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ith the approach of the Jewish Holidays, many of

the Performing Arts on September 20. The momentum of the

us are starting to review our actions over the past

thought-provoking conversations started by Ambassador Ross

year. We reflect on the goals we set for ourselves and

will be kept going during “The Week,” September 26–30.

assess whether we met them and we begin to contemplate how we

The Week is an opportunity for volunteer and UJFT staff fundraisers to have informal, yet in-depth one-on-one conversa-

can make positive changes going forward. As I review my personal actions, I am also doing so in my

tions with community members. Topics discussed can be general

role as chair of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s 2017

or more specific, ranging from the impact of donations, results

Annual Campaign. On behalf of the UJFT, I can say that the

of the latest Pew Study about Jews in America and Israel, the

achievements of our very special Jewish community over the past

emerging challenges of 2017, or a chance for donors to have their

year were great: the 2016 Annual Campaign fundraising drive,

concerns heard and questions answered.

which ended on June 30, raised just over $4.76 million from

Whether as the guest of a volunteer or UJFT staff fundraiser at lunch or dinner, over the phone, or on Skype, I encourage you

1,500 individual donors. All those who made financial gifts, volunteered time, donated

to participate in these very important conversations. If you are

goods, signed petitions, and attended events deserve a tremen-

called, please accept the invitation to meet during The Week. Or,

dous “Thank You!” Your participation in the Annual Campaign

don’t wait. You can call the Federation at 757-965-6136 to request

has had a significant impact, including the extraordinary effect

a one-on-one conversation, and be our honored guest as we talk

of touching more Jewish lives than any other organization in the

and learn about each other. Discovering the ways we can make the world a better place

world. Already, the funds raised in the Campaign last year have been

for our community and for our extended family is a great way to

distributed to partner agencies and organizations. These partner

end 5776, welcome 5777, and get the Annual Campaign off to a

groups will use their allocations to meet the most pressing chal-

great start.

lenges facing our Jewish community here and abroad. Unfortunately, the challenges faced by our community never fully disappear. Rather, the challenges we face shift and change

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Contents

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Letter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Shabbat shalom to summer . . . . . . . . . . 30

Briefs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

What’s Happening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Torah Thought . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Topic Yom Kippur Mazel Tov Veterans Business Hanukkah

Candle lighting

“What I need to do is inspire

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Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

people to their connection

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Hal Sacks Jewish News Archives. . . . . . . 6

Who knew?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

to Judaism and the torah

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Election 2016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Mazel Tov. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

The alt-right meets the media . . . . . . . . 9

Obituaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

and pray that they make

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the right decision.”

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L’Shanah Tovah. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Book Review. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Special Section—High Holidays

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Briefs Harvard’s past discrimination against Jews not relevant to claims of anti-Asian bias, judge rules Documents showing how Harvard University discriminated against Jews in the past are not relevant to a trial alleging unfair admission standards for Asian Americans, a federal judge ruled. “It is not clear how prior instances of discrimination against Jewish applicants in the 1920s, ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s is relevant to the invidious discrimination claims in this case, which allege that Harvard is presently discriminating against Asian-American applicants,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge Allison Burroughs, Politico reported. “Further, even assuming that such information might potentially be relevant to Plaintiff’s claims, the burden or expense of the proposed discovery would likely outweigh its likely benefit, which the Court deems to be marginal at best.” The lawsuit, filed in 2014 by the anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions, alleges that Harvard held Asian-American undergraduate applicants to higher standards than others. The group, which has filed a similar lawsuit against the University of North Carolina, had requested Harvard present records showing how its policies had discriminated against Jews. In the first half of the 20th century, some American universities restricted the number of Jewish students they would admit. Abbott Lawrence Lowell, Harvard’s president from 1909 to 1933, pushed various initiatives to limit the number of Jewish and minority students. (JTA) At first-ever UN anti-Semitism forum, ambassadors decry resurgence of hatred The United Nations for the first time hosted a high-level forum on anti-Semitism, as ambassadors denounced the resurgence of anti-Jewish hatred and called for renewed efforts to stop it. Israel, the United States, Canada and the European Union sponsored the forum on Wednesday, September 7 which followed a General Assembly meeting last

year on the topic. Opening the forum, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned anti-Semitism before pivoting to slam hatred of minorities in general and refugees in particular. “Anti-Semitism is one of the world’s oldest and most pernicious and deadly forms of hatred,” Ban said. “Despite the lessons of history and horrors of the Holocaust, Jews continue to be targeted for murder and abuse solely because they are Jews.” Israel’s U.N. ambassador, Danny Danon, said anti-Semitism was again rising in Europe and called being anti-Israel “anti-Semitism 2.0.” He also admonished the United Nations for being “another place where some are not ashamed to spread lies and slander about the Jewish people. “Today we see and hear things about Jews and the Jewish people that we all thought belonged to the pages of history,” he said. “It seems that anti-Semitism is returning to everyday life without shame.” Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said anti-Israel protests can cross the line into anti-Semitism, and “we have seen these lines blurred in the United States, including on college campuses.” (JTA)

Israeli passengers bristle at Air Serbia flight headed for ‘Palestine’ Several Israeli passengers refused to board an Air Serbia flight from Belgrade to Tel Aviv after it was announced the plane was headed to “Palestine.” Only when the flight crew at Serbia’s Nikola Tesla International Airport in Belgrade corrected the announcement would the passengers board the August 29 flight, Ynet reported. The Air Serbia representative then explained to the passengers that “the flight is to Tel Aviv, not to Israel,” according to Ynet. One Israeli passenger told the ground crew that he would not board the flight until they announced three times that it was landing in Israel, or Tel Aviv. The Tel Aviv announcement was indeed announced three times, and the airline manager at the

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desk apologized, according to the report. The passenger issued a complaint to the Israeli Embassy in Serbia. Air Serbia’s CEO expressed shock at the incident and called it completely unacceptable in a conversation with Israel’s ambassador to Serbia, Alona Fisher-Kamm, Ynet reported, citing the envoy. An investigation found it was an airport employee, not an Air Serbia employee, who made the announcement. (JTA)

Atlas labeling Jerusalem as Israel’s capital won’t be pulled from Czech schools A school atlas that labels Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will not be removed from Czech schools, as originally announced. The Czech Education Ministry said that the atlas would be removed following a complaint by the Palestinian ambassador in Prague to the ministry. But Education Minister Katerina Valachova told Czech Radio that Jerusalem would not be removed from the textbooks after all. “Jerusalem is Israel’s capital from the viewpoint of the declaration of the country to which this relates, which means Israel,” Valachova said in the radio interview, according to The Jerusalem Post. “If there is a sentence relating to all of the international steps, I believe that this fact will not offend either side.” The Czech Republic does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital pending a comprehensive peace agreement and maintains its embassy in Tel Aviv. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat wrote a letter to Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka calling on him to revoke the decision. “Jerusalem is on the map!” Barkat said, adding, “Truth has indeed overcome lies.” He also said: “I’m thankful to the Czech government for making the right choice and for refusing to surrender to Palestinian incitement and lies. Barkat said the friendship between the Czech and Jewish peoples has deep and historical roots. “Future generations of Czech students will continue to learn the truth: Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and the heart and soul of

the Jewish people,” he wrote. The atlas, first published by the Czech firm Shocart in 2004, was approved by the ministry for use in Czech elementary and secondary schools in 2011. However, after the envoy’s complaint, the ministry said it would demand the publisher alter the labeling to show Tel Aviv as the capital, according to a report by the Czech newspaper Mlada fronta Dnes. (JTA)

BBYO launches $90 million campaign to double annual growth rate BBYO launched a five-year, $90 million campaign—aided by two unprecedented gifts—in an effort to double the Jewish youth organization’s annual growth rate. The “This Moment in Time” campaign will also enable BBYO, the world’s largest pluralistic Jewish youth group, to expand its workforce, increase summer program offerings and grow its endowment. As part of the initiative, the organization set a goal of 27,000 members annually by the end of the 2022 school year and a reach of 110,000 North American Jewish teens in its programs, according to a statement. The group says it now has 19,000 members with a reach of over 80,000 teens. The initial grants, totaling $28.8 million, came from longtime funders The Jim Joseph Foundation and The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, two organizations promoting education and Jewish identity building. “We believe that BBYO is uniquely positioned to ensure that the Jewish future is vibrant,” said Stacy Schusterman, co-chair of the Schusterman Family Foundation. BBYO’s CEO, Matthew Grossman, said the organization was “grateful for these significant investments, which will help position us for even greater global reach and impact on Jewish teens.” The new initiative is based on a sixmonth study of how the group can build infrastructure in order to increase growth. BBYO must raise additional funds to reach the $90 million goal. (JTA)


Torah Thought

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ne year is ending and another is beginning. We stand before G-d and ask him to bless us this year. We think of all of the good things that happened over the past year and hope that they will be repeated and multiplied. We think of all of the bad things—or the not so good things—and worry that they might happen again. What I think of most of all are the surprises: the new things that haven’t even been thought of yet; the events in the past year that we never saw coming and could never have anticipated. There are people we met and formed relationships with; there are people who moved, people who became sick and people who passed away. I believe that the greatest thing that we can ask of G-d is that He keeps an eye on us. We ask for the opportunity to live lives in which we are aware that G-d is our Father and our King. Lives in which we are aware of G-d’s loving presence at each and every moment. Several years ago, a friend’s nine-yearold son was diagnosed with a serious tumor in his leg. A nine-year-old boy. The family spent months going through chemotherapy and surgery and tours of hospitals and emergency rooms. Before one round of chemotherapy, my friend took his son on a roller coaster. The boy was in a wheelchair and had lost all of his hair, but he and his father were determined to have fun on that roller coaster. The sensitive workers did not ask the boy to remove his hat, but as the ride began, the little boy looked around and asked his father an awkward question:

“how come they asked everyone else to take off their hats, but they let me leave mine on?” The father did not want his son to feel self-conscious, so he stretched the truth a little bit. He explained that the workers did not want to waste time finding the owners of all of the fallen hats after the ride. That’s why they ask everyone to remove their hats. “But,” he continued, “They choose one person during each ride who is allowed to keep his hat on. If your hat flies off they don’t have to wonder who it belongs to. They will know that it is yours and they will return it right away.” Can you imagine the thoughts going through that little boy’s mind? Here he was going through the most traumatic year of his life, dealing with things that no nine-year-old should deal with, and he was chosen—of all of the people on the roller coaster to be the ‘designated hat wearer.” The workers were willing to keep track of one hat, and they had chosen his! What a feeling of confidence and comfort! The story about the Roller Coaster is 100% true for every one of us, only it is not a thoughtful worker at Six Flags that has his eye on us—it is G-d Himself. G-d has the ability to keep track of every single one of us and make sure that we succeed. We ask ourselves so many questions on Rosh Hashanah: Who will live? Who will prosper? Who will make a difference in the lives of others? Who will see nachas from their children? Who will celebrate happy occasions with their friends? Who will realize their aspirations and who will have the chance to accomplish all that they can in this world? We know what we want the answers to those questions to be, but we cannot question the ways of G-d. One thing we can know for sure is that G-d has His eye on us. No matter what happens this year—He will be with us. May you be signed and sealed for a good year! —Rabbi Sender Haber, B’nai Israel Congregation

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz endorses Hillary Clinton WASHINGTON (JTA)—Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said he is backing Hillary Clinton for president. Schultz, a billionaire Democrat who has mostly donated to Democrats and backed President Barack Obama in his campaigns, said Wednesday, September 7 that Clinton has the experience needed to be president. “I think it’s obvious Hillary Clinton needs to be the next president,” he said in New York at a conference convened by CNNMoney, the news channel’s financial news website. The Seattle-based Schultz has written about his hardscrabble Jewish upbringing in New York, and about his transformative encounter in Jerusalem with Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, who headed the Mir Yeshiva. He received an award from Aish Hatorah, a Jewish Orthodox pro-Israel group, in 1998.

Republican VP candidate Mike Pence reiterates ticket’s disavowal of David Duke Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence reiterated that he and Donald Trump have repeatedly denounced white supremacist leader David Duke following criticism over an interview in which he declined to label Duke “deplorable.” During an interview Monday, Sept. 12, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Pence if he would consider Duke deplorable. Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, has expressed support for Trump’s candidacy. The question came on the heels of a campaign speech in which Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said “half” of Donald Trump’s supporters belonged in a “basket of deplorables.” Responding to the Blitzer query, Pence said: “No, I’m not in the name-calling business, Wolf. You know me better than that. “I’m not really sure why the media keeps dropping David Duke’s name. Donald Trump has denounced David Duke repeatedly, we don’t want his support and we don’t want the support of people who think

like him.” Later, Pence said in an interview with Fox News, “Donald Trump and I have repeatedly denounced David Duke,” reiterating that the campaign does not want his support. In an interview posted on Buzzfeed, Duke, who is running for the Louisiana Senate, praised Pence for not calling him deplorable during the CNN interview. “It’s good to see an individual like Pence and others start to reject this absolute controlled media,” Duke told BuzzFeed News. “The truth is the Republican Party is a big tent. I served in the Republican caucus. I was in the Republican caucus in the legislature. I had a perfect Republican voting record. It’s ridiculous that they attack me because of my involvement in that nonviolent Klan four decades ago.” In February, Trump demurred when asked to disavow Duke’s support before doing so—claiming he had misunderstood the original question. Since then, Trump has disavowed Duke multiple times. (JTA)

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The alt-right meets the media— and debates the Jewish question Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON ( JTA)—This was the unveiling of the alt-right, this was its moment, its confident stride onto the national stage, and there was unity—until there was internal dissent, until there was pronounced disagreement, until there was almost—almost—a voice raised against one’s white European kith and kin. And of course it was about the Jews. Rewind a bit. The email said the alt-right guy would meet you in front of Old Ebbitt Grill, the hoary Washington eatery beloved by tourists and by the White House. He would “be wearing a charcoal suit and brown tie,” the email said, but these details turned out not to be necessary. The crewcut, the sunglasses, the tight, thin frown, the pacing: This was the alt-right guy. “It’s at the Willard Hotel,” he said and directed me around the corner to the historic hostelry where Abraham Lincoln, destroyer of the Confederacy, spent the night, and where Julia Ward Howe wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic, the anthem that inspired destroyers of the Confederacy. Three luminaries of the movement had hoped to convene on Friday, Sept. 9 at the nearby National Press Club for a news conference at last explaining to the benighted media the movement that has embraced Republican nominee Donald Trump—a movement that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton hopes to attach like a carbuncle to her rival, along with its viciousness and its racial preening. (Trump has adopted some of the movement’s symbols, and at first was reluctant to renounce them; in recent weeks he has renounced groups associated with the movement.) According to the conveners, threats against the National Press Club led the institution’s leadership to shut them out, hence the need for secrecy. And so we ended up in the Willard Hotel—in the Peacock Room, appropriately—for two solid hours of triumphant strutting. “I don’t think the National Press Club

is ever going to censor the Flat Earth Society or some bizarre space-age ‘Star Trek’ convention,” Richard Spencer, who also wore a crewcut and favored dramatic stage whispers, said at the outset. “They’re censoring us and there is a reason for that, and that is because we are right.” “They” were censoring the alt-right because of its role in propelling Trump, whom Spencer said was not so much admired for his positions—although his foreign and immigration policy were appealing—but for his style. “It’s about style over substance, the fact that he doesn’t back down, the fact that he’s willing to confront his enemies on the left, there’s something about that,” he said. “This is what a leader looks like, this is someone who can make the future.” There were maybe 50 people in the room, and a good portion of them were not media but professional, eager fans knowingly chuckling at inside jokes and nodding at the opaque terminology. (The comparison with Trekkies was not inapt.) There was also the woman with the long gray hair, wrapped in a tallit, weaving about the back recess of the room – was she a confused alt-righter? A protester? A bat mitzvah guest escaped from the ballroom down the hall? “I’ve seen billowing flags with eagles with a tear,” said Spencer, explaining the logo he unveiled for the occasion, a convening of three triangles approximating an “A” and an “R.” “If I had billowing flags and crying eagles, I would not be a member of the alt-right.” That didn’t exactly explain the triangles, and no reporter had suggested flags and eagles as an alternative, but the true believers understood, or at least believed they understood, and erupted into giggles, much to Spencer’s grinning satisfaction. Giggles, chuckles and suppressed guffaws, similarly, spewed forth whenever Spencer, or anyone, said “cuck” or “cuckservative” and when Spencer explained its etymology, deriving from the word cuckold, and then explained the etymology of

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we, the media, call these three musketeers white supremacists? Call them Asian supremacists! Guffaw. There were outbursts like “Gas the kikes!” by Taylor, quickly followed by an explanation that this is the kind of expectoration unacceptable even on the alt-right, or at least the alt-right as imagined by Taylor. There were the inside jokes that transitioned from weird to disturbing: Brimelow was describing the pending dystopia he believed inevitable and saying he was glad his wife allowed him to teach his children to shoot. “At my advanced age, I have three little girls,” he said in an accent still redolent with England’s north, and he paused and eyed Spencer before adding with emphasis, “one of them a brunette.” They both laughed. There was the insistent, unapologetic embrace of the retrograde. A journalist asked if there were women among the altright leadership. There were a few, Taylor said, but male leadership was likelier because it was. Spencer said there were plenty of women “fans”—not activists or contributors, mind you, but “fans,” in all its intimations of ebullience and unalloyed groupie-love. There were mild disagreements. Taylor wanted the instruments of government removed as a means of encouraging like races to gravitate toward one another and self-sovereignty, believing that outcome was a natural evolution. Spencer wanted to formally establish a white ethno-state. These were quibbles, fodder for a friendly argument later in the Willard bar, where the trio said they could be found after the formal part of the day was through. And then there was the Jewish question. “I tend to believe that European Jews are part of our movement,” Taylor said. “I think it is unquestionable there has been an overrepresentation by Jews [among] individuals that have tried to undermine white legitimacy.”

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But, he said, the same is true of Episcopalians. “Does that mean all Jews are enemies of the white race? I reject that,” Taylor said. Spencer insisted there was no room for Jews in his white ethno-state—he was happy to work with the Jewish ethno-state, he said, a tiresome reduction of what Israel signifies, but Jews would not assimilate. “I think most on the alt-right recognize that Jews have their identity and they’re not European,” he said. “Jews have a very different history.” Brimelow tried to mediate between Spencer and Taylor, saying that Jews seemed all right, but that Jewish organizations were on “the wrong side.” Soon, however, he was digressing back to his imagined dystopia. “Jews are disproportionately represented in every kind of craziness,” he continued, apparently referring to the Jewish groups, and “if my pessimism about the future of the country is correct, they will pay for it,” presumably at the hands of his three armed little girls, including the brunette. Spencer was unswayed, continuing, “Europeans are Europeans and Jews are Jews. To call Jews European is to insult them.” Taylor, his modulated tones slightly unmodulating, rejoined: “I don’t think that a Jewish person who identifies with the West or with Europe is something we should deny,” he said. Not many Jews would think of themselves that way, he said, “but I don’t think it’s an insult to them” to give them the option. The talk quickly returned to an area of assent, white identity, and feathers were unruffled. “I want my grandchildren to look like my grandparents,” Taylor said, “not like Fu Manchu or Whoopi Goldberg or Anwar Sadat.” There were nods of agreement and more pledges to continue the conversation in the Willard bar. As the room emptied, I prayed silently that Taylor would enjoy good health long

enough to behold a grandchild with a pointed goatee, thick braids, foot-long fingernails and a prayer bump, and I recalled his opening remarks, and his overarching predicate for the existence of racial differences. Asians consistently averaged highest on IQ scores, Taylor said, then came whites, Hispanics and blacks. Lest anyone blame this on cultural or social bias in the tests, he said, the same descending order was attached to the ability to recite numbers in reverse order from memory: Asians are most adept, then whites, then Hispanics, then blacks. I have no idea if this was true—if anything he said was true—but this “factoid” stuck out for me: My younger son once scored off the charts in the reverse order memory test. The assessor was amazed: She would increase each string of random numbers, and he would accurately rattle them off in reverse order—and never faltered. No one had scored like this, she told me. I will confess to briefly entertaining a future for him at blackjack tables, but soon repressed any nascent pride. This was a parlor trick. (Oh, and he’s not Asian.) Contemplating those cursed blocks of blank space on the second page of summer camp applications headed “what are your child’s best qualities,” I tend to scribble in words like “kindness,” “humor,” “resilience,” “musicality.” I’m sure other parents have characterological lists they swear by. Few, I think, would include “Reciting from memory numbers in reverse order.” Since the test, I hadn’t even remembered it until this event. As a quality, it seems as crimped and reductive as, well, skin pigment, eye color and hair tint. Like Brimelow, I came away imagining a dystopia, but mine included children segregated according to their ability to ace memory tests. I saw Taylor drilling a grandson, dressed in 1920s finery, on reverse recitation of lists of randomly generated numbers. I shook off my reverie and looked around for the woman in the tallit. She had disappeared.


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Republican Jewish Coalition goes door-to-door for senators in 3 swing states WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Republican Jewish Coalition said it reached 25,000 people on a day of campaigning in Jewish neighborhoods in swing states where incumbent Republican senators are at risk. About 200 RJC volunteers sporting “RJC Victory Team” T-shirts spread out Sunday, Sept. 11 to go door to door in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Cleveland and Broward County in South Florida. Incumbents Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Marco Rubio of Florida and Rob Portman of Ohio are in tough races in a year in which the polarizing Republican nominee, Donald Trump, is expected to adversely affect the Republicans’ down-ticket. Leaflets distributed by the volunteers

contrasted Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s role in shaping the deal exchanging Iran’s nuclear rollback for sanctions relief with the senators, who all voted against the deal and were vocal in opposing it. An RJC official said the group has now reached 350,000 people through direct voter contact in the campaign, including through phone banks. “Our first day of action was just the start of our fall effort, and we are excited to build on all of our work so far,” said Fred Brown, an RJC spokesman. “Our volunteers and staff will continue speaking to voters every day until the election, making it clear how dangerous a Clinton presidency would be for the United States and our allies.”

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5776: The year in review Ben Harris

(JTA)—A stabbing and car-ramming epidemic in Israel that some called a third intifada was among the most dominant Jewish stories of the past year. But 5776 was also notable for the release of spy Jonathan Pollard after 30 years in prison, the communal fallout from the Iran nuclear deal, a historic (and unfinished) agreement on egalitarian worship at the Western Wall and continuing clashes between pro-Israel students and the BDS movement on college campuses. Below is a timeline of the Jewish year’s major events—the good, the bad and, in the case of the deaths of some Jewish giants, the very sad.

September 2015 Some 53 major American Jewish groups issue a call for unity and recommitment to American and Israeli security following the Sept. 17 deadline for Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal. Overall, 19 of 28 Jewish members of Congress support the deal, which is vigorously opposed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College reverses a longstanding ban on accepting rabbinical students with non-Jewish partners. The move proves to be controversial, leading seven rabbis and one Florida synagogue to quit the movement in response.

fear of harming Israel’s alliance with Turkey. In May, the ADL’s new chief, Jonathan Greenblatt, writes in a blog post that the massacre of Armenians was “unequivocally genocide.” An Israeli couple is killed in the West Bank while driving with four of their six children. Eitam and Naama Henkin, both in their 30s, were returning to their home settlement of Neria. Their children are unharmed. In June, four Palestinians are sentenced to life in prison for the killings.

Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, ‘If you expel them, they’ll all come here,’” Netanyahu said. Amid an outcry, Netanyahu modifies his statement, emphasizing that Hitler bore responsibility for the Holocaust. Palestinian rioters set fire to Joseph’s Tomb, a Jewish holy site in the West Bank, amid continuing Israeli-Palestinian unrest. The violence began in September following an Israeli raid on the Temple Mount that uncovered a cache of weapons, which led to clashes that spread to the West Bank. Portuguese officials approve the naturalization of a Panamanian descendant of Sephardic Jews, the first individual to receive Portuguese citizenship under a 2013 law that entitled such individuals to repatriation. Days earlier, Spain approved the granting of citizenship to 4,302 descendants of Spanish Jews exiled during the Spanish Inquisition under a similar law.

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Pope Francis meets Jewish leaders in Rome to mark the 50th anniversary of the Nostra Aetate, the landmark declaration that rejected collective Jewish guilt for the killing of Christ and paved the way for improved Jewish-Catholic relations. In the meeting in St. Peter’s Square, Francis declares: “Yes to the rediscovery of the Jewish roots of Christianity. No to anti-Semitism.”

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs calls on Jewish groups to lobby for official American recognition of the Armenian genocide. Though most historians say the killing or deportation of 1.5 million Armenians by Turkish forces during World War I constitutes a genocide, many American Jewish groups—including the Anti-Defamation League and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee —had previously declined to do so for

Israeli Pr ime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu draws fire for claiming the mufti of Jerusalem gave Hitler the idea to exterminate the Jews at a 1941 meeting. “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time; he wanted to expel the

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is found guilty of corruption. An Orthodox Jew who wielded vast power as one of the New York state government’s proverbial “three men in a room,” Silver was convicted of using his position to win millions through various kickback schemes and no-show jobs. Silver is sentenced to 12 years in jail in May.

The Palestinian flag is raised at U.N. headquarters in New York for the first time. The move follows a 119–8 vote of the General Assembly on Sept. 10 to allow the flag at the headquarters. Israel and the United States are among the dissenters, along with Canada and Australia.

Jonathan Pollard, the former American Naval intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel, is freed from federal prison after 30 years. Under the terms of his parole, Pollard is prohibited from traveling to Israel, though he offers to renounce his American citizenship in order to live there.

Two Jewish teens are found guilty of the murder of Mohammad Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned to death in the Jerusalem Forest in 2014. The teens are not identified because they were minors at the time of the crime. American yeshiva student Ezra Schwartz, 18, is killed in a shooting in the West Bank. Schwartz, of Sharon, Massachusetts, is memorialized by the New England Patriots, his favorite team, with a moment of silence prior to their Nov. 23 game against the Buffalo Bills. F. Glenn Miller Jr., the white supremacist found guilty of killing three people at two suburban Kansas City Jewish institutions, is sentenced to death. Miller was convicted of capital murder in September. The European Union approves guidelines for the labeling of products from West Bank settlements. Under the guidelines, goods produced in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem or the Golan Heights must be labeled. Israel’s Foreign Ministry condemns the move. The Anti-Defamation League reports a 30 percent jump in anti-Israel activity on American college campuses. According to the report, over 150 “explicitly anti-Israel programs” have taken place or are scheduled to take place on American campuses, an increase from 105 the year before. The Rabbinical Council of America adopts a policy prohibiting the ordination or hiring of women rabbis. The policy, the result of a vote of the main Orthodox rabbinical group’s membership, proscribes the usage of any title implying rabbinic status, specifically naming “maharat”— an acronym meaning “female spiritual, legal and Torah leader” used by Yeshivat Maharat, a New York school ordaining Orthodox women as clergy. continued on page 16

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Six men are sentenced for their roles in a plot to violently coerce a man to grant his wife a religious divorce; most are given prison terms. In December, two rabbis involved are sentenced to jail time. In all, 10 people, three of them rabbis, are convicted for their roles in kidnapping and torturing recalcitrant husbands for a fee.

Israel arrests several suspects in connection with a July firebombing in the West Bank town of Duma that killed three members of a Palestinian family, including an 18-month-old baby. The suspects later allege they were tortured by the Israeli security agency Shin Bet, which denies the claim. Weeks later, video emerges

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showing friends of the suspects celebrating the killings at a wedding in Jerusalem, drawing condemnations from across the political spectrum. The United Nations recognizes Yom Kippur as an official holiday. Starting in 2016, no official meetings will take place on the Jewish Day of Atonement at the international body’s New York headquarters, and Jewish employees there will be able to miss work without using vacation hours. Other religious holidays that enjoy the same status are Christmas, Good Friday, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. An Orthodox gay conversion group, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, or JONAH, is ordered by a New Jersey court to cease operations. In a lawsuit filed in 2012, the group, which claims to be able to eliminate homosexual urges, was found to be in violation of New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act. Violinist Itzhak Perlman is named the third recipient of the Genesis Prize. The annual $1 million prize, dubbed the “Jewish Nobel,” is funded by a group of Russian philanthropists to honor individuals who have achieved international renown in their professional fields and serve as role models through their commitment to Jewish values. Brazil refuses to confirm Dani Dayan, a former West Bank settler leader, as Israeli ambassador to the country because of his support for the settlements. Following a months-long standoff Dayan, a native of Argentina, is reassigned as consul general in New York. Samuel “Sandy” Berger, who served as President Bill Clinton’s national security adviser, dies at 70, succumbing to cancer. Berger was a prominent player at the 2000 Camp David summit.

January 2016 In response to unspecified complaints that products produced in the West Bank are mislabeled as originating in Israel, the U.S. customs agency reiterates its policy that any goods originating in the West Bank or Gaza Strip be labeled as such. After decades of squabbling, the Israeli government approves a compromise to expand the non-Orthodox Jewish prayer section of the Western Wall. Under terms of the deal, the size of the non-Orthodox section of the Western Wall will double to nearly 10,000 square feet and both areas will be accessible by a single entrance. The Brown University chapter of the historically Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi separates from the international organization over biases against non-Jewish members as well as its handling of sexual assault. In an op-ed in the Brown student newspaper, chapter president Ben Owens says the group objected to the “demeaning way that some representatives of AEPi National treated our non-Jewish brothers.” The Cleveland Cavaliers fire IsraeliAmerican head coach David Blatt, who led the team to the NBA Finals in 2015. Blatt releases a statement saying he was “grateful” for the chance to serve as coach. Led by LeBron James, the Cavaliers go on to win their first NBA championship under Blatt’s successor, Tyronn Lue. R abbi Eugene Borowitz, an influential thinker in Reform Judaism, dies at 91. A longtime faculty member at Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion, Borowitz was the author of 19 books and hundreds of articles on Jewish thought. The Mount Freedom Jewish Center in New Jersey announces it has hired a woman using the title “rabbi.” Lila Kagedan, a graduate of New York’s Yeshivat Maharat, was ordained in June as an Orthodox


Rosh Hashanah clergywoman. The school permits graduates to choose their title; Kagedan is the first to choose rabbi. Hundreds of protesters at a gay conference in Chicago, charging “pinkwashing” of Israeli misdeeds, disrupt a reception for Israeli LGBT activists, forcing the event to shut down. The disruption is strongly condemned days later by several leading gay activists, including former Rep. Barney Frank and Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that led to the legalization of gay marriage.

February 2016 Sen. Bernie Sanders wins the New Hampshire primary, becoming the first Jewish candidate in American history to win a presidential primary. The

Vermont Independent, seeking the Democratic nomination, handily defeats former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, commanding 60 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 38 percent. The Hungarian Holocaust drama Son of Saul wins an Oscar for best foreign language film. Other Jewish winners at the 2016 Academy Awards are Amy, the documentary about the late Jewish singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, and Michael Sugar, who wins for best picture as co-producer of Spotlight, the story of the Boston Globe investigative team led by Jewish editor Marty Baron that exposed sex scandals in the Catholic Church. The

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condemns the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, saying it “promotes the demonization and delegitimization of the State of Israel.” Passed by a vote of 229-51, the motion was introduced by the opposition Conservative Party but won support from the ruling Liberal Party. The Jewish Theological Seminary announces the sale of $96 million worth of real estate assets and its intention to use the funds to upgrade its New York facility. The seminary, considered the flagship institution of the Conservative movement, says it intends to build a state-of-the-art library, auditorium and conference facilities, and a new 150-bed residence hall on its main campus. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump disavows the support of David Duke after earlier claiming he knew nothing about the former Ku Klux Klan leader’s views. In response, the Anti-Defamation

League announces it will be providing all presidential candidates with information about hate groups so they can better determine which endorsements to accept and reject.

March 2016 Jewish comedian Garry Shandling dies in Los Angeles at 66. Shandling wrote for several sitcoms before starring in his own shows, including The Larry Sanders Show, which aired on HBO in the 1990s and earned Shandling 18 Emmy Award nominations. Venice launches a yearlong commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the world’s first official Jewish ghetto. Among the many events scheduled continued on page 18

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for the anniversary is an appearance by Jewish U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who presides over a mock trial of Shylock, the Jewish moneylender character from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

Microsoft pulls its artificial intelligence tweeting robot after it posts several anti-Semitic comments. The software company had launched the so-called chatbot as an experiment but quickly paused the endeavor after the controversial tweets, several of which expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler.

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A Pew study of Israelis finds that 48 percent of the country’s Jews agree that Arabs should be “expelled or transferred” out of the country. The finding, the most shocking in a wide-ranging study of Israeli attitudes, is based on interviews with 5,600 Israelis conducted between October 2014 and May 2015. Israeli leaders condemn the actions of a solider caught on video shooting an apparently incapacitated Palestinian lying on the ground. “What happened today in Hebron does not represent the values of the IDF,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says following the release of the video, shot by the human rights group B’Tselem. The soldier is charged with manslaughter and later goes on trial. Thousands of delegates attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in Washington featuring appearances by most contenders for the presidency—most controversially Donald Trump, who sparks much talk of protests and walkouts in the days leading up to the conclave. Speaking the morning after Trump’s address to the gathering, AIPAC President Lillian Pinkus issues a rare apology for Trump’s attacks on President Barack Obama, saying the group is “deeply disappointed that so many people applauded a sentiment that we neither agree with or condone.” Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and John Kasich also address the conference, while Bernie Sanders issues a written statement to the group from the campaign trail. Merrick Garland, the chief of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, is nominated to replace Antonin Scalia, who died in February, on the Supreme Court. In his acceptance speech, Garland emotionally recalls his grandparents who had fled anti-Semitism for better lives in the United States. Republicans vow not to consider his nomination during President Obama’s last year in office.

Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, is the world’s richest Jew, according to Forbes. The magazine’s annual list of the world’s billionaires shows Zuckerberg surpassing Oracle CEO Larry Ellison to claim the top spot among Jews.

April 2016 Days ahead of the New York primary, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton engage in a heated exchange over Israel at a debate in Brooklyn, with the Vermont senator accusing the former secretary of state of neglecting the Palestinians and reiterating his charge that Israel used disproportionate force in Gaza in 2014. Clinton says she worked hard to bring peace to the region as secretary of state. Clinton won the primary in New York, home to the country’s largest Jewish population, 58–42 percent. A majority of professors at Oberlin College sign a letter condemning the “anti-Semitic Facebook posts” by a fellow faculty member. The letter, signed by 174 professors, does not name Joy Karega, the rhetoric and composition professor whose posts, including one accusing Israel and “Rothschild-led bankers” of responsibility for downing an airliner over Ukraine in 2014, drew widespread attention. Bernie Sanders suspends his Jewish outreach director after revelations of social media posts that used profanity to describe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Simone Zimmerman, a former activist with J Street, reportedly called Netanyahu a “manipulative asshole,” though she later changed the expletive to “politician.” The first same-sex Jewish wedding ceremony in Latin America is held at a synagogue in Argentina. Some 300 guests attend the wedding at the NCI Emanu El Temple in Buenos Aires.


Rosh Hashanah May 2016 Bernie Sanders names three prominent critics of Israel to the committee charged with formulating the Democratic Party platform: Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to Congress; James Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute; and Cornel West, a philosopher and supporter of the BDS movement. Days later, Sanders releases a statement emphasizing that while he supports Israel’s right to live in peace, lasting peace will not come without “fair and respectful treatment of the Palestinian people.” In an announcement timed to the annual independence celebrations in Israel, the nation’s Central Bureau of Statistics reports the population has risen to 8.52 million residents, a tenfold increase over the 806,000 in 1948 at the time of Israel’s founding. Britain’s Labour Party launches an investigation into anti-Semitism within the party one day after the suspension of former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who said Adolf Hitler was a Zionist because he advocated moving Europe’s Jews to Israel. Morley Safer, a 46-year veteran of the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes, dies at 84 a week after retiring from the show. Safer, the winner of 12 Emmy Awards, helped turn American public opinion against the Vietnam War with his coverage of U.S. atrocities. Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate and major backer of Republican candidates, endorses Donald Trump for the presidency. In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Adelson cites Trump’s executive experience and the threat of a “third term” for President Obama if Hillary Clinton is elected. Adelson plans to spend more than ever on the 2016 presidential election, even in excess of $100 million, The New York Times reports. Julia Ioffe, a reporter who wrote a critical

profile of Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, is deluged with anti-Semitic phone calls and messages on social media, including a cartoon of a Jew being executed. Ioffe files a police complaint about the threats. An 11-minute video showing what appears to be a Hasidic school principal sexually abusing a young boy refocuses attention on sex abuse in the haredi Orthodox community. The video, which prompts an investigation by state police, was filmed secretly from an overhead camera and posted on social media before being removed.

June 2016 Rabbi Maurice Lamm, the author of The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning and several other notable Jewish books, dies. First issued in 1969, the book is considered a seminal work on the topic of Jewish death and mourning rituals. British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, already under fire over allegations of rampant anti-Semitism in his party, draws more criticism for seeming to compare Israel and the Islamic State terrorist group. “Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for those of various self-styled Islamic states or organizations,” Corbyn said in remarks following the release of a report on anti-Semitism within Labour. The report found the party is not overrun by anti-Semitism but that there is an “occasionally toxic atmosphere.

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Nine Turkish citizens were killed in the raid. Under the agreement, Israel will create a $20 million humanitarian fund as compensation to the families of the Mavi Marmara victims, which would not be released until Turkey passes legislation closing claims against the Israeli military for the deaths. Anti-Semitic incidents on American college campuses nearly doubled in 2015, the Anti-Defamation League reports. A total of 90 incidents were reported on 60 college campuses in 2015, compared with 47 incidents on 43 campuses in 2014. The ADL audit records a total of 941 anti-Semitic incidents in the United States in 2015, an increase of 3 percent over the previous year.

July 2016 Pope Francis visits Auschwitz, where he prays in silent contemplation and meets with Holocaust survivors. Francis also visits the cell of Polish priest and saint Maximilian Kolbe, who died at Auschwitz after taking the place of a condemned man. Francis is the third pope to visit the camp, following the Polish-born John Paul II in 1979 and Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. Debbie Wasserman Schultz steps down as leader of the Democratic National Committee following the emergence of emails showing senior DNC staffers sought to undercut the campaign of Jewish presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. One email, from Chief Financial Officer Brad Marshall, alleges that Sanders is an atheist and that it could

be used against him. Marshall resigns in August. Bernie Sanders, the first Jew to win a major party presidential primary, endorses Hillary Clinton for president. At a rally in New Hampshire, Sanders said he would work with Clinton to keep Donald Trump from being elected. Goldie Michelson of Worcester, Massachusetts, the oldest living American, dies at home at the age of 113 and 11 months. Michelson, the daughter of Russian Jewish parents, immigrated with her family to Worcester when she was 2. Jared Kushner defends his father-in-law, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, from charges of anti-Semitism following the elder Trump’s tweeting of an image of Hillary Clinton with a sixpointed star reminiscent of a Star of David over a background of dollar bills. The tweet is later deleted. “I know that Donald does not at all subscribe to any racist or anti-Semitic thinking,” Kushner said. Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, author, activ ist and Holocaust survivor, dies at 87 of natural causes. Wiesel, who wrote Night and The Jews of Silence, was well-known internationally for his books and as a leading voice of conscience.

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Israel’s highest rabbinical court rejects a conversion performed by a prominent American rabbi, Haskel Lookstein. The conversion had been rejected originally in April by a court in the Tel Aviv suburb of Petach Tikvah. Lookstein, the former rabbi of Kehilath Jeshurun, a tony modern Orthodox synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, performed the conversion of Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

August 2016 Esther Jungreis, a pioneer in the Jewish outreach movement and founder of the organization Hineni, dies at 80. American gymnast Aly Raisman wins three medals at the Rio Olympics, a gold for the overall U.S. women’s team and two individual silvers. Israel takes home two medals at the games, both bronze in judo, while American Jewish swimmer Anthony Ervin at 35 becomes the oldest person to win a gold medal in an individual swimming event. The Rio games also pay tribute to the 11 Israelis killed at the Munich Olympics in 1972. Fyvush Finkel, an Emmy Award-winning actor who began his career performing in the Yiddish theater, dies at 93. The Movement for Black Lives adopts a platform describing Israel as an “apartheid state” and claims it perpetrates “genocide” against the Palestinian people. The group, a coalition of 50 organizations that emerged from the Black Lives Matter movement, is harshly criticized by Jewish organizations. Gene Wilder, a comedic actor who played the title characters in the films Young Frankenstein and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and also starred in the Mel Brooks’ Western spoof Blazing Saddles, dies at 83.


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a way that parents can integrate easily into everyday hectic schedules,” says Sarah Lefton, executive director of BimBam. Major partners from the Jewish world include the Union for Reform Judaism, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, JCC Association, Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the PJ Library Alliance, and InterfaithFamily, among many others. Since its founding, BimBam has created more than 200 animated videos and apps for people curious about the basics of Judaism. Accessible for free on platforms like Youtube, iTunes and Facebook, BimBam’s goal is to create a comprehensive free multimedia introduction to Judaism with zero barriers to entry. The Shaboom! early childhood initiative is generously funded by leading Jewish philanthropists and foundations, including the Peleh Fund, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the PJ Library Alliance, the Bernstein Family Foundation, The Covenant Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and one anonymous foundation. The Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah made the creation of parent resources possible. Forbes called G-dcast, as it was known previously, “the Schoolhouse Rock for Jews,” and its approach and products been featured on NPR, in the Wall Street Journal and CNN.com.

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Celebrity chefs share their Rosh Hashanah recipes Beth Kissileff

(JTA)—Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, gives Jews a sense of change and new beginnings. One of the ways to signal that renewal and optimism is to engage our senses: We listen to the shofar, the clarion call of the season, and we eat symbolic foods, such as round challah (representing the cyclical nature of life) and enjoy the sweetness of apples dipped in honey. But beyond those basics, what are the foods that

make Rosh Hashanah special? JTA queried a number of high-profile Jewish chefs about which dishes and recipes are a must on their holiday tables. Many of the dishes the chefs shared are family recipes, from mothers and grandmothers; a homage to those who fed and nourished us in the past. Many have offered a fresh twist on their mishpucha’s must-haves— meaning that, in addition to straightforward ingredients lists and directions, embedded within each heirloom recipe is the

hope that, by making these traditional foods, cooks today will build bridges to future generations. Whether you’re looking to add some sugar or some spice to your Rosh Hashanah meal, read on for some fresh twists on Jewish classics from some well-known names: Andrew Zimmern, Joan Nathan, Jeffrey Yoskowitz, Rabbi Hanoch Hecht.

Joan Nathan’s chicken soup with matzah balls Joan Nathan is the author of 10 cookbooks, including Jewish Cooking in America. For Nathan, it’s all about the chicken soup. This recipe is courtesy of her 103-year-old mother, Pearl. Nathan explains the recipe is a bit of a mashup of various cultures: “She loves getting chicken specials, and [she] also loves dark meat, so she adapted the recipe to what she likes to eat,” Nathan says. “Because she lives in Rhode Island and escarole is a very Italian vegetable [Rhode Island has a large Italian-American population] and her matzo balls, coming from my father’s German tradition, are deliciously al dente.”

Pearl Nathan’s chicken soup with matzah balls From The New American Cooking, reprinted with permission from Knopf Ingredients For the soup 6 whole chicken legs 20 cups water 2 celery stalks sliced into 2-inch chunks 2 whole carrots cut into 2-inch chunks 1 large onion peeled and quartered 1 parsnip cut into 2-inch chunks 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill 2 tablespoons chopped fresh   flat leaf parsley Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 8 ounces escarole For the matzah balls 3 tablespoons chicken fat or vegetable oil 6 large eggs, separated well beaten 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg 1¾ cups matzah meal 1 tablespoon chopped fresh   flat leaf parsley 12 cups water

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Preparation To make the soup 1. Put the water in a soup pot, add the chicken legs and bring the water to a boil. Simmer slowly for 2 hours, uncovered, skimming off the fat and foam as they rise to the top of the soup. 2. After 2 hours, add the celery, carrots, onion, parsnip, dill and parsley. Continue cooking slowly, uncovered, for another hour. 3. Set a strainer over a large bowl and strain the soup. Season it to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate the soup, covered, overnight. 4. The next day peel off the layer of fat that has formed on the soup’s surface. Bring the soup to a boil in a large pot (or freeze it for another day). Before serving, swirl in the escarole and add the matzah balls (recipe follows), cooking for a few minutes. To make the matzah balls: 1. In a medium bowl, mix the chicken fat or vegetable oil with the eggs, salt, nutmeg, matzah meal and parsley. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. 2. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Take the matzah mix out of the refrigerator and, after dipping your hands into a bowl of cold water, gently form balls the size of large walnuts. Add salt to the water and drop in the balls. Simmer slowly, covered, for about 20 minutes, remove from water with a slotted spoon and add to the soup.

Rabbi Hanoch Hecht’s dessert tzimmes Rabbi Hanoch Hecht, a competitor on Chopped, is a Chabad rabbi in Rhinebeck, New York. Hecht chose tzimmes, a traditional sweet stew made of carrots, explaining that carrots are called “merren” in Yiddish, which also means “increase.” “The very fact that its name connotes increase makes it auspicious to eat carrots during the New Year,” he says, “as it represents an increase in good things for the coming year.”

DESSERT TZIMMES Courtesy of Hecht Ingredients 1 bunch rainbow carrots Simple syrup Fresh figs Margarine Brown sugar Preparation 1. Peel carrots and boil in simple syrup until tender . 2. Slice figs in half and caramelize in a pan 4 minutes on medium heat. 3. Once tender, add the carrots to the figs . 4. Add butter and sprinkle a teaspoon of brown sugar . 5. Candy the carrots for about 4 minutes and you are ready to serve.


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Jeffrey Yoskowitz’s herbed gefilte fish Jeffrey Yoskowitz is co-founder, with Liz Alpern, of the Gefilteria, and co-author of the forthcoming cookbook The Gefilte Manifesto. “Homemade gefilte fish became such a staple for me at the Rosh Hashanah table that when my grandmother stopped cooking and the local deli closed, I began preparing the holiday delicacy for my whole family,” Yoskowitz says. “It wasn’t a holiday without the good stuff, as far as I was concerned, plus making it myself was very empowering. Since my family’s roots are Polish, mine is a (lightly) sweetened gefilte fish, which is fitting for the New Year celebrations, when we’re so fixated on sweetness.”

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Here’s how to turn ‘epic fails’ into fresh starts Elana Zelony

RICHARDSON, Texas ( JTA)— Urbandictionary.com is an open-source site where the average citizen contributes definitions to new and old words and slang. As the High Holidays approach, I’ve been contemplating the phrase “epic fail.” According to one entry on Urbandictionary.com, epic fail means “complete and total failure when success should have been reasonably easy to attain.” Epic fail defines most of the sins I contemplate during the High Holidays. I should have been able to succeed, but I didn’t because I’m human and I have weaknesses. I spend the period that begins with the Hebrew month of Elul and culminates with Rosh Hashanah and

Yom Kippur thinking of the many times when I easily could have been more kind, patient and optimistic. It’s not that I’m incapable of those behaviors; I have a normal psyche and can be a good person. However, as a human I failed to be my best self during the past year on numerous occasions. I know I’m not alone in my epic fail. Look at the stories we’re told about the Jewish people in the Torah. The epic fail of the Jewish people was worshipping the Golden Calf, and the epic fail of Moses was smashing the Ten Commandments carved with God’s own finger. All the people had to do was wait until Moses returned with God’s law, but they panicked during their leader’s absence and sought security in a golden image. All Moses had to do was

reprimand the people. Instead he flies into a rage and smashes the holy tablets. They were capable of doing better. Here’s the good news. Elul, the month leading up to the High Holidays, is one of contemplation. According to the midrash, on the first day of Elul, Moses began carving a second set of tablets with his own hands. Carving the second set of tablets is about starting over again after failure. The High Holidays cycle demands that we examine the ways we have failed, but it also gives us the strength to start anew. On the first of Elul (September 4 this year), we began re-carving our own smashed tablets. It’s hard work to hew meaning out of stone, but the effort leads to renewed relationship and hope for the future.

Some choose to gather in small groups before the holidays, using the time to spiritually prepare. Find out if your local synagogues offer Elul classes. If a class isn’t possible, check out websites to help with your preparation for the High Holidays during Elul, including Jewels of Elul and Ritual Well. On Rosh Hashanah, if I see the blisters on my friends and family’s hands, I’ll point to my own. We’ll nod knowingly and smile at one another. We’ll affirm the hard work that went into re-carving ourselves. Together, we’ll celebrate the New Year as an opportunity to start all over again. —Rabbi Elana Zelony, the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Torah in Richardson, Texas, is a fellow with Rabbis Without Borders.

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Services will be held at the UUCOB building at the corner of Herbert Perry and Kitty Hawk Roads in Kitty Hawk (831 Herbert Perry Road). To participate by reading an English part, receiving an Aliyah or blowing the shofar, email George Lurie at gymnix@aol.com, visit www.jcobx.com or email jewishcommunityobx@gmail.com. There is no charge to attend.

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One place swing-state voters won’t see Clinton and Trump this season: The rabbi’s pulpit Ben Sales

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NEW YORK ( JTA)—When Rosh Hashanah came around last year, Rabbi Aaron Gaber wanted to grapple with an issue roiling the country. So he decided to focus his sermon on racism. But several members of Brothers of Israel, a 120-family Conservative synagogue in suburban Philadelphia, weren’t pleased. “Some of the feedback from some of my congregants has caused us some consternation,” Gaber says. Congregants accused the rabbi of calling them racists, he recalled, “which I didn’t do.” This year, with the presidential election looming just one month after Yom Kippur, Gaber will pick a much more pareve topic for his High Holidays sermons: how congregants can be respectful to one another. He won’t directly address the election. Instead he will relate to some of the rhetoric around the campaign. “One piece that I’m looking to share with my congregation is a spirituality checkup, and to do quite a bit of reflection on who we are and what we represent as Jews and human beings,” Gaber says. “What does it mean to treat one another with respect?” Gaber’s congregation is in Pennsylvania’s Bucks County, a politically divided area in a swing state. In 2012, President Barack Obama won the county over Mitt Romney by just 1 percentage point. In skirting direct election talk on the High Holidays, Gaber will be joining rabbis in “swing counties” across America preferring instead to touch on the vote by speaking about values or personal conduct. Spiritual leaders from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Florida note that synagogues are legally prohibited from endorsing candidates. Anyway, they say,

political talk should not come from the pulpit. Instead, when the rabbis address hundreds or thousands of congregants on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, they will encourage them to have compassionate conversations. Or they will talk about how the winner—Republican or Democrat—can be a moral leader after Election Day. “How possible is it to govern and to do so with honesty and with sensitivity?” asks Rabbi Richard Birnholz of the Reform Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa, Florida, floating a potential sermon topic. “I need to be a rabbi to my people. It’s very easy to have politics or ideology—side taking—get in the way of that, and then I can’t really fulfill my real role, which isn’t as a political or social activist, but as a rabbi.” One local rabbi who promises to steer clear of stating his opinion from the pulpit is Rabbi Aron Margolin of Chabad of Tidewater. “When I look for a candidate for president, I’m concerned about the candidate’s attitude toward Israel,” he says. “That’s very important to me. But at the end of the day, we’re not electing a president of Israel, we’re electing a president of the United States.” As far as discussing the election during the High Holidays, Margolin says, “I’m not going to spend my limited time on politics. Every person has to make his own decision. What I need to do is inspire people to their connection to Judaism and the torah and pray that they make the right decision.” The rabbis’ plans track with survey data of sermons at churches across the country. An August survey by the Pew Research Center found that 64 percent of churchgoers heard their pastor discuss election issues from the pulpit, but only 14 percent heard their pastor endorse or speak out against a candidate. Rabbis in all four states said their


Rosh Hashanah synagogues had significant populations of voters for both parties. Some said political discourse had made the atmosphere at synagogue tense, while others don’t feel the pressure. Assistant Rabbi Michael Danziger of the Reform Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati says the constant stream of campaign ads doesn’t help. “I do think all of the tools to make conversation go off the rails are present here,” says Danziger, who graduated rabbinical school this year. “So much advertising, so much attention from the campaigns. I think it happens everywhere, but I think any rhetoric that might fuel the elements behind that stuff will certainly be present here, and at a fever pitch by November.” When they aren’t at the pulpit, rabbis from swing states have been politically active. Rabbi Sissy Coran of the Rockdale Temple, another Cincinnati Reform synagogue, touted a voter registration drive that the Union for Reform Judaism will be conducting in North Carolina. Birnholz teaches classes at his synagogue about biblical prophets using current events as context. Gaber wants to work with the Philadelphia Jewish Community Relations Council to educate congregants about election issues. In December, he and Rabbi Anna Boswell-Levy of the nearby Reconstructionist Congregation Kol Emet signed a statement by the Bucks County Rabbis’ Council denouncing Republican nominee Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. “It’s worse than it’s ever been in my lifetime,” Boswell-Levy says of the national political climate. “I think that the

way Trump speaks is incredibly troubling, and people react to it in very strong ways —whether they’re appalled or disgusted by him, or whether they feel that their views are validated by him.” And rabbis have also discussed politics throughout the year in smaller prayer services. Boswell-Levy feels she can address sensitive issues such as the global refugee crisis or protests in Ferguson, Missouri, at Friday night services, which draw a smaller crowd than the High Holidays. Rabbi Yechiel Morris of the Young Israel of Southfield, an Orthodox congregation in suburban Detroit, criticized Trump earlier in the campaign and drew backlash. Sermonizing against Trump again during the High Holidays would be pointless, he says, as “you don’t need to repeat yourself.” “I didn’t focus so much on his politics, policies and things of that nature, but more on the character and language he uses, and how upsetting that is,” Morris says. “There were some members who felt I should not have highlighted that one particular candidate.” Rabbi Steven Rubenstein of the Conservative Congregation Beth Ahm, also in suburban Detroit, also thinks that politics from the pulpit serves little purpose. Involved congregants know their rabbis’ political leanings, no matter the sermon topic. “People are listening, and they don’t need to be hit over the head, told what to do,” he says. “A very high percentage of the congregants would know who their rabbi would vote for without them saying it.”

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Book Review Investigative piece on top secret U.S. operation Operation Paperclip (The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America) Annie Jacobsen Little, Brown and Company, 2014 575 pages, $30

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uthor Annie Jacobsen, a Princeton University graduate, already proved her superb investigative Rabbi Israel and writing skills in Zoberman her New York Times bestseller, Area 51. Her latest book, Operation Paperclip, ought to be a bestseller as well as required reading. It focuses on a top secret U.S. government operation begun in May 1945 allowing U.S. entry of hundreds of Nazi scientists at the end of WWII. Likely the most controversial exposed U.S. government program, Jacobsen masterfully presents a chilling read that leaves no stone unturned with material previously undisclosed. We penetrate the shadowy Cold War world and the attempt, at moral compromise, to gain superiority over the competing and crafty Soviets. After all, the U.S. intelligence expectation was for an all-out-war between the two superpowers by 1952. At stake were those elite Nazi scientists who facilitated Hitler’s war machine of weapons of mass destruction with mass crimes against humanity. The book highlights 21 of those scientists, now deceased, deemed indispensable to American security and even survival. Eight of those were close to the highest Nazi leadership of Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler and Herman Goring. Fifteen were full-fledged Nazi Party members with 10 members of the notorious SA and SS. Six faced trial at Nuremberg. The most famous of them, von Braun rose to direct the Marshall Space Center and was the Saturn V launch vehicle’s chief architect, making possible the moon landing. With his star celebrity status in the Space Age, he was enabled by his employers, U.S. Army and NASA, to conceal his Nazi past until 1985 and was almost awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ford, though

he did receive the Medal of Science. Von Braun joined a SS cavalry unit as early as 1933 becoming a proud SS officer. The V-2 rockets whose development he supervised, rained death and terror on 3,000 cities, and slave laborers were forced to work inhumanly at the Nordhausen underground complex which was liberated on April 11, 1945, by the 104th Infantry Division. Rabbi Steven S. Wise, president of the American Jewish Congress, charged, “As long as we reward former servants of Hitler, while leaving his victims in D.P. camps (my family and I were in Germany’s Wetzlar camp, 1947–1949) we cannot even pretend that we are making any real effort to achieve the aims we fought for.” Eleanor Roosevelt sponsored a conference at the Waldorf Astoria drawing attention to Paperclip, calling for preventing Germans from entering the U.S. for 12 years. Her guest of honor, Albert Einstein, the world’s most renowned scientist who fled to the U.S. in 1933, alerted President Truman of the danger of accepting those who served Hitler. Perhaps the most poignant words came from The Society for the Prevention of WWIII with its thousands of intellectual members, including William L. Shirer and Daryl Zanuk, “These German ‘experts’ performed wonders for the German war effort. Can one forget their gas chambers, their skill in cremation, their meticulous methods used to extract gold from the teeth of their victims, their wizardry in looting and thieving?” A host of critical issues are raised in the wake of this most comprehensive landmark study that is bound to disturb our conscience with questions that can only be pondered and debated, but perhaps without clear resolution: Are there no moral constraints to government programs deemed essential for national security? Do all means justify certain ends? Who should be entrusted with weighing the ethical component of a given operation? Are there any regrets, no regrets, lessons for the future? —Rabbi Israel Zoberman is the son of Polish Holocaust survivors.

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reshly cut grass, chlorine, sunscreen, and melted popsicles are the scents of summer usually found by the pool at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. On the evening of Friday, August 29 at the YAD and JCC End of Summer Shabbat Dinner and Pool Party, new aromas filled the air: that of a Shabbat candle’s flame, freshly baked challah, a Shabbat meal, and the sweet grape fragrance of Shabbat wine. A feast for the senses, new sites and sounds presented themselves poolside: Splashing water. “Marco Polo.” Screams down a slide. “L’hadlik ner shel Shabbat.” Chewing food. “Hamotzi lechem min haaretz.” Sipping and slurping grape juice and wine. “L’chaim!” A non-stop extravaganza filled with Shabbat and summer fun, the pool party and games started at 5 pm. By 6 pm, the sun was setting, signaling everyone to gather to light the Shabbat candles and recite the blessings, beginning the ceremonial portion of the evening followed by dinner. By 6:45 pm, participants had time to digest their challah and Shabbat meal, and begin preparations for the pie-eating contest. Not many were left standing after the pie-eating contest, but all left that night with full Shabbat dinner. hearts and stuffed stomachs.

Ellie Debb, Piper Werby, Natali Alofer and Leiba Debb.

As the stars appeared, summer came to a close, along with the festivities, but the community looked forward to fall and more Shabbat celebrations. —Those interested in seeing more photos from the event, or to tag yourself, can go to the Simon Family JCC’s Facebook page at fb.com/ simonfamilyj/org.


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MAKE A Strategizing with President Barak Obama in the oval office: U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro; Ambassador Dennis Ross; former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; and 2009 Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell. Photo by Pete Souza/ The White House

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Tuesday, September 20, 7:30 pm, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

he Israel Today 2016–2017 season, sponsored by Charles Barker Automotive, begins with visiting expert Dennis Ross, who will discuss his new book, Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama and the potential impact of the 2016 U.S. presidential election on foreign policy. Presented by United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Community Relations Council, Simon Family JCC, and community partners, in collaboration with the Virginia Beach Forum, Ross will also speak at the UJFT’s annual campaign kick-off at 5:45 pm, prior to addressing the larger community at 7:30 pm. From his first days nearly 30 years ago as a young Pentagon planner in the Carter administration to his latest White House tour in the Obama administration, Ambassador Dennis Ross has been at the heart of American foreign policy and the U.S.-Israel relationship. His postings have spanned the administrations of five presidents, both Democrat and Republican. Ross was instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians reach the 1995 Interim Agreement, successfully brokered the 1997 Hebron Accord, and facilitated the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty. Currently, Ross is counselor and the William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Ross’ latest book, Doomed to Succeed, chronicles 11 presidents and their relations with Israel, weaving together diplomatic history and personal experience to recount the presidents’ attitudes toward Israel and the region. A “must read” for policy makers in Washington, and a “must hear” for those not in Washington and voters this November. For more information on the series, including a list of upcoming events, visit www.jewishva.org/IsraelToday or call 965-6107. General admission and student tickets are still available and can be purchased for $40 and $10, respectively, at www.jewishva.org/IsraelToday or at the door.

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Rosh Hashanah paint party for seniors includes instruction, art supplies and holiday fare

Neta Levi, Israeli mixed media artist exhibit at the Leon Family Art Gallery September 21–October 23 Sandler Family Campus Sherri Wisoff

Neta Levi

her learn to sew. Her father introduced her to an “old ladies”

Tuesday, September 27 10 am–12:30 pm Simon Family JCC

sewing group that quickly adopted the young, creative protégé.

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n describing her creative process, Neta Levi says, ”When I’m

These sewing skills became the career backbone for her adult life

closing the door behind me to my studio (garage)…I feel like I’m

in Israel as a fashion designer.

drifting away with my imagination. I celebrate my creativity with

After her time in the Israeli army, her brother offered to finance

endless tubes of color and paint and pieces of fabric, papers, beads,

the opening of her “hip place,” Zanzibab, (a play on words with

no limits, no boundaries. It is my creation…”

the Zanzibar and the Hebrew word “bhad” or fabric) which would

This is her story.

become a thriving designer clothing business

Levi grew up in the small town of Rehovot,

in the heart of Tel Aviv. She reminisces that

known as Israel’s Citrus capital, lined with lush

her time as a fashion business owner was “a

flowering trees and fragrant orange blossoms,

permanent ticket to a candy store.” Always a

about 12 miles south of Tel Aviv. Her first vivid

creative force in motion, upon the birth of her

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memories as a child were “doing art: draw-

children, she began a line of children’s clothes

613 mitzvots or commandments of

ing, cutting, tearing and gluing” alone, in her

called Gingiraf.

the Torah? What fruit is a symbol of

hat fruit is said to have 613 seeds, to correspond with

room. She would often rummage around a

In 2002, with her husband’s job offer in

knowledge and abundance, rich in

used bookstore that was next to her house,

Silicon Valley, they packed up their three chil-

Jewish history and in healthy antioxi-

buy old magazines and cut out her favorite

dren and moved to California. Displaced from

dants—delicious to eat, especially on

pictures to make collages.

her beloved Israel, she began to seek some

the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah? The pomegranate, of course.

Her passion for cutting up magazines

artistic medium that would express her emo-

moved on to her real love—fabrics. Nothing

tions and longings. It was in the sun-drenched

For seniors who would like to learn

was safe from young Levi’s scissor skills—

valleys of California that her artistic life jour-

how to paint a picture of this famous

tablecloths, sheets and even her mother’s old

neys found a home in mixed-media collage.

fruit, Michele Barnes, local artist and

clothes found their way into her evolving artwork. Astounded by

Essentially self-taught and resistant to traditional rules or formal

the riots of color, intricate prints and exotic textures she discovered

art training, Levi prefers to come to her studio with “her mood.”

in the marketplace, she says, “I vividly remember my first visit to the

This emotional state defines the luxuriant range of color seen on her

fabric booth: fabrics hanging in the air, flowing in the wind. I loved

canvases. “Colors provoke emotion,” she says. “I like to explore the

to pass through and touch every one of them.”

juxtaposition and tension created by the relationships between them.”

When she was nine years old, she begged her parents to help

The collection of work on display in the Leon Family Art Gallery celebrates her colorful life journey. Levi’s playful mixed media col-

Family Art Workshop with Neta Levi —Drawing, Cutting, Tearing, Gluing

lages embraces her Jewish heritage, spiritual iconography, stories and songs entwine with landscapes and objects of everyday life. Bold, confident and soulful, her work has the freshness and playfulness of an artist completely at home in her artistic medium, while spiritually grounded in the love of her Jewish/Israeli experience.

art teacher, will guide through the process of painting this image. After painting, there will be time to relax, schmooze and enjoy some traditional, Rosh Hashanah goodies, such as honey cake and apples dipped in honey, while learning from a rabbi about the history and traditions of this special holiday. All art supplies will be provided at this free event, sponsored by the Joseph Fleichmann Memorial Fund

Wednesday, October 19, 5:30 pm,   Sandler Family Campus All ages welcome.

sented by Charles Barker Automotive, visit JewishVA.org/IsraelToday

To purchase tickets, visit JewishVA.org/IsraelToday or call 757-321-2304.

Community Relations Council of the UJFT, Simon Family JCC and

Call: 757-321-2338 or sign up at the

community partners.

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For information about the 6th annual Israel Today Series preor call 757-965-6107. The Israel Today series is presented by the

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Rabbi Deborah Bodin Cohen, this year’s interim assistant rabbi at Ohef Sholom, also happens to be an author of children’s stories. She has written a popular holiday series featuring Engineer Ari and his train. Her books have been chosen as PJ Library selections and Engineer Ari is a Sydney Taylor Honor Book winner. Kids and Kiddush will feature her books this year. This year’s schedule includes: September 23: Engineer Ari and

orn Jewish, but not really certain about the basics? Considering Conversion? Part of an interfaith family? Not Jewish, but curious to learn about it? Introduction to Judaism might be the perfect class to take. Rabbi Deborah Bodin Cohen, interim associate rabbi at Ohef Sholom Temple, will teach a survey class on Jewish customs, holidays, lifecycle events and theology. “I love teaching Introduction to Judaism,” says Cohen. “Although the Intro classes are diverse, the students inevitably form a tight bond with one another. Intro classes are small, non-judgmental communities of seekers.” Introduction to Judaism teaches both practical Jewish knowledge (how to light Shabbat candles) and the spiritual purpose behind these customs. For more information, contact Ohef Sholom Temple at 757-625-4295.

the Rosh Hashanah Ride. A Rosh Hashanah story based on the first historic train ride from Jaffa to Jerusalem in 1892, shortening the journey between the two cities from three days to three hours. Engineer Ari’s train is coming to Jerusalem collecting goodies along the way to celebrate the Jewish New Year, and he learns an important lesson along the way. November 4: Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap. Hurrying home to celebrate Hanukkah, Engineer Ari screeches his train to a halt to avoid hitting a stubborn camel sitting on the tracks. The camel’s Bedouin owner invites Ari to his tent to await help, where the two have an impromptu Hanukkah celebration, and become friends. January 21: The Seventh Day—Shabbat book.  Like a potter, a painter and a musician, God creates the earth and what dwells there; then celebrates by sharing a cup of grape juice with the boy and girl he made in his image, and resting on the first

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Shabbat. April 21: Rabbi Cohen’s new book, Engineer Arielle and the Jerusalem Surprise— publishing in time for Yom HaAtzmaut. For more information, call or email Kitty Wolf at 757-625-4295 or kitty@ohefsholom.org.

Christian, Hindu, and Sikh Perspectives on Election 2016 Monday, October 24, 7-8:30 pm Moderator: Cathy Lewis, Host of HearSay with Cathy Lewis, WHRV 89.5 FM Panelists: Father James Curran, Dr. Baljit Gill, Dr. Antipas Harris, Rev. Gloria Newsome, Dr. Dilip Sarkar.

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Employment Oppor tunity Director of Jewish Life and Learning The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater/Simon Family JCC seeks an organized, creative self-starter with proven organizational skills and strategic thinking abilities, with a passion for Judaism and Israel for the position of Director, Jewish Life and Learning. This position requires strong values of pluralism and nurturing a community with diverse and varied expressions of Jewish life, and who can connect deeply with students from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds. The Director of Jewish Life and Learning works collaboratively with staff/teams in multiple areas of the UJFT to bolster opportunities for Jewish education and experience in our various communities. Working closely with the CEO, COO and Director of Hillel, the Director of JL&L promotes the advancement of the UJFT’s Jewish education vision with meaningful programming and training throughout the community. Part time position: 20 hours per week For detail job description, visit www.jewishva.org or www.simonfamilyjcc.org

Submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: resumes@ujft.org or contact Human Resources at (757) 965-6117. Submit by mail to: Simon Family JCC / United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Attention: Human Resources 5000 Corporate Woods Drive Virginia Beach, 23462 The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater/Simon Family JCC is firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, non-disqualifying disability, genetic information or military status.

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Calendar September 20, Tuesday UJFT’s Annual Campaign Kickoff Celebration with Dennis Ross on the stage at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts. 5:45–6:45 pm. Cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception. Free and open to all members of the Jewish community. Israel Today with Ambassador Dennis Ross, 7:30 pm, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. Presented by the CRC of the UJFT, Simon Family JCC, and community partners, in collaboration with the Virginia Beach Forum. Tickets $40, $10 for students, at www.VABeachForum.com or 757-385-2787 or visit www.JewishVA.org/IsraelToday. See page 31. September 21–October 23 Israel Today hosts Israeli mixed-media collage artist Neta Levi in the Leon Family Art Gallery at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. See page 32. September 26, Monday Paralympic gold medalist, Noam Gershony, a story of courage in Israel. Presented by FIDF, CRC, and Simon Family JCC at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. 6 pm. Free and open to the entire community, RSVP (required) to www.fidf.org/virginia16. September 27, Tuesday Senior Rosh Hashanah Program at the Simon Family JCC, 10 am. New Year honey cake, apple dipped in honey, coffee and tea and an art class led by local artist and art teacher. Sponsored by Joseph Fleichmann Memorial Fund and Tidewater Jewish Foundation. Free. Space limited. RSVP required. Call 757-321-2338. See page 32. ODU Literary Festival hosts Etgar Keret, Israeli author and 2016 Bronfman Prize winner. 8 pm in the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries at ODU. Open and free to the public. October 9, Sunday Brith Sholom members meeting and brunch at Beth Sholom Village. Speaker is Cathy Lewis from WHRV. 11 am. For information about meetings or joining Brith Sholom, contact LeeAnne Mallory at 757-461-1150 or Brith.Sholom1@gmail.com.

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Engagement Eliana Edery of Norfolk, daughter of Ingrid and David Edery and granddaughter of Vicki and Abraham Kalfus, to Merric Srour, son of Nino and Joyce Dworsky Srour of Silver Spring, Md. Eliana attended Hebrew Academy, Toras Chaim and BINA High School. She spent a year in Israel at Me’ohr Bais Yaakov and a year at Lander College for Women in New York City. She will finish her degree in social work at the University of Maryland. Merric graduated from the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Maryland, spent a year in Israel, and is currently a senior at UMBC pursuing mechanical engineering. The couple met at Hillel’s annual parent shabbaton at the University of Maryland while visiting Joshua Edery, Eliana’s older brother. The wedding will take place December 26 in Baltimore, Md.

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Maxine Barney Norfolk—Maxine Scott Barney, the daughter of the late James E. and Bessie V. Scott, the wife of the late Jack H. Barney, and the mother of Deborah Barney Kaufman and Michael E. Barney, passed away in her sleep after an extended illness on September 11, 2016 in Virginia Beach. She was born in Plato, Missouri on April 15, 1927, lived in Salinas, California until her marriage to her late husband in 1945, following which she became a resident of Petersburg, Virginia. In 1986, she moved to Virginia Beach to be close to her children. Locally she is survived by her daughter Debbi, her son and daughter-in law, Michael and Roslyn Barney, her three grandchildren, Jamie A. Baker (Pete), Jason R. Barney and Scott R. Barney, and by her great-granddaughter, Willow Page Baker. She is also survived by one of her three sisters, Juanita (William) Wainscott of Salinas; her brother-in-law Daniel Barney of New York City; and by several cousins, nieces and nephews. A graveside service and internment was held at Brith Achim Cemetery, S. Crater Road in Petersburg, with Rabbi Dennis Beck-Berman officiating. J.T. Morriss Funeral Home of Petersburg. Memorial donations to Congregation Brith Achim, Petersburg, Congregation Beth El, Norfolk, or to another charity. Condolences may be registered at www. jtmorriss.com. Nolan R. Fine Virginia Beach—Nolan Ross Fine, 60, passed away Saturday September 3, 2016. Nolan was born in Norfolk to Sonya and Barry Fine. He graduated from Maury High School prior to attending Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. His passion for golf and basketball came to light at a young age. He rose through the ranks as a basketball referee being the youngest referee to ever officiate the final game of the NCAA Championship prior to a 16-year-career with the National Basketball Association. He was also an avid art collector. Nolan was predeceased by his father, Barry Fine.

He is survived by his mother, Sonya Fine, his brother, Mitchell and sister-inlaw Peggy Fine; daughters, Blair Fine and Jennifer Fine Shaw, and her husband, Ryan Shaw, granddaughter Gabrielle Shaw; nieces Stacie Fine Wilson and Morgan Fine Zell, and her husband Ryan Zell, and great-nephew Micah Zell. A private burial was held in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Donations may be made to the American Humane Society or the charity of your choice. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be made at www.hdoliver.com. Shirley Wesley Isrow Norfolk—Shirley Wesley Isrow was born in Port Chester, N.Y. As a young woman, she was a recreational director of Playgrounds for the Department of Parks and worked for Readers’ Digest. After marrying, she moved to Norfolk with her husband Jerome Isrow, of blessed memory, and her young son. She received her B.S. degree in Elementary Education from the Division of William and Mary. She taught in the Norfolk Public School System for 20 years. Mrs. Isrow was very active in organizations. She was a past president of the B’nai Israel Sisterhood, the Norfolk Chapter of Hadassah, and both the Epsilon and Fidelis Epsilon Chapters of Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority. She volunteered for Jewish Family Service for 25 years and was honored for her lengthy and loyal commitment. Mrs. Isrow died on September 5, 2016. She is survived by a son, Dr. Larry Isrow of Chesapeake; a daughter, Barbara Isrow-Cohen and her husband Emanuel Peluso of San Diego, California; one grandson, Rory Cohen, his wife Alana, a sister-in-law Irene Forcht, several nieces, nephews and cousins. A graveside service took place at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rabbi Sender Haber officiating. Family members gathered at Beth Sholom Village after the service. Altmeyer Funeral Home–Southside Chapel. Online condolences may be expressed at www.altmeyerfh.com.


obituaries Allen Morrison Norfolk—Allen Morrison passed peacefully in his sleep on September 1, 2016 at the age of 95. He is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Larry Quate and Wendy and Barry Lance; his grandchildren John David Quate, Kevin Lance, Holly and husband Jesse Loomis, brotherin-law Gilbert Spencer and wife Kendall and many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Doris and his brother Melvin. Born on May 2, 1921, he grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia and attended Wilson High School and Virginia Tech. He was stationed in Belgium during World War II as a member of the US Army. After marriage, he and Doris lived in Norfolk, spent their summers at the oceanfront in Virginia Beach and in later years, winters in Palm Beach, Florida. Along with his wife, Doris and brother-in-law Maury, Allen established an import-export business, International Trading Corporation of Virginia. He later went on to found Continental Trading Corporation, an optical import-export company, which he headed for many years until his retirement in 1991. Traveling, fishing on Saturdays with his friends and most of all doting on his wife, children and three precious grandchildren were what Allen enjoyed most. Their beloved Poppy will always hold a special place in their hearts. He was a gentle gentleman; a man of character and of his word who served as a sterling example to his children and grandchildren. He always had a smile on his face and a kind

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