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JERUSALEM (JTA)—The State Department’s new envoy on anti-Semitism addressed American Jewish leaders gathered for a conference here, and praised President Donald Trump for his commitment to fighting that bias. Elan Carr appeared to charm delegates of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, who hosted the envoy toward the end of their annual four-day trip last month. But a number of leaders remained skeptical of Trump and his commitment to battling anti-Semitism, despite the vigorous applause Carr received when he spoke of the administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and declared that anti-Zionism is a form of contemporary anti-Semitism. Trump remains divisive in the wider Jewish community, earning praise for his support of Israel and opprobrium for rhetoric that his critics say has stoked racism. Carr, 50, a Hebrew-speaking former Los Angeles prosecutor who served with the U.S. Army in Iraq, was named as the special envoy for monitoring and combating anti-Semitism last month. The post, which was held by Ira Forman under President Barack Obama, had sat empty for the first two years of the Trump presidency despite protests from lawmakers and Jewish groups. “My office was created by law and designed to protect the Jewish people throughout the world. Think about that,” Carr said Thursday, Feb. 21. “The world’s greatest power is focused, by law and design, on protecting the Jews. It’s something not to be taken for granted.” Carr declared that the president “could not be more passionate about the issue” of fighting anti-Semitism and had “spent considerable time speaking about anti-Semitism in his State of the Union address.” In the Feb. 5 address, Trump referred to anti-Semitism as a “vile poison” and a “venomous creed,” and introduced survivors of the October shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Carr, was in Israel to meet with government officials and members of civil society.
Carr was adamant that the White House would “not ignore any part of the ideological spectrum” and would go after anti-Semitism “regardless of the ideological clothing in which it dresses itself,” from ultranationalism on the right to left-wing anti-Zionism. Some Jewish groups belonging to the Presidents Conference, an umbrella representing a range of political ideologies, have been concerned that a Department of Homeland Security program on countering violent extremism was shifted during the Trump administration to focus solely on Muslim extremism and not white nationalism. Among the threats Carr cited were traditional forms of anti-Semitism such as “statements of government officials who call us internationalist outsiders who subvert society” and attacks by those who say that Jewish advocacy for immigrants is a threat to America. The gunman charged in the Pittsburgh shooting was reported to have railed against Jewish support for immigrants’ rights. “Anti-Semitism is a human sickness and rots to the core every society that embraces it,” Carr said. Several high-profile American Jewish leaders who attended Carr’s speech lauded the new envoy even as they expressed reservations regarding the president who appointed him. Given the sensitivity of the matter, none of them agreed to speak on the record. Asked about the concerns regarding the long hiatus between anti-Semitism envoys, Carr said he believed that there were “a number of reasons.” “There were a number of candidates that were looked at and a number of internal adjustments at the State Department that Secretary Tillerson made, and then when Secretary Pompeo came aboard he’s made this a huge focus of his,” Carr told JTA. “I just couldn’t be more impressed with his determination and I’m thrilled that I was chosen to carry the banner of the United States while fighting for the safety of the Jewish people.”
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BRIEFS Israeli lunar lander handles first space maneuver successfully The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet made its first maneuver since launching Thursday, Feb. 21. On Sunday, Feb. 24, Beresheet’s main engine was fired for the first time at a distance of 69,400 kilometers from Earth. The planned maneuver by SpaceIL and the Israel Aeronautics Industry engineering team took into account the problems that were identified in the star trackers after launch, according to a statement by SpaceIL, a non-profit organization. The engine burn moves the spacecraft farther from the earth and closer to the moon. It will travel around Earth in progressively larger orbits, eventually entering the moon’s orbit and touching down for a landing there. The lunar lander is expected to touch down on the moon in early April. (JTA) Netanyahu will appear live at AIPAC policy conference After slamming Benjamin Netanyahu over shepherding the merger of a rightwing party and a farther-right wing party that subscribes to anti-Arab racist views, AIPAC confirmed that the Israeli prime minister will “speak live” at the pro-Israel lobby’s annual policy conference. The announcement indicates that Netanyahu will appear at the conference in Washington D.C. in person as opposed to via satellite. The conference comes two weeks before national elections in Israel, in which Netanyahu is facing a serious challenge from the Center-Left bloc. Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid, and Moshe Ya’alon of the combined Blue and White Party have been invited to speak to the conference. AIPAC last month tweeted agreement with a statement released by the American Jewish Committee, which read, in part: “The views of Otzma Yehudit are reprehensible. They do not reflect the core values that are the very foundation of the State of Israel.” “Historically, the views of extremist parties, reflecting the extreme left or the extreme right, have been firmly rejected by mainstream parties, even if
the electoral process of Israel’s robust democracy has enabled their presence, however small, in the Knesset,” the AJC statement also said. “We agree with AJC. AIPAC has a longstanding policy not to meet with members of this racist and reprehensible party,” AIPAC tweeted nearly a full day later. On Thursday, Feb. 21, eight left-leaning American Jewish organizations released a joint statement in which they called on the American Jewish community to “affirm that Kahanists have no place in the Knesset.” (JTA)
Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris and wife donate $10 million to Wharton School Joshua Harris, owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, and his wife, Marjorie, donated $10 million to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The donation to the prominent business school—the alma mater of President Donald Trump—will expand research opportunities for students and host events that connect students to alumni and investment experts. The program announced last week will establish the Joshua J. Harris Alternative Investments Program. Harris is a co-founder, senior managing director and director of Apollo Global Management, an alternative investment manager serving institutional investors worldwide. “Wharton students continue to express a strong interest in alternative investments, and the Harris Program will provide unprecedented resources to enrich their understanding of the industry,” Harris, a 1986 Wharton graduate and longtime supporter of the school, said. (JTA)
New York Times editor writing book on anti-Semitism New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss is working on a book about anti-Semitism. How to Fight Anti-Semitism will address the “alarming rise of antisemitism in this country and in Europe,” as well as offer solutions, the Jewish writer posted last month on Twitter. Weiss said the book will be released in September.
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She is also working on another book, part of the same deal for Crown Publishing, called The New Seven Dirty Words. Since starting at the Times last year as Op-Ed staff editor and writer, Weiss has risen to prominence for her commentary on issues such as Israel, the #MeToo movement and cultural appropriation. Her writing often criticizes what she sees as hypocrisies among progressives, which has earned her both praise and vilification. (JTA)
Trial of former Nazi SS guard likely over because of ill health The trial in Germany of a former Nazi SS guard, now 95, likely cannot be restarted after it was suspended due to his ill health. Johann Rehbogen is accused of being complicit in the mass murders of several hundred prisoners at the Stutthof concentration camp. More than 60,000 people were killed at Stutthof during World War II. His trial was suspended by the judge in December because Rehbogen was hospitalized with heart and kidney problems. On Monday, Feb. 25, the Muenster state court said it seems unlikely that the trial will be restarted after a doctor determined that he is still unfit to stand trial. Rehbogen, who uses a wheelchair, was younger than 21 when he worked at the camp between 1942 and 1944 and thus is being tried in a juvenile court in the western German city of Muenster. The trial started in November and only met twice a week on non-consecutive days to accommodate his age and poor health. (JTA) region in Poland provides funds to restore synagogue, create Jewish center The board of Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship, a region in southern Poland, decided to transfer $1.3 million from European Union funds for the restoration of the synagogue in the town of Checiny and the creation of a Jewish Culture Memorial Center there. The cost of the whole project is $1.424 million, with 95 percent to be covered by the Voivodeship Board and the rest by the local government.
The synagogue is in the regional register of protected monuments. Local authorities in Checiny cooperated with the Jewish Community in Katowice regarding the future of the synagogue. They applied for funding for the project in 2017. “We would like to renovate the building, repair the roof, and renew the walls. We will also create the Jewish Culture Memorial Center there. There will be various exhibits. Jewish heritage is an important part of Checiny’s culture. We want to remind visitors about it,” Robert Jaworski, mayor of the town, told Echo Dnia newspaper. (JTA)
$464 million more paid to victims of Madoff scheme Another $464 million has been paid out to victims of Bernie Madoff’s $19 billion Ponzi scheme, bringing the total distributions in the case to more than $12 billion. The new payout to 880 former Madoff clients began on Friday, Feb. 22 with checks ranging from $429 to $66 million, Bloomberg reported, citing the office of trustee Irving Picard. The total distributions equal about two-thirds of each allowed claim, Picard said. Clients who suffered certified losses of as much as $1.49 million will have been paid in full after this 10th distribution. Picard has been working to claw back the fake profits earned by Madoff investors. Madoff, a Jewish New Yorker, and his investment firm swindled billions of dollars from tens of thousands of investors from the early 1970s until his arrest in 2008. The uncovering of the Ponzi scheme revealed the tens of billions of dollars in fake profit that victims believed they had earned through Madoff. Many prominent Jewish nonprofits also suffered big losses, with Yeshiva University taking a $140 million hit, Hadassah $90 million and Elie Wiesel’s foundation losing $15 million. In 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and is serving a 150year sentence in a North Carolina federal prison. He also was ordered to forfeit nearly $171 billion. (JTA)
Purim’s message remains true today
urim’s extraordinary fun-making masks and matches the extraordinary seriousness of the life and death issues behind it—while allowing for a healthy release of pent-up tension and emotion. After all, a threat of genocide hanging over the Jews with a plot in place in the vast Persian empire was not to be taken lightly. The salvation found through an intermarried Jewish queen who happened to be, or was placed, in a pivotal position to help her kin while in dire straits, adds an intriguing dimension to a drama whose historical veracity remains uncertain. The challenges and lessons contained in the fascinating Scroll of Esther have remained applicable throughout the Jewish saga. The Rabbis have taught that in the messianic era yet to come, of all the Jewish holidays, only Purim will continue to be celebrated. Is it perhaps because we should never take Jewish survival for granted and need to always be on guard? Is that why God’s name is not mentioned, even once in the scroll, a notable exception to all the other books in the Bible? David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, stated that when the lion and the lamb will dwell together, he still would like to be the lion just in case…. That is ample testimony to what the Jewish people have learned the tragic way. We are thus invited to ponder those unique features of a mesmerizing account in which Jews are called upon to act in God’s name. Of course, the absence of the divine name does not necessarily imply God’s silence nor indifference to such matters of supreme importance. Curiously, the terrorizing dictatorial leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran (once Persia) now celebrating the 40th anniversary of their theocratic revolution, continue to seek hegemony in the Middle
East and the Muslim world. Their bloody involvement in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Yemen, and elsewhere is ample testimony. They have not given up on “wiping Israel off the map.” This time with the aid of nuclear power, aware of Israel’s mortal vulnerability given its limited geography, to conclude what Haman and Hitler began. Has not the Haman-like, and even the more dangerous leaders of Iran, read the Scroll of Esther and taken to heart the fate of those who seek to destroy us? Denying the Holocaust, they seek to deny Israel’s existence, and if necessary, to hasten its demise through a “real Holocaust.” Alarming is the precipitous rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, as well as in the U. S., with the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue massacre of 11 Jews. Queen Esther was forced to hide her Jewish identity otherwise she could not get into the palace to fulfill her mission of saving her people. Still, the beautiful and heroic Esther had to be prodded by wise and courageous Mordechai. However, she did perform, forever earning an honored place in the pantheon of Jewish heroines and heroes. Esther’s people are not yet fully safe, but are finally capable of defending their lives in a way that was not possible before. Remember, experienced Uncle Mordechai engaged in successful counter plots. Self-defense is a top Jewish and human mitzvah, particularly in the post-Holocaust era. It is a sacred imperative beyond blotting out Haman’s name at the raucous Megillah reading. A sovereign Jewish state and an influential American Jewish community make a critical difference. May we act and pray so that the contemporary Iranian plot will meet the fate of oblivion of the early prototype of biblical Amalek’s descendants, while we are ever vigilant. Our ultimate goal, so elusive for so long, remains a peaceful world of Shalom through the sacred task of Tikkun Olam’s healing, hope and harmony for all of God’s children. Dr. Israel Zoberman, founding rabbi of Congregation Beth Chaverim and Honorary Senior Rabbi Scholar at Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church
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hen Sarah Lipman moved from New Jersey to Tidewater less than four years ago, she saw a need for improvement in one particular aspect of the Jewish community. “I came and loved the community, but felt the mikvah needed help,” she says. In New Jersey she was accustomed to mikvahs that are “stunning, like spas,” she recalls, whereas the only Tidewater area mikvah is falling apart—in dire need of repair. The roof she notes, is literally falling down. “Going to the mikvah should be a spiritual experience,” Lipman says. And, so, Lipman set out to remedy the situation.
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After speaking with Chamie and Rabbi Sender Haber, and then with Kevin Lefcoe, Lipman assembled a team to begin the process of adding a modern wing to the current facility. With a grant of $100,000 from Mikvah USA, a campaign was launched and plans were drawn. “A mikvah is integral to a Jewish community,” says Art Sandler. “This addition should be celebrated by the entire community.” Ultimately, Sandler notes, people of all levels of Jewish tradition use the mikvah, such as for conversion. “We should all come together to support this endeavor,” he says. “After all, without a mikvah, we can’t have conversions.” “We are very proud to have a community
Mikvah here in Norfolk,” says Rabbi Sender Haber. “At the moment, approximately 25% of the women who use the mikvah come from outside of the Orthodox community. With our new-state-of-the-art wing, we look forward to enhancing the experience of those currently using the mikvah,” says Rabbi Haber. “Just as importantly, we hope to create a more attractive opportunity for any women in the area who wish to be involved in this mitzvah. Immersion in the mikvah is a very meaningful and personal ritual that should transcend denominational labels,” Haber says. Jonathan Leavitt, AIA, a Boston-area architect and engineer, and a Norfolk native,
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by Rabbi Yitschok Treiger and Mikvah USA agreed to design the new wing. Leavitt’s to ensure that the Norfolk Mikvah complies father, Sheldon Leavitt, designed the origiwith the highest levels of halacha. In addinal Norfolk Mikvah in the 1950s. tion, the mikvah will incorporate innovations In fact, Leavitt says that between his in water treatment and energy conservation, father and grandfather, they were involved according to its brochure. with the design and building of 52 synaIn addition, the mikvah will be handgogues. So, his design of this facility follows icapped accessible, notes Leavitt. “It will in their “design steps,” so to speak. be possible to roll “There’s sort of a right in.” mikvah revival going With the new on right now and the facility, Leavitt says, Norfolk Mikvah is “there will be three part of it,” he says. times the capacity.” “It’s great to enlarge goal of the Norfolk “We are taught the current facility.” Mikvah Campaign that building a Mikvah USA mikvah should helps build mikvahs precede building a around the country synagogue or even and then assists with purchasing a Sefer Torah,” says John Strelitz, the process. “One of their contractors has United Jewish Federation of Tidewater prescome to Norfolk,” says Lipman “to go over ident. “This addition is an important step for the plans as there are a lot of rules to make our community.” sure it’s kosher.” The Norfolk Mikvah Campaign hopes to The new wing is to be for women only, raise $400,000. In addition to Mikvah USA’s for Family Purity. The current facility will be grant, Lipman says approximately $80,000 updated and used for men and conversions. has been pledged. Two preparation rooms and brand new The ground breaking will feature Rabbi mikvah facilities are planned for the new Baruch Cywiak, project manager for Mikvah wing. The mikvah will feature state-ofUSA. Current estimates call for completion the-art interior design and offer women a in September. relaxing and spiritual experience. The collec“A beautiful mikvah can be life-changing tion of water and mikvah reservoir are being for a community,” says Lipman. “We want designed in consult with the most cutting more people to know about the mikvah and edge mikvah designers in the United States to use it.” and the building process will be overseen
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eborah Lipstadt, the prominent Holocaust historian, is resigning her membership in her local synagogue because it belongs to a movement that defended an Israeli political deal with the extremist right wing. Lipstadt belonged to Young Israel of Toco Hills in Atlanta, an Orthodox congregation. The broader Young Israel movement, in a statement Monday, Feb. 25 to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, defended an agreement between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jewish Power, a far-right political party. Critics of the deal note that Jewish Power is led by followers of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, who advocated the expulsion of Arabs from Israel. “Prime Minister Netanyahu acted to get right-wing parties to merge in order to meet the threshold necessary to secure a
victory in the election,” read the statement by Farley Weiss, president of the National Council of Young Israel. “We understand what Prime Minister Netanyahu did, and he did it to have ministers of the national religious and national union parties in his coalition.” The rabbi of Lipstadt’s synagogue, Adam Starr, himself condemned the statement in a Facebook post, writing “Not in my name and not in my shul’s name!” But Lipstadt still felt that she could not continue to be associated with the Young Israel movement, despite having fond words for her synagogue and rabbi. “I cannot be associated with an organization that gives such racism, celebration of violence, and immoral policies a ‘heksher,’” or imprimatur, she wrote in an open letter posted to Facebook. “At this time of rising antisemitism, Jew hatred, and prejudice of all kinds, each of us— and not just our spiritual leaders—must
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speak out and act individually and collectively. And so I speak out with deep sadness that such a despicable action is given ‘cover’ by people who claim to walk in the ways of the Kadosh Baruch Hu,” a Hebrew term for God. Lipstadt told JTA that she felt a particular urgency to act because her latest book is about present-day anti-Semitism. “This is a party that has racist views,” she said. “This is a party that condones murder. This is a party that condones the man who committed the largest mass murder in Israel by a Jew. Those are all things that I find despicable, and to say it’s just politics is really bad.” One of the leaders of Jewish Power hung a picture in his home of Baruch Goldstein, the Jewish terrorist who killed 29 Palestinians at the Cave of the Patriarchs in 1994. Lipstadt also condemned Netanyahu for the agreement, which saw Jewish
Power merge with other right-wing parties in a joint slate for Israel’s upcoming election. The unified slate will give the parties a better chance of getting enough votes to enter Israel’s Knesset. She said the deal was of a piece with Netanyahu’s recent tendency to cozy up to rightwing nationalist leaders in Europe, like Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. “It was sadly in sync with a number of things we’ve seen,” she said. “This was just one more step but this was a deal breaker.” Netanyahu defended the deal on Twitter by noting that the Labor Party partnered with non-Zionist Arab parties to maintain power in the mid-1990s. “Such hypocrisy and double standards from the left,” Netanyahu wrote. “They condemn a bloc on the right with right wing parties while the left worked to bring extremist Islamists into Knesset to create a bloc.… The height of absurdity.”
Anti-Semitism Swastikas painted on iconic Bondi Beach murals in Australia Henry Benjamin
SYDNEY (JTA) — The Jewish Agency for Israel head Isaac Herzog called the painting of swastikas on the world-famous murals decorating the promenade of Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach a “hateful attack” that “does not conform with Australian values of openness and inclusion.” The dozen swastikas were discovered on Sunday, Feb.10. Municipal staff worked through the day to remove the swastikas, but some of the artwork will have to be repainted. Early walkers and joggers alerted authorities to the vandalism, which had been committed overnight. Surveillance cameras are in use at the beach, but are primarily used to monitor those who decided to have a nighttime swim. New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies President Lesli Berger
condemned the vandalism. “To say that the Jewish community is appalled at this expression of wanton racism is a severe understatement. The swastika represents the ultimate in race hatred and all Australians of goodwill will stand together in condemning this shocking display.” Local Mayor John Wakefield told JTA: “Five murals were defaced. Council have removed all symbols from the murals and at least one has to be completely redone.” “We understand the extreme distress, anguish, fear and disgust that the swastika can elicit, especially within Australia’s multicultural community and amongst all fair-minded people,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald. “Racism has no place in our culturally diverse community and we condemn last night’s incident in the strongest terms.”
‘Juden!’ spray-painted in yellow on window of Paris bagel shop Marcy Oster
The word “Juden!” was spray-painted in yellow across the window of a bagel shop in Paris. The vandalism was discovered on Saturday, Feb. 9 on a Bagelstein shop in the 4th Distric of Paris. Many Parisians took to Twitter to express their horror. French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner tweeted, “An anti-Semitic tag in the middle of Paris. One too many. ‘Juden’ in yellow letters, as if the most tragic lessons of history no longer enlighten our consciences. Our answer: To do everything to condemn the author of this ignominy. Our honor: Do not let him get away with it.” Gover nment s p ok e s m a n Benjamin Griveaux called the graffiti “dirty anti-Semitism in the streets of the city of light.”
Fourth District Mayor Ariel Weil, who is Jewish, tried to treat the incident with humor, tweeting: “Not offended by some nostalgia of the Reich and Vichy. We enjoy humor, bagels, and view. And you?” The managers of the restaurant filed a police report, according to LeParisian. Police came immediately to the restaurant in the center of the capital, according to the report. Some tried to link the incident to Yellow Vest protesters, who were blamed with setting fire on Saturday, Feb. 9 to the home of the president of the French National Assembly, and vandalism in front of the National Assembly building. The Yellow Vests began in the fall as a series of protests against a hike on fuel prices but has been mired since in countless instances of violence against police and a substantial amount of anti-Semitic hate speech. (JTA)
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The Robert Kraft prostitute scandal is another PR headache for the ‘Jewish Nobel’ prize Josefin Dolsten
( JTA)—With the announcement in January that it had picked Robert Kraft as its 2019 laureate, the Genesis Prize seemed poised for a calmer year. Last year the foundation that awards the “Jewish Nobel,” as it’s called, picked actress and director Natalie Portman as an example of someone who provides “inspiration to the next generation of Jews through their outstanding professional achievement along with their commitment to Jewish values and the Jewish people.” The selection backfired, however, when Portman refused to attend the prize ceremony in Israel because of her objections to the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu would have handed out the prize, which is given jointly by the Prime Minister’s Office, The Genesis Prize
Foundation and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Portman was able to keep the honor, but the $1 million in prize money, which recipients are expected to donate to causes of their choice, was distributed instead by the foundation to women’s empowerment programs of their choosing. Meanwhile, the year before, the prize ceremony was canceled after the 2017 winner, artist Sir Anish Kapoor, said it would be “inappropriate to hold a festive ceremony” in Jerusalem with the civil war in Syria raging so close by. For this year’s selection, Kraft seemed like a safer choice. The New England Patriots owner, who with a net worth of $6.6 billion is the 79th richest American, according to Forbes, is a generous giver to Jewish causes. The 77-year-old businessman is close with Netanyahu, having attended the prime minister’s 2015 speech to a joint session
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of Congress about his opposition to a nuclear deal with Iran. Kraft is close, too, with President Donald Trump, who in turn has forged a strong working relationship with Netanyahu. Kraft had previously launched the Israeli Football League and the Passport to Israel program, which provides subsidies for students in the Boston area to travel to Israel. He and his late wife, Myra, would often take Patriots players to Israel in the offseason. The Genesis Prize Foundation said at the time that Kraft was given the award for having “spoken out publicly and donated generously to organizations combating prejudices, including anti-Semitism and the de-legitimization of the State of Israel,” and that he would be giving the money to initiatives fighting anti-Semitism, prejudice and attempts to delegitimize Israel. But things again didn’t go as the foundation wished. Late last month came news
that Kraft is being charged with soliciting a prostitute in Florida, one of about 100 men charged in a human trafficking investigation in Martin County. The charges concern visits by Kraft to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in the city of Jupiter, near where he keeps a home. Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr told WPTV that there is video evidence of all the men who are being charged. A spokesperson for Kraft denied the allegations. It was not immediately clear what would happen to this year’s award or the prize ceremony, which is scheduled for June. The Genesis Prize Foundation did not return requests for comment by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The Genesis Prize was founded in 2013. Past recipients include former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, violinist Yitzhak Perlman and actor Michael Douglas.
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mural painted on the side of a building in downtown Los Angeles depicts a Grim Reaper in a blue cloak covered with Stars of David holding a dead baby. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office on Tuesday, Feb. 26, called it a “shameful act of anti-Semitism,” the Los Angeles Times reported. His spokesman told the newspaper that Garcetti, who is Jewish, became aware of the mural through social media reports. But according to the event space Vortex, the mural has been in place on its building for at least five years. “The Vortex stands for free expression,” it said in a statement posted on Facebook. “The artist whose mural includes the Star
of David (created for the LA vs. WAR show to acknowledge 9/11 about 5–6 years ago) did not intend to express an anti-Semitic message. We believe his intent deserves considerable weight. We invite those who feel otherwise to paint another mural next to it.” Comments called the mural “vile and deeply offensive” and asked “What does a Star of David even ‘acknowledge about 9/11’?” Some called for it to be immediately painted over. “This mural at the Vortex in LA crosses a line. We call for its removal,” ADL Los Angeles tweeted. “For a venue that purports to welcome the community, the Vortex should join us in condemning hateful imagery that invokes anti-Semitic canards conflating Jews with death, snakes, bombs, and killing babies.”
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LOS ANGELES (JTA)—It’s a story that would not sound too out of place in 2019: New York’s leading newspaper accuses the president of the United States of corruption and the latter sues the paper’s publisher for libel. Striking back, the publisher declares in an editorial that his newspaper “cannot be muzzled.” That confrontation actually happened in the first decade of the 20th century, pitting President Theodore Roosevelt against Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian Jewish immigrant who had lifted The World to the rank of most influential newspaper in New York and the broader United States. In one of his numerous crusades, Pulitzer charged Roosevelt with
orchestrating a $40 million cover-up of corrupt practices in the building of the Panama Canal. Roosevelt retaliated by demanding, in an address to Congress, that the government perform its “high national duty to bring to justice the vilifier of the American people.” Not cowed, Pulitzer proclaimed, “Our republic and its press shall rise or fall together.” After three years of legal battles, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for Pulitzer, arguing that even the president was not above the law. The encounter between the one-time penniless immigrant and the most powerful man in America is but one footnote in the film, Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People, which opened March 1 in New York. The documentary on the life of the man who
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Pulitzer’s numerous political enemies and journalistic competitors referred to the publisher as “Jewseph Pulitzer.” In 1881 he struck out for himself and founded the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, pledging to “oppose all frauds and shams,” and promoting a writing style of short, snappy paragraphs. For starters he published the names of all tax dodgers in St. Louis—and in those rugged days, he was not surprised when his managing editor shot a critic of the newspaper. Two years later, Pulitzer had accumulated and borrowed enough money to purchase the New York World for close to $400,000, proclaiming the paper’s policy by observing “Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a woman.” Around the same time, he married the beautiful Kate Davis, an Episcopalian and distant relative of Jefferson Davis, the
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leader of the Confederacy during the Civil War. The marriage of a member of the Southern aristocracy to an immigrant Jew apparently was not considered as scandalous as it would be in a later century, Rudavsky noted. “There was relatively less anti-Semitism in America in the 1870s and 1880s, before the start of the Jewish mass immigration in subsequent decades,” Rudavsky says. Still, Pulitzer’s numerous political enemies and journalistic competitors referred to the publisher as “Jewseph Pulitzer,” and caricatured him with a huge hooked nose. Pulitzer used the clout of his newspaper to bring the Statue of Liberty to New York Harbor, to defeat a proposal to charge pedestrians for walking across the newly opened Brooklyn Bridge, as well as to acculturate the waves of new Jewish and other immigrants to the new country. As a permanent legacy, he endowed the Columbia University School of Journalism and the Pulitzer Prize. During the run-up to the 1898 SpanishAmerican War, Pulitzer was accused of resorting to “yellow journalism,” in competition with the warmongering Hearst papers. But Rudavsky cited as a more fitting epitaph the appraisal of novelist and newsprint crusader Nicholson Baker, who judged Pulitzer to be “the most original and creative mind in American journalism.”
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Al Vorspan, Jewish social justice leader for the Reform movement, dies at 95 Marcy Oster
(JTA)— Al Vorspan, who helped organize the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and served as the longtime director of the Commission on Social Action, has died. Vorspan, who also was former senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism, died on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the age of 95, according to the Union for Reform Judaism. Rabbi David Saperstein, senior advisor, Union for Reform Judaism and director emeritus, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, called him “one of theg’dolei hador, or ‘great ones’ of Jewish social justice work.” “A true icon, Vorspan shaped much of social justice work of the Reform Jewish Movement, ensuring it lives at the very heart of Reform Judaism. Beginning in 1953, he helped inspire the creation of congregational social action committees across North America, encouraging Reform Jewish synagogues to partner with their local communities in pursuit of tikkun olam, ‘repairing the world.’ He played a pivotal role in founding the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, which remains the hub of the Reform Movement’s social justice work in North America,” Saperstein also said, adding: “A mentor, friend, and inspiration to all who knew him, Al Vorspan was, to many, the personification of Reform Judaism’s social justice efforts.” URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs described Vorspan as “one of the towering giants of Jewish social justice.” “Al blazed a trail of courage and conscience that so many of us have walked,” Jacobs said in a tweet. “Not since the biblical prophets Amos, Hosea, and Micah walked the earth have we been led by such an inspiring justice leader. Our Reform Movement and our world are bereft, for he cannot be replaced.” In 1964, Vorspan was jailed with a group of Reform rabbis who at the request of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. joined
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in the civil rights protests in St. Augustine, Florida. “We came as Jews who remember the millions of faceless people who stood quietly, watching the smoke rise from Hitler’s crematoria. We came because we know that, second only to silence, the greatest danger to man is loss of faith in man’s capacity to act,” he later wrote about his reason for joining the protests. Vorspan, who had fought in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was an early and vociferous opponent of the Vietnam War, which led Sen. Thomas J. Dodd, a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Internal Security, to call him “a vociferous minority” rather than holding a mainstream Jewish opinion. He also criticized Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, writing in a piece in the New York Times magazine in 1988 at the beginning of the first Palestinian Intifada that “Israelis now seem the oppressors, Palestinians the victims.” In 1953, Vorspan convinced Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath, who was then president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, to create the Commission on Social Action, which worked with the Union and the Central Conference of American Rabbis to guide and shape social action in Reform communities and in Washington, D.C., according to the Religious Action Center’s website. He then pressed the Union to create the Religious Action Center in order to make the voice of the Reform movement heard in the halls of Congress. The RAC
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Purim Purim Begins on the evening of Wednesday, March 20
Purim Recipe: Arab-Style Tortellini (Shishbarak) Shlomo Schwartz
(The Nosher via JTA)—On Purim, it is traditional to eat food with fillings hidden inside to symbolize the hidden nature of the holiday’s miracle, like hamantaschen, kreplach, and stuffed cabbage. From this list of “stuffed” treats, one might assume that all Purim foods are Ashkenazi in origin, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Of late, more and more hidden culinary secrets from other Jewish communities are becoming better known and changing the Jewish food vocabulary. Yes, we might describe this as a miracle, too. Ingredients For the pasta dough 11/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon canola oil 1/2 cup water 1 egg plus 1 tablespoon water (for egg wash) For the lentil and mushroom filling: 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 onion, diced fine 10 ounces mushrooms (use any type you like) 1 ⁄ 3 cup cooked green or brown lentils 1/4 cup parsley, chopped finely 1 tablespoon baharat spice Salt and pepper to taste 11/2 tablespoons olive oil For the creamy mint sauce: 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup flour 21/2 cups milk 1 tablespoon dried mint 2 tablespoons lemon juice Salt and pepper
One might think that today’s Israeli kitchen is based only on well-known dishes like falafel, shwarma, and shakshuka, but Arab dishes have become a staple in many Israeli restaurants and homes. For example, shishbarak is a festive Arab dish that has been described as a kind of local variation of ravioli. I first encountered this delicious pasta while I was working in Chef Meir Adoni’s Catit restaurants in Tel Aviv. Traditionally, this thin pasta pocket is stuffed with a spicy meat filling, cooked in a yogurt-based sauce and shaped like ravioli. In my kosher interpretation of this lovely dish, I hide a vegetarian lentil and mushroom
Chopped scallions or parsley as garnish Directions To make the tortellini dough Place the flour, salt and baking soda in a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine. While the food processor is running, slowly drizzle the oil and water until the dough is fully combined (don’t overmix, add the water slowly and see if you need a bit less or a few drops more to have a fully combined dough). Remove the dough, place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes. To make the mushroom lentil filling In a large sauté pan over medium heat, sauté the diced onions until they become soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook until all the liquid evaporates and they start to brown (about 10 minutes, you want all liquid to be cooked to allow nice caramelization). Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for another 2 minutes while mixing. Add
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filling inside, cook it in a creamy mint sauce and shape it like elegant tortellini. This magical dish is relatively easy to prepare at home and there is no need for a pasta machine. Let’s hope that this year will reveal many more food miracles. Chef Shlomo Schwartz, founder of Your Soul Kitchen, was born and raised in Israel and moved to New York City in 2010. The Nosher food blog offers a dazzling array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. www.TheNosher.com.
salt and pepper to taste. Move the mixture to a food processor and pulse until combined. Cool completely. To prepare the tortellini Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 tablespoon of salt. On a clean and lightly floured surface, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thick and cut into 2-inch circles using a cup or a ring mold. To keep it from drying, work with just a quarter of your dough at a time, keeping the rest under plastic or a kitchen towel. Place half a teaspoon of filling in the middle of the shishbaraks. Dip your finger in the egg wash and brush the periphery of the circle (we’re looking for a very light, thin layer of moisture). Gently lift one side of the circle and fold it over the filling to form a semicircle. Working from one edge, carefully pressing out any extra air, create a seal around the filling. Pick up both corners of your semicircle and start bringing them toward each other, working slowly at first to make sure the dough doesn’t split or break. You want to bring them all the way together. Then tuck one corner just behind the other
and give them a little squeeze. They should stick together easily, but if they don’t, you can add an extra dab of egg wash with your fingertip. Transfer it to a parchment-lined baking sheet dusted with a little flour as you work and cover with towel. Once all the shishbarak are ready, place them in the pot with the boiling water and cook for about 4–5 minutes. To make the sauce You will start by making a roux, the base of the cream sauce. In a large sauté pan melt the butter. Once the butter is melted, add the flour and whisk until fully combined. Add the milk and whisk until fully combined (once it gets to a boil the flour and milk will combine nicely). Add the mint, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Once all ingredients of the sauce are combined, remove the tortellini from the water, add to the sauce and toss for a minute. Sprinkle chopped scallions as garnish. Serve immediately.
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Mazel Tov Dear Readers,
oments before writing this, I gave Scott Kaplan, president and CEO of Tidewater Jewish Foundation, an enthusiastic “Mazel Tov!” on hiring a new
development associate and LIFE & LEGACY coordinator. “So?” you may ask. The point is, we say “Mazel Tov!” for many reasons—such as achievements—in addition to myriad occasions. For example, Lisa Barr, MD, a Norfolk native and local physician, certainly deserves a “Mazel Tov!” for the publication of her book, Outsmart Your Pain! Page 19. The teens who are part of Tidewater Jewish Foundation’s Emerging Philanthropists Council earn a community-wide “Mazel Tov!” for committing to learning about philanthropy. The article is on page 23. The Israeli director who won an Oscar at last month’s event, rates a “Mazel Tov!” too. Page 24. Facebook has even gotten into the “Mazel Tov!” act. Check out the brief piece, also on page 24. Of course, when we think of those two words, we generally conjure up images of B’nai Mitzvot and weddings and baby namings—of happy lifecycle events. And, so, we feature an article on how one bride prepared for her wedding and one on the latest kosher food and wine. Not in this section, but rather in our usual Mazel Tov place in the paper on page 35, we wish a “Mazel Tov!” to Isabella Leon on her upcoming Bat Mitzvah at Congregation Beth El. And, Patti Wainger’s Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities is another cause to proclaim “Mazel Tov!” Page 34. Whatever your reason to celebrate, we hope you do so in a place of your choice, with friends and family and are smiling when you say or are the recipient of “Mazel Tov!”
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Mazel Tov To good health, happiness, and joy! Lisa Barr, MD publishes book to outsmart pain
component of many medical conditions, pain is complex. It is not just one thing—and the process of teasing out the one core issue at the root of the pain is challenging. In the first half of Outsmart Your Pain!, Lisa Barr, MD, reveals how stress and pain can become a habit caused by poor posture, sleep habits, nutrition, and body awareness,
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Weddings are lovely, but it’s the marriage that matters Cindy Sher
CHICAGO (JTA)—My sister was married on a beautiful summer day many years ago. Those of us in the wedding party took pictures in a garden before the ceremony. As maid of honor, one of my duties was to hold up the train of her dress so it wouldn’t drag through the dirt. But there was a lot of dirt, and the dress was soiled despite my best efforts. She couldn’t see the grime, but her bridesmaids could, so I silently made eyes conveying my distress over the maid-of-honor fail. I can’t keep a secret from my sister. So, a minute later, nearly in tears, I blurted out, “Um, look at your dress,” pointing to the gray smudges on the bottom edge of the gown. “Eh, oh well,” my super un-diva-like
sister replied with a shrug. “We’re still getting married.” She recognized that petty wedding details just didn’t matter. All these years later, despite the garden mishap, they’re happily married with a brood of beautiful sons. In American culture and the Jewish community, too, we get caught up in weddings. We pour ridiculous sums of money into them—the average price tag for a wedding rose to a record $35,329 in 2016, according to The Knot. But more than that one big day, it’s all the days after the wedding that count—it’s really about the marriage. Torah teaches us about the origins of (what we now call) marriage in another more famous garden—the Garden of Eden. For that’s where God saw that “it
Mazel Tov is not good for man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18) and created the first human couple, Adam and Eve. Marriage for them—and for all the married couples who follow(ed) in their footsteps down the aisle—was and is both meant to ensure the survival of humanity and help people find companionship and joy. Now the Garden of Paradise may be gone, but our hopes for happy marriages endure. One of the Jewish wedding blessings we still say under the huppah reflects that hope: “Make these beloved companions as happy as were the first human couple in the Garden of Eden.” That’s a tall order, and ought to take a lot more energy than whether to have sushi or mini hot dogs during the cocktail hour. When it was my turn to get hitched— it was on the same weekend as Tu b’Av, the ancient Jewish holiday of matchmaking. It’s the day, the Talmud tells us, when young women would go out dressed in white and dance in the vineyards—in the gardens, if you will—and try to catch the eye of eligible bachelors. My fiancé and I had fun planning the wedding—so long as we remembered not to take it too seriously. Like when we spent hours singing along (loud and off-key) to Motown, big band, and pop classics to select for our wedding playlist. Oh, and there were many buttercream cakes to be tasted—now that’s my version of paradise. But I’d never given thought to some of the other details in planning a wedding; I spent more time daydreaming about what comes next. Take the wedding registry. I didn’t care whether we choose All-Clad or Calphalon pots and pans, nor could I tell you the difference between the two brands. What I did care about is sharing joyous meals around the kitchen table with my husband and, God willing, our children someday. And then there’s the décor. I was asked to post some of my “dream wedding” pics on Pinterest, which for me meant signing up for Pinterest. Then I was supposed to envision “the wedding’s look”—the colors, the flowers, the napkin rings.
When I pictured the wedding, I didn’t see napkins. What I saw was my fiancé standing under the huppah waiting for me with our loved ones surrounding us. And the only rings I cared about are the ones we exchanged to signify that I am his beloved and he is mine. There’s an episode of Sex and the City in which Charlotte is married for the second time after an unhappy first marriage. During the second (Jewish) wedding, the bride trips under the huppah, Miranda’s toast to the bride and groom goes up in smoke, and Charlotte spills wine on her gown. When the bride cries to Carrie about all the calamities, Carrie consoles her by reminding her that her first wedding was picture-perfect, but the marriage—not so much. “I say the worse the wedding, the better the marriage,” Carrie tells her friend. “[Y] ou have a wonderful man who loves you.”
Maybe it’s because I’m a little older than the average bride—or maybe it’s some of my past experiences that have led me to this place and helped me put the wedding day in perspective. Whatever it is, I didn’t sweat the details; I didn’t fret over boutonnières, table numbers or the bustle on my dress staying bustled. Instead, I stayed focused on what I’ve wanted for a very long time: a wonderful man who loves me, to build a home with. Cindy Sher is the executive editor of Chicago’s JUF News, where a version of this article first appeared, and assistant vice president of marketing & communications for the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media.
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Mazel Tov Kosher gourmet fare and fine kosher wines from around the world draw record attendance at annual Kosher Food and Wine Experience
hey came, they tasted, they plotzed. More than 2,000 curious foodies and oenophiles lined up to sample an astonishing showcase of gourmet kosher food and wine at the 13th annual Kosher Food & Wine Experience in New York City, hosted by Royal Wine Corp. The sold-out event took place on Monday, February 11 at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. The world’s largest kosher food and wine show proved again that the industry is working to meet consumers’ ever-growing interest in new epicurean horizons. At the same time, it demonstrated that the line between “kosher food and wine” and “outstanding food and wine that happens to be kosher” is growing blurrier every year. KFWE 2019 coincided with the 70th anniversary of the Royal Wine Corp. From its roots as a local producer of
kosher grape juice and sacramental wine, Royal Wine evolved under the stewardship of the venerable Herzog family to become the world’s leading producer, distributor, and importer of award-winning
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kosher wines and spirits. More than 1,500 bottles were poured for the 2019 KFWE crowd, representing 300 exceptional wines from every major wine production region in the world. They included new kosher runs, French champagnes, and the new Israeli-produced line from NBA all-star Amare Stoudemire. Some of the most well-received wines were the newly released vintages from France and Israel. According to Royal Wine’s Jay Buchsbaum, “Israeli wines are an unstoppable trend in the U.S. Retailers and restaurants recognize Israel as a region of world-class terroirs. They are
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fully on board, working with us to raise the profile of kosher wines that are on par with the greatest vintages from around the globe.” Hundreds of intriguing samples from the area’s finest kosher restaurants, caterers, and specialty food companies were also served up throughout the evening. Eyebrow-raising options included cinnamon buns topped with fake “bacon,” deconstructed falafel, veal, duck, bison, varieties of wild mushroom, cooked and raw fishes, bourbon baked beans, risotto, and new twists on sushi. Kosher.com, a Jewish lifestyle and entertainment website featuring thousands of kosher recipes and more than 18 original cooking shows, was among the dozens of vendors on hand. Editor Chanie Nayman says, “The kosher industry is more robust and more sophisticated than ever, and it’s showing no sign of slowing down. Not only are kosher eateries popping up all over the country, but everyone from home cooks to professional chefs are taking grandma’s kitchen legacy to an entirely new level.”
Mazel Tov Emerging Philanthropists Council prepares to distribute grants Barb Gelb
idewater Jewish Foundation’s newly created Emerging Philanthropists Council (EPC) is off to a great start. With a generous donation of $25,000 as seed dollars, a Fund was created to help engage teens in the philanthropic process. Each year, the EPC will determine how to grant $1,000 to Jewish agencies. For the first meeting, more than a dozen teens from all of Tidewater’s synagogues gathered to learn about philanthropy and tzedakah. After studying both Maimonides Ladder of Tzedakah and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs, students discussed the challenges of prioritizing community needs and making funding decisions. Students also talked about some of the societal issues that are of particular concern to them. At the next session, on March 14, students will hear from representatives of Jewish agencies about how they address some of those issues. Agencies are eligible
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to apply for a grant from the Emerging Philanthropists Council, and at the final meeting, which is planned for May, the students will determine where to grant the $1,000. “It is beneficial Zach Sissel and a privilege to be allowed to help the community in a way that me and my peers choose,” says Zach Sissel, a junior at Cox High School and a member of Temple Emanuel. Students say they are excited to learn about the community and have an impact. For more information about the EPC, contact Scott Kaplan at 757-965-6109.
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Mazel Tov Israeli director wins Oscar and cites his Holocaust survivor grandparents in acceptance speech
n Israeli director won the best live action short Oscar award Sunday, Feb. 24, and cited the Holocaust in his acceptance speech. “I moved here five years ago from Israel—laila tov Yisrael [good evening Israel],” said Guy Nattiv, accepting the award for his short Skin, about former skinhead group member Bryon Widner and his transformation. “My grandparents are Holocaust survivors. The bigotry that they experienced in the Holocaust, we see that everywhere today, in America, in Europe. This film is about education, about teaching your kids a better way.” Other Jewish nominees failed to take home Oscar trophies—including Rachel Weisz, up for supporting actress for her work in The Favourite, and the Coen brothers, whose script for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was up for best adapted screenplay. But BlacKkKlansman, co-written by Jewish writers Charlie Wachtel and David
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Rabinowitz (along with Kevin Willmott and director Spike Lee), won the best adapted screenplay award. The film centers on the first African-American cop in the Colorado Springs police force, who teams up with a Jewish detective to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan. Barbra Streisand gave a passionate introduction for the video summarizing BlacKkKlansman, and noted that after she first praised the film on Twitter, she and Lee had an “easy” conversation about it, due to the fact that they both hail from Brooklyn. Shallow from A Star Is Born won for Best Original Song for the writing and producing team that included Jewish songwriter, producer and DJ Marc Ronson. It was performed at the Oscars by Lady Gaga. The evening opened with a performance of We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions by members of Queen with Jewish singer Adam Lambert. (JTA)
(JTA)—The use of certain positive key words and phrases on Facebook activates quick animations. “Best wishes,” for instance, triggers a stream of colorful shapes. “You can do this” activates a trail of thumbs up emojis. Now Facebook users who want to wish someone “mazel tov” get a colorful surprise too. When a user types in the congratulatory Hebrew
phrase, balloons and confetti pop up on screen. Facebook has been adding to and tinkering with this “Text Delight Animations” feature for a while. The animation used to appear only when “mazel tov” was written out in Hebrew letters and not in English letters. The newest update, reported by Chabad.org, makes sure that English speakers who want to wish each other “mazel tov” don’t miss out on the fun.
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Focusing on Rabbi Telushkin’s newly revised edition of Words That Hurt, Words That Heal — the Tidewater Together weekend is open to the entire community, inclusive of all ages, genders, religious affiliations, and degrees of observance.
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HOW THE WORDS WE CHOOSE SHAPE OUR DESTINY SATURDAY, MARCH 30 8:30PM · DISCUSSION & DESSERT RECEPTION Temple Israel with Kehillat Bet Hamidrash and HUBB (Hands United Building Bridges) 7255 Granby Street, Norfolk
Joseph Telushkin is a rabbi, scholar, and bestselling author of 18 books, including: • A Code of Jewish Ethics • Jewish Literacy, and • The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism, co-authored with Dennis Prager In his newly revised edition of Words That Hurt, Words That Heal Rabbi Telushkin focuses on the words that are used in public and in private, revealing their tremendous power to shape relationships. With wit and wide-ranging intelligence, he explains the harm in spreading gossip, rumors, or others’ secrets, and how unfair anger, excessive criticism, or lying undermines true communication. Bringing this classic book into present day, Rabbi Telushkin notes that when it was originally written, social media was not even a concept, the internet was in its infancy, and so the spread of information – accurate or not – was not a particle of what it is today.
THE 50 BEST JEWISH JOKES AND WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT THE HUMAN CONDITION SUNDAY, MARCH 31 10:30AM · BRUNCH & LEARN Temple Emanuel with Congregation Beth Chaverim 427 25th Street, Virginia Beach
“In a time when slurs and slights are displacing civility and courtesy (Words That Hurt, Words That Heal), reminds us that the words we choose have an impact on others—and send a message about us.” - Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals AS PART OF SIMON FAMILY JCC'S LEE & BERNARD FAMILY JEWISH BOOK FESTIVAL
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it’s a Wrap CTeens visit Norfolk Police with freshly baked cookies
Jordan Ash Parker in a police car.
magine a kitchen filled with three groups of teenagers hard at work baking chocolate chip cookies. Imagine they are Jewish teens from across Tidewater, representing a wide variety of schools and
cities. And then, imagine they are baking cookies for others. Stop imagining, as this scene was very real at the inaugural CTeen of Hampton Roads event. CTeeners completed a survey, introduced themselves, had a great time during the ice breakers, and then got to work baking cookies for area police officers. The kitchen was filled with laughter as new friendships formed, all working towards a good cause. After 100 cookies were placed in the ovens, the teens enjoyed a create your own “sushi bowl” dinner and Rabbi Levi led a D’var Torah discussion. Next, the teens bounded out to the waiting vans and headed to the Norfolk Police Station, Precinct 1. Warm cookies in tow, the teens received a tour of the precinct from Sergeant Murphy. Tour highlights included visiting the
questioning room, Q&A with a detective, handing out the cookies to the police officers just arriving for their shift—and of course, checking out a police car. CTeener Abby Seeman says, “I enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends. It was rewarding to see the joy and smiles on the officers’ faces. A small act of kindness sure went a long way!” The next CTeen event, Israel Food Fest, will take place on Sunday, March 17 at 5:30 pm. In addition to partaking in Israeli food, CTeeners will hear about a local
Lone Soldier’s service in the IDF and create prayer tags to be sent to IDF service members. RSVP at www.chabadoftidewater.com/cteen or email email@example.com.
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it’s a Wrap Artist-In-Residence Hillel Smith leaves his mark on Tidewater Callah Terkeltaub
ith several workshops and discussions on contemporary Judaica, graphic artist Hillel Smith lectured, inspired, encouraged, and produced art during his mid-February visit. Smith led a lunch discussion on his book, Parsha Posters, as a part of the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival during his Jewish Book Council tour. Following the lunch discussion, participants took a tour of the Leon Family Gallery that featured all 54 parshiot from the Parsha Posters project. Smith also led a gallery tour for Hebrew Academy of Tidewater’s fouth and fifth graders, which culminated in a workshop on Hebrew calligraphy. The students spent time talking about the Hebrew alphabet and creating their own
Hebrew calligraphy with graphite sticks. Women’s Cabinet participated in a Hiddur Mitzvah workshop, where cabinet members learned how to create Judaica papercut art. Smith also spent time with UJFT’s Young Adult Division women at their latest “Ladies Night In,” held in the home of Jillian Sachs. During a challah cover workshop, the women created challah covers with colors and graphics “that spoke to them.” In between workshops, Smith began work on a mural at the Simon Family JCC which will be displayed in the ViBe District in Virginia Beach. Just before leaving Tidewater, Smith completed his mural for the ViBe District, a graphic representation of the Hebrew letter Aleph—which is now part of the 18th Street Parklet.
Hillel Smith at the Women’s Cabinet papercuts workshop.
For information on Leon Family Gallery or Book Festival, visit JewishVA.org/Arts-Ideas or contact Arts + Ideas manager, Callah Terkeltaub at CTerkeltaub@ujft.org or 321-2331.
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Amy Weinstein, Jenny Sachs, and Rachel Shames at YAD Ladies Night In Challah Covers workshop.
Hillel Smith gives a tour of his work in the Leon Family Gallery.
Hillel Smith with his mural for the ViBe District.
HAT 4th and 5th graders in Hebrew Caligraphy workshop with artist, Hillel Smith.
Hillel Smith walks HAT 4th and 5th graders through the gallery.
Hillel Smith at the HAT 4th and 5th grade workshop.
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it’s a Wrap Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day 2019 Melissa Eichelbaum
orty delegates from Tidewater boarded a bus on the morning of February 6, making their way to Richmond for Virginia’s annual Jewish Advocacy Day with the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Nearly 200 delegates from Tidewater, the Peninsula, Richmond, and Northern Virginia gathered to hear from Senator Adam Ebbin and Minority Leader of the House of Delegates, Eileen FillerCorn before heading to the offices of the Delegates and Senators. Everyone divided into small groups where they engaged in lively discussions with various representatives in the House of Delegates and Senate discussing issues that are important to the Tidewater Jewish community. The issues included thanking the Senators and Delegates for their continued support of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board and programs supported by Jewish Family Service, as well as asking them to expand eligibility requirements relating to Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credits which help local Jewish day schools, signing onto a letter commemorating the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht asking them to never forget the atrocities of the Holocaust, and finally, requesting their support for a bill which adds clergy to a list of mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect, supported by the Board of Rabbis and Cantors of Hampton Roads. This whirlwind day of policy talk instantly created bonds within the lobbying teams as they worked together to determine how to best communicate their messages. Feelings of pride in being Jewish were felt throughout the day, as many people from across Virginia took the time to travel to Richmond to unite and speak their minds about making Virginia a more tolerant place—not just for Jews, but for everyone. For more information about how to get involved with the Community Relations Council, contact Melissa Eichelbaum, assistant CRC director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-965-6107.
Barbara Dudley, Terri Denison, Andie Eichelbaum, and Linda Samuels meet with a Legislative Aide from Delegate Leftwich’s office (center). Kelly Burroughs, Callah Terkeltaub, Melissa Eichelbaum, and Rabbi Gershon Litt meet with Senator Bill DeSteph (second from right).
David Ashe, B. A. Ciccolella and Susan Hippen of Delegate Convirs-Fowler’s office, Raizy Cook, and Alene and Ron Kaufman. Linda Spindel, Ruth Schepper, Delegate Cheryl Turpin, and Brad Lerner.
Aaron Kass, Rabbi Mordechai Loiterman, Hannah Mancoll, Delegate Jason Miyares, Betty Ann Levin, Megan Zuckerman, and Leslie Siegel.
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what’s happening Simon Family JCC Book Club celebrates 100th Read with Marilyn Simon Rothstein Monday, March 18, 12 pm, Simon Family JCC Sharp Objects is a heartwarming and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever had a family. After a lifetime of marriage, Marcy Hammer is ready to get herself unhitched—just as everyone else in her life is looking for commitment. Her new boyfriend, Jon, wants to get serious, and her soon-to-beex-husband, Harvey, is desperate to get back together. When her headstrong daughter announces a secret
uthor Marilyn Simon Rothstein will discuss her latest novel, Husbands and Other Sharp Objects at a luncheon as the Simon Family JCC Book Club celebrates its 100th read. Marilyn Simon Rothstein is the author of Life and Separate, winner of the Star Award, presented by the Women’s Fiction Writers Association for Outstanding Debut. She grew up in New York City, earned a degree in journalism from New York University, began her writing career at Seventeen Magazine, married a man she met in an elevator, and owned an advertising agency for more than 25 years. Her latest novel, Husbands and Other
engagement to Harvey’s attorney, Marcy finds herself planning her daughter’s wedding as she plans her own divorce. Enjoy lunch with friends and hear about Rothstein’s latest book. A book signing will follow the luncheon. Cost is $12 for lunch, $20 for lunch and a signed book. For more information and to RSVP, visit JewishVA. org/bookfestival or contact Callah Terkeltaub at CTerkeltaub@ ujft.org.
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Book Club membership is not necessary to join in the celebration. All are welcome.
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Application Deadline: March 29, 2019 For more information, guidelines and application, visit www.JewishVa.org/tjf-stein
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what’s happening Janice Kaplan, New York Times Bestselling Author, to speak at Simon Family JCC Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 pm, Sandler Family Campus Callah Terkeltaub
he former editor-in- chief of Parade magazine, Janice Kaplan is the author of 14 popular books, including The New York Times bestseller The Gratitude Diaries, which received international praise. Kaplan will speak to the Tidewater community about her latest book, How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life, written with former Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Barnaby Marsh. In the book, Kaplan and Marsh show how recognizing opportunities and changing your attitude can start to create a luckier life. Discovering that people have more control over their futures than they sometimes realize, the two discuss how luck occurs at the intersection of chance, talent, and hard work with
breakthrough insights on how a person can create more luck in love and marriage, career, health, and family relationships. Using original research and fascinating studies, they offer insights on how everyone—from CEOs to stay-at-home moms— can tip the scales of fortune in their favor. Kaplan was deputy editor of TV Guide magazine and executive producer of the TV Guide Television Group, where she created and produced more than 30 television shows that aired primetime on ABC, FOX, VH1, and other networks. In addition to her popular
nonfiction works, she has written hundreds of articles for national magazines and has enjoyed wide success as a magazine editor, television producer, writer, and journalist. Kaplan’s visit is in coordination with the Jewish Book Council, the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival, and Jewish Family Service of Tidewater’s Spring into Healthy Living Program. This event is free and open to the community, with RSVP required. For more information or to RSVP, visit JewishVA.org/bookfestival or contact Callah Terkeltaub at CTerkeltaub@ujft.org.
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What’s happening Nadiv to host community-wide Bracket fundraiser during 2019 NCAA Tournament Danny Rubin
ttention, college basketball fans! Nadiv, the young men’s giving circle through UJFT’s Young Adult Division (YAD), will host a community-wide fundraiser during the 2019 NCAA tournament. Here’s how it works: Every year in mid-March, the NCAA unveils a 68-team bracket. Each school competes in a single-elimination format to see which teams advance to the Final Four. The remaining four schools then compete, also through single elimination, for the national championship. Nadiv invites the entire Jewish community to participate in the first-ever bracket contest. Just visit yad.abilafundraisingonline.com/bracket to sign up. Complete a single bracket or multiple with a $10 donation for each; and it’s not necessary to be a basketball expert to win. The three top finishers receive Amazon gift cards: first place is $600, second place is $300, and third place is a $100. The
YAD’s famous Purim Party returns Saturday, March 23, 8 pm, Sandler Family Campus Estelle Katz
inaugural bracket challenge sponsors, S.L. Nusbaum Realty and Calliott, Demeter & Harrell Investment & Wealth Advisors donated the gift cards. Proceeds will support the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s annual campaign and Nadiv’s annual giving circle campaign, which aids children’s programming in Tidewater’s Jewish community. In the past two years, Nadiv, which now boasts more than 25 members, has purchased outdoor sports equipment for the Simon Family JCC and groceries for the food pantry within Jewish Family Service. Support the community and have fun in three easy steps: sign up online, fill out a bracket, and compete for the top three spots. To join Nadiv, contact Jasmine Amitay, YAD director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 965-6138.
Ventriloquist David Crone to perform at Chabad’s “NY Style Purim” Thursday, March 21, 5:30 pm, Wyndham Garden Hotel, across from Scope
avid Crone, an acclaimed ventrilogquist, will bring his array of charming “dummy s”— pup pets and other props—to life in a hilarious performance, drawing on classic Jewish and Purim-related themes—for all audiences—adults, children, and everything in between. As always, Chabad’s Purim extravaganza will include food—this year it’ll be authentic NY Deli—and lots of other fun activities, such as a photo booth, raffle, music and dancing, and plenty of l’chaims for the adults. There will also be the opportunity to fulfill the four Purim Mitzvot: listening to the Megillah, giving charity to the needy, enjoying a Purim feast, and sending gifts of food to friends. Admission is $18 per person before Thursday, March 17; $25 after. RSVP at chabadoftidewater.com/PurimNY.
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urim is a particularly dear holiday to me for many reasons. Not only does the holiday celebrate when my namesake saved our people with wit, intellect, and bravery, it also is a time of good cheer to celebrate and have fun with friends—old and new! The nature of Purim celebrations lends them to be the perfect venue for Jews of all types to gather and connect at a party designed to be just plain fun. The last Purim party hosted by YAD at the Simon Family JCC in 2017 was my first YAD event. I had been in the area for a few years, and my mishpucha and mentor suggested I give YAD a try. What better way to see how lively and inviting a community can be than to attend a Purim party! The theme that year was Mad Hatter. My friend and I had so much fun making our costumes and doing crazy make-up. When we arrived, we were greeted by beautiful decorations and lights that transformed the JCC’s lobby into a magical scene. Elaborate giant cards, mysterious lighting, tiny potion bottles, and cookies that said, “Eat me” were complimented by the impressive costumes. I did not know what to expect going into the evening, but certainly, it was a great way to be introduced to YAD. After that evening, I attended Happy
Hours and other social events. I was invited to serve on the 2017 Super Sunday Steering Committee, and now I have the pleasure of being a YAD cabinet member. I look forward to working with the community, which is why I am so excited to be on the committee for this year’s YAD Purim Party. This year’s Purim Party theme is a well-orchestrated fusion of chic elegance and a nostalgic throwback: Party like it’s your Bar/Bat Mitzvah at the YAD Mitzvah Purim Party! Guests are encouraged to come dressed either as themselves from their Mitzvah celebration or as if they were attending a Bar/ Bat Mitzvah. This gives the option for either fun costumes or glamorous cocktail attire, and best—a combination of the two. Hours have been spent planning the food, games, atmosphere, and of course, the drinks (it is Purim after all). Plus, we’ve secured a very popular DJ. Personally, I am very excited about the glowing balloons and neon inflatable couches—certainly takes me back! While many exciting surprises are still in the works, YAD guarantees an epic Purim event! Bring a friend, and maybe, like me, it will be their first event of many. More information may be found at JewishVA.org/purim-party.
Simon Family JCC’s Annual Senior Seder Thursday, April 18, 11:30 am, Simon Family JCC
he Simon Family JCC invites all seniors in the community to celebrate Passover at its annual Seder. Rabbi Israel Zoberman will lead a traditional Passover Seder, including customary prayers over lunch. RSVP is required by April 11. Tickets are $10. Open to the entire senior community. Visit jewishva.org/seniors or contact Sheryl Luebke for more information at SLuebke@ujft.org or 757-321-2334.
what’s happening Rabbi Joseph Telushin in Tidewater March 29–31
abbi Joseph Telushkin, the highly respected scholar and bestselling author of 18 books, including A Code of Jewish Ethics, Jewish Literacy, and The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism, co-authored with Dennis Prager, will lead a weekend of learning as Tidewater Together’s Milton “Mickey” Kramer, scholar in residence. The weekend is also presented by United Jewish Federation of
Tidewater Together Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin Friday, March 29–Sunday, March 31 Synagogues throughout Tidewater; Free, unless noted; 757-321-2304 or www. JewishVA.org/TidewaterTogether
Words That Hurt, Words That Heal Friday, March 29 6:30 pm Dinner* 7:30 pm Service and Oneg Shabbat Ohef Sholom Temple 530 Raleigh Avenue, Norfolk
*Adults—$10; Children 12 and under FREE; Kosher meals available for $14 RSVP Required by March 22 to email@example.com. Dinner is NOT mandatory for attendance at community Service and Oneg.
The 21st Century: A Jewish Vision, One Day at a Time Saturday, March 30, 9:30 am Service and Kiddush lunch Congregation Beth El 422 Shirley Avenue, Norfolk How the Words We Choose Shape Our Destiny Saturday, March 30, 8:30 pm Discussion and dessert reception Temple Israel with Kehillat Bet Hamidrash and HUBB (Hands United Building Bridges) 7255 Granby Street, Norfolk The 50 Best Jewish Jokes and What They Say About the Human Condition Sunday, March 31, 10:30 am Brunch and Learn Temple Emanuel with Congregation Beth Chaverim 427 25th Street, Virginia Beach
Tidewater, Tidewater Synagogue Leadership Council, and the Board of Rabbis and Cantors of Hampton Roads, and as part of the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival, in partnership with the Jewish Book Council. Focusing on Rabbi Telushkin’s newly revised edition of Words That Hurt, Words That Heal—a guide on how choosing the right words can enrich relationships and offer insight to improve every facet of our lives—the weekend is open to the entire community, inclusive of all ages, genders,
religious affiliations, and degrees of observance. Telushkin is a senior associate of CLAL, the National Center for Learning and Leadership, serves on the board of the Jewish Book Council and is rabbi of the Los Angelesbased Synagogue for Performing Arts. Ahead of his visit to Tidewater in a recent phone interview, Rabbi Telushkin shared details of his newly revised edition of Words That Hurt, Words That Heal and what he’ll focus on during his visit. Bringing this classic book into present day, Rabbi Telushkin notes that
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when it was originally written, social media was not even a concept, the internet was in its infancy, and so the spread of information—accurate or not—was not a particle of what it is today.
Five questions for Rabbi Joseph Telushkin Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, St. Louis Jewish Light
Two of your past books are The Book of Jewish Values and Words That Hurt, Words That Heal. In these bitterly divisive times, what bedrock values unite the Jewish people? This is a subject I am very concerned about, namely civil discourse. Children are taught a phrase, which I think is very foolish, namely that sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me. The truth is that throughout history, words have motivated people to pick up sticks and stones. From Jewish history we learn that one of the causes of the destruction of the Second Temple was baseless hatred. In today’s divided society, Jews are caught in the middle. When you go to the far right or to the far left, it results not in a discussion of what we agree on, but what divides us. We need to start meeting in the middle. How can we resolve this problem? What I am trying to do is encourage civil discourse no matter what issues we are discussing and find ways not of sharpening
our differences, which can lead to hatefulness, but to identify those issues on which we agree, to move toward the middle to find common ground and a way forward. I believe that on virtually any issue it is unlikely that 100 percent of one side is correct and that zero percent is correct on the other. There almost always are some issues we can agree on other than that the other side is wrong. Has this approach actually worked in Jewish history? After the destruction by the Romans of the Second Temple, there were those who gave in to despair. Rabbi Johanan ben Zakkai actually surrendered to the Romans and got permission from them to start his yeshiva at Yavneh. There were other factions who attacked him for caving in to the Romans. He was able to get agreement from them through respectful discourse. With the passage of time we can see and appreciate [his] wisdom.
Any other examples of words serving to heal after an initial breach? Yes, when the founder of the Hasidic movement, the Baal Shem Tov started his teaching, he was denounced by the Vilna Gaon, one of the most respected and esteemed Jewish scholars of all time. Over time, the two movements reconciled to the extent that they are no longer at odds with one another, but respectful of their different understandings and approaches. How has the power of words that heal played out in modern Israel? David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s founding prime minister was bitterly opposed to Menachem Begin, leader of the Revisionist opposition. The two men had entirely different visions for the new Jewish State. Eventually they came to reconcile and Begin went on to become the Israeli Prime Minister, who signed the peace treaty with Egypt. And so, Jewish history is replete with examples of how we can use words not to advance hatred, but to promote healing. Reprinted with permission from the St Louis Jewish Light.
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What’s happening Patricia Wainger to receive VCIC award at the Tidewater Chapter’s 55th Annual Humanitarian Awards
Purim with Chabad
Thursday, March 28, 5:45 pm The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center
Purim themed Mommy and Me Sunday, March 10, 9:30 am
Ladies Hamantash bake Thursday, March 14, 8 pm Fulfill the mitzvah of listening to the Megillah Wednesday, March 20 Purim evening celebration at Chabad in Ghent, 7:45 pm Cocktail Party for adults at the Oceanfront, 8 pm For more information or to RSVP, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simon Family JCC Day Camp Employment Looking for an amazingly fun summer job that makes a diﬀerence? Do you remember how great it was to be at Summer Camp? At Simon Family JCC J Camp, energetic and passionate staﬀ provide a safe and positive learning environment for campers. Previous summer day camp work experience and/or experience working with children helpful. Staﬀ members are hired for their ability to facilitate memorable experiences for our campers. Complete background check is required and Counselors must participate in an orientation program.
Now Hiring… for the following positions:
Upper Camp Unit Director* Teen Program Lead Counselor** Counselors (High School Graduates; minimum requirement) Junior Counselors (HS rising Junior; minimum requirement) Specialist (Activities: Sports, Music, Arts, etc.) Lead Counselor- Special Needs Shadow Program Special Needs Shadow Counselors Camp Nurse (RN certification required) *Requires proven camp leadership/management experience & must be 21+ years old ** Must be 21+ years old
Applications available at the Simon Family JCC 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 or www.simonfamilyjcc.org Camp Sessions: June 17 -August 9; Post Camp: August 12 -23
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am honored to receive the VCIC Humanitarian award on behalf of the outstanding agencies whose endeavors I have been privileged to support,” says Patricia P. Wainger, one of this year’s honorees of the annual award. The Humanitarian Award of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities is presented to individuals who have demonstrated a personal commitment to the promotion of respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. “In recent years, my main affiliations have included Breakthrough at Norfolk Academy, Jewish Family Service and The Park Place School, housed at Congregation Beth El. As the founding director of Breakthrough, a college preparatory program for underprivileged Norfolk Public School students, I have seen hundreds of young people over the program’s 27 years go on attend to college and to become successful, productive individuals,” says Wainger. “Most recently, as a member of Norfolk’s Congregation Beth El, I have been lending support to The Park Place School that serves underprivileged students. The individualized attention and enrichment opportunities provided these second through seventh graders is inspiring,” notes Wainger. Beth El congregants join community volunteers in helping nurture these students, many of whom have been through trauma and have special needs. Forty-five years ago, Wainger’s father
received the same humanitarian award in Birmingham, Alabama. “He worked until he was 90, always putting the needs of others first. I hope that I inherit his genes and will be able to perpetuate his legacy,” says Waigner. Alvin Wall is chair of the evening. In addition to Wainger, 2019 Humanitarian Award recipients are Regina R. Darden, Claus Ihlemann, Cassandra L. Newby-Alexander, Kevin H. Turpin, and Alok K. Verma. To honor this year’s award winners by purchasing a seat at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater/Tidewater Jewish Foundation/Jewish Family Service community table, contact Tammy Mujica at email@example.com or 757-965-6124.
Discount Book Sale Through Monday, March 18 Simon Family JCC
Choose from a variety of books featured at previous book festivals and author events.
Calendar March 7, Thursday YAD Hands On Tidewater. Social action at The Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore with UJFT’s Young Adult Division. YADians will volunteer in the warehouse. This event is open to YADians and their children ages 12 and older. 5 pm. For more information, contact Carly Glikman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seniors Terrarium Workshop. Make a terrarium and take home a little bit of “green.” 1–2 pm. Simon Family JCC. $10 registration at JCC Front Desk or call 757-321-2338. For more information, contact Sheryl Luebke at 757-321-2334 or email@example.com. March 8, Friday Tidewater Chavurah’s Second Friday Shabbat Service. At the home of Hal and Elaine in the Great Neck Meadows area of Virginia Beach. 7 pm. Rabbi Ellen Jaffe-Gill will lead the service with an Oneg following. New faces welcome. For event information and location address, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 499-3660 or 468-2675. Check out www.tidewaterchavurah.org or Tidewater Chavurah Facebook page for upcoming events. MARCH 18, MONDAY In celebration of the JCC Book Club’s 100th read and 10th Anniversary, Marilyn Simon Rothstein will discuss her book Husbands and Other Sharp Objects on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. 12 pm. $12 lunch/$20 lunch and book. Bundled registration closes March 11. For more information and to RSVP, visit JewishVA.org/BookFestival, or contact Callah Terkeltaub at firstname.lastname@example.org. See page 30. March 20 Wednesday JCC Seniors Club presents Senior Scamming Discussion with FBI agent at monthly lunch meeting. Noon–1:30 pm. Open to all seniors. $6 for members; $10 non-members. Register at the JCC Front Desk or call 321-2338. For information, contact Sheryl Luebke at 321-2334 or email@example.com. March 23, Saturday YAD Purim Party. Party like it’s a Bar Mitzvah at YAD Mitzah Party! YAD’s annual Purim Party gets bigger and better every year with lots of dancing and fun. Purim Mitzvah is for YADians ages 21+. To purchase tickets for $40 a person and $70 for two, visit Federation. jewishva.org/Purim-Party. See page 32. March 29, Friday-March 31, Sunday Tidewater Together’s Milton “Mickey” Kramer Scholar-in-Residence Weekend featuring bestselling author Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. Telushkin will lead a weekend of Jewish learning and discussion focusing on his newly revised edition of Words that Hurt, Words that Heal –a guide on how choosing the right words can enrich relationships and offer insight to improve every facet of our lives. Events take place at a variety of synagogues throughout Tidewater and are open to the entire community, inclusive of all ages, genders, religious affiliations, and degrees of observance. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.JewishVa.org/ TidewaterTogether or call 757-321-2304. See page 33. APRIL 10, WEDNESDAY In partnership with Jewish Family Service, Janice Kaplan will discuss her book How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love and Life on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. 7:30 pm. Free and open to the community. For more information and to RSVP, visit JewishVA.org/BookFestival, or contact Callah Terkeltaub at CTerkeltaub@ ujft.org. See page 31. April 18, Thursday Simon Family JCC’s Senior Seder led by Rabbi Zoberman with traditional Passover foods. 11:30 am. $10. Advanced ticket purchase required by April 11. All welcome. Visit jewishva.org/seniors or contact Sheryl Luebke for more information at SLuebke@ujft.org or 757-321-2334. Send submissions for calendar to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to note “calendar” in the subject. Include date, event name, sponsor, address, time, cost and phone.
Mazel Tov TO B’nai Mitzvah Isabella Rose Leon will become a Bat Mitzvah on March 23, 2019 at Congregation Beth El. She is the daughter of Lisa and David Leon and the sister of Emily. Isabella is the granddaughter of Dr. Abraham and Lynn Finkel of Schenectady, N.Y., and of Arnold Leon and Telsa Leon, of blessed memory. She is a graduate of Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and is a current seventh grader at Norfolk Academy where she is an honor roll student. She loves tennis, reading, drawing, riding her bike, spending time with her family, friends, and pets, and attending Capital Camps. Isabella Rose Leon
Mazel Tov submissions should be emailed to email@example.com with Mazel Tov in the subject line. Achievements, B’nai Mitzvot, births, engagements and weddings are appropriate simchas to announce. Photos must be at least 300k. Include a daytime phone for questions. There is no fee.
Simon Family JCC seeks Dynamic Seasonal Day Camp Director Seasonal employment opportunity to join Simon Family JCC’s Summer Day Camp’s passionate Leadership Team.
Seeking a compassionate, creative, child friendly, hardworking, and highly-experienced leader with a CAN-DO attitude, who desires a meaningful chance to impact the lives of campers and staﬀ . . . while having lots of fun in the process. Ideal candidate has independent judgement, initiative, camp operations experience, and creative program planning skills. Dedication to promoting appreciation for Jewish culture and values, experience in budgetary/fiscal responsibility, and administrative management, preferred. Complete job description at www.jewishva.org/job-opportunities
Submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org Submit by mail to: United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Attention: Taftaleen T. Hunter, Director of Human Resources – Confidential 5000 Corporate Woods Drive Virginia Beach, 23462
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Obituaries Marino Bertini Ocean City, N.J.—Marino A. Bertini, 85, of Ocean City, N.J., passed away on February 13, 2019. Marino left behind his loving bride of 63 years, Sylva, and three daughters, Sonya Bertini, who resides in Ocean City and teaches English as a second language, Lisa Bertini, who is chair of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Holocaust Commission, and Vanessa Bertini, who is a Nurse Oncology Educator at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. Six grandchildren sprinkled up and down the east coast adore him and carry on his legacy of grit, humor, orneriness, and generosity. His cooking and hugs will be terribly missed. Any contributions may be made on his behalf to http://wetlandsinstitute.org/ as he cherished and revered nature and “his” ospreys. A service of memory and love will be offered Sunday, March 17 from The Godfrey Funeral Home of Palermo, 644 South Shore Road, Palermo. www.godfreyfuneralhome.com. Isabel Gordon Brenner PORTSMOUT H—Isabel Gordon Brenner, wife of Louis Brenner, was born on March 23, 1923 and died on February 18, 2019. She was raised in Norfolk where she graduated Valedictorian from Maury High School. She was a long-time child and mental health activist who was a voluntary leader in local, state and national mental health organizations. She was a former president of the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board in Virginia, and former regional vice president of National Mental Health Association. She was the first chairman, serving six years, of Portsmouth Community Services Board, she was a member of Better Beginnings Steering Committee, the Task Force on Mental Health Needs of Children. She served on the National Consortium of Child Mental Health Services. She helped establish the Community Mental Health Center, a drug free center, and Holiday House, a respite care facility for mentally handicapped children. She was the recipient of the Virginia Mental Health Association’s John Redstrom Memorial Award and the
Department of Children’s Outstanding Child Advocate Award. In addition to her involvement in the mental health field, she worked with the United Way, Friends of the Portsmouth Juvenile Court, and the Portsmouth School Foundation, which she helped establish and chair. She also worked with the BEAR program, aimed at improving the reading ability of second grade students. She served on the Mayor’s Council on Drug Abuse, the Jail Advisory Board, the Better Beginnings Task Force for Children. She served on the Board of Community Trust Bank and the Advisory Board of Crestar Bank (today SunTrust Bank). She was actively involved in the establishment of Temple Sinai, serving as the first secretary of the board, president of Temple Sinai Sisterhood and a trustee of the Temple. She was chairwoman of the Women’s Division of Portsmouth United Jewish Appeal. She was also secretary of the Friends of Chevra Thelim, an organization involved with the preservation of Jewish memorabilia in Tidewater. She was a member of Ohef Sholom Temple. She was predeceased by her parents, Mortimer R. and Irene Fass Gordon; a brother, John M. Gordon; uncles, Sol Fass, Luie Fass and Marcus Fass; and an aunt, Pearl F. Weil. She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Louis Brenner; three children, Douglas Brenner and his wife Sharon of Colleyville, Texas, Daniel G. Brenner and his wife Dale of San Mateo, Calif., and Claire B. Marks and husband Joel of Florence, Oregon; and grandchildren, Ari, Kira, Alexa and William. A graveside service was held in Olive Branch Cemetery with Cantor Jen Reuben officiating. Sturtevant Funeral Home. Condolences to the family online at www.SturtevantFuneralHome.com. Mitchell L. Corey Norfolk—Mitchell Lee Corey, OD, died Friday, February 22, 2019 in his residence. He was a native and lifelong resident of Norfolk and was the son of the late Donald Leigh Corey. He graduated from Norfolk Academy and the University of Richmond and Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He
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was in private practice with Corey Family Vision in Norfolk for more than 30 years. He was a member of Ohef Sholom Temple, The Virginia Optometric Association and the Lions Club. He was a longtime Animal Rights Supporter. Survivors include his mother, Charlotte Cooper Corey of Norfolk and his sister, Faith Corey Fuhrman of Annandale, New Jersey. He is also survived by his nieces and nephew, Erica, Annie, and Jay Fuhrman; his aunt, Alice Cooper Goodman; and a host of friends, extended family, and dedicated patients. The family would like to thank Joyce Weise, Jodie Santiago and Ashley Toler who were longtime loyal employees. A memorial service was held in the chapel of Ohef Sholom Temple with Cantor Jennifer Rueben officiating. Memorial donations to the Norfolk SPCA or the charity of the donors’ choice. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences to the family at hdoliver.com. Beverly G. Crockford Newark, Ohio—A memorial service celebrating the life of Beverly G. Crockford, age 88, of Newark, was held at Trinity Episcopal Church with Reverend Kathryn “Kitty” Clausen officiating. Beverly passed away, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark, Ohio. She was born October 27, 1930 in Davenport, Iowa to the late Oscar L. and Helen (Pittman) Gustafson. Beverly was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother to her family and will be sadly missed. She dedicated much of her time volunteering at Licking Memorial Hospital for 31 years. She was also very active with Trinity Episcopal Church, where she and her husband, Jack have been members since 1981. Beverly was talented in creating many beautiful hand stitched needleworks and paintings. She was also a member of Monday Talks. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, John E. “Jack” Crockford, whom she married on October 11, 1948; two sons, Dr. Jon L. (Patricia Weeks) Crockford, M.D. of Virginia Beach, and Michael D. (Linnette) Crockford of The Villages, Fla.; five grandchildren, Stuart,
Parker, Whitney, Christopher and Blaine; a brother, Jon Gustafson of Fort Meyers, Fla.; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Beverly was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Deborah Ann Crockford (1953); and a sister, Joyce Crawford. Memorial contributions to Trinity Episcopal Church, 76 East Main Street, Newark, Ohio 43055. The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service. Joan W. Dalis Norfolk—Joan W. Dalis, daughter of the late Robert Henry Wingfield and Edith Asby Wingfield, passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, February 24, surrounded by her loving family. She was proud to be a Norfolk native, born in Berkley and attended Maury High School. Joan was a lifelong resident of Norfolk and loved her hometown and its residents. Joan married twice, first to M. Dan Dalis, who died in 1972, and then to Dr. Alexander L. Martone, DDS, who died in 1996. From her own internal compass, and what she learned in both of her marriages, as well as personal experience of being twice widowed, she became both a strong and independent real estate businesswoman and a dedicated patron of the arts and many other charitable organizations in Hampton Roads. In business, she was a tough and patient negotiator. She especially cared about Ward’s Corner, where Dr. Martone had built the northeast corner of the shopping district in 1947 and operated his dental practice and real estate businesses there for many years. Joan renovated the shopping center’s exterior to make it modern and attractive. Joan’s passion for the arts and the many charities she supported will not end with her passing, but will live on through The Dalis Foundation, which she helped create following the death of her first husband, Dan. Joan was passionate about the good she was able to do through her role as president of The Dalis Foundation and the many charities it supported. Through those donations and her contagious personality, she touched and inspired many individuals in her brief walk through life. When Joan saw a need, she felt compelled to help solve the problem. Thus, the
Obituaries sudden death of her first husband, Dan Dalis, from a heart attack at the opening night of Chrysler Hall in 1972, inspired Joan to provide funding to have advanced medical equipment installed in all of the City’s ambulances. Similarly, when the Virginia Arts Festival was created, she committed The Dalis Foundation’s support to it, helping, together with many other very generous arts supporters. Joan and her beloved friend Rob Cross and the City of Norfolk has continued to grow the Virginia Arts Festival into the extraordinary organization it is today. In addition to the arts, Joan was committed to many other causes, including human rights, women’s rights, reproductive rights, educating youth and helping those who needed assistance to fuel their passions. Her love touched many through her work with and financial support of many organizations, including The Virginia Arts Festival, The Hurrah Players, The Governor’s School for the Arts, Eastern Virginia Medical School, The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, Planned Parenthood of Virginia, KelsKids, The Tidewater Orchid Society, An Achievable Dream, The JT Walk, Hope House, Salvation Army, The Alzheimer’s Association, and The American Cancer Society. She never forgot that her ability to help so many was a blessing, and that thought, and her generosity carried on throughout her life. Joan is survived by her loving sister and brother-in-law, Sandy and Fritz Evans and loving nephews Matthew Norment, Michael Norment, Steve Wingfield, and her niece, Kathy Wingfield Cooper. Her funeral took place at Forest Lawn Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at Ohef Sholom Temple, both performed by her longtime friend Rabbi Lawrence A. Forman. Donations to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to the family at hdoliver.com. Stanley Glaser Suffolk—Stanley Glaser, 83, passed away peacefully in his recliner on the afternoon of February 23, 2019. He closed his eyes and joined the love of his life for over 54 years, his wife Linda H. Glaser in heaven. Stanley was a courageous man who
never saw obstacles. He lived by his philosophy that you never quit. He fought cancer like he did everything in life with a smile, his wittiness, and his stubbornness. Stanley was a man of his word. If you asked him a question, he gave you his opinion—good or bad. He will be missed by a wide circle of family and friends. He leaves behind the most cherished thing to him on earth, his family. His daughter, Jonna Glaser Ehehalt, her husband John; his son Kevin Glaser and his wife Jackie; four grandchildren, Ryan, Joshua, Bryce and Austin; two sisters Sondra Abramson (Lee), Ann Brett (Herb) and a beloved brother Louis Glaser (Barbara Fletcher); his nieces and nephews Pamela Carlson (Herbie), David Glaser (Lynn), Ricky Yancey, Kim Hern (Rob) and Debbie of blessed memory. He also leaves behind his best friend in the world, George Alcarez who he would have done anything for; his dear friend, Cookie Orleans, along with so many other family members and friends.
Stanley was born in Bronx, New York to Regina and Irving Glaser (of blessed memory). His family moved to Norfolk when he was a young boy and Norfolk became his home. After graduating from Granby High School in 1953, he joined the Army. He served two years before returning to Norfolk where he attended the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary. While in school,
Stanley worked at Edelblute Texaco Station on Wards Corner. He continued to work weekends at the station until 1972. His career began at AJ Legum Furniture Store where he met his lifelong sweetheart Linda. He went on to work at Haskell’s Home Furnishings. Stanley, being an entrepreneur, established Stanley’s Home Furnishings in 1980. Stanley’s Home continued on page 38
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Furnishings grew, and the first retail store opened in 1987 on Church St. Ten years later, he opened his second store on Virginia Beach Blvd. Stanley had a deep respect and love for his Masonic Lodge, Norfolk Lodge #1. As a Past Master, he participated in events and attended lodge meetings with his Masonic Brother George. He made sure that his opinions on matters were heard. He was also an active member of Ohef Sholom Temple. He loved to go to services, always sitting in the first row. Services were held at Ohef Sholom Temple followed by a graveside service at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Masonic Rites were held at the gravesite. Charitable donations to: Masonic Home of Virginia, P.O. Box 7866. Richmond, VA 23231. As Stanley would say, I am glad you got to see me! H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be sent to the family
Ida Shames Norfolk—Ida Shames, age 96, passed away peacefully at home on February 21, 2019. Ida was born in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Dora Floch Aframe and Robert Aframe. She loved and lived for her family and was always the devoted and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is lovingly survived by her husband of 73 years, Colonel Edward D. Shames, USA; her children, Steven (Linda) and Douglas (Ilene); her grandchildren, Sarah (Matthew), Samuel, Aaron (Rachel) and Rebecca (Anthony); her eight great-grandchildren; and her dearest friend, William Grandy. Graveside funeral services were conducted at Forest Lawn Cemetery by Rabbi Israel Zoberman and Cantor David Proser. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Memorial
donations to the Virginia Beach SPCA or the charity of choice. Online condolences to the family through hdoliver.com.
Filmmaker Stanley Donen, director of Singin’ in the Rain
tanley Donen, the filmmaker and choreographer best known for the 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain, has died. Donen died Thursday, Feb. 21 from heart failure in New York City. He was 94. As a child in Columbia, South Carolina, Donen faced anti-Semitic bullying and used the movies as an escape from the tensions of being one of the few Jews in his community, The Associated Press reported. He became an atheist as a youth. The movies turned him on to the world of dancing and acting He met Gene Kelly when they worked on the original Broadway production of Rodgers and Hart’s Pal Joey, when Donen, then 16, was in the chorus and Kelly was cast in the lead. They met again in Hollywood and
began working together, first with Donen as Kelly’s assistant, choreographer, and later as co-director. Donen also worked with actors including Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire. Some of his other notable films include On the Town (1949), Royal Wedding (1951), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), Funny Face (1957), Indiscreet (1958), and Charade (1963). Though his movies are well-known and beloved, the director never received an Academy Award nomination. In 1998 he was given an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement. Steven Spielberg told the AP that Donen was a “friend and early mentor. His generosity in giving over so many of his weekends in the late 60s to film students like me to learn about telling stories and placing lenses and directing actors is a time I will never forget.” Donen was married five times and is survived by three of his four children. (JTA)
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