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Mr. Tambourine Mans hey
For decades, Dylanologists this

author included have pored over

scraps of lyrics to answer the intriguing, if pointless, question: How Jewish
is the man born as Robert Zimmerman?
Now theres one more scrap of
evidence this one on paper.
The clue comes in a page from
a notebook that is now in the
possession of the George Kaiser
Family Foundation, which bought
Bob Dylans 6,000 item trove of
notebooks, typed lyrics, recording
contracts, address books, and
soundboard recordings for a reported

$15 to $20 million. As shown in this

picture featured on the New York
Times website, Mr. Dylan took pen to
hand to doodle a series of what may
or may not be the Hebrew letter
The foundation, which bought
the archives of Mr. Dylans hero
and inspiration, Woody Guthrie, in
2011, is the beneficiary of George
Kaiser, one of Tulsa, Oklahomas two
Jewish billionaires. (The other is Lynn
Schusterman.) Following the example
of Bill Gates, Mr. Kaiser has pledged to
donate most of his wealth to charity
before he dies. A year younger than

The new face of Israel activism

Rumor has it that

most of our jobs are at

risk of being automated.
But we thought that
one bit of human capital
was secure policing
campus discourse. Now,
according to an account
of a Middle Eastern
studies event at Brown
University, even that role
seems destined for a
John Henry moment.
Short story: as
reported by Browns
chapter of Open Hillel,
while students and
scholars are having
a discussion about
Palestinian citizens of
Israel, a robot or,
more accurately, an iPad
featuring the face of
Stand With Us Northeast
Director Shahar Azani
attached to a suit attached to a double
robotics telepresence robot (thats
right, a robotics robot) proceeds
to chat with students about why they
attended the event. (Brookstone sells

the extremely highend wheelie robot

without coat and tie,
but we totally get why
they make the whole
shtick more profesh.)
The idea was
the brainchild of
futurologist Dr.
Roey Tzetzana, who
has no professional
affiliation with Stand
With Us, and who
meant the tool to
be an experiment
in engagement
over distance and
an opportunity for
students to hear other
voices. But a number
of students reported
feeling uncomfortable.
Were thinking
there might be a
better (if less clever)
way to start difficult conversations
than dressing a robot in a suit and
mansplaining over Skype. Not that
thats gone so well in the past

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Mr. Dylan, who turns 75 in May, Mr.

Kaiser was born in Tulsa to refugees
from Nazi Germany. Forbes estimates
his worth at $7.4 billion, made mostly
in the oil and energy business; he
has donated more than $4 billion
to his foundation, which focuses on
eliminating poverty and inequality
and supporting the city of Tulsa.
How much the citizens of Tulsa will
benefit from the citys new status as
a mecca for Dylanologists remains
to be seen. But certainly the field
is due for a renaissance, with the
revelations in the initial press barrage
opening up more questions. It is,

after all, impossible to gauge the

significance of Mr. Dylans possibly
Hebrew doodles without knowing
what year the notebook is from. And
those of us who have found meaning
in an apparent reference to a shivah
house in the lyrics to the song Dignity
Drinkin man listens to the voice
he hears / In a crowded room full of
covered-up mirrors now have to
ask: What other Jewish secrets are
concealed in the 40 pages of draft
lyrics to the song reported to be in
the archive?

Back in January

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Some zoos never
On Sunday
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named Tibor calmly
walked out the
doors of the zoo,
with a zookeeper running behind him. The escape was short-lived; the rhino is
back in the zoo. The fate of the zookeeper remains unknown.
We cant help but wonder: Was the zookeeper born in a barn?

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Things got a little awkward when the guys

telling me about how Jews control
the media asked if I was Jewish.
Huffington Post reporter and Teaneck native Daniel Marans,
discussing the reporting for his article How Trump Is
Inspiring A New Generation Of White Nationalists


Knight of Cups
features Portman
Knight of Cups
is opening Friday,
March 11. This
Terence Malick film,
which is labeled as
experimental by the
director, stars Christian
Bale as Rick, a successful but unhappy screenwriter who finds his only
solace in women.
stars in one of eight
chapters in the film. All
of the chapters center
on one person in Ricks
life; Portman plays a
woman Rick once
Hello, My Name is Doris is opening the same
day. It stars Sally Field
as Doris, a woman who
is smitten with John, her
companys new, muchyounger art director.
who is best known as
Schmidt on TVs The
New Girl, plays John.
Doris mines the Internet
for info on John and
finds out who his hip
friends are and where
they hang out. She
seeks out these friends
and they like her. Over
time she adopts these
friends bohemian ways,
and her personal style
loosens up. But her family and old friends think
that Doris is making a
fool of herself pursing
her crush on John. Costars include NATASHA
The director is MI-

45 who is best known as
a co-star and co-writer
of Wet Hot American
Summer and its recent
Netflix prequel. One
of his more obscure
credits is the 2005 film
The Baxter, which he
directed and starred
in. This very quirky and
uneven romantic comedy didnt make much
money, but its worth
renting. Its a send-up of
all the romantic comedy
clichs about the right
guy sweeping the girl
off her feet at the last
minute. Showalter plays
a nebbishy nice guy who
is repeatedly dumped
for the right guy. So I
wasnt surprised that he
is helming another film
about possibly unrequited love like Doris.
You might have
heard Charles
Randolph, a
co-Oscar winner for his
Big Short screenplay,
say I love you, Mili in
Hebrew from the Oscar
stage. He was speaking
to his wife, Israeli actress
noted in my story about
the Oscars, their son is
being raised Jewish. You
also might have heard
best actor winner
Leonardo DiCaprio and
Revenant director
Alejandro Irritu thank
Chivo in their speeches. Chivo means goat
in Spanish, and its the

Natalie Portman

Max Greenfield

Natasha Lyonne

Mili Avital

Mark Mezvinsky

Jussie Smollett

nickname of Revenant
51, who won his third
consecutive Oscar the
same night.
While he certainly
doesnt look goatlike
now, Lubezki told the
New York Times in 2014
how he got his nickname: When I was 5 a
[Mexican] schoolmate
gave it [to me]. I guess
it was my face looked
like a goat, almost every
boy in the school had
the animal nickname.

Lubezki, by the way,

filmed Knight of Cups.
So I can almost guarantee you Knight will be
visually exciting even if
the film is too arty for
most tastes.
Recently, I wrote
about Donald
Trumps familial
Jewish connections, so I
figure its time to write
about Hillarys. Of
course, just about
everyone knows that her
daughter, Chelsea, has
been married since 2010

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38, an investment
banker who is the son of
two former House
members. They have
one child and another is
on the way. Speculation
is that their children will
be raised in both their
parents faiths. Less well
known, although I have
noted this before, is that
Hillary Clinton had a
Jewish half aunt, the
Hillary was fairly close to
Adeline. This aunt was
the daughter of Hillarys

paternal grandmother,
Dorothy, and her second
husband, MAX ROSENBERG, who was Jewish.
(Adeline was the half
brother of Hillarys
father). While Dorothy
never converted to
Judaism, Adeline did,
and lived her life as a
Early in February,
Empire star
JUSSIE SMOLLETT, 32, visited Flint,
Michigan, and donated
$10K for relief efforts. On
Oscars night, February
28, he joined other
African-American stars
on the stage in Flint to
raise awareness of the
water crisis and to raise
money for Flint residents.
Smollett sang a song. The
son of a Jewish father
and an African American
mother, Smollet (his
words)identifies as an
African American and a
Jewish man. By the way,
his sister JURNEE
co-stars in Underground
in Louisiana, a new
10-episode series on
cable station WGN. Its
about the Underground
Railway, the network that
spirited slaves to freedom. Christopher Meloni
(Law and Order: SVU)
co-stars. It began on
March 9, but you can
catch up via encores or
online. New episodes air
Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

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A cop is a cop is a cop
First responders go to Israel with Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

as Paramus Detective Sgt.

John Devine scared about
traveling to Israel for the
first time?
Yes. I was scared because I was so
excited, the strapping police detective
replied with a grin. Im ecstatic to be here,
he added. He was at dinner in Jerusalem
with the rest of his co-travelers a delegation of first responders invited by the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey to get
an up-close look at the Jewish state and its
police and emergency services.
Sgt. Devine and Paramus Police Chief
Kenneth Ehrenberg said they were interested in learning how Israeli law enforcers deal with constant security threats and
what systems they use day to day to protect
their infrastructure, schools, and malls.
They noted that Paramus is not only a
city of many shopping malls but also of
many Jewish residents and institutions,
including four synagogues, the federation
offices, and most of the Jewish day schools
in Bergen County. Chief Ehrenberg was
head of the citys detective division in
2012, when arsonists targeted two Paramus synagogues.
Certain things we saw here are applicable for us and certain things arent, Chief
Ehrenberg said.
For example, all Israeli shopping malls
have guards and metal detectors at every
entry point. I hope we never have to raise
our mall security to that level, he said,
given that a typical Saturday can bring
40,000 people to the Garden State Plaza

From left, Lafe Bush, Cathy Madalone, John Devine, Dr. James
Pruden, Jacqueline Luthcke, Todd Pearl, Timothy Torell, and
Kenneth Ehrenberg stand in a gallery at the Knesset.

alone. At the same time, he acknowledged,

in November 2013 someone came with a
fully loaded assault weapon to the Garden
State Plaza, and even though by Gods
grace nobody was killed, it was an awakening for us.
Watching their counterparts in action
at the Nahariya police station, the Northern District regional police command, and
SWAT and anti-terrorism units, the members of the delegation observed more similarities than differences.
It was pleasant to see that a cop is a cop
is a cop, whether in Israel or in the United
States, Chief Ehrenberg said. We all use
the same equipment and procedures.
Captain Jacqueline Luthcke of the Ridgewood Police Department said she wanted

to find out how Israelis secure large public

gatherings, with an eye toward enhancing
security at such Ridgewood events as the
Fourth of July parade and the Memorial
Day Run.
Im hoping to learn how to make it
safer for our residents, she said. But
the funny thing Ive learned so far is how
similar the Israelis are to us, and I was not
expecting that. Even their procedures
are very similar to ours, although some
of their technologies are better, like their
computer systems.
Bergenfield Police Chief Cathy Madalone said she was very surprised at how
similar we are to the police here as far as
dispatching, answering calls, even the
SWAT team procedures. We have the same

Jersey legislative delegation visits a variety of sites

A weeklong New Jersey legislators
study mission to Israel overlapped with
the Jewish Federation of Northern
New Jerseys first-responders mission
in late February to early March.
Organized by the New Jersey State
Association of Jewish Federations
and co-chaired by Assemblywomen
Pamela Lampitt and Holly Schepisi, the
mission included a bipartisan, multiethnic group of 15 legislators, who paid
their own way.
This is not a lying-on-the-beach
trip, said Mark Levenson, head of the
New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations, an umbrella body encompassing 10 Jewish federations.
Our overall goal is to educate the
legislators about Israel and to give
historical perspective for what goes
on here. Four of our participants are

sponsors of anti-BDS legislation that

we expect to be passed in mid- to late
Among other items on its full itinerary, the delegation toured several IDF
bases, Israels national defense college,
Tel Aviv University, the Golan Heights,
Kibbutz Erez, and Sderot near the
Gaza Strip.
They met with U.S. Ambassador Dan
Shapiro; Speaker of the Knesset Yuli
Edelstein; Minister of National Infrastructures, Energy, and Water Yuval
Steinitz; Foreign Ministry representatives; participants in Roots, a dialogue
group between Israelis and Palestinian
Arabs, and Civil Aviation Authority of
Israel Director Giora Romm, who was
a prisoner of war in Egypt in 1969 and
was deputy Israel Air Force commander during the 1991 Gulf War.

As a county legislator and as a

board member of Jewish Federation
of North Jersey, this journey has been
majorly impactful, said Tracy Silna Zur,
vice chairwoman of the Bergen County
Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Our bipartisan group traveled from
north to south to see and understand
what Israel is all about and to understand the importance of the relationship between Israel and the United
States and specifically with the state
of New Jersey, she said. We met with
everyone from kibbutz members to
a Palestinian working toward nonviolence to the speaker of the Knesset.
Ms. Zur said it is important for New
Jersey residents to know that this
group, as a whole and as individuals, is
dedicated to understanding the challenges in Israel and the importance of

things they have, but the main difference

is that the Israel Police is one big department and we are 70 small departments in
Bergen County.
Chief Madalone said she was happy to
be invited on the trip. I have a very large
Jewish population in my town. We are 2.2
square miles and we have three Orthodox
synagogues, so I am very, very connected
with my Jewish community, and I thought
it would be a phenomenal opportunity for
me to learn more about Israel. My family
had some hesitations about my going, but I
didnt at all. Im loving every second of it.
Miriam Allenson, the federations director of communications, accompanied the
group. She said that the federations Partnership2Gether missions for emergency
anti-BDS legislation, as well as learning
best practices from one another.
She said the group is coming home
with ideas for strengthening partnerships between Israel and New Jersey in
trade and economic development, and
possibly incorporating Israeli technologies into the state universities.
Its also a religious journey, Mr. Levenson said. All but two of the legislators on this mission are Christian, and
they were able to see their roots in
Jerusalem and in Tiberias.
During one emotional moment on
the trip, Mr. Levenson gave a $125,000
check to the Regional Council of Gush
Etzion from the Jewish Federation of
Greater Clifton-Passaic toward building a promenade commemorating the
three teenage boys kidnapped there
and killed by terrorists in 2014. The
donation was given in memory of Mark
and Eta Levensons son, Eric Eliezer,
who recently died. He was 28 years old.

medical, fire, and security personnel are

geared toward influencers, the kinds of
people who can change minds and hearts.
These people go back to their communities as ambassadors for Israel, who
can speak to misconceptions about Israel
because they understand on a gut level
and an intellectual level what Israel is to
America, she said.
The itinerary is designed to show the
real Israel behind the headlines, and the
only way to do that is by being here, she
added. When those people go back and
talk about it, its like throwing a stone in
a pool and watching the rings that ripple
out from the stone. This type of mission is
an A-Number-One priority for federation.
Lafe Bush, director of emergency services for the Valley Health System in Ridgewood, said he enjoyed the groups tour of
Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, the
federations partner city in the Western
Galilee. This hospital has treated many
victims of the Syrian civil war, and has full
underground facilities in case of attack
from Lebanon.
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services in America and the Joint

At the police academy in Beit Shemesh, an instructor shows Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg a knife. Dr. James Pruden, who is partially hidden, and Captain Jacqueline Luthcke look on.

Commission, an accrediting body for hospitals, are starting to look at emergency

management and demands on hospitals
physical infrastructure and the improvements they can make, Mr. Bush said.
One of the ideas they have talked about

is bombproofing the emergency rooms

and building underground ERs. I dont
know if it will get to that point because
building an underground ER would be a
multimillion-dollar task in existing hospitals, although it could potentially be built

in a new hospital. So it was very interesting for me to see that Nahariya has already
done that. When their regular emergency
room was bombed they were able to move
A trauma surgeon at Galilee Medical
Center described mass casualty planning
procedures and the checklist the hospital uses to assure that incoming patients
with different types of injuries will be processed appropriately.
Ive worked on preparedness for the
healthcare system, so this was an opportunity for me to see how people who have
had frequent exposure to unusual circumstances responded and how they made
adjustments in their response, and to see
if there is anything we can take home from
their experience, said Dr. James Pruden,
an emergency care physician at St. Josephs
Regional Medical Center in Paterson.
The difference is the real and present
threat that exists in Israel, and so their
commitment to preparedness is probably at a higher level than at hospitals in
the United States, he said. Whats similar is the general strategy of rapid triage

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People were so open, Barnert rabbi says

Gathering in friendship over food breaks down barriers

hat keeps her awake at

night is fear, Rabbi Elyse
Frishman wrote in a
recent article. Fear of
wasting time and of spending more time
thinking about why I cant do something
than getting out and doing it.
To address at least one communal fear
the fear of Muslims Frishman, the religious leader of Barnert Temple in Franklin
Lakes, joined with other members of the
Oakland/Franklin Lakes Interfaith Clergy,
as well as with religious leaders from the
wider Muslim community, to bring their
diverse congregants together for an evening of safe conversation.
Since there are no mosques in the
groups catchment area, the council
invited representatives from the Islamic
Center in Midland Park, from the Muslim
Society of Ridgewood, and from the Peace
Island Institute, a Turkish Muslim group
involved in outreach and education.
In publicizing the meeting, the council
issued a statement noting that it came to
the realization that conversation between
different faith groups, in a person-to-person setting, was crucial to create understanding of, and relationships with, each
Taking this to heart, Rabbi Frishman
wrote to her congregants, telling them
that after the shuls High Holy Days drive
to raise awareness of the Syrian refugee
crisis every member of the congregation
was asked to call President Barack Obama,
urging him to accept more refugees she
began meeting with her interfaith colleagues to discuss the issue.
We realized that many people are
afraid of the refugees because they are
afraid or suspicious of Muslims; much of
this stems from not knowing any Muslims, Rabbi Frishman said. To rectify that,
she told her members, we have organized
the first social gathering of Muslim, Jews,
and Christians in western Bergen, hosted
by us at Barnert.
The gathering, held on March 6, was
hugely successful, Rabbi Frishman said.

Before dinner, from left, Barnerts Rabbi Elyse Frishman, Imam Moutaz and Ammar Charaf, both of the Elzahra Islamic
Center in Midland Park; Rabbi Daniel Freelander, president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism; Rev. Kathryn L.
King of St. Albans Episcopal Church and Rev. Lou Kilgore of High Mountain Presbyterian Church, both in Franklin Lakes;
the Peace Institutes Ercon Tozan; Mahomoud Hamza of the Elzahra Islamic Center; Rev. Alison V. Philip of the United Methodist Church in Franklin Lakes; Meryem Teke of the Peace Institute, and Rev. Nathan Busker of Ponds Reformed Church in
Oakland stood together.

Jews, Christians, and Muslims talked to

each other for hours, despite the fastapproaching final episode of Downton
Abbey. Some participants were so energized by the table talk they chatted during a potluck supper that they resolved
to go out to eat together at a later date to
finish their conversation.
The evening, called Make Love Not
War Christians, Jews and Muslims from
Our Neighborhoods, began with a brief
cross-denominational service, including
elements of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim prayers. The dinner that followed,
to which all attendees contributed, was

That way, we didnt have to worry
about dietary restrictions, Rabbi Frishman said. Everyone brought food, and it
was so much fun that people asked for a
cookbook of all the recipes.
In planning the evening, she added, We
decided not only to bring people together
in the sanctuary but to have a potluck supper where we could break down xenophobic barriers. Members of the interfaith
council brought members from their own
congregations, and tables were arranged
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groups, with separate rooms for teens and

elementary school students.
There were facilitators at the tables,
asking social questions like where are you
from, and what books do you like to read,
Rabbi Frishman said. It was safe conversation, nothing controversial. And it was
the first of what will become many opportunities for people to get together.
In all, the gathering drew some 200
adults and 40 teens. There was something for everyone, Rabbi Frishman said.
And when it was over, there was phenomenal feedback, she added. It was so
simple it was brilliant opening the door

to look into each others eyes. I was surprised by how
easy it was.
People were so open. Especially with whats going
on in our nation right now were overwhelmed by
absurdity, anger, polarization, and we dont buy into
that. People want to get to know each other, to break
down barriers. They dont want to be afraid or ignorant of the other. They just need the opportunity.
Rabbi Frishman said the clergy council will meet
soon to brainstorm its program for the coming year,
looking to facilitate small and large gatherings for further dialogue and conversation. We need to build faith
and trust one another. Eventually, the communities
may move on to discuss more controversial issues. In
the meantime, There are a lot of different opportunities, like book groups, and teens working in the garden. It depends on what people are interested in. The
door is wide open.
Other religious leaders were thrilled as well.
Rev. Alison V. Philip, pastor of the Franklin Lakes
United Methodist Church, said, Sometimes, without realizing it, cynicism builds up within me. Last
night at the interfaith friendship gathering, instead
I felt filled up with hope that change can really happen in our world and that it happens through human
One thing that sticks with me is a conversation I
had with an imam who identified the struggles refugees face in this country, she continued. Prejudice
is a huge problem from elementary-aged children
and up, and it only perpetuates animosity between
groups. Distrust of the stranger in turn produces distrust within the stranger.
My hope going forward is to find ways as faith
leaders to address prejudice, perhaps by continuing
to offer opportunities for people to connect human
being to human being, and to become truly neighbors
rather than strangers.
Asked if anything surprised her at the gathering, the
Rev. Philip said, It shouldnt surprise me but it still
does each time when I meet someone who seems

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It doesnt erase
differences, of
course, but it
grounds me in the
truth that people
have shared hopes
and values and
different from me and as we talk I realize how similar we are. It doesnt erase differences, of course, but
it grounds me in the truth that people have shared
hopes and values and dreams.
Rev. Nathan Busker of Ponds Reformed Church in
Oakland was moved as well, noting that With all the
rhetoric about building walls and fearing the stranger,
the power of love during the interfaith event was palpable. Last night, the space between us disappeared
as bridges of friendship were built.
Ercan Tozan, executive director of the Peace Island
Institute, said, We are polluting the world with our anger,
jealousy, envy, animosity, hatred, prejudices, ego, and
many other contemptuous feelings with the excuse of a
better life, nationalism, or religion. For harmony to flourish, it is vital that we get to know each other. Knowing is
the first step in the road leading to love and peace.


The best kind of career

Teaneck millennial video-making
musician talks about his choices

o you want to be in a music video? Teaneck

musician and entrepreneur Jeremy Katz
asked me as soon as I stepped into his home
studio. Ive never had an interviewee begin
with a question for me, let alone an invitation to live out my
teenage fantasy of becoming a pop star. Eagerly, I agreed.
Jeremy directed me to his drum set in front of a large green
screen, which he has set up permanently in front of a digital
camera and a MacBook. He hit play on his speakers and
record on the camera, and I drummed awkwardly along to
David Bowies Under Pressure. A quick few minutes later,
Jeremy had uploaded the video, chosen a backdrop, and
added spliced footage of himself on guitar and vocals. The
green screen disappeared, replaced by a full football field.
We watched the final product: me, on drums; Jeremy at the
mic and another Jeremy strumming the guitar in front of a
screaming stadium of thousands. I have to say, Jeremy, his
clone, and I make quite the trio.
Wearing many hats comes naturally to Jeremy, 24, a Frisch
School and Yeshiva University graduate. His professional website,, showcases his various passions,
which range from instrumentals and vocals to writing original
music, video production, and gear reviews.
Music is in his blood. As a teenager he played in a blues
band with his family. My father, older brother, and younger
brother used to rehearse together, he said. Our basement
was always like a mini-studio. He plays 14 different instruments, including drums, banjo, mandolin, and guitar. My

father used to record us playing together on a daily basis.

Wed dance all day and hed film us. Its fun to go back
and watch the videos now.
Some young musicians give up their dream of
making it big once they graduate and realize
open-mic nights wont cover their rent or college loans. Not Jeremy. In the pragmatic tradition of the Jewish people, he found a way
to turn his passion for music into a career.
I wanted to find a way to showcase the
fact that I play 14 instruments, he said.
On his YouTube channel, which
has more than 900 subscribers, Jeremy produces and stars
in music video covers of pop
songs old and new, including
singles by some of his all-time
favorite artists: Queen, Elvis,
Maroon 5, and Bruno Mars.
Some have gone viral his cover
of The Weeknds Cant Feel My
Face, for example, has more than
Not everyone is nice on YouTube,
but I try to listen to what everyone
has to say, he said. I also respond
to all of the comments viewers leave.
Ill sit down once a week and answer
everyones questions. It makes anyone who comments feel important.

Jeremy Katz, above, plays the drums in his Teaneck home studio. Right, Katz on guitar,
one of the many instruments hes mastered.

Maybe Jeremys most valuable asset is the healthy
sense of humor he brings to his videos. He frequently
dons costumes to heighten his music videos into tribute-parody hybrids. The costumes are the best part,
he said. Its one thing hearing me, and its another
thing seeing me play.
Performance certainly is on his mind throughout the
creative process. I try to make it as entertaining as possible. I thought, Im doing a Queen song, why not dress
up like Freddie Mercury? Ill just put the mustache on,
get the wigs, and go for it. I want you to watch my music
and be like damn, that was a really good song and at
the same time, that was funny as hell.
Jeremy launched his entrepreneurial enterprise in
2015. So far, he has worked with major companies
like Shell Oil to create music videos for corporate
team-building. He combined his love of music, entertainment, and video editing to jumpstart his music
video production career. It was an awesome experience. I had a such a great time working with Shell, I
thought, why not keep doing this?
For his most recent project, he created a video for
Campus Pursuit, which organizes scavenger hunts
for college students to connect them with brands.
Theyre using the music video more for advertising
and marketing, he said. I leave the creative decisions
up to them I give them certain production clues.
The rest is up to the company.
Jeremy does not see a strict divide between his current projects. Its goes two ways, he says of his YouTube channel and his corporate work. The people
in the companies will share it all around, so the more
people I work with, the more my channel grows.
Like most ambitious millennials, Jeremy uses social
media to build his personal brand. I use Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat. Im not the best at Twitter but Ill
tweet something special for famous dates, like the day

By far, the hardest

instrument is the
violin. I still play it,
but saxophone only
took me a couple of
months to learn.
John Lennon was killed, or on Elvis birthday Ill post a
picture of myself dressed as Elvis. Social media helps
him interact with younger fans, though he says some
older admirers often leave comments on his videos.
Id say Im best at piano and guitar. I hated piano
when I first started it. I wanted to play guitar because
my dad always played rock, but then I realized I loved
listening to Billy Joel and Elton John, and thats all
piano. So I started teaching myself piano again when
I was five or six. Then I realized I liked the saxophone
part in another song, and so I picked up the sax.
Some instruments are more challenging than others.
By far, the hardest instrument is the violin. I still play
it, but saxophone only took me a couple of months to
learn. But the violin, its like no matter how hard I try,
I cant get down.
So why dont you just give it up? I asked him.
Because Im dying to play The Devil Went Down
To Georgia, he said jokingly, but I could hear the
seriousness in his voice. You cant half-go at music.
With these videos, I had to dive in head-first. It takes
me about four days to make a music video now. The

first time, it took me three weeks. Its trial and error, but I
decided Im doing this, and so I did it.
Like anything, hard work is just that: hard work. The
video production aspect of his business is the most difficult
for Jeremy. Its frustrating at times. Like with the violin,
sometimes I want to break the instrument. But I give it a
day and try again.
He plans to build his personal brand by continuing to create music videos, both the corporate ones and the ones he
makes for fun. I want to have a big, successful YouTube
channel. At the same time, I want to build my corporate
work. They go hand in hand. His videos already have been
syndicated to TV networks worldwide, and he has a large

fan base in Germany.

Growing up in a Jewish home had a major impact on him.
My Jewish background has influenced me tremendously,
he said. Jewish homes always have a lot of music. Think
about it when youre learning about your religion as a
child, they teach you through songs.
As a fellow 24-year-old pursuing my own creative future,
I told Jeremy how much I admire his commitment to doing
what he loves. Whats his advice for other young aspiring
musicians, I asked. When you find a career that youre passionate about, youre going to give it 110 percent, he said. I
wake up and I want to finish a song or a video Im working
on. Thats the best kind of career you can have.


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Scouts build bridges

Local high school senior earns highest rank of Eagle

Eagle Scout Avi Samuel; his older brother, Adam Samuel; Zachary Fishman; Avis cousin Zachary Samuel,
and Yoni Stern worked on the Tenafly Nature Center
footboard project.

uring one of his walks around the Tenafly

Nature Center, 18-year-old Avi Samuel of
Teaneck noticed a patch of dirt near the pond
that was unprotected by footboards and prone
to muddiness.
Instead of complaining about the problem, he remedied
it as his Eagle Scout service project.
Mr. Samuel planned and built a walkway extension with
the help of eight scouts and other volunteers under the
supervision of Amanda Shuster, the nature centers scout
coordinator and environmental educator.
I took woodworking classes at summer camp one time,
but this was my first big project, Mr. Samuel said.
The actual building took about four hours, but getting all the permissions and signatures took a long time,
and we had to plan and design it over many hours, he
explained. The nature center told us what they wanted,
and my dad helped with the design and materials.
They used composite decking material and pressuretreated lumber.

Avis footboard project was helpful in extending a

stretch of elevated walkway next to our pond, which can
flood seasonally and with heavy rainfall, Ms. Shuster said.
By adding the footboards which matched the existing
footboards seamlessly he has helped to prevent erosion
that can occur when people widen the path by walking to
avoid muddy areas.
On February 28, Avi, who is Troop 226s senior patrol
leader was feted at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the
Jewish Center of Teaneck, where the Jewish Boy Scout
troop meets.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts and
requires earning at least 21 merit badges and completing
a service project. Nationally, only about 5 percent of Boy
Scouts achieve this level.
Relatively few scouts ever attain the rank of Eagle, so
as the scoutmaster of the troop, I am proud when a Scout
does achieve this honor, said Daniel Chazin, a retired
Teaneck attorney who has led Troop 226 since 1977.
I have never kept an accurate count, but I can think
of about a dozen Eagle Scouts that weve had in the troop
since I became scoutmaster, he added. I know that

Wild bird
makes for
foul guest
Saturday, the turkey
came for breakfast

t is the stuff of suburban nightmares.

Courtney Lopchinsky was drinking her coffee and
sharing a breakfast of cookies and ice cream with
two of her children on a recent Shabbat morning.
Her husband and youngest child already had left for shul.
She looked out the kitchen window and saw four wild
turkeys fly up to her neighbors roof and perch there.
She didnt know that one of those birds had her number.
The number turned out to be 6,000.
Thats how many dollars of damage ensued when one of
the birds flew off the roof and straight at her,
charging right through her kitchen window.
No one ever said turkeys were smart.
With the loud crash of a plate glass window, shards of glass and feathers filled the
air of the Teaneck kitchen and a turkey

Clockwise, from top right: A wild turkey

splattered blood on the window sill of
a Teaneck home and left debris on the
kitchen floor when it crashed through a
window, now boarded up, and disrupted
breakfast for the Lopchinsky family.


scouting has meant a great deal to Avi, and Im pleased
to see how his work in earning the Eagle badge has
helped him grow and mature.
Avi is a senior at Torah Academy of Bergen County
in Teaneck and has been an active member of Troop
226 since he was a sixth-grader at Yavneh Academy in
I enjoy scouting, Avi said. Its a unique opportunity to learn many life skills such as camping, survival,
and leadership. Its fun at the same time. He especially
enjoys hiking and rock-climbing trips with the troop,
which now has 12 active members.
Troop 226 is Bergen Countys only Jewish-sponsored
Boy Scout troop and one of only a handful in the state
that is Sabbath observant, although 11- to 18-year-old
boys from all religious backgrounds are welcome to join.
Mr. Chazin said that Troop 226 was established in
1970. It was originally chartered to the Moriah School of
Englewood and moved to the Jewish Center of Teaneck
around 1975, he said.
The first Jewish Boy Scout troop in the country was
formed at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan in 1913. Today
there are about 60 Jewish Cub Scout packs and 70 Jewish Boy Scout troops nationally. Of those, about 40
percent are Sabbath observant. (There also are Jewish
Daisy, Brownie, and Girl Scout troops across the country, including Junior Girl Scout Troop 5826 in Teaneck.

As of press time, Girl Scouts of the USA did not respond

to inquiries for details.)
Sabbath-observant troops do not have regular meetings or activities on Saturdays, but they do offer weekend
camping experiences that give scouts an opportunity to
learn skills that straddle Jewish and scouting traditions.
They include building an eruv the boundary that legally
transforms a campsite into a private area in which you are
permitted to carry on Shabbat and cooking cholent, the
traditional Shabbat stew that stays on a continuous flame
from Friday before sundown until Saturday lunch.
David and Jodi Samuel, who are members of Congregation Rinat Yisrael in Teaneck, believe scouting has
been beneficial for their son.
Boy Scouts gave him the opportunity of learning how
to work his way up in organizations like you would in a
company, Mr. Samuel said. As he got older, he learned
leadership skills and the necessity of sticking to a program, starting at the bottom and working his way up.
Were quite proud of him.
Avi acknowledged that extracurricular activities, like
scouting, can be difficult to squeeze into the weekly
schedule for students in Jewish day schools, which have
a longer day and a double curriculum of secular and
Jewish studies.
It was kind of hard, but I got my homework done fast
so I could go to meetings on Mondays, he said.

landed on the table.

Ms. Lopchinsky grabbed her
two children and literally ran
for our lives, she recalled this
past week.
They ran next door and
called 911 from the neighbors
Teaneck police were initially
skeptical, she said. But the
skepticism fell away when they
saw Ms. Lopchinsky and her
daughter pulling glass shards
from their hair.
Ms. Lopchinsky returned to
her kitchen with the police. The
turkey had been cut by his jagged entrance and was bleeding.
He was muddy. He spread his
Wild turkeys make their way across a suburban Teaneck street.
wings and puffed up his feathers and glass and dirt flew onto
the floor.
birds, as well as by snakes and other reptiles, according
It was disgusting, Ms. Lopchinsky said.
to its fine print.
The police chased the turkey around the kitchen
Secondary damage from the broken glass, however,
and around the house. He jumped up to the sink. He
was covered. Not, though, the feathers, the blood, the
knocked the slow cooker with cholent off the counmud, and the glass shards the turkey left all over the
ter. He pecked at another window, hoping to escape.
Finally, they caught him, she said.
It took two industrial cleaning companies to clean up
But if Ms. Lopchinsky was hoping for the turkey to be
the mess.
taught a lesson, she was disappointed.
A week later she found glass fragments in her childs
They just let him go, she said.
Lego box.
Apparently, breaking and entering isnt prosecuted in
The turkeys continue to roam in her corner of
Teaneck, if the perpetrator is a bird.
Sadly, it turned out that Ms. Lopchinksys homeownSoon, a new window will replace the wooden board
ers insurance also didnt mete out just rewards when
that has covered the damage.
the perpetrator is a bird.
We asked the window guys, is it a turkey-proof winHer policys coverage specifically exempts damage by
dow? He said he couldnt guarantee anything.

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Lchaim! To life and good taste

Royals Kosher Food and Wine Experience returns to Chelsea Piers
Josh Lipowsky

osher Champagne from Champagne, France? Cabernet sauvignon sorbet? Perhaps a little
pastrami babka?
A sold-out crowd of approximately 1,600
packed into New Yorks Chelsea Piers on
February 29 for Royal Wines tenth annual
Kosher Food and Wine Experience to try
these and other delicacies.
Bayonne-based Royal Wine returned
the show to Chelsea Piers, overlooking the
Hudson River. To take advantage of the
setting, the show offered a docked yacht
with a new VIP section featuring sushi,
special selections from Teanecks Etc
Steakhouse (such as carved roast turkey
and pastrami), and older vintage wines.
Three hundred VIP tickets sold out within
48 hours, according to Mordy Herzog,
executive vice president of Royal Wine.
Mr. Herzog credits the shows popularity
to kosher wine consumers expanding their
tastes and trying new flavors.
Five years ago everybody just wanted
cabs on the red and chards on the white,
Mr. Herzog said. Now, the consumer is
opening up and people are more interested to try new varietals.
There was no shortage of variety. With
more than 200 wines and 30 restaurants
and caterers at the show, it is impossible
to do justice to every delectable dish and
wine. So below we present you with just
a few of our choice selections from this
years show.

Joe Hurliman shows the

latest vintages from Herzog.

Executive chef Alex Remer from

Fireside presents his fleishig pizza.

Teaneck Doghouse displayed

specialties from pulled brisket
sliders to barbecued salami.

Mordy Herzog,
executive vice
president of
Royal Wine.

Appleation showcased
three varieties of hard cider.

Fireside, Monsey
Fireside has been open for just nine
months and made its first appearance this
year at KFWE. Executive chef Alex Remer,
who lives in Teaneck, brought a Chicagostyle deep-dish fleishig pizza topped with
house-made beef bacon, ground beef,
shredded salami, a wild mushroom medley, and a maple aoli. Tumbleweed onions,
crisp red onions served with a special
house sauce, were on the side. Both dishes
are on Firesides regular menu. The tumbleweed onions have been on the menu
since the beginning, while Mr. Remer
introduced the pizza about six months
ago. Both have been big hits, he said.
This is not Mr. Remes first visit to
KFWE; he had been there when he worked
at Teanecks Etc. Steakhouse. People tend
to think of Monsey as upstate, he said. I
knew KFWE was a great place to introduce
ourselves to the greater kosher-eating

Pomegranate, Brooklyn
Every year this kosher market brings new
flavors and experimental dishes to KFWE.
This year was no different. Pomegranate
14 Jewish Standard MARCH 11, 2016

Babka from
is stuffed with
corned beef or

offered one of the largest booths at the

show, and standing out among its offerings were its pastrami-filled babka and
corned beef-filled babka. And they tasted
exactly as you would expect like a deli
sandwich on babka. How could you go

Teaneck Doghouse
Co-owner Jonathan Gellis likes to try new
wines and foods to keep the restaurant
uptempo, its manager, Josh Pinsker, said.
Mr. Pinsker managed the Doghouses
table while Mr. Gellis explored the show.
The Doghouse offered a few staples
from its menu: pulled brisket sliders,
barbecued salami tossed in a barbecue
sauce, and sausage eggrolls in a sweet
chili sauce. Now were just trying to

show everybody whats so great about

Teaneck, Mr. Pinsker said.

The KFWE App

Every year KFWE attendees have received
a spiral-bound notebook listing all the
wines and foods available for tasting. A
week later, many struggle to read their
handwriting or find the pages on which
they scribbled their new favorite bottles.
This year, KFWE did away with the book
and created a unique phone app for the
event. The app offers users the ability to
take notes and pictures of each wine and
dish they try, without the hassle of deciphering hurried handwriting.
We just decided it was time to move
into a higher tech version of the book, Mr.
Herzog said.

Herzog Wine Cellars

Herzog brought an interesting combination, which head winemaker Joe Hurliman
referred to as the Battle of the Barrels.
Two cabernet sauvignon wines using the
same grape but one aged for nine months
in American oak and the other aged for
nine months in French oak. Wines aged
in American oaks tend toward stronger
flavors, while wines aged in French oaks
tend to have more subtle flavors. Thats
an exciting concept, Mr. Hurliman said.
(This reporter preferred the French oak.)

Appleation showcased three hard
ciders: dry, sweet, and cinnamon flavored.
Its like apple pie in liquid form.


NORPAC hosts
House leader
in Teaneck
On Sunday, March 13 at 7 p.m., Drs. Mort
and Esther Fridman will host a NORPAC
meeting in Teaneck for House of Representatives Majority Leader, Congressman
Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). For information email or call (201)

Joy Kurland to be honored in May

Congressman Kevin McCarthy, left,

with Esther and Mort Fridman.


Party planned for LGBTQ teens

The LGBTQ Connection holds the UnMasquerade Ball, sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North
Hudson and Shaar Communities, with
funding from the Jewish Federation of
Northern New Jersey.
The party, a celebration of individuality, acceptance, and self-expression in a
Jewish context, for eighth- to 12th-graders, is on Wednesday, March 23, from 8
to 10 p.m., at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, where there will be a
Megillah reading at 6:45.
According to Shaars Rabbi Adina
Lewittes, Four in 10 of these teenagers
say that the community in which they
live is not accepting of LGBTQ people.

Given our strong and cohesive Jewish

community, the alienation experienced
by these adolescents is likely even more
intense, often leading to deep feelings of
isolation. We wanted to provide an inclusive event, focused on our shared faith,
while having a great time. The ball will
include a DJ, food, and opportunities to
meet new friends.
JFS LGBTQ Connection serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and
questioning Jewish adolescents and their
parents. Entry fees will be donated to
Keshet and GLSEN. For information, call
JFS at (201) 837-9090 or email Lauren.

Womens League spring program

Step Up For Israel, the spring program
from the Garden State Region of Womens League for Conservative Judaism, is
on Sunday, April 10, at 9:30 a.m., at Temple Beth Or/Beth Torah in Clark. The
program will include presentations and
an interactive discussion led by experts
on Israel, focusing on the myths and the
facts in the media and the college campus. Participants will gain the practical
tools to advocate for Israel and develop
synagogue-wide connections with Israel.
Speakers include Miri Kornfield, the

executive director of high school affairs

at Stand With Us; Shimon Mercer-Wood,
consul for media affairs at Israels Consulate General, and Janet Tobin, the
president of Mercaz USA and a past president of Womens League for Conservative Judaism.
An Israeli-style breakfast will be
served. High school and college students
are welcome. Reservations are due April
4. For information, call (732) 254-4966 or

Attending medical school in Israel

Dr. Gabriel Farkas, a graduate of BenGurion Universitys Medical School for
International Health and Yeshiva University, spoke to students at Stern College for
Women about going to medical school in
Israel and transitioning to practice in the
United States. Dr. Farkas is an anesthesiology resident at New York Medical College in Westchester. Beth Chesir, MSIHs
admissions coordinator, and Kelly Coleman, a recruitment coordinator, were
also there. Yeshiva will host another information session on March 20.
MSIH, one of Ben-Gurion Universitys
two medical schools, is on the universitys Beer Sheva campus. It is an English
language North-American style medical
school that incorporates global health

coursework into all four years of study.

For information on information session or about attending medical school
in Israel, email or or call the MSIH
office at (212) 995-1231.

The Jewish Historical Socimany honors, awards, and

ety of North Jersey will
recognitions for her contributions to the community
honor Joy Kurland for her
from organizations including
contribution to the Jewish
the Anti-Defamation League,
community at its annual
Bergen County NAACP, the
tribute dinner, Tuesday,
Jewish Federation of NorthMay 17, at 6:30 p.m. The
ern New Jersey, Drew Univeri n fo r m a l c e l e b rat i o n ,
sity Hillel, and Bergen Counwhich will be at Temple
Joy Kurland
tys Brotherhood/Sisterhood
Beth Rishon in Wyckoff,
Interfaith Coalition.
offers a chance to share
Ms. Kurland is a member and past
chair of the Bergen County Human
Joy Kurlands work in northern New
Relations Commission. She is the
Jersey included fostering intergroup
immediate past president of the JCRC
relations, building coalitions, advocating for Israel, strengthening governDirectors Association of the Jewish
ment relations, and promoting initiaCouncil for Public Affairs. Ms. Kurland
tives that contributed to enhancing
also is on the board of the Jewish Historical Society of Northern New Jersey.
Jewish community relations.
For information, call (201) 300-6590.
Throughout her career, she received

Project Sarah breakfast

The 10th annual Project Sarah
to overcome cultural, legal, and
breakfast, the organizations
religious barriers confronting
biggest fundraiser, is Sunday,
victims of domestic violence and
April 3, at 9:30 a.m., at Congresexual abuse. No one is turned
gation Keter Torah in Teaneck.
away because of race, gender, or
Robin Niman of the Five
financial difficulties. The group
Towns, who used to work at
is funded by the N.J. Department
Project Sarah, will receive the
of Law and Public Safety, the U.S.
Magen Yeladim Hero award;
Department of Justices Office of
Judy Brown
Rabbi Haim Jachter will be
Violence Against Women, the
given the Rabbinical Support
N.J. Department of Children and
award; and Marcia Levy will accept the VolFamilies, Jewish Family Service & Chilunteer Recognition Award on behalf of the
drens Center of Clifton-Passaic, and private donations and foundations.
National Council of Jewish Women.
The breakfast is free and babysitting will
Judy Brown, the author of Hush and
be provided. Reservations are required;
This Is Not A Love Story will be the keynote speaker.
make them at For
Project Sarah (Stop Abusive Relationinformation, call (973) 777-7638, ext. 144.
ships At Home) is a program that works

Lander College welcomes grads

for annual alumni Shabbaton
More than 100 former students
returned to their alma mater
for the sixth annual Lander College for Men Alumni Shabbaton. Alumni came from across
the tristate area, Baltimore,
Dallas, Los Angeles, and Israel.
Including faculty, spouses, and
children, 300 people were at
the reunion.
Speakers included the colleges dean, Dr. Moshe Sokol,
and its rosh yeshiva, Rabbi
Yehuda Shmulewitz. The
weekend included communal
meals, davening, and a variety of shiurim
and divrei Torah. After Shabbat, juggling
comedian Michael Karas performed for
the adults, while Uncle Moishys character

Nachum the Clown entertained the

The Lander College for Men is an undergraduate division of Touro College.

upcoming at


JCC on the Palisades

Rubach Family Purim Carnival

Step right up to the

Bring your children in their favorite Purim costumes to

enjoy bounce houses, slides, games, prizes, life-size cartoon
characters, cotton candy, a costume parade and more.
Sun, Mar 20, 1-4 pm
Suggested entrance donation: $1 per person or
non-perishable food item to be donated to the
Center for Food Action.
All ride & game tickets sold on $25 cards for 30 tickets
Carnival opens at 12 pm for families with children
with special needs


JCC U Film School Series

Join us as we explore film noirHollywood crime
dramas from the years immediately following
World War II. Connect with fellow movie lovers and top
film studies expert, philip harwood , as he leads a
discussion on three film noir features:
Mar 23, Crossfire (1947); Apr 6, Kiss of Death (1947); &
Apr 20, The Naked City (1948).
Call Esther at 201.408.1456
3 Wednesdays, 10 am, $40/$50 ($16/$20 one day)

The Incredible, Edible EGG!

with chef michael wolf

Youll be amazed at the versatility of this surprisingly

simple food and how it can transform your meals.
Learn the quintessential techniques for making
frittatas, omelets, souffls and meringues.
Call Michele at 201.408.1496
Mon, Mar 28, 7-9:30 pm, $60/$75



A Sunday of Strong Women

authors, lunch, inspiration

Join us for a day of inspiration (lunch included)

as four women authors teach us how to empower
ourselves. Their work will entertain, entice, inspire,
inform and empower you in ways you never
thought possible. Great occasion for a girls day
Authors include lisa green On Your Case;
chef rossi The Raging Skillet;
elyssa friedland Love and Miss Communication;
and geralyn lucas Then Came Life.
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Sinai Schools holds 30th annual benefit dinner
Nearly 850 people attended the Sinai Schools
annual benefit dinner at the Marriott Glenpointe
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Rena and Jerry Barta of Teaneck, Eve and Heshy
Feldman of Englewood, Karen and Rabbi Steven
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Flatow of West Orange, and Annette and Jerry
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dinners at Sanzaris Glenpointe Hotel.
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Freddy, which addressed the topic of depression and suicidal ideation in teens on the autistic spectrum. Presentation speeches and films
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e dont endorse candidates for political

office at the Jewish
Standard. It would
be neither wise nor appropriate for
us to do so. In fact, although each
one of us has strong feelings both
in favor of and against some candidates, we keep those personal feelings as far as possible from the communal editorial voice of the paper.
Okay, sometimes that editorial voice
is a touch snarky, often it is a little bit
first-person, but its never ragingly
partisan about politics.
But not only has Donald Trump
broken all the rules, he is making it
impossible for us not to break one
as well.
We are not going to argue about
Donald Trumps policy proposals
here. We will not argue about his
extraordinary vulgarity. We are very
happy for him that he is so thrilled
with the size of his various body
parts that he wants to share that joy
with us. We will avert our eyes and
move on.
We will not even argue about the
flatness of his jokes.
We cannot ignore the ugliness of
his attacks on large groups of people on, say, womens looks and
on their tendencies to bleed from
their whatevers, thus impeding
their thought processes. We cannot
ignore his attacks on war prisoners,
whose courage and ability this battleuntested man derides. We cannot
ignore his attacks on immigrants
we here are all the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of
immigrants who found safe haven in
this miraculous country.
We cannot and should not in
fact we must not ignore his hesitation in refusing the endorsement of
David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan. Mr.
Trump said that he knew nothing
about them, and then, bizarrely, he
said, I dont like to disavow groups
if I dont know who they are. I mean,
you could have the Federation of

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To which the only possible response
is What????
But now Mr. Trump, at whose
rallies violence often threatens
his crowds are volatile, their emotions are roiled, and their tempers
are enflamed has begun to ask
his audiences to give a stiff-armed
salute. The gesture is a pledge to Mr.
Trump. He is quoted as saying, at
a North Carolina rally: Raise your
right hand. I do solemnly swear that
I no matter how I feel, no matter
what the conditions, if theres hurricanes or whatever will vote, on or
before the 12th, for Donald J. Trump
for president.
On its face, that is odd. But when
you look at when you see videos or
still shots of this salute it is chilling.
It is a Nazi salute.
Abraham Foxman of Bergen
County, who survived the Holocaust
as a small child and retired last summer as the longtime head of the AntiDefamation League (see story, page
26), finds the gesture chilling.
Mr. Trump is a great marketing
person, Mr. Foxman said. He put
his name out there for years, on
buildings, parks, other enterprises,
and he is now collecting on what he
had invested. He is asking for allegiance to his own name.
Did Mr. Trump know the history
of the gesture he was asking his followers to make?
There are two possibilities, Mr.
Foxman said. At best, it is innocent
and ignorant. If thats the case, its
pretty sad, that a man who claims
to be so worldly, so smart, so knowing, doesnt know what that salute
means. At worst, he knows exactly
what it means. That is just such a
bizarre idea.
No matter what he is in the rest of
his life, he is campaigning as populist, and populism can morph into
something worse into fascism or
neo-fascism, he continued.
Mr. Trump has broken so many

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of our taboos, Mr. Foxman said.

There is a social contract, a civil
contract, against insulting people.
You can say that its just political correctness, but political correctness is
a social contract. You may feel a certain way, but you dont say it publically. He does.
He has broken all the taboos of
what is acceptable, and he has gotten rewarded for it.
The way people are being treated
at his rallies is frighteningly reminiscent of totalitarian environments,
where they dont tolerate other
points of view.
Mr. Foxman sighed. It makes
Holocaust survivors quiver even
earlier than most other people
when they see it, he said. And
whats even more scary than Donald
Trump are the people who follow
him. There is so much anger and
frustration and anxiety and fear in
the country now, and he is playing
on all of it.
Were with Mr. Foxman. All partisan issues aside, we know that history teaches that breaches of basic
civility, of the normal rules of conduct, a descent into crudeness, bullying, and brutishness, is deeply
bad for society. We all should work
to stop it now, before it goes any
We are sure that Mr. Trump, as
loutish as he is, does not think of
himself as Hitler. He is not asking
for a Nazi salute because he fancies
himself a Nazi, or a fascist. In fact,
he has disavowed any knowledge of
what the salute might mean, claiming to be, in Mr. Foxmans words,
innocent and ignorant.
I dont know about the Hitler
comparison. I hadnt heard that,
but its a terrible comparison. Im
not happy about that certainly,
he said on ABCs Good Morning
But the emotions he is roiling
are unhealthy, and he should stop.
We should not encourage him.JP

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Letter of the law

letter to the editor in last weeks issue of the Jewish Standard (Scalia on changing the law) raises some interesting points. I thank its author, Rabbi Gary Karlin, for that
letter because it provides an opportunity to expand on
the discussion begun two weeks ago.
In my last column, Scalia would have stewed over a Shabbat
staple, I equated the U.S. Constitution to the constitution of the
Jewish people, meaning the Torah, and suggested that had Scalia
been a rabbi, and had his view prevailed, Judaism probably would
have disappeared by now, dead under the heavy weight of its own
That is because the late Supreme Court justice believed the only
good Constitution is a dead Constitution, meaning it is not open to
subjective reinterpretation, whereas Judaisms ability to survive is
directly related to the Torah being open to just such subjective reinterpretation. Torah law has been able to evolve because it was not
stuck in time and place, and because
individual rabbis and groups of rabbis recognized that and acted upon it.
Karlin, it seems, actually agreed
with me on this point. In the halachic system, he wrote, rabbis have
and continue to formulate, write, disseminate, challenge, and change Jewish law.
In his letter, Karlin argued that the
Torah and the U.S. Constitution have
little in common. (So did several peoEngelmayer
ple who responded to the Times of
Israel blog posting, although not with
the kind of reasoned arguments Karlin proffered.)
The Jewish legal tradition that got us to [this] point is very different from the American jurisprudence, he wrote. Where does the
comparison between American and Jewish law break down? In Jewish law, unlike in American law, there is no separation of powers.
To be fair, what Karlin wrote is correct in fact; Judaism operates
the way he outlined.
Rabbis are both judges (dayanim) and halachic authorities (posekim) who issue rulings, he wrote. A rabbi is the final voice of legal
authority in his or her community and may join others to augment their authority.
For millennia, there has been no formal, authoritative Jewish
congress legislating laws. No Jewish chief executive. No supreme
Jewish court. Just individual rabbis, working to keep Jewish law relevant and real.
That is the system we have, but it is not the system we were given.
If not for the system we were given, the system we have probably
never would have come to be.
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That is a head-spinning statement, to be sure, but
perhaps it will make sense as we address some of the
rabbis specific points.
It is true; there is no separation of powers in the
current Jewish legal system. That, however, is the
consequence of history. Originally, Israel was to be
ruled by three branches: king, priest, and prophet.
Each had his role to play. That is why a prophet,
Nathan, could stand before the mighty King David
and proclaim him guilty of horrendous crimes. In
any eastern court then and for many centuries after,
the man who so accused the king would quickly have
his head separated from his shoulders. In Israel, it
was the king who had to bow to the prophets judgment. (See 2 Samuel 12.)
Eventually, Israel was exiled, prophecy ceased, the
Temple was destroyed (twice), and there no longer
were kings, priests, or prophets to govern. There was
a power vacuum, and the rabbis filled it.
How did they get the authority to do so? Aside
from creating a direct line from Moses to themselves
(see Pirkei Avot, Chapter 1), they took several verses
from the Torah and reinterpreted them in their own
favor. (See Deuteronomy 17:9-14.) They could do
so because the Torah is subject to reinterpretation
when the need arises.
Karlin did allow that [p]erhaps one can claim that
Jewish communities, and in a broader sense, klal Yisrael, the Jewish people as a whole, balance rabbinic
authority, but in practical terms, that is not the case.
But it is supposed to be.
To begin with, according to black letter Jewish
law, rabbis, by acting in concert, can even stand the
Torah on its head, if by doing so they would bring
people closer to the Torah and to God.
Maimonides, the Rambam, states this concept
clearly. In his Mishneh Torah volume Rebels [Mamrim] (2:4), he says of the rabbis: If they should
conclude that it is necessary to suspend a positive
[Torah] commandment or nullify a negative one in
order to restore the people to the faith or to save
many Jews from otherwise becoming lax in matters
[of observance], they may act as the needs of the
time require.
By this, the Rambam means that if a clear majority of the People Israel have abandoned observance
of a particular God-given commandment, the rabbis
have the power (perhaps even the duty) to suspend
that commandment temporarily, rather than see the
entire halachic system plummet down a slippery
slope. (Does putting a string around Route 4 really
create a private domain allowing people to carry
on Shabbat? The eruvs purpose is to provide a way
for people to do what they would do in any case
carry on Shabbat without thinking they are violating Shabbat by doing so. Otherwise, they might start
to ignore other Shabbat rules.)
Finally, if the rabbis refuse to act, the people can.
Halachah actually gives the public the ability to
annul laws it considers obnoxious. (See, for example,
the Babylonian Talmud tractate Bava Batra 60b, BT
Avodah Zara 36a, and the Jerusalem Talmud tractate
Avodah Zarah 2:8.)
Rambam brings it all together (see MT Mamrim 2:57): A rabbinic decree, he says, is invalid if the people
resist it and a majority in fact refuses to adhere to it;
it is not permitted to force the people to follow it.
In American terms, we the Jewish people have
the right to amend our constitution, and even to
overturn laws that derive from it. We can do so only
because the Torah is a living document, not a dead

Understanding Orthodoxy
Rabbi offers readers the chance to ask questions, consider answers

finally decided to take the plunge

it to man, granting rabbinic scholars the authority to apply
For some time now, the Jewish Standards editor,
and adapt the law, within the boundaries, to changing situations and circumstances. God does so recognizing mans
Joanne Palmer, has asked me to consider joining the
fallibility. God assures the halachic decisors, however, that
Standards roster of periodic op-ed writers. While
the decisions they reach, if arrived at through loyal applihonored by the request, I have hesitated, not only because
cation of the law, will be deemed acceptable by God. The
of the press of time but because I feel that the issues I might
definition of right and wrong within the system thus is
raise in such a forum are better discussed face-to-face.
radically altered. As long as a decision is reached with loyalty
So why did I change my mind? Because as time goes on,
to the law and its process, that decision is deemed right in
I find myself feeling more and more misunderstood. No,
Gods eyes.
I am not about to reveal a deep, dark personal secret. My
It is this revolutionary step, equating correctness with
concern is not personal but theological, not individual but
fidelity to the legal process, that is the genius of halachah,
communal. I sense a growing chasm between my own Orthodox community and the Jewish community at large. While I
allowing age-old laws to remain relevant to each cutting-edge
admit that part of this phenomenon emerges from the selfcircumstance.
absorption of the Orthodox with our own issues and chalHalachic application, from the Orthodox perspective,
lenges, a good deal of the rift rises from the general comrequires respect both for current need and for the law
munitys lack of understanding about Orthodoxy. In print,
itself. The suggestion that the law should be changed at will,
on the web, and over social media, misstatements about
without respect for the halachic process, is considered not
Orthodoxy and the Orthodox community appear
only dangerous but disingenuous. Such an
in ever-growing numbers. The picture that invariapproach shows no appreciation for the
ably emerges is far from what I know my commuintrinsic value of the law, only respect for
nity stands for.
immediate perceived need. At the same
So, I have decided to take a small step towards
time, the suggestion that the law should
bridging the gap. In this periodic column, I will
ignore changing circumstances is equally
set forward my own take, as an Orthodox rabbi,
rejected. Halachah is meant to be a living
on specific theological, social, and communal
law, relevant to each generation of Jews. Halachic response thus can be found concernissues and events. While I will be representing no
ing all current issues, providing ethical and
one but myself, I am confident that my views and
Rabbi Shmuel
legal guidance in areas ranging from genetic
comments will be in synch with the majority of
engineering to the definition of death; from
my own modern Orthodox community.
space travel to the inclusion of LGBT indiThe success of this effort will be greatly
viduals into the Jewish community.
enhanced if it can be turned into a dialogue. I
An exquisite balance thus is struck between the timetherefore invite you, the readers, to raise comments, questions and issues for discussion by emailing them to me at
less and the timely, allowing us to relate to our God consistently, over constantly changing terrain. This balance also
has maintained our national unity and identity across the
I want to be clear. My goal is not to change anyones personal religious practice, but to increase understanding
ages. When we consider the miracle of Jewish survival to
between us. I would hope that our conversation will not only
this day, we must acknowledge the critical role that halachah has played in that survival. We would not be here
lead to a better understanding of the Orthodox on the part of
today as Jews were it not for the loyal observance of countthe broader community, but to a better understanding of the
less forbearers, maintaining Jewish practice against all
non-Orthodox within the Orthodox world as well.
odds, in communities separated from each other across
This week, I will kick off our dialogue by responding to an
the globe, across the centuries. That concrete ritual and
imaginary question that is not really imaginary at all. I have
ethical practice united us as a people when all other conheard this question raised often, in various forms, over the
tact between us was lost. That is why, when the walls came
course of my rabbinic career.
down after centuries of separation, we were yet recognizOrthodox tradition seems archaic, unchanging, and unresponsive to personal need. Shouldnt the tradition adapt
able to one another. That concrete ritual and ethical practice, I believe, must be respected and observed, if we are
with the times? Can laws transmitted centuries ago truly be
to survive, as Jews, into the future.
relevant to our day?
The application of Jewish law to the practical world is
A full scholarly response to this question is well beyond
not an easy task. Speaking recently to my synagogue comthe scope of this column. I would offer, however, a few critical observations that can lay the groundwork for further
munity I framed the halachic dialectic that faces each Jewish generation through the prism of two covenants enacted
between God and the Israelites at the dawn of Jewish hisThe Orthodox approach to Jewish law begins with the
tory: the brit avot, the communal covenant at Sinai, and
acceptance of Gods authorship of the Torah. The mitzvot
the brit atzmit, the individual covenant contracted immecontained therein, whether we understand their logic or not,
diately before Moshes death. Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik
are immutable and eternal. Accompanying the written law,
explains the vast difference between these two covenants.
however, is an oral law, eventually recorded in the Talmud
The first covenant, the Sinaitic covenant, is automatically
and in successive written works across the ages, as legal decisions continue to unfold. This oral law consists of numerous
granted to each Jew simply by dint of his or her affiliation
sections that when taken together, create a blueprint for the
with the community. The second covenant is personal,
application of halachah ( Jewish law) across time.
between God and each Jew separately, and is dependent
Through this blueprint, God takes divine law and hands
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Purim is serious
A look at power, powerlessness, and self-awareness

n a few weeks on the evening of

March 23 we will observe Purim.
Well read the Book of Esther, whose
length gave us the phrase die gantze
Megillah. There are some comical elements
in the story, but mostly it is a story of Jewish vulnerability and the potential for genocide that vulnerability promotes. Haman,
the Persian Hitler, threw lots to find the best
moment in the calendar to exterminate the
Jewish people. The good news in the story is
that the date he picked went topsy-turvy on
him. The Jewish people were saved and he
and his household were executed. But as the
rabbis tell us, even when the Jews of Persia
were spared they remained slaves of Achashverosh, a fool of a king who had something
Jews could possess only at his whim: Power.
When a nation has no real power of any
kind, it can claim clean hands and high
morality. It cannot be held responsible for the
evil it cannot create or control. But it also has
no dignity. The Jewish experience for centuries was one in which every pogrom let every
Jewish man know that his life could be forfeit at any time and let every Jewish woman
know that her human dignity could be compromised if some pogromchik wanted her.
Today, thank God, Jews have real political

and military power. Too often we forget to

what extent Jewish dignity has been restored
by having a state. Too often misguided Jews,
many of whom were not born when the State
of Israel came into existence, fail to consider
how exposed to the whims of a racist demagogue with political power they would be if
there were no Israel. And unfortunately, too
many abet that possibility through their ignorance of history and a moral perfectionism
that only people with a lack of understanding
of the unpleasant and complex workings of
the real world possess.
Thank God, we are not slaves of Achashverosh anymore. This means we are free to
use power of a kind Jews have not had since
the time of David and Solomon. Having that
power, however, tests our Jewish values. Do
we use our power in consonance with our
values, or do we use it as if we were a nation
like all other nations? Given our collective historical experience at those nations hands,
we should think twice and three times about
emulating them.
Related to this issue of the use of Jewish
power, our sages dictate a strange behavior.
On Purim, they ordain that we should drink
to such a degree that we cant tell the difference between Mordechai, the saintly Jewish

My grandson Netanel
Talking heart to heart about special needs and Sinai

hen he and his wife, Rosalyn, were honored at the

Sinai Schools annual dinner on Sunday, February
28, Mr. Flatow gave this speech.
There are a lot of people in this room
tonight, but lets pretend weve all know
each other for a long time, and were just
sitting in your living room talking about
our children and grandchildren. Nothing
beats a heart-to-heart talk.
Growing up, we are taught to believe
that if one is good, then two is better.
A double portion of dessert, tickets
priced 2-for-1, or two scoops of ice cream
all were things to be sought.
What happens when that double portion is an extra chromosome?
The answer is simple, but very complicated at the same time: Its Down
I think back to when our grandson, Netanel, was born with that extra
I was furious.
Less than 10 years earlier, our entire
family had been thrown into turmoil when
Alisa was murdered by terrorists.
As I slammed my hand on the kitchen

counter as I heard the diagnosis, I shouted,

Enough! This is not right. Im done. Why
should my children have to cope with this?
Where is Gods mercy? Where is Gods
That night was Yom Kippur; I had a full
dinner and stayed home from synagogue.
God should be asking forgiveness of my
kids, and if he wanted to find me that
night, he could find me at my home. For
the first time in 60 years, I did not attend
Yom Kippur services.
But 25 hours later I was at peace with
myself and the Almighty. I began to appreciate that life is more than a game of
Monopoly, and God does not give out getout-of-jail free cards.
When my daughter Gail and I discussed
it, she smiled, and said, Dad, you went
on a wildcat strike. You have been working
every day for 10 years to stand up for your
beliefs, you felt let down, so you didnt
work for a day.
Its over and back to work you go. It
was a wildcat strike.
Meanwhile, Netanel was struggling to
eat and breathe at the same time; he had
a heart defect that interfered with his
oxygen absorption. That problem was

will we, like the Persian Jews

hero of the Purim story, and
of the Purim story, throw our
Haman, the malevolent genocidal monster. It is a strange
countercultural viewpoint to
demand from our rabbis,
the wind in order to fit in?
whose interest in good and disWill we choose to speak the
cerning behavior is a defining
right and just and actually
do it, as authentic Judaism
But this rabbinic directive
demands? Or will we stand
is not as strange as it seems.
mute before the culture of
Rabbi Dr.
Rather, Purim is the day on
anger that has shown us the
which we are asked not to be
ugly underbelly of racism
so sure that we are wholly the
and jingoism that still subtly and not so subtly informs
Mordechais we like to think we
many Americans thinking?
are, but also to confront the
There is a Yiddish ditty about Purim. Its
possibility that we might be Hamans as well.
opening words are, Haint iz Purim, morWhen we leave Purims stupor behind,
gen iz ois Today is Purim. Tomorrow
having confronted our capability to be agents
its gone. Purim is fleeting. Tomorrow is
of good and evil behavior, we have a chance
our steady reality. When tomorrow comes
at actualizing our goodness and restraining
and we look soberly at ourselves, who will
our evil. Lacking that self-knowledge opens
we decide to be as individuals, as a collecus to the possibility of not even knowing that
tive, and as a nation? Free, proud, and powwhat we might be doing is beyond the pale of
erful Jews, or those who cannot distinguish
the morally acceptable.
between Mordechai and Haman?
Herein lies a special challenge to our Jewish
nation-state. Will it forfeit its dignity by using
Professor Michael Chernick of Teaneck
the power it now possesses without a moral
holds the Deutsch Family Chair in Jewish
compass? As a state that represents so many
Jurisprudence and Social Justice at the
who have been historys victims, will it now
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of
do what so many victims do: identify with
Religion in New York; his area of expertise is
their victimizers and mimic them?
the Talmud. He received his doctorate from
And what of us? We are the most privileged Jewish community in history. Will
the Bernard Revel Graduate School and
we use the privileges we possess wisely,
rabbinic ordination from R. Isaac Elchanan
for the preservation of our heritage, or
Theological Seminary.

soon fixed by the hands of

a surgeon with God-given
A s N e t a n e l g rew, we
quickly banished the word
retarded from our vocabulary. We recognized Netanel
certainly was not stupid
he just had Down syndrome.
As Ilana would say over
and over, Dad, hes like a
Japanese exchange student.
You may not understand a
word he says, but he makes
his point known, and he gets his way.
As Netanel started school, it was obvious that the public school system was
not going to be successful with him. Distressingly, the other students in his class
were taking up too much of the teachers
time with behavioral issues and Netanel would mimic them when he returned
home. He certainly was not getting the
individualized attention that he needed.
I think we all breathed a sigh of relief
when Netanel enrolled at the Sinai School
at RYNJ.
Within several weeks of Netanel starting at Sinai, even this grandfather could
see the difference in him. From week to
week, month to month, and now year
to year, its easy to see that hes thriving
in a warm and caring environment. And
seeing his face smiling down onto the

traffic on Route 4 doesnt

hurt either!
Sinai helped us see the
potential and the beauty of
children with disabilities
I admit that I know that living with Netanel is no cakewalk for his parents. Hes a
button pusher, and when
hes in a mood, I want to
head to the hills in fact, I
do but I look forward to
the day when Netanel can
spend Shabbat with his grandparents,
and I can remind him that what happens
with Grandma and Grandpa stays with
Grandma and Grandpa.
Thirty plus years ago, when Laurette
Rothwachs opened the doors of Sinai,
with the help of Rabbi Wally Greene, at
what was then the Hebrew Youth Academy, I had no idea that one of my family
would be a student there.
All I can say today is thank God there is
a program called Sinai, and that my favorite Down syndrome grandson can benefit
from it.
Stephen M. Flatow of West Orange, an
attorney who practices in Fairfield, is the
father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered
in an Iranian-sponsored Palestinian
terrorist attack in 1995.

A woman saying kaddish

I was delighted to read Joseph Kaplans Orthodox women

saying kaddish (February 26). Having completed doing so
myself about six months ago, it was an issue that spoke to me
I said kaddish in four different shuls in Teaneck, and around
the country when I was on business, and, overall, the experience was very positive. The shul where I said kaddish and
davened most frequently was very accommodating, and there
were few bumps in the road. I am very grateful to it. Although
the shul does not allow women to say kaddish alone, it was
almost never an issue, and I tried not to think about it.
I did not want my saying kaddish for my beloved father to
turn into a feminist moment. I was appreciative of the many
women (and some men) who came up to me during my 11
months to give me hizuk (strength) and to say that I inspired
them. One nice outgrowth of my saying kaddish is that I still
go to shul as many mornings as I can.
Its interesting that Mr. Kaplan mentioned Chabad. I too
had a very positive experience in a Chabad shul, where the
rabbi actually asked me about my father and made me feel
very welcome.
Thank you for highlighting this important issue,
Wendy Borodkin, Teaneck

Originalism and Torah

I followed with interest Rabbi Shammai Engelmayers

critique of Justice Scalias theory of originalism, were it
to have been applied to the interpretation of the Torah
(Scalia would have stewed over a Shabbat staple, February 26), and the ensuing comments from your readers
the next week. However, interpreting the Torah and the
Constitution of the United States are two different things,
and Rabbi Engelmayers analogy is inept.
To understand why, one must first understand the
need for originalism. Our countrys foundational principle is representative democracy, the establishment of
laws through the will of the people. Yet every time the
Supreme Court rules that a law is unconstitutional, the
court is essentially overriding the will of the people.
Words are malleable, and as history has shown, the justices have twisted and interpreted the Constitution to
mean anything they want it to mean. Not long ago, for
example, gay marriage, aka marriage equality, was
inconceivable, and Presidents Clinton and Obama scrambled to voice their opposition to it. Only a few years later,
a 5-4 Supreme Court decision declared marriage equality
a right granted by the Constitution. The personal opinion
of one unelected swing vote has thus disenfranchised the
many states whose citizens believe otherwise.
Justice Scalias theory of originalism thus requires that the
court interpret the words of the Constitution according to a
standard and not, willy nilly, according to the personal wishes
and views of each justice. Scalias standard is originalism
i.e., that the Constitution and its amendments mean what was
intended when they were adopted.
If we want to change the Constitution, then Scalia says we
need to gain the support of the people and follow the democratic amendment procedure provided in the Constitution.


upon the relationship actively forged by that individual

with his or her Creator.
Why, I asked, were both these covenants necessary?
Why doesnt one covenant suffice?
Because, I responded, taken together these two covenants define the Jewish task in each era. On the one
hand, we must optimize the brit atzmit, the individual
covenant. It is the task of each Jewish community to

Culture wars result when litigants are unable to gain the support of the people. They then urge the Supreme Court nine
unelected old people to usurp the constitutionally mandated amendment procedure by twisting the words of the
Constitution so that they have no resemblance to what was
originally intended. The people of a particular state naturally
take umbrage when their will is thwarted by a 5-4 decision
handed down from Washington. The people view this as a
tyranny of the minority imposing its views on the majority,
and it amounts to a rejection of our foundational principle of
representative democracy.
Many today are hoping that a new Supreme Court justice
will be appointed who will be the deciding vote to reverse
the Citizens United decision. Scalia would argue that these
people are, in effect, opposed to the democratic process,
and rejecting the inherent right of the people to decide
this issue. Scalia believed that New York had every right to
adopt a law in 1970 granting a woman the right to choose
whether to abort her child. However, he found nothing in
the Constitution that authorizes nine unelected people on
the Supreme Court to invalidate the choice of the people of
Texas from adopting a different law.
This tension between constitutional interpretation and
democracy has nothing to do with the interpretation of the
Torah. When the rabbis of old, to whom Rabbi Engelmayer
referred, creatively interpreted provisions of the Torah, they
believed they were actually following Justice Scalias theory
of originalism. The rabbis of old adopted what they believed
were original principles handed down in the Oral Torah by
God and applied those original principles to new circumstances. Justice Scalia would do the same.
Harry J. Reidler, Englewood

Is truth relative?

It may come as a surprise to Mr. Fischer, who wrote a letter (February 26) chastising the Jewish Standard for publishing columns by Rabbi Boteach, but some of us agree
with much not all of what the rabbi has to say. Isnt
America where diversity is extolled, meaning not only
diversity concerning classifications of people, but also
diversity of opinion?
And as for Republican bias, is Democratic bias better? In
my opinion, it is important for us to sift out the bias and try to
find the truth. And my truth may be different from your truth.
Susan Ebenstein, Hackensack

Remembering times past

I read Larry Yudelsons February 19 story about Shaare

Zedek Synagogue in West New York with great interest.
When I was growing up in West New York, my family
attended Shaare Zedek. It was Orthodox, and a beautiful place
to worship. Maurice Stiskin was the rabbi. I was saddened to
read that it might not last very long.
The community at one time was mainly Jewish. That
changed in the 1960s as Jews left for Bergen County, at the
start mainly to Teaneck, and subsequently to other towns.
West New York has had an influx of Cuban emigres.
The article caused me to want to share with the Jewish folks
who left the town my many wonderful memories of growing

enfranchise as many Jews as possible by making the Judaism of their day attractive, welcoming, accepting, and
warm. At the same time, however, the communal covenant must be observed as well. The continuity of Jewish tradition must be preserved so that our Judaism will
be recognizable as that of our grandparents and our childrens Judaism will be recognizable as our own. Only if
each covenant is fulfilled in a way that recognizes and
respects the validity of the other covenant, only if this
delicate balance is struck and maintained, do we succeed
in meeting our Jewish task in our time.

up in West New York. Heres to waxing nostalgic for an era

gone by.
Perhaps you may remember the main shopping center on
Bergenline Avenue. I recall a few popular ladies shops: Lily
Shop, Betty Paige, and for upscale clothes, Gail Brown. For
the men, there was the popular Schlesingers and Eatroffs.
There were many shoe stores: Tom McCann, National, Miles
and A.S. Beck.
There were many movie theaters in West New York the
Rialto, Rivioli, and Mayfair and in surrounding towns the
Colony, Temple, Lincoln, Alvin, and Embassy. The ladies
would go to the movies one night a week to collect dishes. The
children would go on Saturday afternoons to see two movies,
a chapter, cartoon, news of the day, and coming attractions,
all for 50 cents.
The popular furniture stores were Howell Brothers and,
for elegant furniture, Hudson Furniture. We had two five and
dimes Fisher Beer and Woolworths. We bought childrens
clothes in Lobels.
The main food market was Lows, which was privately
owned. Everyone knew the shopkeepers. We had two groceries on Hudson Avenue, one owned by the Shulmans and
the other by the Stepners. The two kosher butchers in town
were Berkowitz, the butcher, and Polinskey, the butcher, (as
the ladies referred to them.) We also had a wonderful Jewish
bakery owned by the Amsterdams. It had the best rugalach.
Milk was delivered by either Bordens or Sheffield. People
had their eggs delivered from Freehold. Cheeses and butter
were sold by the pound from buckets. White breads were
Wonder Bread, Bond, and Silver Cup. The popular butter
and cheese grocery store was Hiamowitzs in Union City. We
enjoyed Schroeders ice cream parlor, with the double cones
and juke boxes at the tables.
Doctors row was on 60th Street. Those were the days
when doctors came to the house. The childrens doctor all
the mothers used was Dr. Kerdashian. He always gave the
children lollipops. Other doctors I recall were Dr. Schwartzwald, Dr. Bailey, and Dr. Sheppard. Those were the days
doctors had time to stay, after visiting a sick patient, for coffee and cake.
I recall taking accordion lessons at Rex Accordion Studio.
We also dined on Sunday nights at Barnett & Brodie Deli.
As children, we went to the public library on 60th Street
(which is still there) and loved taking out books. Our favorite reads were The Bobbsey Twins, the Honey Bunch
series, and The Hardy Boys. The first book I ever read was
The Boxcar Children.
I graduated Memorial High School, which at the time was
known for its great football team, coached by Joe Coviello,
who subsequently became principal of North Bergen High
School. He also was our history teacher.
As noted in the article, West New York was the embroidery capital of the United States. Most of the people who
lived there were Jewish, Italian, or German. The founder
of N.Y. Waterways, Arthur Imperator Sr., was born in West
New York.
I appreciate Mr. Kaminskys emotional attachment to the
shul, and I hope that this once beautiful building will be saved.
Grace Jacobs, Cliffside Park

Enough said for now. I have started what will, hopefully,

be an ongoing dialogue. I look forward to hearing from
you and continuing the conversation.
Shmuel Goldin of Englewood is the senior rabbi of
Congregation Ahavath Torah. A recognized leader in
the modern Orthodox rabbinate, he was president of the
Rabbinical Council of America from 2012-2014 and has
held leadership positions in many other organizations. He
is the author Unlocking the Torah Text and has written,
lectured, and taught worldwide.

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ou dont hear
Ahmadinejad who in 2009
that much these
led the brutal charge at
days about Mahthe behest of Supreme
m ou d A h m a L e a d e r Ay a t o l l a h A l i
dinejad, the former Iranian
Khamenei and the Iranian
president whose penchant
Revolutionar y Gu ards
for denying the HoloCorps against the Iranian
caust at every opportunity
democracy movement.
became legendary.
T h ou g h t h e re we re
Ben Cohen
If conventional wisdom
more people demonstratis to be taken at face value,
ing in the streets in 2009
the reason for that is simthan even in 1979, when
ple: The era of Ahmadinejad came to
the Islamist revolution brought down
an end in 2013, when he was replaced
the Shah, Western policymakers act
by the current incumbent, Hassan Rouas if none of that ever happened. Such
hani. Where a semi-literate fanatic once
airbrushing of history allows them to
reigned, there is now in his place an
cast Rouhani, whose fealty to the Iraavuncular model of good sense. Irans
nian variant of Islamist rule has never
main aim presently, it follows, is to reinwavered, as a moderate.
tegrate itself into the international sysRather, as Ahmadinejad would
tem through trade and renewed foreign
remember well, the true moderates are
exiled, or dead, or operating underIts this deeply faulty thinking that
ground, or languishing in monstrous
informs both the nuclear deal with Iran
jails like Tehrans Evin Prison. Moreover,
reached last year as well as the lions
the fact that a majority of candidates for
share of media coverage of the recent
both parliament and the Assembly of
Iranian parliamentary elections. Iran,
Experts were rejected by the Guardians
we are told, is divided between hardCouncil shows what a travesty of democliners and moderates. The duty of
racy these elections are.
the West is to support the moderates,
With Rouhani in power, the traditional
whose electoral triumph is a timely demunderstanding of what constitutes a
onstration that the engagement strategy
moderate has been stretched beyond
with Tehran is paying off.
recognition. To be a moderate in Iran
But you can and perhaps you should
these days, you dont have to disavow
look at this situation entirely differthe regimes military and operational
ently. The Islamic Republic has good
backing, in concert with Russia, for the
reason to think fondly of Ahmadinederanged Bashar al-Assad dictatorship in
jad, no matter how much the outside
Syria. You dont have to pledge that $150
world insists that he was just an irritatbillion in recouped funds from sanctions
ing blip on the road to lucrative deals
relief will be spent on public health or
with German car manufacturers and
childrens literacy programs, instead of
French industrialists. After all, it was
Shiite terrorist organizations in Iraq and

Lebanon. You dont have to stop roaring
slogans like Death to Israel! and Death
to America! at public demonstrations. All
that is required for exemption from hardliner status is a broad show of support for
the nuclear deal.
Thus does Iran play its role in maintaining the fiction that the nuclear deal will
usher in an era of peace, with Tehran sufficiently incentivized to acknowledge the
mild restrictions on its nuclear development negotiated in Geneva. Ultimately,
its all based on faith that Irans regime will
never weaponize its nuclear program.
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.),
a former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, put it eloquently just
after the deal was announced. This deal
is based on hope, Menendez said. Hope
that when the nuclear sunset clause
expires, Iran will have succumbed to the
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benefits of commerce and global integration. Hope that the hardliners will have
lost their power and the revolution will
end its hegemonic goals. And hope that
the regime will allow the Iranian people to decide their fate. Hope is part of
human nature, but unfortunately it is not
a national security strategy.
Examining his words more closely, we
might say that Menendez was being overly
generous. What passes for a strategy is
predicated on the belief that Iran will grab
at everything it can except for a nuclear
bomb, and thats something we can live
with. That means Iran will continue, with
outside acquiescence, sponsoring Assads
carnage in Syria, confident that the United
States and Europe will do nothing to counter the tyrants boast to a German broadcaster that the restraint he is supposedly showing has a limit. (For Assad,


there are no limits, as he proved when he

unleashed chemical weapons on his own
population.) In this context, Irans role is
to ensure that its interest in regional domination lies at the heart of Assads governing doctrine. Overall, the preservation and
management of this axis is the task of Russia, whose footprint over this part of the
Middle East has expanded in tandem with
Americas withdrawal.
The important point to remember is
that America hasnt lost all of its leverage when it comes to reigning in Iran,
assuming it can summon the political
will to do so. As one Iran expert told me,
Were talking about a $3 trillion economy against a $180 billion economy.
European banks will be highly cautious
in dealings with Iran if there is a credible
threat of renewed sanctions emanating
from the U.S., which will in turn hamper

outside investment.
But at the moment, President Barack
Obama is doing the opposite, encouraging a climate of economic security
around Iran. Should the ghastly vision of
a Donald Trump presidency come to fruition, the essence of this policy likely will
continue, and will be further softened
by Trumps eagerness to please Russian
President Vladimir Putin. Thats an outcome that Irans ruling moderates, in
whom we have placed so much trust, will
doubtless welcome.
Ben Cohen, senior editor of
and the Tower magazine, writes a weekly
column for on Jewish affairs and
Middle Eastern politics. His work has been
published in Commentary, the New York
Post, Haaretz, the Wall Street Journal,
and many other publications.

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ADLs new
leaders take on
old problems
Meet its head,
Jonathan Greenblatt,
and a new VP,
Shari Gersten of Tenafly


Cover Story

n some ways, the Anti-Defamation Leagues new director, Jonathan Greenblatt,
could not be more different from its recently retired
longtime head, Abraham
Foxman of Bergen County.
To begin with, there are
the visuals. Mr. Foxman is so
warm that its practically visible; of course the warmth masks steel, but
you cant see it. Mr. Greenblatt is all hard
edges; light bounces off his head. There is
real heat, but the steel is on the outside.
Mr. Foxman is courtly; Mr. Greenblatt is
tightly wired and all business. Those differences mark not only the very real dissimilarities between their personal styles
and their histories Mr. Foxman, 75, was
born in Poland at the start of the Holocaust
and brought up as a Catholic to save his
life; Mr. Greenblatt, 45, was born in the
United States, the grandson of a Holocaust
survivor but of the very different times in
which they grew up.
Although their approaches reflect their
generations, though, their passion is
shared stopping the defamation of the
Jewish people and securing justice for all,
as Mr. Greenblatt puts it.
Thats been on display most recently
in the ADLs quick response to Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump,
whose denunciations of entire ethnic or
religious groups, and later refusal to condemn David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan,
immediately was met by the ADLs offer to
educate him on homegrown hate groups.
Mr. Foxman, whose tenure at the ADL
took him through a full 50 years of change,
retired (or at least sort of retired he is
far too fully engaged in the world to retire
completely) in July, and Mr. Greenblatt
became the ADLs sixth national director.
One of his early moves there was to hire
Shari Gersten of Tenafly, who became the
ADLs first vice president of leadership and
external relations. Recently, the two of
them talked about themselves, their paths
to the ADL, and their vision for it.
Mr. Greenblatt wastes little time on getting-to-know-you small talk. His qualifications for his job are impressive. In 1992,
as a brand-new college graduate, fresh
from Tufts, he worked for candidate Bill
Clintons presidential campaign, and later
was a special assistant to President Barack
Obama and director of the brand-new
Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. He is an entrepreneur, and much
of his success has been at the intersection

Jonathan Greenblatt stands at a memorial to the victims of the terrorist attack at the Hypercacher supermarket in Paris.

How do we upgrade our capability

in order to be as effective and
high performing as possible, from
launching a Twitter feed in Arabic
to integrating internal models
so we can better commit to
identifying talent? We will grow by
learning from the private sector.

of business and social-justice work. As one

of the founders of Ethos Water, he sold
expensive bottled water and channeled
some of its profits into providing free
water to children in developing countries.
He is also very much of his time; much of
Mr. Greenblatts work has involved cuttingedge technology, particularly around social
media. All For Good was an open source
platform and Good Worldwide was a media
company; they both were profit-making
ventures, and the fact that both had the
word good in their names was not accidental. Mr. Greenblatt is a firm and genuine
believer in doing well by doing good.

Mr. Greenblatt also has been very clear

about his deep connection to the Jewish
Given that background, he was a logical choice to head the ADL Mr. Jewish
Twenty-first Century, replacing the quintessential Mr. Jewish Twentieth Century,
Abe Foxman.
As he started talking in his midtown
office recently, Mr. Greenblatt talked in
bullet points about his four goals for the
ADL as he takes it to the next level and
leads it into the future.
First, he said, is renewing its mission
to protect Jews and fight for social justice

for all. Thats why Benjamin Epstein

the ADLs director before Mr. Foxman
marched with Martin Luther King at
Selma, he said. Its why in the 1950s we
were fighting for immigrants and refugees,
why in the 1940s we were advocating for
the Jewish state, why in the 1990s we were
pushing for laws against hate crimes. For
generations we have been fighting for civil
rights and social justice for African Americans and Latinos, along with fighting for
Jews. For decades we have been fighting
for both.
In recent years, some of the emphasis has shifted, and there has been some
lack of clarity. So how do we build on our
heritage as we embrace our Jewish values?
How do we embody the fight for social
justice? One of the ways, he suggested,
is to work to get legislation against hate
crimes passed in all 50 states, to ensure
that the laws cover sexual orientation
and gender identity, and to make sure
that law enforcement effectively tracks
hate crimes, because many crimes are not
reported, he said.
His second goal is to reinvigorate the
operation. To that end, his first senior
hire was a new head of HR. And it wasnt
someone who came from a JCC or a federation. It was a 15-year veteran of GE
who had worked at Citigroup, and who is

an expert in bringing the best practices of Fortune 500

companies to our organization. (He was talking about
Thomas Ruderman, who is now the ADLs senior VP of
talent and knowledge.)
How do we upgrade our capability in order to be as
effective and high performing as possible, from launching a Twitter feed in Arabic to integrating internal models so we can better commit to identifying talent? he
asked rhetorically. We will grow by learning from the
private sector.
The third goal, Mr. Greenblatt said, is to engage broadly
with the younger demographic. The generation below
his, the millennials, is more intermarried, less affiliated,
less institutional, more about inventing solutions to problems. They want to change the world themselves, so we
have to think deeply about how to engage with them. He
is talking not only about secular millennials but about religiously engaged millennials as well.
And why should millennials not be religious? Orthodox millennials are a quickly growing community, and
we need to be mindful of them; we should not think
in binary terms, he warned. We have 5,000 years of
values, and we should use it to connect with all sides of
the community.
Within the Jewish community, we need to reach out to
a younger crowd, across the spectrum of observance and
practice. We must reach out to the non-Jewish community.
I am proud that we advocate for Syrian refugees. Most
of them are women and children, widows and orphans
and the elderly. It is the right thing to do we were once
strangers ourselves.
He is not advocating naivet, he continued. I was in
Europe a few months ago, and I saw how Belgian and
French Jews live. They are afraid, and with good reason.
The ADL has an obligation to help them. I do not think
that helping European Jews and Syrian refugees is mutually exclusive. Instead, it is reinforcing.
The fourth goal, Mr. Greenblatt said, is to make big
bets. I dont want to boil the ocean but how do we convert challenge to opportunities?
Much of the ADLs job is balancing competing realities.
Take the still-highly-controversial Iran deal, struck just as
Mr. Greenblatt took on his new job. We didnt support
it, but we had to focus on the day after. The fissures that
Shari Gersten, above, of Tenafly, shown here in Poland, is the AOLs new first vice president of leadership and external relations. Left, Ms. Gersten with her husband, David Rosenblatt, and their children,
Arielle and Zeke.

it exposed need tending; they must not be papered

over but have to be repaired. We need to be tolerant. We have to model the kinds of behaviors we
expect to see, a respect for different points of view.
We have to have conversations, even when they are
tough. Our whole tradition is about dissent.
One big bet is how we strive for more civility and
constructive conversation in our own country.
And we know that anti-Semitism is not going
away. The first phase of anti-Semitism was antiJudaism, coming from the early church. The second
was a racial thing. And now we have anti-Zionism,
which is anti-Semitism. We have campaigns like
BDS, which is unambiguously anti-Semitism. It has
become very sophisticated, but it is anti-Semitism,
and we need to be prepared to confront it.
We will be robustly engaged in the fight against
anti-Semitism and in the fight for social justice, he
concluded. That is where I see us going. Whether
it is the new civil rights struggle of the day, fighting
the deligitimitzation of Israel, pushing back against
those who oppress us or others, getting young people engaged that is the struggle of our time.
And I am blessed to be in an organization with

I feel blessed every

time I walk in and see
our mission statement
on the wall. I look at
it every day, because
it energizes me.

such a rich history.

Mr. Greenblatt grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut, in a
town that was not particularly rich in Jews but to a family
that was deeply connected to Jewish life. Three of his four
grandparents were born in Europe, and my grandfather
had us marching for the refuseniks at the JCC when I was
a kid, and the funny thing is that it worked. They were
freed. So early on, I got this Herzl-ian idea that if you will
it, it will be. It happened. These early experiences gave me
the sense that anything could happen.
When he worked for the Clinton campaign, Mr.

Leah Rabin, the widow of assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, describes
pictures of her husband to Jonathan Greenblatt.

Greenblatt said, he met Lenny Zakim. The

Boston-based Mr. Zakim, who grew up in
Clifton and died in 1999, when he was 46,
was a remarkably influential and beloved
Jewish communal activist. Mr. Zakim was
a huge influence on his life.
Mr. Greenblatt now lives on Long Island
with his wife, Marjan Keypour, an Iranian
Jew and human rights activist who came
to this country when she was 17, and their
three children. Shes far more interesting
than I am, he said.
We are not all either Ashkenzai or Sephardi, he added; the idea that all Jewish
food is one or the other that binary idea
is so wrong! But as a community we do
struggle with duality. How do you manage it? How do you live with it? We are
Americans and we are Jews.
He is grateful to be able to talk with Mr.
Foxman. I am blessed to be in an organization with such a rich history. I talk to
Abe frequently. I am lucky to have his ears
and his counsel.
Mr. Foxman agrees. Jonathan is smart,
he said. Very smart. He comes to the ADL
with a very different set of skills than I had,
and they are very important in todays age.
He will apply them and move the agency
further in this new era. He has the passion,
he has the understanding, he understands
our mission, and he is dedicated to it.
It will be different, but in a certain
way it will also be the same. The voice
will change, the photos will change he
has his own understanding, his own history and emotions but the mission wont
change. He will carry it forward.
I am very optimistic about the ADLs
future under Jonathans leadership.
Ms. Gersten, a lawyer, worked for three
years doing labor litigation, and I hated
it, she said. I worked on the Clinton
campaign, and I worked with Ron Brown.
When he became commerce secretary
Mr. Brown was a chair of the Democratic
National Committee, and Mr. Clinton
appointed him secretary in 1993; in 1996,
while on a trade mission, he was killed in
a plane crash in Croatia he asked me to
join him, and I decided that I wanted to do

something substantive.
In 1997, Ms. Gersten and her husband,
David Rosenblatt, moved to Boston, and
then to Silicon Valley, where she worked
in a small start-up, and where their twins,
Arielle and Zeke, were born. When they
turned 2, we decided that Jewishly there
wasnt enough for us there, she said. We
used to have to get our kosher meat from
45 minutes away. We felt that if we didnt
have a strong Jewish community, it would
be like raising our kids on an island.
Ms. Gersten is from Scarsdale, N.Y., so
it was natural to move back to the metropolitan area, and we had friends in Englewood. We knew that we wanted a Jewish
day school, and to be as close to Manhattan as possible. They moved to Tenafly,

where the twins began prekindergarten at

the Solomon Schechter School of Bergen
County. (The school goes through eighth
grade; they graduated and now are in high
school at the Solomon Schechter School of
Westchester.) The family became active in
local Jewish life; Mr. Rosenblatt is a former
Berrie Fellow at the Jewish Federation of
Northern New Jersey and now sits on the
executive board of the Kaplen JCC on the
Palisades in Tenafly. (As we chronicled
in 2011, Mr. Rosenblatt also is one of the
founders of the Arava Power Company, an
Israeli solar energy concern.)
Because their daughter Shari lives in
Tenafly and their other daughter is on the
Upper West Side, recently Ms. Gerstens
parents, Roz and Gerald Gersten, who
spend part of the year in Florida and used
to spent the other in Westchester, moved
to Fort Lee to be closer to them. My father
flew 33 bombing missions over Germany
in World War II, his daughter said. He is
my hero.
Like Mr. Greenblatts grandparents, Ms.
Gerstens were European-born. When
I turned 50 last year, my husband asked
me what I wanted to do, and I said that I
wanted to go to Moldava, where my grandfather came from. My grandfather left in
1922. He and two brothers walked to Palestine. He got sick with malaria, and he
was told that if he didnt leave he would
die. He had a friend from Poland who sent
him passage to New York, and his first day
there he met my grandmother, who was
from Russia, in Prospect Park.
His two brothers remained in Palestine, and the rest of his family was killed

in Sobibor.
Last year Ms. Gersten made the pilgrimage to Sobibor; she also went to Poland and
saw Auschwitz. My grandfather and I were
very close, and now that I have been to his
town I understand more about his story,
and about how lucky he was, she said.
To get back to duality what Ms. Gersten saw in Poland embodied that. She
saw the death camps; she also saw life.
Polands government is now newly and
worryingly right-wing; at the same time,
more and more Polish people are finding
out that they had relatives who were Jewish, and they are deciding that they want
to learn more, to be more Jewish. My joke
with David is that my one-time bucket wish
was to go to Poland, and now I have been
there twice within the last six months, and
I am hoping to go again this summer.
She recently agreed to join the board of
the JCC in Krakow.
When her friend Jonathan Greenblatt
asked Ms. Gersten to join him at the ADL,
I felt really blessed, as a Jew, as a person,
Ms. Gersten said. It is such an honor.
Ms. Gersten works with the ADLs lay
leaders and nurtures the next generation,
who gradually will step up to leadership
roles. The future is with the young leaders, she said.
I feel blessed every time I walk in and see
our mission statement on the wall. I look at
it every day, because it energizes me.
She also is thrilled to work with Mr.
Greenblatt. Jonathan is incredibly special, she said. He has such a neshama
such a soul. He cares so much for the
Jewish people.

Foxman on the oddness

of honors from Germany
Last month, in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.,
Abraham Foxman was awarded the Commanders
Cross of the Order of Merit, Germanys highest
civilian honor.
Peter Wittig, Germanys ambassador to the
United States, gave Mr. Foxman the medal at his
official residence, as ADL leaders and U.S. government officials, including Deputy Secretary of
State Tony Blinken; the U.S. ambassador to Germany, John Emerson, and Stuart Eizenstadt, who
among other things is a former Treasury secretary, looked on.
Although he has received a significant number
of country recognitions, this was the most meaningful, the most difficult, the most emotional of all
of them, Mr. Foxman, who survived the Holocaust
Peter Witting, Germanys ambassador to the U.S., left, presents
as a little boy, brought up as a Catholic by his deAbraham Foxman with the Commanders Cross of the Order of
voted but then possessive and ultimately deeply
troubled nanny, said.
Merit in Washington, D.C.
My relationship with Germany was one of my
Because a foreign governments embassy is considered
most difficult struggles of my growing up, of my
to belong to its country, in a sense Mr. Foxman was on Geradulthood. It was the struggle between my heart and my
man soil when he received the award, and that added to
mind. Because I knew that those people today they
the days surreal quality.
didnt do it. They are not responsible. They are the grandI have been to Germany several times, he said. I have
children of those who did it.
honored two of its presidents, and Chancellor Merkel. But it
So how can I continue to feel anger against them? I did
is one thing to give awards in honor of the new generation
feel that anger, but I resolved it. I went to visit Germany, I
of Germans, and it quite another to receive one.
worked with the new generation, to sensitize them, to eduIm okay with it. It was a very good feeling.
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Charedi boys study at a synagogue

in Jerusalem on April 7, 2011. 

Israel fractures by faith on politics and society


srael today grapples with profound

existential questions of its national
identity, including how Jewish the
Jewish state can be.
More than three-quarters (76 percent)
of Israeli Jews believe their country can
be both Jewish and democratic, a view
rejected by majorities of Israeli Muslims
and Christians, according to a comprehensive new survey released by the Washington-based Pew Research Center on Tuesday, March 8.
The report also highlights the precarious relationship between Jews and Arabs



in Israel, with nearly half (48 percent) of

Jewish Israelis favoring the expulsion or
transfer of Arabs from the nation.
The survey finds deep religious divisions in Israeli society, not only between
Jews and Arabs, but also among Jews,
said Alan Cooperman, Pews director of
religion research.
Among the reports other findings:
While nearly all Israeli Jews say theyre
Jewish, half (49 percent) consider themselves secular, even as they engage in some
Jewish religious practices. And one in five
Jewish Israelis profess no belief in God.
Mostly what we find is a huge gulf
between ultra-Orthodox and secular Jews,

said Neha Sahgal, a senior researcher on

the survey, Israels Religiously Divided
Society, which is based on face-to-face
interviews with more than 5,600 Israeli
Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Druze.
Secular Israeli Jews, for example, say
they are more uncomfortable with the
idea of their child marrying a very Orthodox Jew than a Christian, the report shows.
Cooperman said that Pew asked the
question of whether Arabs should be
allowed to live in the Jewish state in general terms because its researchers know of
no official Israeli proposal to expel Arabs.
At the same time, this is an idea that has
been raised and bandied around for more
than a decade, he said. All we can say is
that the broad idea of transfer or expulsion
has evenly split the Israeli public.

Arabs in Israel are overwhelmingly

Muslim, and represent 14 percent of the
population. Christian Arabs represent 2
As for Israels character, the study found
that 62 percent of all Israeli Jews believe
that democratic principles should outweigh Jewish law halachah when the
two conflict.
But among the charedim the most fervently Orthodox Jews in Israel, 89 percent believe that Jewish law should take
precedence over democratic principles.
The same percentage of secular Jews in
Hebrew, chilonim say that democratic
principles should trump religious law.
When the question of Israels Jewish and
democratic character is put to non-Jewish
Israelis who comprise 19 percent of the

A Palestinian woman teaches from the

Quran in front of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on
the Temple Mount in Jerusalems Old City
on November 28, 2012. REUTERS/MARKO DJURICA

A Christian pilgrim is
baptized on the banks of
the Jordan River, near the
West Bank city of Jericho,
on January 18, 2016.

Jewish states population 63 percent of Muslims and 72

percent of Christians say Israel cannot be both Jewish and
The report also found some consensus among Jewish
Israelis, particularly on the idea of the nation as a sanctuary for Jews. Nearly all 98 percent concur that Jews
around the world have a right to citizenship in Israel. This
belief is linked to another shared by more than nine in 10
Israeli Jews: that Israel, founded in 1948 in the wake of the
Holocaust, is necessary to the long-term survival of the
Jewish people.
Pews study comes three years after the release of its
Portrait of Jewish Americans, a survey that shocked
many with its finding that most American Jews consider
their Judaism rooted more in culture and ancestry than
in religion.
Taken together, the two Pew reports delve deeply into
the beliefs of 80 percent of the worlds 14 million Jews, and
invite comparisons between its two largest national communities, which are of roughly equivalent size.
There are deep bonds between Jews in the two countries, Cooperman said. Most Israeli Jews (59 percent), for

example, say American Jews have a good influence on the

way things are going in Israel.
Religiously, however, American and Israeli Jews show a
marked distinction. Orthodox Jews make up about 1 in 5
Israelis, but only 1 in 10 American Jews. And while Israeli
Jews are more likely to gravitate toward the extremes
either very or hardly religious American Jews tend to
populate a middle ground, the survey shows.
Higher percentages of Israelis say they go to synagogue
weekly, light Shabbat candles, and keep kosher. But
theres also a paradox here, Cooperman said. In some
ways, Israeli Jews are also less observant than American
Jews as a whole.
The share of Israeli Jews who say they never go to synagogue is higher, for example, 33 versus 22 percent. And
about a third of American Jews (35 percent) say they
attend synagogue a few times a year, such as for High
Holy Days, higher than the 14 percent of Israeli Jews.
One of the hallmarks of the new study is that is breaks
down Israeli Jews into four subgroups, categorizations
that can highlight how religious observance correlates
with views on a host of pressing societal questions. (These

groupings are not analogous to those that describe the various American Jewish approaches to Judaism.)
Between the charedim at one pole (9 percent of Israeli
Jews), and the chilonim (49 percent) at the other, the survey uses two other categories. The datim (13 percent)
are Orthodox Jews who engage far more than the charedim in Israels larger society, and the masortim (29 percent) fall between Orthodoxy and secularism.
So on a question about Jewish law and society for
example, should public transportation shut down on
Shabbat responses vary markedly among the four subgroups. While 96 percent of the charedim favor a shutdown, fewer of the other groups agree 85 percent of
datim, 44 percent of masortim, and 6 percent of chilonim.
And as distinct as the responses among Israels Jews,
a starker contrast divides Jews and Arabs on some of the
most fundamental questions of Israeli life.
For example: 42 percent of Jewish Israelis say the West
Bank settlements help Israels security and 30 percent say
these Jewish communities illegal under international
law hurt it. But 29 percent of Muslim Israelis say they
help and 61 percent say they hurt.
And while 21 percent of Israeli Jews say there is a lot of
discrimination against Muslims in Israel, 79 percent of
Israeli Arabs hold that view.
Other findings of the report include:
About one-third of Jewish men in Israel say they wear
a kippah or other head covering that denotes respect for
About half of Israel Jews are Ashkenazi, with ancestral
roots in Central or Eastern Europe, and half are Sephardi
or Mizrahi, with roots in Spain, the Mediterranean, and
the Middle East.
Muslims in Israel generally are more religious than
Israeli Jews nearly seven in 10 Muslims (68 percent) say
religion is very important in their lives but less religious
than Muslims living in many other countries in the region.
The report, funded in part by the Neubauer Family
Foundation, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent among Israeli Jews, plus or minus 6 percent among
Israeli Muslims, plus or minus 9 percent among Israeli
Christians and plus or minus 11 percent for Druze in Israel.


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values are born out of our Jewish faith, a
love for the stranger and equality before
the law.
Rivlin called on the public to engage
in soul-searching and moral reflection.
But Alan Cooperman, the Pew studys
lead author, says support for expulsion
comports with other data points in the
survey. Cooperman pointed to survey
findings that nearly four out of five
Israeli Jews say Israel should give preferential treatment to Jews, 60 percent
of Israeli Jews believe God gave the land
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Zionists and charedi Orthodox also feel
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You see it really makes sense, he
said. Support is strongest among
[religious Zionists], very high among
Analysts say Jewish animosity toward
Israeli Arabs has been exacerbated by
the recent wave of Palestinian terror
attacks and a government response that
some consider inflammatory. Rawnak

Natour, the co-director of Sikkuy, a nonprofit that works toward Arab-Jewish

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two nations within Israel following a
January terror attack in Tel Aviv.
I think theres a feeling of fear here
thats strengthened by the political echelon, Natour said. Theres a lack of
familiarity of the other side.
The Pew finding on expulsion is significantly higher than other recent polls
that have sought to measure Israeli attitudes toward coexistence. The 2015
Israel Democracy Index, a survey published annually by the Israel Democracy
Institute, found 37.5 percent support
for the government merely encouraging
Arab emigration.
A 2015 poll by Haifa University Professor Sammy Smooha found that six in
10 Israeli Jews felt it would be good for
Arabs and Jews to always live together in
Israel. That survey also found 32 percent of respondents in favor of encouraging Arabs to leave Israel in exchange
for compensation.
Israeli pollsters have laid blame on
the question itself, calling it vague and
misleading. Is the question about Israeli
Arabs, West Bank Palestinians or both?
When would this expulsion occur, and
under what conditions? Would the Arab
refugees be compensated?
It was asked in a very unclear way,
said Tamar Hermann, academic director
of IDIs Guttman Center for Surveys. If
we didnt get a majority on a more cautious and less aggressive version [of the
question], what happened here? I would
say take it with a grain of salt.
The statistic is a sign not only of
extremism but also of polarization in
Israeli society, according to Steven M.
Cohen, a sociology professor at New
Yorks Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Institute of Religion who consulted on
the Pew study. Regardless of the exact
level of support, he called the figure
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Theres a lot of support for this
notion that God gave this land to me
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FLINT, MICH. At 86, Jeanne Aaronson

is blind and lives alone, but she has seen
a lot over the years.
She lived in Flint when it was a manufacturing powerhouse, a center of the
automotive business and a symbol of
American industrial might and ingenuity. She lived through the citys decline in
the 1970s and 80s as the auto factories
closed and the population decamped
for better opportunities elsewhere. And
more recently, she witnessed the beginning of its revival, with the opening of
new businesses and a slew of brewpubs
and coffee shops on Saginaw Street.
Now Aaronson is living through yet
another difficult period in Flint history,
as the city copes with toxic levels of lead
in its drinking water that has made it a
national example of failed governance.
Like all the residents here, Aaronson is
surviving on bottled water, which she
must even feed to her elderly dog.
Am I ticked? You bet Im ticked, Aaronson said. Im ticked at the stupidity of our governor for appointing that
emergency manager who decided to
save a few bucks by poisoning us. Just
stupid. Im ticked at everyone from the
very top to the very bottom. Except our
new mayor. Mayor Weavers doing a

good job. But otherwise, I have no faith.

None at all.
Flint has been facing a public health
emergency since April 2014, when
the city, under the direction of a stateappointed emergency financial manager, began to use the Flint River as
its water source. The city used to get
its water from Detroits water system,
which relied on Lake Huron and the
Detroit River as water sources. After the
switch, the state chose not to use phosphates as an anti-corrosion agent, which
caused lead to leach from old pipes into
the drinking water.
The crisis was featured prominently in
the Democratic presidential debate on
Sunday, with both candidates addressing
the water situation in the opening minutes. Clinton described meeting mothers terrified for their children. Sanders
spoke of his broken heart at hearing
of a child who is now developmentally
delayed as a result of lead poisoning.
Whether this happened because of
sins of omission or sins of commission
doesnt matter, said Steve Low, the
director of the Flint Jewish Federation,
which has been helping deliver bottled
water to local residents. It doesnt make
the poisoning of Flints water supply any
less heinous.
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Like Aaronson, many Jews in Flint are
elderly, and theyve been particularly
battered by the crisis. For some with
arthritic hands, merely opening the bottled water that is now an essential commodity here can be a challenge. Others
have had difficulty getting assistance
because they dont have Internet access
or are hesitant about opening their door
to strangers in a high-crime city.
For me, this is one giant pain. And
yes, I am plenty angry. But I can take

If its possible to
see the good
in this, its that
the water crisis
threw a big
net over the
community and
has drawn us
care of myself, said Sue Ellen Hange,
61, a member of Flints Temple Beth El
who got skin rashes from showering in
the contaminated water. I cant imagine
what itd be like to be homebound and
dealing with this.
The Flint Jewish community has
responded with both moral and material
support. To ease the fears of the citys
older Jews, familiar faces from the federations senior services division often
accompany the water delivery. Two
of Flints synagogues have held informational meetings and offered special
prayers for healing. Synagogue social
action committees also have reached out
to local residents to remind them theyre
not alone.
Support also has come from further
afield. The Metro Detroit Federation made
a cash contribution of an undisclosed sum
to the community. Several Detroit-area
congregations joined forces and made
the trek 60 miles north with a truck full of
water. The Yad Ezra Food Pantry, a group
of Detroit-area Chabad houses and the
Jewish Federation in Toledo, Ohio, also
made water donations.
From Indianapolis, Shapiros Deli sent a
complete Shabbat meal for 150 in January,
including corned beef, pastrami, knishes,
chicken soup with matzah balls, and even

Dr. Browns soda. The Jewish relief effort

even reached as far as California, where
a San Francisco chocolatier, Flint native
Chuck Siegel, sent over an array of sweets
and beloved Flint nostalgia foods like Vernors ginger ale and Koegels hot dogs. In
Los Angeles, Flint native and Hollywood
publicist Howard Bragman helped stage
the Hollywood Helps Flint fundraiser on
February 21, which has raised $33,000 for
the city so far.
We may have left Flint, but Flint
never left us, Bragman said at the
The crisis comes at a particularly
unfortunate moment for Flint. After
decades of mounting poverty and crime,
it recently had begun to rebound. Businesses as varied as a small maker of hip
eyeglass frames to corporate giants had
set up shop in the city. Renovated dowager buildings downtown are now trendy
loft apartments. The Michigan State University Medical School opened a new
campus downtown, and Kettering University and the University of MichiganFlint both dramatically expanded their
footprints in the city.
If its possible to see the good in this,
its that the water crisis threw a big net
over the community and has drawn us
together, Low said. Going back to the
1950s, Flints Jews and the African-American community have always worked
together. Lately, not so much. But the
water has rekindled some of those passions we both share for social justice.
The crisis also has drawn the Jewish
and Hispanic communities together. At
a recent meeting at Flints Temple Beth
El, congregant Melba Lewis pointed out
that many local Hispanics are undocumented and are loath to open their
doors to uniformed officers to distribute
water. The synagogue wound up partnering with a large Hispanic church to
distribute a pallet of water to the church
for distribution.
But whatever silver linings Flint residents might find in the crisis, their faith
in elected officials seems unlikely to be
restored anytime soon. Low saw signs
of racism in the crisis, likening the
decisions that created the crisis in this
majority African American city to other
government moves like the Supreme
Courts 2013 ruling invalidating a key
provision of the Voting Rights Act and
the nationwide trend to implement voter
identification laws that have had a disproportionate impact on minorities. Aaronson simply feels abandoned.
I was listening to the Republican
debate last night, 70 miles from here in
Detroit, and theres one question about
the water, she said last week. One question! Thats so wrong. It should have been
on the top of the list.

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A Texas Jewboy revival

At 85th anniversary, a restored historic Galveston synagogue gets Kinky



Restored Congregation Beth Jacob of Galveston, Texas, above, will

mark its 85th anniversary with a concert featuring Kinky Friedman, left.

but younger than the synagogues roots.

Between 1868 and 1930,
Galve ston was home
to two Orthodox synagogues. In the spring of
1930, those synagogues
merged to create Congregation Beth Jacob, which
was chartered in 1931.
Beth Jacobs current building was dedicated in 1932
and expanded in 1962. By 1970, the congregation took up egalitarian practices in
the Conservative Jewish tradition.
In 2008, the same year when the synagogue nearly met its demise during the
hurricane, part-time spiritual leader Rabbi
Todd Doctor took on Beth Jacobs pulpit as
a full-time position. With the storm, Doctor was informally knighted, says Kathleen Sukiennik, the synagogues former
executive director.
With about 50 to 60 member families
today, the congregation no longer prays in
the larger sanctuary that was created during its 1962 expansion. But David Rockoff, Beth Jacobs president and executive

Taking this reporter on a recent tour of

Galveston Islands Congregation Beth
Jacob, the synagogues staff and lay leaders
show remarkable attention to detail. They
point out the shifting locations of specific
furniture and ritual items from the 1930s,
to the 60s, to the present. The water line
on the Torah ark, a reminder of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ike in 2008.
Even the intricacies of the electrical work
and the air conditioning system.
But why does all this detail matter? For
this Texas citys small Jewish community
an estimated 150 to 175 households the
Conservative synagogues facility is a kind
of a national treasure. And so is the history
of the entire island that surrounds it.
We are our building, our building is
us, said Gary Druss, Beth Jacobs gabbai
and past president. Our identities are tied
to this building.
The congregations 80 member families
were all displaced from their homes by
Hurricane Ike, not to mention the damage suffered by their spiritual home. But
eight years later, the synagogue building is
restored and the congregation is celebrating its 85th anniversary in style organizing a March 26 concert by popular singersongwriter and novelist Kinky Friedman, a
former gubernatorial candidate in Texas.
(For the record, he was born Richard
Samet Friedman and his nickname derives
from his curly hair, not anything sexual.
Regardless, the concert isnt taking place
in the synagogue itself.)
Beth Jacob has an eye on not only
appreciating its past, but also bringing it
to life, through its ongoing development
of a plan to turn part of the synagogue
facility into a museum. Galveston in general has broader historical significance as
one of Americas two major immigration
ports in the 20th century. The casual history buff is likely to be more familiar with
the other port, Ellis Island.
Between 1906 and 1914 nearly 50,000
immigrants arrived at Galveston, including
Bohemians, Moravians, Galicians, Austrians, Romanians, Swiss, English, Poles,
Italians, Dutch, and some 10,000 Jews,
recounts an article on the Texas State Historical Associations website. By 1915,
Galveston was considered a second Ellis
Island. The flow of immigration ceased in
World War I, and the immigration center
was demolished in 1972.
Galvestons rich history and its preservation isnt lost on Friedman, who in
the 1970s moved on from his second band,
called Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys, to a four-decade solo career that has
included touring with Bob Dylan.
Galveston is a special place, he said.



With the big cities coming in to kind of

homogenize and sanitize zones, Galveston
still has a little bit of its old-time style going.
Its always great going there. I just feel
kind of a bond with the place, one of the
few places in America that I do.
The outspoken musician has a difficult
time answering a question without cracking a joke, saying of the opera house that
will host his upcoming concert, I dont
know whether thats older than the synagogue, but theyre both older than I am.
And thats good because Im 71, though I
read at the 73-year-old level. Fact check:
The Grand 1894 Opera House, the concerts venue, is older than Beth Jacob itself

director, hopes that Galvestons historic

significance, as well as its increasing
appeal for beachgoers and cruise ships,
will rejuvenate the synagogue community
in the post-Ike era.
Our congregation, although small,
has a very large very usable facility,
Rockoff said. What were looking to do
in the future is to utilize our buildings to
further strengthen Jewish identity and
understanding of the congregation and
of Galveston, and of the history of the
immigration of Jews to the United States
through Galveston.
Along those lines, Rockoff said, synagogue leaders are now developing plans
to turn part of Beth Jacob into a museum,
as a way of preserving the congregation
in the long-run.
Rockoff s grandfather arrived in the
U.S. from Russia fittingly, through the
Galveston port in 1905, then moved to
New York two years later. The family eventually found its way back to Texas, settling
in Houston. David Rockoff, a career fundraiser for 45 years, completed the circle
by moving to Galveston in 2013, when he
started his job at Beth Jacob.

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Kathleen Sukiennik, a
former executive director of Congregation
Beth Jacob of Galveston, Texas, shows
the water line on the
synagogues Torah ark.
It is a reminder of the
devastation wrought
by Hurricane Ike in
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Rabbi Doctors grandfather also immigrated to the

United States through Galveston, moving to Wharton,
Texas. Doctor earned his rabbinical ordination in 2001
and spent 10 years working at Jewish high schools, but
then got a call from Druss, the Beth Jacob gabbai. Doctor said he was drawn to the pulpit by his strong feeling
that a synagogue shouldnt close, as happened with his
childhood synagogue, Congregation Shearith Israel of
Wharton, which shut down in 2002.
Were trying to maintain a presence of Conservative
Judaism on the islandwere trying to maintain that traditional perspective, he said.
At the same time, in the decade after the hurricane,
the congregations membership is transforming. Before
Ike, almost all of the members grew up in the Beth Jacob
community, but now its just the opposite. Many Galveston residents who were displaced by flooding left for
Houston and never returned, and storm-induced stress
led to a spike in local deaths among the older generation.
Seemingly on cue, while the synagogue leaders are
explaining this demographic trend, a new young-looking
couple walks through the door to check out the building.
Well give them a membership application, Druss
Indeed, the hurricane was a galvanizing force when
it came to planning Beth Jacobs future, Druss said,
immediately realizing his unintended pun vis--vis the
synagogues hometown.
Nobody wanted to let it go, he says. Nobody was
going to give up on the shul.
Kathleen Sukiennik remembers going through the
floodwater and the gunk, pulling apart the Torah ark.
Doctor reconstructed part of the ark himself. With about
75 percent of the island flooded, Sukiennik recalls feeling like kids chasing an ice cream truck upon seeing
Salvation Army trucks delivering food to Galveston residents in need.
We were all homeless, Sukiennik said. This island
was homeless.
Yet tearing down the synagogue was not an option,
Druss said, explaining that with the help of a disasterrecovery expert who performed $90,000 of work free

of charge because of his obligation as a Jew, the synagogue was able to rebuild within the context of its historic home.
In a more recent stroke of good fortune, Rockoff ran
into Kinky Friedman last year at a restaurant along
Galvestons boardwalk. He bought Friedman a cup
of coffee, and the rest is history, culminating in Beth
Jacobs March 26 Evening with Kinky Friedman at the
opera house.
Friedman whose album titles have included Old Testaments & New Revelations, They Aint Making Jews Like
Jesus Anymore, and The Last of the Jewish Cowboys,
among others came out with his latest CD, The Loneliest Man I Ever Met, in October 2015. Friedman says the
new album has been critically acclaimed because its
very sparse, its underproduced instead of overproduced.
And you can bring your own imagination to the party. You
can actually think as youre listening to it.
Were not selling like Justin Bieber yet, but it is selling
more every week, he says.
Friedman, who as an independent candidate finished
fourth in the six-person Texas governors race in 2006,
receiving 12.6 percent of the vote, said that politics will
have very little place but still somewhat of a presence in his concert for Beth Jacob.
Itll be the same show I do in Germany, he said.
Were doing a big tour of Europe in May, of 30 shows.
Im the new David Hasselhoff of Germany. (Hes talking
about the one-time Baywatch star, who became a pop
music sensation in that country.
His Hasselhoffian success in Germany aside, Galveston still is a place that has a special place in Friedmans
Many of the people that have been through there are
very colorful types, and there are a lot of misfits there,
and I say that in a positive way, because anybody who
lives with what we like to call a normal existence is usually not worth a st anyway, he said. So Galveston is
I would go down there anyway, I would use any
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To understand the American Jews

who support Trump, read this
Americas political system is broken, and the
last thing the country needs is another career
politician at its helm.
With money more than ever a corrupting
influence in politics, the White House should
be occupied by someone who isnt beholden
to well-funded lobbyists or super PACs.
Politicians have a real problem with honesty. The country needs someone authentic
who isnt afraid to speak the truth and disrupt convention, even if its not politically
If youre planning to vote for Donald
Trump for president, youve probably argued
one or more of these points.
Trumps electoral success may be bewildering to many American Jews, the vast
majority of whom reliably vote for Democrats, and alarming to those disturbed by
his delay in disavowing the support of white
supremacist David Duke, the bullying at
Trump rallies, and his specific positions (or
lack thereof ) on a range of issues.
But Trumps Jewish supporters see the
candidate as refreshingly honest, unafraid
to challenge political orthodoxies (including
conservative ones), and successful in business which, they say, is just the sort of experience a president needs. They also believe
hell be good for Israel, not least because,
they say, hes a savvy negotiator who knows
enough not to take sides publicly in the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
People are bent out of shape because he
wont take sides. Im a negotiator myself;
thats how you do things, said Gedaliah Shaps, 49, an entrepreneur and selfdescribed modern Orthodox liberal Jew
from Long Island. But I believe he truly has
Israels best interests at heart. He says Israel is
going to love him, and I believe that.
Like many other Jewish supporters of
Trump, Shaps noted that Trumps daughter,
Ivanka, is an Orthodox Jew. (She converted
before she married Jared Kushner, who
comes from a wealthy Orthodox family from
New Jersey.)
While Trumps opponents see him as a
demagogue, a vulgar blowhard who would
lead the country to disaster, his supporters minimize his bullying, believe his lack
of detailed policy prescriptions is a sign
that pragmatism would trump ideology in a
Trump presidency, and generally are willing
to give Trump the benefit of the doubt.
I think hes honest. Obviously he has
a good business background, said Marc
Rauch, 64, a film producer in Los Angeles who is originally from Brooklyn. Hes
not a politician, so I think a lot of stuff hes
responding to on the fly. He hasnt spent 20
years running for office. We need real leaders, not professional politicians.
Trump is somebody who has real

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Concord, N.C., on March 7.

experience. What I dont want is another guy

who has done nothing in his life other than
run for public office.
For many Jewish Trump supporters, as for
many Americans who back him, Trumps
main appeal is they believe he has the best
shot at defeating Hillary Clinton in the general
election in November.
This is to me more about who I dont like
than who I like, said Lawrence Stern, 69,
an attorney in Los Angeles. I have been a
lifelong registered Democrat. However, in
the last few federal elections I have seen the
Democratic Party move away from what I
believe were its roots and its core foundation to a closer relationship to those who are
both anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.
Stern said hes voting against Clinton
because of her support for the Iran nuclear
deal, her infamous 1999 embrace of Yasser
Arafats wife, Suha, and the support given to
the Clinton Foundation from Arab donors.
Some of the political sentiments driving Jewish support for Trump echo widely
held views among Americans of all political stripes. They are fed up with the political gridlock and dysfunction in Washington. They decry the corrupting influence
of money in politics. They dont trust
Indeed, widespread exasperation with
the ways of Washington helps explain both
major surprises of the 2016 presidential
campaign: the rise of Senator Bernie
Sanders on the left and Trump on the right.
In each candidate, supporters see a great
hope for major political change.

Hes not without flaws, Sheldon Wolf, 53,

the CEO of a computer software company in
Tampa, Florida, said of Trump. But I look
at what he can bring to the table. People are
so upset about our do-nothing Congress.
If theres one guy who can possibly bring
these people together and work together, its
Trump. Its sure not Bernie Sanders, and its
sure not Ted Cruz.
Asked about Trumps delay in disavowing
Duke, or the remarks some found offensive
at last falls Republican Jewish Coalition conference in Washington, D.C., when Trump
seemed to invoke classic stereotypes about
Jews and money, Trumps Jewish supporters
say they dont believe hes a white supremacist or a bigot. Many noted his longstanding
support for Israel, including his 2004 role
as the grand marshal of the annual Salute to
Israel Parade in New York.
Some of his behavior raises questions,
but Im ready for that risk because the other
Republicans I find horrible, said Dr. Ben
Enav, 44, a pediatric gastroenterologist from
the Washington suburbs of northern Virginia.
He definitely says some things I am not
always comfortable with when it comes to
race or sexism, Enav said. But I always wondered: How does someone have such a big
organization and he has never been accused
of bigotry or sexism? I think some of his rhetoric is showboating and I think some of it is
reality. He is willing to say what a lot of people
are thinking.
There appear to be some inherent contradictions in the qualities many of Trumps Jewish supporters say they like about him. They


see his brash and sometimes crude persona

as authentic, but believe hell behave differently as president. They admire his business
successes but disregard or explain away his
business failures. They acknowledge his big
ego but say Trump understands that being
president is more about assembling the right
team of advisers than about the man himself.
In short, his supporters project onto
Trump the positive things they want in a president and downplay the negative signs Trump
opponents find so alarming.
People say hes failed so many times
well, you learn from failure. Youre not
going to succeed unless you fail many times,
said Lisa, a 32-year-old Jewish voter from
Los Angeles who asked that her last name
not be published. I think a lot of his brash
statements that people bag on him for are
because you have to get a political conversation started. I dont think hed necessarily act
that way in a presidential meeting. The person you see on TV is actually very different
than how hed be as president.
In fact, many Jewish Trump supporters see
him as a relative moderate, someone guided
more by reason than by ideology.
Compared to the other Republicans, on
certain issues hes probably the most liberal
out of all of them, said Orna Enav, 45, an
Israeli immigrant and Ben Enavs wife. On
social issues like gay marriage or abortion,
which hes not vocal about, I believe hes
probably more liberal than anybody else.
She added, I can understand why some
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The Jewish translator behind Elena Ferrante

and Primo Levi speaks in her own voice



t was back in the fall, at an event at BookCourt in

Brooklyn, when an eager reader for asked translator
Ann Goldstein for her autograph.
Goldstein was caught by surprise. After all, this
was before her work appeared on The New York Times
list of 100 Notable Books of 2015 not once, but twice.
In nonfiction, it was for The Complete Works of Primo
Levi, a three-volume compendium of new translations
of the late Italian Holocaust survivors 14 books including The Periodic Table and If This Is a Man. She had
shepherded the behemoth project into being over several years, acting as editor as well as translator of several
included works.
In the fiction category, Goldstein grabbed a spot for her
translation of The Story of the Lost Child, the fourth and
final novel in Elena Ferrantes literary blockbuster Neapolitan series.
Receiving rarely more than a passing line of praise in a
book review, translators tend to toil behind the scenes, as
authors enjoy the available literary limelight. So for Goldstein who was profiled recently in the Wall Street Journal
and the Atlantic the attention feels strange, she said,
sitting in an out-of-the-way spot in the Cond Nast cafeteria on the 35th floor of One World Trade Center.
To an outside observer, however, whats strange is that
the buzz has only just arrived, considering that in addition to her translating
work, she has held
one of the literary
worlds enviable job
titles since 1987. Goldstein is an editor at the
New Yorker including
works of Janet Malcolm,
Adam Gopnik, and John
Updike and head of
what is likely the worlds
most well-respected
copy department.
I ve b e e n wo r king with other peoples
words for a long time,
said Goldstein, who initially was hired by the
New Yorker in 1974 as a
proofreader. The first
job I had at the New
Yorker was with Ved Mehta, who was a staff writer from
1961 to 1994. The New Yorker always supplied an assistant
to him. Hes blind. He would say a sentence out loud, and
then you would write it down, and then you would read it
to him.
It made you quite attentive, she adds.
The lively openness Goldstein, 66, brings to conversation doesnt extend to questions about her personal life,
many of which are met with mild antipathy.
Still, Goldstein is far more forthcoming than Elena Ferrante, the pseudonym of the mysterious Italian writer
who has ridden out Ferrante Fever with the secret of
her identity intact.
I simply decided to liberate myself from the anxiety of notoriety and the urge to be a part of that circle of
successful people, those who believe they have won whoknows-what, Ferrante said in an extremely rare interview

Editor and translator Ann Goldstein sits

in the Cond Nast cafeteria at One World
Trade Center. Inset, the fourth of Elena Ferrantes Neapolitan novels, The Story of the
Lost Child, translated by Ms. Goldstein.

with Elissa Schappell in Vanity Fair.

Even Goldstein doesnt communicate directly
with the author, who uses her publisher as a
go-between. Rumors have surfaced repeatedly
(only to be discredited) about Ferrantes true
identity, including that its Goldstein herself.
Long before finding fame, of sorts, Goldstein
was first drawn to Italian through the works of
Dante. A Jewish girl (albeit one with no religious
education) with Russian roots, she grew up in
Maplewood and graduated from Bennington College in Vermont. Goldstein says she doesnt have an organized background in Italian literature. In the late 1980s, she studied
with a handful of New Yorker staffers who met regularly to
learn Italian so together they could read and discuss Dante.
This was when companies would pay for language classes,
she says.
I like studying all different languages, said Goldstein,
who also knows Latin and Greek, understands French,
and has a little German, plus a smattering of a Jewish
Piedmontese dialect with Hebrew roots, thanks to Levi.
She wishes that when she was younger, she would have
learned Yiddish from her great-aunts.
Just learning a foreign language is something that
makes you very attentive, Goldstein said.
Before working on Levi, I had read very little Holocaust
stuff, she said, adding that she found the history of Italy

in the war fascinating. Inspired by her immersion in Levis

accounts of what it was like to survive Auschwitz, Goldstein
said she now has more of an interest in her Jewish roots.
Goldstein is matter-of-fact when she describes how she
manages to hold a demanding day job and translate great
works in her spare time.
I work on weekends; I work on vacations. I work in bits
of time, she said. Ive been going to Italy for about three
weeks to a month each year, preferring summertime in
I always have work to do. I always wanted to have work
to do.
Goldstein has five translations slated for publication this
year: Jhumpa Lahiris Italian memoir, In Other Words;
Ferrantes Frantumaglia; The Young Bride by Alessandro Baricco; The Street Kids by Pier Paolo Pasolini, and
Something Written by Emanuele Trevi.
When in New York, she makes time for city walking,
especially from her Greenwich Village home to her office
high above the reflecting pools at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.
She has little time to read, but when translating she favors
19th-century English authors: Henry James, PG Wodehouse. When Goldstein spoke with JTA, she was making
her way through Maria Eisensteins LInternata numero
6 (Internee No. 6), about a group of women interned
during World War II.
This is unsurprising, given the big themes war, politics,
class, friendship that run deeply through the works shes
Thats especially true with Ferrantes magnificent quartet about the societal and historical events that shape
the lives of two friends over the course of five decades.
Elena and Lila strive to push back against these forces to
mold their own lives. (In case you havent heard Lila
pronounced aloud, from Goldsteins lips its Lee-la, not
Its both historical and feminist, Goldstein said.
At the same time, the Neapolitan series is about class.
It harkens back to a narrative familiar to American Jews
education as a pathway out of poverty.
The classes are so definite, Goldstein said. Elenas
striving to get to one point ... and yet shes always drawn
But the books also probe what happens to a persons
identity when she embarks on such a journey. There are
moments when [Elena] feels that it has taken her away
from her roots, her childhood, her pasts, Goldstein said.
Ferrante writes about her characters experience in a
genius way, she added. A woman writing an epic it is
As small publishers like Europa bring out translated editions to great acclaim, Its great for people to know that
there are people behind the scenes doing the work, said
Goldstein, the recipient of a PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
And, just maybe, were approaching a time when the
spotlight will be trained on translators. As it happens,
two new novels by Jewish writers featuring translators as
protagonists have come out this winter: Rachel Cantors
Good on Paper and Idra Noveys Ways to Disappear.
For her part, Goldstein has no plans to write a novel of
her own. Translating is a form of writing, she said.
In fact, its her preferred form. Her priority? To master
Of course, according to her ever-growing body of readers, she already has.


Jewish World


Dvar Torah
Parshat Pkudei: Building holiness

s the synagogue building classrooms

and offices, a social hall and soaring
sanctuary obsolete? With anxiety
over synagogue affiliation among
the next generation of Jews, the question
is raised more and more frequently. Some
argue that the Jewish community is overinvested in real estate and expensive physical plants, that the resources we devote
to our buildings could be more effectively
directed to Jewish educational and engagement efforts. Throughout the country, synagogues without walls, online initiatives,
and innovative decentralized communal
organizations have begun to test the theory,
fostering Jewish life without the focus on a
specific location.
This weeks Torah portion, Pkudei,
presents a very different vision. The concluding Torah portion in the book of Exodus is one of four portions devoted to the
building of the Mishkan the portable
Tabernacle that housed the Ark of the
Covenant and served as the center for the
Israelites worship during their wandering
in the wilderness. The portions are exquisitely detailed: They describe the materials, construction, and layout of the Tabernacle itself, all of its furnishings, and the
special garments and accessories worn by
the priests.
Readers of Pkudei have often wondered about this detail: Since the style of
the Torah is to leave so much unsaid, what
is the reason here to describe every plank,
pole, socket, loop of fabric, and copper
grating? Countless spiritual and symbolic
interpretations have been offered, but they
share a common insight when the Torah
devotes four portions (approximately 12

Architecture and artwork

chapters) to a subject, recorduplift and inspire us. Our
ing and repeating the smallest details, that subject is very
sanctuary seats are familiar to us from many Shabimportant. The Torah shouts
bat and Holy Day serat us to pay attention not only
vices. Names of loved ones
to the fact that the Presence of
and friends, living and
God dwelled among the Israelites, but to the specific physideceased, are inscribed on
cal structure where that took
plaques and bricks. Our
Rabbi Noah
place. The building itself was
social halls are comfortable
necessary and significant.
reminders of past celebraTemple Beth
tions. There is something
This reverent attention to
Or, Washington
powerful and enduring
buildings to the actual spaces
Township, Reform
about this connection to a
where Jewish rituals are practiced echoes throughout
synagogue building.
Jewish history. The greatest example, of
Of course, a glorious synagogue is no
course, was the Temple in Jerusalem,
guarantee of a vibrant Jewish community.
whose completion is described in the HafThis reminds me of a poem by Yehoash
tarah portion this week, from the story of
(1872-1927), a Yiddish poet and translator,
King Solomon in the book of I Kings (7:51Lithuanian immigrant, and observer of
8:21). The central importance of that physAmerican Jewish life. It is called, In the
ical structure is apparent to us, almost
2000 years after its destruction, in the
ongoing controversies surrounding Jewish
In the high temple
practice and authority at the Western Wall.
A bee buzzes.
When the Temple gave way to the synaIn the high quiet temple
gogue, Jewish thought continued to disA bee sings.
play concern for the honor of the physical
spaces where Jews gathered to pray. The
No saints with haloes around their heads,
Talmud teaches, Any city whose roofs
are higher than the synagogue will ultiNo marble pillars with blue-and-red veins,
mately be destroyed (Shabbat 11a). We
are used to the pastoral image of a small
No silent plush.
town with a church steeple visible as the
highest structure. Our tradition holds
And vanished through a windowpane
the same aspiration for synagogues! It
Out of the high temple,
encourages us to make our synagogues a
Out of the high quiet temple
focal point in the literal construction of

Translated by Benjamin
our communities.
and Barbara Harshav
We do love our synagogue buildings.

We never want our temples to be quiet!

As grand and awe-inspiring as a synagogue
may be, we know that its purpose is to
be filled with children and learning and
friendship. The beauty and sophistication
of our communal buildings is not an end in
itself. We should be wary of the lonely bee
buzzing in an empty sanctuary.
The Mishkan in Parashat Pkudei is not
an empty sanctuary. At the end of the
Torah portion, we read: When Moses
had finished the work, the cloud covered
the Tent of Meeting, and the Presence of
the Lord filled the Tabernacle (Exodus
40:33-34). For our own synagogue buildings to be like the Mishkan, we must similarly work to fill them with Gods presence. This is achieved through prayer,
study, acts of kindness, family harmony,
and hospitality.
We also read, When the cloud lifted
from the Tabernacle, the Israelites would
set out, on their various journeys (40:36).
The Tabernacle was not stationary; it
helped to lead the Israelites in the direction of the Promised Land. Our synagogue
buildings are at their best when they lead
us somewhere; what we do in synagogues
resonates out into our homes and the rest
of our lives. We progress toward our personal and communal goals.
We may understand those who feel confined or constrained by the great attention
paid to our Jewish communal buildings.
But as with the Mishkan in the wilderness,
our buildings in all of their physicality
and detail help us to experience Gods
presence. In the future as in the past, they
are a central and essential feature of our
thriving Jewish community.


Lebanese PM urges Hezbollah to refrain

from attacks on Saudi Arabia

Joe Biden, in Israel, condemns Palestinian attack

that killed American tourist, wounded 11

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam

Salam has urged Hezbollahs leader, Hassan Nasrallah, to refrain from attacking
Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.
In an interview with the Saudi-based
Al-Arabiya television network, Salam
criticized Hezbollahs involvement in
Syria, saying that it reflected negatively
on Lebanon. Salam also noted Lebanons
traditional warm relations with the Arab
Gulf states.
Last week, the Saudi-dominated Gulf
Cooperation Council declared Hezbollah
a terrorist organization. Lebanon-based
Hezbollah criticized Saudi Arabia for
being responsible for the decision.

Upon arriving in Israel on Tuesday, U.S.

Vice President Joe Biden swiftly condemned the Palestinian terror attack that
killed an American tourist and wounded 11
Israelis in the port city of Jaffa.
Biden, who is on a tour of Middle East
countries, landed at Israels Ben Gurion
Airport on Tuesday evening. He was
greeted by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe
Yaalon, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron
Dermer, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel
Daniel Shapiro. Biden then headed to Jaffa
to meet with former Israeli president Shimon Peres at the Peres Center for Peace.
Around the same time that Biden arrived
at the Peres Center, the Palestinian terrorist


The decision by the GCC is reckless and hostile and is condemned. The
Saudi regime bears responsibility for its
issuing and for the consequences, Hezbollah said.
The six-nation GCCs move came on
the heels of a Saudi decision to freeze
$3 billion in military aid to the Lebanese army. Saudi Arabia, which considers Iran its top regional threat and rival,
has suggested that it might enact further
sanctions against Hezbollah.
Foreign ministers from the GCC countries are scheduled to meet this week to
discuss the terror threat posed by Hezbollah and its funder, Iran. 

carried out the Jaffa attack just down the

road. Biden told reporters at the Peres Center, We have absolute, total, unvarnished
commitment to the security of Israel. I hope
we can make some progress.
Bidens office later added that during
his meeting with Peres, the vice president
condemned in the strongest possible
terms the brutal attack in Jaffa.
He expressed his sorrow at the tragic
loss of American life and offered his condolences to the family of the American citizen murdered in the attack, as well as his
wishes for a full and quick recovery for the
wounded, Bidens office said.



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15. Alternative version of a Gad Elbaz
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16. Albert Brooks unhatched ones in
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17. Job for a shadchan
19. Unclean (night) bird
20. How things run at the end of
Blazing Saddles
21. Band with a song about Andy
22. Nazi ship
24. Screen spot for Hebrew National
26. (Fictional) Master of the Universe
28. Words said many, many times on
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31. Sport of 52-Across
34. Aaron was the first high one
35. Horne in Lumets The Wiz
36. And others (as often seen in
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41. Echad, to Jose
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44. Theyre filled before Shabbat
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47. Judges Jerusalem real estate
49. Plants the kibbutz field again
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51. Son of 54-Down
52. Player of Wilpons whos now
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54. Broke a fast
55. Indiana Jones femme fatale
59. ___ of Adaline (2015 Harrison Ford
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64. The Dead Sea, compared to
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65. A Coen brother
66. Talmud option
67. Nissuin needs?
68. Busha
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8. Net fig. for Itzhak Stern
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10. Make like Moshe to Josephs remains
11. Job for a cantor
12. Where Bernie narrowly lost to Hillary
13. Moolah
18. What the suspicious smell (that isnt
23. Movie title character thats t`reif
25. Kvetch, perhaps
26. Makes like Haman?
27. Uncle of Judah
28. Great rabbi killed by the Romans
29. Different branches of the IDF, shown
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30. Job for a gabbai
31. Cholent part
32. Ivanhoe weapon
33. Name often yelled by Ari Gold
35. Davidic instruments
39. Deceptive ploy (like David
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40. Israel news site
43. Head in Yiddish (var.)
46. Worshipped tree, long ago
48. Makes like King Saul to Agag
49. Eilat has one
51. Actress Yael of Orange is the New
52. Dan, Gad, and Job, e.g.
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march 11

march 13

Shabbat in Wayne:

Play group in Emerson:

Cantor Richard Cohn

speaks during services
at Temple Beth Tikvah,
7:30 p.m., as part of a
jubilee celebration of
Cantor Charles Romalis
50 years there. Cantor
Cohn is director of the
Debbie Friedman School
of Sacred Music at
Hebrew Union College.
950 Preakness Ave.
(973) 595-6565 or www.

march 12
Shabbat in Closter:
Temple Emanu-El in
Closter welcomes a
journalist Abigail
Pogrebin, to discuss
A Surprising Jewish
Path How 62 Jewish
Celebrities Led Me to
Choose More Judaism,
9 a.m., followed by a
dessert reception and
seminar. 180 Piermont
Road. (201) 750-9997.

Aaron, begins a class,

War and Remembrance:
Four Approaches to
Amalek, led by Dr. Julie
Goldstein, 10:15 a.m. 950
Queen Anne Road. www.

Shalom Baby of Jewish

Federation of Northern
New Jersey offers a
Mommy-and-Me style
Purim party for family
members and other
caregivers with children,
newborn to 3-year-olds,
at Congregation Bnai
Israel, 9:3010:45 a.m.
53 Palisade Ave. (201)
shalombaby or SarahD@

Eric A. Goldman
Jewish experiences
in film: Film critic Dr.

Womens book event

in Tenafly: The Kaplen

Eric Goldman discusses

The American Jewish
Experience Through
Cinema at Temple
Emeth for the Bergen
County section of the
National Council of
Jewish Women, 12:30
p.m. Refreshments. 1666
Windsor Road. (201) 3854847 or www.ncjwbcs.

JCC on the Palisades

presents A Sunday of
Strong Women with four
women authors, 10 a.m.
2:30 p.m. Lunch included.
411 E. Clinton Ave. Kathy,, or
(201) 408-1454.

Home maintenance for

seniors: Senior Source

Mordechai Rosenstein
Cantors Mark Biddelman and Ilan Mamber

Learn from an artist:

Shuli Taubes
Shabbat in Teaneck:
Congregation Rinat
Yisrael welcomes Shuli
Taubes, a SAR High
School faculty member
and community scholar at
the Young Israel of North
Riverdale, as its scholarin-residence. She will give
the derasha after the 9
a.m. minyan; at 4:25 p.m.,
she will discuss Nehama
Leibowitz: The Master
Teacher and Her Text,
and at 5:25, she will talk
about Close Encounters
of the Theological Kind:
The Jewish Perspective
on Other Religions. 89 W.
Englewood Ave. (201) 8372795 or

Casino in Hoboken:
United Synagogue of
Hoboken holds its annual
Casino Night fundraiser
at the Hoboken Elks
Club, 7:30 p.m. Proceeds
benefit the Hoboken
Homeless Shelter,
Hoboken Emergency
Food Pantry, and
Jubilee Center. 10th and
Washington streets.
(201) 659-4000 or www.

Mordechai Rosenstein
discusses Originals by
an Original at Temple
Emeth in Teanecks
Byachad breakfast, 10:30
a.m. 1666 Windsor Road.
Breakfast reservations,
(201) 833-1322, www., or www.

Maximizing benefits:
Michael Karlin, a fellow of
the Society of Actuaries,
discusses Maximizing
Social Security Benefits
for the mens club of
Temple Beth Sholom of
Fair Lawn, 10:30 a.m. 4025 Fair Lawn Ave. (201)

Concert in Wayne:
The YMCA of Wayne
concludes its Backstage
at the Y Series with
pianist Sakura Myers,
11:45 a.m. This program
is made possible, in part,
by a grant administered
by the Passaic County
Cultural & Heritage
Council from funds
granted by the New
Jersey State Council
on the Arts. The Metro
YMCAs of the Oranges
is a partner of the YMYWHA of North Jersey.
1 Pike Drive. (973) 5950100.

44 Jewish Standard MARCH 11, 2016

Temple Beth Rishon in Wyckoff offers

Shabbat La Vida Loca tonight at 7:30, with
TBRs Cantor Ilan Mamber and guest Mark
Biddelman, cantor emeritus of Temple
Emanuel of Pascack Valley in Woodcliff Lake, backed
by a salsa band. Traditional Shabbat music is set to
Latin American rhythms and melodies, celebrating the
Jewish community of Latin America. Oneg Shabbat.
585 Russell Ave. (201) 891-4466 or



Purim baking in
Emerson: Congregation
Bnai Israels Kadima, for
sixth- to eighth-graders,
hosts a hamentaschen
baking program, 1:303:30 p.m. 53 Palisade
Ave. (201) 265-2272,
com, or

Sinatra in Franklin
Lakes: Temple Emanuel
of North Jersey offers
Frank Sinatra and
Guests: Videos from
the 50s, showing two
of Sinatras television
variety shows, 2 p.m.
Popcorn and ice cream.
558 High Mountain Road.
(201) 560-0200 or www.

march 14
Feature film: The Kaplen

Music in Wayne: Kol

Dodi sings at a jubilee
celebration at Temple
Beth Tikvah in honor of
Cantor Charles Romalis
50 years there. Reception
at 3 p.m.; concert at
4. 950 Preakness Ave.
(973) 595-6565 or www.

JCC on the Palisades in

Tenafly screens Her,
7:30 p.m., as part of a
series, Top Films You
May Have Missed or
Want to See Again.
Commentary by Andrew
Lazarus, coffee, and
snacks. 411 E. Clinton Ave.
(201) 408-1493.

march 15
Jewish learning in
Teaneck: Lamdeinu,
a center for Jewish
learning that meets
at Congregation Beth

offers a presentation
by the Jewish Home
Familys Safely@
Home that offers a new
home maintenance
and modification
subscription service,
1:30 p.m., at the Shops
at Riverside Square Mall,
second floor, outside
of Bloomingdales
Furniture, in Hackensack.
Refreshments. (201)
342-0962 or www.

Chicken soup and

more: Jean Duroseau,
the director of food
services at the Jewish
Home Assisted Living,
discusses Why Chicken
Soup Is So Good For
You and demonstrates
how to make nutritious
chicken soup at JHAL
in River Vale, 2:30 p.m.
Marla Klein of the Bergen
County Department of
Health Services will talk
about the vitamins in
chicken soup and other
foods that keep you
healthy. 685 Westwood
Ave. (201) 666-2370.

DNAs role in cancer:

Holy Name Medical
Center offers a
discussion, DNAs Role
in Cancer: The Key to
Personalized Medicine,
in HNMCs Marian Hall,
7 p.m., with medical
oncologist Dr. Elan
Diamond and genetics
counselor Peggy Cottrell.
Refreshments. To register,
(201) 833-3336.

Books and vodka in
Tenafly: As part of
the One Book One
Community project
sponsored by the
Jewish Federation of
Northern New Jersey,
Temple Sinai of Bergen
County offers vodka
tasting, Russian food,
and a book discussion,
7:30 p.m. www.

davening tonight and a

traditional cantor/choir
service, 6:55 p.m., and
Shabbat morning for
the 9 a.m., minyanim.
Sponsored by Adeena
and Yaakov Pultman
and family. 868 Perry

Miriam Adani
Shabbat learning in
Teaneck: Miriam Adani,

march 16
Rabbi Daniel
Shabbat in Wayne:

Rabbi Paula Feldstein

Discussing women
rabbis in River Edge:
Paula Feldstein, a
rabbi and educator at
Temple Avodat Shalom,
discusses Women
Rabbis: History and
Impact for River Dell
Hadassah, at the shul, 1
p.m. Dairy refreshments.
385 Howland Ave. (551)

march 17

Rabbi Daniel Freelander,

president of the World
Union of Progressive
Judaism, speaks during
services at Temple
Beth Tikvah, 7:30 p.m.,
as part of a jubilee
celebration of Cantor
Charles Romalis
50 years there. 950
Preakness Ave. (973)
595-6565 or www.

Shabbat in Woodcliff
Lake: Temple Emanuel
of the Pascack Valleys
cantor emeritus, Mark
Biddelman, hosts
Shabbat Yachad,
Hebrew prayers set to
easy-to-sing melodies,
8 p.m. Free copy of CD
at the shul. 87 Overlook
Drive. (201) 391-0801 or

Shabbat in Teaneck:

Rabbi Reuven
Purim seminar in
Tenafly: Rabbi Reuven
Kimelman, Judaic
scholar-in-residence at
the Kaplen JCC on the
Palisades, leads a Purim
discussion, focusing
on what happened to
Amalek, 8:15 p.m. (201)
408-1418 or www.jccotp.

march 18
Shabbat in Teaneck:
Young Israel of Teaneck
presents its annual
Joseph Dresdner zl
Memorial Shabbat
chazzanut weekend
with Cantor Netanel
Hershtik and the
Hamptons Synagogue
Choir, conducted
by Izchak Haimov.

Temple Emeth offers a

musical Shabbat service
led by Rabbi Steven
Sirbu and Cantor Ellen
Tilem with the Temple
Emeth band, 8 p.m.
1666 Windsor Road.
(201) 833-1322 or www.

march 19
Shabbat in Jersey
City: Congregation
Bnai Jacob offers its
pre-Purim Fun Shop
with Jessica and Torah
Topics for adults with
Rabbi Marsha Dubrow,
10 a.m. Kiddush lunch
follows. 176 West Side
Ave. (201) 435-5725 or

Shabbat in Fort Lee:

Congregation Gesher
Shalom/JCC of Fort Lee
offers an interactive
Shabbat led by Roberta
Seltzer, 11 a.m. 1449
Anderson Ave. (201)

the shomeret of Kever

Rachel, will speak
about the situation
at Rachels tomb in
Israel, and about the
soldiers who guard it,
at a melava malka at
Congregation Beth
Aaron, 9 p.m. 950
Queen Anne Road.
www. www.bethaaron.
org or (201) 836-6210.

march 20
Film/food in Jersey
City: Congregation
Bnai Jacob continues
its Lox n Learning
series with a screening
of the award-winning
documentary, Hava
Nagila (The Movie), 10
a.m., followed by bagels
and lox. 176 West Side
Ave. (201) 435-5725 or

Purim in Teaneck:
Temple Emeth hosts a
carnival, with games
and prizes, 10 a.m.noon. Costumes
encouraged. 1666
Windsor Road. (201)

tattoos, prizes,
costume parade,
masks, and
noon-2 p.m.
Sponsored by
Jewish Federation
of Northern
New Jersey. The
Metro YMCAs of
the Oranges is a
partner of the YMYWHA of North
Jersey. 1 Pike Drive.
org or (973) 5950100.

Purim in Tenafly:
The Kaplen JCC
on the Palisades
holds a carnival
for children with
special needs,
noon-1 p.m., an
hour before the
Rubach Family
Purim Carnival
opens to the
public. 411 E.
Clinton Ave. (201)

Purim in
Paramus: The
JCC of Paramus/
Beth Tikvah

holds a carnival
with a bouncy
castle, games,
cotton candy,
goldfish, prizes,
and food, noon-2
p.m. Costumes
encouraged. E.
304 Midland Ave.
(201) 262-7691 or

is also working to
shed light on the
stories of converts
and Mischlinge
before, during, and
after World War II.


Purim in Tenafly:
The Kaplen JCC on
the Palisades holds
the Rubach Family
Purim Carnival,
1-4 p.m. Choices
include bounce
houses, slides,
games, prizes,
life-size cartoon
popcorn, and
cotton candy.
Costume parade
at 2:45. Food
available for
purchase. 411 E.
Clinton Ave. (201)

Music in New City:

Classical pianist
Carolyn Enger
performs at the
New City Public
Library, 2 p.m. She

march 11
Shabbaton in
Teaneck: Sharon
Ganz & Friends
hosts a PrePurim Shabbaton
weekend for
Orthodox Jewish
singles, 20s-40s,
at Congregation
Bnai Yeshurun,
Shabbat meals,
guest speakers,
and programs.
Home hospitality
available. Sharon,
(646) 529-8748 or
(718) 575-3962.

march 13
Seniors meet
in West Nyack:
Singles 65+ meets
for a social get
together with
at the JCC
Rockland, 11 a.m.
All are welcome,
particularly from
Hudson, Passaic,
Bergen, or
Rockland counties.
450 West Nyack
Road. Gene Arkin,
(845) 356-5525.

Singles meet in
Caldwell: New
Jersey Jewish
Singles 45+ meets
at Congregation
Agudath Israel
for a Joke-AThon with lunch,
laughter, and
mingling, 12:45
p.m. 20 Academy
Road. (973) 2263600, ext. 145, or


Purim in Fair Lawn:

The Fair Lawn Jewish
Center/CBI has a
carnival with games,
prizes, and goldfish,
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Costumes encouraged.
Snacks sold. 10-10
Norma Ave. (201) 7965040.


Purim in Wyckoff:
Temple Beth Rishon has
a carnival with games,
laser tag, game truck,
photo booth, inflatables,
magician, food, face
painting, arts and crafts,
and sand art, 11 a.m.-1
p.m. 585 Russell Ave.
(201) 891-4466 or www.

Purim in Emerson:
Congregation Bnai
Israel hosts a carnival
with games, prizes, and
food, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Costumes encouraged.
53 Palisade Ave. (201)
265-2272or www.

Purim in Wayne: The

Wayne Y and Temple
Beth Tikvah put on a
carnival at the Y, with a
bouncy house, games,
Israeli dancing, glitter


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Date nut cookies for Purim

Abe Oster Holocaust

Remembrance award

Boys Town Jerusalem chef Avi Chamal is cooking up hundreds of his special Oriental
Date cookies as a holiday treat for the 900 boys who enjoy his culinary treasures each
day. The cookies are a traditional Sephardic Jewish delicacy and great for a Purim
masquerade since the filling is disguised inside a soft sugar-topped white cookie.

Submissions are being accepted from Bergen County ninth- through 12th Graders for
this years Abe Oster Holocaust Remembrance award contest at the Kaplen JCC
on the Palisades. Applicants must create
an original piece of art that communicates
the relevance of the Holocaust in the 21st
century. All forms of fine/studio art will be
accepted. Students from all backgrounds
in public or private schools are encouraged to apply. Awards are $1,000 cash for
first place; $500 for second. The submission deadline is April 13. For information,
call Ruth at (201) 408-1469 or go to www.

Oriental Date
2 cups sifted flour
Scant 1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup lukewarm water
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup oil (not olive)
1 teaspoon rosewater or vanilla
1 tablespoon sugar
Mix together:
3/4 cup date spread (or blend
pitted dates in food processor until
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon whiskey
1/2 cup confectioners sugar for

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,

an earlier award-winning work.
Courtesy JCCOTP

All in the Family,

1971-79; clockwise
from left, Rob
Reiner, Sally
Struthers, Carroll
OConnor, Jean

Tracy Morgan
coming to
An advertisement from a 1950 comic
book featuring Superman lending
his voice to the fight for tolerance
during Brotherhood Week.
Courtesy National Jewish Archive of
Broadcasting/The Jewish Museum, NY.

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must be high resolution, jpg files. Send announcements 2 to 3 weeks in advance. Not every release will
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Community supported agriculture

takes root at the Kaplen JCC
The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is registering for its CSA program that encourages the community to purchase shares
from farmers and enjoy organic, local
produce from June until November.
A full share of vegetables will average
seven to ten varieties each week, with
deliveries for 22 Tuesdays. Start and

New series looks

at anti-Semitism
in TV shows
The Television Project: Some of My
Best Friends, the second installment
of the National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting, a new ongoing exhibition series
at the Jewish Museum in New York, will
be on exhibit from March 18 to August
14. The new exhibit explores the full
range of the mediums approach to antiSemitism, from the satire and humor of
situation comedies to serious dramas.
Clips from programs including All in
the Family, Downton Abbey, Mad
Men, Gunsmoke, and The Mary
Tyler Moore Show will be featured.
The Jewish Museum is at 1109 Fifth
Ave. at 92nd Street in Manhattan. For
more information, call (212) 423-3200 or
go to

Place flour and baking powder in a

Courtesy Boys Town

Melt butter (or margarine) in 1/4

cup lukewarm water. Add the oil and
the rosewater or vanilla. Add to the
flour mixture. Using a mixer or by
hand, knead the dough till smooth
and soft. Refrigerate the dough for
one half hour. Divide dough into 25
small balls, and press with your hand
to flatten each into a circle. Add the
filling and fold over to close in a round
shape. If desired, crimp the edges
with a fork. Bake on a cookie sheet at
350 for 25-30 minutes.
While still warm, sprinkle with confectioners sugar and serve.

The Bergen Performing Arts Center in

Englewood presents Tracy Morgan:
Picking Up The Pieces, on Saturday,
April 2, at 8 p.m.
Mr. Morgan starred for seven seasons on NBCs Emmy and Golden
Globe Award-winning 30 Rock.
While on a standup comedy tour in
2014, he was critically injured in a car
accident that prevented him from continuing to work and tour. After months
of rehabilitation, his goal of returning
to the entertainment world was realized. Tickets are available at www. or www.bergenpac.
org or at the box office, (201) 227-1030.

end dates will be confirmed depending

on the start of the spring season.
Fruit, egg, butter, and sweet tooth
shares will be available after a mandatory full or half vegetable share is purchased. For information or to register,
email Ruth Yung or
call her at (201) 408-1418.



n 1 DaniElla Avni stands in

front of her project on the
Israeli Defense Forces which
she submitted to the I-Search
eighth-grade fair at the Tenafly
Middle School. She chose the
topic because she hopes to join
the IDF when she graduates
high school. PHOTO PROVIDED
n 2 More than 250 people
came to hear former IDF officer Sassy Reuvan describe
his role in the Entebbe hostage rescue in 1976. The talk,
at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton,
was hosted by Valley Chabads
Eternal Flame program. Teen
volunteer Ben London, left,
stands with Rabbi Yosef Orenstein of the Teen Leadership Initiative; Mr. Reuvan; Valley Chabads executive director, Rabbi
Dov Drizin, and event chair Neal Lattner. COURTESY CHABAD
n 3 At Moriah Schools Meet the Author Day, coach Bobby
Kaplan, here with fourth-graders, discussed his new book,
Hoopsters: Dont Be a Bully. Moriah, like other elementary
schools in the Bergen County area, has integrated Coach Ks
second book into their anti-bullying curriculum. COURTESY MORIAH
n 4 Jewish Family Service of North Jersey held a luncheon
for Paul Klein, center, who retired from the agency after 18
years. He was the coordinator of the Kosher Meals on Wheels
program in Wayne, provided career counseling, and as-


sisted in resettlement and vocational services for new migrs. JFSNJ staff members are with him. COURTESY JFSNJ
n 5 Students from Maayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls visited residents at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh; Maggie, a certified P.E.T. Therapy dog, was there too. The dog, part of JHRs
ongoing animal therapy program, visits weekly. COURTESY JHR
n 6 In honor of the month of Adar, children at Lubavitch on the
Palisades had a special tie-dye activity with Andrea Dworkin
of Tie Dye Town. Children will wear one of colorful shirts for
Purim and donate a second as part of a class tzedakah project.
Shirts will be included in special mishloach manot packages
for children with cancer through Chai Lifeline. COURTESY LOTP


Jewish World

Barbara Braverman

Barbara Braverman, ne Roth 86, of Hackensack, formerly of Paramus and Jersey City,
died January. 26.
She and her husband were founding
members of the Jewish Community Center
of Paramus and she was a member of Bnai
Brith Women.
Predeceased by her husband, Arthur, she
is survived by her children, Ellen Braverman
(Morton Mackof ), and Michael Braverman (Kristine Larson), and grandchildren,
Alexandra Mackof and Joseph and William
Arrangements were by Louis Suburban
Chapel, Fair Lawn.

Burton Cohen

Burton Cohen, 70, of Cliffside Park, died

March 9 at Villa Marie Claire Hospice in
Saddle River.
Born in Bronx, N.Y., before retiring, he
worked in womens clothing sales in the
Garment District in New York City.
He is survived by his wife, Janet,
ne Zeek, daughters, Marni Schneider
of Marlboro, and Courtney Doyle of
Brooklyn, N.Y.; a sister, Roslyn Silverman of Boynton Beach, Fla., and nine
Arrangements were by Eden Memorial
Chapels, Fort Lee.

Members of the first responders delegation stand under the signpost at a

Golan Heights police station.

First responders

and assessment, trying to do the most

benefit for the most people in the shortest period of time, understanding when
youre overwhelmed and have to reach
out to other facilities to help you out,
and how to find ways to address the use
of limited resources in a mass casualty
Mr. Bush and Dr. Pruden accompanied a Magen David Adom crew which
included both Jews and Druze on a
mutual aid emergency call from Nahariya to Safed, 40 minutes away. They
assisted in caring for an unconscious
elderly man apparently having a stroke.
The North Jersey delegation also visited the National Police Academy in Beit
Shemesh, the Jerusalem Police Holy Sites
Unit, a Golan Heights police station near
the Syrian border, an IDF brigade on the
northern border with Lebanon, and the
Israel Trauma Coalition in Jerusalem,
which has devised emotional support
programs for first responders.
They lunched at the Knesset with Deputy Speaker Nachman Shai, toured Tel
Aviv-Jaffa, and had a guided tour of holy
sites in the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Western Wall and the Church of
the Holy Sepulchre.

I am a spiritual person but I am not

religious, Capt. Luthcke said. But the
power that you can feel at the Wall is
amazing. I didnt expect it, yet it was
undeniably there.
Sgt. Devine added, Because Israel is
the center of all religions, now I understand our families better, on my wifes
side and on my side. My wife is Jewish
and Im Irish Catholic, so coming here
and seeing the origins of both religions
was just amazing.
I hope my daughters will come on
a Birthright trip someday so they can
experience this too.
Detective Capt. Timothy Torell of the
Englewood Police Department was looking forward to a reunion with Detective
Mordecai Dzikansky, a former member
of the New York Police Departments
Torah Task Force, with whom he worked
on recovering Torah scrolls and their
silver adornments stolen from Englewoods Temple Emanu-El in 1998. Detective Dzikansky later moved to Israel.
I never really planned on going to
Israel and I was honored to be asked,
Capt. Torell said. I think all of us here
have a realistic attitude as to what is
going on in Israel because we deal so
closely with the Jewish community, but I
was more than surprised to see how normal it is here.

Daniel Daniels

Daniel Daniels, 100, of Virginia, formerly of

Fair Lawn and Rockaway, died March 6.
He was a public relations executive for
Grumbacher Artist Supplies in New York
City and a travel agent for AAA. Predeceased
by his wife, Frances, ne Cooperblum, he is
survived by nieces and nephews. Arrangements were by Louis Suburban Chapel,
Fair Lawn.

Edward Friedlander

Edward Leon Friedlander of River Vale

and Carlstadt, died March 7.
Predeceased by his wife, Joyce, he is
survived by daughters Carol and Lisa, and
grandchildren, Justin, Emma, and Jason.
Arrangements were by Robert
Schoems Menorah Chapel, Paramus.

Obituaries are prepared with

information provided by funeral
homes. Correcting errors is the
responsibility of the funeral home.

The Board of Directors and Professional Staff

Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson
mourns the passing of

Carole Ann Miller

past board member and long-time friend and supporter.
Carole was a caring individual, talented professional
and beloved by all who knew her.
Our condolences go out to Caroles family at this difficult time.

The Board of Directors and members

of Chapter 3 Professional Women
extend their deepest sympathy
to the family of

Carole Ann Miller

our founder and friend.

May her memory be a blessing.

Carole Miller

Carole Ann Miller, 75, of Edgewater died March 2.

Before retiring, she was a self-employed vocational
therapist. She was a former board member of Jewish Family Service of Bergen County and North Hudson and a
founder of Chapter 3 Professional Women.
She is survived by daughters, Randi Walter, Jillian
Miller Thomas, and Loren Miller; sisters, Susan Moshiashwili and Nancy Mariani, and grandchildren, Sarah
Rodriguez, Michelle Walter, Richard Walter, Steele
Miller, and Sundar Miller Thomas. Arrangements were
by Gutterman and Musicant Jewish Funeral Directors,

Dr. Stephen Press

Dr. Stephen Jay Press, 68, died March 6.

He was a physician who praticed sports chiropractic/nutritional medicine in Englewood.
He was a former chief of the Englewood Auxiliary Police
and member of the Englewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
He founded and was the first president of the International
Federation of Sports Chiropractic, and founded the International Academy of Olympic Chiropractic Officers. He was
chief physician for the XVIth Olympic Winter games and the
only physician in Olympic history to be chief doctor for 12
countries. He founded the wiki site WikiChiro for Chiropractic Wikipedia, and WikiEnglewood, the wiki site for Englewood. He authored books and was a past master/chair of the
trustee committee of William F. Burk Lodge #230, F&AM,
Bogota, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge
#46, and a member of the Englewood Rotary Club.
Predeceased by his father, Howard, he is survived by his
his wife, Dr. Olga Serova Press, children, Robert of Wyckoff
and Alyssa of Fair Lawn, his mother, Renee, and a brother,
Richard. Arrangements were by Gutterman and Musicant
Jewish Funeral Directors, Hackensack.

Ira Rubin

Ira Rubin, 62, of Jersey City died March 3.

Born in Jersey City, he was a dispatcher for the Jersey City

Fire Deparment.
Predeceased by his parents, Lillian and Morton Rubin,
he is survived by cousins and friends. Donations can be
sent to the Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center,
Livingston. Arrangements were by Eden Memorial Chapels,
Fort Lee.

Zelda Santora

Zelda Santora, ne Barocas, 90, of Jersey City died March 7.

She is survived by her children, Robert of Highland Park
and Ilise of Jersey City, and two grandchildren. Arrangements were by Eden Memorial Chapels, Fort Lee.

Frances Dare Roberts, 94, of Englewood, NJ,

died peacefully in her home on March 1st, one
day before her 95th birthday.
Fran was born Frances Dare Fechheimer in
Macon, GA, and grew up in Woodmere, NY.
A graduate of Vassar College, Fran married
George Roberts in 1950. They lived together in
their home in Englewood, NJ, until Georges
death in 1988.
Fran is survived by her brothers Edward
Bonoff and Louis Bonoff, her daughter and
son-in-law, Emilie and Sean Hannon, and
her grandchildren Amandacera Hannon and
Nicholas George Hannon.
There will be a small memorial gathering of
friends at her home on Thursday, March 31st
at 4:30 p.m. Memorial donations in Frans
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Links Residential agents honored
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Investors are high on Israels role

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The Eastern Bergen County Board of Realtors recognized five agents from Links Residential for their sales excellence and outstanding customer service.
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Marijuana conferences are popping up on

a near weekly basis in the United States
and investors have to weed out the recreational gatherings from the more important industry confabs.
But there was no doubt that the CannaTech 2016 International Summit on
Cannabis Innovation this week in Tel Aviv
and Jerusalem was an essential event.
Dressed in business attire, taking
notes, and handing out business cards,
hundreds of delegates from 15 countries
including Colombia, Brazil, the US, Canada, Uruguay, Czech Republic, U.K., and
Australia took part in the two-day, twocity event dedicated to the emerging cannabis industry.
Israel is ground zero for credibility,
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said cannabis activist Cheryl Shuman,
founder of the Beverly Hills Cannabis Club.
Shuman, who credits Israel with saving her life thanks to its advanced medical marijuana research, teamed up with
the iCAN-Israel Cannabis startup and VC
to help promote CannaTech.
For any company around the world
that wants to be legitimate and taken seriously, with true legitimate science behind
them, this is where they must be, says
Shuman, who takes marijuana daily following ovarian cancer.
Israeli cannapreneurs (entrepreneurs
in the cannabis industry) are working
hard to keep Israel as a global leader in
medical cannabis research and development. Saul Kaye, CEO of iCAN and CannaTech, is one of the main cannapreneurs
in the country.
Israels role is to lead the research,
validate the data and build a methodology behind getting that data, says Kaye.
Cannabis isnt just growing a plant or
creating a medicine. Cannatech [comprises] agriculture technologies, apps,
mobile apps, web interfaces, products,
and market interfaces already waiting to
be tapped into, he says.
At the conference, Kaye announced
that iCAN and Breath of Life, an Israeli
medical cannabis agricultural association,
are partnering to create the first cannabis
R&D center and incubator with a focus on
pharmaceutical research.
The incubator model best fits very
early industries needing capital and needing operators to propel them forward, and
thats what were providing, Kaye says.
This industry is very young. The entrepreneurs are those coming out of home
growers, maybe even the stoner generation, and theyve got an idea in the space
but theyre not businessmen. Were going
to bring them into an incubation period.
Were going to invest time and money and
we have a pipeline into the U.S. for commercialization of the products.

Also at the CannaTech event, the

Hebrew Universit y of Jerusalem
announced its new Multidisciplinary Center on Cannabinoid Research.
Hebrew University Professor Raphael
Mechoulam put Israel on the medical
marijuana map for his early groundbreaking research in isolating the active compound from cannabis, THC, and inspired
generations of researchers in several
Mechoulam is a celebrity in the U.S.
cannabis market. He really opened up
the evolution of the medicinal benefits of
the marijuana from being anecdotal for
thousands of years to now bringing real
science behind it so it becomes FDA recognized. Its his work that has opened the
field, says New York-based investor Scott
Delegates greeted Mechoulam with a
standing ovation as he took the stage to
deliver the conferences keynote address.
We started work 50 years ago. There
was no question of responsibility; in fact,
no one was really interested. We thought
it was important, so we did it, says
Mechoulam, crediting Israels progressive
regulations with helping him and other
scientists research cannabis and clinically
test its efficacy against myriad illnesses.
He reminisced how there were no growers in Israel at the time and he had to get
his hashish samples directly from the
Today, there are eight cannabis farms
operating under license from the Israel
Ministry of Health. At CannaTech 2016,
they showed off proprietary cannabis
varieties and innovative products suited
to specific diseases. The growers including Tikun Olam and Breath of Life are
global players with collaborations around
the world.
Mechoulam says Israelis have joint
research efforts under way with Canada,
the US, Spain and Italy.
Some of the Israeli companies exhibiting at CannaTech 2016 were Eybna Technologies (natural terpene-based cannabis
flavors, free of illegal traces); CanOmix
(genetic barcoding and breeding of cannabis strains); Tikun Olam (supplier of medical cannabis); and DryGair (dehumidifiers
for cannabis).
Mara Gordon, cofounder of Aunt Zeldas a data-driven developer of cannabis-based medicines said she was
astounded by the professionalism of the
If this were the U.S., there would be
200 vendors with slick packaging in this
exhibit area. There are so many events
with people pushing products or pushing money, says Gordon. I feel like
Israel is the scene of innovation in this.
I like the goal of the conference in bringing together research, science and tech

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