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U.N. General Assembly 2012 where he was staying, with Farrakhan and members of the New Black Panther Party. “This is part of reaching out to the fringe that supports him,” Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, told JTA. (JTA)

Romney, Obama speak with Netanyahu by phone (JTA)—President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about recent developments in the Middle East. The conversation with Romney came about 10 minutes after Netanyahu spoke for 20 minutes with Obama on Sept. 28. “The Prime Minister and the Governor agreed that an Iran with nuclear weapons capability is unacceptable,” Romney traveling press secretary Rick Gorka told CNN. “They also discussed recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa generally. Governor Romney reiterated his belief that the United States has no greater friend and ally in the region than Israel.” The press secretary also said that Romney and Netanyahu agreed that “the largest security threat to Israel and the entire world is a nuclear-capable Iran.” Romney met with Netanyahu when he visited Israel in the summer. Following the conversation between Obama and Netanyahu, the White House released a statement saying that “The two leaders discussed a range of security issues, and the President reaffirmed his and our country’s unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security. The two leaders underscored that they are in full agreement on the shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

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Iran under military threat from ‘uncivilized Zionists,’ Ahmadinejad tells U.N. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the U.N. General Assembly that his country is under military threat from “uncivilized Zionists.” Ahmadinejad spoke to the assembly Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the United Nations in New York. The delegations from Israel, the United States and Canada were not in the hall for the address, which coincided with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, The Jerusalem Post reported. Ahmadinejad is in the final year of his second term as president of Iran and is barred by term limits from seeking another stint. His speech came a day after President Obama told the assembly that “containment” of a nuclear Iran is not an option and it would pose an existential threat to Israel. “On the day when we pray to be inscribed in the Book of Life, a platform was given to a dictatorial regime that strives, at every opportunity, to sentence us to death. On the eve of Yom Kippur, which is sacred to the Jewish People, the Iranian tyrant—before the whole world—chose to publicly call for our disappearance,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in his statement. “In my remarks to the U.N. General Assembly, they will hear my response. As the prime minister of Israel, the state of the Jewish People, I am working in every way so that Iran will not have nuclear weapons. History has proven that those who have wanted to wipe us off the map have failed, as the Jewish People have overcome all obstacles.” (JTA)


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briefs ‘Homeland,’ based on Israeli series, wins best drama Emmy Homeland, which is based on the Israeli television series Hatufim,”was named the year’s best drama series at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. Homeland also won Emmys for best actress and best actor—Claire Danes and Damian Lewis—and for best writing with Gideon Raff, the Israeli creator of Hatufim, Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon. The cast of Homeland was in Israel in May to film parts of the second season. The Emmy Awards were held Sunday, Sept. 23 in Los Angeles. Homeland’s win prevented Mad Men from winning its fifth straight best drama Emmy. Modern Family took the Emmy for best comedy series. The list of nominees included several Jewish stars. Jewish filmmaker and actress Lena Dunham was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Hannah Horvath on the HBO series Girls. The show also was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and was inspired by Dunham’s experiences as a Jewish young woman living in New York City. Larry David, who is best known as one of the creators of the TV show Seinfeld, was nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. The show also was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. Mayim Bialik was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS show Big Bang Theory. The show also was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. Max Greenfield, an American actor known for his roles on Veronica Mars, Ugly Betty and Modern Men, was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Schmidt in the Fox series New Girl. (JTA) Kissinger staffer: Ex-secretary of state didn’t make ‘no Israel’ quote A staffer for Henry Kissinger denied that the former U.S. secretary of state said that Israel will not be in existence in 10 years. “It’s not a misquote,” Tara Butzbaugh, who works in Kissinger’s New York office, told JTA, referring to an item in Cindy Adams’ New York Post gossip column. “He didn’t say it.” Adams in her column posted Sept. 17 wrote that “Reported to me, Henry Kissinger has stated—and I quote the statement word for word: ‘In 10 years, there will be no more Israel.’” (JTA)

N.Y. Post thwarted in gag gift delivery to Ahmadinejad The New York Post said it was rebuffed in its attempt to hand-deliver a basket with Jewish-themed gifts to the New York hotel room of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. A Post reporter and photographer attempted to deliver the goods to the Warwick Hotel in Manhattan, where Ahmadinejad had checked in on Sept. 19. The Iranian leader was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. In response to seeing the gag gift, the Post claimed that an Iranian official at the hotel exclaimed, “You’re going to endanger my life!” at which point a U.S. Secret Service agent turned away the delivery. Among the goodies included in the basket were Jewish food items such as Gold’s borscht, Manischewitz gefilte fish, Murray’s Sturgeon Shop whitefish and Zabar’s cream cheese. The basket also included a brochure for the Museum of Jewish Heritage, which focuses heavily on the Holocaust. Ahmadinjad has publicly denied that the Holocaust took place. (JTA) Treasury Dept. links Iranian oil company to Revolutionary Guard The U.S. Treasury Department officially linked Iran’s national oil company as an affiliate of that country’s military. The Treasury Department said on Sept. 24 that the National Iranian Oil Company is affiliated with the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Republic, or IRGC, thus enabling the United States to apply new sanctions on any foreign banks that deal with the oil company. Congress had directed the Treasury Department to determine if Iran’s oil companies were linked to its military when it leveled new sanctions this summer. Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) in an email wrote that the report “tears down the false front and reveals the truth: that Iran’s oil company is a key element of the IRGC, the most hard-line and dangerous agency of the Iranian regime.” The Foundation for Defense of Democracies in an email statement congratulated the department and the U.S. Congress “for their leadership in determining that the National Iranian Oil Company is inseparable from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the group responsible for the country’s illicit nuclear activities, brutal repression of domestic political opponents and acts of terrorism aboard.” (JTA)

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State Dept. program highlights history of SS St. Louis The U.S. State Department held an event to commemorate the ill-fated ship the SS St. Louis. A play titled The Trial of FDR highlighted the Sept. 24 event for an audience of approximately 200, including 30 Holocaust survivors. The theatrical presentation, which focused on the decisions faced by U.S. leaders at the time, is expected to be shown throughout the United States. The St. Louis left Germany in 1939 carrying 937 German Jewish refugees heading for Cuba. The German steamer was denied entry there and in the United States and Canada before sailing back to Europe. About one-third of its passengers ultimately died in Auschwitz.(JTA) Facebook blasted for Jewish memes page A Jewish leader in Australia blasted Facebook for continuing to allow access to a page that “constitutes hate speech against Jews.” Peter Wertheim, the executive director of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, lashed out at the social networking platform last month after a spokesman defended the organization’s right to publish the “Jewish memes” page even though it is now inaccessible from Australia. The page, which was established Aug. 30, was withdrawn in Australia last month following a chorus of condemnation, including criticism from Race Relations Commissioner Dr. Helen Szoke, who said Facebook could be in breach of local racial vilification legislation. The page includes depictions of Jews as fodder for gas chambers and a photo of Anne Frank with the message, “What’s that burning? Oh it’s my family.” It also features an “apology” addressed to “any Jewish person who is offended by our jokes” that says “You are not special because you suffered. Shut your self-serving mouths and get over it.” But a Facebook spokesman told JTA that while the content is “incredibly distasteful,” it does not violate its terms. “Hate speech against protected categories is against Facebook’s terms,” the spokesman said. “However, humorous content is still allowed to target those categories. “Ultimately, this is an issue of free speech—these pages are clearly offensive to some but as they are not targeting individuals, are based on humor and make no credible threat of violence they will not be removed.” In response, Wertheim said it was “an indictment of Facebook” that it cannot under-

stand the content “constitutes hate speech.” Wertheim added that “Facebook would do well to remember the admonition of the internationally renowned human rights lawyer Irwin Cotler that the Holocaust did not begin with deeds, it began with words.” (JTA)

Americans hold strong favorable views of Israel, new poll finds Seventy percent of Americans view Israel favorably, according to a survey conducted by the Foreign Policy Initiative. Moreover, when asked their view of Israel, nearly 81 percent of political conservatives shared that view while the number was at 68.5 percent for moderates and approximately 63 percent of liberals. The survey, called “Foreign Policy Matters in 2012,” was conducted Sept. 15–17 by Basswood Research for the Foreign Policy Initiative. Its margin of error is 3.1 percent. Some 40 percent of respondents identified as Republicans, 40 percent as Democrats and 20 percent as either independents or with no party affiliation. Asked the open-ended question about America’s best ally in the world, Israel came in at 15.9 percent, second only to the United Kingdom at 54 percent. On Syria, nearly 66 percent of Americans supported Washington working “with our allies to establish no-fly zones in Syria to protect civilians and help ensure a transition to a more pro-Western government instead of the terrorist-supporting regime of Bashar al-Assad.” (JTA) Soros pledges $1 million to Obama Super PAC Billionaire George Soros pledged $1 million to a Super PAC supporting President Obama. The donation reported last month by The New York Times will go to Priorities USA Action. It reportedly was announced Sept. 27 at a luncheon held by the Democracy Alliance, a group of liberal donors, by Michael Vachon, a longtime Soros political adviser, according to the Times. Soros also is set to donate $500,000 to two Super PACs backing Congressional Democrats, the newspaper reported. With the donations, Soros now has given $4.3 million during this election cycle to PACs supporting Democrats, according to Politico—the largest donor on the left, it said. Soros donated $24 million to outside groups ahead of the 2004 election. By contrast, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has pledged to spend up to $100 million to defeat Obama and congressional Democrats in the upcoming elections.(JTA)

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or many years, I enjoyed the Yiddish song, Di Grine Kuzine (The Greenhorn Cousin) without knowing more than the first stanza of the song, and so I misunderstood it completely. Here is the first stanza, in translation: “A girl cousin arrived, a greenhorn, Beautiful as gold she was Cheeks red as oranges Tiny feet, just made for dancing.”

This is more or less the happy image conveyed in the American mainstream release of the song with Benny Goodman and vocalist Peggy Lee. Lately, I have learned the rest of the song, and it is much more somber: “But, as the years passed by My cousin went downhill From working hard week after week Nothing remained but a wreck. “Today, as I meet her in the street And I ask: How’s everything, Greenhorn? She just sighs and I read in her eye: To hell with Columbus’ paradise!” (Translation: The Zemerl Archive) American Jews are no longer the oppressed, urban proletariat of the greenhorn cousin. As a recent immigrant in New York, my mother’s father worked in a foundry, hammering out fire escapes. My mother’s mother was a proud, card-carrying member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (I still hear the jingle: “look for/ the union label/ when you are buying, a coat, dress, or blouse!”). Their 1921 honeymoon consisted of the boarder in Papa’s apartment checking out for one night! They made do on only a little, put an extra cup of water into the pot to extend the soup, and mended clothes until the new outfit could be afforded. Their children went to public school in the Bronx—those 1930s conveyer belts of excellence—and continued on in City College and Hunter College—where antiJewish quotas did not apply—ultimately becoming a nuclear engineer and a professor

of English. All their grandchildren have had careers in the intellectual professions. Yes, America was a land of opportunity, and Jews have taken advantage of that to reach a pinnacle of participation in the broader society unmatched in our millenial history of Diaspora life. It is also a land of religious opportunity. Except for a persistent voice from the far margin, calling for the Christianization of the public square, America has practiced a benevolent neutrality among faiths, allowing each one to grow as it might, in a free society, amongst the vigorous rivalry of competing systems. And yet, there has been a down-side to Columbus’ great discovery, seen from a Jewish point of view. His “Paradise” is as free for non-religion as it is for religion. Non-religion is more and more popular. To some degree, the keepers of religious establishments make the mistake of reaching in exclusively, or of thinking in sectarian mind sets, rather than reaching out creatively and genuinely. But some of the problem is simply inherent in the nature of a posttraditional society. Many Jews assimilate because that is a path of least resistance. Readers of this newspaper, by definition, are self-choosing. They—you—have opted to make Jewish identity an important part of who you are. Bless you for that choice! The founding document of Judaism, and still the touchstone of all Jewish thought, is the Torah. Simchat Torah, the annual festival celebrating our completion of yet another cycle of reading through the Five Books of Moses, is a moment of relaxed joy for us, an up-beat “after-party” serving as an encore to the massive symphony of the High Holidays. Torah is not a burden, for one who knows her well. It is a privilege and a pleasure to be walking her ways, which are ways of pleasantness, and to linger in her paths, which are paths of peace. This year, Simchat Torah and Columbus Day are coinciding. There is a lesson in that: Columbus Day, symbolizing American life, can coexist with Simchat Torah, symbolizing the Jewish way. In Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous “Four Freedoms” speech, of January 6, 1941, he highlighted religion: “The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world.” How fitting, to celebrate our freedom to practice our religion—by actually practicing it! Happy holidays (secular and Jewish), Rabbi Michael Panitz, Temple Israel

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Islamic leaders must call out hatemongers movie is tied to Islamophobic policies of arrogant powers and Zionists.” NEW YORK (JTA)—In 1935, a trial was What should not be missed here is not held in Bern, Switzerland, in which two that this is an example of the usual suspects individuals were being prosecuted for merely exploiting a situation to serve their distributing the notorious anti-Semitic doc- anti-Jewish purposes. It is rather far deeper ument The Protocols of the Learned Elders of and more sinister. Zion. At the trial, witness after witness came It is a way of thinking that is dominant forward testifying to the fraudulent nature in certain circles, is truly believed and just of The Protocols. awaits repeated confirmations to set off antiThen one of the accused took the stand Semitic explosions of one kind or another. and was asked what he thought in light of Therefore, although important, it is these testimonies. He said that none of it simply not enough to react against and had impact on him, and that he knows expose these manifestations of hatred. The Protocols are true because every Rather there has to be a sustained day around him he sees how Jews long-term process of standing up True conspire to control the world. and speaking out against this change will That story comes to mind kind of thinking, so the point as we watch the sad tales can be reached where these come only when unfold of the anti-Islamic conspiratorial viewpoints are film that led to riots in the isolated and truly marginal. influentials in Arab world. To a large extent, this the Islamic world A story circulated that the has happened in recent maker of the film, Innocence years in the West because recognize how of Muslims, was an Israeliof the impact and lessons American Jew by the name of of the Holocaust, because of destructive these Sam Bacile who claimed that the changes in the Catholic views are. he had produced the film and Church’s views on Jews and, was backed by 100 Jewish donors. significantly, because of leaders It quickly emerged, however, that the and nongovernmental organizations story was a lie. In fact, there was absolutely in democratic societies willing to take a no Jewish angle here at all. The film’s pro- stand for the truth. ducer was a Christian Copt living on the Sadly, in the Islamic world, there is no West Coast who received assistance from a systematic effort to combat anti-Semitic right-wing, anti-Muslim Christian. conspiracy thinking. To the contrary, as The revelation of these facts was impor- we see in Iran and in many governmenttant in many places, but in those places sponsored newspapers in a number of Arab where anti-Semitic conspiracy theories countries, officials often aid, abet and even have become a way of life, the truth had no lead the way in their anti-Semitism. impact, much as in the case of the distribuUltimately, as in the West, true change tion of “The Protocols” back in 1935. Rather will come only when influentials in the the “evidence” that the anti-Muslim film Islamic world recognize how destructive was produced by a Jew merely confirmed these views are to their own societies. We, what they already “know”—that Jews are unfortunately, are far away from that day. behind the siege against the Muslim world, But for now it is vital that Western that Jews are the secret power in the world. countries and others like Russia, China and It is therefore hardly a surprise that a non-aligned nations find opportunities to surge of anti-Semitic sentiment appeared call out their Muslim country counterparts. since the story broke with the violence If it is legitimate for Muslims to express against U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya. anger at anti-Muslim sentiment in the Cartoons in papers across the Arab West, even if it comes only from an indiworld and in Iran depict evil Jews as behind vidual with no government connection, it is the film and anti-Muslim sentiment. In one surely right to call out Muslim officials who Iranian cartoon, the Jew is the devil and the remain silent in the face of or even work to director of the anti-Muslim film. Iranian cultivate and exploit anti-Jewish sentiment President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad chimed in their own societies. in as usual, calling the film an Israeli plot —Abraham H. Foxman is national direc“to divide [Muslims] and spark sectarian tor of the Anti-Defamation League and author conflict.” Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah most recently of Jews and Money: The Story Ali Khamenei, said the American-made of a Stereotype. by Abraham H. Foxman







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U.N. General Assembly 2012

At U.N., Netanyahu tries to portray Iran as ticking time bomb by Neil Rubin

(JTA)—For Benjamin Netanyahu, it’s all about advancing the view that a nuclear Iran is not simply a theoretical threat, but a ticking time bomb. It’s why he’s pressing President Obama to establish explicit red lines when it comes to Iran’s nuclear progress. It’s why he came to the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, Sept. 27 brandishing a placard with a cartoonish diagram of a bomb meant to depict Iran’s nuclear threat. And it’s why, in a first, Netanyahu offered an explicit timetable about when he believes Iran will reach the nuclear red line in 2013. “By next spring, next summer at most,” Iran will have finished the “medium enrichment” stage, Netanyahu said in his U.N. speech, pointing to the red line he had drawn on his diagram. “From there, it’s less than a few months, possibly a few weeks, until they get enough uranium for an enriched bomb. The relevant question is not when will Iran get the bomb; the question is at what stage can we stop Iran?” President Obama, who addressed the U.N. General Assembly two days earlier, made clear he, too, will not abide an Iranian nuclear bomb. While he agreed with Netanyahu’s assessment of the broad threats a nuclear-armed Iran would pose, he has refused to commit the U.S. to a red line short of Iran’s actually obtaining a weapon. (Netanyahu says Iran cannot be allowed to have nuclear weapons capability). “Make no mistake, a nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained,” Obama told the General Assembly. “It would threaten the annihilation of Israel, the security of Gulf nations and the stability of the global economy. It risks triggering a nuclear-arms race in the region and the unraveling of the non-proliferation treaty. That’s why a coalition of countries is holding the Iranian government accountable. And that’s why the United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” However, Obama noted, “America wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe that there is still time and space to do so.” Obama also linked the recent antiAmerican violence triggered by a YouTube clip of a movie insulting the Prophet Mohammed to Holocaust denial. “The future must not belong to those

who slander the prophet of Islam,” Obama said. “But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see in the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated, or churches that are destroyed or the Holocaust that is denied.” For the moment, it wasn’t clear what impact the rhetoric at the United Nations would have—on world opinion, on the U.S. stance on Iran, or on American votes for president come November. But Obama’s Iran remarks and Netanyahu’s praise for them may be a sign that public tensions between the U.S. and Israeli administrations on Iran, which spilled over into public view in recent weeks, are subsiding. The Israeli leader reportedly had been miffed that Obama turned down a meeting with him during the General Assembly in New York. The White House countered that the president was not meeting with any world leaders. And some Democrats were irked when Netanyahu went on the Sunday morning talk shows in America to push the Iran issue, viewing it as meddling in election-year politics. That followed Netanyahu’s declaration in Israel on Sept. 11 that nations that fail to establish a clear red line on Iran “don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel” -- a statement Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) called “utterly contrary to the extraordinary United StatesIsrael alliance.” Last month, it seemed, there was an effort to move beyond these episodes. “I very much appreciate the president’s position, as does everyone in my country,” Netanyahu said on Thursday, Sept. 27. Obama’s remarks on Iran and Netanyahu’s praise for Obama “lowered the noise” on the tensions, says Abraham Foxman, national director of the AntiDefamation League. While the Palestinians’ unilateral statehood bid made headlines at last year’s annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, this year it was clear that Iran was the main event, with the Palestinian issue barely a sideshow. Even though Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech gained strong applause in the cavernous hall, it didn’t get much attention elsewhere. Abbas lashed out against Israel’s “apartheid” policies against the Palestinian people and won sustained applause when he called for non-member state status at the United Nations. He talked about Israel’s “position of apartheid against the Palestinian

people,” and said, “Israel is promising the Palestinian people a new catastrophe, a new Nakba. I speak on behalf of an angry people.” Nakba, Arabic for catastrophe, is the term Palestinians use for Israel’s creation. The Palestinian issue got little more than passing reference in Netanyahu’s and Obama’s speeches. If anything, Obama appeared to lay more blame on the Palestinians for the standstill in negotiations, talking about the need to “leave behind those who thrive on conflict, those who reject the right of Israel to exist,” without singling out any obstacles to peace on the Israeli side. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, Yom Kippur, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad delivered what is likely to be his last speech at the world body, with his term set to end within a year. He made but scant reference to his country’s nuclear program, decrying how the “pledge to disclose these armaments in due time is now being used as a new language of threats against nations.” He added, “Continued threats by the unciv-

ilized Zionists to resort to a military action against our great nation is a clear example of this bitter reality.” The U.S. and Israeli ambassadors walked out of Ahmadinejad’s speech. Ahmadinejad also waxed about the need for a “new world order” and spoke of a world devoid of “egoism, distrust, malicious behavior and dictatorships, with no one violating the rights of others.” Included in his list was a world with “the right to criticize the hegemonic policies and actions of the world Zionism.” Prior to his U.N. address, the Iranian president has said that Israel “had no roots” in the Middle East. Netanyahu devoted the opening of his speech to that. “King David some 3,000 years ago reigned in our Jewish state in the eternal capital of our people,” Netanyahu said. “Throughout Jewish history, our people have overcome all of the tyrants that have sought our destruction. It’s their ideologies that have been discarded by history. The Jewish people live on.”

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nvitations to the 110th Anniversary Luncheon honoring the ladies who founded the Hebrew Ladies Charity Society in 1902 have been mailed and now is the time to plan to attend.

• Today, you check the Weather Channel to decide what to wear. In 1902, you learn of the first public demonstration of radio, but you don’t have one. • Today, you shower and wash your hair. In 1902, you would fill the bathtub from a pail to bathe, and you would wash your hair once a month with borax or egg yolks. • Today, you use your blow dryer to style your hair. In 1902, you would allow your long hair to dry naturally and then knot it on top of your head with hair pins in the Gibson Girl look.

• Today, after you dress, you get into your car and use your cell phone to call your friend to find out when she is leaving. In 1902, only 8% of homes had a phone, and Teddy Roosevelt was the first president to ride in an automobile that year. In 110 years, much has changed, but the need for one person to help another is still the same. The Hebrew Ladies Charity Society has always been generous. There is something special about anonymous giving that places the gift on a higher plain, and the luncheon at Beth Sholom Village will celebrate this continuous achievement. So, wear a hat and gloves (don’t all ladies wear hats and gloves?) and enjoy a modern fashion show by Lili’s of Ghent and Famous Millinery, backed by music reminiscent of the turn of the 20th century. Consider joining the Hebrew Ladies Charity Society for $15 a year or becoming a life member for $150. Make a one-time donation of $110 to the 110th Anniversary Society to continue the good work of the Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater, a joint venture of Jewish Family Service and Beth Sholom Village. Make sure that the vision continues.

•T oday, you put on slacks or a skirt whose hem is somewhere around the knees. In 1902, you crush your body in a whalebone corset and put on a trumpet-shaped petticoat over which you wear a stiffcollared, long sleeve blouse and a skirt that can clear the floor and approach the ankle. The jacket is wool or wool tweed, no matter what the weather.

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Peace of mind in tough times “It has been a life-saving net to know that someone as caring and giving as JFS has been there for my family and myself. Without them I don’t think we would have stayed together as a family and we would not have survived!” Every day, Jewish Family Service staff members encounter cases such as this one, each heartbreaking and sad. JFS offers a food pantry for those in need, and has seen an increase in clients in recent months. “Many people have preconceived notions of what a person who relies on a food pantry is like,” says Patty Shelanski, JFS volunteer coordinator. “What they don’t know is that a job loss, an illness or any other unforeseen crisis can change anybody’s life in an instant. JFS is their safety net.” JFS also offers the Milk & Honey Food Closet, which provides food to local Jewish clients in need. Last year, JFS provided this assistance to more than 100 impoverished Jewish individuals in the community. The agency also provides financial assistance to local Jewish individuals and families to help them get back on their feet during difficult times. Food banks across the country recognized September as Hunger Action Month

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INA High School enjoyed its annual bonding trip at the beautiful Chanco on the James on Aug. 30. The purpose of this yearly outdoor retreat is to forge camaraderie among the girls by using teamwork, collaboration, and communication, thinking skills, and good fun. Upon their arrival, the girls quickly made their way down to the river to hop into the canoes. The first challenge was met with enthusiasm as they navigated the James River. They quickly understood the importance of teamwork and communication as they learned to paddle the canoes. The calm, cool water enticed several of them to abandon their canoes and take a dip in the river. Lunch was followed by a trek deep into the forest to test their climbing and cooperation skills. The girls learned the

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importance of encouragement when faced with a challenge such as the rock climbing wall, which cemented the need for motivation among peers. As they cheered on their classmates, each girl became more inspired to reach the top. Likewise, the girls listened and worked to manipulate the rope course together. Before dinner, the girls rewarded themselves with a refreshing swim in the pool and a friendly game of volleyball. The day ended with roasted marshmallows, s’mores and singing around a bonfire. BINA’s administrators believe that bonding a group of girls using challenging activities in a fun environment is the secret to the start of great academic year. BINA High School is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.


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WASHINGTON (JTA)—A new American Jewish Committee poll found 65 percent of Jews nationwide planning to vote for President Obama and 24 percent for Mitt Romney, with another 10 percent undecided. The poll, conducted Sept. 6-17 among 1,040 Jewish voters nationwide, found Obama doing better than Romney among Jews of all religious backgrounds with the exception of the Orthodox, who favored the Republican nominee. Taking into account the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points, the poll’s overall finding regarding the state of the Jewish vote is similar to other recent polling from Gallup and elsewhere. Another recent poll by the AJC of registered Jewish voters in Florida found 69 percent supporting Obama and 25 percent for Romney. According to the AJC’s national survey, more members of liberal denominations and the unaffiliated tended to favor Obama. Reform Jews favored Obama over Romney 68 percent to 23 percent, Conservative Jews 64 percent to 23 percent, and those identi-

fying themselves as “just —favoring U.S. action by Jewish” 68 percent to 19 a margin of 64 percent to percent. Orthodox Jews, 35 percent opposed and by contrast, favor Romney favoring Israeli action by 54 percent to 40 percent a margin of 73 percent to of Orthodox Jews for Obama. 26 percent. favor Romney Obama tended to Israel came in at a disscore higher on domestic tant fourth among issues policy and national secuthat respondents listed as rity than on foreign policy, “most important” to them, although he had substanwith 61.5 percent listing tial majorities approving the economy, 16.1 perof his performance in both areas. cent listing health care, 4.7 percent listing On the economy, 63 percent of respon- abortion and 4.5 percent listing U.S.-Israel dents approved of his performance while relations. 37 percent did not; on health care, the That preference persisted when split was 68–32; and on national security respondents were asked what was their it was 76–23. second-most and third-most-important Obama’s handling of Iran’s suspected issue: U.S.-Israel relations was named by nuclear weapons program and of relations 4.2 percent as second most and 6.1 percent with Israel scored the same: 61 percent as third most important. approved and 39 percent disapproved. The poll was conducted for AJC by Majorities supported U.S. or Israeli mili- GfK Group through email among a pool tary action should diplomacy and sanctions of respondents who had previously selffail to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program identified as Jewish.



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ur Jewish community is a vibrant and vital part of Hampton Roads. As someone who married into a Jewish family and has considered himself part of the Jewish community for nearly 30 years, I profoundly understand the proud history and important challenges we face. If you elect me to Congress, you can count on me to always be a stalwart supporter of Israel and our Jewish community.

What are the three major foreign policy issues that you would like to focus on in congress in the coming year? The top concern for all Americans in regard to foreign policy must be the potential of a nuclear Iran. We must stand strong with Israel to make sure that this can never happen. Second, we must work with our allies to quell the current unrest across the Middle East resulting from the Arab Spring. The destabilization in the Middle East represents a very large threat to the security of Israel. We must secure our embassies and work to make sure that those countries continue on paths to democracy by holding free, fair, and non-violent elections. Finally, we must bring to a safe and successful conclusion our mission in Afghanistan. It is time we put our resources and efforts into rebuilding our nation at home. If you see Medicare in need of reform, what would be the top two issues you would focus on?

Medicare is a critical program that has helped millions of seniors have the dignified and quality life that they have earned and deserve. I will always fight to protect and strengthen this program, and you can be sure that I will never support efforts to privatize Medicare. To help strengthen Medicare, we should negotiate prescription drug prices, saving over $200 billion in a ten year period. We also need to cut down on the waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare which can save as much as $80 billion per year. What is your position on eliminating or lowering the tax deduction for charitable contributions? I am not in favor of eliminating the tax dedication for charitable contributions. Having spent the last 15 years with my wife Susan working in and with multiple charitable organizations, I truly understand the important work that our charities do in Hampton Roads and I would not support continued on page 12

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’m humbled by the confidence you’ve placed in me to serve you and your family in this very challenging time in our American journey. It’s a tough economy; it’s hard to find a good job. Our country’s financial situation threatens every American’s future, regardless of political affiliation, gender, age, or race. Folks are frustrated and rightfully so, with both parties. This truly is a defining moment for our country. We must, and we will, find common ground. That’s the very reason I sought this office: to lead from the front this fight for a brighter future for every American—every child, every senior, from every walk of life. I respectfully ask for your vote on November 6th, and if given the privilege to serve again, I’ll never forget that I work for you. If you see Medicare in need of reform, what would be the top two issues you would focus on? For too long, Medicare has been used as a pawn in political debates while this vitally important program, which our seniors have earned, heads toward bankruptcy. Our first priority must be protecting Medicare for current seniors —those 55 and older. It is critical to understand that the plan I support makes NO CHANGES to Medicare for those 55 and older. We must also, with a laser-like focus, reduce the waste, fraud, and abuse which we know exists in the current system. Americans are ready for the truth, they are ready for solutions, and they are ready for leadership. The truth about Medicare is undeniable: according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO),

the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund—the fund that pays the Medicare bills—projected to become exhausted in 2022. We can debate about what should be done to fix this, but there is no debate over what lies ahead if nothing is done. If we don’t address this now, Medicare really will end. If anyone tells you differently they are not facing reality. I will not let this happen. I am committed to strengthening and preserving Medicare for current and future generations. This includes legislation ensuring that no changes in Medicare will occur for anyone 55 and older while implementing market-based reforms that provide more choice for America’s future seniors. I also support compassionate reform that takes into account a patient’s financial health continued on page 12 | October 8, 2012 | Jewish News | 11


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as well as his or her physical health by lending extra support to those who need it most.

What should be the U.S. response above and beyond what is being done now to curb Iran’s support of terrorism and its march toward nuclear arms? First, I want to unequivocally say that Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is unacceptable. I support even tougher sanctions that severely limit Iran’s ability to access overseas bank accounts and would support harsh sanctions on any company doing business with Iran. For this to be most effective, we must press other world leaders to apply the same tough sanctions and to not allow their friends and allies to work with Iran in any way. What two strategies would you suggest to strengthen and grow the U.S.–Israel relationship? If I have the privilege of representing Hampton Roads in Congress, I will work tirelessly to protect and defend our nation’s unique and vital relationship with Israel. Serving as the best example of democracy in the Middle East, we must ensure that Israel has the strategic and diplomatic resources needed to protect itself. Our two country’s military and economic interdependence is critical to everyone’s safety in the Middle East. It should be well understood that any threat to Israel is a threat to the United States. It is without question that our strongest ally and friend is the state of Israel, and if elected I’ll work to ensure that we continue to strengthen that partnership so that Israel is a safe, vibrant community in which to raise a family. We can continue to strengthen our partnership by supporting the President’s $30 billion ten-year aid package, under no circumstances allowing Iran to acquire or sell a nuclear weapon, and stopping the growth and influence of Hezbollah in Lebanon.

What should be the U.S. response above and beyond what is being done now to curb Iran’s support of terrorism and its march toward nuclear arms? Unequivocally, Iran is a direct threat to its neighbors, Israel, and the rest of the world, and it must not obtain a nuclear weapon. I am pleased that Congress passed H.R. 1905, with my support, the Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011. This legislation tightened sanctions against Iran and authorized the administration to sanction the Central Bank of Iran. Nevertheless, all options must be left on the table as we combat the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, encourage the democratic movements existing in Iran, and support our friend and ally, Israel. What two strategies would you suggest to strengthen and grow the U.S.–Israel relationship? First and foremost, we must stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel as we work to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. Israel remains the only true democracy in the Middle East, and as a nation, we must boldly support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, its claim to its current geographic boundaries, and its right to defend itself against the unrelenting threat posed by neighboring hostile regimes. This leadership must come from the White House and from Congress. Second, the bond between America and Israel must be strengthened, and I believe one way to ensure this is for more Members of Congress to visit Israel and see firsthand the security challenges that she faces. My family and I took a personal visit to Israel, including stops in the Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip. Our experience was moving and enlightening. One leaves Israel with a deeper understanding of the profound challenges facing that small but powerful nation. And one cannot help but admire the bravery of the Israeli people, their country, and their economy. Such visits lead to deeper mutual respect, trust, and friendship between our two nations. In turn, we develop stronger economic ties, opportunities, and trade. This is how we strengthen our overall relationship.

Delivering meals… Second decade begins for Toras Chaim Israeli-American prof receives genius grant and smiles by Debbie Wilson


roasted chicken, challah, kugel and honey cake—the staples of a Rosh Hashanah dinner. For some Jewish residents of Tidewater, however, a meal like this would not be possible without the help of Jewish Family Service. JFS provided Rosh Hashanah meals to 66 people this year, and delivered more than 100 gift bags—that included a challah, apple, and Jewish calendar—to Jewish seniors in non-Jewish facilities. Volunteers gathered on Sept. 13 to package the meals and gift bags, which were delivered to Jewish individuals in their homes and local nursing homes. JFS is able to provide these dinners in large part due to the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Annual Campaign. In addition, JFS offers Jewish clients financial assistance at Rosh Hashanah so they can purchase food for their holiday meals. During this year’s holiday, JFS provided almost $7,000 to 109 families to help them celebrate, thanks to an endowment fund created by a donor just for this purpose. JFS holiday outreach programs would not be possible without the dedication of volunteers. Those who assisted with Rosh Hashanah meals include: Rita Brannan, Larry Buckman, Jim Eilberg, Susan Geers, Maury Handel, Anne Kramer, Annette Mand, Sandy Mendelsohn, Arlene Owens, Ray & Marilyn Rebby, Al & Maxine Rosenfeld, Gail Salzberg, Mark Solberg, Tricia and Carl Stevens, Melissa and Howard Taylor, Sue Ellen Teach, and Ellen Waranch.

oras Chaim began the school’s 11th year with some extra shine. The hallways and classrooms were sparkling thanks to the hard work of the sailors attached to the USS Truman. More than 30 sailors came to Toras Chaim at the end of the summer to help clean the floors, paint rooms and add fresh mulch to the playground. With close to 100 students, Toras Chaim has its highest enrollment to date. The students and parents all enjoyed a back to school watermelon picnic sponsored by the PTA. The weather cooperated and the students enjoyed outdoor games, activities, watermelon and ices. It was an opportunity to reconnect after the summer break. The preschool students and their parents shared an orientation, meeting their new teachers, participating in a childparent art project and snacking together. Just in time for Rosh Hashanah, students enjoyed their first guest speaker of the year, Bob Perkins from the Tidewater Beekeepers Association. He visited to educate students about bees and the process of making honey. Perkins arrived with part of his hive so that the students could see the

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bees hard at work. The faculty participated in a professional development presentation by Rabbi Joshua Levy, a former school principal and currently the executive school consultant for Torah Umesorah. Rabbi Levy demonstrated to the staff practical strategies to increase student engagement in the classroom. He also instructed faculty on varying strategies in working with students with different needs and gave teachers new insight on proper classroom management styles. With a decade of learning Torah and a strong general studies program under its belt, Toras Chaim is off to another superb year of education.

Maria Chudnovsky, an Israeli-American university professor, was one of 23 Americans to receive a MacArthur Foundation genius grant. The $500,000 grants—the foundation’s fellowships for extraordinary originality—were awarded Oct. 1. Chudnovsky, 35, who immigrated with her family to Israel from her native Russia when she was 13, researches graph theory in the field of theoretical mathematics. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees at the Technion in Haifa and a doctorate at Princeton University. She has worked as a professor at Columbia University since 2006. Since 1981, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundationhas has awarded the grants to individuals who “have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction,” according to the foundation website. Other 2012 winners include Chris Thile, a mandolin player and composer; David Finkel, a Washington Post reporter on military affairs; and Dr. Eric Coleman, whose work in geriatrics helps patients transition from hospital to home. (JTA)

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Campaign Kickoff opens eyes and hearts to community’s mitzvot by Laine M. Rutherford


uests at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s 2013 Campaign Kickoff on Thursday, Sept. 27, were treated to an evening of Ethiopian sights, smells, and tastes. They heard firsthand accounts of the difficulties and triumphs of being Jewish, Ethiopian and Israeli, and were thanked for making a difference in the lives of countless Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Israelis—in decades past, currently, and for continuing to help in the future. A crowd of more than 200 gathered at the Sandler Family Campus to attend the annual event that officially began the Federation’s fundraising efforts for the year. The goal for the 2013 Campaign year

is $4.4 million, funds that Campaign chair Amy Levy says will continue the legacy set in place by past generations who sought to make life better for Jews locally and globally. “We’re following in the footsteps of many generous members of our community, and it is a journey we just continue,” she says. “We are doing amazing things in this community…and tonight has demonstrated to me, and hopefully to all of you, the strength of a people, the power of community, and, that together, we do extraordinary things.” The evening’s backdrop was a limitedrun photography exhibit, From Gondar to Jerusalem: The Remarkable Rescue of Ethiopia’s Jews (through October 9), shown on the second floor of the building. In the cardo, guests dined on Kosher Ethiopian cuisine.

Members of the UJFT Israel and Overseas Committee meet with Micha Feldmann and Maly Gaday Jackson.

UJFT executive vice president Harry Graber, Cindy and Ron Kramer.

Sonya Miller, Dorothy Zimmerman, associate vice president for Global and Israel Philanthropy-JAID at Jewish Agency Jill Moskowitz, and Eric and Joan Joffe.

Participants of the UJFT Young Adults Division.

UJFT Preisdent Alvin Wall with 2013 Hampton Roads Jewish Community Hero winner Nancy Tucker. Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin and Alan Bartel.

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Campaign chair Amy Levy and Marc Moss.


Featured speaker Maly Gaday Jackson n 2006, the diocese of richmond and Catholic Charities shared her harrowing story of escaping of Eastern Virginia joined together to recognize local Ethiopia in 1984 at seven-years-old, and individuals for their good works and good hearts. this being clandestinely whisked away to a new led to the establishment of the Bishop’s Humanitarian Award home in Israel. Maly, now a local resident, which honors individuals in Hampton roads for their works as an assistantservice teacher thecommunity, Strelitz charitable support and efforts to atthe Early Childhood Center. for the less fortunate. Micha Feldmann, the night’s second speaker, shared hisnamed experiences of helpin honor of our Bishop, the award is presented individuals service inspires others to the ideal ing Jews like Maly to leave Ethiopiawhose during society worth improving, and that sharing and Operation Moses andthat other secretismissions, caring are Solomon, part of a well-lived life. in recognition of their including 1991’s Operation in accomplishments, awardees receive a distinctive medal at which 14,300 Jews were flown to Israel in a ceremony hosted by the Bishop and attended by family, just 36 hours. friends andhear colleagues. “I am glad so many could our stories tonight,” says Feldmann, who continues ReciPients of the BishoP’s to work with the EthiopianPast community in humanitaRian awaRd Israel with the relief organization, SELAH. “And I hope they realize how important their gifts are. It is one way thatCharles Jews whoV. McPhillips • 2011 live a better life can have the opportunity to Jacqueline and Frederick J. be part of the Jewish world that doesn’t have Napolitano, Sr. • 2010 such good lives.” Before the evening concluded, the winHarvey L. Lindsay, Jr. • 2008 ner of the 2012 Hampton Roads Jewish Community Hero was announced. From Paul D. Fraim • 2007 The Honorable a group of four candidates nominated and voted upon entirelyJosephine by online and par- George Stenke • 2006 ticipants—Dana Cohen, Morris Elstein, Miriam Seeherman and Nancy Tucker (formerly Metheny),—Tucker was named the year’s Hero. The Temple Israel secretary and community volunteer received a $500 check for the charity of her choice. For video footage and events of this photo, visit in the coming weeks.


Humanitarian award Named in honor of our Bishop, the award is presented to individuals whose service inspires others to the ideal that society is worth improving, and that sharing and caring are part of a well-lived life. In recognition of their accomplishments, awardees receive a distinctive medal at a ceremony hosted by the Bishop and attended by family, friends and colleagues.

The Most Reverend Francis X. DiLorenzo, Bishop of Richmond and the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia cordially invite you to attend the

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meyera e. oberndorf Wednesday, October 17, 2012 11:30 a.m. Virginia Beach Convention Center 1000 19th Street Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451 Proceeds benefit Catholic Charities’ programs and services in Hampton Roads Hebrew Academy of Tidewater president Burle Stromberg, and director of the Holocaust Commission of the UJFT Elena Baum.

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onight, we will speak to the Mitzvah of Pidyon Shvuyiim also known as the Redemption or Rescuing of the Captives. This will be done in honor of our subject matter the Rescue of the Ethiopian Jews or also known as Beta Israel. There are certain aspects of the history of Beta Israel that are unfortunately and not surprisingly familiar to many of us in the room despite most people’s declared ignorance of the topic. They are an ancient people who stood fast to their Judaism despite fierce anti-semitic attacks both physical and economic to separate them from their religion. They were once estimated to number 500,000 strong who went to the Gondar region to escape persecution and forced conversion. In 1624, they fought valiantly but unsuccessfully against Portuguese backed Ethiopians and to quote an eye witness account Beta Israel men and women fought to the death from the steep heights of their fortress. They threw themselves over the precipice or cut each other’s throat rather than be taken prisoner. However, not all avoided capture and not all were involved in the battle. Thus, this began centuries- long period of oppression in which they were referred to as Falshas or outsiders and when many captives were sold into slavery or forcibly baptized. Their lands were also confiscated and they were by law no longer allowed to own land. Their writings and books were burned, and the practice of any form of Jewish religion was forbidden in Ethiopia. Now, I assume that there are many heads nodding that this is indeed a familiar tale. What has been and what continues to remain is our Jewish obligation to rescue

the captive whether they be individuals or groups as large as Beta Israel, Soviet Jews or Jews trapped in the Holocaust. The mitzvah of Pidyon Shvuyiim is considered a great Mitzvah Rabbah, a category of mitzvot that transcends most other mitzvot because of its extreme importance. It transcends the mitzvah of tzeddakah and feeding the poor because as Maimonidies said that a captive is assumed to be poor, hungry, thirsty, ill clothed and in mortal danger. The Shulchan Aruch states that, every moment one delays in freeing captives, in cases where and when it is possible to expedite their freedom, is considered tantamount to murder. The failure to perform Pidyon Shivuyim violates many Torah laws as well such as ‘Do not harden your heart or shut your hand against your needy fellow or do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” However, despite the tremendous importance of performing the mitzvah the rabbis debated limitations that may be put on it. Basically, they asked when is the risk too high requiring abstention from the communal need to perform the Mitzvah. Is it when the cost is so high as to irreparably weaken the community, threaten its safety or bankrupt its treasury—which all run counter to Mipnei Tikkun Ha-olam. Others argue that when a captive’s life is in danger that the mitzvah of Pekuach Nefesh- commandment to save life trumps the limitations placed upon Pidyon Shvuyim. These are the issues that are debated frequently in Israel and most recently regarding the issue of Gilad Shalit. Many asked will not the released and unrepentant terrorists once again kill and maim the members of our community, our country. The answers



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are not so clear even when they appear clear. In 1944, an Hungarian Jew named Rudolf Kastner who worked with the Budapest Aid and Rescue Committee negotiated with and bribed Adolf Eichmann to have a special train take approximately 1,700 Hungarian Jews to safety in Switzerland. Eichmann kept his end of the deal even as he was planning the deportation of over 450,000 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz. Kastner emigrated to Israel after the war where in 1954 he was accused by an individual in a self-published newsletter to have collaborated with the Nazis by successfully negotiating with Eichmann to save the 1,700 which included his family and towns people and not doing enough to alert the larger Hungarian Jewish population of the danger of the deportations. The issue became a cause Celebre, the government sued on behalf of Kastner against his wishes for libel but the judge ruled against the government and Kastner saying, that Kastner had sold his soul to the devil in negotiating with Eichmann and only saving certain Jews and not alerting others. Kastner received death threats and two years after the decision was shot and killed. Nine months after his death the Supreme Court of Israel overturned the lower court’s decision stating that the judge had seriously erred. Clearly, the mitzvah of Pidyon Shvuyiim is not a simple one to perform, despite

the fact that the opportunity to perform it happens all too frequently in our people’s history. I would like to touch upon and close with a number of points for consideration. The performance of all Mitzvot start with individuals and I posit the obvious which is that one is not borne understanding how to perform these mitzvot particularly one as important as Pidyon Shvuyim. They have to be taught about it, they have to have opportunities to frequently practice its principles, they must understand the inherent values and they must have role models to emulate. They must be supported, taught and challenged throughout their childhood and teen years to develop an understanding and consciousness to perform mitzvot especially mitzvot Rabbah such as Pidyon Shvuyiim and Pekuach Nefesh. Personal courage, integrity and commitment are hard won traits that must be practiced and tested. They must live in a community that supports these values and mitzvot through its institutions, actions and activities. The community must work hard to create Jewish memories that become part of an intimate psychological legacy of pride and conviction. I was dismayed to encounter two young committed Jewish professionals who

had studied aspects of Jewish history at two of the finest universities in our country and who knew nothing about the rescue

2,000,000 Soviet Jews rescued — the largest act of Pidyon Svuyiim

of Ethiopian and Soviet Jewry. Our local educators must incorporate these events in their teaching. The rescue of approximately 2,000,000 Soviet Jews is probably the largest act of Pidyon Svuyiim in our history and we have allowed it fade into the dustbin of generational particularities. Why do our college students and young professionals know the story of Nelson Mandela and not Natan Sharansky. When we mention or even Google courageous Jewish women of the 20th century why do we include Hannah Sanesh and not Ida Nudel, Avital Sharansky, Elena Bonner or a heroine from Beta Israel? We must teach, celebrate and know our history because the qualities and actions we expect from our young people and our com-

munity do not spring out of thin air. It is clear from the rabbinic literature and Talmud that that the performance of Pidyon Shvuyiim is primarily a communal responsibility. There are frequent references to a fund for such purposes that is required be established and regular contributions be made to it by the citizenry of the community. In our community, such a fund is the UJFT Annual campaign that supports surrogate organizations like the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, ORT and the Jewish Agency for Israel who often secretly perform the mitzvah in our name. In fact, this year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the rescue by these organizations of Jews trapped in the siege of Sarajevo. During my career I participated in meetings hosted by Jewish Federations of North America and these organizations to discuss strategies if the need should arise to rescue the Jews of South Africa and Argentina. It is clear that one’s gift to the UJFT along with one’s commitment to Jewish learning, values and tikum olum provide the foundational cornerstone of a community prepared to perform the Mitzvah Rabbah of Pidyon Shvuyiim. Our campaign begins this evening and may we stay forever vigilant, strong and prepared. | October 8, 2012 | Jewish News | 17

JCC Book Festival nears

Read now, hear the speakers in November


by Leslie Shroyer

he Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival begins Nov. 4, bringing 12 authors to speak at the Simon Family JCC, as well as hundreds of books to peruse and purchase. Three authors’ books are available now at

the JCC—these are “community reads” perfect for book clubs. Delia Ephron, sister of the late Nora Ephron, delights in her new feel good book The Lion Is In, which she will discuss on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 12:15 pm. Her book, described by Booklist as a “read-in-one-sitting, feel-good celebration of resiliency and hope,” is about three lost souls who end up working at a “down-at-the-heels nightclub,” whose sole attraction is Marcel, an old lion retired from the circus. A bestselling author and screenwriter, Ephron was a screenwriter for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and You’ve Got Mail. She has written novels for adults and teenagers, books of humor, including How to Eat Like a Child, and essays. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, More, and The Huffington Post. She collaborated with Nora Ephron on a play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which ran for two years offBroadway and has been performed in cities around the world. Preordered box lunches must be reserved by Oct. 30. Debut novelist Francesca Segal, who

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was inspired to re-imagine Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence for the modern age, speaks on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 pm. She will share her debut novel about the present day upper-crust Jewish community of North West London, a community where the bonds of family and tradition run deep. The story centers around a man who is engaged to be married to a girl who has everything: looks, a terrific family, a family business he could one day run; but he is tempted by her prodigal cousin, who enters his life and changes it forever. Francesca Segal was brought up in the UK and America. She studied at Oxford and Harvard universities before becoming a journalist and literary critic. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, FT Magazine, and The JC, among others. For three years she wrote the Debut Fiction Column in The Observer and was a features writer at Tatler. Lynn Garson Goodman, who lived in the Norfolk area from 2001 through 2009, will speak on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 4 pm. Garson Goodman is the author of Southern Vapors, a story of her experience at an institu-

tion where she recovered from depression. Garson Goodman shares insights and personal experiences both about her own lapse into depression and the many fascinating people she met while she was getting help herself. Garson Goodman is a lawyer who practices in her native town of Atlanta. She had never written before, but once she met fellow patients during her stay at the institution, she started writing. “I knew I had to capture these stories and communicate them to others,” she says. “I literally wrote notes about the people I met on napkins, and the words just poured out.” She will talk about the memoir of her experience in the hospital, as well as what led her to be there in the first place. These three books are available for purchase now at the JCC front desk. Nine additional author events will take place Nov. 4–Nov. 18. Visit for a complete description and lineup of the events, look for the Book Festival mailer soon, and see the back cover of Jewish News for more information. Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

Woolsey visit evokes awareness of national vulnerabilities


by Laine M. Rutherford

peaking to an audience at the Sandler Family Campus on Sept. 10, R. James Woolsey’s delivery was easygoing and folksy. The message the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency delivered, however, was anything but casual. “We are on the verge of something as serious as being at a war with Chinese hackers, Russian hackers, terrorists and so forth,” Woolsey said. “I think we have a very serious problem in the vulnerability of the Web and the [electric] grid.” Woolsey was in Virginia Beach for a special presentation by the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. More than 225 people attended the free event, interested in hearing Woolsey’s take on America’s dependence on oil for fuel and electricity, and the control the United States cedes to OPEC. “Our whole society depends in different ways on oil,” he said. “It’s a subject on which it really helps to have different views represented so you can see why people are doing what they’re doing.” Woolsey invoked the legacies of three historical figures—environmentalist John Muir, outspoken WWII General George Patton and human rights icon Mahatma Gandhi—to illustrate his belief that, although diverse, all would support his argument that America must find alternative sources of energy to protect the environment and make the United States more secure. In addition to speaking about oil, Woolsey stressed his concern about North America’s electric grid. Both during his appearance to the general public and at a reception earlier sponsored by the UJFT’s Business & Legal Society, Woolsey cited

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the susceptibility of the grid’s web-based operating system, and the immediate need for its reformation. He suggested talking to elected officials about the problem. An energy and foreign policy expert, Woolsey headed the CIA 1993–1995. A self-described “Scoop Jackson democrat”—conservative on defense and foreign policy issues and more liberal on domestic issues—Woolsey served in the Carter, Reagan, Bush, Sr. and Clinton administrations. He is the current chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Prior to his evening appearances, Woolsey spoke to Hebrew Academy of Tidewater fourth and fifth grade students about working in the intelligence field, and gave definitions of spies, agents and operatives. “I was interested in finding out how dangerous his work was,” says Micah Shachet-Briskin, 10. “I didn’t know that there was much of difference between the FBI and the CIA. He answered that question for us.” To see a video of R. James Woolsey’s talk at the Sandler Family Campus, visit www. and click on the news and events heading.

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HAT golf tournament celebrates 24th year and passes the event chair baton by Dee Dee Becker


olfers laced their cleats and teed off at Bayville Golf and Country Club for this year’s annual Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Konikoff Center of Learning golf tournament. The event, which celebrated its 24th year, raises funds for need-based scholarships for students of Hebrew Academy and the Strelitz Early Childhood Center. “The love for our school community, friendly competition and camaraderie once again translated into another successful benefit to the tune of $125,000,” says Deb Segaloff, director of development. “We are so grateful to everyone from our new golf tournament chair, David Cardon, and other volunteers, to the players and sponsors for helping us continue providing such a high quality Jewish day school education here in Hampton Roads.” Held on Tuesday, Sept. 11, Rabbi Mordechai Wecker, HAT’s head of school, led a moment of silence. “I am told we were actually in the midst of our annual golf tournament 11 years ago when the news about the terrorist attack broke on that fateful day,” he says. “It was important to pause and give respect in memory of all those who perished that day and for those who continue to fight for our freedom today. As I finished reflecting on the past, I looked around at everyone and felt incredibly inspired in that is a profound feeling to be part of a community where there are so many businesses and individuals who come together in support of Jewish education.” In the spirit of moving forward, the

David Cardon, event chair, and Rachel Abrams, volunteer.

Team players Alvin Wall, Steve Sandler, Ed Reed, and Ron Kramer.

golf tournament baton has now officially been passed from longstanding event chair and past HAT president Bob Josephberg to David Cardon, HAT alumnus and current trustee. “Bob is still responsible for so much of the success of this day,” says Cardon. “It wouldn’t be nearly as successful without all of his support and people he brings together, as well as that of his assistant Angela Jenkins. The two have run this event year after year like a finely tuned engine and we owe both of them a tremendous debt of gratitude. It is upon their wings that I will endeavor to keep the incredible spirit, integrity and success of this event going strong.” Like Josephberg who was a HAT parent and past board member, Cardon and his wife, Elyse, are strong supporters of Hebrew Academy in more than one way. Both are alumni, having met at HAT in the third grade. He is a current member of the board and the couple now sends their children to HAT and the Strelitz Early Childhood Center preschool. “We want our

Bob Josephberg, longtime tournament chair, and Angela Jenkins, right hand woman.

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Andy Kline and Steven Kayer with Karen and Matt Fine.

children to have the kind of day school experience we had as kids,” says Cardon, “one that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Hebrew Academy is a jewel—our kids would not be the children they are without the experiences they are having every day there. This is why the annual golf tournament is so important. It is vital that we continue to raise funds so that those who want a challenging, high quality Judaic and secular education for their children can have that unique opportunity.” As chair of the event, Cardon along with Segaloff, oversaw a host of volunteer committees. “The food committee,” says Segaloff, “was chaired by past HAT parents and current trustees, Ilana Benson and Joan Joffe and was catered by the Sandler Campus’ Cardo Café. They did an exceptional job with an American/Israeli theme —hamburgers, chicken kabobs, falafel, hummus and pita, among other great food. The raffle committee, chaired by HAT parents Leslie Auerbach and Tami Arnowitz had more participation by volunteer members, which resulted in even

more raffle prizes. The golf registration bag committee, chaired by HAT parent Cara Scheffres, got so many appreciation items donated for the players this year. Volunteer coordination was chaired by HAT parents and board trustees Rachel Abrams and Patti Seeman, who secured an outpouring of volunteer participation like never before. The solicitation committee, chaired by David Cardon and Bob Josephberg, celebrated many returning sponsors and new sponsors. Altogether, this combined group of volunteers did an outstanding job, surpassing all of our expectations.” At the end of the day, 90 players and 43 volunteers—including three area rabbis, Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz, Rabbi Levi Brashivetsky and Rabbi Aaron Margolin —had enjoyed beautiful weather, great sportsmanship, a fabulous feast, an awards ceremony and, most importantly, a sense of community that was born out of a shared love for the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater.

The Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Konikoff Center of Learning/Strelitz Early Childhood Center preschool is a constituent agency of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. To make a donation to the school, or for information about next year’s tournament, contact Deb Segaloff, director of development, at or call 757-424-4327. Grey and Kathy Martin with Shelly and Britt Simon.

Patti Seeman and Rachel Abrams, co-chairs, volunteer recruitment committee.

Mindy Brown, volunteer, and Leslie Auerbach, co-chair of the raffle committee.

Alan Nordlinger and Arnold Leon.

Elyse Cardon and Megan Zuckerman, registration volunteers.

Rabbi Mordechai Wecker, head of school, and Burle Stromberg, HAT board president.

Rabbi Aaron Margolin and HAT Trustee David Leon.

Team players John Strelitz, Stuart Sim, Lee Shearin and Evan Kalfus.

Team players Celeste Stredler, Sheila Josephberg, Karen Gilbert and Annie Sandler. | October 8, 2012 | Jewish News | 21

Edward and Anne Kramer Create a Jewish Legacy and encourage others to do the same


fter a seven-year courtship and 25 years of marriage, Ohef Sholom Temple board president, Ed Kramer, and his wife, Anne, exhibit a warmth and sense of humor with each other that extends outward, embracing everyone they come in contact with. It’s this warmth and humor that have helped the Kramers channel their commitment to each other into becoming a positive force in their support for Ohef Sholom Temple, as well as the entire Tidewater Jewish community. “I am most proud of all the activities and events Ohef Sholom has going on that help Jews find and express their Judaism,” says Ed. “I think what’s important to most Jews is that they have an outlet for their social action. We have been very involved in making opportunities available, such as our soup kitchen, NEST, work with JCOC, and Mitzvah Day, and that is all just from one of our many active committees.” Having grown up in the area (Ed’s parents were natives, Anne’s moved here around the time of WWII), both of them come by their philanthropic natures honestly. “My father said to me ‘When I’m gone it’s up to you’,” says Ed. “Both my parents felt the community was worthy of support.

Their methodology was typically writing a check to the various agencies whenever they could. My father was very much a behind-the-scenes kind of person.” “We started off with our kids in preschool and that’s how we initially got involved with the JCC,” adds Anne, referring to their children, Carra, a recent college graduate, and Franklin, a senior in high school. While both Kramers confess they prefer to keep a low profile in terms of their philanthropy, they also understand the importance of promoting planned giving. “There’s huge potential in letting people know, ‘Hey, you’re not the only ones making this gift. There are a lot of us out here who may not be making as big a gift as you are, but we’re doing what we can,” explains Ed. “I think it’s important to get the message out that some of us are out there trying to help where we can. It’s not necessarily about how much, it’s that you participate.” The Kramers are also outspoken in their support of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation’s role in creating permanent resources for the future of the Jewish community. “I think what’s so great about Philip (Rovner) and the Foundation is, they will

find a way for you to participate. It doesn’t take a whole lot; you just have to want to do it. This is a challenging economy. The congregation needs to understand the building carries with it certain expenses, and that the staff represents a certain expense, and somebody’s got to pick up the tab. If we can spread it amongst all of us, it’s a lot easier to nibble on it than to choke down the whole thing. That applies not just to Ohef Sholom, but all the Jewish agencies and congregations in Tidewater,” says Ed. “People need to understand the Foundation represents a tremendous benefit to our community. To be able to help that planning, to facilitate the gift, to make sure that when all is said and done those beneficiaries get the proceeds. Not everybody’s going to have an appreciated asset that can fund a life insurance policy or bequest. But maybe there’s a different number or vehicle that works for you. It’s readily apparent to me that Philip has a lot of tricks up his sleeve and that he will find a way to keep you comfortable in giving.” says Ed. Summing up their feelings, Ed states it plainly for both Anne and himself: “If we cannot figure out how to rise on the same tide, we’re all going to sink. Unfortunately, this is a

Ed and Anne Kramer

major issue—not just for my congregation or the JCC, or the Federation—it’s for all Jewish institutions locally, because there just aren’t that many Jews available to support them. We have the capability. It’s now making everybody aware of the need, following through, and saying, ‘What can you do?’” To that end, as Ohef Sholom’s president, Ed has been an integral force in the creation of the congregation’s Eternal Light Society, which honors all those who Create a Jewish Legacy for the temple. For more information about how to Create a Jewish Legacy, call or email Philip Rovner, 757-965-6109,

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Aly Raisman, Munich 11’s David Berger to be inducted into Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

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induction ceremony is weightlifter David Berger, who was among the 11 Israelis killed at the Munich Olympics in 1972. Raisman won a gold medal in the recently completed London Games on floor exercise with her routine to “Hava Nagila” and helped the U.S. to the women’s team title. She also earned a bronze on the balance beam. Other inductees in April include sports photographer Andrew Bernstein; Steve Bilsky, the athletic director at the University of Pennsylvania; Bruce Cohen, a National Lacrosse Hall of Fame member; Randy Grossman, a former tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers; and U.S. swimmers Marilyn Ramenofsky and Garrett Weber-Gale. Raisman was recognized last year by the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Pearl D. Mazor Outstanding Female Jewish High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. 1556 Laskin Road at Hilltop East in Virginia Beach 437.3100 301 W. 21st Street at Ghent in Norfolk 623.3100

Seniors celebrate Rosh Hashanah with lunch at Simon Family JCC


he annual Rosh Hashanah luncheon for seniors at the Simon Family JCC was held on Thursday, Sept. 13. After an assortment of salads, fruit and challah were served on festively decorated tables, the group engaged in a nearly hourlong game of “Jewish Jeopardy,” created by Miriam Brunn Ruberg, Jewish Life and Learning director. Sherry Lieberman, senior program coordinator, served as the M.C. and Brunn Ruberg asked the holiday trivia questions. Everyone was a winner at the end, when bags of holiday goodies including challah,

muffins and candy were given to all participants, and all were wished a Happy 5773. For more information about senior events at the JCC, contact slieberman@ or call 321-2309. The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. | October 8, 2012 | Jewish News | 23

what’s happening Race for the Cure — Saturday, Oct. 13, 8:30 am by Lisa Chacon


re you at risk for breast cancer? I did not think I was when I was diagnosed over six years ago. Early detection is the reason I am healthy and cancer free today. The Simon Family JCC has a team participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®. This event raises awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast

cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Register for the team, join another or race alone at the Komen Tidewater Race for the Cure at 31st and Atlantic, Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The link below is for the JCC team page to register or make a donation to support efforts to end breast cancer. TR?pg=team&fr_id=2461&team_id=233913.



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2012 Cummings Tennis Tournament at Simon Family JCC Sunday, Oct. 14


o kick off its new tennis program, the Simon Family JCC will host a Pro-Am Tennis Tournament. Darryl Cummings will provide his brand of tennis, offering a one-day tournament, featuring well-known players. Cummings, a former 20-year NCAA tennis coach and tennis entrepreneur, says he is excited to launch a tennis program at the JCC. “I am very honored to be able to offer my brand of tennis to the Simon Family JCC. I consider the JCC to be the finest recreation facility in Hampton Roads and I am extremely impressed with how they have embraced the Jewish heritage while offering membership and programs to various demographics. I am really looking forward to growing tennis at the Simon Family JCC.” Bigman dubs showdown What: Big Man Tennis Tournament where 16 competitive doubles players play doubles for a couple of hours. Upon completion, only one player will be declared the “Big Man” Champion. When: Sunday, Oct. 14, 12–3 pm Where: Simon Family JCC Tennis Courts Number of participants: 16 Levels: Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) 6 and up / USTA Level 3.5 and up. Info about the Universal Tennis Rating System can be found at Open to all genders and a very beneficial event for juniors. Tournament Format: Doubles players are randomly paired up on four courts using the racquet pick methodology; Each court will play three mini sets; all players will play with each other during this preliminary round; After the completion of the preliminary round 1st place players go to court #1, 2nd place players go to court #2, 3rd place players go to court #3, 4th place players go to court #4 for final round of play; Each court will play three sets; all players will play with each other; Player winning on top court will be named “Big Man.” Scoring Format: Nine point tie-breakers are played at four all in each set; No add scoring is used. Big Man placing criteria: Player who is

3-0 is “Big man” on the court; Ties in overall record will be broken by using the fewest games lost among the three sets played; Ties still existing among players will be broken by playing one cross court doubles point. Entry Fee: $25 Registration: Call 321-2308 or email Cummings tennis showdown pro-am at simon family jcc What: Sixteen doubles teams will play a regular style tennis tournament. Each team will play four matches and each match will consist of one set with a tiebreaker played at 6 all. When: Sunday, Oct. 14, 3– 6 pm Who: There will be 16 tennis professionals who are either currently teaching, current or former high level collegiate players, or who believe they are good enough to be referred to as a professional for this event. Each professional will play with a so-called amateur. The amateurs are usually people who have never had to lower themselves to make a living off of tennis and play for the love of the game. The amateur for this event will usually be highly experienced at tennis competition. Where: Simon Family JCC Tennis Courts Ammature Fee: $85 Registration: Call 321-2308 or email

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utrition for older Americans is the focus of this program sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Tidewater at Gomley Chesed Congregation. Beth Gerstein, MS, RD, CNSC will review nutritional choices for older Americans, as well as engage in interactive menu planning with participants. Gerstein is systems manager, clinical nutrition, for Sentara Healthcare. This program is free and open to the community. Gomley Chesed Congregation is located at 3110 Sterling Point Drive in Portsmouth. RSVP to the synagogue office at 484-1019.

what’s happening Federation-Synagogue Shabbaton to feature NYU’s Dr. David Elcott Fri. Oct. 26

Beth El Shabbat Services and Dinner, 5:30 pm

Sat. Oct. 27

Temple Israel Shabbat Morning Services, 9:30 am

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B’nai Israel Motzei Shabbat Social, 9 pm

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avid Elcott, a professor at New York University, will speak on Rebuilding Community: The Search for New Models of Leadership, during the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Shabbaton this month. As Scholar in Residence, he will explore the erosion of community and how the Jewish community can create ways to rebuild social capital. Elcott is the executive director of Israel Policy Forum, an advocacy think tank dedicated to promoting solutions for the Israel-Palestinian conflict. All events are free and open to the community. For information on the Federation Shabbaton and other Federation-Synagogue partnership projects, contact Carolyn Amacher, community development specialist, at 757-452-3181 or

Creative Works by Norfolk Artist Lorraine Fink

Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan The 2012–2013 Nexus Interfaith Dialogue Series Monday, Oct. 15, 7:30 pm The annual series will explore the relationship between religion and art by looking at five modes of artistic expression from the perspective of two different religious traditions. The series begins with poetry. Panelists Rabbi Michael Panitz and Imam Vernon Fareed will discuss the influence of early Arabic poetic traditions on Islamic scripture and Hebrew poetry. Go to www. or call 455-3200 for more details.

Religion and presidential campaign Thursday, Oct. 25, 12 pm “The Role of Religion in the 2012 Presidential Campaign” is the focus of a Center program to be held in the Pearce Hospitality Suite. The program will be lead by Dr. Eric Mazur, Gloria and David Furman Professor of Judaic Studies at Virginia Wesleyan, and will feature VWC students in Professor Mazur’s course on Religion and American Politics. Call 455-3200 for details.

Hansel and Gretel at JCC Sunday, Nov. 4, 2:30pm


he Virginia Opera performs Hansel and Gretel at the Simon Family JCC. Children are sure to enjoy one of the most beloved works in the operatic repertoire, based on the favorite Brothers Grimm fairy tale. This musical spectacle features favorite characters Hansel, Gretel, their mother, the Fairy, the Sandman, and, of course, the Witch. $5 for children, $7.50 for adults 11 and older, or $25 for a family (two adults and up to five children). Call 321-2338 for tickets.

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Pizza with a Purpose: Thursday, Oct. 25

t’s hard to imagine spending a holiday alone, but sadly, many adults right here in Tidewater do just that. As the holidays approach, JFS staff and volunteers reach out to these people with helping hearts, as part of the JFS “Helping Hearts” project. Now in its seventh year, the Helping Hearts project provides indigent adults with bags stuffed with toiletries, knitted winter wear, socks and other necessities. Many of the recipients live off of very little, and have few or no family or friends to see during the holiday months. This year, the Helping Hearts project hopes to build upon its success of years past and collect enough toiletries, grooming items, snacks, socks, winter hats, gloves, novelties and even gift cards for incapacitated adults from ages 18 to 104, who have no family or friends to remember them at holiday time. A number of these individuals are part of the JFS Personal Affairs Management program for incapacitated adults. To raise funds for this project, JFS is hosting a “Pizza with a Purpose Night” at California Pizza Kitchen, at both the Virginia Beach and Norfolk restaurants on Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Good news and bad Leah phones her husband at work, “Izzy, do you have time for a chat?” “Sorry, darling, this is not a good time—I’m about to go into a board meeting.”

“I really haven’t the time,” says Izzy, “so just quickly tell me the good news.” “Oh all right, then. The air bag on your new Lexus works very well.”

“But this won’t take long,” Leah says, “I just want to tell you some good news and some bad news.” — Reprinted with permission from Oy! The Ultimate Book of Jewish Jokes by David Minkoff

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calendar Oc t o b er 12, F rid ay Senatorial Candidate, Governor Tim Kaine a d d r e s s e s is s u e s a n d c o n c e r n s i m p o r t a n t t o t h e J e w is h c o m m u n i t y. 12 p m. S a n dl e r F a m il y C a m p u s. S p o n s o r e d b y t h e C o m m u n i t y R e l a t i o n s C o u n c i l o f t h e U n i t e d J e w is h F e d e r a t i o n o f T i d e w a t e r. R S V P s t r o n g l y e n c o u r a g e d t o J J o h n s o n @ u j f t .o r g.

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He will receive an honorary Doctorate of Music at a special academic convocation. Arnold Eisen, chancellor of the Seminary says, “This occasion will enable JTS’s faculty, administration and board of trustees to express our collective esteem and thanks to (Cantor Flax) for the contributions (he has) made during (his) long and distinguished career in the cantorate, a career of service which has brought blessing to the Conservative Movement and klal yisrael.”

Oc t o b er 14, S und ay Brith Sholom Center’s October meeting w ill b e o n t h e s e c o n d S u n d a y b e c a u s e o f S u k k o t. B o a r d m e e t s a t 10 a m. G e n e r a l M e e t i n g b e g i n s a t 11 a m f o ll o w e d b y b r u n c h. Simon Family JCC Tennis Tournament . S e e p a g e 24.

Oc t o b er 20, S at urd ay The first of this season’s Performing Arts at the J , p r e s e n t e d b y L e a h Wo h l*, D a n A h d o o t p e r f o r m s c o m e d y li v e a t t h e S i m o n F a m il y J C C. A h d o o t is a n a t i o n a ll y k n o w n c o m e dia n w h o h a s t r a v e l e d t o m o r e t h a n 3 0 0 c o ll e g e s, m a n y c o m e d y c l u b s a n d J C C ’s, a n d h a s b e e n o n la t e n ig h t T V d o z e n s o f t i m e s. F o r m a t u r e a u di e n c e s o n l y. 8 p m ; d o o r s o p e n a t 7 p m f o r c a s h b a r. T i c k e t s $ 3 5| $ 3 0 J C C m e m b e r s. B u y t i c k e t s o n li n e, o r c a ll 3 21- 2 3 3 8. B u y a s e a s o n p a s s f o r $ 9 0 | $ 75 J C C m e m b e r s f o r a ll t h r e e s h o w s t h is s e a s o n. V isi t S i m o n f a m il y j.o r g f o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n. G o t k i d s ? N o p r o b l e m. K i d s N ig h t o u t o n O c t. 2 0, 6 -10 p m a t t h e J C C. G r a b d i n n e r, a n d c o m e b a c k f o r t h e s h o w. C a ll 3 21- 2 3 3 8 t o r e g is t s t e r ; j u s t $10 p e r c h il d.

O C TOBER 17, WED NESDAY The JCC Seniors Club w ill m e e t a t t h e S i m o n F a m il y J C C. B o a r d m e e t i n g 10 : 3 0 a m. C a t e r e d l u n c h a t 12 p m. G e n e r a l m e e t i n g a t 12 : 3 0 p m w i t h g u e s t s p e a k e r L i n d a S o u t h a r d f r o m B a y si d e L ib r a r y. S h e w ill d e s c r ib e t h e f r e e f e d e r a l p r o g r a m t h a t d e li v e r s t a l k i n g b o o k s t o p e o p l e w i t h i m p a i r e d v isi o n.

Oc t o b er 21, S und ay Brith Sholom Pot Luck Dinner a t 5 p m. P o t L u c k c a t e g o r i e s a r e s a la d s, v e g e t a b l e s, s t a r c h e s o r d e s s e r t s. C a ll I r e n e We i n t r o b a t 8 5 7-717 2.

Oc t o b er 25, Thur s d ay 2nd District Congressional Forum f e a t u r i n g i n c u m b e n t R e p r e s e n t a t i v e S c o t t Rig e ll a n d c h a ll e n g e r, P a u l H i r s c h b i e l. M o d e r a t o r J o e l R u b i n o f R u b i n C o m m u n i c a t i o n s w ill t a k e w r i t t e n q u e s t i o n s f r o m t h e a u di e n c e. S p o n s o r e d b y t h e C o m m u n i t y R e la t i o n s C o u n c il o f t h e U n i t e d J e w is h F e d e r a t i o n o f T i d e w a t e r o n t h e S a n d l e r F a m il y C a m p u s. 7 p m. To R S V P o r s u b m i t q u e s t i o n s p r i o r t o t h e d e b a t e, c o n t a c t J J o h n s o n @ u j f t.o r g b y F r i d a y, O c t . 19. S e e p a g e 11.

Birth Ilana and Nathan Benson on the birth of their grandson Cooper Harris Benson, born Sept. 4. Cooper’s parents are Glenn and Danielle Benson of Rockville, Md. He is also the grandson of Freda and Jerry Shevitz of Livingstone, N. J.

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book review Not just for children Yellow Star Jennifer Roy Marshall Cavendish, 2006 241 pages, $16.95 ISBN 13-978-0-7614-5277-5 We wouldn’t ordinarily be reviewing a book six years after its publication and it is entirely possible that Jewish News reviewed it at that time. A special circumstance compels a brief discussion Hal Sacks of this slim memoir, written in the first person, not by the person herself, but by her niece, and composed in free verse. The author, Jennifer Roy, has written more than 30 books for children and young adults and based Yellow Star on the childhood of her aunt, Sylvia Perlmutter Rozines. Following the German invasion of Poland in 1939 the Jewish population of Lodz was moved into a small and decrepit part of the city designated to be the Jewish ghetto. Severely crowded initially, conditions became even worse as over a quarter of a million people were pressed into the tiny area to accommodate other Jews sent to Poland. At the end of the war there were about 800 survivors; only 12 were children. Sylvia, age 10, and her older sister, Dora, were among the survivors. Saved by the courage, wit, and good luck of their father, Isaac, and the sacrifices of their mother, Haya, the Perlmutters headed back to their home in Lodz, only to learn that it had been cleaned out and that their lives were still in

danger as their Polish neighbors expressed extreme disappointment that they were still alive. The family then made their way to Paris; young Sylvia finally went to school and Dora married Jack and emigrated to America. The tiny family prospered until Haya’s early death from cancer. Isaac and Sylvia emigrated from France to America, joining Dora, Jack, and several surviving relatives. Sylvia married the author’s uncle —and therein lies the book. The special circumstance in which this book is being reviewed revolves around the fact that I did not learn of Sylvia’s miraculous survival and life journey from the book. My wife, Annabel, and I were told the story by Sylvia herself. In September we went to Baltimore for a series of music lectures at the Peabody Institute, a program under the aegis of Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel). The first class started with introductions and, amongst other relevant information, we said we live in Norfolk, Virginia. Sylvia advised the group that she lives in Rockville, Maryland, and is a survivor. Well, as they say, “six degrees of separation.” It turns out that she has two grandchildren at ODU and our grandson and his wife and child live in Rockville. One thing led to another and over the next few days we shared much together. Sylvia is still beautiful, and speaks with a French accent. I resolved to reread Yellow Star and find it as stunning and memorable as ever. Although intended for mature children, the story, told from the perspective of a child, is worth the attention of every adult. —Hal Sacks is a retired Jewish communal worker who has reviewed books for Jewish News for more than 28 years.

Screening committee has eyes on Ophir Awards by William Laderberg and Mark Robbins


very year one of the major goals of the screening committee of the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg, is to show as many good Israeli movies as possible. Israel has one of the best film industries in the world, and their quality continues to improve. Showing Israeli films at the festival is a great way to support Israel. The 2012 Ophir Award nominations were announced on Aug. 15. Israel’s version of the Oscars, the awards were first given in 1982, but it was not until 1990 that they were presented annually. The winner of the Best Picture Ophir is automatically submitted as Israel’s Oscar bid in the foreign film category.

The Ophir Awards have always been an outstanding source for the film festival, with three recent films shown that received Oscar nominations: Beaufort, Ajami and Footnote. This year, the screening committee is considering many of this year’s Ophir nominations including The Exchange, God’s Neighbors, Fill the Void, The World is Funny, Rock the Casba and Joe-Belle. Eytan Fox, who directed Mary Lou and Walk on Water, directed a festival favorite, Yossi, which surprisingly received no nominations. The screening committee is now making its decisions for the 20th Anniversary of theVirginia Festival of Jewish Film presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg with Ophir nominees and more.

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Louis Colbus Virginia Beach—Captain Louis Colbus, USN (RET) departed on his final deployment Sept. 28, 2012 at Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk. Captain Colbus was born in Altoona, Pa. on June 16, 1931. Upon graduation from Altoona High School in 1949, he enlisted in the Naval Reserve. In 1950, he entered the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp (NROTC). All the billets at Pennsylvania State College were filled; he transferred to University of South Carolina and graduated in 1953. Captain Colbus returned to Penn State where he matriculated in graduate studies in Economics. He furthered his education by earning a Master of Science Degree at George Washington University in 1965. Louis is preceded by his former wife MaryJo Rierson. In 2002, Louis married Marie Daniels at Ohef Sholom Temple, member since 1975. Marie has a daughter, Angie, who is married to Carl Hooks; they have a son, Andrew David, and a daughter, Reilly Marie. The Hooks reside in Purcellville, Va. Captain Colbus’ survivors are his loving and beautiful wife, Marie; his son, Jonathan, his wife, Schrevia, and a son, Jacob; daughter Joanna Washburn; two children, Jenna and Jarrett; and brother Harry Saul Colbus of Baltimore, Md. Louis has a close and large family of cousins with whom he maintained contact and visited often. His friends are numerous and he considered shipmates as special family. When asked what his hobbies were, he answered, “Family, shipmates, friends, and places!” From 1949 until 1993, Captain Colbus proudly and lovingly wore his uniformfrom seaman recruit to Convoy Commodore when he was routinely recalled to active duty from retirement to train with the merchant marine in the convoy of merchant ships in wartime. Captain Colbus served in destroyers, commanding USS McCloy, USS Jonas Ingram, and Destroyer Squadron Two. He spent five years of his career on aviation staffs embarked in Atlantic Fleet carriers. He loved the aviation community and often stated he would be reincarnated as a fighter pilot since he liked to live like one. Funeral services were conducted at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Laskin Rd. Chapel. A graveside service followed at the adjacent Eastern Shore Cemetery. In lieu of flowers or charitable contributions, friends, family, and shipmates are encouraged to treat a friend to dinner. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Becky Kahn Norfolk—Becky Kahn, a very proud Norfolk native, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at home. She was born July 29, 1921 on Cooke Avenue, in the Brambleton section of Norfolk. She was the daughter of the late Gussie Heller Lubschutz and Edward B. Lubschutz and the youngest of the five Lubschutz girls. She was predeceased by her four older sisters, Sadie Ornoff, Ida Goldman, Margaret Hodor, and Frances Popkin. Becky attended Henry Clay Elementary, Ruffner Junior High and Maury High School. She finished at Petersburg High School when the family located there for a short time. When she returned to Norfolk, she was a bookkeeper and secretary at Broudy Kanter Co. and always spoke well of her employment there. Becky had vivid memories of the Depression Era and could relate many sad stories of that day. She never forgot. She married Leonard Kahn in 1940. Leonard was the love of her life for 65 years. When he was called into the service, Becky packed up Steven, their first-born son, and went with him. They traveled from pillar to post, literally, and lived in almost every state in the country. Upon her husband’s return, she entered business with him and served as secretarytreasurer of Norfolk Auto Supply. After Leonard’s retirement, she helped her son, Edward maintain the business. Becky retired when the business was sold in 1992. She was always complimented for her know how of auto parts in a man’s world. Becky had a fantastic memory. She loved popular and classical music and loved to sing. She spoke Yiddish fluently and loved the language, but lamented that it wasn’t used much these days. She was a past member and officer of B’nai Israel and was a member of Ohef Sholom Temple. She was an early organizer of Planned Parenthood and continued to support it. She also was a member of the Hebrew Ladies Society, Brith Sholom Center, Hadassah, Beth Sholom Auxiliary and other national organizations. Becky is survived by her wonderful sons, Steven Kahn and his wife, Eleanor, of Severna Park, Md. and Edward Kahn and his adoring wife Laura, whom Becky referred to as her loving daughter. She considered her two precious grandsons Alex and Peter, as life’s bonuses. Funeral services were held at the Norfolk Chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. with Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg and

obituaries Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin officiating. Becky was laid to rest next to her wonderful husband at Forest Lawn Cemetery. She will be sorely missed by all who loved her. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Seymour Rudnick Petersburg—Seymour Rudnick, 86, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. He was the son of the late Benjamin and Frieda Rudnick, born in Bronx, N.Y. He is preceded in death by his wife, Lillian J. Rudnick, and son, Morton Rudnick. Seymour is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Helene Rudnick Smith and husband, Stanley B. Smith; grandchildren, Lauren Rudnick, Natalie Smith Morrozoff and husband, Kevin, Brian Smith and wife, Sharon; great-grandchildren, Ari and Silas Morrozoff, and Brendan Smith. A graveside service was conducted at Southlawn Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association , P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058. Condolences may be registered at

Mollie Plotkin Weinstein Richmond—Mollie Plotkin Weinstein, 89, of Richmond, Va passed away peacefully on Sept.11, 2012. Born Jan. 7, 1923, Mollie was the daughter of the late Abraham and Frieda Plotkin, and the devoted wife of the late Melvin Weinstein. Mollie was known for her kind and generous nature, and her philanthropy touched the lives of so many. She supported her community and causes important to herspecifically the Virginia Holocaust Museum, the Beth Shalom Sands and Gardens, and Parkinson’s disease research and patient advocacy. Mollie cherished her family and played a significant role in all of their lives as a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend. Mollie leaves behind her two children, Marsha Anthony and her boyfriend Charlie Calvo of Virginia Beach and Alan Weinstein and his wife Robin of Crozier, Va.; four grandchildren, Traci Corcoran, her husband Robert, Lauren Isenberg, her husband Kurt, Felicia Cryderman, her husband Aaron, and Kevin Gladstone all of Virginia Beach; three great-grandchildren, Brianna Corcoran, Andrew Corcoran, and Kendall Isenberg. Surviving also are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held at Bliley’sCentral, with internment following in Beth El Cemetery at Forest Lawn. Memorial contributions may be made to the Melvin Weinstein Parkinson’s Foundation, www., 1340-1272 North Great Neck Road, #193, Virginia Beach, VA 23454.

Israeli scholar Yehuda Elkana Israeli scholar Yehuda Elkana, an Auschwitz survivor who headed the Central European University, died at the age of 78. The Budapest university said Elkana died in Jerusalem on Sept. 21 following a battle with cancer. He served as its president and rector from 1999 to 2009. The statement called Elkana an academic pioneer who had led the Central European University for nearly half the life of the university. “I want to express my deepest appreciation for all he accomplished,” said George Soros, the university’s founder and honorary chairman. “I admire the courage with which he faced his illness and, eventually, his death.” Born in Subotica in what was then Yugoslavia, Elkana and his family were deported to Auschwitz in 1944 but survived. He immigrated to Israel in 1948. Elkana was a historian and philosopher of science who served as director of both the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute from 1968 to 1993 and the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University from 1981 to 1991, and held other senior academic positions. He also taught at Harvard University and served as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and a visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, ex-New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, who was publisher of The New York Times for more than three decades, has died. Sulzberger died Saturday, Sept. 29 at his home in New York following a long illness. He was 86. He was publisher for 34 years beginning in 1963. His son Arthur Sulzberger Jr. took over from him as publisher in 1992 and as chairman in 1997. The Sulzberger family bought the newspaper in 1896. The elder Sulzberger made the decision in 1971 to publish the classified Pentagon Papers, which offered a Defense

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What We Carry goes to church created excitement about the presentation by having ince being launched in it in conjunction schools last fall, the Holocaust with not only their Commission’s What We Carry men’s fellowship program has been presented group, as origi38 times in the community by nally planned, but trained Commission volunteers—27 times also their women’s in school settings and 11 times for military group. They “sweetaudiences. More than half of the presenta- ened the deal,” by tions came after the successful premiere providing a free of the documentary films on which the brunch to everyprogram is based, at Tidewater Community one who would Hanns Loewenbach, of blessed memory. College’s Roper Theater in March. attend, including In early summer, Simon Family JCC the Commission members, who were all film. Past Holocaust Commission chair Deb member Cliff Holmquist contacted me after invited. The church created flyers that were Segaloff shared with the group all of the seeing the trailer for the program on the placed around their own community, and artifacts (replicas) contained in the suitcase screen in the Cardo over the Holocaust in the JCC lobby near the film trailer, so that accompanies the film, further painting Talmud. He thought it might be a good anyone could attend. a picture of Hanns’ life before and during program to show at his church, Calvary A group of six Commission members the Holocaust. Afterwards there was a lively Assembly of God in Kempsville. Though beautifully presented the story of the late discussion in which all of the Commission members of our Speakers’ Bureau had Hanns Loewenbach to the 70 attendees. members present, including Hanns’ dear addressed faith communities, we had not After a lovely brunch in their social hall, friend Anne Fleder, answered the audience presented What We Carry in a church Pastor Goff welcomed his congregants into members’ questions about Hanns’ life durbefore. It seemed like a great idea to reach the sanctuary, and then turned the floor ing and after the Holocaust. a different constituency. over to the Commission, with a request As has happened many times in schools Since the summer is a slow period that we begin by sharing a little information and military groups, by the time the prefor Holocaust Commission volunteers, about the upcoming High Holiday season. sentation was over, the attendees felt they we waited until September and sched- After a brief description about the Days knew Hanns. There were tears shed when uled a presentation just before Rosh of Awe, the documentary in which Hanns Hanns told of his family members who Hashanah. The timing and the recep- narrates his own survival story ran on a perished, and heads shaking in amazetion seemed to be “Beshert.” large raised screen, as I added biographical ment when he told how he tried to escape Cliff and his Pastor, Dr. Dan Goff, information connecting segments of the Germany by swimming two hours across frigid Baltic waters to Denmark, and upon being caught by the Danish police, then swam back to Germany to avoid being handed over to the German gendarmerie. Pastor Goff wrapped up the event by thanking the Commission volunteers and praising the program. He then surprised us by asking that those assembled “make an offering” to the Holocaust Commission, as a gesture of gratitude for the vital work it does by educating people about this tragic period in human history, one story at a time. The generous donation at the start of 5773 made by the congregants of Calvary Assembly of God will go a long way towards educating others through What We Carry, the Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts Competitions, and other programs. The Holocaust Commission is delighted to share this program with other community groups. For more information, see the What We Carry web page at holocaust-what-we-carry or contact Elena What We Carry suitcase contents of Hanns Loewenbach, of blessed memory. Baum at by Elena Barr Baum, director, Holocaust Commission of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

YAD and YAC start the Jewish New Year with a mitzvah by Amy Weinstein


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Ross Kantor and Alyssa Muhlendorf, event chairs.

Sunday, Sept. 16 was a beautiful day— warm, breezy and sunny. It was also erev Rosh Hashanah, the morning that the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Young Adult Division (YAD) joined forces with Ohef Sholom Temple’s Young Adult Community (YAC) to celebrate the birthday of the world. Together, the groups worked side by side to clean up a portion of a Virginia Beach waterfront park near Sandbridge and made a donation to a local environmental organization. After working hard to clean up the beach area, participants enjoyed lunch, and challah and apples with honey to celebrate a sweet beginning to the Jewish New Year. The group recited the shehecheyanu, commemorating a special event starting the New Year by doing mitzvot. Ross Kantor, YAD cabinet event chair, and Alyssa Muhlendorf, YAC chair, made certain this collaborative event was a success.

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