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Israel’s Parliament (Knesset) Election Results – 2019 By Rabbi Robert Rubin


srael went to the polls on Tuesday, April 9 to elect members to the 21st Knesset, and their Election Day is over. However, the election process is NOT over. It now moves to the next stage which is actually trying to form the next government. Contrary to media reports, a Prime Minister was not elected on Tuesday, April 9. Parties were elected. Israelis at the polls in a Knesset election only get one vote – they vote for a party. The total number of each party’s votes are tabulated, and each party’s total is calculated as a percentage of the national vote. Each party then “wins” a percentage of the 120 Knesset seats based on their percentage of the national vote. For example, if a party receives 10% of the national vote, then they receive 10% of the Knesset seats, which means the first 12 individuals on that party’s list of candidates become Members of the Knesset. A party must receive a minimum of 3.25% of the national vote to get into the Knesset altogether, which translates into four seats. Parties receiving less than the 3.25% threshold do not receive any Knesset seats at all. The formation of the next government is a different process altogether. See below. Here are the results of the election with the number of seats “won” by each party that passed the threshold: Likud (Benjamin Netanyahu) 36 Blue White (Benny Gantz) 35 Shas 8 United Torah Judaism 7 Labor 6

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In addition to these 11 parties, 28 other parties also ran but received less votes than the 3.25% threshold (which was approximately 140,000) and thus received no Knesset seats. Formation of the Next Government A ruling majority in the Knesset needs to be formed. Since 1948, no one party ever won a majority of 61 or more Knesset seats on its own. The same happened this year. Without a one-party majority, a coalition of parties needs to be formed in order to form a governing majority of 61 or more Knesset seats. By Thursday, April 18, one week after final vote totals are certified (already passed by the time you are reading this), the heads of all of the parties with seats in the new Knesset would have had their individual meetings with the current President of Israel (Reuven Rivlin) in order to give to him their specific recommendations for who to be Prime Minister (most likely either Netanyahu or Gantz). The President of Israel (which is mostly an honorary figurehead-type position but with this one important political task) then chooses the leader of one of the parties (most likely either Netanyahu or Gantz) with the task of forming a majority coalition with four weeks to do so. The President’s role is to choose the party leader whom he feels is in the best position to form a majority coalition (media reports point to Netanyahu),

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Dear Friends of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County By Shelly Newman First, I would like to thank all of you who have made our Place to Be gala event your place to be for the past few years. I know you had a great evening of fun, food, and entertainment. Additionally, your participation has helped support the important work Federation does of meeting the needs for our community in Ocean County. This year, I am excited to invite you to another place for you to be on May 16 at the Ramada Inn in Toms River. For $60 you will enjoy a Kosher dinner catered by Circa New York, and I know you will be wonderfully entertained by William Michals, a Broadway actor and singer who has appeared in South Pacific, Beauty and the Beast and many more shows. Come and enjoy this wonderful evening of being with your community and helping those in need. Thank you again to those who have already made their reservations. For those of you who haven’t, please call Beth Josephs at the JFOC office at 732-363-0530 or complete the reservation form in the Jewish Journal on page XX and send it to 1235A Route 70, Lakewood, NJ 08701. See you on May 16! Shelly Newman, President Jewish Federation of Ocean County

Special Days Coming Soon Yom Hashoah / Holocaust Commemoration Day – 27 Nisan This year on Wednesday evening-Thursday, May 1-2 Yom Hazikaron / Israel Memorial Day – 3 Iyar (one day early) This year on Tuesday evening-Wednesday, May 7-8 Yom Haatzmaut / Israel Independence Day – 4 Iyar (one day early) This year on Wednesday evening-Thursday, May 8-9

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A Community at Risk

Count-up to Holiness

aside what we are doing and say the ritual words: “Today is the ___ day of the counting of the Omer.”

at risk for depression, social isolation, declining health and problems associated with institutionalization, which can trigger traumatic memories of wartime experiences. With local agencies and Claims Conference funding at capacity, and a population that is aging, the Jewish Federations are anticipating increased requests for services including home healthcare, counseling, transportation, socialization, nutrition and emergency assistance.

By Shelly Newman, President Jewish Federation of Ocean County On Yom HaShoah, we remember. We must never forget or allow the world to forget. On Yom HaShoah, we honor the dead and we support the survivors. A Quick Quiz: 1. How many Holocaust Survivors live in Ocean County? 2. What is the approximate age of these Survivors? 3. How does Federation help the Survivors? The Jewish Federation makes caring for Holocaust Survivors a key priority, helping them to live with dignity and comfort in their own homes. Of the approximately 100,000 Holocaust Survivors in the United States, nearly one quarter are age 85 or older, and one in four lives in poverty. There are over 100 Survivors in Ocean County. As a group they are

There are many ways for you to help support our Survivors. YOU CAN: • contribute the contents of your tzedakah boxes. • become a member of G.E.M. and contribute monthly. • make a donation to Federation earmarked for the Survivors. • call Rita Sason at 732-363-8010 and learn what we are doing with your donations. • sponsor our annual events, The Place to Be and the Film Festival. The German Government provides funds if we show that our community is committed to helping our Survivors by matching every dollar we raise with approximately $33.00. That is right; every one of your dollars will be matched by $33.00 from the German government this year. I ask everyone to “do Jewish” and make it your duty to help this Community at Risk.

By Rabbi Michael Jay Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island, Spray Beach


ith Passover tucked safely behind us, Shavuot looms large ahead, like Mount Sinai from which the Ten Commandments were given. Indeed, Shavuot commemorates our receipt of the Torah from God. But, between the two Festivals is a countdown numbering 49 days. Our biblical ancestors took a day’s measure (an omer) of the first barley harvest to the Temple each day for 49 days. After the completion of this ritual, by which the Israelites showed their gratitude for the grain, the people were allowed to enjoy eating the produce of the new harvest.

This brief daily moment in time gives us the opportunity for reflection. And it is in this moment of introspection that we can begin the process of working on improving our selves and the world around us. Each day that we count we might consider taking an aspect of our lives that we would like to change and focus on it. For instance, on one night in the counting of the Omer one might decide to specifically avoid gossip for the next day. On another night, one might focus on being kinder and gentler to others for the next day. On other nights one might focus on God’s attributes of being compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, loving, kind, true, and forgiving The hope would be that by mindfully undertaking these changes in action or attitude, we will make ourselves better. Perhaps the practice will help us to become better spouses, better co-workers, better friends, and better people. Think of the positive impact it would have on our homes, our communities, and the world if each of us improved our attitude and our behavior.

When the Temple was destroyed It is not by accident that the It is not by accident and the Jewish that the Omer is Omer is counted "up" from people became counted “up” from less agricultural, 1 to 49, and not "down." 1 to 49, and not this ritual might “down.” The jourhave quietly faded. However, through the brilliance of ney from freedom to the receipt of the Tothe Rabbis, the Counting of the Omer rah is a march of elevation toward holiness. was maintained as a spiritual practice. Each day we rise higher and higher in our The 49 days from Passover to Shavuot desire to be closer to the Holy One and to became known as the transition from be- the Divine that exists within each of us. ing enslaved in Egypt to freely encountering God at Mt Sinai. For each of these Count, take stock, change, and rise up to be 49 days we acknowledge one more step the best version of yourself that you can be. in our journey toward spiritual and emoThe Jewish Journal is pleased to host a tional freedom. monthly Rabbi Column, rotating among our But counting the Omer serves another community’s pulpit rabbis. The views and purpose. Through it we can not only keep opinions expressed are those of the writer, track of time, but we can mark changes and do not necessarily reflect those of The in our selves as well. Each evening after Jewish Journal, the Jewish Federation of sundown (which is the beginning of the Ocean County or the author’s Congregation. next day on the Jewish calendar) we put Editor’s note: This year, the Omer is counted starting on Saturday night, April 20 (16 Nisan) with the final count on Friday night, June 7 (5 Sivan).




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"Tzedakah Has the Power to Change the World" By Anise Singer, Chair Jewish Journal Editorial Committee   am an admirer of Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. He is eloquent, wise, and speaks to us in the most harmonious British accent.  In a recent YouTube video,  talking about Tzedakah,  he states, very simply: “Tzedakah has the power to change the world.”


It reminded me of our cover story in the March 2018 issue of our Jewish Journal, where we presented the concept of how we could literally make one dollar equal thirty three. It was not magic – it was Tzedakah! Last year, the Jewish Family and Children’s Service, together with the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany Inc. and a grant from the State of New Jersey, has been providing this sacred obligation of pikuach nefesh (saving a life in jeopardy) for many years. I remember, as a child, the blue Tzedakah box above the sink in my grandparent’s apartment. It is a visual that has stayed with me forever.

a housewarming gift. We filled it not just with coins, but with the joy and love that we knew would help someone in need.

It was not magic – it was Tzedakah! So, if you have a Tzedakah box, a jar of coins, a collection in any form, no matter the amount, please bring it to the Federation office. We will take it to the bank to be counted as your gift to JFCS.  A check, in any amount, will also be appreciated. Remember,  your one dollar will not only transform into thirty-three dollars, but it will also transform the life of a Holocaust survivor. 3

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but it is still at the President’s discretion to choose. By the time you are reading this article, the President would have already chosen that party leader. Discussions and negotiations then take place among the various parties with Knesset seats. If the party leader chosen by the President is successful in forming a majority coalition, then the proposed governing coalition is presented for acceptance. If that party leader is not successful, the President can grant an extension of another two weeks (commonly done) or can choose another party leader to attempt to form a majority coalition with four weeks to do so. If the second party leader chosen by the President is successful in forming a majority coalition, then the proposed governing coalition is presented for acceptance. If no attempt is

successful, new elections can be called, and the entire election cycle would begin again (though this has not yet ever happened). Israel is now in this “coalition formation” stage. Due to the extensive negotiations that occur among the various parties about what each party wants to receive in exchange for becoming part of the majority coalition, this stage often goes up to the deadline. As a result, we may not see the final formation of the new government and its various ministers appointed until the middle or end of May. Israel is a robust democracy, though its system works differently than our American system. Keep watching!

The sage, Hillel, said: “If I am not for myself, then who will be there for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And, if not now, when?” Remember,  it is within our power to “do Jewish!”  Save a life in jeopardy.

When we moved into our new home, dear friends gave us a beautiful Tzedakah box as

Sorry, Mr. Smith. We have to cancel your operation since you are boycotting Israel. The equipment and drugs we use for your treatments are from Israel. We have to let you go. Can I call my family? No, your cell phone is also designed in Israel.

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AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) - What is It? Women’s Seders By Rabbi Robert Rubin

in power. It works with the current American government and the current Israeli government to maintain a strong relationship between them.

AIPAC has been misunderstood and maligned recently in public discourse and media. Here are simple basic facts to correct any misunderstandings and counter false allegations. Q: What is AIPAC’s mission? A: AIPAC’s mission is to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of the United States and Israel. It works hard to maintain the bonds between these two great countries, which are based on the shared values of democracy, rule of law, freedom of speech/press/religion/others, and protection of minority rights. Q: Does AIPAC take sides in the political arena? A: No. AIPAC is non-partisan. It does NOT endorse any candidates. It does NOT donate to any candidates or campaigns. It is NOT a PAC (Political Action Committee, which endorses candidates and donates to campaigns), even though the names are similar. AIPAC constantly and persistently emphasizes the need for bi-partisan support for Israel from Democrats and Republicans (and Independents, too). AIPAC does lobby for specific policy initiatives which may or may not be the approach of the current U.S. government’s positions on those issues. Q: What does AIPAC do? A: AIPAC arranges and organizes lobbying efforts so that we, as American citizens, can exercise our Constitutional right to meet with our elected officials and “to petition the Government” as stated in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Its main event is the annual Policy Conference in Washington, DC at which the recent one in March brought about 18,000 delegates together from all parts of the country to learn about and to lobby for a strong U.S-Israel relationship.

Q: How old is AIPAC? A: AIPAC was incorporated in 1963 with roots going back into the 1950’s, so they have seen and worked with many, many different governments and political leaders.

The AIPAC delegation for the NJ-03 congressional district together with Rep. Andy Kim (center, in front of his House Office sign) included Rabbi William Gershon of Congregation B’nai Israel, Toms River (third to Rep. Kim’s left) and Rabbi Robert Rubin of Temple Beth Or, Brick (at Rep. Kim’s immediate left)

Q: Do individual AIPAC members have one particular political leaning? A: No. AIPAC members reflect the diversity of American and Israeli politics. Individual AIPAC members and donors have their own political leanings (as other Americans do) and often express those opinions (like other Americans), but no one of them represents AIPAC as an organization or the full range of opinions found among AIPAC members. Q: How can one learn more about AIPAC and get involved? A: Learn more, including the option of viewing many videos, on their website at Consider attending AIPAC events in the future, participating in pro-Israel advocacy and lobbying your elected representatives for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship which is beneficial for both countries.

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After 37 years, Israeli Soldier Zachary Baumel Buried in Israel in a Funeral Touching the ‘deepest part of our identity’ Thousands accompany US-born serviceman, killed in 1982 war, to final resting place By Times of Israel Staff; April 4, 2019 (abridged)

Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of Zachary Baumel at the Mount Herzl Military cemetery in Jerusalem on April 4, 2019. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)


gt. First Class Zachary Baumel was laid to rest in Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl military cemetery on Thursday evening, April 4, nearly 37 years after his death in the First Lebanon War’s battle of Sultan Yacoub in 1982, at the age of 21. Thousands turned out for the ceremony, where Baumel — whose remains were returned to Israel days ago after a complex IDF intelligence operation and with central Russian assistance — was eulogized by President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, among others. “Zachary, after 37 years, a few days before the battle where you fell, you wrote to your parents, ‘Don’t worry, everything’s alright, but it looks like I won’t be home soon,'” Rivlin said in his eulogy. “Thirty-seven years have elapsed, but today you returned home. You returned to our homeland, to Jerusalem.” “We did not give up and we will not give up on this sacred task until all those who fell defending our people and country are brought home. We will not cease until all our boys are back home, including your comrades in arms Sergeant First Class Yehuda Katz and Sergeant First Class Tzvi Feldman, and all those who fell in battle and whose resting place is unknown,” Rivlin said. Netanyahu said that retrieving the bodies of Israel Defense Forces soldiers killed in battle touches the deepest part of Israeli and Jewish identity. Osna Haberman, Baumel’s sister said: “All of our prayers during these 37 years went to one place and we’re here. I thought about what I would do here in this place. I can’t even embrace you. So I thought to turn to the ground and ask the land to embrace you. After a few minutes I understood that I don’t even need to ask. The land embraces you so

Zachary Baumel. (JTA/Courtesy Miriam Baumel)

strongly. And why? Because there is absolute love between the son that gave everything for the land and the land itself, and there is a perfect union here. You are together now,” Haberman said. A senior diplomatic official, who asked not to be named, said the operation was evidence of the “special” connection between Jerusalem and Moscow, and that Russia’s help would not have a “diplomatic price tag” linked to the situation in Syria. The Russian president confirmed that the effort to find the remains “was difficult for the special forces.” In September, the Russian defense ministry said one of its soldiers had been injured in the operation. After a complex and secret operation, Baumel’s remains were returned to Israel on an El Al plane, a military spokesman said on Wednesday. The announcement brought to a close a decades-long mission by Baumel’s Jerusalem-based, American-born parents to find their son, which included international pressure campaigns and faint hopes that he may have been captured alive during the brutal Sultan Yacoub tank battle. Yona Baumel, Zachary’s father, died 10 years ago; his mother Miriam is in her 80s.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends an official Russian Defense Ministry ceremony, April 4, 2019, at which he receives the remains of IDF soldier Zachary Baumel’s personal effects. Also present: Russian Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov. After the ceremony, the Israeli flag that had been placed on the casket containing the effects was folded by the honor guard and given to the prime minister. (Kobi Gideon / GPO)

raeli servicemen were killed and more than 30 were injured. Though Baumel and the other two soldiers — Zvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz — were generally believed to have been killed in the battle, there has also been speculation and reports that they were captured by the Syrian military in Sultan Yacoub and brought to Damascus. A commander of a Palestinian terrorist group in Syria said Wednesday Baumel’s remains were uncovered by armed factions at a Palestinian refugee camp outside Damascus. Baumel’s body was reportedly returned together with the remains of at least 10 other unidentified people. Medical examiners at the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute have re-

Netanyahu told a press conference earlier Wednesday that Baumel’s remains were recovered along with his tzitzit (ritual fringes) and tank jumpsuit.

portedly examined most of the other bodies brought back, and have concluded that none of them were Feldman or Katz. A Channel 13 report said one body had yet to be ruled out as either of the two Israeli soldiers.

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In 2016, an Israeli tank lost in the battle was returned to Israel by Russia. Tank commander Baumel, a Brooklyn-born American immigrant, was one of three Israeli soldiers whose bodies were never recovered following the battle of Sultan Yacoub, a skirmish between the IDF and Syrian army in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, in which 21 Is-

Israeli soldiers salute near the fresh grave of Zachary Baumel, during his funeral at the Mount Herzl Military cemetery in Jerusalem, April 4, 2019. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

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Israel Lands a Space Vehicle on the Moon – Good News and Bad News Israel is only the fourth country to land on the Moon and the seventh to put a vehicle in lunar orbit. However, the landing was not smooth as hoped. This project was the first private sector effort to make it and land on the Moon.

Israeli Spacecraft Beresheet Crashes During Moon Landing The spacecraft lost power in its main engine after sending a selfie from 22 kilometers (nearly 14 miles) above the surface of the moon, then went into a free fall toward the surface. The main engine reignited several kilometers above the surface before losing communication with the control room. Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft took this “selfie” as it attempted to land on the moon. (SpaceIL/YouTube)

By Marcy Oster, April 11, 2019 JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet crashed while attempting to land on the surface of the moon. “If at first you don’t succeed, try again,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said from SpaceIL’s control room in Yehud, in central Israel, on Thursday. He vowed that Israel would attempt the moon landing again in the future.

At least 95,000 viewers tuned in to a live broadcast of the control room on YouTube, and the hundreds of chat messages a minute indicated that they were watching from throughout Israel, the United States and several other countries. Beresheet means Genesis in Hebrew.

should congratulate ourselves on what we have achieved,” Rivlin said. Later he added, “Sure we didn’t land exactly like we wanted, but we landed. We are on the moon!” The control room and its spectators, as well as Rivlin and his guests, sang Israel’s national anthem, “Hatikvah,” together following the crash. Morris Kahn, the major funder of the SpaceIL project, said afterward that the control room confirmed that the landing had failed.

About 200 children and parents gathered at President’s Reuven Rivlin’s residence in Jerusalem to watch the landing.

“Well, we didn’t make it, but we definitely tried,” he said. “I think the achievement of the attempt is really tremendous.”

Although it didn’t complete its mission, Beresheet helped Israel become the seventh country to have a spacecraft orbit the moon.

The size of a compact car, the craft weighed about 1,300 pounds at launch, most of which was fuel. It took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on February 21 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It used the gravity

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of the earth and then the moon to make its way to the lunar surface, traveling over 3.4 million miles in its orbits around the earth and another 1 million around the moon. The craft’s landing time was listed Thursday on the electronic arrivals timetable board at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv alongside other flights. Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, entered the control room moments before the scheduled landing and greeted the scientists and technicians. They took their seats in the front row of the viewing room outside of the control room. SpaceIL co-founders Yonatan Winetraub, Kfir Damari and Yariv Bash also sat together in the front row. Before the landing attempt, the SpaceIL team remembered Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut, who died in 2003 aboard Columbia when the space shuttle exploded during re-entry.

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These EU States Just Took an Unprecedented Stand for Israel at the UN Human Rights Council By Cnaan Liphshiz March 22, 2019 (JTA) — In a major policy reversal by Western members of the United Nations Human Rights Council, all its European Union member states voted against a permanent item singling out Israel. The vote Friday was the first time that EU members states, plus Brazil and Japan, have voted against Item 7 — a recurrent draft resolution that is the only permanent item on the agenda singling out any one nation.

representing the bloc. (Five nations on the council abstained.) It was also the first time that Brazil voted against Item 7, which it has tended to support. The Palestinian representative told the Council: “If you protect Israel, it will destroy you all.” He also said Israel’s character as a Jewish state is “shameless racism.”

The draft resolution passed, despite the Western opposition: while 16 opposed it, including Australia, 26 were in favor.

Item 7 comprises four resolutions. One states that the Council is “deeply concerned at the suffering of the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan due to the systematic and continuous violation of their fundamental and human rights by Israel since the Israeli military occupation of 1967.” It does not mention the slaughter of Syrians by their government and other forces involved in fighting in Syria.

Whereas European nations in recent years have abstained by and large in votes on Item 7 at Human Rights Council sessions, this year they made a joint stand against the item, citing its “imbalance,” as the representative of Bulgaria said in a statement

In a tweet on Thursday, President Trump signaled that the U.S. may officially recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel, breaking with decades of American policy. Another part of Item 7 “Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to immediately end

The EU states currently on the council are Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

embargo on Israel, were passed about the Jewish state during the 40th session of the Council. It was the highest number of negative resolutions passed about any individual country during the session.

The third expresses “grave concern at the continuing violations of international humanitarian law and the systematic violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people by Israel, the occupying Power.”

In an earlier vote, all EU countries on the Council except the United Kingdom voted against adopting a U.N. report accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza. The British delegate abstained along with India and Iceland, two nations that in the past have voted in favor of critical resolutions singling out Israel. Ukraine, Brazil and Australia were among the eight countries that voted against the resolution, which passed with a majority of 23 yes votes and 15 abstentions.   Israel dismissed the report as factually incorrect and displaying “clear evidence of political bias” against it.

The fourth, titled “Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories,” does mention terrorism, but only by “extremist Israelis.”

Last year, the United States pulled out of the Human Rights Council. Nikki Haley, then the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, called the council a “cesspool of political bias.”

A view of the United Nations Human Rights Council at UN headquarters in New York in 2014. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

its occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”

A total of five critical but nonbinding resolutions, including one supporting an arms

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The Women’s Division of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County presents

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William Michals Thursday, May 16, 2019 Ramada Inn, Toms River 6:30pm Dinner



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Includes 2 tickets Your name or business listed in the Jewish Journal mailed to over 4,000 homes Your name or business listed on The Place to Be page of the Federation website, Facebook, and event promotional emails to 4,000 recipients Your name or business listed on the evening's posters Price after April 8, 2019: $65/person. All tickets will be held at the door the evening of the event. Dietary laws observed.

All proceeds from this event will support essential services to Ocean County senior citizens and Holocaust survivors. With your support, we will be able to expand our services to this aging and vulnerable population.

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Two Recipes from Puzzle Israel in Honor of Israel Independence Day Eggplant Rolls filled with Minced Meat and Dates

Gluten-Free Colorful Tabbouleh Salad Puzzle Israel tour company has been operating since 2010, successfully bringing groups from North America, South Africa, Australia and Europe to give them a different kind of 'Israeli experience'. Owners Nir Margalith and Guy Marom put together an energized, creative, and service-oriented team with its finger on the pulse of contemporary Israel.

Ingredients 1 lb. raw ground beef 5 Medjool dates, pitted, small dice ¼ t sea salt ¼ t black pepper fresh thyme 3 eggplants, ¼” slice, lengthwise ¼ C extra-virgin olive oil 1 red onion, small dice 2 cloves garlic, minced Directions 1. Preheat oven to 450°F. 2. Line a sheet pan with sliced eggplants. Drizzle with olive oil, and bake for 1012 minutes, until slightly golden brown.

3. Heat olive oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add onion and garlic, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for another 15-20 minutes, until caramelized. 4. In a mixing bowl, combine the raw ground beef, sautéed onion and garlic, dates, salt, and pepper, and mix well. 5. Place a spoonful of the beef mixture onto each eggplant slice. 6. Roll the eggplant over the beef mixture and use a toothpick to secure the roll. 7. Place the rolls onto a lined sheet pan and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes. 8. Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh thyme. 9. Serve warm.



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What’s Nu? Community Calendar

These events are open to all, but it is a good idea to RSVP. Some may require reservations. For additional synagogue contact information, see page 24. Wednesday, April 24 • Wisdom of the Ages … Wisdom of the Sages – Lessons from Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Ancestors); with Rabbi Robert Rubin; 10:00-11:30 AM; also on May 1, 15 and 29; come for any session; no Hebrew required; Temple Beth Or, 200 Van Zile Road, Brick; no charge; 732458-4700 Sunday, April 28 • Post-Pesach Pasta Dinner and Adult Comedy with Comedian Steve Marshall; 4:30 PM for dinner, followed by the show; children invited for the dinner and an age-appropriate movie being shown during the Comedy Show; sponsored by the Men’s Club; $25/adult, $10/ child, $60/family maximum; RSVP required by April 24; Temple Beth Or, 200 Van Zile Road, Brick; 732-458-4700 • Post-Pesach Pasta Party; 5:00 PM; Congregation Ahavat Olam, 106 Windeler Road, Howell; RSVP required; 732719-3500 Monday, April 29 • Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Program; 4:30 PM; keynote speaker is

Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger; cosponsored by Congregation Ahavat Olam of Howell and Beth Am Shalom of Lakewood; being held at Congregation Ahavat Olam, 106 Windeler Road, Howell; 732-719-3500 or email • Hebrew Reading, Beyond the Basics – for those who know the Hebrew letters and vowels and want to practice and improve their reading and learn about what we are reading; with Rabbi Robert Rubin; 7:15-8:45 PM; also on May 6, 13 and 20; come to any session; Temple Beth Or, 200 Van Zile Road, Brick; no charge; 732458-4700 Wednesday, May 1 • Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Program; 6:30 PM; keynote speaker is Mark Hetfield; Congregation B’nai Israel, 1488 Old Freehold Road, Toms River; 732-349-1244 Friday, May 3 • Tot Shabbat and Musical Shabbat Service; Tot Shabbat (ages 8 and under) at 7:00 PM, Musical Shabbat Service at 7:30 PM; held usually the first Fri-

Jewish Film Festival Sunday, August 18 – Sunday, August 25 Marquis Theater Route 37, Toms River Jewish Federation of Ocean County and Axelrod Performing Arts Center have become partners for this year!

day of every month; Congregation Ahavat Olam, 106 Windeler Road, Howell; 732-719-3500 Sunday, May 5 • Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Program: Telling the Story; 4:00 PM; cosponsored by Temple Beth Or and Living Faith Bible Church, both of Brick; being held at Temple Beth Or, 200 Van Zile Road, Brick; call TBO at 732-4584700; see page 6 for details Wednesday, May 8 • The Book of Psalms; with Rabbi Dr. Robert Fierstien; 10:00-11:30 AM; also on May 22; no Hebrew required; Temple Beth Or, 200 Van Zile Road, Brick; no charge; 732-458-4700 Tuesday, May 14 • Mah Jongg Game and Card Party; 5:00-9:00 PM, doors open at 4:30 PM; Kosher Chinese Dinner; Door Prizes; $25; RSVP by May 4; reserve a table by calling Arlene Stein at 732-367-4046 or email; Congregation Ahavat Olam, 106 Windeler Road, Howell

Thursday, May 16 • The Place to Be with Broadway actor and singer William Michals; 6:30 PM Dinner, 7:30 PM Entertainment; Ramada Inn, 2373 Highway 9, Toms River; sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Ocean County; 732-363-0530; see pages 16-18 for details and ticket order form For inclusion in this Jewish Journal Community Calendar and in the What’s Nu? eNewsletter, email the basic information to both the Jewish Federation Editorial Committee at and to Beth Josephs at To receive the bi-weekly What’s Nu? eNewsletter as an email, send your request with your email address to Beth Josephs at

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French Pilot who Stayed with Hijacked Israelis, Jews at Entebbe Dies Aged 95 Tributes pour in for Michel Bacos, who refused the terrorists’ offer of release and, with his crew, remained captive with the plane’s Jewish hostages Times of Israel Staff, March 27, 2019

lled “one of the most daring and successful hostage rescue missions in history.”

sraeli and French officials Wednesday mourned the death of Michel Bacos, the Air France pilot who along with his crew insisted on remaining with Israeli and Jewish hostages after pro-Palestinian terrorists hijacked his flight and diverted the plane to Entebbe Airport in 1976. He died in Nice on Tuesday at the age of 95.

After days of tension and failed negotiations Israel staged an unprecedented rescue operation, flying an elite commando team 4,000 kilometers (2,400 miles) to Uganda. After a brief firefight, the hostages were freed, loaded on the waiting Israeli Air Force planes and flown to Israel.


On June 27, 1976, Palestinian terrorists hijacked an Air France jet flying from Tel Aviv to Paris. The plane was diverted to Uganda, where the hijackers were welcomed by dictator Idi Amin. The terrorists freed the non-Jewish passengers immediately upon arrival but the Air France crew members, with the captain at their head, refused the captors’ offer of release and instead chose to remain as hostages with the plane’s Jewish passengers. On July 4, 98 of the hostages were rescued in an operation by elite Israeli commandos. Four hostages lost their lives along with the mission commander Yonatan Netanyahu, elder brother of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Bacos was eulogized by Netanyahu, who called him the “hero captain.” “I bow to his memory and salute Michel’s bravery,” Netanyahu tweeted. “He refused to leave his Jewish and Israeli passengers, even though the hijackers offered him the option. He remained with them through all their suffering, until IDF soldiers under the command of my brother Yoni freed them in a daring operation.”

Michel Bacos, who piloted the Air France jetliner hijacked to Entebbe in 1976 and chose to stay with the Israeli and Jewish hostages rather than be released. (Twitter)

Yoni Netanyahu, in a photograph taken shortly before his death at Entebbe in 1976 (Wikipedia)

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, issued a statement praising Bacos’s bravery. “Michel, bravely refusing to give in to anti-Semitism and barbarism, did honor to France,” Estrosi said. “The love of France and the defense of liberties have marked his destiny.” Bacos was at the controls of Air France Flight 139 with 246 passengers and a crew of 12. The plane stopped in Athens to pick up more passengers, among them three Germans and a Palestinian who hijacked the plane and forced it to fly to Entebbe, Uganda, where more terrorists were waiting. When the terrorists separated the non-Jewish and non-Israeli passengers and let them go, Bacos refused to leave and insisted on staying with the Israeli and Jewish hostages. “It was out of the question for me to abandon my passengers. All of them needed to be freed,” Bacos said in 2016 when he received the American Jewish Congress Moral Courage Award for his role in what the AJC ca-

Israeli Foreign Minister Yigal Allon (back to camera) welcoming the rescued Air France passengers and crew including pilot Michel Bacos (left) coming off an Israel Air Force Hercules plane at Ben Gurion Airport, July 1976 (Moshe Milner, Israel Government Press Office)

Born in Egypt, Bacos served in the French military in World War II under Charles de Gaulle before becoming a civilian pilot at the war’s end. He retired from Air France in 1982 and lived in the French city of Nice. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary, three sons and several grandchildren.

For his bravery, Bacos was recognized by the government of Israel as well as of France, which awarded him the National Order of the Legion of Honor, the country’s highest honor. Israel’s Consul General in New York Dani Dayan tweeted that Bacos’s passing marked the “death of a hero…We salute you, Captain.” The Israel Airline Pilots Association praised his commitment to his passengers, tweeting: “Rest in Peace Captain Bacos, the Israeli Airline Pilos salute you.”

The homecoming of the hostages on July 4, 1976 (Courtesy IDF Archive)

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The Secret Jewish History of the Mercedes Name

By Peter Orosz, April 12, 2019


ercedes and Jewish roots? Weren’t open Mercedes the rides of choice for the Nazi set in the 1930s? Yes, they were—but Hitler and compan y were riding in cars named after the granddaughter of a Hungarian rabbi.

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There is a famous photo of Adolf Hitler from 1934 which shows him standing in the rear of a 7.6-liter inline-eight Großer Mercedes, leading a parade of Nazis down the first completed stretch of the Autobahn between Frankfurt and Darmstadt, the stretch of road which would see Rudolf Caracciola set the public road speed record of 268.8 mph, which stands to this day. Perhaps Germany’s Nazi leaders were more ironic than a fixie of hipsters or perhaps they were completely unaware of motoring history, but one thing is certain: the Mercedes 770 sedans they preferred carried the name of the granddaughter of the noted Hungarian rabbinic scholar Adolf Jellinek. As for how that came to be, it’s best to refer to L.J.K. Setright’s 2004 masterpiece Drive On!: A Social History of the Motor Car, where the story is told on page 28. It has to do with Adolf Jellinek’s son Emil, who was an early racing driver and later became what in modern times would be called a PR executive: There were Germans in the sport, too, and representatives of what might be called the other half of Greater Germany, which was the Austro-Hungarian Empire. One of the latter used to do quite well in the events of the Nice Speed Week (a race, a sprint along the Promenade des Anglais, and a climb up the hill to La Turbie) where the cream of society flocked each winter. The diplomatic Emil Jellinek, Austro-Hungarian Consul

in Nice, moved in these high circles, and drove heavy Daimlers at high speeds with good results, all of which made him exceedingly influential in the sale of cars to the polite and prosperous. The only handicap he encountered was the Teutonic name of Daimler, distasteful to the French; so he insisted that the new Daimler model for 1901 be named after his daughter… The son of a distinguished Hungarian-born rabbi, Jellinek led an adventurous early life, later settling for some time in Morocco, where he swept up a beautiful Sephardic bride—and that is how the car came to be called Mercédès. How would Hitler have reacted as he paraded in the world’s most German car, forty years later, had he been told that it was named after a rabbi’s grandchild? Emil Jellinek didn’t stop at naming Daimler’s 1901 car after his daughter: he appended her name to his own in 1903, and he lived out the rest of his years as Emil Jellinek–Mercédès. In February 2011, the Tel Aviv branch of Y&R, made a series of ads, that end up being pretty exaggerations of the lateralization of brain function and are about as un-Mercedes-like as humanly possible. A casual glance at the names of the people who made it suggests that they could not have taken this job in any decade. You can view the images large by clicking on the gallery above. It’s not a stretch to imagine Emil and Mercédès to have been quite happy with them.

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Pittsburgh Jews raise £150K for Christchurch Muslim communities after massacre Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh quick to organise fundraising effort to support victims of the terror attack on the other side of the world By Jewish News Reporter; March 18, 2019

Police block the road near the shooting at a mosque in Linwood, Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Multiple people were killed during shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday prayers. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)


ewish residents of Pittsburgh have raised £150,000 ($200,000) for New Zealand’s Muslim community, in a bid to repay the kindness shown by Muslims in the aftermath of the synagogue shooting in October. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh was quick to organise the fundraising this week after a man wrote a far-right manifesto before entering two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, killing 50 worshippers and wounding another 50.The Jewish Federation, which has previously raised money for the earthquake in Nepal and forest fires in California, said this week that support for its Christchurch fundraising had come from outside Pittsburgh as well, with 3,000 donors so far. “We set up this fundraising effort assuming that only the Pittsburgh Jewish community would be interested in giving,” a spokesman said. “We did not expect more than a few dozen people to give.” He said the funds “will go to help the Muslim community of New Zealand to recover,” adding: “We were definitely motivated in part by the enormous support that the Pittsburgh Muslim community gave to Jewish Pittsburgh after the October attack. “Our relationships with the Muslim community in Pittsburgh have overall been excellent, and those relationships have only gotten stronger in the wake of the synagogue attack last year. Earlier Meryl Ainsman, who chairs the board of the Jewish Federation, said: “We are all too familiar with the devastating effect a mass shooting has on a faith community. We are filled with grief over this senseless act of hate.” To donate visit

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eople are always on the lookout for all sorts of remedies to improve their quality of life. A lot of money, time and effort are spent with the goal of finding the key to a healthy life. There is one remedy that is well known and proven in study after study to improve many components of health. These benefits include heart health, fat reduction, muscle strength, anxiety relief, better mood, and a longer life. Best of all – it’s free. What I’m talking about is physical activity which is more commonly known as exercise. Many people think that exercise is important because it promotes weight loss and builds muscle tone. This attitude has a risk of deterring physical activity because it takes a while until one sees those benefits. It’s a shame to use such a limited measure of the value of exercise because it provides so many other benefits. Let’s first talk about the physical benefits.


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According to the CDC, regular exercise improves bone health, muscular fitness, lowers risk of high blood pressure and stroke, reduces arthritis symptoms and prevents weight gain. In older people it can improve sleep, improve balance and joint mobility and extend years of active life. It also reduces chances of breast cancer, colorectal cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It can even help mitigate the disease in a sick person. While these reasons sound compelling there is normally a gap between doing what we should do and what we feel like doing. If only we could start that workout, studies have shown that one will see that they feel happier and more energized. According to Michael Otto, PhD (Boston University) a bout of moderate exercise will usually enhance your mood in about 5 minutes. In fact, when Jennifer Carter, PhD counsels anxious or depressed clients she suggests that they walk while they talk. She finds that it helps them open up. Don’t take their word for it though. Next time you feel stressed out try a quick jog or even some jumping jacks. See if you feel any better. Exercise has also been proven to help alleviate long-term depression. James Blumenthal, PhD tested this through a series of randomized controlled trials. He found that exercise was generally comparable to antidepressants for pa-

tients with major depressive disorder. Upon follow-up a year later, he found that exercise was also important to prevent a relapse. In other studies, Jasper Smits, PhD and Otto found that exercise helped people prone to anxiety less likely to panic (American Psychological Association). Exercise provides other mental health benefits including improved attention and cognitive function. It can also delay the onset of cognitive decline for the aging (CDC). Exercise can make us healthier and happier. Start off small like walking 10 minutes a day and slowly build up. It’s always smart to ask your doctor about which exercises to avoid. Otherwise, “the type of exercise doesn’t matter”, says Dr. Alicia Arbaje of Johns Hopkins University. “The best exercise is the one that you actually do.”

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ROSALIE'S REEL REVIEW Dear Mr. Waldman – Michtavim Le America

By Rosalie Donadio (Congregation Sha’arey Ha-Yam)


coming-of-age story written and directed by the son of survivors, “Dear Mr. Waldman” captures the milieu of mid-20th Century Israel and the peculiarities of growing up amid the emotional wreckage of the Holocaust. The film is about compassion, family relationships and loss. It is about death and resurrection, and about the ghosts that remain with us. In 1960’s Tel Aviv, 10-year-old Hilik knows his goal in life: to make his parents happy and compensate for the grief they both suffered in the Holocaust. The fragile equilibrium of Rivka and Moishe’s new, post-war life begins to waver when Moishe convinces himself that Yankele, his son from his first marriage, didn't actually die in Auschwitz, but rather survived to become the “Jack Waldman” he sees pictured in a newspaper, an aide to President Kennedy.

Israel, 2006, 86 minutes, color Hebrew with English subtitles Written and Directed by Hanan Pele available through Amazon When Moishe reads the article announcing that a Jack Waldman has become an adviser to U.S. President John F. Kennedy, he becomes convinced that "Jack" is his long missing son, Yankele. While several persons have told Moishe that they witnessed Yankele's death in the concentration camp, Moishe continues holding out hope that he was not the only member of his family to survive. When a deluded Moishe writes a letter to Waldman claiming he is his longlost son, Hilik, out of the love he bears for his father, takes matters into his own hands.

"Dear Mr. Waldman" works because, despite the story's obvious melodramatic potential, Peled keeps "Dear Mr. Waldman" lowkey and more concerned with its elements of human drama rather than trying to balance both a social justice film with a family drama. The plot moves effortlessly driven by Peled. Demonstrating the overwhelming difficulties fraught with living under duress and dealing with the emotional baggage of many of the residents of 1960’s Israel, the director deftly allows the drama to flow with ease.

In what seems like a miraculous development, Moshe receives a letter from Waldman in which he writes that he jumped off a train bound for a Nazi concentration camp in Poland and thereby saved himself from certain death. Moshe is elated. His son is alive! Or is he?

Despite the weighty topic, "Dear Mr. Waldman" sparkles with moments of true humanity, gentle humor, sweetness and tenderness. The film occasionally crosses the line into melodrama, especially when Hilik misguidedly decides to "answer" his father's letter to Mr. Waldman.

The courage and hope of the newly created state of Israel is part of this tapestry of struggle and survival taking place during a dark period when no one knew whether the nation, surrounded by enemies, or a family so devastated by the Holocaust, would survive.


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