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                                              Temple Talk - The Chavurah Newsletter
                                                            August 2009 - 11Av / 10 Ellul
                                                                                    July , 2009 /
    CHAVURAH                                                                  MESSAGE FROM RABBI NAT BENJAMIN
                                                                                  While the month of August may be a time of travel
   BETH SHALOM                                                  May 2009 for relaxation recreation for many, here at Chavurah
                                                                             Beth Shalom we are hard at work planning for the High
                                                                             Holy Days, Religious School enrollment, welcoming new
            A Temple                        2008                             members and everything else that will make our make our
          for Our Time                                                       19th year a truly memorable one. We hope that all of you
                                                                             will help us move forward by actively participating in the
We are living in extraordinary times                                         life of our congregation. Services for Rosh Hashanah and
                                                                             Yom Kippur are, of course, the greatest under-takings for
            and as such,                                                     a Jewish congregation. And yet, in biblical times, these
 Jewish Communities today need            holidays were of lesser importance than the festivals of Passover, Shavuoth and Sukkoth.
      extraordinary leaders.                  With the advent of Rabbinic Judaism Rosh Hashanah, the head of the year, took on more
                                          importance. Since our beginnings in 1991, we have celebrated Rosh Hashanah and Yom
          1 Old Dock Road                 Kippur at several area locations. We held our first High Holy Days at The Howard Johnson
      Alpine, New Jersey 07620                               No
                                          Hotel (now the Radisson) near state highway # 4 in Englewood. Membership grew quickly,
        Phone: (201) 567-7806             and the following year we moved to The Clinton Inn in Tenafly. Several more years passed
         Fax: (201) 567-5551
                                             Temple Talk - The Chavurah Newsletter
                                          and we realized that more space was needed for our growing membership. Thanks to Russ
                                          and Angelica Berrie, arrangements were made for us to hold services at "The John Harms                  Theater," now The Bergen Performing Arts Center, (Bergen PAC,).on 30 North Van Brunt
                                                                              November, 2008
                                          Street in Englewood, which we now consider our spiritual home for Rosh Hashanah and
   Founding Rabbi & Cantor:               Yom Kippur. (continued on Page 5)
   Rabbi Nathaniel Benjamin
                                                                           MESSAGE FROM RABBI JACK BEMPORAD
   Senior Rabbinical Scholar:                                                  The great theologian SØren Kierkegaard said that one lives
   Rabbi Jack Bemporad                                                     one’s life forward, but understands it backwards, but I would
                                                                           add, “If at all.” It is not clear that one really lives one’s life,
   Rabbinical Associate:                                                    but philosophers as a whole claim that one does not
   Rabbi Dennis Shulman                                                      understand one’s life until after one has lived it.
                                                                                 Hegel said, in his preface to The Philosophy of
   President: Richard Viders                                               Right, “When philosophy paints its grey in grey, a form of
                                                                            life has grown old The owl, Minerva, [wisdom] sets to flight
   Assistant Cantor:                                                        at the setting of the dusk.” That’s why Marx, in responding
   Janine Schwarz
                                            No                              to Hegel, in his theses on Fuerbach, said that philosophers up
                                                                            till now have tried to interpret the world; our task is to
   Director of Education:                                                   change it.
   Debra Kronberg                            The sad truth is that politicians have had very little success on the whole in changing the
   Youth Activities: Rabbi Steven Meltz   world for the better. Neither have generals. There may be an exception. In Polybius’s
                                          Histories, he quotes the Roman general Paulus, stating, “The difference between the foolish
   Editorial Staff:                       and the wise is that unfortunately, the foolish have to learn from the disasters that happen to
                                          them; the wise learn from the disasters that happen to others.” All this leads to the point that
   Hillary Viders                         I want to make.
   Rabbi Nat Benjamin                        We really don’t teach history properly in the schools. We teach dates, events, and
                                          sayings; in reality what we should be studying is, “What has worked and what has failed in
   Contributors:                                                         r, 2008
                                          the past, and why it has worked and why it has failed, and how can we avoid making the
   Janine Schwarz                         same mistakes over and over again.”
   Sidney Goldberg:                          And this isn’t just true of history; it’s also true of our own personal lives. It’s when we
                                          see patterns of behavior in ourselves that really accomplish very little; what do we do to
   Mailing: Jill Benjamin                 change them?
                                             As we look forward to next month’s High Holidays and we begin to contemplate what
                                          we may have learned during the past year, perhaps we should think a little bit about where
                                          we have failed and why, and where we have succeeded and why, and where change has to
       Schedule of Worship and Adult Education
       Please consult our weekly e-mail announcements for any changes in
      the class schedules

           Fri. Evening        Aug.    7      8:00 PM          Shabbat Evening Service
           Sat. Morning        Aug.    8      10:00 AM         Meditation & Minyan
           Fri. Evening        Aug.    14      8:00 PM         Shabbat Evening Service
           Sat. Morning        Aug.    15     10:00 AM         Meditation & Minyan
           Fri. Evening        Aug.    21     8:00 PM          Shabbat Evening Service
           Sat. Morning        Aug.    22     10:00 AM         Meditation & Minyan
           Fri. Evening        July    28      8:00 PM         Shabbat Evening Service
           Sat. Morning        Aug.    30     10:00 AM         Meditation & Minyan

           NOTE: Ephraim Woolman class in Judaic studies will resume on Saturday morning,
           September 12th at 11:00 AM

         Shabbat Services
         Shabbat Services are held every Friday night at the Alpine Community House at 8 pm.
         except when there are Family Services that begin at 7:30 pm. Please note that religious
         school students are required to attend Family Shabbat Evening Services as part of the
        Shabbat . Morning Meditation & Minyan
        Minyan led by Rabbi Dennis Shulman includes an active discussion of some aspect of the
        week's Torah portion, and an explanation of a prayer or two included in the service. Dress
        is casual and informal. Join us every Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Alpine Community House.
         Shabbat Services
          Shabbat Services are held every Friday night at the Alpine Community House at 8 pm.
          except when there are Family Services that begin at 7:30 pm. Please note that religious
          school studentsOUR MISSION STATEMENT Services as part of the
                             are required to attend Family Shabbat Evening
          curriculum. Shalom, we embrace the values of a contemporary Reform Judaism that integrates reason,
     At Chavurah Beth
     experience, intellectual curiosity and spirituality into our modern religious practice. Firmly rooted within the
     prophetic tradition, we believe that:
-    Jews in every generation have a responsibility to preserve Judaism for the future.
-    Jews in every generation must respond creatively to the challenges of contemporary society.
-    Jewish tradition and ritual are a vital part of our religious practice and must comport with the highest
    of ethics. Old and new rituals alike must stand the test of reason and experience, and our rituals must enable
    us to lead an ethical life and to better understand the divine.
-   Jews must embrace openness to truth from all sources including philosophy, science, art and literature.
-   Jews must be willing to respect and acknowledge the value of other religious traditions and work with other
    religions to find common ground and strive for the betterment of all.
-   Meaning in our lives comes from the pursuit of justice, a sense of humility, the idea of mercy and an
    obligation to make peace with ourselves as Jews and with other peoples of the world.

                        TEMPLE TALK
                                   Table of Contents
Message From Rabbi Nat Benjamin……………………………………………………………...Pages 1,5
Message From Rabbi Jack Bemporad…………………………………….………………………Page 1
Schedule of Religious Services and Adult Study Classes…………………………………….…..Page 2
Chavurah Beth Shalom Mission Statement……………………………………………………….Page 2
Letter From the Editor………..…………………………………………………………..……….Page 3
The Principal’s Pen by Debra Kronberg (Religious School News)…………………..…………...Page 4
Contributions……………………………………………………………………………………....Page 5
August Yartzeits……….……….………………………………………………………………….Page 6,7
Condolences and Get Well Wishes………………………………………………………………...Page 7
Membership Renewal……………………………………………………………………………...Pages 8-10
High Holy Day Schedule and Ticket Order Form…………………………………………………Pages 11,12
Book of Remembrance……………………………………………………………………………. Pages 13,14
Local and World News……………………….…………………………………………………….Pages 15-18
The Chavurah History Channel…………………………………………………………………….Pages 19-21
Swine Flu: What it is and How to Prevent it……………………………………………………….Page 22
The Chavurah Book Shelf…………………………………………………………………………..Pages 23, 24
“On A Lighter Note” by Sidney Goldberg.………………………………………………………...Pages 25-26
“And You Thought You Knew everything!”………………………………………………………Page 26
Comments Made in the Year 1954…………………………………………………………………Page 27
A Few Words of Wisdom About Growing Old.……………………………………………………Page 28
The Power of Perseverance (A True Story)………………………………………………………..Page 29
Advertisements………………………………………………………………………………….….Page 30-39

                                         Letter From the Editor

         -If you think that Temple Talk is becoming larger with each issue, you’re right! It contains many interesting and
important items because our congregation has diverse interests. This month, our Book Shelf selection is a riveting story
of a man who searched throughout Holocaust archives to trace his relatives. (page 23-24). For those you preparing for
delicious holiday meals, The Chavurah History Channel traces the origin of the knish (pages 19-21) . The humor and
inspirational pieces have been so popular, and this month’s line up is sure to please.
         -MOST IMPORTANT…It’s time to renew your Chavurah membership! (pages 7-9) Your Membership dues
and donations are necessary for the Chavurah to provide the highest quality services and programs and projects to all of
our members, including our outstanding Religious School. Chavurah Beth Shalom’s expenses increase every year and,
as such, our membership fees may have to increase. However, if you renew your Chavurah Membership now, your
membership dues will not be subject to an increase!
         -With the High Holy Days approaching, you’ll want to order your tickets soon (pages 11-12). And the
Chavurah Beth Shalom Book of Remembrance is a wonderful way to honor your deceased loved ones and friends (pages
12-13). The Book of Remembrance contains names as well as prayers, poems and inspirational stories. Rabbi Nat
Benjamin will be accepting listings for the 2009 Book of Remembrance through Sept. 10.
         - We are always looking for news about our Chavurah Members to share in Temple Talk, so if you have items
about your family, business, personal achievements, etc., please email your info and photos to

                            Wishing you Happiness, Peace, and Love,
                               Hillary Viders, Editor-in Chief

            THE PRINCIPAL’S PEN                                          By Debra Kronberg

                      Our wise Rabbis said: "Tzay ulamad"..... go and learn.

Learning about and celebrating Jewish holidays and customs, which have held our people together throughout the
generations, is very important at the Chavurah. These holidays (and the customs associated with them) enrich our
Jewish Journey through life. Along with the history of our celebrations, we learn the appropriate blessings, prayers,
songs, objects and vocabulary associated with each holiday - but the best is tasting, and sometimes making, all the
delicious foods that go along with our celebrations!

The students also participate in Mitzvah projects around holiday time. Last year we donated food and blankets to the
Center for Food Action, and made goodie bags for the Jewish residents of Bergen Regional Hospital and for the
Jewish inmates at the Bergen County jail.

In his book Understanding Jewish Holidays and Customs, Historical and Contemporary - author and educator Sol
Scharfstein writes.....
                              "Jewish holidays and customs began thousands of years ago,
                 but they are not carved in stone. In every era of history and every part of the world,
                        rituals and ideas have changed, in accordance with the needs of the day.
                 Despite the changes, the timeless Torah core has always been retained."

This year we have some unique and creative holiday celebrations planned. Our holidays this coming year fall
on Shabbat, rather than during the week. We will be celebrating many of our holidays with Friday night Family
Services and Programs. When you receive your Religious School Calendars at the end of the month, please take note
of these Family Holiday Program dates.

We will be calling on you to help with these celebrations. The more families that are involved, the closer we come to
the true meaning of a Chavurah - a group of friends learning and celebrating our rich Jewish heritage together.

If you have not yet registered your child for the coming year, please do so immediately. We are in the process
of forming classes and ordering curriculum material, and it is urgent that we know who will be attending so
that we have sufficient faculty and material to accommodate the needs of the children.

The first day of classes will be Wednesday, September 16th.

For more school information please contact Rabbi Benjamin at (201) 294-8028 or me at (201) 934-7478.

Enjoy the remainder of the summer!

       Debra Kronberg

                   MESSAGE FROM RABBI NAT BENJAMIN (Continued from Page 1)
   As I write this article, it is the beginning of the month of Av—the month that commemorates the great
tragedies of Jewish history: the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem as well as many other
catastrophes in our people’s past. So to in our congregation we have known deep sadness due to the passing of
several dear friends whose lives touched us deeply and who made their mark on the greater community as well.
We remember with great affection Sybil & Stephen Moses and Joseph Bieger.
    As we reflect and prepare for the High Holy Days, we remember past years by recalling the beautiful
music and melodies, and blasts of the Shofar, which after many years have become quite familiar. And as we
greet the new year of 5770 as a congregational family, let is pray that it will be filled with health, happiness, and
    L’Shana Tova.

  Jonathan Moses in memory of his parents Sybil and Steven Moses.
  The Passoni family in honor of Janine Schwarz’s ordination
  The Passoni family to thank Rabbi Benjamin and Cantor Janine Schwarz for performing
  their house blessing.
  Mrs. Molly Tauder in memory of her beloved husband Roy Simon
  Jill and Nat Benjamin in memory of her father Roy Simon
  Deanne Feinberg in memory of her father Benjamin Friedman
  A special thank you to Dr. Stephen and Jackie Herman and their Children,
  Andrew and Rebecca, for their donation of a complete set of Torah texts.

       WEEK OF AUG 1
Aaron Ackerman, father of Beverly Allen
Bess Byron, mother of Herve Byron
Rubin Metz, father of Aura Nelson
Alvina Surrey, mother of Sidney Surrey
Dorothy Silverman, Aunt of Sheldon & Ilene Gelman
Ruth Rappoport, mother of Sybil Moses
Jack Kirschner, father of Linda Herskowitz
Leo Altchuler, father of Murray Altchuler
Roy Simon, husband of Molly Tauder & father of Jill Benjamin
Seymour Sinert, Father of Lance Sinert
Nancy Block-Zenna, Sister of Randi Zenna

Murry Lewin, grandfather of Ronny Siegal
Charlotte Neuwirth, mother of Richard Neuwirth
Leonore Weber, mother of Drew Weber
Sam Miller, uncle of Florence Baron.
Frances Kerekes, mother of Neomi Dezer and Grandmother of Gil Dezer
Elinore Reichman, mother of Dr. Lee Reichman
Benjamin J. Gold, father of Myra Wrubel
Gary Herskowitz, son of Linda and Gerald Herskowitz
Harry Herskowitz, father of Dr. Gerald Herskowitz
Michael Nussbaum, father of Barbara Dolinsky
Hyman Levine, father of Paul Levine
Rose Dollinger, mother of Edmund Dollinger
Ruth Cohen, mother of Sam Cohen
Harry Collier, father of Judith Zola

       WEEK OF AUGUST 14
Ann Skigen, mother of Ilene Gelman
Sadie Kahn, mother of Dr. Fred Kahn
Rose Baron, mother of Stanley Baron
Harvey Radus, father of Wendy Federman
Hyman Feinberg, father of Dr. Herbert Feinberg
Dr. Sawnie Renard Gaston, stepfather of Rebecca Moldover
Rose Danzis Holman - Mother of Alexander Holman
Jack Irwin, father of Stephen Irwin

       WEEK OF AUGUST 21
Arthur Bauchner, husband of Seena Bauchner
Solomon Breiger, father-in-law of Lil Breiger
Arthur A. Fink, father of Dr. Kenneth Frank
Mortimer Greenspan, Father of Joann Weber
Arline Goodman, wife of Steve Goodman.
Alex Levine, father of Jeffrey Levine
Bernard “Red” Geller, Father of Laurence Geller
Bruno Bieger, brother of Joseph Bieger
Betty Rosen Levine, mother of Jeffrey Levine
David Kahn, father of Dr. Fred Kahn
Leon Ornstrat, father of Arlene Friedman

        WEEK OF AUGUST 28
Frances Melnick, mother of Susan Berkey
Gertrude Greenbaum, mother of Wesley and Todd Greenbaum
Murray Sherbert, Uncle of Dana Osterman
Anne Ollendorff, Mother of Stephen Ollendorff
Florence Altchuler, mother of Murray Altchuler
Maurice Goldstick, father of Wilfrid Goldstick
Milton Weber, father of Drew Weber
Sherle Berland, mother of Susan Penn
Helen Brown, mother of Sheila Falk
Lucille Fergenson, mother of Everett Fergenson
Laz Brieger, husband of Lil Brieger
Sarah Mazer, mother of Leo Mazer
Benjamin Casser, father of Joseph Casser
Gertrude Glick, Mother of Dr. Robert Glick
Benjamin Weinstein, father of Fran Altchuler
Phoebe Friedman, mother of Meryl Sommer
Ree Goldman, mother of Lori Braverman,
Riva Leah Zacks, grandmother of Dr. Jerry Zacks

The Rabbis and members of Chavurah Beth Shalom mourn the passing of our dear friend and
founding member Joseph Bieger, whose presence in our community will be greatly missed. We
extend our deepest sympathy to his beloved wife, Elaine Bieger, their daughter Lisa Sternbach
and their son Gary Bieger.

Our deepest sympathy to June Sawitz on the passing of her husband Dr.Leo Sawitz

                                       REFUAH SHLEMAH:
Sidney and Leslie Goldberg
Molly Tauder
Melissa Permut


We welcome you into the family of Chavurah Beth Shalom, a gathering place for all who seek a true sense of
Jewish life through prayer, study, and acts of loving kindness. We extend our friendship to all who would join
us in affirming the beauty, the values and the significance of the Jewish faith as the primary source of our
spiritual teaching.

We meet at The Alpine Community House for Shabbat services on Friday evenings at 8:00 PM and Saturday
mornings at 9:00 AM for our meditation and Minyan and 10:30 AM with Rabbi Jack Bemporad’s Judaic
Studies Class. High Holy Day services are held at The Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, N.J. that
offers an elegant and inspirational setting. A Havdallah service and gathering are held on one Saturday
evening of every month in the homes of our members.

Religious School classes are held in Alpine on Wednesdays at 3:45 PM for grades 1 through 5 and 5:30 PM
for grades six and seven. Our children from first grade on learn Judaic studies and Hebrew in a familiar
setting, featuring small classes and individual attention. Private tutoring at home is also available. The
Religious School registration fee is extremely reasonable.

Rabbi Benjamin and Rabbi Bemporad are always available for your life cycle events, pastoral needs and
concerns. For questions regarding weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Brit Milah, baby namings, funerals and
unveilings, contact us at: Address: P.O. Box 417, Tenafly, N. J. 07670
Phone 201-567-7806 Cell: 201-294-8028 Fax: 201- 567-5551 Our web-site is:

We offer a very flexible policy regarding the scheduling of your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Services may be
conducted on the date, time, and location of your choosing, such as your home, reception site or our sanctuary
at the Alpine Community House. You are not limited to a Saturday morning Service. Individual preparation in
your home is provided by Rabbi Nat Benjamin and members of our teaching staff who pay careful attention to
your child’s special needs.

Our financial requirements are among the most reasonable in Bergen County. A minimum contribution of
$875.00 per family includes High Holy Day tickets for you and your children through age twenty four. There
are no building funds or assessments. To help us defray our considerable costs we have established three other
levels of annual membership contribution:

Now is the time to join Chavurah Beth Shalom or renew your existing Membership!

                  - We have a full time top notch staff
                  - Services are always led by our primary Rabbi and Cantor)
                  - Our membership fees are extremely affordable
                  - We have a warm and welcoming congregation of over 250 families
                  - Seating at all religious services is open and all congregants have the
                    opportunity to be called to the Bimah to receive an Aliah and to perform
                    other religious rituals during services.
                  - We offer a vast array of services for every memberof your family
                  - We have an award winning Hebrew School with small classes in which
                    every child can work at his/her own pace
                  - We help you stay connected to the pulse of Judaism locally and abroad

Chavurah Beth Shalom has several ordained Rabbis and Cantors who are
available to meet your every need including:
    Life cycle events
    Personal and family counseling
    Top notch education for bar and bat mitzvah students
    Group and private classes available
    Flexible scheduling of the date and location of your simcha
    Bible classes for adults
    Regular Saturday morning minions
    Regular Friday evening services
    An annual second night Passover Seder with invited community leaders
    Dynamic discussions on world affairs led by leading experts
    A monthly newsletter to keep you informed about milestones and mitzvahs of fellow congregants, upcoming
    events and global issues
    An easy to use website (
    Special guest lectures
    Social events
    Special High Holy Day services for children

           Chavurah Membership Application
Please complete the following information and return the form with your
check payable to: Chavurah Beth Shalom, P.O. Box 417, Tenafly, N.J. 07670

To pay by Visa or Mastercard, please fill out the information at the bottom of the page.

I wish to be a Pillar Member at $2,500.00____

I wish to be a Benefactor at $1,500.00 ___

Founder at $1,100.00:____

Family Member at $875.00_________

Individual Member $575___________

Name: _______________________________________Birthday:_______________________

Spouse: _____________________________________Birthday: ___________ Anniversary____________

Home Address: _______________________________City: _______________ State & Zip______________

Home Phone: ________________________________Business: ___________________________________

Fax: ________________       Cellular: _________________E-Mail:____________________________________

                                     Children at Home:

Names:                           Birthdate:                    Attend Religious School:

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                                     Yahrzeit Information:
Names:                               Relationships:               Date Of Death:

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                                     Payment Information:
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                          HIGH HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
We are pleased to announce that our 2009 High Holiday Services will be held at the Bergen
Performing Arts Center (PAC) located at 31 North Van Brunt Street (1 block north of Palisades
Avenue) in Englewood, New Jersey on the dates and times listed below:

                          Please send in your ticket requests early!

Your membership dues include tickets for you and your children through college age. Tickets may
not be purchased for non members living in Bergen County or given to them for admission to
services. Additional tickets for visiting family members may be purchased for $100 per set. By
special arrangement, non member tickets cost $125 per set.


Erev Rosh Hashanah               Friday         September 18th      7:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Morning            Saturday       September 19th      10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Children’s Service               Saturday       September 19th      2 p.m.

2nd Day Rosh Hashanah –          Sunday         September 20th      10:30 AM
Alpine Community Center

Kol Nidre -
                                 Sunday         September 27th      7:30 p.m.
Oboist Ellen Katz Willner

Yom Kippur Morning               Monday         September 28th      10:00 a.m. -12:30
Service                                                             p.m.


Family Member Name____________________________________________________

Services_____________Rosh Hashanah______________Yom Kippur_______________

Phone #__________________Office:______________E-mail Address_________________

For Payment By Credit Card: Visa________MasterCard ________

Total Amount of Charge: $_________________

Cardholder Name Name on the Account:

              (Print Name)                     (Signature)

Account Number:___________________________Expiration Date:___________

3 Digit Security Code___________

Please make your check out to Chavurah Beth Shalom and mail to:
      Chavurah Beth Shalom, P.O. Box 417, Tenafly, New Jersey 07670

TEL: (201) 567-7806      FAX: 201-567-5551   E-MAIL:

             Your contribution is tax deductible as permitted by law.

                     CHAVURAH BETH SHALOM

- The Chavurah Beth Shalom Book of Remembrance is a commemorative booklet that lists the
  names of friends and loved ones who have passed away, not only recently, but in years past.
- The Chavurah Beth Shalom Book of Remembrance is distributed during the Yiskor Memorial
  Service on the afternoon of Yom Kippur.
- The Chavurah Beth Shalom Book of Remembrance is one of the most meaningful ways in which
  you can honor the people who have touched and enriched your life.
- The Chavurah Beth Shalom Book of Remembrance will contain inspirational and meaningful
   messages from our Rabbis and other contributors as well as other relevant material.

The Chavurah Beth Shalom Book of Remembrance is designed to recognize ANY and ALL of the
people whose legacy you wish to celebrate. This may include:

                    -Husband or Wife
                    -Other family members
                    -Friends and special acquaintances
                    -Colleagues and Co-workers
                    -Mentors and Teachers who have guided you
                    -Students who have followed in your path
                    -Leaders who have made an impact on issues that you support

                                          ORDER FORM
"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." ~ Helen Keller

            Please enter ______ names in the Book of Remembrance at $25 each.
     1. _______________________________________________________
     2. _______________________________________________________
     3. _______________________________________________________
     4. _______________________________________________________

     Member’s name_______________________________________________________




     Visa or Mastercard Number: ___________________________________________

     Expiration Date___________________ 3 Digit Security Code______________

     Please return this form with your payment BY SEPT. 10TH, so that we will have
     the time to include your information in this year’s book.

               Checks should be made out to Chavurah Beth Shalom and mailed to:

                                    CHAVURAH BETH SHALOM
                                       P.O. Box 417, Tenafly, N. J. 07670

                       Expert Recalls Blacks Who Suffered Under Nazis’ Racist Regime

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, rear, gathers with participants at the May 1 Shoa remembrance, including, from left, Harry
Ettlinger, Bob Max, Ed Bindel, Fred Heyman, Gil Lachow, and Ursula Pawel. Olga Menczer, center, holds the program sign.

      May 08, 2008 - An expert on black people’s experiences in Germany during the Shoa offered the keynote
address at the City of Newark’s 21st Anniversary Holocaust Remembrance. Professor Clarence Lusane of
American University spoke of the people of color who lived in Germany during World War II and the estimated
200 who survived Nazi genocide. “They displayed human strength, moral strength, and were able to rise above
evil,” said Lusane at the Paul Robeson Center of Rutgers University-Newark on May 1. “We have this
connection between blacks and Jews, between people who were in these circumstances and were fighting to
survive,” he continued. “This is a history we have to tell our children and we have to tell ourselves.”
      Several hundred people attended the program, at which Newark Mayor Cory Booker acted as master of
ceremonies. He lit a large candle in memory of Holocaust victims, and urged his audience to “remember the
depths to which humanity can fall.
      - Text and photos by Robert Wiener New Jersey Jews News Staff Writer


      This inspirational and cross-cultural photographic exhibition, named after a unique project of the same
name under the auspices of Givat Haviva, an educational institute in Israel, highlights a selection of works created
by Israeli Arab and Jewish high school students and adult women, and their teachers, Rauf Abu Fani and Tamar
Shalit Avni. Through the project, the camera became a tool to bring these multicultural populations together and
open up outlets for self and group expression and understanding. The photographs, accompanied by narratives
about the artists' experiences, reflect emotions found in daily life in the participants' communities, their homes,
and with one another.
      Curated and developed by Etti Amram, Director of the Art Center at Givat Haviva, and Rachel Banai,
professional photographer and workshop instructor at the Puffin Cultural Forum. At the Puffin Cultural Forum’s
gala opening reception, Etti Amram and members of the youth group will be present to discuss the project and its
impact on their lives.
      Sunday, August 9, 4:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Exhibition is on display through September 4.
Regular gallery hours are M-F, 1-5 pm. or by prior arrangement.
      20 Puffin Way (formerly East Oakdene Ave., off Teaneck Rd.) in Teaneck. Call 201-836-3499 or visit

Prof. Clarence Lusane of American University says Jews and black people share a history of survival during the Holocaust.
      “We remember the Holocaust and we say ‘never again.’ But we see genocide and mass murder that still
takes place in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and now in Darfur and the Sudan,” said Booker. “On remembering
the Holocaust we do more than mourn the victims and the tragedies of decades ago. We remember the ugly acts
of genocide and racism that are not just stories from the past but still too often harsh realities in our present.
They must be resisted and opposed with every fiber of our being.”
       Steven Diner, chancellor of Rutgers University’s Newark campus, pointed out that the site of the memorial
was named for Rutgers graduate Robeson, an African-American who was a distinguished actor, athlete, scholar,
and activist.
       “There is a very intimate connection between what happened in the Nazi era and the American civil rights
movement,” said Diner. “The American-Jewish community quickly embraced the American civil rights
movement and talked about it in its own debates and used the analog to the Holocaust to say, ‘We cannot have
this in America. We have to treat people equally.’”
        Summarizing a half-century of little-known history, Lusane said that some of the first Africans came to
Germany in the early 1900s “after being bought and displayed in zoos and circuses.” Others came as students,
teachers, workers, and diplomats. “They were mostly men who wound up marrying German women.”
       After World War I, the French victors sent between 20,000 and 40,000 colonial troops from Asia and Africa
to occupy a defeated Germany. “Occupying troops did what occupying troops usually do: they left a lot of
children behind,” he said. Those people built interracial communities. According to Lusane, “there was some
antagonism, but for the most part, people lived together and worked together and children went to school together
with less antagonism than we had in the United States.”
       When the Nazis came to power in 1933, “genocide was on their agenda. However, for complicated political
and historical reasons, the Germans in the central Nazi command never reached a consensus on what to do with
these black folks.” For 12 years, the Nazis debated whether to exterminate, sterilize, deport, or segregate blacks,
imprison them in labor and concentration camps; or use them for propaganda — “and to some extent all of those
things happened,” he explained.
       Many people of African descent were sent to the camps — some to be exterminated, others to serve
alongside African-American prisoners of war.

Directed by Donald Morris, the Newark Boys Choir sings “Al Shlosha,” a Hebrew song about “truth, justice, and peace.”
      Other black people worked in German military industries. A few of mixed race were actually members of
the Hitler Youth. “Some people of African descent were used in German propaganda in the film industry,” he
added. “The Nazis began to make films about Africa and the glory days of Germany’s control of its colonies and
they needed Africans to be in these movies.” The films became a means of survival for the blacks who performed
in them. “But it created some sense of guilt, because they survived and their friends and families did not,” Lusane
said. “It also meant they were witnessing the homicides and the genocides that were happening with other people
of color.”
      One man who became a hero to the professor was Johnny Nicholas, an American entertainer working in
occupied France. A jealous girlfriend betrayed him to the Nazis, who sent Nicholas to a labor camp. As he
watched wholesale death around him, “a guy who had no medical training whatsoever became a doctor for close
to a year. Nicholas survived on ingenuity, courage, and a willingness to help people who were in the most
unthinkable situations you could imagine.” Lusane said historians are “just now beginning to document” such
anecdotal experiences. “Many of the people who survived have not had the opportunity to share them,” he said.
The program was sponsored by United Jewish Communities of MetroWest New Jersey’s Holocaust Council and
Community Relations Committee at Rutgers and the Jerry Gottesman Edison Properties Charitable Trust.

    Chavurah Beth Shalom Founding Members Susan and Deane Penn will be honored at the “Simply Celebrating”
benefit of the Adler Aphasia on September 24. For decades, Susan and Deane have been enthusiastic and valued
volunteer leaders in their local community as well as in organizations addressing broader concerns. They have been
involved in every major cause concerning the American and International Jewish community as well as being
particularly devoted to healthcare, education and healthy living through sports.
    Dr. Deane Penn, a highly respected physician, founded a leading 5-partner gastroenterology and internal medicine
center where he practiced for 35 years. A graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Penn received his MD from the
University of Tennessee. Deane was the Founder and the first Chief of the Department of gastroenterology at Holy
Name Hospital in Teaneck, and was a President of the hospital’s medical staff. Now retired from his practice, he
applies his medical background to his second career as a Medical Stock Analyst and Registered Investment Advisor.
    Susan Penn holds a BA in Psychology form the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Marketing and
Finance from Columbia University. She remains an active member of the University of Pennsylvania Alumni
Association and co-chairs alumni interviewing for Bergen County, among other activities.
  As residents of Alpine, Susan served on the Alpine Board of Education for 8 years and was Home and School
President, and Deane continues to chair the Alpine Board of Healthy and is proud of having coached his town’s
biddy basketball team to two NJ State Championships.
  The Penns have an extensive commitment to caring for people in the Jewish community. Deane and Susan both
serve on the boards in various leadership roles of the UJA Federation of Northern NJ, AIPAC, ADL, Kaplen JCC on
the Palisades, Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel, J-Add, and State of Israel Bonds. Deane
was past Chair of JUJA/NNJ’s Physician’s Cabinet and is current Bergen County Chair of Israel Bonds. Susan is
past Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council and is a National Vice President of JCPA. She chairs the
Kaplen Adult Reach Center (Alzheimer’s program) and the Senior Adult Department at the Kaplen JCC on the
Palisades. Together, the Penns chaired the USA Masters Tennis delegation to the Maccabi Games in Israel and Pan
American games in Chile.
     Speaking for the Adler Aphasia Center, Director Karen Tucker said: “The Penns have been long-time supporters
of the Center and we are proud and privileged to be honoring them.”
    Speaking of their recognition by the Adler Aphasia center, the Penns said, “we are proud to be honored by the
Adler Aphasia Center, a truly valuable and innovative organization that is helping to change how people view and
treat aphasia. The warmth and caring attitude in the Center is inspiring and is life-changing for those involved.”
    Susan and Deanne have been active members and supporters of Chavurah Beth Shalom for 18 years and we are
delighted that they have been selected for recognition by the Adler Aphasia Center.
    Also at “Simply Celebrating,” the Adler Aphasia Center Advocacy Award will be presented to Englewood
Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC) for their partnership in helping the center to train medical students and nurses
    For more information about the “Simple Celebrating” benefit, contact: Adler Aphasia Center
60 West Hunter Avenue, Maywood, NJ 07607 (201) 368.8585 x 2816 (phone)

                   THE ORIGIN OF THE KNISH as told by Arthur Schwartz

        Knishes as we know them today were probably created in New York City, modeled after an unknown
European prototype. According to Eve Jochnowitz, a culinary ethnographer, in a piece by Erica Marcus of Long
Island’s Newsday, the knish probably had its origins in Western Europe and it accompanied the Jews eastward
when, in the fourteenth century, they were expelled from France. This dating, says Jochnowitz, explains why early
European references to knishes have them stuffed with meat or cabbage: The potato didn’t make its way from the
New World to Europe until after Columbus’s journey in the late fifteenth century.

         Whatever their origin the word itself is related to the Italian word gnocchi, the Austrian word knoedle, and
the Yiddish word knaidlach, all of which are kinds of dumplings. (Some sketchy etymological research on this
produced the word “lump” as the meaning of the “gn” and “kn” root.)
         The New York City knish is a kind of dumpling, too—a baked dumpling, much as people call apples baked
in pastry apple dumplings. It is stuffed pastry. The traditional New York City fillings are potato and kasha
(buckwheat groats), although old-timers also liked dusty dry liver knishes. That palate and that taste are gone, and
today we have flavors like spinach and broccoli, usually blended with the potato. I’m told the popularity of
broccoli is about to exceed pure potato. Sweetened cheese knishes have been around for decades—Yonah
Schimmel started making them in his bakery on Houston Street. But, as Erica Marcus remarks, at least there
are no sun-dried tomato knishes - yet.
         In the classic knish, the pastry encloses only the bottom and sides of the filling, leaving the top of the
filling exposed. But there are various styles, including a strudel style in which the filling is made into a pastry-

wrapped roll, then sliced. The first knishes were baked, as most delicatessen knishes are today.
        Schimmel, a Romanian immigrant, began selling knishes from a pushcart in 1890, just as Eastern European
foods were being introduced into the previously German-style Jewish delicatessen. In 1910, he opened the bakery
(he called it a knishery) where it stands today, on Houston Street, near the corner of Chrystie Street.

        Schimmel’s knishes have had their ups and downs over the years. When I was a boy in the 1950s, it was a
regular pit stop for my father and me on our Sunday morning food adventures, but we stopped as much for the
glasses of cold borscht and “sour milk,” a kefir-like drink, as for the knishes, which were not as good as those we
could buy at our local Brooklyn delicatessen. Today, the knishes are back to delicious form thanks to the current
proprietor, Alex Volfman.
        In 1921, Elia and Bella Gabay created a different kind of knish, a square knish totally enclosed by a heavier,
thicker casing and deep fried. The company, Gabila & Sons Knishes, which is still going strong, now produces
more than one and a half million knishes a year, and says it is “The Original Coney Island Square Knish.” The
operative word in the claim, however, is “square.” Many other knishes were sold on the beach, and Gabila & Sons’
were not the first.

        Knishes for some strange and unknown reason became popular on the Atlantic Ocean beaches and
boardwalks of Brooklyn early in the twentieth century. Not just in Coney Island, but in Brighton Beach, which is
the residential and beach area next to Coney Island, and all the way out to the boardwalk of Long Beach, which is
in Nassau County on Long Island. How a hot item like a knish was deemed appropriate food for stifling New York
City summer days is one of the mysteries of the universe. Could it be its manageable size, and that it is self-
contained? They were enormously popular, one of the enticing features of going to the beach. Knish stands, often
selling hot dogs as well, lined the boardwalks. And hawkers even walked the sand to sell them to the beach-blanket
        The last of the Brighton Beach knisheries, Mrs. Stahl’s, opened in 1935 and closed in 2003, although the
knishes are still made and sold wholesale. Les Green, the current owner, explained that the Russian community of
today’s Brighton Beach (often called Little Odessa) doesn’t eat knishes. Most of his customers were coming from
far away to stock up. So he sells them now to delicatessens, restaurants, and take-out shops in the suburban
        That Gabila & Sons knishes were made to withstand reheating—and that knishes go so well with a hot
dog—does, however, explain how potato knishes came to be one of New York City’s most popular street foods,
split and spread with mustard or not. Knish carts were common on the streets of Manhattan before World War II,
and after the war Gabila & Sons knishes were sold from the same carts as Sabrett’s hot dogs. For supposed health
reasons, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s administration banned them from the hot dog carts in the mid 1990s, leaving
hot dogs bereft of their traditional starch accompaniment, and New Yorkers just plain bereft. We never lost a New
Yorker, or even, more importantly, a tourist, to a knish. But go fight City Hall.

ABOUT ARTHUR SCHWARTZ: As the restaurant critic and executive food editor of the New York Daily
News, which he was for 18 years, Arthur Schwartz was called The Schwartz Who Ate New York. Nowadays, he is
best known as The Food Maven, the name of his website. Whatever the sobriquet, he is acknowledged as one of
the country’s foremost experts on food, cooking, culinary history, restaurants, and restaurant history.
        Arthur has written a number of award-winning cookbooks, including Arthur Schwartz’s New York City
Food: An Opinionated History with Legendary Recipes,” which was named 2005 Cookbook of the Year by the
International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), as well as best book on an American subject. It was
also nominated for a James Beard book award. His previous book, Naples at Table: Cooking in Campania, not only
hit the Los Angeles Times Hot List, the nation’s only cookbook bestseller list, and won awards, but made Arthur the
acknowledged U.S. expert on the cuisines of the Italian south. The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce recently
honored him as such at a gala dinner, and he has been honored several times, including at New York City’s City
Hall, for his contributions to the Italian-American community of his city.
        Arthur may be best known as a radio personality. For 13 years, he broadcast daily on WOR radio, one of
New York’s premiere talk stations, and in that capacity received the IACP’s Award of Excellence in Electronic
Media. He was also named Cooking Teacher of the Year by the New York Association of Culinary Professionals.
He was the food critic on Fox network's (WNYW-TV) local morning show, Good Day New York, and he has
appeared on the nationally broadcast Good Morning America, Today, and Live With Kathie and Regis, as well as
many local morning shows.
        Arthur has cooking school on Azienda Seliano, a water buffalo farm and inn in Paestum, Italy, just south of
the Amalfi Coast where, at least four times a year, he conducts weeklong classes that also include cultural touring.
He is now working on The Southern Italian Table, which will be published in the spring of 2009. Arthur Schwartz’s
Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revisited was published in March 2008. He has written numerous articles
for a wide range of magazines, including Saveur, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Cuisine, Vintage, French Vogue,
        German Lui, Playbill, and Great Recipes. Arthuer was the New York restaurant critic for Travel-Holiday
magazine's annual Good Value Dining Awards, and a New York restaurant critic for Food & Wine magazine.
Most recently, he was the restaurant critic for BKLYN magazine, until it ceased publication in mid 2006.
        Arthur teaches cooking classes throughout the New York metropolitan area and was a visiting lecture at the
Culinary Institute of America (CIA), at Greystone (CIA campus in Napa Valley, CA), New School University,
New York City Technical College, and at the Institute for Culinary Education (ICE). Arthur has lectured
extensively at synagogues, libraries, museums, private and private clubs. Arthur lives in Brooklyn, NY. His website
                 Swine Flu: What It Is and How to Fight It

       As the school season approaches, people everywhere are worried about swine flu. Swine flu, referred to in
the medical community as Novel influenza A (H1N1), is a new flu virus of swine origin that first caused illness in
Mexico and the United States in March and April, 2009. In June, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO)
signaled that a global pandemic of swine flu was underway and raised the alert to Level 6. This action was a
reflection of the spread of the new H1N1 virus, not the severity of illness caused by the virus. At the time, more
than 70 countries had reported cases swine flu. Since then, the H1N1 virus has continued to spread, with the
number of countries reporting cases of novel H1N1 nearly doubling. WHO expects that swine flu will continue to
spread throughout the coming fall and winter, causing illness, hospitalization and in extreme cases, death.
        Swine flu is actually a common respiratory disease in pigs that doesn't usually spread to people. When pigs
catch this flu, many get quite sick, and 1% to 4% die, according to the World Health Organization. In the past,
people have sometimes caught swine flu if they worked directly with pigs. You cannot catch swine from eating
pork. and cooking also kills the virus.
        The current strain of swine flu appears to be a subtype not seen before in humans or pigs, with genetic
material from pigs, bird and humans, according to WHO. According to the CDC (Center For disease Control)
unlike most cases of swine flu, this one can spread from person to person when the virus is carried in droplets from
coughing or sneezing of infected people. You can also become exposed by touching contaminated surfaces, such
as doorknobs, and then touching your mouth or nose. In the past, most cases of swine flu in people were those who
were in close contact with pigs. The swine flu virus may be shed by infected people beginning 1 day before
symptoms and up to 7 or more days after symptoms start.
        Typical symptoms of swine flu are similar to the regular flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body
aches, headache, lack of appetite, chills and fatigue. Some infected people have also reported diarrhea and vomiting
with the new swine flu.
        Currently, there is no vaccine that can prevent flu, but government scientists could try to create one,
according to the Center for Disease Control. CDC scientists don't know if this year's flu vaccine offers any
protection. This strain of swine flu appears sensitive to the antiviral drugs Relenza and Tamiflu. With normal
seasonal flus, if taken within the first 48 hours after symptoms appear, antivirals can help people recover a day or
two sooner. Doctors sometimes prescribe antivirals to household members of people with the flu to prevent them
from getting sick.
                             Tips For Protecting Yourself Against Swine Flu:
*Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 15 to 20 seconds. Try to do this after you cough or sneeze or
touch surfaces in public places. If soap is not available, carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
*Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue whenever you cough or sneeze then dispose of the tissue right away.
*Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth as the flu virus can enter your body that way.
*Avoid close contact with sick people and avoid places with large numbers of sick people such as hospitals.
*If you have flu symptoms, call your doctor to see if you should receive a recommended prescription drugs.
*If you think you may have the flu, stay home from work or school and avoid close contact with family members
and others. Don't get on an airplane and avoid public places and contact with other people.
*Maintain healthful habits — get ample sleep and exercise, drink fluids, eat well.
        The CDC has said there isn't conclusive evidence to support using face masks. N95 respirator masks,
available at local medical supply stores, are designed to prevent the wearer from spreading germs, but may also
catch large respiratory droplets if someone sneezes nearby. The CDC has said that these masks could be worn if
someone needs to go to a crowded place, such as a grocery store, for a short time. N95 respirator masks filter out
95% of particles to prevent the wearer from breathing them in. These must be fitted properly around the nose to
create a seal, so they can make breathing difficult.
                            THE CHAVURAH BOOK SHELF
                                             The Lost
                                        By Daniel Mendelsohn

           The Lost is an emotional powerhouse about the Holocaust told in a riveting narrative by Daniel
   Mendelsohn. The author’s search for the truth behind his family's tragic past in World War II becomes a
   remarkably original epic - part memoir, part reportage, part mystery, and part scholarly detective work—that
   brilliantly explores the nature of time and memory, family and history.
           The Lost begins with Daniel growing up among his extended Jewish family haunted by the disappearance
 of six relatives during the Holocaust—an unmentionable subject that gripped his imagination from earliest
 childhood. As a young child, Daniel was mystified by the tears that broke out whenever he entered a room
 occupied by his grandparents and great-aunts and uncles. He looked so much like Schmiel, a man he only vaguely
 knew to be an uncle who had died in Eastern Europe during World War II. Fortunately, Daniel became interested
 in family history at an early age and began to ask questions and keep records.
          Decades later, spurred by the discovery of a cache of desperate letters written to his grandfather in 1939
 and tantalized by fragmentary tales of a terrible betrayal, Daniel Mendelsohn sets out to discover what had actually
 happened to Uncle Schmiel and his family the remaining eyewitnesses to his relatives' fates.
          That quest eventually takes him to a dozen countries on four continents, and forces him to confront the
wrenching discrepancies between the histories we live and the stories we tell. Daniel travels to the Ukraine, Israel,
Poland, Sweden, and Australia among other places and allowed him to meet many former residents of Bolochow,
the shtetl in which Daniel's family, including Schmiel, had lived. He interviewed witnesses to the deaths of Schmiel
and his wife and daughters and recorded sometimes conflicting accounts of their deaths and those of thousands of
others. And it leads him, finally, back to the small Ukrainian town where his family's story began, and where the
solution to a decades-old mystery awaits him.
          Deftly moving between past and present, interweaving a world-wandering odyssey with childhood
memories of a now-lost generation of immigrant Jews and provocative ruminations on biblical texts and Jewish
history, The Lost transforms the story of one family into a profound, morally searching meditation on our fragile
hold on the past. Deeply personal, grippingly suspenseful, and beautifully written, this literary tour de force
illuminates all that is lost, and found, in the passage of time.
       The Lost is an essential Holocaust piece of literature and likely one of the last books to record so many first
hand accounts of what happened during the Final Solution. But it is also a highly interesting story filled with
appealing characters and fascinating discussions of Jewish commentaries on the Book of Genesis.

       Daniel Mendelsohn was born on Long Island in 1960 and was educated at the University of Virginia and at

Princeton University, where he was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. After completing his PhD in Classics in
1994, he began a career in journalism in New York City, and since then, his articles, essays, reviews, and
translations have appeared frequently in numerous national publications, most frequently in The New York Review
of Books, where he writes about books, theater, film, and opera, and also in The New Yorker, The New York Times
Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Travel + Leisure, where he is a contributing editor.
From 2000 until 2002, he was the weekly book critic for New York magazine, for which he won the National Book
Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Criticism. His first book, The Elusive Embrace, published by Knopf in 1999,
was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year.
Mendelsohn’s other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the George Jean Nathan Prize for Dramatic
        In September 2006, Mendelsohn's international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, was
published in the United States to extraordinary critical acclaim in publications from People magazine to The New
York Review of Books. A New York Times Notable Book of 2006 and a Best of the Year pick in a dozen other
newspapers, The Lost won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the Salon
Book Award, a Barnes and Noble Discover Prize, and the American Library Association Medal for Outstanding
Contribution to Jewish Literature. In Autumn 2007 it was published in France, where it became an instant bestseller
and was awarded the Prix Médicis Etranger; it was also shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize (in the U.K.). It has
been translated into a dozen other languages for publication throughout Europe and in Israel.
        In August 2008, a collection of Mendelsohn’s writings about books, theater, and film, entitled How
Beautiful It Is And How Easily It Can Be Broken, was published by HarperCollins, and was subsequently named a
Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008. In April 2009, his two-volume translation, with commentary, of the
complete works of Constantine Cavafy, including the first-ever translation of the Alexandrian Greek poet’s
Unfinished Poems, was published by Alfred A. Knopf and immediately hailed as “extraordinary” (The New
Yorker), “superb” (The New Criterion), “the finest, most readable…the definitive Cavafy for sometime to come”
(Publishers Weekly), and “a tremendous gift to the literary world” (Newsday).
        Mendelsohn teaches literature at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and divides his time
between homes there and in New Jersey, where his family lives.

ON A LIGHTER NOTE – by Sidney Goldberg
Q: Why did Adam and Eve have a perfect marriage?
A: He didn't have to hear about all the men she could have married, and she didn't have to hear about the way his
mother cooked.
Q: What business is a yenta in?
A: Yours.
Q: How do Jewish wives get their children ready for supper?
A: They put them in the car.
Q: What is the technical term for a divorced Jewish woman?
A: Plaintiff.
Q: Define "genius."
A: An average student with a Jewish mother.
Jewish proverb: "A Jewish wife will forgive and forget, but she'll never forget what she forgave."
One of life's mysteries -- how a 2 lb. box of chocolates can make a Jewish woman gain 5 lbs.
The owner of a large factory decided to make a surprise visit and check up on his staff. Walking though the plant,
he noticed a young man leaning lazily against a post.
"Just how much are you being paid a week?" said the owner angrily.
"Three hundred bucks," replied the young man.
Taking out a fold of bills from his wallet, the owner counted out $300, slapped the money into the boy's hands, and
said "Here's a week's pay -- now get out and don't come back!"
Turning to one of the supervisors, he said "How long has that lazy bum been working here anyway?"
"He doesn't work here," said the supervisor. "He was just here to deliver a pizza!"
1. My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God and I didn't.
2. I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.
3. Some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them.
4. I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.
5. Don't take life too seriously; No one gets out alive.
6. You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me
7. Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
8. Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.
9. I'm not a complete idiot -- Some parts are just missing.
10. Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.
11. Nyquil, the stuffy, sneezy, why-the-heck-is-the-room-spinning medicine.
12. God must love stupid people; He made so many.
13. The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
14. Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.
15. Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
16. Being 'over the hill' is much better than being under it!
17. Wrinkled Was Not One of the Things I Wanted to Be When I Grew up.
18. Procrastinate Now!
19. I Have a Degree in Liberal Arts; Do You Want Fries With That?
20. A hangover is the wrath of grapes.

21.   A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.
22.   Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere!
23.   They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken.
24.   He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless DEAD.
25.   A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up three thousand times the memory.
26.   The trouble with life is there's no background music.
27.   The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.
28.   I smile because I don't know what the hell is going on.


- The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for Blood plasma.
- No piece of paper can be folded in half more than seven (7) times. Oh go ahead...we'll wait...
- Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes or shark attacks.
- You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
- Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty (50) years of age or older.
- The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
- The King of Hearts is the only king without a mustache
- In 1987, American Airlines saved $40,000 by eliminating one (1) olive from each salad
  served in first-class.
- Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise
- Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning
- Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin!
- The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer. So did the first 'Marlboro
- Walt Disney was afraid of mice!
- Pearls dissolve in vinegar
- The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca Cola, and Budweiser, in
  that order.
- It is possible to lead a cow upstairs... but, not downstairs.
- A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
- Turtles can breathe through their butts
- Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least six (6) feet away from a
  toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush


“I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible
to buy a week's groceries for $10.00.”
“Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long before $1, 000.00
will only buy a used one.”
“If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. 20 cents a pack is ridiculous.”
“Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter?”
“If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at
the store.”
“When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents
a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage.”
“I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more Ever since they let Clark Gable get
by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either
HELL or DAMN in it.”
”I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon
by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing
for it down in Texas.”
”Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just
to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the
”I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are
even making electric typewriters now.”
“'It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women have to
work to make ends meet.”
”It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their
kids so they can both work.”
”I’m afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign
”Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our
income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government.”
”The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will
ever catch on.”
“There is no sense going on short trips anymore for a weekend, it costs nearly $2.00 a
night to stay in a hotel.”
“No one can afford to be sick anymore, at $15.00 a day in the hospital, it's too rich for
my blood.'”
”If they think I'll pay 30 cents for a hair cut, forget it.”

                   By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've
ever written." My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
10. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
11. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
12. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
14. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
15. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
16. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
17. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
19. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
20. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.                                                         25
22. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
23. What other people think of you is none of your business.
24. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
25. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
26. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
27. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
28. Your children get only one childhood.
29. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
30. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
31. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
32. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
33. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

                 THE POWER OF PERSERVERANCE (A True Story)

        Millions of people say that they'd like to write a book someday - a novel, their life story, a children’s
book, murder mystery, or perhaps a self-help book. Of these millions, perhaps a million of them actually do it
in any given year. Of this million, almost 300,000 of them get published (in 2007 the figure was 291,922).
Each of these books has less than a 1% chance of being stocked in an average bookstore, and the average book
sells about 500 copies. (Publishers Weekly, 2006) In other words, once you write a book, getting it published is
a long shot. And if you get it published, making it successful is an even bigger long shot.
       Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen learned this the hard way. They spent three years gathering stories
and editing them for a collection they called Happy Little Stories. By the time they were finished, they were
$140,000 in debt.
       Then they found a literary agent who agreed to represent them and he set about sending the manuscript to
publishers he thought might be interested. The response was unanimous: "no." One publisher said, "Nobody
buys anthologies anymore." Another said, "It's not topical enough." Yet another said, "We just don't get it."
       And finally, the worst "no" of all - their literary agent dropped them. After pitching the book to dozens of
publishers he came up empty-handed. "I can't sell this book," he told them. "Nobody buys short stories."
       That could have been the end of the story for Canfield and Hansen. Undoubtedly, most authors would have
given up by now - but not these two. Instead, they decided to try to sell the book themselves. They made 200
copies of their manuscript, stuffed them into their backpacks, and headed to the annual American Bookseller's
Association convention (now called Book Expo America). They roamed the aisles of the huge convention
center, button-holing every editor and publisher they could find. They handed out dozens of copies of their
manuscript, but still no takers.
       Finally, after two days of non-stop hunting and schmoozing, they met Peter Vegso, owner of a small
publishing house in Deerfield Beach, Florida - Health Communications, Inc. (HCI) This publisher was in the
business of doing primarily recovery books (12-step), but they had fallen on hard times, as the recovery
movement peaked and waned. On the verge of bankruptcy, Vegso had put his company on the market to sell it.
In the meantime, he was still trying desperately to save it by expanding into a broader category of spiritual
books. Vegso agreed to take a chance on this collection of happy stories. After all, he figured, he didn't have
much to lose.
       After much discussion, they changed the name of the book to Chicken Soup for the Soul, and in 1993,
HCI published it. Then the hard work for the authors began in earnest. As Hansen says today, "Making your
book successful is 5% about writing a good book, and 95% marketing."
       He knows what he's talking about. He and Canfield lived it. For the first year after the book was published,
both men lived, breathed, ate, and slept their book. They were monomaniacs with a mission. They had bet the
farm on their book - mortgaging their houses to the hilt - working non-stop, day and night, to make their baby
successful. They went to their hometown newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, and walked through the newsroom
one afternoon, handing out copies of Chicken Soup to every reporter and editor, hoping that someone would
write about their book. No one did.
       They spread the word: sending out press releases, doing book signings, promoting their book in their
seminars and workshops, and hiring publicists and others to help them make their book successful. Canfield
and Hansen did everything they could to take their baby to the top, and in fourteen months they made it. They
arrived at the Nirvana of books and authors - the #1 spot on the New York Times Best Seller list - where they
remained for two years.

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