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BRIEFS Worshipper shot in Pittsburgh synagogue attack released from hospital A 70-year-old worshipper who was critically injured in the shooting attack at the Tree of Life synagogue building was released from a Pittsburgh hospital. Daniel Leger went from the hospital to its rehabilitation facility, from where he was discharged on Monday, Nov. 26, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. His discharge came on the day of the shloshim for the victims, marking 30 days since their deaths. Leger, a retired nurse and chaplain at the hospital that treated him, was shot in the chest. He is a member of Dor Hadash, one of the three Jewish congregations that was holding services in the building at the time of the Oct. 27 attack, and lives in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood where the complex is located. Pittsburgh police and SWAT operator Timothy Matson, 40, remains hospitalized, from several gunshot wounds. Three other police officers were injured in the shooting. Andrea Wedner, 61, who was shot in the arm, was released from the hospital last month. Her mother, Rose Mallinger, 97, was killed in the attack. (JTA) 72 Jewish groups call on Congress to pass bills to combat anti-Semitism Jewish groups can at least unite on the effort to stop anti-Semitism. Seventy-two of them, including from all the major religious streams, have urged Congress to pass two bills with that goal. The organizations sent a letter Tuesday, Nov. 27 to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in their push for the measures. The Anti-Defamation League organized the letter, which was signed by organizations representing the Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative and Orthodox streams as well as the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Federations of North America.
The bills are the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act, which would upgrade the role of the State Department’s global anti-Semitism envoy, and the Combating European AntiSemitism Act, which urges the United States to ensure the safety of European Jewish communities. The House of Representatives passed the special envoy bill in September, but it is still being reviewed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Though the envoy role is mandated by law, the Trump administration has yet to fill it. (JTA)
Irish Senate advances bill that bans settlement goods Ireland’s Senate advanced a bill that outlaws the sale of Israeli settlement goods in the country. The Seanad Eireann, the parliament’s upper house, voted 28–14 in favor of the measure last month, according to Raphael Ahren, the diplomatic correspondent for the Times of Israel. The Senate has 60 members, but 18 did not vote. It was the Senate’s third and last vote on a measure titled the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018, which states that “it shall be an offence for a person to sell or attempt to sell settlement goods,” or assist in the sale of such goods or services. The bill still must pass the parliament’s lower house, the Dáil Éireann, and be approved by the president. Under the measure, those found guilty of violating the ban may be jailed for up to five years, fined up to $285,000, or both. (JTA) Reform movement’s Kutz Camp, incubator for teen leaders, is shutting down Kutz Camp, the Union for Reform Judaism summer camp for teen leaders and an incubator for modern spiritual Jewish folk music, is closing. URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs made the announcement in a statement Wednesday, Nov. 28, citing competition from other programs. The camp celebrated its 50th anniversary on July 4, 2015. The summer 2019 session will be its last.
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A Facebook post shared by camp director Melissa Frey explained that Kutz, once the “only high-level leadership programming exclusively for teens,” faced competition from youth programs at other Reform camps. The statement said that “the ability to attract teens to Kutz has been in decline for over a decade.” Jacobs noted that “many of our teens are looking for these remarkable programs closer to home and at different times of the year.” He also said that: “Throughout the next year, URJ camps across North America and NFTY will join us in determining how to best bring the Movement’s renowned leadership programming directly to the teens in our network of camps and congregations.” Jacobs said the movement does not know yet what will become of the Kutz Camp facility located in Warwick, N. Y. The camp will sponsor a series of conference calls with campers, alumni, and staff “to process this information together, and to begin thinking about what the future might look like.” In 1965, Kutz Camp became the summer headquarters for NFTY, the North American Federation of Temple Youth, the youth arm of the Union for Reform Judaism. The late folk singer Debbie Friedman, whose songs and settings for traditional prayers have been widely adopted by synagogues, served as song leader at the camp in 1969. (JTA)
Jewish Americans sue Airbnb over plan to remove listings in West Bank settlements A group of Jewish Americans is suing Airbnb over the company’s announcement that it will remove the listings of homes in Jewish West Bank settlements. The 18 plaintiffs, mostly families who own properties in Israel, filed the civil rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Delaware alleging that the internet hospitality firm has enacted a new policy discriminating against them based on their religion. The suit, filed under the Fair Housing Act, accuses Airbnb of redlining the Jewish-owned properties while continuing to allow Muslim and Christian
homeowners to rent theirs, thus also taking a side in the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians over West Bank land. It asks the court to prevent Airbnb from discriminating against Jewish homeowners and seeks compensation for lost rental income. The plaintiffs are 12 Jewish-American families who own properties in Israel and one U.S. citizen who has used Airbnb to rent properties in areas of the West Bank. Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center, a human rights law organization, organized the suit. Airbnb announced last month that it would remove the some 200 listings for rentals in the West Bank. The company said that it consulted with experts to learn about the historical disputes in the region in order to make a decision about whether it should be doing business in “the occupied territories.” “We concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians,” a statement on Airbnb’s website said. (JTA)
Einstein’s ‘God Letter’ sells at auction for nearly $3 million A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein on religion, his Jewish identity and his search for meaning in life was sold at auction for nearly $3 million—more than seven times the amount from a decade ago. Einstein wrote what was dubbed “The God Letter” to philosopher Eric Gutkind, in 1954. It sold Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Christie’s for $2,892,500, nearly doubling the estimated sale price. “The word God is for me nothing but the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of venerable but still rather primitive legends,” Einstein wrote. “For me the unadulterated Jewish religion is, like all other religions, an incarnation of primitive superstition,” the letter also said. “And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong, and in whose mentality I feel profoundly anchored, still for me does not have any different kind of dignity from all other peoples.” In 2008, the letter was sold at auction to a private collector for $404,000. (JTA)
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nation Benjamin Netanyahu hated George H. W. Bush’s peace plan. Now it’s his policy. Ron Kampeas
WASHINGTON (JTA)—When a president dies, the tendency is to put aside long-simmering resentments and consider the wholeness of his record. So it was when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remembered George Herbert Walker Bush, who died Friday, Nov. 30 at 94. Despite the tense relationship with Israel that was a hallmark of Bush’s single term, the prime minister praised the late president for things that a younger Netanyahu fiercely opposed. “We in Israel will always remember his commitment to Israel’s security, his decisive victory over Saddam Hussein, his important contribution to the liberation of Soviet Jewry, his support for the rescue of Ethiopian Jewry, as well as his efforts to advance peace in the Middle East in the Madrid Peace Conference,” Netanyahu said at the launch of a recent Cabinet meeting. In real time Netanyahu, a deputy foreign minister during much of Bush’s 1989-93 term, had a real problem with two of the Bush agenda items he now praises: how Bush handled the first Gulf War and the demands he put on Israel in its wake at Madrid. Netanyahu’s opposition to the Madrid process made him persona non grata at the State Department. Still, his praise for the process is not so much a matter of polite hypocrisy but a signal of how he has evolved: The principles underpinning Madrid now inform Netanyahu’s approach to peacemaking. Netanyahu was the most outspoken member of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s government opposing the request from the Bush administration not to retaliate should Saddam Hussein provoke Israel after Bush pledged to drive Saddam out of Kuwait. Netanyahu said it was a “certainty” that Israel would retaliate. After U.S. forces launched their war to oust Saddam and the Iraqi dictator launched missiles at Tel Aviv, Shamir decided to heed Bush; the president later
thanked him for his restraint. Netanyahu was vindicated somewhat when Israeli military analysts came to believe that reticence to retaliate during the Gulf War emboldened Hezbollah to strike Israeli targets in subsequent years. Bush also leveraged the U.S. victory over Saddam into getting Shamir to send a delegation to the Madrid talks. Shamir hated the idea of the talks, so much so that he sidelined his actual foreign minister, David Levy, who was open to the talks, and instead made a star of Netanyahu, who was relentless in his criticism of not just the talks but their land-for-peace premise. Bush’s secretary of state, James Baker, was so frustrated with what he perceived to be Netanyahu’s obstructionism that he banned him from the State Department. The Madrid talks led to the Oslo process, which launched direct IsraeliPalestinian negotiations. Netanyahu built much of his subsequent career on saying that Oslo was a mistake because it promised the transfer of critical territory to an entity that Israel could not trust to secure it. It’s an outlook that has helped get Netanyahu elected four times as prime minister. Instead, in recent years he has favored a multilateral peace that includes all major Arab players in the region; relies on Saudi Arabia to bring others into the process; and builds toward a final status plan through regional cooperation. Key to Netanyahu’s approach is that the Palestinians do not have the power to prevent other IsraeliArab talks from advancing. If that sounds familiar, it should: Bush 41 suggested something similar in a familiar context. “What we envision is a process of direct negotiations proceeding along two tracks—one between Israel and the Arab states, the other between Israel and the Palestinians,” Bush said at the opening of the Madrid peace parley on Oct. 30, 1991. “This conference cannot impose a settlement on the participants or veto agreements.”
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George H. W. Bush, a president with a complicated Jewish legacy Ron Kampeas
WASHINGTON (JTA)—George H. W. Bush, the one-term president whose public grappling with Jewish leaders made headlines while his private interventions helped bring tens of thousands of Jews out of danger, has died. Bush, 94, died Friday, Nov. 30 at his home in Houston, less than a year after the passing of his beloved wife of 73 years, Barbara. His failed 1992 re-election bid marked a low point in relations between Republicans and the Jewish community. Bush scored just 11 percent of the Jewish vote in that contest, one-third of what he garnered four years earlier, his 1988 victory over Michael Dukakis. The Bush presidency was marked by tensions both with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and the American Jewish leadership. In 1991, Bush lashed out at pro-Israel activists who had flooded Congress in response to the president’s reluctance to approve loan guarantees requested by Israel to help absorb hundreds of thousands of Jews from the just-collapsed Soviet Union. Bush called himself “one lonely guy” battling “a thousand lobbyists on the Hill.” Jewish leaders resented the insinuation that the pro-Israel community was possessed of a power sinister enough to unsettle the leader of the free world as borderline anti-Semitic. The “one lonely guy” comment haunted Bush thereafter, with even Republican Jews apt to use the first Bush presidency as a signifier of how far they had traveled in attracting Jewish support. Yet that was hardly the whole story. Less remembered was how, as Ronald Reagan’s vice president, Bush quietly helped engineer some of the pivotal moments in the effort to bring Jews out of the former Soviet Union, Ethiopia and Syria. “When you add up the Jews he saved, he will be a great tzaddik,” Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s former national director, said in 2013, using the Hebrew word for “righteous man.”
George H. W. Bush, circa 1989.
Bush was deeply involved in foreign policy as vice president, and Jewish leaders say he helped orchestrate the seder hosted by Secretary of State George Schultz at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in 1987. He also ignored advice from much of his national security team in 1991—the very period when he was in the throes of his most difficult arguments with Jewish leaders—and approved American overtures to the Mengistu regime in Ethiopia that resulted in Operation Solomon, which brought 15,000 Jews to Israel. Among other things, Bush secured a “golden parachute” for Mengistu Haile Mariam, the dictator who was already plotting his escape to luxurious exile in Zimbabwe. Bush also was instrumental in persuading Hafez Assad, the Syrian dictator, to allow young Jewish women to leave Syria for New York so they could be matched with men in the Syrian Jewish community. While some of these actions were secret at the time, Bush was averse to claiming responsibility even in subsequent years. “He was a man who was old school,” says Marshall Breger, who was the liaison to the Jewish community under Reagan and Bush. “With him, you had the sense of him being private about his feelings and sensitive to the notion that he might be seen as vain and saccharine towards other with overstatements.”
nation Breger recalls traveling with Bush to dedicate the new quarters of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, in 1984. Part of the dedication included the affixing of a mezuzah, and Breger attempted to hand Bush a yarmulke. Bush wouldn’t take it. Breger points out that he had secured a camouflage yarmulke for the occasion, but that seemed to make matters worse. “I said, ‘You’ll need to wear one of these.’ And he said, ‘They’ll think I’m pandering.’ It was very much against his code to pander,” says Breger, now a law professor at Catholic University here. “I said, ‘First of all, they’ll think you’re appropriate, and second of all, they’d love you to pander,’” Breger recalls. Bush reluctantly donned the yarmulke, but Breger noticed he had removed it before the ceremony concluded. Bush’s intense privacy came across as stiffness and allowed his rivals to portray him as patrician and distant. Two moments
in the 1992 election helped alienate the public from the president, whose masterful handling of the first Persian Gulf War helped bury post-Vietnam War ambivalence about the military. His apparent surprise at supermarket scanner technology suggested that he was unfamiliar with the mundane chores of average Americans. Though the story was debunked—Bush was familiar with the device, but was amazed at a new generation scanner on display at a grocery convention in Florida—the image stuck. At a town hall meeting in Exeter, N. H., during the primaries, looking at notes, Bush read out aloud, “Message: I care,” not realizing it was advice from one of his aides. The phrase became an emblem of his awkward inability to connect. Still, public service was a natural draw for George Herbert Walker Bush, whose father, Prescott Bush, was a U.S. senator from Connecticut. In later years he would recall how natural it seemed to enlist in
the Navy after graduating from the elite Andover Academy in 1942. He became a bomber pilot and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross after the Japanese shot down his plane in 1944. A year later he married Barbara Pierce, and like his forebears, attended Yale University. Seeking to make his own way in life, he declined his father’s offer of a job at an investment banking firm and headed to Texas, where he plunged into the oil business. First he sold supplies and within years he was an oilman. But Bush couldn’t resist the call of public service, and by the end of the 1950s he was active in the state Republican Party. In 1966, he was elected to Congress—a signal achievement at that time for a Republican from Texas. In Washington, he soon forged friendly ties with national Jewish groups. Appointed ambassador to the United Nations by Richard Nixon in 1972, he made headlines when he canceled an appearance on The
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Dick Cavett Show after Jewish leaders asked him not to lend legitimacy to another Cavett guest the same evening. The guest was Meir Kahane of the Jewish Defense League, whose radical and at times violent advocacy had alienated the Jewish establishment. Bush wrote Cavett at the time that he had checked with “certain responsible, highly respected leaders of national Jewish organizations” who convinced him that “any move by me that would have even the slightest appearance of giving recognition or credence to Kahane would damage the serious productive and legal efforts that they and thousands of their fellow Jews have been making to alleviate the suffering of their brothers.” At the United Nations, Bush made Soviet Jewry one of his signature issues, and the Jewish community organized a tribute dinner for him in 1973 after he left his post. continued on page 8
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His concern for Israel and its relationship with the United States was evident again in 1976, when he was director of the CIA. Bush was furious that CIA officials had estimated in a semi-public forum that Israel had 10–20 nuclear weapons ready for use. Since the 1960s, the joint U.S.Israel protocol had been neither to confirm nor deny Israel’s alleged possession of nuclear weapons. In a statement that year to JTA, Bush would not address the apparent revelation, but added: “To the degree that any classified information might have been mentioned, I accept full responsibility. I am determined it will not happen again.” Bush ran a contentious primary against Reagan in 1980, then accepted his offer as running mate. He assumed critical foreign policy roles under Reagan, but the two men never grew close. Reagan barely stumped for Bush in 1988. Still, the departing president did his successor a favor in early 1989, giving the go-ahead for low-level U.S.-Palestine Liberation Organization relations. Bush would have faced a political firestorm had he initiated such ties, but he needed them to pave the way to one of his grand ambitions: corralling the Middle East cats into a new world order of peace, led by what was fast becoming the world’s only superpower. Bush’s patrician lèse-majesté irked Israeli officials, especially Prime Minister Shamir, whose rough youth as the child of parents murdered by their Polish neighbors, and then as a prestate terrorist, could not have contrasted more with Bush’s upbringing. In A World Transformed, the recounting of his presidency that Bush wrote with his national security adviser, Brent Scowcroft, Bush commended Shamir for making the unpopular decision not to strike Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War despite the raining of missiles on Israeli cities. Just pages later, Bush wondered why Shamir was unenthusiastic about joining the Madrid peace conference that the United States had convened after the war. Bush wrote that he expected a degree of gratitude from Israel for protecting it during the Gulf War—apparently not realizing that it was precisely this unwanted protection that
stirred resentment among Israelis fiercely committed to protecting themselves. The diplomatic clashes did not abate. In June 1990, Bush’s most trusted adviser, James Baker, appearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, asked for a little “good faith” from Shamir. In March 1992, Ed Koch, the former New York City mayor, wrote that Baker had dismissed concern about Jewish anger, saying “F*** the Jews, they don’t vote for us.” Baker adamantly denied it. Fred Zeidman, a Houston-area businessman and Republican fundraiser who is friendly with the Bush family and with Baker, says the remark has long been misunderstood. Baker was aiming his ire at another Cabinet member, Zeidman says, and intended it as a joke. By mid-1992, with his presidential campaign underway, Bush seemed irreparably wounded in the eyes of the Jewish community. Jewish leaders have said that in encounters with Bush since his presidency, they endeavored to make clear to him how dear to the community he is. Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, recalls meeting with Bush not long after his “one lonely guy” remark. Bush had tears in his eyes, Hoenlein says, and insisted he never intended offense. Bush rarely interacted with Jewish leaders after his presidency, and he never knew the adulation his son would earn in some Jewish quarters for his devotion to Israel. The younger Bush seemed in some ways to directly contradict his father’s policies. One of the elder Bush’s first acts was to set in motion the process that would eventually welcome PLO leader Yasser Arafat into the American sphere. The younger Bush decided from the outset of his presidency to isolate Arafat, whom he reviled as an unrepentant terrorist. Foxman says Jewish history would judge Bush kindly. “I believe he will go down in Jewish history as the president who was engaged in more initiatives to save more Jews in countries where they were being persecuted,” he says.
Israel Israeli archaeologists say they found the ring of Jesus’ killer
sraeli researchers say they have found a ring that belonged to Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect who had Jesus crucified. The copper alloy jewelry was one of the artifacts found during a 1968–69 dig unearthing a section of a tomb and palace belonging to the biblical King Herod near Bethlehem in the West Bank, the Times of Israel reported last month. But the ring was examined and cataloged only this year, the report said. Pilate, a historical figure who has captivated the imagination of some of the 20th century’s most-celebrated authors, including James Joyce and Mikhail Bulgakov, ruled the province of Judaea from around 26-36 A.D. The scientific analysis of the ring was published in late November by the Israel Exploration Society in the Israel
Exploration Journal. “We have a ring inscribed with the name Pilate and the personal connection just cries out,” Roi Porat, the archaeologist who ordered the ring’s re-examination, told the Times of Israel. The jewelry was found in a room dating to no later than 71 A.D. alongside a selection of glass, ostraca, pottery, and decorated mud stoppers. Also present were a large number of metal artifacts including iron arrowheads, coins, and a copper alloy sealing ring. The ring is engraved with a large wine vessel—known as a krater—surrounded by tiny Greek letters spelling out “of Pilatus.” Some of the letters on the ring are deformed, the researchers said, likely due to improper production. (JTA)
Thousands of Israeli women to strike in protest of violence against women JERUSALEM ( JTA)—Thousands of Israeli women participated in a strike on Tuesday, Dec. 4 to protest government inaction in dealing with violence against women—and they got plenty of support. Hundreds of companies and organizations, major cities, and municipalities back the campaign. In addition, more than 200 institutions joined the strike, including the Knesset, the Social Security Administration, Civil Service Commission, the Social Workers’ Union, the Histadrut labor federation, the Women’s International Zionist Organization, and the Na’amat women’s organization, Haaretz reported. The strike was announced following the murder last month of two girls— Silvana Tsegai, 12, in South Tel Aviv and
Yara Ayoub, 16, in Jish. Their killings bring to 24 the number of women and girls murdered in Israel this year, representing a dramatic increase over each of the past two years, when 16 females were murdered. At 10 am, Dec. 4, 24 minutes of silence were held in memory of the 24 females killed. Some workplaces gave employees permission to wear black. Others gave striking employees the day off or allowed them to use a vacation day for it. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced following a visit to a Jerusalem shelter for women that he would form and lead a ministerial committee on the fight against violence against women and children.
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wastikas were spray-painted on two office walls of a Jewish professor at Columbia University. The word “YID” also was spraypainted on an office wall of Elizabeth Midlarsky, a professor of psychology and education at Teachers College. Midlarsky also researches and publishes about the Holocaust. The New York Police Department is investigating the incident, the Columbia Spectator student newspaper reported about two hours after the graffiti was discovered on Wednesday, Nov. 28. All Teachers College academic buildings require an ID for entrance, according to the Spectator. “I was in shock,” Midlarsky, who is 77 and says she is in poor health, told the newspaper. “I stopped for a moment because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.” Teachers College President Thomas Bailey said in a statement: “We unequivocally condemn any expression of hatred, which has no place in our society. We are outraged and horrified by this act of
aggression and use of this vile anti-Semitic symbol against a valued member of our community.” In 2007, Midlarsky was the victim of anti-Semitic vandalism at the university, when a swastika was spray-painted on her office door and anti-Semitic fliers were left in her mailbox. The Anti-Defamation League in a statement offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the vandalism. “While we hope this reward facilitates the quick apprehension of the individual or individuals responsible for this most recent horrific incident, we all have a role to play in preventing these incidents from happening in the first instance. We must continue to stand up and speak out against bigotry and hatred to avoid what we fear is becoming a grave and troubling normalization of hate in our region,” said Evan R. Bernstein, regional director of ADL for New York and New Jersey. (JTA)
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t least three large swastikas were spray-painted in a Brooklyn neighborhood. Swastika graffiti has been found several times in Greenpoint in recent years, according to the Greenpoint Post. Brooklyn has seen a string of attacks on visibly Jewish men in recent weeks.
The swastikas discovered Monday, Dec. 3 were painted within a block of each other. Two were accompanied by the letters “WP,” which stands for White Power. Two of the swastikas later were crossed out with red paint and the words “No Hate” spray-painted beside them. (JTA)
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anti-semitism Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks Hebrew in address at anti-Semitism conference Josefin Dolsten
NEW YORK ( JTA)—Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated the company’s commitment to fighting hate and used a Hebrew phrase to do so. Cook invoked a phrase from Leviticus 19:16 in its original language on Monday, Dec. 3 at the Anti-Defamation League’s Never Is Now summit on anti-Semitism and hate. “’Lo ta’amod al dam re’eikha.’ Do not be indifferent to the bloodshed of your fellow man,” Cook said after receiving the ADL’s Courage Against Hate Award. Cook, who is not Jewish, said in his address that the biblical mandate moves Apple to speak out on behalf of the rights of targeted groups, including immigrants and the LGBTQ community. “It moves us not to be bystanders as hate tries to make its headquarters in the digital world,” he said. Cook has slammed President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policies as “inhumane” and spoken publicly about being proud to be gay. The Apple leader was speaking at the third annual Never Is Now summit, which addresses topics of anti-Semitism and hate in the world today. Some 1,300 people attended the one-day conference here, which featured presentations on anti-Semitism on campuses, immigration policies, diversity in the Jewish community and the forces driving modern anti-Semitism. In a morning panel, historian
Deborah Lipstadt was asked if Jewish women should attend the Women’s March—some of its leaders have been under fire for their associations with the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, or for failing to distance themselves from him despite his bigoted messages. “No,” said Lipstadt, a professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University. Farrakhan, she said, has likened Jews to termites. “And what does one do with termites?” she said. “Exterminate them. When you stand with someone who calls me a termite, I’m not marching with you.” Cook referenced the shooting in Pittsburgh in October in which a gunman killed 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue. “This year we’ve seen the stubborn and constant evils of anti-Semitism, violence and hate darken the streets of Pittsburgh and so many other places,” he said. “Yet at the same time we see more and more people opening their eyes and rising to their feet, and speaking out in defense of society where we are all bound together by the values we have in common.” Cook cited policies of its online music store iTunes to not allow white supremacist-themed content or violent conspiracy theories as examples of its commitment to fighting hate.
Anti-Semitic crimes rise by 60% in Canada MONTREAL (JTA)—Hate crimes against Jews in Canada have spiked 60 percent since last year, making them the most targeted minority group in the country for the second straight year. Statistics Canada reported last month that the number of incidents reported to police rose to 360 in 2017 from 221 in 2016. The increase was attributed to nonviolent “mischief” hate crimes. The country’s main Jewish advocacy group said it was “alarmed” by the numbers.
“It is disturbing to think an anti-Semitic hate crime takes place every 24 hours in our country,” Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs CEO Shimon Koffler said. “History demonstrates that those who target Jews and other minorities pose a threat to society as a whole. All Canadians should be vigilant in standing against hate.” Overall, hate crimes in Canada jumped 47 percent in 2017. Statistics Canada reported a rise in hate crimes against the Muslim, black, Asian, and LGBTQ communities.
“At Apple, we’re not afraid to say our values drive our curation decisions, and why should we be?” he asked. Social media sites, including Twitter and Facebook, have come under fire for not doing enough to get rid of
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anti-semitism US broadcaster chief apologizes to George Soros for report calling him ‘multimillionaire Jew’
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he head of the U.S. government broadcasting agency has apologized to George Soros and his Open Society Foundations for airing a segment that referred to Soros as a “multimillionaire Jew” who was “the architect of the financial collapse of 2008.” In letters sent earlier this month, John F. Lansing, chief executive and director of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, offered his personal apologies for the report on Radio Television Marti, which broadcasts news to Cuba to promote American foreign policy interests. The report was aired in May. Lansing said in the letter that the report had “made several false and negative assertions” about the billionaire philanthropist and had furthered “age-old tropes against the Jewish community,” the Washington Post, which obtained a copy of
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the letter, reported. “It was based on extremely poor and unprofessional journalism, and it was utterly offensive in its anti-Semitism and clear bias,” Lansing wrote in the letter to Soros. “I take this breach in our fundamental obligation to provide accurate, balanced, and objective reporting very seriously.” The program was presented as part of the TV Marti newscast and introduced by the anchor with the phrase “George Soros, the multimillionaire Jew of Hungarian origin…” It also calls him “a non-believing Jew of flexible morals.” The conservative organization Judicial Watch, an outspoken critic of Soros, was the only source for the 15-minute video segment. U.S. Agency for Global Media did not say who ordered the report, according to the Post. Lansing said in both letters that
in the wake of the report he has launched an internal investigation, placed the employees involved on leave, instituted audits of all Office of Cuba Broadcasting content, and ordered the hiring of a “standards and practices” editor as well as a refresher class on ethics for its journalists. “I am committed to repairing our relationship with you and with the Open Society Foundations, and I am open to any and all further communications,” he said in the letter to Soros. Soros, a Holocaust survivor and philanthropist who funds liberal and pro-democracy causes, has been a frequent target of the far right in the United States and abroad, who often invoke anti-Semitic tropes to exaggerate his influence in politics and economic affairs. (JTA)
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Business Altmeyer Funeral Home enhances services and amenities at new location Madeline Budman
alking into Altmeyer Funeral Home’s newest location on Rouse Drive in Virginia Beach, it’s easy to be taken aback by how unlike a funeral home it appears. The lobby is bright and spacious, filled with the sounds of a babbling fountain. The chapel to the right is airy and full of light. Straight ahead, a lounge with kitchen counters, coffee, and freshly baked cookies infuse the room with delicious smells. This is not your average funeral home. And that’s exactly the impression it’s intended to make, says Chris Sisler, Altmeyer vice president. “We want our families to have all of the comforts of home,” Sisler explains. “Our funeral home isn’t traditional doom and gloom, it’s open, it’s bright, it’s airy. The door isn’t locked—you can walk in without ringing a bell, and people will greet you at the door.”
This welcoming facility, almost double the size of the old Altmeyer location on Greenwich Road, is the result of business savvy and visionary thinking to make the best of a tough situation. Close to 15 years ago, when rumors first began swirling about the major expansion to the I-64-264 interchange, Altmeyer’s management team approached VDOT to collaborate on the changes coming to the Newtown Road exit. James E. Altmeyer, Jr. even worked with private engineers to design an interchange that would save the funeral home and other businesses on the chopping block with VDOT’s designs. However, VDOT rejected the plan, and Altmeyer’s original Southside Chapel was forced to close. “Our location [on Greenwich Road] was centrally located in Hampton Roads,” Sisler says. “We weren’t a neighborhood funeral home, we were a regional funeral
Altmeyer Funeral Home’s new chapel has a seating capacity of 280.
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Chris Sisler, vice president, Altmeyer Funeral Home at its new location.
home: our one location there serviced Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach.” So, how did Altmeyer solve the problem of losing that ideal site? By locating less than a mile away. Altmeyer Funeral Home moved their Southside Chapel one exit down on the highway, from the Newtown Road exit to the Witchduck Road exit. Now, their 21,000-square-foot facility dwarfs their old 12,500-squarefoot site, and their new catering kitchen backs up to the Simon Family JCC’s
tennis courts. Not only does the new Altmeyer location offer superior comfort for families and more space—including three visitation rooms and a chapel that can seat 280 mourners—but the move provided the opportunity to substantially improve some of the funeral home’s behind-thescenes operations. For instance, they built a state-of-the-art prep facility and isolation room, with a unique air filtration system that circulates 100% outside air into the rooms every three minutes. “There’s not another funeral home that has this type of operation,” says Sisler. “You’ll see it in an operating room, but not a funeral home.” Approved by local rabbis to conduct Jewish burial rituals, the new facility’s improvements have major implications for Jewish patrons of the funeral home, especially for those participating in the mitzvah of chevra kadisha, or accompanying the deceased around-the-clock from the moment of death to burial. “Our facilities are very welcome to the chevra kadisha (the holy society) committee, our prep facilities where they perform this mitzvah is state-of-the-art, and impeccably cleaned daily, making it an inviting work environment for them to perform these mitzvot,” says Sisler. Other amenities at Altmeyer include an array of TVs, that combined with cameras in the chapel may be played “in every room in this building if we have overflow,” says Sisler. A “huge reception area combined with our complete kitchen,” he says, enables the ability to host full catering
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Altmeyer Funeral Home A short primer
Originally opened in 1917 in Wheeling, West Virginia, Altmeyer Funeral
Tidewater area in 1993, with no name recognition whatsoever. Owned by James E. Altmeyer, Jr., a Virginia Beach resident, the business now has 43 locations scattered between Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Altmeyer travels every week to different locations, while his office is at the new Rouse Drive facility. For more information, go to altmeyer.com.
receptions. And, soon, Altmeyer will have the capabilities to live stream services for out-of-towners and others who aren’t able to attend a funeral in person. In addition to working with Altmeyer to support the JCC and other local Jewish organizations, Sisler is an active participant in the Jewish community himself. He and his family are members of Ohef Sholom Temple in Norfolk, where he and his wife were married by Rabbi Lawrence Forman. Sisler is also a member of the board of directors for The Berger-Goldrich Home at Beth Sholom Village. Sisler says he is convinced that Altmeyer Funeral Home is best equipped to serve Jewish families in the area. After all, as far as Sisler knows, he is the only Jewish funeral director in Hampton Roads.
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SodaStream still sparkles Terri Denison
ack in 2014, for what some might deem an irrational reason, I purchased a SodaStream. The impetus for my acquisition? Scarlett Johansson stood by her deal to promote the product, against the wishes of Oxfam, an international relief organization for which she had been an ambassador. Oxfam criticized Johansson because SodaStream, a company headquartered in Israel, had a controversial factory in a settlement on the West Bank. I read about Johansson and Oxfam parting ways and I went directly to the nearest Bed, Bath & Beyond and purchased my first Israeli-made SodaStream. For someone who doesn’t drink sodas, I must admit,
it was a rather out of character moment. But as I quickly discovered, just like “You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s real Jewish Rye,” one doesn’t have to be a soda consumer to appreciate a SodaStream. A highly differentiated and innovative alternative to consumers of bottled and canned carbonated soft drinks, SodaStream is the No. 1 sparkling water brand in the world (in terms of volume consumption). With a SodaStream, it’s easy to transform ordinary tap water into sparkling water and flavored sparkling water in seconds, which helps consumers, like me, drink more water. Sparkling water is refreshing—especially with a wedge of orange or lime or piece of practically any fruit, for that matter. In fact, it’s a healthy alternative
to sugary, chemical-infused drinks. And, my family agrees—always at the ready to push the button to fizz up their H2O. Now, I’m the proud owner of the latest model. It’s sleeker, taking up less room on the counter (makes my husband happier), and offers three levels of carbonation. Plus, since electricity is not required to operate a SodaStream, in my house, at least, it gets moved from place to place. While as I mentioned, I typically don’t drink sodas, I do indulge in some fun mixed drinks, and a splash of carbonated water livens up all sorts of cocktail concoctions—without the chemicals and added sugars, I might add. And, then, there’s my family’s constant concern to be good to the environment and
stay away as much as possible from disposables—such as plastic bottles. Another plus for SodaStream! It comes with one bottle that is easy to clean and reuse and reuse and reuse. For those who do enjoy soda, however, SodaStream offers plenty of flavored syrups—from cola to root beer to lime to tonic and everything in between. All in all, I can vouch that SodaStream makes a good kitchen addition—for practically all drinkers—and at any time of year…especially just in time for the start of 2019. It shouldn’t be hard to find one, by the way, as products are available at more than 80,000 retail stores across 45 countries.
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Why is SodaStream controversial? Originally, SodaStream’s main factory was located in Mishor Adumim, an industrial park in the Israeli West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem. Because the settlement is likely to be included in Israel in any future peace deal with the Palestinians, many Israelis don’t view it as all that controversial. But groups that oppose Israel’s occupation of the West Bank called for boycotts of SodaStream due to the factory’s location. The debate over SodaStream gained attention when the actress Scarlett Johansson became the face of the company, appearing in a SodaStream ad during the Super Bowl. Johansson ended up resigning as a spokeswoman for Oxfam International, an anti-poverty group that opposes the West Bank factory, after it criticized the actress’ involvement with the company. SodaStream’s position on its West Bank factory SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum touted the Mishor Adumim factory, which was its primary location beginning in 1997 and until it moved, as a successful example of Arab-Jewish coexistence in the West Bank. Some 500 Palestinians worked at the factory alongside Israeli Jews, and Birnbaum says he paid them well and treated them as equals with their Jewish co-workers, though pro-Palestinian groups allege that the Palestinian employees were treated
poorly. The factory included a mosque for Muslim employees. Birnbaum is a proponent of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has noted that Mishor Adumim is defined as an area under Israeli control by the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian Oslo Accords, and argues that Israeli industry there is thus not a violation of international law. Unfortunately, that factory closed and moved to a less controversial location in 2015.
SodaStream International LTD. spends a lot of time encouraging peace, coexistence, and efforts to improve the environment.
Activists SodaStream International LTD. spends a lot of time encouraging peace, coexistence, and efforts to improve the environment. Just another reason I purchased mine, by the way. Following are a few examples of the companies activities from this year. Israel’s largest Ramadan break-fast event in celebration of peace This June, SodaStream hosted Israel’s largest Ramadan event ever at the company’s plant in Rahat, Israel. The facility,
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which is known as the “Island of Peace,” supports diversity and coexistence by employing 2,000 people from all walks of Israeli society, including Bedouins, Israeli Arabs from East Jerusalem, Jewish Israelis from all backgrounds, new immigrants, and Palestinians from Judea and Samaria. The highlight of the event was a kite flying demonstration by SodaStream employees, led by CEO Birnbaum. The kites, which were printed with the word “Peace” in Hebrew, Arabic, and English, were flown toward the Gaza border, which is only 22 kilometers from Rahat. One large kite, 6-foot x 5-foot, was made of a tapestry of pictures drawn by children of Jewish and Muslim employees—with an olive branch tied to the kite tail.
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A reward for ocean clean-up commitment In support of World Cleanup Day initiated by the Let’s Do It! Foundation, SodaStream issued a challenge: Take part in International Coastal Clean-Up Day on September 15, 2018 and get a permanent Sea Turtle tattoo—compliments of SodaStream. To apply, participants told their story, explained why the fight against single-use plastic bottles matters to them and why they deserve to be rewarded for their commitment. SodaStream chose 200 million people and sponsored their Sea Turtle tattoo SodaStream machines in the design of their have been sold since 1991 choice.
seltzer. The installation was organized by SodaStream, together with the Oceanic Society. Its goal was to raise awareness of the negative consequences of single-use plastic (and drum up business for the company while they’re at it). Passers-by were encouraged to sign SodaStream’s sustainability pledge, promising to eschew one-use bottles for reusable ones. The company claims that making soda at home in reusable bottles results in “less plastic manufactured, less plastic waste and less transport of bottled beverages.” “We have no choice,” Birnbaum said in a statement. “We have to go reusable. Annual plastic production is skyrocketing and the U.S. is one of the biggest polluters in the world.”
A 20-foot Statue of Liberty replica drowning in plastic bottles Also in September, people wandering around Flatiron Plaza in downtown Manhattan were met with an unusual sight: a 20-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty standing in a steel cage filled with empty plastic bottles and metal cans. On the other side of the eye-catching set-up, titled “Drowning Liberty,” were booths with people handing out glasses of
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Business Israel’s Arbe Robotics recognized by Frost & Sullivan with 2018 Global Technology Innovation Award for breakthrough 4D Imaging RADAR TEL AVIV, Israel—Arbe Robotics, the first company to demonstrate 4D high-resolution imaging radar, recently received the 2018 Global Technology Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan. The company was recognized for its breakthrough full-stack 4D imaging radar system for the automotive environment, along with its future business value in terms of scalability, application diversity, technology licensing, and human capital. Headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, Arbe has business development and customer service locations in the United States and China. The company was founded in 2015 and is backed by 360 Capital Partners, Canaan Partners Israel, iAngels, Maniv Mobility, Taya Ventures, and O.G. Tech Ventures. Frost & Sullivan calls Arbe Robotics’ 4D high-resolution imaging radar technology a “breakthrough solution” set to disrupt autonomous vehicle sensor development and asserts the technology represents a significant step toward mainstreaming fully autonomous vehicles. Frost & Sullivan also predicts Arbe Robotics’ technology is poised for wide adoption, and that it will have a high impact—beginning in the automotive, security, and unmanned vehicle markets. “An award of this magnitude truly validates how crucial our system is to the future of autonomous driving,” says Kobi Marenko, CEO of Arbe Robotics. “We are humbled to receive this honor and hope to continue to serve as thought leaders and disruptors in this industry.” Arbe Robotics’ high-resolution technology capabilities will help alleviate current challenges faced by radar, such as false alarms caused by the inability to distinguish between objects in real time and interference caused from the increasing use of radar sensors in the automotive industry. Frost & Sullivan analysts follow a rigorous and detailed 10-step process to sift through and determine the best candidates for their Best Practice Awards. The process includes research, interviews, and input from thought leaders and industry experts.
The award from Frost & Sullivan marks one of several accomplishments for Arbe Robotics in 2018. After debuting its 4D high-resolution imaging radar to the mobility industry in May, the company announced it had raised $10 million in additional capital, led by 360 Capital Partners. In September, they won the Most Exciting Start-up Silver Award at the AutoSens Awards, the company progressed in developing its breakthrough radar and preparing for mass production. For more information, visit www. arberobotics.com.
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Grandparents: Got any advice?
eading up to the Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival and the arrival of Jane Isay, author of Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today, who has plenty of advice on grandparenting, Jewish News asked readers to submit their own words of wisdom, humorous anecdotes, serious tips, etc. Here’s one from Jennifer Zoberman.
Crumbs don’t matter at this grandparent’s cookie party Jennifer Zoberman
love waking up to the pitter patter of tiny feet and shouts of “cookie party!” as my grandsons leap into my bed. They can’t wait to pick a cookie and get the party started! Our tradition started back in 2012. That’s when I retired after 32 years of being a classroom teacher and reading specialist. No longer having to wake up early for school, I started keeping cookies by my bed to eat when I take early morning medicine. At that same time, I started my monthly visits to see my daughter Rachel, her husband Ben, and then two-year-old grandson Danny in Potomac, Md. When Danny would wake up, either at his home or mine, he would enter my room and jump into bed. We started eating cookies together and doing all sorts of fun activities from reading and playing games to drawing and having interesting talks. In 2014, Andy was born and it wasn’t long before I started taking him out of his crib to join the party. Now, the boys are seven and four and still run into my room every morning we’re together and scream “cookie party!” The party lasts from 20 minutes on a school day to two hours on a weekend. We try a variety of cookies each time I visit as it makes it more fun. Of course, I always bring the ones they love—sugar cookies and vanilla wafers—in case the new ones are “yucky.” Danny loves looking up
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The Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival wraps up another year Callah Terkeltaub
hile the books are gone and events have paused, the memories still remain from a busy month of reading and events during the Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival at the Simon Family JCC. The book festival ran October 30–December 2 and brought hundreds of people to the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus to hear Emmy Award-winning writers, bestselling authors, and popular journalists speak about an array of topics. With more than 200 titles to choose from in the pop-up book shop, there was something of interest for everyone. Some of the Festival’s highlights included visits from authors.
Matt Goldman Gone to Dust: A Novel Kicking off the Jewish Book Council author events and the Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival, Matt Goldman spoke about his debut novel, Gone to Dust, and his experiences working as a writer on Seinfeld. The evening was moderated by Jay Klebanoff who says, “…hosting Matt Goldman after enjoying his book, provided a unique opportunity to ask about story and character development and get inside his head for a bit. It was a fringe benefit that he is a really nice and unassuming person.”
Jane Isay Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today Jane Isay spoke to Tidewater grandparents at a luncheon where she shared stories from her experiences as a family relationship expert. “This year’s book fair was a treat for the eyes…and the soul. Whether browsing the array of beautiful cookbooks or pre-reading the children’s books for our granddaughters, there appeared to be something for everyone,” says Alene Jo Kaufman. “However, the highlight for me was spending time with Jane Isay. Her down-to-earth, heartfelt sharing of stories was meaningful and motivating. Jane illustrated “grandparenting” nuances that will enhance and enrich our family’s lives.”
John Schwartz This is the Year I Get My Financial Life in Order With canceled f lights and a mid-November snowstorm keeping him in New Jersey, John Schwartz, a New York Times journalist, joined community members via Skype to discuss how to get one’s financial life in order. The takeaway? Start saving for retirement early and pass financial knowledge on to children as soon as possible.
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Jenna Blum The Lost Family New York Times bestselling author Jenna Blum spoke to a captivated audience about her latest novel, The Lost Family. Blum provided stories about her experience as an interviewer for the Steven Spielberg Survivors of the Shoah Foundation and how those stories helped to build characters within her compelling novels. The day after the event, Blum visited Norfolk Academy and spoke to creative writing students about writing processes and character creation.
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Tidewater Jewish Foundation First Person
Two year-end giving strategies to consider before December 31 Scott Kaplan
es, it is December and I’m sure you have been inundated with “Giving Opportunities,” but how will the new tax laws for 2018 impact your taxes and your charitable giving? Scott Kaplan Millions of Americans will take the increased standard deduction and lose the incentive to itemize their taxes, including charitable deductions. Here are two strategies to consider with the Tidewater Jewish Foundation (TJF), which may be beneficial to you, while making an impact today and in the future.
Create a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) For a limited time, if you establish a new Donor Advised Fund (DAF) through TJF with at least $7,500, TJF will match your gift with an additional $2,500 totaling $10,000 or more. A DAF allows you to make charitable gifts into the fund at any time and retain the ability to make distribution requests from the fund to charitable organizations of your choice (Jewish or non-Jewish). Think of it like a charitable parking lot to maintain all of your philanthropy managed through our online donor portal, providing 24/7 access. You may also name your child(ren) as successor advisor(s) to your fund,
which may be established by an individual, couple, or family. Given recent tax law changes, you may consider “bunching” a few years’ worth of charitable gifts to create your fund. Your gift into the fund is tax deductible and then you can make distributions from the fund over a period of years to support the charities of your choice in a consistent manner.
Charitable IRA Roll Over If you are 70 ½ or older (or know someone who is), here is an easy way to help our Jewish community. Rather than take your withdrawal this year, direct your Individual Retirement Account (IRA)
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administrator to distribute a gift from your IRA to benefit the Jewish community. Any amount you transfer counts against your required minimum distribution (RMD). You can direct up to $100,000 to your favorite causes this year. So, how does it work? Once you turn 70½, you must start taking RMDs out of your traditional IRA. Normally, these distributions count as taxable income to you. Beginning at 70 ½, however, you can make gifts directly from your IRA to any public charity, like TJF. These “charitable rollovers” or Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) count as part of your RMD, but aren’t taxable income to you. That’s a big benefit, particularly
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• Contact me at 965-6109 or email email@example.com to let us know how you would like your gift used. If you have not already taken your RMD, a qualifying rollover gift may count toward satisfying this requirement. Consult your own professional advisor (tax, legal, financial) to learn how this provision may apply to your specific situation. Happy New Year! Looking forward to a bright 2019 together! To discuss either of these or other giving options, as well as specific goals, make an appointment for a confidential conversation with Scott Kaplan, Tidewater Jewish Foundation president and CEO. To learn more, call Kaplan at 757-965-6109 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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idewater Jewish Foundation offers a variety of ways for area Jewish teens to participate in philanthropy and to receive grants and scholarships.
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Emerging Philanthropists Council (EPC) A unique leadership opportunity, the Emerging Philanthropists Council will meet three times a year to learn about philanthropy and the needs of the community. The first meeting is Sunday, Dec. 30 at noon at the Sandler Family Campus. The Council will have the opportunity to distribute $1,000 in grants. To join, contact Barb Gelb at email@example.com.
Passport to Israel Simon Family Passport to Israel offers grants to teens going to Israel on organized trips. (For example, camps, BBYO, NFTY in Israel, or school semesters in Israel.) If interested in going to Israel and want more information, contact Barb Gelb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tidewater’s musical weekend with Rick Recht combines fun and inspiration
ick Recht spent four days in Tidewater connecting with educators, NFTY and BBYO high school students, Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and Strelitz Early Childhood Center students and their families, participants of community services at Ohef Sholom Temple and Congregation Beth El, and with hundreds more at Latkepalooza and Camp Extravaganza at the Simon Family JCC. Here’s what some say about their experiences:
Educator’s Training Thursday, Nov. 29, Sandler Family Campus “Rick Recht’s workshop was inspirational and I was moved on both an educational and spiritual level. His unique ability to connect with everyone on a personal level allowed each person in the room to leave with their own meaning and relevance as a leader in the Jewish community,” says Elyssa Brinn.
Shabbat Family Sing-a-long Friday, Nov. 30, Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and Strelitz Early Childhood Center “My three kids had such a wonderful time hearing Rick Recht this weekend. My preschoolers were in awe that the “man from the songs” came to sing the exact same songs they know and love from school. These were beautiful, inspiring events that included the entire community, and it was lovely seeing the singer and the community members, faith leaders and children together on the stage. We loved it! “ says Mical Raz. Shabbat Service Friday, Nov. 30, Ohef Sholom Temple “It was inspirational and great bringing in Shabbat in such a fun and musical way. It was nice seeing so many people from the community come together to celebrate Shabbat in such a warm and inviting synagogue,” says Jody Laibstain. Shabbat Service Saturday, Dec. 1, Congregation Beth El “I loved learning the Hebrew sign language
Moms Mical Raz, Amy Weinstein, and Pam Trompeter.
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Rick Recht at Shabbat Family Sing-a-long for Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and Strelitz Early Childhood Center.
during his leading of services. Oh what a fabulous voice he has,” says Brenda Kozak.
Latkepalooza and Camp Extravaganza Sunday, Dec. 2, Sandler Family Campus Ohef Sholom Temple and Beth El Sunday and Religious Schools kicked off the day of family fun with their school sessions at the Simon Family JCC. A latke lunch and camp activities from six Jewish sleepaway camps followed the learning sessions. Children’s book authors, Rabbi Jamie Korngold (Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah and Sadie’s Snowy Tu B’Shevat)
Rick Recht with community teens.
and Carrie Jones (The Spy Who Played Baseball) read stories to parents and children and fielded questions from children on topics such as what it’s like to be an author and write stories as a career. Rick Recht then performed a live concert, which brought generations together in song. “I felt a strong sense of community and found Rick Recht’s concert to be invigorating and very uplifting. My daughter Margo and I thoroughly enjoyed being with the whole community seeing such a mixture of young and old,” says Nicole Gamboa.
What’s happening Acclaimed Neuroscientist to visit Tidewater
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National Library of Israel selects Simon Family JCC for first exhibit outside Manhattan
or its first exhibition outside of JCC Manhattan, the National Library of Israel is showcasing its treasures at the Simon Family JCC. Lining the walls of the Leon Family Gallery are facsimiles of illustrated manuscripts, ancient maps, photographs, and posters that reflect Israeli culture and Hebrew/Jewish language. The impetus for the exhibit was to “open access to treasures both globally and digitally to the world,” says Risa Zoll, executive director of the National Library of Israel USA. “We want Jewish communities to understand the library is for everyone.” The exhibit “reflects the Jewish history worldwide,” says Zoll. The goal is for the exhibit to be displayed in as many Jewish communities in the U.S. as possible. A new complex to house the National Library is under construction adjacent to the Knesset and is scheduled for completion in 2021.
Thursday, January 10, 12 pm Sandler Family Campus $12 Lunch; $30 Lunch and signed book Bundled Registration for lunch and a signed book closes January 3
The exhibit in the Leon Family Gallery is free and open to the community. Risa Zoll with the exhibit at the Leon Family Gallery.
Rabbi Panitz collaborates with National Library of Israel on Mysticism class Thursday, December 20, 9 am
n interactive class with Zvi Leshem, director of the Gershom Scholem (Kabbalah) collection with the National Library of Israel from Israel via Skype and Temple Israel’s Rabbi Michael Panitz, will discuss the exhibit with special attention devoted to the mysticism archival pieces displayed in the Leon Family Gallery.
This class is free and open to the community with RSVP required. For more information on the class, to RSVP, or learn more about the Leon Family Gallery, visit JewishVA.org/LeonFamilyGallery or contact Callah Terkeltaub, Arts + Ideas manager, at 321-2331.
uthor and neuroscientist Rachel Herz will participate in a panel discussion with Tom Purcell, Simon Family JCC’s membership and wellness director, and Sandra Porter Leon, MS, RDN. In her book, Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food, Herz examines the sensory, psychological, neuroscientific, and physiological factors that influence eating habits. In the book, Rachel Herz she also s h a r e s useful techniques for improving the experience of food—such as how aromas can help curb cravings and tips on how to resist repeated trips to the buffet table. Weaving curious findings and compelling facts into a narrative that tackles important questions, Herz reveals the factors that can shape relationships with food, and how food alters relationships with others. Herz will sign books following the luncheon. For more information or to RSVP, visit JewishVA.org/BookFestival or contact Callah Terkeltaub at 757-321-2331 or CTerkeltaub@ujft.org.
JCC Seniors Club invites all seniors to holiday party Wednesday, December 19, 12 pm, Simon Family JCC
emi-retired? Recently retired? A seasoned retiree? Still working? It really doesn’t matter, because the JCC Seniors Club is opening its annual holiday celebration to all seniors who are 55 years or older for a chance to mingle and meet new people at a fun party. In addition to a festive lunch including Hanukkah treats,
Michal Newman, who is an Israeli turned local, Hebrew Academy of Tidewater’s music teacher, and an accomplished musician and singer, will lead an energetic sing-along of familiar old and new tunes. The JCC Seniors Club has monthly lunch meetings and outings throughout the year for socializing—and even
educational opportunities. Lunch is $6. Register and purchase tickets at the JCC front desk (charge or make checks payable to JCC Seniors Club) by December 17. For information on this and other Senior events, contact Sheryl Luebke, Simon Family JCC senior programs coordinator, at email@example.com or 231-2334.
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What’s happening YAD-Chabad Shabbat Friday, December 14, 5:45 pm Chabad of Tidewater
he Young Adult Division of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Chabad of Tidewater’s Annual Shabbat dinner is open to singles, couples, and families. Meet new people, make new friends, and enjoy a huge selection of fun for the entire family. Adults will sing songs, play games, and engage in a Torah thought. Special food and a variety of games and activities will be available for children. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per child two years old and over. Advanced ticket purchases are encouraged. A supervised playroom will be available for children. Chabad is located at 1920 Colley Avenue in Norfolk. For more information, contact Carly Glikman at 757-965-6127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Calendar December 14, Friday YAD-Chabad Shabbat. Join UJFT’s Young Adult Division and Chabad of Tidewater for its annual YAD-Chabad Shabbat. This is a meaningful evening filled with community, Kiddush, and a kosher dinner. Shabbat Dinner starts at 5:45 pm at the Chabad House of Norfolk. $10 per adult, $5 per child ages 2 and up. To register: www.Jewishva.org/YADChabadShabbat. DECEMBER 19, WEDNESDAY Senior Club Holiday Party. Enjoy holiday food and a sing along led by Michal Newman. 12 pm. Sandler Family Campus. Open to the public. $6 at the door. For more information, contact Sheryl Luebke at 321-2334 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See page 33. December 20, Thursday YAD UGLY SWEATER HAPPY HOUR. Join UJFT’s Young Adult Division at 5:30 pm in an ugly holiday sweater for a festive Happy Hour at Coelacanth Brewing Company in Norfolk. YAD Happy Hours are a great way to socialize, network, and meet fellow YADians. For more information and to RSVP, contact Carly Glikman at CGlikman@ujft.org. Rabbi Michael Panitz collaborates with National Library of Israel on Mysticism Class with Zvi Leshem, director of the Kabbalah collection with the National Library of Israel. Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. 9 am. Free with RSVP. For more information or to RSVP, visit JewishVA.org/LeonFamilyGallery, or contact Callah Terkeltaub at 757-321-2331 or CTerkeltaub@ujft.org. See page 33. December 25, Tuesday Beth Sholom Village’s Kosher Chinese Buffet dinner. Includes beer and wine. 4–6 pm. Adults, $10; Children under 12, $5. RSVP and pay by Dec. 17. Call 757-420-2512. December 30, Sunday Brith Sholom’s Annual Pre-New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. Cocktails at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner, dessert, and champagne toast at 9 pm. Celebrate and be home before the ‘crazys’ hit the road. Entertainment by Frank Sings Frank & Fond Memories. $30 per couple and $15 per person. $30 per guest. Contact LeeAnne Mallory at 757-461-1150 or Brith.Sholom1@hrcoxmail.com for information. JANUARY 10, THURSDAY Rachel Herz, neuroscientist and author of Why You Eat What You Eat, The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food speaks with panel members, Tom Purcell, Simon Family JCC’s Jfit, and Sandra Porter Leon, MS, RDN, on factors that influence eating habits. Luncheon. 12 pm. $12 lunch; $30 lunch and signed book. Bundled registration closes January 3. Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. For more information and to RSVP, visit JewishVA.org/BookFestival, or contact Callah Terkeltaub at 757-321-2331 or CTerkeltaub@ujft.org. See page 32. JANUARY 21–30 Alma & Howard Laderberg and Patricia & Avraham Ashkenazi 26th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit JewishVA.org/FilmFestival, or contact the JCC front desk at 757-321-2338. FEBRUARY 6, WEDNESDAY Date with the State. The Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater travels to Richmond for the annual Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day. 7 am–4pm; leaving from the Sandler Family Campus. $36 includes kosher lunch and helps defray the cost of transportation. For more information about how to join this year’s delegation or to RSVP (REQUIRED), contact Melissa Eichelbaum, assistant CRC director, at 965-6107 or email@example.com. Send submissions for calendar to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to note “calendar” in the subject. Include date, event name, sponsor, address, time, cost and phone.
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here would I stay? What should I wear? Will I have to sit separately from my friends? Can we stay in groups? Is it okay to take pictures? These were just some of the questions that were asked prior to this year’s Shabbos project in Norfolk. Community members, students from area universities, friends of members, and new families—all participated in this Shabbos experience. Even though, for many participants, this was their first exposure to Shabbos, many say they want to return and have another Shabbos experience soon. The fourth year that the Shabbos Project took place in Norfolk, participants enjoyed a Carlebach style Kabbalas Shabbos led by Rabbi Yisroel Stein,
followed by a Shabbos dinner that served more than 200 people. Kirk Levy delivered a D’var Torah about the Jewish people and the character trait of mercy. Shabbos day began with a learner’s service led by Rabbi Gershon Litt, a beautiful drasha by the Rav of B’nai Israel Congregation, Rabbi Sender Haber, and an extremely elaborate Kiddush. Many participants went to members’ homes for lunch. Shabbos concluded with a moving shalosh seudos meal filled with singing and inspiring stories. Immediately after Shabbos, everyone went outside to enjoy a song- filled Havdalah under the stars. As people left, they began counting down the days to the next Shabbos.
n exhibit from Israel, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s Photography with Joy features photographs taken by Holocaust survivors living in Israel that speak of courage, aging, surviving, loving, and living, expressing their personal stories, memories, and feelings. For more information on this and other upcoming exhibits in the Simon Family JCC’s Leon Family Gallery, contact Callah Terkeltaub, Arts + Ideas manager at CTerkeltaub@ujft.org.
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who knew? Baltimore Ravens lineman wore Israeli flag on his cleats in NFL game
s a defensive lineman for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, Michael Pierce has no love for quarterbacks. But the non-Jewish 340-pound athlete from Alabama does have a soft spot for Israel. Pierce selected the Israel Collective, a millennial arm of the Christians United for Israel organization, as his cause for the league’s “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign. His cleats featured Israel’s flag when the Ravens visited Atlanta to take on the Falcons. In a video, Pierce said he felt a “oneness and connectedness” in the country during a visit, and after “growing up reading the bible,” to “learn exactly where Jesus walked was awesome.” “I went to Shabbat dinner, I just enjoyed their company and learned so many different customs,” he said. “How warm people are [in Israel] is definitely something that I hope people will read about, and then maybe go over…to see exactly what’s going on.” (JTA)
Obituaries Lyn K. Hurwitz Virginia Beach—Lyn K Hurwitz, 75, of Virginia Beach, Va., passed away peacefully November 13, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. Born in Front Royal, Va., she was the oldest daughter of the late Robert E. Lewis and Margaret True Lewis. Lyn graduated from Union High School in New Jersey, Union Junior College for Nursing Sciences, and the School of Nursing at Elizabeth General Hospital. Once she graduated with a nursing degree, she worked as an operating room nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She left nursing to raise a family, but stayed active in healthcare by her many years of volunteer work for the hospital and the Red Cross. Lyn’s steadfast dedication was applied to everything she did. She was devoted to her family, her friends, the arts, the community, and her neighbors. She raised her two daughters, Elisa and Tanya who blessed her with three grandchildren;
Quentin Tarantino and Israeli singer Daniela Pick marry under a huppah
irector Quentin Tarantino married Israeli singer Daniela Pick under a huppah in their Beverly Hills, California, home. The couple had a nearly decade-long transatlantic relationship that began when Tarantino was visiting Israel to promote his movie Inglourious Basterds. Two decades separate the couple: Tarantino is 55 and Pick is 35. Pick is the daughter of popular Israeli singer and composer Svika Pick, who reportedly did not attend the wedding due to medical issues. A Reform rabbi participated in the ceremony and Tarantino wore a kippah, Ynet reported. Tarantino, who is of Italian, English, and Irish ancestry, won the Academy Award for best screenplay for Django Unchained and Pulp Fiction, while directing both films. (JTA)
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Sydney, Jordan, and Sophia. She was a devoted friend to her long-standing group of women that she played bridge with for over 35 years. This tightly woven circle provided her camaraderie and unwavering support. Her community service included the Red Cross, Sentara Hospital system, and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. She was awarded a lifetime membership at the aquarium because of the countless hours she volunteered. She frequently took her grandchildren to visit the museum inspiring the future generations of her family to partake in her love of nature and the conservation of the marine environment. In her retirement, she enjoyed maintaining her perennial shade garden, attending the Wells Theatre, dining out, cooking, visiting her grandchildren, playing bridge, doing crossword puzzles, going to the movies, bird watching, and taking care of her Bichon Frises, Button and Angel. Lyn was a passionate soul with wide range of artistic talents varying from knitting sweaters and scarves to cross stitching. She loved beautiful things from being impeccably dressed to decorating her home with art and fresh flowers. Lyn is survived by her daughters Elisa and Tanya; three grandchildren Sydney, Jordan, Sophia, and two sisters, Lea Hutchinson and Laurie Gutowski. Her inspiring strength of character will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to have known her. Memorial donations to the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center or the Virginia Stage Company. A private Celebration of Life service was held. Juliet Aurbach Martin Norfolk—Juliet Aurbach Martin, 96, died peacefully on Thursday, November 29. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the youngest of five daughters. She lived in Miami, Fla., Silver Spring, Md., Winchester, Va., and most recently, Rockville, Md. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Bernard Martin, Esq. She is survived by her loving sons
Wayne A. Martin, L.C.S.W., Neil F. Martin, M.D. and daughters-in-law, Barbara Martin and Lisa Warsinger Martin, M.D. She was a devoted grandmother to Jason Martin, David Martin Warsinger, Ph.D., Joshua Eric Martin, M.D., and Rebecca Martin MPH, and to granddaughter-in-law, Jill Cohen Martin. She adored her great granddaughters Sydney and Olivia. Juliet attended Hunter College. She was an Air Raid Warden and medical secretary in World War II, a secretary at Tefereth Israel Congregation in Miami, and book keeper at WDCA Channel 20 and WIOD-WA1A, also in Miami. She was an avid baseball fan and award-winning knitter. She was a long time member of Beth Torah Congregation, North Miami Beach, Fla. and Beth El Congregation, Winchester, Va. A memorial service took place at the Jones Funeral Home in Winchester, with interment following at The Shenandoah Memorial Park, Winchester. Contributions to yiddishbookclub.org or Beth El Congregation, 520 Fairmont Ave. Winchester, VA 22601.
Anatoly Altman, Soviet Jew who tried to hijack a plane to Israel
natoly Altman, a Ukrainian Jew who tried to hijack a plane to escape the former Soviet Union, has died. Born in what today is Ukraine, Altman was a member of “Operation Wedding,” an attempt by several Jews who were arrested in 1970 at a St. Petersburg airport, where they had gathered to take the plane and fly it to Israel. He died Thursday, Nov. 29 in Israel, in Haifa. Altman, one of the so-called “prisoners of Zion,” was 77. As a defendant in the 1970 Soviet trial for “treason against the homeland” Anatoly declared: “Today is a very difficult day, but I’m happy, too. Because today I started my way home (to Israel).… And I’m sure, maybe it may take years in prison, but I’m sure I’ll get home to Israel, and from today until that time in the future, I say ‘Shalom to Eretz Yisrael.’” Altman was sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in the gulag. In 1979, he was released and immigrated directly to Israel,
Obituaries or made aliyah. “May his memory be for a blessing, and may his family and friends be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem,” the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry wrote in a statement about his passing. (JTA)
Clara Kramer, who survived Holocaust hidden in an underground bunker (New Jersey Jewish News via JTA)—Clara Schwarz Kramer, whose 2009 memoir Clara’s War recounted the 20 months she spent hiding in a bunker beneath a house in the Polish town of Zolkiew during the Holocaust, has died. Kramer died on Sept. 11 at the age of 91. Longtime residents of Elizabeth, New Jersey, Kramer and her husband Sol, who died in 2011, were active in numerous causes and communal organizations and took leadership roles in the Jewish Educational Center, Elizabeth; the former Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey; State of Israel Bonds; YM-YWHA of Union County, Union; Jewish Family Service of Central NJ; Central NJ Jewish
Home for the Aged; and Trinitas Regional Healthcare Foundation. Clara Schwarz was born in Zolkiew, Poland, in 1927. When the Germans invaded her town in 1942, 18 people, including Clara and her family, went into hiding in a crawl space they dug under one of their homes. They were hidden underground for almost two years by Valentin Beck and his family. While in hiding, Clara kept a diary, which is now held at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. On March 25, 1943, 3,500 Jews from Zolkiew were marched to a clearing and shot. After the war, she met her husband Sol in the displaced persons camps in Austria and they were married in 1949. They made aliyah to Israel, where their children Philip and Eli were born. They came to America in 1957 and settled in Elizabeth in 1965. Drawn to Elizabeth by its community of Holocaust survivors, Sol established a prominent real estate business and they became active members of that community. With a small group of survivors, she co-founded the Holocaust Resource
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