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Return of the vulture
Last week in this space we talked about an

Israeli vulture that was released from a Golan


Heights nature preserve and then captured in
Lebanon. Seeing a GPS on its tail and
Israeli rings on its legs, the Leba-

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This week, we can report the safe release
of the bird, a griffon vulture with a six-foot
wingspan.
In a discreet operation with the Lebanese
and with the great help of UN forces and the
UN liaison unit, the Israel Nature and Parks
Authority was able to return the vulture
that was caught a few days ago by villagers
of Bint Jbeil, Lebanon, an Israeli
statement said.
No word on whether the bird,
originally from Spain, has made
any commitments to respect
Lebanese borders in the future.
LARRY YUDELSON

Ravers of the lost ark?


Were not sure what to make of a
video that came to our attention on
Facebook this week.
It shows young people dancing
intently to a Brazilian beat around
a model of the biblical Ark of the
Covenant.
There is something odd and
unsettling about seeing an image
from the Temple, lost for 2,000 years,

recreated in Brazil. But its


intended meaning is unclear.
It appears to have been posted
on a Brazilian Facebook page called
Cristianismo Puro & Simples,
apparently a Pentecostal Christian site.
The video is titled Idolatria
Portuguese for idolatry and the
caption translates to Without words
Judge me!

Is this a condemnation of the Golden


Calf with the ark as a stand-in?
Is this a soul-felt recreation of Davids
dancing before the ark as described in
the Book of Samuel?
These are questions about the
dancers. But we can turn them toward
ourselves. How would it feel to dance
ecstatically before the ark in our
synagogue? Is this dancing different

than our dancing on Simchat Torah?


Whatever the creators of this video
meant by posting it for its intended
audience, it offers us an opportunity
to reflect on a planet full of different
cultures and different beliefs, each
like our own and different from our
own, now each just a click away on
Facebook.
LARRY YUDELSON

Israels 10 best gas-station eateries


We love Israel. Were suckers for

lists. And we like the good work


that our friends and colleagues at
Israel21c.org do in showing a side
of Israel that doesnt make the front
pages of the daily newspapers.
But gas station eateries?
Were always glad for a chance
to pull over at a Turnpike rest stop
for a bag of chips and a Diet Coke.
Yet if our wonderful correspondent
Abigail Klein Leichmans Israel21c
report is to be believed, Israeli
drivers can look forward to an
excellent plate of hummus when
they stop to fuel their cars.
So, without further ado, as much
as the top 10 list as fits.
1. Elvis American Diner, Neve Ilan
This kitschy eatery, long known as the
Elvis Inn, is next to the gas station at
the Neve Ilan exit outside Abu Ghosh
west of Jerusalem. Its easy to find,
thanks to the 16-foot statue of Elvis
visible from the highway.
Open seven days a week, the

1950s-style diner serves American


standards like burgers and fries as
well as Israeli standards such as
hummus. Elvis collector Uri Yoeli
established it in the mid-1970s to
house his mountain of memorabilia
and photos. Over the years, the
Elvis Inn has been visited by Michael
Jackson, Sylvester Stallone, Joe
Cocker, and Sting as well as by
hundreds of thousands of less
famous eaters.
2. Agenda Caf Bar and Sushi,
Caesarea
Hey, just because its situated next
to a filling station doesnt mean the
food at Agenda is lowbrow. In fact,
this kosher sushi bar at the Caesarea
interchange is known for its fine Japanese cuisine. But if sushi, sashimi, or
nigari arent your cup of green tea,
opt for the restaurants Italian menu
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Noshes

In what is believed to be a first in the


history of Temple Israel Ner Tamid in
Mayfield Heights, a board member has
been elected posthumously.
The Cleveland Jewish News, explaining how Harvey Wiseberg,
who died Jan. 16 at 73, was elected 8 days later to keep
his memory fresh, in the words of the synagogues president.

KICKER:

Tribe woman
on the frontier
and Caesar
Jane Got a Gun
opened last
Friday, January 29.
NATALIE PORTMAN, 34,
stars in this Western as a
married rancher who has
to enlist the help of a
former lover (Joel
Edgerton), whose heart
she broke, to help
protect her and her
young daughter. Jane
had a lot of backstage
mishegoss the director
was replaced, the small
studio behind it went
bankrupt, and its release
was long stalled. All this
hurt the movie, and it
may not be released in a
theater near you until
February 4 or later.
Bottom line: reviews say
the acting is good, but
the story is so/so.
But Portman does join
the select few Jewish
actresses who played a
tough Western woman:
SHELLEY WINTERS in
the great 1950 western Winchester 73,
LAUREN BACALL in
The Shootist (1976),
HAILEE STEINFELD,
19, in True Grit (2010),
Oscar nominee JENNIFER JASON LEIGH,
53, in The Hard 8
(2015), and FRANCES
FISHER, 63, in The
Unforgiven. (That last
one is a 1992 Oscarwinning film directed
by Clint Eastwood, the

father of Fishers daughter, actress Francesca


Eastwood, 22.) I only
recently found out that
Fishers father was Jewish (her mother was
not). Her fathers family
tree was posted on Geni.
com, an ancestry site,
by attorney RANDOL
SCHOENBERG, 49.
Fisher played Schoenbergs Jewish mother in
The Woman in Gold
(2014). As you may
recall, in 2006 Schoenberg won the case
(depicted in Woman
in Gold) that returned
the famous painting,
Adele Bauer-Bloch I,
to its Jewish family heir.
He had to wrest it away
from the Austrian State
Gallery, whose possession was based on Nazi
theft. Schoenberg also
is a family history expert
and a Geni volunteer
curator.
Hail Caesar! is a
comedy set in the
1930s that is reminiscent
of the screwball comedies
of that era. Like many
30s screwball comedies,
it has some musical
numbers. George Clooney
stars as a big star actor
who is kidnapped and
Josh Brolin co-stars as
the guy the studio hires to
find him. Tribe members
with major supporting
roles include SCARLETT

Natalie Portman

Scarlett Johannson

Abe Vigoda

Jonah Hill

Alden Ehrenreich

Abe Vigoda, health nut


who knew?

JOHANSSON, 31, JONAH


HILL, 32, and ALDEN
EHRENREICH, 26, in what
may finally be his breakout role. He co-starred in
2013s Beautiful Creatures, a big-budget sure
hit that turned out to be a
big flop. (Directed and
written by JOEL COEN,
61, and ETHAN COEN, 58;
it opens Friday, February
5.) By the way, Jonah
Hills brother, agent
JORDAN FELDSTEIN,
now 38, wed Francesca
Eastwood, then 19, in Las
Vegas in 2013, after the
couple, who had been
dating only a short time,
and had too much to
drink. The marriage was
annulled a week later.
(Everybody in showbiz is

connected, somehow, and


Feldstein is Hills original
last name).
DANIEL Harry
Potter
RADCLIFFE, 26, has
been dating actress Erin
Darke, 29, since 2013.
The two met while
filming a movie. A recent
reference to their dating
lead me to learn that
Darke is a Flint, Michigan
native, and her parents
still live there. Michigan
papers reported that
Radcliffe visited Flint in
December 2014. He
toured the town, ate at
local places, and oy,
vey presumably drank
the lead-filled water (no
comment about the Flint
crisis from him, yet). N.B.

Who didnt love ABE VIGODA, who died on January


26 at 94? I certainly did. In the last two decades, I wondered if Vigoda was genetically lucky in living so long.
After all, while he looked healthy in The Godfather, he
certainly looked haggard playing Detective Fish in Barney Miller. Turns out his unhealthy Fish persona was
an act. His co-star, HAL LINDEN (Barney), now 84,
spoke to the N.Y. Daily News shortly after Vigodas death.
Linden said that Vigoda exercised regularly; shortly after
the Miller series began, they played a game of handball and he handed me my ass. An AP obit said that
Vigodas exercise regimen and quick acerbic wit helped
him get the Detective Fish role. Heres what the AP
wrote: An exercise enthusiast, Vigoda had just returned
from a five-mile jog when his agent called and told him
to report immediately to the office of DANNY ARNOLD
[who was Jewish], who was producing a pilot for a police
station comedy. Arnold remarked that Vigoda looked
tired, and the actor explained about his jog. You know,
you look like you might have hemorrhoids, Arnold said.
What are you a doctor or a producer? Vigoda asked.
N.B.
He was cast on the spot.

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Student trip strengths connection
YUs solidary missions hands-on work strengthens emotional bonds
ABBY KLEIN LEICHMAN

rom January 17 to 24, 20 handpicked undergraduate and rabbinical students from Yeshiva
University were in Israel meeting
with political experts, military personnel,
terror victims, and other Israeli citizens to
gain a better understanding of the current
wave of terror, sometimes called the stabbing intifada because many of the attacks
are carried out by Arab teens wielding
knives.
These personal encounters took on
an extra level of meaning to participants
when they learned that one of the people
with whom they met during the solidarity
mission, a 17-year-old recent immigrant
from Brooklyn, was stabbed on his way
from praying at the Western Wall on January 30.
It was really personal for us, said
Shaina Hourizadeh of Englewood, a
junior psychology and pre-law major at
YUs Stern College for Women. Were
writing to him and having someone visit
him on our behalf. But even if the victim
hadnt been someone we had met, we feel
empowered now and will definitely be
more active. I want to know everything
that is happening in Israel and how I can
help.
Rabbi Kenneth Brander of Teaneck,
YUs vice president for university and community life, said that YU students always
take action after a terror attack in Israel,
for example by organizing rallies or prayer
vigils. They want to show our brothers
and sisters in Israel that Yeshiva University stands shoulder to shoulder with them
during these frightening and uncertain
times, and they want to make a difference
for those who are hurting most, he said.

The group stands together after a Stand With Us workshop about combating media bias against Israel.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF YESHIVA UNIVERSITY

The goal of this mission is to provide


the students with rare opportunities to
connect with the situation intellectually,
emotionally and practically, as well as
take ownership and become part of the
solution in their own unique and creative
ways.
The missions itinerary included, among
other activities, meeting with families and
officials in Gush Etzion, the bloc of towns
south of Jerusalem where many stabbing
and car-ramming attacks have taken place;
workshops with HonestReporting and
Stand With Us about combating media
bias and advocating for Israel; an interactive discussion with United Hatzalahs

Mission participants doing a metalworking activity with victims of terror at OneFamilys Jerusalem headquarters.
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voluntary first-responder team; a tour of


the mixed Arab-Jewish Yad BYad (Hand
in Hand) elementary school in Jerusalem;
helping a farmer struggling to reestablish
his farm after the 2005 eviction of Jews
from Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip; a barbecue with lone soldiers, and a session with
Jerusalem Post political correspondent Gil
Hoffman.
Ms. Hourizadeh said the presenter at
Stand With Us told the group that she
had buried three close friends during the
second intifada. Instead of saying I cant
handle this, she took a job to advocate for
Israel. That was the general tone of everyone we met on the trip that no matter
what, we wont allow these things to override our love of Israel. It showed us the
amazing resilience of the Jewish people.
At OneFamily Funds support center for
victims of terror in Jerusalem, the students
met with a former police officer who had
worked in an anti-terrorism unit until he
suffered an injury in an attack that left him
unable to serve. He said that everything
in his closet was uniforms, and he had to
re-identify himself completely, Ms. Hourizadeh said. He became interested in the
jewelry trade, and we each made a necklace with him to donate to orphans of acts
of terror.
Some of the missions most memorable
moments were not in the itinerary.
Merav Gold of Teaneck, a Stern College
senior majoring in Judaic studies, said one
of these moments occurred during a stop

at a Jerusalem shopping mall during a window of free time.


In American malls they have mobile
phone kiosks, and in Israel they also
have Judaica kiosks, she said. My friend
wanted to buy a wedding present for her
brother, and we went to one of these
kiosks. The guy was so excited to find out
that we understood Hebrew and that we
were Americans.
The salesman told them about his army
service and his subsequent four years in
the United States. He realized that Israel
is the place to be and he knows its hard,
but living other places is just not the
same, Ms. Gold said. I told him I was
making aliyah soon, and his face just lit
up. It was amazing to talk with someone
who lives in Jerusalem and feels the brunt
of what is going on but still thinks its the
best place in the world and wants us to
join him here.
Another unplanned stop that made a big
impact on Ms. Gold and Ms. Hourizadeh
was visiting the Meir family in Otniel. Dafna
Meir, a 38-year-old nurse and mother of
four children and two foster children, was
stabbed to death in her home on the day
that the YU mission arrived in Israel. The
students and the mission leaders decided
to pay a condolence call to the family a
couple of days later, after their scheduled
encounter with Rabbanit Chana Henkin
in Jerusalem. Rabbanit Henkins son and
daughter-in-law were shot to death in a terror attack during Sukkot.

Local

Winter mission participants meet with Simon Plosker of HonestReporting, a


web-based media outlet that monitors bias against Israel.
Merav Gold of Teaneck and Manny Dahari of Chicago help a former Gush Katif
farmer weed his greenhouse.

Ms. Gold described sitting with 17-yearold Renana Meir, who had seen the attack
on her mother and was sitting shiva surrounded by a group of friends. She was
talking about missing a math test, and I
realized that although there are cultural
differences between us, and the school
system in Israel is not the same as the
school system in America, when it comes
down to it I could still relate to a 17-year-old
girl missing her math test, she said. And
I can comfort her because I, as a Jew, can

say, I cant really understand what you are


going through, but I can sit with you and
hear what you have to say, and that meant
a lot to her and her family.
Ms. Hourizadeh was struck by the
demeanor of the widower, Natan Meir. It
was amazing to see how the husband was
not angry at all. He pointed to a sculpture
he had on his desk that he had received
from the same tribe of Arabs that the boy
who had murdered his wife was from,
because he had a good relationship with

them. He said good relationships are the


only way to have peace. I thought, wow,
hes sitting shiva in the very home his wife
was murdered in, and hes not talking
about violence but saying not to generalize hatred.
They learned that it is not unusual for
residents of the West Bank to have cordial
relationships with Arabs in surrounding
villages, and even for Jews and Arabs to be
guests at one anothers weddings.
Overall, Ms. Hourizadeh said, the winter-break trip drove home the message
that its really hard to gauge a situation

from the outside; you have to walk the


streets and speak to the people to understand the nuances.
We have so many snapshots, and now
we have to try to encapsulate whats going
on and translate that to our friends here. We
have an opportunity to educate people, face
to face, about what is going on in Israel.
The mission to Israel was supported
by Beryl and Doreen Eckstein and Neals
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YU, JScreen offers free test for Jewish genetic diseases
to get screened. Even getting one person
screened can make a huge difference.
According to JScreen, one in four Jews is
a carrier for a Jewish genetic disease, and
among Ashkenazi Jews there are nearly
two times as many carriers as there are in
the general population. The organization
also reveals that 80 percent of babies with
genetic diseases are born to parents with
no known family history of that disease.
Being a carrier of a genetic disease
means that even though you and your partner do not show symptoms, you can still
pass that disease to your child, according
to JScreen. If you and your partner are
both carriers of the same disease gene,
each of your children has a 25% chance of
being born with the disease itself.
Yeshiva Universitys rabbinic leaders
released a unanimous endorsement of
early genetic screening to help young couples plan for a healthy family.
We believe that all students should
undergo genetic testing before marriage,
preferably before dating or entering into a
serious relationship, said Rabbi Kenneth
Brander of Teaneck, vice president for university and community life at YU. Testing gives students the knowledge to make
informed decisions that can diminish pain
and suffering within our community. We
encourage students to get tested and to
speak to a trained genetic counselor and
a knowledgeable halachic authority about
any questions.
JScreen, headquartered in Atlanta at
Emory University School of Medicine,
is a collaboration among clinical geneticists, socially minded businesses and
nonprofits.
We have been partnering with colleges and Jewish organizations across the
country to make screening convenient,
affordable, and accessible, JScreens
spokeswoman, Hillary Kener, said. Its
wonderful to be partnering with YU, as
they are providing a valuable service to
their students.
She added that anyone who cannot get
to the onsite screening can log onto www.

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ne cheek swab is all it takes to


be screened for more than 100
genetic diseases.
The saliva-based assay
ordinarily costs $100 per person. But on
Sunday, February 14, any Jewish man or
woman 18 or older can get screened for
free at Yeshiva University in Washington
Heights in northern Manhattan. Its courtesy of JScreen, a national nonprofit program specializing in carrier screening for
genetic diseases common in all Jewish
populations.
In addition to being tested, each participant will have the opportunity to speak
with a licensed genetic counselor.
Were hoping to get hundreds of people screened, said Rebecca Garber, a
Stern College senior and co-president of
Yeshiva Universitys Student Medical Ethics Society. The society sponsors a genetic
screening for YU students every year, but
this is its first with JScreen and for the general public.
The Medical Ethics Society has done
groundbreaking work by providing genetic
screenings in the past, but we want to
increase our impact this year by expanding our reach to the greater Jewish community, Ms. Garber said.
Everyone should be tested, and we are
fortunate enough to go to a school that
satisfies this need for us. However, many
of our peers do not have this opportunity
readily available to them. We recognize
this lack and hope to include as many people as possible.
The timing of the student-run event,
coinciding with the universitys hugely
popular annual Seforim Sale of Jewish
texts and coincidentally also on Valentines Day is likely to attract a sizeable
number of men and women of marriageable age.
Its one of the biggest events our society has ever done, Ms. Garber said.
Were excited to bring the greater New
York Jewish community the opportunity

Last year, marchers walked in Manhattans Celebrate Israel parade behind


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Jscreen.org to obtain a kit for collecting


the saliva sample at home. It can be delivered anywhere in the United States. The
kit is sent to JScreen for DNA sequence
analysis. Everyone will be contacted by
a licensed genetic counselor within a few
weeks when their results are ready, Ms.
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Ms. Garber, who is from Atlanta, discovered that JScreen founders Caroline and
Randy Gold live near her family.
In August 2009, the Golds 18-monthold daughter was diagnosed with mucolipidosis type IV (ML4), a preventable
Jewish genetic disease. Though the Golds
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diseases, and that there is no standard testing panel.
In response, the Golds founded Jewish
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rabbis, doctors, and young couples about
the need for Jewish genetic disease screening. They later partnered with Emory
University School of Medicine to create
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The Land of Armadillos


Local writers interwoven stories look at the Holocaust through lens of magical realism
JOANNE PALMER
There are many ways of telling the stories
of the Holocaust.
There are many stories, of course far
more than six million of them, because
each story is different, and each person
who survived has a story, just as each murdered victim does.
You can make the stories bureaucratic
and soulless, lines of people marched to
their deaths, recorded in ledgers, their
belongings catalogued. Thats the German way.
You can make them be about the concentration camps and ghettos, the heartbreaking stories of cruelty and inhumanity
and pain and loss and fear with which we
are most familiar. You can add the touches
of goodness and humanity and courage
that allowed some people to survive and
compelled some non-Jews to risk their
lives to help others.
You could make them very simple,
pure reporting, just like a tape recorder,
as Helen Maryles Shankman of Teaneck
reports that her mother did. Or you can
make them much more dramatic and passionate, as her father did.
Or you can tell them the way Ms. Shankman has in her new book, In the Land of
Armadillos, which Scribner published this
week. Its a collection of eight intricately
interwoven short stories, each able to
stand alone but even stronger as it relates
to the others. They all take place in and
around the town of Wlodaya, Poland. How
do you pronounce that? When we were
little, we called it Bloodville, she said.

Helen Maryles Shankman

Ms. Shankmans parents, Brenda and


Barry Maryles, both survived the Holocaust. Neither was in a concentration
camp or ghetto he was in the woods or
in bunkers, she was hidden, and her story
the story of Bloodville is unusual.
Ms. Shankman grew up in Chicago hearing her fathers stories her mother kept
hers to herself until later but I wasnt
interested in them when I was a kid, she
said. I was interested in differentiating
myself. I moved to New York and became
an artist. But then she got married and
had children, and that connected me to
my parents and their stories.
Once she had children, Ms. Shankman
found that her artistic impulses shifted

Ulica Kosielna in English, Church Street in Wlodawa


10 JEWISH STANDARD FEBRUARY 5, 2016

from art to writing its much easier logistically to write than to create visual art
because you need far fewer tools and far
less space.
Ms. Shankmans first published book, a
novel, The Color of Light, came out in
late 2013. It is a vampire story, set mostly
in late-20th-century New York, but part of
it is about the Holocaust.
From there, she bowed to the inevitable
among the stories she has to tell are her
parents, particularly her mothers.
Ms. Shankman did a great deal of
research for this book, which contains
both history and elements of myth, folklore, and magic realism, she said. Its

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a risky mix, and at first I was uncomfortable about adding elements of the
supernatural and the paranormal to the
Holocaust, because it felt wrong, she continued. But at the same time it felt very
right.
And then I realized that every time
someone survived, it was a miracle.
The people in my parents stories were
giants or magicians or ogres. The people
who saved them in the forest seemed to
me to be mythological forces. It was a very
short leap from these mythical human
beings I was hearing about, who could do
such amazing things by making a phone
call or jumping over a fence, to adding the
paranormal.
Her father hid in the woods with the partisans. Most of his family was slaughtered.
His story was both more painful and less
unusual than her mothers. My moms
whole family survived together, Ms.
Shankman said. It was remarkable. And
they were protected by a German.
That German was Willy Seeliger, a German official who set up housekeeping in a
Polish castle whose owner had taken himself out of the country for the duration. Ms.
Shankmans mothers father was a saddle
maker, one of Seeligers Jews; he protected
them as much as he could, for as long as
he could. Eventually he lost his superpowers and the Jews he was shielding lost their
lives, but Ms. Shankmans grandfather had
sensed the change and spirited his family
away before then.
Seeliger was a good German, at least
as far as her family was concerned, Ms.
Shankman said (although he was not good
to other Jews; there was real darkness in
him as well, she added).
Seeliger is not a character in Armadillos, although he is part of a composite
character, Ms. Shankman said. But it is the
complexity of the relationships her parents described that fueled her imagination
and resulted in her book.
I was fascinated by the way my mother
got this look in her eye when she talked
about Seeliger, she continued. The idea
of a German who wasnt a bad guy was fascinating to me.
It was that thought that people are
so incredibly complex that there is some
good in some (although not all) of the
pretty bad ones that led to In the Land
of the Armadillos.
Two of the stories in the book are told
from the viewpoint of Germans, and one
from a Polish anti-Semite, Ms. Shankman said. One of them was influenced
by the story of Bruno Schultz, the artist
and writer who was murdered during the
Holocaust. He was protected by a vicious
Nazi, Felix Landau. Mr. Schultz was one
of Landaus Jews; Landau had Schultz

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Helens parents in Montreal,


soon after their engagement.

paint murals on the walls of his childrens


nursery. During the year that it took for
those murals to be painted, Schultz was
one of Landaus pet Jews, she said. Its
fascinating. He was a member of the Einsatzgruppen, a paramilitary death squad
that was responsible for mass murders,
and at the same time that he was slaughtering Jews he was infatuated with some
girl, and he wrote her love letters.
I wanted to get into the psyche of
someone who could do all of this
slaughtering Jews, protecting a Jew, and
being in love with a girl. I am fascinated
by the idea of what it takes for someone
EMMANUEL DYAN
Wlodawas Great Synagogue 
to decide to save someones life, at great
risk of their own. What happened? Was it
how they were raised? Did something radicalize them?
although each situation and every person was different,
Was it something else entirely?
the one thing that people who tried to save Jews had in
Thats what caused me to write these stories.
common was that they tried to save people they knew.
After doing a great deal of research some of it using
It is easy to condemn and kill an abstraction, but the
German documents, filtered horrifically and hilariously
girl working in your kitchen or the guy painting your
through Google Translate Ms. Shankman decided that
kids room you have feeling for that person.
As for the Polish farmers who saved Jews, they were
incredibly brave, she said. Incredibly heroic. My
grandfather, who was a very good man, had nursed a
non-Jewish farmer back to health they were like brothers. That was a favor that eventually was returned.
Ms. Shankmans mother died in 2009, but Ms. Shankmans uncle, her mothers older brother, Philip Soroka,
who lives in Montreal, has been able to fill in some missing details. Her father, who still is in Chicago, still tells
his stories.
And Ms. Shankman keeps telling hers. After these
eight, there will be more.

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Who: Author Helen Maryles Shankman


What: Will talk about and sign her new book, In the
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When: On Wednesday, February 10, at 7 p.m.
Where: At Barnes and Noble, 765 Route 17 South,
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The beit midrash, next to the Great Synagogue, in


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There was no love


Wayne man remembers his childhood at Daughters of Miriam in Wayne
JOANNE PALMER

ou didnt have to be an
orphan to grow up in
the orphanage housed
in Daughters of Miriam in Clifton, but its fair to say
that you did have to be unlucky.
The orphanage, originally in
Paterson, opened in 1921 and
moved to Clifton in 1927, where
it shared its building, then stateof-the-art new, with what then
was called an old-age home. By
1935, when 6-year-old Sid Cohen
moved there, it was a haven for
children whose parents, for a
range of reasons, couldnt take
care of them.
Mr. Cohen, who now lives in
Wayne, was born in Paterson in
1929 to Harry and Miriam Cohen,
both of whom were born near
Lodz, Poland. They were drawn
to Paterson because it was the
textile city, a place where people with sewing skills could make
a living. The Cohens did well for
themselves until Harry died. My
mother, who was called Mary in
this country, had rheumatism
they call it arthritis now and

Sid Cohen grew up in the


orphanage at Daughters of
Miriam in Clifton, right.
she couldnt take care of me, Mr.
Cohen said. He had many relatives in Paterson his father had
come over with five brothers
and the family made a decision.
Sid would do best in an
orphanage.
My sister, Rose, was nine
years older than me she was
born overseas and she quit
high school to help support my
mother, Mr. Cohen said. But
she couldnt take care of her

Miriam Cohen holds her young son, Sid, as her daughter, Rose,
perches on the chair. The picture was taken in the early 1930s.
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COURTESY SID COHEN

little brother too. We were very


poor, he added. If that happened today, our family would
be on welfare for sure.
So little Sid went to Daughters
of Miriam.
His family did not abandon
him. When we were under 13,
our parents were allowed to visit
every Sunday, and they could
bring us things. After 13, you
were allowed to take the bus
right into Paterson and stay with
your parents until 6 oclock.
My mother would come every
Sunday.
He does not remember what it
was like when he first was left in
the orphanage I was only 6!
but I adjusted, he said.
Life in the orphanage was
highly regulated. It was very
disciplined. You had to go to bed
on time. You were punished if
you did things wrong. You had
to mop floors. The children who
lived in the orphanage went to
public school in Clifton.
There were between 30 and
40 children, more or less evenly
divided between boys and girls,
he said; by the end of his time
there, as the Daughters of Miriam moved out of the orphanage
business to concentrate more on
rehab, the numbers shrank.

The building was shaped


like a U, Mr. Cohen said. Boys
lived on one side, and girls on
the other. When you were under
13, you lived in a dormitory, and
the elderly men had either one
or two in a room. The boys and
men were on one side of the U,
and the gals and older women on
the other. Each group, boys and
men, women and girls, had their
own showers, he added.
We lived in a dormitory
there were about 15 guys about
my age, Mr. Cohen said. When
you hit 13, you would move into
one of the rooms where the
seniors used to live. The men
who used to live there had died,
and they didnt bring new ones
in. They were looking ahead.
They wanted to make it into only
a rehab center for senior citizens,
as it is today it is recognized
nationally and internationally.
The superintendent lived
in the center of the U, he continued. Most of the time he was
there, that superintendent was
Lillian Nochonson, who controlled everything. Eventually
she married Rabbi Dr. Solomon
Geld, who was one of the originators of Daughters of Miriam as
it is today.
Rabbi Geld, who was born in

Lvov, Poland, was instrumental


in improving care of the elderly
and in making Daughters of Miriam the seminal force in elder
care that it became.
But life in an orphanage is not
the same as life in a house, and
he and Ms. Nochonson added
some darkness. In general, they
were not affectionate. More specifically, they adopted one of
the children from the home,
Mr. Cohen said. His name was
Gary. That boy Gary Kaplan,
renamed Gary Geld was gifted
musically, as was clear from the
time he was very young. He was
given a musical education that
included Juilliard; he went on
to compose the scores to Broadway shows including Purlie
and Shenandoah. But Gary
had a sister, Norma Kaplan, who
was not talented and was not
adopted.
Later, the Gelds divorced, and
Dr. Geld remarried.
Mr. Cohen became bar mitzvah at Daughters of Miriam,
under Dr. Gelds tutelage; he
remembers that my mother, my
sister, my uncle they all came.
All the boys became bar mitzvah,
he added.
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Remembering Milton Fisher


Former Marine, loving father, passionate Jew

Lois Goldrich
oyce and Milton Fisher met on a blind
date.
The British-born Joyce says she
wasnt looking forward to the date
and tried to cancel it more than once.
But he wouldnt take no for an answer,
she said, adding that she was only in New
York temporarily, seeking work as a secretary after World War II.
As it turned out, his persistence paid off.
There was chemistry immediately. It was
perfect.
So, too, she said, were their 64 years of
marriage. Mr. Fisher died on January 17. He
was 90.
I called him Milton the Magnificent,
Ms. Fisher, 87, said. He was larger than
life. Anyone who knew him, or whose life
he touched even slightly, would remember
him. He was a very positive man who didnt
see the negative in life.
In fact, she said, what he minded most in
his final day was not being able to do things
for himself losing his independence. Still,
he was appreciative until the end, telling his
family in his 90th birthday speech, Dont
be sad for me. I never thought Id live until
90 and have this wonderful family. Ive had
an amazing, wonderful life.
Indeed he did, Joyce said. He died peacefully, surrounded by his four children, six
grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, she added.
Born in Manhattan in 1925 his father
died when he was young, and his mother
when he was in his early 20s Milton
served three years in the Pacific during
World War II. After the war he tended to
tell only funny stories about his experiences
as a Marine staff sergeant, but according to
his wife he clearly had seen more than his
share of horrors.
Bit by bit, things came out, she said,

noting that his way of dealing with it was


not to talk about it. But, she said proudly,
Milt was one of the youngest staff sergeants in the Marine Corps.
He also was fiercely proud of being
Jewish.
Joyce wrote in an email, He was proud
of being a Jew and when [he was] being
insulted during basic training, he threw
a heavy ash tray at the anti-Semite, hitting him in the head. He was not charged,
and nobody bothered him after that. He
also met ignorant Marines from the South,
one of whom asked if he could feel his
head when he told
him he was Jewish, looking for the
horns.
After the war, he
became a member
of the Jewish War
Veterans.
His four children
Mark, Andrea, Leslie,
and John, who now
range in age from 52
to 62 speak proudly
of their fathers Marine
service.
Not only was he a
medaled Marine staff
sergeant who served
in the Pacific Arena
during WWII, but he was one of the first
troops to experience a kamikaze attack
while crossing the Pacific at age 18 and
one of the very first to visit Nagasaki after
it was destroyed by the atomic bomb,
Andrea, who lives in Teaneck, said. He
also saved the lives of his platoon by
trusting his instincts. One memorable
story that he told was when he acted on
an instinct to quickly move his troops to
another area. They complained, but they
did what he ordered. Within a
short period of time there was
a blast at that same area where
they had just evacuated. My
father knew later that he and his
unit were saved by divine intervention. He knew that his many
close calls throughout his life
were because of God.
He had a very deep sense
of belonging to the Jewish people, Joyce said. He was walking with God his whole life. He
never said a bad word about
anyone.
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Throughout his life, Milton Fisher was intensely proud of his


Marine Corps service.
moved from Valley
S t re a m , o n L o n g
Island, to East Brunswick said they
missed their synagogue when they
moved to New Jersey.
It was like a family. There was a feeling of
giving and helping each other. That stayed
with us. Not finding that feeling in their
new community, the couple joined 17 other
families in creating a new synagogue, the
Reform Temple of East Brunswick.
After leaving military service, Milton
attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, where he was a member of its
first graduating class. Taking courses in
design, he used that talent throughout his
life, ultimately opening a successful fur
store Knauers Furs in East Brunswick,
which he operated until about 20 years
ago. A tough Marine, he was really a gentle giant, said his wife.
He also was a lifelong student. One of
his children noted that up until two years
ago, he took classes every semester at Rutgers in New Brunswick. He already had a
BA but he loved learning. He especially
loved the academic classroom setting that
was filled with exciting intellectual challenges and with vivacious young people.
He had the spirit of youth his entire life,
and loved being around young people.
His wife said that he took many Jewish
studies classes as well as classes in philosophy and ancient history. He also was
a gifted writer, she added. And gardener.
And actor. Not only was he a regular with
the East Brunswick Community Players,
but when he retired, he did some extra
work on the Sopranos, under the direction

of Steve Buscemi, his children said. He


spent time chatting with Buscemi also
from Valley Stream and said he was a
wonderful, down-to-earth man.
Remarkably, Andrea said, He was
for many years a volunteer for meals
on wheels with [ Joyce] until he became
weaker and the weight of his oxygen
made it difficult for him to carry food. The
elderly recipients sometimes younger
than they were would gasp when they
saw this vivacious elderly couple, older
than themselves, delivering their food.
Asking family members how they would
describe him, the phrases unconditional
love, passion for living, giving, and
spirit of youth came up time and again.
He was, say his children, sharp as a tack
until the end.
Everyone was shocked when he died,
Joyce said. He seemed so young. He even
walked fast with his walker. How can one
be unhappy, he would say. The world is
so wonderful.
And how did he get that way? It was
who he was, his wife said. God made
him that way.
While he was a humble man, she added,
the family decided that the appropriate
way to honor his life would be to celebrate it through a Jewish newspaper. We
dont want to put him on a pedestal, but
we do want people to know that there are
Jews in the Marines, his wife said. And
at his funeral held at a packed Temple
Anshe Emeth in New Brunswick he was
accorded full military honors, she added.
To see the U.S. Marines honor this
beautiful soul was one of the greatest
moments for his family to witness, his
daughter Andrea said.

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Sinai annual dinner later this month


Sinai Schools will hold its 30th annual benefit dinner on Sunday, February 28, at the
Marriott Glenpointe Hotel in Teaneck. The
buffet dinner is at 4:45 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30.
Rena and Jerry Barta of Teaneck, Eve
and Heshy Feldman of Englewood, Karen
and Rabbi Steven Finkelstein of Bergenfield, Rosalyn and Stephen Flatow of West
Orange, and Annette and Jerry Kranson of

Fair Lawn are this years honorees. The


schools Community Partnership award
will be given to Alfred Sanzari Enterprises,
owner of the Glenpointe Hotel, where the
Sinai dinners have been held for 30 years.
A program and an original short documentary are part of the dinner, which
promises to be inspiring and emotional.
Every year, it draws large numbers
of participants and support from the

Locals join AJC at


U.N. Holocaust commemoration
John A. Rosen, the director of
the American Jewish Committee in New Jersey, stands with
Simone Wilker of Washington Township at the General
Assembly Hall of the United
Nations on January 27. Ms.
Wilker was among 10 Bergen
County attendees at the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims
of the Holocaust.
Speakers included New Jersey Holocaust survivors Haim
Roet, who addressed the U.N.;
John A. Rosen and Simone Wilker Photo ProVIDeD
Marta Wise, who spoke on
behalf of Danny Danon, the
Israeli ambassador to the U.N., and Nazi hunter Beate Klarsfeld, who gave the main
address. The West Point Military Academy Jewish Choral Group ended the program.

community.
Sinai partners with inclusive Jewish day
schools and high schools throughout New
Jersey to provide both secular and Judaic
special education to students with a wide
range of disabilities. It creates a completely individualized program for each
student based on his or her social, emotional, and academic needs, offering a 1:2
staff-to-student ratio and several different

On January 18, Moriah Reads Day, all


Moriah Middle School students participated in a series of activities to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Middle School students studied the
civil rights era and read March, a

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novel by Geraldine Brooks.


A trip to the Museum of Tolerance in
Manhattan was part of the culminating
activities, which included a visit from
New Jersey Assemblyman Gordon M.
Johnson.
The Moriah
Schools Middle
School English
department chair,
Rachel Schwartz,
with N.J. Assemblyman Gordon
Johnson, Simon
Wiesenthal Center
Eastern director
Michael Cohen,
Museum of Tolerance docent Tami
Volodarsky, and
Moriah School
children.

Assemblyman
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seventh graders
at the MOTNYC.
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Dr. Randy Cohen

in-house therapies, with specialists on staff


at each school.
If Sinai could not offer significant financial aid, its tuitionwhich is a function of
the schools costswould be beyond the
reach of the majority of families. The dinner proceeds fund Sinai scholarships.
For information or to make reservations
or a donation, call (201) 833-1134, ext. 105,
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Moriah School marks MLK Day

Cardiologist gives talk on heart health


Manhattan cardiologist Randy Cohen talks about
approaches to the prevention, screening, and management of risks related to heart disease on Sunday, February 21, at Temple Israel & Jewish Community Center
in Ridgewood. TI-JCCs Brandeis Mens Club and Sisterhood sponsor the 10:30 a.m. talk, which includes
a breakfast.
Dr. Cohen is a preventive cardiologist at Mount Sinai
St. Lukes Hospital and an assistant professor of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
For information, call (201) 444-9320, email office@
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Rabbi Steven and Karen


Finkelstein

Local
Disability and inclusion conference
The Bigger Picture, northern New Jerseys annual
Jewish disability awareness and inclusion conference,
is set for Sunday, February 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m., at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly. It
includes a light breakfast, lunch, and vendor fair.
In addition to many featured workshops, Rachel
Simon, author of Riding the Bus With My Sister and
The Story of Our Beautiful Girl, will lead a discussion
and sign copies of her books.
Among the sponsoring agencies are Jewish Family Service and Childrens Center of Clifton-Passaic,
Yachad, Sinai Schools, Ohel, JFS North Jersey, JFS
Bergen & North Hudson, J-ADD, Jewish Federation of
Northern New Jersey, and the JCC.
For information, email sshapiro@j-add.org.

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Local broker is president


of realtor association

Participants doing yoga at a similar Think Pink event. 

Robert Oppenheimer of Cliffside Park, owner of Re/


Max Fortune Properties in Englewood Cliffs, was
named president of the State Realtor Association.
His term began January 1. Oppenheimer, the only
Bergen County realtor on the state associations leadership team, represents more than 45,000 realtors
statewide.
Mr. Oppenheimer is a past president of the Eastern
Bergen County Board of Realtors, where he allocated
contributions to Kosher Meals on Wheels as part of its
annual charitable donations. He also is a past president of Temple Israel in Cliffside Park and the SynaRobert Oppenheimer
gogue of the Palisades in Fort Lee. He was a Wurzweiler School of Social Work board member for six years. He also contributes personally
to many Jewish-based charities and non-profits.

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Think pink with Federation/Sharsheret


Jewish Federation of Northern New Jerseys Volunteer Center and its Womens Philanthropy are teaming up with
Sharsheret on Pink Day for Think Pink!
An Evening of Womens Health and Wellness. Its set for Wednesday, February 10,
from 7 to 9:30 p.m., at the Graf Center for
Integrative Medicine at Englewood Hospital & Medical Center, 350 Engle St., on the
fifth floor.

Participants will hear from a panel of


health and wellness professionals, enjoy
stress-busting yoga, chair massages,
healthy smoothies and power bars, and
learn about Sharsherets programs and
services. Register at www.jfnnj.org/pinkday. For questions, email bethf@jfnnj.org
or call (201) 820-3947. Participants should
dress comfortably.

NCSY honors New Jersey alumni serving as IDF lone soldiers


When NCSY alumni met in Israel, the
and Torah growth. We are proud
group learned that New Jersey NCSY had
of our alumni, and we want them
more alumni now in the Israel Defense
to know that NCSY is here for them
Forces or Sheirut Leumi National Serevery step of their journey in life.
vice than any other region.
Rabbi Katz was one of the NCSY
About 90 NCSY alumni came to the dinleaders who flew in for the dinner.
ner; those on active service had their comHe made aliyah with his family in
manding officers permission to leave their
1967 and returned to the United
bases for the evening. The dinner, which
States in 1974, only to settle in
began after Shabbat, was at Papagaio, a
Israel post-high school in 1983. He
Jerusalem restaurant, and featured musiwas a master sergeant in the IDF
cian Shlomo Katz and author Miriam PerTovah Berman
Paratroopers. In 2004, Rabbi Katz
etz, who lost two sons in combat when
brought his family to New Jersey as
they were in the IDF.
he joined New Jerseys NCSY region.
NCSY is the Orthodox Unions international youth moveMany former New Jersey NCSYers credit
ment. NCSY Alumni Connections works with former NCSY
Lone soldiers at the NCSY Alumni Appreciation dinner.
Rabbi Katz and the NCSY experience with help
ing them actualize their dreams. My chapter
Photos courtesy OU
participants to ensure that they maintain their connection
advisor, close friend, and mentor, Rabbi Katz,
with the Jewish community.
most definitely had a major role in me realizing my goals
The recent NCSY event was a beautiful example of
year post-high school, Shimons sister Tovah, 19, decided
and dreams of making aliyah and enlisting, said Shimon
what NCSY is, Rabbi Ethan Katz, director of New Jersey
to make aliyah and is doing her stint in national service at
Berman, a Fair Lawn native. After studying in Israel for a
NCSY, said. New Jersey NCSY is about personal growth
Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

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Editorial
Pandering
and saving

TRUTH REGARDLESS OF CONSEQUENCES

e certainly do live in exciting times.


This weekend falls between the
first two presidential primaries of
this youve-got-to-be-kidding year,
when all the rules that seem to have governed our
political system have been thrown away, tossed
over the shoulder of the body politic like so many
wine glasses hurled by drunken English kings (at
least in old movies starring Charles Laughton).
Politeness? Gone. Vulgarity? Well, hello, big
boy. Crassness and crudeness and insane pandering its all here.
We do not want to get into specifics about any
candidates (well, at least not in these pages. Talk
to any of us privately and itll be very different)
but we do want to point out how interesting it
is that Bernie Sanders, with his comically thick
Brooklyn accent and old-Jewish-socialist-guy persona, has not had to defend his Jewishness. Many
people find much to object to about him, but
somehow not that.
Go figure.
And two of the leading candidates have daughters who are married to Jews, and one of those
daughters, Ivanka Trump, now is Jewish too.
The only time thats mentioned is when Ivankas
father wants to pander to Jews. Its seen, in other
words, as a benefit.
Who knew?
Meanwhile, as weve noticed before, stories in
this paper often coincidentally seem to revolve
around similar themes. This week, two of them
look at the Holocaust and its wounded but valiant
survivors as parents. A third story, set in the same
period but here in New Jersey, tells about a child
whose mother had to give him up to an orphanage in order to be sure that hed be fed and kept
warm.
We read these stories with horror and amazement. How did anyone get the strength to survive? The courage to have children? The decency,
despite everything theyd seen, to go on to live
moral lives? Somehow they did.
And somehow there also always seem to be
people who are inherently good, who help, who
risk, who nurture, who save.
It would be heartening to be able to believe that
our bloviating politicians, as they aspire to lead
us, have some of that decency at their cores. As
the election season goes on (and on and on and
JP
on) well be keeping an eye open for that.

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Now, Arab anti-Semitism means


attacking Jews as sexual deviants

ecently, Egypts best known sex therapist, a


woman named Heba Kotb, said on the Al Hayat
TV network that Judaisms repressive rules on
sexuality made Jews guilty of enormous sexual
perversions.
For good measure, she perpetuated the stupid antiSemitic myth that Jews can have sex only through a sheet
with a hole in the middle, through a buffer, after sunset,
without touching, which led to significant sexual deviance
among Jews. In Jewish thought, she said, sex has to be for
a reason, and the reason could be procreation or the voracious sexual desire of a man, who cannot bear
it unless he has sex with his wife. There are
very strict rules among the Jews. It has to be
done through a buffer, after sunset, without
touching, and so on. Its a whole story in the
Jewish faith. But this creates a psychological
imbalance, even among the Jews who do that
stuff. And therefore they have the highest rate
of sexual perversions in history.
Many of the news outlets that covered her
remarks quoted from my 1998 book, Kosher
Rabbi
Sex, to debunk her stupid, Jew-hating claims. Shmuley
Where to start?
Boteach
Firstly, Judaism is alone among the religions
of the world in expressly saying that sex is not
for procreation but for intimacy. Genesis 2:24 makes it clear.
Therefore shall a man leave his mother and leave his father.
He shall cleave unto this wife [a clear sexual euphemism]
and they shall become one flesh. The purpose of sex is the
pleasurable joining together of husband and wife as bone
of one bone and flesh of one flesh. Judaism embraces the
human sexual instinct as pleasurable and not merely for
babies, even though we are a religion that obviously loves
children.
This is the reason why Judaism mandates that a husband
must address his wifes sexual needs, even when she is pregnant and post-menopause.
It is also the reason why Jewish law mandates that there
be no barrier of clothing during sex, let alone a stupid sheet
with a hole in the middle. That is one of the biggest canards
about Judaism, right up there with drinking Christian blood
in matzahs and killing Jesus.
Also, Judaism expressly acknowledges the deep-seated
sexual desire on the part of a wife that a husband must
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach of Englewood is the international
best-selling author of Kosher Sex and The Kosher Sutra.
He recently published Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer.
Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.

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Last year, an Orthodox sex counselor attacked me for an
interview I gave on my new book, Kosher Lust, to New
York Magazine, which said that Jewish law encourages a
man to make his wife climax first. This is Judaisms tacit
acknowledgment of a fact that modern science has finally
caught up with women are much more sexual than men,
with more deeply rooted erotic desire.
Can we finally stop portraying sex in religion as a mans
game? The marriage contract, read at every Jewish wedding,
is an express and shockingly public declaration of a mans
sexual obligations to his wife rather than the
reverse.
As for Kotbs disgusting allegations of Jewish sexual perversions, lets be clear. Judaism
believes that sex is sacred, holy, and the highest form of knowledge, which is why the Bible
says And Adam came to know his wife Eve.
He knew her better through carnal intercourse
than even through verbal communication. The
former is totally immersive and experiential,
whereas the latter deals with only one facet of
our being.
If there is one message conveyed by the
mikveh, it is the sacredness of sex. Before a
couple indulges their pent-up sexual passion,
which has been denied and allowed to build for a number
of days, they declare the godliness of sex by immersing in
holy waters.
This is a far cry from the declaration of a celibate St. Paul
that marital sex is a concession to mans sinful nature and
its better to have it than to be consumed with sinful desire.
Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for
them to stay unmarried, as I do. But if they cannot control
themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than
to burn with passion (1 Corinthians 7).
By contract, Judaism sanctifies carnal desire by preceding
it with immersion in living waters.
Sex is kosher, steamy, and wet.
And why the woman? Because men have always needed
sexual novelty to create passion and have often made the
tragic error of finding it in new flesh rather than in creative
play and erotic exploration with their wives. So God gives a
husband a woman who emerges fresh from the primordial
waters of creation.
Men have their source in the earth, a symbol of sexuality
that can be left arid and lifeless, while women find renewal in
the eternal spring of life. And a husband should seek sexual
renewal in his wife, unpeeling her erotic layers, rather than in
the degradation of porn or the abasement of adultery.

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The sacred truth


Lets be clear.
Judaism believes
that sex is sacred,
holy, and the highest
form of knowledge.
Sex is not something that can or should be tamed
but channeled, not suppressed but sublimated.
Judaism believes that marriage must be built on
deep desire and covetousness. The holiest book of
the Bible, the Song of Solomon, is an erotic poem that
describes the burning yearning between a man and
a woman: Your breasts are like two fawns, like twin
fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies... Your
stature is like that of the palm, and your breasts like
clusters of fruit. I said, I will climb the palm tree; I will
take hold of its fruit.
For us, lust is hot, sexy, and holy.
The tenth commandment is clear: Thou shalt
not covet thy neighbors wife, which means, by
direct implication, you ought to be coveting your
own. About 80 percent of husbands who cheat on
their wives claim to love their wives. So why are
they unfaithful? Because lust for another woman
was more powerful than love for a wife. Lust is
stronger than love, desire more passionate than
companionship.
We recapture erotic lust through three rules:
unavailability, mystery, and sinfulness. Whereas
love thrives on accessibility and constant sharing, lust flourishes on precisely the opposite: frustrated desire and erotic obstacles. Lust is enhanced
through an inability to attain the object of ones
longing. Its the reason that the Torah makes a wife
sexually unavailable to her husband for 12 days out
of every month so that sexual hunger may increase.
The second rule of lust is mystery. Lust is enhanced
in darkness and shadows. Ironically, the more the
body is covered the more one lusts after it. Modesty is
not prudish but erotic.
And the third rule of lust is sinfulness. Youre walking along a beach. You see beautiful women in bikinis.
Is that sexy? Perhaps. Is it erotic? Definitely not. What
do most men do at a beach? Either fall asleep or play
Frisbee.
But now youre walking home. A woman has accidentally left the blinds to her bedroom open and shes
walking around in her undergarments. Same amount
of clothing as a beach. Same amount of flesh exposed.
Except this time its not a bathing suit, its her
undergarments.
Whats the first thing that comes to mind? Sleepiness? Wheres my Frisbee? Of course not. So why is
the second scenario so much more erotic? Peering
into the privacy of a womans bedroom is forbidden.
As the Talmud says, Stolen waters are sweet. Now
you know why the Torah made a wife sexually forbidden to her husband for a portion of every month
thereby injecting erotic sinfulness into marriage.
The love marriage is based on closeness and constant intimacy. The lust marriage is based on separation, renewal, and a measure of distance.
Kotb and others of her anti-Semitic ilk are pigmies in
their understanding of the erotic mind and hence are
utterly ignorant of the deep erotic longing that Jewish
sexual law and the mikvah brings to marriage.

ears ago, on the fourth floor of the American


Museum of Natural History, my eight-year old
niece, who was vacationing in New York, made
a thoughtful announcement.
This is hard, she said. We had just entered the Hall of
Saurischian Dinosaurs (home of T-Rex).
Why? I asked.
Because of the creation story in the Torah.
I cant recall exactly what I said but I think she was satisfied with a brief explanation. And I am certain that we
skipped the Hall of Human Origins, featuring the remains
of Lucy and lifelike recreations of our hominid ancestors. We already had our teachable moment.
More than a little was at stake for the sensitive girl in this
seemingly innocuous scene. This was not just a room full
of fossils. Dinosaur exhibits measure time in MYA (millions
of years ago), a scale rarely used in elementary-school
Bible lessons. Her thoughts were likely along
these lines: Was there really life on Earth
more than six thousand years ago? Which
story is true, the one I was taught in school or
the one right in front of me? Are we allowed
to question the Bible? Such questions are
not, of course, exclusive to young people
they occur just as often to educated adults
who struggle to reconcile apparent religious
truths with conflicting secular narratives.
David S.
A more risk-averse approach to religious
Zinberg
education might have bypassed this scenario. For example, we could have remained
on the lower floors of the museum theological questions are less likely to arise among the taxidermic
wonders ringing the Halls of African and North American
mammals (though the massive dinosaur skeletons in the
museums entrance are unavoidable). To shore up her
pristine faith, I might have told my niece and my own
children, on many such occasions that Genesis is the
absolute literal truth regarding creation and that scientific

Truth genuine truth,


not its relativistic
imitation is not only
a moral imperative; it
is a prerequisite for the
religious experience.
The quest for holiness
cannot even begin if
man denies the reality
he wants to sanctify.
We can only ascend
towards Heaven on a
ladder grounded in
the truth.

theories are mostly human inventions. Scientists abandon


their theories all the time, dont they?
Some religious communities prefer to avoid, censor, or
revise unsettling information. Religious high schools may
tear out the chapter on evolution from their biology textbooks. In an honest attempt to inspire, religious educators
might feed their students even their adult students a
diet of pious fictions about historical figures they revere
as role models.
Marc B. Shapiros recently published book, Changing
the Immutable, documents the unfortunate and often
ugly tendency of many contemporary Orthodox writers,
editors, and publishers to flout the truth. It is a shocking
expos. Shapiro provides graphic evidence of texts and
images that were censored, doctored, and effaced to conform with preconceived and largely recent notions of religious propriety. The standard justification for such practices stated explicitly by apologists cited
in the book is a paternalistic, relativist,
Soviet-style definition of truth as whatever
narrative a storyteller wants his or her audience to believe. The goal is to present the
truth as it ought to be, rather than what it is.
Education becomes indoctrination; objectivity is sacrificed for the higher good of moral
instruction. To some minds, this is a profitable bargain.
I read Shapiros history of the noble lie in
Orthodox culture as a cautionary tale. It is a
story of piety run amok an indictment of a
reactionary mindset so desperate, presumptuous, and intellectually bankrupt that it tries to lie its way
out of the ideological quagmire into which it has fallen.
A society built on institutionalized falsehood will not
stand. That is what the Mishnah means when it calls justice, truth, and peace the three pillars of civilization (Avot
1:18).
Truth genuine truth, not its relativistic imitation is
not only a moral imperative; it is a prerequisite for the
religious experience. The quest for holiness cannot even
begin if man denies the reality he wants to sanctify. We
can only ascend towards Heaven on a ladder grounded
in the truth.
And truth must be an essential component of any
authentic Jewish theology. The Talmud states that Gods
seal is truth. Reality in all of its manifestations nature,
the human soul, society, history is Gods imprint on His
world. It is nearly blasphemous to forge the divine signature with editorial contrivances and cheap Photoshop
tricks.
To protect their children, parents may hide the truth. It
is a parents right and sometimes his or her obligation to
do so. But when a child grows up, lies become patronizing
rather than protective. Adults have their own right to the
truth. A society that views its members as children may
supply them with a counterfeit version of reality, but only
when there is a conspiracy of silence between storyteller
and audience about the flaws in the childish narrative they
share. In the 21st century, such an arrangement is unlikely
to succeed.
David S. Zinberg lives in Teaneck with his wife and three
sons. He works in financial services.

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Letters

Demonizing Israel

Rabbi Borowitz was a mensch

U.S. administrations Middle Eastern double standard


is troubling

new low was reached


with some amorphous notion
last month with US
that the Palestinian perpetrators are frustrated and driven
Ambassador to Israel
to despair because of the failDan Shapiros outrageous and one-sided criticism of
ure of the peace process to yield
Israel.
any results. This despite Israels
Speaking before the annual
numerous peace overtures,
Institute for National Security
including unilateral withdrawal
Studies conference in Israel,
from Gaza, an offer to cede 97
Shapiro said, Too many attacks
percent of the West Bank, construction halts in the West Bank,
on Palestinians lack a vigorous
and more. All have been met
investigation or response by
with stony silence from the PalIsraeli authorities, too much vigilantism goes unchecked, and at
estinian leadership.
times there seems to be two stanAnd what about Shapiros
Daniel Shapiro is the United
dards of adherence to the rule of
remarks about Israels attitude
States ambassador to Israel.
law: one for Israelis and another
toward Israeli attacks on Pales
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
tinians? Even though Israel is in
for Palestinians.
the midst of violent civil unrest,
These remarks came the same
in which Israelis are cruelly victimized by Palestinday as the funeral of Dafna Meir of Otniel, an innocent mother of six murdered by a Palestinian terians, the Israeli government condemns Israeli vigirorist. This callous timing underscores just how
lantism, the Israeli court system is attempting to
wrongheaded and unfair
deal with it and punish the Israeli extremists, and
this criticism was. Israel
the overwhelming popular response by the Israeli
is in the midst of defendpublic to Israeli vigilantism is revulsion. The Obama
ing itself against a wave
administration, however, is not impressed, and
of unprovoked murderinsists that Israel is not doing enough. At the same
ous stabbings that target
time that the Israeli leadership and citizenry reject
soldiers, security offiextremism, the Palestinian leaders, media, and popcers, and civilians, and
ulation praise the stabbings, encourage the violence,
it is taking measures that
and treat the murderers as heroes. About this, President Obama has said little.
any other country confronted by such a situaThe U.S. administration sets the tone for how
Rabbi
tion would take.
other government leaders view and describe IsraMenachem
els actions, and unfair criticism of Israel from the
To be fair to AmbassaGenack
dor Shapiro, he always
administration constitutes a demonization of Israel
has had a good working
on a moral level that gives cover to anti-Israel and
relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu, and
anti-Semitic sentiments in Europe and affects how
he is a stalwart friend of Israel. Moreover, AmbasIsrael is viewed around the world.
sador Shapiro since has apologized for the timing
The Secretary General of the United Nations, speaking before the Security Council, appeared to justify
of his speech but he has not backed away from its
the epidemic of brutal stabbing attacks roiling Israel
substantive content. That is because his public statements reflect the administrations positions, and he
when he noted that it is human nature to react to
clearly was echoing similar statements Secretary of
occupation, as though frustration is an excuse for
State Kerry made at the Saban Forum in December.
murder. The foreign minister of Sweden, in a recent
This makes the ambassadors most recent prointerview, managed to blame Israel for the murderous
nouncement even more troubling.
ISIS attack in Paris that claimed 129 victims when she
Yes, Shapiro is right, there is a double standard,
said that one of the root causes for the attack was that
but not the one he describes. The double standard
Palestinians see no future, an absurd assertion that
is that Israel frequently is criticized for defending
not even ISIS itself claimed and that the Swedish government now is trying to sweep under the rug.
itself, while there is little criticism for the Palestinian leadership, which encourages and praises the
One-sided moral condemnation of Israel has
stabbings and lionizes the perpetrators.
become fashionable, a trend sadly encouraged by
What justification is there for the cold-blooded
the attitude emanating from our own administration.
murder of an innocent mother of six, killed in her
Just last week, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Obama made a stirring speech
own home? Where is the outcry from world leaders?
in which he pointed out the evils of anti-Semitism.
Where is the condemnation of Mahmoud Abbas and
We are sure he is sincere, but his policies, coming
the Palestinian leadership?
as they do from Israels closest ally, unintentionThe Palestinian leadership originally justified
ally endow anti-Semitic sentiment with a veneer of
the wave of stabbings on the basis of allegations
respectability that is quickly seized upon by all those
that Israel was threatening to take over the Al
who are eager to demonize Israel.
Aqsa Mosque. This was a total fabrication and was
repeatedly denied by Prime Minister Netanyahu,
Rabbi Menachem Genack of Englewood is the CEO
but to no avail. Having gotten as much mileage as
of OU Kosher. This represents his personal view only,
they could from the Al Aqsa nonsense, the pundits lately have been justifying the vicious attacks
not necessarily that of the OU.
20 JEWISH STANDARD FEBRUARY 5, 2016

I was so sorry to read of the death of Rabbi Eugene Borowitz


(Remembering Rabbi Eugene Borowitz, January 29). I met
him while I was education and culture chair of the Clark University Hillel Counselorship back in the early 70s. He had written a book called Choosing a Sex Ethic, and our Hillel board
thought it would be great for him to come to speak to us about
it. He already was a rather important figure in the Jewish world,
and we actually did not expect anything but a polite thank you,
but response.
Since our entire yearly budget was $200, he couldnt offer an
honorarium or pay for any of his travel expenses. He was in New
York. We were in Worcester, Mass. He accepted our invitation,
flew to Worcester in the early morning, and left at the end of
the day.
He spent the entire day helping us understand the content
and implications of his book, the choices that he felt Judaism
offered, and many, many discussions throughout the day concerning those choices. From that day forward he epitomized to
me the word mensch.
May his memory be for a blessing.
Betty Singer
Wayne

No to labeling

Regarding the letter Transparency and book lists ( January 29):


The writer makes the point that the proposed Knesset transparency bill requires only disclosure of NGO funding from foreign
governments, not suppression of those organizations and who
could object to transparency?
To test the transparency argument, apply it to another case.
Would the writer similarly assert that labeling requirements to
label products originating in the West Bank from the EU (and,
if recent reports are correct, also from U.S. Customs) are harmless? After all, they only disclose the point of origin, and apply to
both Israeli and Arab products.
I believe that both disclosure and labeling are dangerous,
because: (1) they imply a negative point of view behind them
that such organizations and producers, like lobbyists, are suspect; (2) they can encourage boycotting by individuals; (3) if the
transparency and labeling rules do not meet objection, they may
be only the first step towards harsher rules; (4) the transparency
rule ignores organizations primarily supported by wealthy foreign citizens (equally suspect).
Dan Mosenkis
Fair Lawn

Jewish refs

I read with interest Nate Blooms The Classic at 50 and its Jewish Players in the January 29 Jewish Standard. It is important to
note that you cant have a game without referees, and there were
Jewish ones Jerry Markbreit, who officiated in four Super Bowl
games, and Bernie Ullman, who worked in two of the classics.
Both men were the referees in charge and worked in the NFL
many years. (There were four or five other officials in the NFL
who might have been Jewish but that cannot be substantiated.)
My father, the late Mort Rittenberg, who was from Paterson,
was a referee in a minor league called the American Professional
Football League, consisting of farm teams of the NFL teams. The
league operated from about the mid 1930s until 1950, with the
exception of the World War II years. Some of those teams were
the Paterson Panthers, Jersey City Giants, Long Island Indians,
Wilmington Clippers, Scranton Miners, Providence Steamrollers,
and Newark Bears. After World War II my father was selected
on a short list of five officials to go up to the NFL. Three were
selected, but my father remained an alternate. He never was
called up.
Martin S. Rittenberg
Wayne
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Fines January 29 op ed, An Empty Synagogue in the Snow, I wanted to share my
experience on the blizzard on Shabbat
morning, January 23.
I too made sure to get out earlier than
usual in order to ensure that Kol HaNeshamah was prepared for the bat mitzvah of
one of our students, who is a 6th grader
at the Solomon Schechter Day School of
Bergen County.
When I walked into our shul, I trudged
up the plowed parking lot and into the
building and was immediately greeted

By the end of
the service,
there were 100
people, but alas
no caterer or
servers, so our
congregation
sprang into
action.
by the bat mitzvah, her family, and
the friends who stayed over with her
for Shabbat in order to make sure that
they wouldnt have to walk through the
blowing snow from surrounding Bergen County communities. I switched
from sweatpants to suit pants and from
snow shoes to dress shoes and waited
in the sanctuary.
As the time for the service arrived,
I was pleased that we had a minyan,
enhanced by the presence of our stalwart families who walk 1.6 miles every
week to shul (this week being no exception). As I looked at the blowing snow
outside the window and the already
unplowed parking lot, I was unsure
about who else might come to celebrate with the bat mitzvah and our
community.
Every couple minutes though, another
congregant, family friend, or group of
students from Schechter would come in.
Some drove from as far as Mahwah and
Closter, and some walked from nearby
towns. It engendered great appreciation
of the words of the Psalmist that God gives
snow like wool.

As I remarked before the bat mitzvah


chanted the aliyah containing the Shirat
HaYamm it is beautiful inside and outside. I am so glad that all of you could find
your own parted path to join us for the
wonderful occasion.
By the end of the service, there were
100 people, but alas no caterer or servers,
so our congregation sprang into action,
moved tables and chairs, plated food,
set everything out, made Kiddush, and
served lunch. And with no place to go
(the walkers were in no hurry to trudge
back out and the drivers were in no hurry
to wipe off their cars and brave the slick
roadways), we stayed until 3, enjoyed delicious food and wonderful company, and
celebrated joyfully a milestone moment in
our community as another young woman
assumed the responsibility of the mitzvot.
When I asked the bat mitzvah and her
family if they were disappointed that there
was a blizzard and not everyone could
make it, they said, On the contrary, we
are grateful that so many members of our
synagogue community and the Schechter
school would come and brave the conditions to celebrate with us, for dayeinu, a
minyan would have been enough. However, we taught our daughter an even
greater lesson today that what makes a
bat mitzvah is not just reading from the
Torah, leading the prayers, and saying
blessings, but it is surrounding ourselves
with a community who will always keep
the light on at the shul so that she can do
those things, this is a lesson that we dont
want her to ever forget!
On Sunday, congregants reported that
they walked slowly home against the
blowing snow. Those who drove retold
stories of driving slowly behind plows.
One of them said, It was tough, but we
knew we wanted to come for our community and the family, and we didnt regret
it. Another one said, When we sang
Siman Tov uMazel Tov, we sang it like we
meant it!
Creating the Knesset in the Beit
Knesset is not easy. But as I often say to
my own students, if it were supposed to
be easy, you wouldnt need me to teach it
to you. May the light of the Torah continue
to shine in and upon our communities. I
wish us all continued strength as we work
tirelessly toward keeping the lights on in
our sacred communities.
Rabbi Fred Elias
Congregation Kol HaNeshamah, Englewood
Solomon Schechter Day School
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Opinion

Iran: from cover-up to make-it-up


When in Rome, do as the Iranians do.

hat was the core message


emerging from Iranian President Hassan Rouhanis visit to
Europe this week, in a bid to
boost trade relations now that the sanctions related to Tehrans nuclear program
have been lifted. Arriving at Romes venerable Capitoline Museum for a meeting with
his Italian counterpart, Mateo Renzi, Rouhani was escorted swiftly past the museums priceless collection of Roman statues, including many nudes that had been
covered up yes, really to avoid offending the sensibilities of a man frequently
and falsely described as a moderate.
It has, finally, come to this. Western
leaders both in Europe and America
dont even blink when it comes to agreeing to the most outrageous demands of
Irans ruling theocracy. When our female
politicians visit Iran, they are compelled to
wrap their heads with the hijab. But when

Iranian politicians visit our countries,


we bow and scrape and now hide those
aspects of our Western culture that we
should be unapologetically proud about.
Those of us who havent been blinded
by the endless reassurances that Iran is
now a responsible international citizen
will regard this scandal as confirmation
that the Tehran regime is as fanatical as
ever. And in kowtowing to an Islamist philistine like Rouhani, our leaders are doing
a marvelous job of proving to the Iranians
that when they say jump, we ask meekly,
how high?
What is true in the case of art and culture
also is true in politics. The normalization
with a thoroughly abnormal Iran heralded
by last summers nuclear deal continues
apace. Anyone who questions the wisdom
of this strategy will be labeled a warmonger, or worse, a supporter of Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

You see, whenever the Irathem to say so openly. So


nians demonstrate to us that
he hunts around looking for
they view our democracy
anything an isolated quote,
and our way of life with cona bodily gesture, a suggestive
tempt, there will be a chopause that might count as
rus of Western politicians
evidence that his beloved
and commentators who try
Obama is right about Iran.
to change the subject, typiGoldberg now is claimcally by talking about the
ing that Lt.-Gen. Gadi EizenBen Cohen
malicious designs of Israels
kot, the IDFs chief of staff,
elected leader. President
told a conference hosted by
Barack Obama has set the
Israels Institute for National
standard on this one for the last eight
Security Studies that the nuclear deal has
years, and his media echo chamber dutiactually removed the most serious danger
fully follows. Hell, theyll even make stuff
to Israels existence for the foreseeable
up if thats whats needed.
future, and greatly reduced the threat
Take columnist J.J. Goldberg of the Forover the longer term. Note well: That
ward. Ever since the nuclear deal was
phrasing belongs to Goldberg, not Eizenannounced, Goldberg has been trying to
kot, because Eizenkot didnt say anything
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From Genyusha to
Goldie to Genya

Rock legends story is amazing


and very deeply Jewish
JOANNE PALMER

f you were to make a Venn diagram showing


the relationship between two groups Holocaust survivors and rock stars youd have one
pretty big circle (that would be the survivors)
and one smaller one (rock stars, no matter how you
define them).
The part where the circles overlap would be very

Ten Wheel Drive played the Atlanta Pop Festival


in 1969; this photo was in the centerfold of the
groups album Ten Wheel Drive.

24 JEWISH STANDARD FEBRUARY 5, 2016

small. It would have one person in it. That would be


Genya Ravan, ne Genyusha Zelkowitz, aka Goldie
Zelkowitz.
Shes back in the news now because of Rock and Roll
Refugee, a musical about her life thats just opened for
a limited run through February 14 at the Royal Family Arts Center at 145 West 46th Street in Manhattan.

Genya at
the Iridium
in 2013.

To talk to Genya our convention would be


to call her Ms. Ravan, its true, but convention
and Genya do not live in the same universe is
to laugh uproariously, to ask What did you just
say? more than once, to feel deeply sad very
often, and always to realize that you are in the
presence of someone absolutely idiosyncratic,
part Lower East Side Jewish stereotype, part
1960s rock chick, part rock royalty, part someone entirely original and unclassifiable.
Unfortunately, many of her funny stories dont
translate well to print, or at least to print in this
publication. The sad ones, on the other hand
Also, to talk to Genya is to have a lot of fun
while your fingers race to keep up with her

unstoppable flow of words.


So enough preamble. What did she say?
Genyusha Zelkowitz was born in Poland in
1940. Needless to say, it was a very bad time and
place to be an infant Jew. Her memories of her
early life are spotty, mainly little images, very
few moving pictures, very little narrative, and
augmented by very little hard information. I
never got a straight word from my parents about
it, she said. As soon as I was born my parents
Yadja and Natan gave me away.
Every time I mentioned anything about it, or
tried to ask my mother about it, she would get
hysterical, and my father would say dont ask
any more. I have two different birthdays, and I

JEWISH STANDARD FEBRUARY 5, 2016 25

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In Rock and Roll Refugee, Dee Roscioli, as Goldie, sings with DeAngelo Kearns.

chose the one I liked more.


All I know about the people they gave
me to was that they were not Jews, and
according to my mother they didnt do a
very good job with me. They kept me in a
crib most of the time.
I had two brothers, and they both died. I
dont know anything about them. The only
person who knew anything about them was
my sister, whos older, but she has a total
mental block about it. When we came to
the United States, someone told my mother
to leave it be sometimes its better not to
uncover what she may have seen.
All Genya knows is that her mother got
me back in 1945, 46. I dont remember
anything except that she came in an open

truck. I know that she wanted to pass us


off as Russians, not Polish Jews.
My father was in a work camp, and he
was in the underground. He is the one who
got my sister and my mother and me out
of there.
All I remember is a lot of trains, a lot
of travel. There was some sort of camp, I
think in Russia, and we escaped. I remember her putting her hand over my mouth.
They escaped Europe by boat. The
ships were leaving. Some were going to
Israel, some to the United States. None of
what we did was planned. We just wanted
out. I do remember the ship in little flashes.
The scariest time was when everyone was
hysterical on deck. I think they were doing

Genyusha, at far right, somewhere in eastern Europe during Chanukah.


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a fire drill, and a lot of the refugees panicked. I remember that my mother was hysterical, and that made me hysterical.
Until they got to Ellis Island, Genyusha had been called Genya, a logical but
foreign-sounding nickname. My mother
didnt like it, Genya said. Too Polish.
We have to make you more American. So
they called her Goldie. I was Goldie until
1968, Genya said but thats many adventures later.
When they arrived in this country, no
one in the family spoke English. I learned
by listening to the radio, Genya said. I listened to Danny Stiles he was the Kat Man
his show would open with cats meowing. It was just like in my backyard, where

all the cats were committing suicide.


(Danny Stiles who was Jewish and born
in Newark was on the radio from 1947
until he died in 2011, when he was a weekend fixture on WNYC.)
That backyard was on Rivington Street
on the Lower East Side, where Goldie had
an uneasy, intense, and generally unhappy
childhood. Her parents had been sponsored by a family, the Solomons, as well as
by HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. The Solomons helped set them up in
business, first in a candy store and then in
a deli; both businesses failed and the family was poor. I remember that rent was
$35 and sometimes we couldnt make it,
Genya said.
Even then, decades past its zenith as
immigrant central, the Lower East Side
was polyglot and poly-aromatic. I grew
up with all the smells of the best foods in
the world, Genya said. From Hungarian
to African to Puerto Rican. You name it. I
was brought up with everything near me.
It was crowded with refugees, people sitting on stoops. We were in a fourth-floor
tenement walkup, and when it was hot we
slept on the fire escape. We all knew each
other, and it probably was safer than any
other place.
Safety is a relative concept. I went to
public school, P.S. 4 on Rivington Street,
and it was like a prison. The first thing I
saw in school was someone getting beat
up. I knew right away that I had to protect
myself.
She went to Seward Park High School
I used to call it Sewer Park and right
away, a teacher gets beat up. I said I got
to get out of here. I cant watch my back
24/7 like that.
There were gangs, and Goldie joined
one, called the Furies. I joined them for
safety, because otherwise you could get
beat up, she said. How do you join a gang?
She laughed. There are no actual membership requirements or applications, she
said. You join them by getting friendly
with the bad kids in school. She began
leading a double life.

In 1948, in school on the Lower East Side, Goldie sits with her back to the camera.

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Her parents were fiercely protective. I
couldnt even have friends, Genya said. I
had to be home right after school. It was a
tough way to grow up. They might as well
have kept me a prisoner. Even when I was
in my 40s, my mother always used to ask
me Are your doors locked? Are your windows locked? She was a very terrified person and rightly so. She had been a twin,
and she saw her twin taken away. This was
one of the few hard facts Genya had about
her mothers Holocaust experiences.
Either despite or perhaps because of
how restrictive her parents were, Genya
was a wild child. She would leave home
looking demure but would put on the black
leather jacket shed stuffed behind the garbage cans and get to school looking tough.
It had my name, Goldie, on it, in gold
studs. I was the areas female James Dean,
and I made sure everyone knew it. I had a
persona if you touch me, youd be killed.
Meanwhile, if you looked at me wrong,
Id go home and cry. I was a mush. I am a
mush. The difference between now and
then? The persona is gone. I dont care
who knows if Im a mush. I know who I
am.
Despite her toughness, I was scared in
school, I was scared at home but then
I found my voice. Thats where I got my
voice from.
My favorite song in the world the
song I want to be played at my funeral,
the only outside song that we use in the
play, I heard then. Lonely Nights by the
Hearts. The woman who sang lead, Louise
Murray, shes still alive, and I got in touch
with her through a friend. I dont think
that she understood what she did for me
when I was a child. Not only did she help
me learn English, but my whole vocal style
is from her.
She is my idol.
Genya was married at 16. My parents
arranged it, she said. They needed
money. They were broke. Irving the
lucky man, in his late 20s, who was heir
to Garrison Belts, his family manufactured
them, they were from Garrison, Brooklyn,

Genya went from the all-girl Gingerbreads to the all-guy Ten Wheel Drive.

and it was major gave them money


and cigarettes and bought booze for my
father, who was an alcoholic.
He was a Jewish boy, and my parents
were nervous about me, so they saw him
as a lifeline. Irving asked me to marry him
and I said, Look, I dont love you, but Ill
marry you and well try. I wanted out of
the tenement. My mother was very clean,
but shed picked up a couch from the
street that had bedbugs and we couldnt
get rid of it, and I wouldnt take it.
So I married him. It was a big Jewish
wedding.
Six months later, the marriage still
unconsummated she really was not
attracted to him, and he was sweet, undemanding, and ever-hopeful she ran away,
riding to California holding onto some guy
with a Harley Davidson and a yen for the

West Coast. That didnt last either, but it


was great for what it was, she said.
And of course there was the music.
The first time she sang onstage, it was the
result of a dare; she was in a nightclub and
pulled on the leg of the singer, demanding a turn. I was a natural, Genya said.
I brought the house down. She also was
completely untrained. They asked me
what key I wanted and I asked why they
wanted my key.
When the band fired its singer, they
asked her to take her place.
We are all three different people who
we think we are, who we really are, and
who we want to be, Genya said. Thats not
something she knew then, though. The
only time I ever came close to being one
person was when I was onstage. If I hadnt
become a singer

She also was what was called a cheesecake model she was partly dressed.
Softcore stuff. She was gorgeous thats
not her word but the incontrovertible
photo evidence.
Goldies career moved quickly. She
formed an all-girl group called Goldie and
the Gingerbreads her partner was Ginger and the group flourished for years,
making Goldie a rock star (and puzzling
listeners who wondered how someone
so clearly black, given her sound, could
have come by a name like Zelkowitz). She
chronicles those years (and much more) in
her memoir, Lollipop Lounge: Memoirs
of a Rock and Roll Refugee. Goldie and
the Gingerbreads moved up from smaller
clubs to larger ones, and then to Europe,
and opened for some of the eras biggest
stars were talking about the 1960s by

At right, Genya towers over her sister and her mother.


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the orphanage were Jewish, Mr. Cohen said, but one


of them, Morris Cerullo, whose mother was Jewish
(hence the Morris) but whose father was Catholic
(therefore Cerullo), left both traditions. He is now a
television evangelist, Mr. Cohen said (and the internet
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Lawn, and now he lives in a huge, open, light-filled new
apartment in Wayne. His sister died, but he is close to
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in Daughters of Miriam.
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impressive careers. Much of that, Mr. Cohen said, can
be traced directly to the discipline with which they grew
up. Failure was not an option.
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Cohen
struck by the absence of key quotes from Eizenkots
speech an astounding omission given his assertion
that the very same speech amounts to a point-bypoint refutation of Bibi-ism. For example, Eizenkot
expressly said, Their vision of obtaining a nuclear
weapon will continue insofar as Iran views itself as a
regional power, which most observers would regard
as an indictment of the deal, rather than an endorsement. In a similar vein, when Goldberg discussed
Eizenkots views on the threats posed by terrorist organizations like Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic State, he
neglected to quote the IDFs chief of staff s statement
that Iran manages a war against Israel by means of
proxies such as Hezbollah, which today represents the
most serious threat to Israel.
In other words, Eizenkot considers Iran to be the
primary source of the threats Israel faces one that,
crucially, hasnt given up on its ambition of weaponizing its nuclear program. Yes, Eizenkot also said that
the deal brought opportunities, but probably not of
the sort Goldberg had in mind. Those opportunities
for Israel lie not in diplomatic outreach to the Iranian
regime, but in forging alliances with its Sunni neighbors, whose fear of Iranian power is even greater than
Israels.
The question of someone who would make such
extravagant claims when they are easily refuted by
checking the record remains. I can only speculate and
unlike Goldberg, I dont dress up speculation as fact
but it seems to me that there is a whiff of desperation in
all of this. If you believe against all the available evidence
that the Iran deal has made us safer, then youll be worried that it wont survive the Obama presidency. Ergo,
who could possibly be more credible in making the case
to retain it than a serving Israeli general (and never mind
that he didnt say what you said he said...)?
Be warned, then, to expect more of this sort of thing
in the coming months. And be prepared for some even
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Palestinian media is reporting that at least one Hamas
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According to a spokesman from the Gaza health ministry, a 23-year-old Palestinian named Ahmed Heydar
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The recent tunnel collapse would mark the second
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working on underneath the Israeli border collapsed
from heavy rain and flooding.
The resistance factions are in a state of ongoing preparation underground, above ground, on land and sea,
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said at a rally honoring
the seven dead.
East of Gaza City, heroes are digging through rock
and building tunnels, and to the west they are experimenting with rockets every day. The resistance continues on its path of liberation of the land, Haniyeh added.
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ANALYSIS

5 questions Jews should be asking after Iowa


Ron Kampeas

he Iowa caucuses are over and the first


real test of the presidential candidates viability gave us more questions than answers.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) won the Republican caucus on Monday night, relegating Donald
Trump, the real estate billionaire, to second place.
Both Trump and Cruz ran insurgent anti-establishment campaigns. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) made a
strong showing for third place, well ahead of the other
establishment candidates.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Rodham Clinton
and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) effectively tied for first.
The New Hampshire primary is on February 9, with
Nevada and South Carolina later this month.
By March 2, the day after Super Tuesday, when 14
states and a territory select favored candidates, we
should have some answers like who among the 11
GOP candidates is serious, how much stamina Sanders has, and what the general election might look like
on November 8.
In the meantime, here are some of the known
unknowns for the Jewish- and Middle-East obsessed.
1. Will Jebs exclamation point turn into a question
mark?
A year ago Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida, was the GOPs favored son, literally and
figuratively, despite his convoluted attempts to distance himself from his father and his brother, includ-

an uncharacteristically subdued concession speech, promising to win in New Hampshire and consider buying a farm
in Iowa.
Plenty of Jewish Republicans wouldnt mind seeing
Trump with a hoe. He has alienated a broad cross-section

of the community, offending the socially moderate with his


broadsides against Muslims and Hispanics while unnerving
conservatives with his dithering over whether all of Jerusalem is Israels capital and questioning of Israels commitment to making peace.

Plenty of Jewish
Republicans wouldnt
mind seeing Trump
with a hoe. He has
alienated a broad
cross-section of
the community.
ing dropping Bush from his logo and replacing it
with an exclamation point.
Bush attracted the lions share of the partys traditional fundraisers, including Jewish funders like Fred
Zeidman of Texas, Mel Sembler of Florida, and Sam
Fox of Missouri. They raised more than $100 million
toward an extension of the Bush dynasty.
Trump, who went hard at Bush from the outset, has
more or less killed that dream. Bush scored 3 percent
in Iowa, and before the Iowa vote was polling at 6 percent in New Hampshire. His backers have been loyal
until now, but it may be time for a reality check. Rubio
once Bushs protg, although they have clashed
during the campaign is hoping to reap the establishment dividends of a Bush departure.
2. Is Donald Trump fired?
Before the Iowa vote, the reality TV star who relegated dozens of would-be apprentices to the unemployment line was well ahead in the New Hampshire
race and nationally. But he has staked his candidacy
on being a winner and decreed his victory in Iowa a
foregone conclusion. On Monday night, he delivered
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3. Cruz and the Neocons: A new hit band?


Cruz has been second to none in his Israel boosterism; of
the four victory speeches Monday night, only his mentioned
the country.
If you want a candidate who will stand unapologetically
with the nation of Israel, then support a candidate who has
led the fight over and over again to stand by our friend and
ally, the nation of Israel, he said.
But Cruz has also faulted neoconservatives for leading
the country into too many wars, among them the signature foreign policy event of George W. Bushs presidency,
the Iraq war. The Venn diagram overlap between Jewish
Republicans and neoconservatives is substantial. Cruzs
broadsides against that ideology, coupled with attacks
on New York values, have made some Jewish Republicans wary of whether the Texan is using code to appeal
to the less salutary values in the American conservative
heartland.
Now that he has emerged as a front-runner, does Cruz
reach out to the establishments Jewish wing of the party
and make nice?
4. What will the Adelsons do?
Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate, pro-Israel powerhouse, and Republican kingmaker, has taken to joking in
recent weeks about his bickering with his physician wife,
Miriam, over Cruz and Rubio. She favors the former, he the
latter. On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, it was revealed that
the couple had maxed out direct donations to Cruzs campaign, each anteing up $2,700.
It doesnt necessarily mean theyve made up their
minds. The Adelsons gave similar amounts last year to the
campaign of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) but so far have
refrained from spending the tens of millions to fund political action committees not directly affiliated with candidates.
The couple have made known to associates that they do not

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With Cruz and Rubio still viable, dont expect an
Adelson determination just yet. One thing the couple will be watching is whether Rubio improves his
ground game, the network of volunteers and staff necessary to get out the vote state by state. Reporting has
suggested that he was surprisingly weak in this area
in Iowa.
5. Does Bernie do foreign policy?
In his speeches, Sanders manages to turn typically
soporific economic analysis income inequality,
banks, health care into a rousing call to action.
Not so on foreign policy, where he has allowed
himself to be put on the defensive by Clinton, the
former secretary of state and first lady, who has
had some success in framing Sanders as naive and
inexperienced.
It doesnt help that in one debate, Sanders called
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to backtrack, or that he has repeatedly called Jordans
King Abdullah, a monarch not especially thrilled with
the democratic process, one of his heroes.
Sanders has focused on the opposing votes he
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voted against when he was in the U.S. House of Representatives, she voted for when she was a New York
senator.
If Sanders hopes to peel away foreign policy-focused
voters from Clinton, he will need to flesh out his plans
for the Middle East in particular, where he has said he
agrees with Obama and Clinton that America needs to
maintain leadership.
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Who are the Jews of New Hampshire?


URIEL HEILMAN
MANCHESTER, N.H. Though home to just
one-third of 1 percent of all Americans, New
Hampshire long has played an outsized role
in the U.S. presidential nominating process.
Just who are the Jews of the Granite State?
Here are a few highlights.
About 10,000 Jews live among white,
mostly old New Hampshirites.
A few characteristics distinguish the 1.3
million residents of New Hampshire. Theyre
old, with a median age of 41.9 (third-oldest in
the country), and 94 percent white (fourthwhitest state in America). Fewer than 20,000
of the states residents are black.
There arent too many Jews, either. Jewish
federation officials say they know of 3,000
households with at least one Jewish person,
leading them to an estimate of 10,000 Jews in
all of the state.
Its not easy being Jewish in New Hampshire compared to New York, said Joel Funk,
who grew up in New Jersey and moved to the
Granite State in 1975. You have to make it
happen.
Among the better-known Jews from New
Hampshire are comedians Adam Sandler,
who moved to Manchester from Brooklyn at
age 6, and Sarah Silverman, who was born
and raised in the Manchester area. Among
the lesser-known: the late Warren Rudman,

who served as a U.S. senator from New


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Though New Hampshire is a geographic
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two states have very different cultures and
reputations. Vermont is known as more hippie-dippy, tourist friendly, and progressive.
The state, home to Democratic presidential
hopeful Bernie Sanders an avowed democratic socialist has voted Democrat in every
presidential election since 1992. Granite
Staters tend to be more libertarian and gruff,
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New Hampshire draws the kind of people
who want government to leave them alone.
Theres a rugged individualism that permeates New Hampshire, said Rabbi Robin
Nafshi, who moved to New Hampshire nearly
six years ago to lead Temple Beth Jacob, a
Reform synagogue in Concord. The state
motto, Live free or die, is taken very seriously here. People dont like to be told how
or what to do.

In summer,
chasidim flock
to Bethlehem
(its supposedly
pollen-free!)
Nobody moves to New Hampshire for its Jewish life, and
some have left because of its
dearth. But the state still has
Temple Israel in Portsmouth is the oldest Jewish
pockets of Jewish vibrancy.
house of worship in New Hampshire; today its a
New Hampshire boasts about
Conservative synagogue.
URIEL HEILMAN
a dozen synagogues representing all the non-Orthodox Jewish
A historic mikvah was
movements, from Reform and Conservative
discovered in Portsmouth
to Reconstructionist and unaffiliated. The
A century-old mikvah in Portsmouth was
only year-round Orthodox presence in the
unearthed in 2014 by archaeologists workstate is a pair of Chabad centers, in Manchester and at Dartmouth College in Hanover.
ing in a neighborhood that used to be
In the summer, however, the northern
home to Russian Jewish immigrant families. The ritual bath there is one of only
town of Bethlehem fills with Satmar chasidim who have been coming to the White
four historic mikvahs unearthed in the
Mountains for a century to escape the heat
Northeast, according to the Strawbery
and foul air in New York. Chasidim stricken
Banke Museum, which manages the historic site where the mikvah was found.
with allergies began coming to New Hampshire as early as 1916 to escape the pollen
Among the two dozen or so historic buildings at Strawbery Banke is Shapiro House,
in their hometowns. Bethlehem, home to
a living-history museum where visitors can
the National Hay Fever Relief Association, is
learn about what life was like for early 20threputed to be pollen-free.
century Jewish immigrants in Portsmouth
The towns longtime kosher hotel, a rundown B&B called the Arlington, shut down
through re-enactments performed by actors
a few years ago. A new kosher hotel is being
dressed in period costume.
built in its place.
SEE NEW HAMPSHIRE PAGE 36

Once Orthodox, eclectic rabbi finds


Conservative home in New Hampshire
authorities once sought
to deport for alleged
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. Sit
Hamas ties. (A U.S. judge
down with Rabbi David
eventually ruled that
Senter, who was born in
Qatananis 1993 detention by Israel was for
North Bergen and grew
association with the
up in Teaneck, in his basement office at his historic
Muslim Brotherhood,
New Hampshire synagogue
not Hamas, and did not
and you could be forgiven
disqualify him for U.S.
for thinking youre in a
permanent residency.)
Brooklyn yeshiva.
A GLBT Safe Zone
Senter peppers his
sticker adorns Senters
speech with chasidic tales
door. Down the hall, an
and Talmudic aphorisms,
Episcopalian woman
Rabbi David Senter
and before he goes to
leads the congregations
stands outside Temple
daven he fastens a black
weekly class in biblical
Israel in Portsmouth, N.H.
chasidic garter belt around
Hebrew. And when conURIEL HEILMAN
gregants arrive for the
his waist.
Tuesday night Maariv
On the wall, a letter of
service at Temple Israel, men and women
endorsement from the late Rabbi Aaron
sit together.
Soloveichik of Chicagos famed Brisk
Senter, 54, is a rare specimen: an OrthoYeshiva hangs alongside Senters degree of
dox rabbi from a black-hat background
Orthodox ordination. There are portraits of
who left Orthodoxy, later embraced ConSenters long-bearded great-grandfathers
servative Judaism, and now occupies a Conand of his father, founder of the Brooklynservative pulpit. There are only a handful of
based Kof-K kosher certification agency.
other Orthodox-trained rabbis in ConservaBut look a little closer and theres a photo
tive shuls; they call themselves flippers,
of Senter with his friend the Palestinian
Senter said.
imam Mohammad Qatanani, whom U.S.

URIEL HEILMAN

Im just as quick to quote Rabbi Mordechai


Kaplan as to tell a story of Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of
Bardichev, Senter said, referring in the same
breath to the father of Reconstructionist Judaism
and the legendary 18th-century chasidic sage. I
have walked in almost every part of the Jewish

world and I draw strength from all of it.


Senters path to the Conservative rabbinate
in New Hampshire, which will hold the first
presidential primary of this election cycle on
February 9, was hardly direct.
The son of a prominent Orthodox rabbinic
family, Senter got his own Orthodox ordination in 1984 and went into the family business, serving as a rabbinic administrator at
the Kof-K agency and then as a kosher caterer.
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FROM PAGE 35

Descendants of the Shapiros, who owned


the house, still live in the area and are members of nearby Temple Israel, a Conservative
synagogue established in 1905.
Among the major events on the Jewish
communal calendar are an annual Jewish film
festival each spring, the National Havurah
Institutes weeklong summer program in
Rindge, and the annual Jewish food festival
hosted by Temple Bnai Israel in Laconia.
Nashuas Raymond Street Klezmer Band, led
by a retired doctor who is also a mohel, Alan
Green, is a point of pride for local Jews.
Aside from the synagogues and a single
Jewish federation that serves the entire state,
New Hampshire has no other Jewish institutions. There is a small federation-run preschool but no Jewish day school, no JCC, no
Jewish senior center, and no Jewish family
services signs both of the dearth of Jewish New Hampshirites and the high degree
to which local Jews are assimilated, longtime
Jewish locals say.
Its pretty much an assimilated community here, said Steve Clayman of Manchester. We moved here from New York over 30
years ago because of the lifestyle, to live in
an area closer to the outdoors-related things
we love to do. Its a challenge to connect with
Jewish life.
New Hampshire also has several Jewish
summer camps, but they primarily serve kids
from elsewhere.

Rabbi
FROM PAGE 35

In the 1990s he opened the first kosher food


concessions at Yankee and Shea stadiums in
New York.
But while his businesses were going well,
Senters personal life was falling apart. The
father of four young children, Senter and his
wife were headed for a rough divorce, and
after they split Senter walked away from religion. For the first time since he was a teenager, Senter was clean-shaven. For someone
from an esteemed Orthodox family who had
once dressed in a bekishe and homburg the
knee-length shiny black coat and rounded
black hat worn by chasidim it was a radical change.
Making things even more difficult, the
lapsed rabbi remained in Rockland County
in fact he lived in Monsey.
I was not your typical OTD, Senter says,
using an Orthodox neologism for one who
has left the faith an acronym for Off the
Derech, or path. I never gave up wearing a
yarmulke, but I felt there wasnt a place for
me anymore in the frum community.
For two years, Senter didnt set foot in a
synagogue.
Then one day a man walked into his bagel
shop and asked him to cater an event at a
nearby Conservative shul, the Orangetown
Jewish Center. Senter, then 35, agreed, and
on Simchat Torah he found himself back in
36 JEWISH STANDARD FEBRUARY 5, 2016

Dartmouth has
New Hampshires only
kosher eatery and
Hillel chapter

white Christian, youre welcomed here to


an extent, but youre never really fully integrated into the society.

Dartmouth College is home to the states


only kosher eatery: a dining hall called the
Pavilion that serves kosher and halal meals
and was conceived jointly by Jewish and
Muslim students. If you want kosher food
elsewhere, youll have to go to Trader Joes,
which carries Empire kosher chicken, challah, and some kosher cheeses.
Dartmouth is also home to one of the only
full-fledged Hillel college chapters in the
state. One other New Hampshire school, New
England College in Henniker, is served by the
Hillel Council of New England.

New Hampshirites tend


to be clueless about Jews

New Hampshires first state constitution,


ratified in 1784, did not allow Jews (or any
non-Protestants) to hold elected office.
Restricted Jew-free hotels persisted in
New Hampshires White Mountains until
the mid-20th century. Until four years
ago, the tiny town of Mont Vernon had
a recreational water hole with the offensive-sounding name Jew Pond residents
voted to change it in 2012.
In New Hampshire, unless you were
born here or your grandparents or greatgrandparents were born here, youre left to
feel like youre an outsider, Temple Beth
Jacobs Rabbi Nafshi said. If youre not a

Jews who live in New Hampshire today say


they dont encounter much anti-Semitism,
just lack of awareness. Schools routinely
schedule tests or picture days on Jewish
holy days. Nafshi recalls a child in her congregation being benched from his schools
basketball games because he missed two
practices due to religious conflicts the
first night of Chanukah and the Friday evening his religious school class led Shabbat
services.
Its a complete lack of knowledge or sensitivity to the Jewish community, Nafshi said.
It often makes our kids feel lesser or outside
the norm.
The rabbi recalled the story of a secondgrader from her congregation whose best
friend came to school one day and told him
they couldnt be friends anymore because
you killed Jesus. The Jewish family soon
decided to leave New Hampshire, according
to Nafshi.
Nevertheless, the state has unusually
strong Holocaust education programming
in the public schools, thanks to the efforts of
the Cohen Center for Holocaust & Genocide
Studies at Keene State College, which provides educational materials and runs public
workshops. The center is run by non-Jewish
leadership.

shul, albeit a very different one from those to


which he was accustomed.
But it felt right, and Senter soon became
a regular, helping make the minyan. He was
asked to serve on the board, then the ritual
committee. Some Conservative practices
took a while to get used to, like sharing the
bimah with women.
There were things that were hard to wrap
my head around, said Senter, who eventually embraced egalitarian Judaism, finding
support for it in Jewish law.
When he first came to our synagogue, he
didnt understand there were people other
than the Orthodox who actually cared about
halachah, and he was so impressed to discover that we did, recalled Orangetowns
rabbi, Craig Scheff. I think he found a measure of sincerity in the Conservative community that he respected and eventually realized
he could live and be comfortable within that
system.
Senter had gone from being a lapsed
Orthodox Jew to a Conservative baal teshuvah a returnee to the faith. But Scheff urged
him to go further and return to the rabbinate.
He would say, David, you have this chasidic love of Yiddishkeit that people search
for, and I would say to him, My life doesnt
align with the halachic ideal as I perceive
it, Senter recalls. He said to me, David,
if we all waited until we were perfect, there
would be no rabbis.
Eventually, Senter was persuaded.

I started to realize that I wanted to be


remembered for something more than selling
the best hot dogs in New York City, he said.
Senter sold his catering business and
moved to upstate New York in 1999 to take
a pulpit job at a Conservative synagogue in
Saratoga Springs. He stayed for six years,
relying heavily on Conservative rabbinic colleagues to understand the new context in
which I was operating. (He did not obtain
Conservative ordination.)
In 2005, Senter remarried, to a woman he
met on JDate, and moved to a Conservative
pulpit in New Jersey, near her home. In 2010,
he took a job at a Conservative shul in Plainview, New York, where in a bid to draw more
families he instituted several notable innovations, including eliminating Hebrew school
tuition.
Senter ended up in New Hampshire almost
by accident.
While on vacation in Portsmouth in 2013,
he stopped into Temple Israel to catch a minyan to recite Kaddish for his uncles yahrzeit.
The synagogues longtime rabbi had retired
a few years earlier, and his replacement had
not worked out. Lay leaders asked if Senter
would be interested in applying for the position. Senter initially demurred, but the more
he and his wife thought about it, the more
they warmed to the idea. They moved to New
Hampshire in 2014.
Its a magnificent place to live, Senter
said, giving a tour of Temple Israels building,

Jews once were barred


from holding elected office
in New Hampshire

The Jewish federation


recently sold its building
and is retooling
When the Jewish Federation of New
Hampshire sold its building last year in
the heart of Manchester and moved into
rented space, there were rumors around
town that the states largest Jewish charity was teetering. In addition to the sale,
the federation has been downsizing, and
last summer replaced a full-time executive director with a shared director, Lauren Tishler Mindlin, who splits her time
between New Hampshire and the other
small federation she runs in Massachusetts Merrimack Valley.
But lay leaders at federation, which netted about $1 million from the real estate
deal, said the sale was more of a strategic
decision to unload an underutilized building with rising costs, use the proceeds to
strengthen the federations endowment and
focus more on programming. Serving such
a widespread area, the federation wants to
become a convener of Jewish institutions in
New Hampshire.
Were trying to define ourselves really
meaningfully as a statewide organization,
Jeff Crocker, the federation co-chair, said.
Were talking about what that means. We
want to enhance collaboration between Jewish institutions in the state, to fill the voids
where necessary. We try to provide some
leadership. We help them think about ways
to be innovative and try new things.


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constructed in 1827 as a Methodist church


and sold to Portsmouths fledgling Jewish
congregation in 1912. A $3.5 million renovation in 2007 left the sanctuarys distinct features in place, including original windows
and pews installed in 1870 constructed by
shipyard builders.
Today, the 270-member shul is one of
the few in New Hampshire thats growing,
with 47 new families over the last two years,
according to Senter. There are 97 students in
the twice-weekly religious school.
What a difference a rabbi makes, longtime congregant Jenny Rosenson said. He
is a wonderful match for the congregation.
He is very mindful. He is so welcoming. The
kids love him. Hes an approachable human
being. And his joy is absolutely pervasive. You
can see he loves what hes doing.
Twice a month, the rabbi and his wife host
congregants in their home for a Shabbat
meal. Their dog, a black cockapoo named
Binyomin Baruch, sometimes nips at guests
heels. Congregants range from septuagenarians who grew up Orthodox to a Roman
Catholic man who comes reliably to weekday
minyans.
Theres such diversity here. Its an opportunity to relate to all different parts of klal Yisrael, Senter says, using a Hebrew term for
the Jewish people. Its very compatible with
the nature of my rabbinate. I pride myself on
meeting people where they are.


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Mishpatim: Foundations of Torah

am blessed to be director of congregational learning at


a wonderful synagogue. I work with students of all ages
who ask the most poignant questions about all kinds of
things. Why do we pray? What is the most important
Mitzvah? How did Moses get the Torah from God? Why
did you become a rabbi? Why be Jewish? Those are tough
and important questions and I think they deserve thoughtful
and considered responses. Just the fact that students ask questions is a matter that deserves respect and honor, as what is
a Jewish mind, if it isnt a questioning mind. I always, always,
come back to the same answer. Torah.
You may ask how the answer, Torah, is appropriate as

an answer to some of my students questions, but I think


of Torah in a holistic way. Torah is our guidebook, Torah is
our history book, Torah is our theology text, Torah is our
principles, Torah is what binds us as a people over geography and time, and Torah is the foundation for the way that
we live as Jews, no matter how learned, observant, secular,
literate, or assimilated.
I remember as a teenager, studying Parshat Mishpatim
with a teacher and being introduced to the concepts of hok
and mishpat, statutes and laws., the two types of mitzvot,
commandments given to us in the Torah. (It is interesting
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and Mishpatim, our parsha


this week in Exodus, which
are named for the two types
of mitzvot in the Torah.) I
learned via my teacher that
our great sage Maimonides
explained the difference
between hok and mishpat
like this: a mishpat is a law
Rabbi Sharon
we could figure out on our
Litwin
own a law that is logical
Temple Avodat
in terms of social or perShalom,
sonal life. And a hok is a
River Edge, Reform
law that we could not intuit
on our own, i.e. it is a command that requires revelation by God. An example of
a famous mishpat is Vahavta lreyecha kamocha,
Love your neighbor as yourself. We could intuit this
because we know as humans it is better to treat someone the way that we want to be treated. An example
of a hok, a mitzvah which we may have trouble understanding the rationale, may be shaatnez, the prohibition of wearing a garment that is a mixture of linen
and wool.
And so I come back to this weeks parsha, Mishpatim, and as I read each law, I am able to use my own
questioning mind and intuition, and I understand that
even thousands of years ago, what it meant to be a
Jew, to be rooted in Torah, was to have a fair system
of justice and a fair way to treat all of the people in
our community. Mishpatim starts out telling us that no
Hebrew shall have another Hebrew slave who serves
a family for more than 6 years, after which that slave
is freed. Someone may need to work off their debt,
but no Jew owes their entire life in slavery. We learn
about measured compensation for killing another, for
stealing, for injury. We learn that our property is valued and that if someone feels they are owed, they can
take the matter to a court and that a standard should
be set. We learn that there is restitution for animals,
for virgins, for miscarriages. And we learn that we do
not wrong the stranger, for we were strangers. We
learn empathy, we learn charity, we learn fair trade,
we learn ethical treatment of animals, we learn to take
care of our land, and we learn that we should rest on
Shabbat. And of course, we learn to do all of this with
enthusiasm.
When Moses brings these amazing humane and
at the time, new, ideas to the Children of Israel, they
dont wait a minute to hear them, to digest them,
to say lets see No, immediately, they say naaseh
vnishma, we will do and we will listen. They go all in,
to use a term from our popular culture. Because they
know that these Mishpatim, which they could have
figured out on their own, are logical in terms of society and personal life, but they are not a given in every
society. Yet we are blessed, because we can ask questions of life, and know that we can always turn back to
Torah, because it will always be our guide, even when
humanity doesnt use our intuition and our best social
conscience. Parshat Mishpatim, more than even the
Ten Commandments of last weeks parsha, is the foundation for all of the answers to the questions that students have had over the ages. It is the reason that I can
always answer, Torah.

Dear Rabbi Zahavy


Your talmudic advice column
Dear Rabbi Zahavy,
I have had serious health problems and
several medical procedures that weakened
me and my immune system. Thank God, I
have recovered now, and I attend my local
synagogue. My problem is that especially on
Shabbat, some of my friends and neighbors
offer me a handshake with their greetings
after services.
My doctors have cautioned me about
engaging in physical contact in public that
could expose me to germs and diseases. So I
have told my close friends that I wont shake
their hands. They understand because they
know my situation. I offer some of my buddies fist bumps instead of handshakes.
Other people in shul do not know why I
wont shake hands with them. That makes
me worried that they will think I am socially
cold or odd.
First, am I wrong to be hyper-cautious
about handshakes? Second, what should I do
to explain my preference not to shake hands?
Fist-bumping in Fair Lawn
Dear Fist-bumping,
Our hands most certainly do have and
transmit germs. What should we do about
that?
Many people who have no urgent health
issues recognize and take precautions
against this. The magnate-turned-politician Donald Trump, for example, is one
prominent example of a person who goes
to lengths to avoid hand contact with other
people.
Trump has said that he hates shaking
hands. In his 1997 book The Art of the
Comeback, he wrote, One of the curses
of American society is the simple act of
shaking hands, and the more successful
and famous one becomes the worse this
terrible custom seems to get. I happen to
be a clean hands freak. I feel much better
after I thoroughly wash my hands, which
I do as much as possible. He has often
referred to handshaking as barbaric.
Jewish religious rituals do mandate
hand-washing before you eat bread, but
there are no religious restrictions on
ordinary handshaking (leaving out the
not-germ-related ultra-Orthodox taboos
against men shaking hands with women).
And let me be clear that Im not one
of those people who obsess about hand
cleanliness.

streets where the speed limit is low and


school, and a graduate stuBut in a few weeks a new
dent at Brown, I had a sumtendency to exceed it is high. Speeding
volume will be published. It
mer weekend pulpit in a
ticket revenue is helpful income to many
is called The Hand Book:
small city in central Massacommunities.
Surviving in a Germ-Filled
chusetts. The senior rabbi of
If you are caught outright speeding
World, by Dr. Miryam Wahrman, a distinguished scienthe synagogue told me before
or you are stopped in a carefully crafted
tist who lives in Teaneck, is
he left for vacation that there
speed trap, my strong advice to you is
a professor at William Paterwas one rule he observed in
never to argue with any officer of the law.
son University, writes science
his congregation. After every
Your best bet would be to be as abjectly
Rabbi Tzvee
articles for the Jewish Stanservice he would make cerapologetic as possible saying: (a) that you
Zahavy
dard, and full disclosure
tain to shake hands with
did a dumb thing, (b) that you should know
is my sister.
every person who attended.
better not to speed because you live in the
Dr. Wahrmans work is
I was warned that if I missed
community (if you do according to your
based on many studies done by scientists
shaking hands with anyone, they might be
license), (c) that you have a clean record
worldwide, as well as her own research.
offended.
and always obey the ordinances (if you do
She writes that throughout modern times,
You should note, I guess with some
have a clean record). And if you are a dramatic enough person, (d) you might beg
to combat every health epidemic, the first
relief, that you live in a local northern New
the officer not to give you a ticket. And, (e)
line of recommended defense is proper
Jersey community that does not energetically promote friendly hand-shaking. You
actual crying has (reportedly) been known
hand-washing.
are fortunate that in our local towns I have
to help as well.
Dr. Wahrman says that many people,
observed that only a small percentage of
It appears that doing teshuva, i.e.,
including healthcare workers, routinely
people reach out to shake hands after the
repentance, on the spot, can be effective
fail to wash their hands and thus put people at risk for contracting serious diseases
services. We have more of a big city social
in avoiding a ticket, just as it can be helpful
with potentially lethal consequences. She
ethos in our area, making it less expected
on Yom Kippur, when we are judged by the
cites investigations of hand hygiene in
that we all need to press the flesh of everyAlmighty. If your record is relatively clean,
one else in the sanctuary after a synagogue
clinical settings, where lapses by medical
the police officer may take your word for
service.
professionals do lead to the spread of disyour remorse, and let it go.
ease. She explains the mechanics of how
And finally, I presume that you are not a
But it is important to remember, dina
microbes on environmental surfaces transshul rabbi, so you would not have a theodimalchuta dina, which means the law
mit disease. In her book, she offers urgent
retical need to shake hands with everyone
of the land is our law, so it is important
strategies to help decrease transmission of
attending your services, even if you lived
to observe traffic laws not only for our
germs and diseases from person to person.
in friendlier small town in New England.
own safety and that of the community,
The Hand Book should be read by
but because we are law abiding citizens,
Dear Rabbi Zahavy,
everyone who wants safer hands and betwho respect not only the system of laws
ter hygiene and health. From reading it,
I recently was pulled over for speeding and
and customs of our religion, but that of the
you will conclude that even people with
argued with the police officer that I was not
locale in which we live.
normal immune systems ought to be much
speeding, but to no avail. I got a speeding
Therefore, I reiterate: Do not speed!
more careful about shaking hands.
ticket. I cant afford to accumulate points on
Please, keep the streets of our communities safe!
Now let me answer your questions
my license. So I need your advice about how
about shaking hands in shul, based on
to avoid tickets.
Tzvee Zahavy earned his Ph.D. from Brown
Busted in Bergenfield
the science of hands carrying germs, and
University and rabbinic ordination from
given the fact that a high-profile politician
Dear Busted,
Yeshiva University. He is the author many
is unabashedly averse to hand shaking.
May I extend to you the first Doh! answer
books, including these ebooks available at
You can openly say to people you
I have given in this column.
Amazon.com: The Book of Jewish Prayers
encounter in shul that you have health
Doh! To avoid speeding tickets, stop
in English, Rashi: The Greatest Exegete,
issues that make hand-shaking a risk of
speeding!
Gods Favorite Prayers, and Dear Rabbi
exposing you to germs and illnesses. Or
Now having said that, we all know that
Zahavy which includes his past columns
you can say you are generally careful or
speed traps are set up by local police on
from the Jewish Standard and other essays.
even germ phobic. People now, more than
in the past, will accept that not as odd, but
as prudent.
The Dear Rabbi column offers timely advice based on timeless Talmudic
Let me add some postscripts to this
wisdom. It aspires to be equally respectful and meaningful to all varieties
advice. In my lifetime of professional expeand denominations of Judaism. You can find it here on the first Friday of the
riences, I had one memorable occasion
month. Send your questions to DearRabbi@jewishmediagroup.com.
when hand-shaking was a concern. When
I was a young rabbi just out of rabbinical

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editor of the Art-Scroll
Schottenstein edition of
the Babylonian Talmud.
641 W. Englewood Ave.
(201) 836-8916.

Saturday
FEBRUARY 6
Shabbat in Jersey
City: Congregation
Bnai Jacob offers Torah
Topics with Rabbi Marsha
Dubrow, a Tu BShevat
celebration with a
holiday workshop for
children, and a kiddush
lunch. 176 West Side
Ave. (201) 435-5725 or
bnaijacobjc.org.

Community Torah
learning: Sweet Tastes

The sisterhood
of Congregation
Ahavath Torah in
Englewood hosts
an evening of wine and whiskey
tastings by Wine Country of
Bergenfield and live music by
the West Hills Project jazz band,
Saturday, February 13, at 8:30 p.m.
240 Broad Ave. (201) 568-1315 or
email atc.sisterhood@gmail.com.

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Friday
FEBRUARY 5
Shabbat in Fort Lee:
The JCC of Fort Lee/
Congregation Gesher
Shalom has a Beatles
musical service following
dinner at 6 p.m.
1449 Anderson Ave.
Dinner reservations,
(201) 947-1735.

Shabbat in Franklin
Lakes: Rabbis Elyse
Frishman and Rachel
Steiner of Barnert Temple
lead a family-friendly
service, 7 p.m., followed
by a potluck supper.
747 Route 208 South.
(201) 848-1800. www.
barnerttemple.org.

Shabbat in Teaneck:
Temple Emeth offers
family services, 7:30 p.m.
1666 Windsor Road.
(201) 833-1322 or www.
emeth.org.

Shabbat in Tenafly:
Temple Sinai of Bergen
County holds its monthly
Rock Shabbat services
with singer/songwriter
Josh Nelson, 7:30 p.m. 1
Engle St. (201) 568-3035.

Shabbat in Closter:
Temple Beth El holds
services led by Rabbi
David S. Widzer
and Cantor Rica
Timman, featuring the
Shabbat Unplugged
Band, 7:30 p.m. 221
Schraalenburgh Road.
(201) 768-5112.

Shabbat in Teaneck:
Rabbi Dr. Dovid Katz
of Congregation Beth
Abraham of Baltimore is
the Joseph N. Muschel
scholar-in-residence
at Congregation Bnai
Yeshurun. During the
8 p.m. oneg, he will
discuss The Battle
Between Gracia
Mendes and Pope Paul
IV in the 1550s. On
Shabbat morning after
Shacharit, the topic
will be Cossacks and
Jews, 1648-49, and
after Minchah, that at
4:45 p.m., he will talk
on Beyond Yeshivish:
Yisrael Salanter,
Avraham Elya Kaplan,
and Thinking Out of
the Box. Rabbi Katz, a
visiting history professor
at Johns Hopkins,
was a contributing

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of Torah, a community
night of study with 20
rabbis from northern
New Jersey, presented by
the North Jersey Board
of Rabbis with support
from local synagogues,
is at Temple Beth Rishon
in Wyckoff. Registration
at 6:30 p.m., Havdalah,
6:50. 585 Russell
Ave. (201) 652-1687,
sweettastesoftorah@
gmail.com, or www.
sweettastesoftorah.
weebly.com.

El participates in the
Federation of Jewish
Mens Clubs World Wide
Wrap to spread the
mitzvah of tefillin, 9 a.m.
180 Piermont Road.
(201) 750-9997.

World Wide Wrap in


Fair Lawn: Temple Beth
Sholom of Fair Lawn
participates in the 16th
annual World Wide
Wrap. During services
at 9 a.m., Rabbi Alberto
Zeilicovich will teach
how to put on tefillin
and discuss traditions
and insights about
the weekday morning
ritual. A bagel breakfast
sponsored by the mens
club follows. Bring tefillin.
40-25 Fair Lawn Ave.
(201) 797-9321.

Auction in Woodcliff
Lake: Temple Emanuel of
the Pascack Valley hosts
Bids, Bites & Beverages,
a professional live
auction and wine tasting,
7:30 p.m. 87 Overlook
Drive. Register online
at http://simplyurl.
com/MQ; email Traci at
sachst@mac.com, call
(201) 391-0801, or go to
www.tepv.org.

Sunday
FEBRUARY 7
World Wide Wrap in
New City: The Nanuet
Hebrew Center offers
minyan at 8:45 a.m.,
uniting men, women,
and children in prayer
and learning the mitzvah
of wrapping tefillin. 411
South Little Tor Road,
off exit 10, Palisades
Interstate Parkway.
(845) 708-9181 or www.
nanuethc.org.

Book club in Paramus:


The JCC of Paramus/
Congregation Beth
Tikvah offers a discussion
of Anthony Doerrs
novel, All the Light We
Cannot See, 10:30 a.m.
Refreshments. East
304 Midland Ave.
(201) 262-7691 or
grandmamimil@verizon.
net.

Congregation Ahavath
Torah holds a blood drive
with New Jersey Blood
Services, a division of
New York Blood Center,
9 a.m.-3 p.m. 240 Broad
Ave. (800) 933-2566 or
www.nybloodcenter.org.

Bob Klapisch
Columnist in Teaneck:
Bergen Record baseball
columnist Bob Klapisch
gives a preview of the
2016 season, including
the Yankees off-season
moves, the Mets chances
of returning to the World
Series, and the Hall of
Fame vote, for the mens
club of Congregation
Beth Aaron, 9:30 a.m.
950 Queen Anne Road.
(201) 836-6210 or www.
bethaaron.org.

Pancakes in
Washington Township:
Temple Beth Or hosts its
second annual pancake
breakfast, 10:30 a.m.noon. Proceeds will go
toward buying a tablet
computer for each class
in the shuls religious
school. 56 Ridgewood
Road. (201) 664-7422 or
templebethornj.org.

Why? in Fair Lawn:


Anshei Lubavitch offers
a 6-week Rohr Jewish
Learning Institute course,
The Jewish Course
of Why, led by Rabbi
Avrohom Bergstein,
7:30 p.m. 10-10 Plaza
Road. (201) 362-2712 or
www.myJLI.com.

Monday
FEBRUARY 8
Jewish learning in
Teaneck: Lamdeinu,

Blood drive in
Englewood:

Music/sing-along in
Paramus: Jazz musician/
percussionist Ed Mann
performs at the JCC of
Paramus/ Congregation
Beth Tikvah, 7:30 p.m.
Admission includes
drinks, appetizers, and
desserts from the shuls
new cookbook More
Recipes From the Heart.
Cookbooks for sale. East
304 East Midland Ave.
(201) 262-7691 or www.
jccparamus.org.

1:30 p.m. The film Boy


Meets Girl will be
shown. Viewpoints, a
shul committee that was
formed to celebrate the
diversity of the Jewish
community, includes
programs that highlight
the interfaith, interracial,
and LGBT communities.
1666 Windsor Road.
(201) 833-1322.

World Wide Wrap in


Closter: Temple Emanu-

Dr. Robert W. Butts


Concert in Wayne:
The YMCA of Wayne
continues its Backstage
at the Y Series with
Mozart: The Creativity
of Genius led by
Dr. Robert W. Butts,
an award-winning
conductor, composer,
and educator, 11:45 a.m.
The Metro YMCAs of the
Oranges is a partner of
the YM-YWHA of North
Jersey. 1 Pike Drive.
(973) 595-0100, ext. 257.

Family fun in Tenafly:


The Kaplen JCC on the
Palisades holds Family
Fun Day, sponsored
by the JCC Camps,
noon-2 p.m., to showcase
its specialty summer
day camps for 2- to
17-year-olds, including
basketball, multi-sport,
tennis, musical theater,
dance, music, high tech,
fine arts, teen travel,
volunteer camp, and
special needs options.
The day includes
face painting, balloon
making, giveaways, and
special offers. Camp
directors, leaders, and
specialists will be on
hand. (201) 408-1448 or
mpeters@jccotp.org.

Jewish inclusiveness:
Temple Emeth of
Teaneck s Viewpoints
Committee offers a
discussion with Aaron
Potenza, director of
programs at Garden
State Equality,
Transgender RomCom Boy Meets Girl,

a center for Jewish


learning that meets
at Congregation Beth
Aaron, continues a class
for women, Parshanut
HaMikra, led by Rachel
Friedman, 10:15 a.m. 950
Queen Anne Road. www.
lamdeinu.org.

Passover Haggadah:
Cantor Sam Weiss of
the JCC of Paramus/
Congregation Beth
Tikvah begins a
series, Exploring the
Passover Haggadah:
Its Structure, History,
and Content, 8:15 p.m.
East 304 Midland Ave.
(201) 262-7691.

Tuesday
FEBRUARY 9
Play group in New
Milford: Shalom Baby
of Jewish Federation of
Northern New Jerseys
group, which includes
stories, songs, art lesson,
and snacks for moms
and dads of newborns
through 3-year-olds,
gives families the
chance to connect
with each other and
the Jewish community,
at Solomon Schechter
Day School of Bergen
County, 9:30 a.m. 275
McKinley Ave. Jessica,
(201) 820-3917, jessicak@
jfnnj.org, or www.jfnnj.
org/shalombaby.

Program for Holocaust


survivors: Cafe Europa,
a social program the
Jewish Family Service of
North Jersey sponsors
for Holocaust survivors,
funded in part by the
Conference on Material
Claims Against Germany,
Jewish Federation of
Northern New Jersey,

Calendar
and private donations,
meets at the Fair
Lawn Jewish Center/
Congregation Bnai Israel,
11 a.m. Program includes
lunch and a performance
by singer/guitarist Laura
Levy and musician Larry
Silverman. Transportation
available. 10-10 Norma
Ave. Melanie Lester,
(973) 595-0111 or www.
jfsnorthjersey.org.

Jewish learning in
Teaneck: Lamdeinu,
a center for Jewish
learning that meets
at Congregation Beth
Aaron, continues a class
for women, Talmud:
Masekhet Berakhot
Chapter 1, led by Rabbi
Daniel Fridman, 12:15 p.m.
950 Queen Anne Road.
www. lamdeinu.org.

Why? Haskell, West


Milford: Chabad of
Upper Passaic County
offers a 6-week Rohr
Jewish Learning
Institute course, The
Jewish Course of Why,
7:30 p.m. Haskell Town
Center, 1069 Ringwood
Ave., and another one on
Feb. 11 at Chabad at Bald
Eagle Square, 179 Cahill
Cross Road, West Milford.
Rabbi Mendy Gurkov,
(201) 696-7609 or www.
JewishHighlands.org.

Why? in Tenafly:
Lubavitch on the
Palisades offers a
6-week Rohr Jewish
Learning Institute course,
The Jewish Course of
Why, 8 p.m. 11 Harold
St. Rabbi Mordechai
Shain, (201) 871-1152
or rabbishain@
chabadlubavitch.org.

Wednesday
FEBRUARY 10
Talking about
philanthropy: Richard
Slutzky, senior vice
president/philanthropic
specialist at U.S. Trust/
Bank of America,
offers a seminar,
The Philanthropic
Conversation, for
financial and wealth
management advisors,
7:30-9 a.m. It is a
program from the
Jewish Federation of
Northern New Jerseys
Endowment Foundation
and Commerce and
Professionals Division.
Kosher breakfast. At
federations offices, 50
Eisenhower Drive in
Paramus. (201) 820-3900
or jfnnj.org.

Lecture/museum trip:
The Dor LDor group at
Congregation Ahavath
Torah in Englewood
offers a talk by artist
Sheryl Intrator Urman
on the new Whitney
Museum. Meet at the shul

at 10 a.m., followed by
lecture, brunch, and bus
trip to the Whitney. 240
Broad Ave. Reservations,
(201) 568-5921 or
egorlyn@ahavathtorah.
org.

Why? in Franklin
Lakes: Chabad of NW
Bergen County offers
a 6-week Rohr Jewish
Learning Institute
course, The Jewish
Course of Why, led by
Rabbi Chanoch Kaplan,
7:30 p.m. 375 Pulis Ave.
(201) 848-0449 or www.
chabadplace.org.

Talmud class in
Teaneck: Temple
Emeth congregant Art
Lerman continues an
introductory Talmud
class at the shul, 8 p.m.
1666 Windsor Road.
(201) 833-1322.

Thursday
FEBRUARY 11
Jewish learning in
Teaneck: Lamdeinu,
a center for Jewish
learning that meets
at Congregation Beth
Aaron, continues classes,
Yeshayahu: Prophecies
of Consolation, led
by Dr. Michelle Levine,
10:15 a.m., and Parashah
and Haftarah Pointers,
led by Rabbi Daniel
Fridman, 12:15 p.m. 950
Queen Anne Road. www.
lamdeinu.org.

Prayer book: Rabbi


Debra Orenstein of
Congregation Bnai Israel
in Emerson continues
an ongoing monthly
adult education series,
My Prayer Book,
1 p.m. Participants
can bring brown bag
dairy or vegetarian
lunch. 53 Palisade Ave.
(201) 265-2272 or www.
bisrael.com.

Friday
FEBRUARY 12
Shabbat in Glen Rock:
The Glen Rock Jewish
Center holds a family
Shabbat Club service,
5:30 p.m., followed by
dinner and dessert,
crafts, and activities at
6. 682 Harristown Road.
(201) 652-6624.

at the Y series with Love


is in the Air, featuring Bill
Arnold and John Priori,
in the Rosen Performing
Arts Center, 11:45 a.m.
The Metro YMCAs of the
Oranges is a partner of
the YM-YWHA of North
Jersey. 1 Pike Drive.
(973) 595-0100, ext. 257.

Monday
FEBRUARY 15
Presidents Day service
in Franklin Lakes:
Temple Emanuel of North
Jersey holds its third
annual Presidents Day
service, 8 a.m., featuring
the Gettysburg Address,
translated into Hebrew,
chanted as a haftarah.
Light breakfast. 558
High Mountain Road.
(201) 560-0200 or www.
tenjfl.org.

Singles
Sunday
FEBRUARY 7
Seniors meet in West
Nyack: Singles 65+

by Rachel Ruchlamer
and Dr. Shani Ratzker.
Shidduchprojects@
gmail.com or call
(201) 522-4776.

Sunday
FEBRUARY 14

meets for a social bagels


and lox brunch at the
JCC Rockland, 11 a.m. All
are welcome, particularly
those from Hudson,
Passaic, Bergen, or
Rockland counties. 450
West Nyack Road. Gene
Arkin, (845) 356-5525.

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Friday
FEBRUARY 12
Teaneck singles
Shabbaton: The
Shidduch Project hosts
Shabbaton Royale
for modern Orthodox/
machmir singles, 2442, at Congregation
Rinat Yisrael. Hosted

Singles 40s-60s meetup


group is going to the
YMCA of Wayne for
its Backstage at the Y
series concert, Love is
in the Air, featuring Bill
Arnold and John Priori
in the Rosen Performing
Arts Center. Meet in the
lobby at 11 a.m.; concert
at 11:45; lunch in coffee
shop afterward. The
Metro YMCAs of the
Oranges is a partner of
the YM-YWHA of North
Jersey. 1 Pike Drive.
(973) 595-0100, ext. 257.

Bill Arnold
Concert/lunch/
schmoozing in Wayne:
The North Jersey Jewish

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Mens basketball league registering


Registration is open at the Kaplen JCC on the
Palisades in Tenafly for a competitive mens
4-on-4 basketball league, featuring eight
games plus playoffs for all teams, professional
referees, scorekeepers, electronic scoreboards, and team jerseys. The season begins
on February 22 with two divisions: one for
17-to 34-year-olds, the second for those who
are 35+. Participants can form their own team
with a minimum of six players or the JCC can
place them as a free agent. All games will be
played at the JCC.
We are so excited to gear up for our
leagues, which create a weekly opportunity
for members to come together as a community, says Health and Wellness director
Roberto Santiago. Basketball is a great sport
and a great social game that offers all the best
of good competitive fun. But its also worth
noting that it also provides a great cardio
workout and helps people stay in shape. All the running, jumping and physical demands of the game burns
over 500 calories an hour, and at the same time, it also
helps increase eye-hand-coordination, bone health,
strength and agility, endurance, and stronger leg and
torso muscles. Our league will have great fun and have
a great workout every week!
The JCC offers many options for people to have fun,
stay fit, and get one step closer to a healthier lifestyle.
The center has over 65,000 feet of dedicated wellness space and offers year-round health and wellness

programs featuring all the latest in cardio, strength, and


exercise equipment, indoor 25-meter lap and heated
training pools, two indoor air-conditioned gyms for
basketball, and fully equipped mens locker rooms with
lockers and showers. The JCC also offers a wide range of
athletic and afterschool classes for youth, including basketball, soccer, tennis, karate, gymnastics, and aquatics.
To register, go to jccotp.org/athletics-adults, call
Oumar Soumare at (201) 408-1474, or email osoumare@
jccotp.org. Those who take a facility tour receive a oneweek family guest pass.

Shabbat in Washington
Township: Temple Beth
Or holds Shabbat Hallelu,
a family musical service,
7:30 p.m. 56 Ridgewood
Road. (201) 664-7422 or
www.templebethornj.org.

Sunday
FEBRUARY 14
Concert in Wayne:
The YMCA of Wayne
continues its Backstage

Yanni coming to Englewood


Tickets for July 11 and 12 performances by Yanni at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood are
on sale. Both shows are at 8 p.m.
Yanni, who has been nominated for
many Grammy Awards, is a renowned
composer, multi-instrumentalist,

producer, and performer. His


15-member master musician international orchestra will accompany him
in Englewood.
For tickets, go to www.ticketmaster.
com or call the box office at (201)
227-1030.
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COURTESY OF KSENIJA LEA KOSTIC-PECARIC

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Painful Truth

Art at Teaneck Library


Artist and art educator Ksenija Lea
Kostic-Pecaric will exhibit her recent
acrylics, collages, and small ceramics at the Teaneck Public Library this
month. Her works explore biblical narratives and symbols and reflections on
her life journey and personal spiritual
contemplations.
Born and raised in former Yugoslavia, Ms. Kostic-Pecaric has exhibited her

work nationally and internationally since


1996. She is an art educator at Yeshivat
Noam day school in Paramus and is a
member of the Society of American
Graphic Artists, the National Association of Women Artists, the Printmaking
Center of New Jersey, and the Manhattan Graphic Center. For information, call
(201) 873-4171.

Benjamin Goodman

Israeli musicians
performing Feb. 20
in Ridgewood
Temple Israel and JCC of Ridgewood
offers its Winter Music Saturday concert, featuring two young Israeli musicians pianist Benjamin Goodman and
violinist Barak Shossberger on February 20. The duo will play works by
Mozart, Beethoven, and Fritz Kreisler.
The concert begins at 8 p.m.; a reception with the artists, including dairy desserts and wine, will follow. It is sponsored

Barak Shossberger

by temple member Richard Schnaittacher


in honor of his father, Fred Schnaittacher,
and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, which supports artistic life in Israel.
Temple Israel is at 475 Grove St. in Ridgewood. The snow date is February 27. For
information, call (201) 444-9320, email
music@synagogue.org, or go to www.
synagogue.org.

Across
1. Punch for Foreman
4. Martin on Lorias Marlins
9. Tefillin piece
14. URL ender for YU
15. The Inbal, e.g.
16. Hideki on Lorias Expos
17. First part of a Shammai saying from
Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers)
19. Russias Vladimir
20. Purim plays
21. Weight issue for Eglon
23. Italian volcano approx. 3000 km
from Israel
24. Negel vasser vessels
26. Yafo, for one
29. Has a shvitz
33. 2011 Best Picture winner directed by
Michel Hazanavicius
36. Play dreidel
37. Telushkins Rebbe, e.g.
38. Like Elsas magic
39. Mentalist Geller
41. Volunteer for the IDF: Abbr.
42. Actress Fisher of Now You See Me
44. Second-oldest funny Brother
47. Call from a korban or start to an
ovine nursery song
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50. Winner of Miss Israel, e.g.
52. Lashon ___
56. Statement from Bezeq
59. Wood the Ark was made out of
61. Dahl who said I am not anti-Semitic.
I am anti-Israel.
62. Last part of a Shammai saying from
Pirkei Avot
65. Sukkot branch
66. General Moshe
67. Neckwear at a simcha
68. Kibbutz Mashabei
69. Howard who takes issue with Roger
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Down
1. Actor Eisenberg
2. Change voltage, when coming to
Israel
3. Join a game at a Sheldon Adelson
establishment
4. Main character in Ramiss Groundhog
Day
5. Goes bad, like yesterdays manna
6. Abbr. for Alan Dershowitz
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8. Pareve spreads
9. With 48-Down central Jewish prayer
also known as the shemoneh esrei
10. Sheitel macher locks
11. Indian malkah
12. Bissel (2 words)
13. Average man, compared to Samson
18. New contract one who blesses
gomel might have for life
22. Le Marais cafes
24. Adopted mother of Moses
25. Rabbi Isaac Luria, with The
27. Tel follower
28. Like the words smite or thou
30. Larry David, when being Bernie
Sanders
31. Cozbi bat Zur (who was killed by
Phinehas), perhaps
32. Where Andy Samberg got his start,
for short
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34. Shalom, in Granada
35. Yofi
37. Tinok tie-on
40. ___ Mine, Beatles song produced
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43. Pardon, by a Beit Din
45. Kosher deli staple
46. Korban ___, accidental sin sacrifice
48. See 9-Down
51. Columbos clues
53. Like the eyesight of a nesher
54. Poison to be used by Franco and
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55. Sounded pleased at a Dead Sea spa
56. Levin and Gershwin
57. Heartburn author Ephron
58. Rabbinic group
59. Dress up time
60. Actress Didi of Grease
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Jewish World

Obituaries

Netanyahu raps statements by government ministers,


lawmakers attacking liberal Jews

Barbara Braverman

JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister


Benjamin Netanyahu slammed statements by government ministers and lawmakers disparaging liberal streams of
Judaism in the wake of Cabinet approval
to expand the egalitarian section at the
Western Wall.
I reject the recent disparaging and
divisive remarks by ministers and members of Knesset about Reform Jews,
Netanyahu said in a statement issued
Wednesday. Reform and Conservative Jews are part and parcel of the Jewish people and should be treated with
respect.
Netanyahu called the agreement
approved Sunday to create the new nonOrthodox prayer section of the Western
Wall a historic compromise that ensures
that the Western Wall will continue to be
a source of unity and inspiration for the

entire Jewish people.


This is the governments policy. This
is my policy, Netanyahu said.
Some government officials attacked
the liberal streams and associated movements that signed on to the agreement,
including the Reform and Conservative
movements, Women of the Wall and the
Jewish Agency.
The most recent attack came Tuesday afternoon, when the deputy education minister, Meir Porush of the charedi
Orthodox United Torah Judaism party
was reported as saying Women of the
Wall should be thrown to the dogs,
and expressed satisfaction that the new
egalitarian section will be in an out-ofthe-way corner. He also said, the Times
of Israel reported, The Reform are
responsible for the terrible intermarriage
that weve been witnessing in the United

States.
One secular lawmaker, Yariv Levin of
the Likud party, on Sunday during a discussion of the agreement also attacked
the Reform movement, saying: Reform
Jews in the United States are a dying
world. Assimilation is taking place on a
vast scale. They are not even tracking this
properly in their communities. It is evidenced by the fact that a man who calls
himself a Reform rabbi stands there with
a priest and officiates at the wedding of
the daughter of Hillary Clinton and no
one condemns it, thereby legitimizing it.
Following the vote, Moshe Gafni, a
haredi Orthodox lawmaker who chairs
the Israeli Knessets powerful Finance
Committee, said he would not recognize the decision and called Reform Jews
a group of clowns who stab the holy
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Torah.

Israeli firm uncovers eBay security flaw


Israeli cyber-security firm Check Point
revealed that it has discovered a serious
flaw in online e-commerce giant eBays
security, allowing hackers and cyber
criminals to use malicious code to target
users and steal their online information.
According to a report by Israels Channel 2, eBay has 160 million registered
users worldwide, all of whom are at risk.
Check Point, which posted its discovery
on the company blog, believes that unless
eBay acts to rectify this vulnerability

immediately, eBays customers will continue to be exposed to potential phishing


attacks and data theft.
The company had informed eBay of its
discovery on Dec. 15, but as of Jan. 16, the
e-commerce giant said it has no plans to
fix the vulnerability, Check Point said.
According to Check Point, all a hacker
needs to do to launch a malicious attack
is to set up an eBay store, from which he
can send users legitimate-looking links
that contain malicious code.

Responding to Check Points warning,


eBay said, As a company, we are committed to providing a safe and secure
trading platform to our millions of customers worldwide. We take reports suggesting security issues very seriously and
work quickly to assess them, as part of
our security infrastructure. We consistently adapt our security systems and
maintain a responsible system, where
we partner with the researchers indicating such issues exist.
JNS.ORG

Israel to showcase latest diamond technology


at international gathering
Israel will host hundreds of diamond
dealers from around the world this
month during the International Diamond
Week at the Israel Diamond Exchange in
Ramat Gan.
Delegations of diamond buyers from
Panama, Italy, and Hong Kong will join
representatives from more than 20 countries to learn more about the latest tools
in diamond technology.

Israel, as the worlds leading specialist in larger fancy-shaped diamonds and


fancy-color diamonds, has lots to offer
to the top end of the jewelry design and
manufacturing market, Israel Diamond
Exchange President Yoram Dvash said.
Renowned British jeweler Stephen
Webster, known as jeweler to the stars,
will be the guest of honor.
I am excited to be coming back to

Israel after an absence of more than


20 years, and look forward to take part
in the International Diamond Week in
Israel. High quality diamonds are an
integral part of my own jewelry creations, as well as the jewelry of the
house of Garrard. I expect to be seeing
a lot of those quality diamonds on the
exchange floor during my visit, Webster said.
JNS.ORG

Majority of French citizens blame Jews


for growing anti-Semitism, poll says
Sixty percent of French citizens believe
that the countrys Jewish population
bears some responsibility for the rise of
anti-Semitism in their country, according
to a poll conducted by the Ipsos market
research firm.
More than half of the French respondents believe Jews have a lot of power,
while 40 percent believe Jews are a little

too present in the media, the 18-month


study concluded, the Jerusalem Post
reported.
Anti-Semitism has been on the rise in
France, with an 84-percent increase in
attacks on Jews in 2015 alone, according
to reports.
The survey, sponsored by the Fondation du Judasme Franais, also

44 JEWISH STANDARD FEBRUARY 5, 2016

found that 13 percent of respondents


think there are a few too many Jews in
France.
These results are compatible with
reports that French emigration is on the
rise and another recent survey that said
43 percent of French Jews are planning to
JNS.ORG
make aliyah to Israel.

Barbara Braverman, 86, of Hackensack,


formerly of Paramus, died January 26.
She was among the founding members
of the JCC of Paramus. Arrangements
were by Louis Suburban Chapel,
Fair Lawn.

Mark Finkelman

Mark Finkelman, 69, of Elmwood Park


died January 29. Arrangements were by
Louis Suburban Chapel, Fair Lawn.

Frieda Friedmann

Frieda Friedmann, 90, of Pompton


Plains, formerly of Fair Lawn, died
February 2. She was a Holocaust
survivor.
She is survived by her husband,
Morris; children, Sylvia (Alan) and
Steven (Nancy); two grandchildren, and
one great-grandchild.
Donations can be sent to the Jewish
Council of Cedar Crest Village, Pompton Plains or American Society for Yad
Vashem Inc. Arrangements were by Robert Schoems Menorah Chapel, Paramus.

Florence Hurewitz
Florence Hurewitz, 95, of Ridgewood,
formerly of Fair Lawn, died January 31.
She was a professional artist.
Predeceased by her husband, Dr.
Benjamin, she is survived by sons,
Steven and Dr. Michael, both of
Waldwick. Arrangements were by Louis
Suburban Chapel, Fair Lawn.

Hilda Jacobius

Hilda Jacobius, 99, of Clifton died


Jan. 26. Arrangements were by Louis
Suburban Chapel, Fair Lawn.

Doris Ornstein

Doris Ornstein, ne Berkowitz, 86, of


Cliffside Park, died January 30. She was
born in the Bronx.
Predeceased by her husband, Irving,
she is survived by a son, David, of South
Salem, N.Y.
Arrangements were by Eden Memorial
Chapels, Fort Lee.

Jack Rosen

Jack Rosen, 94, of Coconut Creek, Fla.,


formerly of Fair Lawn, died January 26.
He was a district governor for
Rotary International and owned the
Bagel Shoppes in North Arlington and
Hackensack.
Predeceased by his wife, Edythe, he is
survived by his children, Howard ( Janet)
of Teaneck, Honey Kleinberg (Irving)
of Fair Lawn, and Fred (PJ) of North
Carolina; sisters Pauline Klotz (Shelly)
and Mary Winter; six grandchildren,
and nine great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Louis
Suburban Chapel, Fair Lawn.

Obituaries
Paul Sosis

Paul Sosis, 87, died January 29.


Predeceased by his first wife, Alice, he is survived
by his wife Sheila, children Steven, Caroline
( Jim), Beth, Eric (Karen), Jeffrey (Soo), and six
grandchildren.
Contributions can be sent to Temple Avodat
Shalom, River Edge. Arrangements were by Louis
Suburban Chapel, Fair Lawn.

Irwin Tuchfeld

Irwin Tuchfeld, 94, of New Milford, died January 31.


A World War II veteran, he was a special
education teacher.
Predeceased by a stepson, Garry Burros, he is
survived by his wife, Lucille Burros-Tuchfeld; a son,
Alan, and family; stepdaughters, Vicki Gaily and
Amy Dempsey and families; and a sister, Shirley
Fuerman and family.
Donations can be sent to the Hoene Rehabilitation
Center, Hackensack, NJ. Arrangements were by
Louis Suburban Chapel, Fair Lawn.

Ruth EbEl

Ruth Ebel, 89, of Verona, NJ passed away at her


home on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Born in Newark,
NJ, Ms. Ebel has lived in Verona for the past 39
years. She worked as the first female Buyer and
eventually as a Vice President of Macys Department Stores. She was also a long time member of
Temple Sholom of West Essex in Cedar Grove, NJ,
and taught merchandising at the Fashion Institute
of Technology. Ms. Ebel is survived by her cousins
Ruth and Morris Pilberg, of Los Angeles, California,
their daughters Aileen Winter, Jeannette Jackson,
and Marilyn Mandel, her cousin Robert Gutworth,
of Highland Park, New Jersey, his sons Frank and
Philip, and daughter Michelle Sass, and cousins
David and Hanna Mushinsky, of Tel Aviv, Israel.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to
Hadassah, the Womens Zionist Organization of
America, and should designate the Hadassah
Medical Organization, Susan G. Komen North
Jersey, Temple Sholom of West Essex, and Public
Television of New Jersey, Channel 13.

Frances Young

Frances C. Young, ne Jersey, 86, of Wayne, formerly


of Fair Lawn, died January 31.
Predeceased by her husband, Robert, she is
survived by daughters, Sherry Mark (Lowell) and
Debbie Wacker (Arthur); and four grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Louis Suburban Chapel,
Fair Lawn.

Jeffrey M. Bernstein

Jeffrey M. Bernstein passed away at the age of 55


at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday,
January 27, after a long and courageous battle
with lymphoma. Jeff was born on March 23, 1960
in Englewood, New Jersey to Cynthia and the late
Leopold Bernstein. Jeff graduated from the Center
for Open Education high school in 1978. He earned
a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Audio Technology from American University in 1982.
Jeff had a passion for music since childhood. He
had a long career in the music industry as a producer, composer, and writer, known for composing the theme song for the PBS show, Postcards
from Buster. As a musician, he played the upright
bass, the guitar, and African drums. Jeff had a fascination and passion for alternative healing methods and modalities. He was interested not only in
addressing his own health issues, but in making
these alternatives more widely available. More recently, Jeff devoted himself to being a father to his
young son, Noble, demonstrating incredible patience and wisdom.
Jeff will be remembered for his humor, wit, passion, intellect, kindness, and generosity. He made
friends wherever he went and they usually became lifelong friends. He loved spending time outside in nature and near the ocean.
Jeff is survived by his loving wife, Shonda, his
son, Noble Archer, 3, residing together in New
York City, his mother Cynthia, residing in Haworth,
NJ, and his sister, Debbie, residing with her husband, Paul, in Doylestown, PA. He will be missed
by his nieces, Jennifer and Stephanie.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeffreys memory to the Center for Advancement in
Cancer Education, 130 Almshouse Road, Suite
107A, Richboro, PA, 18954, www.beatcancer.org.
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n 1 Despite the snow, more than 80 children and adults joined


Lubavitch on the Palisades for a Tu Bshvat celebration last Sunday. They tasted the Seven Species of Israel, then made tree cake
pops in honor of the New Year of the Trees. COURTESY LOTP
n 2 Students at the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies participated in a Tu BShvat celebration with activities including Tu BShvat
tic tac toe trivia, fruit shake tasting, and planting parsley to grow for
Passover. They also had an Afternoon of the Arts program including a student art exhibition, a play by the BCHSJS drama troupe, and
a talk by Margie Gelbwasser, author of Inconvenient and Pieces
of Us. The program part of Jewish Federation of Northern New Jerseys One Book, One Community program. COURTESY BCHSJS
n 3 The Academies at Gerrard Berman Day Schools early childhood
classes took advantage of the snowfall and enhanced their studies of the
season with full immersion into the cold, snowy outdoors. COURTESY GBDS
n 4 At JFSNJs Cafe Europa, Daphne Secemski, niece of Holocaust survivor Aron Secemski, helped Marty Schneit, pictured
right, with a talk on the Ziegfield Girls. Cafe Europa is a monthly social program for Holocaust survivors. COURTESY JFSNJ
n 5 Teens from Temple Emanu-El of Closter visited with residents of the Jewish Home Assisted Living in River Vale and
played board games with them. COURTESY EMANU-EL

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Real Estate & Business


Income inequality: connecting the dots to money
influence, and the decline of the middle class
On Thursday, February 18, North Jersey Public Policy Network will welcome journalist and author Timothy Noah.
His presentation, with a question and answer period to
follow, will be 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Fairleigh Dickinson
University Metropolitan Campus, Dickinson Hall, Wilson
Auditorium, 140 University Plaza Drive, Hackensack.
Noah will dig deep into how and why money spent on
lobbyists in Washington has had such a forceful impact
on creating income inequality in the US. He will also discuss the rise of lobbying since the 1970s and the influence of Proctor and Gambles Bryce Harlow, who set the
stage for behind-the-scenes influence peddling in Washington that has helped contribute to the decline of the
middle class.
Noah is the labor policy editor for Politico. Previously,
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editor at The New Republic, and a senior writer at Slate.


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Ben-Gurion University announces cyber security


summer program for international students
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Israeli academic
leader in cyber security research, is launching a summer program for international students who want to take
advantage of the universitys expertise in this area.
The world is increasingly turning to Israel for cyber
security, and within Israel Ben Gurions Beer-Sheva campus is becoming a major international center, the universitys president, Dr. Rivka Carmi, said. Data mining has
become a crucial factor in cyber security at all levels, from
operations to strategic planning.
Taught in English, the new program will provide theoretical and practical knowledge and tools in data mining
and business intelligence. It is intended for high achieving
university seniors or graduate students pursuing information systems engineering, software engineering, computer
science, or industrial engineering and management. The
program includes a mandatory one-week internship at
the universitys Cyber Security Research Center, as well as
professional field trips to leading companies to augment
the curriculum.
Ben Gurion has a myriad of partners in Beer-Shevas

CyberSpark, a one-of-a-kind public-private partnership


located at the Gav Yam Negev Advanced Technologies
Park adjacent to the school. The university has attracted
the worlds largest information companies to the technology park, including Deutsche Telekom EMC, Lockheed
Martin, IBM, PayPal, as well as start-up firms.
The government of Israel is fully behind the initiative
with major financial and logistical support provided by
the Israel National Cyber Bureau, which has also moved
to the ATP. Moreover, Israels Computer Emergency
Response Team (CERT) will soon relocate to Beer-Sheva.
Within several years, the Israel Defense Forces is scheduled to move its elite technology units to a campus adjacent to the ATP. Many soldiers will earn BGU degrees and
conduct joint research with its industry partners.
With some 20,000 students on campuses in Beer-Sheva,
Sede Boqer and Eilat in Israels southern desert, BGU is a
university with a conscience, where the highest academic
standards are integrated with community involvement,
committed to sustainable development of the Negev. For
more information, visit www.aabgu.org

El Al Israel Airlines wins awards


EL AL Israel Airlines has been recognized in four prestigious award competitions. The national airline of Israel
was honored for its Matmid Frequent Flyer Club by The
Freddie Awards, the most prestigious awards in the travel
industry. In addition, EL AL received the top award in the
Best Airline Security category by Global Traveler Magazine for the ninth consecutive year and was selected as
one of the Best International Airlines by Conde Nast Traveler in their 2015 Readers Choice Awards. Earlier in the
year, the airline received top recognition for its wine list
in the Cellars in the Sky competition by Business Traveller Magazine.
The Freddies allow travelers to voice their opinion
on which frequent travel programs offer the best value.
The EL AL Matmid Frequent Flyer Club took home the
top prize for Best Promotion by offering economy class
award tickets at notably reduced fares. EL AL was also
honored for up and coming frequent flyer program of
the year.

EL AL received a gold medal for Best Presented Wine


List in the Business Traveller Magazine Cellars in the
Sky competition with a list exclusively featuring Israeli
vineyards,. The annual awards, which recognize the finest business and first class wines served by airlines worldwide, also honored EL AL with a bronze medal for serving
Galil Mountain Vineyards Ela 2012 red wine in Business
Class. The award winning EL AL wine list is curated by the
renowned sommelier Yair Haidu, who strives to present
passengers with a taste of exceptional Israeli wines.
For the ninth consecutive year, the 2015 Global Traveler
Magazine tested reader survey ranked Israels national airline number one for its prestigious security.
More than 129,000 readers took part in Conde Nast
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