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5 Jewish baseball players hit
home runs on the same day
Page 3
l Friday, June 8, was the most
productive day for Jewish batters in
Major League Baseball history.
Five members of the tribe combined
for six home runs on Friday to help
their respective teams to victory. Here’s
the scorecard:
Ryan Braun, “The Hebrew Hammer,”
cracked two big flies, driving in five
runs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a
12-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies —
incidentally, the team’s manager, Gabe
Kapler, is Jewish. Braun’s three-run shot
with two outs in the first inning broke a
scoreless tie. His two-run homer, again
with two outs, exited Philadelphia’s
Citizens Bank Ballpark clocked at 112.9
miles per hour, according to the new
Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers
high-tech analytics. It’s the hardest ball
Braun has hit since they started mea- connecting for his second home run  Iranians defy regime on Twitter,
express support for Israel
suring these things in 2015. of the game against the Phillies at
Kevin Pillar, the Toronto Blue Jays Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia,
outfielder who is known more for his June 8, 2018. COREY PERRINE/GETTY IMAGES l Even by the raucous standards of “This year Iranian Twitter users
outstanding defensive play than his
Israel’s parliament, a hearing in the informed us they intended to cause
skills at the plate, hit his sixth homer of national distinction last fall, when he
Knesset Health Committee this week controversy [on Quds Day] with a vi-
the year and third in seven games in a set a new record for homers by a Jew
was anything but chill. ral hashtag that would support Israel
5-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles. His in a World Series by connecting three
As thousands of Iranians marched and show that the Iranian people do
eighth-inning solo shot gave the Blue times against the Houston Astros. That
in Iran last Friday to mark the regime- not back the regime and its hatred
Jays their final run. Danny Valencia, the surpassed Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer
led Quds Day — an annual day of pro- toward [the Jewish state],” Avginsaz
third baseman for the Os that night, Hank Greenberg, who had two in the
test against Israel — others launched said.
was the only Jewish position player not 1934 fall classic against the St. Louis
a Twitter campaign to express sup- “During this week our Twitter page
to hit one out on Friday. Cardinals.
port for the Jewish state. reached 2.5 million Iranians. There
Alex Bregman hit his eighth home All told, Braun, Pillar, Bregman, Kin-
The effort, under the hashtag were tens of thousands of tweets
run, a solo drive, in the Houston Astros’ sler, and Pederson accounted for 29
#WeStandWithIsrael, was a call for with the hashtag #WeStandWithIs-
7-3 win over the Texas Rangers. The percent of their teams’ RBIs on Friday.
peace between the two peoples. A rael, each stating their individual posi-
Astros selected his younger brother, To give this a little historical perspec-
photo shared on the social media tions on why they love Israel.”
A.J., in the recent MLB draft, so it’s con- tive …
platform encouraged users to tweet It was not clear how many of the
ceivable that they could become the On May 23, 2002, former All-Star
the hashtag at 9 p.m. Tehran time. tweets came from within Iran itself
first set of Jewish brothers to play on Shawn Green of the Dodgers hit four
An Israeli Foreign Ministry official and how many came from Irani-
the same team since Norm and Larry home runs — along with a double and
later said that the hashtag had fea- ans and people of Persian descent
Sherry were members of the Los Ange- single — in a 16-3 win over the Brew-
tured in tens of thousands of tweets. abroad.
les Dodgers from 1959 to 1962. ers. Fewer than 20 batters in baseball
“The Foreign Ministry implements “Most of the Iranian people oppose
Ian Kinsler’s seventh homer was good history have managed that feat. Green
digital public diplomacy in social the regime and its policies towards
for two runs and gave the Los Angeles also set a single-game record that day
media networks in various languages, Israel, and Iranians are always writing
Angels of Anaheim the cushion they with 19 total bases.
one of them being Persian,” the min- to us that they love Israel, that they
needed in their 4-2 win over the Minne- On August 20, 1938, Morrie Arnovich
istry’s Persian digital media manager don’t want their regime to use their
sota Twins. He hit his eighth home run and Phil Weintraub of the Phillies hit
Sharona Avginsaz said. money to support Hamas and Hez-
(and fifth in June) the next day, to give home runs in an 8-7 win over the New
“In the last six months our Twitter bollah,” Avginsaz said.
the Angels their first run in a 2-1 win, York Giants. Harry Danning, the Giants
page ‘Israel in Persian,’ intended spe- Before the 1979 Islamic revolution,
their sixth straight. catcher, also hit one out. According to
cifically for Iranian civilians, has been Iran was a close ally of Israel.
Finally, fellow Angelino Joc Peder- the Jewish Major Leaguers 2009 card
gaining steam,” she told the Mako Avginsaz said that many Iranians
son launched lucky No. 7 — his sixth in set, this marked the only time that three
website. “We have around 60,000 “still remember the good relations
June — as the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Jewish players accomplished the feat in
followers, and our messages reach between Iran and Israel before the
Braves, 7-3. Pederson gained some the same game. RON KAPLAN/JTA
over 1.5 million people with that Twit- revolution.” She added that some of
ter handle alone.” them saw Israel as a potential ally in
She explained that though Twitter the region, as both were non-Arab
ON THE COVER: Bret Parker nears the seventh marathon he has run in seven
is banned in Iran, many Iranians have states in the predominantly Arab
days, on seven continents; here, he’s in Miami. Mr. Parker has Parkinson’s, but
found ways to circumvent the restric- Middle East. TIMES OF ISRAEL
that has not stopped him. MELINA MARA
tions.

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Noshes “I feel more Jewish and more
attached to the Christian story
than ever. Both. So that’s why I’m bisexual.”
— New York Times columnist David Brooks, explaining what he calls his religious
bisexuality, onstage at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center on June 6.

MIXED FARE:

Something light,
something not
“Tag” is based on dercover, at some risk,
a true story to film some very cruel
about five friends practices.
who have been playing
that schoolyard game Complicated Hedy
“Bombshell,” a Rashida Jones Isla Fisher
since they were children.
As adults, they drop documentary
everything to meet up about the life of
once a year and play tag. actress and inventor
As the film opens, the HEDY LAMARR (1914-
wedding of Jerry 2000) is streaming on
(Jeremy Renner), the Netflix now. The film had
Howie Mandel
only player never to lose a limited theatrical
at tag, coincides with the opening last year. Few
annual tag game. The people under 50 even
other four players figure
he’ll be so distracted that
have heard of Lamarr, but
in her heyday, circa 1940, Animal antics
they finally can beat him. she was a big Hollywood ● Comedian HOWIE MANDEL will host the new Nat
The cast includes star and she was widely Geo Wild series, “Animals Doing Things.” (It premieres
RASHIDA JONES, 42, as considered the most Jonathan Safran Foer Zoey Deutch on Saturday, June 16, at 9 p.m.) The show will feature the
Cheryl, the only female beautiful actress alive. In
best never-before-seen animal videos submitted to the
player, and ISLA FISHER, the last 25 years, another times had great courage. on June 15. ZOEY
side of the actress has popular Instagram account “@AnimalsDoingThings.”
42, as the wife of one of On the other hand, she DEUTCH, 23, and Glen
become known—her Each video is hosted by Mandel, who provides funny
the players. (Opens cast off things that were Powell co-star as
Friday, June 15.) talent for invention. narration and witty commentary before or after
inconvenient, like her assistants to two
The documentary Lamarr, the child of Jewish background, her they play.
high-powered executives
“Eating Animals” opens affluent, assimilated one adopted child, and –N.B.
(Taye Diggs and Lucy
the same day in many Viennese Jews, led an her five husbands. Much Liu) who run them
cities. It is based on a extraordinary, improb- time is spent on her most ragged. They decide to
book of the same name able life, and that alone famous invention: a way wide release. Madelyn, producer/director HOW-
makes this well-crafted orchestrate a romance
by JONATHAN SAFRAN to make radio-controlled who describes the film as ARD DEUTCH, 67.) Last
film worth your time. between their bosses,
FOER, 41 (“Everything torpedoes invulnerable semi-autobiographical, month, Madelyn said this
Via interviews with her hoping that it will calm
Is Illuminated”). Foer’s to jamming by Nazi subs. plays lead character Izzy to the “Jewish Journal”
three children, and many them down.
study of the horrors as- The Navy didn’t use the Klein. We follow Klein as about her bat mitzvah:
others (including MEL A feature film, “The the recent college grad “It puts a lot of respon-
sociated with factory invention during WWII,
BROOKS, 91), a full por- Year of Spectacular suffers through a series sibility and account-
farming so impressed but later her frequency-
actress NATALIE PORT- trait of Lamarr emerges. Men,” is opening the of bad romantic rela- ability on the kid. You’re
hopping idea became the
MAN, 36, that she got But, be warned, it isn’t a same day in many the- tionships and leans on treated like an adult with
basis for the way cell-
Foer’s permission to happy story. aters, and it is available her younger sister and opinions and a point of
phone calls, Wi-Fi, and
turn it into a documen- Early on, Lamarr was as video on demand. It her mother for support view. I think it changed
GPS is transmitted.
tary, which she narrates. interested in science, but was written by Zoey’s (played, respectively, by my life, being able to
(Portman became a that wasn’t a viable ca- The Deutch sisters sister MADELYN DEUT- Zoey and Thompson). stand at the bima in front
vegetarian when she was reer path for women then. The new Netflix CH, 27, and directed by The Deutch sisters, of a congregation and
8 and a vegan in 2009.) Her beauty led her into an comedy series their mother, actress Lea with their mother’s total say what I thought about
Advance reviews praise acting career in European “Set It Up” is Thompson. This film got support, were raised the world around me. I
the way in which the films, and later, in Hol- much more contempo- such good reviews in film Jewish and had bat think it altered the kind
filmmakers went un- lywood pics. She some- rary. It begins streaming festivals that it earned a mitzvahs. (Their father is of adult I became.” –N.B.

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Discovering Zionism in the diaspora
Ahavath Torah volunteers help 18 former Israeli soldiers ‘heal’ in Englewood
DR. TANI FOGER The Peace of Mind program recognizes

W
that this level of psychotrauma can be
hat can a Jewish com- alleviated if it is addressed early on, by
munity in the diaspora strengthening the emotional resilience
offer an elite IDF unit of of discharged combat soldiers. Engag-
released soldiers suffering ing in therapeutic discussion outside of
from psychotrauma? The short answer is Israel, away from the stigma associated
a heaping dose of Zionism and the warm with therapy, and far away from family
embrace of “ahavat Yisrael”— brotherly and work obligations, the soldiers can
love and appreciation. reconnect with their units and begin the
For one week, the community of Congre- process of healing.
gation Ahavat Torah in Englewood envel- In what is a truly unique and ground-
oped a group of mostly secular Israelis with breaking program, nine families wel-
gratitude and appreciation, tending to their comed a group of 18 strangers into
every need, providing creature comforts their homes and treated them like fam-
(food and shelter) as well as fun activities in ily, while the larger community came
the evenings, so they could have eight hours together to organize barbecues, soccer
of therapy a day to process and heal from and basketball games, Shabbat meals,
service-related psychotrauma. and trips to the city. The communal feel-
Some background: Israeli soldiers in ing during the week was palatable.
their 20s are discharged from their mili- What is second nature to us, as Jews
tary service after spending three or more who live by the mantra kol Yisrael arevim Host Ilana Gdanski drives former IDF soldiers to the mall.  GDANSKI FAMILY

years in highly stressful and often life- zeh la zeh — all Jews are responsible for
threatening situations. They are expected one another — can appear abnormal or
to return to civilian life easily; often counterintuitive to the unaffiliated. After
there is little attention given to the enor- all, who brings complete strangers into
mity of the horrors they have witnessed their homes?
during their time in the military — they For the IDF soldiers it was simply
might have seen carnage and the deaths astonishing.
of fellow soldiers; they might have had They could not fathom how people
to make life-and-death decisions. While they had never met would welcome them
many former soldiers can resume civilian into their homes so eagerly. They were
life unaffected by the traumas they have surprised to learn how much our com-
witnessed, others struggle with the tran- munity cares about Israel. They were
sition back to everyday life. Some experi- astounded by how focused we are on the
ence difficulty with sleep, concentration, daily events in the Middle East. They said
memory, anger management, and sub- that they had no idea that Israel mattered
stance abuse; those symptoms can lead to this much to the Jews in the rest of the
full blown PTSD if left untreated. world. It was illuminating for the soldiers

The group gathers at Ahavath Torah for a final photo on the day that the soldiers
returned to Israel.  TANI FOGER

to learn how much the IDF means to dias- Orthodox hashkafa — our outlook, our
pora Jews. It was equally illuminating for way of life — and lamented that it was dif-
us to see our community through the ficult to find in Israel. They were amazed
appreciative eyes of others. by the sheer size of our synagogue com-
The soldiers seemed genuinely sur- munity and they were touched that so
prised when we thanked them for pro- many of us had come out to meet them
tecting our homeland and allowing Jews at barbecues and shul events — just to say
the world over to feel safe and free. They to them “We support you.” They could
could not grasp the magnitude of our not understand why we were doing all of
appreciation. In the words of one of the this for them, even as we tried so hard to
soldiers, “this is the first time in my life explain it to them.
IDF vets Yair Postolovsky, left, and Guillermo Bellek sit on either side of host that I see Zionism.” One of the host families told them that
Tzvi Small; Reuben Small stands behind his father.  SMALL FAMILY Many expressed their admiration for he was a child in Hungary during the war,
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Remembering together
Architects unveil proposals for Teaneck’s ‘Garden of Human Understanding’
LARRY YUDELSON

S
tate Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg of
Teaneck is proud to be “grandmothering” the pro-
posed “Garden of Human Understanding,” which
will memorialize the Holocaust and African slavery
in the green in front of the Teaneck municipal complex.
Ms. Weinberg was among the speakers last month at a
meeting at the Teaneck library, where architects for the
two memorials and for associated improvements to the
library showed off their designs.
The meeting was sponsored by a $5,000 grant from the
New Jersey Council of Humanities, which Ms. Weinberg
had helped obtain.
“The State of New Jersey was impressed” with the
“unique” plans to combine the two memorials, Ms. Wein-
berg said; those plans reflects the uniqueness of Teaneck.
Anita Bakshi, who earned a doctorate in architecture
from Cambridge, teaches in the department of landscape
architecture at Rutgers. She researches “new forms for
monuments, memorials, and other commemorative struc-
tures,” and has written about how the competing Greek
and Turkish communities on Cyprus handle monuments
in Nicosia.
“There are several things that are unique” about the Architect Rodney Leon’s rendering of the Enslaved African Memorial. It will share space on the green in
planned Teaneck memorials, Dr. Bakshi told the meeting. front of the Teaneck library with Alan Hantman’s memorial to the Holocaust.
“The first is the matter of putting these two histories in
communication with each other, the history of the Holo- visitors to learn more about the Holocaust and slavery. A
caust and the history of enslavement of African people display case would show memorabilia, “things that trigger
in the United States,” she said. “These histories are con- thoughts and emotions not just for the garden, but for the
nected in terms of prejudice, exclusion, and diaspora, and They are spaces community.”
also resilience, survival, and continuity. It’s important to
communicate that message of hope and continuity.”
people will move Rodney Leon discussed his plans for the memorial to
African slavery. Mr. Leon has designed two memorials to
The two memorials, on either side of the path leading through. They tell us slavery in Manhattan: one at the United Nations, memo-
up to the town hall, will be “a place of communication,”
she said.
we are here, our rializing the African slave trade, and the other in Lower
Manhattan, at the site of an 18th century African burial
Dr. Bakshi said that some critics of memorials say that histories happened. ground.
“they’re connected with forgetting. We build the memo- He talked about how it important it is to remember the
rial and move on.” Others, she said, argue that “memorials come as the state has made money available for libraries past as we face the future.
can fade into the background. You have plaques every- to renovate. The Teaneck library has hired an architect, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned
where. You have statues. People don’t notice them over Anthony Iovino, to plan the renovations of the library, to repeat it,” he said, quoting philosopher George San-
time. ‘Nothing is as invisible as a monument,’ an Austrian which would play a role as an educational adjunct to the tayana. “It seems as though our society is constantly in
novelist wrote.” two planned memorials. danger of forgetting the lesson. Every day you just need
But she disagrees with those criticisms. “These memo- “The library being on the municipal green is a terrific to turn on the TV and you are tragically reminded of the
rials have a very powerful potential,” she said. “They are natural fit,” Mr. Iovino said. fragility of our institutions.
spaces people will move through. They tell us we are here, The plans he showed featured a glass-walled meeting “It is critical for people of goodwill to act collectively
our histories happened.” space for the groups that come to visit the memorials. “It and form institutions in resistance to the forces of fear,
Dr. Bakshi said she will work with two former students would be a place to sit together and talk where you don’t intolerance, and hate,” Mr. Leon said. Teaneck’s pairing
to develop ideas to better connect the two memorials, have to worry about being shushed,” he said. “It’s a space of the memorials of two communities “shall serve as an
which have been designed separately. we can embellish with technology.” inspiration and example of how communities can come
The plans for memorials in front of the Teaneck library Computers and interactive displays would enable together and act collectively in the spirit of peace, love,

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Alan Hantman, who was the official architect for the
U.S. Capitol complex in Washington D.C., from 1997 to
2007, is designing the Holocaust memorial.
“What drew me to the project is the concept of
having different segments of the community coming Be a part of the change at Touro today.
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Songs for the Holy City
Jews, Muslims, and Christians to gather at JTS
for a Berrie-supported evening of music, hope, and prayer
JOANNE PALMER

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obody knows exactly why
music has the effect that it
does on the human mind,
body, and spirit. It’s hard to
quantify and it’s hard to define — but it’s
also hard to miss.
It’s hard to listen to some music and
not to be moved — not to be stirred, or
even shaken — by it.
That’s something that Rabbi Tamar
Elad Appelbaum knows. She’s the head

BERRIE FOUNDATION
of Kehillat Zion in Jerusalem, a synagogue
that is Masorti and therefore part of the
worldwide Conservative movement
but also native Israeli, down to its DNA

KEHILLAT ZION
(as she is). She’s also the founder of the
Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis, which, Angelica Berrie
as Hartman’s website tells us, is “a joint
project of the HaMidrasha Educational work, and the great oudist Ara Dinkjian
Center for Israeli Judaism and the Shalom will lead the evening; they’ll be joined by Rabbi Tamar Elad Appelbaum leads an evening of music in Jerusalem, as a
Hartman Institute.” singers including Mr. Dinkjian’s father, rapt audience looks on.
It’s also something that Angelica Ber- the renowned Armenian musician Onnik
rie of Englewood, the head of the Russell Dinkjian, and Rabbi J. Rolando Matalan
Berrie Foundation, knows. The Teaneck- of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Man-
based foundation has sponsored an hattan, whose passion for piyyutim and
annual program at Manhattan’s Jewish other forms of Mizrachi music run as an
Theological Seminary for years. The pro- undercurrent connecting and powering
gram is co-sponsored by the John Paul II this evening.
Center for Interreligious Dialogue at the The format is based on similar evenings
Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aqui- that Rabbi Elad Appelbaum has held in
nas in Rome and JTS’s Milstein Center for a tent at the picturesque renovated train
Interreligious Dialogue. station in Jerusalem; they’ve drawn “hun-
So that’s a lot of words. A lot of titles. dreds of Jerusalemites, Jews, Christians,
A lot of serious thought. A lot of conso- Muslims, left and right wing, to pray
nants. Not a lot of music. together for our beloved city,” she said.
Until this year, Ms. Berrie said, the The oud player, Ara Dinkjian, lives in
annual program has been a talk. It’s been Fort Lee; for 43 years, until he retired a
a “very frontal affair,” she said. This year, few years ago, he also was the cantor at

ARA DINKJIAN
it won’t be. It will be far less formal, far the Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic
more emotional. Far fewer words, and Church in Ridgefield.
a great deal of music. And it will be not “This concert centers around Jerusa-
only about interreligious dialogue, but lem,” Mr. Dinkjian said. “When you say Master oudist Ara Dinkjian of Fort Lee will play at “Songs for the Holy City” at
about peace. the word ‘Jerusalem,’ it evokes so many the Jewish Theological Seminary.
It will be “Songs for the Holy City.” (See thoughts and memories and problems and
box.) hopes and fears and history. finding the common language that evokes mellow music, they go into a sort of trance.
Rabbi Elad Appelbaum, Imam Abdul- “I’m a musician; we stay away from poli- the human condition in all of us.” “I don’t know if anybody has any scien-
lah Antepli, who is a chaplain at Duke Uni- tics. But even if you live your life as a musi- How does that work? Where does tific answers about how music works, but
versity and active with Hartman and as cian, you are in a sense making political music’s power come from? “I truly believe I know that it does evoke these powerful,
a leader in Jewish-Muslim interreligious statements by the choices you make, by that it has that power, but I don’t know physical, emotional responses. It is an
what you play and who you play for. where it comes from. No one knows,” Mr. incredibly powerful medium.”
What: Songs for the Holy City: An “Looking back at history, there was a Dinkjian said. Mr. Dinkjian has been playing in public
Interfaith Evening of Music and Prayer time when being a musician was a very “I just became a grandfather to twin since 1964, when he was 5 years old and
Where: At the Jewish Theological low-class thing, but frankly I am just so boys a year ago, and this actually goes to he drummed for his father at the New
Seminary, 3080 Broadway at proud to be part of that long history. Musi- that question. I made sure that my daugh- York World’s Fair. “It was at the Singer
122nd Street in Manhattan, and also cians never had these issues of color or ter listened to music during her preg- Bowl,” he said; ironically, the stadium
streaming online at www.jtsa.edu/live race or faith or geography. Or even gender. nancy, and believe it or not the music that had that name not because of the many
When: On Wednesday, June 20, at If you could play, you could play. We all she listened to then is the music they find singers who performed on its stage, but
7:30 p.m. kind of coexisted. the most familiar and comforting now. because it was funded by the sewing
How much: It’s free, but you need a “And I have to say that the key word “How do you explain these little boys machine family. “They had what they
ticket; for more information and to for the future of mankind is coexistence. who hear dance music and start shaking called Armenian Day in 1964 and again
register, go to www.jtsa.edu, click on It is to learn how to coexist — or not. And their bodies? If they hear something on the in 1965,” he said. “They called it a day,
calendar, and follow the link to Songs
musicians do that. This concert will have radio, they start bouncing. They start mov- but it lasted for several days, with cho-
for the Holy City.
musicians of all faiths and backgrounds, ing their bodies to it. And if it’s more sad, ral groups and dance groups, and folk

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the doumbek — that’s because when I historical enemies — are singing the same
was really young I just started banging, melodies, and therein lies our hope.”
and people said, ‘Give the kid a drum.’ Mr. Dinkjian teaches oud; for the
“I remember the World’s Fair last few years, his students have
ARA DINKJIAN

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“I have retained the idea that music we don’t agree with.
is an oral, sonic art, not a visual art,” he “We don’t have to agree with them.
said. “I was thrilled to be playing there. But we have to sit down together.”
I was very serious.” That evening will include “Hebrew
Mr. Dinkjian composes instrumental religious music, Arab folk songs, Arme-
music. “My songs have been sung in nian classical music — you will hear
14 different languages, and Hebrew is everything, and everybody will be rep-
one of them,” he said. Many of his com- resented,” Mr. Dinkjian said. “There will
positions are used as liturgical music; be a thread going through it that we are
one of the synagogues where it can be all just human beings.”
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Gaming Maimonides
Dr. Owen Gottlieb
makes fun from
the Mishneh Torah
LARRY YUDELSON

O
wen Gottlieb is looking to his
native New Jersey — he grew up
in Park Ridge — to help answer
a question: Has he designed a
board game that only Maimonides could
love?
Or is “Lost and Found” a game that can
find a place in both a school curriculum
and a family game night? Above, a game of “Lost and Found” in progress. Inset, a card from the game.
Now Dr. Gottlieb is bringing “Lost and
Found” to a North Jersey high school class-
room to test that question. Dr. Owen Gottlieb Gottlieb. An ordained Reform rabbi, he And so far reviewers think Dr. Gottlieb
That Maimonides would have loved earned a Ph.D. from New York University has succeeded. “Lost and Found” won a
“Lost and Found,” had it been around needs — which fits with the Maimoni- in Jewish studies and education, focusing bronze medal in the International Seri-
when he ruled on Jewish law in 12th cen- dean principle of the “golden way” of on game design. He now lives in Roches- ous Play Competition, and it is one of 15
tury Cairo, seems pretty sure. The game moderation. ter, New York, where he is a professor of games selected to appear at the Smithson-
revolves around how players deal with “Games are rule-based systems,” Dr. interactive games and media at the Roch- ian American Art Museum’s annual arcade
finding lost objects — do they return them Gottlieb said. “And legal systems also ester Institute of Technology and leads the day this summer, alongside virtual reality
or try to keep them? — based on the details are rule-based systems.” So the question initiative in religion, culture, and policy at games and such video games as “Red Hot
of Jewish law described in Maimonides’ became: “Could we come up with a game the school’s MAGIC Center, which is both Ricochet.”
code of Jewish law, the Mishneh Torah. that models legal cases as a way to look at a research laboratory and a game publish- To be accurate, “Lost and Found” actu-
And the game’s central challenge is for rabbinic literature?” ing studio, with its students providing play ally is two games. There is the original
players to balance family and community If anyone could do that, it would be Dr. testing and design talents. SEE GAMING PAGE 14

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Gaming
FROM PAGE 12
game, which, like “Settlers of Cataan” or “Tickets
to Ride,” makes players decide how to use their
resources strategically. But the differences between
Dr. Gottlieb’s game and the classics are deeper than
collecting dinars and funding synagogues rather than
collecting ore and building cities, as players do in “Set-
tlers.” There are events that include the Jewish holi-
days. There’s the chance to act above and beyond the
law, which might earn a bonus, or to transgress the
law by using something that belongs to someone else

‫מזל טוב‬ — with the risk of getting caught. Luckily, the game
includes a repentance phase.

Class of 2018/5778 In its first draft, the game modeled Maimonides so
well that it took 24 hours to play. The published ver-
sion simplifies some details and is designed to take
under 90 minutes to play.
And then there is “Lost and Found: Order in the
Court,” a party game in which players compete to
tell the best story, using the cards in their hand, to
go along with a legal ruling from the Mishneh Torah.
Think law school students using the cards from
“Apples to Apples” or “Cards Against Humanity” as
prompts to discuss legal principles.
“It’s two totally different game mechanics for dis-
cussing the Mishneh Torah,” Dr. Gottlieb said.
Darren Amona ‫יהונתנ אמונה‬ Bella Levin ‫בלה לוינ‬ “One talks about the ideals of the cultural milieu
Ilan Barnea ‫אילנ ברנע‬ High Schools Eliana Loffman ‫אליענה לופמנ‬ and trade-off decisions. The other, the details of cul-

Rebecca Bromberg ‫רבקה ברומברג‬ Ron Manahan ‫רונ מנהנ‬
Orli Bruhim ‫אורלי ברוכימ‬ Abraham Joshua Heschel Daniel Mikay ‫דניאל מיקיי‬
Lilly Dreyer ‫ליאנה דרייר‬ High School
Noa Mikay ‫נועה מיקיי‬ The party game came
Olivia Elbaz
Marc Eras
‫א תר אלבז‬
‫משה יצחק ערי‬
Bergen Academies Steven Miller
Samuel Modlinger
‫שמואל מילר‬
about because we
Mira Eras ‫מאשה שיינה ערי‬
Bergen Tech ‫שמואל יעקב מודלינגר‬ were listening to what
Orel Eshed ‫אוראל אשד‬ Dwight-Englewood Tamar Nachum ‫תמר נחומ‬ people were saying
Rachel Gilman ‫רחל גילמנ‬
The Frisch School
Ava Niewood ‫פאי שרה נייווד‬ as they were playing
Ezra Glasman ‫עזרא גל מנ‬ Michaela Niewood ‫מיכאלה נייווד‬
the other game.
Eden Greenfest ‫עדנ גרינפ ט‬ Idea School Benjamin Pomeranz ‫בנימינ פומרנצ‬
Coby Rabinowitz ‫יעקב רבינוביצ‬ tural reasoning. The party game came about because
Joshua Gross ‫יהושע גרו‬ MTA we were listening to what people were saying as they
Edo Hakimian ‫עידו חכימיאנ‬ Aleeza Reich ‫עליזה רייכ‬
were playing the other game.”
Mahwah High School Isabella Sanders ‫בילא נדר‬
Abigail Hoberman ‫אביגיל הוברמנ‬ Dr. Gottlieb brings an eclectic background to game
Northern Valley High Maya Schonberg ‫מיכל שונברג‬ design.
Jessica Ilin ‫י כה אילינ‬
Francesca Sonbolian “As a kid, I was always designing games,” he said,
Tal Jacobowitz ‫טל יעקובוביצ‬
School but he didn’t see it as a profession. He started out as a
‫פלה א תר ונבוליאנ‬
Max Kaplan ‫משה קפלנ‬ dancer, and worked as a screen and television writer
SAR Academy High School Monica Sonbolian and in the software industry before entering rabbini-
Orly Kessler-Godin ‫גודינ‬-‫אורלי ק לר‬ ‫מיער שורה ונבוליאנ‬
cal school. He started his doctoral program in Jewish
Eve Kirshner ‫אביה קירשנר‬ Saddle River Country Day ‫שמחה טייכר‬
Zoe Teicher education at NYU in 2010, shortly after the rise of a
Joshua Lawrence ‫שלמה לוראנ‬
Eli Weinger ‫אליהו וינגר‬ “Games for Change” movement that sought to create
Schechter Westchester
Gabriel Legman ‫גבראל עילנ לגמנ‬ a better class of educational board and video games
Emmett Weisz
Teaneck High School than those many of us remember with little fondness
Noah Lerman ‫מנדל לרמנ‬ ‫אמת אהרונ אלימלכ ויי‬
from our school days.
Tenafly High School
Caleb Wolin ‫כלב וולינ‬ At NYU, “I could bring together my disparate pas-
Lindsey Yehuda ‫הילה יהודה‬ sions in art, technology, Torah learning, and game
design,” he said.
What would his younger self have thought about
The Stephanie ‫ ש'רה‬Prezant these games? “A young me would say, ‘This is cool.
Co-Valedictorians z”l
Someone developed this cool piece of media that is
BENJAMIN POMERANZ & EMMETT WEISZ ‫ תקון עולם‬Award
about Jewish topics. It’s interesting and exotic and I’m
ISABELLA SANDERS
Academic Excellence in General Studies curious.’
Rabbi Jehiel Orenstein z”l “Lost and Found,” he said, is for teenagers; “Order
FRANCESCA SONBOLIAN
Righteous Path ‫ דרך 'שרה‬Award in the Court” can start in junior high. But he notes his
Excellence in Judaic Studies experience at a key moment in the history of board
ZOE TEICHER
games. That was in 1993, when he was an undergradu-
MONICA SONBOLIAN
ate at Dartmouth. Some his friends were among the
first play testers for “Magic: The Gathering,” which
became one of the most popular games today. “It was

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Kol HaKavod to our Schechter Alumni,
Class of 2014, who will attend these
colleges,universities, and Israel
gap-year programs:

Bar Ilan University
Cards from Dr. Owen Gottlieb’s “Lost and
Found” game. Binghamton University

being played across the Dartmouth campus. Within a
‫דע מאינ באת‬ Drexel University

e few years, fifth graders were playing it.”
Which brings us back to Dr. Gottlieb’s question for a
‫ולאנ אתה הולכ‬ George Washington University

e North Jersey classroom: How does the game integrate Harvard University
with a curriculum?
As an academic rather than a commercial game
Know from Johnson & Wales University
g developer, this classroom experiment counts as the
where you came, Montclair State University
sort of research that requires approval by an institu-
tional review board to ensure its ethics. Dr. Gottlieb
did not seek permission to disclose the name of the and to where Muhlenberg College

you will go
school where “Lost and Found” is being tested. New York University
The school is not, as you might expect, a Jewish
Ramapo College
school.
“I was at a game development conference in San Rochester Institute of Technology
Francisco, talking with a colleague in Hungary who
has a game that overlaps with Jewish issues,” he said. Rutgers University
“He had a game in competition. I met a teacher who
SUNY Albany
had collaborated on that game. We started talking and
he said was doing a section on the 12th century in his SUNY Stonybrook
class. We hit it off.”
The focus of the research in that teacher’s Bergen Syracuse University
County classroom will be on “developing an optimal The Technion
curriculum to use with the games” as the teacher
“melds the games into his own curriculum. We’ll University of Florida
apply that data, and then shift the curriculum based
on what we learn.” University of Hartford
This whole process will take “three to five years, prob- University of Michigan
ably, depending on whether we get funding or not.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Gottlieb and his team at the MAGIC University of Texas - Austin
Center are working on an expansion set for the strat-
egy game. This will focus on Islamic rather than Jew-
ish law. Israel Defense Forces
“We know Maimonides was clearly reading the great
Arabic jurisprudence like Averroes and Al-Ghazali” Dr. Nativ
Gottlieb said. “We’ve found sections of the law where
Maimonides was making decisions on public health United States Marines Reserve
based on antecedents of what he read in Islamic law.
It’s interesting to see the cross-pollination.”
The two “Lost and Found” games are not yet sold
in stores, but they can be ordered from www.lostand-
foundthegame.com.

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Fighting back against hate
Josh Gottheimer moderates security summit for synagogue leaders in Paramus
JOANNE PALMER wolves. That’s homegrown terror.

O
“The issue is that you have people with
n Tuesday, U.S. Representative festering anger — that’s also where the rise
Josh Gottheimer (D–5th Dist.) in hate crimes is coming from — and you
convened a group of security have them sitting in their living rooms, in
experts at the offices of the Jew- their boxers, watching Isis on YouTube
ish Federation of Northern New Jersey to talk and getting trained. Both the FBI and
about security in general — and synagogue Homeland Security pointed this out as
security in particular — to rabbis, synagogue their top concern.
directors, and other community leaders. “And so is an increase in white suprema-
The experts — the director of the New cist activity,” Mr. Gottheimer added.
Jersey office of Homeland Security and Pre- The rabbis and other communal leaders
paredness Jared Maples, FBI intelligence ana- asked what they can to protect themselves;
lyst Carly Rasiewicz, and FBI Special Agent Mr. Gottheimer talked about the “nearly $4
Anthony Zampogna — were in Paramus for million in grants that we clawed back for non-
what they called a synagogue security sum- profits and other religious institutions in Sep- From left, Jared Maples, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland
mit. They agreed that the trends they see tember to use for security, for active shooter Security and Preparedness; Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-5th Dist.); FBI
include a growing number of hate crimes in training, and for fortifications. Some grants intelligence analyst Carly Rasiewicz, and FBI Special Agent Anthony Zampogna
New Jersey and also a significant increase of for this year closed this week, but there are participate in a panel discussion on synagogue safety on June 12 in Paramus.
bias and hate crimes — both anti-Semitic and others that are available through the GSA.”  JOSH GOTTHEIMER

anti-Muslim — in schools, from kindergarten That’s the Department of Homeland Securi-
through senior year. In fact, Mr. Gottheimer ty’s nonprofit security grant program. of contact for religious institutions that are secure against hate crimes, bias, and the
said, quoting Anti-Defamation League statis- Although the threats are very real, and looking for assistance, both in getting grants ever-growing threat of homegrown, Isis-
tics, hate crimes in New Jersey rose 32 per- the world around us perhaps is becoming and in training, planning, and making sure inspired terrorism,” Mr. Gottheimer said.
cent in the last year, and now the state is third more dangerous, “there still are resources that we all are adequately prepared. And constant vigilance is called for.
in the nation in those crimes. that we are not using,” Mr. Gottheimer “I’m deeply proud that my office could “Unfortunately, we’re at a time where
But the thing that is “keeping them up said. “We should use all the resources that bring attention to programs like the non- you have to be prepared all the time,” Mr.
most at night,” Mr. Gottheimer said, quot- are available through Homeland Security profit security grant to make our schools, Maples said. But he holds out hope. “There
ing one of the panelists, is “Isis-inspired lone and the FBI, and I can be a central point houses of worship, and communities more is no place for hate in New Jersey.”

FIRST PERSON

A different mindset
When teachers care, students notice — and they learn
ESTHER KOOK and failure is the end of the line. Whereas whose demeanor was utterly intimidating.

B
a growth mindset allows you to see possi- Her face bore no signs of cosmetics except
efore you know it, we will be bility for learning and growth, and failure for a slash of harsh red lipstick, and a short
submitting final report card is viewed as a juncture in the process. no-nonsense haircut. With eagle eyes she
grades and packing this aca- Remember when we were students too? quickly assessed who among the students
demic school year into files Once upon a time, sitting behind desks, met her high expectations — and good luck
and memories. playing with our chewed-up pencils, we if you didn’t share her passion and procliv-
During the last days of school, teach- learned new information from a variety ity for algebra.
ers typically take stock and reflect upon of teachers. Among those teachers there Teaching just to the top of the class, she
lessons taught throughout the year, both were some with fixed mindsets and those engaged only with those who caught onto
successes and failures. When we focus with growth mindsets who impacted us the algebraic equations quickly. The stu-
on the principles of the growth mindset, daily and often profoundly. dents who needed repetition and some
described by Dr. Carol Dweck, author of As a student, reading and writing came extra help, like me, were relegated to
“Mindset, “we learn that growth comes not naturally to me, while math was like a the back of the class and the back of her
just from successes, but also from failures. foreign land, and an ongoing struggle. mind. One day, when I complained that
While taking stock, it’s also important to Before educators provided multisen- I couldn’t see the board, she responded
acknowledge how we viewed our students. sory methods, there I was counting on sharply: “You need to get glasses!”
Did we evaluate and praise the process, my fingers under the desk. I envied my Oh, and this teacher had a scary reputa-
and not just the result? Did we give them friend Bonnie, who was breezing through tion among all the students in the school.
our best shot? In a 2012 study in mindset. her math assignments with her fingers Esther Kook We knew that golfing was also one of her
com, “It was found that educators with a wrapped around only her pencil and passions, and it seemed entirely in the
fixed mindset about students’ ability were paper, as I was trying to hide my count- wearing dull brown or gray shift dresses, realm of possibility that one day she’d
more likely to judge students as having ing fingers from view. and a don’t-mess-with-me-or-you’ll-be- take one of her golf clubs and clobber us
low potential than their growth minded Then came high school and algebra sorry attitude. The floor shook when she if we’d ask something stupid. So, for self-
counterparts.” A fixed mindset is when and a teacher I’ll never forget, but not in entered the class — or was that just us? Our protection, I tried to stay under her radar
you feel there is no potential for growth, a good way. She strode into class each day algebra teacher was a large-boned woman SEE MINDSET PAGE 36

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COURTESY NORPAC
Congressman Esther and Mort Fridman with Senator
Hakeem Jeffries Robert Menendez

Officials to speak in Teaneck
Chana and Leonard Grunstein will host a Norpac pro-Israel meeting for Senator From left, Bruce Brafman, chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council; Jan
a Norpac pro-Israel meeting for Con- Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) in Teaneck Seligmann Weiss; Rina Levy; Eugene Lipkowitz; Carol Cuadrado, chief of staff
gressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) in on Thursday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. For for state Senator Nellie Pou; JCRC director Ariella Noveck; Ron Rosensweig;
Teaneck on Monday, June 18, at 8 p.m., more information or to RSVP, email Renee Klyman; and Simone Wilker. PHOTO PROVIDED

and Esther and Mort Fridman will host Avi@NORPAC.net or call (201) 788-5133.
JCRC visits state Senator Nellie Pou
Members of the Jewish Community Rela- and seniors.”
tions Council of Jewish Federation of The JCRC meets with legislators of a
Northern New Jersey visited state Senator single district in its catchment area each
Nellie Pou (D-35th Dist.) at her office on month. Small groups will meet with the
May 30. The group discussed relations and legislators face-to-face to advocate key
concerns about Israel, homeland security, issues affecting the community and the
anti-Semitism, and senior care with Carol state of New Jersey. For more information
Cuadrado, Ms. Pou’s chief of staff. or to attend the next Legislative Advocacy
The JCRC director, Ariella Noveck, said, Day, email Ariella Noveck at ariellaN@
“It was great talking about JFNNJ’s top pri- jfnnj.org.
orities that are of concern for kids, adults,

Dr. Alan Kadish congratulates the students at the Touro Col-
leges commencement.  COURTESY TOURO

725 awarded degrees at Touro’s
Lander Colleges commencement
Students from Touro’s Lander Colleges critical of our way of life.”
celebrated their 44th annual commence- Joshua Goldmeier, the valedictorian
ment at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen for Lander College for Men, flew in
Hall. Bachelor’s degrees were given to from Israel for graduation. After finish-
614 graduates and 111 students earned ing his classwork in January, Mr. Gold-
associate degrees. meier moved to Israel to pursue a career
Graduates accepted their diplomas in artificial intelligence; he’s now in an
from Dr. Alan Kadish of Teaneck, presi- elite, 10-month machine-learning pro-
dent of Touro College and University Sys- gram through the Israel Tech Challenge. Phil and Rochelle Goldschmiedt flank Congressman Brian Mast.
tem; Dr. Mark Hasten, its board chairman; Helene (Chanie) Weinreb, the valedicto-  COURTESY NORPAC

and the Lander College deans, Dr. Robert rian for the School for Women at Lander
Goldschmidt of Lander College of Arts & College of Arts and Sciences in Flatbush, Norpac hears Congressman Mast
Sciences in Flatbush, Dr. Moshe Sokol of will start a doctoral program in physical Last week, Rochelle and Phil Gold- awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart,
Lander College for Men in Queens, and therapy at Touro’s School of Health Sci- schmiedt hosted a Norpac pro-Israel meet- and Defense Meritorious Service med-
Dr. Marian Stoltz-Loike of Lander College ences this fall. Betzalel Krasnow was the ing with Congressman Brian Mast (R-Fla.) als, along with the Army Commendation
for Women — The Anna Ruth and Mark first second-generation student valedic- at their Teaneck home. Medal for Valor.
Hasten School in Manhattan. torian for the School for Men at Lander Brian Mast represents Florida’s 18th Earlier this year, Mr. Mast collaborated
Dr. Kadish, who gave the commence- College of Arts and Sciences in Flatbush; Congressional District, which ranges with Representative Stephanie Mur-
ment address, told the graduates, “We the father of two will start dental school from the northern portion of Palm Beach phy (D-Fla.) to introduce the bipartisan
— the Jewish people — have a job to in the fall. Ayelet Schwerd, valedictorian County through Martin and St. Lucie coun- “Deterring and Defeating Rocket and Mis-
do in this world. We must project our for the Lander College for Women, plans ties. Before being elected to Congress, Mr. sile Threats to Israel Act.” It is a bill that
greatest and most humane values out- to begin a Psy.D. program at Rutgers Uni- Mast, a double amputee, spent 12 years in would allow more funds, beyond the $500
ward into society, leading the culture versity; she wants to specialize in child the U.S. Army, including the elite Joint Spe- million a year that now goes to Israel, for
in being reflective and constructively and adolescent psychology. cial Operations Command, and he volun- defense against missile attacks.
teered alongside the IDF in Israel. He was He is seeking re-election.

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CONGRATULATIONS
TO THE RECIPIENTS
OF THE
OU WOMEN’S INITIATIVE
CHALLENGE GRANT
Promoting Innovative Orthodox Women’s
Programming Nationwide

WESTWOOD KEHILLA SUBURBAN TORAH
Los Angeles, CA Livingston, NJ
"Inspired Leadership for Women" “Women's Center for
Inspired Judaism”
Representing Congregation Kol BETH JACOB CONGREGATION
HaNeshamah at the Celebrate Oakland, CA CONGREGATION
Israel Parade, are, from left, “Learn to Lead (Lilmod U'Lilamed)” KETER TORAH
Matt Megenhardt, Maya Haber, Teaneck, NJ
CONGREGATION “Summer Women’s
Rebecca Ivry, Jackie Stern,
AGUDATH SHOLOM Beit Medrash”
Steve Niederman, Steve Haber, Stamford, CT
and Jonathan Haber. “Transmitting Torah: LINCOLN SQUARE
By Women... For Women” SYNAGOGUE
Local groups YOUNG ISRAEL OF
New York, NY
“Women's Torah and
march for HOLLYWOOD - FT. LAUDERDALE Leadership Training
Israel’s 70th Ft. Lauderdale, FL
“YIH Eishet Chayil Initiative”
Program”

YOUNG ISRAEL OF
New York’s Celebrate Israel YOUNG ISRAEL TOCO HILLS OCEANSIDE
Parade, the world’s largest pub- Atlanta, GA Oceanside, NY
lic gathering honoring the State Marchers from Solomon Schechter Day “Women's Seder Avodat “M'Dor L'Dor: Cultivating
of Israel, marched up Fifth Ave- School of Bergen County show their Yamim Noraim” Jewish Female Leadership
nue from 57th to 74th streets, enthusiasm.
Across Generations”
on Sunday, June 3. This year’s BNAI JACOB SHAAREI ZION
theme, marking Israel’s 70th anniversary, was “70 and Sababa!” (70 and awe- CONGREGATION YOUNG ISRAEL OF
Baltimore, MD GREATER CLEVELAND
some). Among the local synagogues, schools, federations, JCCs, and organiza-
“BJSZ Women's Beachwood, OH
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New Milford and Congregation Kol HaNeshamah of Englewood. For more infor- Torah): Learning and
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Southfield, MI Women of our Community”
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early childhood director CONGREGATION
Relationship to Judaism in
an Orthodox Context”
Jessica Friedman will lead the early childhood program SHOMREI TORAH
at Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley beginning July Fair Lawn, NJ KENESETH BETH ISRAEL
“Women's Institute of Richmond, VA
1. She has experience in Jewish education, running a
Learning and Leadership” “Tools for Life”
camp program, before- and after-school care, and pro-
grams for special needs children.
She is a Ramapo College graduate and is working
Through the Challenge Grant, the OU Women's Initiative challenged
toward a master’s degree in early childhood education
synagogues nationwide to create innovative programs that address
from Touro College. the needs of women in their respective communities. Out of 93
She and her husband, Ezra, live in Tenafly with their Jessica Friedman submissions, the Women's Initiative has selected 16 exciting and
children, Nathaniel, 8, and Mikayla, 5 ½. engaging pilot programs which may be replicated across the country,
and awarded each one a $5,000 development grant.

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JHF golf, tennis, and card outing a crowd-pleaser
This year’s Jewish Home Family golf, tennis and card outing
was held on June 4 at Montammy Country Club in Alpine. The
proceeds from the day, which drew more than 250 community
participants, will support senior services.

More than 30 tennis players hit the courts for a round-robin match.
JHF board chair Carol K. Silberstein, honoree Peter Martin,
and JHF president & CEO Carol Silver Elliott

Mark and Jane Zucker, and
Lauren and Robert Kleeblatt

Allen Levy,
Howard Chernin,
Glenn Kissler,
Alan Golub

Bob Peckar,
Kal Post,
Len Messinger,
Wilson Aboudi

Beth Shiffman,
Cynthia Low,
Esther Feldman,
Terri Katz

JoAnne Hassan Perlman,
Robin Jaffin,
Rena Delvos,
Ann Harris,
Ruth Meyer

Lynn Goldstein,
Doris Golstein,
Gail Levy

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Marathon man Bret Parker, who has Parkinson’s
disease, wills himself across the finish line
during the final race. MELINA MARA

22 JEWISH STANDARD JUNE 15, 2018
That guy did what?
And he has Parkinson’s?
Bret Parker will talk about running about it next week at the Jewish Home at Rock-
leigh. (See box.)

7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days Mr. Parker grew up on Manhattan’s Upper East
Side, graduated from P.S. 6, and then from Hor-

at the Jewish Home in Rockleigh ace Mann High School, and then from the Univer-
sity of Pennsylvania, and then from law school at
Fordham University, where he met his wife. He
JOANNE PALMER forgets what it felt like — until the next time, worked at two law firms and then as an in-house

I
when once again it’s far too late to change your lawyer at three companies. All very impressive
f you have given birth to one child, there mind. but standard for Upper East Side Jews. And then,
is a point in most second or subsequent So why is this the opening to a story about when he was 39, “I was diagnosed with Parkin-
labors when you remember how very running a marathon? son’s,” he said.
much it hurts. Because Bret Parker, a lawyer who will talk It was a very early diagnosis. His symptoms
You’ve managed to forget what it feels like, about running, faced that oh-NOW-I-remember- were slight and easy to hide, and for five years
and as your body feels like it is about to be riven moment seven times in more or less seven days. Mr. Parker hid them from everyone but family
into two unattached parts because it is simulta- Mr. Parker ran seven marathons on seven con- and the closest of his friends. The disease “pro-
neously being cut apart by a hacksaw and singed tinents in seven days. gressed slowly,” he said. “I could see the symp-
by a welder, you remember. And you curse your That’s as in SEVEN marathons on SEVEN con- toms; sometimes other people could see them —
idiocy in forgetting. tinents in SEVEN days. tremors in my hands, some stiffness — but they
And then you have a baby. And Mr. Parker has Parkinson’s disease. didn’t know what they were.
And your endorphins kick in, and your joy, It is an extraordinary story of courage and “But then, after five years, I outed myself,” he
and your body makes sure that your mind endurance and will, and Mr. Parker will talk said. At first, he’d just tell friends, one at a time.

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“It was exhausting,” he said. “They would
cry. I would cry. But I had to tell people.”
Not only were his symptoms becoming
harder to hide — again, like a pregnancy —
but “the stress of hiding them makes them
worse,” he said.
Then Mr. Parker decided to switch
from the retail to the wholesale model. In
a blog post published on Forbes in 2012,
he went entirely public with his condi-
tion, explaining, in very personal terms,
why he’d chosen to hide it, and why he’d
decided to stop hiding. Among other rea-
WORLD MARATHON CHALLENGE

sons, he said, once he no longer hides, he
can do the thing that he feels most driven
to do — work to raise money to under-
stand and fight Parkinson’s. (To find his
post, just google “Bret Parker,” “Forbes,”
and “Parkinsons.”
Once he’d written the post, he sent
the link to his friends, and told them to
“just read it.” The response was “won- Bret Parker finishes the first of seven marathons on the ice-packed runway of a Russian research station in Antarctica.
derful,” he said. “It was great. It was so
supportive.” He began to raise money friend, David Samson, who then was presi- This was not his first marathon. Before I ran the first one. I ran it with David. It was
for the Michael J. Fox Foundation — Mr. dent of a major league baseball team, the he was diagnosed, Mr. Parker was an occa- his first too.
Fox, of course, is the actor who also was Miami Marlins, decided to run a double sional marathon runner, neither an all-in “We were not athletes. We were not in
diagnosed with Parkinson’s when he was marathon to raise money for Parkinson’s runner nor a you’ve-got-to-be-crazy-to- shape. So I said let’s do it together. So we
young, and whose foundation does great research. (The two men first met in high run-26.2-miles type. “When I was growing ran around the Central Park reservoir;
work in supporting research. school and have been close ever since.) Mr. up, I always dreamt about doing the New that’s 1.6 miles, and we almost died the
After he went public, Mr. Parker’s best Parker ran a leg of that marathon. York City Marathon,” he said. “So in 1996, first time. We were coughing up our lungs.

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“We trained for about seven months; have to worry about breaking your legs,
we went from zero to the New York City he added.
marathon in seven months. And then I “I raised money with that one,” he
didn’t exercise again for six years.” said. “And I tell people that this was the
How was the New York marathon? easiest thing I’ve done, because you
“Amazing,” Mr. Parker said. “It was tir- don’t have to train. You just have to jump
ing. I was sore. But it was exhilarating. out of the plane.” (As if…)
It is the most amazing New York City Mr. Parker’s next feat was an Olympic-
experience. length triathlon, the 2014 Mighty Hamp-
“Ironically,” he added, “I was always tons race. “That one was a bucket item,”
inspired by Zoe Koplowitz, who would he said. “When I was 2 or 3 years old,
always run the marathon, and would I fell into a pool, so I never learned to
always finish.” Ms. Koplowitz has multi- swim right,” he said. “I was terrified. I
ple sclerosis; she’s run 23 New York mar- couldn’t dive. When I went to camp I
athons and finished last in all of them, never got beyond advanced beginning in
once taking more than 33 hours to get swimming. I would hide during instruc-
to the finish line. “The Guardian Angels tional swim.” So the triathalon was an
would protect her, and she would crutch important hurdle for him to surmount.
in,” Mr. Parker said. “It was terrible,” he said. “I got a
Mr. Parker and Mr. Samson ran again trainer to teach me to swim. I started
in 1999 and in 2002; the two trained with the men,” who go first as the swim-
for seven months both times, and ran ming third of the race begins, “but I fell
together for the whole course. In 2007, right back past the women, and fin-
Mr. Parker was diagnosed, “and then in ished second to last. I don’t know what
2010 we ran again,” he said. “I hadn’t I was thinking.
outed myself then” — Mr. Samson was “After that you bike and you run, but
among the few people who knew — I was so beat up by the swim… When
“and I didn’t do it for charity. I just did I finally finished, it was such a great
it to see if I could.” This time, he took feeling.”
about 15 minutes longer that he had Mr. Parker and his wife, Katharine,
before his diagnosis. did the triathalon together; “and then
Then, in 2012, after his blog post, Mr. the next year she and I did a mountain
Parker ran one leg of Mr. Samson’s dou- hike up Mount Elbert,” Colorado’s tall-
ble marathon. “I was fine,” he said. “It est peak. Like all his other adventures, it
was a short run, it was in Florida, and it was a fund-raiser; “and that also makes
was fine. And David got a lot of attention it harder to back out,” he said.
for the fund-raising. In 2016, he ran the New York City mar-
“At that point, I said to myself that I athon once more, to be sure that “I could
had to be more out there. I had to be still run one, before I tried to run seven.”
more visible. So I did a series of events, Then he and Mr. Samson decided to
one per year.” tackle the world marathon. “We saw a
The first was a sky dive. “Part of the video of a guy, a British schoolteacher,
awareness I wanted to bring to Parkin- Ted Jackson. ESPN did a documentary
son’s was that I will not let Parkinson’s about him. He was really heavy, not in
hold me back,” Mr. Parker said. “I want good shape, and I said that if Ted Jackson
to live life as big as I can. I will not let can do it, I can do it too.
Parkinson’s define me.” “It was not my smartest move.”
Instead, he willed himself to be The World Marathon Challenge began
defined by courage. “I had always in 2012; it’s been run every year since
wanted to sky dive, so I asked myself then. Since it began, 100 people have
what was I waiting for,” he said. As he run it. “The first year there was just a
and his family — he and his wife, Katha- handful, and then every year there were
rine, have two sons — would drive out to a few more,” Mr. Parker said. This year’s
eastern Long Island to relax, “we would race, in February 2018, had 50 entrants.
pass a skydiving place. It’s at Exit 69. It’s He was part of a group of 16 who did
a place I had passed a million times. I it together. “We were all connected in
would always say that we should pull off some way, friends or friends of friends,”
and sky dive, and they’d call my bluff.” he said. “One of them has a prosthetic
So they’d drive on by. leg” — her name is Sarah Reinertsen —
Not this time. “she has done all sorts of big events.” All
“It was great,” he said. “It was terri- of them raised money for the Michael
fying. I had imagined that it would feel J. Fox Foundation and a few other phil-
like a roller coaster, when you go up and anthropic causes, including cancer-
down, but when you sky dive you only fighting organizations. “There were five
feel that for the first second or so. You women, and the rest of us were men,”
hit a consistent speed after that,” so that Mr. Parker said. “Some were in their
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your internal organs feel as if they’re all
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you pull the cord and the parachute runners was Dave McGillivray, the race
goes up, you feel that again for a second, director for the Boston Marathon.” Oth-
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Mr. Parker’s friend Mr. Samson. never been there before, and going there
The race charges $40,000 per person; also was on my bucket list, so I got to do
that buys everything, including transporta- both things at the same time,” Mr. Parker
tion, food, staff, and everything else. “We said. “We landed on an ice runway at a Rus-
had an anonymous donor who paid for all sian research station. For the marathon,
of us,” Mr. Parker said. they shaved down a path that goes around
Mr. Parker is Jewish; he is a member of the runway; you’re running on flattened ice
Central Synagogue in Manhattan. “One of and snow. They rough up the surface a little,
the rabbis had me there for Friday night but it’s still a little slippery. We ran in trail
services before I left,” he said. “I didn’t fully shoes, which are a little heavier than normal
understand how big a deal this was for Cen- running shoes.”
tral until that night.” The runners also wore warm clothing,
Then, finally, it was off to the races. long pants, long-sleeved jackets, and snow
The group flew to Capetown, South goggles.
Africa, spent a few days settling in, meeting “We went round and round the track, but
each other, getting ready. Then they took it was not at all boring, because it was shock-
the six-hour flight to Antarctica for the first ingly beautiful. It was all loops, so we saw
race; races there can be run only when the each other all the time.”
weather is right, so the times for the entire Most of the runners finished long before
seven races are dependent on it. “You want he did, though, and “when I was one of the During the second marathon, Mr. Parker runs on a sunny beach in Capetown,
to start the clock running when you can start few people left on the course, it got colder South Africa. WORLD MARATHON CHALLENGE

the first race,” Mr. Parker said. and windier and lonelier. My iPhone battery
It was summertime in Antarctica. “I had died from the cold. “And the sun never went down, which that brought runners in and out of con-
was sort of eerie. It felt alien, almost like tact with each other. “It was not boring,
we were on another planet. although by the end there were long
“It took hours after I finished before stretches when I was alone,” Mr. Parker
we could leave,” he continued. “We said. “It was too dark to see anything.” It
waited in a big tent; there might have was not a scenic run.

l Tov!
been heaters, but it was very cold.” It Then it was on to Dubai, where again

Maz e wasn’t hot when they started; by the
time Mr. Parker finished “it was 10 or
maybe 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
“I was very cold, and my symptoms
the group had to run at night. “It was a
flat path along the beach,” he said. “By
the time I finished, at 5:30 in the morn-
ing, the first call for prayers had gone

Avi vogel were not great. When I am cold, I get very
shivery, with a whole-body tremor. Also,
out on loudspeakers. At 12 or 1 o’clock
I had seen young people coming out of
President of the Board of Directors of SINAI Schools the running wears out my medication clubs and bars and going home, and
On receiving the Jewish Federation and that makes my symptoms kick in.” a few hours later I heard the day start
Eventually the plane did take off with the call to prayer. And then the
of Northern New Jersey’s and the group went back to Capetown, sun came out.
2018 Russell Berrie where they ran the second marathon, “It was surreal. It all was surreal.”
Community Leadership Award about 12 hours after Mr. Parker finished By then, things had started to change
the first one. “It was really hot,” he for Mr. Parker. “I was really starting to
■ ■ ■ ■ ■ said. “We ran along the beach; we wore get tired, and I was really starting to feel
t-shirts and shorts. It was beautiful, my symptoms more,” he said. “I started
Avi, your leadership has ushered SINAI into a new era, sunny, nice, beautiful.” He was among to have something going on at the bot-
where we are able to serve more children with special needs, the last three runners to finish, but he tom of my foot, and I was getting wor-
in more schools, with richer programming and was not dead last. ried. By then I was really slowing down.
Next, the group went to Perth, Aus- My first marathons were 6 1/2 hours and
opportunities than ever before.
tralia, after a 12-hour flight. “We had then the next two were seven hours.
■ ■ ■ ■ ■ enough time on the plane to eat and I was still feeling sort of okay at that
We thank the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey sleep and sort of recover,” he said. Then, point; walking at some points, running
for recognizing Avi for his service to the community. “there was a cricket match earlier that at others.”
night” in the place where they ran. “We The flights between venues were get-
■ ■ ■ ■ ■ had to wait to start until 9 or 10 at night. ting longer. “I had no idea what time it
We are deeply grateful to Angelica Berrie whose vision It was a running trail in a park, and we was or what day it was,” Mr. Parker said.
and generosity have made a powerful impact on ran through the night. Next was Lisbon. “That was the tough
“You have no sense of what day or time one,” he said. “I am starting to worry
our community institutions and far beyond.
it is,” he continued. “You get through the about finishing. We had been told that
first two marathons on adrenaline and there was an eight-hour cutoff — that if
novelty, but by the third you are starting you didn’t finish in eight hours you had
to feel the effects of the other two, plus to stop — but I found out that all that mat-
jet lag and the lack of sleep.” tered is that you had to make the flight.
This run, like the first one, had loops I was slowing down, getting more hurt,

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Bret Parker’s
younger son,
Ben, ran with him
at the end of the
last marathon in
Miami. Inset, Mr.
Parker, his wife,
Katharine, and
their son Ben
beam after the
last race is over.
BRET PARKER

where all the hookers congregate,” drugs in them.” Finally they convinced
he said. “There was a lot of business the police that they in fact were mara-
going on there. I ran through that thon runners, not drug addicts. “And then
square maybe 20 times.” He was very I ended up almost stepping on a rat. And
lost. “I am sure they thought I was then I finished.
shopping. “This was not a conventional marathon.”
“By the last time, they sent the They laughed about it, but Mr. Parker
race director out to walk with me wasn’t feeling particularly good. “The blis-
and we got lost again, and then the ter on my foot was really bad,” he said.
police stopped us. We were asking “The skin had completely ripped off the
for directions, and they thought we bottom of my foot.” It had to be bandaged,
were getting drugs. I was about to and he needed Advil.
empty my pockets, and then I real- And then it was the last marathon,
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Ben, who is about to graduate from Horace Mann, will
go to Cornell this fall.)
- “The end was great,” Mr. Parker said. “I finished
n dead last. And it was great. I have never felt so excited
d to be done with a race.
“It was surreal. Even looking back I can’t actually
believe I did that.”
There were some repercussions. Doctors feared that
- his foot could get infected; the most pessimistic among
them feared that it might have to be amputated. But
e that didn’t happen. He was confined to a wheelchair
, for the first week — “I learned that when you are in a
wheelchair at LaGuardia, you get to go to the front of
, the taxi line,” he said — and it took six weeks to heal,
n but it will be fine.
Now he’s back at work — Bret Parker is the executive
director of the New York City Bar Association — and
tight-lipped about his next adventure. But, he says,
there will be one.
Have his experiences changed him? Yes, he says.
He’s taken on a three-word mantra; unfortunately, we
can print only two of them in this paper: Do epic s*** .
“That’s what this is about,” he said.
“For some people, epic s*** is swimming across
a lake or running around the reservoir or walking
around the block, but everyone should be out there
doing their own epic s*** .
“Everyone should stretch a little. Everyone has
problems, everyone has issues, but that shouldn’t stop
you from doing epic s***. That’s the biggest takeaway I
have gotten from all of this.
“And I couldn’t have done it alone. What I did, I real-
ize looking back, was crazy. I must have been out of
my frickin mind. But it was hard work, and it was an
amazing experience, and I did it with a whole group
of people. Everyone was so supportive. It would have
been too lonely doing it alone.
“The night after Lisbon, my friend could tell that
I was very upset, and he said, ‘Go do what you can.
People are behind you, whether you finish or not. This
is not your job. Just go out and do your best.’
“I want people to hear about this, and to do their
own runs, whatever their own runs might be,” Bret
Parker said.

Who: Bret Parker
What: Will talk about his marathon experiences as
a runner with Parkinson’s
When: On Monday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: At the Jewish Home at Rockleigh at 10
Link Drive
Why: To raise awareness
How much: The talk is free and open to the com-
munity. Reservations are required; call (551) 444-
3183 or email parkinsons@JewishHomeFamily.org.

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Jewish World

‘Terror kites’ shake kibbutzniks,
but not their resolve to stay put
SAM SOKOL

NAHAL OZ, ISRAEL — Dani Ben David
fiddles with his radio, switching between
it and his cellphone as he drives through
the Beeri Forest, a nature reserve on the
border between Israel and the Hamas-con-
trolled Gaza Strip.
As his Jeep jolts over the dirt road, he
quickly and calmly jumps between many
conversations, coordinating efforts to
extinguish the many fires that have sprung
up across his territory. As regional director
for the Western Negev for Keren Kayemeth
LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund, Ben David
is responsible for maintaining the forest’s
tens of thousands of acres in the face of
Palestinian efforts to torch them and the
surrounding farmland.
Since April, more than 450 open-air
fires have been set along the border region
by kites and balloons carrying incendi-
ary materials launched from Gaza. Flying
aimlessly over the kibbutzim, they have
turned large swatches of what was once
an oasis of green in a dry and dusty south
into a charred landscape.
Many of those kites have landed in farm-
ers’ wheat fields, causing millions of shekels A firefighter extinguishes a blaze in the Beeri Forest on the Israeli border with Gaza on June 11, 2018.  SAM SOKOL

in damage to the local agricultural sector as
well as in the area’s vast nature reserves. 150 acres, have already gone up in flames.
“Look over there,” Ben David says, “We try to be optimistic. It’s all about
pointing to a pillar of smoke in the dis- resilience,” Lachyani says. “We don’t com-
tance. His finger sweeps across the hori- plain. We don’t let them run our lives. You
zon, noting the locations of several other burn and we plant. Our morale is high.
fires in the distance. “We see three, four, There is something about tragedy that con-
five fires. There are eight fires now.” nects you more to the people you live with.”
“It’s like this every day,” he continues, While acknowledging that the damage
describing how more than 4,000 dunams, has been only to vegetation, she says it is
or nearly 490 acres, already have gone only a matter of time until someone gets
up in smoke over the past two months. hurt, in the community of fewer than 500
“It’s doing great damage to the forest, to people, right next to the border fence. The
the plants and animals. Everything here Israel Defense Forces and the government
is burned. We don’t really see a solution, have not responded to the fires in the
either from the government or the army, same way in which they act in the wake of
against this kite terror.” a rocket attack, she says, and this “sends a
Ben David says that KKL-JNF employs 12 message” to Hamas.
or 13 private firefighters who are responsi- Lachyani says that despite the rocket
ble for the forest; that number is bolstered attacks and fires, Nahal Oz is thriving, with
by volunteers from local communities and residency at capacity, in part due to the
Israel’s overstretched Fire and Rescue Rafi Babiyan, security officer for the Sdot Negev Regional Council, holds a “terror “new secular Zionism of living wherever
Services. kite” and the incendiary materials attached to it. SAM SOKOL it’s necessary and wherever it’s meaning-
“If we had 10 more it would be good, but ful.” But while the community has grown
we don’t have 10 more,” he says. “We are road, completely obscuring visibility. kibbutz’s farmlands. She shows a small since the last flare-up with Hamas in 2014,
doing what we can. You extinguish one, “At the end of the day, we are succeed- patch of burnt ground on which small that does not mean the residents are
and you move on to the next one.” ing at extinguishing everything,” he says, shoots already are beginning to sprout. totally sanguine about the situation.
At another site nearby, a tractor puts out but adds that it would help if he had access Lachyani, the agricultural collective’s “We are thriving under fire — for the
the flames by driving over them followed to firefighting planes. Ben David explains spokeswoman, says that a small ceremony moment,” she says, complaining of the
by a man carrying a hose attached to a that such aircraft are prohibited from tak- is held here for the community’s children feeling that “no one cares.” Citing Regional
small water tank on his back. A fire truck ing part in the battle because it is so close on Shavuot every year, but this year the Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi’s
pulls up, its siren blaring, and a regular- to the Gaza border. “These kites aren’t patch was set ablaze only hours before the statement that he was “not excited by
duty firefighter gets out and starts spraying toys, they’re weapons,” he says. “If the gathering. the kite terrorism” — that is, that people
a flaming clump of trees. IDF or government will understand that, “We put out the fire and held the cer- shouldn’t overreact to what he called a
Over the course of less than an hour, I hope they will do something.” emony anyway. We are proud that we “pathetic” enemy — Lachyani asserts that
Ben David visits more than five fires, one In nearby Nahal Oz, Yael Lachy- didn’t let them destroy our holiday,” she the “government isn’t doing anything.”
of which blazes alongside a small one-lane ani points out the damage done to her says, noting that 600 dunams, or almost Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has

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pledged to strike back in response to the kites “when far fewer fires than Nahal Oz, and the fields that burned residents of the region. While the state has pledged repara-
it is convenient for us.” The army is testing two types already had been harvested, says Buki Bart, a member of tions for farmers who have lost crops, local representatives
of drones for use against the kites as “part of a compre- the kibbutz administration. While expressing frustration, also have been pushing hard for additional payments for
hensive response, which includes cooperation with Bart says he understands that “everybody is doing the best those forced to harvest early, thus losing part of the value
firefighting forces and the activity of combat forces on that he can” and that the damage thus far has been minor of their produce, as well as for those who have lost agricul-
the ground,” an IDF spokesman said. enough that he doesn’t feel he has to report every small fire tural equipment.
According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, to the kibbutz members. Residents have come under fire for Aside from the financial side, Meiri says the constant
bomb disposal experts have responded not only to years, he says, especially during the last three wars in Gaza. fires have caused stress for residents, especially children,
kites dragging alcohol-soaked rags but also to explo- According to Adi Meiri, a spokeswoman for the Shaar many of whom are receiving help from psychologists at
sive devices, “which is a much more serious threat to Hanegev Regional Council, whose territory includes a local “resilience center.” She describes how she has
both soldiers and civilians.” Sderot, extinguishing the fires is not the only struggle for SEE KITES PAGE 36
“Every day we have at least 30 firefighters with 10
fire engines to deal only with fires near the fence,”
Israel Fire and Rescue Services spokesman Yoram
Levy says. “In order to respond quickly, we opened
five temporary stations in kibbutzim. We have a volun-
teer unit at Kfar Aza with a fire truck and equipment,
and we are about to establish two more units. When

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we receive intelligence that there might be mass dem-
onstrations, we are reinforcing our staff as needed.”
Levy says the fire service has used airplanes twice,
near Kibbutz Or Haner and Kibbutz Karmia, after
receiving permission from the Israeli Air Force.
One resident of Nahal Oz sees the attacks as an
opportunity to give something back. Only weeks
before the fires started, Raymond Reijnen immigrated
to the kibbutz with his family; they’re from Rotter-
dam in the Netherlands. A 16-year veteran of his city’s
fire brigade, Reijnen — a tall, thin blond with tattooed
arms — says he saw no future in Europe and decided
to make aliyah so his children could grow up in a Jew-
ish state.
Assigned to the kibbutz dairy, where he tends cows,
Reijnen threw himself into agricultural work and
learning Hebrew. Teams of firefighters from across the
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Editorial
Going public
KEEPING THE FAITH

Healthy living, the Torah way
I H
t’s hard to listen to Brad Parker’s story with-
out your mouth hanging open; if like me you’re aving undergone open heart surgery not too
trying to take notes so you can retell the story, long ago, the subject of how to improve the
you don’t have a hand to spare to close it man- quality of life by getting healthy and staying
ually. The story’s far too amazing to allow for auto- that way is never far from my mind. Here are Our Sages also insisted
matic mouth-closing. some suggestions my physicians gave me for achieving this:
So there is this man, not quite 50, living with Par- • Eat healthy foods, especially fruits and vegetables. on the need for exercise.
kinson’s for 11 years already, who has dealt with his • Eat less red meat and avoid abusive substances. For example, the Talmud
medical condition by taking the kinds of physical • Shy away from fats and other unhealthy foods, includ-
risks that make most of us (okay, make me) swoon ing fried foods. says: “If one eats without
just thinking about them. And then he goes and runs • Keep yourself clean, and maintain sanitary conditions [afterward] walking four
seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. all around you, especially in the kitchen.
I find it tiring just to think about that. • Get regular check-ups, listen to your physicians, and cubits, his food rots. ” *
But Brad is teaching us not to give up. consult them as the need arises. *BT Shabbat 41a
That is a lesson that can go oppressively too far. • Get plenty of rest and exercise.
Most of us can’t run one marathon, much less seven, • Do not overdo anything — everything in moderation, of years. After the Flood, it was no more than 120 years
much less seven in seven days, even without Parkin- from eating to exercising. (Genesis 6:3).
sons; no one should feel obligated to do that. As Brad This is the most up-to-the-minute advice there is, based Permission to eat meat notwithstanding, the emphasis
tells us — and as Jewish tradition tells us — we are obli- on tens of thousands of people-years of scientific research, just as clearly remained on eating fresh fruits and vegeta-
gated to do what we can, within the bounds of what most of which was done in the last century. bles (i.e., BT Shabbat 68a), which is why it “is forbidden to
is possible for us. And it is precisely the advice we have been getting since live in a city that does not have a vegetable garden” ( JT Kid-
Even if it doesn’t involve skydiving. Moses came down from Mt. Sinai. dushin 4:12, 66d). In other words, we need to live close to
His story touches on themes we’ve encountered Regarding consulting physicians, we are told, “Who- the source of fresh produce. There is no suggestion, how-
before, the entwined themes of truth-telling to ever is in pain goes to the physician’s house” (Babylo- ever, that we should live close to cattle farms.
reduce stigma and of not sugar-coating. nian Talmud tractate Bava Kamma 46b). The Aside from limiting meat-eating, the Torah
It was not until Brad outed himself as having Par- Talmud considers the physician to be God’s tells us to avoid fat (Leviticus 11:23-25). It also
kinson’s that he was able to run freely, as himself, agent, based on Exodus 21:19: “[It says there,] warns against overeating and overdrinking
without having to cover up that truth, camouflage its ‘He shall cause him to be completely healed.’ (Deuteronomy 21:20), and from ingesting
symptoms, and thus put more stress on himself and From this, we learn that permission has been anything impure, meaning anything that
make himself more symptomatic. It was also not until given [by God] to the physician to heal.” (BT is harmful to us. Taken together, these two
he outed himself as having Parkinson’s that he could Berachot 60a) commandments prohibit all kinds of sub-
raise money to fight it (because being open about Thus, according to the Jerusalem Talmud, stance abuse. Thus, the Talmud tells us (BT
having Parkinson’s doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t tractate Kiddushin 4:12, 66d, “It is forbidden Pesachim 113a), “Do not take drugs.” This
chose not to have it, were the choice within your to live in a city where there is no physician.” includes so-called “hard drugs.” Our Sages
control). (See also BT Bava Kamma 85b.) Shammai knew all about opium (see JT Avodah Zarah
And when Brad talks about the marathons, he Let us, then, explore some biblical texts, Engelmayer 2:2, 40d).
makes it clear that although the experience was keeping our eyes and our minds open to Leviticus 15:2-13 requires us to wash our-
extraordinary it was not easy, and at times it was what the Torah is really saying — and keep in selves, wash our clothing, wash our cooking
actively unpleasant. (I understate; he made it clear mind that this column will barely touch the surface of this utensils, and keep our houses clean. This emphasis led the
that at times it was actively hellish.) subject. Talmud to say (BT Shabbat 108b), “The washing of hands
Sugar-coating unpleasant truths is a strategy that We will begin at the beginning, with Genesis 1:29. and feet in the morning is more effective than any remedy
is doomed to failure, because people figure out that “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb-bear- in the world.”
you’re not being honest, and it just makes them mad. ing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every The great sage Hillel, we are told (Leviticus Rabbah
We have written about local people and institutions tree, on which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it 34:3), compared bathing to caring for a vessel containing
who have decided to go public, to fight stigma, not to shall be for food.” the divine spirit. This attitude led the rabbis to require us
underplay the difficulties they face but to be honest That is all it says. There is nothing here about eating meat to wash ours faces, hands, and feet every day (BT Shab-
about them. That’s the strategy that the Sinai Schools of any kind, but humans insisted on it. In fact, there was so bat 50b). Hand-washing was also required upon getting
and Yachad take toward student with a wide range much killing of animals that it was one of the causes of the up in the morning; each time after going to the bathroom;
of special needs; it’s the approach that the Formans Great Flood. While God grudgingly gives humans permis- after removing the shoes which, after all, had the filth of
and Amudim take toward substance abuse; it’s the sion to eat meat (Genesis 9:1-6), there is a high price to pay. the ancient street all over them; and both before and after
approach that Refa’enu takes toward mood disorders. Before the Flood, the human lifespan was many hundreds eating food. Given the condition of the times, they also
Once you’re public, once you’re honest, you can
go on to do almost anything. — JP Shammai Engelmayer is rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel of the Palisades, now in Fort Lee.

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Opinion

Skin in the game: Race and
Israel’s politics of conversion

A
mong the most cherished honors and most fulfill- Kibita Yosef’s application to settle in the Jewish state as a citi-
ing endeavors of my 30 years in the rabbinate was zen under the Law of Return.
the privilege of serving on the bet din — the rab- Yosef has been ordered to leave the country or risk
decreed that a person had to change into clean binic court — that traveled to Uganda in 2002 to deportation.
clothes before eating. The food itself had to be supervise the formal conversion to Judaism of hundreds of I am convinced (and ashamed to say) that the ill treatment
washed before being eaten or cooked, all uten- members of that East African nation’s Abayudaya community. of this passionate, loyal son of the Jewish people is racially
sils used had to be clean, and the food prepa- The circumstances of the conversions were certainly motivated, injurious to the unity of the Jewish People, legally
ration area had to be clean. unusual. The Abayudaya had been leading lives of Jew- untenable, an egregious halachic error, and ultimately a scan-
Reliance on medical science, a healthy diet, ish piety, learning, and identification for five generations dalous desecration of God’s name.
avoidance of harmful substances, clean living in many cases; the community adopted Jewish practice en In a telling incident, the bet din in Uganda was faced with
— to this list, let us add this: The body needs masse beginning in 1919. Members of the community appear- a halachic dilemma. To honor the occasion of their conver-
regular and adequate rest. The Torah pre- ing before the rabbinic panel recounted long family histories sion, a number of Abayudaya women had their hair elabo-
scribes just that: one day of perfect rest every of devotion to kashrut, Shabbat, holy days, and family purity rately braided, just as, in the spirit of hiddur mitzvah — adding
seven days, Shabbat. This idea of everybody observance. Parents and grandparents proudly detailed their beauty to Jewish religious observance, they appeared before
and everything getting one day of rest out of children’s Jewish education, religious commitments, and facil- the bet din in their finest attire. The professional braiding
every seven was unheard-of 3,500 years ago. ity with Hebrew language. was done at significant expense; it is a rare indulgence, well
It is not just Shabbat, though. Especially in While the background of those Abayudaya who were aspir- beyond the means of the Abayudaya community. The bet din
an agricultural economy, the three most labor- ing to conversion was indisputably atypical, the halachic pro- ruled, however, that braids constituted a “chatzitzah” — a dis-
intensive times of the year are the beginning of cedures the four rabbis (three Americans and qualifying impediment to full immersion — as
the planting season, the first harvest, and the one Israeli, all members of the Conservative they are considered to form a barrier between
final harvest. The Torah insists we get extra Rabbinical Assembly) followed in conducting the water and the body itself. (As is standard
rest during those periods — on Pesach, Sha- the proceedings were familiar, exacting, and practice, those people who were immersing
vuot, and Sukkot. In fact, at the end of the har- stringent. Candidates for conversion appeared were instructed to remove all makeup, lipstick,
vest period, when things are liable to be the before the bet din individually or in family units, nail polish, jewelry, and clothing.) We broke that
most intense, the Torah adds even more rest: requiring many successive days of early morn- news to the women, who, without complaint
On “the first day of the seventh month” (Rosh ing-to-dusk court sessions. Aspiring converts or objection, compliantly spent hours unbraid-
Hashanah), and on the 10th (Yom Kippur). were questioned about their motives, beliefs, ing each other’s hair. (The rabbis subsequently
Because the Torah emphasizes rest, the Tal- knowledge, and observance. Nearly all identi- provided funds to cover a later braiding session.)
mud also emphasized the need for sleep. fied Sabbath observance as the most defining Rabbi Joseph This episode is emblematic of the attention to
Thus, “Sleep...is as important for the body element of their religious life. All described the H. Prouser detail and stringency practiced by the bet din,
as a steel edge is for iron” (BT Berachot 62b). carefully discriminating pattern of their kosher both on shared, sacrosanct halachic principle
So seriously did the Sages consider the need diets. “What would distinguish yours as a Jewish and in prescient anticipation of future skeptics,
for sleep, that if someone takes an oath “not home?” we would ask. “Judaism is the most important part of reflexive naysayers, and hostile, politically motivated critics.
to sleep for three nights, he should be flogged,” our family life,” we were repeatedly and earnestly told. Clearly, our concern for such untoward eventualities was
after which he should be made to go to sleep Though the Abayudaya long have practiced brit milah — well placed.
for a while (BT Shevuot 25a). ritual circumcision — all male candidates for conversion will- In light of the current Israeli politicization of conversion, and
Our Sages also insisted on the need for ingly (in fact, with remarkable joy!) submitted to hatafat dam as I reflect upon our rabbinic ruling on the Abayudaya women’s
exercise. For example, the Talmud says (BT brit, the additional drawing of blood from the site of the cir- braids, I am reminded of a closely related discussion in the Tal-
Shabbat 41a): “If one eats without [afterward] cumcision, to remove any ambiguity about their covenantal mud. Tractate Yoma, the Talmudic volume dealing with Yom
walking four cubits, his food rots,” because compliance. All conversion aspirants immersed either in the Kippur, cites a rabbinic finding in its opening pages (8A), that
the food will not digest properly, the person community mikveh (the very existence of which in this impov- is, significantly, repeated verbatim in its closing passage (98A):
will deteriorate physically, and eventually will erished, rural African area speaks to the lofty level of religious “One who has a Divine Name written on his skin may not
become ill. observance) or in a local river, in every case with careful and wash or anoint himself (lest he erase the Divine Name in vio-
On the other hand, the Sages warned against accurate recitation of the requisite blessings. The immersions lation of the Torah’s prohibition); nor may he appear in a
overdoing exercise (see BT Pesachim 113a). (conducted, especially in the case of women, in a manner filthy or indecent place (where texts including a Divine name
The Talmud also warned against eating that discreetly preserved their privacy and modesty, while may not be brought). If he must undergo an obligatory ritual
fried foods and anything that was hard to assuring their precise execution) were a time of enthusiastic immersion (“tevilah shel bitzvah”), he should cover the Name
digest, and it suggested drinking bran diluted celebration, singing, and ululation. I have never seen greater with a soft reed poultice and immerse. Rabbi Yossi says: He
in water (BT Gittin 56b). It also suggested that “simchah shel mitzvah” — absolute joy at the service of God should immerse in the usual manner, so long as he does not
we should drink plenty of water during meals and the fulfillment of God’s commandments (kabbalat ol mal- scrub the area with the Name.”
(BT Berachot 41a). chut shamayim and kabbalat ol ha-mitzvot). Maimonides (Yesodei Ha-Torah 6:6) adds that if a reed poul-
I could go on, but I am already way over my Each and every Abayudaya conversion case was deliber- tice is not available, a person should wrap an article of cloth-
word limit. Here, then, is the takeaway: The ated, weighed, and painstakingly documented by the mem- ing around the area of the Divine Name, loosely enough so
Torah commands us to live healthy lives, and bers of the bet din. With “all the oaths of the Torah,” I stake that it allows water to reach the skin (avoiding chatzitzah), but
it prescribes just how to do that. It is great to my reputation, career, and personal integrity not only on securely enough to cover the Divine Name and so prevent its
know medical science is catching up. the technical legitimacy of the Abayudaya conversions, but desecration through the bodily exposure of the party under-
on the conviction that the faith, piety, knowledge, and com- going immersion.
mitment to Jewish peoplehood demonstrated by the Abayu- What an odd halachic dilemma! Why would a pious Jew write
daya far exceeded any reasonable, normative standard to be God’s name (the Tetragrammaton or, perhaps, Elohim, Shaddai,
demanded of those aspiring to join the covenant of Israel. Tzevaot, etc.) on his body? This is no tattoo, as is clear from the
The opinions expressed in this section
I am proud and overjoyed to count the Abayudaya among concern over erasure, as well as from the explicit command-
are those of the authors, not necessarily
my fellow Jews, and I am humbled to have played a role in ment against such permanent body modifications. Perhaps
those of the newspaper’s editors,
the historic process that made it possible. It is with a deep a devotional henna design? A craven practical joke, specifi-
publishers, or other staffers. sense of dismay and personal affront, therefore, that I have cally intended to prevent someone from bathing? A classroom
We welcome letters to the editor. Send them to followed the actions of the Israeli Interior Ministry in refusing note written on palms or arms after the manner of millennia
jstandardletters@gmail.com. to recognize the Jewish status of the Abayudaya, and specifi- of resourceful students? More likely, the case represents an
cally in rejecting Abayudaya member (and current kibbutznik) SEE CONVERSION PAGE 34

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Opinion

Enumerating silver linings in the GOP

T
he New Jersey Jewish commu- The highest-profile campaign is, of to the Jewish people. From again, and defend the coun-
nity is at a political crossroads. course, the race for Senate, with GOP can- the experience of his father try from foreign adversaries
One path is that of doubling didate Bob Hugin taking on the ethically being shot by a domestic such as the expansionist mul-
down on ever-increasing taxes, plagued career politician Bob Menendez. terrorist, to introducing the lahs of Iran.
the always-rising cost of living, and a party Both originally are from Hudson County, idea that New Jersey should The choice is clear. The
that has been walking away from the pro- and this tale of two Bobs is an exercise have a property tax cap, and Jewish community can dou-
Israel consensus. That is the Democratic in contrast. It’s about an upstart busi- his work on the Cresskill City ble down on failed policies
Party’s path. ness leader and self-made man, Hugin, Council, McCann is on the that make life harder, educat-
The road less traveled — the road that running against the senior sitting senator right page for the community ing children more expensive,
the Jewish community should pursue — from New Jersey, who was censured by a and all voters. From Bergen Joshua and undermined Israeli and
is the Republican way of decreasing the bipartisan bunch of his Senate colleagues County Executive candidate Einstein American security, or we can
taxpayers economic burden, lowering the for receiving “gifts” far in excess of what is Norman Schmelz, currently vote Republican.
cost of living, allowing entrepreneurs to legally allowed. More important than the the mayor of Bergenfield, to
create jobs, supporting school choice, and corruption charges Menendez faced from Assembly candidate in legislative District Joshua Einstein is a founding member
working for the unconditional safety and an administration of his own party — Presi- 36 Marc Marsi, a police detective, GOP of the Hudson County Regional Jewish
security of the Jewish state. dent Obama — is Hugin’s background as a candidates are advocates for the average Council, an elected member of the New
Across New Jersey, GOP candidates for former officer in the Marines, a father, and man on the street in our state. They are Jersey Republican State Committee, sits
offices, from city council to state Assembly a job creator. pursuing policies that allow people to keep on the executive board of the New Jersey
to county executive to Congress, are running The 5th Congressional District candi- more of their paychecks so they can grow State Young Republicans, and has been
campaigns in sync with the values of the Jew- date John McCann is another common- their families, trim bloated government published in more than 14 newspapers and
ish community and all New Jerseyans. sense Republican running on values close programs so New Jersey can be affordable websites on Jewish and political topics.

Conversion
FROM PAGE 33

academic or intellectual construct designed
to communicate the spiritual and moral pri-
orities of the sages.
Under normal circumstances, writing
found on the body, as well as other forms
of applied cosmetics or body art, would
constitute a chatzitzah, a disqualifying
impediment. In the case discussed twice
in Yoma, removal of the writing is impos-
sible, as it would constitute erasure (and
thereby desecration) of God’s Name. The
rabbis in good conscience could neither
deny their fellow Jew an obligatory ritual
immersion, nor desecrate God’s Name by
stringently and inflexibly enforcing stan-
dard mikveh procedures for the removal
of disqualifying body art and cosmetics.
Thus they thought of the unconventional
solution, of entering the mikveh partially
covered by a poultice or article of clothing.
The sages properly and sensitively deter-
mined that their duty to prevent desecra-
tion of God’s Name was paramount.
Our talmudic forbears’ creative flex-
ibility and laudable sense of priorities in
avoiding desecration of God’s Name at all
costs is sorely needed in Israel’s adjudica-
tion of the status of the Abayudaya, and In September 2004, members and visitors at the synagogue of the Abayudaya Jewish community in Nabugoye, Mbale,
in the disposition of Kibita Yosef ’s appli- Uganda, gather just before Rosh Hashanah. AMNON SHAVIT VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
cation for citizenship. Together with his
fellow Abayudaya, Yosef has immersed dangerously battered body of Jewish unity. of atonement, and to the ability of flawed is time for Israeli authorities to see beyond
himself not merely in the mikveh to effect It would be a wise and welcome remedial human beings to choose a new and more Kibita Yosef’s skin and welcome him whole-
formal conversion to the faith of his par- measure, an immersive therapy that could productive direction. In its odd but timely heartedly as a devoted son of the Jewish
ents and grandparents (and our more begin to dress the wounds of partisan rabbinic discussion herein examined, People — and of the Jewish state.
distant ancestors); he also has immersed exclusivity and infighting festering among Yoma also makes absolutely clear that des- In God’s Name, I pray for such an
himself in Jewish faith and observance, the Jewish people. ecration of God’s Name is never an accept- enlightened, new, and more productive
in Jewish learning, and in Jewish national In its exploration of Yom Kippur, Trac- able option. direction.
aspirations. Just recognition of the Jew- tate Yoma beckons its students to exacting In 2018, a national policy that simultane-
ish bona fides of the Abayudaya commu- attention to ritual obligations, to lofty stan- ously sows Jewish disunity and stokes racial Joseph Prouser is the rabbi of Temple
nity would be a healing poultice on the dards of moral conduct, to the possibility animus is precisely such a desecration. It Emanuel of North Jersey in Franklin Lakes.

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Opinion
I’VE BEEN THINKING

A two-way street runs through your shul

A
heated brouhaha rocked my shul and yoetzet halachah, and keep us informed rabbis to congregants as well. that R. Adler didn’t convince
recently. The specific dispute is of our friends’ and neighbors’ important life- Sloughing off a disagreement me, and I’m willing to bet half
not important for this column cycle events and celebrations. or criticism with a light, and my IRA that I didn’t convince
(okay, okay, it was, shockingly, And there’s still more. When people move often pat, comment or joke too him. But both of us understood
related to Trump). While I had, as you might into a new community, often the first friends often is substituted for a genu- the other side better, I think,
imagine, a strong opinion, which I voiced to they make are their neighbors, parents of ine, thoughtful, and respectful and realized that there truly
the appropriate people, what particularly their children’s classmates — and the peo- response. were two sides (even though
struck me afterward were two more general ple they sit next to in shul. And we continue Here’s a story I’ve told many I still think I’m right). He lis-
questions: first, why do shul disputes often to make friends as shuls expand and seats times that illustrates this point. tened to me carefully, took me
get so hot and heavy? And second, what can change. Indeed, when my shul built a new My rabbi, R. Yosef Adler of Con- Joseph seriously, didn’t make an argu-
be done to lower the temperature? sanctuary a few years ago and I chose a dif- gregation Rinat Yisrael, once Kaplan ment based on authority or
I could answer the first question glibly by ferent location in which to sit, I soon made delivered a sermon in which position, and I felt respected.
applying Sayer’s Law (the bon mot about aca- friends with a group of young men (young he explained an idea from his And so, while we often agree
demic politics) to shul politics, and say that being relative in that I’m at least 25 years rebbe, the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. I about important matters, we continue to dis-
they’re so heated because the stakes are so older than the oldest of them) who sit in my thought, however, that his explanation wasn’t agree from time to time in like manner while
low. But I don’t really believe that. Rather, I row and the one behind, and whom I didn’t correct. Now, let me hasten to say that in retaining what I am proud to believe is a gen-
think the opposite is true; we have a high per- know before. This has helped me emerge matters of Torah knowledge, and especially uinely warm and friendly relationship.
sonal stake in these issues because shuls truly from my age echo chamber and see impor- knowledge of the Rav’s thought, if R. Adler I must add one caveat, however. There are
are central to many of our lives. tant issues from a new perspective. (Hi guys! belongs in the Hall of Fame (which he does) some extreme positions, some radical argu-
Thus, although a primary function of a This is the shout-out you asked for.) I’m only a minor leaguer (to use an analogy I ments, that we can’t respect and to which we
shul is to provide a location for prayer, the So I understand why we care deeply about think he’ll appreciate). But in this particular may not be able to maintain a sense of civility
Hebrew phrase for synagogue is not beit tefil- an institution that is so important to us indi- case, I had, in fact, previously spent a good (although we still should try). All will agree
lah, a house of prayer. Rather, it’s beit knes- vidually, familially, and communally, and deal of time thinking about and studying about some of them (for example, racism or
set, a house of assembly, because we assem- thus why we sometimes can get unduly riled very carefully both what the Rav wrote about anti-Semitism), although undoubtedly there
ble in our synagogues for so much more than up. Nonetheless, too much heat isn’t good this issue and all the sources he referred to. I will be disagreements about exactly where
prayer. We assemble for shiurim, lectures, for us, and it’s certainly not good for the shul. therefore felt a certain confidence about my to draw that line. But rarely, if ever, do shul
and other programs; we assemble for rites of And I first thought that there’s a one-word understanding of the matter at hand. arguments cross these boundaries.
passage from brit or simchat bat to funerals; solution to calming things down — civility. So when davening concluded, I went up We want, indeed we need, our shuls to
we assemble for social and communal activi- But as I thought some more, I realized civil- to the rabbi and, after wishing him a good be diverse and vibrant. And disagreement
ties, book readings, scholars in residence, ity is necessary but not sufficient, and that shabbes I briefly voiced my objection. And and argument, if and when done right,
and sometimes, political evenings; we assem- another quality of character is required. he responded essentially as follows. “Joseph, often enhance these qualities; they make
ble after Shabbat davening to schmooze and That’s respect; respect both for the people we don’t have the Rav’s essay in front of us, a shul a vigorous and vital organization, a
socialize at a kiddush and after yom tov dav- on the other side as well as for the positions nor do we have the sources he referred to. large tent where many can feel wanted and
ening for a meal in the sukkah, a commu- they hold. So it won’t be too productive to discuss this comfortable.
nity seder, or a Shavuot barbeque (sorry, no Respect doesn’t mean agreement, of now. Why don’t we meet in the beit midrash So let’s do it right.
cheesecake). course, nor does it mean that you should after ma’ariv one evening this week, when we
There’s more. Services our shuls offer be less passionate about your own position. can look at all the materials together and then Joseph C. Kaplan, a regular columnist, is
often provide emotional comfort and practi- Rather, it means to listen — sincerely listen discuss them.” a longtime resident of Teaneck. His work
cal assistance in times of grief, give our chil- — to the other side, and to take the other And so, one evening later that week we also has appeared in various publications
dren a place to meet with their friends and side and its advocates seriously. This applies spent about 30 minutes doing just what he including Sh’ma magazine, the New York
make new ones, arrange support for other not only to behavior between congregants suggested, and quite passionately reviewed Jewish Week, the Baltimore Jewish Times, and,
community institutions like the eruv, mikveh, and from congregants to rabbis, but from and debated the Rav’s ideas. Now I admit as letters to the editor, the New York Times.

LETTERS The president’s behavior and policies Charlottesville last year struggled to find the right words
Trump is not good for the Jews are not consistent with Jewish values to say, indicating there were some good people marching
As an American Jew I would beg to differ with Rabbi Bote- in their contingent?
Rabbi Boteach, have you no shame? ach’s rationale and conclusion as to why our president is The biblical matriarchs are revered in Judaism as pillars
In praising President Trump, Rabbi Boteach sees no evil good for the Jews. of the home and family. Should not American Jews be con-
(“Is Trump good for Jews? It’s an easy yes,” June 8). Trump, Although Talmud and Torah may not be my strength, for cerned about a president who demonstrates no respect
after all, began his political career with a five-year crusade me, as a secular American Jew, it is plainly apparent that the for women and in fact boasted on tape of sexually assault-
to delegitimize an American president, even reassuring us president’s character, behavior, and policies are antithetical ing women, along with paying off an adult film actress to
that we wouldn’t believe what the researchers he allegedly to core values of Judaism. conceal an affair?
sent to Hawaii had discovered. Then in the heat of the cam- Let’s provide some historical context. For centuries, Jews Prior to the founding of modern Israel, Jews who were
paign, he abruptly changed his tune — without explanation have been victims of heinous canards and conspiracy theo- persecuted and fleeing their homelands were barred from
and without apologies. ries — for example, Christian-inspired blood libels, and the entering many countries, including our own. Should not
Obviously, he is either a titanic liar or utterly delusional. “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” Should not American Jews American Jews be concerned about a president who habit-
He followed that up by denigrating an authentic American be concerned about a president who was one of the original ually insults immigrants and offends people whose ethnic
hero, Senator John McCain, which coming from a five-time founders and proponents of the discredited birther claim backgrounds are different than his?
draft dodger gives chutzpah a bad name. Should such a per- regarding President Obama’s birth certificate? Should not In medieval kingdoms, the ruling king could designate a
son be allowed to serve as dog catcher, let alone president? American Jews be concerned about a president who has court Jew as a cover to pretend that the ruler was tolerant
Rabbi — if I may quote a famous lawyer — have you at last publicly embraced a radio host well known for asserting of Jews. Although the president may have Jewish family
no shame? that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax? Millions members, it provides me no sense of comfort.
Manfred Weidhorn,
of European Jews were murdered by Nazis as a consequence I, as an American Jew, will not be an apologist nor an
Fair Lawn
of state-sponsored lies and falsehoods. enabler of this president.
The author is the Emeritus Guterman Professor Should not American Jews be concerned about a presi- Marc Sapin,
of English at Yeshiva University dent who is a serial liar, and when neo-Nazis marched in River Edge

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Local/Jewish World

Zionism Songs
FROM PAGE 6 FROM PAGE 11
and he never could have dreamed that one day there gone to Rabbi Elad Appelbaum’s
would be an Israeli military to defend Jews. Being able synagogue, he said, and he loves it.
to host two soldiers, he said, is his small way of saying “Because it is very Israeli, they play
thank you. a lot of Mizrachi music. Before the
As the mother of four American sons who were not davening starts, they do Mizrachi nig-
required to serve in the Israeli military, how could I not gunim,” the wordless melodies that
open my home to two soldiers who fight for the safety seem to come from deep inside the
of Israel and Jews everywhere? It seemed like the least Jewish experience, fly through your
I could do. bloodstream, and penetrate your
On the final morning, after many hugs and photos, heart. “You really feel like you are in
the soldiers boarded the bus to return to the airport and the Middle East,” Rabbi Visotzky said.
back to Israel, leaving behind a community that was “She has drawn not only on the Miz-
greatly affected by their presence. rachi musical tradition but also on the
After a full week of intense therapy, they were now piyyutim” — Jewish liturgical chanted
fully ensconced in creating pathways of discussion to poems, some of them ancient — “and
allow for the healing process and a healthier re-entry it is extraordinary.
into civilian life. As a community, we had further “Tamar is a charismatic leader,”
cemented our connection to the Israeli people. The he added. When she told him about
eighteen strangers had become lifelong friends. her Jerusalem evenings, he asked her The tent in Jerusalem mirrors the interreligious composition of the
The soldiers thanked us for hosting them. We tried if she could do a similar night in New audience and the music.  KEHILLAT ZION

hard to find the words to thank them for giving us the York. She agreed; he just had to figure
opportunity to do so. The Peace of Mind Program was out how to fund it. everyone to be engaged.”
life altering on both ends. It was so successful, in fact, “I appealed to Angelica,” Rabbi Visotzky said. “I asked her The program is “Songs for the Holy City,” he said,
that many more families are asking to be on the host list if this could be our John Paul II Interreligious Dialogue eve- “because God knows the Holy City needs our help. And
for next year. ning, and she laughed. She told me that she had been fund- we are calling it the Holy City because we all have our
ing what Tamar was doing in Jerusalem.” own names for Jerusalem, but the name Holy City fits
Dr. Tani Foger, Ed.D., LPC, of Englewood is an On Wednesday night, “We will have songs in Hebrew, for everyone.
educational consultant and psychologist. She and her Armenian, Aramaic, and Arabic. We are going to give “We all have deep ties to the Holy City, and we all have a
husband, Soli Foger, are active members of Ahavath everyone who comes a songbook, translation, and trans- deep yearning for its peaceful future. We want to empha-
Torah and the parents of four sons. literation. We want everyone to sing along. We want size that we all share that same prayer.”

clearly didn’t favor anyone because of their mathemati-
Mindset cal skills. She wrote the equations on the board and
Kites
FROM PAGE 16 FROM PAGE 31
patiently explained the operations, step by step, until
and struggled just to pass the class to move onto geometry we all understood. My desk was right in the middle of gone to great lengths to shield her own children from
with my class. However, even with the help of a tutor, and the classroom, and I was able to view her demonstra- the reality of the past two months.
friends who tried to help me to pass the final exam, algebra tions easily, while feeling uninhibited about asking for Picking up on Meiri’s theme, council head Alon
remained mostly a hodgepodge of equations and symbols. repetitions. I could ask any question without fear. Schuster said that it is important that when the IDF
But, I still plugged away. Without a doubt, Mrs. Fisher demonstrated caring attacks targets in the Gaza Strip, it announces that
She flunked me at the end of the year because I didn’t pass and a growth mindset. She believed that anyone could the strikes are in part in retaliation for the kites. “It
the final by four points. Despite my fear of her, I returned to understand algebra, not just a select few. The learning is important for the internal psychological resilience
class in tears, to speak with her on the last day of school, process was as important as our test results. Because she of our residents,” he says. The authorities have been
after everyone had already left. But, instead of trying to help conveyed this growth and the you-can-do-it mindset, I somewhat slow “to assimilate, to integrate, the real-
me, there was absolutely no empathy. It was like talking to a believed it too. It all began to come together for me. The ity” of what is happening, he adds. “They are con-
brick wall when I questioned those four points, those points symbols and equations made sense. X equaled Y. I got centrating now on the threat of hundreds of thou-
that kept me from passing for the entire year. it, and without any tutoring or help. Interestingly, there sands of Palestinians entering into Israel to sabotage
This teacher’s steely eyes showed me that she just didn’t were times when figuring out equations was even fun! or kidnap people, and they underestimate the threat
care. I had never met a teacher who didn’t care. Aren’t they At the end of the year, I felt more confident and earned of fire.”
supposed to care? Throughout the year, she demonstrated a B as a final grade. When I went onto geometry, the While many residents have called for increased
a fixed mindset with no room for growth, because she had confidence that Mrs. Fisher instilled in me, helped me to strikes against Hamas, others believe that only an
me pegged from the beginning. My summer was filled with conquer the world of angles and parallelograms. improvement in conditions in Gaza will bring true
thoughts of having to repeat this algebra mess again next That is the power of great teaching! peace.
year, and I dreaded my sophomore year. Just the other day, I texted a friend who attended high “We have been relatively lucky,” Adele Raemer of
In retrospect, it sounds like a page straight out of school with me to see if she remembered my first alge- Nirim says. “It hurts to see the land being ravaged
“Beauty and the Beast.” The following fall, Mrs. Fisher, bra teacher after all these years. “She was a scary lady, by fires — the same land that those who are doing it
my new algebra teacher, changed my life when she she gave you a hard time, thankfully I escaped her,” was claim to love, claim to be theirs.
swept into the room with a completely different aura her quick response. “I’m hoping to hear that the government will make
and attitude. Mrs. Fisher wore pastel-colored clothes, No matter what happens in life, we all recall our teach- decisions today that will alleviate the impossible con-
soft makeup, and interesting hair dos that varied from ers and how they made us feel about ourselves. Perhaps ditions in Gaza and enable the Gazans to have some
day to day. (Students notice what teachers wear.) When that’s one of the most important lessons for teachers to hope. People who have nothing to live for only have
Mrs. Fisher spoke, it was in a sweet voice that wasn’t remember. reasons to die for.” JTA WIRE SERVICE

scary at all. I was enraptured.
Best of all, the way she taught algebra was totally dif- Esther Kook is a reading specialist and language arts teacher.
ferent too. Mrs. Fisher focused on the whole class, and She lives in Teaneck.

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Dr. Christina Seo joins Lester Senior Housing Community
Holy Name Medical Partners to host reception in Whippany
Dr. Christina Seo, a colorectal surgeon cancer, diverticulitis, prolapse, inflam- The Lester Senior Housing Community in are specially trained in a holistic approach
in Englewood and Ridgewood, is now a matory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, Whippany will host an open house for its that focuses on each individual’s needs,
member of Holy Name Medical Partners, fistulas, and fissures. She performs open Memory Care Suite and Weston Assisted preferences, and well-being. Residents
the medical center’s physician network and minimally invasive surgeries using Living Residence on Sunday, June 24, from enjoy a life that’s supported by compas-
comprising more than 125 multi-spe- laparoscopic and robotic techniques. In noon to 4 p.m. Area residents interested in sionate care and many enriching activi-
cialty providers with locations through- addition to being a skilled surgeon, Dr. learning more about Memory Care at Les- ties and services that promote comfort
out Bergen and Hudson counties. Dr. Seo Seo also performs screening and diag- ter, the community’s personalized care and provide opportunities for socializing.
is board-certified in colorectal and gen- nostic colonoscopies. approach for individuals with dementia- These include pet therapy, aromatherapy,
eral surgery. “Having Dr. Seo join our physician related conditions, are invited to attend music therapy, crafts, exercise classes,
“In addition to state-of-the-art innova- network is how Holy Name continues and tour the intimate, light-filled suite. and games. Memory care residents also
tive care, Holy Name continues to be sen- to expand and offer care that is needed Memory Care at Lester is for adults ages 62 join other residents at Lester for commu-
sitive to the cultural needs of the popula- and relevant among the communities we and up with dementia-related diagnoses. nal activities and entertainment, which
tion it serves,” said Dr. Seo. “I am proud serve,” said Dr. Adam Jarrett, chief medi- Visitors can also get information about fosters a greater sense of community for
to be a part of a medical center that rec- cal officer at Holy Name. “Dr. Seo is an the Weston Assisted Living Residence, all involved.
ognizes and works to remove cultural expert in all aspects of colon and rectal which offers seniors the daily support The Lester Senior Housing Commu-
and language barriers that may prevent diseases from screenings to treatment.” they need to remain as independent as nity is located at 903-905 Route 10 East in
people from seeking care. Healing is not Dr. Seo sees patients in two prac- possible, while enjoying three glatt kosher Whippany, on the Alex Aidekman Family
just about treating physical symptoms tice locations. To make an appoint- meals a day and a full range of cultural, Jewish Community Campus. It offers inde-
— it’s also about focusing on patient’s ment at her office in Englewood, social, and recreational programs. Short- pendent living, assisted living, and mem-
overall well-being. Holy Name does this located at 216 Engle St., call (201) 567- term respite stays are also available. To ory care, and is one of four senior living
better than any other medical center in 7615. To make an appointment at her reserve a spot at the open house and tour communities owned and managed by the
our area.” office in Ridgewood at 127 Union St., on June 24, contact David Rozen at (973) Jewish Community Housing Corporation
Dr. Seo treats a wide range of colorec- call (201) 447-4466. To learn more visit 929-2725 or davidr@jchcorp.org. of Metropolitan New Jersey ( JCHC). For
tal disease including, colon and rectal holynamemedicalpartners.org. Caregivers in the Memory Care Suite more information, visit www.jchcorp.org.

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Over 12 years ago, my wife, Janet, and I When I was discharged, I was too ill
sold our home in Livingston and moved to return to my apartment, so I spent
to Crane’s Mill. At the time, we were get- several weeks recuperating in the
ting ready to retire, and wanted to live in skilled nursing/subacute rehab area of
an active, vibrant senior community. It the Crane’s Mill Health Center.There,
was a wonderful experience for at least I received many kindnesses, and great
10 years, as our independent apartment care from a five-star nursing staff; I
was spacious and comfortable, and we received physical therapy seven days a
had all the amenities. week, from a staff who always encour-
Two years ago, my wife passed, and aged me; and I was visited daily by doz-
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Cedar Crest awards scholarships to deserving students
On May 31, Cedar Crest Retirement Community hosted
family, friends, residents, and staff at its annual scholar
awards ceremony. At the event, 34 graduating high
school seniors were awarded $8,000 scholarships from
the community.
The Scholar’s Program is funded by the residents of
Cedar Crest to support high school students employed
on campus who have shown commitment to serving the
Cedar Crest community. Qualifications include working
1,000 hours at Cedar Crest during their junior and senior
years in high school, maintaining a 2.0 GPA for their senior
year, and remaining in good standing.
“Our Cedar Crest Scholarship Program truly exemplifies
our community’s mission of ‘sharing our gifts’ with one
another,” said philanthropy manager Lauren Corrente.
“Thank you to our residents and contributors for their
generosity and support of our student scholars.”
The ceremony included keynote speeches from 2014
scholarship recipient Kevin O’Connor and 2013 scholar-
ship recipient Melissa Dean. Additionally, remarks were This year’s class of winners in Cedar Crest’s Scholar’s Program.
provided by executive director Todd DeLaney, resi-
dent advisory council president Carolyn Krause, senior Since 2003, the Scholars’ Fund has provided 364 stu- https://jobs.ericksonliving.com
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of dining services Paul Cimins. lion. In 2016 and 2017, Cedar Crest was named a finalist munities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a sce-
The ceremony ended with a music video featuring stu- for New Jersey Monthly’s Great Oak Award for excellence nic 130-acre campus in Pompton Plains. The community is
dent scholars thanking residents for the scholarship as in philanthropy. located in Morris County and is home to 1,800 residents.
well as for their support and friendship. The video was For more information about the scholarship program, Additional information about Cedar Crest can be found at
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Clinical trials with compassion or a further investi-
gation into standard
treatments. As such,
Oncology specialists at Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive more about Valley’s oncology clinical research and clinical clinical trials are essen-
Cancer Care actively participate in clinical research, seeking trials program. tially tests that allow us
to advance cancer treatment and to provide cutting-edge Q: What are clinical trials? to investigate whether
care to our patients. We sat down with Dr. Philip Fried- A: Clinical trials are at the forefront of medical innova- or not a new drug or
lander, director of the melanoma medical oncology pro- tion and bring the future of medicine to patients today. treatment is safe and
gram at Mount Sinai and director of clinical cancer research They are based on the hypotheses of clinical researchers beneficial to patients.
at Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care to learn and can include the investigation of innovative treatments It is important to note
that, when conducting Dr. Philip Friedland
clinical trials, we are
looking for not only durable medical benefits, but for
improvements in patients’ quality of life as well.
Q: What are the three phases of clinical trials?
A: Novel drug agents and protocols are tested in

Rest easy knowing that three phases. Phase I trials determine the highest
dose of an investigational treatment regimen that can
be given without serious side effects. These trials tend
your loved one is receiving to be broad in scope and may target specific disease
mutations or components of the immune system. If a

the best possible care from our new treatment is found to be safe in a phase I clinical
trial, it can then be tested in a phase II clinical trial to
find out if it is effective. Phase II trials take the high-
dementia care experts... est tolerated dose (as determined by the phase I trial)
and administer it to a smaller group of patients with
specific disease criteria. If the phase II trial is success-
If your loved one suffers from dementia ful and indicates the potential for clinical benefits, the
or related disorders, the Memory study is moved up to phrase III. At this point, the clini-
Care Pavilion at the 5-star CMS-rated cal trial treatment protocol is compared with the stan-
Daughters of Miriam Center/The Gallen dard of care in a randomized trial. If the phase III trial
is successful, it will be submitted for FDA approval.
Institute is your answer. To better meet
Q: Tell us about the clinical trials program at Valley-
the needs of our community, the Center Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care.
has added a second, newly refurbished A: Valley has a long reputation for excellence in
floor to the pavilion, creating a safe and clinical oncology and outstanding patient care. The
secure home-like environment. Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School
of Medicine is a National Cancer Center-Designated
Residents receive 24-hour medical Cancer Center. This designation recognizes the scien-
care in The Joint Commission accredited tific leadership, resources, and the depth and breadth
facility from nurses and physicians of Mount Sinai’s research in basic, clinical, and popu-
with the experience and training to lation science. The affiliation between Valley Health
meet their specialized needs. The System and the Mount Sinai Health System encour-
interdisciplinary team creates an ages collaboration in clinical research providing Val-
ley’s patients with streamlined access to Mount Sinai’s
individualized care plan for each
cutting-edge clinical trials.
resident. Structured activities run To find out how Daughters of Miriam Center
Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care
from 8 AM to 9 PM every day to help may care for your loved one suffering from
offers an extensive roster of phase II and phrase III
maintain residents at their highest dementia, or for a tour of the pavilion, please
level of function. contact the Admissions Department at 973-253-
5358.
With its convenient location and state- No entry fee is required for admission into any Ten breakthrough
of-the-art services in beautiful, private Daughters of Miriam Center/The Gallen Institute health techs emerge
program or facility.
and semi-private accommodations, our
We are pleased to accept Medicaid, Medicare, at Israeli conference
new pavilion is the perfect choice. private pay and managed care.
NICKY BLACKBURN

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teed to highlight fascinating new health innovations,
it’s Israel’s MIXiii-Biomed, held last month in Tel Aviv.
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clinical trials, and we are in the process of opening sev- A: The clinical trial collaboration between Valley and developing a melanoma/advanced skin cancer clinic at Val-
eral phase I studies. The phase I studies will offer our Mount Sinai includes both solid and blood-based malig- ley, which has recently started seeing patients and will be
patients the opportunity to receive novel treatments, nancies. Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care offering novel skin cancer based clinical trials.
some of which are available at only a handful of sites is organized around multidisciplinary disease-specific pro- Q: What is the best way for people to find out if they or a
nationally. grams, such our breast center, and programs in lung cancer, loved one qualify for a clinical trial at Valley?
As the physician liaison between the two cancer cen- gastrointestinal cancers, such as pancreatic and colon can- A: I encourage patients and family members with any
ters, one of my major goals is to continue to expand cer, and hematologic malignancies, such as leukemia, lym- questions about our clinical trials program to please call
the program, with a focus on trials that align with the phoma, and multiple myeloma. We are bringing together (201) 634-5792 or e-mail oncologyclinicaltrials@valley-
needs of Valley’s patient population. In addition, I am the leaders of these and other programs at Valley and their health.com to request information. You can also speak
helping to increase the volume of investigator-initiated counterparts at Mount Sinai to identify the most promising with your Valley oncologist for any questions you may have
work among my colleagues here at Valley. trials to bring to the patients that we see at Valley. I am also regarding these studies.
Q: How does having a robust clinical trials program
benefit Valley’s patients with cancer?
A: Patients at Valley benefit greatly from our clini-
cal trials program. The benefit of standard cancer
therapy—especially for patients with more advanced
and aggressive cancers — often is limited. For some
patients, access to clinical trials offers the greatest Valley Health System, the healthcare provider you For all your health care needs, Valley provides highly
potential for a dramatic improvement in their clinical know and trust, is proud to announce the expansion personalized, comprehensive care close to home.
of its partnership with the Mount Sinai Health And with Mount Sinai as our partner, we’re bringing
outcomes. So the foremost benefit is access to prom-
System, the world-renowned New York academic advanced clinical research to cancer care for you
ising innovative treatments, without having to travel
medical center. Our powerful alliance now brings and your loved ones.
across the Hudson or leave their Valley doctors. Our
cancer care innovation and access to clinical
affiliation with Mount Sinai has greatly expanded the
trials to the communities of northern New Jersey.
number of trials available to Valley’s patients right here
in New Jersey. Now patients can see Mount Sinai specialists for
Q: What types of oncology trials are currently under- treatment of pancreatic, head and neck, lung and
way at Valley? skin cancers at Valley’s Cancer Center in northern
A: We have a variety of clinical trials here at Val- New Jersey. Valley’s cancer specialists all have
ley including basket trials, molecularly-focused and academic appointments at the Icahn School of
Medicine at Mount Sinai, fostering close collaboration
immunotherapy-based trials and non-treatment tri-
between colleagues from both organizations.
als. Basket trials, which use novel immunotherapy or
targeted agents, tend to be utilized for a wide range
of cancer types. These trials have a broad focus and
may be less disease specific. Their goal is to determine ADVANCING CANCER CARE
which agents will lead to the best patient outcomes.
Molecularly-focused trials use small molecules or anti-
bodies to target specific mutations or abnormalities in
cancers. Many types of cancer develop and metastasize
TOGETHER
by developing strategies to avoid the immune system.
We offer a range of trials which use combinations of THROUGH RESEARCH
immunotherapy agents that modulate the anti-cancer
effects of the immune system. We also are studying
the biology of cancer, and have non-treatment trials
through which we hope to identify biomarkers that
predict who will respond to specific treatments, and
who might benefit from alternative approaches.
Q: Is the focus of the clinical trials program on any
particular types of cancers?

For the second year in a row, 10 of the companies
taking part in this exhibition were invited to enter the
IIA’s Biomed Startup of the Year competition.
Finalists were chosen by a panel including Ami
Appelbaum, chairman of the IIA and chief scientist
of the Israel Ministry of Economy and Industry; Anya
Eldan, vice president of the IIA’s startup division; and
Karin Mayer Rubinstein, CEO and president of Israel
Advanced Technology Industries (IATI).
The winners, were CorNeat Vision, which has devel-
oped an artificial cornea; and PixCell Medical, which is
developing a bedside blood-count device.
“The 10 companies that participated were a remark-
able variety of what the Israeli life-science industry has
to offer,” said Appelbaum.
“They all presented impressive innovative technolo-
gies and choosing the best one was not an easy task.
From cellular biology to space technology, we were To reach a Valley cancer care specialist
presented with the best startups in Israel’s life-science today, please call 201-634-5339.
industry. The winning companies exemplify differen-
tiated technology and solid global strategy, serving as
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Ten leading cause of blindness worldwide, sec- a single layer. Identification and clas- of experiments in space. It is the first
FROM PAGE 43 ond only to cataracts. As many as 30 million sification of the cells is achieved using company in the field, and though com-
a beacon of excellence for the well-being people are affected, with around two million machine-learning and machine-vision petitors are now beginning to emerge,
of humanity.” new cases each year. algorithms superior to present methods. Samburski says SpacePharma, which is
Here we take a more in-depth look at “Unlike previous devices, which attempt headquartered in Switzerland with R&D
the 10 Israeli startups chosen as the best of to integrate optics into the native cornea, SpacePharma in Herzliya, is two to three years ahead.
the year. CorNeat’s implant leverages a virtual space Swiss-Israeli SpacePharma will democ-
under the conjunctiva that is rich with fibro- ratize the process of doing experiments NovaSight
blast cells, heals quickly and provides robust in space, according to Guy Samburski, Two and a half-year old NovaSight has
CorNeat Vision long-term integration,” said CorNeat’s CEO the company’s head of chemical and developed a technology based on eye-
CorNeat Vision was one of the joint winners and VP R&D Almog Aley-Raz. pharmaceutical technologies. tracking to help children with vision
of the startup competition at Biomed, and “NASA has made huge efforts to disorders. The company’s first prod-
for good reason — the technology is just so PixCell Medical enable commercial companies to carry uct is a system called EyeSwift, which
cool. The company is developing an artificial PixCell Medical is the second winner of this out experiments in space, but it’s too it claims can revolutionize diagnosis of
cornea implant, the CorNeat KPro, which year’s Biomed startup competition. The slow and expensive. SpacePharma strabismus — a misalignment of the eyes,
could offer a remedy to millions of people company is developing a breakthrough low- makes the same science available to CI (Convergence insufficiency) and read-
suffering from diseases of the cornea. cost portable hematology analyzer that per- everyone — universities, pharma compa- ing disorders.
The early-stage technology is a patented forms a complete blood count (CBC) at the nies — at a much, much cheaper price,” Strabismus is treated by corrective
synthetic cornea that uses advanced cell point of care. he sats. surgery, but its success is dependent
technology to integrate artificial optics With just a tiny drop of blood, PixCell’s Experimenting in microgravity is an on the accuracy of the misalignment
within resident ocular tissue. It can be HemoScreen can analyze 20 standard CBC essential tool for many pharma and measurement — until now a laborious,
transplanted in a simple 30-minute surgery, parameters, including red blood cells and research companies today. Taking grav- inaccurate, manual process that has not
according to the company. Ra’anana-based five different white blood cell types, and ity out of the equation simplifies the changed for decades.
CorNeat plans to move to human implanta- identify anomalous cells and hemoglobin physics and removes many obstacles to EyeSwift uses eye-tracking technology
tions sometime this year, and to begin clini- levels, in just five minutes. bacteria growth and stem-cell research. as well as self-designed active glasses to
cal trials in the US. HemoScreen relies on a new microfluid- Already companies like Merck, Procter diagnose visual disorders quickly and
According to the World Health Organiza- ics technology that causes cells to migrate & Gamble, and Eli Lilly have conducted reliably while patients watch a short
tion, diseases of the cornea are the second to the center of flow and perfectly align into tests on the International Space Sta- animated video. The system has already
tion over the last decade. However, received CE approval.
these experiments are hugely expensive NovaSight, which is based in Air-
and have to be extremely well vetted port City in Israel, has also developed
because they need to be carried out by another product called CureSight to
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side is a short range. Israeli startup Alpha Tau Medical reducing infectious complications and improving survival ogy, which it claims can enhance the success rate of weight-
believes its potent alpha radiotherapy technology pro- and physical function. loss surgery.
vides the answer. The company’s patented technology will offer biofeed-
Alpha DaRT (Diffusing Alpha-Emitters Radiation BarimOte back during meals, real-time analysis of eating behavior
Therapy), developed in 2003 by Itzhak Kelson and Patients who have undergone gastric weight-loss surgery patterns, remote e-monitoring to caregivers, and even
Yona Keisara from Tel Aviv University, is based on have to alter their eating behavior radically in order to caloric intake at every meal. It sends alerts and referrals
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led by CEO and Chairman Uzi Sofer, is now carrying
out clinical trials in Israel and Italy and plans further
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(Resident, Lillian Grunfeld with her daughter,
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…WHERE OUR RESIDENTS MAINTAIN THE LEVEL OF INDEPENDENCE tion teacher, Cedar Crest resident Sally
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jobs report ( June 2017). What’s more, retirement years. In fact, she says she
a rapidly growing number of Ameri- wishes she had moved there sooner.
VISIT US ON THE WEB AT PROMENADESENIOR.COM cans are continuing to work beyond “I retired at a perfectly logical age,
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style layout perfect for guests, tons of on a routine and because I like the phys- one of Cedar Crest’s restaurants and take
closet space. ical activity,” she says, adding that she it to her apartment.
does it to stay fit and to help others get “I have everything here. It’s a very
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in the way they choose to pursue their What’s more, she says, “People can
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D’var Torah
Korach: Father’s Day for worthy sons and daughters

W
e read Parshat Korach this served in the Tabernacle of the eponymic founder of attributed to the sons of Korach. True to
year on the eve of Father’s the Tent of Meeting and then Israel and progenitor of the their Levitical status, they, too, were sing-
Day. Honoring our fathers in Solomon’s Temple. Among twelve tribes, is a father to ers: They understood the critical impor-
— showing them rever- them was Heman the Son us all. The two genealogies tance of harmony. More significantly,
ence and deference — is, of course, a daily of Joel, who traced his lin- of Korach (in Numbers and they selflessly acted on this conviction
obligation, not to be reserved or limited to eage all the way back to “… Chronicles) combine to teach when Jewish national unity was at its low-
formal or ceremonious occasions alone. Ebiasaph, the son of Korach, us that we most effectively est point.
Parshat Korach and its traditional exposi- the son of Izhar, the son of honor “Jacob our Father” The University of Notre Dame’s iconic
tion offer us some timely counsel, not only Kohath, the son of Levi, the — that we are truly worthy president, Father Theodore Hesburgh,
on how to celebrate on June 17, but on how son of Israel.” Rabbi Joseph to be associated with his famously said, “The most important
to comport ourselves as worthy sons and Israel is the sacred name H. Prouser name — when we embrace thing a father can do for his children is
daughters throughout the year. bestowed on Jacob, who Temple Emanuel harmony as our sacred task, to love their mother.” By asserting the
of North Jersey,
In the opening verse of our Torah is conspicuously absent Franklin Lakes,
eschewing partisan politics, pain of Jacob in the Book of Numbers,
portion, its title character is identified from the lineage in Parshat Conservative dissension, angry words, and and suggesting his justifiable pride in the
as “Korach, the son of Izhar, the son Korach. It was an honor for Jewish communal infighting, Book of Chronicles, Rashi, the father of
of Kohath, the son of Levi.” Rashi asks Israel ( Jacob) to be men- even when we “know” we three daughters, offers us (as it were) a
why the geneaology stops with Levi and tioned when describing the service ren- are in the right. corollary to Father Hesburgh’s wisdom:
excludes his father, Jacob. Rashi explains dered God by his distant descendants. Yalkut Shimoni states that the sons of “The most important thing that children
that Jacob asked mercy of the Divine The “harmony” which was their sacred Korach were deeply concerned with hon- can do for their fathers (and grandfa-
Author, not wanting his name associ- task certainly compared favorably with the oring their father, yet also managed, on thers and more distant forbears) is to love
ated with the “machloket” — the dispute, jealousy, the family feuding, the mutual principle, to show proper deference to each other.”
the fateful conflict which divided his two hostility, the partisan infighting, the angry Moses, his antagonist. It is for this reason This Father’s Day, and every day from
descendants. words, and the bloody rebellion described that “the sons of Korach did not die” in this Father’s Day to the next — not just on
Rashi points out that a different method in our Torah reading: the ignominy which the calamitous aftermath of their father’s special, formal, or ceremonious occasions
of identification is employed when Jacob found so painful. Little wonder the rebellion (Numbers 26:11 –- this, in appar- — may we lovingly strive to be worthy sons
I Chronicles 6:23 lists the Levites who were patriarch “asked” not to be mentioned in ent contradiction to the account in our and daughters of Israel. May we strive, not-
appointed by King David “to be in charge Parshat Korach. parshah). It is no coincidence that a num- withstanding the diverse voices among us,
of song in the House of the Lord” and who Yaakov Avinu, “Jacob our Father,” ber of chapters in the Book of Psalms are to live in harmony.

Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev, Minister of
BRIEFS Bulgaria chief visits Israel Education and Science Krasimir Valchev, Deputy Min-
with ties about to deepen ister of Foreign Affairs and National Anti-Semitism
Israel helps develop Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and a contingent Coordinator Georg Georgiev, and Sofia Mayor Yor-
new processors for of other Bulgarian leaders began a three-day visit to Israel danka Fandakova.
on last week. Borissov also planned to go to Ramallah for talks with
Intel’s eighth generation First, in Jerusalem, Borissov addressed the American Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. JNS.ORG
Intel announced that two new Core processors devel- Jewish Committee’s annual Global Forum, which is being
oped in Israel — the Whiskey Lake for laptops and Amber held in Israel for the first time. Next, he planned to meet
Lake for 2-in-1 computers — will be released in October. with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Nation of Islam’s Louis
The announcement was made at the COMPUTEX Taipei Reuven Rivlin, and opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog.
2018 conference this week. They are expected to review bilateral relations in areas of
Farrakhan loses Twitter
Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake — part of the lineup of mutual interest, including security and the fight against ter- verification after rant
eighth-generation Intel Core processors — enable a dou- rorism, and exchange views on international and regional Twitter withdrew Nation of Islam leader Louis Farra-
ble-digit performance improvement and support 1Gbps issues, according to a Bulgarian government press service. khan’s verified status after he tweeted last week about the
surfing. They will be integrated into 140 models of com- When they get to Tel Aviv, the group will meet the Bulgar- “Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan.”
puters, according to a statement from Intel. ian community. The little blue checkmark badge, which highlights
“With Intel’s 50th anniversary next month, it’s a per- As Bulgaria celebrates the 75th anniversary of the rescue noteworthy popular accounts, was removed last
fect time to celebrate one of the most important tech- of Bulgarian Jews, Borissov will take part in the plenary ses- weekend in response to a video from Farrakhan’s
nologies of Intel’s legacy: the PC. As we transition to the sion of the conference and meet with the president of the three-hour May 27 sermon. In that video, Farrakhan
data-centric era, the PC remains a critical facet of Intel’s World Jewish Congress, Ronald S. Lauder. Bulgaria was one blamed Jews for advocating “satanic” same-sex mar-
business, and it’s an area where we believe there are of the few countries in Europe that saved its Jews — 48,000 riage, imposing undue influence on former U.S. Presi-
still so many opportunities ahead,” Intel corporate vice of them — during World War II. dent Barack Obama, and using sex to get parts in Hol-
president Gregory Bryant said. Netanyahu noted back in March that Israel has a special lywood movies.
Intel established a presence in Israel in 1974 in Haifa relationship with Bulgaria, as part of talks with visiting Bul- “Whenever you read that God has told the Jews to
with five employees. Today, the company directly garian President Roumen Radev. He said the country would hear and obey, and they say, ‘I hear and I disobey,’ that’s
employs close to 10,000 Israelis at development cen- never forget how Bulgarians defended the Jews 75 years ago. Satan. … [The Jews] are openly disobeying God,” railed
ters in Haifa, Yakum, Petah Tikva, and Jerusalem, as What happened was proof of the humanity and morality of Farrakhan. “He [a Jew] will take down the whole world
well as manufacturing-related facilities in Kiryat Gat the Bulgarian people, he added. with him.”
and Jerusalem. Approximately 60 percent of Intel’s The excellent bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Israel “Do you know that many of us who go to Hollywood
Israeli employees work in the fields of research and could be deepened and developed in a number of sectors, seeking a chance have to submit to anal sex and all
development, with the remainder supporting high-vol- Netanyahu said, noting the importance of technology devel- kinds of debauchery, and they give you a little part?
ume manufacturing of microprocessors that power the opment and expressing willingness to cooperate in this area. It’s called the casting couch,” added Farrakhan. “See,
world’s computing devices. JNS.ORG The Bulgarian delegation led by Borissov includes that’s Jewish power.” JNS.ORG

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Kosher
“SLUGGERS”
Crossword The Frazzled Housewife
BY YONI AND ARIELLA GLATT
KOSHERCROSSWORDS@GMAIL.COM

Lions and tigers
and bears — oh my!

I
have always wanted a dog. Well, maybe not all of them.
When I was little, and I would We once had a scary and sad-looking
stay at my maternal grandparents’ coyote limp through our backyard. My
apartment in the city, my grand- boys were little at the time, and I called
father would walk me over to American the police. He said, “Ma’am, is the coy-
Kennels, which always had the cutest ote eating anyone?” I replied, “No.” And
puppies in the window, and we would the officer very apathetically said, “Then
conspire about how to acquire a dog call us when he is eating someone. Oth-
without my grandmother ever finding erwise, it isn’t an emergency.” Well that
out about it. We would hide it in the wasn’t very nice!
closet, feed it when she was sleeping — it Needless to say, when there were
was all planned out, but of course, the reported sightings of bears in our area, I
plan never came to fruition. My mom got very excited. I walk all over Teaneck
didn’t like dogs, so we never had one. — granted, not as quickly or as often as I
But now that son #3 is about to embark used to because of my knee, but I still try
on his senior year in high school, so he my best. And the fact that I could see a
has only one more “official” year at cute and cuddly bear was even more of
home, I am beginning to an impetus to get me out of
think that I am going to the house. So I put on my
need an emotional support TABC reflector, I took my
pet in the house — and that flashlight, and I went Face-
isn’t a euphemism for hus- book live, which means that
band #1. I became a reality television
When you do things show for just a few minutes
for your kids, they show for a few nights. My family
appreciation and affection thought I was even crazier
Across Down (sometimes — ok, rarely than usual. I actually think
1. Former show of 29-Across 1. Israel’s General Israel — but work with me here) Banji they thought I was drunk,
6. Jews 2. Settlers of Catan resource and if I got a puppy, I hear Ganchrow but how cool would it have
10. Malka brews them 3. Black bird
that they also show appre- been if I found the bear!
14. Sukkot branch 4. Made like Howard Hughes or Amelia
15. Fertilizer chemical Earhart ciation and affection and, That would be my reward
16. Castle defense 5. “Az ___ Moshe...” most importantly, they do not attend for walking all over this beautiful, albeit
17. He was Anger in “Inside Out” 6. He played Pharaoh yeshiva day school!!!! Or sleepaway boring, town. My own bear!
19. Heavenly glow 7. Author Levin camp! They don’t talk back! They don’t Well, I wish I could tell you that I found
20. “Bingo!” 8. Order by 6-Down as Pharaoh
get a driver’s license! The only things it, but all I found were some deer and a
21. Observing (Shabbat) 9. “For Pete’s ___” (1974 Streisand com-
23. Simon’s “The Wire” setting edy) they do do, is, well doo doo. And they skunk. And it wasn’t even a live skunk.
28. “Steppenwolf” author 10. J.J. Abrams when he started making can do that in the house, on your nice And then I heard on the news that
29. Matt that got #metoo-ed films carpet. Gotta say, that really is the only some poor lady was walking her two
30. Ken, to a pirate? 11. An M in MGM thing holding me back. Oh and the fact dogs in Florida and she got eaten by an
31. Massage 12. Brings in
that husband #1 keeps saying, “It’s a dog, alligator trying to defend her dogs! Oy,
32. Like the Negev 13. “Fiddler on the Roof” setting?
33. Rachel or Leah 18. “Kapow!” or me, but you can’t have both.” Really? that is a very bad ending. Does this mean
34. Akin to skin? 22. Rip up An ultimatum over a dog? Does anyone that if I get a dog, I am supposed to put
37. Trigonometry abbr. 23. 9th Plague color want to take in a 48-year-old lawyer who my life before his? Like I would do for
38. New York rock icon who passed in 24. Amram’s oldest son knows how to make his bed and doesn’t any of my children? Ya, I am just not
2013 25. Two-time Oscar winner discovered by
eat a lot? seeing that devotion. So maybe I should
40. Central or 5th 11-Down (who lived to be 104!)
41. Prepares challah 26. Hawaiian island Animals always have been a passion of rethink the dog thing. Because I would
43. Text letters 27. Annoying Ned in “Groundhog Day” mine. Even when I was 6 years old and definitely get eaten by an alligator to pro-
44. ___ Hara 33. “Help!” my parents took me to the Turtle Back tect my boys.
45. Where Israelis won bronze in judo 34. ___ Moines, Iowa Zoo, and one of the monkeys reached In any event, we still have to respect
46. A Stooge 35. “Our Father,” in Hebrew
through the cage and took the red rib- all creatures, even if they can eat you, or
47. V.S. Naipaul’s “___ in the River” 36. Advances
48. Line of cliffs 38. Rx for Parkinson’s bons that were tied to my pigtails. (Yes, say mean things to you. (An angry par-
50. Protective software 39. It’s the truth in Sderot that is quite the visual.) But that didn’t rot perhaps?) But if you ever see a bear,
52. A teenager might ask for “a little” of it 42. Cooling conduit stop me from loving going to see ani- give me a call, because that would be
54. Nada 44. Skill mals. The Bronx Zoo is one of my favor- really cool!
55. Russo of “Outbreak” 46. Bloomberg and Koch, once
ite places in the world and I often stop
56. Where 17 & 38-Across and 11 & 47. “Spring” girl’s names
25-Down might live? 48. Jack who ate no fat by the Central Park Zoo because I can Banji Ganchrow of Teaneck is trying to
62. Mideast’s Gulf of ___ 49. Words to live by see my sea lions for free through the convince her sons to go to the zoo with
63. Coffee holders 51. Connections gate. Whenever we would drive cross her before their summer activities begin.
64. Mr. T’s group 53. This?, e.g. country on our baseball road trips, I She even promised to cover her hair
65. Legal wrong 57. Echad, in Spain
would get so excited when we would see and wear a skirt (but only to the zoo;
66. Grandson of Sarah 58. Larry Bird’s sch.
67. Does a sound editor’s job 59. Berman known for sports cows or horses. It could be because they after that, pants and hair back to their
60. Anita Brookner’s “Hotel du ___” weigh more than I do, or it’s because regularly scheduled programming.) Not
61. Hatzolah letters God’s creatures are really amazing sure that even that bribe will work this
The solution to last week’s puzzle is on page 55. and beautiful. year.

48 JEWISH STANDARD JUNE 15, 2018
Jewish World

The last link to a doomed Jewish community
in Crete watches its rebirth with gratitude
Roger Rapoport

HANIA, Crete — On Sunday, 263 candles
will be lit at a special interfaith memorial
service at this lovely city’s historic Etz
Hayyim synagogue. The names of local
Jews who died during the Holocaust will be
read before a delegation that is expected
to include Chief Rabbi Gabriel Negrin of
Athens, Greek Orthodox and Catholic
clergy, and ambassadors from Italy, Ger-
many, and Israel.
One person who wanted to be here,
though, will be missing. His name is Kostas
Papadopoulos, who may be the last surviv-
ing link to a proud 2,300-year Jewish lin-
eage and the tragic military decision that
virtually eliminated one of Europe’s oldest
Jewish communities.
His story dates back to May 29, 1944,
when he was just 2 years old. On that day,
German secret police singled out and
rounded up 263 people across Greece’s
largest island. All were arrested and carted
off to Agia Prison for the crime of being
Jewish.
Eleven days later, they were forced into
the hold of a Greek merchant vessel, the
Tanais, at gunpoint, and set to sail for A view of the southern coast of Crete in June 1943. German Federal Archive/Wikimedia Commons

Piraeus.
“A higher proportion of the Jewish com- York, returning to Crete in the 1970s was
munity of Crete was deported by the Nazis not a quick or easy decision. “People who
toward a death camp than of any country do what I do, selling religious art, live in
in Europe,” said Rabbi Nicholas de Lange, places like New York or Switzerland,”
a professor emeritus of Hebrew and Jewish he said. “But I wanted to be close to my
studies at the University of Cambridge who friends, the people I grew up with.”
conducts High Holy Days services here. One of the challenges that comes with
None of the prisoners would make it to operating a first class gallery in a place like
Piraeus and onto a train bound for Aus- Hania is the flood of bargain hunters arriv-
chwitz. When the ship left Heraklion as ing by plane and ship. Many of them are
part of an announced “civilian” convoy, a Germans. “Customers are used to looking
British submarine captain, certain that the at knockoffs,” Papadopoulos said. “When
Tanais was piloted by a German military Kostas Papadopoulos they see real art, some believe the prices
crew, targeted it near Santorini. Unaware was one of the few are too high.”
of the human cargo below deck, which survivors of the 1944 After cultivating his reputation as an art
also included Christian Greek and Italian British attack on the and antiquities appraiser, Papadopoulos
prisoners of wars, he ordered the crew to ship Tanais, which was has little patience for customers who try
blow the ship up. carrying Crete’s Jews. to talk him down on valuable icons and
A direct hit with two torpedoes killed  Roger Rapoport jewelry. Several years ago, when a tower-
nearly everyone on board. The sole sur- A view of the Crete Holocaust memorial on the har- ing Chinese tourist made a ridiculous offer
vivors were half a dozen Cretan Jews who bor of Hania. Etz Hayyim Synagogue of 10 euros for a valuable icon worth far
escaped the Germans in May 1944 by hid- more, Papadopoulos stood his ground.
ing with Christian families. entombed. Papadopoulos, a dealer and “My mother knew the Nazis were com- The angry customer knocked him down.
Papadopoulos is the last of the survivors appraiser of fine Christian art, spoke at ing,” Papadopoulos said. “Fortunately my The art dealer is still recovering from
still living, Jewish historians working at Etz Daedalou Gallery, his elegant shop in the family name was Greek, which helped us the attack; he says that it has limited his
Hayyim believe. heart of an upscale shopping neighbor- escape the Germans. It also made it easier mobility and made it impossible for him
I recently met Papadopoulos in Her- hood where tourists love to haggle. to find a family willing to take the risk of to return to Hania, two hours away, for this
aklion, Crete’s largest city, after a short His survival traces back to his Jewish hiding us. week’s memorial.
drive from the ship that brought me to mother, Xanthippe, who decided to marry “Some of the Greeks who heroically While Heraklion’s defunct synagogue
Crete from Piraeus. My overnight jour- a Christian during the German occupation. hid Jews were executed as collaborators, was destroyed by the Germans at the
ney crossed the same waters where the After Papadopoulos was born in 1942, his but fortunately that was not the fate of beginning of the Battle of Crete in May
Tanais and its hundreds of victims remain Christian father moved to Athens, leaving the family that protected us. They even 1941, Papadopoulos has connected eagerly
his young son with his mother and grand- returned special paintings we had given with Etz Hayyim in Hania.
Roger Rapoport is the producer of the mother. In 1944, when it became clear that them to hide.” The Nazis looted the historic sanctuary
feature films “Waterwalk” and “Pilot Error” the Nazi roundup was imminent, the three For Papadopoulos, who grew up in and it fell into disrepair after the Holo-
and the forthcoming “Coming Up For Air.” of them moved into hiding with a Greek Greece and learned his trade as an auc- caust. Graves were robbed, and eventually
Reach him at rogerdrapoport@me.com. farm family outside Heraklion. tion house apprentice in Europe and New See Crete page 55

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Garden dedication
in Englewood: The
Lisa and Joseph Reibel Dean Rachel Friedman
Holocaust Memorial COURTESY LAMDEINU
Garden will be dedicated
at Congregation Ahavath Jewish learning in
Torah, 10 a.m. Breakfast Teaneck: Lamdeinu,
will follow. 240 Broad a center for Jewish
Ave. (201) 568-1315 or learning that meets
ahavathTorah.org. at Congregation Beth
Aaron, offers a class,
JUNE The Shirah Community Chorus at the Kaplen JCC on the Monday  “How the Bible Judges
Palisades in Tenafly sings at the annual Bernie and Ruth Leaders: Did Moshe

17 Weinflash z”l Memorial Concert, which will celebrate Israel
@ 70, at 7 p.m. Cantors Ronit Wolff Hanan of Congregation
JUNE 18 Sin at Mei Merivah?”
led by its dean, Rachel
Friedman, 10:30 a.m. 950
Beth Sholom in Teaneck and David Perper of Temple Beth Haverim Shir Queen Anne Road. www.
lamdeinu.org.
Shalom in Mahwah are special guests. Shirah is conducted by Marsha Bryan
Edelman and accompanied by pianist Glenn Gordon. Matthew Lazar is the
founding director. (201) 408-1465 or jccotp.org/Thurnauer.

(201) 871-1152 or www. the Society for American
Friday  chabadlubavitch.org/
shabbaton.
Saturday  Baseball Research, the
National Baseball Hall
Bret Parker
JUNE 15 JUNE 16 of Fame and Museum, Parkinson’s hero
Shabbat in Closter: and the Vintage Base speaking: Bret Parker,
Shabbat in Tenafly: Temple Beth El holds Ball Association. The executive director of
Rabbi Moshe Bryski, family services led by program is sponsored the New York City
executive director Rabbi David S. Widzer by the men’s club. Bar Association, who Sheryl Intrator Urman
and spiritual leader of and Cantor Julie Staple, (201) 836-6210 or www. completed the World
Chabad of the Conejo honoring Rabbi Beth bethaaron.org. Marathon Challenge Brunch/lecture/
in Agoura Hills, Calif., is Kramer-Mazer, and of seven marathons trip: The Dor L’Dor
the guest speaker at a offering a send-off on seven continents group at Congregation
Shabbaton at Lubavitch for summer overnight Sunday  in seven days, and Ahavath Torah in
on the Palisades. campers, 6:45 p.m. 221 JUNE 17 who has Parkinson’s Englewood offers a talk
At 6:30 p.m., he will Schraalenburgh Road. Disease, speaks at by artist Sheryl Intrator
discuss “The Courage (201) 768-5112. Mose Hirsch Solomon, the Jewish Home at Urman, brunch, and
to Change.” On Shabbat nicknamed the Rabbi Rockleigh, 6:30 p.m. 10 transportation to the
morning at 11, his sermon Shabbat in Teaneck: Link Drive, Rockleigh. New York Botanical
will be “The Legacy of Temple Emeth offers of Swat (201) 750-4246 Gardens to see the
the Lubavitcher Rebbe musical services with or parkinsons@ Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit
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Thursday  Saturday 
Lambert Castle Concert
Series at Lambert Castle, Artist’s work displayed in Manhattan
5 p.m. with a June
JUNE 21 JUNE 23 10 rain date. 3 Valley Rachelle Weisberger’s “Forever” is displayed
Road. Limited seating. at the Prince Street Gallery, 530 West 25th St.,
Parkinson’s support: Shabbat in Teaneck: (973) 247-0085 or
The Jewish Home Family The Jewish Center lambertcastle.org. Manhattan, through July 7. It is part of a group
continues a monthly of Teaneck holds its show, “Art and Soul,” sponsored by the New
support group for annual graduation York Society of Women Artists, a professional
people diagnosed with kiddush after services, Monday 
association of painters, sculptors, and graphic
Parkinson’s Disease, honoring graduations JUNE 25
their families, and from nursery, pre-K, artists. Ms. Weisberger is a member of the
caregivers, with chair kindergarten, elementary Lunch and learn: Rabbi group’s board. Her work has been exhibited
yoga at the Jewish Home or high school, college, Aaron Katz leads a lunch in leading galleries in the tristate area and is
at Rockleigh, 10 a.m. or graduate school. discussion on current
At 10:30, Mary Ann Sponsorships welcome. represented in private collections.
topics at Congregation
Grommisch, neurology 70 Sterling Place. B’nai Jacob in Jersey Ms. Weisberger also is the author of the
account specialist with (201) 833-0515, or JCOT. City, noon. $10. 176 West award-winning book, “Biblical Beauty:
Adamas Pharmaceuticals, org. Side Ave. (201) 435-5725 Ancient Secrets and Modern Solutions.” She
will discuss “A New or Info@bnaijacobjc.org.
Treatment for Levodopa- Shabbat in Jersey City: is a member of both the East Hill Synagogue
Induced Dyskinesia for Congregation B’nai and Congregation Ahavath Torah in Engle-
People with Parkinson’s.” Jacob holds Shabbat
wood. A lifelong supporter of Israel, she is
Refreshments. 10 Link yoga services at Hamilton
House, 10:30 a.m. 255
Singles affiliated with the charitable organizations
“Forever” by Rachelle
Weisberger. PHOTO PROVIDED
Drive. (201) 750-4246
Brunswick St.; building Amit, Emunah of America, and Hadassah, the
or email parkinsons@
jewishhomefamily.org. entrance on 10th Street Wednesday  Women’s Zionist Organization of America, and AIPAC. For more information, go to
where free parking is JUNE 20 www.rachelleweisberger.com.
available. Rabbi Aaron
Katz, (201) 435-5725 or Seniors meet in
rabbiaaron1@gmail.com. Orangeburg: Singles

Sunday 
65+ from the JCC
Rockland meet for dinner
Wendy Federman wins more Tonys
at Hogan’s Diner in
JUNE 24 Orangeburg, N.Y., 6 p.m. Wendy Federman of Alpine was a win- Itamar Moses adapted “The Band’s
Individual checks. 17 ner at this year’s Tony Awards. She now Visit” from the 2007 Israeli film of the
Music in the Hudson Dutch Hill Road. Gene, has eight, adding two as a co-producer same name. In it, the Alexandria Cer-
Valley: Singers/ (845) 356-5525.
songwriters Lydia Adams of “The Band’s Visit” and of “Angels emonial Police Orchestra gets on the
Film in Wayne: The
Davis, Pat Lamanna, and in America.” wrong bus and ends up in the middle
Chabad Center of
Passaic County screens Jim Pospisil perform Thursday  Her co-productions received 17 Tony of the Negev, and the musicians try to
“1945,” an award- handcrafted historical JUNE 21 Awards for the 2017-18 Broadway season. explain that they are scheduled to per-
winning Hungarian film, ballads at the Gomez
Foundation for Mill “The Band’s Visit” garnered 10 wins for form at the new Arab cultural center.
released in 2017, about Widows and widowers
the reverberations of the House in Marlboro, N.Y., meet: Movin’ On, a best musical and performance by an Since there are no more buses out of
Holocaust, 7:30 p.m. 194 1:30 p.m. Free tour of monthly luncheon actor in a leading role in a musical, Tony town, they are invited to spend the day
Ratzer Road. Tickets, the Gomez Mill House group for widows and Shalhoub; performance by an actress in and night with some of the townspeople.
(973) 694-6274 or follows. Refreshments. widowers, meets at
The Gomez Foundation a leading role in a musical, Katrina Lenk; “Angels in America” won three Tonys
Jewishwayne.com. the Glen Rock Jewish
for Mill House works Center, 12:30 p.m. 682 performance by an actor in a featured for best revival of a play; performance
to preserve the 300 role in a musical, Ari’el Stachel; book of by an actor in a leading role in a play,
Friday  year-old Gomez Mill
Harristown Road. $5 for
lunch. (201) 652-6624 or a musical, Itamar Moses; original score Andrew Garfield; and performance
JUNE 22 House, the oldest email arbgr@aol.com.
(music or lyrics) written for the the- by an actor in a featured role in a play,
standing Jewish dwelling
Shabbat in Closter: in North America. 11 ater, David Yazbek; lighting design of a Nathan Lane.
Temple Beth El has Mill House Road, off musical, Tyler Micoleau; sound design The Federman family belongs to Cha-
Route 9W, Marlboro,
services with installation of a musical, Kai Harada; direction of a vurah Beth Shalom in Alpine, which is
of its new board, N.Y. (845) 236-3126 or
Gomez.org. musical, Michael Cromer; and orchestra- led by rabbis Jack Bemporad and Nat
6:30 p.m., followed
by a barbecue. 221 tions, Jamshied Sharifi. Benjamin. Ms. Federman celebrated
Music in Paterson:
Schraalenburgh Road. According to a November review by her bat mitzvah at the Kotel in Jerusa-
Award-winning
(201) 768-5112. virtuoso pianist Sophia Miriam Rinn in the Jewish Standard, lem last year.
Agranovich returns to the

Dion is headed
to the bergenPAC
Rock and Roll icon Dion performs at the Bergen
Performing Arts Center in Englewood on Sunday, Participants
July 15, at 8 p.m. Dion has entertained audiences for enjoy last year’s
decades. He started Dion and the Belmonts in 1957 ShaBBQ.
and they scored their first hit with “I Wonder Why.” COURTESY SINAI

Dion went solo in 1960 and blazed the charts with
“Runaround Sue” and other hits.
Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com
or through the box office at (201) 227-1030 or
www.bergenpac.org.
Dion  COURTESY BERGENPAC
Tenafly shul hosts ShaBBQ
The weather was perfect for Temple the end of a year of synagogue events.
Sinai of Bergen County’s recent annual It’s held in conjunction with Sinai’s out-
ShaBBQ (It’s pronounced Sha-bar-be- door Rock Shabbat Friday night service,
que.) Sinai’s annual celebration marks which features the Temple Sinai Band.

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Jewish World

Anthony Bourdain used food to bridge
divides — even between Arabs and Jews
CHARLES DUNST

A
nthony Bourdain was quick — and often willing
— to publicly offer his own flaws.
“Until 44 years of age, I never had any kind
of savings account,” Bourdain said in 2017.
“I always owed money. I’d always been selfish and com-
pletely irresponsible.”
Despite or maybe because of such flaws, Bourdain would
stumble into fame, parlaying his latent talent as a writer
into hosting three increasingly sophisticated variants of
the same food-oriented travel show — first on the Food Net-
work, then on the Travel Channel, and finally on CNN.
“For a long time, Tony thought he was going to have
nothing,” his publisher, Dan Halpern, told the New
Yorker. “He can’t believe his luck. He always seems
happy that he actually is Anthony Bourdain.”
In his professional ascendance, Bourdain developed a
unique journalistic voice, demonstrating an underlying,
at times seemingly innate ability to acquaint viewers with
foreign lands and cultures divergent from their own with-
out mocking his subjects. Instead he humanized the local
tapestry of individuals, implicitly encouraging his view-
ers to do the same. It is for this reason that various com-
munities, including the Jewish community, trusted Bour-
dain with their respective cultures and heritages — and
mourned deeply the news of his death, at 61, last week.
In the opening of the 2013 episode in which he visits
Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip, Bourdain notes Author, chef, world traveler, and TV host Anthony Bourdain brought his viewers fresh cultural and political
that the region is “easily the most contentious piece of perspectives from around the globe.
real estate in the world. And there’s no hope — none —
of ever talking about it without pissing somebody, if not that approach.”
everybody, off.” Throughout his time on television, Bourdain repeatedly
And yet, still simply happy to be here — happy to have forced his viewers to readdress their own biases. In this
accidentally secured the reverence now attached to his By the end of this particular episode, he renders it difficult for viewers to
name — he does not worry about angering partisans, descend into their own communal extremism. It’s hard
instead focusing on his task: telling individual stories episode, I’ll be seen to imagine watching the episode without empathizing for
through food. by many as a terrorist both, rather than choosing between, the Palestinians and
“By the end of this episode, I’ll be seen by many as a the Israelis.
terrorist sympathizer, a Zionist tool, a self-hating Jew, an sympathizer, a Zionist It is for this reason — his ability, through food, to pres-
apologist for American imperialism, an orientalist, fas- tool, a self-hating Jew, ent on-the-ground, real-life theater in aims of humaniz-
cist, socialist CIA agent, and worse. So here goes noth- ing its players — that Israelis, Palestinians, Colombians,
ing,” he said. an apologist for Georgians, Malaysians, Cambodians, and Hungarians,
In addition to addressing his own internal struggles, American imperialism, among countless others, welcomed Bourdain into not
by wrapping himself in tefillin at the Western Wall only their locales and cultures but also into their own
and praying, as a Jew, for the first time in his life (he an orientalist, fascist, homes. He did not glorify conflict nor local struggles,
described himself as “hostile to any sort of devotion”), socialist CIA agent, but yearned to understand and talk about individuals
Bourdain interrogates his subjects, who span the cul- within their midst.
tural, ethnic, and political spectrums. He coaxes them and worse. So here Floating above the ocean of biased or one-sided media
to explicate the extremism of their own communities. goes nothing. coverage that only serves to reinforce pre-existing com-
Over a meal in a Jewish settlement, Bourdain asks a munal extremism, Bourdain was a lifeboat of, and for,
resident about local graffiti reading “Death to Arabs”; humanity. He made us all a little more interesting, a little
the settler admits that it should “probably” be expunged. for peace, not for any particular ideological reason, but smarter and a little more tolerant of others.
At the Aida refugee camp outside Bethlehem, he prods a in the hopes of a future in which children neither wor- A chef and accidental journalist, Bourdain did the type
local children’s theater director, asking why communal ship armed gunmen nor are killed by missiles and sui- of reporting that all within the field, particularly in the
heroes are armed gunmen, hijackers, and suicide bomb- cide bombs. midst of a global expansion of attacks on the free press,
ers rather than TV stars or singers. The director, like the Although ever ambivalent about politics, Bourdain should aim to emulate. His suicide, ominously follow-
settler, offers a moderate apology, acknowledging that allows this episode, likely inevitable due to its focus, to ing news of a CDC report indicating that suicide is rising
the situation is not healthy. become deeply political. Yet he navigates the regional ide- sharply, shows perhaps how deeply he suffered from his
In Israel proper, Bourdain speaks with Natan Galko- ological complexities with ease similar to his canoe junket own flaws and contradictions. It was these contradictions,
wicz, who lost a daughter in a missile attack from Gaza. into Borneo’s jungles. however, that made Bourdain so quick to recognize and
“I know that my daughter was killed for no reason, As Rob Eshman wrote in the Jewish Journal of Los respect similar tensions in not only other individuals but
and I know that people on the other side have been Angeles at the time, “If you like food and you like Israel, in other communities.
killed for no reason,” Galkowicz tells Bourdain. “Bottom this past week’s episode of Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts For his voice, and for all he taught his viewers, Bour-
line is, let’s stop with the suffering.” Unknown’ was a win-win … To me, he showed exactly dain will be severely missed, not only in the Jewish com-
The father’s voice underscores the entirety of the epi- how smart, curious people should engage a complex munity but also, due to his international expansiveness,
sode — mournful over a fraught situation, yet hopeful country — and how Israelis and Palestinians benefit from around the globe. JTA WIRE SERVICE

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Here’s what the Trump-Kim summit
could mean for Israel and Iran
RON KAMPEAS troops in South Korea — and decreasing
direct American military involvement
WASHINGTON — Amos Yadlin is key to Trump’s doctrine.
likes talking about the Begin doc- “Israel never asks America to shed
trine, which calls for removing blood for us in the Middle East,” he
existential threats to Israel before said. “This is not the case in Korea,
they are manifest. Maybe that’s where the United States fought a very
because he lived it twice. bloody war. Israel is strong enough to
As an Israeli Air Force pilot, cope with its traditional enemies in the
Yadlin flew one of the planes that Middle East.”
took out Iraq’s nuclear reactor in • The United States has vested inter-
1981, when Menachem Begin was ests (read: oil) in remaining in the
prime minister. As director of mil- Middle East. While Israel fights its own
itary intelligence in 2007, Yadlin wars, it also appreciates the war games
oversaw the operation that elimi- it performs with the U.S. military as a
nated another nuclear reactor, deterrent to Iran. The exercises are a
this one in Syria. sign that Israel’s powerful ally isn’t going
Watching President Donald anywhere soon — or was a sign until
J. Trump sign a statement with Trump started talking about retreat.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un But Yadlin said he does not expect
on Tuesday, pledging to achieve the United States to substantially lower
“complete denuclearization,” its Middle East profile, if only to pro-
Yadlin, who now is the head of tect its energy interests and a key pas-
Tel Aviv University’s Institute sage for commerce between Asia and
for National Security Studies, an North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump took each other’s measure at the West.
influential think tank, again found their historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. KEVIN LIM/THE STRAIT TIMES/HANDOUT/GETTY IMAGES “America is not in the Middle East
himself in Begin doctrine mode. for Israel,” he said. “A superpower can-
He suggests that the Trump-Kim sum- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netan- not everything, but unlike the expecta- not give up on the Middle East.”
mit means that America can refocus its yahu made that connection in his state- tions he would fail with North Korea, he
attention on another major world nuclear ment on the summit, slipping in praise for is succeeding, and this made him strong Iran is not North Korea,
threat. It’s the one that matters most to Trump pulling out last month of the 2015 vis-a-vis Iran,” Yadlin said. part 2
Israel. Iran. Iran nuclear deal, which swapped sanc- The spare page-and-a-half document North Korea poses the greater rogue
But there are mixed messages as well in tions relief for a rollback in Iran’s nuclear signed by Trump and Kim, however, may nuclear threat to the United States because
how quickly the meeting seemed to come program. be seen as encouraging in Tehran. “The it possesses nuclear weapons and because
together, and about what Tehran can Netanyahu commended Trump on the fact that there are no numbers or red lines of the range of its missiles, which are
expect if Iran also wishes to negotiate. Singapore meeting with Kim and called it or goals gives them some leeway to negoti- believed to be capable of reaching the con-
Yadlin is in Washington to meet with the “an important step in the effort to rid the ate,” he said of the Iranian leadership. tinental United States.
Center for a New American Security, a think Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.” Yadlin said the process with North Korea But Iran poses a less tractable threat,
tank that offers a holding pattern for top “President Trump has also taken a so far seems personality-driven — Trump because, unlike Kim, whose nuclear ambi-
Democratic former national security offi- strong stand against Iran’s efforts to arm and Kim heard one another, for now. He tions are a matter of self-preservation, Iran
cials waiting out the Trump administration. itself with nuclear weapons and against its likened that dynamic to the chemistry wraps its nuclear planning into its ambi-
(They met to discuss the Iran nuclear deal. aggression in the Middle East,” Netanyahu between former Secretary of State John tions for regional hegemony.
Yadlin has met with Trump administration said. “This is already affecting the Iranian Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad “Iran has developed two strategic aims:
officials on other occasions.) He spoke to economy. President Trump’s policy is an Zarif, which helped drive the 2015 deal You need a nuclear arm to immunize you
JTA about reasons for hope and trepidation important development for Israel, the that Trump reviles. in order to achieve regional hegemony
following the historic summit in Singapore. region, and the entire world.” “What I’m amazed at is how much in using conventional arms, and the con-
The bad news is that Trump appears to some aspects, the Trump administration, ventional force aims to take Tel Aviv and
The Israeli view be making concessions from the get-go, a having been portrayed to be ‘anything but Riyadh hostage so the nuclear arm won’t
The good news for Israelis, Yadlin says, is signal of what he may be prepared to do Obama,’ at the end of the day is behaving be attacked,” Yadlin said.
that “denuclearization will remove North should Iran come around to renegotiat- in a very similar way as far as logic and Yadlin said that this is how North Korea
Korea as the No. 1 U.S. national security ing the nuclear deal that Trump just aban- decision making,” he said. has operated, targeting Seoul with devas-
issue.” That’s welcome news because doned, and also a signal to Iranian leaders tating conventional weapons as a means
after a year and a half of rising U.S.-North of what they can ask for if they play nice. Iran is not North Korea, of deterring strikes on its nuclear capabili-
Korea tensions — with intimations of mis- “One can claim that the fact that Amer- part 1 ties. Israel is alarmed by Iran’s develop-
sile attacks on Guam, and Kim and Trump ica has accepted a nuclear North Korea I asked Yadlin if Israelis were not con- ment of a similar devastating conventional
exchanging social media insults — Israel until it will be denuclearized” instead cerned that Trump seemed eager to missile capacity in Syria, where Iran is
wants Iran to be the top U.S. national secu- of demanding denuclearization before embrace North Korea’s demand that joint working with its ally, the Lebanese militia
rity issue. launching talks, “and we don’t know how U.S.-South Korea exercises cease; Trump Hezbollah, to prop up the Assad regime.
“Israel understands North Korea is more many years until it will be denuclearized — called the war games “expensive” and (He elaborates on the conventional Iranian
dangerous than Iran” to the United States, there is some concern that if you gave con- “provocative.” threat to Israel this week in the Atlantic.)
Yadlin said. “They have missiles that can cessions to the North Koreans, the same Yadlin said Israel would not be overly That brings Yadlin back to the Begin
reach the continental U.S., they do have thinking can apply to Iran,” Yadlin said. concerned at Trump’s apparent ambition doctrine and pre-emption.
nuclear weapons.” Iran, on the other to pull the United States out of the penin- “It may apply to the advanced Iranian
hand, does not. “America shifted all of its The Iranian view sula for two reasons: missile operation in Syria,” he said. “It could
resources, planning resources, to North The bad news for Iran’s leadership is that • Israel fights its own wars. The Ameri- come to a level that threatens Israel not as
Korea,” he said. “In Israel, we want to ele- there’s good news for Trump. can involvement in the peninsula involves an existential threat but just below it.”
vate Iran to the place of North Korea.” “They are worried that Trump achieved a risk to U.S. lives — there are 28,000 U.S. JTA WIRE SERVICE

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rants. They immediately saw potential.
“We went back to Israel and raised funds
aspects of a hostel with the comfort and
style of a boutique hotel and the experi-
America, with many more
from friends and family,” said Rudasevski, ences of a retreat or festival. on the way.
a Tel Aviv native. “We bought a lot of prop- “We are not developers of concrete, we
erties, almost two million square meters are developers of community,” said Ruda- Employees and guests are encour- service can at times be overwhelming,
in the area — some beachfront, some com- sevski, who founded Selina together with aged to give back to the communi- and an Airbnb-type accommodation,
mercial, and some stuff in the mountains. longtime friend and fellow traveler Museri, ties they’re working and staying in. where the service is often nonexistent,
We started to develop the town without originally of Jerusalem. Through Selina Gives Back, the com- Rudasevski explains. There are dorm-
really knowing what we were doing.” In most cases, the Selina team takes pany’s volunteer program, every style rooms with 10 bunk beds that go
They didn’t know when they opened the existing boutique hotels and office build- employee commits 2 percent of work for $10 per night next to private suites
town’s first coffee shop that it would soon ings and transforms them into Selina loca- time to volunteering each month that range from $80 to $300 per night,
become a restaurant, a boutique hotel, tions in three to six months with the help of with projects like English lessons, art depending on the season.
and eventually the first outpost of Selina, local designers, artists, and craftspeople. classes, or cleaning up the beach. Vol- Though they cater to a millennial
a global hospitality group and community The collaborative process helps cultivate unteer opportunities for guests are crowd, guests range from a 30-year-old
for millennial travelers. relationships with the locals even before arranged through the travel concierge hipster to a young family with two chil-
Founded in 2015, after seeing success the first guest arrives. at each location. dren, to a couple in their 50s, Rudas-
with its model in Panama, Selina now oper- “Today a tourist doesn’t want to feel like Recently in Colombia, the Selina evski says.
ates 24 properties across eight countries a tourist. In the past, you’d go where the team went to a nursing home to teach Selina’s co-work, co-live mentality
in Central and South America, with many other tourists are going but now it’s the residents how to use Skype to stay in also attracts digital nomads — young
more on the way. opposite. Everyone wants to see where the touch with their families living far away. professionals who work and travel at
The founders recently secured $95 locals are and eat the local food,” Rudas- the same time thanks to smart devices,
million in Series B funding to support evski said. A new kind of traveler with less commitment to owning things
global expansion in North America and “When we build a Selina, we think about With its unique position in the hospi- like cars and houses.
Europe, led by the Abraaj Group with how the local community will use it. If the tality world, the Selina brand aims to An app currently being developed
additional investments from Sir Ronald local community will be there, I know that cater to the “social traveler,” whom at the company’s new R&D office in
Cohen (founder of Apax), Gigi Levi-Weiss it will be successful.” Rudasevski describes as someone look- Tel Aviv will enable clients to live with
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