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PHOTO BY THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF OCEAN COUNTY On October 8, 2013, Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Ocean County, with funding from the Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, hosted a Café Europa Luncheon for the Holocaust Survivors living in Ocean County. The event was held at Beth Am Shalom. The celebration included food, music and a performance by the Minyonettes. Café Europa Luncheons are social opportunities for Holocaust Survivors to get together, share their experiences and celebrate their lives. They speak about the past, celebrate the present and connect with individuals who they otherwise do not have the opportunity to see. These events can be bitter sweet as the Survivors share the joys they have accomplished in their lives, but remember all that they have lost.

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Who's Jewish and Who Is Not?

Akedat Yitzchak – A Lesson In Appreciating What We Have, Before It Is Too Late

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


few weeks ago the Pew Research Center, a highly respectable social research institute, released its study on the American Jewish Community. This new study follows in the footsteps of a series of Jewish demographic studies conducted once a decade that heretofore were sponsored and implemented by the Jewish Federations of North America and its predecessor organizations. Perhaps the best known of these former studies was the one conducted in 1990. That study broke the news that American Jews were intermarrying at a rate of fifty percent or more. That finding triggered a great deal of soul searching and committee work in the established Jewish community. Looking back, that study was the wakeup call that triggered numerous new programs such as “Birthright” and “PJ Library” all of which were geared to increasing Jewish

The new study conducted in 2012 has both good news and bad news. The good news is that the study found that there are more Jews in America than we knew. The Pew finding is that there are approximately 6.2 Million American Jews, as opposed to the previous estimate of 5.6 million. A number of reasons are sighted, the most encouraging of which is that more children of intermarried families are choosing to identify themselves as Jews than we thought. Among the news items that headline the report are several ‘new’ facts: • Twenty two percent of Jews today say they are “just Jewish.” They deny any religious or faith connection as part of their Jewish persona. • Among non-orthodox Jews, the intermarriage rate, depending on the area of the country in question, is as high as seventy eight percent! If one factors in the Orthodox and UltraOrthodox, the intermarriage rate is at fifty eight percent. • The largest stream of Jewish observance today is Reform Judaism, with thirty five percent; Conservative Jews, which were the largest group, are now only eighteen percent. And then there are thirty percent that claim not to identify with any of the Jewish religious streams Continued on page 4

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or many in the Jewish community, we are given the opportunity to publicly hear the story of the binding of Isaac, referred to as Akedat Yitzchak, twice a year, once on the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah, and once the week we read Parashat Vayera, which will be the Shabbat of October 19, 2013. (Although if one follows the Triennial Torah Reading, where a third of the Torah Portion is read each year, then the story of the binding of Isaac is only read when the third part of the Triennial is read. In addition, if one attends a Reform Synagogue that does not observe the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah, then one also does not hear this reading. However, one should study this fascinating Torah story anyhow, found in chapter 22 of the book of Genesis.) The story of the Akedah, the binding of Isaac, is one of the most powerful and enigmatic passages in the Torah. Why did God need to test Abraham’s faith in such a dramatic fashion? Why did Abraham heed God’s instruction to sacrifice Isaac

without offering any resistance? Why did the angel of the Lord wait until the very last moment - when Abraham had a knife at Isaac’s throat - to intervene? Over the centuries, many commentators have offered interpretations of the Akedah story, for example, the following interpretation. God commands Abraham: “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell you.” How would Abraham have reacted to these words? Here is what he may have been thinking: “Your son, your only son” - I have two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. Isaac is not my “only” son. Yes, I have sent Ishmael away at Sarah’s request but he is still my son. “Whom you love” - I love Ishmael! I sent him away with great reluctance, but he is my first son; he is stronger than Isaac. I prayed that God would accept Ishmael as my heir (Genesis 17:18). “Isaac” - Isaac is a shy, weak boy. How can he possibly be my successor? Isaac does not have the strength of character to build a new faith and a new nation. God was not testing Abraham’s faith in God. Rather, God was testing to see if Abraham could open his eyes and realize the virtues of Isaac! God was creating an opportunity for Abraham to work on his relationship with his son Isaac. God was sending Abraham up to Mount Moriah on a little trip to spend some quality time with his son Isaac, to find a new appreciation for his son, for some relational bonding time with him, not binding time with Isaac. Continued on next page



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Abraham offered no resistance to God’s command because Abraham did not value Isaac highly. Abraham did not take the opportunity to strengthen his family ties, and spend some quality time with Isaac to create a better relationship with him. Instead, perhaps Abraham realized this was his opportunity to be rid of Isaac and reclaim Ishmael as his rightful heir – remember – this is just one interpretation.

Abraham and Isaac traveled together for three days before coming to the mountain where the sacrifice was to take place. God apparently wanted Abraham to spend this considerable time with his son to get to know him better, to try to understand Isaac’s unique nature and spiritual qualities. Abraham did not get the message; he bound Isaac on the altar, ready to slaughter him. An angel called out from heaven: “Abraham, Abraham… Lay not your hand upon the lad, nor do anything unto him; for now I know that you are a God-fearing man, seeing that you have not withheld

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your son, your only son, from Me.” In the traditional Torah cantillation notes, there is a “pasek,” a sharp break, between the two mentions of Abraham’s name. Abraham before the Akedah was radically different from Abraham after the Akedah. Originally, he had not fully understood or appreciated the greatness and value of Isaac. However, as he brought a knife to Isaac’s throat and was about to lose him forever, suddenly it dawned upon him how terribly he had misjudged Isaac. He now appreciated the precious qualities of Isaac; he now loved Isaac totally. After this transformation had occurred within Abraham, the angel told Abraham to spare Isaac’s life. The angel affirms that God knows now that Abraham fears the Lord because Abraham did not “withhold” his son, his only son, from God. The Hebrew word for “withhold” is “chasakhta.” The root of this word is also the root of the word for darkness, “choshekh.” The verse could be understood as follows: “…for now I know that you are a God-fearing man [and have come to understand My choice of Isaac as your successor], seeing that [your eyes] are no longer darkened from [realizing the value of] your son, your only [single legitimate heir] son [whom you have received] from me.” Thus, the Akedah story tells how God challenged Abraham to open his eyes and to see clearly the virtues of Isaac. The trial served to remove the darkness 3

We need to appreciate all that we have, before we lose it. from Abraham’s perception of Isaac, and to enlighten him as to the true greatness of his unique son whom God has chosen as his successor. Once Abraham saw the light - which he only did upon contemplating the imminent death of Isaac - then God knew that Abraham had learned his lesson properly. The story concludes with Abraham’s noticing “a ram caught in a thicket by its horns.” Abraham takes this ram and sacrifices it to the Lord in place of sacrificing Isaac. It can be surmised that the ram had been caught in the thicket throughout this episode, not that it just suddenly turned up in time for Abraham to sacrifice it. The ram had been there all along, but Abraham did not see it! He was oblivious to what was right in front of his eyes, to an obvious substitute for Isaac on the altar. Only after the Akedah, when the darkness was removed from Abraham’s perceptions, did Continued on page 5



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Winter Blues By Deborah Sason Guest Writer for Jewish Family and Children’s Service


inter is quickly approaching. While some may be happy to put the humidity and heat of the summer behind us, the winter means much colder temperatures, less sunlight, and shorter days. For some, these seasonal changes can have negative effects. You may start to shy away from social situations, feel less inclined to do the things you love, and spend more time indoors and alone. If you can relate to these symptoms, you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD, as defined by the Mayo Clinic, “is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year,” as related to the seasons. Generally, people can see symptoms as fall approaches, but they can become more severe as we enter into the winter months. The most common symptoms will affect mood, appetite, and physical body. Look for these symptoms as the cycle of the season continues. Even though this kind

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of depression may fade when the summer months begin, there is no need to suffer through it year after year. Once symptoms of SAD can be identified, it is easier to find a solution to feel better and deal with the physical and mental changes. With SAD, you may begin to notice changes in mood. Anxiety, a sense of hopelessness, loneliness, and other emotions associated with depression may be experienced. There is a tendency to stay in rather than socialize with friends. Hobbies that were once of interest are no longer appealing. Life becomes less active and more sedentary. While some may experience these feelings only mildly, if they are felt on a daily basis, you may be suffering from SAD. Another notable symptom of SAD is changes in appetite. Rather than eating healthy fruits and vegetables, your body may begin to crave carbohydrates and other “comfort foods.” There may be a loss of appetite altogether, and resulting in a lack of obtaining the necessary nutrients to stay healthy and energized.

• Over forty four percent of American Jews say they have visited Israel. This is a large increase over prior studies which found figures in the twenty five percent range. The increase is largely attributed to “Birthright Israel” the popular no cost ten day trip offered to 18 to 26 year olds.

These mental changes in mood and appetite can result in a negative effect on your body. Generally with SAD, people can feel more sluggish and less inclined to exercise. Some people even oversleep, by going to bed earlier and waking up later than usual. Lack of physical activity combined with poor eating habits lead to weight gain.

• In couples where both partners say they are Jewish, ninety seven percent say they are raising their children in the Jewish faith. By contrast, inter-married households surveyed show that only twenty percent of children are being raised Jewish, and almost double that thirty seven percent are not.

If you suffer from these symptoms, it can feel quite daunting and seem difficult to feel better. However, there are many ways to cope with SAD. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, there are a variety of treatment options. For mild symptoms there are home remedies consisting of exposure to sunlight or in home light therapy. For more severe symptoms seek professional help for medication and/or counseling. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone; there are solutions to keep you feeling happy and healthy.

As always, the release of a study like this leads to a fair amount of dispute among Jewish leaders, accompanied by hand wringing and finger pointing. The consensus this time is that while it’s not all bad; there is a lot of opportunity for work to be done. If your one of those who follows such things, stay tuned as more of the data is processed more information will be forthcoming. In the meantime, a lively conversation on the Pew research findings is undoubtedly coming to a dinner table near you.



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Abraham become enlightened about the value of Isaac; only then was he able to see the ram - to contemplate more clearly the reality around him. Thus, the Akedah story teaches that we sometimes do not adequately appreciate and value others until we are about to lose them - or until we have indeed lost them forever. If only we had opened our eyes earlier! If only we had taken the time to understand! After such a cathartic experience, our eyes become enlightened, we see more clearly and with better perspective. Hopefully, as in the case of the Akedah, the lesson is learned before the loss of the loved one; often in life, though, it is learned too late when nothing can be done except to mourn. God’s challenge to Abraham was a challenge we each face: to think and perceive more lucidly; to value others more sympathetically; not to let our eyes be darkened by egotism or erroneous judgment. We often do not appreciate what we have until we have had to contemplate losing it forever. Then we open our eyes and try to salvage the situation. Or we come to regret our short-sightedness for the rest of

our lives. This past year we all faced a great challenge in our community on various different scales depending on where we lived when Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore. Some lost their homes, some lost their cars, some lost part of their homes, some needed to evacuate, some evacuated on time, some not quite on time. Many lost food; many suffered property damage; communications lines disappeared. We collected toiletries, and canned goods, clothes and socks, and undergarments, and brought them to the Poland Springs Arena to give to those who were displaced from their homes. Jewish Federation of Ocean County was there for us, helping all of us with supplies and gift cards to stores. We are all grateful for the Federation’s assistance. We all helped our friends and neighbors as best we could, taking people into our homes. We learned to eat in candlelight and how to live without electricity and how to entertain ourselves without television. We called each other to see if we were okay and went door to door if you did not answer your phone. We faced challenges and Hurricane Sandy showed us once again that we do not control our lives, which will probably never be the same. After Sandy, we recognize how fragile and unpredicta-

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ble life can be. We saw how important it is to continue to support the Jewish Federation of Ocean County because Federation is always there for us when we need them. This was a lesson to us all to see that we cannot control everything, yet we can choose the direction of our lives. Perhaps it gave us a time to stop, and contemplate our doubts, to demand answers, to the complexities of the universe, why did such a storm happen? Having these doubts is part of being human, and indeed of being Jewish. We learned that we cannot be short sighted; we do not live in a cocoon. We helped each other, of all faiths, to recover from the Storm, and although the mottos, Restore the Shore and Stronger than the Storm might become tiresome – they are true. The Jersey Shore is strong! On Sunday, October 27 at 2 pm, at Ocean County College the entire Ocean County Interfaith Community will be coming together for a Community Wide Interfaith Service, which I am helping to organize, to mark the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. The Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group is hosting the commemorative event acknowledging the cooperative efforts of our communities since Sandy. Residents, spiritual and emotional providers, responders and officials on various local, county, state and federal levels will share hope and healing for our Sandy survivors. Speakers and musical presentations, and community agencies will be available to provide information for residents. A special program is planned for children attending as well. Refreshments will also follow. The event is free. Howe- 5

ver those planning to attend are asked to email the OCLTRG, (subject: Tickets), of their intent and number of attendees by Monday, October 21, 2013. The community is still recovering, and we still need to show our strength. The first year we showed our strength, and we need to continue to show how strong we are. The Kedushah, the holiness that was felt in the aftermath of the storm needs to continue to be felt, in the months, and years to come on the Shore. Hurricane Sandy showed us the same lesson that the Akedah was exemplifying to Abraham, to appreciate Isaac, who was right in front of him, but he had the potential of losing. The storm almost cost us the Shore, which we are still rebuilding. We need to appreciate all that we have, before we lose it. We need to value the relationships we have, cherish them, nurture them, and tell each other that we appreciate each other, now, when we have the opportunity. I know my family and I are very appreciative and grateful for our wonderful community here in Ocean County. Thank you to all! We feel very blessed! The Jewish Journal is pleased to host a monthly Rabbi Column, rotating among our community’s pulpit rabbis. The views and opinions expressed are those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect those of The Jewish Journal, the Jewish Federation of Ocean County or the author’s Congregation.

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ctober 10 was World Sight Day – a perfect opportunity to present some of the amazing advances coming out of Israel for treating medical conditions of the eye and making life easier for people who are blind or visually disabled. Ongoing research at Israeli universities is constantly testing new approaches, such as sensory substitution devices, or a substance in algae that improves vision in people with retinal disease. Here are 5 of many Israeli innovations that are already, or someday will be, transforming the field of vision.

Implanted telescope for macular degeneration A revolutionary, pea-sized telescope implant by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz, developed by Israel’s VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, improves eyesight in patients with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The miniature telescope is implanted in one eye to enlarge central vision images over a wide area of the AMD-damaged retina. The other eye provides peripheral vision for mobility and orientation. In January 2014, the device is due to receive approval for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement in the United States. UpSense keyboard Israeli startup Inpris developed UpSense, a mobile app offering the first fully gesture-based keyboard to enable people with

visual impairment to type on tablets and smartphones using customizable gestures. The app also has a mode for those already proficient in Braille typing. Co-founder Nissan Yaron recently let Israeli President Shimon Peres try his hand at UpSense when Peres was visiting Google Israel’s startup space in Tel Aviv, where Inpris is incubated. The company was one of eight international startups chosen to participate in the summer 2013 Google for Entrepreneurs Blackbox Connect program. OrCam OrCam camera device by Hebrew University Prof. Amnon Shashua attaches to eyeglasses and is wired to a portable computer in the wearer’s pocket. Using bone conduction technology, it “speaks” text (menus, street signs, grocery

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Pre-School Sukkot Program

Recently, the pre-school program of the Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island reenacted Moses leaving Egypt and leading the way through the desert which necessitated the need for the hut or Sukkah. The group ate in the Sukkah after Rabbi Jay benched Lulav and etrog. After a long and arduous trek they returned to their spiritual home, the JCC, and their cozy classroom. The next week they were in Israel, specifically the Temple in Jerusalem, to join the Maccabees.

Lions Club Eyeglasses Collection Temple Beth Or in Brick has collected over 90 pairs of eyeglasses to donate to the Lions Club “Recycle for Sight” program so that others who need eyeglasses can get them. Pictured (l to r) is Rabbi Robert Rubin and Larry Kalb of Temple Beth Or.



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Holocaust Luncheon

On Tuesday, October 8, approximately 40 Holocaust Survivors attended the Cafe Europa Luncheon held at Temple Beth Am Shalom, hosted by Jewish Family & Children’s Service and funded by the Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The entertainment was provided by the Minyonettes.

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Israel Trip for May 2014

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By Marshall Kurtzman Writer for JFCS Committee

emple Beth Or in Brick invites members of the community to come on an “Israel Cultural and Historical Adventure” for May 11-23, 2014. This Israel trip includes many sights to see, locations to visit, people to meet, advances to appreciate, cuisines to taste, and much history to learn, culture to experience and archeology to explore. The trip package includes roundtrip nonstop flights on El Al, only two hotels (which is less hotel changing than many other trips), a price based on double occupancy with single room and three-ina-room options available, an extensive itinerary on a private deluxe motor coach with our own licensed tour guide educator, all breakfasts, Shabbat dinner and Shabbat lunch, four weekday dinners and three weekday lunches and built in free time to explore on your own. Optional extensions before or after the trip dates can be added.

To reserve your place in the trip a small deposit is required by December 1, 2013. The travel agent for this trip is Israel Tour Connection, one of the leading Israel tour organizers. The contact information for ITC is 1-800-247-7235, 973-535-2575 and www.israeltour. com. Contact Temple Beth Or for more detailed information and applications by phone at 732-458-4700, by email at or by regular mail at 200 Van Zile Road, Brick, NJ 08724. Visit their website at Temple Beth Or is a traditionally oriented egalitarian synagogue affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

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How do you help others in the community in today’s busy world? The Ocean County Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) has found a way by offering volunteers an opportunity to give a modest amount of time but achieve meaningful results. JFCS volunteers serve the community through telephone contact with homebound elderly and/or by providing assistance at special luncheons held for Holocaust Survivors. If you can help with even as little as an hour each week, please contact Rita at JFCS at 732-363-8010. Many elderly who live alone are very much in need of some ongoing contact such as a volunteer’s weekly phone call. A weekly phone call can serve to reinforce the person’s need to take regular medicines and keep medical appointments, to provide information on available services, and to identify any critical needs. Also of importance, these people benefit greatly by just knowing that someone out there cares, and can bring a ray of warmth into their lonely world. Isabel Strasser of Jackson is one such volunteer. Starting her efforts for JFCS as part of Hadassah’s Outreach Program, Isabel’s activities involve making weekly phone calls from her home to homebound people. The length of each call was typically a few minutes – longer if the recipient felt like chatting, or had a particular request. In all cases Isabel utilizes material provided by JFCS in order to respond to requests for information, such as a need for a ride to a doctor or locating a kosher grocery, which delivers. Isabel indicated that the shut-ins were typically delighted to get this weekly contact since they “don’t get too many





A weekly phone call can serve to reinforce the person’s need to take regular medicines and keep medical appointments, to provide information on available services, and to identify any critical needs. phone calls.” Furthermore, Isabel herself benefited from this activity, stating that it was “nice to reach out to people”, and that it was a mitzvah to provide this kind of service. This activity has made Isabel more aware of the problems of lonely seniors, while also giving her the good feeling “of making some difference” in peoples’ lives. Another JFCS volunteer opportunity is assisting with programming for Holocaust Survivors within our community. Opportunities range from lending a hand at luncheon events held for Holocaust Survivors by shopping for refreshments or paper goods, setting tables and setting up refreshments to organizing the event itself. This gives volunteers an opportunity to work face to face with those in need of assistance. No matter how little time you have in your busy day, there is an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. Give us a call; it is a win-win proposition.

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There is no justification for hatred A swastika found drawn in Toms River has the community and its surrounding neighbors questioning whether this is just a random act of malicious behavior or a mindset that plagues the town and the county.

A swastika was engraved into the rear door of a SUV.

By Colin Lewis


nti-Semitism has been a disease that has plagued societies all over the world. This sickness can turn into

a Nazi spirit and a destructive virus; but can it become an antidote of understanding and kindness towards one neighbor that can be the cure the people of Ocean County will claim?

Several months ago, a young man confessed he was part of a neoNazi youth group in Toms River. Like many negative behaviors, society often reacts by pretending the action does not exist or tends not to expose it, giving credibility to the hate group. Perhaps they may feel the societal challenge is too complex. Others are willing to acknowledge the problem and confront it directly with programs and put processes in place that will combat, dissipate and even eliminate the negative issue. The Township of Toms River, the county seat of Ocean County, has a documented history of the use

of hate symbols, Klan involvement and character development reflective of bigotry and hate toward one another. With a shift of demographics and diversity of ethnic groups, is this township making attempts to recognize and work toward understanding the new cultural frontier? The Jewish community is established and clearly growing. The ultra-Orthodox population is spreading its wings beyond Lakewood. What remains to be seen is whether the bitterness, the hate and this Nazi spirit will become a virus of anti-Semitism that plagues and destroys potential friendships and caring among the neighbors of the Jersey Shore. Dealing with Bias Crimes The young man, who was in high school, committed a bias crime. When this happens, teens, such as this individual, are sent to a

program called “Consequence of Hate and Bias in Our Community: A Program for Juveniles.” Jane Denny, the director of education at the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College oversees the program. She works closely with the Department of Juvenile Services. Ms. Denny reports her last class was the summer of 2012, in which she had four kids. We asked Supervising Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor, Anthony Pierro, chief of the Juvenile Justice Division, whether four kids over two years is a low number. He said, “The numbers among juveniles are lower.” We asked if youth are fighting, harassing one another because of color, sexual preferences or religious and ethnic backgrounds; and are bias-related crimes taken seriously? Continued on next page

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Anthony Pierro said, “We can only prosecute when they are reported.” He said, “We take them seriously and our goal is to apprehend, prosecute any individuals we feel are involved in bias crimes.” Prosecutor Pierro also said, “Education is important and more education . . . is the best way to handle it.” A bias crime officer no longer exists in the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. These responsibilities, along with the Narcotics and Gang Enforcement Unit, have been placed under Special Operations. Louis Jordan, the former Monmouth bias crime supervisor and member of the New Jersey Bias Crime Officers Association, when asked whether he feels the numbers of bias crimes reported were low, explained that the legislatures have been encouraging experts and officials to focus on education. He said they concentrate on “bias, intimidation and harassment.” The goal is to 15

Over 12 vehicles had their tires slashed.

get the administrators to handle it in house but still report their findings to officials. He said, “It does get reported and we do know what is going on.”

and tolerance at all grade levels in many various content areas creates a safe and supportive atmosphere for our students and staff.”

The interim superintendent of the Toms River Regional Schools Thomas Gialanella said, “Toms River Regional prides itself on the myriad of programs we have that teach tolerance and respect for all religions and backgrounds. We believe that teaching respect

The former superintendent Mike Roselli had held a meeting just before his retirement with several ethnic community organizations to discuss cultural diversity and understanding. He then passed the responsibility over to assistant superintendent James


Statistics of Bias Crime in Ocean County – What Community Leaders and Clergy Have to Say Bias crime reporting shows the largest number in Lakewood, New Jersey. According to the Bias Crime report of 2012, some of the items people can report include harassment, crime, aggravated assault, and terroristic threats, just to name a few. Out of all the towns in Ocean County the ones reporting the most incidents in 2012 were Barnegat (6), Berkeley (4), Jackson (2), Lacey (3) and Lakewood (14). Toms River officially reported one incident. According to the Ocean County Jewish Federation, approximately 4000 Jewish people reside in Toms River and 9000, not including the ultra-Orthodox and Yeshiva community, in Ocean County. Larry Mandel, vice president of Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County, said, “I believe that we live in probably the most

tolerant country in the world, which makes me very proud. Nevertheless, the presence of a NeoNazi group in our community is frightening and should remind us of our obligation to always be vigilant and confront anti-Semitism wherever and whenever it is found. It should encourage us to redouble our efforts through education and community outreach and cooperation with law enforcement personnel.” Toms River Police are investigating the swastika recently drawn. The police reported “unknown subject(s) slashed eight tires of vehicles that were parked in the lot of AMG Motors service center at 581 Fischer Boulevard, and other vehicles on Oceanic and Beachview Drive. The victims estimate their loss at over $4,000. One of the vehicles, a 2009 Mercedes Benz, had a swastika symbol engraved into the rear door of the SUV.” Rabbi Ellen Wolintz-Fields of Congregation B'nai Israel, Toms River, said, “Those who drew the swastikas did not even know Continued on next page

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whose cars they were drawing on since the car owners were not even Jewish. The vandals are trying to draw attention, and I do not think we should give them any attention. More so, we need to teach tolerance towards differences and diversity. What this incident does teach us is, that even today, in 2013, there is anti-Semitism, in our backyard.” The “S” in Jews was made into a swastika and next to it was the word “blacks.” Fred Rush, president of the Lakewood Chapter NAACP, said, “Sometimes it is just an act of vandalism; however, it is a way to get someone’s attention and they (whoever drew it) have some issues.” Rush added, “It is blatantly wrong for anyone to use a hate symbol to get their point across. Unfortunately where we live, it is an area where we see anti-Semitism and symbols, and I would caution us to do more investigating.” Pastor David Joynt, the senior Pastor at the Presbyterian Church, in Toms River, said, “There is no place for hatred and bias crime in Toms River.” He went on to add that we must “encourage people of all ages to resist those hateful expressions.”

Some of the History of Bias Crime in Our Area “Hate groups publicly burned crosses and openly paraded in 1920s,” states a report provided by journalist Don Bennett during an event sponsored by the Ocean County Human Relations Commission called “What Would Martin Say?” In an article entitled “The Unfortunate History of the Klan in Ocean County,” he reports of converted township property that was once built as a Klan meeting hall, a population of close to 2000 members in the early 1920s, and states “hooded members of the invisible empire took part in parades and public events, attended services at protestant churches and burned crosses all across the county.” Another one of the stories was on the Fourth of July in Huddy Park, Toms River. Bennett reported, “Hundreds of people gathered there and the Klan burned a 10foot cross west of the Main Street bridge as its contribution to the celebration.” In another incident, he describes, “Two thousand people turned out for an August Klan gathering at the Toms River Methodist Church.” The Christian Church, historically known for acts of anti-Semitism, is well-docu-


mented in a book called Standing with Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State by David Brog. Brog, a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, worked in the United States Senate for seven years and is the executive director of Christians United for Israel. David explains how bitterness grew in the Church. Brog said the concept of “replacement theology,” which states that the promises given to Israel, including the Abrahamic covenant due to the wrath of God, have been replaced by the Church. The bitterness towards the Jewish people turned into disgust, mistrust and into hate. This hate turned into an ideology that the Jews were an abomination which justified and resulted, according to Brog, in the formation of a “group named Deutsche Christen (German Christians), the voice of Nazi ideology.” In his book, David Brog also describes another set of Christians who never embraced this ideology, and he defends the Judeo-Christian relationship, speaking at synagogues and churches throughout the nation. Some Steps Being Taken to Create Understanding and Tolerance

formation bring together the Jewish and Christian community throughout the county and State of New Jersey. The Toms River church is also well-known for hanging a sign on the front lawn that reads “L’Shana Tova,” wishing a good year for Rosh Hashanah. Alexis Kretzma, one of the coordinators of “I Love Israel Day” at the church for children ages six through the sixth grade, said, “We need to educate our children to the reality of the truth about Israel, the Jewish people and how well they are treating the Arabs within their borders.” A meeting of Pastors and Rabbis from Ocean County is being held on November 11 in Lakewood Township. The guest speaker will be Rabbi Steven Burg, the Eastern director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a global Jewish human rights organization that confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism. Riesa Sweet, president of the Lakewood Coalition and one of the sponsors of the event, said, “Unless we acknowledge the reality of what is happening in our community, it cannot be addressed. It starts with myths about the ‘others’ and eventually becomes facts that are believed to be true. Then this provides a justification for the hatred.”

In 2011, The Church of Grace and Peace located in Toms River invited David Brog as a guest speaker to “A Night to Honor Israel.” This celebration and a night of in-

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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Passes Away at 93 ved by eleven children. Born in Iraq in 1920, Rabbi Yosef moved with his family to Jerusalem in 1924. He was elected Israel’s Chief Rabbi in 1973. Politicians of all stripes regularly made the “pilgrimage” to his Jerusalem home for an audience.

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abbi Ovadia Yosef, the recognized Talmudic scholar and Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel from 1973 to 1983, passed away on October 7, 2013 at the age of 93. He was also the spiritual head of – and final arbiter of all matters for - the Shas political party, the fifth largest in Israel. More than half a million people attended his funeral. He is survi-

Rabbi Yosef made many influential rulings throughout his lifetime, including giving his halachic stamp of approval on the Jewishness of the Beta Yisrael Ethiopian Jewish community, enabling them to immigrate to Israel via the Law of Return. A recipient of the Israel Prize, he published prolifically and his religious decrees on subjects such as IDF service, medical ethics and national identity are widely followed. At the same time, especially in recent years, Rabbi Yosef was viewed as a highly decisive figure in Israeli society, often making public disparaging comments against individuals and whole sectors of society.

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Although his followers, and Shas officials, have refused to even consider or mention the possibility of the rabbi’s demise, there is already speculation in the mainstream Israeli media over Rabbi Yosef’s successor, a position many see as irreplaceable. According to some political commen-

tators, MK Eli Yishai, Shas’ second-incommand and Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the previous Sephardi Chief Rabbi, will create a separate faction, parting ways from MK Arye Deri, current political head of Shas and Chief Rabbi Moshe Yosef, Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef’s son.

Congratulations Matthew ges kids are going through in this day and age. Matthew said “I think some challenges kids are faced with today are pressures from their friends, bullying and managing schoolwork and their time to just be kids.” We asked Matt why he thinks it is good to do community projects and he said “because it is a way to give back to your community and doing one may benefit your community in a way that many people might not see.”


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ar and Bat Mitzvahs are part of the spiritual journey that can be inspiring, sentimental and lots of fun. This time of coming of age, many young people are capable of new responsibilities in Jewish life, in the congregation and even in the world. Many young people decide to look beyond; to think about how they can do something to make an impact in the world; take on a community project during this journey, and share it during the ceremony. Matthew Brodsky of Congregation B’nai Israel chose to work on a project called Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program. This project takes old used athletic shoes, of any type or brand, takes the soles, grinds them down and turns the material into a product which can be used to make playgrounds, tracks, basketball courts and tennis courts. Before getting into the details of the why he chose this particular project, we wanted to get to know Matthew a little better. Matthew attends middle school and his favorite subjects in school are science and language arts. He likes playing baseball, running track, cross country, playing video games, watching TV, playing violin and reading. He likes watching Sports Center, The Simpsons, SpongeBob, and anything involving football or baseball. We asked Matthew some of the challen-

He started the Nike Project because he runs track and started thinking about kids who may not had track shoes or even a track. He said “I chose this project because I was privileged to run track and cross country in middle school and I started thinking about kids like me who don’t have tracks to run on or places to play the sports they love.” He thought about possibly collecting old track shoes, researched on line, and ran into the Nike program. He called and asked if he could do something. Within weeks he already had hundreds of shoes. His mom and dad sent out emails and private Facebook messages to their friends and family members. Matt said “I also contacted my track and running camp coaches, and my friends either in person or by text message. We also created posters which included information on my project. We put one in our temple on an art easel with a box to collect donated shoes. We also placed a poster/box at the baseball facility where I have indoor baseball practice.” We asked him who he would like to send a shout-out to or mention in regards to this project. Matt said “I would like to send a shout out to my mom, my dad, my sisters, my grandparents and my friends.” He also added “I would like to thank my mom, my dad and my sisters for supporting me on this project. Without their help, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish the goals of the project.”

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Aaron’s Bar Mitzvah


aron Anthony Lombardi will be called up to the bimah to be a bar mitzvah on Saturday morning, October 19, 2013 at the Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island. He is pictured here with a portrait of Rabbi Jacob S. Friedman z"l, Rabbi Emeritus of the JCC of LBI, who has been a strong influence throughout Aaron’s journey towards this special day. He is the son of Jon and Patty Lombardi of Forked River and the brother of Kayla & Zachary. His grandparents are Phil and Joan Lombardi and William and Eileen Hoernlein. Aaron attends the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Monmouth County, Marlboro NJ. His interests are hockey, legos, math and track.

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Toms River Hadassah “Variety is the Spice of Life,” and Toms River Hadassah wants to invite you to join us for a variety of interesting programs. November is Jewish Book Month. On Tuesday, November 19, at 1 PM, a review of three books by the Israeli Author Amos Oz will be presented. Tuesday, December 17, at 1 PM, a documentary film highlighting Israeli Astronaut Elan Ramon will be shown. These interesting and informative programs take place at Congregation B’nai Israel, at 1488 Old Freehold Road in Toms River. All are welcome, admission is FREE, and we look forward to getting to know you! Any questions? Give me, Yvette, a call at 732-255-7386.

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Your Patient Centered Medical Home Ocean Health Initiatives is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible high quality primary and preventative health care to uninsured and underinsured residents of Ocean County. Services include: Internal Medicine, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Dental Health, Behavioral Health, Podiatry, and WIC. Visit for more information or call 732-363-6655 to make an appointment at any of our locations in Lakewood, Toms River and Stafford.

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