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WASHINGTON (JTA)—A bipartisan slate of lawmakers in Congress introduced a bill that would invest in businesses in the Palestinian areas — a bid to replace some of the massive cuts in assistance imposed recently by the Trump administration. Under the measure, the United States would contribute $50 million a year to investments in the Palestinian areas and seek private sector partners for additional investments. “This bipartisan bill is a genuine attempt by the United States to regenerate our historic role in finding creative and imaginative pathways to secure a sustainable peace,” Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., said in a statement released Tuesday, Oct. 16 jointly with Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., his partner in introducing the bill. “This starts by re-creating new and better economic and interpersonal linkages for prosperity and interconnectedness between the region’s peoples.” Four senators—Chris Coons, D-Del.; Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Tim Kaine, D-Va.; and Cory Gardner, R-Col.— simultaneously introduced companion legislation in their body. Notably, the lawmakers sponsoring the bill are pro-Israel leaders in Congress with the clout to get it passed —particularly Lowey, who is Jewish and the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, and Graham, the chairman
of the foreign operations subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “I have always believed that a two-state solution is the only framework that would lead to two states for two peoples,” Lowey said in the statement. “But this dream will only be realized through efforts on the ground to stimulate economic development and community ties between Israelis and Palestinians. The statement says the bill has the backing of centrist Jewish groups, including the American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. The measure comes on the heels of the Trump administration slashing aid to the Palestinians, which last year was around $300 million. All that remains of the assistance is the $50 million or so that goes to the Palestinian security services, a line of funding that Israel’s security services see as critical to keeping the West Bank quiet. Tens of millions of dollars in humanitarian assistance, including for Palestinian hospitals, is out. The Trump administration also cut out $300 million in funding for UNRWA, the United Nations agency that administers assistance to Palestinian refugees and their descendants. The Palestinians riled President Donald Trump in December by walking away from efforts by his sonin-law, Jared Kushner, to revive peace talks after Trump recognized Jerusalem as
Israel’s capital. Trump and Congress also have taken measures to slash funding as a means of penalizing the Palestinian Authority for continuing to pay the families of Palestinians who have been killed or captured for attacking Israelis. Notably, the bill would seem to restore funding for Israeli-Palestinian dialogue; the Trump administration cut off $10 million in dialogue funding. The Alliance for Middle East Peace, which helps facilitate the funding for dialogue groups, also backs the bill. Separately, Jason Greenblatt, the top U.S. Middle East negotiator, told an Israeli news site that the Trump administration was dedicated to an outcome that would unite West Bank Palestinians and Gaza Palestinians under a single authority. “Our peace plan intends to bring them together,” Greenblatt told Ynet. “Make no mistake; we are in this to help all Palestinians, in both the West Bank and Gaza.” Kushner, Greenblatt, and their team have yet to release the plan, but a number of their interlocutors have suggested that it appears as if it will break up the Palestinians into smaller autonomous entities. Trump has said the plan will be published by early next year.
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BRIEFS Study shows regular tefillin use can protect men during heart attacks Jewish men who wrap leather straps around their arm as part of their daily morning prayers may also be protecting themselves from the worst effects of heart attacks, a study found. A pilot study by researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine found that regular users of tefillin, or phylacteries, may receive cardiovascular health benefits through remote ischemic preconditioning – that is, briefly restricting blood flow and oxygen to the heart and then restoring it. The results of the study were published last month online in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology. The study involved 20 Jewish men from the Greater Cincinnati area including nine who wore tefillin daily and 11 who did not. A leather strap is wrapped tightly around either the right or left arm for about half an hour during morning prayers six days a week, often tight enough to leave grooves in the skin for a few minutes after they are removed. The researchers measured participants’ vital signs, drew blood for analysis of circulating cytokines and monocyte function and also measured blood flow in the dominant arm which is not wrapped with the tefillin. Blood flow was higher for men who wore tefillin daily and improved in all participants after wearing it just once as part of the study. The study was headed by Jack Rubinstein, UC Health cardiologist and associate professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease. He said in an article posted on the university’s website that the binding of the arm and the discomfort users often report may serve as a form of preconditioning and offer a substantial degree of protection against acute ischemic reperfusion injury – when a section of the heart is deprived of oxygen and then damaged when re-oxygenated -- that occurs as a result of a heart attack. Ischemic preconditioning essentially mimics the effects of exercise by placing the heart and vessels under light stress.
“We found people who wear tefillin in either the short or long term, recorded a measurable positive effect on their blood flow. That has been associated with better outcomes in heart disease,” Rubinstein said. Israeli studies have shown that Orthodox men have a lower risk of dying of heart disease compared to non-Orthodox men. (JTA)
Tens of thousands march against racism and rise of far right in Berlin Tens of thousands of people marched in Berlin to protest racism and the rise of farright populism across Germany. The march on Saturday, Oct. 13 came a day ahead of a federal election. Organizers said at least 150,000 people and up to 240,000 showed up for the march through the city center to the Brandenburg gate. Police did not release an estimate. The marchers chanted anti-Nazi slogans and carried signs reading “More love, less hate,” “Build bridges not walls,” “United against racism,” and “No room for Nazis.” The march was partly in response to the rise of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany, or AfD party, according to reports. It was organized by a broad coalition of associations, labor unions, parties and rights groups In August, anti-foreigner riots in the former East German city of Chemnitz came amid anti-migrant demonstrations after two men of Arab background were arrested for the Aug. 26 murder of a German man in the city, in the state of Saxony. A Jewish restaurant owner was injured and his restaurant vandalized during the riots. Meanwhile, a group of German Jews has formed a new group that purports to represent Jews in the AfD party. (JTA) Hit Israeli series When Heroes Fly to stream on Netflix The new hit Israeli television series When Heroes Fly will be streamed on Netflix. The first season of the Keshet network’s series, a total of 10 episodes, will be available to Netflix subscribers around
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the world early next year in its original Hebrew with subtitles, according to the Hollywood Reporter. When Heroes Fly is the story of four veterans of a special commando unit from the 2006 Lebanon War who reunite for a final mission: to rescue a woman, the girlfriend of one of the commandos and the sister of another, after she is abducted by a cartel in Colombia. Keshet will be producing a second season of the series. It also is slated to produce an English-language remake. In April, before its May premiere in Israel, the show won best series at the first Canneseries festival, a competition aimed at highlighting international television shows. Other popular Israeli shows being streamed on Netflix include Fauda, Hostages and Mossad 101. (JTA)
Fliers blaming Jews for Kavanaugh assault allegations target Reno temple Fliers blaming Jews for the sexual assault allegations against new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh were posted outside a synagogue in South Reno, Nevada. The fliers were posted outside Temple Emanu-El in South Reno on two consecutive weekends – Oct 6-7, when Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in, and last weekend, Oct. 13-14 – the Reno Gazette Journal reported Monday. They are identical to posters found on several college campuses across the country, including two University of California campuses, Berkeley and Davis, as well as at Vassar and Marist colleges, both located in Poughkeepsie, New York. The fliers also were hung on the doors of several Iowa organizations. The flier shows an image of Kavanaugh surrounded by caricatures of Jewish members of the U.S. Senate with Stars of David drawn on their foreheads, as well as the Jewish billionaire George Soros, who has been accused of funding opposition to Kavanaugh. One of Kavanaugh’s accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, and the attorney for two others, Michael Avenatti, also are depicted with the words “Good Goy” written on their foreheads. It reads: “Every time some Anti-White, Anti-American,
Anti-freedom event takes place, you look at it, and it’s Jews behind it.” The fliers say they are “Brought to you by your local Stormer book club,” which are small groups of young white men who follow and support Andrew Anglin and his neo-Nazi website, the Daily Stormer. The temple has been targeted twice by firebombs, in 1999 and in 2001. In 2004, vandals spray-painted swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti on the side of the building. (JTA)
Australia considering moving embassy to Jerusalem Australia’s prime minister is considering officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the Australian Embassy there. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement issued Monday, Oct. 15 in Israel that he had thanked Scott Morrison for his remarks during a phone call. Morrison also was set to announce that he will reconsider Australia’s support of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and have his country’s United Nations ambassador vote against Palestine becoming the chair of the G77 group of developing nations, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Morrison credited former ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma as influencing his thinking on the Jerusalem issue. Wentworth is home to a significant-sized Jewish community and a Sharma loss means Morrison would lose his one-seat majority in Parliament, leading critics to accuse Morrison of playing politics with the country’s foreign policy. Morrison, who took office in August, said that by moving the embassy to Jerusalem, “we could potentially, should we end up going down that path, be able to advance the two-state solution process. The other one hasn’t been working that well,” the newspaper reported. On the subject of a government review of the Iran nuclear deal, Morrison said: “These are obviously existential questions for countries like Israel and so I want to be satisfied.” The United States moved its embassy in May—the same month it pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal. (JTA)
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oah was destined to be neither the father of the Jewish people nor the founder of our faith. Though the most righteous one in his corrupt generation, he failed to reach out and save human lives besides those of his family. Thus, the rabbis who were aware of Noah’s disturbing limitations in the terse, yet pregnant Biblical text, turned to instructive and illuminating Midrashic fancy. They suggested that Noah did warn the people while building the ark of survival to take heed and mend their ways, but to no avail. The flood itself was conceived of as an educational process to gradually and urgently awaken human repentance and transformation, with God’s desired goal of averting a colossal disaster. Abraham was chosen to begin the chain of Jewish living, learning, laughing, and loving, for he proved to possess, unlike Noah, that healthy dose of surging chutzpah and compassion that challenges even, and particularly the Most High when necessary. This confrontational response for the sake of heaven and earth has allowed Jews to transcend boundaries, smashing every age’s idols of stifling and dehumanizing convention. Abraham and Sarah were refugees and immigrants from Mesopotamia, the cradle of Western Civilization, today’s Iraq and Syria—so ironically and tellingly. They were restive rebels on a journey that would profoundly impact humanity, leaving behind an advanced culture, but one that could not satisfy their spiritual quest and creative aspiration. Imagine Abraham’s moral outrage and righteous indignation at the seven-year-old war in Syria and half a million dead citizens, the use of chemical weapons, the barbaric
bombing of Aleppo and other sites, and the plight of millions of Syria’s people and refugees. What a painful reminder of World War II and the Holocaust. Surely Abraham would have commended Israel for saving many innocent Syrian lives, including recently those hundreds of the heroic White Helmets and their families. The thundering divine call, charge, and command to Abraham, echoing still, Lech-Lecha, to venture forth from his familial and familiar environment—physically, spiritually, and psychologically—both pushed and permitted him to depart from the world he had inherited in order to usher in a new one of his own making, that he may indeed be rewarded with becoming a blessing for no less than the entire human family. Isaac was ultimately spared, along with his progeny on the altar of the then practiced pagan custom of child sacrifices, because his father dared embrace, in spite of his background and not without divine intervention, the precious gift of life. The members of our first family of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Isaac, and Ishmael proved to be complex individuals with opposing agendas. Their very touching humanity reflects the revolutionary and courageous approach of our sacred Biblical literature to be faithful to reality. But the flawed humaneness of our heroes, as well as our own, becomes a noble opportunity and a caring invitation to discover the divine potential within them, and us, to grow, change, and mature. God’s fulfilled offer was that all members of Abraham’s fractured family facing the threat of fratricide would be blessed, each in a distinct and unique way with restored dignity and hope, while tragically with lasting and troubling historical consequences. This conflicted foundational legacy remains our covenantal Jewish bond and awesome human challenge to turn violence into vision, hurt into healing, adversity into advantage, trial into triumph, and blemishes into blessings. Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman is the founding rabbi of Congregation Beth Chaverim.
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nation Five times Nikki Haley delighted the pro-Israel community Ron Kampeas
WASHINGTON ( JTA)—When Nikki Haley said on Tuesday, Oct. 16 that she would be stepping down as U.N. ambassador by the end of this year, the Israeli and pro-Israel laments poured out swiftly. Haley didn’t simply defend Israel and its government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as her predecessors had under Democratic and Republican administrations. She led a game change. On her watch, and with the blessing of President Donald Trump, support for Israel became a “with or against us” proposition. Slam the United States for defending Israel, and count on being slammed back, was the Trump-Haley credo. A big chunk of Haley’s two years at the world body was about Israel. “Thank you for your support, which led to a change in Israel’s status in the
UN,” Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, said on Twitter. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his gratitude as well in a statement: “I would like to thank Ambassador @ nikkihaley, who led the uncompromising struggle against hypocrisy at the UN, and on behalf of the truth and justice of our country,” he said. Haley’s predecessors had also robustly backed Israel in the body, but there were hiccups. The latest came in December 2016 when Ambassador Samantha Power allowed through a Security Council resolution criticizing Israel’s settlement policy in the waning days of the Obama administration, about a month before Trump was inaugurated. It was a rare instance of a U.S. official semi-endorsing U.N. criticism of Israel. Netanyahu and the centrist to rightwing pro-Israel community sees the United Nations as a snake pit, and any
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concession is seen as a betrayal. That was the message in the American Israel Public Affair Committee’s farewell to Haley packed into a single word: “consistently.” “We appreciate the strong leadership of @nikkihaley @USUN,” AIPAC said on Twitter. “Thank you for consistently standing up for America’s interests and our democratic ally Israel.” Here are five times Haley changed the game for Israel while she was ambassador to the United Nations.
Cutting funds to UNRWA Israel and pro-Israel officials have long criticized UNRWA, the U.N. agency that administers assistance to Palestinians and their descendants, for what they say is a too-broad definition of what denotes a Palestinian refugee, effectively allowing the status to continue indefinitely. Haley helped spearhead the Trump administration decision last month to
sever funding to the agency. Last year, the United States contributed $360 million, the lion’s share of the budget. This year, after forking over $60 million, there was a freeze, and it became permanent last month. Speaking in August at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Haley said the money could flow again — if UNRWA radically reconfigured how it counts refugees, slashing the number from 5 million to 500,000. “We will be a donor if it reforms what it does,” she said of UNRWA, “if they actually change the number of refugees to an accurate account, we will look back at partnering them.” (Liberal pro-Israel groups decried the fund cuts, saying they were cruel, and noted that Israeli security officials have long argued that UNRWA assistance helps stabilize the region.)
nation That wild U.N. party Haley used the U.S. veto to nix a U.N. Security Council resolution last year criticizing Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but its backers took the measure to the General Assembly to at least score a moral victory. (Security Council resolutions have the force of international law; General Assembly resolutions amount to little more than statements.) Haley went to work and managed to get an impressive 64 members to not vote or vote against the resolution in the General Assembly. Then she invited them to a party. “It’s easy for friends to be with you in the good times, but it’s the friends who are with you during the challenging times that will never be forgotten,” the U.S. mission said on Facebook in January. “Thank you to the 64.” Quitting the Human Rights Council The United States Human Rights Council makes Israel a perennial agenda item, even as it includes among its members some of the world’s worst human rights abusers like Iran, China and Venezuela. The Obama administration repeatedly noted the anomaly, but it stuck with the council in order to nudge its members to condemn abuses in other countries. Haley and the Trump administration stayed for 18 months before eventually concluding it wasn’t worth the insults. The body “was not worthy of its name,” Haley said at a joint appearance with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in June.
Scrub the apartheid report The U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia published a report in March 2017 accusing Israel of apartheid. Haley, fresh to her role, made it a point to lobby the U.N. secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, to pull the report from the web. Guterres, no doubt wary of getting off to a wrong start with the Trump administration, pulled rank on the agency and the report was soon gone. “That such anti-Israel propaganda would come from a body whose membership nearly universally does not recognize Israel is unsurprising,” Haley said before the scrubbing. Praying at the Western Wall Two months after the apartheid incident, Haley told the Christian Broadcasting Network that the Western Wall belonged to Israel, a sharp departure from longstanding executive branch policy of not pronouncing on who claims what in Jerusalem. By the end of the year, Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. It was an early instance of Haley’s role as a smoke signal for a significant Trump administration shift in U.S. policy. She was tapped a year ago to signal that the Trump administration would pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and, as noted above, she set the stage for cutting off UNRWA funding. Recognizing the Western Wall as Israeli seemed personal, however. Visiting Jerusalem a month after her CBN interview, she broke away from security to touch the holy site and ask worshippers how to pray.
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Trump signs law expanding hate crime protections to religious institutions WASHINGTON (JTA) —President Donald Trump enacted a law that expands hate crime protections to religious institutions. The bill signed this month by Trump, Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act, was prompted in part by a series of bomb threats last year against Jewish institutions. The American Jewish Committee praised the passage of the law, which
had strong bipartisan backing. “This important law, which provides for new and strengthened measures to deter, as well as punish, perpetrators of attacks on religious institutions, will provide a much-needed sense of comfort and security,” said Jason Isaacson, the AJC associate executive director for policy. Hate crimes laws enable prosecutors and law enforcement to impose enhanced
penalties for existing crimes if they can show that bias was a motive. Joseph Schocken, a businessman in Mercer Island, Washington, contacted his congressman, Derek Wilmer, after a local Jewish community center got a threat. Wilmer, a Democrat, joined David Kustoff, a Jewish Republican from Tennessee, to advance the bill, and it was also advanced in the Senate by Orrin
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but especially one without a presidential race,” according to the Times. The new donations must be reported in public filings with the Federal Election Commission by Oct. 15. In many of the most competitive House and Senate races, Democrats have already been outspending Republicans. Sheldon Adelson, a major giver to Jewish and pro-Israel causes, was among the biggest givers to President Donald Trump’s campaign and his inauguration. The Adelsons, strong supporters in the past of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were seated in the front row for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem in May. The embassy moves and other recent decisions of Trump’s regarding Israel have been in line with the Adelsons’ priorities. (JTA)
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Virginia Republican ad accuses Democratic House candidate of hating Israel, America he Virginia Republican Party in an ad accused Democratic House candidate Leslie Cockburn of hating Israel and America. “Leslie Cockburn hates veterans, hates ICE, hates Israel,” the footnoted ad posted earlier this month on the Virginia GOP Facebook and Twitter pages reads. “Basically, Leslie Cockburn hates America.” Cockburn is a former 60 Minutes producer running in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District against Republican Denver Riggleman, a former Air Force intelligence officer and distillery owner. They are seeking the seat to be left vacant by Thomas Garrett, a Republican, who announced he would not seek re-election after revealing that he was struggling with alcoholism. The rural district includes the city of Charlottesville, the site of a white
nationalist rally one year ago. The district is likely to lean Republican, according to reports. John Findlay, executive director of the state Republican Party, defended the ad in comments reported in the Washington Post. “She called ICE agents the Gestapo. She insulted our veterans. She blames American foreign policy for everything that’s wrong in the world,” he said. “What more do we need—a tape of her saying she hates apple pie?” Cockburn and her husband, Andrew Cockburn, co-wrote a book published in 1991 titled Dangerous Liaison that was highly critical of the U.S.-Israel alliance. The Republican Jewish Coalition also launched a $300,000 ad campaign on television and social media emphasizing that Cockburn had dinner with Saddam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusay,
Election 2018 and tea with the late Libyan strongman Moammar Ghadafi, while a journalist for Vanity Fair more than two decades ago. It said the book co-written with her husband was called “Israel-bashing” in a review in the New York Times. The ad proclaims that Cockburn is “Out of Touch” and “Out to Lunch.” After the Virginia Republician Party ad appeared. Cockburn put out a statement defending her support for veterans. “I look forward to the final weeks of the election season, and am committed to focusing my campaign on the issues that matter to Virginia’s 5th District,” the statement concludes. In May, Cockburn met with 40 Jewish community leaders to discuss accusations against her and the book. The meeting helped “assuage the fears of community members about Cockburn’s beliefs,” the Daily Progress of Charlottesville reported. (JTA)
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he murders at Parkland High School last winter changed my life. It really hit home after that tragedy when my local dance group watched a video of another team from Florida that originally included 15-year-old Jamie Gutenberg, who was murdered along with 17 other students and staff members that February day. We were in Chrysler Hall for a competition that Jamie’s Florida team had previously attended, huddled together with tears streaming down our faces as the video, with Jamie’s spot empty, played. Every dancer, choreographer, judge, and parent had an orange ribbon clipped to his or her chest in Jamie’s memory. Before Parkland, I had, like most of my generation, an “it won’t happen to me” attitude. Now I am asking, how many more lives need to be sacrificed before change occurs? These classmates, friends, teammates were murdered by war-like weapons in their own school! I looked around at my own “dance mates” with whom I have laughed, cried, sweated, and leaned on. I could not imagine the pain I would feel if one of them died this way. I’m only 17 and cannot yet vote to help make a change. So I’m
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using this letter to encourage every young adult who can vote to be the voice for me, for Jamie and the others who perished at Parkland. Change is only acquired through participation, and as young adults, this is our chance to protect our peers, our future children, our siblings. This is our chance to make a difference in our country, but we need your vote to do so! Brianna Arluk I’m NOT against the 2nd Amendment, but our founding fathers did not expect mentally unstable 19-year-olds to randomly murder teens while they were in class. So please vote on November 6 to make our schools and my fellow teens across America safer. Brianna Arluk is a 17-year-old senior at First Colonial High School. The daughter of Shaye and Glen Arluk, she is a member of BBYO and Ohef Sholom Temple.
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Jewish candidates in the 2018 congressional elections: The Senate Ron Kampeas
WASHINGTON (JTA)—There are 55 candidates for Congress who identify as Jewish. Among them are 41 Democrats: five are running for the Senate—three incumbents and two challengers. Among the 36 in the U.S. House of Representatives, 19 are incumbents and 17 are challengers—including Elaine Luria who is challenging Scott Taylor in Virginia’s 2nd District (see page 12) Three incumbent Jewish House Democrats are retiring. The 14 Republican candidates are running for the House. There are two incumbents and 12 challengers. Additionally, two House candidates, both Democrats, have Jewish fathers and say that shaped their outlook, but they do not identify as Jewish. At least three House hopefuls in the same party—two incumbents and one challenger—have a Jewish spouse and are raising their children as Jewish. Politically and geographically, they are as diverse a bunch as the 900 candidates for Congress (Jews, who make up less than 2 percent of the population, comprise 6 percent of the candidates). There are moderate Republicans who would rather not mention President Donald Trump’s name while campaigning, right-wing Republicans who eagerly embrace the Trump endorsement and other right-wing Republicans who peddle “altright” tropes. There are centrist Democrats who staunchly defend Israel, leftist Democrats among the Jewish state’s most outspoken critics, and Democrats who barely register on the Israel spectrum. There are sure bets and long shots (in some cases very long shots), while some races are too tight to call. Some have come up through the statehouse, some through the national security system, some with no political experience. They come from areas of high Jewish concentration like New York and Los Angeles, and spots such as Kentucky and Wyoming where Jews barely register on the electoral map. JTA is breaking down the races, assessing where the candidates stand on the political spectrum, noting their Jewish involvement and reporting what the forecasters say.
The Jewish Senate nominees, all Democrats Dianne Feinstein, California (incumbent) P o l i t i c s : Feinstein, 85, elected in 1992, is the oldest sitting U.S. senator and the longest-serving woman in the body. She is a leading progressive on Dianne Feinstein. most issues, and for decades has been outspoken on gun control and LGBTQ rights. She became San Francisco’s mayor in 1978 after her predecessor, George Moscone, and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a Jewish gay rights
activist, were shot to death. Feinstein, the president of the city’s Board of Supervisors, discovered their bodies. As the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, Feinstein took the lead in picking through the record of Brett Kavanaugh. As the chairwoman of the Senate Inelligence Committee from 2009 to 2015, Feinstein angered progressives by siding with intelligence agencies when they drew fire for their methods. Jewish quotient: Feinstein had a Jewish father and Christian mother and was brought up in both faiths. At 20, she chose Judaism, she said, because of its directness. Over the years she has become more critical of Israel, taking the lead recently
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in urging its government not to demolish Palestinian residences in the West Bank as punishment. Feinstein has been endorsed by the political action committee affiliated with J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group, as well as JACPAC, the Chicago-based Jewish PAC that backs liberal domestic policies. Election prospects: California’s system grants the two spots on the November ballot to the two top vote-getters in the primary, regardless of party. That leaves Feinstein facing off against Kevin de León, a Democratic state senator who has the endorsement of the state party. Feinstein is expected to win, although recent polls show de León narrowing the divide.
Ben Cardin, Maryland (incumbent) Politics: Cardin, 74, was elected to the Senate from the House in 2006. Like his father and uncle, he served in the Maryland House of Delegates, becoming its Ben Cardin. you n ge s t- e v er speaker. As a U.S. senator, he eschews the national reputation some of his colleagues seek and tends to pursue his liberal agenda through the prism of state issues: Cardin is a champion of the environment who seeks to keep the Chesapeake Bay clean and wants to narrow the income gap, with a focus on Baltimore’s troubled inner city. Cardin does strike a broader profile in international relations, particularly human rights. For years he has taken a lead role on the U.S. Helsinki Commission, which monitors human rights in other countries, and he was the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee from 2015 until earlier this year. Cardin started each briefing with reporters with an appeal for the release of a prisoner of conscience.
Jewish quotient: Cardin is a scion of a family influential in Jewish philanthropy. A relative is Shoshana Cardin, who led multiple national Jewish organizations. He hews to a conventional pro-Israel line, and was one of four Senate Democrats who in 2015 opposed the Iran nuclear deal after being subjected to intensive lobbying by Baltimore-area Jewish leaders. This year, Cardin spoke at J Street’s national conference, a signal that he was edging toward the more Israel-critical posture that the group favors. Nonetheless, he defended a bill he authored that would impose penalties on companies that comply with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel. Cardin has been backed by NORPAC, the New Jerseybased center-right pro-Israel political action committee, as well as JACPAC. Election prospects: Cardin is heavily favored to defeat Republican Tony Campbell, a political science professor.
Jacky Rosen, Nevada (challenger) Politics: Rosen, 61, was a consultant and software designer plucked from obscurity by Sen. Harry Reid just two years ago to run for the 3rd District seat then held by Republican Jacky Rosen. Joe Heck, encompassing Las Vegas suburbs. (Heck ran a failed Senate campaign to replace Reid, who was retiring.) Reid, the longtime Democratic leader in the Senate and a powerhouse in Nevada politics, wanted a pickup for Democrats, and Rosen delivered—so much so that Reid, who remains influential, tapped Rosen to take down Dean Heller, the incumbent Republican senator. The focus of Rosen’s campaign has been education and the environment. She also is part of the wave of women seen as spurred to higher office by
Election 2018 Donald Trump’s election. She has been outspoken in saying that as a senator she would have opposed the Kavanaugh confirmation, and she has the endorsement of feminist PACs like Emily’s List. Jewish quotient: Rosen’s sole political experience prior to 2016 was as president of Ner Tamid, a Reform synagogue in Henderson, Nevada. Good enough, says Shelley Berkley, a former Democratic congresswoman from Las Vegas who lost to Heller in 2012. “If you can be president of a synagogue,” Berkley told the New York Times, “you can be president of the United States very easily.” Rosen has taken a typically centrist pro-Israel line, saying she would have opposed the 2015 Iran nuclear pact. Heller is backed by Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate and pro-Israel and Republican giver who helped lead opposition to the deal. She has been endorsed by center-right pro-Israel PACs as well as JACPAC. She’s an “On The Street” candidate for J Street’s PAC, which means she does not accept the PAC’s money but does allow it to direct individual donors her way. Election prospects: Rosen vs. Heller is one of the closest races in the country—pollsters rate it as a tossup.
Bernie Sanders, Vermont (incumbent) Politics: Sanders, 77, is an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats. He won election to the Senate in 2006 after serving 16 years in the House. He Bernie Sanders. launched his political career in 1981 when he became mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Sanders ran a surprisingly strong campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, becoming the first Jewish candidate to win major-party
nominating contests. Hillary Clinton won the nod, but the Sanders bid excited the party’s base and helped steer it leftward. Left-leaning candidates now eagerly seek out an endorsement from Sanders or the activist group established in the wake of his campaign, Our Revolution. Jewish quotient: Sanders, who firmly identifies as a democratic socialist, for years had eschewed a focus on his Judaism, preferring in media encounters to stick to his overriding policy concern: income inequality. Since launching his presidential election campaign, though, he has spoken more openly than he had in the past about family who had perished during the Holocaust and about the several months he had spent as a young man in Israel on a kibbutz. He has become a leading Senate critic of Israel, posting multiple videos on social media criticizing how Israel is handling the crisis across its border in the Gaza Strip. He has the endorsement of J Street’s PAC and was the star of J Street’s annual conference this year. While critical of Israel, Sanders opposes BDS and emphasizes his demand that Arab states recognize Israel’s existence.
and “balance” on gun rights. Jewish quotient: Trauner, a New Yorkborn financial entrepreneur, attended Jewish political fundraising events during his House runs. This time, the record does not show money coming in from pro-Israel or Jewish PACs. (He has raised an impressive $630,000, which nonetheless
is less than a tenth of the nearly $7 million brought in by his Republican opponent, incumbent John Barrasso.) Election prospects: Barrasso is seen as safe in a state that Trump won with 67 percent of the vote to 22 percent for Hillary Clinton—the widest margin for a presidential election in the state’s history.
Election prospects: Sanders is running unopposed.
Gary Trauner, Wyoming (challenger) Politics: Trauner, 59, ran twice in the mid-2000s for Wyoming’s single House seat and, shockingly for this reddest of Republican states, nearly took it in 2006, Gary Trauner a sweep year for Democrats. Trauner tried again in 2008 and lost by a wider margin. He backs the social safety net, environmentally responsible energy independence, immigration reform that includes allowances for undocumented migrants currently in the United States
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Virginia’s 2nd Congressional Race between Representative Scott Taylor(R) and Elaine Luria (D) Hannah Mancoll and Sam Zelenka, students at First Colonial’s Legal Studies Academy in Virginia Beach, recently interviewed Virginia’s 2nd District Representative Scott Taylor (R) and challenger Elaine Luria (D). Excerpts from their conversations follow:
Representative Scott Taylor Hannah Mancoll and Sam Zelenka: What would you like Jewish News readers to know about your support of Israel and what can your constituents do to support the U.S. Israel alliance? Scott Taylor: Number one, I think I would like Jewish News readers to know that our support is unconditional in terms of the Jewish state and the issues that they face there, and our partnership with them and making sure that they always have a competitive advantage in weapons of war in that region of the world, and making sure that they are always provided aid because they are our best friend in the Middle East—the only democracy in the Middle East. I would love them to know that I’m very in tune with the issues there. I have spent years in the Middle East and have been to Israel numerous times. I get briefed on it frequently from leaders on both sides. The Jewish community is one of the best community organizations that always shows up to speak about issues with their elected leaders. I think the continuation of that is imperative. There’s nothing that’s more important than showing up, period. It’s important for Jewish Americans to continue to go meet with their elected officials to advocate on behalf of our relationship with Israel. HM/SZ: Do you think that the congressional support of Israel is solid and bipartisan currently? ST: I do think it’s bipartisan. I think that on our side there has unfortunately been some partisan politics that have played into that relationship. To the extent that I can, and that other folks who support the
relationship can, we should keep partisan politics out of it. I think it’s creeped in as a whole as of late. That’s unsettling in my opinion, but I still believe that the relationship is bipartisan. HM/SZ: If elected, what are the three major foreign policy issues that you would like to focus on in Congress in the coming year? ST: Good question. Number one, we have to look at our great power competition with Russia and China. That is definitely one thing that our military has sort of changed courses to be able to deal with —a rising China and a more aggressive Russia. We also have to look at the Middle East. One of the biggest problems right now in the Middle East is issues in Syria and that being a sort of powder keg, with a little bit of ISIS still left. One of the other big issues, that I see foreign policy wise, is the rift in the Gulf Cooperation Council. Our Arab allies have blockaded Qatar and that’s causing increasing problems. It also hurts us militarily, commercially, geo-politically, and with foreign policy, because we want them all together countering Iran. And obviously that goes into Israel’s interest, as well, because there’s some aligned interest with our Arab allies and Israel in staying together in countering Iran. If that Gulf Cooperation Council rift continues, that will put that alliance in jeopardy. And, certainly I worry about the crisis in Venezuela. You’ve had more refugees in the past year and a half that have exited Venezuela than you had leaving Syria over a longer time, so there’s a huge potential problem causing unrest in the greater Latin American region, which is our backyard. Of course, we have to get a
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handle on what’s going on in Venezuela, pay more attention to it, and help our allies in South America deal with that issue. Most importantly, Colombia is our best ally in South America and they’re bearing the brunt of this refugee crisis as well as a more aggressive Maduro regime with Venezuela. HM/SZ: What are two strategies you would suggest to strengthen and grow the U.S.-Israel relationship? ST: Obviously, we have a great, intertwined military relationship. One suggestion to make the relationship tighter is to look at military technologies, which again, we have this sort of sharing agreement where Israel and the United States work together on military technologies. So, let’s figure out how we can also change those technologies and apply them to a commercial world. I think that’s the way that we can not only just strengthen our relationship via military, but also economically and in the commercial sector. And, unfortunately, but fortunately, historically speaking, some of the best inventions and creations and innovations that have happened in world history have come from military technology of war. HM/SZ: What would you say to your high school self about these issues? ST: I would say to my high school self to knock it off and pay attention. In high school I was swept up in sports and fishing and hanging around, so I probably would tell myself to study a little bit more about some of these issues and that while they’re international, they absolutely affect us at home. HM/SZ: What is your advice to Americans who are not old enough to
vote yet, but want to be engaged? ST: Pay attention and try to really get an understanding of how a globalized world definitely affects you whether it’s supply chain and stuff that you consume every day, or what world affairs can really affect us here at home, domestically. I would encourage folks to pay more attention, to study those things to understand history better. There’s no question that the more that you understand and study history, the more you realize some of the same problems that we have now. . . they’ve been going on for a really long time and you can figure out how best to deal with them. And, then I also just want to encourage young folks to get involved in the community or some organization that can actually deal with these issues. Like I told you guys about what I thought of the Jewish community in terms of showing up and advocating, I would encourage young people to do the same, for whatever issue that is important to them.
ELECTIOn 2018 Elaine Luria Hannah Mancoll and Sam Zelenka: What would you like Jewish News readers to know about your support of Israel and what can your constituents do to support the U.S. Israel alliance? Elaine Luria: If elected, I would be the first Jewish woman to represent Virginia in the House of Representatives. These issues that are of interest and impact our community are certainly issues that are of interest to me, personally. When we look at the recent events in northern Virginia where the Jewish Community Center was vandalized with swastikas, that reminds us that there is bigotry and anti-Semitism in our communities. Every child, regardless of their ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, or their faith have a right to feel safe in their schools. It is so important to stand up to bigotry and after seeing the vandalism in northern Virginia and thinking about sending my daughter to Hebrew School the next day knowing that we can’t guarantee that people in our communities are safe from this type of bigotry, is distressing. It’s very important for a representative to understand the importance of our special relationship with the state of Israel—that Israel is the only democracy surrounded in a sea of other countries, and we need to really preserve Israel and protect it against threats that come from Iran. Further nuclear proliferation in the region is unacceptable and poses an existential threat to Israel. It’s very important to have advocates in Congress who understand the importance of Israel as the home for people of the Jewish faith, as a beacon of democracy in the region, as well as our strongest ally in the region. It has significance on so many levels that it’s very important to make sure that we have a strong advocate to preserve that U.S.Israel alliance. HM/SZ: Do you think that the congressional support of Israel is solid and bipartisan currently? EL: I do. I think that the majority of congressional support is bipartisan and I think it’s solid. I’ve spoken to many Democratic members of Congress about
protecting our relationship with Israel and it’s a top priority, and has a very significant strategic importance for the region. So I think that the alliance with Israel, both continuing and building on that alliance, is very important across the aisle. HM/SZ: If elected, what are the three major foreign policy issues that you would like to focus on in Congress, in the coming year? EL: We really need to focus on having the right resources to use diplomatic efforts to strengthen our foreign policy around the world. There’s been a lot of threats of cuts in the State Department. There has also been a large exodus of people from the State Department—long-term professionals—because of the feeling that the organization is not accomplishing its mission. We need to make sure that we provide strong funding for the department, that we use diplomatic means first, and always first where appropriate. Using the State Department effectively would mean that we would promote economic equality in regions, seek stability of nations around the world, and work with human rights organizations to protect women, children, and civilians. Something that’s been highlighted specifically since 2016, is that we need to make sure that we have the right skills and tools in the world of cybersecurity to maintain a competitive advantage. Attacks on cybersecurity and information technology is really the next battlefield. We need to prepare by investing in the human capital part of it, in people, in the skills, and making sure our education system prepares young people, like you guys, to have those tools in a new kind of world. We need to make sure that we are competitive and able to defend ourselves in the 21st century. An overall strategic vision that we need to focus on is that the combatant commanders around the world have significant demand for military presence in their regions. We need to be able to balance that with the reality of our physical constraints and make sure that we clearly have a strategic objective for our military so that when we send our forces into harm’s way, where people might end
up paying the ultimate sacrifice, that that aligns with our military objectives. A central role of Congress is to authorize the commitment of military troops around the world. Since 2000 and 2001 we renewed our Authorization of the Use of Military Force and those were initially done for Iraq and Afghanistan, yet we have boots on the ground in roughly 44 countries. I think that Congress needs to step back up and use their constitutional authority. HM/SZ: What are two strategies you would suggest to strengthen and grow the U.S.-Israel relationship? EL: Our shared commitment to democracy and the rule of law and freedom of speech give us the foundation we have in our relationship with Israel. Those shared values are what we should base our relationship on and use to continue to strengthen it. We need to make sure that we support Israel in every way to protect itself from outside threats, and then stand with Israel when it is threatened. Ballistic missile defense is an area where we’ve cooperated a lot in technology and we need to continue to help them make that investment to keep Israel safe. I have firsthand experience, having deployed six times to the Middle East and Western Pacific. Several of my deployments in the Middle East were in the Persian Gulf. The first time, in 1998, we were implementing the oil for food program. Iraqi oil smugglers would frequently hug the coasts of Iran, and we would stand by waiting with the ship. At points when they would need to come out into international waters because they couldn’t navigate closer to the coast, we would sort of catch them, then board, and verify if the cargo that they were carrying was legal or not. As a legislator, my experience in this region and understanding of the tactics and methods that the Iranian forces use and the ability to apply it to what we decide with military objectives in the region will be important. We need to continue to pursue joint economic partnerships with Israel. Even in countries that trade and work together on collaborating and creating new technology, strengthening economies together helps strengthen the relationship.
HM/SZ: What would you say to your high school self about these issues? EL: I think that at any snapshot of time you might find that a particular issue seems overwhelming or that there’s no way past it, but you really have to focus your efforts and frustration, so when that frustration happens you’re thinking about the long-range goal. Sometimes it takes small steps and sometimes things may seem to be taking steps backward, but as long as you stay committed to your engagement and commitment to supporting a particular issue, and as long as you keep looking forward and trying to find a new solution, I would not be discouraged, especially if something seems particularly discouraging. HM/SZ: What is your advice to Americans who are not old enough to vote yet but want to be engaged? EL: Get engaged, learn about the issues, find issues that you’re passionate about, and where you think you can make a change. You might not be old enough to vote in this election, but if you have your ear to the ground and you understand these issues, you’ll be an informed voter when you turn 18 and vote. You don’t have to be of voting age to get involved with campaigns. You can get involved with a political campaign, with a nonprofit, or an advocacy group that connects on issues that you think are important. If you devote time and energy to a cause that you believe in now, you’ll meet other people who share those passions and views and who also want to work towards the same goals.
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Federation’s Journey Home Mission to Israel This past summer, a group of 37 local community members traveled to Israel on the Federation’s Journey Home Mission to Israel. The week-long, interactive mission was designed to enable participants to follow their campaign dollars to the sites and programs funded by the UJFT’s Annual Campaign.
Upcoming issues of Jewish News will highlight more mission experiences. The first article about the mission appeared in the August 13 issue. The fourth article follows.
And it was only Day Two of our Mission! Barbara Dudley
or me, deciding to join UJFT’s Journey Home to Israel 2018 mission was motivated by two factors. One was visiting my twin grand-daughters and their parents who live on Kibbutz Yiftah in northern Israel. Two, was that as chair of UJFT’s Israel and Oveseas Committee, I like to see our UJFT dollars at work in agencies we support in Israel. The timing was perfect. So, I said yes to the mission. Day 2 of our trip dawned bright, sunny, and hot like most every summer day in Israel. But today was different. Today, the 37 mission participants had a choice (a first for any UJFT mission) between two morning tracks in Tel Aviv. Track One was geared towards first time travelers to Israel and included visits to Independence Hall, JAFI’s Israel Tech Challenge program and Tikkun Olam Makers or TOM, a global movement of communities connecting makers, designers, developers, and engineers with people with disabilities to develop technological solutions to everyday challenges. Track Two was geared toward those who had been to Israel before and included a Graffiti tour in the Florentine district, a tour and food tasting in the Levinsky Market, and a visit to Maskit, a luxury fashion house conceived in 1954 by Ruth Dayan and revitalized by Sharon Tal in 2014. Both tracks came together for lunch and free time at the Sarona Complex, a mix of Tel Aviv architectural history (the original 37 Templar buildings that were part of the Templar settlement have been restored), and a unique urban experience that combines food, culture, entertainment, and leisure. As we explored the complex, ate, shopped, and caught up with each other, it became apparent that
both morning tracks provided experiences enjoyed by the participants. Mid-afternoon brought us back to the bus for an hour’s drive in Tel Aviv traffic to Kfar Saba. Our destination was a JDC program called Photography with Joy which teaches Holocaust survivors basic photography skills, enabling them to tell their Holocaust stories. Upon arrival, we were escorted into a large activity room where snacks were provided, chairs were placed in a circle, and photographs were arranged on the room’s walls. After introductions, an elderly well-groomed man began to tell his story in a quiet dignified voice. He had thick gray hair, sat straight in his chair, wore dark rimmed glasses, and had a notebook on his lap. “My name is Reuven Fisherman and I am 91 years old. For many years I did not tell the story of what happened to me or my family during the Holocaust until my granddaughter asked me about it for a high school project. Even then it was hard to share the story.” This is summary of Reuven’s story: In 1943, they (the Nazi’s) began arresting Danish Jews, most of whom escaped to Sweden. Reuven’s father and two older brothers joined the Danish underground. His mother and the four youngest children (age five-15) were sent to Theresienstadt ghetto, where they stayed for 18 months. They did not know of the secret deal between Denmark and Germany, according to which Danish Jews would not be sent to the crematoria. A few days before liberation they were sent to Sweden. Here they were informed that Reuven’s father and brothers drowned in the sea while trying to escape to Sweden. (JDC Israel Photography with Joy)
Reuven shared the devastating physical and psychological toll this news took on his surviving family, his decision to make Aliya to Israel in 1972, and the
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Tidewater Mission with Reuven Fisherman (center).
impact participating in JDC’s Photography with Joy has had on his life. As Reuven shared his story, I felt tears running down my face. Reuven had touched my heart. He then showed us the photograph he created through Photography with Joy, titled Man Has No Advantage Over Animals. It reflects the utter humiliation and anger he felt when forced to relieve himself in front of the German guards, after having spent three days in a cattle car, while being transported to Theresienstadt. Reuven concluded his discussion by reminding us all to share our stories, as he had just done and continues to do. For me, it was an OMG moment! Here was a man who had experienced the worst that human beings can endure, survived, found courage and hope, married, had a career, had two children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, and he is telling us how important it is to share our stories. What a powerful and extraordinary example of our UJFT dollars at work through this one program! After shaking Reuven’s hand and posing for a picture, our group boarded the bus and headed back to Tel Aviv. Next stop, a sunset cocktail reception with
Danna Stern, head of programming for YES television and HBO Israel, and with one of the writers of the Netflix drama Fauda. I was secretly hoping that Lior Raz who plays Doran on Fauda would be there. A girl can dream. What an amazing day and it was only the second day of our mission. Note: The Photography with Joy exhibit, which presents aspects and links between the past and present, as well as some program participants are slated to visit the Sandler Family Campus later this year.
Sample of graffiti art.
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nation Harvard once capped the number of Jews. Is it doing the same thing to Asians now? Ben Sales
( JTA)—In 1922, Harvard University President Abbott Lawrence Lowell had a problem: His school had too many Jews. At least that’s what he thought. As the country’s Jewish population ballooned in the early 20th century, the Jewish proportion of Harvard students increased exponentially, too. In 1900, just 7 percent of the Ivy League school’s students were Jewish. By 1922, the figure was 21.5 percent. Lowell felt that some were of deficient character. And even if they weren’t, he feared they would drive away potential White Anglo-Saxon Protestant students who would go on to be America’s political and economic elite—as well as future donors to schools like Harvard. “The summer hotel that is ruined by admitting Jews meets its fate, not because the Jews it admits are of bad character, but because they drive away the Gentiles, and then after the Gentiles have left, they leave also,” he wrote in a letter to a philosophy professor, as quoted in the book The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale and Princeton, by Jerome Karabel. In response to a letter from an alumnus bemoaning that Harvard was no longer a “white man’s” college, Lowell wrote that he “had foreseen the peril of having too large a number of an alien race, and had tried to prevent it.” Lowell eventually succeeded in changing the admissions standards at his Boston-area university to limit the number of Jews. According to Karabel, instead of admitting students solely based on academic achievement, the school began judging their surnames and photographs to determine if they were Jewish. It began classifying students as “J1,” “J2” or “J3”—conclusively Jewish, probably Jewish or maybe Jewish, respectively. It evaluated their “character” as well—a new standard that allowed Harvard to cap the proportion of Jewish students at 15 percent. The quota lasted until the 1960s. Except that some people say it’s still
happening—only this time the target is Asian Americans. That’s the contention of a lawsuit that began Monday, Oct. 15 at a federal court in Boston arguing that Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants. The lawsuit, brought by a group called Students for Fair Admissions, makes accusations that, if true, would recall Lowell’s prejudices of nearly a century ago: It says Harvard rejects Asian Americans because it sees them as academically gifted, but unexceptional in character. “Harvard evaluators consistently rank Asian-American candidates below White candidates in ‘personal qualities,’” the lawsuit reads. “In comments written in applicants’ files, Harvard admissions staff repeatedly have described Asian Americans as “being quiet/shy, science/ math oriented, and hard workers.” And the lawsuit makes an explicit connection to Harvard’s history of discrimination against Jews. “Harvard is using racial classifications to engage in the same brand of invidious discrimination against Asian Americans that it formerly used to limit the number of Jewish students in its student body,” it says. “Statistical evidence reveals that Harvard uses ‘holistic’ admissions to disguise the fact that it holds Asian Americans to a far higher standard than other students and essentially forces them to compete against each other for admission.” In a 2012 article in the American Conservative, the magazine’s publisher, Ron Unz, cited National Center for Education Statistics data to charge that Harvard imposed a quota of 16.5 percent on Asian-American students starting in 1995—following the example of the Jewish quota. “Even more surprising has been the sheer constancy of these percentages, with almost every year from 1995-2011 showing an Asian enrollment within a single point of the 16.5 percent average,” he wrote. “It is interesting to note that this exactly replicates the historical pattern observed by Karabel, in which
Jewish enrollment rose very rapidly, leading to imposition of an informal quota system, after which the number of Jews fell substantially.…” But some people—including, notably, Karabel himself—dispute that Asian Americans face the same bigotry as Jews did in the 1920s. Karabel, a sociology professor at the University of California, Berkeley, sees the lawsuit as an attempt to outlaw affirmative action—a longstanding desire of American conservatives. Indeed, the lawsuit disparages Regents of Univ. of Cal. v. Bakke, a 1978 Supreme Court decision that serves as a basis for allowing race to serve as a factor in college admission policy. And Karabel says that unlike Jews, Asian Americans have seen their numbers at Harvard increase under a system that takes character into account—at least in recent years. Harvard’s incoming class of 2000 was 16.4 percent Asian. But the incoming class of 2022 is nearly 23 percent Asian. “[T]he analogy between Jews and Asians that frames the current case against Harvard obscures more than it illuminates,” Karabel wrote in a column in the Huffington Post. “Unlike quotas, which substantially reduced Jewish enrollments, affirmative action has proved compatible with both an increase in Asian-American enrollments and expanded opportunities for African-Americans and Latinos.” In other words, character was used as a means of depressing Jewish enrollment in the 1920s. But Karabel and others say that today, considering factors outside academic achievement—like extracurricular activities and life story—is meant to lead to a more diverse student body. “The ideas being explored today are not so different from the ideas being explored then,” said Jonathan Sarna, the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University. “Diversity and other elements come into play, and that’s an interesting argument. And one might argue that there should be different kinds of universities, continued on page 16
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some of which would make decisions based purely on the basis of merit.” The lawsuit has divided Asian Americans as well. “There should be more pushback against all this admissions rigging against Asians—especially among liberals, who tend to pride themselves on their championing of minorities and equal opportunity,” Michelle Gao, a Harvard sophomore, wrote in the Harvard Crimson, the student paper. But Robert Rhew, a Harvard alumnus, wrote in the New York Times: “Like many Asian-Americans and many Harvard
graduates, I vigorously oppose the lawsuit. I reject the false equivalence of the argument that taking into consideration the race of applicants from underrepresented groups is the same as discriminating against everyone else.” The suit could reach the Supreme Court and has the potential to reshape the way universities are allowed to consider race in their admissions. But while quotas haven’t been a directly Jewish issue for half a century, Harvard College’s Jewish population has not recovered. According to Hillel International, it now stands at 11 percent—comfortably below Lowell’s quota.
Unopened letter sent to Anne Frank’s home fetches $11,000 at auction AMSTERDAM ( JTA)—An unopened letter that was mailed to the home of Anne Frank while she and her family were in hiding fetched more than $11,000 at an auction. Bidding on the envelope, which came from an insurance company in 1942, began at $570 ahead of the auction, which took place at the Corinphila Auction House in Amstelveen south of Amsterdam. The name of the new owner was not disclosed. The letter is of “paramount importance, a testament to the most difficult period in the life of the Frank family, their underground existence,” the auction house wrote in a statement. The envelope carries a red “return to sender” stamp and is addressed to Otto Frank, the teenage diarist’s father and the only member of her nuclear family who survived the Holocaust. When it was sent to the family’s home in Merwede Square in Amsterdam’s south, the Franks were already in hiding in what is now called the Anne Frank House in the Dutch capital’s west. They hid there
for over two years, until they were discovered and sent to concentration and death camps. Anne Frank, who was 13 when she went into hiding with her family, wrote journals during her time there. Her father later edited them into a book titled The Diary of a Young Girl. Published in 1947, it became a bestseller and turned Anne Frank into a symbol of persecution and one of the world’s best-known Holocaust victims. The unopened letter, which presumably never reached Otto Frank—he died in 1980—was found among the belongings of stamp collector Stefan Drukker following his death in 2013, the Trouw daily reported last moth. The envelope containing the weighty letter carries the logo of the British life insurance agency Gresham. Nathan Bouscher, the auction house’s director, told Trouw that the envelope was found in a room containing other old envelopes that Drukker had collected for the stamps on them. (JTA)
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US economist with Jewish roots shares Nobel Prize
illiam Nordhaus, a Yale University professor with Jewish roots, will share the 2018 Nobel Prize for Economics. Paul Romer, a former World Bank chief economist who is now at New York University’s Stern School of Business, also won the prize. The winners, who will split the $1.1 million award equally, were recognized for integrating innovation and climate with economic growth. Nordhaus and Romer have “significantly broadened the scope of economic analysis by constructing models that explain how the market economy interacts with nature and knowledge,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in announcing the prize. “The contributions of Paul Ror and William Nordhaus are methodological, providing us with fundamental insights into the causes and consequences of technological innovation and climate change. This year’s Laureates do not deliver conclusive answers, but their findings have brought us considerably closer to answering the question of how we can achieve sustained and sustainable global economic growth,” the statement said.
Nordhaus was born in 1941 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and earned his doctorate in 1967 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His family “had deep roots in the Southwest, with beginnings in the German-Jewish immigrant wave after the Santa Fe Trail opened in 1821,” according to a profile of Nordhaus on the website of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Romer was born in 1955 in Denver, Colorado, and earned his doctorate in 1983 from the University of Chicago. (JTA)
Great-grandmother, 93, who had survived Auschwitz crowned Miss Holocaust Survivor JERUSALEM ( JTA)—A 93-year-old great-grandmother who had survived the Auschwitz death camp was crowned Miss Holocaust Survivor. Tova Ringer, who lost her parents, four sisters and a grandmother at Auschwitz, won the beauty pageant in Haifa on Sunday, Oct. 14. “I’m very happy. It’s something special. I wouldn’t believe that at my age I would be a beauty,” she told Reuters. Ringer was crowned with a silver tiara and a blue-and-white sash proclaiming
her the queen of the contest, which has been organized each year since 2012 by Yad Ezer L’Haver, or Helping Hand, a group that helps needy Holocaust survivors in Israel. A crowd of thousands attended the event, including Knesset members and government ministers, as well as hundreds of Holocaust survivors, The Times of Israel reported. Fewer than 200,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel today, according to the news website.
Ohef Sholom Temple celebrates and rededicates 100-year-old sanctuary
ith so much to celebrate—its sanctuary’s 100th anniversary Andria P. McClellan, Norfolk City Councilwoman; Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president, Union for Reform Judaism; Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr., Senate of and the congregation’s upcoming 175th anniversary— Virginia; Courtney Doyle, Norfolk City Councilwoman; Cantor Jennifer Rueben; Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg; City of Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Ohef Sholom Temple rededicated the synagogue’s sanctuary on Cooper Alexander; Rabbi Lawrence A. Forman; Jerrauld C. C. “Jay” Jones, Virginia House of Delegate; and U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott. Saturday, Oct. 13. After a processional with clergy, past presidents carrying the temple’s Torahs, and other temple leaders, a spirited Havdalah service took place, followed by a moving rededication service conducted Charter a deck — or full ship — for a picture-perfect bar or bat mitzvah. by Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg and Cantor Jennifer Rueben. One of the many highlights of the evening was an inspirational message from special guest Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), of which OST is a member. Rabbi Jacobs presented a case for a positive and hopeful future of Judaism, as well as for the strength of the Reform Movement. In addition to congregants, the event was attended by several area rabbis and ministers, as well as by political dignitaries. Norfolk’s Mayor Kenneth Alexander Our new charter yacht, Virginia Elite, offers complete customization. read and presented the temple with a proclamation in honor of the occasion, as Norfolk Mayor Wyndham Mayo did in 1918. Following the service, an elegant reception took place in Kaufman Hall.
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f the litmus test for a compelling murder mystery is not being able to put a book down, Matt Goldman’s first novel, Gone To Dust, is quite the success and already a New York Times Best Seller. Aided by a Hurricane Florence addled weekend that encouraged indoor activity, I started and finished Goldman’s wellcrafted 300-page book in two sittings. Gone To Dust is not only a great title, but features a protagonist in Nils Shapiro who is entertaining and clever while possessing vulnerabilities that make him a sympathetic character. The novel’s mystery centers around a young divorcee who is found murdered in her bed with no signs of struggle or forced entry into her home. The body and much of her house are covered in some sort of dust—apparently to hide incriminating evidence. Shapiro, as a private detective hired by the resource-challenged local police department in Edina, Minnesota, focuses his investigation on friends, lovers, and acquaintances of the victim—anyone whom the victim wouldn’t have felt threatened by. That is where the fun begins. Goldman introduces numerous appropriately developed characters as we find out more about the victim’s life and loves. Because the novel takes place in the town in which Detective Shapiro grew up, we learn not only about the victim’s background, but we also discover the characters and life twists that leave Shapiro divorced, cynical, and living in what he affectionately calls, “The Sh*thole.” Despite, or maybe because of his less than perfect life, we like Nils Shapiro and find him easy to root for. He is funny, sarcastic, and seemingly very
attractive to the opposite sex. Goldman’s leading man says at one early point in the novel, “I look back on a handful of moments in my life as if they were traffic circles. I didn’t know I was driving into one, but once I realized I had, it was too late. Whichever direction I drove out would send me in a direction I hadn’t intended to go.” The author knew exactly where he was going with this book. Like his main character, Goldman grew up in Minnesota, which allowed for great familiarity in his descriptive settings. My only criticism would be that the setting descriptions were sometimes too detailed. This story meets the test for plausibility and features creative and flowing dialogue that pulls the reader along and has earned Goldman a Writer’s Guild Award nomination. Goldman will be in Hampton Roads for the Lee and Bernard Jaffe Jewish Book Festival in November. While a rookie novelist, Goldman is no neophyte as a writer. He is an Emmy Award winning television writer who has worked on big-time programs such as Seinfeld, Ellen and The New Adventures of Old Christine. Already a bona fide script and joke writer, Goldman acquits himself well as a novelist and could very well develop a following for his Detective Nils Shapiro character. It would be easy to envision Gone To Dust made into a compelling movie on the big screen. An evening with Goldman during the Book Festival will be fun and compelling as well. Matt Goldman will be at the Sandler Family Campus on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 pm as a guest author during the Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival. Gone to Dust: A Novel is a Book Club Pick. To register a book club, contact Callah Terkeltaub at firstname.lastname@example.org or 321-2331. Jay Klebanoff is a former writer for the Montgomery County Record and a past president of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.
A nation of inventions Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World. Avi Jorisch Gefen Publishing House LTD March, 2018, 266 pages, $27
n the summer of 2014, along with the rest of the world, I was watching closely as Israel launched Operation Protective Edge to protect her citizens from Hamas-led rocket attacks coming from Gaza. With guidance from AIPAC, I lobbied my members of Congress to stand by Israel and do everything to protect the Israeli people, especially with continued funding for the Iron Dome. This year at AIPAC’s Policy Conference, an actual Iron Dome was showcased. I was torn between being amazed and terrified at the size. Towering over me, the Iron Dome was huge. Then I thought about it some more, that machine, the one that somehow fit inside the Washington DC Convention Center basement, saves the lives of millions of people, when necessary. That same summer that as I was watching Operation Protective Edge unfold from Virginia, Avi Jorisch was rushing his three children into the bomb shelter of his Jerusalem home. While Jorisch and his family waited for the comforting sound of the two loud thuds indicating the Iron Dome had been successful in intercepting Hamas’s rockets, he also thought about the effect the invention of the Iron Dome had on
Israel’s citizens. The realization of the positive impact of Israeli innovation did not stop there, and in Thou Shalt Innovate, Jorisch highlights 15 inventions by Israelis that are saving the world today. The book illustrates how Israel’s technological advances have impacted the world, saving millions of lives with medical research, providing water access to drought-affected villages, and bringing healthcare to underserved communities, to name a few. Jorisch demonstrates how from living with constant war and surrounded by memories of the Holocaust, Israelis have proactively turned to hope and optimism in saving the world. For example, Bernard Bar-Natan, son of Holocaust survivors, developed the Emergency Bandage, a unique life-saving product that instantly controls bleeding. Its use led to the survival of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords after she was shot in the head at a campaign event. The factory where the Emergency Bandages are produced is owned by a Muslim man, Ahmed Heib, whose employees are all women. This is just another way Jorisch shows the diversity and cooperation of Israel beyond the media reports. While Jorisch does not hide that Israel has its fair share of problems, the stories he tells in the book as he says, share a tale of Israelis who have chosen hope and healing over death and destruction, and shine a light in a part of the world that has more than its share of darkness. Melissa Eichelbaum is assistant director of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Community Relations Council.
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memorable, irreverent PI named Nils Shapiro who explores the cold winter landscape of Minnesota to solve a twisted tale in a sleepy, well-off suburb. Gone to Dust: A Novel is a book club pick**
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of marriage, family, and the haunting grief of World War II that spans three decades. Set in 1965 Manhattan, The Lost Family follows Auschwitz survivor, Peter Rashkin’s life as a restaurant owner. His work consumes him, as does his guilt over surviving Auschwitz, while his wife, Masha—the restaurant’s namesake—and two young daughters, perished. June Bouquet, a young fashion model, pierces his guard and the two begin a passionate courtship and marry. Over the next 20 years, however, Peter’s indelible anguish haunts him, June, and their daughter Elisabeth—transforming them in shocking, heartbreaking, and unexpected ways. The Lost Family: A Novel is a Book Club pick** and is in partnership with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Holocaust Commission and Women’s Cabinet
For many, a grandchild offers the opportunity to be the parent they didn’t have the time or energy to be with their own children. Wonderfully intimate, psychologically astute, and often humorous, Jane Isay’s Unconditional Love is an emotional guide to being a grandparent. Isay shows how a grandparent—though no longer in charge—can use his/her unique perspective and experience to find a way to keep the love flowing. Isay is the author of Secrets and Lies, Walking on Eggshells, and Mom Still Likes You Best
The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity Sally Kohn Thursday, November 29, 12 pm
PJ Library’s Latkepalooza and Camp Extravaganza with Rick Recht LIVE Sunday, December 2, 12:30–3:30 pm
Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah & Sadie’s Snowy Tu B’Shevat Jamie Korngold 1 pm
The Lost Family: A Novel
The New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us, Jenna Blum creates a vivid portrait
In partnership with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Community Relations Council, the Holocaust Commission, Advocates for Racial Justice, Hands United Building Bridges (HUBB), Advocates for Racial Justice, Hampton Roads Pride, and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
$12 Lunch/$30 lunch and book Bundled registration for lunch and a signed book closes
In partnership with Beth Sholom Village and Hebrew Academy of Tidewater
Jenna Blum Tuesday, November 27, 7:30 pm
Discussion with Panelists Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz, Congregation Beth El Reverend Dr. Antipas Harris, Urban Renewal Center Doron Ezickson, regional director, Anti-Defamation League, Washington D.C. Region
As a progressive commentator on Fox News and now CNN, Sally Kohn has made a career of bridging political differences and learning how to talk civilly to people whose views she passionately opposes. Although Kohn gave a TED Talk about what she termed ‘emotional correctness,’ even she has found herself wanting to breathe fire at her enemies. In The Opposite of Hate, Kohn interviews leading scientists and researchers, investigating the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate and how simple incivility can be a gateway to much worse. Kohn is a writer, activist, political commentator, and host of the podcast, State of Resistance. Her TED talks have garnered over three million views.
adie accidentally breaks the Hanukkah menorah she made for her mother at school in Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah. Sadie realizes that the shammash candle remains unbroken, and a new family tradition is born. In Sadie’s Snowy Tu B’Shevat, Sadie wants to plant a tree for Tu B’Shevat, but it’s the middle of the winter. With help from her brother, Ori, and grandmother, Sadie learns why the tree-planting holiday takes place in winter and finds her own special ways to celebrate. Rabbi Jamie Korngold is the author of 11 books, including the beloved Sadie and Ori series. Known as the “Adventure Rabbi,” she brings her innovative take on Judaism to students around the world via AdventureRabbi.org, the online school she founded in 2003. continued on page 28
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The Spy Who Played Baseball Carrie Jones 2:15 pm
Hillel Smith Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12 pm Discussion and gallery tour with the artist $12 Lunch/ $50 Lunch and book Bundled registration for lunch and a signed book closes February 4.
Tidewater Together presented by the Milton “Mickey” Kramer Scholarin-Residence Fund, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, and the Tidewater Synagogue Leadership Council
Words that Hurt, Words that Heal: How the Words You Choose Shape Your Destiny—Revised edition Rabbi Joseph Telushkin Friday, March 29– Sunday, March 31, 2019
Moe Berg is not a typical major league baseball player in the 1930s. He’s Jewish, has a law degree, speaks several languages, and loves traveling the world. He also happens to be a spy for the U.S. government, and when World War II begins, Moe trades his baseball career for a life of danger and secrecy. A picture book for both sports and spy lovers, The Spy Who Played Baseball is also about a Jewish immigrant’s son using brilliance and persistence to adapt to his new culture. Carrie Jones is a quirky, internationally and New York Times bestselling author from Maine who longs to somehow save the world. An award-winning editor, photographer, and on-call firefighter, she wears many hats, but her passion is story.
Husbands and Other Sharp Objects
Marilyn Simon Rothstein Monday, March 18, 2019, 12 pm $12 Lunch/$20 Lunch and book Bundled registration for lunch and a signed book closes March 11
How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life
Janice Kaplan Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:30 pm
Generously funded by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the Tidewater Jewish Foundation, in partnership with One Happy Camper.
For more information on the weekend with Rick Recht, visit JewishVA.org/Latkepalooza.
Beyond the Festival
Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food Rachel Herz Thursday, January 10, 2019, 12 pm
$12 Lunch/$30 Lunch and book Bundled registration for lunch and a signed book closes January 3
All events, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the community with RSVP required, and will take place at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach For more information about the Festival, to sponsor, or volunteer, contact Callah Terkeltaub at 75-321-2331 or CTerkeltaub@ujft.org. The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival is held in coordination with the Jewish Book Council, a national organization whose sole purpose is the promotion of Jewish books. ** Register a community book club and receive: Discounts on group tickets, reserved group seating at author events, recognition during program welcome remarks, and a special ‘Book Clubs Only’ reception with a book club author. Contact Callah Terkeltaub at email@example.com for information or to register a book club.
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it’s a Wrap Chabad brings High Holiday season to life
s the Jewish New Year got off to a start, hundreds of community members participated in a full set of lively and meaningful holiday experiences with Chabad of Tidewater. Even before Rosh Hashanah, 70 people took advantage of their Labor Day vacation to join Chabad for a pre-Holiday fun day and BBQ dinner. Children shaped their own round challahs, decorated honey dishes for Rosh Hashanah, created model sukkahs, and were treated to special presentation by a beekeeper—a perfect introduction for a sweet new year. Hundreds joined Chabad’s annual High Holiday services with meaning, melody, and humor, led by classically trained cantor Mendy Margolin of New York. After services on Rosh Hashanah, Chabad community members followed an annual tradition of walking all over town to bring the mitzvah of Shofar to as many Jews as possible. For the first time, Chabad services were available at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront, where congregants could take advantage of special discounted rate and stay overnight. Also, for the first time, a beautiful Tashlich and Shofar ceremony were held
at Buff’s Garden, right on the beach. On September 27, nearly 100 people observed the mitzvah of rejoicing on Sukkot—the festival of joy—at a children’s Sukkot dance party at Chabad’s sukkah in Ghent. In addition to festive music and dancing, participants were given the opportunity to observe the mitzvah of shaking the lulav and etrog, and enjoyed a photobooth, glowstick fun, and created their own “sweet sushi” of various types of candy and yummy treats. All Sukkot long, Chabad invited guests to fulfill the mitzvah of eating in the sukkah, serving an estimated 800 meals throughout the holiday. The season concluded with Chabad’s famously spirited Hakafot on Simchat Torah. Men, women, and children enjoyed the energetic celebration of the Torah with dancing, l’chaims, and abundant food. Children were treated to a magic show, and enjoyed a special hakafah dedicated to them and shared with a special giant Torah mascot. For more information about Chabad, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seniors celebrate Sukkot
Chabad’s Oceanfront rooftop sukkah Has a View
erched atop the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront’s parking garage, a curious new structure stood last month overlooking Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach. Thousands of motorists, pedestrians, runners, and cyclists may have wondered what this bamboo covered hut was doing there, but the Oceanfront’s Jewish population could make no mistake: The Oceanfront Rooftop Sukkah had arrived. While looking for a place to erect a conveniently located, publicly visible, and beautiful sukkah, Chabad contacted the Wyndham Hotel and an idea was born: Up on top of the hotel’s parking garage is a wide-open space, directly under the stars, as halachically necessary for a kosher sukkah. What resulted was a sukkah that was beautiful, kosher, and unique—with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the North End. “We really got more than we bargained for. How many other sukkahs in the area, or even the country, offer a view like that,” asks Rabbi Zalman Margolin, director of Chabad at the Oceanfront. The view was enjoyed by many Virginia Beach residents and visitors taking advantage of unseasonably warm weather so late in September. Chabad also used the sukkah to host its “Soup. Sukkah. Social”
Avraham and Patricia Ashkenazi in the rooftop sukkah.
event, which included a havadalah ceremony and time to schmooze, say l’chaim, and enjoy a s soup bar. “It was such a special experience that I shall continue to cherish,” says Susan Werby. The sukkah definitely served its purpose in bringing the Sukkot spirit to those who stepped inside to use it and to those simply passing by. Bill Simon and his family sponsored, designed, and constructed this “one of a kind sukkah.”s For more information about Chabad at the Oceanfront, call 757-362-2710 or email email@example.com.
n the hottest day of Sukkot, members of the JCC Senior Club met in the beautiful and exotic sukkah for a delicious luncheon and crafts. The group assembled on Wednesday, September 26 at round tables set up with preparations for creating their own mobiles. Beads, colored paper, string, and crayons were provided and the results were beautiful. For more information on joining the JCC Seniors Club, contact Naty Horev at 321-2334
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HAT’s 30th Annual Golf Tournament— The hottest game in town Patti Seeman
xtreme heat and humidity did not keep golfers and volunteers from supporting the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Konikoff Center of Learning’s 30th Annual Golf Tournament, also known as The Bob Josephberg Classic. With a heat index in the upper 90’s, the golfers toughed out 18 holes at the superb Cypress Point Country Club. Players and volunteers were rewarded after the competition with an airconditioned clubhouse and an awards reception Winners of Second Flight: Jeremy Starkey, Jerry Miller, Bill Miller, and Eric Miller. that included a delicious meal from the Cardo Café, prizes for the tournament winners, and remarkable raffle prizes. Many members of the community, led by champions Bob Josephberg, Angela Jenkins, and tournament co-chairs Ilana and Nathan Benson, united to support the annual tournament and the school. “The golf tournament is our biggest fundraiser,” says David Leon, HAT president. “Thanks to 105 generous sponsors and 65 raffle prize donors, we raised over $137,000 to help make a Hebrew Academy education accessible for all students. Our Winners of Third Flight: Kevin Lefcoe, Larry Siegel, Jason Hoffman, and Mike Darr. donors have invested in the education of our future leaders.” the parent volunteers, HAT trustees, and HAT and David Cardon, HAT vice president of developCampus staff who assist with the months of planment, says, “Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of ning, fundraising, and finally, the precise execution of the tournament to make it a very successful event, year after year.” “Hats off to Keith King and his team at Cypress Point for a fantastic tournament,” says Heather Moore, HAT head of school. “We are so fortunate that Cypress Point was able to accommodate our event in August. Since the High Holy Days fell on certain Tuesdays in September and October, Bayville Golf Club was not able to meet our needs for a golf outing this year.” The tournament plans to return to Bayville on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, according to Moore.
Sheila and Bob Josephberg, and Angela Jenkins.
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For more information, contact Patti Seeman, HAT director of development, at 757-424-4327, or email pseeman@ hebrewacademy.net.
Babbi Bangel, Deb Segaloff Marvin Friedberg, and Angela Jenkins.
Randi Gordon, Heather Moore, Rachel Abrams, and Leora Drory.
Winners of Ladies Flight: Gina Gechter, Dale Jacobs, Randy Caplan, and Susie Gordon.
Winners of First Flight: Chris Lyon, Allan Lyon, Ron Kramer, and Alvin Wall.
it’s a Wrap Thank you to all of our generous supporters, golfers, and hard-working volunteers for enabling HAT to surpass its fundraising goal. You make all the difference for our students and families. We could not do it without you. Alan and Esther Fleder Foundation Celia K. Krichman Jennifer Rush and Jason Charitable Trust Alper Copeland–Klebanoff Altmeyer Funeral Home Family Rabbi Arnowitz on behalf Randi and Steven Gordon of Congregation Beth El Jones Lang LaSalle Beach Eye Care, Multifamily, LLC Mark A. Lipton, OD Dr. Albert and Wendy Susan and Jon Becker Konikoff Stephanie Calliott and Don Dr. David and Sofia London Konikoff Elyse and David Cardon Dr. Stephen and Ronnie-Jane Konikoff CBRE Hampton Roads Will, June, Alex, Austin CopyFax Digital Office Cindy and Ron Kramer Solutions Arnold H. Leon and Rad and Lindsay Family Davenport BIRDIE SPONSORS L.M. Sandler and Sons Drs. Shivar, Peluso and ($500) Andersen, P.C. Alan Nordlinger Babbi and Brad Bangel Eastern Virginia Deb and Peter Segaloff Orthodontics Barnes, Thompson, and Southern Bank Singor Frankie Edmondson, The Josephberg Family Portsmouth UBS Financial Services, TowneBank Commissioner of the Inc. Revenue Bay Disposal HOSTS ($3,000) Ellyn and Bob CTMI Fairlead Integrated Equity Title Company LLC Endurance Network Services Claire and Marvin Eric Joffe Construction Friedberg ESI Electronic Systems Corp.– Mike Simon/ S.L. Nusbaum Realty Laura and Fred Gross Eric Joffe Company Faggert and Frieden, P.C. H.D. Oliver Funeral John and Renee Strelitz Apts. Inc. Givens Group and Family Zena Herod Barbara and Allen Gordon Wall, Einhorn and Ivor Kaplan Plastic Surgery Betsy and Ed Karotkin Chernitzer KMG Prestige, Inc. Jormandy LLC Land Planning Solutions UNDERWRITERS Arielle, Noah, and Ben Larrymore Foundation Klebanoff ($2,000) Lynnhaven Fish House Ilana and Nathan Benson Lisa and David Leon Mid-Atlantic Dermatology Karen and Rick Lombart Nathan Drory/ Center, P.C.–Michael L. Charles Barker Rabbi and Mrs. Yitzchak Gross, MD Automotive Menda PAYDAY Payroll Services Howard Joffe Monarch Properties Poole Brooke Plumlee PC Miles and Sandra Leon No Frill Bar and Grill Rashkind Family Brad Moses/Towne Palms Associates Insurance Partners in Construction Terri and Lonny Sarfan Lynn and Rachel LLC EAGLE SPONSORS Schoenbaum Roberta and Randy ($1,000) Siska Aurand Landscape Sherman Patricia and Avraham Architects Larry Siegel–Williams Ashkenazi S.L. Nusbaum Insurance Mullen Beth Sholom Home Company Stein Investment Group Cape Construction, The Abrams Family The Jenkins Family in David and Charlene The Jason Family honor of HAT Teachers Cohen The Moore Family in Towne Benefits Dr. Ronald and honor of the faculty and Beth Dozoretz staff HOLE SPONSORS Gold Key/PHR The Seeman Family ($300) Daniel Gordon and Family The Spindel Agency Thank you Bob Harbor Group Josephberg! Matthew N. White International From Farideh and Ashley and Greg Zittrain Norman Goldin
Hercules Fence Brenda and Abbey Horwitz Beth and Nathan Jaffe Jewish Family Service KPMG MiRoMa Fund Monster Tool Company National Disaster Solutions Jennifer and Jim Nocito Ruth’s Chris Steak House Randy Shapiro The Armond and Rose Caplan Foundation Virginia Wealth Management Group, Inc.–Scott Saal
GIFTS DONATED BY Aldo’s Ristorante Balance Therapeutic Massage Babbi and Brad Bangel Cheri’s Skin and Nail Boutique Cobalt Grille Commodore Theatre CopyFax and Toshiba Cure Coffeehouse Decorum Either Ore Jewelers Fellini’s Fink’s Jewelers Frances Kahn Freemason Abbey Restaurant Gary Allen Hair and Skin Care Golf Headquarters Hot House Yoga Il Giardino Inlet Fitness Jake’s Place Jody G. Jody’s Gourmet Popcorn Long Jewelers Lynnhaven Fish House Mary’s Nail-tique Moe’s Southwest Grill Monkee’s of Virginia Beach Mr. Shawarma Nauticus No Frill Bar and Grill Norfolk Tides NYFO Ocean Breeze Waterpark Princess Anne Country Club Quality Shop Ruth’s Chris Steak House Salad Works Sandfiddler Café Deb and Peter Segaloff Steinhilber’s Studio Bamboo The Lemon Cabana The Norfolk Admirals The Route 58 Deli The Royal Chocolate The Sandler Center The Skin Ranch and Trade Company The Spa and Laser Center Todd Rosenlieb Dance Topgolf Virginia Beach Total Wine & More
Trader Joe’s Trish Boutique Virginia Aquarium Virginia Stage Company Virginia Symphony Orchestra Virginia Zoo Windsor Antiques Yorgo’s Zushi Japanese Bistro
VOLUNTEERS Rachel Abrams Laura Allegood Jasmine Amitay Leslie Marcus Auerbach Robyn Bailey Babbi Bangel Ilana Benson Nathan Benson Billy Bernstein Ellie Brooke Lenny Brooke David Cardon Leora Drory Randi Gordon Angela Jenkins Joan Joffe Bob Josephberg Erica Kaplan Aaron Kass Jodi Klebanoff David Leon Rebecca Levitt Wendy Lorenz Laura Miller Alyssa Muhlendorf Meagan Parker Deb Segaloff Burle Stromberg Ashley Zittrain Greg Zittrain
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Fitness for Everyone
what’s happening Leon Family Gallery Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus
November and December
The National Library of Israel: Curating the past, creating the future
Register by NOV 1 TUES & THURS 6:30 - 7:30 PM $0 for Members | $4 drop-in fee for Non-Members
Get SO Fit is an inclusive fitness program designed to assist athletes of all abilities through education and exercise. The underlying philosophy of the program is that exercise and proper nutrition are challenging and beneficial to everyone, regardless of their physical or mental abilities. We believe that a fitness program can be fun and effective when group exercise is combined with individual workouts and a focus on healthy food choices. For more information contact
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hile continuing to serve as Israel’s pre-eminent research library, The National Library of Israel recently embarked upon an ambitious journey of renewal to open access to its treasures and encourage audiences in Israel and around the globe to engage with them in new and meaningful ways. A range of innovative educational, cultural, and digital initiatives are taking place to achieve this goal. In addition, construction of a new landmark complex designed by Herzog and de Meuron, situated adjacent to the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in Jerusalem, is underway and scheduled for completion in 2021. Library treasures reflect and reveal Jewish life across continents and centuries, and highlight the diverse history and cultures of Israel and its region. NLI holds the largest collection of written Judaica ever amassed, significant handwritten works by luminaries such as Maimonides and Sir Isaac Newton, exquisite Islamic manuscripts dating to the ninth century, and archival collections of leading cultural and intellectual figures including Martin Buber, Franz Kafka,
Natan Sharansky, and Naomi Shemer. The National Library also holds the world’s largest collection of maps of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, as well as the largest collection of Jewish and Israeli music. This exhibition, developed in partnership with the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, presents highlights from the library’s world-class collections, which encompass manuscripts, books, posters, maps, music, photographs, communal and personal archival materials, and more. Founded in Jerusalem in 1892, the National Library of Israel serves as the collective memory of the global Jewish community and the Israeli people in all of their diversity. NLI is responsible for collecting, preserving, and making accessible the cultural and intellectual heritage of the Jewish people, the State of Israel, the Land of Israel, its people, and region across the ages. For more information on this and other upcoming exhibits in the Leon Family Gallery, contact Callah Terkeltaub, Arts + Ideas Manager at CTerkeltaub@ujft.org.
Ohef Sholom Temple’s Sisterhood Book Club to feature Skype conversation with author Tuesday, November 13, 7–8 pm
eville Frankel, author of On The Sickle’s Edge will participate in an interactive discussion by Skype with Ohef Sholom Temple’s Sisterhood Book Club. On The Sickle’s Edge was featured at the Lee & Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival in 2017 and was a finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award. Frankel is also the author of Bloodlines and The Third Power. He received an Emmy for his work on a BBC documentary, The Mind of a Murderer. Prince Books at 109 E. Main Street in Norfolk carries On The Sickle’s Edge. It is also available at Amazon. The event, which will take place in Ohef Sholom’s Sinai Chapel, is open to the community. RSVP to email@example.com.
Great Big Challah Bake ready to rise for fourth time in Tidewater Thursday, October 25, 7 pm, Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus
he 4th Annual Great Big Challah Bake will be one of thousands of similar events taking place around the world—and one part of The Shabbat Project —bringing Jews from all walks of life and across the spectrum of religious affiliations together to celebrate one full Shabbat. The project’s goal is to create an opportunity to rejuvenate family and community life, and strengthen Jewish unity around the world. Darcy Bloch, chair of this years’ challah-making event, says she looks forward to growing the participation of the extremely successful 2017 Bake, “rising” from 150 women who
gathered to mix, knead, and braid. Last year, approximately 200 pounds of flour, 50 pounds of sugar, 200 eggs, and gallons of oil and water, resulted in more than 200 challahs for Shabbat.
Temple Israel’s Second Saturday program to feature new head of Virginia Israel Advisory Board
JFS Home Health celebrates National Physical Therapy Month in October
Saturday, November 10, 11 am
he man tasked with helping Israeli companies expand into the U.S., and in particular Virginia, is a dynamic business leader with decades of experience building high tech start-ups in the Middle East and helping bring 40,000 Ethiopian Jews to the Promised Land. Dov Hoch, a University of Pennsylvania and Columbia graduate who later managed U.S. operations for leading Israeli companies, will make his first public appearance in Tidewater since assuming the Dov Hoch VIAB position during Temple Israel’s monthly Second Saturday program. “We are thrilled to have Dov come to Norfolk, both to share his background and explain why Israel is such a hotbed for innovation,” says Joel Rubin, synagogue past president who coordinates and moderates the Second Saturday programs. “He tells me much of it is driven by Tikun Olam, the commandment to fix the world.”
A suggested donation is $5 at the door, with RSVP required. For more information on Tidewater’s Great Big Challah Bake, to get involved in preparing for the event, or to RSVP, contact Leigh Casson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ith Physical Therapy Month taking place this month, Jewish Family Service plans to recognize the “incredible work of its amazing physical therapists,” says Jan Ganderson, JFS director of nursing. “Hardly a day goes by that we don’t receive a call in our office complimenting the therapist for the care that he or she provided to a patient,” she says. Anyone who has worked with a physical therapist on their journey to health knows “transformative” is the perfect word to describe the abilities of these medical professionals. Whether a patient is recovering from joint replacement surgery, a broken bone, pain from arthritis or other musculoskeletal problems, JFS’ physical therapists aim to heal patients of their painful ailments, improve their strength and functional abilities, and restore their health to the fullest level possible. “The medical professionals who have dedicated their lives to physical therapy inherently know what their work can accomplish. During National Physical Therapy Month, we want to make sure everyone knows,” says Ganderson.
Services begin at 9:30 am with the Second Saturday discussion starting around 11. Those who are not Temple Israel members, but wish to attend, should contact the office at 4894550 for lunch planning purposes. The synagogue is located at 7255 Granby Street in Norfolk.
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CalEndar OCTOBER 25, THURSDAY The 4th annual Great Big Challah Bake takes place at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus at 7 pm. For more information or to RSVP, contact Naty Horev at 757-452-3186 or NHorev@simonfamilyjcc.org.
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Under the direction of the Executive Vice President, the Development Manager works with development staff to establish plans and goals for the Men’s Division of the UJFT Annual Campaign and the UJFT Society of Professionals affinity group, as well as coordinate Men’s Campaign and/or Society of Professionals activities. This position’s primary responsibility is to implement and evaluate plans, work with marketing and other departments to support development goals; solicit campaign and sponsorship pledges, organize campaign and events, evaluate campaign outcomes, and prepare reports. Ideal candidate is ambitious and a people-oriented leader adept at fostering a respectful relationship with staff and affiliate agencies to carry out UJFT’s mission and advance development efforts by cultivating and stewarding gifts, while maintaining the high integrity of the agency. Minimum of three to five years of progressive successful fundraising experience with credentials appropriate to administrative, fundraising, and grant writing processes in a non-profit environment, excellent management skills, and familiarity with current leading donor database systems. A solid background in Jewish communal organizations and emotional commitment to and conviction about Israel, Jewish life, and role of Jewish fundraising is required. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Complete job description at www.jewishva.org Submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org Submit by mail to: United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Attention: Taftaleen T. Hunter, Director of Human Resources – Confidential 5000 Corporate Woods Drive Virginia Beach, 23462
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November 1, Thursday YAD Guys Night Out. Join the Men of YAD at 6 pm for a Guys Night Out and tour of Tarnished Truth Distilling Company. Tour includes tastings followed by a reservation at the Cavalier’s Hunt Room. $18 per person. To register: www.jewishva.org/YADGUYSN. November 8, Thursday YAD Girls Night Out. Join the ladies of YAD at 6 pm for a Girls Night Out cooking class at the Casual Gourmet part of the Culinary Institute of Virginia. Learn how to prepare a 3-course, kosher style-meal perfect for Fall. $50 per person. Spots are limited and on sale through November 2. To register visit: www.jewishva.org/YADGNO.
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OCTOBER 30—DECEMBER 2 The Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival. Books for sale will be displayed in the Cardo at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. For more information, contact Callah Terkeltaub at 757-321-2331 or CTerkeltaub@ujft.org.
November 11, Sunday Brith Sholom: General members meeting at 11 am preceded by a board meeting at 10 am. Shannon Brill of the FBI will speak on internet scams (the newest love scams, contest, etc) followed by brunch. Cost: $3 per member ($5 at the door) and $10 for guest. Free for guests exploring membership. Contact LeeAnne Mallory at 757-461-1150 or Brith.Sholom1@hrcoxmail.com for information. At Beth Sholom. Note: this is Brith Sholom’s annual food drive for Jewish Family Service. Please bring non-perishable foods or monetary donations. NOVEMBER 15, THURSDAY The Community Relations Council, Simon Family JCC (as part of the Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival), and community partners’ present Israel Today expert and author Avi Jorisch to discuss his book Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World. For more information or to RSVP, contact Melissa Eichelbaum at 757-965-6107 or MEichelbaum@ujft.org. November 18, Sunday Brith Sholom’s pre-Thanksgiving Dinner at 5:30 pm at Beth Sholom Village. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal without the work or clean-up. Entertainment by Billy and Cindy Mitchell singing some great oldies. Cost is $10 per member and $20 per guest. Contact LeeAnne Mallory at 757-461-1150 or Brith.Sholom1@hrcoxmail.com for information. NOVEMBER 29, Thursday–DECEMBER 1, SATUDAY Shabbaton with Rick Recht, starting with an educators training on November 29 at the Simon Family JCC, followed by events at Ohef Sholom Temple and Congregation Beth El. For more information or to RSVP, contact Lisa Rosenbach at 757-321-3182 or LRosenbach@ujft.org. DECEMBER 2, SUNDAY A community celebration of Hanukkah as part of Latkepalooza and One Happy Camper’s Camp Extravaganza, with PJ Library and support from the Tidewater Jewish Foundation including two children’s authors and a live performance by Rick Recht. 12:30-3:30 pm at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. For more information or to RSVP, contact Lisa Rosenbach at 757-321-3182 or LRosenbach@gmail.com.
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who knew? Scarlett Johansson signs $15 million deal for ‘Black Widow’ movie
ctress Scarlett Johansson has signed a deal to play Marvel superhero Black Widow in a stand alone movie for $15 million. Her paycheck will be equal to Chis Evans, who plays Captain America, and Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, both in their own standalone movies and in the Avengers series. The deal was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter. Marvel told the news website that it does not publicly disclose salaries or deal terms. Johansson already has appeared in six Marvel feature films as Black Widow, also known as Natasha Romanoff. Black Widow first appeared in Iron Man 2 and since then has appeared in three Avengers films, as well as Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War.
Mazel Tov TO In the Marvel universe, the Romanoff character was trained as a young girl by the KGB, and her prowess as an expert assassin earned her the Black Widow moniker. She later defected from Russia to become a member of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, a secret American espionage and counter-terrorism agency. Johansson was the highest-paid actress of 2018, according to Forbes. She earned $40.5 million, before taxes, between June 2017 and this June, according to the report released in August. Johansson, who has a Jewish mother, did not make the Forbes list last year, but she ranked third in 2016. In the past year she has starred in films such as Avengers: Infinity War and the indie flick Isle of Dogs. Johansson learned about her family’s tragic Holocaust history last year when she was featured on the PBS series Finding your Roots. (JTA)
Achievement Recipients of this year’s J. Samuel Goldback Scholarship Grant at Congregation Beth El: Lily Berz, a recent graduate of Granby High School, in her first semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Elliana Friedman, a graduate of Maury High School and James Madison University, in her first semester in the post-graduate business program at James Madison University; Ethan Friedman, a graduate of Maury High School, an accounting major at James Madison University; and Gracie White, a graduate of Maury High School, a communications major at Virginia Commonwealth University. J. Samuel Goldback, motivated by the memory that financial impediments kept him from achieving his own educational goals, left funds to provide grants to college-aged students, based in part on scholarly promise/achievement. The Selection Committee considers only those applications submitted by the child or
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obituaries Melvin Friedman Virginia Beach—Melvin Friedman passed away surrounded by family October 1, 2018. He was born February 5, 1929 in Columbus, Miss. to David and Zella Friedman. Growing up, he was an Eagle Scout and after high school, he attended Vanderbilt University where he joined NROTC. He later received his law degree from University of Virginia, where he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. He attended Officers’ School and J.A.G., eventually working at the Pentagon, retiring from the Navy as a Lt. Commander. He settled in Norfolk where he practiced law for over 60 years. Initially a member of Temple Israel, he also joined other synagogues in keeping with his egalitarian nature. He was also a past president of B’nai B’rith. Melvin was known as a kind and gentle soul with a good nature and sense of humor. He was generous with his time, acting as a Patient Advocate at Sentara Leigh and as an advisor to people with personal and legal matters. He also mentored many men that looked to him as a second father. He enjoyed music, bird watching, decoupage, reading, and creating Jewish holiday cards which he drew in pen and ink. He took great joy and pride with his wife, kids, and grandchildren. Other than his parents, he is predeceased by his sister, Lynette. He is survived by his wife Phyllis and his sons Jonathan, Steven, Alan (Julia) and Erin (Laura); his granddaughters Ariana, Ava, Lillian and Caroline and his nephews, Rabbi Josh and David. A graveside service was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Donations may be made to the charity of donor’s choice. Condolences can be left for the family at www.altmeyerfh.com. Ingrid Sandra Nelson Virginia Beach–Ingrid Nelson passed away on October 2, 2018. She was born on March 16, 1948 in Managua, Nicaragua. She is survived by her four children, five grandchildren and Whopper. She peacefully joins her mother
Albertina Eva Aleman. Services were held at Forest Lawn Cemetery. “Aqui Me Quedo.” H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel. Online condolences may be offered to the family at hdoliver.com. Mark L. Goldstein Lehigh Valley, Pa.—Mark L. Goldstein, beloved husband, father, and leader of the Lehigh Valley Jewish community, passed away on October 11, 2018, after living with cancer for an extended time. He was 60 years old. Mark served as the executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley for the past 16 years. The son of a Holocaust survivor, Mark committed his entire professional career to Jewish communal service and his life to Jewish causes. At 6-foot-3, he acted as both a literal and figurative pillar in the Jewish community and was an inspiration to all who knew him. With his signature mustache and Starbucks cup in hand, Mark worked tirelessly to bring the Lehigh Valley Jewish community together, to raise money, to strengthen programs, and to build relationships. He was a committed member of Temple Beth El and a committed supporter of the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Day School, Jewish Family Service, Jewish summer camps and all local synagogues. His greatest passions included leading the community on missions to Israel and dressing up for Purim. His leadership has had a lasting impact on the past, present, and future of the Jewish community. Mark came to the Lehigh Valley in 2002 after a nine-year term as executive vice president of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Prior to moving to Virginia, Mark worked at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis for nearly 10 years, serving the Federation in a variety of capacities. Mark also worked professionally for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and was a regional program director for United Synagogue Youth. He was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and was the son of the late Leon and Helene (Kuttig) Goldstein. Mark has lectured at Washington University’s Graduate School of Social Work on
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organizational dynamics and human service management. He was a member of the United Jewish Communities Executive Committee and a former chairman of intermediate communities, an association of 60+ like-size Jewish Federations. He recently served on the board of the Jewish Agency for Israel. In 2009, Mark was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Hebrew Union College for “his singular and effective leadership to Jewish Federations in Virginia, Missouri, California, and Pennsylvania, and for his talents as a fundraiser which have guided federations to new heights of success.” Mark held a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California and a master of arts in Jewish communal service from Hebrew Union College. He was also a graduate of the University of Judaism, the west coast affiliate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Mark was awarded the Louis Kraft Award from the Jewish Communal Service Association, was a Sherman Fellow from Brandeis University and was selected for the Federation Executive Recruitment and Education Program (FEREP) scholarship by the Council of Jewish Federations. He was also the undefeated “king of kosher ribs” in Tidewater, securing first place at the juried Tidewater Kosher Rib Cook-Off Competition, and an Allentown JCC latke cook-off champion. In the Lehigh Valley, Mark worked closely with the Institute for JewishChristian Understanding at Muhlenberg College to spread the message of tolerance and acceptance. He shared his own father’s story as inspiration. Mark is survived by his wife of 34 years, Shari Spark; his beloved children, daughter Carlyn Piasecki, and her husband Jason, and son Ezra; his sisters Esther Kelly and husband Ted and Marianne King and husband Roland, and many nieces and nephews. He is remembered by the hundreds of colleagues, community members, students, and friends whose lives he touched, and everyone who had the opportunity to share in his stories and his wisdom. Funeral services were held at Temple Beth El, 1305 Springhouse Rd., Allentown, Pa. Interment took place in
Beth El Memorial Park in Whitehall. Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Homes. Contributions may be made to the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley or the Lehigh Valley Health Network Cancer Institute. Anita Daitch Parks MADISON/VIRGINIA BEACH—Anita Daitch Parks, age 92, passed away suddenly of a stroke, on Sept. 8, 2018 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. surrounded by her children, Dr. Barbara Parks (Mike Basto) of Virginia Beach, Dr. Richard Parks (Dr. Miriam) of Huntington Beach, Calif. and Dr. Roberta Parks of Boston. She was born in and lived in Madison, until four years ago, when she moved to Virginia Beach to live with Barb and Mike. She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Dr. H. K. Parks, a beloved and dedicated physician in Madison, who retired at age 88. His passion for medicine and compassion for his patients inspired all three of their children to become doctors. She is survived by her children; grandchildren (Dick and Miriam’s Tamar, Hadas, Moriah, Michal, Taliah, and Avraham Eliyahu and Roberta’s Ben and Molly); and more than 25 great grandchildren! Anita lived her life with four doctors, but she was the healer of the family. She loved and took care of Hy throughout their long life together. She was a wonderful mother—loving, sweet, optimistic, generous, and a problem solver who always gave everyone the benefit of the doubt. She was so proud of her children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments, and of what good human beings they had become. Anita was a rare thing—an activist. Together with Hy, they were always leaders in the Jewish Federation in Madison. She devoted her entire life to her family, to Zionism, and to the survival of the Jewish people. She was on the national board of Hadassah, which she felt was the crowning achievement of her lifetime of activism. With her intelligence and creativity, she nurtured the commitment to Judaism and Israel within so many families in the Madison Jewish community. She founded the Hadassah consignment
obituaries shop Collector’s Corner, in Middleton, as a source of charitable contributions to Israel which is still in business contributing 42 years later. Leaving friends and family, and her beloved Madison for Virginia was difficult. But she had a wonderful life living with Barb and Mike, and visiting often with Dick and Roberta. She had lovely affectionate caregivers from JFS of Tidewater, to whom we are so grateful. She ended every day with the statement “I’m living in the lap of luxury.” She leaves an invaluable legacy of her rich, meaningful, treasured life. We thank her for providing strength and comfort to all of us. We’ll miss her and love her forever. Contributions may be sent to Hadassah or the Jewish Federation of Madison, or JFS of Tidewater. Irvin Leonard Posner Norfolk—Irvin Leonard Posner, MD, passed away on September 29, 2018. He was born in Richmond, Va. on October 6, 1930 to the late George and Frances Posner. Irvin graduated from Maury High School, University of Virginia, and University of Virginia Medical School. He was an ophthalmologist who practiced in Norfolk until his retirement. Irvin is survived by his brother, Marvin Posner of Williamsburg, two nieces, Susan (Jon) Becker of Norfolk and Starr (Harry) Zarin of Rockville, Maryland and many great nieces and nephews. The funeral was held graveside at the Hebrew Cemetery in Hampton. Donations to charity of the donor’s choice. Arlene Ruth Wolfe Baltimore, Md.—On September 24, 2018, Arlene Ruth Wolfe (nee Silverstein) passed away. She was the beloved wife of Norman Wolfe; devoted mother of Wendy (Dr. Jeffrey) Miller and Lisa (Dr. Howard) Roesen; dear sister of Gerald “Jerry” (Elaine) Silverstein; dear sister-in-law of Arlene (Alan) Hersh; loving daughter of the late William and Dora Silverstein; adoring grandmother of Josh (Abby) Miller, Dr. Adam Miller, Erin Miller, Carly
Roesen and Evan Roesen. Services were held at Sol Levinson & Bros, Inc. Interment followed at Beth Tfiloh Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the charity of the donor’s choice. Sonya Lee Yavner Virginia Beach—Sonya Lee Yavner, 89, died on Saturday, October 13, 2018 in Virginia Beach. Born in Norfolk, she was the daughter of the late Helen Adelman Feldman and Ellis Feldman, and was the widow of Jerome Yavner. Mrs. Yavner graduated from Maury High School and was a long-time member of Temple Israel. She was a loving mother and grandmother, and was a friend to everyone she ever met. She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Y. Goff of Richmond, Va.; a son, Robert S. Yavner and wife, Anita of Norfolk; and three loving grandchildren, Hannah, Aaron, and Jessica. A graveside funeral service was conducted in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel. Online condolences may be offered to the family through hdoliver.com.
Yaakov Weinroth, attorney who represented Netanyahu and other politicians JERUSALEM (JTA)—Yaakov Weinroth, a prominent Israeli attorney who represented several top Israeli politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has died. Weinroth died Tuesday, Oct. 16 of cancer. He was 71 and reportedly worked until nearly his last day. “Yaakov was exceptional in his personality, his wisdom, his mental acuity, his sense of justice and his loyalty to his people,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “This is a great loss to his family, friends and admirers, and it is a great loss to the Israeli justice system.” Weinroth defended Netanyahu in two corruption investigations and served on the legal team for Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, who is on trial for alleged fraud. He also
represented Netanyahu during his first term as prime minister in the 1990s, successfully defending him from corruption allegations. His firm, Dr. J. Weinroth & Co., is one of Israel’s leading law firms specializing in white-collar crimes. Weinroth has represented high-profile clients including current government ministers Avigdor Liberman, Arye Deri and Tzahi Hanegbi; the late prime minister Ariel Sharon; the late president Ezer Weizman; former government ministers Meir Sheetrit, Avraham Hirschson and Binyamin Ben Eliezer; and singers Eyal Golan and Kobi Peretz. He moved to Israel with his parents from Germany in 1949 and studied at haredi Orthodox yeshivas; he was ordained as a rabbi. Weinroth joined the Israeli army at the start of the Six-Day War before studying law, earning a doctorate from Tel Aviv University in 1981. continued on page 38
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Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin
arty Balin, the co-founder of the iconic 1960s psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, has died in Tampa, Florida, of unspecified causes. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was 76. Born Martyn Jerel Buchwald to Jewish parents in Cincinnati in 1942, Balin was one of the founding members of Jefferson Airplane and a member of its successor band, Jefferson Starship, which played such famous hits as White Rabbit and Somebody to Love and performed at the iconic Woodstock and Altamont festivals. Balin also was the owner of the Matrix club in San Francisco, where he featured performers such as the Grateful Dead and Santana. Along with his induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Balin won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He continued his musical career until the end of his life.
Balin underwent open heart surgery in 2016 and was known to have suffered from vocal chord paralysis for a time afterward. He is survived by his wife and four daughters. (JTA)
Sidney Shachnow, Holocaust survivor who went on to command US forces in Berlin ( JTA)—Sidney Shachnow, a child Holocaust survivor from Lithuania who went on to become a two-star general and the commander of U.S. forces in Berlin during the Cold War, died earlier this month in Southern Pines, N. C,, where he lived. He was 83. He and his family survived the Holocaust in Lithuania, where he was imprisoned for three years in the Kovno concentration camp, by keeping their heads low and showing restraint. According to his autobiography, Hope and Honor, the same level-headedness guided him through the pains of
assimilation as a young refugee living in Salem, Massachusetts, and then through a career in the military. His stint, including a turn in the Green Berets in Vietnam and as an officer in an undercover unit infiltrating East Germany, ended with his command of U.S. forces in Berlin when the Wall came down in 1989. Among the medals he earned were the Bronze Star, the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. His description of his childhood in Lithuania is heartbreaking and includes the shattering experience of witnessing a Lithuanian partisan rape his mother while his father hid under the bed. His mother had ordered his father into hiding, knowing that the discovery of adult males could mean a death sentence, but it appears as if Shachnow could never shake off the experience. Shachnow was also on the board of advisers of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, or JINSA. In a statement, JINSA Chairman David
Steinmann said that the organization “was beyond privileged to have Sid as a Senior Advisor for nearly 25 years.” “Two years ago, when he was honored among our Senior Advisors, Sid asked me to say the following words on his behalf, as his photograph was displayed on the great screen at our annual dinner,” Steinmann recalled. “’I am a Jew and a Holocaust survivor (the only Survivor to attain the rank of General in the history of the Armed Forces). I was assigned as the Commanding General, Berlin and the Berlin Brigade. Defending the German people, the same people who imprisoned me for three years in a concentration camp. The same people who killed 38 thousand prisoners and left only 2,000 survivors in that camp, one of which I happen to be. I was prepared to fight the Russians, who liberated me. The irony is hard to miss.’” Schachnow is survived by his wife, Arlene, four daughters and many grandchildren. (JTA)
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26 years of brightening Hanukkah for local children and teens Written on behalf of a Jewish Family Service client
’m a single mother of a young child. I work full time and attend college classes in the evening. I have some wonderful neighbors and friends who help with watching my child when I am away. My child’s father doesn’t have a job, and is not able to pay any child support to help me. I have been coming to Jewish Family Service for a few years and they help me with food, school supplies for my child, and gifts at Hanukkah time. They also just sent me a grocery gift card so that I could prepare a special meal for Rosh Hashanah. Their annual Chanukah Gift Program for local children and teens has been such a big help. They told me to give them a wish list of things that my child needed (clothes and school supplies, along with things he would like to have (toys, games, books). JFS staff explained that they have numerous very generous donors and that we could get gifts for my child. Clearly, I don’t have any extra money to buy any of these things for him. All of our money goes to pay rent, lights, water, and food. Each year, JFS donors manage to find most, if not all, of the things on our gift wish list for my son. He got Lego sets, Pokemon cards, new pants, sweaters, socks, and this past year, someone bought him a new bicycle. When I come for the gifts, JFS also gives me Hanukkah wrapping paper, ribbons, and decorations. That really is important to me so I can wrap each gift myself. This is the message I wrote to all who helped my family last year or who may be helping us or another family again this year: “Dear Spectacular Donors: I am grateful and appreciate your generous presents to my family. I am a single mom and with your help I was able to give my child a wonderful Hanukkah! I can never thank you enough.
You have no idea how much your help has meant to us. This past year has been a challenging time, but with the generosity of you, we have made it through. Thank you for showing love and kindness to my family. From: A Grateful Family.”
The 26th Annual Chanukah Gift Program Jewish Family Service of Tidewater’s annual Chanukah Gift Program, which provides holiday gifts to local Jewish children and teens living in financially struggling families, begins this month. The first night of Hanukkah this year is December 2. JFS expects to serve more than 75 local children and teens during 2018’s holidays. How to help • P urchase new, unwrapped gifts for specific children and teens in need. Donors may call JFS at 757-459-4640 for children’s wish lists. • When shopping with your family, buy some extra items for those in need. Be sure to involve your own children in the shopping experience to help them learn about tzedakah. • S end JFS gift cards from local stores or Amazon or Visa so that families can go shopping themselves. • S end JFS a tax-deductible donation and JFS will do the shopping for the children and teens. Hanukkah donations must be received by November 16, 2018. Make checks payable to JFS, ATTN: Maryann Kettyle, 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 400, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Jewish Family Service assists local Jewish families in need all year and will keep any surplus donations for use throughout 2018-2019. For more information, contact Maryann Kettyle, at JFS at 757-459-4640 or MKettyle@jfshamptonroads.org.
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