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On the cover....                                                                                                                                                          have requested a form at some time   can only distribute the monies that
                                                                                                                                                                          during the year. The timeframe for   we take in. The more we take in, the
                 Happy Passover                                                                                                                                           completion and submission of the     more we have to provide to those
                                                                                                                                                  CELiA                   requests is about two months.        programs that meet the criteria
                                                                                                                                                  NORiAN                     The Allocations Committee,        mentioned above. Our campaign
                                                                                                                                                                          composed of officers and members     year is from July 1 to June 30. The
                                                                                                                                                                          of the Federation Board reviews      dollars that we receive during that
                                                                                                                                                                          the requests. They look to see if    period is the base for determining
                                                                                                                                                                          the request meets one or more of     how much we can allocate to the
                                                                                                                                    it all comes down to our Jewish
                                                                                                                                                                          the missions of Federation. Those    approved programs.
                                                                                                                                 community. We are only as strong as
                                                                                                                                                                          priorities are Jewish education         Were you aware of this impact
                                                                                                                                 our many dedicated organizations
                                                                                                                                                                          (both child and adult), support of   that your pledge / donation has?
                                                                                                                                 and donors who provide the
             A hailstorm of ping pong balls? Why not? Jewish families are always creating new ways to bring the Passover                                                  vulnerable populations, community    Were you aware that you can make
             story to life. But our core values do not change. As we sit at our Seders and recall our people’s transition from
             slavery to freedom, we must take to heart the words from the Hagaddah, “Kol dichfin yeitei v’yeichol — let all
                                                                                                                                 resources and services that make
             who are hungry, come and eat,” and remember that there are Jews in our community and around the world
             who are hungry and desperately need the help that funds from our annual Federation Campaign provide. As
                                                                                                                                                                          relations, meaningful connections    the difference in how much we can
             you eat the matzah and drink the wine, remember those who are hungry and make the commitment to help.
             Your donation will make a difference.
                                                                                                                                 our community robust. The saying
                                                                                                                                                                          with israel and the overseas         give to feed the hungry in this desert,
                                                                                                                                 “it takes a village” is not only true,
                                                                                                                                                                          community and the development        israel or overseas? Were you aware
   JEWISH FEDERATION                                                                                                             but powerful. Over 1200 donors
                                                                                                                                                                          of future leadership.                that you can make a difference by
                                                                                                                                 provided the financial strength
  BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                                                                                             to serve our community, and 25
                                                                                                                                                                             When the reviews have been        impacting Jewish education?
                                                                                                                                                                          made, discussions held, questions       Think about these things. Decide
   Officers and Executive                                                                                                        organizations received support
         Committee                                                                                                                                                        answered, this body makes            to help make that difference. Make
                                                                                                                                 through the Federation during our
         Celia Norian, President                                                                                                                                          recommendations to the entire        your donation today. You’ll be glad
                                                                                                                                 2012 Campaign Year.
Cora Ginsberg, Vice President, Campaign                                                                                                                                   Federation Board. The final          and proud that you did.
                                                                                                                                    Thank you to all who help
         Marvin Lewis, Treasurer                                                                                                                                          approvals are voted on by the full      Thank you for your continued
        Fran Kaufman, Secretary                                                                                                  make the Jewish Federation of The
                                                                                                                                                                          Board in June of each year.          support of the Jewish Federation.
               Lainie Weil,                                                                                                      Desert a strong, sustaining force
    President, Women’s Philanthropy                                                                                                                                          Now, you may be wondering, how    Your commitment means that
                                                                                                                                 for a positive Jewish tomorrow.
       Allan Lehmann, Allocations                                                                                                                                         do we decide how much money          we will flourish today and in the
                                                                                                                                 Thank you to our generous donors
       Nancy Ditlove, Major Gifts                                                                                                                                         goes to each agency /organization    coming years for our children and
 Libby Hoffman, Honorary Major Gifts                                                                                             who truly live the Jewish values of
                                                                                                                                                                          that makes a request.                grandchildren.
        Ellen Glass, Endowments                                                                                                  tzedakah and tikkun olam.
            Roberta Nyman,                                                                                                                                                   Those amounts are directly           We look forward to a bright
                                                                                                                                    i’d like to share with you the
        Immediate Past President                                                                                                                                          related to the amount of support     Jewish future together.
                                                                                                                                 process by which the Federation
 Howard Levy, Immediate Past President                                                                                                                                    that we received from YOU! We
                                                                                                                                 determines where and how the
                          Board                                                                                                  dollars we raise are distributed.
   Joseph Bernstein                                            Jason Novack                                                         At the beginning of January,
     Sandra Borns                                              Allan Nyman                                                       grant forms are distributed to those
     Elliott Cohen                                            Bernard Reiter
                                                                                                                                 agencies / organizations that have
      Joel Cohen                                               Dr. Paul Ross
       Phil Glass                                             Stephanie Ross                                                     been the recipient of our dollars in
 James Graff-Radford                                          Elisa Schwartz                                                     the past, have applied previously, or
     Sondi Green                                              Sandy Seplow
    Vernon Kozlen                                                Amy Stone

           Bruce Landgarten,
          Chief Executive Officer

     Table of Contents
            Vol. 38 • No. 7
  Calendar                          20-21
  Federation               2, 3, 8, 13, 24
     Major Gifts                    14-15
     WP Lion of Judah               18-19
     Young Adults Division               2
  Have a Nosh                           27
  Jewish Family Service                 23
  Schools                               23
  Simchas & Classifieds                 26
  Temples                               20
  Tolerance Education Center            11
  Tributes                              16
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From the CEO                                                                              (JAFi), the American Jewish Joint          engaged group of Young Adults who
                                                                                          Distribution Committee (JDC), Meir         understand “Tikkun Olam” (Repairing
Meeting the Challenges                                                                    Panim and Ramat HaNegev, we help           the World).
                                               network of Jewish Federations of North     feed, clothe, comfort and rescue people       At the international Lion of
                                               America (JFNA), we have been heard         in need in israel and around the world,    Judah Conference (iLOJC) Women’s
                                               on a range of issues critical to the       and inspire, educate and connect           Leadership Conference last September,
                   LANDGARTEN                  Jewish people … in israel’s Knesset,       people to their Jewish identity.           our community’s eleven Women’s
                                               the Prime Minister’s office, the White         At the 2012 General Assembly, the      Philanthropy participants were
                   Jewish Federation Chief     House and Capitol Hill.                    premier annual conference for the          educated, inspired and empowered
                   Executive Officer               We have served as a convener, at       North American Jewish community,           as powerful women at Jewish
                                               a time when our Jewish community is        JFNA brought dynamic Jewish leaders        Federations.
                                               more diverse and dynamic than ever         and innovators together. Some 3,000           in 2013, Jewish Federation
     in our rapidly evolving world,            before, to create dialogue around the      participants from around the globe,        will continue to care for the most
Jewish communities are faced with a            challenges and opportunities facing us     including myself, our Federation           vulnerable in our community, in israel
changing landscape nearly every single         as Jews. We have helped to keep our        President Celia Norian, and Women’s        and around the world, and make a real
day – in israel, around the world and          community safe with the assistance         Philanthropy Director Barbara Ben-         and meaningful difference in the lives
in our own backyard.                           of the Anti-Defamation League              David, gathered in Baltimore for           of so many people. Our Federation
    At the Jewish Federation, we strive        (ADL) and the Secure Community             a compelling program filled with           remains committed to strengthening
to stay ahead of the curve, introducing        Network (SCN), which provides rapid        insightful presentations and engaging      the community and steadfast to our
innovative solutions to tackle the big         information sharing in crisis situations   events highlighting the global impact      mission of ensuring a vibrant Jewish
issues affecting the Jewish future and         and enhances security awareness at         of Jewish Federations.                     future. But this is a partnership. The
serving as a central address for nurturing     Jewish organizations and institutions              To engage a new generation of      “Power of Community” means the
and sustaining the Jewish community            to protect against terrorism and other     Jews, JFNA launched TribeFest in 2011,     participation by all who can for those
today and for future generations.              threats. We also work to protect the       a groundbreaking program filled with       who cannot. if you have not made your
    in a year that brought dramatic            Jewish state through the israel Action     learning, social service, networking       commitment for this year, it can be as
developments in israel and throughout          Network.                                   and culture. The event, which featured     easy as going to our website (www.
the Mideast, Federation has taken on               Through our valuable overseas          46 partner organizations, enabled and donating via our secure
a leadership role in advocating for our        and domestic partners and agencies,        our Federation to widen our Jewish         link. Or call us at 760-324-4737.
community. Through our dedicated               including the Jewish Agency for israel     tent. As a result we have a well

  Community Yom Ha’Shoah Observance Sunday, April 7
     Dr. Bryan Rigg will be the keynote         the Goethe institute in the summer        about his hidden Jewish past and in
   speaker at our community’s Yom               of 1992.                                  the process stumbles on a research
   HaShoah Observance on Sunday,                   During this summer, he discovered      project about Jews or "partial-Jews"
   April 7, 2013, being held at 3:00 pm         that all his ancestors were Jews          who served in the Germany military
   at Temple Sinai in Palm Desert.              on his mother’s side of the family        during WWii. He has now studied
       Bryan Rigg was born in 1971 in           - something he had never known            this subject matter for almost 12
   Arlington, Texas. He went to Fort            about. He also saw the film Europa        years.
   Worth Christian High School and              which would change his life’s focus.           in 1996, he received his BA
   graduated in 1990. He was All-State          This film concerns a young German         with honors in history from Yale
   in drama, All-State running back in          Jew who, to his surprise, finds           University. Yale awarded him the          research, published as "Hitler’s Jewish
   football and All-State forward in            himself in the German armed forces        Henry Fellowship for graduate study       Soldiers", has now been translated
   basketball. To better himself before         in 1941. After the film, he ask an        at Cambridge University, where he         into seven languages and was the
   he went to Yale University, he went          old man next to him, Peter Millies,       received his MA in 1997 and PhD           winner of the 2003 Colby Award for
   to Phillips Exeter Academy in 1990           what he thought about the film and        in 2002. He has also studied at the       the best first work of military history.
   for a fifth year senior year. in 1991,       in the course of their conversation       Ohr Somayach Yeshiva in Jerusalem         His research has also been featured
   he was accepted at Yale.                     he discovered that the man was of         and served as a volunteer in the          on NBC Dateline and in the New
      In college, he decided to major in        Jewish descent and had served in the      israel Defense Forces. From 1999-         York Times, Los Angeles Times, and
   history. After his first year of study, a    Wehrmacht.                                2001, he also served his country as       London Daily Telegraph.
   burning desire to explore Germany                 He thought it was a strange          a United States Marine Corps officer.
   and his family’s background led him          coincidence that a boy from Texas         He is currently a Professor of History
   to fly to Berlin and study German at         goes to Germany and finds out             at American Military University. His
                                                                                                                       JCN • March 2013 • Adar/Nissan 5773 • • 3
False photo Tweeter Finally Fired from UN                                                                                       JEWISH
By Alex Margolin, HonestReporting
       Nearly a full year after
HonestReporting exposed False
                                              in violence between israel and
                                              Hamas that lasted several days.
Photo Tweeter Khalood Badawi                  Badawi tweeted a photo of a father                                                 NEWS
as a staff member of the Jerusalem            carrying a bleeding girl, strongly                                                    A Publication of the
branch of the UN Office of                    suggesting that the girl was a victim                                            Jewish Federation of the Desert
Coordinated Humanitarian Affairs              of an israeli airstrike that day. The                                                    VOL. 38, No. 7
(OCHA), the UN has concluded its              photo, however, was taken in 2006
lengthy investigation and removed             and had no connection to israel.                                              EDITORIAL
                                                                                                                            Bruce Landgarten,
Badawi from its staff.                               After HonestReporting’s                                                   Chief Executive Officer
     Badawi gained attention in               exposé started to appear in the                                               Miriam H. Bent, Editor
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                                                                                      UN immediately remove Badawi          of Jewish identity through the
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                                                                                      an investigation into the matter –    and abroad. The JCN seeks to serve
                                                                                      and sending Badawi on an extended     as a forum for the exchange of
                                                                                                                            ideas and opinions in the Jewish
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Unlikely Alliance in Hebron’s ‘War of Graffiti’
By Rachel Hirshfeld, Arutz Sheva
      In a joint effort and rare           Pass at the entrance to Hebron’s            city, according to Maariv. He then
demonstration of unity, Jewish             Avraham Avinu neighborhood,                 turned to Noam Arnon, a leader of
and Arab residents of Hebron are           the israeli political and military          the Jewish settlement in Hebron,
beginning to repaint the city walls        leadership decided to isolate the           and the two enlisted the help of
that have been desecrated and              Jewish community and close Arab             the local Jewish residents to paint
profaned with derogatory graffiti for      shops in an effort to safeguard the         adjacent shops and stores that had
over a decade. Jewish residents,           small Jewish population from the            been defaced.                           managed to vandalize some new
israeli police and local Arabs are         continuous onslaught.                           After it became apparent that       doors, which were then repainted
coming together in this highly               in the ensuing years, graffiti, against   the paint was being supplied by         in only one day. “One of the things
contentious area in an effort to           Jews and Muslims alike, has come to         israel, the Arabs residents agreed      i learned in the army is that when a
restore and repair the city to its         conceal the beauty and allure of the        to join the process, realizing that     place is clean and orderly, there is a
undefiled state, before anti-Semitic       ancient city and area surrounding           their shops, some of which are still    decline in violence,” Arusi told the
and anti-Muslim graffiti came to be        the Cave of the Patriarchs. Ten             in operation, would benefit from the    Hebrew daily. “i definitely believe
one of its most notable traits, israel’s   months ago, when Barak Arusi was            project as well. In recent weeks,       that dirt and vandalism awaken
Hebrew daily Maariv reported.              appointed to lead the police unit in        the Hebron police, together with        the violent instincts in people and
    Following the barrage of Arab          charge of the area surrounding the          professionals, cleaned, painted and     stimulate incitement. i hope that
attacks in 2001, which reached its         Jewish holy site, he vowed, as one          polished the city.                      the cleaning operation will help
peak when an Arab sniper killed            of his first projects in his new post,        incidentally, a number of European    in creating a sense of calm in the
10 month old infant Shalhevet              to initiate a campaign to cleanse the       radical left-wing activists have        city.”

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When Bullying of Jewish Students Masks Ugly Anti-Semitism
By Kenneth S. Stern, American Jewish Committee Director on Anti-Semitism and Extremism.

      The bullying of a teenage            Day 2011, a student walked up              Then, two other students ran up to        Bravely, the student resubmitted
Jewish student reveals a darker            to him and read a poem: “Roses             [him], held his arms and feet and      his essay. His mother called
side of our culture: Anti-Semitism         are red, violets are blue. My love         shook him, saying they wanted          the school about yet another
is alive and well in American high         for you is burning hotter than 100         him to give them money.” A             anti-Semitic remark made at
schools. Jewish students report                                                                                              track practice. But the school
being called “cheapie,” had to                                                                                               continued to turn a blind eye to
listen to chants of “Heil Hitler”               in our Desert community, our Jewish Federation funds                         the bullying. The student is now
and “Nazi,” and were kicked                        bring the Anti-Defimation League (ADL) World of                           attending a different school. His
and otherwise intimidated on a                 Difference institute educational programs to local schools                    mother sued Northport. The
Facebook-promoted “Kick a Jew                           to pro actively confront bullying issues.                            school filed a motion to dismiss.
Day.”                                                                                                                        in December, Judge Spatt ruled
    A recent court case chronicles                                                                                           that while some of the student’s
a similar environment at a Long            Jews burning in an oven.”                  teacher saw this, but all that was     state claims could not go forward,
island school. A Jewish student                  Going home after school              said to the offenders was, “Boys,      the federal claims had validity,
(now 16 years old) at Northport            provided little relief. Classmates         i can get you in trouble for this.”    based on a denial of equal
High School was addressed                  posted anti-Semitic slurs on               The next day, the student talked to    protection as evidenced by the
not by his name, but by calls              social media — in particular on            this teacher, who promised to tell     school’s “deliberate indifference”
of “Jew” or “Hey, Jew” or “You             Facebook.                                  the assistant principal. Nothing       to anti-Semitic harassment, which
dumb Jew.” He was told: “Jews                   A month before that lovely            happened — not even a follow-          was “persistent and severe.”
are disgusting,” “Being Jewish             Valentine’s Day poem, the Jewish           up call to the student’s parents.
must suck,” “Hitler was a good             student wrote an essay for his
person.” He was subjected to               English class. it was titled simply
“jokes,” such as, “How many Jews           “Anti-Semitism.” “it gets lonely in
can fit into a car? Two in the front,      school” he wrote. He recounted
three in the back, and 6 million           how it felt to be greeted not by
in the ashtray,” and, “What’s the          his name, but by “Hey, Jew,” and,
difference between a Jew and a             when he sneezed, by “God Bless
pizza? A pizza doesn’t scream              Jew.” He wrote that he did not
when it goes into the oven.”               know how to reply to the insults,
    The type of anti-Semitism we           that sometimes he would just
associate with the 1930s, ’40s and         stand there in shock.
’50s still occurs in some places in            On May 23, 2012, the Jewish
the United States where Jews are a         student’s parents — having recently
distinct minority, school officials        become aware of the extent of the
are indifferent and parents do not         anti-Semitic bullying — met with
know what to do. Some parents              the principal of the school and
fear that bringing up the problem          the superintendent of the school
might actually make things worse           district. The officials promised, as
(if the school does not change,            Judge Arthur Spatt summarized
and even if it does, they worry            it, to “take steps to protect the
that their child might be blamed).         [student] from harassment, and to
The Northport case offers an               educate the entire student body
important cautionary tale.                 about the dangers of harassment
     The high school student was           and bullying.” Nothing that
bombarded with anti-Semitic                was promised was done. The
provocations. From time to time,           harassment escalated. According
coins would be dropped in his              to the judge, two weeks later “a
path, and classmates would                 backpack [was dropped from a
implore, “Get them, Jew,” or “Pick         vantage point] overlooking the
it up, Jew.” And on Valentine’s            hall the plaintiff was walking in.

                                                                                                               JCN • March 2013 • Adar/Nissan 5773 • • 7
Israel Treats Wounded Syrians at Frontier                                              also worries that anti-israel groups,
                                                                                       such as Hezbollah, could gain access
                                                                                                                                       israel has said its policy is not to get
                                                                                                                                   involved in the Syrian civil war. it has
By Ian Deitch, Associated Press
                                                                                       to President Bashar Assad's stockpile       however retaliated to sporadic Syrian
    israeli soldiers provided medical        condition of anonymity in line with       of chemical weapons. There also are         fire that has spilled over into israeli
treatment to wounded Syrians who             protocol.                                 concerns that al-Qaida-linked groups        communities in the Golan Heights.
approached the countries' border and              The seven wounded Syrians are        battling Assad could turn their focus       Several mortar shells have exploded
then transported them to a hospital          receiving medical treatment at Ziv        toward israel.                              in orchards, spreading panic, sparking
in israel for further treatment, the         hospital in the northern city of Safed.        "It was on a humanitarian basis,"      fires and prompting israeli forces to
military said February 9th, in the first     A hospital spokeswoman said they          israeli Vice Premier Moshe Yaalon           fire back. in November, israeli tanks
instance of Syrians finding shelter          sustained serious injuries to internal    told Israel’s Channel 2 TV. "Refugees       struck a Syrian artillery launcher after
from their country's civil war in the        organs and limbs. She said one is in      approached the border, received             a mortar shell flew into israeli-held
Jewish state.                                critical condition and the rest are in    medical treatment, and we decided           territory.
     A military spokeswoman says             serious condition.                        to bring them in for treatment in our          The conflict has already spilled over
soldiers gave the wounded Syrians                  israel and Syria have fought        territory in light of their condition."     into several of Syria's other neighbors
initial medical treatment near the           several wars and although the two         Yaalon stressed that there is no change     — whether through direct violence or
security fence along the frontier in the     nations have been enemies, israel is      in israeli policy and that a large influx   via the flood of refugees fleeing the
Golan Heights and then evacuated             concerned that if the Assad regime        of Syrians will not be allowed.             bloodshed.
them to an israeli hospital. She would       is toppled, Syria could fall into the
not elaborate further and spoke on           hands of islamic extremists. israel

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Driving, parking and Riding Camels in Israel
Jerusalem photo Finish                       sometimes four an hour, and even         had captured an incriminating
     Ariel Street in Romema became           three in the course of ten minutes –     sequence of events, frame-for-frame:
an illegal shortcut for motorists after      ignoring clearly posted “DO NOT          a municipal parking supervisor
the Jerusalem municipality changed           ENTER” signs, Gvertiz revealed.          ordering her car towed away two
the direction of one-way traffic. For        The incriminating evidence,              hours after a pair of contractors
months, vehicles of all kinds began          accompanied by a signed affidavit        working for the city slapped a
barreling down the narrow street in          by the paparazzi witness was then        handicapped parking emblem under
                                             sent to authorities for processing.      her parked car and repainted the       Overzealous municipal workers, it
the ‘wrong direction’ when nobody
                                             Motorists quickly got the message.       blue-and-white curb white.             turned out, had “arrested” the camel,
was looking…well, almost nobody.
                                                                                         Sheepish city elders wrote the      taking him into custody, warning
   An epidemic of head-on collisions
                                                                                      incident off to “shlumi’aliyut”,       the animal was not just a tourist
and countless close encounters               parking in Tel Aviv                                                             trap but a danger to the public. Not
with pedestrians and other vehicles,          Hilah Ben-Baruch left her car legally   “the handiwork of schlemiels” and
                                                                                      quashed the ticket and the tow fee     only was the beast missing a valid
including one fatality, led residents        parked in front of her flat on Yehuda
                                                                                      on the spot.                           rabies shot, said city hall, officials
to take the law into their own hands         Halevi Street in Tel-Aviv and went to                                           claimed that because the owners,
in a unique way: A little-known              work. Returning in the evening she                                              Nassar and Ali Abu Alwa, offered
clause on the law books allows any           found the vehicle had vanished …         Kojak the Camel and                    rides along the Old City walls the
citizen to initiate a moving violation       and in its place was an unoccupied       Jerusalem Bureaucracy                  camel needed third-party insurance
citation on a special form that can          handicapped parking spot. A call to          if you’re looking forward to a     like any vehicle.
be downloaded from the Jerusalem             city hall revealed the vehicle had       ride on the back of Kojak, the camel    The religious student’s organization,
police website.                              indeed been ticketed and carted          who gives rides and photo-ops to       Youth for Jerusalem, mounted a
     Armed with digital cameras,             away to a municipal lot, leaving Ben-    tourists just outside the Old City’s   campaign to intervene on behalf
Rachel Gvertiz and a group of lady           Baruch facing a 1,000 NIS ($250)         Dung Gate and poses for pictures on    of the Jerusalem icon, but so far
friends who all live on Ariel Street set     fine and a 350 NIS ($95) towing fee      the promenade above the Mount of       they have been unable to find an
up a unique ‘neighborhood watch.’            if she wanted her car back.              Olives, you may be in for a wait.      insurance company willing to issue
The vigilantes captured hundreds                 Luckily a security camera outside       One day the camel (whose name       a third-party policy to a Libyan
and hundreds of offenders in the act,        an office building across the street     is Kojak) vanished into thin air.      camel.

 10 • JCN • March 2013 • Adar/Nissan 5773 •
Morsi Aide: Holocaust Was a Hoax Cooked Up by the U.S.
by Elad Benari, Arutz Sheva
   A key figure in Egyptian President      “Fathi goes on to claim that the six       dangerous.”
Mohammed Morsi’s government has            million Jews all really moved to the           The latest Holocaust denial from
called the Holocaust a hoax cooked         United States during the war (and          a senior Egyptian figure comes on
up by U.S. intelligence operatives,        oddly no one noticed) and that the         the heels of the much publicized
and claimed the six million Jews who       number of Jews killed in the war           comments made by Morsi in 2010,
were killed by Nazis simply moved          was about the number who died              Jews are “the descendants of apes and      FREE MOVIE WEDNESDAYS ~
to the U.S., Fox News reports.             in traffic accidents,” Greenfield          pigs.” The remarks were exposed in a       MARCH IS WOMEN’S HISTORY
    The claims were made by Fathi          wrote in                 video distributed by the Middle East       MONTH
Shihab-Eddim, a senior figure close           Efraim Zuroff, israel Director of the   Media Research institute (MEMRi).          Movies shown each Wednesday at
                                                                                      MEMRi also released a video in which       10 am and 1:30 pm
to President Morsi who is now              Jerusalem-based Simon Weisenthal
                                                                                                                                 Please call for this month’s schedule
responsible for appointing the editors     Center told Fox News the remarks           Morsi is seen calling for Arabs to raise
of all state-run Egyptian newspapers.      show a dangerous, but common,              their children on hatred of Jews.          March 7 – 5:00 pm
“The myth of the Holocaust is an           mindset. “Obviously, if a person in           Mohammed el-Baradei, a leading          Book Discussion and Signing
industry that America invented,”           that position makes that ridiculous        figure in Egypt’s secular opposition       Holocaust Survivor and L.A. Artist
Shihab-Eddim said, according to Fox        claim it is of concern,” Zuroff said.      and formerly the director general of the   Kalman Aron and Author Susan
News.                                      “The sad truth is that these views are     international Atomic Energy Agency,        Beilby Magee will discuss their
     “U.S. intelligence agencies in        relatively common in the Arab world        spoke out against Morsi’s remarks          new book ”iNTO THE LiGHT: The
                                                                                                                                 Healing Art of Kalman Aron.“
cooperation with their counterparts        and are the result of ignorance on one     and his assertion that his comments
                                                                                                                                 FREE admission.
in allied nations during World             hand and of government-sponsored           had been misinterpreted. “We are
War ii created it [the Holocaust] to       Holocaust denial on the other hand.”       all aware that those statements were       March 12 – 5:00 pm
destroy the image of their opponents           Zuroff said the sinister statements    not taken out of context and that this     Exhibit Opening
in Germany, and to justify war             by the Morsi aide should give other        discourse is very common among a           We Must Remember:
and massive destruction against            nations pause for thought in evaluating    large number of clerics and members        The Holocaust Art of Robert Sutz
military and civilian facilities of        their relationships with the new           of islamist groups,” El-Baradei said.      Please join us for the Exhibit Opening
the Axis powers, and especially to         government in Cairo. “Government-          “Apart from the remarks themselves,        and Reception with the Artist.
                                                                                                                                 Plus Robert Sutz will do a face mask
hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki with            sponsored Holocaust denial is the          i am calling upon the person who           exhibit of a Holocaust Survivor.
the atomic bomb,” Shihab-Eddim             most opposed to             made them to courageously admit            FREE admission.
added.                                     attempts by individuals to convince        either the real stance he and the
     Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman         people that the Holocaust did not take     Muslim Brotherhood and their               March 16 - 7:00 pm “Lush!”
Journalism Fellow at the Freedom           place,” Zuroff said. “When it comes        followers adopt, or how mistaken           Suggested Donation $25
Center in New York, said Shihab-           with a strict islamic interpretation       they had been for all those years,”        Experience a staged reading about
E d d i n ’s c o m m e n t s w e r e a s   and one which is basically anti-           he added.                                  Marty Mann, the first woman in
                                                                                                                                 Alcoholics Anonymous!
troubling as they were ridiculous.         Semitic, then it becomes much more
                                                                                                                                 Written and directed by
                                                                                                                                 Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume.

                                                                                                                                 March 18 – Screening and
                                                                                                                                 Discussion of the Movie:
                                                                                                                                 EDUCATION UNDER FIRE
                                                                                                                                 Address the iranian government’s
                                                                                                                                 denial of the right to education on
                                                                                                                                 ideological and religious grounds.
                                                                                                                                 The 30-minute documentary
                                                                                                                                 explores the universal right to higher
                                                                                                                                 education through the lens of the
                                                                                                                                 Bahá’í community. Call for times.

                                                                                                                                 March 21 - 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm
                                                                                                                                 Movie: Defiant Requiem
                                                                                                                                 Admission $10
                                                                                                                                 A memorial concert reawakens the
                                                                                                                                 story of an artistic uprising in the
                                                                                                                                 Nazi concentration camp, Terezin,
                                                                                                                                 where a chorus of 150 inmates
                                                                                                                                 confronts the Nazis face-to-face - and
                                                                                                                                 sings to them what they dare not say.
                                                                                                                                 Reception to follow

                                                                                                                  JCN • March 2013 • Adar/Nissan 5773 • • 11
Inland Empire Hillel Activities                                                      in Costo Hall 241. General Hillel
                                                                                     meetings are now on Mondays from
                                                                                                                              police Arrest
By Maya Lifton, Hillel Director
                                                                                     4 to 5pm, also in Costo Hall 241.        Extremists
   ‘israel Apartheid’ (an anti-israel
event that is held on college
                                             help table and educate students on
                                                                                        The University of Redlands held       planning Attacks
campuses throughout North                       UC Riverside Hillel held its first
                                                                                     its big Shabbat on January 25.
                                                                                     Approximately 25 students showed         on Italian Jews
America) took place the week of              Shabbat of the quarter January 25.      up and enjoyed Hillel’s Israeli themed   Public Diplomacy Network
January 14 at the University of              it was israeli themed and included      dinner, including rice, bourekas,          About 10 people were arrested
California Riverside. in response,           traditional israeli dishes such as      and salad. in addition to dinner,        in late January in various italian
Hillel teamed up with Highlanders            falafel and pita. Approximately 50      Hillel screened “israel inside.” This    cities suspected of planning attacks
for israel (an organization on the           students showed up to celebrate         documentary covers the positive          against Jews. According to the
UCR campus dedicated to Pro-                 with Hillel. The second Shabbat         changes israel has brought to the        italian media, surveillance tapes
israel Advocacy and Education) and           took place February 1. 35 students      world since its inception.               of meetings captured “anti-Semitic
passed out information regarding             showed up and enjoyed Hillel’s             Hillel has opened up a new Twitter    phrases and speeches full of racist
the conflict. in addition, three             italian themed Shabbat, including       account. You can now follow us at        hatred.”
StandWithUs members (a multi-                pastas and bread.                       iEHillel. We update it frequently,             “They were systematically
campus organization dedicated to                Hebrew classes continue at UC        and tweet throughout our events          indoctrinating young militants
combating anti-Semitism) came to             Riverside every Thursday from 4-5pm     and meetings.                            to hate foreigners and Jews at
                                                                                                                              meetings in which, among other
                                                                                                                              things, they discussed Adolf Hitler’s
                                                                                                                              Mein Kampf,” Naples Assistant
                                                                                                                              Prosecutor Rosario Cantelmo
                                                                                                                                   The extremists were charged
                                                                                                                              with crimes including possession
                                                                                                                              of illegal arms and explosives,
                                                                                                                              subversive association, taking part
                                                                                                                              in political street brawls in Naples
                                                                                                                              in 2011 and violent attacks on left-
                                                                                                                              wing activists using knives and
                                                                                                                                 The investigation is also centering
                                                                                                                              on the activities of three extreme
                                                                                                                              right-wing groups, including Casa
                                                                                                                              Pound, which takes its name from
                                                                                                                              the American poet Ezra Pound,
                                                                                                                              who sympathized with Fascism
                                                                                                                              and admired World War ii dictator
                                                                                                                              Benito Mussolini.

 12 • JCN • March 2013 • Adar/Nissan 5773 •
                                                                                                                   It's More
                                                                                                                      Than A
       WE NEED

                                                                         April 14-19, 2013 is “Super Week,” bringing together volunteers to make
                                                                        phone calls and have conversations in order to raise the necessary funds
                                                                        to meet the needs in our community.

                                                                              We live in a fast-paced, modern world, but coming together to help
                                                                               our Jewish community is a tradition that has lasted through the
                                                                                   ages. We ask you to contact the Jewish Federation now and
                                                                                      offer to be part of this special fundraising effort … to call
                                                                                         our donors in the Desert area and ask for their gifts to the
                                                                                            2013 Jewish Federation Annual Campaign…or to thank
                                                                                               them if they have already pledged.

                                                                                               To volunteer, call or email Sandy Durham at
                                                                                                the Jewish Federation (760-324-4737 or sandy.
                                                                                        and volunteer. Volunteers
                                                                                                 will be encouraged to bring their cell phones and
                                                                                                chargers for the phonathon so that the maximum
                                                                                               number of contributors can be called.

                     What makes Super Week so super? YOU … when you call and volunteer!
                                                      69-710 Highway 111,                                 The Strength of a people.
                                                    Rancho Mirage, CA 92270                               The power of Community.

Israelis Order Gas Masks as Syria Deteriorates
by Maayana Miskin, Arutz Sheva
   The number of israelis ordering   Netanyahu said that the defense        what is happening on other              distributed. The total population of
gas masks has more than doubled      establishment is following the         fronts, with the deadly weapons         israel is nearly eight million.
in recent days, the post office      latest deterioration in stability in   in Syria.“                                   One of recent battlegrounds
reports. The increase comes in the   Syria with concern. in particular,          Since his statements were          in Syria is the village of As-Safira,
wake of warnings from experts that   it is monitoring Syria’s chemical      publicized 4,000 gas masks have         which is home to one of at least
Syria’s chemical weapons could       weapons, he said. “We must look        been distributed, compared to an        five chemical weapons storage
fall into Hezbullah’s hands.         at our surroundings, at what is        average of 1,400 per week. in total,    facilities.
      Prime Minister Binyamin        happening in iran and its proxies,     4.7 million gas masks have been
                                                                                                     JCN • March 2013 • Adar/Nissan 5773 • • 13
                 January 24, 2013






                                    1 Libby Hoffman, Honorary         Gifts Honorary Chair;
                                       Major Gifts Chair; Steven      Celia Norian, Jewish
                                       Hurwitz; Linda Hurwitz,        Federation President
                                       immediate Past National     5 Barbara Platt, Bill and
                                       Women’s Philanthropy           Cydney Osterman
                                       Chair, Jewish Federations
                                       of North America; Bruce     6 Bob and Wendy
    7                                                                 Goodfriend
                                       Landgarten, Jewish
                                8      Federation CEO; and         7 Hal and Joyce Frank
                                       Nancy Ditlove, Major        8 Bob and Gail Scadron
                                       Gifts Chair                    and Howard and Harriet
                                    2 Sandy and Celia Norian          Bernstein
                                    3 Ted and Cora Ginsberg        9 Betty Kurtz; Dan Rather;
                                    4 Cora Ginsberg, Vice             Jan Harnik, Mayor, Palm
                                       President/Campaign;            Desert; and Brian Harnik
                                       Nancy Ditlove, Major        10 Edith and Arnold Familian
                                       Gifts Chair; Keynote        11 Joan Sharfstein, Harriet
                                       Speaker Dan Rather;            Bernstein and Loreen
        10                 11          Libby Hoffman, Major           Jacobson


                                                                         15                         16

                                                                           19                            20

                12 Damian and Summer             14 Jamie Kabler and Helene     18 Susan Sales and Lee Bohm
                  Trevor, Sarah Milmet,            Galen                        19 Leonard Sherman and
                  Cheryl Scarlett, Lori Fritz,   15 Betty Feinberg and            Alan Eager
                  Dr. Bryan and Amy Stone,          Sandy Seplow
                  Jessica and Jim Greene, and                                   20 Jim Mills and Lois Zoller
                  Charmaigne Menn                16 Stephen and Marjorie Kulp   21 Richard and Barbara
                13 Hal and Dianne                17 Philip and Ellen Glass,       Rosenfeld
21         22     Gershowitz                       Robert and Sandra Borns      22 Gary and Phyllis Schahet
Tribute Card Donations
                                                                                                           All contributions received by the Jewish Federation for
                                                                                                           Tribute Cards are placed in our special Tzedakah Fund,
                                                                                                           which provides direct monetary intervention for needy
              Sending tributes and memorials is a meaningful way to honor loved ones.                                 Jews living in the Coachella Valley.

Honorarium Tributes –                                        •	 Joel Kocen, Best of luck to the Birdman of
                                                                Rancho Mirage, from Alan and Orly Klugman
                                                                                                                       recovery, from Judith and Elliott Cohen

     In Appreciation For:                                                                                         •	 Esther Shepard, Best wishes for a speedy
                                                             •	 Sunny Levinthal, In honor of your milestone          recovery, from Dale and Marion Cowle
                                                                birthday, from Judy and Marty Cohn
•	 Becky Benaroya, Happy Birthday from Roz
   and George Goldstein, and Frances Horwich                 •	 Mr. and Mrs. Shelly Nissen, Best wishes on
                                                                                                                  Memoriam Tributes –
•	 Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Blitz, Congratulations on
   a most beautiful celebration, from Barbara Platt
                                                                your 50th, from Gail and Bob Scadron
                                                                                                                         Condolences Sent To:
                                                             •	 Trudy Schwartz, 70 is a good step forward,
   and Norm Lewis                                               from Frances Horwich                              •	 Jeffrey Feder, In memory of your beloved sister,
                                                                                                                     Rita, from Judy and Marty Cohn
•	 Sidney Blitz, Happy 90th Birthday, from                   •	 Trudy and Eddie Schwartz, Thank you for a
   Suzanne and Jeffrey Feder, Libby and Buddy                   lovely evening, from Sanford and Rosemary         •	 Joanne Hirschfield, In memory of your beloved
   Hoffman                                                      Hertz                                                Seymour, from Judith and Elliott Cohen, Judy
                                                                                                                     and Marty Cohn, Dale and Marion Cowle,
•	   Congratulations to the “Celebration of Life”            •	 Jane and Larry Sherman, Thank you for a              Ellen and Philip Glass, Frances Horwich, Alan
     program organizers, especially Shaindy                     wonderful evening, from Susie and Bobby              and Orly Klugman, Joel and JoAnn Kocen,
     Denebeim Friedman and the Sunshine Circle                  Diamond                                              Celia and Sandy Norian, Roberta and Allan
     for involving young people in the lives of                                                                      Nyman, Barbara Platt, Dr. Paul and Stepahnie
     Holocaust survivors, from Steven Geiger,                •	 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sharfstein, Thank you for       Ross, Gail and Bob Scadron
     Mensch Foundation International                            a wonderful evening, from Harriet and Howard
                                                                Bernstein                                         •	 Myrna Kaplan, In memory of your beloved
•	 Marilyn and Manny Flekman, Thank you for a                                                                        Albert Aaron, from Toni and Bobby Garmisa,
   lovely evening, from Judith and Elliott Cohen,            •	 Jim and Geri Sherman, Thank you for a lovely         Cass and Adrian Graff-Radford, Sanford and
   Sanford and Rosemary Hertz, and Pat and                      evening, from Cora and Ted Ginsberg                  Rosemary Hertz, Libby and Buddy Hoffman,
   Howard Levy                                                                                                       Ruth and Mal Kaufman
                                                             •	 Alan and Jill Steinberg, Thank you for a lovely
•	 Bernie Fromm, Happy Birthday from Rhona                      evening, from Sanford and Rosemary Hertz          •	 Geri Krukin and Family, In memory of your
   and Lou Fromm                                                                                                     beloved husband, father and grandfather Larry,
                                                             •	 Susan Sunkin, Happy Birthday, from Judith and        from Roberta and Allan Nyman
•	 Cora and Ted Ginsberg, Happy Anniversary                     Elliott Cohen
   from Nancy and Dennis Ditlove, Alyce Klein,                                                                    •	 Terri Lind, In memory of your beloved
   Pearle and Mark Levey, Rella and Monty Rifkin.            •	 Irwin Volk, Happy Birthday, from Frances             husband Barry, from Toni and Bobby Garmisa,
                                                                Horwich                                              Ellen and Philip Glass, Sanford and Rosemary
•	 Cass Graff-Radford, Happy Birthday wishes                                                                         Hertz, Ruth and Mal Kaufman
   from Brenda, Stephen, Julia and Guy Abelkop               Refuah Shleimah –
                                                                                                                  •	 Sydney pearl and Family, In memory of
•	 Margot and Jerry Halperin, Thank you for a
   lovely evening, from Sanford and Rosemary
                                                                    Get Well Wishes To:                              Helene, from Sanford and Rosemary Hertz
   Hertz                                                     •	 Alyce Klein, Thinking of you, from Cass Graff-    •	 J.L. Singer, Deepest sympathy on the loss of
                                                                Radford                                              your beloved grandfather Jack Singer, from
•	 Margot Halperin, Happy Big Birthday, from                                                                         Rhoda and Ira Brickell
   Sanford and Rosemary Hertz                                •	 Carol Horwich Luber, Best wishes for a speedy
                                                                recovery, from Judy and Marty Cohn                •	 The Singer Family, Deepest sympathy on the
•	 Sandy and Al Haveson, Thank you for a lovely                                                                      loss of your beloved father and grandfather
   evening, from Judith and Elliott Cohen, Sanford           •	 Mike and Cookie Miller, You are always in our
                                                                thoughts, from Toni and Bobby Garmisa, Cass          Jack Singer, from Rhoda and Ira Brickell
   and Rosemary Hertz, Pat and Howard Levy
                                                                and Adrian Graff-Radford                          •	 Dr. and Mrs. peter Tynberg, In memory of your
•	 Rosee Hertz, 70 is a good step forward, from                                                                      beloved sister, from Carol and Shelly Appel
   Frances Horwich                                           •	 Mike Miller, Best wishes for a speedy recovery;
                                                                thinking of you; from Sanford and Rosemary        •	 Lynn Zaifert, in memory of your beloved
•	 Libby Hoffman, Happy Birthday from Leona                     Hertz, Libby and Buddy Hoffman                       mother, Sadie Reiner, from Susan and Arnie
   Brodner                                                                                                           Gillman and Doralee and Dennis Sakson
                                                             •	 Annette Shapiro, Continue your speedy

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Temple Isaiah a New Tour Site
at Moderism Week

                                                                 Agam Ark

Original sanctuary

      When Temple
isaiah was designed
by E. Stewart
Williams in 1949
it was one of only
a few synagogues
d e s i g n e d Carlos King giving
                                            Exterior of building (c.1953)
immediately after presentation
israel’s independence and built in the   spiritual leader at Temple isaiah for
iconic “midcentury modern” design.       40 years, now living in Florida,
Further, it is the only synagogue that   who helped fill in the history of the
has been recognized for “excellent       building.
design” by the Southern California           Through King’s efforts, Temple
Chapter of the American institute of     isaiah became one of the tour
Architects c1954, (recognized under      sites for 2013 Modernism Week,
the “church” category as temples did     and he personally gave the 20+
not have their own designation).         presentations. in addition to touring
   it took Temple isaiah Board Member    the original sanctuary, now the
Carlos King, an interior and landscape   Lieberman Chapel, the tour also
design consultant, to recognize the      included bringing participants
Temple’s potential appeal to the         into the Temple’s (new) Bochner
thousands of midcentury modernism        Sanctuary, with its artwork designed
aficionados who flock to Palm Springs    by Yaacov Agam, the israeli sculptor
each February. Spending hours going      and experimental artist best known
through memorabilia and artifacts in     for his contributions to optical and
the Temple’s storerooms, he found        kinetic art. The room is dominated
architectural drawings and rare          by the Agam ark, with its Agam-
photographs from the 1950’s. He          designed torah covers and kinetic
also spoke to Rabbi Joseph Hurwitz,      eternal light.

                     The Desert Holocaust Memorial is located in the Palm Desert
                     Civic Center Park at San Pablo Avenue & Fred Waring Drive.

                         Residents and visitors are encouraged to visit this
                                    moving memorial, a place
                             of remembrance and monument of hope.

                                                                                   JCN • March 2013 • Adar/Nissan 5773 • • 17
              Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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                     1 Lion of Judah Chairs (left) Annette Lerner and (right)
                        Debra Star with keynote speaker Sally Oren
                     2 Jewish Federation President Celia Norian, Jewish
                        Federation CEO Bruce Landgarten and Jewish
                        Federation Vice President/Campaign and past
                        Federation President Cora Ginsberg
                     3 Lion of Judah Co-Chair Debra Star, Women’s
                        Philanthropy President Lainie Weil, Women’s
                        Philanthropy Vice President/Campaign Stephanie S.
                        Ross and Women’s Philanthropy Director Barbara
                     4 Margot Halperin, Lion of Judah Vice Chair and
                17      Stephanie S. Ross, Women’s Philanthropy Vice
                     5 Joni Maltzman, Debra Star and
                        Edith Familian
                     6 Myrna Odwak, Barbara Weisberg,
                        Nora Kaufman and Barbara Fromm
                     7 Lion of Judah Chairs Annette Lerner and Debra Star
                     8 Fran Kaufman and Jo Ann Kocen
                     9 Sande Fineman, Marion Cowle,
                        Barbara Kahn and Barbara Weisberg
                     10 Susan Duman, Nancy Siwak,
                        Stephanie Ross and Toby Berman
                19   11Enid Goldman, Susan Konheim,
                        Joanne Chunowitz, and Audrey Bernstein
                     12 Elaine Stein and Donna Levitas
                     13 Ellen Glass, Roberta Nyman and
                        Judith Appelbaum
                     14 Sheri Borax, Harriet Bernstein and
                        Barbara Rosenfeld
                     15 Edith Familian and Annette Novack
                     16 Lila Rauch, Pearle Rae Levey and Barbara Cook
                     17 Susie Good, Diane Gershowitz and Jane Sherman
                     18 Sandra Samdperil, Andrea Josephson and
           20   21      Evey Simon
                     19 Betty Feinberg, Helen Stern and Mildred Conney
                     20 Ruthie Tivol, Jean Mintz and
                        Peggy Greenbaum
                     21 Linda Nathanson, Annette Lerner and
                        Jane Effress
                     22 Jacqueline Rudman, Roberta Holland, Joyce Freund
                        and Cathy Pitts
                     23 Carol Appel and Joyce Frank
                     24 Lenore Wyatt and Loreen Jacobson
                     25 Yona Goldberg and Lois Zoller
          22    23

                                           New Lions
                           Local                       Out of Town
                           Toby Berman                 Carol Appel
                           Sheri Borax                 Susan Duman
                           Sheila Keeshin              Judy Hecktman
                           Stephanie Ross              Susan Karsen
                           Elaine Stein                Jean Mintz
     24                    Lenore Wyatt                Myrna Odwak
                25                                     Nancy Siwak
                         JCN • March 2013 • Adar/Nissan 5773 • • 19
        Local Temples                                           March Shabbat Schedule
             BETH SHALOM
        Ken Hailpern, Spiritual Leader
         79-733 Country Club Drive            Beth Shalom                           Mincha/Maariv Services               Temple Isaiah
              Bermuda Dunes                   Shabbat Services: 8:00 pm.            5:30 pm March 1-9; 6:30 pm           Friday Shabbat services 7:30 pm,               Oneg follows.                       March 10-31.                            followed by an Oneg Shabbat.
                                              Saturdays: Services 9:30 am.        Pesach begins Monday evening,          Friday, March 1: New Members
        CENTRO CULTURAL                       Morning minyan Mondays and            March 25. Check website                 Shabbat
       HEBREO DE MExICALI                       Thursdays 8:45 am                   ( for Seders        Saturday mornings: Services
     Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico        Scholar in Residence Shabbat:         and holiday services.                   10:00 am. Kiddush following.
           Contact: Ron Cohen                   March 8 & 9. Gina Nahai,                                                 Morning minyan 8:30 am
            760-960-3392 US                     “iran: Myth, Mystery and What     Desert Hot Springs                        Mondays and Thursdays.
         (686) 216-7152 Mexico                  We Know.” Optional lunch          Jewish Community                       Community Seder first night of
                                                follows Shabbat Services and      Shabbat service Friday, March 1           Pesach, March 25.
      & DESERT COMMUNITIES                      Lecture. See ad page 4.             at 7 pm and Havdallah Plus              See ad page 16. Contact
         Rabbi Yonason Denebeim                                                     Saturday, March 16 at 7 pm.             Temple or see website
         425 Ortega, Palm Springs             Chabad of palm Springs                Seder offered to residents of           for schedule of services
              760-325-0774                    Friday Shabbat services:              Desert Hot Springs and High             (
                                                 20 minutes after candle            Desert Thursday, March 28.
      CHABAD OF pALM DESERT                      lighting time.                     See ad page 6. Events held at        Temple Sinai
      A project of Chabad of Palm Springs &
              Desert Communities              Saturday services: Morning - 9:30     Mission Lakes Country Club,          Friday services: Family service
           Rabbi Mendy Friedman                  am; Women’s Torah Discussion,      8484 Clubhouse Drive, DHS,              first Friday at 7:00 pm; other
                                                 led by Sussie Denebeim during      officiated by Rabbi Faith Tessler.      weeks 7:30 pm.
       760-969-2153 / 760-969-2158
                                                 Kiddush at noon. Evening: same                                          Friday, March 15 Shabbat Zimra.
   CHABAD OF RANCHO MIRAGE                       as evening before.               Har-El Congregation                    Saturday: 9:00 am: Bagels, Lox
      A project of Chabad of Palm Springs &
                                              Pesach begins Monday evening,       Member, Union for Reform                  and Torah Study, 10:00 am -
               Desert Communities
             Rabbi Shimon Posner                 March 25. Check website           Judaism. Kabbalat Shabbat                Shabbat services.
       72295 Via Marta, Rancho Mirage            ( for            Services 5:00-5:30 pm,                Saturday, March 2: Bat Mitzvah
                                                 Seders and holiday services.      followed by a program. March             of Gabriella George. Saturday,
                 760-770-7785                                                                                               March 16: Bar Mitzvah of Jacob
                                                                                   15 Symposium speaker: Joel
  CONGREGATION SHALOM BAYIT                   Chabad of Rancho Mirage              Hochberg “Two Short Films -              Cherlin. Saturday, March 23:
                                              Friday Shabbat services: Mincha      Two Powerful Messages.”                  Bat Mitzvah of Raya Cowle.
    Spiritual Leader/Cantorial Soloist:
                                                 followed by Kabbalat Shabbat:     See ad page 7.                        Purim: Saturday, March 23 - 5:45
               Cathy Gordon
                                                                                                                            pm Reading Megillah.
         1320 Williams Ave., Banning             Check website (www.
    Contact 951-769-3678/769-7514                                                 Shalom Bayit (Banning)                 Community Seder second night
                                        for times.
                   HAR-EL                                                         Havdallah the first Saturday              of Pesach. See ad page 11.
                                              Shabbat morning: 10:00 am
    (Member, Union for Reform Judaism)           followed by sit down Kiddush.     of each month at 5:30 pm.
           Rabbi Richard Zionts
                                                 Children’s Program/Service        Shabbat Services the third            Centro Cultural
          Har-El Cultural Center
       47-535 Hwy 74, Palm Desert                11:15 am.                         Friday of the month at 7:30 pm.        Hebreo de Mexicali
                    Daily minyan: Shacharit services     Both held 1320 West Williams          Weekly Shabbat Services Friday at
                                                 Monday-Friday 7:00 am;            Street, Banning.                        7:00 pm, followed by dinner.
             TEMpLE ISAIAH                       Sundays 8:00 am.                                                        Saturday immediately before
             (Conservative)                                                                                                sunset: Havdallah.
            Rabbi Sally Olins
     332 West Alejo Road, Palm Springs

                                                            March Community Calendar

              TEMpLE SINAI
                 (Reform)                     Tuesdays                            Tuesdays                               Wednesdays
          Rabbi Jordan S. Ofseyer                                                 5:30 pm Chabad of Rancho               First and third Wednesdays:
    73-251 Hovley Lane West, Palm Desert
                                              9:00-11 am Jewish Family
                 Service Solutions for Seniors:      Mirage’s weekly BBQ. Lots of           Jewish Family Service Day
              760-568-9699                      Walk-in assistance at JFS Palm      fun and a great way to meet            Out Respite program for
                                                Desert Office in Jocelyn Senior     great people. Steak, hot dogs,         housebound seniors. Call Julie
             BIKUR CHOLIM
      A project of Chabad of Palm Springs &     Center and at the Desert Hot        veggie burgers and salads.             Hirsh at 760-325-4088, ext.
              Desert Communities                                                    Affordable, fun and kosher.            109, for more information.
            (Community Outreach)                Springs Senior Center.
                                                                                    Reservations not required but
             Rabbi Yankel Kreiman                                                      helpful. 760-770-7785. (Note:        Wednesdays
                 760-325-8076                                                       Not held during Passover).           3:30-5:00 pm Jewish Family
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March Community Calendar Continued                                                                                   Saturday, March 16
                                                                                                                     6:30 pm Temple Sinai Gala.
  Service Jewish Bereavement         Wednesday, March 6, 13, 20              Thursday, March 7                         See ad page 5.
  Group. Meets weekly at the JFS     10:30 am Temple isaiah.                 9:00 am Sun City Hadassah
  Palm Springs Office, 801 East        Continuing course: Introduction         Meeting. Program: Author              Sunday, March 17
  Tahquitz Canyon. Reservations        to Judaism, led by Rabbi Sally          Maggie Anton: “Rav Hista’s            3-5 pm j-connect (Young Adults
  not required.                        Olins. Fee for non-members.             Daughter.” $5.00. RSVP to               Division) Mitzvah Project at
                                       Call 760-844-7302.                      760-772-4610.                           F.i.N.D. Contact Sandy Durham
Thursdays                                                                                                              at the Jewish Federation Office
8:30-11 am Jewish Family Service     Wednesday, March 6, 13, 20              Thursday, March 7, 14, 21                 for information, sandy.durham@
  Solutions for Seniors: Walk-       Noon Temple Sinai Lunch and             9:30-10:30 am Har-El Men’s and   or 760-324-4737.
  in assistance at Mizell Senior      Learn                                    Women’s Torah Study.
  Center, Palm Springs.                                                        No charge. Call 760-779-1691.         Sunday, March 17
                                     Wednesday, March 6, 13, 20                                                      4:00 pm Mensch Foundation
Friday, March 1, 8, 15, 22           1:00 pm Temple Sinai                    Thursday, March 7, 14                     Lecture: “FDR and Breckenridge
9:00 am Temple isaiah “Torah           Bereavement Group                     3-4:30 pm Har-El Galen Trimester          Long during the Holocaust.”
  Study with Rabbi Sally.” For                                                 Course “Being Jewish. Things            Speakers: Stanley Goldman,
  information call 760-844-7302.     Wednesday, March 6, 13, 20, 2 7           i Should Have Learned in                Frank Sanello and Steven Geiger.
                                     4:00 pm Temple isaiah.                    Religious School.” instructor:          At Temple isaiah. $18. Reception
Friday, March 1, 8, 15, 22             “Wonderful Wednesdays”                  Rabbi Richard Zionts. Fee. Call         follows. See ad page 10.
11:00 am Temple Sinai                  Course with Rabbi Sally Olins.          760-779-1691. See ad page 22
  Conversational Hebrew.                                                       and classified ad page 26.            Monday, March 18
                                       Winter topic: “Just Judges.”
                                                                                                                     10:30 am Har-El Galen Trimester
                                       Fee for non-members.
Sunday, March 3                                                              Monday, March 11                          Book Course: “Spies for
                                       Call 760-844-7302.
4:00 pm Temple isaiah 2013                                                   2:00 pm Jewish Family Service             Armageddon” By Raviv and
  Philip & Eleanor Short                                                       Café Europa: monthly event              Melman. Presenter: Len Kapner.
                                     Wednesday, March 6, 13, 20
  Lecture Series. Speaker: Jay                                                 for Holocaust Survivors at              Open to public/no charge.
                                     4-5:30 pm Har-El Galen Trimester
  Michaelson, author of “God vs.                                               Tolerance Education Center.             Reservations required.
                                       Course “Mystics and Visionaries in                                              Call 760-779-1691. See ad page
  Gay.”.. $15 ($10 Temple Isaiah       Ezekiel and the Sages.” instructor:     Purim Party. Call Julie Hirsh at
  members). See ad page 5.                                                     JFS 760-325-4088, ext. 109 for          8 and classified ad page 26.
                                       Dr. Marvin Sweeney. Fee. Call
                                                                               more information.
                                       760-779-1691. See ad page 22                                                  Tuesday, March 19
Monday, March 4, 11, 18
                                       and classified ad page 26.                                                    10:00 am Temple Sinai
7:00 pm Chabad of Rancho                                                     Monday, March 11
  Mirage Men’s Torah Class                                                   5:30 pm Tamar Hadassah Annual             Sisterhood Book Group.
                                     Wednesday, March 6
  with Rabbi Benny Lew.                                                        Women’s Seder. Led by Cantor
                                     Women’s philanthropy                                                            Tuesday, March 19
  For more information call                                                    Melanie Fine. Couvert $36.
                                      “INSIGHTS.” Keynote                                                            4:30-5:30 pm Jewish Family
  760-636-2897 or email                                                        Must be prepaid.
                                      speaker: Alon Ben-David.                 For information call Phyllis at         Service Family Life Education
                                      Reception 4:30 pm; Program               760-321-9941.                           Series: Tea Time Talk: “Keeping
Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19             5:30 pm. For men and women.                                                      Intellectually and Creatively
10:00 am Temple Sinai                 At Rancho Las Palmas Resort            Tuesday, March 12                         Engaged” Presenter: Dr. Helene
  Yiddish Club.                       and Spa, Rancho Mirage.                11:00 am Rimona Hadassah                  pine. Sun City Palm Desert
                                      Couvert: $36 + min. $180                 Luncheon Meeting. Speaker:              / Mountain View Clubhouse.
Tuesday, March 5, 12, 19              gift to Annual Federation                Julliene Shenkel, Executive             Free. Reservations not
4:00-5:30 pm Har-El Galen             Campaign. Call 760-324-4737.             Director of the Mark Taper              necessary.
  Trimester Course “Fitness:                                                   Foundation. Couvert: $20.
  Psychological, Spiritual and       Wednesdays March 6, 13                    Prepaid reservations required         Wednesday, March 20
  Moral. The Jewish Way: Liebman,    5:30-7:00 pm Temple Sinai. Final          Send to Deana Hapip, 81128            6:00 pm, Free New Tax Laws
  Kaplan and Borowitz” instructor:     sessions of 10-week course led          Avendia Castelar, indio, CA             Seminar presented by Temple
  Rabbi Mel Silverman. Fee. Call       by Rabbi Stanley Meisels “The           92203.                                  isaiah. Open to public. Canyon
  760-779-1691. See ad page 22         Course of Jewish History: The                                                   Estates Country Club. RSVP to
  and classified ad page 26.           Biblical Age.”                        Thursday, March 14                        760-325-2281.
                                                                             7:00 pm Temple isaiah 2013
Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19            Wednesdays March 6, 13                    Philip & Eleanor Short Lecture        Thursday, March 21
4:00-5:15 pm Chabad of Palm          7:00-8:30 pm Temple Sinai.                Series. Speaker: Michael              11:30 am Golda Meir Club of
  Springs Women’s Book Club            Final sessions of 10-week               Childers, “Icons and Legends”           Na’Amat Luncheon Meeting at
  with Sussie Denebeim. Held at        course led by Rabbi Stanley             A Visual Lecture. $15 ($10              Chinese Restaurant, 362 S. Palm
  The Coffee Bean on El Paseo,         Meisels “Judaism in Theory and          Temple isaiah members).                 Canyon, Palm Springs . Call
  Palm Desert.                         practice; part I.”                      See ad page 5.                          760-327-0403 to RSVP.
                                                                                                      JCN • March 2013 • Adar/Nissan 5773 • • 21
Cambridge and Oxford Set Sights on Jewish Genizah
by Rachel Hirshfeld, Arutz Sheva

   Cambridge and Oxford universities          and secular importance, dating from       place," is a depository for sacred      in the 11th and 12th centuries and
announced on February 8th that they           the 9th to the 19th century.              Hebrew books that are no longer         an eyewitness account of Crusader
will be conducting a collaborative               The documents were part of the         usable. Since they cannot be thrown     atrocities.
fund-raising effort aimed at purchasing       Cairo Genizah collection unearthed        out according to halakha because           Cambridge has been home to
the Lewis-Gibson Genizah Collection           by chance in the attic of the Ben Ezra    they contain the name of God, these     around 200,000 fragments at the
before it is sold off to private              Synagogue in Egypt by twin sisters        documents, often called shemot or       Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research
collectors.                                   Agnes Smith Lewis and Margaret            "names," are put in a place named a     Unit, including children's notebooks
   Currently owned by the United              Dunlop and brought back to the UK         genizah. Genizot are usually found in   and original works by Maimonides in
Reformed Church's Westminster                 in 1896. The sisters showed their finds   the attic or basement of a synagogue,   his handwriting, while Oxford holds
College in Cambridge and worth                to Professor Solomon Schechter of         but can also be buried.                 some 25,000 folios. Scholars have
about $1.6 million, it is made up             Cambridge, who realized their                They include the earliest known      been painstakingly reading the Judaeo-
of 1,700 fragments of Hebrew and              significance.                             example of a Jewish engagement deed,    Arabic fragments and organizing the
Arabic manuscripts, of both religious            A genizah, Hebrew for "hiding          letters from leading Jewish traders     collection for years, while others have
                                                                                                                                written on the light the fragments shed
                                                                                                                                on Jewish life.
                                                                                                                                   "In the late 19th century, Oxford's
                                                                                                                                Bodleian Library and Cambridge
                                                                                                                                University Library were rivals in trying
                                                                                                                                to acquire materials from the Cairo
                                                                                                                                Genizah,” said Cambridge University
                                                                                                                                librarian Anne Jarvis.
                                                                                                                                   "Today we are taking a different
                                                                                                                                stance, seeking to build on our
                                                                                                                                collections while recognizing that
                                                                                                                                there would be a greater benefit to
                                                                                                                                scholarship if we joined together to
                                                                                                                                save the Lewis-Gibson collection from
                                                                                                                                division and dispersal," she said.

                                                                                                                                LETTERS TO THE EDITOR WELCOMED
                                                                                                                                editor Publication will be based on appropriateness
                                                                                                                                of material and available space, at the discretion
                                                                                                                                of the editorial staff. We reserve the right to edit
                                                                                                                                submissions. Submit letters of 250 words or less by
                                                                                                                                e-mail to:, fax to 760-320-
                                                                                                                                6085 or mail to the Jewish Federation, 69-710 Hwy.
                                                                                                                                111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, attn: Editor, JCN.
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  Community                                                                                 Jewish Family Service
                                                                                            of the Desert

    Schools                                                                           “Count on us… for life”
                                                                               801 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 202
                                                                                       Palm Springs, CA 92262
       DAY SCHOOLS                                                                         (760) 325-4088
   Jewish Community School
           of the Desert
            Grades K-6                                                         pROGRAMS & SERVICES
       Principal: Miri Ketayi                                                  For further information about these services and
                                                                               others,	please	call	the	JFS	office,	760-325-4088.		
 Assistant Principal: Laura Gould
   73-251 Hovley Lane West,                                                   COUNSELING & FAMILY SUppORT:
     Palm Desert, CA 92260                                                    Experienced therapists help individuals,
                                                                              couples, and families address life's                                                       challenges.
                                                                              SENIOR CARE MANAGEMENT: Serves older
       RELIGIOUS/                                                             adults to maintain independence and help
                                                                              them enjoy a higher quality of life. Call the
    HEBREW SCHOOLS                                                            office for information, or walk- in assistance
                                                                              is provided at the following locations; the
     Chabad Hebrew School                                                     JFS Palm Desert office, Tuesdays, 9.00-11.00
      A project of Chabad of                                                  a.m.; DHS Senior Ctr., Tuesdays, 9.00-11.00
Palm Springs & Desert Communities                                             a.m.; Mizell Senior Center, Thursdays, 8.30-
                                                                              11.00 a.m.
    Director: Sussie Denebeim
       73550 S. Rosa Way,                                                     JFS ExpRESS SENIOR RIDE pROGRAM
     Palm Desert, CA 92260                                                    -if you know someone homebound and                                                        needing transportation to a medical or
                                                                              important appointment, please have them
          760-341-6501                                                        contact JFS Express for assistance.
         Beth Shalom                                                          JEWISH BEREAVEMENT GROUp: Free to
  79-733 Country Club Drive,                                                  the local community. This group meets every
  Bermuda Dunes, CA 92201                                                     Wednesday at the JFS Palm Springs office,
                                                                              3.30-5.00 p.m. No registration necessary.
        760-200-3636                                                          FRIENDLY VISITORS: For seniors who are
                                                                              isolated and would like companionship,
             Har-El                                                           a JFS volunteer can bring care and
                                                                              friendship. Friendly Visitors can also provide
 Rabbi Richard A. Zionts, Ph.D.                                               companionship and celebration during
 Opportunities For Youth Learning                                             the Shabbat observation. Call for more
     47-535 Highway 74,                                                       information.
    Palm Desert, CA 92260                                                        JFS SpEAKERS BUREAU: is your organization
                                                                              looking for an interesting program to share
        760-779-1691                                                          with members? JFS can present a program
                                    We sell everything from designer to       on critical social and mental health issues.
          Temple Isaiah             active day wear, shoes, handbags,
   Principal: Rabbi Sally Olins          accessories, collectables,           JFS VOLUNTEERS WELCOME: Contact Julie
       332 West Alejo Road           menswear, furniture, works of art,       Hirsh, extension 109.
    Palm Springs, CA 92262                 bric-a-brac and more!              CAFÉ EUROpA GROUp: Programming                                                     for holocaust survivors. Monday, March
    760-325-2281, ext. 203                                                    11 2013, 2:00 p.m. Purim Party, Tolerance
                                                                              Education Center. Transportation
          Temple Sinai
      Director: Miri Ketayi                                                   FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION SERIES/TEA
   73-251 Hovley Lane West,                                                   TIME TALK: “Keeping Intellectually and
    Palm Desert, CA 92260                                                     Creatively Engaged” Presented free to
                                                                              the community by Dr. Helene Pine, March                                                     19, 2013, 4:30 pm – 5.30pm, Sun City
         760-568-9699                                                         Palm Desert, Mountain View Clubhouse.
                                                                              Reservations not necessary.
                                                                              DAY OUT RESpITE pROGRAM: Program
                                                                              for homebound seniors. First and third
 Temple Sinai Tikvah pre-School                                               Wednesday of each month at the Joslyn
    Director: Debbie Midcalf                                                  Center, Palm Desert. Transportation is
         24 mos - Pre-K                                                       provided and participants take part in
   73-251 Hovley Lane West,                                                   activities and lunch. Some restrictions apply.
                                                                              To register and obtain further information
    Palm Desert, CA 92260                                                     contact Lisa Schmid.
                                                                JCN • March 2013 • Adar/Nissan 5773 • • 23
Israelis Love Their Dogs                                                             but for now the working name
                                                                                     remains AshPoopie.
                                                                                                                              earth where guide dogs are trained to
                                                                                                                              respond to Hebrew commands and
By Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel 21c
                                                                                                                              react appropriately to uniquely israeli
    israelis love their dogs. Nearly        for dogs went live in israel on
                                                                                     3. New Vaccine Against Deadly            physical environments (like concrete
400,000 pet dogs are listed on              January 15 through the YES network,
                                                                                     Dog Disease                              barriers on sidewalks). Until the non-
the israeli Ministry of Agriculture’s       following a highly successful six-
                                                                                             CME (Canine monocytic            profit center was opened in 1991,
National Dog Registry, and Tel Aviv         month pilot in San Diego, California.
                                                                                     ehrlichiosis) is the most common         blind israelis had to travel to the
has the largest number of registered        DogTV, also available online, is a
                                                                                     infectious dog disease, carried by       United States to get a dog, and they
dog owners in the country.                  24-hour digital channel scientifically
                                                                                     tics. it can be fatal. Until now there   had to be fluent in English.
     But Israelis aren’t content just       programmed to keep pooches
                                                                                     has been no cure, but recently,
to feed and shelter Lady, Lucky and         stimulated, happy, entertained
                                                                                     Dr. Shimon Harrus and Dr. Gad            6. Dogs Can Fly
Bonnie (the three most popular              and comforted when they’re home
                                                                                     Baneth of The Hebrew University             israelis going abroad, or any
israeli dog names). in the israeli          alone.
                                                                                     of Jerusalem’s Koret School of           international travelers to and from
entrepreneurial spirit, they’re also
                                                                                     Veterinary Medicine in Rehovot           the Middle East, don’t have to
working to keep canines everywhere          2. Ashpoopie
                                                                                     revealed that they have a formula        consign their pet to the cargo hold.
happy, healthy and safe, using
                                                                                     for the world’s first vaccine for CME.   Terminal4Pets, located near Ben-
technology, innovation, and a great
                                                                                     Commercial partners are now being        Gurion international Airport, offers a
deal of imagination.
                                                                                     sought to further develop the drug.      door-to-door ViP (Very important Pet)
      Whether it’s high-tech ways
                                                                                                                              courier service. Clients can have the
to get rid of doggie doo, unique
                                                                                     4. Alzheimer’s Guide Dogs                dog accompanied by a professional
training programs to turn pooches
                                                                                                                              animal attendant and, if desired, a
into Alzheimer guide dogs, new
                                                                                                                              flight veterinarian. The vet is also
vaccines, or even special television
                                                                                                                              available to give pre-flight checkups
channels for dogs, israelis are leading
                                                                                                                              and recommendations for a safer and
the way to make life better for man’s          Serial biotech inventor Professor
                                                                                                                              easier trip.
best friend.                                Oded Shoseyov of The Hebrew
                                                                                                                                 Terminal4Pets handles all kinds of
     Here are some of iSRAEL21c’s           University, came up with a novel
                                                                                                                              pets and has arranged for stray dogs
favorite ways israel loves dogs —           pooper-scooper that gathers dog
                                                                                                                              adopted by servicemen in iraq to be
things that will help you love your         droppings and turns them into
                                                                                         israel’s Service and Therapy Dog     flown to new homes in the U.S..
dog, too, no matter where you               odorless, sterile powder within
                                                                                     Center was the first in the world
live.                                       seconds after the dog-walker
                                                                                     to train dogs as helpers for people      7. Dog Bio-Security System
                                            releases an activation capsule from
                                                                                     suffering from mental and physical             An israeli biometric alert
1. DogTV                                    a cartridge inside the unit. Ramat
                                                                                     limitations, including Alzheimer’s,      sensor transforms any dog into a
                                            Gan based Paulee Clean-Tec, the
                                                                                     autism and brain or orthopedic           sophisticated warning system that
                                            company founded to develop this
                                                                                     injuries.                                can detect an intruder and send out
                                            and related patented products for
                                                                                            The training protocol was         an alarm.
                                            cats and even humans, is working
                                                                                     developed over four years by                 Bio-Sense Technologies designed
                                            with engineers to finalize the design
                                                                                     geriatric social worker Daphna           its sensor, DBS, to fit onto the dog’s
                                            ahead of a product launch in the
                                                                                     Golan-Shemesh and professional           collar and integrate with existing
                                            United States. it will probably be
                                                                                     dog trainer Yariv Ben-Yosef, using       security systems. if the dog starts to
The made-in-israel cable TV channel         marketed under a different name,
                                                                                     calm, sociable and intelligent female    bark or growl in an unusual way, the
                                                                                     collie shorthairs.                       algorithm-based system goes into
                                                                                          Alzheimer’s patients frequently     alert mode, sending out details of
                                                                                     cannot leave home because they           the security breach via SMS and
                                                                                     are easily disoriented, but they are     triggering the burglar alarm.
                                                                                     safe with a guide dog leading the              The product comes in two
                                                                                     way. As an extra precaution, a GPS       varieties, one for the security market,
                                                                                     navigation system is embedded in         suitable for medium to large facilities
                                                                                     the dog’s collar. At home, the dog       protected by guard dogs. The
                                                                                     will press an alarm button if her ower   consumer version, TeleDog, is mobile
                                                                                     falls and doesn’t get up quickly, or     and personalized. The cellular-based
                                                                                     if she hears choking sounds from         sensor monitors not only the dog’s
                                                                                     her master.                              barking but also its movements via
                                                                                                                              GPS. Both systems are manufactured
                                                                                     5. Hebrew Speaking Guide Dogs            and sold in israel and shipped to
                                                                                         The israel Guide Dog Center          customers internationally. TeleDog
                                                                                     for the Blind is the only place on       retails for about $199.
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                 L’Chaim: Celebration of Life

                  In a room that bubbled with excitement, camaraderie and joy,”L’chaim” - “Life” was
                  celebrated. 380 attended the February 10 brunch honoring our community’s Holocaust
                  Survivors. it was an event embraced by the synagogues, Jewish community organizations
                  and individuals of our Desert community, who joined together in an unprecedented effort
Shalom            to create this very special day. Pictured (left to right) are Shaindy Friedman, Director of the
                  “Sunshine Circle” which brings together teenagers and Holocaust Survivors; Stefanie Seltzer,
The finest in   Jewish Living
                  President and Founder, World Federation of Jewish Children Survivors of the Holocaust
                  and Descendants, Melisse Banwer, Managing Director of the Tolerance Education Center,
                  and Carol Gross, Event chair.

                                                   JCN • March 2013 • Adar/Nissan 5773 • • 25
                                             on being called to                                                                           Bar Mitzvah on March 23 when
          Simchas                            the Torah as a Bat                                                                           Tim Moore is called to the Torah.
                                             Mitzvah on March                                                                             Tim, a contract psychotherapist for
       Jack and Mitzie Olshansky             2nd ... Mazel tov to                                                                         Jewish Family Service, made the
are shepping naches on the marriage          Jacob Cherlin, son                                                                           commitment to continue his studies
of their grandson, Dr. Richard               of Nicole and Gary                                                                           with Rabbi Sally Olins which led to
Brucker, to Dr. Lindsey Riggin in            Cherlin, on being                                                                            his decision to have a Bar Mitzvah.
Los Angeles on February 9th. Both            called to the Torah Gabriella George                 Jacob Cherlin            Raya Cowle     Mazel tov. Mazel tov ... Share your
are practicing in Albuquerque,               as a Bar Mitzvah                                                                             Simchas with us. Email (mjbentjcn@
New Mexico ... Temple Sinai is               on March 16 ... Mazel tov to Raya              Dale and Marion Cowle, on            or call Miriam Bent at
celebrating three B’nai Mitzvah              Cowle, daughter of Daniella and                being called to the Torah as a Bat            760-323-0255.
in March. Mazel tov to Gabriella             Eric Cowle and granddaughter                   Mitzvah on March 23 ... Temple
George, daughter of Debbie George,           of long-time community leaders                 isaiah is celebrating a very special
                                             pRIVATE DUTY NURSE LVN available
             Classifieds                     for home health care. Extensive hospital                 We Mourn the Passing of...
                                             and doctor’s office experience. Call                   Albert G. Aaron, Harold “Hal” Berman, Donald Cravens, Florence
pERSONAL ASSISTANT/pERSONAL                  Joanie 760-776-6752.
                                                                                                    Gilman, Eugene Glick, Richard Hartge, Seymour Hirschfield, Dr.
AFFAIRS MANAGER Excellent local
                                             REGISTERED NURSE WITH 17 YEARS                 Harold Reich, and David M. Tabashnik. Our deepest sympathies to their
references. Bill paying, reconcile
                                             ExpERIENCE seeking private duty                families and friends. May their memories endure for a blessing.
bank statement, run errands, drive
to appointment. Computer help:               opportunity to provide personal care in
MS Office, QuickBooks, emails.               the home setting. Available full or part
                                             time. Current California RN license and
                                                                                                      Candle Lighting Times
N o t a r y. 2 h o u r s m i n i m u m .
Trustworthy, discreet, dependable.           CPR certification. Please call Susan at
                                                                                            Friday, March 1                Shabbat Ke Tisa               5:01 pm
760-408-5260.                                760-851-7303.
                                                                                            Friday, March 8                Shabbat Vayakhel-Pekudei      5:06 pm
TEMpLE SINAI GIFT SHOp : One of              DAV I D ’ S C O N S T R U C T I O N            Friday, March 15               Shabbat Vayikra               6:12 pm *
a kind and largest Judaica shop here         Conscientious licensed, insured,               Friday, March 22               Shabbat Tzav                  6:17 pm
in the desert. For all your traditional      bonded, general contractor. Catering           Monday, March 25               First night Pesach             6:20 pm
needs and unique gift items. Special         to all your home repair needs. No              Tuesday, March 26              Second night Pesach      After 7:45 pm
orders available. For information call                                                      Friday, March 29               Shabbat Pesach                 6:23 pm
                                             job too small or big. Room additions,
the Temple office at 760-568-9699.                                                          * Daylight Saving Time begins March 10th
                                             remodeling, patio covers, decks,
CARE GIVER FOR THE ELDERLY - 51              carpentry, electrical, plumbing,              2013 LECTURE SERIES at Temple                 HAR-EL, Member, Union for Reform
year old male seeking one on one             masonry, drywall, cement, wood                Isaiah. March has two outstanding             Judaism, offers five Galen Courses in its
assistance work with elderly. Have           floors, tile, fences, painting, sprinklers,   speakers: Jay Michaelson, author of           Spring Trimester schedule. See page 22
a nurses aide certificate. Training in       landscaping, swamp coolers, custom            “God vs. Gay” Sunday, March 3                 for listing of programs. Avail yourself of
CPR.Volunteer with Meals on Wheels           homes and more. License #506-                 at 4:00 pm; and Michael Childers              opportunity to attend the March 18th
                                             370.              on Thursday, March 14 at 7;00 pm.             Book Course lecture (“Spies Against
for ten years. Was Riverside County
                                             760-671-4476 .                                Topic: “icons and Legends” A Visual           Armageddon” by Raviv and Melman)
Volunteer of the Year for two years.
                                                                                           Lecture. See ad page 5.                       at no cost. See ad page 8. Symposium:
B.A. in philosophy. Very honest and          FOR ALL OF YOUR CLOTHING                                                                    Fridays With a Scholar on March 15
hard working. Have references. $10                                                         CONNIE’S handbags are gorgeous                features “Two Short Films/Two Powerful
                                             NEEDS – call Arlene, at Rosenthal of
per hour. 760-345-6740.                                                                    and at fabulous prices. New shipments         Messages” by Joel Hochberg. See ad
                                             Palm Springs. From casual to couture,
                                                                                           every week. 440 El Cielo, Suite 8,            page 16. Contact Har-El at harelurj@
JFS ExpRESS SENIOR RIDE                      for men and women. Can make and
                                                                                           (corner Ramon Road), Palm Springs.   or 760-779-1691.
TRANSpORTATION program                       or copy anything. Huge variety of             Open Wednesdays, Fridays and
currently recruiting volunteer drivers.      fabrics. in your home appointments.           Saturdays 10 am-4 pm
Drivers use their own vehicles to                                                                                                        KRISTINE A. KAUFFMAN - SENIOR
                                             Since 1989 – making people look and
provide rides for older adults to personal                                                                                               CARE SpECIALIST. Driving for
                                             feel good in perfectly fitted clothing.       GUEST HOUSE FOR RENT. Free                    appointments, shopping, dining, etc;
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              Laugh out Loud
                       Stories in the news that bring a smile!                   Recipes for Purim
One Way to Assure a Minyan               The pacifier Tree                                      Have A Nosh With Miriam
     Moshe, the gabbai (sexton)
                                                                                                                                         By Miriam H. Bent
of a hole-in-the-wall synagogue
                                                                                                         As many of you know, i have
in Nachlaot - a quaint and                                                                               a delectable collection of cha-
picturesque maze of narrow                                                                               roset recipes ... and this year i
alleyways in the heart of Jerusalem,                                                                     want to share one of my newer
hatched a unique combina (deal)                                                                          “finds” with you: Yemenite Cha-
                                                                                                         roset Balls. i’ve made them the
that ensures he will have a minyan                                                                       last two years and the guests at
(prayer quorum) every morning,                                                                           our Seders have fallen in love
while demonstrating affordable                                                                           with them. i’m also giving you a
                                                                                                         very good, slightly sweet brisket
housing could be just around the                                                                         recipe that features onion-lemon marmalade and my incred-
corner: The sexton slashed the rent                                                                      ibly easy and delicious Lemon Tarragon Chicken, which easily
in a renovated apartment building                                               doubles or triples to accommodate the number of Seder guests. Chag samayach. Have
                                                                                wonderful Seders with family and friends. MHB
he owns just down the street,
provided that occupants sign a                                                                               YEMENITE CHAROSET BALLS
one-of-a-kind lease promising not
only to pay their rent and utility      The upscale township of Omer,           1/3 cup pitted dates                           1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
                                                                                1/3 cup dried figs                             3/4 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely
bills on time; tenants are legally      outside Beersheba, introduced a         1/3 cup raisins                                  ground
obligated to rise every morning at      unique pacification program on          1/3 cup dried apricots                         3/4 cup almonds, toasted, slivered
5:30 am to join Moshe’s minyan at       behalf of the bedroom suburb’s          2½ Tablespoons honey                           1½ Tablespoons orange liqueur
                                                                                1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon                   ½ cup almonds, toasted, slivered and
the landlord’s synagogue.               two- and three-year-old residents       ½ teaspoon ground ginger                         ground
                                        – a tree in a local playground          1/8 teaspoon ground clove
Silent Night                            where children are encouraged            Combine dried fruit, honey and spices in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
While the spotlight for israeli         to hang up their pacifiers when          Add the pecans, slivered almonds and orange liqueur and process until just combined.
                                                                                 Form the mixture into balls about 1 to 1½ inch in diameter and roll in the ground
inventiveness is usually trained        they are good and ready to part          almonds.
on high-tech firms, the 2012            with them.
Israeli Ingenuity Award belongs             Omer is not alone. The new                          BEEF BRISKET WITH ONION-LEMON MARMALADE
to kibbutz Sdeh Nechemia, whose         “hybrid species” is quickly
‘silent night sewer pipes’ solve        spreading to other municipalities        1 beef brisket (6 to 8 lbs.)                 ½ cup brown sugar
                                                                                 2-3 large onions, sliced (enough to          3 tablespoons mixed herbs (optional -
a universal irritant that plagues       and individual nursery schools –           cover bottom of roasting pan)                rosemary, basil, oregano, thyme)
apartment dwellers everywhere.          the fruit of a new children’s book       2 large lemons, peeled and thinly sliced     4 cloves garlic, chopped coarsely
The pipes magically absorb the          in Hebrew, Etz Hamatzetzim (The          2 cups port                                  1½ teaspoonful coarsely ground pepper
noise of flowing water so plumbing      Pacifier Tree), written by a 29-year-
                                                                                Trim excess fat from brisket. in a roasting pan place the onion slices, lemon slices and
no longer conveys the news to all       old kibbutz nursery school teacher      garlic. Lay the brisket on top. Mix together the port, brown sugar and herbs, stirring
the neighbors every time someone        Lee Trachtman. The plot revolves        until the sugar dissolves, then pour over brisket. Sprinkle brisket with pepper and tightly
somewhere in the building visits        around a nursery school with a          cover the roasting pan with foil. Bake in a 300 degree oven until brisket is very tender
                                                                                when pierced, about four hours. When tender, uncover pan and return to oven. Raise
the bathroom, eliminating the           pacifier tree and three-year-old        temperature to 450 degrees and brown the meat slightly, no longer than 20 minutes.
need for laws like the one in           Noa who, still beset by mixed                Remove brisket from pan and keep warm. Skim off fat from pan juices and pour
Switzerland that prohibits flushing     feelings, has trouble separating        the onion, lemon and pan juices into a sauce pan. Boil uncovered, stirring often. As
                                        from her pacifier.                      mixture thickens, reduce heat to medium and stir more often until thick and shiny,
toilets after 10 pm.                                                            about 1-3/4 cups (about 20-30 minutes). Add salt to taste. Slice brisket across the grain
                                                                                and spoon the marmalade over.
Israel Guide Dog Center Luncheon
  The Matthew Varon Chapter of israel                                                                     LEMON TARRAGON CHICKEN
Guide Dog Center for the Blind held                                               1/4 cup olive oil                    1/4 teaspoon pepper
its annual luncheon on February 13,                                               1 lemon, juice and grated rind       1 3-1/2 lb. chicken disjointed *
                                                                                  1 garlic clove, minced               4 Tablespoons pareve margarine,
2013. Pictured: (left) Joey English                                               1/2 teaspoon tarragon                   cut into pieces
of KNEWS, Mistress of Ceremonies,                                                 1/2 teaspoon salt                    2 Tablespoons parsley
(right) Helen Varon, Chair, and                                                 in a 9” X 13” pan thoroughly combine first six ingredients. Roll chicken pieces in mix-
(seated) Laurie Rubin, a blind mezzo                                            ture, coating all sides. Cover with foil and refrigerate at least four hours, and as much
soprano who captivated the audience                                             as overnight, turning a couple times. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dot chicken with
                                         Photo by Pat Krause

                                                                                pieces of margarine. Bake 1-1/2 hours, basting occasionally. Cover the first hour then
with her magnificent voice and her                                              finish off uncovered. Serve sprinkled with parsley.
disarming candor as she spoke about                                                * If using boneless, skinless chicken pieces, cut baking time to about 40 minutes and
the challenges she faces daily as she                                           only uncover the very last few moments.
pursues her musical career.
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