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The first time his heart stopped

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The captured
Israeli "spy
Israel Hayom

Polling the Jewish question

l A survey released today by the Pew

Research Center has good news, bad

news, worse news, and horrible news
for Senator Bernie Sanders.
The good news is that 8 percent
of respondents said they were more
likely to vote for a candidate because
he is Jewish.
The bad news is that 10 percent said
they would be less likely to vote for a
Jewish candidate.
The worse news is that the philoSemitism and anti-Semitism the
survey reveals varies by party. Ten
percent of Republicans would be more
likely to vote for a Jew against only 7
percent less likely to vote for one. That
wont help Sanders in the Democratic
primaries. Among Democrats and
those leaning Democratic, 10 percent
would be less inclined to vote for a
Jewish candidate, twice the number
who would be more likely to do
so. (Whether having a Brooklyn
accent would help or harm was not
specifically asked.)
Now is probably the time to point
out that the margin of error for

No ticket,
no Torah?
l We stopped by Teanecks

Sterling Cleaners the other

day, and we were reminded
that garments arent only for
people. Torah scrolls dont go
naked into their ark, after all.
And while theyre less likely
to spill coffee on their covers than people are, they still
need the occasional cleaning.
Still, it was a bit startling,
seeing a synagogue symbol
at the cleaner, along with
our shirts and slacks.
But not as disturbing
as it would have been to
see a Torah perched in a
laundromat chair, waiting
for its garments to finish
Larry Yudelson

these questions is 3.8 percent

which means its possible that these
numbers are totally meaningless. But
wheres the fun in that?
The worse news for Sanders is
that 51 percent said they would be
less likely to vote for an atheist for
president. True, that number is down
from 63 percent in 2007, but it is
more than those who would oppose a
Muslim (42 percent), a candidate who
has financial troubles (41 person), or a
gay or lesbian candidate (26 percent).
For 26 percent, candidates
longtime Washington experience will
be held against them.
Regrettably, the survey did not
ask how voters would feel about a
candidate with a Jewish son-in-law a
trait Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
have in common.
And speaking of The Donald: 30
percent see him as somewhat or
very religious, versus 40 percent for
Bernie Sanders. Hillary Clinton scored
48 on this question and Ted Cruz,
interestingly, only 65.
Larry Yudelson

Spy in the sky, or hapless

Mideast bird brain?
l Look! Up in the sky! Its a drone!

Its a plane! Its an Ofek spy satellite!

No, its a bird!
A vulture, actually.
But when a vulture that had been
released from a wildlife preserve
in northern Israel was captured
in Lebanon, the Lebanese media
displayed it with all the excitement
it usually reserves for captured
high-tech military equipment.
Was the vulture actually an Israeli
To the Lebanese, the transmitter
attached to its leg, along with the
tag indicating its Israeli origins, was
conclusive proof.
Israelis, however, scoffed at the
claim, and demanded the Lebanese
let the vulture go.
We expect them to understand
that wild animals are not a threat.
said Ohad Hatzofeh, an avian
ecologist with the Israel Nature
and Parks Authority, We hope the
Lebanese release the vulture.
Its not easy for wild animals in
the region when they cross the
regions hostile borders.

In 2013, an Israeli spy eagle was

caught in Lebanon. According to
one Lebanese news site at the time,
local hunters who caught the eagle
alerted authorities after discovering
an ID ring attached to its leg with
the words Israel and Tel Aviv
University printed on it.
Hezbollah claimed that the eagle
was one of many birds sent by
Israel to spy and gather information
via GPS transmitters across the
Middle East. The report pointed to
the arrest of birds carrying similar
devices in Saudi Arabia, Turkey,
and most recently Egypt.
The Parks Authority said the
eagle was born in a breeding and
re-acclimation center in southern
Israel and had been released into
the wild some two years earlier.
In 2012, an eagle with an Israeli
tag was captured in Sudan and
accused of being a Mossad spy. In
2010, an Egyptian official said that
Israel-controlled sharks could be
involved in a number of attacks on
tourists in the Red Sea.
Larry Yudelson & JNS

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Honestly, from Trump Id expect

nothing less than rebuilding the
Temple. Trump Temple.
Editor Josh Marshall, commenting on Donald Trumps promise to move
the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem if elected president


African American,
Jewish, and more
Its a coincidence,
but on the Martin
Luther King
holiday I noticed that I
had a number of trending
pop culture items about
Jews who also are
African-American. Lets
start with the movies:
Fifty Shades of Black, a
parody of Fifty Shades
of Grey, the best-selling
novel and hit movie, is
opening on Friday,
January 29. Ive seen the
trailers this movie is
less porno-like than the
original. Its played for
broad laughs (with a
black humor spin) and I
did laugh at many of the
gags in the previews.
Basic plot: Marlon
Wayans plays Christian
Black, a very rich guy
who wants to be the
dominant in his sexual
relations. He meets
Hannah (KALI HAWK,
29) and tries to get her
to be his submissive
girlfriend. Hannah is no
waif, and Blacks attempts to dominate her
dont exactly work out.
Hawk, who identifies as
Jewish and even speaks
some Yiddish, is the
daughter of an American
Jewish mother and black
non-Jewish father. Back in
2011, she teamed up with
actress/singer KAT GRAHAM, 26, to do a funny
short movie called Black
and Jewish, a parody of
a famous rap song video.
(Title on YouTube: Black
and Jewish Yellow and

Black parody). Graham,

who is the daughter of an
American Jewish mother and a black Liberian
father, was in the news
this past week. Shes now
set to play Jada Pinkett
Smith in All Eyez on Me,
a big movie about the life
of rapper Tupac Shakur.
Graham has a big role
Smith and Shakur were
great high school friends
and stayed close until
he died in 1996. Graham,
who looks like the beautiful Smith, was raised Jewish and went to Hebrew
school. You may know
her as Bonnie Bennett on
The Vampire Diaries.
The new season of
the PBS series
Finding Your
Roots began this month.
The January 19 episode
featured three AfricanAmericans, including
comedian MAYA RUDOLPH, 43. Rudolphs
mother, singer Minnie
Riperton, an AfricanAmerican, died when she
was 6. She was raised by
her Jewish father, music
The program explored
both her Jewish roots
(going back to Lithuania)
and her African American
roots. (By the way, the
January 26 episode
featured the ancestry of
NORMAN LEAR, 93, the
creator of many hit
shows, including All in
the Family. The February
2 show will feature

Kali Hawk

Kat Graham

Maya Rudolph

Rashida Jones

Brad Falchuk

Gwyneth Paltrow

famous architect FRANK

GEHRY, 86. You can
watch past episodes of
PBS shows, including this
one, free online.)
39, the multi-talented daughter of
69, and legendary
musician Quincy Jones,
is the titular star of the
new TBS series Angie
Tribeca. Its comedy
send-up of police shows,
similar to the Police
Squad TV show and
The Naked Gun movies.

The first 10 episodes

were shown on TBS on
January 17-18, but you
can see them all via
on-demand or online
(free). The episodes are
being shown weekly,
starting Monday, January
25. (And, yes, Rashida
was raised Jewish, too.)
The FX network
American Crime
Story true-crime
anthology series premieres on Tuesday,
February 2. The first
season is a dramatization
of the 1994-95 O.J.
Simpson murder trial.

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Crime is co-produced
(Falchuks mother,
NANCY, was national
president of Hadassah
and chair of Hadassah
magazine from 2011 to
2015). Frankly, if Simpson
wasnt now in prison for
robbery, I dont think I
could bear watching a
series that ends with his
astonishing acquittal.
There were many real-life
Jewish players at the
O.J. trial and they are in
the series: FRED GOLDMAN, now 75, the father
of murder victim RON

GOLDMAN, is a character. Hes played by

veteran character actor
Joseph Siravo. Also, there
are prosecutor MARCIA
CLARK, now 62 (Sarah
Paulson) and defense
attorneys ROBERT
SHAPIRO, now 73 (John
Travolta), BARRY
SCHECK, now 66 (ROB
MORROW, 53), and
now 77 (EVAN HANDLER, 54).
Defense attorney Robert Kardashian and his
ex-wife, Kris Kardashian,
are played by Jewish
actors (DAVID SCHWIMMER, 49, and SELMA
BLAIR, 43). Please note:
Faye Resnick, a sleazy
friend of murder victim
Nicole Brown Simpson, is
not Jewish. Resnick is a
last name she kept when
she and a Jewish husband split in 1991.
On a sunnier note,
a couple of weeks
ago Brad Falchuk
(who also co-created
Glee) spent a long
weekend in Mexico with
43, and her daughter,
APPLE, 11. Theyve been
quietly seeing each other
since August, 2014, but
Paltrow made it really
official by posting
Instagram pics of them
cuddling on a Mexican
beach. Like Paltrow, he is
hot, and like Paltrow he
has two young children
from his first marriage.

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Former Batman editor Jordan Gorfinkel turns Exodus, Zionism into laughing matters

ewish astronauts are noteworthy.
Jewish presidential contenders are
seriously noteworthy. Jewish popes
are particularly noteworthy.
Jewish cartoonists and comic book creators not so much.
Batman, Superman, and the Fantastic
Four, for example, all were created by Jewish artists and writers, mostly working for
Jewish publishers.
What is noteworthy about Jordan B.
Gorfinkel, however, is his message: Any
Jew can be a Jewish cartoonist if he or she
can write letters on the top of a page, draw
stick figures, and tell a story.
Last week, Mr. Gorfinkel, who lives in
Cleveland, brought this message of Jewish cartooning empowerment to the fifth
and eighth grades at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County in New
To judge by the show of hands, the students all felt confident in their ability to
write letters, draw stick figures, and tell a
story. To judge by the finished result of the
two-hour workshops, many also were able
to craft a good four-panel gag.
Although the results were
entertaining, Mr. Gorfinkel insists that the process is
This is not a cartooning
class; this is a class about critical thinking and being able to
apply it in visual storytelling,
he said. Its building a skill
that they will use and apply in
everything they will do for the
rest of their lives.
Mr. Gorfinkel sees himself as
a storyteller. His weekly comic
strip, Everythings Relative,
which appears in Jewish newspapers around the world, celebrates its 20th anniversary
this year. In August, his graphic
novel Michael Midas Champion: Book One came out from
Penguin Random it is recommended for the seventh grade and up. A
new web video series is about to debut.
And hes working on a graphic novel version of the greatest story ever told over
four cups of wine: the Haggadah.
He also runs a studio that provides storytelling, and sometimes comic book characters, to brands such as Microsoft and
A graduate of the School of Visual Arts,
Mr. Gorfinkel creates every element writing, drawing, lettering of Everythings

Above, Jordan Gorfinkel

instructs fifth-grader
Shoham Shans on the
art of cartooning. Inset,
Orr Yhezkel and Sara
Kronfeld work on their story

Relative. On his other projects, he writes

the script and hires artists for the illustrations. In the Schechter beit midrash, as
he went from student to student, making
comments on their scripts and then their
drawings, he assumed the role that earned
him his highest-profile success in the world
of mainstream comic books editor.
Yes, for nine years Mr. Gorfinkel was an
editor for the Batman line at D.C. Comics.
There, as he said, he was caretaker of
one of the most important characters in

serialized fiction. Theres Sherlock Holmes, Superman, Luke

Skywalker, and theres Batman.
(Let the angry tweets pour in
about who I missed.)
Among his responsibilities
was the sort of collaborative interaction
with the writers and illustrators that he
models when he conducts his Jewish cartooning workshops. At D.C. comics, he and
his fellow editors would work on big story
arcs that would play out over a year in the
several monthly comics that fell under
the Batman umbrella arcs like No Mans
Land, which took place in an earthquakedevastated Gotham City.
At Schechter, the broad narrative context for the childrens cartoons came from

the curriculum. The fifth-graders looked at

the weeks Torah portion, Bshalach, which
features the crossing of the Red Sea. Rabbi
Fred Elias prepared a sheet reviewing key
events of pre-State Zionism the ninth-graders had studied in his Jewish history class
for their session with Mr. Gorfinkel.
Mr. Gorfinkel handed out the classic
tools of the cartoonists trade: sheets of
paper with four pre-printed rectangular
panels, blue pencils, and black pens. Photocopiers and scanners do not register the
marks blue pencils make, so artists can ink
over them, putting in fine details without
having to erase their mistakes.
Then he gives a mini workshop in the
four beats of a four-panel strip.
It begins with a setup, he said. In the
second panel, theres a problem. In the
third panel theres a solution. The fourth
is a resolution. Then he called up four students to stand in front and had each act
the part of one of the comic book panels.
He called on another student to choose
a setting. He chose the first incident on the
Zionist review sheet the story of Lord
How does the story begin? he asked
the first panelist. With some back-andforth, it was decided that the story would
begin with young Balfour wanting there to
be a Jewish homeland.
The second panel is the problem.
Whos ruling Palestine at the time? He
and the second student worked out the
second story beat, and he moved on to the
third and the fourth.
But comic strips are not only about what
was. Theyre also about what wasnt, but
might have been. So he takes the four students through a story where there had
been no Balfour declaration.
Then he quickly reviewed the meaning
of theme, and asked them to tell a story
that uses the same theme as the Balfour
story but takes place in their school.
And with that, he wrapped up his micro
lecture in cartooning. Now it was the
hands-on part.
He asked the students to work in pairs
to come up with stories. No drawing yet:
First the script.
As he roams the classroom, he gives his
feedback on the stories, suggests improvements, and gently steers students to ensure
a diverse group of topics are covered and
there is not too much repetition. Some students finish quickly; others focus intensely
on their drawing, skip recess, and rush
through lunch to get more work done. In
the end, some of the cartoons feature stick
figures; other artists are more ambitious.
Some stories feature the straight-ahead

story; some add a joke for the final beat;
some add a twist (Yoda rescuing the Jews
at the Red Sea); and some tell stories with
related themes.
Mr. Gorfinkel gives the most talented
and committed students blue pencils to
keep, and challenges them to begin drawing in a notebook regularly and to show
him their work when he returns next year.
Mr. Gorfinkel loves giving these
Im not sure who gets more out of
it, he said. I gain insights into my own
skills and thought processes. I sharpen
my insights into the demographic. The
best way to learn is to teach. It is a thrill
to guide students into their creative vision,
and to be the one capable of being their
He does a lot of workshops at summer
camps. (I like swimming in lakes and
most schools do not have lakes, he said.)
He gives workshops in schools and
camps across the denominations. He
comes by that naturally: One grandfather
was a Reform rabbi. On the other side
was a grandfather like the zeyde in my cartoon who is in the chair reading Tehillim
Psalms all day.
Im kind of a mutt denominationally,
he says. I went to public school, Reform

The hero of Michael Midas Champion: Book One.

day schools, Conservative, Orthodox,

yeshiva, everything. I feel comfortable
in all denominations though I identify as
Sabbath observant, what some people call
modern Orthodox, which sounds rather
inflexible to me.
As you might have guessed, he moved
around a great deal as a child, living in
some 11 different places by the time he was
21. One constant was the Barbarian Book
Shop in Silver Spring, Maryland. When he
was in fifth grade, he would go there to get
his weekly new comic issues. When his

family moved from Maryland, his grandparents kept buying the comics for him.
They would mail them to whatever his latest address was.
His defining religious period came in
Chicago. I fell into this marvelous Torah
observant crowd of high schoolers in Chicago, at the Ida Crown Jewish Academy,
he said. They were my closest influences
and remain my closest friends.
To pay back his love, he put touches of
the Windy City into the map of Batmans
Gotham City that he helped design as

editor. When the film director Christopher

Nolan shot Batman Begins in Chicago,
well, that was in part a lingering piece of
Mr. Gorfinkels influence.
His biggest professional influence
came from his year at New Yorks School
of Visual Arts. One course in particular:
Writing for comic books, taught by Dennis ONeil. Mr. ONeil had been legendary among comics aficionados since his
1970 run on Green Lantern/Green Arrow,
which brought the 70s mood of social
relevance into DCs superhero comics,
replete with stories about racism and
heroin addiction. In 1990, Mr. ONeil was
senior editor for the Batman line. Teaching
was a side gig for him.
One of the great lessons I learned from
Denny is if you want to remaining authentic, surround yourself with young people,
Mr. Gorfinkel said.
After finishing art school, he did a variety of temp jobs just enough to pay the
rent and stay stocked with spaghetti. I
was trying all kinds of things to see if it
would stick.
He also directed public access cable
TV shows, the sort satirized in Waynes
World. One of my camera people
worked at DC Comics, and when I heard



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Board chair optimistic about new operating structure

erhaps most apt, when discussing the resurgence of the YJCC

in Washington Township, is
the quote by Mark Twain, The
reports of my death have been greatly
Many folks said we were dead, out
of business, Jeffrey Tucker of Woodcliff
Lake, chair of the YJCCs board of directors, said. And yes, he added, The building we knew is gone.
But, he said, reeling off the programs
that are still in operation, we always continued, and very shortly we will have a
phenomenal Jewish community center up
and running.
Last summer, the YJCC announced that
it would be ceasing its operations at 605
Pascack Road. We downsized and began
to regroup, Mr. Tucker said, pointing out
that the 30-member board of directors has
continued to function and to oversee the
projected changes.
Weve continued to exist as a JCC, he
said, noting for example, that the program
for senior citizens has continued to function drawing the same number of attendees as before but it is now at Temple
Beth Or in Washington Township.
In addition, the Open Hearts/Open
Homes program, which brings to the community a group of Israeli teens affected by
terrorism, ran as usual in the summer of
2015 and is gearing up for its 2016 season.
A recent publicity email announcing a
mix of upcoming old and new programs
urged readers to Join our journey as we
redefine and realign with the community.
One of those programs, JCafe, is targeted
to families with young children. Its first
event, scheduled for January 27, was to be
held at the Park Ridge Marriott. Another,
Tween Scene for students in grades five
to seven was set for January 30 at Club
LED in Nanuet.
In addition to the ongoing senior lunch
on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Temple
Beth Or, a multiweek program, the Art of
Watercolor and Watercolor Pencil Workshop, was announced as well, together

At a recent Kabbalat Shabbat program, members of the YJCCs active adults group learned about the paintings Paula
Cantor created at one of her watercolor workshops.

with a Kabbalat Shabbat program featuring Rabbi Debra Orenstein. A knitting

circle, co-sponsored with Jewish Home
Assisted Living, Temple Emanuel Community of Caring, JFNNJ Womens Philanthropy, and Pascack Valley Hadassah, set
to take place at Jewish Home Assisted Living in River Vale, was publicized as well.
Were gradually restoring a limited set
of programs and services to the community over time, Mr. Tucker said. Were
funding it through the generosity of a small
group of donors. The Pascack Road building is up for sale, and the board is working
with potential buyers. In the short term,
were in discussions with local Jewish organizations about temporary office space.
A 10-member task force, led by board vice
chair Tara Merson of Woodcliff Lake, has
undertaken this task. The group includes
not only board members but a diverse
set of community members, so we can get
a range of views, Mr. Tucker said. Working with outside advisers, the task force is
charged with setting our strategy for the
next set of years. The goal? To return this

community to a place where Jews of all ages

choose to live and raise their children.
It is also important to serve all the members in the catchment area, he continued.
That means not only the towns the YJCC
traditionally reached but also communities within Bergen County that are north
and west of us such as Ridgewood,
Franklin Lakes, Mahwah, and Upper
Saddle River which are historically
Was closing the building the right move?
Absolutely, Mr. Tucker said. It has
become clear to our board that the model
of the JCC predicated on the traditional
model needs to be revisited. Were
undergoing that process, trying to understand the needs of wealthy suburban Jewish communities and what services they
would value. For our community, the traditional JCC model was not working. The
cost of operating a nearly 90,000-squarefoot aging facility was too much of a burden. Rather than continue to incur operating deficits, were now in a position to
have a large asset base to reinvest back into

a Jewish community center that serves our

entire catchment area. Our goal is to put
a self-sustaining, viable, and vibrant JCC
back into our catchment area.
Mr. Tucker said that the board is working
with a broad range of other Jewish agencies federation, social service agencies,
JCCs, local synagogues, the Jewish Home
to ensure that all together, we meet the
needs of the community. The JCC will stay
focused on the things the JCC can do best.
We would like to rebuild our connections within the community, he said,
asking anyone who is interested to email It will take about six to
twelve months to develop our plan. We
have one shot at reinventing the JCC for
our community, and we want to do it
right. We have the opportunity to move
from being a struggling Jewish community center that really was unable to serve
its constituents to an unbelievable worldclass institution that can change the game
for Jews in our area.
He hopes, he said, that the community
will be patient and work with us.

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Torah and honey

20 rabbis will teach a variety of communities next Saturday night

hen they first started

school in Europe, a very
long time ago, before the
world changed little
boys were encouraged to lick honey off
the Hebrew letters they soon would be
That was the sweet taste of Torah that
the North Jersey Board of Rabbis considered honey-sweet, honey-pure, and
inextricably connected to text as it put
together Sweet Tastes of Torah, the sevenyear-old program that draws Jews from
across the area and from across the Jewish spectrum for a night of learning and
celebrating together, and for the bonding
across borders that accompanies it.
Beginning with Havdalah, the evening includes 20 rabbis, representing 20
Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist communities, and two hour-long
learning sessions. It concludes with dessert, dancing, and, new this year, a closing
ceremony. Thats because people didnt
always stay for the refreshments and the
shmoozing, but thats a big part of the
community-building, Rabbi Steven Sirbu
of Temple Emeth in Teaneck, who also is
the president of the board of rabbis, said.
What I love about it is the fact that once
a year, the community comes together to
learn, Rabbi Randall Mark of Shomrei
Torah: The Wayne Conservative Congregation, added. Hes not talking only about
students. It is the only forum where you
can get a dozen different rabbis teaching
about the same theme but doing their own
thing. And whats fun for me as a rabbi is
that every year, during the sessions when
I am not teaching, I get a chance to learn
with different colleagues. Its always interesting to see what they do.
What do they do?
Each year, the committee overseeing
the evening for the board of rabbis comes
Who: 20 local Reform, Conservative,
and Reconstructionist rabbis
What: Will teach at Sweet Tastes of
When: On Saturday, February 6; with
doors opening at 6:30 and Havdalah
at 6:50
Where: At Temple Beth Rishon, 585
Russell Ave., Wyckoff
Why: To learn, talk, dance, eat, and
grow Jewishly together
How much: $15 if you register by February 4
To register or learn more: call (201)
652-1687, emailsweettastesoftorah@, or go to sweettastesoftorah.

Rabbi Randall Mark of Congregation Shomrei Torah of Wayne teaches participants at the Sweet Tastes of Torah last year.

Rabbi Joseph Prouser of Temple Emanuel of North Jersey illustrates a shul in

Uganda at last years session.

up with a theme. Usually it has something

to do with the parashat hashavuah the
weekly Torah portion. This year, though,
the focus will be on sacred relationships,
defined in any way that the participating
rabbis choose to define it.
Rabbi David Bockman of Teaneck, who
heads Temple Beth Shalom in Pompton
Lakes, has taken on the job of organizing the evening, as he has for many years.
What I do is noodge the rabbis to agree
to teaching, and then I give them ideas,
he said. As a committee, we come up
with the theme, and then I interpret the
theme to the rabbis, and give them some
As in most years, some of the sessions
are what Rabbi Bockman calls bread and
butter. They hew closely to the theme,
need no explanation, and explore the
real questions, dilemmas, and emotions

Dan and Joy Firshein and Karen Butler are greeters.

that are connected to it. For example, he

said, this year, Shaar Communities Rabbi
Adina Lewittes will teach Sibling Relationships as Seen Through the Lens of
Genesis; Rabbi David Klatzker of Temple
Emanuel of the Pascack Valley in Woodcliff Lake will explore Honoring Father
and Mother: The Hardest Mitzvah?; Rabbi
Shammai Engelmayer will consider What
the Bible Teaches Us About Family Values, and Rabbi David J. Fine of Temple
Israel and Jewish Community Center in
Ridgewood will examine A Metaphorical
Relationship? The Marriage Between God
and the Jewish People.
(Note that bread and butter is not necessarily Wonder Bread and butter in tiny little plastic tubs. It can be solid, chewy, multigrain bread and slabs of home-churned
Other sessions offer topics less

straightforwardly connected to the theme.

Rabbi Bockman will teach Israeli dance
during one of the sessions; Rabbi Fred
Elias of the Solomon Schechter Day School
of Bergen County will look at baseballs
spring training, considering it through a
Jewish prism (any baseball fan will understand intuitively the connection between
fandom and faith), and Rabbi Gerald
Friedman, the beloved rabbi emeritus of
Temple Beth Sholom of Pascack Valley in
Park Ridge, will teach about his beloved
Shlomo Carlebach, as he does most years.
Rabbi Ziona Zelazo is a chaplain at Valley Hospital, a congregant at Temple Beth
Rishon in Wyckoff, where this years Sweet
Tastes will be held, and a member of the
rabbinical committee that arranges it.
This year, the theme is very special, and
each one of us who will be teaching will
teach something from their heart, Rabbi


More than

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Zelazo said.
I am teaching What More Can I Do To Be Loved By
You? she continued. It will be exploring human relationships, and how people deal with envy, disappointment, rejection. It has to do with human emotions.
The therapeutic part of my workshop will be based on
the Torah portion called Vayetze, about Rachel, Leah,
and Jacob, and we will look at the dynamics that happen in this family. One feels unloved. One feels loved,
but then the one who feels loved cant have a baby. We
will dissect the story piece by piece, and see how it can
guide us to understand something about ourselves.
Its about dealing with the scars of the past, and
how to make them sacred to ourselves. It is about how
we can perhaps mend hurt in certain ways, and when
we mend and fix and repair we heal, and when we
heal, the sacred part comes across as holy, important,
untouched, and respected.
I wish I had more than an hour! she said ruefully.
(If there is ever one refrain sung by just about anyone
who teaches Jewish adult education, or who takes
classes, its I need more time! )
Many people go to Sweet Tastes of Torah year after
year, loving the community feeling and learning new
things each time. One of the wonderful things about
it is that we get to study with all these different rabbis, Linda Poskanzer of Hackensack, chair of Temple
Emeths adult ed committee, said. Ive lived in Bergen
county for 65 years, and I know a lot of people who
are not Temple Emeth members. Its good to run into
them there.
It gets better every year, she continued. Its also
a good introduction for people who havent done any
studying, who have come for the first time because
their rabbi or someone else convinced them to.
And its wonderful that Reform and Conservative
and Reconstructionist rabbis all cooperate, and bring
great stuff to us.
Rachel Eastman of Dumont, an active Temple
Emeth member, has gone to most of the Sweet Tastes.
There are always topics that speak to me, she said.
And I like seeing the same people year after year.
Although she generally prefers classes on the lighter
side, a couple of years ago I went to one taught by
Rabbi Paul Jacobson, she said. It was his first year
at Temple Avodat Shalom, and it was about Talmud.
I had never held a page of Talmud in my hands,
and I was moved by it. And then he asked if it was the
first time for any of us and it was me and one other
person in the room and we said a shehechenayu
the blessing that is said for a new experience. I was
really moved by that.
And now at Emeth we will experiment with a Talmud class, and I am going to go, she said.
Dan Firshein of Teaneck has gone to Sweet Tastes of
Torah every year; hes enjoying it so much that I have
been manning the front desk for five or six years now,
greeting people as they come in, he said.
He loves the diversity. Mostly people stay with their
own community, whether its their synagogue or their
town, most of the time, but on this one evening each
year, you get a mix of people from all the different
congregations. And its nice that the rabbis volunteer
their time to get the community together.
Its a potpourri, Dr. Firshein continued. If you are
a serious Torah person, you will find something for
you. If you are looking for a lighter evening and usually thats me you will find that too.
There are two sessions, and usually there are five
or six I want to go to, he said.

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An American-Israeli family with deep connections to Teaneck had

their lives and their home
in Modiin, Israel, turned
upside down earlier this
month, as police investigated them for using and
selling drugs.
The father, Jay Engelmayer, is the son of Rabbi
Shammai Engelmayer of
Teaneck, a well-known
teacher and journalist
who also writes and blogs
for the Jewish Standard.
Mr. Engelmayer detailed
his familys experiences
in a blog post on the
Times of Israel last week;
Rabbi Engelmayer writes
more about it in his column on page 20.
The story so far has
Jay Engelmayer with three of his children, from
attracted more than 465
left, Immanuel, Tehilla, and Tibor. The photograph
comments, its been
was taken on Tibors bar mitzvah weekend in midshared on social media,
and other English and
Hebrew news sites
smoked marijuana during visits to the
already have written about it.
United States, but refrains from doing so
Mr. Engelmayer, who is from New
in Israel. With a family full of children,
York, claimed that the family was
who often invite their friends over, he
dragged into the case because of an
and his wife decided not to allow anyexchange his 14-year-old daughter had
thing that could get anyone in trouble
with a schoolmate about where to buy
in their home. We dont even have a
bottle of wine in the house, he said.
They have a text message from my
According to police, nothing out of the
daughter from a year and a half ago to
ordinary occurred during the search of
this kid, Mr. Engelmayer told The Times
the family home. During the investigaof Israel. He said, Hey, do you know
tion police searched the suspects house
where I can buy drugs? And she said,
based on a court order, Mr. Rosenfeld
Sure, my dads got a whole forest full in
said. The suspect was present at the
our backyard.
search and signed at the conclusion that
It was a joke. It wasnt something that
there was no damage to property or
was serious.
harm to the person.
The Modiin police, however, did not
The police officers took Mr. Engelthink this case was a laughing matter. A
mayer and his daughter to the police
police investigation is being conducted
station for questioning. Over the course
at the station as part of an ongoing drug
of the next few hours, Mr. Engelmayer
investigation among teenagers, Micky
claimed that he was interrogated by
Rosenfeld, a spokesperson for Israel
police without his attorney present, and
Police, said.
that his 14-year-old daughter was simiThere is strong evidence that is being
larly questioned without an attorney or
examined as the investigation continues, he added.
legal guardian in the room.
As a result of that evidence, the police
During the interrogation, Engelmayer
barged into the Engelmayers home
said, shackles were placed on both his
early in the morning on January 11, openarms and his legs, and he was threatened
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with having his children taken away.
and strip-searched Mr. Engelmayer.
They were treating me like no matter
Mr. Engelmayer said that he has


Hannah G. Solomon Day
declared in New Jersey
The New Jersey State Sensection added What
ate and General Assembly
an opportunity to get
approved a joint resolution
the NCJW name out
sponsored by Senate Majorthere in New Jersey.
ity Leader Loretta WeinEach year on January
berg and Assembly Deputy
14, we will celebrate
Speaker Gordon M. Johnson
with volunteer opportunities; and programs
to commemorate the birthday of Hannah G. Solomon,
and events to support
the founder and first presiwomen, children, and
dent of the National Council
families in our community and beyond, as
of Jewish Women.
inspired by the legacy
Hannah Solomon played
of Hannah G. Solomon,
a leading role for womens
Hannah G. Solomon
our esteemed founder.
rights, strengthened her
The National Council
community, and dedicated
of Jewish Women is nothing less than the
her life to faith and the service of others, Mr. Johnson said. Her legacy of phivoice of and the place where women from
lanthropy and stewardship of the NCJW
across society come together to make the
makes it appropriate that the New Jersey
world at large and their communities, in
Legislature commemorate and honor the
particular, a better place.
anniversary of her birth.
For more information about National
In a statement issued on January 15,
Council of Jewish Women in Bergen
Bea Podorefsky of NCJWs Bergen County
County, go to

Iris and Alon Avni, holding award, with Rabbi Mordechai and Malkie Shain,
Rabbi Yitzchak and Naomi Gershovitz, and Rabbi Yossi and Bassi Katz, all
of Tenafly.

YU plans job fair on March 3

Yeshiva Universitys Center for the Jewish
Future and the YU School Partnership will
host their annual Jewish Job Fair on Thursday, March 3, at the Max Stern Athletic
Center on YUs Wilf Campus, 2501 Amsterdam Ave. at 185th Street in Manhattan. The
job fair is free and open to the public from
7 to 9 p.m., with priority admission for YU
students and alumni beginning at 6.
In addition to showcasing a variety of
professional opportunities at Jewish day
schools, organizations, and nonprofits,
the fair provides a networking opportunity for job-hunters seeking information
on careers in the Jewish community.
We are proud to offer schools the
incredible opportunity to do some of their
most challenging work, which is finding
good teachers, while at the same time
enabling job seekers to pound the pavement in one room and interview with dozens of potential employers, said Eliana

Sohn, project coordinator of leadership

development programs and placement
services at the YU School Partnership. As
a co-hosting partner of the YU Jewish Job
Fair since its inception, we are finding that
the job fair has become much more than
its name reflects it is now a vital networking opportunity for schools and educators alike.
More than 60 Jewish day schools from 13
states and community organizations from
across North America and overseas will be
at the fair to meet and conduct interviews
with candidates.
Pre-registration is open through March
1. To book appointments with day school
employers in advance and to receive email
updates about which employers will be
attending as well as to submit a resume
before the fair, register on YUs JEDJobs,

NORPAC hosting two officials

On Sunday, January 31 at 10:30 a.m.,
Drs. Mort and Esther Fridman will host
a NORPAC meeting in Teaneck with
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), a member
of the U.S. House of Representatives.
NORPACs meeting with Senator Rob
Portman (R-Ohio), originally scheduled
for January 24, has been rescheduled
for Monday, February 1, at 7:30 p.m.
Irene and Robert Gottesman will host it
in Englewood.
For information, email Avi@NORPAC.
net or call (201) 788-5133.

Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and

Senator Rob Portman


Ilena and Dennis Kalter

Sharon and Uri Shichor

Lubavitch on the Palisades dinner

The Lubavitch on the Palisades 20th
annual gala, held on January 10, was
called Hakhel Assemble the Men,
the Women, and the Children. More
than 300 people were at the celebration, which honored Iris and Alon Avni,
Ilena and Dennis Kalter, and Sharon
and Uri Shichor.
Everyone who was there was given
a personalized envelope with a dollar
bill and a mitzvah pledge card. The
dollar was to be passed on to someone in need or to be used for a good

cause. The pledge card was to be used

for mitzvot, including lighting Shabbat
and holiday candles, adding more time
to prayer or attention to kashrut observance, supporting a Jewish childs education, attending a Torah class, or lending a hand to someone in need.
Seeing over 300 people, celebrating together and seriously committing
to taking on a mitzvah was incredible,
Rabbi Mordechai Shain, executive
director of Lubavitch on the Palisades,

YU offers genetic screening

The Yeshiva University Student Medical
Ethics Society will partner with JScreen,
an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization
dedicated to genetic screening, on Sunday, February 14. The screening, at YUs
Belfer Hall, is set for 2 to 6 p.m.
Usually, each test costs $100. However,
JScreen is offering a subsidy to lower the
price to $25. Each test screens for more
than 100 diseases, using saliva samples, rather than blood, for testing. The
screening is open to everyone.
To pre-register, go to
and request a kit. Select YU/Stern from

the how did you hear about JScreen

dropdown. Enter insurance information on step 2. On step 4 enter the
coupon code YU2015 and click apply
for the $25 rate. You can pick up your
saliva-screeningkit at Belfer Hall.
Walk-ins are welcome.
If you are going to be tested, do not
eat, drink, or smoke for 30 minutes
For information, call Rabbi Robert
Shur at the YU Center for the Jewish
Future, (212) 960-5400, ext. 5313, or go

upcoming at


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Family Fun Day

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Family day

Sun, Feb 7, 12-2 pm

Visit for details. Free and open to
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JCC University Winter Term

experts present on a variety of topics

Winter session includes: Professor pat schuber on

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February Vacation Programs

with ben nelson

When schools out, let the JCC fill your childs

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Reading and sharing a book with others brings a

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Orthodox Union appoints ambassador
Regional director for North Jersey and Rockland to represent, personalize services
Partnership were Torah educators in
of deepening Jewish identification and comthe OUs Seif Jewish Learning Initiative
mitment, said Barbara Lehmann Siegel, OUs
on Campus program at Boston Univernational vice president and chair of its Commission on Community and Synagogue Services.
sity, from which Rabbi Heller received his
Rabbi Heller, the OUs first New Jersey-RockB.A. in international relations. He holds
land County area regional director, will serve as
rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva Universitys Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological
its ambassador to strengthen bonds between
Seminary and a masters degree in Bible
the OU and member synagogues, as well as to
from YUs Bernard Revel School of Gradudeepen the relationships among the regions
ate Studies.
various shul communities, Ms. Siegel said.
Our goal is a stronger connection with
The catchment area reaches from Rockland,
Rabbi Avi Heller
our synagogues, and thats hard to do
through the northern half of New Jersey, going
with a small national staff, Rabbi Heller
south to Monmouth County.
said. This regional model will allow us to do that. For the
Rabbi Heller, 42, originally is from Denver. For the last
next six months, Ill be meeting rabbis, presidents, board
six years he has been the director of education for the
members, youth directors, and youth leaders to establish
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young professionals. Before that, he was director of the
and the OU. There are a lot of OU services available that
Boca Raton Community Kollel in Florida and rabbi of the
we want them to know about.
Boca Raton Synagogue West.
Rabbi Judah Isaacs of Teaneck, director of the OUs
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organization, so they may not have been aware of the variety of support services they could receive.
That situation now is changing, with the appointment
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Rockland County.
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story about the town of

Worms, in Germany (A
story of Clinton, Worms,
and Wayne, January 8),
which told, in part, the story of Eric
Mayers family, brought this somewhat
ungrammatical emailed response:
There is an unfortunate and misleading inaccuracy in this article. The mistake was probably inadvertent.
About half way down, sentence at the
end of the paragraph: He was shipped
to a Polish ghetto and was murdered in
Sobibor in 1943.
The fact is that the ghettos were not
Polish and must not be described in
this way. The ghettos were created by
GERMANY during WW2 when Germany
had invaded Poland and there was a
brutal German OCCUPATION. In no
way should the ghettos be described as
Polish since this implies a false ownership and/or responsibility. Sobibor was
a German camp.
Poland did not surrender to, or collaborate with, the German Nazis.
There is also this misleading quote:
At the end of March 1941 he was
deported to Poland. No, he was not. He
was deported by the Germans to German occupied Poland.
The principle and important distinction is similar to misleading phrases
such as Polish concentration/death
camp. These descriptions must NOT be
used. They are considered inaccurate
and offensive. The issue is well documented and most responsible media
have in-house style guides to try and
prevent such factual/historical errors.
I would suggest that the word Polish

is removed from that sentence. If you

wish to add a geographical context than
Nazi ghetto in German occupied Poland
would be more truthful and accurate.
Please try to remember the difference between the perpetrators and the
The email was signed by Chris Jezewski, who did not give any more information about himself.
So what are we to think? When we
showed Mr. Mayer the email, he sighed.
First, he said, Mr. Jezewski technically is
correct. Second, he said, there are people who spend a great deal of time setting their Google alerts for stories about
Holocaust atrocities, and then demanding that any inaccuracies they claim to
find be corrected.
Mr. Mayer also added that Polish antiSemitism is showing itself again, as the
disturbing results of a 2014 poll conducted by the Center for Research on
Prejudice at Warsaw University make
clear. The new right-wing government
that won a majority in the Polish Parliament in October is causing alarm
among many groups, including the
ones that monitor for anti-Semitism.
Then there is our own reaction. To
begin with, we are English speakers.
A ghetto in Poland is a Polish ghetto.
We do not feel the need to describe a
words history or define its parameters
every time we use it. Yes, the ghettos
were in German-occupied Poland. In
plain English, that is Poland. Mr. Jezewski is correct but so are we.
Second, the specter of Poles or their
apologists policing Jewish newspapers,
trolling for political incorrectness, is a

keeping the faith

bit much. Please try to remember the

difference between the perpetrators
and the victims, Mr. Jezewski writes,
as if the prewar relationship between
Poles and Jews involved shared parties and backyard barbecues. Yes, the
relationships were complex, as human
relationships always are. Yes, the two
communities, Jews and Poles, were
interconnected. Yes, there were righteous Gentiles among the Poles who
saved Jews. But to pretend that the
deepest truth of that relationship was all
hearts and unicorns is to be profoundly
dishonest. The years after Polands
independence after World War I saw
a dramatic increase in pogroms, for
example, especially in Vilna and Lvov.
Nor should we think that the war, the
Shoah, and Polands liberation cleared
the air. Two terrible pogroms soon followed. In August 1945, one that began
in Cracow which, pace Mr. Jezewski, it
is safe to think of as a Polish city then,
no? or do we blame it all on the Soviet
Union? ended with about 350 dead
Jews. In July 1946, a pogrom in Kielce
ended with about 42 Jews dead and a
similar number wounded.
Shall we blame the Germans for that
So, Mr. Jezewski, we are sorry to have
offended you. We will try to remember that the shorthand Polish ghettos
and Polish concentration camps are
not as technically accurate as ghettos
in German-occupied Poland and German concentration camp in Germanoccupied Poland.
But we might just forget and slip back
into our native English. Sorry.

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well, and its theme, Sacred Relationships, defined as creatively or
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n Monday morning, January 11, Israeli

police barged into a home in Modiin and
began tearing it apart in search of the marijuana stash they knew was there, because
they knew the family, children included, were dealing
the weed to the children of Modiin.
The illicit drug, the police also knew, was home
grown, having been nurtured in the garden behind
the home.
Only, there was no marijuana growing in the garden,
and no evidence that any ever grew there. There was
no stash found in the house, not even a recreational
one. There was no paraphernalia of any kind in the
home, either, that could be used to produce product
for any use.
In t heir ra ns a ck ing
of the home, the police
also seized all electronic
devices, because they
knew these contained evidence of drug trafficking.
The family members volunteered the lock codes
even before being asked,
because they knew they
had nothing to hide.
All this should have told
the police they were in the
wrong house. Instead, the
lack of any evidence of any
kind only made them more aggressive. They dragged
the father and one of his children, a 14-year-old girl, to
the police station, where they were interrogated for
most of that day. The father was denied the right to an
attorney; the 14-year-old girl was denied the right to
have a parent present during questioning.
At one point, the father was told he had raised a
whore and two drug dealers, and that his youngest
son would be removed from the home to protect him
from being infected by the evil within.
Thus began a nightmare that continues even now,
weeks later.
What happened to us, as I found out, is not uncommon in this country, the father wrote in a blog posted
on the Times of Israel last week.
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Upon realizing that there was not even

a crumb of anything illicit, no paraphernalia even for recreational use, and no
evidence to substantiate their theory, the
father wrote, they proceeded to detain me
and my young daughter and brought us to
the station for interrogation.Upon entering the car, they told me not to speak to my
daughter and slapped me when I ignored
those instructions. As stoic as she was, she
is still 14 and will forever be my baby; I will
always ignore those orders, especially when
I see her teary-eyed and scared.
For the next 12 hours, the 14-year-old and
her father were kept apart. He was moved
from one room to another, his legs and arms
As the day progressed, things went from
very bad to much worse. My wife was at
the station with our oldest daughter trying
to get the lead investigator to speak with the
attorney she had hired that morning, the
father wrote. The arresting officer shoved
my daughter [who is in the army] to the
ground, grabbed her phone, and hung up
on the attorney.
No one was safe that day, he wrote.
Eventually, the father was placed in the
home of his wifes cousin, and placed under
house arrest, with strict penalties for communicating with anyone via telephone or
email. I was notallowed to go to work, not
allowed to discuss this with anyone aside
from my attorney, and not allowed to see
how my wife and four children were doing.
As to what led to this nightmare, it apparently grew out of a year-long grudge held
by a teenager against the 14-year-old daughter and her older brother. When he was
arrested by police on drug charges and
asked to name names, he saw this as an
opportunity to get even.
Had the officers done even a little police
work before barging into our home and

destroying our lives, they would have realized the ridiculousness of their accusations, the father wrote.
We live in a country where security is first
and foremost, and most of the laws governing police conduct revolve around that. Our
trust in those who are supposed to protect
and serve has been shattered, and when
that happens, everything changes. Everything has changed.
My lawyer summed it up in the saddest
statement I have heard since moving here.
In a conversation earlier this week he had
said we have a good case against the police
and I responded that I am not looking for
money; I want justice. He dryly replied that
I am in the wrong country for that. In Israel,
there is no such thing as justice.
There is so much wrong with this country, and yet throughout the past 10 years
we believed we were here to help change
those things and contribute to the building
of a great nation; without justice, though, it
doesnt matter; without a system meant to
protect its citizens from abuse by authorities, there is no foundation on which to
build a great nation.
(For more about this story, see page 12.)
The Torah says as much. Justice, justice
shall you pursue, that you may thrive and
occupy the land that the Lord your God is
giving to you, it tells us in Deuteronomy
16:20. Without justice, there can be no living in the land.
The word justice in the verse, tzedek,
is an interesting one because it is an unexpected one, and defining it is a bit difficult.
Tzedek has multiple meanings, including
righteousness, justice, truth, honest (as in
honest weights and measures), purity, and
sincerity. From tzedek we also derive such
meanings as kindness, virtue, and piety.
Then there is the word with which we are
all so familiar tzedakah. It means righteousness, purity, equity, and to be liberal
with. Tzedakah is a purifying act in which
we should engage liberally, because it is righteous and equitable.
Righteousness, justice, truth, purity, sincerity, honesty, liberality these are a lot of
definitions from which to choose. Which one
best fits tzedek, tzedek shall you pursue?
To answer that, we must look at the phrase
again. We are dealing with three words when
all we need are two: Pursue tzedek. Adding
an extra tzedek is the Torahs way of telling us
that tzedek in a legal context must include all
of its definitions. Justice that is not righteous,
equitable, kind, virtuous, pure, and pious is
not tzedek.
I know this family well, because it is my
family. The father is my son, the mother is
my daughter-in-law, and the children are my
grandchildren. They are traumatized, disillusioned, and just plain scared.
They have a right they are tzodek to be.
Their Zionist dream has been shattered. Tzedek, tzedek shall you pursue, that you may
thrive and occupy the land that the Lord your
God is giving to you.
Without tzedek, there can be no Zionist

An empty synagogue
in the snow

n any given Saturday mornthat I found myself completely alone in

ing I wake up and go to
the synagogue on Shabbat. I was not
upset that no one came. The weather
Last Shabbat morning
was extremely hazardous, and I would
January 23, 2016 I made sure to get
not have wanted people to risk accidents when the media and government
out earlier than usual, because I was
authorities were advising them to stay at
worried about our custodian making it
home. But as I sat there alone that Shabthere on time.
bat morning, I reflected on the nature of
It took me longer than usual to traverse the half block from my house to
our enterprise in the organized Jewish
the synagogue, even though there was
community. I was met with a dark vision
no traffic on the street I have to cross.
of a future where we open synagogues
The snow was everywhere. On the
for prayer where no one comes to pray.
street. On the trees. In the sky. In the air.
I was reminded of the story of the Baal
Coming at me horizontally through the
Shem Tov Elie Wiesel recounted in The
wind. But I made it to my destination
Gates of the Forest. When a miracle
and had an hour to prepare before serwas needed, the Baal Shem Tov would
vices. I took up a shovel and made a safe
go to a certain place in the forest, light
path from the parking lot to the door.
a fire, and recite a specific prayer, and
The lot was not plowed, but maybe that
then a miracle was granted. When the
would change. I unlocked the doors,
Baal Shem Tov had died, his disciple,
turned off the alarm, and
the Maggid of Mezrich,
turned on the lights. (I
went to the same place
always have accepted the
in the forest and recited
Rabbinical Assembly posithe same prayer, but he
tion from 1950 that perdid not know how to light
mits the use of electricity
the fire. When the Maggid of Mezrich died, his
on Shabbat for turning on
disciple, Rabbi Moshe
and off lights and the like.)
Leib of Sasov, also went
I made sure the sanctuary
to the forest to seek Gods
was ready for services.
Rabbi Dr.
mercy, and prayed to God
I took out the food for
David J. Fine
that while he knew neithe collation. I set up the
ther how to light the fire
nor the words of the Baal
Then, with about a
Shem Tovs prayer, at least he knew
half hour before services, I looked at
where to go, and he hoped that would
the entryway and doubted for a second
be sufficient. When Rabbi Israel of
whether or not I actually had shoveled
Rizhyn, the great-grandson of the Maga path to the door. The snow was coming down so fast that there was no trace
gid of Mezrich, had to pray for mercy,
of my path or footprints. So I shoveled
he sat in his chair and prayed: Master of
a pathway again, and then settled down
the Universe! I dont know how to light
with a little food and drink and studied
the fire nor the words of the prayer nor
some mishnah in preparation for the
the site in the forest. May my memory of
teaching I give at the beginning of the
the story be sufficient.
service. Then it was 9 a.m., and no one
Will we reach a point where we open
was there. I checked the entryway again
our synagogues but will have forgotten
and decided to shovel again. Then I sat
the words to say? Or have we already
down, studied some more, and ate and
reached the point where our people
drank some more. Still no one there. I
have forgotten the location of the
went into the sanctuary, put on my tallis
and davened.
While the memory of synagogues may
Then I put it away, cleaned up the colbe enough to kindle divine mercy, it will
lation, put the perishables back into the
not sustain our communities. We must
refrigerator, turned off the lights, turned
recommit ourselves to learning the liturgy and language of the prayer book,
the alarm back on, locked the doors,
so our ancient words not become forgotand made my way back across the white
ten incantations. We must retrain our
to home.
feet (and our cars) to attend synagogue
While there have been other times
on Shabbat and make our communities
that snow has interfered with a Shabbat
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Remembering Rabbi Eugene Borowitz

ve been a member of the modern

Orthodox community for all of my
68-plus years.
I come from a modern Orthodox
family and married into one; I raised my children in that tradition, was educated in modern Orthodox schools through college, lived
in prominent modern Orthodox communities (Far Rockaway, the Upper West Side and
now Teaneck), davened in modern Orthodox
shuls, have mainly modern Orthodox friends,
and have written articles for many Jewish
publications on modern Orthodox themes.
So, if asked which rabbis made a strong
and lasting impact on me and the way I think
about Jewish issues, my list would include
the usual suspects: Rabbi Ralph Pelcovitz (in
whose shul I grew up), Rabbi Emanuel Rackman (whose influence began when I attended
his Shabbat youth groups as a teenager and
continued until his death many decades
later), Rabbi Murry Penkower (my fatherin-law), Rabbis Shlomo Riskin and Saul Berman of Lincoln Square Synagogue, where I
belonged when I lived in Manhattan, and
Rabbi Yosef Adler, now my family rabbi. But it
would also include an unusual suspect: Rabbi
Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz, a towering Reform

theologian who died last week at 91.

I first met Rabbi Borowitz in the late 1970s,
when I was invited to be a one-year fellow at
Shma Magazine, which he founded, edited
and ran, paradoxically, with a gentle and
loving iron fist. That one-year term (during
which he insisted I call him Gene) extended
to three intermittent years, during which
time I had the opportunity to learn two significant life lessons from him. Although I, and
not he, was the litigator, he taught these lessons following the litigators maxim in making a closing argument dont tell, show!
The first lesson was that someone can be
religious without being Orthodox, a relatively
simple-sounding idea that to my Orthodox
sensibilities was somewhat startling. Being
religious, what I learned from watching and
talking to Gene was not exclusively knowing
the 39 forbidden types of work prohibited
on Shabbat or following the intricate kashrut
rules, as important as they were to me. Even
without Orthodox halachic observance,
being religious also could mean looking at
and grappling with moral and ethical dilemmas through a Jewish lens (and heart); taking
Shabbat and prayer seriously as you understood them; studying, valuing and teaching

Jewish texts, and, yes, editing

thats where the sandwiches
a magazine of Jewish responsicame from. He realized that I
bility and ideas.
couldnt eat food that did not
The second lesson modified
have what I considered to be
an Orthodox trope I had heard
proper supervision. Although
many times in my community:
he would have been able to eat
if Jews of different denominafood from any of the three, it
tions and levels of observance
wasnt assur for him to accommodate me. And so he did.
want to do anything together,
Joseph C.
But not always. Sometimes,
the less halachically observant
I learned, others had princialways had to bow to those
ples rooted as deeply as halamore stringent. Its assur
chic rules, which they could
forbidden for us to eat nonno more give up than Orthodox Jews could
kosher food or daven without a mechitzah,
give up halachic ones. This point was driven
the argument goes. But although you dont
home at a trialogue sponsored by an Orthofeel obligated to eat kosher or daven separately, its not assur for you to do so. So meet
dox shul in Teaneck many years ago. It was
our standards when were together or we
a discussion among three rabbis of different
cant do business with one another.
denominations. Using my personal connection to Gene, I invited him as the Reform
What I learned from Gene was that this was
representative, and he kindly accepted. He
true only sometimes. Our meetings at Shma
was, as always, thoughtful, wise, and eloincluded a (very) light dinner sandwiches
quent. But it was an answer that he gave
and a drink. Before our first meeting, Gene,
during the Q&A period that sticks in my
knowing I was Orthodox, called me and
mind. A member of the audience asked him,
said that there were three possible places
respectfully, about a get a Jewish divorce.
from which to order the sandwiches. Which
Although the Reform movement doesnt
one, he asked, had a rabbinical supervision
require a get to end a Jewish marriage if the
that was acceptable to me? I told him, and

A view from the pew

Come to the annual Brotherhood/Sisterhood breakfast!

he goal of this column is to

encourage you to join me at our
communitys 30th annual Brotherhood/Sisterhood Breakfast on
Presidents Day Monday, February 15.
This breakfast is the broadest-based interfaith event of its kind in the nation. The Jewish Community Relations Council of our Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey has
been a leading sponsor and active facilitator
of the event since its inception.
In beginning my solicitation of your participation in what I believe to be one of the
most important get-togethers of the year
in our community, I want to refer you to a
small article in the January 18, Bergen Record
about Pope Francis speaking at the Great
Synagogue in Rome. I think that the fact that
the leader of the Catholic church attending
a synagogue is no longer a front page headline story is good, but challenging, news. The
Catholic church and the Jewish community
have come a long way on the road of reconciliation and mutual respect over the past 50
years. While the recognition of the inhumanity of the Holocaust was, without a doubt, a
catalyst for the dramatic changes the church
initiated, I think that the most important
aspect of the reformation within Catholicism
has been the recognition that Pope Francis
reaffirmed earlier this month: that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all are paths to the one
22 Jewish Standard JANUARY 29, 2016

While the pope, speaking in an Italian synagogue, understandably focused upon the
three Abrahamic faiths in his address to the
Jewish community of Rome, as an American
living in an ever more religiously diverse community, I would like to add my belief that the
Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Bahai faiths, whose
origins are outside of biblical tradition, also
are uniquely different but valid paths to the
one ultimate source of being.
Religious wars should be an oxymoron. Sadly, even after the two world wars of
the 20th century, when much of the brutal
slaughter of tens of millions was fueled by
hate, based upon differences in faith, religious wars in the 21st century are the number
one obstacle to world peace. As a person who
defines himself as a religious Jew, this truth is
deeply troubling.
I am an American who was inspired, during my college years in the 1960s, to choose
the rabbinate as a career, in great measure
because it was rabbis, priests, and ministers
who stood at the forefront of the civil rights
and human rights movements. The 2013 Pew
Study documents that during the past 40
years, most Americans have come to associate the term religious only with fundamentalism. Liberal Christianity and liberal Judaism are seen by their Orthodox brethren as
less than legitimate. Many members of liberal

synagogues and churches

Jews, what we know of people
often define themselves as
of other faiths is what we read
not religious. Moreover, I can
on the Internet or see on TV.
attest, through both personal
We Jews, who know all too well
experience and demographic
the hate inspired against our
studies, that while Americans
people by deceitful stereotyping, cannot allow ourselves to
have more interactions with
do the same to people of other
people of different faith backgrounds in the workplace and
ethnic and faith communities.
Rabbi Neal I.
at school than we did 40 or
Seeing people of different
50 years ago, too often those
faiths as other rather than
interactions do not include
brother is both antithetical
meaningful discussions, which
to Jewish values, as I understand Torah, and to maintaining American
could lead to greater mutual respect and
public support to Israel, as I understand
understanding both of our shared values and
human nature and politics. Without having
of our different customs and traditions.
first shared a meal with others, its hard, if not
Interfaith dialogues, including our annual
impossible, to open a discussion with them
interfaith breakfast, attract fewer of us than
on issues of deep concern. A contemporary
they did a generation ago. One of the results
example of this is the BDS movement. Locally
of this apathy is that we may be acquainted
and nationally, only concerned Jews who
with more people of different faith backgrounds today than we would have been a
have an ongoing relationship with people of
generation ago, but we probably know less
other faiths have been able to have a positive
about each others beliefs and concerns.
impact in countering this most dangerous
Northern New Jersey is one of the most
assault on Israels legitimacy. Our Presidents
religiously diverse communities in America.
Day breakfast is a great place to establish a
Yet I would venture to say that only a small
relationship with members of the other seven
minority of you readers of the Jewish Stanfaith communities in northern New Jersey,
dard ever have had a discussion about reliso that in the future there will be even more
gion with a Catholic, Protestant, Muslim,
opportunity to work together across religious, ethnic, or racial lines on issues of conSikh, Bahai, Hindu, or Jain neighbor. For
cern, both locally and globally.
too many Americans, including American


Thank you, Rabbi Kniaz

couple has a civil divorce, its leaders

also know that a Jewish man could
not marry a divorced Jewish women
who does not have a get. Thus, as
a matter of denominational comity
and not halachah, and in order to
ensure that Jews could marry one
another, the questioner asked:
Shouldnt the Reform movement
also require a get?
Gene answered (and I paraphrase): Youre right; I and my movement dont think a get is necessary to
end a Jewish marriage. But youre
also right that there is a serious nonhalachic reason to require a get. And
therefore Ive thought for some time
that the issue you raise is a significant
enough reason to require a get. So I
am prepared to recommend to the
Reform leadership to institute using
a get and here he paused as soon
as my Orthodox colleagues present
me with a get procedure that treats
men and women equally.
The last time I met Gene was at
a convocation held at HUC-JIR in
celebration of his 85th birthday. I
was covering the event for the New

York Jewish Week, and as you would

expect, in addition to the cake there
was an intellectual part to the celebration, where three of Genes students challenged, as he put it, some
murky aspect of my teaching. He
responded to them earnestly and
with warmth. When I went over to
say hello, I wasnt sure if he remembered me. It had been years since
our Shma days. But before I could
(re)introduce myself, he greeted me
by name, with a broad smile, and we
had a lovely chat.
Shortly thereafter I sent him a
copy of my Jewish Week article.
Always gracious, he thanked me for
it. That was final communication
between us. From the day I met him
he was always a true gentleman, in
addition to being a scholar, intellectual, leader, teacher, and friend.
I will miss him deeply.

Each year, our Brotherhood/ Sisterhood committee, which meets

monthly at the Jewish Federation
building in Paramus, designates one
of the communities to act as host.
The host invites a leader of its faith to
be the keynote speaker for the morning. This year the Catholic community is hosting the breakfast, which
will be held at the Hasbrouck Heights
Hilton on February 15 at 10 a.m. The
keynote speaker will be Rev. Msgr.
Joseph Grech, who is the first secretary of the United Nations Mission of
the Holy See.
CalI Natalya Taleysnik at the

federation office at (201) 820-3900,

ext. 211, and reserve your seat at
the table. Kosher meals provided by
Maadan are available upon request;
just ask Natalya. The food, however,
is the smallest part of this breakfast. The most important part is the
opportunity to get to know our faithbased neighbors.


center to draw us together. We

must reform the synagogue into
a true Jewish community center,
where we can continue to sew and
reap blessings.
Something to do once the snow

from page 21

our own (weather permitting). The

word synagogue beit knesset
in Hebrew means house of gathering. It loses its essence if no one
gathers within its walls.
We must, then, re-envision the
nature of the synagogue so that
we better serve the needs of the
members of our communities. The
synagogue is the peoples institution; it is not a holy temple sitting
atop a mountain overlooking a city
from above. For our communities
to survive, we must have a vibrant

Joseph C. Kaplan, a Teaneck resident

for more than 31 years, is a frequent
contributor of essays to Jewish
publications when not he is not
practicing law in Manhattan.

Neal Borovitz, rabbi emeritus of

Temple Avodat Shalom in River
Edge, is the immediate past chair
of Jewish Community Relations
Council of the Jewish Federation of
Northern New Jersey.

David J. Fine, the rabbi of Temple

Israel and Jewish Community
Center of Ridgewood, holds a
doctorate in modern European
history and is an adjunct professor
of Jewish law at the Abraham
Geiger and Zacharias Frankel
colleges at the University of
Potsdam in Germany.

We want to thank you for your coverage of Kulanu

NNJ ( January 15) and the grant that we recently
received from the Covenant Foundation. The article omitted the names of the participating congregations. They are Barnert Temple-Congregation Bnai
Jeshurun, Franklin Lakes; Fair Lawn Jewish Center/
Cong. Bnai Israel; Gesher Shalom/JCC of Fort Lee;
Glen Rock Jewish Center; JCC of Paramus/Congregation Beth Tikvah; Shomrei Torah/ The Wayne Conservative Congregation; Temple Avodat Shalom,
River Edge; Temple Beth Or, Washington Township;
Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley, Woodcliff
Lake; and NNJJA (Northern New Jersey Jewish Academy), Ridgewood.
Additionally, we want to thank Rabbi Shelley
Kniaz, who was the initiator and a driving force
behind the grant. The proposal would not have
been written without her hard work and dedication.
Rabbi Paula Feldstein,
Temple Avodat Shalom, River Edge
Stephanie Hausner,
Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

Transparency and book lists

There is nothing wrong with questioning the wisdom of proposed legislation or the removal of a
particular book from a required reading list (To
strengthen Israel, defend democracy, January
22). Had Mark Gold and Hiam Simon done simply
that, they would have my sympathy. But their opinion piece is laced with so much hyperbole as to be
unhinged from reality.
The authors first objection is to proposed transparency legislation in Israel that would require an
allegedly nongovernmental organization to disclose
when more than half of its funding comes from a
foreign government and how much it receives.
Thats it. The proposed legislation does not prohibit any activity whatsoever. Even an organization
funded entirely by foreign governments still will be
free to do and say whatever it wants in Israel. But
while doing whatever it does and saying whatever it
says, it will not be free to deceive the public with the
claim that it is an independent, nongovernmental
organization, when it is in fact funded by, and therefore beholden to, a foreign government. The United
States has similar laws, and in contrast with the proposed Israeli law, which is merely civil in nature, a
breach of the U.S. is punishable as a crime.
The authors second objection is that Israels
Ministry of Education decided to withdraw a love
story between a Jewish woman and a Muslim man
from its list of required high school reading. Gold
and Simon themselves admit that the book since
has enjoyed a spike in sales and that other stories
of Jews who marry outside the faith have been and
are still taught in Israeli schools. Yet Gold and Simon
incredibly declare that Banning books wont stop
free thought, even though the book clearly never
was banned. Shmuel Rosner, in a New York Times
column on January 19, was amazed at the tumult
this caused, writing, Many books are not included
in the list of required reading for high school
For Gold and Simon, these two issues amount
to no less than a battle for democracy. They are
shocked by the transparency legislation and
accuse its sponsors of suppressing left-wing
NGOs. They evoke images of the worst dictatorships, ranging from Sudan and Syria to North Korea
and they compare Israel to China and Russia.

They support these comparisons by attributing the worst motives and conspiracy theories to
Israelis with whom they disagree. In their view,
the transparency legislation deliberately favors
right-wing organizations because right-wing NGOs
receive their funding from individual donors, not
foreign governments, and therefore they would be
exempt from the new law. But no one is stopping
left-wing organizations from similarly seeking the
majority of their funding from individuals. Individual donors are just that, individuals. There is a vast
difference between an organizations receiving support from individuals and receiving support from a
foreign government. It is similar to the difference
between receiving campaign support from megacorporations and from individual citizens. That is
why so many, including President Obama, objected
so vociferously to the Supreme Courts Citizens
United case, which put large corporate donations
to election campaigns on an equal footing with campaign donations from individuals.
Unlike Gold and Simon, I will not attribute
motives that I cannot prove to them. But I will
ask why they are going to such extremes to fight
for the right of left-wing purported nongovernmental organizations to hide the fact that they
are obtaining a majority of their funds, if not all of
them, from foreign governments. I will ask why
they compare Israel to the worst tyrannies in the
world because Israel removed a book from a high
school required reading list. And I will assert, as
Professor Alan Dershowitz has done so many
times, No other country with comparable internal and external threats has as good a human
rights record as Israel.
Gold and Simon should take heed of that fact
when they publish their wild accusations.
Harry J. Reidler

Coming together for Devorah

This weekend I read your limited account of the

events that took place on the weekend of January
16 (Womans body removed from car in Passaic
River, January 22). Devorah Stubin died a tragic
death and nothing can ever bring her back to the
living. Yet with her death, something beautiful took
place. The entire Jewish community of New York
and New Jersey came together as one to search for
Devorah. Hundreds of Jews gathered in Maywood
with a singular purpose. Chasidim from Lakewood,
Brooklyn, Monsey, and Passaic joined modern
Orthodox from Westchester, North Woodmere,
Long Island, Teaneck, Englewood, and other Jersey
towns without hesitation. A couple called in from
Boston asking for directions to Maywood. CSS, the
Community Security Services organization, was
represented with a dozen members as well. We,
chasidim, modern Orthodox, and secular, searched
together, we prayed together, and we ultimately
cried together as one Jewish people.
Here was a tragedy that brought about a beautiful
response. Bergen County Sheriff Saudino said: The
response given today by the Jewish community was
the most incredible response by a community that I
have ever witnessed in my 43 years of active service.
If something were ever to happen to me, I know
who I am calling for help.
May Devorahs soul be uplifted by the events that
took place that Shabbat.
Michael Seelenfreund
Jewish Standard JANUARY 29, 2016 23


Anti-Semitism in 2016
A global challenge lacks a global strategy

nother week, another litany of ugly incidents

targeting Jews, along with expressions of concern about rising anti-Semitism around the
globe, and even the odd solution offered up.
But as weve been slowly learning since the turn of this
century, not much really changes.
Lets start with France, where in the last four years
Islamist terrorists have executed two massacres at Jewish
sites first at a school in Toulouse in 2012, which resulted
in the murders of a teacher and three children, and then
at the Hyper Cacher market in Paris on January 16, 2015,
where four people lost their lives.
On January 11, 2016, a Jewish studies teacher in Marseille
was brutally attacked with a machete. What identified him
as a Jew to his Muslim assailant was his yarmulke. Consequently, French Jewish leaders have been passionately
debating the wisdom of Jewish men covering their heads
in public.
They have good reason to feel insecure; a poll conducted by the magazine Paris Match revealed that 71 percent of French citizens believe that anti-Semitism is rising.
Perhaps encouragingly, 70 percent feel that Jews should
not refrain from donning yarmulkes if they wish. But that

does not allay the communitys

fear that wearing a yarmulke
has become an invitation to
Then there is Germany. It
was only a year ago that Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed
genuine shock at the notion
that Jews yet again were doubtBen Cohen
ing their future in the land that
served as the Holocausts cauldron. Her reassurance that she
was glad and grateful to have a Jewish community was
duly noted and appreciated, but the nerves only have
increased with the mass influx of refugees from Syria
and other Muslim-majority countries over the last few
months. Recently, Jewish leaders in Hamburg and Wuppertal have underlined the insecurity prevailing in those
two communities.
Across the English Channel, Jews in the United Kingdom
continue to grapple with anti-Semitism masquerading as
anti-Zionism. The latest manifestation of this phenomenon was on display at London Universitys venerable

Kings College, where a Jewish society meeting featuring

Ami Ayalon, a former head of Israels Shin Bet security
service and now a peace activist, was obstructed by rioting
pro-Palestinian demonstrators. Windows were smashed
and fire alarms were set off as a baying mob of over-privileged students rampaged through what their own university deems a safe space.
In America, too, there has been a graphic reminder of
the overlap between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. Julio
Pino, a Kent State University academic known principally
for screaming Death to Israel at a 2011 meeting featuring
Ishmael Khaldi, an Israeli diplomat who is also a Muslim
and a Bedouin, reportedly is under investigation by the
FBI over possible links to the Islamic State terror group.
If that sounds far-fetched, it shouldnt. The hatred of Jews
and Jewish empowerment that lies at the heart of Islamic
States ideology is also what animates the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, of which Pino,
a convert to Islam, is a part.
As Ive written before, anti-Semitism expresses itself
these days less as a sudden cataclysm and more as an
accumulation of offenses that slowly chip away at the confidence of Jewish communities. A beating here, a stabbing
there, and an occasional gun attack or bombing is what
accompanies the drumbeat of anti-Zionist agitation on
social media and in the corridors of academia. Each community, moreover, has its own strategy for dealing with
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The Gettysburg Address

translated into Hebrew and chanted as a Haftarah!!
Light breakfast to follow

The scene outside the Hyper Cacher kosher market in Paris on January 16,
2015, a week after the Islamist terror attack there that killed four Jewish

authorities. What is very much a global

challenge lacks a global strategy.
When renewed anti-Semitism became
a public concern after the 9/11 atrocities, Western politicians organized conferences, appointed envoys, and confirmed at every opportunity that there
was no place in the new century for this
oldest of hatreds. But as the years have
passed, to a worrying degree anti-Semitism has become an expected presence.
The slow yet reliable repetition of antiSemitic incidents, along with a discernible uptick in European Jewish immigration to Israel, suggests that anti-Semitism
will percolate at this same pace for some
time to come, thereby dampening any
sense of urgency on the part of governments. Indeed, the idea that there is
something normal about anti-Semitism
may explain why U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry didnt bother to mention the
Hyper Cacher massacre in his message
commemorating the first anniversary of
the January 2015 week of Islamist terror
in Paris.
It may also explain why Russian dictator President Vladimir Putin, ever
the opportunist, issued a bizarre invitation to Jews to escape anti-Semitism by
moving to Russia. According to Russian
media reports, Putin made the offer at
a meeting with European Jewish Congress leaders in Moscow, for good measure wiggling his forefinger in a come
hither gesture. As reported by Tablet
magazines Vladislav Davidzon, EJC head
Moshe Kantor showed signs of experiencing visible difficulties in containing
his laughter.... All six fellow Jewish delegates sitting around Kantor likewise
That certainly was a brave thing to do
in Putins presence, but the fact remains
that the Russian presidents invite
sounds like the opening gambit of a Jewish joke. (If anyone can think of a punch
line, drop me an email.) So why not just

enjoy the humor and then forget about

Heres why. The debate should not be
about which countries Jews can emigrate
to safely. It should be about what is causing anti-Semitism in the societies where
they live now and that means explicitly identifying Islamism, Islamists, and
their fellow travelers on the left and right
as the root of the problem. In Europe,
ironically, they are more willing to do
that than in America, where the Obama
administration still is selling the nonsense that using the word Islamist is
an insult to all Muslims. But there still is
a lack of coherence about why anti-Semitism persists and what to do about it.
In my view, the two most robust
answers to anti-Semitism are sovereignty
and democracy. Sovereignty takes the
form of the State of Israel, which always
has been and will continue to be a haven
for Jews experiencing harassment and
persecution. As for democracy, the argument here is a little more complicated,
but it boils down to this: a polity like Russia can never be a true haven for Jews
as long as it remains an authoritarian
state that cracks down on dissent. Fighting anti-Semitism effectively requires
a broader commitment to democratic
rights, and an explicit acknowledgement that a culture of liberty is a necessary condition for a flourishing Jewish
Vladimir Putin never will understand
that. The current crop of Western leaders doesnt seem too bothered by it.
Thats why, like I said, nothing really

Rabbi Joseph H. Prouser

Robert Yudin, Chairman BCRO and Linda Schwager, Mayor of Oakland - Event Chairs

With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of
our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His
help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.

- Inaugural Address, John F. Kennedy

Ben Cohen, senior editor of

and the Tower magazine, writes a weekly
column for on Jewish affairs
and Middle Eastern politics. His work
has been published in Commentary, the
New York Post, Haaretz, the Wall Street
Journal, and many other publications.

Cover Story

Anybody can sew

Herein a doctors life, from Argentina to Park Ridge, including
some insights into a cardiac surgeons motivations and skills

hen Alejandro Jorge Zapolanski was about 7 years

old, in the late 1950s,
he found himself in the
emergency room.
It was nothing unusual or life-threatening. Id just gotten home from school,
and I was running up the stairs to see my
mom, and I slipped and fell and I opened
my forehead, he said.
My mother sees me with blood all over
me, and takes me to the hospital, and the
doctor says that he was going to put in two
stitches, and said that it would hurt a little
bit, so he would give me a local anesthetic.

I liked cardiac
physiology. Its
very dynamic.
There is nothing
like the heart
in action.
Dr. Alex Zapolanski talks with students at the Ridgewood Academy for Health Professionals.

And I told him no, that he should do it

without anesthesia, because I was going to
be a doctor.
Alex was fine. I was very stoic, but my
mother fainted, he said.
That little boy is now Dr. Alex Zapolanski of Park Ridge I dropped the Alejandro Jorge when I came here, he said a
cardiac surgeon and the head of cardiac
surgery at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.
Then, home was Buenos Aires.
His story is in some ways the typical
story of a hard-driving, ambitious, gifted
man whose clear-sighted pursuit of his
goal got him to the pinnacle of his field.
But because its set in Argentina, at least
at first, at the same time it has an almost
topsy-turvy quality to it. Argentina is a
world where summer is in December, the

spring starts in September, it gets hotter

when you go north, and the Jews who fled
there from Europe, with the same background as the Jews who came here, found
themselves in a lush subtropical Spanishspeaking Nazi-shielding off-and-on dictatorship and still on the whole they flourished there.
The government of Argentina took
advantage of World War II, Dr. Zapolanski said. It produced a lot of grain and
meat, and it sold a lot of it to Europe during the war, and made a lot of money. It
sold to both sides. Juan Peron the dictator whose wife was immortalized in the
Broadway musical Evita was a fascist
who supported Mussolini. After the war, a
lot of Germans escaped there.

It also was a haven for Jews, and home

to a flourishing Jewish community.
By 1960, there were about half a million Jews in Argentina about 400,000
in Buenos Aires and 100,000 in the rest
of the country, Dr. Zapolanski said. The
community was far older, however. There
was a colony called Moiss Ville established in 1889 and named after one of its
benefactors, Baron Maurice Moshe Hirsch
and there were the Jewish gauchos
basically cowboys and ranch hands.
Dr. Zapolanskis grandparents left eastern Europe in the early 1920s, in the wake
of the economic and emotional devastation of World War I, but unlike the parents, grandparents, or great grandparents
of most of our readers, his family went

to Argentina. They would have preferred

coming to North America, he said, but
already there were quotas in place that
kept them out. (Immigration became
much more difficult in 1917, and harder
still in 1924, with the passage of the Immigration Act.)
My paternal grandparents, Jacobo and
Beila, came from Grodno, which sometimes belonged to Russia and sometimes
to Poland, Dr. Zapolanski said. My dad
was born in Poland, and got to Argentina
when he was 5 or 6.
Dr. Zapolanskis maternal grandparents, Zalmen and Itka Saginor, came from
a small town outside Minsk. The name
Saginor comes with a story, he said, and
it dates to the time that Russian Jews were

mandated to take last names. His greatgreat-grandfather, the first to have that
surname, was blind; he was also a man
revered for his wisdom and sought after
for his advice. The name comes from a
talmudic phrase, sagi nahor, which literally means much light in Aramaic. It is
used euphemistically to say that someone
is blind and metaphorically to describe
someone who is both wise and blind
someone who can see without light.
Zalmen Saginor became a teacher in
Argentina. He started with a little oneroom school, with just one class, and
eventually it became a seven-year elementary school, Dr. Zapolanski said. He did
that for 35 years, retired in 1955, and spent
the rest of his life preparing children for
bar mitzvah. He prepared more children
for their bar mitzvahs than anyone else in
Dr. Zapolanskis father, Ignacio, earned
a doctorate in economics and worked as a
CPA. His mother, Clara, was a lawyer and
a CPA, and the two worked together. My
father said that when he was younger, he
thought of going to medical school, but circumstances precluded it, his son said. But
higher education in general and medical
education in particular were in the familys DNA.
Young Alex went to public school, but
he had an intensive Jewish education.
Public school was in the morning, and
then it ended, I came home for lunch, and
then the bus took me to Hebrew school,
he said. I went to Hebrew school four
and a half days a week on Fridays it
ended at 4. He became fluent in Hebrew
during that time. He also learned Yiddish, at first from listening, and then in
elementary school I learned it formally.
Hebrew school wasnt like afternoon religious school here, he added. We learned
Hebrew, Yiddish, geography, history it
was a formal and involved process.
The community was tight. My parents
had a wedding or a bar mitzvah or something like that at least every other weekend, Dr. Zapolanski said.

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The Argentine Jewish community also
was extremely connected to Israel, he continued. My father and my mother both
were volunteers in Jewish organizations.
Because of his background, my father
became more or less the treasurer for the
organization that was the equivalent to the
United Jewish Appeal, and my mom used
to work for the Womens International
Zionist Organization WIZO.
Alexs understanding that he was going
to be a doctor never abated he used to
play surgeon on my poor sisters dolls,
he said and Argentinas educational
system, which is unlike ours in that it
rewards very early career decisions from
very young people, eased his way,
and his determination pushed him
even harder. He skipped first grade
and so finished elementary school
early, went to high school, and took
a yearlong program to prepare for the
pre-med tests that students there take
before college during his senior year
of high school. That was unusual, he
said. And it was the worst year of my
life. I would go to school in the morning, come home and study all afternoon, and then at 6 Id go to pre-med
classes for three hours every night,
four days a week.
When I finished high school in
December 1967, I was 16 years old and
I had passed all my exams for medical school. But it is important to note,
he said, urgently if most likely entirely
inaccurately, that it was a function of
only one thing sitzfleisch. The ability to sit and study. It wasnt talent.
That time also deepened the
already strong relationship with his
father, who has been dead for 35 years
and whom, it is clear, Dr. Zapolanski
still misses as if the loss were fresh.
My dad studied everything that I hated
with me, he said. I didnt love to study.
For me, studying was just a vehicle. I hated
microbiology with a passion I hate it to
this day and my father used to make me
synoptic summaries of microbiology.
All that study paid off. In March of 1968
I started medical school the school year
in Argentina, like ours, starts in the fall,
but their fall is in March and in April I
turned 17.
Medical school in Argentina is six years.
I graduated from medical school in 1973,
and I came to the United States instantaneously, he said.
Why? Because he and his family always
saw the future as here, not there. How?
Because he had learned English from
childhood, with that understanding in
When I was 12 years old, my dad asked
me if I wanted to have a big bar mitzvah
party or should we go on a trip, Dr. Zapolanski said. I said a trip. Of course we still
had a bar mitzvah, and the four of us traveled together for 80 days. It was 40 days in
Europe, 20 in Israel, and 20 in the United
States. We left in December 1963 and came

Dr. Alex Zapolansksi and his wife, Laurel Mangarelli, in a formal portrait
and in front of the Kotel in Jerusalem.

back the next March.

It was good timing for my dad because
he had to work like an animal during tax
season, he added.
When he was 16, the family took another
trip, this one for 60 days, 40 in
Europe and 20 in the United States.
It was so incredible! he said. We
would go, say, to Paris, and it wasnt
difficult to get hotel rooms then, so
every night the four of us planned
the next day.
Dr. Zapolanski realized early on
that he was interested in the heart.
I liked cardiac physiology, he said.
Its very dynamic. There is nothing
like the heart in action.
The heart is very fluid. Things
happen very quickly. Its not like the
kidney or the stomach stuff goes through
and is extracted.
A world-famous surgeon, Ren Favaloro, who developed the coronary bypass
at the Cleveland Clinic, had returned to
his homeland, Argentina, and established
his practice close to where the Zapolanskis lived. I went there on my own, walked
into his office, and told his secretary that

I wanted to meet him, Dr. Zapolanski said. I said that I had read about
him in Time magazine. Dr. Favaloro
was not in, but a young cardiologist who was there said that if you
come on Thursday, I will introduce
you. So I was there on Thursday, and he
introduced me.
I am pretty aggressive, Dr. Zapolanski
said. I am a hustler.
Dr. Favaloro held a meeting for cardiolo-

The first five years of my training were in

general surgery, and I couldnt care less
about taking out a gall bladder.
Because he knew that his career would
take him to the United States, Dr. Zapolanski took the tests he needed early, and
then flew north for interviews. I did not
waste a minute, he said. He graduated
from medical school and began his internship in Baltimore in July 1974. After that, he
moved around a bit, using his understanding of politics as well as surgery to
make sure that his career advanced
appropriately. At 24, he began a
residency in general surgery at the
Cleveland Clinic; from there, he
spent two years doing cardiac surgery in Toronto, and then he went
back to the Cleveland Clinic, this
time on staff.
Eventually, he moved to California, where he was happy
until changes in regulations and
insurance forced changes that he
thought compromised his work.
I looked around, Dr. Zapolanski said.
I had met Dr. Bruce Mindich, the wellrespected cardiologist who retired as the
head of the cardiac unit at Valley that Dr.
Zapolanski now leads. Hospital officials
were looking for someone to take over
from him so in November 2005 I started
working here.
Dr. Zapolanski also recently joined the

Something as simple
as putting an arm
around someones
back for three seconds
has a psychological
effect on the patient.
gists every Thursdays, it turned out, and
every Thursday that I could go, I would
go. The cardiac bypass was very controversial then, and it was incredibly exciting. Here I have the opportunity to sit with
the guy who invented it.
His choice of cardiac surgery as a career
was set irrevocably. I never considered
anything else, he said. It was a problem.

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medical staff of Holy Name Medical Center
in Teaneck as a consultant.
In 1976, Dr. Zapolanski married a fellow Argentine, Leah Nohar; the marriage
lasted 14 years. We should write a book
on how to get divorced in a civilized manner, he said. They had two daughters.
The older one, Tamar, a dermatologist,
and her husband, David, live in Tenafly;
Dr. Zapolanski is the enraptured grandfather of two-and-a-half-year-old Maya. She
called me Zayde! he said, with delight. His
younger daughter, Talia, lives in Manhattan and works for a real estate hedge fund.
Their father cannot praise either daughter
or their life choices highly enough.
Dr. Zapolanski has remarried; he and his
second wife, Laurel Mengarelli, have been
together for 20 years.
And then there is his own decision to
move to northern New Jersey. He loves it.
Valley Hospital is fantastic, Dr. Zapolanski said. This program has become
nationally renowned over the last decade.
We have perfected and perfected our
results. We have what is called a triple
three star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons; only 12 percent of heart
centers earn that.
What do we do that is different? Delivering good results starts with the appropriate evaluation of patients. We have
meticulous evaluations done by physicians and by nurse practitioners, who see
the patients even before the physicians do.
We have tremendous support in the operating room. We have the best anesthetists,
nurses, technicians everybody.
And then theres the personal part.
Being nice counts. My job is to convey
the message to patients and their families
that they are in the best possible hands,
he said. That they can trust us and they
should feel at ease with the decision they
made. And we have to do it in a way thats
not cocky or arrogant.
I am so cerebral that I came to the conclusion that I can put someone at ease in
three minutes, he added. I just explain
things to people. I show them their films. If
they have an obstruction, I show it to them.
I explain it. I am soft-spoken. I make eye
contact. Sometimes I make physical contact. Something as simple as putting an arm
around someones back for three seconds
has a psychological effect on the patient.
When you finish your training, you
know nothing, he mused. It takes at
least 10 years to become a decent heart
surgeon. When I first came here to Valley Hospital I was 54 years old, and I
thought that I was already at my peak.
I am better now.
What it comes down to is judgment. It
is not sewing. Anybody can sew. It is decision-making. It is a very complex process.
We want to take it to the level of perfect,
and we are pretty close here. People ask
me frequently why Im not retiring. You
must have enough money, they say. And
I tell them that Im not good enough yet
and I mean it.

At 12, in Argentina

With his granddaughter, Maya

With General Nyemitin, head of Vishnievsky Military Hospital in Moscow.

Enjoying time off sailing in the Virgin Islands

I have done almost 10,000 hearts since

1979, he continued. There are subtleties
to every case.
Cardiac surgery is both an art and a
science. I argue with surgeons all the time
that what they do with their hands has
nothing to do with their hands. It has to
do with their brains. You have to judge

Dancing with his mother, Clara

With Imelda Marcos, in red, in the Philippines.

how to select and handle and aim and use

your equipment based on what your brain
tells you, and what your brain tells you is
based both on your native understanding
of geometry and cause and effect and even
more on your experience, which mediates
your understanding of those things.
I could not see any better when I was

27 than I can now. I was just as good at

suturing then as I am today. The difference
is the thousands of cases and the judgment
and the refining.
All the tools, your eyes, and your hands
are at the service of your brain, Dr. Zapolanski said. And that brain understands the
workings of the heart.

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The classic at 50 and its Jewish players
the community that produced or embraced these multifaceted gentlemen.
All Super Bowl games (S.B.), below, have their
number in non-Roman numerals and the date after the
number is the year they were played (S.B. 1, played in
1967, matched the top teams of the 1966 season, and so
on). Two Jewish players, Alan Veingrad, Dallas Cowboys
(S.B. 27, 1993) and Antonio Garay, Chicago Bears (S.B. 41,
2007), were on teams that made the Bowl, but they didnt
play due to injuries.
Bob Stein, now 67, was a Kansas City Chiefs rookie
linebacker when he played in S.B. 4 (1970). Football 411:
Solid 7-year pro career. Post-Football: sports agent and
attorney, with a six-year stint as the CEO of the Minneapolis NHL hockey team; Jewish angle: Missed a college game
for Yom Kippur and said this about being inducted into
the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame: Its a big honor being recognized by your people in the same hall as Red Auerbach, Sid Luckman never extremely religious but I
always had pride.
Ed Newman, now 64, was a Miami Dolphins offensive
guard who played in three Super Bowls: S.B. 8 (1974; his
rookie year), S.B. 17 (1983); and S.B. 19 (1985). Football
411: Pro Bowl player four times. Post-Football: Practicing attorney for seven years before being elected (1994) a
Miami-Dade County judge, a position he currently holds.


he 2016 Super Bowl, the 50th, will be played on Sunday, February 7. The official CBS broadcast of the
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The list of tribe members who played in the Super
Bowl isnt long. But they are an interesting group of men, who
defy the stereotypes that Jews arent athletes and that football
players usually are inarticulate jocks. As their brief profiles
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Jewish man at that point it was
nice for them to have somebody
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Lyle Alzado, a defensive
end, was with the Los Angeles
Raiders when he played in S.B.
18 (1984; his only Super Bowl).
Football 411: He was famous
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which may have been partially
fueled by steroid use. He blamed
steroids for his death from cancer in 1992, when he was 43. He
began his three-time All-Pro career
in 1971 and was a superstar with
three teams. Post-Football: TV color
commentator and many small acting
roles. Jewish and (almost) local angle:
Raised in Lawrence on Long Island by a
financially struggling Jewish mother; his
non-Jewish father left the family when he
was 10. Shortly before retiring in 1985, he
said this to a synagogue mens club that
gave him an award: Many groups have
tried to claim me. The Italians say I am
Italian and the Chicanos say I am Chicano, but I am a Jew through and through
my bubbe and zeyde would have been
thrilled to see me get this award.
Andre Tippett, now 56, was a New
England Patriots linebacker who started
in S.B. 20 (1986; his only Super Bowl).
Football 411: A true great who is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He
spent his 10-year career with the Patriots. Post-Football: Patriots Community
Outreach Director; Jewish angle: Tippett,
an African American, was raised Baptist.
In 1993, he married an observant Jewish
woman. In 1997, after a year of classes, he
converted to Judaism. His daughter had
her bat mitzvah in Jerusalem. He said this
in 2014: [Conversion] was probably one
of the easiest things I had to do in my life.
It was fun. It was an opportunity to learn
about a new culture and history [I go]
to synagogue and enjoy fasting on Yom
Kippur its good for the body.

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in 1998. An All-Pro honoree two times and
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through ifth grade.
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Patriots, who played in S.B. 39 (2005). A solid
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Frank caught two passes, made a number
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left hand. Post-Football: Frank retired
after the 1989 Super Bowl and finished
earning a medical degree. A board-certified ear, nose, and throat doctor, he specializes in hair transplants and has clinics
in Manhattan and in Ohio. Jewish angle:
Please see page 32 for highlights of my
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at their goal line. Post-Football: Retired
in 2007 and now works as a Pittsburgh
sports talk show host. Jewish and local
angle: Raised in Conservative home;
recently said he loved to speak to Jewish
kids groups about embracing their Jewishness. He grew up in East Brunswick
and was an All-State high school athlete in
football (as a receiver) and track.
Nate Ebner, 27, a safety with the New
England Patriots, played in S.B. 49 (2015).
Football 411: He was an internationally
ranked rugby player when he began
playing football in his college junior year.
Joined Patriots in 2012 and quickly established himself as a good-to-great special
teams player who plays almost every
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Patriots star wide receiver, and a S.B.
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paternal great-grandfather was Jewish;
Edelman has called himself Jewish; he
has visited Israel and attended Yom Kippur synagogue services for the last two
years. Time will tell whether Edelman
decides to formally join the Jewish community via conversion.
Here are some highlights of my interview with Dr. Frank:
About his early football days, Dr. Frank
told me: I almost had to forge [my parents] signature on the authorization
form [to play high school football] My
mother couldnt bear watching me [on
the field] and always pleaded with me not
to go in. Football, he added, had another

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Most teams dont make the
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many owners never have a super
Bowl team. More than one super
Bowl appearance indicates that
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personnel decisions.
S. B. II (1968): al davis, Oakland
raiders (L)
S.B. III (1969): sonny werblin, nY
Jets (w) and Carroll rosenbloom,
Baltimore Colts (L)
S.B. IV (1970): Max winter,
Minnesota Vikings (L)
S.B. VIII (1974): winter, Vikings (L)

S. B. XXXVI (2002): Kraft, Patriots

S.B. XXXVII (2003): Malcolm
Glazer, tampa Bay Buccaneers (w)
and al davis, Oakland raiders (L)
S.B. XXXVIII (2004): Kraft, Patriots
S.B. XXIX (2005): Kraft, Patriots
(w) and Jeffrey Lurie, Philadelphia
eagles (L)
S. B. XLII (2008): steve tisch,
co-owner, nY Giants (w) and
Kraft, Patriots (L)
S. B. XLVI (2012): tisch, Giants (w)
and Kraft, Patriots (L)

S. B XI: (1977): al davis, Oakland

raiders (w) and winter, Vikings

S. B. XLIX (2015): Kraft, Patriots


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S. B. XXXI (1997): robert Kraft,

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S. B. XXXV (2001): art Modell,

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S.B. IX (1975): winter, Vikings (L)

S.B. XV: (1981): al davis, Oakland

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drawback: it competed with his parents

wish that he get an after-school Jewish
Frank was a football and academic star
at Ohio State. All during his college days,
he said, I always assured my mother I
wasnt going to play forever and would be
focusing my attention on being a doctor
or lawyer. Not long before graduation,
he told me he rejected attending a big
NFL scouting event in favor of studying
for the medical school boards. However,
he says, I was so happy when the Niners
selected me [in the 1984 draft].
About the 1989 season, the Super Bowl
and The Drive, Dr. Frank had this to
say: I played alongside Harris [Barton]
He and I bonded immediately Even
though he was a few years younger, he
was more mature than most guys and
he had a delightful, legendary sense of
humor after winning the game on last
second heroics, and during the media
frenzy on the field, we embraced and Harris lifted me high onto his shoulders and
that moment was captured on the cover
of the New York Times sporting section
I was now on par with my hero Randy
Grossman I was so proud to have contributed to the 49ers, and with remorse
I decided to retire and finish medical
school My first [post-game] phone call
was to my mother [who was at the Bowl]
I told her she could finally relax and
not worry about me getting injured I
was retiring to become a doctor. After a
brief pause, she sternly admonished me
for leaving after I just made it and to
stay for a while and enjoy it and play a
little longer.

Notes: Davis was general manager

during all Raider Super Bowls. He
had a 10 percent ownership in 1968;
gained full effective ownership in 1972;
majority of shares in 2005.
Kraft follows the Rooney family
(Pittsburgh) as the owner with the
most Super Bowl appearances.
Tisch also is an Oscar winner (He produced best pic Forest Gump).

Super Bowl
Patriots star Julian Edelman
named fourth-best Jewish
football player of all time
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian
Edelman has never been elected to a Pro
Bowl the NFLs all-star game and as
Nate Bloom tells us, hes actually not quite
Jewish but now he can add a Jewish
honor to his resume.
He is the fourth-best Jewish football
player ever, the American Jewish Historical Society announced Thursday.
The society included Edelman behind
Hall of Fame quarterbacks Sid Luckman
and Benny Friedman and Hall of Fame
lineman Ron Mix in its ranking.
The 29-year-old has emerged as Patriots
quarterback Tom Bradys favorite receiving target over the past few seasons. He
racked up 92 receptions for 972 yards in
the 2014 season and was a key part of the
teams Super Bowl victory last year.
His 2015 season was derailed by a foot
injury on November 15 that required surgery, but he returned to play last weekend
in the Patriots 27-20 AFC Divisional round
win against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Edelman has talked about his Jewish

heritage in interviews.
The three Jewish football players above
Edelman on the list have kvell-worthy
resumes of their own.
Luckman played for the Chicago Bears
from 1939 to 1950 and won four NFL championships. He was considered one of the
best long-range passers of his time.
Ron Mix was a nine-time all-star offensive tackle who played for the L.A. and San
Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders.
Friedman, who played for four different
teams between 1927 and 1934, was considered one of the leagues first great passers.
Here is the American Jewish Historical
Societys full list:
Sid Luckman, QB, Chicago Bears
Ron Mix, OL, Los Angeles/San Diego
Chargers, Oakland Raiders (1960-1971)
Benny Friedman, QB, Cleveland Bulldogs, Detroit Wolverines, New York
Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers (1927-1934)

Julian Edelman plays against the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium in

Foxboro, Mass., on Nov. 8, 2015.
Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots (2009-current)

Lyle Alzado, DL, Denver Broncos,
Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Raiders
Ed Newman, OL, Miami Dolphins
Harris Barton, OT/G San Francisco 49ers

Harry Newman, QB, New York Giants
Jay Fiedler, QB, Philadelphia Eagles,
Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars,
Miami Dolphins, New York Jets (1995-2005)
Kyle Kosier, OT/G, San Francisco 49ers,
Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys (2002-2011)
JTA Wire Service

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Palestinian city of the future struggles

Rawabi has few residents and its developer is accused of colluding with Israel
RAWABI, WEST BANK Bashar Masri is not your typical
billionaire real estate developer.
Born in the Palestinian city of Nablus in 1961, as a teenager Masri was apprehended and jailed by Israel eight times
for throwing rocks and organizing demonstrations, the first
time when he was 14. During the first intifada, he served
as a conduit between the uprisings leadership and the Palestine Liberation Organization, then based in Tunisia. He
later grew close with Yasser Arafat. When the late Palestinian leader touched down in Washington for the signing of
the Oslo Accords in 1993, Masri says he was the one who
opened the airplane door.
Now, after having spent much of his early life resisting the
Israeli occupation, Masri stands accused of colluding with it.
Masri is the developer of Rawabi (Arabic for The Hills),
a high-tech city of gleaming apartment buildings rising from
the West Bank hills north of Ramallah. Hailed as a linchpin
of the future Palestinian state, the city has drawn visits from
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as well as support from an array
of American Jewish groups, including AIPAC and the AntiDefamation League.
But to some in the Palestinian community, the very idea
of Rawabi is a betrayal. These critics say building a modern,
comfortable Palestinian city serves merely to normalize the
Israeli occupation of the West Bank a charge Masri rejects
out of hand. If it were not Palestinians building on those
hills, he says, it would be Israeli settlers.
A project like Rawabi that may appear to some as sugarcoating the occupation is in reality defying the occupation,
he said.
Rawabi is the largest real estate project in Palestinian history and, according to Masri, it is the first new Palestinian

Bashar Masri is the developer behind Rawabi, the first planned Palestinian city.

city in 1,000 years. Situated on 1,600 acres, it is home to a

20,000-seat amphitheater, has created 6,000 jobs in construction and engineering, and Masri estimates that it will
create another 5,000 in the next 10 years in retail, health,
and other sectors. Masri says he is in talks with major technology companies in an effort to lure them to open offices
in Rawabi.

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The first phase of construction alone has cost

$1.2 billion, a third of which was funded by Masris
company, Massar International, and the remainder by the Qatari government. Ultimately, Rawabi
will encompass over 6,000 apartments and house
approximately 30,000 residents.
Despite those ambitions, however, the project has
been beset with delays. Masri waited four years for
the Israeli government to provide access to water and
approve an access road, which even now remains
too narrow to serve the projected population.
The Palestinian Authority also has not stepped up,
despite initial promises to fund and support the project, Masri says. The citys three schools and medical clinic are all privately funded, as is the sewage
and water system. Rawabi is the only Palestinian
city with its own fiber optic network also privately
We believe the Palestinian Authority should have
seen the project as a top priority and should have
supported it ... by building a school, by building a
road, building a clinic, building the sewage treatment, building a water tank, Masri said. Unfortunately, their contribution so far has been zero when
it comes to funding.
The first phase of Rawabi consists of 1,300 apartments only 637 are ready, and only 140 of them
are occupied. The first Rawabians were supposed
to move in a year ago, but with the water and road
delays, they only moved in this August.
According to Masri, political unrest in recent
months led to Israeli checkpoints on area roads,
which deterred buyers worried they might have
trouble reaching their jobs in nearby cities if they
moved in. Such concerns are part of the reason
Masri is trying to establish Rawabi as an IT hub and
why he has billed it as a place to live, work, and
grow not as a bedroom community where people
live but work elsewhere.

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Sales have slowed down because of the political
situation, said Masri, looking sadly out his window at
the construction cranes and workers that are operating six days a week to finish the project. People are
concerned that this is not the right time to make a
move, not the right time to borrow such big loans. Its
upsetting for us. Because of the political situation, we
could not celebrate the first people moving in.
Units range in price from $70,000 to $500,000
cheaper, Masri says, than nearby Ramallah, the seat
of the Palestinian Authority, which lacks Rawabis
What might also be keeping people from buying and
moving in is the harsh criticism Rawabi has received
from the Palestinian community. In order to get Rawabi off the ground, Masri had to cooperate with Israeli
government officials, enlist the help of Israeli advisers
and work with Israeli contractors.
That opened Masri to charges he was undermining
calls for a boycott of Israel. The Palestinian Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions National Committee has
accused Masri of normalization with Israel that helps
it whitewash its ongoing occupation, colonization and
apartheid against the Palestinian people. Wasel Abu
Yousef, a senior Palestinian official, told Al-Monitor
that all Palestinian factions should be boycotting
Israel, including Rawabi.
To Masri, the criticism is absurd.
They know damn well we dont have a choice, he
said. There is not a single Palestinian home built in
Palestine that does not have Israeli products. Eightyfive percent of the cement in all of Palestine in all of

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the West Bank and Gaza is coming from Israel. In the

West Bank, all of our electricity is from Israel.
Where Masri draws the line is cooperating with
settlements. Israeli companies working to develop
Rawabi signed a contract vowing not to use settlement products, which has angered right-wing Israeli
Basim Dodin, 55, who with his wife, Asma, was
among the first buyers to move to Rawabi, has heard
the criticism as well. Friends have asked why he was
going to live in an Israeli town and charged that the
development is an Israeli government project, but
Dodin was undeterred.
Our economy is strongly linked to the Israeli economy, Dodin said. So whats wrong if we have cooperation with Israeli companies in building this city and
benefit from the Israeli experience and technology in
building such a city?
Despite the obstacles and criticism, Masri considers
his project a huge success.
Im very hopeful of Rawabi, just like Im hopeful
of the Palestinian state, Masri said. It will happen.
Its just a matter of time. We can speed it up also, and
Rawabi is part of the speedup.

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From Hershey Friedmans lips:

An Orthodox billionaires rationale
Why I bought scandal-plagued kosher meat giant Agriprocessers

hen Orthodox billionaire

Hershey Friedman bought
Americas largest kosher
meat company, Agriprocessors, out of bankruptcy in 2009, it was
the Canadian packaging magnates first
foray into the meat business.
Getting things in order was no easy task.
The year before, federal authorities carried out the largest-ever U.S. workplace
raid at Agriprocessors plant in Postville,
Iowa, arresting some 400 illegal workers. Long a target of animal-rights activists
for reputedly inhumane treatment of its
cattle, Agriprocessors was found to have
employed underage workers. Eventually,
its CEO, Sholom Rubashkin, was arrested
and convicted on 86 counts of bank fraud,
mail fraud, and money laundering and was
given a 27-year prison sentence. Agriprocessors declared bankruptcy and suspended operations.
After buying the company, Friedman
renamed it Agri Star Meat & Poultry,
restarted the shuttered plant, and spent
millions on upgrades.
Six years on, Friedman says Agri Star
uses the governments E-Verify program to
ensure that its employees are legal and has
redesigned the Postville plant to improve
efficiency and animal welfare. Agri has
minimized factors that could distress the
animals before slaughtering, reduced the
time the cattle are restrained, and has an
outside auditor visit each week to assess
compliance, according to food safety consultant Erika Voogd, who wrote about Agri
Star in the industry magazine Meating
Place. In a recent audit, fewer than 2 percent of animals took more than 30 seconds
to lose consciousness after their throats
were cut that is excellent by industry
standards, Voogd wrote.
Friedman, 65, sat down this week with
JTAs Uriel Heilman to talk about Agri Star,
his Israeli real estate projects, and his philanthropy, which supports yeshivas and
has published hundreds of Jewish religious
A condensed version of the interview
JTA: Why did you decide to buy Agri
Friedman: At the time there were two
main players in the kosher meat market: Rubashkin [Agriprocessors] and Alle
Processing. After Rubashkin was pulled
under, the rabbis called me and said we
cant let one Jewish religious company
control the kosher beef and poultry market in North America. So they asked me
to buy it and get it going again. It wasnt

done for financial purposes, it was done

to really cater to the Jewish community.
During the time Rubashkin was closed,
the price of beef roughly doubled. After we
acquired it, it came right back down. Did I
know it was going to be such a headache to
get it to a properly running company? No.
It was a very long haul and a lot of money.
JTA: Do you view your ownership of
Agri as an act of charity or business?
Friedman: Its become a chesed [charity]. Its not losing money, but its not a
business Im in to make lots of money.
Rubashkin did well in it.
JTA: By cutting corners?
Friedman: I cant comment on that.
JTA: What have you done to improve
the plant?
Friedman: No. 1, everybody working by
us is legal and goes through the E-Verify
system. Two, we modernized the whole
beef department with modern equipment
following every standard of the USDA and
HACCP [the federal food safety management system Hazard Analysis Critical
Control Point]. We automated quite a bit,
including the cut-up.
JTA: What about animal welfare?
Friedman: We have no problems with
that anymore. We have a person that
comes once a week at random to inspect
the plant. And we give a daily report about
how the cattle are treated. The standards
are very high. You cant just whip them
and get going. You have to treat them
nicely. We do things by the book. Once you
get into it, its not so hard.
JTA: Whats the output today?
Friedman: About 50,000 birds a day,
primarily chicken. On beef, were picky on
quality. We can do up to 400 a day, but
we dont slaughter that much. If you can
find only 200 good head a day, just bring
me whats good. The buyers know what
is quality beef. All the beef comes from
within a 100-mile radius. If cattle travel too
much, they get banged up in the trucks.
That causes bruises, and then the meat is
no good. We process only our own products. Its all U.S. bred, slaughtered and
JTA: How much did the upgrades cost?
Friedman: Millions and millions of dollars. It was a real job until we got it implemented. We spent about $3 million last
year alone on upgrades.
JTA: How are you able to keep meat
prices low?
Friedman: I make very little profit. If I
really wanted to make money, I should just
double the price and say the hell with it.
But this is not a business that youre into
to make a killing.
JTA: Well, technically, your business is

a little bit of light flickering in the windows its
Friedman: We try to
because theyre using
make meat affordable.
JTA: Your Israeli real
JTA: But the shutters are
estate company, Azorim,
closed during the day, too.
is building luxury buildings
F r i e d m a n : T h a t s
and marketing the apartments to Jews overseas. Yet
because the sun is very
Israel is in a real crisis of
strong in Israel. Look,
affordable housing. Is this
Israelis like to claim poverty, but everybody makes
an area where your roles as
Canadian Jewish billiona living in Israel. Its just
a businessman and Jewish
aire Hershey Friedman,
that every Israeli is a
philanthropist clash?
who made his fortune in
schnorrer. They know they
Friedman: All luxury
the packaging industry,
got their rich American
means is youre going to
owns Americas largest
Jewish families or friends.
have gold-plated faucets,
kosher meat company
Thats where they get free
beautiful marble floors, a
and is a major supporter
bucks. So they come out
fancy-schmancy kitchen.
of Orthodox causes.
two times a year and go
We build basically econom
ical. Were not advertising
around and collect. And
it as go make sure Israelis
we all give them. A Jew has
dont have apartments. What Azorim is
a heart. But if youre a born Israeli, theres
trying to do is get Jews to come to Israel.
no shortage of opportunities. You have
How do you start? You get them to buy
to go to the military at 16, but the government really takes care of you afterward.
an apartment. Then they come to Israel a
College doesnt cost you a penny.
couple of times a year. We all know that
JTA: Thats false. Israelis have to pay for
to be a good Jew, a Jew should really own
university, and military service begins at
a piece of real estate in Israel. Its called
yishuv Eretz Yisrael [settling the Land of
Friedman: Well, you have a lot of
JTA: I thought yishuv Eretz Yisrael
JTA: How did you get your start as a
meant living there. You spend a lot of time
in Israel away from your Montreal home. Is
Friedman: As a little boy of 5 or 6, I
your place in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?
started going to stationary stores and buyFriedman: Tel Aviv. Its called the Tel
ing boxes of pencils, erasers, pencil sharpAviv Hilton.
eners, and peddling to kids in school.
JTA: Youre preaching yishuv Eretz
Years later, Id come home for vacation
Yisrael and you dont have your own
from Yeshiva Ner Israel in Baltimore and
go to construction sites and offer to buy
Friedman: A person like me is in and
them lunch. I made money in tips and a
out. When I get up in the morning, Im
little upcharge. When I got older, I put up
really not interested in making my bed,
vending machines at construction sites.
making myself breakfast. I need to have
I went into business at age 17 and built
all the comforts and conveniences of a
myself a nice little piggy bank over time.
hotel. The day Im ready to retire, Ill
Now the companies I own make me probahave a choice of one out of thousands of
bly the biggest packager in North America.
JTA: What are your priorities when it
JTA: Are you ever going to retire?
comes to charity?
Friedman: No.
Friedman: We have two foundations,
JTA: So youll never move to Israel.
and on top of that every one of my comFriedman: Im there more than any
panies gives 10 percent of their profits
other Jew is. Even Israelis arent there as
locally. We give to Jewish causes, but not
much as I. Im there at least once a month
just charedi causes. We give to federation,
for a week. Were in touch on a daily basis
the hospitals, various types of schools,
with Israel.
special-needs organizations. Book publishJTA: The foreign Jews to whom youre
ing is critical for us. How can you help out
marketing wont live in Israel either. In
the kid who sits in the back of the class and
Jerusalem, absentee owners have turned
has trouble following his studies? We have
some neighborhoods into virtual ghost
published thousands of seforim [ Jewish
religious books] that are used every day.
Friedman: Thats a myth. You call it the
We help a lot of yeshivot all over the world.
dark apartments. The truth is they only
I try to be a good boy.
seem dark because electricity in Israel is

so expensive. If you live there youll notice

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Its almost the Iowa caucus!

A Jewish guide to the presidential candidates
WASHINGTON On Monday, Iowans
will gather to launch the 2016 presidential election with an arcane ritual the
In living rooms and meeting halls
throughout the state, caucus-goers will
group themselves into clusters according to which presidential candidate they
favor. By the end of the day, two real-life
winners will emerge: not a leader in the
polls, not a likely front-runner, but the
Democrat and Republican who will have
secured Iowas delegation to the parties
respective conventions in the summer.
Iowas delegates, who come as a bloc,
account for just 1 percent or so of the
national total. But their selections will be
the first substantive results in what has
been a raucous and unpredictable campaign, especially on the Republican side.
A week and a day later, voters in New
Hampshire will cast ballots in a more
straightforward process, and by the late
hours of February 9, the race truly will
be on, with the media in hot pursuit.
The question still is what it has been
for nearly a century: What does all this
mean for the Jews?
In that spirit, heres a look at the leading candidates their Jewish friends,
family, advisers, and donors, their
stances on Israel, and their Jewishrelated controversies.

The Republicans
Donald Trump, 68, real estate
magnate, reality TV star
Jewish connections: Trumps

daughter, Ivanka, is married to Jared

Kushner, the Jewish publisher of the
New York Observer and like her the
child of a real estate magnate. She
underwent an Orthodox conversion
before marrying, and the couple are
raising their children as Jews. Donald
Trump, a billionaire with a natural gift
for generating free publicity, has yet to
tap major donors, but given his New
York origins and his professional fields
real estate and show business its
not surprising that some of his closest
associates are Jewish. One of his
leading proxies in the media is Michael
Cohen, the Trump Organizations
Jewish executive vice president.

Israel: Trump, who made his name as a

negotiator playing his cards close to the
chest, last month declined to commit to
recognizing all of Jerusalem as Israels
capital, explaining that doing so could

pre-empt any bid for Israeli-Palestinian

peace. That earned him boos at the
Republican Jewish Coalition presidential
forum. This month, he said he would
move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
Like the other GOP candidates, he does
not like the Iran deal, but he is one of
several who has refused to say he would
scrap it outright.

Controversy: Trumps Republican

Jewish Coalition appearance made
headlines less for his refusal to embrace
right-wing pro-Israel doctrine than for
his joshing with the audience about
how skilled everyone in the room was at
making money. He likes compliments,
and has retweeted flattery, even
when it seemingly comes from white
supremacists. He also slipped an image
of Nazi soldiers into a tweet, pulling the
post down in response to protest and
blaming a young intern.

Ted Cruz, 45, Texas senator

Jewish connections: Much has been

written in recent days about the four

billionaires funding Cruzs insurgent
candidacy. None of them are Jewish.
But Sheldon Adelson, the casino
magnate and GOP kingmaker, says that
he and his wife have yet to settle on a
candidate, and while Sheldon Adelson
favors Marco Rubio, Miriam Adelson
favors Cruz.
Cruz has not shied from cultivating
Jewish fundraisers. He made headlines
last spring when, despite his strongly
conservative bona fides, he met with two
gay Jewish hoteliers. The gay part is
what made headlines, but the hoteliers
pro-Israel interests are what led to the
meeting. Cruzs point man in the Jewish
community is Nick Muzin, a rising young
political player and an Orthodox Jew.

Israel: Cruz says he would scrap

the Iran nuclear deal and move the

embassy to Jerusalem as soon as he
enters office. He says he also would
invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu to attend his first State of
the Union address. Cruz has cultivated
the pro-Israel right, appearing at
Zionist Organization of American
events and organizing an anti-Iran rally
on Capitol Hill last summer.

Controversy: Cruz has taken to

bashing neoconservatives, blaming

them for overseas interventions
including the Iraq War that he says
have weakened America. He also has
insistently disparaged New York

values. Some see his references to both

groups neoconservatives and New
Yorkers as coded attacks on the Jews. His
supporters cry nonsense, saying his issue
is with policy and values.

Marco Rubio, 44, Florida senator

Jewish connections: Norman Braman,

a South Florida car retailer, has been

Rubios principal backer since his days in
the Florida state legislature and employs
Rubios wife, Jeanette, at his familys
charitable foundation. Sheldon Adelson is
said to favor Rubio, although he has yet to
commit, and late last year Rubio secured
the backing of Paul Singer, a hedge fund
billionaire who is deeply involved in proIsrael funding. Those neocons Cruz is
running away from? Rubio says bring
em on and seeks their advice. He has
consulted with prominent Jewish thinkers
and Republican administration veterans
Elliott Abrams, Robert Kagan, and Eric
Edelman. He also has met with Henry
Kissinger, President Richard Nixons
secretary of state.

Israel: Rubio says he would move the

embassy to Jerusalem and scrap the Iran

deal. His campaign website has an Israel
page, and it faithfully reflects right-wing
pro-Israel talking points.

Controversy: Debbie Wasserman Schultz,

the Jewish chair of the Democratic National

Committee, slammed Rubio for attending
a fundraiser at the home of Harlan Crow,
who collects Nazi art. Rubio fired back with
outrage of his own, and by most accounts

came out on top in the exchange.

Jeb Bush, 62,

former Florida governor
Jewish connections: More than any

other candidate, Bush has garnered the

support of the Jewish Republicans who
backed his brother, President George
W. Bush. Among donors, these include
Fred Zeidman, a Texas lawyer, and Mel
Sembler, a Florida real estate magnate.
Jeb Bushs advisers include some of the
most senior Jewish veterans of the second
Bush administration, including former
Homeland Security Secretary Michael
Chertoff and former Attorney General
Michael Mukasey.

Israel: Bush also has said that he will

move the embassy to Jerusalem, but like
several candidates who strongly oppose
the Iran nuclear deal, he says it likely
would be too late to scrap it by the time
the next president assumes office.
Controversy: Bush raised conservative

pro-Israel hackles when he named his

fathers secretary of state, James Baker, as
an adviser. Baker has clashed with Israel
and the Jewish community. It did not help
when within a month of his naming, Baker
addressed J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle
East policy group, and extolled the virtues
of pressuring Israel. Bush has said that
while he values Bakers deep reservoirs
of experience overall, the George H. W.
Bush presidency is considered a foreign
policy success story he does not look to
him for advice on Israel.

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Ben Carson, 64, retired neurosurgeon
and best-selling author


Jewish connections: Among his foreign policy

advisers is George Birnbaum, who served as chief of

staff for Netanyahu during his first term, from 1996
to 1999, and has been a partner to Arthur Finkelstein,
the GOP public relations guru and political wizard
who also has advised Netanyahu. In speaking of
anyone advising Carson, especially on foreign
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Israel: Carson has said he will abandon the Iran

deal and has accused the Obama administration of
abandoning Israel. But in real time, he seems less
than familiar with the country and the challenges
it faces. At the Republican Jewish Coalition forum,
he famously mangled the pronunciation of Hamas,
making it sound like hummus. More substantively,
the speech he delivered awkwardly, from notes
appeared to suggest that if only Fatah and Hamas
learned to get along, peace would be achievable.
Controversy: Carson earned rebukes from much of

the Jewish establishment last year when he suggested

that gun control was partly responsible for the
Holocaust. He refused to back down.

The Democrats
Bernie Sanders, 74, Vermont senator
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no one has been able to figure out which kibbutz and
its not for lack of trying, at least by Jewish journalists.
Not long after his Israel sojourn, he moved to Vermont,
where he would become best friends with two Jewish
guys philosopher Richard Sugarman and Huck
Gutman, a professor of literature at the University of
Vermont with a fondness for Yehuda Amichai.

Israel: Since his days as mayor of Burlington in

the 1980s, Sanders has been unstinting both in his
criticism of Israels policies toward the Palestinians
and in his support of Israels right to exist and defend
itself. He backed the Iran nuclear deal.
Controversy: Sanders older brother, Larry, based in
Oxford, England, last year tweeted yes to whether
he supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
movement against Israel and favors dismantling
Israels weapons of mass destruction. Bernie Sanders
campaign wont comment, but, brothers, right?


SINCE 1978

Hillary Rodham Clinton,

former secretary of state, former senator
from New York, former first lady
Jewish connections: Like Trump, Clinton has a

banker whose mother, Marjorie MargoliesMezvinsky, then a Democratic congresswoman

from Pennsylvania, provided the critical vote that
passed President Bill Clintons first budget in 1993. In
Clintons world, with its layers of loyalties, this is as
tight as it gets. Bill and Hillary Clinton were accruing
Jewish fans even before they moved to Arkansas as a
couple. Bill Clinton had a Jewish fan base as the states
governor and attracted Jewish supporters when he
ran for president in 1992, many who remain loyal
to Hillary Clinton. She also has cornered the partys
Jewish fundraisers, and her rival for Jewish loyalty
in 2009, Barack Obama, has given his blessing to his
Jewish supporters to back Clinton this election.
Her most prominent backer may be Haim Saban, the
Israeli-American entertainment magnate. One of her
closest and most loyal advisers is Martin Indyk, whom
she met during her husbands presidential campaign
when Indyk headed the Washington Institute for Near
East Policy, a think tank he had spun off from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Indyk, a veteran
of the failed Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts of both the
Clinton and Obama administrations, now is vice president at the Brookings Institution.

Israel: Clinton has ties with Israel dating back to her

days as first lady of Arkansas, when she adopted an
Israeli early education program for the state. Since
quitting as Obamas first secretary of state, she has
broadly embraced his quest for Israeli-Palestinian
peace as well as his Iran policy indeed, she now
credits herself as one of the architects of both policies
but she also has emphasized subtle differences.
Clinton has suggested she was not comfortable with
making settlements a key point of contention between
the Obama and Netanyahu governments, and she says
she would monitor Irans compliance with the nuclear
deal closely.
Controversy: Despite her closeness to Israel,

Clintons decades in the spotlight mean every

inflection comes under microscopic examination.
Paul Fray, who managed her husbands failed 1974
congressional race, says she called him a fing
Jew bastard on election night, although he also
acknowledges the Clintons did not know at the time
that he was one-eighth Jewish.

Clinton was the first official in her husbands government to speak openly about the prospect of a Palestinian state. As first lady, Clinton embraced Suha Arafat,
the wife of the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat, after Suha
Arafat delivered a speech accusing Israel of poisoning
children. Clinton, who was listening to a simultaneous
translation, claims she missed that passage.
When last year her private emails were dumped as
part of an investigation into her privacy practices while
she was secretary of state, it was revealed that one of
her Jewish advisers, Sidney Blumenthal, to whom she
remains fiercely loyal, kept sending her anti-Israel
screeds by his son, Max. Clinton occasionally complimented Max Blumenthals writing to Sidney but there
is no evidence she took any of his sons advice.

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Iowa federation chief navigates

politics of key battleground state
DES MOINES, IOWA Ten minutes into
her speech at the Jewish Federation of
Des Moines on Monday, Hillary Rodham
Clinton had a coughing fit. She popped a
lozenge, but that didnt help.
After a few long seconds and still gasping for air, Clinton turned to federation
president David Adelman, who had introduced the candidate and was sitting stage
left, for help.
David, Clinton said in a hoarse whisper. You talk.
Adelman, all 6 feet 4 inches of him,
was at the podium almost instantly.
Were starting the All-in-One campaign, he said, referring to the federations signature fundraising drive, the
audience of 150 erupting in laughter and
applause. Pledge cards will be at the
door after you leave.
Adelman, at 34 one of the youngest federation presidents in the country, is getting
used to pressure. As the eyes of the country
narrow on Iowa, he finds himself navigating the sometimes contentious intersection of national Jewish politics, community
affairs, and his own allegiances.
In addition to the federation gig, Adelman is the Iowa council chair for the proIsrael lobby AIPAC and works as a professional lobbyist in the state legislature.
Adelman said it was his atypical story
that won over more seasoned Jewish
community members when he was
elected president last July. In addition to
his relative youth, his wife, Liz, who he
met while working on the Obama campaign in 2008, is a practicing Catholic.
The older groups saw my ability to
talk to different audiences and be able
to shape a message that was compelling
for all of the members of the Jewish community not one certain demographic,
not just the hardcore Democrats or the
hardcore Republicans or the business
leaders or the Orthodox community or
the Reform community, he said.
For Adelman, all has not been smooth
sailing since he assumed the federation
presidency in July. After helping propel
Barack Obama to the presidency with a
win in the Iowa caucuses in 2008, Adelman supported the federations decision
later to publicly oppose the nuclear deal
Obama pushed for with Iran last year.
They were furious with me, Adelman
said of local Jewish Democrats. People
were dropping memberships and speaking forcefully about my role because Im
the chair of AIPAC in Iowa as well.
Adelman said he eased tensions by
meeting with his critics. Over the summer, he helped launch a speaker series

that has brought Republican candidates

Carly Fiorina and Rick Santorum and
Democratic contenders Senator Bernie
Sanders, (I-Vt.) and, most recently, Clinton to address the federation.
Roughly 3,000 Jews live in Des Moines
about half the Jewish population of
the state. After shrinking from a peak
of 8,600 in the early 1970s, the community lately has shown signs of stabilization, according to Mark Finkelstein, the
federations director of community relations. Though the local federation has
no precise figures, there even are signs
the community is growing.
Bucking a national trend, Tifereth Israel
Synagogue, which is Conservative, has
seen its membership rolls expand by 7
percent since 2009. Another synagogue,
Temple Bnai Jeshurun, which is Reform,
is undergoing a $1 million renovation,
and its rabbi, David Kaufman, says he has
welcomed an influx of unaffiliated young
couples and singles drawn to the congregations activism among new immigrants,
including refugees from South Sudan.
In 2014, Drake University in Des
Moines, which enrolls about 100 Jewish
students, opened its first Hillel house.
There have been a lot of predictions
about the community falling away,
Rabbi Steven Edelman-Blank of Tifereth
Israel said. I dont know what the community will look like in 20 years, but Im
not negative about it.
While Jewish events at the federation
dont exactly teem with 20- and 30-somethings, an emphasis is made to put
responsibility in the hands of young Jews
who have decided to settle here, hundreds of miles from the coastal power
centers. Josh Mandelbaum, an environmental lawyer and Des Moines native
who sits on the board of the Iowa Jewish
Senior Life Center, quipped that at 36 he
might be getting too old for an invitation
to join a community board.
In Washington, D.C., I never could
have been federation president or chair
of AIPAC at 34, said Adelman, who
worked in the capital on John Kerrys
presidential campaign. In Des Moines,
you have that ability.
Especially in Jewish life, youre a big
fish in a small pond, said Jarad Bernstein, 34, who moved to Des Moines from
San Francisco five years ago after wife,
Liliana, got a job at Drake. Now the director of public relations at the university,
Bernstein also sits on the federations
executive board.
Theres a genuine feeling that you
dont just put a young person on the
board as a token, he said. We know that
its our future. 

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Firing of Cavs Blatt puzzles Israelis

Restless sleep often prompted Tel Aviv resident Mike Bargman to flick on his bedroom
television to watch Cleveland Cavaliers
You get a thrill when hes running up the
court, said Bargman, the managing director of a public relations firm in the city.
Bargman was talking not about Clevelands star forward, LeBron James, but
about the head coach, David Blatt, who
reached the NBA following a nearly 30-year
career in Israel as a player and a coach.
The Israeli pride remains, but forget
about any more Cavs games for Bargman.
A friends text message at 4 a.m. Saturday
woke Bargman with the news that Blatt
had been fired after leading the Cavs for
just a season and a half, including to a 30-11
record this season the best in the Eastern
Its absurd, Bargman said.
The dismissal of Blatt, who led Maccabi
Tel Aviv to the 2014 Euroleague championship in an upset, has stunned Israelis. After
all, in his Cavs tenure, he had racked up an
83-40 record the seventh-best winning
percentage (.675) in NBA history. In his first
year, he guided the Cavs to just their second
appearance in the NBA Finals.
So what doomed Blatt in Cleveland,
where he wore his Israeli identity on his
sleeve, pointedly called on Israeli reporters
in news conferences during the playoffs and
responding to their questions in Hebrew?
Some Israeli fans are pointing at James,
saying he undermined the coach and
Blatt had been hired in the summer
of 2014, fresh off his Maccabi crown, to
develop a young team steadily recovering
from James 2010 departure for the Miami
Heat. The Cavs had just drafted Kansas
guard Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick.
But a month later, Cleveland abruptly
reversed course.
James, a native of Akron, Ohio, returned
to his home area as a free agent after leading
the Heat to two NBA titles. And in an effort
to make an immediate run at the championship, the Cavs general manager, David
Griffin, opted to rebuild around veterans:
He brought in All-Star forward Kevin Love
from Minnesota in exchange for Wiggins
and others.
That summer, James rebuffed Blatts
offers to meet. During the season, James
changed plays called by Blatt a habit
brought to a dramatic climax in the closing seconds of a nationally televised conference semifinal game against the Chicago
Bulls in which James hit the game-winning
shot at the buzzer. James told journalists he
scrapped the play in the huddle.
If I had salespeople not following the
plan, that wouldnt be acceptable behavior,

David Blatt, the former coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, reacting to a call in a game against the Golden State Warriors in
Oakland, Calif., on December 25, 2015.

You cant have a

prima donna on
a sports team.
Blatts mistake is
that he didnt put
LeBron James
in his place last
season. He didnt
call him out.
for sure, said Mark Mayerfeld, who manages a 12-person sales and account staff
for Trader Tools, a software company in
Raanana. Youve got to follow the plan.
If you dont, youll be fired.
Another Israeli, marketing executive
Barry Spielman, added: I dont think
this would be accepted in any workplace:
not in the army, not in business, not in
government. Its insubordination of the
highest order.
You cant have a prima donna on a
sports team. Blatts mistake is that he
didnt put LeBron James in his place last
season. He didnt call him out. Eventually he lost the confidence of the team.

Once he lost the team, he probably lost

the management.
One Israeli voice of dissent was Yediot
Acharonot columnist Sharon Davidovitch,
who cited the hard reality of the National
Basketball Association being a star-driven
It was the right decision, but it was cold,
it was painful and theres no other way
to say it insulting, he wrote, adding that
the most important thing is for the star
to be happy enough to bring the team a
Can the inexperienced [Blatt replacement] Tyronn Lue help him get there?
Its uncertain. But for the moment, it
makes LeBron happy. And thats whats
In an interview Monday on ESPNs Mike
& Mike program, Griffin said Blatts firing
was not a panic move.
I recognized where our spirit was, Griffin explained. What I dont think we have
is a swag and a belief in one another. You
watch Cam Newton: He is the identity of the
Carolina Panthers, and he has absolutely no
fear. We play the best teams in this league,
and we dont play like that right now.
Indeed, said Tal Brody, formerly a star
player for Maccabi Tel Aviv, the Cavs losing
by 34 points to last years champions, the
Golden State Warriors, in a home game last
week was a backbreaker for Blatt in Cleveland. Brody said he sent Blatt a supportive

email after the firing but hasnt heard back.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
reportedly conveyed his best wishes, too.
Blatt is hardly the first coach in U.S. professional sports to be fired despite winning
consistently. The Warriors dismissed Mark
Jackson following their 51-31 finish in 201314 28 more wins than he registered two
seasons earlier. Casey Stengel famously
told reporters he had been informed that
my services were no longer desired after
leading the New York Yankees to within
one run of a World Series title in 1960 that
would have been his eighth championship
in 12 years.
Blatt, though, was a landsman representing tiny Israel in one of the worlds
best-known sports leagues. His wife and
children still live in Israel.
And he had earned his shot at the big
time: Along with the Euroleague title
prized by Israelis, he delivered Russia a
bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics and
had won league championships in Israel,
Italy and Russia. Shortly after the firing,
rumors began linking Blatt to the Brooklyn Nets head-coaching vacancy.
Hell have to earn his stripes again
[with] another NBA team, a team thats
middle of the pack or lower end and I
think hell be successful at it, Mayerfeld
said. Hes been a winner his whole life. I
see him having success in the NBA still.



that my career path was very clear, he said.

He learned about an internship, applied for it,
got it, and when it was over he was offered two
staff positions. One was assistant editor on Batman. How am I going to say no to that?
As editor, Mr. Gorfinkel was responsible for
ensuring that all the elements for creating the
content were in place. And at the same time, he
has to understand how to do all the individual
jobs, so if something needs help, theyre qualified to provide assistance and even step in and
perform that role, he said. My internship was
very helpful with that. By the time I started the
job, I had been coloring comics, I had taken the
class in writing for comics, I had the art classes.
On the job you learn about the other aspects,
from publishing and licensing and toy design
and manufacturing. On a much higher level, you
have to understand the business side of printing
and publishing and how to work out budgets.
On the simple side, if an artist draws Batmans belt with one too many notches in it,
you have to understand how to take the notch
out and have it look seamless and have it be
approved by the artist and have it not be noticed
by the reader.
From its beginnings, comics had been a very
Jewish business. But until Mr. Gorfinkel arrived
in 1991, none of the fields Jews were shomer
Shabbat, kept kosher, or kept their heads covered.
It wasnt a problem.
The arts community is generally very liberal and
accepting of differences, Mr. Gorfinkel said. When I
became a full editor, with the responsibility to attend
comic book conventions over weekends, which would
include Shabbat, I asked the president of the company,
Paul Levitz, how my being shomer Shabbat would
affect my position. He said, Dont worry, well cross
that bridge when we get to it. It was never a problem
or an issue.
My favorite anecdote is when I was walking down
the seventh floor, Executive Row, and I was wearing
a kippah with the Batman emblem crocheted large,
through the center, like a Jewish bat-signal. Linda Fields,
Pauls receptionist and a powerhouse in the company,
calls out to me from behind, I dont see a TM on that
yarmulke! she said, referring to a trademark symbol.
After all, DC Comics may well earn more revenue
from licensing Batman insignia and characters to manufacturers of toys and clothing and the like than it does
from actually selling comics.
Mr. Gorfinkel did on occasion make changes to DC
Comics characters that were informed by his Jewish
sensibilities. Take, for example, Black Canary. Long the
romantic partner of Green Arrow, he steered her into a
new all-female superteam, Birds of Prey. Later a shortlived TV series, the team also featured the former Batgirl, now wheelchair-bound, as the information genius
It became the longest running female superhero team
in comics.
Since her creation in 1947, Black Canary had worn
fishnet stockings.
What Im most proud of is putting the pants on Black
Canary. Not just for tzniut modesty but for Petes
sake, when a superhero goes into the snow, arent their
legs cold? Even when she wore shorts in the heat of the
summer, I made sure her tuchas was covered, he said.
The moment I left, they rode her shorts back
through her tuchas and put the fishnet stockings back

endless stream of colorful psychopaths to endless non-decion her, he said.

sive stalemates, what does the Jordan B. Gorfinkel saga teach?
Mr. Gorfinkel left DC Comics in 1999, along with two
I was an introverted, overweight young boy who read a
colleagues and friends in the Batman editorial group.
lot of comic books, he said. Nobody told me I couldnt do
We were having families and realizing we wanted
what I wanted to do, so I did it. Were in an unprecedented
to spend more time with our families and that it was
time for the Jewish people, where there are practically no
time to let other people shepherd Batman into his next
limits to what we can be. We should take advantage of this.
era, he says. Mr. Gorfinkel is married and has four
As he left, he pitched DC Comics
two stories. One was accepted and
published. The other was a retelling of
the life story of Superman, which was
rejected. So in the time-honored tradition, I changed the names and wrote
the story anyway. Its about a superhero who must learn that the true
source of his strength is his family.
I took it around Hollywood in 2000.
People said, Superhero? Family? I cant
see the movie poster. This, of course,
was four years before the Pixar blockbuster superhero family movie The
Fried Chicken
Crispy fried chicken breast
Fifteen years later, this story became
smothered in gravy.
Michael Midas Champion: Book One.
(620-1180 calories)
There are no Jewish characters, but
Grilled Liver
the plot actually hinges on an object
Two slices with grilled
that has Jewish mystical characters, Mr.
onions. (960 calories)
Gorfinkel said. As in all my work, I try
to infuse a foundation of Jewish values. I
Pot Roast
dont want to be pedantic this is enterTender slow-braised beef in
tainment but the theme of bullying
rich beef gravy. (840 calories)
prevention runs through this; the theme
Roast Turkey
of healthy eating. Subtly, the boyfriend& Fixings
girlfriend relationship is not consumSliced turkey breast
mated until theyre married. I created
topped with warm gravy
it, wrote it, I fundraised it, I hired the
and cornbread stuffing.
artistic team, and handed a completely
(960 calories)
finished book to Random House.
And more...
So whats the lesson of his life? If Batman proves that with grit and dedication, a billionaire orphan can fight an

Dvar Torah
Yitro: A wingspan large enough for all

few years ago, at a Netzer (progressive Zionist) youth camp

in New South Wales, Australia, twenty students were challenged by an activity related to Parashat
Yitro. Divided into groups of four, their
first task was to identify the Ten Commandments. Their second task was to
develop their own list of Ten Commandments. The activity presented a way for
the participants to engage in a clarification of their Jewish values.
Such a clarification is necessary, especially for teenagers. In this day and age
where every piece of information we
could ever want is readily available at
our fingertips, it has become a natural
practice to interpret traditional teachings
through our own personal lens. Rather
than asking the questions, What does
this text teach? or What is God teaching through this text? the more common question being asked is, What is
the importance of this particular text

for me? Lessons today often need to

be reframed in the context of personal
meaning and relevance for the individual
whatever age they may be.
The participants in the exercise kept
some of the Ten Commandments while
gently rejecting others. Not surprisingly,
you shall not commit adultery did not
rank particularly high on a list of commandments written by a group of fourteen-year-olds. Similarly, four out of the
five groups rewrote the command you
shall not covet, as You should be happy
with what you have.
All five groups shared one commandment You should not judge other people. While Torah and rabbinic tradition
have much to say on the topic of judging
fairly and creating appropriate systems of
justice to govern over and legislate within
a community, it was fascinating that this
small group of students found the concept of judging other people to be such
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like it when other people

and beautiful metaphor
judge me, so Im conin saying, You have seen
scious to make sure that I
what I did to the Egypdont judge others.
tians, and [how] I bore
And yet, judgment is
you on eagles wings, and
such a huge part of JewI brought you to Me.
ish life. In the morning
Picture an enormous
blessings, we praise God
eagle (symbolic of God),
for giving us the ability
with a long wingspan.
Rabbi Paul
to distinguish (or judge)
Israelite after Israelite,
between day and night.
one by one, climbs on
Temple Avodat
In reciting Havdalah, we
board the back of the
Shalom, River
bless God as one who
eagle. But at this point,
Edge, Reform
separates between sacred
theres no judgment ,
and ordinary, between
no distinguishing, and
light and darkness,
no discerning. No one
between Israel and other
among us gets to fly first
nations, and between the seventh
class and theres no fear about being
day and the other days of creation. In
seated on the back of the bird. Those
reading Leviticus, there are constant
who are more ritually observant than
divisions made between what is rituothers dont get preferential boarding,
ally pure and ritually impure, who can
and those who pay more money cant
enter the camp, and who must remain
purchase seats with extra legroom. On
outside. Judgment, distinguishing,
board this particular eagle, there happens to be room for all of our baggage.
All of us, standing at Sinai together, in
our humanity, our brokenness, our
searching, and striving, are carried
on an eagles wings. There was room
enough for all of us, room enough for
God to love and appreciate us, even
amidst our frailties and imperfections.
If God has demonstrated that God
can love us in such a way, how might
we demonstrate a similar love toward
each other? How might we refrain
from judging the differences we see
in one another in the Jewish community? What would it mean for us to
learn from one another, even given
the difference of our opinions and levels of practice, without being dismissive? What would it mean to teach the
beauty and value of Jewish life, rather
than shunning those who might not
(yet) follow similar practices?
and discerning are part and parcel of
The late Emil Fackenheim once said
Jewish, and even human, existence.
that the 614th commandment is you
Deeply aware of the need for boundshall not give Hitler a posthumous
aries in our personal and Jewish lives,
victory. Perhaps we fulfill this comwe need to retain structures that help
mandment by leaving judgment
us to understand what is acceptable
to God. If we can find a way to share
and what is not. But it should be possispace, like our ancestors, on the back
ble for us to accomplish this goal withof an eagles wings, perhaps our entire
out judging one another. In Exodus
community could take flight and soar
19:4, God offers us a powerful image
to unknown heights.

Deeply aware
of the need for
boundaries in
our personal and
Jewish lives, we
need to retain
that help us to
understand what
is acceptable
and what is not.

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Israeli defense minister to Turkey:

Stop buying ISIS oil, plug terrorist transit

1. Amt. of cinnamon in charoset, perhaps
4. Heavenly plane?
10. Moroccan appetizers
16. Evil
17. Having to pay an eye for an eye
18. Like a waxless Havdalah candle
19. Batgirl (1997)
22. Seder matzah on Pesach Sheni,
23. Treif sushi choice
24. Goldman who wrote Being Jewish
and The Search for God at
25. Supergirl (1984)
30. Emergency button on a kfir plane
31. 1776 and 1948: Abbr.
32. 1976 Kiss hit
33. Call from a korban
34. Lex Luthor (2016)
41. Technically his presidency ended in
2009, but......
44. I concur!
45. IDF woe
46. Wonder Woman (2016)
50. Ant-Man (2015)
53. Yalla!
54. Cookie the OU says is dairy....but it
really isnt
56. Kfar Hanokdim and Ein Gedi
57. Spider-Man (2012)
63. Read VZot Habracha, say
64. Paul Newmans Nobodys ___
65. Conservative youth org.
68. Patriots owner
71. The Green Goblin (2002)
75. Joshua or Elisha, e.g.
76. David Bryan (Rashbaum) of ___ Jovi
77. Go through Golani training
78. Black Widow (2010)
84. But ___ our little village of
85. Security checkpoint request
86. Samuel priest
87. Israel bonds, e.g.
88. Gable in a Selznick classic, and others
89. Lists avoided by Braun and Davis:
1. Schmutzy
2. One involved in making meat kosher
3. Small bottles (Rambam might have
4. Sci-fi classic with Yaphet Kotto
5. She sang Titanium for David Guetta
6. Pas, in Yiddish
7. Greenberg would often produce one
8. ___ My Sons: Arthur Miller play
9. The Jordan River in Tasmania has one,
but Israels doesnt

10. Lock from Rogen

11. Output of this paper: Abbr.
12. Objective for olim
13. Be meshuga for
14. Similar to ancient Hebrew
15. Matzah alternative ingredient
20. Dan Gilberts OH team, on the board
21. Always, to Lazarus
26. Stat. Ian Kinsler leads all Jews in
27. Moonves of CBS
28. Ended a fast
29. ___ List (Zuckerberg and Bloomberg
might be on)
30. Its more than 5776 years
33. Burger Ranch listing
34. Car featured on Weiners Mad Men,
for short
35. Zeh, in Mexico
36. Child who provides tsuris
37. Black or Red
38. Treif birds in Oceania
39. Lift (for an on leave IDF soldier)
40. Roams, like the Jews for 40 years
41. Ottoman who ruled the Holy Land in
the 19th century
42. Barbara of Mission: Impossible
43. What the Nile once did
47. (Jimmy) Stewarts role in Henry
Kosters Harvey
48. The OU is one
49. Common offering at the end of a
Shabbat meal
51. Response to a Billy Eichner tweet
52. Sababa
55. Was Howard Stern on AM ___?
58. Figure at a Hapoel Holon game
59. Creature on the side of Blooms
60. Syria, in 1948
61. Letters needed to use the Siddur
app on an iPhone
62. PG James Caan movie
65. Like a new pair of tefillin
66. Torah, e.g.
67. Cespedis who powered Wilpons
team into the playoffs
68. ___ varnishkes
69. Options for Sephardim on Passover
70. Some months
71. Make a note in a Talmud
72. Shtick
73. Etrog covers
74. 1 of 100 in this puzz..
76. Stiller and Savage
79. Started Shabbat
80. Their logo has a fist in it: Abbr.
81. Andean cholent ingredient, perhaps
82. Hamor or Nevo
83. It split the Jordan long ago

The solution to last weeks puzzle

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Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon

accused Turkey of supporting ISIS by buying its oil.
As you know, Daesh [Islamic State]
enjoyed Turkish money for oil for a very,
very long period of time. I hope that it will
be ended, Yaalon said during a meeting
with Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos in Athens.
Turkey and Israel, whose diplomatic ties
deteriorated in 2010 following the Mavi
Marmara flotilla incident, have reportedly been close to normalizing relations in
recent months.
Yaalon also accused Turkey of permitting jihadists to move from Europe to Syria
and Iraq and back, as part of Daeshs terrorist network, and I hope this will stop too.
Its up to Turkey, the Turkish government, the Turkish leadership, to decide

whether they want to be part of any kind of

cooperation to fight terrorism. This is not
the case so far, Yaalon said.
The defense ministers comments come
amid a flurry of diplomatic activity between
Israel, Greece, and Cyprus this week. Greek
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and 10 Greek
government ministers are scheduled to
travel to Jerusalem and meet with Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on
Following their meeting in Jerusalem,
Netanyahu and Tsipras will head to Cyprus
to hold a tripartite summit with Cypriot
President Nicos Anastasiades. The three
leaders will discuss eastern Mediterranean
energy and security issues, such as the vast
oil and gas fields in the region as well as the
outlook in Turkey and Syria.


Jonathan Pollard cancels speech

Jonathan Pollard, who was released in
November after serving 30 years in a U.S.
prison for spying on America for Israel,
canceled a speech he was scheduled to
give at a meeting of the Conference of
Presidents of Major American Jewish
Pollard, whose plan to speak was
reported by the Forward last week, canceled after his lawyers warned him that
if his comments were leaked or taken out

of context, he faced the risk of being sent

back to prison. Instead, Pollard ended up
simply thanking his hosts at the meeting
and explaining why he decided to curtail
his remarks.
Pollard reportedly was planning to talk
about his legal battle to ease the conditions of his parole. Before being freed, Pollard was the only person in U.S. history to
be sentenced to life in prison for spying for
an American ally. 

Vatican cites spiritual values with Iran

Amid Israels ongoing concern about the
White House-brokered Iran nuclear deal,
Pope Francis hosted Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani at the Vatican to discuss
possible solutions to the Middle East crisis.
After the leaders private 40-minute
meeting, the Vatican issued a statement
about the relevant role Iran is called
on to play in combating terrorism and
arms trafficking in the Middle East. The
Vatican said that common spiritual values between Pope Francis and Rouhani
emerged from the meeting.
Rouhani is leading an Iranian delegation on a four-day trip to Italy and France
hoping to reaffirm the Islamic Republics
economic ties with Western nations. In
Rome, top Iranian officials met with more

than 100 Italian business executives from

infrastructure companies, who agreed to
billions of dollars worth of deals with Iran,
the Wall Street Journal reported.
Rouhanis visit, which marks the first
meeting between a pope and an Iranian
president since 1999, comes shortly after
the recent implementation of last summers nuclear deal between Iran and world
powers. The nuclear deal includes about
$150 billion in sanctions relief for Iran, and
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently
admitted that some of that relief likely will
fund terrorism. Iran is the worlds leading
state sponsor of terror, including its funding of Hamas and Hezbollah, two groups
sworn to Israels destruction.



Arts & Culture

Rabin, The Last Day

mos Gitai has achieved world

recognition as an outstanding,
groundbreaking film director.
His films are celebrated across
Europe. He has won many awards, and
his movies have been showcased at festivals and museums across the globe. Most
important, he has been successful in producing an extensive body of work.
But that does not mean that I am a devotee of his films. I am not! Do I admire
him as a filmmaker? Yes! Gitai typically
experiments; his avant-garde style, with
extended sequences, that I think are both
artistic and often long, tedious, and boring. Admittedly, the class I enjoyed least
in graduate school was on experimental
cinema, and though I always respected
the great avant-garde filmmakers, I often
have found their movies simply too hard
to sit through.
With that said, I must tell you that Gitais
latest film, Rabin, The Last Day, is masterful. It is a film truly worth seeing.
Gitai began his movie career with short
films when he was in his early 20s and
studying architecture at the Technion.
There is little doubt of the strong connection he had with his architect father,
who had studied at the Bauhaus school in
Germany and died when Amos was just
20. Much of Gitais style is formed by his
strong connection to architecture, with a
strong emphasis on form and style. After
a stint at Berkeley, where he earned his
doctorate in architecture in 1979, and a bit
radicalized by his time in California, Gitai
returned home to Israel. His first commissioned film for Israeli television, Bayit,
a film about Palestinians attachment to
their land, was deemed too inflammatory
and barred from being broadcast. That did
not deter him, and he continued making
As Israel was mobilizing to invade Lebanon in 1982, Gitai took his camera and
interviewed Palestinians about their situation for Field Diary, a film that raised difficult questions. Within a year, disgusted
with the political situation in Israel, he left
for Paris, a stay that would last a decade.
Amos Gitais sojourn in France was productive. He made a film every year often
it had a clear leftist ideological stance. He
returned to Israel when Yitzhak Rabin
was elected prime minister and the Oslo
Accords were signed. At home, Gitai continued to make films, sometimes documentary, sometimes narrative. His work,
while appreciated in the art-house world,
garnered real attention in this country
only with release of Kadosh, a 1999 film


A scene from Amos Gitais Rabin, The Last Day. 

that looked hard at the Orthodox world in
Israel. The movie focused on a husband
and wife, madly in love, who had not had a
child even after 10 years of marriage. Next
in line to take over his fathers position as
rabbinic leader, the husband is forced to
divorce his wife so that he may find a new
partner who can give him a child.
Gitai created a brilliant first half of the
film, but I believe that his deep dislike of
traditional Judaism got in the way during
the second half. That enmity is visible in
much of his work, including Rabin, the
Last Day.
Amos Gitai got to know Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, traveling with him and
often talking with him on trips to Washington and Cairo, as he worked on a television broadcast, Give Peace a Chance. It
becomes clear right away that he felt great
love and admiration for the former prime
minister. With Rabin, The Last Day, Gitai
used transcripts from the 1996 Shamgar
Commission of Inquiry to tackle one of the
most horrific days in Israels history. During much of the film the audience is among
the observers in the hearing room, listening to testimony. The commission was
established after Rabins assassination to
study how better security measures might
have prevented it. Chaired by the retired
president of the Supreme Court, Meir
Shamgar, and including former Mossad
director Zvi Zamir and Tel Aviv Universitys law school dean, Ariel Rosen-Zvi, the
commission found fault with Israels intelligence agencies, the police, and Rabins
bodyguards. But the commission was not
given the authority to look into the conditions that many believe led to Rabins

murder. Did some people actually provide

talmudic din rodef permission for the
murder of the prime minister? Did antiRabin rallies created by anti-Oslo opposition incite violence, culminating in the
assassination? Gitai, sticking to the commissions transcript, uses every opportunity to point his finger in blame. In general, it is aimed at members of the Likud
leadership of the time, and particularly
its spokesperson, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Gitais disdain for the right and loathing
of the religious settler movement is very
much felt throughout the film. In a real
sense, Gitai uses it to put the people whom
he sees as the instigators and accessories
to the murder on trial.
Using actors, the director has recreated that day in November, 20 years ago,
that altered Israel forever. He interweaves
documentary and narrative styles with his
recreation of the Commission of Inquiry.
As Gitai told me in an interview, Its as if
this big rupture is applied to the writing of
the script itself. Beginning the film with
a stunning interview of Shimon Peres, the
former president and prime minister, who
was then 92, by actress Yael Abecassis, we
are introduced to the notion that things
would have been different had Rabin
The film ends with an interview with
Leah Rabin, shot by Gitai days after the
assassination, in which she casts blame
on the opposition party for her husbands
murder. What becomes clear is that this
film is meant to serve both as a memorial to the murdered prime minister and
as an indictment of the system that failed
to point blame for his murder beyond


the assassins trigger finger. Gitai powerfully uses his gift for exploiting a moving
camera to provide extended sequences
that never lose our interest. We follow the
flow of action in and out of the commission room. Flashbacks to the actual events
are flawlessly interwoven with archival
One of the most powerful moments is
when a truck brings a trailer to a settlement, and the architect-filmmaker uses
an extended sequence to show you every
detail of its construction and placement.
His point is clearly made when we watch
an Israeli soldier destroy the trailer later
in the film. The camera also has us believe
that we are watching the actual shots fired
that day by assailant Yigal Amir, played
brilliantly by actor Yogev Yefet. Pini Mittelman and Michael Warshaviak, who play
commission members, and Yitzhak Hizkiya, as commission chair Shamgar, are
very persuasive.
Amos Gitai is not a director who gives us
cinema that everyone will enjoy. He does
not hold back on his ideology and politics.
Though you may not agree with him, you
truly must appreciate this incredible film.
Go see Rabin, The Last Day. It will give
you much to think and talk about.
The film, directed by Gitai, is co-written
with Marie-Jose Sanselme. It opens today
at Lincoln Plaza Cinema in New York and
soon should be playing in New Jersey and
across the nation.
Eric A. Goldman teaches cinema at Yeshiva
University and lectures on Jewish, Israeli,
and Yiddish cinema. He is founder of Ergo
Media, a distributor of Jewish cinema.

Shabbat in Closter:
Rabbi David S. Widzer
and Cantor Rica Timman
join the Rinat Beth El
junior choir for a family
friendly service, 6:45 p.m.
221 Schraalenburgh
Road. (201) 768-5112.

Shabbat in Wyckoff:
Temple Beth Rishon
offers Shabbat Shirah, a
service in song, 7:30 p.m.
Led by Cantors Ilan
Mamber and Summer
Greenald-Gonella and
featuring the Kol Rishon
Choir with instrumental
accompaniment by
guitarists Ilan Mamber
and Mark Kantrowitz,
pianist Itay Goren, and
percussionist Jimmy
Cohen. Dessert and
coffee. 585 Russell Ave.
(201) 891-4466 or www.


The Mens Club of

Temple Beth Sholom
hosts its annual Caf
Night featuring the
bands Touch of Gray,
Plaza North, and
Resolution, 8 p.m.
Dancing encouraged.
Snacks and dessert
and BYOB (kosher),
mixers provided. 4025 Fair Lawn Ave.
(201) 797-9321.

The Nanuet Hebrew

Center Book Club
offers Inside Out, a
family Shabbat with
services, 9:30 a.m.,
Minchah at 4:30 p.m.,
dinner, Tu bShvat seder,
Maariv and Havdalah, a
screening of Inside Out,
pizza, and an ice cream
bar. Bring games to play.
411 South Little Tor Road,
off Exit 10, Palisades
Interstate Parkway.
(845) 708-9181 or www.

Bingo/ice cream:
The JCC of Paramus/
Congregation Beth
Tikvah plays family bingo
with prizes, snacks, and
make-your-own sundaes,
7 p.m. East 304 Midland
Ave. (201) 262-7691,,

Temple Sholom of Scotch

Plains screens Welcome
to Kutshers: The Last
Catskills Resort, 7 p.m.
Refreshments. 1925 Lake
Ave. (908) 889-4900 or

Super Sunday: Jewish
Federation of Northern
New Jersey holds its
annual Super Sunday
fun day, beginning
at 9:30 a.m. with a
character breakfast,
magic show, Israeli
Zumba and dancing,
Krav Maga, and Israel
Advocacy training
at Yeshivat Noam,
70 W. Century Road
in Paramus. Sign
up to make calls.
(201) 820-3942 or www.
Congregation Adas
Emuno holds a blood
drive with New Jersey
Blood Services, a division
of New York Blood
Center, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Donors, 16 and older,
must eat and drink
before donating. Photo
ID required. 254 Broad
Ave. Pre-register at
com; walk-ins welcome.
(201) 592-1712 or www.

Government and Jews:

Temple Israel and Jewish
Community Center in
Ridgewood begins an
eight-part lecture series
with its senior rabbi, Dr.
David J. Fine, discussing
The U.S. Governments
Relationship With Israel
and American Jewry,
From the Holocaust to
Iran, 10:30 a.m. 475
Grove St. (201) 444-9320

Sassy Reuven

The raid on Entebbe:

Bob Klapisch, baseball

columnist for the
Record, gives a
preview of the 2016
baseball 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
at Congregation Beth Aaron on
Sunday, February 7, at 9:30 a.m.
He also will answer questions. 950
Queen Anne Road. (201) 836-6210


Super Sunday in
Hackensack: Temple

Concert in Wayne:

Book talk in Fair Lawn:

Esther Wertlieb talks
about Judy Browns
memoir, This Is Not
a Love Story, over

The YMCA of Wayne

continues its Backstage
at the Y Series with
pianist Sakura Myers,
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.

Rabbi Michael Taubes


Transgender and
halachah: Rabbi Michael
Taubes, head of MTA and
rabbi of Congregation
Zichron Mordechai in
Teaneck, discusses The
Transgender Individual
in the Eyes of Halacha
at Congregation Rinat
Yisrael, 8 p.m. 389
West Englewood Ave.
(201) 837-2795, www.

Spanish Civil War:

breakfast for the

sisterhood of Temple
Beth Sholom, 11 a.m.
40-25 Fair Lawn Ave.
(201) 797-9321.

Sakura Myers

Music in Mahwah: The

Guthrie Brothers sing
The Best of the Everly
Brothers at the Berrie
Center for Performing
and Visual Arts,
Sharp Theater, 8 p.m.
505 Ramapo Valley
Road. (201) 684-7844 or

Film in Scotch Plains:


Blood drive in Leonia:

Shabbat in New City:

offers a discussion with

Linda Scherzer, The
Challenges Students
Face Today on College
Campuses, at a private
home in Tenafly,
7:30 p.m. Ms. Scherzer
is a former Mideast
correspondent for CNN
and Israel Television.
Email or
call (973) 593-0095, ext.

Concert in Fair Lawn:

Beth El celebrates the

Jewish Federation
of Northern New
Jerseys Super Sunday
by showing The
Thomashefskys: Music
& Memories of a Life in
the Yiddish Theater,
1:30 p.m. 280 Summit
Ave. (201) 342-2045. No
charge for film; pledge
cards available to make a
donation to JFNNJ.

Dumont historian
Dick Burnon talks
about The Abraham
Lincoln Brigade: Jewish
Volunteer During the
Spanish Civil War at
a meeting of REAP
(Retired Executives and
Active Professionals)
at the Kaplen JCC on
the Palisades in Tenafly,
10:30 a.m. 411 E. Clinton
Ave. (201) 569-7900 or

Eternal Flame, a project

of Valley Chabad, marks
40 years since the Raid
on Entebbe hostage
rescue; IDF veteran Sassy
Reuven gives a first-hand
account. Sponsored in
part by Stephanie and
Barry Kissler and Pascack
Valley Community
Life Newspaper.
Hilton Woodcliff Lake,
200 Tice Boulevard,
7:30 p.m. (201) 476-0157

Caregiver support in
Rockleigh: A support
group for those caring
for the physically frail or
people with Alzheimers
disease meets at the
Gallen Adult Day
Health Care Center at
the Jewish Home at
Rockleigh, 10-11:30 a.m.
Topics include long-term
care options, financial
planning, legal concerns,
and the personal toll
of caregiving. 10 Link
Drive. Shelley Steiner,
(201) 784-1414, ext. 5340.

Rabbi Arthur Weiner

Jews of Germany: Rabbi
Linda Scherzer
Challenges facing
college students:
Jewish National Fund

Arthur Weiner begins a

six-week course, The
History of the Jews of
Germany From the 5th
Century through World
War I, at the JCC of


Beth Tikvah, offered at
both 2:30 and 8:15 p.m.
304 East Midland Ave.
(201) 262-7691 or www.

The Siddur: Rabbi
Alex Freedman begins
a four-session class,
The Siddur: Beneath
the Lines, at Temple
Emanu-El in Closter,
7:30 p.m. 180 Piermont
Road. (201) 750-9997,
com, or freedman@

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.

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

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

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

Shabbat in Teaneck:
Rabbi Dr. Dovid Katz
of Congregation Beth
Abraham of Baltimore is
the Joseph N. Muschel
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 at 4:45,
he will talk on Beyond

Yeshivish: R Yisrael
Salanter, R Avraham
Elya Kaplan and Thinking
Out of the Box. Rabbi
Katz, a visiting history
professor at Johns
Hopkins University,
was a contributing
editor of the Art-Scroll
Schottenstein edition of
the Babylonian Talmud.
641 W. Englewood Ave.
(201) 836-8916.

Community Torah
learning: Sweet Tastes
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@, or www.

180 Piermont Road.

(201) 750-9997.

Blood drive in
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

Book club in Paramus:

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

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. Programs
include basketball, multisport, 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

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,
1:30 p.m. The film Boy
Meets Girl will be shown.
Viewpoints is a shul
committee that was
formed to celebrate the
diversity of the Jewish
community and includes
programs that highlight
the interfaith, interracial,
and LGBT communities.
1666 Windsor Road.
(201) 833-1322.

Course of Why in Fair

Lawn: Anshei Lubavitch
offers a six-week
Rohr Jewish Learning
Institute course, The
Jewish Course of Why,
7:30 p.m. 10-10 Plaza
Road. Rabbi Bergstein,
(201) 362-2712.

Seniors meet in West
Nyack: Singles 65+
meets for a bagel-andlox 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.

Teaneck singles
Shabbaton: The
Shidduch Project hosts
Shabbaton Royale
for modern Orthodox/
machmir singles, 2442, at Congregation
Rinat Yisrael. Hosted
by Rachel Ruchlamer
and Dr. Shani Ratzker.
Shidduchprojects@ or call
(201) 522-4776.

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.
304 East Midland Ave.
(201) 262-7691 or www.

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, call
(201) 391-0801, or go to

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.

World Wide Wrap in

Closter: Temple EmanuEl participates in the
Federation of Jewish
Mens Clubs World Wide
Wrap to spread the
mitzvah of tefillin, 9 a.m.


Vocalists Jeffrey Prezant and Jonathan Prezant and Victor Lessor, director of Manhattan City Music.


Tribute concert memorializes Stephanie Prezant

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
Funds raised will support the Stephanie I. Prezant Maccabi Fund at the Kaplen JCC, which proin Tenafly will present its fourth
vides scholarships for Jewish teen athletes from
annual tribute concert, More
13 to 16, allowing them to participate in the OlymSongs That She Loved, on Saturday, February 27. Doors open
pic-style national competition for sports, dance,
at 7:45 p.m.; the concert is at
the arts, and more.
The fund was established to honor Stepha8:15. The joyous musical evening features a unique ensemnies lifelong dedication to dance and athletics.
ble of family, friends, and wellShe studied dance in the JCC School of Performing Arts, participated in JCC Holocaust Memorial
known community musicians
commemorations, competed on the Team Paliand vocalists, gathering to celebrate the life of the late Stephsades dance team at the Maccabi Games in 2003,
anie Prezant through song and
Stephanie Prezant zl
when the JCC served as a host site, and in Maccabi
music. Stephanie died in a rockgames in Boston, Richmond, and Stamford.
A dessert reception follows the concert. Buy tickets
climbing accident in 2012. She was 22.
online at For information and underMusicians include Jeffrey Prezant, Jonathan Prezant,
writing opportunities, call Robyn Rosenfeld at (201) 408Liat Tretin, Diane Honig, Keren Makleff, Daphne Amir,
1429 or email her at
and Sharon Amir, with musical director Victor Lessor.


Steven Keats and Carol Kane in Hester Street.

Zumba in Tenafly gets new date


Hester Street will be honored

at Museum of Jewish Heritage
The 1970s in America was a time when,
largely as a result of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s and the womens liberation movement of the 1970s,
there was an increased awareness of
ethnic identity and a more perceived
empowerment for women.
It was in this environment that Joan
Micklin Silver decided to adapt for the
screen Abraham Cahans 1896 novella,
Yekl: A Tale of a New York Ghetto.
Cahan, who had founded The Jewish
Daily Forward a decade earlier and
made it the pre-eminent Yiddish language newspaper in America, had in
this, his first novel, dealt with the challenge for immigrant Jews to assimilate in
their new adopted country.
With Congress reopening The Golden
Door to immigrants in the mid-1960s,
Silver saw Yekl as a story that might
resonate for all Americans. After all,
Cahans main character Jake, like other
new immigrants, was having an identity
crisis stemming from the strain between
the outright freedom that America
offered and the religious tradition that
he brought with him to this country a
nineteenth century story that still resonated in the 1970s.
Joan Micklin Silver grew up listening to
stories about the immigrant experience.
While many newcomers to America
were reluctant to share their histories,
her father, who had come with his family at the age of 12 from Russia to Omaha,

would constantly be sharing his memories with her. My father loved to tell
stories about his experiences, about his
becoming a peddler and selling in the
streets, said Silver. Silvers mother was
also an immigrant, though she arrived
here at the age of 18 months. It seemed
natural that the aspiring filmmaker
would choose an immigrants story for
her first movie. In preparing for the
film and reviewing sepia photographs
from the period, it also seemed right to
shoot the film in black and white. As for
language, there was little doubt in the
writer/directors mind that Yiddish, the
language of the Eastern European immigrant Jew, would very much be a part of
her film, Hester Street.
On Sunday, January 31 at 3 p.m., the
Museum of Jewish Heritage A Living
Memorial to the Holocaust, in conjunction with Folksbiene National Yiddish
Theater, will be celebrating the 40th
anniversary of the production of Hester Street. There will be an award given
by the Library of Congress to Ms. Micklin Silver for the films selection by the
Library for the National Film Registry.
The films star, Carol Kane will join director Silver for a post-screening discussion.
Author Eric A. Goldman, who teaches
cinema at Yeshiva University, and is a
film critic for the Jewish Standard, will
moderate a post-screening discussion.
The museum is at 36 Battery Place in
Manhattan. For information, call (646)
437-4202 or go to

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades will host

a Zumba party with exotic rhythms, highenergy Latin and international beats, and
easy-to-follow moves, for everyone 12 and
older, led by a team of skilled, inspirational

JCC Zumba instructors, on February 20 at

7:30 p.m. The event was rescheduled from
January 23 due to the blizzard. For information call Roberto Santiago, at (201) 408-1481
or email

College admissions workshop

The teen department at the Kaplen JCC
on the Palisades in Tenafly offers a workshop, Financial Aid and Scholarships
Overview on February 2, at 7 p.m. David
Twersky, who has coached students and
helped them secure financial assistance,

will lead a 90-minute discussion on the

many options available at colleges and in
the local community.
To register, visit or call Michal Greenbaum
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bergenPAC performances rescheduled

Due to last weeks blizzard the Bergen
Performing Arts Center in Englewood has
rescheduled several shows.
Daughter-In-Law with Thunder Fart originally scheduled for January 23 is rescheduled to February 6. Wanda Sykes originally
scheduled for January 23 is rescheduled to
March 5. Daniel Tigers Neighborhood will

now be on Sunday, May 8.

All tickets from the originally scheduled performance will be honored at the
rescheduled date. When a performance
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Lamdeinus semester begins Monday

Lamdeinu, a center for Jewish learning, will
begin its spring semester on Monday, February 1. Classes taught by renowned educators
are offered during the day Mondays through
Thursdays and on Tuesday evenings. One
can register for Parshanut HaMikra on Bereishit, Talmud Berakhot, Parashat HaShavua,
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and various pre-holiday shiurim. All classes

cover new topics.

New students are welcome to join any
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Lamdeinu, a center for Jewish learning
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Teaneck artist is featured at exhibit

highlighting Sacred Spaces, Holy Places
Miriam Stern of Teaneck is
among 27 artists, mostly from
the tristate area, exhibiting in Sacred Spaces, Holy
Places, a show of sculpture
and photography at Nails in

the Wall Gallery in Metuchen.

Ms. Sterns thought-provoking
piece, Vat Alit, is an installation that includes a series of
photographs and other materials highlighting her experience

of sacred space as a Jewish

The exhibit continues on
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Jewish World

Latest Israeli technology offerings dazzle

at Our Global Investor Summit in Jerusalem
Youre cruising along the highway. Suddenly, you hear a sputter, your engine
grumbles, and your car comes to a screeching halt. The tow truck drags the car to a
local auto mechanic. Damage: $1,000.
You have no idea whether or not the
mechanic is honest but you will soon,
thanks to a new Israeli innovation.
Engie puts the car owner in the drivers
seat by providing a special malfunction
reader that simply plugs into your car to
assess the problem. It then transports the
data on the malfunction via Bluetooth technology to an app that offers more information on the damage and helps determine
how much the repair should cost. If you
want to and if youre in Israel you even
can get quotes from up to 100 mechanics in
the Tel Aviv area.
According to Yaron Cohen, vice president
of R&D for Engie, there have been more
than 40,000 app downloads since the company launched its first round of pilot testing 10 months ago. He said that more than
700 million people get their cars repaired
by mechanics each year, incurring costs of
more than $150 million. Engie, a start-up
that just completed its first round of funding, expects to be available in the United
States within the next six months.
Cohen and his colleague, Ido Ozdoua,
were among the 3,000 people either presenting or learning about Israeli technologies and the prospect of investing in
them from January 25 to 26 at the OurCrowd Global Investor Summit. The meeting, which brought technology leaders and
innovators from around the world to Jerusalems International Convention Center, featured some of Israels hottest start-ups. The
agenda was packed with content, including talks by Jonathan Medved, founder and
CEO of OurCrowd, the leading global equity
crowdfunding platform for accredited investors; Alan Boehme, chief technology officer,

chief innovation officer, chief architect, and

customer/commercial CIO for the CocaCola Company; and Harel Kodesh, vice
president and chief technology officer for
GE-Digital. A first-ever crowd hackathon
offered some insight into Israels ingenuity
and creativity.
It is amazing, said United States Agency
for International Development Economic
Growth Officer Jarir Dirini, who was there.
But we expect to find it here.
Take Bird, a small wearable device that
turns any space into an interactive playground, which was developed by MUV
Interactive. In a presentation, CEO Rami
Parhan showed how the gadget can turn
anything you touch to life.
Remember the first time you touched a
touch screen, Parhan said. It was magic.
You couldnt stop swiping. We have created
a user interface that makes you feel that all
over again.
Bird works with the devices and software you already use (iPads, projectors,
and AV/VR headsets), or with new ones. It
allows you to push, pull, touch, grab, and
move content from anywhere in the room,
up to 100 feet away, with a swoosh of your
Bird now is targeting the corporate and
education sectors, and it already has placed
15,000 units in institutions of higher education. It is being sold through both distribution channels and re-sellers in the United
States and Asia.
Then theres freeD free dimensional
video from Replay Technologies, which
is redefining what it means to watch and
experience sports. Founded in 2012, the
technology already is installed in stadiums
around the world. It allows for immersive
reality experiences for individuals using a
smart screen, enables replays to be broadcast from different views and angles within
60 seconds, and also can be leveraged for
commercial use. freeD already has seedstage funding partnerships with Samsung,

Jonathan Medved, founder and CEO of OurCrowd, speaks at the investor summit.



Dr. Amit Goffer, left, uses the new UpNRide mobility solution for the wheelchairbound, while Radi Kaiuf uses the technology of ReWalk Robotics.

Sony, Facebook, Google, and others.

Other areas of Israeli technology also
were showcased at the summit, including
green and agricultural, web, and medical.
HIL Applied Medicals CEO, Sagi BrinkDanan, spoke about the companys new
class of ultra-compact high-performance
accelerators for cancer proton therapy. The
patented approach to particle acceleration
and beam delivery enables reduction in the
size, complexity, and cost of a proton therapy system.
Brink-Danan explained that proton
therapy is nothing new we have known
about it for 60 or 70 years and it has been
practiced for more than 30 years, he said.
Nevertheless, today, more than 95 percent
of cancer patients cannot benefit from the
therapy because of the size of the proton
therapy machinery and the cost of running
it. The unique properties of laser-accelerated proton beams allow for more savings
in the ancillary magnetic systems used for
beam shaping and delivery, while providing
state-of-the-art clinical capabilities.
The next big thing in upright mobility,
UpNRide from UpNRide Robotics Ltd., is a
new mobility solution for people in wheelchairs. The device enables them to sit and


stand whenever they want to, and in all

places indoor and outdoor. The rider
pushes a button to enable the standing
They will be able to go up or down
whenever any able-bodied person does it,
Dr. Oren Tamari said, noting the devices
unprecedented safety features it can
maneuver on slopes and curves, and keeps
the rider centered to avoid dizziness or falls.
The wheelchair has existed for centuries, and while its materials and technology have changed slightly over time, it still
is simply a chair with four wheels. There
are more than 8 million wheelchair users
who suffer from poor health because of
their necessarily sedentary lives. Their
quality of life and self-esteem suffers. Each
person with a physical disability that relegates him or her to a wheelchair incurs
annual costs of $70,000 to $120,000 for
the healthcare system. Enter UpNRide,
which launched in 2014 and whose team
of inventors includes the brains behind
ReWalk Robotics, another Israeli venture of Tamari, Dr. Amit Goffer, and Dudi
Its all about inclusion, Tamari said.
We are changing the world.

Mary Adler

Mary Rachel Adler, ne Goldfield, of Woodcliff Lake and Fort

Lee, died January 24 in Ridgewood.
Born in Philadelphia, she was a longtime member of the
Fort Lee Jewish Center and the New Synagogue of Fort LeeCongregation Kehillath Baruch.
Predeceased by her husband, Harry, she is survived by her
children, Eileen Horowitz (Harve), Diane Weinstein (Robert),
Sandra Lubitz (Richard), and Ellis (Sarah); eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Contributions can be sent to Sisterhood of the New
Synagogue of Fort Lee, or the Center for Hope and Safety,
Rochelle Park. Arrangements were by Gutterman and Musicant Jewish Funeral Directors, Hackensack.

Leah Mactas

Leah Mactas died January 24.

She is survived by her husband, Leonard, sons, Mark,
Edward, Jay, Bruce, and Seth and their wives; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a brother and sisters-in-law, and a
niece and a nephew.
Donations can be made to Leah Mactas Fund for Children,
Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley, 87 Overlook Drive,
Woodcliff Lake. Arrangements were by Robert Schoems
Menorah Chapel, Paramus.

Harold Rothstein

Paul E. Fierstein, 78, of Englewood died January 19.

Born in Newark, he owned Paul E. Fierstein Insurance
Co., in Englewood and New York City, and was a member of
Chavura Beth Sholom in Alpine.
He is survived by his wife, Karen, ne Lane, and children,
Robert Fierstein of New York City, Ronald Shapiro of Fort
Lee, and Jane Shapiro Putzer of Harrington Park; a brother,
Michael of Florida, and four grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Eden Memorial Chapels, Fort Lee.

Harold Jay Rothstein, 69, of Teaneck died January 20.

He graduated from City College and earned a masters
degree from the New School. He was a science teacher,
administrator, and educational consultant and was
involved in Teach for America and the New York City Fellowship Program.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carole, children,
Gabriel, Adam, and Jessica Berman (Randall); a brother, Joel
(Barbara); a granddaughter, and nieces, nephews,
and cousins.
Contributions can be sent to the Institute for Educational
Advancement or the Lustgarten Foundation. Arrangements
were by Louis Suburban Chapel, Fair Lawn.

Ida Flysher

Doris Rubenstein

Paul Fierstein

Ida Flysher, ne Weiner, 96, of Fort Lee died January 20.

Born in New York City, she was member of Congregation
Temple Israel Emanuel of Union Hill in Union City.
Predeceased by her husband Louis in 1995, she is survived
by her children, Marilyn Levine of Hackensack, Barrie Kulak
of New York, and Howard of Fort Lee; a
sister, Miriam Cohen of California; four grandchildren,
and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Eden Memorial Chapels, Fort Lee.

Selma Herman

Selma Herman, ne Ehrlich, 89, of Fair Lawn, formerly of

the Bronx, died January 22.
She was secretary for Rabbis Simon Glustrom and Henry
Glazer at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center where she was a lifetime member.
Predeceased by her husband, Irving, companion, Fred
Silverberg, and sister, Elaine Pavon, she is survived by children, Ellyn Glazer (Roy), Jeff (Karen), and Jay (Nancy); seven
grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by Louis Suburban Chapel,
Fair Lawn.

Mania Kolender

Mania Kolender of Woodland Park died January 24.

Born in Poland, she was a homemaker.
Predeceased by her husband, Louis, she is survived by
daughters Helene (Rob), and Dina; a sister, Rosanne Jacobs
( Julius), and two grandchildren.
Contributions can be sent to Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. Arrangements were by Gutterman and Musicant Jewish Funeral Directors, Hackensack.

Mary Lindner

Mary Lindner, who lived in Jersey City, Weehawken, Passaic,

and Cliffside Park, died January 10.
Born in Poland, she was predeceased by her husband, Sol,
a son, Mitchel, and siblings, Philip Winik, Shirley Kushner,
Sylvia Kushner, Ida Weiner, and Sonia Lindner. She is survived by a daughter Sharyn Rosler (Marvin), three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Contributions can be sent to the Chabad of Fort Lee or
Community FoodBank, Hillside. Arrangements were by Gutterman and Musicant Jewish Funeral Directors, Hackensack.

Doris R. Rubenstein, ne Rosenthal, 90, of Fair Lawn and

Scottsdale, Ariz., died January 20.
She graduated from New York University and earned a
masters from William Paterson University. She volunteered
at the MS Center at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck.
Predeceased by a son, Seth Eric, and a brother, Sidney
Rosenthal, she is survived by her husband of 69 years, Dr.
Joseph, children, Dr. James (Bess) of New York City, Dr.
Margo of Scottsdale, and Dr. Sidney (Susan) of Massachusetts, and four grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Louis Suburban Chapel,
Fair Lawn.

Paul Schwartz

Paul D. Schwartz, 87, died January 20.

A veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he was
president of Commercial Trucking and Commercial Warehouses and was the founder of Bunker Hill Warehouse in
Paterson. He was a board trustee in the Veritans Club, president of the American Warehousemens Association, and a
vice president and chair of the expansion committee at the
Glen Rock Jewish Center.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Carole, a son, David,
(Lisa), and two grandsons.
Donations can be sent to the Veritans Club, Haledon.
Arrangements were by Robert Schoems Menorah Chapel,

Dr. George Seligman

Dr. George R. Seligman, 80, of Sun City Center, Fla., formerly

of Paramus, died January 15.
Born in Newark, he was a dentist in Paramus for many
He is survived by sons, Chad of Fair Lawn, Brian of River
Edge, and Greg of Wayne, and six grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Eden Memorial Chapels, Fort Lee.

Judith Siperstein

Judith Siperstein, ne Willensky, 82, of Woodbridge, Conn.,

formerly of Jersey City, died January. 23.
Born in Bayonne, she and her husband were founding
members of Congregation Bnai Jacob in Jersey City.
Predeceased by her husband, Herbert in 2006, she is
survived by her children, Bonnie Lurie (Michael) of Woobbridge, Dale of California, and Alan (Helene) of Long Branch;

a brother, Melvin Willensky, and six grandchildren.

Contributions can be sent to Alzheimers Foundation.
Arrangements were by Eden Memorial Chapels, Fort Lee.

Andrew Winter

Andrew Winter, 92, of Tamarac, Fla., formerly of Hackensack, died January 20.
Born in Yugoslavia, he was a retired social worker for New
York City, and was a member of the Association of Yugoslavan Jews of the USA and the New Synagogue, Fort Lee.
Predeceased by his wife Katie, he is survived by nieces
and nephews.
Arrangements were by Eden Memorial Chapels, Fort Lee.

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FrOM PaGe 12

what, theyve got all this evidence that Im completely

guilty. And that was it, he said.
What bothered me, he continued, is the verbal
abuse that was dished out, being told that my older
daughter was a whore, that my wife and I are bad parents. Things like that are just nasty.
The police would not discuss the specifics of Mr.
Engelmayers assertions, but said, Everything was done
under strict authorization. He was questioned exactly
the way that anyone else would be questioned.
Following Mr. Engelmayers interrogation, and based
on the evidence that the police had, they said, he was
placed under house arrest at a family members house
for five days. His own home was still under investigation.
While Mr. Engelmayer stayed at his wifes cousins
home, his wife and their 15-year-old son also were questioned by police.
The investigation has been traumatizing for his family,
Mr. Engelmayer said. My daughter whos an outgoing

child, ever since last Monday has been going to school,

coming back and locking herself in her room.
Mr. Engelmayer said he wrote his Times of Israel blog
post as way to unload some of the tension, to provide an
easy way for people to find out what happened without
having to explain it over and over again.
I did it so that our friends and family could actually
see what had happened, he said. I wrote it without
thinking that it would get the kind of traction that it did.
But, he added, I am glad that it got the traction that
it did.
But the police spokesperson, Mr. Rosenfeld, did
not look kindly on Engelmayers post, calling it
Beyond that, Mr. Rosenfeld did not elaborate on the
ongoing investigation. It is still underway and therefore
we can not add further details at the moment, he said.
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n 1 The rabbis and staff of Temple EmanuEl of Closter, including Rabbi David-Seth
Kirshner, bowled, sang, and spent time with
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n 4 At Shomrei Torah in Wayne, religious

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sprawling map of Israel. COURTESY SHOMREI TORAH

n 2 Members of Temple Emanuel of the Pascack

Valleys board honored Tu bShvat by holding
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Real Estate & Business

Changes in interest rates and their impacts
In December 2015, after hinting at the move for many
months, the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest
rates by .25 percent. They did this based upon their
belief that the economy was recovering well. Chairman Janet Yellen stated that she recognizes the considerable progress that has been made toward restoring jobs, raising incomes, and easing the economic
hardships that have been endured by millions of ordinary Americans.
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recovery in wages (as opposed to the mere increase
in the number of jobs themselves), caused the bond
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was expected. That is, longer term interest rates (and
correspondingly) mortgage rates actually decreased,
albeit slightly, after the Federal Reserve raised rates,
as opposed to increasing. And, once the stock traders
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bond markets continued to improve, which dropped
interest rates even further.
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upon the way we have started off the year, we are
going to see very low interest rates for the first quarter. After that, we should see a gradual increase in the
interest rates as the year goes on, though nothing too
substantial until 2017. Since we have a presidential

election in November 2016, I expect the Fed to be very

cautious with their actions to avoid either affecting the
race or even creating the perception of affecting it.
As a result of the continued low interest rates, but with
the fear of higher rates over the horizon, coupled with a
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entry-level houses which will then put upward pressure
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continue to improve with slight price appreciations for
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Brooklyn, they should stay strong. But, it is more likely
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the past two years will not continue with prices stabilizing
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Students, colleagues
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The Jewish Educational Centers alumni network
will host its annual memorial to Chaya Newman, the
principal of Bruriah High School for Girls, with a gala
melava malka on Saturday night, February 13, in Elizabeth. It will be the fourth such tribute since Ms. Newmans death in September 2012.
The events keynote speaker is Rabbi Jonathan
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guidance on inner growth, love, and happiness. He
will speak on The greatness of being tested: Infusing
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Considered a trailblazer in womens Jewish education, Ms. Newman inspired and guided thousands
of students and educators with the curriculum she
painstakingly created and the motherly example
she set. She successfully shaped Bruriah into a prestigious school with an excellent academic reputation where Torah and secular studies harmoniously




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complemented one other.

Following a successful teaching stint
in Brooklyn, Ms. Newman began her
37-year career at JECs Bruriah High
School division in 1971. Her appointment as principal marked the first time
the division had its own administration.
Mrs. Newman was the pre-eminent
educator for Jewish girls and is responsible for growing the Jewish Educational Centers well-known Bruriah High
School from a small basement classroom
of several students into North Americas
most prestigious Orthodox institution
for girls, Rav Elazar Mayer Teitz, JECs
dean, said at a previous tribute. Her
educational system and methods have
been copied the world over.
A 2010 graduate, Hannah Dreyfus, had

this to share about her mentor: She ran

the school by the mantra, They do not
care how much you know until they
know how much you care. This conviction formed my high school experience
and altered the course of my life as a
confident, motivated, dedicated young
woman, committed to Judaism. I am
inspired to continue inspiring the Jewish
future because of Mrs. Newmans vision
and example.
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men and women, will be followed by a
catered melava malka. Doors open at
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reception with Rabbi Rietti, for 2015-16
JEC donors of $365 or more, will begin
at 7:45.
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