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Noshes “Hummus was one of the first prestige

grocery foods. Hummus was the
Sopranos of the grocery store.”
— Food scientist Ali Bouzari, quoted in an Atlantic article
“In the Future, Everything Will Be Made of Chickpeas”


Just say the word

for superhero-dom
“Shazam” is the says the words “Cap- Classic (WBC). RYAN biah Games in Israel.
first feature film tain Marvel.” The adult BRAUN, 35, outfielder/ He was in the majors
since 1941 to depict Freddie is played by first base, Milwaukee. for most of 2018, but
this famous D.C. ADAM BRODY, 39. This 6X All-Star and saw limited playing
comics hero. Of course, Brody still probably is Asher Angel Rachel Bloom the 2011 NL MVP isn’t time. IAN KINSLER,
he is a superhero who best known as a co- the dominant play- 36, second base, San
fights evil. In this star of the hit show er he once was and Diego. Like Braun, this
movie, he’s fighting the “The O.C.” his batting average 4x All-Star isn’t the
evil forces controlled dipped in 2018. Still he star he once was. Still,
by Dr. Sivana (Mark ‘Crazy’w comes hit 20 homers. ALEX he posts okay hitting
Strong). Shazam’s to an end BREGMAN, 24, short- stats and he won a
secret is that he The series finale of stop/ third base, Hous- Golden Glove in 2018
actually is a teen boy CW’s “My Crazy ton. Bregman signed a for his great fielding.
named Billy Batson Ex-Girlfriend” will six-year, $100M dollar JOC PEDERSON, 26,
who turns into a ripped air on April 5 at 8 p.m. contract extension in outfielder, Los Angeles
adult with many You don’t have to be a March. He’s now the Dodgers. Pederson,
superpowers by follower of the TV highest paid Jewish a streak power hitter
shouting the word show to tune in to the baseball player ever. who was frequently
“Shazam!” (Opens special that immedi- Robert Stock Rowdy Tellez This contract is a tes- injured, stayed healthy
April 5.) ately follows the finale tament to how well in 2018 and hit more
The adult Batson/ at 9 p.m. It’s called and an Oscar nomi- writer (“How I Met Your Bregman has played consistently. He played
Shazam is played by “Yes, It’s Really Us nee, was a founding Mother,” among oth- since mid-2016, when for Israel in the 2013
Zachary Levi, who isn’t Singing: The ‘Crazy member of the popular ers). Bloom’s cousin is he joined the “big WBC. KEVIN PILLAR,
Jewish. The teen Billy Ex-Girlfriend’ Concert band Fountains of a rabbi and performed club.” His hitting and 30, outfielder, Toronto.
Batson is played by Special!” Taped in Wayne. His credits in- their wedding. fielding led the Astros This former bar mitz-
ASHER ANGEL, 16. An- March, the concert clude writing the songs to their first World vah boy is a consis-
gel is a co-star of “Andi features “Crazy” star for the hit musical Play ball!: The Series championship tently good hitter and
Mack,” a current Disney RACHEL BLOOM, 31, movie “That Thing You Tribe on the big- in 2017. He repeated in base stealer. ROBERT
TV series for teens. and the cast of the Do” and co-writing the league diamond 2018, with great bat- STOCK, 29, relief
Angel comes from series performing live Fountains of Wayne The 2019 baseball ting stats that includ- pitcher, San Diego.
an observant Arizona versions of fan-favorite 2003 hit single “Sta- season began on ed 31 homers. He was After nine years in the
family and he had a bar songs. They are cy’s Mom.” He grew March 28. The a 2918 All-Star team minors, Stock made his
mitzvah. The role of accompanied by a up mostly in Montclair. following players have member — and, yes, he big league debut last
Freddie Freeman also band and an orchestra. Well-known actor JON at least one Jewish had a bar mitzvah. Fun June. His 100 mph fast-
is played by two peo- Bloom, ADAM BERENTHAL, 42, is his parent and identify as fact: His family went ball may keep him up.
ple. Freddie is Billy’s SCHLESINGER, 52, and first cousin. Jewish or secular. to the same Albuquer- And ROWDY TELLEZ,
foster brother, and he’s JACK DOLGEN, 50ish, By the way, Bloom, RICHARD BLEIER, que synagogue as the 24, first base, Toronto.
the only person who wrote 150 songs for unlike her TV charac- 31, relief pitcher, Bal- family of ALEXI ASHE, He was called up last
knows that Billy is Sha- the series, which have ter, has been happily timore. He has post- Seth Meyer’s wife. MAX September and was on
zam. The teen Fred- gotten them three married since 2015. ed great stats in the FRIED, 25, pitcher, At- a hitting tear for the
die becomes an adult Emmy nominations. Her husband, DAN last two seasons. He lanta. Fried had a bar rest of the season. Re-
superhero — Captain Schlesinger, an Emmy GREGOR, 39, is a played for Israel in the mitzvah and played member this guy.
Marvel Jr. — when he and Grammy winner successful TV sit-com 2013 World Baseball in the 2009 Macca- –N.B.

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From immigration debates to robotics, in one book
TABC students look at some of today’s political controversies
through the lens of a poor, gifted Mexican’s journey

n the snowy Mexican village where Oscar
Vazquez spent his childhood, kids had to carry
firewood to school if they wanted to keep warm.
Desperate to provide for his family, Oscar’s father
went off to toil in Idaho potato fields, got deported after
a year, and subsequently went back over the border to
find work in Phoenix. That was where he relocated his
family in 1998, when Oscar was 12.
Although Oscar was bright and motivated, and later
he would serve with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, his
illegal entry into the country proved a costly hardship.
Earlier this year, all 333 students at the Torah
Academy of Bergen County read a book about Oscar

Vazquez and his friends Cris-
tian, Luis, and Lorenzo. The
book, by Joshua Davis, is called
“Spare Parts: Four Undocu-
mented Teenagers, One Ugly
Robot, and The Battle for the
American Dream.” TABC students and faculty surround Oscar Vazquez after his speech.
On March 27, Mr. Vazquez
came to the Teaneck high Corps) program in high school, cloud your judgment. It’s really compassion that’s more
school for boys for its ninth that he realized the full impact important,” Eli learned.
annual Book Day, an event of not having a birth certificate, TABC English department chair Carol Master orga-
packed with activities related passport, or citizenship papers. nizes Book Day with former school librarian Leah
to themes in the year’s chosen His difficult path to citizen- Moskovits. Over the summer, a faculty committee

book — in this case, immigra- ship required going back to live chooses that year’s book, based on a short list the two
tion law, Mexican culture, and in Mexico for a year, while his his women compile and input from volunteer student
robotics, among others. wife and daughter stayed in the readers.
“Spare Parts” describes what United States. In June 2011 Mr. “It has to be a book that is appropriate for our students
led the four Mexican teenagers Vazquez finally became a U.S. and touches on a different culture, opening their world
who were in an elective high- citizen, served in the military for and providing a human side to an issue that they can
school marine-science class Oscar Vazquez tells TABC students more than three years, and now relate to and that piques their interest,” Dr. Master said.
to enter the Marine Advanced about his immigrant experience. does business analytics for BNSF “Spare Parts” was especially topical this school year,
Technology Education Robot- Railway Company. when the issue of funding for walls across the Mexican
ics at the University of California Competition in 2004. Mr. Vazquez has come a long way from that December border shut down the federal government for 35 days.
Mentored by two dedicated teachers from their gritty night when he was a terrified 12-year-old slipping across “I could see in our discussions in class that they felt
public school, the boys chose to compete not against the border into the American desert with his mom. this book was relevant to their lives though it described
peers but against sophisticated college-level teams from “I didn’t know what it meant to come through a hole a very different culture than they’ve been exposed to,”
institutions including MIT. in the fence,” he told his TABC audience of students, she said. “We tried to use it as a springboard to discuss
The audience in the Teaneck yeshiva already knew teachers, and administrators. “I just knew that I was how America is a country of immigrants and how one
what happened next, but listened attentively as Mr. now in a different country.” deals with immigrants. We hope that by learning about
Vazquez told them how, despite building their under- Eli Levine of Teaneck, a senior at TABC, said that what people go through as immigrants, our students
water robot out of glued-together PVC pipes and wires hearing about the hole in the fence and the critical lack will understand the issues in a different way.”
on a shoestring budget, the Mexican high-school of official papers “gave me a whole different perspec- While Book Day sessions ranged from Mexican cook-
seniors won the competition. They also won the tech- tive about kids who came into the country illegally, not ing to graphic novels to auto mechanics, immigration
nical writing prize and a special award for finding an by their own choice, and don’t understand what that was the central theme.
ingenious solution — tampons — to contain a leak in means.” The keynote speaker was Englewood’s Mayor
their project. Eli got to explore that perspective further by attend- Michael Wildes, who is the managing partner of immi-
After writer and film producer Joshua Davis wrote ing a Book Day session titled “Is Empathy Really a Good gration law firm Wildes and Weinberg, an adjunct pro-
about the unlikely triumph of these undocumented Thing?” led by Michael Atlas, a clinical psychologist fessor of business immigration law at Cardozo School of
teenagers, Mr. Vazquez received a Fulbright scholar- who is TABC’s director of student support. Law, and the author of “Safe Haven in America: Battles
ship to Arizona State University. Two years later, new Dr. Atlas explained that current research sheds doubt to Open the Golden Door.”
state immigration regulations caused him to lose his on whether identifying with the pain of others actually Mr. Wildes’ firm, which his father, Leon, established
scholarship; nevertheless, he graduated with a degree is helpful in terms of our own emotional well-being and in 1960, has represented such clients as John Lennon,
in mechanical engineering. moral decision making. Melania Trump, Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sachs, Lionel
It wasn’t until Mr. Vazquez tried to join the military, “Even though everyone talks about how empathy is Richie, Boy George, and Pelé, along with plenty of reg-
having completed the ROTC (Reserve Officer Training so important, too much empathy is bad because it can ular people seeking a better life in the United States.


and administrative staffs, proposed the Jewish legal

perspective on “ger toshav,” a gentile dwelling in
Jewish society, as a paradigm for Judaism’s attitude
toward the immigrant.
Delia Nagar, a Spanish teacher at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva
High School for Girls in Teaneck, told her personal
story as a Jewish Mexican immigrant.
TABC history teacher Marita Poline emceed a Jeop-
ardy-style game in which categories included famous
immigrants, contributions by Jewish immigrants to


American culture, and the places from which Jews emi-
grated and where they settled.
Debby Alter, the director of immigrant and refugee
services at the Jewish Family and Vocational Service of
Middlesex County, described the process required to
become a legal immigrant and then a U.S. citizen.
Book Day co-chairs Dr. Carol Master, left, and Joshua Arrington talked to the students about The robotics angle also was resonant, because the
Leah Moskovits with presenter Oscar Vazquez. “Technology & Prosthetics.” school has a maker space with 3D printers.
With Mr. Vazquez there to give advice, TABC’s
Referring to American immigration policy, Mr. Wil- Jachter, presented Torah sources that could shape STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math-
des said, “Our door needs to be hinged open; no wall a Jewish approach to today’s divisive debates about ematics) coordinator Aryeh Tiefenbrunn helped stu-
is going to protect us … and we have to make sure that immigration. dents design a waterproof housing for the electronic
we, the ‘people of the passport,’ set the standard” as The head of school, Rabbi Asher Yablok, suggested components of an underwater robot like the one
a light unto the nations. Mr. Wildes noted the Torah’s drawing inspiration from the Torah’s reference to the described in “Spare Parts.”
emphasis on being kind to the stranger, detailing his exodus from Egypt as a cause for compassion to strang- “Our TABC robotics team is currently building a
strong opposition to separating members of immi- ers, and he led a discussion on how the modern Jew- robot that can shoot baskets on a mini basketball hoop
grant families. ish immigrant experience might affect our outlook on for an upcoming competition,” Mr. Tiefenbrunn said.
Several breakout sessions dealt with immigration immigration reform. At Book Day, he led a discussion of how the human
from a variety of angles. Rabbi Daniel Fridman, who heads the Jewish Cen- body can inspire robotic designs, and what types of
TABC’s Bible department chairman, Rabbi Howard ter of Teaneck and is a member of TABC’s academic SEE TABC PAGE 68




Fair Lawn celebrates Yudins

for a kinship of 50 years
Rebbetzin Shevi and Rabbi Benjamin Yudin look back at their community
— and it looks at them — with love and wonderment
Joanne Palmer city folks,” Rebbetzin Yudin said. “When

we were in Brooklyn, that seemed like
here seem to be different ways the country to our family who still was
of building a community. in the Lower East Side. And then when
It can develop entirely on we moved to Washington Heights, that
its own, sprawling organically really was the country.”
and uncontrollably, overspilling bound- Still, “my husband tried out for it,”
aries, sometimes going too far. she continued. “They offered him the
It can organize around a high-octane job that summer, right after that, and
charismatic leader, following rigid guide- we moved here three days before Rosh
lines, growing but always facing inward, Hashanah in 1969.”
back toward him. (Usually it’s a him.) “At first we thought that the biggest
Or it can grow organically around perk living here would be not having to
the nucleus of a charismatic leader (or drive around looking for parking.” They
perhaps leaders, maybe a husband and already needed a car, she said, “so my
wife) who is so low-key that the idea of father gave us his ’55 Plymouth.”
charisma seems inappropriate until you When the Yudins moved to Fair Lawn,
step far enough back to see clearly that the congregation, which was about two
yes, it is charisma, that the growth is nei- years old, had 17 families; 10 were active,
ther rigid nor uncontrolled. Rebbetzin Yudin said, and the other
And perhaps that central couple, seven were supportive, although they
those two who are the nucleus of the showed up far less regularly.
expanding, humming, vibrant bubble, Soon, it became clear that the com-
are so modest — modest for real — that munity needed a rabbi all week long.
the thought of claiming any kind of Rabbi Yudin continued to teach, first
credit for the vitality around them is still at MTA and then at YU — in fact, he
borderline distasteful and makes them still continues to teach at YU four days a
genuinely uncomfortable. week, as well as in Fair Lawn — but the
That can’t be a very common situa- job became full time, for both Yudins.
tion — surely it is by far the least com- To be clear, it is ludicrously inac-
mon of these three — but it’s what’s hap- curate to call the work that Shevi and
pened in Fair Lawn. Benjamin Yudin do a job. It’s a life. It’s
Rebbetzin Shevi and Rabbi Benjamin their lives. Their joint life. It is not melo-
Yudin of Shomrei Torah are at the cen- dramatic to say that their two hearts,
ter of the Orthodox community that together, have become the beating
they started to nurture when they first Rebbetzin Shevi and Rabbi Benjamin Yudin heart of the community.
moved there, at the behest of Yeshiva “My husband loves being able to com-
University, exactly half a century ago. children, who were the same age, grew This was in the late 1960s, the cusp of bine being a pulpit rabbi and a teacher,”
Next Sunday, the community will cel- up together; they were members of the postwar and antiwar explosions. Peo- his wife said. “He never wastes any
ebrate those 50 years with them at a the same shul —Young Israel of Eastern ple were leaving cities; Jews, like their time. His Shabbos table is a teaching
gala (see box), as the Yudins move into Parkway — and went to the same school. neighbors, were considering the appeal experience.” What about her? “When I
an active, still-to-be-defined retirement, “Our families walked home from syna- of grass and shrubs and single-family saw the amount of work he was doing, I
very much in place. gogue together,” Rebbetzin Yudin said. houses and garages and bicycles left out- realized that it was better for me to join
Their story begins even more than 50 “What started as close family ties and side overnight; they also were propelled his life, and to complement whatever
years ago. friendship, and similar background and by the increasing violence and poverty he does,” she said. “Basically, he leaves
Shevi Werner and Benjamin Yudin beliefs, ended up in an engagement.” that they saw in inner cities. every day and I am the one who is here
both grew up in Crown Heights, in Both of them were 20 years old when You can’t have a sustainable Ortho- to answer the phone, to answer the
Brooklyn, back when Crown Heights they married. Both were in college — he dox community without a minyan. YU doorbell, to give him messages.” And
was deeply Orthodox but not yet over- in YU, where he got an undergraduate saw both a danger and an opportunity. It of course to counsel and to cook and to
whelmingly Chabad. Shevi’s father, degree, a master’s degree in Jewish his- started seeding new settlements, includ- listen and to give warmth. “My day is
Irving Werner, was born in Brooklyn, tory, and smicha, rabbinic ordination, ing Shomrei Torah. “YU wanted to do never boring,” she said.
from parents who came from Poland; and she first in Brooklyn College and that so that kids going to YU from there When they first came to Fair Lawn,
her mother, Sarah Kesten Werner, was then in City. She also earned certifica- would have an Orthodox shul to go to. the Yudins — the two adults and their
brought to the Lower East Side from tion from YU’s Teachers Institute for Rabbi Robert Hirt of YU’s division of new oldest child, who was 2 1/2 then — lived
Russia when she was 3 years old. Her Women. communities told my husband about a in a standard local house, above the
father-in-law, Alexander Yudin, and her At first, the young couple lived in fledgling congregation in Fair Lawn,” small space where the minyanim met.
mother-in-law, Adele Bernstein Yudin, Washington Heights; she taught Hebrew Rebbetzin Yudin said. “There was an “Our salary was $25 a week,” Rebbetzin
both were born in New York. school and he taught at YU’s high school, opening for a weekend rabbi.” Yudin said. As the shul grew, so did the
The families were friends, and their MTA. Okay, sure, but New Jersey? “We were See Yudins page 10
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building; it moved to another part of the
house, which was joined by its neighbor,
doubling its size. Eventually, the com-
munity bought land across the street
and built a shul. There still is a parking
lot outside the Yudins’ house, which
makes sense, because the house, with
its perpetually unlocked door, is an irre-
sistible magnet, apparently to everyone
who’s ever met either Yudin. Really, any
Yudin. And that’s a lot of people.
“Because we were so small and so
insular in the beginning, age wasn’t a
factor,” Rebbetzin Yudin said. They did
not hold themselves back from relation-
ships. Often, back then, their friends
were older than they were; now, often
they’re young. It doesn’t matter. “There
isn’t a generation gap between someone
who is 20, or 10, or 90,” she said. “On
Friday mornings, my husband can sit
with the kids in the nursery school” — oh
yes, the synagogue has one of those too,
named after Leah Sokoloff. “He brings
the parsha to life.”
For decades, he’s gone on Nachum
Segal’s radio show, JM in the AM, where
he discusses the parashat hashavuah —
the weekly Torah reading. “His father
had died suddenly, and his mother was
sad,” Rebbetzin Yudin said. “He thought
it would be a good treat for his mother
if she could hear him on the radio.” It
was. It cheered her. “So that started as
a one-time thing — but it’s gone on for
30 years. Men from some of the founding families break ground for the new synagogue building in 1979.
“And then he goes to Daughters of
Miriam” — the nursing home in Clifton grandchildren, making Rabbi and Reb- Rebbetzin Yudin sees her choices as waves of emigration from the Soviet
— “every Friday afternoon.” betzin Yudin great-grandparents. Some obvious ones, pretty much no-brainers. Union and then later the former Soviet
He used to bring their children with of them live in Israel; the rest live either “Because we lived in such close proxim- Union. Most of them came with no Jew-
him to visit shut-ins on Friday after- in New Jersey or on Long Island. “We get ity to the shul, it would either be a closed ish background, but many of them found
noons, his wife said, and now he brings tremendous joy from our beautiful fam- door or an open one,” she said. “And for their way to Shomrei Torah, where the
his grandchildren to Daughters of Mir- ily,” Rebbetzin Yudin said. me, an open-house life style is just bet- Yudins welcomed them.
iam. “That’s how they spend time with Esther Schneider Sherizen lives in Oak ter. It was comfortable for me. And if I Laura Brook, who was born in Belarus
their grandfather. Park, a Detroit suburb, but she grew up had a shut door, all those people would and grew up in Riga, Latvia, is among
“My kids saw the whole life cycle in Fair Lawn. Her father, George Schnei- be shut out of my life.” that group. She moved to Fair Lawn in
growing up,” she continued. “They saw der, was Shomrei Torah’s first presi- “I saw all that, growing up, and when 1991. “I came with no religious back-
people in challenging times as well as in dent. “Esther was a little girl then, and I got married, I told my husband that the ground,” she said. “We knew about
happy times. They were able to realize now she’s a grandmother,” Rebbetzin one thing I really wanted in my home was Pesach but celebrated it with a family
that the sad times also were part of life. Yudin said. They’re still close, as was a guest room,” Ms. Sherizen said. She cre- dinner. I knew about Chanukah from my
And they saw people’s courage. They clear when Ms. Sherizen walked into ated one; she offered the same kind of grandmother, and I knew that on Yom
saw how some of them were able to pick the house, and the two women beamed hospitality the Yudins did. “I knew how Kippur you fast, but it was just when I
themselves up and go on living, how at each other and hugged tightly. “That’s to do that, I knew how to make our house got here that I learned anything about
their faith in God would give them some how it is with a lot of the kids who grew the Shabbat and yom tov home, because it.” Her teachers were the Yudins.
comfort. They weren’t afraid of funerals. up here, Rebbetzin Yudin said. “They I learned from Shevi. It’s a chain. One “The rabbi’s class is so interesting,” she
They weren’t afraid. move away, but the bond continues.” thing leads to anther, and you find your- said. “No matter how busy you are, you
“We shared our lives with our kids. “My dad and a couple of others met self knowing how to do it. run to it. If you skip it, you skip something
Not other people’s secrets, of course, in somebody’s living room” as they “Shevi has an incredible amount of very important. It is food for the soul.”
but they knew when Abba had a funeral. planned to open Shomrei Torah, Ms. patience, and the ability to give to others,” Elaine Reinheimer and her husband,
We would have a plan for a Sunday after- Sherizen said. “I think about the cour- Ms. Sherizen said. “That’s who she is.” Michael, moved to Fair Lawn 47 years ago,
noon with then, but invariably some- age it took for them to pull these first Lillie Mentzel and her husband, Stu, and joined Shomrei Torah immediately.
thing would come up.” meetings together. There were a lot of have been members of Shomrei Torah She’d known the Yudins even longer; she
They must have done something right, nay-sayers.” But the community took for 46 years. “Shevi was the first person was a secretary at YU when Rabbi Yudin
she added. “Four out of our five sons off. And “Shevi always welcomed people we met,” Ms. Mentzel said. “She isn’t just was a student there. “I got a sneak peek
have smicha, and so do our sons-in-law.” into her home. And into her life. a friend. She is a mother, a sister, a confi- at him, and that’s why I moved here,” she
The Yudins have seven children. “My mother always said that she dant, an everything.” said. “My children are who they are today
All their children are married, and wasn’t a Chevy,” Ms. Sherizen con- Many Russian-speaking Jews found because of Rabbi and Shevi. They both
all have children; some already have cluded. “She’s really a Cadillac.” their way to Fair Lawn in the various See Yudins page 12
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live in Israel. And we include Rabbi and
Shevi as part of our family.
“My mother moved to Daughters of
Miriam seven years ago, and Rabbi visits
her every Friday,” she added.
And then there’s Janusz Legutko,
Shomrei Torah’s custodian. He was
born in Poland, where he was a math
teacher — and a Roman Catholic. He
found his way to Shomrei Torah, where
he got a job. He did not think about con-
version, at least, not at first. But he was
drawn in by the Yudins’ warmth and
care, and also by the intellectual and
spiritual content of their lives. Now, he
lives in the Yudins’ house part of the
week, and also is a counselor at the
Sheli house for special needs kids. He
grew very close to Rebbetzin Yudin’s
father while the older man was getting In 2017, the family gathered for the wedding of Chanina and Rabbi Larry Rothwachs’ daughter Shani and Yisroel
dialysis, and so he, too, has been incor- Benovitz. Jerry Meyer Studios
porated into the Yudins’ family.
“Chesed” — acts of loving kindness “They are retiring, but one really “I’m going to the hospital now,” to their understanding of themselves as no
— “are a boomerang,” Rebbetzin Yudin knows what they are retiring from,” he visit patients. “I don’t have a contract to more giving, no more loving, no more
said. “The love that he had for my par- continued. “Their house operates like a go there, but it has to be done,” he said. generous than anyone else in their posi-
ents, and the help that he gave to me — soup kitchen.” (Or, as Rebbetzin Yudin “Personal involvement is the way I was tion would be, is a textbook illustration
there are no words.” puts it, “I don’t have furniture. I have privileged to build a congregation, and of humility in action.
Rabbi Larry Rothwachs, who leads chairs.” And tables and a vast kitchen. that has spilled over, thank God, to the Of course, they don’t see it that way.
Congregation Beth Aaron in Teaneck, is And a constantly ringing phone, silent community,” he said. “Having a personal They see themselves as just part of the
married to the Yudin’s older daughter, only on Shabbat, imperiously vibrating rapport, one, one, one. Each person is community. But they do acknowledge
Chaviva. all the rest of the time.) made to feel welcome in the community. the community’s marvels.
The Yudins’ is a “50-year-long story,” “Hundreds of people walk in every “Part of it comes from studying with “When you do a needlepoint, the back
Rabbi Rothwachs said. At the beginning, week. Nobody knocks. They just walk them. There is no greater bond that one is all knots,” Rebbitzin Yudin said. “On the
“there are many stories, some of them in and take what they need. That can’t Jew can have with another than study- other side, you see, piece by piece, how it
apocryphal, about how my father-in-law change. That will continue for as long ing Torah with them. There is something all comes together.” The community’s like
would pull people off the street for a as their hearts beat. They cannot retire about the Torah itself — it is eternal, it is that, she said; now, it’s full and bursting
minyan. Students of his would come for from that.” divine — that when you share that with with color, its shape visible on both sides.
a daily minyan, and he’d promise them a The two work together seamlessly, someone else, that person realizes that The Yudins are more or less retiring,
home-cooked breakfast in return. he added. “There is a real partner- you are not just sharing information but they say, but they are so integrally part
“It was very hands-on. ship between them. There are very few you are sharing inspiration and destiny. of the community that their next chal-
“And then, slowly but surely, it grew, duties or tasks that they both do. There So I thank God that over the years I have lenge will be to withdraw from some
and people moved to Fair Lawn. It was is hardly any overlap. He goes out there been privileged to share Torah with so parts of the leadership, to leave its direc-
at one point probably the biggest or sec- and brings people into the house, and many different people.” tion open to its next rabbi and new gen-
ond biggest established Jewish commu- she takes over from there — feeds them, Over the years, the community has eration of leaders, but also to stay on in
nity in Bergen County, after Teaneck, clothes them, and loves them. He teaches grown and it has what it needs — kosher a new role.
and then the entire Jewish commu- them. She sits with them and counsels food, a shul, an eruv, a mikvah, a char- “This is our place,” Rebbetzin Yudin
nity in Bergen County exploded, but it them. It is very natural and fluid. They ity fund, he said. “Each family has their said. “This is our home. So we won’t be
became contagious. Today, there are don’t review it. There is no official set of needs, so at one given time we can have the parents of the shul any more. We’ll
seven Orthodox shuls in Fair Lawn, and policies and procedures. It is all 100 per- a funeral and a wedding. be the grandparents. We are not looking
the more options, the better. cent real, and they are selfless. “The challenge is based on the third to end the life we love so much.”
“What makes my in-laws most unique “And the real miracle is that they and book of the Torah, Leviticus, where we Because when your job isn’t a job
— there are several ways, really — but their children and their grandchildren are told to love your neighbor as your- but your life, then it changes when you
it mostly is that they are known to be are normal. They are very normal.” And self, to feel with them. If they are going retire, but the love behind it doesn’t
completely selfless, in every way. There almost all the men have gone into the through a loss, you have to be there with ever change.
is no way for them that the rabbinate is family business, he added. them. And two hours later, you have to
a career. It’s not a job. It’s not really an Rabbi Rothwachs is not alone in being switch modes and be ready to dance Who: The community of
occupation, even. For anyone, even for influenced by his in-laws, he said. “Many with the next family at a wedding. You Congregation Shomrei Torah
rabbis, there is a point of separation young men who grew up in Fair Lawn can’t say, ‘Today I am not in the mood in Fair Lawn
between their professional public per- have become rabbis, and many young to dance. I just came from a funeral. The What: Celebrate Shevi and
sona and their personal one. My in-laws women who grew up there have become ability to focus on loving your neighbor Benjamin Yudin as they retire
feel such a genuine love and connection teachers and leaders in their communi- as yourself — that is a challenge. after 50 years
for every person in the world, no matter ties. All of them will tell you that they are “How do I do it? With great difficulty. When: On Sunday, April 7, at 5 p.m.
how important or unimportant, and their inspired by the Yudins.” I am only human.”
Where: At the Atrium Plaza,
home can become a second home — and Rabbi Yudin is almost too busy to talk, When anyone talks about the Yudins,
401 NY-59, in Monsey
in many cases a first home — for people but he makes time, not grudgingly, but they always use the word humility. The
who either were literally homeless or fac- with a certain rushed patience. “I don’t Yudins’ modesty is bone-deep, they For more information,
reservations, or donations:
ing challenges. Their hands-on nurturing have time, but I’ll make time in the time say; their humility, their insistence on
Call (201)981-9201
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Israeli film is fiction but reflects director’s
relationship with his special-needs son
LARRY YUDELSON “Meorav Yerushalmi” — meaning

“Jerusalem mix” — that aired for three
“ hoelaces,” the 2018 Israeli film that will play seasons spread out between 2003 and
Wednesday night in Nanuet as part of the 2010. He also played leading roles in
Rockland Jewish Film Festival (see box), tells the Israeli series “Hostages,” which is
the story of the complicated relationship now available on Netflix, and “Prisoner
between an aging father and his special-needs adult son, of War,” which inspired the Showtime
whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy. At series “Homeland.”
the center of the plot is the son’s desire to donate one Mr. Goldwasser saw him perform
of his kidneys to help his ill father. When the transplant in another project, a small role where
committee rules that the son is not competent to make he played “a guy with intellectual dis-
the decision, and that his father, his legal guardian, does abilities. That is how you say it in the “We worked together on every line in
not have the right to make it for him, the son sets out to cleaned-up slang,” he added, using a the script. We discussed his character. We
fight that decision. more direct word that we will not use built him from the ground up: How he
The film won the audience awards at the Atlanta, Bos- to make his subject fully clear. “It was a Jacob Goldwasser stands, how he talks, how he looks, how
ton, and Los Angeles Jewish film festivals, and a best sup- very appealing, very touching charac- he laughs. Everything.”
porting actor award at Israel’s Academy Awards, the Ophir. ter. He really did a wonderful job. The script was honed through years of editing, until it
But for years after hearing the true story that inspired “I wrote to him a lot of compliments. And in a few was finally approved by the committee that allocates gov-
the film, director Jacob Goldwasser resisted making it. words I told him about the story that I am refusing to ernment investment for the Israeli film industry.
The reason: The story cut too close to the bone. make for 12 years. “You have to be firm enough and strong enough not to
“We have a son with special needs,” Mr. Goldwasser “Immediately he called me. He said, ‘it’s a great story, break down and not to give up,” he said. “Maybe those
said. “As part of a self-protection of my heart, I decided do it!’ I said ‘no, I don’t have the psychological power.’ rejections did good for the film.”
not to do films about my tzuris, my problems. I felt much He pushed me. He didn’t let me go until I considered to He believes the film does good for the world.
more at ease dealing with other people’s problems.” do it.” “I felt a responsibility to improve the image of those
“For 12 years I ran away from the story.” Mr. Nevo, for his part, “did the research like a good unfortunate people in the eyes of the public,” he said.
What changed? actor does. He went for a week to live in the village [for “I’m sure that anybody who will watch this film — espe-
Blame the film’s lead actor, Nevo Kimchi. Mr. Kim- people with special needs] where our son is living. He cially young people — will go home a better person. I have
chi was a leading character in Mr. Goldwasser’s series worked with them. He spent time with them. a very strong agenda in this film. More than the other

Hack it together!
Bergen, Rockland students compete in all-female coding challenge at Lander
ABIGAIL KLEIN LEICHMAN many other women are

involved in the field,”
ilvia Pan, an engineer at AMC Networks, often Ms. Cohen said. “We
is the only woman in the room when she is at didn’t want the hack-
hackathons, intense coding events where teams athon to be just cold and
collaborate on building apps or websites, often competitive, but an edu-
over the course of a sleepless weekend. cational and fun experi-
But as a judge at Hack It Together, an all-female ence where people could
12-hour hackathon held at Lander College for Women in learn something new
Manhattan on March 3, Ms. Pan noted that she was sur- and build a community
rounded by 120 female student hackers and expressed of women who want to
her wish that this experience would “encourage more go forward in this field.”
women to go into tech.” Lander junior and
Gender was not the only aspect that set Hack It Student organizers of Hack It Together at Touro’s Dr. Alan Kadish of co-organizer Esther
Together apart. Because Lander is a division of the Ortho- Lander College for Women, from left, Sarah Bra- Teaneck, president of Gassner of Miami added,
dox-affiliated Touro College and University System, this cha Schuraytz, Sarah Cohen, and Esther Gassner. Touro College, speaks at “All too often women
Sunday hackathon offered participants an atmosphere PHOTOS BY DMITRIY KALININ Hack It Together. miss out on these incred-
that did not desecrate the Sabbath and where the meals ibly valuable learning
and energy-boosting snacks were strictly kosher. a senior at Lander, was among the organizers of this experiences, and recruiters miss out on reaching talented
“As a religious Jew, there aren’t so many of these fourth annual Hack It Together. women in computer sciences, because of the bro culture
types of events I can participate in because they always The all-female environment is intended not only to that often permeates hackathons.”
involve Shabbes,” Sarah Cohen of Wesley Hills said. “It support female students already interested in coding There was certainly no bro culture — with its all male,
ends up being super annoying because these events but also to encourage more girls to try it, she added. high-testosterone affect — at Hack It Together.
are a cornerstone of getting into the computer-science Many high-tech companies are actively seeking qualified In addition to 35 Lander students, attendees came
industry; it’s a great way to network and gain expe- women to diversify their staff. from nearly 40 universities and high schools, including
rience.” Ms. Cohen, a computer-science major and “We had a lot of beginners here, and they saw how Barnard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, and
Sandi M. Malkin, LL C
films I made, which I insisted on having no agendas,
only story. That gave me the courage and the power
Interior Designer
to do it.”
(former interior designer of model
But don’t think it’s a grim film, Etti Inbal says.
Dr. Inbal runs the IAC Cinematec, which brings
rooms for NY’s #1 Dept. Store)
Israeli films to North Jersey. Last week she screened
“Shoelaces” at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in
Tenafly, and brought Mr. Goldwasser in to discuss For a totally new look using
the film.
“He took this special topic and used humor and an your furniture or starting anew.
excellent actor to present it so that we can really fall
in love with someone with special needs,” Dr. Inbal
said. “You see the depth of his understanding of the
Staging also available
issue. People were touched, very touched.”
What: “Shoelaces” at the Rockland Jewish
Film Festival
What’s it about: Nominated for eight Israeli
Academy Awards including Best Picture,
“Shoelaces” tells the gently comic story of the
heartfelt relationship between an aging father
and his exuberant, autistic adult son, whom he
abandoned while he was still a young boy and
rediscovers later.
When: Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Regal Cinemas, 6201 Fashion Dr., Nanuet
How much: $14, $12 senior citizen/student
Advance tickets at:
For a full schedule of films and to buy advance
tickets, go to: The
Rockland Jewish Film Festival runs through
April 30. All films are shown at the Regal
Cinemas in Nanuet.

Bruriah High School for Girls in Elizabeth, as well

as organizations such as Women Who Code and
Girls Develop It.
The overall assignment was to create a product
that could solve a problem or address a need related
to entertainment and travel. Hackers had to write all
their own code but could consult professional coders
who served as mentors throughout the day. Hack It
Together sponsors AMC Networks and JetBlue Air-
ways also offered company-sponsored challenges
that participants could choose to do.
The JetBlue challenge was won by students from
the Flatiron School, an accelerated programming
school in Manhattan for job-seekers. They created an
interface for passengers to discover volunteer oppor-
tunities at their destination, tied to gaining bonus
miles from the airline. Their prize was round-trip Jet-
Blue tickets to any domestic destination.
For the AMC challenge, one student group pitched
a social viewing platform on which users could
review shows in real time, write recommendations,
and invite friends to watch with them. The students
were invited to AMC headquarters in Kansas to pres-
ent their idea to executives and explore internship
opportunities at the company.
Each team presented a three-minute demo of
its app. Judging was based on factors such as inno-
vation, usability, problem solving, and technical
The first prize went to a project dubbed “Bound-
less,” created by a team of three Lander students and


When devotion trumps age

99-year-old volunteer finds second home at NCJW thrift shop
LOIS GOLDRICH whose mother was a life also enjoyed opera. “I have or email — “I keep telling people I’m not
member of NCJW — found many albums of opera,” in the 21st century. I live in the world of
What is it that keeps you going? her way to New York to she said, adding that she today but not in this particular world.
While many of us may spend some work in the fashion indus- also enjoys the music of I’m from the old school, and so far I’ve
time pondering the question, 99-year- try on Seventh Avenue. Ella Fitzgerald. “I don’t like been able to get along without them.
old volunteer Estelle Green will answer “I was in the textile busi- rap,” she said. “I don’t even People have to call me.”
immediately — the National Council of ness,” she said. “I was a like to look at it.” While it On her 99th birthday, her family threw
Jewish Women’s Council Thrift Shop in buyer for specialty stores may have a place, that place her “a big party,” she said. “Three gen-
Bergenfield. all over the country.” Her is “not in my house.” erations.” At 4’10”, and with a variety of
“I’m a people person,” explained Ms. late husband, Jule, also Ms. Greene has belonged minor ailments, “I expect to be standing
Green, who has worked in the shop for was in fashion. Later, they to the National Council here next time,” she said. “I have good
decades. “You make friends with cus- “moved across the bridge” Estelle Green of Jewish Women since eyesight,” she added. In fact, “my eye
tomers. I could be here five days a week.” to Fort Lee, where she has the early 1960s. “I had doctor leaned over and asked if I was still
And there’s more, she said. “The thrift lived for some 60 years. worked since I was out of college until driving. He told me to keep it up. I said,
shop is nonprofit. Our money goes to Although Ms. Greene and her hus- the early 60s,” she said. “I stopped and ‘I will as long as you keep my eyes OK.’”
community services all over the county. band had no children, she said, she has thought, ‘I don’t know anyone. I need to “I don’t use Uber,” she continued.
I could get on a soapbox to tell you how always been drawn to volunteer activi- meet people.’” So she joined NCJW. “Everyone always wants to pick me up. I
fabulous it is and what we do for the ties involving youngsters. For several Ms. Green calls the thrift shop her said to my friend, ‘Have you ever driven
community.” years she worked with Bergen Reads, “home away from home. I go twice a with me and felt unsafe?’ But I don’t like
That accords well with the organiza- an initiative of the Jewish Federation of week, Monday and Friday, for 2 l/2 hour driving at night. I try not to go out then
tion’s self-description, as drawn from a Northern New Jersey. stints. I’m the coordinator of volunteers, because of the glare of newer cars.”
recent statement. “Inspired by Jewish “Some of the children were eager always making sure someone is manning Ms. Greene said that she has seen
values, NCJW strives for social justice by to learn, and some weren’t,” she said. the shop. many changes over the course of her
improving the quality of life for women, “Some said, ‘Read to me,’ and I said, The number of NCJW volunteers is lifetime. She doesn’t think the world is
children, and families and by safeguard- ‘You’re going to learn to read to me.’” dropping,” she added. “We’re an older in good shape at the moment. “I’m not
ing individual rights and freedoms.” Reading is one of her own favorite activ- group.” To get volunteers, “I get on the very happy when I read the newspaper
Ms. Greene, who was born in Mas- ities. “I read a great deal, and I belong phone and plead.” or turn on the TV,” she said.
sachusetts on February 11, 1920 — and to a book group.” She and her husband With only a cell phone — no computer According to Ms. Green, she’s older

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LARRY YUDELSON synagogues. community’s schools are “well on the road to taking the steps nec-
As a sergeant in the Ber- next on his list. essary to secure their vulnerabilities.”
Gerard Dargan is the son of a police offi- gen County Prosecutor’s At the synagogues, he Part of that will be applying for the
cer. He’s the husband of a police officer. major crimes unit, he took meets with the rabbi or next round of security grants. “There’s
And for more than 26 years he was a part in the investigation the administrator. He looks a narrow window to turn it around, from
police officer, for the last 18 at the Ber- of attacks on local syna- over its security situation. early to mid-April,” he said.
gen County prosecutor’s office. gogues in late 2011 and And he offers his services in The Jewish Federation of Northern
Now he has a new beat, and it has 80 early 2012. He interviewed applying for federal home- New Jersey has long played a central role
synagogues. Anthony Graziano, who land security grants. in helping area nonprofits apply for the
Since March, Mr. Dargan has been carried out the attacks Many area congregations grants, and this now has become part of
working at the Jewish Federation of under the guidance of have received the grants in Mr. Dargan’s responsibilities. “We offer
Northern New Jersey as its community Aakash Dalal. The two men Gerard Dargan recent years, and in his visits assistance to help synagogue leaders
security director. each received a 35-year Mr. Dargan saw the impact prepare the grants,” he said.
“With the rise in anti-Semitic activ- prison sentences for those crimes. the grants made. He inspected camera His advice to synagogue leaders:
ity here in northern New Jersey, it is “It was all fueled by hate,” Mr. Dargan systems, access controls on doors, glass “Make sure you take all the necessary
imperative that we focus on the safety said, to explain the motivations for the films on windows, and bollards in front steps to make your synagogue secure,
and security of our 125,000 Jews,” Jason Molotov cocktails thrown at Congrega- of buildings “to stop any kind of vehicular from having a vulnerability assessment
Shames, the federation’s executive tion Beth El in Rutherford and the graf- attack,” he said. “Many of the synagogues done to find out where you’re deficient
director, said. “This position will ensure fiti sprayed on several other synagogues were able to implement safe rooms and in security, to applying for a grant and
Jewish communal safety by focusing on in the area. “That’s the simplest way to panic buttons and alarm systems.” moving to implement the security fea-
incident response and developing indi- say it.” Not all of the synagogues he visited, tures they’ve suggested. Security should
vidual institution- and community-wide Mr. Dargan’s first order of business however, had brought their security to be on the top of everybody’s mind.”
plans through training, risk mitigation, on joining the Jewish federation was this level. “Some were in desperate need His biggest surprise from this first
relationships with law enforcement, and to introduce himself to the roughly 80 of upgrading,” he said. round of site visits: “Not everyone is as
access to other government resources.” synagogues in the federation’s catch- Some of these had already received site security conscious as they should be.”
Mr. Dargan is not Jewish, but he ment area. “In the past two weeks, I’ve assessments from his former employer, Mr. Dargan is naturally security-con-
knows a lot about the threats posed to already visited about 20,” he said. The the county prosecutor’s office, and were scious, even in his private life.

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Teaneck educator, on the verge of making aliyah, tells
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am a passionate and unapologetic Zionist. My
aliyah dream was conceived with the outbreak
of the Yom Kippur War, and it was born, fully
formed, almost 40 years ago. If you nourish a
dream, it will live, and it will continue to nourish you.
I grew up in the leafy, quiet, integrated suburb
of Teaneck. Mine was the classic American Jewish
childhood: we didn’t eat pork but we didn’t keep
kosher, I went trick-or-treating and gave Valentine’s
Day cards to my classmates. The High Holy Days
meant many boring hours in synagogue; Chanukah
meant presents; and Passover meant taking matzah
and cream cheese to eat in the school cafeteria.
Being Jewish was my ethnic pride.
In 1973, I was a fourth grader enrolled in my syna-
gogue’s Hebrew school. As we watched the grainy tele-
vision footage, my teacher told us about the Yom Kippur At left, Leah stands with her husband, Avi; at right, she’s flanked by her daughter, Eliana, and her
War and how Israel was in grave danger. I was infuriated son, Reuven. COURTESY LEAH HERZOG
at the thought that MY country, my little country, was
imperiled. As the child of Holocaust survivors, I knew Getting back to Israel the second time was much communities as Jewish educators. My mother passed
from as early as I can remember that the only safe haven harder. My father felt that I had learned enough Jew- away at the age of 95, in 2016.
for Jews was Israel. My mother, a fourth-generation ish texts, my mother did not want me so far away, I can now, finally, fulfill a 45-year-old dream.
upper-middle-class Viennese who fled Austria in 1938 and so I began college. In the middle of my fresh- We plan to move to Givat Ze’ev, a small suburb
and landed with her sister and parents in Chile in 1941, man year, I was diagnosed with a progressive retinal north of Yerushalayim. It is an inclusive community—
penniless but alive, and in America in 1961, instilled in disease and told I could be blind before I was 23. My secular, religious, Ashkenaz, Sephard, yeshivish, and
me the knowledge that Jews were really safe only in parents relented. chassidish all live there and get along. My son, now a
Israel. We were immeasurably grateful to America, but For nine months, I swam in the sea of Torah at college graduate, will stay in the United States for now,
we were only truly secure in the country with a Jewish Michlalah in Jerusalem, rode the sunflower-seed-littered following his own path and deciding which dreams he
government, Jewish police, and a Jewish army. Egged busses, shopped in the dusty, loud Machane wants to fulfill when. This is the one thing that gives
The child of two musicians, I learned piano from my Yehuda, and cherished every view from every hilltop. I
German grandmother when I was 5 and began flute felt blessed; I was living Rav Kook’s dream: learning the
lessons at 9. The soundtrack of my house was classi- Torah of Israel in the Land of Israel among the people of
cal music: live, on records, on the radio. As a child of Israel. I finished off my year working on a moshav in the
the late 1960s and early ’70s, I loved folk music, and I Golan. They invited me to stay and to teach elementary When I finally arrived
taught myself to play guitar from a book. Along with
Simon and Garfunkel, John Denver, Billy Joel, and the
school. Getting back on the bus to Jerusalem felt physi-
cally wrenching. I desperately, hopelessly did not want in Israel for the first
Beatles, I listened to the Israeli and Chassidic Song to return to America. But my rosh yeshiva and mentor, time in 1981, I kissed
Festival albums, learning words I didn’t really under- Rabbi Yehudah Copperman ob”m, told me that because
stand. By ninth grade I was in day school, assiduously my parents were survivors and I was a “bat z’kunim” the ground and fell
trying to master Hebrew. Naomi Shemer was a won-
derful teacher, and I looked up almost every word to
— the daughter of older parents — that I was more obli-
gated in kibbud horim than yishuv ha’aretz — that it was
deeply in love. I was
every song. The first song I composed and wrote in more important that I fulfill the mitzvah of honoring my high with spiritual
Hebrew was about my fervent desire to go to my land,
where my people were born, and which no longer was
parents than that of making aliyah to the land of Israel.
So I returned, and I graduated from college.
excitement, and even
just a dream. When my husband and I married in 1986, we made the steepest and
As I became religious, history and Torah merged.
Israel was the place where the patriarchs walked
a 10-year aliyah plan. We would have some children, I
would finish my Ph.D., and then we’d go.
rockiest pre-dawn
and the Haganah fought. As far as I was concerned, Six years into the 10-year plan, my father died. Two climb was bliss.
every square inch of the land was holy. In my mind, years after that, almost nine years after we were mar-
the sky was always Mediterranean blue, the air per- ried, we had our first child. My mother had only one me pause: the precious, named-for-my-father son will
fumed with citrus, and the people bristly but genu- other grandchild from my three older siblings. I felt stay in America, at least for now.
ine. When I finally arrived in Israel for the first time in strongly that it would be betraying my father’s mem- In Israel, we have close friends eagerly awaiting us,
1981, I kissed the ground and fell deeply in love. I was ory and a travesty to move to Israel then, taking my who will help us with the socio-emotional and prac-
high with spiritual excitement, and even the steepest mother’s precious, named-for-my-father grandson tical transition that we know awaits us. Our daughter
and rockiest pre-dawn climb was bliss. The lone oak — with us. When I asked if she would consider mov- finished her IDF service as a lone soldier and lives
the alon — became my personal totem; I was the child ing with us she said, “I have moved enough in my there. My husband’s parents, brother, sister and
who was returning to my ancient borders. Six weeks life. I have started over and learned a new language brother-in-law, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and
later, eyes puffy and nose red from crying, I had to be enough times. I am not moving again.” We moved to great-nephews are there.
pushed onto the plane. New Jersey, raised our two children, and served our SEE DREAM PAGE 68

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Resistance to measles vaccine

persists in local charedi communities
BEN SALES and according to my observation they

shouldn’t take the vaccine.”
abbi Mordechai Shain of Tena- Many schools in the area used to accept
fly isn’t sure about vaccines. religious exemptions to vaccines but no
Almost all of the 400 kids longer do so. The Anshei Lubavitch Day
in the school he runs, from Care Center in Fair Lawn used to have one
3 months old to eighth-grade teens, are unvaccinated child out of more than 300,
vaccinated. About eight or 10 are not. according to the organization’s executive
But he’s skeptical that immunization director, Rabbi Levi Neubort. But that
works at all. ended this year, because Rabbi Neubort
“My doctor in shul says everyone feared the school could become a magnet
should take a flu shot, so a lot of people for anti-vaxxers.
went,” said Shain, the head of school at “I got a number of calls from parents
the Tenafly Chabad Academy in North- that want to place their children in a
ern New Jersey. “Ninety percent that took school that still took a religious exemp-
a flu shot got flus and the 10 percent didn’t tion,” he said. “God forbid we would
get the flu. … I speak to so many doctors end up with a concentration of non-vac-
and they’re saying just the opposite, that cinated kids, something I would not
vaccines are good, but they put in the Rabbi Mordechai Shain L’via Weisinger allow.”
vaccine different methods that give you Children with legitimate medical
more danger than the vaccine is saving personal experience) many more than urge all parents to vaccinate their children exemptions also depend on “herd immu-
you from.” ‘one in a million’ lives have been ruined as recommended by the American Acad- nity” — that is, being in a population
Later he added, “In the vaccine there by vaccines. We don’t want any more emy of Pediatrics.” where others are vaccinated.
are things there that are putting you at people to be hurt needlessly.” Rabbi Shain’s school does not allow Schools in charedi areas in Brooklyn
higher risk.” Ms. Weisinger, a former board mem- parents to exempt their kids from vac- have taken measures to stem the mea-
(According to the Centers for Disease ber of the Orthodox Jewish Nurses cines for religious reasons. But it does sles outbreak. In December, the New
Control, flu vaccinations reduce the Association, said the anti-vax move- accept notes from doctors exempting York City Department of Health banned
risk of contracting the illness by 40 to ment has taken hold among some children from vaccines. Other schools unvaccinated kids from Brooklyn yeshi-
60 percent.) charedi Jews, a result of a lack of edu- will run doctors’ notes by a local health vas after charedi neighborhoods in the
Rabbi Shain’s school is the only one cation and distrust of authority. board for verification. borough experienced 39 measles cases
among about a dozen Orthodox schools “There’s a lack of trust in the govern- within two months.
there that still accepts unvaccinated kids, ment that goes way back,” she said. “You Schools also independently had barred
according to L’via Weisinger of Teaneck, a have others who really care about their unvaccinated kids, leading in one case to
school nurse who runs a group of nurses kids who are not educated.… They’re legal action. After their child was kept out
at Bergen Jewish schools.
The vaccine issue has become espe-
not out in the real world hearing real
science. They’re not taught to discern
Those who do of Oholei Torah, a Brooklyn yeshiva, Sho-
lom and Esther Laine sought an injunc-
cially urgent as measles has spread in between conspiracy theories and real not vaccinate tion last year that would force the school
nearby charedi Orthodox communities
that have low vaccination rates. Last
In late February, Bergen County saw
can potentially to accept their religious exemption to vac-
cines. Reached by phone last week, Mr.
week, Rockland County barred unvac- one case of measles, which is highly con- spread life- Laine would not comment because the
cinated minors from public places. The
county has had 153 confirmed cases of
tagious and can stay in the air for hours
after an infected person coughs.
threatening legal battle is ongoing.
Joseph Aron, a Brooklyn attorney
measles since October. “We say our community is pro-vac- diseases to focusing on religious and constitutional
Despite institutional pressure, a strain
of opposition to vaccines has persisted
cine, but then we let an anti-vaxxer into
our school and they have measles and
others who are issues, said that according to New York
state law, the school was well within its
in charedi communities, which claims our immuno-compromised kids get vulnerable. rights. “There’s no obligation for a school
that vaccines are ineffective at best and exposed and our pregnant women get to accept a religious exemption,” he said.
harmful at worst. A pamphlet circulating exposed,” Ms. Weisinger said. “Those “I would always check with the board “The school has total autonomy. The
among Orthodox communities, published people are all susceptible to people of health before I would accept a med- school doesn’t have to bend backwards
by an Orthodox anti-vaccine group calling from Rockland County coming into our ical exemption, because they’re not all and accept me if I have a medical reason
itself Parents Educating and Advocating community.” legitimate,” Ms. Weisinger said. “Unfortu- to not get vaccinated.”
for Children’s Health, falsely claims that Jewish institutions in the county have nately there are some rogue doctors out In New Jersey, the state government is
doctors obscure evidence that vaccines urged their members to vaccinate. A there who are anti-vaccine and support advancing a bill to remove the religious
are harmful, and links vaccines to brain December statement signed by more than the anti-vaccine community, and there’s exemption. Rabbi Shain says most par-
swelling, paralysis, and death. (In reality, 40 Bergen County rabbis and Orthodox a lot of pseudoscience out there.” ents are happy that the school no lon-
lasting negative effects from vaccines are school officials said Jewish law commands But Rabbi Shain says he accepts doc- ger accepts religious exemptions. But he
extremely rare.) vaccination. tors’ recommendations at face value. says he hears from parents on the other
The group also hosts regular confer- “Vaccination is not only an obligation “If they have a doctor and the doctor side as well.
ence calls featuring anti-vaccine doctors, to protect the health of our children and can give a letter that for this child it’s “Most parents want that we don’t
according to the WNYC blog Gothamist. ourselves, but a responsibility we have not good to do vaccines, then it’s under accept religious [exemptions] and we
“[S]ome of what we are told about towards others,” the statement said. medical guidance, so the Torah says you should be vaccinated,” he said. “Some
vaccines is simply untrue,” the pam- “Those who do not vaccinate can poten- follow the doctor,” he said. “The doc- parents are saying why do we have to
phlet’s introduction reads. “From our tially spread life-threatening diseases to tor doesn’t have to tell me the reason. vaccinate?”
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March Mitzvah Madness

LAURA FREEMAN were over 40 pop-up stands that packed
and donated over 6,000 smile kits, activ-
Jewish Federation of Northern New Jer- ity books, and snack packs. At the mega
sey’s March Mitzvah Madness month- food drive, 8,000 lbs of food were sorted
long campaign of doing good deeds and distributed to food pantries all over


finished up with high scores. The cam- northern New Jersey. At the Super Sun-
paign challenged community members day phone-a-thon, almost $300,000 was
and organizations to be mitzvah entre- raised in just one day. Our community
preneurs throughout the month. There really scored big!!

Making placemats at the arts and crafts table.

Michael Semegran and family

Gabby Marcus delivering to the Center for Event sponsor George Allen of GB
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Event chairs Michael Semegran, Barbara Selman,

The Opper family hosted a smile kit pop-up and Vicky Manaloy

The Halper family helps sort donations.

of Hoboken
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Adrian Diaz and

Sarita Gross at
the March 31
food drive
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pick up donations.


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Rabbi David and Alla Fine, center, with Temple Israel & JCC board members,
from left, financial secretary Merille Siegel, vice presidents Howard Schreiber
and Nadine Genet, president Robert Obeiter, treasurer Evan Weitz, and
recording secretary Manny Haber. ROBERT KERN
Alan Moskin, seated middle row, center, with teen participants.
Celebrating Rabbi Fine  CHANA LAINE

and family in Ridgewood Valley Chabad teens hear

Temple Israel and Jewish Community songs by the TI-JCC choir accompanied
Center in Ridgewood celebrated the by the shul’s Bimah Band, followed by a Nazi camp liberator’s story
10th anniversary of Rabbi David and Alla tributes and presentations from Rabbi Last month, nearly 150 partic- Austria, where he was promoted
Fine’s arrival at the shul at the communi- Fine’s brothers, sons, friends, Mayor ipants attended Valley Chabad from private to staff sergeant.
ty’s annual Ways and Means dinner last Raymond Hache of Ridgewood, and Eternal Flame’s program with with This was part of the Eternal
month. The Fines were joined by their shul president Robert Obeiter. Rabbi Alan Moskin, an American soldier Flame 2019 Teen Fellowship pro-
family, friends, and members of the two Fine spoke about his family’s 10 years who told his story of participating gram, where teens learn about the
congregations within TI-JCC: Temple with the community and sang a Hebrew in the liberation of a concentration Holocaust firsthand through study,
Israel, an egalitarian Conservative con- song that he had sung to his wife at their camp, Mauthausen, and the hor- discussion, and trips. The teens
gregation and Reconstructionist Con- wedding. The evening included a dinner, rors that he witnessed. also spent a weekend in Washing-
gregation Beth Israel. a silent auction, and dancing. Alan Moskin was drafted into ton, visiting the U.S. Holocaust
The evening began with Havdalah and military service when he was Memorial Museum and attending
18 and served in the U.S. Army a part of the AIPAC conference.
during World War II. A member The Eternal Flame, a project of
of the 66th Infantry, 71st Division, Valley Chabad, is supported by a
and part of General George Pat- grant from the George and Martha
ton’s Third Army, his outfit fought Rich Foundation.
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Free event! | All ages welcome to the AIPAC 2019 Policy Conference Miller, Todd Stewart, Barry Blecher,
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Federation Scores Big with March Mitzvah Madness

Jewish Federation’s March Vicki Monaloy, of Paramus, one that provided an opportunity assembling the snack packs, they
Mitzvah Madness campaign of the Mega Food Drive co- for people to be mitzvah could participate in delivering
spread throughout northern New chairs and an active Federation entrepreneurs and “do good” in them as well.
Jersey like wildfire, encouraging volunteer, witnesses firsthand their own
community members of all ages the vital work Federation home with
to “do good”. There were three does. She is involved with their family
opportunities to do a mitzvah other Federation sponsored and friends.
throughout the month – a Super programs, including Bergen The pop-up
Sunday phone-a-thon, host or Reads. Vicki, who recently trend started
attend a Mitzvah Pop-Up, and retired, sees these opportunities in big cities
donate or pack and distribute as a meaningful way to give over the
food at the Mega Food Drive. back to the community. Vicki holidays
Each was a slam dunk in helping was busy working at different with pop-up
our community members in food collection sites all month boutiques.
need. long and even enlisted her local “Federation
hairdresser in Fair Lawn to get in brought pop-
At the March Mega Food
on the action. “When the owner ups to the
Drive, which was on March 31,
of my hair salon heard about the non-profit
hundreds of people, young
food drive, she wanted to be a world,” said
and old, sorted, packed and We packed
part of the giving and set up a Beth Figman, 100
distributed a record 8,000
collection site at the store,” said Director of SNACK PACKS
pounds of food to nine local food
Vicki. In total, there were 50 food Volunteer
shelters including Jewish Family
collection sites all over northern Resource
and Children’s Services, Center The number of donations from
New Jersey. Services at Jewish Federation.
for Food Action, Helping Hands the pop-ups during the month
Mitzvah pop-ups assembled
Food Pantry, CUMAC, Hoboken Vicki sees the food drive as a real of March was staggering. 6,685
smile kits, snack packs, or
learning opportunity. “We “packs” were delivered all over
activity books, all of which were
often have parents who bring Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson
delivered to organizations
along young kids to help pack, counties to organizations that
that need them. In total, over
and it becomes a teaching help people in need. “The
6,000 packs were donated.
experience,” she said. “We community really supported this
The recipient organizations
all have fun and, at the same program,” said Figman. “When
were overwhelmed with the
time, feel proud that we are we first started planning the
outpouring of donations.
helping others.” mitzvah pop-up program, we
Ilana Picker, a teacher for the thought maybe we would have
Barbara Selman is also a
Sinai program at Ma’ayanot High 20, but we ended up having
chair of the Mega Food
School, and her seven students over 40 — and it’s all because
Drive and a volunteer who
hosted a mitzvah pop-up stand. our community is so supportive!
is deeply committed to
The girls geared up for the People really stepped up to the
Federation’s work. She is
challenge and created flyers and plate.”
especially connected to the
posters requesting items to fill
Jewish Community Relations Jewish Federation’s work to help
snack packs. Within two weeks,
Committee which she believes the community will continue
the boxes they had placed at
is an essential outlet for throughout the year, but March
the front of the building were
Jewish advocacy. “The Jewish Mitzvah Madness catapulted
overflowing with donations, and
people make it a priority to reach efforts to a whole new level.
Emergency Food Pantry, and they had collected everything
out to other communities and, in Shames said, “As I always say,
Wayne Interfaith Network. they needed to make 100 snack
today’s climate, this is essential Federation can’t accomplish
“Even though our community is packs.
to maintain positive interfaith any of the work we do without
considered to be more affluent,
relationships,” said Barbara. “Throughout the project, the girls our volunteers, donors and
it is staggering how many people,
Jewish Federation’s work felt a sense of pride. Often they professional staff. The success
right here in our own backyard,
mirrors her own personal value are on the receiving end, but of March Mitzvah Madness was
have food insecurities,” said
system, so the work she does is here they were the givers,” said because of the community.
Federation CEO, Jason Shames.
meaningful to her. Ilana. “It was amazing to watch That’s what makes northern New
“Helping those in need is a
them take the initiative and Jersey so special.”
fundamental part of our mission The newest initiative of March
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The group from Emeth gathers in Kelly Ingram Park in

Atlanta. The park was a major staging area for protests
during the struggle for civil rights. BARBARA BALKIN

Temple Emeth
looks at social justice
Fresh from a trip to the Deep South, the synagogue
welcomes former RAC head Rabbi David Saperstein Rabbi David Saperstein

Joanne Palmer their wedding for their honeymoon. She in February. there, and at times to eastern Europe

was 21, and it was 1964. The bodies of On both the macro and micro levels, as well, but also in shorter, more afford-
abbi David Saperstein, the the three murdered civil rights workers, the passion for civil rights and social able ones. Given the shul’s historic — and
longtime head of the Reform James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and justice is embedded in Temple Emeth’s ongoing — interest in civil rights, and
movement’s Religious Action Michael Schwerner, had just been found DNA, a combination of the guiding val- given also that the new Legacy Museum:
Committee — who resigned in Mississippi. “I was talking to some ues of the Reform movement to which From Enslavement to Mass Incarcer-
that position to become President man in the airport, some man from Flor- it belongs and the passion of Rabbi ation had opened in Montgomery, it
Barack Obama’s ambassador at large for ida, about how horrible it was,” she said. Sigel, its rabbi emeritus, who was vitally seemed likely that a trip to that and
international religious freedom — will “And his response was, well, if they’d important in Teaneck’s own struggle for other civil rights landmarks would be
talk about many aspects of social justice only minded their own business… integration in the 1960s. (Again, macro interesting to the handful of synagogue
as the Rabbi Louis J. Sigel scholar in resi- “My jaw dropped,” she said. “I didn’t and micro, intertwined.) members necessary for a trip.
dence at Temple Emeth in Teaneck next know what to say. I wouldn’t forget it. I Temple Emeth’s trip grew out a dis- “I’m also the chair of the social action
weekend. (See box.) didn’t forget it. I remember it now.” cussion that Lynn and Steve Chaiken committee,” Ms. Chaiken said. “This
His is a macro vision. That is a micro insight into the larger of Teaneck had with its rabbi, Steven year, we looked at three huge areas — rac-
Jackie Guttman of Englewood, a long- phenomena that Rabbi Saperstein will Sirbu. “The temple takes a trip every ism, the environment, and immigration.”
time member of Temple Emeth, remem- talk about, and it was evoked by a six- two or three years, generally to Israel,” All those issues are connected. “Teaneck
bers being at a New York airport with day trip to civil rights sites in the Deep Ms. Chaiken said. That stoked members’ is a very integrated town, it tries to be
her husband, Howard; they had just left South that a Temple Emeth group took interest not only in the regular trips diverse — and it all made sense.”
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So they started planning the trip,

working with the Jackson, Mis-
sissippi-based nonprofit Gol-
dring/Woldenberg Institute of
Southern Jewish Life.
“We announced it on Rosh
Hashanah,” Ms. Chaiken said.
“We thought eventually we’d
hear from 25 people. Thirty at
most.” In three days, 50 peo-
ple signed up — more than they
thought they could manage,
and the number at which they
drew a line. The participants
ranged in age from the woman
who celebrated her 80th birth- Howard Lieberman looks at photographs at the the Center
day on the trip to two women in for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. BARBARA BALKIN
their 30s, but most were retir-
ees, the Chaikens said. Chaiken said. Still, she Ms. Guttman found that although
The group flew to Atlanta, continued, “We didn’t the bigger museums are powerful, at
and then took a bus to Mont- go any place that was times the smaller, more intimate ones
gomery, Birmingham, and terribly preachy. You could penetrate her soul even more
Selma. Their itinerary included just absorb all the deeply. She talked about the Legacy
both museums and syna- information, and you
gogues. “We went to the last put it together.
Samuel Walker, who as a child walked in the Selma-to-Mont­
temple in Selma, Temple Mish- Ms. Guttman went
gomery march in 1965, led the group through the National
kan Israel,” Ms. Chaiken said. on the trip, she said,
“It’s a beautiful building. If we
Voting Rights Museum.  BARBARA BALKIN
because she wanted I think that all
understood it properly, there
are only four Jews there. They’re trying
me understand more about how com-
parable it is. We are talking about more
to learn more about
the civil rights movement than she had
of us on the
to maintain the building.” They were in than four million people sold into slav- known when she was living through it. trip were to
Birmingham on Shabbat, and had din-
ner and went to services at Temple Ema-
ery, not allowed to have any kind of free-
dom, who died of slavery. I also started
She’d gone to college in the early 1960s
in Pottsdam, way up in northernmost
one degree or
nu-El there. looking not as much at reparations as at New York State; in that way-pre-internet another
“Emanu-El in Birmingham is where
Milton Grafman was the rabbi in the
“We don’t own up to our past in
and even-more-pre-social-media time,
she could learn about current events, as
1960s,” Rabbi Sirbu said. “He was one of America,” Mr. Chaiken said. “Everyone they then were called, only on “the one with what we
the eight clergymen who wrote to Mar-
tin Luther King, asking him not to come
just blows it off. They say, ‘It’s been 100
years. Just get over yourselves.’ One of
television set in the lounge in the dorm.
“When I look back at it now, it is
were seeing
to Birmingham. They told him that they the focuses of the Legacy Museum is the amazing how poorly informed we and learning.
had their own plan. Of course, King did subtitle, ‘From Slavery to Mass Incar- were.” Then, later, as a young married
go to Birmingham, and his ‘Letter from ceration.’ The slavery is gone, but the woman, “we were activist types, and Museum and the National Memorial for
Birmingham Jail’ is explicitly addressed oppression is not. we sent donations, but we didn’t go to Peace and Justice; she found the garden
to them.” “In Berlin, there is a Holocaust demonstrations. We were too wrapped where a coffin-like shape hanging from
Both Chaikens found the trip pro- museum in the middle of the city. That up in our babies.” But now, looking at rafters overhead and sticking starkly up
foundly moving. “I never really under- doesn’t mean that everyone supports these museums and streets where terri- from the ground represented victims of
stood the comparisons between the it, but it is there. Here, in America, we ble history had happened, “I think that lynching or other kinds of racially-tinged
Holocaust and the history of slav- don’t talk about our sins.” all of us on the trip were to one degree murder breathtaking and terrifying.
ery in our country until I saw all this “We don’t teach enough about what or another overwhelmed with what we There are more than 4,400 names, she
together,” Ms. Chaiken said. “It made happened in the United States,” Ms. were seeing and learning.” said, an almost unbearable number of
Jewish Standard APRIL 5, 2019 31

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names. But still she was if possible even more moved

by the smaller spaces. She talked about the Freedom
Riders Bus Museum in Montgomery, a “former Grey-
hound station,” she said. “It’s one room, and it is so
powerful that I was crying. All the headlines started
coming back to me.”
She saw “a picture of John Lewis as a young man.”
He’d been a civil rights worker then, beaten and jailed,
getting up and doing it again anyway. “I remembered
that at Barack Obama’s first inauguration, he was on
the platform, and the camera caught him, and he was
crying. I was so moved by the picture of him as a young
man, thinking about how far he has come. He’s been a
representative for 17 terms” — Mr. Lewis, a Democrat,
has represented Georgia’s fifth district in Congress
since 1987.
“The times haven’t changed enough — but they have
changed a lot,” she said.
She also has thought a great deal about how “we can
sit here smugly, thinking that the South has to keep
making apologies, but it’s only by virtue of the fact that
the North has a different climate that we didn’t have
slavery here too. If the climate were like the South’s,
we could have.
“Also, New Jersey was the last Northern state to out-
law slavery,” she added. (Slavery was abolished in the
state in 1804 but was phased out very gradually; the
The coffin-shaped stones in the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery memorialize last 13 slaves in New Jersey were freed in 1865.) “We
victims of racist violence by name. BARBARA BALKIN as a nation can’t just keep thinking of it as a Southern



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issue,” she said. “I would like to see historical markers

throughout the country.” They’d show where historical
events connected to slavery happened. “It would be a
modest way of acknowledging what happened here,”
she said.
“As we came back with a renewed commitment
to carrying on the unfinished work of the civil rights
movement, criminal justice reform is at the top of the
list,” Rabbi Sirbu said.
This leads logically to Rabbi Saperstein’s weekend at
Temple Emeth.
David Saperstein is a lawyer as well as a rabbi; “for 40
years, he has been the face of the Reform movement’s
social justice initiative,” Rabbi Sirbu said. Because of
Temple Emeth’s longstanding interest in social justice,
“it seemed like a perfect fit to invite him in 2015.” He
did, and “Rabbi Saperstein accepted the invitation —
but then he had to step away, when he was appointed
to the position of ambassador for religion by the Obama
“But we kept him in mind all this time, because he is
such a talented teacher, and now we are an even better
fit for him, because our politics have become so frac-
tured, and even though the RAC” — that’s the Reform
movement’s Religious Action Committee — “has a lib-
eral bent, it is committed to a nonpartisan mission.
“And even though Rabbi Saperstein is no longer its
director, he still speaks passionately about this message
that Temple Emeth members really take to heart. The group gathers in front of Temple Mishkan Israel in Selma. BARBARA BALKIN

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a position that ended when Donald J. the public sector. Conservatives believe
Trump replaced Barack Obama in the that there is an inherent justice at work
White House. in the capitalist free market, and that
The overall title of Rabbi Saperstein’s governmental intervention invariably
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Friday night through Sunday morning, intervene only as a last resort. Liberals
is the formidable if hopeful “Being in tend to believe that there is no inherent
the Hands of God: Jewish Social Justice justice in the capitalist system, and that
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“They asked me to cover a broad its own interests, and therefore it is not
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to protect God’s creation,” he contin- Rabbi Saperstein said. “There also is a campaigns since the turn of this cen- freedom around the world; at anti-Sem-
ued. “We will look at the concept of bal deep concern with the concept of reli- tury. It’s certainly a target-rich subject. itism and Islamophobia and the per-
tashchit, the mandate not to waste, and gious freedom in Jewish law. So this is “I’ll look at how religion has been used, secution of particularly vulnerable
we’ll look at some of the facts on climate not resolved by the tradition.” His dis- how candidates use it, what is and is not groups, minority Syrian populations, the
change. The implications of that will be cussion, therefore, “will be more about permitted, what is and is not appropri- Rohingya, the Uighurs, and I’ll talk about
particularly important for the younger helping people understand the legal ate, what is and is not wise,” he said. “I’ll how we can be effective in responding to
generation.” issues and what implications they have look at a range of examples, and then I’ll it.” In that talk in particular, Rabbi Saper-
Then there’s religious freedom. “The in terms of the Jewish community.” open it up to discussion. stein will be able to draw on the experi-
issue is the clash between religious Different parts of the Jewish commu- “And finally, I’ll look at religious ence he had as ambassador.
freedom and civil rights claims,” Rabbi nity are likely to have different opin-
Saperstein said. “The bakeshop case.” ions on the question, he added. “The
Who: Rabbi David Saperstein
(He’s talking about the recent case in Orthodox tend to say that if you have to
Colorado where a baker did not want balance the two” — that’s religious free- What: Will be the Louis J. Sigel Scholar in Residence
to make a wedding cake for a gay cou- dom and civil rights — “they’d come out Where: At Temple Emeth, 1666 Windsor Road, Teaneck
ple, claiming that he’d have to exercise in favor of religious freedom, and we” When: From April 12 to April 14
his artistic talent and therefore seem — that’s liberal Jews — “tend to say that
To be specific:
to approve of an action he found unac- protecting civil rights is compelling.”
ceptable according to the tenets of his Does he look at these questions as a The whole program is called “Being in the Hands of God: Jewish Social Justice
at a Time of Crisis and Opportunity”
religion. The Supreme Court ruled in rabbi or as a lawyer? “I don’t see any
favor of the baker on technical grounds, bifurcation,” he said. “If you think about At Shabbat evening services at 8, Rabbi Saperstein will talk about “Tough
leaving the issue alive.) “I don’t know the positions that the Jewish movements Choices: Jewish Perspectives on America’s Social Justice Challenge.”
that there is a distinctive Jewish under- and organizations take, we all take pub- On Saturday morning, at Torah study at 9, he will address “The Jewish Re-
standing because Jewish law protects lic policy positions, and each decides sponse: Economic Justice: Testing the Morality of Our Nation.”
the civil rights and fundamental dignity in our own way how to apply law and On Saturday afternoon, at 1, he’ll look at “Religious Persecution and Religious
and equality of all people, and supports history lessons we draw from the Jewish Freedom Across the Globe.
the structure of law in our society, which tradition to contemporary issues.” It’s an On Sunday morning, he’ll take on “Racing with God: The Use and Abuse of Re-
ensures that people may not be discrim- integrated process, he suggested. ligion in American Elections.”
inated against because of protected cat- He’ll also talk about how religion
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me through the procedure. He pointed religion-based hate crimes. However, feel that their plight has not received “Regardless if the developer and the
me to his organization’s online incident Rosemberg noted that the overall level sufficient attention, with one prominent landowner is doing it legally or ille-
reporting form. of anti-Semitic sentiment has remained community figure telling me that he gally, if you go and beat an innocent Jew
On average, Rosemberg said, he mostly flat, hovering between 12 and 15 believed that this was because the vic- because you feel that the person who
receives an average of 23 complaints a percent for years. tims were charedi Jews. raised your rent is Jewish, you target an
week, not all of which end up being cat- “What has changed, he said, “is the “There’s no question that it’s not innocent Jew. That’s the very definition
egorized as anti-Semitic or racist inci- emboldenment of the people that think getting the same media attention as in of anti-Semitism.”
dents. After receiving a complaint, his that way to act out. People feel embold- other places and I don’t know why,” However, despite the increase in inci-
team investigates to determine if the ened to act out because of the climate, local activist Rabbi Yaacov Behrman dents, it’s important not to exagger-
incident rises to the level of a hate crime. because of the way national rhetoric has agreed. “I think that part of it’s because ate the level of concern, said Rabbi Eli
The ADL also proactively monitors the been shaped.” when the victims are chasidic Jews, it’s Cohen, executive director of the Crown
media to spot incidents, often contact- Overall, he told me, the relatively less important to some people. But more Heights Jewish Community Council.
ing the NYPD to check if they heard large number of anti-Semitic incidents importantly because it’s not part of the “We’ve seen more [anti-Semitism] in
about a specific occurrence. in New York compared to other regions overall agenda. If they can’t link it to the Crown Heights because of the proxim-
In the case of Brooklyn, which has does stem from an increase in cases, but far right, they are not as interested in ity of having a very mixed community,
“seen a marked increase in assaults,” also reflects both an increased willing- reporting it.” but the old narrative of two communi-
Rosemberg said that his organization ness to report and the fact that New York Behrman likely was alluding to the fact ties facing off in Crown Heights isn’t
has found it “incredibly important to has a larger concentration of Jews than that many of the suspects arrested by the what’s happening,” he said. “We’re not
respond when every single one of these other parts of the country. police have been young men of color. seeing that at all. The leadership level
incidents occurs.” However, neither the ADL nor the He said that part of the problem in [of the local] communities have a good
In the early 1990s, the ADL was NYPD has been able to “see one marked Crown Heights is gentrification, and that relationship. We don’t hear the same
harshly criticized by many chasidim for political or racial or ethnic or national low-income residents see the Orthodox rhetoric we heard in the ‘90s. From that
what they saw as its failure to respond to tendency in any of these incidents,” he Jews and Jewish property owners as point of view, I think I see it more in the
the Crown Heights riots, which featured said, referring to the perpetrators. “It’s vanguards of their displacement. “Peo- context of the phenomenon we’ve seen
widespread attacks against Jews. really random. If you talk to the hate ple can’t afford to live here anymore,” around the city, and certainly some of it
Late last year the FBI reported that crimes task force they will tell you the he said. “Now there’s this lie being ped- is better reporting of incidents not pre-
overall, hate crimes increased by 17 same thing.” dled around that somehow the Jews are viously reported.
percent in 2017, with hate crimes In Crown Heights, which has seen a being protected from gentrification and “I wouldn’t put it at the level of a com-
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Jewish groups appoint Lithuania’s genocide studies

co-chairs for task force center engages in Holocaust
on anti-religious violence denial, local Jews say
RON KAMPEAS addressing threats,” a joint ADL-SCN CNAAN LIPHSHIZ center’s claims, threatening to take
release said. legal action unless they are retracted.
WASHINGTON — Two former home- The Trump administration’s Home- Lithuania’s state body for preserving The community said the text
land security secretaries will co-chair a land Security Department recently dis- the memory of the Holocaust broke “contains features which are crimes
task force convened by national Jewish banded an intelligence unit that tracked the country’s laws against denying that under the Lithuanian criminal code,
organizations aimed at tracking anti-re- right-wing violence. The move drew genocide, local Jews said. namely, denial or gross belittlement
ligious violence. criticism from groups that track hate The controversy surrounding the of the Holocaust.”
The task force, announced last week, crimes. The alleged Pittsburgh killer was Center for the Study of the Genocide The text was a defense of Jonas
is a joint project of the Anti-Defamation a white supremacist who blamed Jews and Resistance of Residents of Lithu- Noreika, the wartime governor of the
League and Secure Community Net- for supporting what he called an “inva- ania is the latest in a series of actions Lithuanian Šiauliai district under the
work, a Jewish self-defense initiative. sion” of migrants into the United States. that the country’s critics say is a gov- Nazis. Many historians believe he
Its co-chairs are Jeh Johnson, the “This move defies logic,” said Jon- ernment-sponsored campaign to oversaw and profited personally from
Homeland Security secretary under athan A. Greenblatt, ADL’s CEO and exculpate its people from its substan- the dispossession and murder of the
President Barack Obama, and Michael national director, about the closing of tial complicity in the murder of 85 district’s Jews.
Chertoff, who held the job under Presi- the Homeland Security branch focused percent of the country’s 170,000 Jews. Last month, a Lithuanian judge
dent George W. Bush. Johnson is African on domestic terrorism. “The current Last month, the center published dismissed as “ill-based” an Ameri-
American, and Chertoff is Jewish. administration has been chipping away a text claiming that “the Lithuanians can Jew’s lawsuit against the center,
The initiative arose after the attack on at our nation’s ability to address a deadly operated against the will of the Ger- demanding it take down a plaque
a Pittsburgh synagogue complex in Octo- serious national security threat: right- mans” during World War II and that commemorating Noreika.
ber that killed 11 Jewish worshippers, the wing extremism. To simply disregard “the residents of occupied Lithuania “Noreika belonged to the anti-
worst anti-Jewish attack in U.S. history. this threat, especially after what we wit- in 1941 didn’t understand ghettos as Nazi underground of Šiauliai which
“The task force will develop best nessed in Pittsburgh, Charlottesville, part of the Holocaust.” rescued Jews. Noreika helped those
practices to increase coordination and Charleston, and even overseas in Christ- On March 28, the Jewish Commu- who rescued Jews,” the center’s text
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For Israelis abroad, elections start

with a scramble for flight tickets home
CNAAN LIPHSHIZ Israel is tainted by selfishness: I’m one of thousands of for leaving Israel in Hebrew is “yerida” — descend-
Israelis living abroad who must fly home for every elec- ing — as opposed to “aliyah” — ascending.
AMSTERDAM — Like many voters in democratic tion, on short notice and with high costs, because our Whereas the United States, France, the Nether-
national elections, I almost always hope that whoever is country won’t let us vote anywhere else. lands and many other democracies actively encour-
elected will be able to serve out their full term — even if In other words, I really wouldn’t mind limiting this age expats to participate in elections — expats even
they weren’t my pick. ordeal to once every four years. have their own constituencies and representatives
This is especially true in my native Israel, whose infa- Just as our desire to vote reflects an undying attach- in the French parliament’s lower house — Israel
mously brittle coalitions last on average only 2 1/2 years. ment to the country that many of us perceive as an insur- bars its approximately half a million citizens living
Early elections there cost billions in polarizing campaigns ance policy, Israel’s lack of absentee voting reflects a elsewhere from voting abroad. The only ones eligi-
and present a governance challenge that I see as far more country’s hang-ups about citizens who leave its borders ble to vote oversees in Israeli elections are several
worrisome than having the country run by someone who and the Zionist ethos of Israel’s founders. thousand government envoys.
isn’t my cup of tea. The late Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin famously According to the International Institute for
But if I’m honest, my desire for political stability in called leavers “wimpy debris” as late as 1976. The word Democracy and Electoral Assistance, about 60
percent of the world’s 193 countries allow their citi-
zens to vote abroad. Globalization is only helping to
increase this trend, with Belgium, Sweden, Mexico,
and Panama joining the list in the previous decade.
India did so this year.
Netanyahu’s is one of several Israeli governments
that have tried to promote voting abroad, but a
2015 bill on the matter failed. (Opponents of the
idea include Arab lawmakers and many on the left
and right of c enter.)

In Israel, the first

reaction to any
political statement
by an expat is
often not to
debate the expat’s
argument, but
their right to even
express an opinion.
In Israel, “the first reaction to any political state-
ment by an expat is often not to debate the expat’s
argument, but their right to even express an opin-
ion,” said Eldad Beck, an Israeli journalist based in
Berlin. “This mentality needs to go, whether the
prime minister stays or not.”
Why, then, are we prepared to travel thousands
of miles to vote in Israel, where we haven’t lived in
years? And why do some of us do this, then lazily
opt out of voting in the countries where we do
make our homes?
Maximillian Marco Katz, an Israeli citizen and
activist against anti-Semitism in his native Roma-
nia, said he wouldn’t make a special trip to vote
there, although he will for Israel. “The truth is, in
Romania I was told too often that I don’t belong,
even though I grew up here,” Katz said. “I served in
Israel, I fought in Israel. My children are there. I’m
a Zionist above all and it’s my home, so of course
I will vote.”
The relatively dramatic nature of just about any
Israeli election — it’s often a close race with serious
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Polish nationalists use anti-Semitic rhetoric

at N.Y. protest against Holocaust restitution bill
In Manhattan, Polish nationalists protested against Polish nationalists
a bill designed to help Holocaust survivors and their hold a protest in
descendants reclaim lost property in Poland. New York’s Foley
Hundreds of people participated in the protest in Square against a
Foley Square last Sunday, and some used anti-Se- Holocaust restitu-
mitic rhetoric. One protester held a sign calling to tion law on March
“stop the Holocaust industry,” while others ques- 31, 2019.
tioned how many Polish Jews were killed during MOLLY CRABAPPLE

World War II, according to author Molly Crabapple,

who posted photos from the event on Twitter.
One protestor told Crabapple that the Jews of
Warsaw were “mostly killed by other Jews.”
They were protesting a law that President Don-
ald Trump signed last year, called the Justice for
Uncompensated Survivors Today Act.
The measure requires the State Department to

report on how certain European countries have
progressed in returning wrongfully confiscated
or transferred Holocaust-era assets. It does not
mention Poland specifically, but Poland is the only

European country that has not passed laws to com-
pensate people who lost their property and other TH
assets during World War II.
Last year, the Polish Senate passed legislation
that criminalizes accusing the Polish state of the
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Liberal Orthodox yeshiva feels fallout

from decision not to ordain gay student
SHIRA HANAU an alternative to the more right-leaning

Yeshiva University, the school, in the
ignaling a red line on how far Riverdale section of the Bronx, ordained
Modern Orthodoxy is prepared its first class in 2004 and has ordained
to bend to adjust to societal more than 100 rabbis since then.
changes, a liberal New York City Since its founding, the yeshiva has
seminary will not ordain an openly gay sought to balance its Orthodox creden-
student who is engaged to be married tials with its progressive values. The
and completing his fourth year of rab- decision on Atwood is being perceived
binical studies this spring. by some as the yeshiva’s attempt to
In a statement to the New York Jewish ground itself more firmly in the tradi-
Week, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah student tional Orthodox world, which maintains
Daniel Atwood, 27, wrote: “Four years that Jewish law prohibits same-sex rela-
ago I came out as gay during my first tions. While there has been a significant
year at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rab- increase in empathy for LGBT Jews in
binical School, and it was decided that recent years within the community,
I would receive semicha [ordination] inclusion has rarely reached the level
as their first openly gay student. After of communal leadership, and same-sex
four years of study and my complet- A class at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in Riverdale. marriage is universally prohibited.
ing almost all of the program’s require-  COURTESY OF YESHIVAT CHOVEVEI TORAH “I always knew that being in the posi-
ments, YCT decided not to give me tion that I am in would be a difficult
semicha, news delivered to me only a Atwood became engaged in the fall served for nearly 20 years as the flagship process,” Atwood wrote. “I was always
few weeks ago, three months before my and is living with his partner. institution for a subgroup of modern willing to navigate those challenges and
graduation, without any prior conversa- The decision marks a turning point Orthodoxy often dubbed “Open Ortho- work with YCT throughout this process.
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Liberal say about it.
FROM PAGE 45 “So it’s a real shameful moment,” continued
And I have always been fully committed to living my Lopatin, who headed the yeshiva when Atwood

life according to Orthodox halacha [ Jewish law]. At the was accepted as a student and stepped down last
* same time, I refuse to live anything but a dignified life, year. “I hope that there will be dozens of Orthodox
something I was always transparent about, including not rabbis that step forward and say that we want to
being closeted or secret about my Torah, my identity, my give this student semicha and not dozens that are
beliefs, or my relationship. cowering behind closed doors.”
n d Wednesdays 3 PM “Most importantly, I am grateful for all the support my Seminarians at YCT who were interviewed
ays a - 10 P
M o nd M immediate family and my partner, Judah Gavant, have for reactions said that they were pained by
given me over my years in rabbinical school.” the decision.
In his statement, Atwood said he is pursuing an inde- “The last few weeks have been a very challenging
pendent ordination. and painful time to be a student at YCT,” one stu-
Rabbi Dov Linzer, YCT’s president and rosh yeshiva, dent, who asked to remain anonymous because of
declined to comment on the specifics of the case. “We the sensitivity of the situation, wrote in an emailed
accept all students regardless of sexual orientation, pro- statement. “We feel upset and angered about the
vided that they are fully committed to Orthodox halachic process that led to this decision. When Daniel
Tilapia observance,” he wrote in an email. “There have been got engaged, I was excited because I thought YCT
Florentine students in the past that did not receive semicha, each would affirm his choice and still grant him semicha.
one for reasons specific to his case. Out of respect for It was deeply saddening for me to learn that they
all our students, the yeshiva does not discuss particular wouldn’t.”
students and why any student may or may not be receiv- Alumni of the school said they were informed
ing semicha.” that Atwood would not be ordained last month
Linzer added that “the yeshiva could have handled the in a conference call. Several described feeling
process of informing Daniel, and coming to a timely deci- distraught at the news; they’d been hopeful that
sion, in a much better manner, and we are sorry for the Atwood’s ordination would set a path for future
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Rabbi Asher Lopatin, YCT’s president before Linzer, Several graduates of the school said alumni are
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included in that world.”
Rabbi Avram Mlotek, who grew up in Teaneck
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East Side. He said nearly one-third of his syna-

gogue’s leadership is LGBT. “The Orthodox com-
munity must do more and can do more to be more
welcoming to the LGBT community,” Bodner said.
Without addressing this specific case, he said that
YCT “must ensure that every one of its musmachim
[ordained rabbis] is observant and follows halacha.”
Several alumni emphasized the constant ten-
sion YCT deals with in navigating between the
broader Jewish world and more traditional Ortho-
dox elements.
“Chovevei is being pulled in two directions,”
Potek said. “There’s a group of alumni and students
who want Chovevei to be taking these important
steps toward greater inclusivity, and then there are
alumni who are paranoid about what right-wing
Orthodox Jews will think about their Orthodoxy.”
This is not the first time YCT’s actions have
sparked debate among its alumni. In 2016, several
graduates wrote an open letter opposing the prac-
tice of “partnership minyanim,” traditional-style
services in which women lead parts of the service
and a practice embraced by several YTC alumni.
In 2009, Rabbi Weiss privately ordained Sara
Hurwitz as “rabba,” in a controversial move that fur-
ther alienated the movement from the mainstream
modern Orthodox community. Weiss and Hurwitz
subsequently founded Yeshivat Maharat to ordain
women as Orthodox spiritual leaders.
Linzer, who has been the rosh yeshiva of YCT
since its founding and assumed the role of president
last fall, has long been an advocate for acceptance
of LGBT members of the Orthodox community.
In his email to the Jewish Week, he noted that the
yeshiva “regularly brings in members of Eshel, JQY
[two support groups for gay people from traditional
backgrounds], and the LGBTQ community, as well
as rabbis, poskim, and community leaders, so that
we can best chart a path forward that is rooted in
Torah, halacha, and responsible rabbinic leader-
ship, and that honors the inherent dignity of every
human being created in God’s image. We continue
to grapple with this issue and are always learning in
the process.”
In an online discussion organized by the Jew-
ish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, Linzer discussed
the Jewish legal ramifications of two men living
together and wrote that “our focus has to be not
on halacha, but on communal acceptance and on
making gay men and women, and their spouses or
partners, as well as their children, fully welcome
and fully a part of our communities, synagogues,
and schools.”
He continued: “On a communal level, we should
be very wary of assuming that we know what goes
on behind closed doors. It also is none of our busi-
ness. We do not presume to know, or believe it our
business to know, which family is or is not keep-
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Elections One of them is my own father, Israel Lifshitz. When Israel because of threats to its security. Yet this time
FROM PAGE 42 elections come around, we often travel together. around, security played a marginal role in his electoral
security implications — certainly helps attract the Sometimes we vote for the same party, other times choice, I reminded him. “You’re right,” he said. “I guess
devotion of some expat voters. we don’t, and sometimes, ridiculously, we travel to it’s all about an emotional attachment that I have over
Merav Shtifman, an Israeli businessman from effectively cancel each other’s vote by picking oppos- there, but not here.” The son of Polish Holocaust sur-
Amsterdam, will travel to Israel for two days just to ing candidates. vivors, he also regards Israel as a contingency, he said.
vote. She cited her belief that Prime Minister Benja- Looking up our designated ballots in Israel, I remem- As for me, my attachment to Israel is simple: Ris-
min Netanyahu, who is implicated in several alleged bered with a pang of guilt sitting out the 2017 Dutch ing anti-Semitism and xenophobia here and through-
corruption scandals, is a danger to Israeli society. elections. I had the voting slip ready and then went gar- out Europe give me little reason to believe that our
“There is no alternative to replacing this ruler,” dening or something and simply forgot all about it. two small children, whom my wife and I are raising
wrote Shtifman, who will vote for Blue and White, As for my dad, who is also a Dutch citizen, well, he as pro-Israel, pro-American Jews, will feel at home in
the newly formed center-left party led by Benny chivalrously donates his vote in the the Dutch elections the Netherlands when they come of age in about 20
Gantz and Yair Lapid, which is neck and neck with to his wife — she tells him who to vote for. (“We’re both years. This belief informs the importance I attach to
Netanyahu’s Likud in the polls. “I don’t think he lefties, so whatever,” as he explains it.) voting in Israel, a country they might someday call
cares about what’s good for the country, only about To my father, the stakes are compellingly higher in home. JTA WIRE SERVICE
his personal survivability” in power.
Katz, by contrast, says the allegations against Net-
anyahu have a minor influence on his decision mak-

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Looking inward,

A short-sighted approach
looking outward to guide dogs in shul
his area is remarkable for they want their own story some-
the breadth and depth of how not to be central to their story, ith Pesach just two weeks vow, for both are abhorrent to the Lord your
its Jewish life. This week, if that should be possible. away, one law I never thought God.” Kasher reasoned that since it is for-
we look at two commu- The thing is, the Yudins embody would come to mind in con- bidden to use money from the sale of a dog
nities, one Orthodox, one Reform, modesty and humility in a way that nection with it is this: “Do not to purchase a Temple sacrifice, it certainly
both in Bergen County. is hard for the rest of us to under- put a stumbling block before the blind.” (See must be forbidden to bring the dog itself
First, there are the Yudins. stand. Those seem to be Victorian Leviticus 19:14; we will read it in synagogues into the Temple. Thus, he said, one can-
It’s an interesting experience, try- words, traits that have gone the way on May 11.) not bring a dog into a synagogue or other
ing to interview Shevi and Benjamin of the reticule and the settee for the As I often note here, the intent of this law sacred space. (See his comment to the verse
Yudin, the heart and soul of Shom- rest of us. But wait — a reticule is a is to prohibit misleading people — but it also in his Torah Sh’lemah, Vol. 15.)
rei Torah, the Orthodox shul that is handbag, and a settee is a couch, means exactly what it says, and it is in that There is much wrong with this ruling, not
at the heart and soul of Orthodox and modesty and humility really literal context that it came to mind. the least of which is that “dog” in verse 19
life in Fair Lawn. still do exist. A blind person with a guide dog recently may not refer to a real dog at all (although
It’s interesting because they really Rabbi and Rebbetzin Yudin have was initially rebuffed when trying to make many commentators say it does). More
don’t want to be interviewed. done extraordinary work. They a reservation to attend a syna- likely, given the context, it is
It’s not that they don’t want to have brought community and Jew- gogue’s public seder because meant as a euphemism for
talk. They’re proud of their work, ish life to hundreds, possibly thou- the guide dog was not allowed a male prostitute. If it does
passionate about the Jewish com- sands, of people. Thank you, both in the synagogue. Fortunately, refer to real dogs, however, as
munity they’ve created, eager to of you, for what you have done for when the rabbi heard of it, he Nachmanides (the Ramban)
showcase their congregants, their the rest of us. reversed the decision. Still, explains, it refers to “brazen
friends, their students, and the peo- On the other end of the Jewish there are many synagogues dogs that harm the public.” In
ple who will become their friends, spectrum, there is the work that that would not welcome guide that case, the Ramban contin-
their congregants, and their stu- Temple Emeth in Teaneck does. It’s dogs into their midst for any ued, “the owners vow [to con-
dents as soon as they’ve met. They outward facing; social justice work reason, especially including tribute] their value [to a cause
love their work, and they love their is a logical outgrowth of the Reform attending services, or partic- Shammai they consider sacred], as an
life, because their two lives are one movement’s understanding of the ipating in a religious event, Engelmayer atonement for their soul.” In
complementary life and their work Jewish people’s mandate to pursue such as a seder. Ramban’s view, the reason
is their life, because it’s all one justice. That the synagogue would There is no direct discus- for the prohibition is that the
seamless whole. need only three days to convince 50 sion of this issue in the codes, meaning that money being used for a sacred purpose was
Before Shomrei Torah, there members to fly down to Atlanta and there is no direct prohibition against dogs of acquired “in a contemptible manner.” (The
was very little Orthodox life in Fair then take a bus around the Deep any kind being admitted, much less guide citation as quoted is found in Rabbi Charles
Lawn. Now, there are seven Ortho- South, to immerse themselves in dogs. Nevertheless, there are a few rabbinic Chavel’s translation.)
dox shuls, as well as Conservative, the stories of slavery and racism that rulings referencing other laws to support A guide dog is not a vicious animal in any
Reform, and Chabad ones. It’s not the new museums there show, and this position. Perhaps the most notable one respect. We have had one coming to our ser-
clear how many of them — if any to come back home ready to work — was issued (ironically, for me) by the late vices for several years now, and no one has
of them — would have been there because racism, like anti-Semitism, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Kasher, whose ever heard as much as a whimper from her.
without the Yudins. still is alive — because the Jewish Haggadah Sh’lemah I rely on each year in She just rests at the feet of her owner, even
But they don’t want to be tradition demands that they do to — preparing for Pesach. if someone pets her.
interviewed. that’s impressive. In his voluminous Torah Sh’lemah com- Kasher’s ruling received much criticism,
They will allow their story to be There are many ways to be Jewish. mentary, Kasher cites Deuteronomy 23:18- including from the late Lubavitcher Rebbe,
in this newspaper, as it has been The more deeply immersed you are 19 as his prooftext. The verses state: “No Menachem Mendel Schneerson. In corre-
in others, because they know in your own, at times the harder it is Israelite woman shall be a cult prostitute, spondence with Kasher, he referenced a
that their life is inspirational, that to believe that there are other ways. and no Israelite man shall be a cult prosti- principle put forth by Rabbi Moses Isserles
the community they’ve created But the range of ways of being Jew- tute. You shall not bring the fee of a pros- (the Rema) regarding whether women in
is a model. They will talk to me, ish here is wide, and we all benefit titute, or the pay of a dog, into the house their state of impurity should be allowed
with grace and good humor and from having them all here. We each of the Lord your God in fulfillment of any into a synagogue. The Rema (in his gloss to
warmth and good will. They want can chose only one, but we all are
their community’s story told. But enriched by having the choice. —JP Shammai Engelmayer is rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel of the Palisades, now in Fort Lee.

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Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 88) ruled that they should be

admitted because not to do so would “cause them great pain This is why we should
for while others are praying they must remain outside.” By
the same token, Schneerson wrote, to bar blind people with immunize our children

guide dogs would “cause them great pain for while others
are praying they must remain outside.” (Schneerson’s com- ockland County is in the midst of a mea- The Rockland County measles outbreak is cen-
ments can be found at sles epidemic. As I write this, there are tered in an Orthodox Jewish community. As a rabbi,
Both the late Rabbis Moshe Feinstein and Joseph Solove- at least 155 cases of measles — a disease I know that there is nothing in Judaism that would
itchik — who usually are on opposite sides of the halachic that was eliminated from the United prohibit vaccination. On the contrary, the most
spectrum —also ruled positively on the issue. States in 2000. important precept in Judaism is pikuach nefesh,
Feinstein, in his ruling, referenced a comment in the I write this article as a mother and grandmother, saving a life. Even the laws of Shabbat may be sus-
Jerusalem Talmud M’gillah 3:3 regarding a certain Rabbi as a pediatrician, as a part of a team that developed pended, if someone’s life is at risk. In Judaism, we
Imi, who would “permit even a marginal scholar to enter new vaccines, and as a rabbi. also have an obligation to heal. As it says in the Tal-
the synagogue with his donkey and his tools,” and, presum- As a pediatrician, I took care of children who mud, “One who saves one life, it is as if he saves an
ably, with his clothes, as well. If a donkey was permitted succumbed to diseases that we no longer worry entire world.” Prevention, too, is important. The
in a synagogue, he ruled, certainly a guide dog should be about today. I remember sitting with a mother as Torah tells us “You shall make a parapet for your
allowed inside. she struggled to understand why her beautiful little roof.” That is, we have an obligation to remove haz-
Feinstein acknowledged that some would object to bring- boy — who was fine until a few days before — had ards to public health and safety from our domain.
ing a dog into a synagogue because it could lead to creating died of Hib disease so quickly that antibiotics did The Talmud also tells us that dina malchuta
a somewhat frivolous atmosphere in an otherwise sacred not have time to act. A vaccine against Hib, which is dina. The law of the land is the law. Through-
place. The Babylonian Talmud tractate M’gillah 28a, for recommended for all children today, was not avail- out Jewish history, we have understood the need
example, forbids frivolity in a sacred space. He dismissed able back then. to comply with the just laws of the society in
the objection, however. Instead, he cited the immediately Many years later, I met another which we live. The law requiring
preceding discussion in JT M’gillah 3:3, which states that mother. She, too, had a child who that our children be immunized is
“synagogues and study halls are built to be used by Talmud died of Hib disease. But her story like other laws that govern how we
scholars,” including to eat and drink there. was different. There was a vaccine live together. We stop at red traffic
What is remarkable about Feinstein using that text to sup- available, but she was overwhelmed lights to make life safer for drivers
port his argument is that he chose the Jerusalem Talmud’s with the responsibility of new moth- and pedestrians. We wear seat belts
opinion about eating and drinking over the Babylonian one, erhood. There was so much infor- because they protect lives in case of
which specifically bans both. The Babylonian text bluntly mation on the internet, and it was accident. Immunization protects us
states “one may not eat in them, nor may one drink in them.” scary. There was even talk of a gov- against deadly infectious diseases
(See Igrot Moshe, Orach Chayim, 1:45.) It is as if he was bend- ernment conspiracy. How could she and has the added effect of provid-
ing over backwards to allow guide dogs into a synagogue. know what to do to best protect her Rabbi Dr. ing herd immunity. By reducing
As for Soloveitchik, we do not have a direct quote regard- child? Her pediatrician assured her Jill Hackell the spread of disease, it can protect
ing his ruling. As is often the case where he is concerned, of the benefits of vaccination, but she babies who are too young to be fully
we must rely on hearsay, in this case from the recollection thought she’d just wait, and decide immunized, and it can protect peo-
of his son-in-law, the late Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein. This is later. When her toddler died, she learned, in a way ple, both young and old, who have medical con-
how he explained Soloveitchik’s ruling in a lecture cited by that no parent ever should have to learn, that mak- tra-indications to vaccination, or who have fragile
Rabbi Howard Jachter in his Halachic Perspectives on Pets: ing no decision was also a decision, and it had con- immune systems. When enough people say, “Let
In BT B’rachot 63a, the Talmud offers a standard for sequences. Terrible consequences. someone else vaccinate their child — mine will be
acceptable behavior in a synagogue: If a person would As a vaccine researcher, I conducted trials of safe,” the herd immunity breaks down, and none
allow that behavior in his or her home, it is acceptable in a new vaccines in thousands of children, to make of us is safe from these deadly diseases.
synagogue as well. According to Lichtenstein, says Jachter, sure that the vaccines were both safe and effective It is good public health policy to enforce immuni-
Soloveitchik applied that standard to the guide dog. Because against the disease they were designed to protect. zation laws, to make sure that susceptible children
a person would allow a blind person with a guide dog into My team was testing a new vaccine against whoop- stay out of school, and, if necessary, other public
his or her home, so may a synagogue do so. ing cough. Because there already was a whooping spaces, for the safety of all.
There are other supports for this position, the most cough vaccine in the United States, there was not I am now savta — grandma — to four beautiful
important perhaps being that animals were allowed on the enough disease here to test the new acellular vac- grandchildren, and I am proud and relieved that
Temple grounds — and not just animals required for sacri- cine to see if it worked. But to our surprise, we they are all up-to-date on their immunizations.
fices. Mishnah Shekalim 7 refers to “money that is found found that we could test this vaccine in the devel-
[in the Temple precincts] in front of animal dealers,” which oped world. In what was then West Germany, the Jill Hackell is the rabbi at West Clarkstown Jewish
tells us that Jerusalem entrepreneurs would bring animals parental anti-vaccine movement was very strong, Center. She’s also a physician, who earned her
to that most sacred space to sell to those in need of sacrifices. vaccine rates dropped, and a whooping cough medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of
If animals for sale could be brought onto Temple grounds, epidemic was sweeping the country. Now, parents Medicine, where she also did her pediatric residency.
an animal required for a person’s well-being surely may be were willing to test a brand-new vaccine in their She practiced general pediatrics for several years
brought into a synagogue. children, because they could see how devastating and then moved to the pharmaceutical industry,
Bringing a pet dog into a synagogue, on the other hand, this forgotten disease was. where she did clinical research on new vaccines
is another matter entirely. Although there really does not Both my children received all their vaccines on for more than 20 years, including vaccines against
exist any direct prohibition to doing so, guide dogs are well time. As a pediatrician, I knew how serious these pertussis (whooping cough), Hib (Haemophilus
trained in remaining calm and even respectful of others, but diseases were. The day that my son received his influenza b), and pneumococcal disease. She
such behavior cannot be assured of other pet dogs. routine measles vaccination, there was a pediatric has combined these two paths with an interest in
Frankly, though, there never should have been a debate resident on a ventilator, in the hospital in which I bioethical issues, teaching Jewish bioethics at the
over allowing guide dogs into synagogues. Barring them was working. She had contracted measles from a Academy for Jewish Religion, and graduate-level
is nothing short of a chilul ha-Shem, a desecration of the patient, and was very, very ill. secular bioethics at Dominican College.
God who described Himself as being “compassionate and
gracious…, [and] abounding in kindness and faithfulness.”
(See Exodus 34:6.) We are commanded by Him to “walk in
The opinions expressed here are those of the authors, not necessarily those of the newspaper’s editors,
My ways” (see Genesis 17:1). We fail to do so — and we fail
Him — if we ourselves are not compassionate and gracious, publishers, or other staffers. We welcome letters to the editor. Send them to
abounding in kindness and faithfulness.

Barriers to participation: Poverty in the Jewish world

here is a persistent myth overwhelming and uniform financial is living in or near poverty, may be closer to us than
about American Judaism that success in the 20th and 21st centuries is the research tells us. we’d think. The 2013 Pew
has spread so deeply into our firmly held by those within the Jewish This population may Study tells us that “Jews
community’s collective psy- American world and anti-Semites alike well be prevented from with household incomes
che that it may have harmed our ability — but it simply isn’t true. participating in some of less than $30,000 are con-
to take action. While I was in San Francisco, I partic- the most enriching aspects centrated among young
I recently returned from San Fran- ipated in a well-attended, illuminating of communal life, includ- adults and those who have
cisco, where I attended the Jewish meeting that the Harry and Jeanette Wein- ing the one about which I reached retirement age.”
Funders Network 2019 International berg Foundation presented on the state of am most passionate — Jew- Promising steps already
Conference. A large crowd from all over Jewish poverty in the United States. As I ish camp — purely due to Jeremy J. have been taken to make
the world descended on the Bay Area listened and digested information shared financial reasons. Fingerman a difference. The Phila-
for the conference, ready to gain new in several sessions mapping out the dire Jewish poverty is a sig- delphia-based Seed the
understanding of trends and challenges state of ever-larger portions of our com- nificant issue that deserves Dream Foundation is offer-
affecting our Jewish community. munity, I was able to appreciate the grow- our urgent attention, and there is so ing a new matching grant program to
In my role as CEO of the Foundation ing plight of those struggling to make ends much more we can do to uplift the most help meet the urgent needs of Holocaust
for Jewish Camp, I regularly am involved meet more fully. The problem touches vulnerable members of our commu- survivors living in poverty. UJA-Federa-
in conversations about increasing oppor- people of all ages and backgrounds, from nity. Part of this is raising awareness of tion of New York continues to find inno-
tunities for positive Jewish experiences aging Holocaust survivors to people with the issue. I believe that we must make vative ways to support the low-income
and longstanding Jewish identity. disabilities to single-parent families. it a communal goal not only to shatter Jewish households, which are heavily
Of the myriad of significant issues Having gathered research from several this myth for the next generation, but to concentrated in the region.
facing the Jewish community, how- recent studies and more than 70 lead- also instill in them the empathy to see it In my own work, I have seen Jewish
ever, I was particularly struck by one ers who have a connections to the cause where it exists and the motivation to find camps step up to distribute several mil-
that isn’t always at the forefront of our throughout the United States, the Wein- better solutions to the problem, for our lion dollars each summer to help fami-
communal agenda: the growing rate of berg Foundation’s findings were a distant future and theirs. lies in need provide life-changing Jewish
poverty in the American Jewish com- cry from common beliefs about uniform We should feel a sense of duty to edu- experiences for their kids.
munity. The myth of American Jews as and prevalent Jewish prosperity. Close to cate our entire Jewish community about I continue to be inspired by a
a “model minority” who have achieved 20 percent of the U.S .Jewish population Jewish poverty, especially as the issue unique program in Cleveland funded

Israel is so much more than our Plan B

few weeks ago, an Israeli My grandfather was a first-generation of the Holocaust, the and to try to make con-
Ph.D. student studying immigrant who fled the Russian Czar world realized that for nections so as to ame-
w i t h m e at C o l u m b i a when he was merely 14 years old, safet y, Jews need to liorate these i ssues.
asked me why the major- arriving alone in America in 1910. return to their national However, I keep these
ity of American Jews support Israel so His experience as a Jew was one of homeland, which began in mind in regard to the
unequivocally. pogroms and oppression. My Hun- in 1881 and was born global stage. The human
I’ve been thinking about that ques- garian grandmother’s entire family, against all odds in 1948 rights abuses in coun-
tion. It’s hard to answer, and my first with the exception of the uncle who out of swamps, malaria, tries around the world
response, I soon felt, was inadequate. immigrated to Argentina, was mur- desert, dust, toil, love, — including the United
I thought about it more, and this is dered in Auschwitz during the sum- and miracles. Dana Adler States — are numerous.
how I would answer that question. mer of 1944. It’s a horrifying thing to I’ve had a love affair What’s going on right
Growing up in America, the quint- see on the family tree. with Israel since I was here, with the chipping
essential melting pot, we were taught So what does this have to do with a little girl. This love has continued, away of abortion rights, the immi-
to embrace our diversity and have Jewish American identity and Israel? and I have passed it onto my chil- grant situation on our southern
pride in our background. It’s part of The bottom line is that the future dren. I couldn’t be more proud of border, the ongoing discrimination
what’s wonderful about being a patri- of the Jewish people and Israel are my son, who served as a lone soldier against the black community, and the
otic American, where we can equally inexorably linked. Israel is our his- on the front line of democracy in decimation of the Indian community
love our country and love where we torical homeland, Israel is in our lit- defense of our homeland, and who are national embarrassments and
came from. I have fond memories of urgy, Israel is where our matriarchs now, as an American Jew, speaks points of great contention.
elementary school, where my Greek, and patriarchs are buried, Israel is fluent Hebrew. I have spent most of However, other countries fare far
Armenian, Italian, Indian, black, and the only country in the world that my adult life believing and fundrais- worse in regard to their human rights
Korean friends would have their par- speaks our ancient language. Israel ing for the Jewish people, and I am abuses. You don’t need to look fur-
ents bring delicious ethnic dishes to is a miracle on earth, where medi- proud to continue that journey by ther than Venezuela, Syria, Iran, Tur-
school for International Day, which I cal and high technologies are discov- serving on the board of governors of key, North Korea, Qatar, Pakistan,
looked forward to every year. ered at an unprecedented rate and the Jewish Agency and in my study of Lebanon, South Sudan, China, Saudi
But when I was a child, my par- shared with the entire world. Israel human rights at Columbia. Arabia, Myanmar, and many, many
ents had no fond affiliations with the is the only place on earth where traf- I’m opening up my eyes to the others. I believe that Israel’s right to
countries of their heritage. My grand- fic stops on Yom Kippur and where human rights abuses and violations sovereignty and security supersedes
parents are primarily from Russia, all the Jewish holidays are celebrated in Israel and the West Bank, as well that of any human rights violations,
Hungary, and Austria, but I never nationally. After two millennia of as Israel’s internal struggles regard- particularly because it holds over
had much affiliation with those coun- being persecuted, expelled, and vio- ing the rights of women and religious half of the global Jewish population.
tries, and I didn’t feel proud of them. lated, and finally after the horrors pluralism. I work hard to learn more I also firmly believe, however, that
Opinion Letters

College scandal isn’t surprising

Some letters to the editor in the March 19th student ineligible for classification, would
paper revealed the shock and sense of refer the parents (those who could afford
so generously by the David and Jewish communities comprehen- revulsion people felt upon learning of the it, of course) to a private evaluator who
Inez Myers Foundation, and run sively address and overcome the college admissions scandal. As a school would make sure that the student’s results
collaboratively by Jewish Fam- financial barriers to access and psychologist working for Bergen County rendered them eligible!
ily Service Association of Cleve- participation? Special Services (providing child study What are parents and, at times, school
land and the Jewish Federation We all should work toward a team services to private schools, both reli- personnel teaching students about hon-
of Cleveland. The program not day when we can say that the gious and secular), I am truly sorry to con- esty, integrity, playing fair and how one
only fully funds a Jewish summer existence of Jewish poverty in the fess that as horrible as the situation is, it is should be rewarded for effort? Extra help
camp experience for many years, United States is a myth. Unfortu- not completely surprising to me. and extended time are meant as a means
but also provides each recipient nately, the struggles many mem- Not only does my team come in contact of leveling the playing field for those who
with a large duffle bag filled with bers of our community face right fairly regularly with parents who push to legitimately are stymied by a learning dis-
all the supplies necessary for the now are far too real. have their child “classified” — even when ability (which, put simply, means that
summer. This holistic approach By embracing our collective the child is not eligible — because they the student has the necessary potential
to addressing the needs of unaffil- values and tearing down financial want the child to get extra help, but school but that there is some neural mechanism
iated low-income families allows barriers to become more inclu- personnel also often push to have ineligi- that interferes with him or her being able
a child to truly be just another sive, we can ensure every Jewish ble students classified. The first “push” is to put forth their full ability). If students
camper. To ensure participation, American has the opportunity to to have students who exhibit no legitimate who don’t need these accommodations
the program works with each fam- partake in the richness of Jewish reason to be evaluated, be evaluated. are afforded them, then the whole system
ily to help identify the right camp, communal life. The most conspicuous perpetrators are should be abandoned as the purpose for
complete the application, and the parents of 10th and 11th graders who which it was intended is negated.
provide other needed assistance. Jeremy J. Fingerman has been the make it obvious that they want the stu- Sadly, this is a continuation of the pro-
More than 120 Cleveland-area CEO of Foundation for Jewish dent to get extended time on the SATs and cess that often starts in elementary school
kids attended Jewish camp last Camp since 2010, and he is a vice ACTs. And if it isn’t egregious enough that in which parents who are large donors, and
summer thanks to this gener- president of JPRO Network, the the parents attempt to manipulate the sys- administrators who are complicit, contrive
ous collaboration. Could this network of North American Jewish tem, I came to understand that the person together to see that the students involved
special, sensitive approach be a communal professionals. He lives in in charge of special services at a particu- receive higher grades than deserved.
springboard for similar initiatives Englewood with his family. Write to lar high school, upon finding out that the Nancy Silberman Zwiebach,
throughout the country, helping him at Bergen County evaluation determined the Englewood

Don’t divide, unify

The AIPAC conference has just concluded, Before our era, two other presidents stand
with 18,000 in attendance. It was another out as the greatest supporters of Jews in Amer-
demonstration of very broad American Jew- ican history. George Washington recognized
ish support of Israel. As a card-carrying Zionist religious equality, in his letter to the Jews of
(full disclosure, I am an officer of Mercaz USA), Newport, Rhode Island, written in an age
the Palestinian people have a homeland, no matter what her that unity gladdens my heart. when Jews were few in number, strange, pow-
right to self-determination and policies and no matter who her On the other hand, the March 29 Jewish erless, and unassimilated. That letter remains
a claim to human rights. leader is. I will never abandon Standard included pieces that stand out as a key statement about religious tolerance in
Look what’s happening right her, and I will always fight for symbols for the disunity, discord, and division the new young nation, and a huge departure
now in Gaza, where Hamas is gun- her in every way I know how. in the Jewish world. A JTA story reported that from European norms.
ning down their own people in the Israel’s future is linked to mine a charedi Orthodox rabbi in Israel recently In the 19th century, Abraham Lincoln
street. Palestinians have a right to and my children’s, just as it praised Nazis for creating separate living rescinded General Order No. 11 in January
live in dignity, but their leader- is linked to my past and my quarters for men and women. You would 1863. The order had been issued by General
ship won’t allow it simply because ancestors. think that in the season of Purim, such a rabbi (later President) Ulysses S. Grant, expelling
they hate Israel. I believe that both Far from being simply Plan B, would remember the injunction about Ama- Jews from three southern states. Lincoln
Hamas and Hezbollah, which call Israel is central to our identity as lek and refrain from referring to the perpetra- opposed his greatest general in the context
for the destruction of Israel, are Jewish Americans. It is incredibly tors of the greatest pogrom in history. of a Union culture that resented Jews such
terrorist organizations. It’s truly insulting to think that this special A letter writer takes Rabbi Shammai as Judah Benjamin for their active support
a shame that the Palestinians are place, where my cousin Hannah Engelmayer to task for criticizing the current of the Confederacy.
ruled by terrorists in Gaza and by just moved, where my son Har- U.S. president. He says that POTUS 45 “has Grant was in the mainstream of his era,
corruption in the West Bank. In rison proudly served, and where been the most supportive of Jews and Israel, but Lincoln took the unpopular moral high
order for there to be peace, Israel I return time and time again to perhaps in American history.” This view- ground. Lincoln, just like George Washing-
needs a peace partner. help improve policy, is some- point contributes to the partisan divide that ton, demonstrated support for the Jews in an
In regard to loyalty, while how a mere place to escape to in now afflicts Jews and supporters of Israel. example of principled leadership, regardless
I might not agree with all the case things look bleak. It is much, The horrifying rise in anti-Semitic incidents of political popularity. These two presidents
United States’ policies, and I much more than that. and violence over the past two years reflects have rightful claims to the title as greatest sup-
might not like the current lead- As American Jews, it is our this situation. porter of the Jews. They sought to unify, rather
ership, I will never forsake her. spiritual home. This divide is a recent phenomenon in than to divide. American Judaism stands on
I love America, and I believe American history. Every American president the shoulders of these two giants.
that she is the best country in Dana Adler of Tenafly is a since Harry Truman has supported Israel. In this age of increasing religious tension, is
the entire world allowing for the graduate student in human rights Truman, Nixon, and Johnson did so under it not time for Jews to finally stop bashing each
most opportunity anywhere. at Columbia University. She has more challenging circumstances than today. other? Let’s try to stop being our own worst
Although I would like to spend been a Jewish communal leader They came from both sides of the aisle. The enemies. A united American Jewish commu-
time in other places, I could for the better part of the last two partisan fissure may have begun under Pres- nity, regardless of party affiliation, is the key
never abandon her. decades and now is a member ident Obama, but factually, his administra- to the future survival of Israel. Am Yisrael chai!
The same goes for Israel. I will of the board of governors of the tion continued to support Israel with very Eric Weis,
always love her as my historic Jewish Agency for Israel. generous arms deals. Wayne

Keeping Kosher

Manischewitz unveils new look Cedar Market embraces Passover

across its product line As Passover approaches, look to Cedar and many more on the shelves in every
The Manischewitz Com- ‘Comfort Food for the Market in Teaneck, with its depart- department.
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Looking at the meal in a new way

The sisterhood at Temple Sinai of Bergen County in
Tenafly will host a “new and provocative” seder led by
Rabbi Jill Hammer on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. Rabbi
Hammer is the director of spiritual education at the
Academy for Jewish in Yonkers and the co-founder of
the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, a program in
spiritual leadership for Jewish women.
The sisterhood’s president, Franci Steinberg, and
a lay leader, Annice Benamy, invite everyone to enjoy
Passover foods, singing, learning, and connection to Rabbi Jill Hammer Kayco and Whole Foods team up
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Jewish Standard APRIL 5, 2019 55
Dear Rabbi Zahavy

Your talmudic advice column

Dear Rabbi, But museums and cultural There are many varia- the shammos would go around the shul.
I am the head administrator at a major institutions around the tions on stories like these, Members would tell him their pledges
Jewish nonprofit in New Jersey. One of world now have stopped but the common thread and he would report them aloud. For
our biggest donors has been charged accepting donations from that runs through them is instance, he would call out “Mr. Weil
with a crime. We want to remove his the Sacklers. that philanthropy all too pledges $5,000” as he announced the
name from our building now. Do we This brings to mind the often serves as the repu- amount he was told by the donor on
need to wait and see if he is convicted story of another Jewish tation-laundering mech- the spot. In the back of the synagogue
or exonerated? It could be years and we family involved in push- anism for people who a non-Jewish man sat with a pencil and
do not want to suffer embarrassment in ing addictive substances. made fortunes out of the paper and wrote down each pledge
the interim. The prominent New York Rabbi Tzvee suffering of others. And so no one would dispute it later. And
Disheartened in New Jersey Jewish philanthropic Tisch Zahavy no doubt it can serve as the understanding was, as the prayers
family suffered no social or a guilt-assuaging mecha- assured, that these acts of charity
Dear Disheartened, philanthropic rebuffs that I nism as well. “mitigated the evil of the decree” of
You do not need to wait. But you may can recall over the years for its owner- Accordingly, my advice ought to be Yom Kippur.
not need to disown your disgraced ship stake in Lorillard, makers of New- that yes, you should take down the It was a simpler time decades ago.
donor, even when he (or she) is con- port cigarettes. The Tisch family ostensi- names of those who engaged in dis- Today we have the instantaneous inter-
victed and sent to prison. Check with bly divested its holdings of that company reputable conduct from all of our edu- net to inform us all about the wrong-
your New Jersey colleagues in the non- in 2008. cational, social, cultural, recreational, doings of our tycoons, from purveying
profit sector about the local customs in The Tisches had bought the company and other institutions. No matter what instruments of death and suffering,
this muddy swamp. It seems obvious 40 years earlier, when Laurence Tisch the cost, we should never allow the pur- to the various forms of illegal sexual
that where big money is involved, cre- and Preston Robert Tisch took advan- veyors of evil to use philanthropy to buy improprieties and offensive harass-
ative solutions abound. tage of the expanding public health con- themselves eminence. ing behaviors.
For instance, I can recall several years cerns over the dangers of smoking. The Yet we know that is not how the world Would Mr. Nobel be able to establish
back, when a big-named donor of a New brothers bought the cigarette company works. Consider the case of the Nobel his prize program today? Perhaps not, if
Jersey Jewish school was sent to prison. at a bargain basement price and made a prizes. There is no greater eminence a group started to circulate opposition
It was true that as a result, his name was fortune over the next decades. that a person can receive than one of on the internet under the hashtag #@
removed from the school. But resource- The Times reported in 2008, “Pub- those prizes for accomplishments in the nononobel. Or perhaps yes, since it’s
fully, the school put up his mother’s lic health experts say Lorillard’s New- arts or sciences. utterly critical to the balance of the uni-
name as the replacement. And the fam- ports, which rank near the top in smok- Who was Mr. Nobel? He was the inven- verse that the fortunes of evil-doers be
ily continued supporting its cause. ing-machine tests of nicotine yield, may tor of dynamite and a manufacturer of directed back to do good for humanity.
Be aware that this issue has another be among the unhealthiest varieties cannons and armaments. His fortunes My advice then is to mitigate your
related side, now in the news in a major of cigarettes.” derived from war, death, and destruc- embarrassment the best you can. Per-
way, that affects many charitable recipi- Now, why do I so vividly recall this tion. According to the Nobel commit- haps remove the donor’s name from
ent organizations, Jewish and not. particular sad saga? It’s personal. My tee, he made no attempt to hide that your building.
It’s not clear where this will lead, but mother smoked those Newports for he wanted to cleanse his reputation But common sense, and all that I know
cultural institutions have stopped taking decades. When I was in high school, she through philanthropy. His biographers of the dynamics of religion and cul-
donations from a prominent Jewish fam- used to send me out on Friday mornings say that he bequeathed his fortune to ture, tells me that you should continue
ily, the Sacklers, and its foundations. to do some Shabbes shopping for her — institute the Nobel prizes after he read a to accept funds for doing the deeds of
The Sacklers founded and are major to buy a challah, some gefilte fish, a jar draft obituary that condemned him for decency, no matter what their source is.
owners of Purdue Pharma, the notori- of horseradish, and a pack of Newports. profiting from the sales of arms.
ous maker of OxyContin, the opioid drug She smoked those cigarettes right up to I’m sure it wasn’t just a come-to- Dear Rabbi Zahavy,
that is most visibly involved in the addic- her death in 2000, which was caused by charity moment at the end of his life I have celebrated Passover with a seder
tion crisis that has beset our nation. The emphysema, heart disease, and vascular that motivated this tycoon. Nobel for many years. Every year I leave the
company has played a major role in the disease, the multiple horrible illnesses knew how the world works, and he table with the same question: Who wrote
opioid epidemic that killed more than that her Newports inflicted on her. devised a plan to make his name synon- the Haggadah? Nobody has ever given
200,000 Americans over the last 20 Annually, cigarette smoking kills 7 ymous with positive academic and cul- me a good answer to this. Can you help?
years. In March, company officials set- million people worldwide; 480,000 of tural achievements. Puzzled about Passover in Paramus
tled a lawsuit brought by the state of them are in the United States. These Tellingly, I cannot recall ever read-
Oklahoma, agreeing to pay $270 million numbers have been comparable for the ing of a recipient who refused the Dear Puzzled,
to avoid going to trial in state court. past 50 years. Nobel prize because its monies derived It is correct and sanctioned to say his-
More large settlements now are Owning a company that purveyed from war. torically, critically, and theologically that
expected with other states and a with a death has had little effect on the repu- And it’s not just charity work that can many people over many epochs wrote
consolidated collection of 1,600 individ- tation of the Tisch family. To this day, redeem a person’s repute from the stains parts of the Haggadah.
ual lawsuits. New York University’s undergraduate of sin. It’s at the core of the world’s reli- SEE DEAR RABBI PAGE 68
The family is the 19th richest in the performing, cinematic, and media arts gions. It’s what religions do.
United States; in 2016 its wealth was school is named the NYU Tisch School At the ancient Israelite Temple in The Dear Rabbi Zahavy column
listed at $13 billion. The Sacklers have of the Arts. And children happily visit Jerusalem priests accepted sacrifices offers mindful advice based
a long record of philanthropy to scien- the Tisch Children’s Zoo at 65th Street from sinners every day — sin-offerings on Talmudic reasoning and
tific, medical, educational, and arts insti- in Central Park. And many other places and guilt-offerings, consisting of a bull- wisdom. The author aspires to
tutions, mainly in the U.S. and the U.K. of art and recreation bear their name. ock, a goat, a lamb, doves, or fine flour, be equally open and meaningful
depending on the offender’s status. to all the varieties and
Tzvee Zahavy of Teaneck is a prolific author who has published many books and And I recall with some awe being a denominations of Judaism. You
can find the column here usually
articles about Judaism and Jewish law. He has served as professor of world religions, child and listening to the announce-
on the first Friday of the month.
Talmud, Jewish law codes, Jewish liturgy, Jewish history, and Near Eastern and Jewish ments of the pledges at the Yom Kip-
Please mail your questions to
studies at major U.S. research universities and seminaries. He received his Ph.D.from pur appeal at the Park East Synagogue, the Jewish Standard or email
Brown University and his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University. Go to www. where my father was rabbi. After my them to for more details. dad’s inspiring Yom Kippur sermon,
D’var Torah
Parshat Tazria/Shabbat Ha-Chodesh:
Looking for a baguette tree before Pesach

f you were to glance with a jaded eye at the because we are better at math than our ances- Israelites, can end up with a world in which
subjects covered in this week’s Torah portion, tors in Temple times, but because we (sadly) we can have a profound and lasting effect.
Tazria — childbirth, leprosy, impurity — you lack vision, the ability to see the new emerg- We thus understand why the blessing we
might miss an inspired progression. ing from the dried husk that surrounded it. make before eating bread (even matzah!)
Last week’s reading (Shmini) took place on the Rabbi Israel, the Ba’al Shem Tov, writes is “Hamotzi lechem min ha-aretz — God
eighth day (bayom ha-shmini) of the priestly pre- about the beginning of parshat Tazria that brings forth bread from the earth,” despite
paratory initiation. After an entire week of purify- when the Torah says “Isha ki tazria ve-yalda what Turnus Rufus claimed.
ing themselves to serve as kohanim, two of Aaron’s zachar (when a woman conceives and bears It is through the yearning vision of our
sons, Nadav and Avihu, are consumed by fire from a son),” it is not only talking about how the hearts that we are somehow able to see the
God right there in the sight of the entire nation, and biological process works, but that there is a Rabbi David baguettes and focaccias and bagels inher-
their corpses must be gingerly carried off by their spiritual process that goes on, as well. Bockman, ent in the seeds and the stalks of wheat that
brother priests. After all, this verse speaks of the woman Congregation sprout from them. We are God’s partners,
This week’s portion, by contrast, begins with conceiving (“giving forth seed”) before she Beth Shalom of ultimately, in bringing about the redemp-
childbirth and its concomitant impurity, but on gives birth, a process that the Baal Shem Pompton Lakes, tion, the purity, the holiness that lies hid-
the eighth day, the male child is circumcised — Tov sees as exemplifying “it’areruta de-le- den beneath an outer klippa (husk).
removing the impurity. tata (initiation from below).” When our child is born, it’s the hopes
The same eight-day period that begins in puri- In other words, what happens depends, in part, on and aspirations we harbor for its future that bring about
fication and ends in death (last week), begins in who started the ball rolling. the flowering of that life’s potential.
impurity (at birth) but finally winds up in the If the exodus from Egypt had been a totally divine We have two weeks until the arrival of Passover to flip
complete opposite, in purity, at the time of cir- fiat, with initiation only from above in Heaven, the destiny: We must shift our hearts’ focus from last week’s
cumcision. Why this contradiction? result may have been different. But, as is so clearly por- inevitable descent toward entropy and encroaching
Rabbi Jacob Leiner of Ishbitz, in his Beit Ya’akov, trayed in the Passover Haggadah, the Israelites groaned death that seemed to be what lay in store for us all, to
recalls the story from an early rabbinic collection under their heavy bondage and cried out to God, thus this week’s promise of purity, covenant and redemp-
called Midrash Tanchuma, wherein the Roman sena- initiating the process of the exodus from Egypt, from tion, the grandeur hidden in re-experiencing the Exo-
tor Turnus Rufus (Quintus Tineius Rufus) argues with which they left “be-yad ramah (with high hand).” dus, the trees and bushes blooming with soon-to-be-re-
Rabbi Akiva about the relative value of God and man. When we initiate the process of redemption, it hap- alized baked goods.
Presenting Akiva with stalks of grain and a finished pens in a strong and exalted manner. Can you not yet see the ultimate redemption? Perhaps it
loaf, Turnus Rufus tries to convince the sage that The strands of our readings converge! lies just beyond the horizon!
while God made the grain grow, human beings were The process of Tazria, when initiated from among the Shabbat Shalom
superior, because they converted the inedible wheat
stalks into the yummy baguette!
Rabbi Akiva deftly turns the Roman’s argument
on its head by answering that God made the bread
in potential while allowing human beings the honor
of participating in the realization of the bread that
We invite the
was hidden within the wheat.
So too, argues Rabbi Leiner (following other hala- community to join
chic sources), the necessity for brit milah (covenant
of circumcision) after a week enables human beings
to participate in their own self-improvement — not
us at our seder
merely a commandment from God, but a gift of
agency in their own perfection.
In a similar vein, we read the special maftir
section, “Ha-Chodesh” [Exodus 12:1-20], where
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Kosher Crossword The Frazzled Housewife

Covering all the bases

BANJI GANCHROW person who was growing and develop-

ing inside of me and hoping that with
akarat hatov means “rec- each month, everything that was sup-
ognizing the good.” When posed to be happening, would be hap-
you go to a bar or bat mitz- pening. And for the past few months, I
vah, or any simcha for have been doing the same (without the
that matter, folks usually give hakarat whole pregnancy element since I am
hatov to God, thanking Him for all He not currently with child. Or will ever
has done by bringing the be again. Just to be clear.
family to this happy occa- Yes, it is just a little extra
sion. This tribute of grati- weight, no I am not hav-
tude usually comes before ing a child in my very
the annoying “you are the late 40s). I also try not
greatest husband/wife in to make any eye contact
the whole world.” (Barf.) with anyone so I don’t
“My life would be noth- have any evil thoughts,
ing without you.” (Dou- which defeats the pur-
ble barf.) “And this party pose of my going to syn-
would be in an empty Banji agogue in the first place,
room if it weren’t for you.” Ganchrow trying to be a better per-
(Triple barf.) In any event, son. Yes, I have issues.
over a year or so ago, two This past month was
specific and significant incidents hap- a little different. As some of you know,
pened in my life. Son #1 totaled the car, my dad has been in the hospital and
but walked away in one piece, thank rehab the past few weeks. What had
God, thank God. (Perhaps some of you started as a simple procedure ended up
read that column. If not, that is OK.) being a near disaster. It got me think-
Across Down And a few weeks after the accident, my ing about the words that you say in the
1. Gertrude Stein’s repeated flower 1. Football’s British relative mom fell, and, thank God, thank God, blessing of the new month. Please don’t
5. Wife or daughter of 48-Across, 2. Comedic partner of Stan
didn’t break anything. (I didn’t write be alarmed, but I am about to quote
with “The” 3. Aloof ones
9. Advil alternative 4. Aristocratic title about that one so you’re good if you from the siddur. “May it be your will
14. Arm bone 5. Vietnam or Six Day didn’t read it and if you read it, well, that You inaugurate this month upon us
15. Poker starter 6. Make king, perhaps you should get that checked out.) for goodness and for blessing. May You
16. King before Solomon 7. One getting a lead role, often I decided that I needed to show give us long life, a life of peace, a life
17. Ideal street for Israeli soldiers 8. Purebred family tree hakarat hatov to God, to show Him of goodness, a life of blessing ... a life
in mid-June of 1967? 9. “-ly” word, usually
how much I appreciated the blessings of physical health.” All of these things
19. “There you have it!” (in French) 10. Language of Southeast Asia
20. Best-selling book of all-time 11. Haman and Antiochus that He had given me. So I sat down that we want for ourselves and for the
21. “And Still ___” 12. Awful with son #1 to discuss my options. I people we love.
(Maya Angelou book) 13. Dutch cheese wanted to take something on — some- But what about when the month
23. “Solaris” author Stanislaw 18. Longs for thing good — a mitzvah or something doesn’t turn out the way that we want
24. Affirmative 22. He hit 60+ home runs three times of that nature. Something to help me it? There is sadness, there is sickness,
25. Rand of note 26. Jew
toward becoming a better person. As there is death. And as I am reading the
27. Hooked with a horn 28. Ishmael, to Abraham
29. Ideal street for Wiesel and Wouk? 29. Roger who isn’t exactly a Zionist you can imagine, he had a whole list of words, I see that the last two words,
33. Close by 30. Behavior principle things that I could do to show God my before it says, “now let us respond:
36. Black or green drink 31. Arrived appreciation. Just a few, right off of the Amen,” are, “For salvation and conso-
37. Letter opener? 32. “A Star Is Born” star Kristofferson top of his head (they started coming out lation.” Consolation. Nechama. Com-
38. Converses 33. Performs of his mouth, a tad too quickly if you fort. It seems that God is covering all of
39. “In ___ beginning...” 34. “... wherefore art ___ Romeo?”
ask me but, whatever) — start covering His bases. We all pray for it to be a good
40. 1938 Nobel-winning 35. What Americans are entitled
physicist Enrico to pursue my hair, start wearing only skirts, stop month. For everything to go our way.
41. Booze up 39. Indy team using inappropriate language… Yes, son For miracles to happen. But in the event
42. Tuna, at a sushi bar 40. Shaped #1 was ready with many options. But that it doesn’t, that it isn’t in the plan,
43. Company heads 42. “How many roads must ___ walk knowing it would need to be something we are offered comfort and consolation.
44. Ideal street for G-d? down...” (Bob Dylan lyric) that I could actually follow, we settled I guess it is good to read the English, and
47. Son two of eight for Abraham 43. Purchase
on going to synagogue once a month for it certainly is good to know that we are
48. Hank who was Ant-Man 45. Golf course “birds”
49. ___-fi 46. Concert starter the blessing of the new month. So far, I all being watched out for, even if it isn’t
52. It can come in a spray 49. Bit of bread have gone every month, in snow, sleet, always what we want.
54. Bearded garden dwarf 50. Recesses along the shore hail — just like the postal service! I have Wishing all of you blessings and com-
56. Fat king of Moab 51. Like some gas gone in Woodmere, in White Plains — fort in this new month and all of those
58. Emulate Rickey Henderson 52. Russian ruler, once nothing has stopped me from going to follow.
60. Ideal street for Braun and 53. End in ___ (come out even)
back on my word.
Bregman? 55. Regev of Israel
62. Window alternative 57. Take rudely Looking back, I remember I used to Banji Ganchrow of Teaneck has not
63. Journey 59. Comp. button go every month when I was pregnant; only learned where Emerson, New
64. Tennis serving whiz 61. Just manage, with ‘out’ saying the words with sincere intent Jersey, is, but that it only takes 90
65. Observes the Sabbath and focus. I would think about the little minutes to walk there.
66. “Your Majesty”
67. Tops
The solution to last week’s
puzzle is on page 67.


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Faith and Freedom
New Haggadah is a gateway to the insights of Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Berkovits
RABBI NATHANIEL HELFGOT idea but not overwhelming her with a lengthy trea-

tise. A nice example of this is R. Berkovits’ insightful
n the bookshelves of the contemporary reading of the section in the Haggadah describing the
young and not-so-young college-edu- rationale for the matzah as being bread that had not
cated modern Orthodox Jew, one most leavened as the Israelites were being driven out of
often will find the theological works of Egypt and “could not delay” (Ex. 12:39). R. Berkovits
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and his esteemed son- cites a comment of the Midrash Yalkut that interprets
in-law, my revered teacher, Rabbi Aharon Lichten- the phrase in two ways: “the haste in which the Chil-
stein, both of blessed memory. dren of Israel had to leave Egypt… Another opinion
On another shelf one will probably find works the haste meant is that in which the glory of God left
of Rabbi Norman Lamm, the former president of the country.” Developing this dual theme, R. Berkov-
Yeshiva University, as well as the increasingly pop- its suggests: “Redemption came before its time; the
ular (in both senses of the word) writings of Lord people were not prepared for it.… Had the Egyptian
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. On another shelf one also slavery lasted any longer, it would have completely
may find some writings of Rav Kook and in some broken the nation and rendered them, for all time
instances the newly translated works of Rav Shagar. to come, unfit for their mission for which they were
These thinkers rightly occupy a pride of place in the destined… “In haste,” remarks the Yalkut, is the haste
pantheon of modern Orthodox thought leaders. The of God. Before the date originally intended, God had
dominance of these voices, however, sometimes to hasten their help…. Israel was saved from destruc-
has come at the price of relegating other significant tion; it was not yet mature for its mission. Hence fail-
voices from the 1950s to the 1970s that contributed ure followed upon failure. The nation even lost its
significant ideas to our thinking about the engage- homeland and was sent into exile once more, to learn
ment of halachic Judaism and the modern world. the rest of the lesson.”
Leading thinkers of those decades, such as Drs. All the selections are cited with the exact source
Michael Wyschograd and Eliezar Goldman, and Rab- and page number, so the interested reader can fur-
bis Walter Wurzburger, David Shapiro of Milwaukee, ther research R. Berkovits’ full treatment of the idea.
and Shubert Spero of Cleveland, all of blessed mem- It is, however, critical to remember as you read this
ory, and others, have not enjoyed the same fame volume that R. Berkovits did not write a commentary
or study of their writings in the contemporary area as Israel in 1992, and it serves as motto to many till today. on the text of the Haggadah. This is a compilation taken
they deserved. Chief among those who were significant A number of years back, the Shalem Institute in from other works written with other purposes in mind.
thinkers during those bygone decades and whose writ- Israel reprinted a number of R. Berkovits’s writings, This volume, then, is part of the growing genre of works
ings have done much to enrich our thinking is Rabbi Dr. reigniting interest in his work and introducing a new published in recent years that cull ideas from the writ-
Eliezer Berkovits z”l. generation to his stimulating and engaging thought. ings of thinkers and append them into a running com-
R. Berkovits (1908-1992) was a profound philos- This year, the Jewish world was blessed with the pub- mentary on this most popular of Jewish texts, which is
opher, rabbinic scholar, and theologian, who was a lication of another volume that I hope will encourage so central to the Jewish historical experience. As such,
close student of the renowned Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov even more study and engagement with this important it is no surprise that some readers may find some of the
Weinberg z”l at the Hildesheimer Rabbinical Sem- contemporary Jewish thinker. Reuven Mohl of Ber- citations only tangentially related to the specific text at
inary in Berlin where he received his ordination, gen County, a dentist who grew up hearing his own hand, feeling that it has taken them far afield from the
while also earning a doctorate in philosophy at the father discuss ideas formulated by R. Berkovits and immediate context of the words of the Haggadah. At the
University of Berlin. He served in the rabbinate in Ber- became intrigued by them, has compiled and edited same time, the rabbis of old did praise those who speak
lin before escaping to England, where he served in a commentary to the Passover Haggadah culled from about the Exodus “at length.”
the pulpit in Leeds. He later served in congregations R. Berkovits’s work. The volume, titled “Faith and Expanding the contours of your discussion in new
in Australia and Boston before settling in Chicago in Freedom,” includes the entire Passover Haggadah in and unexpected directions may fall under the rubric of
1958, serving as chair of the department of philoso- Hebrew, with an English translation, in a clear and that rabbinic encouragement. “Faith and Freedom” is
phy at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie. appealing font. It is prefaced with a moving introduc- a wonderful gateway into the thinking and writings of
In 1976 he made aliyah to Israel, continuing his tion by his sons, themselves educators and rabbis. On a leading voice of Torah and ethics of the 20th century,
writing even as he settled into retirement. He was the the bottom of the page, the editor has created a com- a man whose ideas should continue to resonate in the
author of 19 books in areas of Jewish philosophy, eth- mentary directly citing relevant selections from the ongoing conversations about modernity, Judaism, the
ics, the Holocaust, halacha, and Zionism, as well as writings of R. Berkovits. State of Israel, the role of women, and so many other
hundreds of significant articles in all areas of Jewish The Haggadah, of course, deals with major theolog- critical topics that continue to engage us all.
studies and life. To take one example, in my view, his ical themes of Judaism, such as God’s involvement in
seminal essay on prayer, written in the mid 1960s, is history, suffering, redemption, and the covenantal his- Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot is rabbi of Congregation
one of the best — if not the best — presentations on tory of the Jewish people. These are all themes that R. Netivot Shalom in Teaneck, the chair of the department
Jewish prayer in the English language. His formula- Berkovits wrote about at length during his prodigious of Torah SheBaal Peh at SAR High School in Riverdale,
tion that “Halakha must once again reveal itself as the career and so the Haggadah is an excellent springboard and the author of a number of volumes on Jewish
wisdom of the feasible giving priority to the ethical” to enter into his thoughts. The citations have been well studies, in both English and Hebrew, including “Mikra
(“Not in Heaven,” pg. 178) was a guidepost for much chosen, and in most cases are neither too short nor and Meaning: Studies in Bible and Its Interpretation”
of his writings since the early 1940s till his death in too long, giving the reader the chance to digest a full (Koren/Maggid, 2011).
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Spring boutique in Synagogue of Monsey
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more than 50 vendors Memorial lecture and
selling gifts, home brunch, 10:15 a.m.
furnishings, jewelry, Mayor Michael Wildes
women’s fashions of Englewood, an
and accessories, immigration lawyer,
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Saturday The sisterhood of
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Beth El, and religious
school students. 221
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Beth Tikvah, 10 a.m.
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Preakness Ave.
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of Hackensack have a Tikvah hosts the “Great Cafe Europa for at 12:30 p.m., program Jewish Social Justice
wine and spirit tasting Passover Recipe Holocaust survivors at 1. 1449 Anderson at a Time of Crisis and
and deli dinner, 4 p.m. Swap,” 7 p.m. Email at the Rockland JCC, Ave., Fort Lee. Opportunity.” After
Wines available to recipes to share to 2:30 p.m. John and (201) 947 1735 or musical services at
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Ave. (201) 342-2045 East 304 Midland Ave. the founders “Tough Choices:
or ChabadHackensack. (201) 262-7691. of KAVOD, will Tricky tray/fashions Jewish Perspectives
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there. KAVOD partners Pythian Sisters hold Justice Challenge.” At
Welcome to with Jewish Family a fashion show with Torah study, Shabbat
Englewood: Mayor Service and other clothing from Chico’s morning at 9 a.m., he
Michael Wildes holds organizations that and a tricky tray will talk about “The
a meeting for all new work with survivors. auction at the Fair Jewish Response:
Englewood residents Rabbi Chaim Poupko 450 West Nyack Lawn Community Economic Justice —
and their friends at Road, West Nyack, N.Y. Center, 6 p.m. Testing the Morality of
the newly renovated Lunch and learn: The Admission includes a
Dor L’Dor group at (845) 354-2121. our Nation,” followed
Crowne Plaza Hotel, sheet of tickets and by services at 10:30. At
7 p.m. 401 South Van Congregation Ahavath a door prize ticket
Torah in Englewood Jewish N.Y. in 1 p.m., his talk will be
Brunt St. For new Englewood: New for a 50-inch smart “Religious Persecution
residents and friends offers a pre-Passover TV, and refreshments.
lunch and learn, York City tour guide/ and Religious Freedom
to meet owners of historian Marty Gift cards include Across the Globe.” On
local businesses, “Haggadah Highlights,” upscale restaurants,
with Rabbi Chaim Schneit gives an Sunday at 10:30 a.m.,
restaurants, public illustrated lecture, department stores, he concludes with
officials, and nonprofit Poupko, the shul’s movie tickets, dinner,
senior rabbi, and a mini “Jewish New York,” “Racing with God:
organizations. Free gift at the Englewood and more. Proceeds The Use and Abuse
bag and refreshments. pre-Passover boutique, will benefit children’s
noon. 240 Broad Public Library, 7 p.m. of Religion in
Sponsored by 31 Engle St. www. charities. 10-10 20th St. American Elections.”
Englewood Chamber Ave. Reservations, Gayle, (201) 791-0737. Journalist/author Reservations required
of Commerce, Crowne Eileen, (201) 568-1315
in Tenafly: Sally for dinner, Kiddush
Plaza Hotel, and the or dorldor@
Kohn, a progressive lunch, and breakfast.
City of Englewood.
commentator on 1666 Windsor Road.
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or crauscher@ journalist experiences
and her new book,
“The Opposite of Sunday 
Hate: A Field Guide APRIL 14
Monday  to Repairing Our
Humanity,” at the Music in Paterson:
APRIL 8 Miriam Krupka Berger Kaplen JCC on the Rabbi Baruch Simon The Clifton-based
Palisades, 8 p.m. The acoustic rock band
Pre-Pesach shiur program, sponsored Pre-Pesach shiur
in Teaneck: Miriam in part by the James in Teaneck: Rabbi
music from its new
Krupka Berger gives Baruch Simon, rosh
Book talk in Suffern: H. Grossmann CD for the Lambert
a pre-Pesach shiur, Memorial Jewish Book yeshiva at RIETS,
As part of Jewish Castle Concert series
“The Four Loves of Endowment Fund, discusses “Haggadah
Heritage Month at Lambert Castle,
Shir ha-Shirim: Can concludes with a Q&A. Insights: Torah
and Holocaust 5 p.m. 3 Valley Road.
We Be Friends with (201) 569-7900 or for the Seder” at
commemorations at Limited seating.
God?” for Sisterhood Congregation Beth
Rockland Community (973) 247-0085 or
of Congregation Beth Aaron, 8:15 p.m. 950
College, Abigail
Aaron and Lamdeinu, Queen Anne Road.
Miller, the educational
at Beth Aaron, Thursday  (201) 836-6210 or
Movie in Closter:
Temple Beth El of
director of the
Holocaust Museum & 8 p.m. All welcome. APRIL 11 Tuesday 
Northern Valley’s Center for Tolerance & Refreshments. 950 APRIL 16
membership Education, discusses Queen Anne Road.
(201) 836-6210 or
Parsha learning: Friday 
committee screens Heather Morris’ novel Temple Emanu-El APRIL 12
“93 Queen,” 10:15 a.m. “The Tattooist of in Closter offers
Refreshments. 221 Auschwitz,” in RCC’s “Parsha for Dummies,”
Hadassah meets exploring the weekly Shabbat in Closter:
Schraalenburgh Road. Ellipse Technology
in Paramus: The highlights of the Temple Beth El holds
(201) 768-5112 or www. Center, 12:15 p.m.
Hadassah Bat-Sheva services led by Rabbi 145 College Road. Torah reading, 11 a.m.
Players presents an David S. Widzer and
Rabbi Dov Oliver, 180 Piermont Road.
original skit, “What’s Cantor Elizabeth
Tuesday  (845) 574-4422 or
Best for Henrietta,”
(201) 750-9997 or Goldmann and
about what might have featuring the Shabbat
APRIL 9 edu.
happened if Henrietta Unplugged Band with
Talking about Jewish Szold lived in the time music director Jim
Lunch and Learn of dating apps and
personalities in Rensink, clarinetist Book talk in Fort
in Teaneck: Rabbi social media, at at
Wayne: Seniors of Benjamin Baron, and Lee: The sisterhood
Zev Goldberg of the JCC of Paramus/ featuring congregants,
Temple Beth Tikvah of JCC of Fort Lee/
Young Israel of Fort CBT, 8 p.m., following 7:30 p.m. 221
are welcome to hear Congregation Gesher
Lee discusses “10 a meeting at 7:30. Schraalenburgh Road.
Shirley Laiks discuss a Shalom meets
Inspirational Ideas to Refreshments. E. (201) 768-5112.
potpourri of talented to discuss Ayelet
Share at Your Seder” 304 Midland Ave.
Jewish personalities, Gundar-Goshen’s
at Congregation Bnai laurajerrymenter@ Shabbat in
including Dr. Ruth “ Waking Lions,”
Yeshurun, for the Teaneck: Rabbi
Westheimer, Steven Marty Schneit 1 p.m. Refreshments.
Teaneck Orthodox David Saperstein,
Spielberg, and Alan 1449 Anderson Ave.
Retiree Association former director of
(TORA). Lunch at Dershowitz, 1 p.m. 950
Preakness Ave. Barbara,
Wednesday  Irving Berlin: Marty
Schneit discusses the Religious Action
(201) 947-1735.
noon, talk at 12:45 APRIL 10 Center of Reform
(973) 694-7478 or “Irving Berlin: An
p.m. 1610 Parker Judaism, is the American Institution”
Ave. Reservations, Rockland program Rabbi Louis J. Sigel
for the CSI Scholar for Holocaust scholar-in-residence
Passover recipes in Fund and Sisterhood
or survivors: Rockland at Temple Emeth.
Paramus: Sisterhood of the JCC of Fort Lee/
at the JCC of Paramus/ Jewish Family Service Congregation Gesher He’ll explore “Being



West Nyack Road.
Gene, (845) 356-5525. Thursday Photographers to visit
Singles meet in APRIL 11 Rockland’s Cafe Europa
Sunday Caldwell: New
Jersey Jewish Singles Widows and
On Wednesday, April 10, from 2:30 to survivors; their mission is to photo-
APRIL 7 45+ meets for food, widowers meet: 4 p.m., the monthly Cafe Europa for graph as many Holocaust survivors as
fun, mingling, and Movin’ On, a monthly Holocaust survivors at the Rockland possible. Kavod partners with Jewish
Seniors meet in a dessert buffet to luncheon group JCC, sponsored by the Rockland Jew- Family Service and other organiza-
West Nyack: Singles celebrate the group’s for widows and ish Family Service and the Holocaust tions that work with survivors. The
65+ meets for a get- eighth anniversary at widowers, meets at
together at the JCC the Glen Rock Jewish Museum and Center for Tolerance and program is at 450 West Nyack Road,
Congregation Agudath
Rockland, 11 a.m. All are Israel, 2:30 p.m. 20 Center, 12:30 p.m. Education, continues. in West Nyack, N.Y. For more infor-
welcome, particularly Academy Road. Sue, 682 Harristown Road. John and Amy Israel Pregulman, mation, call (845) 354-2121 or go to
from Hudson, (973) 226-3600, (201) 652-6624 or the founders of Kavod, will visit the
Passaic, Bergen, or ext. 145, or singles@
Rockland counties. monthly social group to photograph
Refreshments. 450

Areyvut chesed fair on Sunday

Holocaust survivors, students Areyvut will host a free community,
hands-on chesed fair at the Fair Lawn
“Chesed Begins at Home.” Projects
include preparing a challah to bake at
collaborate on ‘Bare Witness’ Jewish Center/CBI on Sunday, April 7, home, repurposing material to make
On April 11, at 8 p.m., seniors at the with Ms. Reichardt and Ms. Lopkin, met from 2 to 4 p.m. It is in conjunction dog toys, creating friendship bracelets,
Torah Academy of Bergen County will with Holocaust survivors, learned their with Good Deeds Day and its National bookmarks, cork trivets, and a seder
present “Bare Witness,” a play created stories, wrote them, and will perform Mitzvah Day. The first 100 attendees centerpiece. All projects can be taken
by two TABC teachers — Cary Reichardt, them. One student composed an original will receive a National Mitzvah Day home or given to a family member,
the school’s coordinator of Holocaust score to accompany the vignettes, while shirt courtesy of Areyvut friend, or neighbor.
studies, and Rebecca Lopkin, its per- another created all the sets. TABC is at The family education program is The shul is at 10-10 Norma Ave. For
forming arts director. Students, working 1600 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck. geared for all ages and will have a vari- information, call Daniel Rothner at
ety of projects around the theme of (201) 244-6702 or go to

50 pupils from GBDS will star

in ‘Red Sea Blues’ at Wayne Y
The annual school musical produc- musical numbers include “When you
tion is the highlight of the Academies Believe” from the movie “Prince of
@ GBDS: Arts Academy’s programs. E�ypt,” “It’s Raining Manna,” and the
This year, it presents “Red Sea Blues” title song, “Red Sea Blues.” The show
on Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m., at stars 50 GBDS students from kindergar-
the Wayne YMCA. The show is a come- ten through eighth grade, with special
dic and poignant story of the Israel- appearances by parents and faculty
ites’ journey from slavery in E�ypt to members. For more information, call
receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai. Hit (201) 337-1111 or go to

Program helps confront challenges

brought by early onset memory loss
The Senior Center at the Kaplen JCC on The long-term goal is to promote social
the Palisades in Tenafly launches Mem- engagement and greater independence
ory Café, a new free program designed through activities and valuable interac-
for people with early-onset memory loss tions with others who are experiencing
as well as for their caregivers. An inaugu- similar life-changing events. Changes
ral meeting is set for Wednesday, April 10, in memory, thinking, and behavior can
11:30 a.m.; after that, the group will meet be signs of early stage memory loss; it is
on the third Wednesday of the month at important to ask a physician about them.
11:30 a.m. A light lunch will be included. “Our hope is to provide people with
Typically, people who are diag- younger-onset memory loss with vital
nosed with memory loss when they are activities and resources that keep them Book and author night
younger face dramatically different chal- engaged and independent and to provide Lynda Loigman, author of “The Park Ridge, Temple Emanuel of the
lenges than those faced people by who continuity of care over time as symptoms Wartime Sisters,” discusses her Pascack Valley in Woodcliff Lake,
are affected when they are older. This advance,” Judi Nahary, the JCC’s senior book for Jewish Federation of Temple Sinai of Bergen County
program is specifically geared to explor- services director, said. Northern New Jersey Women’s in Tenafly, Temple Beth Rishon
ing these challenges in a safe, support- Caregivers who attend this program will Philanthropy on Thursday, April 11, in Wyckoff, and Women of Chai
ive, and engaging environment, where have an opportunity to form close bonds at 7:30 p.m., at JFNNJ headquarters of Temple Beth Tikvah in Wayne.
participants and caregivers can share, and socialize outside the program. Regis- in Paramus. The night is co-spon- JFNNJ is at 50 Eisenhower Drive,
laugh, cry, find support, and explore tration is required. For more information sored by sisterhoods of Temples Paramus. For more information, go
their feelings and concerns without fear and to register, call (201) 408-1450 or email Beth Sholom of Pascack Valley in to
of embarrassment. Ms. Nahary at

Bicyclists and hikers gearing up

for JFCS Meals on Wheels benefit
Jewish Family & Children’s Services of in the community. All proceeds support
Northern New Jersey will hold its ninth JFCS food assistance programs, which
annual JFCS Wheels-for-Meals — Ride include Kosher Meals on Wheels and
to Fight Hunger ride and hike on Sun- the JFCS food pantries, serving nearly
day, June 23. This year’s event, with 3, 200 families using the Teaneck and Fair
10, 25, and 50-mile rides, will begin and Lawn facilities.
end at Temple Emanu-El in Closter. The Use promo code JSTAND for 30
day, which is for the whole family, raises percent off registration fees at Rideto-
awareness for the fight against hunger or call (201) 837-9090.

Amy Kent, Stephanie Cohn, Karin Bevilacqua, and Jillian Somberg at last

Get your sneakers ready

for Kaplen JCC Rubin Run
The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in importance of fitness and healthy
Tenafly has opened registration for lifestyles, and raises significant funds
the 38th annual Rubin Run, which to provide enrichment and profes-
will take place on Mother’s Day, Sun- sional guidance for people of all ages
day, May 12. More than 1,000 people who are differently abled so they can A vendor at last year’s sale and her creations.  COURTESY JCCOTP
participate in the annual USA Track attain the support and comfort they
and Field-sanctioned event, which
aims to celebrate family and fitness
deserve in an inclusive and accessible
Spring boutique in Tenafly
while raising funds for programs that The Rubin Run includes outdoor The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades offers to 5 p.m., and on Monday, April 8, from
improve the quality of life for dif- activities for kids, light snacks and a boutique with more than 50 vendors 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds support the
ferently abled children, teens, and beverages, free babysitting, pre-race selling gifts, home furnishings, jewelry, JCC Leonard and Syril Rubin Nursery
adults in our community. stretches and warm-ups, CompuS- women’s fashions and accessories, School. The JCC is at 411 E. Clinton Ave.
Participation supports vital JCC pro- core race-recording, trophies for the children’s clothing, and summer camp For more information, call (201) 408-
grams and services that help more than top three male and female winners items, on Sunday, April 7, from 10 a.m. 1435 or go to
850 people each year to learn appro- in each age category, and a medal for
priate social interactions, increase all children under 10 who finish the
communication skills and self-expres- race. And in honor of Mother’s Day,
sion, develop greater independence in all participating moms receive a rose
activities of daily living and self-help, as they cross the finish line.
and become productive, healthy, and Participants are encouraged to
engaged members of the community. fundraise as individuals or as teams The All
This year, for the first time, there and can register at Seasons
will be a Health Expo, which will be run. Early bird registration runs Chamber
open at the JCC on Thursday, May through April 14 and online until May Players
9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and again 8. After that, registration is at the JCC. PHOTO PROVIDED
on Friday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 6 The Rubin Run is made possible
p.m. Rubin Run participants will be by generous community sponsors.
able to pick up their packets there. It The presenting sponsor is the Kaplen
also will feature local businesses and Foundation. Diamond sponsors
resources for health and wellness, as include BSecure, Englewood Health,
well as vendors who will sell products and the Rubin and Rubach families.
and services. Many of the exhibitors Platinum sponsors include the Jew-
and vendors at the expo also will be
at race itself, adding to the fun.
ish Standard, the North Jersey Media
Group, and Dr. Praeger’s Sensible
Chamber music at Teaneck Library
The Rubin Run will feature three Foods. The All Seasons Chamber Players include flutist Lisa Hansen of Leonia,
race options — an 8K trail run through The Rubin Run is named for the returns to the Teaneck Public Library to violinist Bob Lawrence, cellist E. Zoe
the Lost Brook Preserve, maintained late Leonard Rubin, a past president perform “Indomitable Spirit: Beethoven Hassman, and pianists Jean Strickholm
by the Tenafly Nature Center, a 10K and founder of the JCC, who estab- and Beyond,” a spring program of cham- of Demarest and Jacqueline Schiller-Audi
run, and a 5K walk/run. lished this community-wide athletic ber music featuring composers who of Paramus.
“The Rubin Run exemplifies every- event to encourage and promote overcame major life challenges. The con- A reception will follow the concert.
thing we stand for at the JCC,” the healthy living. cert, part of the library’s Music On a Sun- The library is at 840 Teaneck Road, cor-
JCC’s CEO, Jordan Shenker, said. “It For more information, c all day Afternoon series, sponsored by the ner of Cedar Lane, and is handicapped
brings our community together on a (201) 408-1404 or go to Friends of the Teaneck Public Library, is accessible. For information, call (201)
very special day, acknowledges the rubinrun. on Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. Performers 837-4171.


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is mostly a tribute to Donald Trump
BEN SALES who promoted the conspiracy that Hil-
lary Clinton was involved in a child sex
Bright red baseball hats emblazoned ring. Kalman Yeger, the New York City
with white capital letters freckled the councilman who recently tweeted that
room among the crowd who had gath- “Palestine does not exist,” was cheered
ered for the evening. by the crowd.
The co-chairman of the Republican “They put fear into us, but they should
National Committee, Tommy Hicks Jr., rose not,” McCarthy said in his speech, refer-


to speak after Representative Kevin McCa- ring to Israel’s enemies. “I expect that
rthy, a California congressman and the from Iran, I expect it from Syria, but I
House minority leader, and before former should not expect it from the U.K. and
Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a two- America, or in the halls of Congress.”
time Republican presidential candidate. The table decorations were MAGA-
To his side, a couple of women style hats reading “Build Israel Great
cheered. They were waving Trump cam- A gain.” Attendees gradually scooped
paign signs. Hicks kept his remarks short. them up and wore them. Others wore
“Just come help us win in 2020. We kippahs or other apparel emblazoned
have the best president ever,” he said, with Trump’s name.
drowned out by loud cheers. “Wherever Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, speaks at the And Trump supporters at the dinner
you have friends, please come get them gala dinner of the National Council of Young Israel in Manhattan on March 31. praised the president for more than his
working. We have to win in 2020. It’s the Israel policy.
most important thing in our life.” “I got a whole wardrobe of Trump
Welcome to the gala dinner of the stuff,” said Ayton Eller, wearing a tie and
National Council of Young Israel. kippah both reading “Trump 2020.” “I
The dinner last Sunday night in mid- got like 10 T-shirts, I got like four sweat-
town Manhattan, an annual fundraising shirts, I got five yarmulkes.”
event for an Orthodox synagogue associ- He went on to say: “I’m an accountant,
ation with more than 100 member con- so tax cuts, was like, historical. … The
gregations, had the trappings of a tradi- stock market, since he got in, like, went
tional religious Jewish gathering. There up — I made tons of money with that.”
were Hebrew songs, rabbis and their And: “Everything else, Israel pol-

wives were honored, strictly kosher food icies, doing away with Obamacare,
was served, and men peeled off for Min- Obamacare is a mess.”
cha, the afternoon prayer. Not everyone at the dinner came to
But the theme of the night was support Zachary Silver, 25, believes that religious Judaism naturally leads to support- support Trump. Many on hand were
for President Donald Trump, the Repub- ing President Trump. Each table at Young Israel’s gala dinner was decorated members of Young Israel synagogues,
lican Party, and Israel’s West Bank settle- by MAGA-style hats reading “Build Israel Great Again.” and the group also honored a group of
ments. Conversely, speakers warned of Jewish World War II veterans.
the dangers of Representatives Ilhan Omar Young Israel sparked a minor contro- president, “you are putting Jews at risk, Iris Maidenbaum, 60, is not a member
and Rashida Tlaib, two freshman Demo- versy in February when it became the are you not aware that you are making of a local Young Israel congregation, but
crats, both Muslims, who have endorsed first major American Jewish organiza- people of that religion a target.” appreciates the group’s vocal support of
the movement to boycott Israel. Omar also tion to defend an agreement between Speaking Sunday, Moskowitz said Israel. “We’re not signed up because of
has made many statements perceived as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Net- “We’ve allowed Torah-true values to any particular political affiliation, but
echoing anti-Semitic stereotypes. anyahu and Jewish Power, a far-right come under question or worse. We’ve we’re in agreement with many of the
“For the first time in our history, the political party. Jewish Power’s leaders allowed them to be replaced with the policies, at this point probably most
Jewish people have a real friend in the are former followers of the late Rabbi leftist progressive tikkun olam ideology. of the policies, on Israel and on other
White House,” Yechezkel Moskowitz, the Meir Kahane, who advocated expelling … Leftist progressivism, as great as you things,” she said. “But particularly, our
dinner chairman, told the crowd to loud Arabs from Israel. Nearly two dozen might think it is, is not Judaism.” concern is the security and the advance-
cheers. “President Trump is the most Young Israel synagogues objected to the Upon mention of the “tikkun olam” ment of the State of Israel.”
benevolent leader the Jewish people National Council’s statement. agenda, the crowd booed. “Tikkun For others, the bond between Ortho-
have ever known in their 2,000 years in The National Council has a history olam,” Hebrew for “repairing the world,” dox Judaism and Trump hit home.
their diaspora, believe me.” of supporting right-wing politics in the is a phrase often used by left-wing Jewish Zachary Silver, 25, a conservative
The gala was characteristic of a trend United States and Israel. And Moskow- groups in particular to talk about social activist who managed the contingent
among Orthodox Jews, who voted for itz, who runs a consultant and broker- justice, which conservatives often dis- of about 125 young professionals at the
Trump in numbers opposite those of age business, is an outspoken opponent miss as liberal activism. dinner, believes that Jews who become
America’s non-Orthodox Jewish major- of left-wing Jews on social media. About The lineup of marquee speakers Sun- more traditionally observant will gravi-
ity. Their growing affinity for the Repub- a week ago, sparring with the left-wing day — including Hicks, McCarthy, and tate toward the Republican Party. “The
lican Party paid off when Trump named Orthodox group Torah Trumps Hate, Huckabee — was entirely Republican Republican Party right now and the con-
an Orthodox supporter of the settlement he wrote on Facebook that “The Pitts- or otherwise right wing. The emcee servatives are the most pro-God move-
movement as U.S. ambassador to Israel, burgh shooting as horrifying as it was, was Pete Hegseth, the co-host of “Fox & ment of my life, honestly,” said Silver,
moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem was in my opinion a sad but direct result Friends Weekend.” who also wore a Trump kippah. “The
from Tel Aviv, pulled the United States of their actions.” When you “weap- Rudy Giuliani, the former New York liberal party, the leftist party, the Dem-
out of the Iran nuclear deal, and last onize a religion against the leader of mayor and current Trump lawyer, was ocrats, especially here and in Israel,
month said he would recognize Israeli your country,” he wrote, referring to in attendance. So was Jack Posobiec, they’re socialist, they’re anti-God, they
sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Torah Trumps Hate’s opposition to the the right-wing pundit and provocateur don’t have true values.” JTA WIRE SERVICE


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TABC Dream from Dunkin’ every day. Even the Friday night television
FROM PAGE 7 FROM PAGE 18 lineup is referred to as “leil Shabbat.” Would Yirmiyahu
machines are necessary to simulate how human I vacillate between jumping for joy and jumping out the prophet howl at the materialism and secularism,
athletes throw balls. of my skin. I am more excited and more terrified than or would he rejoice because the hills resonate with the
Herschel Sauber, president of Orthocraft, I ever have been. sound of Torah and the music of weddings?
described how prosthetics are built. To show how Naïve romantic illusions of what it means to live One of my favorite sounds is the whroo-whroo of
a person experiences wearing prosthetics, there the Zionist dream have dissolved under the weight of the turtledoves, one of my favorite scents is the climb-
was a live demo featuring Josh Arrington, a former Kafkaesque bureaucracy and scenarios more absurd ing bougainvillea, one of my favorite colors is the spe-
basketball player who has a computer-controlled than Beckett’s plays. The wars between Israelis and cific shade of glowing mauve reflecting off of lime-
prosthetic leg. Palestinians, religious and secular, Ashkenazim and stone as the sun sets. The same woman who growls
TABC Talmud and physics teacher Rabbi Shaya Sephardim are different only in the amount of blood at you on the bus will throw herself in front of your
First led a session on robotics, artificial intelligence, that is spilled, not in the depth of trauma. The start-up child to protect her, the same swaggering and obnox-
and the way human minds develop intelligence. nation can’t run a fast train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. ious adolescent with the rifle will lay down his life for
Judaic studies instructor Rabbi Raphi Mandelstam’s The incubator of medical breakthroughs makes a you. It is a very flawed place, but it is my place. It is a
session, “Can Alexa Turn on the Lights on Shab- mother clean up her child’s post-surgical vomit. Web- dysfunctional family, but it is my family. It is a fraught
bat?” explored the halachic ramifications of robots. sites don’t work, appointments aren’t kept, and driv- existence, but it is home.
These and many other elements of Book Day pro- ing is nightmarish. It has been an evolving, delayed dream for too long.
vided much food for thought. And yet... With the help of Nefesh b’Nefesh, government agen-
“I learned about the benefits of immigration, Every step I will take will mirror my ancestors’ foot- cies and the Creator of All, it will soon be a dream
Howard Gardner’s eight types of intelligence, what falls. The Tanach that I love and teach will come alive fulfilled.
my teachers do to make me want to learn, what it’s on every hill and valley, in every olive tree and date
like to grow up as a poor immigrant, and the hala- palm. The national calendar is MY calendar. Lights are Leah V. Herzog, M.Ed., of Teaneck is co-director of
chic reasoning and need for balance in the immi- strung in sukkot, costumes are worn on Purim, and Israel guidance and teaches Tanach at the Ma’ayanot
gration debate — all in one day,” Yakov Halstuch, donuts are from the bakeries at Chanukah rather than Yeshiva High School for Girls in Teaneck.
a student from Teaneck, said. “It really felt like a
unique learning opportunity.”
That was precisely the aim of organizers Dr. Mas-
ter and Ms. Moskovits, who said, “If our students Massachusetts. It is like a seven-hued rainbow.
learned even one new thing at Book Day, we’ve
Dear Rabbi So here is the answer to who wrote it. The Hagga-
accomplished our goal.” dah evolved organically over millennia. It is the out-
Okay then, you may say to me, show me how that put of many authors, mostly anonymous, assembled
works. Explain to me who wrote the various compos- by many editors and used throughout history by
ite texts and when did they write them. nearly all Jews, every year.
Hack it And concisely that is what the Polychrome Histor- Seeing the different sources of the Haggadah in
FROM PAGE 15 ical Haggadah sets out to do — in a brilliant way — by vibrant colors makes vivid the point that Rabbi Joseph
a Rutgers student, which allowed air passengers to color coding the layers of the text from the Biblical, B. Soloveitchik always taught, that the Haggadah is
select and explore locations to experience in virtual rabbinic (Mishnaic and Talmudic), geonic, medieval, not simply the retelling of a story.
reality as they fly over them. modern and contemporary periods — each in its own It’s an occasion of Talmud Torah, studying Torah
Lander College for Women Dean Marian Stoltz- color. Biblical verses are black. Mishnah passages in the rabbinic manner. When you finish at the end of
Loike said she started Hack It Together four years ago are red. And so on — until contemporary texts (that the seder, you haven’t told the story of the Exodus in
“to create a space for women who share a passion some people add) like the Hatikvah, appropriately are a narrative way. You’ve told it in a kind of midrashic
for creating technology to work together in a warm, printed in Israeli-flag blue. And this marvelous work pastiche. The color highlighting shows you the alter-
collaborative environment.” provides critical notes to show the sources of the dis- nating cadences of the work. It’s like an opera with
While the college hosts the event, a student com- tinctive literary strata of the Haggadah and includes a different arias. The Haggadah is the libretto.
mittee handles all logistics, including sponsorships. brilliant English translation. You can order the book from Amazon. There’s
In addition to JetBlue and AMC, other corporate In 2017 I reformatted and reissued the Polychrome still plenty of time to get it for your seder this
sponsors the committee signed up were Balsamiq, Historical Haggadah. It was originally published in year. I wish you and all our readers a happy and
Grace Hopper Full Stack Academy, Motionden, Wol- 1974, the work of Rabbi Jacob Freedman of Springfield, kosher Passover.
fram Language, and Lexmark. Kind and Herr’s con-
tributed snacks.
Ms. Cohen and her committee also arranged pre-
hack workshops led by engineers from JPMorgan
Chase and Amazon and a user experience designer 7 immigrants awarded prize for major contributions to Israel
at 1010Data — all women — and by Yosef van Bemme- MARCY OSTER principal of the Evelina de Rothschild-Tehilla Second-
len, a Teaneck native who co-founded Amazon Web ary School in Jerusalem (Education); and Danny Hakim,
Services consulting partner firm Elementryx. JERUSALEM— A South African who flew combat mis- founder and chairman of Budo for Peace and chairman of
Dr. Alan Kadish of Teaneck, the president of sions in Israel’s War of Independence and the U.S.-born Kids Kicking Cancer Israel (Culture, Art & Sports).
Touro College, said this year’s hackathon was the founder of a pluralistic Orthodox school for girls were The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Harold
largest ever. among those recognized for making major contributions “Smoky” Simon, who played a key role in founding
“What we saw was well over 100 extraordinarily as immigrants to Israel. the Israeli Air Force and was acting chairman of World
talented women, some with more experience and On Monday, Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organization that Machal, an organization for overseas veterans of Israel’s
some with none, showing their talent and creativity,” helps diaspora Jews make aliyah, announced its 2019 Syl- wars. The Young Leadership Prize went to Miriam Ballin,
Dr. Kadish said. “They had a short time to produce a van Adams Bonei Zion Prize winners, which are awarded founder of the United Hatzalah’s Psychotrauma and Cri-
fully refined app, and I thought they did an extraor- to English-speaking immigrants. sis Response Unit.
dinary job in that period of time. We had some very The honorees are Ora Paltiel, director of the Hadassah Hundreds of immigrants from English-speaking coun-
good industry collaboration and some great mentors, Center for Research in Clinical Epidemiology (Science); tries were nominated for the prize, which “recognizes
including Touro graduates.” Leah Abramowitz, co-founder of Melabev and coordi- outstanding Anglo olim who have helped Israel in a
He added that Hacking It Together teams retain nator of the Institute for Studies in Aging (Community meaningful way by encapsulating the spirit of mod-
the intellectual property for their creations and may & Non-Profit); Michael Dickson, executive director of ern-day Zionism and contributing in significant ways
choose to develop their products further. StandWithUs–Israel (Israel Advocacy); Beverly Gribetz, towards the State of Israel.” JTA WIRE SERVICE


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wine pairs with matzah, or all wines Cellars from Canada have recently come
do. Passover is also Chag Ha’aviv, up with an unusual wine. The Tzafona Ice
the Holiday of the Spring, and Chag Wine Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is made,
Hage’ula, the Holiday of Freedom. as its name suggests, from grapes that
Trees are blossoming these days, the were late harvested frozen on the vines.
weather is warming up, and a bounty and Petite Sirah. Each contributes its unique The temperatures drops well below 30
of freshly bottled rosé and white wines are popping savors and characteristics. degrees Fahrenheit pretty early during the fall, causing
up on stores shelves. A very pleasant and delightful white is the Or the remaining grapes in the vineyards to freeze naturally.
Rosé and whites are the perfect wines to relax Haganuz Amuka Blanc Blend 2018. It is a blend of Char- These grapes having reached a very level of ripeness with
with on a warm Passover afternoon, or with the donnay and Sauvignon Blanc, grown in Or Haganuz’s a sky high amount of sugar will, when crushed, release a
many fish, chicken, and salads to be served over estate vineyards in the Upper Galilee, which are some very small amount of highly concentrated juice, very sweet
the course of the holiday. Rosé wines are also a of the most beautiful in Isarel. It is light to medium-bod- while however retaining the natural acidity which is nec-
great alternative to the heavier red wines for the ied, with amazing notes of Meyer lemon, pear, and essary to balance out that sweetness. This wine can either
Four Cups. They are typically light in body, rela- kiwi, with abundant acidity. replace dessert, or will complement a fruit salad, served
tively low in alcohol, with refreshing acidity. A rosé French wines, especially the red ones hailing from with almond and coconut macaroons.
will go down more easily while drinking the proper Bordeaux, are usually considered heavy and bold. Not Having read all of the aforementioned recommenda-
shiur required, whichever opinion you hold by. all of them are like that. Château La Clare 2014, for tions, please remember that the most important is that you
The spring symbolizes renewal. Matar winery instance, has a silky texture and is medium in body. It is drink the wines that you enjoy. Passover is Chag Hage’ula,
from Israel’s Golan Heights has released a new neither too tannic nor concentrated, allowing for easy the holiday on which we celebrate our freedom from Egypt,
rosé. The Matar Rosé 2018 is a very pale pink in sipping, and it pairs nicely with chicken. Being already and of course our freedom to choose the wines we like. A
color, with aromas and flavors of citrus blossom, 5 years old, it is not too young to enjoy now. Some have happy Passover to all, l’chaim! ROYAL WINE/KEDEM
grapefruit, and cherries. A real pleasure to drink. the minhag to drink white wines at the Seder.
The Herzog Lineage Rosé 2018 is a great option as The Herzog Special Reserve Quartet 2015 is a wine to
well. Even more so if you need a mevushal rosé. It is drink preferably with the many other yom tov and chol
made from no fewer than 12 grape varieties grown hamoed meals. A blend of Malbec, Zinfandel, Caber-
in the Herzog family’s Prince Vineyard in Clarks- net Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot grown in some of Cal-
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Meir Panim: Fighting poverty in Israel

A child’s cry: ‘We don’t have any food at my house’

t ten o’clock, Adi instructed all percent of the Israeli population lives in Panim provides food for the body and will also be distributing prepaid food
the children in her Jerusalem poverty, 29.6 percent of Israeli children nourishment for the soul.” shopping cards as well as food baskets
gan (school) to take out their are living in poverty, and two out of Meir Panim annually serves 490,000 filled with traditional Passover foods to
aruchat eser (mid-morning every five children are victims of Israel’s hot meals to children, adults, and the more than 2,500 families.
meal). Hungry, all the children raced to economic crises. elderly at restaurant-style soup kitchens Meir Panim is dedicated to easing the
unzip their tiks (backpacks), remove their That is where Meir Panim steps in: across Israel. year-round struggles facing many Israeli
lunches and begin eating. All the chil- alleviating the harmful effects of pov- This time of year, Doron Haloni of families and their children through its
dren, that is, except for Benny. erty on thousands of families across Tzfat, one of Israel’s “working poor,” network of restaurant-style soup kitch-
“At the beginning of the year, I noticed Israel by supporting a wide range feels more stressed than usual. He and ens in Tzfat, Tiberias, Or Akiva, Jerusa-
that Benny often came to gan without of food and social service programs his wife are both employed full time, yet lem, and Dimona; meals-on-wheels for
food. One morning, I asked him if he for- aimed at helping needy people with struggle to put food on the table for their the elderly, homebound, and disabled;
got his food at home. His response broke dignity and respect. four young children. and after-school youth clubs for at-risk
my heart. ‘We have no food at home, my Over 110,000 children like Benny “While my children are looking for- children.
belly is empty, and I haven’t eaten any- receive a hot lunch from Meir Panim. ward to Passover, my wife and I are According to Knesset member
thing since the slice of bread you gave Meir Panim understands the enor- worried about the extra expenses Michael Oren, “Meir Panim represents
me yesterday.’ mous stress Israeli families face. Work- involved in preparing for Passover,” the best of what this country is and rep-
That night, Adi made a call to Meir ing full-time jobs, Benny’s parents are said Haloni. resents the essence of the Jewish State
Panim and arranged for Benny and his part of a growing segment of the Israeli Like many of its restaurant-style of Zionism and everything we stand
siblings to receive daily hot lunches, free “working poor.” soup kitchen locations, the Meir Panim for.”
of charge. “It is heartbreaking; both working and restaurant in Tzfat is preparing to allevi- “We at Meir Panim feel that any-
Unfortunately, Benny is not the only unemployed adults have seen their sit- ate this worry for families like Haloni’s. thing we can do to ease the suffering of
four year old in Israel that leaves for uation plummet, largely due to massive Branch manager Benny Elgad is orga- impoverished Israelis is our mission,”
school without lunch and goes to bed cuts in government spending, leaving nizing a large Passover seder open to all said Rozmaryn. “We are grateful to our
hungry. them and their entire families helpless,” those in need. donors, who feel the same.”
According to the Israel National said Mimi Rozmaryn, director of global To further enable disadvantaged To donate to Meir Panim, visit:
Insurance Institute’s latest report, 21.2 development for Meir Panim. ”Meir Israelis to enjoy the holiday, Meir Panim

Salud Cafe opening in Englewood Summer internships offered

with an emphasis on local, fresh once again to Teaneck students
Salud Cafe will be brewing Devoción cof-
fee, which uses hand-selected beans from
interested in elder care career
Colombia — paired with your favorite As a way to educate and encourage more well-trained elder care work-
non-dairy choices, almond and oat milk. students to consider elder care as a force to provide services for our
The cafe is is located inside NJ Eye and career path, Age Friendly Teaneck aging population.”
Ear and offers a selection of plant-based ( will The 2019 internship will again
items from local prepared food business sponsor a four-week career explora- combine a dynamic curriculum, real-
Kale & Co. Kale & Co launched in 2013, sell- tion internship for four outstanding world experience, and one-on-one
ing dishes that are locally sourced, plant- and motivated high school juniors or connections with professionals in the
based, and organic, with no GMOs, artifi- seniors who are Teaneck residents fields of geriatric-related social work,
cial ingredients, or animal products. The starting July 8. Deadline to apply for geriatric wellness, technology, home
menu choices include many of the Kale & these positions is May 1. care, recreation, food service, hous-
Co favorites. Follow it Each student will receive a $1,000 ing, elder law, and business manage-
stipend, thanks to a grant from a small ment. Interns will be supervised by a
family foundation. team of seasoned and knowledgeable

Jimmy J
Age Friendly Teaneck is sponsor- professionals from Geriatric Services,

ing this internship for the second Inc., Jewish Family and Children’s Ser-
year, after a very successful program vices of Northern NJ, and Homewatch
in 2018. Last year’s interns — Sara CareGivers of Bergen County.
Ismail, Alicia John, Hajra Mateen and There’s more information and the

the Junk Man Laura McDonald — have lauded the

program not only for helping them
internship.html. Contact the organiza- the
RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL think about future career possibilities
but also for giving them great oppor-
tion at
Age Friendly Teaneck is a commu-
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nity-wide project whose mission is
Basements •Basements
Attics • Garages • Fire Damage municating with elders, in a variety •
to ensure that residentsAttof Teaneck
Construction Debris • Hoarding Specialists
Construction of settings. can age-in-place in their homes andD
WE RECYCLE Those skills will be critical for community with dignity and indepen- W
elder care in future years. Elizabeth
dence. Geriatric Services, Inc., a non-

- 4940
Davis, Age Friendly Teaneck’s proj- profit provider of housing and social
We do not transport solid or hazardous waste
ect director, said, “It is clear that
our society will need a larger and a
1- 6
services for older adults in Teaneck
since 1990, coordinates this initiative.
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