T H E J E W I S H
OF SAN ANTONIO
Jewish Federation of San Antonio, 12500 N.W. Military Hwy., #200, San Antonio, Texas 78231 Volume 32, No. 5 TAMMUZ/AV August, 2008
Art Riklin is Honored by the State A Message from the President: Changes at the Jewish Federation of San Antonio
The State of Texas has recog- by Cathy Siegel Heins Community of San Antonio thanks Mark
nized Art Riklin for “his outstanding President for his leadership and guidance and I join
leadership in the Rotary Club of San Jewish Federation of San Antonio all of you in wishing Leslie and Mark and
Antonio and the Sam J. Riklin their family every success and happiness
Rotary Diploma Plus Program.” As August begins, Federation as they move forward in their new lives.
State Senator Jeff Wentworth Executive Director Mark Freedman With the support of the community,
delivered a proclamation to Riklin and his wife Leslie have returned to and the leadership of our board of direc-
recently which stated Riklin “has Florida where Mark has taken a tors, the Jewish Federation continues to
truly made a positive impact on the new job as Regional Director of grow and develop. We have exciting
lives of many young people in San Sen. Jeff Wentworth and Art Riklin Development for Tel Aviv University. new talent in fundraising with the addi- Cathy Siegel Heins
Antonio and he has earned great This is an exciting new challenge tion of Desiree Whitney as Director of
respect and admiration from his fel- dents enrolled in Diploma Plus have for Mark and an opportunity for them Campaign and Endowment. will kick off the 2009 Federation
low Rotarians for his loyalty and graduated from high school. both to be closer to family. The General Campaign Chair, Annual Campaign in January.
exceptional leadership.” According to the proclamation, I know the organized Jewish Mitch Michelson and his committee See CATHY HEINS Page 2
Riklin has carried on his late “Art Riklin has been instrumental in
brother’s dream. Begun in 1991 by raising funds to support the pro- New Encyclopedia Judaica Donated
Sam Riklin, the scholarship program gram, establishing a permanent sus- Louise and Michael Beldon of the Jewish Federation of San
is aimed at “at-risk and underprivi- taining endowment, developing have donated the new Encyclopedia Antonio from1995-2008.
leged” high school students “who administrative and fundraising com- Judaica to the Beldon Library in “This wonderful and compre-
truly want to get an education.” mittees and creating a fair and honor of Mark Freedman, director hensive encyclopedia is ready for
Some ninety percent of the stu- impartial selection process.” your use in the Reference room of
JCC Comedy Night Tickets are on Sale Aug. 11 the library,” Beldon librarian
Marlene Reynolds said.
The JCC announces that tickets 8:00 p.m. at the JCC. Shawn Pelofsky and Mike Burton. “When you look up San Antonio
for the Sept. 13 Comedy Night event Tickets are $25 for general seat- For more information or to in Volume 18 you will find the
will go on sale Aug. 11. Tickets will ing or $275 for a reserved table of 10. purchase tickets, contact Aliyah names of many of our leaders
be available online at www.jccsanan- Cocktails will be available for $1. Kuchinsky at 302-6827 or kuchin- including Michael Beldon,” Mark Freedman wth Louise and
tonio.org or at the JCC. The event, chaired by Lala firstname.lastname@example.org. Reynolds said. Mike Beldon
Comedy Night will take place at Gossen, will feature comedians
Golden Manor Sale is Completed – Current Focus is on Services
by Bennett Stahl our community. adopted a new name for its opera- 30 Jewish residents at Golden Another option may be to have
President As part of the contract, all resi- tions, which more accurately Estates. They visit them every day. no resident facility at all and
Golden Manor Board of Directors dents and employees who wished reflects the work it is doing, They are also taking a growing instead provide needed support ser-
to remain at the facility – which has Golden Manor Jewish Senior number of calls from adult children vices to Jewish seniors wherever
Golden Manor Jewish Home for been renamed ‘Golden Estates’ – Services. asking what can they do and should they already reside, whether in
the Aged completed the sale of its after the sale could do so and most Suzanne Huber remains the they do to provide care for their their own homes or in other retire-
land and buildings in June and has have. executive director of Golden elderly parents. ment facilities around town.
shifted its focus to providing non- The contract also allowed us to Manor Jewish Senior Services. The The mission of Golden Manor A third option may be some
resident services to Jewish seniors continue to use the chapel at focus of their efforts, as well as remains – and always will remain – combination of a resident facility
while it investigates potential plans Golden Estates for Jewish religious those of Sherie Trakhtenbroit, the sensitive and respectful care of and home-based care.
for the future. services, where volunteers have led social services director and Lety the Jewish elderly in our communi- Kelne’s committee is working
Golden Manor nursing home Shabbat services each week since Vargas, administrative assistant, is ty. The nature of that care may have with nationally-recognized experts
had been listed for sale for several the sale. squarely on providing a variety of changed, but it’s no less important on senior living who have already
years. Although Golden Estates will services for Jewish seniors in San and no less necessary than before. conducted a market demand analy-
The facility and its business not maintain a kosher kitchen, we Antonio right now. One of our most important sis, consumer research by mail and in
model – designed more than four are coordinating delivery of kosher These services include: activities right now is a needs one-on-one interviews, and who are
decades ago – were outdated and meals for those residents who • Care management for Jewish assessment that is being conducted conducting additional interviews.
could not be sustained financially, observe kashrut. seniors in long-term care facilities, to learn how many Jewish elders Their next step will be to put
especially as San Antonio’s Jewish And we were able to remove including Golden Estates and other are living in other locations and together business models reflecting
community migrated outside Loop from the old facility all donor group homes, or in their own what their needs are. those possibilities and get commu-
410 and Jewish seniors were drawn plaques and Jewish art, which have homes At the same time, Golden nity feedback, before trying to map
to newer retirement facilities. now been safely stored until a new • Coordination of religious ser- Manor’s long range planning com- out the financing.
After months of negotiation, we Jewish home is in place. vices and Jewish activities for mittee, chaired by Mike Kelne, is Throughout the planning process,
signed a contract to sell the facility Our board appreciates the exten- elders living in group homes working to determine how best to they intend to work closely with the
to an experienced for-profit nursing sive efforts of Ken Gindy for dedi- • Facilitating transportation for provide care for San Antonio’s Jewish Federation of San Antonio
home company that enjoys a good cating several months of his profes- doctor’s appointments, shopping or Jewish elderly in the future. and the broader community.
reputation. sional skill and talent to serve as to visit friends The committe is looking at For now, Golden Manor Jewish
Since the sale closed in June, Golden Manor’s legal counsel on • Providing information and three primary options. Senior Services is operating from
our small professional staff has this complex transaction. referrals for facility placement of One option may be to build a an office alongside Jewish Family
been providing an array of impor- We’re also grateful to David Jewish seniors and new resident facility. Whereas the Service on the second floor at the
tant services to Jewish seniors in Palans, Randy Pulman and Perry • Coordinating kosher meals for old Golden Manor was strictly a Jewish Campus. Jewish families
Wulfe for their hard work in mak- Jewish elders wherever they live. nursing home, a new facility might that need to arrange for senior care
ing the sale a success. Suzanne and her staff are include independent and assisted services are invited to visit at any
INSIDE Meanwhile, Golden Manor has presently providing services to 25- living, as well as skilled care. time or call 302-6946.
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T H E J E W I S H New Orleans and Katrina – Three Years Later
OF SAN ANTONIO
Eighty percent of the homes in
New Orleans suffered damage. The
three year anniversary will be Aug.
rode out hurricane Betsy and want-
ed to stay and those who did not
have the means to get out.
Council 29 and the people of New Orleans Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
Executive are not yet whole again. exposed the truth that lower income
Published monthly by the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, Post–traumatic stress symptoms groups are more vulnerable to dis-
12500 N.W. Military highway, #200, San Antonio, TX 78231,
usually start to abate after two years aster. After the disaster they find it
210-302-6960 and supported by grants from the Helen Arronge Fund, with declines in crime rates, suicide harder to recuperate.
Every one that spoke in New
the Eilenberg Family Memorial Endowment Fund, the Charles Atkin and drug abuse. Those rates are still African American lower income
Orleans had their own story to tell.
Memorial Trust Fund, the Freeman Education Fund and not falling. groups have claimed, with some
They were speakers at the Jewish
the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign All the residents of southern evidence, that they have been
Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)
conference held in June on Louisiana who spoke at the confer- excluded deliberately from the
Cathy Siegel Heins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President ence and made reference to govern- renewal and rebuilding of New
“Racism, Poverty and Katrina.”
Judy Lackritz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Interim Executive Director ment referred to a massive govern- Orleans.
Speakers included Tulane pro-
Barbara Richmond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Editor ment failure. Most perceived the In general, New Orleans resi-
fessors, Jewish Federation represen-
Linda Schneider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Advertising Representative federal, state and local governments dents voice an attitude that only
tatives, volunteers, church represen-
tatives and food bank employees. had let them down. they can save themselves in future
Proofreaders: Idelle Abramson, Carol Bornstein, Sylvia Brown, Phyllis Conference attendees also heard disasters.
Each of them talked about com-
Braverman, Phyliss Cole, Marsha Greenberg, Cathie Guggenhiem, accusations that the National Guard One bright spot in the scenario
munity losses and their personal
Itta Lenowitz, Fran Levinson, Sterling Neuman and Lew Richmond M.D. deliberately set up a blockade of has been the outpouring of support
losses. Almost everyone described
the height the water reached in their food, water and medical care inside from non-profits and faith–based
New Orleans, which directly groups. These groups have sent sup-
Deadline August 15 - 3:00 p.m. own home.
The trauma of Hurricane Katrina impacted the 20,000 citizens who plies and workers who have volun-
remains visible, hanging in the air. were stuck in the Superdome. teered to help rebuild New Orleans.
A tour of the lower 9th ward fea- A congressional investigation into The American people have indi-
Candle Lighting In Loving Memory these charges has yet to be initiated. cated by their actions that they want
tures vacant lots and damaged homes.
Aug. 1 – 8:08 p.m. Many homes in the flooded The two groups of people who to help New Orleans heal and
Simon Alexander did not evacuate were those who thrive.
Aug. 8 – 8:02 p.m. areas still carry on the front door a
Sofia Mirsky large circle with an X through it.
Aug. 15 – 7:56 p.m. Symbols surrounding the circle
Aug. 22 – 7:49 p.m. indicate the date the home was Mission Statement of the Jewish Journal
Samuel Rosenzweig The Jewish Journal is a publication of the Jewish Federation of San
Aug. 29 – 7:41 p.m. inspected, who inspected it, the Antonio. Its mission is to inform the community of activities of local
Sept. 5 – 7:33 p.m. Joe Samulin number of dogs and cats and the interest, to educate about issues of national and international signifi-
number of dead. cance, and to provide articles that are both entertaining and enlightening.
Ceding the Golan to Syria Would be Strategic Blunder
By Dore Gold are the southern demilitarized zone at the proliferation of ballistic missiles, Israel’s security needs for demilita- Western orientation. Iran today is on
al-Hamma, the Banias area and the the holding of actual territory is less rized zones will require Syria to pull the move across the Middle East with
JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel and strip of coastal territory along the important today than in previous gen- back its armored forces behind its new achievements in Lebanon, Iraq
Syria reopened their diplomatic dia- northeast shoreline of the Kinneret. erations. In fact, should Syria use its own capital. This indeed was Israel’s and the Gulf states. It has a much
logue this month after a hiatus of eight When Syrian forces seized the considerable rocket and missile forces position during talks in the 1990s. deeper internal grip on Syria today
years. However encouraging this Kinneret shoreline in the 1950s, against Israel to delay deployment of This problem is exacerbated by than it did in the period of Hafez
seems in the violence-plagued Middle Damascus declared part of the Israeli reserve forces in the area, the Syria’s massive acquisition of ballistic Assad, the father of Syria’s current
East, the notion that Israel would have Kinneret as Syrian territorial waters. importance of the Golan will increase, missiles and rockets, especially after president, Bashar Assad.
to give Syria the Golan Heights in If Israel were to agree to the June as Israel’s small standing army will the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Israel Moreover, even if Syria were will-
exchange for a pledge of peace is 4, 1967 line, essentially it would be have to fight for more extended peri- must seek to place limitations on ing to signal the beginnings of a move
extremely troubling. rewarding Syrian aggression from the ods of time without reserve reinforce- these missile forces and on their loca- away from Iran, any such changes
Israel captured the Golan in the 1950s as well as compromising Israeli ment. tion close to the Israeli border. could be fleeting. While Israel’s con-
1967 Six-Day War following nearly control of its largest freshwater reser- As the Second Lebanon War Syria will have to make hard cession of the Golan Heights would
20 years in which Syrian forces posi- voir. But Syria is uninterested in any- demonstrated, air power cannot serve choices regarding the extent of the be irreversible, Syria could shift its
tioned on the strategic plateau pound- thing less. as a substitute for effective land war- concessions it must make. Will Syria regional alignments anytime.
ed Israel’s farms and towns below In any case, Israel should not be fare if Israel comes under attack. be willing to accept intrusive security Israeli negotiations with Syria
with artillery attacks. arguing with the Syrians over whether • Security arrangements: Some restrictions near its capital, or will it have been part of the Middle East
Despite advances in military tech- a future Israel-Syria boundary should proponents of a Golan withdrawal cite prefer to leave the territorial status landscape since 1991. But new talks
nology, the Golan Heights remains a correspond to the June 4, 1967 line or the example of the Israel-Egypt peace quo in place? must not be exploited to legitimize a
vital strategic asset for Israel’s to the older international border accord as a model for Syria. In the • Iran: The Syria-Iran alliance is regime that even the Arab world
defense that Israel cannot afford to because neither of these lines is defen- agreement with Egypt, Israel was not just a problem for Israel but for seeks to isolate because of its back-
cede. sible. compensated for its loss of the Sinai many countries in the Middle East. In ing of Iran and its terrorist offshoots.
As negotiators will soon find, Israel’s positions on the Golan Peninsula with “security arrange- Israeli diplomatic circles, the main Moreover, given the continuing
there are three clusters of issues they now give its numerically inferior ments” that fundamentally restricted demand voiced to Syria is breaking its military importance of the Golan
will not easily resolve: delineation of standing army a clear topographical Egyptian forces in the Sinai through alliance with Iran. But is it reasonable Heights, it would be a cardinal error
an agreed boundary, security arrange- advantage against the masses of demilitarized areas and limited-forces to assume that Syria would be willing for Israel to put into jeopardy its
ments and the Syrian-Iranian alliance. Syrian armor deployed in the plain zones. to distance itself from Tehran? own security by agreeing to come
To a large extent, these issues have below that stretch all the way to But while the Sinai is roughly 120 Were Syria to cut off from Iran, it down from this vital strategic barri-
become even more difficult since Damascus. As during the 1973 Yom miles wide, the Golan ranges from 15 would lose its special relationship er.
negotiations were held in the 1990s. Kippur War, when Israeli armor was to just 7 miles wide. In order to create with Iran’s Shiite proxy in Lebanon,
• Borders: If Syria argues that it is outnumbered by a ratio of 8 to 1, this sufficient security for Israel, it is nec- Hezbollah, and with Syria’s own (Dore Gold is the president of the
entitled to the pre-1967 lines, there is advantage can enable a small Israeli essary to institute force limitations on hegemony in Lebanon – a top priority Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
a fundamental problem because Syria force to hold off a large Syrian the Syrian army beyond the Golan for Syrian foreign policy. As Israel’s ambassador to the United
itself illegally occupied territories advance until Israeli reserve forces Heights, well into southern Syria. It is extremely unlikely that Syria Nations from 1997 to 1999, he dealt
during the 1950s that were within can arrive. Given the proximity of Damascus would be willing to forego this with the Syria-Israel negotiating
Israel’s international borders. They It is incorrectly assumed that with to the Golan Heights, it is likely that alliance and instead adopt a pro- track.)
CATHY HEINS, From Page 1 • Senior and Community Social trip, as our visit falls in the year of the Executive Committee, to chair a and around the world. We work
Based on the results released in Services Israel’s 60th birthday. search committee for a new executive with our partner agencies to pro-
June, 2007 of the recent Demographic • Jewish Education and Additionally, at the end of our trip, we director. We have contracted with the vide education and programming
Study of the San Antonio Jewish Leadership Development will join thousands of Jews from around professional search department of the that supports Jewish continuity.
Community, a Strategic Planning • Financial Resource the world for the General Assembly of Mandel Center for Leadership to help And we work tirelessly toward
Committee has been formed and has Development United Jewish Communities in Jerusalem. us with this process. tikkun olam.
been meeting regularly. • Community Outreach Dates and locations for informa- Their experience and direction will I am proud of the work we do
This committee was charged with • Marketing and PR tion meetings for this trip are available help us to conduct a very diligent and thor- and the vision and dedication of the
taking the results of the study and for- There are a few openings left on elsewhere in this issue and at the ough, and obviously important, process. people who do it.
mulating a future plan for our com- these committees. If you would like to Federation office, 302-6960. During this time, CRC Director I am always available to answer
munity and its growing needs. be part of one of these work groups, The plan for this mission is excit- Judy Lackritz will serve as Federation questions or listen to your ideas,
Their next step is to have work call the Federation offices at 302-6960. ing and I strongly suggest that you join Interim Director. I am confident that your thoughts, or your concerns.
groups address specifically what have We plan to present a formal communi- me for what I know will be a phenom- we have a team in place that will help As we move forward, please
been identified as priorities. ty strategic plan in spring 2009. enal experience. insure that we continue to achieve and join us as we work together to build
To date, five task forces have been From Nov. 9 to the 20, I will lead And finally, I have appointed Steve accomplish. Jewish community here in San
formed: a mission to Israel. Butler, a past president of Federation, Each year the Federation raises Antonio, Israel and wherever Jews
This is a special year to make this and current president’s appointee to money to aid Jews in San Antonio are in need.
The Jewish Journal of San Antonio August 2008 page 3
San Antonio to Host the JCC Maccabi NCJW Announces Magical Mystery Tour
The National Council of Jewish continental brunch, lunch and transporta- “You do not need to be a member of
Games Aug. 9-14, 2009 Women invites women to sign up for a day tion. NCJW to participate in this event,”
The JCC Maccabi Games night) for two athletes Aug. of friends and fun and mystery on Saturday, Send checks made out to NCJW San Wurzburg said. “Just come along and
will return to San Antonio 9–14. To learn more or to Aug. 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Antonio Section by Aug. 6 to Ruthie meet at 9:45 a.m. at Hobby Lobby, Bitters
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Aug. 9-14, 2009. sign up now, call the JCC
700 visiting athletes Maccabi Games Hotline at
will attend as well as hun- 302-6838 or email Carisa
dreds of visiting coaches, Heiss, Games director at
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from all over the world!
It is expected that 150 local • Team San Antonio Athletes
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dreds of local volunteers will partic- girls 7 v 7 soccer, boys and girls
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During the week, Games ath-
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social activity and a day of giving
back to San Antonio through an
basketball, girls volleyball, table
tennis, swimming, tennis, bowling,
golf and dance. Youth who are
going to be 12 through 16 years of
age by July 31, 2009 and are
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page 4 August 2008 The Jewish Journal of San Antonio
With Business Booming in India, Young Jews are Staying Put
NEWS AT A By Ben Frank India, which has the world’s “Never has there been a better most left for the new State of
s An Israeli lifeguard found
MUMBAI, India (JTA) – About
fastest growing major economy
after China. India’s nine percent
time to have been born in India,”
seems to be the country’s motto,
Israel in the following few years.
Still, India boasts the largest
500 well-wishers gathered recent- growth rate in 2007 was four times uttered on Indian television almost number of indigenous Jews of
a rare 2500-year-old mar-
ble discus meant to pro- ly around Isaac Divekar and that of the United States and near- every day. any country east of Iran.
tect ancient ships. The Siyona Garsulkar at their outdoor ly twice that of Israel. With a population of about 1.15 Not only are young Jews stay-
lifeguard, who was diving catered wedding reception at the Last year, only 49 Jews left the billion, India, like China, has capi- ing in India, a few Jewish families
in the antiquities site of Elie Kadoorie School here. community for Israel, down from talized on its educated workforce have returned from Israel.
Yavne-Yam, turned over Divekar, an accountant for a 291 in 2006 – though the latter fig- to become a major exporter of Israeli-born Anil Abraham, 31,
the discus, which dates large investment firm and ure included the 229 Bnei high-tech, financial and other ser- is now a tour operator in Kochi,
from the fifth century BCE, Garsulkar, a human resources pro- Menashe from northeast India, vices. where he has relatives. Although
to the Israel Antiquities fessional, had just married at one according to Ze’ev Schwartzberg, Most young Jews are educated he hasn’t made up his mind to stay,
Authority. of this city’s noted synagogues, head of the Ethiopia and India in Indian schools where English is Abraham says that “life is different
s President Bush enacted a Magen Hassidim, built in 1931. desk of the Jewish Agency for the language of instruction and are here compared to Israel,” citing
law that protects patients Unlike many young Indian Israel’s aliyah department. highly proficient in English and the “pressures of security and job
from discrimination Jewish couples who, in previous Schwartzberg said 90 Indian technology. They see their country there.”
based on genetic informa- years, often left the country in Jews left for Israel in 2004 and 143 as a place of opportunity, especial- “I love this place,” he added.
tion. Jewish groups, includ- search of greater opportunity and the previous year. India’s booming ly in high-tech jobs and “call cen- The Mumbai Jewish commu-
ing Hadassah and United Jewish life elsewhere, this young economy and the Arab-Israeli con- ters which pay extremely well,” nity appears to be active, with
Jewish Communities, the couple will be staying put in flict are keeping aliyah down, he according to Antony Korenstein, nine functioning Sephardic
Federations’ umbrella, had
led lobbying for the Mumbai. said. country director of the JDC in Orthodox synagogues, but only
Genetic Information “There are more job opportuni- The Jewish population in India India. two rabbis.
Nondiscrimination Act. The ties in India now,” said Divekar, “has remained stable,” said Elijah “Jews are sharing in and riding A Reform congregation, JRU,
bill bans health providers citing call centers and outsourcing Jacob, the American Jewish Joint the economic wave,” Korenstein meets at the Evelyn Peters
from refusing service from the United States. Young Distribution Committee country said. Jewish Community Center. The
because of genetic muta- Jews “are staying in India and not manager in India, citing a total of Many young Indian Jews JCC, which receives JDC assis-
tions and bans employers emigrating.” 4480 Jews in India. Approximately work in high-tech industries and tance, houses a meeting room for
from discriminating on the Divekar and his wife epitomize 3700 reside in Mumbai and financial services, whereas their young people, a popular com-
basis of such disorders. the new India and its revived nearby Thane. The balance live parents tended to work as fami- puter facility and a library that
s Yad Vashem launched a Jewish community of nearly 5000, in the Konkan villages, Pune, ly business owners, company hosts a religious school program
Hebrew channel on most of whom live in this metrop- Ahmedabad, Kochi (Cochin), directors, lawyers and bank for children.
YouTube. The channel olis of 19 million formerly known Delhi and Calcutta. clerks. JDC provides seniors and
joins the English and as Bombay. Young Indian Jews like The parents “certainly are not needy Indian Jews with monthly
Arabic Yad Vashem chan- Seeing a bright future in their Divekar and Siyona have wit- poor, though very few are truly cash assistance, medical programs
nels that were launched native land, young Indian Jews nessed the economic boom over- wealthy,” Korenstein said. and medications. It also sends
recently and have had more increasingly are remaining in taking the subcontinent. Jews live in the cities where young Indian Jews for leadership
than 600,000 views. The
Hebrew channel, which incomes are rising fast to catch up training courses abroad and spon-
will have content and video with international standards and sors two Jewish Service Corps vol-
clips added on a regular reflect a higher standard of living. unteers, Reuben Posner of
basis, contains testimonials With the call centers provid- Baltimore and his wife, Leila
of Holocaust survivors, ing jobs for young adult Jews at Bilick, originally from Teaneck,
archival photographs, a vir- night – it’s daytime in the United N.J. They teach in the religious
tual tour of the new States – synagogue leaders say it school that meets weekly in
Holocaust History Museum is difficult to attract them to Mumbai and biweekly in Thane,
and stories of families that activities. They sleep during the and also have started adult-educa-
have been reunited decades Jason V. Kboudi, DDS
day and are working at night. tion classes.
after they were separated Gerald W. Crouch, DDS, FAGD Divekar says that Jews are Natasha Joseph, 20, an editor at
during the Holocaust. Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry
allowed time off from work for the new magazine Kol India, is
s The White House named 11874 Wurzbach at Lockhill-Selma Jewish holidays and festivals. active in the Jewish community.
a new Jewish liaison. Scott (The Elms Shopping Center) Jews have been a part of the She cites the myriad Jewish activi-
Arogeti is the seventh liai-
son to the Jewish commu- San Antonio, TX 78230 Indian mosaic for more than two ties in Mumbai – the Khai Fest, a
nity for the Bush adminis- 210-366-3606 millennia. This “land of the Chanukah festival sponsored by
Ganges” was known to the Jews of The Jewish Youth Pioneers, com-
tration. Arogeti, a www.advancedsmilecare.com antiquity as well as to those of the munal Passover seders in the city
University of Georgia grad-
uate, is in his mid 20s and Middle Ages. The Talmud contains and elsewhere, children’s day
currently serves as a staff several references to India. camps and youth leadership pro-
assistant in the Office of During the 12th century, a num- grams.
Public Liaison, the White ber of Jewish travelers, including The community held a large
House office that coordi- Benjamin of Tudela, wrote about Israel Independence Day celebra-
nates outreach to special Jewish life here. tion in the Magen Hassidim pavil-
interest groups. Arogeti’s In 1948, some 30,000 to ion and a Holocaust Memorial
parents are involved in the 40,000 Jews resided in India, but Day commemoration at the JCC.
Atlanta Jewish community.
He is a graduate of Jewish
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JCC Offers Fall Rachelle Neuman Brings Hattitude to the Josephine Theatre
Program Demo By Barbara Richmond
Week Aug. 18 – 22 Rachelle Neuman has always
worn a lot of hats – playwright, Actors Lynn
The Barshop JCC Fall Program director, actor, lyricist – and that’s
Guide, containing a variety of recre- Utley and
just in her creative life.
ational, educational and enrichment The local mother, grandmother Jennifer
programs and services was recently and wife is about to launch her ulti- Ortega
mailed to JCC members and the mate hat trick – Hattitude – open- rehearse
Jewish community. ing at the Josephine Theatre Aug. with
Two fall sessions of program- 9. Rachelle
ming are being offered in the Cast with well-known local per- Neuman
guide. The Fall 1 session will run formers – Byrd Bonner, Lynn (left),
Aug. 24 through Sept. 26. The Utley, Twyla La Mont, Naomi writer/
Fall 2 session will run Oct. 26- Philips, Lucy Briggs, Martha director.
Dec. 19. Prentiss, Jo Grabow and Jennifer
A program demo week will be Ortega – Neuman started thinking
offered Aug. 18 - 22 for select Photo:
about the play in 2000.
classes providing would-be partic- “It was in my head a long time. Leslie Klein
ipants the opportunity to try the My mother loved to wear hats in
classes and acquaint themselves Marshall, Texas. Those women and about confronting difficult are meant to be produced, to be “This is about slick young
with instructors prior to registering were really clothes conscious and calamities in life.” seen. Unfortunately many writers chicks, Black church leaders, Red
for the class. fashion minded. They went to Neuman attended The University see their works just sit on a shelf.” Hat Ladies – it just includes every-
The class demo schedule is fea- meetings in hats, gloves and stock- of Texas. She married San Antonian She continued, “I’d like to see body. Hats represent different rela-
tured on page nine of the program ings,” Neuman said. Sterling Neuman and they have two Jewish-themed creative works tionships, different roles we have
guide as well as the JCC website at “And my father always wore a daughters. aired here – ten or fifteen minute in life,” she said
www.jccsanantonio.org. Classes hat, mostly cowboy. In Marshall, “When my daughters went to scenes – so playwrights could have Other cast members include
that will be available for a demo men would pass you and always tip college I thought about going back a chance to see their works per- Lew Richmond, Delores Walker,
include a variety of dance, theater, their hats.” to school and getting a business formed. The community becomes Judy Utley, Sharon Weynard and
sports and early childhood enrich- After attending a writer’s work- degree. Sterling asked, ‘Why do more alive when there are a lot of Phil Marzec.
ment programs. shop in Colorado in 2003, Neuman that. Do what you really want to cultural activities.” Neuman emphasizes that
Families with elementary returned to San Antonio and per- do,’” she said. Neuman said she has directed Hattitude is “a collaborative effort,
school-aged children may also try suaded her friend Linda Kaufman With that, Neuman enrolled in “many plays about relationships like a family for a short period of
out the JCC’s Kids Club after- (long-time Jewish Journal contribu- Incarnate Word University and got a and overcoming obstacles. I’m time. We share our experiences.”
school care program. Advanced tor) to write the music for her lyrics. fine arts degree, emphasizing theater. drawn to that sort of thing.” Neuman claims to have a per-
reservations are required to demo “Linda changes, sculpts and Neuman’s first produced play And specifically, about Hattitude. sonal collection of about one hun-
the program by calling Lisa then the words fit the melodies. was Brown Pigs and Burgers in “My characters tell their stories, real- dred hats. “Everyone gives me
Guerrero at 302-6959 by Friday, She always has a thousand songs 1998. ly act out life as it happens. They use hats. And I still have a couple from
Aug. 22. buzzing around in her head,” She wrote Three Faces of each other for support. I think my mother. And really, I can’t walk
A program registration form is Neuman said. Yitzhak which was performed in women do that all the time. We into a store without going to hats
included in the program guide Orignially performed at Temple Israel, Darfur Calls (a team writing empathize and then we go on. But first.”
which may be turned in at the JCC Beth-El in 2000 and then before 700 effort) which was performed at this is not just a women’s show. It is For reservations call the
or faxed to 408-2341 with pay- Red Hot Ladies, the musical has Temple Beth-El and several local for everyone. Josephine Theatre at 734-4646.
ment information. Online registra- changed a lot, according to Neuman. churches and recently she watched
tion is also available at www.jcc- “We’ve added new songs, tight- her one act play The Baby Piece
sanantonio.org for most classes. ened the story-line, but it’s still performed at the Renaissance
Online registration will close Aug. about not the hat you wear, but Theater.
22 for the Fall I session and will how you wear it. The motto of the “The thrill is seeing your words
close Oct. 24 for the Fall 2 session. show is being authentic to yourself go from the page to the stage. Plays
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Groups Seek Out Jewish Students Even Before they Land on Campus
NEWS AT A By Sue Fishkoff made their final decisions about to the school, he told his mother it Hillel also solicits names through
GLANCE SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) –
where to attend college. This fall,
they will be part of the largest
reminded him of Midrasha and he
wanted to go there.
Chai Wire, asking students to e-mail
their contact information and where
When Julie Lustbader was apply- incoming freshman class in U.S. “I had a number of things I was they are attending college.
s Israel’s counterterrorism ing to colleges last fall, she wasn’t history. looking for, a strong Jewish com- Theoretically it’s a streamlined
bureau has warned of thinking about Jewish life on cam- Many of them may not be munity and a strong Hillel,” says process. Hillel provides the names
possible attempts to kid- pus. thinking much about their Jewish Bovarnic, who asked that the to on-campus directors, who send
Her parents were, though. They needs on campus until their first school not be named for personal out welcome letters to incoming
nap Israeli tourists from
pored over a Web site set up by Jewish holiday rolls around, or a reasons. “I know I’m going to con- Jewish students. In practice, how-
Sinai. The National Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish friend drags them to a Shabbat din- tinue practicing Conservative ever, other factors are involved.
Security Council/Counter- Campus Life, particularly its ner at Chabad or a Purim party at Judaism, and I wanted a campus Keith Dvorchik is the executive
Terrorism Bureau issued a online guide to Jewish life on cam- Hillel. that would offer me that opportuni- director of Hillel at the University
travel advisory to the Sinai pus that provides Jewish data on That’s too late, says Jeff Rubin, ty.” of Florida in Gainesville, with 6500
Peninsula, a popular desti- more than 500 North American Hillel’s associate vice president for Not all Jewish high school stu- Jewish undergraduates. Dvorchik
colleges and universities. communications. dents are as motivated to stay con- says he receives 100 to 150 names
nation for Israeli tourists, “They had a 10 percent rule – “Jewish students often make nected, educators say. And not all each summer from Hillel, the B’nai
warning that terrorist any school I applied to had to be at decisions about what they’ll be of them go to colleges that have a B’rith Youth Organization and a
groups operating in the least 10 percent Jewish,” says involved in during the first week or strong Jewish student life. handful of synagogues. He sends a
area are planning to abduct Lustbader, 18, who will graduate two on campus,” he says. “There are 12 to 15 universities welcome e-mail to each student and
Israeli vacationers in the this month from Atholton High Jewish student organizations where the most active Jewish stu- says the system works pretty well
immediate future. The School in Columbia, Md. “And if it have spent much time and money dents go and after that it’s hit or for him.
didn’t have a Hillel, I couldn’t in the past decade beefing up their miss,” says Richard Moline, the Arlene Miller, the executive
advisory warns Israelis not even apply.” programs on campus, Rubin says. director of Koach, the Conservative director of Hillel at the University
to visit Sinai and recom- Lustbader decided on the Now they’re reaching out to make movement’s campus organization. of California at Los Angeles, says
mends that those already University of Pennsylvania and connections with incoming Jewish Two years ago, Hillel launched local Jewish communities should
there leave immediately. after visiting the Hillel there, she’s students even before they hit cam- a major effort to bridge the gap be more involved. Miller did
glad to be attending a school with pus. between high school and college in receive names from Hillel last
s Israel’s currency, the such an active Jewish student life. “By reaching out to them ahead partnership with the B’nai B’rith year, but most of her incoming
shekel, is now legal ten- “I heard the food is good and of time, we increase the likelihood Youth Organization, the Jewish Jewish students come from the Los
der internationally. The they had a sign-up board for all of their being involved,” Rubin Educational Service of North Angeles area and she says she
shekel can now be used in these cool Jewish events – it looked says. America and the Reform, receives little cooperation from
really interesting,” she says. Do high school students care? It Conservative and Orthodox Jewish local synagogues, youth groups
trading overseas, with
Lustbader regrets she wasn’t depends, says Diane Bernbaum, the youth movements. and Jewish high schools.
banks throughout the involved in Jewish youth groups in director of Midrasha, a Jewish com- In 2006 Hillel began publishing “There’s no orchestrated sys-
world converting shekels high school. munity high school in Berkeley, an Internet e-zine called Chai Wire tem, so we have to be proactive,”
to other currencies, “In college I want to get more Calif. filled with information about Miller says. “There’s a lot more
according to Israel’s busi- involved,” she says. “I identify “The ones that have a good Jewish life on campus that it sends that could be done by the commu-
ness daily Globes. Israeli Jewish, and it’s nice to know I experience in high school want to quarterly to 50,000 high school nity to bridge the gap.”
won’t be the only one keeping re-create it,” she says. juniors and seniors. Last year it Outreach efforts have intensi-
companies also will be kosher at Passover.” That was true for Ben Bovarnic, held focus groups and sent out a fied in the past two years with
able to make payments in Lustbader is one of an esti- 17, a graduating Midrasha student survey to 20,000 Chai Wire readers the introduction of Chai Wire
shekels to overseas cus- mated 75,000 Jewish graduating who will be attending a small col- to find out what those teens want- and JESNA asking the heads of
tomers. The change comes seniors who in recent weeks have lege in the Northeast. On his visit ed. its 55 community Hebrew high
after Israel received Six hundred readers responded, schools to send the names of
recognition from CLS Rubin says. Three-quarters said graduating seniors to the Hillel
Jewish life on campus was an directors of the schools to which
Bank International, the important factor in their college they were headed.
international currency choice. Nearly 40 percent said they Devorah Silverman, who heads
clearing system. Mexico’s had consulted Hillel’s online guide that project at JESNA, says the
peso also was recognized. to Jewish student life during the Hebrew high schools sent about
The official membership application process. 350 names last year.
Last summer, Hillel began to Last year, the Orthodox Union
in CLS recognizes the
collect names of Jewish high also launched an internal effort to
shekel as one of the school seniors and pass them to funnel Orthodox high school stu-
strongest currencies in the Hillel directors at the schools they dents to appropriate Jewish groups
world, according to would be attending, so those direc- on campus.
Globes. tors could communicate with them “For 15 years I’ve been telling
over the summer. the O.U. they need to do this,” says
s Few world leaders are By the fall of 2007, Hillel had David Felsenthal, who heads the
staying away from the 5000 names. This year it hopes to O.U.’s new alumni department of
Beijing Olympics despite collect even more. the National Conference of
concerns over China’s Rubin says the process is ardu- Synagogue Youth.
ous. Some names are provided by Some 6000 high school seniors
role in Sudan. Though high school youth groups or, less are involved either in NCSY or in
human rights groups have often, by synagogues. Some can be Jewish Student Unions, the O.U.-
waged intense campaigns accessed through lists of incoming sponsored Jewish clubs in public
against China in the run-up freshmen at private universities, schools. Felsenthal says he had
to the Games, German although public universities don’t 300 names by May 1. His goal is
Chancellor Angela Merkel collect such data. See SEEKING STUDENTS Page 18
is among only a handful of
leaders who say they will
not attend. A group of rab-
bis has urged Jewish
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The Jewish Journal of San Antonio August 2008 page 7
JFS Annual Community Calendar of Events Next GAP Event to be Hadassah + Hattitude
Campaign is s AUGUST 11-15 s AUGUST 28 –
Held Aug. 14 Hadassah invites the Jewish
Underway The group known as GAP community to an afternoon of fun
Barshop Jewish Community SEPTEMBER 21 and fund raising on Aug. 24 at
(Graduates and Professionals)
Center - Post Camps Week One - Barshop Jewish Community 2:30 p.m. at the Josephine Theatre.
by Michael Malinas will hold a happy hour event at
Open to the community at the Center - Presents The Odd Couple, A new musical, Hattitude, by
LCSW, Clinical Director Wildfish Seafood Grille at 1834
Campus a male version and a female ver- local playwright Rachelle Neuman
Jewish Family Service NW Loop 1604. – on Thursday,
s AUGUST 16 sion, at the Sheldon Vexler and composer Linda Kaufman,
Aug. 14 at 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - National Theater; Male Version: Thursdays celebrates the triumphs of keeping
Serving individuals in San GAP is intended to provide
Council of Jewish Women - at 7:30 p.m. on August 28th and a positive attitude no matter what
Antonio, Bexar County and sur- local adults in their 20’s and 30’s
Magical Mystery Four, for infor- September 11th; Saturdays at 8:00 happens.
rounding counties without regard with a variety of social gatherings
mation call Ruth Wurzburg at 479- p.m. on September 6 and “Filled with memorable music
to age, race, religion or back- throughout the year.
9316 September 20; and Sundays at and sparkling dialogue, this fami-
ground, Jewish Family Service R.S.V.P. to Aliyah Kuchinsky
s AUGUST 17 2:30 p.m. on August 31st and ly show will be a sure-fire hit.
(JFS) is ready to serve when at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Barshop Jewish September 14th; Female Version: Help Hadassah and join in the
Community Center - Wellness Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on fun,” said Tevia Friedman.
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The need for the services JFS CHEVY CHASE, MD – The entitled “The Idea of the Arab Jew.”
s AUGUST 18-22 xAn Israeli diplomat in China American Israel Cooperative Enterprise Her doctoral studies at UCLA
provides grows daily – senior ser- Barshop Jewish Community is compiling a database of
vices, mental health services for (AICE) recently announced its 2008-09 have included the roles of “self” and
Center - Post Camps Week Two - Shanghai’s historic Jewish Schusterman Israel Scholar Awards, “other” in Israeli literature.
adults, children, youth and fami- Open to the community at the community.The Shanghai
lies, case management services, including one for Naomi Baldinger, The Schusterman Israel Scholar
Campus Jewish Refugees Museum, a who grew up in San Antonio. Awards are given annually to students
emergency financial assistance, Barshop Jewish Community former synagogue in the
victims of crime support services, Baldinger is a third-year graduate pursuing doctoral studies, each of
Center - Program Demo Week - Hangkou District of the city, student and departmental fellow in the whom receives $15,000 to support
emergency and supplemental try select classes for FREE .- Open has begun documenting the
food, family life education and Comparative Literature Ph.D. pro- their studies. The awards can be
to the community at the Campus influx of tens of thousands of gram at the University of California in renewed for students who advance
parenting education, to name just s AUGUST 24 Jews fleeing Nazi persecution
a few. Los Angeles. toward their degrees.
2:30 p.m. - Rose Treiman Group in Europe. Many of the In 2005, Baldinger completed a The Israeli Scholar Development
JFS is committed to providing and Leah Goot Group of Hadassah refugees were Austrians who
affordable services to more and B.A. at the University of Texas at Fund is a project of the American-
sponsoring musical play at the received emergency travel Austin and was inducted into Phi Beta Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE)
more clients while maintaining the Josephine Theater, Hattitude, visas from Ho Fengshen, the
highest quality. As part of that Kappa in 2003. In February 2008, she a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization
$18.00 per person, rsvp to Tevia Chinese consul general in co-organized a conference at UCLA created in 1993.
effort, JFS announces a new part- Friedman at 490-3854 Vienna in the late 1930s who
nership with Methodist Healthcare 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Barshop Jewish ignored orders from Beijing
Ministries. Together they will Community Center - Presents: to desist.The database pro-
strengthen the mental health ser- Financial Peace University - Free ject is being led by Uri
vices for children, youth and their Informational Session at the Gutman, Israel’s consul gen-
families. Campus eral in Shanghai, with help
Requests for the service JFS s AUGUST 25 from survivors and descen-
provides for seniors have recently Barshop Jewish Community dants of the city’s Jewish
increased dramatically, but the Center - After school Kids Club community, most of whom
budget for providing those ser- opens immigrated to Australia, Israel
vices has remained the same. JFS Barshop Jewish Community or the United States after
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NEWS AT A Rhythmic Gymnasts Go to the Mat with Approach Born in FSU
GLANCE By Dina Kraft Risenzon has been training with
Vigdorchik since she was nine, the
girls, Vigdorchick says they’re like
family. She says this year’s
Samotalov is encouraged by the
s Pope Benedict VI and the NETANYA, Israel (JTA) - On same year she and her family Olympics Games are “closing a homegrown talent of one of her
chief rabbi of Rome will one side of the cavernous gym, six immigrated to Israel from Ukraine. circle.” longtime charges, Rivkin, 17, who
take part in a marathon members of Israel’s first Olympic The language in the hall is pre- Vigdorchik says she’s proud has improved consistently at com-
live televised reading of rhythmic gymnastics team warm dominately Russian; six of the that rhythmic gymnastics, a sport petitions this year.
the Bible. The pope will up in a circle, chatting softly in a eight rhythmic gymnasts are immi- brought to Israel by Russian immi- “My goal is to do the best I
kick off the weeklong, mix of Russian and Hebrew while grants from the former Soviet grants in the early 1970s, has can,” Rivkin says of Beijing. “It’s
round-the-clock “Bible stretching their legs in effortless Union. The two Israel natives are caught on. so special, going out there in front
Day and Night” event Oct. splits on the mat. the daughters of immigrants: “It’s very popular, but we need of that huge audience.”
5, reading in Italian the Nearby, Irina Risenzon, a fellow Rachel Vigdorchik, who tutors more government investment and Not far away, Risenzon laughs
beginning of Genesis, gymnast competing in the individ- Risenzon, and Neta Rivkin, who at more sponsors,” she says, echoing as she recalls her introduction to
Italy’s state-owned broad- ual category, is trying to master a 17 is the youngest member of the a common complaint of Israel’s the sport when she was a little girl
caster RAI reported. leap in which her head must tilt Israeli Olympic team. sporting community. living near Kiev.
Roman Chief Rabbi backward to meet a bent leg. This large contingent of rhyth- For those who grew up in the “I was considered sickly,
Riccardo Di Segni will fol- It’s late afternoon and the mic gymnasts is why the Israeli Soviet system, where cultivating always getting the flu,” she recalls.
low, reading the same pas- young women, ranging in age from squad has nearly as many women as sports and athletes was a top “So my parents were told that to
sage in Hebrew. Protestant 17 to 22, have been practicing for men this year in its 39-member del- national priority, the contrast in strengthen my body I should do
and Orthodox Christian much of the day. In black T-shirts egation for the Olympics in China. Israel can be jarring. sports, and the closest gym to our
leaders also will read. In and black shorts, they appear to be The sport combines ballet, the- Ela Samotalov, the coach for the house was for rhythmic gymnas-
all, about 1200 people from in uniform, reinforcing a feeling of atrical dance and gymnastics and team event, came in 1991 from tics.”
all walks of life will con- discipline and order that marks is divided into individual, pair and Minsk, where she helped coach the When she was four, Risenzon’s
tinue reading all 73 books their training and routines. team event categories. Ropes, Belarus national team. She says she Olympic career was nearly
of the Catholic edition of “There are harder workouts and hoops, balls, clubs and ribbons are is still getting accustomed to derailed by coaches who deemed
the Old and New easier ones,” says Risenzon, 20, used in the routines. Israel’s more spartan sports culture. her too pudgy to excel in the sport.
Testaments. Most of the her auburn hair pulled into a bun. About 3000 girls are training in “There is no status to being a Her baby fat long gone, she fin-
marathon reading will be She sits on a wooden bench on the gyms across the country, according coach here in Israel,” she com- ished seventh last September in the
broadcast on RAI’s educa- edge of the gym, watching the team to Rachel Vigdorchik. She over- plains. World Championships.
tional satellite channel. begin its routine. The gymnasts sees 300 of them at the gym she The Soviet-style training, with Risenzon talks about the deep
practice about ten hours per day. runs in Holon and at another its strict discipline and demands, concentration she tries to maintain
s Two Baha’i shrines are “But you know why you are branch in Jaffa for Arab girls. can seem off-putting to native- during her routines – tuning out the
the latest Israeli sites to here,” she says. “For me it’s my Vigdorchick, who moved to born Israelis, Samotalov says. This clapping crowds, the cameras and
join UNESCO’s World goal – the Olympics.” Israel in 1979, was scheduled to is part of what unites the Russian- the competition. Relief and satis-
Heritage List. The United Like every Olympian, her ulti- perform in the 1980 Olympic born gymnasts – a shared under- faction come only after a success-
Nations Educations, mate goal is the gold. Games in Moscow, her hometown, standing of the dedication needed ful routine is completed.
Scientific and Cultural “That’s the dream,” Risenzon but she stayed home when the to excel that comes from growing “Then I think about every-
Organization announced says, breaking into a smile, a Israeli team boycotted, along with up in families versed in a more thing,” she says. “In the midst of it
that it was adding Baha’i marked contrast from the grimace other countries, in protest of the intense approach to sports. all I’m focused on the next move.”
shrines in Haifa and Acre she’s been wearing for the past two Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. “But the sabras are learning “But I love to perform,”
to its protected list. The hours while trying to perfect her Looking around the gym at the well. It will just take time,” Risenzon says, her deep brown
sites, which include 26 leaps and pivots before her hard- team members she has coached, Samotalov says of the Israelis. eyes shining as she describes her
buildings, “are inscribed driving coach, Ira Vigdorchik. most of them since they were little “Sports is not a miracle. It’s hard Olympic routines, which include a
for the testimony they pro- playful number set to Indian music
vide to the Bahai’s’ strong and another with a samba tune.
tradition of pilgrimage and Despite her immigrant origins,
for their profound meaning she has no identity dilemmas, she
for the faith,” UNESCO says. “I’ve felt deeply connected
said in a statement. The here,” Risenzon says, “and when I
Baha’i faith, a 19th-century see the Israeli flag flying I get
offshoot of Islam that goose bumps.”
preaches the unity of all
major religions, considers Electronic Cane to
Haifa the future capital of Assist the Blind
Meir Ben Shabbat, 20, who
s The Tikvah Fund has recently graduated from Boys
given Princeton Town Jerusalem’s College of
University $4.5 million to Applied Electronics, has received
strengthen undergradu- national recognition for his gradu-
ate interest in Jewish ate project, an innovative electron-
thought. The funds are ic cane for the blind to improve
also earmarked to bring their maneuverability and foster
Jewish history and ideas independence.
into dialogue with other Meir Ben Shabbat’s winning
historical, philosophical project involved an electronic cane
and theological traditions, for the blind synthesizing three
Princeton announced. The different systems of operation.
Tikvah Project on Jewish An electro-optic sensor at its
Thought will host visiting base measures the distance
scholars and fellows, spon- between the cane and an upcoming
sor new undergraduate obstacle, transmitting multi-toned
courses that explore the- “beeps” to indicate the distance
matic religious questions from the obstacle.
from both Jewish and non- An additional feature entails an
Jewish perspectives, host optic transmitter attached to traffic
workshops and eventually lights to transmit real-time data to
sponsor a series of publica- the apparatus, activating an audio
tions and summer insti- message informing the use
tutes. The project’s fellows whether the light is red, yellow or
program will begin official- green.
ly in the 2009-10 school Finally, a third optic system
year, but the inaugural embedded in public transportation
Tikvah fellow, Professor vehicles enables city busses to
Michael Fishbane, will be transmit data to the apparatus as
in residence next term. well. Pre-recorded audio alerts to
the user are sounded, such as,
—JTA COMPILATION “Bus Number 4 to the University
is arriving at the bus stop.”
The Jewish Journal of San Antonio August 2008 page 9
The Annual Appreciation Lunch for tutors of the San Antonio Coalition for Literacy was held in the home of Leslie Sokol, a long
time supporter of the program. Michele Leverant, one of the early founders and coordinators of the Coalition, organized the lun-
cheon and will be helping to place tutors in schools in the fall. For information, call 302-6968.
Joan Ratner, Lydia Infeld and Bruce Gill Helen Isgur and Florence Zwirn
Roxane and Audrey Henkin
Anne Frank A Tribute
Hillel at The University Texas – San Antonio honors the
Jan Pratchett and Marion White
following individuals and groups for their contributions
“Precious Minds New
Connections” to the Anne Frank Exhibit and for their commitment to
Parenting Classes tolerance, justice and human dignity.
Begins 7th Year Orah Efraim Abramoff
The Barshop Jewish Community Betty and Roger Adler
Center’s “Precious Minds, New
Connections” parenting program Orie and Rudy Auguilar “Hair Preference”
will begin its seventh year on Shirly and Stewart Alexander
Thursday, Sept. 4. Classes are
Marion and Henry Bernstein
offered free of charge to all parents
and caregivers of children, birth to Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler and Alan Chesler
age four, at the JCC. Dr. Ann Eisenberg
Over 600 people have taken
advantage of this 8-week program. Pearl And Israel Fogiel
Lee Zinn, a participant from the The Foundation of Jewish Philanthropies, Freeman Fund
first year said, “The class was just Victor’s Service Center, Inc. Connie Franco “You’re Invited”
amazing. I enjoyed meeting other
Dr. Daniel and Garielle Gelo
parents and learning that I am not Sp ecializing in
alone. I still use the information I Margaret Gofman-Klein and Craig Klein
learned about setting boundaries Tova Rubin-Greenbeenblum and Robert Glennblum
and sticking with them. One of the
best things was that the children
were well supervised and dinner JAGUARS Hillel at The University of Texas – San Antonio
Raquel and Leonard Holzman
According to Alissa Levey
And Mercedes Benz Dr. Rosalind Horowitz
Baugh, director of Early Childhood SINCE 1986 Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching –
Services, “Parenting is the most UTSA
rewarding yet difficult job a person
will ever have. The type of class Nurit and Bob Jacobson
that we are able to offer is applica- Jewish Federation of San Antonio
ble to all parents. It is so important Victoria Martinez
to learn about the most effective
ways to interact with your child.” Office of the Dean - College of Education and Human
The two-hour classes are held in Development, The University of Texas–San Antonio
eight-week sessions at the Barshop Thomas Porter
Jewish Community Center, 12500
N.W. Military Highway. Morning • Repairs for all years and models San Antonio Holocaust Memorial Museum
and evening classes are available. • Upgrades of components for modern Janice and Robert Schwartz
Each class includes a free chil-
technology/performance Judy and Robert Schott
dren’s book, meal, qualified child-
care and course materials. • Extended Warranty Service for most providers Jetty Buhl Smith and Homer Smith
2008-2009 class start dates are Hilary Edddy Stipelman, Anne Frank Center, New York City
Sept. 4, Nov. 10, Jan. 15 and Mar. 413 West Olmos Dr. • San Antonio, Texas
23. For more information or to reg- Terry and Joshua Stolow
(210) 737-1778 or E-mail: email@example.com
ister call 302-6846 or email cindy-
page 10 August 2008 The Jewish Journal of San Antonio
NEWS AT A More Jews Say that Caring for the Dead is Partknow her, we talk about
By Sue Fishkoff Now as more liberal Jews are National Association of Jewish we didn’t
GLANCE re-examining such rituals as Chaplains and Kavod v’Nichum, a how she was somebody’s daugh-
EDISON, N.J. (JTA) – keeping kosher and Shabbat, group that provides training and ter, wife, mother, something to
s Two U.S. congressmen are Rochelle Lichtman carefully lifts the chevra kadisha is also mak- resources for the burial societies send her soul peacefully to the
urging President Bush to the head of the woman lying prone ing a comeback. And a new and bereavement committees. next world.”
send Israel a missile on a table in front of the room, institute set to open in the fall of David Zinner, the executive Herzfeld’s grandmother and
defense radar system. The while Karen Richter places a fresh 2009 will offer what organizers director of Kavod v’Nichum, can- mother both served on burial soci-
members of the House of piece of white cotton over her say is the country’s only certi- not quantify the growth of burial eties in Atlanta, but it “was some-
Representatives, Mark Kirk face. fied program in Jewish end-of- societies, but says he sees more thing you didn’t talk about when I
(R-Ill.) and Jane Harman Lichtman then eases a white life practices. conference participants each year was growing up in the ‘50s,” she
(D-Calif.), made their bonnet over the woman’s head, While it is one thing to rhap- and is receiving more inquiries on said.
request in a letter to Bush tucking in the edges of the face sodize about the beauty of caring setting up the societies. It was only when she saw a
following Iran’s recent mis- covering. She winds the bonnet’s for the deceased, it is quite anoth- As part of its efforts to friend’s 16-year-old son taken off
sile tests. Their letter strings under the chin and back up er to find volunteers who literally increase awareness of and a respirator 12 years ago that she
echoed a May 5 letter to the top of the head, where she must touch death. That’s typically expertise in traditional Jewish “found the strength,” she says, to
signed by more than 70 ties the ends to form the Hebrew left to hospitals and mortuaries. burial and bereavement, Kavod help organize one of the first
members of Congress letter shin, representing one of the The work of the chevra v’Nichum is launching the Reform synagogue-based burial
pressing the president to names of God. kadisha is shrouded in mystery. Gamliel Institute, a center for societies in the country.
deploy the AN/TPY-2 sys- Lichtman and Richter volun- Traditionally, even the names of the study, training and advocacy Noting that three Reform syna-
tem, a U.S. ballistic missile teer for a chevra kadisha, or burial those who perform the work are of Jewish end-of-life practices. gogues in Atlanta now have burial
defense early-warning radar
society, in Winnipeg, Canada. kept secret to preserve the dignity The institute will offer a three- societies, Herzfeld says the field is
system, to Israel as soon as
They are part of a four-woman of the departed. year certification program aimed growing fast.
possible. Iran has tested
team that was at North American And there are few hard-and- at chevra kadisha volunteers, rab- “I get a lot of soul satisfaction
“nine long- and medium-
range missiles, including an Chevra Kadisha Conference to fast rules. Beyond certain basics, bis, chaplains, funeral directors from this,” she says.
upgraded Shabab-3 capable demonstrate the taharah ritual – the actual steps of cleaning and and other Jewish communal pro- Getting younger volunteers is
of reaching Israel,” accord- washing a newly deceased body dressing vary from community to fessionals. another challenge.
ing to Kirk and Harman. according to Jewish tradition community. Thus if no “elders” Organizers say the goal is to Risa Hanau, 42, says she is the
before it is dressed in a white are available to teach a new gener- produce a cadre of trained advo- youngest member of her Conservative
s Hitler portraits adorn shroud and buried in a plain ation, volunteers must use books cates who will encourage Jewish synagogue’s chevra kadisha in
Russian train station. wooden box. and common sense. communities to integrate death Greensboro, N.C.
Hitler portraits have been Their model for the purifica- When the small Jewish com- and mourning into the Jewish life “A lot of the younger women
painted on a train station in tion rite is very much alive – her munity of Fort Collins, Colo., cycle instead of marginalizing and are mothers, and their focus is on
Russia’s Far East. Spray- face covering is moved at one organized its burial society, mem- neglecting them. youth, the start of life,” she
painted graffiti portraits of point to ease her breathing. But bers consulted many instruction “This will take what we’ve explains. “Also, it tends to be
Adolf Hitler began to the care and respect the team manuals in developing their own been doing for the last six years at older people because they want to
appear in and around a train demonstrates during its two-hour ground rules. these conferences and turn it into feel that someone will do it for
station near the Russian city session is as real as if the members an in-depth, comprehensive way them.”
of Vladivostok, according are working on one who has of looking at the entire continuum In an effort to draw in younger
to a monitor report from the passed away. For information or from critical illness through death congregants, her burial society is
Federation of Jewish “I wasn’t sure I could do it,” to volunteer for the and mourning,” says Zinner, who encouraging them to volunteer
Communities. The portraits says another member of the team, will co-direct the new institute first for shmira, the round-the-
and the words “Hitler was Evita Smordin, talking about the San Antonio Chevra with Rabbi Stuart Kelman of clock guarding of the body as it
right” appear at several first time she was asked to take Berkeley, Calif. awaits burial.
stops on the train line, as part in a taharah. “Now I feel it’s Kadisha call Ruth Posner Many of the volunteers at the Rabbi Susan Tendler of Congre-
well as on the walls of a real honor. It’s the only thing conference spoke about the gation Beth El, a Conservative syna-
houses in the region, the
you do for a person that they can’t emotional toll of their work, as gogue in Norfolk, Va., ran an educa-
group reported. pay you back for.” well as its spiritual satisfaction. tional session on her congregation’s
Taharah and other Jewish Given the difficulties, it may seem Reba Herzfeld of Atlanta chevra kadisha last fall, specifically
s A former associate law burial customs fell out of favor surprising that burial societies are start- described the “chevra huddle” her targeting younger congregants. Fifty
professor at Hebrew in liberal Jewish circles during ing up at more and more synagogues women’s burial group does after people showed up.
University in Jerusalem the 20th century, as increasing and in Jewish communities across each ritual cleansing. “There’s an opportunity there
was named Israel’s first numbers of Jews adopted North America. “We put our arms around each to start getting younger people,”
female U.N. ambassador. American fashions of embalm- Several dozen were represent- other, we say a prayer, someone says Tendler, who is in her late
Gabriella Shalev will ing or even cremation, which ed at the sixth annual conference. says something nice about the 30s.
replace Dan Gillerman. goes against Jewish law. It was co-sponsored by the woman,” Herzfeld says. “Even if As new burial societies orga-
Shalev, the rector at Ono nize themselves, they often find
Academic College, is con-
themselves making decisions that
sidered one of the world’s
raise questions of Jewish tradition,
foremost experts on con-
tract law. The appointment even Jewish law. What if a family
comes after a reported battle wants a taharah, but the burial
between Foreign Minister society knows the deceased will
Tzipi Livni and Prime be cremated? Should a burial soci-
Minister Ehud Olmert, who ety perform a taharah on a non-
favored former New York Jew if the Jewish spouse requests
Consul-General Alon it?
Pinkas. It’s up to each society, even
each individual member, to
s A plot to assassinate decide.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad The burial society in Los
in Italy failed, an Iranian Alamos, N.M., polled its members
daily reported. An adviser on some of these questions,
to the Iranian president told according to one of its members,
the Etemad-e Melli daily Rick Light.
newspaper of a plot to Four said they would do a
assassinate Ahmadinejad taharah before a cremation. Eight
during a three-day U.N. said they would not. One said he
food crisis summit in Rome would not do a taharah on a non-
on June 3, according to Jew, while five said they would as
Reuters. The report comes long as Jewish prayers were not
just days after Ahmadinejad said.
accused the United States of These decisions must be con-
a plot to kill him during a veyed to the bereaved family.
March visit to Iraq. Iranian “You’re walking a tightrope,”
state radio said the presi- Light says. “You don’t want to
dent changed his schedule offend people. It’s a very emotion-
at the last minute to foil the al topic.”
—JTA COMPILATION Live Generously–
It does a world of good!!
The Jewish Journal of San Antonio August 2008 page 11
Creating a Legacy of Love JCC’s Block and Dreeben School For Young
Children Introduces New Judaic Specialist
Winston Churchill once said, • Gift in Trust: There are a The Jewish Federation of San
The Block and Dreeben School
“We make a living by what we get; number of appropriate ways to Antonio works to support pro-
for Young Children announced
we make a life by what we give.” leave a gift in trust. For exam- grams that have brought enor-
Dalia Rosenberg as the school’s
Jewish Philanthropy has built ple, a trust can provide a sur- mous benefit to the Jewish com-
new judaic specialist. She was born
remarkable institutions, yet the viving family with income for munity in San Antonio and Israel.
in Mexico City where she attended
vast majority of our Jewish com- life with the remainder going Please join us as we work to sus-
a Jewish day school. She lived in
munity does not give as much as to charity after the death of the tain and strengthen the Jewish val-
Israel for six-months two separate
they would like. survivor. Alternatively, a trust ues of Tzedakah. For more infor-
times, which she says afforded her
The truth is that while many may provide income to a char- mation please contact Desiree
a deeper understanding of the
are limited by the realities of a ity for a prescribed number of Whitney at 302-6971 or visit
Jewish culture, traditions and her-
day-to-day budget, a little careful years with the reminder ulti- www.jfsatx.org. Continuity – An
planning today makes it possible mately going to a family mem- Endowment is Forever.
Rosenberg has a bachelor’s Dalia Rosenberg
for almost anyone to do more in ber.
degree in marketing and a master’s
the future to help those they love
in business administration. After to share the excitement of Judaism
and the Jewish Community.
working for several years in this with our children.”
The most frequent gifts made
in a will or trust includes: Estate Planning – Definitions area, she decided that her true pas-
sion was working with children.
According to Alissa Levey
Baugh, director of JCC’s early
She decided to pursue a new career childhood services, “Dalia will be
• A Fixed Bequest: This is the
gift of a fixed dollar amount
You Need To Know working with young children. guiding the teachers in the imple-
Rosenberg began training in mentation of the Ethical Start®
to a family member, friend or
Montessori education and is slated curriculum for our three and four
charity. s Gross Estate - Your gross estate includes all cash, personal to complete her training this sum- year old children. She attended a
• A Specified Percentage:
property and real property that you own at your death. mer. She worked in a Montessori three day Kadimah in Chicago
Many people divide their estate
school as an intern and assistant along with two JCC early child-
by percentages, leaving a spe-
teacher for two years. hood teachers to learn about this
cific percentage such as 10%
s Estate Tax – The federal estate tax is assessed on your tax- “Being part of the JCC’s pre- cutting edge program offered
or 20% to be divided among a
school is a new journey that I am exclusively at JCC’s. The curricu-
named list. able estate when you pass away. Estates over $2 million may
looking forward to,” said lum is based on the Jewish text
• A Gift of a Specific Asset: On be subject to an estate tax of as much as 46% in 2007. Rosenberg. “I love our Jewish tra- Pirkei Avot and integrates Jewish
some occasions, gifts of a par-
ditions and beliefs, and there is values through songs and stories as
cel of real estate or a block of
nothing I find more fulfilling than well as parent participation.”
stock help fulfill l a desired s Marital Deduction – The Tax Code currently permits you to
objective to give to family,
friends or charity. make unlimited gifts to a spouse during life or at death without
• A Residual Gift: Specific paying gift tax.
bequests are often given to fam-
ily members and the remainder
of the estate is divided equally s Annual Exclusion – You can gift up to $12,000 (or $24,000
among a variety of charitable
causes. if married) per person per year without paying gift tax.
x FYI x
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Jewish Food Pantries Feel Squeeze
NEWS AT A By Jacob Berkman bers of Americans are losing their hit hard by layoffs as well as the ris- seniors, Meals on Wheels and an
GLANCE NEW YORK (JTA) – In her 15
homes to foreclosure and state and
local governments are slashing
ing costs of rent, food and fuel show
up at the Met Council’s warehouse
emergency food and shelter pro-
gram. Approximately $60 mil-
years at the Yad Ezra kosher food funding for social services. in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. lion of the budget comes from
s Israeli physicians will bank in Berkley, Mich., Leah The crunch is coming from both The warehouse is not a distribu- government sources, he said.
provide heart surgery for Luger has never seen a situation sides of the socioeconomic spec- tion center, but about a dozen peo- In May, Congress voted to over-
children in Ukraine under quite as bad. trum of poor, they say. ple a day come anyway because ride President Bush’s veto of the
a joint venture with a Michigan has the highest unem- Food stamps, which help the they are embarrassed to seek help Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy
Ukrainian foundation. ployment rate of any state in the poorest of the poor, simply do not closer to home. Act of 2007, which mandates an
The Aleksandr Feldman nation at 7.4 percent and Yad Ezra stretch as far as they did a year ago. Rapfogel says his budget has additional $10.3 billion in aid to
Charitable Foundation and has seen a 30 percent increase in At the same time, a growing been slashed by more than $2.5 federal nutrition programs.
Save a Child’s Heart demand over the past two years. number of working poor and million this year by state and city The UJC pushed hard for the
launched a project in With food costs soaring, lower-middle-class Americans are budget cuts. Those cuts have measure, which will raise the min-
Ukraine to provide urgent Michigan’s only kosher food bank being forced to turn to food banks forced the Met Council to trim its imum benefit for food stamps for
pediatric heart surgery and is struggling to keep up. for help for the first time. food pantry budget and will force the first time in 30 years starting in
follow-up care that Luger, the organization’s direc- “In general, the entire country’s the agency to lay off 34 staff mem- October.
Ukrainian physicians can- tor of development and co-execu- food bank system is facing a crisis bers, he said. Jewish Federations support
not provide. Save a Child’s tive director, says there is “more and it is directly affecting all of the For those who receive food about 100 food banks through
Heart provides urgent pedi- need, more desperation” than she’s emergency food providers through- stamps, higher food costs mean the national system of Jewish
atric heart surgery for chil- ever seen. out the country,” Heather Wolfson, they can’t afford as much food. Family Service organizations,
dren from developing coun- Yad Ezra, which was started a spokeswoman for Mazon: A “For a household of four that according to the president and
18 years ago to help feed an Jewish Response to Hunger, told would have been getting the max CEO of the Association of Jewish
tries such as China, Congo,
influx of poor elderly Jewish JTA. allotment, by January they were Family and Children’s Agencies,
Ecuador, Ethiopia, Eritrea,
immigrants from the former Mazon gives as much as $4 mil- already finding that they were Bert Goldberg.
Iraq, Jordan, Russia, Sri Soviet Union, now has a different lion per year in grants to some 300 falling $30 short per month,” said
Lanka and Ukraine, as well clientele. Many are younger, organizations that either provide Ellen Vollinger, the legal director Harper Awarded
as to children in areas con- working-age Jews who have lost food or work in food advocacy. for Food Research and Action BBI’s Highest Honor
trolled by the Palestinian their jobs or been blindsided by This year, for the first time, Center, a national food advocacy (JTA) – Canada’s prime minister
Authority. The organization economic hardship. Mazon sent out a special mid-year group. “The new numbers we think was awarded B’nai B’rith
has treated more than 42 Two years ago, Yad Ezra served appeal to its donors asking for will be more acute.” International’s highest honor, the
Iraqi children and 800 1000 families per month. Now it more money, Wolfson said. Some 28 million Americans Presidential Gold Medallion for
Palestinian children from serves 1400. “There has always been a need, receive food stamps, which Humanitarianism.
the West Bank and the Rising food costs – 10 percent but there is even more now with Vollinger estimates is only two- Stephen Harper accepted the
Gaza Strip. in the last few months alone, Luger the economy the way it is,” she thirds of the number that actual- award in Ottawa after delivering
says – are compounding the chal- said. “The unfortunate thing is that ly qualify for the program. the keynote address at the start of a
s Israeli Jews live longer two-day policy conference.
lenge. A box of groceries that cost we don’t see an end to this very Hopefully the crisis will per-
and better than their $36.50 in January now runs $39. soon.” suade government officials that “We have never hesitated to
Arab counterparts, an publicly condemn hatred and dis-
“We are really struggling here,” The New York Metropolitan they must help more, says William
independent report crimination in all their vile manifes-
Luger told JTA. Council on Jewish Poverty, which Daroff, the director of the tations and to fight against them,
found. Sikkuy, a liberal Luger is not alone. Emergency provides 13,000 families with non- Washington office of the United
lobby that works to whatever the diplomatic or political
food providers everywhere are perishable food through its food Jewish Communities Federation cost,” Harper said.
improve race relations in struggling, including Jewish agen- bank and food vouchers to another umbrella group and its vice presi- He cited his country’s immedi-
the Jewish state has issued cies. 2000 families to buy perishable dent for public policy. ate suspension of relations with the
findings that the average Organizational officials describe goods, has seen a steady increase in Daroff estimates that the Hamas-led government in Gaza, its
life expectancy of Israeli the situation as a perfect storm. middle-class clients in the past three Federation system expends unwillingness to sign one-sided
Jewish men is 78.4 years, Food prices have increased by 10 to or four months, according to approximately $240 million international resolutions against
compared to 74.9 for 20 percent, gas prices have soared Executive Director William annually on food and nutrition Israel and its decision not to attend
Arabs. The life expectancy to more than $4 per gallon, unem- Rapfogel. services, including food pantries, the Durban II conference as exam-
for Jewish and Arab ployment is rising, growing num- Some middle-class New Yorkers synagogue meal programs for ples.
women is 82.4 and 78.5,
respectively. The report
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Israel has Egyptian Jews Gazans Get Massachusetts Lawmakers Approve Science
‘Amber Light’ Fulbrights After All Partnership With Israel
Seek U.N. Help (JTA) – A $1 billion life sci- a key lawmaker who has gained a
on Iran Attack NEW YORK (JTA) – An
(JTA) – Gazan Palestinians ences initiative in Massachusetts deep understanding of Israel,
(JTA)– President Bush has awarded Fulbright grants will includes a unique partnership with despite the fact that he has a rela-
given Israel an “amber light” to Egyptian Jewish group asked the study in the United States after
United Nations to help it recover Israel. tively small Jewish constituency,
prepare for a military strike against all. Israel is the only foreign coun- said Charles Glick, a consultant to
Iran, a Pentagon official said. the community’s historic archives. The U.S. State Department try named in the legislation, the Jewish Community Relations
Britain’s Sunday Times report- The Historical Society of Jews reinstated the Fulbright grants approved by lawmakers and Council of Greater Boston.
ed that a senior Pentagon official from Egypt says the government offered to seven Palestinians in expected to be signed by “The seeds for this partnership
said the U.S. president told Israel has refused to release the docu- Gaza after informing them that Governor Deval Patrick. have been sown for a decade,”
that he would back a military ments due to fear of restitution the grants would be given to oth- The law would authorize joint Glick said, through numerous
strike on Iran’s main nuclear sites claims, the Jerusalem Post report- ers for fear that they would be academic and industrial research exchanges and visits to Israel
if diplomatic talks fail. ed. wasted if the students could not and business exchanges with sponsored by Boston’s Jewish
“Amber means get on with The society has written to the leave the area under closure by Israel and calls for the creation of community for Massachusetts
your preparations, stand by for United Nations Educational, Israel, The New York Times trade facilities for pilot projects politicians and business leaders.
immediate attack and tell us Scientific and Cultural Organization reported. with the Government of Israel and Funding for the partnership is
when you’re ready,” the Times asking it to intervene in the matter. Israeli officials said they were the Boston Haifa International subject to appropriation, but Glick
quoted the official as saying. “It’s our history, everything we surprised at the action, saying Life Sciences Institute. says key lawmakers anticipate
But amber will not turn to own going back hundreds and hun- that they considered Palestinian Israel and Massachusetts are $10 million over the next ten
green without a workable mili- dreds of years,” said Desire Sakkal, pursuit of higher education an among the few places that are years.
tary proposal from Israel and the society’s president. important way to stop radicalism home to world-class research in
proof that Iran is planning to The Egyptian Embassy would in the terrorist Hamas-run the life sciences, boasted Rep. Jay
launch an attack of its own, the
not comment on the matter.
The society’s letter was
enclave and that they would work
to expedite the students’ permis-
Kaufman, one of several state View the
The report adds that Israel prompted by comments from sion to leave.
lawmakers who promoted the leg-
islation. Jewish Jounral
cannot expect to receive any help
from U.S. troops and will not
Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk
Hosni, who said that he “would
The students will have to
undergo individual security
The partnership provision,
which survived several rounds of
have access to U.S. military bases
nearby in Iraq for refueling or
burn Israeli books myself if found
in Egyptian libraries.”
The Israeli closure on Gaza is
legislative committee scrutiny, www.jfsatx.org
was initiated by Rep. Dan Bosley,
other support. Hosni, who hopes to become in reaction to the thousands of
“It’s really all down to the the next head of UNESCO, sub- rocket and mortar attacks on
Israelis,” the official told the sequently claimed the statement southern Israel and prevents
Times. “This administration will was hyperbole and that he did not Palestinians from leaving the
not attack Iran. This has already condone the burning of books. area, except in medical emergen-
been decided. But the president is A UNESCO spokesperson told cies.
really preoccupied with the JTA the organization had not yet About 600 other Gazans have
nuclear threat against Israel and I received the society’s letter and grants to study abroad but have
know he doesn’t believe that any- could not comment. been unable to pursue them, the
thing but force will deter Iran.” Times reported.
Pentagon officials are opposed
to a strike on Iran, in part out of Reform Movement Digitizes Torah
concern that it will put U.S. sol- NEW YORK (JTA) - The and tone, to provide listeners with a
diers in Iraq and Afghanistan in Reform movement has digitized the standardized version of Torah
danger. Torah as downloadable sound files. trope, or chanting.
The Times reported that there Cantor Alane Katzew, director The project was completed two
has been speculation that Prime of Music Programming at the days before Shavuot, the holiday
Minister Ehud Olmert, who is Union for Reform Judaism, headed that commemorates the giving of
facing a major corruption scandal the 22-month project, which will the Torah at Sinai.
at home, would order an attack on enable people to download all 5845 This is the first time the Reform
Iran to take attention away from verses in the Torah to their digital movement has tried to standardize
his problems. music players. Torah trope, Katzew said.
The Times quoted one of Twenty-three chanters, most of Within a few months, the pro-
Olmert’s closest friends as saying them Reform cantors and cantorial ject will be available freely for
that “in three months’ time it will students from the New York area, downloading on the Web site of the
be a different Middle East.” chant all the Torah and Haftorah Union for Reform Judaism,
portions using the same cantillation Katzew said.
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South African Jews Aid Refugees Under Attack Mother-Daughter
NEWS AT A By Suzanne Belling seeking out “foreigners” in a manner Europe.” Wave Israeli Flag
GLANCE JOHANNESBURG (JTA) – She
akin to the pogroms of Europe in the
1930s and ‘40s.
He said the Talmudic precept to
love and not oppress the stranger was on Trek to the Top
s A Warsaw yeshiva
stood outside on the sidewalk between “They burnt my home, they took all the most oft-repeated Torah command- of Everest
the kosher restaurant and shop in a my possessions,” Joyce said. “I, with ment.
ordained the first rabbis Jewish area of Johannesburg, plying many others, fled the township of In a call for donations of clothing, By Dan Goldberg
in Poland since World her handicraft. To the housewives sip- Alexandra and am living in a church blankets, toiletries, medical supplies
War II. Nine rabbinical SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) –
ping their coffee or buying groceries, hall. But I cannot go back.” and food, Rabbi Aharon Hayon of The first mother-daughter team to
students were ordained by she could have been any other street She said President Robert the Green and Sea Point Hebrew
the Chabad-Lubavich reach the summit of Mount
vendor, save for the ragged clothes and Mugabe’s regime in Zimbabwe “tor- Congregation in Cape Town said his Everest waved an Israeli flag on
Yeshiva of Warsaw during the pain and fear etched on her face. ture us, persecute us – and they gouged synagogue, the Herzlia Jewish day
a ceremony at the Hilton their way to the top.
Joyce – not her real name – from out the eyes of two of my relatives.” schools and the Board of Deputies Cheryl Bart and her daughter
Hotel. Rabbi Yisrael Meir the beleaguered neighboring state of The Jewish community has were temporarily housing 200 desti-
Lau, the chief rabbi of Tel Nikki of Sydney arrived atop the
Zimbabwe, was just one of thousands responded overwhelmingly to tute refugees in a building belonging world’s highest mountain in the
Aviv and former chief rabbi of victims of xenophobic attacks on appeals for help for the victims from to his congregation.
of Israel, attended the cere- wee hours of May 24, Nepal time.
refugees in South Africa who mistak- South Africa Chief Rabbi Warren In the other major centers, many “I am at the top of the world,”
mony. Lau was born in enly thought they would find a better Goldstein, the South African Jewish were given shelter in police stations
Poland and survived the Cheryl Bart radioed back to her
life here. Board of Deputies and other Jewish and church halls. colleagues at Everest Base Camp.
Buchenwald concentration Instead thousands have been hunt- organizations. Wendy Kahn, the national director
camp. The yeshiva opened A day after descending to the
ed, beaten and torched in a wave of “We know from centuries of bitter of the Board of Deputies, called on all base camp, Cheryl Bart told JTA
in 2005 as the first post- violence against refugees from neigh- experience what it means to flee from communities to stand against the
Holocaust yeshiva in by satellite phone, “It hasn’t real-
boring countries, including Zimbabwe, your home in fear,” Goldstein said. human rights violations of refugees. ly sunk in.”
Poland, according to the who have fled economic and political “Indeed, South African Jews are “As a people who have been the
Chabad-Lubavitch emis- She said the view from the
turmoil in their homeland. descendants of refugees who fled the target of hate crimes, genocide and summit <http://www.bigponde-
sary in Poland, Rabbi Dozens have been killed by mobs barbarism and anti-Semitism of prejudice for centuries, the Jewish
Shalom Ber Stambler. It verest.com> was awe-inspiring.
community appeals to all citizens to “Stepping up onto the roof of
can admit up to 15 stu- treat the strangers in our land in the
dents. More than 3.5 mil- the world, my feeling was one of
great spirit of ubuntu, she said, using awe, silence and awe, that I was
lion Jews lived in Poland the term for humaneness.
before World War II, but there,” Bart said. “It was a full
Jewish youth groups, including moon, so when you lifted your
most were killed or died in Habonim Dror, rallied to the cause,
Nazi death camps and ghet- head up you could see the reflec-
as did the Jewish schools in tion of the mountain. It was quite
tos. Today there are about Johannesburg. The South African
20,000 Polish Jews. spectacular. The sun just started
Union of Jewish Students spear- to rise over in
headed a collection and joined a Tibet, so the pink clouds and
s St. Petersburg JCC wins march for peace.
architecture prize. The pink tops of these mighty moun-
Jewish doctors volunteered their tains were awesome.”
city of St. Petersburg rec- services for medical treatment,
ognized Russia’s newest Mother and daughter both are
while the Union of Jewish Women, graduates of Moriah College,
Jewish community center the Jewish Women’s Benevolent,
for preserving the unique Australia’s largest Jewish school.
the United Sisterhood and Cheryl is a non-executive director
appearance of the city. The Orthodox and Progressive congre-
$10 million Yesod building of several companies in Australia
gations coordinated collections of as well as an ambassador of the
was erected in 2005 by the goods.
American Jewish Joint Australian chapter of the Peres
“Part of the miracle of our coun- Center for Peace.
Distribution Committee try’s transition to a multiracial democ-
with funds raised from Nikki Bart, in her final year of
racy was how, virtually overnight, vio- medical school, is co-chair of the
North American Jewish lence between South Africans
federations and donors. The Medical Students’ Aid Project,
ceased,” said Zev Krengel, the nation- which donates medical equip-
preservation of St. al chairman of the Board of Deputies.
Petersburg’s look through ment and pharmaceuticals to
He said the status quo continued Third World hospitals.
European facades and low- for the past 14 years until the underly-
slung buildings is a point They are also the first mother-
ing feelings of hostility against foreign daughter duo to scale the peaks of
of community pride. migrants “erupted into what can only the so-called seven summits – the
be described as a xenophobic highest mountains on each conti-
s The Afrikaans translation pogrom.”
of The Diary of Anne nent.
Frank had its launch at With a small flag of Israel in
the Cape Town Holocaust their backpack, the pair arrived in
Nepal at the end of March, taking
Centre. Campaign and Endowment Associate Position weeks to acclimate to the high
s Israel ordered 25 The Jewish Federation of San Antonio is looking of an Associate altitude and bitter cold in prepara-
tion for temperatures that plunged
advanced warplanes that Campaign Director. This position has primary responsibility for the to minus 30 degrees Celsius.
won’t be available until
the next decade.
Women’s Division, Super Sunday and the Physician’s Division campaign. They also had to overcome sever-
Lockheed Martin, the U.S. The Associate reports directly to the Director of Fund Raising and al setbacks during their ascent –
firm producing the F-35 Endowment Development Operations. the weather, nearby avalanches
fighter jet, said that Israel and high security when the
put in a request for 25 of Olympic torch was carried up the
the planes at $80 million Responsibilites include and are not limited to: mountain.
each. The first F-35s are • Develop, plan, implement and manage annual Campaign events Cheryl Bart said she was look-
expected to come off the ing forward to going home to
• Develop donor recognition strategies Australia and new challenges
factory line in the begin-
ning of the next decade. • Donor prospecting, cultivation and maintaining selected on-going beyond.
They are being offered donor relationships for annual camping and endowment development “We have to go home and we
first to U.S. forces and can’t wait to see family and
then to a small number of friends, have more showers and
partner countries abroad. Talent should include: eat ice cream,” she said. “But
Also known as the Joint • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal skills having reached the highest point
Strike Fighter, or JSF, the on earth, we should probably go
• Minimum two (2) years experience and proven success as a to the Dead Sea.”
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Israelis are Learning to Give with Help from Philanthropy Experts
By Dina Kraft Growing numbers of donors Sheatufim about giving and how The economic boom notwith- and poor Israelis under attack
“see themselves as partners in the best to channel their money and standing, the number of disad- from Hezbollah rockets.
BEIT YEHOSHUA, Israel development of society and are tak- efforts. vantaged Israelis has grown and Many citizens were involved in
(JTA) - It’s standing room only at a ing responsibility for projects and For most of Israel’s history, government social services have donations to grass-roots groups
workshop for Israelis on how to set are giving in an impressive way and Diaspora Jewry has borne the been reduced as the Israeli econ- such as La’tet, a food relief orga-
up a family foundation. it’s very encouraging,” she said. brunt of funding social projects, omy moves further away from nization.
Well-heeled participants listen “But there is more to be done. The including immigrant absorption, its socialist roots to a more capi- Russian-Israeli tycoon Arcadi
attentively as an American consul- gifts are not big enough and the health and welfare. talist system. Gaydamak received major atten-
tant to foundations such as the fam- number of individual and corporate Until recently, funding poten- “Despite the increased wealth tion for setting up a sprawling tent
ily foundations of Bill Gates and givers could grow a lot.” tial within Israel was limited. The in the country, the gaps keep grow- camp on a southern beach for war
the descendants of Levi Strauss Gauging how much giving is government was perennially short ing,” said Ronny Douek, the busi- refugees seeking a respite from
offer tips. taking place in Israel is difficult, on cash, there was little big busi- nessman who chairs Sheatufim. the attacks.
“What difference do you want to says Sheatufim director Shlomo ness and the pool of wealthy indi- “There are hundreds of NGOs try- Rina Bar-Tal, who chairs the
make in the community?” asks Dushi, due to a lack of government viduals and families was small. ing to deal with the crisis, but real Israel Women’s Network, says her
Virginia Esposito, the founding oversight of philanthropy. But that is changing with changes can only be made if there organization has seen a change in
president of the National Center for Dushi notes that family founda- Israel’s economic boom and the are new types of partnerships and the giving habits of Israelis.
Family Philanthropy. “Think about tions have not been given legal sta- creation of a new class of super- involvement.” She says that when her group
the causes you care about.” tus by the government and gifts rich. Last year, the combined It falls to Israeli civic groups was founded in 1984, it subsisted
As a growing number of above $1 million are not privy to assets of Israel’s wealthiest indi- and philanthropists to fill the gaps. primarily on overseas donations.
Israelis make their fortunes in tax exemptions. Israeli philan- viduals totaled $81 billion, sur- Increasingly, Israelis are able to But in the past eight years, 60 per-
high tech, real estate and other thropists are pressing the govern- passing the country’s entire do so. cent of its funding has come from
business ventures, Israeli philan- ment to provide incentives for large national budget. The 2006 Lebanon war is Israelis and 40 percent from over-
thropy is beginning to expand. It gifts by increasing tax benefits. Rachel Liel, the director of considered a watershed moment seas gifts.
represents the beginnings of a But Dushi says the trend of Shatil, the capacity-building arm for Israeli giving. “People are beginning to real-
shift for a country that long has increased philanthropy is illustrated for organizations sponsored by the With the government slow to ize that besides buying more cars,
been the beneficiary of philan- by the growing number of major New Israel Fund, says that when deliver help to Israelis in the boats, houses and trips around the
thropy, much of it from Diaspora family foundations – five in the she goes to the United States these North during the war, private citi- world, they might owe something
Jews, but has less experience in past three years – that have been days on fund-raising tours, people zens stepped in to volunteer their to the society they live in,” said
the way of giving. established. Also, the increase of ask her, “What about Israelis giv- time, money and aid. Particularly,
“The culture of giving that finds potential donors approaching ing to Israel?” they helped elderly, handicapped See LEARNING TO GIVE Page 19
expression in the American culture
does not yet exist in Israeli culture,
but it’s starting to move forward,”
said Yaron Sokolov, director of the
nonprofit umbrella group Civic
“The public is becoming increas-
ingly convinced that it’s important
to have a healthy civil society,” he
said, “and that there should be fund-
ing not just for welfare but for the
arts, sports and education.”
Sokolov was among some 400
people who attended a recent con-
ference on philanthropy and civil
society – the largest event of its
kind ever in Israel. Joining him
were top government officials,
potential and current Israeli philan-
thropists, and social and cultural
The event was put together by
Sheatufim, which promotes part-
nerships between Israeli philan-
thropists and social organizations in
need of funding.
Judith Yovel Recanati, a mem-
ber of one of Israel’s wealthiest
families, established the Gandyr
Foundation, a family foundation
that focuses on young adults, youth
movements on Israel’s periphery
and civic society projects. She says
private giving in Israel is making
strides but still has a long way to
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With Rock Music, Islamic Teachings, Ex-Premier Fights for Moderate Islam
NEWS AT A By Ron Kampeas Wahid has spoken about this ed jointly with the LibForAll faith throughout thousands of
s A blind rabbi and psy-
WASHINGTON (JTA) – In its
friendship before – it is featured in
his biography by Greg Barton,
Foundation, a group that promotes
moderate Islam and the Simon
Islamic boarding schools in
telling, the story of a notorious Abdurrahman Wahid: Muslim Wiesenthal Center, was the One of the project’s highest-pro-
chologist won a lynching of Jews is not unusual. Democrat, Indonesian President – Holocaust conference last year in file coups was getting rock star
Democratic congressional The storyteller, however, is – but on this recent tour Wahid added Bali, Indonesia. Ahmad Dani, whose group, Dewa,
primary in New Jersey. Abdurrahman Wahid, the former to the account his memories of Jan. At the conference, which was has been likened to U2, on board
Dennis Shulman won a Indonesian president and a leading 27, 1969. attended by survivors and Jewish with the program. Dani has record-
decisive victory over two Muslim scholar. In 1968, the Iraqi government and Muslim clergy, Wahid called ed a single taking on Laskar Jihad,
rivals with 60 percent of In an interview with JTA, Wahid, effectively had come under the con- Iranian President Mahmoud Indonesia’s radical Islamist terrorist
the vote in the northern who traveled to the United States trol of Saddam Hussein, whose title Ahmadinejad a “liar” for denying group. The song is called Laskar
New Jersey 5th District. He and then Israel recently to preach at that time was deputy to the presi- the Holocaust. Cinta or Warriors for Love.
will face incumbent his message of Muslim tolerance, dent, Ahmad Hassan al-Bakr. Wahid, 67, continues to promote Taylor says plans are under way
Republican Scott Garrett in revealed the root of his understand- At Saddam’s behest, Iraqi courts his message with LibForAll, found- to translate the videos and tracts
November. ing of the risks and perils of Jewish had convicted 14 Iraqis - nine of ed in 2003 by C. Holland Taylor, a into Arabic and other languages.
existence. them Jews - on trumped-up charges scholar of Southeast Asia and a “We feel that Indonesia has the
s A Ukrainian Jewish com- Wahid was a 29-year-old student of spying for Israel, and they were telecommunications magnate. cultural capital to be a leader in the
munal leader and former at Baghdad University in 1966, hanged that day in Baghdad’s Tahrir Wahid, who says he plans to run struggle,” he said.
concentration camp pris- earning his keep as a secretary at a Square, just steps away from where for president again in 2009, brings This strategy might make head-
oners received a top state textile importer, when he befriend- the textile firm had offices. to the venture his prestige as the way in countries where moderate
honor. President Victor ed the firm’s elderly accountant, an Ramin came to his friend Wahid scion of a family of Javanese Islam has roots – Malaysia, Turkey
Yuschenko awarded the Iraqi Jew he remembers only by his and wept, wondering what would Islamic scholars. and some East African nations – but
Order of Merit to Mikhail family name, Ramin. become of Iraq’s ancient Jewish He ttended a Wiesenthal Center Taylor does not have a clear plan of
Goldenberg, the board chair- “I learned from him about the community. tribute dinner in his honor and then action for how this strategy is sup-
man of the Association of Kabbalah, the Talmud, everything “I said, ‘This is not only your traveled to Israel to participate in posed to work in places such as
Jewish Culture in Nikolayev. about Judaism,” Wahid recalled of fate, it is my fate,’ “ said Wahid, Israeli President Shimon Peres’ Saudi Arabia, which has few
Three prisoners of ghetto the four-year friendship that includ- now frail and in a wheelchair. conference celebrating Israel’s 60th Islamic moderates.
and concentration camps, ed long lunches, quiet walks and Wahid said he decided then that anniversary, “Facing Tomorrow.” Wahid says moderate Islam
Leonid Dusman of Odessa, talks at the city’s legendary “the Islamic people should learn” This Jewish component is just stands a greater chance of tri-
Boris Zabarko of Kiev, and Hanging Gardens. about the Jews and their faith. part of Wahid’s larger effort to umphing over Islamic radicalism
David Fainshtein Ramin’s worst fears were real- promote an ideology of moderate once Western leaders stop trying
ofTernopol, also were recog- ized. The community that dated to Islam. He wants to demonstrate to accommodate Islamic extrem-
nized for “prominent person- the Babylonian exile heard that the radical factions are not ists. Saudi Arabia, in particular,
al contribution to the devel- Saddam’s message loud and clear pre-eminent and to promote a remains the primary funding
opment of the war veteran and by the early 1970s it had dwin- faith that preaches equality for source for the global spread of
movement, patriotic training dled to barely a hundred Jews. By women and tolerance of non- fundamentalist Islam.
of youth and long-term pub- 2007 there were less than ten, believers. “Don’t give any kind of recog-
lic work.” according to media accounts. Taylor says the strategy is to nition to the fundamentalist view
Wahid, however, made good on reach political, religious and cultur- of Islam,” Wahid said. “The
s Israel’s water situation is his pledge. al leaders – even pop stars – and Saudis have a double-pronged
facing “the worst crisis in Best known as the president who through them to “trickle down” the thing. The first is to give assis-
80 years,” the head of the shifted Indonesia to democracy message of Wahid’s moderate tance to fundamentalists, on the
country’s water authority from 1999 to 2001, Wahid then was Islam. other side to show the ‘humanist’
said. Uri Shani, the director forced out due to a combination of “We work with top leaders,” side of Islam. These things cannot
of the Israel Water Authority, Wide Selection For financial scandals and hard-liners Taylor said. “These individuals are be reconciled.”
said at a news conference Back to School who opposed his attempts to liberal- able to drip their message down to a
that Israel’s major sources of ize restrictions on political groups grass-roots levels.” Oxford Awards
drinking water, including the and the country’s Chinese minority. LibForAll recruits respected, Honorary Doctorate
Sea of Galilee and the Wahid also has gained promi- moderate Muslim leaders in
mountain aquifer, are below nence for his insistence on introduc- Indonesia to endorse and write
their “red lines,” meaning ing the world’s most populous tracts repudiating the radical brand LONDON (JTA) - An Israeli
they are not recommended Muslim nations to certain truths of Islam promoted by Saudi-funded researcher was among the recipi-
to draw water. Another large about the Jews. advocates of Wahhabi Islam. ents of an honorary doctorate from
water source, the costal As an opposition leader, he The organization also is dissem- Britain’s Oxford University.
aquifer, has fallen below its broke new ground by visiting Israel inating a 30-lesson video curricu- Ada Yonath, professor of struc-
“black line” – if additional in 1994. lum called What is Islam that tural biology at the Weizmann
water is drawn it could suf- The apex of this effort, conduct- advances a pluralistic vision of the Institute in Rechovot, was granted
fer serious damage. The the prestigious honorary title of
mountain aquifer is likely to Doctor of Science in recognition of
reach its black line this year, MAIN STREET her research in mapping structures
Shani said. Shani said the of proteins, which offers the
Sea of Galilee also would P R O P E R T I E S ®
prospect of improving existing
reach its black line by drugs and developing new ones.
s The visa exemption deal
between Russia and Israel
will go into effect this fall.
MICHAEL LITOFSKY • MARTIN LITOFSKY
Yonath was one of seven emi-
nent researchers and intellectuals
who were granted an honorary
degree just a couple of weeks after
the British University and College
The Tourism Ministry in (210) 344-2200 Professors’ Union adopted a reso-
Jerusalem announced that, WWW.MAINSTREETPROPERTIES.COM lution which favors boycotting
as of Oct. 1, Russians will Israeli academic institutions and
no longer need a visa to visit researchers.
Israel. A similar exemption The UCU resolution was reject-
will come into play for ed by Russell Group, the associa-
Israelis visiting Russia. tion of Britain’s leading research
“Given the increased traffic universities, of which Oxford
from Russia during the past University is a member.
few months and the expecta-
tions and interest of large
tourism wholesalers as a
result of the new agreement,
the number of tourists from
Russia could double or even
triple in the coming years,”
the ministry said in a state-
ment. In 2007, Russia
became the second-largest
source of tourism for Israel.
The Jewish Journal of San Antonio August 2008 page 17
Finding Judaism in the Great Outdoors: Two New Guidebooks Show How
By Sue Fishkoff leaders are trying to take those become sterile. cultural context – but how he reach to young Jews who are mar-
willing to follow, even for a few “I’d become a spiritual wannabe,” guides his groups to respond by ginally, if at all, involved in
BERKELEY, Calif. (JTA) – hours, into the wilderness, back he says. “I was taking people into the saying Jewish blessings and Jewish life. She runs holiday
There were about two dozen peo- where Judaism began and into desert, but we did the same things reflecting on the teachings of rab- retreats in deserts and camp-
ple on Rabbi Mike Comins’ Torah themselves at the same time. we’d do in the city – we’d take out bis who loved the outdoors, such as grounds and in winter leads
Trek in Tilden Park here. Comins, 51, now based in Los the text and study, we’d take out the Nachman of Bratslav and Abraham Shabbat services on top of a
Most members and friends of Angeles, does it by walking. He siddur and daven.” Joshua Heschel. mountain with worshipers skiing
Chochmat HaLev, a Jewish leads groups on Jewish spiritual He moved back to Los Angeles, “In the wilderness, it’s hard not down afterward.
Renewal-style community, had hikes via Torah Trek Spiritual took a two-year spiritual sabbatical to experience awe,” he says. “And “My dad goes to shul every
hiked a lot. Many had prayed or Wilderness Adventures, the com- and developed what he describes as as Heschel explained, the gateway single week, but my peers, if they
meditated. Some had done both pany http://www.torahtrek.com he a personal relationship with God. to God is awe.” have to choose between going ski-
together. founded in 2001. Just saying those words makes Zann Jacobrown on a trek last ing or going to synagogue, they’ll
But none, the hikers were to His Reform colleague Rabbi him chuckle. No, he’s not enam- fall near Seattle recalls Comins choose skiing every time,” says
learn, had done it quite this Jamie Korngold, 42, in Boulder, ored of New Age thinking. It took leading the group in the shacharit, Korngold. “So I say, I’ll go with
Jewishly. Colo., created her Adventure Rabbi him a while to convince himself the traditional morning prayer, then you and we’ll make this a holy
Comins, a compact man with program http://www.adventurerab- that what he was experiencing was asking them to walk around and day and a Jewish day.”
sandy hair, suddenly took off down bi.com that same year. She leads real and worth passing on. come back with their own morning Most of her participants are
the trail at a rapid pace. The hikers those hiking, skiing and biking Korngold, a skier, mountain prayers related to what they found. aged 25 to 45.
set off behind him, chattering hap- their way back to Judaism. climber and ultra-marathoner, says Jacobrown brought that exer- “We’re really hitting that
pily on this sunny Shabbat morn- Both rabbis have published she was languishing in Calgary, cise and several others from the demographic everyone’s trying to
ing. They walked for five minutes, books to help others do it on their Canada, after her 1999 ordination. Torah Trek back to the religious reach and for 85 percent of them,
their conversations growing louder. own. Then she took a group of stu- school where she teaches, taking this is the only Jewish thing they
But oddly, Comins said nothing. Comins’ book, A Wild Faith, dents to the Grand Canyon for a the children on a spiritual day at a do,” Korngold says.
Then he stopped. When the hik- came out last fall. Korngold’s God baby-naming ceremony for a nearby river. She says it was a big Boulder resident Rosalie Sheffield
ers caught up to him, Comins told in the Wilderness appeared in daughter of one of the students. On hit. went on Korngold’s Passover retreat
them to walk for another five min- April. The books, filled with bibli- the trip she realized her real gift lay Thousands have taken part in in April in a desert in Utah. She
utes, this time in complete silence. cal wisdom and practical exercises, in bringing Judaism to the unaffili- Torah Treks and Korngold’s out- describes hiking to the top of a stone
What a simple exercise, but are small enough to fit in a back ated through the sports she loved. door adventures. The rabbis arch and standing with more than 50
how powerful the impact. It’s pocket – while one is hiking, for Comins’ walks are aimed at receive calls from rabbinic stu- others in a line, their hands on a Torah
amazing what one hears as the example. spiritual seekers. Some of his par- dents and leaders of Jewish orga- scroll stretched before them.
mind quiets down. The rustling of a Their messages come across so ticipants are disaffected Jews who nizations eager to learn how to “That moment was so spiritual,
tree branch. The crunch of a foot as well because they developed their like to hike. Others are Jewishly become wilderness spiritual lead- looking down at the Torah, then
it meets the earth. The pounding of rabbinates to answer their own involved but want to deepen their ers. up at the arch, seeing all those
one’s heart. needs. spirituality by exploring the More than 1000 people are reg- Jews standing together,” she says.
For Comins, that small, still Comins, ordained in 1996 by wilderness. istered on Korngold’s social net- “I think it’s perfectly fine and
space is where God can be encoun- Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, What makes his walks Jewish is work site. appropriate to find a connection
tered. And that’s where he and a was leading spiritual treks in Israel’s not the encounter with nature – Korngold’s adventures are to God outside the synagogue
handful of other Jewish spiritual deserts but felt his own Judaism had that, he says, has a power beyond more consciously aimed at out- walls.”
Israel Getting Charged Up Over Future of Electric Cars
By Dina Kraft and the prices are going up every iron batteries, provided by Project system, he said. Project Better supply energy to the recharging
day. The solution is here. It’s the Better Place, that should last for Place can then take that know- points will run mostly on coal and
TEL AVIV (JTA) – In a land of electric car.” about 124 miles before needing to how to other countries and traffic- oil.
high gas prices and no oil Given Israel’s small size, be recharged. This should suit the clogged cities. “As I understand it, it has no
resources, Israel is positioning dearth of oil resources and loca- typical Israeli driver, who on aver- Ofer says he plans to bring the relation to alternative energy,”
itself to lead the world into the age tion in an oil-rich yet hostile age drives fewer than 45 miles per idea to China, where he has shares said Micha Asscher, a professor of
of the electric car. neighborhood, the Jewish state is day. For longer trips, battery swap in a local car company. physical chemistry at the Hebrew
With $200 million in funding an ideal testing ground for the stations will serve as a safety net, Renault-Nissan will be the first University of Jerusalem. “It’s a
from private investors and enthu- electric auto. the company said. to bring its electric cars to Israel, nice idea that our cars will gradu-
siastic support from the Israeli Eager to reduce the country’s “Environmentally, I thought but the market soon will open to ally be driven by electric power –
government, a young Israeli high- dependence on gasoline and it’s the best idea I’ve ever heard of other companies. for the quiet and less pollution in
tech multimillionaire, Shai Agassi, reduce car-generated pollution, and secondly it made a lot of “Zero emission, zero noise,” the cities – but it is not alternative
is laying the groundwork for Israel the Israeli government already has financial sense,” said Idan Ofer, a Renault-Nissan Chief Executive energy.”
to become the first test case for the pledged to offer significant tax leading Israeli businessman and Carlos Ghosn said when he was in By contrast, in Denmark,
gasoline-free electric car. incentives for buyers of electronic the project’s main investor. Jerusalem in January to inaugurate which signed on to the project
His company is planning to cars. If successful, the electric car Ofer spoke to JTA by phone the project. “It will be the most after Israel, power stations are
establish a network of battery- venture could make Israel the from his SUV, which he says he environmentally friendly mass- fueled at least in part by wind
recharging areas across Israel by world’s leader in the industry. plans to trade in for an electric car produced car on the market.” power.
2011. Renault-Nissan will begin That’s precisely what Agassi next year. Although electric cars are According to Ofer, whose fam-
introducing electric cars to the and the Israeli government want. By “deploying faster than any expected to reduce emissions and ily holdings include oil refineries,
Israeli market as soon as next year. “Think about what happened other country on the planet,” Israel make Israeli cities quieter, they Israel is making a gradual transi-
“What we are doing is some- with Finland and Nokia – it will map out and discover the best will still use fossil fuels. For the tion to more environmentally
thing that should have happened sprung an entire industry,” Dafna ways to implement the electric-car time being, the power stations that See ELECTRIC CARS Page 18
already,” says Dafna Agassi, the Agassi said of the mobile phone
marketing director of the Israel phenomenon. “We are starting the
office of Shai Agassi’s Project field here. Imagine bringing this to The Jewish Federation of San Antonio partner with
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Rabbinical Fellowship Program is a U.S. Gift Chronicles Israel / U.S. Relations
NEWS AT A Milestone in Collaboration (JTA) – The U.S. National later became the United Jewish
Archives gave Israel facsimile Appeal.
GLANCE NEW YORK – In a first-of-its-
kind partnership, the Schusterman
“This is a great opportunity for copies of presidential documents Most of the documents are
Rabbinical Fellowship Program will future Reform and Conservative relating to the Jewish state. exchanges of thanks and support
s For the first time, a fer- bring together eight outstanding rab- rabbis, as well as their seminaries, The collection, ranging from between leaders of both nations, but
vently Orthodox rabbi of binical students from the Conservative to work more closely together on President Franklin Delano there are picayune offerings as well.
Ethiopian descent joined and Reform Movements for three issues that face the entire Jewish Roosevelt in 1937 to President U.S. Rep. John F. Kennedy (D-
the Knesset. Rabbi Mazor years of formal study. community,” Schusterman said. George H. W. Bush in 1991, was Mass.), the future president, records
Bayana was sworn in as a The inaugural class will be com- Beginning this fall, SR Fellows delivered to Israel ahead of its observations during a 1951 trip to
new Shas Party lawmaker. posed of four students each from will study leadership, collaboration 60th birthday celebrations. Israel. “Ambassador said he had
He replaces Rabbi Shlomo Hebrew Union College Jewish techniques and key issues in It includes President Harry never seen such construction in any
Benizri, who was forced to Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) American and Israeli Jewry. Truman’s one-page, typed recogni- place. Especially malarial swamps
step down after being con- and The Jewish Theological Through semi-annual retreats, tion of Israel on May 14, 1948. been completely drained and a great
victed of bribery. Bayana, Seminary (JTS). monthly conference calls or webi- The earliest entry is 1937 greet- deal of works done,” Kennedy writes.
who like all Shas leaders is The program is designed to cre- nars and informal exchanges, the ings from Roosevelt to the United “Soldiers tough, rugged, cocky.”
fervently Orthodox, is the ate a cadre of Reform and SR Fellows will examine manage- Palestine Appeal. In 1967, Perry Kallison, a San
third Ethiopian Jew to Conservative rabbis who share a ment methods, define personal “The American people, ever Antonio supporter of President
serve in the Israeli parlia- broad and dynamic vision of com- visions for their rabbinate and culti- zealous in the cause of human free- Lyndon Johnson, writes to the
ment. The other two were munal leadership of American vate strategies for drawing Jews dom, have watched with sympathet- president ahead of an official visit
secular members of the Jewry. who often feel marginal, including ic interest the effort of the Jews to by Israeli Prime Minister Levi
center-left Labor and cen- “I am excited to be a part of a those in interfaith relationships and renew in Palestine the ties of their Eshkol and recalls a successful
trist Kadima parties. ground-breaking effort to train rab- those not affiliated with any Jewish ancient homeland and to reestablish airlift of 75 Texas goats to Israel a
binical students to better respond to congregation, closer to the hart of Jewish culture in the place where few years earlier.
s Basketball legend Julius for centuries it flourished and “These Angora goats did so well
Erving lauded Israel as the needs of interfaith families and the Jewish community.
unaffiliated Jews, to provide them The SR Fellowship provides whence it was carried to the far cor- that another two hundred fifty Texas
an inspiration for Jews ners of the world,” Roosevelt says Angora goats were sent,” Kallison
in America and other with enhanced leadership and man- funds for tuition and a living stipend
agement skills and to think outside during the third and fourth years of in the letter to the precursor to what writes.
minorities. Erving, popu-
larly known as Dr. J., the box to create vibrant congrega- the fellows’ rabbinical studies, in
SEEKING STUDENTS, From Page 6 Hershey Novack, the co-director of
made the remarks recently tions,” said Lynn Schusterman, order to give the participants more
1000 by the end of the month. Chabad at Washington University
during his goodwill tour of chair and co-founder of the Charles opportunity to focus on becoming
Next year Felsenthal will move in St. Louis. Community Chabad
Israel while meeting with and Lynn Schustreman Family rabbinical leaders of contemporary
from collecting and funneling emissaries tell campus emissaries
Israeli President Shimon Foundation, which is funding the American Jewry.
names to actually steering students about incoming freshmen via an
Peres. Erving and fellow ELECTRIC CARS, From Page 17 on their cellular phones. to campuses with strong Orthodox internal Chabad online system, and
Basketball Hall of Famer Car owners will not own their
friendly sources of energy for its life. He hopes to hire a field repre- the 125 Chabad college representa-
Rick Barry were in Israel batteries. Those who purchase
power stations, including the sentative who will meet with tives do personal outreach to the
on behalf of the Migdal cars will pay monthly fees based
country’s most plentiful resource Orthodox high school seniors and new students when they reach cam-
Ohr youth village for on their expected mileage. Cars
– solar power. direct them to one of the 15 or 16 pus.
underprivileged children will be recharged both via plug-in
in the North. The major expense of an elec- schools that host emissary couples Novack says the tight-knit
tric car is its battery. To tackle that charge units at malls and parking affiliated with the O.U.’s Jewish nature of the Chabad family helps.
s Elk meat is about to challenge, Project Better Place is garages, and some 100 battery Learning Initiative on Campus He usually knows the Chabad
become available to kosher establishing a battery charging replacement stations along high- project. rabbi that refers his incoming stu-
consumers. Noah’s Ark payment system similar to the ways, where batteries will be Chabad does its own outreach to dents, “so we already have a per-
Processors in South Dakota, way customers pay for the air time replaced for longer journeys. incoming freshmen, says Rabbi sonal connection.”
which sells kosher meat Collecting and passing on
under the Solomon’s Finest names is only part of the overall
Glatt Kosher label slaugh- effort to involve Jewish students in
tered its first elk for the Jewish life on campus, however.
commercial market. It was “Honestly, even if a Hillel
shipped to supermarkets director follows up, that doesn’t
including Fairway and mean the kids will be meaningful-
ShopRite, according to ly engaged,” Silverman of JESNA
owner Ilan Parente. Those admits. “But it’s a start.”
stores have been carrying
the company’s kosher buffa- LEARNING TO GIVE, From Page 15
lo for the past 10 years, he Bar-Tal, who is also the director
said. Parente said Noah’s of the Center for Lay Leadership,
Ark has been raising elk for which provides leadership training
11 years and exploring the to nonprofits.
idea of processing its meat Avi Naor is an example of a
for the kosher market for at new breed of Israeli philan-
least six. thropist. In 2002, he stepped
s Steven Spielberg’s founda- down as the president and CEO of
tion has donated $1 million Amdocs, a major Israeli-founded
to the National Museum of high-tech company, to devote
American Jewish History. himself to philanthropy. His pri-
The grant from the Academy mary project is Or Yarok, a road
Award-winning director’s safety group he founded after his
Righteous Persons son Ran was killed in a car acci-
Foundation is earmarked for dent.
the museum’s $150 million Naor says he is better known
capital campaign. The muse- now than he ever was during his
um’s new building, to be years in business. He says that
located on Independence among his friends, interest is
Mall in Philadelphia growing in finding causes and
between the Liberty Bell and organizations to support. Many,
Independence Hall, is he adds, give without fanfare,
expected to open in 2010. recognition or public notice.
The new state-of-the-art While Israeli philanthropic
museum will feature five work is growing, Israel still needs
floors of interactive exhibi- the Diaspora to be engaged, Naor
tion space and one of the says.
nation’s largest collections of “It’s very important, but it’s
Jewish Americana, accord- not just an issue of money,” he
ing to the museum’s Web said.
site. “It’s about connections and
interaction. This is not about
—JTA COMPILATION giving to us as poor cousins
anymore but as working togeth-
er as partners.”
The Jewish Journal of San Antonio August 2008 page 19
Israel Sends Aid to China Conservatives Adopt Religious Ruling on Paying
BEIJING (JTA) – In a gesture sales toward the earthquake relief Workers a Living Wage
of support, one of the world’s effort.
NEW YORK (JTA) — Just ing wage. A living wage is generally con-
smallest countries sent aid to the The children of the Chabad-
days after the Conservative move- The Committee on Jewish Law sidered to be the money needed to
world’s most populous nation in run day school in Beijing, ment became the only Jewish and Standards, the movement’s support oneself on a 40-hour-per-
the form of $1.5 million worth of Ganeinu, assembled 180 relief denomination to speak out against highest legal body, endorsed a week job, taking into account basic
equipment for earthquake relief. kits with supplies such as tooth- alleged worker abuse at the religious ruling, or teshuva, say- expenses such as housing, food,
The first three tons of Israeli brushes as well as handmade largest kosher slaughterhouse in ing that Jews should “strive to” health care and transportation.
supplies to earthquake-ravaged drawings and notes. the United States, the movement’s hire unionized workers and pay
China included sleeping bags, The president of Chabad’s legal authorities voted to recom- them a living wage. The teshuva View the Jewish
blankets and personal water Shanghai Jewish community, mend that Jewish-owned busi- earned 13 votes in favor, with one Jounral online at
purification units. Maurice Ohana, is working on nesses pay their employees a liv- opposed and three abstentions. www.jfsatx.org
Israel sent the remaining 70-90 plans to have a Jewish-sponsored
tons of equipment on a cargo rebuilding of a devastated school E.U. Approves Upgrading Israel Ties
plane directly to the city of in Sichuan. (JTA) - The European Union The Palestinian Authority had implementation of the two-state
Chengdu. The Israeli government Dani Yaacobi, an Israeli living foreign ministers announced that urged the European Union to put solution.”
worked from a list of needs drawn in Chengdu, says the city’s the 27-nation bloc would improve off any upgrade because of Israel currently has an “associ-
up by the Chinese government. Israelis are collecting and buying its marketing and policymaking Israel’s policies in the West Bank ation agreement” with the
Israelis and Jews in China are supplies and delivering them to ties with Israel, satisfying a long- and Gaza Strip. European Union setting out a
also helping with the relief effort areas where newly homeless peo- standing request from Jerusalem. The E.U. ministers said the schedule of political meetings,
in Sichuan province. ple are arriving from outside the “The European Union is deter- updated ties with Israel should regulating trade ties and cooperat-
Dini’s kosher restaurant in city. They also are helping build mined to develop a closer partner- include encouraging a framework ing in areas from internal security
Beijing donated 10 percent of shelters. ship with Israel,” the ministers for “the resolution of the Israeli- to education.
said in a statement. Palestinian conflict through the
Wolf Prizes to be Awarded
(JTA) – Two Hebrew University Pierre Deligne and Phillip Georgian composer Giya Born in Germany, Wolf immi- 1978, Wolf prizes have been
professors will share Israel’s presti- Griffiths of the Institute for Kancheli and Italian conductor grated to Cuba before World War awarded annually to outstanding
gious Wolf Prize in medicine. Advanced Study in Princeton, Claudio Abbado shared the arts I. He later served as the Cuban scientists and artists. To date, 253
Another ten scientists from the N.J., and David B. Mumford of prize. The Wolf Foundation was ambassador to Israel, where he laureates from 22 countries have
United States, Britain and Israel Brown University. established by Dr. Ricardo Wolf. lived until his death in 1981. Since been honored.
were named by the Wolf
Foundation in agriculture, chem-
istry, mathematics and medicine,
with a $100,000 prize in each field. The Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies of San Antonio
The arts prize, which rotates
recognition in several fields, went
Wishes to Thank
this year for excellence in music.
Howard Cedar and Aharon
Razin were chosen in medicine for
their contributions to the under-
standing of the role of DNA methy-
lation in the control of gene expres-
John Pickett of Rothamsted
the following sponsors for their year round support of our program.
Research in the United Kingdom,
James Tumlinson of Penn State
University and W. Joe Lewis of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture in
Tifton, Ga., won in agriculture for
their discoveries of mechanisms
governing plant-insect and plant-
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William Moerner of Stanford
University and Allen Bard of the www.stmmltd.com
University of Texas received the
chemistry prize for creating a new
field of science involving single
molecule spectroscopy and electro-
The mathematics prize went to
x FYI x
x Israel is trying to persuade
African states to take in
Darfur refugees who slip
across Israel’s border.
Thousands of undocumented
migrants from Africa have
crossed into Israel in recent
months on foot from the
Egyptian Sinai. Some are
refugees from fighting in
Darfur, others are laborers
seeking work. Unable to
accommodate the influx,
Israel recently has dispatched
The Foundation for Jewish The Jewish Federation
diplomats to ask states such
as Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Philanthropies of San Antonio of San Antonio
the Ivory Coast and Benin to
take in the Africans, Israel’s
Army Radio reported.
According to the report, the
Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem
has offered payment for any 12500 N.W. Military Highway, Suite 200
asylum deal.While there has
been no breakthrough, some
of the African states are con-
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sidering the Israeli overture.
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s Comedy writer/produc-
er Michael Ross donated
$4 million to endow an
academic chair in Kosher Cooking School Steps Up to the Plate in Brooklyn
Yiddish language and By Sue Fishkoff kosher cooking school in North Blondel, a 26-year-old Brooklyn summer, so Roth decided to hone
culture at UCLA. The America. native, responded. The kitchen his cooking skills.
gift from Ross and his NEW YORK (JTA) – On the According to director Jesse manager at the Culinary Center of “Who knows where it will lead,”
wife, Irene, will provide first day of class at a new kosher Blondel and founder Elka Pinson, it New York, he was seeking a new he says.
support for an “outstand- cooking school in Brooklyn, 22- is the only one in the world besides position. Organizing and directing a Sarah Belman, a recent graduate
ing scholar of Yiddish
year-old Erica Zimmerman careful- the Jerusalem Culinary Institute, a new cooking school seemed just the of the University of California,
culture,” the university’s
ly slices raw potatoes into a stain- 5-year-old school in Israel. ticket. Santa Cruz, dreams of opening a
Center for Jewish Studies
less steel bowl. Given the number of Jews who “I realized there isn’t any other kosher bakery in the San Francisco
announced. It also will
Zimmerman, a student at New keep kosher and the growing popu- kosher cooking school, I’m Jewish, Bay area.
provide for faculty and
graduate student research, York University, says she’s always larity of upscale kosher restaurants, and I grew up not far from here,” he “I was thinking of going to the
academic conferences and been interested in cooking, but as an perhaps it’s surprising there aren’t says. Culinary Institute of America or the
lectures for the public. In observant Jew only wanted a kosher more. Pinson and Blondel opened Cordon Bleu, but there are a lot of
April, City College of school. Why learn to cook food It’s a tough business, says Rabbi negotiations with Kingsborough halachic problems,” she says.
New York announced that she’d never be able to eat? Chaim Fogelman, a rabbinic coordi- and ironed out the details. That left Glancing furtively at D’Alessandro,
Ross was donating $10 That limited her options. nator at the OK kosher certification little time to set-up the room, build who has moved on to parsley, she
million to create a center “The only kosher cooking school agency in Crown Heights. the curriculum and advertise for stu- admits, “I’m a terrible cook, but my
for Jewish Studies. Ross is in Israel and I can’t take off a year “I’ve seen many people try to get dents. baking seems to come out OK.”
is a graduate of the to go,” she says. “Then I heard a kosher cooking school going, but Thirteen people showed up the Itka Dalfen is arguably the most
school. about this new school on Facebook, this is the only one that’s gotten off first day for class. On that day, they motivated student. She commutes
and I jumped at the opportunity.” the starting plate,” he says. sat around a large steel table intently by bus from her home in Toronto
s A rare manuscript by The Center for Kosher Culinary Pinson, whose husband runs a watching chef Mark D’Alessandro, every week, leaving behind her
German Jewish philoso- Arts has opened in the heavily housewares store on Coney Island the school’s main teacher, demon- seven children and husband.
pher Moses Jewish neighborhood of Flatbush. Avenue, the main shopping street in strate the finer techniques of chop- “It’s only for six weeks,” she
Mendelssohn was sold at The six-week, $4500 intensive the neighborhood, has been dream- ping vegetables. says with a shrug.
a Sotheby’s auction in course, run in cooperation with the ing of establishing such a school for Holding up half an onion, Dalfen just took a job teaching
London. The manuscript, continuing education department years. Last year she took over the D’Alessandro shows how to place it kosher cooking at her local JCC and
which sold for $55,000, is of Kingsborough Community top floor of the shop and advertised on the cutting board and dice it fine- although she “knows how to cook,”
a German translation of College, is the only professional for a chef/teacher on craigslist. ly by making several horizontal she wants “more precision, more
Shaftesbury’s essay “On slices before chopping vertically skills.”
the Freedom of Wit and with his chef’s knife. These are the people the school
Humor.” It is one of four “There’s no machine that can do is targeting, Blondel and Pinson say.
autographed manuscripts that for you?” one student asks anx- Some are looking for jobs as restau-
by the 18th century intel- iously. rant chefs, while others are consid-
lectual and was described D’Alessandro looks at her bale- ering food production, becoming
by the auction house man- fully. personal chefs or just taking the
uscripts specialist as “by
“That’s the second time my heart course for personal enrichment.
far the most significant
has been broken,” he says to muf- “The school is technique driven,
fled laughter. not recipe driven,” Blondel says.
Mendelssohn to appear at
All of the students keep kosher Over the course of the six weeks,
auction in recent times.”
A spokesperson for to one degree or another. The class the students will learn basic French
Sotheby’s noted the man- is about evenly split by gender and culinary skills, from making sauces
uscript was estimated at range from a 16-year-old boy to a and soup stocks to cooking the per-
$29,600 to $39,500. grandmother in her 60s. fect omelet.
Avi Roth runs a learning center They also will learn about apply-
s A pro-Palestinian orga- for children with ADD and ADHD ing kosher laws in a commercial
nization has asked hip- and entertains often for his students’ kitchen, mainly through lectures by
hop musician Snoop parents. His center is closed in the rabbis from the OK. And unlike
Dogg to cancel a concert other cooking schools, they’ll be
in Israel. In a letter to the able to taste everything they pre-
THE JOSEPHINE THEATRE PROUDLY PRESENTS
artist, the Palestinian pare.
Campaign for the That’s the real advantage, Pinson
Academic and Cultural says.
Boycott of Israel said, If you keep kosher, she says, you
“We strongly urge you to might shell out $40,000 or more to
cancel your plans to per- attend the Culinary Institute of
form in Israel until the America or one of the other presti-
time comes when Israel gious cooking schools and never be
ends its illegal occupation able to taste what you’re learning to
of Palestinian and Arab cook.
territories and respects the “Then you go home, buy the
relevant precepts of inter- ingredients and cook and taste it
national law concerning there, double the work,” she says.
Palestinian rights to free- Pinson says that’s the experience
dom, self-determination of many, if not most, of the chefs
and equality.” The concert working in kosher restaurants in this
is scheduled for Sept. 18
country. The Center for Kosher
in the Tel Aviv suburb of
Culinary Arts is the first step in
Ramat Gan. The letter
changing that, she says, by provid-
challenged Snoop Dogg’s
ing professional training for the
credentials as a hip-hop
artist, saying that young kosher cooking crowd.
Palestinians look to his The center’s six-week course
music as a method of • Dates: August 9 through can only cover the basics, but it’s a
protest and said his September 14 start.
appearance in Israel • Times: 8:15 p.m., “We’re on the crest of this new
would be another way of Fridays/Saturdays interest,” Pinson says. “Guaranteed
denying Palestinians their 2:30 p.m., Sundays in six months somebody else will do
rights. • Where: Josephine Theatre it, too. Good luck! It’s a lot of
(339 West Josephine St.) work.”
• Tickets: Call the Josephine Now—
The Jewish Journal of San Antonio August 2008 page 21
The Sheldon Vexler
BY BOB POLUNSKY
Flicker Footnotes was a Jew, claiming it would
today, but, during the 1930s and 40s to play
Theatre Presents he was one of the most successful typecast him.
A cynical friend used to criticize actors on both stage and screen. It was different on Broadway
The Odd Couple and Jewish stories and sayings to get a He got his start in the Yiddish where he was a major success as the
The Odd Couple rise out of me. But I knew he didn’t Theater before breaking into the Jewish lawyer married to an unfaith-
mean anything by it. He proved his movie business in Scarface, a gang- ful gentile wife in Counsellor at Law.
The Sheldon Vexler Theatre is friendship to me long before, so I ster film loosely based on the life It was a runaway success and a
opening its tenth season with a accepted him warts and all. and career of Al Capone. film version was planned, but Muni
double billing of Neil Simon’s One example of his sense of It was very controversial turned down the lead role when the He finally played the Jewish
comedy The Odd Couple. The humor was the way he dismissed because its subplot was about studio offered it to him. He still rea- character of Dr. Sam Abelman in
play, originally performed on Fiddler on the Roof value as movie Scarface’s incestuous relationship soned that playing a Jewish charac- The Last Angry Man in 1959 after
Broadway in 1965, was followed entertainment. “It’s just too with his sister (played by Ann ter on the screen would limit his ten years of retirement.
by a successful film which later Jewish,” he would say. My reply Dvorak). The studio had to change chances to do other roles. Noted The only indication of his char-
spawned the popular TV series. was always, “What else could it the title to Scarface - the Shame of a non-Jewish actor John Barrymore acter’s Jewish heritage in the movie
Over the years, Neil Simon be?” and that would end the conver- Nation before it could be released played the role instead. was a picture of a man in Hasidic
created several other works sation. nation-wide. Muni successfully played a dress when Dr. Abelman mumbled
based on the original plot includ- But he made a point. There are When it was finally released, it Chinese farmer in The Good Earth, through a Yiddish song.
Jews who are afraid of being con- was a runaway hit, and Muni was so a French activist in The Life of His performance earned him an
ing an updated version called
sidered too Jewish for mainstream well respected that his name in the Emile Zola, a French scientist in Oscar nomination, but he died not
Oscar and Felix and The Odd
America regardless of how long credits of his subsequent films The Story of Louis Pasteur, a long after its release. His obituary
Couple, the female version.
they have been “Americanized.” referred to him as Mister Paul Muni. Mexican in Juarez and in indicated that it was the first and last
The Vex will present The Odd
Stage and screen star Paul Muni Muni played just about every Bordertown and a gangster reincar- time the former star of the Yiddish
Couple (the original version) and (Muni Weisenfreund), of all people, ethnic type in his Hollywood films. nated as a Judge trying to outwit theater played a Jewish character
The Odd Couple (the female ver- was that way. He’s largely forgotten The only ethnic type he refused Satan in Angel on My Shoulder. onscreen.
sion) and perform them on alter-
nating nights during the run of
the show Aug. 28-Sept. 21.
Local Libraries Were Represented at National Conference
The plots for both stories are Marlene Reynolds the librarian documenting the Holocaust, col- El. The certificate was given at the awards luncheon.
basically the same. Two opposite at both the Beldon Library of the lection development and adven-
personalities, one sloppy and Jewish Federation and the tures in book reviewing.
careless and the other neurotic Bendiner Library of Temple Beth- Dr. Ellen Frankel gave the
and tidy, move in together with El and Lynn Waghalter librarian keynote address on A History of
of the Goldie and Joe Tills Library Jewish Publishing in America.
of Congregation Agudas Achim “Presenters and fellow librari-
Lawrence Coop will portray
have just returned from Cleveland ans from across the world shared
Oscar alongside Scott Leibowitz
where the Association of Jewish so much useful knowledge that
as Felix in the original male ver- Libraries (AJL) held its 43rd annu- will ultimately benefit all the San
sion directed by Ken Frazier. al convention. Antonio Jewish libraries and all
Christy Huffman will play Olive This is the 6th year that are the richer for becoming a part
with Renee Garvens as Florence Reynolds has participated in the of the Jewish community,”
in the newer female version professional conference and the Reynolds said. “We are planning
which will be directed by Tammy second year for Waghalter. to start a San Antonio Chapter of
Frazier. “This event is such a wonderful AJL in the next few months.”
The shows open on Thursday, opportunity for professional devel- She succeeded in getting
Aug. 28 and will run Thursdays opment,” said Reynolds. “Some of library accreditation for the
at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8:00 the sessions we attended were on Bendiner Library of Temple Beth-
p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
through Sept. 21.
The Odd Couple original male
version dates are Aug. 28 and 31 Marlene
and Sept. 6, 11, 14 and 20. The Reynolds and
Odd Couple female version will Lynn Waghalter
run Aug. 30, Sept. 4, 7, 13,18 and
Individual tickets will go on
sale beginning Aug. 1. General
admission is $18. Senior, mili-
tary and JCC member admission
is $16 and student admission is
Tickets are available by call-
Vex Flex season passes are
also available for purchase. Vex
Flex passes entitle the holder to
four admissions to be used at
four different productions or all
at once. The Vex Flex also pro-
vides pass holders with dollar
savings off individual tickets as
well as early-option seating
which means seating reservations
may be made at any time
throughout the season.
Vex Flex passes are $62. JCC
members, military and seniors
receive a discounted rate on the
Vex Flex pass of $54. Vex Flex
passes are available for purchase
online at www.jccsanantonio.org
or by calling 302-6835.
page 22 August 2008 The Jewish Journal of San Antonio
BY LINDA KAUFMAN ered mainly a Jewish game since Iraqi Jewish Books Make it to Israel
then. JERUSALEM (JTA) - Some who bought them from thieves.
I have to admit it. Not only am I It has always fascinated me that 300 rare and valuable Jewish One such dealer, Mordechai
one of the few American Jews who we Jews have an obvious attraction books from Iraq have ended up in Ben-Porat, who was born in Iraq,
has not yet been to Israel, I may be to things Chinese. As I have alluded Israel. began by sending an emissary to
the only Jewish woman who has to in past columns, the Jewish love The books, from a collection of Baghdad who shipped the books
never even observed a game of mah for Chinese food is legendary. My books confiscated by Saddam to Israel directly.
jongg. I am concerned that if this Florida neighbor, owner of Moy’s Hussein’s secret police, include a Eventually, U.S. authorities
information gets out, my name may Chinese Restaurant in Hollywood, 1487 commentary on Job and a discovered his activities and
be removed from the roster of often reminded me that without his volume of biblical prophets print- barred further shipments. Ben-
Jewish families listed at the Jewish customers he would go ed in Venice in 1617, according to Porat then smuggled in the
Federation office. “banklupt.” Ha’aretz. remaining books.
It’s not that I haven’t been asked And I remember Chinese acces- The Iraqi secret police confis- These books are the remnants
to join a mah jongg group or at least sories decorating the homes of my Linda Kaufman cated and stored a large number of of a once large and vibrant Iraqi
come see one in action. It’s just that Jewish family and friends– every- Jewish books. Jewish community, numbering
neither of the above has ever come thing from jade floral arrangements Many were damaged in the 130,000 Jews in 1948.
to pass. I have always wondered on black lacquered coffee tables to of Jewish participation in the fields beginning of the 2003 U.S.-led Soon after Israel’s creation,
why so many Jewish women of my ornate Chinese screens that domi- of science and business. As China war in Iraq during the bombing of Iraqi Jews began to suffer dis-
age have been playing this Asian nated many living rooms. rushes down the path to prosperity, Iraqi government buildings. crimination and fled the country
game for so many years. Why don’t It was a sign of financial success some are looking for moral guid- After the war, many of the en masse.
they play Bunko or make quilts? to possess Chinese furniture as only ance as they deal with the material- books were sent to Washington’s At present, Iraq is believed to
A quick trip to Google answered the “well-heeled” were privileged ism and corruption that seem to go Library of Congress and some be home to less than 30 Iraqi
my questions. Though mah jongg to travel to Asia to buy unique hand in hand with financial success. made their way to private dealers, Jews.
evolved from earlier Chinese card pieces of Chinese art for their Jews are perceived as a people who
and domino games, once it hit homes. have a moral compass that protects Haggadah’s Story Takes Australian Book Prize
American shores it morphed from a But a recent issue of Moment them from the excesses of prosperi-
ty. (From their lips to God’s ears!) (JTA) – A book about the preser- Haggadah in the world and sur-
gambling game played mostly by Magazine reveals that modern
I am, however, reconsidering my vation of the famed Sarajevo vived the Nazis and the Serbian
men to a just-for-fun game played Chinese people are equally fascinat-
desire to learn how to play mah Haggadah is Australia’s Book of shelling of Bosnia.
almost exclusively by women who ed with things Jewish, particularly
jongg after reading that a study by the Year. People of the Book, It is now on permanent display
gathered at each other’s homes for how we raise our children and why
several Hong Kong doctors has by Geraldine Brooks, a Pulitzer at the National Museum in Sarajevo
an evening’s entertainment. we are so successful in business.
concluded that playing this ancient Prize-winning former Middle and is believed to be one of the
When Abercrombie and Fitch There is a widespread concep-
game can induce epileptic seizures. East correspondent for the Wall most valuable books in the world,
introduced mah jongg sets in their tion that Jews are not only “very
Though this seems like a preposter- Street Journal, was selected at appraised at more than $700 mil-
New York City store in 1920, it clever” but also exceptionally
ous theory, it has made me a bit the Australian Book Industry lion.
became an overnight sensation and smart. To quote Susan Fishman
wary of tackling mah jongg at this Association. Brooks’ father served in
within a short time they sold over Orlins, who researched the maga-
stage of my life. Brooks was inspired to write the Palestine in World War II and
12,000 sets, having to make several zine’s article, “Here’s how one
I can’t imagine any Jewish best-selling novel, which also won became a left-wing Zionist. She fell
return trips to China for more mer- thread goes: Einstein was Jewish,
women having seizures while play- literary fiction book of the year, in love with an American Jewish
chandise. It became an incredibly Einstein was smart; therefore, Jews
ing mahjongg though one could when she was a foreign correspon- journalist, converted to the faith
popular fad that seemed to take hold are smart.”
occur if a woman was prevented dent in the aftermath of the war in and now splits her time between
most strongly in the Jewish com- Though that may be a very com-
from going to her weekly game. Bosnia. Sydney and the United States.
munity and even resulted in a hit plementary assessment, it would
Meanwhile, I have plenty to do The book’s heroine is an “I have been fascinated by the
song by Eddie Cantor (Israel hardly hold up in a first year logic
on weekday evenings as HATTI- Australian rare books expert who is whipsaw of Jewish history since I
Iskowitz) called “Since Ma is class. For example, what if we rea-
TUDE, a musical written by asked to conserve the coveted was in junior high [school],” she
Playing Mah Jong.” soned, “Barbra Streisand is Jewish,
Rachelle Neuman and me is sched- medieval manuscript. told Ha’aretz earlier this year. “So I
Even today, close to ninety years Barbra Streisand has immense
uled to open Aug. 9 at the Josephine Created in 14th-century Spain, think I would have been attracted to
later, mah jongg is most closely singing talent; therefore, Jews have
Theatre and I know I won’t have the Sarajevo Haggadah is the this story even if I’d never met a
associated with Jewish women who immense singing talent.” Just listen
seizures while sitting at the piano believed to be the oldest Sephardic man named Tony Horwitz.”
have learned the game from their in when our family sings the
mothers or grandmothers. There’s Shabbat prayers and you’ll find that rehearsing for the show. Israel Restitutes Nazi-Looted Art
no doubt that women of other ethnic it would be difficult to support this (JTA) – Israel has restituted original owners, two of the 4th
backgrounds also play this game, conclusion. (Linda Kaufman’s CD, MishugasLive
three ancient medallions stolen by century C.E. gold-painted glass
but since the National Mah Jongg Though many Chinese do not is available at the JCC and Temple
the Nazis in Poland in 1941. pieces will remain at the Israel
League was created in 1937 by really understand what a Jew is, Beth-El Gift Shops and online at
After payment to heirs of the Museum in Jerusalem, where they
Jewish women, it has been consid- many are impressed by the results MishugasLive.com)
have been since they were pur-
chased from looters in 1965.
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Teddy Kollek, the former
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of the Israel Museum, purchased
two of the medallions from a col-
lector in Vienna together with
Israeli art dealer Joseph Steiglitz.
Kollek bought the third one for
himself and donated it to the
museum in 1970.
The family has known for four
years that the medallions were in
the Israel Museum. Two of the
pieces will remain in the muse-
um’s permanent collection. One
was repurchased by the museum
and the second was purchased by
a museum patron for long-term
The Jewish Journal of San Antonio August 2008 page 23
• Tramer – Malofsky •
Elizabeth Oettinger Tramer, Erwin Blonder of Palm Beach Texas at Arlington. He is the
daughter of Leslie and Jon Gardens, Florida and the late grandson of Shirley Rosenberg of
Tramer, M.D. is engaged to Aaron Josephine and Alvyn Tramer, Beachwood, Ohio and the late
S. Malofsky, son of Marcia and M.D. of Cleveland, Ohio. Milton Rosenberg and the late
Harold Malofsky of Fort Worth. The groom is a graduate of Minnie and William Rosenberg of
The bride-elect is a graduate of American University. He has a Cincinnati, Ohio.
Ohio Wesleyan University. She is dual MBA and MS in marketing The couple plan a November
the granddaughter of Shirlee and research from the University of 2008 wedding in San Antonio.
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page 24 August 2008 The Jewish Journal of San Antonio
Europe To Get Main Synagogue
• B’NAI MITZVOT • (JTA) – Europe has its own Jewish Community, Raymond
main synagogue without a single Cahen, joined Barroso in signing
• Allison Sokol • • Karen Rosson • • Ariella Shapiro • stone being lifted. the inaugural document.
The Brussels main synagogue, La Grande Synagogue, at 32
La Regence, has been rededicated rue de la Regence in Brussels, was
as the Great Synagogue of Europe designed by non-Jewish architect
in a traditional ceremony led by Desire DeKeyser and completed in
Brussels Chief Rabbi Albert 1878. The “stately Romanesque”
Guigui. building also functions today as
Hosting the event was the the home to several Jewish organi-
Conference of European Rabbis, zations, including the Jewish
which represents Orthodox rabbis Consistoire and the Communaute
in more than 40 countries. Jose Israelite de Bruxelles.
Allison Michelle Sokol will Karen Michaela Rosson will be Ariella Michal Shapiro will be Manuel Barroso, the president of More than 20,000 Jews live in
be called to the Torah as a Bat called to the Torah as a Bat celebrating her Bat Mitzvah on the European Commission and Sir Brussels and about 42,000 in all of
Mitzvah on Aug. 30 at Temple Mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Aug. 30 at Congregation Rodfei Jonathan Sacks, the chief rabbi of Belgium.
Beth-El. Allison is the daughter Temple Beth-El. Karen is the Sholom. Ariella is the daughter of the United Hebrew Congregations The Conference of European
of Amy and David Sokol and the daughter of Nina and Jerry Rosson Beth and Eric Shapiro and the sis- of the Commonwealth of United Rabbis was established in 1956 as
sister of Jessica Sokol. Her proud and the sister of Katie Rosson. Her ter of Daniel Lev Shapiro. Her Kingdom, addressed guests from a federation of chief rabbis and
grandparents are Leslie Sokol, grandparents are the late Hans and proud grandparents are Renae the international rabbinic commu- senior rabbinical judges. Its current
Myra and Abe Ribak and great- Lilly Fischer and the late Walter Cohen of San Antonio, Al Shapiro nity, the Brussels diplomatic corps president is the chief rabbi of
grandmother Sophie Kulbersh. and Eleanor Rosson. Karen is (of blessed memory) and Sandy and the local community. France, Joseph Sitruk, with Sacks
Allison is starting her final year entering 8th grade at Jackson Shapiro of Schenectady, New York The president of the Brussels serving as associate president.
at the Eleanor Kolitz Academy Middle School. She enjoys volley- and Chickie and Jack Cohen of N.
where she is a member of the ball, piano and playing percussion Miami Beach, Florida. Ariella will ating 35,000 hits on its Web site in and perpetrates a campaign of
National Junior Honor Society. in the Jackson Middle School be entering middle school at the just a few weeks, as well as a huge fraud” because it misrepresents its
She enjoys tennis, dance and art band. She is looking forward to Eleanor Kolitz Academy. She spike in phone calls and e-mail wedding ceremony as traditionally
and can’t wait for her 8th grade playing volleyball at the Maccabi enjoys singing, swimming, making inquiries to its Jerusalem office. Jewish.
trip to Israel! Games in San Diego this summer. jewelry and collecting every vari- It also has angered Shas, an The Rabbinate also is taking
ety of kosher candy. Orthodox political party. issue with the campaign, asking
ISRAELI WEDDINGS, From Page 23 The Conservative movement in summer, the campaign includes Yaakov Margi, the party’s the government to shut it down,
Israel, called Masorti, is tapping radio spots, newspaper and online Knesset chairman, asked the Israel according to Avi Blumenthal, a
Some do so because they are not
into this discontent. ads and the online “Play the Broadcasting Authority to pull the spokesman for the Rabbinate.
considered Jewish according to
Its new advertising blitz is Wedding Game” portal Masorti radio ads from the air- Couples who consider the
halachah, or Jewish law. Others
spreading the message that other http://www.justloopit.com/masor- waves. In a letter to the authority, Masorti movement and marry
are turned off by the Rabbinate’s
ways are available to marry with- ti/index.php?guest=. Margi wrote that the Masorti under Conservative auspices still
reputation for sluggish bureaucra-
in the fold of Jewish tradition in The campaign has been a sur- movement “knowingly misleads will not have their marriages rec-
cy and pedantic questioning of
the Jewish state. Launched this prise hit for the movement, gener- ognized in Israel. They will need
petitioners’ Jewish identity.
to marry abroad to gain legal
recognition in the Jewish state.
The Masorti movement
remains unrepentant, saying it
hopes the campaign will convince
more Israelis to marry in Jewish
ceremonies rather than in civil
ceremonies overseas. The move-
ment estimates that some 20 per-
cent of Israeli marriages take
place abroad, many in nearby
“Young couples are giving up
totally on having a Jewish chupah
and we as a movement think that’s
very problematic,” said Rabbi
Tamar Elad-Appelbaum, the direc-
tor of the Masorti movement’s
wedding initiative. “Because of
their reluctance to go to the
Rabbinate, which they hear is a dif-
ficult process, they give up on their
The idea of the ad campaign,
she said, is to show Israelis there’s
“We want them to see there is
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The Jewish Journal of San Antonio August 2008 page 25
Foreign Investors Look for Green in Israeli Clean-Tech Ventures
By Dina Kraft mentally friendly clean-tech solutions here,” said David Rosenblatt, the with a successful history in entre- Tulsa. “We saw this as an opportu-
are skyrocketing oil prices, growing vice chairman of the board of a new preneurship,” Schwaber said. “The nity to leverage Israel’s deep intel-
TEL AVIV (JTA) – From cut- concerns about global warming and a solar power company near Eilat, next logical place for the clean-tech lectual capital in an area we see as a
ting-edge geothermal power deep push for sustainable solutions to the Arava Power which is headed by investor after Silicon Valley and the burgeoning worldwide industry, and
underground to wind turbines and world’s energy problems. Yosef Abramowitz. Boston area is Israel.” by investing it we would have the
solar panels capturing energy from Investing in Israel’s expertise may “This is doing something for The Jewish state is beginning to opportunity to create a hedge
the sky above, foreign investors are not only make good business sense Israel’s national security, protecting capitalize on its experience in such against our base business.”
pouring money into Israel’s growing but benefit the worldwide quest for its energy independence through fields as solar thermal technology, She added, “This is an area
clean tech sector. cleaner, greener energy alternatives. green power.” wastewater recycling and desalina- where Israel should excel, so as a
And it’s not just Jews. It also may constitute an oppor- Rosenblatt, who also runs an tion. Until recently, Israel had the Jew I have every reason to help
“Every day I get calls from peo- tunity to bolster Israel’s internation- investment fund in New York, world’s only large-scale desalina- make that happen.”
ple asking for opportunities to invest al reputation by linking the Jewish where he lives, said his investment tion plant, off the coast of Ashkelon. The city of Los Angeles signed
in clean technologies in Israel,” said state with green innovation. in Arava Power is a Jewish venture Now countries such as China are an agreement with Kinrot Incubator,
Michael Granoff, president of the Jonathan Shapira, a recent as well. building them. a company located on the shores of
New York-based Maniv Energy American law school graduate who “This is about clean energy, but “Israel is a great country to beta the Sea of Galilee that helps entre-
Capital and an investor in Project writes a blog in Israel, says Diaspora it’s also about Jewish roots and what test some of these new technologies preneurs and researchers with water-
Better Place, the company working Jews can play an essential role by I can do to express it and where I because it is a microcosm of the based technological innovations.
to make Israel a testing ground for becoming either consumers of or personally have value to add,” he world’s needs, shortages of water, a The deal will enable Israeli start-
an electric car. investors in Israeli technologies. told JTA. large transportation fleet on per- up companies to use water and power
“That to me is extremely encour- “Every Jewish family and insti- In Herzliya, three American capita basis and an abundance of facilities in Los Angeles for pilot pro-
aging,” he said. “I believe nothing tution should consider installing immigrants in their 30s have created solar energy potential,” said jects and to conduct joint research
will determine Israel’s prosperity solar panels, rooftop wind turbines the first venture capital firm to target Schwaber, 38, who made aliyah with the University of California,
more than the degree to which it is a or energy efficient lighting devel- the Israeli clean-tech market, Israel from Boston. Los Angeles on water projects.
leader in innovation around sustain- oped in Israel,” he said. “This will Cleantech Ventures. They recently Among Cleantech Ventures’ Los Angeles is interested in
ability.” lower their electricity bill, protect raised $75 million for their debut investors are some big names in using the Kinrot model to establish
Clean tech, a catch-all term for the environment, benefit the Israeli fund, exceeding the $60 million Jewish philanthropy, including the its own incubator for water-related
emerging technologies focused on economy and help position Israel as they originally set out to raise. families of Edgar Bronfman and technologies.
renewable and more efficient energy a world leader in clean technology.” Glen Schwaber, one of the firm’s Stacy Schusterman. Assaf Barnea, Kinrot’s CEO,
consumption, is soaring in Israel. A The imperative for developing partners, said enthusiasm among Schusterman, CEO of the said that although the water market
wave of new start-ups, academic alternative energy sources is partic- investors for Israeli clean tech Samson Investment Co., a private is not new, the hype over going
research projects and new venture ularly acute for Israel because its reflects Israel’s growing reputation oil and gas company based in Tulsa, green has given it a new shine in the
capital funds are focusing on the enemies’ strength derives in large as a potential incubator for new Okla., said she sees her investments eye of investors.
industry and multinational corpora- part from the world’s dependence technologies that is buoyed by the in Israeli clean-tech ventures, “They have now heard about it
tions such as the Coca-Cola Co. and on their oil resources. country’s high-tech success stories. including Israel’s electric car enter- and want to be players,” he said.
General Electric are scouting out “It really makes sense for rea- “Israel has a reputation for inno- prise, as business, not philanthropy. “There is huge hype but it’s not just
new technologies here. sons of economics, but there is also vation and technology and a mature “This is a business venture,” she hype. This is a market that is here to
Fueling the interest in environ- the issue that so much is at stake venture capital environment along told JTA in a phone interview from stay.”
page 26 August 2008 The Jewish Journal of San Antonio
Chai High Registration Opens NCSY Announced Back-to-School Party
Registration is now open for Registration for one class is taught by rabbis, educators and On Sunday, Aug. 31 at 5:00 The boys chapter is directed by
the 2008-2009 school year for $250 and $325 for both classes. other Jewish role models in the p.m., teens are invited to a back- Rabbi Yaakov Cohen and the girls
Chai High, the Jewish Community Chai High is a program of the community. to-school party at Green. chapter is directed by Devorah
High School. San Antonio Association for For more information about Green is a vegetarian restau- Cohen and Ariella Sunshine.
Chai High offers Hebrew and Jewish Education (SAAJE) and Chai High, please contact Rachel rant that just recently made its Youth groups meet for month-
Judaics classes for 8th-12th the Jewish Federation of San Rustin at email@example.com kosher debut. Come for brunch ly events and on Shabbat for spe-
graders on Tuesday nights. Antonio. Chai High classes are or 302-6969 with your friends and get an cial learning time.
inside peek into the kosher side of For more information about
BBYO New Parent Meeting and New Member Lock-In Scheduled for Aug. 17 Green. joining NCSY or the back-to-
BBYO’s first event of the JCC and will be co-ed. There is no BBYO experience. The parent NCSY, the youth group of school party, please contact the
2008-09 year will take place on charge for the event, however, meeting will take place before the Congregation Rodfei Sholom, is Cohen’s at 408-7430 or Sunshine
Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8:00 p.m. at BBYO encourages all who attend lock-in begins. open to al students in 7th through at 492-6070 or email ncsysa@
the JCC. The event will consist of to register as new BBYO mem- Chapter Presidents Matt 12th grade. gmail.com.
a parent meeting for parents of bers following the parent meeting Martin and Claire Blumenthal
new and prospective members fol- or shortly after the lock-in. said, "The event will be a great director for BBYO, said, "Parents The lock-in will end on Sunday
lowed by a lock-in for new mem- The lock-in will feature pool way to allow new members to get who are curious about BBYO morning at 9:00 a.m. after break-
bers and the board of both the time, time in the gym, team build- to know one another and become should come hear about the many fast. Any questions about the
girl’s chapter (Sababa) and the ing, youth lounge activities and familiar with the board and what things we have planned for the fall event should be directed to Scott
guy’s chapter (Eric Weiss). many opportunities to bond as BBYO is all about." as well as more of the goals and Braswell at 302-6869 or by email
The event will take place at the new members and participate in a Scott Braswell, the new city traditions of BBYO." at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music from Israel Striking Chord with Jews in U.S.
By Uriel Heilman the founder of the American-Israeli Matisyahu also performed. greater engagement with Israel, each ture gaps, makes Israeli musical per-
group that organized the concert, Dor Natalie Portman, the Israeli-born other and Jewish life. formances particularly effective at
NEW YORK (JTA) – Singing in Chadash. Hollywood actress, emceed the event, “There’s a reason that people are tapping into that connection. This
unintelligible gibberish as her hands The point of staging Israeli musi- which included speeches and a doing this and supporting this kind of may be one reason Israeli music is
strike the darbuka drum with frantic cal performances like these, he says, memorial service for Israel’s fallen music,” says Rosenfeld, the president gaining a growing audience in the
intensity, the short, pretty brunette at is to bring Israelis and American Jews soldiers. of Golden Land Concerts and United States.
center stage holds the audience trans- in New York closer together – and Whether out of hunger for a con- Connections. “There’s a really active Two years ago the Idan Raichel
fixed as she reaches the song’s closer to Israel. nection to Israel or mere interest in the synergy between their lives and Project, whose fusion of Ethiopian-,
crescendo. “Music is a natural bridge,” music, increasing numbers of Jews in Israel. In this day and age, we’re Moroccan- and even Arab-Israeli
When she sounds her final note, Borowich says. “People are looking America – both Americans and much more able to live with the two music catapulted band leader Raichel
the audience rises for a standing ova- for ways to connect to Israel. If you Israelis – are turning out for Israeli cultures simultaneously.” into stardom in the world music
tion. can’t bring them to Israel, then bring music performances. It’s not just music. In March, the scene, even played the Apollo
Though it is her New York debut pieces of Israel to them.” “I see on a regular basis Israeli 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Theater in Harlem.
concert, Israeli singer-songwriter Din That’s the idea behind his group’s artists come and break records here,” Festival featured several Israeli dance Raichel says his music draws on
Din Aviv is no stranger here. The per- sponsorship of a growing number of says Moishe Rosenfeld, one of the shows. At the Israeli film festival in the rich and diverse cultural heritage
formance hall at the Museum of Israeli cultural events around New producers behind the Radio City con- New York over the winter, queues of Israelis, from Caribbean salsa
Jewish Heritage is packed with Israeli York, including a recent gala. VIP cert and a booking agent for Israeli stretched around the block as freezing music to Ethiopian drumbeats to ori-
fans of Aviv who live in New York seats sold for $360. artists in the United States. moviegoers lined up for sold-out ental Yemenite religious tunes.
and American Jews clutching her CD. The concert featured Israeli world For Israel, cultural events like screenings. Even Israeli authors such “It’s the music of the streets of
After the show, they jabber in a music star Idan Raichel, the French- concerts are a way to showcase a as the enigmatic Etgar Keret are fill- Israel,” Raichel tells JTA in an inter-
mix of Israeli-accented English and Israeli singing sensation from the “softer” side of the Jewish state ing the seats at readings in New York. view in Tel Aviv a month after his
American-accented Hebrew while MacBook TV ad, Yael Naim and beyond the political, religious and “These types of events appeal to Harlem concert. “We have a small
standing in line to pose for pictures Israeli singers David Broza and Rami ideological conflicts many American people who might otherwise not be melting pot onstage. What I’m doing
with Aviv. Kleinstein. American musicians Paul Jews – and Israelis – find alienating. drawn to other Jewish community is Israeli music, even if for you it may
It’s the kind of scene that brings a Shaffer, John Zorn and the American- It’s also a gateway that brings unaffil- events,” Borowich says. “In a non- be world music.”
smile to the face of David Borowich, Jewish Chasidic reggae phenom iated Israelis and American Jews into threatening, apolitical way, it’s a great Aviv, who played in New York,
way to connect to Israel. There is a Florida and Tulsa, Okla., on her
hunger to connect to Israel, and the recent U.S. tour, began her career
challenge is to satisfy that and give with the Idan Raichel Project. She has
people a meaningful way to connect.” released one CD since striking out on
The universalism of music, which her own, and has another slated for
transcends language barriers and cul- the fall.
The Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies of San Antonio
Wishes to Thank
the following sponsors for their year round support of our program.
South Texas Money
The Jewish Federation
The Foundation for Jewish
of San Antonio
Philanthropies of San Antonio
12500 N.W. Military Highway, Suite 200
San Antonio, Texas 78231 • www.jfsatx.org
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Jewish Federation Volunteers Feed and Fund Programs for Wounded
Soldiers and Their Families at Brooke Army Medical Center
The Subways in Lincoln Heights and on Austin Hwy. donate sandwich plat- Panera Bread Manager Frank Aguilar, Lincoln Heights, donates pastries
ters for the families and soldiers in the Intensive Care Burn Unit at BAMC. and cookies for families and soldiers in the Intensive Care Burn Unit at
Matching platters are provided by the Texas Resources for Iraq-Afghanistan BAMC. Another Federation program. The Tavera family (above) enjoys
Deployment (TRIAD) Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation. the sweets.
BIGZ owner Lauren
Stanley donated a delicious
cheeseburger dinner on
Fathers Day for wounded
soldiers and their families
– thank you Lauren!!
dinner at BAMC
will be Thursday,
Aug. 28 – to help
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