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                                                                       JOURNAL
                                                                        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             skya@jcc-sa.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
                                                                                                                                    Judy
                                   JOURNAL
                                    OF          SAN                ANTONIO
                                                                                                                                   Lackritz
                                                                                                                                  Community
                                                                                                                                   Relations
                                                                                                                                                            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,
                                                                                                                                    Director
                                                                                                                                                         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
                                                                                    The cost is $36, all-inclusive, for a     Wurzburg, 2902 Panzano Place 78258.         and West Avenue.”
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
chaperones and families                           heissc@jcc-sa.org.
from all over the world!
    It is expected that 150 local              • Team San Antonio Athletes
athletes, 300 host families and hun-         San Antonio will host boys and
dreds of local volunteers will partic-   girls 7 v 7 soccer, boys and girls
ipate in making the Games a success.
    During the week, Games ath-
letes engage in athletic competition,
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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    “San Antonio first hosted this       Scott Braswell at 302-6969 or                   PAYING CASH OR TRADE FOR NEW JEWELRY
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for Jewish teens back in 2005 and        to the activities during the week of
received tremendous support from         the Games, Team San Antonio
our community,” said Saul                members will be able to participate                          Remember always the best price
Levenshus, JCC president/CEO.            in a series of social activities
“We look forward to the entire
Jewish community’s involvement
                                         throughout the year.                     Open Monday-Saturday 10-9 • Sunday 12-6
in this five-day event.”                 • Volunteers
                                                                                         Great                                                                                         Full service
    There are several ways to get
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                                            During the week of the Games,
                                         hundreds of volunteers are needed
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• Host Families
                                         to help direct athletes to their
                                         venues, plan social events, coordi-         selection of        Fine Jewelry                                                                  and custom
   Local Jewish families are need-       nate athletics and much more.
ed to house JCC Maccabi Games            Being a volunteer is an excellent                        "Direct Diamond Importers"                                                              work.
athletes who will be coming to San
Antonio from throughout the US,
                                         way to impact the Games. Call the
                                         Games Hotline at 302-6838 to get
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(bed, air mattress, or pullout sofa,     available on the JCC Maccabi
access to laundry facilities, break-
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                                         Games website www.jccsananto-
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                                   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
    GLANCE
 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
   summer camps and of the
   Jewish fraternity, Alpha
   Epsilon Pi.

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   plans again to attend this                                                                                                 Diplomate of the Board of Internal Medicine
   year’s summit at the                                                                                                        Diplomate of the Board of Gastroenterology
   United Nations in New
   York. The Iranian president                                                                                            Fellow of The American College of Gastroenterology
   told state television he will
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   September for the annual
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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

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                                                                           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
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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 kuchinskya@jcc-sa.org or 302-
                                      1:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Barshop Jewish      September 14th; Female Version:                                                 Help Hadassah and join in the
called.                                                                                                            6827.
                                      Community Center - Wellness            Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on                                                       fun,” said Tevia Friedman.
    Did you know there are now                                                                                        For more information visit the
                                      Series: Efficient Fat Burning, at      September 4th and September                                                        For more information or reser-
three locations of JFS in San                                                                                      GAP MySpace page at www.My
                                      the Campus                             18th; Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. on                                                 vations please call Friedman at
Antonio?                                                                                                           Space.com/GapSanAntonio for
                                      Barshop Jewish Community               August 30th and September 13th;                                                 490-3854 or email teviafried-
    The main offices are at the                                                                                    calendar updates, photos and
                                      Center - BBYO Parent Meeting           and on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. on                                                  man@gmail.com.
Jewish Community Campus, with                                                                                      more.
                                      and New Member Intake Lock-in,         September 7th and September 21st
two additional offices at Temple      time to be announced at the                                                  Israel Scholar Winner is from San Antonio
Beth-El and on Mission Road.          Campus
                                                                                 x FYI x
    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
provides case management and          Center - Fall Program Session One          World War II..
counseling for seniors, transporta-   begins at the Campus
tion for medical appointments, as
well as resource information and
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                                  OLYMPICS:
 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
                                                                                                                                                        work.”
                                                                                                                                                            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
   the world.
                                                                                                                                                            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


                                                                          Tutors Honored
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
                                                                                                               Photo Album
                                                                                                         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
was served!”
    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: vicjag@aol.com
ister call 302-6846 or email cindy-
berman@satx.rr.com.
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 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
                                                                                                           of Life
  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
                                                                                 at 698-0233
                                    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.”
   plot.
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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
                                                                                                                  itage.
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.

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page 12                                                                               August 2008                                                           The Jewish Journal of San Antonio

                                  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,
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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
official said.
                                        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
                                                                                                                                                                   online at
have access to U.S. military bases
nearby in Iraq for refueling or
                                        burn Israeli books myself if found
                                        in Egyptian libraries.”
                                                                                checks.
                                                                                    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.”
  F-35 would extend Israel’s
  reach over enemies such
                                           Campaign associate in the Federation system or similar finical
                                           resource development position
  as Syria and Iran, as well
  as allow for stealth attacks           • Bachelors degree
                                                                                                                                                                          Live
  and reconaissance mis-
  sions.
                                                                                                                                                                    Generously–
                                             Please contact Desiree Whitney at (210) 302-6971 or
                                                  dwhitney@jfsatx.org for more information.
                                                                                                                                                                   It does a world
          —JTA COMPILATION                                                                                                                                             of good!!
The Jewish Journal of San Antonio                                                           August 2008                                                                                  page 15


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
Leadership.
    “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
activists.
    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
go.




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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
   GLANCE
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
                                                                                                                                                             Indonesia.
                                    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
                                                                                                                                                             To Israeli
  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.
  December.

s The visa exemption deal
  between Russia and Israel
  will go into effect this fall.
                                                                                  OFFICE SPACE
                                                                                          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.
          —JTA COMPILATION
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
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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
                                                                               project.
                                                                                  “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



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this year for excellence in music.
    Howard Cedar and Aharon
Razin were chosen in medicine for
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standing of the role of DNA methy-
lation in the control of gene expres-
sion.
    John Pickett of Rothamsted
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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
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governing plant-insect and plant-
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    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
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   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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ART NEWS
      AT A
   GLANCE
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,
  manuscript by
                                                                                                                      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.”
      —JTA COMPILATION
                                                                                                                        • Tickets: Call the Josephine Now—
                                                                                                                                   734-4646
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.
disastrous results.
                                     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
21.
   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
$12.
   Tickets are available by call-
ing 302-6835.
   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




MISHUGAS
   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.
                                                                                     SEEING ART SAN ANTONIO TOURS                                                   The medallions, actually the
                                                                                         Art studio and gallery tours in San Antonio's                           bases of glass bowls, are decorat-
                                                                                     nationally recognized contemporary art community.                           ed in gold with Jewish motifs,
                                                                                                                                                                 including menorahs and lions of
                                                                                           Informative, insightful and inspirational.                            Judah. They are among the oldest
                                                                                              For more information please visit                                  known depictions of Jewish
                                                                                         www.seeingartsanantonio.com                                             symbols ever found in the
                                                                                                                                                                 Mediterranean diaspora.
                                                                                                                                                                    Teddy Kollek, the former
                                                                                                                                                                 mayor of Jerusalem and founder
                                                                                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                                                                 loan.
The Jewish Journal of San Antonio                                                        August 2008                                                                        page 23




                                                                      Mazal Tov

                                      • ENGAGEMENTS•
                                       • 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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She was named in loving memo-
ry of her maternal grandfather,
Jeffrey Perrin and her maternal
great-grandmother, Esther Perrin.
Proud grandparents are Beth
Perrin of Jackson, California,
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Great-grandparents are Emil
Lindow of Freeburg, Illinois and
Carolyn Brandt of Jackson,
Michigan.
page 24                                                                               August 2008                                                 The Jewish Journal of San Antonio




                                                                    Mazal Tov

                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                       Cyprus.
                                                                                                                                                           “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
                                                                                                                                                       heritage.”
                                                                                                                                                           The idea of the ad campaign,
                                                                                                                                                       she said, is to show Israelis there’s
                                                                                                                                                       an alternative.
                                                                                                                                                           “We want them to see there is

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                                                                                            Stone Oak at Hardy Oak 495-8466                            added, “we want them to see they
                                                                                                                                                       can still remain true to themselves
                                                                                                Anita & David Kboudi                                   at this important moment.”
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




                                                 Youth Page
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 rachelrustin@jfsatx.org           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 braswells@jcc-sa.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.

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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!!




                                                               Next Federation
                                                               dinner at BAMC
                                                               will be Thursday,
                                                               Aug. 28 – to help
                                                                 call 302-6974.
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