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DuBow Digest Germany Edition April 11, 2013

DuBow Digest Germany Edition April 11, 2013

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Published by Eugene DuBow
An American Jewish - German Information & opinion Newsletter
An American Jewish - German Information & opinion Newsletter

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Published by: Eugene DuBow on Apr 10, 2013
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GERMANY EDITION April 10, 2013Dear Friends:I am sending this to you a bit early because I am getting myself ready for a mid-April trip
to, you guessed it, Germany. I am coming across the “Pond” to staff the American groupwho will make up this year’s delegation participating in the 33
annual ExchangeProgram AJC has with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.I have been part of this program since its inception in 1980 and actually made my first
trip to Germany in 1982 as the staff person for that year’s delegation. It changed
everything for me and inserted Germany into a very important place in my life.
Since I am approaching the “Twilight of my youth” (Auf Deutsch: Alt) I advised DavidHarris, AJC’s Director that this would be my last Exchange trip and, indeed, he
appointed Brian Lipton, the AJC Director in Sarasota, Florida to take over the programstarting next year. Brian will be with me this year to get a feel for what it is all about.
Of course, I’ll continue writing
DuBow Digest 
and will maintain my AJC connection as aSenior Advisor. You have not seen the last of me.Enough about me!
Since my last edition Jews celebrated Passover. In my eyes it’s the best of the holidays.
It is takes place in homes usually surrounded by family. There is nothing better.Pres. Obama visited Israel (see below) for the first time as President. I think almosteverybody felt it was a very positive undertaking. Since then, Secy. of State John Kerry
has been back to the region twice to try his version of “Mission Impossible” –
a peaceagreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians. One can only wish him good luck.
I fear he’ll need a lot more than that.I hope to see some of you while I’m in Germany.
There’s more. Let’s get on to the news…
Not the one commemorated in Germany.OBAMA IN ISRAEL
What was seen as unimportant became very important.THE AMERICAN RABBI: A CHANGED ROLE
Entrepreneur? Maybe so!THE JEWISH FEDERATION SYSTEM - Think Zentralrat.
War between Israel and Iran. What would Germany do?ENJOYABLE CYNICISM
A critical and cynical look at Israel
Palestinian peacepossibilities.HOLOCAUST REMEBRANCE DAYWe recently passed the holiday of Yom HaShoah, the day that Jews worldwidecommemorate the
six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as aresult of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for theJewish resistance in that period. In Israe
l, it is a national memorial day‖.
While in Germany and much of Europe the Holocaust is commemorated on January27
, Jews celebrate it on a Jewish calendar day, the 27
day of Nisan which comes out(usually) in April or May.In an article in Jewish Ideas Daily written by Michael Carasik, he notes,
―The logic 
behind this date, as expla
ined on the Knesset’s Hebrew web site, is calendrical rather 
than commemorative. It falls after the end of Passover and thus does not interfere with
the holiday; it occurs during the period known as the ―Counting of the Omer,‖ 
traditionally a season of mo
urning; and it precedes by one week Israel’s Memorial Day 
for fallen soldiers, which is followed by Independence Day.
It thus ―symbolically expresses the historical transition of the Jewish people from Holocaust to rebirth.‖ 
(Thedate observed by the United Nations is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army.)
Wikipedia again)
Jews in the Diaspora may observe this day within the synagogue, aswell as in the broader Jewish community. Commemorations range from synagogueservices to communal vigils and educational programs. Many Yom HaShoah programsfeature a talk by a Holocaust survivor or a direct descendant, recitation of appropriate psalms, songs and readings, or viewing of a Holocaust-themed film. Some communitieschoose to emphasize the depth of loss that Jews experienced in the Holocaust by reading the names of Holocaust victims one after another 
dramatizing the
unfathomable notion of six million deaths. Many Jewish schools also hold Holocaust-related educational programs on, or around, Yom HaShoah.
 Also during this day, tens of thousands of Israeli high-school students, and thousands of Jews and non-Jews from around the world, hold a memorial service in Auschwitz, inwhat has become known as "The March of the Living," in defiance of the Holocaust Death Marches. This event is endorsed and subsidized by the Israeli Ministry of Education and the Holocaust Claims Conference, and is considered an important part of the school curriculum
a culmination of several months of studies on World War II and the Holocaust.
Yom HaShoah has not yet achieved a level of religious importance that, for instance,Passover, Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur have found for themselves. However, thesenotable dates refer to occurrences that took place thousands of years in the past. YomHaShoah memorializes an event that took place less than 75 years ago. The Holocaust,no doubt, will find its way into yearly religious observance as time moves ahead.
If I’m right about that, the Germans will take
on the role that the Egyptians hold in the
Passover Seder. Sorry! But that’s the way I see it.
Prior to Pres. Obama’s trip to Israel the media had set the bar very low for any
expectations of success. Most thought that the mission would not have any meaningful
outcome. He was not going to the Middle East with any new “peace plan” and that the
entire undertaking would only be perfunctory with not terribly important visits to PrimeMinister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas. They were wrong! As it turnedout, quite a few important results emanated.First and foremost was his ability to get P.M. Netanyahu to call Turkish P.M. Erdoganand participate in a three-way discussion. The result is described in an
newsrelease. It noted
―During the phone call, Netanyahu and Erdogan agreed to normalize
relations, including returning their ambassadors to their respective posts in Israel and Turkey. And Turkey announced that it would cancel legal action against Israeli soldiers.
Netanyahu ―m
ade it clear that the tragic results regarding the Mavi Marmara were
unintentional and that Israel expresses regret over injuries and loss of life,‖ according toa statement from his office. He ―apologized to the Turkish people for any errors that 
could ha
ve led to loss of life and agreed to complete the agreement on compensation.‖ 
Erdogan, in his statement, called ―regrettable‖ the recent deterioration in relationsbetween Turkey and Israel, and ―accepted the apology.‖ 
 Tensions between the two countries escalated after Israeli commandos, in May 2010,stopped and boarded the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish vessel that was attempting to break the internationally-sanctioned Israeli naval blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza.

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