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depression 8
coming to
town 10
Cemeteries sign agreement
on holiday burials 9
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and screen 52, 53
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in the Knesset? 30
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Sarah Silverman’s sister
makes pro-Obama video
JERUSALEM – A video in support of President Obama produced by
the sister of comedian Sarah Silverman will begin airing in Florida.
The video by Rabbi Susan Silverman, a Reform rabbi who lives
in Jerusalem, was posted last week on Facebook. It shows Israeli
Defense Minister Ehud Barak in an interview and Israelis through-
out the country praising Obama’s support for Israel’s security.
A 30-second version was scheduled to run in Florida television
markets on Monday during the foreign policy debate between
Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, according to the
Jerusalem Post.
Susan Silverman, who lives in Israel with her husband, Yosef
Abramowitz, the CEO of Arava Power, and their five children, be-
came involved in making the video after asking her famous sister to
make a video about Israelis’ support for Obama.
Sarah Silverman made “The Great Schlep” video in support of
Obama four years ago to convince her grandparents and other
people’s grandparents to vote for Obama. Earlier this year she made
a video asking casino mogul Sheldon Adelson to switch his support
to Obama.
The video comes on the heels of an op-ed published in the Jewish
Press in which Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt criticizes Sarah Silverman
for being “crude” and “vulgar.” He suggested that she channel her
energy into marrying and having children. The Silvermans’ father,
Donald, responded with a vulgar statement of his own.
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Politics in pictures
Cartoonist will share campaign portfolio with congregation
e’ve all seen one
— a dog-eared car-
toon hanging on a
friend’s refrigerator.
That, says political cartoonist
Jimmy Margulies, is a sign of
Margulies, whose own
cartoons have found their way
to refrigerators and even to the
counter of a local drug store
— with a cartoon targeting the Medicare drug benefit
program — calls this phenomenon the “refrigerator test.”
“Clippings on the refrigerator mean that someone
liked it enough that they wanted to put it there,”
said Margulies. He should know — he is an editorial
cartoonist for The Record.
Margulies, who lives in Ridgewood and is a longtime
member of Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center
there, will present some of his work at the shul on Oct. 30.
“I was invited because this is a presidential election
year,” he said. He reported that he has a large portfolio
of slides on the election campaign, and “I also want to
include a handful of cartoons that have gotten more than
normal reaction on a variety of topics.”
One such reaction — which Margulies calls “a badge
of honor” — was the placement of his name on the
blacklist of the National Rifle Association.
“The impetus must have been after the Columbine
massacre,” suggested the cartoonist, whose cartoon
about the shootings was published by the New York
Times on the Sunday after it happened and then
circulated widely around the Internet.
“It showed a desk and chair in an NRA office with a
telephone answering machine producing the message:
‘If you’re calling about a school shooting, press 1: if you’re
calling about a post office shooting, press 2….’”
For Margulies — who says that humor is an important
part of his work — cartoons are no laughing matter.
While humor is an “effective way to deliver the
message and reach people who may not agree with
you,” the cartoons themselves reflect a definite political
“I definitely am extremely vigilant about issues
of tolerance and bigotry,” he said, attributing that
awareness to “being a member of a group that has
suffered centuries of oppression.”
Margulies chooses his own topics, draws the cartoons,
and writes his own captions. He said that he writes to
express his point of view and “to persuade people to see
things the way I do.”
Nor is it simply enough to get a point across.
Rather, said the cartoonist, who describes his work as
“challenging, rather than stressful,” he wants to do it in a
way that stands out, reflecting the kind of creativity that
justifies his having an audience.
The idea of becoming a political cartoonist occurred
to him when he was an undergraduate at Carnegie
Mellon University.
“I studied graphic design, but about midway through
college I hit upon the idea of doing editorial cartoons,”
he recalled. “I liked political satire as long as I could
understand it. I had been involved in music, playing the
guitar. I definitely responded well to satirical songs about
civil rights and the Vietnam War. It dawned on me that a
career as a folk singer would be tough, so I went for the
second hardest thing.”
From that decision, he said, it took more than seven
years to achieve his goal.
“I pioneered the term ‘bounce-back person,’” he
said, noting that he went back to live with his parents
after college. He was able to get a job in the 1970s, when
New York City was in dire financial straits and hiring
artists to “fill in the gaps — like a latter-day version
of the WPA.” (The Comprehensive Employment and
Training Act, passed by Congress in 1973, was designed
to train workers and provide them with jobs in the public
In 1980, Margulies, now 61, got a job with the Journal
newspapers, a chain of suburban newspapers in Virginia
and Washington, D.C. He remained there until 1984,
when he took a position with the Houston Post. In 1990,
he moved to The Record.
The nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist for
that paper, Margulies’ cartoons appear in The New York
Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times,
What: Jimmy Margulies will share his portfolio of
nationally recognized cartoons from the last 20 years.
Where: Temple Israel, 475 Grove Street, Ridgewood
When: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free and all are welcome. For information,
call (201) 444-9320.
Jimmy Margulies
Time, Time.com, Newsweek, and Business Week, among
many other publications through King Features. His
cartoons on New Jersey issues are self-syndicated to
newspapers and websites all over the state.
His work has garnered many prizes, including the
2007 and 2008 Clarion award for editorial cartoons from
the Association for Women in Communications and
the 2005 Berryman award for editorial cartoons from
the National Press Foundation of Washington, D.C. In
1996 he won both the National Headliner Award for
editorial cartoons and the Fischetti Editorial Cartoon
“I choose subjects that I know most people are aware
of, and [about which] I have something interesting or
important to say,” said the cartoonist, who pointed out
that he “does his homework” and is an avid follower of
the news. “Luckily, I’m given a lot of leeway in terms of
editorial freedom.”
At the Record, he said, he happens to agree with the
official editorial policy, but even at the Houston Post —
where his political views differed — “it didn’t matter.”
He noted that feedback from the public varies with
the political cartoon. On controversial issues, such as this
summer’s flap over Chick-fil-A, he got many responses.
Still, he said, “If it wasn’t getting some people angry, it
wouldn’t be effective.”
With newspapers being threatened by online news
venues, Margulies pointed out that not only are his
cartoons available online but that there are iPhone apps
for them.
“I’m up to the minute,” he joked, “though I would be
more concerned with the fate of newspapers if I were
younger than I am.”
He pointed out with the newspaper business
contracting, editorial cartoonists have been hit
particularly hard.
“There aren’t that many of us left,” he said. “I’m the
only full-time newspaper staff cartoonist in the state of
New Jersey.”
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When blind faith proves costly
Playwright deb Margolin talks about her ‘imagining Madoff’
MiriaM rinn
hen Circus Amok founder
Jennifer Miller asked play-
wright/actor Deb Margolin
of Montvale to write some monologues
for a vaudeville-style piece she was cre-
ating about Bernie Madoff, Margolin did
not bother doing biographical research.
The truth she was looking for was not
going to be found on Wikipedia. Instead,
she began to imagine who Madoff really
was. “I advise my students to listen for
the voice of the character,” Margolin said
in an interview with the Jewish Standard
At the time, Madoff was under house
arrest for carrying out the greatest Ponzi
scheme ever. A major macher in the organized Jewish
community, he was revered as a brilliant money manager
until many organizations and individual investors
discovered that their gains were illusory. Madoff pleaded
guilty to fraud and is serving a 150-year sentence in federal
The success of Circus Amok’s “Cracked Ice” whetted
Margolin’s appetite for a deeper investigation of
Madoff. “What would my inner architecture need to
be” to betray so many friends and colleagues, she asked
herself. Margolin’s answer to that question was her play
“Imagining Madoff,” now being presented by the Garage
Theater Group at the Becton Theatre at
Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck.
“Imagining Madoff” is different from
Margolin’s previous efforts, which include
such works as “Three Seconds in the Key”
and “Rock, Scissors, Paper.” For one thing,
“most of my plays have not been about
men,” she said, and much of her work
has been solo performance. Although she
wrote the play before the many revelations
about Madoff’s doings, “Imagining Madoff”
presaged many details that were divulged
Margolin doubts that Madoff initially
intended to defraud his investors.
When things went wrong, he could not
acknowledge his failure, she believes. The fact that no
one caught him for thirty-odd years proves that many
Americans are willing not to ask questions about the
numbers. “Everyone said the math doesn’t add up,” she
pointed out, yet people kept investing. They had faith in
Bernie’s brilliance, and faith preempts the need to dig.
“With faith, you don’t have to work,” Margolin said. “That’s
what this play is investigating.”
“Imagining Madoff” became embroiled in a
controversy before it ever appeared on a stage. An
accomplished monologist, Margolin wrote the play as a
series of monologues between different characters. One
of those characters originally was Elie Wiesel, who has
acknowledged that he and his foundation lost millions
in Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. As a courtesy, Margolin sent
the script to Wiesel before the play was scheduled to
be produced at Theater J in Washington, D.C. To her
surprise, Wiesel was furious at her depiction, described
the play as obscene and defamatory, and threatened
to take legal action. Theater J quickly apologized to the
Wiesel Foundation and bowed out of the production after
Margolin refused to let the foundation have final approval
after a year’s moratorium.
Margolin changed the name of the character to
Solomon Galkin, a Holocaust survivor, translator, and
poet. “It was a very fast edit. [The character] stood in for
the great moral Jew of our time,” she said. “He was fictional
to begin with.” “Imagining Madoff” was initially produced
at Stageworks/Hudson, and eventually at Theater J. “The
play went on with its life,” Margolin said. Although the
experience was distressing, Margolin remains a fan of
Theater J and its artistic director, Ari Roth. “I’m glad he
and I were able to come together. That theater is alive with
important debates about the cultural moment.”
Margolin grew up in Westchester County. She went
to college at NYU, where her father was a professor, and
she is now a professor in Yale’s undergraduate theater
studies program. She feels glad to be able to share her play
with her own community, she said, and there has been a
reading at her Congregation Temple Beth Sholom in Park
“We don’t like being reminded of our mistakes,”
Margolin said when asked about Wiesel’s motivations. In
that, he shared something with Madoff, who in her view
also could not deal with his financial errors. “When all
is said and done, Bernie Madoff and Elie Wiesel are just
men,” Margolin said. “That’s the beauty of theater, that it
can investigate these depths.”
Deb Margolin tries ‘to lis-
ten for the voice of char-
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Sparks illuminates issues
surrounding postpartum depression
MiryaM Z. WahrMan, Ph.D.
ore than one out of eight mothers who give
birth experience postpartum depression, or
But, according to Esther Kenigsberg, “Before Sparks
opened I don’t remember anyone writing about it.”
Kenigsberg, who lives in Boro Park, Brooklyn, and
worked in schools counseling children, observed that
many children were affected by postpartum depression
in their families. This motivated her to found the Sparks
organization — the initials come from its full mission,
which is “Serving Pre- and postnatal women and families
with Awareness, Relief, Knowledge and Support.”
“I’ve seen how many kids are in deep trouble, and it’s
not their fault,” Kenigsberg said. She noted that when
postpartum depression occurs, “the two primary victims
are the mother and her infant.” When the newborn baby
has problems bonding with the mother, that child later
may experience emotional problems stemming from
her mother’s depression during his or her early develop-
mental stage. But other members of the family, including
older children, become secondary victims, who also suf-
fer from their mother’s depression.
Sparks, together with co-sponsors Jewish Family
Services of Bergen and North Hudson and JFS of North
Jersey, is offering a program on Oct. 28 to discuss
“Dynamics of Family Life: The Health of the Mother
Before and After Birth.” The event, which includes social
worker Professor Susan Dowd Stone as its keynote speak-
er, a video presentation, and workshops on various as-
pects of PPD, is the first event run by Sparks in northern
New Jersey. It is designed to raise awareness and provide
resources for postpartum depression.
Who is at risk?
According to a 1996 research article in the
International Review of Psychiatry, the prevalence of
postpartum depression is approximately 13 percent.
That meta-analysis of many varied studies combined
data on 59 different studies on PPD, and included more
than 12,000 subjects. The authors concluded that stron-
gest predictors of PPD were women who had a “past his-
tory of psychopathology and psychological disturbance
during pregnancy, poor marital relationships and low
social support and stressful life events. Less family in-
come and lower occupational status are associated with
increased risk,” the report said. Social support available
to the mother was a major factor in predicting risk, which
underscores how important awareness and support net-
works are for all expectant and new mothers. Factors that
did not appear to correlate with PPD risk included the
age of the mother, her marital status, how long she had
been in the relationship, her level of education, the num-
ber of children that she had, and her employment status
during pregnancy.
In concert with that landmark study, the Sparks web-
site, www.sparkscenter.org, encourages awareness and
support networks for women who are at risk for PPD.
It provides information, testimonials, support groups,
and events, as well as newsletters about PPD. The web-
site includes a video testimonial featuring Elie Abadei,
M.D., who is both a physician and the rabbi of the Safra
Synagogue in midtown Manhattan. He notes that Sparks
provides “an all-encompassing approach: physical, psy-
chological and spiritual” to address PPD.
“Postpartum depression changes the dynamics of
the family,” Abadei says in the video. “Other children
suffer greatly. The baby suffers greatly…” He explains
that Sparks’ first goal is “public awareness … to bring
the issue of postpartum depression to the community
and let them know it’s something that exists… to see it
as something not to be ashamed of and something that
there is help for.”
Abadei also describes the work of “Esther [Kenigsberg,
who] has dedicated her time, money and efforts to make
sure that the organization serves the people.… It’s very
professional, and at the same time very personable and
very caring.”
“There are hormonal changes in life, perinatal, after
birth, and during the monthly cycle,” said Kenigsberg,
who not only founded Sparks but is now its executive
director. “Doctors let you know about the physical issues,
but don’t let you know about the anxiety and the emo-
tional part. We have training, a hotline, support groups,
and mentors.”
“We start with the awareness and continue with ser-
vices that are needed until the mother is getting well,”
she said. Postpartum depression occurs in “more than
one in eight births. If the mother suffered once, she is at
higher risk another time.”
Kenigsberg explained that PPD may appear to occur
more in Orthodox Jewish families because they have
more children. “Each birth is a risk,” she said. However,
she added that “most phone calls [to the hotline] come
in after the third child. For earlier births the mother may
have had some symptoms but somehow controlled her-
self.” She said that it is not known why PPD occurs more
often after the third child, but it is not merely the stress of
having two other small children, since it is also observed
when the first two children are older.
According to Kenigsberg, emotional triggers that
could increase risk include such major life changes as
divorce, moving, changing jobs. Physical stresses, such
as lack of sleep, could trigger an episode. The mother
“needs at least five uninterrupted hours of sleep,” she
said. “Good nutrition is also important. She needs folic
acid, amino acids, minerals…”
Ironically, infertility treatments can be a trigger for
postpartum depression. Infertile women may have been
exposed to high doses of hormones to induce ovulation
and to maintain the pregnancy. Kenigsberg has observed
that “because of the physiological responses to hormon-
al treatments [used for infertility] ... couples who finally
had the child they were so desperately waiting for” may
be at high risk for PPD.
“We give education – what they can do to prevent it,”
Kenigsberg continued. “We look at the whole gestalt and
see what is going on. Is there a family history of depres-
sion, anxiety, bipolar disorder?
“The woman’s hormones are not in balance. It takes
a year [after pregnancy] to go back to balance,” she said.
“Because chemically everything is upside down we send
the woman for a complete checkup. Thyroid testing,
insulin levels, Vitamin B, we use medical and holistic
“We cover it from different angles,” she continued,
and address “how to manage the stress. During that time
don’t change jobs, don’t get divorced, make no major
“Giving birth to a child causes changes in hormones,
such that a trauma from 20 years ago, from childhood,
can come up,” Kenigsberg said. “We say ‘when the ocean
is moving a lot of garbage comes out.’ In easy cases, she
is not at her best. In the worst cases, [a woman with PPD]
can be suicidal or violent.”
Kenigsberg and Sparks also have spearheaded the
publication of a new magazine, True Balance: Nourishing
the Body, Mind and Spirit of Today’s Woman. This quar-
terly publication has features on health, relationships,
and emotional growth. A recent issue had an article
called “Love Your Baby,” as well as an article by psychia-
trist Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski of Teaneck, who has
been an advocate for Sparks.
“Untreated ante and postpartum disorders can be
shattering to the life of the mother, infant and entire fam-
ily…” Twerski wrote. “The public educational programs
of Sparks and the services it provides are truly a precious
gift to humanity.”
Dynamics of Family Life: The Health of the Mother
Before and After Birth is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 28,
from 3 to 6 p.m. at Temple Avodat Shalom, 385 Howland
Ave., River Edge. Speakers will include Professor Susan
Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW; Dr. James Forster; Elyse
Goldstein; Rus Devorah (Darcy) Wallen, LCSW, ACSW;
Sheila B. Steinbach, LPC; and Lauryn Tuchman, LCSW.
The program is co-sponsored by Sparks, JFS of Bergen
and North Hudson and JFS of North Jersey. Refreshments
will be served and dietary laws strictly observed. Parking
is available at the site. It is open to the entire community.
Information on Sparks can be found at www.spark-
scenter.org. For information on True Balance magazine
email truebalance@sparkscenter.org.
Dr. Miryam Z. Wahrman is professor of biology at William Pat-
erson University of New Jersey. Author of “Brave New Judaism,”
Wahrman has developed and teaches graduate courses in bio-
ethics and research methodology.
Esther Kenigsberg Courtesy sPArKs
“Doctors let you know about the
physical issues, but don’t let you know
about the anxiety and the emotional
part. We have training, a hotline,
support groups, and mentors.”
— Esther Kenigsberg
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October 28, 2012
Local cemetery owners sign pact
area rabbis have not yet taken a position on the agreement
Larry yudeLson
early two years of meetings between
cemetery owners, rabbis, and state leg-
islators have produced their first con-
crete result: Three cemetery owners have signed
an agreement that will smooth the way to buri-
als on Sundays and legal holidays, and end the
requirement of cash payments to cemeteries
that are not equipped to take credit cards.
The rabbis, however, have yet to take a posi-
tion on the agreement.
Beth Israel Cemetery, Cedar Park Cemetery,
and Riverside Cemetery, whose representatives
signed the agreement, are among the leading
Jewish cemeteries in the state.
The agreement does not deal with all the is-
sues raised over the last five years by the North
Jersey Board of Rabbis, including a major Jewish
concern: The high price of Sunday burials.
Jewish tradition urges that the dead be buried as
soon as possible, but not on Shabbat.
The agreement was announced last week
in a press release from the office of Assemblyman Gary
Schaer, who took part in the meetings along with State
Senator Loretta Weinberg. The meetings were facilitated
by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish
Federations of Northern New Jersey, and took place at the
federation’s offices.
“It’s a tremendous accomplishment,” Schaer said.
“When I first dealt with the issue, the only thing I
would hear is that no one would sit with anyone
“This is not everything that we wanted, but
this is a process and certainly further along the
road than we have been,” he said.
The Board of Rabbis, which participated in
the meetings, has not signed on to it yet, or even
discussed it.
“We have not yet gotten around to discussing
this agreement,” Rabbi Benjamin Shull, the rab-
binical body’s president, said. “We planned to,
but circumstances prevented it at our October
meeting. We are not yet signatories, and have
not taken any formal position as yet. We hope to
do so at our November meeting.”
“I’m encouraged by any progress on the is-
sue,” said Rabbi Steven Sirbu, who represented
the Board of Rabbis in many of the meetings. He,
like Shull, said that the November meeting will
be the place to discuss the pact’s terms.
Rabbi Neal Borovitz, who chairs the JCR, was in Israel
this week and could not be reached for this story. Schaer
said that it his understanding, based on “extensive com-
munication” with Borovitz and other rabbis, that “we all
seem to be on board,” although Shull’s and Sirbu’s state-
ments contradict that.
The agreement calls for a meeting in six months, and
“periodically thereafter,” to evaluate the progress on the
“Hopefully, we will soon be able to deal with the issue
of affordability” of Sunday and holiday burials, Schaer
Weinberg said that while “I’m happy we got this far, it’s
not the end of the road.
“I admire the rabbis for their ability to articulate their
problems, and admire the cemeteries in trying to react in
the best way possible,” she said. “I don’t think it replaces
Weinberg has had two bills pending in Trenton, which
she now hopes to move to committee consideration be-
fore the end of the year. One will change the makeup of
the state cemetery board, which regulates cemeteries, so it
no longer will be made up mostly of cemetery representa-
tives. The other would provide for caps on cemetery fees.
Schaer, however, said he disagreed with Weinberg
about the role of legislation, saying he would prefer to deal
with the issues through discussion and negotiation, rather
than “the strong arm of government.”
“I’ve made it clear to the cemeteries that on my part, as
long as the discussions are ongoing and serious, I would
rather deal with the matters at hand more informally,
rather than under statehouse law,” he said.
In their memorandum of understanding, the cemetery
owners commit to raising the question of holiday buri-
als in their next union negotiations. “Reasonable holiday
compensation to staff will be offered and appropriate
costs passed through to families,” the agreement says.
Holiday burials would be guaranteed if the request is
called in before 9 a.m., and would have to take place by 1
p.m. The cemeteries also commit to trying to accommo-
date requests for burials after their normal hours, when
daylight hours permit.
The complete memorandum of understanding can be
viewed at http://bit.ly/js-mou.
Gary Schaer
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Man on a mission
donniel hartman returns to Bergen to re-educate it about israel
Larry yudeLson
hen Rabbi Donniel Hartman
speaks at the Kaplen JCC on
the Palisades next week, it will
be his first time back at the institution
where served as scholar-in-residence from
1984 through 1995.
Now Hartman heads the Shalom
Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Founded
by his father, Rabbi David Hartman, and
named for his grandfather, the Hartman
Institute’s current focus is reflected in the
iEngage program being offered at area
synagogues and institutions with the
support of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.
The program aims to reorient the conversation about
Israel to one about Jewish values.
The younger Hartman grew up in Montreal, where
his father served as rabbi of large, modern Orthodox
congregation. When he was 13 his family made aliyah,
and he attended high school in Jerusalem. In Israel, he
served in the army, studied in yeshivah, was ordained as
a rabbi, and received his undergraduate degree.
But his time in New Jersey was part of his education,
“It was a life-changing experience,” he said. “It really
shaped in a deep way all my career, and all my teachings.
“The most important thing I took away was the need
to teach a Judaism which Jews of whatever
denomination could feel comfortable
“One of the things I felt very strongly
about was the idea of serving the totality of
the Jewish people, where they were at; not
necessarily standing on a mountain and
waiting for them to come to you,” he said.
This JCC experience led to the
institute’s present work on Israel-diaspora
“I knew Judaism had to have multiple
ways and access points for Jews of
different ways and denominations,” he said. “We didn’t
have that when it came to Israel. When we come to Israeli
with only one access point, Israel and the Jewish people
Traditionally, that access point has been one of crisis:
Israel is endangered and the diaspora has to support it
to save it. Hartman believes that message does not work
anymore: “In a world where Jews don’t have to be Jewish,
you’re not going to sell Judaism through crisis and death,
and you’re not going to sell Israel that way,” he said.
“Why would Jews want to choose to be involved
with something that’s always dying? Unless Israel
is meaningful, unless Israel is enriching, unless the
partnership with Israel is challenging people to add
dimensions to who they are, the significance wears off
and it’s just a burden.”
A couple of years ago, Hartman, along with many
other educators, began to recognize that a shift was
occurring in American Jewry. Israel was not as central to
Jewish identity as it had been.
“There was a group of the committed who was still
there, but the committed group was becoming smaller
and increasingly talking to themselves, and developing
the notion that to be a lover of Israel you have to be like
them,” he said.
Hartman distinguished between his approach —
creating meaning-based conversations — with what he
calls “the hasbara paradigm,” referring to the Hebrew
word meaning explanation or propaganda, that assumes
“if I can get you to know this fact, you’ll be just like me. If
you just had this fact, you’ll change your opinion.
“So you love your spokespeople who say what you
want to say, without even asking, ‘are you convincing
anyone else?’
“One of the things that we all know is that people don’t
shape their opinions on the basis of facts. They pick their
facts on the basis of their opinions,” he said.
“Jewish education at its best crafts new ideas and
new messages to make Judaism relevant in a changing
world. When it comes to Israel, we’re rigid like the ultra-
Israel in context
shabbat scholars offer surprising perspectives
Joanne PaLmer
srael seems to be on everyone’s mind
right now.
We heard that clearly in the
presidential debates. But dig just a bit
below the surface, below the fireworks
and bellowing smoke of presidential
politics, and you learn that younger Jews
increasingly care less about the Jewish
That’s why the Hartman program,
iEngage, is trying to advance Americans’
understanding of the country, on the
theory that you can more truly love what
you more fully understand.
Many Jewish institutions across the
area are using the iEngage program, which
is funded by the Jewish Federation of
Northern New Jersey, and some are adding
their own speakers and programs to it.
That group includes Temple Emanu-El
of Closter, which will host two speakers
in residence over the next two Shabbatot,
among many other people and programs.
Yossi Klein Halevi, a well-known and
highly accomplished journalist, writer,
and speaker who made aliyah about 30
years ago, also is a senior scholar at the
Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
He will be scholar-in-residence this
Shabbat, and he will talk, he said, about
the current crisis in Israel. That, he pointed
out in a phone interview, is a title that
would always apply to Israel, now matter
what the crisis might be.
The crisis now, though, he said, is dire.
“We’re really at an extraordinary
moment,” he said. “On the one hand, the
external threats haven’t been as acute as
they are now at any time since 1967. Not
even in 1973,” which was the year of the
Yom Kippur War. That, he said, is because
the war started and ended quickly. The
situation today — he’s talking about Iran,
Syria, Hezbollah, “and everything else
we’re facing” — has built up over many
On the other hand, he continued,
“many Israelis’ attention is on internal
“That’s counterintuitive. We’ve always
deferred dealing with domestic issues
because of what we call hamatzav — the
situation — but now the external situation
is really acute, and Israelis are focused
elsewhere. That may be a useful survival
technique, or maybe there’s an element of
denial about it.”
Israel’s elections are scheduled for
early in 2013 — its parliamentary system
demands that dates be penciled rather
than chiseled onto calendars — and the
question of the price of Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu’s genuinely achieved
stability will be raised, Halevi said. “On
Israeli radio these days, the interesting
thing is that the left-winger will begin
by saying that there is no denying the
fact that as the region is roiling and the
world economy is shaking, Natanyahu
has brought stability. That’s from the left!
On the right, you hear that Israelis are
hurting and people are wondering about
the future.”
Halevi worries that “there is an
emerging liberal narrative of Israel that is
partly true, and because it’s partly true it’s
fundamentally distorted. There are ugly
snapshots that are indicative of certain
trends in Israel” — here, he was talking
specifically about the arrest of the Women
of the Wall’s leader, Anat Hoffman, for
saying the Sh’ma out loud in the women’s
section of the Kotel — “but if those
become the totality of how liberal Jews
think of Israel, then it will be as distorting
as your parents’ view of Israel as being
Ari Ben-Canaan.” (Ari Ben-Canaan was
the hero of Leon Uris’s novel “Exodus”;
he was as lion-hearted as his first name
demanded, and because he was played
by Paul Newman in the movie, his name
evokes visions of lean, blond, blue-eyed
wiry glamor.)
“American Jews finally began to look
at Israel more closely, which is something
that should have happened years ago,”
Halevi said. “But the lens they’re using
is so narrow, and in some senses so self-
referential, that liberal American Jews will
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Rabbi Donniel Hartman
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Orthodox world; there’s only one truth
and anyone who disagrees with us is a
traitor and a deviant. For someone who
is a lover of Israel, that’s dangerous. What
makes it even more complex is the people
who are pushing for it are the greatest
lovers of Israel. It’s not our enemies who
are creating a mediocre message. It’s our
“It’s not an either-or paradigm,” he
continued. “There is a place for hasbarah,
and Israel faces dangers we have to worry
about. But it can’t be the only thing we
have to worry about.”
The religious pluralism that Hartman
attributes to his JCC experience is, he
said, one of the ways in which he has
diverged from the teachings of his father,
who he said is the “teacher with the most
significant impact on my life. Much of my
work and where I’m taking the Institute
are founded on many of the teachings my
father brought me. Much of the iEngage
project is a continuation of the ideas that
led him to make aliyah: seeing Israel as a
place where a renaissance came forth.”
Some of the differences between
Hartman and his father have to do with
age; “some have to do with the times we
live in.”
Others have to do with their different
upbringings. The elder Hartman, in his
recent book, “The God Who Hates Lies:
Confronting and Rethinking Jewish
Tradition,” writes of leaving an ultra-
Orthodox yeshivah for Yeshiva University,
and then breaking with his teacher Rabbi
Joseph B. Soloveichik to take a more
lenient approach to Jewish law.
For the younger Hartman, “I don’t have
either ultra-Orthodoxy or Orthodoxy in
my closet. I’m an Orthodox Jew, but that’s
not the significant other I have to prove
myself to. I’m not fighting that battle.”
One more major difference: “While I
believe Israeli is essential to Jewish life, I
don’t believe it is the only center of Jewish
life. I think there will be a Torah coming
out of Zion, but there will be a Torah
coming out of North America too.”
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end up making the same mistake their
parents did, in the other direction.
“There is an anti-Leon Uris narrative
emerging that is as distorting as the
“That is not to underestimate what
happened to the Women of the Wall,”
he added. “There is an outrageous
lack of respect for the non-Orthodox
denominations from the top. But if one
understands that there is no one Israel
but a multitude of Israels, which reflect
the reality of the ingathering of dozens of
Jewish communities around the world,
then one would relate to Israel in a more
expansive and nuanced way.
“Israel is a wonderfully chaotic,
anarchic society,” he said. “How wide a
lens will you use to look at it?” It should be
a very wide lens, he suggested.
Dr. Rachel Korazim, who followed a
career in the Jewish Agency with her new
life as a freelance educator with a part-
time connection to the Hartman Institute,
will be at Emanu-El the next Shabbat,
which begins Nov. 2. In a Skype interview
from Israel, she said that an assumption
underlying much of her work is that the
old paradigms governing the way we
see Israel no longer work. One classical
paradigm is made clear in the lament,
“By the waters of Babylon, we sat and
wept when we remembered Zion,” from
Psalm 137. The other is apparent in Judah
Halevi’s early 12th century poem that
begins “My heart is in the East, and I am at
the edge of the West.” In the first paradigm,
we are in exile; in the second, we are living
in beauty but Jerusalem is in ruins. “But
for the last 60-odd years, both exiles and
Jerusalem are doing fine,” she said.
Jerusalem certainly is not trouble-free,
but it is flourishing, and Jews in exile live
very well and have built fulfilling and
actively Jewish lives. “We have to create
a paradigm that allows for two success
stories,” Korazim said.
At Emanu-El, she will teach a series that
she thinks of as providing windows into
Israeli society through literature.
“When you live outside Israel, there are
various platforms or ways to get to know
Israel,” she said. “It can be the Israel of the
synagogue, or the Israel of fund-raising, or
the Israel of the media. When you come
to Israel often you take a tour, and it will
show the highlights, but not necessarily
the heart. When you are invited into the
literature, you are invited into the intimate
discourse of Israelis.”
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Lone soldiers grow up
Friends of the idF remember — and help
Joanne Palmer
t’s not exactly a case of being careful about what you
wish for in this case — but it’s not entirely different
Often — increasingly — young diaspora Jews go to
Israel to join the army, full of idealistic fervor. They find a
chance to serve the Jewish people and the Jewish state, and
to challenge themselves at the same time.
It is noble and often transforming. The army is the blast
furnace that melds people into lifelong relationships. It is
the smelter that refines them into being more of exactly
who they are.
It’s also often very hard, particularly for young “lone
soldiers” with no immediate family close by, able to coddle
them during their time off and keep the housekeeping
details of their lives moving along when they are on duty.
Lone soldiers generally have very little money; they are
paid a bit more than other soldiers, but they must use that
salary for basic expenses whenever they are off base.
Three Jewish guys who served together in Tzahal (the
Hebrew acronym for Israel Defense Forces, or IDF) around
1970 remember all of that clearly. None of them remained
in Israel, but their IDF experiences were formative. Two of
them were lone soldiers — Mike Gross is from London, and
Sammy Bar-Or, born in Iran, made aliyah by himself when
he was 13. Later, Bar-Or moved to the United States and
spent many years living in Saddle River.
A third friend from the same paratrooper unit, Avi Oren,
a native Israeli who later moved to West Orange, founded
a New Jersey group to support lone soldiers. In 2005, they
joined forces with the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces,
or FIDF, glad to be able to use the larger organization’s
structure and resources. Today their group is FIDF’s New
Jersey chapter, and Bar-Or is on the parent group’s board.
A dinner set for Nov. 3 at the Sheraton Meadowland
Hotel in East Rutherford will raise money for the chapter.
(See box for details.)
“In 1967, I went over to Israel with my brother to join
the army, and to my amazement I was taken into the army
as a driver,” Gross said. “A driver had been killed, and they
didn’t have another replacement.”
He was 19. He served in the elite Golani Brigade as a
volunteer for a year, went home, and came back again
in 1969 “and joined the army proper. I went into the
paratrooper brigade, and was blessed by being with a
fantastic group of guys,” a group that included Bar-Or and
Oren. This was during the so-called war of attrition; the
soldiers “were very young, and we lost quite a few men,”
Gross said.
There was less understanding of the particular stresses
lone soldiers faced then, Bar-Or said. “In 1970, they didn’t
know what a lone soldier was,” he said. There were fewer
young diaspora Jews, like Gross, in the IDF then, but
there were many more who, like Bar-Or, had made aliyah
without their parents or siblings. The two young lone
soldiers became close very quickly, and their friendship,
three decades later, is deep.
Gross finished his IDF stint just before Yom Kippur 1973
and went home. He went directly from his London shul
back to Israel — on Yom Kippur, of course, the day the war
broke out — and rejoined the army. “We were the farthest
group of soldiers on the road toward Cairo, going south,
when they stopped us,” he said. The war had ended.
He stayed in for another two years and then returned to
make his life in London, but the IDF was firmly lodged in
his heart.
While he was still in the IDF, Gross had started
something he called Fun Days, a daylong retreat for lone
soldiers. “I found a very nice Canadian family named Silver
in 1971, who wanted to do something for soldiers.” The
first Fun Day was in the Sharon Hotel in Herzylia, and it
attracted somewhere between 50 and 60 soldiers. “They
still talk about it today,” Gross said.
Bar-Or, Gross, and Oren all were successful in their
careers, all felt the need to give back, and each had
something to give. They went to Israel together in 2002,
“and I saw that some lone soldiers didn’t have much to eat,
and they didn’t have much money. They needed help, so
we decided to do something.”
At first, he thought “it would be easy,” Bar-Or said. “I
have thousands of friends, and each one will give $100,000.
But then I realized that it wouldn’t be so easy.”
The three began small, with a Fun Day for about 150
lone soldiers. That first event led to televised fundraising,
which soon got the three men connected to the FIDF.
Gross, who said he’s been retired “for many years,”
devotes himself to volunteer work for the IDF and for
disadvantaged children in Israel. He feels particularly
drawn to lone soldiers. To explain why, he begins by
describing how the Israeli government defines them:
What: annual idF tribute dinner
Where: sheraton Meadowland hotel, east rutherford
When: saturday, nov. 3, at 8 p.m.
Who: Lt. Gen. (res.) Gabi ashkenazi, former idF Chief of
the General staff, will speak; idF soldiers will join him
For more information: email arielle Kramer at arielle.
kramer@fidf.org or call her at 646-274-9646
Mike Gross holds Sammy Bar-Or aloft during their
service as lone soldiers in the IDF. Courtesy FIDF
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a pacifist who
wanted to bomb
rafael medoff
WASHINGTON – George McGovern is widely remem-
bered for advocating immediate American withdrawal
from Vietnam and sharp reductions in defense spending.
Yet despite his reputation as a pacifist, the former
U.S. senator and 1972 presidential candidate, who died
Sunday at 90, did believe there were times when America
should use military force abroad.
Case in point: the Allies’ failure to bomb Auschwitz,
an episode with which McGovern had a little-known per-
sonal connection.
In June 1944, the Roosevelt administration received a
detailed report about Auschwitz from two escapees who
described the mass-murder process and drew diagrams
pinpointing the gas chambers and crematoria. Jewish
organizations repeatedly asked U.S. officials to order
the bombing of Auschwitz and the railroad lines leading
to the camp. The proposal was rejected on the grounds
that it would require “considerable diversion” of planes
that were needed elsewhere for the war effort. One U.S.
official claimed that bombing Auschwitz “might provoke
even more vindictive action by the Germans.”
Enter McGovern. In World War II, the 22-year-old
son of a South Dakota pastor piloted a B-24 “Liberator”
bomber. Among his targets: German synthetic oil facto-
ries in occupied Poland. Some of them were less than five
miles from the Auschwitz gas chambers.
In 2004, McGovern spoke on camera for the first time
about those experiences in a meeting organized by the
David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies with
Holocaust survivor and philanthropist Sigmund Rolat
and filmmakers Stuart Erdheim and Chaim Hecht.
McGovern dismissed the Roosevelt administration’s
claims about the diversion of planes. The argument was
just “a rationalization,” he said, noting that no diversions
would have been needed when he and other U.S pilots
already were flying over that area.
Ironically, the Allies did divert military resources for
other reasons. For example, in 1943 FDR ordered the
Army to divert money and manpower to rescue artwork
and historic monuments in Europe’s battle zones. The
British provided ships to bring 20,000 Muslims on a re-
ligious pilgrimage from Egypt to Mecca in the middle of
the war. Gen. George Patton even diverted U.S. troops
in Austria to save 150 of the famous Lipizzaner dancing
George McGovern signs his book, ‘Abraham Lincoln,’
at the Richard M. Nixon Library and Museum in Yorba
Linda, Calif., in August 2009. sCott Clarkson vIa CC
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48 Jewish standard OCtOBer 26, 2012
“Boys and girls who come from abroad
and so have no parents in Israel; orphans;
kids whose parents normally live in Israel
but are living abroad — sons and daughters
of ambassadors, or people who work for
technology companies, but the sons and
daughters have to go into the army.”
He cares about all of them, he said.
“But the ones I care most about are the
ones from charedi families. If the kids go
into the army, they are totally cut off from
their families. They are totally disowned.
There are hundreds of them. And they
never ask for anything. I have kids who
don’t have clothes when they leave the
army, and they go to wherever it is they are
calling home.
“Once a kid is recognized as a lone
soldier — and they have to go through a
process to be recognized — they get a bit
more help. They get a bed in a room.”
There is a special program for
disadvantaged soldiers, he said. “They
serve for three years, but six months before
the end of it they go to a special education
base. It’s for kids who are not educated in
the normal sense of the words — mainly
charedim. They are given the chance to
study for their bagrut” — a high school
matriculation certificate. “All their lives,
these kids have been learning Gemara.
They know nothing about math, history,
English, science.
“These kids are my passion,” he said.
“It’s the two sides of Israel.”
Seth Rosenberger is the New Jersey
FIDF chapter director. He is a former lone
soldier, and that experience has driven his
job choice.
“I know what it’s like,” he said. “Lone
soldiers are paid about $350 a month. Beer
costs about $8, and a sandwich is about
$10. It’s very hard to live.”
In general, the FIDF focuses on three
things — education programs to show
IDF recruits from outside Israel what the
country really is like, or to teach them
about Judaism. (Many lone soldiers
are from Ethiopia or the former Soviet
Union, and have many knowledge gaps
to fill.) Other education programs offer
scholarships to soldiers once they leave the
IDF or focus on the well-being of families
while their children serve. The third set of
programs builds shuls on army bases. In
New Jersey, the FIDF concentrates mainly
on lone soldiers because so many of them
come from this state.
The Fun Days that Gross, Bar-Or, and
Oren began and the New Jersey chapter
funds “not only took you out of army life,
it gave you a chance to relax, and even
more importantly to have the opportunity
to be around other people who are going
through what you’re going through,”
Rosenberger said. It was a kind of group
therapy, and it was important because
“being in the Israeli army is not an easy
thing to do.”
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“There is no question we should have
attempted ... to go after Auschwitz,”
McGovern said in the interview. “There
was a pretty good chance we could have
blasted those rail lines off the face of the
earth, which would have interrupted the
flow of people to those death chambers,
and we had a pretty good chance of
knocking out those gas ovens.”
Even if there was a danger of acciden-
tally harming some of the prisoners, “it
was certainly worth the effort, despite all
the risks,” McGovern said, because the
prisoners were already “doomed to death”
and an Allied bombing attack might have
slowed down the mass-murder process,
thus saving many more lives.
At the time, 16-year-old Elie Wiesel was
part of a slave labor battalion stationed
just outside the main camp of Auschwitz.
Many years later, in his best-selling book
“Night,” Wiesel described a U.S. bombing
raid on the oil factories that he witnessed.
“If a bomb had fallen on the blocks
[the prisoners’ barracks], it alone would
have claimed hundreds of victims on
the spot. But we were no longer afraid
of death; at any rate, not of that death,”
Wiesel wrote. “Every bomb that exploded
filled us with joy and gave us new confi-
dence in life. The raid lasted over an hour.
If it could only have lasted ten times ten
At the time, McGovern and his fellow
pilots had no idea what was happening in
“I attended every briefing that the Air
Force gave to us,” he said. “I heard ev-
eryone, from generals on down. I never
heard once mentioned the possibility that
the United States Air Force might inter-
dict against the gas chambers.”
Ironically, in one raid, several stray
bombs from McGovern’s squadron
missed the oil factory they were targeting
and accidentally struck an SS sick bay,
killing five SS men.
McGovern said that if his command-
ers had asked for volunteers to bomb the
death camp, “whole crews would have
volunteered.” Most soldiers understood
that the war against the Nazis was not just
a military struggle but a moral one as well.
In his view they would have recognized
the importance of trying to interrupt the
mass-murder process, even if it meant
endangering their own lives in a risky
bombing raid.
Indeed, the Allies’ air drops of sup-
plies to the Polish Home Army rebels in
Warsaw in August 1944 were carried out
by volunteers, who agreed to undertake
the missions despite the hazards of flying
their planes to areas outside their normal
McGovern noted that he remained an
ardent admirer of President Franklin D.
“Franklin Roosevelt was a great man
and he was my political hero,” he said.
“But I think he made two great mistakes
in World War II.” One was the internment
of Japanese Americans; the other was the
decision “not to go after Auschwitz.... God
forgive us for that tragic miscalculation.”
In contrast with his pacifist image,
McGovern emphasized that for him, the
central lesson of the U.S. failure to bomb
Auschwitz was the need for “a determi-
nation that never again will we fail to ex-
ercise the full capacity of our strength in
that direction.”
He added, “We should have gone all
out [against Auschwitz], and we must
never again permit genocide.”
JTA Wire Service
Rafael Medoff is founding director of the Da-
vid S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies
and the author or editor of 15 books about the
Holocaust and American Jewish history.
In June 1972, Sen. George McGovern speaks during his presidential campaign.
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“There was a pretty good
chance we could have blasted
those rail lines off the face
of the earth, which would
have interrupted the flow
of people to those death
— George McGovern
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f you ask Gadi Avraham why he teaches, he smiles.
“I’m happy,” he says.
Teaching, very simply, thrills him, and clearly his
teaching makes his students happy too. Avraham, who
was visiting northern New Jersey last week, was voted
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Jersey. Every year, the teachers honored by the award
are sent to North America; because of the partnership,
Avraham came here.
The process that ended with the award began last
year, when his students “sent a petition to the commit-
tee,” Avraham said. “I didn’t know about it. Then they
called our principal, who told them that for many years
I have been teaching weak students, and I bring them to
high levels.” Many of his students are poor, and all ben-
efit from the attention and care he gives them.
“Nahariya has about 20 old-age homes,” he said, and
every Shabbat he brings students to develop relation-
ships with the residents. “We sing to the old people, and
the students dance and sing. I sing to them in Yiddish.
Most of them are Holocaust survivors, and I was born
with Yiddish.
“That’s why they chose me.”
Avraham, who is 62, has been teaching for 37 years.
He knew what he wanted to do since he was 12. “I had
two teachers I admired, and they were my role models,”
he said. So right after he got out of the army he began to
study education.
“I am surrounded by young people, and it makes me
young,” he said. “And I am always studying new things. I
could retire now — I’d qualify for a pension — but I don’t
want to. My life is very full.”
Avraham’s five days in northern New Jersey were a
kaleidoscope tour of local schools. He was to see six in
all — two Orthodox day schools (Noam and Frisch,) two
Conservative ones (Solomon Schechter and Gerrard
Berman), and two public schools (New Milford and
Gadi Avraham is surrounded by members of the Israel Club at Teaneck High School.
Teaneck). (Flight delays wreaked minor havoc on the
plans; he ended up seeing only five.)
He put on a PowerPoint presentation about Israel at
the schools he visited, and he noticed a few things. In
the day schools, “The kids love Israel. The children love
Israel. Everyone loves Israel here,” he said.
He is the son of Shoah survivors, and at the public
school in New Milford by chance he found himself in a
class on the Holocaust.
“There were about 25 kids in the class, and only two of
them were Jews,” he said.
“Gadi has a real Holocaust story,” Phyllis Miller
said. Miller, who is the coordinator of the federation’s
education task force’s Partnership2Gether, accompanied
Abraham on his school visits. “It’s a living thing. They’ve
only known it through books. He told them the story. It
was unbelievable.”
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The man in the mask
Meet rabbi shammai engelmayer
Joanne Palmer
This is the next in our series of portraits of interesting
people on our community
abbi Shammai Engelmayer has done many things
during his nearly seven decades of life.
His weekly commentaries, which have ap-
peared nearly continuously in the Jewish Standard since
the mid-1990s, have made him at times one of the most
controversial figures in northern New Jersey.
But when he stood in front a room full of students at
Teaneck’s Congregation Beth Sholom on Oct. 15, it was
as a teacher, the role he relishes most of all. That night,
he began his 20th year as an instructor in the Hebrew
University’s Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish
Learning. Although definitive records are hard to come
by, he also most likely became the longest serving Melton
instructor in North America — perhaps in the world.
Yet the man whom radio personality Barry Farber
used to call “The Big Shahm” (he appeared on the show
over 300 times “a lifetime ago”) is an even more compli-
cated mix than you’d guess. A rabbi, journalist, author,
lecturer, and teacher — and reportedly a great cook and
challah baker — he often has described himself as some-
thing of the Lone Ranger. He is forever the man in the
mask, out to make the world a better place, but always
keeping a part of himself hidden. It is hard to know who
he is at any given time.
Even his name is up for grabs. He has written eight
books and many scores of newspaper articles and won
several prestigious journalism awards under the name
Sheldon David Engelmayer. His parents called him “SHA-
mee,” his teachers in yeshivah called him “Shammai,”
and when he was called to the Torah at his bar mitzvah,
he discovered that his name was Shamshon Dovid (“not
Shimshon, please”). Everyone else calls him Shammai.
He may be a hard man to know, but at 6’3” and broad-
shouldered, Engelmayer is a hard man to miss.
Looking dapper in the white linen suit he enjoys wear-
ing well beyond Labor Day, topped with a straw hat, he
looms less like the Lone Ranger and more like a cross
between Mark Twain and Garrison Keillor.
Engelmayer, an only child, was born on the Lower
East Side in 1945 to parents who emigrated from Galicia.
“I spoke Yiddish until I was five years old, although I
can’t speak a lick of it now,” Engelmayer said. “When my
parents didn’t want me to understand what they were
saying, they spoke in Polish.”
He began school at a local yeshivah, Rabbi Shlomo
Kluger, but in third grade he transferred to Yeshivah
Rabbi Jacob Joseph; he stayed there through high school.
“RJJ was a very important yeshivah, and it was very
important to me, even if I didn’t fully appreciate it at the
time,” Engelmayer said. “It tolerated thought.”
“They allowed an idiot kid” — that would be him —
“to go up to the rabbi” — his teacher — “at the beginning
of every year and ask him something like ‘I accept the
fact that God created everything, but who created God?’
If the rabbi told me, ‘You’re an idiot, sit down and shut
up,’ I’d tune him out for the year. But if he said something
like ‘maybe you’ll come up with an answer if you study
hard enough,’ I could listen to him. They allowed me to
do that.”
After high school, Engelmayer went to Yeshiva
University for a year, but it was not a good match. “I didn’t
thrive there, my grades were lousy, and we mutually
parted company.”
The summer after YU, he got a temporary job as a law
librarian at a Park Avenue law firm.
“I loved it,” he said. “It was so much fun.” The firm
liked him enough to ask him to stay on permanently.
He agreed; he even began thinking about going to law
school. “And then came erev Rosh Hashanah,” he said.
He asked the office manager for permission to leave
early that day. It was a Friday, the office was lawyer-less,
and so the man said yes. On Monday, Engelmayer was
fired. The firm did not hire Jews, he was told; at least,
not his kind of Jew.
“That’s when I knew what my profession was going to
be. I was going to be a journalist. I was going to use the
power of the pen to change the world.”
Because flat feet and bad eyesight kept him out of
the war in Vietnam, Engelmayer was able to register in
Brooklyn College and at the same time attend what he
calls a “draft-dodger yeshivah,” where he actually studied
and which gave him his s’michah in 1967.
He was a rabbi — but no one was supposed to know
Enter the man in the mask.
“I was told from the time I was a tot by my father that
I would be a rabbi, that I was born to be a rabbi,” he said.
“There were rabbis in the family for many generations
and I was next. I was determined to make absolutely cer-
tain that would never happen.”
Engelmayer was very involved in Reform Democratic
politics on the Lower East Side when he was a teen-
ager and into his early twenties. In 1965, he worked with
Bobby Kennedy to help reform the Surrogate’s Court sys-
tem in New York City, and “was all geared up in June 1968
to work for him in the presidential primary when Sirhan
Rabbi Shammai Engelmayer in his study. Courtesy shammai engelmayer
see Shammai page 49
people i n profi le
Far left, Engelmayer
and muriel
humphrey on the
‘Today’ show in
1978, discussing his
book with Robert
J. Wagman, ‘hubert
humphrey: The man
and his Dream.’
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Left, Sen. Robert
F. Kennedy
and Shammai
Engelmayer cam-
paigning together
in 1965. Courtesy
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Sirhan did what he did. That was my last day in politics. I
just couldn’t do it any more.”
Engelmayer had already begun his journalism career
in 1967 at the Jewish Press, an Orthodox newspaper
headquartered in Coney Island. He was married by then;
soon, his daughter Malki was born. Sons Juda and Jay fol-
lowed in quick succession.
Recalling his experience at the law firm, Engelmayer
began a weekly feature with the very unsexy title of “Jobs
Discrimination Desk,” which soon became the equally
unsexy “Legislative Desk.” Boring title aside, the column
packed a punch. Because of it, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller
introduced “and went to the mat for” a bill forbidding
job discrimination in the public sector. “We called it ‘The
Jewish Press Bill,’” Engelmayer said. “I have a pen some-
where from the signing ceremony. And a photo.”
In mid-1968, Engelmayer moved to the North
American Newspaper Alliance-Bell McClure Syndicate.
NANA, a supplementary news service, “had a star-stud-
ded history,” he said. “Ernest Hemingway covered the
Spanish Civil War for it. John Pershing’s memoirs were
syndicated through it. Sheila Graham wrote for us, and so
did Joyce Brothers. Drew Pearson was one of our owners
at the time, as well as America’s most-read columnist.”
These are names that might not have much resonance
today, but they were stellar back then. “And here I was,
at 23, the assistant editor.” Two years later, he became
NANA’s editor.
“It was very heady,” he said. “I was 25, and now the
youngest syndicate editor in the country. There was a lot
of pressure, but also a lot of attention. I suddenly was at
these great cocktail parties and soirees, the type straight
out of ‘Annie Hall.’ I became a Tony voter and a first-
nighter. I got into a major motion picture.” The film was
“Rollercoaster”; he wound up on the cutting-room floor,
with one still photograph to show for it.
At 26, he added the task of being Jack Anderson’s
editor to his list of responsibilities. Anderson was
Pearson’s successor and a very powerful columnist,
who sometimes acted before he had all the facts. It was
Engelmayer’s job to try to restrain him when necessary. It
was not an easy task, “but I was hanging out on the cusp
of all the big stories of the day — the Pentagon Papers,
Watergate, Nixon’s resignation, the Yom Kippur War —
and I loved every moment of it.”
He also became friends with former Supreme
Court Justice and United Nations Ambassador Arthur
Goldberg, who tried to convince Engelmayer to move to
Alaska to help Goldberg’s son start a newspaper there. He
declined “respectfully.”
Engelmayer still lived on the Lower East Side, “and I
was still Orthodox in my practice,” he said. And he still
told no one that he was a rabbi. When his Italian secre-
tary figured it out and then so did his Jewish boss, “I start-
ed dumbing down” the depth of his Jewish knowledge.
“Sometimes, I think I did that too well.”
Engelmayer also tried his hand at investigative
After the Yom Kippur War, for example, there was a
natural gas shortage in the United States; the official
reason was that there were not enough rigs available to
pump the gas. Engelmayer and his writing partner, Bob
Wagman, “got on the telephone and called every oil and
gas equipment company in the country.” They learned
that many rigs were available. They wrote a story that
NANA submitted to the Pulizer Prize committee. They
did not win a Pulitzer.
“Then I got a call from Britt Hume” — another fa-
mous reporter and the future Fox News anchor — “who
says ‘Congratulations! You just won the [Washington
Journalism Center’s Thomas L.] Stokes award for national
“I said, ‘We didn’t submit anything for the award.’ He
said, ‘You really won the Pulitzer, but the board of gov-
ernors took it away from you because they were sick of
the investigative stuff. We didn’t think that was fair, so we
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gave you this award instead.’”
Between their newspaper writing and several books,
Wagman and Engelmayer exposed the dangers of the
birth control device called the Dalkon Shield; did some
of the earliest reporting on the dangers of asbestos;
outdid Detroit newspapers in covering the Jimmy Hoffa
disappearance; and laid the foundation for a criminal
case in Elkhart, Ind., against the Ford Pinto, which had a
tendency to explode when it was rear-ended. They also
produced a film about the making of “Lion of the Desert,”
a film about Libya during World War II. It starred Rod
Steiger, Oliver Reed, and Anthony Quinn.
“I was doing wonderful things, but the weird thing
was that throughout all of these things, I kept being
drawn back into the Jewish world, no matter how hard I
tried to stay out of it.”
In the mid-1980s, Engelmayer became managing
editor of the New York Jewish Week (he would become its
executive editor), and was back in the Jewish world, this
time for good. His rabbinic juices began to show, even
through the mask.
“I realized that I had the world’s greatest pulpit,” he
said. “I was delivering sermons every week to an audi-
ence of 100,000 people, and I didn’t have to worry about
anything else that pulpit rabbis worry about.”
He won awards from the American Jewish Press
Association for his editorials year after year.
After about five years, Engelmayer left the Jewish Week
and soon joined the Jewish Theological Seminary as its
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By then, he was married to his second
wife, Marilyn Henry, a journalist who
would go on to specialize in Nazi-era res-
titution, particularly of art plundered dur-
ing the Shoah. They stayed married for 23
years, until she died on March 1, 2011.
Engelmayer was talked into teach-
ing by a friend. The JCC on the Palisades
had a problem — the teacher set to
lead an eight-week summer course on
Maimonides had pulled out a week
before it was to begin, without having
done as much as compiled a syllabus.
Engelmayer compiled his own within a
few days and submitted it to Vivian Kanig,
then the director of adult education at the
Tenafly JCC. She hired him based on the
“The first week I taught it, it was aw-
ful,” Engelmayer recalled having told
Henry. “I couldn’t connect with anybody.”
“‘Look at yourself,’ she told me. ‘You’re
6 foot 3, you weigh 250 pounds, and
you’re wearing a suit and a tie. You’re over-
powering everybody in the room. You’re
not going to connect with anyone.’
“The next week, I came home and
changed into jeans and a sport shirt be-
fore I went to the JCC. She was so right!
The class and I connected.”
Engelmayer was hooked. (And his
wardrobe was set, too. That’s why he
wears the ice-cream suit and the straw
hat — and jeans, he has lots of jeans. It’s
less intimidating, he thinks.)
Before the summer session ended,
Kanig recruited him for what was then
known as the Florence Melton Adult
Mini-School, which was being run locally
at the time by the JCC on the Palisades.
“There is something so amazing about
teaching Judaism to adults who want to
be in that room,” he said. “I love watching
their faces for what I call the wow factor.
“I learn as much from my students as
they get from me.”
In 1998, after a stint as rabbi in
Hopatcong, Temple Israel Community
Center in Cliffside Park hired him. He’s
been there ever since.
One of Engelmayer’s most salient char-
acteristics — his inability to be small-o
orthodox about anything — surfaced very
early in his life, and led to his struggles
with large-O Orthodoxy, as well. “I am un-
orthodox, but am I non-Orthodox?
“From the philosophical standpoint, I
identify with the Orthodox. I believe the
Torah of Moses was the Torah God dictat-
ed to Moses. I just believe that the Torah
we have is full of accretions that Moshe
had nothing to do with.
“I don’t belong anywhere. I’m no
longer comfortable in the Orthodox
world that I grew up in and that trained
me, and I’m also uncomfortable in the
Conservative world that I don’t think
has lived up to its promise. I think the
Conservative movement went too far
in accommodating the laity, and not far
enough in accommodating modernity.”
So now, “I want to create the world’s
first Conservative egalitarian chasidische
With the help of an extraordinary
membership, he said, that is what Temple
Israel Community Center/Congregation
Heichal Yisrael is becoming, “if it’s not
already there. It’s very relaxed, and it’s en-
tirely Torah-driven.”
So now, at 67, he has a multitude of
jobs. He’s still at the Jewish Standard,
where, he said, ‘I’m grateful to still to have
my hand in the paper, but also grateful
that I’m no longer the editor. The day-to-
day editing of a paper is not me anymore.
“Teaching Torah is who I am. I love
teaching Torah more than anything else.”
Unmasked at last.
Now if only he can get his name
For more information about the Florence
Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, go to
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questions at
actor harry
Guardino, right,
in ‘Rollercoaster,’
his one and only
film role. Courtesy
universal studios
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Most recently, Finkelstein was
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Klatskin day camp at the Kaplen
JCC on the Palisades. She is a
member of the executive board
of Yavneh Academy and a past
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Shalom Baby reaches out to young Jewish families
who have recently experienced the birth or adoption
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Jewish Standard honored at Teaneck Chamber awards dinner
More than 160 people attended the 11th annual Teaneck
Chamber of Commerce Community Awards dinner. Rev.
Clemens Reinke, a member of the Teaneck Inter-Clergy
Council, delivered the invocation. Rabbi Lawrence
Zierler was unable attend due to illness. Chamber
president Larry Bauer opened the formal portion of
the evening by introducing dignitaries and Chamber
board members; reports on the group’s projects and
accomplishments followed.
Five Star Premier Residences of Teaneck was among
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Amit event will recognize Steins for leadership roles
Drs. Francine and Aaron Stein of
Englewood are Amit’s presidential
leadership honorees at its annual
dinner on Sunday, Nov. 4, at Pier Sixty-
Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. More
than 400 AMIT supporters from the
tristate area are expected.
Joyce and Daniel Straus of
Englewood and New York City are the
event chairs and Harriet and Heshe
Seif of Englewood are among the
Dr. Francine Stein served as Amit’s
national president and held positions
on both the national and local levels.
In her chapter, Englewood Shalva
Chai, she was the membership chair
and then co-president. She became
the chair of the national programming
committee, tristate area regional vice
president, and co-chair of the national
board before moving on to the national presidency. She
now is a member of the presidium of the World Zionist
Organization, an officer in the
American Zionist movement, and a
committee member on the Jewish
Agency’s board of governors. Locally,
she was co-chair of the Frisch Parent
Association and a member on the
parent liaison committee at Ramaz.
She also was active in Congregation
Ahavath Torah of Englewood’s youth
committee and sisterhood.
Dr. Aaron Stein has supported
Amit for many years and for the past
few years has co-chaired the annual
Amit the Mets event. He also is active
at Congregation Ahavath Torah; he is
chair of its religious services and is a
member of the finance and chazzan
Their children also are Amit
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Hadassah Hospital benefit
is scheduled for oct. 31
Hadassah’s E-T-C chapter is hosting its annual hospital
benefit dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Rockleigh.
The dinner, celebrating the group’s 30th anniversary, also
will honor past presidents, including Lisa Abramowitz,
Elena Baldasar, Stacey Faske, Laurie Fox, Beth Goldman,
Laurie Goldman, Berni Koch, Nancy Simonson, Mindy
Sprung, and Marilyn Steinthal. Hadassah’s national
secretary, Ellen Hershkin, will be the guest speaker.
Cocktails and dinner start at 6:30 p.m. For information,
call Tami Goodman at (201) 871-5816.
Walk will raise funds for autoimmune disease research
If your boots are meant for walkin’ they can do it for a
cause on Sunday, Oct. 4, raising funds to support autoim-
mune disease research.
The walk, planned by Teaneck resident Naomi Kadish,
will take place at Votee Park in Teaneck. Walkers will meet
at 10 a.m. at the bandshell at the corner of Queen Anne
Road and Court Street.
Kadish decided to plan a walk to raise awareness
about the severity of autoimmune diseases. The money
raised will be donated to the American Autoimmune
Related Diseases Association.
“Living with an ambiguous autoimmune disease is
a challenge; therefore, I decided to move to action and
raise money for research so other people won’t have to
suffer,” said Kadish.
The walk is one of a series that have taken place across
the country to raise awareness about the severity of au-
toimmune diseases. Actress Kellie Martin, currently of
“Army Wives” and well-known for her roles on “Life Goes
On” and “ER,” will be on hand as ambassador for the walk
“Autoimmune disease affected my family in a terrible
way when I lost my sister and best friend, Heather, to lu-
pus in 1998,” said Martin. “Since Heather’s death, I have
worked with AARDA to raise awareness of autoimmune
diseases. Now I have the opportunity to invite others who
have been affected to join the fight — and walk.”
There are more than 100 autoimmune diseases that
affect more than 50 million Americans. AARDA is the
country’s only non-profit that focuses on autoimmune
diseases as a category of disease and a major women’s
health issue. The organization promotes collaborative
research to find better treatments and cures for all auto-
immune diseases.
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On Israel especially,
a lot of air, but very little difference
he presidential debates have ended and now
the campaigns are in the homestretch. The
third and final debate, held in Boca Raton, Fla.,
focused mostly on foreign policy issues, especially in
the Middle East, and demonstrated better than any
campaign advertisement could that there is essentially
no difference between President Barack Obama and
Gov. Mitt Romney on virtually every issue raised.
And that should give everyone pause, no matter for
whom you plan to vote. If you are looking for a change
in policy in the next administration toward Israel or
Iran, neither candidate will deliver it.
Israel was mentioned 34 times in the non-debate
(17 times by the president; 14 by Mr. Romney; three by
moderator Bob Schieffer). No other country in the re-
gion save one came close, not even those in which U.S.
troops are fighting a war (Afghanistan was heard a mere
21 times on Monday evening; Iraq garnered only 22
mentions). Syria, where so many thousands have been
killed in a brutal civil conflict, also fell short, with 28
mentions. Only Iran beat out Israel, with 47 mentions,
and most of those were as much about Israel as they
were about Iran.
Yet it amounted to nothing much at all. We would
have liked to have heard President Obama explain
the near debacle at the Democratic convention over
the exclusion of Jerusalem in the platform, which he
personally stepped in to reverse, and why he believes
some Democrats booed when Israel was mentioned.
We would have liked to have heard Mr. Romney explain
his own party’s downgraded position on Jerusalem in its
platform and a clarification of remarks he made some
months ago in which he denigrated a two-state solu-
tion, something he insists he does support. We would
have liked to have heard both candidates discuss how,
whether, and when they will implement a congressio-
nally mandated move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv
to Jerusalem.
We heard nothing of any of this. What we did hear
from each candidate sounded very much like it could
have been said by the other candidate — on Israel, Iran,
and a host of other issues.
In Israel, news reports crowed about Israel’s central
role in the debate. Some even expressed surprise at the
president’s strong support for the Jewish state. In a play
on words, one radio talk show host declared, “ha-barak
chozer l’Obama,” which translates as “the sparkle re-
turns to Obama.” Army radio gave Mr. Obama a 2-1 win.
Big deal. On the important questions, either they
were not asked, or neither side offered anything differ-
ent from the other.
It only proves what we have said before: Israel does
not belong in this election.
On Nov. 7, we should be voting for the candidate who
best represents the issues Jews hold most dear, from
social concerns to economic ones. Israel’s safety and
security will be safe regardless of who wins. –SE
Hear, O Israel, something is terribly wrong
ay what you will about cultural relativism, local
custom, and long-cherished traditions, some
things simply are wrong.
Apparently, there is some disagreement, at least in
some circles, about whether a woman has to right to
say the Sh’ma out loud, at least if she is standing near
the Western Wall in Jerusalem, even if she is in the (very
small and ever-shrinking) women’s section. That itself is
new; the constraints on women at the Kotel, which has
the legal status of an Orthodox synagogue, are growing.
The struggle over whether they can wear tallitot — a
right that has been theirs since the talmudic period, ac-
cording to some halachists, although they do not have
the obligation to wear them and often are actively dis-
couraged from doing so — has been going on for years.
They are not allowed to pray aloud while wearing them,
and they must smuggle in Torah scrolls lest they break
the law by reading aloud from them. (See page 27.)
The place of women in Jewish religious life is a
contentious one; it is the fault line that more than any
other issue separates most Orthodox Jews from liberal
ones. People of good faith can and do disagree strongly
about it.
But Anat Hoffman, president of Women of the Wall,
a group of Jewish women from all streams who meet
monthly at the Kotel for a Rosh Chodesh celebration,
was arrested, chained, dragged, strip-searched, and
thrown into jail overnight for the crime of saying the
Sh’ma out loud. Standing at the Kotel, a retaining wall at
the base of the Temple Mount, reciting the basic decla-
ration of faith, that simple core statement that martyrs
said as they died because they were Jews, got a Jew
thrown in jail.
In any place other than Israel, if someone would
be treated for saying the Sh’ma as Anat Hoffman was
treated, civil libertarians and human rights activists
would be enraged, and they would be right. But this was
in Israel!
As writer Yossi Klein Halevi tells us (see page 11),
Israel faces existential threats now. Israelis and diaspora
Jews cannot allow ourselves to be distracted from that
But we also have to understand that Jews around the
world are distancing themselves from Israel, and behav-
ior like this does not help. It would be one thing were it
correct, if Israel was upholding unpopular truths in the
face of vulgar popular demand, if halachah demanded
such behavior. But it is wrong, untrue, and unhalachic.
We must not allow it. No Jew should be mistreated
for saying Sh’ma Yisrael out loud.
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Christians’ letter an unworthy tactic
Noam E. maraNs
ran is threatening Israel, the Middle East, and the
world with the specter of nuclear weapons. Christians
across the Middle East are persecuted and martyred in
the repercussions of the so-called Arab Spring. But some
American Christian leaders are busy dedicating time, money
and resources to their habitual demonization of Israel.
The latest tactic is an Oct. 5 letter to Congress alleging
human rights violations by Israel and calling for an inves-
tigation of U.S. military aid to the country. The signatories
include certain leaders of the Presbyterian Church (USA),
United Methodist Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church
in America and the National Council of Churches, among
What motivates these people to open a new anti-Israel
front? One motivation could be the frustration of their own
failure to convince denominations to use divestment as a
club to pressure Israel. The letter’s signatories are grappling
with the reality that Methodists and Presbyterians again
rejected their leaders’ divestment proposals in May and July.
Criticism of the letter to Congress by diverse Christians
has been sharp, including a call for leadership account-
ability. Presbyterians for Middle East Peace, for example,
declared, “It is unjust and disrespectful to the many General
Assembly commissioners who worked so hard to serve the
church at past assemblies to see their work undermined and
misrepresented by church officials and staff with no author-
ity to make policy.”
The new initiative led to the cancellation of the annual
Christian-Jewish Roundtable, which was founded in 2004 to
open lines of communication between Christian and Jewish
leaders in the wake of initiatives by liberal Protestant move-
ments to divest from companies doing business with Israel.
Jewish organizations expecting to discuss Arab-Israeli peace
efforts at the Roundtable on Oct. 22-23 were blindsided
when they learned of the Christian outreach to Congress.
In lieu of this year’s Roundtable, a broad spectrum of
seven Jewish organizations joined to call for an extraordi-
nary meeting of Jewish organizations and the senior lead-
ership of the Christian institutions that signed the letter to
Congress and have participated in the Roundtable. At that
meeting a more positive path forward for our communities
might be determined.
Even as we hold specific Christian denominations ac-
countable for the excesses of some of their leaders, we
should not generalize about all Christians or even all
Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, etc. Americans are
overwhelmingly supportive of Israel, and at least 75 per-
cent of Americans are Christians. They understand that
Israel is on the front line of the worldwide terrorism threat.
They know that Israel strives mightily to avoid inadvertent
harm to civilians while protecting all of its citizens — Jews,
Christians and Muslims. They believe that Israel has pur-
sued peace relentlessly and, when there is a partner — as
there was with President Sadat of Egypt and King Hussein of
Jordan — has obtained sustainable peace and security with
its neighbors. They comprehend that Israel is America’s only
reliable ally in the Middle East, with shared democratic and
religious freedom values, in a dangerous part of the world.
Interfaith dialogue has had a transformative positive im-
pact on the Jewish experience. We must never take that for
granted. Christian-Jewish relations in the past two genera-
tions have changed the course of the unfortunate first two
millennia of Christian enmity and persecution of Jews and
Judaism. Even as we continue to labor in the religious rela-
tions vineyard, we should be ever vigilant that the successes
of the past 50 years not be undermined by the nonrepresen-
tative anti-Israel sentiment of some Christian leaders and
their small but vocal, energetic, and well-funded follow-
ers, who are attempting to hijack the positive trajectory of
Christian-Jewish relations.
So it is important for American rabbis and other Jews to
share their concerns with their Christian clergy colleagues
and neighbors about this latest effort to demonize Israel and
damage American-Israeli relations.
The people in the pews, Christian and Jewish, deserve
better. Time will tell whether Christian leaders will take this
crisis opportunity as a moment to reflect and offer a credible
reset to Jewish leaders who have called upon them to step
up to the plate.
Peace for Palestinians and Israelis will arrive only
though direct negotiations between the parties leading to
a two-state solution, the Jewish state of Israel and a future
Palestinian state, dwelling in peace and security. New tactics
that ultimately are not about peacemaking but are about
demonizing Israel will not bring the peace that Israelis and
Palestinians so much desire.
Rabbi Noam E. Marans of Teaneck is the director of interreligious
and intergroup relations for the American Jewish Committee.
Terrorists targeting Jordan
micah halpErN
ordan is a seething cauldron ready to explode. And
the leader of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,
Georgetown-educated King Abdullah, knows it.
He knows it well.
The Jordanians recently prevented a huge terror attack.
How recently, we don’t exactly know. Details are being kept
under wraps. But we do know that 11 people, all members
of an al Qaida cell, have been arrested.
Jordanian media is labeling the suspects clearly as
Islamic radicals and militants whose objective it is to
disrupt, destabilize, and destroy Jordan. These terrorists
were planning to attack Western targets. They were going
after Western diplomatic missions, Western-style shopping
malls, and shopping areas in Jordan that are popular with
This is the same organization that perpetrated the hor-
rific simultaneous attacks that ripped through Amman in
November 2005. In those attacks three Western hotels in the
capital city were bombed, 60 people were killed, and more
than 300 were wounded. The organization responsible for
the attacks is an al Qaida affiliate and it wants to oust all
non-Muslim leadership and eliminate all Western influence
from the Arab world.
From the information we do have, it appears that this
time the group was trying to recreate the Benghazi attack
in Libya. There, they stormed the United States consulate,
killing U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other U.S.
embassy personnel. And, according to official media, this
attack was to be a simultaneous action.
One group of the now-apprehended terrorists was
planning to shoot rockets at the United States and British
embassies in Jordan. The area around the embassies is
populated by foreigners, and any of the buildings in the
neighborhood would have made a good target. At the same
time, another terrorist team was going to attack the shop-
ping centers and stores. These also are places where local
Jordanians shop. Those locals, too, are targets for these ter-
rorists, because they are Jordanians who desire to assimi-
late into Western culture.
This arrest was an extremely important act. It both saved
the lives of many people and kept the relationship between
the West and Jordan very strong.
There are many Jordanians who are loyal to the
Hashemite monarchy. Their loyalty stems from tradition,
and from the relative ease with which they live their lives
under this dictatorship. Those who want to oust King
Abdullah couch their discontent in terms of democracy and
democratic ideals, but they are by no means democratic.
The Muslim Brotherhood is out to get the king. They
already have issued him several deadlines by which they
want him to institute reforms and liberalize his govern-
ment. If not, they threaten, the Brotherhood will take to the
streets and create riots like those that toppled Mubarak in
Egypt. In response to these unveiled threats the king has
reshuffled his cabinet and instituted several changes — but
not enough to make the Islamists happy.
King Abdullah also has reinstituted subsidies on food
staples — and not in response to Muslim Brotherhood
pressure. Tensions with the Islamists arose at the same time
that Jordan was trying to take charge of its economy, which
would have meant tightening their proverbial belt for sev-
eral years.
So far, there only have been some marches in protest
of the Abdullah government. There also have been some
altercations and violence, even shootings. But neither the
Muslim Brotherhood nor al Qaida want democratization
in Jordan. What they really want is to oust the monarchy
and to replace it with a Muslim leadership. Reforms and
cries for liberalization are a smokescreen covering their real
For them, “Muslim” is not defined by religion. For them,
“Muslim” defines a way of life. In the West, we are confused.
We think, of course, that King Abdullah is Muslim. But in
the eyes of the radicals trying to oust him, the Western-
educated Abdullah is an assimilationist.
Because he is an assimilationist, Abdullah, the son of
Hussein and an American-born mother, along with leaders
like him and Jordanians like him and people from all over
the Arab and Muslim world like him, is a heretic. And as
heretics, all of these people can and must be annihilated.
The true believer, aka the radical, believes that modern as-
similationists are destroying Islam.
Jordan is not the only country targeted by these ter-
rorists. There have been calls for other attacks from other
sources against Western symbols across the Arabic and
Islamic world. The loudest announcements have come re-
peatedly from Ayman Zawahiri, the new leader of Al Qaida,
the man who is filing the sandals of Osama bin Laden.
What almost happened in Jordan, however, is a new
style of attack. Zawahiri’s plan is to have his al Qaida cells
select smaller targets across the Arabic and Muslim world,
not carry out simultaneous attacks against embassies and
shopping malls. The Zawahiri plan is much harder, if not
entirely impossible, to protect against.
Detecting, infiltrating, and stopping attacks requires
very good local intelligence. Preventing attacks against
embassies requires extremely strong defenses at Western
diplomatic missions. But soft targets, like civilian targets,
are harder to prevent. So are hotels and shopping malls.
Terrorists have been very successful at attacking soft
Al Qaida has embraced a new style of terror. Other
radical extremist Muslim terrorists are incorporating the
al Qaida model with their own. Jordan has been a testing
ground. Luckily, this time, the test failed. But the cauldron
still is boiling.
Micah D. Halpern is a columnist and a social and political com-
mentator. His latest book is “Thugs: How History’s Most Notorious
Despots Transformed the World Through Terror, Tyranny, and
Mass Murder” (Thomas Nelson).
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True love, true criticism
If you love Israel, you must strongly praise Israel for creat-
ing a thriving democracy in the Middle East. If you love
Israel, you must strongly defend Israel for the vicious and
untrue attacks on Israel in America and the world.
If you truly love Israel, you must condemn and criti-
cize the government of Israel for their treatment of non-
ultra-Orthodox Jews at the Western Wall (“Woman of
the Wall head arrested for singing at Western Wall,” Oct.
19), and the general bigoted treatment of non-Orthodox
Jewish denominations in Israel.
True love includes praise and criticism.
Harry Lerman
Methodists stand with Israel
I am a fifth generation Methodist church member, re-
sponding to “Protestants churches’ letter on Israel strain-
ing ties with Jews” (Oct. 19). The general conference of
the United Methodist Church in Tampa this past April
voted by a majority of 57 percent to continue supporting
Israel as before.
Each regional UMC conference is made up of the
UMC churches in that region, and only one pastor and
one or two lay members from each church attend the re-
gional conferences. Ours is the Pacific Northwest region.
I don’t know if this issue of the letters came up at our re-
gional conference because they have moved its location
from western Washington (greater population) to eastern
Washington (Richland/Tri-Cities) and only our pastor at-
tended for my church.
I can tell you truly that these letters do not represent
the political or biblical stand of our total UMC members,
which number more than seven million today. We did
not all get the right to vote on this. The letter writers who
use our church conference as a platform for their per-
sonal political agenda and opinions cannot speak for all
of us. They are using our Methodist Book of Discipline to
gauge their actions and not the Holy Bible. Their letters
offend me greatly and my concern is, above all, that God
will not be pleased with their letters.
Christians are the “wild olive branch” grafted onto
the “tame, rooted olive tree” (i.e., Israel). God calls us to
support and defend Israel, not harm her — and if we do,
“...how much easier our wild branches (which replaced
some of the original branches) can be removed from the
original olive tree!” and (through the mouth of Isaiah):
“Any individual, entity, or nation who comes against My
precious remnant, Israel, will experience My right hand.”
God made that perfectly crystal clear, didn’t He? Know
that most UMC Christians do stand with Israel.
Sylvia Trent
Tacoma, Wash.
Yes, more civil debates
Kudos to Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz of Congregation Adas
Emuno for his timely, insightful article this election sea-
son, “Why We Need More Debates” (Oct. 19).
The article was both informative and educational,
and I learned that the most famous debating pair in
Jewish history was Hillel and Shammai. I particularly
liked the rabbi’s comment and I quote: “My own study
led me to the conclusion that worthy debate, debate
truly for the sake of heaven, must contain three essential
elements: sincere intention, deep listening, and careful
I see a need for more debates. I believe debates matter
in that they reveal a candidate’s personality, his ideas and
values, and most of all pro and cons of the issues as well
as their future plans.
If only our candidates would discuss opposing ar-
guments in a civil manner. The Talmud teaches disci-
plined logic and learning and above all having truthful
Sadly to say, I don’t believe they would pass the three-
part test.
Grace Jacobs
Cliffside Park
Jewish leadership needs guts
I was born in 1947 in Bergen-Belsen. I hated Joe
McCarthy because his hearings pre-empted Howdy
Dowdy. But I can remember my mother, a Holocaust
survivor, coming home from her job as a masseuse at the
Paterson Y, in disbelief that American Jews could not see,
or perhaps admit, that the Rosenberg trial was obviously
anti-Semitic. I have unending admiration for Miriam
Moskowitz’s strength, resilience, insight, and very pro-
ductive life (“Out of the McCarthy maelstrom,” Aug. 24). I
think Jewish leadership has learned a lot from its timidity
during the Holocaust, but still lacks the guts to refuse the
leadership of misguided billionaires.
Stephen Tencer
New Milford
Unfair Christmas work
Imagine the uproar in the Jewish community if an em-
ployer forced a Jewish employee to work on the Jewish
holidays especially the high holidays and the first days
of Passover, or any other holiday that any observant Jew
On Christmas last year, I found that Christians were
forced to work in the kosher restaurants in Teaneck.
I spoke to some of the employees. All were upset that
they were not offered the day off, and some who I spoke
to asked me not to speak to their bosses about it for fear
of losing their jobs.
I also visited the JCC in Tenafly on Christmas and
spoke to Christians there. Some didn’t mind. One
Hispanic cleaner was very sad. Her job apparently was
outsourced. However the JCC should have communi-
cated with her employee to give the cleaning staff the
day off. Surely the JCC could get by with one day of no
This year let’s hope that our Christian brothers and
sisters will be given the same respect that we demand.
They should be given the day off, and not just on
Christmas, but on Palm Sunday and Easter as well.
If these establishments want to stay open I am sure
that we can find in our community people who would
volunteer to take the place of Christians who wish to take
the day off. I for one would be happy to wait tables on
these days.
Ilana Kantey
Fort Lee
Remembering Arlen Specter
I am proud to say that late Sen. Arlen Specter was a friend
of mine. He was the toughest man I ever knew. No mat-
ter how difficult the situation was, he stood up like a
giant and fought — and with a ready smile. Everything
I ever asked him to do to help Israel, he did, from link-
ing Palestinian aid to compliance with Oslo; to fighting
Arab terrorists; to supporting moving the U.S. embassy
to Jerusalem; to opposing Strobe Talbott, a hostile Israel
critic, for Undersecretary of State. (Few knew that two
of his sisters were Orthodox, with one living in Israel.)
Specter was Israel’s best friend among the 13 Jewish
senators. His passing was a great loss to Israel, America,
and to me. I already miss him terribly.
Morton A. Klein, President
Zionist Organization of America
New York, NY
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Cover story
A president of
values and vision
raBBI sTeVen BoB, raBBI saM Gordon,
and raBBI BurT VIsoTZKy
ewish voters know the
scene well.
Politicians show
up at our synagogues,
community events, and
Jewish homes for the aging, all
talking up “Jewish values,” all
trying to speak the language
of the Jewish community.
This election season, we
are seeing more of that. The trick for
our community and congregations is
to decipher who really means it. It is to
judge our political figures not by how
well they can pronounce certain Hebrew
terms, but how effectively they act on our
shared values.
By this standard, there is no contest:
President Barack Obama is the candidate
who best represents our Jewish
He is a leader of
vision and integrity.
His record reflects
the embodiment
of our deepest
obligations: tikkun
olam, tzedakah,
shalom — to repair the
world, to pursue justice, to
seek peace.
When the president spoke to the
Union for Reform Judaism late last year,
he offered an unexpected d’var Torah on
that week’s parsha, delivering a powerful
meditation on the word “hineini,” which
means “here I am.”
As he made clear in those remarks, his
words are not meant as hollow promises.
Instead, they reflect tangible actions. As
he has done throughout his first term
in office, when it comes to the priorities
important to American Jews, President
Obama answers: “Here I am.”
The president has been there to
advance a vision of responsibility
and compassion at home, in our
neighborhoods, in our cities, and in our
communities. With health care reform,
his efforts have helped us to heal the sick
and lift up the weary; to live up to the call
that says, “when we save one life, we save
the world.”
With a focus on higher standards,
better teachers, and more resources in
our schools, his policies put education
front and center. This is a recognition of
the rabbinic reminder that children truly
are the building blocks of our future, and
that students increase peace in the world.
With support for clean energy, higher
fuel efficiency, and environmental
protection, his actions reflect our duty
to protect God’s creation and preserve
a cleaner planet from generation to
generation, l’dor v’dor.
With financial reform, investments in
jobs, and assistance to the less fortunate,
the president adheres to the words we
recently read in the Torah: to “open wide
your hand to your brother [and sister], to
the needy and to the poor, in your land.”
In all these areas, and more, President
Obama’s accomplishments and
commitment help us work toward tikkun
olam and tzedakah.
And on yet another core value, shalom,
the president has earned our trust and
support because he knows full well that
the pursuit of a lasting peace for Israel
is contingent on the safety and security
of the Jewish state. His achievements for
Israel are second to none.
Under this Obama administration,
Israel has received record levels of
security aid. Israel’s qualitative military
edge has been restored and strengthened.
And Israel’s families in Sderot and
Ashkelon and Be’er Sheva are now
protected from rocket attacks, thanks to
President Obama’s investment in the Iron
Dome system.
As Iran’s leaders pledge a world without
Israel, President Obama has made it his
promise plain and clear: We must not
allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.
That’s why he worked with Congress to
impose hard-hitting sanctions against
Iran that already are affecting the Iranian
economy dramatically. That’s why he
built a global coalition to enhance our
sanctions and isolate the Iranian regime.
And that’s why he has promised to take
no options off the table to counter the
threat of a nuclear Iran, including military
action. And as we’ve seen time and again,
this president means what he says.
Don’t risk Israel’s security
on Obama’s words
sHeLdon G. adeLson
mericans who
support Israel
should take the
president at his word,” wrote
Haim Saban recently in the New
York Times, claiming President
Barack Obama is fully commit-
ted to the Jewish state.
But is that true? Should we
take him at his word?
No, not when Israel confronts the
threat of nuclear annihilation by Iran.
Time and again President Obama
has signaled a lack of sympathy — or
even outright hostility — toward Israel.
Not long ago he was caught on an
open microphone agreeing with French
President Sarkozy’s slurring of the Israeli
prime minister. And then there was his
public snubbing of the Israeli leader’s
request to discuss Iran during a recent
U.S. visit, a measure Reuters termed “a
highly unusual rebuff to a close ally.”
Even more worrying, last month
former U.S. State Department spokesman
P.J. Crowley, who attended several of
Obama’s meetings with Netanyahu,
admitted “there are serious differences
between our interests and Israel’s own
security interests.”
All this certainly raises questions about
Obama’s sincerity when he publicly says
he’ll “always have Israel’s back.”
Nor are these the only times the
president has left American voters
wondering where he really stands on
foreign relations.
Remember, earlier this year, when he
inadvertently was recorded asking former
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
for “space” until his re-election, when
he’d have more “flexibility” on missile
defense? What did he mean? Obama
was clearly not being forthright with the
American people.
What else hasn’t he told us?
Think about Obama’s anti-Israel
friends and mentors—radicals like
Rashid Khalidi, Frank Marshall Davis,
Jeremiah Wright, or the late Edward
Said, the virulently anti-Israel professor
under whom Obama studied. Has he
made anti-Israel promises to them? Is
Obama’s campaign rhetoric in support
of Israel only creating “space” till after the
These questions cause genuine worry
in Israel.
Even some liberals now complain
the president has lost so much
Israeli trust that, in the words of
Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic,
“there is almost no chance of
progress [for peace] if Obama
wins re-election.”
Given that Obama’s public
expressions are not something
Israelis can rely upon, we need
to take seriously the question:
What are his second term plans when he
no longer needs the Jewish vote?
Obama’s supporters tell us there’s
nothing to worry about. He can be
trusted, they say, because of his record of
military aid to Israel and his support for
sanctions against Iran.
But the aid was committed in
programs that began decades before
his presidency under previous
administrations. He cannot
rightly take credit for this
aid in the sense of
initiating it, just as he
cannot take credit
for merely signing
pro-Israel legislation
that had bipartisan
congressional support.
Moreover, Obama’s
campaign never mentions that
in the past few years his budgets have
proposed significant cuts in U.S.-Israel
missile defense funds — from $121.7
million to $99.8 million, a substantial
slash. And just ask Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak
or Poland’s Lech Walesa about Obama’s
reliability because of past military aid.
Even worse, the Iranian sanctions
contain loopholes that, in the words
of the Wall Street Journal, “you could
drive a warhead through.” All 20 of Iran’s
major trading partners enjoy sanction
exemptions. They won’t stop Iran’s
nuclear program.
Let’s also not forget that when
Obama took office, he admitted his
administration sought to put “daylight”
between America and Israel. He lectured
that the Jewish state needed “to engage
in serious self-reflection” about peace
— as if tiny Israel has not spent decades
pursuing peace with its belligerent
neighbors. And, unbelievably, in his
2009 address to the Muslim world, he
implied a moral equivalence between the
Holocaust and Palestinian dislocation.
With a second term the president
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Sheldon G. Adelson, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, supports Jewish education, the Birth-
right Israel program, and Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. In June, he gave the pro-
Mitt Romney Super PAC $10 million. He also owns Israel Hayom, the largest-circulation daily
newspaper in Israel. JNS.org is the U.S. distributor for Israel Hayom’s English-language content.
This op-ed was written exclusively for JNS.org.
Rabbi Steven Bob of Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County in Lombard, Ill.; Rabbi Sam
Gordon of Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Wilmette, Ill.; and Rabbi Burton Visotzky, professor of
midrash and interreligious studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan, are the co-
chairs of Rabbis for Obama.
Rabbi Steven
Sheldon G.
Rabbi Sam
Rabbi Burt
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won’t have fears of electoral accountability and will act
upon his true feelings toward Israel.
This is worrying — especially at a time when the
Jewish state as well as Americans sorely need a president
whose words and policies they can rely on.
Not since 1967 has Israel’s safety been more
precarious. Iran is now racing for a nuclear bomb while
bragging they only need “24 hours and an excuse” to
destroy the Jewish state. Egypt is lost to the Muslim
Brotherhood. Hezbollah is armed to the teeth in
Lebanon. Turkey’s government is more foe than friend.
The Gulf States use enormous petroleum wealth to
fund global anti-Israel propaganda. The Arab Spring
continues to usher extremists into power. And Hamas
rules Gaza.
All the while, the United Nations never misses
a chance to denounce the Jewish state; Western
universities support boycotts of Israel; and a sizable
portion of the Democratic Party protests the inclusion of
Jerusalem in their party platform. The White House press
secretary, Jay Carney, can’t even name Israel’s capital.
In these times of unrest and violence, it is necessary to
elect a commander-in-chief whose words we can trust.
Mitt Romney, to my mind, is a much safer choice. Unlike
Obama, he not only understands Israel’s predicament, he
actually likes the country.
To be sure, no one should argue that Jews must
support Romney just because he is more reliable on
Israel. But neither should they dismiss him because they
don’t agree with his every position. When the Jewish
homeland is at stake, we must not let ourselves be fooled
by Obama’s oration skills. Nor can we afford to ignore his
troubling track record on Israel.
Those who support Obama are asking the rest of us to
trust a president who has yet to recognize Israel’s ancient
capital, a promise he made in the last election.
So keep in mind Obama’s open microphone
comments next time someone says you must take the
president at his word. And ask yourself: Should we risk
Israel’s security on his campaign rhetoric?
For Obama, the issue is only political; for Israel, it’s
existential — a matter of survival.
JNS.org Wire Service
When no one would stand for Israel at the United
Nations, the president has taken up the cause. He has
said “here I am.” When the Carmel fire threatened to
spread and risk even more Israeli lives, the president
ensured that Israel got everything it needed to halt the
flames; he said, again, “here I am.” And when six Israelis
were under siege by a mob at their embassy in Cairo, and
no one in Egypt would take Israel’s calls, the president
intervened to secure their safe passage home. In Israel’s
time of need, he said, once more, “here I am.”
This is the character of President Obama — always
there, prepared to carry the banner of our values, ready
to move forward for peace, for justice, and for a better
As it is written in the Book of Proverbs, “Where there is
no vision, the people perish.” Luckily for our community
and our country, our president is a man of vision and
strong character, integrity, and faith. His values are
Jewish values. They’re American values. We need his
values in the White House for four more years.
JNS.org Wire Service
Security frOm page 19
Values frOm page 19
As Ohio goes…
what Jewish voters in a key battleground state think
Larry yudeLson
ith some analysts saying there’s a 50 percent
chance that this election will be decided by
the voters of Ohio, and others saying that
the Jewish vote will be decisive, the question arises: What
do the Jewish voters of Ohio — who make up a bit more
than 1 percent of the state’s population — think about
the election?
Fortunately, the American Jewish Committee, which
long has surveyed American Jewish public opinion, this
year sponsored surveys of Jewish voters in the swing
states of Florida and Ohio.
According to the poll of Ohio, 64 percent of them will
choose President Obama and 29 percent will vote for
Governor Romney on Election Day. Seven percent said
they still were undecided.
The percentage committed to Romney was virtually
the same as those who described themselves as
conservative or leaning that way. With 49 percent
describing themselves as liberal or leaning liberal,
Obama appears to have swayed the majority of the
moderates, leaving about a third of them undecided.
The telephone survey of 238 registered Jewish
voters in Ohio was conducted from Sept. 13-30 by QEV
Analytics, a public opinion research organization. The
margin of error was plus or minus 6.4 percent.
The most important issue is the economy for 47
percent of the sample. Fourteen percent said the most
important issue is health care, with seven percent saying
it is U.S.-Israel relations.
A further 21 percent rated U.S.-Israel relations as
their second or third priority, making it one of the top
three priorities of 28 percent of those polled. In contrast,
the economy was a top-three priority of 78 percent of
respondents; health care of 50 percent; and national
security of 34 percent. Abortion was a top-three priority
of 18 percent, Iran’s nuclear program of 10 percent, and
church-state issues of 7 percent.
Undecided Romney Obama
Who would you prefer as president?
Leaning conservative
Leaning liberal
Don't know / no response
Disapprove strongly
Disapprove somewhat
Approve somewhat
Approve strongly
Just Jewish
Iran's nuclear program
Social Security
U.S.-Israel relations
Health care
National security
What is the most important issue in deciding your vote?
How would you describe yourself ideologically?
Do you approve or disapprove of
the president’s handling of
Iran's nuclear program?
Denominational breakdown
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When no one would stand for Israel at the United
Nations, the president has taken up the cause. He has
said “here I am.” When the Carmel fire threatened to
spread and risk even more Israeli lives, the president
ensured that Israel got everything it needed to halt the
flames; he said, again, “here I am.” And when six Israelis
were under siege by a mob at their embassy in Cairo, and
no one in Egypt would take Israel’s calls, the president
intervened to secure their safe passage home. In Israel’s
time of need, he said, once more, “here I am.”
This is the character of President Obama — always
there, prepared to carry the banner of our values, ready
to move forward for peace, for justice, and for a better
As it is written in the Book of Proverbs, “Where there is
no vision, the people perish.” Luckily for our community
and our country, our president is a man of vision and
strong character, integrity, and faith. His values are
Jewish values. They’re American values. We need his
values in the White House for four more years.
JNS.org Wire Service
22 Jewish standard OCtOBer 26, 2012
poli ti cs
At final debate, Israel and Iran take center stage
Ron Kampeas
WASHINGTON – Israel, a heated issue throughout the
campaign, finally took center stage at the final presiden-
tial debate.
It was mentioned a total of 29 times by President
Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney at
Monday night’s foreign policy debate at Lynn University
in Boca Raton, Fla. Actual policy differences, however,
seemed to be in short supply.
Israel and the Iranian nuclear program were among
the main topics in a debate that largely focused on the
Middle East. But whether the subject was Iran sanctions,
the need to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, or
the U.S. commitment to Israel, the clashing candidates
sounded surprisingly similar notes.
Aaron David Miller, a vice president of the Woodrow
Wilson Center for International Scholars, said the broad
areas of agreement on the Middle East reflected a grow-
ing consensus among both parties that any president’s
priority should be to focus on the struggling American
economy and tread carefully overseas.
“There were tactical political reasons why the gov-
ernor wanted to create the impression that he is a cen-
trist,” said Miller, a former top Middle East negotiator in
Republican and Democratic administrations, speaking
of Romney. “But I think we are faced now for the first
time since the end of the Cold War with a remarkable
consensus on what we can do in the world. The public
understands that we need to fix America’s broken house,
but that we are also stuck in a region of the world where
we can’t fix it or extricate from it.”
With sharp policy differences mostly missing, both
candidates painted their support for Israel in personal
terms. Romney cited the strength of his relationship with
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama
spoke of how he was affected by a 2008 visit to Israel, with
stops at its national Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem and
the embattled town of Sderot.
Romney’s remark came as he dismissed out of hand
a hypothetical proposal by the moderator, Bob Schieffer
of CBS News, positing a last-minute warning call to
the White House from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu that Israeli bombers were on their way to
“Our relationship with Israel, my relationship with the
prime minister of Israel, is such that we would not get a
call saying our bombers are on the way or their fighters
are on the way,” Romney said. “This is the kind of thing
that would have been discussed and thoroughly evalu-
ated well before.”
To draw a contrast, Romney accused Obama of saying
that he wanted to “create daylight” between Israel and
the United States. (The reference was to a 2009 meeting
with Jewish leaders in which the president was pressed
to have a policy of “no daylight” with Israel, to which
Obama responded that such an approach had not ad-
vanced peace in the past. Obama, however, is not known
to have called for a policy of creating daylight proactively
between the two countries.)
Romney also criticized the president for not visiting
Israel during his travels to the region. Obama responded
by suggesting that Romney’s recent visit to Israel con-
trasted unfavorably with his own 2008 visit to the Jewish
state as a presidential candidate.
“When I went to Israel as a candidate, I didn’t take
donors,” Obama said. “I didn’t attend fundraisers. I went
to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum there, to remind
myself the nature of evil and why our bond with Israel
will be unbreakable.”
Obama went on to recount his visit to the southern
town of Sderot, which is near the Gaza Strip.
“And then I went down to the border towns of Sderot,
which had experienced missiles raining down from
Hamas,” he said. “And I saw families there who showed
me there where missiles had come down near their
children’s bedrooms. And I was reminded of what that
would mean if those were my kids. Which is why as presi-
dent, we funded an Iron Dome program to stop those
The acrimony underlying the exchanges contrasted
with the many overall agreements on policy that were
acknowledged by the candidates a number of times.
Romney opened his statement during the Israel and
Iran portion of the debate by seconding the president’s
response to a question about whether the U.S. should
regard an attack on Israel as an attack on itself.
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“I want to underscore the same point the president
made, which is that if I’m president of the United States,
when I’m president of the United States, we will stand
with Israel,” Romney said. “And if Israel is attacked, we
have their back, not just diplomatically, not just cultur-
ally, but militarily.”
Romney expressed support for Obama’s Iran sanc-
tions, although he faulted the president for introducing
them later rather than sooner and claimed credit for call-
ing for tougher sanctions in 2007 — although lawmak-
ers for years before had been pressing the Clinton and
second Bush administrations to institute such sanctions.
More critically, Romney’s emphasis was on “diplo-
matic and peaceful means” — a posture that aligned with
Obama’s preference for exhausting all options before
considering a military strike to keep Iran from acquiring
a nuclear weapon.
“It is also essential for us to understand what our
mission is in Iran, and that is to dissuade Iran from hav-
ing a nuclear weapon through peaceful and diplomatic
means,” Romney said. “It’s absolutely the right thing to
do, to have crippling sanctions. I would have put them in
place earlier. But it’s good that we have them.”
A Congressional Research Service report published
last week found that sanctions were affecting Iran’s
economy seriously but had not yet stopped its suspected
nuclear weapons program. The report held out the pros-
pect of that happening soon.
“A broad international coalition has imposed pro-
gressively strict economic sanctions on Iran’s oil export
lifeline, producing increasingly severe effects on Iran’s
economy,” the report said. “Many judge that Iran might
soon decide it needs a nuclear compromise to produce
an easing of sanctions.”
At the debate, Obama argued that the sanctions on
Iran have been a policy success, saying that his adminis-
tration “organized the strongest coalition and the stron-
gest sanctions against Iran in history, and it is crippling
their economy.”
Both candidates appeared to be on the same page
when it came to adjudicating what circumstance would
trigger consideration of a military strike.
“The clock is ticking,” Obama said. “We’re not going to
allow Iran to perpetually engage in negotiations that lead
nowhere. And I’ve been very clear to them. You know,
because of the intelligence coordination that we do with
a range of countries, including Israel, we have a sense of
when they would get breakout capacity, which means
that we would not be able to intervene in time to stop
their nuclear program.”
Romney agreed, saying, “Of course, a military action
is the last resort. It is something one would only — only
consider if all of the other avenues had been — had been
tried to their full extent.”
The candidates also shared agreement on other
Middle Eastern issues. Romney’s campaign has assailed
Obama for months for not doing enough to intervene in
Syria, but during the debate the Republican candidate
made clear that he, like the president, opposed direct
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At final debate, Israel and Iran take center stage
Ron Kampeas
areas of agreement on the Middle East reflected a grow-
ing consensus among both parties that any president’s
priority should be to focus on the struggling American
economy and tread carefully overseas.
“There were tactical political reasons why the gov-
ernor wanted to create the impression that he is a cen-
trist,” said Miller, a former top Middle East negotiator in
Republican and Democratic administrations, speaking
of Romney. “But I think we are faced now for the first
time since the end of the Cold War with a remarkable
consensus on what we can do in the world. The public
understands that we need to fix America’s broken house,
but that we are also stuck in a region of the world where
we can’t fix it or extricate from it.”
With sharp policy differences mostly missing, both
candidates painted their support for Israel in personal
terms. Romney cited the strength of his relationship with
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama
spoke of how he was affected by a 2008 visit to Israel, with
stops at its national Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem and
the embattled town of Sderot.
Romney’s remark came as he dismissed out of hand
a hypothetical proposal by the moderator, Bob Schieffer
of CBS News, positing a last-minute warning call to
the White House from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu that Israeli bombers were on their way to
“Our relationship with Israel, my relationship with the
prime minister of Israel, is such that we would not get a
call saying our bombers are on the way or their fighters
are on the way,” Romney said. “This is the kind of thing
that would have been discussed and thoroughly evalu-
ated well before.”
To draw a contrast, Romney accused Obama of saying
that he wanted to “create daylight” between Israel and
the United States. (The reference was to a 2009 meeting
with Jewish leaders in which the president was pressed
to have a policy of “no daylight” with Israel, to which
Obama responded that such an approach had not ad-
vanced peace in the past. Obama, however, is not known
to have called for a policy of creating daylight proactively
between the two countries.)
Romney also criticized the president for not visiting
Israel during his travels to the region. Obama responded
by suggesting that Romney’s recent visit to Israel con-
trasted unfavorably with his own 2008 visit to the Jewish
state as a presidential candidate.
“When I went to Israel as a candidate, I didn’t take
donors,” Obama said. “I didn’t attend fundraisers. I went
to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum there, to remind
myself the nature of evil and why our bond with Israel
will be unbreakable.”
Obama went on to recount his visit to the southern
town of Sderot, which is near the Gaza Strip.
“And then I went down to the border towns of Sderot,
which had experienced missiles raining down from
Hamas,” he said. “And I saw families there who showed
me there where missiles had come down near their
children’s bedrooms. And I was reminded of what that
would mean if those were my kids. Which is why as presi-
dent, we funded an Iron Dome program to stop those
The acrimony underlying the exchanges contrasted
with the many overall agreements on policy that were
acknowledged by the candidates a number of times.
Romney opened his statement during the Israel and
Iran portion of the debate by seconding the president’s
response to a question about whether the U.S. should
regard an attack on Israel as an attack on itself.
“I want to underscore the same point the president
made, which is that if I’m president of the United States,
when I’m president of the United States, we will stand
with Israel,” Romney said. “And if Israel is attacked, we
have their back, not just diplomatically, not just cultur-
ally, but militarily.”
Romney expressed support for Obama’s Iran sanc-
tions, although he faulted the president for introducing
them later rather than sooner and claimed credit for call-
ing for tougher sanctions in 2007 — although lawmak-
ers for years before had been pressing the Clinton and
second Bush administrations to institute such sanctions.
More critically, Romney’s emphasis was on “diplo-
matic and peaceful means” — a posture that aligned with
Obama’s preference for exhausting all options before
considering a military strike to keep Iran from acquiring
a nuclear weapon.
“It is also essential for us to understand what our
mission is in Iran, and that is to dissuade Iran from hav-
ing a nuclear weapon through peaceful and diplomatic
means,” Romney said. “It’s absolutely the right thing to
do, to have crippling sanctions. I would have put them in
place earlier. But it’s good that we have them.”
A Congressional Research Service report published
last week found that sanctions were affecting Iran’s
economy seriously but had not yet stopped its suspected
nuclear weapons program. The report held out the pros-
pect of that happening soon.
“A broad international coalition has imposed pro-
gressively strict economic sanctions on Iran’s oil export
lifeline, producing increasingly severe effects on Iran’s
economy,” the report said. “Many judge that Iran might
soon decide it needs a nuclear compromise to produce
an easing of sanctions.”
At the debate, Obama argued that the sanctions on
Iran have been a policy success, saying that his adminis-
tration “organized the strongest coalition and the stron-
gest sanctions against Iran in history, and it is crippling
their economy.”
Both candidates appeared to be on the same page
when it came to adjudicating what circumstance would
trigger consideration of a military strike.
“The clock is ticking,” Obama said. “We’re not going to
allow Iran to perpetually engage in negotiations that lead
nowhere. And I’ve been very clear to them. You know,
because of the intelligence coordination that we do with
a range of countries, including Israel, we have a sense of
when they would get breakout capacity, which means
that we would not be able to intervene in time to stop
their nuclear program.”
Romney agreed, saying, “Of course, a military action
is the last resort. It is something one would only — only
consider if all of the other avenues had been — had been
tried to their full extent.”
The candidates also shared agreement on other
Middle Eastern issues. Romney’s campaign has assailed
Obama for months for not doing enough to intervene in
Syria, but during the debate the Republican candidate
made clear that he, like the president, opposed direct
Mitt Romney and President Obama, shown onscreen
during their Oct. 22 debate in Florida, generally
agreed on the Middle East. photos by Rosa tRieu/NeoN
tommy via CReativeCommoNs
see dEbatE page 24
24 Jewish standard OCtOBer 26, 2012
U.S. military involvement. Romney did
favor arming some of the rebels.
Romney also accused Obama of fail-
ing to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Liberal critics of Romney had seized
upon a secretly recorded meeting he had
in May with Florida donors in which he
expressed doubt that there would be any
opportunities to advance the peace pro-
cess in the near future.
But at the debate, Romney seemed to
suggest that the failure to make progress
for peace was not inevitable but rather a
policy failure by the president.
“Is — are Israel and the Palestinians
closer to — to reaching a peace agree-
ment? Romney asked. “No, they haven’t
had talks in two years.”
JTA Wire Service
debate frOm page 23
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Drop in venture capital
funding puts squeeze
on Israel’s tech sector
Ben SaleS
TEL AVIV — The Facebook page of PlayArt Labs, an
Israeli gaming startup, looks more like the home page of
an art museum than the profile of an emerging technol-
ogy company.
It features an article about Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl
with a Pearl Earring,” an animation of Vincent van Gogh’s
“Starry Night,” and a link to a Twitter feed, @FrescoJesus,
about a century-old Spanish fresco. The goal of the
startup is to integrate art and cultural education into iPad
games — to create “some added value from playing,”
according to Adir Wanono, who launched PlayArt Labs 10
months ago.
But now Wanono, 34, who successfully funded
another startup two years ago, has encountered an
unfamiliar obstacle.
After eight months of working with barely any money,
he has had trouble securing necessary funding from
investors who like his idea but are hesitant to invest.
Wanono has secured $55,000 in investments from
family and friends, but with four people working at the
company, even that shoestring budget will run out in six
months, he estimates.
Wanono says the market in Israel has become tougher
since his last startup.
“People say, ‘Go to the market, gain traction and we’ll
invest,’ but this lowers the chances of most startups to
succeed,” he said. “We need money now to maximize our
chances to succeed. Without money now, we won’t be
able to maximize the benefit from a good launch.”
PlayArt Labs is far from alone in encountering this
problem. Recently, Israel’s famously booming startup
scene has seen funding from large venture capital firms
decline. That means there’s less money available than
there used to be for startups — a key engine of the Israeli
economy — to get off the ground.
This drop in funding has come as Israel’s technology
sector, which includes startups and larger established
companies, has experienced dramatic layoffs.
According to an August article in Haaretz, 16,000
of Israel’s 80,000 tech workers have lost their jobs.
Government funding of the tech sector also has dropped
40 percent over the past decade, to $400 million in 2011.
While the number of new startups has not declined
from previous years, industry investors and entrepreneurs
say that venture capital firms have been less willing to take
risks on those companies as they seek to expand.
“The entire venture capital model is broken,” said
Yesha Sivan, president of the Israel Internet Association.
“It used to be that a fund would get $100 million, it would
Dan Frumkin of the Israeli biomedical startup Nucleix
works with DNA in the lab of Rad BioMed, a startup
accelerator in Tel Aviv. Ben SaleS
see veNTuRe cApITAl page 29
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winners that would make 10 times more on their money.
Today the return on VCs is relatively lower, so people are
looking for other avenues.”
Individual “angel” investors have stepped into that
void. So have several dozen companies called startup
accelerators or incubators, which provide startups with
funding, space, equipment, and professional guidance.
Tel Aviv-based Rad BioMed, which focuses on
biomedical startups, is one such accelerator. At the
end of its central hallway, above a smooth beige table
surrounded by beakers, microscopes, and computers,
Dan Frumkin holds a test tube in his latex gloves.
Frumkin, 40, hopes to improve diagnoses of bladder
cancer by analyzing DNA. He is the vice president for
biochemistry of Nucleix, a startup focusing on DNA
analysis that he co-founded four years ago.
Nucleix rents space from Rad BioMed, though it does
not receive funding from the lab.
“It’s cheaper and easier” to work at Rad BioMed’s
offices, Frumkin said. “Instead of creating a laboratory,
we entered an existing one. It helps that we have a little in
common with other companies.”
Incubators and accelerators have less money to invest
than venture capital firms — typically in the hundreds of
thousands rather than the millions. But Yoav Chelouche,
managing partner of Israel’s Aviv Venture Capital, says
“the cost of building a new company is dramatically
lower than it’s been” in the past.
“You don’t need to buy software and an operating
system,” he said. “You can use a lot of open source code,”
programs that are available for free on the Internet.
According to Chelouche’s research, venture capital
firms in Israel provided about $3 billion of funding to
startups in Israel from 2008 to 2012, versus $3.6 billion
from 2004 to 2008 and $6.5 billion from 1999 to 2004. He
also found, however, that Israel is on track to see about
600 new companies created in 2012, a similar number to
1999 and 2000. Chelouche says this could be a positive
development for Israel’s tech sector, as it will create “a
situation where companies have to do more with less,
which is not necessarily a bad thing — being more frugal.”
But another investor, Roni Einav, the founder of New
Dimension Software, which he sold for a record $675
million in 1999, says that companies may hit a roadblock
as they seek to expand overseas.
“If the company is successful in developing and
having the first three, four, or five customers in Israel,
they can try to go abroad, but then they need more
money,” he said.
The drop in funding actually could help people like
Wanono, however, as they will own a greater percentage
of their own companies and thus make larger profits
should they sell their companies or go public on the
stock market, Einav said.
“The question is how much time the founders are
ready to sacrifice with minimal salaries, or whether
they successfully convince the employees to work with
reasonable salaries for a year or two,” he said. “If you’re
an entrepreneur and you’re not ready to sacrifice a part
of your salary, it’s like you have a dream but you want
someone else to finance it.”
Einav also noted that the percentage of venture
capital funding of Israeli companies from the United
States is growing, which he says is “good because the
biggest challenge is to cross the ocean, so an American
investor will give credibility to the company.”
While some areas of the startup industry are hot
targets for investment, like biomedical companies, Sivan
says it’s harder now than in previous years to get major
investments as a startup. Still, he has confidence that no
matter how the industry changes, startups will always be
an attractive career option for enterprising Israelis.
“This will always be something people do,” he said.
“People like to create things, to take a chance.”
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Anat Hoffman’s arrest at Western Wall
may spur liberal Jewish groups into action
Ben SaleS and neil RuBin
TEL AVIV — Last week’s episode was hardly the first time
Israeli police stopped activist Anat Hoffman while she
was leading a women’s prayer service at the Western Wall
in violation of Israeli law.
But this time, on Oct. 16, police actually arrested
Hoffman — a first, she says — and the incident appears
to be galvanizing liberal Jewish groups in the United
States and Israel.
In the United States, the Union for Reform Judaism
called for a police investigation and expressed its dismay
to Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador in Washington. The
United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism announced
a global “Sh’ma flash mob” for Monday — a nod to the
prayer Hoffman was reciting when she was arrested.
In Israel, the Israel Religious Action Center, which
Hoffman leads, launched a petition to the Supreme
Court requesting that the Western Wall Heritage
Foundation, which runs the holy site also known as the
Kotel, change its decision-making process to include
non-Orthodox Jews.
“There is no voice around that table for women, for
the paratroopers who liberated the Wall, for the variety of
pluralist voices,” said Hoffman, who also heads Women
of the Wall. “We want to dismantle this body. If the wall
belongs to the Jewish people, where are the Reform,
Conservative, secular?”
For now, however, there is no grand coordinated
strategy to challenge the laws governing Israel’s holy site,
which bar women from praying while wearing a tallit or
t’fillin, or from reading aloud from the Torah. In a 2003
Israeli Supreme Court decision, those rules were upheld
on the ground that “local custom” at the wall did not
allow for such practices.
So with Women of the Wall intent on continuing its
practice of organizing a women’s prayer service at the
site every Rosh Chodesh — the beginning of the Hebrew
month — another incident likely is not far off.
Hoffman’s arrest during Rosh Chodesh service on
the evening of Oct. 16 garnered more attention than
previous incidents, in which she was detained but not
arrested. Hadassah, which was holding its centennial
celebrations in Jerusalem, had sent some 200 women to
pray with Hoffman, giving a significant boost in numbers
to the service. There were about 250 women there.
After Hoffman was arrested, she claims Israeli police
chained her legs and dragged her across the floor of a
police station, leaving bruises. She also claims that police
ordered her to strip naked, and that she spent the night
in a cell without a bed. She was released the following
morning after agreeing to stay away from the Kotel for
30 days.
Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said
Hoffman’s claims about her treatment are “not accurate
and not right.”
As the incident received wide coverage in the
American Jewish media, the condemnations of
Hoffman’s arrest poured in, particularly from women’s
groups such as the Women’s Rabbinic Network and the
National Council for Jewish Women. Hadassah’s national
president, Marcie Natan, said that Hadassah “strongly
supports the right of women to pray at the Wall.”
Yizhar Hess, executive director of Israel’s Masorti
movement, as Conservative Judaism is called outside of
North America, said that if Hoffman actually is charged
with a crime, it would force a re-examination of the rules
governing the Western Wall.
“It’s not an easy experience to be accused in criminal
law, but it will take this debate to a different phase: What
can be done and what cannot be done in the Western
Wall plaza,” Hess said.
Hoffman says she wants the courts to allow her group
to pray at the wall for one hour per month, and ideally
wants the wall’s council to allocate some time for prayers
without the mechitzah — the divider that separates men
and women. She sees an opening in the Supreme Court’s
reliance on “local custom” as the basis for upholding
the current rules. The Israel Religious Action Center’s
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Anat Hoffman’s arrest at Western Wall
may spur liberal Jewish groups into action
Ben SaleS and neil RuBin
and women. She sees an opening in the Supreme Court’s
reliance on “local custom” as the basis for upholding
the current rules. The Israel Religious Action Center’s
petition aims to change who defines “local custom.”
Israeli police arresting anat hoffman after she said the Sh’ma at the Western Wall
in Jerusalem. Women of the Wall
Reform and Conservative Jews are
allowed to hold services at Robinson’s
Arch. It is at the Kotel’s southern corner,
and it is not adjacent to the plaza.
Shari Eshet, director of the Israel office
of the National Council of Jewish Women,
said legal initiatives are the best way to
effect change on the issue.
“With all of the screaming and yelling
and American Jews banging on the table,
at the end of the day this is a land with a
court system,” Eshet said. “We need to
find another way to bring this back into
the court system.”
Leaders of some religiously pluralistic
American Jewish groups admit that their
efforts on this issue have not worked so
far. Some hope that Hoffman’s arrest will
galvanize their constituents anew.
“This is a moment for us to think
differently,” said Rabbi Rick Jacobs,
president of the Union for Reform
Judaism. He said his organization was
considering an array of options and that
more details would be forthcoming in the
next few weeks.
Rabbi Steven Wernick, executive vice
president and CEO of the United
Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, said
a new strategy is needed.
“We’ve been very reactive thus far to
these circumstances when they come,”
he said. “Whatever strategies that we’ve
been doing previously are not enough
because this issue in recent years is
getting progressively more difficult and
In Israel, groups working for religious
pluralism face a dual challenge: They are
fighting legal and legislative battles on a
range of issues, and most Israelis are not
motivated to join the fights — especially
when it comes to the Western Wall.
“Israelis view the wall as something
not relevant to day-to-day life,” Hess said.
“What could have been a national symbol
to connect Jews from all over the world is
now only an Orthodox synagogue.”
Women of the Wall could attract more
of an Israeli following if it linked its cause
to other religious freedom issues, Rabbi
Uri Regev, president and CEO of the
Israeli pluralism organization Hiddush,
said. “As emotionally attractive and
justified as Women of the Wall is, there are
bigger and more compelling issues,” like
legalizing non-Orthodox Jewish marriage
in Israel or funding non-Orthodox Jewish
rabbis, he added.
Hoffman says she hopes diaspora Jews
will push the issue with Israeli leaders.
Wernick says he wants the Jewish Agency
for Israel’s board of governors to put the
issue of women praying at the Western
Wall on its agenda. He also is pushing
for a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu about it. But United
Synagogue will not press for a new Israeli
law on the matter, he said.
“We’re not Israeli citizens and we
respect Israel’s right to determine its own
course,” Wernick said.
Hoffman says, “The Western Wall
is way too important to be left to the
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A Reform rabbi in the Knesset?
Gilad Kariv is contemplating a run to put the focus on religious pluralism
Ben SaleS
JERUSALEM – Growing up secular in Tel Aviv,
Gilad Kariv often would spend Saturdays hik-
ing around rural Israel with his family, appre-
ciating its nature and telling its history.
But one Shabbat early in his childhood,
Kariv decided to go to his neighborhood
Orthodox synagogue.
“To the place my heart loves, there my legs
take me,” Kariv said, quoting Rabbi Hillel of
the Talmud. Soon he became a regular.
Even as he attended secular schools and
youth groups, Kariv continued going to the
synagogue, teaching himself Jewish texts for
much of his adolescence. On one Shavuot, the synagogue’s
rabbi delivered a talk that struck the wrong chord.
“Instead of talking about the giving of the Torah,
he attacked kibbutzim for their values,” Kariv recalled
in an interview with JTA at his office in the Jerusalem
headquarters of Israel’s Reform movement, where he sat
in front of a bookshelf lined with religious journals and a
compilation of foundational Zionist writings.
The synagogue’s non-egalitarianism and strict
adherence to halachah, or Jewish law, made Kariv feel out
of place, and eventually he began to learn more about
liberal Judaism. Now a Reform rabbi and the CEO of Israel’s
Reform movement, Kariv, 39, is mulling yet another life-
altering shift: Just as he went from secular to religious, and
from Orthodox to Reform, he is deciding whether to move
from the synagogue — the “beit ha-knesset”
in Hebrew — to the Knesset, Israel’s
Kariv is the standout figure in a growing
turn toward politics in Israeli Reform and
Conservative circles. The movements were
part of a recent conference on liberal Jewish
political involvement and hope to break
Orthodoxy’s traditional dominance of
religion in Israel.
Kariv says he’s unsure whether he
will run in Israel’s elections, which are
scheduled for Jan. 22, but if he does he’ll
compete for a spot in the center-left Labor Party. At the
moment, Kariv is the only prominent liberal religious
leader actively contemplating a run for office.
Conservative and Reform officials here say it’s vital to
have a pluralist voice to counter the Orthodox presence
in the Knesset, which is growing along with the charedi
Orthodox population in Israel. Kariv says he’s concerned
with a range of issues, from the economy to security, but
that he would focus on religious pluralism if he wins a
Knesset seat.
Getting in, though, is no small matter. With elections in
three months, Kariv would have to campaign and establish
a base of support in Labor and beat out other candidates for
a spot on the party’s Knesset list. The Knesset never has had
a Reform rabbi in its ranks.
Kariv says increasing greater religious and racial
pluralism in Israel is more important than advancing the
rights of Reform Jews specifically. Israel’s rabbinate, which
is supported by the government, funds Orthodox rabbis
and institutions almost exclusively. The scant funding
provided to Reform and Conservative rabbis is the result
of a suit won this year by Israel’s Reform movement, which
requires the government to fund the salaries of non-
Orthodox rabbis in rural communities.
“I think the state doesn’t need to get involved in
religious communal life,” Kariv said. “I don’t ask for the
Reform movement to have a government position like the
Orthodox. Communal religious life needs to be organized
When he talks about policy, Kariv skips his usual
frequent quotation of the traditional Jewish canon and
Gilad Kariv
“I think the state doesn’t need to get
involved in religious communal life. I
don’t ask for the Reform movement to
have a government position like the
Orthodox.” — Gilad Kariv
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starts to speak like a politician.
“I have a fear of parties that come and go,” he said. “This
phenomenon happens in the liberal camp in Israel. That’s
why this camp has trouble gaining influence or taking the
reins of leadership. In the Labor Party across the years, there
was the ability to join together.”
In the Knesset, Kariv would face a formidable opponent
in the solid bloc of Orthodox parties. Labor Knesset
member Daniel Ben-Simon says he’d be happy if Kariv
decides to run, as he would present an alternative to the
Orthodox regardless of whether he succeeds in passing
“He needs to make his voice heard and say there are
different versions” of Judaism, Ben-Simon said. “He doesn’t
need to change the law. I’d be happy for another presence
here so we can know that the whole world is not Orthodox.”
Some of Kariv’s allies, though, note that entering politics
can complicate a religious leader’s image and principles.
Uri Regev, president and CEO of the Israeli pluralism
organization Hiddush, says Kariv may have to compromise
if he joins the Knesset and Labor decides not to tackle
religious pluralism legislation.
“For the last 65 years, coalition parties have not
advanced the cause of religious pluralism,” Regev said. “Are
we going to have Reform and Conservative rabbis subject
themselves to the manipulative cause of coalition work,
which basically subverts the values of religious freedom
and equality?”
But Kariv says that although political involvement
comes with sacrifices, “the choice not to go into politics also
has a price.”
Non-Orthodox Jews “gave up a feeling of ownership in
the Jewish world,” Kariv said. “Too many years we lived
in peace with this deal that Orthodox people guard our
Judaism, and we paid a great price.”
Israel’s Reform population is small, with only 30
congregations. But Kariv points to a recent survey by the
Israel Democracy Institute and the Avi Chai Foundation
showing that 8 percent of Jewish Israelis consider
themselves Reform or Conservative.
Religiously liberal candidates may expect financial
support from the large Reform and Conservative bases in
the United States.
“If we say this is the state of the Jewish people, we need
to respect the Jewish people, and there is more than one
way to be Jewish,” said Yizhar Hess, executive director
of Israel’s Masorti, or Conservative, movement. Hess is
not running for the Knesset. “It is more than natural for
American Jewry to be involved in the discourse.”
That discourse animates Kariv’s passion for Judaism.
Despite being a Reform leader, he is a member of an
unaffiliated modern Orthodox minyan in Tel Aviv and
praised such independent communities as “important
players in the Jewish renaissance.” On his head he wears a
large knit kippah, typical of Modern Orthodox Jews here,
and he keeps kosher and Shabbat and he prays every day.
“We believe in cooperative work with other movements,
including Orthodox,” he said. “There’s a need to build a
broad front from modern Orthodoxy to secular Israelis.
My home is the Reform movement. But I leave my home
Kariv says politics is a marathon, and he harbors no
illusions about the difficulties of succeeding if he does
decide to run for Knesset. But inspired by Jewish sources,
Kariv says he refuses to be discouraged.
“You are not responsible for finishing the work, but you
are not free to abstain from it,” he said, quoting a passage
in Pirkei Avot. “If you don’t like a long race, don’t build the
Jewish state.”
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Israeli debate of political party
heads waiting for Bibi’s answer
JERUSALEM – Leaders of Israel’s major political parties
accepted an invitation to an American-style debate,
except for Likud leader and Prime Minister Benjamin
The debate, sponsored by the Citizens’ Empowerment
Center, is scheduled for Jan. 1 at Tel Aviv University, ac-
cording to the organization’s website.
“We all — left and right, religious and secular, Jews
and Arabs — have a clear interest in knowing exactly who
we choose and why,” the Citizens’ Empowerment Center
said on its website. “Are you sure you do know the subtle
but critical differences between the positions of the vari-
ous candidates, not on a superficial level, but on the level
of the specific nature and intentions? The answer is no.”
Party chairs Shelly Yachimovich (Labor), Shaul Mofaz
(Kadima), and Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu)
reportedly have agreed to participate, according to the
Israeli media. Yair Lapid, chair of the new Yesh Atid party,
also has accepted.
Lieberman said he will participate if Netanyahu
agrees to join the debate. Netanyahu has not yet re-
sponded, according to Ynet.
Yoni Cohen-Idov, who won the world debate cham-
pionship in 2010 and serves as a debate coach at Tel Aviv
University, Hebrew University, and Bar-Ilan University,
will supervise the debate.
The last political debate was held in Israel in 1999,
the second and final time that there were direct elec-
tions for prime minister. The leading candidates did not
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Mah Jongg*, Canasta*, Bridge* and Scrabble
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Many people perceive that Jewish life in Israel
and North America reflect radically different
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communities are undergoing profound changes
that can lead to a deeper appreciation for their
commonalities and differences.
Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman is president of Shalom Hartman Institute;
Director of the Engaging Israel Project; and the author of The
Boundaries of Judaism and other important scholarly works.
This program is made possible by the Adler Family Innovation Fund at Jewish
Federation of Northern New Jersey.
Cost: $7 JCC members/$9 general admission
For more informtion call Robyn at 201.408.1429
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studied art at the Reading College of Art and Design.
Inspired by nature and color, Ritika’s work is influenced by
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On display November 1-26
MeettheArtist Reception
Sunday, November 4, 1-3 pm
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Life in Stills
Documentary in Hebrew
with English Subtitles
A film by Tamar Tal
Saturday, 11/17, 8:30 pm
Monday, 11/19, 11 am
Gei Oni
In Hebrew/Yiddish
with English Subtitles
With Director
Dan Wolman
Saturday, 10/27, 8:30 pm
Israeli Film Club
Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Film in 2012. In Darkness,
based on a true story, is directed by Agnieszka Holland,
director of Europa Europa.
Leopold Socha, a sewer worker in a Nazi occupied city in
Poland, encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the
ghetto. He hides them in the sewers beneath the city.
The film is an extraordinary story of survival as these men,
women and children all try to outwit certain death.
Following the film, meet Krystyna Chiger one of the suvivors.
She will be interviewed by Daniel Paisner, co-author of
The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust’s Shadow
which recounts her story of survival.
Book sale and signing
The first 25 people to register will receive a free copy of the book.
$10 JCC members $12 non-members
In Darkness
with English Subtitles• Rated R
with author
Daniel Paisner
& Krystyna Chiger,
a child survivor
film screening at the JCC:
Kristallnacht Commemoration
For tickets and information please call Robyn at 201.408.142
The story of Gei Oni
(Rosh Pina) interweaves
the story of the first wave of
Jewish European migration to
Palestine . At the heart of this
saga of survival and struggle
lies an unusual love story
between a young Russian
immigrant, and a native Jew.
Discussion in English with
Dan Wolman, one of Israel’s
finest film artist, producer/
director, who taught cinema at
Tel Aviv University, and NYU.
At the age of 96, Miriam Weissenstein
faces a new chapter in her life. When
the Photo House – containing her late
husband Rudi’s life’ work – was
destined for demolition, Miriam
knew she needed help.
Under the cloud of a family tragedy,
a special relationship is forged
between Miriam and her grandson,
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shop and its nearly one million
negatives that document Israel’s
defining moments.
Ben and Miriam embark on a heart-
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Sunday, 11/4, 1-4 pm
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The Future of Electric Cars
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With Michael Granoff,
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Saturday, November 3rd, 8:30pm
presentation in English
Better Place is the highest funded greentech start-up in history.
It was founded in Israel by Shai Agassi. Better Place has
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As part of his role, Mr. Granoff advances the ability to move
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36 Jewish standard OCtOBer 26, 2012
Israeli English press booms
as Hebrew media contracts
Ben SaleS
TEL AVIV — On Oct. 17, seven Israeli
English news websites led with seven dif-
ferent stories.
The Jerusalem Post had a piece on
Egypt’s commitment to its treaty with
Israel. Haaretz’s English site ran with
a recently released Israeli document
on Gaza. Ynet News, Yediot Achronot’s
English site, led with threats to a retired
Israeli security chief. Then there were
the stories on the websites of the Times
of Israel, Israel Hayom’s English edition,
Israel National News, and +972, a popular
news and commentary blog.
Twenty years ago, of these seven
publications, only The Jerusalem Post
existed. Two of the news outlets, Israel
Hayom English and the Times of Israel,
are less than three years old.
While Hebrew newspapers and TV
channels are struggling, the Israeli
English-language news market appears
to be booming. But with the business
of journalism under threat worldwide
because of declining revenues, Israel’s
English-language media face an
uncertain future.
“We see an explosion of new media
because online platforms are cheap and
easy to use,” said Noam Sheizaf, CEO of
+972. “We couldn’t have done +972 four
years ago. Times of Israel would have
been a much more expensive operation
five years ago.”
The past few months have seen an
implosion of the Hebrew press. Maariv,
a tabloid founded in 1948 and for its
first 20 years Israel’s largest circulation
daily, recently was placed in the hands
of a court-appointed trustee and could
shut down within weeks, leaving 2,000
people jobless. Haaretz, Israel’s leading
broadsheet, did not print on Oct. 4,
because the staff was protesting the
proposed layoff of 100 workers. Israel’s
Channel 10 TV is in deep debt to the
government and faces possible closure.
Many in Israel blame Israel Hayom, a
staunchly conservative free newspaper
funded by American casino mogul
Sheldon Adelson, for aggravating the
crisis in Hebrew media.
The tough environment “is
exacerbated by the fact that in Israel
we have the most generously funded
free newspaper in the world,” said the
Times of Israel’s founding editor, David
Horovitz, who was editor in chief of the
Jerusalem Post before he started the site
in February. “That’s made life hard for all
the publications in Israel.”
The boom in English-language media
in Israel is due in part to the limited
audience for Hebrew-language news:
Israel has fewer than 8 million citizens,
many of whom prefer the Arabic or
Russian press to the Hebrew dailies.
Editors of English publications here say
Israeli media are looking for audiences
overseas to sustain their operations, and
there appears to be a limitless appetite
around the world for news and opinion
on Israel.
“There’s an audience for news coming
out of the Jewish world,” said David
Brinn, managing editor of the Jerusalem
Post. And because most news content is
free online, he added, people interested in
Israel news will go to any number of news
sites. That means that new publications
do not necessarily threaten older ones.
Much of the growth of Israel’s
English media has been online. Haaretz,
Ynet News, Israel National News, and
Israel Hayom all translate their Hebrew
reportage while weaving in some original
English reports.
In May, Haaretz, the only one of
the Hebrew papers to have an English
print edition, put up a paywall on its
popular English website, charging digital
subscribers $100 annually for unlimited
access. It’s still uncertain whether the
strategy will pay off, though the paywall
experiment soon will expand to the
Haaretz Hebrew site, too.
Israel’s English-language news market is booming now but publications face an
uncertain future. Graphics by Uri Fintzy
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“It’s unrealistic to rely solely on a print
model to fund our journalistic operation,”
said Charlotte Halle, editor of Haaretz’s
English edition. “We wouldn’t be taking
care of our journalistic future if we didn’t
seek additional sources of income.”
Halle said the paper’s “authority,
breadth of coverage, and dozens of
reporters and editors we have in the field”
have helped attract thousands of digital
The Jerusalem Post has pursued
additional revenue opportunities by
printing a range of publications beyond
its daily newspaper. The Post has
international, Christian, and French
editions — all produced, along with the
daily, by just 60 employees. Most of the
paper’s readers are online; the Post says it
garners some 2 million hits per week.
The Times of Israel, which combines
original reporting with articles that
repackage information reported on
Israeli TV, radio, and news sites, would
not disclose readership statistics. But
Horovitz says the site is exceeding
expectations and has gotten 40,000
“likes” on Facebook since its launch eight
months ago.
Horovitz says the publication’s
“nonpartisan agenda” stands in contrast
to the right-leaning Jerusalem Post and
left-leaning Haaretz. The news coverage
seeks to strike an unbiased tone, he says,
while hundreds of bloggers, all unpaid,
opine on a range of topics, from Iran’s
nuclear program to the morality of
“We strive to tell it like it is,” Horovitz
said. “People want to know what’s going
on, and they don’t want to feel like it’s
filtered through some political agenda.”
With such a crowded market in such
challenging times for the news industry,
Israel’s English-language journalists are
not without trepidation about the future.
“There will be some sort of reevaluation”
of the Post print newspaper’s viability in a
few years, Brinn said.
Beyond competing for the same
readership, the publications must vie
with an ever-expanding cyber universe
that occasionally breaks stories before
they do.
“Social media has served to
democratize the media market in
Israel,” said Avi Mayer, the Jewish
Agency for Israel’s director of new media
and a prolific tweeter of Israel news.
“When people share information through
Twitter, it is a personal experience.”
While many Israeli journalists have
become active tweeters, +972’s Sheizaf is
concerned that publications thriving now
are resistant to change, which could hurt
them in the future.
“People are not experimenting,” he
said. “The readers are evolving and
changing, but the journalists, the stories
they write, look like the stories written in
the 19th century. We need to be a lot more
Morsi answers amen to imam’s prayers
for destruction of Jews
JERUSALEM (JTA) – A video shows
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi say-
ing amen to the prayers by an imam call-
ing on Allah to “destroy the Jews and their
In last weekend’s service, Morsi is seen
praying with great concentration at a
mosque in the Matrouh governorate. The
service was translated by the Middle East
Media Research Institute.
“Oh Allah, absolve us of our sins,
strengthen us, and grant us victory over
the infidels,” prayed Futouh Abd Al-Nabi
Mansour, the local head of the religious
council. “O Allah, destroy the Jews and
their supporters. O Allah, disperse them,
rend them asunder. O Allah, demonstrate
Your might and greatness upon them.
Show us Your omnipotence, O Lord.”
The Anti-Defamation League ex-
pressed concern about the anti-Semitic
rhetoric coming out of Egypt.
“The drumbeat of anti-Semitism in the
‘new’ Egypt is growing louder and rever-
berating further under President Morsi,
and we are increasingly concerned about
the continuing expressions of hatred for
Jews and Israel in Egyptian society and
President Morsi’s silence in the face of
most of these public expressions of hate,”
Abraham Foxman, ADL’s national direc-
tor, said in a statement.
The prayer service came just days af-
ter Morsi sent a letter to Israeli President
Shimon Peres, calling him a “great and
good friend,” and requesting that the two
countries continue “maintaining and
strengthening the cordial relations which
so happily exist between our two coun-
tries,” according to the Times of Israel,
which published a photo of the letter. The
letter was presented to Peres by Egypt’s
new ambassador to Israel.
A founder of Morsi’s Freedom and
Justice Party, Ahmad Hamrawi, over the
weekend left the Muslim Brotherhood
over the letter, calling it “national and
religious treason to millions of Egyptians”
and alleging secret ties between Israel and
the Muslim Brotherhood.
The ADL wrote to Morsi last week
urging him to reject statements made
by the supreme authority of the Muslim
Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, who
called for violence against Jews and Israel.
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38 Jewish standard OCtOBer 26, 2012
On Israel Philharmonic’s whirlwind
U.S. tour, a rich, diverse musicality
Tom Tugend
LOS ANGELES – Few people can chroni-
cle the changes in the Israel Philharmonic
Orchestra better than Gabriel Vole, a vet-
eran double bass player.
Vole represents the third generation of
his family to perform with the orchestra.
His maternal grandfather, the Polish-
born violinist Jacob Surowicz, was a
co-founder. He was followed by Gabriel’s
father, Leopold, whose son inherited
his love for the double bass. In addition,
Gabriel’s mother, Sarah, and his uncle
Maurice filled in occasionally.
The biggest change, Vole says, is the
number of women.
“When I signed up in 1967, there
were maybe three or four women in
the orchestra,” Vole said. “Now I’d say
they make up 40 percent or more of the
Vole and the IPO, led by music director
for life Zubin Mehta, are kicking off a five-
day concert tour spanning four American
cities with a performance at Carnegie Hall
in New York on Oct. 25 before moving
on to Palm Springs, Calif., Las Vegas and
Disney Hall in Los Angeles on successive
nights starting Oct. 28.
The release of the film “Orchestra of
Exiles,” which documents the struggle to
establish the orchestra in 1936 and to res-
cue German Jewish musicians from Nazi
persecution, complements the IPO’s tour.
The Carnegie Hall concert will include
the New York premiere of “Mechaye
Hametim” (Revival of the Dead), a choral
symphony by Israeli composer and con-
ductor Noam Sheriff that is dedicated
to the victims of the Holocaust and the
builders of Israel. Also at the famed
venue, Chinese pianist Yuja Wang, 25, an
audience favorite for her musicianship
and fashion statements, will perform
Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.
1 in G Minor.
In the other venues, Wang will perform
in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E
Minor. The program for all four concerts
will feature Schubert’s Symphony No. 3
and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.
Over its 76 years, the IPO has under-
gone many transformations.
Vole noted that early on the orchestra
was made up mainly of refugees from
Germany, with a large Polish contingent.
It was rounded out by a smattering of
Russians, Hungarians, Romanians, and
native Israelis.
“At that time, the rehearsals, the corre-
spondence, everything was in German,”
Vole said in a phone interview.
That lasted until the 1950s, when an
increasing number of native-trained
musicians joined. An influx of talented
musicians from the Soviet Union came
in the 1970s and ‘80s, and they now make
up about half of the 100-piece orchestra.
A number of players from North and
South America also have entered the
ranks, and the main working languages
now are Hebrew and English. The latter
is mainly to accommodate many of the
Russians, who understand English better
Zubin Mehta conducts the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in a four-city U.S. tour.
Shai Skiff
Chinese pianist Yuja Wang plays with
the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
on its U.S. tour. felix Broede/deutSche
Jewish standard OCtOBer 26, 2012 39
than Hebrew.
Vole tells the story of Gustavo Dudamel, now the ef-
fervescent conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic,
leading the IPO in 2008 and 2010 and once setting a
rehearsal for late Saturday afternoon. Some religiously
observant players did not show up until after the end of
When Dudamel asked about their absence, a violinist
gave a one-word explanation: “Shabbes.”
The conductor grew extremely agitated and shouted,
“Chavez? What does this have to do with Hugo Chavez?”
He was talking about the president of Dudamel’s native
Vole says playing for the IPO is not purely about
playing music “but about solidarity and making music
The love affair between the orchestra and the India-
born Mehta is passionate and longstanding. He knows
the musicians and their spouses by their first names, and
will converse in Yiddish with Russian newcomers.
“Zubin’s identification and involvement with the
orchestra is complete, and so is his identification with
Israel,” Vole said.
The founder of the Palestine Symphony Orchestra,
a precursor to the IPO, was Bronislaw Huberman, and
the documentary “Orchestra of Exiles” is a tribute by
filmmaker Josh Aronson to Huberman’s single-minded
dedication and perseverance.
A native of Poland, Huberman was a musical child
prodigy who was driven relentlessly by his father and be-
came a world-renowned violinist. Disillusioned by World
War I, Huberman quit at the height of his fame to broad-
en his education at the Sorbonne in Paris and became an
ardent advocate of a pan-European union.
With the rise of Hitler, and seeing worse to come, he
set about forming a world-class orchestra in a yet largely
barren land, far from the coffeehouses and opera houses
of Vienna or Budapest.
In 1936, facing a critical shortfall of $80,000 to launch
his venture, Huberman enlisted an amateur violinist
named Albert Einstein, and together they raised the sum
at one benefit dinner in New York.
For the orchestra’s inaugural concert under the
great Italian conductor and ardent anti-fascist Arturo
Toscanini, 100,000 buyers — in a total Jewish population
of 400,000 — vied to buy the 2,000 available tickets.
Among those paying tribute to Huberman, and dem-
onstrating their own virtuosity in the film, are violinists
Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, and Joshua Bell.
“Orchestra of Exiles” opens Oct. 26 in New York and
Nov. 2 in Los Angeles.
The New York and Los Angeles concerts will include
fundraising galas featuring receptions with the artists
and dinners hosted by the American Friends of the IPO.
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40 Jewish standard OCtOBer 26, 2012
‘Comix 101’
Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘Maus’ author advocates for his medium
RobeRt Gluck
ore than 25 years after it was first published,
the graphic novel “Maus” continues to revolu-
tionize both comics and representations of the
Holocaust — and its Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Art
Spiegelman, remains on tour.
By showing “complex and complicated stories of
intertwining human destinies acted out by mice, cats,
pigs and dogs,” “Maus” turns “the notion of subhuman
back on itself,” Ruth Knafo Setton said. She is the direc-
tor of the Berman Center for Jewish Studies at Lehigh
University in Bethlehem, Pa., where Spiegelman will
speak on Nov. 8.
Spiegelman “reminds us that the Final Solution of the
Nazis was not merely to murder Jews, but to extermi-
nate them,” Setton said. “Extermination is what we do
to rodents, to those we view as nonhuman, or less than
A prominent advocate of comics and graphic novels,
the 64-year-old Spiegelman tours the United States giv-
ing a lecture he calls “Comix 101: Forbidden Images and
the Art of Outrage,” a presentation that includes a history
of how comics have evolved.
A graphic novel in which Spiegelman, in the form of a
mouse, interviews his father, also a mouse, about his ex-
periences as a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor, “Maus”
attracted an enormous amount of critical attention,
particularly given its format. It was featured in an exhibi-
tion at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and won a
Pulitzer Prize in 1992.
Spielgelman, born to Polish Jews in Sweden, grew up
in Queens and was a major figure in the underground
comics movement of the 1960s and ‘70s. In 2005, he was
named one of Time magazine’s “Top One Hundred Most
Influential People.”
In “Maus,” Spiegelman interweaves image and text,
past and present, global history and individual tragedy,
and the problematic relationship between father and
son, to create a drama of global proportions.
According to “Necessary Stains: Spiegelman’s MAUS
and the Bleeding of History,” a journal article by scholar
Michael Levine, the publication of “Maus,” first in 1986
and then a second edition in 1991, has helped to define
an important turning point in the history of Holocaust
“Forty years after the Second World War, many survi-
vors had reached a point in their lives where they knew
that if ever there was a time to pass on their experience
as a ‘legacy,’ it was now,” Levine writes. “It was also a time
when the children of survivors began to participate in
increasing numbers in the process of bearing witness.
For this second generation it was a question not only of
helping to elicit their parents’ stories — of persuading
them to write, speak, or agree to be interviewed — but
also of coming to terms with their own implication in
their parents’ experiences. Indeed, many of these chil-
dren had come to the discovery that the stories of the
first generation had already been passed on to them, that
they themselves had become the unwitting bearers of a
traumatic legacy.
“For Spiegelman, the question of Holocaust survival is
not only a matter of who survives as a witness, but of the
interminable nature of the Holocaust itself.”
The Wall Street Journal has called “Maus” “the most
affecting and successful narrative ever done about the
Holocaust.” Spiegelman said that in making “Maus,” he
found himself drawing every panel, every figure, over and
over, obsessively, paring it down to its essence, as if each
panel was an attempt to invent a new word, roughhewn
but streamlined.
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“That’s part of what I’m really interested in. Comics broke
rules and infiltrated youth culture in the ‘50s, during the
(McCarthyism) Senate hearings. That made it kind of
dangerous, and it’s still being felt.”
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azines Arcade and Raw and as a contributing editor at
The New Yorker, Spiegelman will be remembered mainly
for “Maus.” Today, critics regard “Maus” as a pivotal work
in comics, responsible for bringing serious scholarly at-
tention to the medium.
“Maus demonstrates the struggle of art (and Art) at-
tempting to accomplish the impossible, to express the
inexpressible, to restore humanity and complexity where
it has been ripped away,” Lehigh’s Setton said.
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question not only of helping to elicit
their parents’ stories — of persuading
them to write, speak, or agree to be
interviewed — but also of coming to
terms with their own implication in their
parents’ experiences.”
— Michael Levine
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gather annually in a predetermined city to cel-
ebrate Houdini. Because Houdini died on Oct.
31, 1926, the gathering takes place on Halloween.
This year enthusiasts picked Fort Worth,
Texas, for a celebration that includes an effort to
contact Houdini during a séance.
Houdini scholar John Cox’s fascination
with the magician began when he saw the film
“Houdini,” starring Tony Curtis, when he was 10.
Cox — whose website, wildabouthoudini.com,
is a popular destination for Houdini fans — will
give a talk on Houdini before the Fort Worth sé-
ance and will be at the séance table itself.
“From my childhood my quest to learn the
truth about Houdini has just never stopped. It’s
amazing to me that I’m still discovering new
things every day,” Cox said.
Some facts about Houdini are clear. His father
was a rabbi, and while this did not necessarily af-
fect his professional life, it did shape his personal
life. Houdini had a strict sense of morality and a
strong attachment to family. His mother called
him “little father” as a boy. No matter where he
was in the world, he always said Kaddish on the
anniversary of his father’s death, and he dedi-
cated his first book to his father, who instilled
in young Erik a love of study and patience in
Houdini first attracted attention as “Harry
Handcuff Houdini” on a tour of Europe, where
he challenged different police forces to keep
him locked up. This revealed his talent for gim-
mickry and affinity for audience involvement.
Soon Houdini extended his repertoire to include
chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjack-
ets under water, and holding his breath inside a
sealed milk can.
In 1904, thousands watched as he tried to es-
cape from a special handcuff commissioned by
London’s Daily Mirror, keeping them in suspense
for an hour. Another stunt saw him buried and
A poster for a show starring Harry Houdini. Arthur Moses
“Houdini became a mythological
figure in his own right, like Merlin.
The word ‘Houdini’ means magic and
the impossible. Then to learn he was a
real person, who died on Halloween,
who escaped from water torture cells
onstage. It is fascinating stuff.”
—John Cox
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barely able to claw to the surface, emerging in a state of
near breakdown. While many suspected these escapes
were fabricated, Houdini presented himself as the
scourge of fake magicians and spiritualists. As president
of the Society of American Magicians, he was keen to
uphold professional standards and expose fraudulent
artists who gave practitioners a bad name. He also was
quick to sue anyone who pirated his escape stunts.
A screenwriter and Houdini historian from Los
Angeles, when he was a teenager Cox performed magic
and escapes, and even appeared on television doing a
straitjacket release on the “Toni Tennille Show.”
Cox said the fascination with Houdini “has to do with
the basic idea of a man who can escape from anything.”
“Add to that the element of death, and that’s a real
attention grabber,” Cox said. “Houdini became a mytho-
logical figure in his own right, like Merlin. The word
‘Houdini’ means magic and the impossible. Then to
learn he was a real person, who died on Halloween, who
escaped from water torture cells onstage. It is fascinating
The first famous American magician was Alexander
Herrmann. Herrmann also was Jewish, and he showed
that magic was a lucrative path open to newly arrived
Cox said that because Houdini’s father was a rabbi,
Houdini founded the Rabbis’ Sons Theatrical Benevolent
Association, whose membership included Al Jolson,
Irving Berlin, and the Three Stooges. Houdini also
“helped found the Jewish Theatrical Guild, which count-
ed Eddie Cantor and William Morris among its leaders,”
he said.
Another Houdini scholar asked to sit at the séance
table with Cox in Forth Worth is Arthur Moses. A collec-
tor of Houdini memorabilia with more than 4,500 items
in his collection, Moses became interested in Houdini
after reading a book about him when he was in seventh
grade. He wrote two books and dozens of articles about
the great magician.
“There are many things so interesting about him,
mostly his personality, being fearless,” Moses said.
“Houdini was fascinating for his sheer magnetism on the
stage and his ability to command interest in his escapes
and magic. He was able to overcome all of the challenges,
both in life and in performing, set before him.”
Moses’s book, “Houdini Speaks Out,” reveals new in-
sights and vividly recreates the lectures Houdini present-
ed from 1922 until his death in 1926. The reader learns
about Houdini’s struggles to reach into the afterlife to
contact his dead mother during an era filled with decep-
tive spirit mediums. Each of the 50 glass-lantern slides
that Houdini used to highlight his lectures are painstak-
ingly recreated and matched to his original lecture text.
Before his final years, Cox said, Houdini visited the
scene of a Jewish massacre near Kishinev in Russia,
which happened while he was performing there in 1903.
The massacre took place on Houdini’s birthday. Houdini
wrote of his encounters with anti-Semitism for journals.
“Houdini married outside the faith, as did all
his brothers. He celebrated Christmas and sent out
Christmas cards. He also had an interest and belief in
reincarnation, so, go figure,” Cox added.
Moses said the Oct 31, 2012 séance in his hometown,
Fort Worth, will have tickets available to the general pub-
lic for only the second time ever, and he expects about
250 attendees.
The séance came to Fort Worth via Will Radner, son
of Sidney Radner, who had inherited many of Houdini’s
effects from the escape artist’s younger brother, Hardeen,
in 1945.
Cox explained that Houdini’s widow, Bess, used to
hold séances each year.
“The most famous of these occurred in 1936, the 10th
anniversary of Houdini’s death,” Cox said. “It was held
on the roof of the Knickerbocker Hotel in Hollywood and
was opened to the public. They actually set up bleachers
on the roof.”
While Houdini himself didn’t return, the séance script
was recorded, “and you can still hear it today,” according
to Cox.
“While that was the last séance held by Bess — she’s
reported to have said ‘10 years is long enough to wait for
any man’ — the tradition was carried on by Houdini’s
brother and colleagues and continues right up to Fort
Worth,” he said.
Harry Houdini enthusiast and expert John Cox at
Houdini’s grave in Queens. John Cox
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“Houdini became a mythological
figure in his own right, like Merlin.
The word ‘Houdini’ means magic and
the impossible. Then to learn he was a
real person, who died on Halloween,
who escaped from water torture cells
onstage. It is fascinating stuff.”
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LOS ANGELES — It was the “Night of Broken Glass” in
Germany — Kristallnacht, a national pogrom of death,
the destruction of Jewish property, and the rounding up
of Jews — and Dietrich (David) Hamburger was in hiding.
Hamburger was the leader of a small congregation
that met in his home in Fuerstenau, a countryside village
in what now is the province of Niedersachsen. Someone
had warned him about the coming onslaught, and on
Nov. 9, 1938, he went into hiding in the local Catholic
“The cover story was that he was in for a hernia,” Edith
Strauss Kodmur, his granddaughter and the family’s
historian, said.
This spring — 75 years later and in a Californian
winery a continent away — Kodmur’s granddaughter
will become bat mitzvah. And on that day Charlotte Ruth
Smith will read from the Torah scroll that her great-great-
grandfather rescued soon after that tragic night.
But first Hamburger had to escape from Germany and
the Torah had to find its way back to his family.
“By prior arrangement, one of his hired hands met
him in the hospital garden while the nuns were at Mass,”
Kodmur recalled from detailed notes. “He drove Dietrich
back to his home, where he packed, taking an oil portrait
of wife Rosa and the community Torah with him.”
Hamburger was a widower by then.
Kodmur thought Hamburger had removed the rollers,
or etz chaim, to make the Torah easier to transport.
“He then boarded the train to Holland, to Winterswijk,
to his daughter Bette,” said Kodmur, whose own parents
as well as her uncle Siegried, Hamburger’s son, had left
Germany for the United States in 1938.
As a small child Kodmur had visited her grandfather
frequently, she said, recalling that he would sit in the
garden with his children on Shabbat, reading to them
and discussing the Bible.
“He was very adventuresome and well-dressed.
Dietrich (David) Hamburger, who rescued the com-
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Kristallnacht in 1938, is shown in a 1948 photo taken
in Winterswijk, the Dutch town in which he hid from
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Charlotte Smith and Rabbi Jerry Levy at the dedication of the family Torah scroll rescued by her great-great-
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Involved with the horse and cattle trade business,” she
A memorial book for the Holocaust victims of
Winterswijk, “We Once Knew Them All,” uses quotes
from the people who lived in the eastern Holland town to
tell what happened to Hamburger and his family.
“My parents had a Jewish person in hiding during the
last year of the war, a Mister Hamburger. We called him
by his alias, ‘Uncle Derk,’” a community member recalls
in the book. “His daughter, son-in-law, and their children
died in the concentration camps. He also had a son in
“Once we were threatened by a posting of German
soldiers at our home. Uncle Derk hid behind a wardrobe.
Obviously we noticed that Mr. Hamburger was very
afraid of being discovered. My father told Uncle Derk to
act differently, otherwise everyone might be arrested.
“On the morning of liberation, I woke up Uncle Derk.
He was so shaken by my excited talk that his false teeth
fell out into the chamber pot!”
From another community member: “Father
Hamburger stayed a while in Winterswijk after the war.
My, my how that man cried over his grandchildren.”
After the war, while Siegfried was visiting his father in
Holland, Hamburger gave him the Torah scroll to bring
back to his home in Redwood City, Calif. It stayed there
until Siegfried died.
Kodmur, who lives in the San Diego area, knew that
Siegfried had given the Torah to his son Steven. But she
had lost touch with that part of the family and did not
know where it was.
In 1996, Kodmur’s daughter Julie Ann and her fiance,
Stuart Smith, attended a pre-wedding counseling session
with Rabbi Jerry Winston in San Anselmo, Calif. The rabbi
mentioned that he had officiated at the marriage of Julie
Ann’s cousin.
Julie Ann had heard the stories of her great-
grandfather’s escape with the Torah, and that no one
knew where it was. In the whirr of Jewish geography and
family history that ensued, both Julie Ann and Winston
soon realized that Steven Hamburger had given the
rescued Torah to the rabbi.
“I didn’t even think to ask him for it,” said Julie Ann,
thinking back on that meeting.
In 2000, Winston officiated at the baby naming for
her daughter Charlotte, but Julie Ann and the rabbi then
would lose touch.
It was more than a decade later, when Julie Ann began
thinking about her daughter’s bat mitzvah, that her
thoughts again turned to the Torah. Beginning a search
last year, she soon discovered that Winston had died and
the small congregation he led had disbanded. Could he
have given the Torah to another synagogue?
She called the big synagogue in the San Francisco
Bay Area’s Marin County, Rodef Shalom, and the historic
synagogue in San Francisco, Temple Emanu-El, and
many others as well. She left messages. Then she received
a call back.
“The woman had a German accent and said she was
a friend of Rabbi Winston’s. She told me that his sons
had given the Torah away, to Rabbi Alan Levinson of
Sausalito,” remembered Julie Ann, who lives with her
husband, Stuart, and Charlotte in the small town of St.
Helena, Calif., near the family-owned Smith-Madrone
After reaching Levinson, who had been a longtime
friend of Winston’s, they quickly exchanged what each
knew of the provenance of the scroll. It was the one. “His
plan was to give it to another synagogue,” Julie Ann said.
Meanwhile, Julie Ann also was looking for a rabbi to
prepare Charlotte for her bat mitzvah. She connected
with Rabbi Jerry Levy, who worked with students via
Skype. She had known Levy growing up in San Diego; he
had been the rabbi at her brother David’s bar mitzvah.
Levy also was the chaplain at AlmaVia, a faith-based
elder care community in San Rafael, Calif., where
according to the rabbi, 18 to 20 of the 120 residents are
Jewish. Julie Ann asked if Levinson would consider giving
the Torah to Levy for use in his community. Levinson
agreed, and this month Levy held a dedication at
With Levinson, Julie Ann, and Charlotte present — she
helped roll the scroll to the correct reading — the scroll,
which was to be known as the Hamburger/Fuerstenau
Torah, was dedicated.
“They were kvelling,” said Levy of the AlmaVia
residents at the service.
Speaking at the ceremony, Charlotte recounted her
great-great-grandfather’s escape on Kristallnacht and the
Torah’s travels.
“We found it, and not only would I be able to use
it for my bat mitzvah, we could give it a home here at
AlmaVia,” she said.
“This coming spring, I will borrow the Torah from all
of you here at AlmaVia for my bat mitzvah. And the story
will continue.”
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“We found it, and not only would I be
able to use it for my bat mitzvah, we
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Palestinian reporter Asmaa al-Ghoul aims to keep thorn in Hamas’ side
Ben SaleS
TEL AVIV – She can’t stay out of trouble there, but Asmaa
al-Ghoul always comes back to Gaza.
A secular feminist Palestinian journalist, al-Ghoul, 30,
has been harassed by Hamas. She’s also been beaten and
arrested by Hamas police for protesting its Islamist poli-
cies and suppression of human rights.
But unlike most residents of the impoverished coastal
strip where Hamas reigns, al-Ghoul has been able to
get out, traveling as far as South Korea and spending
considerable time in Europe in the course of her work.
On Wednesday she will be in New York to receive the
Courage in Journalism Award from the International
Women’s Media Foundation.
Then she will return to Gaza City.
“I tried to stay in Europe and outside” Gaza, she said
in a recent phone interview from Cairo. “In Gaza there
are my son and my mom. At least in Gaza I am near my
home because all of my family is in Rafah,” the Gazan
refugee camp where she grew up.
Al-Ghoul began her career nine years ago as a news
reporter for the Al-Ayyam newspaper. But as she saw
ongoing violations of human and civil rights, she had
trouble keeping her opinions to herself. In 2007, al-Ghoul
published a piece criticizing her uncle, a Hamas leader,
for beating rival Fatah Party activists in their homes. In
response, she received death threats.
Undeterred, al-Ghoul since has opposed Hamas in
word and deed. She attends weekly women’s protests
in Gaza City advocating for Palestinian unity between
Hamas and Fatah, and has been arrested for walking with
a man on a beach and for riding a bicycle — Hamas bans
both activities. Unlike Gaza’s many religiously conserva-
tive women, al-Ghoul poses for pictures in a T-shirt and
jeans with her hair uncovered.
A vocal advocate of democratic reform in Gaza, she
says that Hamas’ repressive policies hinder the na-
tional aspirations of Palestinians and peace with Israel.
Al-Ghoul traveled to Cairo to support the Arab Spring
revolution there last year, and she has been a constant
promoter of a Palestinian unity government.
In its file on the Palestinian territories, Reporters
Without Borders says that “journalists condemning
Hamas policy remain targets for intimidation, assault,
unfair arrest and abusive imprisonment.”
“You cannot choose to be neutral all the time,” said
al-Ghoul, who now works for Lebanon’s Samir Kassir
Foundation, which advocates for media freedom. “I tried
to be neutral and write about people, but then I found
myself as part of the scene, so I started to blog about the
government and about life in Gaza. In your blog you can
be yourself.”
Although she is a fierce advocate of women’s rights,
some of al-Ghoul’s most vocal opponents are religious
Muslim women. She says that Gaza’s secular and Islamist
camps both have strong female contingents, and that
“this is healthy, to see all these voices in the same small
But al-Ghoul’s criticism of Hamas does not make her
pro-Israel. She recalls watching her father being beaten
by Israeli soldiers in the first intifada, during the Islamic
holy month of Ramadan, as the rest of the family hid in
the bathroom.
“I was fasting and we were crying a lot,” she said. “My
mouth gets dry now when I remember that day.”
She also is quite critical of the Israeli military’s
Operation Cast Lead in Gaza during December 2008 and
January 2009, in which 13 Israelis and approximately
1,400 Palestinians were killed.
Al-Ghoul says she eschews violence and hopes one
day to see peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
“I believe in peace,” she said. “I hate war, and as a
writer I cannot deal with war and revenge and blood. I
don’t want to see people die again. Why should you hate
the other?”
The daughter of an architecture professor, al-Ghoul
remembers curling up in a small room as a child reading
whatever books she found on her father’s shelf — even if
they were Islamist texts.
“My father used to behave with me very liberally,
discussing everything,” she said. Although al-Ghoul had
both brothers and sisters, she said her father “never
made a difference between us. He treated us the same.”
Now married with children of her own — an 8-year-
old boy and a baby girl — al-Ghoul says she doesn’t
have much time for fun or relaxation, though she called
spending time with her children “the most beautiful time
in the world.”
And though she is not a religious Muslim, al-Ghoul
says her faith in God has helped her through hard times.
“We all have one God, so I believe in this God,” she
said. “It’s very easy to be a believer. You become strong
and at the same time you will see peace.”
Ultimately, though, she looks to her writing to sustain
“I love to express myself,” she said. “To keep myself
alive in this situation, I should write more and more.”
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n this week’s portion, Chapter 13 of
Genesis describes Abraham’s disen-
gagement from his nephew Lot. The
background to this development is clear.
Both Abraham and Lot have become
quite wealthy; their flocks have become
numerous; the grazing lands are no lon-
ger large enough to meet their needs.
Disputes break out between the shep-
herds of Abraham and Lot.
So Abraham tells Lot: “Let there be
no arguments between the two of us or
between our shepherds, because, after
all, we are brothers.” Abraham suggests
that they part ways. “If you go left then
I will go right, and if you go right then
I will go left.” Immediately agreeing to
Abraham’s proposal, Lot chooses the
Jordan plain and Abraham settles in the
Land of Canaan. They separate.
The story seems straightforward. Yet
sensitive, as always, to subtle nuances in
the biblical narrative, our sages exposed
another dimension.
Following the story of the
disengagement, the Torah continues the
narrative: “And God spoke to Abraham
after Lot parted from him…” It is clearly
a new sentence, yet the Torah inserts
the word “and,” “And God spoke to
Abraham,” indicating a sequence. God,
the Midrash suggests, had spoken also
about the separation between uncle
Abraham and his nephew Lot.
What did God say about the matter?
The Midrash cites two perspectives.
Rabbi Nechemiah believes that God
approved. Abraham, who was childless at
the time, erroneously saw in Lot his heir,
both materially and spiritually. This was
a role Lot could not live up to, and the
separation was thus productive.
However, Rabbi Yehuda presents an
opposing view: God was profoundly
critical of Abraham’s decision to part ways
with Lot. “Anger was directed towards
our patriarch Abraham when Lot, his
nephew, left him. God said: ‘He befriends
everyone, he cleaves to everybody, but he
cleaves not to Lot — his own brother!’”
This is a sharp critique. Abraham
was the biblical paradigm of love and
kindness; a heart open to people of all
background and walks of life, ready to
embrace them with a glowing heart and
a delicious meal, opening vistas to their
spiritual yearnings and aching souls.
Abraham was the first human being to
reach out beyond his own community
of faith, turning monotheism from
an inner-circle tradition to a world
phenomenon. Wandering Arab Bedouins
felt comfortable in Abraham’s presence as
did men of great scholarship and prestige.
Yet when it came to family, the rules
were altered. “He cleaves to everyone,”
God laments, “but he cleaves not to
Lot — his own brother.” With his own
nephew, he somehow cannot find the
right approach and appropriate words to
maintain the loving connection.
Let us not be swift to judge Abraham.
Lot was a deeply troubled soul. He
most certainly experienced a love-hate
relationship with Abraham. Abraham
raised him and nurtured him, yet Lot
was aware that his own father, Haran,
was killed because of his support for
Abraham. In Lot’s eyes, Abraham was
indirectly responsible for his misery; and
yet Lot needed Abraham for his survival.
This creates a quite complicated family
dynamic. Perhaps Abraham felt that
at this point Lot desperately needed
to make it on his own, to establish
his independence, and deal with his
skeletons — away from the powerful
presence of Abraham.
More ideas have been suggested by
the biblical commentators as to the value
of the disengagement. But God was still
upset! You know how to embrace the
entire world, could you really not find a
way to embrace your own kin? You know
how to invoke the name of a healing
God in the hearts of strangers; can’t you
generate healing in the heart of your
The excuses may have been valid;
the situation was indeed difficult. But
God could still not tolerate the very
dichotomy: How can you attract the
entire world, yet alienate your own
We often encounter people who are
kind, gracious, and non-judgmental — as
long as they are dealing with strangers.
Yet within their family, there is strife,
animosity, and deception. They can
embrace the most remote stranger, but
with their own brother they are often not
on speaking terms.
“Family love is messy, clinging, and
of an annoying and repetitive pattern,
like bad wallpaper,” Nietzsche said. His
own family history was indicative of this.
The man considered to be the greatest
philosopher of modern times was at
some point loathed by most of his friends.
The fact remains that it is often easier to
capture the attention of the masses than
the heart of your children. You can be
a celebrity to millions, but a menace to
those who should cherish you most.
The rabbis in the Midrash were
sensitive to the truth of Judaism, that God
is intolerant of a universal soul who has
not the time and patience to cultivate
loving and genuine relationships within
his or her own family. Before you embrace
a stranger, make sure you learn how
to embrace your own brother; before
you save the world, make sure you save
your marriage. Before you rise up to
give a brilliant presentation to the 300
employees in your company, make sure
you are on speaking terms with your
parents and siblings.
“He befriends everyone, but he cleaves
not to his own brother!” How is it that
sometimes we know how to be there for
everybody else, besides our own?
Abraham, at the end, internalized
God’s critique. When his nephew was in
danger, he risked his life to save his. At a
moment of danger, Abraham was there
for Lot like nobody else would be. The
truly great heroes are those who are first
heroes within their own families.
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Josh Cohen” that wouldn’t warm any
Jewish mother’s heart. Full of zip and just zany
enough to avoid sappiness, the show exudes
menschlichkeit in a way that’s rarely seen. “The
Other Josh Cohen” asks the question, Do nice
guys ever finish first? and answers triumphant-
ly, yes.
Conceived and written entirely (book,
music, lyrics) by David Rossmer and Steve
Rosen, and smartly directed by Ted Sperling, the
show tells the true story (at least, true according
to the press notes) of aspiring writer Josh Cohen
and his search for love and luck — in that order.
Narrated by Rossmer, who plays present-day
Josh, the story meets last-year Josh (that’s
Rosen, with a mustache) just as he learns that
his first-floor New York apartment has been
robbed of everything except a Neil Diamond
CD, and not even one of the good ones. This
comes after a series of crushing romantic
disappointments, which always seem to leave
him alone on Valentine’s Day, or VD.
Hannah Elless, Vadim Feichtner, and Ken
Triwush play a variety of characters as well as
drums, keyboards, and bass on stage. Rossmer
and Rosen also play instruments as they sing
and dance all over the small, cozy stage of the
Soho Playhouse. The youthful simplicity of the
staging gives the show even more charm, as
does the constant back and forth between the
two incarnations of Josh.
A week after the break-in, last-year Josh
receives a letter addressed to him from
someone in West Palm Beach. Inside is a check
for $56,000. Who could it be from? The hilarious
song “Samuel Cohen’s Family Tree” explains it
could be from any of a dozen elderly relatives.
Their patriarch Sam “impregnated wombs
from sea to sea” and now they are all a part of
the same family, “a genetic, Semitic potpourri/
predisposed to colitis and severe anxiety.”
So much money really could change Josh’s
run of bad luck. He could afford a new suit from
Macy’s, a manly purple tie, and a computer that
doesn’t take floppy discs. But now his Jewish
guilt kicks in. How can he find out who sent
the check? Who exactly is Irma Cohen and
how is she related to him? There’s a very funny
call to his parents that doesn’t help much, but
eventually Josh tracks her down. Through some
twists and turns, Josh does the right thing and
everything turns out okay. What’s so surprising
is that he gives any thought to it at all. We so
rarely see the challenge of everyday ethical
behavior presented on stage that it seems
quite astonishing. It’s the ordinariness of Josh’s
dilemma that makes it so touching.
Rossmer grew up in River Edge, and he and
Rosen first met as teenagers in summer camp,
where they did an improvisational sketch
together. They have continued to work together
as well as apart, and they have achieved a lot
of success. Rossmer just left the Tony Award-
winning play “Peter and the Starcatcher”
and Rosen appeared in “Spamalot” and “The
Farnsworth Invention.” Along with Sarah
Satzberg and Dan Lipton, they created “Don’t
Quit Your Night Job,” which combined music,
improv, and skits, and toured several theaters in
New York. They are now working on a television
pilot and an adaptation of their off-Broadway
musical “Rated P for Parenthood.”
Aside from some relatively tame references
to pornography and marijuana, this is an ideal
show for teens. The references won’t shock
them, and the genuine sweetness of the show,
as well as the warmth of its family feeling, can
only do them good.
Josh Cohen, Josh Cohen, and Neil Diamond
lArrY YUdElSon
hat do you do when your nose falls off?
That was the question facing David
Rossmer his first time on stage. He was
playing the starring role in an elementary school
production of Pinocchio, and his prosthetic proboscis
came lose.
“I somehow went on with the show,” says the River
Edge native, who has pursued a career on stage as an
actor and backstage as a playwright and lyricist. In his
most recent production, “The Other Josh Cohen,” he is
both co-author and actor, playing one of the two Josh
Cohens at the center of the musical comedy.
His is the older Josh, narrating the events of his
year-younger-self, played by Rossmer’s writing partner,
Steve Rosen.
Rossmer and Rosen met as kids at French Woods
performing arts summer camp in upstate New York.
“We met doing an improvisation. We made each other
laugh and ever since have been the closest of friends,”
Rossmer said.
They were working together in Los Angeles on a
television project when “The Other Josh Cohen” was
“One night Neil Diamond came to us like Elijah and
we just started writing these songs,” Rossmer said.
The spirit of the American Jewish singer-songwriter
was summoned by a video game the creative duo
played to relax the night before an important meeting.
“The music sounded like a Neil Diamond song,”
said. “In the apartment Steve sublet, there was a guitar
on the wall. We took it down and started to write a lot of
songs that felt in the style of Neil Diamond.
“We just had so much fun. The sun came out and
we had eight songs, Neil Diamond-style songs, and all
except one ended up in the show. We had such a blast
we just wanted to share them.
“Steve and I both love Neil Diamond. My first Neil
Diamond record was Hot August Night. My mother had
an incredible record collection. I always listened to Neil
Diamond and Sergeant Pepper. And Jacques Brel, for
some reason, in French. She loved music. She played
the piano and guitar; that’s the reason I play piano and
guitar,” he said.
As for the plot of “The Other Josh Cohen,” Rossmer
said that “it was a true story. Most of it is true. It’s been
embellished for the theater. We chose the name to
protect the innocent. The person it happened to had
a very common Jewish name. We sort of took the truth
and shielded it.”
Despite having changed the name of the
protagonist, the playwrights have been getting calls
from real Josh Cohens. “I say, of course we didn’t write a
musical about you. We don’t know you,’” Rossmer said.
“But I have trouble with money and heartache and I
like Neil Diamond,” replied a Josh Cohen.
Nonetheless, there is good news for the Josh Cohens
of the world: They’re eligible for a special discount
Arts & culture
Steve Rosen as
Josh Cohen and
David Rossmer
as Josh Cohen
Photo by Carol
52 Jewish standard OCtOBer 26, 2012
The Other Son
Eric A. GoldmAn
ow does a filmmaker tackle the Arab-Palestinian
Israelis have been struggling with this for
decades. The earliest films, like the 1961 classic “They
Were Ten,” were similar to the classic romantic Westerns
that were popular at the time. They showed how enemies
can live next to each other, side by side, in peace. Just as
the white man and the “Indian” came together in such
American Westerns as “Broken Arrow” to smoke a peace
pipe, this film had Jew and Arab each take a puff from
a hookah and then seem to live happily ever after. The
conclusions of these films laid out a hope that both sides
could somehow live in peace.
But in the intervening years much has happened
in the Middle East. In trying to broach the differences,
Israeli filmmakers made a series of films tackling the
conflict through the realm of forbidden love. Some
historians observed that this made it easier for the
Israeli audience to encounter the conflict, whose roots
otherwise were too complex and often painful. In
the post-1982 Lebanon War period, films like Daniel
Wachmann’s 1982 “Hamsin,” which showed the
unraveling of long-held friendships between Israeli Jews
and Israeli Arabs in the Galilee, and Nissim Dayan’s 1985
“On a Narrow Bridge,” about the relationship between
a male Israeli reserve officer and Palestinian Christian
woman in the west bank, tried to push the notion that
each side might somehow come together. These films
began to draw the attention of Israeli moviegoers and
several other Israeli films of this genre followed.
Could love somehow prevail and bring about a peace?
Now, French writer and director Lorraine Lévy enters
the fray with “The Other Son.” She, too, draws on the
question of love — though it is a different form of love
— to draw us in to continue to examine the current
situation between Israel and the Palestinians. She
enters a controversial sphere of filmmaking, which is
riddled with hidden minefields. European and American
filmmakers already have entered this terrain, attempting
to give their interpretation of events and provide a
perspective on a potential coming together of Israelis
and Palestinians. But, by and large, moviemakers — even
the most talented among them, like Costa-Gavras (1983’s
“Hanna K) and Steven Spielberg (2005’s “Munich”) —
were slammed, either for not telling the right story or for
relating one that was not fair enough to one side or the
Could Lévy do the subject justice?
She draws on a familiar literary motif, that of two
babies who accidentally are switched at birth and then
grow up and live in what should have been the other’s
domain. One is an Israeli Jew, the other a Palestinian
Just what is it in their DNA that makes them different
and what are the repercussions when their true identities
are uncovered? Can the parents continue to love their
sons, and what are the consequences of such love?
The filmmaker uses this plotline to tackle the
current tense situation effectively, with a sensitivity
and tastefulness that does not attempt to make you
squirm, but rather allows you to sit upright and pay close
attention. She provides a unique perspective as we are
able to observe the various reactions of mothers, fathers
and siblings on both sides of the border. As the filmmaker
told me, “In fiction you can say so much more.”
She did acknowledge, however, that her film would
not change anything. All she wants is for her movie to
encourage dialogue. When I quizzed her about why
she made this film, she talked about the resurgence of
anti-Semitism in France. She referred to the violence
wreaked by people in France “who do not really know
what Jews do and who Jews really are.” She wanted to
raise the subject of identity and the question of what
it is like to be “the other,” issues that have been central
throughout Jewish history. “My film falls into this present
context,” she said. “You sometimes need to fight against
prejudice.” Lévy mediates fairly between both sides.
“The Other Son” was filmed in Israel and in the west
bank. The very making of the film was an exercise in
cooperation and conflict resolution. The film crew was
made up of French, Israeli, and Palestinian artists and
technicians, who complemented each other and worked
well together. When there was an issue with Israeli
security, the Israelis on the crew dealt with it. When
Palestinian teenagers threw stones, the problem was
resolved quickly when the Palestinian crew members
met with the residents. Oh, if it all could be so easy!
Emmanuelle Davos as Orit, the French-born Israeli
mother, and Alon Silbers as her macho Israeli husband
do a fine job, as do Khalifa Natour and Areen Omari as
the Arab couple. Both the actors who play the 18-year-
old youths, Jules Sitruk and Medhi Dehbi, are quite
believable. This is the third film that Lorraine Lévy has
directed; in it, she brings us a sensitive portrait of a
difficult situation at a demanding time in Israel.
The film opens today in New York City, Westchester,
and Montclair.
Eric A. Goldman, president of Ergo Media, teaches cinema and
is film reviewer for the Jewish Standard
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photos Courtesy Cohen Media Group
friday [oct. 26]
Shabbat in Demarest Sha’ar
Communities offers musical
Shabbat services led by Rabbi Adina
Lewittes, 6:15 p.m. (201) 213-9569 or
joanne@shaarcommunities.org for location.
saturday [oct. 27]
Shabbat in Wyckoff Rabbi Ziona Zelazo
leads an alternative meditative prayer
service in Temple Beth Rishon’s library,
10 a.m. 585 Russell Ave. (201) 891-4466 or
Louis, Milo613@aol.com.
sunday [oct. 28]
Blood drive in Ridgewood Temple Israel
and St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church of
Ridgewood sponsor a blood drive at the
shul, 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m., in conjunction with
Community Blood Services. 475 Grove St.
(201) 444-9320 or office@synagogue.org.
Walkathon The Jewish Association for
Developmental Disabilities holds its annual
walkathon, rain or shine, at the Englewood
Boat Basin recreational area, 9 a.m.
(201) 457-0058, ext. 13, or www.J-ADD.org.
Family program The YJCC in Washington
Township offers a program, “First Friends,”
where young families can meet one another,
9 a.m. Hosted by the YJCC’s Nursery
School Parent Association; bagels served.
605 Pascack Road. (201) 666-6610, ext.
Harlem tour The Fair Lawn Jewish Center/
Congregation B’nai Israel holds a Jewish
walking tour of Harlem, leaving the FLJC
at 9:30 a.m. Fee includes bus, guided
tour (approximately three hours), lunch,
and gratuities at Talia Steakhouse. 10-10
Norma Ave. (201) 796-5040 or Adrienne,
Book/gift sale The YJCC in Washington
Township holds “Sefer Celebration: A
Festival of Children’s Books,” its annual
children’s book and gift sale, 10 a.m.-
3 p.m. Also Monday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. All
proceeds benefit the YJCC’s William Seth
Glazer Children’s Book Fund. 605 Pascack
Road. Anette McGarity, (201) 666-6610, ext.
5662 or amcgarity@yjcc.org.
Yard sale in Hackensack Temple Beth El
offers a sale, rain or shine, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Participants are welcome to buy a table
to sell their wares or donate the items
to the temple to sell. 280 Summit Ave.
(201) 342-2045.
God and spirituality Rabbi Alberto
Zeilicovich continues a fall series at Temple
Beth Sholom in Fair Lawn, “God and
Spirituality in the Modern World,” 10:30 a.m.
40-25 Fair Lawn Ave. (201) 797-9321.
Yaakov Rosenthal Courtesy tGs
Healthy Shabbat food Yaakov Rosenthal,
who trained at the Institute of Integrative
Nutrition, offers a “Healthy Shabbat Food
Dementia,” for River Dell Hadassah at the
River Edge Public Library, 12:30 p.m. Dairy
refreshments. 685 Elm Ave. (551) 265-1573.
Mini-health fair in Washington Township
The YJCC hosts a health fair from Valley
Hospital, 1-3 p.m. Flu shots available with
appointment, (201) 291-6090. 605 Pascack
Road. (201) 666-6610.
Jimmy Margulies Courtesy temple Israel
Cartoonist in Ridgewood Jimmy Margulies,
a longtime member of Temple Israel in
Ridgewood and a syndicated award-
winning editorial cartoonist for The Record,
talks at the shul, 7:30 p.m. 475 Grove St.
(201) 444-9320.
Rabbi Mordechai Shain Courtesy lotp
In touch with your inner self Rabbi
Mordechai Shain of Lubavitch on the
Palisades begins a six-week JLI course,
“The Kabbalah of You,” 8 p.m. 11 Harold St.
(201) 871-1152 or www.myjli.com.
wednesday [oct. 31]
Jazz in Tenafly The JCC Thurnauer
School of Music offers a Jazz Wednesday
performance by the school’s jazz combos
and large ensemble, led by the music
school’s jazz faculty, 7:30 p.m. 411 East
Clinton Ave. (201) 408-1465.
friday [nov. 2]
Shabbat in Closter Temple Beth El offers
the Shabbat spiritual evening service led
by Rabbi David S. Widzer and Cantor
Rica Timman with guest harpist Barbara
Allen, 7:30 p.m. 221 Schraalenburgh Road.
(201) 768-5112.
Shabbat in Woodcliff Lake Temple
Emanuel of the Pascack Valley offers
“Shabbat Tikvah,” a service of inspiration
and renewal. Pareve chocolate/sweets
reception, 7:45 p.m.; service at 8.
Discussion on mending relationships
during the oneg. 87 Overlook Drive.
(201) 391-0801 or www.tepv.org.
saturday [nov. 3]
Havdalah in Emerson Congregation
B’nai Israel offers Pajama Havdalah for
families with children up to age 7, along
School open house in River Edge The
Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey holds
its annual open house, beginning with reg-
istration and an academic fair, 7 p.m., and
a program with interactive presentations
at 7:30. 666 Kinderkamack Road. Tamar
Kahn, (201) 986-1414, tkahn@rynj.org, or
monday [oct. 29]
Senior program in Wayne The Chabad
Center of Passaic County continues its
Smile on Seniors (SOS) program with a
film/discussion and brunch, at the center,
11:30 a.m. 194 Ratzer Road. Chani,
(973) 694-6274 or Chanig@optonline.net.
Jewish women Rabbi Rachel Hertzman
discusses “It’s in the Bag: Jewish Women
and Identity,” a look at what’s in women’s
purses, backpacks, and briefcases, for the
Rosh Chodesh Women’s Group at Temple
Emeth, 7:30 p.m. 1666 Windsor Road,
Teaneck, (201) 833-1322.
Open house in Paramus Yeshivat Noam
invites prospective parents to an open
house, 8 p.m. 70 West Century Road.
Ruchie Wiesel, (201) 261-1919, ext. 380, or
tuesday [oct. 30]
Nancy Ellson FIle photo
Community health talk Nancy Ellson,
coordinator, Center for Healthy Living, Holy
Name Medical Center, Teaneck, discusses
“I Forgot Where I Put the Car Keys! Should
I Worry? Current Issues in Alzheimer’s and
Workshop” at the Teaneck General Store,
10:30 a.m. 502 Cedar Lane. (201) 530-5046.
Family bingo in Fair Lawn Temple Beth
Sholom holds its annual family bingo day
with prizes and refreshments, 1:30 p.m. 40-
25 Fair Lawn Ave. (201) 797-9321.
Art auction The Veritans Club hosts
an art exhibition and auction to benefit
Camp Veritans in the camp’s dining hall.
Preview, 2 p.m.; auction at 3 by Marlin
Art. Refreshments. Babysitting available.
225 Pompton Road, Haledon. Hallie,
(973) 706-5369 or www.campveritans.com.
Healthy pregnant moms SPARKS offers
“The Health of the Mother Before and
After Birth” as part of a program on the
dynamics of family life at Temple Avodat
Shalom, 3-6 p.m. Professor Susan Dowd
will discuss “Women’s Reproductive Health
in Relation of Perinatal and Postpartum
Disorders.” Video follows. Other presenters
include Dr. James Forster, Elyse Goldstein,
Rus Devorah (Darcy) Wallen, and Sheila
Steinbach of JFS. Refreshments. Co-
sponsored by JFS of Bergen and North
Hudson, JFS of North Jersey, and Jewish
Federation of Northern New Jersey. 385
Howland Ave., River Edge. (718) 277-2757
ext 5, email sarah@sparkscenter.org, or
(201) 489-2463.
Movie/discussion in Franklin Lakes
Temple Emanuel of North Jersey screens
“The Walking Dead,” 6 p.m. Panel
discussion on moral questions raised in
the provocative television series with Rev.
Donald Hummel, chaplain of Paramus
Catholic High School; Alyssa Gray,
associate professor of codes and responsa
at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute
of Religion; attorney Moshe Horn, former
Manhattan assistant district attorney; and
attorney Richard Altabef, Emmy Award-
winning former counsel to CBS News
and “Sixty Minutes” and legal adviser
to Univision News. Temple Emanuel’s
Rabbi Joseph H. Prouser will moderate.
A representative from Skyline Films, an
independent film and promotional video
producer, will record the proceedings. 558
High Mountain Road. (201) 560-0200.
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Temple Beth El of
Northern Valley in
Closter welcomes
harpist Barbara
Allen for a Shabbat
spiritual service,
along with Cantor
Rica Timman, pianist
James Rensink, the
shul’s musical director,
and Rabbi David
S. Widzer, Friday,
Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. 221
Schraalenburgh Road,
Closter. (201) 768-5112
or www.tbenv.org.

with their parents, grandparents, and
siblings, 6:30 p.m. Bring a bedtime toy and
pillow. 53 Palisade Ave. (201) 265-2272 or
Family fun The Glen Rock Jewish Center
hosts a family fun night with a Havdalah
service, films for children, appetizers
for adults (BYO kosher wine), and dairy
dessert, 7 p.m. 682 Harristown Road.
(201) 652-6624.
sunday [nov. 4]
Holiday boutique/art sale in Washington
Township The Bergen County YJCC
holds its annual holiday boutique. Items
include hats, scarves, gloves, jewelry,
stationery, clothing, handcrafted ceramics,
and paintings created by professional
artists and students in the YJCC’s classes,
9 a.m.-4 p.m., and again on Monday,
9 a.m.-3 p.m. 605 Pascack Road.
(201) 666-6610.
School open house in Elizabeth The
Jewish Educational Center’s Bruriah High
School for Girls holds an open house,
9:30 a.m. 35 North Ave. (908) 355-4850 or
Kristallnacht commemoration in Tenafly
The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades screens
“in Darkness,” an Oscar-nominated film
for Best Foreign Film/English subtitles, in
commemoration of Kristallnacht, 1 p.m.
Daniel Paisner, co-author of “The Girl in
the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust’s
Shadow,” and Krystyna Chiger, a Holocaust
survivor, will be there. Co-sponsored by
the Judaic and adult departments and the
Martin Perlman & Jo-Ann Hassan Holocaust
Education Institute Endowment Fund. 411
East Clinton Ave. Robyn, (201) 408-1429.
Kristallnacht commemoration in Fair
Lawn Congregation Shomrei Torah holds
the fourth annual Susan Nelson Glasser
Memorial Kristallnacht Commemoration,
7:30 p.m. The film “Light in the Dark” will be
screened. 19-10 Morlot Ave. (201) 791-7910
or mediahappenings@gmail.com.
tuesday [nov. 6]
Hadassah meets in River Edge Former
Jewish Community News editor Edith Sobel
discusses “Into the Next 100 Years” at River
Dell Hadassah’s fundraising luncheon at
Sanducci’s Trattoria, noon. Fish or pasta
entree. Proceeds benefit Hadassah and
the Hadassah Medical Organization. Door
prizes. 620 Kinderkamack Road. Amy,
(201) 967-8919.
Holocaust offers a family program “Lettuce
Rejoice!” an interactive puppet show
starring Yellow Sneaker, 2 p.m. 36 Battery
Place. (646) 437-4202 or www.mjhnyc.org.
si ngles
sunday [nov. 11]
For marriage minded Jewish women A
seminar, “Inner Self/Outer Self,” offers
a spiritual and physical makeover from
head to toe with certified makeup artists,
professional hair stylists, a nutritional
therapist, personal trainer, spiritual and
dating life coach, image consultant/
stylist, and Zumba. Bring sneakers.
Demonstrations, discussions, applications,
refreshments, giveaways, and prizes.
Congregation Talmud Torah Adereth El,
2-6:30 p.m. Registration, 1:45 p.m. 133 East
29th St., Manhattan, between Lexington
and Third Avenue. (973) 851-9070 or
tuesday [nov. 13]
Networking The Tribe hosts a Jewish
Business Networking event for Jewish
professionals at the Russian Art Museum
in downtown Jersey City, 8:30 a.m. 80
Grand St., Jersey City, Joshua Bernstein,
the exhibition Hava Nagila: A Song for the
People. www.mjhnyc.org or (646) 437-4202.
sunday, [nov. 4]
School information session Ramah
Jerusalem High School holds an
information session at the Jewish
Theological Seminar of America, 7 p.m.
Program coordinator Arie Hasit is the guest
speaker. 3080 Broadway. (212) 678-8883,
ramahisrael@jtsa.edu, or ramah.org.il/try.
Klezmer in Brooklyn Metropolitan
Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos play at
the Brooklyn Center for Performing
Arts, 2 p.m. $30. (718) 951-4500 or
wednesday [nov. 7]
Finances during health crisis A roundtable
discussion, “Taking Control of Your
Financial Health During and After a Health
Crisis,” sponsored by Sharsheret, a national
not-for-profit organization supporting young
women and their families of all Jewish
backgrounds facing breast cancer, is at UJA
Federation of New York, 7 p.m. 130 East
59th St., Room 710. Light kosher dinner.
sunday [nov. 11]
Family program The Museum of Jewish
Heritage — A Living Memorial to the
i n new york
sunday [oct. 21]
Jewish music Joey Weisenberg, a rising
star of the Brooklyn music scene, and his
ensemble offer Jewish melodies, prayers,
and chants, at the historic Eldridge Street
Synagogue, 3 p.m. www.eldridgestreet.org.
thursday [oct. 25]
Music at Carnegie Hall The Collegiate
Chorale performs “Kol Nidre” (Arnold
Schoenberg) and “Mechaye Hametim”
(Noam Sheriff) with the Israel Philharmonic,
7 p.m. Presented by American Friends
of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
(212) 697-2949, (212) 247-7800, or
sunday [oct. 28]
Tag sale in Spring Valley Congregation
Sons of Israel holds a tag sale,
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Rain date, Nov. 4. 80
Williams Ave. (845) 634-1115.
Israeli dances The Museum of Jewish
Heritage — A Living Memorial to the
Holocaust offers Hava Nagila Hoedown, an
afternoon of Israeli folk dance for people
of all ages and skill levels, hosted by Ruth
Goodman, director of the Israeli Dance
Institute, 2:30 p.m., in conjunction with
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Broadway ‘classics’ will ring out in Paramus
The Jewish Community
Center of Paramus
presents “An Evening of
Broadway Classics” on
Saturday, Nov. 10. Doors
open at 7 p.m. with a
silent auction preview,
followed by the show at
The auction will
have items including
electronics, wine, food,
Judaica, books, and
The star-studded
group performing
includes James Michael,
baritone, Gay Willis,
soprano, and David
Maiullo, pianist.
Michael’s early influences were Robert
Goulet, John Raitt, and Howard Keel.
He has appeared in off-Broadway
productions, has been a frequent guest
artist in area concerts, and was featured
soloist with Bravo Alliance of Performing
Artists. This evening marks his 20th
performance of “Broadway Classics” with
the other two stars.
Award-winning soprano Willis
performed in the world tour of “The
Music of Andrew
Lloyd Webber” with
Michael Crawford and
Sarah Brightman and
starred in many shows,
including as Christine
Daae in “The Phantom
of the Opera” opposite
Colm Wilkinson.
Accompanist, con-
ductor, coach, and mu-
sic director Maiullo has
performed more than
3,000 recitals and pro-
grams at venues in-
cluding Carnegie, Avery
Fisher, Alice Tully, and
Merkin concert halls, as
well as venues in Spain,
Portugal, Germany,
Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, and
Japan. He is also the coach/accompanist
at the musical theater class at the Julliard
School of Music.
Tickets are $25 through Nov. 1 and $36
after that date; and $45 at the door. Prices
include wine and dairy refreshments.
Event proceeds will benefit synagogue
programs at the JCC of Paramus.
For information, call (201) 262-7691.
James Michael
photo proVIded
Batik and silk art in Tenafly
“Abstractions on Silk — Batik and Silk
Paintings by Ritika Gandhi” will be on
display Nov. 1-26 at the Waltuch Gallery
of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in
Tenafly. A meet-the-artist reception will
be on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Gandhi of Wayne was born and
raised in India. For information,
call the Waltuch Gallery director,
Ophrah Listokin, at (201) 408-1408 or
“Unfurling” by Ritika Gandhi. Courtesy
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Deborah Beckman, daughter of
Ruth Beckman and John Vena
of Rutherford and sister of Alex,
celebrated becoming a bat mitz-
vah on Oct. 20 at Temple Beth
Or in Washington Township.
Hannah Berman
Hannah Berman, daughter of
Deborah and Andrew Berman
of Tenafly, sister of Melanie and
Julia, and granddaughter of Don
and the late Jeanette Bloom of
East Brunswick and Patricia and
the late Meyer Berman of Boca
Raton, Fla., celebrated becom-
ing a bat mitzvah on Oct. 13 at
Congregation Kol HaNeshamah
of Englewood. She is a sixth
grader at Forum School in
Scott Budkofsky, son of Stacy
and Bruce Budkofsky and broth-
er of Adam, celebrated becom-
ing a bar mitzvah on Oct. 13 at
Temple Emanu-El in Closter.
Aaron Delin
Aaron Delin, son of Cheryl and
Robert Delin of Demarest, cel-
ebrated becoming a bar mitzvah
on Oct. 13 at Temple Beth El of
Northern Valley in Closter.
Jacob Feit
Jacob Feit, son of Diane and
Daniel Feit and brother of Elijah
and Gillian, celebrated becom-
ing a bar mitzvah on Oct. 20 at
Temple Emanu-El in Closter.
Mendy Garb
Mendy Garb, son of Rachi and
Shneur Garb of Teaneck, broth-
er of Kayla, 15, a student at
Bruriah High School, and
Ziporah (Ziggy), 8, who attends
the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North
Jersey, and grandson of Rivki
Garb of Brooklyn, celebrated be-
coming a bar mitzvah on
Shemini Atzeret, Oct. 8, at the
Chabad House of Teaneck. He
attends Joseph Kushner Hebrew
Academy in Livingston.
Chloe Goldberg
Chloe Goldberg, daughter of
Karen Krane and Neil Goldberg
of Fair Lawn and sister of
Sophie, celebrated becom-
ing a bat mitzvah on Oct. 20 at
the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/
Congregation B’nai Israel.
Deanna Javer
Deanna Javer, daughter of
Sharon and Dennis Javer of
Mahwah and sister of Dayrn,
celebrated becoming a bat mitz-
vah on Oct. 20 at Temple Beth
Rishon in Wyckoff.
Samuel Lipschitz
Samuel Lipschitz, son of
Rebecca Wolk and Seth
Lipschitz of Oakland, celebrated
becoming a bar mitzvah on
Oct. 20 at Temple Israel &
Jewish Community Center in
Dylan Mandelblatt, son
of Michelle and Lowell
Mandelblatt of Closter, cel-
ebrated becoming a bar mitzvah
on Oct. 20 at Temple Beth El of
Northern Valley in Closter.
Sage Miller
Sage Miller, daughter of Carol
and Randy Miller of Old Tappan,
celebrated becoming a bat mitz-
vah on Oct. 20 at Temple Beth El
of Northern Valley in Closter.
Blake Reed
Blake Reed, son of Carrie and
Chris Reed of Wyckoff and
brother of Grant, celebrated
becoming a bar mitzvah on Oct.
13 at Temple Beth Rishon in
Sari Rosen
Sari Rosen, daughter of Adyna
and Eric Rosen, sister of Kyle,
and granddaughter of Janice
and Gerald Rosen of Teaneck
and Harold and the late Candi
Brown, celebrated becoming a
bat mitzvah on Oct. 20 at
Congregation Beth Sholom in
Teaneck. Sari attends Solomon
Schechter Day School in New
Milford. As a mitzvah project,
she volunteers at Chance at Life
Cat Rescue in Hackensack.
Jake Runyon
Jake Runyon, son of Dana and
Michael Runyon and brother of
Jordan and Tyler, celebrated be-
coming a bar mitzvah on Oct. 20
at Temple Emanu-El in Closter.
Rachel Sarnack
Rachel Sarnack, daughter of
Sheryl and Neil Sarnack and sis-
ter of Matthew and Genevieve,
celebrated becoming a bat
mitzvah on Oct. 13 at Temple
Emanu-El in Closter.
Michael Schutz
Michael Schutz, son of Emily
Hadjis and Eric Schutz of Fair
Lawn, celebrated becoming
a bat mitzvah on Oct. 20 at
Temple Emeth in Teaneck.
Ashley Sloan
Ashley Jenna Sloan, daughter
of Carol and Darren Sloan of
Maywood, sister of Josh, and
granddaughter of Renee and
Carl Sloan of Boynton Beach,
Fla., and Marjorie and William
Tomer of Vero Beach, Fla., cel-
ebrated becoming a bat mitzvah
on Oct. 13 at Temple Avodat
Shalom in River Edge.
Jordan Waxenbaum, son of
Mimi and Steven Waxenbaum of
Upper Saddle River and brother
of Scott and Alex, celebrated
becoming a bar mitzvah on Oct.
20 at Temple Beth Haverim Shir
Shalom in Mahwah.
Dillon Weiss
Dillon Henry Weiss, son of Roz
and Jeffrey Rosenthal of Wayne
and the late Stuart Weiss, cele-
brated becoming a bar mitzvah
on Oct. 6 at the Chabad Center
of Passaic County.
mazal tov
Ben Porat Yosef student Joey
Yudelson placed ninth in a
field of over 70 gifted seventh
grade math students in the
Bergen County Annual Math
Competition, which took
place on Sunday, Oct. 14 . He
is pictured here with Stanley
Fischman, director of gen-
eral studies, and Rav Tomer
Ronen, Rosh HaYeshiva (head
of school), at Ben Porat Yosef.
mazal tov
Mazal tov to Olivia Deutsch
and Brandon Jerome who
are the 100th couple engaged
through YUConnects. They met
at a YUConnects Shabbaton in
Teaneck. The couple plans a
November wedding.
YU President Richard M. Joel and David Pelcovitz, the
Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Psychology and Jewish
Education at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education
and Administration, created YUConnects for YU students and
alumni to meet. The program is facilitated by more than 100
trained YU connectors and is powered by SawYouatSinai, a
Jewish community dating site. YUConnects also launched the
Jewish Matchmaking Alliance.
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Ethel Broser
Ethel Broser, née Schwartzberg, 88, of River Vale, former-
ly of New Milford, died on Oct. 22.
A 1942 graduate of Simmons College in Boston, she
was a dietitian at New York Hospital and former presi-
dent of Northern NJ Tri-Boro Chapter of Hadassah.
Predeceased by her husband, Milton, and sisters
Rebecca Freedman and Evelyn Cohen, she is survived
by sons, Larry (Cathy Harris), Bruce (Barbara), and
Clifford (Alice); sisters Anita Epstein (William) and Ethel
Chaifetz; and eight grandchildren.
Contributions can be sent to Northern NJ Tri-Boro
Chapter of Hadassah; arrangements were by Robert
Schoem’s Menorah Chapel, Paramus.
Philip Cohen
Philip H. Cohen, 90, of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Fair
Lawn, died on Oct. 23.
He was a World War II Army Air Force veteran serving
in the European Theatre and attained the rank of lieu-
tenant. Before retiring, he owned W. Kodak Jewelers in
South Plainfield.
He is survived by his wife, Lenore; children, Elyse
and Jeffrey (Robin); two grandchildren, and nieces and
Donations can be sent to Hospice By The Sea, Boca
Raton, Fla.; arrangements were by Louis Suburban
Chapel, Fair Lawn.
Harriet K. Duchan
Harriet Duchan, 87, formerly of Fair Lawn, died on Oct.
Before retiring, she was a speech pathologist for
Elmwood Park High School and a volunteer mediator for
the New Jersey Superior Court.
Predeceased by her husband, Simon, and sons,
Andrew and Jeffrey, she is survived by daughters Barbara
Duchan and Sharon Abrams; brothers Warren and
Robert Kirschner; and two granddaughters.
Donations can be sent to the Jewish Association for
Developmental Disabilities, Hackensack; arrangements
were by Robert Schoem’s Menorah Chapel, Paramus.
Kenneth Feldman
Kenneth Feldman of Fort Lee, formerly of Tenafly and
Cliffside Park, died on Oct. 21 in Fort Lee.
Born in Englewood, he was a worker’s compensation
lawyer. For the last 4 ½ years, he was the president of
Congregation Gesher Shalom/JCC of Fort Lee and was a
member of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood.
He is survived by a sister, Bonnie Lieman of Port
Washington, Md., and two nieces, Kara and Joy.
Contributions can be sent to the above named syna-
gogues; arrangements were by Gutterman and Musicant
Jewish Funeral Directors, Hackensack.
Charlotte Fish
Charlotte Fish of Livingston, formerly of Paterson, died
on Oct. 22. Arrangements were by Louis Suburban
Chapel, Fair Lawn.
Ida Rosenberg
Ida Rosenberg, 84, of Fair Lawn, died on Oct. 19.
Arrangements were by Louis Suburban Chapel, Fair
Rose Schwartz
Rose W. Schwartz, neé Weisser, 99, of Park Ridge, for-
merly of New York and Westwood, died on Oct. 23 in Park
Predeceased by her husband, Irving, in 2000 and
a son-in-law, Martin Wintner, she is survived by a
daughter, Barbara Wintner; two grandchildren; and two
Donations can be sent to the American Cancer
Society; arrangements were by Gutterman and Musicant
Jewish Funeral Directors, Hackensack.
Larry Wenzel
Larry Wenzel, 78, of Paramus, died on Oct. 21 in
Born In Jersey City, he was a Korean War veteran and
an antiques dealer in Bergenfield.
He is survived by his wife, Carol, née Davidson, chil-
dren, Michael and Beth; and five grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Gutterman and Musicant
Jewish Funeral Directors, Hackensack.
Obituaries are prepared with information provided
by funeral homes. Correcting errors is the responsibility
of the funeral home.
How sorely we are stricken!
Congregation Gesher Shalom (The Jewish
Community Center of Fort Lee) grieves
as we mourn the sudden and shocking
passing of our dedicated and munifcent
co-President, Kenneth Feldman. We will
miss his presence (at daily minyanim and at
Shabbat and Yom Tov services), his quips,
his barbs, his humor, his caring, his critiques
and his love for our Shul.
In our grief we also extend our
sympathies to his sister, Bonnie Lieman
and her family, to his many friends and
colleagues in the legal profession, to those
at Ahavath Torah who knew him, and to all
who developed a genuine affection for him.
He will be missed more than he ever
Arnold Grodman, co-President
Kenneth A. Stern, Rabbi
Martha Dawson, Executive Director
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Early childhood students at the Yavneh Academy
“jumped” right in to learn how to make grape
juice as parts of a four-session Havdalah learning
experience. Debbie AbrAmowitz
Former Teaneck mayor Elie Katz helps volunteers
and Team Kayla cut the ribbon at the Friendship
Circle of Bergen County’s New Jersey Walk last month
at Votee Park in Teaneck. More than 1,000 people
joined the festivities that supported the Friendship
Circle, a project of the Friends of Lubavitch of Bergen
County that fosters relationships between community
teens and children with special needs. Courtesy FC
Students in the Bergen County YJCC’s David
Rukin Early Childhood Center Nursery School
enjoy their new custom-designed playground, which
was completed in September. Courtesy yJCC
Rabbi Lawrence Zierler, left, of the Jewish Center
of Teaneck, is pictured with Rabbi Aryeh Spero,
JCT guest speaker, who examined “Why This Rabbi
is a Political Conservative — It’s Biblical.” The context
was the upcoming presidential election. miChAel lAves
Students at the Northern New Jersey Jewish
Academy, housed at Temple Israel in Ridgewood,
hold up stuffed toy donations representative of the
134,000 toys donated to Bears from Bergenfield over
the past 10 years. Rabbi Claire Ginsburg Goldstein,
Bear’s group founder, joins the event. Courtesy ClAire
GinsburG GolDstein
The Torah Academy of Bergen County in Teaneck
held its alumni reunion in Israel, for alumni who
are spending their gap year or a second year learning
in Israel, on Oct. 10. TABC’s coach Bobby Kaplan has
organized the annual Sukkot event for seven years.
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The Jewish Standard was fortunate enough to
receive an abundance of community Sukkot
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Bette Grable, Audrey
Hepburn, Tony Curtis and
other life-size stand-up ce-
lebrities joined residents at
the celebration.
The evening started with
a gourmet dinner prepared
by executive chef Rob Derin.
The evening continued with
former Radio City Rockette
Lynn Sullivan guiding guests as they danced the lindy,
cha-cha, box step, horah and line dances. Five Star staff
and Fairleigh Dickinson University students celebrated
with residents, partnering with them on the dance floor.
To tour the community and join a day of great pro-
gramming, call (201) 836-7474 for an appointment.
Five Star Senior Living, the Senior Living division
of Five Star Quality Care, is one of the country’s largest
providers of quality retirement living, with over 250 com-
munities in 32 states.
Five star resident
Leonard Sommer and
Thanksgiving food drive in Teaneck
The township of Teaneck, the Teaneck Police
Department’s community policing squad, the Helping
Hands Food Pantry, the Teaneck Rotary Club, and Hope
Presbyterian Church are conducting a food drive. Last
year, the drive provided 150 Teaneck families with a tur-
key and ingredients for a Thanksgiving dinner.
Food donations are welcome from both individuals
and businesses. The most needed items are canned veg-
etables, boxes of stuffing, canned green beans, canned
potatoes, cranberry sauce, boxed pies, and boxed maca-
roni and cheese.
Financial contributions from individuals or business-
es are welcome as well. Please make your check payable
to “Teaneck Township” with a reference on the bottom
of the check to “Social Services.” Gift certificates also are
The food drive will go from Oct. 29 to Nov. 15.
Collection points are the Teaneck Municipal Building
(818 Teaneck Road); Richard Rodda Center (250 Colonial
Court); police headquarters (900 Teaneck Road); fire
headquarters and all fire stations (1231 Teaneck Road, 617
Cedar Lane, 370 Teaneck Road, and 1375 Windsor Road);
the public library (840 Teaneck Road); Davis Saperstein
& Salomon, P.C. (375 Cedar Lane); Bogota Savings Bank
(819 Teaneck Road), and Hope Presbyterian Church (1190
River Road).
Families in need should call social work specialist
Gloria Andrade at (201) 837-1600 ext. 1503 or email her at
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Enilsa Lora appointed to charter school board
Enilsa Lora, NVE Bank branch man-
ager and assistant vice president, has been
elected to serve on the board of trustees for
the Englewood on the Palisades Charter
School. “I am pleased and proud that
Enilsa has received this honor from such
a worthwhile organization,” said Robert
Rey, president and CEO of NVE Bank. “NVE
Bank strongly encourages our team mem-
bers to become involved within their com-
munities and Enilsa serves as a wonderful
role model for our entire organization.”
Lora joined NVE Bank in 2006.
Englewood on the Palisades Charter
School was founded in 1998 and is dedi-
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child-centered, constructivist learning
community. The school is a free alternative
public school open to all children from kin-
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Teaneck Radiology Center
helps sponsor cancer walk
eaneck Radiology Center
employees joined with more than
10,000 walkers to participate in
the American Cancer Society Making
Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The
event, which took place on Oct. 21 in
Overpeck Park in Ridgefield, raised more
than $680,000. Teaneck Radiology was a
sponsor of the walk.
Erica Greenblatt, director of market-
ing for the radiology center, organized
the walkers. It was important for em-
ployees of a center that offers mammo-
grams and other women’s health services
to take part in a walk that supports
organizations that “fight to end breast
cancer,” Greenblatt said. The radiol-
ogy center sponsors a variety of other
women’s health organizations, including
Gilda’s Club and Sharsheret.
“On a personal level, my aunt had
passed away from the disease nearly
20 years ago, and I wanted to walk in
her honor,” said Greenblatt. Teaneck
Radiology Center was founded 25 years
ago. Today it provides state-of-the art
imaging services for patients of all ages.
The center recently hired two women’s
specialty radiologists from University
Radiology Group, installed Hologic digi-
tal mammography equipment and con-
structed a private women’s lounge. TRC
offers a full range of women’s imaging
services, including ultrasound guided
breast biopsies.
For more information call (201) 836-
2500 or visit www.teaneckradiology.com.
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Updated 4 BR/2BTH Colonial.
Updated. Mint corner 1 BR.
FORT LEE $599,000
100 OLD PALISADE RD, #4102
Beautiful 2 BR. Penthouse floor.
ENGLEWOOD $725,000
ENGLEWOOD $2,295,000
.64 acre picturesque property.
Old Smith Village Colonial.
20 PINE ST, #518
Luxury casa by Armani.
Studio flex 1. Corner unit.
1200 sq. ft. + bsmnt. Back patio.
424 E. 10TH ST, #5-B
2 BR. Available Nov. 1st.
CHELSEA $310,000
451 W. 22ND ST, #3-B
“Prettiest block in Chelsea.”
Spacious loft. 1,000 sq. ft.

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Each Miron Properties office is independently owned and operated.
Contact us for your complimentary consultation
We specialize in residential and commercial rentals and sales.
We will be happy to assist you with all your real estate needs.
Jeffrey Schleider
Miron Properties NY
Ruth Miron-Schleider
Miron Properties NJ
NJ: T: 201.266.8555 • M: 201.906.6024
NY: T: 212.888.6250 • M: 917.576.0776
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