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Chipping away at faith
l It no doubt seemed like

a good idea at the time,

to the harried supermarket staff.
Then it went horribly,
embarrassingly viral.
But was there any
Surely all involved had
only the best intentions
to cement brand loyalty
among members of a minority faith. That, after all,
is the motive that birthed
the Maxwell House Haggadah.
Thats why the British division of
Pringles potato snacks whether they
can be called chips is a heated Talmudic debate in the world of snack food
associations created a cardboard
display wishing a Ramadan mubarak
a blessed Ramadan to encourage
Muslim customers to indulge in their
high sodium treats during this month of
daytime fasting and nighttime feasting.
All was fine, until someone on the
staff of the Tesco supermarket on Liverpool Street in London stocked the
display with smokey bacon flavored
Bacon, of course, is as haram treif
to traditional Muslims as it is for traditional Jews.
For some, this was as hilariously
inappropriate as the Passover ham
stocked by an unwitting supermarket
years ago, whose photograph circulates
on social media every spring.
Raza Hassan, 25, spotted the display
and told BuzzFeed News about it. It
didnt offend me at all but the irony

George Pataki at The Doghouse, a kosher restaurant in Teaneck

of it was hilarious, he said.

A spokesperson for Tesco told
BuzzFeed News: We are proud to offer a wide range of meals and products
to meet the needs of our customers
during Ramadan. We recognize these
Pringles werent in the most suitable
place, and our store colleagues have
now moved them.
In actuality, the Pringles were artificially flavored, and suitable for vegans,
kosher-observing Jews, and Muslims.
We can only hope that Smoky Bacon Pringles taste better and more
bacon-y then plain Bacon-flavored
Pringles, of which one Amazon reviewer wrote: Theres only bacon flavor
here if youve never had real bacon or
even smelled real bacon cooking. Its a
dismal, distant thing that isnt bacon,
cant be bacon and never will be bacon
even if pigs get wings and you click
your heels three times and say Theres
no pigs like home. The difference is
about on a par with reading about kissing and actually kissing.
Larry Yudelson

Top man in a van

l Its a scene from dozens of epi-

sodes of Mission Impossible.

The pita delivery van pulls up at
the hospital.
Out comes the head of state,
surrounded by bodyguards.
Together, they stride to an examination for the secret mission:
a routine prostate examination.
According to a report this week
on Israels Channel 2, that scenario played out twice recently, with
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu starring as the patient.
In the first instance, shortly
From the 1971 episode of Mission Impossible,
before the March 17 elections,
Encore, featuring William Shatner
he was transported to Mayanei
Hayeshua Medical Center, a charedi Orcontrollers.
thodox hospital in the Tel Aviv suburb of
The prostate examinations reportedly
Bnei Brak, in what appeared to be a pita
found nothing uncharacteristic for a
delivery van.
man of his age. Mr. Netanyahu is 65.
Shortly after the vote, Netanyahu was
Channel 2 did not explain why Netanyahu employed the disguised vehicles.
taken in a disguised pest-control van.
Larry Yudelson & JTA Wire Service
His security guards were dressed as pest

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One candidates
Shabbos Trump card
l There are 14 declared Republican

presidential candidates as of this

writing with two more about to
announce but only one can boast
of a Sabbath-observing family.
That would be Donald Trump,
whose daughter Ivanka converted to
Judaism to marry Livingston native
Jared Kushner.
I have great respect for [the
Shabbat traditions], and I see Ivanka
during Saturday, and from Friday
evening on through Saturday night,
she wont take phone calls and they
live a very interesting life, Trump told
an interviewer from the JNS news
service. And its actually a beautiful
thing to watch, with Jared and Ivanka.
In a very hectic life, it really becomes
a very peaceful time. So theres
something very nice about it.
Most of the other candidates have
expressed loud support for Israel
not least New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie. On Tuesday night, Former
New York Governor George Pataki
held a campaign event in Teanecks
kosher Doghouse sports bar. But
Trump insists that his history with
the Jewish people and the Jewish
state can set him apart from the rest
of the crowded GOP field.
The only [candidate] thats going
to give real support to Israel is me,
said the 69-year-old Mr. Trump. The

rest of them are all talk, no action.

Theyre politicians. Ive been loyal to
Israel from the day I was born. My
father, Fred Trump, was loyal to Israel
before me. The only one thats going
to give Israel the kind of support it
needs is Donald Trump.
If nothing else, he has plaques on
his walls from Jewish organizations
attesting to his support which he
read to his interviewer. He spoke with
pride of a video endorsement he
gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu for Israels December 2013
And he noted his role as grand
marshal of New York Citys annual
Salute to Israel Parade (now the Celebrate Israel Parade) in 2004, at a
time when it was quite dangerous to
do that, and a pretty tough time for
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The rabbis said that the yeshiva boys

shouldnt come out for this because of
what they would see at the parade.
Rabbi Heshie Freed, telling the New York Times why he hired day laborers and
dressed them in tzitzit to protest New Yorks gay pride parade


Big names adorn

big bucks list
In the last couple
of months, Forbes
came out with two
interesting lists. The
Forbes 2015 list of the
100 Highest-Paid
Celebrities, released
June 30, included a
number of tribe members. Here they are, with
their rank of the list
preceding their name
and their earnings
following their age: 5
($95M); 20 DAVID
(63M); 43 JUDY
SHEINDLIN, 72, (47M); 51
(41M); 54 DRAKE, 28
(39.5M); 62 JERRY
SEINFELD, 61, (36M); 65
SCARLETT JOHANSSON, 30 (35.5M); and the
band Maroon 5, which is
ranked #73, with 33M in
earnings. While Forbes
doesnt break down how
Maroon 5 splits its
earnings, it is logical to
assume that the lions
share goes to ADAM
LEVINE, 36, the bands
lead vocalist and main
songwriter. Levine also
earns millions from other
ventures, including
menswear and fragrance
In late April, Forbes released its list of the richest person in each state.
Here are the tribe members on that list. All, by
the way, are billionaires:
California: LARRY ELLI-

SON, 70, head of Oracle

Software. Florida: MICKY
ARISON, 66, Israeli-born
owner of Carnival, the
worlds largest cruise
line. He also owns the
NBA Miami Heat team.
Maryland: TED LERNER,
89, real estate developer
and principal owner of
the Washington Nationals baseball team. Raised
in an Orthodox family, he built his empire
from scratch. His list of
Jewish philanthropies is
long, including Jewish
day schools. New Jersey:
hedge fund manager.
He lives in Livingston. In
2006, he gave $1 million
to the Israel Emergency
Campaign. Nevada:
81, casino/hotel magnate
who is often in the news
for his involvement in
politics, both domestically and in Israel. Ohio:
LES WEXNER, 77, head
of L Brands, which began
with the clothing store
chain called the Limited. His company now is
best known for owning
Victorias Secret and
Henri Bendel. A major
charity donor, he was a
member of the official
U.S. delegation sent to
Israel to celebrate its
60th anniversary. Born
in Dayton, he now lives
in New Albany. New
Hampshire: RICHARD B.
COHEN, 61, head of C&S

Howard Stern

David Copperfield
Elena Kagan

Spidey and the Supremes

Adam Sandler


Wholesale Grocers, the

largest grocery wholesaler in America. His wife
is head of the Kaddish
Project, a touring show
about genocide. And
South Carolina: ANITA
ZUCKER, 63. Shes the
child of Holocaust survivors, as was her late
husband, JERRY ZUCKER, and upon his death,
she assumed many of
his corporate positions,
including heading the
company that controls
Lord & Taylor and Saks
Fifth Ave. Shes a big
giver to local secular and
Jewish charities.
Anita Zucker is the
only billionaire in South
Carolina, and no doubt
shes the most famous

Jew in the state by virtue of her wealth and

ownership of the local
pro hockey team and the
arena they play in. The
state has a centuries-old
Jewish community, dating back well before the
Revolution. Indeed, the
first Jew to die fighting
for American independence was South Carolinian FRANCIS SALVADOR
(1747-1776). However,
as recent events have
shown, Americas original sin, slavery, puts a
sad asterisk on the lives
of so many pre-Civil
War heroes, Jewish or
not. Salvadors land was
worked by African slaves
he imported.

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In this World, with Great Power There Must Also

Come Great Responsibility. Justice ELENA KAGAN,
55, quoting the first Spider-Man comic in her June 22
decision (writing for the court in a 6-3 ruling) that Marvel
Comics does not have to pay royalties to the inventor of
a Spider-Man toy after its patent expired. In her decision, Kagan cleverly worked in a number of SpiderMan references and puns and mentioned the name of
Spider-Man creator STAN LEE, 92, who co-wrote
the 1962 comic where this quote
first appeared. (Lee drew on similar
quotes in earlier sources.)
As you no doubt know, Kagan
joined the courts majority in
groundbreaking decisions issued
the same week, which upheld
Obamacare and allowed same-sex
marriage nationwide. Proving, I guess,
that the Spider-Man quote applies to Supreme Court
Justices as well.
By the way, as we celebrate July fourth, it occurred to
me that the founding fathers would be more than surprised to learn that some 239 years after independence
the Supreme Court has three woman members and no
Protestant justices. There are three Jews: Kagan, Justice
BREYER, 76. All the rest are Roman Catholics (Clarence
Thomas is a convert to that faith). Of course, the same
founders would be even more surprised that we have an
African American president.
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Oslo, Birthright, and me
Yossi Beilin, to speak at Tenafly JCC, talks about his past

or a man who never served as

Israels prime minister, Dr. Yossi
Beilin had an outsized impact on
Israeli history.
A journalist for the Labor party paper
Davar who entered politics as a Labor Party
spokesman before being appointed cabinet
secretary by Prime Minister Shimon Peres
in 1984, Dr. Beilin made his mark with two
bold policies that were reluctantly but influentially adopted by the Israeli government:
the Oslo Accords between Israel and the
PLO, and the Birthright Israel program.
On Thursday, Dr. Beilin will address The
future of Israel in the Middle East at the
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, in a
program sponsored by the Israeli-American
Dr. Beilin he holds a doctorate in political science from Tel Aviv University ended
his political career in 2008, having served
as a Knesset member for 20 years, and as
deputy foreign minister, justice minister,
and minister of religious affairs.
Today, he has a private consulting firm
Beilink that connects Israelis with governments and companies abroad. And he
works on two projects in the public arena.
One is an effort to preserve Jewish cemeteries in Europe.
Its a big project, Dr. Beilin said. There
are 10,000 of them. The idea is to try to save
them from real estate people who want to
grab land, from anti-Semitic vandalism,
and from vegetation that will overgrow
the cemeteries now that there is no longer a
Jewish community to maintain them.
Earlier this year, he helped shepherd a
resolution through the Council of Europes
congress of local and regional authorities
calling on those authorities to safeguard
Jewish cemeteries.
The other public project concerns the
issue that stands out on his resume, a resolution of the conflict between the Palestinians and Israel. He was one of the lead
organizers of the Geneva Initiative, an
unofficial, nonbinding, 50-page proposed
final status agreement between Israel and
Who: Dr. Yossi Beilin
What: Talk on The future of Israel in
the Middle East, sponsored by the
Israeli-American Council (talk will be in
Where: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades,
411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
When: Thursday, July 9, 8 p.m.
How much: $15 presale through iacnj.
org; $25 at the door

the Palestinians that was published, with

endorsements from leading Israelis and
Palestinians involved in the peace process, in 2003 but never was adopted officially by either side. Today the associated
Geneva Institute, with offices in Tel Aviv
and Ramallah, organizes seminars and
meetings about the feasibility of making
peace between Israel and the Palestinians,
he said.
Is peace really feasible?
Of course it is feasible, Dr. Beilin said.
After all, we are all human beings. We
demonize each other but that doesnt mean
that we are demons. There are prospects for
creating a coalition of sanity
against the lunatics and the
Its important to say that
there is a model that carries
the signatures of prominent
Israelis and Palestinians. It
is doable and we can solve
all the outstanding issues,
including Jerusalem and the
refugees, if we wish to find
the solutions and compromise on both sides.
Yossi Beilin
Dr. Beilin said that despite
appearances, there has been good news on
the peace front in recent years.
One piece of good news was the
unprecedented and very effective security coordination between Israel and the
Palestinian Authority. They are not happy
to admit it, because it seems to some of
them like collaborating with us, and we
are not happy to admit that this is one of
the reasons for the relatively quiet situation in the West Bank, he said.
Another piece of good news was that even
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the
staunch hawk, has been speaking about the
Palestinian state.
Even if he stipulated some very significant preconditions for such a state, it has
become a kind of consensus in Israel, which
is important, Dr. Beilin said.
Dr. Beilin dismissed the significance of
the prime ministers election eve statement that its impossible to have a Palestinian state now. This was part of his
electoral campaign, he said. What in
my view is significant is the fact that he
is saying all the time that he is committed
to a two-state solution. I think the mere
fact that people like [former prime ministers] Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert and
Netanyahu, who were really perceived as
staunch hawks who would never give up
an inch of the West Bank, were speaking
about a Palestinian state, is significant for
the education of Israelis.

In 1999, Justice Minister Yossi Beilin welcomed the first planeload

of Birthright students at Ben Gurion Airport.

They made the group

in Israel that insists on
Greater Israel a marginal
one. Theres only one
party in the government
which openly opposes the idea of the two
state solution, the Jewish Homeland party,
and it only has two seats in the Knesset.
Dr. Beilin sees good news even in last
years abortive American-brokered negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. I
dont think they were serious enough, but
they show that we can get back to the negotiating table if we really want to, he said.
Thats the good news.
The worst news is the story of Gaza. That
Gaza is under the rule of Hamas, and Hamas
is not even thinking about peace with Israel
at the best case its talking about a long
ceasefire that is a real impediment. It
makes any peace agreement between us
and the Palestinians something to be implemented only with the West Bank, he said.
The secret talks with the PLO that led to
the Oslo accords was not the only controversial policy Dr. Beilin worked on during
the Rabin government in the 1990s. The
other, which led to the creation of Birthright, concerned the nature of the relationship between Israel and American Jews.
He told the American Jewish establishment in the mid 1990s, he recalled, that
We are not your poor nephew any more.
My pseudo-uncle in America, who sent
us packages in the 50s, died already. The
era of austerity is over, and you [the federations] continue to treat us as if were
still in the 50s. Israel is a relatively rich
country. What you give us annually is very

marginal. (Then it was $300 million; today

its a little over $100 million.)
But to collect money, you portray us as
your poor nephew. That distances you and
your children from us. You dont want to
visit your poor nephew. You want to visit
your equal nephew.
This was long before Israel branded itself
as Start Up Nation, however, and before
missions to Israel included visits at the
Google offices there.
Back in the 90s, the leaders of the Jewish
federations responded that they needed a
connection with Israel, and that connection
came from writing checks, Dr. Beilin said,
and he responded that your connection is
to visit us.
Take your money and put it in some
kind of endowment that will enable them
to come.
In 1994, while serving as deputy foreign
minister, he prepared the initial plan for
what became Birthright Israel, a program
that brings young Jews to Israel for a free
10-day visit.
It was very controversial, Dr. Beilin
recalled. Israelis questioned why you should
finance the visits of rich American Jews when
you have poor people in Sderot. American
Jewish leaders initially were opposed, but Dr.
Beilin convinced them to support it and
leveraged that support to bring Israeli political leaders on board. Dr. Beilin credits Mr.
Netanyahu with being one of the projects
first Israeli supporters. Dr. Beilin secured
government funding for Birthright when he
was a government minister during the Barak
administration in the late 1990s.
In addition to the private American


donors and the Israeli government,

now in Israel theres a group of private donors who put money into it, he
said. Thats something thats new and
Looking back at his time in the foreign ministry, both as deputy minister
and before that as director general, Dr.
Beilin is particularly proud of two other
One of my most important projects
was the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Vatican. It was kind of an
Oslo there was a very important backchannel before official negotiations.
Until two weeks before we signed,
people said there was no chance to have
an agreement with the Vatican. It seemed
almost imaginary. For years and years the
Vatican was not ready to officially recognize us. The negotiations were long and
very unique. The ramifications were very
important. Although it was important to
insist that relations did not mean peace
between Christianity and the Jewish people, but between two sovereign states,
everyone knew what they represented.
The other thing was the imposition of
sanctions against South Africa. I did that
when I was director general of the foreign
ministry in 1987. This was a revolution,
after years of silent collaboration between
Israel and South Africa.
So how does Dr. Beilin feel about sanctions against Israel?
It is hypocritical and really crazy to
think and talk about boycotting Israel,
when with all its flaws and problems it
is still the only democracy here, he said.
You have countries that are so obviously
high on the list that boycotting Israel is a
sad joke that should be fought against.
I can understand a campaign for
peace, a campaign for the end of

occupation. But not boycotting. That is

something that is used as a last resort
against regimes that do not have the ability to have an internal debate. In Israel
today, you have a government that almost
doesnt have a coalition. Netanyahu has
only 61 Knesset members in his coalition.
Of course, any attempt to boycott
Israel is uniting all of us against those who
want to boycott us, rather than enabling
us to have our democratic fight in Israel,
he said.
On Thursday night at the Tenafly JCC,
Dr. Beilin will be speaking under the aegis
of the Israeli-American Council, which
brings together, and gives a profile to,
Israelis in America who previously had
been reviled by Israeli. Perhaps the most
famous insult toward yordim Israelis
who left the country was that of Yitzhak
Rabin, who called them nefolet shel
nemushot, a phrase difficult to translate
literally but roughly equivalent to contemptible wimps.
When someone says Im leaving
Israel Im far from happy, Dr. Beilin
said. I would like to have every Israeli
and every Jew live in Israel. But I will
fight for his or her right to do that. It is
their right to live wherever they want.
We are talking about human beings in a
If Israelis are going to live outside of
Israel, I believe its important for them
to have contact with each other, to have
their network, he added. This is part of
Jewish continuity. If those groups have the
chance to meet their peers, to share their
views with each other, this is one of the
contributions to Jewish continuity. If you
dont have the opportunity to meet other
Jews, the prospects of assimilation are
much higher. They should do what they
want, but do it together.

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A new relationship in Ridgewood

Conservative, Reconstructionist shuls join forces, work together, retain differences

ast December, Rabbi David J. Fine of Temple

Israel and Jewish Community Center of Ridgewood wrote a thoughtful and perceptive op ed
in this newspaper about why the word merger,
at least when applied to synagogues, seems somehow
dirty, perhaps borderline pornographic. (It is, in fact, a
word that synagogue trustees often keep at a greater distance than fried pork chops, he wrote.)
That automatic distaste is not only unhelpful, its also
inaccurate, he continued then; in fact, some of our models, based on the last centurys understanding of affiliation, and also on post-World War II suburban demographics, simply are outdated.
If we are to flourish perhaps to continue to flourish,
perhaps to do so again we are going to have to acknowledge change, accommodate it, and not see it as failure.
Considering a merger does not mean that were not big
enough alone, or strong enough, or interesting or compelling or affordable enough. Instead, it may present us with
the chance to examine our assumptions, keep some, and
discard others, he said.
Rabbi Fine is Conservative; the movements theology
and worldview are firmly his own. But now, under his
leadership, Temple Israel will be merging or perhaps

We have been
operating as Temple
Israel; now we are
going to emphasize
the Jewish Community
Center piece of it.
more accurately entering a strategic partnership with
Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Israel, which sold its
synagogue and parsonage building in Maywood to share
space, resources, and governance, among other things,
with Temple Israel.
RCBI hired a rabbi, Jacob Lieberman, who also will be
the assistant rabbi at the Ridgewood shul.
We have been operating as Temple Israel; now we are
going to emphasize the Jewish Community Center piece
of it, the shuls president, Joshua Holden of Ridgewood,
Temple Israel has slightly more than 200 membership
units, and RCBI has about 30. The two congregations will
hold their own religious services, using their own liturgies,

Recently, members of both shuls gathered for a pre-Shabbat service at Temple Israel.

Joshua Holden

Christine ODonnell

and then come together for kiddush. They will share the
religious school, which already is part of a local consortium, as well as adult education and other programs, and
their social action committees, which are very important
to both shuls, have begun to work together already.
RCBI will be structured as a group within the umbrella
that is the Jewish Community Center. It will be a subsidiary organization, structured similarly to our mens club
and sisterhood, with their own budgets and board, Mr.
Holden said. They will have one member on Temple
Israels executive committee, two on the main shul board,
and a seat on the school board. Temple Israel will do all
the management.
It is a provisional merger, in the sense that we

Rabbi Jacob Lieberman

Rabbi David Fine

understand that merger is a term that people get nervous

about, but it doesnt have to be irrevocable, Rabbi Fine
said. We will work together; at the end of the five years,
we will have to revisit it, to decide to renew it on the same
terms, to make a complete merger, or to decide to separate. Or we could separate earlier. There is nothing irrevocably invested. We tried to structure it financially so there
is minimal risk to either congregation, and that eliminates
the emotional hesitancy that goes along with a synagogue
merger discussion.
The Temple Israel part of the Jewish Community Center is not dropping its affiliation with the Conservative
movements United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and RCBI is not cutting off its relationship with the

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Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, which is the movements umbrella organization. Because those organizations assess dues based on synagogue membership,
when new families join, they will check one of two boxes
one for each movement just as you do when you register to vote, Rabbi Fine said. Its also analogous to the
Center for Jewish History on 16th Street in Manhattan, an
organization made up of autonomous but linked bodies.
In a sense, the landlord is renting space, but they are
working together, with an overall organization.
Its a different approach, he added. Its not letting go
of the denominational ideologies, its an embrace of those
ideologies, but still working together under the same organizational rubric and under the same roof. Its like what you
see on college campuses, in the Hillel world. Separate services, and joint kiddushes and onegs. It allows us to maintain differences but still work together and pool resources.
Its very exciting, Mr. Holden said. Our membership
has been very enthusiastic about this. Its about more
than the financial aspect, and about keeping the numbers
up. Whats much more exciting is how its enhancing the
A few weeks ago, we had four simultaneous services.
Tot Shabbat, Junior Congregation, the RCBI service, and
the main service. They have helped us make minyans; we
had an occasion recently where we had several members
pass away, and it was hard to schedule all the shiva minyans. One of the RCBI members led one of the shiva minyans for one of our members.
There are some theological differences, he conceded.
Anything they do religiously is according to their rules,
in their designated space. They have their worship space
and we have ours. We wouldnt have an interfaith wedding, and we dont recognize patrilineal descent, but if
they were having a bar mitzvah for a patrilineal child and
they were expecting a lot of guests, they would use the
main sanctuary, and follow their rules.
Kashrut is not an issue, he added; the congregation had
kept kosher in its old building and would continue to do
so in the new one.
Christine ODonnell, the president of RCBI, said that
although the model is new to this area, it is already working in other places, including Philadelphias Germantown
Jewish Center. We think its the best of both worlds, she
said. Our Reconstructionist community has the benefit
of our own clergy and services, but the benefit of being
within a larger congregation for our social, education, and
cultural needs. We will pay our own way, but there are
economies of scale, and the maintenance of the physical
plant has been taken off our plate.
The congregation, which started out Conservative,
had been in the Maywood building which began its life
as a church since 1931, she said; it transitioned over
to Reconstructionist about 2000. As the countys only
Reconstructionist shul, it drew from the entire area.
Our goal is to grow Reconstructionism, and we feel
that this gives us the best opportunity to do that, Ms.
ODonnell said.
RCBIs pulpit will be Jacob Liebermans first as a rabbi;
he was ordained last month.
Rabbi Lieberman, who grew up in Irvine, California, and
knew he wanted to be a rabbi since he was in his teens, has
had connections to all of Judaisms main liberal movements,
so in many ways this arrangement is perfect for him.
I grew up in a Reform congregation and then we moved
to a Reconstructionist one, so I had both before I finished
high school, he said. And then, as an undergraduate, I
studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary, so I had a lot
of access to the thought there.
There is a strong connection between the Reconstructionist and Conservative movements, he continued. Mordecai Kaplan, the founding figure of the Reconstructionist

Interior and exterior views of the building that Temple Beth Israel bought in 1931 and RCBI sold this year.

movement, had smicha from the seminary. A lot of Reconstructionist rabbis have served at Conservative synagogues, and there is a lot of cooperation between them,
so it is a natural fit in a lot of ways.
But the two movements are far from identical. Reconstructionism is an invigorating look at Jewish identity, Jewish
community, and bringing expansive ideas to bear on our traditional texts, so when I study texts with some of the lenses
that I have learned, they come alive in a way that is very
meaningful for me, Rabbi Lieberman said. Those lenses
mainly provide context historical, social, economic, and
philosophical undergirding. If I am looking at a rabbinic
text, and I understand what was happening in the Roman
Empire at the time, I have a broader context to understand
some of the polemics, he said. It helps me to see the animosity between people who are being ruled and the rulers.
The two movements look at the function of a rabbi as
decision-maker differently too. Rabbi Lieberman sees his
role as a facilitator, helping guide the community toward
a shared decision, as the Reconstructionist worldview suggests, while Rabbi Fine is more of a mara datra, the decisor
whose decision might be based on community input but is
his and is final.
Like RCBIs president, Ms. ODonnell, Rabbi Lieberman
sees the arrangement with Temple Israel as more of a strategic partnership than a merger. We are Reconstructionist,
and that is a strong identity, he said. We are looking to

retain our identity and build a bigger and broader community. We will have our own unique services, and they will
have theirs, and we will come together around some programming. It is my hope that we will collaborate around
some childrens programming, family and adult education,
and social action.
Rabbi Lieberman, who graduated from Barnard College,
is to the best of my knowledge the first openly transgender
graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, he
said. That means that he knows about courage.
That courage will serve him well, he said.
I am not afraid to go out into the community and meet
all different kinds of people, he said. I will come with my
Reconstructionist roots, and Rabbi Fine is a leader in the
Conservative movement. We are all bringing a lot to the
table, and I am excited about the synergy.


Mourning possibilities
Local woman helps parents face trauma of stillbirth, infant mortality

hree decades ago, when Reva

and Danny Judas newborn son
died, just 12 hours after he was
born, there was nowhere for
the Teaneck couple to turn for emotional
Nobody wanted to talk about loss; it was
believed best to get on with life and not
dwell on the tragedy.
Reva Judas wasnt willing to accept that
approach, and she did not think anyone
else should, either especially after suffering six miscarriages between the births
of her four healthy children.
She soon became a go-to person for others in similar situations, and eventually
earned certification as a hospital chaplain.
In January 2009, Ms. Judas founded the
nonprofit infant and pregnancy loss support organization Nechama (the Hebrew
word for comfort) initially at Englewood
Hospital and Medical Center and then at
Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck.
Now known as NechamaComfort (on
the Web at, the
organization came under the wing of

Jewish Family Service of Bergen and Hudson County last February. It offers a support group every second Wednesday of
the month, from 7 to 9 p.m., for men and
women grieving parents, grandparents,
and extended family of a baby from prebirth to one year old at the JFS office at
1485 Teaneck Road in Teaneck.
Though NechamaComfort is geared
to address the particular needs of Jewish
families, Ms. Judas counsels anyone who
approaches her, and counts several nonJews and Jewish atheists in the support
We have some people whove been
coming for years, partly to help those
newly bereaved, and we have people who
come for six months or a year after a loss,
have another baby, and come back for the
yahrzeit, she said. I do a lot of phone
support for those who arent able to come
to the support group. I also make house
calls, as a volunteer.
Ms. Judas provides guidance for clergy,
funeral directors, and medical personnel;
Jewish burial support; assistance in finding meaningful ways to move beyond loss;
assistance during subsequent pregnancies,

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and community awareness programs both
locally and in Israel through the Jewish
Federation of Northern New Jerseys partnership with the city of Nahariya.
Ms. Judas said that the main thing is I
give choices concerning how to deal with
the immediate trauma and its aftermath.
There are few Jewish laws governing pregnancy and infant loss, she points out, so
you can choose your own customs. It is
your choice to make.
Some families find great comfort in

traveling to Israel to plant a tree in memory of the baby. Although the traditional
seven-day shiva mourning period does
not apply for miscarriage or stillbirth,
she finds that more and more parents are
choosing to sit shiva informally, and as a
practicing Orthodox Jew she does not discourage this.
NechamaComfort was modeled on
a pregnancy and infancy loss support
group pioneered by Johanna Gorab,
Holy Names parent-education coordinator. Ms. Judas incorporated some of Ms.
Gorabs ideas, such as memory boxes
filled with photographs of the baby, his
or her hospital bracelet, and other memorabilia. She assures parents that its fine
to include Jewish prayers or psalms and
even a lock of hair, as this does not violate
Judaisms guidelines on burying a body
Often, people who experienced an
infants death long ago are only now starting to feel comfortable acknowledging that
childs ongoing presence in their life.
If you lost a baby 30 years ago, you can
still name that baby now, or start lighting
a Shabbos candle for that baby, Ms. Judas

A new haven for abused seniors

Jewish Home to offer short-term shelter, community education

t is common, when discussing abuse,

to think of victimized children, or mistreated spouses. The abuse of seniors is
less publicized, but it is equally horrific.
According to Carol Elliott, president and
CEO of the Jewish Home Family, the national
estimate is between 3 1/2 and 5 million
[elderly] victims each year, and some studies indicate that 1 in 10 seniors have suffered
some form of abuse.
To address this problem, in mid-July the
Jewish Home will unveil SeniorHaven Elder
Abuse Shelter. It will be the first such facility in New Jersey and the 12th such shelter
in the United States. SeniorHaven will offer
community education as well as emergency
short-term shelter for victims.
Abuse takes many forms, including physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, and financial,
Ms. Elliott said. It may also take the form
of neglect. With elder abuse on the rise,
SeniorHaven is sorely needed.
Elder abuse is a societal problem, she
said. Most of us have encountered it in
our lives, professional or personal. It exists

It is equal opportunity, she continued.

It doesnt matter what age or what religion. Socioeconomic status is also irrelevant, she added, pointing to the case of
actor Mickey Rooney, whose stepson took
control of his life, effectively isolating him
and stealing his assets.
While many seniors are subject to mistreatment, most shelters are not seeing large numbers of victims, Ms. Elliott
said, noting that fewer than 10 percent of
abused elders reach out for help. People
are reluctant to come in, she said. In some
cases, they may not be willing or able to
sever their relationship with the abuser. In
others, they may be embarrassed because
the abuser is their child or grandchild.
Referrals to SeniorHaven will come from
adult protective services, hospitals, emergency rooms, or other arms of the professional community offering physical or
social services.
If someone calls and says he is a victim,
we will recommend that he call adult protective services or we will call for him, Ms.
Elliott said. If they are in immediate danger, we tell them to call the police.
She explained that when victims are

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ate agency and come to
Equally important to us is
us, they are provided with
the opportunity to educate
crisis stabilization and
the community about this
may stay 90 to 120 days at
no charge. Theyre admitRaising awareness of
ted as normal patients in
elder abuse is vital. Often
whatever setting. If the
seniors are not believed
victim has Medicaid or
when they report abuse.
other forms of insurance,
They may go into an
we will try to bill and get
emergency room and an
Carol Silver Elliott
reimbursement. But thats
adult child may say [to the
not the objective.
doctor], shes so clumsy,
From the day of admission, we begin
she said. Theres a credibility factor, and
planning for discharge to the least restricthe risk goes up with age. The highest risk
tive alternative, she continued. Perhaps
is for people over 85, for women, and for
there is another child, who lives out of the
people who have dementia.
area and has no idea about whats going
Warning signs clues that something is
on. Or the agency might put the victim
amiss do exist, Ms. Elliott said. For example, if an older adult who usually attends
in touch with a pro bono lawyer who can
synagogue stops coming, that may indiwork to remove the abuser from the victims home.
cate social isolation. Other changes may
It makes sense to provide emerinclude appearance, where, say, someone
gency shelter in an existing facility for
who is usually well-groomed suddenly
the elderly, Ms. Elliott said. All the serappears disheveled.
vices older adults need are available
Another scenario older adults who
within our walls, from medical to physical
habitually withdraw the same amount
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said. The main point is for people

mothers and fathers, grandparents, siblings to be able to deal with this publicly. Even a miscarriage will affect your
life forever.
The JFS affiliation gives NechamaComfort a solid home base; Ms. Judas is there
10 hours a week as of July 1. The pregnancy loss groups are part of the JFSs
larger menu of support groups coordinated by licensed clinical social worker
Debbie Fox. At JFS I have social workers
on call and I can refer people to them,
Ms. Judas added.
Ms. Judas, a former Moriah School
kindergarten teacher and now the parttime project coordinator for NJ Yachad
and its vocational program, has trained
additional pregnancy loss facilitators,
so when theres a crisis we can send
someone to the hospital and make sure
everything is done properly. And well
go to obstetricians offices to explain
what we do.
A few weeks ago, she said, an OBGYN sent a client to an abortion clinic in
Englewood to have a dilation and evacuation procedure. The womens fetus had
died in the womb. Doctors dont realize
its traumatic to send someone there,
Ms. Judas said. They think only about
the medical facilities available and not
the womans feelings. They need to be

amounts. Or family members come in to

do the withdrawals.
We train bank tellers, Ms. Elliott said,
noting that people in such positions are
often well-placed to notice changes. Pharmacists, too, may be trained to observe
differences in a seniors patterns.
Before coming to New Jersey, the Jewish Home head created an elder abuse
program at the Cedar Village Retirement
Community in Ohio. In Ohio, a beautician noticed an elder woman wincing,
she said. She had broken ribs. Another
senior whose daughter held her power
of attorney suddenly stopped paying
her rent. Apparently, her daughter had
cleaned out her bank account.
According to a statement from the Jewish Home, SeniorHaven is part of the
SPRiNG Alliance, a network of regional
elder abuse shelters and other similar
service models . Victims are offered
a full range of healthcare and supportive services including an emergency
residential shelter and a coordinated
system of care that provides a safe harbor, emotional support, psychological
counseling, healthcare, legal advocacy
and representation for victims of elder
Clients may be placed in different settings, depending on their needs and on
available space. If space is not available
at Jewish Home facilities, they might be
housed at the Weinberg Center at the

Another case in point is a recent firstperson New York Times account of a

38-year-old orthodontists disappointment in how a New York hospital handled her sons stillbirth. Why arent
hospitals better equipped in dealing with
such a tough experience? the grieving
mother wrote, noting that one in 160
pregnancies in the United States end in
Ms. Judas, a member of the New Jersey Consortium of Infant and Pregnancy
Loss, does community education as a
scholar in residence at synagogues, and
also is available to members of Yesh Tikvah, a new support group for Jewish couples mainly modern Orthodox suffering infertility.
The demand for NechamaComfort
keeps growing, she said.
I have calls from literally all over;
three from Israel last week and four in
Teaneck. I think we are seeing more
cases for a few reasons. People are more
open than they used to be, and they
know theyre pregnant so much earlier
these days. And because of 4D sonograms you become attached to the baby
much sooner. Also, people get married
later and more things can go wrong. So
we have a lot more work to do.
To reach Reva Judas and NechamaComfort, call (201) 724-4093 or email

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Rabbi David Widzer of Temple Beth El led services last year.

Shabbat prayers on the Palisades

Temple Beth El of Northern Valley in
Closter and Temple Emeth in Teaneck
invite the community to a family-friendly
outdoor Welcome Summer Shabbat
service at the State Line Lookout off the
Palisades Parkway on Friday, July 10, at
6:30 p.m.
Rabbis David Widzer and Steven
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Cantors Rica Timman and Ellen Tilem.
All are welcome; bring a lawn chair and

bug spray. In case of inclement weather,

services will be at Temple Beth El, 221
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OUs Rabbi Weil leading

weekend in Long Branch
The Orthodox Union Department of Synagogue and Community Services will present an OU community weekend in
Long Branch with Rabbi Steven Weil, OUs senior managing
director, at Congregation Brothers of Israel from Friday, July
10, to Saturday, July 11, Shabbat Parshat Pinchas.
Led by Rabbi Nasanayl Braun, the OU member synagogue
Rabbi Steven Weil
is at 250 Park Ave. in Elberon.
On Friday night, Rabbi Weil will discuss Brave Old World
during a special Shabbat family dinner at the synagogue. On Saturday morning, he
will give a drasha, The 7th Million Man, at the synagogues 752 Ocean Ave. satellite
location. At seudat shlishit at the synagogues Park Avenue location, Rabbi Weil will
end the weekend with a talk, Josiah the King; The One Man Who Could Have Prevented the Churban.

Book launch in Teaneck this week

Rabbi Hanoch Teller will discuss his new book,
Heroic Children: Untold Stories of the Unconquerable, at a private home in Teaneck on July
7 at 7:45 p.m. The book chronicles the stories of
nine child survivors of the Holocaust. The book
has not yet been released but will be available
that evening.
Rabbi Teller has been a guide in Yad Vashem
for three decades and teaches about the
According to Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, former
chief rabbi of Israel and chair of Yad Vashem,
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and the benevolence, that were all part of the
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The Jewish Educational Centers gala at the Venetian.


JEC celebrates academys 60 years

More than 450 parents, faculty, alumni,
and friends of the Jewish Educational
Center came together for the centers
annual gala at the Venetian in Garfield
on June 17. Community rabbis and partner agency executives from the area
that JEC serves, representing Elizabeth, Hillside, West Orange, Linden,
Springfield, Livingston, Lakewood,
Edison, Highland Park, Passiac/Clifton,
Teaneck, Bergenfield, Monsey, and
Staten Island were there as well.
The gala commemorated 60 years of
Torah and excellence at JECs Rav Teitz
Mesivta Academy, and recognized two
distinguished alumni: Rabbi Mordechai Tokarsky, RTMA class of 1988, is
the founder and national director of
RAJE (Russian American Jewish Experience), a Brooklyn-based organization that helps immigrants from the
former Soviet Union both acclimate to
life in the United States and develop
a strong Jewish identity, and Rabbi
Chaim Strauchler, RTMA class of 1995,
is a Rhodes Scholar (one of only two
from the yeshiva day-school world the
second is also a JEC alumna Miriam
Rosenbaum, Bruriah class of 2007) and
now the rabbi of Congregation Shaarei
Shomayim in Toronto.
The evenings program included the
live finale of RTMAs Got Talent, a
competition held in the RTMA division
over last few months.
The three semi-finalist acts were

invited to attend and perform at the

dinner. A trio from the RTMA Middle
School division, Yair Cantor, Yonatan
Swissa, and Jake Goldberg, led the
national anthems, accompanied on
piano by RTMA junior Uri Veit, also a
semi-finalist. The third semi-finalist was
RTMA senior Jake Stern, whose delivery
of divrei Torah and talent at the pulpit
reflected the schools core Torah values.
The competitions finale was held at
the dinner, with the final vote left up to
the viewing audience, both at the dinner and watching via livestream.
The two finalists were outgoing RTMA
senior SJ Tannenbaum, an impressionist, and Isaiah Rappaport, a sophomore
who played guitar and sang and won
the competition.
The evening also honored Charlotte and Howard Block of Springfield,
who received Lev Tov award for their
legacy gift to the JEC, and Dr. Brian
and Shoshana Allen of Edison, named
Parents of the Year for their generous support of the new Bruriah STEM
Nearly 3,000 people watched the
program livestreamed at vimeo.
com/131155169. A photo album is on
the schools Facebook page, Facebook.
Next years gala will mark the entire
Jewish Educational Centers 75th

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What Tisha BAv

really represents

Self-evident truths

ast year, the Fourth of July was on a

Friday; the fireworks were at the same
time as Shabbat dinner, and not in walking distance.
This year, the Fourth will be on Saturday, fireworks still too far away to get to they will go off at
sunset, as if they are Shabbats grand finale.
But because the Fourth of July and Shabbat go
so well together both celebrations, in their own
very different ways, of freedom and community,
of fireworks, both external and internal it is a joy
to celebrate them together.
And yes, this is going to be one of those personal
editorials, so lets drop the editorial we for a
straightforward I.
For years, my husband and I had walked over to
the Hudson River, close to our home, to watch the
sparkling lights explode and grow and take over
the sky and then trickle like molten silver and gold
into the water, with Sousa pounding and trilling
from dozens of radios in the background.
That was out last year, and this year too. So what
could we do to mark the day?
Last year, I bought a package of construction
paper, packets of red, white, and blue sparkly
stickers, and red and blue markers. I picked out
the red, white, and blue pieces of paper, and used
the pens to write out the line in the Declaration
of Independence, whose publication we are marking, that begins We hold these truths to be selfevident. I festooned the pages with sparkles, and
I hung them around my dining room.
I dressed myself, too, in red, white, and blue.

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We had chips that night with dinner red,
white, and blue ones and we had white yogurt
soup with strawberries and blueberries. Fish was
fish not much do with the color there but it
was accompanied by tricolor potatoes, red, white,
and (as close as we could get to blue) purple. Dessert was a cake decorated with a flag, colored
Benching began with Shir haMaalot set to a
Sousa tune, although in truth that was a bit hard
to keep up. We tried, though.
All this was because there is a profound truth
to the Fourth of July, and to our gratitude to this
country, which, imperfect as it admittedly is,
nonetheless is a glorious and noble experiment in
We all should keep Thomas Jeffersons words in
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all
men are created equal, that they are endowed by
their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that
among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of
Until we Jews came to the United States of America, there was no country on earth save perhaps
our own that welcomed Jews with similar sentiments. Since we have arrived here, we have
We are indissolubly part of this country, woven
into its fabric, and it is a very good place to be.
Thank you, America, and happy birthday.
We wish all of you a glorious Fourth.

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he mourning period
What makes us Jews is memory.
known as the Three
Nearly everything we do is related
Weeks is upon us. It
to memory.
will end on Tisha BAv
We observe Shabbat each week,
(which will be observed a day
not because a day of rest makes
later this year, from the end of
sense, but to remind ourselves
Shabbat on July 25, through an
and the world that in Gods eyes
hour after sundown on July 26).
all are equal, even animals, and all
For most of us in the Jewish
deserve the same day of rest that
world, this period goes by each
we want for ourselves.
year without our even realizing
We wear shawls with macramed fringes, and slap black leather
it came and went. Even if we do
boxes on our arms and foreheads
realize it, we have no qualms
not as ends in themselves, but to
about ignoring it.
remind us that we once stood
The cheerless nature of this
before a mountain in the middle
period, of course, is part of the
of a wilderness and
problem. From the
made a deal with
17th of Tammuz
God to be a kingdom
through the Ninth
of priests and a holy
of Av, after all, the
summer is in full
We are the people
bloom; it is a hardly
of memory and
fitting period, it
there is no other day
seems, for deep
that is so infused
with memory as
That is the wrong
Tisha BAv.
According to the
What it is that
sages of blessed
makes us Jews? It
memory, this day
could not be our
began approximately 3,500 years
religion, because both Muslims
ago, with the People Israel en route
and Christians ostensibly pray to
from Sinai to Canaan. As recorded
the same God as we do, so we are
in the Torah portion we read on
no longer unique in our religious
June 13, Shlach Lcha, they became
beliefs. Besides, religion is only
convinced that God brought them
part of what we are; it is not all of
out of Egypt in order to have them
what we are.
die at the hands of merciless giants.
Our culture also does not make
us Jews. Ours is the most multi- So, the Torah reports, The people
cultural culture of all. We are
wept that night.
a people spread out across the
By following the Torahs chronology, the date on which this
four corners of the globe, and
occurred was the ninth day of the
we have assimilated many of the
fifth month, the day we know as
cultural motifs of the countries in
Tisha BAv.
which we have lived.
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On this day in that year, God decreed that the generation of the Exodus would die out in the desert; only their
children would live to inherit the Land of Promise. With
the gift of hindsight, the sages concluded God also must
have issued another decree that day: Because you, Israel,
cried for no reason on this day, I, God, will see to it you
have reason to cry on this day forever after.
Fanciful or not, history supports this midrash. It was on
the Ninth of Av in the year 586 BCE that Babylonian forces
set fire to the First Temple. In the year 70 CE, Roman
forces set fire to the Second Temple.
In the year 135 CE, on the Ninth Day of Av, the Judean
revolt against Rome reportedly came to a crushing end
with the fall of Betar and the death of its leader, Bar
Kochba. A series of executions followed that wiped out
nearly an entire generation of religious leaders and scholars, including Rabbi Akiva.
On August 2, 1492, Tisha BAv, what was arguably the
greatest diaspora community the world had ever known
until then ended with the departure from Spain of the last
of its expelled Jews.
On August 1, 1914, Tisha BAv, Germany declared war on
Russia. This began World War I, but it also set into motion
events that would lead to the creation of the Soviet Union,
which would wage a 75-year campaign to destroy everything Jewish within its borders. World War I would end in

No other day better

proves that Gods
promise to Israel,
Gods covenant
with us, indeed is
everlasting and
the creation of a peace so debilitating to Germany that it
paved the way for Adolf Hitler and the Shoah.
This is the day we toss aside.
Now, some people say. We dont need Tisha BAv anymore. Its not relevant anymore. It belongs to the past.
Chanukah belongs to the past, so does Purim, yet we celebrate both. Pesach belongs to the distant past, but we
celebrate it. Why ignore Tisha BAv?
Again, some would say: Chanukah, Purim, Pesach
these are fun days, but Tisha BAv is the ultimate downer.
Why ruin sweet summer by imposing on it the bitter memory of such tragedies?
The answer, as I noted in previous columns, is that
Tisha BAv is not about tragedy. It is about triumph.
Of course, Tisha BAv reminds us that we have experienced more tragedies as a people than any other in history, with the Shoah topping the list. The point, however,
is that we are still here to be reminded of them. The ashes
of the Shoah especially should have buried us; instead, we
are as a people reborn.
We are still here. No other day on the Jewish calendar
better exemplifies the link between God and Israel. No
other day better proves that Gods promise to Israel, Gods
covenant with us, indeed is everlasting and irreversible.
That is the true memory of Tisha BAv.
The greatest tragedy of Tisha BAv is our refusal to
remember this day.
We must not toss into the dustbin of disuse this most
potent vehicle for reaffirming that tragedies are of the
moment, but the Jewish people are forever.
Am Yisrael Chai.

Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah

Letters home from summer camp

snail mail is when their children are

y 10-year-old son went
away at summer camp.
to sleep-away camp for
In my family, we are especially aware
the first time this sumof the wonderful (though perhaps mormer. He boarded the airibund) art of letter-writing. Just before
plane for Camp Ramah in the Rockies 6
my son left for camp, a cousin recovered and sent, via email and pdf, 105
days, two hours, and 58 minutes ago, as
pages worth of letters home that my
of the time of this writing.
husbands great-grandfather, Papa Jake,
Im not counting because I am nervous. I just miss the guy!
sent to his family back in Ohio. Jake, his
Maybe it would be easier to tolerate
twin brother, Izzy, and their wives, Dora
the distance if we had received a letter.
and Francis, traveled throughout the
But there has been no word yet. I have
western United States for three months
never looked forward to receiving mail
in 1934.
We began reading the letters aloud.
with so much eager anticipation.
They are full of humor and history.
Pictures from camp (what did parents
Papa Jake wrote long, detailed misdo before pictures could be uploaded?)
sives about the sights, the roads, the
assure me that he is alive. They also confirm that for the first three days, he and
people, the food, the accommodations, and the prices. He described
all his bunkmates wore the same camp
news from Europe, bear sightings,
T-shirts they had traveled in. My husband informs me that this
and their beloved Terraplane machine
is normal protocol for pre(a.k.a. their car). He
teen boys at camp.
mentioned lots of JewAnticipating Emmetts
ish highlights, including
first letter brought back
Borscht restaurants on
memories of letters from
Venice Beach and Uncle
camp that have lived on
Izzys recitation of the
in family lore. One summer, my sister wrote from
Shema during steep
Camp Ramah in the Berkclimbs in the North CasRabbi Debra
shires: It rained so much
cades. Each letter began
that I learned to swim
Dear Everybody, and
on my way to the chadar
Papa Jake was so expressive that you can feel his
ochel thats the dining
enthusiasm for this adventure and his
hall. My mother saved a charming letter
love for the family in every line.
from my brother, who marked the envelope top secret because he disclosed
I was planning to conclude this column with some musings on one of
the crush he had on a fellow camper.
Allan Shermans great songs, the parApparently it was declassified after 36
ody Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh. A
years, so my mother passed it around
lighthearted, satirical send-up of letters
the dining room table the last time we
home, it both mocks and reassures us
all were together.
about the fears of children and their
Letters to camp are special, too. My
parents. In the summer of 1963, it was
mother always sent each of us a letter
the #1 single. Everyone could relate to
before the start of the summer season,
it (with the possible exception of Allan
so that my siblings and I would have
Sherman, who grew up with three difmail waiting for us on the very first day.
ferent fathers, in eight schools, on
I did the same for my son. I even put
both coasts and in Chicago, and with
a nice card in the book he planned to
a mother who suffered from undiagread on the plane. (Too much? My husband thought so.)
nosed schizophrenia. His family was
My father used to write to me exclunot stable, financially or otherwise, and
sively in Hebrew. I will write at least one
something as normal and privileged as
letter in Hebrew this summer, too, to
nerves about summer camp played no
support the shared mission of our fampart in his childhood).
ily and the Ramah camps.
Kids get to endure homesickness, bad
Phone calls, emails, and texts largely
food, dirty clothes, and mosquito bites
have replaced letter-writing, which has
when they are lucky. Summer camp is
been popular on lists of dying arts
a most delightful way to learn independence and resilience. Jewish summer
for some time now. The only time most
camp shapes and strengthens Jewish
families I know still write and receive

Rabbi Orensteins son, Emmett

Weisz, at Havdallah at Camp
Ramah Rockies.
identity and affiliation in the process.
Parents and kids whose biggest worries
are the trifles associated with summer
camp are blessed, indeed.
But forget all that. The mail just
came and it brought Emmetts first letter home. Hurrah! It begins with the
greeting Dear Everybody. It includes
humorous details about food, transit, and pricing. For $2, you can have
a large cookie at the Denver airport
in 2015 or a season pass to Yosemite
in 1934. The transfer from airport to
camp took place on a big yellow terraplane that takes kids to school. The
letter was signed Love, Papa Jake. It
was so expressive that you could feel
the enthusiasm for adventure and the
love of family in every line.
Im so glad that that Ramah Rockies
doesnt let kids send email.
If its not too backward an idea,
may I suggest writing a letter to someone who isnt at camp this summer?
Describe your day. Share some news.
Express your gratitude or your concerns. Truthfully, its unlikely that your
words will be set to music or handed
down four generations hence. But
right now, you can express your love
of this great adventure called life
and your affection for the surprised
addressee(s). Everybody who opens
the envelope, deciphers your handwriting, and receives your message is
sure to be delighted.
Rabbi Debra Orenstein, spiritual
leader of Congregation Bnai Israel
in Emerson, is working with Jews
around the country to free 1,000 slaves
before Rosh Hashanah. Learn more at

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Its not 1938, its 1984

o you remember that old joke

about two Jews, three opinions?
Maybe it was three Jews, five
opinions. Well, if things continue the way they seem to be headed we
wont be telling that joke any longer. There is
a growing trend among Jews today to disenfranchise other Jews, to declare them treif for
having a different opinion.
George Orwell, who brought us Big Brother
in his seminal book 1984, also created the
terms thoughtcrime the crime of having
a controversial and therefore socially unacceptable thought and newspeak redefining words until they mean the opposite
of their original intent. Today, 66 years after
the publication of Orwells fictional account
of the future, we have groups who consider
themselves Big Brother and are more than
ready to label others guilty of thoughtcrimes
while using newspeak to justify it.
We have watched as a small but very loud
collection of Jews has determined that they
know the only way to be Zionist.
Most recently, a group calling themselves
JCC Watch attempted to prevent progressive Jewish and Zionist organizations from
participating in the Celebrate Israel Parade,
falsely accusing them of supporting the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Meanwhile, the Zionist Organization of America filed a suit to have Partners for Progressive Israel (formerly Meretz USA) removed
from the American Zionist Movement. This
faction of right-wing Zionists chose to forget that from its very inception, Zionism has
been hyphenated.
When Theodor Herzl convened the First
Zionist Congress, he knew that the hall would
be filled with those who defined themselves
as Religious Zionists or Revisionist Zionists, as
Labor Zionists or Socialist Zionists. And that
among these and other Zionist groupings
there existed differing shades of thought, different opinions, and different dreams for the
kind of Jewish state that would be created.
There were Zionists who supported a Jewish state in Uganda and those who did not.
Debates were fierce loud and long but
all sides were heard. Discussions were held,
votes taken, decisions agreed upon. No one
was removed, no one was thrown out or
labeled a traitor to the great cause.
Jews always have been a multivoiced people. Our strength has come from our ability
to hear each other, to listen, and to recognize the others right to differ. Ours is a history replete with Jewish voices disagreeing
Pharisees and Sadducees, chasidim and
mitnagdim, pages of the Talmud filled with

multiple answers for each

the film festival is to be in a
question asked.
Jewish community center supported by a Jewish federation,
We never have been a
then that federations name is
monolithic people. We may
muddied as well, and calls go
believe in only one God, but
out to stop funding it.
there has never been only one
Progressive Jewish and
way to practice religion, never
Zionist organizations that
only one way to be a Jew. Why
oppose the occupation in the
today should there be only one
Dr. Mark
West Bank because it is damdrummer and why should we
aging to Israel are to be denied
all be expected to march to
entrance into Jewish umbrella
that one beat? The Jewish people would be poorer for it.
organizations and those who
Voices within the right
have been members for years
wing of the Jewish and Zionand years are to be thrown
ist community have taken
it upon themselves in the
In the recent elections for
name of klal Israel the
delegates to the next World
unity of the Jewish people
Zionist Congress the charges
to exorcise liberal and proof thoughtcrime rose to new
gressive speech from the
heights. There were motions
conversation. If they have
to remove progressive ZionHiam
ist party slates from electheir way there will be only
tion altogether. The attempt
one right and proper position. Only approved organito silence those who do not
zations would be allowed to march in the
share an extremist view in support of West
Israel parade. An Israeli film festival whose
Bank annexation is a cynical political act of
movies dont pass their narrow test would
be banned. It wouldnt matter that the films
The fact is that the overwhelming majority of American Jews and Zionists do not
are made in Israel, made by Israelis. And if

A view from the pew

Interfaith work at the Episcopal churchs triennial

ast week I spent three days in

Salt Lake City, Utah, attending
the Episcopal churchs triennial
convention, as a representative
of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs,
where I am honored to sit as a national
board member.
While visiting Salt Lake City I also had
the opportunity to attend Shabbat morning services at Kol Ami, the local synagogue, and interact with members of the
local Jewish community. My View from
the Pew at both the convention itself, and
from Kol Ami, left me inspired by both the
challenges and opportunities that we have,
in both the areas of intra-Jewish and interfaith relationships.
At the Episcopal church convention, I
was welcomed with warmth and appreciation. This church has a strong and sincere
commitment to interfaith dialogue and
cooperation. The JCPA and the office of the
presiding bishop have a longstanding and
strong working relationship in confronting issues of social justice, nationally and
internationally, as well as a strong commitment to mutual respect. One of the many
moving moments for me at this convention was seeing an exhibit of a U.N. refugee

tent along with a 3D video of a young Syrian girl who lives in such a tent in a refugee
camp in Jordan. My suggestion to church
leaders that the Episcopal and Jewish communities, hopefully with other faith community partners, could jointly sponsor
the display of this tent this fall at the U.N.
was met with enthusiasm. This church is
deeply committed to both social justice
and the interfaith partnership.
The Episcopal church, whose roots in
America go back to colonial days, is part
of the worldwide Anglican Church Federation. It is facing many of the same
challenges that our Jewish community is
confronting in the rapidly changing ways
that 21st century Americans relate to and
interact with one another. In my three
days in Salt Lake City I experienced some
truly transformative worship and listened
as priests and laity wrestled with issues
of liturgical change and questioned their
churchs ability to reach their next generation. Their debates sounded strikingly
familiar to me, similar to our own internal
Jewish struggles.
I also witnessed and shared with them
sorrow over Charleston and joy over the
Supreme Court decision on marriage

issues, and its welcoming of

equality. I was privileged to
interfaith guests, the weekbe a dinner guest at a gathering of 16 religious leaders on
long convocation was dealing
Friday night of the churchs
with a large agenda of social
presiding bishop, Katharine
concerns, both domestic and
Jefferts Schori. She began
international. Irrespective
the dinner by saying Shabof the warmth and respect
bat shalom to the assembled
with which the representative of the American Jewish
interfaith representatives
Rabbi Neal
Committee and I and also
from across America and
an amazing young Israeli
around the world, and then
social entrepreneur were
turned to me and asked me
received, there definitely
to recite the Sabbath kiddush. During her nine-year tenure, Bishop
was a full spectrum of views on the Middle
Katherine has been a strong opponent of
East. Among the seven resolutions that
using BDS to express concern over Israeli
dealt with Israel and Palestine that were
policy, and she has led multiple Episcopal
up for consideration, one included language calling for divestment from compaand interfaith missions to Israel and the
nies that do business in Israeli settlements
Palestinian territories. Her election was
in the West Bank. Along with two young
a breakthrough for Episcopalians, whose
men who lead a program called Shades,
leaders had been white males for more
which has undertaken a unique dialogue
than two centuries. Last Saturday afternoon, I was present when Bishop Michael
program between Israeli and Palestinian
Curry, an African American, was elected
foreign service personal, I had the chance
as the next presiding bishop. After centuto participate in the churchs social justice
ries of white male leadership, this church
and international concerns committee
is re-creating itself to reflect the diversity
debate on Israel Palestine issue.
of Christian America.
This is what I shared with our friends in
In addition to its deliberation on internal
the church:


support zealots seeking to demonize and excise those who

do not walk in lockstep with them. It is important to note
that the election results reveal a great example of democracy in Jewish life. The makeup of the U.S. delegation to the
World Zionist Congress is made up of a majority of representatives who oppose annexation, uphold religious pluralism
and civil rights, and are willing to support a two-state solution conditionally as a mechanism to maintain a secure and
democratic Israel with a large Jewish majority.
Now, 118 years after that first Zionist Congress, the touchstone of klal Yisrael remains clear. Klal Yisrael does not
mean expelling someone from the family and shrouding
that divisive action as protecting Jewish unity. Klal Yisrael
means that even as we disagree, we exchange ideas as members of the same community. If we agree that excising some
Jews to save Jewish unity is klal Israel, then truly Big Brother
is upon us and war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength.
Mark Gold of Teaneck holds a Ph.D. in economics from NYU
and is on the executive board of Partners for Progressive
Israel, a member organization of the American Zionist
Movement and an affiliate of the World Union of Meretz.
Hiam Simon of Englewood is the chief operating officer
of Ameinu, the leading progressive Zionist membership
organization in the United States. He lived in Israel for
many years, where he was the dean of students at what
is now the Alexander Muss High School, and he was a
sergeant in the IDFs artillery.

Thank you for the opportunity to sit

in on your committees discussions this
I want to commend members of this for
the civility of your discussion. I also was
most impressed by the depth of understanding of the complexity of the IsraelPalestinian conflict that your multiple resolutions under consideration reflect. The
contemporary Middle East lives under the
clouds of intra-Islamic struggles as well
as conflicts between Islam, Judaism, and
Christianity, that date to the Middle Ages,
as well political conflict between Israel and
her Arab nation-state neighbors that are a
result of the still unsettled issues of WWI.
As your committee heard from the
young Palestinian and Israeli leaders of
Shades, a new initiative that promotes dialogue among Israeli and Palestinian young
diplomats, there are some very positive
though not yet fully illuminated, sparks of
hope for intergroup dialogue cooperation,
and ultimately mutual acceptance, that is
arising among a new generation of Israelis
and Palestinians.
Coupled with the very positive report
I heard today, regarding your communitys investment in the Bank of Palestine

The grim slogans of thoughtcrime and newspeak from the pages of George Orwells 1984.

over the past few years, I would hope that

the resolution(s) that ultimately emerge
from your deliberations will be positive
and proactive and not include divestment
Both from listening to your deliberations today, and to the many one-on-one
conversations I have had with delegates,
in the hallways, I know that the Episcopal
Church community, similar to the majority
of the Jewish community believes that two
States for two Peoples is the only workable solution to the century-long conflict.
I want to thank the Episcopal Church for
its continuing constructive role in working
toward this goal.
As I write this column the convention is
still in session and the committee was in
closed session, seeking to rewrite a resolution. Therefore I cannot tell you what
resolutions on the Middle East, if any, ultimately will emerge before the conference
ends on July 2. I can say that I heard true
expressions of support for Israel and for
concern for the plight of Palestinians.
I cannot end this column without a word
about my Shabbat morning experience.
In my last column I wrote of the need
for us to rethink our communal delivery

system. In Salt Lake City, Kol Ami is a synagogue that is both Reform and Conservative, and holds parallel services every
Shabbat, where both communities come
together for the conclusion of the service,
including their rabbis sermon, Kaddish,
and a kiddish lunch. The synagogue is
led by a dynamic young rabbi, who is the
daughter of a contemporary of mine, an
inspirational cantor, and a large cadre of
dedicated and liturgically skilled lay leaders. Last Saturday, like many colleagues
across the country, the rabbi spoke about
Charleston and its implications. She made
the challenging claim that Americans must
not use the issue of the Confederate flag
as a diversion from facing the real issue of
racism that permeates our society and our
own communities. She called upon her
congregants to join her in outreach to the
African American, Native American, and
Muslim communities in Salt Lake City.
The lessons I learned in three days in
Salt Lake City were that that we are blessed
to live in a time and place where Jews and
Judaism are far more accepted by our
Christian neighbors and their churches
than ever before in American history.
Interfaith understanding that leads to

mutual respect and interfaith action that

can lead us to real social change are, as
the events in Charleston reminded us all,
challenged by the fear of the stranger. In
conversation with one of my new Christian friends, a bishop from Maryland, we
agreed that our mutual responsibility is to
teach and model for others. We realized
that the command in Leviticus 19, love
your neighbor as yourself, must be taken
as a serious challenge, not a platitude.
As I look back on last weekend and look
forward to July 4th, our American Independence Day , when we coincidentally
will read Parshat Balak, where curses are
turned into blessings, I see a challenge to
both appreciate our blessings as American Jews in the 21st century, and to work
together with our fellow Jews, and with
our fellow Americans of other faiths, to
continue to repair the tears in the fabric
of our world.
Rabbi Neal Borovitz is rabbi emeritus
of Temple Avodat Shalom in River Edge
and past chair of the Jewish Community
Relations Council of the Jewish Federation
of Northern New Jersey.


Slavery extends past
the Stars and Bars

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is not likely to have

a Confederate flag on his lawn, judging from
his June 26 editorial (Time to let the Confederacy finally die). The Stars and Bars are
hardly ever seen north of the Mason Dixon
line. Even so, his column makes me uncomfortable, in its simplistic notions of right and
wrong, or blue and gray.
Slavery is an abomination. And yet, it is
part of Jewish heritage, described and condoned in Torah. The genius of our tradition
is that Jewish law was the first to limit its
practice, and to create paths to freedom for
slaves. But as the New World was colonized
(or enslaved), the practice spread and limits
were abandoned.
Americas growth and world finances
were fueled with the lives of millions of
Africans. Gradually, Europes moral senses
awakened to the tragedy, and Britain backed
away from the practice in the early 1800s.
But the institution survived on the west side
of the Atlantic.
And it was not limited to the south.
New Jersey itself was a slave state. It was
one of the last northern states to abolish
slavery (in 1807) and yet slaves remained in
Bergen County until 1865, when the Thirteenth Amendment finally freed them.

Is this a defense of the Confederate flag?

Not at all. It is merely a reminder that the
evil of slavery was not limited to states that
followed the Stars and Bars. The southern
flag was a military emblem again, a tradition that emanates from Torah, when the 12
tribes all gather under their standards in the
I welcome the day when southern states
remove this flag from official documents,
buildings, and roads (via license plates).
But lets not dance on the graves of Union
or Confederate soldiers, all of whom were
proud to Rally round the flag, boys! The
victims in Charleston were, in a sense, continuing casualties in the same war. Their
deaths were all tragedies. Its time to give up
the symbols and declare peace.
Eric Weis

Sympathy for Shulem Deen

I am responding to Alan Mark Levins letter (Against Shulem Deen, June 26). I have
just about finished reading Mr. Deens book,
All Who Go Do Not Return. Not only does
Mr. Deen have a perfect right to leave his
chasidic community, as Mr. Levin writes
actually he was expelled he has a perfect
right to write what he wants to write about
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Mr. Deen was a member of a particular sect of chasidism where no questions

about dogma were allowed without dire
consequences. He describes the emotional and intellectual toll that took on
him over a period of years, when he had
to hide his true self from his family and
the community he lived in. Mr. Deen
does not attack; instead, he explains
his dilemma.
If you read the book, you will find that
you have sympathy for his plight.
Susan Ebenstein

Stop gun violence

After graduating from Cardoza Law

School in 1982, I had the good fortune
to be a judicial clerk (intern) to the
Hon. Morris Malech, Superior Court
of New Jersey, Bergen County Criminal
Courts. Some of Judge Malechs duties
concerned requests for gun permits.
Called the Dean of Bergens Criminal Court jurists, as early as the 1980s
Judge Malech took firearm permits
seriously. His background checks for
applicants included state and federal
criminal records, medical and psychiatric records, motor vehicle records,
and any other records that would have
a bearing on the applicant and his possible use of a firearm.
If the judge was satisfied on those
major checks, the applicant was
required to appear before him and
prove a compelling need to have a firearm. Only then was the permit issued.
Judge Malechs careful research
made a great impression on me, and on
those who were aware of his early work
to limit gun violence.
A few years later, taking residence in
Florida, I was astonished and appalled
at the advertising in publications and
in store windows calling out Guns for
Sale, Purchase or Rent. I was unsuccessful in filling a petition to accompany a letter to my local county representative to effect stricter guidelines for
permits, and to control the ease of gun
purchases in stores and gun shows to
almost anyone who asked, regardless of
their need or intended use.
I want to thank the editor of the
June 26 Jewish Standard for the editorial (Toward and end to gun violence)
and the article (Working for smart
guns) highlighting the problem of gun
Thank you for your coverage of this
growing and unacceptable horror.
Helene R. Emanuel

Jewish self-reliance

The planned neo-Nazi rally and book

burning in the heavily Jewish London
neighborhood of Golders Green presents a significant opportunity for the
British Jewish community (Invading Londons Jewish heart, June 26).

Obviously the neo-Nazis would not

attempt a similar rally in a Muslim
neighborhood with planned Koran
burnings and depictions of Mohammed
in a less-than-favorable light.
What makes the Jewish community
different? Despite the miracle of the
State of Israel and the new Jew that
lives there, European Jews have inherited the perception of being the doormat of history. Reliance on the state
authorities has been a false hope in
France and elsewhere, and now in Britain. The Israelis are not swooping in to
rescue those Jewish communities there
Imagine the impact if the neo-Nazis
ran into a crowd of tens of thousands
of displeased Jews. Imagine if those
neo-Nazis left less healthy than when
they entered. That is the appropriate and normal response to persecution and threats. That is the appropriate response to the over one thousand
acts of violent anti-Semitism in Britain
last year and the fear they instilled.
That was a planned response by the
more normal Jews for the Nazi march
through Skokie, Illinois, many years
ago. Those Nazis canceled out of fear.
Imagine the ripple effect throughout
Europe and beyond if those Jews simply
said no. Liberal niceties and handwringing will accomplish nothing. Reliance on non-Jews to protect the Jewish
community is abject stupidity. The neoNazi march is a significant opportunity
that should be used to send the strongest message imaginable.
Scott David Lippe, M.D.

Helping developmentally
disabled adults

I would like to make the Jewish Standards readers aware of a new project
by Philyss Seidenfield to place developmentally disabled adults in a village
style campus in Goshen, New York.
(Ms. Seidenfield tragically lost four children in a fire in Teaneck 10 years ago).
The campus will provide opportunity
for work, socialization, and recreation
in an interactive community setting.
Professional support experts will be
You can learn more on Facebook
(ANAN KVODO) or by emailing
Jerrold Terdiman M.D.
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ADL vs. Oren

When is a conspiracy theory a conspiracy theory?

ear with me, please, while I

all organizations, the Anti-Defamation League,
attempt an answer at the folwhich has spent more than a century bravely
lowing question: What is a
combating anti-Semitism, racism, and other
conspiracy theory?
forms of bigotry. (Full disclosure: Since Im
Generally speaking, a conspiracy theabout to criticize the ADL, readers should
ory is a theory that directly challenges
know that I worked for that organization from
the conventional, widely accepted, or
2005 to 2007.) Moreover, the ADL has done so
official account of a particular event or
in the context of an attack upon, of all people,
series of events. If a politician is murMichael Oren, the renowned Israeli historian
Ben Cohen
dered, or if a public figure dies in an
and former Israeli envoy to the United States,
accident, you can be certain that somewhose memoir, Ally, an account of his 2009
one, somewhere, will insist that what
to 2013 ambassadorial stint in Washington, has
occurred was the work of a shadowy, unseen cabal.
just been published.
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy in
Since I reviewed Ally favorably in this column last week,
1963, to take one example, and the death of Princess
theres no need to say anything more about the book. But
Diana in a car crash in 1997, to take another, both have
there is a great deal to say about the hysterical response
given conspiracists ample opportunity to advance the
most of all from the ADL to the assertions that Oren made
most outlandish theories describing what they are
about Obama in the book, as well as in a recent article for
sure really happened.
Foreign Policy magazine.
In politics, conspiracy theories typically are motiExamining the social and cultural influences that have
vated by malice toward the subject in question. Weve
affected Obamas outlook in the Middle East, Oren specuall heard the absurd stories about President Barack
lates and let me stress this point: he speculates, and nothObama being a secret Muslim, along with the claim
ing more that Obamas burning ambition to harmonize
that he wasnt born in America. In such cases, actual
relations between America and the Islamic world might be
evidence plays second fiddle to the desire to believe
the result at least in part of his personal interactions with
that the conspiracy theory in fact is true.
Muslims, positive and negative, while he was growing up.
Hence, if you are to buy into a conspiracy theory, it
In that regard, relying heavily on Obamas autobiographical
helps if youre already predisposed to its conclusions
Dreams from My Father, Oren wonders whether Obamas
from the beginning. Holocaust deniers are not serious
abandonment by two Muslim father figures led him, many
researchers of the Second World War; they are peoyears later, to seek acceptance by their co-religionists.
ple whose point of departure is hatred of Jews, which
The worst you can say about this, as Oren himself
leaves them amenable to denying the existence of
acknowledges, is that its armchair psychoanalysis. In my
the Nazi gas chambers. Ditto for the conspiracy theoview, it isnt the greatest of insights in a book that otherwise
ries around the 9/11 atrocities, in which hatred of the
is full of them, but its certainly not offensive or insulting.
United States coexists with anti-Semitism rememAfter all, Oren is not the first writer to examine the influber the line about the absence of Jews from the Twin
ences of parents on their politician offspring growing up
Towers on that fateful day? and apocalyptic warnin the U.K. in the 1980s, I constantly encountered the refrain
ings about a New World Order run by bankers, media
moguls, neoconservative intellectuals, and other sinister forces.
Ultimately, what nearly all conspiracy theories have
in common is the conviction that those who govern us,
those who control what we hear, see, and read, and
those who run our economies, are ruthlessly engaged
in a massive cover-up to prevent the truth from getting
in the way of their base material and political motives.
Conspiracy theories, then, appeal to the emotions
rather than to the intellect. In a world of great com
plexity, such theories are comfortingly simple; at the
same time, they have the potential as students of
anti-Semitism know all too well to become lethal if
enough people subscribe to them.
Thats one key reason why its imperative to understand the difference between a conspiracy theory
and a legitimate theory that goes against prevailing
orthodoxies. Here in America, both types of theories
are rightly protected by free speech laws, but only
the latter kind should be dignified with a respectful
Sadly, this vital distinction has been ignored by, of

Vice President Joe Biden sings Happy Birthday to

Abraham Foxman, the national director of the AntiDefamation League, at the ADLs centennial gala in
April 2013, in Washington, D.C.

that Prime Minister Margaret Thatchers distaste for welfare

state economics was due to the influence of her conservative father, a grocery store owner with a strong work ethic
and he wont be the last.
What Oren wrote certainly didnt warrant the frothing
response of Abe Foxman, ADLs outgoing national director.
According to Foxman, Oren engaged in borderline stereotyping and insensitivity the two cardinal sins in the ADL
worldview. Quite how he did so isnt explained. Also unexplained is Foxmans claim that Oren veers into the realm of
conspiracy theories.
In defaming Oren as a conspiracy theorist, Foxman and
the ADL not only aligned themselves with some of the more
insidious, axe-to-grind Israel-bashers out there, like James
Fallows of the Atlantic magazine and Chemi Shalev, the U.S.
editor of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Far worse, they
portrayed Oren, a man who served Israel with distinction,
as mentally inhabiting the same poisonous hinterland as

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Ronald Gold displays a poster

for his LeanOnWe venture.

Local man rises above injury

to start home health aide venture

onald Golds life is so

dramatic that its hard
to resist the temptation to start with a

The story of his life is about
the moment when everything
changed, the second that split it
inexorably into before and after.
The time when he almost died,
when his understanding of himself in the physical world ended,
when through great pain he was
But really, the person Mr. Gold became
after the terrible accident that rendered him
paraplegic was a logical
outgrowth of the person
he was before. His integrity, athleticism, ambition, courage, tenacity,
brains, competitiveness, and strength as
well as, yes, his deep
Jewish connections
not only saved his life
but allowed him to
embark on this next
part of it.
Heres what happened.
Ron Gold, who is 55, grew up
in West Orange, going all the way
through school at what was then
the Solomon Schechter School
of Union County and now has
become the Golda Och Academy.
I grew up in the Conservative
movement, but my parents were
serial shul switchers, he said,
so the family belonged to three
of them. He was active in Young
Judaea, becoming regional president, and spent his gap year in
Israel with that group.
During that year, he met Betsy

August, who grew up first in

Douglaston, Queens, and then
in Florida. They got married in
1987, moved to Hillsdale, and
had three daughters, Stephanie,
Jacqueline, and Alexandra. Ms.
Gold, a journalist, spent many
years as the business editor of the
Record of Hackensack.
I grew up in a very Zionist household, he said. My
mother, Sherry she was Shifra
then was born in Lithuania in
1926, and came here in 1937. All
her relatives who stayed died in


I was a big
athlete. A very
good skier.
I cycled, I ran,
I did yoga.
I worked out at
the Y or outside.
It was a very big
part of my life.

22 Jewish standard JULY 3, 2015

the Shoah, so she felt that it was

on her to carry on what they
Next, he went on to the University of Pennsylvania, earning
a double major an undergraduate business degree at the Wharton School, and a bachelors
degree in oriental studies (which
since has been smoothed into
Asian studies).
Back in this country, Mr. Gold
went to work on Wall Street, and
soon went back to college for an
MBA from Columbia. Armed with
that degree, he began to work

selling Asian equities.

His father, Melvin, who died last year,
was brilliant in math, Mr. Gold said. In
fact, his father was a top actuary, very
well-known in his field, with one of those
minds that reveled in the dense mysteries
that numbers pose to the rest of us. He
passed his actuarial exams on the first try,
his son boasted; that is a very difficult feat.
I was good at math, Ron Gold said.
Not like my father, but I was strong at it.
It came easily to me. And I always wanted
to work on Wall Street. It seemed very
exciting. So what I did combined a lot of
my knowledge, my skill in mathematics,
my interests in history and geopolitics
it all came together. And Ive always been
personable, and I had no problem on the
It was a good fit.
During his Wall Street career, Mr. Gold
worked for Lehman Brothers, and then at
I liked the intensity, he said. I was at
my desk at 6:30 in the morning. Id sometimes get home at 6 or 7, but sometimes
Id go out at night for dinner with clients. I
traveled a lot, both in the U.S. and in Asia.
It was a very full day.
Not only were the days full, so was the
familys life. All three daughters went to
Solomon Schechter of Bergen County;
the two older ones have been through the
Young Judaea Year Course in Israel, and
the third is about to begin it this school
year. The family belongs to Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley, where Mr. Gold
was on the board, and to the Washington
Township YJCC, on whose board he still
The family went to Israel often; they
hosted Israelis through the YJCCs Open
Hearts Open Homes program, and then
visited them in their own homes on the
other side of the world. Mr. Gold also kept
up with some of the Israeli friends he had
made through Young Judaea.
I was a big athlete, Mr. Gold said. A
very good skier. I cycled, I ran, I did yoga.
I worked out at the Y or outside. It was a
very big part of my life.
He and a group of friends were serious
cyclists; just about every weekend, three
or four of them would ride for hours on

At a ride in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., Ron Gold is at the far left, in a yellow jersey. Zach Orden, also in yellow, is at the far right.

the scenic, hilly, curving roads of northern

Jersey and Rockland County.
It was a good life.
Still, before his own nightmare, when
things were still good, Mr. Gold had a
close-up of a national trauma.
I was at the World Financial Center on
9/11, he said. I saw the wing drop off the
first plane. I was next to the window, on
the third or fourth floor. I heard it, and I
looked up and saw that the building was
on fire.
I went out, and I saw people jumping. I
will never forget how shocking it was, how
long it takes for someone to fall.
I saw a piece of the wing fall on the
ground, on fire, and then I saw a person
on fire. I saw him rolling on the ground,
trying to put the fire out.
They told everyone to stay in the building, because in 1993, when the World
Trade Center was bombed, they did the
opposite thing. But after the second plane
hit, they told everyone to leave. Thats
when we walked out, and saw people
I usually got home by ferry to Hoboken,
but I couldnt leave, because the towers
were on fire. Everything was all covered
with smoke, a cloud of smoke, but then I
heard a loud noise. I knew that something

Driver Darshana Gandhi hit Ron Gold and Zach Orden; here, their mangled bikes
show the intensity of the crash. Ms. Gandhi has never acknowledged any regret
for the accident.

had fallen but I didnt know what, I didnt

know it was the tower because I couldnt
see it because of the smoke.
And then when the second tower fell,

I had a clear view of that, looking south.

I kept walking north. At that point, I
knew that it was a terrorist attack. And it
was such a beautiful day.
Jewish Standard JULY 3, 2015 23

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When he finally got a boat from the
Chelsea Piers and arrived in Hoboken,
they hosed us all down, and they took
everybodys blood pressure, he said.
Still, he recovered from that; for some
time he twitched whenever a plane flew
overhead, and because his house was
under a flight path to Newark, that happened not infrequently. But he was a frequent and nerveless flier. Life returned to
And then, just about 10 years later, on
Thanksgiving weekend in 2011, I wasnt
going to go riding, but it was a gorgeous
day, Mr. Gold remembered. It was so hot
that we took our vests off, and left them at
a 7-Eleven on the way.
We were coming back from our ride.
Perry, one of the four men on the ride,
lived in Upper Saddle River, and he had
just turned off to go home, and Marvin,
another rider, stopped at a bike shop.
I was right behind Zach Dr. Zachary
Orden of Hillsdale, Mr. Golds next-door
neighbor and the third rider. I was right
on his wheel, my eyes were on his wheel
so that I wouldnt ride into him. And then
all of a sudden I see this SUV go into Zach
in the road, Upper Saddle River Road.
She, the driver, had fallen asleep. She
was just a couple of miles from home, and
she thought that she could make it, but she
blacked out on the curve.
She hit Zach, and he went flying. And
then she hit me head on.
I saw it all in a flash, and all I could
think of was Keep your head above the
hood. I know that if I had tried to make
a sharp turn to avoid her, I wouldnt have
made it, and if I had fallen, I would have
been dead.
Thats the last thing I remembered for
several weeks.
Dr. Orden, a dentist, remembers more
of the accident.
Unlike Mr. Gold, who remembers the
day as glorious, the way 9/11 had been, he
says that it was crummy. But he was a
serious rider he had been a good rider
as a teenager, dropped it for some time,
was inspired by Mr. Gold, and took it up in
great earnest, riding in races and endurance events, loving it.
Initially, Ron was the stronger rider, but
as time went by I had more time to ride
unlike Mr. Gold, who had to commute to
work, Dr. Ordens practice is local and
so eventually I became the stronger rider.
Thats probably why I was in front of
Ron when it happened. I was pulling.
Generally, the stronger rider pulls. Its
a real effect, and you can feel it you are
literally being sucked along by the other
person, who is breaking through the wind.
As soon as you get close enough to someone, you dont have to pedal as hard.
We were coming around a turn on East
Saddle River Road, just north of the post
office, he said. If you are headed north,
the road makes a right turn, and then a
left turn. And then, around the second
turn, headed south, I see a vehicle headed
24 Jewish Standard JULY 3, 2015

Ron Gold is at
the Kotel in
Jerusalem with
a good friend,
the writer and
journalist Gil Troy.

toward us, a dark SUV. I didnt remember

that I screamed out to the driver, but later
the prosecutor said that the passenger
heard me scream, What the f are you
The next thing I know, I am staring at
the sky, and people are hanging over me,
asking me what is my name.
I think that as I was traveling through
the air, I might have heard a loud bang.
When I came to, there was a nice redhaired female EMT hovering over me. I

She hit Zach, and

he went flying.
And then she hit
me head on.
I saw it all in a
flash, and all
I could think of
was Keep your
head above
the hood.
knew right away that Ron was in worse
shape than I was, because she wanted us
to both go into helicopters, but she had
only one available. She said okay, he Ron
had to go into the helicopter, and told
me that they were going to throw me into
an ambulance.

I think I remember the ambulance making the right around the entrance ramp
onto Route 17, but the rest of the time I was
knocked out. I think I remember arriving
at Hackensack Medical Center.
Dr. Ordens pelvis was shattered, and his
left hand was damaged. Given everything,
though, he was lucky. The surgical team
that took care of him was very good and
he had been in prime physical condition;
his hip replacement took, his hand was
repaired, and after a stay at Kessler and a
great deal of physical therapy, he was able
to go back to dentistry. I count my blessings, he said.
Mr. Golds injuries were much more
severe; had he not been in such good physical shape, it is unlikely that he could have
survived them.
He was in an induced coma in the hospital in Hackensack for about three weeks
when I came out, all I could remember
was the neurosurgeon coming in to tell me
that I would never walk again, and he had
to come back several times before it sank
in in intensive care for two months, in
the hospital for three months, and in Kessler for physical therapy for five months. I
would cry myself to sleep, and think that
when I woke up, the bad dream would be
over, he said. But it never was.
The spinal cord is very complicated.
With all the medical advances, they still
havent been able to figure out how to get
above the level of the injury.
Eventually, Mr. Gold was discharged.
Now I was supposed to be able to reengage with society, but I was nowhere
close to that, he said.

They send you home, and leave you

there. I had some physical therapy at
home, covered by insurance, and I had
some nurses from Visiting Nurse Services
who came because I was getting antibiotic
infusions and wound care.
The antibiotics went on for several
years. It ended last fall, when I developed
an infection from them. I almost got sepsis
and died. After that, they stopped with the
infusions, and I have been able to keep the
infections away. I have found that standing
is good for my circulation and my bones.
Soon after his discharge, the Golds
moved to a townhouse in Saddle River,
which is much more convenient for him.
He can drive a specially equipped car, and
he can walk, leaning on a walker, with
what looks like superhuman determination and upper body strength.
But how to pay for all of this? How can it
possibly work?
After maybe eight weeks, caregiving
stops. Insurance stops covering it, and so
you are on your own. I had to decide what
to do.
I could continue with the agency that
supplied the caregivers, but pay it out of
my own pocket. It costs $25 an hour, but
the caregiver is only making $10 or $11.
And I will need it indefinitely. So I started
thinking, well, why dont I hire a caregiver
privately? And as I start speaking to people, I realize that they hire a caregiver privately because it is cheaper, and because
you get to choose who cares for you, and
you can control the care without the middleman stepping in.
I need care only two hours a day, and
the usual minimum for an agency is four
hours. Agencies tend to be rigid about
such things, he added.
On the other hand, the advantage to an
agency is that it screens people and provides backup.
As Mr. Gold considered his situation, he
also thought about his parents; his mother
and his father needed assistance as they
aged. (His mother still lives in Five Star
in Teaneck.) Most people who need such
care, he realized, are more like his parents
than they are like him.
So Betsy and I thought that this doesnt
make sense. All these people want to hire
care privately, and the estimates are that
many people do it privately, but the probability is that generally they do it in an
underground market.
Its a neighbors uncles friend, say,
someone at least two degrees removed
from whoever gave you the recommendation. That seemed crazy. We are in the
21st century, and I am supposed to take a
recommendation from someone who is
two or three degrees removed? And that
person may not be available, may not be
appropriate, may have a criminal record,
probably will have no backup, and probably is not paying taxes.
People love doing that, though. They
feel more comfortable with the word of
mouth recommendations than they do

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going through an agency. Its not just the cost, although

the expense is a large part of it its also the idea of a
personal reference, even if it is so removed. Even if it is
that you finally get someone on the phone, and that person says Im not available, but my cousin is.
Its like a kids game of telephone.
So the Golds ran focus groups, and the message that
came through loud and clear is that people will bend
over backwards not to go through an agency if they are
paying out of pocket. So much so that if they have caregivers who they found through word of mouth and they
knew were stealing from them, theyd put their stuff out
of reach rather than switch caregivers.
Once people are in that situation, inertia keeps them
going. They dont know what else to do.
And sometimes, he said, real relationships develop.
Sometimes patients and caregivers feel great loyalty
toward one another; sometimes that is wise, sometimes
it is not.
So here was Ron Gold. He could no longer work at the
job that had sustained him, but he had energy, drive, a
fierce need to change things, to do things, to move forward. Here was Betsy, supporting him, ready to work
What to do?
We figured that if so many people prefer to hire
through word of mouth, but there is no clearinghouse
or forum or network to find people, there really should
be. There were such sites for childcare, he added, but
none for the kinds of services that interested him.
So we said, why dont we address this?
Why dont we meet each caregiver, and create a network of caregivers? We will meet each one, spend time
with them, vet them.
Can they work legally? Are they over 21? Are they
experienced? Do they have at least two references from
people we can hear from, not just from agencies? We
wanted to create a network that would offer the same
peace of mind we would have if these people were caring for my parents.
Thats how LeanOnWe was created.
LeanOnWe, at, is an exchange
where people in need of care and caregivers are
matched. Its a business, but its also a passion, and a
place where Mr. Gold pours a great deal of himself.
I want to speak to every caregiver and the family they
cared for, he said. I want to hear in their own words
how they know each other, and I want to vet them. I
want a real background check. We started off with an
Internet check, but we realized that it leaves a lot of
holes. Thats not good enough. We need a fingerprint
check thats the highest level that you can do.
And then we want to sit down with them and get to
know them, understand their history, and help them
create a bio and an online resume. And then we shoot
a video.
If someone goes online, they can see the actual references, dictated to us, they can get a summary of work
history, and an idea of the skills people have and the
work theyve done.
Its amazing how much you can tell about somebody
in a 60-second video, he said.
LeanOnWe charges prospective patients and their
families a one-time $395 fee. The website explains the
fee and much more in clear detail.
LeanOnWe started in the fall; since then, Mr. Gold has
gone to hospital, rehabilitation centers, and independent living facilities to discuss it. We are now recommended on the private pay list at hospitals like Hackensack, Mount Sinai, New York Presbyterian, Memorial
Sloan Kettering, Jersey City Medical Center, Kessler, and
Helen Hays, he said; he plans to call on local medical

centers, including Englewood and Holy Name, soon.

We also have met with a lot of geriatric care managers, he said. The groups coverage area includes New
York Citys five boroughs, northern and central New
Jersey, Rockland and parts of Orange, Putnam, and
Dutchess counties in New York, and Fairfield County,
Meanwhile, the legal system that should have dealt
with the accident that crippled Mr. Gold and left Dr.
Orden with a regrown pelvis and implanted hip seems
to have failed them.
The woman who hit them, Darshana Gandhi, is a real
estate agent in her late 50s, who lived in Upper Saddle
River and had been driving a late-model Lexus. She was
coming back from a shopping trip at Riverside Square
when she hit and nearly killed the two men.
She had crappy insurance coverage, and didnt even
have a umbrella policy, Dr. Orden said. Everybody
should have that its also known as an excess liability
policy. It is considered one of the greatest bargains in the
insurance agency.
We did an asset search, which determined that she
didnt have a lot of assets, he continued. People can
live flashy lives but on their last nickel. On the other
hand, they also can hide those assets.
At first, he said, the prosecutors office seemed eager
to prosecute the case Ms. Gandhi was charged with
two counts of fourth-degree assault. Not surprisingly,
he said, she said nothing either to him or to Mr. Gold,
although both of them showed up in court.
When we were in court for the hearing, she would
stay in the hallway until right before the session, Mr.
Gold said. She didnt want to be in the courtroom
where she would have to look at me.
She never apologized. She never reached out.
Dr. Orden agreed. He has two brothers who are criminal defense attorneys, and both assured him that she
could not possibly say anything until all the legal matters
were over, and that she reasonably might not want to
put anything in writing even after that, but she made no
attempt to get in touch with either of them ever.
If she is sorry, if she has nightmares, if her equanimity
is at all disturbed by what she has done, the two men she
harmed, one of them grievously, do not know it.
Ms. Gandhi claimed to have fallen asleep, but then she
was diagnosed with something called transient global
amnesia, which would have mimicked drowsiness. Dr.
Orden finds that odd, because the young man who was
her passenger said that she had said she was feeling
sleepy and they had put the radio on to keep her awake
on the rest of the short trip home. But the prosecution
agreed to have her examined by a doctor, and that doctors diagnosis agreed with Ms. Gandhis. The case was
dropped prosecutors told neither Mr. Gold nor Dr.
Orden of that decision and because Ms. Gandhi was
not convicted, the two men decided not to bring a civil
case against her. It was time to move on, Dr. Orden said.
It would have cost them both too much, in both money
and emotion, to pursue what might have been a losing
My life has changed completely, Mr. Gold said. Not
a day goes by that I dont think about the accident, and
that I dont wish that I could go back to life as it was
before that, but at some point, if not embracing it, I have
accepted whats happened.
I have friends who have dealt with much tzuris. I get
that this stuff is supposed to happen to other people,
but it happened to me. And I still think that I have a lot
to offer. Not only does this business do good for other
people, it has done good for me. It has allowed me to reengage with society and find something with a purpose,
something that excites me.

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Jewish World

Iran deadline approaches

Skeptics on both sides draw dueling red lines
WASHINGTON Its deadline time at the
nuclear talks between Iran and the major
powers, and skeptics on both sides are laying out red lines in a bid to shape a final deal.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Irans supreme
leader, who had been wary of the talks,
last week outlined his own expectations for
the deal and where there would be no
On the American side, a five-point memo
circulated by the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee has been influential in
shaping how Congress and others are pressing the Obama administration.
Among the contentious issues are the
period that restrictions must stay in place
and how much Iran must reveal of its
nuclear past.
Officials on both sides say that the talks
being held in Vienna, Austria, will stretch
for a week or so beyond Tuesdays deadline.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose adamant rejection of the
emerging deal informs the AIPAC talking
points, said Sunday that his skepticism was
only increasing. This agreement is going
from a bad agreement to a worse agreement, and is becoming worse by the day,
Netanyahu told his cabinet.
Khameneis June 23 broadside to Iranian
government officials and AIPACs memo,
Five Requirements for a Good Deal, circulating for about a month, are being treated
by experts on the talks as baselines for
must-convince skeptics in both countries:
the religious establishment in Iran and Congress in the United States. Under legislation
passed in May, Congress gets an up or down
vote on a deal.
The AIPAC fact sheet is influential, said
Daryl Kimball, the executive director of the
Arms Control Association, a think tank monitoring the talks. Its a nice, colorful, simple
format and AIPAC has tremendous reach.
Congressional insiders say the AIPAC
memo features prominently in conversations
that lawmakers from both parties are having
with administration officials.
It has also influenced other American
groups seeking a say in the process. A letter
last week organized by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy setting out concerns
about the emerging deal and signed by 18 former government officials has a similar fivepoint format, as does a fact sheet by J Street
that seeks to counter some of AIPACs points.
David Harris, the American Jewish Committees executive director, said that the
inclusion of former Obama Iran policy officials like Gary Samore, Dennis Ross, and
Robert Einhorn among the Washington Institute letter signers signified increasing disquiet
with the deal.
Were not talking about those who can be

put in a corner and depicted as warmongers

or neoconservatives, he said. This is a very
balanced, moderate group of people, who
believe, as AJC has long believed, that we can
do better at the negotiating table.
David Makovsky, the Washington Institute
fellow who convened the group, said that it
had met nine times and conveyed its concerns to government officials. He also noted
that the letter, which endorses outcomes that
the Obama administration has said in the past
are its aims, includes such longtime Iran deal
skeptics as George W. Bush administration
officials Stephen Hadley, Robert Blackwill,
and Paula Dobriansky, as well as former
Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut.
People should not miss the dual message, Makovsky said. A bad agreement
can lose people from the center left. A good
agreement can bring people from the center right.
The memos, as well as Khameneis
speech, cover the same territory and demonstrate the degree to which the skeptics on
each side differ.

This is a very
moderate group
of people, who
believe, as
AJC has long
believed, that
we can do
better at the
negotiating table.
AIPAC is demanding short notice
nuclear inspections anytime and anywhere, including all military locations.
Khamenei says he does not agree with
inspecting military centers and says the
International Atomic Energy Agency, the
atomic watchdog of the United Nations,
must not be the sole arbiter determining
compliance with the deal.
AIPAC says sanctions can be lifted only
once the IAEA provides ongoing verification that Iran is meeting the conditions of the
deal. Khamenei plainly says: Lifting sanctions should not depend on the fulfillment of
Irans commitments.
AIPAC says the 10- to 15-year sunset clause
anticipated for some of the deals reported
restrictions is too short. A good deal must
not expire until Iran has proved over time
that its nuclear ambitions are for peaceful

Irans supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and AIPAC are seen as the mustconvince skeptics for their respective sides in the talks about Irans nuclear

purposes only, the group said. Khamenei

says even the expected time limits amount
to bullying. They say that we should not
do anything for 10, 12 years and that we can
engage in production and development after
that, he said. This is bullying and an exceedingly wrong statement.
AIPAC says Iran must dismantle its
nuclear infrastructure so that it has no path to
a nuclear weapon. Khamenei says that even
during the restriction period that Iran would
accept, research, development and production should continue.
AIPAC wants Iran to fully explain its
prior weaponization efforts. Iran denies that
it has ever weaponized, saying its research
has been peaceful all along. I do not agree
with extraordinary investigations Khamenei
said, nor do I agree with questioning political personalities in any way nor with inspecting military centers.
The Washington Institute letter elaborates
on some of the demands sought by AIPAC
and Israel in ways that could satisfy lawmakers in Congress who are skeptical but do not
want to kill a deal at all costs, Makovsky said.
We went for something we thought could
get consensus, he said.
Instead of requiring Iran to come clean
about its weaponization, as Israel and AIPAC
have sought, the letter calls for an investigative approach that stops short of requiring a
confession from Iran. Inspectors must be able
to take samples, to interview scientists and
government officials, to inspect sites, and to
review and copy documents, the letter said.
It also asks for timely access for nuclear
inspectors as opposed to AIPACs anytime,
anywhere demand, it does not mention the
need for decades of restrictions, as AIPACs

does, and does not call for dismantling

nuclear infrastructure.
Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of
the Foundation for Defense of Democracies,
a group skeptical of the Iran deal that has
consulted with Congress and the administration, said the AIPAC parameters provided the
stronger reassurances.
While there are strong elements to the
parameters in the [Washington Institute] letter, the AIPAC parameters provide greater
assurances that any Iran deal would provide
a much more timely and intrusive regime of
anytime, anywhere inspections, a deal of
longer duration that would not provide Iran
with a virtually instant breakout capability
after 12 to 13 years, he said.
In his speech, Khamenei made clear the
trust he was placing in the Iranian negotiators. It was a warning to hard-liners who
oppose the negotiations that may prove more
significant than the red lines he outlined.
They are not infallible and they may make
a mistake in their decisions and actions, but
the important point is that we believe in their
trustworthiness, their piety, their zeal, and
their courage, Khamenei said.
Alireza Nader, an Iran analyst at the Rand
Corp. think tank, says it would be unrealistic
to expect the Iranians to capitulate outright
to the demands outlined by AIPAC and Israel.
If the goal is anytime, anywhere access
and unlimited inspections, its not realistic
asking a sovereign country not defeated in
war, he said. Instead, Nader said, the question was, How can a middle ground be
reached in which the IAEA has access and
Iran can be assured it wont expose its conventional secrets to inspectors?


Jewish World

Will Israelis pay the price

for a natural gas monopoly?
Israeli consumers are no strangers to high
Basic household goods like food and toiletries cost more in Israel than in all but
two countries in Europe, a recent Nielsen
research study found. Israeli real estate
prices are up nearly 60 percent since 2008.
Tel Aviv is the worlds third-most expensive
city in which to buy beer, and furniture prices
at IKEA Israel are more than double those at
IKEA Norway, recent surveys have shown.
Now Israeli consumers are worried about
high natural gas prices.
At issue is a deal on which the Knesset is
preparing to vote that would give a partnership between two companies Texas-based
Noble Energy and Israels Delek Group control over developing the two largest gas fields
discovered off Israels Mediterranean coast in
recent years.
Given the significant consequences energy
prices have on the rest of the economy, each
side in the debate over the deal is arguing
that nothing less than the health of the Israeli
economy and the welfare of Israeli consumers is at stake.
Last week, a government committee
approved a plan to give the Noble-Delek partnership the green light. On Sunday, Israels
security cabinet cited national security concerns in overriding a warning by the nations
antitrust regulator last December that the
Noble-Delek deal constituted an effective
monopoly. Proponents, including the prime
minister, say that the deal is the best way to
develop the gas fields efficiently, and that
controls will be put in place to protect Israeli
We are promoting a realistic solution that
will bring natural gas to the Israeli market and
not a populist solution that will leave the gas
in the depths of the earth, Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu said last week.
Opponents, including the Zionist Union
and Yesh Atid parties, say that without competition the Noble-Delek endeavor will harm
the Israeli economy, and that the government must offer more details about the safeguards it will put in place to protect Israeli
Yesh Atid will not support a plan that does
not contain a monitoring mechanism for gas
prices, party chairman Yair Lapid said on
Saturday. It cannot be done in the shadows,
it must be transparent.
One of the fields at issue, called Tamar,
thought to hold 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, began production in 2013. The other,
Leviathan, is the worlds largest offshore natural gas discovery of the past decade at 22 trillion cubic feet; it is expected to come online
in another three years.
Together, the two fields will turn Israel into
an energy exporter, and export deals backed

Demonstrators in Tel Aviv this week protest the Israeli governments support for a deal that would give two energy companies control over development of most of Israels offshore gas deposits.

by the U.S. State Department already have

been signed with Egypt, Jordan, and the
Palestinian Authority. Noble and Delek
also hold stakes in two smaller gas discoveries, the Tanin and Karish fields, which
together hold about 3 trillion cubic feet.
The whole enterprise was thrown into
jeopardy last December after the warning
by the antitrust authority that the NobleDelek deal constituted a cartel that could
undermine competition and put Israeli
consumers at the companies mercy.
Noble Energy responded by halting
investments in Israel and threatening legal
action, jeopardizing speedy development
of the Leviathan field. Netanyahu quickly
signaled that he would try to speed up
approval of the deal, prompting the antitrust regulator to announce in February
that he would resign in protest, effective
in August.
On Saturday, hundreds of Israelis took
to the streets in Tel Aviv to protest the
deal, whose precise details are still being
negotiated as the Israeli government considers what restrictions it will impose.
Looming behind the public concern
about the Noble-Delek partnership is
deep frustration about what many Israelis say is the cartelization of the Israeli
economy. They blame a small group of
wealthy Israeli families that dominates
large swaths of the economy for the high
prices they pay on everything from clothing to bank fees.

The gas deal, many Israelis worry, will

hand yet another victory to a cartel and
come at the expense of ordinary Israelis.
Only now is the magnitude of the monopolies beginning to be understood in Israel,
said Idan Leibs, a researcher at the University of Haifas Natural Resources and Environmental Research Center. Between the state,
the energy companies, and the citizens, the
people are the weakest party here. They are
supposed to benefit from the gas revenues,
but they also have the incentive of having
cheaper gas prices. The price of gas has an
impact on the entire economy.
With Israels neighbors mired in violence
and instability, the Israeli-Palestinian peace
process at a stalemate, and Israeli price
increases outpacing wage growth, Israelis
increasingly have focused on socioeconomic
issues rather than security concerns. In 2011,
a jump in the price of cottage cheese, an
Israeli staple, sparked the biggest social protest movement in Israels history and helped
catapult a new category of political parties
focused on socioeconomic issues into real
Knesset power players.
The primary beneficiary of that change in
the 2013 elections was Yesh Atid, a new political party focused on socioeconomic issues
that captured 19 of the Knessets 120 seats.
In this years elections, Yesh Atid lost some
of that support to the Zionist Union, which
includes Israels Labor Party, and Kulanu, a
center-right party focused on socioeconomic
issues and led by Moshe Kahlon.

Netanyahus own economic record

includes deregulation and privatization.
On Tuesday, the Netanyahu government
presented new details about how Israel
would mitigate the Noble-Delek partnerships
control over the natural gas market. According to an outline provided by Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz and published in Haaretz,
the Noble-Delek partnership would sell its
stakes in the smaller Karish and Tanin gas
fields within 14 months and reduce its holdings within six years in the Tamar gas field,
but would retain much of its control over the
development of Leviathan. The price of gas
in Israel would be capped only temporarily.
The governments proposal is difficult
for the companies because it places three
restrictions upon them that are not there in
any OECD country: an export restriction,
price restriction and ownership restriction,
Steinitz said, using the acronym for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Netanyahu said the deal would speed up
development of the Leviathan field and benefit the Israeli economy.
This outline breaks up the gas monopoly and will bring hundreds of billions of
shekels to the state coffers for welfare,
health, education and many other needs,
Netanyahu said. I trust the good sense of
the Israeli people and I expect responsibility from the publics representatives. We
will do everything to ensure that the gas is
extracted from the water. JTA WIRE SERVICE

Keeping Kosher
Whole Foods honors Kedem
as an innovative supplier
Kedem Foods of Bayonne has
been named by Whole Foods
Market as winner in the Outstanding Innovation category of its 2015 supplier
With its annual awards,
the food chain recognizes
and celebrates the suppliers who best embody its
mission and core values.
Kedems recognition for
outstanding innovation is
one among 15 award categories named
by Whole Foods Market.
Other categories include environmental stewardship, dedication to responsible sourcing, and product with a
According to Harold Weiss, executive vice president of sales, Kedem
Foods is especially proud to receive this
honor from Whole Foods Market, which

is widely known for its broad

array of offerings, all meeting the highest food quality
standards as well as topnotch customer service in
the grocery retail industry. We very much look
forward to a long relationship that continues to support Whole Foods Market
mission and its customers
We ask a lot of our suppliers and they go to great lengths to
deliver the highest quality products possible from sources we can trust, said Jim
Speirs, global vice president of non-perishables procurement. This years supplier award winners represent the very
best in our industry. Were grateful for
their drive, true partnership and commitment to growing their business with
Whole Foods Market.

Participants at last years event


Great Big Challah Bake invites

participants for October event
The Great Big Challah Bake is happening
again in Bergen County. Set for Thursday, October 22, its an opportunity for
Jewish women and girls from all backgrounds to come together around the
world to bake challah.
In planning the upcoming event, organizers are seeking participation of Jewish groups with different affiliations.
Last year 300 women in Bergen County
At the bake, each person gets her
hands into the yeast, water, egg, and

sugar to knead, pound, and braid the

lump of dough. Young and old gather
to learn about the symbolism of challah
and the significance and spirituality of
all its ingredients.
Challah holds traditions, ceremonies,
and symbolism that have been transmitted for thousands of years.
For information on how to add an
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Hellmans Mayo improves

on the squeeze bottle
Hellmanns has redesigned its mayonnaise squeeze bottle
to make up for the mayonnaise that got lost in the bottom of its older design. The new bottle promises to help
America squeeze more out with less waste, less mess,
and more control.
The Orthodox Union-certified, pareve Real Mayonnaise bottle was a hit with the lunch crowd in the Jewish Standard office. Many times, a bottle of Hellmans
has stayed in the office refrigerator as employees tried
to squeeze out that last little bit.
Last year, Hellmanns discovered that Americans
missed out on more than 1,000 pounds of mayonnaise
that remained trapped inside squeeze bottles. This
accounts for the new-and-improved version, which has
a precision-angled tip, a clean-lock cap, and a sleek, new
The new Hellmanns squeeze bottle is available at select
grocery stores nationwide. Hellmanns Real Mayonnaise,
Hellmanns Light Mayonnaise, and Hellmanns Olive Oil
Mayonnaise Dressing are available in 11.5 oz., 20 oz., and
25 oz. bottle options. For information, recipes, and tips, go


Keeping Kosher

New cookbook on the block

Carol Ungar has published Jewish Soul
are easy-to-follow recipes for
Food Traditional Fare and What it
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Traditional Jewish foods often have
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In her cookbook, Ms. Ungar links the
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7 eggs separated
3 cups flour (use white or whole wheat pastry flour)
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 level teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon best quality cocoa
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Spoon in batter, alternating between the yellow and
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create swirls. Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick
inserted into the cake comes out dry.
Freezes well. Serves 16.

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Marble cake was an old time Kiddush
staple. The marble refers to the dark
chocolate streaks shot through the yellow sponge cake like the veins in marble
stone. Because commercial bakeries have
turned it into a pale replica of its former
self, marble cake is no longer popular. This
marble cake comes from Lithuania by way
of South Africas Lithuanian Jewish community. The author learned the recipe from
Shoshana Levy, a professional harpist and a
wonderful baker.
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Dear Rabbi
Your Talmudic Advice Column
Dear Rabbi,
A member of our community has been saying for years that he is Holocaust survivor.
In fact he did live in Hungary during the
Holocaust, but by all accounts, he was not
subjected to any special duress during that
period. It seems like this person is engaging
in a form of bragging and seeks a special
status, even sympathy. Why would someone do that? And what should I do about it?
Befuddled in Bergenfield
Dear Befuddled,
Ill answer your question in two parts. First
the factual. The suffering for Jews during
the war was less severe in Hungary than in
other parts of Europe. It is true that Germany did not occupy Hungary until 1944,
late in the war. During the war, however,
many Hungarian Jews suffered deprivation, starvation, humiliation, and other
atrocities. Every Jew in Europe during
WWII suffered trauma, whether they were
in concentration camps, hidden, or partisans in the forest. Even those who escaped
direct attack might have been traumatized
by the loss of loved ones.
The Jews in Hungary were decimated at
the end of the war. As many as 450,000
or more Jews were deported to concentration camps, and anti-Semitic laws were
enacted. So as a matter of fact, a person
living in Budapest through the war can call
him or herself a survivor of evil Nazi rule,
if thats what he wants to do.
The Holocaust is a sensitive subject. You
have to be careful of your wording and tone
when you discuss it, so you do not suggest
that anyone who went through it is less of a
survivor. True, some people fabricate their
experiences, but thats not widespread.
You need to accept that a wide range of
factors goes into how people in that circumstance choose to describe themselves
and their personal histories. On one end
of the spectrum, some survivors will not
speak at all, even to their families and
friends, about their experiences.
Your acquaintance seems to be on the
other side of the spectrum speaking out
too vocally for your taste and claiming too
much about his past. American culture is
quite averse to open conceit. Even when
the facts and a persons achievements
make it tempting for him or her to claim
special merit, its not a good idea. And if

nations of the world will be part of the

it is done in the wrong way,
minority in my circles has
horrifying spectacle.
it may backfire for someone
become louder and shriller
Given the history of anti-Semitism, it is
who claims attention for triabout their defense of Israel
not entirely far-fetched to imagine a world
umphs over adversity.
against all criticisms. And
full of evil empires that target the Jews
On the other hand, Jewbeyond that I see a steady
for elimination. And it is always meritoriish culture is thick with recstream of apocalyptic proous to be on guard against the potential
ollections of enslavements,
nouncements, statements
onslaught of our enemies.
persecutions, and sufferings.
that assure me of cosmic
But the dire predictions of disaster that
Theologians have spent great
threats to Israel by numerous
Rabbi Tzvee
you are reading on Facebook in obvious
efforts dealing with the cosnations, and the catastrophic
ways are not similar to ancient apocalyptic
mic and narrative meanings
consequences of this or that.
preaching. Those classic visions often clevof our adversities over the
An example of recent note is
erly encoded the message of the secrets
a continuous drumbeat of the
of the end times. Only a select few knew
A familiar refrain that we recognize
doom that awaits Israel (and the world) if
the full meaning of which symbolic beast
from the Haggadah proclaims that, In
the U.S. makes a bad deal with Iran on
referred to which great world power or
every generation they rise up against us
nuclear development. I have started blocknation.
to destroy us. And we have faith that God
ing some of my friends from appearing on
The shouting posts on your Facebook
redeems us from our sufferings.
my feed because I do not want to participage are almost certainly totally transparCultural analysts suggest that the surpate in their doomsday fear fests. Have I
ent and obvious in their references to their
vival of the Jews as a collective is strengthbeen unfair to my friends?
Fearless In Fair Lawn
specific targets. They are loud and shoutened by the sharing of stories of survival in
ing, not subtle or encoded or shrouded in
the face of barbaric enemies.
Dear Fearless,
any secret.
Yet some historians have decried the
On the one hand, your descriptive term
Bottom line: What you did by blocking
religious meme of the persecuted and sufapocalyptic does capture the character of
the content was correct. Keep doing it.
fering Jew as an overemphasis on the lachsome of the rhetoric that we hear at times
Turn off the noise. Stay focused. Do not be
rymose side of history. Tearful accounts
from those who believe they ought to spectoo distracted by others who constantly
of the past, they say, deflect us from the
ulate about the fast-approaching fate of the
catastrophize about the future of the Jewreality that while many tragic events have
ish people or by those who claim with
occurred to us as a people, most of JewGenuine apocalyptic literature is a faslittle basis some special or divine inspiish history is positive, not sad, unhappy,
cinating imaginative genre, a form of
ration that with little nuance or imaginamournful, or sorrowful.
tion, enables them to express troubling and
speculative theology and a characteristic
Your attention-seeking acquaintance
alarmist opinions about the destiny of our
of some fringe political thought. In Jewish
seems to have chosen to personalize our
tradition, the visions in the book of DanJewish meme and make himself into a sinTry to stay attentive to the here-andiel in the Tanach are classic examples of
gular symbol of past suffering. While that
now, and to find positive meaning in the
that mindset. The famous vision in Chapdoes not sit well with you, I suggest that
rich content of your own present-day
ter 7 begins: Daniel said: In my vision at
you try to abide his attitude. Given the hisJudaism.
night I looked, and there before me were
torical and cultural contexts of this situathe four winds of heaven churning up the
tion, there is little that you can or should
Tzvee Zahavy earned his Ph.D. from Brown
great sea. Four great beasts, each differdo about it.
University and rabbinic ordination from
ent from the others, came up out of the
Remember, stories of the past ought
Yeshiva University. He is the author of
sea. The Dead Sea Scrolls also contain
to make us wary of the real enemies that
many books, including these Kindle Edition
conspicuous examples of the apocalyptic
are lurking out there to attack us. But be
ebooks available at The
balanced. Stay focused, and find meaning
Book of Jewish Prayers in English, Rashi:
This inventive thinking and writing
in your own present-day Judaism. Do not
The Greatest Exegete, Gods Favorite
often anticipates a high drama that posits
be distracted from it by others who dwell
Prayers and Dear Rabbi which
that we are close to the end of days, that
overly much on the horrors of our history.
includes his past columns from the Jewish
a great conflict is imminent, and that colStandard and other essays.
orful mythic creatures as stand-ins for
Dear Rabbi,
I have Facebook friends who are not personal acquaintances, but people in broad
The Dear Rabbi column offers timely advice based on timeless Talmudic
circles, friends of friends. Like me, many
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Dvar Torah
Balak: Love and curses
Mah tovu ohalecha Yaakov, mishkenotechah Yisrael!
How good are your tents, Jacob, your dwellings, Israel.

hese beautiful words of blessing stir up warm memories of

growing up Jewish. They were
among the first holy verses that
I sang and chanted with peers in school
and in camp. And yet, I wonder how these
words of blessing uttered by Bilam, who
came to curse got into our Torah in the
first place.
When Bilam is hired to curse the Jewish People, God blocks his curse and turns
it into a blessing. At the heart of this story
is the question of why God, who runs the
world, was concerned with Bilams curse.
Bilam himself concedes that there is no
divination in Jacob and no sorcery in Israel
(Bamidbar 23:23). Why did this story unfold
as it did? What lesson does it contain that
makes it worthy of being in the Torah?
Nechama Leibowitz quotes the commentary of Rav Yosef Ibn Kaspi. He asserts
a truth regarding relationships to explain
why God turned Bilams curse into a blessing. As Kaspi puts it, A true friend will
save his colleague any pain, even if he
knows that no danger will ensue. Similarly,

the Almighty, out of the abundance of his

love for Israel, prevented Bilam from cursing them. When you really love someone, you care about that which matters
to them, even if you know it to be insignificant. God knew that the Israelites were
afraid of Bilams curse, so He not only
prevented Bilam from saying his negative
words but He flipped them into blessings,
all because of His love for His people.
Ibn Kaspis take on Parshat Balak exposes
the subconscious layer of the literal text,
revealing Gods love of the Jewish People
as the theme of this episode. God is modeling a loving relationship for us, and thus we
must try to be like God, fulfilling the mandate of Imitatio Dei. We need to remember
that what matters to others arent necessarily the things that we think are important.
To truly care for another person means to
be sensitive to what they care about. When
those around us are concerned about something, even if we dont understand why they
care about it, true friendship and love dictates that we be supportive of their feelings.
When God took the Jews out of Egypt He


Iran nuclear negotiations

are extended to July 7
Nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 nations (U.S.,
U.K., France, Russia, China, and Germany) in Vienna, missed
a June 30 deadline for a final agreement and have a new deadline July 7.
Last week, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejected several key components agreed to under the
framework nuclear deal in April, such as a long-term freeze
on nuclear research, delayed lifting of international sanctions, and access by inspectors to all nuclear sites, including
military ones.
There are red lines which we cannot cross and some very
difficult decisions, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
said. There are a number of different areas where we still
have major differences of interpretation in detailing what was
agreed at Lausanne.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that the deal
with Iran must be very robust if it would be able to prevent
a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We have made some
progress, but still it is not the end of the process, he said.
France, which has taken a hard line in talks with Iran, has

Israel. The generation that

took us the long way in order
left Egypt had died out; the
to avoid war. He could have
new generation was feeling
told the Jews to buckle up
insecure as they prepared
and that He was with them
to finally enter the Promised
and they didnt have to be
Land and they needed and
afraid. Instead, He respected
were given a reassurance of
and accommodated to peoples fears rather than chalGods love.
lenging their feelings, which
May this illustration of
Rabbi Neil
He knew were objectively
Gods great love for His peoFleischmann
ple in the desert cause us
to recall and be inspired by
The Rabbis teach in Pirkei
the immeasurable love that
Avot that every human being
God has for each of us today.
is beloved by God. This love is
May we approach our spiritual lives with
made clear by the awareness we are granted
a sense of Gods love and reciprocate that
of the fact that we were created in the image
love through joyous involvement in Torah
of God. Additionally, that love is evidenced
life, rather than regarding our observance
by the giving of the Torah and by our being
of mitzvot as a mandated burden. And
deemed children of God. Similarly, before
may we all strive and succeed to follow His
we fulfill our obligation of reciting Shema in
ways and to be there for each other in vulthe day and the night, we reference Gods
nerable times when we are needed most.
abundant love for us, highlighting this
aspect of the relationship.
Rabbi Fleischmann is a guidance counselor,
God turned Bilams curse into a blessing
teacher, and director of Torah guidance at
at a time of transition, right after the decree
the Frisch School in Paramus
that Moshe would not enter the Land of

laid out several key demands, according to Fabius, including

limitations on Iranian nuclear research and production, the
International Atomic Energy Agencys ability to verify any
agreement, and snapback mechanisms for sanctions, the
Associated Press reported.
President Barack Obama must submit a nuclear deal to Congress by July 9, and lawmakers would have 30 days to review
the pact. If negotiations go beyond July 9, Congress would have
60 days to review the deal and possibly to reject it. JSN.ORG

Secretary Stephanie Pollack.

To mark the new direct route, Bostons Logan International Airport now has an Israeli flag hanging from the
ceiling of its international terminal. Massachusetts stands
by Israel, Pollack said, addressing a crowd who came to
celebrate the launch.

El Al launches direct flights

from Boston to Tel Aviv

Germany will be investing 500,000 euros ($559,000 or 2.1 million shekels) in Israeli initiatives through a program launched
by the German government on Israel-Germany Innovation
Day in Tel Aviv on Monday, which was held as part of the
ongoing commemoration of 50 years of bilateral ties between
the countries.
In addition, a delegation of 100 German government and
business officials arrived in Israel on Monday, headed by KarlLudwig Kley, chairman and CEO of Merck pharmaceutical,
who met with Israeli Economy and Trade Minister Aryeh Deri.
Kley informed Deri that his company will be purchasing the
last stake in the Israeli nanotechnology company Qlight Nanotech, Israel Hayom reported.
The purchase of Qlight Nanotech will incorporate its operations into Mercks official research and development center in
Israel, and will also increase the companys output. JSN.ORG

The first direct Boston-to-Tel Aviv flight in 30 years took off on

Sunday. The new route, operated by the Israeli flagship airline
El Al, will fly three times per week, allowing the nearly 70,000
people who flew to Israel last year through a connection in
New York to board direct flights to the Jewish state.
The new flights not only will benefit the large number of travelers interested in flying directly from Boston to Israel, but also
is a boon for business ties between Israel and Massachusetts.
There are 200 companies that have facilities in both
Massachusetts and Israel, Massachusetts Port Authority CEO Thomas Glynn told the Jerusalem Post. There
has been a lot of affirmative efforts by Massachusetts to
increase trade with Israel, added state Transportation

Germany begins to invest

in Israeli tech start-ups


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Oops! Michael Oren misspeaks


Former diplomat wanted

Obama to credit Israeli
rescuers in Haiti
before they arrived

ts a compelling hero-takes-thefall narrative: Valiant little country

takes the lead in rescuing a battered
people and gets snubbed when its
time for kudos.
Its the picture that Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States,
paints of Israels 2010 Haiti rescue operation
in Ally, his book excoriating President
Barack Obamas treatment of Israel. Haitis devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake,
which struck outside the capital, Port-auPrince, and killed hundreds of thousands
(though the official death toll is disputed),
comes at a pivotal moment in the book,
when Oren believes the U.S.-Israel relationship is on a downward trajectory.
Theres a problem, though: Except for
the part about the uncommon valor of
Israeli rescuers, none of it appears to be
based on anything that actually happened.
The passage appears on pages 132-133 in
a section punningly headlined Tremors,
which describes tensions over Israeli-Palestinian peace, as the White House and
the Prime Ministers Office pitched toward
My foreboding only deepened on January 15, when Obama issued an official
statement on Haiti. Help continues to flow
in, not just from the United States but from
Brazil, Mexico, Canada, France, Colombia,
and the Dominican Republic, the president declared. Omitted from the list was
Israel, the first state to arrive in Haiti and
the first to reach the disaster fully prepared. I heard the presidents words and
felt like I had been kicked in the chest.
Israel was not the first state to arrive
in Haiti. Israel arrived on the evening of
January 15. According to this CNN timeline, the United States, Iceland, Canada,
Spain, China, Argentina, Cuba and Brazil
had rescue teams in place by January 13
and 14. The Dominican Republic was first.
(Im also not sure what Oren means about
Israel being the first to reach the disaster
fully prepared. According to the CNN
timeline, an Argentine field hospital had
treated 800 people by January 13.)
Obama delivered his remarks between
1:08 and 1:14 p.m. on Friday, January 15.
The Israeli rescue teams arrived on January 15 in the evening, according to Walla
News and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
And according to multiple news sources,
including JTA, the Israeli armys field hospital was not set up set up before Saturday
morning, January 16.
So why would Oren have felt kicked in
the chest? Israelis did not rescue or treat
a single Haitian until after Obama delivered

Michael Oren, speaking at the Holocaust Day of Remembrance ceremony

at the U.S. Capitol in 2010, accuses
President Barack Obama of not
acknowledging Israels work in Haiti.


his remarks. There was no Israeli team in

place when he spoke. What would have led
Obama to cite Israel that Friday afternoon?
Dozens of countries had pledged assistance to Haiti, in addition to the seven cited
by Obama should he have mentioned all
of them? The countries he mentioned all
have longstanding relationships with Haiti,
because they are neighbors, or because of
a post-colonial relationship (France) and
a substantial Haitian diaspora (Canada).
Why would Israel be in that group?
Finally, Obama did nod to the broader
effort but the clause ending his sentence
applauding the seven countries, among
others, is dropped from Orens text.
I asked Orens aides and his publisher
about the Haiti anomaly. I got a one-sentence reply from the publisher: Penguin
Random House does not comment on its
editorial and vetting processes.
I dont doubt Oren felt kicked in the
chest, as he describes it its just that I
cant help but wonder why. An explanation would be relevant to understanding
how he arrived at his thesis that Obama
deliberately created daylight with Israel,
which others have challenged.
The Haiti episode already has been picked
up in columns in the New York Post and the
New York Jewish Week. It is a potent tale.
Incidentally, at least two others berated
Obama in real time, based on the same
erroneous premise: Martin Peretz, in his
column then carried by the New Republic,
and the Zionist Organization of America,
which cited Peretz.
I asked Peretz what led him to his conclusion that Obama was snubbing Israel. I
also asked him if he and Oren had spoken
in real time about the purported snub.
He said that he did not consult with
Oren at the time, and he cited a CNN
report describing American embarrassment at the relative efficacy of the Israeli
operation and another in the Christian
Science Monitor noting that Israel sent the
team on January 14.
That is true, and verifiable in this Foreign Ministry release, but beside the point.
The team did not land until after Obama
spoke, and was not in operation until the
next day. 

1 Shoes for Jennifer Grey in Dirty
5 Downton Abbey Lady whose father
was named Isidore Levinson
9 ___ Were The Days (song recorded
by Theodore Bikel in Russian)
14 Many a Spielberg movie
15 ___ Man (Robert Downey Jr. role)
16 Ingredients in some gefilte fish
17 Shin preceder
18 Campaigner against Mordecai Manuel
Noahs Tammany Hall organization
19 Siskels one-time partner
20 Do it while standing, at your service
23 A Jewish congregation was initiated
there during its gold boom of 1900
24 Like Shimon Peres: Abbr.
25 She preceded Ruth onto the US
Supreme Court
28 How a 60s Sabra may be sold
30 They dont like it when you bring a
bottle of Mogen David?
33 Ends of Jewish years
34 Oy vey!
35 Removes payot, with off
36 Do it before chanting the weekly portion, at your service
39 One-tenth of an ephah
40 Paul Newmans Hud co-star Patricia
41 431 is in the south of the Tel Aviv metropolitan area
42 Land of Cains exile
43 Disney CEO
44 Emulates Sid Luckman with a football
45 Ended Yom Kippur observance
46 Night author Wiesel
47 Do it while chanting the final prayer, at
your service
55 Like 46-Down
56 Garr who co-starred with Richard
Dreyfuss in Close Encounters of the
Third Kind
57 Home st. of Burt Bacharachs second
wife, Angie Dickinson
58 Overdo it at the seder, say
59 Help stealing the afikomen, say
60 Remove from an article intended for
this publication
61 2001 Holocaust movie ___ of the
62 Feast of ____ (Purim)
63 Red and Dead

The solution to last weeks puzzle

is on page 39.

1 Deborah who starred in Fred
Zinnemanns From Here to Eternity
2 Sword favored by Israels Boaz Ellis
3 Medium on which you can download
Neil Diamond music
4 ___s Ark (Australian title of Thomas
Keneally Holocaust novel)
5 MGMs milieu
6 Abba Eban was known to do this well
7 New Year opener
8 This might be added to a Rummikub
game to make it more interesting
9 Some of Philip Roths novels have
mature ones
10 Kissing the mezuzah, for many people
11 Blessed
12 Word repeated in the title of a
Livingston/Evans song made popular
by Doris Day
13 Biblical bk. named after a woman
21 Samsons was very impressive in his
22 ___, My Love (Debbie Friedman
25 Place atop ones head, as a yarmulke
26 Eldan rent-a-car alternative
27 Reheated the kugel, the fast way
28 Where glasses get broken
29 Early stand-up comic Mort
30 Bagel shape
31 The locust plague, e.g.
32 Biblical symbol of mourning
34 What the bar mitzvahs Hebrew pronunciation should be done to?
35 Tzitzit, so to speak
37 Randalls character in the 70s sitcom
The Odd Couple
38 Masadas Snake Path, for one
43 Application on which you can download Neil Diamond music
44 Judy Garland had them when she
starred along with Bert Lahr in The
Wizard of Oz
45 Cast thy bread upon the waters, and
it shall return to thee, for one
46 Cattle ___ (a bird of Israel)
47 Non-Biblical Ruth
48 Poet born in 3717
49 Aaron Sorkins The West ___
50 Like computer maker Camillo Olivetti:
51 Mount from which Moses viewed the
Promised Land
52 Notion from Marcel Marceau
53 Moira Kelly voiced her opposite
Matthew Brodericks Simba in The
Lion King
54 Instruments occasionally used by
klezmer groups, briefly

Arts & Culture

A look at the legendary Jerry Lewis

he only comic to ever be nominated for a Nobel

Peace Prize, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry
Lewis, 89, added another award to his trophy
case in April, when he received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of
Gordon Smith, NABs president and CEO, said the organization was honored to recognize not only [Lewiss]
comedic innovation, but also his remarkable philanthropic efforts that have bettered the lives of thousands
of children.
Previous recipients of the NAB award include Jorge
Ramos, Bob Schieffer, Michael J. Fox, Mary Tyler Moore,
President Ronald Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope,
Walter Cronkite, Oprah Winfrey, and Charles Osgood.
Born Jerome Levitch to Russian-Jewish parents in Newark, Lewis is best known for his entertainment career
including comedy, acting, singing, film production,
screenwriting, and film directing, all infused with his
slapstick humor. But he has made arguably as significant
a mark in philanthropy, most notably as the longtime
national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, where he raised more than $2 billion for MDAs Jerrys Kids initiative and hosted the organizations annual
Labor Day Telethon for more than 40 years.
I think many people in later years associated him much
more with the telethon than with his comedy, Lawrence
Epstein, author of the 2002 book The Haunted Smile: The
Story of Jewish Comedians in America, said. This work
makes a perfect companion to his work as a comedian and
shows that laughs by themselves are not enough in life,
As a comedian, Lewis was matched with Dean Martin in
1946, and the two went on to fame as Martin and Lewis.
The duo grew popular through nightclub work, then
starred in a successful series of comedy films for Paramount Pictures.
Before the recent NAB honor, Lewiss trophy shelves
have included lifetime achievement awards from the
American Comedy Awards, the Los Angeles Film Critics
Association, and the Venice Film Festival. In 2005, he
received the Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors, and in 2009 the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences honored him
with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Epstein said that Lewis was a crucial element in the
transformation of American culture after World War II.
Lewis played a major, largely forgotten role in helping Americans recover after 16 years of the Great Depression and the war, Epstein said. Americans had forgotten how to let go, how to have fun. Lewis let them release
their inner child. He was perpetually a 9-year-old caught
in an adult world. By showing that 9-year-old, he taught
audiences that had engaged in tremendous self-deprivation and sacrifice for so long how to start again, as a child
would, to have fun.
What exactly made Lewis so funny?
His ability, very rare in the [American] culture at the
time, was to silence his adult censor and seemingly behave
in any way he wanted, Epstein said. The children in the
audience were delighted because he was in essence giving them permission to do what they wanted and telling
them that doing so was funny and good. He was like Charlie Chaplin in being very clever by using whatever props

Jerry Lewis, left, in At War with the Army. Dean Martin, seated, watches him.

happened to be around him.

Shawn Levy, the author of seven books, including New
York Times bestsellers Rat Pack Confidential, Robert Di
Niro: A Life, Paul Newman: A Life and King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis said that although religious observance hasnt been a major priority for Lewis,
his Jewish background still made a mark on both his comedic and humanitarian work.
His grandmother sent him for Hebrew lessons so he
could be bar mitzvahed, but he didnt have a strong religious life, Levy said. Philanthropy was part of the Jewish
showbiz world, where he came of age. He was a professional entertainer from the time he left high school. Some
of his comedy styles and showbiz idioms are very Jewish.
The Holy Fool is somewhere between Fanny Brice and
Harpo Marx, the physical comedy and the characteristics
of a man-child.
Like many of his contemporaries, Lewis polished his
entertainment skills in the resorts of New Yorks Catskill
Lewis was a tummler at Browns Hotel, Levy said.
(Tummlers were comedians-in-residence at Jewish
resorts.) So many comics of his generation Danny
Kaye, Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen all had that
opportunity to break into show business by working at
the Catskills hotels. Mainly it was a Jewish showbiz thing,
so thats a real strong part of his Jewish identity, that line
of entertainment.
Epstein sees another Jewish connection to Lewis and
his work.
Its a stretch, but sometimes I see Lewis as a metaphor


for Jews in the world, always an outsider, always needing

to laugh, he said.
Some of Lewiss most popular films showcasing his
acting, directing, and writing are The Bellboy, The
Ladies Man, The Errand Boy, The Patsy, The Family
Jewels, and The Nutty Professor.
In the early 1960s, Lewis was the highest-paid film
actor, and he was given the most lucrative contract at that
time for a television series, Levy said. This was just a few
years after being the number-one nightclub act with Dean
[Martin] and the number-one film, television, and radio
act with Dean. There was a period of time, 1949-63, where
he was at the top of the charts in multiple media.
The Nutty Professor is regarded as Lewiss masterpiece, Levy said. Its one of these occasions where an
artist of strong gifts somehow gets out of his own self and
transcends it. Jerrys movies are filled with multiple identities and he plays multiple characters frequently.
Decades later, in 1996, Eddie Murphy would play seven
characters in the remake of The Nutty Professor.
Levy said Lewiss entertainment career and humanitarian work combine to give him a unique multifaceted
He has a real legacy as a filmmaker and a comedian
that is genuinely deserved, and he gets overlooked sometimes, but he gets rediscovered, Levy said. The muscular dystrophy work that hes done, the concept of the
telethon, and even being able to talk about muscular dystrophy. I truly believe that if it wasnt for Jerry Lewis, we
would not be able to have that conversation.


Holocaust survivor
group in Fair Lawn:
Cafe Europa, a social
program the Jewish
Family Service of North
Jersey sponsors for
Holocaust survivors,
funded in part by the
Conference on Material
Claims Against Germany,
Jewish Federation of
Northern New Jersey,
and private donations,
meets at the Fair
Lawn Jewish Center/
Congregation Bnai Israel,
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jack Berger
will discuss Shtetl Life
in Eastern Europe. Light
lunch. 10-10 Norma Ave.
Transportation available.
(973) 595-0111 or www.

Blood drive in
Ridgewood: The

Bang on a Can: Repetition and Difference, a concert featuring

violinist Todd Reynolds, is at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan
on Thursday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. It is in conjunction with the
museums exhibition Repetition and Difference. 1109 Fifth Ave.
at 92nd Street. (212) 423-3337 or



with Ed Goldberg & the

Odessa Klezmer Band,
September 16. 10 Link
Drive. (201) 784-1414.

Shabbat in Cliffside
Park: As part of Temple
Israel of Cliffside Park
and Temple Beth El of
North Bergens summer
season events, they offer
an Independence Day
barbecue at Temple Israel
at 6 p.m., before services.
207 Edgewater Road.
Reservations, (201)-9457310.


Blood drive in Teaneck:

Rabbi Yosef Orenstein

Hebrew reading
course in Woodcliff
Lake: Rabbi Yosef
Orenstein of Valley
Chabad offers a Hebrew
reading course through
August 3, on Mondays,
8 p.m. 100 Overlook
Drive. (201) 476-0157


Concert in Rockleigh:
The Leonora Messer
Summer Concert
Series continues
outside on the patio,
weather permitting,
at the Jewish Home
at Rockleigh, Monday,
July 6, at 6:30 p.m.,
with a performance by
the Glen Rock Pops, on
August 16 with Randy
Accardi, and concludes

and the personal toll

of caregiving. Shelley
Steiner, (201) 784-1414,
ext. 5340.

Caregiver support in
Rockleigh: A support
group for those caring
for the physically frail or
people with Alzheimers
disease meets at the
Gallen Adult Day
Health Care Center at
the Jewish Home at
Rockleigh, 10-11:30 a.m.
Topics include long-term
care options, financial
planning, legal concerns,


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Maxine Linehan presents
a tribute to the songs
of Petula Clark for the
Summer Concert series
at the YM-YWHA of
North Jersey, 7 p.m.
The series, produced
by Naomi Miller, runs
through August 20.
(973) 595-0100, ext. 237.

Senior singles meet in
West Nyack: Singles
65+ meets for a social
get together at the JCC
Rockland, 11 a.m. All
welcome from Hudson,
Passaic, Bergen, and
Rockland counties.
450 West Nyack
Road. $3. Gene Arkin,
(845) 356-5525.

Senior singles meet in
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65+ meets for dinner
at Charlie Browns,
6 p.m. The group meets
monthly at the JCC
Rockland. Individual
checks. Seymour
Chenkin, (845) 848-2038

Tot Shabbat in Nyack:
PJ Library in Rockland
County and Ramah
Day Camp in Nyack,
N.Y., co-host Bim Bam
Shabbat, free Friday
morning programs with
Shabbat-related songs,
stories, and Jewish
activities for toddlers
and preschoolers, at
Ramah Day Camp,
9:30 a.m. Program is
weekly through August
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Road. Lara Epstein,
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American Red Cross

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3-8 p.m. 74 Godwin
Ave. (800) RED CROSS,
(800) 733-2767, or


Shabbat in Fair Lawn:

Congregation Darchei
Noam hosts a Shabbat
luncheon at a private
home after Musaf.
Supervision for children.
Registration, Drora@ or www.


bergenPAC shows
photographs by
a nine-year-old
The Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood will
display photography by Joseph Moretti in its Intermezzo Gallery on the second floor through July 30.
The gallery is open to the public, free of charge, during
box office hours. There will be a reception on Monday,
July 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Joseph, a 9-year-old from Oradell, has been taking
pictures since he was 4. Josephs photographs have
been exhibited at Martin Hicks Gallery/The Belskie
Museum in Closter. For the last two years, he was
awarded Bergen County honors from Reflections the
National PTA arts recognition program. For information, call (201) 227-1030, or go to

Remembering the Concord Hotel

Debut documentary on Polish Jewry

John Conway, the historian for Sullivan County, N.Y., offers a

presentation, The Concord: Sullivan Countys Acropolis, as
part of the Sullivan County Historical Societys new exhibit,
The Concord Remembered. The lecture is on Sunday, July
12, at 2 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville,
A preview of the exhibit will be open on July 4 and 5. On
July 5, from 1 to 4 p.m., there will be a reunion of former
Concord employees, suppliers, and contractors. Visitors are
encouraged to bring memorabilia to share and refreshments
will be served. For information, call (845) 434-8044 or go to

After 70 years, the saga of

Polish Jewry will be featured in an exclusive debut
screening of an original
documentary, Once Upon
a Family, at the Museum
of Jewish Heritage A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Battery Park. The
film, produced by Project
Witness, will be screened
on Tuesday, July 14. The
evening, hosted by a group
of second-generation Holocaust survivors, begins with
a buffet dinner reception at
5:30 p.m. The program follows at 7 and
will include reunions between survivors
and their liberators and remarks from the
chief rabbi of Tel Aviv, Rabbi Yisrael Meir
Lau the miracle child of Buchenwald
who symbolizes the destruction and
rebuilding of a world that was. His remarks
will be followed by the film premiere.
Representatives of hundreds of New
Yorks most prominent Jewish families,
including elected officials, survivors, liberators, and their children, are expected
to attend.
This is not a dry historical narration;
it is an experience that will take you back
in time, Project Witnesss director, Ruth
Lichtenstein, said. Its about living daily
life through the eyes of a Jewish family in
Poland the joy, the holidays, the education, the experiences of rich urban Jewish

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Networking for accountants

The OU Job Board will present Networking for Accountants, an opportunity to
meet professional leaders in the industry, on Tuesday, July 14, from 6 to 8:30
p.m., at the OU Job Board Headquarters,
11 Broadway in Manhattan.
We welcome some of the big four
for the first time in OU Job Boards
events, Michael Rosner, the international director of the OU Job Board, said.
This event will feature accountants who
will be available to mentor and guide

job seekers, as well as accounting headhunters and representatives of firms that

may have open positions. Featured firms
and headhunters include Ernst & Young,
Loeb & Troper, PricewaterhouseCooper,
and Richard Hauptman.
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door. There will be no refunds. For information, email, call (212)
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Art classes in Washington Township

The Bergen County YJCC in Washington Township offers summer painting
classes taught by Paulette Cochet of
Cochet Art Studio.
The Joy of Watercolor offers a combination of instruction, inspiration, and
insight, with easy-to-follow demonstrations, practical and sensitive guidance,
tips, and advice. It meets on Mondays,
from July 13 through August 24 at 10 a.m.
Finding and Expressing Your Visual
Voice invites students to create a series
of watercolors on a topic with personal

meaning while developing skills in a supportive instructional environment. The

class runs from July 13 through August
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from July 9 to Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.
The YJCC is at 605 Pascack Road. For
more information, call (201) 666-6610.

NCJW schedules Pittsburgh trip

A few seats remain on the bus that the
Jersey Hills section of the National Council of Jewish Women has arranged for its
Pittsburgh Express trip, set for July 17
to 19.
The three-day trip leaves from Fair
Lawn early Friday. Lodging will be at
the Comfort Inn & Suites, with dinners
at Grand Concourse and Buca de Beppo.
Breakfast will be provided.
In addition to a guided tour of

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Frank Lloyd Wrights Fallinwater, the
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and the Flight 93 memorial. There
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casino gambling, and a stop at the Harrisburg state capital on the way home.
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Ms. Lichtenstein, the daughter of two
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Holocaust remembrance her lifes mission. Project Witness is the nonprofit New
York-based Holocaust resource center she
founded; it merges research and scholarship with media to provide materials for
schools, communities, and lay readers.
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Talk will view religion

and its ties to democracy
Rabbi Moshe Taragin, who teaches Talmud at Yeshivat Har Etzion
in Gush Etzion, will discuss Religious Challenges of Democracy:
Bridging July 4, and 17 Tammuz, on Sunday, July 5, at 7:05 p.m.,
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8:05. The shul is at 641 West Englewood Ave. For information,
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Remembering Steven Sotloff

Honoring the slain journalist in his Florida hometown
family and his admiration for the young
ts been eight months since Jewish
After ISIS broadcast the beheading in
freelance journalist Steven Sotloff
a three-minute video on September 2,
was beheaded by ISIS.
2014 Sotloff, who was 30, was killed in
Still shaken by the loss, his home2014, more than a year after he was kidtown, Pinecrest, Florida, an upscale comnapped in Syria the media shined a light
munity of some 20,000 people, just south
on Pinecrest in general, as well as on the
of Miami, continues to find new ways to
1,300-member Temple Beth Am, where
honor his memory.
Sotloffs family are members.
The tributes to Sotloff range in scale
It was incredibly challenging to find
from local tributes to programs that are
the words to explain this as a school, as a
global in reach.
community, and as a family, said Nicole
Temple Beth Am Day School wants you
Marcus, Zacharys mother, who is a clinical psychologist.
to know that your sacrifice will not be forgotten, fifth-grader Zachary Marcus wrote
Sotloff s memorial service was held at
in a dedication in the schools yearbook.
Temple Beth Am two days after the video
It must have been too terrible to put into
was released. Community members and
words what you went through leading to
elected officials, including Florida Governor Rick Scott and U.S. Senator Marco
your death. You have more bravery and
Rubio, filled the 1,000-seat sanctuary.
courage than anyone else we know. You
The Marcus family also was there
are a true superhero, a real superman.
Zachary was one of the few students who
Like Zachary, Sotloff had gone to the
Reform Jewish day school as a boy, and his
He was at a place of maturity where he
mother, Shirley, was a preschool teacher
could handle it, his mother said. He was
there. She retired this year.
affected by the powerful memorial service.
She told me shes proud of what I
He learned who Steven was, what this loss
wrote, Zachary said of Sotloffs mother.
meant to his family and the community.
I took into consideration that she
The service made a strong impression
would see it, he added, saying he wanted
on Zachary, who felt it was important that
to convey both his sympathy for Sotloff s
his school remember Sotloff.
His is a story of resilience
and perseverance, Zachary
Pinecrests tributes to Sotloff extend beyond the synagogue community. Mayor
Cindy Lerner, a friend of the
Sotloffs, is leading an effort
to create a memorial site in
the 20-acre Pinecrest Gardens, a lush municipal park
with more than 1,000 exotic
plants, a petting zoo, historic
buildings, and extensive cultural programming.
Lerner said she only had
roughly drawn details on
what the Sotloff memorial
will look like. It will include
three small waterfalls fabricated of slate, with a gradual
decline in elevation of perhaps a foot. That probably
will be surrounded by bromeliads, ginger, and mixed tropical foliage.
The parks horticulturalist made recommendations
for the memorials location,
according to the mayor. It
Zachary Marcus, who attended the same Florida
will be in a public area,
Jewish day school as Steven Sotloff, wrote in the
Lerner said. It will be a
school yearbook that the slain journalist was a a
contemplative area, in the
true superhero, a real superman. 
shade of a banyan tree, by a



Steven Sotloff, center, wearing a black helmet, talks to Libyan rebels on the Al
Dafniya front line, about 15 miles from Misrata, Libya, on June 2, 2011.


walkway that leads to the splash and play

[area] for children.
She said it also will have a small plaque
with Sotloff s date of birth and death, as
well as a quote read at his memorial ser-

You have
more bravery
and courage
than anyone
else we know.
You are a true
a real
vice, taken from a letter he wrote to his
family that was smuggled out while he was
in captivity: Everyone has two lives. The
second one begins when you realize you
only have one.
The memorial is expected to be completed by September, the anniversary of
Sotloffs death, Lerner said.
In addition, the Sotloff family and
friends have established the 2LIVES: Steven Joel Sotloff Memorial Foundation,
which was inspired by the same quote. Its
aim is to provide support and assistance
to journalists and their families who are
affected by the realities of reporting from

conflict-torn or disaster settings.

The 2LIVES Foundation also will provide scholarships for students who have
the passion and skills to pursue careers in
journalism particularly those who want
to tell the stories of people living in dangerous regions around the world.
Additionally, Sotloff s alma mater, the
University of Central Florida in Orlando,
together with his parents, established a
fund for the Nicholson School of Communications there. The Steven Sotloff Memorial Endowed Fund will provide scholarship support to UCF students majoring in
journalism, as well as funding for symposia, lectures, and other programming to
advance journalism education.
Sotloff s father would not comment on
these developments.
As for Zachary Marcus, he sees Sotloff as
an inspiration he wants to be a journalist
when he grows up.
Zachary ended the yearbook dedication
with these words: Temple Beth Am Day
School is representing America in saying
that we thank you for everything you did
... Even though your death was a tragedy,
it has made us stronger and more resilient
than ever.
Zachary added, I just want to say that
I hope the rest of the world and here in
Miami we keep remembering Sotloffs stories. Its terrible what happened to him.
The only way to overcome is to


Warner Goldsmith

Warner M. Goldsmith, 93, of Monroe

Township and Boynton Beach, Fla.,
formerly of Paramus, died on June 26.
Born in Germany, he was an Army
veteran and a member of Munn
Masonic Lodge 203 in New York
City. Before retiring, he owned
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Arrangements were by Louis
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Anita Laganella

Anita Laganella, 91, who lived in

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died on June 25.
She supported many charities
including the Jewish Federation,
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Jersey City, Wounded Warrior Project,
Gift of Life America, and the Salvation
Army. She helped create perpetual
scholarship funds through Paramus
Rotary and co-founded Mill Gardens

Assisted Living Facility in Midland

Park. She also volunteered at the
Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus.
Predeceased by her husband,
Nicholas Laganella Sr., she is
survived by her children, Nicholas
of Franklin Lakes, Wendy Lines
( Julian) of Woodstock, N.Y., Susan
Knittel (Donald) of Vail, Ariz., Kathy
Leichtamer of Rochelle Park, and
Lisa Klink of Cardiff, Calif., and
seven grandchildren.
Donations can be sent to
Gift of Life America, Paramus.
Arrangements were by Robert
Schoems Menorah Chapel,

Peter Sternfels

Peter L. Sternfels, 75, of Fair Lawn

died on June 24.
Before retiring, he owned a
dry cleaning machinery repair
service and also sold dry cleaning
He is survived by his wife, June,
ne Cohen, children, Keith (Rhonda
Tychsen), and Kerri Eisenberg
(Robert), and a grandchild,
Samantha Eisenberg.
Donations can be made to the
Parkinsons Disease Foundation,
New York. Arrangements were by
Louis Suburban Chapel, Fair Lawn.

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JERUSALEM The young Israeli
man critically injured in a drive-by
shooting by Palestinians in the West
Bank has died.
Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld died
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after the car he was riding in with
three other men came under attack
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the Shvut Rachel and Shiloh settlements. The victims, all in their 20s,
were returning to their homes in the
Kochav Hashahar settlement after
playing basketball.
The driver and two other passengers also were hospitalized with
His funeral was on Wednesday,
near Kochav Hashahar.
Police said that two Palestinian
attackers fired on the car after waiting at the side of the road for an
Israeli vehicle to pass. At least 15 bullets hit the car, Ynet reported, citing
an initial investigation. The attackers fled the scene and are at large.
The road is used freely by Israelis
and Palestinians.
Photos of the bloody interior of
the car were circulated on social

Obituaries are prepared with information

since the start of the year and over

200 since 2014.
The fact that up until now, the
Palestinian Authority has not condemned these attacks needs to
bother not only us, but also the
international communit y as a
whole. Those who do not take an
unequivocal stand against terrorism
cannot wash their hands.
Two Palestinian terror groups,
the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Fatah al-Intifada, claimed responsibility for the
attack, Haaretz reported.
Rosenfeld underwent surgery
Monday night at Shaare Zedek Medical Center. His father, Eliezer, had
called on Israelis to pray for his son.
An older son, an Israel Air Force
pilot, died in 2002 during a trip in
the Judean Desert.
Also Thursday, an Israeli Border
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man after he rammed through a
checkpoint while shouting Allahu
Akbar, or God is greatest. The
attacker was taken to Shaare Zedek
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it deals with every day. If the crucial talks on
Irans nuclear program fail to arrive at a deal by
the June 30 deadline or soon afterward, despite
the Obama administration bending over backwards to accommodate the Tehran regime, get
ready for a slew of accusations that it was the
Israel Lobby that wrecked the talks.
Those Jewish leaders leaping to Obamas
defense in the face of Orens critique should
ask themselves whether the White House will
return the favor when the Iran-related venom
comes in their direction. Somehow, I doubt it.

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keeping kids healthy meeting basic human needs
tzedakah a legacy of giving nutrition for seniors
advocating for people in need promoting health and wellbeing raising awareness soup kitchens food banks food
pantries social justice building a robust emergency food
network encouraging public policy reform optimism
working to end food insecurity nutrition and health education
initiatives a strong safety net a voice for people who are
hungry enhancing quality of life jewish values in action

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n 1 Ben Porat Yosef kindergarteners celebrated their graduation on June 17. They sang for parents and guests, received
diplomas, viewed a slide show of the years events, and displayed their original artwork in an artists gallery. COURTESY BPY
n 2 Teens and adults from Congregation Kol HaNeshamah in
Englewood, including Allie Kaplan, Ben Stein, and Michael Silverman, celebrated Fathers Day by distributing food and clothing
to homeless people in New York City. This tikkun olam project
was under the auspices of the Midnight Run, an organization
dedicated to helping the homeless. COURTESY KOL HANESHAMAH
n 3 Temple Emanu-El in Closter welcomed a new slate of officers and a new president, Howard Lavin, on June 5, as
about 150 people joined in its Blue Jeans & BBQ celebration at the shul. The event also included a special blessing for
college students and a musical Shabbat with Cantor Israel
Singer and the shuls Youth Choir. COURTESY TEMPLE EMANU-EL
n 4 Temple Emeth in Teaneck honored its high school graduates at a Kabbalat Shabbat family service. Cantor Ellen Tilem,
left, and Rabbi Steven Sirbu, right, flank Amanda Eastman
(Dumont High School/University of Hartford); Hunter Perlis (Bergen Technical School of Paramus/Bergen Community College); and Annika Seiden (Tenafly High School/Johns
Hopkins University). Beth Clarke and Rachel Eastman head
up the shuls College Student Committee. BARBARA BALKIN
n 5 Last month, over 60 people joined Lubavitch on the
Palisades for a trip to the grave of the Lubavitcher rebbe,
Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, in honor of his 21st yahrzeit. Rabbi Yossi Jacobson, pictured, spoke to the group
before they went to the grave. WWW.CHABADLUBAVITCH.ORG.


Real Estate & Business

August delight:
The Camp at
Teaneck Creek
The Camp at Teaneck Creek, offered by the Teaneck
Creek Conservancy in collaboration with the Teaneck
Community Education Center, and funded by the Puffin Foundation, will provide a creative end-of-summer experience for Teaneck children entering second
through sixth grades.
Camp will be held on the grounds of the Teaneck
Creek Conservancy and in the Puffin, at 20 Puffin Way,
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., August 10-14 for second and
third graders, and August 17-21 and 24-28 for fourth,
fifth and sixth graders. Campers entering grades four
through six may register for one or two weeks as each
session introduces new activities.
Programs run by experienced teachers are designed
to stimulate the imagination, develop skills, encourage
collaboration, provide intellectual stimulation, and be
fun. Thanks to a grant from the Puffin Foundation, the
cost per child will $135 per week and will come with
a special rate membership to the conservancy. Since
there are spots for only 15 children in each session,
early registration is recommended.
During the first week, campers entering grades two
and three will enjoy two Hobby Quest programs. Kids
and Cameras New Techniques in Photography will
provide children with professional quality digital cameras to point, click, and capture scenery and people
through a lens. There will be an exhibition of campers
photographs at the end of the session, an online gallery of their work, and an album of their pictures to
take home.
In Making Magic, a magician will provide the tools
and secrets of tricks that will wow audiences. Magic
props used by campers are theirs to keep at the end
of the session.
During weeks two and three, campers entering
grades four and six will participate in Fairy Tale Trials
Out of the Woods and Into the Courtroom, an awardwinning program that introduces concepts of ethics,
justice, and fairness by giving fairy tale trials a day
in court. Children participate as lawyers, witnesses,
defendants, and storytellers as they explore moral
dilemmas at the core of each tale, and learn about our
legal system while doing it. Finally, they will present a
case to the jurors and a verdict will be rendered.
Nature and Discovery, the second program offered
during weeks two and three, will involve children in
an exploration of the Teaneck Creek. They will get wet
in the stream, dig in the dirt, and look under rocks
to discover and learn about the importance of this
natural area what lives here, how humans impact
the area, and more. Campers will create art and write
haiku poems inspired by their finds in this diverse
nature park.
Applications are available at the Teaneck Community Education Center, 1 Merrison St.; The Puffin
Foundation, 20 Puffin Way; and at the Teaneck Public
For questions or to have and application mailed to
your home, contact the center at (201) 833-5514 or
Karen Yucht, program coordinator at (201) 836-0142.

942 Country Club Drive



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25 Broadway, Elmwood Park, NJ

upsizing or
I have the
to help.

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Tenafly, NJ 07670


Happy July 4th

Toby Goldstein
Sales Associate

Call Toby @ 201-370-7089





Classic center hall colonial on double cul-de-sac, perfect for entertaining,

spacious rooms, family room w/fireplace, lower level w/wet bar & dance floor,
4 bedrooms, beautiful 200x150 property w/paver patio,
gazebo, pool & cabana, central vac, intercom, sprinklers.



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Charming New England Colonial. Gracious Entry Hall, Lg

LR/Fplc, Form DR, Vaulted Ceil Fam Rm off Lg Mod Island
Kit. 3 Brms, 2 Bath. 155' Deep Prop. C/A/C. C Club Area.
Charming Victorian Colonial. Deep 150' Prop. Lemonade
Front Porch, LR open to Lg Form DR, Library/Den w/ Built In
Bookcases. Updated Isle Kit. 2nd Flr: 4 Brms + Bonus Rm
or WI Closet. Fin 3rd Flr w/ Media/Fam Rm. New H/W Flrs.
Huge Trex Deck. Gar. $510s
Charming Colonial. LR/Fplc/Alcove, FDR, Updated Eat in
Granite Kit, .5 Bath, Deck. 2 nd Flr: 3 BRs + Newer Bath, 3rd
Flr: Walk-up to 4th BR. Plyrm Bsmt/Off + Full Bath. Lg Yard.
$460s Also for rent @ $2,950/mo
A Taste of Europe. Charming Slate Roofed Brick Chalet. LR/
Corner Fplc, DR, Mod Kit. 3 Brms. Solarium. 75' X 120' Prop.
Spacious Colonial. Lg DR/Fplc, LR, Den, Screened Porch.
3 Lg Brms, Baths. New Roof, Windows, C/A/C, Central Vac.
2 Car Gar. $340s


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Call Susan Laskin Today

To Make Your Next Move A Successful One!

Cell: 201-615-5353

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An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Owned and Operated by NRT LLC.

The Teaneck Farmers Market is located

in the Garrison Avenue
and Beverly Road free
municipal parking lot,
at the back of Wells
Fargo Bank. It is open
Thursdays, from noon
to 6 p.m.
Sunden Stone Pointe
Farm brings fresh produce, flowers, plants,
herbs, eggs, and seasonal specials from Pennsylvania. Also
from the Keystone State is Stoltzfus
Teanecks own Pickle-Licious has
a huge variety of pickles, olives,
tapenades, sundried tomatoes, and
other marinated delights.
Grab a bag of healthy treats from
Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruits, featuring raw and roasted nuts or some sweet
decadent coated nuts, and a large variety
of dried fruits and trail mixes as well.
Teanecks NJ Bees is back with local




204 Maple St, Englewood

203 Lexington Ave, Cresskill

honey and other bee

products. Beekeeper
Danny demonstrates
and explains his bees
and honey making
throughout our market
The market continues to partner with
Te a n e c k s He l p i n g
Hands and The Center
For Food Action for
weekly collection of
non-perishable foods to families in need.
Containers for each group are located
at the managers table for cans, boxed
items, and paper goods; no plastic or
glass items, please.
On July 16, from noon to 3 p.m., youll
be able to sign up for Senior Farm Nutritional Program Coupons. For details call
The Bergen County Office of Aging at
(201) 336-7400. That same day the Bergen County Blood Mobile will be inside
the parking area from 2-6 p.m. so that
you can donate a pint of blood.





Teaneck Farmers Market

is now in full swing



185 E. Palisade Ave, Englewood








2200 N Central Ave, Fort Lee

356 Broad Ave, Englewood



151 E Palisade C5, Englewood


Ayelet Hurvitz
Exceptional Service, Direct: 201-294-1844
Exceptional Results Alpine/Closter Office:
Recipient of the NJAR
Circle of Excellence
Sales Award 2012-2014

201-767-0550 x 235

36 Carnot Ave, Woodcliff Lake, One Acre Property

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The Art of Real Estate


Jeffrey Schleider
Miron Properties NY


T: 212.888.6250

M: 917.576.0776


Ruth Miron-Schleider
Miron Properties NJ




164 GLENWOOD ROAD $898,000

421 LEWELEN CIRCLE $1,325,000

191 GLENWOOD RD $1,325,000

114 CHESTNUT ST $1,740,000





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646 Cedar Lane Teaneck, NJ 07666

SUN - TUE: 7AM - 9PM

WED: 7AM - 10PM

Tel: 201-855-8500 Fax: 201-801-0225

$ 49

Snow White!

Farm Fresh!

3 $5

3 $2

New Jersey

Seedless Grapes



Hellmanns BLOWOUT Heinz

30 OZ
16 OZ


Reg. or Low Fat

Haddar Quaker Chewy

Whole Hearts
of Palm
14 OZ

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Onion Soup
2.75 OZ

5 2



With Pretzels


$ 99

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Farms Creamery
Whipped Cream Cheese

Orange Juice

2 3
8 OZ


$ 99





$ 99

4.56 OZ

$ 79

Organic Yogurts

6 OZ



15 PK



6 OZ



Les Petites
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35.3 OZ

$ 99



16.9 OZ 24 PK


$ 99


Save On!

Chickn Nuggets

2 7
10.5 OZ


Oreo Cookies & Cream or
Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

48 OZ

$ 99

Family Pack

Pizza Bagels


$ 99

Shelf Stable

By The Case


$ 99

BGan Cauliflower
or Bodek
Broccoli Florets

24 OZ

$ 99

Minute Maid
Squeeze Ices

8 PK

$ 99



Teriyaki Salmon



12 OZ

$ 99

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Caesar $

20 OZ

$ 99


Baby Salmon
Mauzone Fillet

Low Sodium

Whole Wheat
4.5-15 OZ

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Pita Bread

Onion & Garlic or Caesar


Regular &
Whole Wheat


3 LB

1 OZ

$ 79

Assorted-Excluding Swiss

Haolam Yellow
American Cheese


4.9 OZ




Regular or Light

5.5 OZ

$ 99







$ 99

Elite Mauzone Mania

Fiber Fruit
8.8 OZ


$ 99



Save On!

12 OZ

Paskesz You LoveFruit

Square NEW
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108 Slices




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$ 49







Excluding Quinoa & Spelt

2 $5

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$ 99

Pot Roast



Regular orThin
Spaghetti or
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16 OZ

2 $4


American Black Angus Beef

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$ 99






Ground Chicken


London Broil





American Black Angus Beef

Chicken Breast


Light Only

Farm Fresh



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201-855-8500 Fax: 201-801-0225

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2 $3






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use of the recipient and their household members. Card is not transferable. We reserve the right to
change or rescind the terms and conditions of the Cedar Market loyalty program at any time, and
without notice. By using this card, the cardholder signifies his/her agreement to the terms &
conditions for use. Not to be combined with any other Discount/Store Coupon/Offer. *Loyalty Card
must be presented at time of purchase along
with ID for verification. Purchase cannot be
reversed once sale is completed.

Farm Fresh





Sunday Super Saver!

Two in a Pack



Red Cherries



Sunday Super Saver!

Fine Foods
Great Savings


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In Store

Sale Effective
7/5/15 - 7/10/15

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Beech Nut Salmon


Stage 2
Baby Food
4 OZ

3 $2


$ 99





Check Out Our New Line of Cooked Fish



Fun Pops Cedar Pizza

Pops $ 99

2 4
24 PK


Dr. Praegers

Lightly Breaded
Fish Sticks

26 OZ

$ 99


2 5



Chiffon Cake

$ 99

16 OZ

Chocolate Marble

New York

$ 99

22 oz


14.8 OZ


8 OZ



Fusion Fries
or Cubes
19-21 OZ

$ 99

2 $5

Beef Franks

$ 99

14 OZ

We reserve the right to limit sales to 1 per family. Prices effective this store only. Not responsible for typographical errors. Some pictures are for design purposes only and do not necessarily represent items on sale. While Supply Lasts. No rain checks.