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Right-wing killings eclipsed all other extremist-related murders in 2018. The numbers don’t lie. Jonathan A. Greenblatt
NEW YORK (JTA)—Every year, extremism takes a deadly toll around the world. No region is immune—not the Middle East, not Europe, and not the United States. In 2018, there were at least 50 Americans killed by extremists from different movements. Many of the victims were Jews. Eleven members of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh lost their lives in October at the hands of a vicious white supremacist convinced that Jews were engineering mass immigration of non-whites into the U.S. Blaze Bernstein, a young gay Jewish man, was murdered in California last January by a former classmate who allegedly was a member of a violent neo-Nazi group. And five of the 17 victims of Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz, a budding white supremacist, were Jewish. But Jews were hardly the only victims of deadly extremist violence in 2018. A white supremacist at a Veterans Affairs home in Tennessee allegedly set his African-American roommate on fire, then boasted about it to white supremacists. Just months before the Tree of Life shooting, another Pittsburgh white supremacist was charged with stabbing an African-American man to death while on a quest to visit bars and repeat the “n-word.” In 17 different incidents across the country last year, people lost their lives to extremists. Some attacks were ideological in nature, others personal; for a few,
the motivation remains murky. The 50 deaths topped the 37 individuals killed by extremists in 2017 and made 2018 the fourth-deadliest year on record for domestic extremist-related killings since 1970. Largely absent from this list of killers were extremists motivated by radical interpretations of Islam. Only one of the 50 murders had any connection to Islamist extremism—and even then the perpetrator had ties to white supremacy. To be clear, there were Islamist-inspired terrorist plots and people arrested on charges such as providing support to such individuals. However, it is a reminder about the unfairness of peddling anti-Muslim bias or making hysterical claims about faith-based extremists grounded in fiction rather than fact. And yet these statistics communicate a clear message that the U.S. must pay more attention to dangers posed by domestic right-wing extremism—without neglecting the genuine need to prevent all forms of extremist violence. More than 12 active right-wing extremist movements exist in the U.S. that are violent, such as white supremacists, anti-government sovereign citizens and militias, and anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant extremists. The fact is right-wing extremists have been responsible for more than 70 percent of the 427 extremist-related killings over the past 10 years, far outnumbering those committed by left-wing extremists or domestic Islamist extremists—even with the sharp rise of Islamist-extremist killings
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in the past five years. These murder statistics send us a clear message: Right-wing extremist violence needs to be addressed. It will not go away on its own. If we want a safe society for Jews and all Americans, we must address this problem. Extremist, right-wing violence is a problem that can be addressed. Congress should ensure that the executive branch is tracking and focusing on domestic terrorism through legislation like the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act. The federal government should collect data on domestic terrorism and provide for training for law enforcement on best practices. Hate crimes laws can also be improved. Five states still don’t even have a hate crimes law on their books. Hate crimes are significantly underreported to the FBI This, too, must be addressed. We can and must do more to counter this growing threat of extremism. We can promote anti-bias and civic education programs. We can promote programs to counter extremist propaganda and recruiting. We can help educate the technology sector about the need to combat hate and extremism on its platforms. We can’t solve extremism. But we can do better.
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BRIEFS Israel takes 5th place in Bloomberg ranking of world’s most innovative nations Israel moved up to fifth place in the 2019 Bloomberg Innovation Index, an annual ranking of the world’s 60 most innovative countries. The index, unveiled Tuesday, Jan. 22, reviews dozens of criteria using seven metrics, including research and development spending, manufacturing capability, and concentration of high-tech public companies. Israel was ranked 10th in 2018. The United States finished eighth after being 11th last year. South Korea led the index, followed by Germany, Finland, and Switzerland. Israel was ranked first in the R&D intensity category and fell to second place from first last year in research concentration. (JTA) JFNA to distribute $4.6 million for Holocaust survivors The Jewish Federations of North America will distribute some $4.6 million in federal funds for Holocaust survivors. The funds will be distributed from the organization’s Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care to 43 direct service agencies and six Jewish federations. Combined with matching grants, the funding will result in $6.7 million in programming for Holocaust survivor services. It is the fourth year that Congress has provided such funds to JFNA to distribute for Holocaust survivors. About one in three of the more than 100,000 Holocaust survivors in the United States lives in poverty, according to JFNA. “We are grateful for the Federal government’s commitment to helping Holocaust survivors,” says Mark Wilf, chair of JFNA’s board of trustees and co-chair of the organization’s National Holocaust Survivor Initiative. “Together, we are using this window of opportunity to make sure more survivors are connected to their communities and have the social support necessary to age in place.” The six federations are Greater Miami Jewish Federation; Jewish Federation of Broward County, also in South Florida;
Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles; Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ; Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago; and UJAFederation of New York. (JTA)
Hebrew U to open tech centers in Chicago, Paraguay, and China The Hebrew University in Jerusalem is opening three international centers to market new technologies developed at the university. Yissum, the university’s technology transfer company, announced that it will open centers in Chicago; Asunción, Paraguay; and Shenzhen, China. The centers will foster collaboration models between Hebrew University researchers and local industries, the statement said. In Chicago, Yissum will participate in the Discovery Partners Institute, a joint education, research, and innovation institute led by the University of Illinois System, its three universities and other partners. In Paraguay, Yissum has partnered with HC Innovations to advance innovation and commercialization activities in South America. In China, Yissum will team with the China Israel Innovation Center Ltd., affiliated with Tsinghua University in Shenzhen. More innovation centers are scheduled to open in the future. (JTA) Trump administration allows funding for foster agency that rejects non-Christians The Trump administration is allowing a South Carolina organization to receive federal foster care funding despite refusing to work with non-Christians or LGBTQ families. The decision, which the Department of Health and Human Services announced last month, violates a U.S. policy that forbids such discrimination for groups receiving federal funding. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster had asked in March for his state to be exempted from the Obama-era regulations. The Greenville-based Miracle Hill Ministries came under the spotlight after turning away a woman because she is Jewish.
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The Anti-Defamation League and the Reform movement slammed the decision. ADL National Director Jonathan Greenblatt called the waiver “clearly unlawful” and said it “will not hold up in court.” “It is shocking that the federal government is openly sanctioning discrimination against Jews, LGBTQ, and others,” Greenblatt said in a statement. “Allowing a taxpayer-funded agency to discriminate against Jews and other minorities is outrageous and sets a dangerous precedent for our nation.” Rabbi Jonah Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, called Miracle Hill’s restrictions “nonsensical and hurtful” in a statement on behalf of the Reform movement. “As Jews, we know too well that statebacked religious discrimination quickly becomes a stain on the nation,” he said. “Let us not limit opportunities for vulnerable youth to find safe and supportive homes.” (JTA)
Samsung to acquire Israeli smartphone camera company Samsung has signed a deal to acquire the Israeli smartphone camera company Corephotonics Ltd. Calcalist reported the sale on Monday, Jan. 28, citing the lsraeli law firms that represent both companies. The deal is worth $155 million, Calcalist reported, citing an unnamed person familiar with the deal. Samsung previously has been an investor in Corephotonics, participating in two out of three of the company’s funding rounds. All three rounds raised $38 million. The company, founded in 2012, develops dual lens camera technologies designed to improve the performance of smartphone cameras. In 2017, the company reportedly filed a lawsuit against Apple Computers for using its technology without authorization in the iPhone 7 plus and the iPhone 8 plus. (JTA)
Germany’s Angela Merkel calls out anti-Semitism ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a video released ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, called on every citizen to fight against anti-Semitism and xenophobia. She decried anti-Semitism by Germans and also hatred of Jews by Muslim migrants, as well as hatred of Israel. “People growing up today must know what people were capable of in the past, and we must work proactively to ensure that it is never repeated,” Merkel said. International Holocaust Remembrance Day was marked this year on Sunday, Jan. 27. Merkel called for new ways to remember the Holocaust, as there are fewer and fewer survivors and other eyewitnesses to the Nazi genocide. “It will be crucial in the coming time to find new ways of remembrance,” she said. “We must look more closely at the personalities of people who were victims back then, and to tell their stories.” (JTA)
Jewish philanthropist receives Australia’s highest honor Australian Jewish philanthropist Pauline Gandel received the country’s top honor, the Companion of the Order of Australia, which also was given to her husband John in 2017. The award is tantamount to receiving a knighthood in the U.K., and honors Gandel’s support for the arts, education, and Jewish causes The honors were awarded on Sunday, Jan. 27, which was marked as Australia Day. The Melbourne-based couple is one of Australia’s most prolific benefactors to both the secular and Jewish communities. Gandel Philanthropy has distributed over $100 million to charitable causes since 1978. Among the few other married recipients of the award were opera singer Joan Sutherland and her husband, the conductor Richard Bonynge. John and Pauline Gandel are major supporters of Keren Hayesod, Yad Vashem and Tel Aviv University. (JTA)
Leading Democrats launch group to counter Israel disenchantment on the left WASHINGTON ( JTA)—Prominent Democrats are launching a pro-Israel group to counter a drift away from Israel on the party’s left. The Democratic Majority for Israel will be led by Mark Mellman, a longtime Democratic Party pollster who has been active in the pro-Israel community. “Our mission at Democratic Majority for Israel is to strengthen the pro-Israel tradition of the Democratic Party, fight for Democratic values and work within the progressive movement to advance policies that ensure a strong U.S.-Israel relationship,” Mellman said in a release he sent JTA. The story was first reported by the New York Times. “Most Democrats are strongly pro-Israel and we want to keep it that way,” Mellman told the Times. “There are a few discordant voices, but we want to make sure that what’s a very small problem doesn’t metastasize into a bigger problem.” A centrist pro-Israel Democratic group, the Jewish Democratic Council of America, already exists and fundraised for Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections, although its ambit was broader than Israel issues, extending to domestic policy. Additionally, more than half the Democratic caucus in the House and Senate has accepted the endorsement of J Street, a group that defends Israel’s existence but encourages robust criticism of its settlement policies. Polls have shown declining support for Israel among younger Democrats. This year for the first time, two freshmen Democrats, Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., have embraced the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel. Leading Democrats, including Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, have robustly criticized Israel, particularly its treatment of the Gaza Strip. Joining Mellman in the leadership will be Jennifer Granholm, the popular former governor of Michigan; Henry Cisneros, a Housing secretary under President Bill Clinton; Ann Lewis, chief
“Most Democrats are strongly pro-Israel and we want to keep it that way,”
of communications under Clinton and a longtime leading supporter of Hillary Clinton; Todd Richman, a J.P. Morgan executive who is also a major donor to the party; Paul Begala, a former top Clinton adviser who has become a leading cable TV combatant for Democrats; and Shelley Berkley, a former congresswoman from Las Vegas. Mellman, Granholm, Begala, and Lewis are regulars at American Israel Public Affairs Committee events. Richman is a former AIPAC staffer who in 2016 lashed out at fellow Democrats for criticizing the lobby for hosting then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. Mellman told the Times that the group is independent of AIPAC. The group plans to launch a political action committee to protect friendly Democrats from primary challenges; Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., a moderate who is the fourth-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives and who according to reports faces a challenge from progressives, said he welcomed the new group. “I look forward to working with the Democratic Majority for Israel as it advances the unbreakable US-Israel bond into the future,” Jeffries said in the group’s release. Other lawmakers welcoming the new group include Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the majority leader; Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., the chairman of the House Middle East subcommittee; Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Relations Committee; and freshman Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
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Nation Elliott Abrams named special US envoy to Venezuela
lliott Abrams was named the Trump administration’s new special envoy to Venezuela, appointed to direct the United States’ efforts to replace Nicolas Maduro. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the appointment of Abrams on Friday, Jan. 25, two days after President Donald Trump recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president. Pompeo called Abrams a “seasoned, principled, and tough-minded foreign policy veteran.” He said Abrams will be responsible “for all things related to our efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela.” Abrams is a veteran of several Republican administrations in senior State Department and National Security Council positions. He is known for his closeness to the Israeli establishment and the pro-Israel community, and is close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Under President Ronald Reagan, Abrams served as assistant secretary of state for human
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rights and humanitarian affairs and assistant secretary for inter-American affairs; and under President George W. Bush, he served on the National Security Council as the senior director for democracy, human rights, and international affairs; senior director for North African and Near East affairs; and deputy national security adviser for global democracy strategy. At the beginning of his term, Trump decided against nominating Abrams as deputy secretary of state because of Abrams’ opposition to Trump’s nomination. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, the president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, on Jan. 23 declared himself the country’s interim president and called on President Nicolás Maduro to order new elections within eight days. Guaido, the United States, the European Union and other world leaders maintain that Maduro’s re-election last year was fraudulent. The country’s military remains loyal to Maduro, however. (JTA)
WASHINGTON (JTA)—A state lawmaker in Florida has introduced a bill that would add a controversial definition of anti-Semitism to laws barring discrimination in the state education system. The amendment, proposed by Rep. Mike Caruso, a freshman Republican from Palm Beach, uses as its template the State Department definition of anti-Semitism, which includes as anti-Semitic calls for violence against Jews, advancing conspiracy theories about Jewish control and Holocaust denial. More controversially, it also includes “applying double standards” to Israel “by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.” Civil libertarians have objected to such language being written into law, saying it could encompass conventional criticism of Israel. The Miami New Times reported last month that the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union was tracking the bill. A similar bill has become law in South Carolina and was considered in the last Congress. The State Department language was never intended as an enforcement tool and was drafted as a means of advising diplomats how to assess whether anti-Semitism is prevalent in countries where they serve.
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Amos Oz, iconic Israeli novelist and peace activist Andrew Silow-Carroll
mos Oz, one of Israel’s most widely read and best-known writers, died December 28, 2018. He was 79. The cause was cancer, the Israeli media reported. Barely older than the country he chronicled in dozens of novels, essays and nonfiction books, Oz represented a generation of writers who traced the country’s emotional arc from its adolescence to the present. He also was one of the country’s most vocal peace activists, calling on successive governments to resolve the Palestinian issue and embrace what he called “the logic of demography and the moral imperative to withdraw from governing a hostile population.” In novels such as My Michael, Black Box, Where the Jackals Howl and his 2002 autobiographical novel A Tale of Love and Darkness—later made into a film by and starring Natalie Portman—he drew on his own experience as a first-generation Israeli raised in Jerusalem and later a kibbutznik to tell intimate stories that were inevitably read—despite his frequent protestations—as political allegories. A Tale of Love and Darkness tells the story of his mother’s family’s roots in Volyn (historic Volhynia), Poland, his father’s roots in Russia, and his own childhood in Mandatory Palestine where Oz—then Amos Klausner—was born in 1939. His was a family of scholars: His great uncle Joseph Klausner was a Jewish historian and professor of Hebrew literature and chief editor of the Encyclopedia Hebraica. His mother, Fania Mussman, died by suicide when he was 12. At 14 he left home to live at Kibbutz Hulda and took the Hebrew name Oz, meaning “strength.” He spent much of his young adulthood there before moving to the desert town of Arad. He studied philosophy and literature at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and fought as a reserve soldier in the 1967 Six-Day War in the Sinai Desert, and in the 1973 Yom Kippur War on the Golan Heights. He later became a founder and spokesman for Peace Now, a movement formed in 1978 to promote reconciliation between
Israelis, Palestinians, and regional antagonists. Americans for Peace Now, in a statement, said “Oz worked throughout his life to advance peace and to establish an exemplary society in Israel. He was one of our founding fathers and will always be remembered as having charted a way, with his sharp words, for a large peace camp yearning for a liberal Israel that pursues peace with its neighbors.” He and his wife Nily, whom he met at the kibbutz when they were both 15, had two daughters and a son. For years Nily ran the International Artists’ Colony in Arad; his daughter Fania Oz-Salzberger is a professor of history at the University of Haifa School of Law and collaborated with her father on the 2013 book, Jews and Words. His wife and children survive him. The kibbutz was the setting for his first short story collection, Where the Jackals Howl, in 1965. He would soon
be recognized among the so-called New Wave of Israeli authors that included A.B. Yehoshua, Aharon Appelfeld and Yoram Kaniuk. The late Gershon Shaked, a professor of Hebrew literature at the Hebrew University, said the New Wave “produced antiestablishment allegories that to some degree veiled their intentions.” Oz would often insist that he tried to keep his politics and fiction separate. “I’m not a political analyst or commentator,” he told the Paris Review in 1996. “I have never written a story or a novel to make people change their minds about anything—not once. When I need to do this, I write an essay, or an article. I even use two different pens, as a symbolic gesture: one to tell stories, the other to tell the government what to do with itself. Both, by the way, are very ordinary ballpoint pens, which I change every three weeks or so.” His 1983 nonfiction work, In the Land
of Israel, was a pre- Amos Oz in scient dissection of Brussels, 2005. the various political streams threatening to tear the country apart. It took the form of monologues by Jews and Arabs from various political standpoints, including a Jewish nationalist known only as “Z” whose ideology would come to dominate Israeli politics after the fall, decades later, of the Oslo peace process that Oz championed. Oz served as a professor of Hebrew literature at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Beersheba. He won countless awards, including the Israel Prize, and his books have been translated into dozens of languages, from Arabic to Chinese. For several years he had been mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Oz was buried at Kibbutz Hulda. (JTA) (See Book Review on page 24)
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ands United Building Bridges’ (HUBB) second annual Building Bridges Week brought the Tidewater community together for several meaningful events including a Shabbat service at Ohef Sholom Temple on Friday, January 11; the Summit Against Hate on Monday, January 14; and the screening of An Act of Defiance on Monday, January 21. The last two events were in partnership with the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Ohef Sholom Temple’s service in honor of Dr. King’s Birthday included many of his best loved teachings from his I Have A Dream Speech and other writings, as well as several spirituals including Lift Every Voice and Sing, If I Can Help Somebody, Let
delivered by clergy, law enforcement, and others, were speeches from Dr. Aaron Spence, superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools; Dr. Chris Garran, Cape Henry Collegiate School’s head of school; Doron Ezickson, Anti-Defamation League’s Washington D.C. regional director; a representative from Teens with a Purpose; and Chief Deputy Attorney General of Virginia, Cynthia Hudson. As the speakers all talked about what standing up against hate means to them, Senator Mark Warner, unable to join in person, wrote a letter that was read aloud: “In America, being different does not make an individual ‘the other.’ Rather, it means that you contribute important perspectives and ideas that strengthen our communities. What makes this country so exceptional is that regardless of our color, our faith, or our creed—we are all equally American…. Together, we must reject hate in all its forms. Together, we must also recommit to speaking out against acts of bigotry, and purveyors of hatred, wherever they might be found.” Pearl Renwick, a sophomore at Bayside High School and a participant in the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities Connections program for high school students, addressed the crowd saying “through conversations with diverse people we are able to realize the danger of putting individuals in boxes and the beauty that comes when we break those boxes down. The world is a much better place when everyone feels they are an equally important part of it. The foundation for the future starts in schools, and when we create more inclusive institutions and communities today, we are sowing the seeds for a more fruitful and loving tomorrow. Inclusivity and an open mind are our true allies in the war against hate.” A showcase of more William Dean, Virginia Beach Police Department.
My People Go and We Shall Overcome. “The highlight was a sermon by OST member and social justice advocate, Susan Feit, about the historic relationship between the African American and Jewish communities in the struggle for civil rights,” says Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg. “Feit emphasized the beautiful friendship and shared vision of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Dr. King.” The service culminated with an opportunity to do the same work when Rabbi Mandelberg announced a new partnership with OST and the Basilica of St. Mary’s in Tidewater Gardens whose goal is to foster closer relationships, share ritual and worship, and, ultimately, to work together in a service project for the benefit of the Tidewater Quadrant. Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz of Congregation Beth El, and co-founder of HUBB says, “events like the Summit Against Hate and Act of Defiance are so important. Not only are building community and supporting our neighbors important Jewish values, if we expect others to support us when we are attacked, we have to show up for them as well. That’s what building bridges is all about.” The Summit Against Hate brought a standing room only crowd to the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus to talk, pray, and sing in solidarity against the forces that seek to tear communities apart, as well as in support of understanding and fellowship. Among the inspiring messages
Pearl Renwick, sophomore at Bayside High School.
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than 20 local organizations that attendees could learn more information about or get involved with, was available after the speeches. The film, An Act of Defiance, shown in partnership with the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, brought more than 500 people to the TCC Roper Theater. An Act of Defiance tells the story of 10 South African men, including Nelson Mandela, who are arrested for conspiring to commit sabotage and violent acts against the repressive and Apartheid South African government. Their lawyer, Bram Fischer, puts his life in jeopardy to keep these men from receiving the death penalty. Following the film, a panel discussion moderated by Barbara Hamm-Lee, host of WHRV’s Another View, featured Dr. Reverend Sharon Riley of Faith Deliverance Christian Center in Norfolk and a member of HUBB’s Leadership Council; Paula Bazemore, Hampton Roads program manager for the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, and Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz. Eric Joffe, a South African native and Tidewater transplant, also participated on the panel to offer his insight into South Africa at the time of the film. According to Joffe, “the movie was quite unsettling as it portrayed the government and security police in such a realistic way that one was transported back to that dark time in South Africa’s history. Bram Fisher, who headed up the defense of the treason trialists, was a member of a prestigious Afrikaner family. He gave up his position in his community to follow his conscience. He experienced tragedy in his family and ultimately lost his own life while jailed for the cause he believed in. In contrast, the prosecutor Percy Yuter came from an Eastern European Immigrant Jewish family. Ironically both Fisher and Yuter ended up being reviled by their respective communities.” HUBB’s Building Bridges week offered many opportunities for the Tidewater community to learn from each other. For more information on HUBB, visit www.HUBBusa.org.
I’m Okay Tiffany Sawyer, Teens With a Purpose
alking into this event and leaving this event left me really emotional. I knew exactly what I was gonna say walking in, but walking out I felt speechless. Being surrounded by one of my second families (Teens With a Purpose) gave me encouragement to share my words with the world. Being surrounded by so many inspirational people who actually care about the world Tiffany Sawyer, TWP. is so moving. Leaving knowing how many people were touched by what I said made me feel as if for the first time in a longtime I had people to support me and agree with me about how the world is and what it could be. This event deserves to be heard around the world and I’m not just saying that because of my poem...I’m saying that because everyone who was at this event deserves to be heard. The world is what it is...but it’s not what it could be.”
I’m Okay Don’t ask me if I’m ok..., Because no matter how much pain I hide, Or feelings I bottle up inside, Or as demons in the back of my mind, Try to define who I am, Every second of my life, When I’m just tryna get by, I’ll always say I’m fine, It’s a crime to change how you feel, Life isn’t a game, In a world where they only accept dollars, because there is no room for change, Or in a world where your destiny Is only chosen by fate, Where all the beggars get the best And independent people wait, Where no one has their own feelings ‘Cause everyone else can relate, We’re all just fine Can’t you tell by just a simple smile on my face, No, Brainwashed to think a smile means happiness, Tell me how can I be okay when... we label each other and classify each other based on Wealth? religion? and race? well I thought this place called the Earth was supposed to bring people together, and I thought us as people were
supposed to be changing for the better, but is it possible for everyone to be pleased? Is it possible for everyone to be happy? It’s not possible for everyone to be pleased... It’s not possible for everyone to be happy... we’re all too Blinded by the illusion of perfection, and we speak on things that have the misconception, And did I fail to mention? That we are all infected with the disconnection of human connection, tell me where did it go. Tell me how are we supposed to grow. When we all have the mentality of me myself and I? And we all never sit back and look at the world and ask ourselves why? Why Why are these stereotypes dividing us? Why do we betray the people who are the closest? Why does all the pain of the world go by unnoticed? Why do we forget about the ones who love us
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Just so we can feel 10 seconds of fame Why do we point the fingers at other people just because we can’t take the blame? Why do we use each other? Or try to fill the loneliness with love Just to get a glimpse of acceptance from someone who doesn’t even care about us? Why are we all so happy to be next to each other but so quick to turn against each other as a society? As a community? As a whole?
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Why are we so lost in ourselves that we can’t find the truth outside of ourselves? Don’t you see Sometimes it’s our selfish needs Breaking apart the meaning Of what it means to be free Of what it means to have each other It’s not until we realize that our eyes have the power to see through the wealth, religion, and race. That me or anyone else in the world will have the strength to put meaning into the simple phrase “I’m ok.”
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Ruth’s Life Said a Lot About Her As a “pink lady” Ruth Goodman volunteered more hours than anyone else at the Norfolk hospital where she greeted visitors for years.
Before she died in 1995, Ruth arranged for a Hampton Roads Community Foundation bequest to forever give good health to the community she and her late husband Victor loved. This year 15 students are studying to become physicians, physical therapists, nurses and other medical professionals thanks to scholarships generated by Ruth’s generosity. Many more Goodman Scholars will follow every year. Write your prescription for a better future by ordering a free bequest guide. Learn how easy it is to leave a gift for charity.
Jewish Family Service receives gift from Kaufman & Canoles
“I’m very honored and humbled to be part of such an amazing program and organization that is recognized for its hard work and dedication to people in our community who are often overlooked or Dorothy Salomonsky, director of JFS PAM program; Kelly Burroughs, JFS CEO; marginalized,” says and Mary Beth Sherwin, Kaufman & Canoles. Burroughs. a staff member spending the night in “Nearly every day I hear a story of the hospital, refusing to leave his client some heroic deed done on behalf of until he was admitted, or locating a man someone who cannot help him or herwho had gone missing in the freezing self. Whether it’s dental work for a man cold, and needing to file an endangered who waited seven years for a procedure, persons report…every single day our staff does something wonderful to help others,” says Burrroughs. “And now they are being recognized. We truly appreciate Simon Family Passport to Israel this donation from Kaufman & Canoles.”
s part of its 100th Anniversary Giving Campaign, Kaufman & Canoles donated $500 to Jewish Family Service of Tidewater. Each week in 2019, the law firm’s employees are selecting a charity to receive the donation, and JFS was chosen as one of the initial recipients. Kelly Burroughs, JFS CEO, and Dorothy Salomonsky, director of the Personal Affairs Management (PAM) program, accepted the check for JFS from Mary Beth Sherwin, who nominated the agency. “Our mission at Kaufman & Canoles is to transform our community and the lives of our clients for the better. So, we’re celebrating our 100th anniversary by giving back,” says Sherwin.
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Seniors Club kicks off 2019 with music
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he JCC Seniors Club opened the New Year with a musical presentation on Wednesday, January 16. Sid Sward, who has entertained Tidewater with his accordion for more than five decades, had several group members up and dancing by the end of the hour. The Cardo Café catered a great dairy lunch with homemade soup. Good food, good music, and good friends combined to create a warm way to spend a chilly January afternoon.
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Here I am!
n late spring of 2018, I received an invitation from Eliot Weinstein, Young Adult Division (YAD) Cabinet chair, and Jasmine Amitay, YAD director, to join the 2018-2019 YAD Cabinet. I had already participated in two of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s YAD leadership programs: the Tidewater Couples Project and HINENI!. Both programs are designed to be building blocks for future leadership roles in the Jewish community. So, when presented with the opportunity, without a doubt I said, “YES, HERE I AM!” In the past seven months, I’ve learned a lot about the inner workings of the Young Adult Division. The YAD Cabinet
consists of 22 devoted volunteers who work together to plan programming for the local Jewish community. We are a passionate and diverse group ranging from ages 22 to 45. We create diverse programming with events ranging from Happy Hours to momMe time. But, social events aren’t all we plan. Our mission focuses on education, social, cultural, and philanthropic programming to connect young adults to our thriving Jewish community. YAD is also an integral part of the Annual Campaign with Super Sunday. As a new Cabinet member, I was asked to serve as the Super Sunday vice-chair, helping to lead the event. Initially very nervous because I know how important Super Sunday is to our annual campaign, I was worried about taking on such a large project.
However, my fears quickly disappeared and were almost immediately replaced by pure excitement and energy. The YAD Cabinet, Jeremy Krupnick, Super Sunday chair, the steering committee, and the Federation were always available to help and open to any and all ideas we had for the event. We had one mission with unbelievable support from the community and were able to execute a successful Super Sunday. I can’t wait for next year! I encourage anyone who is interested in participating or volunteering with YAD to say, “YES, HERE I AM!” I promise participants will develop long lasting friendships, have a ton of fun, and see first-hand how impactful donations are to the community. I look forward to the Purim Party on
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Saturday, March 23 and hope to see some new people at the always fun event!
Stein Family College Scholarship The Stein Family College Scholarship is an annual grant for Jewish students in the Hampton Roads area that provides a scholarship of up to $10,000 a year for college tuition.
Eligibile Applicants Must: • Be Jewish students graduating high school this Spring, entering a degree-granting institution for the first time as a full-time, degree-seeking student • Be current residents of Hampton Roads • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 • Demonstrate academic ability, concern for school, Jewish & general communities • Show substantiated financial need (as determined by FAFSA) The Stein Family College Scholarship is dedicated in loving memory of Arlene Shea Stein.
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s part of the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and community partners’ annual Israel Today series, Jonathan Schanzer, the senior vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, will offer an assessment of the ever-changing challenges on Israel’s borders, through the trends, thoughts, and policies of her Arab neighbors. The event is free and open to the community with RSVP required to JewishVA.org/ IsraelToday.
ast month, the CRC connected with Jonathan Schanzer on the phone and asked the following questions: Community Relations Council: What do you think is the least discussed, yet most important, global challenge that we currently face?
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Jonathan Schanzer: There are probably two answers to that question. One as relates to the Middle East, and one perhaps, more globally. When it comes to the Middle East, I think one of the least analyzed conflicts, at least in the everyday media, has been the conflict in Syria. That conflict has been a devastating civil war, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions. And, it has a direct impact on Iran’s ability to extend its power throughout the region. It has an impact on Russia’s ability to maintain a perch in the Middle East, and it certainly has an impact on Israel’s ongoing fight to defend itself. And now, with the U.S. planned departure from Syria, there are many questions about what this will mean. The answer to the global question would be the return of the great power conflict. We are now seeing the rise of
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China, the resurgence of Russia, and this means that the U.S. is going to need to pivot away from its counter-terrorism model to one of competition with these state powers. This is going to require a major shift on the part of the Pentagon, as well as the intelligence community, and I believe that shift is ongoing. CRC: Around the world, it seems that democracies everywhere are in jeopardy of failing. What gives you hope now?
JS: Well, certainly I think democracy is under siege and we’re seeing it not only in our country, but also in places like England as they discuss the Brexit issue. We’re seeing the rise of right wing nationalist groups in Eastern Europe and beyond. So certainly this is a challenging time for democracies. What I would say, though, is that the systems that have been put in place seem to be enduring. In other words, our Constitution is still holding strong. I don’t believe that the fundamentals of our country have changed whatsoever. I think the same holds for the UK and perhaps some of the other stronger democracies. Another big positive issue that I’m watching that has probably less to do with democracy, but more to do with just positive trends, is this phenomenon where the Arab world has been reaching out quietly to Israel, perhaps setting the stage for a more peaceful Middle East. This is something that I think has gone largely overlooked, but certainly seems to be ongoing. CRC: What is Israel’s biggest current threat?
JS: Without question, Israel’s biggest threat is Iran. And that threat comes in many forms. It comes in the form of Iran’s nuclear program, which never
really stopped developing, even during the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) 2015 nuclear deal. But on top of that, you have the Iranian support for Shiite militias in places like Iraq and Syria. You have Iranian support for Hezbollah, which is currently pointing roughly 150,000 rockets south at Israel. You have Iran’s support for Hamas, which continues to fire rockets into Israeli civilian territory and dig tunnels with the intent of carrying out commando raids. So, Iran has been building to a conflict with Israel. Israel continues to thwart many of those efforts, but this is an ongoing chess match and it’s unclear when its culmination will be. CRC: Is there anything Jewish News readers can do to prepare before your visit to Tidewater?
JS: I always tell readers and enthusiasts of the Middle East to keep up with the news and with legislation that’s pending on the Hill and with legislation that’s relevant in your local legislature. In other words, be educated, be informed, and be ready to act when there are opportunities to do so. Right now, we’re in the beginning of a new legislative cycle, so it may take a little bit of time to see where those opportunities arise, but they certainly will come.
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Gvirtsman might have a point. After all, consider how many dates, celebrations, and even interviews take place at restaurants—how many gifts are presented and proposals made over a fine and fancy meal. And then there’s the trend of sharing what’s on your plate with friends and family by photographing your food the moment a server places it on the table. Admittedly, my husband sometimes photographs our home dinners to prove to our daughters that we do have proper meals—even if they’re not around! Another relationship with food phenomenon is the cooking classes for friends and families. My family, for example, partnered with another to cook together one night under the tutelage of a pro who instructed us with a pie theme—some were savory, others sweet. One thing for certain, we learned about crusts and made enough to eat for the week. The article on page 16, however, is about Cooking Up, a network of cooking
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gatherings. Information for starting a group in Tidewater is at the article’s end. Then, there are the classes, workshops, and books on healthy eating habits. Rachel Herz, author of Why You Eat What You Eat, was in town last month as part of the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival. Joining her on a panel was Sandra Porter Leon, MS, RDN, a nutrition consultant and Tidewater Community College professor, and Tom Purcell, JFit membership and wellness director. Needless to say, the event was well-attended. The article is on page 19. Back to dating and dining—the piece about SawYouAtSinai, a matchmaking site, features a local young woman who met her husband through the service. Check it out on page 18 to see the newlyweds. There’s more, of course, including an interesting recipe for Chickpea Bolognese for our readers who are non-meat eaters and a story about challah businesses. Food connects people in conversation, in cooking, in celebrating. We hope this section connects with you!
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Food is Love Chickpea Bolognese is a hearty meat-free dinner you will love This article originally appeared on The Nosher.
inter months require a steady stream of comfort food for survival. But the start of the year also brings a time when people are more health-focused, perhaps even cutting their meat intake. This hearty pasta dish doesn’t
compromise on flavor while using chickpeas instead of ground beef, turkey, or lamb. I suggest treating these versatile little beans as you would treat half a pound of ground meat by browning and seasoning well. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how delicious, hearty, and meaty this spaghetti really turns out, and let’s face it—that’s exactly what you are craving, right?
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2. Add another tablespoon of the olive oil and allow the chickpeas to brown lightly, stirring occasionally. 3. Add the carrot and celery and mix well. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Then add the canned tomatoes and break them apart with a spoon. Add the vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and wine, allowing it all to evaporate and absorb into the vegetable mixture. Add the bay leaves and thyme and leave to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomato paste, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt and pepper and leave to cook for another 5–10 minutes, until the bolognese is thick and has darkened. 4. Cook the pasta 2 minutes less than directed on the packet, reserving ¼ cup of the hot pasta water. Drain the pasta and mix with the bolognese sauce along with the pasta water. Mix on low heat until the sauce has once again thickened, about a minute. 5. Top with the remaining olive oil and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Serves 4.
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Home cooking classes where Israel and Jewish culture are always on the menu Alix Wall
AN FRANCISCO (JTA)—In the compact, open kitchen of the apartment here that Dalit Gvirtsman shares with her husband, about a dozen women are jostling for space. One is chopping tomatoes, another is sautéing onions and another is squeezing a few dollops of honey into cooked egg noodles. Just beyond, the dining room table is set; each place setting features a napkin with the Israeli flag. A platter of bourekas with miniature Israeli flags has already been demolished. Mevashlim B’Ivrit, or Cooking Up in Hebrew. This group of women, all Israelis, have come together to cook, eat and schmooze—and then eat a little more.
The program is part of the World Zionist Organization’s Department for Diaspora Activities. The get-togethers are opportunities to learn a little about the Jewish calendar and Israel, explore Jewish cultures through their cuisines, and forge bonds among Israelis, local Jews, and sometimes non-Jews living in various communities. San Francisco’s is one of 19 such groups formed around the world, though most of them are in the United States. Thirteen are for Hebrew speakers. (A Los Angeles version is in Hebrew “specifically geared towards LGBTQ and ally Jews.”) There are others in Poland (in Polish, mainly for university students) and Uruguay (in Spanish); both facilitators heard about the program and volunteered
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to start it. A new Hebrew-speaking group is being formed in London this year, as are English-speaking groups in Toronto, San Francisco, and Oregon. Some of them are women only and serve as a kind of “girl’s night,” but men also attend in some places. Some participants become such good friends that they schedule time to see each other outside of the sessions. What started as a way for Israelis to stay connected with their culture in a Hebrew-speaking environment has burgeoned in unexpected ways: With Israeli food enjoying unprecedented popularity and interest around the world, the groups have become a way for others to connect with or learn more about Israel, too. “Now the focus is to bring Israel and pluralistic Judaism to the Diaspora around the world,” says Dana GreitzerGotlieb, the Bay Area Regional director of the WZO and the originator of the idea. “That is why we’re translating the curriculum and starting new groups in English.” But in another unanticipated outcome, non-Jews are wanting to take part, too. Mevashlim B’Ivrit is in its third year in the Bay Area. Gvirtsman held it in another woman’s home in Berkeley the first year, but since then has used her own San Francisco home. Gvirtsman and Greitzer-Gotlieb cooked up the program during a brainstorming session when Greitzer-Gotlieb saw and smelled the croissants that Gvirtsman pulled out of her oven. “You made those?” Greitzer-Gotlieb asked. “Yes,” Gvirtsman answered. “From scratch?” Again: “Yes.” “The wheels started turning,” GreitzerGotlieb says. Gvirtsman, a Hebrew teacher at an area Jewish day school, has a passion for cooking. “Food connects people,” she says. “Food is love. And the subject of Israeli food and Jewish food is so large.”
“Plus, cooking allows a certain kind of experience,” Greitzer-Gotlieb adds. “When you create something with your own hands, you remember and enjoy it more.” But they don’t only cook. Gvirtsman plans each session, and each one has a different theme (her own group has a year’s head start on the others, so they are the “guinea pigs”). The evening starts around the table with a few readings chosen by Gvirtsman meant to foster discussion of the theme. She has done fall soups, for example, cooking with the seasons and one session about yeast, never repeating a topic. One session for Independence Day had the women cooking seven dishes reflecting the diversity of Israeli culture: maakouda, a Moroccan savory pie, Algerian bulgur salad, Russian blini with sour cream and caviar, Polish chopped liver, Russian Olivier salad, Egyptian majadara (a lentils and rice dish with fried onions), and a Polish noodle kugel. Gvirtsman’s curriculum is used by all the groups, though once the program expanded, the WZO hired Israeli chef Einat Abramovich Partin, who lives in San Diego, as program manager. Partin now helps with the recipes and trains each facilitator via phone call or Skype. There’s no rhyme or reason to where the groups pop up; it’s organic. Often an Israeli with a love for cooking will contact Greitzer-Gotlieb or Gvirtsman, having read or heard about the program elsewhere. But Partin is well connected and knows Israeli expatriates in many places. For example, Boise, Idaho. Partin asked a friend of hers living there whether she’d want to be a facilitator. While this friend was too busy, she said she knew the perfect person and introduced her to Efi Asaf by phone. “When you talk to a person, you can tell in the first two minutes if it’s a match,” Partin says. “I’ve never met Efi in person, but even over the phone, I fell in love with her right away.”
Food is Love Partin is looking for two qualities in a facilitator. “She needs to love food and she needs to love people,” she says. “Food brings people together, and if you love to cook, you are cooking with your soul and with love, people really feel that.” Asaf taught a class about Passover to 20 women this year, none of them Jewish. All were “believers” of some kind, Christian, and Mormon. Rebecca Baughman attended the Passover class—and can’t wait for the next series. Baughman, who is Christian, studied in Israel for a semester in college. Besides the cooking, she appreciates being invited into the facilitator’s home—in this case Asaf’s—which adds so much to the experience. “What a precious woman Efi is,” Baughman says. “I want to be her friend. That she lets us come into her home to learn more about her and her culture and
religion is so special. She lets us in on her life and what she believes. “I don’t know how to make Jewish food, so it’s fun to have her walk us through recipes and then let us loose in her kitchen, guiding us along the way.” Given that the Boise group is made up of non-Jews, Asaf says she feels like a mini-ambassador for Israel, as other topics of discussion are bound to come up. “Sometimes they ask about politics or whatever’s happening then, and I tell them how I feel about it, but we mostly keep it centered around food,” she says. Asaf has taught an all-Israeli group as well, and says the differences are huge. When explaining a dish to Israelis, they’ll all have several opinions about how to tweak the recipe, or share a memory about it. With non-Jews, she has to explain the unfamiliar dishes in much more detail. “People really love Israel and our traditions in Boise,” she says. “Most people here are very interested in other cultures
and religions, so they really like to hear about other places. Food is also such a great connector because most of us are moms and cooking all the time anyway.” This kind of food as diplomacy is taking root in all kinds of ways. One participant in the San Diego English-speaking group that Partin hosts is Maryam Tarsa, an Iranian immigrant who was raised Muslim. Tarsa attended Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine and befriended many Orthodox Jews there. When she sent her children to the JCC preschool in San Diego, she became friendly with Partin. She loves Cooking Up in Hebrew because “I’m not a good cook, I don’t
really know how, and I figure it’s a good basic thing for me to know how to do at 48,” she jokes. Plus, she loves the socializing. As for Israeli food, she says, “People from different countries bringing their food traditions from around the world means it’s not just one taste. That’s what makes the food so amazing and taste so good.” To start a group (in Hebrew or English), contact email@example.com.
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Food is Love Couple donates 300 free months on SawYouAtSinai to Jewish singles
awYouAtSinai, the online Jewish matchmaking service announced their 3,100th member was getting married this year. That’s an impressive achievement for the organization that made online, Jewish matchmaking such a popular phenomenon. One New York couple was so impressed that they offered to sponsor 300 one month plans to those looking for their shidduch through SawYouAtSinai. The motivation for their gesture has not been disclosed. Whatever the reason, their generosity will no doubt be appreciated by those benefiting with the service—as well as their Jewish mothers! Each of the 300 recipients will get a free gold month on SawYouAtSinai. The gold membership allows two personal matchmakers and to receive up to 10 matches per week. This makes meeting one’s bashert during this free time, a realistic possibility. Devorah Ritterman and Michael
Mirsky, who were recently married, can attest to that. “I had just gone out with a couple of guys who were not for me, and I was starting to feel a bit worn out. A friend, who had actually met her own match through SawYouAtSinai, recommended I check it out.” says Ritterman, 22. “I wasn’t really into dating websites but something told me I should give it a try. Within a week of signing up my chosson popped up on the screen.” SawYouAtSinai is focused on helping all Jewish singles, regardless of location, age, or background. The success of SawYouAtSinai has touched communities around the world, many of which did not have prior access to a matchmaker network. It is not just the members that come from different demographics, but also
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the 300+ dedicated matchmakers. “Every part of the SawYouAtSinai service is carefully thought out in order to provide the most comfortable and effective dating experience possible,” says Marc Goldmann, founder and CEO of SawYouAtSinai. “We train matchmakers from across the religious spectrum, matchmakers that speak different languages, and are from different cultures or ethnicities. We feel a good shidduch between each member and their matchmaker, leads to the best success.” The matchmakers’ role is to get to know their members and then to search the worldwide database using the matching technology developed in-house by SawYouAtSinai. Members then get notified to log in to review the profiles, and can decide whether to accept or decline each match. Matchmakers provide on-going support and advice throughout the dating process, based on the wish of the member. “I had been on the site for a while. While on the site, my two wonderful matchmakers helped guide me through the dating process and set me up on some nice dates, but nothing quite clicked,” says Chana Brooke Horowitz, a Norfolk native. “After a period of time, I was just feeling like I needed a break. “Lucky for me, right before I checked out, a new profile came my way. I kept procrastinating and extending the time on the match, because I was wary of going out on just another date and really wanted a dating breather…finally, I decided I’d give it just ONE date,” she says. “Thankfully I did! My husband and I got engaged last year and got married a few months later. Subsequently, I joined SawYouAtSinai as manager of Member and Matchmaker Support. Having gone through some of the ups and downs of dating myself, it is great to be able to help other singles meet their match!” says Horowitz. Elana Joffe-Cohen has been on both sides of the service. “SawYouAtSinai helped me to find the love of my life
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and I’ve been doing what I can as a volunteer matchmaker on the site to pay it forward.” Joffe-Cohen (the site’s 1,162th success) says. “The service is a perfect amalgamation of the ancient art of true quality matchmaking (based on personality, interests, human intuition) with the modern technological wonder provided by the internet. My husband was in Israel and I was in the U.S. when we met—we had many friends in common, yet it took a SYAS matchmaker plus algorithm to actually introduce us.” The 300 free months are valid to the first 300 that use the marketing code ‘300’ on the registration page. It is valid only to people who have never been a member of SawYouAtSinai or its affiliate sites.
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Neuroscientist Rachel Herz teaches Tidewater Why You Eat What You Eat Callah Terkeltaub
pproximately 150 people packed the Simon Family JCC’s Fleder Multipurpose Room on Thursday, January 10 to hear author and neuroscientist Dr. Rachel Herz discuss her book, Why You Eat What You Eat, and the psychology behind the food choices people make. The discussion was led by Tom Purcell, JFit membership and wellness director, and Sandra Porter Leon, MS, RDN, Tidewater Community College professor, and nutrition consultant. Attendees learned about factors that play into food decisions, such as that red plates limit the amount eaten, how loud noises enhance tomato flavor, and whether watching TV influences how much is eaten, among other fascinating little-known facts. “Dr. Herz was able to distill complex
research on neuro-gastronomy into edible morsels that engaged the audience, teasing them to explore further,” says Leon. “Rachel was an amazing author to interview and spend time with,” says Purcell. “Being a cognitive neuroscientist and psychologist, she was able to explain the ways our mind and sensory systems work together in terms that you understand.” Herz visited Tidewater as a part of the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival and in coordination with the Jewish Book Council. The event was in partnership with the Simon Family JCC’s JFit. For more information about upcoming author visits, visit JewishVA.org/BookFestival, or contact Callah Terkeltaub at CTerkeltaub@ujft.org.
Israeli Chef Alon Shaya’s book is more than a cookbook
n 2015, Alon Shaya opened his namesake restaurant in New Orleans. It won the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in 2016. No longer connected with that restaurant, he now has Saba, in New Orleans, and Safta, in Denver. Both are part of Shaya’s Pomegranate Hospitality group. In addition to his award-winning restaurants, Shaya has written Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel. Along with recipes and tips on nearly every aspect of cooking—including ingredients from salts and oils to water (yes, water!) to
meats—and on techniques and equipment, as well as the books’ beautiful photographs, Shaya tells his story. Shaya describes his move from Israel to Philadelphia, and how important food always was to his happiness. It is his personal stories that make Shaya’s book more than a cookbook. The restaurants are named for his grandmother (his safta, in Hebrew) and his grandfather, or saba, a choice that honors their influence on his life. Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel, is available on Amazon.
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Food is Love How these Jewish women launched challah baking businesses and got thousands of Instagram followers along the way NEW YORK (JTA)—Mandy Silverman remembers being scared of the kitchen as a child. “There was a constant joke in my house growing up that I would mess up instant iced tea,” she recalls in a phone interview with JTA. But a quick glance at her Instagram feed reveals how things have changed. Her more than 15,000 followers have come to rely on her to post photos of mouthwatering and whimsical challah creations with flavors such as red velvet and marshmallow hot chocolate. Since starting Mandylicious Challah in 2013, Silverman has seen her enterprise grow both locally—delivering some 50 loaves every week in Sharon, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb—and internationally, dispensing challah-baking advice to people as far away as France, Peru, and Thailand. She spends about two days baking every week and an additional half a day making deliveries on Friday before Shabbat. Silverman, 40, is among a growing number of home bakers making a business out of their love of all things challah. Most post their interpretations of the traditional braided Shabbat and holiday loaves on social media, and reach local customers through word of mouth. Silverman is entirely self-taught. The Orthodox baker started baking challah 11 years ago and started to experiment by decorating loaves with sprinkles and stuffing others with meat. In October 2013, at the urging of her friends, she started selling the challah locally. A month later, for Thanksgiving, Silverman posted a photo on social media of a turkey-shaped challah with a pumpkin-flavored tummy. The photo was shared widely, leading people from nearby states to drive to Massachusetts to get their hands on one. “Somehow that picture got very popular, so my business got very recognized,” she says. Since then, Silverman has been slowly
gaining customers. “This year I got all the way to 250 [orders] for Rosh Hashanah,” she says. “At that point, I was like, ‘I’m so sorry.’ I hate telling people no.” Silverman sells her loaves for $5 to $18, depending on flavor and size. But she says money isn’t the reason she does it. “It’s enough that I feel like it’s worth my time, but it’s definitely not the main source of income for my house,” says Silverman, whose husband works in marketing. “The payment is so much more than money. It’s helping people, being a part of their lives.” Though her customers are local, having the Instagram page has allowed her to connect with others around the world who share her passion for challah, such as Lissette Grobman and Lilianne Braun, two Miami women who recently started selling challah in their community. The pair started Hamsa Challah in November and are now selling 150-200 challahs a week with flavors such as zaatar, Nutella, and cinnamon. Though their Instagram support is much smaller, with fewer than 200 followers, Braun anticipates that Instagram will be more useful if they decide to expand. “It would work and could work more at a business level, and the fact that people can actually look into it without knowing you, but in this case most of the people know me,” Braun says. Kayla Kaye, founder of The Kitch, and an Oceanside, New York resident, takes orders for some 75-100 loaves every week and delivers to those living in her town as well as West Hempstead and the Five Towns, all on suburban Long Island. Kaye, 36, sells an array of flavors—from a savory barbecue loaf with crispy onions to sweet ones such as pumpkin spice and s’mores. Though she has amassed more than 3,300 followers on Instagram since founding her company in 2013, Kaye says that she mainly relies on word of mouth. She is at capacity in terms of how many loaves of challah she can bake in her home kitchen.
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“If I was really at a point where I was ready to grow my business, have additional help and work in a different facility and make it a larger scale project, I probably would use Instagram more as an advertising vehicle,” says Kaye, who balances her challah business with a part-time job in sales at Madelaine Chocolate, a company owned by her husband’s family. Though most of her customers are Orthodox, like her, there are plenty of exceptions. Kaye recently had a number of orders from non-Jews who wanted challah bread for Christmas. “People love challah, especially in New York where there is such diversity as far as culture and religion and food that you can eat from all different parts of the world,” she says. Most of Sarah Klegman and Elina Tilipman’s customers are non-Orthodox Jews. The Los Angeles-based pair are behind Challah Hub, a hip initiative through which they host challah-centered events, sell challah-themed merchandise, and deliver unique flavors of challah such as matcha tea and bagel-everything spice with turmeric. Since meeting in 2013, Klegman, 31, and Tilipman, 34, have experimented with different flavors and ways of selling challah, including hosting pop-up events and delivering loaves in collaboration with the ride-sharing app Uber. A year ago, they partnered with a local bakery, Continental Kosher. Once a month, the shop bakes challahs following Klegman and Tilipman’s recipe that are sold through Challah Hub for $10 to $15. Finding the right flavors also took some trial and error. Klegman recalls a mac-and-cheese challah that sounded delicious in theory but turned out less than stellar.
“I was like ‘How did I ruin two of my favorite things?’” Klegman says. “The cheese kind of absorbed into the challah in a weird way, and it sort of became these squishy noodles.” Though the pair has more than 12,000 followers on Instagram, the social media backing doesn’t always translate to sales. One time, Klegman recalls, they did a video for BuzzFeed that received more than 10 million views, but only resulted in 10 new customers. “One in a million is not really good odds,” Klegman says. “Right now, people come to us to see great pictures of challah, they come to us for recipes, they love going to pop-ups and buying from us in person, but our slow burn has been figuring out how to translate those people and our community there to customers.” The pair charge $10 to $15 for challahs, depending on the flavor, but they, too, say money isn’t what keeps them going. “The things that get us through the stuff that’s more challenging, or more time consuming, or more of a learning process, are the look on someone’s face when they try a bit of our mint chocolate chip challah for the first time,” Klegman says. “It’s being able to know that all around L.A. there are Shabbat tables with our challah in the center of it.”
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what’s happening Inaugural Virginia Weekend of Unity
Art in the Family at Temple Israel
ike many synagogues, Temple Israel possesses art and artifacts that both enrich and inspire. On Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, the temple’s Art in the Family program offered a trio of experiences centered around its collection of Jewish-themed art,
featuring Scholar-in-Residence Professor Michael Duffy, who serves as chair of the Art History Department at East Carolina University. During services on Saturday morning, Professor Duffy lead congregants and guests through a tour of the art housed within the sanctuary itself. He spoke about the iconic Ascalon windows, the large bronze menorah also created by David Ascalon, and the abstract mahogany sculpture that represents the burning bush created by Frederick Drexler. The morning service was followed by luncheon in the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium, itself a virtual museum of Jewish art and artifacts, including the impressive Brenner and Solberg exhibits of ancient coins and Biblical archaeological artifacts. In addition to congregants, Temple Israel hosted residents of Beth Sholom Village at the morning service and lunch. At a Hanukkah-themed reception on Saturday evening, guests took a tour of the artwork in Brody Auditorium, including Professor Duffy’s slide presentation touching on various artistic media, and featuring
the dedication of a set of nine prints by Uruguayan artist Luis Camnitzer, entitled Luis Camnitzer Illustrates Martin Buber, created in 1970. The prints were donated by Patti Zetlin in memory of her father Henry Zetlin, first chairman of Temple Israel’s Endowment Fund committee, and in honor of her mother Betty Zetlin. The tour also included five works of visual art by past winners of the Elie Wiesel Visual Arts Competition, as well as ceramic art pieces created by students from Beit Sefer Shalom under the guidance of Betsy Karotkin. The work of several Temple Israel members, both professional and amateur, were also on display. The support of a number of individuals and organizations made Art in the Family at Temple Israel possible, including the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. which loaned the five pieces of artworks from the competition, and Tidewater Jewish Foundation, which underwrote a portion of the cost, helping the congregation to continue offering enriching experiences to the community free of charge.
Amy Milligan honored at 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast
my Milligan, Old Dominion University’s Batten Endowed Assistant Professor in Jewish Studies and Women’s Studies and director of the Institute of Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding, received a community leader award at the 35th annual Urban League of Hampton Roads Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. The event was hosted by Old Dominion University and co-sponsored by Norfolk State University and Eastern Virginia Medical School. It took place at the Ted Constant Center on Monday, Jan. 21. Jay Jones, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates for the 89th District, was the keynote speaker. John R. Broderick, president, Old Dominion University, presented Milligan with her award.
Milligan, who received the Broderick Diversity Champion Award, considers her position at ODU her “dream job.” Her research and advocacy focus on communities whose stories aren’t always in the majority: women, Jews of color, disabled Jews, LGBT Jews, and small-town Jews. Following last year’s synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Milligan organized a campus ceremony. She also helped Old Dominion in its first public celebration of Hanukkah. Started in 1984, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders’ awards are presented to individuals or groups who promote positive images, exemplify community service, demonstrate the values that model those of Dr. King, and show evidence of the impact their contributions make in the lives of others.
Amy Milligan at the ceremony.
Other awardees this year were: Narketta Sparkman-Key, assistant professor of counseling and human services at ODU; Sara Carroll, executive director for Sara’s Mentoring Center, Inc., and owner of A-1 Environmental Services Inc.; Barbara Willis, CEO of Hampton Roads Community Health Center; Cardell C. Patillo, youth pastor and community leader; and Donovan Stokes, student at Norfolk State University.
Friday, February 22– Saturday, February 23 Rabbi Gavriel Rudin
wo Orthodox shuls in Virginia have embarked on a journey to bring two Jewish communities closer together. Congregation B’nai Israel of Norfolk and Keneseth Beth Israel of Richmond are joining forces for an innovative program, which was originally the brainchild of Jeffery Brooke, B’nai Israel’s president. “From my days in B’nai Brith Youth Organization, I have always had friends in Richmond, and I have always been struck by the similarity in our two communities,” says Brooke. “Over the last several years of going to Richmond more frequently, I run into people just like us and former Norfolk residents who have fond memories of our town and previous interactions. It just seems like a natural thing for us to get together, remember the old days, rekindle old friendships, and make new ones.” Discussed for several years, the two synagogues will gather for a weekend of unity and inspiration in Norfolk when the event is hosted by Congregation B’nai Israel. The weekend will kick off with a “Carlebach” style Kabbalat Shabbat. After davening, a communal Friday night dinner will take place at B’nai Israel. The weekend will offer many opportunities to socialize and listen to lectures from rabbis of both communities. This event is open to the entire Tidewater and Richmond Jewish communities. For more information or to attend the Friday night dinner, contact Rabbi Gavriel Rudin at 757-386-3274 or gavrielrudin@ bniaisrael.org. Rabbi Gavriel Rudin is director of community development and programming at B’nai Israel Congregation.
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what’s happening Jewish Museum and Cultural Center to hold Second Annual Silent Auction
JCC Book Club celebrates its 10th year
Sunday, March 31, 4–7 pm
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tems at the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center’s Second Annual Silent Auction include antiques and art objects, gift cards for restaurants, services, merchandise, and leisure activities, as well as unique gift baskets. Other attractions at the event include an Italian Buffet and dessert table. Proceeds from this event will help sustain the museum, housed in the historic Chevra T’hillim synagogue, which presents innovative exhibits and programs. The Jewish Museum and Cultural Center opened its doors to the public in March, 2008. The building is a rare surviving example of Eastern European Jewish Orthodoxy located at the main entrance to the City of Portsmouth. It is recognized by the
National Trust for Historic Preservation and is on the Virginia Historic Register. To preserve Hampton Roads Jewish history, the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center offers programs and exhibits to document and tell the stories of the immigrants who came to the United States, in the mid-1800s through the 1930s, honoring those who contributed to the growth and establishment of Tidewater. Tickets, which include the all you can eat buffet and a complimentary alcoholic beverage, may be purchased in advance for $25 by calling the museum at 757-391-9266, or at the door for $36. Visit www.jewishmuseumportsmouth.org.
he Simon Family JCC Book Club had its beginnings in 2008 under the leadership of Sherry Lieberman, then senior adult program coordinator.
Over the past 10 years, the Club has read and discussed 128 books and three short stories, as well as watched three movies related to books read. It has also had guests such as Robert Friedman who attended a meeting to discuss his book, Till We Meet Again, and a virtual presentation (via a conference call) with Barbara Delinsky, who spoke about her book, Family Tree. The Club belongs to Book Reported.com, Goodreads, and other informational sites which help the group decide future books to read. The goal is to find books that members might not consider for their personal reading and to encourage them to become more informed about many topics. New members are welcomed. The Book Club meets monthly on the third Monday of the month at 1:30 pm at the Simon Family JCC. For further information, contact Sheryl Luebke, firstname.lastname@example.org. As it enters its 11th year of good reading, the JCC Book Club will be honored at the Monday, March 18 Lee & Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival author lunch with Marilyn Simon Rothstein, author of Husbands and Other Sharp Objects.
A Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Initiative
Sunday, February 24 • 9:30 AM12:45 PM Reba & Sam Sandler Family Campus 5000 Corporate Woods Dr. • Virginia Beach, VA
An Education Revolution: Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom with a virtual presentation by Sir Anthony Seldon and an in-person discussion with Dr. Wayne Holmes
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Sensory Processing 101 with Pediatric Occupational Therapist, April Johnson
For more information about our speakers, to see the full conference agenda, and to purchase tickets, visit
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what’s happening Artist-in-Residence Hillel Smith shares his views on Jewish art
Leon Family Gallery Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus
Hillel Smith’s Parsha Posters
illel Smith is an artist and graphic designer who reimagines Judaica’s potential by utilizing contemporary media to create new manifestations of traditional forms. Smith has painted dynamic Jewish murals around the world, and his myriad physical and digital projects encourage creative reconsideration of religious practice. The Parsha Posters project contains 54 illustrations that embody the emotions and characters of the parshat hashavua (weekly Torah portion). Each poster cleverly
integrates the Hebrew name of the parsha into its design. The series, printed in vibrant color, is presented alongside the original translation of the biblical verses it portrays. When viewed together, these images offer a cutting-edge vision of engagement with the Torah— acting as a starting point for creative approaches to Torah learning, and proof of the potential of Jewish tradition to remain relevant and compelling today. All 54 posters are on display. Parsha Posters, the book, as well as individual posters, may be purchased at the Simon Family JCC front desk. A portion of the sales go to the Simon Family JCC’s Arts + Ideas department. 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.
Chabad of Tidewater introduces local CTeen chapter Sunday, February 10, 5:30–7:30 pm Rashi Brashevitzky
worldwide club aimed at engaging Jewish teenagers in Jewish identity and practice in a fun fashion, CTeen of Hampton Roads is being launched by Chabad of Tidewater. The club is open to Jewish teens in eighth, ninth, and 10th grades. CTeen currently has 500 chapters in 20 countries and six continents. Local CTeen directors, Rabbi Levi and Rashi Brashevitzky, attribute the program’s success to the unique CTeen philosophy, which believes in the power of youth. “What we offer is a means of channeling that power in a positive and uplifting way,” says Rabbi Levi Brashevitzky. CTeen will provide teens with meaningful opportunities for Tikkun Olam, offering
a variety of community service projects. CTeen events also present time to socialize with area Jewish teens, to learn about Judaism, and to cultivate Jewish pride. Cookies 4 Cops, the first Tidewater event, will include community building games and baking, packaging, and delivering cookies to local police officers—with a light dinner to round out the program. RSVP at www.chabadoftidewater.com/ CTeen (location will be provided upon RSVP). For more information about CTeen of Hampton Roads, visit www.chabadoftidewater.com/CTeen or email rashibrashi@ me.com.
Tuesday, February 12, 12 pm Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus Lunch $12/Lunch and signed book $50 Callah Terkeltaub
rtist Hillel Smith will discuss his book, Parsha Posters, over lunch, and then conduct a gallery tour of the exhibit, which is on display in the Leon Family Gallery throughout February. Smith’s Parsha Posters project is inspired by modern minimalist graphic design, with 54 illustrations of the weekly Torah portion. In the book, Parsha Posters, the entire series is printed alongside an original translation of the biblical verses. When asked what drew him to art, Smith says, “When I was growing up, I wasn’t interested in the vast majority of the Jewish art I encountered. It felt old and dated, and the subject matter—watercolors of Jerusalem, men in black hats and beards—was not interesting to me. For most of my life, my artistic interests and Jewish identity were totally separate. “It wasn’t until I was out of college that I started making Jewish work, and even then, as an experiment. My friends said it was the coolest Judaica they had seen—seemingly no one else was making Jewish art with spray paint—and that encouraged me on my path toward my brand of contemporary Jewish art,” says Smith. “Part of that journey has included researching the amazing Jewish art of previous generations, too much of it forgotten or under-examined.” Through sharing his vision of what Jewish art can be, Smith broadens the scope of Judaica by exploring the role of
creativity in Judaism with audiences around the world. “Learning the history of Jewish art and craft is important in better understanding who we are as a people,” Smith says. “When I travel to new communities, I hope to show that Jewish art isn’t old and stale, but can incorporate all kinds of outside influences, and in that way be more meaningful to those with different tastes. I want participants to feel a sense of ownership over their Jewish identity and be able to make Jewish art that appeals to them. “Ultimately, I don’t want anyone else to feel like they have to separate their Jewish and aesthetic identities or live under the mistaken impression that they are an anomaly in Jewish history,” he says. “Hopefully, they (attendees of his talk and tour) will leave with tools and the knowledge to craft a more vibrant Jewish life and see themselves as creators of yet another link in an enduring chain.” Smith’s Tidewater visit is part of the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival, in coordination with the Jewish Book Council, a national organization which encourages and contributes to Jewish literature in North America. Parsha Posters, the book, and all posters displayed in the Leon Family Gallery are available for purchase. For information about Smith’s visit, and other visiting authors, or to purchase tickets, visit JewishVA.org/BookFestival or call 757-321-2338.
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From Amos Oz’s final book: It’s never boring in Israel Dear Zealots (Letters from a Divided Land) Amos Oz Translated from the Hebrew by Jessica Cohen Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018 140 pages
he late (What a loss!) Amos Oz’s last literary gem, Dear Zealots (Letters from a Divided Land), relies on his previously EnglishRabbi Zoberman published book, How to Cure a Fanatic, which was translated into some 20 languages—a testament that this top Israeli author enjoyed global attention. The present book is the translation of the original Hebrew, Shalom Lakanaim, 2017, which was the first Hebrew edition since published in 2002, with a format both updated and enlarged. Oz allows readers spectacular entry into his heroic wrestling and wounded soul. After all, this distinguished member of Israel’s Reform movement no longer represents a once prevailing Israeli ideology that the liberal Labor wing was, and which has given way in recent decades to Orthodox and nationalistic settlers in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) as the new authentic Chalutzim. Oz, who was a generally admired iconic figure, was painfully exposed to ugly and dangerous charges of being no less than a Boged (Traitor) by some in Israel’s political Right. Oz recalled also being called a traitor in his Jerusalem childhood toward the end of the British Mandate because he befriended an English policeman who was a Christian Zionist. All that radical change placed undeterred Oz in an even more pivotal prophetic position, representing those values and ideals that had once endeared Israel to the world. However, he and we could not ignore the emerging new realities which vulnerable Israel and its tumultuous region contend with. The nation’s focus has significantly shifted from a young, altruistic, and agriculturally-based socialist state perceived as David vs. Arab Goliath, to one
erroneously regarded as Goliath vs. Arab David, despite being a technologically advanced capitalistic start-up nation with Labor Zionism in spiritual crisis. Though unofficially a nuclear state and given its limited geography and the double-standard applied to her, Israel faces tough choices of response to aggression. Increased dangers as well as opportunities exist that are linked to the Iranian Shiite potential nuclear threat that confront Israel, along with the Arab Sunni world. But Oz insisted that the Palestinian challenge urgently calls for an overdue two state solution which is vital to Israel’s best interests politically as well as ethically, no less than “…a question of life or death for the State of Israel.” The Arab demographic superiority may likely turn the entire region from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River into a de-facto Arab state with a Jewish minority that Oz emphatically declared he would not want to live in. He was worried that attempting to prevent such a scenario, a dictatorship might arise in Israel. “If we don’t have two states, it is likely that in order to thwart the establishment of an Arab state from the Mediterranean to the Jordan, a temporary dictatorship will be instituted by fanatic Jews, a racist regime that uses an iron fist to oppress both Arab residents and its Jewish opponents.” Admitting that Israel’s fanatic wing finds a counterpart in the Palestinian camp, Oz seemingly dwelled on what he regarded as the injustice, humiliation, and pain the Israeli occupation causes the Palestinians far more than on the rockets raining from Gaza and brutal Palestinian terrorism against Israeli civilians. He did admonish, though, his Left partners to take seriously the general fear of Arabs by the Israeli public that whether justified or not, is an impediment and an important factor to reckon with. Oz’s sharp arrows are tellingly aimed not only at the Right’s fanaticism, but also at Israel’s socialist founders who failed to acknowledge the full tapestry of the Jewish heritage, a reference to the patronizing treatment of the Mizrachi and Sephardic Jews who had a moderate approach toward religion and
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diversity. He bemoans the global resurgence of fanaticism. While Donald Trump’s presidential victory has buoyed the settlers’ movement, Oz argued that President Trump won without the popular vote, and that he, the great majority of the American people, and the world at large oppose Israel annexing the “occupied territories.” Oz might have underestimated the impact of the large block of evangelical Christians and its influence on Trump’s White House, along with that of Orthodox Jews and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The author could not foresee the historic recognition of Jerusalem by President Trump as Israel’s capital, the relocation of the U.S. embassy from TelAviv to Jerusalem, and America walking away from the Iran nuclear deal. He warned that the American alliance with Israel is not forever guaranteed, just as Israel enjoyed passing support from other great powers. He was equally alarmed about the negative impact on world Jewry and particularly its youth, of a Jewish State perceived to contradict their most cherished Jewish and Democratic values. Also of grave concern to him was the growing conflict between those pressing for an Israel ruled by strict Halacha and those choosing to preserve democracy. He lauded the multiple accomplishments of a secular Israel reflecting a great and relevant Jewish spirit, as opposed to the “Shulchan Aruch” that no longer serves its original purpose. He blamed Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion who gave in to the Orthodox, “Perhaps in a moment of intellectual weakness,” accepting the argument of Rabbi Yeshayahu Kerlitz that Zionism was an “empty cart” by comparison to Orthodox Judaism’s “full cart.” Throughout the book, Oz hammered in his overriding message that Judaism’s genius is characterized by its humanistic ideals and moral sensitivity sanctified by Israel’s prophets, towards society’s weak and disenfranchised, and consequently the obligation to curb and limit the establishment’s raw power “to hurt.” It is thus perplexing that though Oz questionably included Syria in the Arab block
being challenged by Iran’s common threat to make peace with Israel, he glaringly omitted any reference to the vast Syrian tragedy of genocide so close to Israel’s borders. The book’s title, Dear Zealots, was the author’s friendly invitation for dialogue with fanatics as he states in the preface, “Rather, it seeks the listening ear of those whose opinions differ from my own.” Amos Oz, the prophet of pain and promise, doom and deliverance, concluded on a stirring note of both searing pessimism and consoling optimism. “I am extremely fearful for the future. I fear the government’s policies, and I am ashamed of them. I am afraid of the fanaticism and the violence, which are becoming increasingly prevalent in Israel, and I am also ashamed of them. But I like being Israeli. I like being a citizen of a country where there are eight and a half million prime ministers, eight and half million prophets, eight and a half million messiahs. Each of us has our own personal formula for redemption, or at least for a solution. Everyone shouts, and few listen. It’s never boring here. It is vexing, galling, disappointing, sometimes frustrating and infuriating, but almost always fascinating and exciting. What I have seen here in my lifetime is far less, yet also far more, than what my parents and their parents ever dreamed of.” Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman is the founding rabbi of Congregation Beth Chaverim. He is Honorary Senior Rabbi Scholar at Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach. He grew up in Haifa, Israel.
what’s happening Tidewater Learning Connection: For parents and educators Sunday, February 24, 9:30 am–2:45 pm, Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus, $10
n initiative of the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Konikoff Center of Learning, the second annual Tidewater Learning Connection (TLC) brings high quality parenting and educational programming to Tidewater. Workshops and prominent experts in education, child development, and parenting will offer a variety of tools and insight for educators and parents. “TLC is an event that provides school administrators, teachers, educators, and parents with tools to make them successful in the classroom and in the home,” says Heather Moore, Hebrew Academy of Tidewater head of school. The event includes world-class speakers and presenters, such as Dr. Wayne Holmes, lecturer at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University of the United Kingdom, Julie Morgenstern, author of Time to Parent, and April Johnson, a pediatric occupational therapist, whose topic is Sensory Processing 101. Holmes has been involved with education and education research for more than 25 years, receiving his PhD in Learning and Technology from the University of Oxford. He is the co-author of the upcoming book, Artificial Intelligence in Education: Promises and Implications for Teaching and Learning. “Companies such as Facebook, Amazon, and Google are investing millions of dollars developing AI in education (AIED) products, while by 2024 the global AIED market is expected to be worth around £4.5 billion,” Holmes notes in an interview for the Open University. Holmes’ research is focused on artificial intelligence in education and explores how AI might be used to enhance learning and how to ensure the application of AI is socially responsible. “Whether students and academics welcome it or not, artificial intelligence is increasingly being deployed in universities around the world, and will significantly impact the future of university education,” says Holmes. At the event, Holmes’ colleague, Sir Anthony Seldon, will deliver a pre-recorded presentation describing how artificial intelligence will change the education landscape.
Seldon is the vice-chancellor of The University of Buckingham and a British historian, educationalist, commentator, and political author. New York Times bestselling author Julie Morgenstern—who comes to TLC through the Jewish Book Council and the Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival—will share strategies and frameworks from her latest book, Time to Parent, on how to structure and spend true quality time with kids. “TLC attendees are going to learn a completely different way of viewing time as parents, educators, and caretakers in a way that’s liberating,” says Morgenstern, who will explain how to divide one’s time to be present and focused on each activity, whether it’s related to children, work, or personal growth. April Johnson, a pediatric occupational
therapist who has been helping children and their families in Tidewater since 2002, will address sensory processing in children, a hot topic in child development. “Sensory Processing is the way in which our bodies interpret the senses in the world around us,” says Johnson. “When someone is having difficulty interpreting sensations, it can make even the simplest of tasks very difficult. It affects the social, emotional, and educational aspects of our lives.” Johnson’s presentation will show parents and teachers how to find the hidden sensory clues that could contribute to a child’s lack of attention, emotional instability, or learning difficulties. “I hope to inspire teachers to look at their classrooms with a new lens and to understand that each child has different sensory needs to help them find their optimal level for learning,
growing, and socializing,” says Johnson. This year’s event has been streamlined to make it more accessible to educators, parents, and the entire Hampton Roads community. Tickets are just $10 and the event is one day at one location. A book sale, book signing, and a light breakfast are included. Professional development points will be available. “Anyone who is interested in education is welcome,” says Patti Seeman, Hebrew Academy of Tidewater development director. “This is an inclusive event for the entire community.” For more information about the agenda, tickets, sponsorships, and advertising, go to www.tidewaterlearningconnection.org or contact Patti Seeman at email@example.com or 757-424-4327.
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he Sandler Center Foundation and the Virginia Arts Festival will present former Virginia Opera star and world-renowned soprano, Renée Fleming, in a performance at the Sandler Center. Fleming’s set will include renditions of notable compositions from Johannes Brahms, Giacomo Puccini, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Francesco Paolo Tosti, and Heitor Villa-Lobos, as well as numbers from musicals such as The Music Man and A Little Night Music. Russell Allen, president and chief executive officer of the Virginia Opera, says the acclaimed soprano made her U.S. operatic debut in 1986 at the Virginia Opera performing the role of Frasquita, in George Bizet’s Carmen. After conquering the opera stage with
her lush vocal range, Fleming transitioned into other artistic venues such as Broadway and film, a rarity within the profession. In 2018, Fleming sang You’ll Never Know in Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water and Last Rose of Summer in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. She will sing both songs at the concert. Fleming’s 2018 Broadway debut as Nettie Fowler in the revival of Richard Rodgers’ and Oscar Hammerstein’s Carousel was critically lauded, described by the Hollywood Reporter as, “the essence of warmth, good humor, and grounded serenity.” A four-time Grammy winner, Fleming has also achieved fame off the stage. In 2013 she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama, America’s highest honor for an individual artist. Fleming also performed at the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. When Fleming isn’t on the stage or in the studio, she acts as the artistic advisor for the Polyphony Foundation, which seeks to bridge divisions and promote civility by bringing together Jewish and Arab children through the study and performance of classical music. Tickets and additional information on the event are available at vafest.org.
Classes for Seniors at Simon Family JCC IT Skill Building for Senior Consumers Feb. 5–March 12, 10:30 am–12 noon Six consecutive Tuesday morning seminars offered for senior adults interested in enhancing their abilities on tablets and phones. $30. Register at the JCC Front Desk in person, call 757-321-2338, or register online: https://programdepartment.abilafundraisingonline.com/it.
Seniors Terrarium Workshop Thursday, March 7, 1–2 pm Make one and take home a little bit of “green.” $10. Register at the JCC Front Desk in person, call 757-321-2338, or register online: https://programdepartment.abilafundraisingonline.com/ terrarium.
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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–4 pm; 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. February 9, Friday Tidewater Chavurah’s Second Friday Shabbat Service. At the home of Hal and Elaine in the Great Neck Meadows area of Virginia Beach. 7 pm. A “congregation without walls,” events are held in members’ homes or at other locations. Rabbi Ellen Jaffe-Gill will lead the service. An Oneg follows. For event information and location address, email carita@verizon. net or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 499-3660 or 468-2675. Go to www.tidewaterchavurah.org or Tidewater Chavurah Facebook page for upcoming events. FEBRUARY 12, TUESDAY Hillel Smith, artist and graphic designer behind Parsha Posters, a project that is inspired by modern minimalist graphic design, includes 54 illustrations of the parshat hashavua (weekly Torah portion), will hold a lunch and gallery tour on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. 12 pm. $12 lunch/$50 lunch and book. Bundled registration closes February 5. For more information and to RSVP, visit JewishVA.org/BookFestival, or contact Callah Terkeltaub at CTerkeltaub@ujft.org. See page 23. FEBRUARY 20, WEDNESDAY The Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and community partner’s Israel Today presents Defender of Democracy with Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of the ‘Little Think Tank That Could’ and internationally-respected pundit for Israel’s Threat Matrix: A Survey of the Challenges on Israel’s Borders and Beyond. Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. 7:30 pm. Free. For more information or to RSVP, visit JewishVA.org/IsraelToday, or contact Melissa Eichelbaum at MEichelbaum@ujft.org. See page 12. Seniors Club Monthly Lunch Meeting. The Daybreak Singers, an acapella group composed of active duty and retired military spouses, will entertain after lunch and a brief business meeting. Members only event. Noon–2 pm. $6 at the door. Membership requirements are to be a JCC member or Silver Sneaker participant at the Simon Family JCC. Annual dues are $15. For more information on Club membership, contact Wayne Gordon, membership chair, at 757-426-3297 or Sheryl Luebke, JCC/UJFT senior programs coordinator, at 757-321-2334 or email@example.com. February 22, Friday Jewish Virginia Shabbos of Unity. A communal Friday night dinner and full weekend of programming. The cost of the dinner is $36 a couple or $75 per family. For more information or to register for the dinner, contact Rabbi Gavriel Rudin at 757-386-3274 or gavriel.rudin@ bnaiisrael.org. See page 21.
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Obituaries Kristen Diane Hofheimer Virginia Beach—Kristen Diane Hofheimer of Burnsville, North Carolina and Virginia Beach, Virginia died at home on January 18, 2019 surrounded by friends and family and her beloved ragdoll cat, Maybe. She was 49 years old. Kristen grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she attended Virginia Beach Friends School, and then skipped her senior year at Kempsville High School to attend and graduate cum laude from Sweet Briar College. She went on to earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Virginia Law School and co-found The Hofheimer Family Law Firm. While she was active and a leader in a number of social and legal organizations, it was not Kristen’s biographical credentials that defined her: it was her love of adventure, her many friendships, her enjoyment of MIXXEDFIT dance, and her choice to take on bold fights for all things she cared about. Her last and most heroic challenge was cancer, where she turned a death sentence into a life-proclaiming gift, in her words, plucking all the fruit from the tree of life, and making sure those she loved would stay strong. As one of her friends wrote, Kristen inspired others, not because of her valiant fight against cancer. It was the humor, peace, love, and zest for life that she showed while living in the shadow of death. Many people are left to carry forth her love of life including her son Shay Flanagan, his wife Morgan and their son Nova; Shay’s father Scot Flanagan; her parents Charles and Diane Hofheimer; her sister Kerry Hofheimer and partner George Larsen; her brother R.D. Hofheimer; her niece and nephew, Makenzie and Chase Hofheimer; and her spouse and fellow adventurer, Melissa Giove. A Celebration of Life will be held at Virginia Beach Friends School Wilson Center, 1537 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 on March 30 at 1 pm. Memorial gifts in Kristen’s honor may be made to the Wilson Scholarship Fund at Virginia Beach Friends School. To send online condolences, visit www.yanceyfuneralservice.com.
Burton H. Jaffe Virginia Beach—Burton H. Jaffe passed away suddenly on January 25, 2019 with his beloved wife of 50 years, Judy Meyerson Jaffe, by his side. He is predeceased by his parents Henry and Leah Jaffe, his Aunt Cecelia, and his daughter Elizabeth Grace. He is survived by his sister Rita Sue Gold and Alan Gold, his son David and Tina Jaffe, his son Michael Jaffe, his daughter Nanci and Jim Sapiro, his daughter-in-law Wendy Jaffe, his step granddaughter Vikki and Neil Whitby, his 7 grandchildren, Jordan, Ashley, Kendall, Justin, Jessica, Samantha and Hallie, and his 3 great grandchildren Lily, Emma and Josie, who he loved dearly and will always be their Granddaddy. Burton was a native of Suffolk, Va., but cherished his time spent growing up in Virginia Beach. He was a graduate of Culver Military Academy, class of 1951 and a graduate of Ohio State University, class of 1955. Upon graduation, Burton entered the United States Navy and served for 10 years before going to work for the United States Government. After both his and Judy’s retirement they moved back to the one place he always loved, Virginia Beach, where he spent his days fishing, walking the beach, reconnecting with old friends and enjoying time with his family. He was a member of Ohef Sholom Temple and active in his community. He was a man who seemed to know everyone. Burial services were held at Holly Lawn Cemetery in Suffolk with a funeral service at Ohef Sholom Temple in Norfolk. A special thanks to Jewish Family Service and especially Karen Hughes. Also special thanks to Dr. Barbara Parks for her constant care and concern. The Jaffe family kindly requests a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in loving memory of Burton’s daughter Elizabeth Grace Jaffe. Online condolences may be offered at hdoliver.com. Tamra K. Kruger Norfolk—Tamra K. Kruger, 89, died on Thursday, January 24, 2019 in a local hospital.
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Born in Norfolk, she was the daughter of the late Sol and Ida Kaplan, and was the beloved wife of Dr. Howard I. Kruger. Mrs. Kruger was a graduate of Maury High School and attended Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, she was a past-president of The Auxiliary Medical Society of Virginia, board member of the Jewish Community Center, auditor of Norfolk Community Fund, program director for Senior Citizens at the Jewish Community Center (created the Lunch for Senior Citizens Program), board member of Tidewater Children’s Foundation, president of the Council of Jewish Women for nine years, chairperson of the first Country Fair fund raiser for Norfolk Collegiate School, and lifelong member of Congregation Beth El. Tamra will be remembered for her positive attitude about life. Tamra and Howard had what she considered a perfect marriage. She enjoyed many lifelong friendships and continued to make new friends even into her 80’s. She was a skilled letter writer providing interesting details of life in Norfolk. She was the ultimate role model for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was one classy lady with an iron will. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Robin K. Ganderson (Martin) and Karen K. Ziselman (Steven); a son, Stuart A. Kruger (Chris); grandchildren Justin Ganderson (Amy), Matthew Ganderson (Lisa), Jordan Kruger, Jeffrey Kruger, Emma Ziselman, Campbell Ziselman and great grandchildren Brody and Riley Ganderson. A graveside funeral service took place in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Cantor Wendi Fried officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewater Children’s Foundation or Congregation Beth El. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be made to the family through www.hdoliver.com. Dr. Leon Leach Norfolk—Dr. Leon Leach, 97, passed away peacefully in his home Saturday, January 26, 2019. He was born in Providence, Rhode
Island, on July 29, 1921 to the late Hyman and Fannie Leach. Leon was a graduate of Brandeis University and Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine. A longstanding member of the American Veterinary Association and the Veterinary Association of Virginia, he kept his license active through December 2018. Leon led his life with a purpose of always helping others. He was a member of Temple Israel, Brith Shalom, Masonic Lodge #176, and a member of the Shrine. He leaves behind his dedicated and loving daughter, Sharon Leach, and his pride and joy, his loving grandsons, Seth, Matthew, Jason, and Harris. Leon was predeceased by his wife Selma Leach, and sons, Dr. Frederick Leach and Harvey Leach. Leon was an exceptionally strong man, devoted husband, compassionate father, and incredible grandfather. He lived for the happiness of his family. A funeral service was held at the Norfolk chapel of H.D Oliver Funeral Apts. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Rabbi Michael Panitz officiated. Donations to the Shriners Hospital, Strelitz Diabetes Center at EVMS, or charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www. hdoliver.com. Gussie Ornoff Norfolk—Gussie Ornoff, born on October 5, 1939, passed away on January 1, 2019. Graveside services were held at Forest Lawn Cemetery. John “Joe” Rehder Norfolk—John Joe Rehder, PhD Computer Science; NASA acting head of Vehicle Analysis Branch of the Systems Analysis and Concepts directorate at NASA Langley Research Center; Adjunct Professor at Tidewater Community College; Docent Nauticus Science on a Sphere. Survived by his wife, Shirley ConfinoRehder, children Chris, Erin, Steve, Lisa; grandkids, Tori, Nick, Andrew (Morgan), Devon, Erika, Jason, Brandon, Maia; and brothers Paul/Barbara and Bo/Margaret Rehder.
Obituaries Joe loved to travel, reading, music, having fun. Celebration of Life services took place at Nauticus. Condolences to scr@univdesign. com. Donations to Temple Israel Norfolk, Tidewater Classical Guitar Society, Feldman Chamber Music Society, or Nauticus Maritime Center. Dora A. Schneider Rockville, Md.—On Saturday, December 29, 2018, Dora A. Schneider of Rockville, Md, passed away. Dora Schneider was the beloved wife of the late Joel Schneider; devoted mother of William Schneider; loving sister of the late Morris V. Altschul. Graveside services were held at Gomley Chesed Cemetery in Portsmouth. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington: 6121 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852. Hubert L. Shapiro Norfolk—Hubert L. Shapiro, 87, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 22, 2019, surrounded by his wife, three daughters, three grandchildren, and four sons-in-law and fiances. A Norfolk, native, he was predeceased by his cherished parents, Max and Tillie Shapiro, and his two sisters Muriel Shapiro and Harriette Shapiro. He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Brenda K. Shapiro. He also leaves his loving daughters Cindy Salzman and her husband Martin Salzman; Stacy Bodlaender, engaged to Alec Shull; and Beth A. Shapiro-Miller and her husband Steven Miller. He is also survived by his granddaughter Taylor Bodlaender and her fiancé Patrick Merritt, as well as his two grandsons, Mason and Bryce Zimmerman. Hubert, known to his customers as Mr. Mac, was the sole proprietor of Max Shapiro Furniture Company. The store was a family business on High Street in Portsmouth for more than 80 years. Hubert was a life-long member of Beth El Synagogue, where both he and his children were bar mitzvahed and
married. Hubert enjoyed playing cards with his friends on Wednesday nights, bowling, watching football, and playing golf. The greatest joy in his life, however, was spending time with his family, and he is so proud they are still very close to this day. Funeral services were held graveside at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
late father, Harry Einstein, was a radio comedian best known for playing the Greek immigrant Parkyakarkus. In a memorable episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, David invites Funkhouser to a new Palestinian-owned chicken restaurant in Los Angeles. The Einstein
character, who has become more serious about his Jewishness, refuses to take off his yarmulke before going inside. Brooks, on Twitter, remembered Einstein as a “great brother, father and husband” and a “brilliantly funny man.”
Comedian Bob Einstein of Curb Your Enthusiasm
omedian Bob Einstein, who often performed as the satirical daredevil character Super Dave Osbourne and played Larry David’s friend Marty Funkhouser on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, died Wednesday, January 2 after a bout with cancer. He was 76. Einstein was the older brother of the comic and filmmaker Albert Brooks. Their
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Tidewater Need money for school for the 2019–20 academic year? JELF offers interest-free loans
pplications for JELF’s interest-free loans for higher education (college, graduate school, and vocational programs) are available March 1 for Jewish students in Tidewater for the 2019-2020 school year. JELF ( Jewish Educational Loan Fund), in partnership with Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, grants need-based, “last dollar” financing, meaning that JELF provides the final dollars that bridge the gap between a student’s total financial resources and the cost of attending school. To qualify, applicants must be: • Enrolled full time in a program leading to a degree or certificate at a U.S. accredited institution, • A U.S. citizen or have lawful immigration status, and • Able to demonstrate financial need (2019 FAFSA application required). In 2018, JELF granted $1,011,266 in interest-free last-dollar loans to 279 students across its five-state region. For more information, visit jelf.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holocaust Commission distributes books
or the past 15 years, local private and public schools have received gifts of educational materials through United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Holocaust Commission’s White Rose Book Donation Project. This year, 125 Schools from Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Surry, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach are having their libraries’ Holocaust offerings enhanced with money made raised through last year’s White Rose contributions at Yom Hashoah. This year’s books include the true stories, Lily Renée, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer by Trina Robbins; The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe; and In the Shadow of the Swastika by Hermann Wygoda. The books are available for students to reference when entering the Elie Wiesel writing and visual arts competitions, and to teach the
Holocaust Commission prepares books for distribution.
Holocaust Commission’s message of tolerance, justice, and moral courage. At this year’s Yom Hashoah, donations will be collected for next year’s gifts.
who knew? Immigrant tale wins top Jewish children’s book honor
picture book based on the classic All-of-a-Kind Family books by Sydney Taylor, won an award named in her memory. All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah (Schwartz & Wade), about a turn-of-the-century immigrant Jewish family on New York’s Lower East Side, won a Sydney Taylor 2019 book award gold medal for younger readers from the Association of Jewish Libraries. The awards were announced last month in Seattle. Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier (Amulet Books/Abrams), took the award for older readers. The historical fantasy, set in Victorian London, tells the story of a girl chimney sweep and a golem who saves her life. What the Night Sings, by Vesper Stamper (Knopf/ Random House), won the top prize for teen readers. Stamper’s debut illustrated novel is a coming-of-age Holocaust story set in a displaced persons camp, told through the voice of a young German girl violist who, before the war, did not know she was Jewish. Originally published between 1951 and 1978, the All-of-a-Kind-Family series drew heavily on the childhood
of Taylor (1904–1978), a one-time professional dancer whose immigrant parents raised five daughters. (JTA)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel garners 3 Screen Actor Guild awards
he Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took the first three awards announced at the Screen Actors Guild ceremony. Tony Shalhoub won a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor, Rachel Brosnahan won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor, and the entire cast won for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series in the awards ceremony on Sunday night. The Netflix series features Brosnahan as a Jewish stayat-home mom in the 1950s who decides to try her luck as a stand-up comedian. Shalhoub plays her father. (JTA)
This soccer star’s first name is Rabbi
e’s one of the most promising young European soccer players. And his first name is Rabbi. Rabbi Matondo’s name is likely to spark some interest among Jewish soccer fans. He’s not Jewish, though—his father is Congolese—and his name is pronounced rab-ee, not like the word for a Jewish clergy member. The name is not too uncommon in certain African countries.
Matondo, who is only 18 years old, made headlines last month for signing a deal worth over $14 million to play for the German club Schalke. He has been playing for the prestigious Manchester City team’s under-23 youth team for the past few years. (JTA)
Bar Refaeli to co-host Eurovision in Tel Aviv with Arab-Israeli poet
sraeli supermodel Bar Refaeli and three local celebrities will host this year’s Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv. The announcement by the European Broadcasting Union followed the Israeli Broadcasting Corp.’s decision to allow Refaeli to host the event in May even though prosecutors recommended that she be indicted for tax fraud. If Refaeli is indicted ahead of the contest, she will not be allowed to host, organizers said. Joining Refaeli as a host will be Lucy Ayoub, an ArabIsraeli poet and cultural affairs reporter for the Israeli Broadcasting Corp. Her mother was born to Jewish Holocaust survivors and converted to Christianity before marrying Ayoub’s Arab-Christian father. Television hosts Erez Tal and Asi Azar also will co-host. Israel is hosting Eurovision after winning last year’s competition with Netta Barzilai’s song, Toy. (JTA)
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