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national politics correspondent for Newsweek, Nina Burleigh, tweeted that Israeli- and Jewish-linked organizations—along with Israel itself—are on “the third rail of American journalism.” The phrase “third rail” refers to the untouchable rail on mass transit systems, suggesting negative stories about Jews and Israel are too hot to handle. Burleigh did not respond to an inquiry from JTA asking her to elaborate on the tweet. The tweet was in response to a thread by author Sarah Kendzior listing several stories she said were “undercovered.” A few of the stories involved President Donald Trump and Chabad, the Hasidic outreach movement; Black Cube, a private intelligence firm that employs former agents of Israel’s Mossad spy agency; and Jeffrey Epstein, a Jewish financier and registered sex offender. Kendzior asserted that “the press seems particularly reluctant to pursue these [stories]. Which is not surprising since those who do write about them are threatened.” By whom, she did not say. “Interesting thread,” Burleigh replied. “To answer your final question, Israel, mossad, Chabad and black cube…you’re hitting the third rail of American journalism, Sarah.” Yair Rosenberg, a Tablet magazine writer who tweets about anti-Semitism, wrote that Burleigh was suggesting that “the Jews are behind Trump.” Burleigh is no stranger to Jews and Israel. She has reported on the ground from West Bank settlements for Time magazine and also covered the Barack Obama-era peace process. In 2008, she wrote a nonfiction book, Unholy Business, about archaeology and forgery in Jerusalem. In 2012, she suggested in a column for Salon that “a historic pile of money” could endear some American Jews to Obama. “A certain segment of stridently pro-Israel American Jewry has long been convinced that Obama is ‘bad for Israel’—the single issue that can make or break a candidate seeking funds and votes from one powerful and politically active demographic,” she wrote. “Perhaps a historic pile of money wins them back, perhaps not.” (JTA)
Sen. Robert Menendez decries Republicans for using Israel as a wedge
ASHINGTON (JTA)—Sen. Robert Menendez, one of the most reliable pro-Israel voices among Democrats, dropped his support for an Israel-related bill because he said the Republican leadership is trying to use it as a wedge issue. “I don’t like the Majority Leader using the U.S.-Israel relationship as a political pawn,” Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, told Al-Monitor on Monday, January 14 after the third bid in a week by Republicans to advance the bill. The New Jersey senator had voted to advance the bill the two previous times. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader, has tried to advance a Middle East mini-omnibus bill that includes codification of the $38 billion former President Barack Obama pledged to Israel over the next 10 years and legislation that would protect from lawsuits states that pass legislation banning state business with Israel boycotters. McConnell needs 60 votes to advance the bill, but Democrats have stood in the way, saying that McConnell should first move on their proposals to reopen the government. President Donald Trump has said he will not consider spending legislation that would reopen the government unless it includes $5.7 billion to build a wall with Mexico. At press time, the government shutdown is in its fourth week. Most Democrats also oppose the anti-boycott component of the bill because they say it infringes on speech freedoms, but four pro-Israel Democrats who back the anti-boycott legislation had backed advancing the measure—until Menendez changed his vote. “At the end of the day this isn’t about getting this done; this is about scoring political points,” Menendez said. The other three Democrats are Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, and Doug Jones of Alabama.
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BRIEFS Mahmoud Abbas set to assume chairmanship of major UN bloc Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in New York City earlier this month to assume the chairmanship of a major bloc of developing countries at the United Nations. Abbas succeeds Egypt as the leader of the Group of 77. The General Assembly elected the “State of Palestine” in July to head the bloc. The Palestinians’ presidential spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, called it “an important historical event.” “It is also an important achievement to assert the Palestinian identity in the international community, which colonial powers have tried to abolish over many centuries,” he told the Palestinian Maan news agency. The G-77 has recognized Palestine as a member since 1976. The bloc is comprised of 134 member states, representing at least 80 percent of the world’s population, though it originally started with 77. It was designed to promote its members’ economic advancement and uses its size to leverage its negotiating capacity. Palestine was elevated to nonmember observer state in the General Assembly, the same status given to the Vatican, in 2012. This month, Abbas began serving the 15th year of the four-year presidential term to which he was elected in 2005 to replace the late Yasser Arafat. (JTA) Southern Poverty Law Center and prominent NY synagogue leave national Women’s March The Southern Poverty Law Center and a major Reform synagogue in New York have disassociated themselves from this year’s Women’s March. Top leaders of the main organization have been accused of engaging in or condoning anti-Semitism, of not cutting ties with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and of failing to heed the concerns of its thousands of Jewish backers. Jen Fuson, a spokeswoman for the Alabama-based SPLC, told the Daily Beast that “other projects were a priority.” She said the organization would be involved in local marches where they have offices.
SPLC has designated the Nation of Islam as a hate group, but did not specifically cite this as a reason for leaving the national march. The Daily Beast also noted that EMILY’s List does not appear on the list of Women’s March 2019 partners and that the National Council of Jewish Women told the New York Jewish Week that it would not be a partner in this year’s march. Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Senior Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch announced that his New York-based congregation will disassociate from Women’s March Inc., and that it will join the 2019 Women’s March On NYC under the auspices of the Women’s March Alliance. “As early as 2017 we heard rumblings of troubling accusations of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism within and amongst the leadership of the Washington march,” Hirsch said in a statement. “At the time we pushed our discomfort aside in deference to what we considered the bigger issues threatening our country. But now, in the aftermath of Pittsburgh and mindful of the surge in anti-Semitic incidents in the past two years, anti-Semitism can no longer be a narrow concern. If you tolerate or are sympathetic to those who are prejudiced against Jews, we cannot stand with you. If you deny Israel’s right to exist, we cannot stand with you.” (JTA)
J.B. Pritzker, Illinois’ Jewish governor, opens up about his family’s immigrant past J.B. Pritzker’s great-grandfather slept in a train station on his first night in Chicago. Now his billionaire descendant is the governor of Illinois. Pritzker, a Jewish venture capitalist and Democrat, defeated the Republican incumbent, Bruce Rauner, in the November election. Pritzker was sworn in on Jan. 14. He has an estimated net worth of more than $3 billion, but his family wasn’t always rich. Appearing on David Axelrod’s podcast, The Axe Files, Pritzker said that his family fled pogroms in Ukraine in 1881 with the help of HIAS, the Jewish refugee aid group founded that year. HIAS made the news in October as the Jewish group vilified by the gunman in the Pittsburgh synagogue attack.
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Pritzker’s ancestors were sponsored by a family to settle in Clinton, Iowa, but quickly moved to Chicago. “But they arrived and then found out there were no jobs available in Clinton, Iowa,” Pritzker said on the podcast hosted by Axelrod, a former Barack Obama aide. “And so, they said, ‘Well, where’s the nearest big city so we can go find a job?’ And they pointed toward Chicago and so they got back on the train and came to Chicago.” Pritzker said that his great-grandfather, then around nine years old, slept in the train station at first, then found a job selling the Chicago Tribune on street corners. His son and grandson, Pritzker’s father, later became successful lawyers. (JTA)
Rand Paul becomes first GOP senator to oppose anti-BDS bills Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has tried hard to distract attention from the government shutdown triggered by President Donald Trump’s quest for funding for a $5.7 billion wall with Mexico. The majority leader’s job just got more complicated after a fellow Kentucky Republican, Sen. Rand Paul, defected from a policy that McConnell has tried to use to bludgeon Democrats: passing legislation to attack Israel boycotts. Writing in the American Conservative, Paul said that as much as he opposed boycotting Israel, he opposed using government to limit boycotts more. “I strongly oppose any legislation that attempts to ban boycotts or ban people who support boycotts from participating in our government or working for our government,” Paul said. Twice McConnell has tried to advance a bill that would codify into law the $38 billion in defense assistance over 10 years former President Barack Obama promised Israel. The bill would also create federal laws that would protect states from lawsuits that pass laws banning business with Israel boycotters. Each time, Democrats filibustered the bill. Democrats say they don’t want to move on any legislation until government reopens. A substantial number in their ranks also oppose legislation targeting boycotters on free speech grounds, however much they otherwise oppose the
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel. An argument, advanced by McConnell and the bill’s main sponsor, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is that Democrats are in fact soft on BDS, and fear being exposed in a floor vote. Paul may have just crippled that argument. (JTA)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel wins 3 Critics’ Choice Awards The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has started the awards season in style. The show about a Jewish housewife in New York City in the late 1950s took the Critics’ Choice Award for best comedy series and its star, Rachel Brosnahan, won for best comedy actress. It was a rerun for both after winning Golden Globes a week earlier. Alex Borstein, who plays Brosnahan’s sidekick Susie in the Amazon series, also won Critics’ Choice recognition as best supporting actress in a comedy series. Other winners included: • Best song: Shallow, from the movie A Star is Born. The writing and producing team included Jewish songwriter, producer and DJ Marc Ronson, as well as Lady Gaga, Andrew Wyatt and Anthony Rossomando. Ronson has collaborated previously with Bruno Mars and Miley Cyrus. • Best actress for film: Glenn Close for The Wife, which is based on a book by Jewish author Meg Wolitzer. She shared the award with Lady Gaga for A Star is Born. • Best supporting actor in a television drama: Noah Emmerich for playing an FBI agent on F/X Networks The Americans, which won best drama series. • Best supporting actor in a television comedy series: Henry Winkler in the HBO series Barry. • Best score: Composer Justin Hurwitz for the film First Man. Roma, which follows the life of a live-in housekeeper to an upper-middle-class family in Mexico City, won best picture and several other awards. The awards are given by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association. (JTA)
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Israeli security as the U.S. leaves Syria Jonathan Schanzer and Jacob Nagel This piece was originally published in Real Clear Defense on January 5, 2019
he Israeli military launched an operation last month to expose and neutralize Hezbollah’s commando tunnels penetrating Israeli territory from Lebanon. According to Israeli officials, the operation is the result of years of precise intelligence collection and the development of cutting-edge technology to pinpoint the tunnels, which were chiseled out of rock deep beneath the ground. The Israeli operation is now reportedly nearing an end, as Israeli military engineers work to fill the tunnels with cement or destroy them. So far, all is calm on the Lebanon border as Israel wraps up its work. But things may not remain calm for long. Tensions are on the rise after President Donald Trump announced by tweet his decision to withdraw American forces from Syria, thereby conveying that Israel will soon be on its own. Israeli defense officials view the president’s decision as a grave mistake. A withdrawal will embolden Iran and its hegemonic designs on the Middle East. Then again, Israel has always operated independently, as seen in the recent Israeli alleged strikes against Iranian assets in Syria. But without an American presence there, Iran may wrongly seek to exploit the perception of Israeli isolation. In the meantime, the Israel Defense Force is already on high alert. The IDF sees the Lebanon tunnels as a direct challenge to Israel’s sovereignty and an egregious violation of UNSC Resolutions 1701 and 1559 that were designed to contain Hezbollah’s aggression. Hezbollah has been remarkably
restrained as the IDF methodically destroys years of the terrorist group’s work. Admittedly, the optics of the Israeli operations are decidedly less provocative because they are being conducted on the Israeli side of the border. Moreover, it would seem absurd if the Lebanese terrorist group retaliated against a sovereign army that caught them red-handed violating international law. But avoiding a future conflict may not be so simple. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet have clearly-delineated policies, or red lines, regarding Hezbollah: 1) zero tolerance for Iranian or Hezbollah military forces on Syrian soil, 2) zero tolerance for Hezbollah’s terrorist threat on the northern Israeli border, and 3) zero tolerance for advanced, game-changing, weapon systems (like precision-guided munitions, or PGMs) in the hands of the Lebanese terror group. While Israel has carried out numerous strikes in Syria in recent months to enforce continued on page 7
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its third red line and sometimes to strike at Iran-backed forces, the Hezbollah tunnels are a clear violation of Netanyahu’s second red line. Recent news suggests that a possible clash may be looming in Lebanon over the third red line. Indeed, a steady stream of news reports suggest that advanced weapons, technology, and production parts are flowing from Iran to its top proxy in the Levant, using civilian aircraft flying to Beirut or Damascus Last month, when Netanyahu took an unplanned flight to Brussels to meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to convey his intention to launch Operation Northern Shield, he reportedly asked Pompeo to pass on an unambiguous message to Lebanon, and perhaps Hezbollah and Iran. He reportedly told America’s top diplomat that Israel was prepared to strike at precision-guided munitions and production sites it had identified in Lebanon. Trump’s decision to leave Syria may seem like he is leaving Israel in the lurch, but this is not necessarily the case. There is a growing sense among Israel’s military brass that U.S. backing for Israeli military actions, particularly against Iran, will be greater. Indeed, Trump has effectively asked Israel to shoulder the security burden in the region – a theme that the president has returned to repeatedly as he signals America’s military withdrawal from multiple theaters. With or without American backing, an Israeli strike on Hezbollah’s PGM infrastructure in Lebanon would almost certainly prompt a Hezbollah response. This could quickly give way to a third Lebanon war, or maybe to the “first northern war,” should Iranian-backed militias in Syria choose to join the fray. This explains Netanyahu’s urgent visit to Belgium and the urgency now viewed on the part of the U.S., E3, and UN to deal with the Hezbollah’s PGM before Israel takes action. But it is unclear whether diplomacy would have much impact on Iranian terror master Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Indeed, Hezbollah is a core component of Suleimani’s plan to surround Israel with hostile forces. This includes a
major outlay of billions of dollars (thanks, in part, to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal’s sanctions relief) to arm the group with tens of thousands of rockets, sophisticated weapons, and commando tunnels to prepare for a ground invasion, to include hostage-taking and direct clashes with the Israeli army, to supplement a rocket assault. While the tunnels were an important component of the Iranian strategy, it is the PGMs that are crucial to Suleimani’s plans. He will almost certainly push for Hezbollah to continue its production, even as the group faces intense international pressure. Thus, even if Operation Northern Shield successfully neutralizes every Hezbollah tunnel, if the PGM program in Lebanon does not come to a screeching halt, the potential for a wider conflagration is quite real. In reality, Israel is already justified to engage in hostilities. Hezbollah is currently in violation of two UN Security Council resolutions. Hezbollah committed a double war crime by operating from within Lebanon’s civilian population with the intent to harm Israel’s civilian population. The group is also holding Lebanon hostage by conducting its activities in a way that directly undermines the sovereignty of the state. Nevertheless, Israel has given the United States and the international community an opportunity to prevent a conflict. Diplomacy has shifted into high gear. But even as it does, Israel is making clear its legal rights to strike at legitimate targets. The latest reported Israeli strikes on Iranian assets in Syria was a case in point. Israel has never asked the U.S. military to defend Israeli citizens, and likely never will. This is a core aspect of Israeli security doctrine. And now, with Trump’s withdrawal from Syria, Israel urgently seeks to convey this. Iran may seek to test Israeli resolve. But it would likely do so at its peril.” For more information on the Israel Today series, or to reserve a seat to hear Schanzer on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:30 pm, contact Melissa Eichelbaum, Community Relations Council assistant director, at MEichelbaum@ ujft.org or 757-965-6120.
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The wisdom behind Israel’s crazy multi-party system Ariel Picard
JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israeli politics looks like a big mess right now. In the past few weeks, three new parties have been launched and one party has kicked out a former partner. More changes are likely, too. It probably will get messier still if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is indicted before national elections are held on April 9. The latest polls show 12 to 14 parties entering the new Knesset, many with the bare minimum of four seats. (The Knesset has 120 seats.) That would be up from 10 in the recently dissolved parliament. But expect those early tallies to change. The polls diverge widely in their counts, and more political surprises are surely in store. For Brits and especially Americans, who are used to two-party politics, this fluid situation may seem like a weakness of Israeli democracy, but it is actually a sign of its strength. As they say in the tech world, Israel’s political condition is a feature not a bug. Why is that? The games of musical chairs, with parties breaking away and others being fired, are not only being driven by political egos. That’s not to say no egos are in play. But the emergence of new parties and the shrinking of older ones are based on the notion that the Israeli voter is “woke” and caring. Voters have demands, opinions, and desires, and the country’s politicians are trying to find out what they want. Hardly any voters are in the back pockets of politicos, who cannot take anyone for granted. Most Israelis no longer vote based on family traditions, ethnic loyalty, or rabbinic directives. They change their minds every campaign. Old and influential Zionist movements like Labor and the National Religious Party are losing ground politically, even though people still believe in the ideologies. Voters are making specific demands of their leaders and will not be loyal to a politician just because he or she heads a particular party.
These continuing splits have also shattered the traditional support networks of the old-line parties. Labor cannot count on the support that its “ground troops” from the Histadrut labor unions and kibbutzim used to provide. The religious parties used to be able to count on their B’nei Akiva youth groups and yeshiva students. Such networks are less important in an era of internet campaigning, and that traditional support is certainly not showing up on Election Day. Not even the haredi Orthodox vote en bloc anymore. You would have thought that in a right-wing government they would get what they want. But they didn’t and in the end, there will be army conscription of young haredi men, even in a right-wing coalition. Overall, the haredim hold fewer seats than their demographics would suggest. It is even possible that the Sephardic haredi party Shas won’t receive enough votes to gain Knesset seats. With right-wingers Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked exiting the Jewish Home party, its remnants, primarily the old National Religious Party, also may not exceed the electoral threshold of four seats. Other examples of such fracturing abound. Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party doesn’t represent Russian Israelis anymore. The Arab political parties are a more complicated matter, but on numbers alone, one would think they could hold more than 20 seats in the 120-member Knesset, as Arab Israelis represent 20 percent of the country’s population. But they are stuck in the low double digits. By my estimates, only 20-25 percent of voters cast their ballots according to tradition, and they are clustered in the Likud and haredi parties. That is not a large enough percentage to be a game changer. The game changer is the other 75 percent. The Israeli political map in the 2019 election is different from 2015’s, which was different from those in 2012 and 2009. This is not a sign of chaos. Rather it is a sign of a mature democracy and shows
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voters’ critical thinking about politics. They say, “I won’t vote for you just because I voted for you last time or because I was raised in your educational system.” There are no loyalties. This direct influence of the individual citizen on politics is the real check and balance in our political system, especially as we don’t have a constitution and the courts are under attack. Even Benjamin Netanyahu, a great politician, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. has to seesaw back and forth among differing ideas. You cannot fool Israelis, and he knows it. is always in danger. You can argue that The argument that most of Israel’s danger paralyzes him from acting, but it Jewish population is right wing is a fact, also demands more caution. In a society but it’s a result of the current situation. It with a lot of friction, it gives more repwasn’t like that always, and it won’t always resentative power to different parts of be like that. Bibi won’t be here forever. society, which is what democracy is about. Even though Likud looks as if it is the I prefer that to some kind of political tyrlast of the old-line parties to retain its anny or a democracy that grinds to a halt. deep core intact, the day that Netanyahu A democracy is not tested by the goes—and that day will come—Likud power of a ruler but by the constraints it will implode as its historic rivals and imposes on power. A prime minister in a partners have. He’s the only one holding parliamentary system must be open and the Likud together. listen. He or she has to make concessions, A governing coalition with many small even to small parties. There will always be parties is a problem. But I prefer a fragile people who are unhappy, and here, virtusystem that is sensitive to the different ally every political group is both happy opinions in society than strong leadership and unhappy, depending on the moment. like a presidential system. One of the proofs of this is our high Israel’s politics may seem chaotic, but voter turnout. Nearly 72 percent of Israel’s it gets things done. Innovative legislation eligible voters cast their ballots in the of cannabis exports, child vaccinations, 2015 election, compared to 58 percent in and cigarette labeling made it through the the United States in 2016, a presidential system before the Knesset dissolved. year, and less than 50 percent in 2018— The two-party, presidential system in itself the highest midterms turnout since the U.S. has ground to a halt, the result of 1914. Either Israelis are naive—they are a polarized electorate and differing parties not—or they think the system is working. running the two houses of the Congress. Elections in Israel are an example of the America’s founders wanted governing to trust people have in the political system, be difficult, but they also wanted conand the greater the noise and chaos, the sensus of a sort—seemingly impossible greater the involvement and engagement. in a system that demands a stark choice between two sides of a divide. The views and opinions expressed in this Unlike Donald Trump, Netanyahu article are those of the author and do not neccannot just play to his “base.” The formessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent ing and reforming of factions means he company, 70 Faces Media or of Jewish News.
Nation Congress is now three times more Jewish than the United States as a whole
ore than six percent of the new Congress is Jewish, with 34 Jews among the total of 535 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Jews make up two percent of the U.S. population, so Congress as a whole is more than thrice as Jewish as the country in general, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center on religion in the new Congress, which was inaugurated Thursday, January 3. The number is even larger in the Senate, where eight of the 100 members are Jewish. That’s eight percent, for the math challenged. This Congress has four more Jews than its predecessor, which had 30 Jewish members. But it’s far from the most Jewish Congress ever. That was the 1993 Congress, which boasted 51 Jews—nearly 10 percent of the total.
All of the Jews in the Senate are Democrats, as are all but two in the House. The Republican exceptions are Reps. Lee Zeldin and David Kustoff, from New York and Tennessee, respectively. They are the only non-Christian Republicans in the Congress, according to Pew. Congress as a whole is overwhelmingly Christian—even more so than the country. Seventy-one percent of Americans identify as Christian, compared to 88 percent of Congress. Both Protestants and Catholics are overrepresented on Capitol Hill. The most underrepresented group is unaffiliated Americans. Twenty-three percent of Americans don’t identify with a religion, but that’s true of just a sole member of Congress—new Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Unitarians are also represented in Congress. (JTA)
New Jewish members of Congress receive special greeting
eligious Action Center of Reform Judaism staff welcomed members of the 116th Congress to Washington on Thursday, January 3. Incoming Jewish members were also delivered babkas. Congresswoman Elaine Luria, representing Virginia’s 2nd district, was welcomed on her swearing in day by Aaron Torop, Legislative Assistant at the RAC. Luria is one of eight new Jewish House members the RAC visited.
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ow in its 26th year, Jewish Family Service of Tidewater’s Chanukah Gift Program helps local Jewish families in financial need with gifts and gift cards for their children, and VISA gift cards for those without children. During Hanukkah 2018, JFS received donations from individuals, families, groups, companies, organizations, congregations, and schools. Boxes were filled with new clothing, winter coats, boots, shoes, books, games, toys, craft kits, art supplies, school supplies, Judaic decorations, and Hanukkah wrapping paper/decorations. One of the recipient thank-you notes received read: “Thank you for giving my granddaughter the best Hanukkah, ever! I would never have been able to make her dreams come true…this is one happy little girl! Her mother is so grateful, too!” Many of the families who seek help are active members of the local Jewish community who attend schools and temple with everyone else. Although gifts are collected during the Hanukkah holiday season, many are used all year by these same families. “We request gifts that are needed by our families like school supplies, clothing, shoes, underwear, and winter coats. Our families need these items all year long, not just during the holiday season. We also ask for gifts of fun items such as toys, games, and books, so children and teens can have things for playtime,” says Maryann Kettyle, JFS special needs case manager. “Our most challenging age group to find gifts for are pre-teens and teens. For these families, we ask for gift cards so the families can shop for themselves and pick out exactly what they want to have. We are able to give out so many wonderful gifts because of the generosity of so many
donors,” says Kettyle. The students, parents, and teachers from Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center and Hebrew Academy of Tidewater comprise one of the largest annual groups of donors—bringing in hundreds of gifts this year. Gifts, gift cards, and/or cash donations also came from many of the area religious schools, temples, and congregations. This year, a total of 115 different local families (60 of whom were children and teens with specific wish lists) benefited from the program. Throughout 2019, these same families will continue to benefit from the donations as JFS provides gift cards towards medication, food, gas, clothing, and school supplies. Help JFS help local Jewish families in need year-round: • Donate food, gas, and grocery store gift cards, or cash • Support the JFS special needs group activities • Donate grocery bags, toiletries, cosmetics, bath and body products, Judaic/Jewish items, school and baby supplies, paper goods, and cleaning/household supplies. • P urchase Baskets of Hope centerpieces • Volunteer All donations to JFS are tax deductible. For more information about any of these programs, contact Maryann Kettyle, special needs case manager, Jewish Family Service of Tidewater at 757-459-4640 or MKettyle@ jfshamptonroads.org. A complete list of this year’s donors can be found on the JFS website: www. JFShamptonroads.org If someone was inadvertently left off of this list, JFS says “thank you” and apologizes.
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or years, 43rd Street at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront’s North End neighborhood has drawn thousands of spectators to its famous displays of holiday lights. When Dr. Mark Lipton moved to the street earlier this year, he knew there was an expectation to put up a dazzling light display, and knew he had to do some- Zalman and Bracha Margolin present Tree of Life thing Jewish with it. That’s why Tzedakah boxes to Mayor Bobby Dyer and Congresswoman Elaine Luria. he contacted fellow North End it teaches. On behalf of Chabad, Bracha resident Dr. Bill Simon, who engineered Margolin presented “Tree of Life” Tzedakah and constructed a brilliant 11-foot menoboxes to the new mayor and congressrah from PVC piping. woman-elect. “A tree reminds us that as On the second night of Hanukkah, just Jews, we have strong roots. Though we one night after 43rd Street formally lit up may be a minority, our strong roots keeps for the season, Lipton and Chabad at the us together. Charity is about giving and Oceanfront hosted nearly 100 people for a we are so lucky to have you both help give first-in-the-neighborhood Hanukkah celeback to our community and our country,” bration and giant menorah lighting. With she said. the assistance of Virginia Beach Mayor Greetings were delivered by Mayor Bobby Dyer and Congresswoman-elect Dyer and Congresswoman-elect Luria, Elaine Luria, the menorah was lit in a cerwho added, “Thank you for this lovely emony accompanied by latkes, sufganiyot, box for Tzedakah to put on my desk. and Hanukkah music. This will be very special when I’m up in Recalling the recent horrific attack in Washington. It’s very meaningful that I’m Pittsburgh and noting the ever-pressing part of the this community and I’m able need to increase light all around us, Rabbi to go to Washington and represent this Zalman Margolin honed in on the story community.” of Hanukkah and the timeless message
pproximately 50 seniors gathered at the Simon Family JCC on Wednesday, December 19 for the Seniors Club lunch, installation of the 2019 board, and singalong with Michal Newman, Hebrew Academy of Tidewater music teacher and musician. Seniors throughout the community attended, including a group from Brith Sholom. Members of YAD—Young Adult Division of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater—Ashley Lemke, Sharon Debb, and Erika Kaplan, helped serve a delicious hot meal from the Cardo Café. Sharon Rosenbaum, Jody Laibstain, and Judy Laster of Jewish Family Service also assisted diners and talked briefly about the elder services offered by JFS. With songbooks in hand, the group joined Newman for a rousing singalong
(with harm o n i e s!) of oldies, but goodies. A raffle of the table centerpieces ended a festive afternoon.
Michal Newman entertains at Seniors Club luncheon.
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n Christmas Day, more than 100 people gathered in the Pincus Paul Social Hall inside Beth Sholom Village for an afternoon of kosher Chinese food, camaraderie, and laughter. Plates were filled with egg rolls, beef and broccoli, and lo mein. Meanwhile, local comedian Sid Bridge entertained the crowd with jokes about Hanukkah, crazy drivers, and even Star Wars. David Abraham, BSV chief executive officer, says he hopes to make the event an annual one so residents, family members,
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chair) 20 years ago. An outstanding fundraiser, Copeland has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Federation’s annual campaign over the years. Through her every action, Ann Copeland embodies the spirit of the Lion of Judah, using her grace and influence to bring good in the world. In addition to receiving her award during the conference, members of her family, as well as friends and some fellow Tidewater Lions, celebrated Copeland during a special dinner to recognize her years of service and to congratulate her on receiving the KWF award.
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he second year of Tidewater Jewish Foundation’s LIFE & LEGACY program is complete and with resounding success. Teams of staff and volunteers from nine agencies and synagogues have pulled together to secure more than 400 commitments, worth an estimated $17-million for the future of Tidewater’s Jewish community. With the support of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the LIFE & LEGACY teams have learned the nuts and bolts of legacy giving, while also building cooperation and partnerships between all of the Tidewater Jewish organizations. The program has changed the philanthropic landscape of Tidewater’s Jewish community, enabling and encouraging people of all levels of wealth to participate.
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idewater Jewish Foundation is now accepting applications for the Stein Family College Scholarship. The prestigious scholarship, created in loving memory of Arlene Stein, awards $10,000 per year for four years for a student to pursue a college degree. Brett Pomerantz, the 2016 Stein Family College Scholarship recipient, is now a junior majoring in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech. Brett says he is extremely grateful for the scholarship because it has helped him focus on his studies without having the pressure of needing a job to help pay tuition and other expenses. He also has had time to get involved Jewishly on campus, serving on the student board for Chabad at school. “I go to Shabbat every week, as well as other programs. We help them with the planning, and especially with timing the different events so more students can attend,” says Brett. Brett took a Birthright Israel trip his freshman year, and then last summer had an internship with Onboard Israel, a company that brings students from North America to Israel for internships. “I worked for a start up company that made a strip that goes into your shoes that helps kids not walk pigeon toed.” He says he has really enjoyed his classes at Virginia Tech, and looks forward to volunteering for a professor in
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what’s happening Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel The BIG Saturday Night Celebration of Jewish Film and champagne reception Saturday, January 26, 7:15 pm, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $35; Under 21: $18 Ty Kelly, Team Israel and New York Mets player, and Seth Kramer, director, will speak following the film.
Had Israel competed in the World Baseball Classic…Dayenu! Callah Terkeltaub
eading Home: The Tale of Team Israel is the David-and Goliath story of Israel’s national baseball team as it competes for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. The film’s directors, Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger, and MLB.com reporter Jonathan Mayo are childhood friends who met while attending Jewish sleepaway camp in Verbank, New York. Little did they know at the time that Camp Young Judea Sprout Lake would be the thread that kept them together and gave way to the creation of Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel. In late 2016, Jonathan Mayo was reporting on the teams gearing up to compete in the World Baseball Classic. When Mayo watched the minor league no-names and retired major league has-beens join the roster for Team Israel, he knew his childhood friends of Ironbound Films needed to document the transformation that was taking place. This wasn’t a powerhouse country recruiting competitive players. This was a special story unfolding of washed-up American Jewish baseball players undergoing profound transformations both in visiting Israel and representing it on a world stage. The filmmakers and Mayo went on to witness the team’s run at qualifying for the 2021 World Baseball Classic and the
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s spring was beginning and Passover was approaching in March 2017, Mayo reflected on the amazing and improbable story of triumph for Team Israel. The theme that kept coming to mind was the song sung at every seder: Dayenu. Mayo thought about the real meaning behind what the team had accomplished and how if the team had accomplished just a fraction of its success, that would have been enough. With this in mind, he wrote his version of Dayenu for MLB.com in March 2017: “Had Jewish professional baseball players in the United States merely embraced being known as Jewish ballplayers and not agreed to play for Team Israel in the Brooklyn Qualifier last fall, Dayenu.
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Had Team Israel gone to the Brooklyn Qualifier, but not qualified, Dayenu. Had Team Israel won the Brooklyn Qualifier, but as a group not agreed to go on a life-changing tour of Israel, Dayenu. Had a group from Team Israel gone on a life-changing tour of Israel, but not won a game in Korea in the opening round of the World Baseball Classic, Dayenu. Had Team Israel won one game in Korea, thus qualifying for the 2021 Classic, but not advanced to the second round in Japan, capturing the attention of the entire baseball world, Dayenu. Had Team Israel advanced to the second round in Japan and captured the attention of the entire baseball world, but not gone undefeated to win the pool, earning crucial dollars for the Israel Association of Baseball for development and continuing to serve as role models for
parents, school administrators, and teachers with the tools to motivate diverse student populations. This year’s event features keynote speaker Sir Anthony Seldon, author of The Fourth Education Revolution; Julie Morgenstern–in conjunction with the Jewish Book Council and the Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival— author of Time to Parent; and April Johnson,
Jewish baseball players everywhere, Dayenu. Had Team Israel gone 3-0 in Korea to win the pool, earning crucial dollars for the Israel Association of Baseball for development and serving as role models for Jewish baseball players everywhere, but not won a game in Japan, thus allowing fans of the team to dream of trips to Los Angeles, Dayenu. Had Team Israel won Game 1 against Cuba, giving fans fanciful dreams of heading to California, but not gone toe-to-toe with twotime Classic champion Japan for five innings before running out of pixie dust, Dayenu.” Looking at that lasting legacy, there can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that what this team accomplished would certainly have been enough. Dayenu.” This film is presented in partnership with BBYO and ODU Hillel. Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel, is a part of the 26th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film. For more information on the festival, contact Arts + Ideas manager, Callah Terkeltaub at CTerkeltaub@ujft.org or visit JewishVA.org/FilmFestival.
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what’s happening Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day Join CRC in Richmond for an important Date (with the State)
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A story for grandparents and grandchildren Sunday, January 27, 2 pm, TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, $10, free for teachers and students
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ne of the greatest American privileges is being able to make your voice heard. The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Community Relations Council’s annual participation in Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day is one way to make an impact and difference. In one day, it is possible to visit State Delegates’ and Senators’ offices to advocate about specific issues and why they matter to Virginia’s Jewish community, and to join with Jewish communities from across the Commonwealth of Virginia to hear from the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General over lunch, and then, to return to Tidewater having made an impact. Previous Date with the State issues have included advocating for social service programs such as Jewish Family Service and Beth Sholom Village, for the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board, and for combating bias legislation, among others. Date with the State offers the Jewish community an opportunity to be pro-active. These face-to-face meetings send strong signals to law makers about the engagement of the unified Jewish community. They also encourage participants to develop personal relationships with representatives, helping the community in the long-term. Here’s what a few past participants have to say about why they attend Date with the State:
Rabbi Gavriel Rudin: “I originally got involved in Date with the State two years ago because I saw it as an opportunity to help the community. It is a chance to get together with a wide variety of community leaders, community advocates, and people who truly care about the needs of the Jewish community. It is a chance to really make a difference.”
Brad Lerner: “Date with the State is a useful way to connect with state legislators on issues of
A Bill Nusbaum, Jasmine Amitay, and Ashley Zittrain meet with Delegate Jay Jones in 2018 during Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day.
importance to the Tidewater Jewish community. In the wake of Pittsburgh, and an overall increase in anti-Semitic happenings globally, it is especially important this year to make our voices heard en masse. I hear many community members ask how can I get involved and Date with the State is a perfect foray into education and advocacy.”
Shikma Rubin: “I think participating in Date with the State is valuable because it is an opportunity to let our representatives hear from us and understand the issues that are impacting our community. And when we have a big turnout it helps them understand that we have a strong voice.” Early drop-off is available for parents of students at the Strelitz Early Childhood Center and the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater. Preregistration required with RSVP. The cost is $36, which includes a kosher lunch and helps defray the cost of transportation. To reserve a seat on the bus (required by January 30), register and pay online by visiting www.jewishva.org/CRCDateWithTheState, or by check made out to the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater (mail to UJFT 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, ATT: CRC DWTS). For more information, e-mail Melissa Eichelbaum, assistant director, UJFT Community Relations Council, at MEichelbaum@ujft.org or call 965-6107.
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longtime assistant to Steven Spielberg, filmmaker Marc Fusco has been intrigued by the impact of previous generations. His experience working with the famed director after the critically acclaimed Schindler’s List shined a spotlight on the atrocities of the Holocaust and included a firsthand connection to the testimonies of survivors, often told for the first time. Fusco, the son of an Italian immigrant, understands the struggle of starting a new life in a new country. “We are a country of dreamers and it’s a beautiful thing,” he says. “Now, imagine if you are kicked out of your home and have to start fresh, not by choice. Then add to the problem that no country really wants you. How would that change you and your family?” It was with this sentiment in mind that The Samuel Project was born. In the film, Hal Linden’s (Barney Miller) character, Samuel Bergman, was orphaned at eight years old when he lost his entire family at the hands of the Nazis. A young German woman found and took him in after he was shot for trespassing on her family’s farm near Hanover, Germany. The film unfolds when his grandson Eli, played by Ryan Ochoa (iCarly), pleads for Samuel to share his story for a school art project. Hesitant at first, Samuel finally gives in when Eli offers to work alongside him for free in exchange for his story. For the first time, the two get to know each other. In the podcast, Unorthodox, hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick,
and Liel Leibovitz, Hal Linden discusses his experience playing Samuel, saying that today’s multi-generational families do not communicate well, and that many times grandchildren know nothing of their grandparents’ past. “In executing the Samuel project, he [Eli] finds out my [Samuel] back story and represents it in art,” says Linden. “Like most Holocaust survivors, I don’t particularly want to talk about it. It is very hard to get the information out of me, but he [Eli] does…and in a sense, art becomes more eloquent than words and the three generations (grandfather, father, and son) kind of come closer together through the project.” A story of bridging the generational gap, The Samuel Project shows how important it is to preserve the stories and history of generations past. This film is presented in partnership with United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Holocaust Commission and BBYO. The Samuel Project is a part of the 26th Annual Festival of Jewish Film. For more information on the festival, contact Callah Terkeltaub, Arts + Ideas manager, at CTerkeltaub@ujft.org or visit JewishVA.org/ FilmFestival.
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what’s happening Join famed film critic, Mal Vincent for his 10th annual Hollywood tell-all Mal Vincent’s Pick: Cast a Giant Shadow
Budapest Noir A view of the dark and mysterious world of 1930s Budapest
Monday, January 28, 7:15 pm Naro Expanded Cinema, $10
Wednesday, January 30, 7:15 pm Beach Cinema Alehouse, $10
udiences line up each year at the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film to hear Mal Vincent dish juicy stories on some of America’s beloved classic film stars. As Virginian-Pilot’s entertainment editor for more than 20 years, and a local celebrity, Vincent is a mainstay in Tidewater classic cinema. “People love old movies, and they love to be taken back to a different time,” Vincent says. In fact, Mal’s Classic Film Festival, held at Naro Expanded Cinema, has consistently sold out for 15 years. For this year’s 10th annual Hollywood tell-all at the 26th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, Vincent will discuss the details behind Cast a Giant Shadow, a Hollywood account of American army expert David ‘Mickey Stone’ Marcus’s role in helping a brand new Israel Defense Forces in 1948. Classic stars such as Kirk Douglas and Angie Dickinson fill the screen with Frank Sinatra and John Wayne in notable supporting roles in this quintessential war film of the golden Hollywood era. “It was kind of Hollywood’s way of coming forth almost instantly and saying ‘we support Israel,’” Vincent says as he discusses what makes Cast a Giant Shadow so special—a declaration of support for a state in its infancy.
In the film, distinguished U.S. Col. David Marcus (Kirk Douglas) is enlisted by the Israelis to perform the difficult task of preparing their nation for battle against the Arabs. Before long, he feuds with the local leaders, quits his post, and goes home to his pregnant wife (Angie Dickinson) in the United States. However, Marcus, who is Jewish, soon has a crisis of faith and decides to return to duty to help the untrained Israelis form an army. With stories about his personal encounters with Kirk Douglas, John Wayne, and other actors from this all-star cast, Mal Vincent is sure to bring even more intrigue to his 10th annual Hollywood tell-all. Cast a Giant Shadow is a part of the 26th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film. For tickets or more information, contact Arts + Ideas manager, Callah Terkeltaub at CTerkeltaub@ujft.org or visit JewishVA.org/ FilmFestival.
udapest Noir is a period thriller set in the politically-troubled autumn of 1936. The film follows Zsigmond Gordon, a worldweary reporter asking unwanted questions about the seemingly unimportant murder of a young woman found beaten to death and dumped in a courtyard. While supposedly covering the funeral of fascist-leaning real-life Hungarian prime minister Gyula Gombos, Gordon’s investigation leads him deep into the city’s dark underbelly—a shadow world of pornographers, fixers, all-night “smokers,” boxing rings, seedy brothels, powerful crime syndicates, and Communist cells—all the way to the highest echelons of power. It is in that world where one of Hungary’s most influential business figures plans to make a fortune through his political ties to Germany’s leadership—as long as he can somehow keep secret the fact that he is of Jewish heritage. A crime thriller for the ages, Budapest Noir was adapted for the screen by the late Andras Szeker (The Notebook) from the original 2008 award-winning novel by Vilmos Kondor (a pseudonym for the secretive author whose identity still remains unknown). The story was popular with both critics and the public, making it an instant bestseller that sparked several sequels
and has appeared in numerous languages around the world. Mark Robbins, Film Festival screening committee co-chair, urges people to join him for an evening of suspense and mystery. “Everyone loves a good mystery. The novel and film are tributes to Dashiell Hammett (American author of hard-boiled detective novels) and Raymond Chandler (American novelist and writer of crime fiction), and with that combination you can’t lose,” he says. Capturing the atmospheric look of 1936 Budapest, award-winning cinematographer Elemer Ragalyi brings the city to life in this classic noir film. Budapest Noir keeps audiences on the edge of their seats as they work to unravel this dark tale. Budapest Noir is a part of the 26th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film. For tickets or information on the festival, contact Arts + Ideas manager, Callah Terkeltaub at CTerkeltaub@ujft.org or visit JewishVA.org/ FilmFestival.
Resident families and community invited to honor their parents Saturday, January 26, 10 am, Beth Sholom Village
n synagogues around the world on January 26, Jews will read the sedrah Yitro in the Book of Exodus. Yitro includes the Ten Commandments, number five of which is to “honor thy father and thy mother.” Beth Sholom Village does that every day in the care it provides seniors in the community. On January 26, which
will be Honor or Kahbaid Shabbat, the Village is inviting residents and their families to attend services in the Auxiliary Chapel. Members of the community are also invited to come with their parents. “We conduct services weekdays and on Shabbat,” says Cantor Elihu Flax, religious leader at the Village. “We have
excellent volunteers who lead Sabbath prayers, which will be the case on Kahbaid Shabbat. If you have a parent or grandparent in the Terrace Assisted Living, in the Gifford Rehab, or the Berger-Goldrich Skilled Care Center, come with them to services that day.”
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what’s happening Temple Israel Night at the Theater
Leon Family Gallery Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus
Distant Survivors, a play based on Holocaust poetry
JDC-Eshel’s Photography with Joy
Saturday, February, 2, 7:30 pm Zeiders American Dream Theatre
eaturing photographs taken by Holocaust survivors living in Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s Photography with Joy exhibit is on display in the Simon Family JCC’s Leon Family Gallery and the Copeland Cardo. The photographs and accompanying stories, only a few from a much larger collection, are the product of workshops held across Israel, through which survivors express their personal stories, memories, and feelings. The workshops are a joint project of JDC-Eshel, the Israel Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, and UJA-Federation of New York. All photographs are available for sale and may be purchased at the Simon Family JCC front desk. Proceeds go to the JDC-Eshel Photography with Joy program in Israel, above and beyond United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s annual Israel and Overseas allocation. Established in 1969, JDC-Eshel is the premier force
D for innovation in elderly care in Israel, developing transformative services that profoundly enhance seniors’ independence and quality of life. JDC-Eshel functions under the auspices of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian organization, operating in more than 70 countries and helping Jews and others in need to survive and strengthen community. UJFT works to meet the challenges facing today’s Jewish community at home and around the world, through a network of local Jewish agencies and overseas service partners, including the JDC.
Parsha Poster Project, Hillel Smith
tilizing a bold graphic aesthetic to tell biblical stories, 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. Printed in vibrant color, the series 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 window to a fresh understanding of the sacred text. As a starting point for creative approaches to Torah learning, these images are proof of the potential
Lunch and gallery tour with Hillel Smith Tuesday, February 12, 12 pm
of Jewish tradition to remain relevant and compelling. Hillel Smith is an artist and graphic designer who has painted dynamic Jewish murals around the world. Smith will visit Tidewater as a part of his 2019 Jewish Book Council tour. Parsha Posters, the book, contains all 54 posters. All 54 posters will be on display in the Leon Family Gallery. The book and all posters may be purchased.
Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus Lunch and discussion: $12 Book, lunch and discussion: $50 For more information on the lunch and to register, visit www.JewishVA.org/bookfestival.
For more information on exhibits in the Simon Family JCC’s Leon Family Gallery, contact Callah Terkeltaub, Arts + Ideas manager, at CTerkeltaub@ujft.org.
istant Survivors, a play based on the stirring Holocaust poetry of William Heyen, that was adapted for the stage and directed by June Prager, runs January 24 through February 3 at Zeiders American Dream Theatre in Virginia Beach. After the performance on Temple Israel Night at the Theatre, a question and answer session hosted by a member of the Distant Survivors cast will take place for congregants and guests. In Prager’s adaptation of the poetry, an American of German descent tries to make sense of his ancestral past. The man encounters embodiments of the Holocaust: a Nazi soldier, an elderly caretaker, a Jewish survivor, and others. Through his visit into the collective unconscious, the man takes the audience on a journey to places most would prefer to forget. Distant Survivors is about survival as well as cruelty, and is particularly relevant today, as Americans experience ever-increasing polarization and see a dramatic rise in anti-Semitism across the globe. Testimonials for Distant Survivors speak to the power of theatre to deepen an understanding of “the Other” and create a spark toward dialogue and communion. Tickets are $20, and group rates are available. For more information, go to thez.org or call 757-499-0317.
June Prager has served as producing artistic director for several theaters in New York and Philadelphia, directing, managing, and evaluating productions and manuscripts for several prestigious institutions, such as the Rockefeller Foundation and American Playhouse. She has directed Off-Broadway, Equity Showcase productions, staged readings of plays, and revivals of classic and modern drama. For Theatre International Exchange, she directed all the international premieres, including Distant Survivors. Prager is the sister of Sheila Panitz, wife of Rabbi Michael Panitz. William Helmuth Heyen is an American poet, editor, and literary critic. His works have been published in numerous literary journals and periodicals, including the New Yorker, the Ontario Review, the American Poetry Review, and online publications. His poetry has been published in anthologies, in limited-edition chapbooks and broadsides, and on audio. To reserve a seat with Temple Israel, call 757-489-4550.
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what’s happening Boxing World Champion Dorin Spivey joins Simon Family JCC team Classes: Mondays, 6:45 pm; Saturdays, 11 am
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orin Spivey has been boxing for more than 26 years. He’s won two National Boxing Association titles and the World Boxing Association NABA lightweight title, and has fought in some of the biggest fights on television. Now, Spivey has joined the fitness staff at the Simon Family JCC to help members get fit and learn the art of boxing. His class, World Champion Boxing Class with Dorin Spivey, utilizes high intensity training to build agility, strength, and stamina. He also teaches the principles of boxing and strength training to help develop the lean, strong, and confident physique that fighters are known for. “I want people to be able to learn a skill, learn a trade such as boxing, and learn how to get in shape with it,” says Spivey. “I would like people to enjoy themselves. It’s really a skill, an art, and a fun time.” Spivey began his career in 1992 when he got his professional boxing license, despite having no amateur experience. “I had to learn on the job,” says Spivey. “The guys I had beaten in the beginning all had amateur experience. I beat them by
conditioning and hard work.” Inspired by watching boxing legends Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker on TV, Spivey began pursuing boxing after he graduated high school. “When I first started, people kept telling me, ‘You can’t do it, you’re too nice, you’re too this, you’re too that,’” says Spivey. “But, somehow, boxing clicked for me and it was like my alter ego and I was this ferocious fighter in the ring.” Spivey’s ferocity led to an extraordinary career, one that saw him compile a 50–7 record, with 33 wins coming by knockout. Now, Spivey is ready to move on from competitive boxing and help people feel confident and empowered through the sport. “When you’re boxing, it makes you feel invincible—like nothing can touch you, and you can protect yourself regardless of where you go, plus it’s a great stress reliever,” he says. “This is what I want to do: share the things I know so everyone can experience these amazing benefits.” Despite all his accomplishments
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however, Spivey will be the first to admit that “I’m a big kid at heart. I love kids and I love people, and I’m a positive person that loves life.” For more information, contact Tom Purcell at 757-3212310 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for the class, call 757-321-2338 or visit the Simon Family JCC front desk.
When Heroes Fly Reviewed by Chen Glikman
hen Heroes Fly shows multiple dimensions of Israeli society. The film begins with a very dramatic and full of action opening scene that takes place during The Chen Glikman Second Lebanon War in 2006. The story then moves to the reality of four soldiers’ lives after the war, 11 years later. The four soldiers are reunited when Yaeli (the sister of one soldier and the former lover of another) is suddenly believed to be alive 10 years after a tragic accident. As a soldier who fought in 2006 in the Second Lebanon War, the film felt very real and brought back memories from related experiences. The film reveals familiar sides of Israeli society, touching on issues that many Israelis face post-army, such as post-traumatic stress, friendships, family, and traveling abroad.
From dramatic moments to mysterious storylines—When Heroes Fly is highly addictive and will keep you on your toes wanting more! Chen Glikman is originally from Lehavim, Israel and served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the Nahal unit as a Paratrooper on the Lebanon border during the Second Lebanon War. He currently lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Carly and son, Yuval. Glikman is the general manager for Diamonds Direct.
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An Evening with Father Patrick Desbois
World renowned humanitarian uncovers secret procedures behind The Holocaust by Bullets Thursday, January 31, 7:30 pm, Sandler Center
n honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Holocaust Commission of The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, The Norfolk Forum, and The Virginia Beach Forum present an evening with world-renowned historian, forensic detective, and humanrights activist Father Patrick Desbois. He will discuss the findings of his decade and a half-long investigation into the heinous genocidal Nazi death squads in Eastern Europe, revealing the system they applied to gain the complicity of local townspeople in the many killing fields as described in his book, The Holocaust by Bullets. Fr. Desbois will also speak on the rapid growth of anti-Sematic rhetoric and organized violence throughout the world and offer his counsel to those seeking to resist it. A distinguished author and professor at Georgetown University, Fr. Desbois has dedicated his life to fighting the bigotry that fuels the disease of genocide. His work calls for legal justice for the perpetrators. He is the founder of Yahad-In Unum (www. yahadinunum.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering genocidal practices wherever they are found around the world, providing documented proof of crimes against humanity, and a leading
JANUARY 21–30 Alma & Howard Laderberg and Patricia & Avraham Ashkenazi 26th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit JewishVA.org/FilmFestival, or contact the JCC front desk at 757-321-2338. See pages 21–23. 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. See page 23. 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 22.
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voice of protest on behalf of all past and present victims of mass murder. Fr. Desbois is the winner of the 2008 National Jewish Book Award. He has received numerous honors including the 2018 Anti-Defamation League Kay Family Award and the 2017 Lantos Human Rights Prize. Yahad-In Unum and Desbois have been lauded by world leaders including Pope Francis and French President Emmanuel Macron. He resides in Washington, DC, and Paris, France.
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 5. MARCH 18, MONDAY In celebration of the JCC Book Club’s 100th read and 10th Anniversary, Marilyn Simon Rothstein will discuss her book Husbands and Other Sharp Objects on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. 12 pm. $12 lunch/$20 lunch and book. Bundled registration closes March 11. For more information and to RSVP, visit JewishVA.org/BookFestival, or contact Callah Terkeltaub at CTerkeltaub@ujft.org. Send submissions for calendar to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to note “calendar” in the subject. Include date, event name, sponsor, address, time, cost and phone.
Tickets are $25 and are available at www. thenorfolkforum.org.
Mazel Tov TO Achievement Madeline Budman on her acceptance to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion for rabbinic ordination. A 2018 graduate of Georgetown University, she is a member of Ohef Sholom Temple and is currently employed at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, DC. The five-year rabbinic program begins in July at HUC’s Jerusalem campus. Mazel Tov submissions should be emailed to email@example.com with Mazel Tov in the subject line. Achievements, B’nai Mitzvot, births, engagements and weddings are appropriate simchas to announce. Photos must be at least 300k. Include a daytime phone for questions. There is no fee.
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Pamela Herod, daughter of Zena Herod, on receiving her Doctoral degree from Augusta University/Medical College of Georgia on December 14. Herod’s current research has been adopted by a large health system in the southeast and is focused on improving the recognition of sepsis through the utilization of high-fidelity simulation and advanced technology. She has also accepted a new position as the director of Telehealth and House Medical Officer for LocumTenens.com. Herod resides in Atlanta with her husband Mark, chief pilot of aviation for SunTrust Bank, and their two daughters.
Norman David Soroko on becoming president of the board of directors of the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center in Portsmouth. Soroko served as executive vice president for four years. He also serves as program chairman for fundraising. In March, 2018, he chaired the first Silent and Live Auction at Uno’s Pizzeria and will serve as chairman for the 2019 Silent Auction in March at Uno’s Pizzeria on Virginia Beach Boulevard. Soroko currently works as a substitute teacher for the Norfolk Public School System.
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Obituaries Isaac Gabriel Doron, M.D. Virginia Beach—Dr. Isaac Gabriel Doron passed away January 7, 2019 at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margalith, his three sons Yoav, Ronen, and Sagie and his five grandchildren, Max, Lindsay, Justin, Lauren and Jacob, as well as his two older sisters, Hannah and Aliza. Isaac was a devoted husband, amazing father, inspirational grandfather, friend to all, and exceptional pediatrician to thousands of patients during his 56-year medical career. He loved his family, his country, and a good game of backgammon. Isaac was kind, thoughtful, welcoming and one of the most humble people you’ll ever meet despite his many accomplishments like becoming a physician by the age of 23 and serving for five years in the Israeli Defense Forces. Those who knew him were entertained by his one-liners and touched by his stories. Born in Alexandria, Egypt on January 7, 1931 during a difficult time, he made his alliyah to Israel in 1957 and moved to America in 1974, a place he called home for half his life. The world lost a special person who managed to impact everyone who was fortunate to know him. If you took a minute to listen to him speak, you would walk away with volumes of knowledge and wisdom. Rosalind Laibstain Gamsey Norfolk—Rosalind Laibstain Gamsey, 91, passed away peacefully in her home on January 12, 2019.
She is survived by her loving husband of almost 71 years, Milton Linwood Gamsey, brother Leonard Laibstain (Carol), her children; Dr. Alan Gamsey (Helen), Rita Burnat, and David Gamsey (Carrie); grandchildren Mark Gamsey, Jeffrey Gamsey (Elise), Lawson Burnat (Laura), Brian and Robyn Gamsey, and great grandchildren Kyla and Weston Burnat. She was predeceased by her parents, David Laibstain and Rebecca (Stein) Laibstain; by her brothers Dr. Alter Laibstain, Dr. Herman Laibstain, Harry Laibstain, sister Eva Wainger and grandchild Kyle Burnat. Always upbeat, energetic and enthusiastic, Rosalind lived her entire life in Norfolk, and graduated from Maury High School. Rosalind and her husband Linwood attended services regularly at Beth El Synagogue for decades. Rosalind enjoyed hosting large family seders and socializing with her extended family and friends. She will always be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, caring mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and great grandmother. A funeral service was held at Congregation Beth El with burial at B’nai Israel Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Jewish Family Service or a charity of the donor’s choice. Eugene Lazernick Chesapeake—Eugene Lazernick passed away January 5, 2019 in Chesapeake. Eugene was born December 2, 1953 to Albert and Thelma Lazernick. He was a graduate of Granby High school.
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Eugene was an Air Force Veteran and was a proud counselor for NA. He was predeceased by his father, Albert, and his brother, Lee Frank. Eugene is survived by his mother, Thelma Fay Goldman Lazernick, his son, Ryan Matthew Lazernick, and his siblings, Marlie Ann Hammer, Steven Shawn Lazernick, Brad Lazernick, and Ernie Lazernick, their spouses and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. A service was held at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk. Condolences may be left for the family at www.altmeyerfh.com. Memorial contributions be made to: Beth Sholom Home. Estelle Walters Nelson Portsmouth—Estelle Walters Nelson, 101, of Sterling Point, passed away Saturday November 10, 2018. She was the wife of the late Samuel Nelson and the daughter of the late Albert and Mollie S. Walters. Estelle was a past member of Gomley Chesed Synagogue, its Sisterhood and past treasurer of Hadassah, member of B’nai B’rith, and the Sterling Point Garden Club. She helped charter the chapter of Iota Gamma Phi Sorority. She is survived by two sons, Richard D. Nelson of Boca Raton, Florida and Stuart B. Nelson of Portsmouth; and one grandson, Adam. A graveside service was held at Olive Branch Cemetery by Rabbi Michael Panitz. Sturtevant Funeral Home. Josephine Masserman Samuels V irgini a Beach —Josephine Masserman Samuels, 91, died peacefully in her Virginia Beach home, December 16, 2018. She was born in Forest Hills, New York. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 66 years, Leroy Samuels, and her dear son, Charles Samuels. She is survived by her daughter, Ellen Samuels Ruben; her son, Andrew Samuels; and her grandson, Kevin Ruben of Israel. Mrs. Samuels studied liberal arts in Keuka College, N.Y. She loved playing bridge and was an avid reader, always keeping up with current events, reading
the newspaper daily, and enjoying different types of books. She was a founding member of Temple Israel in Norfolk. She enjoyed socializing with her friends at First Colonial Inn. A graveside funeral service was held in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family through www.hdoliver.com. Abbott G. Saks Norfolk—Abbott G. Saks, 87, died Sunday, January 12, 2019 in a local hospital. He was a native and lifelong resident of Norfolk and was the son of the late David and Celia Bress Saks. Mr. Saks was a retired adjunct associate professor of Spanish at Old Dominion University where he taught for 55 years and also taught for the Norfolk School System. He was known as a Linguist extraordinaire and wrote puns and poetry for the Virginian-Pilot and numerous other publications. Anyone who knew Abbott will warmly remember his kindness and gentle demeanor. He derived joy from the happiness of others. He was a 1949 graduate of Maury High School and attended the Norfolk Division of William and Mary and graduated from the University of Richmond with a bachelor’s of arts degree and earned a master of arts in teaching Spanish from the University of New Mexico. He attended the University of Virginia where he did post-doctoral studies. He was a member of B’Nai Israel Congregation. Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Kitty Friedenbach Saks of Norfolk, his daughter, Tonie Saks Wilkins and her husband Frank of Virginia Beach, his son, David A. Saks and his wife Mary Lou of Delray Beach, Florida and his grandsons, Elliot A. Saks and Adam Louis Saks. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law; Sheila Saks of Columbia, South Carolina and Felice Saks of Norfolk. Funeral Services were held in the Norfolk chapel of H.D. Oliver, with interment in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Obituaries Richard Waitzer Norfolk—Richard Waitzer passed peacefully surrounded by his family on January 12, 2019. Born in Brooklyn in 1932 to the late Murray and Shirley Holtzman Waitzer, the family moved to Washington, DC in 1934 and Norfolk in 1936, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was educated in the Norfolk Public Schools, graduating from Maury High School in 1950. Always driven and in a hurry, he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University after only three years, with a bachelor of science degree in physics, while flying home weekends to work at his father’s business. He was an ambitious, talented, and highly respected entrepreneur who was wildly successful in three disparate careers working until his last week. Days after graduation, he started working at his family’s business, Murray Wholesale Drug Corporation, managing it from the late 1950s until its sale in 1971. In 1966, with no experience, he started a hugely successful career developing commercial and residential real estate. His initial project was the first office building in Virginia Beach devoted entirely to health care professionals and he subsequently developed all kinds of commercial and residential real estate over 50 years. The many companies he founded, and their affiliates developed thousands of residences and innumerable commercial properties. He pioneered numerous products and financing techniques and loved the development process. Finally, he began collecting art in the late 1980s, and, through his lust for knowledge, business acumen, and foresight, became a renowned collector of art glass, and modern American art, culminating in his appointment to the acquisitions committee of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His paintings have been featured in some of the most prestigious museums in the world. Drawn to entrepreneurship, he was a mentor to many and helped many start businesses. He never wanted recognition and sought to stay under the radar throughout his careers. While always generous with his time, talent, and financial resources, he preferred to remain behind the scenes. He chaired the Virginia Symphony
Foundation board, and Virginia Symphony board, and served on the board of the Chrysler Museum of Art. He was the consummate problem solver. He reluctantly received many awards including the Governor’s Housing Achievement Award, and, with Leah, the 2015 Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, and the 2018 Philanthropist of the Year from the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Hampton Roads. A devoted husband, he supported Leah’s incredible journey through life until the end, managing her health issues through his last night. He was predeceased by his parents, and his brothers Edwin and Paul. He is survived by his devoted partner in life Leah, beloved sons Eddie (Kathy), Brad (Terry), and Scott (Debbie), precious grandchildren Melanie, Jon, and Paige Waitzer, brothers and sisters-in-law Jules and Pattie Wainger, Stephen and Liza
Wainger, and Valorie Waitzer, and innumerable nieces and nephews. He loved and was loved by many. A celebration of his life was held at Ohef Sholom Temple. Burial was private. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be offered to the family at hdoliver.
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