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t was a very enjoyable and informative morning for the many members of the community who visited Congregation Ahavat Olam, the beautiful year old synagogue in Howell, on Sunday September 11th. While enjoying light refreshments they toured the building and learned about the educational, ritual, and social programs which are available to the membership. Among the people present to greet prospective members were Rabbi Michael Klein and Cantor David Amar, members of the congregation’s Board of Directors and synagogue members. Congregation Ahavat Olam is a conservative synagogue located on 106 Windeler Road, Howell with a membership of over 300 families. Along with a very active Men’s Club and Sisterhood, the synagogue also holds a daily minyan Monday-Thursday 7:30 AM and 7:30 PM, Shabbat services every Friday night and Saturday morning as well as Tot Shabbat the first Friday of every month. All Jewish holidays and kashrut are observed. Seats are still available for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.

PHOTO BY COLIN LEWIS Teacher Ms. Marissa Kanzer (standing) with her Sunday School group, during the recent Open House at Congregation Ahavat Olam, in Howell. See more photos on page 12

about growing up Jewish in the former Soviet Union and immigrating to America where she hopes to give back


ewish Federation of Ocean County will be hosting the Family Circle Dinner on Sunday September 18 at 6 pm in Laurita Winery, in New Egypt. The evening speaker will be Valerie Khaytina, who will share her personal story, explaining how it shaped her Jewish identity and led her to work for the Jewish community. Valerie was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine. Growing up as a child, she did not know that she was Jewish and only found out at the age of 9, when children in the government school she attended started bullying her. When the Soviet Union collapsed, Valerie went to one of the first Jewish camps and a Jewish day school.

The education of children take on a very important role in the congregation, which has

Valerie personally experienced the benefits and suffered the pain of relying on philanthropic supported programs. Due to decreased donations the funding was

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The Days of Awe – A Call for both Retrospection and Introspection ral character and our relationship to God and the Jewish community when the years seem to fly by? We need to catch our breath and stop and smell the roses. Yes, we of course have the great gift of Shabbat for that very purpose, but what about Cheshbon HaNefesh, the accounting of our souls?

Danny Goldberg


Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County

here is an old Chinese proverb “May you live in interesting times.” Now and then I tend to think the Chinese wrote that to describe the narrative of the Jewish people in the 20th and 21st centuries. However, at the same time, I feel privileged to be witness to and in a very small way part of these exciting times.

By Rabbi Michael Klein

So, just when it seems it can’t get any more “interesting” along comes UDI. By now you must be thinking, what is UDI and what does it have to do with the Jewish people or Jewish Federation? Well UDI stands for Unilateral Declaration of Independence. A move currently contemplated by the Palestinian Authority, commonly called the PA. They intend to ask the UN, at this Fall’s annual gathering of world leaders later this month, to adopt a General Assembly Resolution declaring (and recognizing) a Palestinian State. Israel citing the Oslo Accords, the basis for all agreements between the Palestinians and Israelis, claims that this is a violation of the agreement which calls for all advances to be based on direct agreement between the parties. Furthermore, Israelis worry that this, as a one sided attempt to disrupt the status quo could lead to further outbreaks of violence in Judea and Samaria, or even the resumption of an Intifada that would disrupt civilian life in the heart of the country. Israeli officials also note that the PA is nowhere near ready to govern anything. From picking up the garbage to collecting taxes, it doesn’t happen without help from the Israeli Civil Administration. The idea, they say, of the PA successfully running a country is absurd. Others however suggest that UDI would show the PA for what it is, an empty useless entity barely able to control its own followers. Therefore a UDI failure would show it for what it really is a hollow shell and waste of a lot of international aid Dollars. The idea of UDI passing the UN with flying colors is not as farfetched as one would think, due in part to the threat of an Arab oil embargo and the reactionary Continued on page 19

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t seems that each year the world spins faster and faster and the Latin phrase Tempus Fugit becomes truer each year. How can it already be Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur when Passover was just a few weeks ago? The rush of our daily lives and the rush of world events are so overwhelming in our electronically, digitally connected world that we can hardly catch our breaths between multitude of personal responsibilities and the speed in which the world changes. Most of us can barely keep up with our schedules and commitments let alone get a chance to glance backwards at what has already occurred. Yet, if we do not look back, how can we possibly know where we are headed? Indeed this is the beauty and true value of our High Holyday observances. The Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe as the High Holydays are known allow us that very important island in time to look back at what has happened in the past year and gives us the chance to be both retrospective and introspective.

It is during the High Holyday period that we are instructed to look back at the year that has passed. We are to review the choices we have made, the good and the bad ones, and then search deeply inside our souls to find the strength to improve for the coming year. A true follower of Kabbalah knows that at the end of every day, he or she before going to sleep must review his or her actions of the past twenty four hours to find ways to become an even better person upon arising. It certainly is a practice that all of us would be wise to emulate. Truthfully, as most of us put our weary head on the pillow we are drained from the day’s activities and hopefully look forward to a night of restful sleep. Nonetheless, to take account of ourselves is a very important task in Jewish tradition. If we never undertake such an audit how then will we improve ourselves and the world around us? This year as we gather to pray in synagogues and temples during the High Holyday services, let the spiritual nature of our surroundings enfold us. Allow the words of the prayer book to guide us and the beautiful melodies of the holyday liturgy to inspire us to reach upward and achieve this

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guage Academy Charter School. Valerie chose a career in the Jewish communal field as a way to give back to the global Jewish community for everything it has done for her and her family. She now works for World ORT as the Deputy North American Representative and the Head of New York Team. For more information about the event call JFOC at: 732-3630530. The following is Valerie’s own brief recollection of the years that shaped a big part of her Jewish identity.

Khaytina Valerie (far left) with a friend and her Hebrew teacher back in Kiev, capital of Ukraine.

cut and some of the most critical programs stopped. Hot lunches disappeared and Hebrew teachers from Israel weren’t there anymore, leaving students like her with the difficult decision of whether they should continue their Jewish education. She immigrated to the United States in 1995, together with her parents and grandparents, all of whom benefited from the social and financial support that the Federation-supported NYANA (New York Association of New Americans) provided. Valerie will talk about Jewish education in the former Soviet Union, past and present, innovative educational projects in Israel and elsewhere, and the need to carry on strong ties between

Diaspora Jews and Israel. She is a strong advocate for engaging Russian-speaking Jews in the North American Jewish Federation system, and the importance of the Federation system to carry on the central Jewish values of tzedakah, tikkun olam and peoplehood to the next generation. Valerie graduated from the City University of New York with a bachelor degree in International Marketing and has a master’s degree in Public Administration, with a minor in Hebrew. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two daughters, who are already benefiting from the Jewish philanthropy through the PJ Library and the Hebrew Lan-

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By Valerie Khaytina Early nineties. We are on the train from Kiev to Moscow for the biggest event of my life – an interview in the American embassy to go to the United States. We have to prove that we were persecuted as Jews in order to get into the country as refugees. This is not difficult to do. I remember all the names my classmates call me just because I’m Jewish. The

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bomb in Brodsky synagogue that was discovered shortly after my dad and I had left the place. The swastika by our apartment door. Grandma says not to pay attention to it. Long lines in the U.S. embassy. Families are anxiously waiting to get in. We are interviewed by a woman with a heavy American accent. Waiting again outside the embassy until the results are out. My family has been given the refugee status. We are going to America! John F. Kennedy International Airport. We are greeted by representatives from NYANA. They are handing my parents an envelope with some paperwork and money to get by for the first few weeks. Shortly thereafter, a truck pulls up by our new apartment building on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn and furniture is brought in. It’s from NYANA, to help us save some money and to feel at home. I am one of many RussianJewish students in E.R. Murrow High School. We are learning English and are trying to navigate the American culture. It’s not easy. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” – my Hebrew language teacher asks. “Well… I want to do something that will allow me to work with the former Soviet Union and Israel.” I do not really know how to explain that I want to work with Jewish people around the world. The words “nonprofit” and “Jewish communal field” are not in my English vocabulary. The year is 2001. Freshly out of college, I am interviewed in the United Jewish Communities for an administrative assistant

n 1989, with the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union, the gates were opening to an exodus the likes of which we had not previously seen. The United Jewish Appeal – then the umbrella fund-raising arm of North America’s Jewish federations’ campaigns – launched the Passage to Freedom campaign to resettle Soviet Jews in Israel and the United States. The campaign was less than successful, only raising $50 million. The next year, UJA increased its efforts with another emergency campaign, Operation

position. As I walk out after the interview, I know that’s the job I want. It is a dream come true – a place that will allow me to work with Jews all over the world! I get the job. There is a huge learning curve. The department I work in is called Planned Giving and Endowments. I don’t even know what it means. I am timid of all the people that give me the tasks. And what’s a lay leader? But I want to learn. I sense that this is the place where I want to “grow up”. I enroll into a Master’s program majoring in nonprofit management. And I listen. There are incredible people to listen to at UJC and federations. They become my mentors, and friends. And, they tell me the story. The story of how I really came to America. The story about lobbying, volunteering and fundraising. The story about thousands of people rallying on Capitol Hill for my family, relatives and friends to come to this country. The story about passion, dedication and commitment to Jewish people. Because of these people – this powerful Jewish community – I am here now. How can I thank these people enough and show the extent of my gratitude? I can commit to have a career in the Jewish community. I can tell my story so that the people behind it know their efforts are not forgotten. They helped bring up the next generation of young Russian-American Jews just like me who contribute to this country’s society in many different ways. I now work for World ORT, JFNA’s overseas partner agency. Continued on page 9

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My 3 trips to Israel How a birthright trip, an alternative spring break and the tour of a lifetime gave me a different perspective on life in the Holy Land By Aimee Blenner


ne advantage of being Jewish is the plethora of opportunities that exist for students to travel to Israel. As a result of extremely lucky circumstances, I was able to travel to Israel three times, for free, in just one year.

Birthright Editor’s note: Birthright is one of the programs funded in part by our Federation. In June of 2010, I boarded an ElAl flight with forty of my peers from Rutgers, none of whom I knew very well. The plane landed twelve hours later in Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, where the Birthright trip commenced. We discussed Kabbalah in Tzfat, stayed at a kibbutz near the Lebanese border, hiked in the Golan Heights, rafted in the Jordan River, explored Tel Aviv’s nightlife, met Israeli soldiers and discussed politics with them, rode camels in the Negev, and sampled some falafel -all in the first four days. We explored much of the country, always stopping to go hiking or to explore some ancient ruins, which were never difficult to find. We went to an Arab-Israeli village, discussed the different

political factions within Israel, stayed in a Bedouin tent, and swam in the Dead Sea. Most physically strenuous was our hike up Masada at sunrise, where the sun could be seen coming up over the desert, treating us to a spectacular view. Our last stop was Jerusalem, where we visited the Kotel, explored the Jewish quarter, in addition to stopping at the popular Ben Yehuda Street. On a more somber note, we had the chance to visit Yad Vashem, which is Israel’s Holocaust Museum, and Mount Herzel, the military cemetery. Not only was this trip extremely fast paced and interesting, it was a very meaningful one for all involved. Being Jewish in parts of America can lead a person to feel very isolated and alone, and being immersed in Israeli society amongst many other Jews is an important reminder that the Jewish people are thriving, and that a Jewish person can never really be alone. As we boarded the plane to head back to America, I knew I had to return to Israel.

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ticipating on a trip during Spring Break to Israel. Several months later, after fundraising and organizing a small contingency of interested Rutgers students; we were on our way to partake in the Jewish National Fund Alternative Spring Break Program. We spent a week in Israel, half in the Negev and half in Jerusalem. We participated in various community service projects and sightseeing activities. We worked with immigrants at an Ethiopian absorption center, painted apartments in Mizpe Ramon, removed dead tree branches in the Carmel Mountains, and picked grapefruits that would be sent to homeless shelters. When we were not doing community service work, we participated in other activities such as seeing Israel’s largest crater, visiting an army base, and enjoying Jerusalem’s busy marketplaces. This trip was also a great opportunity to meet other young people from around the country. Hard labor is an effective way for people to bond. It was not exactly a relaxing spring break on the beach, but it was a very worthwhile experience, and it was meaningful to know that we were giving something back to the Jewish state.

Meor trip. Aimee Blenner (far left holding a flag) and some of her fellow Rutgers students during Yom Yerushalayim, the celebration of Jerusalem becoming part of Israel.

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To Be Or Not To Be... Peaceful Negotiations Or??? H

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ow far should Congress go with regard to putting sanctions on the Palestinian National Authority when it comes to the issues of Israel? What are some of the current legislation regarding Israel in which the voices of the people should be heard? What about the fact that the Palestinian authorities are allowing hate towards the Jewish people and Israel to be taught in their schools? During CUFI’s recent Washington Summit, a special press conference was held where many of these questions were addressed. From July 18-20, 2011, the ChristianZionist organization, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), organized its sixth annual Washington Summit. This event brings to-

gether some of the most influential leaders and thinkers to update its attendees on recent developments in Israel, the Middle East and Washington, D.C. Over 5000 people gathered in the nation’s capital for this annual event. The press conference was led by CUFI’s Executive Director David Brog, second in command in the pro-Israel organization. He worked in the United States Senate for seven years, rising to be chief of staff to a senior United States senator, staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee and practiced corporate law in Tel Aviv, Israel and Philadelphia, PA. Brog is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Brog is also the author of “Standing with Israel”, a book that provides a com-

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deep, very broad, very wide and is here to stay.” He explained, to press and television stations from all over the world, the dynamics the Christian community brings to the argument for Israel which goes beyond the engagement normally put forth by the Jewish community.

During the press conference Brog was joined by Pastor Carlos Ortiz and Pastor Michael Stevens who oversee the Latino and African-American outreach efforts respectively.

Brog said that Christians United for Israel is “an educational organization whose main goal is to go into the community and build a base of support for Israel... what we have added is, on occasion, coming and speaking to our policy leaders and elected officials about this Christian support for Israel. I think this is changing the paradigm

Brog said that the politicians “are still digesting the fact that Israel is not just a Jewish issue and that this Christian support for Israel is not a novelty. It is actually very

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a Latino army of coming together with the Jews, with one purpose in mind, to defend and protect Israel.” Brog and the two Pastors were questioned about the hate being taught to the Palestinian youth and whether CUFI has ever discussed or has taken any action on the issue. Brog responded that they view the incitement in textbooks as an issue of concern. He said “we generally try to look at three issues for the Hill. We have taken a look at this incitement and we may make it an issue.”

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of the way Congress views Israel.” Just as the Jewish community educates the community about Israel, through rabbinical teaching and periodicals, the speakers stressed that the same needs to be done to our elected officials. The Pastors reiterated the same idea regarding their Latino and African-American communities. Pastor Ortiz, Senior Pastor of the Christian church Iglesia Internacional Cristo Vive, located in Miami, Florida, said “we

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The question also triggered an immediate response from the Pastors. Pastor Stevens addressed the issue from a standpoint of making an impact, teaching people how to care for one’s neighbor. He said “one of the things that I often share is that because I am pro-Israel doesn’t mean I’m anti-Palestine. The Bible says “own man nothing but love”. We know there are Palestine Christians in the Middle East.” It appeared the group was interested in taking an aggressive stance on the issue. Brog said “this year we said that if the Palestinians pursue the unilateral declaration and a treaty with Hamas, we should stop the funding. If they continue to teach hate and incitement, then we should cut the aid.”

Brog finalized the press conference saying: “this is obviously a problem. If there is ever going to be peace in the region, you cannot have one side teaching its children to hate and delegitimize the other side. Israelis don’t do it. Maybe one day it will be one of our issues. It is very much on our radar.”

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Open Air Market at Heart of Jerusalem’s Downtown Revival Merchants counting on street festival, new light rail to bring shoppers, sightseers. By Arieh O’Sullivan


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ike many major cities, downtown Jerusalem has seen its urban decay and flight to the suburbs. The main Jaffa Road was ripped up to lay a light rail that has been years overdue and it’s been a struggle for business to survive. But things are starting to turn around with the help of a modern cultural renaissance. “I’ve decided to move back

downtown recently because it’s just become such an exciting place that I have to live here,” Karen Brunwasser, the deputy director of the Jerusalem Season of Culture, told The Media Line. “The main road of town, Jaffa Road, which was a disaster for a while, is now a pearl and is absolutely gorgeous, and I’m actually moving right to Jaffa Road, which is something I would have never thought of before.” The center of the urban renewal is the Mahane Yehuda market,

popularly known as the “shuk.” A new festival called Balabasta, or “come to the market stall” in Hebrew, is bringing musicians, performers and artists to a place better known for fresh tomatoes and surly vendors. Kobi Frig, festival organizer, was born and raised in the area around the market. His family owns a spice store there and after the Balabasta’s successful first season last summer, he energetically brought it back this year. “People come and see culture and see other people and have fun, and the musicians have work and the shops get money and it’s free, so people come. It costs something like X and it brings something like five X, so it works,” Frig says over the cacophony of rock bands, buskers and hawkers, adding his motivation was to not

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only rejuvenate the market but help the old-timers too. By day Mahane Yehuda is the popular and boisterous market selling everything from vegetables, olive oil and fresh fish brought from the Mediterranean Sea, but by night, it’s transformed into the cultural hot spot, the capital of cool, helping turn what was once a virtual ghost downtown into a vibrant hub. Many of the stalls remained open late to serve the crowds for the Balabasta, which took place every Monday in July. Tali Friedman, a chef and author of the book The Culinary Story of Jerusalem, says the century-old market is a microcosm of Israel itself. “It’s like a very small Israel. You see people from all over the world. You see people from Iran, Yemen, Moroccans, Spaniards,

and Italians. We have a huge mixture, which is a reflection of all Israel. This is what Israel is. We are a lot of people from all different places in the world. We bring our food to the market and we take advantage of the lovely products that the market has. Each culture makes its own beautiful food,” says Friedman, interviewed on her rooftop restaurant overlooking the stalls. “In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful markets that we have in the world and I’ve been in a few,” she adds. The iconic market has also reflected the economic angst and violence suffered by Jerusalem, the target of numerous terrorist bombings over the decades. “After all the things we suffeContinued on page 9


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red in the market, the bombings and stuff, it’s a great thing to bring the whole world here now,” says Motti, a spice seller. Jerusalem is Israel’s largest city with a population of some 760,000, of which about half a million are Jewish and most of the rest Muslim. Facing poor job prospects, high housing costs and until recently few entertainment and cultural options, about 6,000 more people emigrate from the city every year than choose to move to it, according to the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies. The gap is slowly closing with more and more people moving to the city. “In terms of Jerusalem renewal, the shuk is probably the best example because it taps into the traditional attributes of the city - its authenticity, its diversity, even its complexity, but it gives it a fresh twist. You’ll see lots of new enterprises in the shuk, lots of innovations, and after we saw the Jerusalem Season of Culture we said ‘wow, this has tremendous potential to be a real culture hub,’” Brunwasser says.

Once the shuk sold just produce, but chic shops and upscale restaurants have started to move in as the market becomes cautiously gentrified. Across Rehov Agrippas, the street marking the shuk’s southern boundary, the Zichron Yosef residential quarter is being spiffed up. New apartment buildings are being erected and the century or more old homes are being restored and expanded. “There are a lot of new shops here and a lot of new restaurants, but we are trying to keep from overwhelming everything because we don’t want the market to change. We still need the parsley and the cilantro and the onions and the potatoes here,” says Friedman, who is a member of the Association of the Mahane Yehuda Market. “I’m from Philadelphia and the center of Philadelphia, as the center of many cities in the United States, has also undergone a process of renewal,” says Brunwasser. “People are moving back to the center of town. They’ve become safe. They’ve become cleaner and more interesting. Jerusalem is at the beginning of that process but I think the trajectory is very positive.” A lot of the folks downtown have pinned their hopes on the new light rail, already three years behind schedule, but expected 9

to finally start carrying passengers this summer. A plastic golden crown on his head, Ronnie Barak, entices the shoppers with a plate full of halva samples in front of his stall. “There is the beginning of renewal down here. But at the moment the city is sad because the light rail isn’t running yet and there’s no movement of people. Often merchants are just sitting around,” he says. The trains have been trundling through

downtown for the past several months on trial runs. In the meantime, public transportation to the areas is limited and often jammed up in the narrow, crowded streets where buses have been consigned to make way for the light rail. “At the moment there’s no renewal in the market area. We hope the moment the light rail starts to run it will bring renewal, says vegetable salesman Eliyahu Mordechai. “This festival brings new clients to the market, people who wouldn’t ordinarily come to shop here.”

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A Healing Hug from Israel to Japan JDC JDC is one of three overseas agencies supported by Your Federation gift.


hen 7-year-old Dan’s mom asked him why his Hibuki (“huggy”) doll was sad, he replied, “There are rockets outside his house. He’s scared.” Dan was actually describing Hamas firing outside his bedroom window night after night. But having befriended the sad-faced Hibuki doll JDC had given him a year before, he was able to transfer his feelings, take care of the stuffed animal, and learn to deal with his fear and trauma. With the escalation in missile attacks, Dan decided to give his precious Hibuki to his younger three-year-old sister as a gift “so that it will protect her and she won’t be afraid.” JDC’s Hibuki program helps preschool and kindergarten children overcome fears and trauma by making them caretakers of plush Hibuki puppy dolls whose long arms


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Hibuki was devised and implemented during the Second Lebanon War, when educational professionals cited the possibility of long-term developmental difficulties in children exposed to war and sought an intervention to help Southern Israel’s youngest citizens effectively process their situation with rocket attacks from Gaza. Since then, Hibuki has continuously been called upon to help children cope with trauma. “When the child is looking after the doll,

“Yuriko,” a Japanese mother struggling to help her child overcome fears about another tsunami like the one that hit the island in March, is hoping her child will express her feelings to the doll in a way she cannot seem to express herself to adults.

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he is basically looking after his trauma,” says clinical psychologist Dr. Shai Chen-Gal, who oversaw the Hibuki project for JDC in Carmel, following the devastating fires there last year. The Hibuki treatment method was developed by JDC, the Israeli Ministry of EducationPsychological Counseling Service, and the Department of Psychology at Tel Aviv University. To date, 50,000 Israeli children have been treated using this method and Tel Aviv University professor Avi Sadeh, in a study on the program,

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The group of 32 committed kids from Jewish communities in 18 European countries were in Israel’s far north when terrorists attacked buses and cars near Eilat, at the opposite end of the country, on August 18. The following days saw a stream of Gazan rockets descend on towns and villages in Israel’s south-west. “After consulting with the authorities we cancelled scheduled visits to Be’er Sheva and Sha’ar HaNegev,” said Chaim Fischgrund, Executive Director of the Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI), which is World ORT’s partner in the program together with the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs. “But the group felt almost privileged to be in Israel while this was happening so they could see first-hand what’s really going on. The students could feel that they were shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel.” The group’s madrich, Elhanan Brown, added that “in a bizarre way” it was good for them to have been in Israel at such a time. “Four of the kids felt a little hesitant. They said it was weird to be in a place where things like this were happening, things they usually heard on the news. But they could also see how life was going on as normal despite everything – although they understood the necessity of changing the schedule. It was a practical learning experience for them.” Karmela Blank, 17, a student at the Vilnius ORT Shalom Aleichem School in Lithuania agreed, saying that it was part of an “amazing” three-week stay during which she had been exposed to the full range of issues surrounding the country and its place in Jewish history, culture and current affairs. “Now I’m definitely in a stronger position to explain the country to people,” Karmela said. “Now I’ve seen the multicultural mix, explored the border issue, the politics Continued on page 16


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Beth Am Shalom Remembers


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akewood, NJ. The nation took time to remember. Amidst the Back to Hebrew School Day activities, and the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Beth Am Shalom took time on Sunday September 11 to coordinate a special event “A Service of Remembrance and Hope on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.” Rabbi Stephen Gold in his opening remarks paid tribute to the police, firemen, first responders and all who gave their life on September 11th 2001. He started by explaining the importance of remembrance. He said “Judaism places a high value on remembering. Over and over again the Torah commands us to remember the Shabbat day and keep it Holy… remember that you were slaves in Egypt and our G-d Redeemed you from there. The founder of Hasidism the Baal


By remembering we honor the dead and comfort their loved ones through their pain and their great losses, and comfort each other as well.” Rabbi Gold Shem Tov taught “in remembrance lies the secret of redemption.” By remembering our pain and redemption we learn compassion for others.” Rabbi Gold shared with the crowd of well over 100 participants that the attack was not just against the victims but extended to all Americans. He said that many times during the previous week we may have wanted to shut it off or avoid revisiting the pain, but by choosing to be here that day and taking the time to remember we honor those who were lost and comfort those who are healing. He said “By remembering we honor the dead and

comfort their loved ones through their pain and their great losses, and comfort each other as well.” “For those who went into danger, we give thanks. For those who remained behind with the infirmed and injured, we give thanks. For those who thought of others first, we give thanks,” were the words from some of the many selections sung by Cantor Alisa Forman. The President of Temple Beth Am at the time of the 9/11 attacks was Howard Crain. He was one of the congregation members who shared their reflections from that September day. He remembers the Shabbat service that took

place later the week of the attacks and the larger than usual amount of people that were in attendance. He said “There were prayers offered and candles lighted for all the innocent people and the brave firemen and police officers that perished that day. We had begun the process of healing at our local congregation in our community.” Charles Flum, First Vice President of Beth Am Shalom, was in Baltimore that day at the marina. He said he heard of the tragedy but could not understand why the State Police stopped people and told them they were not allowed to go into the Inner Harbor. Later he understood, when he was told

the tall building in the Inner Harbor is called World Trade Center. He asked the crowd “How often do you think about 9/11? Rarely, occasionally or frequently?” Mr. Flum said he believes for most of us it is probably occasionally or frequently because “anytime we hear about any terrorist attack, 9/11 is somewhere in the back of our heads.” “Ten years have passed, and what have we as Americans learned from our 9/11 experience?” was the question asked by Larry Benjamin; Past President of Temple Beth Am. He remembered a Continued on page 20

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their symbiotic relationship with the Jewish State. The knowledge and relationships accumulated in that time enjoyed an exponential growth in Israel. Alongside practical leadership skills such as public speaking and events management participants learned about Jewish and Israeli history, culture, politics and religion with tours and meetings to illustrate and expand on the classes. “This was the first time that I’ve actually talked to an Arab-Israeli. I didn’t agree with everything he said but it was really interesting to hear him,” said Aviva Schneider, who lived in Jerusalem before moving to Moscow at the age of 10. “We also talked to Druze people and that was really interesting. I didn’t know anything about them before.” Mr. Brown said: “We’ve not shied away from any topic be-

cause these are the things that they will be required to discuss when they become community leaders.” Participants will start using the tools they have been given as soon as they return home. There they will be encouraged to initiate a project to develop their local Jewish community. “I’ve got so much out of it,” said Sara Epstein, 16, who with fellow Dubliner Jenna Goodwin plans to develop a fun and educational website for Jewish children. “The Irish community is so small and the kids I teach at cheder are just not interested,” she told London’s Jewish Chronicle. “They want to be like their friends and have communion. I’ve met so many people who have given advice on how to change that.” Over the course of three weeks, the group hiked through inspirational and beautiful countryside, volunteered at a soup kitchen, visited historic sites and museums from Ben Gurion’s grave to Mount Gilboa and from the

Ghetto Fighters’ Museum to Hatzar Kinneret, talked to tent demonstrators and even ridden camels. The hikes were no “walk in the park”; the physical challenge reminded some of the less fit participants of the satisfaction that can be enjoyed in overcoming obstacles. International media interest in the trip meant they learned how to deal with interviews. Reports appeared in the French and English language services of Israel Radio, on international Russian television, on news websites, and the Jerusalem Post, as well as the Jewish Chronicle in Britain. But they not only learned about Israel, they also learned from each other. “I learned from the examples and experiences of the others on this program,” said Karmela. “And we have made connections for a lifetime which we hope will help us. We no longer feel isolated, especially those of us from small communities. When I get back home I will have friends in Paris or Holland and other countries who I can count on for advi-

ce and support.” Aviva added: “Everything in Israel helped me to become a leader. It gave me strength and also a lot of new ideas which I want to realize in my own community.” It has also been a learning experience for World ORT’s partners at AMHIS, which usually provides summer programs for more homogeneous groups from Australia and the United States. “We gained an appreciation of how Jews, particularly in small communities, have strengthened their Jewish identity,” Mr. Fischgrund said. “We’re very appreciative of the partnership with World ORT and look forward to next year!” World ORT Director General and CEO Robert Singer is already looking farther into the future than next year. “The program has been such a success that I will propose to Minister Edelstein that it be made permanent,” Mr. Singer said. “I look forward also to raising this with the other donors since the partnership we have enjoyed this time has proved to be beneficial to all concerned.”

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Trips to Israel

Since we were there for such a long time, we got to know parts of Jerusalem very well, and even picked up a bit of Hebrew.

Continued from page 5

My three trips to Israel were very unique, and each one of them gave me a different perspective on life in the Holy Land. They were all extremely meaningful to me in some way, and I know that the other participants of these trips were also able to benefit from their time spent in Israel. I am very grateful that I have had such amazing opportunities, and hope that everyone who has a desire to go to Israel can be just as lucky as I was.

summer, and that it was free of charge. This trip to Jerusalem would spend three weeks in combining Israel advocacy, Jewish learning, and touring around the beautiful country. So, for a third time, I packed my bags, said my goodbyes, and I was off to Israel. Because of the Israel advocacy portion of the trip, we were privy to sessions within Israel’s Foreign Ministry, as politicians spoke to us about various topics. We visited the Syrian and Lebanese borders, as well as Sderot, a town about five miles from Gaza that is a civilian area often caught in the middle of the conflict between Israel and Hamas. The Jewish learning aspect of the trip meant that we had classes each morning on various topics in Judaism, which were always an enlightening and enriching experience. Aside from the more serious matters, we

Meor trip. Yom Yerushalayim, the national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem.

participated in many fun activities. We took a night river cruise in Tiberias, went scuba diving in Eilat, went ATVing close to the Syrian border, and experienced Jerusalem’s nightlife. We were also in Jerusalem for two very

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special occasions- Shavuot, which we celebrated by staying up all night studying and walking to the Kotel for sunrise, and Yom Yerushalayim, which was marked by dancing and patriotic parades through the streets of Jerusalem.

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s disturbing new figures emerge that show that 350 million people worldwide now suffer from Type 2 diabetes, according to a recently published study by the World Health Organization and the Gates Foundation, and with the number of people suffering the metabolic disease rising dramatically every year, the race is on for long-term, effective cures. Israeli medical device company MetaCure is beginning to commercialize its innovative minimally invasive solution, DIAMOND, which received the European

Union’s CE mark in 2007 and is undergoing additional clinical trials. An implantable gastric stimulator with electrodes attached through laparoscopic surgery to the outer stomach muscles, DIAMOND enhances stomach muscle contractions, which are the natural physiological response to eating. This causes the patient to feel full more quickly during a meal. It also affects the gastrointestinal (GI) system’s release of hormones influencing hunger, satiety and the absorption and metabolism of nutrients. Initially it was meant as a treatment for obesity, which is one of the risk factors for


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diabetes. However, according to MetaCure business development director Lior Teitelbaum, DIAMOND was found to be effective, independently, in controlling blood glucose (sugar) levels. People with diabetes, the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, have abnormally high blood glucose because their bodies either don’t produce insulin or don’t use it properly. Normalizes blood pressure and other diabetes-related conditions “We have over 230 patients implanted with it worldwide, and we’ve seen the system reduces blood glucose levels significantly,” says Teitelbaum, adding that its results are similar or better than the effects of synthetic insulin and other diabetes medications. Patients implanted with DIAMOND also show improvement in diabetes-associated metabolic conditions such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides. “Usually patients need drugs to control each of these conditions, and that leads to problems of drug interactions and compliance,” says Teitelbaum. Many of the current pharmaceuticals used to treat Type 2 diabetes pose a burden because they must be refrigerated and injected. This is why the search is on to find a comprehensive treatment that doesn’t depend on medication and has minimal compliance requirements. “Our solution reduces weight an average of five kilos [about 11 pounds], improves the blood lipids profile, reduces blood pressure and can even improve liver function,” says Teitelbaum. The device can be removed or stay in the body indefinitely. It has many advantages over bariatric or “weight-loss” surgery, a drastic measure that can be used only on morbidly obese people and comes with serious lifelong side effects. “We feel confident about DIAMOND’s clean safety profile, unlike drugs that are artificial chemical entities that affect the entire body, or major surgery and its associated risks.” Turns on when it’s needed Teitelbaum tells ISRAEL21c that DIAMOND is unique among similar approaches in gastric stimulation because it

DIAMOND is attached via electrodes to the stomach muscles.

enhances, rather than artificially paces, stomach contractions, and it is not on continuously, kicking into gear only when its eating detection sensor is activated. Implanted during a minimally invasive procedure with about a day’s recovery period, the device doesn’t require any action by the patient except for a 45-minute weekly recharging, which is done at home while reading or watching TV. Every three to six months, the patient is checked out by a MetaCure clinical technician to make sure the system is aligned properly with personal physiological patterns. Successful studies have been completed in Europe and the United States, and additional randomized and comparative studies continue in Europe and Hong Kong, while partners are being lined up for a larger American study toward FDA approval. DIAMOND is commercially available in Europe but reimbursable only in Germany for now. Teitelbaum projects that over the next two or three years, the device will be introduced to the wider market. MetaCure, a privately held company spun out of Impulse Dynamics in 2003, has a field office in Dusseldorf and its management, clinical and technology research center in Kfar Saba, Israel.

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The Days of Awe

Continued from page 2

Continued from page 2



GIFT AUCTION October 22, 2011 7:00 PM Beth Am Shalom

approach of Third World countries. It was Abba Eban, back in the 1960s when he was Israel’s ambassador to the UN, who hit the nail on the head when he said: “If the Arabs introduced a resolution to the UN General Assembly stating the world was flat - it would pass automatically with 157 votes”! Unfortunately little has changed since then and the same holds true today. The United States has denounced the move as meaningless and an impediment to the peace process. The Obama Administration has announced it would veto any resolution that came to the UN Security Council. All well and good, but the PA plans to bypass the veto threat by going directly to the General Assembly where anything goes. The Israeli American strategy now focuses on taking the wind out of the pending PA “victory” by getting as

many of the “moral and democratic countries” as possible to vote against the resolution thus making it’s passing a hollow as well as possibly meaningless victory. The jury is still out as to if this approach will work, and what impact if any a UN vote would have. Some even go so far as to say that the Israeli and American indignation is misguided. What is called for, they advise, is to downplay the PA’s maneuver ignoring it as much as possible. Thereby, letting it be relegated to the UN junk yard of Middle East meaningless resolutions that no one remembers or adheres to. However, in today’s polarized political climate on both sides of the Atlantic that’s highly improbable. So, stay tuned. Our “interesting times” continue, and after UDI unfortunately no matter which way the chips may fall, it will still be a long road to true peace in the Middle East.

beautiful goal of self-improvement. Let us all find the inner strength to clearly see our faults and the even greater strength to eradicate them in the year to come. If we are truly successful in this holy task, then the Days of Awe will truly become so much more meaningful and important to us all. Just as we gather our cancelled checks and paid bills of the past fiscal year to prepare for a tax audit so should we in the same manner, gather our thoughts and recollections of behaviors and deeds of the past Jewish Year to prepare for the audit from a much higher authority. Then when we pray with pure hearts and pure souls, God above will hopefully bless us with a New Year filled with health, prosperity and peace.

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Harry Schwarz for One Day By William A. Diefenbach U.S. Army Air Force veteran Jackson, NJ


n April 1944, on leave one day, I was riding a bus into Orlando. Ben Levitt, the GI sitting next to me, suggested we explore the town together. Being unfamiliar with the place, I gladly agreed. Ben’s father, in New York, repaired watches and required as many watch cases as could be obtained so we stopped at a pawn shop to inquire. Upon entering the shop Ben saw some egg shells in a dish and remarked, “eggs!” The merchant reached under the counter and brought up a dish full of hard boiled eggs saying, “don’t ever come in here asking for anything without expecting to find it.” He then asked where we were going for lunch and suggested the place across the street which had the best gefilte fish available. At the luncheonette a man at the next table suggested we go to the service man’s club at the Jewish temple. When I remarked that my name was Diefenbach and I may not be accepted there, he said, “so today you’re Harry Schwarz.” At the

door of the temple we were greeted by a host and Ben introduced me as Harry Schwarz and during our visit there, another GI asked my name so I responded with my name for the day. Upon leaving, the host said, “come again Mr. Schwarz.” A week later when I was to receive my pay, I noticed the GI from the service club sitting next to the paymaster. I gave my name and serial number, and tried to keep my head turned away from him and, fortunately, he didn’t see me or didn’t remember Harry Schwarz; and I received my pay. Share your story with The Jewish Journal! Send it by mail to: P.O. Box 1082, Jackson, NJ 08527. By e-mail to:

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unity that transpired and a sense of connection. He said “For days and weeks we connected with and for each other, and mourned together. Houses of worship were refuges of healing.” He mentioned how earthquakes and outside incidents of evil, or even the recent Hurricane Irene, remind us of our connection to each other. In Judaism, Mr. Benjamin said, we are taught to make the world a better place, “striving to gain that unity, that connection, that outreach to others, face to face. That should be the legacy of 9/11.” After the reflections, Rabbi Gold shared a few thoughts about the concept of hate and the power of healing and good that can come from a person. He said “I think the key is that the attackers’ inspiration began and ended with hate. It turned into fanaticism. With hate, even the most beautiful teachings can be distorted until those who hate draw exactly the opposite lessons from the intended teachings. We should begin and end with love.” He urged the crowd as they enter into this holiday season and the month of Elul, when a person will examine the work needed for self-repair, that in their self examination they should also find the strength to continue to do good. Rabbi Gold ended his comments by saying “May we discover more than our sins, but also our goodness and power to do good. May we use our power to make more loving homes, classrooms, congregations and communities.”

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BEFORE THE HIGH HOLY DAYS. During the High Holiday season, we reflect on our accomplishments and wonder what the future will bring, for our families and for our Jewish community. What challenges await our children, our grandchildren, and Jews around the world? There’s something you can do right now that will make a difference.

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ameron Elizabeth Fields, 7 years old, who just entered the Third Grade at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Monmouth County, and Kitah Gimmel at the Congregation B’nai Israel Talmud Torah, cut 8 inches of her hair recently to be donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which collects donated hair and makes it into wigs for people undergoing cancer treatments. Cameron, whose Hebrew name is Ahuva Tzvia, feels blessed and privileged to be able to fulfill this great mitzvah of donating her hair, to help others who are undergoing cancer treatments. This is the second time that Cameron has donated her hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Cameron lives in Toms River with her parents, Jonathan Fields and Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields, and her brothers Coby Dov (5) and Samuel Peretz (3).


Notes from The Jewish Federations of North America / Fact of the Week Archive Groundbreaking Partnership to Aid Disabled Israelis In an effort to help the nearly 700,000 Israeli adults with disabilities, the Jewish Federations-supported American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has partnered with the Ruderman Family Foundation of Boston and the Israeli government to launch Israel Unlimited. The goal of the initiative is to fully integrate

adults with disabilities into their communities by developing innovative services to facilitate independent living, promoting health and addressing the needs of those at high risk, such as individuals with chronic health problems. To learn more about Israel Unlimited visit:

Hillel Buildings Sprout All Over Students on many university campuses can look forward to returning to new Hillel facilities this fall. Hillel, which is supported by Jewish Federations, this year opened the doors to new student centers at the University of British Columbia, Tulane University, University of Connecticut, University of Virginia, University of Rhode Island, Muhlenberg College, University

of Alabama, Washington and Lee University and Emory University. To learn more about Hillel’s efforts to update student centers on college campuses around North America visit: http://www. Buildings.htm


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Launch of this year’s Chabad Youth Club. Activities for the year will include cooking club, drama, and special fun Chessed (kindness) projects. Pizza & Ice Cream will be served. Come and bring a friend! Monday September 19 4:30 pm Chabad Jewish Center 2001 Church Road Toms River Tel: 732-349-4199 Information:

Children’s Program in Celebration of Rosh Hashanah

A children’s program will be held outdoors in celebration of the Rosh Hashanah holy day (which is also known as the “birthday of the world”). Following the program, families and members of the Congregation will walk to Bey Lea Golf Course Pond for the symbolic casting away of sins service known as “Tashlich.” Everyone is Welcome. Thursday September 29 4 pm Congregation B’nai Israel 1488 Old Freehold Rd. Toms River Tel: 732-349-1244

Out-Reach Service

A special “Out-Reach Service” will be held on Yom Kippur Day for those who are not affiliated with a synagogue in the area. According to Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields, this will be an opportunity for the Conservative Congregation in Toms River to service Jews in the area so that they, too, can experience

the awe and religious majesty of these solemn days. There will be no fee for this Service and no reserved seating. The service will include Yizkor Memorial Prayers in memory of loved ones. Saturday October 8 4:30 – 5:30 pm Congregation B’nai Israel 1488 Old Freehold Rd. Toms River Tel: 732-349-1244

Casino Night & Gift Auction

Everyone welcome. All proceeds from this fund raiser will go to the temple. Admission includes Chinese food buffet, gambling chips for gambling and prizes. A gift auction will be held! Saturday October 22 7 pm Beth Am Shalom 1235 Highway 70 Lakewood Admission: $50 per person Tickets and information: 732-363-2800

Jewish Concert @ The Strand

A whopping conclusion to a holiday month. A Jewish celebration at the historic Strand Theater in Lakewood, with Jewish singing group Eighth Day ( Sunday October 23 6 pm The Strand Theater 400 Clifton Ave. Lakewood Tickets and information: www.chabadtomsriver. com/concert

HIGH HOLIDAY SCHEDULE Joint Community Selichot Service

Please join us for Selichot service as we mark the beginning of the high holiday period. Come and participate, get inspired, and sing. A Guest Speaker from the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County will join us. Refreshments will be served. Participant Congregations: Congregation Ahavat Olam, Congregation B’nai Israel, Temple Beth Or, and Beth Am Shalom. Saturday September 24 8:30 pm Hosted by Congregation Ahavat Olam 106 Windeler Road Howell Tel: 732-363-5190

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2001 Church Rd., Toms River. This year, enjoy the High Holiday Experience, with English commentary, Hebrew-English prayerbook, and a welcoming non-judgemental atmoshphere. Information and reservations: chabadtomsriver. com/highholidays High Holiday Services Thursday-Friday, Sept. 29-30 Services begin at 9:00 am Children’s Minyan at 10:30 am Shofar at 11:00 am Kidduh luncheon at 1:00 pm. At the Holiday Inn of Toms River Yom Kippur Services Friday- Shabbat, October 7-8 At the Hilton Garden Inn

Congregation B’nai Israel

1488 Old Freehold Rd., Toms River. Yom Kippur Services An Open Community Service will be held. No previous reservations are necessary and no tickets are required. The service will include Yizkor Memorial prayers and will be led by Rabbi Ellen S. WolintzFields and Eli Eytan. The fast day will also conclude with a joyous blessing by the Rabbi of all of the children of the synagogue. Members of the Congregation are invited to participate in the blowing of the Shofar at the conclusion of the service. Saturday October 8 4:30 pm Festival of Simchat Torah Services The congregation will begin the Festival of Simchat Torah with singing and dancing with the Torah Scrolls inside and outside the sanctuary. Children from the entire community are urged to join the joyous proceedings and participate in the Torah parade with the carrying of flags which will be distributed. Everyone is invited to join the celebration and to “Dance the Hora with the Torah” on that day. Thursday October 20 7 pm Simchat Torah Festive Service The highest honor of the Jewish liturgical year will be given to Jonathan Fields and Joanne Gethard on the festival of Simchat Torah. The service will be followed by a Kiddush-Luncheon provided by CBI, in honor of Jonathan Fields and Joanne Gethard. Friday October 21 9 pm

OFFICIAL GENERAL ELECTION NOVEMBER 8, 2011 VOTE BY MAIL NOTICE TO PERSONS WANTING MAIL-IN BALLOTS If you are a qualified and registered voter of the State who wants to vote by mail in the Official General Election to be held on November 8, 2011 complete the application form to the right and send to the undersigned, or write or apply in person to the undersigned at once requesting that a mail-in ballot be forwarded to you. The request must state your home address and the address to which the ballot should be sent. The request must be dated and signed with your signature. If any person has assisted you to complete the mail-in ballot application, the name, address and signature of the assistor must be provided on the application, and you must sign and date the application for it to be valid and processed. No person shall serve as an authorized messenger for more than 10 qualified voters in an election. No person who is a candidate in the election for which the voter requests a mail-in ballot may provide any assistance in the completion of the ballot or may serve as an authorized messenger or bearer. No mail-in ballot will be provided to any applicant who submits a request therefor by mail unless the request is received at least seven days before the election and contains the requested information. A voter may, however, request an application in person from the County Clerk up to 3 p.m. of the day before the election. Voters who want to vote only by mail in all future general elections in which they are eligible to vote, and who state that on their application shall, after their initial request and without further action on their part, be provided a mail-in ballot by the County Clerk until the voter requests that the voter no longer be sent such a ballot. A voter’s failure to vote in the fourth general election following the general election at which the voter last voted may result in the suspension of that voter’s ability to receive a mail-in ballot for all future general elections unless a new application is completed and filed with the County Clerk. Voters also have the option of indicating on their mail-in ballot applications that they would prefer to receive mail-in ballots for each election that takes place during the remainder of this calendar year. Voters who exercise this option will be furnished with mail-in ballots for each election that takes place during the remainder of this calendar year, without further action on their part. Application forms may be obtained by applying to the undersigned either in writing or by telephone, or the application form provided to the right may be completed and forwarded to the undersigned. You can also download the application form at on the internet. Dated: September 7, 2011

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