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Major drop in rejections leaves Israel near US visa waiver threshold WASHINGTON (JTA)—The rate of U.S. visa refusal for Israelis dropped last year, nearing the threshold that would allow Israel into the U.S. visa waiver program. The drop was revealed last month in a release by Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., who has advocated for allowing Israel into the visa waiver program, which allows nationals to travel to and from participating countries without pre-arranging visas. According to the release, the refusal rate for Israelis in 2015 was 3.85 percent, down from 8.2 percent in 2014. The threshold for entry into the visa

waiver program is a 3 percent refusal rate. There are currently 38 countries with visa waiver agreements with the United States, which has made exceptions for some countries that exceed the threshold. Israel and pro-Israel groups have sought Israel’s entry into the program, which allows 90-day visits for business or tourism. It is seen as a facilitator for trade. Meng attached to her release a letter thanking Secretary of State John Kerry for the decrease. In 2014, the State Department set up a joint task force with Israel to facilitate Israel’s entry into the program.

One reason for Israel’s relatively high refusal rate was an effort by U.S. consular officials to keep out young Israelis who travel to the United States ostensibly as tourists but illegally obtain work, often selling purported Dead Sea products in malls. Other factors inhibiting Israel’s entry into the program include evidence that Israel discriminates against U.S. citizens of Arab and Muslim origin in allowing entry, and allegations that Israel conducts industrial espionage in the United States.

AIPAC blasts latest Iran sanctions as ‘weak’ WASHINGTON ( JTA)—The American Israel Public Affairs Committee dismissed as “weak” recent U.S. sanctions on Iran for testing ballistic missiles, a sign of continued tensions between the influential lobby and the Obama administration in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal. “These limited sanctions are too weak to affect Iran’s behavior,” AIPAC said Monday, April 4 of the new sanctions, which target an industrial group involved in manufacturing the missiles, the missile command of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, and companies providing support to Mahan Air, which is affiliated with the Guards Corps. “America must respond to Tehran’s recurring provocations with swift and meaningful penalties,” the Israel lobby said. AIPAC called for “crippling sanctions”

that would “cast a wider net and target entities providing material support to Iran’s illicit ballistic missile program, including within financial and transportation services.” The AIPAC statement was notable for its rarity both for blasting an action targeting Iran and because AIPAC generally opposes administration policy through the backing of congressional legislation, shying away from public statements. AIPAC, however, in recent months has not been able to identify bipartisan Iranrelated legislation suitable for backing. There are a number of bills backed by either Democrats or Republicans, but AIPAC abjures backing purely partisan bills. The “crippling” sanctions AIPAC calls for, targeting third parties, are precisely the category that the Iran nuclear deal has for

Contents UpFront. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Briefs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Torah Thought . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Hal Sacks Jewish News Archives. . . . . . . . 6 Election 2016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Federation campaign volunteers . . . . . . . 10 Baseball is back. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Tidewater gets ORT update . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Passover special section. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Israeli Scouts returning to town . . . . . . . 29 Commit to Be Fit at JCC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 College students at AIPAC. . . . . . . . . . . . 31

now removed. The Obama administration is unlikely to reimpose them as long as Iran is complying with the sanctions relief for nuclear rollback deal. U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, have said the missile testing violates the spirit of last year’s Iran nuclear deal, but say Iran is observing the letter of the agreement. The U.S. Treasury announced the new sanctions on March 24, months after Iran had tested the missiles, and after weeks of pressure from pro-Israel groups, U.S. allies in the region, and congressional Republicans and Democrats. AIPAC said the entities named by the Treasury are subsidiaries of already targeted entities, rendering the sanctions “largely symbolic.”

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Briefs Cuban Jewish leader: Synagogues have no need for security The vice president of the Cuban Jewish community said in an interview that the country’s synagogues do not require security. “We are the only country with a synagogue that has its doors constantly open, where there is no kind of security at all, no kind of guards,” David Prinstein told the Agencia Judía de Noticias news portal. “There is no type of anti-Semitic expression against Jews and synagogues.” Prinstein also praised interfaith dialogue as a priority for Jews on the island. “We are part of a Cuban interreligious platform, where we hold continuous meetings tackling topics in common and positive for all parties,” he said. “This has made possible an excellent relationship with all other religious denominations.” Prinstein called the Cuban government’s relationship with the Jewish community “excellent.” “It is a very open relationship, very sincere and above all respectful,” he said. Cuba is home to nearly 1,500 Jews. The island nation has three synagogues and two cemeteries. “It’s just like the saying: two Jews, three synagogues,” Prinstein joked. Prinstein said of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to the country—the first by a sitting U.S. president to the island in 88 years—that it was a milestone for the small Cuban Jewish community and “a transcendental, historic moment.” In February, Latin Americans aged 25–40 interested in Jewish culture, education and leadership met in Havana for the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship seminar sponsored by the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. It was the first time the event had taken place in Cuba since 1959. Jews first arrived in Cuba as conversos, Spanish or Portuguese Jews who were forcibly converted to Catholicism but secretly continued to practice Judaism, sailing with the explorer Christopher Columbus, who landed on the largest Caribbean island in 1492. The country’s once 25,000-strong community saw 95 percent of its members flee the Fidel Castro Communist government, mostly to Miami. (JTA)

Bernie Madoff to be questioned over ‘profit withdrawal’ records Bernie Madoff will be questioned by lawyers of some former clients of the convicted Ponzi schemer who lost money in his multibillion-dollar scam. A filing Monday, April 4 requested a formal order on the decision to authorize the deposition of Madoff made last month by a federal bankruptcy judge, Reuters reported. Madoff, 77, would be deposed at the North Carolina prison where he is serving a 150-year sentence, according to Reuters. Some former investors caught in the Ponzi scheme believe their claims were undervalued by the court-appointed trustee charged with recovering and returning stolen funds. They believe the deposition could help their cases, according to Reuters. The questioning of Madoff would be limited to the meaning of more than 91,000 transactions recorded as “profit withdrawal” on the books of the former Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Some $11 billion of the stolen $17 billion has been returned to defrauded investors in the last seven years. (JTA) Sydney rabbi tears into synagogue vandals on Facebook A Sydney rabbi whose synagogue was spray-painted with swastikas excoriated the vandals on Facebook. “You were damn lucky that I wasn’t there to catch you,” Rabbi Yossi Friedman wrote in a post that began with the words “I am furious.” His Maroubra Synagogue was vandalized with several swastikas. The Nazi symbol also was drawn several times on a nearby bus station. Friedman, a brother-in-law of celebrity Rabbi Shmuley Boteach of New Jersey, also wrote: “What would drive a person to such deplorable action? Why such hatred?” The rabbi called the vandalism “an assault against the Jewish People.” “A Synagogue is a symbol of peace. It’s where we support each other during times of crises and celebrate together in times of festivity. It’s purpose: To inspire anyone who enters its doors into becoming a better person. So why would anyone want to deface it?” he added. The rabbi later wrote in conclusion: “I

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have one message to impart to that vandal who desecrated my Synagogue and insulted my people: I pity you. Your hatred is self destructive, it will only consume YOU. So for your own sake, let it go.” Boteach is scheduled to speak at the synagogue next month. (JTA)

Swastikas, other anti-Jewish graffiti spray-painted on Canadian city The third largest city in Canada’s Quebec province was defaced with swastikas and other anti-Jewish symbols. More than a dozen swastikas were spraypainted last month in Laval, about 20 miles north of Montreal. Police have yet to label the incident a hate crime, despite the presence of a giant Star of David with an “X” over it and white supremacist symbols. “The sort of thing that I saw today happens to be the worst attack that I’ve come across,” Corey Fleischer, who owns a power-washing company, told CTV News after he removed the symbols. Fleischer said in a Facebook post that he removed 22 swastikas and eight Nazi SS symbols from 13 properties. The vandals hit homes, park benches, a park chalet and automobiles in the incident, which was reported March 28. In February 2015, vandals defaced several cars with swastikas in a Montreal garage and in January of this year, a dozen anti-Semitic symbols were scrawled onto a bridge connecting Montreal to Laval. (JTA) Interim Brandeis U president condemns swastika incident The interim president of Brandeis University condemned a swastika incident at an off-campus site where a Jewish fraternity was hosting an event. The swastika was outlined on a window at a house where the local chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi was hosting a party. Lisa Lynch said in a statement that “on behalf of the Brandeis family and our larger community, I condemn this malicious action.” “That a swastika, with all the horrors it represents, would be marked anywhere is reprehensible, and when our students may have been the target of this symbol

of hatred, we are compelled to speak out against injustice,” the interim leader said. Lynch said the campus police were working with the police in Waltham, Massachusetts, the site of the campus, to identify those responsible. (JTA)

Citing Hamas violation, Israel temporarily blocks Gaza cement imports Israel has temporarily barred cement and other construction materials from entering the Gaza Strip after finding that Hamas was diverting some of the materials for its own use. The Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories, or COGAT, said the cement freeze went into effect on Sunday, April 3, the Times of Israel reported. According to an announcement on the Israeli coordinator’s Arabic-language Facebook page, the deputy director of Hamas’ Economic Ministry has confiscated an undisclosed amount of cement that had been earmarked for rebuilding private-sector infrastructure damaged in the 2014 war with Israel. Reconstruction agreements between Israel and the Palestinians prohibit Hamas, which governs Gaza, from accessing any imported construction materials over Israeli concerns that Hamas will use the materials to rebuild its vast network of underground tunnels designed for launching terrorist attacks against Israel and kidnapping Israeli soldiers. Hamas has acknowledged rebuilding the tunnels, and numerous Hamas workers have died in recent months when tunnels they were working on collapsed. “We are disappointed that Hamas continues to harm and take advantage of the Palestinian population, only to advance the personal interests of the organization,” COGAT wrote on its Facebook page, according to the Times of Israel. The United Nations condemned the “deviation of materials” in a statement, but did not mention Hamas. “Those who seek to gain through the deviation of materials are stealing from their own people and adding to the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza,” said Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N.’s special coordinator for the Middle East peace process. (JTA)

Torah Thought

Extending invitations, building bridges


he Passover seder is one of the most observed and memorable rituals on the Jewish calendar. What is it that makes the seder so special? After all, it’s the same every year—the same food, the same text, the same mishigas—or so it would seem. In fact, no two seders are ever the same. Every year when we gather for the seder one thing changes: the people around the table. If you are a family that gathers the same group together for the seder every year, then the change is more internal. The people are the same, but each person has changed from the year before. Different parts of the service or rituals will move participants in new ways and based on these new perspectives, the discussion and focus of the seder will head in different directions. It won’t be the same as last year. However, the rabbis who created the seder ritual had an even more stark yearly change in mind. They expected the group gathered around the table to change from year to year. They understood the power of invitation to celebrate freedom and uncover wisdom and so they built it right into the ritual. At the beginning of the magid, the telling of the story section of the seder, we read the famous declaration on, “This is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. All who are hungry, let them enter and eat.” If this invitation were only about feeding the hungry, as it is often interpreted, it would be at the end of the magid, just before we eat. Why put it at the beginning of the hour plus-long ritual of the telling? Apparently the rabbis had a different kind of hunger in mind. The haggadah is sending the message that we cannot tell the story without extending

an invitation for new people to join our seder. The rabbis expected a new cast of characters every year and with them, new perspectives, interpretations and ideas. The ritual itself is telling us that from invitation and diversity comes wisdom. There are many ways to create diversity around your seder table with the power of invitation. You can invite old friends and new acquaintances, people from different backgrounds, work colleagues or members of your kid’s soccer team. There is some controversy in traditional Jewish practice about whether or not people of different religious backgrounds should be invited to a seder, but I think that misses the point of “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” We make a point of having some diversity of religions represented at our seder every year and always find the differing backgrounds and experiences to add to our discussion and perspectives on everything from slavery to freedom to ritual itself. The seder is built on the idea that through the power of invitation, wisdom can be found. Inviting people to our table, celebrating diverse perspectives and personal stories is, in and of itself, an expression of freedom. Invitation insures a new telling every time and that every seder is unique. Not only that, but sharing in the seder ritual creates a bond between the diverse participants, a shared experience built around values that we all share: freedom, redemption and hope for a better world. In the Passover story, the Jewish people had to rely on God to part the sea on our behalf. Redemption and freedom could only come from divine intervention. The seder ritual puts that power in our hands. We can’t part seas to cross on dry land, but we can build bridges. We do so through the power of invitation, diversity, and shared ritual. May we all celebrate this Passover by building those kinds of bridges, and thus find wisdom and create a better world full of real understanding, deep bonds, and shared wisdom. —Rabbi Jeffrey M. Arnowitz, Congregation Beth El.

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Donald Trump skips grandson’s bris to remain on campaign trail

epublican presidential front-runner Donald Trump skipped his new grandson’s bris to continue campaigning in Wisconsin. The bris of Theodore James Kushner took place in New York on Sunday, April 3. He is the son of Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Ivanka Trump converted to Orthodox Judaism in 2009 in order to marry her husband, with whom she already has two children: Arabella, 4, and Joseph, 2. Photos of the younger Trumps leaving for the Manhattan bris, and of guests arriving for the circumcision ceremony, appeared in the British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail. Donald Trump did not appear in any of the photos. His ex-wife, Ivana, the baby’s grandmother, was photographed. Donald Trump’s Twitter feed showed him going from event to event all day

Sunday in Wisconsin, two days ahead of the state’s Republican and Democratic primaries. A New York Times reporter on the trail with Donald Trump also tweeted that the candidate would skip the bris. MILWAUKEE—TIGHT RACE in Wisconsin. So tight that Donald Trump is missing his grandson’s bris in NY today to campaign here... —Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) April 3, 2016 Trump had referred to the upcoming arrival of a “beautiful Jewish baby,” his eighth grandchild, during his speech to the AIPAC policy conference last month. Prior to the conference, he noted during a debate broadcast on CNN that his son-in-law and daughter are Jewish and that he has two Jewish grandchildren. (JTA)

Bill Clinton brings Hillary’s message to NY meeting of leading rabbis WA SH I NG TON ( J TA) — For mer President Bill Clinton met with over 20 leading rabbis in the New York area to discuss his wife Hillary’s presidential campaign. The March 29 meeting in Midtown Manhattan was off the record and lasted for two hours, twice the amount of scheduled time. Participants would not discuss the content. Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, the executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis, called it “constructive” in a brief interview with JTA. “It’s important to have exchanges with candidates,” he said. Potasnik, like others attending, was

Donald Trump’s son-in-law’s newspaper says it will stop helping the candidate WASHINGTON ( JTA)—The New York Observer said its editor would no longer consult with the campaign of Donald Trump, whose son-in-law, Jared Kushner, owns the weekly. The statement Tuesday, April 5, reported by the Huffington Post, came a day after a New York magazine profile of the front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nod said that Observer editor Ken Kurson had assisted Kushner in writing Trump’s speech last month to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “A recent report about Observer Editor Ken Kurson’s input on a speech delivered by Donald Trump before AIPAC has resulted in new scrutiny of our newspaper’s relationship with Mr. Trump, who is the father-in-law of our publisher, Jared Kushner,” the newspaper’s political editor, Jill Jorgensen, said in the statement. “Going forward, there will be no input whatsoever on the campaign from Mr. Kurson or anyone on the editorial side of the

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there in a personal capacity and not on behalf of their affiliated groups. Many of the rabbis took selfies with Clinton. Among others attending were Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the former president of the Union for Reform Judaism; Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, the executive vice president of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly; and Rabbi Menachem Genack, the CEO of the Orthodox Union’s kosher division. Hillary Clinton, seeking to secure her delegate lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., her challenger in the run for the Democratic presidential nod, is stepping up her campaign in New York state ahead of its April 19 primary.

Observer.” The statement said the Observer would start covering Trump as it would any other candidate. The paper had held back from some reporting about the candidate because of his family tie to Kushner. Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter, is married to Kushner, who is Orthodox Jewish. Kushner has been the subject in recent days of multiple profiles because he is in the small circle of advisers to his father-in-law’s campaign, albeit in an informal capacity. The scion of a real estate family that has given heavily to Jewish and pro-Israel causes, Kushner has advised his father-inlaw to pivot to a more traditional campaign, Reuters reported, and to reach out to establishment Republican donors. Kushner and his father, Charles, are prominent givers to AIPAC, and Kushner arranged for Trump to travel to Israel last December to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other leaders.

Election 2016 Following AIPAC speech, Israelis still prefer Clinton to Trump TEL AVIV (JTA)—Donald Trump’s speech to America’s largest pro-Israel lobby did not help his standing among Israelis, a new poll shows. The March Peace Index, a monthly poll of Israeli attitudes by the Israel Democracy Institute think tank, showed that 40 percent of Israeli Jews thought Democratic

front-runner Hillary Clinton would be “better for Israel,” versus 30 percent for Trump, the Republican front-runner. In addition, 43 percent of Israeli Jews feel Clinton would better serve American interests, as opposed to 24 percent for Trump. The poll was taken from March 28 to

30, about a week after Trump addressed the national conference of AIPAC. His speech, which struck traditional pro-Israel notes, drew an enthusiastic response from the crowd amid scattered protests. Previously, Trump had said he would be “neutral” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israelis also favored Clinton over Trump

before the AIPAC conference. A survey in early March by the Israeli news website Walla found that Israelis preferred Clinton to Trump by a margin of 38 to 23 percent. IDI’s February poll, however, found that 60 percent of Israelis believed a Trump administration would be friendly to Israel.

Bernie Sanders: ‘I did not compare Trump to Hitler’


emocratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders asserted in an interview that he did not compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler during a campaign rally in Wisconsin. “Some of you know I’m Jewish. My dad came—my father came to this country at the age of 17 from Poland,” Sanders, an Independent senator from Vermont, said at a town hall meeting in Milwaukee, when asked about Trump’s comments involving Muslims and banning them from the United States. “He came over; other people in his family did not come over. Most people died. Children died. Relatives of my father. So that is in my heart to see what a lunatic can do by stirring up racial hatred. And we’re not going to allow that to take place in this country.” Asked by George Stephanopoulos on

ABC’s This Week if he was really “comparing Trump to Hitler,” Sanders said he did not make that comparison and instead was responding to the fears that Trump’s rhetoric has instilled in Muslims. “What I talked about there was a Muslim woman there next to me, and she is telling me that, what is true, is that people in the Muslim community are very fearful now. She was describing a kid who now locks the door at night,” Sanders told Stephanopoulos. “And what I was saying is I’m going to do everything that I can to kind of stop those Islamophobic attacks so that kids in this country who happen to be Muslim are afraid. No, I did not compare Trump to Hitler. But I will do everything that I can to stop this type of hatred and hate talk that we are hearing.” (JTA)

Donald Trump’s campaign denies he scolded his Jewish son-in-law over Israel visit WASHINGTON (JTA)—Donald Trump’s campaign denied a report that he reprimanded his Jewish son-in-law after a planned visit to Israel fell through because of the candidate’s controversial comments on Muslims. New York magazine, in a profile of the front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nod, reported that Trump was upset with Jared Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, for suggesting the visit. “When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized Trump’s proposal to halt Muslim immigration, Trump canceled

the trip,” the magazine reported. “’This was all your idea!’ Trump scolded his son-inlaw, according to a source.” In an email to JTA, however, campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks wrote: “This is totally and unequivocally false. The story was not fact checked.” Trump canceled the visit, planned for late December, after Netanyahu said on Dec. 9 that he “rejected” the real estate magnate’s remarks about Muslims, saying Israel “respects all religions.” Trump had called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. He later said Netanyahu’s statement was “inappropriate.”


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donors (donors who gave in 2013 or 2014 but skipped 2015) returned with gifts to the 2016 campaign, totaling $21,226. Jaffe thanked the volunteer solicitors who’d completed their assigned solicitations for the year. She also encouraged those with assignments still open to complete them as soon as possible, to maximize availDavid Calliott, Stephanie Calliott, and John and Renee Strelitz. able dollars for the upcoming allocation process (where campaign dollars are distributed to local and overseas recipient agencies). Jaffe thanked division chairs Jason Hoffman, Men’s Division; Stephanie Calliott, Women’s Division; and Jen Groves and Eliot Weinstein, YLC Division. She also recognized the campaign staff and gave a special shout-out of thanks to Men’s Major Gifts Chairs Art and Steve Sandler, who early on set the pace for a successful campaign. Jaffe closed her remarks by reminding those in the room that about 300 donors remain open in the campaign, many of whom are simply waiting to be asked, and encouraging all campaign volunteers to make the calls and make those asks. Jen Groves and Karen Jaffe. Hoffman then presented a special recognition award to the 2016 Young Leadership of the Federation in meeting the needs of a Campaign of the Young Adult Division for healthy and vital Jewish community. Groves accepted the award on behalf of its remarkable growth over the past five years. In presenting the award, Hoffman the Division and expressed her gratitude to noted that in the 2011 Campaign, the YAD the community for believing in and trustDivision raised $53,000. This year, it has ing a new generation of emerging leaders already raised $123,000 and is projected to step up and grow its peer group as to raise $138,000. The YAD division has donors, leaders, and involved community experienced tremendous growth each year members. In an evening marked by thanks to the for the past five years in the number of gifts and the dollars raised—all the while volunteers, one theme resonated throughhaving to replace the gifts of those donors out—the work of campaign (of asking who “age out” of the division. But perhaps others to give) is not always easy. It’s hard. more important than the dollars raised, is It requires going outside one’s comfort the role that YAD plays in helping to secure zone. But in the end, it’s imperative that the future through outreach and engage- volunteers continue to do the hard work— ment. With each event and every program to meet the challenges facing the Jewish they host, YAD introduces new young community at home and abroad. Through people to one another, to the Jewish com- those efforts alone, the community will be munity of Tidewater, and to the centrality able to secure its future.

Baseball’s back:

Here’s a look at 8 Jewish major leaguers and a manager by Hillel Kuttler

(JTA) – Will Joc Pederson rebound from his second-half struggles of last season? Can Kevin Pillar build on his strong 2015 campaign? Will injuries derail one-time MVP Ryan Braun? These are some of the questions to be answered as these Jewish players and others get set for the Major League Baseball season that opened April 3. Pederson (Los Angeles Dodgers), Pillar (Toronto Blue Jays) and Braun (Milwaukee Brewers)—all outfielders—are among the position players who will start for their teams. They will be joined by second baseman Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers, who also have a Jewish manager, Brad Ausmus. And Danny Valencia, a solid hitter, appears to be the starter at third base for the rebuilding Oakland Athletics. Among pitchers, right-hander Scott Feldman will be part of the Houston Astros’ starting rotation. And the Miami Marlins bullpen will include Craig Breslow, who has mostly made his living for 10 years as a lefty specialist, the last three with Boston. With the Red Sox he earned a World Series championship ring in 2013, then last year achieved a first: He started a game after making 522 appearances in relief. In Oakland, outfielder Sam Fuld joins Valencia to make the Athletics the only team with multiple Jewish players. Fuld is injured and will start the season on the disabled list. Boston had been “the” Jewish address of late: The Red Sox had Breslow, catcher Ryan Lavarnway and outfielder Ryan Kalish in 2012, and infielder Kevin Youkilis and outfielder Adam Stern played together in 2005 and 2006. Only Breslow of that Boston bunch remains in the majors. “It’s the first time in years the Red Sox don’t have a Jewish ballplayer,” says Ephraim Moxson, co-publisher of the Jewish Sports Review newsletter. Several others who have played in the majors weren’t fortunate enough to make Opening Day rosters. They include infielders Nate Freiman, Ike Davis, Josh Satin and Cody Decker, as well as relief pitcher Josh Zeid. Up-and-comers include shortstop Alex Bregman, the second overall pick in

last June’s collegiate draft by the Astros, and Zach Borenstein, an outfielder in the Arizona Diamondbacks system. Bregman hit .294 for two of the Astros A teams last season, while Borenstein hit .281 in spring training before being demoted to the minors. Pederson shouldn’t have worries about being sent down, but will look to avoid the second-half doldrums he suffered last season. The center fielder had started for the National League in last summer’s AllStar game as a rookie one night after finishing second in the home-run-hitting contest. But his horrid second half, which included his benching as the starter, saw his batting average fall to .210 and he finished with a team record-tying 170 strikeouts. Still, he slugged 26 homers and played stellar defense. Pillar could be the real deal. He was outstanding in the field, finishing second among all center fielders in defensive ratings. While lacking Pederson’s power, Pillar showed far better skills as an all-around hitter – so much so that he’s been elevated to leadoff in the batting order of one of the majors’ best offensive clubs. In 2015, his first full season in the majors, Pillar hit .278, socked 31 doubles and stole 25 bases. “Pillar is probably the best of them all now” among Jewish major leaguers, Moxson says. “He’s got a good glove, a good bat and speed.” Braun, a left fielder starting his 10th season, possesses those tools, too, and remains the brightest light on a rebuilding Brewers team that finished last a season ago in the National League Central. But he’s coming back from postseason lower-back surgery that affected him even through spring training. Last year Braun made the All-Star team for the sixth time and is steadily building a Hall of Fame-level career – if his suspension in 2013 for using performance-enhancing drugs can be overlooked. Keep in mind that he’s just 31. The Tigers are also looking to return to contention and will need Kinsler to have a typically solid season, as he did in 2015 batting .296, though driving in 19 fewer runs than the previous campaign. A sharp falloff in pitching doomed the Tigers, who

finished with the American League’s second-worst record and last in the Central Division. The poor showing nearly cost Ausmus his job one year after winning the division in his managerial debut. In Houston, Feldman provides veteran leadership to a young staff headlined by Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel. Feldman missed half of 2015 with knee

and shoulder injuries, making just 18 starts as the Astros emerged as a wild-card team. Feldman could find himself pitching with much more at stake in October, as the Astros are favored by some to contend for the World Series this year. Pillar’s Blue Jays will provide stiff competition, as Toronto is the consensus pick to reclaim the A.L. East crown.

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as we add family members, move, and alter our eating habits. For example, for most, gefilte fish, matzo ball soup and lots of potatoes are typical Passover fare. But a full eight days of that food can be a bit filling, to say the least. As an alternative, the plant-based recipes on page 22 are healthy, lighter, and still kosher for Passover. A gentle change! Then, there are the Haggadahs. My

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Shmura matzah for Passover: The real reason it’s so expensive ($34 per pound for regular shmura, $37 for spelt). “Renting out a bakery costs a lot NEW YORK (JTA)— It costs more per pound than filet mignon. It might be of money—the space and the staff. burnt or taste like cardboard. It’s so deli- Equipment breaks every year. Every farm cate it often breaks in the box, rendering has its expenses, and organic farms end up having more overhead. We can’t buy it unfit for Passover ritual use. Yet every year, Jews from Brooklyn to the synthetic fertilizer; we have manure,” Bnei Brak line up to fork over their hard- Bass says. “And God forbid I have a bad earned money to buy boxes and boxes of year and the rabbi comes and says the wheat is no good, I just spent a whole lot the stuff. This isn’t your regular box of Streit’s of time and money on a product nobody matzah. We’re talking, of course, about wants. The cost has to reflect that.” Despite its price—and, some say, its handmade shmura matzah: the artistaste—there’s a anal, disc-shaped thriving market mat zahs confor handmade sidered extra shmura matzah special because (there’s also the ingredients are machine-made “guarded” against shmura, which leavening, or chacost per pound is cheaper and metz, not just from of Passover eve-baked usually square the time the wheat but more strictly is ground into flour, Shumura matzah scrutinized than but from before the at the Satmar Bakery regular matzah). wheat is even harin Brooklyn Many observant vested. “Shmura” Jews won’t use is Hebrew for anything other guarded. than handmade The extra level shmura matzah of scrutiny—and on their seder the labor-intensive table. Some won’t process required to make handcrafted matzah—is largely eat non-shmura anytime during Passover. what accounts for its high price: anywhere The same Jews who light expensive olive oil menorahs on Hanukkah rather than wax from $20 to $60 for a single pound. “The amount of hours of labor going candles or buy premium etrogs for Sukkot into this between me and my staff is will lay out extra cash before Passover to incomparable,” says Yisroel Bass, who runs buy handmade shmura matzah. (The praca farm in Goshen, New York, that pro- tice of going above and beyond is known duces organically grown shmura matzah as “hiddur mitzvah,” beautifying the comby Uriel Heilman


mandment.) “ F o r the consumer, it is an opportunity to purchase the only sacred food that we have today in our faith,” says Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom synagogue in Washington, D.C. “It is a bargain. Buy less brisket and more shmura matzah.” Mitchell Weitzman, a lawyer from Baltimore, says shmura matzah has sentimental value. “There is just a sense of authenticity about having shmura matzah on the table,” Weitzman says. “It’s a feeling more than anything else—certainly more than serving up Passover-style Fruit Loops the next morning.” Others say they like the taste and eat it year round, stocking up right after Passover when the price drops dramatically owing to reduced demand. “I keep a box of shmura matzah in the trunk of my car,” says Tali Aronsky, a public relations doyenne who lives in Israel. “Keeps crispy in all weather and great in a pinch.” Religious Jews consider shmura matzah baked after midday on the day before Passover—known as “matzot mizvah”— as especially meritorious to eat, and the matzah is priced accordingly. At the Satmar Bakery in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, a pound of the Passover eve-baked stuff retails for $60. The line of customers at the Rutledge Street store

usually snakes around the block. The Satmar Bakery employs a number of stringencies rare even in the world of shmura matzah. It harvests its wheat in Arizona, where the dry climate helps guard against accidental leavening (moisture precipitates leavening). Matzah farmers in the Northeast typically harvest their wheat crop in May or June—around the Shavuot holiday (also called Hag Habikurim, which means Festival of the First Fruits). The wheat is plucked after the kernels start to harden, but before they sprout new shoots. Kosher supervisors monitor the grain even as it’s growing to make sure the wheat isn’t sprouting. From the time it is picked until being milled months later, the wheat must be guarded and stored in a climate-controlled environment. Too moist, it could become chametz. Too dry, it will fail to bake properly. At the Yiddish Farm in upstate New York, Bass says he uses fans and computer monitoring to bring the moisture level down to the desired 11–12 percent level. After the wheat is milled into flour— also under close supervision—the baking process may begin. | April 11, 2016 | Passover | Jewish News | 15

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trelitz Early Childhood Education Center three-year-old students harvested parsley last week that they planted earlier in the season for their seder. After harvesting, they dipped the parsley vegetable into salt water. The green is a reminder of spring and the salt water a reminder of the tears of the Hebrew slaves in Egypt. In the past, classes have grown parsley in cups on classroom window sills and taken them home for Passover. This year, however, the students enjoyed growing parsley in a garden space.

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Passover Memories of Passover

Seders in Baltimore Martin B. Mandelberg


s far back into my childhood as I can remember, my mother’s side

of our family has put together a Passover Seder, usually on the first night of the holiday. I say “put together” because these were always a major production. With aunts and uncles, four siblings and three first cousins, we would be around

Mandelberg family Seder in 1961.

thirty people, including the children of all the above,


my generation. Because the event was


completely arranged from scratch, Mom and her two sisters (their brother was always smart enough to stay out of the way) cre-

Marty and Rabbi Roz Mandelberg (right) at the family Seder in 2000.

ated a system where nearly everyone had a role. They divided the whole night into four areas of responsibility: location, menu, set-up and clean-up. We started out having the Seder in different houses where we would squeeze tables together. Good thing we liked each other because it was very cozy. The menu included about eight courses and was traditional and bountiful (what a surprise) and was prepared by different “volunteer” families. Set-up and clean-up became fun assembly-line productions. We even have

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some old 8mm film rolls from before the advent of digital and video cameras. And then, over the years, the inevitable happened. My generation began getting married and having children of their own. Year to year, we would add in-laws, new cousins and guests with nowhere else to go. Our intimate group became 50+ almost overnight. Undaunted, my mother and her group just kept right on going. However, we had to start looking for condo and community social halls, as well as


considering prepared and catered portions of the menu. By the time we reached 60 people, we were splitting off into smaller family groups, but always fondly remember the past Seders. Rabbi Roz and I are very happy about our “new” traditions here in Hampton Roads. We have been fortunate to join several great Ohef Sholom families for the first night and always look forward to our intimate little Congregational Seder with 200–250 of our closest friends on the second night.

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Passover How to make your own Passover Haggadah by Julie Wiener

(MyJewishLearning via JTA)—Making a Haggadah is not just a money saver, but also a great way to educate yourself about the Passover seder, add a unique twist to the festive meal and have a more meaningful and satisfying holiday. For generations, enterprising seder leaders have been sticking Post-It notes in their favorite parts of existing Haggadahs, adding in photocopied readings, or even cutting and pasting from multiple Haggadahs and combining it all in a looseleaf binder. The Internet makes the project of creating a personalized Haggadah infinitely easier—and tidier, even with minimal tech and graphic design skills. Plus, it can be

done with a clean conscience: Whereas the old-fashioned technique of photocopying pages from copyrighted, published Haggadahs is technically illegal, the websites listed below provide only material that is in the public domain. While a seemingly infinite trove of Passover-related blessings, readings, songs and images are available online, don’t forget that it’s possible to also incorporate personal (or guests’) writing, art and family photographs into the finished product. Many DIY Haggadahs are copied and stapled, but they can be made more durable (and spilled-wine-resistant) by laminating each page or putting them in a photo album, loose-leaf binder with plastic sleeves or art portfolio. Or, for those who are reasonably

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tech-savvy and want to go paperless—and have guests who are OK with using electronics on Passover (when traditional prohibitions similar to the Shabbat rules apply), keep the whole text digital. Just email a PDF, PowerPoint or other document to guests to download on their mobile devices, or even create a password-protected website. No promises, however, that no one will spill wine on their iPad. Some resources for DIYers: is the most comprehensive and user-friendly resource for Haggadah makers—and it’s free. After registering,

choose from a constantly growing library of readings and images. The site guides through the process with templates and an outline of all the steps/sections of the seder. Search by section, theme (i.e. social justice, history, family and education, different denominations/streams of Judaism) and media type (text, video, image). The site also provides templates with recommendations for family-friendly and other specific needs/themes. It’s also possible to invite friends, or even all the seder guests, to log in and participate in the Haggadah-making. When

done, print it out as a PDF file and photocopy, or download to mobile devices. DipTwice DipTwice is not free, but it will print out a bound, official-looking book in hardcover or paperback, as opposed to something to staple and bind. The site provides a template featuring standard Hebrew and English text (including translations and transliterations). Choose design and layout, and add personal images and other materials, or select from DipTwice’s library. Go to “Make Your Own Haggadah for Kids” and print out this free (suggested donation of $10) downloadable PDF and have children fill in the spaces and blanks with words and pictures. While this somewhat irreverent Haggadah was originally designed for use in Hebrew schools, it is self-explanatory and can be used anywhere. Highlights include “The story of Passover: in comic book form” with panels where kids can put their own illustrations/ comic; activities like puzzles and lyrics to

original songs like Take Me Out of Mitzrayim (sung to the tune of Take Me Out to the Ballgame) and Passover Things (to the tune of My Favorite Things). (“Mitzrayim” is Hebrew for Egypt.) Sefaria, a growing online library with many major Jewish texts in Hebrew and English, offers everything from full Haggadahs to supplemental readings to sources/additional commentary. Not only is it possible to print out these texts or cut and paste them into a Haggadah, but they can also be embeded onto another website or digital document. Each selection is hyperlinked to the full text from which it was excerpted. Looking for something a little simpler? Download the Haggadah text in English as a Microsoft Word document at LivelySeders. com and add to it (or cut) as you see fit. Another option is to download an array of Haggadah sections and readings free on —Julie Wiener is managing editor of MyJewishLearning.






Sim Shalom passes over the shank-bone. Will serve a global online vegetarian Seder


andering Jews will not have to travel for 40 days or through the desert to celebrate Passover with Sim Shalom’s Online Synagogue on Saturday, April 23, the second night holiday celebration. When asked the four questions, what makes this night different then all others, the international congregation might be tempted to add celebrating online and replacing the shank-bone with a beet on the Seder plate. This global dinner party, which commemorates Moses and the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt, focuses on today’s community and Jewish responsibility, which includes retelling the story and protecting natural resources. Festive freedom songs including Dayenu will be sung, and readings from the Haggadah will be read, but the symbolic Seder plate offerings that will be passed virtually around the world will substitute the sacrificial lamb with roasted beets. Rabbi and Cantor Steven Blane, Sim

Shalom’s founder, will lead the festivities with congregants participating live via chat. He expressed the joy of observing a meatless holiday, “We are honoring our ancestors with protecting our water and rivers, after all it’s the Nile that saved baby Moses.” The message fosters Jewish environmental responsibility, reducing meat helps to save water and meeting online reduces everyone’s carbon footprint. But, according to a media release, “congregants do not have to be vegetarian or vegan, as the main course will be uplifting Passover music for all to enjoy.” Sim Shalom is an interactive online Jewish Universalist synagogue, which is liberal in thought and traditional in liturgy. Created in 2009 by Rabbi Steven Blane on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Sim Shalom offers connections for the unconnected. For more information, visit or call 201-338-0165.

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Passover Memories of Passover

A French Moroccan Sephardic Pesach Laurent Abitbol


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and an array of “anti Pesach” foods including bowls of flour with coins and wheat pasta with a whole fish on top. Growing up, everybody in our family would set a similar table and go house to house to have dessert, sometimes lasting until 3 am. Today, we still go to my parents’ house for dessert, but are more observant of bedtimes!

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Passover Jerusalem, maybe next year: Passover bookings seeing sharp decline by Ben Sales

TEL AVIV (JTA)—By now, Gil Azoulay would have expected his hotels would be 80 percent booked for Passover. Instead, Azoulay—who runs a chain of boutique hotels—has roughly half his rooms still available. Azoulay opened Smart Hotels—a minichain of three small, midrange hotels that focus on providing personal attention to guests—in May 2014. Two months later, war broke out in Gaza, stunting Israel’s tourism industry. The months that followed saw a string of terror attacks in Jerusalem. Then, after a lull, a wave of stabbing and shooting attacks began last September and has yet to ease. The conflict has taken a toll on Azoulay’s business, driving down Passover reservations 30 percent. Within the tourism industry, he’s not alone. “The whole city is experiencing this decline,” he says of Jerusalem. “If once it was sold out for Passover and ‘chol hamoed’ [the holiday’s intermediate days], that’s happening less now.” The Passover season is a significant income source for Jerusalem hotels. Bookings in April 2014 and 2015, the months of Passover, accounted for nearly 10 percent of the total hotel income for western Jerusalem in those years, according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics. Hotels across Jerusalem have seen a fall in Passover bookings this year, according to Arieh Sommer, director of the Israel Hotel Association. While he estimated that hotels would have about 85 percent of their rooms booked ahead of Passover in a normal year, this year he says the average could be as low as 70 percent. It’s a drop that began with the July 2014 Gaza war, known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge. Prior to the conflict, in April 2014—the month of Passover— Jerusalem hotels took in about $40 million. April 2015 saw a 10 percent decline, to approximately $36 million. “Since Protective Edge, there have been

problems in incoming tourism to Israel,” Sommer says. “We saw that after Protective Edge, tourism rose again. But because of [recent] difficulties in Jerusalem, there is a slowdown in tourists coming to Israel.” Violence isn’t the only factor hurting Jerusalem’s hotels. Apartment rentals, booked through companies like Airbnb, have cut into hotels’ market share since long before the Gaza war. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, Jerusalem hotels peaked at 10 million foreign guests in 2010. Since then, there’s been a steady decline. “There was an assumption that the city was collapsing,” says Ilanit Melchior, director of tourism for the Jerusalem Development Authority. “The bottom line is that there was a decline, but it was not dramatic. During the intifada of the 2000s, the city proved it knows how to recover fast. There’s terror all over the world, not just in Jerusalem.” And not all Jerusalem hotels are suffering. The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, which opened in 2014, has reported a 200 percent increase in bookings over last year. General Manager Guy Kleiman attributes the rise to the hotel’s brand name and the praise in reviews. The Inbal, another five-star hotel, expects bookings to remain relatively stable this year. Alex Herman, Inbal’s vice president of sales and marketing, says that many of its Passover guests are repeat visitors to Israel who remain relatively unfazed by the unrest. “This is a population that comes,” Herman says “A lot of people have family here. Life goes on, life is OK.” “People are mature enough to know where to go, where not to go,” Kleiman says. “People who come to Jerusalem in these times know the city.” Azoulay expects his hotels to withstand the decline, though he hopes calm will return soon and tourists will again feel comfortable walking the streets. Like other hoteliers, he’s also counting on Israelis to support the Jerusalem hotels

by choosing to spend Passover in the capital. While overall hotel bookings have declined in Israel in recent years, domestic Israeli tourism is on a steady upswing. Internal Israeli hotel bookings increased 9

percent between 2014 and 2015. “We want the Israeli tourist to come, to reassure him that there’s nothing to worry about,” he says. “We need them. They should come to Jerusalem.”

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Passover Here’s a light Passover lunch that’s good for you—and tasty, too by Megan Wolf

(JTA)—Even during Jewish holidays, when food is so abundant, it is possible to eat well. My cookbook, Great Meals with Greens and Grains, highlights many of my favorite plant-based, vegetarian recipes that are not only healthy, but are also delicious. And, many of its recipes are kosher for Passover or can be easily modified by removing or substituting a single ingredient. These three recipes are great when served as a light dairy lunch, especially following a traditionally heavy seder. They are colorful, flavorful and packed with good-for-you ingredients.


Broccoli and Parmesan Soup

Ingredients 2 heads broccoli 3 tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil, divided Salt to taste 1 cup (240 ml) whole milk 1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces 1 tablespoon (14 g) butter 1 onion, thinly sliced 2 large cloves garlic, minced CWW-JN Ad2.375x5.375_3-16.indd 1 3/23/16 10:02 PM ½ cup (50 g) grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus more for garnish 1½ cups (355 ml) low-sodium vegetable stock (or more, depending on how thick you like your soup) Specializing in home transformations for over 30 years, I embrace any project, large or small, with the vision to provide Preparation the WOW factor. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 C). Remove the bottom portion of the broccoli stalks and peel the thick outer layer with a vegetable peeler. Separate the florets from the bunch and chop the stalks so that you are using the entire broccoli. Although the stalk is a bit fibrous for a salad, it is perfectly usable for this application. Toss the broccoli with 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of the olive oil and salt to taste, spread on a baking sheet and roast until soft and golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Heat the milk in a large, heavy-bottomed pan over medium-low heat—gently heat

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the milk so it doesn’t scald. Add the potato pieces to the milk and cook until tender, about 12 minutes. Once cooked, set the potato and milk mixture aside. In a separate skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil and the butter over medium heat, and cook the onion and garlic until translucent and fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes. Place three-fourths of the onion mixture in a blender, and continue to cook the remaining portion until golden brown and more caramelized, another 10 to 12 minutes, then set aside for garnish. Add the potatoes and milk, broccoli, Parmesan cheese and nutmeg to the blender or food processor with the onion; blend until combined. Begin adding the stock until you have achieved your desired consistency, adding more if you need. Season to taste with more salt if necessary. Divide the soup among 4 bowls, top with a spoonful of the caramelized onions, a pinch of nutmeg and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

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Passover For the salad 1 bunch kale, stems discarded and leaves roughly chopped ½ cup (75 g) crumbled feta cheese 4 scallions, thinly sliced 1 medium tart apple (Granny Smith, Northern Spy or Braeburn),   halved, cored and thinly sliced Preparation Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (148 C). To make the dressing: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well

incorporated, then set aside. To make the candied almonds: In a bowl, toss the almonds with the olive oil, maple syrup and salt, spread in one flat layer on a parchment—or foil-lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. To make the salad: In a large bowl, combine the kale, feta, scallions, apple and warm almonds, toss with the dressing and serve immediately. Tip: If you don’t have almonds, you can use any other nuts on hand—pecans or walnuts would be delicious.

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Eggplant with Quinoa and Cherries Ingredients 2 large eggplants, halved, tops left intact For spice rub 4 teaspoons (8 g) ground cumin 2 teaspoons (4 g) smoked paprika 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil For the quinoa 2 ⁄3 cup (140 g) uncooked quinoa   (certified kosher for Passover) 11 ⁄3 cups (320 ml) water 1 ⁄3 cup (53 g) unsweetened dried cherries   or raisins 1 ⁄3 cup (20 g) chopped parsley, divided 1 ⁄3 cup (33 g) thinly sliced scallion   (white and green parts), divided Salt to taste 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil 2 tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice Preparation: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 C). To make the eggplant Place the eggplant halves cut-side up on a nonstick baking sheet. With a sharp

knife, score the eggplant diagonally every ½ inch (1.3 cm), then run the knife down the center of the eggplant. Be sure to only score the flesh of the eggplant; do not pierce through the skin. To make the rub In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the spice rub. Massage the spice mixture evenly across each of the eggplant halves, being sure to rub it into the flesh. Turn the eggplants cut-side down and roast for 45 to 50 minutes, or until very soft and cooked through. To make the quinoa Combine the quinoa and water in a pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover and continue to cook until the water has evaporated and the quinoa is fluffy, 10 to 12 minutes. Mix the cooked quinoa with the cherries or raisins and set aside. When the eggplant is cooked, add half of the parsley and half of the scallions to the quinoa, stir to combine and season to taste with salt. Top each eggplant half with equal amounts of the quinoa mixture, then top with remaining parsley and scallion, drizzle with the olive oil and lemon juice and serve immediately.

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PJ Library and Yehuda Matzos partner for Passover


his Passover, PJ Library® will engage families in a new way. Through April 30, PJ Library will appear on boxes of Yehuda Matzos sold in supermarkets across the country, to entice enrollment in the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF)’s flagship program. This is the first partnership of in which Yehuda Matzo, an Israeli company, with their U.S. distributor, Kayco/Kedem Food Products, is providing in-kind advertising to create awareness and further Jewish identity. In addition, this is the first time PJ Library is partnering with a company to co-brand a product on a national level. “As the leading imported matzo from Israel, we understand the impact we can make on the next generation through corporate social responsibility initiatives,” says Mordy Dicker, executive vice president of marketing & business development, Kayco/Kedem—Kedem Food Products. “There are bigger issues out there that go beyond dollars and cents. Through the outreach that PJ Library does, we hope that the next generation of young Jewish people will have a deeper sense and understanding of being Jewish.”

Similar to the famous cereal box campaigns of years past, the Yehuda Matzo box will undergo a transformation of its own. The traditional orange and white one-pound Yehuda Matzos boxes, as well as the shrink wrap and inside boxes of the five-pound matzo bundle, dons the PJ Library logo with a cartoon illustration by popular children’s book author and illustrator Todd Parr, who has created several Jewish children’s books for HGF, including The Harold Book, which tells the story of Founder Harold Grinspoon. The box will have a unique URL that directs families to the PJ Library enrollment/sign-up form and also offers a toll-free number for people to call with questions. In addition to co-branding on Yehuda Matzo boxes, the PJ Library national team is providing resources to professionals to create programs for families around the matzo boxes and Passover themes. As demonstrated by research, during the first 2,000 days of a child’s life, families set core values, determine priorities, and shape family identity. PJ Library is cost effective in delivering a continuous Jewish experience throughout this critical time.


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“PJ Library books deliver a unique way for parents raising Jewish children to share stories with their families about what it means to be Jewish while encouraging

childhood literacy,” says Founder Harold Grinspoon. “The PJ Library-Yehuda Matzos partnership offers an additional channel to connect with families across the country and partake in the most widely practiced Jewish tradition, a Seder meal.” To find a store that carries the PJ Library-branded Yehuda Matzos boxes and to participate in Facebook contest giveaways, visit: PJLibrary. Join the conversation and share family matzo recipes using the hashtag, #PJMatzah In Tidewater, families raising Jewish children from age six months through five and a half years are eligible to sign up for PJ Library through the Simon Family JCC. For more information, contact Alicia Cohen Kraus at or 757-321-2323. PJ Library Playdate in the Park takes place Sunday, May 22 at 10:30 am at Mount Trashmore playground. The event is free.


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tables for the Seder at my Aunt’s home in Paramus, N.J. As the youngest grandchild, I had to practice and memorize the four questions. As we grew older, my younger cousins would join me. I would always go first with the first question and they completed the rest. To this day I can still recite the words in Hebrew. “Why is this night different from any other night?” To me the night is always full of family and friends. As a child, it was mostly my mother’s family, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, speaking German, Yiddish, and Hebrew with a little English. All the adults were Holocaust survivors and celebrating Passover openly and free was a joyous time. My grandfather would try to rush though the second half of the Seder. But my grandmother loved to sing the songs and sang every line, every word, and this frustrated my grandfather who wanted to reach the end and the last words. Granny had a beautiful voice and she always had tears in her eyes as she sang. Tears for what was lost, and tears for the safety and the life we had here in the USA, tears that we were mostly together.

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Today, I make the matzah balls ahead. Our family in Virginia is smaller, but we always have a large Seder with a table filled with the friends who are our family. My husband tries to rush through the Seder, just like my grandfather. I try to slow him down just a little; not by singing, but by threatening to sing. We all want to get to the last words, “Next Year in Jerusalem.”

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The Scouts are returning to town

Michal Ben Ari

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by Gaby Grune


ne scout can make a difference, but together they can rock the world. Each year, two scouts from Tzofim, Israel are selected to live in Virginia Beach and work at the JCC Summer Camp as counselors. This program offers the scouts an opportunity to understand the American Jewish community lifestyle while exposing

campers to Israeli culture. Throughout the summer, bonds are forged, cultural customs are shared, and eyes are opened to new experiences. The two scouts selected to rock the world of Virginia Beach in 2016 are Michal Ben Ari, and Neta Mendes. Michal Ben Ari, a 17-year-old from Binyamina, a small town between Haifa and Tel-Aviv, is the third of four children. The daughter of Nili, a graphic designer, and Shlomi, the CEO of a high tech company that has innovated a medical device that monitors brain injuries, Ben Ari is as creative and ambitious as her parents. Ben Ari enjoys spending time with her mother and father, older sister and two brothers. Her Israeli roots date back to the “pioneers” who built the first settlements in Israel, and she honors her heritage by exploring Israel by foot. This form of travel comes easy to this young woman whose long distance running high school team made it to the Israeli championship. She enjoys writing and is currently the young reporter of the Israeli Scouts movement. On her favorite aspects of being a scout, Ben Ari says, “I like the creative part. There are a lot of ways to create [bridges] between our branch and the community.” This athlete and budding writer says she is excited to broaden her horizons, and make connections during her stay in the States. Neta Mendes is also 17 years old, and hails from Oranit, a small town outside of Tel Aviv. Mendes is the middle of three children, and daughter of a military father and a mother in the education field. At school, this bright student focuses on chemistry and computer programing. She takes part in Nashon, a special project the Israeli army supports which provides her class with the weekly opportunity to attend lectures and activities on a wide range of subjects. This experienced counselor is currently head of counseling staff of a sixth grade scout troop. Like Ben Ari, Mendes is no stranger to travel. When she was 14 years old, her

family lived in India for one year. “This experience taught me many things about being Israeli and about myself,” she says. Traveling to Virginia Beach will be another chance for Mendes to learn more about herself as she discovers all Tidewater offers. In addition to these scouts, the Tzofim Caravan will return to perform on August 3 at the Simon Family JCC. Members of the Tzofim Caravan travel across the

United States bringing their gifts of music and dance to communities throughout the summer. Those interested in housing an Israeli Scout for one or two weeks, or members of the Tzofim Caravan for one to two nights, should contact Alicia Kraus at or 757-321-2323. Providing these students with a home away from home is a great mitzvah.

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The Simon Family JCC is getting physically fit, point by point by Gaby Grune


hen it comes to success, people have learned that there is no one giant step that does it; it’s a lot of little steps. The Simon Family JCC utilizes this approach when assisting its members with reaching their fitness goals. The JCC implemented their new Ultimate Commit to Be Fit Challenge on March 1 promptly at 5:30 am for those interested in improving their health, step by step. Offering an abundance of incentives to motivate members to make a change in their daily workout regiments, the challenge allows participants to earn points for participating in classes, completing workouts, attending nutrition seminars, and losing pounds and inches. The person who earns the most points in their category by April 26 will win $100, and some can earn

a second chance prize—a $100 Visa gift card. All participants get a t-shirt and are entered to win the gift card prize. Still, the points and prizes the challenge offers are not what tempt most participants. Some members are just happy to find a fitness event that offers deadlines and encourages them to begin their fitness journey sooner than they would have on their own. Dianna Hall, a respiratory therapist who

works on her feet all day, is challenging herself to reach her goals. She says, “I had been out for a while because I had hurt my back. So, I was not in the same shape and nervous to get back to the gym.” The challenge proved to be the best motivator urging her to “just start now and see where it takes her.” Hall’s goals are to lose the extra weight gained since injuring her back so she can go to work energized. Hall’s favorite workouts at the J are the

Zumba and Body Pump classes, which are great cardio workouts that should help make a lot of progress. In April, prizes will be the bonus of all the small successes challengers like Hall have already achieved in a month’s time. Those who need more assistance on their final stretch are able to see personal trainers for a nutrition seminar list or talk to one of the fitness staff for guidance and support. The final weigh-ins stop at 9:30 pm on April 26. Participants are reminded not to allow the deadline to halt any progression, because fitness is a lifestyle with no finish line. For more information, go to fitness-wellness/befit/ or contact Sharon Giannelli at 757‑321-2310 or SGiannelli@

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t u d e n t s regularly experience holidays through hands-on learning experiences at Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center. For example, prior to Purim, through reading literature, singing songs and performing a dramatic play children learned the story of how Queen Esther saved Purim at Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center. her people. The students made masks, groggers and hamentaschen. On Purim, students arrived dressed as their favorite character and experienced a festive Purim carnival. Many parents helped run the games with the teachers who planned the activities. Preschool classes gave gifts of food around the campus and collected tzedakah to complete the fulfillment of the Purim mitzvot. The students had a great day filled with meaning and joy.

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n Sunday, March 6, the Tidewater Jewish Conservative Men’s Clubs honored three distinguished men of their clubs for their outstanding work and leadership in the club and congregation. Those honored were: Sam Werbel (Congregation Beth El), Bob Seltzer (Temple Israel) and Rabbi Norman Golner (Rodef Sholom). Each man received a handmade Abayudayan kippah and a plaque in honor of becoming their club’s Blue Yarmulke Man of the Year. The breakfast was held at Congregation Beth El and was chaired by Norman Soroko. Cantor Sam Werbel. Wendi Fried opened the program with the Star Spangled Banner and Hatikavah. Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz gave the D’Var Torah and Bruce Gordon, president of the Seaboard Region of Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, presented each honoree with their plaque and special kippah. Catered by the Beth El Men’s Club board of directors, more than 135 attended the event. Next year, the event will be hosted by Temple Israel.

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ast month I had the amazing opportunity to attend the American Israeli Publican Affairs Committees (AIPAC) annual policy conference. The conference attracted more than 18,700 pro-Israel Americans, including 4,000 college students with the goal of strengthening the ties between the United States and Israel. The theme of this year’s conference was “coming together” because of the current divisiveness of American politics. AIPAC prides itself on its bipartisan nature and keeping Israel a bipartisan issue—above Democrat / Republican politics. This year’s conference was all about coming together regardless of political affiliation. At the conference, I was joined by fellow William & Mary students, VCU students, and by Rabbi Gershon Litt. We had the opportunity to see Presidential candidates speak including Hillary Clinton, John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan and others. Outside of general sessions with keynote speakers, we attended smaller, more personal breakout sessions to learn more about Israel and the Middle East. At these smaller sessions I had the opportunity to meet with Congresswoman Comstock, Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz. Besides politics, we also learned about Israeli technology and society and had the opportunity to hear from world-leading disaster relief groups such as Israel Aid, which provides millions of dollars worth

William & Mary and VCU students at AIPAC in Washington, DC: Rabbi Gershon Litt, Hillel director; Jonah Yesowitz, Drew Liquerman, David Schaub, and Hannah Yarow.

of manpower and support to areas struck by natural disasters. We also learned about Israel as the “start up nation” and how innovations in medical fields and technology are changing the world. At the conference, we got to see and meet some of the most influential people in U.S. politics and learn from experts about foreign policy and Israel. Our group’s main takeaway from the conference was that it does not matter what your political affiliation is, you can be Democrat, Republican, Socialist, or Libertarian and still support Israel. AIPAC works to further the relations between these two great nations and to keep Israel above partisan politics. —Drew Liquerman is a student at William & Mary and is an active member of the Hillel student board.

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he community make-and-bake cookie project known as Operation Hamantaschen, was a one-day event held on March 6 at the Simon Family JCC. Its impact, however, didn’t end at the day’s conclusion when the last volunteers shook out their aprons and washed off their rolling pins. Thank you calls, notes and emails are continuing to come into the event’s organizers: the Young Adult Division of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the JCC’s Children and Family department. United States Jewish military troops received packages of hamantaschen (traditional pastries eaten on the festival of Purim), made by more than 130 volunteers of all ages, at Operation Hamantaschen. The boxes holding the treats were hand decorated, as were the notes of support and encouragements included in the shipment. Packages were delivered to troops stationed locally, as well as those deployed on ships, and serving in Europe and the Middle East. “We’ve heard from military members we have connections with, through friends and family who have been so happy to get

these care packages, and from people we don’t know, too,” says Alicia Kraus, director of children and family programs. “Fulfilling this mitzvah for Purim, and showing our appreciation to the sacrifices and efforts of our military, feels great—and is a testament to this community’s heart, its passionate volunteers, and its truly terrific lay leaders,” Kraus says. The following email was received on March 21: Operation Hamantaschen Committee, I just received your most welcome box of Hamntaschen; just in time for Purim! We will be holding our Purim Megillah reading and party Wednesday night and I’m sure the Jewish Soldiers will really appreciate the homemade Hamantaschen and the Purim cards. Being so far from our homes makes your efforts all the more special. Thank you all. Wishing a Happy Purim to all the wonderful people who helped and contributed to Operation Hamantaschen. Camp Buehring, Kuwait To see photos from the event, visit www.

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he final event in the 5th Annual Israel Today Series, hosted by the Community Relations Council and its community partners, features Matti Friedman, a former Jerusalem Bureau reporter and editor for the Associated Press. Friedman will discuss his personal experience reporting from Israel, where he has lived since 1995. As he outlines in widely-read articles for both Tablet Magazine and The Atlantic, Friedman will describe how media bias affects what the world knows about Israel, and in particular, how it views Israel’s role in the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict. Friedman will detail his work to expose the truth about how ideological

considerations, rather than journalistic ones, drive story selection and content, and the resulting ostracization he has undergone since his stories were published. Citing examples of the disproportionate media attention devoted to the IsraelGaza conflict, as well as editorial decisions involved in many of them, Friedman will explain what he has suggested is a cumulative effect of a “grossly oversimplified story—the kind of modern morality play in which the Jews of Israel are displayed more than any other people on earth as examples of moral failure.” In addition to his continuing work to uncover bias in the media coverage of Israel, Friedman is the author of Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story, which will be released May 3. His first book, The Aleppo Codex, has won numerous prestigious awards, including the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize. Copies of Friedman’s books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Reservations are required. The event is free and open to the community. For more information and to RSVP, email, visit CRCIsraelToday, or call 757-965-6107.

Ghent Your Game On Saturday, April 30, 7 pm


hent Your Game On, this year’s annual Ohef Sholom Temple fundraiser, will be held at the popular Ghent neighborhood venue, O’Connor Brewing Company. The event will feature live music by local favorite Cheap Thrills, creative cuisine by area food trucks including Bros Fish Tacos and Bodacious Pizza, among others. Also on the menu are O’Connor award-winning craft brews, various wine options and lots of games—for fun and for cash prizes. A live auction with unique experiential packages will also be part of the fun. Admission tickets, $55 per person, cover the band, two drink vouchers, snacks, food and games. To purchase tickets, sponsorships and raffle tickets, go to www.

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he Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater invites the Jewish community to attend the annual Holocaust Day of Remembrance, Yom Hashoah. The free event includes a guest speaker, a poignant candle lighting ceremony, and prayers from area clergy and leadership. Student winners of the Holocaust Commission’s annual Elie Wiesel competitions and recipients of the Commission’s excellence in education awards will also be honored and recognized. Jeannie Opdyke Smith is this year’s guest speaker. Smith is part of a new generation of Holocaust speakers who share the life stories from their parents’ first hand experiences. The daughter of Polish Catholic rescuer Irene Gut Opdyke who passed away in 2003, Smith carries on her mother’s mission of letting as many people know what the Holocaust was like and a passionate message that “one person can make a difference.” Smith captures audience’s attention with the retelling of her mother’s experiences during World War II. As a young Polish woman, Irene Gut Opdyke took extraordinary risks and made unimaginable sacrifices to save Jewish lives while she was working for a high-ranking German official. Opdyke received international recognition for her actions during the Holocaust. The Israeli Holocaust Commission named her one of the Righteous Among the Nations. She was presented with the Israel Medal of Honor, Israel’s highest tribute, a special commendation from the Vatican, and her story is part of a permanent exhibit in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Posthumously, Opdyke was presented the Commanders Cross—the Polish medal

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of honor, and the Courage to Care Award by the Anti-Defamation League. Opdyke’s 1999 book, In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer relays the detailed account of her life during WWII. Her life story was told on Broadway in the nationally acclaimed play, Irena’s Vow, staring Tovah Feldshuh. Jeannie Smith’s visit is a return to the area, in part due to requests from those who heard her last July when she was a keynote speaker at the Holocaust Commission’s Biennial Educators’ Conference. Smith is a member and speaker for the Oregon and Washington Holocaust Speakers Bureau, a regular speaker for the Anti-Defamation League’s Bearing Witness Program, and a national speaker for the Jewish Federation of North America. For more information, visit www., email, or call 757-965-6100.

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Calendar Through May 12, Friday Grieving Children’s Art Show. Leon Family Art Gallery at the Simon Family JCC.

CRC Israel Poster Contest Vote online through April 20


he Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s 4th annual Israel Poster Contest is now in its final days of voting. For the contest, students in grades 1 through 12 illustrated a cool fact about Israel for a hand-made poster. (The list of cool facts students chose from may be viewed at www. More than 100 posters were displayed in the Simon Family JCC Cardo at the Sandler Family Campus in March. The top

10 vote recipients were selected as finalists. Now through April 20, voting is taking place online at CRCIsraelPosterVoting. (One vote per person per day.) This contest offers the entire community a chance to advocate for Israel by sharing these cool facts around the world. The winning poster will be announced on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, May 11, at the CRC and community partners’ Israel Today event with Matti Friedman (7:30pm at the Simon Family JCC, details can be found at The winning artist will see their poster professionally framed and hang permanently at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. Attendees of the community Israel Festival on Sunday, June 5 will receive a copy of the winning poster. For more information, please contact Nicole Farrar, CRC Program Associate at


April 13, Wednesday JFS presents Getting to the Heart of the Matter with Dr. Steven Nissen. 7 pm. Chrysler Museum. 757-321-2222. APRIL 14, THURSDAY Brith Sholom’s Dinner and a Broadway Show. Dinner: 5pm at Gus & George’s, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd. Dinner choices are: chicken or veal Parmigiana with spaghetti, spaghetti and meatballs, broiled flounder with spaghetti. Show “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at Princess Anne High School put on by the Madrigals Show Choir. $15 for members or $30 for guests covers dinner, show and gratuities. April 17, Sunday Camp JCC Preschool Carnival. Parents learn more about Camp JCC while little ones enjoy games, crafts, face painting, and cotton candy. Free. 10:30 am–12:30 pm. 757-321-2306 or April 21, Thursday The JCC Seniors Club will celebrate Passover with a Passover Sedar at 12 noon. The board will meet at 10:30 am. Rabbi Michael Panitz and Cantor Elihu Flax will conduct the seder. $10. Pay at JCC front desk by April 14. April 30, Saturday Ghent Your Game On! An evening of live music by Cheap Thrills with craft beers, wine tastings, food, games, fun, prizes and a live auction. Presented by Ohef Sholom Temple. 7–11 pm at O’Connor Brewing Co. , 211 W. 24th St., Norfolk. Tickets $55 in advance, $75 at the door. Go to for tickets and additional information. See page 33. May 10, Tuesday Parents meeting for all youth ages 5–18 interested in being on the Simon Family JCC’s Swordfish Summer Swim Team. 5:30 pm. Monday through Friday practices, season runs June 1–July 28. Call 321-2308. May 11, Wednesday Matti Friedman, journalist and author, at the CRC and community partner’s 5th Annual Israel Today. Exposing bias in the media coverage of Israel, Friedman felt compelled to “out” the media for its uneven and potentially dangerous coverage of Israel, particularly during 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict. For more information or to RSVP (required) for this free and open to the community event at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus at 7:30pm, visit www. or call 965-6107. See page 33. May 22, Sunday What We Carry premier. Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is adding three new stories to its What We Carry program. The presentation will take place at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. 2 pm. June 5, Sunday Annual Israel Fest at Simon Family JCC. A Celebrate Israel Series event sponsored by Charles Barker Automotive. 11 am–4 pm. Interested vendors contact Naty Horev at or 321-2304. Send submissions for calendar to Be sure to note “calendar” in the subject. Include date, event name, sponsor, address, time, cost and phone.


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WHO Knew? Venice marks 500th anniversary of 1st Jewish ghetto


enice has kicked off commemorations marking the 500th anniversary of the imposition of the world’s first official Jewish ghetto. Artists, scholars, musicians and actors, as well as Jewish Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will take part in an array of events lasting through the year. The gala opening ceremony for anniversary events took place on March 29–500 years to the day that the Venetian Senate, under the Doge, or chief magistrate, Leonardo Loredan, ordered the 700 or so Jews in the city to be enclosed in a cramped area that had once been the site of a foundry, or “geto” in the Venetian dialect. The ceremony at the historic La Fenice theater included a performance of Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1 in D major” conducted by the Israeli-born Omer Meir Wellber, as well as an address by historian Simon Schama. “I want to forcefully reaffirm that the Jews have no nostalgia for the Ghetto, whose institution must be remembered and studied—but not celebrated,” Renzo Gattegna, the president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, told the invitation-only crowd. “The institution of the Venice ghetto, and of all the others that were created later, remains inextricably linked to periods of harassment and segregation, denial of the most basic civil and political rights, and age-old contempt, taught and practiced against civil, peaceful and defenseless Jewish communities.” Highlights of the commemoration events will be “Venice, the Jews and Europe,” a major exhibition at the Doge’s Palace to run from June 19 to Nov. 13. At the end of July, an open-air performance of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice will take place in the ghetto’s main piazza—the first time it will be performed on the site where the action in the play takes place. During the production, Ginsburg will preside over a mock trial of Shylock, Shakespeare’s villainous Jewish moneylender. Another major project seeks to raise

8.5 million euro, nearly $10 million, for the modernization of the Venice Jewish Museum and restoration of the ghetto’s 16th-century synagogues. Jews remained segregated in the Venetian Ghetto until it was abolished by Napoleon in 1797. At the height of the ghetto period, as many as 5,000 Jews lived there in houses that were built of many floors to conserve space. Despite the strictures, the Jews of the ghetto worked at trades and lived richly creative lives. Venice was a major center of Hebrew publishing, and Jewish congregations built five extraordinarily ornate synagogues that exist today, two of which continue to be used for services. Only about 400 Jews live in Venice today, however, with only a handful of them living in what was the ghetto. The community runs a school, an old-age home and other social and educational activities. Community leaders hope the attention that anniversary events will focus on Venetian Jewish history and culture will have a positive impact on the future of Jewish Venice. “The 500th anniversary of the ghetto can be the occasion to affirm that such a place cannot be a sterile icon but must represent an example of Jewish life and culture,” said Venice Rabbi Scialom Bahbout, who hopes to create an international center of Jewish learning in the ghetto. “There’s no question that we are more interested in the future than in the past,” said university professor Shaul Bassi, the coordinator of the committee for the 500th Anniversary, who traces his ancestry in Venice back to the 16th century. (JTA)

Game of Thrones meets SodaStream in April Fool’s video


Game of Thrones actor added his star power to an elaborate April Fool’s joke by SodaStream. Hafthór “Thor” Björnsson, who stars as giant Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the popular television series, appears on a YouTube video pushing what he calls his favorite brand of soda water, called Heavy

Bubbles, which is packaged in dumbbell-shaped bottles of varying weights. The professional strongman is shown walking home with the bottle weights while lifting them to build strength. The video directs viewers to a website for the Heavy Bubbles brand of soda. Pushing on the Heavy Bubbles link leads viewers to a message reading: “Why do you believe such a thing? It makes no sense. With SodaStream you don’t carry plastic bottles. You don’t sweat and you make sparkling water from normal water. At home, like me.” Björnsson joins American actress Scarlett Johansson as the face of the Israelbased SodaStream company, which had faced controversy for having a factory in the West Bank. “I’ve been using SodaStream since I was a kid and was therefore thrilled to collaborate in this video,” Björnsson said in a statement issued by the company. “I’m always open to new techniques for

exercising, but you’ve got to admit that carrying bottles home from the supermarket is a hassle and actually pretty stupid when we have an alternative such as SodaStream.” In October 2014, SodaStream announced it would close its West Bank factory in the face of international pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, which seeks to damage Israel’s economy over its policies toward the Palestinians. The movement claimed that SodaStream discriminated against Palestinian workers and paid some less than Israeli workers. Johansson resigned in January 2014 as a global ambassador for Oxfam, a position she held for eight years, over her position with SodaStream as its first global brand ambassador. The much anticipated sixth season of Game of Thrones begins later this month. (JTA)


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obituaries Judith E. Anapol Virginia Beach—Judith E. Anapol, a psychotherapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, passed away on Monday, April 4, after an extended illness. A resident of Virginia Beach for many years, Judy was born and raised in Portsmouth, the daughter of Carl and Helen Anapol. Judy attended Women’s College of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, with an A. B. Degree in Sociology in 1964. In 1968, she obtained a Master’s Degree from George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Judy began her career as a caseworker with the Department of Public Welfare in Richmond, and later joined the Catholic Charities in Portsmouth. Following her graduation from Washington University in 1968, she became the chief social worker at the Child Center of Our Lady of Grace in St. Louis, and later served as a supervisor for the Girl Scout Council of Greater St. Louis. While in St. Louis, Judy was an instructor at the Graduate School of Social Work at St. Louis University and at Washington University. She served on the Board of Governors at St. Louis University and was on the board of directors at the Missouri State Women’s Political Caucus. After returning to Hampton Roads, Judy obtained a position with the City of Chesapeake Department of Social Services, and later, at Portsmouth Psychiatric Center. She continued her career in private practice as a psychotherapist, which she maintained until the onset of her illness in 2013.

Judy was a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and the National Association of Social Workers, a member of the National Conference of Social Welfare, the American Association of University Women, and the University of North Carolina Alumni Association. A member of Temple Israel in Norfolk, Judy is survived her sister, Myra Waranch, her nephew, Adam Waranch and his daughters Kendra and Aryanna, her Aunt Terri Anapol, several cousins, and many long-time friends. Judy was a supporter of disability and environmental causes and throughout her life was an advocate for the safety and protection of animals. She was a member of the Virginia Beach Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities. A memorial service was held at the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center-Chevra Thelim. Altmeyer Funeral Home-Southside Chapel. Online condolences may be expressed at Melvin Kurzer Oak Island, NC—Melvin Kurzer, 84, passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at his home. Mr. Kurzer was born February 11, 1932 in Newport News, Va., the son of the late Morris and Rose Kurzer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a graduate of the College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Kurzer spent his entire career in human services in the area of mental health and developmental disabilities. The family had lived in Kinston and Morganton for many years and he and

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his wife retired to Oak Island in 2004. Mr. Kurzer was a member of B’nai Israel Congregation, a UNC Tarheel basketball fan and a loving husband and father. Survivors include his wife Judith Kurzer, a son Steven Kurzer and wife Jane, three daughters, Rachael Givens and husband Eric, Jenifer Kurzer, and Elizabeth Kurzer and husband Greg Coleman; five grandchildren Jacob Kurzer, Micah Kurzer, Miles Kurzer, Lauren Givens and Brandon Givens; and five nieces, Ellen Lederman, Joanne Golden, Linda Joffre, Allene Becker, Sandy Cohen and four nephews, Barry Kurzer, Larry Kurzer, Alan Kurzer and Ben Kozak. His funeral and burial was held at B’nai Israel Cemetery in Wilmington. Memorial contributions may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401. Lenore H. Leider Arlington, Va.—Lenore H. Leider, 84, passed away March 31, 2016. She was born in Brooklyn, N. Y. in 1931 to the late Fannie Goldstein and Henry Hyman. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Leider. Lenore was a proud resident of New York, residing in Brooklyn for 30 plus years before moving to Virginia. After living in New York, Lenore first moved to Virginia Beach and then to Norfolk, where she was an active member of the Norfolk JCC and also volunteered at DePaul Hospital for 15 plus years. As she got older, she transitioned into life closer to her son in Arlington. She was a New York Mets fan for most of her life and became a Washington Nationals fan when she moved to Arlington. During her seven years in Arlington, she attended a few Nationals baseball games. Other than being a proud New Yorker, Lenore was also proud to have grown up knowing sign language because both of her parents were deaf; she loved having the ability and the knowledge to communicate through sign language. She was an avid bingo player and enjoyed playing slot machines in Atlantic City, Dover Downs, and Las Vegas. She took pleasure in music, especially Barbara Streisand and Frank Sinatra; both of whom she saw in concerts growing up and dancing the Cha-Cha and Jitterbug. Lenore also

had a sweet tooth—she always had M&Ms or Tootsie Rolls handy as a treat. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Barry Lawson and his wife Liz Wheeler; daughter, Deborah Lawson and her husband Rob Wallace; grandchildren, John, Scott and Campbell Wallace; brother, Stanley Hyman and his wife Pearl; nieces, Stacie, Felicia and Corie Ann; and other family and friends. A graveside service was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk. The family requests donations made in Lenore’s name to Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, Temple Israel in Norfolk, or to the Alzheimer’s Association at Condolences may be expressed to the family at Jonathan S. Schwab VENICE, FLORIDA— Jonathan S. Schwab, 65, passed on March 17, 2016 after a brief illness. Jonny was born on August 9, 1950 at Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond, Va. He grew up and spent most of his life in Newport News. He was the owner of Manhattan Janitorial Service and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his parents Joel H. Schwab and Florence M. Schwab, and older sister Joan O. Schwab. He is survived by a brother, Philip A. Schwab and sister Fizzy S. Berlin (Jeffrey), and a niece Jessica L. Berlin, all of Virginia Beach, Va. The family acknowledges the many offers of sympathy and request donations be made to The Food Bank of Newport News.

Garry Shandling, comic star of Larry Sanders Show Garry Shandling, a comedian, actor, writer and producer best known for starring in the Emmy-winning The Larry Sanders Show, has died at 66. Shandling, who was Jewish, died at a Los Angeles hospital last month. Born in Chicago, Shandling grew up in Tuscon, Arizona, where his family had moved in hopes that the climate would be therapeutic for Shandling’s older brother, who had cystic fibrosis. His mother ran a pet store and his father owned a print

obituaries shop. In a 2007 interview with The New York Times, Shandling said he became interested in comedy as a teen, when he saw Woody Allen appear on a children’s TV show. “Here he is, this kid in Arizona, he’s not in New York,” Shandling told the Times, “and while being Jewish, he’s not at all Jewish in the traditional sense, of a noisy Jewish household. And suddenly he sees Woody Allen, and he relates.” Shandling’s “big break,” according to the Times, came when he appeared on The Tonight Show in 1981 and host Johnny Carson said, “His name is Garry Shandling. You’ll hear a lot about him.” Shandling wrote for several sitcoms, including Welcome Back Kotter, but the first sitcom in which he appeared, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, ran from 1986 to 1990, first on Showtime then Fox. The Larry Sanders Show ran on HBO from 1992 to 1998. According to Variety, Shandling was nominated for 18 Emmys for The Larry Sanders Show and won an Emmy for the series finale. He also hosted both the Grammys and Emmy Awards several times. The series “was said to have a lasting impact on comedy at HBO, influencing such series as [Larry David’s] Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Variety reported. (JTA)

several patents on semiconductor devices and wrote over 40 technical papers. He also was the author of several books. Grove was born András István Gróf to middle-class Jewish parents in Budapest, Hungary. When the Nazis occupied Hungary, Grove and his mother were hidden by non-Jewish friends under assumed names. He escaped into Austria during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, immigrating to the United States in 1957. He donated $26 million to the City College of New York in 2006 to help establish the Grove School of Engineering. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of former Intel Chairman and CEO Andy Grove,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. “Andy made the impossible happen, time and again, and inspired generations of technologists, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.” He and his wife, Eva, also a refugee from Europe whom he met while working at a resort in New Hampshire, were married for 58 years. (JTA)

Author Imre Kertesz, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Imre Kertesz, a Holocaust survivor who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, has died. Kertesz, who portrayed the horrors of Auschwitz in some of his writings, died March 31 at his Budapest home, said his publisher, the Magyeto Kiado firm. He was 86 and reportedly suffered from Parkinson’s disease. Kertesz was deported from his native Budapest to Auschwitz in 1944 at the age of 14, and was transferred the following year to Buchenwald, where he was liberated in 1945. He returned to Budapest after the war and worked as a journalist, but lost his job in 1951 when the newspaper adopted the Communist Party line. He later moved to Berlin, where he remained until recent years. Upon his return to Budapest, he reportedly rarely left his home. Kertesz was the first Hungarian to receive the Nobel for literature, which was awarded to him in 2002.

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Among his works are Fateless, Fatelessness, Kaddish for an Unborn Child and Fiasco. Faceless was incorporated into Hungary’s high school curriculum. The Swedish Academy said in its announcement of the 2002 prize that Kertesz won “for writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history.” “In his writing Imre Kertesz explores the possibility of continuing to live and think as an individual in an era in which the subjection of human beings to social forces has become increasingly complete,” the committee wrote. “His works return unremittingly to the decisive event in his life: the period spent in Auschwitz, to which he was taken as a teenage boy during the Nazi persecution of Hungary’s Jews. “For him Auschwitz is not an exceptional occurrence that like an alien body subsists outside the normal history of Western Europe. It is the ultimate truth about human degradation in modern existence.” (JTA)

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wanted to find a mitzvah project that would be new and fun to learn about and to share with others. Since I am a student at Virginia Beach Middle School’s Gifted Art Program and live at the beach with surfers all around me, tying art and my love of the ocean into a mitzvah project was of interest to me. After doing some research, I found ReSurf, a U.S. based nonprofit that refurbishes used, donated surfboards and other items, and ships them to underprivileged kids in Israel (Netanya, Tel Aviv, Herzliya, and Akko), among other places. In addition to the refurbished surfboards, which are uniquely decorated by local artists, ReSurf programs teach surfing and sets up surf clubs in local community centers and public schools. These clubs are maintained by their staff and eventually taken over by the participants to serve the community and its children for generations. The three-year-program is comprised of surfing lessons, classes on oceanography, and 150 hours of volunteer work, which includes cleaning beaches. Teenage participants also learn how to make short movies (no longer than three minutes) about their experiences, and in their final year of the program, they have the opportunity to become surfing instructors. ReSurf builds a “ReSurf Shack,” which

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Scott really came to the rescue and helped us with our parents long- term care needs. He was so very patient with our aging parents and took the extra care needed to explain and answer all of our questions and concerns. His services were very affordable , he knew whom to contact and was up to date on the new laws and benefits available. We will be using him again soon for our own estate plan. — Sam R.

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