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n attack on a sacred space is a threat to us all. We
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The good people of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston have buried their dead and have begun on the path of healing.
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They have returned to their Wednesday evening prayer and
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learning sessions attempting to recover a sense of normalcy and
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the victims, their families and the entire Charleston community.
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The killer who does not deserve a name is a white supremacist and
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The attack is one of hate and designed to terrorize. It is an old
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briefs 22 senators sign letter to Obama urging Israel support Nearly one-quarter of the U.S. Senate signed on to a bipartisan letter urging President Barack Obama to support Israel around the world. Twenty-two senators signed the letter, which was written “in response to your welcomed recent remarks at Congregation Adas Israel” on May 22 concerning his commitment to Israel’s security. The letter was sponsored by Sens. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. While welcoming Obama’s “unwavering commitment” to Israel’s security, the signers also want the Obama administration to remain committed to the United States’ “long-standing policy” of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians as the way to peace. The letter specifically asked the administration to oppose Palestinian efforts for membership in the United Nations and other international bodies. Among the signers are five Jewish Democrats: Ben Cardin of Maryland, Barbara Boxer of California, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Charles Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. The signers wrote that they were “deeply concerned by previously reported and unattributed comments by U.S. officials that the U.S. might change its approach to the peace process at the United Nations Security Council.” “The United States has a critical role to play in facilitating these direct negotiations,” the senators wrote. (JTA) Israel closes borders with Egypt, Gaza after deadly Sinai ISIS attacks Israel closed its borders with Egypt and Gaza after Islamic State terror attacks on Egyptian army checkpoints in the northern Sinai. Dozens of soldiers, with estimates as high as 50, were killed in the attacks Wednesday, July 1 on some 15 checkpoints. The checkpoints had come under attack by terrorists affiliated with Islamic State, or ISIS, using pickup trucks equipped with antiaircraft guns, The New York Times reported. Soldiers also were taken captive by the terrorists.
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The closed border crossings include the Nitzana border crossing with Sinai and the Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza. The attacks came two days after the assassination of Egypt’s prosecutor-general in a car bombing in Cairo. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the attacks during hospital visits in Jerusalem with victims of two recent Palestinian terror attacks. “Terrorism is knocking at our borders,” Netanyahu said. “ISIS is not just opposite the Golan Heights. At the moment it is also in Egypt, opposite Rafiah, facing our borders, and we are joined with Egypt and with many other countries in the Middle East and the world in the struggle against the extremist Islamic terrorism.” Egypt in recent months has destroyed tunnels between its territory and Gaza, and created a security zone in the northern Sinai in an effort to halt rebel attacks. (JTA)
U.S.: Iranian sponsorship of terrorism ‘undiminished’ in 2014 Iran’s funding of terrorism “remained undiminished” in 2014, according to a new U.S. government report. Country Reports on Terrorism 2014, released by the State Department last month, said Iran continued its “terrorist-related” activity through its support for Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon and various groups in Iraq and elsewhere. The report also said Iran increased its assistance to Shia militias in Iraq in response to the rise of ISIS. According to the report, Iran attempted to smuggle weapons to Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas, which the United States regards as a terrorist group. The report comes as Iran and the major world powers enter the final stages of negotiating a complex accord to address the country’s nuclear program. (JTA) Survey: Confidence in Obama falls dramatically in Israel While President Barack Obama remains popular in most countries, the sharpest decline in his image occurred in Israel, according to the 2015 Spring Pew Global Attitudes Survey.
In Israel, confidence in Obama on world affairs fell from 71 percent to 49 percent in the last year, according to the survey. Some 15 percent of residents of the Palestinian Authority said they had confidence in Obama on world affairs, compared to 82 percent with no confidence. Jordan had similar figures with 14 percent confidence and 83 percent no confidence. Residents of the Philippines had the most confidence in Obama with 94 percent; next was South Korea with 88 percent. France was third with 83 percent confidence. American’s overall image around the world remains largely positive, according to the survey, with a median of 69 percent holding a favorable view and 24 percent an unfavorable opinion. Some 81 percent of Israelis view the United States favorably and 18 percent unfavorably, similar to the past two years. However, 87 percent of Jewish-Israelis view the United States favorably, compared with 48 percent of Arab-Israelis, according to the survey. Lebanon, Turkey, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan have largely unfavorable opinions. Results for the survey are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews conducted under the direction of Princeton Survey Research Associates International during April and May. In Israel, 1,000 surveys were conducted in face-to-face interviews in Hebrew and Arabic, with a margin of error of 4.3 percent. (JTA)
El Al launching nonstop Boston–Tel Aviv flights El Al, Israel’s national airline, is launching nonstop service between Boston and Ben Gurion International Airport. The Israeli flag was raised at Logan International Airport in Boston at a ceremony last month. The Tel Aviv-Boston route—the shortest between Israel and North America—is being seen as a further boost to the strong economic, academic and communal ties between Israel and Greater Boston and the New England region as a whole. The flights will also serve as a gateway
to 19 other U.S. cities through El Al’s partnership with Jet Blue Airlines, including Washington, D.C. First announced last November, the flights add to El Al’s 34 weekly nonstop flights to New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. The schedule will include three weekly nonstop flights in both directions on a Boeing 767-300 aircraft, with 218 seats, including business and economy-plus class. In expanding its routes between Israel and North America, El Al is tapping into the increased demands and needs of the business community as well as promoting tourism, according to El Al President David Maimon. The Boston area is home to some 200 companies with ties to Israel that contributed $6.2 million to the state’s economy, according to a 2013 report by David Goodtree, a board member of the New England-Israel Business Council. In addition, there are major Boston companies including EMC and Akamai that have established a large presence in Israel. The flights are being promoted by a new website, FlyIsraelUSA, initiated by NEIBC and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. (JTA)
Obama cites Israel in arguing for gun control President Barack Obama compared Israel favorably to the United States in making a point about gun violence. “Here are the stats: Per population, we kill each other with guns at a rate 297x more than Japan, 49x more than France, 33x more than Israel,” Obama said on a Twitter account that the White House says he personally authors. “Expressions of sympathy aren’t enough,” he said. “It’s time we do something about this.” Obama’s tweets referred to the June 17 shooting deaths of nine congregants in a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Obama has made efforts to strengthen gun control a hallmark of his presidency. Handgun ownership in Israel is subject to stringent restrictions. (JTA)
The land of love
hen I lived in Australia I knew a man named Tom. He could be difficult to deal with, but everyone had patience for him because they knew that his shortcomings were not his fault. He had been through the Holocaust. One thing that Tom did that was completely out of character was bake cherry pies. Often, when there was a Bris (circumcision) or other special occasion, Tom would come to the kitchen and bake a beautiful pie. He would top it with crisscrossed strips of dough and present it to the hosts of the affair. It turns out that when Tom was in the concentration camps he worked as a chef. He would bake beautiful pies for the Nazi officers and it hurt him to no end. When he finally got out of the camps he set about fixing the problem. He made pies for people celebrating happy occasions. In this way he could brighten up a world that the Nazis had sought to darken forever. At this time of year we read about Moshe (Moses) and his desire to enter the land of Israel. Moshe led an accomplished life. He took us out of Egypt, got us the Torah and pleaded our case before G-d on 10 different occasions. He brought G-d and the Torah to the eyes of the world. Still, Moshe was unsatisfied because he could not enter the land of Israel. We are taught in the Midrash that Moshe begged in 515 different ways to enter the land. If he could not enter as a leader, he would enter as a simple person, a bird, a stone or even a gust of wind. Moshe understood the beauty of the Land of Israel in a fulfillment of a verse that “servants of G-d love even the dust and the stones of the land of Israel. On the flipside, there were the tribes of Gad and Reuvein. They came to Moshe with a request: “Please do not send us
across the Jordan. We do not want to enter Israel. We want to stay here [in present day Jordan and Syria] where there is good grazing for our cattle.” One could imagine Moshe’s reaction to the request of these tribes. They were throwing away something that he could only dream of. They needed to open up their eyes to the beauty of Israel and the holiness of its stones. He could have told them about the beauty of Israel, about the site of the Temple and about the Burial place of the Patriarchs. He didn’t. Instead Moshe lectured the tribes Gad and Reuvain on empathy. “Will you stay here while your brothers go to war? Will you throw cold water on their excitement and shatter their resolve to enter the holy land?” Moshe realized that the tribes of Gad and Reuvain were not ready to hear about the dust and stones of the land of Israel. They would have time for those regrets later. The first step, the important step now, was for them to hear about the beauty of their fellow Jews. They needed to be thinking about each other and about what their decision not to cross the Yardein would do to demoralize their cousins in the tribes of Dan and Naftali. We are currently in a time of year when we mark the anniversary of the destruction of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago and our exile from the land. Even as we mourn the destruction, we celebrate the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the fact that we are able to return there in unprecedented numbers. Moshe taught us that we do not prepare for a journey to Israel by reading travel books and studying satellite images on Google Earth. It’s not even about politics. We prepare for a return to a perfect and secure Israel by learning how to treat the people around us and training ourselves to value every person and the effect that we can have on him or her. That is what I learned from Tom in Australia. He was hard to deal with and he suffered terribly in his lifetime, but he was part of the solution. He resolved to counteract evil by celebrating with others and rebuilding the world by sharing, one pie at a time. —Rabbi Sender Haber, B’nai Israel
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Jewish groups celebrate Supreme Court ruling extending gay marriage rights by Ron Kampeas
WASHINGTON (JTA)—How often do you get the opportunity to pack “109 years,” #LoveWins and the rainbow colors into 140 characters? That’s how the American Jewish Committee celebrated the Supreme Court ruling Friday, June 26 extending marriage rights to gays throughout the United States. “For 109 years AJC has stood for liberty and human rights,” its tweet said. “Today is a happy day for that proud tradition #LoveWins.” It was punctuated with a heart emoticon splashed orange, yellow, green, blue and purple—the gay pride colors. The contrast between an organization founded at the launch of the last century celebrating the rights embraced by Americans only at the launch of this one was emblematic of the glee with which much of the Jewish establishment reacted to the ruling. The Anti-Defamation League, in its own tweet, left out its age (102) but also got in the hashtag, #LoveWins, and that funny little heart. Thirteen Jewish groups, among them organizations representing the Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative streams, were among the 25 joining the amicus brief the ADL filed in Obergefell v. Hodges. The preeminence of Jewish groups among those backing the litigants was not a surprise. In recent decades, much of the Jewish establishment has embraced gay marriage as a right equivalent to the others it has advocated, including racial equality, religious freedoms and rights for women. Multiple groups, in their statements, cited the passage in Genesis that states humans were created “in the image of God,” which has for decades been used by Jewish civil rights groups to explain their activism. “Jewish tradition reminds us that we were all created equally, b’tzelem Elohim, in the ‘image of God’ (Genesis 1:27), and also shows us that marriage is a sacred responsibility, not only between the
partners, but also between the couple and the larger community,” the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly said in a statement. Groups also were looking to next steps in advancing LGBT rights, including in the workplace. “You can now legally marry in all 50 states and put your wedding on your desk and be fired and have no recourse in the federal courts,” Rabbi Jonah Pesner, who directs the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center, says. “We hope this will energize and inspire a bipartisan effort to end discrimination in the work place,” he says, specifying the “T” in LGBT—the transgendered. “People should not be discriminated in the workplace because of expression of gender.” The notion that the decision would propel a broader debate about LGBT rights concerned the Orthodox Union, which in a carefully worded statement noted that it adhered to the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, but also recognized “that no religion has the right to dictate its beliefs to the entire body politic.” The OU, like other more conservative religious groups, was wary of new liberties that could infringe on its ability to hire officials who hew to their belief systems. “Will the laws implementing today’s ruling and other expansions of civil rights for LGBT Americans contain appropriate accommodations and exemptions for institutions and individuals who abide by religious teachings that limit their ability to support same-sex relationships?” the group said in its statement. The OU did not file an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case. Agudath Israel of America did, opposing the gay marriage side. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the consensus-driven public policy umbrella, recognized sensitivities on both sides in its statement. “We call for sensitivity and civility in this debate, understanding that the vast majority on all sides are people of good will,” it said. “Adjusting to change is not always easy or swift.”
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Orthodox Jewish groups brace for consequences of gay-marriage ruling by Ron Kampeas
WASHINGTON ( JTA)—The name that keeps coming up when Orthodox Jewish groups consider the consequences of last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision extending same-sex marriage rights to all states has little to do with Jews or gays. Bob Jones University, the private Protestant college in South Carolina, lost its tax-exempt status in 1983 when the Supreme Court ruled that its policies banning interracial dating on campus were “wholly incompatible with the concepts underlying tax exemption.” Orthodox Jewish organizations, several of which publicly dissented from the Jewish community’s broad endorsement of the high court’s decision, now worry that similar consequences could befall Jewish organizations that decline to recognize gay marriage. “It remains to be seen whether gay rights advocates and/or the government will seek to apply the Bob Jones rule to all institutions that dissent from recognizing same-sex marriage,” Nathan Diament, the Washington director for the Orthodox Union, says. The groups point to an exchange in April between Donald Verrilli, the Obama administration solicitor general, and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who asked whether a school could lose its tax-exempt status if it opposed gay marriage? “I don’t think I can answer that question without knowing more specifics, but it’s certainly going to be an issue,” Verrilli replied. “I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is going to be an issue.” How much of an issue is what is now exercising Jewish groups. Will Jewish schools lose their tax-exempt status if they don’t recognize gay couples? Could they become ineligible for government grants? Or face discrimination lawsuits for teaching the traditional Jewish perspective on homosexuality? Abba Cohen, who directs the Washington office for Agudath Israel of America, calls the court’s ruling an “ominous” sign. “When an impression is given that religious views are bigoted and are vilified, and that [their adherents] really should
be given the status of second-class citizens, once you’re dealing in that kind of atmosphere, you don’t know what kind of disadvantages and disabilities people will suffer,” Cohen says. After the court’s decision was released, an array of Jewish groups were rejoicing, including several that had joined briefs in favor of same-sex marriage. But the Orthodox groups—including Agudah, the O.U. and the Rabbinical Council of America—expressed worry. “We are deeply concerned that, as a result of today’s ruling, and as the dissenting justices have pointed out, members and institutions of traditional communities like the Orthodox Jewish community we represent may incur moral opprobrium and risk tangible negative consequence if they refuse to transgress their beliefs, and even if they simply teach and express their religious views publicly,” said a statement from Agudah, which had filed an amicus brief opposing same-sex marriage. The justices themselves acknowledged the possible fallout for religious groups. Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, said the First Amendment protected religious groups that wished to advocate their view that same-sex marriage is illegitimate. But in their dissents, Chief Justice John Roberts and Clarence Thomas said such protections were insufficient. “Hard questions arise when people of faith exercise religion in ways that may be seen to conflict with the new right to same-sex marriage…” Roberts wrote. “There is little doubt that these and similar questions will soon be before this Court. Unfortunately, people of faith can take no comfort in the treatment they receive from the majority today.” Marc Stern, the counsel for the American Jewish Committee, which also filed an amicus brief in favor of same-sex marriage, says immediate consequences were unlikely at the federal level. But on the local and state levels, there would be challenges, Stern says, especially in areas where the gay community has a strong political presence. “Will a state or city official take the decision to remove a tax exemption? In San
Francisco, it’s a possibility. In New York City, it might happen,” says Stern, who pointed out that he was speaking as a legal analyst and not expressing the AJC’s views. Another potential challenge cited by Diament is whether groups that reject gay marriage might become ineligible for government grants. Diament cited a debate that erupted during the administration of George W. Bush a decade ago over whether drug rehabilitation programs run by proselytizing religious groups should be eligible for funding through the White House’s faith-based initiative. “We also can anticipate a fight akin to what we had in the context of the Bush faith-based initiative -- whether institutions must recognize same-sex marriage to participate in government grant programs,” Diament says. The Agudah’s Cohen wonders whether Jewish adoption agencies might be
prohibited from limiting placement to heterosexual couples, or if schools run by religious groups that reject homosexuality could be subject to discrimination lawsuits. “If you teach what the Torah says about homosexuality, and you admit all kids to your schools, are you creating a hostile environment?” he asks, noting the possibility that some of the children might have same-sex parents or, as they grow older, realize their own orientation is gay. Rabbi Jonah Pesner, the director of the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center and a supporter of the Supreme Court ruling, says such concerns are overblown. “We will continue to advocate for a healthy balance for religious institutions honoring their traditions and values and needs for a society to protect and defend all people,” Pesner says. “It’s important that faith groups are able to treat people equally and uphold their traditions.”
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WASHINGTON ( JTA)—From the man who married her grandmother to the man who married her daughter, from working a room full of bar mitzvah guests on behalf of her husband’s political career to headlining major pro-Israel events during her own, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s journey has never wandered far from Jews. Clinton’s Jewish encounters have been a natural consequence of her East Coast education, her trajectory in the party favored by a substantial majority of JewishAmericans, and her embrace of the Jewish narrative of triumphing over adversity and bigotry, longtime friends of the 2016 presidential candidate say. Sara Ehrman, whose friendship with the Democratic front-runner dates back more than four decades, says that the Clintons, upon arriving in Arkansas in the mid-1970s, quickly established ties with leaders of the state’s tiny Jewish community. “They were a smart, educated young couple…who had come down to this wonderful little city,” says Ehrman, now 96, referring to Little Rock. “The Jews gravitated to them. Among her best and most fervent supporters were Jews.” The Clintons would attend seders at the homes of Jewish friends during their Little Rock years, and in 1988 Bill Clinton as governor co-officiated with Rabbi Zeke Palnick of Arkansas’ capital city at the Jewish wedding of Richard and Sheila Bronfman. The Clintons are “both very spiritual and they tend to like to experience different cultures around them,” says Sheila Bronfman, who traveled the country to campaign for Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996, and for Hillary Clinton in 2008. (Plans are underway for a road trip in advance of the 2016 presidential election, she says.) Ehrman, a longtime activist with the Democratic Party and with pro-Israel groups, met Hillary Rodham during the 1972 George McGovern presidential campaign.
“I went down to San Antonio to run south Texas for McGovern,” Ehrman says of the Democratic nominee. “We were doing voter registration, Mexican-Americans. I wanted a lawyer to make sure everything we did was right. I called D.C., I said ‘You gotta send a lawyer down here.’ The next day, a young woman comes in, she looks 19, all in brown with Coke-bottle glasses. She said, ‘I’m Hilary Rodham, the lawyer.’ And everyone in the room said, ‘We don’t want a girl, we want a real lawyer.’ We immediately bonded as outsiders.” Two years later, Rodham was hired by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee to investigate President Nixon’s role in the Watergate scandal. So she called Ehrman, asking whether she knew of cheap digs. Ehrman invited her to bunk at her house, and Rodham agreed. After Nixon resigned, the two drove together from Washington, D.C., to Fayetteville, where Bill Clinton was teaching law at the University of Arkansas and where Rodham planned to join him. “All the way down, I would say, ‘Are you out of your mind? It’s a godforsaken place, you can’t get decent food there, what are you going to do?’” recalls Ehrman, in her apartment on Embassy Row here. In Fayetteville, Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham soon befriended another law professor, Mort Gitelman. “They were both very happy to come to the bar mitzvah of my son, Eliot,” Gitelman says. Palnick’s son Lazar, who attended the bar mitzvah, remembers Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton working the room for political support. And when his rabbi father would travel to Fayetteville for pastoral work, the teenage Lazar would ride along to help leaflet neighborhoods in support of Clinton, who would go on to lose his 1974 congressional bid to the Republican incumbent. During Hillary Clinton’s 2000 U.S. Senate campaign, Paul Fray, Bill Clinton’s campaign manager in the ‘74 race, told a writer that Hillary Rodham, in a heated argument on election night as it became clear that Clinton would be defeated, called
Election 2016 Fray a “f***ing Jew bastard.” Both Clintons have vehemently denied the charge, and noted that they had fallen out with Fray after the campaign. They also said that they had no idea Fray was one-eighth Jewish. A year after the loss, the couple were married by a Methodist minister in their Fayetteville living room. The following year, Bill Clinton became the state’s attorney general, and two years after that he was elected governor of Arkansas. “I remember them coming for seder at our house,” said Lazar Palnick, now a lawyer for the Democratic Party in Pennsylvania. “The Clintons fit very much in with a group of people who cared about feeding the poor, educating people, making sure everyone gets an opportunity.” Hillary Clinton’s maternal grandmother, Della, who was divorced, had remarried a Jewish man, Max Rosenberg. And the presidential hopeful has credited Rosenberg with encouraging her mother, Dorothy, and her grandmother to reconcile
years after Della sent Dorothy at age 8 to live with her strict and forbidding parents. In her first autobiography, Living History, Hillary Clinton recalls, when she was 10, noticing numbers tattooed on the arm of an acquaintance of her father. Hugh Rodham explained that Nazis had tattooed the man when he was a prisoner of war, and told her how the Nazis also tattooed Jews, whom they murdered en masse. “I knew that my grandmother Della’s husband, Max Rosenberg, was Jewish, and I was horrified that someone like him could have been murdered just because of his religion,” Clinton wrote in 2003. By the time Bill Clinton was running for president in 1992, the youthful governor and his wife had become favorites among Jewish Democrats. Ehrman describes a presidential campaign headquarters buzzing with Jewish activists. “The Jews loved the Clintons so much, they were coming from around the country,” she says. “If they couldn’t come, they
would send food – the whole staff would end up in the Jewish room because there were bagels from New York, Danish pastries, Goldenberg’s peanut chews.” The “Jewish room” she describes refers to the area where Jewish activists would congregate. Steve Rabinowitz, a campaign volunteer who went on to become a deputy communications director in the White House, recalls 100 people coming to a Yom Kippur break-fast he organized in Little Rock during the campaign. The Jewish sensibility permeated the Clinton White House, where the first couple inaugurated the annual Hanukkah party in 1993, in part because of the abundance of Jewish staffers. They included communications chief Ann Lewis, senior adviser Rahm Emanuel and Rabinowitz. There was Jack Lew, a special assistant to President Clinton who would go on to become Treasure secretary under President Barack Obama, and Ron Klain, the chief
of staff to Vice President Al Gore and now Obama’s Ebola czar. “I said, ‘You’re having a Christmas party, you’ve got to have a Hanukkah party,’ “ Ehrman recalls. (Unlike the formal Hanukkah parties inaugurated by President George W. Bush and continued by Obama, these were for staffers and their families, although on occasion children from Washington-area Jewish day schools made an appearance.) The Clintons’ first Israel visit, with a church group in 1981, also included the West Bank. Approaching Bill Clinton’s presidential run in 1992, they reached out to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and AIPAC helped set up a meeting with Martin Indyk, a former staffer who founded the Washington Institute for Near East Policy think tank. The trio hit it off—the meeting ran hours overtime as both Clintons peppered Indyk with questions, according to a source who was continued on page 10
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present. Indyk went on to become the U.S. ambassador to Israel and Clinton’s top Middle East peace negotiator. Bill Clinton’s embrace of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization—initiated by the government of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin—further strengthened the couple’s ties to national Jewish groups. Hillary Clinton’s eight years in the Senate representing New York cemented those ties. Her pro-Israel advocacy included exposing incitement in Palestinian media and helping to win full membership for Magen David Adom in the International Committee of the Red Cross. She also blamed the Palestinians, and not the Israelis, for the collapse of the 2000 Camp David peace talks and the subsequent second intifada. Her advocacy followed the headline-making fallout from an appearance by Hillary Clinton in 1999 at an event with Suha Arafat, the wife of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Speaking in Arabic, Suha Arafat accused Israel of poisoning Arab children. Clinton, ostensibly listening to a translation on headphones, did not react and kissed Suha Arafat after her remarks. Clinton claimed that she did not hear the reference to poisoning; she noted that others in the room missed it, too. The subsequent tabloid attention rattled her, coming just as Clinton was launching her Senate campaign, and helped shape the political caution that has come to define her. “I had learned a hard lesson about the hazards of merging my role in the international diplomatic arena with the complexities of local New York politics,” she wrote in Living History. After winning the Senate seat in 2000, Clinton repeatedly secured the Tuesdaymorning slot at national Jewish conferences for AIPAC and the Jewish Federations of North America, among others—a slot reserved for the most respected pro-Israel figure in Congress. Clinton chose the annual AIPAC conference in 2008 to concede the primaries to Obama. For her 2016 bid, Clinton has lined up pro-Israel funding powerhouses who
helped fuel her ’08 bid, like entertainment mogul Haim Saban, and has added some of Obama’s most prominent Jewish bundlers, notably movie executive Jeffrey Katzenberg. Lewis, the former White House communications chief, leads her Jewish outreach. There were other alliances, less noticeable back in the 1990s, that would also be consequential, at least personally. The 1992 election swept into Congress the largest class of Jewish lawmakers ever, 51. Among them was Rep. Marjorie Margolies, D-Pa., who served a single term before being ousted in the Republican takeover of the House in ’94. Her opponents raised the issue of Margolies’ tie-breaking vote in 1993 passing Bill Clinton’s unpopular tax bill. The Clintons, known for their loyalty to those who fall on their sword for them, campaigned for Margolies in her 2014 congressional bid; she lost in the primaries. Neither Hillary Clinton’s office nor Margolies responded to requests for comment. Margolies’ son, Marc Mezvinsky, met the Clintons’ daughter, Chelsea, when they were children at a political retreat, and fell in love when they met again at Stanford University. At their wedding, co-officiating was Rabbi James Ponet, the head rabbi at Yale. Ponet chatted only briefly with Hillary Clinton at the wedding, but got to know her more recently at a memorial for the philanthropist Edgar Bronfman. Ponet says Clinton spoke with sensitivity about Bronfman’s efforts to make Swiss banks accountable for Holocaust-era Jewish assets. “There’s a sense of foundational connection to the Jewish people and a sense of the responsibility to the Jewish people in the world,” he says. Ponet also describes a pre-wedding meeting with the young couple and discussing the huppah. The rabbi advised the couple that any cloth with meaning to the family could serve as a wedding canopy. “Marc said, ‘My bar mitzvah tallit, that could be used, but I don’t know where it is’,” Ponet recalls. “Chelsea said, ‘I know where it is.’”
Election 2016 Ted Cruz’s father: Jews who vote Democrat place Jewishness second WASHINGTON (JTA)—Jews who vote for Democrats place the party before their religion, the father of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said. “Unfortunately, in the Northeast, the Jews are Democrats first and Jews second,” Rafael Cruz said at an event held by the Palm Beach County, Florida, Tea Party first reported by Talking Points Memo. “This is what has happened to a great many in the Catholic Church. They are Democrats first and Catholics second.” American Jews tend 2-1 to favor Democrats in elections. Ted Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, is a candidate in a large field of Republicans running for the party’s presidential nod. The elder Cruz, who his son cites as a major influence, was born in Cuba and is an adamant opponent of its Communist
regime. Rafael Cruz, who is a pastor, says religious leaders have an obligation to speak out against government oppression, and blames European Christian leaders in part for not standing up for Jews during the Holocaust era. In his South Florida talk, he said that Jews and Catholics tend to vote more from reflex than from consideration of the issues. “We need to put principle above tradition,” he said. “There are people voting Democrat because ‘my father or grandfather voted Democrat.’ ” An official in the Cruz campaign did not return a request for comment. Rafael Cruz is not an official part of the campaign, although the Palm Beach Tea Party touted his appearance as the senator’s father. The National Jewish Democratic Council condemned Rafael Cruz. “Jewish Democrats are not Democrats despite being Jewish—we are Democrats because we are Jewish, because of our Jewish values,” the NJDC said in a statement.
Cruz blasts Obama for opening embassy in Havana before Jerusalem WASHINGTON (JTA)—Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz contrasted President Barack Obama’s announcement of plans to open an embassy in Havana, Cuba, with the U.S. refusal to move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. “How sad is it that under the Obama administration the United States is going to have an embassy in Havana before we have an embassy in Jerusalem, that this administration will be friendlier to a Communist dictator who hates America and seeks to undermine our nation, than it is willing to stand with our close friend and ally, the nation of Israel,” Cruz, a Texas senator, said on July 1, the day Obama announced the opening of the Havana embassy. Cruz was speaking on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, and his remarks were first reported by Breitbart.com. Congress
repeatedly has backed moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, but successive administrations of both parties have rejected the move, saying the status of the city should be resolved only in final status talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Cruz, whose father emigrated from Cuba, fiercely opposes Obama’s policy of opening up ties with President Raul Castro’s Communist regime. In his chat with Hewitt, Cruz linked Obama’s foreign policies to those of Obama’s first secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nod. Cruz said the opening of ties with Cuba is “an example—consistently under the Obama-Clinton foreign policy, we have abandoned our friends and allies, whether it is the U.K., whether it’s Canada, whether it’s Israel, and we have shown weakness and appeasement to our enemies.”
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Federation installs new president and honors community members at biennial meeting Article and photos by Laine Mednick Rutherford
he 2015 Biennial of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater was more than a public meeting where new officers and board members were installed. The evening event, held on June 16 at the Sandler Family Campus, was a celebration of leadership, volunteerism and community. Outgoing president Miles Leon was gracious in his remarks, thanking committee members, other agency leaders and his family. In turn, former president Alvin Wall and UJFT executive vice-president Harry Graber lauded Leon for leading the community through a challenging time, when the Federation and its affiliate agencies collaborated on a campus consolidation
project which will bring changes to their organizations, and to the Sandler Family Campus. Leon was also applauded for his focus on ensuring two successful Annual Campaigns and stressing the importance of continuing financial support from donors to the Federation. After Leon was released from his commitment as president, longtime community leader Bobby Copeland presented a moving testimonial as he installed Jay Klebanoff, his son-in-law, as the new UJFT president. “From the time he was married and honeymooned in Israel, to this very moment, Jay is a man who has been prepared to lead, and not only to lead, but to accept the responsibility of leadership. To determine the path, to light the way and to ensure that
Wendy Juren Auerbach, incoming Holocaust Commission chair, with Betsy and Ed Karotkin.
our community stays complete and that we do our part, as we hope every other community will do, in ensuring the survival of the Jewish world,” said Copeland. “I’m distinctly honored to be asked Harry Graber, UJFT executive vice president, Dorothy Salomonsky and Diana to convey to you in Ruchelman. this very needy time, when the world’s onstage and pointed to a photo displayed Jewish people face a true existential threat, on the screen beside him. Two men were where we can’t be cavalier, we can’t relax, pictured, falling through the air, high above we can’t let down our guard, that in this the ground. One of them was Klebanoff. “In the lead up to tonight someone said very difficult time, we have asked a man to guide us to dignity. Such a man is Jay to me that taking over as federation president is a lot like jumping out of a plane. Klebanoff. “ Following a ‘You’ve got to have Harry on your back, and vote of approval, after that you’ve got to open your eyes and Klebanoff walked smile and take a leap.’ So here I am… and
Jay Klebanoff with Linda Spindel, outgoing Israel and Overseas chair.
Jason Hoffman, Leonard R. Strelitz Young Leadership Award recipient Rachel Shames and Samantha Golden.
Ellie Porter, Sandra Porter Leon, Miles Leon, outgoing UJFT president, Ben and Arnold Leon.
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Joseph H. Strelitz Community Service Award honorees Alan and Dolores Bartel with Bobby Copeland.
Bobby and Ann Copeland, Noah, Jodi, Jay, Arielle and Ben Klebanoff.
Alvin Wall, a former UJFT president presents a commemorative sculpture to outgoing president Miles Leon.
Four generations of one family attended the Biennial: Robin, Joey and Ross Kantor, Evelyn Adler, Dorothy and Edwin Salomonsky and Nancy Helman.
Dorothy Salomonsky, recipient of the Jewish Communal Professional Award.
Jay Klebanoff with Anne Diamonstein Fleder, outgoing Holocaust Commission chair.
Joyce Salzberg, Shirley Schulwolf Hainer, Dolores and Alan Bartel and Patti Wainger.
I’m going to take that leap,” Klebanoff said. “My goal for the next two years is to first, listen to the many smart and caring voices in our community, and take the best ideas to ensure that we continue to grow more secure financially.” In his first act as president, Klebanoff presented awards to Anne Fleder, Amy Levy and Linda Spindel, outgoing UJFT committee chairs whose passion, dedication, leadership and involvement were acknowledged and applauded. For the 100 people who attended the
evening, a Biennial highlight was the presentation of the community’s most prestigious awards. Rachel Shames was presented with the Leonard R. Strelitz Young Leadership Award, Dolores and Alan Bartel were named recipients of the Joseph H. Strelitz Community Service Award, and Dorothy Salomonsky, director of the Personal Affairs Management Program of Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, received the 2015 Jewish Communal Professional Award. Sara Jo Rubin, Virginia Tech Hillel’s Sue and Jeff Kurtz and Jay Klebanoff.
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Global surges of anti-Semitism
Aussie moneyman ripped for anti-Semitic rant against Jewish official
financial adviser in Australia unleashed a series of curse-laden anti-Semitic tweets at the country’s Jewish assistant treasurer. James Howarth, the head of Retirement Wealth Advisers based in Brisbane, ripped Josh Frydenberg for his proposed law that would cut upfront commissions for financial advisers, news.com.au reported. Howarth was immediately reprimanded for his remarks, which were full of anti-Semitic stereotypes. Among other things, Howarth called Frydenberg a “tinkering Jew” and joked that he had ordered hundreds of “Central Planning Jew” punching bags. “What a c*** sucker. First plan of action was to regulate insurance salaries,” Howarth tweeted. He added: “The F*** Frydenberg movement is picking up steam. Free Markets or Central Planning Jews.” Frydenberg’s proposed plan would decrease the cost of life insurance policies
and slash the upfront commissions for financial advisers in half by 2018, news. com.au reported. “This nasty, personal and derogatory language is not becoming of a financial adviser, let alone anyone else, and is completely over the top,” Frydenberg told the Australian. Australia’s human rights commissioner, Tim Wilson, called Howarth’s comments “disgusting and outrageous,” news.com.au reported. Australian human rights lawyer George Newhouse called the incident a “disgrace to all Australians.” “It is deeply troubling that Mr. Howarth has injected race and religion into a legitimate public discussion, and has employed hateful descriptions that play into classic anti-Semitic charges of powerful Jews controlling and wanting to centralise financial markets,” said Dr. Dvir Abramovich, the head of Australia’s B’nai B’rith AntiDefamation Commission. (JTA)
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ADL poll: Anti-Semitic attitudes down in France, Belgium and Germany NEW YORK (JTA)—Anti-Semitic attitudes fell in two countries where Jews were attacked over the last year while rising significantly in Italy, Romania and the Netherlands, a new Anti-Defamation League poll found. The survey of 10,000 respondents in 19 countries in March and early April was a follow-up to the ADL’s first-ever global anti-Semitism poll released in May 2014. Compared to the 2014 figures, anti-Semitic attitudes as gauged by the ADL fell from 37 percent to 17 percent in France, where in January a Muslim gunman killed four hostages at a kosher supermarket in Paris, and from 27 percent to 21 percent in Belgium, where in May 2014 a Muslim gunman killed four at the Jewish museum in Brussels. The poll also found that concern about violence against Jews increased in France by 20 percent and in Belgium by 30 percent. Anti-Semitic attitudes also fell significantly in Germany over the last year, the survey found, from 27 to 16 percent. Among the survey’s other significant findings: • Among Western European Muslims, an average of 55 percent harbor anti-Semitic attitudes. • When asked whether violence against Jews in their country affects everyone and constitutes an attack against “our way of life,” respondents agreed at high rates in Germany (78 percent), France (77 percent) and Belgium (68 percent). • Turkey is the most anti-Semitic country in Europe, with 71 percent of respondents espousing anti-Semitic views, followed
closely by Greece at 67 percent. • Among the countries newly surveyed, Denmark scored as least anti-Semitic, at 8 percent. Anti-Semitic attitudes in the Netherlands, United States and the United Kingdom polled at 10 to 12 percent. • Anti-Semitic attitudes rose significantly over the last year in Romania (from 35 percent to 47 percent), Italy (20 percent to 29 percent) and the Netherlands (5 percent to 11 percent). • Anti-Semitic views were down markedly in Poland (from 45 percent to 37 percent), Russia (30 percent to 23 percent) and Ukraine (38 percent to 32 percent). The survey gauged anti-Semitism by asking whether respondents agreed with an index of 11 statements that the ADL believes suggest anti-Jewish bias: Jews talk too much about what happened to them during the Holocaust; Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the countries they live in; Jews think they are better than other people; Jews have too much power in international financial markets; Jews have too much power in the business world; Jews have too much control over global affairs; people hate Jews because of the way Jews behave; Jews have too much control over the U.S. government; Jews have too much control over global media; Jews are responsible for most of the world’s wars; Jews don’t care about what happens to anyone but their own kind. Respondents who agreed that a majority of the statements are “probably true” were deemed anti-Semitic. Critics say those statements are poor gauges of anti-Semitic attitudes and that some actually indicate admiration for Jews.
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rench and Israeli officials met to discuss how best to combat racism and anti-Semitism. A French Foreign Ministry statement says the sides met in Paris last month with teams led by Patrizianna Sparacino-Thiellay, the French ambassador for human rights, and Gideon Behar, the senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official charged with combating anti-Semitism.
“This dialogue brings together experts toward a joint discussion and an exchange of experiences and best practices,” the statement says. A recent poll suggested that anti-Semitic attitudes in France have abated, although the Jewish community is wary given a spate of recent attacks, some deadly, on Jewish targets. (JTA)
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HEN USS STEINAKER (DD-863) sailed for duty in the Vietnam oneCriticism of the 30 Yearsconflict, of Literary greatest morale problems faced by the Commanding Officer was the inability to establish good communications between the ship’s sailors and their loved ones. There was no e-mail, no video conferencing, and only in the rare case of an emergency was it possible to send what was termed a “Class Easy” message (in reality, a telegram). The Captain of the ship, the “Old Man,” was 38 years old, his second-in-command barely 30. The rest of the officers averaged 26 years of age and twothirds of the enlisted sailors were 19 or younger. Mail was considered excellent when letters arrived a mere ten days after being sent, but it was clear that letters crossed and families faced many frustrations, having to make decisions without timely interaction with the “man of the house.”
eople pondering their retirement satisfying, he says. But life doesn’t always work out that years often conjure images of spending more time on a favorite pastime way. Fortunately, there are strategies or traveling around the country or the seniors can use to lessen the impact of expenses brought on by long-term care world. Health concerns can intrude on those needs. Lowrey says some of those include: idyllic scenes, though, not only affecting • VA benefits. Military veterans may be enjoyment of life but also punching a able to offset nursing home or assisted-livheavy dent in retirement savings. ing expenses through benefits provided “As we age, usually our medical or by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. long-term care expenses A veteran’s eligibility for increase, sometimes long-term care services depleting our assets to would be determined a level of crisis,” says based on his or her need financial advisor Jake for ongoing treatment, Lowrey, president personal care and assisaverage annual cost of Lowrey Financial tance, as well as the of nursing home care Group. availability of the serin 2012 “It’s important for vice in the area where retirees, and anyone the person lives, accordplanning for retirement, ing to the Department of to become educated Veteran Affairs. about what the pitfalls Other factors, such are and what they need to do to avoid as financial eligibility, a service-connected losing their life savings.” disability, insurance coverage and/or abilLong-term care especially can burn ity to pay may also come into play. a hole in savings accounts. In 2012, for • Medicaid compliant SPIAs. A SPIA example, nursing home care averaged is a single-premium immediate annuity. $74,800 a year, according to a report by Typically, a SPIA is a contract with an the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. insurance company where you pay the Meanwhile, assisted living facilities company a sum of money up front (the preaveraged $39,500 per year, and home- mium), and the company promises to pay health services averaged $21 per hour. you a certain amount of money periodically More than 10 million Americans need for the rest of your life. some sort of long-term care, the Kaiser A Medicaid compliant SPIA is a spereport said. That number covers all ages, cially designed annuity that pays out over even children, but about half are people 65 the person’s “life expectancy” and has and older. other specific characteristics. A couple who “Those older Americans had looked put money in a Medicaid annuity are able forward to enjoying their golden years,” to avoid having the income from that annuLowrey says. “They should be able to have ity count against the financial assistance a actual golden years instead of what can end spouse receives for nursing home care. up being scary years, both personally and • Setting up a trust. Trusts can help financially.” shelter wealth from the look-back periods Certainly, being able to maintain good in Medicaid requirements and assist in health is a key factor in protecting sav- qualifying for VA programs, among other ings and making retirement enjoyable and advantages, Lowrey says.
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Gallantry, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and the Combat Action Medal. Hal is mixed probably of receiving compelling combination of two decades of U.S. history, in proudest with the Tom Hofheimer Humanitarian personal trials and triumphs and an appropriate sprinkling of humor, Award for his work in Israel. Hal Sacks himself: smart, informative, approachable andFrom 1972 until 2005 he enjoyed businessNews and fundraising for entertaining. – Terri Denison, careers Editor,inJewish non-profit organizations. He has been a frequent contributor to the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, and has been the book review editor for the Jewish News is an entertaining and insightful retrospective of life in the of Southeastern Virginia for thirty years. Navy during the Korean and Vietnam wars from “this Jewish boy from the In 2013 he published “Hal’s Navy,” an Bronx.” Lovers of great storytelling will relish this book, right alongside insightful and entertaining memoir of his seagoing career beginning as a “Jewhistory buffs and military aficionados. ish boy from the Bronx.” – Laine Rutherford, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater He and his wife, the former Annabel Lee Glicksman, have two children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
“An avid cook and traveler, student of history and lover of literature, Hal Sacks enlivens and illuminates his reviews of cook books, fiction, autobiographies and political histories with great gusto and vast knowledge, which turns this text collection into a multifaceted kaleidoscope of culinary highlights, personal memories and multicultural reflections. Witty and upbeat, erudite and eloquent, Passing in Review takes the reader on an enjoyable and at times challenging journey from the thriving Jewish community of Hampton Roads to the far corners of the world.”
AL SACKS , 30-year Book Review Editor for the biweekly Jewish News of Southeastern Virginia, has penned reviews on books with themes of politics, history, Israel and the Holocaust that are enlightening, comprehensive and, best of all, understandable. His reviews of memoirs and biographies manage to vividly portray the subjects’ lives. And Hal knows his way around the kitchen, so his takes on cookbooks are written from a cook’s perspective! When it comes to his fiction reviews, he deftly offers just enough details to entice readers, and yet not enough to spoil the fun of the read. Not one to shy away from opinion, Hal has also written essays and articles on topics dear to his heart, several of which we have also included. Because these reviews were initially written for a Jewish audience, most have some sort of a Jewish connection, i.e., the author or topic, but not all. This really is a book for everyone. Along with Hal Sacks’ Jewish approach and perspective, his viewpoint stems from his roles and experiences as New York native, retired U.S. Naval Commander, avid traveller, arts aficionado, professional fundraiser and husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
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Hello, Gorgeous! “Pulse” technology may replenish skin’s collagen Tel Aviv—Americans spend more than $10 billion a year on products and surgery in their quest to find a “fountain of youth,” with little permanent success. Botulinum toxin—notably Botox—which smoothes lines and wrinkles to rejuvenate the aging face has been the number one nonsurgical procedure in the U.S. since 2000. But injections of this toxic bacterium are only a temporary solution and carry many risks, some neurological. A team of Tel Aviv University and Harvard Medical School researchers has now devised a non-invasive technique that harnesses pulsed electric fields to generate new skin tissue growth. According to their research, the novel non-invasive tissue stimulation technique, utilizing m ic ros econd-pu l s ed, high-voltage, non-thermal electric fields, produces scarless skin rejuvenation and may revolutionize the treatment of degenerative skin diseases.
jumpstart the secretion of new collagen and capillaries in problematic skin areas. Considering that, in the modern era of aging populations and climate change, degenerative skin diseases affect one in three adults over the age of 60, this has the potential to be an healthcare game changer.” Current therapies to rejuvenate skin use various physical and chemical methods to affect cells and the extracellular matrix, but they induce unsightly scarring. Pulsed electric fields, however, affect only the cell membrane itself, preserving the extracellular matrix architecture and releasing multiple growth factors to spark new cell and tissue growth. By inducing nanoscale defects on the cell membranes, electric fields cause the death of a small number of cells in affected areas. The released growth factors increase the metabolism of the remaining cells, generating new tissue. “Our results suggest that pulsed electric fields can improve skin function and potentially serve as a novel non-invasive skin therapy for multiple degenerative skin diseases,” says Goldberg. The researchers are currently developing a low-cost device for use in clinical trials in order to test the safety and efficacy of the technology in humans.
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any people know Beth Sholom Village as a Skilled and Assisted Living Facility. What people may not know is that it has two special units for Alzheimer’s and Dementia residents. More and more of today’s aging population have some mild to severe cognitive impairment. This impairment manifests itself in various ways. Some of the manifestations are pleasant—lots of smiling and agreeing with requests made of the resident, while others are not so pleasant. There can be a reluctance to perform daily activities and anger seemingly coming from nowhere. To say the least, caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia can be stressful. Even though Beth Sholom Village takes
exceptional care of all residents, loved ones often feel guilt, stress and loneliness. This is why BSV began an Alzheimer’s support group. The group is held every second Thursday of the month and begins at 1 pm in the volunteer lounge. Several trained facilitators run the group. More than anything, it is a place to share feelings and frustrations. While nothing can fix this disease, being in the group allows people to learn helpful techniques from other caregivers. The public is invited to attend. Call Laura Gadsby at 757-420-2512 or e-mail her at email@example.com. Beth Sholom Village is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.
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Emanuel baked hamentaschen to put in shaloch manot bags filled with candies for area seniors. The art students at Hebrew Academy of Tidewater decorated large bags that JFS filled with a Passover and/or Rosh Hashanah meal for New American residents and for individuals who are unable to prepare a holiday meal for themselves. These meals, along with matzoh and macaroons for Passover and honey cakes for Rosh Hashanah are made possible by the Pincus Paul fund. It takes an entire community to show area seniors that they are not forgotten. With the help of many, JFS is able to bring the holidays to people who would not have the joy of celebrating. To make certain that seniors who reside in non-Jewish nursing facilities or senior villages are included in the JFS holiday outreach, contact Jody Laibstain at 757‑321‑2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jewish Family Service is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.
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he Simon Family JCC is among the best places in the area where seniors make and maintain friendships and participate in senior-oriented fitness and aquatics classes. Offering a variety of fitness options, the JCC’s water classes are very well attended, including water fitness and water arthritis classes. Silver Sneakers’ strength and flexibility and cardio classic classes are so popular that they are held in the JCC’s expansive gymnasium. This program is accepted by several area insurance companies, making it very affordable. Senior members of the JCC feel comfortable in a friendly environment, where friendships are developed. Many stay the
day, eating lunch in the Cardo Café and taking part in the Senior Clubs (Book club, Yiddish club, and others). For Nona Lipsey, an active JCC senior, the JCC has evolved into a large part of her social life. After her husband died three years ago, she felt that more than ever, the people at the JCC befriended her, providing an extended family in a time of need. “I could be here all day and watch the people pass by and enjoy friends at the JCC,” says Lipsey. “It’s great watching the children and families—people of all ages. With wonderful programs, and an inviting facility, it’s a vibrant community center, my home away from home.” The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.
Adult programming at the Simon Family JCC Programs for adults over 50 years old include social activities, educational programs, Jewish holiday celebrations, trips and other fun events. Contact Michele Goldberg, director of cultural arts at 321-2341 or via email at mgoldberg@ simonfamilyjcc.org. Book Club Third Monday of each month, 1:30 pm, free. For those who enjoy reading and discussing books with others. The discussions are lively, informative and at times, soul-searching.
Yiddish Club Last Thursday of each month, 12:30 pm, free. This club meets to have discussions in Yiddish, about Yiddish, learn Yiddish or brush up on Yiddish. All who are interested are invited. Knitting for Others Meets every Wednesday, 10 am -12 noon. Join other knitters as they knit lap quilts, slippers, scarves and more to give as gifts to people residing in nursing facilities.
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here’s a tendency to give a silent cheer any time the average life expectancy grows a little longer. But long life also has its downsides. “Not everyone will spend all of their retirement years being active and doing all the fun things they planned,” says Mark Cardoza, author of the book Positioning 4 Retirement (www.positioning4retirement. com). “Many people will end up needing long-term care, such as in nursing homes, and that can be expensive. How to pay for that care is a looming problem for a lot of people.” Cardoza began learning about longterm care needs when his father became terminally ill about a decade ago. Much of what he learned was not reassuring. The federal government knew as far back as the 1970s and 1980s that long-term care of aging Americans would become a growing issue, Cardoza says. “They realized that the American public saw growing old and being cared for as an entitlement,” he says. “Instead of educating people and creating political trauma, they developed what we now know as ‘qualified retirement plans.’ ” Such plans include the popular 401k plans that many employers offer in lieu of pensions these days. They are attractive because they allow people to defer taxes on the money placed in the account, and some employers offer matching funds. But retirement savings can be vulnerable when a person needs long-term care, Cardoza says. The cost of long-term care can deplete retirement savings pretty quickly. One option for offsetting some of the costs is to apply for Medicaid. But in some cases, unless retirement savings are properly protected, they can be considered an asset and must be spent first before Medicaid kicks in, Cardoza says.
He says there are several options for protecting your retirement savings and getting the most out of those dollars so painstakingly set aside throughout working years. A few options include: • Long-term care insurance. A longterm care insurance policy, if properly designed, will provide a family with financial, physical and emotional resources while protecting assets. Financially, it is a way to self-insure, using assets to pay for coverage, entirely or while getting through the look-back period. A long-term care insurance policy is a disability plan. It doesn’t replace incomes as a typical disability plan would; instead, it provides income to pay for necessary services in the event of accident, illness or aging and being unable to do everyday tasks. • Fixed annuities. An annuity is an insurance product. Money is placed in the annuity with the insurance company’s promise to pay an amount in the future as a lump sum or in intervals over a decided period of time. Fixed annuities are designed to protect your retirement assets from financial catastrophe. They can also provide security and protect your retirement income by providing an income stream either for the rest of your life or for a defined period of time. • Irrevocable trusts. An irrevocable trust is used to protect assets, minimize estate tax liability, avoid probate and maintain privacy. These trusts are designed to protect qualified funds, in which taxes could be deferred, and non-qualified funds, for which tax deferrals were not allowed. Ultimately, Cardoza says, before making any decisions it’s best to consult with a professional who understands the intricacies of retirement planning.
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s the age-old trend of Jews retiring to South Florida on the decline? It depends how you look at the numbers, according to demographer Dr. Ira Sheskin. “Even though the percentage coming to Florida may be down, the number coming is probably not decreasing and it’s not going to decrease,” Sheskin, a member of the committee that completed both the 1990 and 2000–01 National Jewish Population Surveys says. Why is that the case? “Starting two years ago the baby boomers began to retire,” says Sheskin, director of the Jewish Demography Project of the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami. “There are 10,000 baby boomers a day in this country turning age 65. Even though the percentage coming to Florida may be somewhat lower, because there is an increase now of people retiring in this country over the next couple of decades, the number coming to Florida will still continue to increase.” Sheskin has completed in excess of 110 demographic studies for more than 80 synagogues, Jewish organizations and commercial entities. He says that according to the nationwide trend in elderly retirement, “Florida is still, to this day, the overwhelming destination for retirees. “Having said that, it is somewhat of a lower percentage than it was 20 or 30 years ago,” Sheskin says. “We now see retirees, including Jewish retirees, going to places like North Carolina, even places like Arkansas, where the cost of living is considerably less expensive. So the percentage [retiring to Florida] is down some.” What Sheskin has seen in South Florida is that the Jewish population in Miami-Dade County has been decreasing since 1975. His last estimate of Jews in Miami, taken in 2004, was 113,000. Broward County in 2008 had 186,000 Jews, and Palm Beach County had 255,000. Sheskin estimates that there are 555,000
total Jews living in that three-county area— half of them 65 and over. “Jews are continuing to come here, but they are more frequently settling in Palm Beach County than in Broward County, and probably more frequently in Broward than in Miami-Dade County,” Sheskin says. “Miami has become this major metropolitan area.” According to Marcia Jo Zerivitz, founding executive director of the Jewish Museum of Florida, two groups of Jews started the trend of coming to Miami Beach. “Prosperous Jews began to winter on Miami Beach in the 1950s when the new hotels (such as the Eden Roc and Fontainebleau) had the ‘American Plan,’” she says. “The poorer Jewish elderly on South Beach, which were largely teachers and garment workers, rapidly declined from 1977 to 1986. South Beach was the last leg of a historic migration from the old world—the shtetls of eastern Europe, the Czarist pogroms and Nazi Holocaust—to this country, to the formidable years in the northeast, and at last, to the summer-in-winter climate.” Zerivitz says that Miami’s South Beach, rather than the partying/nightlife destination it is known as today, used to be a prime spot for Jewish seniors. “Today’s Jewish population on [South] Beach is Americanized and the non-Jewish population is largely Hispanic,” Zerevitz says. “It is a different world. For every 20-year-old today who cruises Ocean Drive, imagine an 80-year-old then pulling a shopping cart up Washington Avenue. Where the bars are today, imagine a makeshift synagogue. On the beach, for every ‘hard’ body today, imagine an elderly person, and no traffic. The last elderly Jews of Miami Beach represented tenacity and conviction, a love of learning, and a fragile and unique culture.” Sheskin has similar memories. “I remember going to South Beach when my wife and I moved to Florida in the early 1980s,” he says. “I took my guitar
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and I sang Jewish songs sitting on a bench, and I immediately had about 200 elderly Jews standing around listening and singing along. At one time, there were as many as 70,000 Jews on Miami Beach.” The demographer’s latest estimate for Jews in Miami Beach is 19,000. “That is still a reasonably sized Jewish population for what is a four-zip code area, but the nature of South Beach has changed significantly,” Sheskin says. Nevertheless, Sheskin’s figures show that many so-called “snowbirds”—seniors who travel to Florida seasonally, for a warmer winter—turn into full-year residents. He says this trend could be traced to World War II, when many New York Jews who were in the army were trained in South Florida. “They came here, saw something they liked, and then after the war when they started their families, decided to move their families here,” Sheskin explains. “That led to a large growth of the Jewish community in this area. The other obvious reason is the climate. As people aged, they could not put up with weather conditions, snow and ice in the northeast. Florida became a good alternative.” Further contributing to this trend is what geographers call “chain migration.” “In the 1920s and 1930s, Jews started to come [to South Florida],” Sheskin says. “Others would come down on vacation or visit relatives then return to New York, Boston or Philadelphia and think, ‘Wow, that’s a neat place, I’ve already got relatives
or friends there, and they would follow. It’s called chain migration because you have an initial group of settlers, you then have another group that comes and sees, goes home, and then follows, with the first group providing guidance to the second group as to where to live. Information then flows between South Florida and New York that leads to the continuation of that chain migration.” According to Gary Monroe, who had a photographic exhibit called Barely a Minyan on the last Jews of South Beach, those Jews lived in accord with their old-world values. “The ocean was therapeutic,” Monroe says. “The streets were lively with activity. Everything was in walking distance. Social agencies and neighbors met their needs. For Shabbat, card rooms were converted to shuls.” Zerivitz says the ethnic community of South Beach became out of touch, and eventually, out of time. “Crime soared with the 1980 Mariel boat lift and sunrise swims came to an abrupt end,” she says. “Then came the popular TV show, Miami Vice. The preservation movement that propelled the restoration of the [Art] Deco buildings also propelled the movement out of the elderly. In a rush to redevelop the southern shore, Holocaust survivors were told that they would be ‘relocated.’ The precious legacy of the culture they had established in South Beach came to the end of the line. The average age of ‘trendy’ South Beach’s population dropped by about 50 years within a decade.”
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orn Karola Ruth Siegel in Frankfurt, Germany, the woman now known as “Dr. Ruth” saw her father arrested by Nazis and said a final goodbye to her mother as she boarded a Kindertransport rescue train to Switzerland. By 17, she was in the British mandate of Palestine on a kibbutz, and, later in Jerusalem, the diminutive teenager became a sniper for the Haganah forces. A bombing on the night of her 20th birthday left her badly wounded, but she recovered and went on to study at Paris’s Sorbonne, as well as the New School and Columbia University (for a doctorate in education) in Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Credit: Maxine Dovere. New York. Three marriages (two brief ones, followed by the last to Manfred Westheimer growth and change. “Things have changed for more than 30 years), two children since Lady Chatterley’s Lover or Fear of (Miriam and Joel), and a self-designed and Flying. Establish a new vocabulary,” she determined persona later, the octogenar- advises. “Read books; look at sexually ian found herself in a theater in Western arousing material.” Dr. Ruth recomMassachusetts, mends 50 Shades watching an of Gray—“all three on-stage portrayal volumes.” of her life. “If someone “I had to pinch doesn’t like it, you myself a few times years young can close the chapto realize that I was ter,” she says. “If in the audience and Dr. Ruth [she] does like it, not on stage,” Dr. the book proves the Ruth Westheimer point that woman says. can get aroused.” A self-created, Whether they resilient survivor, are young or old, Dr. Ruth became an internationally known sex educator at a most singles would like to be doubles. JNS. org asked Dr. Ruth what she recommends time when many consider retirement. Dr. Ruth’s essential focus is living as to help people—especially seniors—find fully as possible. “People have to be active, partners. “Be involved! Go to concerts, perforto do things,” she says. “Do a new activity every single day. Take a course, go to a con- mances, lectures—events of interest. cert, make sure to keep a relationship with Women have to take the risk of being the a neighbor—to schmooze a little, not just one to start a relationship, to say to a man to cry on someone’s shoulder. If you have ‘Would you like to go for a coffee?’ If the to cry, go to a professional; no one wants to answer is ‘no,’ go on to the next one!” she says. If partnership is not possible, Dr. Ruth hear about problems.” She is a firm proponent of continuous advises, “find a place that will be enjoyable,
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and give you some satisfaction—even if you don’t meet a partner.” Even for those seniors lucky enough to find an emotional partner, establishing a physical relationship can sometimes be difficult. “Even older people should go to see a sex therapist,” says Dr. Ruth. “Very often, a problem is something physical. Go to your family physician or gynecologist. Use whatever physical or mechanical aide is needed. Engage in sex in the morning. Do not have expectations that he can hang from a chandelier!” “Don’t ask me about my sex life!” she adds. “You will not get an answer. I don’t ask intimate questions except of my patients.” And, what about adult children? “You have to cultivate your relationship with your adult children and grandchildren. Call them. Ask ‘do you have a moment?’ Don’t say, ‘you didn’t come to see me.’ Say ‘whatever is convenient—that fits with your plans.’ Be flexible. Go to a coffee shop. Let them know, ‘I would like to see you…I’ll take the time you can give me and be satisfied.’” The same “children” who may have little time to spend with a parent, often have much to say about a parent’s new partner. Dr. Ruth says that while the new partner “will never replace the father or mother, never be an intimate part of the family,” children should be “civil and polite” and recognize that the mother or father’s companion makes life easier. “One would never go on the assumption the partner will be an intimate part of the family.” Dr. Ruth is essentially a practical realist. She says companionship, perhaps even
romance, adds much to living; so do existing assets. “It’s very important for an older person who finds a new partner to write a detailed arrangement about money,” she says. “The children won’t have fears—even in their subconscious—that the inheritance from their parent will go to the partner’s family. You don’t need a fancy lawyer (though an attorney or financial advisor is recommended). Go to someone who can witness a legal agreement assuring that money will remain separate. In today’s contentious world, it is essential; an agreement is very important to calm any fear. “Documentation is especially important when there is any unusual circumstance, such as when a grandparent is responsible for a minor child. Everything must be written. No one can foresee the future,” she says. The experience of being a senior—she is 87 and a widow— is one Dr. Ruth shares with many in her audience. Yet, she is clearly a work in progress. In 2012, she presented Vin d’Amore, a California-bottled line of low alcohol wines—available in red, white, and rosé, of course—replete with her picture on the label. And, last month, she released her latest book, The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre. “I tell people to drink a little, then have sex,” Dr. Ruth says. “But,” she cautions, “not too much—she falls asleep and he can’t perform. With wine, less is more.” “Sherry Lansing,” she adds, “said ‘not to retire but to re-wire.’ It’s very important. It’s exactly what I am doing.”
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Holocaust Torah finds a refuge at KBH by Phyllis Cowley
elics of pre-Holocaust Jewish life in Europe are so rare that when the members of Kempsville Conservative synagogue learned that a Torah had survived war-ravaged Czechoslovakia, they initiated plans to give the scroll a home. The Torah had witnessed vandalism, bombings and fires, but
had somehow managed to emerge intact. The Torah’s provenance, a shtetl on the outskirts of Prague, sparked the interest of Steve and Marge Schechner, one of the founding families of KBH. For Steve Schechner, the mission was personal. “My maternal grandfather, Julius Hauer was born in a small town…a few miles outside of Prague, Czechoslovakia
on Dec. 4, 1875. His Bar Mitzvah was held in their small orthodox synagogue in 1888 and he (of course) read from the Torah.” Was this the same Torah that Julius Hauer read from? While the answer is unknown, but the Schechner’s were moved to make the donation that insured the scroll an honorary place at KBH. The antique artifact might have been
encased in glass to be viewed as if in a museum, but the KBH community chose to place it inside the Ark beside other, younger scrolls. Granting this survivor a place in the activities of a living Jewish community is a tribute to its resilience and the resilience of the Jewish people. The Schechners and the entire KBH family are proud to give the Holocaust Torah a place to live again.
$11 million Jewish cultural center to be built in Paris PARIS (JTA)—An $11 million Jewish cultural institution will be built in Paris, the city’s mayor and the oldest existing Jewish organization in France announced. The European Center for Judaism will be built in the 17th arrondissement, or district, in northern Paris and is set to open in 2017, according to the announcement last month by Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Joel Mergui, the president of the Consistoire Centrale, the body responsible for providing French Jewry with religious services since its foundation in 1808 under Napoleon I. “I wouldn’t want us to leave for the summer vacation and close this especially tragic year for France and for the Jewish community without being able to provide
a note of hope,” Mergui told the Liberation daily. He said the center will operate from “a large building situated in an area of Paris where a large Jewish community has developed.” Hidalgo also attended a fundraising dinner last month at the seat of the Paris municipality along with French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and officials from the European Jewish Congress under Moshe Kantor, who has helped to realize the center’s construction. The institution, which is intended to serve as an academic center as well as a cultural institution, will have a synagogue, conference halls, exposition space and offices, according to Liberation. Just over a quarter of the $11 million
estimated cost will be paid in subsidies by government offices. The City of Paris leased the land for the center, which will be among the largest opened in Western Europe in recent years, free of charge. The center’s opening comes at a time of record emigration from France by French Jews, partly because of violent anti-Semitism that has led to the slaying of 12 people since 2012 in attacks attributed to French
Islamist terrorists targeting Jewish institutions. About 20,000 French Jews have left for Israel since 2012. “It would’ve been easy to give up on this project and say that Jews are leaving,” Mergui said. “I want to convey a different message to France and its Jews: We determine our own future.”
The 2015 Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission to Israel participants, with Michal Zahavi, Matnas director in Pardes Katz. The group enjoyed meeting Michal and children of all ages at the Matnas (community center), and seeing the contributions from Tidewater throughout the building. Look forward to an article detailing their entire Israel adventure in the next few issues of Jewish News. If you see one of these young adults around town, ask them about their Mission experience. jewishnewsva.org | July 13, 2015 | Jewish News | 27
it’s a wrap Mazel Tov to the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater HAT Class of 2015
Evan Nied, Abbie Friedman, Abigail Seeman, Victoria Chapel, Justin Gatlin, Marah Gordon, Tal Zach, Bella Cardon and Noah Alper. by Dee Dee Becker
Time flies. Cliché, but true. That is surely what all HAT parents felt about their children at the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater’s commencement ceremony, held on June 4. As parents, it’s difficult to comprehend the passage of time between cribs and baby bottles and the seemingly sudden onset of HAT graduation. Nonetheless, an overwhelming sense of excitement and pride took hold as each graduate made the walk of honor across the multi-purpose room stage to accept diplomas, shake hands and receive awards. Graduation was extra special this year, as it marked Hebrew Academy’s 60th anniversary year of providing Jewish day school excellence to the Tidewater community. Graduates will attend: Norfolk Academy (3) Norfolk Collegiate (3) Norfolk Public Schools Young Scholars Program (1) Virginia Beach Public Schools (2)
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They also applied and were accepted to: Nansemond Suffolk Academy (1) Cape Henry Collegiate (3) Norfolk Academy (2) Norfolk Public Schools Academy of Discovery at Lakewood (1) Awards and Presentations Nine Year Awards (These students have been at HAT since the age of 2): Noah Alper Bella Cardon Victoria Chapel Abigail Friedman Marah Gordon Evan Nied Tal Zach I. James London Memorial Athlete of the Year Award Abigail Friedman Abe and Anna Rudolph Award for Excellence in Mathematics Marah Gordon Rabbi Philip Pincus Award Justin Gatlin Shirley Helfant and Ruth Josephberg Award for Visual Arts Abigail Friedman
Hebrew Academy Performing Arts Award Evan Nied Hebrew Academy Merit Award for Spirit/ Ruach Bella Cardon Lorna Legum Rising Star Award Abigail Seeman Middot Tovot Awards Tal Zach Abigail Seeman Hebrew Academy Mishna Award Noah Alper Harold and Jaqueline Spiro Goodman Award for Excellence in General Studies Victoria Chapel Rabbi Charles J. Mantel Memorial Award for Excellence in Judaic Studies Marah Gordon Hyman I. Stromberg Memorial Award for Academic Excellence Victoria Chapel Mazel Tov also to HAT alumni who graduated as high school seniors and are enrolling in college this fall: Brenna Becker, Virginia Tech Philip Feldman, University of Virginia Tal Kedem, The Boston Conservatory Zack Krell, James Madison University Ben Klebanoff, Tulane University Jared Konikoff, College of Charleston Jenny Lefcoe, one year of seminary in Israel and then Stern College Melanie Patish, Virginia Commonwealth University Carly Roesen, University of Maryland Julia Rosenblum, University of Miami Rebecca Schwartzman, Drexler University Jordan Simon, University of Virginia Natalie Simon, University of Virginia Eliana Specht, James Madison University Hebrew Academy of Tidewater is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.
Five cool ways to keep kids engaged in learning this summer by Janet Jenkins, general studies director, Hebrew Academy
hildren have earned their time to relax over the summer, but it’s still important for them to keep engaged in the learning process. Summer is the perfect time to use real life experiences to review the skills they learned throughout the school year. Here are some ways to help them continue expanding their horizons: Read. Read. Read. Summer is a fabulous time to hone those reading skills. Keep the same schedule for reading during the school year. Check out summer programs at the local library. Visit bookstores often. Invite friends over for a flashlight reading slumber party where everyone takes a turn reading. Write. Write. Write. Write letters to classmates. Keep a daily/ travel journal. Write shopping lists, to do lists, fun ideas, thoughts for inventions, places to visit, etc. Write a book or collection of short stories and illustrate the pages. Everything can be turned into a math game, even physical activity! Count cars on road trips. Add numbers on license plates. Organize scavenger hunts using addition/subtraction/multiplication/division to find the number of paces to find objects. Measure objects around the yard using different units of measurement.
Experiment with containers to explore volume in the pool or at the beach. Turn children into detectives—send notes using secret code math. Count the number of strokes it takes to swim across the pool or the number of steps it takes to run across the yard. Go bowling, but learn how to keep score the old fashioned way. Add geography, the arts and some crafty creativity into a staycation. Follow the Civil War trails signs and read the markers on the roadside. Go somewhere new in the area: First Landing State Park, 64th street entrance, Virginia Aquarium, Back Bay, Knotts Island, Eastern Shore, local museums. Cook a meal. Make a dessert from scratch. Create an art exhibit – draw, sketch, paint, work with clay. Make your own trip-tic for when you travel. Make a board game. Don’t procrastinate. Keep the last few days and weeks of summer fun by encouraging kids not to wait until the last minute to complete summer assignments. Everyone will be thankful for this one! Keep Calm and Learn On! Hebrew Academy of Tidewater is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.
Temple Israel offers helping hand to d’ART Center
n April 17 an explosion at the Selden Arcade caused damage to the d’ART Center and artists’ studios. The City of Norfolk closed the Selden and repairs are now underway. As one of her initial priorities as incoming executive director at Temple Israel, Nancy Tucker decided to help the Center. With religious school on summer break, Temple Israel is partnering with the d’ART Center to provide classroom and art room spaces, including its kiln, for art classes throughout July and August. “You don’t realize the value of space until you lose it. Thank you so much for filling a void,” says Anne Odell, interim executive director of d’ART Center. “We were delighted to be able to continue our commitment to supporting our Norfolk community as well as
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Angela Tilley and Susannah Lansing-Denardi, instructors at d’ART Center, at Temple Israel as they checked out the kiln and space to ready it for ceramics classes using wheel throwing and hand building.
introducing ourselves to new friends,” says Cheryl Dronzek, incoming president of Temple Israel. “We look forward to a long relationship.” For more information on d’ART Center and upcoming classes, visit http://d-artcenter.org.
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Book Reviews Summertime, and the reading is easy by Victor Wishna
t’s summer, that time of year when everyone drops everything they’re doing, finds a quiet stretch of sandy shore and spends all day delving into their new favorite books. Or maybe not. But whatever your plans, there’s no denying that the season brings a bumper crop of literary offerings, plus an abundance of lists telling you which ones you “must read.” This list offers a sterling selection of new books whose authors and/or themes provide some fun Jewish flair—just right for a beach read or an everyday coffee-break escape. Book of Numbers (Random House) by Joshua Cohen he prolific, 3 4 -ye a r- old Joshua Cohen presents his fourth novel in less than a decade, with a protagonist who is also a Jewish novelist named Joshua Cohen— only this nebbish is hardly prolific. With mounting debts, he agrees to ghostwrite the memoir of the eccentric, billionaire founder of a Googlelike tech firm (who is, as it happens, also named Joshua Cohen). What follows is part thriller, part family drama and part sex comedy—but primarily it’s a pointed deliberation on what it means to live in the age of search engines, smartphones and constant surveillance.
The Book of Stone (Fig Tree Books) by Jonathan Papernick n the grey gap between good and evil, there’s almost always a great story. After his successful collections of short fiction, author Papernick has gone longform with this psychological thriller that explores the evolution of the terrorist mindset and the complexities of religious radicalism (and, yes, that’s radicalism of the Jewish kind). This may not be an uplifting tale of faith reconsidered—The Book of Stone ain’t Broadway’s The Book of Mormon—but it’s an engrossing read about a sorrowful soul whose search for meaning leads to a very dark mission.
Compulsion (Fig Tree Books) by Meyer Levin When truth is more sensational than fiction, just fictionalize the truth—which is precisely what Levin did in Compulsion, the classic 1956 novel that reimagines, ever so slightly, the famous kidnap-murder case of Leopold and Loeb. Levin was the killers’ classmate at the University of Chicago and covered their 1924 trial for the Chicago Daily News. And though he changed names and details, his book (and the play and movie that followed) is generally recognized as paving the way for non-fiction novels such as Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. Nearly a century after this “crime of the century,” Levin’s tale—in this new edition, with a foreword by O.J. prosecutor-turned-novelist Marcia Clark—is no less gripping or disturbing. Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker (NBM Publishing) by Julian Voloj, with art by Claudia Ahlering ere’s a fascinating, largely unknown story that’s told in a compelling, unexpected way. Set at the height of gang warfare in the South Bronx in 1971, this graphic novel depicts—through Voloj’s lively writing and Ahlering’s funky illustrations—the true story of Benjy Melendez. The son of Puerto Rican immigrants, Melendez founded the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang but eventually initiated a truce that spread across the borough and beyond. More than that, the Ghetto Brothers, also a band, held weekly concerts—and this cross-pollination of creativity ultimately laid the foundation of hip-hop culture. Melendez eventually “retired” from gang life, focusing on reclaiming his roots after learning of his—wait for it—hidden Jewish background.
Safekeeping (Fig Tree Books) by Jessamyn Hope n 1994, an Israeli kibbutz filled with colorful, seemingly incompatible characters
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welcomes Adam, a drug-addicted New Yorker on a mission to right a past wrong: he must return a medieval sapphire brooch to his grandfather’s old flame, if only he can track her down. Hope’s debut novel draws on her own experiences living as an outsider on a kibbutz in the mid 1990s, but also delves back into turbulent moments in Jewish history. Spanning seven centuries and three continents, it’s one of those sweeping epics that’s easy to get swept up in. Saint Mazie (Grand Central Publishing) by Jami Attenberg ith her fourth novel, Attenberg once again deploys the wit and sympathy that made 2012’s The Middlesteins such a big-hearted hit. Inspired by the life of a real Depression-era Jewish “saint,” the star of this Jazz Age tale is the bawdy and blunt ticket-taker at a popular Lower East Side movie theater who becomes a heroine to the homeless after the stock market crash. Mazie is a joy to meet and a marvel to behold, as her story emerges through a series of diary entries and snippets of interviews with people who knew her.
Sick in the Head: Conversations about Life and Comedy (Random House) by Judd Apatow ver dream of having a sitdown with your heroes? Producer/ director/screenwriter Apatow has been doing it for 30 years. Long before Freaks and Geeks and Knocked Up, the self-described “comedy nerd” was, as a host of a show on his high-school radio station, interviewing the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Garry Shandling. And he’s never really stopped. Decades in the making, Sick in the Head is a collection of his funny, candid chats with dozens of the biggest names in comedy, from those who inspired him (Mel Brooks, Steve Martin) to those whose careers he’s nudged along (Seth Rogen, Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham). Come for the laughs, but stay for the soul-searching substance that spills out whenever
talented, creative people start talking about why they do what they do. The Sunlit Night (Bloomsbury USA) by Rebecca Dinerstein es, Dinerstein is a 20-something, Ivy-League grad whose debut novel sparked a bidding war; but get past your Jonathan Safran Foer Complex— in fact, he helped Dinerstein hone her m a nu s c r ipt— a nd you’ll truly appreciate this poetic novel about loneliness and growing apart from family and first loves. The setting is a barren, northern Norwegian landscape— not unlike the arctic archipelago Lofoten, where Dinerstein lived in an artists’ colony and composed the beginnings of this novel. There, at the top of the world, two distinctly drawn, heavy-hearted Jewish characters find humor and warmth in one another’s company. Yet it’s Dinerstein’s third protagonist, the nearly night-less Norwegian countryside, that provides much of the novel’s wonder.
They Told Me Not to Take That Job (PublicAffairs) by Reynold Levy s head of the International Rescue Committee in the 1990s, Levy dealt daily with desperate refugees and rogue dictators of failed states—all of which barely prepared him to orchestrate his greatest rescue mission, as president of Lincoln Center. When, against all advice, Levy took the helm in 2002, the country’s leading arts venue was a maelstrom of bitter rivalries, clashing egos and public embarrassments. His memoir relates what happened over the next decade, as he led a $1.2-billion transformation of both Lincoln Center’s 16-acre campus and its global reputation. It’s a good read—not just for arts enthusiasts wanting to indulge in juicy gossip (Levy unreservedly names names) but for anyone seeking lessons in leadership.
Film Review Amy Winehouse, through the lens (and the bottom of a bottle) by Curt Schleier
(JTA)—To anyone who has read a rockand-roll biography or caught an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music, it is a sadly familiar tale: An artist achieves great success only to self destruct. There’s something called the “27 Club,” made up of a surprisingly number of influential musicians who died at that young age. Among them are Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and, as of July 2011: The English songstress Amy Winehouse. Winehouse is the subject of a powerful new documentary, Amy, which is both fascinating and painful to watch. She released only two albums during her brief career, though two more (a compilation and live performance) were released in short order after her death, from alcohol poisoning. A singer of remarkable talent—her last recording was a magical duet with her idol, Tony Bennett—Winehouse’s erratic, drug-addled ways threatened to overshadow her image (videos of her being booed off the stage in Belgrade, too drunk to sing, spring to mind). And what Amy, the film, does best is bring Winehouse to life, turn the caricature we imagine her to be into a complex, full-blooded human being. At first, it didn’t look as if director Asif Kapadia (Senna, about the race car driver Ayrton Senna, who died at age 34) would pull it off. He was approached in 2012— shortly after her death—by the head of Universal Music UK about making the film. Although Asif says he knew of Winehouse and owned her records, he wasn’t a fan. Still, he and his team were intrigued by the idea. They gathered material, but the people he wanted most to participate—her first manager, Nick Shymansky, and lifelong friends Juliette Ashby and Lauren Gilbert—were not interested. They said it was too soon. But over the course of a year, he built trust with them—or, perhaps, just plain wore them down—and they agreed to take part. Shymansky’s participation proved critical, since he possessed a cache of videos he’d taken of the young, playful and hopeful singer. There were recordings of messages
she’d left on his machine that he’d saved: “This is your favorite Jewish girl—apart from your mother.” Shymansky’s contributions add an unparalleled level of intimacy. We see a teenage Amy sing Happy Birthday in the soulful, jazzy voice of someone much older. In a voiceover—played over a montage of still photographs—she claims she didn’t consider the possibility of a show business career. Still, she says she “started writing music to challenge myself,” like James Taylor and Carole King, whom she admired. When Island Records president Nick Gatfield (who signed Winehouse) met her, he says he saw “a classic North London Jewish girl. She had an attitude.” She was still that little Jewish girl with an attitude after recording her first album, Frank, in 2003, a jazz album that proved more a critical than a commercial success. While making a promotional appearance on TV, one talk show host called her speech “common”—meaning it as a compliment, that she didn’t put on airs. When considering her future at the time, Winehouse, in an interview with a British print journalist, predicted, “I don’t think I’m going to be at all famous. I don’t think I can handle it.” Certainly, there were early signs of trouble. She was treated for depression as a child and was also bulimic, which she attributes to her parents’ divorce when she was nine. But the added pressure of success started a downward spiral from which she never recovered. At first, it was alcohol. There was an early opportunity to help, in 2005, but Winehouse said she’d only go to rehab if her father thought it necessary. He said it wasn’t. That became the inspiration for her biggest hit, the multiple Grammy-winning song, Rehab—but ultimately it was scant reward for what was to come. Sometime after the release of her hit second album, Back to Black, she met Blake Fielder-Civil, her on-again, off-again boyfriend and, eventually, husband. It was Fielder-Civil who introduced her to hard drugs, and he even had the unmitigated chutzpah to film them doing drugs. As her addictions and demons took
to put her on the plane. over, Winehouse changed. The documentary has Her performances became already generated conuneven; she slurred words. siderable controversy. She became so difficult Winehouse’s father, Mitch, that Shymansky quit as her Members of the claims the film was edited manager. He told her: “I “27 Club” to make him look bad — love you but I don’t like and that he didn’t say she what you’ve become. I don’t shouldn’t go to rehab. He want to be around you.” just said she shouldn’t go to Winehouse signed her rehab “at that time.” road manager Raye Cosbert In any case, he’s not the as Shymansky’s replacement, which proved a bad choice. Cosbert only villain here. Watching the film, it’s had divided loyalties: To do one part of his hard not to rage not only at her father, but job, he had to keep her on the road—even, also at Cosbert and Fielder-Civil. That’s the as it turns out, when that wasn’t in her power of Amy. It strips away the trappings of celebrity to reveal a genuine and talented best interest. In fact, the filmmakers suggest that she person. Beneath the beehive hairdo, she was purposely went on a binge drinking spree, a young woman in considerable pain, who, hoping that her management would cancel more than anything, needed more people her last tour—the one where she gave that in her life to be more concerned about her disastrous Belgrade appearance—to no avail. well-being than riding her gravy train. Amy opened nationwide July 10. She was in drunken oblivion when they came
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Book Review Two books in one Unlikely Warrior A Pacifist Rabbi’s Journey from the Pulpit to Iwo Jima Lee Mandel Pelican, 2015 368 pp., $28.95 ISBN: 978-1-455619887
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generation. Conversely, a child coming of age just after the First World War, reflecting on the death of 20 million people with no resolution of the ills these deaths were meant to cure, might, more than likely, embrace one of two movements: pacifism or isolationism. Isolationists supported a national policy of abstention from political or economic relations abroad. Pacifists believed that any violence is unjustifiable for any reason whatsoever. Not identical by any means, there were many similarities—enough to make odd bedfellows of ideologues of the left and right. Even today there are fringe groups such as the American Freedom Union, which calls for the arrest of the bellicose Senator John McCain as a war criminal. Lee Mandel, a retired Navy Medical Corps Captain with a penchant for research and writing, became intrigued by the text of a eulogy given by Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn, the first Jewish chaplain assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps. The speech, entitled The Purest Democracy, received national notoriety in 1945 and was often referred to as the “Gettysburg Address of WWII.” Rabbi Gittelsohn’s remarkable story, reconstructed from his existing notes, unpublished memoirs and interviews with his surviving children, begins with his family’s emigration from the Pale of Settlement at the end of the 19th century. It continues through the rabbi’s ordination, his development as a congregational rabbi with a predilection for passionate sermonizing (particularly pacifist), and the epiphany that guided his decision to become a Navy chaplain in WWII. Rabbi Gittelsohn’s pacifism, strident at times as pictured by author Mandel, is somewhat trying to the reader; the brilliant young rabbi occasionally comes off as somewhat immature. But the ‘meat’ of Unlikely Warrior is the build up to and execution of the invasion of Iwo Jima, the most costly battle ever fought by the U.S. Marine Corps. Unlikely Warrior is almost two books in one. The first is an incomplete biography: Rabbi Gittelsohn graduates from seminary, marries, begins a family, takes
a congregational position, goes to war, returns to congregational life and the story pretty much ends there. However, by this time the reader has developed an interest in his life and wishes to know more. The ‘second’ book is riveting at times. Mandel, in treating the political struggle of Admiral Nimitz, Fleet Admiral in charge of all military services in the Pacific, facing critics of his combat strategy, and in providing the reader with a clear view of the late stages of preparation for ending the war in the Pacific, is at his best. And his portrayal of the highly opinionated young rabbi, growing up fast, will stimulate the reader’s attention. Rabbi Gittelsohn, now Chaplain Lt. Gittelsohn, faces more than mere danger while functioning in an active combat area. He must cope with anti-Semitism both at the peer level and the institutional level. Fellow chaplains came in two flavors: true believers who respected his particular view of God and worked to find commonality, and those who dwelled on differences and exhibited petty jealousy over work assignments. Nothing in his education, training or life experiences could possibly have prepared him for dealing face to face with the mortally wounded, the dreadfully disfigured, the blankets containing scraps of bones and viscera for burial. Ever the seeker of peace, Rabbi Gittelsohn, in his famous eulogy at the 5th Marine Division cemetery at the foot of Mount Suribachi, noted that the purest democracy resided with those dead boys who asked neither the religion nor race of their fallen comrades. He later acknowledged that his mistake as a pacifist was that ‘peace was his God’, forgetting that peace can come along only with truth and justice. We remain ever mindful that the iconic flag-raising on Mount Suribachi, commemorated in the Marine Corps War Memorial in bronze and stone at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, honors the 26,000 U.S. Marine casualties in the battle of Iwo Jima, of which 6,800 died—more than twice the number of fatalities on 9/11. —Hal Sacks is a retired Jewish communal worker who has reviewed books for Jewish News for more than 30 years.
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he world depends on three things: prayer, study and deeds of loving kindness. 1. World class. To observe national poetry month, ODU German professor, Frederick Lubich, PhD, will present excerpts from Jewish writer Heinrich Heine, Germany’s poet laureate. Lubich will read and discuss Heine’s poems and Passover story, the “Rabbi of Bacherach” spoken in German/English/Hebrew.
2. Worldwide. Melanie Kordis returns with Chair Yoga. Trained with the country’s foremost yoga experts, she has led adult Torah-Yoga and religious school Aleph-Bet Yoga. Kordis finds a way for everyone to participate, whatever their ability. 3. World to come. Stay on for Torah Study at 1:30 pm. BYO Dairy Lunch. RSVP to Temple Emanuel, 757-428-2591, E-mail: office©tevb. org, www.tevb.org, 424 25th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.
Temple Emanuel continues its Friday Light worship services on the beach
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ith clear air and the waves gently lapping against the sand, the limitless expanse of ocean and sky invite contemplation of the infinite possibilities life offers. Against this backdrop, the voices of Temple Emanuel’s sacred musical troupe, the Levites, meld with the sound of the seagulls overhead and the onward rush of the waves. Temple Emanuel’s Friday Light worship experiences, held on the beach on 25th Street, offer an opportunity to refresh mind and spirit. These services will continue monthly throughout the summer. On these nights, Rabbi Marc Kraus tells
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Who Knew? Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher reportedly have secret wedding ( JTA)—Jewish actress Mila Kunis and longtime fiance Ashton Kutcher reportedly were married in a secret ceremony. The couple married this month in California, People magazine reported, citing an unnamed source. Their representatives have not commented. Rumors have circulated in the past that Kunis and Kutcher, an adherent of Kabbalah who reportedly keeps kosher, were secretly married. They had a daughter in October. The actors met while co-stars on the sitcom That ’70s Show.
Helen Mirren honored for educating about Nazi-looted art Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren accepted an award for helping to educate the public about the issues surrounding Nazi-looted art. Last month, the World Jewish Congress presented Mirren with its Recognition Award, which honors those working on behalf of the Jewish people, at a ceremony at New York’s Neue Gallery. Mirren starred in the 2015 film Woman in Gold, which tells the story of Maria Altmann, an Austrian-American woman who made headlines in 2006 for winning her legal battle against the Austrian government to reclaim five Gustav Klimt paintings, among them the famous Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, nicknamed “Woman in Gold.” In 1938, the painting was among the works forced from their rightful owner, Altmann’s late husband, Ferdinand, because he was Jewish. Following its restitution to Maria Altmann in 2006, the painting was acquired by WJC President Ronald Lauder and is now on display at the Neue Galerie in Manhattan. “Being a part of this film and preserving Maria Altmann’s legacy has been a truly exceptional experience from the start,” Mirren said at the ceremony, according to a statement from the World Jewish Congress.
“I am utterly moved to receive this award from the World Jewish Congress, an organization that does such important work all over the globe in advocating for Jewish rights.” Lauder presented the award to Mirren. “Thanks to Helen Mirren’s stunning performance—which really electrified this issue—the international public will learn about this legacy of World War II which still hasn’t been addressed properly by many governments and museums,” Lauder said at the ceremony. (JTA)
‘Subway Guy’ out as spokesman following raid reportedly linked to child porn probe ( JTA)—The Jewish spokesman for the Subway fast food chain is cooperating with investigators after a raid on his Indiana home, according to his attorney and the company. Jared Fogle, known as “The Subway Guy,” was not arrested or charged in the raid, though electronic equipment and documents were removed from his home in Zionsville. The FBI, Indiana State Police and U.S. Postal Service were involved in the raid. The investigation reportedly is related to the arrest on child pornography charges of the former executive director of the Jared Foundation, which Fogle established to raise awareness about childhood obesity. In May, federal prosecutors charged Russell Taylor with seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. At the time, Fogle said he was severing all ties with Taylor, according to The Associated Press. Subway said in a statement that the company and Fogle, 37, had “mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation.” All images and references to Fogle were removed from the Subway website. Fogle has been the spokesman for Subway for 15 years after losing 245 pounds on a diet that included eating Subway sandwiches.
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obituaries Willie Chernitzer Norfolk—Willie Chernitzer, 90, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1924 to Abraham and Goldie (Bobbie) Chernitzer. Willie grew up in Norfolk. Upon graduating from Maury High School in 1942, he enlisted into the Army-Air Corp at age 18. As part of the “Greatest Generation,” he proudly served as a pilot, flying a B17 bomber in missions over Europe. He was shot down and rescued from mine-filled waters, then went on to continue flying until he was discharged in 1945 as a 1st Lieutenant, earning many distinguished medals. Willie attended the Norfolk Campus of William and Mary, finishing his education in California, where he met and married Phyllis Litvak, to whom he was married for 63 years. He was active in Wards Corner Little League for over 30 years and was a member of the Wards Corner Optimist Club. Willie was employed as an accountant and retired as a senior auditor from Civil Service after 35 years. He is survived by his wife, his children, David Chernitzer (Denise), Barbara Rossen (Kenneth), Jeffrey Chernitzer (Billye), and Phillip Chernitzer (Joanne); his grandchildren and great grandchildren, his sister-in-law Shirley Chernitzer and brother-in-law, Herbert Litvak (Mitsue), of Sacramento Calif., and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Seymore Chapel, and his brother Joe Chernitzer, of blessed memory. A graveside service at Forest Lawn
Cemetery took place with Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz officiating. Memorial donations to Congregation Beth El or a charity of the donor’s choice. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be offered to the family through hdoliver.com. Sylvia Karlin Gould Norfolk—Sylvia Karlin Gould, 97, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015. She was a lifelong resident of Norfolk, Va., and was an honors graduate of Maury High School. Born to the late Jacob Karlin and Mollie Fox, she is also predeceased by her beloved husband, Irving Gould; and siblings, Naomi Laderberg, Elaine Land, and Harris Karlin. Cherishing her memory is her son, Howard Gould and his wife, Joan; two daughters, Nancy Gould and Carolyn Clark and her husband David; four grandchildren, Jeff Gould and his fiancé Jenifer Seboek, Lauren Paige Zwack and her husband Greg, Justin Clark and wife Alyssa, and Kristen Bailey and her husband Joe; and nine great-grandchildren. She had a wonderful zest for life, and an exceptional sense of humor. Her gentle spirit will always be remembered by those who knew her. A graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice. Selma Leach NORFOLK—Selma Leach, 90, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, with her family by her side. Selma was born in Richmond, Va. to
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the late Jerome and Anna Jacobs. A founding member of The Beth Sholom Home, a strong supporter of The Battered Women’s Shelter, and a lifetime member of many non-profit organizations, Selma dedicated herself to helping others. For many years she worked side by side with her husband, Dr. Leon Leach in his veterinary practice. She leaves behind her devoted husband, Dr. Leon Leach, dedicated daughter, Sharon Leach, and her loving grandsons, Seth, Matthew, Jason, and Harris. Selma was predeceased by her sons, Dr. Frederick Leach and Harvey Leach. There are no words to describe how wonderful a wife, mother, and grandmother Selma was. She lived her life for her family. A graveside funeral service was held in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Donations may be made to Temple Israel, American Cancer Society or to a charity of choice. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be made at www.hdoliver.com. Blanche D. Lipman Portsmouth—Blanche Dubins Lipman passed away on June 30, 2015 at Churchland House in Portsmouth. Blanche was born in N.Y. on May 13, 1922, daughter of Mary Davidson Dubins and Julius Dubins. Through friends in N.Y., she met Ansel Lipman, a captain in the army. They married in 1947 and settled and raised their family in Portsmouth. Blanche remained in Portsmouth after Ansel passed away in 1987. Blanche was intelligent, intuitive and an inspiration to so many. She will be greatly missed. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Marylyn Lipman of N.Y., Dr. Matthew Lipman and his wife Elissa of Ky. and Michael Lipman of Portsmouth. She leaves nieces Paula Alperin, Norma Butler, Linda Evans, Sarah Smiley and nephews, Robert Abrams, Harry Abramson, Ross Dubins, Aaron Dubins and Benjamin Bachi, along with their spouses and children. She also leaves her beloved Marcus family and Durrance family. She also leaves behind the Zedd cousins and Helen White who worked with her and helped her for many years. Blanche was a well-known and loved math teacher and leaves behind
the many students and their families and the friends whose lives she touched over the years. A graveside service was held at Gomley Chesed Cemetery in Portsmouth. Cantor Elihu Flax officiated. Donations to the Altzheimer Association or charity of the donor’s choice. Sturtevant Funeral Home. Harry Sterling Virginia Beach—Harry Sterling, 99, Holocaust survivor, Jewish educator, cantor, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2015 at home with his family by his side. Born in Serock, Poland on June 10, 1916, Harry was the son of Reb Eliyahu (who perished in the Holocaust at Treblinka) and Devorah Stelung who died in 1926. Harry had a large family consisting of eight brothers and sisters and three step-siblings, all of whom perished in the Holocaust, with the exception of two. They all enjoyed a culturally rich life in Poland with a vibrant family life prior to the outbreak of World War II and the destruction that followed. Following his upbringing in Serock, Harry moved to Warsaw to continue his education and begin his career until September of 1939, when Germany entered Poland and he was forced to flee. During the entirety of World War II, Harry evaded capture, traveling to Russia with his sister, and then to Central Asia, where they picked cotton, among other manual vocations, just to survive. Following the war, they returned to Warsaw in search of family, who they then discovered had all perished in the war. Then they headed to Germany to be transported to New York. En route through Germany, Harry’s sister was killed in a truck accident. Once he arrived in New York, Harry studied to become a cantor, and ultimately moved to Salt Lake City to become cantor for Congregation Montefiore. He loved the Utah mountains and his new-found community. Harry was introduced to Helen Katz of Portsmouth, Va., and they were married in Norfolk in 1958 before starting a family in Utah. Daughter Debbie and son David were born in Salt Lake City prior to the young family moving to Sioux City, Iowa where Harry became cantor for Shaare Zion Synagogue.
obituaries Harry retired from Shaare Zion in the mid 80’s and he and Helen moved to Virginia Beach and joined Congregation Beth El to be closer to Helen’s family. Harry and Helen considered Beth El home and became extremely active in the congregation. Harry regularly read Torah and served as the Hazzan Sheni (second cantor) and loved serving the congregation in any way possible. Harry loved life and felt blessed to be able to enjoy so many wonderful years after so many early tragedies. He deeply loved Helen, Debbie and David along with Judaism and his countless number of students whose education and wellbeing meant the world to him. Funeral services were conducted at Congregation Beth El with Rabbi Arthur Ruberg and Cantor Jacob Tessler officiating. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel. The family requests that, if desired, contributions be made in his memory to Congregation Beth El.
Burt Shavitz, Jewish co-founder of Burt’s Bees Burt Shavitz, the Jewish beekeeper and co-founder of the Burt’s Bees cosmetics company, has died. Shavitz, born Ingram Shavitz in Manhattan in 1935, died of respiratory problems in Bangor, Maine, on Sunday, July 12 while surrounded by family and friends. He grew the Burt’s Bees company with business partner, Roxanne Quimby, and his scraggly, bearded image became the face of the brand. Quimby bought out Shavitz’s share in the company for an undisclosed sum in the mid-1990s before Burt’s Bees was sold to Clorox for $925 million in 2007. Shavitz has said that he was forced out of the company because he had an affair with an employee. In addition to the buyout money, Shavitz received 37 acres of land in Maine. “In the long run, I got the land, and land is everything. Land is positively everything. And money is nothing really
worth squabbling about. This is what puts people six feet under. You know, I don’t need it,” he said last year. After spending time in the U.S. Army and working as a photographer for TimeLife, Shavitz left New York and moved to Maine in 1970, where he began making honey. In the 1980s he met Quimby, who made new products from Shavitz’s beeswax and moved the company to North Carolina in 1994. Shavitz was the subject of the 2014 documentary “Burt’s Buzz,” which delved into his unusual career and eventually reclusive life in Maine. “Roxanne Quimby wanted money and power, and I was just a pillar on the way to that success,” Shavitz said in the film. Shavitz owned three Golden Retrievers and had a reputation for being a quirky, straight-talking hippie. “We remember him as a bearded, free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker, a lover of golden retrievers and his land,” the Burt’s Bees company said. (JTA)
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Op-Ed: Saying kaddish in Charleston for slain church members by Avi Weiss
CHARLESTON, S.C. ( JTA)—My father died a few weeks ago. The hardest part of the shiva was when it ended. Friends and family were, by and large, no longer visiting. I was alone in pain and agony. I thought of this reality during my visit to the Emanuel AME Church in this city merely two weeks after the racially motivated massacre that killed nine people. Joined by Rabbis Shmuel Herzfeld and Etan Mintz, we approached the front of the church. The cameras, which had been everywhere for days, were gone. Only a couple dozen people were milling about, a tiny fraction of the many, many thousands who had previously visited. Life goes on, even after the most horrific losses. We stood in front of the church sign. Simple and stark, it read “AME Church, Pastor Clementa Pinckney.” The last line of the board announced when the pastor was scheduled to preach next. Sadly, that sermon was never given. Flowers, wreaths and signs of blessing were everywhere. One picture stood out—a picture of hands, one black, the other white, clasping one another. Beneath it were the words “One Love—One Skin.” Surrounding the church were its leaders. We embraced. We returned that evening to join the weekly Bible class. It was in that very space that the massacre occurred. What struck me most was the lack of security. The door was open and we just walked in. This would
not have occurred in a synagogue, where we would no doubt have been met by security men and women, and metal detectors. At AME, there was none of that: only welcoming hands and welcoming smiles. The leader greeted us. When asked to introduce myself to the assembled, I simply said, “We’ve come to give you a collective hug. We’ve come in the spirit of our rabbis who declared, ‘a little bit of light can push away the darkness.’” The class began. At times I felt uneasy. The theology espoused was not ours. These ambivalent feelings, however, were eclipsed by the recognition that we were in a holy place—a place where people were murdered simply because of the color of their skin. The reverend invited participation. As he spoke of the need for harmony in the wake of hatred, I was moved. He kindly gave me the floor. I sang out Rabbi Shlomo Carebach’s melody to the Psalmist’s words: “Because of my brothers and friends, because of my sisters and friends, please let me sing, please let me say, peace to you.” (Psalms 122:8) The hundred or so participants, who learned the melody quickly, joined in. Overcome by emotion, I then moved to the front of the room, where, standing arm in arm with the church’s leaders, we sang the melody once more. The lesson that followed was deep, as the reverend called on the participants to forgive and sing, even in the midst of this tragedy. He then cited Psalm 137, wherein the Jews of Babylonia refused to sing
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because they were in exile. “We must do it differently than the Israelites,” the reverend concluded. “We must sing, even now.” In truth, the Jewish people also sing in the darkness of moments. We, too, sing. But only after the required time to be angry and outraged has passed. Our traditions, while clearly distinct, are not that far apart. That night confirmed what I had been feeling these past two weeks as I watched coverage of the unspeakable tragedy. We in the Jewish community have much to learn from the hope and faith expressed by these extraordinary women and men. The class concluded with a discussion of five feelings that block spiritual healing: resentment, worry, guilt, grief and irritability—universal emotions that remind us of our human commonality. Human commonality has its dark side as well. Sitting in the church social hall, I envisioned my brothers being murdered in a Jerusalem synagogue just a few months prior, murdered because they were Jews. I have rarely met a racist who is not an anti-Semite or an anti-Semite who is not a racist. The class ended. We embraced the family of Myra Thompson, one of the murdered who had received her license to preach for the ministry on the very same day of the shooting. We said little. Sometimes the best words of condolence are no words at all. In moments of greatest vulnerability, what counts most is feeling the presence of others. With generous
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spirit, Myra’s sister opened her purse, took out a button with Myra’s picture and pinned it on my shirt. It read: “Remember the Emanuel 9.” As the sun was setting, I was desperate to find a minyan (a prayer quorum) to say the memorial prayer, kaddish, for my father. Though we had arranged to meet Rabbi Yossi Refson, a Chabad rabbi who had agreed to help us, we needed a ride to rendezvous with him. I saw a middle-aged black woman emerging from the study group, her foot in a cast, struggling to get into her beaten-up car. Without hesitation, I asked her if she would not mind giving us a lift so we could go pray. “Of course,” she replied. We all climbed in. It was surreal. Just moments earlier we had joined her and the church study group to offer our support, and now Octavia was helping us find a minyan so I could say kaddish. We met Rabbi Yossi, who took us to Folly Beach. “There are a bunch of Israelis,” he told us, “who have stores near the beach.” Others would join us from farther away. And so it happened. Right there, on that South Carolina beach, I said kaddish. One of the participants, Itai, had driven an hour to join us because he was the crucial 10th man. As I recited kaddish for my father, I wanted to also say it in the memory of the nine Emanuel martyrs. I wondered whether my father would take exception. I thought of a rabbinic teaching my father would often cite: “As hatred defies the rule, so, too, love defies the rule.” As I chanted kaddish in that open air, on that sunny beach, I called out the words “yitgadel veyitkadesh shmeih rabbah”—“magnified and sanctified is the name of God,” I could see my father smile. I felt him gently tapping me on the shoulder. I heard him whisper, “Well done, my son, well done. The love that defies the rule will be victorious over the hate that defies the rule.” —Rabbi Avi Weiss is the founding rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in New York and the co-founder of the International Rabbinic Fellowship. This piece first appeared in the Charleston Post and Courier.
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