Sason n our community, Jewish Congregations reach out to welcome new congregants. But what about those who have functional or intellectual limitations? Many Jewish congregations in our area have already put in place facilities and programs to better provide for those with special needs and encourage their “inclusion” in Synagogue/Temple life, and all congregations are agreeable to sharing ideas and to doing more.

Upon review of what is being done around the country, it appears that several key steps are important: • Make inclusion a part of the congregation’s programs and organization. • Be actively welcoming to those with special needs, through attitude, publicity or other means.


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financial assistance for those who had lost homes, for neighboring synagogues with damage and to replace spoiled food in low income households. They’ve been standing by our side since.”

• Make sure that facilities and programs are configured to provide for inclusion. An important step within many congregations is to form a committee with the objective of identifying and implementing steps to assure inclusion, internally encourage a proactive attitude, as well as publicizing that the congregation is

in a position to welcome and accommodate those in need of special assistance. Rabbi Rubin of Temple Beth Or has begun this process by authoring an article to all of his congregants which states “A first step is to form an Inclusion … to take a look at a number of issues and items that could impact on people with disabilities. The evaluation and assessment could include our building, ritual items, rituals themselves, religious services and synagogue events.” In addition to taking steps to accommodate the needs of all congregants, there is the challenge to reach out to the community to announce that each congregation encourages participation by any prospective congregant, and is prepared to meet the needs of all through facilities and programs. One approach is to include a statement of commitment to inclusion in the congregations announcements in outside publications, and on the congregation’s website. For example, Temple Shalom of Aberdeen NJ has a remarkable section on “Breaking barriers for people with disabilities” in their website. Some quotes from this statement on accessibility: “Temple Shalom … is exploring ways to make the synagogue fully accessible for all people with disabilities, no matter what the disability. This includes removing barriers of architecture, communications and attitude.” Congregation Beth-El of Hillsborough Continued on next page


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Congregation B’nai Israel holds Rosen Shabbaton and honors Toms River’s First Responders


n Friday & Saturday, October 26 & 27th, 2012, Congregation B’nai Israel held its annual Rosen Shabbaton. This year, our Scholar in Residence was Rabbi Alvin Kass, Chief Chaplain, New York Police Department and the Spiritual Leader, East Midwood Jewish Center, Brooklyn, NY. It was a “Tribute to First Responders.” Many local first responders joined synagogue members for Shabbat dinner, and participated in Friday Night Services. Rabbi Alvin Kass spoke on “Where I Was On 9/11.” Mayor Kelaher presented CBI with a proclamation recognizing and thanking them for giving attention to the First Responders of Toms River. Each first responder was presented with a lapel pin with the US and Israel flag, as well as daily prayer 9

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booklet to lift them up in times of sorrow and destruction. It was an excellent event with over 150 people in attendance. Congregation B’nai Israel is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Congregation B’nai Israel is located at 1488 Old Freehold Road in Toms River and is led by Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields, Hazzan Steven Walvick, Rabbi Emeritus Richard Hammerman, D.D., Cantor Emeritus Daniel Green, D. Mus. and President, Philip I. Brilliant. For further information about events and educational opportunities at Congregation B’nai Israel, you may call the Synagogue Office at 732-349-1244 or visit their website

proudly proclaims in their website “Temple Beth-El is proud to offer a cutting edge approach to helping children with special learning needs benefit from a successful Jewish educational experience. We offer alternative classroom options for those students who need a more individualized approach to learning.” To back up stated commitment, action steps to actually provide for inclusion are needed. Here are some examples of what steps congregations in our area have already taken: Rabbi Wolintz-Fields of Congregation B'nai Israel reports that they have a wheelchair accessible entrance, have installed an infrared system for the Hearing Impaired, and have a number of large print prayer books, for Shabbat and Weekday, as well as … for High Holy Day. Congregation B'nai Israel has installed a system for Live Streaming of all of B'nai Israel Services, events, and Life Cycles, which take place in the Sanctuary. B'nai Israel’s educational program can accommodate

those students who have learning disabilities, and perhaps have an Individualized Educational Program in their secular studies. At Temple Beth Or, Rabbi Rubin indicates that they have obtained hearing assistance devices for use in the Sanctuary and additional large print prayer books. For the High Holidays Temple Beth Or arranged special seating provisions for the disabled, reserving the first 2 rows closest to the door. Rabbi Klein of Congregation Ahavat Olam reports that their synagogue and bima and restroom facilities are fully handicapped accessible. Ahavat Olam has listening devices for the hearing impaired and large print prayer books are also available. As the need has arisen, Ahavat Olam has made special instruction available to Hebrew School students with learning disabilities and are ready to do so again as necessary. For some additional ideas on inclusion, check Union for Reform Judaism website: and see especially the links to: Tips for Creating a More Inclusive Congregation; and Creating a Welcoming Congregation for People with Special Needs.


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1. Young Jews from 2,000+ year old Jewish communities in Turkey and India share their motivations for working for the Jewish world. 2. Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren 3. Dr. Ruth Century Judaism at a panel sponsored by Hillel. 5. Israeli conductor and business consultant, Itay Talgam, discusses the business of conducting the next generation. 6. Jewish mono the Jewish Agency booth, home to MASA, one of the most talked-about programs at the event. 8. Students schmooze Jewish at the Marketplace Café. 9. Prime Minister Benjamin N host the reception at the Baltimore Aquarium. 11. Ha’aretz hosted an invite-only reception featuring controversial author Peter Beinart. 12. Edon Pinchot, the “Jewish Justin Bieber,”

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h, while not a speaker, was still a GA favorite. 4. Millennial Jews talk 21st oliths Elie Wiesel (left) and Natan Sharansky 7. GA attendees poured over Netanyahu 10. The Associated Federation of Baltimore sent their “Hons” to entertains the crowd.

n Sunday, November 18, 2012, more than 15 volunteers from the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ showed up at the steps of the Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island ready to help clean up the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Armed with gloves, shovels, rakes and bags, the volunteers spent the entire day cleaning in and around the synagogue and Rabbi Michael Jay’s house. Had it not been for this group of volunteers, much of the history of the congregation would have been lost. A group of volunteers carefully peeled apart tens of water logged photos of the congregation, showcasing the synagogue’s history, and laid them out to dry. In addition, they assisted at least one family to move on, by helping clear out their garage.

Cleaning up the synagogue.

“What impressed me personally about the people who came to help, was that they wanted to be there to help and not there to socialize. No question they came to help and were very serious about it,” said Mickey Sherry, JCC House and Grounds. Some of the volunteers were: Eric Harvitt, Samantha Harvitt, Laren Tiriech, Lisa Olender, Ben Olender, Amy Cooper, Pam Zaifman, Mark Wilf, Jane Wilf, Alyssa Wolfe, Noah Wolfe, Howard Goodkin, Jill Goodkin, Debbie Goldberg, and JFOC’s Executive Director, Danny Goldberg.

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By Jason Krane n November 17, 2012, the Jewish Federation of Ocean County enjoyed an evening with Major donors at our Family Circle Dinner. Originally the evening was to be hosted at the home of Fred and Muriel Rosenfeld of Island Heights, but due to Hurricane Sandy and damages to their home the event had to be moved. Dr. William and Barbara Schulman of Toms River volunteered their home for what was an excellent evening that truly showed the importance of being a part of a family.

Toronto was Susan Jackson. Susan is currently the Executive Philanthropic Officer at UJA Federation. As her uplifting spirit created positive energy in the room, one of Susan’s stories detailed her experience growing up learning the blessings for Shabbat Candles. She would stand next to her mother as she covered her eyes and made a loud scream welcoming the Sabbath. When asking her mother why she yells, her mother responded that it’s halacha (Jewish law).

After a lovely cocktail reception and introductions, Federation Executive Director Danny Goldberg addressed the group in detail about what Federation has been doing involving the situation of the hurricane and the on goings in Israel. (For more information see the Executive Directors column, page 2)

That answer was not good enough for a young Susan, so she asked her grandmother who gave the same answer as her mother. That it’s halacha. A frustrated Susan, then went to school and told her teacher that when doing the Shabbat candles you are supposed to yell because halacha says so. Her teacher laughed and said that halacha does not say you need to yell while lighting the candles.

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back to her great grandmother. For every Shabbat her great grandmother would lean over the table to light the candle. As she leaned her bad back caused her agony which triggered her to yell. The yelling tradition was passed on for three generations because they all thought it was part of the Shabbat candle lighting tradition. This heartfelt story hit home as she illustrated the importance of carrying on tradition and why it was important for community members to participate that evening. Attending Family Circle expresses Federation’s is importance and hope that the tradition will carry on in their family, making for a positive community future. Barbara Schulman concluded the evening with a warm story of her own, sharing her memories of the late Larry Simpson. Larry continuously made large annual contributions to the Federation. The story expressed his love for the Federation and why it was important to him and why it should be important to them. She encouraged everyone to think about this story when making their annual contribution. Barbara closed by thanking the Family Circle Committee, Doug Collier, Alan Krupnick and Fred Rosenfeld as well as her fellow Executive Leadership Committee members, Lauren Rosen and Randi Rozovsky.

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Jackson’s 7th Annual Official Chanukah Menorah Lighting


ou are cordially invited to join the community of Jackson in the 7th annual lighting of the Chanukah Menorah of Jackson Township, Wednesday, December 12th, 2012, from 4:30-6:00 PM. The Municipal Building is located at 95 West Veteran’s Highway. Kosher holiday refreshments will be served in the meeting room of Town Hall at 4:30 PM, provided by the Bat Shalom Chapter of Hadassah, the Westlake Yiddish Cultural Club, Yiddish Heritage Club of Winding Ways, Shalom Club of Four Seasons at Metedeconk Lakes, and the Shalom Heritage Club of Four Seasons at South Knolls. Rabbi Michael Klein, of Congregation Ahavat Olam, of Howell, will offer Chanukah greetings and an introduction to this very happy holiday. Cantor David Amar will lead the Childrens’ Choir of the Hebrew School, in a joyous selection of Chanukah songs. The Honorable Mayor Michael Reina,

Council Members, Administrator, Directors of the Departments of Recreation, Public Works, and Senior Services, Members of the Board of Education of Jackson Township, Distinguished Representatives of the State of New Jersey and Ocean County will be present, The Presidium of the Bat Shalom Chapter of Hadassah, and Distinguished Clergy of many faiths will be honoring the community by their presence. Bat Shalom Hadassah is indebted to the Administration for their kind permission and gracious assistance in the preparations for the Menorah Lighting. We will then assemble at 5:00 PM on the museum lawn of Town Hall, where Rabbi Josef Carlebach, Executive Director of the Chabad of Central and South Jersey, will officiate over the lighting of the candles, on the beautiful township Menorah. Each candle will bring increasing light, dispelling the surrounding darkness of the night. We will commemorate the miracle of Chanukah together, in precious freedom, from generation to generation.


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sign for and receive the gift card. While the synagogues were making their calls, GreenPoint Communications, the telemarketing company from Israel that Federation works with to reach out on Super Sundays, agreed to call (pro bono) unaffiliated members of the community to spread the word. In total, over 2,500 calls were made within 48 hours. Jewish Family &Children’s Service and the Federation staff sprang into action and feverishly set up a schedule for distribution in nine locations in Ocean County to make it easier for residents outside of Lakewood to access this assistance without having to travel further than necessary. Federation also reached out to the leadership of the social service arm of the ultra-orthodox community in Lakewood and provided gift cards for 75 frail, elderly recipients of Kosher Meals on Wheels. Simultaneously, JFCS staff, volunteers, and interns reached out to our most vulnerable community members, one by one, to check in on them and offer them this humanitarian aid. In several cases, our interns took Holocaust survivors to the supermarket. In all, in this first stage of assistance, Federation has distributed over $29,000


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An Uplifting Bar Mitzvah By Danny Goldberg The Jewish Community Center of LBI is a small Conservative congregation on Long Beach Island, NJ. It serves the island’s small year-round Jewish population but comes to full bloom in the summer when its seasonal members come to LBI for the season. Like all synagogues the JCC of LBI has had its ups and downs. Over the last winter, the original building which was a converted house was torn down and a brand new synagogue built and dedicated this past spring. Then this fall after the high holidays their beloved part-time Rabbi retired (for the second time) due to declining health. While a search is on, a temporary part-time rabbi, Rabbi Jay, has been leading the congregation. As a small congregation with a limited membership, Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations are not as frequent as in other synagogues. So the congregation was looking forward to the weekend of Nov 3rd when Zackary Doctor was to become a Bar Mitzvah. Then hurricane Sandy struck and LBI was evacuated. While there was fear for the fate of the brand new building, the question was how to proceed with Zackary’s first Aliyah to the Torah. Rabbi Jay, after consulting with the family decided to proceed. He contacted a friend Rabbi Hammerman, the rabbi emeritus of Congregation B’nai Israel in Toms River to see if the service could be moved to the mainland. The family had booked an afternoon party at a local hotel on the mainland in Toms River, where out-of-town family and guests were to stay. That Clarion Hotel is owned by a VP of B’nai Israel and member of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County’s Board of Directors. Bob, the owner, immediately offered a room free of charge in which to hold the Bar

Mitzvah. Rabbi Hammerman volunteered a Torah, Bnai Israel sent over Sidurim, and ran off copies of the Torah portion and Haftorah, Rabbi Jay’s personal congregation supplied the Tallitot. The Hotel, which was struggling with only limited power and heat, and a full house, provided light refreshments for the Oneg. All this organized spontaneous activity happened within a 48 hours while we were all coping with the ongoing aftermath of Sandy. No one said, “We can’t help”. So on Shabbat, members of the congregation who could get from where ever they were scattered joined family and friends in a hotel meeting room to hold services and enter Zackary into the joy of Mitzvot. It was a warm service, lead by Rabbi Jay and a stand-in lay Rabbi with the synagogue’s Hebrew school director acting as usher. Zackary performed flawlessly, doing his Aliyah, long Haftorah, and leading parts of the service flawlessly. We learned during the Rabbi’s remarks and blessing that as a toddler, Zack had overcome childhood leukemia through a bone marrow transplant from his older brother, who also performed an Aliyah to the Torah with aplomb. For me, a Jewish communal professional who’s help from the sidelines was limited to making sure the dots connected, it was a spiritually uplifting moment. I was proud to be there and share in this moment of Jewish continuity. The Jewish Community came together, people who knew Zack and the majority who had never met him pitched in to allow a 13 year old Jewish boy to follow the tradition of generations and become a Bar Mitzvah with his family and congregation. To me it was clearly a small Jewish victory over a major natural disaster sending a clear message – Am Yisrael Chai.

Israel under attack Jewish federations send $5 million to help Israelis cover the cost of war


Compiled by the staff of The Jewish Journal he Jewish Federations of North America committed $5 million for an Israeli terrorism relief fund to help Israeli victims of the conflict with Hamas in Israel’s South.

The money from the federation umbrella organization will go toward trauma counseling, financial assistance, portable bomb shelters and the transport of children in the conflict zone out of harm’s way. The organization has set up a texting system to donate to the Jewish Agency’s Fund for the Victims of Terror in Israel (text ISRAEL to 51818) and said that 100 percent of the money raised will go toward aid. The group is also working with its partner agencies in Israel, including the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Israel Trauma Coalition and World ORT to assist Israelis in the line of fire. The $5 million includes $1 million from Chicago’s Jewish United Fund (JUF). “Once again, innocent civilians are the intended targets of terrorists bent on the destruction of Israel,” JUF President Steven Nasatir said in a statement. “And once again, as we have so often in the past, Chicago’s Jewish community is responding immediately to meet the many needs created by these attacks and to show the tremendous bond we have with our brethren.” A group of federation leaders is set to travel to Israel in the coming days to assess the needs on the ground and see firsthand the work of partner agencies. The Jewish Agency for Israel on Saturday night announced that it will take thousands of children and teenagers from southern communities for respite out of rocket range, in coordination with the National Emergency Authority and the local authorities. It also has planned other respite activities for later in the week through the Jewish Federations of North America. The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Fund for Victims of Terror is distributing emergency grants to residents who were injured or whose houses were damaged by rocket fire to help residents with their initial recovery after an attack. In the past few days, representatives of the fund have visited the homes of families who have suffered from rocket fire and distributed the emergency funds. For Israelis the cost of war is much higher. Last Friday, November 16, Moshe Ahituv (not his real name) received another call-up from the Israeli army. A captain in the home front command, he had already completed 43 days of army reserve service this year. Moshe, 40, is an English teacher and the father of two toddlers. His wife is a physical therapist and they are about to purchase their first apartment in Jerusalem. He says the

emotional cost of the fighting in the Gaza Strip has already taken a toll. “The kids aren’t sleeping well, and my three-year-old daughter is behaving badly at nursery school,” he told The Media Line. “It’s also frustrating for me. I spend a lot of time on buses getting from home to my base. I could be home with the kids then or working to bring home money to my family.” There is also an economic toll. While the government will pay for his missed days at work, he will not receive compensation for the private tutoring hours he has been forced to cancel, which amounts to $400 per week. Israelis and Palestinians are paying a heavy economic price for the cross-border fighting in Gaza. From orange trees in Gaza damaged during an Israeli airstrike to small restaurants in southern Israel who have no customers, to tourists cancelling trips to Israel and Bethlehem, to destroyed buildings in Gaza, the economic costs on both sides is astronomical. The business information company IDI estimates the fighting in Gaza will cost the Israeli economy $75 million dollars per day in lost productivity. Many small businesses in southern Israel, in particular, are suffering. “Usually on the weekends we are full, but this past weekend we had just two tables both of journalists,” Elad Zaritsky, 35, the owner of Linda, a bistro restaurant in the Mediterranean coastal city of Ashqelon, told The Media Line. “We’ve already lost thousands of dollars and we simply can’t continue like this. If the fighting continues much longer, we may have to close” Zaritsky says small businesses like his operate with only a narrow profit margin. He says the restaurant has been open for five years. Four years ago, during Cast Lead, Israel’s last major ground operation in Gaza, his business also suffered. The government did give him compensation, but he says it did not nearly cover his losses. Tourism in Israel is also beginning to suffer, although this is the low season for tourism, between the Jewish holidays of Continued on page 19

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Israel under attack

Netanyahu says IDF prepared to expand operation, Iron Dome snags rockets aimed at Tel Aviv By Marcy Oster


erusalem, November 18, 2012 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel “is prepared for a significant expansion of its operation” in the Gaza Strip on a day that dozens of rockets from Gaza were fired at Israel - including at least three at Tel Aviv that were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. On the fifth day of Pillar of Defense, as Israel has dubbed its operation to halt missile attacks from Gaza, Netanyahu made his remarks Sunday at the regular weekly Cabinet meeting. He said the Israel Defense Forces has attacked more than 1,000 “terrorist targets” in Gaza. The Israeli military on Sunday afternoon said it struck the Gaza City home of Yihya Abiya, commander of Hamas’ rocket-

firing brigades. It was later revealed that the house hit was that of Abiya’s neighbor, killing 12 members of one family. Netanyahu said he would continue to speak to world leaders and emphasize “the effort Israel is making to avoid hitting civilians, and this at a time when Hamas and the [other] terrorist organizations are making every effort to hit civilian targets in Israel.” Egypt reportedly is continuing to try to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and other Gaza terror factions. Netanyahu reportedly has said that he would stop the assault on Gaza if the rocket fire and attacks on soldiers at the border ceases, and would not restart in a matter of weeks. The missiles intercepted by Iron Dome was one of at least six aimed at a major population center in Israel. At least 100 missiles from Gaza were fired at Israel on

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Sunday through the early evening. Shrapnel from the intercepted missile, for which Hamas reportedly took responsibility, set a car on fire in Holon, on the outskirts of southern Tel Aviv. The driver was able to exit the car without injury. Hamas identified the long-range missiles as an M75-type rocket, which it said is manufactured in Gaza. School has not been canceled in the Tel Aviv area but remains closed in the South. At least three Israelis were injured Sunday morning from rocket shrapnel, and several homes and buildings in southern Israel were hit with either missiles or shrapnel. On Sunday morning, at least 15 rockets were fired at Ashdod within a five-minute period. Rockets hit homes in Beersheva, Sderot and Ashdod. Four Israelis were injured Sunday afternoon, two seriously, when a rocket scored a direct hit on a car driving in Ofakim. Three others were injured when the car they were using to take cover from rockets was hit. The Israeli military reported that it struck dozens of rocket launchers in Gaza overnight Saturday, “causing severe damage to the rocket launching capabilities of Hamas and other terror organizations,” according to the IDF spokesman’s office. The IDF also reported that it targeted two Hamas operational communication sites, saying they were identified by “precise intelligence.” Six journalists were wounded in the strikes, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported. The IDF warned international journalists and correspondents working in Gaza “to stay clear of Hamas’ bases and facilities, which serve them in their activity against the citizens of Israel.”

Some 64 Palestinians, terrorists and civilians, including several children, have been killed and hundreds injured since Pillar of Defense began, according to Ma'an. Three Israelis were killed last week when a rocket from Gaza struck their apartment building, and dozens have been injured and treated for shock and anxiety. Meanwhile, the IDF tweeted Sunday that 99 rockets launched from Gaza since the start of the operation have landed in Gaza territory, injuring Gazans. Israel’s Cabinet on Sunday morning approved an allocation of nearly $2 million to complete the financing of building protected day-care centers in communities within up to nearly five miles of the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, four cruise ships carrying 6,000 passengers decided not to disembark in Israel as a result of the warning sirens in Jerusalem over the weekend, reported Doron Sheffer of Israel Radio. A rocket fell Friday evening near a Palestinian village in Gush Etzion, located south of Jerusalem. Since Pillar of Defense began on Nov. 14, more than 400 rockets fired from Gaza have hit Israeli territory and the Iron Dome missile defense system has intercepted more than 302 rockets, according to the IDF. President Obama on Sunday reiterated his support for Israel’s right to defend itself. “There’s no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders,” Obama said during a news conference in Thailand. “We are fully supportive of Israel’s right to defend itself.”

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light rail system, thought to be a terror tactic. An immediate ceasefire now seems unlikely as Egyptian-mediated negotiations have reportedly slowed down. 45% of Israel’s citizens are living with the real threat of rockets. That’s proportionally the same as 140 million Americans. The IDF reportedly hit the house belonging to a Hamas terrorist and unintentionally killed 11 members of the same family. Rocket fire is affecting industrial production. A Kafrit factory on Kibbutz Kfar Aza that manufactures raw material for the plastic industry is out of work due to a direct rocket hit. Damaged houses and public buildings testify to the rockets’ power.

Solidarity Mission

“Being in the South now and experiencing what our family in Israel is experiencing, has given me some understanding of what it feels like to be a citizen of this region,” said Michael Siegal, Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), leading a solidarity mission of North American senior federation lay and professional leaders in the South of Israel. “As the red alerts sounded,” said Michael Siegal, “we rushed for shelter together with small children. We could clearly see the urgent and incredible need for cash allocations and immediate assistance for children, elderly, victims of terror and all the people of Israel.” On November 19 the group surveyed damage inflicted to a house hit by a rocket, visited the Jewish Agency’s Ibim absorption center and spoke with an Ethiopian family, who had arrived one month ago, about adjusting and some made a condolence call to the family of one of the three victims killed by a Gazan rocket attack on November 15 in Kiryat Malachi. Ofer Baram, Jewish Agency for Israel, Director of Emergency Response in the Southern Region, spoke to the group, “I cannot tell you how it warms my heart to see

you all here. You should know that most Members of Knesset have not been here and I’m not sure you will see them come. Yet you have come across the ocean.”

Israel Terror Relief Fund

As the security situation escalates in Israel, millions of Israeli lives have been profoundly disrupted. The people of Israel are struggling with the physical, emotional and psychological impact of living under siege on a daily basis as rocket fire streams into the South from terrorists in the Gaza Strip. JFNA just announced a new Israel Terror Relief Fund, to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Israel at this critical time. JFNA’s Executive Board voted for Jewish Federations to commit up to $5 million to the Israel Terror Relief Fund for the immediate needs of the people of Israel, especially in the South, through both existing reserve funds and new contributions from Federations. This new Fund will help support the more than one million residents of Israel’s South and provide aid to those who are victims and the most vulnerable Israelis during this time of conflict. One hundred percent of all donations will be used for aid. You can also text ISRAEL to 51818 to support the fund. Our overseas partners, The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), World ORT and the Israel Trauma Coalition, are delivering immediate services and assistance on the ground throughout the South. Such services include trauma counseling, financial assistance, portable bomb shelters, and potentially other initiatives including bringing children in the strike zones out of harm’s way. You can use Twitter to be informed: Israeli Accounts: @IDFSpokesperson - @AvitalLeibovich - @ Haaretzcom JFNA-Affiliated Accounts: @ JFederations - @IsraelActionNet - @Daroff


Massive demand for World ORT’s Centers of Excellence ORT World ORT is one of three overseas agencies supported by Your Federation gift.


here has been an overwhelming response to World ORT’s new Centers of Excellence in Israel with places at four of the five facilities massively oversubscribed. Thousands of teenagers eager to supplement their formal education with quality extracurricular courses signed up to study subjects ranging from computer technology and marine sciences to microbiology and robotics at the Centers in Nahariya, Tsfat, Nazareth, Kiryat Gat and Dimona. To meet demand, extra classes have been laid on in Design and Architecture, which is being run in cooperation with the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, and forensic science, which is organized in cooperation with the police. “It’s got off to a fantastic start. Nobody believed that so many children would be interested,” said Dr. Ido Horresh, who manages the Centers of Excellence program. “But we’re not resting on our laurels. We can’t force the children to come to classes; they’re voluntary; so if we want them to keep up their commitment the courses have to wow them. We must focus on ensuring that they look forward to coming every week.” Most of the courses started on Thursday, November 1, 2012, although academics from the Weizmann Institute of Science were giving lessons in applied physics to kids at Kiryat Gat and Dimona over the previous week – the first time that this internationally renowned institution has provided off-campus tutoring. The NIS 15 million ($3.9 million) program managed by World ORT’s arm in Israel,

Kadima Mada, is the result of a unique three-way partnership between the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and Galilee, World ORT, and the municipalities in which the Centers of Excellence are situated. Within Israel, the Centers are better known as “YOU-niversities”, which reflects the program’s goal of opening up children’s eyes to their own abilities which could take them to university and beyond. “These Centers will give opportunities for learning and advancement that until now were available only in the affluent communities in and around the Tel Aviv conurbation,” said World ORT Director General and CEO, Robert Singer. “There are great, innovative minds in peripheral communities, diamonds who have only needed the chance to be polished in order to reveal their brilliance. In helping individuals reach their full potential we are helping the country as a whole to further develop its knowledge economy.” The Centers of Excellence pick up where regular schools leave off: open during the afternoons and evenings, they offer subjects which are not available at the kids’ day schools, which close at lunchtime. Where school classes can have as many as 40 students, making personalized attention difficult, the Centers’ classes are limited to 20 kids who enjoy the support of two mentors. Each one will boost regional resources in scientific and technological education by using local professionals to run courses for local students, but drawing on input from national leaders including Hebrew University, Ben Gurion University, Machon Lev – Jerusalem College of Technology, and Micron Industries. Emphasis is placed on developing the children’s problem solving, higher order thinking skills, critical thinking and teamwork. All the courses are structured around the completion of a final

project or presentation. To maintain small class sizes the number of applicants has had to be whittled down through a series of faceto-face interviews. “We picked those who seemed to be the most serious, passionate and committed,” said Dr. Horresh. “On the one hand, such selection makes the whole program more prestigious but on the other hand we don’t like having to turn kids away.” Kids like Roman, 14, who has enrolled on the robotics and forensic courses at Dimona, a development town in the Negev which has suffered increasing unemployment as the introduction of new technology made workers redundant. “I want to be an engineer like my late father, and I think these courses will give me enough scientific background to help me get into the Technion one day,” he said. At the opposite end of the country, in the historic town of Tsfat, Noa, 15, is starting the Young Doctors course. “I want so much to be a surgeon when I grow up and I love that the mentors on this course are students in Tsfat’s new medical school, which is where I want to learn one day. I’m really looking forward to seeing a live broadcast of a kidney transplant,” she said. In Nahariya, 15-year-old Itay is learning marine biology and oceanography. “I want to learn about the ocean because when I leave school I aim to join [elite naval commando unit] Shayetet 13. I hope these courses will make me a better candidate,” he said. And Nina, 12, has enrolled at the Nazareth Center of Excellence to study the archaeology and heritage of what is Israel’s largest Arab city. “I’m so excited,” said Nina, who wants to be an archaeologist and tour guide when she grows up. “I’ve already made my parents buy all the books we can find about the history of the city!” Continued on page 18

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Food for Thought


Lindy’s Cheesecake

To Manny Lindenbaum Congratulations on your 80th birthday! From Bernie & Gail Grabelle

This cheesecake comes with an optional pineapple glaze. With or without, it’s divine! Crumb crust: 1 1/2 cups finely ground graham crackers or cookies (such as chocolate or vanilla wafers or gingersnaps) 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/3 cup sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt Filling: 5 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature 1 3/4 cups sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour zest of 1 orange, finely grated 5 large eggs, plus 2 large egg yolks 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract sliced strawberries, for garnish (optional) To make the crust, stir together all the ingredients and press them into the bottom of a buttered 9-inch springform pan and up the sides about 1 inch. Use it right away or

refrigerate for up to 2 hours. To make the cheesecake, preheat the oven to 550 degrees. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and zests with an electric mixer on medium speed until it’s smooth. Add the eggs and yolks, one at a time, and then add the vanilla, beating on low speed until each ingredient is incorporated. Scrape down the bowl between additions. Put the springform pan with the crust in a shallow baking pan (to catch drips). Pour the filling into the crust (springform pan will be completely full) and bake it in the middle of the oven for 12 minutes, or until puffed. Reduce temperature to 200 degrees and continue baking until the cake is mostly firm, about 1 hour more. The center will be slightly wobbly when the pan is gently shaken.

Run a knife around the top edge of the cake to loosen it, but do not remove it from pan. Cool the cake completely in a pan on a cooling rack. Refrigerate, loosely covered, for at least 6 hours. If using Lindy’s Pineapple Glaze (see below), add it now and return the cake to the refrigerator to chill for at least another 3 hours.

“Grief After Loss”

You don’t have to face it alone.

A Bereavement Group, specifically to address a recent loss. Cong. B’nai Israel 1488 Old Freehold Rd., Toms River, NJ Monday, 1:00 pm-2:30 PM Beth Am Shalom 1235 Route 70 West, Lakewood, NJ Thursday, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm For more information or to register for the above, contact: Jewish Family & Children’s Service 732.363.8010 Group Facilitator: Rita Sason, LCSW

Mazel Tov, Zayde! You are the greatest! Happy 80th Birthday! From Dick Gaines

To Manny Lindenbaum In honor of your 80th birthday! From Harriet Selinger

Remove the side of the pan and transfer the cake to a plate. Bring it to room temperature before serving it. Cut the cake into wedges using a hot wet knife. Garnish the wedges with strawberries.

To Manny Lindenbaum

Serves 12

In honor of your 80th birthday From Irwin & Barbara Schaeffer

Article courtesy of America’s Great Delis: Recipes and Traditions from Coast to Coast By Sheryll Bellman Published by Sellers Publishing, Inc.

Lindy’s Pineapple Glaze

Jewish Family & Children’s Service

To Manny Lindenbaum

2 tablespoons sugar 4 teaspoons cornstarch 2 (8 1/4-ounce) cans crushed pineapple in heavy syrup 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 drops yellow food coloring In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute, or until it is thickened and translucent. Remove the sauce from the heat and let it cool.

In honor of your 80th birthday! From David & Ruth Berman

To Manny Lindenbaum

To Manny Lindenbaum Happy Birthday, Mr. Wonderful! Love, Ida (Peskin-Wollock)

To Rita Sason In memory of her mother, Harriet Brosbe From Barbara Gwertzman


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REFORM BETH AM SHALOM 1235 State Highway 70 Lakewood, NJ 08701 Rabbi Stephen D. Gold Cantor Alisa Forman 732-363-2800

The thirst for learning that exists among so many young people in the underprivileged communities in which the Centers of Excellence are situated is a tremendous source of hope for the future, said Dr. Horresh. “Israel is starving for sharp, innovative intellects who will stimulate further growth in the ‘startup nation’,” he said. “But, also, getting a scientific and technological education can make you a better citizen. Even if you don’t go into science or technology-related career an education that directs you to rationalism and to be skeptical, this creates a better country.”


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TEMPLE & LOCAL EVENTS Congregation B’nai Israel

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1488 Old Freehold Road Toms River Tel: 732-349-1244

106 Windeler Road Howell Tel: 732-363-5190

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Wednesday, November 21 7 pm Presbyterian Church of Toms River 1070 Hooper Avenue Toms River Chanukah Fair Sunday, December 2 11:30am - 2:00pm

Jackson’s Annual Menorah Lighting

Hallelujah Concert Featuring the NJ Cantors Concert Ensemble and CAO Shirron Jr. Choir. Jewish Pop, Broadway, Soul & Rock. Light refreshments. Join us for a festive afternoon celebrating the last day of Hanukkah. Sunday, December 16 4 pm Tickets in advance (by 12/14): $20 Tickets at the door: $25 Sponsorship: $180 includes 4 reserved seats Children under 12 free with adult ticket purchase

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Manchester Hadassah December Events


By Roslyn Sachs e have come through an unheard of disaster and hope that all of you and your families have weathered the storm with a minimum of discomfort of any kind. This is when ‘neighbors’ really show that they count. Thank you for all you have done to keep in touch with your neighbors and let us hope for a quiet and peaceful winter season. Can you believe it is time to order the Mah Jongg Cards again? Wow! Frances Saiewitz, 732-408-0888, is taking care of this so drop off your checks in the Hadassah Box at Willow and she will order the cards to be sent to your address, whether here or in Florida. $7.00 for the regular size and $8.00 for the large size. Allow us to please thank Lisa Karten for all her years of devoted service and handling the Mah Jongg cards. Lisa’s efforts are duly noted and with great appreciation. Shirley Kirschbaum, 732-657-6042, is eagerly awaiting your call for the Atlantic City Bus on December 11. End the year on a upnote with some fun in Atlantic City and help them to recover as well. December 17, 7:00 pm, at Willow Hall, is our Chanukah celebration, so don’t miss

it and join your friends and neighbors for a ‘delicious’ time. ALL of you are welcome. This is another way to enjoy the crisp December evening. Be there by 6:30 pm and you can enjoy the refreshments and relax with friends. A wonderful film will be added to enhance this already wonderful evening. We want to thank Irma Rudnick, 732-4086243, for accepting the chair for Program. Her efforts are most appreciated and she can use all the help you can give. Our November program, thanks to Elaine Witkin, was our ever enlightening Rabbi Eric Wisnia. Never dull when he graces our audience. Right now our program for a Sunday afternoon (in lieu of the normal evening meeting) is being considered. Watch the creeper for details. There is no meeting in February. Don’t forget Life Membership. It is $212.00 (a onetime cost) and you or your loved ones are members forever. Call Roz Sachs, write the check, and the rest will be taken care of. Shalom, until next time.

Jewish federations Continued from page 14

the fall; and Chanuka and Christmas in a few weeks. “Incoming groups for the near future are down 10 percent and individual bookings are down 15 percent,” Ami Etgar, the general director of the Israel Incoming Tour Operator Association told The Media Line. “But groups that are already here have not left.” The JTA, and Felice Friedson and Linda Gradstein of The Media Line, contributed to this story.


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